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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets tonight.

The Grizzlies had their four-game win streak snapped at San Antonio on Saturday and responded with a dominant 110-96 win over the Mavericks last night. Mike Conley led the way with 21 points and six assists, Jeff Green added 19 points and Marc Gasol had 15 points as the Grizzlies suffocated the Mavs with excellent defense, holding them to just 36 points in the first half to set up the easy win to improve to 8-7 on the season and 5-2 at home.

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The Rockets have lost six of their last seven and are coming off a 107-102 loss to the Knicks. James Harden led the way with 24 points and 10 assists, Terrence Jones added 18 points while Clint Capela added 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Knicks who were led by Kristaps Porzingis’ 24 points and seven blocks. Dwight Howard was rested for the game since it was the second game of a back to back set, but he is expected to return tonight.

In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest, while the Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 0-6 ATS in their last six home games.

Head to head, the Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last meetings and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Houston

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Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres

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The Nashville Predators roll into Western New York tonight to face the Buffalo Sabres as their trek away from home continues. It’s the first of two meetings between the Preds and Sabres; the other will take place on Saturday night back in Nashville.

It’s been three games since the Preds have been able to find the back of the net, having lost most recently to the New York Rangers on Monday night by a 3-0 final, but it hasn’t been for lack of trying. Nashville registered 31 shots on goal against the Rangers, but couldn’t beat the stellar play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

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The Predators were dealt a dose of reality on Monday night as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Rangers and were shutout by Henrik Lundqvist for the third time in their last four tries. Nashville is having a strong start to the year but will need to continue their level of play if they are going to challenge for a division title or even one of the top three spots as some of the league’s best teams sit in front of them as Minnesota, St. Louis, Dallas, and Chicago are all in the fold in the Central. Nashville needs a rebound type game and against an offensively inept team like the Sabres they should have a good chance here to earn two points. Rinne will likely start as he will go up against Chad Johnson.

The Sabres are coming off back to back losses and sit in last place in the Atlantic division but in good time they will be back as a league power as they have some great pieces on the horizon. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart are the future of this team and if they can land another top end prospect in this year’s draft it’ll go a long way to securing their future but for the time being they will be hard pressed to beat some of the league’s best and that’s where they find themselves here. Nashville has too much defensively for the Sabres to compete with and in the end I like the Preds to get the victory.

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Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars

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The Senators look to slow down the West leading Stars in Dallas on Tuesday while the home side can make it six in a row with a victory.

The Ottawa Senators head into Dallas on Tuesday night looking to climb the standings in the Atlantic division and separate themselves from the rest of the pack as they currently sit in second spot and are nine points back of the Canadiens for first. Ottawa has had a pretty acceptable start to the year though if you ask them they’d like to be in a bit better position but thanks to the rest of the division minus the Panthers having a slow start as well they find themselves in a playoff spot at the moment and they should stay there moving forward. Craig Anderson is expected to get the start as he will go up against Kari Lehtonen. The Sens are 5-2-1 on the road this season while the Stars are 8-2 at home.

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The Dallas Stars were expected to push through to the league’s contenders this season but they have broken the door down and look like Cup threats at the moment as they are atop the Western Conference and lead a very talented Central division. Dallas brought in some big time pieces over the last season and a half and two of them get to face off against their former team here as Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky will do battle with the Sens Army.

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Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers (6-9) face off against the Chicago Bulls (8-4) tonight in the Moda Center at 7:00 PM.

The Blazers will look to win their third straight game after beating both Los Angeles teams over the weekend. The Bulls are hoping to get back on track after a 106-94 loss to the undefeated Golden State Warriors on Friday. Prior to that game, the Bulls had four consecutive victories.

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About the Bulls: 

  • Chicago saw a four-game winning streak end Friday night, when it lost 106-94 to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. Jimmy Butler finished with 28 points and seven assists and Pau Gasol added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the loss
  • The Bulls played without point guard Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with a sprained left ankle. After missing the last two games, the former MVP is expected to return against the Blazers. The oft-injured All-Star already was playing with a protective mask because he fractured an orbital bone during training camp.
  • Rose had played in the Bulls’ first 10 games of the season.
  • The Bulls have been one of the NBA’s best early-season defensive teams. They rank second in field goal defense, holding opponents to 41.1 percent shooting, and second in effective field goal defense (45.7 percent
  • Joakim Noah needs 619 rebounds and 37 offensive rebounds to become the franchise leader in both categories. Michael Jordan is the Bulls’ all-time rebounding leader (5,836) and Horace Grant is the all-time offensive rebounding leader (1,888).

About the Blazers:

  • After dropping seven in a row, the Blazers have won their last two. The most recent came Sunday night in Los Angeles, where they defeated the Lakers 107-93.
  • Point guard Damian Lillard recorded 30 points, a career-high 13 assists and six rebounds in the win.
  • Lillard ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in scoring (fifth, 25.5 points per game) and assists (tied for seventh, 7.1 per game) and ranks second in 20-point, five-rebound games with 12.
  • Center Mason Plumlee finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Lakes, recording a double-double for the second consecutive game. It’s just the fourth time in his career he’s logged double-doubles in consecutive games. … Plumlee, who is shooting 59 percent this season, ranks third in the NBA in field goal shooting.
  • Lillard and fellow backcourt mate CJ McCollum are averaging 45.6 points per game, the third-highest of any duo in the NBA.

In ATS trends, the Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Blazers are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record and 0-6 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference.

Head to head, the Bulls are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Portland.

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Saint Louis Blues at Buffalo Sabres

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The St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday night at the First Niagara Center.

The young Buffalo Sabres are losing a bit of momentum after a very promising stretch and look to regain their footing with a three-game homestand that begins with Monday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.

Buffalo had won five of six games before going winless in the last four (0-2-2) while managing only four goals during that span.Leading scorer Ryan O’Reilly has three goals in four games, but many of the other key offensive weapons have gone cold for the Sabres during their slide.

The Blues could use a boost as well after winning only two of their last six contests (2-3-1), including their seventh consecutive victory over Buffalo – 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

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The St. Louis Blues look for a strong road win after splitting their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 13 goals, Alexander Steen has nine assists and Colton Parayko has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 29 goals on 414 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 19 goals on 187 shots. Allen has given up eight goals in his last three games.

The Buffalo Sabres need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Ryan O’Reilly leads Buffalo with seven goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists and Jack Eichel has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their power play chances. Linus Ullmark has allowed 17 goals on 229 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 33 goals on 332 shots. Johnson has allowed six goals in his last three games. Mark Pysyk is doubtful with a lower-body injury.

The Blues are 57-19 in their last 76 vs. a team with a losing record and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Sabres are 22-48 in their last 70 home games and 15-46 in their last 61 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Buffalo and 17-2 in the last 19 meetings overall.

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Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

 Orlando Magic at Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers will try to finish 3-0 on their homestand tonight when they square off against the Orlando Magic for the first of four regular season matchups. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (10-3) is a perfect 7-0 at The Q this season and 27-1 dating back to January 19th of last season.

The Orlando Magic look for a big road win to where they can get back to a .500 record. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Tobias Harris is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.7 assists.

The Orlando Magic are averaging 12.2 offensive rebounds, a trait that continues to keep them in games. The Magic now just need more consistent offense to string together some victories. The Magic have lost six of their last eight road games. C.J. Watson is questionable with a calf injury.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to build on a solid 10-3 start to the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.6 points and 6.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.3 points and 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith is dishing 2.1 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.9 percent from deep and have won eight of nine games when topping 100 points. The Cavs must continue to dig deep with the injuries continuing to pile up. The Cavs have not lost a home game all season. Mo Williams is out with a leg injury.

The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Magic are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

Last game: Cleveland took its second straight with a 109-97 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Matthew Dellavedova (7.3 ppg, 5.7 apg), 6-6 J.R. Smith (9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-8 LeBron James (26.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.2 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (18.2 ppg, 12.0 rpg) and 6-10 Tristan Thompson (7.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg,).

Magic’s probable starting lineup: 6-3 Elfrid Payton (10.7 ppg, 6.2 apg), 6-4 Victor Oladipo (13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), 6-7 Evan Fournier (19.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 6-9 Tobias Harris (14.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and 7-0 Nikola Vucevic (15.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg).

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Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings

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Detroit Red Wings (9-8-2, 20 points) vs. Los Angeles Kings (12-6-0, 24 points)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit.

The Red Wings look to shake off an overtime loss at the Joe in their last outing as they stay put and welcome the Kings to town on Friday night.

Game notes: 

  • The Red Wings, coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night,will have forward Brad Richards back for tonight’s game.
  • The Kings have won 12 of the past 15 games. They’ve played just six road games, but are 5-1 away from Staples Center. The Red Wings are 4-5-1 at Joe Louis Arena
  • The Red Wings beat the Kings 5-2 last season at home Oct. 31, 2014, but lost 1-0 on the road on Feb. 24, 2015.
  • The Red Wings, coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, will have forward Brad Richards back for tonight’s game.
  • The Kings have won 12 of the past 15 games. They’ve played just six road games, but are 5-1 away from Staples Center. The Red Wings are 4-5-1 at Joe Louis Arena.
  • The Red Wings beat the Kings 5-2 last season at home Oct. 31, 2014, but lost 1-0 on the road on Feb. 24, 2015.

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The LA Kings head into the Motor City on Friday looking to stay on top of the Pacific division and as winners of three in a row and seven of their last 10 games overall they are in a nice position to do so here against an average Wings group. The Kings look like a team ready to get back to the playoffs and make a statement once they get there and while they have lost some pieces from their last Cup roster they still have a large portion of that group intact and will be looking for a deep run in the Western Conference playoffs this season. Jonathan Quick gets the call between the pipes here as he will go up against Petr Mrazek who earned a shut out his last time between the pipes.

The Red Wings are in the mix in the Atlantic division but overall they sit with a very average 9-8-2 record and sit 10 points back of the Canadiens for top spot. Detroit is looking for Pavel Dastyuk to get going as he is the team’s offensive catalyst and if they can get some secondary support they could very well extend their ridiculous playoff streak and pull off a few upsets along the way. With Mrzaek in goal I like the Wings a bit better than I would with Howard but I really like the total as both goalies should be on their game and this one will come down to the wire.

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Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers

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The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers play Friday night at the Staples Center.

The Toronto Raptors could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 101.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 assists while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.8 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.1 percent from deep and are getting 75.7 points from their starting unit. However, the Raptors have lost all three games this season when failing to score 100 or more points. Ten of the Raptors last 14 regular season losses have come on the road.

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The Los Angeles Lakers need to start winning if they’re going to a turnaround a 2-9 start. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 99.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.7 points and two assists while Louis Williams is averaging 12.9 points and 2.8 assists. Julius Randle is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and D’Angelo Russell is dishing 2.7 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are getting 38.8 points from their bench but are shooting just 32.5 percent from deep. The Lakers pretty much look like the same mess they were a season ago. Nine of the Lakers last 13 wins have come on their home court. Kobe Bryant is questionable with a back injury.

PROBABLE STARTERS

LAKERS: D’Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert

RAPTORS: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas

KEY MATCHUP

DeRozan vs. Bryant

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Kobe Bryant, who’s now in his 20th season with the Lakers. Bryant isn’t the Bryant of old, but he’s sure to have a big game or two left in his body and he’s always been good against the Raptors.

 

NEED TO KNOW

  • The 2-9 Lakers have been idle since losing to Phoenix on Monday night and are just 1-3 at home
  • Ex-Raptor Lou Williams is 5-for-15 from three-point range in his last five games, when he’s averaged about nine field-goal attempts in close to 25 minutes on average
  • In eight games, Bryant is shooting 23 per cent from three-point range and 34 per cent overall from the field
  • Big trip for Raptors rookie Norman Powell, honourary captain for his UCLA alma mater at a home game against Pepperdine on Thursday
  • Kyle Lowry has made 30 straight free throws.

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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

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The Golden State Warriors travel to the Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

The Warriors continued their undefeated run with a thrilling 115-110 home win over the Raptors on Tuesday. Stephen Curry knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 37 points while Klay Thompson returned from a one-game absence to add 19 points. The Warriors started the game on fire and stormed out to lead by 63-47 points at halftime, but they would find themselves in a real battle as the Raptors fought their way back into the game by getting to the foul line where they made 30 of 39 attempts. Even with the game tied at 98-98 with 5:28 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors kept playing their brand of basketball and got over the hump to improve to 12-0 on the season

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Meanwhile, the Clippers have lost four of their last six games but are coming off an impressive 101-96 win over the Pistons despite playing without Chris Paul who sat out his second straight game. Jamal Crawford was inserted into the starting lineup and flourished with a season-high 37 points and eight assists while Blake Griffin added 34 points and nine assists as the Clippers rallied from a 15-point deficit to win the game. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 6-4 on the season and 5-1 at home. In injury news, coach Rivers said Wednesday that neither Paul (groin) nor JJ Redick (back) are likely to suit up tonight.

In ATS trends, the Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings at the Staples Center.

These two teams have already met earlier this season with the Warriors winning by 112-108 back on Nov.

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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Texas State Bobcats

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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-9) at Texas State Bobcats (2-7)

College Football: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Bobcat Stadium)

The Line: Texas State Bobcats -6.5

Matchup: UL-Monroe QB Garrett Smith vs. Texas State LB Damani Alexcee — Containing the Warhawks’ signal-caller will pose a challenge to Texas State’s struggling defense. The redshirt freshman from Spring Branch, Texas, has passed for 2,033 yards and 17 touchdowns and is second on the team in rushing with 359 yards. Alexcee will need a big game. He leads the Bobcats with 70 tackles (56 solo).

Players: UL-Monroe RB Ben Luckett — Leads the team in rushing with 373 yards and 6.2 average per carry despite not starting. The redshirt freshman from Palestine had an 85-yard touchdown run in the loss to Arkansas State; Texas State S Stephan Johnson — The sophomore’s two interceptions against Georgia State were the first two picks of the season for the Bobcats, who will need more of the same against UL-Monroe.

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The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks look to get their second win and snap a seven road game losing streak. Garrett Smith is completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 2,033 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Smith has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Ajalen Holley and Marcus Green have combined for 1,127 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Rashon Ceaser has 31 receptions. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks ground game is averaging 103.4 yards per contest, and Ben Luckett leads the way with 358 yards and two touchdowns Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is allowing 39.6 points and 440.9 yards per game. Hunter Kissinger leads the Warhawks with 92 tackles, Tre’ Hunter has two interceptions and Ben Banogu has four sacks. Brady Willcut, Brandon Bridgers and Cody Robinson are questionable.

The Texas State Bobcats look for their third home win to snap a three-game losing streak. Tyler Jones is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,900 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Jones has three passing touchdowns in his last three games. Jafus Gaines and C.J. Best have combined for 784 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Smith has 21 receptions. The Texas State Bobcats ground game is averaging 193.8 yards per contest, and Robert Lowe leads the way with 805 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Texas State is allowing 41.6 points and 559.8 yards per game. Damani Alexcee leads the Bobcats with 70 tackles, Stephan Johnson has two interceptions and Marcus Dallas, Jr. has two sacks.

The Warhawks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bobcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

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