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If there was ever any question about LeBron James’ MVP credentials they should have all been answered given his performance over the past six games. In Miami’s 117-104 victory over Portland on Tuesday night as an 11-point home favorite, he scored more than 30 points while shooting at least 60 percent from the field for the sixth-straight game to set a new NBA record.
The Lakers continued their current seven-game road trip with a stunning 92-83 victory over Brooklyn this past Tuesday night as four-point underdogs. They are now 3-1 in the first four games of this trip but still 8-16 on the road overall. The win pushed Los Angeles’ overall record to 23-26 straight-up and 20-28-1 against the spread. It has gone just 8-15-1 ATS on the road this season and the total has now stayed UNDER in five of its last seven games overall.
The Grizzlies continue to try and keep pace with the top teams in the Western Conference but a 5-5 record in their last 10 games has them 29-15 straight-up on the year and 5.5 games out of the No.1 spot. They have gone 3-1 against the spread in their last four games to improve to 26-17-1 ATS overall.
Some have been expecting the Clippers to hit a tough patch this year, but they just keep winning. Chris Paul’s bruised kneecap is a little bit of a concern, but he should be back in the lineup soon. He is listed as doubtful for this game. The Phoenix Suns are now under Interim Coach Lindsay Hunter’s guidance. Can the Clippers keep pace near the top of the Western Conference standings or will the Suns pull off a surprise?
New York is only a game and a half out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference but it is taking on water with just two straight-up victories in its last six games. The latest setback, an 88-85 loss to Brooklyn this past Monday as 3.5-point home favorites, dropped the Knicks to 25-14 SU overall and 20-18-1 against the spread. They are 11-8 SU (9-9-1 ATS) on the road this season and the total has now stayed UNDER in four of their last five games.
Dallas will be coming off an extended Holiday break after getting blown-out 129-91 by San Antonio this past Sunday as an 11-point road underdog. It was the Mavericks third loss in a row and they are now 12-16 straight-up on the year. They are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games to fall to 13-15 ATS overall. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five outings.
New York moved to the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference with its 100-98 victory over Charlotte this past Wednesday night but could not cover as a 7.5-point home favorite. It is now 13-4 straight-up on the season and 11-6 against the spread. The total ended as a PUSH against the Bobcats but it had gone OVER in five of the Knicks previous seven games.
New York has been able to carve out an early one-game lead over the Nets in the Atlantic Division with a 9-3 start both straight-up and against the spread. The Knicks are coming off a 121-100 rout of Detroit as an 11-point home favorite this past Sunday night to remain a perfect 5-0 SU at home, but they are just 4-3 SU on the road. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven games.
NBA Betting Previews- Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Pointspread:OFF Total Line: OFF The Dallas Mavericks head back on the road this Thursday night to tangle with the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference clash at the US Airways Center. The …