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04/10/2011 8:50 AM
BULLS: (-5, O/U 182) Chicago wrapped up the best record in the Eastern Conference in their last game. Whether or not the Bulls celebrated their season long success is another story. Chicago has been ultra competitive this season, and incredibly focused throughout the entire regular season. The Bulls are only 1 game behind San Antonio for the best record in the NBA. Chicago would love the opportunity to have home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bulls are 59-20 SU and 48-29-2 ATS overall this season. Chicago is 24-15 both SU and ATS in road games this season. The Bulls come into this afternoon riding a 6 game winning streak SU. Chicago has been the listed underdog in 2 of their 3 meetings with Orlando this year. PG Derrick Rose is likely to be voted MVP of the NBA this year, as he's been dominant on and off the floor for Chicago. Rose is the unquestioned leader of this Bulls team, as well as the go to guy down the stretch in the closest moments of tight ballgames. Rose is averaging team highs of 25 PPG and 7.9 APG this year. Defensively, the Bulls are allowing just 91.2 PPG, 2nd fewest in the NBA. The Bulls are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Southeast Division. Chicago is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. The Bulls are 38-17 ATS in their last 55 games playing on 1 days rest. Chicago is 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
Projected Score: 90 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Bulls are 8-2 ATS last 10 road games.
Under is 4-0 last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
MAGIC: Orlando is guaranteed to start the playoffs as the #4th seed in the Eastern Conference. The last few regular season games are nothing more than exhibition games for the Magic. The Magic are likely to rest their main starters, especially C Dwight Howard. Howard is suspended for today's contest against Chicago. Orlando has revenge, as they lost their only other home meeting against the Bulls in early March. The Magic are 50-29 SU and 32-46-1 ATS overall this season. Orlando is 28-11 SU and 17-22 ATS at home this year. The Magic are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games, all as the listed favorite. Without Dwight Howard in the paint, the Magic are likely to shoot even more 3 pointers today. The Magic attempt 25.7 three pointers per game, the most in the NBA. G Jason Richardson is averaging 13.9 PPG this season, including 2.3 made 3 pointers per game. PG Jameer Nelson is averaging 13.1 PPG and 6 assists per game this year. The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record. Orlando is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Orlando is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. The Magic are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games. Orlando is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
Projected Score: 83
Magic are 3-14 ATS last 17 games overall.
Under is 6-0 last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
CELTICS: Boston would love to earn a season sweep over the Miami Heat, something they can accomplish with a win today. The Celtics have used their experience and stellar defense to beat Miami in all 3 of their meetings thus far this season. The Celtics have the best defense in the NBA, as they are allowing an NBA low 90.8 PPG this season. Boston is 55-24 SU and 37-40-2 ATS overall this season. The Celtics are 23-16 SU and 18-21 ATS in road games this year. Offensively, Boston is shooting 48.7% from the field, best in the NBA. 5 different Celtics are averaging double figures in points this season, led by F Paul Pierce. Pierce is averaging 18.8 PPG this season, as well as 5.4 RPG and 3.3 APG. PG Rajon Rondo is averaging 10.7 PPG and a team high 11.3 APG this season. The Celtics are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Boston is 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 games following a SU win. The Celtics are 16-42-1 ATS in their last 59 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Boston is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Projected Score: 91 (SIDE of the Day)
Celtics are 13-3 ATS last 16 Sunday games.
Under is 11-1 last 12 games playing on 1 days rest.
HEAT: (-6, O/U 183) Miami has really struggled against Boston this season, as they've lost all 3 meetings against them. That makes today's contest all the more important, as this is a huge regular season game today. Miami is currently tied with Boston for the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are 55-24 SU and 37-41-2 ATS overall this season. Miami is 29-11 SU and 15-25 ATS in home games played this season. The Heat have been in solid form of late, far better than the Celtics recent form. The Heat have been held to 82 points or fewer in 2 of their 3 meetings with Boston this season. It's been nearly 2 months since Miami has played Boston, giving the Heat more time to get adjusted to playing great teams. F LeBron James is having arguably his finest season ever, as he's averaging team highs of 26.6 PPG and 7 APG. G Dwyane Wade is averaging 25.8 PPG this year, while shooting 50% from the field. The Heat are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. Miami is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning SU record. The Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Miami is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Projected Score: 92
Heat are 4-10 ATS last 14 games against the Eastern Conference.
Under is 6-1 last 7 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
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