Blazers look to right the ATS ship with Aldridge back
Portland is 1-5 ATS in its last six games.
The Blazers should be boosted by the return of LaMarcus Aldridge to the lineup, who is expected to play Friday against the Rockets and is not listed on the injury report for the game according to The Oregonian.
He has missed the past four games with an ankle injury, which Portland went 1-3 ATS in.
The Trail Blazers are 6-point underdogs in Houston Friday. The total is 207.5.
Garnett to miss eighth game in a row vs Cavs
Celtics center Kevin Garnett will miss his seventh game in a row with an
ankle injury. This is also the 10th game in 12 Garnett will be on the
The earliest Garnett will play is Sunday against Washington, according to The Boston Globe.
"He'll probably participate in shootaround [Friday], but I'm not going
to play him, even if he wants to play," coach Doc Rivers said.
The Celtics are 4-5 ATS without Garnett in the past 11 games. Boston is a
6.5-point favorite at home against Cleveland Friday. The total is
Cavs are slumping toward the finish line
Cleveland is on a 10-game losing streak and have lost 12-13. They are 6-7 ATS during this stretch.
Over the stretch, the Cavaliers are getting outscored 103.8-92.7 on average. This is a dip in scoring from 96.8 and points allowed from 101.6 this season.
The Cavs will be without rookie guard Dion Waiters indefinitely with a knee injury. He's averaging 14.7 points in his first NBA season.
Cleveland travels to Boston on Friday. The Celtics are 6.5-point favorites. The total is 201.5.
Colorado on an avalanche of losses
Colorado has lost eight of its last 10 games.
The Avalanche's goal scoring has gone inept over the stretch, averaging only 2.2 goals a game in the past 10, while allowing 3.6 goals a game.
The Avs are -103 at home against Detroit on Friday. The Red Wings are -105 and the total is 5.5.
Heat scoring down without Wade
In the eight games without guard Dwyane Wade this season, Miami has averaged 98 points a game. This is below the Heat's season average of 103.1 points.
Miami has scored over 100 twice without Wade, against Charlotte and Orlando.
The Heat are 5-point favorites in Charlotte Friday. Miami will be without Wade, LeBron James, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers. The total is 194.
Chicago allows less points with no rest than they do with it
The Bulls give up fewer points in the second of back-to-back games than their season average.
In its 17 games with no days rest, opponents score 89.2 points against Chicago. This is better than the team's season average of 92.4 points allowed.
The Bulls are 8.5-points favorites Friday at home against Orlando and the total is 191. Chicago won in Brooklyn on Thursday 92-90.
Mavs thrive with no rest
The Mavericks are 9-5 ATS this season with no days rest.
However, Dallas scores slightly less points in second games of back-to-backs (98.9) than its season average (101).
Sacramento is a 2-point favorite at Arco against Dallas Friday, who lost 95-94 Thursday in Denver.
Sharks hot streak paying off for bettors
The San Jose Sharks have won six straight games, becoming the NHL's hottest team in the process.
If you put $100 on each game of the streak, you'd be up 516.61.
San Jose has been keeping it tight at the back, even after trading defenseman Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh. The Sharks have allowed nine goals in six games, including two shutouts from Antti Niemi.
The Sharks are heavy favorites tonight at home against slumping Calgary. San Jose is -253, the Flames are +214 and the total is set at 5.5.
Totals are dropping but Sixers games keep going under
The Philadelphia 76ers are a 4-0 under streak.
After seeing totals above 200 on March 21 and 24, the number dropped started dropping. In their last three games, the Sixers have seen the total sit between 194.5-196.
The total set at 193 for Friday's road game against Atlanta. The Hawks are 6.5-point favorites.
Harper not expected to miss time for Nats
Despite taking an elbow to the chin, Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper isn't expected to miss any time.
"It feels fine," Harper said after the game to The Washington Post. "He got me in the chin. It didn't really hurt too bad. ... It feels fine."
Marlins catcher Rob Brantly caught him in the chin when Harper collided with him at home plate in the first inning of Thursday's game. Harper played the rest of the game and had two singles.
The former No. 1 overall pick is hitting .500 with two home runs in his first three games. The Nationals travel to Cincinnati Friday to play the Reds. Dan Haren will pitch against Homer Bailey. Washington is +111, Cincinnati is -120 and the total is 8.5.
Orioles expect Brian Roberts to be out Friday vs. Twins
Baltimore second basemen Brian Roberts is expected to be out in the Orioles home opener on Friday against Minnesota.
The 35-year-old Robers felt something pop in his hamstring while stealing a base in the ninth inning against Tampa Bay on Thursday reports MASN.
Roberts will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and have an MRI on Friday according to The Baltimore Sun.
Roberts hasn't played more than 60 games in a season since 2009.
Liam Hendriks takes the mound for the Twins against Jake Arrieta. The O's are -163, Minnesota is +150 and the total is 9.5.
Thunder score less when playing on back-to-back
The Oklahoma City Thunder is 7-6 ATS this season with no days rest.
On the face of it, it's not a big trend. But in the 13 games Oklahoma City has played on a back-to-back, the Thunder are scoring 101.5 points a game, down from their season average of 106.
The total is set at 191 and the Pacers are 2.5-point favorites at home against OKC on Friday. The Thunder beat San Antonio on Thursday 100-88.
Beilein looks to get Boeheim monkey off his back
Dating back to his tenure as coach at West Virginia, Michigan head coach John Beilien is 0-7 SU (straight up) against Syracuse.
During his five years at the helm of the Mountaineers, Beilein's team lost all six games either in Big East regular season or tournament play. Michigan played the Orange in the 2010 non-conference schedule, the last time the two programs played each other, and lost 53-50.
On average, Beilein's teams have scored 59.1 points against Jim Boeheim's Syracuse and have given up 71.6 points.
Despite their coach's record, Michigan is a 2-point favorite against the Orange on Final Four Saturday. The total is 131.
NBA off the board report
Here's a look at Friday's NBA games that are off the board as of 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday.Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls
Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu is questionable following his return from suspension for violation of the league's drug policy.
Magic guard Jameer Nelson is questionable with a sprained right ankle.
Bulls center Joakim Noah is doubtful with a sore right foot.
Bulls guard Marco Belinelli is doubtful with an abdominal strain.
Bulls forward Taj Gibson is doubtful with a sprained left knee.Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks
Knicks forward Kenyon Martin is questionable with a knee injury.Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Raptors guard RudyGay is questionable with a sore ankle.Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats
Heat forward LeBron James is doubtful due to hamstring tightness.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Heat guard Mario Chalmers is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Heat guard Ray Allen is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Bobcats forward Byron Mullens is questionable with an ankle injury.
Bobcats guard Jeffery Taylor is doubtful with plantar fasciitis.Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers
Rockets forward Carlos Delfino is questionable due to a sore foot.
Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is probable due to a sprained right ankle.
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers guard Steve Nash is doubtful with a right hip spasm.