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01/03/2012 05:31 PM

NHL

Tuesday, January 3

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Ice picks: Tuesday's best NHL bets
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New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes (-130, 5.5)

The chance to escape the Eastern Conference basement is on the line when the Carolina Hurricanes host the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

The teams are buried at the bottom of the conference with 32 points apiece, but the Islanders' prospects are a bit brighter since they have four games in hand on the Hurricanes.

New York is also coming off one of its better two-game stretches of the season, posting dominating home wins over Calgary and Edmonton. The Islanders will look to translate that success to the road, where they have only five wins.

The only team in the conference with fewer home wins is Carolina with four. "Consistency has been our problem all year," Islanders center Frans Nielsen told reporters.

They will be riding a lot of momentum after outscoring Edmonton and Calgary 7-2 and the price is right.

Pick: Islanders


Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars (+130, 5.5)

Very few teams in the NHL have a strong track record against the Detroit Red Wings over the last few years. Dallas is one of those clubs.

Even though the Stars have won dropped two of their last three against the Wings, the Stars have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

The Stars are coming off a huge win on New Year's Eve, too. They scored a pair of power play goals and limited the defending-champion Boston Bruins to only 20 shots in a 4-2 victory.

"I look at that team and the funny thing is, and I don't mean anything by this, they don't do anything special, but they do everything really well," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said of Boston. "To find a weakness on our scouting report paper, we had to make one up (Saturday) morning."

They'll be in a similar situation Tuesday, but the Stars are a tough team to deal with right now.

Pick: Stars


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01/03/2012 05:32 PM

NHL
Short Sheet

Tuesday, January 3

EDMONTON at BUFFALO, 7:00 PM ET
EDMONTON: 4-15 SU as a road underdog of +100 to +150
BUFFALO: 7-13 SU in home games

TAMPA BAY at TORONTO, 7:00 PM ET
TAMPA BAY: 36-23 SU after a division game
TORONTO: 9-17 SU in home games on Tuesday nights

NY ISLANDERS at CAROLINA, 7:00 PM ET
NY ISLANDERS: 16-6 Over off home win
CAROLINA: 0-8 SU off division loss

CALGARY at WASHINGTON, 7:00 PM ET
CALGARY: 2-9 SU vs. Eastern Conference
WASHINGTON: 10-2 Over after scoring 4+ goals

PHOENIX at ST LOUIS, 8:00 PM ET
PHOENIX: 8-2 SU Away w/ revenge
ST LOUIS: 9-27 SU off shutout road loss

DETROIT at DALLAS, 8:30 PM ET VERSUS
DETROIT: 8-1 Under Away off home win
DALLAS: 25-15 SU as home underdog

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

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01/03/2012 05:34 PM

Tuesday’s betting tips: Wildcats slumping ATS at home

Who’s hot

NCAAF: The over is 10-1 in Michigan’s last 11 bowl games.

NBA: Houston is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven meetings with the Lakers.

NCAAB: UConn is 8-3 against the spread in its last 11 against Seton Hall.

NHL: St. Louis is 16-5 in its last 21 home games.

Who’s not

NCAAF: Virginia Tech is 3-9 against the spread in its last 12 overall.

NBA: Milwaukee is 0-9 against the spread in its last nine games in Utah.

NCAAB: Kentucky is 0-8-1 against the spread in its last nine home games.

NHL: Buffalo is 1-6 in its last seven overall.

Key stat

16.37 – The Tampa Bay Lightning sit last in the NHL money standings. They have dropped 16.37 units for their supporters this season with a 15-22 puckline record. They face the Toronto Maple Leafs, who rank 27th in the money standings, on Tuesday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies - Randolph is day-to-day with a knee contusion and may be out of the lineup for the majority of the week. Randolph will miss Tuesday’s game against Sacramento and will undergo an MRI. The 30-year-old shot just 1-for-5 for two points and three rebounds in the one-sided loss to the Bulls Sunday. Randolph is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in four games so far this season.

Game of the day

Michigan Wolverines vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (3, 51)

Notable quotable

"This is going to be the freshest we're going to be. We had three games at home, then two days between games. We were playing good basketball, and we come down (to L.A.) and we don't play good basketball. From here on out, we'll have a day in between, and we're going to be playing a lot of games. (Sunday's loss was because of) fatigue or the holiday." – Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillian about the team’s schedule. The Blazers play 18 games this month, tied for the most in the Association.

Notes and tips

The Virginia Tech Hokies were set as 1-point favorites when some oddsmakers opened their lines for Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl, but now you’ll see Michigan set around -3 with a few -2.5’s on the board. The Wolverines are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 non-conference games and almost 63 percent of *********** Consensus bettors were backing Michigan as of Monday night.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have lost swingman Jean-Paul Olukemi for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Cowboys coach Travis Ford says Olukemi suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's game against Virginia. Olukemi averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds this season. As a junior last season, he was named to the Big 12 all-rookie squad after averaging 11.1 points.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' quest to win a seventh Super Bowl title will take place without the services of running back Rashard Mendenhall. The club confirmed Monday that Mendenhall suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be lost for the entire postseason. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Mendenhall suffered no further damage to the knee, which was injured in Sunday's season-ending win over the Cleveland Browns. He's expected to undergo surgery within the next two weeks. Isaac Redman, who replaced Mendenhall on Sunday, will start in his place next week. Mendenhall had a sub-par season with 928 yards rushing following back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He had only two 100-yard games, and managed more than 20 carries in a game just once.

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out indefinitely after suffering a broken left hand in Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ginobili fractured the fifth metacarpal in his shooting hand in the first half of Monday's contest. He'll be reevaluated Tuesday in San Antonio. He was replaced in the lineup by James Anderson, who will likely see the bulk of the minutes in Ginobili's absence. The 34-year-old was averaging 19.8 points and 3.3 assists in four games entering Monday. He left with eight points in 12 minutes against the Timberwolves.

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01/03/2012 05:36 PM

Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

-- Michigan State rallied back from 16-0 deficit to beat Georgia 33-30 in OT. Dawgs were 10-4, losing first two and last two games.

-- Houston's Chase Keenum passed for 227 yards in 1st quarter against Penn State, most passing yards in any quarter in any bowl. Ever.

-- Florida scored TDs on kick return, blocked punt as they gave Ohio State its 7th loss of the year (24-17), most for Buckeyes since 1897.

-- Odd twist to the Colts/Polian drama: Bill Polian has another son who is Stanford's special teams coach. Stanford, where Andrew Luck plays.

-- Steeler RB Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL, is out for the year, big blow for the Pittsburgh running game.

-- They packed the Phillies' stadium for the NHL's outdoor game, with 46,967 fans watching the Rangers beat the Flyers 3-2. Quite an event.


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Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13........Ranking NFL playoff teams......

T30) Colts-- Didn't see the Polians getting fired; does that mean Caldwell gets to stay? That would be bizarre.
T30) Rams-- Whats done is done. Time to move on.
T30) Buccaneers-- Were worst team in league the last month.

12) Broncos-- In fairness, Tebow had better WRs at Florida than he does now, but he was 6-22 Sunday. Thats horrendous.

11) Lions-- Gave up 480 passing yards and six TDs to QB making his second NFL start. Now they play the Saints this week. Ouch.

10) Texans-- Survived lot of injuries to make playoffs for first time. Go out and enjoy it, Houstonians.

9) Bengals-- Have two rookie QBs ever faced each other in playoffs?

8) Falcons-- Underdog with best chance to win this weekend.

7) Giants-- Tough spot here, coming off emotional Jet/Dallas games.

6) Steelers-- 8-point road favorites at 8-8 Denver Sunday night.

5) 49ers-- If need be, Can Alex Smith go out and win the game?

4) Saints-- Bye or no bye, they're better than the 49ers.

3) Ravens-- Finally get a home playoff game under Harbaugh.

2) Patriots-- Fell behind at home 17-0/21-0 in their last two games against non-contenders. If defense wins championships, look out below.....

1) Packers-- Atlanta was first road team to win a playoff game on frozen tundra; Giants beat them in Lambeau playoff game four years ago. Pack wants Detroit to upset the Saints.

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01/03/2012 05:41 PM

NCAAB

Tuesday, January 3

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Nebraska - 6:30 PM ET Nebraska +23 500
Ohio St. - Under 124 500

Southern Utah - 7:00 PM ET Southern Utah +4.5 500
IUPU - Ft. Wayne -

Arkansas-Little Rock - 7:00 PM ET Arkansas-Little Rock +27.5 500
Kentucky -

UMKC - 7:00 PM ET Indiana - Purdue -10.5 500
Indiana - Purdue -

Oral Roberts - 7:00 PM ET Over 150.5 500
Oakland -

UAB - 7:00 PM ET Florida -17.5 500
Florida -

Harvard - 7:00 PM ET Harvard -11.5 500
Fordham -

Wis.-Milwaukee - 7:00 PM ET Western Michigan +2.5 500
Western Michigan -

Connecticut - 7:00 PM ET Seton Hall +3 500
Seton Hall -

Michigan St - 7:00 PM ET Michigan St +6.5 500
Wisconsin -

Louisville - 7:00 PM ET Louisville -8 500
St. John's -

Cornell - 8:00 PM ET Maryland -7.5 500
Maryland -

South Dakota - 8:00 PM ET Western Illinois -8.5 500
Western Illinois -

Oklahoma - 8:00 PM ET Missouri -13 500
Missouri -

Drake - 8:05 PM ET Creighton -13.5 500
Creighton -

Alabama - 9:00 PM ET Under 115 500
Georgia Tech -

Southern Methodist - 9:00 PM ET Mississippi -9 500
Mississippi -

Siena - 9:00 PM ET Siena +15 500
Iona - Over 150.5 500

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01/03/2012 05:45 PM

NBA

Tuesday, January 3

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Charlotte - 7:00 PM ET Cleveland -4 500
Cleveland - Under 189 500

Atlanta - 8:00 PM ET Atlanta +9.5 500
Chicago - Over 183 500

Sacramento - 8:00 PM ET Sacramento +6.5 500
Memphis - Over 189.5 500

Portland - 8:00 PM ET Oklahoma City -4.5 500
Oklahoma City - Under 195.5 500

Milwaukee - 9:00 PM ET Utah +1 500
Utah - Under 185.5 500

Houston - 10:30 PM ET Houston +7 500
L.A. Lakers - Under 191.5 500

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NHL

Tuesday, January 3

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Edmonton - 7:00 PM ET Buffalo -152 500
Buffalo - Over 5.5 500

Tampa Bay - 7:00 PM ET Toronto -123 500
Toronto - Over 5.5 500

Calgary - 7:00 PM ET Calgary +150 500
Washington - Over 5.5 500

NY Islanders - 7:00 PM ET Carolina -118 500
Carolina - Under 5.5 500

Phoenix - 8:00 PM ET St. Louis -163 500
St. Louis - Under 5 500

Detroit - 8:00 PM ET Detroit -150 500
Dallas - Over 5.5 500

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01/03/2012 06:20 PM

Red Wings favored big in Dallas on Tuesday

DETROIT RED WINGS (24-13-1, 49 points)

at DALLAS STARS (21-15-1, 43 points)


Puck drops: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Detroit -160, Dallas +140, Total: 5.5

The Red Wings and Stars both sit on the precipice of first place in their respective divisions heading into a crucial Western Conference battle in Dallas on Tuesday night.

In the only meeting between these two clubs, the Detroit defeated Dallas handily, 5-2, on November 12 at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings trail the Blackhawks by three points, with a game in hand, for first place in the Central Division and figure to ride the superb goaltending of Jimmy Howard (23-9-1, 1.93 GAA, .929 SV Pct.) on Tuesday. Howard, who leads the NHL in wins by an impressive four games, rarely gets a night off—starting all but five games for Detroit this season. The Stars sit in third place in the jam-packed Pacific Division, but the top four teams are separated, incredibly, by just three points. A win Tuesday night would put them in a tie for first with Los Angeles, with two games in hand. Stars G Kari Lehtonen (14-5-1, 2.36 GAA, .924 SV Pct.) should make his third start since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for a month. This game, once again, comes down to playing the percentages. The Stars are 12-6-1 at home, while the Red Wings are a mediocre 9-11-0 away from Motown. The Red Wings are the ultimate public team, and the odds reflect this, making DALLAS a nice value play with the +140 odds.

This three-star FoxSheets also favors the Stars.

DETROIT is 1-8 ATS (11.1%, -9.5 Units) in road games against poor power play killing teams - opp score on >17.5% of chances this season. The average score was DETROIT 1.8, OPPONENT 2.9 - (Rating = 3*).

The Red Wings’ long-term success is predicated upon a terrific blend of offense and defense—and this season is no different. Detroit averages an impressive 3.2 goals per game (4th in NHL) and allows just 2.2 goals per game (5th in league).

Their balanced offensive attack features six skaters with 20+ points, led by world-class C Pavel Datsyuk (12 G, 27 A). And at age 41, future Hall of Fame D Nicklas Lidstrom (8 G, 15 A) is still among the best in the game, and could very well be on pace for back-to-back Norris Trophies—which would tie Bobby Orr for the most all-time with eight.

The Stars find ways to win thanks to scoring depth throughout the lineup—with 12 different skaters in double-digits. LW Jamie Benn (9 G, 25 A) leads all scorers, along with linemates Loui Eriksson (13 G, 18 A) and Mike Ribeiro (6 G, 21 A).

The return of Lehtonen is hugely important for the Stars’ long-term success. The Finnish netminder picked up an impressive win over the Bruins on Saturday, turning aside 18 of 20 shots, and looks to be in great form.

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01/03/2012 06:21 PM

Wisconsin seeks 9th straight home win vs. MSU

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (13-2)

at WISCONSIN BADGERS (12-3)


Tip-off: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Wisconsin -6, Total: 117

Two ranked Big Ten teams will look to gain strong footing in the conference when No. 10 Michigan State heads to the Kohl Center to take on No. 18 Wisconsin.

The one thing the Badgers consistently bring to the table is an air-tight defense, leading the country by allowing only 46.2 PPG, the only team in the nation to keep its foes below 50 points per contest. Coming off Saturday’s loss to Iowa in which they surrendered a season-high 72 points, Wisconsin will be on a mission to avoid another conference defeat and regain its defensive form. The Badgers are 9-3 ATS this season haven’t lost to MSU at home since 2001, winning by an average of 14.6 PPG during the eight-game win streak. This includes an 82-56 pounding last year when UW made 59% FG, 11-of-17 threes (65%) and 25-of-26 free throws (96%). Play on WISCONSIN for their stifling guard defense and ability to hold onto the ball and limit Michigan State.

These two highly-rated FoxSheets trends also like the Badgers to win and cover on Tuesday.

WISCONSIN is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in home games when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 80%) over the last 3 seasons. The average score was WISCONSIN 68.6, OPPONENT 57.3 - (Rating = 2*).

WISCONSIN is 38-17 ATS (+19.3 Units) in home games versus good passing teams, averaging >=16 assists/game since 1997. The average score was WISCONSIN 68.7, OPPONENT 59.5 - (Rating = 2*).

Michigan State (13-2) lost to ACC powerhouses North Carolina and Duke in its first two games of the year, but has won 13 straight since then, going 7-3 ATS. That includes an impressive win over No. 12 Indiana six days ago to tip off Big Ten play. The Spartans feast on the inside as the 11th-best rebounding team in the nation (41.1 RPG), led by 6-foot-7 forward Draymond Green (9.5 RPG). He also leads their offense (15.4 PPG) as a dangerous inside-outside threat, but the senior is helped by Keith Appling (12.3 PPG) and Brandon Wood (10.3 PPG). Michigan State is a good team, but even against the likes of the Tar Heels and Blue Devils, they have not seen a team that plays with the slow pace and defensive intensity of the Badgers. Play against.

Wisconsin (12-3) has been successful ATS this season despite poor play from their star guard, preseason All-American Jordan Taylor (38.5% FG). He has shown encouraging signs recently, however, with 15+ points in each of the past three games and just two total turnovers in those contests. Taylor lit up MSU for 51 points (52% FG), eight rebounds and nine assists in the two meetings last year. Wisconsin is less of a threat on the boards (35.9 RPG, 140th in D-I), but led on the perimeter by Taylor (12.7 PPG) and Ben Brust (10.7 PPG), their defense is relentless. On the interior, Jared Berggren is not the best rebounder (4.7 PPG) despite being 6-foot-10, but he adds 12.1 PPG to a slow-paced offense where any points are valuable. The Badgers average a mere 8.5 turnovers per game on offense, the lowest number in Division I by far. If they can control the tempo of this game – which they have been able to do most of the season – this game is theirs.

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01/03/2012 06:23 PM

Lakers entertain Rockets Tuesday

HOUSTON ROCKETS (2-2)

at LOS ANGELES LAKERS (3-3)


Tip-off: Tuesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -7, Total: 191

Houston begins a three-game road trip Tuesday when it visits a Lakers team with three straight home wins.

L.A. has been impressive at home this season (3-1 SU and ATS), especially on the defensive end where visitors are scoring just 82.5 PPG on 37% FG, and getting outrebounded by 7.8 RPG. Houston has been atrocious in two road games at Orlando and Memphis, getting outscored 109-94 and getting outshot 55% to 45% from the floor. Although Kobe Bryant has been struggling with his wrist injury, he destroyed the Rockets last season, pumping in 28.7 PPG and 7.3 APG in three meetings. And the spread isn’t too big for LOS ANGELES not to cover.

The FoxSheets provide a coaching trend favoring the Lakers to win big:

Mike Brown is 49-27 ATS (64.5%, +19.3 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders in all games he has coached since 1996. The average score was Brown 96.2, OPPONENT 89.8 - (Rating = 1*).

Since the Lakers beat Houston in a seven-game series in the 2009 playoffs, Houston has usually kept games close with L.A., going 5-2 ATS (2-5 SU) in the past seven meetings, not losing by double-digits in any of the defeats. After giving up 113 points on 56% FG at Memphis on Friday, the Rockets showed a greater commitment to the defensive end on New Year’s Eve against Atlanta. They ended the 2011 calendar year by holding the Hawks to 84 points on 44% shooting in an 11-point home win. The Rockets are once again led by SG Kevin Martin, who has averaged 24.3 PPG on 54% shooting in his past three games. PF Luis Scola is averaging 15.5 PPG on 54% FG and Kyle Lowry has been one of the league’s top point guards on both ends of the court. He has dished out an NBA-best 11.5 APG (2nd in NBA) and racked up 2.5 steals per game, which ties Ty Lawson and Chris Paul for the league lead.

Bryant is sixth in the NBA in scoring (24.0 PPG), but has shot terribly from the field (40%) and especially from downtown (19% 3-pt FG). C Andrew Bynum has given his team a big boost since his return from suspension, racking up 47 points (20-of-30 FG) and 29 rebounds in two games. PF Pau Gasol has been consistently good all year, with 15+ points in each game and shooting 53% or better in all five contests. Gasol has averaged 19.4 PPG and 8.8 RPG in his career versus Houston, including 21.0 PPG and 12.0 RPG against the Rockets last season.

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01/03/2012 06:24 PM

Thunder try to regroup hosting Portland

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (3-1)

at OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (5-1)


Tip-off: Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma City -5, Total: 197

The Blazers look to end their road woes Tuesday night when they visit an Oklahoma City team coming off its first loss of the year.

With their loss to the Clippers in L.A. on New Year’s Day, the Blazers have now dropped five in a row SU and ATS (plus 10 of 12 SU and nine of 12 ATS) on the road. But the Thunder didn’t look sharp in a road loss at Dallas on Monday night. OKC is already 0-2 ATS on the back end of consecutive games this season, and there’s just enough dysfunction with the Thunder for the Blazers to keep this one close. PORTLAND is the pick.

The FoxSheets have a few trends working in the Blazers favor, including:

PORTLAND is 15-3 ATS (83.3%, +11.7 Units) in road games versus poor passing teams, averaging <=20 assists/game over the last 3 seasons. The average score was PORTLAND 97.9, OPPONENT 92.6 - (Rating = 2*).

This game could come down to point guard play. For Portland, they Blazers are trying to make the switch to an up-tempo attack to better fit new PG Raymond Felton’s skill set. Felton (13.0 PPG, 7.0 APG) is still working his way into shape after coming back from the lockout a bit overweight. He’s been inefficient, shooting 41.7% from the field, 15.4% from three and averaging 3.8 turnovers per game. But Portland has no other useable point guard on the roster.

The Blazers have the balanced offense to make up for it though. They’re built around the inside-outside scoring of PF LaMarcus Aldridge (20.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG), who has had some big performances against the Thunder. Last April against an OKC team that had added low-post bruiser Kendrick Perkins, Aldridge had 32 points on 14-for-26 shooting and eight rebounds.

Portland has had a different leading scorer in each of their first four games: Aldridge, F Gerald Wallace (14.8 PPG), SG Wesley Matthews (15.3 PPG) and sixth-man SG Jamal Crawford (15.8 PPG). A couple of worries: Wallace was shut out in the Clippers loss (30 min, 0-5 FG), and promising fourth-year SF Nicolas Batum (11.5 PPG on 39.5% shooting) has been inconsistent since being asked to come off the bench.

For the Thunder, they’re getting alternately brilliant and shaky performances from PG Russell Westbrook (16.3 PPG). A talented and hard-working star with a reputation for immaturity on the court, Westbrook came under fire for his shoot-first mentality during last year’s playoffs and has already had one on-the-court spat with franchise SF Kevin Durant (27.3 PPG) this season. On the year, Westbrook has as many turnovers (4.8 per game) as assists.

Portland has managed to frustrate Durant over the years. Since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle, Durant is averaging 24.2 PPG in 12 games against the Blazers but shot just 39.9% from the field in those games. In his past two matchups with Portland last season, Durant shot just 14-for-42 (33.3%) from the field, including 6-of-23 (26.1%) from three-point land.

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