Chicago @ Charlotte
-Charlotte beat Chicago at Charlotte 110-101 as 3 pt home dogs back on Dec. 16th & Charlotte also won at Chicago last year (in January) 90-77, so Chicago is looking for payback tonight-
-Chicago broke a 2 game losing streak with huge come from behind win over Houston on Saturday & the Bulls sit 2 games ahead of Charlotte in the race for the #8 spot in the Eastern Conference-
-Charlotte is playing their 1st game back at home after just completing a 7day 5 game West Coast road trip, that saw them win their L/3 games on that trip over (Sacramento, Golden St. & LA Clippers)-
-Chicago is 4-1-1 ATS L/6 road games vs a team with a winning home record & Chicago is also 7-3-1 ATS their L/11 road games-
-Charlotte is 6-1 ATS L/7 home games vs a team with a losing SU record, but Charlotte is 2-4 ATS L/6 games vs Chicago-
Phoenix @ Orlando
-Phoenix beat Orlando at Phoenix 113-112 as 2 pt favs back on Dec. 12th & Phoenix has actually won 6 straight games over Orlando. Phoenix is 2-4 ATS L/6 road games, with wins over a injuty plagued Clippers team & a win over a Pistons team with all kinds of chemistry issues at the time-
-Phoenix has won 3 of their L/4 games & are coming off a huge home win over the LA Lakers Sunday on national TV. PHX was extremely up for that game & it was probably the best game they have played all season-
-Orlando is coming off a 6 pt win at Philly on Saturday, bouncing back from a home loss to Detroit the night before, & that was only the 7th home loss by Orlando all season-
-Phoenix is 1-4 ATS their L/5 road games vs a team with a winning% of .600 or higher, & Phoenix is also 1-4 ATS L/5 games vs a team with a winning SU record-
-Orlando is 19-7 ATS vs the Western Conference this season, & Orlando is 6-0 SU & 4-2 ATS when they play at home coming off a home loss their previous home game, & the margin of victory in those 6 games is: 18, 13, 7, 24, 29, & 5 pts.
New Jersey @ Milwaukee
-These teams have split 2 meetings this season, with the home team winning both games, but NJ is 2-0 ATS in the 2 games, as NJ won at NJ 99-85 as 4.5 pt favs & Milwaukee won at Milwaukee 104-102 as 7 pt dogs on Jan. 9th-
-NJ has played only 1 game since last Wednesday, & that was a 3 pt home loss to New Orleans on Sunday, & NJ is 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for that coveted #8 spot in the Eastern Conferece-
-Milwaukee is coming off a 16 pt home blowout win over Washington on Saturday, & Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS their L/5 home games vs a team with a losing record, & the Bucks are 6-1 ATS L/7 games as a home favorite of .5 to 4.5-
-NJ is 0-4 ATS L/ road games vs a team with a home win% of .600 or higher & NJ is also 1-5 ATS L/6 games as a road dog. NJ is also 5-1 SU & 6-0 ATS L/6 games vs Milwaukee-
-NJ is 2-5 SU & ATS their L/7 road games with the 2 wins coming over the 76ers & the lowly Wizards. The margin of loss in those 5 losses for NJ is: 15, 26, 17, 17 & 9 pts, so NJ has not been playing well on the road at all despite their 17-11 ATS mark on the road for the season-
Toronto @ Houston
-Toronto beat Houston at Toronto 94-73 as 5 pt home dogs back on Jan. 2nd, & Toronto comes into toights game having lost 2 straight games on their road trip (20 pt loss at PHX & a 11 pt loss at Mavs on Sunday)-
-Houston is 7-1 SU their L/8 games & are coming off a 11 pt win at Minnesota on Sunday. Houston plays at conference rival Utah tomorrow night, so they very well could be looking ahead to that very important game some tonight-
-Houston is 9-0 SU & 6-2-1 ATS L/9 home games & they are 5-1-1 ATS L/7 home games vs a team with a road win% of .400 or less-
-Toronto is 1-7 ATS their L/8 road games & they are also 2-7 ATS their L/9 games following a SU loss-
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March 03, 2009
Shoulder could sideline Bell
Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Raja Bell might miss tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls, due to a strained right shoulder that has troubled him a couple of games.
Bell injured the shoulder sometime on the West Coast trip. He didn't scrimmage at practice Monday and left shootaround early this morning, telling the Observer he wasn't sure whether he'd be well enough to play.
Coach Larry Brown said he doesn't know who he would start if Bell can't play. If Bell can play, even in a limited fashion, Brown might start him primarily for defense on Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon. Asking Cartier Martin to guard Gordon for long stretches could be costly.
Posted by Observer Sports on March 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM
Thank you Greg, I appeciate that.
Great stuff as always GF. Pretty Neat Sac Stat there....lol..
Deng, Thomas both questionable for Tuesday
Luol Deng - G/F - CHI - Mar. 3
Luol Deng (bruised right tibia) and Tim Thomas (left quad tendon strain) both sat out the Bulls practice on Monday, but neither player has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Bobcats.
Deng said that he plans to play, but admitted that he still has discomfort. "I'm going to have some pain, but I don't think I can make it worse," Deng said. His rosy prognosis is bad news for John Salmons' owners, since his grasp on a starting job is tenuous at best.
Source: Daily Herald
Maggette, Turiaf to sit Tuesday for Nellie
Corey Maggette - G/F - GS - Mar. 3
Corey Maggette and Ronny Turiaf will get Tuesday night off in Minnesota as part of Don Nelson's controversial plan to sit veterans for the time being.
Anthony Randolph and Andris Biedrins should both get plenty of run tonight, while Kelenna Azubuike should also enjoy some extra minutes. Stephen Jackson should also make a big splash after sitting out their last game under the same plan. Biedrins is scheduled for a day off on Friday, but Nelson hasn't said who he will sit for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. How about just letting his team play in that one?
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Sacramento Kings are 0-23 SU vs the Eastern Conference this season, and they host the Indiana Pacers tonight. Will the streak continue???
Thank you Marco, and I hope you have a great night as well.
Good Luck Tonight...