Check out our quick-hitting notes on Friday’s busy NBA slate:Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (-6.5, 201.5)
The Cavaliers are riding the longest losing streak in the NBA at 10 games and have fallen by an average of 13.5 points during the skid. Celtics F Paul Pierce (right ankle) sat out Thursday’s practice and is questionable. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks (-7.5, 202.5)
Carmelo Anthony is rolling and so are the New York Knicks, who look to win their 11th straight Friday. After scoring 50 points in a win over Miami on Tuesday, Anthony produced 40 to spark a 95-82 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. The Knicks have won four straight meetings, including two this season by double digits. New York is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games overall.
Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks (-6.5, 193)
The teams have split the first two contests, with the home team winning each. The Sixers had won six straight meetings before a 107-96 loss at Atlanta on March 6. The under is 5-0 in the Hawks’ last five home games.Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers (-2.5, 191.5)
Indiana has won five straight games as it seeks to wrap up its first division title since the 2003-04 campaign. The Pacers have won four of their last five home games against the Thunder, but OKC took the previous meeting this season, 104-93 on Dec. 9 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The over is 9-0 in the last nine meetings in Indiana.
Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls (-8.5, 191)
Orlando has lost three straight on its current five-game road trip and is 1-11 in its last 12 games overall. Chicago has won three straight and seven of eight against Orlando. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in the second half of back-to-backs this season.
Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves (-6, 198)
The Raptors won for just the second time in their last nine games on Wednesday night, topping Washington 88-78. Toronto has won 15 of the last 16 meetings, but the T-Wolves have won five of eight overall after a 7-28 stretch. Minnesota is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400.
Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats (+5, 194)
Miami already has clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so the Heat could sit stars LeBron James (hamstring) and Dwyane Wade (ankle), fellow starter Mario Chalmers (ankle) and key reserve Ray Allen (ankle). The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
New Orleans Hornets at Utah Jazz (-8, 194)
Utah has won two of the first three matchups against New Orleans this season, including a 104-99 victory on Jan. 30. The road has not been kind to the Hornets, who haven’t recorded a win away from home since Feb. 11. New Orleans is 0-7 ATS in its last seven road games.
Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns (+7.5, 203)
The Suns are in last place in the West and have dropped seven straight. Golden State will be trying to sweep the season series. Phoenix has allowed an average of 112.8 points in the last six games, capped off by a 126-101 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. The Suns have been awful on the road but have not been much better at home of late, dropping five straight in their own arena. The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings (-2, 214)
Sacramento has lost four straight and 14 of 15 to Dallas. The Kings lead the league in scoring (108.1 points) since the All-Star break and Dallas has averaged 119.7 points in its three wins over the Kings this season. The over is 10-1 in the Mavericks’ last 11 vs. a team with a losing record.
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers (+6, 207.5)
The Rockets have dropped two of the first three meetings with the Trail Blazers, including two overtime losses in November. Portland expects to have LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup after the All-Star power forward was forced to miss the last four games with a sprained right ankle. Aldridge leads the Trail Blazers in scoring (21) and blocks (88) and ranks second in rebounding (8.9). The last three games between the teams played at the Rose Garden have been decided by seven points or fewer.
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers (-2.5, 191)
Memphis has won four straight games and is a half-game behind the third-place Denver Nuggets. The Grizzlies are 2-0 against the Lakers this season but this is the first meeting in Los Angeles. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.