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02/24/2011 10:19 PM
THUNDER: With Carmelo Anthony out of Denver, the Northwest Division appears to be the Thunder's division to lose. Oklahoma City made a trade of their own yesterday, as they traded away F Jeff Green for C Kendrick Perkins. Oklahoma City is 36-20 SU and 29-27 ATS overall this year, placing them 4th in the Western Conference standings. The Thunder are 16-12 SU and 14-14 ATS in road games this season. Oklahoma City is 10-6 ATS as the listed underdog this year, including 3-1 ATS as a road underdog between 6.5 and 9 PTS. F Kevin Durant is the NBA's leading scorer, as he's averaging 28.8 PPG. PG Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.1 PPG and a team high 8.5 APG this year. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. Oklahoma City is 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games as a road underdog between 5 and 10.5 points. The Thunder are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games against the NBA Southeast. Oklahoma City is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Friday games. The Thunder are 37-16 ATS in their last 53 games following a SU loss. Oklahoma City is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Thunder are 4-1 ATS last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record.
Under is 10-2 last 12 games as a road underdog.
MAGIC: (-7, O/U 206.5) Orlando is currently in 4th place in the Eastern Conference, thanks to a 36-22 SU and 26-31-1 ATS record this season. The Magic are primed for a big 2nd half of the year, considering the trade that netted new players is in the past. The Magic are 21-9 SU and 15-15 ATS in home games this year. Orlando is 3-5 ATS as a home favorite between 6.5 and 9 PTS this season. The Magic are looking for a good defensive performance tonight, as they allowed Oklahoma City to score 125 PTS in a 1 point SU defeat earlier this year. Orlando is allowing just 94.2 PPG this year, the 6th fewest in the NBA. C Dwight Howard is having another dominant season, as he's averaging Magic highs of 23 PPG and 13.9 RPG. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record. Orlando is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Friday games. The Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Orlando is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the NBA Northwest.
Projected Score: 102 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Magic are 5-2 ATS last 7 games as a favorite.
Under is 7-1 last 8 games overall.
NUGGETS: Denver just might be a better team without Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. As Nuggets fans wake up today, that is the water cooler topic for today. The Nuggets appear to be revitalized since the trade, as they no longer have to answer trade rumor after trade rumor. The Nuggets are 33-25 SU and 25-30-3 ATS overall this year. Denver is currently in 6th place in the Western Conference. A playoff berth would be a huge accomplishment for this team considering all the turmoil they have gone thru this year. Denver is 10-18 SU and 13-15 ATS in road games this season. The Nuggets are 10-11 ATS as the listed underdog this year. PG Ty Lawson will be counted on in a much bigger role for the rest of the year, and he appears to be up to the challenge. Lawson has been a bright spot for Denver this year, as he's averaging 10.6 and 3.8 APG this year, figures that are bound to go up with added playing time. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the NBA Northwest. Denver is 8-17-3 ATS in their last 28 games as a road underdog. The Nuggets are 8-20-2 ATS in their last 30 games playing without rest. Denver is 4-15-3 ATS in their last 22 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%.
Projected Score: 95
Nuggets are 7-20 ATS last 27 Friday games.
Over is 8-2 last 10 road games.
TRAILBLAZERS: (-6.5, O/U 205) Portland has been dominated in their last 2 meetings with Denver, both SU and ATS. Tonight, the Blazers will look to move past their 4th quarter debacle against the Lakers in their last game. Portland is playing some of their best basketball of the season, and they get to play the Nuggets on the back end of consecutive games. The Blazers are 32-25 SU and 28-26-3 ATS overall this season. Portland is 19-8 SU and 15-11 ATS in home games this year. The Blazers are 18-12 ATS as the listed favorite overall this year. Portland is also a profitable 3-2 ATS as a home favorite between 6.5 and 9 PTS this season. F LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like one of the 10 best players in the NBA of late, as he's simply carrying Portland. Aldridge is averaging a team high 22.4 PPG this year, along with 9 RPG. G Brandon Roy is slowly rounding into shape, and he's looking to add to his 16.1 PPG this season down the stretch. The Trail Blazers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite between 5 and 10.5 points.
Trailblazers are 4-0-1 ATS last 5 games as a favorite.
Under is 7-3 last 10 games against a team with a winning SU record.
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