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Wizards vs. Pacers NBA Betting Prediction from Teddy Covers: February 16th 2017

Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA Betting Prediction: Indiana +3 (February 16th 2017)

In theory, this is a great ‘spot’ for Washington.  The Pacers have lost five straight, including a defensive no-show in Cleveland last night; the fifth straight game that Indiana has allowed at least 110 points.  Meanwhile, the Wizards are rested and ready – they’ve only played once since last Friday, a blowout win over OKC that was garbage time by the middle of the third quarter.

But as we clearly saw last night with the Houston – Miami game, an extended rest BEFORE the All Star Break is not necessarily a good thing – teams lose their focus.  The Rockets were in the exact same spot at the Wizards – coming off a rare, extended rest, having played only one game since last week, a blowout win.  Washington has been as ‘focused’ as any team in the league for the better part of the last two months.  I’m not convinced in the slightest that this layoff is going to help them bring their ‘A’ game tonight.

The Pacers should get Lavoy Allen back in the lineup tonight, a big return addition considering he’s been starting since Thaddeus Young got hurt at the start of this losing streak.  And much of the losing streak can be blamed on ‘quality opposition’ – they’ve lost twice to Cleveland, once to San Antonio and once on the Wizards powerful home floor, no shame in any of those defeats.  The only ‘bad’ loss during this entire stretch came at home against Milwaukee, and that can only be described as ‘one of those nights’ – the Bucks hit 55% from three point range, nailing 17 shots from downtown.

When these two teams played at the Verizon Center in DC last week there was no separation whatsoever, a tight game throughout.  Indiana covered the spread despite a dismal 4-21 shooting effort from three point range.  In fact, all three previous meetings between these two teams this year were tight, down-to-the-wire affairs; a series where we’re better off taking points, not laying them!  Take the Pacers.

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Portland vs. Utah NBA Point Spread Pick from Mike Lundin: February 15th 2017

Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA Point Spread Pick: Blazers +8.5 points (February 15th 2017)

The Utah Jazz have dropped three on the bounce and put up a really pathetic performance in Monday’s 88-72 loss to the Clippers. The Jazz recorded a season worst for points and shooting percentage (32.2) and are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and just 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.

Tonight they’ll take on a Portland Trail Blazers side that hasn’t played well lately either, dropping four of its last five games. The Blazers are 0-5 ATS during that span, but they’ve won three straight head-to-head meetings with Utah the they’re 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings at Vivint Smart Home Arena. This is way too many points to give the Blazers, and I think they’ll keep this a close game.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Over-Under Prediction: February 13th 2017

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA Over-Under Prediction: Under 206.5 points (February 13th 2017)

Anytime I see a Utah game on their homecourt with a total over 202 points, I will look closer. After handicapping this game, I do like it ‘Under’ tonight. The posted total is higher than what it normally would be because, 1) the Jazz are on a 5-0 OVER run, and 2) the Clippers have the worst defensive rating in the NBA the last 10 games.

The Jazz are more of a ‘under’ team and trends and statistics support that. It’s not often you will find them go ‘over’ 6 straight games. The Jazz play at a very slow pace and also play very good defense. The Jazz are the slowest paced team in the NBA the last 10 games. Since 2010, the Jazz have played six consecutive games to the ‘Over only once! There were 6 other times where they were on a 5-0 ‘Over’ run and the 6th game went ‘Under’ by an average of 9.7 points. Now is an opportune time to take the Jazz ‘Under’.

The Clippers started off their road trip slow, but have won their last 2 and are headed back towards home after this stop in Utah. The Clippers are a better defensive team than what they have shown as of late. And Doc Rivers does not like to be known as a bad defensive team. He is having his guys play better and harder as of late. They locked down Kemba Walker vs Charlotte and held the Hornets to 43% shooting, which included only 30% in the 3rd quarter.

Utah is 1-16 SU the last 17 meetings vs the Clippers. The last 3 home meetings when the total was 200 or higher, the Jazz only scored 87, 89, and 96 points. Utah is coming off two losses and this is a game they definitely want to win. I expect them to want to do that with their usual hard nosed defensive style and slow pace on offense. This year as a home favorite and coming off a home loss, the Jazz have given up only 84, 88, 85, and 98 points the following game. The UNDER is 15-6 since 2012 when the Jazz are a home favorite and coming off a home loss. Bring the opponent in off a win, and the UNDER is 7-2 since 2012. I think we see a tough fought game with a final score in the 101-94 range. (1* UNDER)

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