Pacers at Hawks – 7:05 PM EST
Two teams coming off blowout road wins on Wednesday meet up at Philips Arena as Atlanta looks to break through for the first time in three meetings against Indiana. The Pacers (26-23 SU, 25-23-1 ATS) have knocked off the Hawks twice at home this season, including a 111-92 rout as three-point favorites last week. Atlanta (29-22 SU, 25-25-1 ATS) captured both home matchups last season, but the Hawks were listed as 10 ½-point chalk each time.
The Hawks dominated the 76ers for the third time this season in Wednesday’s 124-86 whipping to easily cash as 7 ½-point road favorites. Atlanta has won two straight since a putrid 1-6 run to close out January, as Mike Budenholzer’s club holds a one-half game advantage over Miami heading into Friday’s action. The Pacers have won three of four, including Wednesday’s 14-point triumph at Brooklyn, but own a dreadful 2-6 ATS mark in the last eight opportunities as a road underdog.
Celtics at Cavaliers – 7:35 PM EST
Cleveland swept Boston in the opening round of last year’s playoffs, while continuing that domination in the first matchup this season at TD Garden with an 89-77 victory in December. The Cavaliers (35-13 SU, 21-24-3 ATS) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in Wednesday’s 106-97 setback at Charlotte as eight-point favorites. Tyronn Lue’s team cashed the ‘over’ for the fourth straight contest, while the Cavs have topped the 114-point mark in four of the past five home games.
Boston (29-22 SU, 28-22-1 ATS) has compiled an impressive 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS the last eight contests, while limiting five of their opponents to 95 points or less in this span. The Celtics led the Pistons from wire-to-wire in Wednesday’s 102-95 victory to cash as four-point favorites, while picking up its third straight win and cover against a Central division foe. Boston is listed as an underdog of 6 ½ points or higher for just the third time this season, losing in both tries at San Antonio and Chicago, but managed a cover against the Spurs in a three-point defeat as 8 ½-point ‘dogs in December.
Grizzlies at Knicks – 7:35 PM EST
January was a successful month for Memphis (29-20 SU, 24-24-1 ATS), who won 10 of 14 games, while starting February with a 110-95 rout of New Orleans. The Grizzlies have covered four straight games, the longest ATS hot streak for Dave Joerger’s team this season. Memphis is playing at a higher-tempo than in the past by eclipsing the 100-point mark in nine straight games, while cashing the ‘over’ in 10 of the past 11 contests. The Grizzlies go for the season sweep of the Knicks after beating New York at FedEx Forum last month, 103-95 as 5 ½-point favorites.
The Knicks (23-29 SU, 29-23 ATS) erased a 27-point deficit on Thursday at Detroit to take the lead in the final minutes, but the Pistons grabbed the home victory, 111-105. New York hasn’t fared well with no rest by posting a 4-7 SU mark, although Derek Fisher’s club has cashed in six of 11 opportunities on the second of a back-to-back. The Knicks have gone backwards of late by dropping six of their last seven games, which includes a 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS mark at home in the past five contests at Madison Square Garden.
Bulls at Nuggets – 9:05 PM EST
Chicago (27-21 SU, 19-29 ATS) is making the fifth stop on its seven-game road swing on Friday at Denver, trying to capitalize off of Wednesday’s 107-102 win at Sacramento as four-point underdogs. Leading scorer Jimmy Butler sat out with an injured left knee and hopes to return on Friday as the Bulls have yet to win consecutive road games this season. In fact, Fred Hoiberg’s squad owns a dismal 2-8 SU/ATS record coming off an away victory, while not scoring 100 points in consecutive games since mid-January.
Don’t look now, but Denver (19-31 SU, 27-21-2 ATS) continues to cash tickets at a rapid pace by compiling an 11-2 ATS mark the last 13 games. The Nuggets covered as eight-point underdogs in Wednesday’s 85-81 setback at Utah, the fifth straight ATS win in the ‘dog role.Mike Malone’s team owns an impressive 7-2 ATS mark in the last nine games at the Pepsi Center, while picking up victories over Eastern Conference foes Toronto, Detroit, and Indiana in this stretch.
Spurs at Mavericks – 9:35 PM EST
The Southwest division race is a runaway as San Antonio (41-8 SU, 32-17 ATS) attempts to win its 42nd game in 50 tries at Dallas. The Spurs picked up their 27th home victory on Wednesday in a 13-point triumph over New Orleans, but San Antonio is down two of its veterans with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili sidelined with injuries. San Antonio has picked up a pair of wins against its Lone Star State rival at home this season, while limiting Dallas to 83 points in each victory.
The Mavericks (28-24 SU, 29-22-1 ATS) start a tough back-to-back set against San Antonio and Memphis the next two days, while trying to rebound from Wednesday’s home defeat to Miami. Point guard Deron Williams sat out the loss to the Heat with a hip contusion, but is expected back in the lineup on Friday. Dallas has seen success in the home underdog role by compiling a 5-2 ATS mark, although the Mavericks have lost close games in the last month to the Thunder and Cavaliers at home.