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Wednesday’s six-pack

— Dodgers 3, Astros 1— Taylor/Turner homered in quickest WS game since 1992.

— North Carolina PG Joel Berry broke his hand, will miss the start of the hoop season.

— Kansas 93, Missouri 87— This exhibition basketball game raised $1.75M for a hurricane relief fund, but it also shows that Missouri’s talent level has risen dramatically this year.

— Pacers 130, Timberwolves 107— Indiana shot 77% in the second half.

— Magic 125, Nets 121— Brooklyn is 2-2, with an average total of 221 in their games.

— Injured 1B Adrian Gonzalez is away from the Dodgers, is on vacation in Europe with his family, which just seems odd.

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Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….

13) Good news if you like sports and live in the Albany area; Arena Football is coming back to downtown Albany next spring.

Arenaball was big in Albany in the 90’s; the Firebirds won the 1999 Arena Bowl, behind a star WR named Eddie Brown, whose son is current Steelers’ star Antonio Brown. But the league tried to expand to bigger markets; the Firebirds moved to Indianapolis, and later pretty much failed.

Now the rebuilding AFL is back in town; Albany is 6th team in the AFL, mostly eastern teams; hopefully they will add another franchise or two before next season.

12) Couple of quick Arena League memories from 20 years ago:
— Former Ohio State QB Art Schlichter played against the Firebirds here in Albany; him and Major Harris, who played at West Virginia. Schlichter was great in the AFL, but Harris needed to run to succeed and there was nowhere to run in the Arena League. It is a passing league.
— Then there was this other guy who played QB for the Iowa Barnstormers; they won a 77-76 game in Albany one night, a great game. The Iowa QB wound up in the NFL, played in three Super Bowls, just got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

You may have heard of him…..Kurt Warner

Bottom line…the Arena League is great fun. Glad it is coming back to town.

11) Phoenix Suns have had a season’s worth of drama in a week; they fired their coach, one of their best players asked off the team and is now in exile, awaiting a trade.

After an 0-3 start, with two losses by 40+ points and a 132-130 loss to the Lakers, the Suns went out with an interim coach and without Eric Bledsoe and they beat Sacramento, holding on to win by a point, after leading by 19 after the first quarter. Go figure.

Very curious to see what they get for Bledsoe when they trade him; they don’t exactly have a lot of leverage here.

10) So far in the postseason, Dodger hitters have drawn 46 walks; their opponents? Only 12.

9) Over the last 23 years, Washington Redskins have used 21 different kickers. Oy.

8) This year in the major leagues, there were 6,104 home runs hit, and 40,104 strikeouts.

40,104 strikeouts in 2,430 games; that works out to 16.5 strikeouts per game.

7) Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen has caught 16 3rd down passes this season that resulted in first downs for the Bolts; no one else in the NFL has more than 11 of those catches.

6) Kentucky is favored over Tennessee this week for only the second time in the last 21 years; last time the Wildcats were favored over Tennessee was 2007, when the Vols (+2.5) won 52-50. Tennessee is 19-1 in the last 20 series games, winning the last five in a row.

5) Best three red zone teams so far: Packers-Eagles-Texans, but you have to eliminate Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers being on the sidelines. Other two teams have a rookie QB and a 2nd-year QB, which is really surprising.

Worst red zone teams: Cleveland-Arizona-Denver/Indianapolis. Broncos are only one of those four teams that haven’t changed QB’s yet this season.

4) Teams with most plays of 20+ yards: Patriots (34), Rams/Vikings (33), Cardinals/Chiefs(32).

Teams with fewest plays of 20+ plays: Ravens (14), Bears/Giants (16), Dolphins (17).

3) With Jay Cutler (ribs) banged up, Miami Dolphins signed former San Jose State QB David Fales as a backup; he has two career NFL completions, for the Bears. He was in camp with Miami, so he knows the offense- they hope the hell they don’t have to play him.

2) ESPN college football analyst Joey Galloway had a really good NFL career; he played 16 years in the NFL, scored 78 TD’s, averaged 15.6 yards/catch. He averaged 19.8 ypc in 2003 for Dallas, leading the league when he was 32 years old.

1) This from the great Gil Brandt on Twitter:

In last 30 years, only 3 NFL QBs won games completing four or fewer passes that day: Chris Weinke (4), Tim Tebow (2), Mitch Trubisky (4). What else did those three QB’s have in common?

John Fox was head coach of all three of those teams at the time.
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October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )

DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

Totals:............49-45-2......52.12%.....+2.50

Best Bets:

Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

Totals...........................15 - 14...........-1.00.............11 - 15.................-28.00


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SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25, 2017

Time (ET) Away Home Site
7:00 PM Denver Nuggets Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center
7:00 PM Houston Rockets Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center
7:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Detroit Pistons Little Caesars Arena
7:30 PM Cleveland Cavaliers Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center
8:00 PM Indiana Pacers Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena
8:00 PM San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat AmericanAirlines Arena
8:30 PM Memphis Grizzlies Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center
10:00 PM Utah Jazz Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena
10:30 PM Toronto Raptors Golden State Warriors ORACLE Arena
10:30 PM Washington Wizards Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center

SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, 2017

Time (ET) Away Home Site
8:00 PM Atlanta Hawks Chicago Bulls United Center
8:00 PM Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks BMO Harris Bradley Center
8:00 PM Dallas Mavericks Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum
10:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
10:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center
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Wednesday, October 25


Not a lot to go on for the first 7-10 days, until these teams get some games under their belts. I’ll give you what relevant information I have:

Pistons won/covered their last four games with Minnesota; Wolves lost by 8-25 points in their last two visits to the Motor City. Over is 4-1 in last five series games. Pacers shot 77% in second half vs Minnesota last nite; Wolves are 2-2 to start season (over 3-0-1); they split two road tilts. Detroit also split its first four games (over 2-2); they split their two home games.

Rockets won their last seven games with Philly, but Sixers were 4-3 vs spread in those games; Houston is 1-4 vs spread in last five visits here. Over is 7-3 in last ten series games. Rockets won three of first four games (under 3-1), winning road games in Oakland/Sacramento. 76ers lost three of first four games (over 2-2), losing by 10 to Boston in their only home game.

Hornets won six of last eight games with Denver (under 7-1); Nuggets are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Charlotte. Denver lost two of first three games (under 3-0), losing by 10 at Utah in their only road game. Charlotte lost two of first three games (under 3-0); they beat Atlanta by 18 in their only home game this season.

Cavaliers won six of last seven games with Brooklyn; under is 6-2 in last eight series games. Cleveland is 0-3-1 vs spread in their last four visits to Barclays Center. Cavaliers beat the Bulls by 7 at home Tuesday; they’re 3-1 to start season (over 2-2), beating Milwaukee by 19 in their only road game. Brooklyn split its first four games (over 3-0-1), beating Hawks/Magic in their two home games.

Spurs won their last nine games with Miami (8-1 vs spread); over is 3-1 in last four series games. San Antonio covered its last five visits to South Beach- they’re 3-0 to start the season (under 2-1), winning by 10 in Chicago in their only road game. Miami won two of its first three games (over 2-1), beating Pacers/Hawks by 4-11 in their two home games (0-1-1 as HF).

Pacers won four of last five games with Oklahoma City; over is 5-3 in last eight series games. Indiana won their last two games in this building- they’re 2-2 to start season (over 3-1) after winning last nite in Minnesota- they shot 77% in 2nd half, are 2-0 as road underdogs. Thunder lost two of first three games (under 2-1); splitting their first two home games.

Mavericks won five of last seven games with Memphis; over is 6-3 in last nine series games. Grizzlies are 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to Dallas- they’re 3-0 to start season (under 3-0), with wins over Golden State/Houston- they beat Rockets in only road game. Mavericks are 0-4 to start season (0-4 vs spread, over 2-2), losing home games by 6-5-30 points.

Jazz won their last seven games with Phoenix (0-2-1 vs spread in last three); they’re 2-3 vs spread in last five visits here. Under is 6-3 in last nine series games. Utah split its first four games (3-1 vs spread, under 3-0-1); they lost by 18 in LA last nite. Jazz is 0-2 on road, losing by 3-18 points. Suns lost three of first four games (over 2-2), losing two of three home games.

Lakers lost eight of last nine games with Washington; over is 3-1 in last four series games. Wizards are 4-1 vs spread in last five series games played here. Washington won its first three games (over 2-1): road team covered all three. Wizards won by 5 in Denver in their only road game. Lakers open the season 1-2, losing both home games, by 16-7 points (over 2-1).

Warriors won nine of last ten games with Toronto (6-3-1 vs spread); Raptors are 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to Oakland. Over is 8-2 in last ten series games. Toronto won two of its first three games (over 2-1), losing by 4 at San Antonio in its only road game. Golden State split its first four games (over 3-1), losing to Houston 122-121 in their only home game.
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Wednesday, October 25


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Trend Report
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MINNESOTA @ DETROIT
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Detroit's last 12 games at home
Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota

DENVER @ CHARLOTTE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Denver's last 8 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte's last 8 games when playing Denver

HOUSTON @ PHILADELPHIA
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

CLEVELAND @ BROOKLYN
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games on the road
Brooklyn is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Brooklyn is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

INDIANA @ OKLAHOMA CITY
Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 19 of Oklahoma City's last 25 games when playing Indiana
Oklahoma City is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Indiana

SAN ANTONIO @ MIAMI
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
San Antonio is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games

MEMPHIS @ DALLAS
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Memphis's last 9 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Memphis's last 17 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 9 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Dallas's last 17 games when playing Memphis

UTAH @ PHOENIX
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Utah is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games at home

WASHINGTON @ LA LAKERS
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Lakers's last 8 games

TORONTO @ GOLDEN STATE
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Golden State
Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
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Dunkel

Wednesday, October 25


Minnesota @ Detroit

Game 501-502
October 25, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Minnesota
118.405
Detroit
111.638
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Minnesota
by 7
221
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Minnesota
by 1 1/2
208
Dunkel Pick:
Minnesota
(-1 1/2); Over

Houston @ Philadelphia


Game 503-504
October 25, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Houston
120.405
Philadelphia
113.583
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Houston
by 7
227
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Houston
by 3
220 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Houston
(-3); Over

Denver @ Charlotte


Game 505-506
October 25, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Denver
121.343
Charlotte
117.306
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Denver
by 4
208
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Denver
by 1 1/2
212
Dunkel Pick:
Denver
(-1 1/2); Under

Cleveland @ Brooklyn


Game 507-508
October 25, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Cleveland
129.111
Brooklyn
113.503
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Cleveland
by 15 1/2
223
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Cleveland
by 7
228
Dunkel Pick:
Cleveland
(-7); Under

San Antonio @ Miami


Game 509-510
October 25, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
San Antonio
122.871
Miami
123.080
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Miami
Even
206
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
San Antonio
by 4
195 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Miami
(+4); Over

Indiana @ Oklahoma City


Game 511-512
October 25, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Indiana
120.824
Oklahoma City
120.900
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Indiana
Even
228
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Oklahoma City
by 14
218
Dunkel Pick:
Indiana
(+14); Over

Memphis @ Dallas


Game 513-514
October 25, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Memphis
121.112
Dallas
114.033
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Memphis
by 7
187
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Memphis
by 4
195 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Memphis
(-4); Under

Utah @ Phoenix


Game 515-516
October 25, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Utah
121.741
Phoenix
110.492
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Utah
by 11
195
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Utah
by 6
203
Dunkel Pick:
Utah
(-6); Under

Washington @ LA Lakers


Game 517-518
October 25, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Washington
121.536
LA Lakers
118.313
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Washington
by 3
218
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Washington
by 7
230 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
LA Lakers
(+7); Under

Toronto @ Golden State


Game 519-520
October 25, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Toronto
120.300
Golden State
133.846
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Golden State
by 13 1/2
234
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Golden State
No Line
N/A
Dunkel Pick:
Golden State
N/A
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Wednesday, October 25


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MINNESOTA (2 - 2) at DETROIT (2 - 2) - 10/25/2017, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 4-0 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 4-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HOUSTON (3 - 1) at PHILADELPHIA (1 - 3) - 10/25/2017, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 51-34 ATS (+13.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 51-31 ATS (+16.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 41-18 ATS (+21.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 24-9 ATS (+14.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 316-262 ATS (+27.8 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
HOUSTON is 111-80 ATS (+23.0 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1996.
HOUSTON is 98-61 ATS (+30.9 Units) in road games off a upset loss as a favorite since 1996.
PHILADELPHIA is 112-147 ATS (-49.7 Units) in home games in the first half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 2-2 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 4-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DENVER (1 - 2) at CHARLOTTE (1 - 2) - 10/25/2017, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DENVER is 48-32 ATS (+12.8 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
DENVER is 38-21 ATS (+14.9 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHARLOTTE is 2-2 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
CHARLOTTE is 2-2 straight up against DENVER over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CLEVELAND (3 - 1) at BROOKLYN (2 - 2) - 10/25/2017, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
BROOKLYN is 4-3 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND is 6-1 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (3 - 0) at MIAMI (2 - 1) - 10/25/2017, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MIAMI is 49-35 ATS (+10.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 1006-879 ATS (+39.1 Units) in all games since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 806-686 ATS (+51.4 Units) as a favorite since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 45-23 ATS (+19.7 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 86-51 ATS (+29.9 Units) against Southeast division opponents since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 38-22 ATS (+13.8 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 333-274 ATS (+31.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
MIAMI is 126-169 ATS (-59.9 Units) in home games in the first half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN ANTONIO is 3-1 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 4-0 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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INDIANA (2 - 2) at OKLAHOMA CITY (1 - 2) - 10/25/2017, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) in road games when playing on back-to-back days over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 82-57 ATS (+19.3 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 2-2 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
INDIANA is 3-1 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MEMPHIS (3 - 0) at DALLAS (0 - 4) - 10/25/2017, 8:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 3 seasons.
DALLAS is 379-313 ATS (+34.7 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
MEMPHIS is 131-97 ATS (+24.3 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 5-3 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 5-3 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UTAH (2 - 2) at PHOENIX (1 - 3) - 10/25/2017, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 154-113 ATS (+29.7 Units) after allowing 115 points or more since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 4-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 7-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WASHINGTON (3 - 0) at LA LAKERS (1 - 2) - 10/25/2017, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 14-34 ATS (-23.4 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game since 1996.
LA LAKERS are 14-27 ATS (-15.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA LAKERS is 2-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 3-1 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TORONTO (2 - 1) at GOLDEN STATE (2 - 2) - 10/25/2017, 10:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 2-1 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
GOLDEN STATE is 4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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October 25, 2017


Well most of the betting world focuses on Game 2 of the World Series, basketball bettors have a 10-game NBA slate to break down tonight and there are plenty of intriguing matchups littered throughout.

From San Antonio in Miami to take on the Heat, to the highly publicized John Wall vs Lonzo Ball ordeal coming in the Washington/LA Lakers game, there are plenty of matchups you can sink your teeth into, here are two games I've decided to get down on this evening.

Best Bet #1: Oklahoma City -14

If you aren't a bettor that normally considers laying big numbers in the NBA, that mentality may have to change somewhat this year. The disparity in talent between the 5-8 teams that have a legitimate shot to win it all and the rest of the league is just so vast with all the “super teams” out there now, that big numbers like this one will be ATS winners on the regular.

Add in a prime situational spot for the Thunder tonight and it being Paul George's first game against his old squad, and this game has OKC blowout written all over it.

First off, the Pacers are playing their second game in as many nights after they shot the lights out to beat Minnesota 24 hours ago. The 130 points they put up on 66% shooting was actually quite remarkable for a Pacers squad that was catching 11 points last night as they couldn't be stopped en route to the 23-point outright win.

But we are still in the second week of the year and playing back-to-backs isn't ideal for guys still working into 'game shape' for the season, let alone facing a NBA championship contender that's a little salty right now. It's highly unlikely that the Pacers come close to that type of shooting percentage again tonight, and if regression to the mean works it it's full effect, don't be surprised to see the Pacers really struggle with their shots tonight and possibly not even break 40% from the field.

OKC's last outing was a controversial buzzer-beating defeat to those same Minnesota Timberwolves. The NBA came out after the fact and said that Andrew Wiggins final shot shouldn't have counted on the grounds of an illegal screen being set to spring him free and as mad as the Thunder were at the time, the NBA's ruling after the fact probably only stoked those flames.

Now after two consecutive losses, OKC welcomes George's old organization into town and when you combine OKC's pissed off attitude from the Minnesota loss, and George wanting to put a beatdown on his old, and now rebuilding franchise, I believe we see the best game of the year to date by the Thunder tonight.

And while 14 points may be a lot to lay, the fact that Indiana's dominant win last night as big dogs has made them a public underdog tonight. VegasInsider.com shows about 60% of the ATS bets and more than 90% of the ML bets (not surprising), are on Indiana right now, making the Thunder that much more attractive in my eyes. Public underdogs are ones you should steer away from the majority of the time in any sport, but that's especially true here given the situation facing both teams.

Best Bet #2: Dallas +4

Speaking of teams in a bad spots, the 3-0 SU and ATS Memphis Grizzlies are in Dallas tonight. Memphis has consecutive wins over Golden State and Houston entering play this evening, and given those results it's not shocking to see the majority of bettors already laying this small number on Memphis against a Mavericks team that just lost by 30 to the same Warriors team Memphis has already beaten.

But this line actually opened up at -5, and reverse line movement like we've seen suggests the home dog will be a live one tonight.

This is actually the first of a home-and-home between these two teams over the next 48 hours, and with Dallas starting off the year winless – both SU and ATS – they do not want to go into the Grindhouse tomorrow looking for their first cash. The Mavericks were always expected to be a team in transition this year, but starting out the campaign with two losses as favorites of -5 or more against the likes of Atlanta and Sacramento was highly disappointing.

Defeats to Houston and Golden State followed and bettors should be able to excuse those somewhat, especially when the 30-point beatdown Golden State put on them last time out was when the Warriors were a salty bunch after their loss in Memphis – see OKC above.

Dallas is 5-2 ATS the last seven times they've squared off against Memphis, and their 12-5 ATS run after allowing 125+ puts them in a nice spot to bounce back tonight. With Memphis in a potential letdown role after two outright upset victories against two of the league's best, this is exactly the type of spot where Memphis could struggle.
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Cavs' Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee
October 25, 2017


NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dwyane Wade has a bruised left knee and won't play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

Wade came off the bench and scored 11 points in 19 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Bulls. It was Wade's first game with Cleveland's second unit, and the 35-year-old added four assists and three rebounds as the Cavs' reserves cut into Chicago's early 14-point lead.

Earlier this week, Wade asked coach Tyronn Lue to take him out of the starting lineup because he thought it would benefit the team. Lue has been juggling his lineups and rotations while trying to blend new players and deal with injuries.

Starting point guard Derrick Rose is expected to miss his third straight game with a sprained ankle. LeBron James made a rare start at point guard and scored 34 points with 13 assists as the Cavs improved to 3-1. James also tweaked his right ankle.

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Wolves rule Butler out for 2nd straight game, with illness
October 25, 2017


DETROIT (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler will miss his second straight game because of an upper respiratory infection.

The Wolves announced before playing at Detroit on Wednesday that Butler won't play against the Pistons. He sat out on Tuesday at home against Indiana, which blew out the Timberwolves 130-107.

Butler, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Chicago on draft night, has 40 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals over his first three games with the Wolves while shooting 17 for 43 from the floor for 39.5 percent. Shabazz Muhammad started in his place against the Pacers.

Butler has played an entire season only once, in his second year in the NBA with the Bulls, in 2012-13.

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Pelicans' Davis (knee) considered day-to-day
October 25, 2017


New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who played only the first five minutes before departing with a left knee injury in Tuesday night's game, is considered day-to-day.

Coach Alvin Gentry said after the Pelicans' 103-93 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers that an MRI on Davis' left knee came back negative.

Davis, 24, appeared to tweak the knee in the first quarter and may have aggravated it while battling for a long rebound. He did not return after exiting the game.

"I don't know a whole lot. Our trainers just said the MRI came back negative. I'm sure we'll know more (Wednesday)," Gentry said after the game.

Davis was not walking with a noticeable limp when he left the arena, according to ESPN.

Teammate DeMarcus Cousins had 39 points and 13 rebounds in carrying the Pelicans (1-3) with Davis out of the game.

"At halftime I was hoping AD was going to come back out there," Cousins told reporters. "That didn't happen. I had to step up to the plate, and that's what I tried to do."

The 6-foot-10, 253-pound Davis is averaging 24.3 points and 12.8 rebounds in four games this season. He had two points and one rebound before leaving Tuesday's game.

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Tony Parker practicing with Spurs' G League team
October 25, 2017


MIAMI (AP) Tony Parker is taking another step toward returning to the San Antonio lineup.

The Spurs' point guard, who hasn't played since rupturing a tendon in his left quadriceps during last season's Western Conference semifinals, practiced Wednesday in San Antonio with the team's G League affiliate.

The Austin Spurs are holding their training camp at the Spurs' facility, which gave Parker the chance to get a workout.

It is unclear how many times Parker will practice with Austin. The Spurs, who formally assigned Parker to Austin on Wednesday, say he will work out with the G-League club again Friday.

''He wants to come back immediately,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday in Miami, where the Spurs are playing the Heat. ''But he knows he's got to be prepared for it, be 100 percent before he can come back. It's not an injury where you can come back too soon.''

Parker has been able to play some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 in recent days, but the team has not released any timetable for when they expect to get their longtime starter back on the floor.

Parker was quoted Sunday in the San Antonio Express-News saying that his return will come ''when Dr. Popovich says so.''

Parker was one of three Spurs players out for Wednesday - neither he nor All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard (right quad) have played yet this season, and Joffrey Lauvergne (right ankle sprain) is also sidelined after getting hurt Monday.

''I just don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about when somebody's going to come back,'' Popovich said. ''They're going to come back when they're ready, when the docs say they're ready. When it happens, it happens.''

When Parker does return, this will be his 17th NBA season - all with San Antonio. He's a six-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion, who averaged 10.1 points and 4.5 assists last season.

For his career, Parker has averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 assists. He and Popovich have won 831 games together, the second-most for any player-coach combination in NBA history behind only the 1,001 victories that Popovich had with Spurs legend Tim Duncan.
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Three-pointer: Ugly starts
October 25, 2017


The NBA regular season has picked up where it left off after a summer that had more plot twists than Showtime's "Shameless," which happily returns next month. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis have served notice that they might replace Russell Westbrook and James Harden as the MVP candidates we're most talking about and Golden State has actually lost two more games than some believed possible.

As of this writing, the best the defending champs can do now is 80-2.

Dwyane Wade has already volunteered to come off the bench because a starter's role on a team he joined weeks ago doesn't suit him, yet Jameer Nelson was in there closing out the final minutes of New Orleans' only win of the season hours after joining the team because he was head coach Alvin Gentry's best option at the point and will continue to be until Rajon Rondo gets healthy.

In the week's 3-pointer, we'll take a look at situations to be aware of if you're wagering on the NBA.

Stressed-out Pelicans

The aforementioned Davis, who looks to be in the best physical shape of his young career, left Tuesday night's loss at Portland in the first quarter due to knee pain. Despite a 39-point, 13-rebound night from DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans faded to fall 103-93 and then held their breath until Davis' MRI results came back.

Fortunately, he came back clean and will likely be back by the end of the week, but you definitely don't want to get stuck without his services and should wait to see him get through a game before getting back on New Orleans.

Even with their start in the lineup, the Pels looked pretty shaky falling apart in their only win of the season on Sunday night as a 21-point third-quarter lead became a five-point deficit in 10 minutes of action. That's disconcerting. No team with two of the top 10 frontcourt players in the league should ever be settling for either pulling up from 3-point range against one of the youngest teams out there.

Nelson ended up coming in and rescuing the night simply by getting the offense better situated to take advantage of its strengths. He played 30 minutes in the loss to Portland, which is entirely too many but apparently necessary just to give the Pelicans a fighting chance.

Since Ian Clark is a spot up shooter and not a playmaker, Tony Allen is a defender and not a ball handler and E'Twuan Moore knows his limiations and tends to be streaky, entirely too much is on Jrue Holiday's plate. He's struggled with his shot out of the gate and desperately needs the oxygen Nelson's arrival has supplied. Dante Cunningham, who has had to man the small forward spot more than the team envisioned since Solomon Hill tore his hamstring in late August and won't be back until February, doesn't provide much offense and is more of a glue guy. Clark a was a -16 against the Lakers. Darius Miller was a -13 against the Blazers.

Until Rondo comes back next month from sports hernia surgery and head coach Alvin Gentry can better assemble rotations, the Pelicans are likely to struggle. If Davis isn't the version of himself he put on display during a dominant first few games, there just isn't enough depth on the roster for New Orleans to be successful. After visiting Sacramento on Thursday, the Pels return home for three games against Cleveland, Orlando and Minnesota, all capable of taking advantage if Davis isn't healthy.

Suns setting early

Eric Bledsoe may or may not have issued a trade demand on Twitter as head coach Earl Watson was being fired three games in, but there's no question he wanted out. After the Phoenix Suns were blown out by 42 points against the Clippers, starting off 0-3, Watson paid with his job.

Bledsoe tweeted "I don't want to be here" on Sunday as news that the team was moving on from Watson as head coach was breaking, so the fact he's played his last game in a Phoenix uniform is no surprise. It was funny to hear Bledsoe explained the tweet by claiming he was referring to the hair salon he was at, but him wanting out of a bad situation is understandable.

The Suns lost their season opener 124-76 against a Portland team missing a suspended C.J. McCollum. They then allowed the Lakers to leave their building with a 132-130 win on the second night of a back-to-back. Despite being the more rested team, players couldn't be bothered to play defense, showing a remarkable apathy that made the on-court product look like a pickup game at your local L.A. Fitness.

They then hit the road to L.A.'s Staples Center and caught a 130-88 loss that was ultimately the final straw in keeping Watson in the head seat. Jay Triano, formerly of the Raptors and Canada's national basketball team, gets the interim gig, but this doesn't appear to be a situation where a new voice will make a huge difference. Bledsoe was the team's top defender, backed up by Tyler Ulis, who is generally listed as 5-foot-10.

Although they bounced back with a 117-114 home win over Sacramento on Monday, the Suns are still likely going to be a disaster until they get some value back from Bledsoe. Rookie backup point guard Mike James, a two-way player who wouldn't have been in the game had it not been for the co-captain's removal, made the winning basket and will get time alongside Ulis. Teams are going to continue having their way with a Suns defense surrendering over 125 points per game.

Devin Booker and rookie Josh Jackson are the right guys to build around since this team is essentially building from the ground up, but Bledsoe blew up his trade value since teams now know GM Ryan McDonough has no choice but to find him a new home. Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley are left to be the backbone of a painfully young team, and Dudley wasn't scheduled to debut this season until Monday night against Sacramento. Following a Wednesday night date with a Utah defense that has opened as the NBA's best, this group hits the road for five games. They'll be worth fading on most nights until oddsmakers go to astronomical spreads to try and capitalize on that strategy.

Least in the East

Speaking of the strategy to capitalize on the betting public's desire to wager against woeful teams, beware laying too many points with the remaining winless East teams, the Bulls and Knicks, in addition to potentially the worst team in the conference, the rebuilding Hawks.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder will miss a few games due to a nasty ankle sprain suffered in Sunday's loss in Brooklyn, leaving point guard duties in the hands of young Malcolm Delaney, Isaiah Taylor and Josh Maggette. If you're asking who those guys are, you're doing so in unison with most Hawks fans, who are finding that having a program is a must this season. Young forwards Taurean Waller-Prince and John Collins are promising, but the Hawks are going to do a lot of losing this season and missing the catalyst who led them to an opening night win in Dallas was something their retooled roster couldn't afford. AJC writer Michael Cunningham reports that Schroder won't travel to Chicago for Thursday night's date with the Bulls, which means he's out until at least Friday when Denver comes through town. Starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova will make the trip to face the Bulls and will likely be a game-time decision.

If you weren't aware, two of the guys vying for a starting forward spot with the Bulls knocked each other contention, almost quite literally. Bobby Portis hit Nikola Mirotic so hard that the swelling needed to go down just to determine the damage, resulting in an eight-game suspension for the Arkansas product. Finnish lottery pick Lauri Markkanen has taken the job and produced, but the Bulls are currently sporting a lineup so flawed that guard Jerian Grant is currently being introduced last. You know, the spot Michael Jordan once held. He and Justin Holiday played well enough against the Cavs to get the cover as a 15-point underdog on Tuesday night, but they opened as a 1.5-point favorite against visiting Atlanta. It's unlikely you'll see the Bulls laying points again until Nov. 15 at the earliest, which is when Sacramento comes through town. That's 10 games from now.

The Knicks are also still awful, but at least have Kristaps Porzingis healthy enough to give the team a chance. He shot 3-for-14 in Tuesday's 110-89 loss in Boston, contributing to a 1-for-12 effort from e-point range that helped waste a 16-point, 19-rebound effort from Enes Kanter.

Guard play is likely to be a major issue for New York with Ramon Sessions and the unretired Jarrett Jack holding down the point and Courtney Lee joining Tim Hardaway, Jr. in starting on the wing. If they can find a way to get Bledsoe, they should. In the mean time, it's clear that in the early going, books are going to throw a ton of points down and dare you to take them after watching the blowout losses pile up early. Although the natural and correct inclination is to take points, ask yourself why the books are offering you so many before you take them, because there's likely a very good reason.
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Early theme to NBA season: You score, I score, we all score
October 25, 2017


Maybe it's the 3-ball. Perhaps it's all about small ball.

Whatever the reasons, NBA teams had few problems putting the ball in the basket and piling up points through the first week of the regular season.

A third of the league is averaging 110 or more, and the Brooklyn Nets became the first team to score 115 in their first four games in 32 years - and they only won half of them, because they were giving up more than 120 a night.

The floor is open and offenses are flowing - with ease.

''The game has changed. Offense has changed in the last 10 years radically just because the players are getting better, they shoot the ball better, offense has opened up, 3-point line, everybody shoots now,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''So the offense has changed radically. Defense traditionally has not changed that much.''

It's advantage offense in a big, entertaining fashion.

D'Antoni ran the NBA's most potent offense when he was in Phoenix a decade ago, and in 2006-07 the Suns were the only team to average 110 for the season, finishing at 110.2.

That would have barely cracked the top 10 entering Tuesday's play. The Nets - yes, the Nets - are leading the way, averaging 123.5 a night. The system of playing small and firing 3-pointers may have been sneered at then, but it's practically becoming the norm now.

''It's hard to keep your bigs in the game now, so there's nobody tall at the rim anymore,'' Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. ''I think that's made offense a lot easier. It's really just kind of a style of play and stylistically teams are playing with more shooting and more guards and more speed and less rim protection around the basket, so it's definitely benefited the offense.''

He had Roy Hibbert in that role when he was in Indiana, and the Pacers rode their rugged defense toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, Vogel's Magic have yielded 126 and 121 while splitting a pair of games against the Nets.

Brooklyn is the first team since the Lakers, Pacers and Pistons in 1985-86 to open with four straight 115-point games.

D'Antoni believes defenses will have to evolve because ''they can't keep up with the offense.''

That, NBA fans, is an understatement.

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WEEK 1 MVP

Nobody has ever started an NBA season quite like Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Greek Freak put up 147 points, 43 rebounds and 21 assists during the Bucks' 3-1 start, stats that the NBA said had never been reached in a player's first four games. He scored at least 30 points in every game, including a career-high 44 against Portland.

Antetokounmpo is also off to the best scoring start in Bucks history. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 146 in 1970-71, when he won his first of two straight MVP awards.

Antetokounmpo might be on his way to one. The online sportsbook Bovada lowered his odds from 10 to 1 in the preseason to 5 to 2 Monday, listing him as its current MVP favorite.

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Other things to watch around the league:

HOMECOMING WEEK:
DeMarcus Cousins returns to Sacramento for the first time since his midseason trade to New Orleans last season when the Pelicans visit the Kings on Thursday. The next night, Paul Millsap is back in Atlanta for the first time since moving West to the Denver Nuggets over the summer.

MOVING ON UP: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich needs four wins to pass Phil Jackson and move into sixth place of the NBA's career list. Jackson had 1,155 victories in the regular season. Popovich has 1,152 entering the Spurs' game in Miami on Wednesday.

GEORGE'S GUESTS: Paul George will see his old Indiana mates Wednesday when the Pacers visit Oklahoma City for the first time since surprisingly trading their All-Star forward in the summer.

BACKCOURT BATTLE: Two of the league's best backcourts go head-to-head Friday when John Wall and Bradley Beal lead Washington into Oracle Arena to face Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

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STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia: 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists Monday in a 97-86 victory over Detroit. The rookie needed just four games for his first career triple-double.
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October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )

DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

Totals:............49-45-2......52.12%.....+2.50

Best Bets:

Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

Totals...........................15 - 14...........-1.00.............11 - 15.................-28.00


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DEN at CHA 07:00 PM
CHA +2.0
U 211.0

HOU at PHI 07:00 PM
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O 219.5 *****


CLE at BK 07:30 PM
BK +7.5
O 225.0 *****

IND at OKC 08:00 PM
IND +13.5
O 217.0

SA at MIA 08:00 PM
SA -4.5
O 196.5 *****

MEM at DAL 08:30 PM
O 197.5

UTA at PHO 10:00 PM
PHO +7.0 *****
U 204.0 *****


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TOR +12.0
O 228.5 *****

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NBA roundup: Rockets win on Gordon's buzzer-beater
October 25, 2017


PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Gordon nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer as the Houston Rockets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 105-104 on Wednesday night.

Gordon notched 29 points to lead Houston, which scored the last nine points. James Harden added 27 points and 13 assists for the Rockets, and Clint Capela contributed 16 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and four blocked shots.

J.J. Redick poured in 22 points to pace Philadelphia, which did not score in the final 3:05. Joel Embiid added 21 points, and Robert Covington chipped in 20 for the 76ers.

Nets 112, Cavaliers 107

NEW YORK -- Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 22 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining as Brooklyn overcame a triple-double by LeBron James to defeat Cleveland.

Dinwiddie made his 20th career start and first in place of D'Angelo Russell (right knee sprain). He shot 7-for-13, with his biggest basket coming after the Nets blew a 12-point lead. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe added 19 points apiece for Brooklyn.

James played point guard for the second straight night and totaled 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. He also committed eight turnovers, two shy of his career worst. Kyle Korver added 22 points for the Cavaliers, who committed 21 turnovers.

Warriors 117, Raptors 112


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry scored 30 points and Kevin Durant added 29, including key buckets down the stretch, as Golden State rallied past Toronto.

After the Raptors rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to take a stunning five-point lead, Curry scored in traffic with 1:28 left and Durant tied it with a 3-pointer 26 seconds later. Durant then fed Curry for another 3-pointer with 32 seconds to play, and Curry rounded out the victory with two free throws.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points.

Thunder 114, Pacers 96

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook posted his 81st career triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists, and Oklahoma City defeated Indiana as Paul George won his first game against his old team.

Carmelo Anthony recorded 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder. George wasn't featured much -- he scored only 10 points on eight shots in 19 minutes and fouled out with 6:13 to play.

Instead, former Oklahoma City guard and current Pacers leading scorer Victor Oladipo got a bit of revenge against his former team in the losing effort. Oladipo led Indiana with a season-high 35 points on 11-for-18 shooting and scored 21 points in the first half.

Spurs 117, Heat 100


MIAMI -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points to lead unbeaten San Antonio past Miami.

The Spurs also received strong bench play from Rudy Gay (season-high 22 points) and Manu Ginobili (14 points). San Antonio rookie guard Brandon Paul, who went undrafted in 2013, scored seven points -- the first of his NBA career -- after playing pro ball the past four years primarily in Russia, Turkey and Spain.

Tyler Johnson scored a team-high 23 points off the bench, but the Heat had their two-game win streak snapped. James Johnson added 21 points.

Suns 97, Jazz 88


PHOENIX -- TJ Warren scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half, and Phoenix recorded its second victory in as many tries under interim coach Jay Triano.

Alex Len (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Tyler Ulis (13 points, five assists) led a strong bench effort for the Suns. Devin Booker added 17 points for Phoenix, which was blown out twice while losing its first three games.

Rodney Hood returned from injury to score 22 points for the Jazz, who had beaten the Suns seven straight times but never led Wednesday. Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points and 11 assists for Utah.

Lakers 102, Wizards 99 (OT)

LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Ingram had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Los Angeles rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington in overtime.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sank a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left in overtime to give the Lakers a 100-99 lead, and Julius Randle finished off a two-on-one break with a dunk with 4.5 seconds remaining. Los Angeles rookie Lonzo Ball recorded six points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while shooting 2-for-11 from the floor, 0-for-5 from 3-point range.

Bradley Beal scored 28 points, John Wall had 18 points and nine assists, and Marcin Gortat contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards. Washington was trying to start 4-0 for the first time since 1978.

Mavericks 103, Grizzlies 94

DALLAS -- Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points as Dallas secured its first victory by knocking off previously undefeated Memphis.

Wesley Matthews added 16 points for the Mavericks, who avoided a second straight 0-5 start. Harrison Barnes scored 15 and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 points. Dallas also had big contributions from J.J. Barea (14 points) and Yogi Ferrell (10 points) off the bench.

Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 26 points (9-of-15 shooting) and 11 rebounds but went an uncharacteristic 3 of 8 at the foul line. Mike Conley scored 21, and reserve Tyreke Evans was the only Memphis player scoring in double figures with 13.

Pistons 122, Timberwolves 101

DETROIT -- Tobias Harris tied his career high with 34 points, and Detroit cruised to a victory over Minnesota.

Harris scored all of his points from the field, making 14 of 24 field-goal attempts, including a 6-for-9 performance from long range. Avery Bradley supplied 20 points, and Andre Drummond contributed 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Pistons.

Karl-Anthony Towns' 23 points and 10 rebounds led the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins tossed in 21 points and Jeff Teague added 18 for Minnesota.

Hornets 110, Nuggets 93

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Frank Kaminsky and rookie Malik Monk combined for 37 points off the bench, and Charlotte rolled to a victory over Denver.

Kaminsky scored 20 points and Monk had a career-high 17 on a night when the Hornets led by as many as 25 in the first half and pushed the lead up to 27 in the third quarter. Charlotte also got 15 points and 19 rebounds from Dwight Howard, and Kemba Walker got hot late to finish with 19 points. Jeremy Lamb scored 16.

Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 18 points apiece, and Jamal Murray scored 16.
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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

10/25/2017 11-7-0 61.11% +16.50
10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

Totals:............60-52-2......53.57%.....+19.00

Best Bets:

Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

10/25/2017....................2 - 1.............+4.50...............4 - 3.................+3.50
10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

Totals...........................17 - 15...........+3.50.............15 - 18.................-24.50



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SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, 2017
Time (ET) Away Home Site
8:00 PM Atlanta Hawks Chicago Bulls United Center
8:00 PM Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks BMO Harris Bradley Center
8:00 PM Dallas Mavericks Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum
10:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
10:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center

SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 27, 2017
Time (ET) Away Home Site
7:00 PM Houston Rockets Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center
7:00 PM San Antonio Spurs Orlando Magic Amway Center
7:30 PM Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Madison Square Garden
7:30 PM Denver Nuggets Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena
8:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center
10:30 PM Toronto Raptors Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center
10:30 PM Washington Wizards Golden State Warriors ORACLE Arena
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Thursday, October 26


Dallas @ Memphis

Game 701-702
October 26, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Dallas
111.710
Memphis
123.435
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Memphis
by 11 1/2
188
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Memphis
by 8
196 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Memphis
(-8); Under

Boston @ Milwaukee


Game 703-704
October 26, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Boston
114.124
Milwaukee
127.559
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Milwaukee
by 13 1/2
200
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Milwaukee
by 4
206 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Milwaukee
(-4); Under

Atlanta @ Chicago


Game 705-706
October 26, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Atlanta
116.580
Chicago
113.691
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Atlanta
by 3
203
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Chicago
by 2 1/2
200 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Atlanta
(+2 1/2); Over

LA Clippers @ Portland


Game 707-708
October 26, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
LA Clippers
128.489
Portland
127.445
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
LA Clippers
by 1
220
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Portland
by 2
211
Dunkel Pick:
LA Clippers
(+2 1/2); Over

New Orleans @ Sacramento


Game 701-702
October 26, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
New Orleans
116.751
Sacramento
117.118
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
New Orleans
Even
208
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Sacramento
by 2
203
Dunkel Pick:
New Orleans
(+2); Under
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Thursday, October 26


Not a lot to go on for the first 7-10 days, until these teams get some games under their belts. I’ll give you what relevant information I have:

Mavericks beat Grizzlies by 9 at home last night; they won six of last eight games with Memphis; over is 7-3 in last ten series games. Dallas is 2-2 vs spread in last four visits to Tennessee. Mavs are 1-4 to start season (1-4 vs spread, over 3-2), losing by 16 at Houston in only road game. Memphis is 3-1 to start season (under 3-1), with home wins over Golden State/New Orleans.

Celtics won six of last nine games with Milwaukee; they lost by 8 at home to Bucks last week. Boston is 3-1 vs spread in last four visits here. Over is 7-2-1 in last ten series games. Celtics won their last two games after an 0-2 start (under 3-1)- they split pair of road games. Bucks won three of first four games (over 3-1); they’re 1-1-1 vs spread at home this month.

Hawks won seven of last eight games with Chicago (7-1 vs spread); over is 3-1 in last four series games. Atlanta is 4-2 vs spread in last six visits to Windy City. Hawks lost their last three games by 18-12-11 points (under 2-0-1); they still haven’t played at home. Chicago lost its first three games, 17-10-7 points (over 2-1). Bulls lost by 10 the Spurs in their only home game.

Clippers won last three games with Portland, covered three of last four; they’re 1-3 in last four visits here (2-2 vs spread). Over is 4-1 in last five series games. Clippers are 3-0 SU/ATS to start season (under 3-0); this is their first true road game (played Lakers in “road” game). Portland won three of first four games (under 3-1); they beat Pelicans by 10 in their home opener.

Pelicans won seven of last nine games with Sacramento; they’re 2-3 vs spread in last five visits here. Last three series games stayed under. New Orleans lost three of first four games (over 2-2); favorites covered all three of their road games (1-2). Kings lost three of first four games (under 3-1); they lost by 5 to Houston in their only home game.
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DALLAS (1 - 4) at MEMPHIS (3 - 1) - 10/26/2017, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 380-313 ATS (+35.7 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
DALLAS is 482-406 ATS (+35.4 Units) in road games since 1996.
DALLAS is 157-122 ATS (+22.8 Units) in road games in the first half of the season since 1996.
DALLAS is 128-95 ATS (+23.5 Units) in road games vs. division opponents since 1996.
DALLAS is 265-217 ATS (+26.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
MEMPHIS is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 6-3 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 6-3 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BOSTON (2 - 2) at MILWAUKEE (3 - 1) - 10/26/2017, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 31-18 ATS (+11.2 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road games in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in road games against Central division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 253-207 ATS (+25.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
MILWAUKEE is 426-512 ATS (-137.2 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=98 points/game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
MILWAUKEE is 4-4 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 5-3 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ATLANTA (1 - 3) at CHICAGO (0 - 3) - 10/26/2017, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 152-117 ATS (+23.3 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1996.
CHICAGO is 258-314 ATS (-87.4 Units) in the first half of the season since 1996.
CHICAGO is 11-25 ATS (-16.5 Units) against Southeast division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 7-1 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 7-1 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA CLIPPERS (3 - 0) at PORTLAND (3 - 1) - 10/26/2017, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LA CLIPPERS are 88-119 ATS (-42.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1996.
LA CLIPPERS are 67-43 ATS (+19.7 Units) in road games after allowing 85 points or less since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA CLIPPERS is 7-6 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 8-5 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW ORLEANS (1 - 3) at SACRAMENTO (1 - 3) - 10/26/2017, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW ORLEANS is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) versus poor offensive teams - scoring <=98 points/game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 5-2 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
NEW ORLEANS is 5-2 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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AP Source: Pelicans adding veteran forward Josh Smith
October 25, 2017


NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the deal says the New Orleans Pelicans are adding veteran forward Josh Smith to the roster and that Smith is expected to join the team on Thursday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday night because paperwork on a contract was not complete.

The 6-foot-9 Smith, who most recently played for Maccabi Haifa in Israel, joins New Orleans on the heels of power forward Anthony Davis' left knee injury during a Pelicans loss at Portland on Tuesday night. Davis has not been diagnosed with structural damage but is questionable for Thursday night's game in Sacramento.

New Orleans' agreement with the 31-year-old Smith was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

In 12 NBA seasons between 2004 and 2016, Smith has career averages of 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds.

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Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules
October 25, 2017


NEW YORK (AP) Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use.

Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted's documentary ''Concept of Cannabis.'' Stern said he thought there was ''universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.''

Adam Silver, who replaced Stern as commissioner in 2014, has said he is interested in studying more about the safety of medicinal marijuana. But Stern, who spent 30 years as commissioner, seemed ready to go a step further in his interview.

''I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state,'' he said. ''If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what's legal in your state.''

Marijuana is listed as a prohibited substance on the league's anti-drug program, and players can be fined or suspended for multiple positive tests.

''While Commissioner Silver has said that we are interested in better understanding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana, our position remains unchanged regarding the use by current NBA players of marijuana for recreational purposes,'' NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.
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Inside the Paint - Thursday
October 26, 2017


Up to Speed

Since Monday, favorites have gone 14-10 straight up while underdogs have posted a 12-11-1 record against the spread. Bettors riding the home ‘dogs on Wednesday wound up going 5-2 SU and 6-1 ATS with big victories posted by the Nets (+8, +270 ML) over the Cavaliers and the Suns (+7.5, +260 ML) over the Jazz. Dallas wound up earning its first win by beating Memphis 103-94 at home and the L.A. Lakers handed the Washington their first loss of the season with a 102-99 overtime victory at the Staples Center.

Even though scoring is up through the first week of the season, the oddsmakers have already adjusted to the totals market correctly with some inflated numbers. The days of totals closing below 200 are going to be very rare this season. Through three days of action this week, the ‘under’ is 17-7 (71%) and that includes an 8-2 mark to the low side last night.

Welcome Mat?

DeMarcus Cousins will face his former team on Thursday as New Orleans (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) and Sacramento (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) meet from the Golden 1 Center.

The big man still isn’t happy with the Kings organization after he was dealt to New Orleans last February. In a recent in interview, Cousins shared his thoughts.

"My representatives, they told me I shouldn't stay," Cousins said of refusing "an opportunity to leave" when the team hired George Karl in 2015 to coach the team. "But, you know, I guess being stubborn or loyal, I wanted to make things work. How you going to be loyal to something that ain't loyal to any player that's ever played the game? I was a fool."

Sacramento opened as a short favorite (-2) and the line has already swung the other way with New Orleans listed as the betting 'chalk' (-1.5). The line would be higher if New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis (knee) was healthy. He’s listed as ‘doubtful’ as of Thursday morning after knocking his knees in Tuesday’s 103-93 loss at Portland.

Even though the pair share the same record, New Orleans has played three playoff contenders while Sacramento’s last three opponents have at least three-plus losses.

The Kings were competitive in their home opener last Wednesday, but still came up short in a 105-100 loss to the Rockets.

The home team won and covered all three meetings last season and Cousins was on the winning team in each game, winning twice with Sacramento before getting revenge against the Kings in the “Big Easy” after the trade. In that win, Cousins torched his former team for a game-high 37 points and 13 rebounds as New Orleans cruised to a 117-89 blowout. The ‘under’ connected in all three games last season.

Tip-off is set for 10:35 p.m. ET and TNT will provide national coverage.

Looking for Respect

Milwaukee (3-1 SU, 2-1-1 ATS) will host Boston (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS) at the Bradley Center tonight and TNT will provide national coverage of this game at 8:05 p.m. ET.

This will be a quick rematch as the Bucks dropped the Celtics 108-100 last Tuesday as 1 ˝-point road underdogs. Boston actually led this game going into the fourth quarter by four points but Milwaukee closed the game 32-20 as the Celtics ran out of gas after dealing with Cavaliers one night earlier and of course the emotional loss of Gordon Hayward to injury.

Even though a lot of pundits may believe Milwaukee is better than Boston, the oddsmakers still have the Celtics (4/1) as the second choice to win the East behind Cleveland while the Bucks are sitting at 16/1.

For this matchup, Milwaukee opened as a 3 ˝-point favorite and that number quickly moved to four.

After starting 0-2, Boston has won back-to-back games albeit against the 76ers and Knicks. Milwaukee sits above that pair and another win in this spot would boost its resume even more.

Prior to the outcome last week, Boston was on a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS run against Milwaukee.

The total was bet down early from 207 to 205 ˝. Boston has leaned ‘under’ (3-1) while the Bucks have been on the other side of the fence with a 3-1 ‘over’ mark.

Home-and-Home

The Mavericks and Grizzlies will play for the second straight night after meeting in the Lone Star State on Wednesday. As mentioned above, Dallas captured its first win of the season (103-94) and that was also the first setback this season for Memphis. Including that win, that Mavericks are now 6-2 both SU and ATS in their last eight games versus the Grizzlies.

Dallas has only played one road game this season and it was run 107-91 at Houston. Memphis has gone 2-0 both SU and ATS at home this season, with both wins coming by double digits.

The Grizzlies have seen all four of their games go ‘under’ this season and tonight’s total (196 ˝) is expecting another low-scoring affair.

Western Test


Bettors could be scratching their heads on this game as the Clippers (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) and Trail Blazers (3-1 SU, 3-0-1 ATS) square off from the Moda Center. I thought this line would be closer to pick ‘em or even have Los Angeles listed as a road favorite but will find out soon enough if my rating is better than oddsmakers. Portland opened -2 and is up to -3 at a few betting shops.

The Clippers haven’t played any serious contenders thus far, but they have won and covered all of their games easily. What’s impressive is the defense, which is leading the league in scoring at 88 points per game and that’s helped the ‘under’ post a 3-0 mark.

Portland’s offense (112.8 PPG) will be a much stiffer test for Los Angeles but you could question those early numbers too considering the Trail Blazers started the season against the defenseless Suns and Pacers. Make a note that Portland is 3-1 to the ‘under’ so far.

The Clippers got the best of the Trail Blazers last season, winning all three of their encounters and they covered two of the victories. They only visited the Moda Center once and they captured a 114-106 victory.

If Necessary

With the NBA being so top-heavy, you’re going to have matchups on a nightly basis that are often unwatchable and sometimes not even worth wagering on. This matchup between Atlanta (1-3 SU, 1-2-1 ATS) and Chicago (0-3 SU, 1-2 ATS) certainly meets that criteria. The Bulls opened as 2 ˝-point home favorites after being listed as double-digit underdogs in their first three games.

Atlanta has been an underdog in every game so far, which isn’t surprising since the NBA somehow let the schedule makers have the club start the season with five straight on the road. Also, the Hawks will likely be without point guard Dennis Shroder (ankle) for the fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. In the lone game Atlanta won at Dallas (117-111) last Wednesday, the super-fast point guard finished with a game-high 28 points and added seven assists.

Chicago had its home opener last Saturday and it dropped an 87-77 decision to San Antonio at home. The Bulls rebounded offensively in Tuesday’s loss at Cleveland (119-112) by hitting 17-of-33 (52%) bombs from 3-point land. If Fred Hoiberg’s team continues that trend, the Bulls won’t be winless for long.

For what it’s worth, Atlanta has won and covered eight of the last 10 meetings between the pair.
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October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )

DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

10/25/2017 11-7-0 61.11% +16.50
10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

Totals:............60-52-2......53.57%.....+19.00

Best Bets:

Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

10/25/2017....................2 - 1.............+4.50...............4 - 3.................+3.50
10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

Totals...........................17 - 15...........+3.50.............15 - 18.................-24.50



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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26
GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


ATL at CHI 08:00 PM
ATL +2.0

DAL at MEM 08:00 PM
O 195.5 *****

BOS at MIL 08:00 PM
MIL -4.5 *****
O 206.0 *****


LAC at POR 10:00 PM
POR -2.0
U 215.5 *****

NO at SAC 10:30 PM
SAC -1.0 *****
U 203.0
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SAN ANTONIO (4 - 0) at ORLANDO (3 - 1) - 10/27/2017, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN ANTONIO is 1007-879 ATS (+40.1 Units) in all games since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 807-686 ATS (+52.4 Units) as a favorite since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 23-12 ATS (+9.8 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 87-51 ATS (+30.9 Units) against Southeast division opponents since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 39-22 ATS (+14.8 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 334-274 ATS (+32.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
ORLANDO is 35-50 ATS (-20.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 15-27 ATS (-14.7 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 60-91 ATS (-40.1 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 3-1 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 3-1 straight up against ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HOUSTON (4 - 1) at CHARLOTTE (2 - 2) - 10/27/2017, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HOUSTON is 316-263 ATS (+26.7 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
HOUSTON is 111-81 ATS (+21.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1996.
CHARLOTTE is 47-75 ATS (-35.5 Units) against Southwest division opponents since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHARLOTTE is 2-2 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 3-1 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BROOKLYN (3 - 2) at NEW YORK (0 - 3) - 10/27/2017, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW YORK is 15-3 ATS (+11.7 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
NEW YORK is 6-20 ATS (-16.0 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 since 1996.
NEW YORK is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 4-4 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
NEW YORK is 4-4 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DENVER (1 - 3) at ATLANTA (1 - 4) - 10/27/2017, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 4-0 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 4-0 straight up against DENVER over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (2 - 2) at MINNESOTA (2 - 3) - 10/27/2017, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 5-4 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 6-3 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TORONTO (2 - 2) at LA LAKERS (2 - 2) - 10/27/2017, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 23-12 ATS (+9.8 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 3-1 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
TORONTO is 4-0 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WASHINGTON (3 - 1) at GOLDEN STATE (3 - 2) - 10/27/2017, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 147-191 ATS (-63.1 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
GOLDEN STATE is 42-26 ATS (+13.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
GOLDEN STATE is 88-59 ATS (+23.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
GOLDEN STATE is 2-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
GOLDEN STATE is 3-1 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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Friday, October 27


Spurs won nine of last ten games with Orlando, but Magic covered five of their last seven; San Antonio covered four of its last five visits here. Last five series games stayed under. Spurs are 4-0 this season (3-1 vs spread, over 2-2); they won their two road games, by 10-17 points. Orlando won three of its first four games (over 3-1); they won their two home games by 7-4.

Rockets won nine of last 10 games with Charlotte, but Hornets are 3-2 vs spread in last five. Houston is 2-3 vs spread in last five visits here. Rockets won four of their first five games; their last four games stayed under total. Houston is 3-0 on road, 1-2 vs spread. Hornets split their first four games (under 4-0), winning their two home games, by 17-18 points.

Nets are 6-4 in last ten games wth the Knicks; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to Madison Square Garden. Over is 6-3 in last nine series games. Brooklyn is 3-0 at home, 0-2 on road (over 3-1-1), losing away games by 4-9 points. Knicks are 0-3 this season, losing by 4 to Detroit in their only home game (under 2-1).

Hawks won/covered their last four games with Denver; over is 3-1-1 in last five series games. Nuggets are 1-4 vs spread in last five games in this building. Denver lost three of its first four games (under 4-0), losing away games by 10 at Utah, 17 at Charlotte. Atlanta lost its last three games, by 18-12-11 points; this is their home opener. Under was 2-1-1 in their first four games.

Thunder is 7-3 in its last 10 games with Minnesota; they’re 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to the Twin Cities. Road team won six of last 10 series games, under is 6-3 in those games. OKC split its first four games (under 3-1), losing by 9 at Utah in their only road game. Timberwolves are 2-3 to start season (over 4-0-1); they allowed 130-122 points in last two games. Minnesota split its two home games.

Lakers lost their last five games with Toronto (1-4 vs spread, under 4-1); Raptors are 4-1 vs spread in last five series games here. Toronto split their first four games, losing road games by 5-4 points (under 2-0) at San Antonio/Boston. Lakers split their first four games, with two wins by total of five points. LA is 1-2 at home, with losses by 16-7 points.

Golden State won five of last six games with Washington (4-2 vs spread); Wizards are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Oakland (under 4-1). Washington won three of last four games, but lost to the Lakers Wednesday; they’re 1-2 on road. Over is 3-2 in their games. Warriors are 3-2 to start season (over 3-2)— they’re 1-4 vs spread, 0-2 as a home favorite this month.

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Trend Report
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SAN ANTONIO @ ORLANDO
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing San Antonio
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

HOUSTON @ CHARLOTTE
Houston is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing at home against Houston

DENVER @ ATLANTA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Denver

BROOKLYN @ NEW YORK
Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Brooklyn's last 12 games when playing on the road against New York
New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New York's last 12 games when playing at home against Brooklyn

OKLAHOMA CITY @ MINNESOTA
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

TORONTO @ LA LAKERS
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Toronto is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games when playing Toronto

WASHINGTON @ GOLDEN STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
Golden State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
Golden State is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games
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Friday, October 27



San Antonio @ Orlando

Game 501-502
October 27, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
San Antonio
129.420
Orlando
117.977
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
San Antonio
by 11 1/2
198
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
San Antonio
by 5 1/2
207 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
San Antonio
(-5 1/2); Under

Houston @ Charlotte


Game 503-504
October 27, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Houston
123.623
Charlotte
115.644
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Houston
by 8
207
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Houston
by 2 1/2
212 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Houston
(-2 1/2); Under

Brooklyn @ New York


Game 505-506
October 27, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Brooklyn
111.451
New York
118.441
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
New York
by 7
204
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
New York
by 2
220 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
New York
(-2); Under

Denver @ Atlanta


Game 505-506
October 27, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Denver
118.005
Atlanta
115.491
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Denver
by 2 1/2
207
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Denver
No Line
N/A
Dunkel Pick:
Denver
N/A

Oklahoma City @ Minnesota


Game 509-510
October 27, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Oklahoma City
119.823
Minnesota
114.502
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Oklahoma City
by 5 1/2
208
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Oklahoma City
No Line
N/A
Dunkel Pick:
Oklahoma City
N/A

Toronto @ LA Lakers


Game 511-512
October 27, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Toronto
125.658
LA Lakers
114.676
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Toronto
by 11
212
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Toronto
by 5 1/2
225
Dunkel Pick:
Toronto
(-5 1/2); Under

Washington @ Golden State


Game 513-514
October 27, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Washington
125.173
Golden State
128.287
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Golden State
by 3
233
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Golden State
by 11
230
Dunkel Pick:
Washington
(+11); Over
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October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )

DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

10/26/2017 1-7-0 12.50% -33.50
10/25/2017 11-7-0 61.11% +16.50
10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

Totals:............61-59-2......50.83%.....-14.50

Best Bets:

Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

10/26/2017....................0 - 2.............-11.00..............1 - 2..................-6.00
10/25/2017....................2 - 1.............+4.50...............4 - 3.................+3.50
10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

Totals...........................17 - 17...........-7.50...............16 - 20.................-30.50



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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


SA at ORL 07:00 PM
ORL +5.5 *****
U 207.0 *****


HOU at CHA 07:00 PM
HOU -3.0
O 215.0

BK at NY 07:30 PM
BK +2.0 *****
U 220.5 *****


DEN at ATL 07:30 PM
ATL +7.5
O 207.5 *****

OKC at MIN 08:00 PM
MIN +2.0
U 218.0

TOR at LAL 10:30 PM
TOR -6.0
U 221.0 *****

WAS at GS 10:30 PM
GS -11.5 *****
U 230.5 *****
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