NBA Week Preview

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The first quarter of the NBA regular season comes to an end this week, and the standings are already looking much like they did at the end of last season. As of Tuesday morning five of the league’s six divisions were being led by the teams that won them last season.

Here’s a quick look at some of this week’s Association action involving those division leaders.

Wednesday’s national TV game sends the 7-11 Chicago Bulls to Atlanta to take on the 14-6 Hawks (7 pm Eastern, ESPN). Chicago, in losing seven of its last eight games, has fallen to 5-12 vs. the NBA pointspreads this season. And the Bulls are 5-13 on the totals, as they’re averaging just 90 PPG. Atlanta, meanwhile, has cooled off a bit after a fast start to this season, but is still a profitable 14-6 vs. the numbers.

Also Wednesday, LeBron’s traveling circus stops in Houston as the 15-5 and Central Division-leading Cavaliers run with the 11-9 Rockets (8:30 pm Eastern). And the defending league champion and 16-3 Los Angeles Lakers, winners of nine games in a row, host the 12-8 Utah Jazz (10:30 pm Eastern, ESPN).

After a 3-6 start, Utah has won eight of 10. The Jazz are also 13-7 on the totals this season, as they lead the league in FG shooting.

Thursday’s slate includes Chauncey Billups’ return to Detroit, as the 16-5 and Northwest-leading Denver Nuggets visit the 8-12 Pistons (7:30 pm Eastern). Denver has won eight of its last 10 games, and is 13-8 ATS. Detroit, meanwhile, is trying to right itself after a recent seven-game losing streak.

In Washington on Thursday the 7-12 Wizards, who have won four of their last seven games, host the Atlantic Division-leading 16-4 Boston Celtics (8 pm Eastern, TNT). And out west the Jazz and the 16-4 and Southeast-leading Orlando Magic go at it (10:30 pm Eastern, TNT).

On Friday the 14-7 and Southwest-leading Dallas Mavericks visit the 11-9 Miami Heat in a rematch of a league championship series of three seasons ago (7:30 pm Eastern). Also, the Greg Oden-less 13-9 Portland Trail Blazers hit Cleveland to take on the Cavs (8 pm Eastern, ESPN). And the Magic wind up their west coast trip with a stop in Phoenix for a game with the 15-6 Suns (10:30 pm Eastern, ESPN).

Basketball bettors should check back at for lines and totals on these games and all the NBA action, and for a look at our updated NBA futures market. As of Tuesday morning, the Lakers top’s NBA championship betting board at +150, followed by, among others, the Celtics and Magic at +200, the Cavs at +400, the Suns at +1,000, the Mavs and Nuggets at +1,200, the Blazers and Hawks at +3,000, the Wizards at +4,000, the Jazz and Rockets at +7,500, the Bulls at +8,000, the Heat at +10,000, and the Pistons and 76ers at +15,000.

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