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    CNOTES 2020-2021 NBA TRENDS, NEWS, BEST BETS AND OPINIONS THRU THE PLAYOFFS !

    Notes from the NBA Draft.

    I accidentally deleted Tuesday/Wednesday’s articles; whoops. Too bad, they were beautifully written (kidding) so I’m doing a 2nd Thursday list, thoughts on last night’s NBA Draft.

    — Tyler Herro was really good for Miami Heat last year, but he was only the 13th player taken in last year’s draft. How hard will players work from this point on?

    — Rece Davis hosted the telecast; he is, by far, the best host ESPN has. Davis is mostly a football guy, but he is like a great point guard— he sets up his teammates very well. Thats the job.

    — Golden State’s Klay Thompson hurt his lower right leg in a pickup game Wednesday, he hurt his left leg last year. No word yet on the severity; he is getting an MRI Thursday morning, but from what people on TV are saying as I type this, it might be another severe injury.

    — Minnesota took Georgia’s Anthony Edwards with the #1 pick; when a kid says “To be honest, I can’t watch basketball. I’m still not really into it. I love basketball, yeah, it’s what I do”, I wonder if he’ll love the gym enough to do the work to become great.

    Being great doesn’t just happen; it takes hours and hours in gyms, working your butt off on skills, agility, strength. If you’re the #1 pick in a draft, the expectations are that you’ll become a great player. We’ll see what happens.

    — From 2020-26, Oklahoma City has 26 draft picks, as they rebuild their roster.

    — I feel old; Orlando took North Carolina PG Cole Anthony, whose dad Greg was the point guard on the great UNLV teams 30 years ago.

    — Dallas Mavericks took Arizona’s Josh Green, who grew up in Australia until his family moved to Phoenix six years ago.

    Green is tough; how do I know this? He was also an excellent Aussie Rules Football player, and you have to be really tough to play that sport— he was in the Sydney Swans developmental academy until the family moved.

    — People wager on the NBA Draft, not a big surprise I guess, but the total of 4.5 freshmen being taken in the first 10 picks went over easily.

    — 76ers coach Doc Rivers traded for his son-in-law, acquiring Seth Curry in a deal with Dallas.

    — Knicks hit it big, in my opinion, getting Dayton’s Obi Toppin with the 8th pick.

    — In the last three drafts, Villanova has had four kids taken in the first round of the draft, two others in the second round. Has to be good for recruiting.

    — Florida State had two players taken in the first 11 picks Wednesday.

    — Charlotte took LaMelo Ball with the third pick; mercifully, his father wasn’t interviewed. LaVar Ball once said he could take Michael Jordan 1-on-1; with his son now a Hornet, maybe they can have a game for charity.

    — Sacramento took Kenyon Martin Jr in the 2nd round; the kid didn’t play college ball, so he is a developmental player with excellent bloodlines. Tremendous athlete, they say.

    — Brooklyn Nets will be a fascinating team this winter, with rookie coach Steve Nash coaching a team filled with some talented players who also have very strong personalities.

    — After listening to ESPN’s pundits rattle on for four hours, I’m disappointed to report that while I have decent wingspan, my motor isn’t good and I have very little upside. No bueno.

    — Disappointed that, unlike the NFL Draft, we didn’t see any homes of coaches/GM’s. Picks went pretty quickly, they put on a good show, but would’ve been nice to see how fancy the homes are where some of these guys live.

    — Kind of weird; usually right after the draft, the Summer League happens in Las Vegas, but this is 2020, so right after the draft, training camp will start, with regular season starting Dec 22.

    Not lot of time for these kids to get acclimated to their new jobs.
    Last edited by Cnotes53; 12-07-2020 at 10:52 PM.

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    2020 NBA preseason schedule: Multiple Lakers vs. Clippers matchups headline nine-day slate of games
    Preseason will run from Dec. 11-19 ahead of opening night on Dec. 22


    The 2020-21 NBA season is slowly rounding into shape. The draft and free agency have come and gone, and teams have now arrived for training camp. From here, it's just a short dash to the season, which is set to tip-off on Dec. 22. But before we get there, we'll still have a preseason period, albeit an abbreviated one.

    Ahead of those games, here's a look at the full schedule for the 2020-21 NBA preseason, and when you'll be able to see your favorite team and players out on the court again. All times listed are Eastern.

    Friday, Dec. 11
    Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m.
    New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m.
    Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.
    Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m.
    Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. -- TV: ESPN

    Saturday, Dec. 12
    Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.
    Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
    Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs, 7 p.m.
    Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m.
    Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
    Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m.
    Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m.

    Sunday, Dec. 13
    Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks, 5 p.m.
    Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 6 p.m.
    New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m.
    Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.
    Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: ESPN
    Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9 p.m.

    Monday, Dec. 14
    Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 6 p.m.
    Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.
    New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat, 7 p.m.
    Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m.
    Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
    Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 15
    Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. -- TV: TNT
    San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets, 8 p.m.
    Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. -- TV: TNT

    Wednesday, Dec. 16
    Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
    Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.
    Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m.
    Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m.

    Thursday, Dec. 17
    Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.
    Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
    San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets, 8 p.m.
    Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
    Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
    Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m. -- TV: ESPN
    Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m.

    Friday, Dec. 18
    Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m.
    Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m.
    Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
    Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. -- TV: ESPN 2
    Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m.
    Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.
    Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m.
    Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. -- TV: ESPN

    Saturday, Dec. 19
    Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.
    Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
    Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m.

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    Friday’s 6-pack
    Biggest contracts in the NBA:

    — Stephen Curry, $201M, five years
    — Paul George, $226M, five years
    — James Harden, $228M, six years
    — Russell Westbrook, $233M, six years
    — Giannis Antetokounmpo, $255.6M, six years
    — Damian Lillard, $257M, six years

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 309,344
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “‘If Iowa State were to win the championship game, they would have won six straight games … the same number that Ohio State has played the entire season.’’
    Big X commish Bob Bowlsby

    Friday’s quiz
    Where did Aaron Rodgers play his college football?

    Thursday’s quiz
    Green Bay beat the Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Oklahoma City Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics, before moving to Oklahoma.

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    Friday’s Den: Random stuff with weekend here……..

    13) LA Chargers 30, Las Vegas 27 OT
    — Chargers won last two games, both on last play of the game.
    — Herbert threw for 314 yards, two TD’s, and scored game-winning TD.
    — Chargers converted 7-12 third down plays.
    — Bolts had ball nine times; scored four TD’s, tried three FG’s.

    — Carr hurt his leg in first half; backup Mariota threw for 226 yards, ran for 88 more.
    — Las Vegas lost four of last five games, giving up 36 ppg.
    — Last four games, Las Vegas allowed 19 TD’s on 49 drives.
    — Over is 11-3 in Raider games this season.

    12) Kansas 58, Texas Tech 57:
    — High-quality game between top 10 teams.
    — Kansas was 14-15 on foul line, Tech 11-18.
    — Tech led by 7 with 8:57 left.

    11) Saint Louis 80, NC State 69:
    — Billikens are probably best team in A-14.
    — State led by 10 just before halftime.
    — Billikens won despite turning ball over 21 times (-13).

    10) Seton Hall 70, Marquette 63:
    — Pirates have played schedule #38; they’re 2-0 in Big East.
    — Marquette lost three of five top 100 games.

    9) Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 5-year, $228M contract extension works out to $556,585 a game, whether he plays or not.

    8) New Jersey Giants’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID, so he won’t be at the Sunday night game with Cleveland. Calling plays in his place will be Freddie Kitchens, the tight end coach, who was Cleveland’s head coach last year.

    7) One of America’s best actors turns 84 next week; Hector Elizondo has 155 acting credits on IMDB.com. He’s been all over the place, with roles in these movies:

    — Beaches, American Gigolo, Runaway Bride
    — Pretty Woman, New Year’s Eve, Necessary Roughness, Frankie & Johnny

    He also guested on his share of TV shows, before he made it in the movies:

    — West Wing, Without a Trace, Columbo, Kojak
    — Hill Street Blues, The Equalizer, Matlock, Rockford Files

    Happy birthday!!!

    6) Teams are 2-9 ATS this season, the week after playing the Chiefs.

    5) When Kansas State won at Iowa State Tuesday, they started three freshmen; it was the first time they had ever done that in conference play.

    4) College basketball teams playing some of the fastest tempos:
    — Eastern Kentucky, Citadel, Arizona State, Memphis, Gonzaga

    3) College basketball teams with the most experience:
    — Eastern Illinois, Cal-Bakersfield, Detroit, Georgia Tech, Missouri

    2) College basketball teams who take highest %age of their shots as 3’s:
    — Wofford, Monmouth, UNLV, Oral Roberts, St Joe’s, Northern Iowa

    1) It snowed so much here Thursday, I couldn’t open the front door to my house, and I barely got out the back door. Over two feet of snow, and winter doesn’t start until Monday. Awesome.

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    Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

    Interesting Week 16 NFL spreads:
    — Cincinnati @ Houston (-9)
    — Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh (-2.5)
    — Chicago (-7.5) @ Jacksonville
    — Carolina @ Washington (-2.5)
    — NJ Giants @ Baltimore (-10)
    — Atlanta @ Kansas City (-10.5)

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 319,086
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


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    Armadillo: Tuesday's Den: Nobody asked me, but…….

    13) Its never fun to lose your job, but losing it four days before Christmas as to be especially bad; Carolina Panthers fired GM Marty Hurney Monday- the teams wants someone who is more analytical and data-driven to be their GM.

    12) Detroit Lions fired special teams coach Brayden Coombs Monday; apparently he called a fake punt Sunday without consulting any of the other coaches. When you do that, the play damn well better work, but it did not, and now Coombs is unemployed.

    Lions trailed 32-18 when they faked the punt; game ended with Tennessee winning 46-25.

    Coombs is son of Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, who was the defensive backs coach for the Titans last year.

    11) Kentucky Wildcats are 1-5 so far this basketball season, their worst start since 1927; the last time a team got an at-large bid to the NCAAs after starting a season 1-5 or worse was 1999, when the Texas Longhorns went 19-13 (13-3 in Big X) in Rick Barnes’ first year in Austin.

    10) NHL will have a 56-game regular season, starting January 13.

    NBA starts its regular season with two games Tuesday, a full slate of games Wednesday.

    9) Was interesting to hear how some college teams have opted out of bowl games because their players just want to go home for the holidays. Kids have been in a routine since June/July where they have been tested for COVID three times a week, and isolated from their families.

    8) Tennessee Vols’ senior QB Jarrett Guarantano will transfer away from Knoxville; he got benched in favor of younger guys recently. Guarantano winds up with 6,174 yards passing, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 41 games played for the Vols.

    Guarantano has another year to play due to this year being a free year for all the players, it doesn’t count against their eligibility.

    Speaking of Tennessee, they opted out of the Liberty Bowl because of COVID issues; Army takes their place and will play West Virginia in Memphis Saturday.

    7) RIP to Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene, who passed away Monday at age 58. Greene was a great player for the Steelers/Rams/Panthers. RIP, sir.

    6) 9 of the 32 current NFL head coaches grew up in Pennsylvania, which seems like a lot.

    5) Eagles coach Doug Pederson baffles me; he loves to go for two points when the Eagles score a TD, but trailing 16-0 in Arizona Sunday, Philly scores a TD and they kick the PAT instead of trying for a 2-point play that would’ve cut the lead in half. Go figure.

    4) Anyone who tells you that Randy Moss was a better receiver than Jerry Rice is wrong, and this is coming from a Rams’ fan who has no love for anything 49er-related. Rice was the best wide receiver ever, and he did it quietly. Nothing wrong with that.

    3) Washington is only NFL team this season that hasn’t scored a point on their first drive of a game, but with two weeks left in the season, they lead the NFC East.

    2) Appalachian State 56, North Texas 28:
    — App State ran ball for 502 yards (12.9 yards/carry)
    — Cameron Peoples ran ball 22 times for 319 yards.
    — Both teams had 100+ yards in penalties.
    — App State won its last six bowls, scoring 31+ points in all five.
    — North Texas lost last four bowls, giving up 49.0 ppg.

    1) Cincinnati 27, Steelers 17:
    — Steelers were 11-0 at one point; now they’re 11-3.
    — Last four games, Steelers scored 17 ppg.
    — Pittsburgh in first half: 30 plays, 119 yards, 2 first downs, 0 points.
    — Steelers are now only game ahead of Cleveland in AFC North.

    — Cincinnati gets its first win over Steelers in last dozen tries.
    — Bengals had lost previous five games overall by combined 124-50.
    — Bengals’ first two TD drives were 38-26 yards.
    — Cincinnati is 4-1-1 ATS this season as a home underdog.

  5. #5
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, December 22



  6. #6
    NBA
    Long Sheet

    Tuesday, December 22


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    GOLDEN STATE (15 - 50) at BROOKLYN (35 - 41) - 12/22/2020, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BROOKLYN is 50-27 ATS (+20.3 Units) against Pacific division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BROOKLYN is 2-1 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 2-1 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LA CLIPPERS (56 - 29) at LA LAKERS (68 - 24) - 12/22/2020, 10:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA CLIPPERS is 5-3 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    LA LAKERS is 4-4 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NBA

    Tuesday, December 22


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    Trend Report
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    Golden State @ Brooklyn
    Golden State
    Golden State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
    Brooklyn
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Brooklyn's last 7 games when playing Golden State
    Brooklyn is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Golden State

    LA Clippers @ LA Lakers
    LA Clippers
    LA Clippers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Clippers's last 8 games
    LA Lakers
    LA Lakers is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 6 games when playing LA Clippers


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    Coaching changes

    Team 2019–20 season 2020–21 season

    Off-season


    Brooklyn Nets Jacque Vaughn (interim) Steve Nash

    Chicago Bulls Jim Boylen Billy Donovan

    Houston Rockets Mike D'Antoni Stephen Silas

    Indiana Pacers Nate McMillan Nate Bjorkgren

    Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers Tyronn Lue

    New Orleans Pelicans Alvin Gentry Stan Van Gundy

    New York Knicks Mike Miller (interim) Tom Thibodeau

    Oklahoma City Thunder Billy Donovan Mark Daigneault

    Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown Doc Rivers

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    Regular season

    The start of the 2020–21 regular season was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The NBA initially set a target date of December 1, 2020, to start the regular season. However, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggested further delaying the season until at least January because local health orders at each NBA city would limit fan attendance. The NBA receives 40 percent of its revenue from attendance, and thus delaying the season until it is safer to let more fans into the arenas would ease the financial pain. The NBA is also contemplating organizing the schedule such that teams would have less travel, with back-to-back games in the same cities against the same opponent. National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts also suggested that the season might eventually have to start inside a "bubble" environment, similar to the 2020 playoffs.

    On October 13, the NBA delayed the targeted start date of the regular season from December 2020 to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021. Later in October, however, Sports Illustrated reported that the NBA was targeting December 22, 2020, as the first day of the season. On November 5, 2020, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) tentatively approved a 72-game regular season that will begin on December 22, 2020. The season is expected to feature a condensed schedule so that the NBA Finals could be played once again in June, which will allow NBA players to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics; the Olympics were postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.

    On November 17, the NBA announced that the 72-game regular season would run from December 22 through May 16. Each team would play three games against each opponent from its own conference and two games against each interconference opponent. The season would include a six-day All-Star break from March 5 to 10, even though the All-Star Game and related festivities may be canceled. The break serves to separate the two halves of the season. The schedule will be released in two parts. The first half was released in early December, while the second half will be released in the later part of the first half.


    Play-in tournament

    The NBA will stage a "Play-in tournament" for teams ranked 7th through 10th in each conference from May 18–21. The 7th place team will play the 8th place team, with the winner earning the 7-seed. The 9th place team will play the 10th place team with the loser of that game being eliminated. The 7th-8th loser will then play the 9th-10th winner, with the winner of that game earning the 8-seed and the loser being eliminated.

    Postseason
    *

    The playoffs will begin on May 22 and operate under the standard playoff format, with four rounds of best-of-seven series. The 2021 NBA Finals will begin no later than July 8, with a potential Game 7 no later than July 22.

    Uniforms


    On July 21, 2020, the NBA and Nike announced that the "Statement Edition" uniforms would switch to the Air Jordan label.

    Arenas


    The Denver Nuggets' home arena, formerly known as the Pepsi Center, was renamed Ball Arena on October 22, 2020.
    The Phoenix Suns' home arena, formerly known as Talking Stick Resort Arena, was renamed PHX Arena after the naming rights deal expired on November 6, 2020.

    Temporary relocation of the Toronto Raptors to Tampa

    As the NBA's plans for the 2020–21 season began to take shape, the Toronto Raptors were denied permission to play home games in Toronto as the Canadian federal government ruled that repeated cross-border trips by the Raptors and their opponents would be a major health risk due to the different levels of COVID-19 cases in the United States and Canada. This is similar to what happened to the Raptors' MLB counterpart, the Toronto Blue Jays, who were forced to play their 2020 home games in Buffalo.

    After looking at several U.S. cities, the Raptors announced on November 20, 2020, that they would play their home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida to begin the season.

    Media

    This will be the fifth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

  9. #9
    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22

    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    GS at BK 07:00 PM
    BK -7.5
    U 233.0

    LAC at LAL 10:00 PM
    LAL -3.0
    U 219.5

  10. #10
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    12/22/2020 2-2-0 50.00% -100 Detail

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    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Over/under NBA win totals (72-game season):

    — Portland Trailblazers 40.5
    — Sacramento Kings 28.5
    — San Antonio Spurs 28.5
    — Toronto Raptors 41.5
    — Utah Jazz 41.5
    — Washington Wizards 29.5

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 321,968
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “What we’re really proud of is the first name of our team, which is Cleveland. Regardless of how we felt about it, what was important was how other people who it was affecting felt about it. I don’t think anybody was ever trying to be disrespectful. But that wasn’t a good enough answer anymore.”
    Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, on the team switching mascots

    Wednesday’s quiz
    When was last time a team won back-to-back NBA titles?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the baseball movie For Love of the Game, where Kevin Costner is a pitcher for the Tigers, John C. Reilly plays the Tigers’ catcher.

    Monday’s quiz
    2015 was the last time an NFL team made the playoffs with a losing record; Carolina Panthers won the NFC South, with a 7-8-1 record.

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    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

    13) Much like the 49ers did in September, Cleveland Browns are playing back/back games in the Meadowlands, playing the Jets this week after beating the Giants last week.

    12) Speaking of the 49ers, San Francisco QB Nick Mullens may need Tommy John surgery on his elbow; the 49ers added QB Josh Rosen to their roster, plucking him off Tampa Bay’s practice squad. He will back up CJ Beathard for the 49ers’ last two games.

    11) Monday night was first time since 1986 the Steelers didn’t have any first downs in their first five series of a game- they had only two first downs the whole first half.

    10) NBA teams have skill development coaches who work with players on improving shooting, passing, all kinds of skills; it makes a huge difference. Take Kawhi Leonard.

    In two years at San Diego State, Leonard shot 20.5%/29.1% behind the arc; he shot 49.7% inside the arc in two years as an Aztec. He was the 15th pick in the 2001 pick. Go figure.

    In the NBA, Leonard is a 38.3% shooter behind the arc, a longer shot than in college and he is a 53.3% shooter inside the arc. San Antonio had a shooting coach named Chip Engelland- he played for Duke- who worked wonders with Leonard and helped make him really, really rich.

    9) NC State 79, North Carolina 76:
    — State beat Carolina for only 4th time in last 30 series games.
    — Wolfpack led 46-29 in first half.
    — State’s freshman G Moore scored 17 points off the bench.

    8) Texas Tech 69, Oklahoma 67:
    — Tech’s first two Big X games (1-1) were decided by total of three points.
    — Oklahoma was 17-27 on the foul line, Tech 9-10.

    7) Kansas 79, West Virginia 65:
    — Jayhawks were 16-37 behind the arc; they’ve won their last eight games.

    6) Iowa 70, Purdue 55:
    — Hawkeyes bounce back from their Gonzaga loss with strong effort here.
    — Iowa was 10-14 on foul line, Purdue 1-3.

    5) Wichita State 82, South Florida 77 OT
    — Shockers win first two AAC games, by 5-4 points.
    — USF jumped out to a 27-14 lead.
    — Lot of whistles: Bulls were 27-41 on foul line; Wichita 22-33.

    4) Former big league OF Sam Fuld was named general manager of the Phillies; Fuld played in the majors as recently as 2015. 39 years old is young to be a major league GM, but the guy who will make the final decisions in Philly is Dave Dombrowski.

    3) College football coaches lead a nomadic existence; LSU had a lousy year, so they’re shuffling lot of their coaches. Same thing at Michigan, where they fired their defensive coordinator, who had been there five years, which is a long time for a college assistant.

    2) Nevada 38, Tulane 27:
    — Nevada QB Strong threw for 271 yards, five TD’s.
    — Wolf Pack had two guys run for 100+ yards each.

    1) BYU 49, Central Florida 23:
    — Cougars rang up 655 yards, led 35-10 at halftime.
    — BYU QB Wilson threw for 425 yards, three TD’s.

  12. #12
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, December 23




  13. #13
    NBA
    Long Sheet

    Wednesday, December 23


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    CHARLOTTE (23 - 42) at CLEVELAND (19 - 46) - 12/23/2020, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHARLOTTE is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) against Central division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHARLOTTE is 4-2 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
    CHARLOTTE is 4-2 straight up against CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NEW YORK (21 - 45) at INDIANA (45 - 32) - 12/23/2020, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 4-2 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    INDIANA is 6-1 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MIAMI (58 - 36) at ORLANDO (34 - 44) - 12/23/2020, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ORLANDO is 5-3 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    ORLANDO is 4-4 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON (25 - 47) at PHILADELPHIA (43 - 34) - 12/23/2020, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 3-3 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    PHILADELPHIA is 4-2 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MILWAUKEE (61 - 22) at BOSTON (58 - 31) - 12/23/2020, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 50-35 ATS (+11.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 99-77 ATS (+14.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 87-67 ATS (+13.3 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 147-111 ATS (+24.9 Units) in road games against Atlantic division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 5-5 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
    MILWAUKEE is 8-3 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NEW ORLEANS (30 - 42) at TORONTO (60 - 23) - 12/23/2020, 7:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 3-1 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 3-1 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ATLANTA (20 - 47) at CHICAGO (22 - 43) - 12/23/2020, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 29-45 ATS (-20.5 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 5-2 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 5-2 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (47 - 32) at HOUSTON (49 - 35) - 12/23/2020, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 10-4 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 8-6 straight up against HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SAN ANTONIO (32 - 39) at MEMPHIS (34 - 40) - 12/23/2020, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 1123-999 ATS (+24.1 Units) in all games since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MEMPHIS is 5-3 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    MEMPHIS is 4-4 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DETROIT (20 - 46) at MINNESOTA (19 - 45) - 12/23/2020, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 23-39 ATS (-19.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 7-24 ATS (-19.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DETROIT is 2-1 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    DETROIT is 2-1 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SACRAMENTO (31 - 41) at DENVER (55 - 37) - 12/23/2020, 9:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DENVER is 3-3 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    DENVER is 5-1 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    UTAH (47 - 32) at PORTLAND (37 - 43) - 12/23/2020, 10:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PORTLAND is 4-3 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    UTAH is 4-3 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DALLAS (45 - 36) at PHOENIX (34 - 39) - 12/23/2020, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 6-2 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 5-3 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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  14. #14
    NBA

    Wednesday, December 23


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    Trend Report
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    Charlotte @ Cleveland
    Charlotte
    Charlotte is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
    Cleveland
    Cleveland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Charlotte
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home

    New York @ Indiana
    New York
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games when playing Indiana
    Indiana
    Indiana is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing New York
    Indiana is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against New York

    Miami @ Orlando
    Miami
    Miami is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Orlando
    Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Orlando's last 11 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing Miami

    Washington @ Philadelphia
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
    Philadelphia is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Washington

    Milwaukee @ Boston
    Milwaukee
    Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Milwaukee's last 19 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Boston's last 19 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

    New Orleans @ Toronto
    New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 10 games
    Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
    Toronto is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing New Orleans

    Atlanta @ Chicago
    Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Atlanta's last 18 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Atlanta's last 22 games
    Chicago
    Chicago is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games

    Oklahoma City @ Houston
    Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Houston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games

    San Antonio @ Memphis
    San Antonio
    San Antonio is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of San Antonio's last 11 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis's last 12 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games

    Detroit @ Minnesota
    Detroit
    Detroit is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    Detroit is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home

    Sacramento @ Denver
    Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Sacramento's last 11 games when playing on the road against Denver
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games on the road
    Denver
    Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Sacramento
    Denver is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Sacramento

    Utah @ Portland
    Utah
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Portland
    Portland
    Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing Utah

    Dallas @ Phoenix
    Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 10 games on the road
    Phoenix
    Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

  15. #15
    551CHARLOTTE -552 CLEVELAND
    CHARLOTTE is 13-4 ATS (8.6 Units) against Central division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    555MIAMI -556 ORLANDO
    MIAMI is 134-103 ATS (20.7 Units) in road games vs. division opponents since 1996.

    559MILWAUKEE -560 BOSTON
    MILWAUKEE is 87-67 ATS (13.3 Units) as a favorite in the last 3 seasons.

    559MILWAUKEE -560 BOSTON
    Mike Budenholzer is 87-67 ATS (13.3 Units) as a favorite (Coach of MILWAUKEE)

    563ATLANTA -564 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO is 4-18 ATS (-15.8 Units) at home when the line is +3 to -3 in the last 3 seasons.

    565OKLAHOMA CITY -566 HOUSTON
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 17-5 ATS (11.5 Units) as a road underdog over the last 2 seasons.

    569DETROIT -570 MINNESOTA
    MINNESOTA is 437-511 ATS (-125.1 Units) in home games in home games since 1996.

    573UTAH -574 PORTLAND
    PORTLAND is 291-242 ATS (24.8 Units) when the line is +3 to -3 since 1996.

  16. #16
    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23

    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    WAS at PHI 07:00 PM
    PHI -7.5

    NY at IND 07:00 PM
    IND -8.0

    MIA at ORL 07:00 PM
    O 216.5

    CHA at CLE 07:00 PM
    CHA -2.5

    NO at TOR 07:30 PM
    TOR -3.5

    MIL at BOS 07:30 PM
    O 224.0

    OKC at HOU 08:00 PM
    U 220.5

    SA at MEM 08:00 PM
    U 230.5

    DET at MIN 08:00 PM
    DET +6.0

    ATL at CHI 08:00 PM
    U 233.0

    SAC at DEN 09:00 PM
    DEN -7.5

    UTA at POR 10:00 PM
    O 226.0

    DAL at PHO 10:30 PM
    PHO -1.0

  17. #17
    NBA DECEMBER RECORD:

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    12/23/2020 5-7-0 41.66% -1350 Detail
    12/22/2020 2-2-0 50.00% -100 Detail


    Total.................7-9-0........43.75%....-14.50

  18. #18
    Thursday’s 6-pack
    Some interesting college football bowl spreads:

    — Coastal Carolina (-7.5) vs Liberty
    — Louisiana (-14) vs Texas-San Antonio
    — Georgia State (-4) vs Western Kentucky
    — Oklahoma State (-2) vs Miami
    — Texas (-9.5) vs Colorado
    — Wisconsin (-7) vs Wake Forest

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 324,905
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Carson Wentz is being perhaps the worst teammate that you could possibly be ever.”
    Former RB/current talk show host Tiki Barber

    Thursday’s quiz
    Coming into this season, who had the all-time career-best free-throw %age in the NBA?

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Last time a team won back-to-back NBA titles was 2016-2018, when Golden State won both years.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the baseball movie For Love of the Game, where Kevin Costner is a pitcher for the Tigers, John C. Reilly plays the Tigers’ catcher.

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    Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud……..

    13) First things first today; happy 80th birthday to Dr Anthony Fauci, the scientist who has tried to educate all of us about COVID-19. Dr Fauci has been a bastion of knowledge during these hideous times; hope he has a very happy birthday.

    12) Detroit Lions are hosting the Buccaneers Saturday, but interim coach Bevell and DC Cory Undlin are among Detroit coaches who are in isolation and unable to be at the Lions’ facility due to contact tracing after a player and coach tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday.

    No one has said who will call plays for Detroit if Bevell isn’t there; Lions also fired their special teams coach Monday, so the players might be coaching themselves Saturday.

    11) College football coaching changes:
    — Illinois hired former Wisconsin/Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
    — Auburn hired Boise State coach Bryan Harsin.
    — UL-Monroe hired former Auburn/Akron coach Terry Bowden.
    — Arizona hired Patriots’ QB coach Jedd Fisch.

    10) Harsin probably left Boise in part because the Broncos aren’t happy in the Mountain West, and may want to move on to the AAC, at least on the football side. That would mean a lot of very long road trips, and they wouldn’t be a big fish in a small pond anymore (they’d lose more!!!)

    9) For six years from 2004-10, Phoenix Suns averaged 55.3 wins/year, but they lost twice in the Western Conference final, once in NBA Finals; Phoenix hasn’t been in the NBA playoffs since then, averaging 30.6 wins/year.

    Watching Phoenix play in their opener with Dallas, looks like the Suns have a chance to end their drought and make the playoffs this season.

    8) Ohio State 80, Rutgers 68:
    — Rutgers led this one 48-32 with 14:51 left in the game.
    — Which means, over last 14:51, Buckeyes outscored Rutgers 48-20.
    — Ohio State outscored Rutgers 22-10 on the foul line.

    7) Illinois 98, Penn State 81:
    — Penn State led 19-4 5:01 into this game.
    — Illini has split its last six games; they were 23-28 on foul, PSU 4-7.
    — Both teams shot 63%+ inside the arc; lot of easy baskets.

    6) Northwestern 74, Indiana 67:
    — Nothing is more 2020 than the Wildcats beating Michigan St/Indiana to start league play.
    — Northwestern outscored Hoosiers 24-13 over last 8:57 of the game.
    — Wildcats shot 67.7% inside the arc.

    5) Celtics 122, Bucks 121:
    — Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, but missed game-tying foul shot with 0:01 left.
    — Milwaukee was +22 with Brook Lopez on floor (29:00), -23 with him on bench.
    — Tatum/Brown combined for 63 points for Boston.

    4) Cal-Bakersfield 79, Pepperdine 51:
    — Waves are disappointing; they’ve already lost to three Big West teams.
    — Bakersfield starts five seniors, is #2 experience team in country.
    — Pepperdine star Ross scored only 10 points in 36:00.

    3) Kings 124, Nuggets 122 OT
    — Buddy Hield tipped in a missed layup at the buzzer for the win.
    — Three Sacramento starters scored 20+ points.
    — Jokic scored 29 points, had 15 rebounds, 14 assists for Denver.

    2) Creighton 66, Xavier 61:
    — Bluejays won 3rd straight game, last two by 2-5 points.
    — Creighton was 14-20 on foul line, Musketeers 5-7.
    — First loss for Xavier after an 8-0 start.

    1) Was kind of sad to see that they’re taking Jack Murphy Stadium down in San Diego; Chargers/Padres played there for decades, there was a Super Bowl there. San Diego is the 8th biggest city in the country; hard to believe there isn’t an NFL team there.

  19. #19
    Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

    Some interesting college football bowl spreads:

    — Iowa (-14.5) vs Missouri
    — Florida (-3) vs Oklahoma
    — West Virginia (-7) vs Army
    — Tulsa (-2.5) vs Mississippi State
    — San Jose State (-8.5) vs Ball State
    — TCU (-5.5) vs Arkansas

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 328,481
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.



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    Armadillo: Friday's Den: Merry Christmas, everyone…….

    13) NFL playoffs were expanded to 14 teams this year, so only the #1 seed in each conference gets a bye; over the last seven years, of the 14 teams to make the Super Bowl, 10 were one-seeds and four were 2-seeds. Having the bye has obviously been an advantage.

    12) Last five years, teams that had the first round by e were 12-7-1 ATS on the second weekend, which was their first playoff game that year.

    11) Over last three years, underdogs are 8-2-1 ATS on first weekend of the playoffs; one game was pick ‘em.

    10) 2012 Ravens are last Super Bowl champ that didn’t have a first round bye.

    9) Underdogs are 12-7 ATS in last 19 Super Bowls, though favorites covered the last two.

    8) Baseball doings:
    — Pirates traded 1B Josh Bell to Washington, for two young pitchers.
    — Detroit signed free agent pitcher Jose Urena.

    7) Atlanta Hawks led Chicago 83-59 at halftime Wednesday; are the Hawks that good, or are the Bulls terrible? (With Billy Donovan coaching, they won’t be bad for very long).

    6) Charlotte Hornets C Cody Zeller broke his left hand Thursday, is out 4-6 weeks.

    5) Pitt Panthers’ best player, Justin Champagnie, is out 6-8 weeks hurting his knee in practice this week. Pitt is off to 5-2 start, 1-1 in ACC games.

    4) Hawai’i 28, Houston 14:
    — Rainbows picked off three passes, jumped out to a 21-0 lead.
    — After Houston but the lead to 21-14, Rainbows ran a kick back for a TD, sealing the deal.
    — This was Hawai’i’s first bowl on the mainland since the Sugar Bowl after the ’08 season.

    3) Wednesday’s UCLA-Oregon basketball game was postponed, not because any players or coaches had COVID, but because of COVID-19 testing protocols for the refs.

    2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t scored a first quarter point in their last four games; they signed QB Drew Stanton to their practice squad, replacing the departed Josh Rosen. Stanton was with Bruce Arians in Arizona; he knows the offense.

    1) Way back when, when Steve Alford was a great college player at Indiana, I was convinced that someday, he would be coach of the Hoosiers. His dad was a high school coach in Indiana, it just made sense that someday, Steve Alford would run the Hoosiers, but it hasn’t happened.

    This is a goofy idea, but Indiana/Nevada should trade coaches; Indiana is 26-33 under Archie Miller in conference games, not very good. Alford has gone from Missouri State to Iowa to New Mexico to UCLA to Nevada- he’s made four Sweet 16’s, but no Elite 8’s.

    Alford is 25-15 at Nevada, while totally remaking the roster after Eric Musselman left; it would be good theater if got to come home and coach Indiana.

  20. #20
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Friday, December 25



  21. #21
    NBA
    Long Sheet

    Friday, December 25


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    NEW ORLEANS (1 - 0) at MIAMI (0 - 1) - 12/25/2020, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW ORLEANS is 53-80 ATS (-35.0 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more since 1996.
    MIAMI is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) against Southwest division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MIAMI is 3-1 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    MIAMI is 3-1 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    GOLDEN STATE (0 - 1) at MILWAUKEE (0 - 1) - 12/25/2020, 2:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MILWAUKEE is 99-78 ATS (+13.2 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 48-31 ATS (+13.9 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 26-12 ATS (+12.8 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 54-36 ATS (+14.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 295-354 ATS (-94.4 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 2-1 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
    MILWAUKEE is 2-1 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    BROOKLYN (1 - 0) at BOSTON (1 - 0) - 12/25/2020, 5:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 51-35 ATS (+12.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 31-17 ATS (+12.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BROOKLYN is 5-3 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 4-4 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DALLAS (0 - 1) at LA LAKERS (0 - 1) - 12/25/2020, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 457-373 ATS (+46.7 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    DALLAS is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    LA LAKERS are 180-223 ATS (-65.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA LAKERS is 5-2 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    LA LAKERS is 6-1 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LA CLIPPERS (1 - 0) at DENVER (0 - 1) - 12/25/2020, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA CLIPPERS are 68-46 ATS (+17.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DENVER is 9-5 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    DENVER is 8-6 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

  22. #22
    NBA

    Friday, December 25


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    Trend Report
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    New Orleans @ Miami
    New Orleans
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New Orleans's last 11 games
    Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing New Orleans
    Miami is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against New Orleans

    Golden State @ Milwaukee
    Golden State
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games on the road
    Golden State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing at home against Golden State
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home

    Brooklyn @ Boston
    Brooklyn
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing Boston
    Brooklyn is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
    Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Brooklyn

    Dallas @ LA Lakers
    Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing LA Lakers
    LA Lakers
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
    LA Lakers is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Dallas

    LA Clippers @ Denver
    LA Clippers
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Clippers's last 7 games when playing Denver
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Clippers's last 7 games when playing on the road against Denver
    Denver
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games when playing LA Clippers

  23. #23
    577NEW ORLEANS -578 MIAMI
    NEW ORLEANS are 6-26 ATS (-22.6 Units) in road games off a win by 10 points or more as an underdog since 1996.

    579GOLDEN STATE -580 MILWAUKEE
    MILWAUKEE is 54-36 ATS (14.4 Units) vs. losing teams in the last 3 seasons.

    581BROOKLYN -582 BOSTON
    BOSTON is 14-3 ATS (10.7 Units) when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 70%) over the last 2 seasons.

    583DALLAS -584 LA LAKERS
    DALLAS are 29-13 ATS (14.7 Units) off a road loss in the last 3 seasons.

    585LA CLIPPERS -586 DENVER
    LA CLIPPERS are 68-46 ATS (17.4 Units) as a favorite in the last 3 seasons.

  24. #24
    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    NO at MIA 12:00 PM
    NO +3.5
    U 222.5


    GS at MIL 02:30 PM
    MIL -10.5
    U 230.5

    BK at BOS 05:00 PM
    BK -2.5
    O 229.5


    DAL at LAL 08:00 PM
    DAL +6.5
    O 227.0


    LAC at DEN 10:30 PM
    DEN +3.0
    O 225.0

  25. #25
    NBA DECEMBER RECORD:

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    12/25/2020 5-5-0 50.00% -250 Detail
    12/23/2020 5-7-0 41.66% -1350 Detail
    12/22/2020 2-2-0 50.00% -100 Detail


    Total..............12-14-0.......46.15%....-17.00

  26. #26
    Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

    Six most experienced teams in college basketball this year:
    6) Georgia Tech
    5) Nicholls State
    4) North Carolina Central
    3) Detroit Mercy
    2) Cal-Bakersfield
    1) Eastern Illinois

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 329,792
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


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    Armadillo: Saturday's Den: Random stuff with the weekend here…….

    13) New Orleans 52, Minnesota 33
    — Vikings lost four of last six games; they’ve been eliminated.
    — Minnesota is 0-6 ATS in their last six games.
    — Minnesota allowed 32.2 ppg in its last six games.
    — Minnesota is 9-14-1 ATS in last 24 games as a road dog.

    — New Orleans had 36 first downs, ran ball for 264 yards.
    — Kamara is first player since 1929 to rush for six TD’s in a game.
    — Saints are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games.
    — New Orleans clinched NFC South title for 4th year in a row.

    12) Troy Aikman was saying on TV how tackling in the NFL has gotten a lot worse, because teams don’t practice much in pads anymore, because of the collective bargaining agreement. Like any other skill, tackling takes practice.

    11) Friday was the 50th anniversary of the Miami-Kansas City playoff game that went to double OT, the longest game in NFL history. Dolphins won 27-24; there were 16 future Hall of Famers in that game.

    There were a total of 149 plays in that game; 61 passes, 87 runs, one sack. The game has changed a lot over the last fifty years.

    10) Favorites covered five of the first seven college bowl games this fall; five of the seven games stayed under the total.

    9) There are four unbeaten hoop teams in the SEC:
    — Arkansas is 8-0, all home games, vs schedule #296.
    — Missouri is 6-0, with 4 home games, vs schedule #54
    — Tennessee is 6-0, all home games, vs schedule #244.
    — Georgia is is 7-0, all home games, vs schedule #282.

    Tough to project which of these teams will wind up the best, but Tennessee/Missouri would appear to be the favorites there- they’ve been tested more so far.

    8) Wisconsin 85, Michigan State 76:
    — Badgers start five seniors, only play eight guys. Their future is now.
    — Wisconsin was 23-30 on line in this game, Spartans 14-16.

    7) Western Carolina is off to a 7-2 start in basketball; coached my Mark Prosser, son of the late Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser, the Catamounts have already won four overtime games- their last three wins have all come in OT.

    6) Purdue 73, Maryland 70:
    — Terps never led in a game that was tied in last minute.
    — Purdue was 10-22 on the arc; Maryland had only five turnovers.

    5) it is a pleasure to listen to NBA games with Mark Jackson/Jeff Van Gundy as analysts; it is like eavesdropping on two friends talking ball. To me, that is the ultimate compliment when you’re talking about game analysts.

    4) Nets 123, Celtics 95:
    — Brooklyn won its first two games by 26-28 points.
    — Steve Nash is going to think this coaching stuff is easy.

    3) Golden State Warriors lost their first two games this season by 26-39 points, not a good sign that they’re any better than last year’s 15-50 disaster.

    From 2013-19, Golden State averaged 62.2 wins a year. Now? Not so much.

    2) Warriors have a player named Marquese Chriss; at age 23, he’s done a lot of moving:
    2014-15: Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, CA
    2015-16: U of Washington, scored 13.7 ppg in 24.9 mpg.
    2016-17: scored 9.2 ppg in all 82 games for the Phoenix Suns.
    2017-18: scored 7.7 ppg in 77 games for the Suns.
    2018-19: split season between Houston/Cleveland, scored 4.3 ppg in 11.6 mpg
    2019-20: scored 9.3 ppg in 59 games for Golden State

    At 6-foot-9, Chriss has a chance to eventually make himself a lot of money, but he needs to lock himself inside a gym and become a shooting threat. He has the ability; will he do the work?

    1) Miami 111, New Orleans 98:
    — Miami G Duncan Robinson scored 23 points in this game, made 7-13 3-pointers.

    — Robinson started his college career a D-III Williams, before transferring to Michigan. The odds of a D-III player making it to the NBA are very, very long. He has an interesting story.

    If Duncan Robinson can make a living in the NBA, Marquese Chriss should also be able to.

  27. #27
    501ATLANTA -502 MEMPHIS
    MEMPHIS are 145-112 ATS (21.8 Units) when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 70%) since 1996.

    503CLEVELAND -504 DETROIT
    DETROIT is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) vs. division opponents in the last 3 seasons.

    503CLEVELAND -504 DETROIT
    Dwane Casey is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) vs. division opponents (Coach of DETROIT)

    505ORLANDO -506 WASHINGTON
    ORLANDO is 16-6 ATS (9.4 Units) in road games vs. losing teams over the last 2 seasons.

    507OKLAHOMA CITY -508 CHARLOTTE
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 17-5 ATS (11.5 Units) as a road underdog over the last 2 seasons.

    509PHILADELPHIA -510 NEW YORK
    PHILADELPHIA is 18-35 ATS (-20.5 Units) in road games after a win in the last 3 seasons.

    511INDIANA -512 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO is 5-21 ATS (-18.1 Units) in home games after a combined score of 225 points or more in the last 3 seasons.

    513TORONTO -514 SAN ANTONIO
    TORONTO is 23-10 ATS (12 Units) in road games in non-conference games in the last 3 seasons.

    513TORONTO -514 SAN ANTONIO
    Nick Nurse is 23-10 ATS (12 Units) in road games in non-conference games (Coach of TORONTO)

    515MINNESOTA -516 UTAH
    MINNESOTA is 18-32 ATS (-17.2 Units) as a dog of 3.5 to 9.5 in the last 3 seasons.

  28. #28
    NBA

    Saturday, December 26


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    Trend Report
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    Atlanta @ Memphis
    Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games when playing Memphis
    Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis's last 13 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Memphis's last 9 games when playing Atlanta

    Oklahoma City @ Charlotte
    Oklahoma City
    Oklahoma City is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    Charlotte
    Charlotte is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games

    Cleveland @ Detroit
    Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Detroit
    Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
    Detroit
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland

    Orlando @ Washington
    Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Orlando's last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 20 of Orlando's last 25 games
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing at home against Orlando
    Washington is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Orlando

    Philadelphia @ New York
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
    Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York
    New York
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of New York's last 11 games
    New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

    Indiana @ Chicago
    Indiana
    Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana

    Toronto @ San Antonio
    Toronto
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 8 games
    San Antonio
    San Antonio is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Toronto
    San Antonio is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Toronto

    Minnesota @ Utah
    Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
    Utah
    Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

    Houston @ Portland
    Houston
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Portland
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games
    Portland
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Portland's last 8 games when playing Houston
    Portland is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

    Phoenix @ Sacramento
    Phoenix
    Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Sacramento's last 13 games
    Sacramento is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Phoenix

  29. #29
    Hoop Trends for Saturday Dec. 26
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Matchup: Houston at Portland (10:05 p.m. ET)

    -- The Trail Blazers are 10-0 ATS (6.85 ppg) off a 10+ point home loss in which they has at least twice as many assists as turnovers.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Philadelphia at New York (7:35 p.m. ET)

    -- The Sixers are 0-12 ATS (-9.83 ppg) on the road coming off a win in which they trailed by double digits.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Cleveland at Detrot (7:05 p.m. ET)

    -- The Pistons are 12-0 OU (8.46 ppg) at home with more than one day of rest.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Atlanta at Memphis (5:05 p.m. ET)

    -- The Grizzlies are 0-10 OU (-22.85 ppg) off a loss in which they scored more than 50 points in the paint.


    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  30. #30
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Saturday, December 26




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