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    NBA - Preview 20 Dicembre

    Preview: Brooklyn At Philadelphia
    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets found their groove against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, raining down 3-pointers at a near-record rate. The 76ers will look for a measure of revenge Friday when the teams renew acquaintances in Philadelphia. Johnson knocked down 10 of Brooklyn's 21 3-pointers in the 130-94 drubbing, but the Nets couldn't build off that momentum as they dropped a 113-107 decision to the Washington Wizards two nights later.
    While the rare offensive explosion may have stunned fans of Brooklyn, it likely came as no surprise to those who support the struggling 76ers. Philadelphia has lost seven consecutive games and has surrendered more than 100 points in all but one of those defeats. The 76ers defense has ben particularly galling over the previous two outings, having allowed 139 points to Portland - the most in the NBA so far this season - before getting torched by the Nets.
    TV: 7 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), CSN Philadelphia
    ABOUT THE NETS (9-16): League followers questioned Brooklyn's logic in hiring recently retired point guard Jason Kidd as head coach - and those concerns were magnified when the Nets got off to a dreadful start. But Kidd's continued progress, combined with a better run of good health, has players more optimistic about the team's chances moving forward. "He's basically learned on the fly," Johnson told the Bergen Record. "As each game goes, he gets better or he tweaks it a little more, or he gets vocal or whatever the case may be."
    ABOUT THE 76ERS (7-19): It isn't enough that Philadelphia is headed down a swift path to a high lottery pick in next year's NBA draft; now the 76ers have to deal with reports of discontent in the locker room. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that forward Thaddeus Young has requested a trade, having expressed his disinterest in playing for a team with designs on rebuilding. "Thad is ready to leave Philly," a source told the Inquirer. "He isn't with the whole tanking thing." Young is averaging 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Brooklyn has won four of the last five meetings.
    2. Johnson, who had 37 points Monday, averages 17.4 in 35 career games versus the 76ers.
    3. 76ers G Michael Carter-Williams (knee) practiced Wednesday; he has been out of action since Dec. 5.


    Preview: Utah At Atlanta
    When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
    Paul Millsap is a huge part of Atlanta’s early-season success, and the former Utah standout plays against his former team for the first time when the Hawks host the Jazz on Friday. Millsap spent seven seasons with Utah and emerged as one of the team’s stalwarts before being allowed to leave as a free agent in the offseason. Millsap is averaging 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while helping Atlanta become one of only three Eastern Conference squads with a winning record.
    Utah has the second-worst record in the NBA but has improved its play since point guard Trey Burke returned from a finger injury. Burke scored 30 points in Wednesday’s victory over the Orlando Magic – the most by a rookie this season – and is averaging 13.5 points and 5.1 assists in 16 games. The azz are 1-1 on a five-game road trip that ends with stops in Charlotte and Memphis, while the Hawks are looking to conclude a three-game homestand with a third straight win.
    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ROOT (Utah), SportSouth (Atlanta)
    ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-21): Millsap’s departure – along with that of center Al Jefferson – helped open the door for fourth-year pro Derrick Favors to play a bigger role and the 22-year-old is starting to develop as a double-double threat. Favors is averaging 13.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while recording nine double-doubles and feels the time he spent as a reserve behind Millsap served as a benefit. “He helped me realize I need to be a better basketball player,” Favors told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I was a good athlete but there was stuff I needed to work on to be a good basketball player.”
    ABOUT THE HAWKS (14-12): Three-point bomber Kyle Korver was at it again when he tied his career high of eight 3-pointers and scored a season-best 28 points in Wednesday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings. Korver has made at least one 3-pointer in an NBA-record 95 consecutive games and downplayed his latest strong performance. “I got a lot of really good looks,” said Korver, who was 8-of-10 from behind the arc. “I usually don’t get that many. That was a product of our spacing and everyone knocking down shots.” Korver is averaging 13 points and ranks second in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 51.2.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Atlanta has won seven of the last eight meetings.
    2. Jazz G Alec Burks is averaging 22 points over the last two games, beginning with a season-best 31 in Monday’s loss to the Miami Heat.
    3. Hawks C Al Horford is averaging 23.8 points and 10.5 rebounds over the last four games while recording three double-doubles.


    Preview: Milwaukee At Cleveland
    When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
    The Cleveland Cavaliers look to get back into the win column when they host the reeling Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Cleveland had shaken off a poor start to the season with wins in five out of six games before it faced a daunting challenge this week with a game at Miami and another at home against Portland. The Cavaliers took the defending champion Heat to the wire before falling, and lost to the mighty Trail Blazers on a last-second 3-pointer.
    A more prolific offense has keyed Cleveland's 5-3 surge, during which it has averaged 101.7 points - no small development for a team that routinely struggled to score points early in the season and still ranks 26th in the NBA in shooting at 42.8 percent. Milwaukee is one of the few teams in the league that lags behind the Cavaliers in such departments. The basement-dwelling Bucks have dropped four straight and 18 of 21 after a 107-101 double-overtime loss to New York on Wednesday.
    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN Ohio (Cleveland)
    ABOUT THE BUCKS (5-20): Milwaukee hopes to have a more complete backcourt if guard O.J. Mayo returns after being away from the team to attend his grandmother's funeral. Without Mayo's scoring punch Wednesday, fellow guard Brandon Knight broke out for a career-high 36 points, but his three assists and eight turnovers are what stood out to head coach Larry Drew. "We're going to have to be better, and he's going to have to be better, at distributing the basketball," Drew said.
    ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (9-15): Dion Waiters was listed as a game-time decision due to a sore knee prior to the loss to Portland, but managed to pull through and produce 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting. While impressive, that sort of production from Waiters often signals a negative outcome, as the second-year sharpshooter averages 16.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting in losses compared to 12.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting in wins. Waiters has averaged 23.2 points in Cleveland's last five losses and just 8.8 points in its last four wins.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Mayo led the Bucks with 28 points in a 109-104 win over the Cavaliers at home Nov. 6.
    2. Cleveland C Andrew Bynum is averaging 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in his last eight games.
    3. With a win, Milwaukee would improve to 48-48 all-time in Cleveland.


    Preview: Charlotte At Detroit
    When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
    It has taken nearly a third of the regular season, but the Detroit Pistons are finally looking like a cohesive unit as they prepare to host the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. The Pistons come into the game having won three of their last four, and are coming off a thrilling one-point victory in Boston on Wednesday. The Bobcats have played well in their own right, following up an eight-point victory over Sacramento with a 104-102 win in Toronto.
    Charlotte has one of the top defensive units in the league but will face a stiff test against the Pistons frontcourt of Andre Drummond, Greg Munroe and Josh Smith. The trio averages 43.5 points and 28.1 rebounds, along with 4.3 steals and 3.6 blocks. The Bobcats will need a strong game from center Al Jefferson, who poured in 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Raptors for his eventh double-double.
    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Charlotte), FSN Detroit
    ABOUT THE BOBCATS (12-14): With 26 games in the books, Charlotte fans are starting to see what made Jefferson one of the league's marquee free agents last offseason. While he has struggled both with health (having missed nine games with an ankle injury) and offense (averaging 15.6 points, 0.8 below his career average), Jefferson is averaging a double-double for the month (15.4 points and 10.6 boards) and remains one of the top post defenders in the conference. Jefferson played a season-high 40 minutes versus Toronto.
    ABOUT THE PISTONS (13-14): After Drummond struggled with Miami's pressure in a 110-95 loss to the Heat earlier this month, Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks sat down with the 20-year-old and shared his thoughts. "He doesn't really know that us playing Miami (five days earlier), beating Miami in Miami and then coming back to play them a couple days later - he's probably one of the guys that really didn't understand the magnitude of the way Miami was going to play," Cheeks told the Detroit News. "He learns every game."
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Detroit has won the last three meetings and eight of nine overall.
    2. Jefferson averages 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in 21 career games versus Detroit.
    3. Charlotte ranks last in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 30.6 percent.


    Preview: Sacramento At Miami
    When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
    After a key win over rival Indiana extended its recent run to five wins in six games, the Miami Heat look to take advantage of a reeling opponent when they host the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Dwyane Wade had a game-high 32 points and the Heat got a late 3-pointer from Ray Allen to cap a 10-0 run to topple the Pacers Wednesday. That kind of trademark win for Miami could spell trouble for upcoming foes, as LeBron James told the Sun Sentinel, "This is the type of win we needed and we wanted."
    The Kings have dropped three straight, most recently falling to Atlanta in a game that saw them yield a season-high 124 points. Sacramento is 3-10 in its last 13, leading coach Michael Malone to admit a harsh reality. "We are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA," he told the Sacramento Bee, adding, "I don't even know where to begin."
    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), Sun Sports (Miami)
    ABOUT THE KINGS (7-17): Malone's self-criticism continued after the loss to the Hawks, as the coach searches for answers on how to get his team to defend better, particularly late in games. "I guess I'm not doing a good enough job of giving them a game plan they can execute," he said. "I have to do a better job of communicating so they know full well who we're playing (and) what our coverages are so we don't give up a 39-point fourth quarter." Offensively, the Kings have few worries, as evidenced by the newly-formed trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and newcomer Rudy Gay combining for 70 points on Wednesday.
    ABOUT THE HEAT (19-6): Miami trailed Wednesday's matchup with the Pacers by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter before showing the makeup of a two-time defending champion by rallying for the win. With their accomplishments the last two seasons in mind, however, forward Chris Bosh kept things in perspective, telling the Sun Sentinel, "Every game against these guys is going to be a statement game." James, who is nursing a sprained left ankle and toyed with the notion of sitting against Indiana, could possibly rest against Sacramento, though his line of 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals on Wednesday showed he isn't ailing all that badly.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. James' 25.2 points per game leads Miami and trails only Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (28.7) and New York's Carmelo Anthony (26.4) among the NBA's scoring leaders.
    2. Sacramento ranks 28th in the NBA, allowing opponents 102.6 points per game, ahead of only Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers.
    3. Heat F Michael Beasley has missed six straight games with a strained hamstring.

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    Preview: Houston At Indiana
    When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
    The Indiana Pacers are staring at their longest losing streak and are showing some cracks in their NBA-best defense. The Houston Rockets, who own the NBA’s second-best scoring offense, will take aim at those cracks when they visit the Pacers on Friday. Indiana had a win in hand over the rival Miami Heat on Wednesday before a breakdown in the last few minutes handed them back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
    Indiana was outscored 12-2 in the final minutes at Miami to suffer a 97-94 loss but quickly turned the page to focus on the Rockets at practice on Thursday. “I don’t look at their record,” coach Frank Vogel said of Houston. “I look at them as a championship contender. They’re very capable of putting it all together to beat a team that comes out of the West.” The Rockets surround Dwight Howard with 3-point shooters and drive-and-kick specialists and will see how that style plays against a pair of big front lines in their two-game trip through Indiana and Detroit.
    TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN Houston, FSN Indiana
    ABOUT THE ROCKETS (17-9): Houston has traded wins and losses over the last five games but is coming off a 109-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in which Howard went for 23 points and nine rebounds while appearing to have little issue with the Bulls’ frontcourt. “We have to make sure we play our style of basketball, especially against teams that want to grind you to a pulp,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. That style includes pushing the pace and not letting teams like Chicago and Indiana get set in a half-court defense, and running Howard and James Harden through a series of pick-and-rolls.
    ABOUT THE PACERS (20-5): Indiana leads the NBA in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 90.2 points, but is allowing 98.3 points while going 4-4 over the last eight contests. The Pacers defense was missing a key component for long stretches on Wednesday with center Roy Hibbert dealing with foul problems, and Hibbert is struggling to averages of six points and three rebounds in the last two games. “It’ll be a tough game against the best center in the league right now,” Hibbert told reporters of the meeting with Howard. “He’s going to be a handful, I just have to keep him out of easy points and no easy dunks for him.”
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. The Pacers have taken three straight in the series and took the two meetings last season by an average of 9.5 points.
    2. Houston G Jeremy Lin (back) missed the last two games but returned to practice on Thursday and is expected back on Friday.
    3. Indiana F Danny Granger (calf) is expected to make his season debut and will come off the bench.


    Preview: Toronto At Dallas
    When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
    The Dallas Mavericks have a chance to sweep a three-game homestand and reach a new high-water mark for the season when they host the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Dirk Nowitzki returned after missing one game with a stomach bug and led Dallas to a 105-91 win over short-handed Memphis on Wednesday, moving the Mavericks a season-high five games above .500. The Mavericks are 11-2 at home, where they've won 14 of 17 all-time meetings with Toronto.
    Even though it's only December, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle places great importance on every game as it pertains to his team's playoff hopes this spring. "We're in a situation where we're one of six or seven teams fighting for two or three playoff spots," Carlisle told reporters. "That's what it's going to come down to. Concentration and focus and attention to detail are going to carry the day as to who gets in and who has a chance to advance." The Raptors could find themselves in the same situation - despite being five games below .500, they're in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with six teams within 3 1/2 games of them.
    TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One (Toronto), FSN Southwest (Dallas)
    ABOUT THE RAPTORS (9-14): Toronto, which is 5-6 away from home, plays five of its next six on the road. The Raptors, who are 3-2 since trading Rudy Gay, lost 104-102 in overtime on a buzzer-beater by Charlotte's Kemba Walker's on Wednesday. With Gay gone, guard DeMar DeRozan (21.8 points) has to take on more of the scoring burden, and forward Amir Johnson has stepped up his production, averaging 18.4 points and 10 rebounds in five games since returning to the starting lineup.
    ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (15-10): Dallas has as potent of a one-two punch as anyone in the league with Nowitzki (21.1 points, six rebounds) and Monta Ellis (20.7 points, 5.6 assists), who lead six players averaging double digits in scoring. The bench recently got a boost from the return of Brandan Wright, who missed the first 23 games because of a fractured left shoulder. Wright made a big splash in his first game back with 19 points in a win over Milwaukee but was limited to four points in 13 minutes against Memphis.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Nowitzki (25,557) is 14th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, 56 points behind No. 13 Alex English.
    2. The Raptors have recorded 20 or more assists in four consecutive games, their longest streak of the season.
    3. The Mavericks are 12-2 when leading after three quarters, including 9-0 at home.


    Preview: Phoenix At Denver
    When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
    Denver has already lost more home games than it did all last season, and the best the Nuggets can do on their current four-game homestand is earn a split. Denver hosts the Phoenix Suns on Friday after losing two of the first three games and sits at 7-4 on its home floor after posting an NBA-best 38-3 mark in 2012-13. Phoenix had a five-game winning streak snapped by San Antonio on Wednesday and is 6-6 on the road.
    The Nuggets are highly disappointed that they have lost to Utah and Oklahoma City during the homestand. “It’s all about us, simple as that,” guard Randy Foye said after Thursday’s practice. “We let two slip on our home court. We’re really confident we’re going to come out and do what we have to do to get this victory.” The Suns recorded a 114-103 home win over the Nuggets on Nov. 8, when forward Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 28 points and grab 10 rebounds.
    TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona (Phoenix), Altitude (Denver)
    ABOUT THE SUNS (14-10): Phoenix has made 32 3-pointers over the last three games, led by forward Channing Frye’s 12-of-17 from behind the arc. Frye hit all four of his 3-point attempts against the Spurs and his 22-point effort marked his first back-to-back 20-point outings since the 2010-11 campaign. He missed all of last season due to heart issues and his fitness level was watched closely early this season, but the 30-year-old Frye has lifted his season average to 11.3 points and is now forming a potent trio with guards Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.
    ABOUT THE NUGGETS (14-10): Point guard Ty Lawson is ill with the stomach flu and his status will be firmed up at Friday’s shootaround. Lawson had 29 points in last month’s game against Phoenix and has been Denver’s top player this season while averaging 18 points and eight assists. Lawson had 17 points and 13 assists in Tuesday’s loss to the Thunder for his fifth double-double of the campaign. The outing marked just the seventh time the Nuggets have lost in the 29 games in which Lawson has been in double figures in both points and assists during his four-plus seasons in Denver.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Denver has won 11 of its last 16 home games against the Suns.
    2. The Nuggets’ four home defeats this season have come by an average of 11.3 points.
    3. Suns C Miles Plumlee had 13 points and 13 rebounds against San Antonio for his sixth double-double of the season and 10th double-digit rebounding outing.


    Preview: Minnesota At L.A. Lakers
    When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
    Just when it seemed like Kobe Bryant was getting his legs back under him, another injury will keep the star out for at least six weeks. The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Bryant when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Bryant played in six games since returning from Achilles surgery and matched his season high with 21 points in the finale of a four-game road trip on Tuesday but suffered a fractured left knee in the contest.
    Bryant, who is expected to miss six weeks, had been taking on point guard duties due to injuries to Steve Nash (back), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Steve Blake (elbow), and the Lakers are expected to turn to reserve forward Xavier Henry in the starting backcourt alongside Jodie Meeks. “You hate it for Kobe,” Los Angeles coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He worked so hard to get back. But he’ll be back.” The Timberwolves took down the Portland Trail Blazers 120-109 on Wednesday but are 3-8 in their last 11 road games.
    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN North (Minnesota), TWC SportsNet (Los Angeles)
    ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (13-13): Minnesota had lost 22 straight to the Lakers before going into Los Angeles and coming out with a 113-90 victory on Nov. 10, behind 27 points from Kevin Martin, 25 from Kevin Love and a triple-double from Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves battled through a rough patch and have won four of their last six to pull back to .500, including the impressive win over Portland on Wednesday. Love came up an assist shy of a triple-double against Portland and is averaging 30 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the last six contests.
    ABOUT THE LAKERS (12-13): Los Angeles went 2-4 with Bryant but seemed to be coming around with wins in two of the last three prior to the injury. Bryant suffered the knee fracture in the third quarter on Tuesday but played in the fourth, believing it was a hyperextension before an MRI exam on Thursday revealed the fracture. “He’ll be back in six weeks,” D’Antoni said, “and we’ll deal with it and weather the storm until he gets back.” Bryant had been averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in the six games.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. The Lakers also announced that Nash is expected to miss another four weeks.
    2. Martin (knee) returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting after going 5-for-24 in three games before the injury.
    3. Los Angeles C Pau Gasol is reportedly off the trading block and is putting up 17 points on 56.7 percent shooting in the last five contests.

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    NBA Report - Trends e Statistiche 20 Dicembre

    Hot teams
    -- Nets covered five of last six games, but are 2-5 as road favorites.
    -- Jazz covered seven of last ten as a road underdog. Hawks won five of last seven games (7-4 as HF).
    -- Bobcats are 9-1-1 vs spread on road. Detroit won three of its last four games.
    -- Miami won five of last six games, covered one of last four.
    -- Toronto covered five of last seven games as a road underdog.
    -- Phoenix won five of its last six games.
    -- Minnesota covered three of last four as a road favorite.


    Cold Teams
    -- 76ers lost their last seven games (1-6 vs spread).
    -- Cavaliers lost last two games; they're 2-3 as home faves. Milwaukee lost its last four games (1-3 vs spread).
    -- Kings lost four of last five games (1-4 ATS).
    -- Rockets lost three of their last four road games. Pacers lost last two games after a 20-3 start.
    -- Mavericks are 3-5 in last eight games as home favorites.
    -- Nuggets are 2-5 vs spread as home favorite.
    -- Lakers lost their last three home games.


    Totals
    -- Six of last eight Philly home games went over the total.
    -- Five of last six Atlanta home games went over the total.
    -- Four of last five Milwaukee road games went over total.
    -- Last six Detroit home games went over the total.
    -- Last five Miami home games went over the total.
    -- Nine of last eleven Houston road games went over total; under is 9-3 in Indiana's home games
    -- Six of last eight Dallas games went over the total.
    -- Last six Denver home games stayed under the total; eight of Suns' last ten games went over.
    -- Six of last nine Laker games went over the total.


    Series records
    -- Nets won four of last five games with Philly (won 130-94 Monday).
    -- Hawks won seven of last eight games with Utah.
    -- Bucks won ten of last twelve games with Cleveland.
    -- Bobcats lost eight of last nine games with Detroit.
    -- Kings lost last nine games with Miami (2-7 vs spread).
    -- Pacers won seven of last nine games with Houston.
    -- Mavericks won three of their last four games with Toronto.
    -- Suns lost eight of last ten games with Denver.
    -- Lakers won 18 of last 19 games with Minnesota.

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    ieri 3-2 nei nostri pronostici che cmq ci fa chiudere in positivo visto che abbiamo giocato su quote alte, molte oltre la pari

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    NBA - Quote 21 Dicembre

    Vincente incontro

    sabato 21/12/2013 ore 19:00 1 2
    Boston Celtics - Washington Wizards 1,75 1,95
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 01:00 1 2
    Orlando Magic - Sacramento Kings 1,55 2,30
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 01:30 1 2
    Charlotte Bobcats - Utah Jazz 1,48 2,45
    Detroit Pistons - Houston Rockets 2,10 1,65
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 02:30 1 2
    Milwaukee Bucks - Philadelphia 76ers 1,65 2,10
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 04:00 1 2
    Portland Trail Blazers - New Orleans Pelicans 1,20 4,00



    Vincente Handicap

    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 01:00 1 2
    Orlando Magic - Sacramento Kings ( Punteggio iniziale:0 - 3.5 ) 1,85 1,85
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 01:30 1 2
    Charlotte Bobcats - Utah Jazz ( Punteggio iniziale:0 - 4.5 ) 1,85 1,85
    Detroit Pistons - Houston Rockets ( Punteggio iniziale:2.5 - 0 ) 1,85 1,85
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 02:30 1 2
    Milwaukee Bucks - Philadelphia 76ers ( Punteggio iniziale:0 - 2.5 ) 1,85 1,85
    domenica 22/12/2013 ore 04:00 1 2
    Portland Trail Blazers - New Orleans Pelicans ( Punteggio iniziale:0 - 8.5 ) 1,85 1,85


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    NBA - Preview 21 Dicembre

    Preview: Memphis At New York
    When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    No matter what is said about the New York Knicks' disastrous start to the season, it certainly hasn't been dull. The Knicks look to build off a bizarre win over the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the week as they return home to face the Memphis Grizzlies. New York has struggled at Madison Square Garden so far this season - winning just four times in 13 home games - but gets a bit of a reprieve against a Grizzlies team that has lost five consecutive games.
    New York is coming off an overtime win over the lowly Bucks, but the game never should have reached the extra session. Knicks power forward Andrea Bargnani stunned everyone by attempting a 3-pointer with his team up by two and the shot clock turned off follwing Tyson Chandler's offensive rebound. Bargnani missed the shot attempt, the Bucks grabbed the rebound and eventually tied things on John Henson's tip-in at the buzzer.
    TV: 12 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Memphis), MSG (New York)
    ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (10-15): Memphis has tumbled to the bottom of the Southwest Division standings thanks in large part to a spate of injuries that would leave most teams in the lurch. In addition to losing All-Star center Marc Gasol (MCL sprain), point guard Mike Conley (left thigh contusion) and swingman Quincy Pondexter (stress fracture in foot), forward Tayshaun Prince missed Wednesday's loss to Dallas with a sore left knee - leaving Memphis with just 10 players. And if that weren't bad enough, guard Tony Allen needed three stitches for a cut on his pinkie finger.
    ABOUT THE KNICKS (8-17): As things continue to worsen in the Big Apple, point guard Raymond Felton is pleading with fans to remain positive. "That's what we're trying to explain to the fans, to the media, that all the negativity, the booing, the 'get rid of (head coach Mike Woodson), trade this guy, trade that guy,' like, come on, man," he told ESPNNewYork,com. "Last year when we were doing well, we were winning all these games everybody was riding with us. Ride with us now, when we're in our tough times, because everything is not always perfect."
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. The teams have split their last 10 meetings.
    2. Knicks F Carmelo Anthony averages 25.2 points in 30 career meetings with the Grizzlies.
    3. Conley is expected to return Saturday, while Prince is considered doubtful.


    Preview: Washington At Boston
    When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
    The Washington Wizards seem to have solved their road woes; now, they need to figure out how to beat the Boston Celtics. The visiting Wizards look to snap a seven-game skid against the Celtics when the Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls square off Saturday. The Celtics swept three meetings last season and have won six straight at home against Washington.
    Boston squandered a 19-point lead in Wednesday's 107-106 loss to Detroit, scoring a season-high 42 points in the first quarter before fizzling. "You know, the easy part is to say that we were up 19 and we didn't hold on, but the bottom line is they outplayed us for 36 minutes out of 48," Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters. The Wizards have won the first two contests of their four-game roa trip and look to make it three straight away from home for the first time since April 2012.
    TV: 1 p.m. ET, CSN Washington, CSN New England (Boston)
    ABOUT THE WIZARDS (11-13): Washington has benefited from the return of second-year guard Bradley Beal (20.3 points), who has scored 21 and 15 points in two games since coming back from a stress injury in his right fibula. Beal pairs with point guard John Wall, who is averaging career highs in points (19.6), assists (9.1) and steals (2.1), to form one of the best young backcourts in the league. Big man Nene (14.9 points, six rebounds) also returned to the lineup with a splash, scoring 17 points in Wednesday's 113-107 win at Brooklyn after missing four games with a foot injury.
    ABOUT THE CELTICS (12-15): Boston is close to getting point guard Rajon Rondo back from last year's season-ending knee surgery, which will add depth to a rotation that is beginning to take shape. Jeff Green (16.4 points) leads five starters who score in double figures and Jared Sullinger (14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds) is having a solid campaign. The Celtics lack a dominant post player, though, and Washington has been strong inside with Nene and Marcin Gortat are both in the lineup.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Rondo initiated an intrasquad scrimmage after practice Friday, with nine players and assistant coach Walter McCarty running the floor for nearly an hour. "He looks pretty good, but his timing is off," forward Gerald Wallace told the team's website. "He's so used to doing a lot of the things that he did in the past and it's not all back yet, but he looked comfortable."
    2. Wizards rookie SG Glen Rice Jr. had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken right wrist and will be out three to six weeks. Rice is averaging 2.9 points in 11 games.
    3. The Celtics, who play at Indiana on Sunday, are 2-5 in the first game of back-to-back sets.


    Preview: Utah At Charlotte
    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Charlotte hasn't won four straight games since March 25-30, 2011, but the Bobcats can do exactly that with a home win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. The Bobcats kept their winning streak alive by rallying from a 20-point deficit for a 116-106 win at Detroit on Friday. After splitting the first two games of their five-game road trip, the Jazz turned in a miserable performance in a 118-85 loss at Atlanta on Friday.
    Just two years removed from a seven-win season - albeit one shortened to 66 games because of the lockout - the Bobcats have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and are gaining confidence with every victory. "It's real big, especially for a team like us, trying to prove ourselves," Charlotte center Al Jefferson told reporters after the win at Detroit. "We came back from 20 points down and we just kept fighting and stayed together." Utah is 1-6 on the road against Eastern Conference teams with the only win an 86-82 victory at Orlando on Wednesday.
    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ROOT (Utah), SportSouth (Charlotte)
    ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-22): Utah has played better of late, but it didn't show against the Hawks. The starting backcourt of Gordon Hayward (16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists) and rookie Trey Burke (12.8 points, 5 assists) combined for only 13 points as the team shot 37.2 percent. "I thought we didn't come out with the sense of urgency we'd been seeing," coach Tyrone Corbin told reporters. "I thought we'd turned the corner, I felt like, the way we played in Orlando the other night. I was looking for that effort."
    ABOUT THE BOBCATS (13-14): First-year coach Steve Clifford has transformed Charlotte into one of the league's elite defensive teams, and now the offense is starting to come along. Leading scorer Kemba Walker (18.4 points) posted 34 points against Detroit - his fourth straight game topping the 20-point mark. Jefferson (16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds) is still recovering from a nagging ankle injury but put up 24 points - 15 in the fourth quarter - and grabbed 14 rebounds against the Pistons.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Bobcats SF Jeff Taylor injured his right Achilles tendon 37 seconds into Friday's game and will undergo further testing Saturday in Charlotte. Taylor had been starting in place of SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who remains sidelined with a broken left hand.
    2. The Jazz are 1-13 when trailing at halftime, including 0-11 on the road.
    3. Gerald Henderson (18), Walker (16) and Jefferson (14) all have streaks of at least 14 straight games scoring in double digits.


    Preview: Sacramento At Orlando
    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
    A pair of struggling clubs will hook up in Orlando on Saturday as the Sacramento Kings pay a visit to the Magic. Sacramento allowed a season-high 124 points to Atlanta on Wednesday and yielded 122 to Miami on Friday, forcing the team to realize that applying coach Michael Malone's consistent message could do them well. "He preaches it over and over (that) we're a defensive team," center DeMarcus Cousins told the Sacramento Bee. "Once we get that in our heads, we'll be a better team."
    Orlando fell to lowly Utah last time out while leading scorer Arron Afflalo missed the game due to illness. The Magic weren't leaning on excuses without their go-to shooter, but forward Glen Davis did acknowledge his absence, telling the Orlando Sentinel, "He's going to give you 20 points a game. We missed those 20 today." The loss to the Jazz was game one of a six-game homestand for Orlando, which is 5-7 at Amway Center this season.
    TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), FSN Florida (Orlando)
    ABOUT THE KINGS (7-18): Sacramento has lost three in a row and five of their last six, and its deficiencies on defense have become more and more apparent as the season has drawn on. Malone continues to put the blame on himself, though his players have consistently had his back. "I'll always look at myself first," Malone said, "Take the hit, try to help these guys out and do a better job as head coach." Cousins rebuffed, saying, "We're well prepared before every game. Can't put that blame on coach." The Kings are among the NBA's bottom two in points allowed, ahead of only Philadelphia.
    ABOUT THE MAGIC (8-18): Orlando is just 2-9 in its last 11, reaching a season low against the Jazz on Wednesday by shooting 32.6 percent from the field. "We all missed shots collectively," point guard Victor Oladipo said. "(Utah) hit big shots." Oladipo has played more minutes than any NBA rookie this season and has placed his focus on improving his shooting efficiency, currently at 40 percent. "I think it's a little bit more than shot selection," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Shots that you used to get in college - it's a little bit more difficult for you to get those shots now."
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. The Kings toppled the Magic in both meetings last season, with an average margin of victory of 16.5 points.
    2. Oladipo (13.3 points) ranks second among NBA rookies in scoring behind Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams (17.7).
    3. Sacramento is looking to gel with a new combination of players, having had just one full practice since a trade with Toronto last week that brought F Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy along with C Aaron Gray to the Kings.


    Preview: Houston At Detroit
    When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
    Dwight Howard’s tussle with the top front lines in the Eastern Conference continues on Saturday when the Houston Rockets visit the Detroit Pistons. Howard had a big game at home against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday but was one of the few on his team to have any success against the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The Pistons might be the biggest of the bunch with Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith manning the interior.
    Detroit is spending the week giving its fans emotional whiplash after recovering from a 21-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday and then squandering a 20-point lead in a 116-106 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. The loss to the Bobcats was a clear letdown and the continuation of a disturbing trend for the Pistons, who have won six of their last seven on the road but dropped six of their last eight at home. Something will have to give against the Rockets, who have lost four of their last five on the road.
    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN Houston, FSN Detroit
    ABOUT THE ROCKETS (17-10): Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last six games but Howard is staying consistent with averages of 20.8 points and 13.5 rebounds in that span. Howard had 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting Friday but got little help as the Rockets posted a season-low point total in the 114-81 loss at Indiana. James Harden went 3-for-14 in the setback and has committed 12 turnovers in the last two games while dealing with some soreness in his ankle and taking on extra ballhandling responsibilities due to the absence of Jeremy Lin (back).
    ABOUT THE PISTONS (13-15): Detroit was outscored 41-17 in the fourth quarter on Friday and squandered an opportunity to move back to .500. The Pistons had looked strong in winning three of their previous four, with the lone loss in that span an overtime setback to Portland, but got only six points from the trio of Smith, Monroe and Drummond in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats. Those three will take turns on Howard while Harden is left to do battle with Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings, who is 8-of-15 from 3-point range in the last two games.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Lin has missed the last three games and is questionable for Saturday.
    2. Houston has taken five straight and eight of the last nine in the series.
    3. Detroit G Rodney Stuckey (shoulder) sat out Friday and is day-to-day.


    Preview: Cleveland At Chicago
    When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
    Chicago and Cleveland are hovering just below the playoff line as the Bulls prepare to host the Cavaliers on Saturday. With the way the miserable Eastern Conference is shaking out, both teams could be stuck all year in limbo between playoff contention and a lottery pick, and head-to-head matchups like Saturday's will help decide who heads in which direction. The Cavaliers have reason for optimism, taking six of their last nine including a 114-111 overtime win over visiting Milwaukee on Friday.
    It will be interesting to see what the Cavaliers can get from Kyrie Irving on the second night of a back-to-back after he worked overtime - literally - to score 39 points while fighting a flu bug that nearly kept him out of the lineup. "I'm tired and I really just want to lay down right now, but my teammates put the juice in me tonight," Irving told reporters after the game. "We played with big heart, big guts. That's what we need every night." The teams have split the first two meetings this season with the home team winning each.
    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBA TV, FSN Ohio (Cleveland), WGN (Chicago)
    ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (10-15): Cleveland has come to life at the offensive end, averaging 111 points over its past five games. Irving has been a major contributor to that cause with an average of 30.2 over the past five contests, and he has averaged 28.5 since being shut out for the first time in his career in a loss at Atlanta on Dec. 6. Forward Tristan Thompson also has played well recently, averaging 13.2 points and 11.6 rebounds over the past nine games.
    ABOUT THE BULLS (9-16): The Bulls appear to be trending down since losing star point guard Derrick Rose to another knee srgery; they have lost four straight and 13 of 16, and they're coming off a 107-95 defeat at Oklahoma City. The injuries just keep coming, as leading scorer Luol Deng (Achilles) and guard Kirk Hinrich (back) both sat against Oklahoma City and Jimmy Butler left that game with a sprained ankle. "I think our defense just hasn't been there to help us out," forward Taj Gibson told reporters. "We are normally a great defensive team. We've just got to get guys more reps, especially now that we lost Jimmy with the ankle."
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Cleveland SG Dion Waiters (14.9 points) sat out Friday with a sore right wrist and is day-to-day.
    2. The Bulls are 1-4 when Deng does not play.
    3. The Cavaliers are 2-11 on the road and allow opponents to average 104.1 points and shoot 47.5 percent away from home.

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    Preview: Philadelphia At Milwaukee
    When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Two of the NBA's worst teams will get together on Saturday when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Philadelphia snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak last time out, knocking off Brooklyn in overtime. Evan Turner's driving layup at the buzzer was the decisive bucket and the 76ers forward told the Philadelphia Inquirer seeing it go in gave the team a lift it needed. "I'm glad we won," he said. "We're just trying to get some momentum going into Christmas."
    Milwaukee also reached overtime on Friday but ultimately fell to the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The Bucks, who have lost five in a row and are 2-8 in their last 10 games, have had several chances to win games of late that ended up going for naught - telltale signs of a young team simply learning how to close things out. "There has to be total team focus from a last-shot standpoint," coach Larry Drew told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of late game strategies. "The play has to be run with pace and precision."
    TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
    ABOUT THE 76ERS (8-19): Philadelphia got back the NBA's top-scoring rookie, Michael Carter-Williams, against Brooklyn Friday after the point guard missed seven games with a skin infection. Carter-Williams, who leads all NBA first-year players in scoring and assists, posted 15 points and 10 assists against the Nets, recording his seventh double-double. Turner leads the 76ers in scoring, averaging 19.6 points.
    ABOUT THE BUCKS (5-20): In a season that has seen Drew employ what seems like a limitless number of lineup variations due to injury and ineffectiveness, rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has impressed his coach enough to warrant a spot in the starting lineup of late. "He plays the right way," Drew said. "He plays with energy and he can affect the game without scoring. For me, that's huge." Antetokounmpo recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists in his first start against New York on Wednesday and has posted double digit scoring totals in three of his last five games.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Philadelphia has allowed opponents 100 or more points in 14 of its last 15 games.
    2. Milwaukee ranks last in the NBA in scoring, averaging 91 points, while the 76ers allow a league-high average of 111.5.
    3. Philadelphia has allowed an opponent 15 or more 3-pointers seven times this season, establishing an NBA record.


    Preview: Oklahoma City At San Antonio
    When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
    To reach the NBA Finals, Oklahoma City could have to figure out how to win in San Antonio, which the Thunder need to do Saturday to win their ninth straight game. The Thunder have won 16 of 17 while the Spurs have won six of seven heading into the Western Conference showdown. Oklahoma City has won three of the past four meetings, including a 94-88 home win on Nov. 27 that snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak, but the Spurs have won the last six regular-season matchups at home.
    The Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker for Thursday's 104-102 win at Golden State, but the veterans should be back on the court against Oklahoma City. Parker was resting a bruised shin and Duncan and Ginobili received routine nights off during an intensive stretch of the schedule. "How smart do you have to be to rest guys that are older than dirt?," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said to reporters. "We've been saving minutes for Timmy and Manu since the day they got here, and I think it's prolonged their careers." The Thunder are averaging 109.9 points and shooting 50.2 percent during their winning streak, winning the eight games by an average of 14.4 points.
    TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), KENS (San Antonio)
    ABOUT THE THUNDER (21-4): The Thunder have built around Kevin Durant (28.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists) and Russell Westbrook (21 points, 6.9 assists, 5.6 rebounds) but they're getting great production from the bench, which averages 33.8 points and contributed 40 in Thursday's 107-95 win over Chicago. Reggie Jackson (12.2 points) has been the biggest contributor among the reserves. Westbrook has shown his versatility lately, recording four straight double-doubles - two each of the points-rebounds and points-assists varieties.
    ABOUT THE SPURS (21-5): San Antonio's aging core is still producing, as Parker (17.5 points, six assists), Duncan (14 points, nine rebounds) and Ginobili (11.5 points, 4.7 assists) continue to anchor one of the league's best teams. The Spurs' greatest asset, though, is their depth, as the bench averages 46.3 points - second in the league - and has topped 50 points nine times. Marco Belinelli (10.2 points) has been a major contributor off the bench and led the team with 28 points against Golden State.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Oklahoma City is 16-1 when outrebounding its opponent.
    2. Duncan has tallied five straight double-doubles and is averaging 17 points and 12.5 points in eight games this month.
    3. The Thunder have won 51 of 52 games since the start of last season when holding opponents to 42 percent or lower from the field.


    Preview: Dallas At Phoenix
    When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
    The Phoenix Suns are one of the hottest teams in the NBA and are coming off a big momentum swing in a win at Denver on Friday. The Suns will try to keep moving in a positive direction and pick up a seventh win in eight games when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. The Mavericks are enduring the second night of a back-to-back as well but are riding the momentum wave in the opposite direction after an overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors.
    Phoenix was down by 21 points in the second quarter on Friday but went to a small lineup and turned up the defensive pressure to stun the Nuggets 103-99. “I was satisfied that the guys didn’t give up,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “
    We were down by 21 and the guys kept chipping away.” Dallas suffered its loss after holding a 19-point lead at home on Friday and is playing five of its next six on the road, where it is just 4-8.
    TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Dallas), FSN Arizona (Phoenix)
    ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (15-11): Dalas dominated the first two games of its homestand but was frustrated by its performance on Friday. “I mean, we’ve got to be the team that loses leads quicker than any other team in the league,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “
    We’ve got to learn that if we do have a lead to keep it a little longer and not lose it within three or four minutes.” Jose Calderon was looking to put the bad performance behind the team quickly and move forward to Phoenix. “We’ve got to win (Saturday) to forget about this one,” he told the team‘s website. “If not, we’re going to be counting on this one later in the season.”
    ABOUT THE SUNS (15-10): Phoenix is building its early success around the backcourt combination of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe and a strong bench that is counted on for heavy minutes. That bench stepped up with 64 points on Friday, led by Markieff Morris’ 25, and the Suns rattled in 12 3-pointers in the victory. Phoenix has a chance to make a statement over the next week with games against the teams it will be battling for the bottom half of the Western Conference’s playoff slots in Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Dallas took three of four in the series last season, including both games in Phoenix.
    2. Morris has scored in double figures in four of the last six games.
    3. Mavericks F Brandan Wright is 14-for21 from the field in three games since recovering from a shoulder injury.


    Preview: New Orleans At Portland
    When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
    The Portland Trail Blazers suffered a rare loss on Wednesday and have had a couple of days off to consider what went wrong. The Trail Blazers hope to have it all fixed by the time they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. The Pelicans got Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans back on Wednesday but the duo could not help the team avoid a 108-95 loss at Golden State - its third straight setback.
    Portland leads the NBA in scoring at an average of 108.3 points but is playing with fire on the defensive end and finally built itself too big of an obstacle when a 32-point deficit in Minnesota turned into a 120-109 setback and ended a five-game winning streak. “We gave up too much in the first half and dug ourselves too deep of a hole,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I was pleased with the way we competed in the second half. We came back and made it a game.” New Orleans fell into a deep hole against the Clippers and fell to 0-3 on its five-game road trip.
    TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, KGW (Portland)
    ABOUT THE PELICANS (11-13): This was a measuring-stick trip for New Orleans, which had won five of seven before hitting the road but fell at Denver, Golden State and Los Angeles by an average of 11 points. The one positive from Wednesday’s setback was the play of Davis, who returned much earlier than expected from a broken hand and recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench, and Tyreke Evans, who posted a triple-double in his return from a two-game absence. “I’m just throwing them in the fire,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. “If you’re healthy, I’ll put you back out there in your normal rotation.”
    ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (22-5): Portland finished its road trip with a 3-1 mark but allowed an average of 112.5 points in those four contests and needed last-second heroics to gain two of the three victories against sub-.500 teams. “We’ve got to grow up and continue to play like the hunted,” Portland guard Wesley Matthews told the team’s website. “We’ve got to keep playing hungry, we’ve got to know that we’re going to get every team’s best shot. People are getting up to play against us and we’ve got to rise to the challenge.”
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Blazers G Damian Lillard averaged 36 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the last two games.
    2. New Orleans took two of the three meetings last season, including a 99-63 triumph on Feb. 13 that marked the Trail Blazers’ lowest point total of the season.
    3. Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge has recorded a double-double in five straight games and nine of the last 10.


    Preview: L.A. Lakers At Golden State
    When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
    The Golden State Warriors missed a chance to knock off one Western Conference team with injury issues when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. The Warriors will take their chances with another injury-riddled opponent when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. The Lakers played their first game following Kobe Bryant’s latest setback on Friday and had no trouble taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    The Spurs were without Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan but the Warriors could not get enough stops down the stretch and ended up suffering a 104-102 setback. The biggest problem for Golden State was turnovers - a frequent point of concern for coach Mark Jackson during the first two months of the season. “We were careless and that gave (San Antonio) life,” Jackson said. Twenty-four turnovers and 31 points off of turnovers - tough to win ballgames that way. That’s not what championship-caliber teams do.”
    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TWC Sports Net (Los Angeles), CSN Bay Area (Golden State)
    ABOUT THE LAKERS (13-13): Los Angeles went 10-9 while Bryant missed the first 19 games of the season and picked up right where it left off without its superstar by sharing the ball and getting out in transition in a 104-91 win over the Timberwolves on Friday. Xavier Henry joined the starting lineup as the point guard but Pau Gasol ended up handling most of the distribution duties and handed out eight assists to go along with 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Lakers are close to getting a real point guard back with Jordan Farmar (hamstring) making progress but brought in former first-round pick Kendall Marshall to provide some support at the position.
    ABOUT THE WARRIORS (14-13): Golden State is enjoying some great individual performances of late from the likes of Stephen Curry, David Lee and Andrew Bogut, but Andre Iguodala is still working his way back into shape after a 12-game absence and Klay Thompson is mired in a 35-percent shooting slump over the past five games. Harrison Barnes is struggling coming off the bench as well. “They are not playing well right now,” Jackson said of Barnes and Thompson. “Not going to sit here and make excuses for them. I believe in my guys, they have had some great moments for us and they will have great moments for us, but right now they aren’t playing their best basketball.”
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Curry has scored 20 or more points in 12 straight games - the longest active streak in the NBA - and leads the league with three 30-point, 10-assist games.
    2. The teams have split two meetings this season, with Golden State cruising to a 125-94 home win on Oct. 30, behind a career-high 38 points from Thompson.
    3. Gasol is shooting 72.2 percent from the field over the last three games.


    Preview: Denver At L.A. Clippers
    When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
    The Los Angeles Clippers are excelling at both ends of the floor during a three-game winning streak and are enjoying their longest stretch of consistent high-level play. The Denver Nuggets, who visit the Clippers on Saturday, are looking forward to the road after stumbling at home. The Nuggets led the NBA with a 38-3 home record last season but matched that number of losses in just one four-game homestand when they squandered a big lead on Friday.
    Los Angeles began the season as one of the highest-scoring teams in the league but is just getting around to consistently playing the kind of defense that brought coach Doc Rivers success in Boston. “We’ve leaned on our defense at times when we’ve needed it,” Blake Griffin told the team’s website of the current winning sreak. “We’ve allowed our defense to get us into offense and get it going.” Denver could use a break from tough defenses after averaging 92.4 points in the last five games.
    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, Altitude (Denver), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
    ABOUT THE NUGGETS (14-11): Denver held a 21-point lead in the second quarter on Friday only to end up with a 103-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Ty Lawson shot 35.1 percent on the homestand but still has an optimistic view of the team. “It starts in practice,” Lawson said. “We have to go back to the drawing board - get our defense back tight, get our offense together and I think we’re stilling going to be good.
    It’s a long season and I’m looking forward to the future.”
    ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (18-9): Los Angeles has won its last three games by an average of 18 points and the players are beginning to gain more confidence. “I think we are learning,” forward Jared Dudley said. “You can tell it’s been a couple of months that we have been playing. Chemistry (has) been up and down but I think the groove defensively has been a lot better.” The anchor of that defense is center DeAndre Jordan, who went for 14 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks in Wednesday’s 108-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
    BUZZER BEATERS
    1. Denver took two out of three in the series last season but dropped its lone trip to Los Angeles.
    2. Clippers F Matt Barnes (eye) is expected to play Saturday after sitting out the previous 16 games.
    3. Nuggets F Jordan Hamilton is eligible to return on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension for punching Oklahoma City C Steven Adams.

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    presumo che oggi niente pezzo.

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    presumo che oggi niente pezzo.
    ieri ferie...e in questi giorni di feste abbiamo studiato un altro format di articoli, un po' pi veloci, ma meglio di niente, anche perch sul forum trovate sempre approfondimenti e statistiche che possono essere utili per le vostre scommesse

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