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NBA Leans For Friday Night

NBA Leans For Friday Night
By: Evan Abrams of Coopers Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers-

The Cavs have started out the season going 1-3 ATS, with their only victory being the emotional opening night victory versus the veteran Boston Celtics. Since that night, the Cavs have fallen victim to teams like the Raptors, Kings and Hawks; I see that being no different when the Cavs travel to Philadelphia to face Andre Iguodala and the 76ers. With Antwan Jamison questionable Friday with a knee injury, the Cavs might be a man down against the 1-4 Sixers. The statistic that pops out to me when you look at this matchup is the Cavs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS and SU loss.

Edge: Philadelphia 76ers

Washington Wizards at New York Knicks-

The New York Knicks have started out the season going 2-0-1 ATS, while the Washington Wizards lone ATS cover came on a road loss to the Hawks. In recent meetings between the two teams, the Knicks have won and covered each of their last 3 matchups and I honestly see that trend continuing Friday night, when John Wall gets his rookie debut in Madison Square Garden. When looking at the injury report for Friday, the only notable player on the list would be Gilbert Arenas, who has yet to play this season and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. When looking inside the numbers, the Wizards are allowing opponents to shoot over 50% from the field so far this season and that is a recipe for disaster, especially for a young team like Washington. The Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in the Garden, while home teams are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings; both giving the advantage to the Knicks on Friday night.

Edge: New York Knicks

Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets-

After getting their first win of the season Wednesday night at home versus the Thunder, Blake Griffin and the Clippers travel to Denver to face Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets. When I first took a glance at this matchup, the first thing that caught my eye was the fact that the Clippers historically were very weak coming off of an ATS win [0-8 ATS following an ATS win]; and with a normally high scoring team like Denver next on the schedule, I knew this would be a key handicapping situation. With Baron Davis questionable for this game with a cyst behind his left knee, the load of the Clippers offense will again be put on the back of rookie guard Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe stepped up immensely in their first win versus the Thunder with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds; but with the veteran presence of Chauncey Billups coming up on the schedule the rookie should be in for a long night. The home team is 5-0 SU in their last 5 meetings dating back almost two years ago, and I genuinely see that trend continuing on Friday night in Denver's hot basketball action.

Edge: Denver Nuggets
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