An NBA Christmas
By Marc Lawrence
From David Stern's book of Christmas…
'Twas the day of Christmas when all through the sport, NBA fans are stirring with no less than five games to sort.
They speak not a word, and go straight to work. Looking to stuff their stockings while not coming off like a jerk.
With presents delivered under the Christmas tree.
Here's my gift to you, for all to see.
The Knicks and the Celtics taking off in flight. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Here is a breakdown of the ten teams playing on Christmas this season and how they’ve performed on Santa’s day since 1990:
• Boston: 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS
Trending: underdogs all six games
• Brooklyn: 1-0 SU and 1-0 ATS
Trending: 1-0 OVER
• Chicago: 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS
Trending: 0-4 UNDER last four
• Denver: 1-2 SU and 1-2 ATS
Trending: 0-2 ATS off ATS win
• Houston: 1-3 SU and 3-1 ATS
Trending: 3-0 ATS last three games
• LA Clippers: 1-3 SU and 1-3 ATS
Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. .500 or greater opponent
• LA Lakers: 6-9 SU and 8-6-1 ATS
Trending: 1-6 UNDER last seven games
• Miami: 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS
Trending: 1-5 UNDER last six games
• New York: 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS
Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. sub .550 opponent
• Oklahoma City: 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS
Trending: 1-3 UNDER
Defending Champion Doldrums
Christmas day has not been a gifting experience for defending champions.
That’s confirmed by their lousy 1-7 SU and 2-5-1 ATS mark when facing .700 or greater opponents, including 0-6 SU and 0-5-1 ATS the last six games.
Oklahoma City will look to add to that number as they head to South Beach with revenge on their minds from last year’s loss in the championship finals to Miami.
Non-conference games certainly bring the best defensive effort out in teams on St. Nick’s day.
Eleven of the 13 games played on this day involving Eastern and Western Conference foes have played UNDER the total.
The five games involving a team off loss have all stayed UNDER the total.
Stat Of The Day
NBA teams on Christmas day off a pair of losses are 5-0 ATS versus an opponent off a pair of wins since 1990.
- San Diego
- April 16, 2014 - 10:10 PM
- Art Aronson
- Offered at:
- bet365 @ -145 San Diego
1* Free Play Padres.
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The Rockies squeaked out a win last night but I expect the home side to bounce back with its best pitcher taking the mound. Colorado sends Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.69 ERA) to hill the hill after a game in which he was pounded for six earned runs over just 4 1/3 innings of work. De La Rosa has a career 4.92 ERA versus the Friars. The Padres who couldn’t hold a late lead in yesterday’s game will send their ace to the mound in Andrew Cashner (1-1, 1.29 ERA). Cashner is coming of a near perfect game where he allowed zero runs on one hit while striking out 11 in a win over the Detroit Tigers. Cashner has given up just one run in 15 innings of work this year at Petco Park and I expect some more solid pitching here. Colorado is just 3-6 on the road this season. San Diego is playing some good ball right now with four wins in the last six games. These two pitchers are no strangers as they faced off twice last season, with the Rockies getting the better of the deal. The Rockies have already found a way to lose a lot of games this season that have been close so I feel even if De La Rosa finds his groove, the bullpen will be at risk after pitching so many innings of late. Consider laying the price on the clearly superior starter.