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Houston brings a three-game winning streak into this matchup including a 117-101 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night as a six-point home favorite. The win evened its overall record to 7-7 straight-up and 7-6-1 against the spread. The total has gone OVER in six of its last eight games. The Rockets now have to go on the road where they are just 2-4 SU and 2-3-1 ATS.
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.
After winning six games last season behind ‘Rookie of the Year’ quarterback Cam Newton, many bettors thought that Carolina would take the next step toward getting back to the top of the NFC South this season. Instead, this team has taken a step off a cliff to a 2-8 straight-up (4-6 against the spread) record that includes just one win in its last eight games. The Panthers are 1-3 both SU and ATS on the road and the total has gone OVER in three of their last four games.
Many bettors abandoned the Packers earlier in the season after an unexpected slow start, but a current five-game winning streak has most of them back on the bandwagon in a big way. Green Bay is now 7-3 straight-up on the year and 5-5 against the spread. It has covered in four of its last five games and the total has gone OVER in five of its last seven games.
Atlanta has raced out to a 9-1 straight-up (6-4 against the spread) start that has it three games ahead of Tampa Bay in the NFC South and holding a two-game lead for the No.1 seed in the entire conference. The Falcons are 4-1 both SU and ATS on the road this season and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games.
The Clippers have become the toast of the town in LA with eight straight-up victories in their first 10 games. They have also become one of the favorites of the betting public with a profitable 8-2 start against the spread. Los Angeles’ 92-87 win over San Antonio this past Monday night as a 4.5-point road underdog extended its current winning streak to six games and raised its road record this season to 3-0 both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of its last six games.
The Chicago Bears were not only beat 13-6 by Houston last Sunday night as one-point favorites at home, they were beat up as well. The main casualty was quarterback Jay Cutler, who is listed as doubtful for Monday night after getting knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion. The Bears are still in first place in the NFC North at 7-2 straight-up and 5-4 against the spread and the total has gone OVER in four of their last six games.
Orlando has stumbled out of the gate to a 3-6 straight-up start that includes a 97-86 loss to Toronto this past Sunday as a four-point road underdog. The Magic are 4-4-1 against the spread and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games. They are 1-4 SU (2-2-1 ATS) in their first five games on the road.
With Dwight Howard now on the West Coast with the Lakers, Orlando has suddenly become very average.
Do not look now but the Green Bay Packers have worked their way back into the NFC playoff picture after an unexpected slow start. They have won four straight games to improve to 6-3 straight-up on the year but they are still under .500 against the spread at 4-5. The total has gone OVER in six of their nine games.
Boston is coming off a 98-93 victory over Utah on Wednesday night as a five-point home favorite to improve to 5-3 straight-up on the year. The game ended as a PUSH on both the spread and the total line so the Celtics are now 2-5-1 against the spread with the total going 4-3-1 in their first eight games.
The Celtics have won their last three games but fatigue could be a factor in this matchup as they will have to go on the road to play their third game in the last four nights.