Fullcourt press: Sunday's NBA betting notes

Mar 24, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Sunday’s NBA games:

Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks (-3, 203.5)

Atlanta fell at home to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and dropped two of three on its just-completed homestand. The lone win in that span came against the Bucks 98-90 on Wednesday. Milwaukee had its worst offensive performance of the season in a 120-78 loss at the Pacers on Friday and is hoping to return to the form that posted 108.5 points in its last two home games - both wins. The Bucks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat (-16.5, 199.5)

No lead - or opponent - has been too much to overcome for the Miami Heat, who will go for their 26th consecutive victory when they host the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats. LeBron James and the Heat erased a double-digit deficit for the third time in as many games in beating the Detroit Pistons 103-89 on Friday, moving them within eight victories of tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history. Miami has also won 16 straight home games and own 10 consecutive victories over Charlotte, including a pair this season. The Bobcats are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games.

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets (+1.5, 213.5)

The San Antonio Spurs attempt to complete a four-game sweep of Houston Sunday. San Antonio enters with a four-game winning streak and has averaged 123.3 points in winning the first three meetings with Houston. The Spurs have taken the last four meetings and are 6-0 ATS in their last six Sunday contests.

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder (-11.5, 205.5)

Oklahoma City has had a difficult time scoring over the last two games but turned to its defense to avoid a three-game slide on Friday. The Thunder have been held under 100 points in two straight games and needed a big fourth quarter from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to pull out Friday’s 97-89 win at the lowly Magic. Oklahoma City has taken five straight and eight of the last 10 in the series. The favorite is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings.

Chicago Bulls at Minnesota Timberwolves (+1, 185.5)

The Chicago Bulls likely will play without star center Joakim Noah once again when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. If they play the way they did Saturday night at home, it might not be an issue. Without Noah in the lineup due to plantar fasciitis, Chicago topped Indiana 87-84 to keep their slim Central Division crown hopes alive. The win pulled the Bulls within five games of the Pacers with 14 to play. Chicago is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.

Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks (-6, 200.5)

The visiting Jazz will look to halt a three-game losing streak when they visit Dallas on Sunday. Utah is sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff slot and one game in front of the Mavericks. Dallas had won four straight earlier in the month to move into playoff contention but has been unable to build on that momentum, failing to win two straight and going 3-3 in its last six games. The Mavs have lost three straight to the Jazz, including two in Utah this season, but have won the last four matchups at home. The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Dallas.

Brooklyn Nets at Phoenix Suns (+1.5, 188.5)

The Suns have lost six of seven games and suffered a humiliating 117-86 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.  Phoenix has lost by 30 or more points in two of their last six games. Brooklyn is 2-1 on an eight-game road excursion after falling 101-95 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The Nets routed the Suns 99-79 in Brooklyn on Jan. 11 for only their third win in the last 12 meetings. Brooklyn has played over the total in its last six games overall.

Philadelphia 76ers at Sacramento Kings (-2.5, 205)

Philadelphia has lost 15 straight on the road, last winning on New Year's Day. The road losing streak is its longest since a franchise-record 20-game skid in 1987-88. However, the Sixers have won eight of the last nine meetings (8-1 ATS), including an 89-80 victory in Philadelphia on Feb. 1.

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