Fullcourt Press: Friday's NBA betting notes

Mar 22, 2013 |
Fullcourt Press: Friday's NBA betting notes
The Spurs could get a boost from the return of Tony Parker Friday.
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The Spurs could get a boost from the return of Tony Parker Friday.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Check out our betting notes on all of Friday’s NBA games:

New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors (-1, 191.5)

One of the teams New York has not been able to solve is Toronto, which has won the first two meetings this season and three in a row overall. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 92-88 at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 13 and scored a two-point win in a rematch at Air Canada Centre nine days later. The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic (+13, 207.5)

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be trying to avoid matching a season-high three-game losing streak when they visit the lowly Orlando Magic. Orlando continues to limp toward the finish line, having absorbed five straight defeats during a grueling stretch that features seven straight games against teams that are currently in the playoff mix. Oklahoma City has won three straight and six of seven against Orlando. The over is 14-3 in the Magic’s last 17 games vs. Western Conference foes.

Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers (-8.5, 191)

Milwaukee has scored 94 or fewer points in three of its last five games after averaging 109.7 over the previous seven straight outings. The Bucks scored a season-low 80 points when losing by 15 on Jan. 5 in their first visit to Indiana. Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in its last five Friday games.

Portland Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks (-7.5, 200)

Atlanta has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a 95-87 victory in Portland on Nov. 12. Portland has lost four straight in Atlanta and cracked 90 points once - in an overtime loss in November 2009. The under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.

Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat (-15.5, 199)

After overcoming a 27-point deficit in Cleveland on Wednesday, the Heat will be looking to push their winning streak to 25 games when they host the Detroit. The Pistons would seem an unlikely opponent to end the streak, as they have dropped nine straight and could be without their starting backcourt on Friday. Brandon Knight is fighting through an ankle sprain and Jose Calderon was forced to leave Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter with flu-like symptoms. Detroit has struggled to remain competitive during its losing streak, falling by an average of 17.6 points.

Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Hornets (+6, 177)

Coming off perhaps their most emotional win of the season, the Memphis Grizzlies will try to avoid a letdown Friday when they travel to face the New Orleans Hornets. It took a Marc Gasol tip-in with less than a second remaining to lift the Grizzlies to a 90-89 overtime win against Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Grizzlies were on a bit of a surge earlier in the season when they dropped an ugly one to the last-place Hornets at home. Memphis got revenge in a rematch earlier this month with a 96-85 victory. The under is 5-0 in the Grizzlies’ last five games overall.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets (-12, 212)

Cleveland is looking for a bounce-back performance after watching a 27-point lead over the Miami Heat evaporate Wednesday en route to a 98-95 loss. The Cavaliers have lost four straight games and eight of 10 after the collapse against Miami. The comeback was the largest an opponent has overcome in Cleveland franchise history. The Rockets won the first meeting 112-104 in Cleveland behind 29 points from James Harden and the Cavs have lost in each of their last five visits to Houston.

Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks (-4.5, 196)

The Celtics squandered a late lead at New Orleans on Wednesday and fell to the lowly Hornets at the buzzer, dropping their road mark to 12-21. The Celtics took the first meeting 117-115 in overtime at home on Dec. 12. Paul Pierce led the way with 34 points. The road team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.

Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs (-11.5, 198.5)

San Antonio has won 24 of its last 26 regular-season home games against Utah and the Jazz arrive having lost seven consecutive road games. The Spurs could get an added boost from the return of PG Tony Parker from an ankle injury. The under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns (-3, 192)

Phoenix could be shorthanded inside after center Jermaine O'Neal was forced to leave Wednesday's game with a calf strain and missed practice Thursday. The Suns have already lost starting center Marcin Gortat to a season-ending foot injury. Phoenix has dropped five of six and Minnesota had dropped nine straight road contests. The under is 22-4 in the Suns’ last 26 home games.

Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers (-8.5, 199)

The Lakers will try to stay hot while integrating both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant back into the lineup when they host the Washington. Bryant scored 30 points in the first meeting, a 102-96 Los Angeles win at Washington on Dec. 14. And Gasol has averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 18 career games against the Wizards. The Wizards are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine vs. Pacific foes.

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