cnotes Posts:23633 Followers:32
01/30/2012 06:26 PM

Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

-- Mike Brey is doing a good job with Notre Dame; his Irish team upset UConn 50-48 Sunday, his undermanned Irish are now 6-3 in Big East.

-- AFC won the Pro Bowl 59-41; NHL All-Star Game ended up 12-9. I'd tell you more, but I saw a combined four minutes of the two games.

-- Not sure what it says about an All-Star Game when two players are captains, and they choose sides, like on the playground.

-- Oregon State won at Oregon for only second time in last eight years, are now 14-7 as Craig Robinson has made Beavers into a running team, and in the process, a better team, and more fun to watch.

-- Cavaliers scored last 12 points of game to beat the Celtics 88-87 to put Boston back under .500 at 9-10. Rookie Irving, who played half a year at Duke but never played in an ACC game, had 23 for the Cavs.

-- Lakers won at Minnesota, just their second win in eight games away from the Staples Center.


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Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a suprisingly fun weekend......

13) Kyle Stanley earned $648,000 Sunday, but will probably remember it as one of the worst days of his life. Leading by three shots on the 18th hole, Stanley triple-bogeyed 18, then lost in a playoff in an unthinkable collapse, losing to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff. Trainwrecks are hard to turn away from, and this one was a classic.

12) David Mathis finished 125th on the PGA Money List LY, with his earnings of $715,404.25, so Stanley is just about assured of keeping his card for next year, but this would've been his first win, gotten him into the Masters and Kapalua next January and guaranteeing his card thru 2014, not to mention the extra $432,000 that Snedeker got for winning.

11) CBS stayed with the tournament until 7pm, when it was switched to the Golf Channel so 60 Minutes could start on time. Stuff like that never happened when Eldrick Woods plays in a tournament........

10).......speaking of which, that thud you heard around 7am Sunday was the heart of golf TV executives hitting the floor when Woods lost to the immortal Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi.

This was supposed to be the week that Woods won a real tournament, declared himself back to the old Tiger and got golf back into mainstream sports' front page, when people who don't normally follow golf follow Woods. Not so fast, as Woods lost a head-to-head match with one of the few golfers who doesn't wear a hat. Good for Rock, bad for golf.

9) One question about Rock; why doesn't he wear a hat? Golfers make a small fortune as human billboards; certainly someone has offered him lot of cash to wear their hat, especially playing in same foursome as Woods. He'll be in the Ryder Cup; wonder if he'll be wearing hats by then.

8) Then there was the tennis match from Australia that started around 3:45am here in New York and ended five hours and 53 minutes later, one of the greatest sporting events you'll ever see. Djokovic-Nadal was just a treat to watch, two great athletes competing at the highest level, with an extreme level of mental toughness on both sides.

Too bad they couldn't have just split the prize money and played for the trophy; they both deserved to win. Bad for Nadal, good for tennis.

7) One complaint about the Golf Channel's coverage from Abu Dhabi; they put the Golf Channel logo in the lower righthand part of the screen, right where the players' scores were often shown, so lot of the time, you couldn't see the players' scores. Upper right would've been a lot better, but then again, no one asked me.

6) When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed to watch the Three Stooges- they poked each other in the eyes, they hit each other with tools, they slapped each other in the head. Wonder what my late mom would've thought about the X Games, where guys do flips on snowmobiles? I'm guessing the Stooges would've seemed tame by comparison.

5) Is Blake Ahearn the greatest free throw shooter ever? He set all-time college record at Missouri State, and now has made 106 foul shots in row playing for in the NDBL, where he is leading the league in scoring. Why isn't he in the NBA? The Knicks couldn't use him? Detroit? Washington?

4) Referees handed Syracuse their 63-61 win over West Virginia Saturday, but fact remains, they're screwed unless Fab Melo gets eligible again- they got outrebounded 41-20 by the Mountaineers, an astounding statistic.

3) Pretty cool seeing Graeme McDowell shoot a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Abu Dhabi; over the last seven holes, he was -5, after being -6 for the tournament's first 65 holes.

2) European Tour is in Qatar next week, Dubai (no relation to Abu Dhabi) the week after that. I need to buy myself a damn globe.

1) So Eldrick Woods has now led 64 tournaments after three rounds, and won 55 of them; the big question is, will he ever win again? And the other question of the weekend is, after Sunday, will Kyle Stanley ever win?

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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01/30/2012 06:27 PM

NCAAB
Dunkel

Missouri at Texas
The Tigers look to take advantage of a Texas team that is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 home games. Missouri is the pick (-1) according to Dunkel, which has the Tigers favored by 2 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Missouri (-1). Here are all of today's picks.

MONDAY, JANUARY 30

Game 741-742: Pittsburgh at West Virginia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 62.732; West Virginia 70.695
Dunkel Line: West Virginia by 8; 133
Vegas Line: West Virginia by 6 1/2; 137 1/2
Dunkel Pick: West Virginia (-6 1/2); Under

Game 743-744: Princeton at Pennsylvania (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Princeton 54.646; Pennsylvania 54.679
Dunkel Line: Even; 129
Vegas Line: Pennsylvania by 2; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick Princeton (+2); Over

Game 745-746: Missouri at Texas (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Missouri 73.271; Texas 70.872
Dunkel Line: Missouri by 2 1/2; 150
Vegas Line: Missouri by 1; 145 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Missouri (-1); Over

Game 747-748: Western Carolina at Wofford (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Western Carolina 47.863; Wofford 55.569
Dunkel Line: Wofford by 7 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Wofford by 9; 129
Dunkel Pick: Western Carolina (+9); Under

Game 749-750: College of Charleston at Samford (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: College of Charleston 55.390; Samford 50.610
Dunkel Line: College of Charleston by 5; 131
Vegas Line: College of Charleston by 3 1/2; 133 1/2
Dunkel Pick: College of Charleston (-3 1/2); Under

Game 751-752: SE Missouri State at Eastern Illinois (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: SE Missouri State 46.596; Eastern Illinois 47.356
Dunkel Line: Eastern Illinois by 1; 142
Vegas Line: Eastern Illinois by 2 1/2; 137 1/2
Dunkel Pick: SE Missouri State (+2 1/2); Over

Game 753-754: Austin Peay at Tennessee State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 51.413; Tennessee State 51.886
Dunkel Line: Even; 136
Vegas Line: Tennessee State by 2; 140
Dunkel Pick: Austin Peay (+2); Under

Game 755-756: SIU-Edwardsville at Tennessee Tech (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: SIU-Edwardsville 39.933; Tennessee Tech 58.546
Dunkel Line: Tennessee Tech by 18 1/2; 144
Vegas Line: Tennessee Tech by 17; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tennessee Tech (-17); Over

Game 757-758: Northern Colorado at Northern Arizona (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Northern Colorado 44.905; Northern Arizona 40.678
Dunkel Line: Northern Colorado by 4; 147
Vegas Line: Northern Colorado by 2 1/2; 140
Dunkel Pick: Northern Colorado (-2 1/2); Over

Game 765-766: Morgan State at Hampton (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Morgan State 45.948; Hampton 46.842
Dunkel Line: Hampton by 1; 125
Vegas Line: Morgan State by 1 1/2; 128 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Hampton (+1 1/2); Under

Game 767-768: Texas Southern at Alabama State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas Southern 45.615; Alabama State 40.193
Dunkel Line: Texas Southern by 5 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Texas Southern by 3; 117 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas Southern (-3); Over

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01/30/2012 06:29 PM

NCAAB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, January 30

Pitt won its last two games after an 8-game skid left them 0-7 to start in Big East play; Panthers are 5-2 in last seven games against West Virginia, winning three of last five visits here. Big East home favorites of 7 or less points are 8-10 against the spread. Mountaineers got hosed at Carrier Dome Saturday, losing by a hoop, their second loss in row- they're 4-0 at home in conference play, with three wins by 12+ points. Panthers are stronger now with PG Woodall back in lineup.

Princeton won its last five games with Penn, winning last three visits to Palestra by 3-7-12 points; Tigers haven't played in 16 days after a split in first two Ivy games- they're 6-3 in last nine road games, and wins over Florida State/Rutgers means they're better than average Ivy team. Penn is Quakers won four of last five games, but its been nine days since they last played (84-80 win over local rival St Joe's). Penn is 2-8 vs teams in top 125. Ivy League home favorites are 3-6 vs spread.

Missouri won five of last six games with Texas, beating Longhorns by 11 in first meeting 16 days ago, as Mizzou survived Brown's 34-point outburst (6-7 from arc). Tigers lost three of last four visits to Austin, losing by 12-20-13 points. Texas lost four of last five games, with last three losses by 4-5-3 points- they're 3-1 at home in conference, losing only by 3 to Kansas. Big X home teams are 4-0 vs spread if number is 3 or less points. Texas is bubble team, needs this more than Mizzou.

Western Carolina lost seven of last eight games vs D-I teams, in between they beat some NAIA team 141-39, not sure why, but their only win in last right vs D-I squads was 67-57 at home over Wofford 23 days ago, as Cole was 6-7 behind arc (rest of team was 0-6). Western lost its last five road games, with four losses by 12+ points. Wofford won its last five games, all by 7+ points. Southern Conference home favorites of 8+ points are 12-6 against the spread.

Charleston lost its first game for interim coach Byington to Wofford at home, Cougars' 4th loss in row and 8th in last 11 games- they scored an average of only 60 ppg in last three games. Charleston is 1-3 at home in conference, with only win at Furman. Samford upset Davidson in last game, as 12-point home dogs; their fourth win in last five games, third in row at home. Princeton offense is hard to prepare for in less than two days. SoCon home underdogs are 9-5 against the spread.

SE Missouri won seven of its last nine games, is tied for second in OVC; they beat Eastern Illinois 80-73 at home 16 days ago, making 11-20 from arc (Smith was 7-10 on 3's), but Redhawks did lose last two road games, scoring 60.5 ppg in losses at Tennessee Tech/Eastern Kentucky. Eastern Illinois lost its last five games, losing last two at home by 9-12 points; Panthers scored 53.5 ppg in their last four games. OVC home teams are 10-6-2 if spread is 4 or less points.

Austin Peay won six of last seven games after starting season 3-13; they beat Tennessee State 69-63 at home two weeks ago, ending game with a 12-4 run that broke up tie game. OVC home favorites of 4 or less points are 7-4-2 vs spread. Peay won two of last three road games; their last three wins are all by 12+ points. Tennessee State's only loss in last six games was at Peay; they're 4-0 at home in OVC, with three of four Lsby 5 or less points, or in overtime.

SIU-Edwardsville upset Tennessee Tech 83-68 in its OVC opener, with Tech shooting just 34.8% from floor, 3-17 from arc, while Cougars made 8-14 behind arc. SIU-E lost its last five games after starting OVC play at 3-1- four of their last five losses are by 11+ points. OVC home favorites of 12+ points are 3-6 against the spread. Tech is just 2-3 in its last five games, but their last three wins are by 11-15-17 points. Not whole lot to choose from in this game; neither team is worth an investment.

Northern Colorado is very young and not very good, losing its last three games by 18-12-5 points, losing last game in double OT at Idaho State Thursday, but Bears did beat Northern Arizona 80-64 at home Dec 31, shooting 59% from floor, 7-11 from arc. NC is #2 in country, mkaing 44.7% of its 3's. Lumberjacks lost their last eight games, though six of the eight were on road; opponents make 57.7% of 2-point shots against them, worst in country. Big Sky home underdogs are 3-6-1 vs spread.

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01/30/2012 06:30 PM

NCAAB

Monday, January 30

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College funds: Monday's best NCAAB bets
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Pitt Panthers at West Virginia Mountaineers (-7, 137.5)

You knew things were pretty desperate when Pitt coach Jamie Dixon abandoned his usual man-to-man defense for a zone, but that switch may have turned his club’s season around.

Pitt frustrated Georgetown’s offense in a 72-60 win over the Hoyas on Saturday. The Panthers held Georgetown to 42 percent shooting while winning the battle of the boards 35-23.

"We were aggressive," Lamar Patterson told reporters after scoring 18 points in the win. "We weren't letting them push us around. We just held our ground and really wanted to focus in on defense. We haven't been good on defense all year, basically, so we wanted to show everyone we could play defense."

The Panthers had dropped eight straight games before they downed Providence last week. They still have a lot of work to do, but at least they’re protecting the bucket better.

West Virginia has dropped consecutive games, though the Mountaineers did hang around with the Orange at the Carrier Dome over the weekend.

This one should be tight.

Pick: Panthers


Missouri Tigers at Texas Longhorns (pick 'em, 145.5)

When you can shoot just 39 percent and still come away with a win, you have to feel pretty good.

That’s exactly how the No. 2 Tigers feel after sneaking by Texas Tech on Saturday despite the poor shooting effort.

"We just didn't make shots, even though we had a lot of good looks," Missouri Tigers coach Frank Haith told reporters. "Does it make the game look ugly? I guess when they don't go in, yes. But we still have to find a way to win."

The Tigers failed to cover as 23.5-point favorites, falling to 10-6 against the spread on the year. This Texas team is hard to figure out.

The Longhorns have dropped four of their last five, but played Baylor tough in a 76-71 loss, covering as 7-point underdogs. J’Covan Brown had 32 points and hit four treys, though the rest of the Longhorns are going to have to give him some help to keep this close.

Other than Brown, only Sheldon McClellan averages double digits in scoring.

Pick: Tigers


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01/30/2012 06:31 PM

NCAAB
Short Sheet

Monday's Top College Basketball Trends

E ILLINOIS is 1-10 ATS in home games after a conference game (vs SE Missouri St)

N ARIZONA is 2-11 ATS after playing a game as an underdog (N Colorado)

SAMFORD is 4-17 ATS when playing their 2nd game in 3 days (vs Coll of Charleston)

TENNESSEE ST is 0-7 ATS revenging a road loss vs opponent (vs Austin Peay)

W CAROLINA is 12-2 UNDER off a road loss (vs Wofford)

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01/30/2012 06:33 PM

NBA
Short Sheet

Monday, January 30

CHICAGO at WASHINGTON, 7:05 PM ET
CHICAGO: 42-23 Under if underdog last game
WASHINGTON: 5-21 ATS off SU win

ORLANDO at PHILADELPHIA, 7:05 PM ET
ORLANDO: 7-21 ATS Away off BB double digit losses
PHILADELPHIA: 14-3 ATS as favorite

NEW ORLEANS at MIAMI, 7:35 PM ET
NEW ORLEANS: 17-4 ATS vs. Southeast Division
MIAMI: 10-1 Over as a home favorite of 12.5 to 18 points

DETROIT at MILWAUKEE, 8:05 PM ET
DETROIT: 4-13 ATS Away off BB losses
MILWAUKEE: 22-8 Under as home favorite

SAN ANTONIO at MEMPHIS, 8:05 PM ET
SAN ANTONIO: 18-6 Over as underdog
MEMPHIS: 13-1 ATS after having lost 3 of their last 4 games

MINNESOTA at HOUSTON, 8:05 PM ET
MINNESOTA: 5-1 ATS off home loss
HOUSTON: 6-2 Over vs. Minnesota

PORTLAND at UTAH, 9:05 PM ET
PORTLAND: 5-15 ATS as road dog of 6 pts or less
UTAH: 29-11 Over vs. division

DALLAS at PHOENIX, 9:05 PM ET
DALLAS: 6-1 ATS off ATS loss
PHOENIX: 1-6 ATS revenging road loss

OKLAHOMA CITY at LA CLIPPERS, 10:35 PM ET
OKLAHOMA CITY: 18-7 ATS Away if road favorite last game
LA CLIPPERS: 12-26 ATS after scoring 105+ pts

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

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01/30/2012 06:35 PM

NBA
Dunkel

Minnesota at Houston
The Timberwolves look to build on their 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 road games. Minnesota is the pick (+7) according to Dunkel, which has the Rockets favored by only 5. Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+7). Here are all of today's picks

MONDAY, JANUARY 30

Game 701-702: Chicago at Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 122.250; Washington 115.317
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 7; 186
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 10; 190 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+10); Under

Game 703-704: Orlando at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 113.913; Philadelphia 125.691
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 12; 184
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia by 5 1/2; 179 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-5 1/2); Over

Game 705-706: New Orleans at Miami (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Orleans 115.399; Miami 126.743
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 11 1/2; 191
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 13; 186 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New Orleans (+13); Over

Game 707-708: Detroit at Milwaukee (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 109.301; Milwaukee 124.943
Dunkel Line & Total: Milwaukee by 15 1/2; 177
Vegas Line & Total: Milwaukee by 7; 180
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-7); Under

Game 709-710: San Antonio at Memphis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 119.527; Memphis 128.622
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 9; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Memphis by 5 1/2; 188 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-5 1/2); Over

Game 711-712: Minnesota at Houston (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 119.097; Houston 124.166
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 5; 192
Vegas Line & Total: Houston by 7; No Total
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+7); N/A

Game 713-714: Portland at Utah (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 120.339; Utah 125.523
Dunkel Line & Total: Utah by 5; 185
Vegas Line & Total: Utah by 2; 188 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Utah (-2); Under

Game 715-716: Dallas at Phoenix (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 121.038; Phoenix 116.684
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 4 1/2; 198
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 717-718: Oklahoma City at LA Clippers (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 122.754; LA Clippers 118.949
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 4; 192
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 2 1/2; 196
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-2 1/2); Under

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01/30/2012 06:36 PM

NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, January 30

Hot Teams
-- Bulls covered eight of their last ten road games. Washington won two of three games since they changed coaches.
-- 76ers won/covered nine of their last 11 home games.
-- Miami won seven of last eight games, but is 0-4 vs spread in its last four home games.
-- Bucks are 5-2 at home (2-1 as home favorites).
-- Rockets won nine of eleven home games (8-2-1 vs spread). Minnesota covered four of its last five road games.
-- Mavericks won five of their last six games.
-- Thunder won 11 of last 12 games, covered five of last six on the road. Clippers won seven of their last ten games.

Cold Teams
-- Orlando lost five of its last seven games; they were outscored by 76 points in their last ten quarters.
-- New Orleans lost 10 of last 11 games, but covered five of last six.
-- Pistons are 1-8-1 vs spread as a road underdog.
-- Memphis lost its last three games, scoring 86.3 ppg. Spurs lost eight of ten road games (2-2-1 as road dog).
-- Portland lost six of its last eight road games. Utah covered once in its last four home games.
-- Suns lost eight of their last eleven games.

Wear and Tear
-- Bulls: 3rd game/4 nites. Wizards: 6th game/9 nites.
-- Magic: 6th game/8 nites. 76ers: 4th game/6 nites.
-- Hornets: 4th game/6 nites. Heat: 7th game/10 nites.
-- Pistons: 4th game/6 nites. Bucks: 6th game/9 nites.
-- Spurs: 4th game/6 nites. Grizzlies: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Wolves: 4th game/6 nites. Rockets: 4th game/6 nites.
-- Blazers: Had last two nites off. Jazz: 4th game/6 nites.
-- Mavericks: 4th game/6 nites. Suns: 3rd game/4 nites.
-- Thunder: Had last two nites off. Clippers:

Totals
-- Six of last eight Chicago games went over the total.
-- Five of last seven Orlando road games went over the total. Philly's last five home games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last six Miami home games stayed under total.
-- Eight of ten Detroit road games stayed under the total. Milwaukee's last four games all went over.
-- Seven of last nine San Antonio road games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Minnesota games went over the total.
-- Six of last eight Portland games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last six Phoenix games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Clipper games went over the total.

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01/30/2012 06:37 PM

NBA

Monday, January 30

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NBA betting trend: Home court rules in the West
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It was a head-scratcher to say the least.

Missing two of their three leading scorers, the Milwaukee Bucks were getting 5.5 points against visiting Los Angeles Lakers. And even though the Purple and Gold had been struggling away from the Staples Center, no one expected Kobe and Co. to have any trouble blowing out the Bucks.

Final score: Bucks 100, Lakers 89.

The loss dropped Los Angeles’ road mark to 1-7 both straight up and against the spread.

[Editor’s note: The Lakers won and covered at Minnesota as 2-point underdogs on Sunday but nearly choked away a 15-point third quarter lead.]

And it’s not just the Lakers who are first degree fade material on the highway. Going into Sunday’s slate, Western Conference home teams are 92-66 ATS (58.2 percent) and just 63-73 ATS (45.9%) on the road, according to Covers Expert and database madman Marc Lawrence.

That’s a big change. The West, by far the better of the two conferences, went 324-278-13 ATS on the road last season and 313-292-10 ATS the campaign before.

Here’s a look at three other notable squads no-showing - like a Tony Soprano crew member - on the road.

San Antonio Spurs: (Home 7-4 ATS. Away 3-7 ATS)

It’s pretty simple with the Spurs. They just don’t play defense well outside of their own gym. San Antonio allows a stingy 89.5 points per game at home but 102.2 on the road. (That’s almost a 13-point swing for those of you counting at home).

Monday will be the Spurs’ seventh away game of their last nine contests. They play three home games following that Monday date against the Grizzlies and then leave town for nine straight away matchups.

Portland Trail Blazers: (Home 8-1-1 ATS. Away 3-7 ATS)

The Rose Garden has always been kind to the Trail Blazers. Portland is 99-34 straight up on its home floor over the last four seasons. Year in and year out, you can bank on this team having more energy in front of the Blazer-maniacs then it does in alien arenas.

LaMarcus Aldridge brings his A-game regardless of area code but supporting members Gerald Wallace Wesley Matthews and Jamal Crawford see their combined offensive output drop to 30.2 ppg on the road compared to 49.6 at home.

Los Angeles Clippers: (Home 8-3 ATS. Away 1-4 ATS)

OK, sure, small sample size especially when you consider one of those five roadies was actually against the Lakers at the Staples Center. Still they got smoked at San Antonio, Portland and Utah.

Lob City, despite its aerial moniker, doesn’t travel well.


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01/30/2012 06:38 PM

NBA

Monday, January 30

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Pick 'n' roll: Monday's best NBA bets
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San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies (-6, 189)

One thing the San Antonio Spurs will not have to worry about Monday is whether its starters got enough rest.

Trailing by 18 points in the third quarter at Dallas on Sunday, coach Gregg Popovich pulled all his starters and watched as the bench scored the final 51 points and forced overtime. The reserves ended up falling just short in the 101-100 setback, dropping the Spurs to 2-8 on the road.

Where San Antonio really seems to struggle away from home is on defense, where it has surrendered an average of 102.3 points versus 89.5 at home. The Spurs will try to correct that discrepancy Monday.

The Grizzlies looked like they were on their way to realizing their preseason potential with a seven-game winning streak earlier this month, but a three-game slide has raised more questions.

Pick: Grizzlies


Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks (-7, 180.5)

No Andrew Bogut, no problem. The Milwaukee Bucks shocked the Los Angeles Lakers 100-89 on Saturday without their starting center in the lineup.

The Bucks will be without Bogut for at least three months after he suffered a broken ankle against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Drew Gooden stepped into the starting lineup and scored 23 points against Los Angeles.

The Detroit Pistons play the second of a four-game road trip in Milwaukee on Monday. Detroit is 1-9 on the road, including a 95-74 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

The Pistons are the worst offensive team in the NBA and are scoring only 81.4 points per road game this season. Detroit is 2-6 in its last eight games.

Milwaukee beat visiting Detroit 102-93 on Jan. 12. The teams have split their last 10 meetings.

Pick: Under

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