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03/08/2012 12:45 PM

Northwestern and Minnesota open Big Ten tourney


MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (18-13)

vs. NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (18-12)


Big Ten Conference Tournament - First Round
Tip-off: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. EDT - Indianapolis, IN
Line: Northwestern -2½, Total: 129½

Two hungry teams take the floor in the Big Ten tournament when seventh-seeded Northwestern takes on 10th-seeded Minnesota on Thursday afternoon.

This game has far more meaning for the Wildcats who stand on the edge of the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. They have played well lately (7-2-1 ATS) including their 64-53 home victory against Minnesota on Feb. 18. The Golden Gophers, however, won the meeting earlier in the year, setting this up for the perfect rubber match on a neutral court. Can Northwestern keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive? For the answer, check out the College Basketball Three at Three Pass for picks covering all the big games in college basketball each weekday. The Pass went 2-1 ATS in Wednesday’s action.

Minnesota is in a severe funk right now in which it has lost six of its past seven games (3-4 ATS). These two teams met in last year’s Big Ten tournament, with an easy 10-point victory going to the Wildcats, who are 5-2 ATS in their past seven meetings with the Gophers.

With 10.1 PPG, junior forward Rodney Williams has filled injured Trevor Mbakwe’s shoes well this season. He makes his shots at a 56% clip and turns over the ball just 1.5 times per game. With 5.5 RPG, he is also the team’s leading rebounder. Julian Welch (10.2 PPG, 3.1 APG) runs the offense and is deadly from beyond the arc (43.4% 3-pt FG). He missed the last two games of the regular season with a hip injury, but he is expected to suit up Thursday. In the team’s most recent loss to Northwestern, Welch registered 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep. Make sure to watch out for 6-foot-11 center Ralph Sampson III (7.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG) in the paint, who blocks 1.3 shots per game and is coming off a strong 12-point performance as the beneficiary of increased minutes. This FoxSheets coaching trend also likes the Gophers to hang tough.

Tubby Smith is 11-2 ATS (84.6%, +8.8 Units) after a game being called for 10+ less fouls than opponent in all games he has coached since 1997. The average score was Smith 78.6, OPPONENT 65.9 - (Rating = 1*).

Northwestern is paced by two elite scorers. John Shurna (19.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG) leads the team as a dual inside-outside threat from the forward position. His outside game is superb (42.1% 3-pt FG, 2.7 threes per game), but he can also work the paint on both defense and offense, leading team with 1.7 BPG. Drew Crawford (16.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG) is the other part of that tandem, and can similarly score from anywhere on the court. Over the past three games he’s averaging 3.3 threes per game on 10-of-18 shooting from beyond the three-point line. His 9-of-11 shooting performance from the field kept the Wildcats close when they fell by just two points to Ohio State last week. If those two and freshman point guard Dave Sobolewski (9.1 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.4 threes per game) can continually work the Golden Gophers from deep, they will be in great shape on Thursday. This rare four-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Wildcats to win comfortably:

MINNESOTA is 1-12 ATS (7.7%, -12.2 Units) when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51% to 60%) over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 62.8, OPPONENT 63.5 - (Rating = 4*).

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03/08/2012 12:50 PM

Mavs seek 9th straight series win vs. Suns Thursday


DALLAS MAVERICKS (23-17)

at PHOENIX SUNS (17-21)


Tip-off: Thursday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Dallas -3½, Total: 188½

A once-great rivalry is revived Thursday night when the Mavericks visit Phoenix.

This rivalry has been awfully one-sided over the past three years, with Dallas winning eight in a row (SU and ATS) over Phoenix. They’ve been up-and-down all season, but the Mavs have played very well of late. In their past three games they’ve beaten Utah handily at home (the Jazz squeezed the spread to six in garbage time, making it an ATS loss for Dallas), gave the Thunder all they could handle in Oklahoma City and cruised past the Knicks at home. Phoenix has been solid since the break as well. The Suns have won three in a row and five of six SU and ATS at home. Can the Suns snap their losing skid in this series? For the answer, connect to the NBA Three at Three Pass for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each day. NBA Pass continues its profitable run, going 31-22 ATS (59%) since Feb. 13.

The Mavs have played some of their best basketball of the year over the past three games. PF Dirk Nowitzki (20.2 PPG) seems to be over his back problems and has found his shooting touch, averaging 31.7 PPG on 52.5% FG, 46.7% shooting from three and 96.0% FT over the past three contests. Sixth man Jason Terry (14.6 PPG) has played well of late too, averaging 16.3 PPG during that span.

SG Rodrigue Beaubois (8.6 PPG) is emerging as a weapon of late. He had 25 points in a loss to New Orleans last Friday, and 18 points in just 20 minutes in Tuesday’s win over New York. Head coach Rick Carlisle has been monitoring his minutes closely, but he could be a full go in Phoenix considering the Mavs had Wednesday night off.

C Brendan Haywood (5.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG) is doubtful to play because of a sprained ankle. But C Ian Mahinmi (6.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG) has been a solid contributor over these past three games. He’s foul-prone, picking up 16 fouls during the stretch, but he’s averaged 8.0 PPG on 66.7% FG with 6.3 RPG and an average plus/minus of +10.0. He had 13 points and five rebounds in Oklahoma City, and nine and six against New York. The FoxSheets have a trend working against the Suns:

PHOENIX is 8-25 ATS (24.2%, -19.5 Units) when playing with double revenge - 2 straight losses vs. opponent over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 96.9, OPPONENT 104.0 - (Rating = 3*).

The Suns fell apart late in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, leading by four after three quarters before getting blitzed in the fourth in a 115-104 loss. Even worse, they had to burn PG Steve Nash (13.8 PPG, 10.9 APG) for 39 minutes, 12 seconds, tied for the most he’s played all year. Fatigue is going to be an issue on Thursday.

The good news for Phoenix is that they have won three in a row and five of six SU and ATS at home. The Suns have shortened up their rotation and have gotten some great play out of C Marcin Gortat (16.2 PPG, 10.6 RPG) and Nash since the All-Star break, with Gortat averaging 19.3 PPG on 54.9% FG and 12.0 RPG, and Nash adding 12.5 PPG and 10.8 APG. They’re also getting very good shooting out of SG Jared Dudley (12.2 PPG), who’s averaging 16.3 PPG on 51.0% FG and 41.7% from three since the break, and SF Grant Hill (10.1 PPG), who’s added 13.0 PPG on 60.0% FG. This two-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Suns to cover:

PHOENIX is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) in home games when playing 5 or less games in 14 days over the last 3 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 101.2, OPPONENT 92.0 - (Rating = 2*).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/08/2012 12:51 PM

Mavs seek 9th straight series win vs. Suns Thursday


DALLAS MAVERICKS (23-17)

at PHOENIX SUNS (17-21)


Tip-off: Thursday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Dallas -3½, Total: 188½

A once-great rivalry is revived Thursday night when the Mavericks visit Phoenix.

This rivalry has been awfully one-sided over the past three years, with Dallas winning eight in a row (SU and ATS) over Phoenix. They’ve been up-and-down all season, but the Mavs have played very well of late. In their past three games they’ve beaten Utah handily at home (the Jazz squeezed the spread to six in garbage time, making it an ATS loss for Dallas), gave the Thunder all they could handle in Oklahoma City and cruised past the Knicks at home. Phoenix has been solid since the break as well. The Suns have won three in a row and five of six SU and ATS at home. Can the Suns snap their losing skid in this series? For the answer, connect to the NBA Three at Three Pass for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each day. NBA Pass continues its profitable run, going 31-22 ATS (59%) since Feb. 13.

The Mavs have played some of their best basketball of the year over the past three games. PF Dirk Nowitzki (20.2 PPG) seems to be over his back problems and has found his shooting touch, averaging 31.7 PPG on 52.5% FG, 46.7% shooting from three and 96.0% FT over the past three contests. Sixth man Jason Terry (14.6 PPG) has played well of late too, averaging 16.3 PPG during that span.

SG Rodrigue Beaubois (8.6 PPG) is emerging as a weapon of late. He had 25 points in a loss to New Orleans last Friday, and 18 points in just 20 minutes in Tuesday’s win over New York. Head coach Rick Carlisle has been monitoring his minutes closely, but he could be a full go in Phoenix considering the Mavs had Wednesday night off.

C Brendan Haywood (5.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG) is doubtful to play because of a sprained ankle. But C Ian Mahinmi (6.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG) has been a solid contributor over these past three games. He’s foul-prone, picking up 16 fouls during the stretch, but he’s averaged 8.0 PPG on 66.7% FG with 6.3 RPG and an average plus/minus of +10.0. He had 13 points and five rebounds in Oklahoma City, and nine and six against New York. The FoxSheets have a trend working against the Suns:

PHOENIX is 8-25 ATS (24.2%, -19.5 Units) when playing with double revenge - 2 straight losses vs. opponent over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 96.9, OPPONENT 104.0 - (Rating = 3*).

The Suns fell apart late in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, leading by four after three quarters before getting blitzed in the fourth in a 115-104 loss. Even worse, they had to burn PG Steve Nash (13.8 PPG, 10.9 APG) for 39 minutes, 12 seconds, tied for the most he’s played all year. Fatigue is going to be an issue on Thursday.

The good news for Phoenix is that they have won three in a row and five of six SU and ATS at home. The Suns have shortened up their rotation and have gotten some great play out of C Marcin Gortat (16.2 PPG, 10.6 RPG) and Nash since the All-Star break, with Gortat averaging 19.3 PPG on 54.9% FG and 12.0 RPG, and Nash adding 12.5 PPG and 10.8 APG. They’re also getting very good shooting out of SG Jared Dudley (12.2 PPG), who’s averaging 16.3 PPG on 51.0% FG and 41.7% from three since the break, and SF Grant Hill (10.1 PPG), who’s added 13.0 PPG on 60.0% FG. This two-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Suns to cover:

PHOENIX is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) in home games when playing 5 or less games in 14 days over the last 3 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 101.2, OPPONENT 92.0 - (Rating = 2*).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/08/2012 12:52 PM

NBA
Dunkel

Orlando at Chicago
The Bulls look to build on their 10-2 ATS record in their last 12 Thursday games. Chicago is the pick (-6) according to Dunkel, which has the Bulls favored by 11. Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-6). Here are all of today's picks

THURSDAY, MARCH 8

Game 701-702: Orlando at Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 117.771; Chicago 128.744
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 11; 181
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 6; 184 1/2
Dunkel Pick: chicago (-6); Under

Game 703-704: Dallas at Phoenix (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 119.555; Phoenix 122.619
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 3; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas by 3 1/2; 188 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (+3 1/2);




NBA
Long Sheet

Thursday, March 8

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ORLANDO (25 - 15) at CHICAGO (33 - 8) - 3/8/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in March games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 8-22 ATS (-16.2 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 21-33 ATS (-15.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 25-16 ATS (+7.4 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 35-23 ATS (+9.7 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 81-53 ATS (+22.7 Units) in home games when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.
CHICAGO is 34-22 ATS (+9.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

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

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DALLAS (23 - 17) at PHOENIX (17 - 21) - 3/8/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 54-36 ATS (+14.4 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 62-40 ATS (+18.0 Units) after allowing 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
DALLAS is 82-58 ATS (+18.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 44-25 ATS (+16.5 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) against Pacific division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 246-187 ATS (+40.3 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
DALLAS is 26-10 ATS (+15.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) against Southwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 6-14 ATS (-9.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 8-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 9-1 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
7 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA

Thursday, March 8

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
ORLANDO vs. CHICAGO
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games when playing Chicago
Orlando is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Orlando

10:30 PM
DALLAS vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
Dallas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Dallas


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NBA

Thursday, March 8

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Six NBA teams who could tank for Anthony Davis
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The “Suck for Luck” campaign involved NFL teams but there’s no questioning the blueprint of tanking for draft purposes comes from professional basketball.

The Boston Celtics won four of their final 38 games in the 1996-97 after going 11-33 in their first 44 games. Boston, who had two first round draft picks, was doing everything in its power to improve its chances of securing the top pick in the draft to get the rights to some kid named Tim Duncan.

The luck of the Irish didn’t help the Celtics that year but it hasn’t prevented other teams from pulling the same kind of move – even with the lottery system.

Flash forward to the present and we could have another tank-a-poolza on the way. Pro scouts are drooling over this draft and calling it the best class in years. At the top of the board is big man Anthony Davis.

The Kentucky freshman has size (6-foot-10), he can defend (146 blocks), and shoot (.663 FG%). And oh yeah, headed into conference tournament play, he had lost just one game as a college player. Not bad.

In short, he's the top pick of the draft, folks. And in this shortened season, where there's little rest and little motivation remaining for bad teams, you have to think that some franchises are better off losing the rest of the way, giving themselves a better shot at this superstar in waiting.

Here’s a look at the six worst teams in the Association, what their chances are of landing the first overall pick and whether we should be suspicion of any tanking for Tony.:

Charlotte Bobcats

Record: 5-31 (Projected Finish: 8-58)

Chances of getting first pick: 25 percent

The Bobcats have never had a franchise player and Davis would be the perfect guy to build around. Don’t expect owner Michael Jordan to approve any trades at deadline to improve this year’s squad.

This is one bad team. The numbers are truly awful. Heck, the Bobcats might not even have to tank games, they may just want to keep on keeping on, and they'll be fine come draft time.

Chance of tanking: 50/50



Washington Wizards

Record: 8-29 (Projected Finish: 14-52)

Chances of getting first pick: 19.9 percent

For a team that likes to change its name, how about Wildcats? Forget the Bullets or the Wizards. If Washington lets a few games out of their grasp, they could be in line to package two of the most skilled, most athletic players to come out of Kentucky, especially in the John Calipari Era.

Washington has been bad for a long time and already has its franchise player (John Wall). Don’t expect the Wizards to lay down the stretch unless the players are uninterested. Washington won’t bench its best players down the stretch.

Chances of tanking: Slim



New Orleans Hornets

Record: 9-29 (Projected Finish: 16-50)

Chances of getting first pick: 15.6 percent

Talk about a team that needs a lift. First, the Hornets -- gun to their head -- had to wave goodbye to Chris Paul. Then, in January, they lost Eric Gordon to a sore right knee.

They need to breathe new life into the organization. Not unlike Kyrie Irving did for the Cavaliers this season a little more than a year after Cleveland lost LeBron James. Same deal here. Still, this is the commissioner’s team and, as much as he wants the attractive assets in place for the next owner, it’d be awful hypocritical to let his club be guilty of something he’s been trying to put a stop to.

Besides, it’s not like he can’t just rig the lottery in New Orleans’ favor. Kidding… we’re kidding.

Chances of tanking: Slim



New Jersey Nets

Record: 12-27 (Projected Finish: 19-47)

Chances of getting first pick: 9.0 percent

We'll know a lot more about the Nets' motivation after the trade deadline. Because if they don't land Dwight Howard -- and Brook Lopez's ankle injury really hurts their chances -- New Jersey will be a prime candidate for tank city.

After all, they'll need a star to captain the move to Brooklyn next season, and without Howard, their chances of keeping Deron Williams will decrease greater than their season ticket base in New Jersey has.

Chances of tanking: 50/50



Toronto Raptors

Record: 12-26 (Projected Finish: 19-47)

Chances of getting first pick: 9.0 percent

Woe, Canada. Unless the Raptors start losing at a stronger clip, they're clearly not going to be the worst of the worst. And that might be a good thing. After all, who knows, perhaps Davis will pull a "I don't want to play in Canada" deal and be a bigger pain than he's worth.

The Raps best player (Andrea Bargnani) plays Davis’ position, even if the Italian has been called a soft power forward. Toronto also expects to have center Jonas Valanciunas – the team’s first round pick from the 2011 draft on the roster next season.

Toronto just wants to give its fans a glint of hope. They’re playing hard now and staying close in games they shouldn’t.

Chances of tanking: Slim



Sacramento Kings

Record: 12-26 (Projected Finish: 19-47)

Chances of getting first pick: 9.0 percent

Maybe the Wizards can take dibs on the name Wildcats, and the Kings can take ownership of name Caliparis. Because if Sacramento is bad enough, they may have a terrific trifecta of alums tutored by the charismatic coach next season.

The Kings already have DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky), and Tyreke Evans (Memphis), who were both recruited and signed by Calipari. And Davis would be a perfect complement, and a terrific option to hang their hat on, especially as the franchise continues to hover in never, neverland.

We know the team is staying Sacramento and we know the Maloof brothers like to gamble. That could be the perfect formula for a late season swoon.

Chances of tanking: 50/50


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NBA

Thursday, March 8

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What bettors need to know: Magic at Bulls
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Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls (-6.5, 183.5)

THE STORY: Orlando has always had trouble keeping pace with the Eastern Conference’s elite. Now, it seems the Magic have trouble with the conference basement dwellers as well after giving up a 20-point lead in a loss to Charlotte. Orlando takes a major step up in competition against first-place Chicago, which has beaten the Magic in their last four meetings. The Bulls are 15-2 at home and won the first meeting with Orlando this season, 97-83, on the road.

TV: TNT, 8 p.m. ET

LINE: Some books have the Bulls set as 7-point favorites, up a half point from the open. The total sits around 183.5-184.5.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (25-15): While Dwight Howard is one of the greatest physical specimens in NBA history, the Magic are short on pure athletes. Orlando has plenty of solid basketball players, like Ryan Anderson, Hedo Turkoglu and J.J. Redick, but runs into trouble when it faces athletic dynamos like reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Guards Jameer Nelson and Chris Duhon aren’t quick enough to keep pace with Rose, who has averaged 26.5 points in the Bulls’ four-game winning streak over the Magic.

ABOUT THE BULLS (33-8): Rose’s step-back jumper at the buzzer extended Chicago’s winning streak to eight games with a 106-104 win over Milwaukee Wednesday. That red-hot run is the longest in the NBA. Rose could be a bit gassed after those efforts, putting up 30 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds. He played over 39 minutes versus the Bucks, with the Bulls backcourt down to Ronnie Brewer and John Lucas in relief due to injuries.

TRENDS:

- Orlando is 1-5 against the spread in its last six.
- The underdog is 5-0 against the number in the last five meetings between the two teams.
- The under is 8-3 in Orlando's last 11 road games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Bulls guard Richard Hamilton sat out Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury as did C.J. Watson, who is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

2. Quentin Richardson returned to Orlando’s rotation Tuesday after missing four games with an Achilles injury. He scored all eight of his points in the first half.

3. Chicago is has won six of the last 10 meetings with Orlando, but the all-time season series is knotted at 41-41 heading into Thursday.


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NBA

Thursday, March 8

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Pick 'n' roll: Thursday's best NBA bets
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Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls (-6.5, 183.5)

Dwight Howard is figuratively breaking Magic fans hearts and literally breaking his coach’s. Stan Van Gundy checked into a Toronto hospital after complaining of chest pains following the Magic’s win over the Raptors.

He checked out after doctors gave him a clean bill of health but his ticker had to be tested watching his team blow a 20-point lead while losing outright to the Charlotte Bobcats.

“This is who we are,” Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel. “This is what we deserve… We’ve been getting away with it. We’re happy to get away with it.

“We’re not trying to be great.”

Mostly the Magic are just trying to avoid all the Dwight Howard trade talk. That won’t help them against a supremely focused Bulls team.

Pick: Bulls


Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns (+3, 188.5)

Drama is following the Mavericks around and we’re not talking about Khloe & Lamar. Dallas point guard Jason Kidd complained to reporters that he and his teammates aren’t being treated like defending champions by the officials.

The NBA fined Kidd $25,000 for his comments.

Meanwhile, about Lamar Odom – he still looks like an uninterested player. Owner Mark Cuban could be seen yelling at Odom for not getting back on defense during Tuesday’s game against the Knicks.

We’ll fade another team that seems to have too much stuff going on off the court.

Pick: Suns


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24391 Followers:32
03/08/2012 12:54 PM

NBA
Short Sheet

Thursday, March 8

ORLANDO at CHICAGO, 8:05 PM ET
ORLANDO: 8-22 ATS after a division game
CHICAGO: 40-25 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points

DALLAS at PHOENIX, 10:35 PM ET
DALLAS: 40-23 ATS after playing a game as a home favorite
PHOENIX: 6-14 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/08/2012 12:57 PM

NHL
Short Sheet

Thursday, March 8

NY ISLANDERS at NEW JERSEY, 7:05 PM ET
NY ISLANDERS: 28-59 SU when playing only their 2nd game in 5 days
NEW JERSEY: 11-5 SU off a home win

TAMPA BAY at WASHINGTON, 7:05 PM ET
TAMPA BAY: 14-5 SU after 2 straight games where both teams scored 3 goals or more
WASHINGTON: 0-6 SU in home games off 3 or more consecutive home losses

FLORIDA at PHILADELPHIA, 7:05 PM ET
FLORIDA: 25-48 SU second half of the season
PHILADELPHIA: 16-3 SU in home games after covering 4 of their last 5 against the spread

BUFFALO at BOSTON, 7:05 PM ET
BUFFALO: 8-0 SU in road games after having won 2 of their last 3 games
BOSTON: 1-6 SU off a road win by 1 goal

LOS ANGELES at COLUMBUS, 7:05 PM ET
LOS ANGELES: 78-90 SU in road games after allowing 4 goals or more
COLUMBUS: 0-10 SU off a home win

NY RANGERS at OTTAWA, 7:35 PM ET
NY RANGERS: 13-2 SU after failing to cover 2 of their last 3 against the spread
OTTAWA: 6-22 SU after a road game where both teams score 3 or more goals

ANAHEIM at ST LOUIS, 8:05 PM ET
ANAHEIM: 26-17 SU off a home win
ST LOUIS: 4-9 SU after a blowout win by 3 goals or more

COLORADO at NASHVILLE, 8:05 PM ET
COLORADO: 24-48 SU second half of the season
NASHVILLE: 50-35 SU second half of the season

SAN JOSE at DALLAS, 8:35 PM ET
SAN JOSE: 4-10 SU after scoring 2 goals or less in 2 straight games
DALLAS: 22-14 SU off a road win

MINNESOTA at PHOENIX, 9:05 PM ET
MINNESOTA: 4-14 SU in March games
PHOENIX: 31-18 SU after 2 or more consecutive losses

MONTREAL at EDMONTON, 9:35 PM ET
MONTREAL: 21-15 SU in road games after playing a road game
EDMONTON: 4-11 SU as a favorite

WINNIPEG at VANCOUVER, 10:05 PM ET
WINNIPEG: 19-16 SU after 1 or more consecutive unders
VANCOUVER: 187-158 SU in home games second half of the season

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/08/2012 12:59 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Los Angeles at Columbus
The Blue Jackets look to take advantage of a Los Angeles team that is 0-5 in its last 5 games as a favorite of -150 to -200. Columbus is the pick (+135) according to Dunkel, which has the Blue Jackets favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Columbus (+135). Here are all of today's picks.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8

Game 1-2: NY Islanders at New Jersey (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Islanders 11.362; New Jersey 12.204
Dunkel Line & Total: New Jersey by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-190); 5
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-190); Under

Game 3-4: Tampa Bay at Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay 10.449; Washington 9.814
Dunkel Line & Total: Tampa Bay by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Washington (-165); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+145); Over

Game 5-6: Florida at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Florida 10.797; Philadelphia 11.511
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia (-170); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-170); Over

Game 7-8: Buffalo at Boston (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Buffalo 11.931; Boston 11.211
Dunkel Line & Total: Buffalo by 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Buffalo (+170); Under

Game 9-10: Los Angeles at Columbus (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 11.133; Columbus 12.845
Dunkel Line & Total: Columbus by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-155); 5
Dunkel Pick: Columbus (+135); Under

Game 11-12: NY Rangers at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 12.107; Ottawa 11.302
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-120); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-120); Over

Game 13-14: Anaheim at St. Louis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Anaheim 12.227; St. Louis 11.627
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-190); 5
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+170); Under

Game 15-16: Colorado at Nashville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado 11.479; Nashville 12.478
Dunkel Line & Total: Nashville by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-150); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Nashville (-150); Over

Game 17-18: San Jose at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Jose 11.417; Dallas 10.695
Dunkel Line & Total: San Jose by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas (-110); 5
Dunkel Pick: San Jose (-110); Under

Game 19-20: Minnesota at Phoenix (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 8.890; Phoenix 10.777
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix (-205); 5
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-205); Over

Game 21-22: Montreal at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 9.668; Edmonton 10.863
Dunkel Line & Total: Edmonton by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Edmonton (-135); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Edmonton (-135); Over

Game 23-24: Winnipeg at Vancouver (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 12.368; Vancouver 11.500
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+170); Under

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NHL
Long Sheet

Thursday, March 8

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NY ISLANDERS (28-29-0-9, 65 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (37-24-0-5, 79 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 37-28 ATS (+79.3 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 44-30 ATS (+0.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 22-8 ATS (+10.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NY ISLANDERS are 71-78 ATS (+180.2 Units) in road games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 9-6-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.2 Units, Under=-1.1 Units)

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TAMPA BAY (31-29-0-6, 68 pts.) at WASHINGTON (32-28-0-6, 70 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TAMPA BAY is 93-182 ATS (+334.7 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 since 1996.
TAMPA BAY is 247-336 ATS (-111.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
TAMPA BAY is 88-77 ATS (+168.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 41-29 ATS (+70.0 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 6-12 ATS (-11.6 Units) after a division game this season.
WASHINGTON is 19-34 ATS (-30.5 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive home games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
TAMPA BAY is 10-10 (+3.6 Units) against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 10-10-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
10 of 20 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.6 Units, Under=-0.7 Units)

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FLORIDA (31-22-0-12, 74 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (37-21-0-7, 81 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLORIDA is 25-48 ATS (+81.6 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
FLORIDA is 8-20 ATS (+28.1 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 3 seasons.
FLORIDA is 104-151 ATS (-48.4 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more since 1996.
FLORIDA is 11-7 ATS (+19.9 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 this season.
PHILADELPHIA is 34-34 ATS (-12.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 20-23 ATS (-19.0 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 3-7 ATS (-9.0 Units) in home games in March games over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 16-16 ATS (-10.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 6-4-0 straight up against FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.4 Units)

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BUFFALO (31-28-0-8, 70 pts.) at BOSTON (39-23-0-3, 81 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BUFFALO is 45-36 ATS (+5.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BUFFALO is 232-165 ATS (+37.3 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
BUFFALO is 23-17 ATS (+42.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 24-27 ATS (-22.8 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 146-134 ATS (-67.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
BOSTON is 2-7 ATS (-11.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 12-10 (+0.2 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 12-10-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
10 of 17 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.6 Units)

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LOS ANGELES (31-23-0-12, 74 pts.) at COLUMBUS (21-38-0-7, 49 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 30-35 ATS (-14.2 Units) in all games this season.
COLUMBUS is 54-93 ATS (-91.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 8-3 (+3.2 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 8-3-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.9 Units)

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NY RANGERS (42-16-0-7, 91 pts.) at OTTAWA (35-25-0-8, 78 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 34-33 ATS (-12.2 Units) in all games this season.
OTTAWA is 12-6 ATS (+4.5 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
OTTAWA is 16-10 ATS (+27.1 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
NY RANGERS are 42-22 ATS (+11.1 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 14-4 ATS (+8.1 Units) after a division game this season.
NY RANGERS are 13-2 ATS (+15.3 Units) in road games after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 24-9 ATS (+13.2 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 5-6 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 6-5-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)

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ANAHEIM (29-28-0-10, 68 pts.) at ST LOUIS (42-18-0-7, 91 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 2-11 ATS (+14.8 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 3 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 9-20 ATS (+31.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
ST LOUIS is 42-25 ATS (+68.8 Units) in all games this season.
ST LOUIS is 26-9 ATS (+15.8 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
ST LOUIS is 21-8 ATS (+7.9 Units) second half of the season this season.
ST LOUIS is 19-4 ATS (+13.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
ST LOUIS is 33-14 ATS (+13.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 48-29 ATS (+16.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 13-4 ATS (+8.3 Units) in March games over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 18-11 ATS (+29.0 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 187-177 ATS (+386.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
ST LOUIS is 26-39 ATS (-21.6 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ST LOUIS is 5-5-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
8 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+6.6 Units)

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COLORADO (35-29-0-4, 74 pts.) at NASHVILLE (38-21-0-7, 83 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 24-48 ATS (+78.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 6-25 ATS (+41.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 87-72 ATS (+190.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 23-7 ATS (+15.6 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 50-35 ATS (+2.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 35-33 ATS (+72.2 Units) in all games this season.
COLORADO is 14-8 ATS (+25.3 Units) in road games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 9-1 (+8.2 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 9-1-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.5 Units)

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SAN JOSE (33-24-0-8, 74 pts.) at DALLAS (36-26-0-5, 77 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 8:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN JOSE is 33-32 ATS (-16.5 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 14-17 ATS (-12.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 19-24 ATS (-18.3 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 3 seasons.
DALLAS is 36-30 ATS (-0.6 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 159-170 ATS (+365.5 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 7-8 (+2.1 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
SAN JOSE is 8-7-0 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.6 Units)

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MINNESOTA (28-29-0-10, 66 pts.) at PHOENIX (33-25-0-9, 75 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 7-20 ATS (+33.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
MINNESOTA is 4-14 ATS (+19.2 Units) in March games over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 5-14 ATS (+20.0 Units) after a division game this season.
MINNESOTA is 1-11 ATS (+15.7 Units) in road games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
MINNESOTA is 9-19 ATS (+28.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
PHOENIX is 128-113 ATS (-5.5 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 66-69 ATS (-51.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 7-3 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 7-3-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)

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MONTREAL (25-32-0-10, 60 pts.) at EDMONTON (26-34-0-6, 58 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 9:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 24-42 ATS (-19.4 Units) in all games this season.
MONTREAL is 3-13 ATS (+16.9 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
MONTREAL is 12-27 ATS (-16.0 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
MONTREAL is 6-15 ATS (-9.1 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
MONTREAL is 4-13 ATS (-10.9 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
EDMONTON is 50-97 ATS (-67.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 17-35 ATS (+67.0 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 8-19 ATS (+29.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
EDMONTON is 2-10 ATS (-8.4 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
EDMONTON is 4-1 (+4.2 Units) against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
EDMONTON is 4-1-0 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.6 Units)

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WINNIPEG (32-27-0-8, 72 pts.) at VANCOUVER (41-18-0-8, 90 pts.) - 3/8/2012, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
VANCOUVER is 21-6 ATS (+12.2 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 183-175 ATS (-96.6 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 2-0 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 2-0-0 straight up against WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.0 Units)

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03/08/2012 01:02 PM

NHL

Thursday, March 8

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
BUFFALO vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Buffalo

7:00 PM
FLORIDA vs. PHILADELPHIA
Florida is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Florida
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Florida

7:00 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. COLUMBUS
Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 11 games when playing on the road against Columbus
Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Columbus's last 11 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

7:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. NEW JERSEY
NY Islanders are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Islanders last 13 games on the road
New Jersey is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
TAMPA BAY vs. WASHINGTON
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Washington's last 21 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:30 PM
NY RANGERS vs. OTTAWA
NY Rangers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
NY Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Ottawa's last 25 games when playing NY Rangers
Ottawa is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

8:00 PM
ANAHEIM vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Anaheim's last 9 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Anaheim's last 12 games
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

8:00 PM
COLORADO vs. NASHVILLE
Colorado is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
Nashville is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado

8:30 PM
SAN JOSE vs. DALLAS
San Jose is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing San Jose
Dallas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

9:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Phoenix is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

9:30 PM
MONTREAL vs. EDMONTON
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Montreal is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
Edmonton is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games at home

10:00 PM
WINNIPEG vs. VANCOUVER
Winnipeg is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,when playing on the road against Vancouver
Winnipeg is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Vancouver is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Vancouver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Winnipeg


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cnotes Posts:24391 Followers:32
03/08/2012 01:03 PM

NHL

Thursday, March 8

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Ice picks: Thursday’s best NHL bets
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Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets (+120, 5)

Jeff Carter made it pretty obvious he couldn’t wait to get out of Columbus and now he makes his first trip back to visit the Blue Jackets as a Los Angeles King.

He probably shouldn’t expect a warm welcome, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t excited to play against his former team.

“I only had a short time here, but there are great guys over there,” Carter told reporters about the Blue Jackets. “They’re a good team, a team that kind of underachieved when I was here. They’ve started to play some pretty good hockey here, as of late. It’s going to be fun to get out there and play against them, but it’s going to be a tough game.’’

Carter hasn’t exactly lit it up since joining the Kings. He scored twice in a 4-2 win over Anaheim last weekend, but those were his first points with his new team.

Still, just his presence alone has given the rest of Los Angeles’ snipers more room to move. The Kings have scored at least four goals in four of their last five.

Pick: Over


Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals (-155, 5.5)

Despite a rash of injuries and a number of trades at the deadline that seemed to suggest the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing for the future, they continue to hang around in the playoff hunt.

With captain Vincent Lecavalier out with a broken hand, Steven Stamkos has stepped up in a big way. Heading into Wednesday’s action, Stamkos led the league with 48 goals and was tied with Evgeni Malkin for the league lead with 81 points.

“We’re starting to get things rolling, so hopefully we can stay the course,” Stamkos told reporters. “You look at the standings, and guys are still believing. We play a lot of the teams that are ahead of us, so the ball is in our court. We have to realize what’s at stake.”

The Lighting are just two points back of the ninth-place Capitals, but will have a tough time down the stretch without goaltender Mathieu Garon. He suffered a torn groin muscle Tuesday and will be out at least three weeks.

That means with Dwayne Roloson in goal, Tampa Bay is going to need Stamkos to keep filling the net.

Pick: Over

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