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    Pick 'n' roll:
    Wednesday's best NBA bets

    Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City Thunder (N/A)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 consecutive home games and the Boston Celtics have lost six of seven games to fall below .500. Oklahoma Cityís homecourt success is the franchiseís best streak since the team won 12 straight during the 1997-98 season when known as the Seattle SuperSonics. Boston scored just 73 points in Mondayís loss to Dallas. Forward Kevin Garnett is expected back after missing the past two games for personal reasons, but Rajon Rondo still has one game left on his suspension. That leaves Paul Pierce to shoulder the offensive load. He scored 20 point in Bostonís loss to the Mavericks and leads the team averaging 17.3 points per night on the year. Heíll need a lot more than that to keep this one close.
    Pick: Thunder

    Boston Celtics Trends :
    Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 75 points in their previous game.

    Boston Celtics Over / Under Trends :
    Over is 3-0-1 in Celtics last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games.
    Under is 2-0-2 in Celtics last 4 road games
    vs. a team with a winning home record.
    Under is 2-0-2 in Celtics last 4 road games
    vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    Under is 7-1-1 in Celtics last 9 games following
    a SU loss of more than 10 points.
    Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 Wednesday games.
    Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
    Under is 4-1-1 in Celtics last 6 vs. Western Conference.
    Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 vs. NBA Northwest.
    Under is 4-1-1 in Celtics last 6 games following a ATS loss.

    Oklahoma City Thunder Trends :
    Thunder are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Thunder are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss.
    Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.

    Oklahoma City Thunder Over / Under Trends :
    Under is 4-0 in Thunder last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic.
    Under is 11-2 in Thunder last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Over is 9-2 in Thunder last 11 games following a S.U. win.
    Over is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

    Head To Head Competition
    Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City.

    Boston Celtics Injuries
    Kevin Garnett F Prob Wed - Personal
    Jermaine O'Neal C Ques Wed - Wrist
    Chris Wilcox F Ques Wed - Groin
    Rajon Rondo G Elig Feb 28 - Suspension
    Brandon Bass F Out Knee

    Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
    Nick Collison F Ques Wed - Quadricep
    James Harden G Ques Wed - Ankle
    Thabo Sefolosha G Late March - Foot
    Lazar Hayward F Out
    Eric Maynor G Out

    Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves (-4, 197)
    It wasnít so much that the Timberwolves lost to Denver in overtime Monday night, but the way they lost. Down three points with seconds remaining in the extra session, Martell Webster stole an inbounds pass and broke toward the hoop. But instead of pulling up for a trey that could tie the game, he went in for a dunk. "If I had to do it over again, yeah, I'd probably pull up for a jump shot," Webster said. "But what was going through my mind was go to the rim and possibly get fouled. The contingency to that shot was get a bucket, get a foul, they miss free throws and we get another shot. It didn't work out that way."Minnesota ended up taking a 103-101 loss after Corey Brewer hit a free throw. It was a comedy of errors for those that had the Timberwolves, who covered as 3.5-point underdogs. We like the under here.
    Pick: Under

    Utah Jazz Over / Under Trends :
    Under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 road games.
    Under is 6-1 in Jazz last 7 vs. Western Conference.
    Over is 17-4 in Jazz last 21 vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
    Under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 games as a road underdog.
    Under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 games as an underdog.
    Under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

    Minnesota Timberwolves Trends :
    Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

    Minnesota Timberwolves Over / Under Trends :
    Over is 7-1 in Timberwolves last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
    Over is 5-1 in Timberwolves last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.

    Head To Head Competition :
    Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
    Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
    Home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

    Timberwolves Injuries :
    Malcolm Lee G Ques Wed - Knee
    Nikola Pekovic C Ques Wed - Ankle
    Darko Milicic C Ques Wed - Stomach

    Utah Jazz Injuries :
    Raja Bell G Ques Wed - Thigh

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    Ice picks:
    Wednesday's best NHL bets

    Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators (-155, 5.5)

    At this point in the year, you have to start questioning how much the Washington Capitals really care. While injuries have played a significant role in their disappointing season, there was no excuse for Mondayís 5-0 loss to the lowly Hurricanes. Alex Ovechkin looked uninterested, the Caps lacked any sort of a forecheck, and turned pucks throughout the evening in all three zones. ďEmbarrassing effort, right from the start,Ē Troy Brouwer told reporters after the game. ďWe werenít ready to play, gave up chances, gave the puck away, didnít get the puck in deep. Just all-around embarrassing.One thing the Senators will give you is an honest effort. This is a lot of chalk for us, but we just canít get behind the Caps right now.
    Pick: Senators

    Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues (-130, 5)
    If you havenít been keeping close tabs on the Blues, you might be surprised to realize they have just three regulation losses on home ice this year. They struggle offensively, so getting the last change at home to line up specific matchups has been key to their success. "When you have one line going, it's too easy for the other team to shut your offense down," Andy McDonald told reporters. "So we really need contributions from our top six forwards. That's going to be the key for us going forward. "We've got great goaltending, team defense we're really strong. It's just going to be whether or not we can get that depth scoring we need -- our top six and then the third line chipping in here and there for us.ĒExpect the Blues to look for some more offensive punch as the trade deadline nears, but for Wednesdayís game, theyíll lean on matchups and responsible defensive play against the Bruins. That means goals should be hard to come by.
    Pick: Under

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    Game of the Day:
    Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks

    Atlanta Hawks
    at New York Knicks (-5, 187)

    Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony finally got on the court together on Monday. The results werenít so great. The New York Knicks have some hope for the future with Lin directing the offense, but they still need some work on the defensive end. Lin was torched by Deron Williams in the loss to New Jersey on Monday. The Atlanta Hawks are having the opposite problem, with the offense consistently unable to keep pace. The stumbling Hawks have dropped seven of 10 this month while putting up 86.2 points.

    HAWKS (19-13):
    Atlanta could use the All-Star break to get its shooting back together. The Hawks have gone over 90 points twice in the last 10 games and have been held under 80 in dropping each of the last two. Atlanta came back from a 20-point deficit in Chicago on Monday to cut the lead to five but then went the final 3:24 without a point in the 90-79 setback. Joe Johnson was injured late on Monday and will miss the final two games before the break. No one on the team needs a rest more than the All-Star guard, who is shooting 17.2 percent (5 for 29) from 3-point range in the last five games.

    KNICKS (16-17):
    New York dropped below .500 again with the 100-92 loss to the Nets and have a trip to Miami looming on Thursday. The star has dimmed around ďLinsanityĒ a bit with losses in two of the last three but the early returns with Anthony are good. The All-Star forward returned to the lineup and had no trouble deferring and distributing, finishing with six assists. The Knicks are also attempting to integrate Baron Davis and J.R. Smith into the rotation.

    Knicks are 7-2 against the spread in its last nine home games.
    Knicks are 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.
    Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
    Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
    Knicks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
    Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.

    Knicks Over / Under Trends :
    Under is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 games as a home favorite.
    Over is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    Under is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
    Under is 10-1 in Knicks last 11 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
    Under is 6-1 in Knicks last 7 home games.
    Under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 Wednesday games.

    Hawks Over / Under Trends :
    Under is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
    Under is 8-1 in Hawks last 9 Wednesday games.
    Under is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
    Under is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 games following a ATS loss.

    Head to Head Competition :
    Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

    Knicks Injuries
    Bill Walker G Ques Wed - Elbow
    Iman Shumpert G Ques Wed - Knee

    Hawks Injuries
    Marvin Williams F Prob Wed - Personal
    Joe Johnson G Doub Wed - Knee
    Jason Collins C Out indefinitely - Elbow

    The teams split four meetings last season,
    with New York taking the final two.

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    College funds:
    Wednesday's best NCAAB bets

    West Virginia Mountaineers
    at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3, 125)

    Riding an eight-game win streak all the way to a No. 18 national ranking, Notre Dame takes aim at a season sweep of West Virginia after rallying for a 55-51 victory in Morgantown, W.Va., on Feb. 8. The Fighting Irish had made just two of their 18 3-point shots in the game before hitting three straight during a late 11-0 run to seize control of the contest. Since losing star forward Tim Abromaitis to a season-ending injury in November, the red-hot Fighting Irish have found surprising success by slowing the pace of the game. Their 61.1 possessions per contest in conference action are the second fewest among Big East teams, and they are allowing a league-best 58.7 points against conference opponents.Eric Atkins is putting up 13 points per game and just dropped 17 points and five assists in Notre Dameís 74-70 overtime win at Villanova.
    Pick: Irish

    Michigan State Spartans
    at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6, 128)

    After a stretch in which No. 6 Michigan State dropped three of five games to end January, it has not lost since. The Spartans, who lost those three contests on the road by a combined nine points, have rolled to five straight double-digit victories in February Ė including three against ranked teams Ė by getting back to coach Tom Izzoís usual trademarks, rebounding and defense. During their five-game winning streak, the Spartans are enjoying a plus-11 advantage in rebounding and holding their opponents to 34.3 percent shooting from the field. In Sundayís road win at Purdue, Michigan State forced the Boilermakers to miss 22 of their first 23 field-goal attempts in the second half after allowing Purdue to shoot 46.7 percent in the first half.While Minnesota is fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, the Spartansí hard-nosed defensive approach figures to rattle the turnover-prone Golden Gophers, who commit a conference-worst 14.3 turnovers per game.
    Pick: Spartans

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    Wednesdayís betting tips

    Whoís HOT

    NBA: Oklahoma City is 13-3 against the spread in its last 16 games against Eastern Conference teams.
    NBA: Orlando is 5-1 against the number in its last six.
    NHL: Ottawa has won four of its last five.
    NHL: St. Louis is 20-6 in its last 26 games as a favorite.
    NCAAB: Syracuse is 10-3 against the spread coming off an ATS loss.
    NCAAB: Temple is 9-1 against the spread in its last 10 overall.

    Whoís NOT
    NBA: Boston is 0-4 against the number in its last four overall and 0-5 ATS in its last five road games.
    NBA: New Jersey is 7-19 against the spread in its last 26 home games.
    NHL: Washington is 8-20 in its last 28 road games.
    NHL: The under is 4-12-1 in Bostonís last 17 road games.
    NCAAB: The over is 0-13 in the last 13 meetings between Notre Dame and West Virginia.
    NCAAB: Boise State is 4-12 against the spread in its last 16.

    Key stat 62
    San Diego State is averaging just 62 points per game over its current three-game losing streak, down from its 70.9 average on the year. The Aztecs, who were upset by Air Force last weekend as 4.5-point favorites, hadnít lost three games in a row since 2008. The team called a players-only meeting Monday to prepare for Wednesdayís meeting with Wyoming. "I felt that really brought us together and really put us in the right mindset for practice today," senior Tim Shelton told reporters. "I really felt we got better today.Ē Oddsmakers have the Aztecs as 5-point favorites.

    Injury that shouldnít be overlooked
    Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks

    Johnson will sit out the team's game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday due to tendinitis in his left knee. The All-Star guard left Monday's loss to the Chicago Bulls midway through the third quarter and didn't return. Johnson is averaging 17.6 points and 3.8 assists in 32 games for the Hawks this season.

    Notable quotable
    "He's probably not at his best, and you have to look at it that way. Maybe it's a good chance to play good, and maybe I can beat him. He's won this tournament three times and he has a very good match play record ... but not so good on the Ryder Cup. I think he's beatable." - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano on facing Tiger Woods in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, which begins Wednesday. Woods responded to these comments in news conference by saying ďheís beatable, too.Ē

    Notes and tips

    The Drake Bulldogs are hoping Ben Simons is well enough to play Wednesday when they host Southern Illinois. Simons, who has missed the last five games after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, is averaging 16.1 points per game this season and has topped 20 points six times this year. Heís officially listed as questionable.

    St. Louis Blues right wing Jamie Langenbrunner has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss four weeks with a broken foot. The veteran forward broke his left foot during Sunday's 3-1 loss in Chicago. The 36-year-old has four goals and 17 assists in 57 games for the Blues this season.

    The New Jersey Nets are expected to have center Brook Lopez (foot) back on the court Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. Lopez scored nine points in 21 minutes of work in his season debut over the weekend against Milwaukee and then sat out Mondayís game as a precaution, even though he tried to talk his way into the lineup. The Nets are 5.5-point home underdogs against Orlando.

    The Colorado Avalanche acquired right wing Steve Downie from the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of a three-team deal that sent defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings. Tampa Bay received Quincey in exchange for Downie and turned around and shipped the blue-liner to the Red Wings in exchance for a first-round draft pick and minor league defenseman Sebastien Piche. Downie had 12 goals and 16 assists in 55 games with the Lightning this season. He had a career-high 22 goals and 46 points in the 2009-10 season. Quincey, in his third season with Colorado, had five goals and 18 assists in 54 games. He was a fourth-round draft pick of Detroit in 2003 and appeared in 13 regular-season games and 13 postseason games in three seasons.

    Game of the Day
    Los Angeles Lakers
    at Dallas Mavericks (-4.5, 180)

    For a team thatís sitting just outside the top four in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers certainly seem to have a lot of issues.Their lackluster play on the road is perhaps the biggest.Beating anyone - particularly quality opponents - away from Staples Center has been a challenge for the Lakers, who will have two prime chances to rectify that with a difficult back-to-back that begins Wednesday night against the surging Dallas Mavericks. Los Angeles beat Dallas 73-70 at Staples last month, hardly revenge for the Mavs sweeping them out of the West semifinals but a win that seemed to have the Lakers moving in the right direction.That was their 10th victory in 13 games, but a month later, itís unclear exactly how together the Lakers are. An unhappy Lamar Odom was shipped to Dallas before the season after a proposed three-way trade to land Chris Paul fell through, and now it appears Los Angeles (19-13) may have to do the same with the other key component of that deal.Kobe Bryant ripped Lakers management after a 102-90 loss at Phoenix on Sunday for allowing Pau Gasol to dangle as additional trade rumors have surfaced. The team seemed to respond a night later against Portland, opening on a 37-7 run en route to a 103-92 victory.That was followed by a brief players-only meeting to clear the air ahead of the back-to-back in Dallas (21-12) and Oklahoma City.ďI can tell when (Gasol) is down, and when enough is enough,Ē Bryant said Monday. ďHe went through the first phase and kind of played through that and came out of that, and then he gets hit with another one. You can tell heís down, and itís a little hard to overcome. Weíve got two big games coming up Ö and I donít want him thinking about it.ĒThe win over the Trail Blazers was the Lakersí 14th in 16 games at home, but theyíve done little to sustain that momentum on the road. After going a conference-best 27-14 away from home last season, theyíre 5-11.That includes 1-6 against teams at or above .500 - bad news considering the Mavs and Thunder are a combined 46-19. ďI think we just have to go (on the road) and play with confidence and get rest,Ē center Andrew Bynum said. ďWe get rest, weíre good.Ē The Lakers could use a big effort from Bynum, who had 17 points and 15 boards to lead Los Angeles past Dallas last month. That performance could be tougher to repeat at the American Airlines Center, where Bynum will certainly get a rough reception after being ejected from the Game 4 loss last season for clotheslining J.J. Barea.This is the Mavericksí final game before the All-Star break, and theyíre heading in with momentum. Dallas has won seven of eight after beating Boston 89-73 on Monday, as Dirk Nowitzki moved into the top 20 on the all-time scoring list with a game-high 26.The Mavs have held opponents to 85.8 points per game and 38.9 percent shooting while winning four in a row at home.ďOur identity this year is that weíre a defensive team,Ē coach Rick Carlisle told Dallasí official website. ďYou look at our stats and you look at our record, you look at when weíve struggled and when we play well. Our defense and rebounding is defining who we are.ĒThe loss to the Lakers is Dallasí only one in the 14 games in which itís held opponents to 90 or fewer points. Jason Terry has averaged 24.0 points - hitting 20 of 33 3-pointers - in the Mavsí last five home games against Los Angeles. Bryant has averaged 18.2 points in that stretch, missing all 16 attempts from beyond the arc.

    Laker Trends
    Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

    Laker Over / Under Trends
    Over is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 overall.
    Under is 8-2 in Lakers last 10 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.

    Mavericks Trends
    Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
    Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Mavericks are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

    Mavericks Over / Under Trends
    Under is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 6-1 in Mavericks last 7 vs. NBA Pacific.
    Under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 home games.
    Under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
    Under is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 overall.

    Over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
    Under is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 games after allowing less than 75 points in their previous game.

    Head To Head Competition :
    Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Dallas.

    Lakers No Injuries

    Mavericks Injuries

    Rodrigue Beaubois G Out indefinitely
    Delonte West G Mid March - Finger

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    With the NBA nearing the midway point
    of its 66-game condensed schedule this campaign,

    letís take a quick peak at whatís working
    and what isnít in the league this season.

    Thru Feb. 14

    Inequality Rules
    One major result of the crammed schedule
    has been an abundance of blowout games.
    Last year during the NBA regular season
    a total of 63 games were decided by 20 or more points.

    This season weíve witnessed 72 games
    decided by 20 or more points
    and weíre not even at the half-way point yet.

    Five teams last season failed to score 70 points in a contest.
    Weíve seen 13 teams fail to hit the 70-point this season.

    Favorites of more than six points
    are 11-0 SU and 10-1 ATS in games after failing to score 80 points,
    while dogs of 12 or more points are 0-6 SU and ATS.

    Condensed Schedule
    One of the residual effects of the condensed schedule
    was forcing each team in the league to play
    one set of three games in three days.

    Teams in this role have responded with poise thus far,
    going 11-9 Su and 12-8 ATS in the final leg of the marathon string.
    Home teams in this role are 10-3 SU and ATS,
    including 6-0 SU and ATS in same conference clashes
    and 4-1 SU and ATS as dogs.

    Back to Back & Out of Energy
    Teams off back-to-back victories have had a difficult time
    rewarding their supporters as evidenced by a
    dismal 92-116-1 ATS overall mark this season.

    Put them at home against an opponent off a loss
    and they dip to 18-41 ATS,
    and even worse 6-20 ATS when hosting
    a foe off back-to-back losses.

    Plenty Of REST
    Itís not often teams enjoy the luxury of
    three or more days of rest in this shortened season.
    Only 12 squads to date have been enjoyed the benefits
    of extended time off. These well-rest clubs have gone
    8-4 ATS this season, including 6-1 ATS away and 3-0 ATS as underdogs.

    Mad & High Emotion
    NBA teams taking to the road after having been upset
    as a favorite in their previous game
    have been moneymakers, going 45-27 ATS this season.
    Big Money
    Put them up against an opponent off
    back-to-back wins and they zoom to 19-5 ATS.

    Keep Your Eyes Open
    ē Charlotte: 0-7 ATS with revenge versus a foe off a loss
    ē Denver: 7-0 ATS off win versus a foe off a loss
    ē Los Angeles Clippers: 6-0 ATS off a SU and ATS loss versus a foe off a loss
    ē Milwaukee: 0-6 ATS as a dog with no rest and with revenge
    ē Philadelphia: 6-0 ATS off a loss of less than 10 points

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    Turner 2/22/12

    Atlanta Hawks +5
    Detroit Pistons +4.5
    Illinois State +6.5
    Nebraska/Purdue Under 130
    Los Angeles/Colorado Over 5 +130
    Boston Bruins +130 (-110)

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    TORONTO 93 - Detroit 91
    Realize Detroit in extremely positive upswing,
    but same can be said for Toronto, which has covered 7 of last 9 (although
    Raptors admittedly just 2-9 SU last 11). Still, scheduling indicates a Toronto
    win-and-cover, as this is Raptorsí only game in an 11-day window, and they
    catch Detroit coming off a date in Cleveland last night. And Toronto should have
    a bad taste left over from humiliating loss to league-worst Charlotte at the Air
    Canada Centre on Friday night. With 5 days off to mull over that poor defensive
    effort, expect Raptor HC Dwane Casey to get a much better showing from his
    team. However, Pistons have been winning games SU, while Toronto has been
    recording recent covers through the backdoor as a dog. Detroit won both here
    SU last season and is 7-4 against the number this year when unrested, so not
    in love with laying many with Raptors. 10-Tor +2 120-116 (203), Det +5' 115-93
    (207), Det +5' 101-95 (207), DET -4' 107-93 (207)

    OKLAHOMA CITY 100 - Boston 85
    Slumping Boston has dropped 5 of last
    6 SU and is just 3-9 vs. the number last 12 prior to visiting Dallas on Monday.
    OKC just 2-3 in last 5 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena prior to facing New
    Orleans Monday, but have to be impressed by OT non-cover against Denver, as
    Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 91 pts., while
    power forward Serge Ibaka recorded an unusual triple-double with 14 pts., 15
    boards and 11 blocked shots. Boston might be without PF Kevin Garnett, who
    missed time for personal reasons and injuries recently, and PG Rajon Rondo
    has been suspended two games for throwing a ball at the ref on Sunday (you
    donít mess with the refs like that and get away with it in this league). Backup
    forward Brandon Bass is already out with a knee injury. The Thunder are 23-16
    laying more than 6 points at home over the last 1+ seasons. 11-Okc -2' 97-88
    (187); 10-Bos +2 92-83 (197), Okc +9 89-84 (197) CABLE TVóESPN

    CLEVELAND 89 - New Orleans 88
    New Orleans is playing its 3rd game in
    as many nights in this one, and Hornet HC Monty Williams will need to use his
    depth to deal with the schedule. With starting C Emeka Okafor & F Carl Landry
    out with knee injuries, and PG Jarrett Jack limited (also with a knee injury), C
    Chris Kaman (17 ppg, 10.4 rpg in February), F Trevor Ariza (16 ppg last 7
    games) and PG Greivis Vasquez (13 ppg, 8.2 assists as a starter) have stepped
    up. Cleveland played last night as well, and the Cavs are just 4-11 as Quicken
    Loans Arena chalk in the post-LeBron era. Cleveland ranks behind New
    Orleans in defensive efficiency (Hornets held last 5 foes to just 88 ppg), and
    Cavs havenít covered last 4 facing ďCĒ teams. 10-NO -9 108-101 (193), No -5
    96-81 (194)

    Indiana 98 - CHARLOTTE 84
    Last Sunday, Indiana caught Charlotte
    coming off a satisfying SU win at Toronto (a win that snapped the Bobcatsí 16-
    game losing streak) and Pacers won in a 108-73 romp. But Charlotte has been
    more competitive of late, a result of the return to action first of F Corey Maggette
    and then PG D.J. Augustin. Thereís a chance Charlotteís leading scorer, G
    Gerald Henderson (15 ppg), will be ready to return for this game, which would
    be a relief to HC Paul Silas, whoís been forced to use 13 different starting
    lineups this year. Still, the Pacers have beaten Charlotte by an average of 23
    ppg in covering last 3, including both meetings this season. Indiana has
    covered 3 of last 4 trips to Time Warner Cable Arena, and Bobcats, whoíre 2-7
    vs. the number last 9 at home, donít have a lot of offensive punch even with
    Henderson healthy. Realize this is Charlotteís only game until after the All-Star
    break, but donít like Bobcatsí home dog mark. "Totals" note: Indiana ďunderĒ
    last 4 prior to hosting New Orleans last night and Charlotte ďunderĒ 11-5-1 last
    17. 11-IND -10 99-77 (190), IND -10í108-73 (190); 10-Ind +4' 104-101 (196),
    IND -6' 100-92 (193), IND -4' 104-103 (195), Ind +1' 111-88 (192)

    WASHINGTON 97 - Sacramento 91
    Washington has dropped last 5
    against the number at home, although, to be fair, the Wizards faced only one
    bad team in that streak. Sacto is coming off a game in Miami last night, and
    Kings are just 7-13 against the points in 2nd night of back-to-back games over
    the last 1+ seasons. Sactoís resurgence under HC Keith Smart has cooled, as
    the Kings have dropped 5 in a row SU through Monday after winning 4 of the
    previous 5 behind strong play of C DeMarcus Cousins. Wizard backcourt of
    John Wall & Nick Young have combined for 39 ppg over the last 10 games, and
    those two should be able to trade baskets (or better) vs. prolific King backcourt
    of Marcus Thornton & Tyreke Evans. Washington C JaVale McGee (9 rpg, 2nd
    in the league at 2.7 blocks this season) should give Cousins some problems
    (recent King spread losses have come against teams with strong pivot
    play...Detroitís Monroe, NYís Chandler & Sunsí Gortat). 10-SAC -4' 116-91

    DALLAS 93 - LA Lakers 81
    First chance for Dallas to host Lakers at
    AmericanAirlines Center since ending Phil Jacksonís career with a resounding
    36-point romp in final game of Western semi sweep last spring. Dynamics have
    changed somewhat since (Lamar Odom, for example, now wears a Mavs
    uniform), but not sure they have improved any for Lake Show, which continues
    to perform in a back-and-forth manner for first-year HC Mike ďAl RokerĒ Brown,
    whose new offense remains a tough fit for all save Kobe. And storm clouds
    could be forming above LA, as Kobe (not one to sit by quietly when things begin
    to unravel) has called out management for letting Pau Gasol flap in the wind
    regarding his future with the team. As long as Dirk Nowitzkiís knee is okay,
    expect Rick ďJim CarreyĒ Carlisleís Dallas squad to avenge ugly 73-70 loss at
    Staples Center on Jan. 16 when big Dirk (who scored 21) was the only Mav to
    score more than 10 points. Note Lakers only 4-12 vs. line as visitor after
    Sundayís loss at Phoenix. 11-LA -3' 73-70 (182); 10-DAL +3 109-100 (188), La
    -1 96-91 (194), LA -6' 110-82 (191), Dal +6 96-94 (189), Dal +7 93-81 (187), DAL
    -2 98-92 (187), DAL -2 122-86 (188) CABLE TVóESPN

    LA CLIPPERS 100 - Denver 98
    These two split a pair of interesting
    decisions within a 4-day span Jan. 29-Feb. 2, with the road dog winning on both
    occasions. That included Denverís lopsided 112-91 thumping of Clips at
    Staples Center in the return match after losing a bitter 4-point verdict at Pepsi
    Center. Nuggets hit 12 of 21 from beyond arc in that big win at Staples, although
    the main cog that night, F Danilo Gallinari (who was 5 for 5 from tripleville!), is
    currently sidelined. And now Neneís status is up in the air after re-aggravating
    a calf strain, George Karl, however, has welcomed back versatile F Timofey
    Mozgov to the lineup from an ankle injury, and spirited effort on Sunday at Ok
    City suggests Nuggets still to be reckoned with despite their 3-10 SU mark last
    13 prior to facing T-wolves on Monday night. 11-La +6 109-105 (206), Den +1
    112-91 (207); 10-DEN -10' 111-104 (206), DEN -9 109-104 (213), LA +3 106-93

    Orlando 97 - NEW JERSEY 88
    New Jersey displayed a brief spark in last
    Saturdayís win over the Derrick Rose-less Bulls, but losing 24 hours later to
    Bucks sunk Nets to 1-9 SU mark their last ten prior to Mondayís showdown vs.
    nearby rival Knicks. Avery Johnsonís lineup still depleted with various injuries,
    though Nets have welcomed back C Brook Lopez to active duty after he was
    sidelined since beginning of season with foot problems. A healthy Lopez could
    come in handy vs. Dwight Howard, but hard-pressed to find other reasons to
    support N.J. (also just 2-7 vs. line last 9 thru Feb. 19) against Magic squad that
    had won and covered four in a row before running into revenge-minded Miami
    on Sunday. Orlando has also now won 14 of last 16 vs. Nets after 94-78 win at
    Amway Center back on Dec. 29, and Howard might be ready to put on a show
    in front of the fans who dream of him playing in front of them next season (expect
    lots of ďWe want Dwight!Ē from Pru Center audience). 11-ORL -11' 94-78 (182);
    10-ORL -16' 105-90 (195), Orl -7' 91-90 (190), Orl -6 104-88 (191), ORL -13 95-

    MINNESOTA 103 - Utah 92
    Chance for payback for Rick Adelmanís
    Minnesota bunch that lost by 10 at Salt Lake City back on Jan. 21. Weíll bet,
    however, that Kevin Love is a lot more effective in rematch after enduring one
    of his worst nights of the season (just 5 of 21 from floor) in that earlier 108-98
    defeat. Opportunity for T-wolvesí revenge is exacerbated by the fact that Utah
    plays so poorly on the road (only 3-10 SU and 4-9 vs. line), and Jazz could be
    compromised if Raja Bellís recent re-aggravation of the right abductor strain
    that kept him sidelined in recent weeks is as serious as it appeared last Sunday
    at Houston. 11-UTAH -7 108-98 (191); 10-Utah -6 112-107 (208), UTAH -7 108-
    100 (214), MIN -2 122-101 (207), UTAH -6 119-104 (209)

    PHOENIX 104 - Golden St. 95
    Quick revenge opportunity for Phoenix after
    losing by 6 last Monday at Oakland. That merely held serve at home for
    Warriors in series in which the home edge has been palpable, especially for
    Suns, who won and covered handily vs. Golden State at US Airways Center
    back on Jan. 2 and also won and covered both home meetings by double-digit
    margins vs. Warriors last season. Sources say everything on the line for Alvin
    Gentryís team in the next couple of weeks with an extended home stretch on the
    schedule in which 12 of 14 games will be played in Phoenix; if Suns donít make
    a move in standings soon, roster (and Gentryís status) will be subject to
    disassembling at the trade deadline. Early returns, however, were positive after
    Sundayís easy home win over the Lakers, and weíll shade the home-oriented
    series trends. 11-PHO -4' 102-91 (193), GS -3 102-96 (204); 10-Pho +2' 107-
    101 (228), Pho +5 104-92 (220), PHO -6 112-88 (218), PHO -5' 108-97 (217)

  10. #10



    ★★★KEY RELEASES★★★

    ★★★NEW YORK 104 - Atlanta 89
    óIt will be interesting to see how the new
    mix created by insertion of PG Jeremy Lin will blend with the reintroduction of
    star Knick F Carmelo Anthony (scheduled to return Monday vs. the Nets). Word
    is that Anthony, who will likely be eased into action after groin injury, was a big
    proponent of using Lin as an option, as he reportedly urged Mike DíAntoni to
    give the youngster a chance after seeing him in practice. Knicks executed a
    coup when they signed J.R. Smith, as he proved an instant contributor with 15
    points against Dallas. Conversely, Atlanta, which didnít have F Marvin Williams
    in Mondayís loss to Chicago, had yesterday off, but that hasnít been a plus for
    the Hawks, who are just 8-15 vs. the points this season when rested (vs. 7-1 in
    2nd of back-to-backs). Atlanta is just 1-6 against the number this season
    getting from 1 to 9 points, which is the likely price range in this one. Anthony &
    Smith likely to make a good team better, especially if Lin really was ĎMeloís idea.
    10-Atl +1' 99-90 (210), ATL -7 111-102 (206), NY -2' 102-90 (205), Ny +4 92-79

    ★★★Hofstra 69 - WILLIAM & MARY 59óLots of losses between these
    two disappointed sides. But CAA sources have noted how Hofstra was at least
    within earshot in most of its defeats, and the Pride continuing to compete hard
    for HC Mo Cassara, evidenced by their BracketBuster romp past Siena.
    Hofstraís potent Mike-Moore-Nathaniel Lester backcourt pair (combining for 34
    ppg) gives the Pride an edge over W&M outfit that has a SU win vs. only
    Northeastern since early January and prompted a frustrated HC Tony Shaver
    into various lineup switches (second-leading scorer G Marcus Thornton now
    operating in 6th-man role). 10-Hof -3' 67-64, HOF -9' 81-78 (OT), Hof -5 72-56

    ★★★Delaware 71 - TOWSON 51óFlying way under the radar and missing
    out on much attention outside of the immediate area extending to the Christiana
    Mall, U-Dee has nonetheless turned into quite a nice story for HC Monte Ross,
    who has rebuilt the Fightiní Blue Hens (six straight wins; 8-2 SU and vs. line last
    ten) into a postseason-caliber (well, at least CBI or CIT) squad. Star G Devon
    Saddler (18.6 ppg) now getting consistent backcourt scoring help from frosh G
    Jarvis Threatt (18 ppg last three!). Itís also a short trip for U-Dee over the mighty
    Susquehanna and south on I-95 to the Baltimore suburbs, and we never need
    too much of a reason to look against lowly Towson (worst scoring differential in
    the country at -19.4 ppg). 11-DEL -13' 62-43; 10-Del P 66-63, DEL -8 80-70

    ★★★Ucf 77 - RICE 66.Unquestionably, ĀgbubblyĀh UCF (RPI in the mid 50s)
    needs an eye-catching finish to stay above the cut line of the NCAA Selection
    Committee. Believe the Knights can keep those dreams alive, as well as remain
    among the top four in the C-USA (earning a first-round bye in the conference
    tourney) vs. ĀgbackwardsĀh Rice, which is 4-5 vs. the spread as a visitor and only
    2-5 vs. the spread at home. UCFĀfs athletic 6-5 soph F Isaiah Sykes (two doubledoubles
    and flirted with three more) has been on a tear lately, while 6-5 sr. G
    Marcus Jordan is making his iconic dad, Michael, proud by busting out of a
    shooting slump last the few games. UCF is out for some retribution after it was
    in the midst of a prolonged losing streak in its 57-50 home upset loss vs. the
    Owls LY, when it failed to score a FG in the second half until 9:50 was left in the
    game. 10-Rice +11 57-50

  11. #11



    SYRACUSE 75 - South Florida 54óSure, USF has made huge strides this
    season in the Big East after serving as a piŮata for years. And the Bulls
    suddenly making the NCAA Selection Committee take some notice with their
    10-4 Big East mark (getting above .500 in that rugged loop has long been
    considered a ticket to the Big Dance). But still inclined to lay DD spread with
    high-octane (78 ppg), No. 1-NCAA seed-seeking Syracuse, which is 6-3 its last
    9 when laying more than 10 points. The pedestrian Bulls (61 ppgó301st in the
    nation) lack the needed prowess from the 3-point line to ďstretchĒ coach
    Boeheimís smothering 2-3 matchup zone, yielding a paltry 59 ppg in the
    cacophonous Carrier Dome. While defense has been the calling card for Stan
    Heathís USF team, the Orange own waaay too many big-time weapons for the
    Bulls, who have lost by DDs at Notre Dame, Marquette and Georgetown

    Kansas 70 - TEXAS A&M 55óKU could be excused for peeking ahead to
    Saturdayís showdown vs. Mizzou. And A&M was able to slow the pace enough
    vs. KU to have a look at the first game Jan. 23 at Lawrence. But if PG Dash
    Harris remains out with for the Aggies due to foot problems, A&M (which lost
    contact in recent losses vs. Iowa State & Mizzou) will be harder-pressed to
    control tempo and to slow the Jayhawk transition game in the rematch.

    Michigan State 72 - MINNESOTA 62óThe early-season loss of formidable
    6-8 F Trevor Mbawke has caught up with fading Minnesota, which has
    developed the bad habit of digging itself into early holes (hey, they are
    Gophers!). Contrastingly, Big Ten contender Michigan State is playing
    hellacious defense (53 ppg last 9 games) and gaining momentum for a possible
    No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. Who said this is a rebuilding year for the Spartans?
    UM clearly has nooooo answer for the Spartansí Big Ten player of year
    candidate 6-7 sr. F Draymond Green (22 pts., 14 rebs., 6 assists in the first
    meeting). Envision versatile G Keith Appling (ace defender) being a bigger
    factor on the attack after a season-worst 1 of 7 FGs in the first meeting. The
    Gophersí embroiled HC Tubby Smith, who criticized his squad for selfish play in
    the Ohio State defeat on Valentineís Day, suffers his fifth home setback in Big
    Ten play.

    MARQUETTE 77 - Rutgers 58óBuzz Williamsí coaching job at Marquette
    is drawing raves from Big East observers who were convinced that the Golden
    Eagles would struggle in league play after injuries to bigs Chris Otule and
    Davante Gardner made Buzz adjust to ďsmall ballĒ style. But Marquetteís
    transition game has been wearing out the opposition. Rutgersí offensive
    limitations suggest the Scarlet Knights will be hard-pressed to stay within
    earshot of uptempo Golden Eagle side thatís covered 10 of its last13 since Jan.

    NOTRE DAME 69 - West Virginia 62óSure, WVU is in payback mode
    following an unflattering 55-49 upset loss to the Irish in Morgantown Feb. 8. But,
    at a short price, not interested in bucking hot Notre Dame, which is 8-0 SU (7-
    1 vs. the spread) since coach-of-the-year candidate Mike Brey inserted 6-5
    frosh swingman Patrick Connaughton into the starting lineup. The Mounties (2-
    5 last 7 games), who arenít yet clear of NCAA bubble trouble after a series of
    narrow losses, are unlikely to improve their status vs. undaunted, NCAAseeking
    ND, which overcame a 20-point deficit last Saturday at Villanova and is
    27-1 SU its last 28 at pulsating Phil Purcell Pavilion the L1+Ys. Mountaineersí
    usually-steady sr. G Truck Byrant canít escape ďBrick CityĒ lately making just 13
    of 52 FGs his last 4 games.

    Wichita St. 71 - ILLINOIS ST. 61óISU has won and covered five straight
    vs. Valley foes at Redbird Arena. But there is a fairly wide gap between
    Creighton (which won and covered at Normal in early January), tonightís guest
    Wichita, and the rest of the MVC. The red-hot Shockers (14-1 SU last 15, 9-3
    vs. spread last 12) should be properly alerted after close call vs. ISU at the
    Roundhouse back on Jan. 10. Wichitaís spacing on attack end makes the
    Shockers almost impossible to defend when G Joe Ragland bombs away from
    the perimeter, as he did when burning Davidson for 20 in Saturdayís
    BracketBuster. Could Wichita be in line for a protected seed (1 thru 4 regionally)
    in the upcoming NCAA Tourney?

    UNLV 74 - Boise St. 67óNo place like home for UNLV, which will be glad
    to be off of the Mountain West trail, where it has lost three straight and failed to
    cover all six chances vs. the spread this season. For most of the season, itís
    been a different story at the Thomas & Mack Center, where the Dr. Jekyll side
    of Rebs has been on display, being unbeaten in their first four MWC games and
    5-1 vs. line last six this season. The triples have fallen a lot better for the Rebels
    at home (where theyíre hitting 45% beyond the arc), but recent form suggests
    UNLV might have trouble extending the margin on scrappy Boise side that
    pushed Rebs into OT at Taco Bell Arena Jan. 25 and enters Vegas on modest
    3-game win streak for HC Leon Rice.

    Temple 78 - LA SALLE 72óThese two Big Five rivals have been heading
    in opposite directions, so unafraid of laying small number with hot Temple,
    gunning for its 10th-consecutive victory (9-1 vs. the spread). Finely-tuned Owl G
    triumverate of Ramone Moore (probable A-10 player of the year), Khalif Wyatt,
    and Juan Fernandez has been playing as well as any backcourt in the nation,
    while La Salleís bread-and-butter 4-G attack has often been in retreat following
    erratic-shooting (combined 10 of 30 from the field) and a careless (20 TOs) a 59-
    51 home setback vs. Saint Louis on Feb. 11. With Templeís 6-11 C Michael Eric
    back in the lineup (he missed the earlier 76-71 home series win vs. the
    Explorers), odds are that the hooting Owls register their seventh consecutive
    win vs. old Big Five rival.

    SAN DIEGO ST. 52 - Wyoming 47óSDSU sliding quickly down the Big
    Dance seeding scale. While the Aztecs arenít likely to play themselves out of
    an at-large bid, their current form (no SU wins last 3; 1-5 vs. line last 6) doesnít
    suggest theyíll have as easy a time with Wyo as they did in Laramie last month
    in ugly an 52-42 win (preceded by hellish wintry-weather travel from San Diego).
    True, the Cowboys have betrayed themselves with poor offense in their current
    3-game losing streak, but they continue to play voracious defense for new (old)
    HC Larry Shyatt. Doubt they shoot as poorly as they did when hitting only 30%
    from the floor in earlier defeat vs. Steve Fisherís team.

  12. #12



    Hot teams

    -- Senators won four of their last five games.
    -- St Louis won its last five home games, allowing three goals.

    Cold teams
    -- Washington lost five of its last six games.
    -- Bruins lost four of their last five road games.
    -- Colorado lost eight of its last 11 games. Kings lost five of their last six.

    -- Under is 4-0-1 in last five Washington road games.
    -- Over is 8-3-1 in Boston's last dozen road games.
    -- Under is 9-2-1 in Kings' last twelve games.

    Series records
    -- Senators lost six of last seven games against Washington.
    -- Road team won last four Boston-St Louis games.
    -- Avalanche won their last three games against Los Angeles.

    -- Los Angeles is 2-6 on the road if it played the night before.

  13. #13



    Hot Teams
    -- Pistons covered their last four road games.
    -- Thunder won their last 10 home games (6-4 vs spread).
    -- Cavaliers won three of last four games, winning last two games by a point each. New Orleans covered its last five games (3-2 SU).
    -- Pacers won last three games, by 5-35-9 points.
    -- Knicks won eight of their last ten games.
    -- Magic won five of their last six games.
    -- Houston won/covered four of its last five home games.
    -- Bulls won eight of last ten games (1-4-1 in last six as home fave).
    -- Warriors covered six of last nine as a road underdog. Suns won last two games, by 12-16 points, but they're 3-6 vs spread as home favorite.
    -- Lakers won four of last five games, but covered once in last six games on the road. Dallas won seven of its last eight games, last four at home.
    -- Clippers won 11 of their last 14 home games.

    Cold Teams
    -- Toronto lost its last four games; they're 3-3 as home favorites.
    -- Celtics lost six of their last seven games.
    -- Bobcats lost last six home games (1-5 vs spread).
    -- Washington lost four of last five home games (0-5 vs spread). Kings lost last six games, but covered seven of last nine on road.
    -- Hawks lost seven of their last ten games.
    -- Nets lost last six home games (0-5 vs spread in last five).
    -- 76ers lost last four games, scoring 82.3 ppg.
    -- Bucks lost five of their last six games.
    -- Jazz lost seven of its last nine games. Minnesota covered once in last six games as a home favorite.
    -- Nuggets lost eight of last 11 games (7-4-1 as road underdog).

    Wear and Tear
    -- Pistons: 6th game/9 nites. Raptors: Had last four days off.
    -- Celtics: 3rd game/4 nites. Thunder: 6th game/9 nites.
    -- Hornets: 3rd nite in row. Cavaliers: 3rd game/4 nites.
    -- Pacers: 6th game/9 nites. Bobcats: Had last two nites off.
    -- Kings: 6th game/9 nites. Wizards: 2nd game/5 nites.
    -- Hawks: 3rd game/5 nites. Knicks: 6th game/9 nites.
    -- Magic: 3rd game/4 nites. Nets: 6th game/8 nites.
    -- 76ers: 3rd game/4 nites. Rockets: 6th game/9 nites.
    -- Bucks: 3rd game/4 nites. Bulls: 3rd game/5 nites.
    -- Jazz: 7th game/11 nites. Wolves: 3rd game/4 nites.
    -- Warriors: 7th game/11 nites. Suns: 7th game/10 nites.
    -- Lakers: 3rd game/4 nites. Mavericks: 3rd game/4 nites.
    -- Nuggets: 6th game/9 nites. Clippers: 3rd game/5 nites.

    -- Last six Detroit road games went over the total.
    -- Last four Boston road games stayed under the total.
    -- Four of last five Cleveland games stayed under total.
    -- Four of last five Indiana games stayed under total.
    -- Under is 13-5 in Sacramento's last 18 road games.
    -- Six of last seven Atlanta road games stayed under.
    -- Five of last six Orlando road games stayed under.
    -- 11 of last 14 Houston games stayed under the total.
    -- Last four Milwaukee games stayed under the total.
    -- Five of Utah's last six road games stayed under total.
    -- Over is 8-1-1 in Golden State's last ten road games.
    -- Four of last five Laker games went over the total.
    -- Four of last five Denver road games went over the total

  14. #14



    Hockey Crusher
    Los Angeles Kings + Colorado Avalanche UNDER 5

    (System Record: 65-3, won last game)
    Overall Record: 65-58-6

    Basketball Crusher
    Temple -1 over La Salle

    (System Record: 53-2, won last 7 games)
    Overall Record 53-46-3

    Soccer Crusher
    Hull City + Brighton & Hove Albion OVER 2

    This match is happening in England
    (System Record: 193-7, lost last game)
    Overall Record: 193-164-12

  15. #15


    Sportsbook Investing for 2/22
    Temple -1 over La Salle

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