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Monday, February 20

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Trend Report
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4:00 PM
ATLANTA vs. CHICAGO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 15 games at home

7:30 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. NEW YORK
New Jersey is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Jersey is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New York's last 12 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 9 games when playing at home against New Jersey

8:00 PM
ORLANDO vs. MILWAUKEE
Orlando is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Milwaukee's last 12 games at home

8:00 PM
BOSTON vs. DALLAS
Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
MEMPHIS vs. HOUSTON
Memphis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis's last 15 games on the road
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Memphis

8:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
New Orleans is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing New Orleans
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New Orleans

9:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. DENVER
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 12 games when playing on the road against Denver
Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Denver is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

9:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. UTAH
San Antonio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah
San Antonio is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Utah is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

9:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. PHOENIX
Washington is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Phoenix is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Washington

10:30 PM
PORTLAND vs. LA LAKERS
Portland is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland's last 9 games
LA Lakers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games when playing Portland
LA Lakers are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games at home

10:30 PM
LA CLIPPERS vs. GOLDEN STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games on the road
Golden State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Golden State's last 22 games at home

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Monday, February 20

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Game of the day: Hawks at Bulls
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Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls (NA)

THE STORY: The Chicago Bulls suffered a big letdown without Derrick Rose on Saturday. Luckily, the reigning MVP appears to be on his way back to the lineup. Rose, who has missed the last five games due to back spasms, participated in Sunday’s practice and will be a game-time decision when the Bulls host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Atlanta has dropped six of its last nine games while averaging 87.0 points. The Hawks are 1-2 on their current five-game road trip, with Chicago and New York rounding out the journey.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPN, SSO (Atlanta), CSCH (Chicago)

ABOUT THE HAWKS (19-12): Atlanta is limping into the All-Star break with an offense that rarely gets out of first gear. After reaching the century mark for the first time this month in a 101-99 win at Phoenix on Wednesday, the Hawks shot 41.1 percent in a 97-77 loss at Portland on Saturday. All-Star guard Joe Johnson has struggled more than most, shooting 19.2 percent (5 for 26) from 3-point range over the last four games and failing to reach 50 percent from the field in any game this month. Atlanta beat Chicago, 109-94, at home on Jan. 7, but fell in Chicago, 76-74, four days earlier.

ABOUT THE BULLS (25-8): Chicago was riding high after beating the Boston Celtics without Rose on Thursday, but crashed back to earth on Saturday. The lowly New Jersey Nets began the game with a 22-3 run and ended up cruising to a 97-85 win. The Bulls were torched by Deron Williams, who would have drawn the assignment on Rose. Chicago has two more games before the All-Star break and could elect to let Rose rest the entire time. C.J. Watson has gotten the starts in his place and has shot 34.4 percent from the floor while averaging 12.0 points and 3.6 assists.

TRENDS:

The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on one day's rest.
The Bulls are 31-13-1 ATS in their last 45 games following a SU loss.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Chicago.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Chicago beat Atlanta in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring.

2. Rose has averaged 22.8 points and 6.6 assists in 12 career games against the Hawks.

3. Johnson has put up 18.6 points on 42.1 percent shooting in 32 career games against the Bulls.


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Monday, February 20

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Real MVP: Most valuable players to NBA pointspreads
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On Jan. 10 Derrick Rose scored 31 points and dished out 11 assists in a win at Minnesota. He said afterward his toe injury was a non-issue and he’d play the next night against Washington.

But late the next afternoon, word leaked that Rose was in a walking boot.

The line plunged 2.5 to 4 points, depending on the book.

“We sent out 15 the day before, when we had Derrick Rose playing,” said Pete Korner, founder of The Sports Club oddsmaking service. “It got bet down to 11.5. That’s one very typical example of an overreaction.

“First of all, Derrick Rose probably wasn’t going to play 40 minutes against a team they’re supposed to blow out. And Chicago’s overall team strength compensated.”

The Bulls won 78-64, covering the adjusted number.

It’s hard to pinpoint a star’s line value. Every spread depends on multiple situational factors.

Of course, that won’t stop us from presenting our annual list of NBA players who affect pointspreads the most. (See the chart below.)

But experts we interviewed say the list requires context, lots of it. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

** A star player is worth more to the line in pick-‘em type of games than double-digit spreads like the Jan. 11 Wizards-Bulls game.

“The value of these star players is more important against good teams as the backups and surrounding players often step up when a star is missing, which enables the team to still outperform a bad opponent,” professional handicapper Steve Merril said.

** Teams compensate for a star player’s injury much better in a one-game scenario than they do for extended absences.

“When it comes across that a star isn’t going to play, the market always overreacts and almost all the value is on the team with the injury,” LVH Superbook manager Ed Salmons said. “I’ve seen it over and over. The team that has the injury always seems to cover.”

That doesn’t stop books from moving the lines.

“That’s what the market demands,” Salmons said. “You just go with the market and it is what it is.”

** Perception is everything.

“We have to weigh a player’s effectiveness along with his value to the average bettor,” Korner said. “How enthusiastic is someone going to be to bet on or against a team when a player like that is missing? In hockey, people don’t know the good players as much. They don’t run to the counter when a key hockey player is out.”

** It’s equally important to identify less heralded players who don’t move lines much but are vital to their teams. “The line is often not adjusted more than a point or so when these guys are out, but should be as the team is often much weaker,” said Merril, a Covers expert.

He listed OKC’s Serge Ibaka (3.0 blocks), Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio (8.6 assists, 2.4 steals), and Memphis’ Mike Conley (6.9 assists, 2.5 steals ) among these gems.

“Point guards are very important and it can often disrupt the whole team when they are gone,” Merril said. “Similar to losing a starting QB in football.”

The Knicks’ Jeremy Lin isn’t among our top 11 line movers, but already would cause up to a two-point adjustment if he were suddenly ruled out.

LeBron James retains the No. 1 spot in spread value.

“LBJ is a true triple threat,” Sportsbook.com oddsmaker Michael Pierce said. “He can get 40 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds in a game and no one would be surprised. He’s just that good. He’s the second leading scorer in the game, 12th in assists and 25th in rebounds. Those are stellar numbers. No wonder he is the 5/7 favorite to win MVP.”

LeBron James, Miami Heat (28.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 6.7 apg; 1-0 ATS record without him this season; teams are 15-14-1 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 5.5-6 points (Pierce), 4-5 (Merril), 4 (Korner).

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (26.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg; hasn’t missed a game this season; teams are 8-5-1 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 5-5.5 points (Pierce), 4 (Korner), 3-4 (Merril).

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (28.9 ppg, 5.0 apg; hasn’t missed a game this season, team is 49-53-2 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 5-5.5 (Pierce), 4 points (Korner), 3-4 points (Merril).

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (20.3 ppg, 15.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg; hasn’t missed a game this season; team is 5-3 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 4.5-5 points (Pierce), 4 (Korner), 3-4 (Merril).

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (21.2 ppg, 11.1 rpg; hasn’t missed a game). Spread value: 4.5-5 points (Pierce), 3-4 (Korner), 3 (Merril).

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (25.8 ppg, 14.2 rpg; 1-1 ATS without him this season; 15-19 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 4.5-5 points (Pierce), 3-3.5 (Korner), 3 (Merril).

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (18.6 ppg; 2-2 ATS without him this season; 43-56 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 4-4.5 (Pierce), 3-4 (Merril), 3 (Korner).

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (22.0 ppg, 7.8 apg; 5-5 ATS without him this season, 10-6 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 5-5.5 points (Pierce), 3.5-4 (Korner), 3 (Merril)

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (18.2 ppg, 8.8 apg, 2.3 spg; 3-2 ATS without him this season; teams are 42-29-1 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 4-4.5 points (Pierce), 3 (Merril, Korner)

Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (14.5 ppg, 10.9 apg; 0-3 ATS without him this season; teams are 42-63 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 3 points (Merril), 2-2.5 (Korner).

"When Nash misses games, they've just been murdered," Salmons said. "He's old and all, but he probably still means the most to his team of anyone. It's more about the team situation than just the player."

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (21.9 ppg, 4.7 apg; 6-3 ATS without him this season; 65-49-5 ATS without him in his career). Spread value: 4-4.5 points (Pierce).

Merril doesn't see Wade in this group.

“Wade is an interesting case as the Heat have actually played better this season without him, although the oddsmakers still probably adjust 1-2 points without him,” Merril said. “This would have been 3-4 points before LeBron was there.”

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Monday, February 20

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Pick 'n' roll: Monday's best NBA bets
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New Orleans Hornets at Oklahoma City Thunder (-12, 189)

The Thunder has won seven of the last eight meetings, but only one of those wins came by more than 11 points.

New Orleans used its length to play great team defense in its upset of the Knicks on Saturday. Trevor Ariza had 25 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the 89-85 win. He’s hit 6 of his last 12 3-pointers.

The Hornets rested Sunday while the Thunder had to go to overtime to beat Denver.

New Orleans is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games as a road underdog of 11 or more points.

Pick: Hornets


Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (2, 199.5)

L.A.’s Chris Paul is eager to make amends for his dumb throwaway Saturday night, which enabled San Antonio to tie the game on a 3-pointer and win in overtime.

“It's probably the worst play I've done since I've been in the league,” Paul said. “That's probably going to be a 'SportsCenter Top 10 Dumbest Plays of the Week.'"

The Warriors are coming off their own heartbreaking loss, when a failure to block out and an offensive foul led to a 104-103 defeat in Memphis on Saturday. Incredibly, Golden State has lost nine times after being within a point in the final 90 seconds.

When these teams met in the season opener in Oakland, the Clippers won 105-86 behind Paul’s 20 points and nine assists. L.A. finished that game on a 23-5 run.

The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

Pick: Clippers

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Monday, February 20

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ATLANTA (19 - 12) at CHICAGO (25 - 8) - 2/20/2012, 4:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 8-7 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 8-7 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW JERSEY (9 - 24) at NEW YORK (16 - 16) - 2/20/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 84-111 ATS (-38.1 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 93-66 ATS (+20.4 Units) in road games vs. division opponents since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 5-3 against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
NEW YORK is 7-2 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BOSTON (15 - 15) at DALLAS (20 - 12) - 2/20/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 27-45 ATS (-22.5 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
DALLAS is 79-53 ATS (+20.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 245-185 ATS (+41.5 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 3-2 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 4-1 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ORLANDO (20 - 12) at MILWAUKEE (13 - 18) - 2/20/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MILWAUKEE is 5-4 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 8-1 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW ORLEANS (7 - 23) at OKLAHOMA CITY (24 - 7) - 2/20/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW ORLEANS is 33-49 ATS (-20.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 23-35 ATS (-15.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 119-96 ATS (+13.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 37-20 ATS (+15.0 Units) as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points since 1996.
NEW ORLEANS is 153-114 ATS (+27.6 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 7-2 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 7-2 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
7 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MEMPHIS (18 - 14) at HOUSTON (18 - 14) - 2/20/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 75-51 ATS (+18.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 36-22 ATS (+11.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 32-18 ATS (+12.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
HOUSTON is 6-4 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 7-3 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (22 - 9) at UTAH (15 - 15) - 2/20/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN ANTONIO is 13-1 ATS (+11.9 Units) in a road game where where the total is between 190 and 194.5 points over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) against Southwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 5-3 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 4-4 straight up against SAN ANTONIO 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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MINNESOTA (16 - 16) at DENVER (17 - 15) - 2/20/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 31-47 ATS (-20.7 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 15-28 ATS (-15.8 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 66-50 ATS (+11.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 31-18 ATS (+11.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) as an underdog this season.
DENVER is 127-173 ATS (-63.3 Units) when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 4-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 7-1 straight up against MINNESOTA 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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WASHINGTON (7 - 24) at PHOENIX (13 - 19) - 2/20/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) as an underdog this season.
WASHINGTON is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 18-38 ATS (-23.8 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 168-211 ATS (-64.1 Units) after allowing 105 points or more since 1996.

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

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PORTLAND (17 - 15) at LA LAKERS (18 - 13) - 2/20/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LA LAKERS are 101-125 ATS (-36.5 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 159-200 ATS (-61.0 Units) after a division game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 5-3 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 4-4 straight up against PORTLAND 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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LA CLIPPERS (19 - 10) at GOLDEN STATE (11 - 17) - 2/20/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LA CLIPPERS are 78-114 ATS (-47.4 Units) in February games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
GOLDEN STATE is 5-4 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 5-4 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Washington at Carolina
The Hurricanes look to take advantage of a Washington team that is coming off a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay and is 0-6 in its last 6 games after allowing 2 goals or less in the previous game. Carolina is the pick (+100) according to Dunkel, which has the Hurricanes favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Carolina (+100). Here are all of today's picks.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Game 51-52: Ottawa at NY Islanders (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 11.853; NY Islanders 12.225
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Islanders (-120); 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: NY Islanders (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Islanders (-120); Over

Game 53-54: Washington at Carolina (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 10.756; Carolina 11.683
Dunkel Line & Total: Carolina by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Washington (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Carolina (+100); Under
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Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, February 20

Hot teams
-- Senators won three of their last four games.
-- Carolina won four of its last five home games.

Cold teams
-- Islanders are 1-5 in game following their last six wins.
-- Washington lost six of its last eight road games.

Totals
-- Eight of last ten Ottawa road games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 3-0-1 in Washington's last four games.

Series records
-- Road team won last four Ottawa-Islander games.
-- Washington won eight of last eleven games against Carolina.

Back-to-Back
-- None.




NHL

Monday, February 20

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Trend Report
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1:00 PM
OTTAWA vs. NY ISLANDERS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
Ottawa is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
NY Islanders are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Ottawa
NY Islanders are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Ottawa

7:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. CAROLINA
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Washington's last 11 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington


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NHL

Monday, February 20

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

HOT TEAM: Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes have been one of the more inconsistent teams in the entire league all season, but February has been kind to Phoenix. Radim Vrbata scored his career-high 28th goal on Saturday en route to a 2-1 win over Dallas, which was Phoenix's eighth consecutive victory. In fact, the Coyotes haven't lost a game in February.

Phoenix is now 29-21-9, and is second in Pacific Division. Yet, in the wild and whacky Western Conference playoff race, through Saturday's action, the Coyotes were only in seventh place.

But they are in the tournament, as of now, which is the most important thing. Ray Whitney has 53 points, Vrbata has 49, Shane Doan has 16 goals, and if the season ended on Saturday, the Coyotes would take on Vancouver in the first round. That would make for one heck a playoff series.

COLD TEAM: Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers were pushed around at home on Saturday by the Penguins, 6-4, and it continued a disturbing a trend. Philadelphia has lost home games on three straight Saturday afternoons -- all to rivals: the Devils and Rangers before Pittsburgh -- and they have now lost three of four games.

Forward James van Riemsdyk is back now, after missing 15 games because of a concussion, and perhaps that will trigger something for Philadelphia. All the Flyers know now, is that they need something, anything to get it going.

Through Saturday, Philadelphia had 71 points, was tied with Pittsburgh, and New Jersey was just a point behind. Not a good situation. And with more talent than most of the teams in the East, the Flyers just shouldn’t be in that kind of a tug-of-war.

OVER PLAY: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins posted an easy over in that aforementioned 6-4 win Saturday over Philadelphia. And even without injured superstar Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh is still a quality over buy.

Headed into Sunday’s matinee game versus Buffalo, the Penguins were carrying a 4-1-1 over streak. It coincided with a victorious stretch, as well, as Pittsburgh had won three of four headed into the date with the Sabres. A week before the Flyers game, the Penguins flexed their offensive muscle and blasted Winnipeg, 8-5, for another over.

Evgeni Malkin had 70 points and James Neal had 56, before Sunday, as the Penguins have clearly survived without Crosby, and they are in position for a healthy playoff run with or without him.

UNDER PLAY: Calgary Flames

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had 28 stops and forward Michael Cammalleri scored a goal as Calgary defeated Los Angeles, 1-0, on Saturday for another easy Flames' under that helped them immeasurably in the Western Conference playoff race.

But for totals players, that should not matter. Playoffs or not, the Flames are an above-average under play and you'd be wise to keep them on your radar.

In a 10-game span that ended with Saturday’s win, the Flames went 6-2-2 under and held the opponent to one goal or less three times in that stretch. And Kiprusoff now has 44 career shutouts, and four this season, so this may be a sign of things to come.

SURVEYING THE SCHEDULE:

** Fighting like mad to catch Detroit for the No. 1 seed in the West, the Canucks are in the midst of a tough run. Sunday's game at Edmonton was the back end of back-to-back games, and over a seven-day stretch that opened on Saturday against Toronto, and closes on Friday, against the Devils, Vancouver has five games in seven days.

** The Rangers are in the midst of a busy run, as well. Sunday's tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets triggered a nine-day run that will see five games. Included in that, is a back-to-back stretch, on Friday and Saturday, against the Islanders and Sabres.


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NHL

Monday, February 20

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Ice picks: Monday's best NHL bets
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Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders (-115, 5.5)

Two of the hottest forwards in the Eastern Conference do battle Monday afternoon when Jason Spezza leads the surging Ottawa Senators into Long Island for a meeting with John Tavares and the Islanders.

Spezza has been sensational during a five-game scoring streak, recording five goals and eight assists. Ottawa has gone 3-1-1 in those contests to move back into second place in the Northeast Division.

Tavares is coming off a three-point effort in the Islanders' 4-3 triumph over Carolina on Saturday night.

Ottawa outscored Tampa Bay and Florida 10-2 in consecutive victories last week, and has had four days of rest to prepare for this one.

New York has alternated wins and losses throughout the month of February.

Ottawa is 18-7-3 in the last 25 meetings in New York.

Pick: Senators


Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes (NA)

When the season began, the thought of the Washington Capitals being on the outside of the playoff race was unfathomable. With just seven weeks left in the regular season, that's the reality the Capitals face as they take on the division-rival Hurricanes in Carolina on Monday night.

Since opening the season with seven consecutive victories, Washington has looked mostly ordinary and now finds itself in a battle for the Southeast Division lead with Florida and Winnipeg.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Islanders over the weekend, a defeat that ended a six-game points streak (4-0-2).

It's been a terrific month in an otherwise underwhelming season for Carolina, with victories over Boston and San Jose among the highlights. Monday represents the opener of a six-game homestand that could ultimately decide whether the Hurricanes still have playoff life, or should start planning for next season.

Washington won the first three meetings but Carolina gained a measure of revenge on Jan. 20 with a 3-0 home victory.

The Hurricanes have won five of their last six home games, and are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on one day's rest.

Pick: Hurricanes


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Monday, February 20

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OTTAWA (30-22-0-8, 68 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (25-25-0-8, 58 pts.) - 2/20/2012, 1:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 5-4-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)

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WASHINGTON (29-24-0-5, 63 pts.) at CAROLINA (22-26-0-11, 55 pts.) - 2/20/2012, 7:35 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 11-5 (+2.3 Units) against the spread versus CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 11-5-0 straight up against CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
10 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.1 Units)




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NHL
Short Sheet

Monday, February 20

OTTAWA at NY ISLANDERS, 1:05 PM ET
OTTAWA: 17-11 SU off a win or tie in their previous game
NY ISLANDERS: 2-10 SU in home games when playing their 4th game in 7 days

WASHINGTON at CAROLINA, 7:35 PM ET
WASHINGTON: N/A
CAROLINA: N/A

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NCAAB Best Bets:

02/20/2012 @ 04:00 PM CBB [524] VILLANOVA +3½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 06:00 PM CBB [525] BAYLOR +2½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 06:00 PM CBB [525] TOTAL o138 1.91
(BAYLOR vrs TEXAS)

02/20/2012 @ 06:00 PM CBB [528] ST. JOHNS -5 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 06:00 PM CBB [528] TOTAL u152 1.91
(DEPAUL vrs ST. JOHNS)

02/20/2012 @ 04:00 PM CBB [530] TOTAL u133½ 1.91
(FAIRFIELD vrs MARIST)

02/20/2012 @ 04:00 PM CBB [531] TEXAS SOUTHERN +7½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 04:00 PM CBB [531] TOTAL o136 1.91
(TEXAS SOUTHERN vrs MISS VALLEY ST)
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NBA:

02/20/2012 @ 04:35 PM NBA [503] NEW JERSEY +9½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 04:35 PM NBA [503] TOTAL o195½ 1.91
(NEW JERSEY vrs NEW YORK)

02/20/2012 @ 05:05 PM NBA [506] DALLAS -7½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 05:05 PM NBA [508] MILWAUKEE +2 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 05:05 PM NBA [510] TOTAL u187½ 1.91
(NEW ORLEANS vrs OKLAHOMA CITY)

02/20/2012 @ 05:05 PM NBA [512] HOUSTON -3 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 06:05 PM NBA [513] SAN ANTONIO -2½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 06:05 PM NBA [513] TOTAL o191½ 1.91
(SAN ANTONIO vrs UTAH)

02/20/2012 @ 06:05 PM NBA [516] DENVER -3½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 06:05 PM NBA [517] TOTAL o203 1.91
(WASHINGTON vrs PHOENIX)

02/20/2012 @ 07:35 PM NBA [519] PORTLAND +3½ 1.91

02/20/2012 @ 07:35 PM NBA [522] TOTAL u197½ 1.91
(LA CLIPPERS vrs GOLDEN STATE)
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