Check out our betting notes on Friday’s NBA action:
Charlotte Bobcats at Toronto Raptors (-12, 194)
The Bobcats are coming off a stunning 100-74 thrashing of Boston and are trying to notch back-to-back victories for the first time since wins on Nov. 19 and Nov. 21 - the latter of which came against Toronto. The Raptors have lost seven of their last nine games overall. The teams have split the first two meetings with the home team winning each. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
New Orleans Hornets at Washington Wizards (-3, 188)
With a 106-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, the Wizards improved to 13-4 in their last 17 home games. The Wizards have held nine straight opponents under 100 points and the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers (-9, 190)
The Lakers could be without Kobe Bryant when they continue their road trip at the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Bryant suffered a severe left ankle sprain on his last shot of Wednesday’s loss at Atlanta and left the arena with a limp after being ruled out indefinitely. Bryant had been playing his best basketball of late, averaging 31.6 points over the last 11 games as the team went 8-3. The Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks (-8.5, 193)
Hawks forward Josh Smith (sprained left knee) and point guard Jeff Teague (sprained left ankle) are listed as questionable after missing Atlanta's previous game, an impressive 96-92 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns have won eight of the last 10 meetings against Atlanta and 30 of the last 40. Phoenix is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets (-14, 209)
Coming off a resounding win, the Houston Rockets continue their season-long seven-game homestand Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rookie Donatas Motiejunas scored a season-high 19 points in Houston's 111-81 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, the Rockets' fourth win in six games. Four of Houston's last 11 wins have come by at least 30 points. The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games.
Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder (-17, 207)
The Thunder are 29-4 at home, including six straight by an average margin of 23.8 points. Orlando hasn’t played since falling 106-97 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and is 4-0 ATS in its last four road games.
Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (+6, 203.5)
The Miami Heat were handed a 19-point defeat in their last trip to Milwaukee, but they'll try to leave town with a 21-game winning streak this time. The teams have split two games this season with the home team winning each. Miami eked out a 113-106 overtime win at home Nov. 21, and the Bucks thumped the Heat 104-85 on Dec. 29 in Milwaukee. The Over is 6-1 in the Bucks’ last seven overall.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Dallas Mavericks (-7.5, 203)
The Cavaliers are 1-0 since losing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to a sprained shoulder that is expected to sideline him for three to four weeks after a 95-90 win over Washington on Tuesday. Cleveland's bench outscored Washington's by a 29-11 margin. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets (-5, 195)
The two hottest teams west of Miami square off Friday when the Denver Nuggets host the Memphis Grizzlies. The Nuggets are seeking their 11th consecutive victory overall and their 15th straight home win. The Grizzlies have won six straight games and 14 of their last 15. Memphis has held 12 straight opponents under 100 points and it will be quite a challenge for them to hold down the high-flying Nuggets, who are averaging 122.8 points during their 10-game winning streak. The Grizzlies are 8-0 ATS in their last eight road games.
Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors (-4.5, 189.5)
Even when the Bulls had been struggling on offense in the past, they had usually been able to make up the difference on the other end. That has not been the case of late, with the team allowing an average of 102.3 points in their last four losses. The Bulls took the first meeting 103-87 at home on Jan. 25. Kirk Hinrich led the way with 25 points for Chicago and could return to the lineup Friday following a five-game absence due to a foot injury. The Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a win.