Tuesday’s betting tip$
NBA: Phoenix has covered in seven of its last eight.
NBA: Cleveland is 9-4 against the spread in its last 13 meetings with Philadelphia.
NHL: Buffalo has won four straight and six of its last seven when favored.
NHL: The New York Rangers is 26-10 in its last 36 games against sub-.500 teams.
NCAAB: Minnesota has covered in seven straight games and its last seven when set as an underdog.
NBA: The over is 1-6 in Oklahoma City’s last seven overall.
NBA: Memphis is 1-6 against the spread in its last seven overall.
NHL: Minnesota is 4-10 in its last 14 home games.
NHL: New Jersey has lost four of its last five.
NCAAB: Washington is 1-6 against the spread in its last seven neutral site games as a favorite.
Key stat 17 –
The UMass Minutemen crawled back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Drexel an advance to Tuesday’s NIT semifinal matchup with Stanford. Minutemen, who have now covered in four of their last five, are set as 2.5-point underdogs against the Cardinal.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers –
Iguodala is listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Philly’s swingman has been dealing with left knee tendinitis for about a month.
Game of the day
Houston Rockets at Dallas Rockets (-6.5, 193.5)
"If you guys are looking for a story, I'm not going to give you one. I can't sit here and criticize his (coach Mike Brown's) decisions. I'm not leading this ballclub. That's not something I can afford to do. I have to have his back. I've had his back the whole season. I can't start doing something crazy now. It makes no sense." – Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after being benched in Sunday’s loss to Memphis. Bryant scored just 18 points in the loss as the Lakers dropped the cash for the fifth time in six games. Los Angeles is set as a 6-point favorite at Golden State on Tuesday.
Notes and tips
New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his lower back. The team announced his status Monday after an MRI revealed the damage. Stoudemire is slated to undergo non-surgical treatment for the injury followed by rehabilitation, the Knicks said. Stoudemire was originally injured during the second half of Saturday's win against Detroit. The 29-year-old Stoudemire is averaging 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds in his second season with the Knicks.
After Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love recorded at least 30 points and 20 rebounds for the third time in a game this season, oddsmakers started to take notice. Love, who leads the NBA averaging 30.9 points over the month of March has seen his odds drop from 25/1 last week at Sportsbook.com to 12/1 this week.
Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has had discussions with former boss and mentor Bill Parcells about becoming the Saints’ interim coach, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Monday, citing league sources. Payton and Parcells have reportedly spoken on a couple of occasions since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Saints coach for the year following his involvement in the team's bounty program. The two worked together with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003-05 - when Payton was the assistant head coach under Parcells. Payton's suspension will take effect on April 1, but reports also surfaced later Monday that Payton may be able to coach during an appeal process, if he chooses that route.
Game of the Day
Houston Rockets (26-23)
at Dallas Mavericks (28-22)
American Airlines Center
Dirk Nowitzki's right eye was proof of the intensity between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets last weekend.Nowitzki needed four stitches to close a cut for the Mavericks, who defeated the Rockets for the fifth straight meeting as these teams get ready for Tuesday night's rematch in Dallas.Dallas (28-22) won 101-99 in overtime at Houston (27-23) on Saturday in the Mavericks' most recent game. The contest featured 17 lead changes, 15 ties, a rowdy Rockets crowd and an incident in which Nowitzki was elbowed in the face by Goran Dragic."I just had a few stitches and I'm not for sure how it happened but I think it was Dragic and it was really a huge play for us down the stretch," Nowitzki said. "I guess he elbowed me in the face and the ref was right on it, and called the offensive foul. And that was a big play in the game. I thought it was Dragic, but it is what it is."That was the first of three meetings this season between these Southwest Division teams involved in a tight race to reach the playoffs. The Mavericks are in fifth place in the Western Conference and the Rockets are tied with Utah and Denver for spots seven through nine."We're fighting now," Dallas guard Jason Terry said. "We're fighting every night we go out on the floor. Each game is very critical for us, as far as playoff positioning. It's been a tough season, but overall I like the effort of everybody. We're doing what we have to collectively as a group to have success."Nowitzki scored 31 points and Terry added 14 of his 24 after the third quarter in a game coach Rick Carlisle called the Mavs' "biggest win of the year." The Rockets had all five starters in double figures, with Dragic scoring 24 and Luis Scola adding 19.While Dallas hasn't played since, Houston comes to town after needing overtime to get past lowly Sacramento 113-106 at home on Monday. Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 24 as the Rockets rallied from a 16-point deficit."Patrick played great," coach Kevin McHale said. "That's the Patrick that we need to see all the time. He was just fantastic."Dragic left with about a minute left in overtime with an ankle injury and was helped to the locker room. Dragic said it is a "minor sprain" and that X-rays on it were negative.The point guard's absence forced Earl Boykins, signed earlier in the day to a 10-day contract, into the game to make four clutch free throws in the final 21 seconds. Boykins finished with 10 points and five assists in his first action of the season."This is definitely a unique situation, but when you've been around as long as I have, you know how to prepare to play in the NBA even when you're not in the NBA," Boykins said. "It takes a great deal of confidence to give someone the ball who you haven't seen all year (and be) confident that they can make free throws. It's a lot easier to play when your teammates have that kind of confidence."The last two meetings between these teams have gone to overtime and the previous two matchups were decided by a combined nine points.
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Houston Rockets Trends :
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Houston Rockets Over / Under Trends :
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Dallas Mavericks Trends :
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Dallas Mavericks Over / Under Trends :
Over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 home games.
Over is 8-1 in Mavericks last 9 overall.
Over is 6-1 in Mavericks last 7 vs. Western Conference.
Over is 12-3-1 in Mavericks last 16 games playing on 2 days rest.
Over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Head to Head Competition
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768 # Dallas Mavericks - 6.5
768 # Dallas Mavericks Over / Under 193.5
Houston Rockets 28.57%
Dallas Mavericks 71.43%