Atlanta @ Charlotte
-This is the 4th meeting between these teams this season, with Atlanta winning all 3 games, including a 102-97 win AT Charlotte on Feb. 6th. Triple revenge for the Bobcats tonight-
-Charlotte is on a 4 game winning streak & they are 4-0 ATS in those 4 games & are coming off a blowout win over Chicago their last game. Charlotte is also 6-0 ATS L/6 games as a favorite & 4-0 ATS L/4 home games vs teams with a losing road record-
-Atlanta is 2-5 SU & ATS their L/7 road games, & tonight is their 3rd road game in 5 days, as they are coming off a 4 pt loss at New York on Wednesday & Atlanta is 1-4 ATS L/5 road games vs teams with a winning home record-
Miami @ Toronto
-This is the 3rd meeting between these teams tonight, as Toronto has won both games, winning at Toronto 107-96 back on Nov. 16th & winning at Miami 101-95 on Nov. 19th. Toronto is also 6-0 SU & 5-1 ATS L/6 games vs Miami-
-Toronto has lost 3 straight games, all on the road & all 3 losses were by double digits, & the Raptors are also just 1-4-1 ATS their /6 games as a home underdog-
-Miami is coming off a 6 pt home win over Phoenix on Wednesday they are 4-0 ATS their L/4 road games vs a team with a losing home record & the Heat are also 6-0 ATS L/6 games as a favorite of .5 to 4.5-
Denver @ Utah
-Denver is coming off a blowout win at home over division rival Portland last night on TNT & tonight is a very difficult spot for the Nuggets, as they are 1-4 ATS their L/5 games on zero days rest & Denver is also 5-11 ATS L/16 games vs a team with a home win% of .600 or higher-
-Utah is playing exceptional ball over the last few weeks, as they are on a 9 game winning streak & have won 12 of their L/13 games overall & they sit 1.5 games behind Denver for the Northwest Division lead & the ever important #3 seed in the Western Conference seeding race-
-This is the 3rd meeting between these teams this season, & Utah won AT Utah 98-94 as 8 pt favs back on Oct. 29th & Denver won at Denver 117-97 as 7.5 pt favs on Jan. 25th & Utah is 4-1 SU 3-2 ATS the L/5 games between these teams-
-Utah is 10-0 SU & 8-2 ATS their L/10 home games & they are also 6-1 ATS L/7 games as a home favorite of 5 to 10.5 pts & they are also 4-0 ATS L/4 vs a team with a winning road record-
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Nate Robinson returns to practice
Nate Robinson - G - NY - Mar. 6
Nate Robinson returned to practice Friday but remains questionable for Saturday's game against the Bobcats in New York.
However, the Daily News' Alan Hahn adds "it's a safe bet he'll play," but we thought that was true for Wednesday against the Hawks, too.
Source: New York Daily News
Garnett out at least another week, maybe more
Kevin Garnett - F - BOS - Mar. 6
Kevin Garnett is slowly recovering from a right knee strain, but should miss at least another full week and possibly more time with the injury.
"He ran (Thursday), he told me, on the treadmill, and he said he felt great," Doc Rivers said. "Other than that, that's the first day he's been able to run. We're just going to take our time. I would say at least a week, and most likely longer." Seeing him back in one week would be shocking, especially considering he didn't even start running until yesterday.
Bulls injury report
Tyrus Thomas skipped Thursday's practice with a hip strain but should play tonight against the Bucks. It sounds like it would take a miracle for Luol Deng to play through his leg injury tonight, while Tim Thomas is iffy with his left knee injury. If he's out, he'll have missed three straight, while Deng will also miss his third in a row.
Drew Gooden is now with the Spurs, but he won't play tonight against the Wizards. It sounds like it's more a situation of letting him get comfortable than it is that his groin injury that will keep him out
K-Mart questionable for Friday vs. Jazz
Kenyon Martin - F - DEN - Mar. 6
Kenyon Martin, who has struggled with back injuries for the past week and missed Thursday's game, is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Jazz.
Coach George Karl admitted that "rest might be the only cure," and owners should look at other options unless a positive report is released. Johan Petro got the start in his place on Thursday, but Chris Andersen was the main beneficiary of Martin's absence, and totaled four blocks on the night.