Fullcourt press: Saturday's NBA betting notes

Mar 9, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday’s NBA action:

Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks (-3, 188)

Deron Williams seeks an encore performance when his Nets visit the Hawks on Saturday. Williams put on the best shooting display in the NBA this season on Friday with 11 3-pointers in 16 attempts in the Nets' 95-78 victory over Washington. Nine of the 3s came in the first half, a new NBA record, and the 10th set a team record. The Hawks have lost four of their last five after winning four in a row. Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in its last five games following an ATS loss.

Utah Jazz at New York Knicks (-6.5, 192)

The Jazz suffered a gut-wrenching 89-88 loss at Chicago on Friday and have lost three straight and six of seven as they cling to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. The Knicks have split their past four games since a three-game winning streak and remain in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. New York could be without star forward Carmelo Anthony for a third straight game because of a right knee injury. The Jazz are 0-7 ATS in their last seven trips to New York.

Charlotte Bobcats at Washington Wizards (-11, 188.5)

The Charlotte Bobcats look to avoid their second double-digit losing streak of the season when they visit Washington. The Bobcats have lost nine straight, the last eight by an astounding average of 24 points. Losers of four of their last five, the Wizards fell victim to a hot-shooting Deron Williams in a 95-78 loss at Brooklyn on Friday. The offensively challenged club has been held under 100 points in six straight games. The Wizards are 6-0 in their last six Saturday games while the Bobcats are 0-5 ATS in their last five Saturday tilts.

New Orleans Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies (-7.5, 183)

The surging Grizzlies are 11-1 in their last 12 games - the one loss coming at Miami - and have won three straight despite the absence of leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph to an ankle injury. The status of Randolph remains murky for Memphis. New Orleans suffered a particularly galling setback in Wednesday's 108-102 home defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets led by as many as 25 points and were ahead by 14 in the fourth quarter before the Lakers closed the game on a stunning 20-0 run. The Hornets won in Memphis 91-83 on Jan. 27 and have played over the total in eight of their last nine games overall.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets (-15, 209.5)

The Denver Nuggets are riding a seven-game winning streak and have been nearly invincible at the Pepsi Center, where they have ripped off 12 consecutive victories and own a stellar 27-3 record. The Timberwolves have won two of the three matchups this season against the Nuggets, also squeezing out a three-point win at home on Dec. 12. Denver has failed to score 100 points only once in the last 22 games and the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns (+6.5, 209.5)

Phoenix, which fell into a last-place tie in the West with its 121-112 loss at Sacramento on Friday, has lost two straight following a surprising three-game winning streak. The Suns are playing with a depleted frontcourt while center Jermaine O’Neal attends to his ailing 13-year-old daughter. O’Neal is expected to return next week, but center Marcin Gortat is out for the rest of the season after suffering a foot injury against Toronto on Wednesday. Houston has lost nine of its last 12 meetings with the Suns and is 1-5 ATS in its last six games versus a team with a losing record.

Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors (-2.5, 211)

Golden State leads Houston by one game for the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, while Milwaukee appears to be locked into the eighth position in the East. The Warriors received a scare Friday when All-Star forward David Lee exited the game in the first half with a bruised knee, but he was able to return and finished with 16 points. The Bucks have won six of the last seven games against Golden State, including two straight.

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