Feb 28th, 2013 by PJ LaFerla
There are just three NBA games slated for this final day of February action; so I have decided to provide you all with a quick snapshot for each of the matchups, which includes the odds, betting trends, a look at the over/under and a free pick.
Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers
Two elite NBA teams will meet in Indianapolis this evening, as the Pacers play host to the visiting Clippers, who are listed as +1 point underdogs in this matchup. While the Clippers are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings versus the Pacers, they are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games when going up against a team from the Central Division. However, the Pacers own a 4-0 ATS mark in their last four games played at home.
The total has been posted at 189 points, but given the Pacers stellar and stingy defense, that number could be set a bit on the high side. That said, 11 of the last 15 meetings between these two teams have stayed under the total, including seven of nine in Indiana.
Free Pick: Clippers +1
Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls
The 76ers are listed as +7 point road underdogs against the Bulls tonight, but Chicago is just 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games played at the United Center. However, while Chicago has struggled at home covering the point spread, Philadelphia is only 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games played on the road and 1-4 ATS in their last five when facing a team from the Central Division.
Both teams boast good defenses, which explains why the over/under total for the game is coming in a just 179 points. In head to head action, five of the last six meetings between these two teams have stayed under the posted total. Meanwhile, the Bulls are under in 26 of their last 37 games played at home.
Free Pick: Over 179
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are double digit favorites at home tonight, as they are laying -10 points when they take on Minnesota at the Staples Center. However, while the the purple and gold are 4-1 ATS their last five matchups versus the T-Wolves overall, Minnesota is an impressive 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings with the Lakers when playing in Los Angeles.
The total has been posted way up there at 205 points, but these two teams have eclipsed the number in five of their last six meetings. Additionally, Minnesota is over in six of their last eight games played on the road, while the Lakers are over in four of their last five games played at home.
Free Pick: Minnesota +10
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