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On 12/26/2011 05:26 PM in NBA
LA Lakers Face Tough Back-To-Back-To-Back

Derrick Rose and the Bulls will be at Golden State on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers face the effects of the NBA’s lockout with three games in three days continuing Monday.

The lockout had many consequences for teams with just two preseason games and little practice time to gain continuity. Players are still trying to just get into game shape. The shortened 66-game regular season also has all clubs scheduled to play at least one ‘back-to-back-to-back,’ which hasn’t happened at all in the league since the 1999 work stoppage.

The Lakers must have angered the scheduling gods (or at least Commissioner David Stern) as their ‘trifecta challenge’ has come right off the bat. It began with an 88-87 home loss to the Bulls on Christmas and continues Monday night at Sacramento and then Tuesday at home vs. Utah.

The pointspread for the Sacramento game has been released and the Lakers are 3-point favorites. NBA-TV will broadcast at 10:00 p.m. (ET) from Power Balance Pavilion.

The Bulls game was a blown opportunity after leading 87-81 with under one minute remaining. Derrick Rose hit the game-winner with four seconds left. Those are games that Kobe Bryant and company didn’t lose in past years, especially at home, although they did ‘cover’ as 4½-point underdogs.

The Lakers weren’t a home ‘dog all last year, but are playing without suspended center Andrew Bynum for four games and Bryant is playing with a right wrist injury, although still scoring 28 points yesterday. There’s a serious lack of depth with Lamar Odom shipped to Dallas, with unheralded guys like Josh McRoberts, Devin Ebanks and Troy Murphy playing major minutes.

Sacramento has to feel good about tonight despite going just 11-30 at home last year (16-24-1 against the spread). There’s plenty of young talent with center DeMarcus Cousins and guards Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton, plus solid veterans in Chuck Hayes and John Salmons. Rookie Jimmer Fredette has looked good in preseason and will provide a spark off the bench.

Elsewhere on the 12-game Monday slate, upstart Memphis (+5½) is at the San Antonio Spurs after upsetting them in the playoffs last year. The Grizzlies could surprise and break into the top-4 in the West this year with Rudy Gay healthy. The Spurs are battling age and were 0-9-1 ATS against Memphis overall last year.

Dallas (-4) hosts Denver after getting blown out (105-94) at home by Miami on Christmas. The game was not as close as the score indicates and the defending champs have several new rotation players, plus a bunch of older players who will be tired playing in consecutive games.

Chicago (-6½) and Golden State will both be playing back-to-back games tonight. The Warriors are at least at home again after losing to the Clippers (105-86) yesterday. Stephen Curry shot just 2-of-12 in that contest (four points) and is battling an ankle injury, but is probable to play again.

Miami Heat Return Home On Tuesday Night

The Miami Heat avenged their NBA Finals debacle at least partially with the Dallas win. More importantly, LeBron James looked to be a man on a mission with 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. A motivated LeBron is a good value as the early Season MVP favorite (+250).

The Heat host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, who battled hard at the Knicks before losing 106-104 as 5-point ‘dogs. Rajon Rondo looked great in scoring 31 points, but Paul Pierce is doubtful after missing last game and Kevin Garnett could be suspended after an incident with Bill Walker. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Miami as double-digit home chalk.

TNT will broadcast that game followed by Utah visiting the assuredly tired Lakers. The Jazz will be well rested in their season debut and have an interesting trio of big men with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors, who will be happy not to see Bynum clogging the middle. The negative side is Utah is just 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games at the Lakers.

Clippers And Spurs Highlight Hump Day

The L.A. Clippers are the NBA’s new ‘must-see tv’ with Chris Paul teaming up with Blake Griffin. They scored 20 and 22 points respectively in the opener at Golden State and Chauncey Billups (21 points) will also provide punch at shooting guard most nights. The Clips will be at the Spurs on Wednesday night and could even be small road favorites, unthinkable before the Paul deal.

Oklahoma City will be at Memphis, playing its third game after beating Orlando (97-89) and at Minnesota on Monday. The Thunder still have three limited scorers in the starting lineup, relying heavily on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and were just 1-4 SU and ATS in Memphis last year, including their playoff series win.

The Knicks will be at Golden State after having a couple of days rest. They were very fortunate to beat banged-up Boston at home and guard play is a question after losing the assist battle 28-17. Defense is always a question with Mike D’Antoni as coach and Boston shot 51.3 percent even with newly acquired Tyson Chandler manning the middle. This could be a very high scoring game, so watch out for the total.
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12/26/2011 05:30 PM
Spurs host Grizzlies in Monday season opener

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

at SAN ANTONIO SPURS


Tip-off: Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST
Line: San Antonio -5.5, Total: 195

The Spurs are looking for payback when they host the Grizzlies in the season opener for both teams on Monday night.

The youthful Memphis team took out the veteran San Antonio club (the No. 1 seed in the West) in six games in last season’s playoffs, despite finishing with 15 fewer wins in the regular season. The Grizzlies are 11-3 ATS in this series over the past two seasons, but the Spurs are 14-2 SU in the past 16 home meetings with Memphis, winning 11 of those games by at least six points. Tired legs won’t be a factor on Opening Night, but the raucous home crowd certainly will bother a Grizzlies team that was 18-30 SU (.375) on the road last year. SAN ANTONIO is the pick to win and cover the small spread.

The FoxSheets provide a coaching trend supporting the Spurs:

Gregg Popovich is 337-284 ATS (54.3%, +24.6 Units) as a home favorite as the coach of SAN ANTONIO. The average score was SAN ANTONIO 97.9, OPPONENT 88.8 - (Rating = 1*).

Both of these teams return their core players, but Memphis should get a boost with the return of Rudy Gay (19.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG) who missed last year’s playoffs with a shoulder injury. It will be interesting to see how much he demands the basketball on a team that was within one game of the West Finals without him. Many Grizzlies played very well in the playoff series win over San Antonio, but Zach Randolph (21.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG in series) and Marc Gasol (14.2 PPG, 12.3 RPG in series) really dominated down low. The offense will continue to center around these two big men. Mike Conley has developed into a quality point guard (13.7 PPG, 6.5 APG) and the team has the ability to go offense/defense with the off-guard position. O.J. Mayo (11.3 PPG) provides the offense, and Tony Allen (1.79 SPG, fifth in NBA) is one of the better perimeter defenders in the league.

But Memphis lost another great defender, Shane Battier, to free agency and SF Xavier Henry is out for a few weeks with torn ligaments in his ankle. Henry will be needed to help the team with its dearth of outside shooters, as Memphis tallied the fewest three-pointers in the NBA last year, connecting on just 33.4% of its threes.

Outside shooting was the biggest reason the Spurs had such a tremendous regular season (61-21 SU), but this was also their biggest downfall in the series loss to Memphis, as San Antonio made just 29% of its three-point attempts in the six-game set. But the Spurs are healthy now, especially Manu Ginobili (17.4 PPG) who was bothered by a shoulder injury in the playoffs. Tim Duncan (13.4 PPG, 8.9 RPG) is also feeling fresh, and the team continues to run through point guard Tony Parker (17.5 PPG, 6.6 APG), who had 19.7 PPG on 55% FG in three regular-season meetings with Memphis last year.

There will be some new faces in San Antonio this season, as T.J. Ford (11.4 PPG in career) replaces the departed George Hill and rookie Kawhi Leonard will provide the defense that is lacking in SF Richard Jefferson. Highly-touted Euro League star Tiago Splitter and beefy DeJuan Blair (8.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG) will likely take on larger reserve roles this season.

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12/26/2011 05:32 PM
NBA

Monday, December 26

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Pick 'n' roll: Monday's best NBA bets
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Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Bobcats (1, 180.5)

The Bobcats will unveil their new-look backcourt, with UConn’s Kemba Walker joining an improved D.J. Augustin.

Team owner Michael Jordan “looked at Kemba and saw himself,” coach Paul Silas said. “Mike said, ‘This guy has it.’ He said if he can lead (Connecticut) to the championship then he has what I have - and that’s the determination to do it.”

Charlotte, coming off a 34-48 season, also added Corey Maggette in hopes of bolstering an offense that ranked 29th last season.

Milwaukee was even worse offensively last season, averaging an NBA-low 91.9 points and shooting a league-worst 43 percent. But with Stephen Jackson joining Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut, the Bucks believe they can get back to the playoffs.

The home team has won the last 10 meetings in this series, going 7-2-1 ATS.

Pick: Bobcats


Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs (-5.5, 196)

This is a rematch of last season’s surprising first-round playoff series. Memphis, the No. 8 seed, knocked off top-seeded San Antonio in six games.

Those Grizzlies took Oklahoma City to seven games in the next round without Rudy Gay (19.8 ppg), who is back from his shoulder injury.

Zach Randolph, 30, averaged 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds and is the oldest regular contributor. Marc Gasol, Gay, O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley are all 26 or younger.

Given their age, the Spurs could benefit from the shortened season. But Tim Duncan is coming off career lows in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (8.9), and San Antonio didn’t make any dramatic moves.

The Spurs will again rely on Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to carry the offense. Unless first-round pick Kawhi Leonard can make a big impact, the Spurs’ best days are likely behind them.

Memphis is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 meetings with San Antonio.

Pick: Grizzlies


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12/26/2011 05:33 PM
NBA

Monday, December 26

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
MILWAUKEE vs. CHARLOTTE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

7:00 PM
DETROIT vs. INDIANA
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Detroit's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games

7:00 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. WASHINGTON
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New Jersey
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
TORONTO vs. CLEVELAND
Toronto is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Toronto is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
HOUSTON vs. ORLANDO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Orlando
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Orlando is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Houston
Orlando is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City

8:30 PM
MEMPHIS vs. SAN ANTONIO
Memphis is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Memphis's last 10 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
San Antonio is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 8 of San Antonio's last 10 games when playing at home against Memphis

8:30 PM
DENVER vs. DALLAS
Denver is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Denver is 16-5-2 ATS in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Dallas's last 25 games when playing at home against Denver
Dallas is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Denver

9:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
New Orleans is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Phoenix is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Phoenix is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing at home against New Orleans

10:00 PM
LA LAKERS vs. SACRAMENTO
LA Lakers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
Sacramento is 1-9 SU in their last 10 games when playing LA Lakers
Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers

10:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. PORTLAND
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Portland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Portland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia

10:30 PM
CHICAGO vs. GOLDEN STATE
Chicago is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games at home
Golden State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home


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12/26/2011 05:35 PM
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Long Sheet

Monday, December 26

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NEW JERSEY (0 - 0) at WASHINGTON (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 70-93 ATS (-32.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 32-50 ATS (-23.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 266-329 ATS (-95.9 Units) in home games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 5-2 against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 6-1 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MILWAUKEE (0 - 0) at CHARLOTTE (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 95-72 ATS (+15.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MILWAUKEE is 5-2 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
MILWAUKEE is 4-3 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HOUSTON (0 - 0) at ORLANDO (0 - 1) - 12/26/2011, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HOUSTON is 330-277 ATS (+25.3 Units) in road games since 1996.
HOUSTON is 232-181 ATS (+32.9 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
ORLANDO is 36-52 ATS (-21.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 31-45 ATS (-18.5 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 4-0 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 4-0 straight up against HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TORONTO (0 - 0) at CLEVELAND (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 4-3 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND is 4-3 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DETROIT (0 - 0) at INDIANA (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 8-21 ATS (-15.1 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 5-3 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
INDIANA is 6-2 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (1 - 0) at MINNESOTA (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 103-82 ATS (+12.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 5-3 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 8-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DENVER (0 - 0) at DALLAS (0 - 1) - 12/26/2011, 8:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 4-3 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 4-3 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MEMPHIS (0 - 0) at SAN ANTONIO (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 8:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 60-34 ATS (+22.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 17-5 ATS (+11.5 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 21-38 ATS (-20.8 Units) in a home game where where the total is between 195 and 199.5 points since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
MEMPHIS is 11-3 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
MEMPHIS is 8-6 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW ORLEANS (0 - 0) at PHOENIX (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 9:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 4-3 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 4-4 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA LAKERS (0 - 1) at SACRAMENTO (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 10:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA LAKERS is 5-3 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 7-1 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PHILADELPHIA (0 - 0) at PORTLAND (0 - 0) - 12/26/2011, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 47-80 ATS (-41.0 Units) as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 2-2 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND is 2-2 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CHICAGO (1 - 0) at GOLDEN STATE (0 - 1) - 12/26/2011, 10:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
GOLDEN STATE is 2-1 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
GOLDEN STATE is 2-2 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Monday, December 26

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Trend Report
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6:00 PM
COLORADO vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado's last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing at home against Colorado
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Colorado

7:00 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. CAROLINA
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Jersey's last 12 games on the road
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Carolina is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey

7:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. NY RANGERS
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing NY Rangers
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 7 games at home
NY Rangers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home

7:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. BUFFALO
Washington is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Buffalo's last 11 games

8:00 PM
DALLAS vs. ST. LOUIS
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing Dallas

8:00 PM
DETROIT vs. NASHVILLE
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Nashville
Nashville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing Detroit

8:30 PM
COLUMBUS vs. CHICAGO
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 9 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Columbus is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Se10:00 PM
EDMONTON vs. VANCOUVER
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games on the road
Edmonton is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vancouver's last 7 games when playing at home against Edmonton
Vancouver is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Edmonton

10:00 PM
PHOENIX vs. LOS ANGELES
Phoenix is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 7 games

10:30 PM
ANAHEIM vs. SAN JOSE
Anaheim is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim's last 6 games
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Jose is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Anaheim


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Monday, December 26

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Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL betting trends
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Every week, we update you on who's hot, who's not and situational betting spots in the National Hockey League.

HOT TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have a tendency to rack up ridiculous streaks, then they come back to earth a bit, only to do it all over again. So be careful with this bunch, but if you can handle the roller-coaster ride, boy is Chicago a talented team to wager on.

Veteran forward Marian Hossa has been driving the train of late. He had an assist in last Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens, pushing his point streak to seven games. He had four goals and 12 points in that span, and has led Chicago to eight victories this month. Heading into Monday's game versus Columbus, the Blackhawks had won five of their last six, and had scored at least four goals in six December games.

Jonathan Toews scored his 20th goal in the win over Montreal, and Chicago emerged from the Christmas break with four players -- Hossa (38), Toews (37), Patrick Sharp (36) and Patrick Kane (34) -- nearing 40 points. They open Monday's action with 48 points, three more than the rest of the league, and Windy City residents are truly starting to believe that the Stanley Cup could be headed back to their town for the second time in three years.

COLD TEAM: Anaheim Ducks

A lot of the focus in Southern California has been on the Kings and their new coach, Darryl Sutter, as they try to creep back into the crowded Western Conference playoff race. But the best fade play out there, still, is the Kings' neighbor.

Indeed, Anaheim, under the direction of new coach Bruce Boudreau, has not been able to turn the corner and continues to wallow at the bottom of the conference. The Ducks lost to Los Angeles, 3-2, in a shootout on Thursday, dropping them to 2-6-2 under Boudreau.

They come out of the Christmas break trying to break a four-game skid. They have eight total defeats in December, and along with the Flames are the only teams not to have scored a short-handed goal.

Teemu Selanne, with 11 goals and 35 points, has been tremendous, and just keeps on going. But when a player who was born in 1970 is your best, you're going to be in trouble, right?

OVER PLAY: New Jersey Devils

After an uncharacteristic year out of the playoffs -- their first since 1996 -- the Devils are back in the Eastern Conference postseason mix this season as one of the bottom-tier teams. If they hope to stay above the line, they'll need to ride their offense because their defense and goaltending -- believe it or not -- just isn’t there anymore.

What that means for bettors, is overs ... plenty of them. As strange as it sounds, considering we’re talking about a franchise that won Stanley Cups with a slow-it-down, grind-it-out, neutral-zone-trap approach, New Jersey has easily become one of the better over buys out there. Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout victory over Washington pushed an underless streak to six games (4-0-2) and was a snapshot of what this team is now. With sharpshooters like Zach Parise (28 points) and Ilya Kovalchuk (27), the Devils raced out to a 3-0 lead, only to blow every ounce of it, forcing the extra session.

New Jersey games have topped five goals seven times in December, and the Devils have scored four or more on their own five times this month. Veteran forward Patrik Elias, who will end his career as the franchise leader in most every offensive category, has 13 goals and 30 points and shows no signs of letup. On the other end, when a Hall-of-Fame lock like goaltender Martin Brodeur has nine losses and a 3.06 goals-against average, you know times have changed.

UNDER PLAY: Winnipeg Jets

There were two ways to look at the Jets as the season began, with regards to totals. Either the rigors of travel were going to lead to sloppy, up-and-down games, or perhaps, when mileage fatigue set in, goals would become a priority, and tight games would ensue.

The latter has been the case lately. While they have a few players who are getting close -- Evander Kane (26), Blake Wheeler (25) and Dustin Byfuglien (24) -- the Jets still don't have anyone with 30 points. In their last six games, five have gone under. They entered the Christmas break on a three-game under streak, and have only scored five goals in a game once this month.

It hasn’t hurt them in the standings, of course, as Winnipeg -- with seven wins in December -- is surprisingly still hanging around in the Eastern Conference playoff race. But after some rock ‘em-sock ‘em games to open the year, the Jets have evened out their over-under record (17-17-1), and more unders appear to be on the way.

Surveying the schedule:

** The league gave the Flyers a little reprieve as they head into final preparations for the Winter Classic. With the outdoor date versus the Rangers set for next Monday, Philadelphia only has to tackle two games this week, and the travel is not bad. The Flyers will play at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, and at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

** Give credit to new coach Ken Hitchcock for turning the Blues around so quickly. But this week will be a tough test for St. Louis with two sets of back-to-back games, on Monday-Tuesday, and Friday-Saturday. The contests are not easy. The first double dip is against Dallas and Detroit, and the latter features Nashville and Detroit. We'll know a lot more about the Blues a week from now.


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12/26/2011 05:38 PM
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Monday, December 26

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Ice picks: Monday's best NHL bets
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Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild (-135, 5)

The Wild emerge from Christmas break trying to break an 0-4-2 skid. They’ve scored one or zero goals in five of their last six.

Colorado, meanwhile, is coming off a 4-0-0 homestand that pushed the Avalanche over .500 for the first time since Nov. 10.

But there are two big factors working in Minnesota’s favor Monday.

C Mikko Koivu, the team’s leading scorer, expects to return from a leg injury that has kept him out since Dec. 14. The Wild captain poured in 18 points in 14 games before the injury.

In addition, the Avs don’t travel well lately. They have not won on the road since a 5-4 shootout victory at Chicago on Oct. 22.

Pick: Wild


Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings (-140, 5)

These teams have combined for 13 goals in their last four meetings, with no game producing more than five goals.

The Coyotes rank 18th in scoring (2.6) and 27th on the power play (13.5 percent). The Kings are even less potent, ranking 30th in scoring (2.1).

In its last 10 games, L.A. hasn’t scored more than two goals in regulation. But the Kings are stout defensively, allowing an average of 2.3 goals and posting four shutouts. Jonathan Quick ranks eighth in the league with a 2.13 GAA.

The under is 7-1-1 in the Kings’ last nine home games, and 3-0-2 in the teams’ last five meetings in Los Angeles.

Pick: Under


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Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, December 26

Hot teams
-- Rangers won last four games, allowing seven goals.
-- New Jersey won five of its last six games.
-- Blues won nine of their last eleven home games. Dallas Stars won five of their last seven games.
-- Predators won their last five home games.
-- Chicago won its last four home games, allowing six goals.
-- Canucks won 12 of their last 16 games.
-- Phoenix won 11 of its last 16 road games.
-- Sharks won their last five home games, scoring 22 goals.

Cold teams
-- Colorado lost its last nine road games; home side won its last 12 games. Minnesota lost its last five games, scoring six goals.
-- Washington lost seven of its last nine road games. Sabres lost four of last five road games.
-- Islanders lost six of their last eight games.
-- Carolina lost 11 of its last 14 games.
-- Red Wings lost five of their last seven road games.
-- Blue Jackets lost five of their last seven road games.
-- Edmonton lost last four road games, outscored 15-6.
-- Los Angeles lost seven of its last ten games.
-- Ducks lost their last thirteen road games.

Totals
-- Last four Colorado games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 5-2 in Washington's last seven road games.
-- Over is 5-2 in Rangers' last seven home games.
-- Over is 9-2-1 in Devils' last dozen road games.
-- Six of last eight Dallas road games stayed under total.
-- Six of last nine Detroit road games tayed under total.
-- Over is 8-4 in Chicago's last dozen home games.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in last six Edmonton games.
-- Six of Kings' last seven home games stayed under total.
-- Under is 12-5-1 in Anaheim's road games.

Series records
-- Avalanche lost its last four games against Minnesota.
-- Sabres lot five of last seven games against Washington.
-- Rangers won six of last eight games against the Islanders.
-- Devils won their last five games against Carolina.
-- Dallas Stars won their last five games against St Louis.
-- Predators won five of last seven games against Detroit.
-- Blue Jackets lost five of last six games against Chicago.
-- Oilers won three of last four games against Vancouver.
-- Kings won three of their last four games against Phoenix.
-- Ducks lost five of last seven visits to San Jose.

Back-to-Back
-- None
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12/26/2011 05:41 PM
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Long Sheet

Monday, December 26

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COLORADO (18-17-0-1, 37 pts.) at MINNESOTA (20-11-0-5, 45 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 1-9 ATS (+10.4 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
MINNESOTA is 20-15 ATS (+36.0 Units) in all games this season.
MINNESOTA is 133-112 ATS (+264.6 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.
MINNESOTA is 20-15 ATS (+37.5 Units) first half of the season this season.
MINNESOTA is 22-14 ATS (+7.5 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 26-16 ATS (+44.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 61-55 ATS (+122.3 Units) first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
COLORADO is 28-17 ATS (+47.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 10-3 (+7.9 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 10-3-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)

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WASHINGTON (17-14-0-2, 36 pts.) at BUFFALO (16-15-0-3, 35 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 6-3 (+2.5 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 6-3-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)

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NY ISLANDERS (11-16-0-6, 28 pts.) at NY RANGERS (21-8-0-4, 46 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NY ISLANDERS are 5-26 ATS (+49.1 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
NY ISLANDERS are 15-41 ATS (+74.8 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 21-11 ATS (+35.4 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 11-3 ATS (+6.2 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NY RANGERS are 11-3 ATS (+7.0 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
NY RANGERS are 26-8 ATS (+15.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 21-11 ATS (+6.5 Units) first half of the season this season.
NY RANGERS are 27-41 ATS (-40.1 Units) in home games after a 3 game unbeaten streak since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 91-96 ATS (-55.5 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 93-102 ATS (-59.0 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 9-6 (+0.0 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 9-6-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
10 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+6.0 Units)

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NEW JERSEY (19-14-0-1, 39 pts.) at CAROLINA (11-19-0-6, 28 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 19-14 ATS (+33.4 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 19-14 ATS (+33.4 Units) first half of the season this season.
CAROLINA is 11-25 ATS (-16.8 Units) in all games this season.
CAROLINA is 5-14 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
CAROLINA is 11-25 ATS (+43.3 Units) first half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 8-2 (+5.7 Units) against the spread versus CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 8-2-0 straight up against CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.1 Units)

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DALLAS (20-13-0-1, 41 pts.) at ST LOUIS (20-10-0-4, 44 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ST LOUIS is 27-10 ATS (+13.8 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 20-13 ATS (+33.4 Units) in all games this season.
DALLAS is 73-64 ATS (+144.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season since 1996.
DALLAS is 20-13 ATS (+33.4 Units) first half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 6-3 (+2.9 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 6-3-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.8 Units)

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DETROIT (21-12-0-1, 43 pts.) at NASHVILLE (18-13-0-4, 40 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 71-76 ATS (-51.3 Units) after playing 3 consecutive road games since 1996.
NASHVILLE is 115-100 ATS (-27.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 17-5 ATS (+11.8 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 7-7 (+1.4 Units) against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 7-7-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
8 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.6 Units)

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COLUMBUS (9-21-0-4, 22 pts.) at CHICAGO (22-9-0-4, 48 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 8:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLUMBUS is 9-24 ATS (+39.7 Units) in all games this season.
COLUMBUS is 6-19 ATS (+31.5 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
COLUMBUS is 17-40 ATS (+69.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
COLUMBUS is 15-40 ATS (+63.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
COLUMBUS is 11-31 ATS (+42.9 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
COLUMBUS is 9-24 ATS (+39.7 Units) first half of the season this season.
COLUMBUS is 18-37 ATS (+59.0 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 239-266 ATS (-44.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
CHICAGO is 124-142 ATS (-66.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 10-4 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 10-4-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
11 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+7.7 Units)

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EDMONTON (15-16-0-3, 33 pts.) at VANCOUVER (21-12-0-2, 44 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
EDMONTON is 65-130 ATS (+251.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
EDMONTON is 1-11 ATS (+15.7 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 8-26 ATS (+42.5 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 60-31 ATS (+12.6 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 131-128 ATS (-69.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season since 1996.
VANCOUVER is 93-95 ATS (-61.8 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 9-5-0 straight up against EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
9 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.8 Units)

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PHOENIX (18-14-0-3, 39 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (16-14-0-5, 37 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 113-96 ATS (+16.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 287-257 ATS (+23.8 Units) first half of the season since 1996.
PHOENIX is 5-0 ATS (+5.0 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest this season.
PHOENIX is 92-89 ATS (+214.1 Units) in road games vs. division opponents since 1996.
LOS ANGELES is 18-29 ATS (-28.8 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 7-7 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 7-7-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
6 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.5 Units)

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ANAHEIM (9-19-0-6, 24 pts.) at SAN JOSE (19-10-0-3, 41 pts.) - 12/26/2011, 10:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 8-25 ATS (+35.8 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 2-12 ATS (+16.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
ANAHEIM is 2-12 ATS (+16.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season this season.
ANAHEIM is 8-25 ATS (+35.8 Units) first half of the season this season.
ANAHEIM is 1-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) after a division game this season.
SAN JOSE is 12-20 ATS (-24.9 Units) in home games revenging a home loss versus opponent since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 69-69 ATS (-49.2 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 113-104 ATS (-61.9 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 8-6-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)

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