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|03-14-14||Los Angeles Clippers v. Utah Jazz +9.5||Top||96-87||Win||100||9 h 6 m||Show|
20* NBA Western Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Utah Jazz +9.5
The Utah Jazz are showing tremendous value as a massive home underdog to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. Asking the Clippers to win by double-digits in Salt Lake City is simply asking too much.
Despite being down this season, the Jazz are still a very tough out at home. Just ask the Clippers, who have won their last three visits to Utah by a combined 5 points with finals of 116-114, 105-104 and 107-105. The Jazz will be out for revenge after losing their first two meetings this season in Los Angeles.
The Clippers come into this game way overvalued due to their current 9-game winning streak. Five of those victories have come by single-digits, and if the Clippers were to win tonight, it will be by single-digits, too. They are without their top bench player in Jamal Crawford (18.7 ppg), who is their second-leading scorer. He is doubtful to play tonight after missing the past two games with a calf injury.
The Jazz are an impressive 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600. Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The home team is 23-8 ATS in the last 31 meetings in this series. The Clippers are 4-17 ATS in their last 21 visits to Salt Lake City. Bet the Jazz Friday.
|03-14-14||Memphis Grizzlies +1 v. Toronto Raptors||86-99||Loss||-107||7 h 14 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Memphis Grizzlies +1
The Memphis Grizzlies (38-26) are playing as well as anyone in the NBA right now. They have won 11 of their last 14 games overall to move into the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. However, they cannot relax as they lead the No. 9 Phoenix Suns by just two games.
The Grizzlies certainly will not relax tonight as they look to avenge an 87-103 home loss to the Raptors in their first meeting of the season on November 13. That was back when this team was not healthy and playing poorly. They have overcome injuries to Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen and are now back to full strength, which is the biggest reason for their excellent play.
Toronto has been undervalued all season and is much better than it has gotten credit for. However, the betting public has caught up to the Raptors finally, and they are no longer overvalued. In fact, they are actually favored in this game tonight to prove it. They have no business being favored against a better team in the Grizzlies, which made it to the Western Conference Finals last year.
Memphis is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Grizzlies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five Friday games. Memphis is 17-8-1 ATS in its last 26 meetings with Toronto, including 9-4 ATS in its last 13 road meetings. Take the Grizzlies Friday.
|03-14-14||Iowa State +4 v. Kansas||Top||94-83||Win||100||21 h 0 m||Show|
25* Big 12 Tournament GAME OF THE YEAR on Iowa State +4
The Iowa State Cyclones want serious payback from losing the first two meetings with Kansas this season. This team is well aware of its struggles with Kansas over the past couple seasons, losing each of the last five meetings, including all three last year.
However, a closer look shows that they were competitive in every game but one. They lost two meetings with Kansas last year in overtime. This year, they fell by seven points at home (70-77) and 11 points on the road (81-92). That trip to Lawrence was much closer than the final score would indicate as the Jayhawks pulled away late.
What has given the Cyclones trouble against Kansas is the size and strength of their interior big men, namely Joel Embiid. Embiid had 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in their first meeting this season. He came back with 14 points and 11 boards in the second. In the two meetings combined, the 7-footer posted 30 points, 20 boards and six blocks while shooting 70.6 percent from the field.
Now, Embiid is out for the conference tournament as he deals with a back injury. The Cyclones match up with the Jayhawks much better without Embiid on the floor, so much so that I believe they are the better team now and will win outright. I'll just take the points for some insurance.
Another factor that cannot be overlooked here is that Kansas played an overtime game yesterday against Oklahoma State. That will take more out of them, especially now that they are short-handed without Embiid. The Jayhawks also played a couple hours after the Cyclones did yesterday, which is another slight advantage for ISU as it got a chance to watch Kansas after it beat Kansas State in the early game.
The Jayhawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. Kansas is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. The Jayhawks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win. The Cyclones are 5-2 ATS in their last seven neutral site games. The Cyclones are 71-46 ATS versus teams that outscore their opponents by 8-plus points per game after 15-plus games since 1997. Bet Iowa State Friday.
|03-14-14||Seton Hall v. Providence -2.5||74-80||Win||100||10 h 36 m||Show|
15* Big East Tournament PLAY OF THE DAY on Providence -2.5
The Providence Friars came up big in a must-win situation yesterday in terms of making the NCAA Tournament. They beat St. John's, and now they move on to face Seton Hall. They are currently the last team listed on Joe Lunardi's 'Last Four In' line, so they cannot afford to lose this game if they want to make the big dance, either.
One big advantage that the Friars have over the Pirates is that they'll be well-rested in comparison. Indeed, this will be the third game in three days for Seton Hall, while this will be just the second game in two days for Providence. The Pirates had to play the first round on Wednesday, while the Friars had a buy into the second round.
Seton Hall is getting a lot of respect from oddsmakers here, but it shouldn't be. It has won back-to-back 1-point games over Butler and Villanova. It is getting the respect due to that Villanova win, but as I've said all season, the Wildcats are not nearly as good as their record would indicate. They are extremely vulnerable as we look ahead to the NCAA Tournament as well.
I really like the veteran leadership on this Providence team, which has helped guide it to four wins in its last five games overall to put itself in position to make the NCAA Tournament. The lone loss came at Creighton on Senior Night for the Bluejays. Senior guard Bryce Cotton (21.4 ppg, 5.8 apg) is one of the best players in the country that nobody knows about. LaDontae Henton (13.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Kadeem Batts (12.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and Tyler Harris (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) compliment Cotton well. Take Providence Friday.
|03-14-14||Houston +19 v. Louisville||65-94||Loss||-110||10 h 36 m||Show|
15* AAC Tournament PLAY OF THE DAY on Houston +19
The Louisville Cardinals are getting way too much respect from oddsmakers and the betting public heading into this showdown with Houston. Their 92-31 beat down of Rutgers was impressive, but it has also created expectations for the Cardinals in terms of the point spread that they cannot live up to.
While the Cardinals are getting a lot of love for that win, the Cougars aren't getting enough for their 68-64 triumph over SMU as an 8.5-point underdog. I was on them as my 25* AAC GAME OF THE YEAR and stated that they are the biggest sleeper in this conference tournament. They are fully capable of giving Louisville a run for its money, too.
Houston has won five of its last six games overall, and it is 7-1-1 ATS in its last nine games. It boasts two of the best players in the conference tournament in TaShawn Thomas (15.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.7 bpg) and Danuel House (13.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Jherrod Stiggers (11.2 ppg) and L.J. Rose (9.0 ppg, 5.5 apg) are excellent as well. Each came up huge against SMU as Stiggers led the team with 19 points, while Rose was second with 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists.
Sure, it's concerning that the Cougars were blown out 52-91 at Louisville in their first meeting of the season. However, they played the Cardinals much tougher in their second meeting, falling 62-77 as a 15-point home underdog. Playing them for a third time, they now know what to expect from their pressure defense. I believe this trend will continue and that the third and final meeting will be decided by less than 15 points, let alone 19.
Plays against favorites of 10 or more points (LOUISVILLE) - hot team - having won 8 or more of their last 10 games, in any tournament semi-final game are 28-7 (80%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a win. Roll with Houston Friday.
|03-13-14||Los Angeles Lakers v. Oklahoma City Thunder -16.5||Top||102-131||Win||100||11 h 47 m||Show|
20* Lakers/Thunder TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Oklahoma City -16.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder will want revenge from one of their worst losses of the season, a 110-114 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 9 just five days ago. I look for them to get payback in blowout fashion and to cover even this lofty spread with ease.
The Thunder blew an 18-point lead in that game as Jodie Meeks went off for 42 points to lead the comeback for the Lakers. Unfortunately for L.A., there will be no comeback this time once the Thunder get up big because they will remember that blown lead, and thus they'll keep the foot on the gas for four quarters.
Oklahoma City cannot afford letdowns this time of year as it trails San Antonio by just one game for the No. 1 seed in the West. It's safe to say that the Lakers have the Thunder's full attention tonight not only because of the revenge, but also because of their standing in the West.
The Lakers have dropped seven straight meetings in Oklahoma City by an average of 15.7 points, including a 97-122 loss in their lone visit this season on December 13. Los Angeles has given up an average of 129.5 points per game in its last four games overall as its defense has been non-existent. OKC has scored 114.1 points per game in its last eight games and will score at will tonight.
Los Angeles is 13-27 ATS versus very good teams that outscored their opponents by 6-plus points per game over the last three seasons. The Lakers are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Oklahoma City is 74-43 ATS after having lost two of its last three games since 1996. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in this series. OKC is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four home games. Bet the Thunder Thursday.
|03-13-14||Utah +7.5 v. Arizona||39-71||Loss||-105||6 h 59 m||Show|
15* Pac-12 Tournament PLAY OF THE DAY on Utah +7.5
This Utah team really deserves a shot at the NCAA Tournament, but for now, they are on the outside looking in. They
|03-13-14||Purdue +9 v. Ohio State||61-63||Win||100||5 h 29 m||Show|
15* Big Ten Tournament PLAY OF THE DAY on Purdue +9
The Purdue Boilermakers were one of the most improved teams in the country this season with four starters back from last year. While it didn't always show up in the win/loss column, I saw enough from this team in the second half of the season to know that they are capable of beating anyone in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Boilermakers simply had bad fortune in close games this season. They lost road games at Wisconsin (76-70) by six and at Iowa (76-83) by seven, while also falling at home to Michigan (76-77) in overtime in three of their final four games of the regular season. Those three games right there all show what this team is capable of because it had a chance to win every one.
Purdue is going to be out for revenge on Ohio State after dropping both regular season meetings. It lost 69-78 at home and 49-67 on the road. Sure, that is concerning, but to beat a pesky team like Purdue by 9-plus points three times in one season is asking a lot. Plus, the Boilermakers will have a bit of a home-court advantage as this game will be played in Indianapolis.
Plays against neutral court teams (OHIO ST) - after going under the total by 42 or more points total in their last seven games, with a winning record on the season playing a losing team are 51-15 (77.3%) ATS since 1997. The Boilermakers are 30-16 ATS in their last 46 games following an ATS loss. The Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral site games. Take Purdue Thursday.
|03-13-14||Houston +8.5 v. SMU||Top||68-64||Win||100||4 h 59 m||Show|
25* AAC Tournament GAME OF THE YEAR on Houston +8.5
The Houston Cougars represent my strongest play for the entire 2014 AAC Tournament Thursday when they take on the SMU Mustangs. While they aren't one of the five ranked teams in the AAC, they are certainly the sleeper in this conference tournament.
Houston closed the season very strong by winning four of its final five games, which included a 77-68 victory over Memphis. This team also went on a 6-1-1 ATS run to close out the year, time and time again being undervalued. The Cougars have two of the best players in the tournament in TaShawn Thomas (15.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.7 bpg) and Danuel House (13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
SMU showed that perhaps it was a fraud all this time at the end of the season. It lost at home to Louisville 71-84 before going on the road and falling to Memphis by a final of 58-67. This team has no business being this heavily favored on a neutral floor against a quality Houston team.
That's especially the case when you consider how closely-contested the regular season series won. SMU won both meetings, but by just 7 points on the road (75-68) and 4 points at home (68-64). You can bet that the Cougars are going to want revenge in the third and final meeting, which is the most important one with their season at stake.
The Cougars are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight conference games. The Mustangs are 5-21-1 ATS in their last 27 neutral site games. Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last five meetings with SMU. The Cougars are 7-1 ATS after covering two of their last three against the spread this season. Bet Houston Thursday.
|03-12-14||Memphis Grizzlies v. New Orleans Pelicans UNDER 191||90-88||Win||100||10 h 55 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday Total DOMINATOR on Grizzlies/Pelicans UNDER 191
The books have set the bar too high tonight in this contest between the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans. Both teams have played in some high-scoring games of late against soft defensive teams, which has inflated the number. It's time to take advantage.
New Orleans has combined with its last three opponents for 216-plus points in each game. Those three opponents: the Lakers, Bucks and Nuggets. They'll be up against one of the best defensive teams in the league tonight in Memphis, which has combined for 200-plus points in its last two games, including a 109-99 victory over high-scoring Portland last night.
These teams are very familiar with one another as this will be their 4th and final meeting of the season. They have combined for 187, 202 and 183 points in the three meetings. Dating back further, the Grizzlies and Pelicans have combined for 187 or fewer points in six of their last seven meetings. They have combined for an average of 183.6 points per game in their last seven meetings, which is nearly 8 points less than tonight's posted total.
Memphis is 8-1 to the UNDER in road games versus teams that forced 14 or fewer turnovers this season. The UNDER is 10-3 in Pelicans last 13 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. The UNDER is 5-1 in the last six meetings. The UNDER is 4-0 in Grizzlies last four vs. a team with a losing record. Take the UNDER in this game Wednesday.
|03-12-14||Sacramento Kings v. Philadelphia 76ers +8.5||Top||115-98||Loss||-100||9 h 56 m||Show|
20* NBA Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Philadelphia 76ers +8.5
There aren't many bettors out there who are willing to throw down big money on the Philadelphia 76ers at this point. That's why their lines will be inflated going forward, and there will be plenty of value with this team. That is certainly the case tonight as a 9-point home dog to the Sacramento Kings.
Sure, it is concerning that the 76ers are riding a 20-game losing streak, but contrary to popular belief, they have not quit. You have to consider that these players are playing for jobs going forward, so they aren't going to pack it in. Also, they hung with the Knicks for three quarters before eventually losing 110-123 on the road last time out, so they have not packed it in.
Sacramento (22-42) has no business being this heavily favored against anyone, especially on the road. The Kings have dropped three straight road games all by double-digits to Toronto (87-99), Brooklyn (89-104) and Detroit (89-99) to fall to 9-23 away from home this year. If either one of these two teams have quit, it's the Kings.
This is a tough spot for Sacramento as well as this will be the second of a back-to-back and their 8th game in 13 days. This is a tired team right now, while the 76ers come in on one days' rest. Also, this will be just the 3rd game in 7 days for Philadelphia, so it is well-rested and ready to go.
This has been a one-sided series to say the least. Indeed, Philadelphia is 10-1 SU & 10-1 ATS in its last 11 meetings with Sacramento. It has won each of the last three meetings by 9-plus points each, including a 113-104 road victory as a 9-point underdog on January 2 in their first meeting this season.
Plays against any team (SACRAMENTO) - revenging a loss where opponent scored 110 or more points against opponent off a loss against a division rival are 84-38 (68.9%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the 76ers Wednesday.
|03-12-14||Fordham v. George Mason -5||Top||70-67||Loss||-106||11 h 6 m||Show|
20* Atlantic 10 GAME OF THE WEEK on George Mason -5
The George Mason Patriots are the best team in the country that currently has 11 wins or less on the season. This is a team that returned all five starters from last year, but the luck just hasn't fallen their way in close games. As a result, their record is 11-19 when it could easily be 19-11.
Indeed, a whopping 12 of their 19 losses came by 8 points or fewer, and 11 of those came by 6 points or less. As you can see, this team has simply fallen short in the close games. I like the fight I'll saw from them to close out hte season as they went 5-2 ATS over their last seven games, which included outright road wins at UMass (91-80) as an 11-point dog, and at La Salle (59-57) as a 6-point dog.
Fordham (9-20, 2-14) did pick up one of its two conference wins this season at home against George Mason, but that simply places the Patriots in revenge mode. Unlike the Patriots, the Rams are every bit as bad as their record would indicate. They lost eight straight games to close out the season, including six of those by double-digits. They don't even want to be still playing as they packed it in a long time ago.
The Patriots boast two of the best players in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Sherrod Wright (15.8 ppg) and Bryon Allen (15.2 ppg) can both fill it up when they need to. These two are fully capable of carrying this team deep into the tournament as a sleeper.
Fordham is 0-7 ATS in road games versus poor pressure defensive teams that force 14 or fewer turnovers this season. George Mason is 6-0 ATS off a home loss against a conference opponent this season. The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. These three trends combine for a perfect 17-0 system backing the Patriots. Bet George Mason Wednesday.
|03-12-14||Virginia Tech v. Miami (Fla) -6||53-57||Loss||-110||8 h 42 m||Show|
15* ACC Early Afternoon ANNIHILATOR on Miami -6
We are getting the Miami Hurricanes (16-15, 7-11) at a bargain price in their 2014 ACC Tournament opener. They get to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (9-21, 2-16), and I look for this one to result in a blowout victory in their favor.
Sure, they did hand the Hokies both of their conference victories this season with a 1-point home loss and a 7-point road loss. However, the fact that they lost both meetings has kept this line lower than it should be, and there's no question the 'Canes are going to want revenge while keeping their season alive in the rematch.
Miami has shown me enough to know that it is a sleeper in this ACC Tournament. It won four of its final six games to close out the season, so it is playing well coming in. It has gone on the road and knocked off the likes of UNC (63-57), Georgia Tech (56-42), Florida State (77-73) and NC State (85-70) in ACC play this season, playing its best basketball away from home.
Virginia Tech is 0-6 ATS in road games after having lost 15 or more of its last 20 games over the past two seasons. Miami is 11-1 ATS off a home win by 10 points or more over the last two seasons. The Hurricanes are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Take Miami Wednesday.
|03-12-14||Washington v. Utah -5.5||61-67||Win||100||7 h 7 m||Show|
15* Pac-12 PLAY OF THE DAY on Utah -5.5
This Utah team really deserves a shot at the NCAA Tournament, but for now, they are on the outside looking in. They
|03-11-14||Dallas Mavericks v. Golden State Warriors UNDER 210||85-108||Win||100||11 h 27 m||Show|
15* Mavericks/Warriors NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on UNDER 210
The books have set the bar too high tonight in this contest between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. I'll take advantage and back the UNDER in what I foresee to be a low-scoring battle come game's end.
These teams tend to bring out the worst in one another offensively because they match up well with one another defensively. Indeed, the Mavs and Warriors have combined to score 207 or fewer points in each of their last six meetings with the UNDER going 5-1 during that stretch.
Their two meetings this season have been very low-scoring. The Warriors won 95-93 at home for 188 combined points on December 11, while the Mavericks were victorious 103-99 at home on November 27 for 202 combined points. Not counting overtime, the last six meetings have averaged a combined 195.3 points per game, which is roughly 15 points lower than tonight's posted total of 210.
Many don't realize this, but the Warriors actually rank 3rd in the league in defensive efficiency this season, trailing only the Pacers and Bulls. The UNDER is 4-0 in Mavericks last four vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 8-2-1 in Warriors last 11 games overall. The UNDER is 20-6 in Warriors last 26 vs. NBA Southeast Division opponents. The UNDER is 25-9 in Warriors last 34 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Take the UNDER in this game Tuesday.
|03-11-14||BYU v. Gonzaga -4||64-75||Win||100||10 h 4 m||Show|
15* BYU/Gonzaga WCC Championship No-Brainer on Gonzaga -4
I look for the Gonzaga Bulldogs to take down the WCC Conference Tournament Championship tonight with a lopsided victory over the BYU Cougars. The Bulldogs have won six of the past eight WCC titles and they'll add another one to their r
|03-11-14||San Antonio Spurs -5 v. Chicago Bulls||Top||104-96||Win||100||9 h 55 m||Show|
20* NBA Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on San Antonio Spurs -5
The Chicago Bulls are in a massive letdown spot tonight. They are coming off their biggest win of the season in a 95-88 home victory in overtime against the defending champion Miami Heat on Sunday. It's only human nature to have a letdown off such a huge victory.
Plus, the Bulls can say they already beat the Spurs 96-86 on the road in their first meeting of the season. Meanwhile, San Antonio will be out for revenge from that defeat. That that it is healthy, it has been playing some of its best basketball of the season.
Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Danny Green have all returned from injuries as the Spurs are back to full strength. It has really paid off as they have won six straight coming into this one with five of those victories coming by 9-plus points. That includes a 111-87 home victory over Miami on March 6. They have had two days' rest since last beating the Magic on Saturday, so they're well-rested and ready to go.
San Antonio is 15-3 ATS in road games versus poor foul drawing teams that attempt 24 or fewer free throws per game this season. The Spurs are 32-12 ATS after scoring 105-plus points in two straight games over the last three seasons. San Antonio is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 trips to Chicago. Bet the Spurs Tuesday.
|03-10-14||Phoenix Suns +10.5 v. Los Angeles Clippers||105-112||Win||100||11 h 18 m||Show|
15* Suns/Clippers NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Phoenix +10.5
The Los Angeles Clippers should not be a double-digit favorite over the Phoenix Suns tonight. Los Angeles is simply being overvalued right now due to its 7-game winning streak, and that started to show last time out as it only won 109-108 at home over Atlanta as a 15-point favorite.
Phoenix (36-26) is tied with Memphis for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, so it has a lot to play for right now. Sure, this will be a second of a back-to-back for the Suns after falling 107-113 at Golden State as a 9.5-point underdog Sunday, but fatigue should not be a factor.
That's because the Suns had two days off prior to Sunday after last beating the Thunder on Thursday, March 6. Also, Phoenix will be motivated to avenge a 96-104 home loss to the Clippers less than a week ago on Tuesday, March 4. The Suns won their first visit this season to the Clippers by a final of 107-88 as an 8-point underdog on December 30.
There is a chance that Eric Bledsoe returns tonight as he has been cleared to play, but he'll likely return Wednesday. Also on the injury front, the Clippers are expected to be without second-leading scorer Jamal Crawford (18.7 ppg), and they simply aren't nearly as good of a team without him.
Plays on underdogs of 10 or more points (PHOENIX) - revenging a loss where opponent scored 100 or more points against opponent off a home no-cover where the team won straight up as a favorite are 39-12 (76.5%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Suns are 20-8 ATS in all road games this season. Take Phoenix Monday.
|03-10-14||Bowling Green v. Northern Illinois -3||51-54||Push||0||9 h 18 m||Show|
15* CBB Monday PLAY OF THE DAY on Northern Illinois -3
The Northern Illinois Huskies (14-16) get the call as a small home favorite over the Bowling Green Falcons (12-19) in the first round of the MAC Tournament. This is an absolute gift from oddsmakers, and we'll take advantage.
Northern Illinois has been undervalued for quite some time now, and that has continued here tonight. Indeed, the Huskies are 10-0-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. That includes outright wins over Kent State as an 11-point dog, Miami Ohio as a 3-point dog, Eastern Michigan as a 4-point dog, Toledo as a 5.5-point dog and Ball State as a 2.5-point dog.
Bowling Green is not playing well coming into the MAC Tournament. It has gone 0-3 SU & 0-3 ATS in its last three games overall with blowout losses to Akron (47-57), Ohio (61-72) and Buffalo (65-88). It has lost eight of its last 10 overall and I don't foresee it magically turning things around tonight. The Huskies already beat the Falcons 45-36 on the road as an 8.5-point dog back on January 12 in their first meeting of the season.
The Falcons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Bowling Green is 0-4 ATS in its last four road games. Northern Illinois is 10-0-2 ATS in its last 12 games overall. The Huskies are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six home games. These four trends combine for a perfect 24-0 system backing the home team. Roll with Northern Illinois Monday.
|03-10-14||Philadelphia 76ers +16 v. New York Knicks||Top||110-123||Win||100||9 h 53 m||Show|
25* NBA Atlantic Division GAME OF THE YEAR on Philadelphia 76ers +16
The Philadelphia 76ers represent my strongest play in the Atlantic Division for the entire 2013-14 season Monday. This line has clearly been inflated to the point where there is a ton of value with the road underdog because the betting public wants nothing to do with the 76ers right now.
Indeed, the 76ers come in riding an NBA-high 16-game losing streak. I don't believe they have quit at all, it's just that it has taken time to get used to playing with some new players after trading away a couple starters. This team should start gelling soon because this will be just their 2nd game in 6 days, so they have had plenty of practice time to get used to playing together over the past week.
New York (24-40) should not be this heavily favored against anyone. It is overvalued right now due to going 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in its last three games overall. However, those three games came against teams that would not be in the playoffs if the season ended today. This team has played poorly all season, and they should not be getting this respect because of a brief run of solid play against soft competition.
Plays on road teams (PHILADELPHIA) - a good offensive team (98-102 PPG) against a poor defensive team (98-102 PPG), after allowing 100 points or more 2 straight games are 87-33 (72.5%) ATS over the last five seasons. The road team has won both meetings this season, and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall. The Knicks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight vs. Eastern Conference foes. Bet the 76ers Monday.
|03-09-14||Indiana Pacers v. Dallas Mavericks UNDER 196.5||94-105||Loss||-102||10 h 18 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Pacers/Mavericks UNDER 196.5
Both the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers will be playing with a lot of intensity tonight. I believe that will favor the defense in this one as both teams put their best effort of the season into the defensive end of the floor.
Indiana is a pissed off team right now having lost a season-high three straight games. It has given up 112 and 109 points in its last two games, respectively, so it will be blaming the poor play on defense. As a result, it will get after it defensively. The Mavs have lost three of four while allowing 100-plus points in three of the losses, so their message will be defense heading into this one.
These teams played in the ultimate defensive battle the first time they got together this season. Dallas beat Indiana 81-73 on the road on February 12 for 154 combined points. While I do expect more points in this one, I don't foresee them sniffing 196 combined points. Each of the past four meetings have seen 186 or fewer combined points with the UNDER going 4-0.
The UNDER is 5-1 in Pacers last six vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 4-0 in Pacers last four Sunday games. The UNDER is 4-1 in Mavericks last five home games. Bet the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|03-09-14||Wisconsin v. Nebraska +3||Top||68-77||Win||100||9 h 13 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE WEEK on Nebraska +3
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-11) are squarely on the bubble in terms of making the NCAA Tournament. They could really use a win Sunday over Wisconsin (25-5) to get on the right side of the bubble, and they'll be highly motivated in their regular season finale as a result.
Nebraska is playing as well as anyone in the Big Ten right now. It has won seven of its past eight games overall heading into this showdown with the Badgers, who really don't have a ton to play for in this one.
The Huskers are 14-1 at home this season, outscoring opponents by 11.4 points per game. Quietly, they have had one of the best home-court advantages in the country. This place will be rocking Sunday with what's at stake.
Nebraska is 8-0 ATS in home games against a team with a winning record this season. The Huskers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Nebraska is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 vs. Big Ten opponents. The Badgers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven Sunday games. Bet Nebraska Sunday.
|03-09-14||Oklahoma City Thunder v. Los Angeles Lakers UNDER 230.5||110-114||Win||100||5 h 18 m||Show|
15* Thunder/Lakers ABC Sunday No-Brainer on UNDER 230.5
The value in this game between the Lakers and Thunder is clearly with the UNDER. While both teams can score, the fact of the matter is that this number has been set too high, and you would be foolish to back the over on totals this high with any consistency.
The reason for the inflation here is that both teams have played in ridiculously high-scoring games of late. The Lakers and their opponents have combined for 236-plus points in three straight, while the Thunder are coming off a 250-point effort against the Suns. Both teams have created expectations for themselves that they cannot live up to in terms of point-scoring.
These teams have played twice this season with combined scores of 210 and 219 points, which are high, but not nearly as high as this total set tonight. Those totals were set at 204.5 and 210.5, respectively. That just goes to show you really how much value is with the UNDER in this one based on the total sets alone.
The Lakers and Thunder have not combined for more than 226 points in any of their last 30 meetings. You have to go all the way back to 2008 to find the last time that they combined for more, which was when the Thunder were the Supersonics in a 105-130 loss to the Lakers. That makes for a perfect 30-0 system backing the UNDER. Roll with the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|03-09-14||Miami Heat v. Chicago Bulls UNDER 188||Top||88-95||Win||100||3 h 43 m||Show|
20* Heat/Bulls ABC Early ANNIHILATOR on UNDER 188
The books have set the bar too high in this contest between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls Sunday. I look for a low-scoring, defensive battle, which is usually the case when these teams get together.
That was certainly the case the last time these teams met up on February 23. Miami beat Chicago 93-79 at home for 172 combined points. I look for a similar final combined score in this one this afternoon as both teams get after it defensively.
Both teams have been playing at a snails' pace this season. Chicago ranks 29th in pace at 93.0 possessions per game, while Miami surprisingly ranks 23rd in pace at 94.4 possessions per game. Chicago also ranks 2nd in defensive efficiency, allowing just 97.9 points per 100 possessions.
Plays on the UNDER on road teams where the total is between 180 and 189.5 points (MIAMI) - a good team (+3 to +7 PPG differential) against an average team (+/- 3 PPG differential), after allowing 110 points or more are 24-4 (85.7%) since 1996. Chicago is 14-4 to the UNDER in a home game where the total is between 180 and 189.5 points this season. Take the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|03-08-14||New York Knicks v. Cleveland Cavaliers UNDER 199||107-97||Loss||-110||22 h 56 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday Total ANNIHILATOR on Knicks/Cavaliers UNDER 199
The New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers are each trying to stay alive for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Each has a long way to go, but they are both still fighting. That's why the intensity level will be high in this game, which favors a defensive battle.
Both teams will also be tired as this is the second of a back-to-back for each. I look for the jump shots to come up short tonight, and for both offenses to struggle. There's no question that fatigue favors defense as well as neither team will be looking to push the ball much in this one.
Cleveland traded for Luol Deng before the deadline. That is huge for the UNDER here considering he will be matched up against Carmelo Anthony. The key to stopping the Knicks' offense is stopping Anthony, and Deng has been one of the most underrated defenders in the league in his career.
The Cavaliers are 11-2 to the UNDER as a home favorite of 6 points or less this season. Cleveland is 12-3 to the UNDER in a home games where the total is between 190 and 199.5 points this season. The UNDER is 13-3 in Cavaliers last 16 home games overall. The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these teams in Cleveland. Take the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|03-08-14||Oklahoma State v. Iowa State -3||Top||81-85||Win||100||19 h 32 m||Show|
20* Big 12 GAME OF THE MONTH on Iowa State -3
The Iowa State Cyclones (22-7) will roll on Senior Day against Oklahoma State (20-10). The Cyclones are not only hungry for Senior Day, but they're also looking to bounce back from two straight road loss against tough competition in Kansas State and Baylor.
I like their chances considering they have one of the best home-court advantages in the country. Indeed, Iowa State has only lost TWO games over the past TWO seasons combined. Both of those losses came to Kansas, which wins the Big 12 every year, so that's no surprise. The Cyclones are 14-1 at home this season, outscoring opponents by 17.6 points per game.
Oklahoma State is getting a lot of love from oddsmakers right now due to its 4-game winning streak. However, three of those wins came at home, while the lone road win came against TCU, which is winless in Big 12 play. The Cowboys have lost six of their other seven road games against Big 12 opponents with their only win coming by a single point at lowly West Virginia.
Iowa State is 24-4 ATS in its last 28 home games as a favorite of 3 points or less or pick. The Cyclones are 13-2 ATS in their last 15 March home games. The Cowboys are 1-8 ATS as a road underdog of 6 points or less or pick over the last three seasons. The home team is 10-2 SU in the last 12 meetings in this series. The Cowboys are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 road games. Bet Iowa State Saturday.
|03-08-14||Georgetown +10 v. Villanova||Top||59-77||Loss||-110||16 h 23 m||Show|
20* Big East GAME OF THE MONTH on Georgetown +10
The Georgetown Hoyas (17-12) are squarely on the bubble in terms of making the NCAA Tournament. A win over Villanova (27-3) would likely put them on the good side of the bubble heading into the Big East Tournament. As a result, they won't be lacking any motivation today.
Georgetown put itself in this position by winning two of its last three games over Xavier (74-52) and Creighton (75-63). Its only loss came at Marquette (73-75) as a 4-point dog during this stretch. Those three efforts really show what this team is capable of, and it's clear that the Hoyas have saved their best for last.
After wrapping up the Big East title with a 77-70 win at Xavier on Thursday, the Wildcats are in a massive letdown spot here. Plus, they will only be playing on one days' rest, while the Hoyas will be playing on three days' rest having last played on Tuesday. That is a huge advantage for the road team here.
Adding fuel to the fire for the Hoyas is the need to revenge a 60-65 home loss to the Wildcats in their first meeting of the season on January 27. That was back when they were not playing very well at all, but this team has really turned it on here toward the end of the season when games matter most.
Georgetown is 10-1 ATS when revenging a loss over the last two seasons. It is coming back to win 66.9 to 60.5 in this spot, or by an average of 6.4 points per game. Villanova is just 3-12 ATS when playing its 2nd game in 3 days over the last three seasons. The Hoyas are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Bet Georgetown Saturday.
|03-08-14||Connecticut +9.5 v. Louisville||48-81||Loss||-110||16 h 31 m||Show|
15* UConn/Louisville CBS Saturday No-Brainer Connecticut +9.5
The Connecticut Huskies (24-6) will want revenge from one of their worst losses of the season. They fell 65-76 at home to the Louisville Cardinals on January 18, and I look for them to try and return the favor in this one. They shot just 35.2% from the field in the loss.
Louisville comes in overvalued off its big win at SMU on Wednesday. Russ Smith simply could not miss, connecting all six of his 3-point attempts in the second half to help the Cardinals pull away for an 84-71 victory. He is a streaky shooter, and there's zero chance he shoots as well as he did last time out.
UConn has been playing very well over the past month and a half. It has gone 10-2 SU & 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games overall since that loss to Louisville. It has beaten Memphis and Cincinnati during this stretch, and its two losses came by 5 and 9 points.
The Huskies are 6-0 ATS in road games versus good teams that outscore their opponents by 4-plus points per game after 15-plus games over the last two seasons. Louisville is 0-7 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9.5 points over the last three seasons. The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games vs. a team with a winning home record. These three trends combine for a 17-0 system backing the road dog. Roll with Connecticut Saturday.
|03-08-14||Baylor v. Kansas State -3.5||76-74||Loss||-106||16 h 8 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Kansas State -3.5
The Kansas State Wildcats have had one of the best home-court advantages in the entire country. Getting them as only a small home favorite over the Baylor Bears is an absolute gift from oddsmakers Saturday. Let's take advantage.
Indeed, Kansas State is a sensational 15-1 at home this season. It is outscoring opponents by an average of 11.3 points per game at home this year. It is a perfect 8-0 at home in Big 12 play with wins over the likes of Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State, which are all likely NCAA Tournament teams.
Baylor is getting a lot of love from oddsmakers due to winning six of its last seven. But that has come against a very soft schedule with the only two road wins coming against TCU and West Virginia, which are arguably the two worst teams in the Big 12. The Bears did beat Kansas State in double-overtime at home, but that now places the Wildcats in revenge mode, which only adds to their motivation.
Kansas State is 9-0 ATS in home games versus good teams that outscore their opponents by 4-plus points per game this season. The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS as a home favorite of 6 points or less this season, and 6-0 ATS in home games revenging a road loss over the past two seasons. These three trends combine for a perfect 21-0 system backing the Wildcats. Take Kansas State Saturday.
|03-07-14||Utah Jazz +7 v. New York Knicks||81-108||Loss||-105||9 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday Undervalued Underdog on Utah Jazz +7
The New York Knicks (22-40) are getting too much respect from the books tonight. The fact of the matter is that this team is all but done for, and even a 118-106 win at Minnesota last time out does not change that. The Knicks know it, and so do I.
New York had lost seven straight and 13 of 15 prior to that win over the Timberwolves. It had been beaten by double-digits in four straight games before the win, too. Basically, this line has been inflated due to that win, and it should not have been because it didn't matter.
Utah has lost four straight games coming in, all of which have come on the road. This has also created some extra line value here as the betting public wants nothing to do with the Jazz after this stretch of basketball. I like the young players on this Jazz team, and they are not going to pack it in this early in the season as guys are playing for jobs.
Plays against any team (NEW YORK) - off a road win by 10 points or more, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a losing record are 32-16 (66.7%) ATS over the last five seasons. Utah is a perfect 7-0 ATS in road games after having lost four of its last five games this season. The Knicks are 12-20 SU & 11-21 ATS at home this season. Take the Jazz Friday.
|03-07-14||Portland Trail Blazers v. Dallas Mavericks -2||98-103||Win||100||9 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday No-Doubt Rout on Dallas Mavericks -2
The Dallas Mavericks will be highly motivated for a victory tonight when they host the Portland Trail Blazers. They have lost three straight games coming in and need to put an end to this skid in a hurry.
Dallas (36-26) only leads Memphis (34-26) by one game for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Losses at this point are very costly, especially three in a row. You can bet that the Mavericks will be putting their best foot forward tonight because of it.
The Mavericks have won three of their last four meetings with the Blazers. They are also 29-12 straight up in their last 41 home meetings with Portland. Rarely will you ever get Dallas as this small of a home favorite, and we'll take advantage tonight.
Portland is 8-19 ATS in its last 27 road games following a win by 10 points or more. Dallas is 10-1 ATS after trailing its previous game by 15 or more points at halftime over the last three seasons. The Mavericks are 27-12 ATS in their last 39 games following a road loss. Dallas is 41-15 ATS in its last 56 games following an ATS loss, and 36-16 ATS in its last 52 games following a S.U. loss. Roll with the Mavericks Friday.
|03-07-14||Cleveland Cavaliers v. Charlotte Bobcats UNDER 196||Top||92-101||Win||100||7 h 28 m||Show|
20* NBA TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Cavaliers/Bobcats UNDER 196
The books have set the bar too high tonight in this contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives down the stretch, so the intensity should be at a very high level defensively.
These teams have faced each other twice this season with defense shining through. The Bobcats won both meetings 90-84 at home for 174 combined points, and 86-80 on the road for 166 combined points. From those two results alone, it's easy to see that there is a ton of value with the UNDER in this one.
Both teams like to play at a slow pace. Cleveland ranks 20th in pace at 95.5 possessions per game, while Charlotte is right behind them in 21st at 95.2 possessions per contest. The Cavaliers rank 24th in offensive efficiency at 99.9 points per 100 possessions, while the Bobcats are 25th at 99.6 per 100 possessions.
The UNDER is 9-1-1 in Bobcats last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Cleveland is 28-13 to the UNDER after allowing 110 points or more in two straight games since 1996. The Cavaliers are 60-32 to the UNDER after scoring 100 points or more in two straight games since 1996. Because the Cavs are coming off back-to-back high-scoring games, this total has been inflated. We'll take advantage. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|03-07-14||Illinois State v. Missouri State +1||48-53||Win||100||4 h 16 m||Show|
15* MVC Tournament PLAY OF THE DAY on Missouri State +1
The Missouri State Bears are one of the most underrated teams in all of college basketball. They went 19-11 this season and I look for them to grab their 20th win tonight. They were the only team to take unbeaten Wichita State to overtime this year, blowing a 20-point lead in that game.
Illinois State (16-14) had a solid season as well, but it did most of its damage at home. The Redbirds were just 4-11 SU & 4-10 ATS in all road games this season.
The Redbirds did recently beat Missouri State 67-63 at home on February 18, but that places the Bears in revenge mode. Missouri State won the first meeting 78-70 at home.
Illinois State is 1-13 ATS in its last 14 games off a close road loss by 3 points or less. The Redbirds are 0-6 ATS after covering two of their last three ATS this season. Missouri State is 9-1 ATS off a conference loss by 10 points or more over the last two years. The Bears are 8-0-1 ATS in their last nine games following a SU loss of more than 20 points. These four trends combine for a 36-2 system backing the Bears. Bet Missouri State Friday.
|03-06-14||Los Angeles Clippers v. Los Angeles Lakers UNDER 225.5||Top||142-94||Loss||-110||12 h 55 m||Show|
20* Clippers/Lakers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on UNDER 225.5
The books have set the bar way too high tonight in this contest between the Clippers and Lakers. The value is clearly with the UNDER in this game, and I'll gladly take advantage as it would take a really high-scoring effort from both teams to top this massive total.
The Clippers are expected to be without two of their best shooters, but also two of their worst defenders. J.J. Redick may miss the rest of the season, while Jamal Crawford is doubtful with a calf injury. These losses will hamper their offensive production, so the Clippers will try and make up for it on the other end.
While recent meetings between these teams have been high scoring, they have not been THIS high scoring. The Clippers and Lakers have combined for 210, 219 and 204 points in their last three meetings, respectively. Dating back further, 24 of the last 25 meetings between these teams have seen 221 or fewer combined points.
Plays on the UNDER on all teams where the total is greater than or equal to 210 (LA LAKERS) - average shooting team (43.5-45.5%) against an average defensive team (43.5-45.5%), after a game - allowing a shooting pct. of 55% or higher are 25-8 (75.8%) since 1996. The UNDER is 35-16 in Clippers last 51 Thursday games. The UNDER is 6-1 in Lakers last seven games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|03-06-14||Oklahoma City Thunder v. Phoenix Suns UNDER 218||122-128||Loss||-103||9 h 29 m||Show|
15* Thunder/Suns NBA Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 218
Both the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder have played in some ridiculously high-scoring games of late. As a result, oddsmakers have inflated this total as both teams have created expectations for themselves that they cannot live up to.
One look at recent meetings between these teams and it's easy to see that this number has been inflated. Five of the past six meetings have seen 110 or fewer combined points. The past two meetings have been very low-scoring.
In their final meeting of 2012-13, the Thunder beat the Suns 97-69 on the road for 166 combined points. In their first and only meeting of 2013-14, the Thunder won 103-96 at home for 199 combined points. Oddsmakers set the total for that game at 198, and now it has been set roughly 20 points higher for the second meeting. That shows the line value here on this UNDER.
Oklahoma City is 10-1 to the UNDER after scoring 120 points or more over the past two seasons. The Thunder are 9-1 to the UNDER off two consecutive home wins by 10 points or more over the last two years. The UNDER is 21-5 in Suns last 26 Thursday games. Roll with the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|03-06-14||USC-Upstate +8 v. Mercer||75-78||Win||100||10 h 31 m||Show|
15* CBB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on USC Upstate +8
The USC Upstate Spartans (19-13) are showing tremendous value in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals tonight as they take on the Mercer Bears (24-8). Oddsmakers are giving the Bears a little too much respect in this one due to home-court advantage.
The Spartans have been one of the most underrated teams in the country this season. They have only lost one game by more than 10 points all season, and that came at Cincinnati. They have only lost one game in conference play by more than 6 points all season as well.
USC Upstate clearly has really had Mercer's number this season. After losing 60-62 on the road in their first meeting, the Spartans got revenge with an 80-61 home victory on February 2. They outrebounded Mercer by 7 and 8 boards in the two meetings, respectively.
Plays on a road team (USC UPSTATE) - after two straight wins by 6 points or less against opponent after scoring 85 points or more are 55-26 (67.9%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Spartans re 5-1-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. the Bears are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Bet USC Upstate Thursday.
|03-06-14||Miami Heat v. San Antonio Spurs UNDER 209.5||87-111||Win||100||9 h 17 m||Show|
15* Heat/Spurs TNT Thursday No-Brainer on UNDER 209.5
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will take part in a defensive battle tonight. This is a rematch from their epic 7-game NBA Finals series in which San Antonio had the title stolen away from them by Ray Allen and company.
Familiarity leads to low-scoring games. I believe the defensive intensity tonight will be very high in this rematch, especially as both teams are rounding into form as we enter the final 1/4 of the season.
One way to know that there is value with the UNDER tonight is the fact that the total has been set 4.5 points higher than in their first meeting (205) of the season. Also, eight of the past 10 meetings have seen 205 or fewer combined points.
Miami is a perfect 8-0 to the UNDER in road games after a combined score of 205 points or more in two straight games over the past two seasons. The average score in these teams has been 101.0 to 91.4, or a combined average of 192.4 points per game. Take the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|03-05-14||Dayton v. St. Louis -7||Top||72-67||Loss||-106||10 h 44 m||Show|
20* Atlantic 10 GAME OF THE MONTH on Saint Louis -7
The Saint Louis Billikens are coming off their first two-game losing streak of the season. They need a win tonight to clinch at least a share of the Atlantic 10 title, so they certainly will not be lacking any motivation. In fact, I look for them to play with more passion tonight than in any other game all season.
This is Senior Night for the Billikens, who rely on their seniors more than any other team in the country. Indeed, five of their top six scorers are seniors in Jordain Jett (13.9 ppg), Dwayne Evans (13.8 ppg, Rob Loe (10.1 ppg, Mike McCall Jr. (9.5 ppg) and Jake Barnett (4.9 ppg). I look for all five of these guys to rally around one another and to put on one final dominant performance in front of their home fans.
Dayton comes in playing well, having gone 7-1 SU & 5-3 ATS in its last eight games overall. But it has done most of its damage at home and against a soft schedule. Its lone loss during this stretch came at St. Joseph's (53-79) in blowout fashion. While the Flyers are overvalued due to their recent stretch of success, the Billikens are undervalued due to having failed to cover in six straight games.
Saint Louis won 67-59 in the first meeting with Dayton on the road back on January 11. That's important because Dayton is 0-7 ATS in road games revenging a loss over the past two seasons. It is losing by an average of 12.5 points per game in this spot. Bet Saint Louis Wednesday.
|03-05-14||West Virginia v. Oklahoma -8||62-72||Win||100||10 h 44 m||Show|
15* Big 12 PLAY OF THE DAY on Oklahoma -8
The Oklahoma Sooners (21-8) have gone under the radar all season. Lon Krueger has done an excellent job with this team as the Sooners are clearly one of the best teams in the Big 12, which is arguably the best conference in the country. They are tied for second in the conference with 10-6 record.
While the Sooners do have some impressive road wins this season, they have done most of their damage within the conference at home. Indeed, they are 6-2 at home this season in the Big 12 with blowout wins over the likes of Oklahoma State (88-76), Baylor (88-72), Kansas State (84-73) and Texas (77-65). To beat all four of those teams by double-digits is saying something considering all four are likely going to the big dance.
West Virginia (16-13), meanwhile, will not be going to the big dance. It has lost three of four, including blowout losses against Texas (71-88), Baylor (75-88) and Iowa State (66-83). Its lone win came against Big 12 bottom feeder TCU, which has yet to win a conference game. The Mountaineers did beat the Sooners at home 91-86 in their first meeting, but that will just have Oklahoma out for revenge and playing even more motivated on Senior Night.
Oklahoma is 7-0 ATS off two straight games with nine or less offensive rebounds this season. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Oklahoma is 4-0 ATS in its last four games vs. a team with a winning record. These three trends combine for a 15-0 system backing the Sooners. Roll with Oklahoma Wednesday.
|03-05-14||Houston Rockets v. Orlando Magic +7||101-89||Loss||-110||8 h 33 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday Night Line Mistake on Orlando Magic +7
The Orlando Magic are showing tremendous value as a 7-point home underdog to the Houston Rockets tonight. While they likely won't need the points, I'm going to take them for some added insurance in a game that should go right down to the wire.
Sure, Houston is the more talented team, but this is a very tough spot for the Rockets. Indeed, they will be playing the second of a back-to-back off arguably their biggest win of the season last night against the defending champion Miami Heat. It's only human nature for them to suffer a letdown off that victory.
Orlando, meanwhile, comes in on two days' rest and ready to go. The Magic have been extremely tough at home over the past month. They have gone 7-1 SU & 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games overall with their only loss coming to Memphis by a final of 81-86. They have beaten the top two teams in each conference in Oklahoma City and Indiana during this stretch, too.
Another bonus is that leading scorer Arron Afflalo is expected to return after a five-game absence. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. Orlando is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 home games. Houston is 0-8 ATS in its last eight meetings with Orlando. Take the Magic Wednesday.
|03-05-14||Indiana Pacers -4.5 v. Charlotte Bobcats||Top||87-109||Loss||-108||8 h 50 m||Show|
20* NBA Eastern Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Indiana Pacers -4.5
Off a 96-98 home loss to the Golden State Warriors last night, the league-best Indiana Pacers will come back highly motivated for a victory tonight. They have only lost two games in a row one time this season, and it's not about to happen against a team they have dominated.
Indeed, the Pacers are 14-1 in their last 15 meetings with the Bobcats. They have won the last five by an average of 17.8 points per game. Indiana cruised to a 99-74 victory at Charlotte on November 27. Its last two trips to Charlotte have resulted in wins by a combined 52 points.
The Bobcats are in a bit of a letdown spot here as they return home from a grueling 3-game trip against San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami. They went 0-3 SU & 0-3 ATS in those three contests, losing each by double-digits. That just proved that this team still has a long ways to go before it can compete with the league's elite, such as Indiana.
"Mentally, we've got to be way tougher than we are because it's time, you know, it's just time," David West said. "It's just not something that you can just say a week before the playoffs, say, 'OK.' You've got to work your way into it. But as a group, it's time. We've got a tough three-game trip coming up and it's just time."
"We've been getting away with playing sub-.500 teams and winning ballgames like these," Paul George said. "We just can't play with fire on nights like these."
I believe in the leadership of this team with West and George at the forefront. When they say they are going to do something, they usually go out and do it. That's why I look for this team to rally around these two and to come up with one of their most dominant performances of the season tonight in Charlotte.
The Pacers are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a S.U. loss. The Bobcats are 13-27-2 ATS in their last 42 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Bet the Pacers Wednesday.
|03-05-14||Louisville v. SMU +3.5||84-71||Loss||-109||7 h 24 m||Show|
15* Louisville/SMU Top 25 No-Brainer on SMU +3.5
The SMU Mustangs (23-6) have been one of the most underrated teams in the country all season. They are once again getting no love from the books as a home underdog to the Louisville Cardinals (24-5) tonight. I look for the Mustangs to make another statement to let the country know that they are one of the best teams in the country, which they are.
SMU has had one of the best home-court advantages in the land. It is a perfect 15-0 in all home games this season, and 10-1 ATS in home lined games. It is outscoring opponents by a whopping 19.6 points per game at home. It has beaten the likes of UConn, Memphis and Cincinnati at home this year.
The Mustangs hung tough with the Cardinals in their first meeting of the season, falling by a final of 63-71 on the road as a 13.5-point underdog. They outrebounded the Cardinals 48-35 in that game, including 18-6 on the offensive glass. I look for rebounding to be a big factor as to why they get revenge on Louisville at home this time around.
SMU is 7-0 ATS versus good teams that outscored their opponents by 8-plus points per game after 15-plus games over the last two seasons. Mustangs are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Louisville is 0-6 ATS off an upset loss to a conference opponent as a favorite over the last two seasons. The Cardinals are 0-6 ATS after a loss by 6 points or less over the last two years. These four trends combine for a perfect 27-0 system backing the Mustangs. Take SMU Wednesday.
|03-04-14||Marquette v. Providence -2.5||Top||80-81||Loss||-109||9 h 14 m||Show|
20* CBB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Providence -2.5
The Providence Friars (19-10) are one of the most underrated teams in the country. They are squarely on the bubble in terms of making the NCAA Tournament, so they won't be lacking any motivation tonight.
They have been handling this pressure very well of late as I have successfully won with them in each of their last three games. They lost at home to Villanova 79-82 (OT) as a 5-point underdog before going on the road and winning at Butler (87-81) as a 1-point dog and at Seton Hall (74-69) as a 2.5-point dog.
Adding to the motivation for the Friars is the fact that they lost to Marquette (17-12) by a final of 50-61 in their first meeting of the season. The Golden Eagles are pretty much done for in terms of making the big dance unless they win the Big East Tournament, so finding motivation could be tough for them.
The Golden Eagles are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Big East opponents, and 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games. The Friars are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Marquette is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall. Bet Providence Tuesday.
|03-04-14||Florida State -2 v. Boston College||74-70||Win||100||9 h 14 m||Show|
15* ACC PLAY OF THE DAY on Florida State -2
The Florida State Seminoles (17-11) have some work to do if they want to make the NCAA Tournament. They certainly cannot afford to lose this game at Boston College tonight, and I expect them to respond in a big way because of it.
The Seminoles have been handling the pressure of these must-win games quite well of late. They have won three of their last four, including a 71-66 victory at Pittsburgh and a 67-60 triumph at Wake Forest in their two road games during this stretch. They also beat Georgia Tech 81-71 at home with their only loss coming to red-hot UNC.
Boston College (8-21) has nothing to play for but pride at this point in the season. While this team clearly has not quit, I just don't believe that it is tough enough to take down the gritty Seminoles in this spot. FSU will want it more, and it will get it behind one of the best defenses in the country. The Seminoles only allow 38.9% shooting, while the Eagles give up 46.4% shooting.
The Eagles are 0-8 ATS in home games vs. a team with a winning record this season. Boston College is 1-10 ATS after playing its last game on the road this season. The Eagles are 1-9 ATS in all home games this year. Clearly, they have had zero home-court advantage. Take Florida State Tuesday.
|03-04-14||Philadelphia 76ers v. Oklahoma City Thunder UNDER 219||92-125||Win||100||8 h 19 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Total ANNIHILATOR on 76ers/Thunder UNDER 219
The books have set the bar too high with this total tonight between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers. I fully expect an Oklahoma City blowout, which will lead to the starters getting pulled early. The Thunder do not have a deep bench scoring-wise as their bench is mostly filled with players known more for their defense.
These teams met once this season with the Thunder winning 103-91 on January 25 with a total set of 208 points. Now, the books have set the number 11 points higher than the previous meeting despite their 194-point effort. As you can see, there's clearly value with the under here based on the 11-point difference alone.
Philadelphia was a high-scoring machine through the first half of the season, which created a lot of expectations. However, it has traded away two of its best players in Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, and now points have been much harder to come by. The 76ers have been held to 100 or fewer points in six of their last nine games overall, including an 81-92 loss at Orlando last time out.
Plays on the UNDER on all teams where the total is greater than or equal to 200 (PHILADELPHIA) - after going under the total by more than 18 points in their previous game, terrible team, winning 25% or less of their games on the season are 29-9 (76.3%) over the last five seasons.
Philadelphia is 9-1 to the UNDER in road games where the total is greater than or equal to 210 this season. Oklahoma City is 28-11 to the UNDER off a home win by 10 points or more over the last two seasons. The UNDER is 10-2-1 in 76ers last 13 road games, and 6-0-2 in 76ers last eight road games vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with the UNDER in this game Tuesday.
|03-03-14||Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5 v. Denver Nuggets||132-128||Loss||-103||10 h 18 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves (29-29) are fighting for their playoff lives right now. They currently sit 5.5 games behind both the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. As a result, you can expect them to lay it all on the line from here on out.
The Timberwolves have responded well to the pressure of these must-win games since the All-Star Break. They have gone 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, which includes a home win over Indiana (104-91) and a road victory at Phoenix (110-101). In fact, all five of their wins came by 9 points or more. This team is much better than its record would indicate as it simply fell victim to a plethora of close losses in the first half of the season.
Denver (25-33) has clearly quit on its season. It has gone 1-10 SU & 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games overall, which included a 90-117 road loss at Minnesota on February 12. Not helping matters is the fact that the Nuggets are without their best player in Ty Lawson (18.0 ppg, 8.8 apg). They are also without Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson. Also, Kenneth Faried (11.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is questionable tonight with a knee injury.
The Timberwolves are an incredible 12-1 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Denver is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games overall, including 0-5 ATS in its last five home games. The Nuggets are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Minnesota is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 meetings in Denver. The road team is 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings. Bet the Timberwolves Monday.
|03-03-14||Kansas State +9 v. Oklahoma State||Top||61-77||Loss||-102||10 h 13 m||Show|
20* K-State/Okie State ESPN Monday No-Brainer on Kansas State +9
The Oklahoma State Cowboys (19-10) are way overvalued here as a 9-point favorite over the Kansas State Wildcats (20-9) tonight. Asking the Cowboys to win by double-digits to beat us is simply asking too much.
I was all over the Cowboys as my 25* CBB GAME OF THE YEAR against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. I felt it was a bad spot for the Jayhawks considering they had just clinched a share of the Big 12 Title for the 10th consecutive season. I figured they would be in line for a letdown and a poor performance, and that was the case.
Kansas turned the ball over 22 times in that contest to essentially give the game away. Now, off such an emotional, big win, the Cowboys are the team in the letdown spot. They are getting a lot of love from oddsmakers due to that victory, and as a result, they are overvalued. I'll gladly fade them here.
Kansas State is one of the most underrated teams in the country. Sure, it has done most of its damage at home with wins over the likes of OKlahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Iowa State. However, I have also been impressed with some of its road efforts this year. It only lost at Texas (64-67), at Iowa State (75-81) and at Baylor (OT). This team has shown me enough on the road to know that it can stay within double-digits of the Cowboys.
Sure, this is Senior Night for Oklahoma State, but that means little considering it only has two seniors on its entire roster. Only one of those seniors actually plays significant minutes in Markel Brown. That's why I don't believe the motivation for Senior Night will really be there for the Cowboys, which won't allow them to overcome this natural letdown spot off the big Kansas win.
The Wildcats are a sensational 8-1 ATS versus very good teams that outscore their opponents by 8-plus points per game this season. Oklahoma State is 6-13 ATS versus good teams that outscored their opponents by 4-plus points per game this year. The Wildcats are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Cowboys are 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Bet Kansas State Monday.
|03-02-14||Stanford +11 v. Arizona||66-79||Loss||-110||11 h 50 m||Show|
15* Stanford/Arizona ESPNU BAILOUT on Stanford +11
The Arizona Wildcats are getting too much respect from the books tonight as a double-digit favorite over Stanford. I'll gladly take the points with the Cardinal, who need to finish strong to assure they'll be playing in the NCAA Tournament.
Adding to Stanford's motivation is the fact that it will be out for revenge from a heartbreaking 57-60 home loss to Arizona back on January 29 in their first meeting of the season. I love double-digit road underdogs playing with revenge after losing the first meeting at home.
Stanford has been one of the most underrated teams in the country over the past couple months. That is indicate by the fact that it is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games overall. The Cardinal have impressive road wins over Oregon & California during this stretch.
Plays on underdogs of 10 to 19.5 points (STANFORD) - revenging a close loss vs opponent of 3 points or less, off a road loss by 10 points or more are 41-12 (77.4%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Cardinals are 7-1 ATS when revenging a loss vs. opponent this season. Arizona is 0-6 ATS off two consecutive conference wins by 10 points or more over the last three seasons. Take Stanford Sunday.
|03-02-14||Utah Jazz v. Indiana Pacers UNDER 189.5||91-94||Win||100||9 h 32 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday Total ANNIHILATOR on Jazz/Pacers UNDER 189.5
The books have set the bar too high in this contest between the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers tonight. I'll take advantage by backing the UNDER in what I expect to be a low-scoring, defensive battle.
Indiana is the best defensive team in the league. It is giving up 91.2 points per game overall, and 86.6 points per game at home. The Pacers rank 1st in defensive efficiency, giving up just 94.3 points per 100 possessions. The Jazz rank just 23rd in offensive efficiency, scoring 100.4 points per 100 possessions. Utah also ranks 27th in pace at 93.7 possessions per game.
These teams met once already this season with the Pacers winning 95-86 in Utah for 181 combined points. The books set the total at 185.5 points for that contest, and now they have set it at 189.5 for the rematch. That alone tells you there is some value here with the UNDER.
Utah is 7-0 to the UNDER against teams with a winning record in the second half of the season this season. Indiana is 8-0 to the UNDER In a home game where the total is between 185 and 189.5 this season. The UNDER is 7-0 in Jazz last seven road games. These three trends combine for a perfect 22-0 system backing the UNDER. Roll with the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|03-02-14||Marquette +10.5 v. Villanova||Top||56-73||Loss||-110||5 h 50 m||Show|
20* Marquette/Villanova CBS No-Brainer on Marquette +10.5
The Marquette Golden Eagles (17-11) are squarely on the bubble in terms of making the NCAA Tournament. They could use a signature win like this one at Villanova to boost their r
|03-01-14||Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 v. Sacramento Kings||108-97||Win||100||11 h 30 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-29) are essentially in a must-win situation for the remainder of the season. That's good news when you decide to back them considering they will be giving it their all on a nightly basis.
I really like the Timberwolves here as a short road favorite here against the Sacramento Kings. They are 5.5 games back of the Suns for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Kings (20-38) currently hold the second-worst record in the West.
Minnesota is surging, having won four of its last five games overall while going 4-1 ATS in the process. That includes a 104-91 home win over Eastern Conference-leading Indiana, as well as a 110-101 road win at Phoenix last time out. That game against the Suns was on February 25, meaning that the T'Wolves will have had three days' rest heading into this one.
Sacramento, meanwhile, is coming off a 122-126 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers last night. It will be playing the second of a back-to-back. The Kings have gone just 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall, and they're starting to show signs of already packing it in given that they have little to play for the rest of the way.
Minnesota is 12-3 ATS revenging a home loss vs. opponent this season. The Timberwolves are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Kings are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Roll with the Timberwolves Saturday.
|03-01-14||Kansas v. Oklahoma State +1||Top||65-72||Win||100||14 h 8 m||Show|
25* College Basketball GAME OF THE YEAR on Oklahoma State +1
The Oklahoma State Cowboys represent my strongest play of the entire 2013-14 college basketball season Saturday. I fully expect them to win today with ease over the Kansas Jayhawks, and thus they have earned 25* CBB GAME OF THE YEAR status.
Oklahoma State just got back its best player in Marcus Smart (17.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.6 spg) two games ago from a 3-game suspension. To no surprise, the Cowboys have played two of their best games of the season, beating Texas Tech (84-62) at home and TCU (76-54) on the road.
The Cowboys are still in desperate need of victories to get into the NCAA Tournament as they are clearly a bubble team at this point. That will have them motivated, as will the fact that they lost 78-80 at Kansas on January 18 in their first meeting of the season despite getting out-shot 39.4% to 55.8%. It's amazing they were able to hang tough given those percentages, and I look for them to be flip-flopped in Stillwater this time around.
Kansas is in a massive letdown spot tonight. It is coming off an 83-75 home victory over Oklahoma to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title for a 10th straight season. Having accomplished that monumental feat, I look for this young Jayhawks' team to lose focus and fail to show up today in Stillwater.
The last three meetings between these teams have all been decided by 5 points or less, so the Cowboys clearly have proven they can hang tough with the Jayhawks. Oklahoma State is 6-0 ATS in home games off one or more consecutive unders over the past two seasons, winning by 22.8 points per game in this spot. Bet the Cowboys Saturday.
|03-01-14||Houston v. Temple -3||89-79||Loss||-106||14 h 8 m||Show|
15* American Athletic PLAY OF THE DAY on Temple -3
The Houston Cougars (14-14) are in a massive letdown spot tonight. They are coming off an upset 77-68 win over Memphis on Thursday as a 7-point home underdog. I look for them to fail to show up off such a big victory, especially considering they still cannot make the NCAA Tournament without winning their conference tournament.
Temple (7-20) obviously has a poor record this season, but I've seen enough from this team to know that it is much, much better than its record would indicate. The fact of the matter is that the Owls simply have been on the wrong side of the majority of their close games this season.
The Owls have also played a brutal schedule of late as seven of their last eight games have come against teams that will likely be playing in the big dance in Villanova, SMU (twice), Louisville (twice), UConn and Memphis. The only exception was a 74-88 road loss at Houston, which places Temple in revenge mode tonight.
Houston is just 2-8 straight up in true road games this season. Temple is 16-4 ATS in its last 20 home games off a loss by 15 points or more. The Owls are 10-2 ATS revenging a road loss vs. opponent over the last three seasons. Temple is 8-1 ATS as a home favorite of 6 points or less over the last three years. The Cougars are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Take Temple Saturday.
|03-01-14||Orlando Magic +14 v. Miami Heat||98-112||Push||0||10 h 60 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Orlando Magic +14
The Miami Heat are getting a lot of love from oddsmakers right now for how well they have been playing of late. They have won six straight games while going 5-0-1 ATS in the process.
Now, the Heat are clearly overvalued as a 14-point favorite over the Orlando Magic tonight. They have a tendency to play down to the level of their competition, and I believe that is precisely what is going to happen tonight.
Orlando has clearly not given up on its season. It is 5-5 in its last 10 games overall, which is impressive considering it has beaten Oklahoma City and Indiana during this stretch, which are currently the top teams in their respective conferences.
The Magic have a knack for playing the Heat tough on the road for whatever reason. They have not lost by more than 12 points in any of their last six visits to South Beach. In fact, they only lost 99-101 as a 13-point dog in their first trip to Miami this season back on November 23.
Plays against favorites of 10 or more points (MIAMI) - after 6 or more consecutive wins, with a winning record on the season playing a losing team are 48-19 (71.6%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Heat are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Take the Magic Saturday.
|03-01-14||Minnesota +9 v. Michigan||56-66||Loss||-110||11 h 8 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Minnesota +9
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-11) are squarely on the bubble in terms of the NCAA Tournament. They are in desperate need of a big victory, and they have a chance to get that Saturday at Michigan (20-7).
Minnesota will be out for revenge from its 60-63 home loss to Michigan on January 2. It shot just 39.6% from the field and 26.3% from 3-point range to essentially give the game away. However, I like the fact that the Gophers outrebounded the Wolverines 38-24 for the game, and I look for them to dominate the glass again this time around, which will keep them in it.
I'm really, really not sold on Michigan. This team has bad losses against Iowa (67-85), Indiana (52-63) and Wisconsin (62-75) in three of its last seven games overall. It also needed overtime to beat Purdue (77-76) on Wednesday. Minnesota is coming off a solid victory against Iowa (95-89) on Tuesday in a must-win situation, giving it confidence coming into this contest.
Minnesota is a perfect 14-0 ATS in its last 14 games after a game where it made 60% of its shots or better. It is coming back to win in this spot 77.4 to 65.7, or by an average of 11.7 points per game. The Wolverines are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. win. The road team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in this series. These three trends combine for a perfect 25-0 system backing the Golden Gophers. Roll with Minnesota Saturday.
|03-01-14||Boston College v. Wake Forest -2||80-72||Loss||-113||9 h 8 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Wake Forest -2
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons get the call Saturday as a mere 2-point home favorite over the Boston College Eagles. This is an absolute gift from the books, and thus let's take advantage.
Wake Forest has been dominant at home this season, going 13-3 while outscoring opponents by 8.5 points per game. Boston College has been atrocious on the road, going 2-10 in games away from home. Home-court advantage has been huge in this series as the home team has won three straight and seven of the past eight meetings.
Boston College (7-21) made its season by going into Syracuse and winning 62-59 on February 19, handing the Orange their first loss of the season. I expected the Eagles to pack it in after that huge win, and that has been the case. They have failed to cover the past two in a 42-69 loss at Miami, and a 59-66 home loss to Pitt.
The Demon Deacons are a perfect 6-0 ATS versus a team with a losing record over the last two seasons. The Eagles are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings. Roll with Wake Forest Saturday.
|03-01-14||Texas v. Oklahoma -3.5||65-77||Win||100||9 h 8 m||Show|
15* Big 12 PLAY OF THE DAY on Oklahoma -3.5
The Oklahoma Sooners (20-8) should be a much heavier home favorite over the Texas Longhorns (21-7) this afternoon. The books have given us a gift here folks, and it's time to pounce.
Oklahoma comes in motivated off a 75-83 loss at Kansas on Monday, meaning that it has had four days off to rest and prepare to bounce back. Meanwhile, Texas is coming off a big 74-69 win over Baylor on Wednesday, meaning that it has only had two days to rest and prepare for Oklahoma. Those two days in the Sooners' favor give them a big advantage.
The Sooners already beat the Longhorns 88-85 on the road in their first meeting of the season on January 4. They won despite getting out-shot 42.9% to 50.8%, but the difference was their 39-28 rebounding advantage, including a 14-6 edge on the offensive boards. I look for them to shore up the defense, while also continuing to dominate the class in the rematch.
Oklahoma is 10-1 ATS in Saturday games this season. Texas is 0-6 ATS in road games after a game forcing opponent to commit 8 or less turnovers over the last three seasons. The Sooners are 6-0 ATS after two straight games giving up 9 or less offensive rebounds this season. These three trends combine for a 22-1 system backing the home team. Bet Oklahoma Saturday.
|03-01-14||Pittsburgh -3 v. Notre Dame||Top||85-81||Win||100||7 h 8 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE WEEK on Pittsburgh -3
The Pittsburgh Panthers are showing tremendous value as a mere 3-point favorite at Notre Dame today. I'll take advantage and back them at an excellent price in a game I expect them to run away with by double-digits.
Pittsburgh (21-7) is undervalued right now due to having lost three of its last four games coming in. Those losses came against potentially three NCAA Tournament teams in Syracuse, UNC & Florida State, and all three came by 5 points or less, so they were simply unfortunate in close games.
Now, the Panthers get to face a Notre Dame (15-14) team that is clearly in rebuilding mode. The Fighting Irish have gone just 6-10 SU & 5-11 ATS in ACC play this season to really get exposed. They have nothing to play for at this point in the season, while the Panthers will be determined after losing three of their past four.
The Fighting Irish are 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 home games. Notre Dame is 0-7 ATS after two straight games committing 8 or fewer turnovers over the last two seasons. The Fighting Irish are 1-7 ATS in home games when playing against a good team (win percentage from 60% to 80%) this season. Take Pittsburgh Saturday.
|03-01-14||Missouri State +17.5 v. Wichita State||45-68||Loss||-110||7 h 7 m||Show|
15* Missouri State/Wichita State ESPN No-Brainer on Missouri State +17.5
Wichita State (30-0) goes for a perfect regular season today when it hosts Missouri State (19-10) in their regular season finale. That is a ton of pressure, and I look for it to affect the quality of play for the Shockers, and for this game to go down to the wire because of it.
Missouri State is one of the most underrated teams in the country. You could certainly argue that the Bears gave the Shockers their stiffest test of the season to this point. They lost 69-72 as a 9.5-point home under on January 11 in their first meeting of the season.
Obviously, the Bears have confidence that they can beat the Shockers after that performance. They held Wichita State to just 35.3% shooting from the field and 22.7% from 3-point range. However, the Shockers were able to squeak out the win due to shooting a whopping 40 free throws, making 31 of them. They aren't going to get to the line that many times again.
Missouri State is 17-6 ATS when revenging a loss vs. opponents over the last two seasons. The Bears are 26-11 ATS in conference games over the past two seasons. The Shockers are 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Bet Missouri State Saturday.
|02-28-14||Chicago Bulls v. Dallas Mavericks UNDER 192.5||100-91||Win||100||11 h 54 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday Total ANNIHILATOR on Bulls/Mavericks UNDER 192.5
The books have set the bar too high in this contest between the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks tonight. I'll gladly take advantage and back the UNDER in what I believe will be a low-scoring, defensive battle.
Chicago is one of the worst offensive teams in the league this season, averaging just 92.9 points per game overall and 91.9 on the road. However, it makes up for it with a defense that surrenders just 92.3 points per game. The Bulls rank 2nd in the league in defensive efficiency, yielding just 97.7 points per 100 possessions. They rank 28th in pace at 93.1 possessions per game.
When the Bulls and Mavericks get together, Chicago's slow-it-down, half-court style usually reigns supreme. The UNDER is 5-1 in the last six meetings, and they have combined for 188 or fewer points in five of the six. Dallas and Chicago have averaged a combined 178.2 points per game over their last six meetings, which is roughly 14 points less than tonight's posted total.
The UNDER is 4-0 in Bulls last four games vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 4-1 in Mavericks last five games vs. a team with a winning record. Chicago is 12-4 to the UNDER off a home win this season. The Bulls are 27-13 to the UNDER when playing their 3rd game in 4 days over the last two seasons. Take the UNDER in this game Friday.
|02-28-14||Memphis Grizzlies v. Oklahoma City Thunder UNDER 193.5||Top||107-113||Loss||-110||9 h 54 m||Show|
20* Griizzlies/Thunder Western Conference No-Brainer on UNDER 193.5
I look for a defensive battle between these two Western Conference rivals who seem to meet in the playoffs every year. As a result, they are very familiar with one another, and familiarity leads to low-scoring games.
That has certainly been the case in the past two meetings between these teams. Indeed, they combined for 163 points in an 86-77 home victory for the Thunder on February 3, and 177 points in a 90-87 home victory for the Grizzlies on January 14. Seven of the past nine meetings have seen 192 or less combined points.
Oklahoma City has to blame its defense for a 3-game losing streak coming into this one, allowing 103-plus points in all three losses. I look for it to buckle down on that side of the ball tonight. Memphis is only scoring 92.9 points per game on the road this year, but allowing a super 91.5 points per game away from home. The Thunder rank 4th in the league defensive efficiency, while the Grizzlies rank 8th.
Memphis is 8-0 to the UNDER in road games versus teams who attempt 18 or more 3-point shots per game in the second half of the season this season. The UNDER is 7-0 in Grizzlies last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. These two trends combine for a perfect 15-0 system backing the UNDER. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|02-28-14||Providence +3.5 v. Seton Hall||74-69||Win||100||9 h 50 m||Show|
15* CBB Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Providence +3.5
The Providence Friars (18-10) are squarely on the bubble in terms of the NCAA Tournament. That's why I look for them to be highly motivated tonight when they take on Seton Hall (14-14), especially considering the Pirates beat them 81-80 in their first meeting of the season.
Providence is one of the most underrated teams in all of college basketball. This team is a legitimate threat to make a run in the big dance once they get there due their veteran presence with four returning starters, led by stud point guard Bryce Cotton (21.5 ppg, 5.9 apg), who is the heart and soul of this team. The Friars have four players averaging at least 12.1 points per game.
This is a tough time of year for Seton Hall. It is coming off back-to-back losses to Creighton and DePaul to assure that it will not be going to the big dance unless it wins the Big East Tournament. That means that the Friars could find it hard to be motivated over their final three regular season games, and thus fade material.
Seton Hall is 0-6 ATS in home games versus good rebounding teams that outrebound their opponents by 4-plus boards per game over the last two seasons. The Pirates are 0-6 ATS in home games after scoring 60 points or less over the last two years. Seton Hall is 8-18-1 ATS in its last 27 home games. The road team is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings. Roll with Providence Friday.
|02-27-14||Iowa -4 v. Indiana||86-93||Loss||-106||9 h 9 m||Show|
15* Iowa/Indiana ESPN Thursday No-Brainer on Iowa -4
I had the Iowa Hawkeyes selected as a premium pick in the game that got postponed against Indiana a week ago. I am going to back the Hawkeyes again tonight as this is the make-up game with the Hoosiers, and the line is very similar.
I really like this spot for Iowa (19-8), which has lost back-to-back games for the first time all season, so it will be highly motivated for a win here tonight. It is coming off an 89-95 loss at Minnesota as the Gophers could not miss, shooting 61.2% from the field, and 57.9% from 3-point range. It was actually an impressive 6-point loss given those shooting numbers.
Indiana (15-12) is having a lost season as it rebuilds. It has gone just 5-9 in Big Ten play, including 1-4 in its last five conference games overall to play itself out of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers realize their only chance to make the big dance now is to win the conference tournament, and thus I look for them to struggle to find a reason to be motivated for the rest of the regular year, especially off a deflating 58-69 loss at Wisconsin where they blew a 10-point halftime lead.
Iowa is a perfect 9-0 ATS after failing to cover the spread in two or more consecutive games over the last three seasons. It is coming back to win 76.0 to 60.6 in this spot, or by an average of 15.4 points per game. The Hawkeyes are 38-17 ATS in their last 55 games overall, and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 vs. Big Ten foes. Take Iowa Thursday.
|02-27-14||Washington Wizards v. Toronto Raptors UNDER 197||Top||134-129||Loss||-105||7 h 21 m||Show|
25* NBA Thursday Night TOTAL OF THE YEAR on Wizards/Raptors UNDER 197
The books have set the bar too high in this contest between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors tonight. I'll gladly take advantage and side with the UNDER in what I predict will be a very low-scoring affair.
Familiarity favors defense, and these teams are clearly very familiar with one another. This will be the 4th and final meeting of the season between these division rivals. They just played on February 18 nine days ago in a 103-93 road victory for the Raptors. They combined for only 196 points despite Toronto shooting 57% from the field, and Washington shooting 47%.
It's very unlikely that both teams shoot that well again. In fact, that 196 combined points was the most between these teams in their last four meetings. They have combined for 196, 189, 184 and 166 points in their last four meetings, respectively, with the UNDER going 4-0. That's an average of 183.8 combined points per game, which is roughly 13 points less than tonight's posted total of 197.
Washington is 75-42 to the UNDER in its last 117 road games with a total set between 195 and 199.5 points. The Wizards are 11-2 to the UNDER in road games revenging a straight up loss vs. opponent as a favorite over the last three seasons. The UNDER is 6-1 in Wizards last seven Thursday games, while the UNDER is 20-6 in Raptors last 26 Thursday games. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|02-27-14||VCU -10.5 v. Fordham||85-66||Win||100||8 h 49 m||Show|
15* CBB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on VCU -10.5
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams (20-7) will be highly motivated for a victory tonight as they take on Fordham (9-16). They have lost back-to-back games for the first time all season, falling against two of the best teams in the conference in Saint Louis (62-64) and UMass (75-80) by a combined 7 points, both on the road.
Their NCAA Tournament hopes aren't in too big of jeopardy, but another loss and they will be. I like their chances of getting back on track against Fordham in blowout fashion tonight. VCU already beat Fordham 76-60 at home on January 29 despite shooting just 33.8% from the field. I expect a much better shooting effort, and a similar blowout.
This is a Fordham team that has lost 12 of its last 14 games overall, including four straight all by 11 points or more to George Washington (67-93), St. Bonaventure (65-76), Richmond (70-82) and St. Joseph's (72-87). It appears that this team has packed it in at this point as evidenced by the four straight double-digits losses.
Fordham is 28-60-3 ATS in its last 91 games following an ATS loss. Fordham is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning percentage greater than 60%. Fordham is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall. Roll with VCU Thursday.
|02-26-14||Stanford v. Arizona State -1.5||64-76||Win||100||19 h 6 m||Show|
15* Stanford/ASU ESPNU Late-Night BAILOUT on Arizona State -1.5
The Arizona State Sun Devils (19-8) are getting no love tonight as only a 1.5-point home favorite over the Stanford Cardinal (18-8). I'll gladly take advantage and back this bubble team in terms of the NCAA Tournament in a game that it really needs to boost its r
|02-26-14||Baylor v. Texas -4||69-74||Win||100||17 h 6 m||Show|
15* Big 12 PLAY OF THE DAY on Texas -4
This is a very generous line to be able to back the Texas Longhorns (20-7) at home tonight as only a 4-point favorite over Baylor. That's especially the case when you consider the Longhorns already beat the Bears 74-60 on the road in their first meeting of the season despite shooting 18.2% from 3-point range and 58.8% from the free throw line.
I would usually tend to back the team playing with revenge in the second meeting, but not in this case. That's because I believe there is a ton of value here with the Longhorns because they have not played well in their last two games, getting beaten badly at Iowa State and at Kansas. Those two losses will have them coming back focused and determined for a win at home tonight.
Baylor (18-9) comes in overvalued due to having won four straight games to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. However, you have to consider that their two road wins came against Big 12 bottom feeders in TCU and West Virginia, and their two home wins came against teams in Kansas State and Oklahoma State that have not been very good on the road.
Texas is 28-9 straight up in all meetings with Baylor since 1997, including 13-3 straight up in all home meetings over this span. The Longhorns are 14-2 at home this season, which includes blowout wins over WVU (88-71), Oklahoma State (87-68), Kansas (81-69) and Iowa State (86-76) in Big 12 play. Bet Texas Wednesday.
|02-26-14||California +12.5 v. Arizona||59-87||Loss||-106||17 h 6 m||Show|
15* California/Arizona ESPN 2 No-Brainer on California +12.5
The books are once again overvaluing the Arizona Wildcats, which has been a common theme here in the second half of the season after their torrid start. The result has been a 3-6 ATS mark in their last nine games overall, which has coincided with the loss of forward Brandon Ashley (11.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) for the remainder of the season.
California (18-9) is a bubble team in terms of the NCAA Tournament, and thus it needs this victory. It has played some of its best basketball on the road this season, going 5-4 in true road games with wins over the likes of Stanford (69-62), Oregon (96-83), Oregon State (88-83), Washington State (80-76) and Washington (72-59) within the Pac-12.
The Bears handed the Wildcats one of their two losses with a 60-58 home victory as a 6-point dog back on February 1st. Sure, the Wildcats will be in revenge mode, but asking them to win by 13-plus points to beat us is simply asking too much. That's especially the case when you consider that the last five meetings have all been decided by 8 points or less, including four of those by 4 points or fewer.
Also, California has not lost to Arizona by more than 10 points in any of the last 15 meetings in this series. That makes for a perfect 15-0 system backing the Bears dating back to 2006 pertaining to tonight's spread of 12.5 points. I'll take all the points I game get in this closely-contested rivalry. Take California Wednesday.
|02-26-14||Cleveland Cavaliers v. Oklahoma City Thunder -12.5||114-104||Loss||-110||17 h 50 m||Show|
15* NBA Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Oklahoma City Thunder -12.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder (43-14) are trying to capture the No. 1 seed in the West. Two straight losses to Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers since the All-Star Break certainly have not helped their cause, and I fully expect them to come back highly motivated for a victory tonight because of it.
I faded the Thunder with success in both of those losses to the Heat and Clippers. Part of my reasoning was that Russell Westbrook had just returned from injury since the All-Star Break, and that they would be out of sync with him back in the lineup. Now, with two games and nearly a week of practice with Westbrook under their belts, they should be in sync tonight.
Helping matters will be the fact that they'll get to play one of the worst teams in the league in the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the Thunder come in on two days' rest, the Cavaliers will be playing the second of a back-to-back and their 6th game in 9 days, which is one of the toughest situations in the league today. Cleveland is also deflated right now after having lost three straight coming in, which really puts a damper on its chances of making the playoffs. The Cavs are also short-handed right now, playing without three key players in Anderson Varejao, Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles.
Mark Brooks is 51-25 ATS after failing to cover 3 of their last four against the spread as the coach of Oklahoma City. Brooks is 54-26 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite as the coach of Oklahoma City. As you can see, this team tends to respond in a big way off a poor performance, and a string of performances where they didn't meet expectations. The Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a S.U. loss. The home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings. Take the Thunder Wednesday.
|02-26-14||Los Angeles Lakers v. Memphis Grizzlies -10.5||Top||103-108||Loss||-110||17 h 50 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Memphis Grizzlies -10.5
The Memphis Grizzlies (31-24) currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference, trailing the Phoenix Suns by 1.5 games for the 8th and final playoff spot. As a result, they won't be overlooking anyone the rest of the way as they try and play catch up.
They certainly won't be overlooking the Lakers, who beat them 96-92 back on December 17 as a 2.5-point underdog. However, these are two completely different teams since that meeting. The Grizzlies are finally healthy, while the Lakers are simply playing out the string and playing different lineups to see what they have heading into next year.
Memphis had won four straight prior to an 89-92 loss at Charlotte on Sunday. They have had two days off since that game to rest, working on their mistakes, and prepare for the Lakers. Meanwhile, the Lakers will be playing a second of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days after getting destroyed 98-118 at Indiana last night. I expect a similar beat down at the hands of the Grizz tonight.
The Grizzlies are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference opponents. Memphis is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games following a loss. Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games overall, which includes three losses by 17-plus points. Bet the Grizzlies Wednesday.
|02-26-14||Pittsburgh -6.5 v. Boston College||Top||66-59||Win||100||16 h 6 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE MONTH on Pittsburgh -6.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers (20-7) will be more motivated for a victory tonight than at any other point in the season. They have lost three straight games all by 5 points or less, and you can bet that head coach Jamie Dixon has been letting his players know about it. I look for them to respond in a big way tonight.
They'll have no problem taking care of hapless Boston College (7-20), which will pack it in now that it has won its signature game. It handed an uninspired Syracuse team its first loss last Wednesday, then proceeded to get annihilated 42-69 at Miami on Saturday. The Eagles have no reason to show up tonight, either.
This has been a one-sided series to say the least. Pittsburgh is 10-1 SU & 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 meetings with Boston College dating back to 1997. The Panthers have won five straight in this series all by 9 points or more.
Pittsburgh is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 road games when playing a bad team (win percentage between 20% & 40%) after 15-plus games. Boston College is 0-7 ATS in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The Panthers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Eagles are 1-8 ATS in all home games this season. Roll with Pittsburgh Wednesday.
|02-25-14||Drake v. Evansville -2.5||48-61||Win||100||9 h 40 m||Show|
15* Missouri Valley PLAY OF THE DAY on Evansville -2.5
This will be the final home game for the Evansville Purple Aces. Despite being just 11-18 on the season, I look for them to show a ton of pride tonight and to send out their underrated home fans with one final victory. I look for that pride to show considering they will be trying to avenge one of their worst losses of the season in a 66-94 setback at Drake on January 1.
Evansville has improved greatly as the season has progressed. While it has lost three of its last four games, two came by exactly five points at Indiana State (54-59) and versus Southern Illinois (56-61). The other was a home loss to unbeaten Wichita State (68-84) in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate. The Shockers simply pulled away late.
Drake is coming off a 54-83 road loss at Wichita State, which will have it suffering a hangover effect after playing the top team in the conference. The Bulldogs won't even want to show up tonight, especially having already throttled the Purple Aces once this season. They have seemed to pack it in, losing five of their last seven games overall with their lone victories coming at home during this stretch.
Evansville is a respectable 9-7 at home this season, while Drake is just 4-8 in true road games. Home-court advantage has been huge in this series of late. The home team has won four straight and six of the last seven meetings. The Bulldogs are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Purple Aces are 6-0 ATS after failing to cover four or five of their last six games ATS over the last two seasons. Drake is 1-7 ATS after a game where it made 78% of its free throws or better this season. Take Evansville Wednesday.
|02-25-14||Toronto Raptors v. Cleveland Cavaliers UNDER 194||99-93||Win||100||7 h 55 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Total ANNIHILATOR on Raptors/Cavaliers UNDER 194
The oddsmakers have set the bar too high tonight in this contest between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. I look for a low-scoring, defensive battle between these two Eastern Conference playoff contenders Tuesday.
One of my biggest reasons for backing the UNDER is familiarity. These teams literally just played a few days ago on February 21 as Toronto won 98-81 at home for 189 combined points. Just four days later, these teams square off again and are obviously very familiar with one another. Familiarity favors defense more than offense. Plus, the UNDER is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in this series.
It's also worth noting that both teams love to play at a slow pace. Toronto ranks 22nd in the league in pace, averaging just 94.6 possessions per game. Cleveland ranks 20th in pace, averaging 95.6 possessions per contest. One of the biggest reasons for Toronto's improvement this season has been its defense. It ranks 7th in the league in defensive efficiency, yielding only 100.9 points per 100 possessions.
The Raptors are 20-5-1 to the UNDER in their last 26 vs. a team with a losing record. Cleveland is 21-7 to the UNDER in a home games where the total is between 190 and 199.5 points over the last two seasons. The UNDER is 5-0 in Cavaliers last five games overall, 12-2 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference opponents, and 11-2 in their last 13 home games. Roll with the UNDER in this game Tuesday.
|02-25-14||Xavier v. St John's -6||Top||65-53||Loss||-110||8 h 40 m||Show|
20* Big East GAME OF THE WEEK on St. John's -6
The St. John's Red Storm have been a huge money maker for me over the last several weeks. I'm going to continue to ride them as I believe they are undervalued tonight as only a 6-point home favorite over Xavier. This one has blowout written all over it.
St. John's (18-10) has gone 9-2 SU & 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games overall to put itself on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. Its two losses during this stretch came at Creighton (60-63) as a 12.5-point dog, and at Villanova (54-57) as an 8.5-point dog. Those two teams are considered the top two in the Big East.
Xavier has been falling apart toward the end of the season. It has gone 3-5 SU & 2-6 ATS in its last eight games overall to nearly play itself out of the NCAA Tournament. ALL SIX of those losses have come by 8 points or more, including road losses to Providence (72-81), Villanova (58-81), Marquette (72-81) and Georgetown (52-74).
St. John's has not only been winning, but it has been destroying opponents. Six of its last nine wins have come by double-digits, including home victories over Butler (77-52), Georgetown (82-60) and Marquette (74-59). The Red Storm are now 13-3 at home this season, outscoring opponents by an average of 12.2 points per game. They'll be out for revenge from a 60-70 loss at Xavier in their conference opener back on December 31 when they weren't playing well.
The Red Storm are 8-1 ATS off two straight games with nine or less offensive rebounds this season. The Musketeers are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of better than 60%. Xavier is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. St. John's is 5-0 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60%. The Red Storm are 8-1 ATS in their last nine vs. Big East opponents. Bet St. John's Tuesday.
|02-24-14||Oklahoma +10.5 v. Kansas||75-83||Win||100||12 h 2 m||Show|
15* Oklahoma/Kansas ESPN Monday No-Brainer on Oklahoma +10.5
The Kansas Jayhawks (21-6) are way overvalued heading into this showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners (20-7). I look for this game to go right down to the wire as the Sooners give the Jayhawks a run for their money, which is something that should come as no surprise considering how competitive they've been all year.
Oklahoma is one of the most underrated teams in the country. All seven of its losses have come by 11 points or less, and six of those came by 8 points or fewer. Even the 11-point loss came against one of the best teams in the land in Michigan State as an 11.5-point dog. The Sooners have had a chance to win in every game they have played.
The reason Kansas is overvalued tonight is that it is coming off an emphatic 85-54 victory over Texas on Saturday. It was out for revenge after losing at Texas earlier this season, so obviously it had 100% focus coming in. Off such a big win, and having already beaten Oklahoma 90-83 on the road this year, the Jayhawks are in a letdown spot tonight.
The Jayhawks shot 54.7% from the field and 50% from 3-point range in that first meeting with the Sooners as everything went their way. Don't expect it to happen again. Plus, Kansas was highly motivated in that game as it was just coming off a home loss to San Diego State. It won't be nearly as motivated this time around.
Plays on underdogs of 10 or more points (OKLAHOMA) - revenging a loss where opponent scored 85 or more points, with 2 more starters returning from last year than opponent are 29-8 (78.4%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Oklahoma is 9-2 ATS versus very good teams that outscored their opponents by 8-plus points per game this season. This will be the 4th game in 10 days for the Jayhawks, while this will only be the 2nd game in 9 days for the Sooners, giving them a huge edge in rest. Oklahoma is 7-1 ATS in road games when playing only its 2nd game in a week this season. The Sooners are 6-0 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60%. Roll with Oklahoma Monday.
|02-24-14||Los Angeles Clippers -3 v. New Orleans Pelicans||Top||123-110||Win||100||11 h 11 m||Show|
20* NBA Western Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Los Angeles Clippers -3
I backed the Los Angeles Clippers +5 in an outright victory at Oklahoma City Sunday. I'll back them again tonight as a mere 3-point road favorite over the New Orleans Pelicans. While some might consider this a letdown spot, I look at it much differently.
The biggest reason I was on the Clippers yesterday is because they had lost two straight coming in and hadn't lost three in a row all season. If they were on an extended winning streak and had just beaten the Thunder, then this would have been a letdown spot. But, considering they've still lost two of their last three, the Clippers will have no problem giving the Pelicans their full attention.
I give the Pelicans a lot of credit for the way they have battled despite devastating injuries to two of their best players in Jrue Holiday (14.3 ppg, 7.9 apg) and Ryan Anderson (19.8 ppg). Both of these players remain out, and the Pelicans have faltered to just a 23-32 record to this point because of it.
The Clippers have won four straight and six of their last seven meetings with the Pelicans, including a 108-95 home victory in their lone meeting this season. Five of those six victories have come by 9 points or more, so the Pelicans have rarely been competitive with the Clippers since Chris Paul joined them. Bet Los Angeles Monday.
|02-24-14||Oklahoma State -11.5 v. TCU||76-54||Win||100||10 h 6 m||Show|
15* CBB Monday No-Doubt Rout on Oklahoma State -11.5
The Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-10) cannot afford any more hiccups if they want to make the NCAA Tournament. That's why they should have 100% focus going onward, and you can expect them to put their best foot forward tonight against TCU, which will be enough to win this game in blowout fashion.
Oklahoma State just got back Marcus Smart from a 3-game suspension over the weekend. The result? How about a dominant 84-62 home victory over Texas Tech, which has given several of the best teams in the Big 12 fits this season. Smart (17.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.5 spg) had a solid game, posting 16 points, 10 assists and 6 steals in the win.
TCU (9-17) remains winless in Big 12 play, going 0-14 to this point while getting outscored by an average of 16.8 points per game. It hung tough with Iowa State at home Saturday, but ultimately lost 60-71 in deflating fashion. I look for the Horned Frogs to suffer a hangover from that defeat. Five straight and 10 of their 14 Big 12 losses this season have come by double-digits, including a 50-82 loss at Oklahoma State in their first meeting this year.
It's worth noting that TCU is expected to be without its second-best player in Amric Fields (13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg), who sat out the Iowa State game Saturday with a knee injury. He is doubtful to return just two days later against the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State is 6-0 ATS when playing against a bad team with a winning percentage between 20% & 40% over the last three seasons. The Cowboys are 15-6 ATS as a favorite over 10 or more points over the last two seasons. The Horned Frogs are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 games as a home underdog of 6.5 to 12 points. Take Oklahoma State Monday.
|02-23-14||Providence v. Butler||87-81||Win||101||9 h 11 m||Show|
15* Big East PLAY OF THE DAY on Providence PK
The Providence Friars (17-10) are the definition of a bubble team when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. This team is one of the most underrated squads in the country with four starters back from last season, and one that deserves to get into the big dance if the season were to end today.
However, after losing four of their last five games overall, getting into the big dance has become a question mark. Those four losses came to St. John's, Xavier, Georgetown and Villanova, who all have a good shot at getting into the big dance, so it's not like they are getting beat by inferior competition.
Now, the Friars have an excellent chance to get back on track against Butler (12-14), which is just 2-12 in Big East play and clearly a team that is rebuilding since the loss of head coach Brad Stevens. The Bulldogs have lost five straight coming into this one, including a home loss to Xavier (50-64) and a road loss to St. John's (52-77) last time out.
Providence beat Butler 65-56 in the first meeting, outrebounding the Bulldogs 37-22 in the process. The Friars are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Bulldogs are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Butler is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60%. Roll with Providence Sunday.
|02-23-14||Los Angeles Clippers +5 v. Oklahoma City Thunder||125-117||Win||100||4 h 52 m||Show|
15* Clippers/Thunder ABC Early ANNIHILATOR on Los Angeles +5
The Los Angeles Clippers are going to be highly motivated for a victory this afternoon. There's no question they will be putting their best foot forward, which is why they are showing such great value as an underdog to the Oklahoma City Thunder here.
The Clippers have lost back-to-back games to the Spurs and Grizzlies out of the All-Star Break. Only four times all season have they lost two in a row, and not once have they lost three straight. So, this just goes to show how resilient this team is, and how good Doc Rivers is at getting his players to respond.
Oklahoma City is coming off a deflating 81-103 home loss to Miami last time out. It's always tough to come back and play the next game after playing the defending world champs. I look for the Thunder to suffer a hangover effect, and for them to continue to struggle with trying to get Russell Westbrook involved in the offense as he just returned from injury for the Heat game.
The Clippers are 8-1 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this season. Los Angeles is 11-3 ATS off a road loss this year. The Clippers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss overall. Los Angeles is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 meetings in Oklahoma City. Take the Clippers Sunday.
|02-23-14||Michigan State +2.5 v. Michigan||Top||70-79||Loss||-110||3 h 22 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE MONTH on Michigan State +2.5
The Michigan State Spartans are going to be out for revenge from their 75-80 home loss to Michigan back on January 25 in their first meeting of the season. They were without their best player in Adreian Payne (16.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg) for that contest, but he's healthy now and ready to help his team get payback.
Michigan State has played its best basketball on the road this season. It is a sensational 8-1 straight up in true road games this year, outscoring opponents by an average of 10.7 points per game. That includes wins at Texas, Indiana and Iowa.
I knew Michigan would be overvalued toward the end of the season after a hot start to Big Ten play. That has been the case as it has lost three of its last five games all by double-digits to Indiana (52-63), Iowa (67-85) and Wisconsin (62-75). This team simply isn't that good.
The Spartans are 8-0 ATS versus teams who forced 12 or fewer turnovers per game this season. Michigan State is 7-0 ATS in road games when playing a good team (win percentage between 60% & 80%) this season. The Spartans are 8-0 ATS in all road games this season. These three trends combine for a perfect 23-0 system backing the Spartans. Bet Michigan State Sunday.
|02-22-14||Indiana Pacers v. Milwaukee Bucks UNDER 190||110-100||Loss||-110||9 h 19 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday Total ANNIHILATOR on Pacers/Bucks UNDER 190
The books have set the bar too high in this contest between the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. We have the best defensive team in the league up against one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA. The result will be a low-scoring, defensive battle.
The Pacers rank 1st in the league in defensive efficiency, giving up just 93.9 points per 100 possessions. The Bucks rank 29th in offensive efficiency, putting up a mere 96.7 points per 100 possessions. The Bucks also like to play at a slow tempo, ranking 25th in the league in pace at 94.2 possessions per game.
Taking a look at recent meetings between these teams, it's easy to see that this total has been inflated. The Pacers and Bucks have combined for 181 or fewer points in each of their last three meetings, averaging a combined 178.7 points per game in those three contests. That's roughly 11 points less than tonight's posted total.
Indiana is 18-4 to the UNDER when the total is between 180 and 189.5 points this season. Note: this total is 189.5 or less in most places. The UNDER is 7-1 in Pacers last eight games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The UNDER is 7-0-1 in Bucks last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Roll with the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|02-22-14||Memphis Grizzlies -2 v. Charlotte Bobcats||Top||89-92||Loss||-110||8 h 5 m||Show|
20* NBA Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Memphis Grizzlies -2
The Memphis Grizzlies represent my favorite play in an East vs. West matchup for the entire month of February. I'll gladly back them as a small road favorite over the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night.
Memphis (31-23) trails Dallas by one game for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. That means that the Grizzlies cannot afford to overlook anyone from here on out if they want to make the postseason.
Charlotte (26-30) is getting a lot of love from the books and the betting public because of its improvement this season. However, this team is not even on the same playing field as Memphis, which is a much better basketball team, and that will show in the final score tonight.
My biggest reason for fading the Bobcats is the fact that this will be the second of a back-to-back and their 4th game in 5 days. This is one of the toughest situations in the NBA, especially for the short-handed Bobcats, who just recently traded away Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
The Grizzlies are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Bobcats, including a 94-75 victory in their most recent meeting. Memphis is 10-0 ATS vs. teams who are called for 2+ less fouls/game than their opponents - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons. Charlotte is 2-17 ATS when playing its 4th game in 5 days over the last 3 seasons. Bet the Grizzlies Saturday.
|02-22-14||Kansas State v. Oklahoma -5||73-86||Win||100||7 h 38 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Oklahoma -5
The Oklahoma Sooners (19-7) are showing tremendous value as only a 5-point home favorite over Kansas State Saturday. They'll be out for revenge from a 66-72 loss at Kansas State on January 14 in their first meeting of the season.
I certainly like the Sooners' chances of getting payback in blowout fashion given how well they have played at home. They are 11-3 at home this season with wins over the likes of Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Kansas State has been dominant at home, but just it is just 1-5 in true road games, including losses to Kansas (60-86), Iowa State (75-81), West Virginia (71-81) and Baylor (73-87) all by 6 points or more.
Oklahoma is 9-1 ATS in Saturday games this season. The Sooners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Bet Oklahoma Saturday.
|02-22-14||LSU +11.5 v. Kentucky||76-77||Win||100||7 h 38 m||Show|
15* LSU/Kentucky ESPN No-Brainer on LSU +11.5
The LSU Tigers (16-9) already beat the Kentucky Wildcats once this season with an 87-82 home victory on January 28. Sure, the Wildcats will be out for revenge, but the Tigers need this game more as they are a bubble team in terms of the NCAA Tournament.
This is simply a good matchup for LSU. Kentucky has been winning by dominating teams on the glass, but LSU doesn't allow it. The Wildcats are averaging 13 offensive rebounds per game and outrebounding opponents by 10 boards per game. The Tigers are averaging 12 offensive boards per contest and outrebounding foes by 5 boards per game.
LSU has played Kentucky very tough in each of their last three meetings. All three meetings were decided by single-digits with the Wildcats winning at home 60-51 and 75-70, while the Tigers obviously won at home 87-82 earlier this season. The Tigers are 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings.
LSU is 51-26 ATS in its last 77 games off a home win against a conference opponent. Kentucky is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 Saturday home games. The Wildcats are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS win. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Kentucky. The road team is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Take LSU Saturday.
|02-22-14||Iowa State v. TCU +13||71-60||Win||100||6 h 5 m||Show|
15* Big 12 PLAY OF THE DAY on TCU +13
The Iowa State Cyclones just have a way of playing to the level of their competitive. I fully expect that to be the case this afternoon as they fail to cover this lofty spread against TCU Saturday.
Iowa State is just 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games overall. Nine of those 11 games were decided by 11 points or less, which just shows you how they have a knack of playing in close games no matter the competition.
One of the exceptions was an 84-69 home victory over TCU on February 8. That placed TCU in revenge mode just two weeks later at home this time around. The Horned Frogs are 5-3 ATS in their last eight games overall, and they're hungry for their first Big 12 victory.
Iowa State is in a big letdown spot off a huge win over Texas on Tuesday. The Cyclones are 1-8 ATS versus good free throw shooting teams who make 72% or better from the line this season. Iowa State is 1-10 ATS after one or more consecutive overs this season. The Cyclones are 0-6 ATS in their last six Saturday games. Roll with TCU Saturday.
|02-22-14||St. John's +8.5 v. Villanova||Top||54-57||Win||100||4 h 9 m||Show|
25* Big East GAME OF THE YEAR on St. John's +8.5
The St. John's Red Storm represent my strongest play in the Big East for the entire 2013-14 season. I'll gladly back them as a big underdog as this team continue to go under the radar against Villanova Saturday.
St. John's (18-9) has won nine of its last 10 games overall to put itself in position to make the NCAA Tournament. It is playing as well as anyone in the country, and its only loss during this stretch came at Creighton (60-63) as a 12.5-point dog on a last-second 3-pointer.
The Red Storm will be out for revenge from their 67-74 home loss to Villanova back on January 11. This is a completely different team since that defeat, and that will show on the court today.
St. John's is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games overall. The Red Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Bet St. John's Saturday.
|02-22-14||Wake Forest +14 v. North Carolina||Top||72-105||Loss||-106||3 h 39 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE MONTH on Wake Forest +14
The North Carolina Tar Heels are in a massive letdown spot Saturday. They are coming off a win against their biggest rivals in Duke on Thursday, and it's only human nature for them to not show up two days later against an ACC bottom feeder.
Wake Forest (14-12) has lost six in a row heading into this one, and therefore is undervalued. UNC has won eight straight heading into this one, and therefore is overvalued. Wake has had three days off to prepare for this game.
The Demon Deacons beat the Tar Heels 73-67 at home earlier this season in their first meeting on January 5. I have no doubt they can stay within 14 points in the rematch, especially given the tough situation for UNC having to play its 3rd game in 4 days.
Roy Williams is 6-16 ATS in home games revenging a straight up loss as a road favorite in all games he has coached. The underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series. The Demon Deacons are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in North Carolina. Take Wake Forest Saturday.
|02-21-14||Utah Jazz v. Portland Trail Blazers OVER 202||Top||94-102||Loss||-108||10 h 17 m||Show|
25* NBA Western Conference TOTAL OF THE YEAR on Jazz/Blazers OVER 202
The books have set the bar too low tonight in this contest between the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers. I'll take the free money and back the OVER tonight as both teams likely top the 100-point mark in this one.
Portland is one of the best offensive teams in the league this season. It is averaging 107.9 points per game while also ranking 3rd in offensive efficiency. However, the Blazers are giving up 103.9 points per game while ranking 23rd in defensive efficiency.
The Jazz haven't been the best offensive team this season, but should get going tonight against this poor Blazers' defense. The Jazz are giving up 100.3 points per game this season, including 101.0 points per game on the road on 47.5% shooting.
Each of the last five meetings in this series have seen 199 or more points. The last time these teams met in Portland on December 6, they combined for 228 points. Playing at home, the Blazers will control the tempo, and they like to get up and down.
The OVER is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Portland. The OVER is 30-14-1 in Blazers last 45 home games. The OVER is 17-8-1 in Blazers last 26 vs. Western Conference. Bet the OVER in this game Friday.
|02-21-14||Cleveland Cavaliers +9 v. Toronto Raptors||91-98||Win||100||7 h 26 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday Night Line Mistake on Cleveland Cavaliers +9
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now. Asking the Toronto Raptors to beat them by double-digits tonight to beat us is simply asking too much. I'll side with the road underdog showing tremendous value because of it.
Cleveland is a perfect 6-0 SU & 6-0 ATS in its last six games overall. That includes road wins over Washington, Detroit and Philadelphia, as well as a home win against Memphis during this stretch. This team is hungry to make the playoffs as it trails the Bobcats by just 3 games for the 8th and final spot in the East.
Toronto has been an underrated team for most of the season. However, it is clearly being overvalued here as such a massive home favorite. Four of the last six meetings between these teams were decided by 8 points or less, and the Cavaliers have only been beaten by more than 8 points in one of their last six meetings with the Raptors.
The underdog is a perfect 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in this series. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings in Toronto. Roll with Cleveland Friday.
|02-21-14||New York Knicks -3 v. Orlando Magic||121-129||Loss||-106||7 h 17 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday No-Doubt Rout on New York Knicks -3
The New York Knicks (21-33) have to make a run now if they want to make the NBA playoffs. They trail the Charlotte Bobcats by 3.5 games for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They certainly cannot afford to lose to the Magic tonight.
After a hard-fought 93-98 loss at Memphis in their first game back from the break, the Knicks went into New Orleans and came away with a gutty 98-91 victory. I look for them to go into hapless Orlando (16-40) and to win going away tonight.
This has been a one-sided series of late to say the least. Indeed, the Knicks are a perfect 8-0 SU & 8-0 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Magic. They have won all eight meetings by 5 points or more, including six of them by double-digits.
The Knicks are 27-13 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last three seasons. The Magic are 1-13 ATS in their last 14 games versus good ball handling teams who commit 14 or less turnovers. Take the Knicks Friday.
|02-20-14||Gonzaga v. BYU -2.5||65-73||Win||100||12 h 32 m||Show|
15* Gonzaga/BYU ESPN 2 Late-Night BAILOUT on BYU -2.5
It's like night and day for the BYU Cougars home and away. If you just look at its 6-9 road record, you would think that this team isn't any good. But the Cougars are 18-10 on the season and looking to make the NCAA Tournament thanks to their home dominance.
Indeed, the Cougars are 12-1 at home this season, outscoring opponents by 19.3 points per game. Their only loss came in overtime to Iowa State, which is currently ranked No. 17 in the country. BYU has had one of the best home-court advantages over the past decade and that continues to be true.
All four of Gonzaga's losses this season have come on the road. It has fallen to Memphis (54-60) and Portland (73-82) away from home since the turn of the calendar year. Given the importance of this game for the Cougars, I look for them to get it done at home. They also come in with confidence having won five of their last six, including two victories over a very good St. Mary's team both home and away.
Gonzaga is 0-6 ATS in road games after two consecutive ATS covers over the last three seasons. BYU is 50-27 ATS in its last 77 home games after having won three of its last four games. The Cougars are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 home games off a win by 6 points or less. The home team is a perfect 6-0-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series. Take BYU Thursday.
|02-20-14||USC +14 v. Stanford||Top||59-80||Loss||-106||12 h 31 m||Show|
20* Pac-12 GAME OF THE WEEK on USC +14
The USC Trojans certainly haven't had the season they had hoped coming into the year. As a result, they are undervalued at this point of the season, and that shows with this line as they are a 14-point road dog to Stanford when they shouldn't be catching nearly this many points.
USC will be out for revenge from a 71-79 (OT) home loss to Stanford as a 6.5-point underdog. I like taking road teams in revenge mode that lost the first meeting at home if the price is right. Obviously, the Trojans took the Cardinal to OT to prove that they can hang, and I see no reason they can't take this one down to the wire as well.
With UCLA on deck Saturday, it's only human nature for Stanford to be looking ahead to that game. Also, USC is expected to get back second-leading scorer and top assist man Pe'Shon Howard (10.4 ppg, 4.3 apg) from a one-game absence due to disciplinary reasons. Having their floor general back will certainly benefit the Trojans offensively.
The last three meetings in this series were all within 2 points at the end of regulation, so this has been a closely-contested series. You have to go all the way back to 2007 to find the last time that USC lost to Stanford by more than 12 points, which was a 50-65 road loss. That is a span of 15 meetings, and makes for a perfect 15-0 system backing the Trojans pertaining to tonight's spread of 14. Bet USC Thursday.
|02-20-14||Houston Rockets v. Golden State Warriors OVER 212||99-102||Loss||-110||11 h 22 m||Show|
15* Rockets/Warriors TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on OVER 212
The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors will play part in an absolute shootout tonight on TNT. Both teams love to get up and down as much as anyone in the league, and they score right up there with the best of them, too.
Golden State ranks 5th in the NBA in pace, averaging 98.8 possessions per game. Houston is right behind in 6th, averaging 98.2 possessions per game. The Rockets rank 4th in offensive efficiency at 108.0 points per 100 possessions, while the Warriors are 12th at 104.2 points per 100 possessions.
A big reason I'm backing the OVER tonight is that both teams are fresh coming off the All-Star Break and will be ready to get up and down the court. Also, Andrew Bogut is expected to miss tonight's game for Golden State, so Dwight Howard should dominate inside for Houston. Both teams are going to have to play small ball to match up.
The OVER is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Golden State. In their last meeting here on December 13, these teams combined for 228 points in a 116-112 road victory for the Rockets. The OVER is 5-1 in Warriors last six Thursday games. Roll with the OVER in this game Thursday.
|02-19-14||Houston +15 v. SMU||64-68||Win||100||8 h 25 m||Show|
15* American Athletic PLAY OF THE DAY on Houston +15
The Houston Cougars (12-13) are a much better team than their record would indicate this season. They have played some very good teams tough, including taking Cincinnati down to the wire in each of their two meetings this season. I was on the Cougars in both of those games as a big underdog.
I'll back the Cougars again in the role of the big dog tonight at SMU. They'll be out for revenge from a 68-75 home loss to the Mustangs back on January 26 in their first meeting of the season. At the very least, I expect them to stay within 15 points, though they'll likely have a chance to win it in the end.
After beating Cincinnati and earning a Top 25 ranking, SMU is currently overvalued. That showed last time out as it lost 64-71 at Temple as an 8-point favorite. This team is better than people gave them credit for coming into the season, but now that the betting public has been all over them of late, the Mustangs are getting too much respect from oddsmakers.
Houston is a perfect 7-0 ATS after allowing 30 points or less in the first half of two straight games over the last two seasons. SMU is 1-9 ATS off two straight games where it attempted 50 or less shots over the last two years. Take Houston Wednesday.
|02-19-14||Detroit Pistons +3 v. Charlotte Bobcats||98-116||Loss||-110||8 h 42 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Detroit Pistons +3
This is a classic home-and-home situation. These teams played last night in Detroit with the Bobcats coming away with a 108-96 road victory. Playing one night later, I'll back the Pistons because they lost the first meeting.
In these home-and-home spots, the team that lost the first game almost always comes back the more motivated team in the second meeting. It's pretty obvious as to why as they want revenge, while the winning team has a tendency to become complacent in the second meeting.
Home-court advantage has meant nothing when these teams have gotten together recently. The road team has won six of the past seven meetings. Detroit has been at its best on the road this year, posting a very respectable 10-14 record SU away from home.
The Pistons are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven meetings in Charlotte. The road team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings. The Bobcats are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games following a road trip of seven or more days. Charlotte is 15-39 ATS in its last 54 games when playing on 0 days rest. Roll with the Pistons Wednesday.
|02-19-14||Chicago Bulls +3 v. Toronto Raptors||94-92||Win||100||8 h 32 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on Chicago Bulls +3
I fully expect the Chicago Bulls to come out of the All-Star Break as hot as they went into it. They had won three straight and four of five while going 4-1 ATS in their last five games heading into the break.
Toronto will be playing the second of a back-to-back off a big win at Washington last night. That will give the Bulls a big edge in preparation as they have had a full two days to get ready for the Raptors, while Toronto wouldn't have prepared for Chicago at all heading into this one.
Home-court advantage has meant nothing to these teams this season. In fact, the road team is a perfect 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in three meetings between the Bulls and Raptors during the 2013-14 season. After losing the last two to the Raptors this season, the Bulls will want revenge tonight to even the season series at 2-2. The road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Plays on road teams where the line is +3 to -3 (CHICAGO) - revenging a straight up loss vs opponent as a home favorite, extremely well rested team - playing 3 or less games in 10 days are 34-11 (75.6%) ATS since 1996. Chicago is 41-22 ATS in its last 63 road games with a total set between 180 and 189.5 points. The Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last six vs. Eastern Conference opponents. Take Chicago Wednesday.
|02-19-14||Auburn +17 v. Florida||Top||66-71||Win||100||7 h 26 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on Auburn +17
The Auburn Tigers have been vastly improved this season. They have gone 12-11 overall to post a winning record to this point, and they come in playing their best basketball of the season.
Auburn has won four of its last six games overall with its only losses coming at LSU (80-87) and at home against Kentucky (56-64) during this stretch. It fell at home to Florida (61-68) as an 8-point underdog back on January 18 in their first meeting, which means the Tigers will be out for revenge.
Florida comes in overvalued due to recently moving up to No. 2 in the latest Top 25 poll. This is a massive letdown spot for the Gators, who are coming off their biggest win of the season with a victory at Kentucky on Saturday. That win likely wrapped up the SEC title for them, and having already beaten Auburn once this season, they won't show up with the kind of intensity it takes to beat the Tigers by more than 17 points tonight.
Auburn is 6-0 ATS off a win against a conference opponent over the last two seasons. Florida is 1-12 ATS after covering two of its last three against the spread over the last two years. The Gators are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 home games off seven or more consecutive wins. Bet Auburn Wednesday.
|02-19-14||Northwestern +15.5 v. Ohio State||60-76||Loss||-109||7 h 26 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Northwestern +15.5
The Northwestern Wildcats have played their best basketball on the road this season. I look for them to give the Ohio State Buckeyes a run for their money tonight as they continue playing their best ball away from home.
Indeed, the Wildcats have won three of their last four Big Ten road games outright. They won at Indiana (54-47) as a 13-point dog, at Wisconsin (65-56) as a 17-point dog, at Minnesota (55-54) as a 10.5-point dog, while losing at Michigan State (70-85) as a 14-point dog in a game that was close until the end.
Northwestern has played Ohio State very tough throughout the years. Each of the last three meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, and seven of the last nine meetings were decided by 10 points or fewer. The Wildcats have gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Buckeyes.
This is just a great matchup for the Wildcats because both teams have below-average offenses but tremendous defense. I look for them to slug it out in a low-scoring, defensive battle. The Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Roll with Northwestern Wednesday.
|02-19-14||Boston College +14.5 v. Syracuse||62-59||Win||100||7 h 26 m||Show|
15* ACC PLAY OF THE DAY on Boston College +14.5
The Boston College Eagles have clearly not had the season they envisioned this year despite returning 96 percent of their scoring from last season. However, they have a chance to make their season by beating No. 1 Syracuse tonight, and they'll be giving it their all to do so.
The Eagles have been much more competitive of late, only once losing by more than 11 points in their last 11 games overall. That included a 59-69 home loss to Syracuse in their first meeting of the season, which means they'll be out for revenge here.
I have faded Syracuse with a ton of success lately. The Orange have been overvalued due to the fact that they are 25-0 and No. 1 in the country, and they simply cannot live up to these expectations. Now, with a massive game at Duke on deck Saturday, they'll be overlooking Boston College and looking ahead to that showdown. They won't bring the kind of effort it takes to win by 15-plus points tonight.
Boston College is a sensational 101-65 ATS in its last 166 road games overall. The Eagles are 13-1 ATS in their last 14 road games off an upset loss as a home favorite. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series. Bet Boston College Wednesday.
|02-18-14||Atlanta Hawks v. Indiana Pacers UNDER 192||Top||98-108||Loss||-106||17 h 33 m||Show|
20* NBA TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Hawks/Pacers UNDER 192
The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers will take part in a defensive battle tonight in their first game back from the All-Star Break. I look for both offenses to show some rust after the layoff, and for the defenses to reign supreme in large part because of it.
However, my biggest reason for backing the UNDER is the familiarity between these teams. This will be their 11th meeting since February of 2013 about a year ago. That's due to the fact that they squared off in the playoffs last year. Each of the last four meetings in this series have seen 189 or fewer combined points, and an average of 175.3 combined points/game during this span, which is nearly 17 points less than tonight's posted total.
Indiana, which is 25-3 at home this season, doesn't give up anything at home. It is allowing only 85.5 points per game on 39.1% shooting at home this year. The Pacers are far and away the best team in the league defensively. They rank 1st in defensive efficiency, yielding 93.6 points per 100 possessions, which is 4.2 points less than second-place Chicago.
The UNDER is 12-2 in Pacers last 14 vs. NBA Southeast Division opponents. The UNDER is 4-1 in Hawks last five overall. The UNDER is 4-0 in Pacers last four vs. a team with a losing record. The UNDER is 9-2 in Pacers last 11 vs. Eastern Conference foes. Atlanta is 70-46 to the UNDER off two straight losses by 10 points or more since 1996. Bet the UNDER in this game Tuesday.