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LAKERS: (-2, O/U 188) No team is hotter than Los Angeles currently, as they have won 8 consecutive games SU. The Lakers haven't lost since the All-Star break, and they don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. With a committed effort to get the ball inside and to play passionate defense, the Lakers are again a team to be feared in the playoffs. The Lakers are 46-19 SU and 32-32-1 ATS overall this season. Los Angeles is 24-11 SU and 20-14-1 ATS on the road this year. The Lakers are a 2 point favorite for the 2nd consecutive game they've faced the Heat. Facing the same spread on the road as they did at home shows just how far Miami has fallen of late. G Kobe Bryant is averaging team highs of 25.1 PPG and 4.8 APG this season. C Andrew Bynum has been great of late, as he's been a force in the rebounding department. Bynum is averaging 11.3 PPG and 8.4 RPG this season. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as the listed favorite. Los Angeles is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win. The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. Los Angeles is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against the Southeast Division. The Lakers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games.
Projected Score: 91
Lakers are 5-0 ATS last 5 road games.
Under is 24-9 last 33 games against the Eastern Conference.
HEAT: Miami is in their worst slump of the season, as they've lost 5 consecutive games SU entering tonight. Granted, 3 of those 5 losses have come by a total of 9 points. The media is having a field day with the Heat's struggles, as there have been reports of crying in the locker room. Miami has an opportunity to sweep their regular season matchup with the Lakers tonight. The Heat had their most impressive win of the season this past Christmas Day, as they dominated the Lakers from start to finish. Miami is 43-21 SU and 29-34-1 ATS overall this season. The Heat are 22-9 SU and 11-20 ATS in home games this year. Miami is playing their first game of the season as the listed home underdog tonight. Despite their current 5 game losing streak, Miami is still incredibly dangerous. The Heat are in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase, and they have a 3 game lead over Orlando in their own division. F LeBron James is averaging Heat high's of 26.3 PPG and 7.1 APG this year. The Heat are 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 games against the Pacific Division. Miami is 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Heat are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. Miami is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Heat are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
Projected Score: 96 (SIDE of the Day)
Heat are 0-7 ATS last 7 games overall.
Over is 9-1 last 10 games against the Western Conference.
NUGGETS: Denver continues to get used to life without Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. The Nuggets have been one of the best stories in the 2nd half of the season, as they are playing as hard as any team in the NBA. Better yet, the Denver fans have completely embraced their team. The Nuggets are 37-27 SU and 30-31-3 ATS overall this season. Denver is currently in 5th place in the Western Conference heading into tonight. After the blockbuster trade went down, it was widely considered that the Nuggets would fall completely out of the playoff chase. Denver is 11-20 SU and 15-16 ATS on the road this year. The Nuggets are 2-0 ATS as the listed road underdog between 3.5 and 6 PTS this season. C Nene Hilario has been a mainstay for Denver this year, as he's averaging 15 PPG and 7.3 RPG. PG Ty Lawson is averaging 10.6 PPG and 4.1 APG this season. The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning SU record. Denver is 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as the listed underdog. Denver is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss. The Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss. Denver is 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games as a road underdog of up to 4.5 points.
Projected Score: 101
Nuggets are 7-1 ATS last 8 games overall.
Under is 6-1 last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
SUNS: (-3.5, O/U 215.5) Phoenix is playing solid basketball of late, as they have won 6 of their last 8 games SU. The Suns are 33-29 SU and 28-32-2 ATS overall this season. Phoenix is currently 1.5 games behind Memphis for the critical 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The chase for the final spot in the West appears to be a competitive one that is likely to come down to the final day of the regular season. Phoenix has lost their past 2 meetings against the Nuggets, as they allowed more than 130 PTS in each. The Suns are 18-13 SU and 13-18 ATS at home this year. Phoenix is 3-6 ATS as a home favorite between 3.5 and 6 PTS this year. PG Steve Nash is averaging team highs of 15.9 PPG and 11.4 APG this season. Nash is one of the most reliable point guards of all time, and this season has been no exception. The Suns are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Phoenix is 7-17 ATS in their last 24 Thursday games. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Western Conference.
Projected Score: 107 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Suns are 1-4 ATS last 5 home games.
Over is 13-6 last 19 home games against a team with a road winning percentage less than .400%.