cnotes Posts:25161 Followers:33
12/26/2011 05:42 PM

Monday's betting tips: Favorite flounders in Saints-Falcons games

Who’s hot

NFL: Atlanta is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 December games.

NBA: Houston is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in Orlando.

NBA: The over is 22-6 in the last 28 Lakers-Kings meetings.

NHL: Vancouver is 12-4 in its last 16 games.

NHL: The under is 8-3 in Buffalo’s last 11 games.

Who’s not

NFL: The favorite is 0-5 ATS in the last five Falcons-Saints games.

NBA: Detroit is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games vs. Indiana.

NBA: The under is 0-7 in the last seven Hornets-Suns games in Phoenix.

NHL: The Ducks are 5-17 in their last 22 games vs. winning teams.

NHL: The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last seven road games.

Key stat

17 – That’s how many catches Roddy White has made over the past two games. Those grabs have produced 219 yards and 3 TDs. White is looking to atone for a weak performance against the Saints back on Nov. 13, when his critical drop led to an interception. White finished with four catches for 62 yards. The Falcons are 6.5-point road underdogs on Monday night.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Nuggets C Nene (back, hamstring) looks ready to play in Monday’s game at Dallas, according to Denver beat writers. Nene, who practiced over the weekend, led the team in points (14.5), rebounding (7.6), shooting percentage (61.5) and blocks (1.0) last season. It is Denver’s season opener, while the defending champion Mavs will be playing for the second straight day.

Game of the Day

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-6.5, 52)

Notable quotable

"We're peaking at the right time. I'm talking about jelling as far as a team - offense, defense, special teams." -- Saints LB Jonathan Vilma. New Orleans, riding a six-game win streak, is laying 6.5 points at home against NFC South rival Atlanta.

Tips and notes

The Maple Leafs extended coach Ron Wilson’s contract, confident he has the team headed back to the playoffs after a six-year absence. Wilson is the winningest active NHL coach with 637 victories. He’s in his fourth season with Toronto. Heading into Monday’s action, the Leafs are 18-13-4, good for second in the Northeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Paul Pierce missed the Celtics’ season-opening loss at New York with a bruised right heel, and is day-to-day. He’ll accompany the team on its road trip to Miami and New Orleans, but was unsure if he’d practice Monday. “I’ll just wake up and see how it feels,” he said. “It's been improving, week by week. If it was a regular bruise, it'd be a couple days. But it's a bone bruise on a place where I have to walk every day and have to apply pressure every day just by walking. Maybe it slows down the healing process."

Illinois’ struggling offense took another hit when leading rusher Jason Ford (600 yards, 7 TDs) was declared academically ineligible for the Dec. 31 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA. The Illini are 2.5-point favorites in a matchup of non-winning teams. Illinois is 6-6, UCLA 6-7.

Sunday’s Cowboys-Giants battle for the NFC East title has been moved from 1 p.m. ET on FOX to 8:20 p.m. on NBC as part of the league’s flex scheduling. Also, the Ravens-Bengals and Steelers-Browns games have been moved to 4:15 p.m. ET. Baltimore can win the AFC North and a first-round playoff bye with a win, while Cincy would clinch the AFC’s No. 6 seed by winning. If the Bengals win, Pittsburgh would take the AFC North by beating Cleveland.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25161 Followers:33
12/26/2011 05:44 PM

Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

-- Why does TV show us celebrities during NBA games? Who cares? All of us know John McEnroe and Spike Lee are really rich. Terrific.

-- Bulls missed 17 of first 18 shots in 4th quarter, still rallied to beat the Lakers at Staples Center, 88-87. Lakers will miss Lamar Odom.

-- Speaking of Odom, he got tossed from his first game with Dallas in third quarter with 5:05 left. Not the greatest of beginnings.

-- Clippers outscored Golden State 64-43 in second half, ruining Mark Jackson's coaching debut with the Warriors, 105-86. As long as Paul and Griffin stay healthy, Clippers are going to be very good.

-- Rodgers was sharp in Green Bay's 35-21 win over the fading Bears, who at least got better QB play from McCown than they head been getting from Hanie, the other backup. Fifth straight loss for Chicago.

-- Kansas State methodically dismantled Long Beach State 77-60 to win the Diamond Head tourney in Hawai'i. K-State is physically tough.


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Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Things to look for in 2012.........

13) If Eldrick Woods ever dated Kim Kardashian, entire Internet would explode somewhere over Saskatchewan and all of North America would be littered with debris from millions of words colliding in cyberspace. This needs to happen, maybe in late May or June, just to liven things up a bit. They could be married and divorced before football season starts.

12) If Colts lose in Jacksonville Sunday, will they give Peyton Manning his $28M roster bonus in March, or will they give him his walking papers and move ahead with Andrew Luck as their QB of the future? Manning is the best Colts’ QB since Johnny Unitas, but even Johnny U finished his career as a Charger.

11) Milwaukee Brewers drew 3,071,373 fans to Miller Park LY, third time in four years they’ve top 3M fans; they’ve already sold 1M+ tickets for 2012, first time they’ve topped the million mark before Christmas. But how many tickets will they sell during the season next year with Prince Fielder likely gone and Ryan Braun done for the first 50 games? Hard to believe they’ll have a very good team.

10) The NBA season is going to be interesting, because the short training camp makes the season a work in progress for all 30 teams. Its going to take time for ome teams to develop teamwork/chemistry but with so many games in a shorter period, some teams will get buried early on.

9) So Urban Meyer quit the Florida Gators to spend more time with his family, then signed on with Ohio State less than a year later? Does this mean his family doesn’t like hanging out with him?

8) VCU making the Final Four last spring quieted any objections people had about teams #61-68 playing an extra game in the NCAA basketball tournament; will anyone make a similar run this spring? I’m thinking we’re understating what a terrific accomplishment that was.

7) Will my St Louis Rams make any coaching changes? You can make the (shaky) argument that because of last spring’s lockout, teams didn’t get a chance to fully implement their plans for this year (of course, Carolina has been improved with rookie coach/rookie QB). Its going to be very disappointing if no heads roll at Rams Park, but its not my money they’d be burning by purging the culprits.

6) How many NBA players will play in all 66 of their team’s games? By the way, if Grant Hill makes it through another season healthy, the Miami Marlins have to pay big money to steal away Suns’ trainers and assign them to Jose Reyes’ hamstrings. And you think I’m kidding.

5) Pardon me for babbling out loud here, but who the hell is going to play 1B for my fantasy team until Ryan Howard's achilles tendon heals? It'd be nice if someone other than Seattle signed Prince Fielder, so Mike Carp would be guaranteed a spot in the lineup every day.

4) I’d like to see the NCAA simplify their rule book in 2012 and only worry about serious offenses, not ticky-tack stuff about hosting recruits at the coach’s house and stuff like that. Bruce Pearl got fired for lying to the NCAA about some stupid rule that shouldn’t even be a rule. I know lying isn’t good, but come on, think about things that have come to light since Pearl got fired. He looks like a freakin’ saint, by comparison.

3) Someone is going to be really smart and buy the Dodgers; following Frank McCourt as owner is as easy a duty as following Mike Singletary as coach of the 49ers—its always good to follow an incompetent.

2) Coolest Christmas present I've seen this year: guy I know was given an authentic Shane Falco #16 Washington Sentinel jersey, like the one Keanu Reeves wore in The Replacements. Excellent. Not sure where they got it.

1) I hope all of you have a happy and healthy 2012; none of us are guaranteed anything in this life, so we need to make the most of the time we have. Make this year your best one yet!!!!

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25161 Followers:33
12/26/2011 05:58 PM

NBA

Monday, December 26

Game Score Status Pick Amount

New Jersey - 7:00 PM ET Washington -4.5 500
Washington - Under 190.5 500

Milwaukee - 7:00 PM ET Charlotte +3 500
Charlotte - Under 180.5 500

Houston - 7:00 PM ET Orlando -5 500
Orlando - Over 200 500

Toronto - 7:00 PM ET Toronto +3.5 500
Cleveland - Under 196 500

Detroit - 7:00 PM ET Indiana -8 500
Indiana - Over 196 500

Oklahoma City - 8:00 PM ET Oklahoma City -5 500
Minnesota - Over 210 500

Memphis - 8:30 PM ET Memphis +5.5 500
San Antonio - Under 195 500

New Orleans - 9:00 PM ET New Orleans +6.5 500
Phoenix - Over 194 500

Philadelphia - 10:00 PM ET Philadelphia +4 500
Portland - Over 188 500

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NHL

Monday, December 26

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Colorado 0 0th Minnesota -130 500
Minnesota 0 Under 5 500

NY Islanders - 7:00 PM ET NY Rangers -200 500
NY Rangers - Over 5.5 500

New Jersey - 7:00 PM ET New Jersey -106 500
Carolina - Over 5.5 500

Dallas - 7:30 PM ET Dallas +152 500
St. Louis - Under 5 500

Detroit - 8:00 PM ET Nashville +108 500
Nashville - Under 5.5 500

Columbus - 8:30 PM ET Chicago -230 500
Chicago - Over 5.5 500

Edmonton - 10:00 PM ET Vancouver -220 500
Vancouver - Over 5.5 500

Phoenix - 10:00 PM ET Los Angeles -135 500
Los Angeles - Under 5 500

Anaheim - 10:30 PM ET San Jose -225 500
San Jose - Over 5.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: