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On 02/01/2012 04:06 PM in NCAA Basketball

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UNLV, San Diego State Host Hump Day Contests

February has arrived. The worldwide leader in sports reminded us of its approach during the televised announcement of upcoming BracketBusters pairings on Monday night. The highlight of the event will be Saint Mary's visiting Murray State.

There's a ton of college basketball to be played before we get to those games in a tad more than two weeks, including a very nice 56-game card Wednesday night to get the 29 days of February rolling. ESPN2 will air a crucial Big East battle between Connecticut and Georgetown followed by Big 12 rivals Baylor and Texas A&M meeting in College Station for the last time as conference foes. There are also a couple of ACC clashes on the ESPN3 network. Georgia Tech is in Tallahassee against the Florida State Seminoles in the seven o'clock (ET) tip, and that is trailed at eight by North Carolina State visiting Boston College.

But in the spirit of BracketBusters, let's focus on a few of the top games outside the Big 6 conferences, starting with two big ones in the Mountain West Conference.

Rebels & Aztecs Home For Hump Day

San Diego State and UNLV begin the week tied in the MWC ranks at 4-1, and they'll each be home on Wednesday when the Aztecs host Boise State and the Rebels are at Thomas & Mack against Colorado State.

That thud you heard this past Saturday came from Fort Collins. San Diego State dropped a 77-60 decision to Colorado State, the Aztecs' only conference defeat so far. Steve Fisher's group was coming off a gutsy 52-42 win at Wyoming a few days before that, and the good news is SDSU is home for two this week against very, very beatable squads in Boise State and TCU (Saturday).

If you're backing the Aztecs in this one, you'll be laying 13 points. Wednesday's total is 130.

The Rams' win over San Diego State makes Wednesday's game at UNLV even more intriguing from a wagering standpoint. Will CSU's victory have them riding high and even more focused on the Rebels, or does it make the Rams ripe for a letdown?

Dave Rice brings UNLV into this one off a pair of Houdini acts on the road and in overtime, no less. The Runnin' Rebels were giving up 10 at Boise State before needing extra time to pull out a 77-72 triumph. That was followed by a 65-63 squeaker at Air Force last Saturday when UNLV was giving up 10½.

The Rebels opened as 14-point favorites for Wednesday's tilt with Colorado State, oddsmakers starting the total at 151.

Creighton Charging Up The Ranks

Murray State has grabbed the spotlight among mid-majors by racing to a 21-0 record, but the real darlin' of this year's dance could be the Creighton Bluejays. Greg McDermott's gang is a red-hot 10-0 since dropping the conference opener at home to Missouri State, covering six of those contests. The 'Jays have risen to 12/13 in the polls, and will be 11-point favorites with a 140-point total at home on Wednesday against Illinois State.

Creighton's offense ranks first in the nation, hitting more than 51 percent from the field, and seventh in the country averaging nearly 81 points per game. The scoring has dropped off quite a bit in conference play (75.6 PPG). Leading scorer Doug McDermott, third in the nation at 23.5 PPG, has seen a similar decline in his numbers to 21.7 PPG in Missouri Valley contests.

The Bluejays and Redbirds will be meeting for the second time when they hit the floor at Omaha's CenturyLink Center on Wednesday. Creighton was a 3-point favorite at Illinois State on Jan. 13, and came away with an 87-78 win and cover.

Colonial Crews Hog Wednesday Slate

A little less than 11 percent of Wednesday's college basketball betting schedule is matchups from the Colonial, including quite possibly the worst team in the nation in a possible letdown spot.

It's a down season overall for the Colonial Athletic Association, but no team is down more than the Towson Tigers. You might not think that a team that is 1-22 overall on the campaign would have any excuse for a letdown, but that is a very real possibility for the Tigers who are coming off their lone victory of the season to snap a record 41-game losing streak. Towson will be at Hofstra on Wednesday, both teams just 1-10 in Colonial play.

George Mason is on the other end of the CAA standings at 10-1, and the Patriots are taking a 6-game win streak to Delaware on Wednesday. The two teams met on George Mason's court about two weeks ago, the Patriots coasting to an 89-63 win as 12-point chalk.

Three teams – Virginia Commonwealth, Drexel and Old Dominion – are presently just behind George Mason in the ranks, each with 9-2 league marks. Shaka Smart has VCU on a good roll with seven consecutive victories (5-2 ATS, 6-1 'under'), and the Rams will be at William & Mary with designs on sweeping the Tribe after a 69-68 home win in OT less than two weeks ago. That might have been the worst game VCU has played this year, barely surviving for the victory as a huge 20-point favorite.

Drexel will begin a stretch of three road games on Wednesday with a trip to face Northeastern, a team the Dragons whipped 71-53 at home just 10 days ago to easily cover the 8½-point spread. Old Dominion will be home and getting its second look at James Madison. The Monarchs needed overtime at home on Jan. 2 to score a 67-61 victory as slight 1½-point favorites.

The remaining CAA game for Wednesday finds the Georgia State Panthers visiting the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, another rematch that saw the Panthers skate to a 75-61 home win on Jan. 12 to just cover the 13-point spread.

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02/01/2012 04:08 PM

Mavericks Host Thunder On Big Wednesday Card

Wednesday night in the NBA features 22 of the 30 teams in action. There are a number of storylines that are worth watching and a lot of potential playoff previews on tap, but there are also some teams that are facing major crossroads in their season.

We’ll start with the Orlando Magic, who appear to be in a heck of a lot of trouble. They have lost four games in a row and have averaged just 76.0 PPG in those games. Dwight Howard, who has publicly mentioned on a number of different occasions that he would like to be traded, has called out his teammates for a lack of heart and energy on the court. Head coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith have to be considered on a very hot seat as we head into February.

There is some good news for the Magic on Wednesday, though. Jameer Nelson has been battling concussion symptoms, while Jason Richardson sat out Monday’s game with a swollen knee. Both could be back in the fold for a Hump Day showdown with the Washington Wizards in a 7:00 (ET) tip.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers are back in action on their home court to continue a horrifying stretch of seven games against teams that are each almost certainly going to be in the postseason. The Sixers are still controlling the Atlantic Division, extending their lead to five games over the Boston Celtics with a win over the aforementioned Magic on Monday.

Philly puts its 10-3 ATS home mark on the line against the Chicago Bulls and their 9-4 ATS road record at 7:00 (ET) at the Wells Fargo Center.

The real showcase games Wednesday are on ESPN, though.

In the 8:00 (ET) start time, the Dallas Mavericks take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are still sporting the best record in basketball, but they are coming off of a brutal loss in Tinseltown to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Dallas, meanwhile, comes into this rematch of the Western Conference Finals having won six out of seven SU (4-3 ATS), much of which has come despite of injuries to key players. Jason Kidd is still battling a strained calf muscle which will probably keep him out of this one, but the likes of Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki are back in the saddle, which should only help out the Mavs against the talented Thunder.

The nightcap features those pesky Clippers on the road at the Utah Jazz. Los Angeles is still the talk of the town right now with some of its flashy play. Blake Griffin threw down a dunk in Monday’s win over the Thunder that was the buzz of social media for hours. He continues to be one of the more dominating big men in the game, and the combination of Griffin plus guards Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups is just too much for some teams to stop.

However, the problem that the Clippers have this year is they haven’t been tested on the road all that much. They are only 2-4 SU and ATS on the road thus far in 2012, and the Jazz, who are 8-5 ATS and 10-3 SU at home this year, aren’t going to be the nicest hosts for sure. Utah won 108-79 just two weeks ago when these teams met at this venue.

Tip time from EnergySolutions Arena is set for 10:30 p.m. (ET).

The rest of the Wednesday night NBA rotation schedule is littered with fine games as well. The Boston Celtics look to keep their positive mojo going against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden at 7:30 (ET). The Detroit Pistons, who have just one road win on the road face the New Jersey Nets in the Garden State at 7:30 (ET) as well.

The other 8:00 (ET) tips feature the Indiana Pacers at the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Phoenix Suns taking on the New Orleans Hornets in the Bayou, and the Miami Heat looking for some revenge on the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs get it on in a Lone Star State showdown at 8:30 (ET), while the Portland Trail Blazers put their pristine 9-1 SU mark at the Rose Garden on the line against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats at 10:00 (ET).

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02/01/2012 04:19 PM

Wednesday Tips

January 31, 2012

The Wednesday NBA card is loaded with plenty of quality matchups as bettors have 11 games to wager on. The Heat look to stay hot in a revenge spot at Milwaukee, while the Thunder and Mavericks renew acquaintances in a Western Conference Finals rematch in Dallas. We'll start in the City of Brotherly Love as Philadelphia will have a huge home test against Chicago.

Bulls at 76ers - 7:05 PM EST

Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference meet at the Wells Fargo Center for the first of three meetings on Wednesday. The Bulls continue a season-long, nine-game road trip as "Mickey on Ice" has kicked them out of the United Center until Valentine's Day. Chicago (18-5) has split the first two games on this roadie after losing at Miami and beating woeful Washington. Meanwhile, the Sixers start a rough stretch following a relatively easy month of January.

Philadelphia (15-6) continues a seven-game homestand after knocking off the ice-cold Magic on Monday. The Sixers have won three straight, while going 10-2-1 to the 'under' at the Wells Fargo Center this season. Doug Collins' squad has drilled its share of subpar competition at home (Detroit twice, Toronto, Sacramento, Charlotte, and Washington), while the most significant loss in Philadelphia came in overtime to Denver as six-point favorites.

The Bulls own a 9-2 ATS record the last 11 contests on the highway, including three consecutive covers in their previous three road games. Chicago won the first meeting last season in blowout fashion, 121-76, but the Sixers claimed the final two matchups with the Bulls, while winning in the underdog role each time.

Heat at Bucks - 8:05 PM EST

It's rare to say that Miami is in a revenge situation, but that's the case for the Heat (16-5) as they head to the Bradley Center. The short-handed Bucks (9-11) go for their third consecutive victory, as Scott Skiles' team is coming off home wins over the Lakers and Pistons. Milwaukee sits in the eighth spot inside the Eastern Conference race, while owning a solid 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS record at home.

The Heat overcame an early deficit to drill the Hornets on Monday, 109-95 as 11 ½-point favorites, snapping a five-game ATS losing streak. Erik Spoelstra's team has won eight of nine following a three-game skid, while the lone loss came to the Bucks on January 22. The Heat fell to the Bucks, 91-82 as nine-point 'chalk,' even though Milwaukee shot just 35% from the floor.

The Bucks have scored outright home 'dog victories over the Spurs and Lakers, while putting together a 6-1 ATS record the last seven games overall. Milwaukee is playing without center Andrew Bogut (ankle), but the Bucks are scoring plenty of points lately by topping the 100-point mark in each of the last four contests. The Bucks own a dominant 7-1 ATS record this season when playing with one day of rest, including a 5-0 ATS ledger in the underdog role.

Thunder at Mavericks - 8:05 PM EST

These two Western Conference squads have developed a nice rivalry after Dallas eliminated Oklahoma City in six games of the conference finals last June. The Thunder and Mavs have split the first two meetings this season with the home team winning each time. Oklahoma City (16-4) had its four-game winning streak snapped in Monday's loss to the Clippers, while Dallas (14-8) dominated Phoenix for its third straight victory.

Following a 1-3 start, Rick Carlisle's squad owns a 13-4 record the last 17 games, including an 8-1 mark at the American Airlines Center. The Mavs withstood a four-game absence from leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki by winning three of four games, even though Dallas beat only one team sitting above .500 (Utah). Dallas started the season with a 13-5 'under' run, but the Mavs have cashed the 'over' in four straight games, even though point guard Jason Kidd is out with a calf injury.

The Thunder is listed as an underdog for the first time all season, while entering the Lone Star State with a 6-5 ATS road record. Despite Monday's setback at Los Angeles, Oklahoma City has put together a 9-3 ATS mark the previous 12 games. The last time the Thunder played in Dallas, OKC dropped a 100-87 decision as 2 ½-point favorites on January 2, as the Mavs shot 48% from the floor.

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02/01/2012 04:21 PM

Hoop Trends - Wednesday

February 1, 2012


The Bucks are 0-12 ATS (-8.7 ppg) since February 15, 2006 with at most one day of rest off a win in which they never trailed.


The Jazz are 0-10 OU (-9.4 ppg) since January 19, 2007 with at least one day of rest off a win as a dog in which they trailed by 10+ points.


The Suns are 12-0 ATS (5.4 ppg) since January 15, 2007 after winning the previous matchup in which Steve Nash shot worse than 33% from the field.


The Trailblazers are 0-12 OU (-14.5 ppg) since December 10, 2006 with at least one day of rest off a road loss in which they led by 10+ points.


The Timberwolves are 0-12 ATS (-9.0 ppg) since March 27, 2007 at home after a win in which their DPA was positive.

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02/01/2012 04:23 PM

Clippers seek rare win at Utah


at UTAH JAZZ (12-7)

Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -3, Total: 195.5

The Clippers have won three straight games, but to keep the streak alive, they will have to win at Utah, something they have only done once in the past decade.

The Clippers are on a roll, but Utah has been a house of horrors over the years as they have lost 42 of their past 43 trips to Salt Lake City. This includes a 29-point blowout two weeks ago. However, Chris Paul didn't play in that game, and he is coming off a 26-point, 14-assist performance Monday against the best team in the West, Oklahoma City.

Can the Clippers actually win a game in Utah? Connect to NBA Three At Three for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each weekday. NBA Three at Three began the week with a perfect 3-0 ATS record on Monday.

Los Angeles has beaten Memphis, Denver and Oklahoma City for its three straight victories, scoring 106.3 PPG on 50% shooting during the streak. The Clippers shot the lights out in Monday’s win, connecting on 56.3% FG, including 13-of-25 from three-point range. Chris Paul led the way with 26 points (12-of-16 FG) and 14 assists. Paul played well in both of his games in Utah last season, scoring 20.5 PPG (52% FG) and dishing out 10.5 APG. Both Blake Griffin and Caron Butler chipped in with 22 points against the Thunder. Griffin is averaging 20.6 PPG (54% FG) and 9.4 RPG in his past five games. The FoxSheets provide another trend favoring the Clips:

Play On - Favorites (L.A. CLIPPERS) - revenging a road loss vs. opponent of 10 points or more, in a game involving two good teams (60% to 75%). (55-26 over the last 5 seasons.) (67.9%, +26.4 units. Rating = 2*).

Utah has beaten L.A. by an average of 13.9 PPG during its current 16-game home win streak in this series. In Monday’s 93-89 win over Portland, Paul Millsap dominated the paint without his teammate Al Jefferson. Millsap scored 19 points and grabbed 15 boards in helping his team erase an 11-point deficit. This was quite an improvement from his 2-for-10 shooting night in Saturday’s narrow win over Sacramento. Four other Jazz players scored in double-figures against the Blazers, including C.J. Miles, who scored 15 points in just 24 minutes off the bench. Miles also pumped in 20 points in the victory over the Kings. The two Jazz point guards (Devin Harris and Earl Watson) also played well against the Blazers, combining for 19 points (8-of-11 FG), eight assists, six steals and just one turnover. This two-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Jazz to win at home:

Play On - Home teams (UTAH) - after failing to cover 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread, in a game involving two good teams (60% to 75%). (83-44 over the last 5 seasons.) (65.4%, +34.6 units. Rating = 2*).

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02/01/2012 04:25 PM

Mavs try to extend win streak hosting Thunder



Tip-off: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Dallas -2, Total: 197

The two Western Conference finalists from last season meet for the third time this season when the Mavericks host the Thunder.

These teams split their first two meetings with both home teams prevailing, but Dallas won both games ATS. Both clubs enter this game playing some great basketball as Oklahoma City has won 11 of 13 (9-4 ATS) and the Mavs have won 11 of 14 (10-4 ATS).

Can the Thunder steal one in Big D on Wednesday night? Connect to NBA Three At Three for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each weekday. NBA Three at Three began the week with a perfect 3-0 ATS record on Monday.

Oklahoma City had its worst defensive showing in its last game, allowing 112 points on 56.2% FG in a 12-point loss to the Clippers. Offensively, the Thunder are still thriving, as they are averaging 105.0 PPG on 51% FG in the past four contests. The one area of weakness has been turnovers, as the team has averaged 19.8 per game in its past six contests, which includes at least 17 giveaways in all six contests. This was also a problem in last year’s Western Conference Finals series loss to Dallas, as Oklahoma City averaged 16.2 turnovers per game, including 4.8 by Russell Westbrook. The Thunder point guard also had a rough series shooting the ball, hitting just 36% of his shots and 20% of his threes. Currently, Westbrook has turned the ball over 20 times in his past three games, but he has helped the team in other ways, with 24.3 PPG and 15 steals in these three contests. Leading scorer Kevin Durant has also been tremendous on the offensive end lately with 13 straight games of 20+ points. He’s scored 32.7 PPG on 58% FG in the past three games. The FoxSheets provide a three-star trend favoring the Thunder:

Play On - Underdogs (OKLAHOMA CITY) - after having won 5 or 6 of their last 7 games, a top-level team (>= 75%) playing a good team (60% to 75%). (96-48 since 1996.) (66.7%, +43.2 units. Rating = 3*).

Dallas will likely be without PG Jason Kidd who has missed the past two games with a strained right calf. But his backup, Rodrigue Beaubois has done a great job running the offense during his team’s three-game winning streak, averaging 14.7 PPG with 21 assists and just four turnovers. Nowitzki has clearly not been his usual self this year, as his 16.7 PPG scoring average is his lowest since his rookie campaign in 1998-99. But he has thrived against the Thunder in the past four regular seasons, averaging 30.7 PPG on 55% FG and grabbing 7.5 RPG. Another player that is finally looking 100 percent after missing time due to injury is Vince Carter. He sat out five straight games with a foot injury, but is averaging 18.0 PPG in his past three games, which were all Dallas wins. This three-star FoxSheets trend likes the Mavericks to win and cover:

Play On - Any team (DALLAS) - a good defensive team (88-92 PPG) against an average defensive team (92-98 PPG), after leading their last 3 games by 5+ points at the half. (29-6 over the last 5 seasons.) (82.9%, +22.4 units. Rating = 3*).

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02/01/2012 04:27 PM

UConn tries to snap losing skid at Georgetown



Tip-off: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Georgetown -3, Total: 130

No. 14 Georgetown looks to add to Connecticut’s misery as it tries to hand the Huskies a fourth straight loss (SU and ATS) on Wednesday night.

Both schools have been terrible bets lately, as Connecticut is 2-7-1 ATS in its past 10 games while the Hoyas are 1-7 ATS in their past eight contests. Can Georgetown throw another loss on the fire of the defending champions? Check out the College Basketball Weekday 6-Pack for picks covering all the big games in college basketball each week.

Connecticut’s 2-5 SU mark in its past seven games has mostly to do with an inefficient offense that has failed to reach 70 points in any of these contests. In the past two games, UConn has scored a mere 52.5 PPG on 38% FG. The biggest cause for the offensive woes lies with starting point guard Shabazz Napier, who has shot a woeful 32% FG with 22 turnovers during these seven games. He was 0-for-7 against Notre Dame on Sunday, taking two ill-advised three-point attempts in the final minute of that 50-48 defeat. Jeremy Lamb leads the team with 17.9 PPG, but only took nine shots in the loss to the Irish. Some of that was due to Notre Dame milking the shot clock on offense, but Lamb did have a few good looks that he passed up. Freshman center Andre Drummond (10.0 PPG, 7.8 APG) is also key to this team, as he has scored 15.3 PPG with 11.7 RPG in his team’s past three victories, but only 7.8 PPG and 8.6 RPG in its past five defeats.The FoxSheets show another strong trend favoring the Huskies:

Play On - A road team (CONNECTICUT) - in a game involving two excellent defensive teams (<=63 PPG) after 15+ games, after scoring 50 points or less. (46-19 since 1997.) (70.8%, +25.1 units. Rating = 2*).

Like UConn, Georgetown has also been ice-cold in the past two games, shooting 36.7% from the floor. After tallying 31 points (11-of-14 FG) three games ago, leading scorer Jason Clark (15.6 PPG) has attempted just 13 shots in these past two games. This will need to change on Wednesday, especially considering Clark averaged 18.0 PPG on 59% FG against UConn last year. The team’s No. 2 scorer, Hollis Thompson, has not been aggressive enough in taking the ball to the basket. After attempting 10 free throws against West Virginia, Thompson has earned a total of eight free-throw attempts in his past five games combined. To combat Drummond in the paint, Georgetown will look to leading rebounder, freshman Otto Porter (6.9 RPG). Porter has 8.8 RPG in his past four games.The FoxSheets show another trend going against UConn:

Play Against - All teams where the line is +3 to -3 (CONNECTICUT) - after a loss by 6 points or less, with four starters returning from last season. (203-138 over the last 5 seasons.) (59.5%, +51.2 units. Rating = 2*).

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02/01/2012 04:28 PM

No. 6 Baylor visits College Station Wednesday


at TEXAS A&M AGGIES (12-8)

Tip-off: Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Baylor -7, Total: 130

No. 6 Baylor is a heavy favorite on the road as they travel to take on the struggling Texas A&M Aggies for the second time this season.

The team’s first meeting this season was a nine-point home victory for the Bears, but they failed to cover the 13.5-point margin they spotted the Aggies. In fact, while Baylor is 5-3 SU over its past eight games against Texas A&M, the team is just 2-5-1 ATS in that span.

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The Bears have a deep offensive attack, featuring five players who average double-digit points. Paced by Jones (14.7 PPG and 7.9 RPG) and his 55.4 FG%, the Bears rank eighth in the nation with a 49.4% clip from the field. Quincy Acy (12.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG) and Quincy Miller (12.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG) join Jones in the frontcourt, forming a formidable triumvirate in the paint. Pierre Jackson (12.5 PPG, 6.0 APG) orchestrates the offense as the team’s point guard, while Brady Heslip (10.0 PPG) is the beneficiary of many of his passes, knocking down 2.7 three-pointers per game on a healthy 46% clip. The FoxSheets show another trend backing the Bears:

Play On - Any team (BAYLOR) - a top caliber team (>=+11 PPG differential) against an average team (+/- 3.5 PPG differential), after a win by 6 points or less. (124-74 over the last 5 seasons.) (62.6%, +42.6 units. Rating = 2*).

Turner’s (14.7 PPG) hot play has guided the team lately, making the team dangerous. They have been doing well despite the absence of the team’s second leading scorer, Khris Middleton (12.4 PPG) who recently had knee surgery. The team could really take off if Ray Turner (9.7 PPG) steps up in Middleton’s absence, which he has failed to do so far. In the team’s two games without Middleton, Turner has scored zero and six points, respectively. But, the junior has the potential to do much more and repent for his previous performance against Baylor, when he scored just two points. The FoxSheets show another trend siding with the Aggies:

TEXAS A&M is 17-6 ATS (73.9%, +10.4 Units) after successfully covering the spread in 2 or more consecutive games over the last 3 seasons. The average score was TEXAS A&M 70.2, OPPONENT 61.9 - (Rating = 1*).

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02/01/2012 04:30 PM

Rangers attempt to thwart Sabres win streak

NEW YORK RANGERS (31-12-5, 67 points)

at BUFFALO SABRES (21-24-5, 47 points)

Puck drops: Wednesday, 7:35 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -150, Buffalo +130, Total: 5

The Sabres look to win three consecutive games for the first time since early November when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers at the First Niagara Center on Wednesday night.

Both teams will play the second leg of back-to-back to games right out of the All-Star Break. The Rangers took down the Sabres in the only meeting of the season in a 4-1 contest in Buffalo back in December. New York squandered two separate third-period leads on Tuesday night, eventually losing 4-3 in a shootout to division rival New Jersey. All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (22-10-4, 1.87 GAA, .937 SV Pct.) will be back between the pipes for the Rangers after getting Tuesday night off. The Sabres return home for the first time since January 13 after a 2-5-0 road trip. Buffalo G Ryan Miller (13-15-2, 2.99 GAA, .901 SV Pct.) has allowed just one goal in each of his past two starts, including Tuesday’s impressive 3-1 win at Montreal, but backup Jhonas Enroth may get the start Wednesday night. Enroth (8-9-3, 2.59 GAA, .919 SV Pct.) allowed all four goals in the first meeting with New York. The Rangers have shown great bounce-back ability this season, and have not lost two in a row since December 15. With a well-rested Lundqvist back in net for the Blueshirts, safe money is on NEW YORK to grab the win in this one.

This rare four-star FoxSheets trend also favors the Rangers:

N.Y. RANGERS are 12-2 ATS (+14.4 Units) in road games after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons. The average score was N.Y. RANGERS 3.0, OPPONENT 1.5 - (Rating = 4*).

The Rangers use one of the league’s stingiest defenses (2.0 goals allowed per game—2nd in NHL) to lead the extremely competitive Atlantic Division. It also doesn’t hurt to have a world-class netminder in Lundqvist between the pipes every night.

New York’s offense has been bolstered by the offseason signing of C Brad Richards (16 G, 17 A). RW Marian Gaborik (25 G, 16 A) leads the team in points and claimed MVP honors at Sunday’s All-Star Game thanks to three goals and one assist. Rookie LW Carl Hagelin (8 G, 10 A) scored twice in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over Buffalo in December.

The fact that the Sabres continue to struggle is one of the more perplexing storylines of this NHL season, with their offense and defense each ranking in the bottom five of the league. Wingers Jason Pominville (17 G, 30 A) and Thomas Vanek (19 G, 22 A) do the bulk of the scoring for Buffalo, but receive little help elsewhere, with just three other skaters with 20 or more points.

The offseason acquisitions of defensemen Christian Ehrhoff (3 G, 16 A) and Robyn Regehr (111 hits) have done little to improve the defense, but Miller’s struggles in net also haven’t helped either.

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02/01/2012 04:31 PM

Wednesday’s betting tips: 76ers a hot under bet

Who’s hot

NBA: Oklahoma City has covered the spread in eight of its last 11.

NBA: Philadelphia has played under the total in its last five overall and in 17 of its last 21 home games.

NHL: The under is 27-11-12 in Los Angeles Kings games this season.

NHL: The under is 5-1 in Dallas’ last six.

NCAAB: Michigan is 11-4 against the spread in its last 15 home games.

NCAAB: Creighton is riding a 20-9 run against the spread.

Who’s not

NBA: New Orleans is 3-8 against the spread in its last 11 home games.

NBA: San Antonio is 4-9 against the spread in its last 13 home games against Houston.

NHL: Florida is 1-5 in its last six overall.

NHL: Buffalo is 8-22 in its last 30.

NCAAB: Indiana is 4-12 against the spread in its last 16 games against Big Ten opponents.

NCAAB: Georgetown is 1-7 against the spread in its last eight.

Key stat

38.2 – The UConn Huskies are shooting 38.2 percent over their last two games, which were their two lowest scoring games of the season. “I’ve tried different things with this team and none of them seem to be working as well as I would like,” UConn Huskies coach Jim Calhoun told reporters. The Huskies have lost three straight games outright and are just 6-10 against the spread this season as they get ready to visit Georgetown as 3.5-point underdogs Wednesday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Khris Middleton, Texas A&M Aggies – Middleton went down with a leg injury on Jan. 21 and wasn’t able to play Saturday against Oklahoma State. He is officially listed as doubtful against Baylor on Tuesday. Middleton is averaging 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Game of the day

Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Wolverines (-3, 137.5) - As of late Tuesday evening, more than 70 percent of *********** Consensus bettors were supporting Michigan.

Notable quotable

“It’s not the first time I called them out, and sometimes I’ve got to do things that people don’t like. People hate what they don’t understand, and my teammates understand why I said what I said. They all agree. It’s not like they’re [saying], ‘Oh, Dwight’s wrong for what he said.’ ” – Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard responding to questions about him pointing the finger at his teammates in back-to-back losses. The Magic host Washington Wednesday as 9.5-point favorites.

Notes and tips

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters at Super Bowl Media Day that he stopped wearing a protective boot for his left ankle on Monday. "I'm not really worried about if I'm not playing or not yet. That's on Sunday," Gronkowski told the media. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that Gronkowski is still listed as day-to-day with a high left ankle sprain. Gronkowski has not practiced since suffering the injury in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Championship game. The 22-year-old has caught 15 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns in two postseason games to date.

Phoenix Suns veteran point guard Steve Nash (thigh) is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday’s game at New Orleans. Nash missed Monday’s game and Phoenix ended up getting hammered by the Dallas Mavericks 122-99 as a 4.5-point underdog. Nash is averaging 14.3 points and 9.9 assists per game.

Clemson forward Milton Jennings has been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons, coach Brad Brownell announced. Jennings did not travel with the Tigers for Tuesday's game against ACC rival Virginia. The suspension is the second this season for Jennings, who was banned after the junior yelled at the coach during the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. Jennings is averaging a career-high 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.

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