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Excerpts from Max’s Notes:

Hornets at Pistons
The Pistons lost to the Knicks on Saturday. That’s pretty much the death knell for them on the season. They lost Blake Griffin to injury, traded Andre Drummond and even leading scorer Derek Rose is as fragile as Mr. Glass. The good news for them? They have the Hornets in town. Losers of 5 straight and 13 of 14, this Hornets team is as awful as we predicted before the season started. But as bad as they are, including 8-19 on the road straight up. They do ok ATS. That road record improves to 12–14-1 ATS and overall, they are 23-28-1.

Nets at Pacers
The Pacers have lost 5 in a row and I keep expecting them to bounce back and get a win. They have a good chance tonight as the Kyrie-less Nets are in town. The Nets are 3-10 against the top 6 Eastern Conference teams and just seem to only be able to beat up on teams inferior to them. The Nets are 8-16 on the road and face a Pacers team that is 18-9 straight up but only 12-12-3 ATS at home. The line has improved a bit for Indy – which makes sense because the money is hard on Brooklyn. What doesn’t make sense is why the money is hard on Brooklyn.

Hawks at Magic
The Hawks went to double OT last night to beat the Knicks and now have to travel to Orlando to play the Magic. The Magic have lost 3 in a row after Saturday’s dismantling by the Bucks. That dropped them to 13-13 straight up and 9-16-1 ATS. The Hawks though are 1-6 in the second leg of a back to back and they are bound to be winded today.

Timberwolves at Raptors
The Raptors haven’t lost in almost a month. They put their 14 game win streak on the line as the new look Timberwolves are in town. Minnesota is coming off a 142-115 beatdown over the Clippers. D’Angelo Russell didn’t even play in that game but the mere thought of his presence apparently motivated the Wolves to victory. He is questionable for today as well. Also questionable is Kyle Lowry who is dealing with whiplash that he suffered in the third quarter against the Pacers on Friday.

Kings at Bucks
The Kings have been playing better basketball lately. They have won 4 of 5 and Buddy Hield has looked really good. He dropped 31 on the Spurs on Saturday but now he and the Kings have to head to Milwaukee to face the buzzsaw that is the Bucks. Milwaukee has won 4 straight and they are 24-3 at home. And they’ve been covering big lines lately. The Kings improved play gives me pause.

Jazz at Mavs
Dallas didn’t need Porzingis or Luka on Saturday to beat the Hornets by 16. They will be happy to have Porzingis back today as the Jazz come to down. Utah beat the Rockets yesterday in a close one making it their second win in a row. This is their third game in 4 days and they are still dealing with the controversy of the missed goaltending call in Friday’s game. But at least they are back to their winning ways. We know that Dallas hasn’t been lights out at home but Utah hasn’t exactly been sensational on the road. The line is pretty spot on to me.

Spurs at Nuggets
San Antonio has lost 4 in a row and enter their 5th straight road game against a Denver team that has gotten a bit healthier the past week. The Nuggets have won 3 in a row and return home where they are 20-6 straight up. That dips significantly down to 12-12-2 ATS and the Spurs have a winning ATS road record. They just have shown me very little lately to be confident in them keeping it close.

Heat at Warriors
Miami continues to be awful on the road. They have lost 3 straight – all on the road – and hope to get a win tonight against the Warriors. But now they have to face off against Andrew Wiggins who made a good first impression on Saturday. The Warriors still ended up losing to the Lakers but it was still a promising start for the newly acquired forward. The line looks to be all over the place here and it looks like Jimmy Butler’s status is on question for tonight. I don’t know what to do here.

Suns at Lakers
The Suns have lost 4 of 5 and face a Lakers team that is 6-4 in their last 10 but only 4-6 ATS. LA continues to be a team you can’t trust as a favorite. Their 21-22-1 ATS as a favorite and recent iffyness in covering big lines makes me want to bet the Suns here. I’m hesitant because of the Suns’ inconsistency but not much going on today.

Islanders at Capitals
I took the Islanders on a value play against the Lightning on Saturday and that didn’t pay off. Now I’m in a similar situation here with them playing the Capitals. Washington is a great team but actually play better on the road than at home. They are still a solid home team and the Islanders haven’t been stellar the past month or so – but the value is still there.

Coyotes at Canadians
The once mighty Coyotes have plummeted in the standings and are struggling to stay in a playoff spot. They are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games and are on a 2 game losing streak after dropping a game in Boston on Saturday. They had been a better road team than a home team but even that’s iffy now. Montreal is 7-3-0 in their last 10 and while they have struggled at home this season, they have won 3 of their last 4 home games.

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