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NBA – Friday night – 9 games to play,game of the day at Texas

Wizards at Pacers – 7:05 PM EST

Washington (18-19 SU, 20-17 ATS) have been the ultimate roller-coaster team in the NBA this season. The Wizards recently lost three straight games at the Verizon Center prior to winning three in a row, as the offense has busted the 105-point mark in each of these victories. GuardBradley Beal returned from a 16-game absence to score 11 points off the bench in Wednesday’s 106-101 victory over Milwaukee, but the former University of Florida standout will likely sit tonight. Washington is looking to avenge a 123-106 home loss to Indiana back in November as the Pacers drilled 19 three-pointers in the win.

The Pacers (22-17 SU, 22-17 ATS) hit the road for four games after tonight’s contest, as Indiana looks to bounce back from Wednesday’s 103-94 setback at Boston. Since losing to Golden State in early December, Indiana has won seven of its past nine games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, while covering six times in this span. Prior to blowing out Phoenix on Tuesday, Frank Vogel’s team had gone ‘under’ in seven of its previous eight home games, while holding seven of the last nine opponents at home to less than 100 points. Since the start of last season, the Wizards and Pacers have cashed the ‘over’ in five straight matchups.

Mavericks at Bulls – 8:05 PM EST

In spite of stars Derrick Rose and Pau Gasolsitting out, the Bulls (23-15 SU, 15-23 ATS) erased a 24-point deficit last night to stun the 76ers in overtime, 115-111. Chicago failed to cover as 8 ½-point favorites, but the Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak thanks toJimmy Butler’s career-high 53 points, which included 21 points from the foul line. Gasol will likely return to the lineup tonight, but Rose is questionable with a lingering knee injury. Chicago has eclipsed the 100-point mark in 13 straight games, resulting in 10 ‘overs’ in this span.

Rick Carlisle’s team should be pretty rested after four starters sat out in Wednesday’s 108-89 blowout loss at Oklahoma City. Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Chandler Parsons, and Wesley Matthews all didn’t play at OKC following Tuesday’s home overtime loss to Cleveland, as Dallas (22-18 SU, 23-16-1 ATS) shot 39% from the floor against the Thunder. The Mavericks go for the season sweep of the Bulls after outlasting Chicago at the American Airlines Center on December 26 by a 118-111 count to cash as two-point favorites.

Hawks at Bucks – 8:05 PM EST

Atlanta (23-16 SU, 19-19-1 ATS) rebounded from a two-game losing streak by blasting Philadelphia and Chicago with scoring outputs of at least 120 points in each victory. However, the Hawks fell back to Earth in Wednesday’s 107-84 setback at Charlotte as three-point road favorites, as only member of the Atlanta lineup scored in double-figures (Paul Millsap with 20). Atlanta’s five-game ‘over’ streak came to an end at Charlotte, but the Hawks have allowed at least 105 points in five of the past six games. Mike Budenholtzer’s team owns a 3-5 SU/ATS record in its last eight opportunities as a road favorite, while the Hawks are facing the Bucks for the first time this season.

Milwaukee (16-25 SU, 20-20-1 ATS) has alternated wins and losses in each of its last five games, coming off a five-point loss at Washington on Wednesday. Since the end of November, the Bucks have won seven of their past 10 contests at BMO Harris Center, while covering in six of the last nine opportunities in the home underdog role. The Bucks have struggled at home against the Hawks recently, losing five straight meetings with Atlanta in Wisconsin, including a pair of low-scoring defeats last season.

Heat at Nuggets – 9:05 PM EST

Miami (22-17 SU, 19-19-1 ATS) looks to snap a three-game skid on its current six-game road trip after losing to the Clippers on Wednesday, 104-90. Point guard Goran Dragic returned to South Florida and will be out for at least one week with a calf injury, as the Heat were outscored by the Clippers by 21 points in the second half on Wednesday. Erik Spoelstra’ssquad owns a 2-4 SU/ATS record against Western Conference teams on the road, but both victories have come in the favorite role at Phoenix and Minnesota. The Heat hope for a better showing at the Pepsi Center after losing by 20 points at Denver last December, as the Nuggets have won two of the last three meetings in the series.

The Nuggets (15-24 SU, 18-19-2 ATS) handed the Warriors their third loss of the season in Wednesday’s 112-110 home triumph over the defending champions. Denver shot just 42% from the floor, but benefited from a 33-of-37 performance at the free-throw line, including 17 made free throws from Danilo Gallinari. The Nuggets are seeking their third winning streak of three games this season, as Mike Malone’s team has covered the number in four of six games this month. Denver has played only four Eastern Conference opponents at home, but three of those contests have finished ‘under’ the total, as the Nuggets scored 95 points or less three times.

Cavaliers at Rockets – 9:35 PM EST

Cleveland (27-10 SU, 16-20-1 ATS) concludes a six-game road trip after blowing a 15-point lead in Thursday’s 99-95 setback at San Antonio. The Cavaliers managed a cover as six-point underdogs thanks to a LeBron James layup at the buzzer on a putback, as Cleveland improved to 4-1 ATS this season as an underdog. James is questionable for tonight due to the possibility of rest, as the Cavaliers have compiled a 1-5-1 ATS record as a road favorite in their last seven games in this role. The Cavs have struggled against the Rockets recently by losing six straight meetings, including a 105-103 defeat at the Toyota Center last season.

For the first time this season, the Rockets (21-19 SU, 16-24 ATS) are at least two games above .500, as Houston is riding a five-game winning streak. The Rockets failed to cover as eight-point favorites on Wednesday night, but found a way to sneak past the Wolves, 107-104 to score exactly 107 points for the third straight game. Houston has cashed the ‘over’ in eight of the last nine games, while performing well in the home underdog role by posting a 3-1 SU/ATS record this season.

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