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On 01/06/2012 02:41 PM in NBA

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Magic Host Bulls Before Beginning Western Swing

This weekend might be dominated by the NFL playoffs, so it's easy to forget about other action across the sports betting world, and that includes some huge NBA games that should not be overlooked.

Has Dwight Howard played his last home game in an Orlando Magic uniform? The news broke on Thursday that the man they call “Superman” in the Sunshine State has a new suitor in the Golden State Warriors. There are still a bevy of teams trying to land Howard, and most are in the Western Conference.

The New Jersey Nets seem to be out of the equation at least for now, as the key piece to the puzzle that they plan on trading to the Magic is Brook Lopez, who is out for at least the next month with an ankle injury. That could just leave teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Warriors involved in the trade talks.

Ironically, starting on Sunday with a trip to the Sacramento Kings, the Magic are embarking on a West Coast swing that ends next week with – you guessed it – a trip to Golden State.

This is really going to be the first extended period of tough schedule for the Magic. They have only had one game this season in which they haven’t been favored, a loss on Christmas night to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game against Sacramento on Sunday is coming against a hungry team with a new head coach in Keith Smith, and it could be the start of a very tense next nine days on the road for Orlando.

The Magic aren’t nearly the only championship contender that is going to be spending a heck of a lot of time on the road this weekend.

The Chicago Bulls face this Orlando team at the Amway Center on Friday night, and from there, they have to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. The trip to Philips Arena will be the seventh road game of the year for the Bulls, who are already 3-2 ATS on the season coming into Friday as guests.

Keep an eye on Derrick Rose. He is expected to play on Friday despite an elbow injury, but it could be interesting to see how he reacts to playing the back-to-back in two different cities with the injury.

The Miami Heat are the only team in the NBA that hasn’t lost a game on the road this year. The team is only 2-2 ATS in that stretch though, and Miami was lucky to get out of Atlanta with a 116-109 triumph in three overtimes on Thursday. Now the Heat travel to the lowly New Jersey Nets on Saturday night with a good chance to improve to 5-0 on the season on the road.

Elsewhere on the Saturday slate, the New York Knicks look to right the ship to the start of their season when they visit the Detroit Pistons. The Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs collide in the Lone Star State for clash of 5-2 teams. The Dallas Mavericks, who have suddenly gotten back within two games of the .500 mark, take on the new-look New Orleans Hornets.

Sunday’s featured game pits the Spurs against the Thunder. Many expect this to be a matchup of two of legitimate contenders for the NBA championship. San Antonio is 0-2 SU and ATS on the road this year, and this will be as tough of a task as they have to face this year against Oklahoma City in the Sooner State.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be back at home and hoping to get back above .500 on Sunday when they take on another team that enters Friday night right at the .500 mark, the Memphis Grizzlies.

Monday night features a relatively quiet schedule with just six games on tap. The highlight of the night will pit the Hornets against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Arena. Elsewhere, the Hawks will visit the struggling Nets, and the Pacers will hope to take care of the Philadelphia 76ers in the City of Brotherly Love.

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01/06/2012 02:43 PM

Butler Bulldogs Part Of Friday Horizon League Action

Butler is a small favorite on the road Friday night against Wright State.
We expected to see a bit of a down season for the Butler Bulldogs, and with their decline, an accompanying slip in general for the Horizon League. What was expected to help make up for Butler's drop-off was a bit more out of Detroit, plus continued progression by Cleveland State and the consistent threat from Valparaiso.

The Vikings and Crusaders have done their part mostly, and the Bulldogs are starting to get things together, but the Titans have imploded and rank among the most disappointing groups of college talent this campaign.

Several of those teams, along with the suddenly-hot Wright State Raiders, are part of a light Friday night college basketball betting slate.

Butler at Wright State (+2, 115½)
Friday, Jan. 6, 7:00 p.m. (ET) ESPNU
Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, OH

A good theme song for Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs to this point in the season might be John Hiatt's Slow Turnin'. Butler (8-7 SU, 2-8-2 ATS) is still playing pretty good defense, limiting opponents to less than 63 points per game which is good enough to rank in the top 25 percent of the nation. But Stevens has yet to have anyone step up on the offensive end to help make up for the two big stars from the past two years, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack.

There are some signs that the rebuilding is starting to come around, however, with a current three-game win streak and the club's only spread covers of the season in that span. Wins on this little trip to Wright State followed by a trek to Detroit could be huge confidence builders for the Bulldogs who are just 1-4 in true road games (1-3-1 against the spread).

Things are also beginning to look up for Billy Donlon and Wright State (8-8 SU, 7-6 ATS). Following a 4-8 start, that included early defeats to Ohio State and Florida, the Raiders have won and covered each of the last four games. The long-range shooting has been a big part of the win streak; Wright State has sunk 25-of-61 attempts (40.9%) from 3-point land the past three games, well above the 31.7 percent prior to that.

Julius Mays has led the way during the Raiders' four-game winning run, averaging 21 points in the stretch following a very hot-&-cold beginning to the campaign.

Wright State is presently tied with Milwaukee atop the Horizon League standings, each with a 3-1 mark. Butler comes in 2-1 in conference play, and the schools split last year's two matchups, each winning at home. The Raiders' 69-64 win over the Bulldogs here in Dayton came with Butler laying four points.

Valparaiso at Detroit (-6, 151½)
Friday, Jan. 6, 8:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN3
Calihan Hall, Detroit

Cue up Detroit Breakdown by the J. Geils Band to set the tone for the Titans (7-9 SU, 5-8 ATS). The season got off on the wrong foot with suspensions for Eli Holman and Chris Blake, plus Nick Minnerath was lost for the season to a knee injury in November.

Holman has returned to help out, especially on the boards, and Blake could be getting close to finally seeing some game action. No official return has been announced regarding Blake, but he has been practicing with the team the past couple of weeks.

Detroit (1-3 Horizon League) has gotten good play out of guards Chase Simon and Ray McCallum, but this is a very bad shooting squad from outside which is allowing defenses to play off the perimeter and choke the Titans closer to the paint.

It's not like Valparaiso (9-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) is lighting it up from 3-point land as well, and the Crusaders definitely aren't making friends with bettors except those who have been fading Bryce Drew's crew. Valpo has dropped seven straight against the spread, winning just three of those games outright.

The Crusaders, who sit 2-1 in HL standings, beat Detroit all three meetings last season, including an 88-78 triumph in the quarterfinals of the conference tourney played in Milwaukee.

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01/06/2012 02:46 PM

Cup Rematches Highlight NHL Betting Schedule

The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup there in 2010, setting the table for an exciting weekend of NHL betting action. The Blackhawks (24-11-4) are hoping a return to Philly will help them regain focus on winning the Cup for the second time in three years after falling 4-3 to the Edmonton Oilers at home on Monday.

Chicago is tied with the New York Rangers (24-9-4) for the most points in the NHL while the Flyers are simply looking to avoid losing for the sixth time in eight games. Philadelphia (22-11-4) is coming off a 3-2 home loss to the New York in the annual Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. Two of the team’s last three losses have come against the Rangers, who are now atop the Atlantic Division.

The Flyers will not have to worry about battling a familiar face when they meet the Blackhawks, as their former enforcer Daniel Carcillo was suspended seven games on Wednesday for boarding Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert during Monday’s loss. Carcillo spent the previous three years in Philadelphia and led the NHL in penalty minutes with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007.

A bigger concern for Chicago may be the scoring slump of Stanley Cup hero Patrick Kane, who has not tallied a goal in the last six games with just two in the past 20. Kane scored the series winner for the Blackhawks against the Flyers in overtime of Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup final, which is the last time they visited Wells Fargo Center.

The Chicago-Philadelphia matchup is one of nine games on a nearly full slate leading up to this weekend. The Blackhawks turn around and head home to the United Center on Friday night for a meeting with the Colorado Avalanche (22-18-1) before hosting the Detroit Red Wings (25-13-1) for the second time in 10 days on Sunday. The Avalanche are one of the hottest teams in the league, winning eight of their past 10 games.

Other key games this weekend include a 2011 Stanley Cup rematch between the defending champion Boston Bruins (25-10-1) and the Vancouver Canucks (24-13-1) at TD Garden on Saturday, which will be broadcast on the NHL Network. Boston has also won eight of 10 and is coming off a 6-1 rout of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday while Vancouver has dropped two in a row after losing 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks (19-11-4) in overtime at home on Monday.

The Canucks could not find a way to win on the road against the Bruins in the playoffs last year, as goalie Roberto Luongo became the goat when he surrendered 15 goals in three games at Boston and got pulled twice in favor of backup Corey Schneider. It is not known who will start in net for Vancouver yet, but Schneider is a Boston native and could get the call.

Another featured game on the NHL Network takes place on Friday when the Rangers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-13-4). New York has seven of eight following a two-game skid and will be playing on consecutive nights after hosting the Florida Panthers (20-12-7) on Thursday. The Penguins will be playing their first game of 2012 since closing out 2011 with two straight losses.

Sunday's schedule is light with just three games, but it's an interesting trio of matchups nonetheless. The Flyers will be in Ottawa in a battle between the present second-place squads in the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions respectively. The Senators will be out to avenge a 7-2 beat-down Philly put on them in Ottawa back in mid-October.

Sunday night finds the Red Wings in Chicago to take on the Blackhawks who lead Detroit in the Central Division by just a point heading into Thursday's action. It's just the second meeting between the two rivals this season, the other coming recently (Dec. 30) in Chicago where the Blackhawks posted a 3-2 triumph.

Rounding out Sunday's card is a clash between the dregs of the Western Conference as Anaheim hosts Columbus. The Blue Jackets picked up one of their 10 wins to date over the Ducks with a 3-1 victory on their home ice in late-October.

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01/06/2012 02:52 PM

Friday's Ice Picks

January 6, 2012


NHL Betting: More Friday Night Excitement


Buffalo Sabres (-120) at Carolina Hurricanes (-110)

The Buffalo Sabres will be a team to keep an eye on over the next few games. The Sabres are finally returning to health after an awful stretch of injuries - the most notable returnees being towering defenseman Tyler Myers and high-priced free agent signing Ville Leino.

And they couldn't be getting healthier at a better time. The Buffalo Sabres are 3-5-2 over their last 10 and have slipped to 11th in the Eastern Conference, not exactly where owner Terry Pegula thought they'd be after spending huge amounts of cash this summer to acquire the likes of Leino, Christian Ehrhoff and Robyn Regehr.

As for the Carolina Hurricanes…well, the 'Canes are still the worst team in the East and have allowed a league-high 139 goals this season. But take a closer look, and you'll see a team making slight improvements. The 'Canes are 4-3-3 over their last 10 and within one game of getting back to .500 at home - and that mark could be met with a win over Buffalo at the RBC Center this Friday.

Colorado Avalanche (+170) at Chicago Blackhawks (-210)

This game will be a tall order for the Colorado Avalanche. The Chicago Blackhawks will be in front of a raucous United Center crowd and are 14-4-3 at home this season, one of the best records in the NHL. The 'Hawks will also be in something of a bitter mood having lost a tough 5-4 game to the Flyers last night in Philadelphia.

As for the Avalanche…who knows? They've been on fire as of late, going 8-2-0 over their last 10, but are notoriously streaky and about to enter their toughest stretch of the season. The Avs will play back-to-back roadies tonight and tomorrow before spending almost all of January away from the Pepsi Center - six of their nine games after Saturday will be on the road.

New York Islanders (EVEN) at Anaheim Ducks (-130)

Two of the most disappointing teams in the NHL this season. The Anaheim Ducks finished fourth in the West a year ago and boast the reigning league MVP in Corey Perry. The Isles were on fire for the second half of the season with a young, energetic squad…but have fallen way back in the race for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

If you're looking to play a hunch, do note that Anaheim GM Bob Murray lit into his struggling club the other night. He said that almost the whole roster is available for trade, signifying to his troops that anybody can be shipped out at any time…to any location. Those are the kinds of messages that can light a fire under people, so perhaps the Ducks are a sneaky play here

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01/06/2012 02:54 PM

Hoop Trends - Friday

January 6, 2012

SU TREND OF THE DAY:

The Bulls are 10-0 ATS (8.3 ppg) since January 08, 2010 as a road dog with at least one day of rest after a game in which they scored less than 15% of their points from the free throw line.


OU TREND OF THE DAY:

The Nuggets are 0-14 OU (-11.9 ppg) since December 22, 2006 with at least one day of rest after a home win in which they scored less than 10% of their points from the three-point line.


PLAYER BASED TREND OF THE DAY:

The Timberwolves are 0-9 ATS (-8.1 ppg) since January 07, 2011 at home after a loss in which Wesley Johnson shot worse than 33% from the field.


CHOICE TREND:

The Jazz are 11-0 OU (8.1 ppg) since April 02, 2008 at home after a home win in which more than 70% of their baskets were assisted.


TODAY’S TRENDS:

The Wizards are 0-12-1 OU (-11.2 ppg) since February 11, 2007 at home with at least one day of rest off a loss in which they never led.

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01/06/2012 02:57 PM

Friday’s betting tips: Cotton Bowl odds still moving

Who’s hot

NCAAF: Kansas State is 9-2 against the spread in its last 11 overall.

NBA: Cleveland is 4-2 against the spread this season and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 vs. Minnesota.

NBA: Denver is off to a 6-1 start against the spread overall and is 21-8 ATS in its 29 road games.

NHL: Pittsburgh is 10-4 in its last 14 home games.

NCAAB: Marist is 5-1 against the spread in its last six.

Who’s not

NCAAF: Arkansas is 0-4 against the spread in its last four bowl games.

NBA: Portland is 1-5 against the spread in its last six road games.

NBA: Indiana is 3-8 against the spread in its last 11 games in Boston.

NHL: Anaheim is 5-24 in its last 29.

NCAAB: Siena is 6-19-2 against the spread in its last 27 home games.

Key stat

13 – The Arkansas Razorbacks have 13 touchdowns of at least 50 yards this season while averaging better than 37 points per game.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers - A wrist injury that has nagged Bryant since the start of the season may be worse than first thought. Bryant is reportedly taking a numbing injection before every game in an attempt to lessen the pain of ligament damage in his right wrist. The injury has resulted in Bryant's hand swelling significantly during games. Bryant, who intends to play through the injury as long as he can, hasn't let it compromise his on-court performance. The 33-year-old is averaging 25.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and six assists in seven games so far this season. The Lakers host Portland Friday night.

Game of the day

Kansas State Wildcats at Arkansas Razorbacks (-9, 63) – The odds for Friday’s Cotton Bowl were bouncing around as of Thursday evening with some shops still dealing Arkansas -7.5 while others had the line up as high as -9.5.

Notable quotable

"I've never had to pick a quarterback up that many times. It's the way Collin is, he's not going to be satisfied until the game's over and he's going to keep putting himself in there to try and win the game. I'm always running after him trying to make sure he's all right because his mom told me if he gets hurt it's all on me." – Kansas State center B.J. Finney on quarterback Collin Klein, who has 42 more rushing attempts than passing attempts this season.

Notes and tips

The Golden State Warriors may be without speedy point guard Stephen Curry for a while. Curry acknowledged Thursday that his injured right ankle is "the worst it's been," and he's expected to miss at least the next several days while he recovers. Curry sprained the ankle for a third time this season in the third quarter of the Warriors' loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Curry appeared to twist it while moving the ball upcourt. He hobbled to the sidelines and went to the locker room for observation. The 23-year-old has sprained the same ankle seven times in the past 15 months. He missed eight games last season. Curry is averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds in five games so far.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton spent part of Wednesday in hospital dealing with flu-like symptoms. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton was near a "sink and toilet" for most of the night, but Lewis was hopeful the rookie QB would be able to return to practice Thursday afternoon. Dalton is expected to suit up for Saturday's AFC wild-card tilt with the Houston Texans. The 24-year-old had a solid first season in the NFL, throwing for 3,398 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash says he would waive his no-trade clause if the club no longer wanted him around. Nash told the Columbus Post-Dispatch that this has been the most difficult season of his career, and that if management approached him about waiving his no-trade clause he would consider it. Nash made it clear that he would prefer to remain in Columbus, and believes his presence is critical in the rebuilding of the Blue Jackets. The former first overall pick has 12 goals and 15 assists in 38 games. The Blue Jackets enter Thursday with the NHL's worst record at 10-23-5, 20 points out of a playoff spot.

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01/06/2012 03:00 PM

Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

-- Penn State hired Patriots' OC Bill O'Brien as its football coach; keep in mind he wasn't with Patriots for any of their Super Bowl wins-- this is a very tough job. Almost as hard as being offensive coordinator at Duke, which O'Brien once was. Following a legend can be brutal.

-- UL-Lafayette won by two at Western Kentucky, scoring the winning basket while they had six players on the court. Just watched the clip; why do we need three officials if none of them can see that?

-- Pitt and Villanova are a combined 0-6 in the Big East. Wow.

-- Incompetent ownership in Sacramento fired coach Paul Westphal after almost no training camp and a 2-5 start; what did they expect?

-- Dwyane Wade/Lebron James didn't play, but Miami still beat Atlanta 116-109 in triple overtime, avenging their only loss this season.

-- Greedy bastards at DirecTV refused to lower NBA League Pass from $170 they're charging, despite 19.5% less games this year, and product that is suffering from lack of practice time in between games. So while it will hurt not to watch a ton of NBA this year, no League Pass for me.


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Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Things I'm looking for this weekend

13) From 1993-2003, home teams were 34-10 in the Wild Card round; the last eight years, home teams are just 13-15 in Wild Card round. Whatever happened to home field advantage?

12) Wisconsin already has two conference losses at home; they go to Michigan Sunday, hoping to avoid a dismal start in Big Dozen play.

11) This is my last weekend this season with NBA League Pass; they did not come off their $170 price, which is a blatant rip-off, considering how much shorter this season is, so I didn't buy it this year. If you know me, you know I love basketball, but their arrogance in this is galling.

10) You forget how great Sunday afternoons are during the NFL’s regular season; Sunday will be a grim reminder, now that the regular season is over. Little hoops, couple football games, a little golf, but my thumb will be in withdrawal from not hitting the remote every 30 seconds for six hours. And you think I'm kidding.

9) Unbeaten Missouri is down to seven scholarship players; they visit Kansas State Saturday, after the Wildcats lost to rival Kansas for the 43rd time in their last 46 meetings- this should be a very good game.

8) Detroit Lions made Packer backup QB Matt Flynn look like freakin’ Dan Fouts last week, in a meaningless game for Green Bay; now they’re up against Drew Brees in the Superdome. Good luck there.

7) Can the Texans shake their December funk and get a win in their first-ever playoff game? Weird game, with both starting QBs rookies.

6) Much-improved Fordham beat Georgia Tech/Harvard in its last two games, now reeling Xavier visits the Bronx, having lost five of last six games. Interesting game.

5) Sunday is the Giants’ 4th straight home game, thought technically their Week 16 game against the Jets was a road tilt, but it wasn’t. Figure big Blue to come out flat against Atlanta, having won two big-hype games the last two weeks.

4) Florida at Tennessee at 11am Saturday? Why?

3) Pittsburgh-Denver is lead-in to 60 Minutes Sunday night; CBS better hope Tebow doesn’t go 6-22 again. Could we get a shot of Brady Quinn during this game, just to make sure he’s still alive?

2) Monday night we get LSU-Alabama II; hopefully this time, there are a couple touchdowns scored. If the Crimson Tide wins, chaos will ensue over who wins the mythical national title-- until we have a real playoff, like other sports do, any national title is purely mythical. .

1) Over last 20 years, #6 seed in NFC is 11-9 against the #3 seed; the #6 seed in the AFC is just 5-15, but 4-2 the last six years. More than ever before, just getting in the tournament gives you a legit chance to win it.

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01/06/2012 03:02 PM

NHL
Long Sheet

Friday, January 6

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FLORIDA (20-12-0-7, 47 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (21-16-0-2, 44 pts.) - 1/6/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLORIDA is 14-33 ATS (+53.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLORIDA is 5-5 (+1.2 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 5-5-0 straight up against FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.9 Units)

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NY RANGERS (24-9-0-4, 52 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (21-13-0-4, 46 pts.) - 1/6/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 24-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 18-10 ATS (+29.1 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 8-1 ATS (+6.6 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
PITTSBURGH is 58-81 ATS (-32.1 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
PITTSBURGH is 53-77 ATS (-32.4 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1996.
PITTSBURGH is 12-19 ATS (-21.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 6-7 (+0.4 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 7-6-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.7 Units)

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BUFFALO (18-17-0-4, 40 pts.) at CAROLINA (13-21-0-7, 33 pts.) - 1/6/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BUFFALO is 17-10 ATS (+28.1 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BUFFALO is 11-2 ATS (+13.2 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
CAROLINA is 13-28 ATS (-27.4 Units) in all games this season.
CAROLINA is 1-8 ATS (+9.1 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
CAROLINA is 5-5 (+1.2 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
CAROLINA is 5-5-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.1 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)

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COLORADO (22-18-0-1, 45 pts.) at CHICAGO (24-11-0-4, 52 pts.) - 1/6/2012, 8:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 11-34 ATS (+49.4 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 295-317 ATS (-22.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
COLORADO is 22-19 ATS (+43.6 Units) in all games this season.
COLORADO is 48-30 ATS (+15.3 Units) in road games in January games since 1996.
COLORADO is 27-16 ATS (+45.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 45-58 ATS (-31.5 Units) in home games on Friday nights since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 5-5 (+1.4 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 5-5-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
7 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.8 Units)

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NY ISLANDERS (14-17-0-6, 34 pts.) at ANAHEIM (10-22-0-6, 26 pts.) - 1/6/2012, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 29-19 ATS (+49.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 9-28 ATS (+39.3 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 4-13 ATS (+18.1 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ANAHEIM is 2-1 (+0.7 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
ANAHEIM is 2-1-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.8 Units)

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NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, January 6

Hot teams
-- Rangers won eight of their last ten road games. Pittsburgh won three of its last four at home.
-- Avalanche won eight of their last nine games.
-- Islanders won their last three games, allowing five goals.

Cold teams
-- New Jersey is 3-4 in last seven games, scoring three goals in losing last two games. Panthers lost last five road games, scoring seven goals.
-- Sabres lost eight of their last eleven games. Carolina lost three of four.
-- Blackhawks lost three of their last four games.
-- Anaheim lost seven of its last eight games.

Totals
-- Over is 3-0-1 in Florida's last four road games.
-- Three of last four Pittsburgh home games went over.
-- Last four Buffalo road games stayed under total.
-- Seven of last nine Colorado games stayed under.
-- Three of last four Islander games stayed under total.

Series records
-- Panthers are 3-9 in last dozen games in New Jersey.
-- Rangers won four of last five games against Pittsburgh.
-- Sabres won three of last four visits to Carolina.
-- Avalanche lost six of last nine viits to Chicago.
-- Islanders lost last two visits to Anaheim, 5-4ot/1-0.

Back-to-Back
-- Florida is 1-4 if it played night before, 1-2 if it lost.
-- Rangers are 4-0 on North America if they played night before.
-- Chicago is 4-0 at home if it played the night before.




NHL

Friday, January 6

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
BUFFALO vs. CAROLINA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Buffalo

7:00 PM
FLORIDA vs. NEW JERSEY
Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Florida is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing at home against Florida
New Jersey is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Florida

7:00 PM
NY RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Rangers

8:30 PM
COLORADO vs. CHICAGO
Colorado is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 6 games
Chicago is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing at home against Colorado

10:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. ANAHEIM
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games when playing Anaheim
NY Islanders are 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 games ,when playing on the road against Anaheim
Anaheim is 3-6-1 SU in their last 10 games ,when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games when playing NY Islanders


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NHL

Friday, January 6

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Ice picks: Friday's best NHL bets
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Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes (100, 5.5)

If the Buffalo Sabres are going to get on a run to get back in the playoff picture, they can’t waste much more time.

They snapped a three-game skid Monday with a 4-3 victory over Edmonton, but they were still four points out of eighth place ahead of Thursday’s action. On the plus side, they’re finally getting healthier.

Defenseman Tyler Myers expects to return to the ice Friday for the first time since breaking his wrist at the end of November.

"The good thing is I know I can't do any damage to it," Myers told reporters. "I have that peace of mind. I can really bear down on it. Little aches and pains, I'm not taking them seriously now that I know it's healed."

Forwards Ville Leino and Tyler Ennis probably won’t play Friday but are getting close as well and Buffalo has some winnable games on the horizon.

Pick: Sabres


New York Islanders at Anaheim Ducks (-125, 5.5)

Patience is running thin in Anaheim. Again.

The Ducks hoped firing Randy Carlyle earlier this season would wake the team up, but so far that hasn’t happened. Now, general manager Bob Murray is looking at other alternatives as the team stumbles along near the bottom of the Western Conference.

Outside of veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu (who have no-trade clauses), it sounds like Murray’s willing to move just about anybody at this point.
I thought they'd figure it out when we changed coaches they [thought] that time was running," Murray told reporters. "Well, the clock is running quickly here. I still believe we have some core players. Now whether we have to change a few core players, so be it. They're deciding who's staying and who's not staying at this point. They're the ones deciding."

Anaheim has lost three in a row and is only 3-10 in its last 13 at home. The Ducks could be in trouble again Friday with a feisty Islanders club that has won three straight coming to town.

Pick: Islanders


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01/06/2012 03:03 PM

NBA
Long Sheet

Friday, January 6

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ATLANTA (4 - 2) at CHARLOTTE (2 - 4) - 1/6/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHARLOTTE is 6-2 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
CHARLOTTE is 4-4 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DETROIT (2 - 4) at PHILADELPHIA (3 - 2) - 1/6/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 5-2 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 5-2 straight up against PHILADELPHIA 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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NEW JERSEY (1 - 6) at TORONTO (3 - 3) - 1/6/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 6-2 against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
TORONTO is 6-2 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW YORK (2 - 4) at WASHINGTON (0 - 6) - 1/6/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW YORK is 29-16 ATS (+11.4 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 33-55 ATS (-27.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 26-47 ATS (-25.7 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 266-331 ATS (-98.1 Units) in home games since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is between 195 and 199.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 39-63 ATS (-30.3 Units) in home games on Friday nights since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 63-96 ATS (-42.6 Units) in home games after a loss by 10 points or more since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 40-64 ATS (-30.4 Units) in home games after scoring 85 points or less since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 6-1 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
NEW YORK is 6-1 straight up against WASHINGTON 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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INDIANA (4 - 2) at BOSTON (4 - 3) - 1/6/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 163-111 ATS (+40.9 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
BOSTON is 8-26 ATS (-20.6 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 4-3 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 5-2 straight up against INDIANA 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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CHICAGO (6 - 1) at ORLANDO (5 - 2) - 1/6/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 4-3 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 4-3 straight up against ORLANDO 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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HOUSTON (2 - 4) at OKLAHOMA CITY (5 - 2) - 1/6/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HOUSTON is 9-23 ATS (-16.3 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
HOUSTON is 82-38 ATS (+40.2 Units) in road games after allowing 105 points or more since 1996.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 4-4 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 4-4 straight up against HOUSTON 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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CLEVELAND (3 - 3) at MINNESOTA (2 - 4) - 1/6/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CLEVELAND is 34-54 ATS (-25.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is between 195 and 199.5 points since 1996.
CLEVELAND is 0-9 ATS (-9.9 Units) against Northwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 2-2 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 2-2 straight up against CLEVELAND 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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DENVER (5 - 2) at NEW ORLEANS (2 - 4) - 1/6/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW ORLEANS is 152-108 ATS (+33.2 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
DENVER is 53-38 ATS (+11.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 114-157 ATS (-58.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 5-2 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 4-3 straight up against NEW ORLEANS 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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MEMPHIS (3 - 3) at UTAH (3 - 3) - 1/6/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 63-37 ATS (+22.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 31-17 ATS (+12.3 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) against Northwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH is 37-50 ATS (-18.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MEMPHIS is 4-3 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 4-3 straight up against MEMPHIS 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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PORTLAND (4 - 1) at PHOENIX (2 - 4) - 1/6/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 374-317 ATS (+25.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
PHOENIX is 65-43 ATS (+17.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 7-5 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND is 7-6 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
7 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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GOLDEN STATE (2 - 4) at LA LAKERS (4 - 3) - 1/6/2012, 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 5-3 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 7-1 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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01/06/2012 03:04 PM

NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, January 6

Hot Teams
-- 76ers won three of last four games, covered four of first five- this is their home opener.
-- Toronto won its last two games, covered its last three.
-- Boston won its last four games; they're 3-0 at home, winning by 11-8-19 points (2-1 as HF). Pacers won four of their first six games.
-- Bulls won their last five games (4-1 vs spread). Orlando won all four home games (3-1 vs spread).
-- Minnesota covered five of its first six games, with underdogs 6-0 vs spread. Cavaliers covered four of their last five games.
-- Denver won its last three games, by 9-5-27 points.
-- Utah is 3-0 at home, winning by 3-4-12 points. Grizzlies won three of their last four games.
-- Trailblazers won five of their first six games. Phoenix covered three of its last four games.
-- Lakers won last four home games (3-1 vs spread).

Cold Teams
-- Charlotte lost four of its last five games. Hawks lost three of their last four.
-- Pistons lost both their road games, by 12-11 points.
-- Nets lost their last six games (1-5 vs spread).
-- Washington is 0-6 this season (1-5 vs spread). Knicks lost four of their last five games.
-- Oklahoma City lost last two games, are 0-4 vs spread in last four. Rockets are 0-4 on road, losing by 9-30-9-28 points.
-- New Orleans lost its last four games (1-3 vs spread).
-- Warriors lost last three games, by 28-11-6 points.

Totals
-- Five of six Charlotte games went over total. All four Atlanta road games stayed under total.
-- Three of last four Detroit games stayed under.
-- Four of five New Jersey road games stayed under.
-- Four of six Washington games stayed under.
-- Last four Indiana games went over the total.
-- Five of seven Chicago games stayed under total.
-- Last three Houston road games went over the total.
-- Three of last four Minnesota games stayed under.
-- Last four Denver games stayed under the total.
-- All three Memphis road games stayed under total.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in Phoenix games this season.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in Golden State games this season.

Wear and Tear
-- 8th game in 11 nites for Hawks. 3rd game in four nites for Bobcats.
-- 2nd game in six nites for Philly. 3rd game in five nites for Detroit.
-- 6th game in nine nites for Nets. 4th game in six nites for Toronto.
-- 3rd game in five nites for Knicks. 4th game in six nites for Wizards.
-- 3rd game in five nites for Indiana. 4th game in six nites for Boston.
-- 4th game in six nights for Orlando. 3rd game in four nites for Bulls.
-- 3rd game in four nites for Rockets. Thunder had last two nites off.
-- 3rd game in four nites for Cavs. 4th game in six nites for Wolves.
-- 2nd game in four nites for Denver. 4th game in six nites for Hornets.
-- 3rd game in four nites for Memphis. 1st game in three nites for Jazz.
-- 3rd game in four nites for Portland. 3rd game in five nites for Suns.
-- 3rd game in five nites for Warriors. 9th game in 13 nights for Lakers.

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