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    Preview: Milwaukee At Charlotte

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

    In what amounts to a disappointing season so far, the Milwaukee Bucks continue to have very different results at home – where they have won three straight – than on the road. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they play their next four games and eight of their next 10 away from home, beginning with a visit to Charlotte on Saturday.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Milwaukee to a 108-101 overtime win against Atlanta at home on Friday. That gave the Bucks a respectable 12-7 mark in their own arena, but their 18 losses on the road are more than only Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers, the last-place teams in each conference. The Hornets have followed a similar pattern, although the location has not mattered much of late for a team that has dropped 13 of 17. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum had 25 points apiece in Charlotte’s 109-107 loss at New Orleans on Friday.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN Southeast (Charlotte)

    ABOUT THE BUCKS (17-25): Fatigue can always be a factor in the second half of a back-to-back on the road, but it is a legitimate concern for an already-thin Milwaukee team coming off an overtime affair. Antetokounmpo played 50 minutes, Khris Middleton 46 and Michael Carter-Williams 42 in the win over Atlanta and only one reserve – John Henson – appeared for more than 13 minutes. It would help if either Jerryd Bayless (ankle) or O.J. Mayo (hamstring) is able to return to the floor.

    ABOUT THE HORNETS (18-21): One positive in Friday’s loss was the slump-busting performance of struggling rookie Frank Kaminsky. The 7-footer hit 7-of-9 shots – including both of his 3-point tries – en route to 18 points, his third-highest scoring total of the season. Kaminsky, who entered the contest shooting 29.5 percent from the floor in January, could continue to get his fair share of looks among the second unit if guard Jeremy Lamb is unable to return from a one-game absence due to a toe injury.


    1. The all-time series is tied at 49 wins apiece.

    2. Milwaukee C Greg Monroe has exactly 12 rebounds in five of his last six contests.

    3. Walker’s 22 points led Charlotte to an 87-82 win in the first meeting between the teams Nov. 29.

    PREDICTION: Hornets 98, Bucks 96


    Preview: Boston At Washington

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

    For the second time in less than a month, the Washington Wizards own a four-game winning streak and they can build upon the run during a long stretch at home. The Wizards will put the streak on the line Saturday against the Boston Celtics in the opener of a season-high five-game homestand.

    Behind 28 points and eight assists from John Wall, Washington soared past Indiana on the road Friday night, shooting 52 percent and finding a way to dominate the glass 54-35 – without its top two rebounders – in the 118-104 win. Center Marcin Gortat (knee) is considered day-to-day while forward Otto Porter Jr. missed the Pacers’ game with a groin issue. The Wizards hope to have one or both players back when they take on Boston, which rolled to a 117-103 win against Phoenix at home on Friday. Seven players scored in double figures and the Celtics awoke from a 3-point shooting slump to hit 14-of-30 from beyond the arc to complete a 2-0 homestand.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN New England (Boston), CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington)

    ABOUT THE CELTICS (21-19): Marcus Smart has posted some woeful shooting numbers since returning from a leg injury last month, but he showcased his overall talents against the Suns by recording his first career triple-double (10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists). It was a career high in the last two categories and the second-year point guard added two blocks and two steals. Fellow reserve Kelly Olynyk (21 points) was the team’s leading scorer and he has made 7-of-11 3-pointers in a three-game stretch.

    ABOUT THE WIZARDS (19-19): While the dominance underneath was impressive, given the absences of Gortat and Porter, the biggest development in the win at Indiana was the play of Bradley Beal. The oft-injured shooting guard produced 22 points in 22 minutes in his second game back from a stress fracture, but he is expected to sit out Saturday’s tilt as coach Randy Wittman eases Beal back into the mix. Wall will be looking for a better effort against Boston after averaging 11.5 points on 35.7 percent shooting in a pair of losses earlier this season, including a 33-point setback at Boston on Nov. 27.


    1. Olynyk hit 4-of-5 from long distance in the 111-78 win over Washington in the previous meeting.

    2. The Wizards’ bench had 67 points while shooting 58.8 percent against the Pacers.

    3. Washington caps the homestand with another visit from Boston on Jan. 25.

    PREDICTION: Wizards 106, Celtics 101


    Preview: Brooklyn At Atlanta

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Brooklyn Nets found themselves two victories away from upending the top-seed Atlanta Hawks in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in April, but the Nets come to Atlanta on Saturday mired in the depths of a miserable season. Brooklyn reaches the midpoint with just 11 victories, having dropped six of its past seven following Friday’s 116-104 home loss to Portland, and likely will spend the second half of the season assessing how to rebuild.

    The Nets are 1-2 since interim coach Tony Brown replaced Lionel Hollins, losing a six-point lead with less than nine minutes left Friday thanks to a 19-2 Portland run. The Hawks also played Friday, going to overtime for the first time this season before falling apart at the finish in a 108-101 defeat at Milwaukee. Atlanta won a franchise-record 60 games and reached the conference finals for the first time a season ago, but has dropped five of eight following a six-game winning streak. Paul Millsap is on track for a third-consecutive All-Star berth, averaging 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds after going for 23 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out Friday.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), FSN Southeast (Atlanta)

    ABOUT THE NETS (11-29): Center Brook Lopez has been a bright spot in Brooklyn’s season, averaging a team-best 19.9 points, but Friday’s loss dropped the Nets to 0-12 when they allow an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field. Guard Joe Johnson hit three 3-pointers Friday, moving into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time made 3-point list with 487. The Nets, who have not won consecutive games since Dec. 8-10, play 11 of their next 16 at home.

    ABOUT THE HAWKS (23-17): Atlanta shot just six free throws compared to 37 by Milwaukee and was dominated on the glass, being outrebounded 60-43 and giving up 21 offensive boards. Millsap recorded his 14th double-double of the season but was sorely missed after fouling out late in regulation. Guard Kyle Korver finished 7-of-10 from the field in scoring 17 points and is 8-of-15 from 3-point range in his past three contests.


    1. Atlanta has defeated Brooklyn nine times in 12 meetings since the start of last season, including a six-game triumph in the playoffs.

    2. Brooklyn G Donald Sloan fell just short of his first career triple-double Friday, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in his third consecutive start.

    3. The Nets have failed to score 100 points 26 times, going 3-23 in those contests.

    PREDICTION: Hawks 103, Nets 92


    Preview: Golden State At Detroit

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

    The Golden State Warriors’ biggest challenge on Saturday might be fighting the urge to look ahead in the schedule to dates at Cleveland and Chicago early next week. Michigan native Draymond Green will try to keep his teammates’ focus on the present when the Warriors visit the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

    Golden State, which suffered its third loss of the season at Denver on Wednesday while Green sat out to rest, bounced back with a 116-98 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers and is about to enter one of the toughest stretches of the schedule. The Warriors will see East contenders in the Pistons, Cavaliers and Bulls on the three-game road trip before heading home to face Indiana, San Antonio and Dallas over the next six contests. Detroit just fell to a pair of West playoff contenders with a road loss at San Antonio before a last-second 103-101 setback at the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. “They are all tough,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters. “Any loss is tough. I haven’t found one that isn’t tough.”

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN Detroit

    ABOUT THE WARRIORS (37-3): Green was back in the lineup on Thursday and contributed seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals to the win, but it was Stephen Curry stealing the show. The reigning MVP buried eight 3-pointers and finished with 26 points – the lone two-point field goal coming on a rare transition dunk. “The (3-point) line was open,” Curry told reporters. “… I had a lot of opportunities, and obviously, if I get open looks, I’m going to take them.”

    ABOUT THE PISTONS (21-18): Detroit held an eight-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and still led 101-96 after Stanley Johnson’s 3-pointer with 3:06 left but would not score again as Memphis rallied for the victory. Johnson was an obvious bright spot on an otherwise disappointing night for the Pistons while scoring 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. The rookie from Arizona buried a season-high five 3-pointers in his highest scoring game since putting up 19 points in a win over Houston on Nov. 30.


    1. Warriors F Harrison Barnes is averaging 11 points in seven games since returning from an ankle injury that cost him more than a month.

    2. Detroit C Andre Drummond is 7-of-37 from the free-throw line in the last seven games.

    3. Golden State has taken nine straight in the series, including a 109-95 home win on Nov. 9.

    PREDICTION: Warriors 116, Pistons 103


    Preview: Portland At Philadelphia

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    The Portland Trail Blazers seek their fourth consecutive victory when they visit the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Portland opened a three-game road trip with a 116-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday as standout point guard Damian Lillard contributed 33 points and 10 assists.

    Lillard has been superb over the past four games and has knocked down 23 3-pointers while averaging 31.3 points during the stretch. He has topped 30 points in three of the four games and is fully recovered from the foot injury that recently sidelined him for seven games. Philadelphia has lost four straight games and the most-recent defeat was painful as a 24-point lead got away and turned into a 115-111 overtime loss to Chicago. Bulls guard Jimmy Butler exploded for 53 points in dropping the 76ers to 2-16 at home.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), CSN Philadelphia

    ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (18-24): Lillard’s December injury opened up playing time for swingman Allen Crabbe and he had another solid game with 19 points and a career-best five 3-pointers against Brooklyn. “I hit some big shots,” Crabbe said after scoring in double figures for the 12th time in 13 games. “Teammates found me, got me open, I got some in transition. I was just trying to pick it up defensively, come in and bring some energy off the bench in the second half.” The emergence of Crabbe has given Portland three solid scorers as shooting guard C.J. McCollum has reached double digits in all 40 games in which he has played this season.

    ABOUT THE 76ERS (4-37): Coach Brett Brown took the overly optimistic approach when discussing the blown lead against the Bulls, claiming the large advantage displays the amount of progress the team is making. The players know better — that a golden opportunity to knock off a much-better team was missed. “We love playing the top teams and seeing where we line up,” point guard Ish Smith, who is averaging 20.6 points during the past five games, told reporters. “What we have to do is start closing out these games. … That’s the next step for us as a young team.”


    1. The Trail Blazers have won six of the past eight meetings.

    2. Portland backup C Ed Davis had 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting and collected 10 rebounds against the Nets.

    3. Philadelphia F Jerami Grant (calf) is in jeopardy of missing his second straight game.

    PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 113, 76ers 107


    Preview: New York At Memphis

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    The New York Knicks may be looking at a future centered around rookie Kristaps Porzingis, but Carmelo Anthony is still the most important player on the team at present. The Knicks hope to have Anthony back on the court when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

    New York fell to 0-3 on the season without the star forward in the lineup when Porzingis struggled to carry to load in a 110-104 loss at lowly Brooklyn on Wednesday. Anthony (ankle), who suffered the injury in a win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, is listed as day-to-day but is not expected to miss much more time for a Knicks club that is 5-2 in its last seven games. The Grizzlies are missing a key piece as well with point guard Mike Conley (left Achilles) down, but backup Mario Chalmers is stepping right in to take his place. Chalmers scored a team-high 25 points on Thursday and buried a jumper with eight-tenths of a second left to give Memphis a 103-101 victory over Detroit.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FSN Southeast (Memphis)

    ABOUT THE KNICKS (20-21): Derrick Williams scored 31 points off the bench on Wednesday but Porzingis could only manage 12 on 5-of-17 shooting against the Nets. “He kind of creates a lot of situations for us,” Porzingis told reporters of Anthony. “He has the ball. He’s getting the defense to be tighter and we can get wide-open shots.” Porzingis averaged 23 points on 26-of-50 shooting in the previous three games and scored in double figures in each of the last seven contests.

    ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (22-19): Chalmers was picked up in November in a trade with the Miami Heat to serve as a backup to Conley and provide some scoring punch off the bench, and the Kansas product has done just that. Conley, who is day-to-day, has missed the last five games, and Chalmers is averaging 17.6 points while logging an average of 39 minutes in that span. Chalmers got plenty of help on Thursday from forward Matt Barnes, who came off the bench and scored all 18 of his points from beyond the arc with a 6-of-6 effort.


    1. Grizzlies C Marc Gasol is averaging 19.5 points in the last two games after putting up 9.5 in the previous four.

    2. Anthony is in line to earn a starting All-Star spot after the latest voting totals released Thursday had him in third place among the Eastern Conference frontcourt players behind LeBron James and Paul George.

    3. Memphis has taken four straight in the series.

    PREDICTION: Grizzlies 96, Knicks 94


    Preview: L.A. Lakers At Utah

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Kobe Bryant continues to deal with injuries but is expected to play on Saturday when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Utah Jazz. Bryant is bothered by a strained right Achilles’ tendon and sore right shoulder but is trying to play whenever possible during his final NBA campaign.

    The Lakers visit the Jazz again later this season, so this isn’t Bryant’s last visit to Utah unless something unexpected occurs. He is just 7-of-24 shooting over the last two games while playing through the ailments and had only eight points on 4-of-15 shooting during Thursday’s road loss to the Golden State Warriors. “I was really stiff but I thought it was the right thing to do,” said Bryant, “go back in the game and play and try to enjoy it one more time.” Los Angeles has lost five of its last six games, and the Jazz are also struggling as Thursday’s 103-101 home loss to the Sacramento Kings marked their fifth defeat in seven games.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, TWC SportsNet (Los Angeles), ROOT (Utah)

    ABOUT THE LAKERS (9-32): The backcourt trio of Jordan Clarkson (22), Lou Williams (21) and rookie D’Angelo Russell (14) combined for 57 points against Golden State and the production has become a welcomed trend. Williams is averaging 21.6 points over the past 10 games, and his five 20-point outings during the stretch include a career-high 44-point explosion, while Clarkson has three 20-point outings while averaging 18.2 points over the last nine. Russell had a season-best 27 points against Sacramento on Jan. 7 before leaving with an ankle injury and has averaged 13.5 points in two games since returning from the ailment.

    ABOUT THE JAZZ (17-22): Utah could be shorthanded in the frontcourt as power forward Derrick Favors (back) figures to miss his 13th straight game and forward Trevor Booker is expected to sit out with a concussion. Booker received an elbow to the face from Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins during Thursday’s loss and his probable absence opens up more playing time for suddenly-hot rookie Trey Lyles. The first-round pick scored a season-best 19 points against the Kings after scoring 16 against Portland the previous night, and was 14-of-20 shooting in the two games.


    1. SF Gordon Hayward scored 25 points as the Jazz recorded an 86-74 road victory over the Lakers last Sunday.

    2. Los Angeles F Julius Randle is averaging 9.7 rebounds over the last nine games.

    3. Utah was 6-of-34 from 3-point range in the loss to Sacramento as Hayward missed all eight of his attempts and backup PG Trey Burke was 0-of-6.

    PREDICTION: Jazz 101, Lakers 95


    Preview: Sacramento At L.A. Clippers

    When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    The Los Angeles Clippers have already proven they can win without Blake Griffin, and now they don’t need DeAndre Jordan, either. The Clippers hope to have Jordan back in the lineup when they attempt to push the winning streak to 11 straight by hosting the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

    Jordan held the longest current streak of consecutive games played at 360 before being forced out of the lineup on Wednesday due to a bout with pneumonia. The Clippers, who have played the last nine without Griffin (quad), adjusted yet again with Cole Aldrich stepping up in a 104-90 victory over the Miami Heat. Los Angeles could probably use Jordan’s defensive presence against Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who had a double-double prior to halftime on Thursday and finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds in a 103-101 win at the Utah Jazz. Cousins carried the load but it was forward Rudy Gay playing the hero with a last-second jumper after Sacramento had squandered all of a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)

    ABOUT THE KINGS (16-23): Sacramento appeared to have the game in hand on Thursday before Utah scored six straight points to tie it late, and Cousins recognizes that the poor performances down the stretch need to change. “The biggest thing is it showed we’re still not there,” Cousins told reporters. “We’re still making the same mistakes, we’re still letting teams back in games, we’re still letting up in games defensively. We can’t be the team we want to be continuing to make these same mistakes.” Defense is the biggest issue for the Kings, who are last in the NBA with an average of 108.4 points allowed.

    ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (26-13): Aldrich made his first start of the season in place of Jordan on Wednesday and scored a season-high 17 points, including 13 in the third quarter as Los Angeles took control. “I kept telling him I’d get the ball to him,” point guard Chris Paul told reporters of Aldrich. “Then to start the second half, we just started clicking, and he got rolling.” Paul Pierce, who has been getting most of the starts in place of Griffin, played a key role again with 15 points and a season-high nine rebounds in the win and has scored in double figures in four of his last eight games.


    1. Clippers PG Pablo Prigioni recorded eight steals in 15 minutes off the bench on Wednesday – tying the NBA season high.

    2. Cousins is averaging 32.9 points and 13.4 rebounds in seven games this month.

    3. Los Angeles has taken five straight in the series, including a pair of wins in October.

    PREDICTION: Clippers 119, Kings 111



    Saturday’s hot teams
    — Washington won its last four games (2-7 last nine HF).
    — Hawks won four of last five at home (7-3 last ten HF).
    — Portland won its last three games (3-2AF).
    — Warriors won eight of last nine games (13-7-1AF).
    — Memphis won three of last four games (5-1 last six HF). Knicks won five of last seven games (6-3 last nine AU).
    — Clippers won their last ten games (4-1 last five HF). Sacramento is 4-3 in its last seven games (6-2 last eight AU).

    Cold teams
    — Celtics lost four of last five games (1-4 last five AU).
    — Hornets lost eight of last nine games (2-4 last six HF). Bucks lost last three road games (6-4 last 10 AU).
    — Nets lost six of their last seven games (7-2 last nine AU).
    — 76ers lost six of their last seven games (3-8 last 11HU).
    — Detroit is 4-6 in its last ten games (2-3HU).
    — Lakers lost five of their last six games (5-11 last 16AU). Jazz lost five of last seven games (6-7HF).

    Series records
    — Home side won last five Boston-Washington games.
    — Hornets won eight of last nine games with Milwaukee.
    — Hawks won three of last four games with Brooklyn.
    — Trailblazers won six of last eight games with Philly.
    — Warriors won last nine games (6-3 vs spread) with Detroit.
    — Knicks lost six of last seven games with Memphis.
    — Lakers lost three of last four games with Utah.
    — Clippers won last five games with Sacramento.

    — Seven of last ten Boston games stayed under total.
    — Five of last seven Charlotte games stayed under.
    — Six of last eight Brooklyn-Atlanta games stayed under.
    — Four of last five Portland games went over the total.
    — Four of last five Golden State games went over.
    — Four of last five Memphis games went over.
    — Six of last eight Laker games stayed under total.
    — Six of last seven Sacramento-Clipper games went over.

    — Boston is 5-4 vs spread if it played night before; Washington is 4-4.
    — Milwaukee is 8-2 vs spread if it played night before; Charlotte is 1-5.
    — Brooklyn 5-2 vs spread if it played night before; Atlanta is 4-5.
    — Portland 3-7 vs spread if it played the night before.


    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    Play Under – Road teams where the total is 200 to 209.5 after a game where they covered the spread, tired team – playing 6 or more games in 10 days
    200-120 over the last 5 seasons. ( 62.5% | 68.0 units )
    29-23 this year. ( 55.8% | 3.7 units )

    Play On – Favorites vs. the money line (ATLANTA) revenging a close loss vs opponent of 3 points or less against opponent off a home loss by 10 points or more
    28-3 over the last 5 seasons. ( 90.3% | 23.0 units )
    0-1 this year. ( 0.0% | -1.3 units )

    Play Under – Home teams where the first half total is greater than 100 good shooting team (45.5-47.5%) against an poor defensive team (45.5-47.5%), good ball handling team (<=14.5 TO's) against a poor pressure defensive team (<=14.5 TO's) 46-18 over the last 5 seasons. ( 71.9% | 26.2 units ) 2-1 this year. ( 66.7% | 0.9 units )



    Here are the upcoming system bet(s):

    Golden State {A} bet – This is an unofficial bet because of the road record filter.


    Huddle Up Sports

    ‘High Roller Total’
    Milwaukee / Charlotte – Over 200

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