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ST BONAVENTURE over Wright St (Tues) RATING: 4

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THE GOLD SHEET - CONFIDENTAIL TIP OFF- ( CTO)


10 *HOUSTON over Kentucky...Youthful 4-3 UK (prior to UAB Dec. 15) having some difficulty getting on same page with new HC Billy Gillispie,
who says in wake of 70-51 setback at Indiana Dec. 8, “We don’t carry out our assignments very well, and we have to pay better attention and
understand our margin of error is a bit small.” Wildcats probably won’t clean up mistakes vs. fast-paced, deep, good-shooting UH (nail nearly
10 treys pg) primed for NCAA resume-builder here. Cougs star 6-3 sr. G McKiver (20 ppg, 4 treys pg at 38%) is en fuego, while blue chip frosh
G duo of Nixon (from legendary Boys High in Brooklyn) & Pane (combined 21 ppg) fit like a glove.
*HOUSTON 81 - Kentucky 68 RATING - 10

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Winners Edge - 12/18/07

NBA:

LA Lakers +2.5 , 2 units

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Tuesday, December 18


*New Jersey over Sacramento by 8
Kevin Martin?s absence has meant more minutes for young, untested players such as
Francisco Garcia and Quincy Douby. Rookie center Spencer Hawes also is starting to
get more time for the Kings. NEW JERSEY 101-93.


*Chicago over Los Angeles Lakers by 2
The Bulls are getting better after a brutal 2-10 beginning. A healthy Luol Deng makes
a difference, but an inside force that can score is desperately needed. The Bulls live and
die each game based almost solely on their outside shooting. The Bulls have revenge
after the Lakers buried them, 106-78, as a 5 _-point home favorite a month ago. The
Bulls didn?t have Deng for that contest. CHICAGO 95-92.


Toronto over *Los Angeles Clippers by 2
The Clippers have dropped seven of their past eight entering the second week of this
month. Quietly, though, center Chris Kaman is putting together a solid season averaging
18 points, nearly 14 rebounds and three blocks per game. TORONTO 99-97.




COLLEGE HOOPS

Tuesday, December 18

Ohio State over Cleveland St. by 14 (at Quicken Loans Arena)
Buckeyes ended their exams on December 7, a week earlier than most other schools
including the school that Vikings players allegedly attend. OHIO STATE, 77-63.


Western Michigan* over Southern Illinois by 2
Visiting Salukis need a road map to find the basket. Black-and-blue affair coming up
that challenges the MAC refs, who ?never call the first bump in this building? according
to the defensive phonies on Western Michigan, who meet up with better bruisers
than themselves. WESTERN MICHIGAN, 56-54.


Wright State* over St. Bonaventure by 14
St. Bonaventure?s offensive meal-ticket is the three-pointer, which Wright defends wellagainst. WRIGHT STATE, 62-48.


Kansas over Georgia Tech* by 3
Jayhawks? guard Brandon Rush has the recent violations and jail time but it?s Georgia
Tech?s long, strong and deep group that gets to mug with immunity as the ACC home
dog targeting a visit from #3 in the nation. KANSAS, 74-71.


Middle Tennessee* over Florida International by 6
Florida Int. has better personnel and a deeper roster than usual to play at the coach?s
preferred quicker pace but can they shoot straight at that speed? MIDDLE TENNESSEE,
74-68.


Louisville* over Marshall by 17
Little Ricky needs a pick me up and we hope he gets it because listening to him, of all
people, moan about personnel issues is quite annoying. We?ll soon be removed from
the bi-annual ?anyone with eight healthy bodies can beat Louisville now? mode until
we get to the second week in February, which is Tank II phase of Little Ricky?s NCAA
Tourney primer plan. LOUISVILLE, 72-55.


Tulsa* over NC Charlotte by 4
Every now and then, an ordinary team loaded with sizable stiffs meets up with somebody
they can push around to win ugly against by controlling tempo, getting the ball
inside for mounting fouls and the double-bonus, and grabbing more rebounds.
TULSA, 70-66.

Arkansas-LR* over Pepperdine by 8
We?re done attempting to nail anything against Pepperdine. Nobody likes playing
them and they just go out and play 94 feet for as long and hard as they can.
ARKANSAS-LR, 85-77.


**PREFERRED
Houston* over Kentucky by 9
There comes a point in every season where you get bitten by playing on Penders and
you say, ?Never again!? And then a match-up between his shooters and the ex-Tubby
non-shooters materializes. Gillispie can coach Penders? pants off in 10 seconds all else
being equal, but since Kentucky can?t hit water from a boat, the ball must get past a
lot of hungry Houston hands on its way into the paint. Lots of bad stuff can happen
along the way. HOUSTON, 80-71.


San Francisco over Long Beach State* by 4
"It was ugly, but we'll take it," USF coach Jessie Evans said after beating Weber State.
Same deal here. Possible return of 6-8 soph Jay Watkins would make it less ugly for
them. SAN FRANCISCO, 68-64.


Southern Miss* over New Orleans by 2
Look for a lot of 0-0 runs and perhaps more free throws than field goals. SOUTHERN
MISS, 61-59.

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ARTHUR RALPH SUPERPICK TUESDAY!

LONG BEACH STATE -3

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Larry Ness' 20* Non-Conf game of the Month (6-0 in CBB last week / 14-4 since Dec 4!)

Houston

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Lenny Del Genio's 20* CBB TV Game of the Week (11-2 Run)

Play on Houston at 9:00 ET. Let's just start out by saying this isn't your father's Kentucky basketball program. The Wildcats have lost three straight both SU and ATS and are faced with a Houston team that has won eight straight. Kentucky's lone "true" road experience was not a pleasant one, losing at Indiana by 19. What makes Houston so attractive here is their defense and rebounding. Defensively, the Cougars are allowing opponents to shoot just 39.7% from the floor and they hold a clear edge on the boards over KU. The Wildcats are also just 2-12 against the spread when faced with an opponent that averages better the 77 points/game, not to mention that Houston is playing with revenge for a seven-point loss in Lexington last year. Houston is our 20* CBB TV Game of the Week!



Lenny Del Genio's #1 NBA Total of the Week

Play Lakers/Bulls Under at 8:35 ET. Lenny spent years working on an NBA "totals system" and began using it last January on the net, with great success. It's based on numerous factors, some of them listed here. Anticipated pace and style of both teams' play. Days of rest for teams or lack of it. Number of points scored by starters as compared to subs in recent outings (plus season-long averages). It also factors in point and rebounding differentials of the two teams. With all these factors (and many more), it's not possible to provide Lenny's "typical analysis" with his NBA totals selections. However, after last year's success, he anticipates another banner year. Play are rated 10* (Game of Day), 15* (Game of Week), 20* (Game of Month) and some rare 25* plays. Good luck. Lakers/Bulls Under is our #1 NBA Total of the Week!

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Tuesday's Plays...

20 Dime –

HOUSTON

Take Houston for the home win over Kentucky.

The Wildcats are in a serious transition faze, as they come in with a young team that’s trying to adjust to new coach Billy Gillispie’s system.
Houston is a fast-paced, deep, good-shooting team that will take advantage of every Kentucky mistake.
The Wildcats have struggled with their shooting and I can’t trust them to come through here on the road.
Houston, on the other hand, has Robert McKiver who can light it up from the outside. The senior guard is averaging just under 21 ppg and shoots 40 percent from 3-point range.
Take the Cougars to get it done tonight at home over Kentucky.



10 Dime –

GEORGIA TECH

Take the points with Georgia Tech tonight when they host unbeaten Kansas.
There’s no question Kansas is the more talented team, but they haven’t shot nearly as well in their two road games compared to when they are at home. The Jayhawks averaged just 59 ppg in their two road games on 37.9 percent shooting.
Georgia Tech is a long, deep group that will benefit from playing at home with an ACC officiating crew.
Kansas is just 2-6 ATS in its last eight games against the ACC, while Georgia Tech is on a 4-0 ATS roll against the Big 12.
Take the points as Georgia Tech stays within the number against the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks

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MATT RIVERS

For Tuesday take the Kings in New Jersey

New Jersey is at home and still by far the more talented of these two teams but right now it appears that New Jersey is mailing it in. Lawrence Frank's team did not get off to a good start and then Jason Kidd had his whole migraine/protest game where he sat out and things have been snowballing the wrong way ever since.
Sacramento has not been the same team on the road as at Arco but these guys have been overall better than most expected. Mike Bibby has been out and Kevin Martin now as well but these guys have been playing good solid basketball.
Brad Miller and the fellas did drop their last game in Washington but for this team to be 9-14 SU and 13-10 ATS is really not that bad. 1-10 on the road is not exactly stellar but the Nets are complete mush right now which we saw once again in that last game at Madison Square Garden against the horrific Knicks. Sure Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter are an imposing threesome but if they don't play like a team, which they pretty much have not, then all fear goes away.
New Jersey has failed to cover 8 of their last 10 games and have actually covered a whole 8 games the entire season. Until this negative streak gets broken I'm all about going against them tonight, even if that's backing a team that has had its share of issues on the road.
The Nets have lost to the Clippers as well as the Knicks twice over the past few weeks. Now they're laying a handful to a team that has covered 13 of their 23 games on the season!?!?!? Sure I'll take the points!

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RAS -
one unit on SF plus 3 against Long Beach.

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Houston -3.5 over Kentucky

The Cougars have too much offensive firepower for a Kentucky team that is still struggling without the likes Derrick Jasper and more recently talented freshman Alex Legion who has left the team to decide if he wants to transfer. Jodie Meeks is expected to play, but it's doubtful he is in game shape and 100 percent. Houston has been as tough a team around at home in recent years, going 41-6 since 2005, and here they are the better team at 9-1. Tom Penders' program gets a nice resume win here

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MATCHUP: Sacramento Kings (9-14) at New Jersey Nets (10-14)

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, December 18th 7:30pm EST

THE LINE:
New Jersey is -4 and the total is 188 points

TRENDS: The Nets have covered one of their last 11 home games. Thehome team has covered six of the last eight in this series.New Jersey has covered eight of their 24 games this season.

GAME SUMMARY: New Jersey has lost five of six overall, including a 94-86defeat at New York on Saturday night. After beating Cleveland105-77 the previous night, the Nets were held under 90 pointsfor the fourth time in five games.



SPORTS MONITOR
PREDICTION: New Jersey and Sacramento under the total

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Vegas Experts Tip Of The Day

Kansas and Georgia Tech meet tonight in an inter-conference hardwood clash on ESPN. Kansas is unbeaten at 10-0. Can Georgia Tech pull the upset or, at the least, stay within the generous number?


Kansas is a long way from home here but it's early in the year before the beginning of Conference play so the travel should not be a factor. The Jayhawks have been better than advertised, winning by an average of 26.4 pts/game and going 5-2-1 ATS. In contrast, there is room for improvement with the Yellow Jackets who are 4-4 straight-up and 3-5 ATS. Turnovers, rebounds and opponent's shooting percentage are all areas of concern and those will show up versus Kansas. The Jayhawks have been favored in all their games this year and are 18-8 ATS in road games after playing 3 consecutive games as favorite over the last 3 seasons.

Play on: Kansas

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Montana State (+) @ Arizona State @ 9 ET

While we certainly respect the job that Herb Sendek is doing at Arizona State this is definitely a tough spot for him and for his Sun Devils. Arizona State is coming off of a big win versus Xavier in their most recent game and now the Sun Devils must entertain Montana State as a big favorite. We just do not see this going well for Arizona State. The Bobcats haven?t lost a game by more than 15 points this season and they?ve notched some solid performances against decent programs. Montana State is coming off of a win versus Wyoming and they?ve also played tight games with both UNLV and Nevada. They will be able to hang inside the big number posted on this game. Again, this situation is enhanced for the Bobcats because Arizona State is off of their big win over the Musketeers. This is a flat spot for the Sun Devils and the Bobcats have the athleticism to hang around in this one. Play Montana State plus the points

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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Dec 18, 2007 7:05 PM EST

Play: Philadelphia Flyers

1 Unit, Take Philadelphia -167, The Flyers are the superior team tonight and Phoenix is just 2-6 this season when after a win by 2 goals or more. The Flyers powerplay is on fire converting at 27.8% over their last 5 games and they are averaging 34.4 shot's on goal per game over their last 5 games. The Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Coyotes. I have the Flyers winning this game hands down Tuesday night after losing 3 in a row. We are actually getting great value here tonight. Have a great Tuesday, Vernon Croy

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Tip of the Day - December 18, 2007

Sport: NHL

Game: 7:00PM, Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

Prediction: New York Rangers

Current Line: -150

Over/Under: 5.5

Reason: The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers will meet on the

ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in a battle of division rivals.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 150-moneyline favorites

versus the Penguins, while the game's total is sitting at 5.5.

Pittsburgh raced out to a 2-0 lead in Saturday's 3-2 win over the

Islanders, coming in as 105 road underdogs. The five goals scored were

UNDER the posted total of 5.5.

Sidney Crosby potted a solo marker, and Dany Sabourin made 27 saves for the

Penguins.

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USA Sports Consulting - Brian Smith

CBB - 12/18/2007 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

NHL - 12/18/2007 DALLAS -115

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Tread lightly today. There are some dangerous games on the board. I do really like the schedule for Wednesday and Thursday, and then we'll have our usual Saturday numbers so today we'll try to be a bit conservative today.

2.5-Unit Play. Take Tulsa (-3) over Charlotte (8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18)Charlotte’s been a good story to this point in the year but I think they’re playing a bit above themselves. Tulsa is a more efficient team on the offensive and defensive end, and I think that Charlotte’s road magic is just about used up in the nonconference portion of the schedule (much like New Orleans).

2-Unit Play. Take Southeast Missouri State (+3) over Samford (8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18)Here we have the quintessential high-scoring team that plays little defense versus the scrappy, defensive team that can’t put the ball in the hoop. Well, in a game that if Samford does win won’t be by more than a few points, I’m going to take the team that can score consistently and the cushion. SEMS has covered four of five meetings in this series and Samford is just 2-6 ATS in conference play.

1.5-Unit Play. Take Southern Mississippi (-6) over New Orleans (9:20 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18)Gambling here. New Orleans is a team we’ve been on this early in the season and they have been money on the road. But something in the numbers is telling me to jump off. Southern Miss has absolutely dominated the boards, and there is a system in play here that’s hit at nearly 76 percent over the last decade in nearly 50 trials.

1.5-Unit Play. Take San Francisco (+3) over Long Beach State (10 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18)I think we’re getting the better team with the points here. Long Beach is still a long way from finding its identity and I think the Dons are due for a decent road performance.

That's it for today. Good luck.

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Tip of the Day - December 18, 2007




Sport: NHL



Game: 7:00PM, Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers



Prediction: New York Rangers



Current Line: -150



Over/Under: 5.5



Reason: The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers will meet on the

ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in a battle of division rivals.



Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 150-moneyline favorites

versus the Penguins, while the game's total is sitting at 5.5.



Pittsburgh raced out to a 2-0 lead in Saturday's 3-2 win over the

Islanders, coming in as 105 road underdogs. The five goals scored were

UNDER the posted total of 5.5.



Sidney Crosby potted a solo marker, and Dany Sabourin made 27 saves for the

Penguins.



The Rangers lost to Phoenix 5-1 as a -230 favorite last time out. The six

goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5).



Daniel Girardi scored the Rangers lone goal, with Scott Gomez and Chris

Drury picking up assists.
     

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ALL OF THESE ARE COMPS:


Jim Feist. Comp

My free pick of the day is the game between (703) LA Lakers and (704) CHI Bulls. Take "Under". The Lakers are playing some defense finally, holding the Clippers to 92 points. Kids like Andrew Bynum and Luke Walton are meshing with star Kobe Bryant. Bryant is not 100%, though, playing Sunday despite a strained left groin muscle. Chicago is struggling offensively, averaging just 92 ppg. The under is 3-0 the last three times they've met, including a meeting last month when Chicago scored just 78 points. Play the Lakers/Bulls under the total!






Mike Rose Comp
One of the more intriguing games on the NBA slate tips tonight when the (14-9) LA Lakers invade the United Center to take on the (8-13) Chicago Bulls. Before the season started, you couldn’t open up a Chicago or Los Angeles sport section and not read about Kobe being shipped to the Bulls for a bulk of their younger talent. However, the Lakers wanted too much in return and an agreement never came to pass. The trade rumors played a major role in the Bulls slow start this season, but LA has managed just fine and currently find themselves in the #2 position in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

These clubs met a month ago to the day in the Staples Center, and it was the Lakers that came out on top by a 106-78 final count. The game was played the night after the Bulls had defeated the Clippers on the same exact floor, and was the third leg of the Bulls circus trip that’s haunted them ever since MJ hung up his shoes.

The revenge match finds the Bulls 2.5-point home favorites with the ‘Total’ set at 202. The Lakers have split their 10 road games this season (5-5), but they’ve churned out a winning mark ATS going 6-4 (60%). The Bulls haven’t dominated at home like in years past and come into tonight’s game with a 5-5 SU mark and a losing mark ATS going 4-6 (40%). LA is a combined 13-10 ATS (57%) on the road vs. sub .500 non-divisional Eastern Conference opponents, and the Bulls are a combined 9-16 ATS (36%) at home vs. + .500 non-divisional Western Conference foes.

Still, I don’t like this spot for the visitors and I foresee the Bulls putting forth a huge effort tonight in an attempt to finally turn the page on the drama that plagued them up until last week. They’ve had 3 days to prepare for this match-up, and their offense has finally woken up and should be able to take advantage of a Lakers defense that’s ranked in the lower third of the league allowing 102 PPG. I foresee the Bulls winning this game SU, and it’s a manageable number for them to have to win by to cash our ticket. Lay the bucket with the Bulls as they avenge their earlier season loss and get the best of both Phil and Kobe…






Jimmy The Moose Comp

Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
Tuesday, December 18th, 9:35 PM ET

Dallas has won 11 of their last 15 games. In their last 8 games vs. Western Conference opponents the Stars are 7-1. Dallas is 8-2 in their last 10 games following a victory. The Stars have won 5 of their last 7 road games. The Oilers are 18-38 in their last 56 games vs. a team with a winning record. In their last 10 games playing with 2-days rest the Oilers are 2-8. The Stars are 42-12-3 in their last 56 games vs. the Oilers. Dallas is 19-7-2 in their last 28 trips to Edmonton. Good luck - Jimmy the Moose






Dave Cokin. Comp

My free pick of the day is the game between (703) LA Lakers and (704) CHI Bulls. Take "(703) LA Lakers". Dave has a powerful Under the Hat college play on tap for tonight, and it's up at his Pure Gold Club for just $25. That's 50% off the regular rate, so take advantage and grab this big winner now!..."The Bulls have righted the ship to some extent recently, winning six of their last nine outings. But I'm still not impressed with the way they're playing and believe they will have their troubles tonight as the Lakers come calling. This team has been more than just Kobe, as there have been several key contributors off the bench on a regular basis. LA smashed the Bulls at Staples






Bobby Maxwell
Sacramento at NEW JERSEY (-4')

This game is between two of the strangest teams in the NBA. New Jersey has lost five of six overall and fell 94-86 to the KNicks on Saturday - a night after beating Cleveland 105-77.

The Kings have won just once on the road this season, on Friday in Philly, 109-99, but then responded on Saturday with a horrible effort against the Wizards, falling 92-79. Sacramento shot just 43.3 percent against Washington and was held to less than 80 points for the second time in three games.

What can we count on in this one - a strong effort from the Nets' Richard Jefferson who is averaging a team-high 24.4 points a game. This team will find that unity it had in the Friday slaughter of the Cavs.

Last time these two played in New Jersey, the Nets scored a 109-96 win as three-point favorites. New Jersey has won three of the last four home games against the Kings, going 3-1 ATS.

The home team dominates this series, going 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and we expect much of the same today as the Nets roll to victory.

3♦ NEW JERSEY





BIG AL McMORDIE Comp

Tulsa Golden Hurricane PK over Charlotte 49ers




Tony Matthews - Comp
Matchup: Kansas vs. Georgia Tech

Selection: Kansas -10 (-110)

Explanation: We will lay the points with Kansas as they face-off against Georgia Tech in Tuesday's College Basketball contest.

Between these two teams, Kansas has the much better defense. Kansas is allowing opponents to score an average of only 58.4 points per game, while Georgia Tech is allowing opponents to score an average of 79.4 points per game. That means that the Kansas defense is allowing opponents to score an average of 21 points per game less then the Georgia Tech defense.

Kansas is a perfect 10-0 on the season, and should be able to get another blowout win tonight!

Take Kansas -10!




Johnny Guild

NBA Selection
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 10:30 PM EST.

Toronto Raptors (14-11) at Los Angeles Clippers (9-14)
Toronto has won four of their last five games and its last two on the road. Meanwhile, the hurting Clippers have dropped five straight at the Staples Center, going 0-5 ATS. Toronto is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 clashes versus the L.A. Clippers and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 in Los Angeles. Look for the Raptors and forward Chris Bosh to outdo the Clippers tonight at the Staples Center. The Raptors have covered the spread in eight of the last 10 meetings.

Toronto Raptors -4.5





Chris Jordan Comp

The third-ranked Jayhawks will dismantle the Jackets tonight, no doubt about it. Think about this for a minute – this team is 10-0 on the season and has been dominating folks. Yet star Brandon Rush has been in the lineup just once, in the team's last outing, an 88-51 rout of Ohio on Saturday. Kansas wasn't having any trouble without Rush, but with its leading scorer from each of the last two seasons back in the lineup, the Jayhawks were at full strength for the first time this season.

Laying a mere 10 points to a team that has struggled early on will be nothing for us tonight. First off, the Jackets haven't played since Dec. 5, when they narrowly escaped a cross-town clash with Georgia State with a 72-67 win. Understand though, that victory followed losses to UNC-Greensboro and Winthrop. This will also mark G-Tech's first home game in 38 days – since the season opener on Nov. 9 – and with as big a layoff as the team has taken most recently, I'd have to say rust has set in and it will be ugly by halftime.

2♦ KANSAS





Mike Wynn:

Sacramento +4½ Over New Jersey





Platinum Plays:

CBB: the OHIO STATE BUCKEYES - 7½ Over the Cleveland State Vikings





Razor Sharp:

FLORIDA-INTERNATIONAL +6 over Middle Tennessee St





Totals 4U:

N.C. CHARLOTTE pick





Big Time Sports:

PENGUINS / RANGERS OVER 5.5 GOALS



#1 Sports:

HOUSTON COUGARS - 2



Easy Money Sports:

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -3



Nevada Sharp Shooters:

TULSA PK OVER NC CHARLOTTE



Scout Picks:

Pepperdine +9 over Ark-Little Rock




Huddle up Sports:

Long Beach State -2



Arthur Ralph:

Middle Tenn. State





TV Hotline:

L.A. LAKERS +2



Stu Feiner Comp
I'm now 67-46-3 overall with me last 116 complimentary selections and your selection for Tuesday will be :

Kansas Jayhawks -10 over Georgia Tech




Bobby Esposito Comp
Your Free play for today will be Long Beach State



Eddie Roman Comp
Now on a 33-19 free play run. Tuesday's free play is on the Arizona State Sun Devils






Karl "G Man" Garrett Comp
The G-Man stands at 14-9-1 with my free plays the last 24 days.



If this is a classic NBA "trap" game, mark the G-Man down for falling in, hook, line, and sinker.

The Bulls are still struggling to find any kind of rhythm, as they are just 4-3 straight up their last 7, and only 3-4 against the spread in that span. Chicago struggled to get by the Knicks the other night, and I think they are going to stuggle against this Lakers team that is playing some darn good ball right now.

Los Angeles has won 5 of their last 6 games both straight up and against the math, and they did wallop the Bulls, 106-78 back in mid-November in the City of Angels. Sure the Bulls would like to get the season series split, but I don't see it happening, as Kobe has his team playing on another level right now.

Take the Lake Show here.


3♦ LAKERS
(on a 1♦ to 5♦ basis)





JEFF BENTON - Comp

Pretty easy call here. You?ve got a 9-1 Houston team that?s won eight in a row hosting a Kentucky team that?s split its eight games on the season, going 0-4-1 against the number in lined games. That includes a current three-game SU and ATS losing skid, with losses to North Carolina (86-77 at home), Indiana (70-51 on the road) and UAB (79-76 at home).
In fact, here are the teams Kentucky has defeated this year: Central Arkansas, Liberty, Texas Southern and Stony Brook. Not only that, but in addition to the aforementioned three losses, the Wildcats fell to Gardner-Webb ? by an 84-68 score ? at home!
Meanwhile, Houston is 7-0 at home, crushing its visitors by an average of 19 points per game (80-61), and while none of the Cougars? opponents are all that impressive, as you can see, Kentucky ain't impressive either!
Add to all this the fact that Houston gave a much, much better Wildcats team all it could handle in Lexington last year (Kentucky won 77-70 but failed as a 12-point home chalk), and the Cougars, who are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against the SEC, are a strong play in this spot.

(based on a 1 to a 10 ♦ Rating)

3♦ HOUSTON COUGARS

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