Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards (-4 ½, 191 ½)
The Bulls are a miserable 3-8 against the spread (ATS) outside the Windy City.
Chicago leading-scorer Luol Deng, averaging less than 19 points, skipped Monday’s practice with a sore back and is probable for Wednesday’s tilt against the Wizards.
“It’s just one of those things I'll probably have to be dealing with all season,” Deng told reporters.
The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last six at the Verizon Center and have covered the spread in their last two meetings with the Bulls in D.C.
Pick: Wizards -4 ½
Utah Jazz at Charlotte Bobcats (+5, 196)
Utah has been bad. The Bobcats, though, have been worse.
Charlotte has failed to cover the spread in nine straight and is 2-7 straight up (SU) in that stretch. It has also lost four of its last six in North Carolina.
The Jazz hammered the Bobcats 120-95 last March and have won two of their last three meetings in the Tar Heel State.
Pick: Jazz -5
Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks (-1 ½, 187 ½)
The Hawks have been soaring in Georgia recently.
Atlanta has won four of its last five in the Peach State, including Monday’s 116-111 triumph over the Jazz.
Hawks star Josh Smith scored 18 points against Utah. Smith, averaging eight rebounds a game this season, tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds in a Nov. 21 victory over the Heat in South Beach.
The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last four against the Southeast Division.
Pick: Hawks -1 ½
Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers (-6, 202 ½)
Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is finally living up to expectations.
Dunleavy is averaging a career-high 17 points on 48 percent shooting. He also scored a career-high 36 points in Monday’s 27-point thrashing of the Knicks.
Indiana has won four of its last six and has covered the spread in seven of its last 10. The Pacers are 4-2 in their last six meetings with Philadelphia.
Pick: Pacers -6
Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics (-6, 180)
Boston puts its 12-0 record at TD Banknorth Garden on the line Wednesday against the second-place Pistons.
Detroit has covered the spread in four of its last five outside the Motor City and is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 overall. It routed Golden State on Sunday, holding the league’s highest scoring club to 87 points. That’s 21 points below the Warriors’ season average.
Celtics guard Ray Allen is questionable for Wednesday. Boston’s sharpshooter has missed two straight contests with a sprained ankle.
Pick: Pistons +6
Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks (+3 ½, 193 ½)
LeBron James loves playing in the Big Apple.
King James tallied 45 points and seven assists in a Nov. 2 triumph over the Knicks. He also scored 31 points in Monday’s overtime victory against the Bucks. He is now leading the league in scoring, averaging 29 points.
New York has lost five of its last six at Madison Square Garden. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the Cavs and Knicks.
Pick: Cavaliers -3 ½
Sacramento Kings at Milwaukee Bucks (-6, 194 ½)
The Kings got the winless monkey off their backs last Friday in Philadelphia. They want to conclude their five-game road trip with a win over the Bucks.
Milwaukee failed to cover the spread at home Saturday night against the rebuilding Timberwolves and is just 1-4 ATS in its last four contests at the Bradley Center.
Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in its last five outside Arco Arena.
Pick: Kings +6
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies (+6 ½, 200)
Memphis is a notable 7-3 ATS in its last 10 meetings with San Antonio.
The Spurs will likely be without their starting point guard on Wednesday. Tony Parker, listed as doubtful, has missed three straight with a sprained left ankle. Parker is the Spurs’ leading scorer, averaging more than 20 points.
San Antonio has lost two of its last three without Parker and is 1-4 SU in its last five.
Pick: Grizzlies +6 ½
Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves (+7 ½, 210)
The rebuilding Timberwolves will have a hard time slowing down the high-octane Warriors.
Minnesota is conceding more than 100 points per night on 45 percent shooting. That should prove costly against the Warriors, averaging more than 108 points.
The Timberwolves have lost nine of their last 10 and are a miserable 3-8 ATS at home.
Pick: Warriors -7 ½
Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets (-4, 191)
The bubble has burst for Orlando. It has lost five of its last six, including back-to-back setbacks to the Bucks and Hawks, and it won’t get any easier Wednesday.
The Rockets are 3-1 in their last four in the Space City, which includes Wednesday’s narrow victory over the Pistons. Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming accumulated more than 60 percent of Houston’s points against the Pistons.
Houston is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 matchups with the Magic.
Pick: Rockets -4
Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks (-3 ½, 216)
The Suns are shining again after Saturday’s hiccup in the Big Easy. Phoenix avenged that setback, handing the Spurs their first defeat Sunday at the SBC Center.
Phoenix is 7-3 SU in its last 10 on the road and is 5-1 ATS in its last three trips to Dallas.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, are 2-7 ATS in their last nine at American Airlines Center.
Pick: Suns +3 ½
Toronto Raptors at Portland Trail Blazers (-2, 185)
The Trail Blazers are the hottest team in the NBA.
Portland, 10-3 at the Rose Garden, has won eight straight SU and ATS, which includes victories over the Warriors and Hornets.
Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the last five contests with a foot injury, could return against the Raptors. Aldrige, listed as questionable, is averaging 18 points.
Portland is 3-1 in its last four meetings with the Raptors in Oregon dating back to 2003.
Pick: Blazers -2
New Orleans Hornets at Seattle SuperSonics (+3, 191 ½)
The Hornets have lost three of their last four outside the Big Easy. Seattle, meanwhile, has won two straight at Key Arena and is 5-1 in its last seven overall.
Sonics rookie Kevin Durant, averaging more than 19 points, is due for a strong effort after scoring just six points in Monday’s setback in Salt Lake City.
New Orleans is a meager 1-5 ATS in its last six visits to the Rainy City.
Pick: Sonics +3
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