Rim rattlers: Monday's NBA betting news and notes

Mar 4, 2013 |
Bettors have seven games in the Association to choose from Monday. Here are our betting notes:

New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers (+2.5, 202)

The Cavaliers expect to have All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (knee) back Monday. The Cavaliers have been without Irving for three straight, but rookie Dion Waiters has picked up the slack and has developed into a reliable perimeter scoring threat to pair with Irving. Cleveland dropped a 105-89 decision to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday but has won four of its last six games overall. The home team has taken each of the last six meetings in the series and the Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last five trips to Cleveland.

Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks (-4.5, 201.5)

The Utah Jazz hope to have big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap back from sprained ankles for this one. Jefferson and Millsap were not needed in Friday's 96-68 rout of Charlotte, as Enes Kanter stepped in for Jefferson at center and produced career highs with 23 points and 22 rebounds. The win snapped a three-game slide and set the Jazz off on a four-game road trip clinging to seventh place in the Western Conference. The Bucks are getting rather used to playing close games. Their last seven have been decided by single digits, including two in overtime. They needed five extra minutes to get past Toronto 122-114 on Saturday. The Jazz have won 13 of the last 15 meetings, including a 100-86 triumph at home on Feb. 6.

Orlando Magic at New Orleans Hornets (-9, 196)

The losses keep piling up for the Orlando Magic, who attempt to snap a three-game losing skid when they visit the Hornets. The Hornets will have top overall pick Anthony Davis (shoulder) back in the lineup and took the first meeting of the season between the two clubs, 97-94, on Dec. 26. New Orleans has won the last five overall meetings and also has a four-game home winning streak against the Magic. The over is 5-0 in the Hornets’ last five home games.

Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves (+9.5, 196.5)

The Miami Heat are attempting to break the franchise’s record for longest winning streak with their 15th straight triumph on Monday. LeBron James suffered a minor leg injury on Sunday but stayed in the game and came through with big shots and a key steal down the stretch in a 99-93 win over the New York Knicks. LeBron is hoping to play Monday. The Timberwolves have dropped five straight games overall and Miami has taken five straight in the series and four in a row at Minnesota. The over is 7-0 in the Heat’s last seven games vs. Western Conference foes.

Atlanta Hawks at Denver Nuggets (-10, 212)

The Denver Nuggets will try to extend their home winning streak to 11 games when they host the Hawks. Atlanta is in the process of playing six games in the first nine days of March and Denver is 43-8 since the start of the 2009-10 season when hosting an opponent playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Nuggets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games.

Charlotte Bobcats at Portland Trail Blazers (-13, 198)

The Portland Trail Blazers are competing to remain in the Western Conference playoff race and seek their third win in four games when they host Charlotte. The Bobcats are 6-24 on the road as they play the finale of a four-game trip. Portland is 19-10 at home and beat Charlotte 118-112 in overtime on Dec. 3, overcoming an 18-point deficit over the final five minutes of regulation. Charlotte has lost its last three games by an average of 29.3 points, but is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six Monday contests.

Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors (-6.5, 203.5)

The Raptors have dropped four in a row to fall 7 1/2 games out of the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Rudy Gay (back spasms) is day-to-day and will be a game-time decision. Golden State has taken six of the last seven in the series, including a 138-100 triumph in the last meeting at Oracle Arena. The Raptors are 0-7 ATS in their last seven trips to Golden State.

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