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Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-15-2018 – Expert Prediction

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#513 Utah
Jazz 205
#514 Oklahoma City
Thunder -4.5

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:35pm

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Game Stats

Utah Jazz

48 – 34


Oklahoma City Thunder

48 – 34


Utah Jazz (48-34) at Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34)

NBA: Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. ET

The Utah Jazz hit the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder for a Saturday afternoon contest. This will be an interesting series featuring two strong defensive teams. Both teams finished with the same record. The difference in the tie-breaker was that the Thunder won three of four meetings. Utah was a big surprise this season as they were led by rookie Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell averaged 20.5 points and 3.7 assists. The Jazz are first in the league in defense (99.8 ppg), but they’re 19th in scoring (104.1 ppg). Oklahoma City ended the season winning four of their last five games. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with averages of 25.4 points, 10.3 assists, and 10.1 rebounds. Can Westbrook lead the Thunder to a huge game one victory?

Jazz defense stingy

What’s new the Jazz are elite defensively just like every season. Utah made the playoffs for the second straight season. Mitchell grabbed headlines by leading all rookies in scoring. The rookie guard had as good of a rookie season as one could’ve imagined. On defense it’s their anchor Rudy Gobert that leads the way. The center averaged 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. Derrick Favors also had a solid year. Favors put up 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Ricky Rubio provided a spark for the Jazz offense with averages of 13.1 points and 5.3 assists. The problem with the Jazz is that they don’t have many shot creators besides Mitchell. The Thunder on the other hand have three guys who can get their own when they want. The Jazz defense will have to play as a unit because they won’t have the individual defense to stop Westbrook or George.

Keys to Thunder win

The Oklahoma City Thunder have one of the better balanced teams in the league. The team ranked 12th in the league in scoring (107.9 ppg), and 10th in defense (104.4 ppg). Russell Westbrook takes over the game when he wants. The key to the Thunder’s success is their other big pieces. Paul George is one of the best two-way players in the league and is a star in his own right. The wing averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. George has the ability to take over the game on both ends like Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony must step up against a tough Jazz defense. Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds.  If Anthony gets going they should put Utah away. One can’t forget about Steven Adams who had a career season. Adams averaged 13.9 points and 9 rebounds.


The Utah Jazz are:

  • 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • 20-7 ATS in their last 27 Sunday games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are:

  • 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
  • 2-6 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • 5-17 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Northwest.

Utah has a slight edge with Favors and Gobert down low, and Mitchell will play well. As good as the Jazz defense is they’ll struggle to defend Westbrook and George. Take the Thunder in a narrow home wi

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)


The Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Sunday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena.

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The Indiana Pacers look to make an early statement in this series after being one of the bigger surprises in the season already. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 105.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last eight road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope they can turn things around in the playoffs after such an up and down season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.5 points and 9.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Pacers are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Sunday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Indiana Pacers are a fiesty basketball team that scraps it out on both ends of the floor and has won three of the last four meetings against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We know LeBron is a different player come postseason basketball, and he usually can carry his team as well, but I’m still not high on these guys and the lack of defense isn’t something you fix overnight. The Indiana Pacers have a team full of roughriders and won’t enter this series intimated one bit. There’s value with the points here.


[WATCH LIVE HERE] Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets

Terry Rozier had his right hand taped up and some discomfort in his left pinkie finger when he addressed the media following Boston’s 113-101 loss at Washington.

It was a disappointing night for the Celtics, Rozier included.

And his struggles against the Wizards served as a reminder of how important the third-year guard will be in Boston’s postseason quest which begins this weekend.

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The Celtics close out their regular season schedule at home tonight against Brooklyn, a good tune-up before the playoffs due to the Nets being one of the few teams in the NBA that consistently plays hard regardless of circumstances.

Facing a team like that is exactly what the Celtics need, especially coming off a disappointing loss to Washington on Tuesday night in large part because the Wizards simply out-worked them and played with greater effort, more consistently.

But Boston also struggled to execute when opportunities were there for the taking.

No Celtic seemed to be off their game more than Rozier who had eight points on 2-for-12 shooting from the field.

It was the fourth straight game Rozier has had a rough night shooting the ball.

In that span, Rozier is 10-for-37 (27.0 percent) from the field while averaging just 6.7 points per game.

Rozier’s importance and the spotlight on his play is enhanced by the absences of Kyrie Irving (left knee) and Marcus Smart (right thumb), with Irving out for the rest of the season – along with Gordon Hayward (left ankle) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus, left knee) – while Smart may be back as early as April 27.

“We understand we don’t have Kyrie and Smart and other guys; we get it,” Rozier said. “But we still have to go out there and play. And the teams have to still go out there and go through us. That’s got to be our mindset.”

Rozier added, “We just have to be better.”

Especially in the first round where the Celtics will play either Miami, Milwaukee or Washington.

You can add Jaylen Brown to the list of Celtics players disappointed in how they performed against the Washington Wizards.

However, he doesn’t seem too concerned about how the last few games – Boston has lost four of its last five games – will impact the team’s play heading into the playoffs.

“I’m not concerned at all; could be motivating,” Brown said. “It depends on how we use it, come back next game, get ready for the playoffs. Hopefully it opens our eyes a little bit.

***[WATCH LIVE HERE ]*** Real Madrid vs Juventus

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Real Madrid host Juventus after earning a convincing and solid 0-3 win away from the Bernabeu last week. Los Blancos simply have to take care of business and it will be extremely tough for Juve to come back from their loss last week.

Sergio Ramos —suspension— and Nacho —injury— will not be available and it looks like Jesus Vallejo and Raphael Varane will start in the center of Madrid’s defensive line. If Zidane doesn’t trust Vallejo, Casemiro could also be a defender today and Kovacic would be the one replacing him in the midfield.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Navas; Carvajal, Casemiro, Varane, Marcelo; Kovačić, Modrić, Kroos; Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema

Out: Nacho (muscle), Ramos (suspended)

Doubtful: Vázquez (ankle)

Misses next match if booked: Kovačić

Juventus predicted XI: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanić, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Higuaín, Douglas Costa

Out: Dybala (suspended), Bentancur (suspended), Bernardeschi (knee), Barzagli (stomach)Doubtful: none

Misses next match if booked: Alex Sandro, Chiellini

Date: 04/11/2018

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

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Everything you need to know ahead of the crunch Premier League clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday

It might have been a relatively quiet week in the world of Manchester United but it is about to get explosive as they attempt to avoid the haunting vision of watching neighbours Manchester City clinch the title in front of their eyes. A victory in Saturday’s local derby would be enough for City to clinch a third Premier League crown in seven attempts.

But City have their own demons to deal with following Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League loss to Liverpool at Anfield, and while Pep Guardiola will be mindful of the task ahead of them in Tuesday’s second leg he will also want his side to bounce straight back with a confidence-boosting double of derby triumph and title win heading into the return fixtures with the Merseysiders.

For Jose Mourinho and his men this is a chance to measure themselves against the runaway leaders, and United’s fans will want their players to delay the inevitable for at least a week by doing a job on their neighbours.


United have no new injury worries, with Sergio Romero still missing after picking up a knee problem playing for Argentina against Italy during the international break. Daley Blind continues to recover from ankle trouble but has yet to start a league fixture since August in any case ahead of a likely summer exit.

Mourinho confirmed last week that both Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are in a position to challenge for places, and Marouane Fellaini should be OK to join the matchday squad once more having failed to make the 18 against Swansea City last Saturday.


United have no suspension issues, and City also have a full squad in terms of disciplinary absences. Fernandino does have nine yellow cards to his name this season though, meaning another booking against United would lead to him sitting out a two-match ban. Should he make it through the derby without punishment, he would see the threat expunged since the next FA amnesty point comes directly after this fixture.


Mourinho’s propensity to bolster his side against City should play out once more at the Etihad, and that could mean him increasing his numbers in midfield. Ander Herrera could be back in with a shout of a midfield start following his return from injury, although Scott McTominay’s rise of late may see him given the nod ahead of the returning Spaniard.

Paul Pogba did enough against Swansea to suggest he is not in danger of missing out but Victor Lindelof could be left out despite a decent display against Carlos Carvalhal’s side with Eric Bailly favoured.

Further forward there could be a late decision between Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard as the third forward to go with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku. The start is likely to go to whichever player Mourinho trusts more when his team don’t have the ball rather than the man he thinks can most affect things in possession.

Man Utd possible XI


It is rare that a club sitting three points shy of clinching a league title with six games to spare can be considered to have a point to prove, but that is certainly the case with Manchester City following Wednesday’s 3-0 loss at Liverpool in the Champions League.

Guardiola now has to decide whether to change his team around for the derby in order to prioritise Tuesday’s return leg or put the onus on his first-choice side to bring back some confidence and belief against United.

If Pep goes for the latter then Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling could both start after being overlooked by the Catalan at Anfield in favour of Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan.

The maths is simple for City in terms of the title. A win against United and they are already over the line, while a draw would leave them just one win short. A second league loss of the campaign would mean them needing a maximum of two more victories in their remaining six games to clinch a third Premier League success.

[[[[***WATCH LIVE NOW*** ]]]] Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow

The Premier League side welcome Russian opposition to north London as they attempt to keep their continental dream alive

Arsenal welcome CSKA Moscow to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie.

The Gunners’ hopes of making next season’s Champions League rely on winning this competition and they have shifted their focus on the upcoming game as a result.

Having overcome AC Milan in the last 16 they will hope to set one foot in the semi-finals by securing a lead over their Russian opponents in the home leg.


Squads & Team News


Position Arsenal players
Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey
Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Kolasinac
Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Cazorla, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Nelson, Mkhitaryan
Forwards Lacazette, Welbeck, Nketiah, Willock

The Gunners were boosted by the return to fitness of Alexandre Lacazette at the weekend and, other than Santi Cazorla, there is a full squad to choose from.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the competition for Arsenal.

Potential Arsenal starting XI: Ospina; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin; Xhaka, Wilshere, Ozil; Lacazette, Welbeck.

Position CSKA Moscow players
Goalkeepers Pomazun, Akinfeev, Kyrnats
Defenders Fernandes, Ignasevich, Vasin, A. Berezutski, V. Berezutski, Schennikov
Midfielders Wernbloom, Milanov, Dzagoev, Vitinho, Golovin, Bistrovic, Natchko, Gordyushenko, Kosonov, Kuchaev
Forwards Musa, Chalov, Zhamaletdinov

[***Watch Live***] Barcelona vs AS Roma

Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal 1st leg
Barcelona team news
Sergio Busquets (doubtful, fitness), Lucas Digne (out, injured), Philippe Coutinho (out, ineligible), Aleix Vidal, Yerry Mina (out, ignored)

Roma team news: Cengiz Ünder (out, thigh), Rick Karsdorp (out, knee), Radja Nainggolan, Lorenzo Pellegrini (doubtful, fitness)

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)

After one of the worst performances and also one of best and most improbable results of the season against Sevilla, Barcelona will turn their attention to the Champions League quarterfinals against Roma, with the first leg taking place at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

A lot of people see this as a very favorable draw for Barça, and if you look at the overall quality of the other teams involved in the Last Eight, it’s a fact. What is also a fact is that favorite status is just a status and must be confirmed on the pitch, which is something this current Barça team hasn’t done a lot recently. Another fact is that Roma are an extremely dangerous team when playing away from home, so they deserve a tremendous amount of respect.

The Italians will have the advantage of playing the decisive second leg at their home ground, which means they can take some risks at Camp Nou and look to get an away goal or two. Barça must attack and score multiple goals to take a healthy lead into the Stadio Olimpico, so this one promises to be a lot of fun. Oh, and Ousmane Dembélé has to start. Seriously, he has to. HEAR THAT, ERNESTO??????


Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Dembélé, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Roma (4-3-3): Alisson; Florenzi, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti

Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets

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          Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets

Here we have a match in NBA league in United States between Chicago Bulls from Eastern conference who are on 12th place on East at the moment and Charlotte Hornets from Eastern conference who are on 10th place currently. In this match both teams will play for prestige as they have both lost all their chances to get into play offs and because of that I expect that home team will manage to get better motivation and that they will be a team who will play better defense and who will play better as a team and get a win in this match.

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Toronto Raptors

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.

The Toronto Raptors have been in great form as they’ve won 14 of their last 18 games but they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the shorthanded Celtics in a 110-99 road loss on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 32 points and seven assists, Serge Ibaka added 15 points with 10 rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas added 13 points while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 11 points and nine assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 46 percent from the field and eight of 35 from the three-point line as they wrestled with the Celtics for most of the game until the final 5:05 where the Celtics closed the game on a 16-5 run to win the game despite missing Kyrie Irving who remains sidelined with injury. With the loss, Toronto fell to 55-21 overall which is still good for top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have also been in fine form as they’ve won eight of their past nine games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after taking down the Mavericks in a 98-87 home win on Sunday. LeBron James racked up a triple-double of 16 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 16 points and three steals while Jr Smith chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 41 percent from the field as they struggled for most of the game until the fourth quarter where they outscored the lowly Mavericks by 25-10 to make it look easy in the end. With the win, Cleveland improved to 47-30 overall which is still good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against  team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against the Eastern Conference and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team above .600 and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the Raptors are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in Cleveland.

These two teams have met twice already this season with each team winning at home but the Cavaliers did take the most recent meeting, a 132-129 home win on Mar 21. The Cavaliers have been heating up lately with eight wins in their last nine games while the Raptors have lost four of their last seven. The home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Raptors are just 2-7 ATS in their last nine meetings in Cleveland so I’m taking the Cavaliers to get the win and cover at home in what should be a close one.


*****Watch***** Real Madrid Vs Juventus

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Real Madrid have a healthy squad and that is good news for coach Zinedine Zidane. Gareth Bale, Isco Alarcon, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez are all starting-caliber players but will be competing for two spots in Real’s starting XI, considering that both Benzema and Ronaldo are expected to start upfront.

Keep in mind that it will be crucial for Madrid to score at least one away goal here. That’s just how the knock-out stages work and that’s mainly why Zidane could go for an attacking lineup this time around.

Juventus: Buffon; De Sciglio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Asamoah; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Dybala, Higuaín, Douglas Costa

Out: Benatia (suspended), Pjanić (suspended), Bernardeschi (knee)

Doubtful: Mandžukić (thigh), Alex Sandro (thigh)

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić, Bale; Ronaldo, Benzema

Out: Nacho (ankle)

Will Zidane deploy the BBC back on the field in order to force Juventus to play with a defensive-minded attitude? Isco completed a brilliant performance with Spain and appears to be in good form, but his importance within Real’s rotation has decreased lately. Asensio and Vazquez, meanwhile, seem to make more sense in a 4-4-2 when either Kroos or Modric aren’t ready to play, so Bale could have the edge here if he is ready.

Date: 04/03/2018

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy.