Monday Service Plays

Monday Service Plays

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UTAH over Milwaukee (NBA)...Situation beginning to deteriorate rapidly in Milwaukee, where league sources say Bucks might be willing to make everyone except Andrew Bogut and Yi Jianlian available at trade deadline. And though HC Larry Krystowiak expected to be safe for the time being, all indicators are that exasperated owner Herb Kohl is ready to make GM Larry Harris (to whom Kohl apparently isn't speaking these days) the first scapegoat in expected front office purge. Utah a bit up-and-down lately, but Jazz still respectable 9-5 as Salt Lake City chalk thru Jan. 7.

*UTAH 113 - Milwaukee 92 RATING - 10

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Georgetown

Pitt


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Pitt

Kansas

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Kings got a boost Saturday night with the return to action of G Kevin Martin but still lost at home to Indiana 111-105. That brings them into this one 3-7 in their last 10 and 4-6 ATS. Martins gives them a scoring boost but doesn't rebound or defend which is two areas where the Kings need help. Another is turnovers: they had 11 in the first quarter of the loss to the Pacers. Mavericks played Saturday night and pulled out a last second one-point win over the Clippers. Josh Howard did not play in that one but figures to return here versus the Kings. Howard was suspended two games for a pre-season fight with the Kings Brad Miller so he and the Mavs will be looking to add insult to injury with a one-sided win. Previous meeting this year went to the Mavs by a 123-102 count, their fifth straight win in the series.

Play on: Dallas

Bucks drop in class after losing at the Lakers and at Phoenix on back-to-back nights by five and eight points respectively. Utah winning at home but against struggling Indiana, Phoenix without Nash and Marion, and Orlando when it was playing the second half of a back-to-back and the Jazz failed to cover in that win. Can't count on them to cover this one.

Play on: Milwaukee

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LT'S LOCK

Pittsburgh +2


Joe Wiz's Daily Free Pick

San Jose St. +7

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Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics u185.0

The Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics combined for just 163 points when they met in DC on Saturday, and while this rematch may be a tad higher scoring, we still see it staying safely Under this posted total.

The Celtics have been stout defensively all year, especially at home where they are allowing just 84.0 points per game on a miniscule 40.3 percent shooting from the floor. They have yet to allow a home opponent to score 100 points this season, as the most points they have allowed at TD Banknorth Garden is 96, and the Under is 11-6-1 in all of their home games with an average combined total score of 183.3 points.

Now the Wizards are usually potent offensively, but as they say, “Good defense stops good offense.” Besides, if they could only manage 85 points vs. these Celtics at home on Saturday, we do not expect them to surpass that output here in Boston. After all, they scored 83 points the first time these clubs met in this building way back in early November.

With the first two head-to-head meetings this season going Under by a combined 45 points, we look for the team to stay below the total again here.

NBA Free Pick: Wizards, Celtics Under 185

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Portland -4.5

The Portland Pilots may be just 6-10, but they look like world-beaters compared to the dreadful Loyola Marymount Lions.

Loyola Marymount is 3-14 straight up overall, and they have been one of the worst teams in the country to bet on, going a woeful 2-11 against the spread. As if that is not bad enough, they are winless at 0-7 SU at home, and they have not even been competitive in front of their home fans, losing those contests by a depressing average of -19.1 points per game. They opened their WCC schedule Saturday with a 23-point home loss to Gonzaga.

As for the Pilots, they actually have a winning 5-4 ATS record on the road. They also had an impressive opening to WCC play, winning on the road 82-78 at Pepperdine on Saturday as six-point underdogs. If they can put up 82 points vs. the Waves, Portland must me salivating about going up against the Lions defense which is allowing 80.5 points per game on a generous 49.2 percent shooting from the floor.

Now granted, the Pilots have some defensive issues of their own allowing 72.1 points and 45.9 percent shooting, but even those shaky numbers are considerably better than Marymount, so look for Portland to get a rather safe victory tonight.

CBB Free Pick: Portland -4.5

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NBA
7803 WIZARDS+12.5
707 76ERS+12
710 JAZZ-9.5
712 SONICS+7
713 MAVS-5

COLLEGE HOOPS
716 PITT+2.5
717 OKLAHOMA+17

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My Las Vegas Insider is on Pittsburgh at 7:00 ET. Georgetown and Pitt have met three times in just over a calendar year, with each winning on its home floor during the 2006-07 regular season. However, when they played for the Big East championship on March 10 at Madison Square Garden, the Hoyas held the Panthers to 26.2 percent shooting in a 65-42 blowout. Georgetown made it all the way to the Final 4 last year but only Jeff Green (admittedly a big loss) is not back this year. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has an entirely different look this season. Three senior starters graduated and the two Panther starters who did return this year, won't be on the floor, tonight. Senior swingman Mike Cook (10.4) is out for the season with a torn ACL and junior guard Levance Fields is sidelined with a broken foot (11.9-3.8-5.4). The good news for Pitt is that 6-6 junior forward Sam Young (18.4-7.0) has been terrific this year, after averaging just about 7.5 PPG in his first two seasons at Pitt. Young is averaging 21.3 PPG in the four games without Cook and Fields, while senior guard Keith Benjamin (8.7) has also come up big these last four games, averaging 16.8 PPG. Then there is 6-7 freshman Blair (12.2-9.9) who is listed at 250 pounds but no one is buying that! The 6-8 Biggs (6.4-4.9) has done a solid job inside while senior guard Ramon (7.3-3.6 APG) should also see his production rise with Cook and Fields sidelined. The Panthers have adjusted nicely to the losses of Cook and Fields, going 3-1 their last four, losing only at Villanova, 64-63. Georgetown is once again an efficient and well-disciplined team. The Hoyas shoot 51.6 percent from the floor (4th-best in the nation), while allowing 35.4 percent (2nd-best) and 55.9 PPG (5th-best). The four starters returning from LY are the 7-2 Hibbert (12.6-6.5), the 6-8 Summers (11.8-5.6) plus guards Wallace (10.1) and Sapp (9.1-4.4-3.5) Joining them in the starting lineup TY is freshman guard Freeman (10.1). The 6-8 Ewing (6.9-4.1) has played well up front and freshman guard Wright (6.2) has been a solid contributor as well but has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable here. The fact is though, that Georgetown has not really had any tough games on the road this year, except in the team's 85-71 loss at Memphis. Now without Cook and Fields I'm not about to say Pitt rivals Memphis, but the Panthers are 80-8 in the Petersen Events Center the last six years, including 10-0 this year (outscoring opponents 85-59 PPG!). Las Vegas Insider on Pittsburgh

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Take #716 Pittsburgh +2 over Georgetown. (NCAAB)

Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS against Big East teams and Georgetown is 2-5 ATS when playing on Monday night.

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NBA Selection

Philadelphia 76ers (14-23) at San Antonio Spurs (24-11)

San Antonio is 18-3 straight-up and 13-8 against the spread at the AT&T Center and has taken 12 of their last 13 clashes against Philadelphia, but has not been lucrative bet versus the 76ers. The struggling 76ers most likely will dropped their seventh straight game tonight and the twentieth of 21 in San Antonio, but should cover the double digit spread. The Spurs have been playing tough on defense, winning their home games by an average of 10 points. However, just 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Philadelphia, including 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 home games. Take the struggling 76ers to cover the spread. Philadelphia is 10-9 ATS this season on the road and San Antonio has covered just one of its last 6 games.

Philadelphia 76ers + 12

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Portland at New Jersey, Portland Trail Blazers +4½

Philadelphia at San Antonio, San Antonio Spurs - 12


Arthur Ralph

Super Pick: San Jose St

900 Blue Ribbon: Oklahoma


Gamblers Data

Washington Wizards +12.5


NORTHCOAST COMPS

3* College of Charleston -14.5

4* Georgetown -2.5

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Ted Sevransky

Charlotte Bobcats +4.5

The Bobcats have played their best basketball of the season over the last week, despite only coming away with two wins in the four games that they played. The recent surge of intensity began last Tuesday, after part owner and personnel guru Michael Jordan played a rare active role with the team, hanging out in the locker room and the weight room for a couple of hours prior to the Bobcats game against the New Jersey Nets. Lo and behold, Charlotte came out and dominated the previously red hot New Jersey Nets in a 16 point blowout. Young guard Ray Felton: ?It's always good to have him around. He's a guy who's a big part of basketball, period. Always when he's around, it helps out a lot.?

The Bobcats didn?t stop with that single victory. Sam Vincent?s squad then went on the road, to the Fleet Center, and handed Boston only their fourth loss of the season. Then, they traveled to Cleveland and took the defending Eastern Conference champs into double overtime before falling short in a spread covering loss. Not discouraged, the Bobcats returned home to battle perennial Eastern Conference powerhouse Detroit, and took the Pistons into overtime before falling short. Even with a banged up backcourt, we can expect the Bobcats to continue their current uptick as home underdogs against Denver tonight. Take Charlotte


Alex Smart

Pittsburgh Penguins -142

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 8 of their L/9 games, are playing their best hockey of the season. The NY Rangers are at the opposite end of the proverbial performance spectrum, having lost 5 of their L/6 trips to the frozen pond. Considering the current form of both teams it will be an easy decision to take the home team in this spot ! Final notes & Key Trends: Penguins are 8-1 L/9 against the Eastern Conference. Rangers have lost 7 of their L/8 road games. Play on Pittsburgh


Donald Tran

Matchup: Oklahoma at Kansas
Prediction: Oklahoma +16.5


John Ryan

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Seattle Supersonics
Play: Point Spread:Los Angeles Lakers

Ai Simulator 3* graded play on the Lakers ? Supporting this graded play is a MONEY LINE system that has gone 42-10 and has made 36.3 units since 1996. Play against home teams versus the money line that are terrible defensive teams allowing 103+ points/game on the season and after trailing their last 3 games by 5+ points at the half. Here is a ATS system that has gone 31-9 for 78% since 2002. Play against home dogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points after failing to cover 4 of their last 5 against the spread and is a well rested team playing 6 or less games in 14 days. Lakers really should have no problem defeating the Sonics by double digits. Note that the Lakers are 12-1 ATS versus up-tempo teams averaging 83 or more shots/game this season.


Jennifer Barry

Prediction:Georgetown -2


Chad Jordan

Prediction: Portland Pilots -4.5


Frank Patron

Game: LA at Seattle

Prediction: Under 209.5 Po

Karl Garrett comp

The G-Man is rolling strong with his comp plays, as New York-Dallas UNDER yesterday makes it 5 in a row, and an overall run of 30-18-2 all for free!
Tonight in the NBA it will be the Jazz clobbering the Bucks.

Milwaukee has been competitive over the first 2 games of this 3 game road swing, but this will be their 3rd game in 4 nights, and their 7th roadie in their last 9 outings. I have a feeling the gas tank is going to be on fumes pretty early in this one for the Bucks.

Utah is on a little run, as the Jazz have won 3 in a row, and 5 of their last 6, and they are a dominant 8-2 straight up the last 10 meetings, winning 5 in a row straight up, while covering the last 10 meetings.

10-0 spread run is a "buy-sign" for the G-Man this Monday night!

5* UTAH


JIM FEIST

The 76ers are road weary, playing their 8th road game here over the last 10 contests. And they're not playing well, on an 0-5 SU/ATS run. They've lost 7 of their last 9 and they are 0-14 when allowing at least 100 points. San Antonio will have no trouble getting 100 as they are getting healthy, with Manu Ginobilli back in the lineup. He scored 22 the last game, as the team had 61 second half points in a 17-point rout of Minnesota.

Play the Spurs


Marc Lawrence

Play On: Seattle Supersonics

Note: Sonics host the Lakers in a great scheduling spot here this evening as Los Angeles enters off a home game last night against Memphis. Meanwhile, the Sonics check in off a 20-point home loss. Look for Seattle to improve on its 5-0 ATS home mark in this series when playing with two-plus days of rest here tonight


Bobby Maxwell

Today we're right back in the NBA as we lay the chalk with Boston hosting Washington.

The Wizards might have just beaten the Celtics some 48 hours ago but that's not going to detour us from betting Boston in this one as the Celtics will be out for some serious revenge.

Washington overcame a second-half deficit Saturday to score an 85-78 win as 6 1/2-point underdogs. The Wizards held the Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to a combined 15-of-40 shooting. You think those three guys are a little upset about that? Absolutely.

Let's look back to Nov. 2 when Washington, with Gilbert Arenas in the lineup, went to Boston and got destroyed 103-83 as a seven-point underdog. The Celtics had an ugly 95-83 loss to the Bobcats last time they were in front of the home fans, but let's remember they are 16-2 at home and 11-7 ATS.

Boston outscores opponents by 15 points at home and they'll deliver that kind of performance tonight. And on one day of rest, the Celtics are 11-4 ATS. Following their previous four losses, the Celtics have bounced back to go 4-0 ATS in the very next game.

Look for this to turn into a blowout early. Boston is going to shoot lights out in this one. Lay the chalk and play the Celtics.


Michael Cannon

Take the points with Oklahoma tonight when they travel to take on Kansas.

I know the Jayhawks are a dominant team, but I have to believe the Sooners will stay within this number tonight.

I'm banking on the Sooners bouncing back from Saturday's loss to Kansas State. It's possible that game was a look ahead situation to tonight's game for Oklahoma.
Kansas is deep and talented, but if Oklahoma can give a maximum effort tonight they should stay within this big number

The Sooners are 6-3 ATS in the last nine meetings with the Jayhawks.
Take the points with Oklahoma.

1* OKLAHOMA



MATT RIVERS

For Monday take the Waves of Pepperdine.

I really just do not believe that this Gonzaga team is that good anymore.For years the Zags upset team after team and were the hunter year after year. Things are now different as everybody knows what Mark Few's team has been able to accomplish and the Bulldogs have become the hunted.

When you combine in the fact that the talent level is not as high as it has been over the past 8-10 seasons then you all of a sudden have an overated team. These guys just failed to cover against a dismal Loyola, Marymount team that can't get out of its own way.

Pepperdine is a bad team, there is no denying that as their 6-11 record speaks for itself but at home here I'll take the Waves for sure. Tyrone Shelley and Malcolm Thomas are both solid players who will hold their own and even though these guys have lost seven of their last 9 games and are the inferior team here I am going to back them and still believe Gonzaga is now getting too much for respect


TONY WESTON

The Hornets delivered Sunday and so did we. Just another NBA winner in this slot and we follow that again with the Nuggets playing at the Bobcats.

Over their L4 games the Bobcats have been pretty strong with four straight victories ATS as a dog each time. But, keep in mind that this four-game win streak ATS is coming on the heels of a three-game losing streak ATS and a stretch where the Bobcats were 1-6 ATS. Take that step further and before this four-game win streak Charlotte was 4-15 ATS its L19 games.

Even though the Nuggets are only 7-8 ATS on the road this season, they?re 5-2 ATS their L7 games away from the Mile High City and 4-1 ATS on the road their L5 games.

For the year the Nuggets are averaging 105.1 points per game on the road. However, over that seven-game stretch they?ve put up 110.2 a game and over their L4 games away from Denver they?re averaging 115.7 points.

The Nuggets have way too much offense for the Bobcats to handle and will get this win rather easily, especially after not having played since Friday.
Take the Nuggets on the road.

3* NUGGETS


Great Lakes

NBA Selection:

Denver at Charlotte Play on: Charlotte Bobcats

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS their last four games, 3-0 ATS vs Nprthwest division opponents this year, and 4-2 when playing in January this year. The Denver Nuggets are 72-77 ATS when playing in January since 1996. We look for the Charlotte Bobcats to grab the home ATS Win & cover tonight.


Joel Tyson

Lets take the points and roll with the Wizards tonight when they visit the Boston Celtics. I don't really see the reason that the Celtics find themselves handing over so many points.

The Wizards have won four of the last five over the Celtics including their most recent win Saturday night 85-78. The win for the Wizards was their fourth in their last five overall. Washington is one of the teams in the NBA that can keep up with this Celtic team on the offensive end of the floor. The Wizards are currently scoring at a rate of 99.4 ppg, and up that amount slightly to 100.6 ppg when hitting the road. The Celtics on the other hand score at a rate of 98.7 ppg overall, while putting up 99.3 on their home floor

This is relevant as the Celtics fine tuned offensive machine that has steam rolled teams all year has suddenly slowed. Over Boston's last five their points per game total has dropped to 87.8, while the Wizards are down slightly but still scoring at a rate of 96.0 ppg.

Both teams come in with relatively similar impressive ATS records as the Celtics are 22-12-1 on the year, and the Wizards currently sit at 22-13 ATS on the year.
I however love the fact in this match up however that Washington is 11-5 ATS on the road and are catching a good number of points tonight from this Celtic's team thats offensive productivity has slowed over their last five.
Play Washington to keep it close and get the cover.

5* WASHINGTON


John Fina

Selection: Portland -4 (-110)

Today we have found value with Portland as they take on Loyola Marymount. One reason why there is value with Portland is because they have the much better offense and defense. In fact, Portland should have no problem dominating this game from start to finish. We don't mind the fact that Loyola Marymount is at home because they are a poor at home team. This is shown by Loyola Marymount being 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games. In addition, Portland almost always beats Loyola Marymount (Portland is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings against Loyola Marymount). We will lay the points with the much better team! Take Portland -4


BIG AL

Lakers at Sonics

Prediction: Sonics
Seattle has dropped six straight games and has also failed to 'cover' its last four. But since 1990, underdogs of more than seven points coming off four SU/ATS losses are a solid 75 percent ATS, if they have at least two days of rest and are matched up against a foe that is not playing with more than two days of rest. Look for Seattle to stun Los Angeles tonight.


DAVE COKIN

Take Portland

Portland isn't very good, but they're stronger than hapless Loyola Marymount. The home team made a big effort Saturday against Gonzaga, as they whittled down a big halftime deficit and made things competitive for awhile. But Loyola eventually wore out, starting turning it over and were blown out late. I'm not sure there's much left in the tank of this very limited squad, so I'll opt to make a case for Portland as small road chalk


TRACE ADAMS
Oklahoma Sooners


MIKE WYNN
Utah -9.5 Over Milwaukee


RAZOR SHARP
LA LAKERS/SEATTLE OVER the total of 209


#1 SPORTS
OKLAHOMA SOONERS + 17


TOTALS 4 U
HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS - 7


HDS ACTIONLINE

Hawaii -7 over San Jose State


BIG TIME SPORTS

MILWAUKEE / UTAH OVER 210


Point Shaver Picks

Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics
Over 185 (-105)


Platinum Plays

CBB: the OKLAHOMA SOONERS + 17½ Over the Kansas Jayhawks


James Patrick Sports

Mavericks vs. Kings 10:05 p.m. est.

Like Mark Cuban and the Maloof Brothers won't have some side action in this game! We side with the Kings as our Monday selection in NBA action


BEN BURNS- COMP

Game: Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics

Prediction: under

Reason: These teams combined for only 163 points at Washington on Saturday. Tonight, they'll meeting in Boston where the "under" is 11-6-1 for the season. That includes a 5-1 mark when the Celtics have been favored by more than a dozen points. The "under" is also 5-0 the last five times that the Wizards traveled to Boston and 7-1 the last eight. Consider a play on the UNDER


John Fina comp

Selection: Portland -4 (-110)

Today we have found value with Portland as they take on Loyola Marymount. One reason why there is value with Portland is because they have the much better offense and defense. In fact, Portland should have no problem dominating this game from start to finish. We don't mind the fact that Loyola Marymount is at home because they are a poor at home team. This is shown by Loyola Marymount being 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games. In addition, Portland almost always beats Loyola Marymount (Portland is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings against Loyola Marymount). We will lay the points with the much better team! Take Portland -4


Jimmy The Moose

Prediction: Washington Wizards

Reason: The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. In their last 5 games the Wizards are 4-1 SU and ATS. In their last 21 games vs. Eastern Conference team's the Wizards are 16-5 ATS. Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. Boston has lost 2 of their last 3 SU and ATS. In their last 6 games the Celtics are 4-2 SU but 2-4 ATS. In their last 5 games as a favorite the Celtics are 1-4 at the window. In their last 5 games as a favorire of 11 points or more they are 1-4 ATS. In their last 7 games vs. the Wizards the Celtics are 1-6 ATS. Play on the Wizards


Florida Bookie Busters

Georgetown -2

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1. 200,000* Trailblazers
2. 50,000* Pittsburgh
3. 50,000* Jazz

1. Trailblazers- Why is a team that has won 17 of their last 18 games, and has the best pointspread mark in the NBA at 23-13 ATS, find themselves as small dogs to a New Jersey team that's worse at home (9-12 SU & 6-14-1 ATS) than they are on the highway (9-6 SUATS)?! The answer is oddsmakers are once again underestimating this Blazers squad, fading them because they played a double OT game at 12:30 pm yesterday.

Reason I don't lend much credence to the "fatigue factor" is that this young Blazers team hasn't had much trouble with getting zero rest, going 6-3 ATS in that spot. It makes sense, as most of the Blazers players are youngsters, who need little time to recuperate. The fact they lost that double-OT game only helps them refocus for this contest, making them that much more dangerous.

Biggest problem for the Nets tonight will be keeping up with the Blazers improved offense, which is averaging 105 ppg over their last 5 games. But unlike most teams that score that many points, the Blazers also defend well, allowing just 96 ppg on 42% shooting over that span. Herein lies the issue for the Nets, as their offense is average at best, dropping in just 92 ppg at home this season. Of course they've got Jefferson and Carter scoring a big chunk of the points, but after those two players, Kidd and the rest of 'em are maddeningly inconsistent on the offensive end.
Bottom line, you've got one of the hottest teams in the NBA, coming off a tough loss, playing at one of the weakest home courts in the East... Yet, the Blazers are the underdog? Fine by me, as the guys in Vegas have been wrong all season about Portland, and they're wrong again tonight. Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the Blazers won outright here. However, don't get greedy, take the points and grab the cash with Portland in this one.

Take the Trailblazers plus the points over the Nets as your top-rated play of the day.

2. Pittsburgh- Oddsmakers aren't stupid, despite the absence of both of Pittsburgh's starting gaurds, Cook and Fields, the Panthers are still only slight underdogs in this spot... The question is why? Shouldn't the absence of roughly 21 ppg and 94 total assist account for something? The answer is no, not really, because this game will be won down in the blocks, and that's where Pitt's bread is buttered with star F Sam Young and super-frosh Dejuan Blair.

If your going to compete with Georgetown, you need two things. First, an outstanding frontcourt capable of matching wits with 7'2 Hibbert and the athletic Summers. Hibbert isn't nearly the athlete that Blair is, but he's got a huge size edge. Problem for Hibbert (and well-known to NBA scouts) is that he doesn't play like a traditional 7-footer, but doesn't yet possess the consistent jump shot to take it outside... How else do you explain his meager 12 ppg and 6 rebounds per game? Those numbers should be much higher, plain and simple.

Second, you need to play lockdown defense, which is exactly the case for the Panthers at home, where they allow just 58 ppg on 37% shooting. The Hoyas don't posses the go-to scorer they had last year in F Green, so expect their more methodical offense to run into trouble against a stout Pitt defense. In fact, its the Hoyas that need to worry, as the Panthers average 83 ppg on 51% shooting (42% from 3-point) at home this season!

Bottom line, we've seen this Hoyas team struggle against top-flight competition on the road before (see loss at Memphis). And while Pitt doesn't have the offense Memphis has, they sure as hell have the defense required to win this game. The absence of guards Cook and Fields hurts, but not by as much as you think, as their replacements, Benjamin and Ramon, are filling in nicely. Long story short, the Panthers protect their house and grab the cash in this one.

Take Pittsburgh plus the points over Georgetown in this Big East showdown.

3. Jazz- Got to like Utah in this spot against a Bucks team they've dominated, winning 8 of their last 10 SU and covering ALL 10 of those match ups! Guys, needless to say, what makes you think a struggling, short-handed Milwaukee team can do anything to reverse that trend tonight in Salt Lake?!

One key element the Jazz have just added to their roster is sharp-shooter Kyle Korver. Adding one of the best pure shooters in the NBA, while also unloading a disgruntled Giricek was pure genius on coach Sloan's part. The fact the Jazz have gone 5-1 ATS since adding Korver cannot be ignored, as his ability to spread the defense for players like Deron Williams is gold for this Utah team.

Another issue for the Bucks is their offense, or should I say Michael Redd and everyone else! They're averaging only 94 ppg on the road, and for a team loaded with underachieving offensive talent, that's just plain bad. When you consider the Jazz are averaging upwards of 107 ppg on an excellent 50% shooting at home, you see just how far the Bucks have to go.

Finally, let's look over the Jazz last 3 games (all at home), where they took apart Indiana and Phoenix, winning both games by 22 points. They then went on to beat, but not cover against the Magic in 119-115 shootout. In other words, you better be able to run with the Jazz if you want any shot of even sniffing the cash, but unfortunately for Milwaukee they've proven time and again (10 times to be exact) that they simply cannot run with the Utah, especially on the road.

Take the Jazz at home BIG over the Bucks in this NBA match up.

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PITT

Take Pitt as the small home dog tonight when they battle Big East rival Georgetown.

The Hoyas are ranked No. 7 in the country, but this team just doesn’t seem to be all there yet. I know they only have one loss, but they have been less than impressive in some of their wins.

Take their last game against Connecticut. They needed a Roy Hibbert 3-pointer as time ran out to get by the Huskies, 72-69. And that game was played in the MCI Center.

I think the Hoyas miss Jeff Green more than people realize. Hibbert hasn’t looked as dominant this year without him and to just get by against a Connecticut team that isn’t nearly as talented as previous versions says a lot about how Georgetown’s season could shape up during conference play.

Pitt is a physical team that will bang just as hard as the Hoyas do. I know that Pitt is suffering from some key injuries, but I want you to watch freshman DeJuan Blair in the paint tonight. This kid is a modern-day Charles Barkley. He’s only 6-7, but he weighs 270 pounds and is relishing the opportunity to go against Hibbert.

Pitt is a tough team to beat at Peterson Events Center. They are 90-8 all-time and are currently riding a 12-game winning streak there.

Taking the Panthers plus the points is the play here tonight.

Play Pitt as the small home dog to get it done against Georgetown.

5 Dime –

TRAILBLAZERS

Take the points with Portland tonight at New Jersey.

The Trailblazers are 6-3 ATS in the second of back-to-back games this season.

The Nets have lost four of their past five games against Western Conference foes. Included in that stretch are losses against the Kings and Clippers, two teams who aren’t as talented as Portland.

Take the Trailblazers as the small road dog.

JAZZ

Take the Jazz as the home chalk tonight over the Bucks.

Milwaukee is playing its fifth game in seven days, so the fatigue factor is there. They are also a poor road team and I don’t see them hanging with the Jazz tonight.

Utah has matched up well with Milwaukee in the past, sweeping the Bucks each of the past two years. The Jazz also have a strong rebounding edge and are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings with the Bucks.

Take the Jazz minus the points as they grab the home win and cover.

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1 STAR: (708) SAN ANTONIO (-11.5) over Philadelphia
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1 STAR: (715) GEORGETOWN (-1.5) over Pittsburgh
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Chairmans Club 10 units San Jose St +6.5

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4 units Okla +16.5
3 units Pepp +13.5


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5 Unit Black Magic Wizards/Celtics Rematch on Boston -11.5

The Celtics will come into tonight?s match-up with big revenge on their minds. Washington came back from a 5-point 4th quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 85-78 on Saturday. Now they play two days later in Boston and you have to know that the Celtics are going to want serious payback. You will see something like the 103-83 win Boston put on Washington in their last home meeting with the Wizards this season. Boston is 13-3 ATS after scoring 80 points or less over the last 3 seasons. The Celtics will go off on offense tonight with a great defensive effort to boot. Cash in with Boston as the favorite.

NCAA Basketball

4 Unit Late-Night NCAA on ESPN BEST BET on Gonzaga -13.5

Some folks would say the Zags are in for a letdown tonight. This won?t be the case considering Gonzaga will be playing in front of a Nationally televised audience on ESPN tonight at 11:00 EST. Pepperdine is just 6-11 on the season and with only 1 returning starter, they simply cannot compete with a much more experienced Zags? squad. Gonzaga is 8-1 ATS against poor defenses allowing a shooting percentage of 45% or great through 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons. Gonzaga beat Pepperdine by 17 points at home last season. Then they turned around and beat Pepperdine by 25 points on the road as just a 9-point favorite. Another 20-point win can be expected tonight. Cash in with Gonzaga as the favorite.

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3* Sixers / Spurs over 187
1* Free Play NCAAB Portland Univ -4.5


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Pitt +2.5
Portland -4.5

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Ben Burns free play: UNDER Wizards/Celtics

Reason: These teams combined for only 163 points at Washington on Saturday. Tonight, they'll meeting in Boston where the "under" is 11-6-1 for the season. That includes a 5-1 mark when the Celtics have been favored by more than a dozen points. The "under" is also 5-0 the last five times that the Wizards traveled to Boston and 7-1 the last eight. Consider a play on the UNDER

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4 Unit Play. #724 Take Hawaii -6 ½ over San Jose State (11:59 pm KFVE) On paper this appears to be a pick’em game, but the Warriors have had great success against the Spartans winning ten straight games. Despite their recent struggles at home, Hawaii has already beaten San Jose State this season in California by six points and playing at the Sheriff Center will up that to double digits early Tuesday morning. Hawaii has dominated the all time series as well winning 21 of the 29 meetings and Matt Gibson will come up big again propelling the Warriors to a much needed home victory.

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