Clippers Try To Extend Record Winning Streak Thursday

By: Michael Robinson | Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder
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12/27/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NA
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Television: ESPN

Dallas Mavericks: Dallas (12-16 straight-up, 13-15 against the spread) is well-rested after being off since Sunday. That was a 129-91 blowout loss at San Antonio despite Dirk Nowitzki (knee) playing for the first time this season. He scored eight points in 20 minutes off the bench. The Mavs have a three-game losing streak though and have lost five in a row on the road (2-3 ATS). Note leading scorer O.J. Mayo (19.3 PPG) has the flu, but he is listed as probable on the NBA injury report.

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder (21-6 SU, 16-10-1 ATS) have their first two-game losing streak of the season after a 103-97 setback at Miami on Christmas. They now return home, where they have won 10 straight, going 7-3 ATS. This is the first meeting between the teams this season. Oklahoma City has beaten Dallas six straight (3-3 ATS). The road team is also 6-0 ATS in the last six matchups.

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers
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12/27/2012 at 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: LA -9, O/U 189
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Television: TNT

Boston Celtics: The Celtics (14-13 SU, 10-15-2 ATS) started out their four-game road trip with a nice 93-76 win as 2½-point ‘dogs at Brooklyn on X-Mas. They were 0-5 SU and ATS in their previous five away. Boston has a new starting lineup with Jason Collins at center and Kevin Garnett back at power forward, where he is more comfortable. It also makes the bench more potent with Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger all available.

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers (22-6 SU, 18-10 ATS) ran their franchise-record winning streak to an amazing 14 games (10-4 ATS) with an easy 112-100 home win over Denver on Christmas. That game went "over" the 204½-point total after the team had allowed just 83.3 points per game in the previous eight with the "under" going 7-1. Boston won the last meeting between the teams 94-85 last March as 5½-point road ‘dogs. The Clips were 6-0 ATS in the previous six encounters.

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