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HORNETS: New Orleans has made it to the playoffs, one of their goals heading into the season. The Hornets are looking to shock the world, as few expect them to even win a game against the defending champions. PG Chris Paul is going to have to play his best basketball ever for the Hornets to be competitive in this series. Since losing F David West, New Orleans has become too short handed in the brutal Western Conference. New Orleans finished the regular season 46-36 SU and 39-41-2 ATS overall this year. The Hornets were 18-23 SU and 19-20 ATS in road games this season. New Orleans is 21-15 ATS as the listed underdog this season, with this afternoon marking just the 3rd time this season they've been a double digit underdog. The Hornets are superb defensively, as they allow just 94 PPG, best in the Western Conference this season. PG Chris Paul averages 15.9 PPG and a team high 9.8 APG this year. F Carl Landry is averaging 11.8 PPG and 4.1 RPG this season, but has seen his numbers increase since West went down with injury. The Hornets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. New Orleans is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Pacific Division. The Hornets are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games following an ATS loss. New Orleans is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games. The Hornets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning SU record. New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hornets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. New Orleans is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
Projected Score: 94 (SIDE of the Day)
Hornets are 0-6 ATS last 6 playoff games as the listed underdog.
Over is 7-2 last 9 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
LAKERS: (-10, O/U 193) Los Angeles is back in the playoffs, with an opportunity to do something incredibly rare. The Lakers are looking to win their 3rd consecutive NBA Championship. Los Angeles battled to get the #2 seed, which earned them a favorable matchup against New Orleans. The Lakers have traditionally dominated the smaller Hornets. Los Angeles is 57-25 SU and 39-42-1 ATS this season. The Lakers are 30-11 SU and 15-26 ATS in home games this year. The Lakers are 4-6 ATS as a home favorite between 9.5 and 12 points this season. Los Angeles has some health concerns, between Andrew Bynum, Steve Blake, and Matt Barnes. G Kobe Bryant is on a mission to add another NBA Championship to his legacy. Bryant averaged team highs of 25.3 PPG and 4.7 APG this season for the Lakers. F Pau Gasol averaged 18.8 PPG and a team high 10.2 RPG this year. Los Angeles has really made defensive strides as the season progressed, and they are looking to build on that during the playoffs. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. The Lakers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win. Los Angeles is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against a team with a winning SU record. The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a home favorite.
Projected Score: 98
Lakers are 7-0 ATS last 7 games against the Southwest Division.
Over is 8-2-1 last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
KNICKS: New York has been both Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde since the mid-season trade for F Carmelo Anthony and PG Chauncey Billups. The Knicks are a feared offensive team, but have shown an inability to play defense for 48 minutes. Facing off against the veteran Celtics, this matchup is widely considered to be the most interesting of the 1st Round. New York finished the regular season 42-40 SU and 46-34-2 ATS overall. The Knicks were 19-22 SU and 26-14 ATS in road games played this year. New York was dominant as the listed underdog this season, including 10-2 ATS as a road underdog between 3.5 and 6 points. New York averages 106.5 PPG this year, 2nd most in the NBA. Anthony averages a team high 26.3 PPG since the trade. F Amar'e Stoudemire isn't far behind, as averages 25.3 PPG and a team high 8.2 RPG this year. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. New York is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. New York is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. New York is 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Knicks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss. New York is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss.
Projected Score: 100
Knicks are 20-6-1 ATS last 27 games as a road underdog.
Over is 15-7 last 22 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
CELTICS: (-6, O/U 197) Boston expects to be able to simply flip the switch, and become a force in the playoffs. While experienced enough to pull it off, the Celtics are playing with fire. The Celtics enter the playoffs with many questions, especially amongst their bigs. Boston is going to be forced to look for production from centers Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal, considering the mid-season trade of Kendrick Perkins. The Celtics were 56-26 SU and 38-42-2 ATS overall this season. Boston is an impressive 33-8 SU and 18-19 ATS in home games played this season. The Celtics are 4-2 ATS this season as a home favorite between 3.5 and 6 points. When playing with 3 or more days of rest, the veteran Celtics are 4-1 ATS. Boston is quite efficient offensively in the half court, thanks to an NBA best 48.6% from the field. F Paul Pierce led Boston in scoring this year, averaging 18.9 PPG. PG Rajon Rondo is the Celtics most dynamic player, as he averages 10.6 PPG and a team high 11.2 APG this year. Defensively, the Celtics allow just 91.1 PPG, best in the entire NBA. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record. Boston is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. Boston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as the listed favorite. The Celtics are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 Sunday games. Boston is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Atlantic Division. The Celtics are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Boston is 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 games following a SU win. The Celtics are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS win. Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Projected Score: 104 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Celtics are 4-0 ATS last 4 games as a home favorite.
Over is 8-0 last 8 games against a team with a winning SU record.