Fullcourt press: Friday's NBA betting notes

Mar 29, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Friday’s NBA games:

Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic (+3.5, 196.5)

The over-under for healthy bodies will be about eight when the injury-riddled Washington Wizards visit the decimated Orlando Magic on Friday. A combination of injuries and illness - namely the flu - left the Wizards with only eight players available for Wednesday's game at Oklahoma City. The Wizards may be getting some reinforcements back against Orlando, which also had eight players in uniform for Wednesday's 114-108 loss in Charlotte. The Wizards have won two of three meetings this season, with the home team prevailing each time.

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics (-3, 194)

The Celtics snapped a five-game slide by barely topping the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday and are trying to survive a two-week stretch without defensive anchor Kevin Garnett. Atlanta has won six of its last nine and is trying to close out a four-game road trip with a winning mark. The last two meetings have gone to overtime, with the home team winning each. The Celtics are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 home games.

Charlotte Bobcats at New York Knicks (-14, 197)

The New York Knicks have rebounded from their worst stretch with one of their best and will go a for a season-high seventh straight victory when they host lowly Charlotte. The Knicks have also won four straight meetings, including a two-point decision at Charlotte on Dec. 5. The over is 4-0 in New York’s last four home games.

Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons (-1.5, 195)

The Detroit Pistons haven’t won a home game since Feb. 13 and lost their last two such contests by an average of 30 points. Detroit seeks to end a seven-game home losing streak when it hosts the sliding Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have lost five straight and 12 of their last 15. Toronto is winless in its last four visits to Detroit and has played over the total in its last five games overall.

Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers (+2, 194)

The Sixers are coming off a win over eighth-place Milwaukee on Wednesday, but they still sit seven games back of the Bucks in the race for the final playoff spot. Philadelphia has dropped 16 of its last 17 road games, but Cleveland has lost six in a row after Wednesday's collapse against Boston, which used a 21-6 run to close out the game. The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400.

Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies (-4.5, 195)

The Memphis Grizzlies will try to claim their fifth consecutive home win over the Houston Rockets - and their 10th straight overall at FedEx Forum - on Friday night. The home team has won the past nine meetings dating to Houston's last victory in Memphis on Dec. 3, 2010. The Rockets have played under the total in seven consecutive games.

Miami Heat at New Orleans Hornets (+5.5, 189.5)

With their pursuit of the longest winning streak in NBA history now over, the Miami Heat can set their sights on starting another one when they visit the New Orleans Hornets on Friday. The Heat saw their 27-game run, the second-longest in league history, come to an end in Chicago on Wednesday. The team's first loss since Feb. 1 prevented Miami from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, a near-inevitable result that likely will occur on their current four-game road trip. The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves (+8, 202.5)

Oklahoma City has held each of its last four opponents to 90 or fewer points and is coming off a 103-80 drubbing of the Washington Wizards. But Minnesota beat the Thunder 99-93 at the Target Center on Dec. 20 behind 28 points and 11 boards from Kevin Love, who is still out with a hand injury. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.

Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs (-4, 197.5)

The Clippers have had the Spurs' number lately, winning their last three games in San Antonio and holding a 2-1 edge in the season series. They could use a win to preserve their No. 3 spot in the West, as Denver is only a half-game behind Los Angeles and Memphis is 1 1/2 back. A win would also give the Clippers a franchise record, surpassing their 49 victories in 1974-75. The Spurs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets (-6.5, 203.5)

Guard Joe Johnson scored a game-high 26 points in the Nets’ 119-108 win over Denver on Feb. 13, but he could miss his third straight game due to a right quadriceps contusion. Denver is 31-8 all-time at home against the Nets, including five straight wins. Brooklyn has played over the number in eight consecutive games.

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (-2, 196)

The Utah Jazz attempt to end their longest road losing streak in 31 years when they visit the Trail Blazers. Utah has lost nine straight away games, the franchise’s worst stretch since a 17-game skid during the 1981-82 campaign. The teams have split two meetings this season and the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Portland.

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