Sunday's betting tips: Melo likely out

Feb 18, 2012 |
Who’s hot

NBA: Milwaukee is 5-0 straight-up and against the spread its past five against New Jersey. 

NBA: Orlando is 6-3 straight-up and against the spread its past nine against Miami.

NHL: The over is 6-1-1 in Edmonton’s past eight games. 

NHL: New Jersey is 7-2 in its past nine games. 

NCAAB: Michigan State is 5-1 against the spread its past six games.

NCAAB: Oregon is 6-1 against the spreads its past seven games.

Who’s not

NBA: Boston is 3-7 against the spread its past 10 games.

NBA: Phoenix is 1-4 against the spread its past five home games.

NHL: Chicago is 1-9 in its past 10 games. 

NHL: Boston is 2-9 in its past 11 games against the Minnesota Wild. 

NCAAB: The under is 8-2 in South Florida’s past 10 games.

NCAAB: The under is 4-1 in Indiana’s past five road games.

Key stat

3 – Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly assisted on all of his team’s goals in a 3-1 win over Edmonton on Friday night. It was the third three-assist game of O’Reilly’s career, with all three coming in Canada: against Edmonton, Ottawa and Calgary. Colorado plays at Winnipeg on Sunday. 

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks – Anthony (groin) is averaging 22.3 points per game but the Knicks have gone 5-1 without him as guard Jeremy Lin emerged as a superstar. And that trend could continue with coach Mike D’Antoni saying he expects his All-Star to sit out Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. D’Antoni did hint that both J.R. Smith and Baron Davis could see action against the defending champs. 

Game of the day

Orlando Magic at Miami Heat (-9.5, 194)

Notable quotable 

“You work within the templates the best way you think. Obviously, you're trying to do a better job than the next guy.'' -- Ken Howes, Hendrick Motorsports' vice president for competition, on modifications discovered to the No. 48 car driven by Jimmy Johnson during initial inspection for the Daytona 500 on Friday. NASCAR said suspensions for those involved have not been ruled out. 

Notes and tips

New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Lopez, who hasn’t touched the court this year due to a fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot, hadn’t missed a game during the first three seasons of his career. The former Stanford star led the team in scoring with 20.4 points per game last year.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski said he isn’t paying attention to the swirling trade rumors. "Nope," he told the Toronto Sun. "Haven't heard it. Don't think about it. Don't listen to the radio or read the papers." Grabovski has 18 goals and 21 assists this season but his recent play says he is lying: the forward hasn’t lit the lamp since last month and he has just four assists over his past eight games.

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry is expected to return to the lineup when the defending champs play the Knicks in New York on Sunday. Terry, who missed the past games – one due to injury and another for personal reasons, is the team’s second leading scorer at 14.8 points per game. If Terry can’t go, expect lots of minutes for second-year guard Dominique Jones as backcourt mates Delonte West (injury) and Rodrigue Beaubois (family) won’t be available.  

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn is expected to miss Sunday’s game against Nashville as his leg was cut by a skate during his team’s 3-2 win over Calgary this week. Benn, who was seen walking around the team facility on crutches, has 17 goals and 32 assists in 52 games this season. It took 32 stiches to close the wound. 

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