Swinger’s by the Numbers Picks for Thursday, March 23

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Swinging Johnson

Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:52 PM GMT

Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017 1:52 PM GMT

By the Numbers is a daily NBA column featuring Swinger’s top selections according to historical trends and game-time matchups. Let’s review the top picks for Thursday.

 

Suns (22-49 SU, 34-35-2 ATS) At Nets (14-56 SU, 32-36-2 ATS)
  • Brooklyn is 1-5 ATS in their last six Thursday games.
  • Brooklyn is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Brooklyn is 5-14 ATS in their last 19 home games.
  • Brooklyn is 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400.
  • Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Phoenix is 52-25-3 ATS in their last 80 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
  • Phoenix is 4-0 ATS in their last four road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • Phoenix is 6-2 ATS vs. Atlantic division opponents.

Let's not ignore the elephant in the room that is the absence of Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix lineup. However, young Tyler Ulis has proven to be a capable backup point guard and has averaged more than 14 points per game since Bledsoe was shut down for the remainder of the season. But more important, should the worst team in basketball ever be favored -- let alone by four points? Let's grab the head start that the NBA odds makers are giving us and look for the Suns to shine in Brooklyn.

Free NBA Pick: Suns +4Best Line Offered: Betmania

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Clippers (43-29 SU, 35-37 ATS) At Mavericks (30-40 SU, 38-32 ATS)
  • Dallas is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up loss.
  • Dallas is 14-4 ATS in their last 18 home games.
  • Dallas is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as a home underdog.
  • Dallas is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as a home underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight up win.
  • Los Angeles is 1-7 ATS in their last eight games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
  • Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on one day's rest.
  • Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in their last seven after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

The Clippers have failed to cash for those backing them in their NBA picks in five of their last seven contests. Tonight they travel to Dallas where they take on a team with a 22-14 ATS home mark and one that defeated Los Angeles at the Staples Center by the score of 90-88 as 3½-point road dogs in their last meeting. The Mavs are a different team at home, and we believe they will keep this one close, if not score the mild upset.

Free NBA Pick: Mavericks +4Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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