Knicks at Magic – 7:05 PM EST
After starting the season with a spectacular 7-0 ATS run on the road, New York (8-7 SU, 10-5 ATS) suffered its first ATS loss away from Madison Square Garden in Tuesday’s 95-78 setback at Miami. Following back-to-back away underdog victories at Oklahoma City and Houston, the Knicks scored a season-low 78 points on 32% shooting from the floor at Miami as five-point underdogs. Derek Fisher’s club had cashed seven straight games prior to the meltdown in Miami, while the Knicks have allowed less than 100 points in eight of the past 10 contests, resulting in seven ‘unders.’
The magic is gone for Orlando (6-8 SU, 8-6 ATS) from a pointspread perspective after cashing seven straight games to begin the season. Scott Skiles’ squad owns a dreadful 1-6 ATS record the past seven contests following a 117-103 setback at Cleveland on Monday as 8 ½-point road underdogs. Each of the previous four home opponents for the Magic are currently below .500 (Lakers, Jazz, Wolves, Kings), as Orlando has allowed below 100 points in regulation in six of seven home games. The Magic and Knicks split four games last season with each team winning on the road by two points or less.
Heat at Pistons – 7:35 PM EST
Miami (9-4 SU, 7-6) hits the road for only the fourth time this season after completing a 6-1 homestand, capped off by a blowout of New York on Monday. The Heat snapped a four-game ATS skid with a cover against the Knicks, while Miami’s defense has stepped up this season by cashing ‘unders’ in 11 of 13 games. Two of Miami’s three road contests have resulted in losses at Cleveland and Indiana, as Erik Spoelstra’s club lost both visits to the Palace of Auburn Hills last season.
Things have slowed down in the Motor City for the Pistons (7-7 SU, 7-7 ATS) after a 5-1 start, as Stan Van Gundy’s squad has dropped six of their past eight games. Detroit suffered its worst loss of the season on Monday, a 109-88 setback at Milwaukee as three-point road favorites, as the Pistons connected on only 6-of-28 attempts from three-point range. The Pistons have performed well in the underdog role this season, covering six of eight times, including a 3-0 SU/ATS record as a home ‘dog.
Cavaliers at Raptors – 7:35 PM EST
Cleveland (11-3 SU, 6-8 ATS) is rolling atop the East, owning the best record in the conference through nearly the first month of the season. The Cavaliers endured an eight-game ATS skid prior to covering each of their last three contests, double-digit home wins over the Bucks, Hawks, and Magic. Following a 4-1 run to the ‘under’ to begin the season, David Blatt’s team has drilled the ‘over’ in eight of the last nine games with the only ‘under’ hitting on a 203 total against the Knicks.
A five-game West Coast road swing that began with three losses ended with a pair of victories in Los Angeles for Toronto (9-6 SU, 11-4 ATS). The Raptors knocked off the Lakers as 6 ½-point favorites on Friday, 102-91, followed by a 91-80 triumph over the Clippers on Sunday as 6 ½-point underdogs to finish the trip at 4-1 ATS. Dwane Casey’s club has played a road-heavy schedule so far with 10 of the past 12 games taking place away from the Air Canada Center, as the Raptors own a 3-1 SU/ATS record at home.
Mavericks at Spurs – 8:35 PM EST
The top two teams in the Southwest division do battle from San Antonio as the Mavericks (9-6 SU, 9-6 ATS) try to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss at Memphis. Dallas had its six-game winning streak snapped in a 117-114 setback at Oklahoma City as 3 ½-point underdogs, but the Mavs lost their second in a row in last night’s 14-point defeat to the Grizzlies. Deron Williams continues to have a resurgent season with Dallas, scoring in double-figures for the 12th time by putting together a 20-point, 6-rebound effort at OKC. The Mavs split their four-game series with the Spurs last season, as the home team won all four matchups.
The Spurs (11-3 SU, 9-5 ATS) hope to get forward LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury. San Antonio took care of business without Aldridge, beating Memphis and Phoenix at home by double-digits, as the Spurs have yet to allow more than 98 points in seven home contests. Gregg Popovich’s team has yet to lose at the AT&T Center this season, posting a 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS record with both ATS losses coming as a favorite of 13 ½ points or more. The Spurs have done their most damage from a pointspread perspective when laying single-digits, covering in six of eight opportunities.
Jazz at Clippers – 10:35 PM EST
There have been plenty of frequent flier miles racked up by Utah (6-7 SU, 7-6 ATS) so far, playing nine of 13 games away from Salt Lake City. The Jazz hit the road for one game before settling in for a four-game homestand starting Saturday against New Orleans. The last home contest didn’t work out so well for Quin Snyder’s bunch, suffering a 111-86 setback to the Thunder on Monday, while allowing OKC to shoot 54% from the floor. Utah has responded well as a road underdog, cashing in four of five opportunities, including outright victories at Indiana and Atlanta.
What is happening in Los Angeles? The Clippers (7-7 SU, 5-9 ATS) stormed out to a 4-0 start, but have lost seven of their past 11 games, including each of their last two at home to the Raptors and Warriors. To make matters worse, the Clips have covered just three in the past 12 trips to the court, including a 2-7 ATS mark the last eight in the favorite role. The Clippers finally got back on track last night with a 111-94 blowout of the Nuggets to cash as seven-point road favorites. Los Angeles has won 13 straight meetings with Utah dating back to 2012, but the Jazz covered three of four matchups with the Clippers last season, including a pair of losses by six points or less at Staples Center.