Fullcourt press: Sunday's NBA betting notes

Mar 10, 2013 |
Check out our betting notes on Sunday’s NBA action:

Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City Thunder (-10.5, 200.5)

The Celtics' five-game winning streak is the third-longest active streak in the league behind Miami (17) and Denver (8). Oklahoma City has won four straight and seven of eight. It also has won four straight at home, where its 27-4 mark is the third-best in the league. It's the last of two meetings this season. The Celtics won the first matchup 108-100 on Nov. 23 in Boston. Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last five games overall.

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers (-5.5, 194.5)

Chicago has lost four of its last seven but is coming off an 89-88 win over Utah and is clinging to fifth place in the East.  The Bulls are an impressive 17-13 on the road as they head into Staples Center, where the Lakers have won five straight. Los Angeles is above .500 for the first time since it was 6-5 and has pulled even with struggling Utah for eighth place. Chicago has won the past three meetings since snapping a seven-game skid against the Lakers, including a 95-83 home victory in the first meeting this season on Jan. 21. The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last seven Sunday games.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors (-5.5, 202.5)

The Toronto Raptors have faded from the Eastern Conference playoff picture with losses in six of their last seven games. The Cavaliers have been much improved over the past couple of months and have won five of their last nine, but they're coming off a 103-92 loss to Memphis on Friday. It's the last of four meetings this season, and the Raptors are trying to salvage a split of the series. Toronto won 113-99 at Cleveland in the first meeting, but the Cavaliers have won the past two contests - 99-98 at Toronto and 103-92 at home.  The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic (+2, 195)

The wheels have totally come off for the Sixers, who have dropped four straight and 11 of their last 12 games to plummet out of contention in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has dropped 12 straight away from home, its worst skid since losing 20 straight in 1987-88. Orlando is trying to stop a dubious streak of its own, having suffered seven straight losses at home. The Magic were one game below .500 when power forward Glen Davis sustained the first of two injuries. Since that time, the Magic have lost 33 of 38 games. One of their five victories in that stretch came at the expense of the 76ers in Philadelphia on Feb. 26. The over is 5-0 in the Magic’s last five Sunday games.

Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (-6.5, 190)

The Miami Heat have bulldozed through every team in their path over the past five weeks but they will not lack for motivation when they put their franchise-record 17-game winning streak on the line against the Pacers. The last team to beat the Heat was the Pacers, who have won both matchups against Miami this season, including a 102-89 victory on Feb. 1. The Pacers have limited the Heat to 77 and 89 points in two double-digit home victories this season. Indiana has not allowed 100 points in 11 consecutive games. The Heat are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games while the Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last five away from home.

Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Hornets (+2.5, 196.5)

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off perhaps their most impressive performance of the season but they cannot afford a misstep when they visit the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. The Trail Blazers ran roughshod over the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs on Friday, rolling up 136 points in a stunning 30-point romp, and now return to the site of one of their most embarrassing losses, when they were trampled by the Hornets 99-63 on Feb. 13. The Hornets have dropped eight of 10 since drubbing Portland, with the wins both coming at home against two of the league's weaker clubs, Sacramento and Detroit. The Blazers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves (+2.5, 202.5)

The Dallas Mavericks look to keep their postseason hopes alive on Sunday when they continue their four-game road trip against the injury-plagued Minnesota Timberwolves, who have dropped seven of their last eight games. The Timberwolves are down to nine healthy players with forward Andrei Kirilenko (calf) and center Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) hoping to return next week.  The under is 6-0-1 in Minnesota’s last seven home games.

Milwaukee Bucks at Sacramento Kings (-1.5, 215)

Milwaukee guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 57 points in a 103-93 victory over Golden State on Saturday, pulling the Bucks within two games of seventh-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Sacramento, which is in the midst of playing five of six games at home, connected on 13 3-pointers in a 121-112 win over Phoenix on Friday. The Kings have made 10 or more 3-pointers in seven of their last nine games. The Bucks are 6-0 ATS in their last six Sunday games.

Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Clippers (-14, 198)

This is the opener of a three-game homestand for Los Angeles that will include matchups against Memphis and the New York Knicks. Los Angeles has won the past three meetings, including an 88-76 victory at Detroit in December. The Pistons have dropped four straight and seven of eight as they prepare to open a four-game road trip against Western Conference opponents. Detroit coach Lawrence Frank has missed the last two games due to personal reasons and no timetable has been given for his return. The Clippers are 6-0 ATS in their last six vs. Eastern Conference foes.

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