BETTING First Look with Marco D’Angelo: Bucks at Kings

Marco D’Angelo has been a professional sports handicapper and bettor since 1980. Marco moved to Las Vegas in 2008. During the 2010 Baseball Season Marco made handicapping history when he won a documented 25 Baseball Games in a row. What was even more impressive was the fact that he never laid more than -120 in any of the 25 plays. The 25 game winning streak, was documented by the Sports Monitor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Marco is a 2 Time winner of Preferred Picks Wise Guy Football Contest.  Marco’s signature play is his College Football Game of the Year as Marco has gone 26-8 with this game over his 34 year career.

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NBA Tip Sheet: Boogie Cousins suffers ankle sprain

The Saturday night action in the National Basketball Association was highlighted by the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings contest at FedExForum. The scheduled start for the contest was 8 p.m. ET but according what the Kings players said after the game the Sacramento troupe didn’t take the court until the fourth quarter.

“It was a classic case of we showed up too late,” Rudy Gay told the national media in the post-game presser. “We can’t start out like that.”

The Kings were the “usual suspects” or suspect, defensively, allowing 36 first-quarter points to Memphis. The Grizzlies had a season-high 65 points at halftime.

Sacramento trailed by 15 points with just over eight minutes to play in the final stanza but proceeded to go on a 13-0 rally closing the scoring margin to 104-102 with five minutes left in the affair. Sacramento’s late charge came up short and allowed the Grizzlies to cover (-3) and secure their 28th win of the season in a 121-117 victory over the Kings.

The big news from the game wasn’t the fourth quarter comeback for the Kings – it was that Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a sprained left ankle – with just over 2 minutes to go in the Western Conference test. The injury occurred with 2:03 remaining in the game when Grizzlies center Marc Gasol fell into Cousins’ ankle while diving for a loose ball.

Cousins had to be helped off the court and seemed unable to put weight on the foot. The team trainers reported that the X-rays on the ankle were negative and coaching staff considers the bulk of their offense to be day-to-day. Cousins is having his finest season as a professional. The Kings’ big entered Saturday averaging a career-high 27.2 points per game to go with 11.2 rebounds.


Sunday, January 31st, NBA Tip Sheet (all times are Eastern)

6:05pm  Open
833 Boston -4½
834 Orlando 204½

A pair of teams headed in opposite directions meet for the second leg of a home-and-home series. The Celtics secured a 113-94 win at the TD Garden over the Magic on Friday night, running their winning streak to a season-high five games and handing Orlando its eight consecutive loss.

In his first game after earning his first All-Star Game nod, guard Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points and handed out eight assists in the win over the Magic. Thomas will likely have his minutes reduced today as he is still nursing a sore

The Magic are at home for what should be considered a big event as they aim to halt their 8-game losing streak. The Magic face some difficult tasks in the next two-plus weeks with an eight-game span that includes two games against San Antonio, two games against Atlanta and meetings with Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas and Indiana. They don’t square off against a team with an overall losing record until the last week in February when they travel to Philadelphia on Feb. 23rd.

Orlando (20-25 SU, 23-21-1 ATS) has lost 12 of 13 games and reside in a miserable eight-game run of failures, defeats. The Magic has lost three of those eight games in overtime and while many of the losses have been close calls, they are 1-7 ATS during their losing run.


6:05pm Open

835 Atlanta 193
836 Miami -1

The Atlanta Hawks registered a huge 60-win campaign last season and were perfect in January a year ago. That was then and now is now. The Hawks are a pedestrian 6-8 for the month, and All-Star forward Paul Millsap is hobbled with an ankle injury.

The Hawks (27-21 SU, 23-24-1 ATS) are not the same team they were a year ago. They seemingly snuck up on the opposition last season but this year are struggling to hold onto their Southeast division lead while losing four of their last five games. The Hawks have not been efficient as a visitor this campaign going 2-5 SU/ATS the last seven games away from Philips Arena.

Nearing the All-Star break the Hawks hold a 1/2-game lead over today’s opponent, the Miami Heat, in the Central.

The inconsistent Heat extended their winning streak to three with Friday’s 107-103 victory at Milwaukee. Dwyane Wade has regained his health and legs and the All Star has averaged over 25 points per game while hitting 51.3 percent of his shots from the field in the team’s last four games.

Miami (26-21 SU, 23-23-1 ATS) returns to the friendly confines of American Airlines Arena after playing 11 of the last 12 games away from South Beach. Miami has now won three straight after riding a four-game losing streak.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra’s squad has dropped their last two home games, against the Knicks and Bucks, respectively, averaging less than 85 points per game in the defeats.


7:05pm Open

837 Phoenix 201½
838 Dallas -11

The Phoenix Suns have failed to record a win in 13 straight road games and are on current road trip that has them 0-3 and double digit underdogs against the Dallas Mavericks. The Suns have lost to Philadelphia, Cleveland and the New York Knicks in their current three-game slide by a total of 50 points. Phoenix also posted their second-lowest point total of the month in a 102-84 setback to the Knicks on Friday.

Flashback to the first road defeat of their current 13 straight and it began in Dallas, a 104-94 loss at the Mavericks on December 14. It is noteworthy that the Suns still had shooting guard Eric Bledsoe active in that holiday loss. Bledsoe scored 23 points and recorded seven assists in the losing effort.

Dallas began a stretch of four of five at home by stifling the Brooklyn Nets in a 91-79 victory on Friday. The Mavericks were without Zaza Pachulia and Dirk Nowitzki in a 127-107 loss at Golden State on Wednesday but had their frontcourt intact against the Nets and held Brooklyn to 35.9 percent from the field.

Phoenix is 0-2 against Dallas this season, covering in both events. The Mavericks took down the Suns 111-95 on opening night in Phoenix and also won 104-94 in Dallas on December 14th.

Dallas (27-22 SU, 28-20-1 ATS) is on the front side of a back-to-back and for overall have not been efficient in this situation. However, the chances are that Dallas will use up their veterans legs tonight to secure a win before hitting the skies tonight for a flight to Atlanta for a Monday night event versus the Hawks. This is the largest favoritism that the oddsmakers have shown for the Mavs this season, as double digit chalk, while the Suns are 2-6 ATS record as double-digit puppies.


7:35pm Open

839 Golden State -9½
840 New York 216½

The Golden State Warriors look to move 40 games above the .500 mark tonight with a win at Madison Square Garden over the Knicks. A victory would also be their seventh straight. The Warriors (43-4) laid down in the fourth quarter last night but held on for a 108-105 victory at Philadelphia (7-41), and earning the win took a Harrison Barnes last-second 3-pointer.

The Warriors rested former 76ers’ forward Andre Iguodala on Saturday after he scored 11 total points in the previous two contests. The team has stated that the return o C Festus Ezeli (left knee) on Sunday after missing the last two contests is questionable.

Golden State (43-4 SU, 28-18-1 ATS) is playing their second leg of a back-to-back, albeit the first being just miles away in Philadelphia, last night. The Warriors have exceeded 109 point in seven of their last nine road games going Over the total in six of those contests.

New York Rookie Kristaps Porzingis scored seven points in 24 minutes Friday after being inactive in the team’s the previous contest due to an upper-respiratory illness. Guard Arron Afflalo is surprisingly the second leading scorer for the Knickerbockers averaging 14.2 points per game, just ahead of Porzingis (13.9). Center Robin Lopez recorded 13 points against Phoenix and has made 15-of-27 from the field over the past four games entering tonight’s home date against the best team in the Association.

The Knicks (23-26 SU, 29-20 ATS) are far from 100 percent and have, for all intent and purpose, a short bench. The trio of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and Jose Calderon have all missed multiple games to injuries in January. New York managed a cover as 12-point underdogs in the, 103-93 loss at Toronto. The Knicks ended a losing streak by picking on the struggling Suns, in Friday’s 102-84 MSG victory. The Knick won by nearly 20 points while Anthony and Porzingis struggled. The duo combined to score only 26 points on 8-of-22 shooting in the win.

 

9:05pm Open
841 Minnesota 208
842 Portland -7

Timberwolves rookie C Karl-Anthony Towns is beginning to be acquainted with the league. The Minnesota big scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting in the team’s Friday loss in Salt Lake City to the Jazz.

The Blazers C Mason Plumlee will have his hands full with Towns tonight. Plumlee is also making the necessary adjustments in the paint at the mid-season point. Plumlee is averaging 10.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the team’s last five games.

Timberwolves are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games when playing a team with a winning home record.
The Under (4-0) has cashed in each of the two teams previous four affairs in Portland, however, the Over is 15-5-2 in the last 22 meetings, overall, between the two Western Conference foes.
• The home team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings, overall, but the Timberwolves are a porous 17-37-1 ATS in the last 55 meetings between the two franchises.

 

9:35pm Open
843 Charlotte -4
844 LA Lakers 201

The Charlotte Hornets look to even their four-game road trip with a victory at the Staples Center tonight. Hornets got off to a great start on the trip with a double-overtime win in Sacramento but have been no-shows in their last two events, losing 102-73 to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and 109-91 in Portland on Friday night.

The long and grueling season is beginning to take a toll on the Hornets player personnel and issues are the primary issue moving into the second half of the 2015-16 campaign. with the backcourt the latest area of the roster to get hit hard.

Shooting guard Jeremy Lamb (toe) and guard Jeremy Lin (ankle) are both questionable for tonight’s Staples contest. Forward Nicolas Batum (toe),
F Cody Zeller (shoulder) and F Al Jefferson (knee) have all been ruled OUT for tonight’s game.

The Lakers, who own the worst record in the Western Conference have lost nine straight games and have finally become a team in rebuilding mode resting Kobe Bryant in specific situations and giving their youth increased minutes.. Los Angeles is in danger of matching the club record for consecutive losses of 10, set at the end of the 1993-94 campaign.

All Star guard Kobe Byrant (shoulder) has been listed as questionable for tonight’s game.

 

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Free NBA Pick: Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Prediction: Grizzlies at Spurs

The Sacramento Kings are in Memphis for a Saturday night Association affair, a city in which the Kings have struggled, to say the least. Sacramento enters FedExForum Arena in an attempt to halt a 10-game road losing streak in the series. Memphis has defeated Sacramento in each of the last 10 games dating back to February of 2009.

Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies (-3.5, 205)
Time: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 30, 2016
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

I’m laying the points with the Grizzlies on Saturday. Sacramento appeared to have turned its season around with a five-game winning streak but then came the double overtime loss at home against Charlotte on Monday and the Kings have yet to recover. They lost the following night 112-97 at Portland and then again 114-105 at New Orleans on Thursday.

This will be the fourth game in six days for the Kings and third straight road contest. DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore had 26 points apiece against the Pelicans but the Kings couldn’t contain Ryan Anderson who scored 36 points. Memphis has won six of its last seven games and blew out Milwaukee 103-83 on Thursday. Jeff Green came off the bench to score 21 points and the Grizzlies held the Bucks to 36.7 percent from the field. Sacramento hasn’t won in Memphis in nearly seven years and lost 103-89 to the Grizzlies earlier this season.

Also, the Kings have missed Rudy Gay (eye injury). Gay may play tonight, but we’ll back Memphis whether he plays or not.

I’m recommending a play on the Grizzlies to cover the small number on Saturday.

THE PLAY: Memphis Grizzlies -3.0 (-108)

 

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NBA Free Pick: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics

NBA Preview and Free Pick: Boston at Milwaukee

The Boston Celtics are in line to execute the franchises longest winning streak of the season when they host the Orlando Magic tonight. This Friday night event on the TD Garden hardwood is the front end of a home-and-home set. With Wednesday’s 111-103 victory over Denver, the Celtics have won four in a row for the second time this season and they aim to secure their fifth straight tonight in Boston, Massachusetts.

Courtesy of Scott Spreitzer

(855) Orlando Magic at (856) Boston Celtics (-8, 206)
Time: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, January 29, 2016
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

I’m recommending a play on the Celtics minus the points on Friday night. Orlando has lost seven in a row and 11 of its last 12 games after a 107-100 loss at Milwaukee on Tuesday. This is the third road game in five days for the Magic, including an overtime loss at Memphis, which followed a loss in overtime at home against Charlotte. Orlando is 0-5 ATS its last five games and 10-26-1 its last 37 games in Boston. Victor Oladipo scored 18 points against Milwaukee but the Magic shot only 41.2 percent from the field while the Bucks shot nearly 50 percent. Boston has won four straight after defeating Denver 111-103 on Wednesday. Avery Bradley scored 27 points for the Celtics and Kelly Olynyk added 17 points while Amir Johnson grabbed 13 rebounds. Boston wants to avenge a 110-91 blowout loss at Orlando on Nov. 29 when the Celtics made just five of 27 three-point attempts. Orlando is 1-6 ATS its last seven road games and the home team is 8-0 ATS the last eight meetings.

I’m recommending a play on Boston minus the points.

FREE PLAY: Boston Celtics -8.0 (-105)

 

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BETTING First Look with Marco D’Angelo: T’Wolves at Jazz

Marco D’Angelo has been a professional sports handicapper and bettor since 1980. Marco moved to Las Vegas in 2008. During the 2010 Baseball Season Marco made handicapping history when he won a documented 25 Baseball Games in a row. What was even more impressive was the fact that he never laid more than -120 in any of the 25 plays. The 25 game winning streak, was documented by the Sports Monitor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Marco is a 2 Time winner of Preferred Picks Wise Guy Football Contest.  Marco’s signature play is his College Football Game of the Year as Marco has gone 26-8 with this game over his 34 year career.

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Free NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies

Free NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies at WagerTalk

The storyline in this National Basketball Association tilt in Memphis is the return of Jason Kidd to the Milwaukee bench and the resurgence of Memphis. The Bucks greeted the return of Kidd with a Harris Bradley Center win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. The Grizzlies have their sights set on an 11th win in their last 12 games and they get that opportunity on the FedExForum hardwood, a venue where the Bucks have not tasted victory in over six years.

With Kidd back on the bench directing the squad no change in the rotations is expected. The team has won four of its last six games and is getting solid play from guard Khris Middleton, who has scored over 20 points in each of the team’s last six affairs. Kidd returned to active coaching duty for the first time on Tuesday night when the Bucks overcame a 16-point first half deficit to record a 107-100 victory over the Magic. It was the first time that Kidd had spent the entire game on the bench since undergoing hip surgery on December 21st. The head coach missed 17 games while recovering and the Bucks troupe was under the guidance of assistant Joe Prunty who engineered a pedestrian 8-9 record in Kidd’s absence. The Bucks are still in the hunt for a postseason berth with a 20-27 overall record on the season.

The Grizzlies are 26-20 on the season and are coming off an impressive 108-102 win on Monday over Orlando. Memphis registered a huge 70-points in the paint in the win over Orlando, its fourth straight at home. The Grizzlies have leaned on their bigs during their recent run, most notably on center Marc Gasol, who is averaging 23 points per game in the Griz’s last five tilts.

Gameday Vitals
Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies (-4.5, 193)
Time: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

Bucks
The return of Kidd has invigorated this group of young Bucks and while they have been solid with their offensive scheme, they have shown signs of being much more cohesive defensively.

“I liked the composure of the guys in that first half. We were down and didn’t stop playing,” Kidd told the media in the post-game presser after Tuesday’s win over Orlando. “I thought in the third quarter we took control of the game.” What he didn’t mention was just how tough the Bucks were defensively in the second half of Tuesday’s win and how well they matchup against a Memphis frontcourt that has carried the team the last three weeks.

It is worth noting that these two teams will both have to be more dependent on outside shooting today. While Memphis scored 70 paint points against Orlando on Monday the Bucks outscored the Magic 62-26 in the paint and receiving big nights from frontcourt starters, center Greg Monroe and shooting forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, both scored 20-plus points in Kidd’s return debut.

Shooting guard Khris Middleton had 25 points in the team’s Tuesday win and was not only the scorer, but a distributor from the No 2 slot in the offense. Coach Kidd gave Middleton more credit for sharing the ball as he registered a season high seven assists and helped seal the win with clutch plays both on offense and defense in the final minutes on Tuesday night.

Grizzlies
The final score from the Grizzlies Monday night win over Orlando was somewhat deceiving. The 208 total points included an overtime period to dispatch the Orlando Magic. The Grizzlies held the Magic to 1-of-10 from the floor in the extra stanza.

“Basically, all five guys locked in defensively and held our heads on the defensive end and stuck to our coverage,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said in his post-game media session. “We did everything just a little bit harder, and down the stretch we were aggressive on the defensive end.”

Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points and that included two baskets in the final 14 seconds to force overtime.

Memphis’ last six games have been decided by an average of just four points. Inconsistent forward Jeff Green was ignited in the Monday win by being aggressive on the defensive end but it was two offensive rebounds in the game that pushed him to his biggest scoring day of the 2015-16 campaign.

Outlook
Milwaukee’s chances of ending their current 6-year win-less streak in Memphis is alive tonight. The Grizzlies have been feeding off dominating the opposition in the paint but that isn’t likely to be the case tonight. The team that wins tonight will be the squad that moves the ball on the perimeter and makes opens jump shots.

The Bucks are the better perimeter shooting team but the Grizzlies rank near the bottom of the league in 3-pointers allowed. The Bucks have two players shooting over 42 percent from beyond the arc, in Middleton and Jerryd Bayless, but the franchise that is most effective in getting stops and preventing second chance points will be the victor.

Don’t look for either side to play at pace or get easy points in the paint. While the Bucks has been defending the outside shot, permitting 45 3-pointers over their last three games, the Grizzlies rank at the bottom of most offensive categories that require efficiency from the perimeter.

Key Trends

  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Bucks last 5 games following a straight up win, 6-1 to the UNDER in the team’s last seven games against teams with an overall winning percentage of .501 or better and Milwaukee is 5-1 to the UNDER in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Memphis is 5-1 to the UNDER in their last 6 when playing a team with an overall winning percentage of .500 or less, 19-7 to the UNDER in their last 26 home games when playing a team with a road winning percentage of .400 or less and a solid 24-9 to the UNDER in their last 33 home games against a team with an overall losing record as a visitor on the season.

FREE PICK
TOTAL UNDER 193

 

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NBA Free Pick: New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors

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No ‘Melo no problem? The Knicks will be without Carmelo Anthony (knee) for the second straight game after taking the OKC Thunder to overtime on Tuesday. Will New York be able to put together another inspired performance against the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors? The Knicks visiting Toronto is our NBA Thursday night free pick.

**Editor’s Note – Kristaps Porzingis was unexpectedly ruled out right before gametime. D’oh!**

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