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Friday's basketball Tip Sheet from V.I.
Friday's basketball Tip Sheet
November 14, 2003
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**Cavaliers at Celtics**
-- Oddsmakers at Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened Boston as a seven-point favorite, with the total listed at 185.
-- Cleveland (2-6 straight up, 4-4 against the spread) is off a loss Wednesday as a one-point road underdog to Miami, 88-83. The combined 171 points dipped ‘under’ the closing total of 176.
-- The Cavaliers have been road weary this season, going 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS.
-- This will be the first of back-to-back games for Cleveland before hosting Philadelphia on Saturday.
-- Boston (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) lost Wednesday as a 9 1/2-point home favorite against Chicago, 89-82. The combined 171 points never threatened the closing total of 190.
-- The Celtics have won 10 straight contests against the Cavs. The club is 7-2-1 ATS during this stretch.
-- Boston has seen the ‘under’ go 3-0 in its last three contests.
-- Following this contest, the Celtics will travel to New York on Monday.
**Knicks at Nets**
-- New York (2-5 SU, 4-3 ATS) lost its second straight game Tuesday as a two-point road underdog to Cleveland, 94-80.
-- The Knicks are 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS on the road. The club is averaging 79 PPG away from home, helping the ‘under’ go 4-0.
-- This will be the first of back-to-back games for New York before hosting Indiana on Saturday.
-- New Jersey (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS) lost and failed to cover for the second consecutive time Wednesday as a 3 1/2-point home favorite against San Antonio, 85-71.
-- The Nets haven’t been able to find the buck at home. The club is averaging 78 PPG, helping the ‘under’ go 4-0.
-- Last season, NJ was 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS against New York. The ‘over’ was 3-1.
After Friday’s game, the Nets will travel to Atlanta on Saturday.
-- LVSC opened New Jersey as an 8 1/2-point favorite, with the total listed at 179.
**Spurs at Sixers**
-- San Antonio (5-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) won its first road game Wednesday by defeating New Jersey 85-71 as a 3 1/2-point road underdog. The combined 156 points dipped ‘under’ the closing total of 173.
-- The Spurs have seen the ‘under’ go 8-1 in thier first nine contests.
-- San Antonio is 1-2 both SU and ATS on the road. The ‘under’ is 3-0.
-- This is the second game of a three-game road trip for the Spurs, which concludes in Washington on Saturday.
-- Philadelphia (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) has alternated wins and losses both SU and ATS after beating Washington 112-105 Tuesday as a 1 1/2-point road underdog.
-- The Sixers are 1-2 both SU and ATS at First Union Center.
-- Philadelphia is 2-2 SU, but 4-0 ATS versus San Antonio in the past four meetings.
-- This will be the first of back-to-back games for the Sixers before traveling to Cleveland on Saturday.
**Magic at Nuggets**
-- Orlando (1-7 SU, 0-8 ATS) had its losing streak reach seven games Wednesday after losing to Memphis 107-97 as a 2 1/2-point home favorite.
-- The Magic are 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS on the road. The ‘over/under’ is 1-1.
-- Orlando is 4-0 SU and 3-0-1 ATS versus Denver in the past four meetings.
-- This will be the first of a five-game road trip for the Magic before the L.A. Clippers on Saturday.
-- Denver (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) is off a win Monday as three-point road underdog against Chicago, 105-97. The Nuggets outscored the Bulls 39-25 in the fourth quarter.
-- The Nuggets are 2-1 both SU and ATS at Pepsi Center. The ‘over’ is 2-1.
-- Denver is 0-1 both SU and ATS when tabbed a home favorite, but 2-0 SU and ATS when listed as a live home dog.
-- After tonight’s game, Denver will travel to Minnesota on Tuesday.
-- LVSC opened the Nuggets as 5 1/2-point home favorites, with the total listed at 187.
-- Tipoff is scheduled for 10:35 p.m. EDT, with ESPN providing national coverage.
**Pistons at Lakers**
-- LVSC opened Los Angeles as an 8 1/2-point home favorite, with the total listed at 194.
-- Detroit (5-3 SU, 4-3-1 ATS) lost its second straight road game Wednesday as a four-point road favorite to Golden State, 87-85. The combined 172 points dipped ‘under’ the closing total of 186 1/2.
-- This will be the third game of a four-game road trip Pistons, which has seen the club go 0-2 SU and 0-1-1 ATS.
-- Detroit is averaging 93.9 PPG, helping the ‘over’ go 4-3.
-- Following Friday’s game, the Pistons will conclude their road trip against Phoenix on Saturday.
-- Los Angeles snapped its two-game skid Wednesday by defeating Toronto 94-79 as a 13 1/2-point home favorite. The combined 173 points dipped ‘under’ the closing total of 181 1/2.
-- The Lakers are 3-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS at Staples Center. The ‘under’ is 3-0.
-- L.A. is 3-1 both SU and ATS versus Detroit in the last four meetings. The ‘over/under’ is 2-2.
-- Following Friday’s tip, the Lakers will host Miami on Sunday.
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