Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NBA SPREAD SHEET –
HERE’S TO THE LEAGUE TOP
MONEY-MAKING SQUADS HEADING
TOWARDS THE WEEKEND’S ALL-STAR BREAK …
COLLEGE B-BALL NOTEBOOK:
THE TUESDAY NITE RUNDOWN HAS
#2 DUKE IN ANOTHER KEY ROAD GAME
The NBA All-Star Game is set for this Sunday in Charlotte, so there’s only a batch of games between now and Thursday night’s limited three-game sked.
Sounds like a good time to examine who are the league’s biggest money-makers so far … and why:
DALLAS (34-21) – Trust us, it ain’t easy playing .618 ball ATS (against the spread) when you’re some two-thirds through the way in regular-season play but the Mavericks – just 26-30 SU (straight-up) – have accomplished that feat even though they rank just 21st in the NBA in scoring offense.
Okay, so Rookie of the Year lead-pipe cinch Luka Doncic (20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg) has been a virtual godsend but gotta heap a whole lot of credit at the feet of veteran head coach Rick Carlisle who has managed to stifle opposing stars more often than not. The Mavs have notched spread wins in nine of their last 11 games while dating back to Jan. 19th … really!
MILWAUKEE (33-21-2) – All hail the young Bucks who have covered the Las Vegas prices at a sizzling .611 winning rate. It’s obvious that MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo (averaging 27 ppg and 12.5 rpg) has been a monster on the hardwood but has anyone really taken notice that Milwaukee sports four other players averaging double-digit scoring for a team that’s second in the NBA in offense (averaging 117.2 ppg)?
The Bucks – now 42-14 SU following Monday night’s 112-99 win/cover at 11.5-point pup Chicago -- simply overpower most opponents but new coach Mike Budenholzer has been “fab” and laying some hefty prices has not always been a problem for the top team right now in the Eastern Conference. P.S., Milwaukee’s covered seven of its last eight games.
OKLAHOMA CITY (33-23) – It’s official. The Okie City Thunder are hot stuff as we turn towards the All-Star Game break as Paul George (28.3 ppg) and Russell Westbrook (21.2 ppg) and friends have covered 10 of their last 12 outings and that includes last Saturday’s 117-112 win at 2-point fav Houston and last night’s 120-11 win/cover versus 5-point dog Portland … remember that OKC was down 26 points and roared back to give the Jim Hurley Network a key weekend win in that game against the Rockets.
Overall, the Thunder – now 37-19 SU and very much in the running for the Western Conference’s numero uno seed – sport the league’s fifth-best offense and a better-than-you-think defense that ranks 12th league-wide. Key reserve G Dennis Schroder has been fantastic while scoring double-digit points off the pine the past 11 games.
SACRAMENTO (32-23) – All the Kings’ men are just a smidge below above-mentioned Oklahoma City for the third-best pointspread mark in the NBA and sure as heck nobody say that coming, right?
Sacramento – 30-26 SU and in the hunt for a playoff berth this 2018-19 campaign – are a live-and-let-live offensive team that ranks ninth in team scoring (113.3) with all those young studs hitting their strides at once: G Buddy Hield (20.4 ppg) leads six Kings’ players in double-figure scoring and his 193 triples (and 46 percent shooting from downtown) has been a major storyline in why Sacramento has covered 58.2 percent of its games so far. The $64,000 question with this young-and-spunky Kings team is will they wear down in the coming days/weeks? Stay tuned.
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THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT
Here’s some of what we’ll be tracking on the Tuesday, Feb. 12 sked:
#2 DUKE (21-2, 9-1) at #16 LOUISVILLE (17-7, 8-3) – 9 p.m. ET
Even Duke has rolled up what we would call a “quiet” seven-game SU winning streak since that painful 95-91 overtime loss versus Syracuse way back on Jan. 14th and now we’ll see if coach Mike Krzyzewski’s freshmen-laden team suffers any type of a letdown following last Saturday’s high-energy 81-71 win at 2-point home favorite Virginia. If the ‘Ville – the 101st-ranked defense in the land – can’t bottle up that Duke transition game (outscored the Cavs 21-5 in that category), then it’s gonna be eight in a row for the Blue Devils who remain the odds-on choice to win it all.
#21 LSU (19-4, 9-1) at #5 KENTUCKY (20-3, 9-1) – 7 p.m. ET
Both of these SEC powerhouses are looking up at #1 Tennessee in the conference standings and that’s saying something when you consider that the UK Wildcats have won their last 10 consecutive games while LSU’s copped 12 of its last 13 games SU. Head to the spread stats and you’ll discover that Kentucky is a solid 13-9-1 versus the vig while LSU’s an almost identical 13-10 spreadwise and we’ll go on record to state the Bayou Bengals won’t land the cover or SU win here if they continue to shoot 3’s so poorly – it’s been it’s been seven consecutive games in which LSU has shot 28.1 percent or worse from beyond the arc and one game in which they shot it at 33.3 percent.
#9 MICHIGAN STATE (19-5, 10-3) at #19 WISCONSIN (17-7, 9-4) – 7 p.m. ET
Here’s a pair of Big 10 teams that have bagged a bunch of pointspread winners: Sparty is 17-7 against the juice while Wisky’s 14-9-1 ATS but dig a little bit deeper and you’ll see it’s the plucky Badgers who are 6-1-1 spreadwise in their last eight tilts while Tom Izzo’s crew suddenly has dropped three of its last four games against the odds. If the Spartans – fresh off a 79-55 drilling of 13.5-point pup Minnesota this past Saturday – wish to string together back-to-back ATS wins here then someone other than G Cassius Winston (team-best 61 trifectas) is gonna have to answer the call from deep.
NOTE: Catch our NBA Report Cards later this week right here at Jim Sez.