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    NBA Odds: Wednesday, April 6 2016 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
    by Alan Matthews

    I don’t really know which team qualifies as the worst playoff club in NBA history, but I’d like to nominate the Memphis Grizzlies now that it has been determined that star point guard Mike Conley won’t be able to return for the postseason, joining All-Star center Marc Gasol, solid big man Brandon Wright and guard Mario Chalmers on the sidelines. Conley probably has played his final game with the franchise as a pending free agent. Memphis as currently constituted is definitely not playoff-caliber and is almost surely going to get swept in the first round by the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder or Clippers. I assure you each of those teams is praying to face Memphis in Round 1. As of right now the Grizzlies are the No. 5 seed but could easily lose out and drop all the way to No. 8. Doubt there’s enough time left in the regular season for the Grizz to miss the playoffs entirely.

    Cavaliers at Pacers (TBA)

    First of an ESPN doubleheader and should have live betting at sportsbooks. Could also be a first-round Eastern Conference playoff preview if Indiana finishes eighth instead of seventh. I’m thinking the Cavs might rest a starter or two here as they were in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Kyrie Irving was questionable for that one as it was with a sprained ankle that kept him out Sunday. Indiana doesn’t have the option of resting guys. It won a second straight road game Sunday, 92-87 at the Knicks. Paul George had a sore ankle but hit the tiebreaking jumper with 23.6 seconds left. He probably wouldn’t play here if the game wasn’t so important. Cleveland is 3-0 in the series this season but winning by an average of just 4.3 points.

    Key trends:
    The Cavs are 0-5-1 against the spread in the past six meetings. The “over/under” has gone under in five straight Indiana home games overall.

    Early lean:
    I think Pacers will beat a depleted Cleveland team.

    Pistons at Magic (pick’em, 210)

    Second of a back-to-back for Detroit as it was in Miami on Tuesday, but it also can’t afford to give anyone the night off. Orlando beat Memphis 119-107 on Sunday for its fourth win in five games. Nikola Vucevic had 25 points off the bench. The Magic are 0-2 against the Pistons this season, both blowouts. But they were both in Detroit.

    Key trends:
    The Pistons are 5-0 ATS in the past five meetings. The over is 4-0 in the previous four.

    Early lean:
    Magic and over.

    Nets at Wizards (-13.5, 206)

    Brooklyn lost a fifth straight Sunday, 106-87 to New Orleans and probably won’t win again this season with both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young shut down for the remainder of it. Thomas Robinson had his fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. Washington lost 114-109 at the LA Clippers on Sunday. Bradley Beal was just 2-for-16 from the field for eight points. John Wall extended his streak to 13 straight games with 10 or more assists, second longest in the NBA this season. Washington is the only opponent the Nets have faced just once this season. They Wizards won that game 111-96 back on Dec. 26.

    Key trends:
    The Nets are 2-6 ATS in the past eight meetings. The under is 5-1 in the past six.

    Early lean:
    Normally I’d give these points vs. that sorry Nets roster, but Wizards essentially have no reason to care as well. So take the Nets. Go under.

    Pelicans at Celtics (-14, 207.5)

    New Orleans was in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Boston won a second straight Sunday, 107-100 at the Lakers. Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points, and the Celtics clinched a playoff berth. Jae Crowder added 22 points for Boston, which avoided a trap game after shocking the Warriors on Friday in Oakland. The C’s were without Avery Bradley due to “good personal reasons.” He should play here. But Evan Turner won’t due to injury. Boston won the first meeting 111-93 in New Orleans and has taken three straight overall in the series.

    Key trends:
    The Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in the past five meetings. The under is 6-1 in Boston’s past seven games.

    Early lean:
    Celtics and under.

    Hornets at Knicks (+4.5, 197)

    Charlotte was in Toronto on Tuesday with both Al Jefferson and Nic Batum questionable after each sat Sunday. New York lost 92-87 at home to Indiana on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony got the game off for rest, and Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon were both out with injuries. Don’t expect to the latter two here but Anthony is expected to play. The Hornets lead the season series 2-1, winning both at home.

    Key trends:
    The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings. The under is 3-0-1 in the previous four.

    Early lean:
    Wait on Batum and Jefferson.

    Rockets at Mavericks (pick’em, 211)

    Second ESPN game with live betting. This one is huge with Dallas at No. 7 in the West but just a game ahead of No. 9 Houston. The Rockets got a huge win Sunday, 118-110 over Oklahoma City. James Harden had 41 points, his 11th game with at least 40 this season. That’s one behind leader Steph Curry. Dallas won a fourth straight Sunday, 88-78 in Minnesota. J.J. Barea and Wesley Matthews combined for 40 points. Dallas has held each opponent under 90 points in the winning streak. Houston has won two straight in this series and six of the past eight.

    Key trends:
    The Rockets are 7-2 ATS in the past nine meetings. The under is 4-0 in Houston’s past four on the road and in Dallas’ past four overall.

    Early lean:
    Rockets and under.

    Thunder at Trail Blazers (TBA)

    Oklahoma City was in Denver on Tuesday and I’m not sure why the Thunder would play Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook here in the back-to-back and locked into the No. 3 seed. Portland was in Sacramento on Tuesday and still trying to get the No. 5 seed and thus might play everyone. The Thunder lead the season series 2-1 but lost in Portland on Jan. 10. The Blazers have won four of the past five meetings at the Moda Center.

    Key trends:
    The home team is 4-0 ATS in the past four. The over is 11-3 in Portland’s past 14 vs. the West.

    Early lean:
    Wait on the OKC lineup.

    Clippers at Lakers (+11.5, 208)

    It’s the final game for Kobe Bryant against good buddy Chris Paul and the Clippers. Bryant this week talked about how he regretted that he never got to play with Paul when the NBA voided his potential trade to the Lakers from New Orleans. That’s assuming both Paul and Kobe play here as these teams also played Tuesday with the Clippers as the home team. Kobe has said he wants to play the rest of the games.

    Key trends:
    The under is 11-3 in the Lakers’ past 14 at home. They are 2-5 ATS in their past seven in the second of a back-to-back.

    Early lean:
    Wait and see what happens Tuesday. If Clippers blow Lakers out, I would take the points here. Tough to do that on back-to-back nights.

    #39295
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    Preview: Cleveland At Indiana

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

    The Cleveland Cavaliers can clinch at least a tie for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference when they visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Cleveland has won four straight games and holds a 3 1/2-game lead over the second-place Toronto Raptors with four games remaining.

    The Cavaliers rolled to a 109-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday for their second win by 20 or more points in the past four games. “We’re playing good ball at the right time,” forward LeBron James told reporters. “That’s all. We know what’s good for us, what works for us. We’re doing it and it’s good for our team.” Indiana, which has won its past two games, resides in seventh place in the East and is 2 1/2 games clear of the ninth-place Chicago Bulls. The Pacers are a half-game ahead of the eighth-place Detroit Pistons and would like to avoid facing the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Ohio (Cleveland), FSN Indiana

    ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (56-22): Shooting guard J.R. Smith is averaging 24 points over the past two games and is on a 3-point shooting tear by making 13-of-20 – including 7-of-11 against the Milwaukee. Overall, Cleveland knocked down 18-of-36 3-point shots against the Bucks to extend its franchise record to 16 straight games of making 10 or more. “We’re moving the basketball,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters. “We’re making some shots. If we make shots like we’re capable of making shots, we’re tough to beat.”

    ABOUT THE PACERS (41-36): Indiana’s modest winning streak began after coach Frank Vogel changed the lineup following a demoralizing 20-point loss to the Orlando Magic. Vogel pulled rookie power forward Myles Turner from the starting lineup in favor of the stabilizing effect provided by Lavoy Allen, who is more apt to avoid miscues. “Of course I want to be out there starting for the Indiana Pacers, but I’m still playing with the Indiana Pacers, so I can’t complain about anything,” Turner told reporters Tuesday. “I’m able to come in with the second unit and play pretty much the same minutes.”

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. The Cavaliers are 3-0 against the Pacers this season with an average winning margin of 4.3 points.

    2. Indiana All-Star SF Paul George will play despite a sore ankle and has scored 20 or more points in each of his past six games.

    3. Cleveland PG Kyrie Irving (ankle) returned from a one-game absence and had 15 points in 27 minutes against the Bucks.

    PREDICTION: Cavaliers 96, Pacers 91

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    Preview: Detroit At Orlando

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

    The Orlando Magic are relishing the role of spoiler over the last two weeks and get another chance to make an impact when they host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Magic have won four times – three against teams fighting for playoff spots – over the past five games and are averaging 118.6 points during that span.

    “It’s got to happen when you’re still in it, not when you’re out of it,” Orlando coach Scott Skiles told reporters of his team, which went 13-30 in the three months before April. “But recently we’ve had games where teams have made runs. Earlier, we weren’t able to stop them. We have been able to stop them now. So hopefully it is progress.” Detroit lost for the third time in five outings Tuesday with a 107-89 decision at Miami, but maintained a two-game lead over Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with four contests left. The Pistons allowed 52.4 percent shooting last time out and missed 16 of their 21 shots from 3-point range as coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters, “There wasn’t one thing that we were competitive with.”

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, FSN Florida (Orlando)

    ABOUT THE PISTONS (41-37): Forward Marcus Morris struggled to 0-for-7 shooting and just one point Tuesday after averaging 23.7 points over the previous three contests. Tobias Harris, who has proved to be a solid acquisition before the trade deadline, remained hot with 21 points and leading scorer Reggie Jackson matched him against Miami. Center Andre Drummond has notched eight straight double-doubles and leads the league with 65, but is 5-for-26 from the free-throw line the last three games.

    ABOUT THE MAGIC (33-44): Orlando has moved the ball better of late and that has led to more offensive production with center Nikola Vucevic leading the way, averaging 23.7 points on 32-of-47 shooting over the last three games. Evan Fournier scored 20.3 per game and Victor Oladipo contributed 19.3 during the same span, which included a 119-107 triumph against Memphis on Sunday. Point guard Elfrid Payton is running the show, posting double figures in assists five times in the last seven contests.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. The Pistons have won the last five meetings, including a pair this season by an average of 21 points.

    2. Orlando F Aaron Gordon is averaging 12.6 points in the last five outings – 3.5 above his seasonal mark.

    3. Detroit needs one victory in the final four games to finish over .500 for the first time since 2007-08.

    PREDICTION: Pistons 104, Magic 98

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    Preview: Brooklyn At Washington

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

    It’s just about over for the Washington Wizards, though nothing is final until the “e” gets put next to the team name in the conference standings. The Wizards will try to stave off elimination from the postseason when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

    Washington has dropped five of its last seven games to fall from a battle for a playoff spot to the brink of elimination with five games left in the regular season and would need to win out and get the help of a historic collapse from one of the teams above it in the standings to still have a chance. The Wizards just completed a 2-3 road trip – with the wins coming over the lowly Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns – and are not happy about the way they have played of late. “We got a lot of things to improve on,” Washington guard Bradley Beal told reporters. “Hopefully we get all five of these (remaining games). It’s definitely disappointing. We wanted to get more than what we got coming out here. We got to put this behind us and move on.” The Nets have seemingly been out of the playoff race all season and have dropped five straight games by an average of 19.6 points.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington)

    ABOUT THE NETS (21-56): Brooklyn decided over the weekend to shut down the veteran frontcourt pair of Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez in order to avoid injuries in meaningless games and get a look at some of the other players on the roster. “I wish we were more successful as a team, obviously,” Lopez told ESPN.com. “I think we could’ve been better. It takes time obviously to figure things out, but I think we could’ve figured things out quicker. And I think our young guys learned a lot this season, and we found a lot of tools we could use going forward, definitely.” The absence of Young and Lopez is a good thing for power forward Thomas Robinson, who has logged four straight double-doubles.

    ABOUT THE WIZARDS (37-40): Washington fell to the Sacramento Kings earlier in the trip and came out flat on Sunday before falling at the Los Angeles Clippers 114-109. “I’m on to Brooklyn on Wednesday,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman told reporters. “This road trip’s over. We got five games in eight days and we got to worry about the first one. That’s all I want (the players) thinking.” Beal, who had been critical of the team’s effort earlier in the trip, went 2-of-16 from the field on Sunday and shot 34.7 percent during the five games, including 7-of-28 from 3-point range.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Wizards All-Star PG John Wall is 22-of-64 from the field in the last four games.

    2. Nets PG Donald Sloan (illness) sat out Sunday’s loss to New Orleans and is day-to-day.

    3. Washington earned a 111-96 win at Brooklyn on Dec. 26 and will face the Nets twice in the last five games.

    PREDICTION: Wizards 112, Nets 92

    #39298
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    Preview: New Orleans At Boston

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

    After a solid finish to a lengthy road trip, the Boston Celtics return home for the first time in two weeks when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The Celtics went 3-2 on a five-game swing through Western Conference cities, finishing with a historic win at Golden State and a triumph at the rival Los Angeles Lakers that clinched a playoff berth.

    They play four of their final five games at home and enter the relatively favorable stretch in a tight battle for the third seed in the East. “A very focused group, I haven’t heard [Boston players] talk about it a ton,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters earlier this week when talking about the playoffs. “Obviously, when asked about it, they may comment on it, but they’ve been pretty focused on just the task at hand. We still want to be playing our best going into it, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.” Boston will get the Pelicans on the second half of a back-to-back and the front end – a 107-93 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday – wasn’t very pretty. Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and Jared Sullinger hauled in a career high-tying 20 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 111-93 rout in New Orleans earlier this season.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, CSN New England (Boston)

    ABOUT THE PELICANS (29-48): The injury-plagued Pelicans have featured a host of lineup changes over the course of the season, and on Tuesday the big shift saw Alexis Ajinca return to the starting lineup. Ajinca finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes while regular starting center Omer Asik did not see any action one game after producing two turnovers and two fouls in four lackluster minutes of a win over Brooklyn. Dante Cunningham led New Orleans with 19 points on Tuesday and has four of his 11 double-digit games in a span of nine days.

    ABOUT THE CELTICS (45-32): Evan Turner has started eight of the last nine games but will miss this one due to an eye abrasion, Stevens announced Tuesday. Avery Bradley will return after missing the win in Los Angeles due to the birth of his second child and rookie Terry Rozier will probably take on more playing time off the bench. The little-used Rozier played a season-high 21 minutes versus the Lakers and contributed six points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Thomas has a franchise-record streak of 16 games as the team’s leading scorer – all with at least 20 points – after putting up 26 against the Lakers.

    2. New Orleans is 2-12 on the road against the East.

    3. Bradley shoots 31.7 percent from 3-point range at home, compared to 39.2 percent on the road.

    PREDICTION: Celtics 108, Pelicans 94

    #39299
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    Preview: Charlotte At New York

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

    The New York Knicks made a strong effort at playing spoiler on Sunday only to fall just short in a 92-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks will get another chance to throw a wrench into the Eastern Conference postseason seedings when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

    New York’s strong effort on Sunday is more impressive when considering that starters Carmelo Anthony (rest), Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) and Jose Calderon (knee) all sat out. Porzingis, who has missed the last three games, refuted the notion that he is done for the season but does not plan to play in any of the last five regular season games unless the shoulder is 100 percent. The Hornets are hoping to turn their fortunes around and avoid a sweep on a three-game road trip after coming up short against the top two teams in the East – Cleveland and Toronto. The consecutive losses dropped Charlotte into sixth place in the East, one game behind Miami and Boston for fourth and 1 1/2 back of third-place Atlanta.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Charlotte), MSG (New York)

    ABOUT THE HORNETS (44-33): Charlotte is 16-22 on the road and would like to jump up to at least fourth place to ensure homecourt advantage in the first round with three of its remaining five regular-season games away from home. The Hornets shot 36.4 percent in the 96-90 loss at Toronto on Tuesday to drop back-to-back games for the first time since late January and were missing starting guard Nicolas Batum (knee). The veteran Frenchman suffered a strained knee in Sunday’s loss at Cleveland and is considered day-to-day.

    ABOUT THE KNICKS (31-47): Porzingis is one of the few bright spots in another lost season for New York and is averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his rookie campaign. The Knicks are being understandably cautious with the 20-year-old Latvian, who has played his way into franchise building block status. “I’m young and I always want to be on the floor,” Porzingis told reporters. “At the same time, I want to be smart about this. Nothing really to gain the last few games but I think I’ll be back for the last two, three games hopefully. But it’s not my decision at the end of the day.”

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Knicks SF Cleanthony Early is 3-of-16 from the field in two games since returning from a gunshot wound to his right knee.

    2. Hornets G Jeremy Lin started in place of Batum on Tuesday and scored 21 points.

    3. Charlotte has taken two of the three meetings this season but fell 102-94 in its previous trip to New York on Nov. 17.

    PREDICTION: Hornets 108, Knicks 92

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    Preview: Houston At Dallas

    When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

    The battle over the final playoff spots in the Western Conference takes on a little head-to-head flavor when the Houston Rockets visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Rockets sit one game behind the Mavericks and on the outside of the top eight in the conference with five games left in the regular season.

    Houston, Dallas and the Utah Jazz are fighting over the final two spots and the right to play historically strong teams Golden State or San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavericks were the ones on the outside before ripping off a four-game winning streak that featured strong defense and star-level production from J.J. Barea. Dallas’ last four opponents have averaged 86 points while Barea, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, has taken over for Deron Williams (sports hernia) and averaged 23.5 points and 6.8 assists in the four victories. The Rockets have managed to get up for big games of late and have three wins in their last five contests, with those victories coming over championship contenders Toronto, Cleveland and Oklahoma City.

    TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ROOT (Houston), FSN Southwest (Dallas)

    ABOUT THE ROCKETS (38-39): James Harden scored 15 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 118-110 win over the win over the Thunder as Houston stayed aggressive and battled back from a double-digit deficit. “The thing we have to stay conscious of is we can’t play to not lose,” Rockets forward Trevor Ariza told ESPN.com. “We always have to play the same way throughout the game. When we do that, it gives ourselves a pretty good chance.” Houston will play its final four games against teams already eliminated from contention – Phoenix, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota and Sacramento – after leaving Dallas.

    ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (39-38): Dallas does not know when Williams will return and is without Chandler Parsons (knee) the rest of the way, but Barea and rookie Justin Anderson are stepping up in their absence. Anderson moved into the starting lineup at the start of the winning streak and his length and athleticism on the wing are big parts of the team’s defensive improvement. “Anderson has learned gradually, and his teammates have been a big part of his development,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “He’s been an attentive learner, and he’s a really big part of what we’re doing right now.”

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Mavericks star F Dirk Nowitzki is 21-of-76 from the field in the last four games.

    2. Ariza is averaging 15.3 points in the last four games and has hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those contests.

    3. Houston has taken two of the three meetings this season, including a 100-96 win at Dallas on Dec. 4.

    PREDICTION: Mavericks 102, Rockets 96

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    Preview: Oklahoma City At Portland

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon

    Oklahoma City All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has been a triple-double machine this season and he chases another one when the Thunder visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Westbrook recorded his 17th triple-double in Tuesday’s 124-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets, the most in a season since legendary Magic Johnson had 17 for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1988-89 season.

    Westbrook, who typically downplays his accomplishments, was beaming at the company he is in after having 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists against the Nuggets. “It’s a great honor,” Westbrook told reporters afterward. “Whenever you’re mentioned in the same sentence as Magic, it’s always great. That’s something you never take for granted.” Portland has won five of its last six games after producing a 115-107 road win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday and stands a half-game behind the fifth-place Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference race. Standout guard Damian Lillard is averaging 30 points during the past two games after scoring less than 20 in each of the previous five contests.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, KGW (Portland)

    ABOUT THE THUNDER (54-24): All-Star forward Kevin Durant scored 26 points against the Nuggets and has scored 20 or more points in 62 consecutive games, the NBA’s best streak since Kobe Bryant of the Lakers ripped off 63 straight during the 2005-06 campaign. Oklahoma City clinched the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with its 10th win in 12 games and coach Billy Donovan expressed his appreciation for Westbrook’s contributions. “He’s one of those rare guys that can dominate a game without taking a shot,” Donovan told reporters. “He distributed, he rebounded, he pushed the tempo. He created a lot of scoring opportunities for our team.”

    ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (42-37): Small forward Maurice Harkless exploded for a season-best 20 points — all in the second half — and collected a career-high 16 rebounds against the Kings for his best all-around effort of the season. “This game is a lot about consistency and when you get consistent playing time, your play becomes more consistent,” Harkless told reporters afterward. “I have a feel for the game right now, we have good chemistry and we’re rolling right now.” The double-double was the second in a row for Harkless, who has 10 or more rebounds in three of the past four games.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. The Thunder are 2-1 against the Trail Blazers this season but lost 115-110 on Jan. 10 in their previous visit to Portland.

    2. Portland SG C.J. McCollum is averaging 24 points during the past three games while making 13-of-22 3-point attempts.

    3. Oklahoma City backup SG Dion Waiters had 18 points against Denver after averaging 4.7 points on 5-of-17 shooting during the previous three games.

    PREDICTION: Thunder 111, Trail Blazers 102

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    Preview: L.A. Clippers At L.A. Lakers

    When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    The Los Angeles Clippers are accustomed to routing the Los Angeles Lakers and look to steamroll them for the second straight night when the teams meet on Wednesday at the Staples Center. The Clippers cruised to a 103-81 victory Tuesday for their 10th straight win in the series and the victories have come by an average of 21.6 points.

    The Lakers matched the franchise single-season record with their 61st loss Tuesday and will need a much better showing to avoid setting that dubious mark in the rematch. Retiring Kobe Bryant scored just six points on 2-of-12 shooting in Tuesday’s outing and said after the contest that he will play Wednesday. The Clippers have won six of their past seven games and another victory will give them their fourth consecutive 50-win campaign. Point guard Chris Paul had 25 points and eight assists Tuesday and he is a candidate to be rested Wednesday as the Clippers no longer have a chance to catch Oklahoma City for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Clippers), TWC SportsNet (Lakers)

    ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (49-28): Power forward Blake Griffin has been underwhelming in his first two games since returning from quadriceps and hand injuries and has displayed the rust by averaging five points and four rebounds. “I was just trying not to force anything,” Griffin told reporters after Tuesday’s game. “It will come. I’ve just got to be patient.” Coach Doc Rivers said that he anticipated that Griffin could struggle to regain his form and is hopeful Griffin will be at full speed by the time the playoffs begin.

    ABOUT THE LAKERS (16-61): The Lakers have lost 10 of their last 12 games and Bryant is fading fast as the finish line approaches. He is just 15-of-58 shooting during the past four games, a stretch that includes a 34-point outing against Boston and a combined 13 points in the other three games. “I am just trying to push through,” Bryant told reporters after playing 22 minutes Tuesday. “Some games are better than others but you just have to do what you can.”

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. The Lakers last defeated the Clippers on April 4, 2012.

    2. Lakers SG Jordan Clarkson (bruised right fibula) departed in the fourth quarter Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday’s game.

    3. Clippers SF Paul Pierce (knee) could return Wednesday after a four-game absence.

    PREDICTION: Clippers 116, Lakers 88

    #39303
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    Hot teams
    — Cleveland won seven of its last nine games (2-4 last 6AF). Indiana is 5-3 in its last eight games (3-4HU).
    — Pistons won seven of their last ten games (1-6 last 7AU). Orlando won four of its last five games (4-1 last 5HF).
    — Pelicans won three of their last five games (5-2 last 7AU). Boston is 6-2 in its last eight games (11-5 last 16HF).
    — Dallas won its last four games (0-3 last 3HU).
    — Portland won five of its last six games (7-6HU). Thunder won eight of last ten games (7-4 last 11AF).
    — Clippers won six of their last seven games (3-1 last 4HF).

    Cold teams
    — Brooklyn lost its last five games (0-6 last 6AU). Washington lost five of its last seven games (5-3 last 8HF).
    — Hornets lost three of last five road games (6-1 last 7AF). Knicks lost four of their last five games (3-1 last 4HU).
    — Rockets lost five of their last eight games (6-8AF).
    — Lakers lost six of their last seven games (3-6 last 9HU).

    Series records
    — Nets lost six of their last eight games with Washington.
    — Cavaliers won their last four games with Indiana.
    — Pistons won their last five games with Orlando.
    — Celtics won their last three games with New Orleans.
    — Knicks lost five of last six games with Charlotte.
    — Houston won seven of last nine games with Dallas.
    — Thunder won three of last four games with Portland.
    — Clippers won ten in row vs Lakers, covering one of last four.

    Totals
    — Five of last six Brooklyn-Washington games stayed under.
    — Five of last seven Cleveland games stayed under the total.
    — Six of last seven Detroit-Orlando games went over total.
    — Last five New Orleans games stayed under the total.
    — Nine of last ten New York games stayed under the total.
    — Six of last eight Houston games stayed under the total.
    — Four of last five Thunder games went over the total.
    — Last five Laker-Clipper games stayed under the total.

    Back/backs
    — Cavaliers covered two of last seven if they played night before.
    — Detroit covered seven of last eight if it played the night before.
    — Pelicans covered six of last nine if they played the night before.
    — Hornets won seven in row (5-2 vs spread) if they played night before.
    — Thunder is 1-4-1 vs spread last six games if they played nite before Portland covered four of last five if they played night before.
    — Clippers are 7-4 in last 11 games if they played night before. Lakers are 2-5 in last seven games if they played night before.

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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    NBA | LA CLIPPERS at LA LAKERS
    Play Against – Home teams (LA LAKERS) pathetic team – shooting <=43% with a defense of >=46% on the season against opponent after game – allowing a shooting pct. of 35% or less
    29-8 since 1997. ( 78.4% | 20.2 units )
    2-1 this year. ( 66.7% | 0.9 units )

    NBA | DETROIT at ORLANDO
    Play On – Home teams vs. the money line (ORLANDO) after beating the spread by 42 or more points total in their last five games against opponent after going under the total by 36 or more points total in their last five games
    119-50 since 1997. ( 70.4% | 49.3 units )
    4-0 this year. ( 100.0% | 4.0 units )

    NBA | HOUSTON at DALLAS
    Play On – Any team vs. the 1rst half line (DALLAS) after allowing 40 points or less in the first half in 2 straight games against opponent after scoring 100 points or more 3 straight games
    79-39 since 1997. ( 66.9% | 36.1 units )
    6-1 this year. ( 85.7% | 4.9 units )

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    #39326
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    Basketball Crusher

    Brooklyn Nets +14.5 over Washington Wizards
    (System Record: 73-4, won last 2 games)
    Overall Record: 73-83-3

    Dallas Mavericks + Houston Rockets – OVER 208

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    PAUL LEINER

    100* Magic -2

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    Bookiemonsters

    NO Pelicans +14.5

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