cnotes Posts:27373 Followers:33
03/07/2012 12:26 AM

Ice picks: Wednesday's best NHL bets

Oddsmakers have yet to post a line for the Carolina-Buffalo matchup. Pick should be considered an early lean.

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres (N/A)

The Buffalo Sabres have clawed their way back into the playoff picture, but would have loved to end their Western road trip with a win on Monday.

Buffalo fell 3-1 to Winnipeg, which was their first loss of the road swing.

"It was a big game," Sabres captain Jason Pominville told reporters. "We're aware of it. We could've been in the playoff picture with a game in hand, but it doesn't turn out that way. We made it a little hard on ourselves, but we've just got to get back to winning games and go back home and focus on the next one."

Goaltender Ryan Miller has been a huge part of Buffalo’s recent success. Monday’s defeat was the first time that the Sabres had lost in regulation since Feb. 16 and Miller was 3-0 with two shutouts last week.

After a slow start, Miller’s numbers are beginning to look more like what we’ve come to expect of him. He owns a 2.60 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage to go along with five shutouts this season.

Pick: Under

Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins (-210, 5.5)

It’s beginning to look like the Pittsburgh Penguins may have their captain, Sidney Crosby, back on the ice for the final push before the playoffs.

Crosby, who has been out of the lineup with concussion and neck problems, was cleared to take physical contact on Tuesday. That has everybody wondering when he might suit up for a game.

"No sooner than Sunday, I would say, but I’m not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork," he told the team's website." I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point."

Meanwhile, the Penguins continue to roll along without him. They have won six straight and nine of their last 11.

Evgeni Malkin is leading the NHL with 81 points, while James Neal has been a huge addition to the offense. He has 30 goals, including a team-high 13 on the power play.

Pick: Over

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27373 Followers:33
03/07/2012 12:28 AM

Miami Heat Still Big Favorites On NBA Futures

Ever since the day that LeBron James told the world that he was taking his talents to South Beach, the Miami Heat have been the clear favorites on the NBA Finals odds. It is a year later, and though King James still doesn't have his title, oddsmakers essentially think that it is a 50/50 proposition that the Heat get the job done and win another championship this year.

The Heat are -150 at 5Dimes Sportsbook to win the Eastern Conference, and +145 favorites to win the title this year.

What many forget is that the Heat weren't the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs a year ago – that distinction went to the Chicago Bulls.

Chicago is once again sitting with the best record in basketball, and has played six more road games than home games. No one has a shot of running down the Bulls atop the Central Division, as they are seven-games up with just 22 to play. The Heat, who trail Chicago by 2.5 games in the Eastern Conference standings, are only four-games up on the Orlando Magic, and the Atlanta Hawks could find themselves within striking distance soon.

The Bulls are +500 and the second favorites in the East.

Elsewhere in this conference, the NBA odds are generally tremendously high. There is little confidence in the Magic at 40/1, simply because the oddsmakers are expecting Orlando to deal Dwight Howard before the trade deadline. If that doesn't happen though, Orlando might be a team that you can steal at a great price right now.

Other notables in the Eastern Conference include the New York Knicks (28/1), Boston Celtics (50/1), Philadelphia 76ers (75/1) and Atlanta Hawks (85/1).

Out West, it is clear that this is the year the oddsmakers think the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to reach the NBA Finals. They are +450 favorites to win it all this year, and +130 favorites to win the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City has already run away with the Northwest Division, and has at least a 4,5-game advantage over the rest of the conference. The team is 16-1 SU this year at home, and if that keeps up in the postseason, it is going to be hard to knock the Thunder out of the playoffs.

The next teams in line are the two from Tinseltown. The Los Angeles Lakers are 14/1, while the Los Angeles Clippers are the fifth choice on the board to win the NBA championship at 17/1.

The San Antonio Spurs have the second-best record in the West right now though, and are 18/1 despite of their flat-out awesome 14-3 home record, the third-best home mark in the conference.

The defending champion Dallas Mavericks are currently listed at 19/1 to repeat.

Once you get past Oklahoma City and San Antonio, the rest of the West is tightly packed. To get from the Lakers, who would be the No. 3 seed if the playoffs started today, down to the Golden State Warriors in 13th place, just seven games separate the 11 teams. That's why odds on the teams like the Warriors (500/1), Phoenix Suns (400/1), Utah Jazz (250/1) Minnesota Timberwolves (150/1) and Houston Rockets (100/1) are so high.

Elsewhere in the West, the Denver Nuggets are 60/1, while their division mates, the Portland Trail Blazers are 75/1. The Memphis Grizzlies, who are currently in second place in the Southwest Division, are 55/1 to win it all.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27373 Followers:33
03/07/2012 12:30 AM

On ATS Roll, Toronto Raptors Host Houston Rockets

The second half of the season is just over a week old, but there are already plenty of teams making waves against the NBA betting odds.

Yesterday we looked at winless teams against the spread since the All-Star break. Today we focus on the other end of the spectrum with Toronto (5-0) and Phoenix (3-0) perfect ATS. Both teams are in action on Wednesday as part of a mammoth 13-game slate.

Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors
7:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

Houston (21-17 straight up, 20-18 ATS) is 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS since the All-Star break. That’s pending Tuesday’s final at Boston. The Rockets have been great in back-to-back situations this year at 9-4 ATS, but only 2-4 ATS when the game is on the road.

Toronto (12-26 SU, 23-14-1 ATS) is 2-3 SU since the break, but has covered all five games and 6-straight overall. This team gets very limited scoring up front with Andrea Bargnani out since January. Starting power forward Amir Johnson (7.2 PPG) missed last game and is questionable Wednesday. Ed Davis is starting in his place.

Houston won the first game against Toronto last Tuesday (88-85), but failed to cover as 9½-point home favorites. The Raptors are 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four meetings North of the Border (the ‘under’ 4-0).

Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

Phoenix (17-20 SU and ATS) has come out of the All-Star break rested, going 3-0 SU and ATS. All three games were at home, with the ‘under’ 3-0 (allowing 87 PPG). The Suns now play on the road for the first time since mid-February, going 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three away and 7-11 SU and 8-10 ATS for the season.

Oklahoma City (30-8 SU, 21-17 ATS) is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS since the break, failing to cover the last two. This is the NBA’s third-ranked offense at 101.9 PPG, but averaging just 95.5 PPG in the second half and the ‘under’ 3-1. Kevin Durant hasn’t shot well the last four at 34-of-80 (42.5 percent) from the field, although scoring 29.5 PPG.

Oklahoma City won the first meeting on New Year’s Eve, 107-97 as 11½-point home favorites. Phoenix has covered the last three in Oklahoma and the ‘over’ is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall.

New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

The Knicks (18-19 SU, 17-20 ATS) had a tough game at Dallas on Tuesday (result pending) before continuing their Lone Star State trip here. New York is 0-2 SU and ATS in its last two games playing in a back-to-back situation. Those losses were home against New Jersey (100-92) and at Miami (102-88), with each going ‘under’ the total with the lackluster offense.

San Antonio (25-12 SU, 21-15-1 ATS) hasn’t looked sharped in the second half at 1-2 SU and ATS, despite all three at home. The ‘under’ was 3-0 in those games and is 10-1 in San Antonio’s last 11 home games overall. Manu Ginobili (oblique) returned against Denver last Sunday (99-94 loss), but center DeJuan Blair got injured and is questionable Wednesday.

These squads haven’t played this season. New York has lost the last eight in San Antonio (2-5-1 ATS) and the ‘under’ is 4-1 in the last five there.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets
9:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

Cleveland (13-23 SU, 18-18 ATS) has lost six games in a row (2-4 ATS). The two covers were even fortunate in coming by 1-point and a half-point. Big man Anderson Varejao (wrist) has been out since early February and is really missed for his rebounding and defense. Points allowed over the last four games are a big 110.5 per game, with the ‘over’ 3-1.

Denver (22-17 SU, 23-16 ATS) is 4-0 SU since the break, the only failure to cover coming last night, 119-116 OT win over Sacramento as 9-point home favorites. Center Nene Hilario and forward Danilo Gallinari returned from injury for that contest and came off the bench. There’s a good chance they’re both in the starting lineup on Wednesday.

This is the first meeting this season, with Denver winning and covering the last four. The ‘over’ is 3-0 in the last three with an average total of 219.3 points scored in regulation.

Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors
10:30 p.m. (ET) on NBA-TV

The Grizzlies (22-15 SU, 18-19 ATS) are 3-0 SU (2-1 ATS) since the break and 8-1 SU in their last nine overall. Road games have been rare lately, but have been a problem all season at 7-10 SU and ATS. The ‘over’ is 5-0 in their last five away (allowing 99 PPG) after the ‘under’ started 11-1 (allowing 90.4 PPG).

The Warriors (15-20 SU, 17-18 ATS) return home after starting the second half on a 5-game East Coast trip (2-3 SU and ATS). The offense really struggled the first four games (80.3 PPG), with the ‘under’ 4-0. The team did explode for 120 points in a Monday win at Washington as Stephen Curry (foot) returned and scored 12 points in nine minutes off the bench. He should get increasing time starting this game.

The Grizzlies have won both meetings this year by one point each (1-1 ATS). They took the one at Golden State, 91-90 as 2½-point ‘dogs in January.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27373 Followers:33
03/07/2012 12:32 AM

Maple Leafs Pay Visit To Pittsburgh Penguins

The Buffalo Sabres saw their three-game winning streak end on Monday and will try to get back on track at home Wednesday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The only other game on a very light NHL schedule has the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m.

The Sabres (30-28-8) closed out a five-game road trip with a 3-1 road loss to the Winnipeg Jets (32-27-8) and will hit the road again for two more games after playing the Hurricanes. They reeled off three straight wins during the middle of the trip, highlighted by consecutive shutouts posted by goaltender Ryan Miller, who stopped 82 straight shots between the two games. It was just the second time in Miller’s career that he blanked opponents on back-to-back nights.

Buffalo is still looking to get back into the playoff picture, as the team sat in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and third in the Northeast Division heading into Tuesday’s action. However, the Sabres were still within four points of the last postseason spot in the East.

The Hurricanes (24-27-14) are six points behind Buffalo in the conference with just 62 and sat in last place in the Southeast Division. They had dropped four of their last five games going into Tuesday’s road game against the Washington Capitals (32-28-5), with three of the losses going to overtime and two to shootouts.

Carolina has enjoyed some success against Northeast opponents though, winning six in a row, while the Sabres have lost six straight vs. the Southeast. The Hurricanes have won four of the last six meetings with Buffalo, and the total has gone ‘under’ in five of the past seven.

In another Eastern Conference matchup, the Penguins are the hottest team in the league with a six-game winning streak but have struggled against the Maple Leafs lately. Toronto has won three of the last four meetings with Pittsburgh, and the past five games between the teams have all been decided by only one goal.

The Penguins are coming off a 2-1 home win against the Phoenix Coyotes (33-24-9) on Monday as goalie Marc-Andre Fleury continued to shine. Fleury has given up one goal or less in four of the six games during the winning streak, failing to surrender more than three since a 6-4 road win against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 18.

The Maple Leafs ended their six-game skid with a 3-1 road victory against the Montreal Canadiens (25-31-10) on Saturday and will be coming off a home game against the Boston Bruins (38-23-3) on Tuesday. The ‘over’ was 3-1 in Toronto’s previous four games prior to Tuesday and 6-2 in Pittsburgh’s past eight overall along with the last eight meetings.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27373 Followers:33
03/07/2012 12:40 AM

Early Best Bets:

Wednesday, March 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Connecticut - 12:00 PM ET Connecticut -1 500
West Virginia - Under 130.5 500

East Carolina - 1:00 PM ET Rice -1 500
Rice - Over 134 500

Sam Houston St. - 1:00 PM ET Stephen F. Austin -7.5 500
Stephen F. Austin - Under 104.5 500

Alabama A&M - 1:30 PM ET Texas Southern -6 500
Texas Southern - Under 126.5 500

Pittsburgh - 2:00 PM ET Pittsburgh +5 500
Georgetown - Over 122.5 500

Oregon St. - 3:10 PM ET Washington St. +3.5 500
Washington St. - Over 146.5 500

Northwestern St. - 3:30 PM ET Lamar -9 500
Lamar - Under 143 500

Southern Methodist - 3:30 PM ET Marshall -7 500
Marshall - Over 119.5 500

Southern California - 5:40 PM ET UCLA -13 500
UCLA - Under 114 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27373 Followers:33
03/07/2012 06:18 PM

NBA Best Bets In BOLD:

NBA

Wednesday, March 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Houston - 7:00 PM ET Toronto +1.5 500
Toronto - Over 187.5 500

Boston - 7:00 PM ET Philadelphia -5.5 500
Philadelphia - [B]Under 177.5 500


L.A. Lakers - 7:00 PM ET L.A. Lakers -7.5 500
Washington - Under 195 500

Utah - 7:00 PM ET Charlotte +7 500
Charlotte - Over 193.5 500

Atlanta - 7:30 PM ET Miami -11.5 500
Miami - Under 190 500

L.A. Clippers - 8:00 PM ET New Jersey +7.5 500
New Jersey - Over 193.5 500

Chicago - 8:00 PM ET Milwaukee +8 500
Milwaukee - Over 195.5 500

Phoenix - 8:00 PM ET Phoenix +9.5 500
Oklahoma City - Over 203 500

Portland - 8:00 PM ET Minnesota -1.5 500
Minnesota - Under 195.5 500

New York - 8:30 PM ET San Antonio -7.5 500
San Antonio - Under 200.5 500

Cleveland - 9:00 PM ET Denver -10 500
Denver - Under 209 500

New Orleans - 10:00 PM ET Sacramento -4.5 500
Sacramento - Under 192 500

Memphis - 10:30 PM ET Memphis +1 500
Golden State - Over 194.5 500


-----------------------------------------------------------
NCAAB Best Bets in BOLD:

Wednesday, March 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Nicholls State - 7:00 PM ET Texas-Arlington -18 500
Texas-Arlington - Over 147 500

Lehigh - 7:00 PM ET Bucknell -4 500
Bucknell - Over 129 500

Texas A&M - 7:00 PM ET Oklahoma -1.5 500
Oklahoma - Under 123 500

Robert Morris - 7:00 PM ET LIU Brooklyn -1 500
LIU Brooklyn - Over 152 500

Northern Illinois - 7:00 PM ET Western Michigan -9.5 500
Western Michigan - Under 127.5 500

Seton Hall - 7:00 PM ET Seton Hall +4 500
Louisville - Over 126 500

Houston - 7:30 PM ET Texas-El Paso -3.5 500
Texas-El Paso - Under 128.5 500

Howard - 8:00 PM ET Norfolk State -9 500
Norfolk State - Under 127 500

Jackson State - 9:00 PM ET Mississippi Valley State -10 500
Mississippi Valley State - Over 126.5 500

Villanova - 9:00 PM ET South Florida -2 500
South Florida - Under 119.5 500

Weber St. - 9:00 PM ET Weber St. +4.5 500
Montana - Under 131 500

Arizona St. - 9:10 PM ET Stanford -10 500
Stanford - Under 124.5 500

Texas Tech - 9:30 PM ET Oklahoma St. -8.5 500
Oklahoma St. - Under 123.5 500

Texas-San Antonio - 9:30 PM ET Texas-San Antonio -2 500
McNeese St. - Over 131 500

Central Michigan - 9:30 PM ET Toledo -3.5 500
Toledo - Over 131.5 500

Tulane - 10:00 PM ET UAB -7 500
UAB - Over 116.5 500

Utah - 11:40 PM ET Colorado -13 500
Colorado - Under 119 500


-----------------------------------------------------------

NHL Best Bets:

Wednesday, March 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Carolina - 7:00 PM ET Carolina +151 500
Buffalo - Over 5.5 500

Toronto - 7:30 PM ET Pittsburgh -192 500
Pittsburgh - Over 5.5 500 [/B]

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