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10 Drake

10 Indiana
10 Orlando
20 Cleveland
20 Milwaukee Under

10 Atlanta

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FOR TODAY: La Lakers VS Warriors


*Warriors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5
*Warriors are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
*Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.

*Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific, BUT Warriors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
*Lakers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, BUT Warriors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
*Lakers are 4-0 ATS at Golden State, BUT Warriors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I circled this game as soon as the Warriors lost to the Lakers . Why you ask? Because the Warriors are very good when losing on the road and scoring more than 100 points, then playing them on a revenge game at home. Which was a money making 4-1 ATS last year, and already cashing in once this year with the Clippers. I'm excited for today's Maui play because we find the the Warriors in the same spot, and in even a better situation against the Lakers where they're coming off back to back where the lakers are 2-2 ATS. While the Warriors are in a comfortable spot at 9-2 with 1 days rest. The Warriors are also coming back from a disappointing loss on the road against the Trailblazers losing by 10 points. In all honesty this was going to be my first NBA GOY this season if the Lakers covered their spread last night, but they came up short due to random shots by the Spurs in the last seconds having the Lakers lose the cover by 1/2 point. Don't get me wrong this play is still strong as is, but we could of gotten a better line if the Lakers would have covered that spread. Don't get psyched on how well the Lakers played last night, they're in a horrible situation today which puts the Warriors in a beautiful revenge spot. The public is slighly favoring the Lakers but that's what Vegas wants you to think, so they can psyche you out, they'll do that more by giving them more points tonight, so lets catch them early before the line starts moving. Don't get psyched by the points tonight, stick with Sykes and you won't be psyched.

Warriors -6

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Matty O'Shea | NBA Sides
triple-dime bet PHI -4.5 vs SAC

Analysis: The 76ers are riding a season-high 4-game winning streak while the Kings own the NBA's worst road record at 0-9.  There has been a new attitude in Philadelphia since GM Billy King was fired on December 4th and replaced with Ed Stefanski.  The turnaround started almost immediately, as the Sixers played Boston tough in a 113-103 loss before winning 4 straight by an average of nearly 14 points per game.  Now they host a broken Sacramento team that is struggling to find an identity without leading scorer Kevin Martin, who is suffering from a hamstring injury.  The Kings are averaging just 89.5 points in 4 games without Martin and should struggle again here against the 5th-best defensive team in the league.  I simply expect another inspired effort by the home team in this spot, so I'm playing the 76ers as my Triple Dime Biggest NBA Bet O' the Week.

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C & P Experts 12/14/07

Cbb: Drake -2

Nba: Portland +6

(4-1-1 Nba)

(12-5-1 Run)

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Drew Gordon goes 2-0 yesterday
Friday Picks:

1. 200,000* Grizzlies
2. 50,000* Cavaliers
3. 50,000* Drake

1. Grizzlies- Got to love the Griz in this spot, as the Clippers come in limping, with 3 of their guards (Ross questionable, Cassell & Livingston out) and their best player overall (Brand) out tonight. You just don't gut a team of its best playmaker, best distributor, backcourt depth, and expect to go on the road and compete, even against Memphis.

The Grizzlies may only have 6 SU wins on the season, but their 6-4 ATS in Memphis, and play much better basketball there. True, they've lost 5 straight, but 3 of those 5 were on the road, and a fourth was against a surging Pistons team... So let's not get too carried away. Memphis finds itself in the perfect position to break out of their slump, facing an equally struggling Clippers squad.

Match up-wise, the injuries have decimated this Clippers ability to run an effective offense. They're averaging 94 ppg on 43% shooting, and you can't convince me that Brevin Knight or Dan Dickau are the answer to their problems. Both of those players are defensive liabilties, and the Grizzlies backcourt will be sure to take advantage.
In the frontcourt, although Gasol is questionable, all reports are that he will give it a go tonight, between him and Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies should have little trouble reaching their 109 ppg average at home. Clippers will not be able to keep pace with this Grizzlies offense, even if Memphis defense is suspect... They're just not that good on the road, period.

Finally, expect Memphis to take advantage of a short-handed Clippers squad that will be busy looking ahead to their match up with the rival Lakers Sunday. Keeping focus at 6-15 Memphis will be next to impossible, and in the end, it'll show in the boxscore, as the Grizzlies run the Clippers right off their court tonight.

Take the Grizzlies BIG over the LA Clippers as your top-rated play of the day.

2. Cavaliers- The return of King James means the Cavs can get back to their winning ways, after losing 6 straight in his absence. They got a nice win against the Pacers Wednesday to snap the skid, and I expect they'll build off that effort with another strong showing tonight against the struggling Nets.

Speaking of struggling, things are amiss in New Jersey, as the news Jason Kidd wanted to play alongside Lebron, not against him, effectively ruined this team chemistry. Although the injury to Krstic is important, the Nets still have no excuse for their recent play, losers of 5 of their last 6, including getting beaten badly by a short-handed Clippers squad in their last one.

The Cavaliers on the other hand, can easily trace their success to James' success, and the fact he's should be back in the starting lineup tonight will give a huge moral boost to his struggling team made up of role players. The Cavs couldn't break 93 points in the 6 games prior to James return, but as soon as he was back, they dropped 118 on Indiana... Get the picture?!

Bottom line, the Cavaliers get back to their winning ways behind their superstar in this one. James will be itching for a big performance tonight, while the Nets continue their tail-spin as Kidd continues to wish he was a Cavalier.

Take the Cavaliers over the Nets in this NBA match up.

3. Drake- While there's no question the Bulldogs are taking a big step up in competition tonight at Iowa, they're more than equipped to deal with a Hawkeyes squad thats clearly rebuilding this season under first year head coach Lickliter.
Drake got their first win in 27 meetings against Iowa last season, beating them 75-59 in a signal of things to come. While Iowa will be more competitive on their home floor, it still doesn't make up for the Hawkeyes biggest flaw: lack of offense, plain and simple.

Hawkeyes are averaging 56 ppg on 41% shooting over their last 5 games, and its no wonder they went 2-3 SU & 1-4 ATS over that span! That includes some match ups against some real forgiving defenses, yet Iowa simply could not get their offense rolling, and I expect they'll have similar troubles against a good, but not great Drake defense tonight.

Speaking of Drake, one thing they can do is score points, averaging 81 ppg on 43% shooting over their last 5 games - all wins. In fact, they've won 7 straight games, and are playing solid basketball on both ends of the floor. They've also got several strong match ups to exploit tonight, but none bigger than in the frontcourt, where Cox (11 ppg 8 rebounds/game) and Heemskerk (.761 field goal %) should dominate Iowa's Cole and Looby.

Bottom line, while this will be a challenge for the Bulldogs on the road, they're are more than up for this version of the Hawkeyes. Iowa is clearly struggling under coach Lickliter's system, and until they get the kinks worked out, they will remain vulnerable to high-octane teams like Drake.

Take Drake over Iowa in this college hoops match up.

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Mike Lineback

4* Charlotte Bobcats
Spread +5 for Game -110

4* Milwaukee Bucks 
Spread +13.5 for Game -110

4* Los Angeles Lakers
Spread +6.5 for Game -110

Strong Opinions :

Portland +6
Chicago Bulls OVER 188.

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Matt Rivers


Your winners here are on:

1. 150,000* Bucks

2. 50,000* Hawks

1. The Celtics have been completely sick this year and are right now thee best team in the NBA, bar none. But things are not going to continue to be this easy all season long and the Bucks are a better than people think kind of a team that can all of a sudden rise up and make a statement as you saw in that last upset home win over Orlando.

I really like the Bucks makeup and think they will finish the season a lot better than their expected 36 or so wins as Vegas predicted. Michael Redd is a star who can bomb away from anywhere. Throw in Andrew Bogut, Charlie Villaneuva, Mo WIlliams and Yi and there is a solid corps there who should not just get blown out here.

No doubt Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce aare as good of a threesome as we have seen in awhile but these guys are still not unflawed and it's just a matter of time before the C's stop playing at the ridiculously high level they have been playing at.

This number is reserved for a bottomfeeder of a team which Milwaukee is just not. I would not be shocked in the slightest to see the Bucks hand Boston their third loss, I really wouldn't. The ingredients are there for Milwaukee as they continue to fly well below the radar.

Doc Rivers' group did not look very good in that last win but non cover against the Kings and I will gladly grab such a healthy number here with the potential of the Bucks!

2. Why not grab this number as well with the talented and improving Hawks?!?!? Relatively speaking Mike Woodson really has his squad cooking as they were 10-10 before that last game loss for the first time this late in years and I mean years!

Joe Johnson is a scorer and a star and Josh Smith has been pretty darn good. The probable suspension to Al Horford doesn't help but Atlanta played a great game early in the season in the one point overtime loss in MoTown. The Pistons are obviously very very good with Rip, Chauncey, Rasheed and Tayshaun but the Hawks are not scared one bit and should be able to compete here as the last road game, just a few nights ago, was a surprising outright in Orlando at this pretty much same number of 10.

The Pistons are still not an explosive run you into the ground blowout type of a team. They have been scoring a little more this season, save that last game loss in Houston, but 10 or so points is still a lot to ask for them to cover as they still somewhat like to play the defense and win games 90-84.

The Hawks lost that last game at home to Toronto but were in a tough back-to-back letdown situation after the great win in Orlando and will be more prepared to adequately compete tonight against another elite Eastern Conference squad!

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Net Prophet


1AA/FCS Final:

Appalachian State -5' over Delaware
(slight lean to the OVER 66')


Toronto +2' over Indiana
LA Lakers +6' over Golden State


Toronto +100 over Atlanta


Drake -2' over Iowa

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