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TRIPLE -DIME PLAY

Siena -2.5 vs Loyola, Md

Siena will undoubtedly get revenge tonight, after getting swept by Loyola in MAAC play last season.

The key factor for this matchup will be the fact that Siena leads the conference in turnover margin (+2.8) while Loyola has a turnover margine of -2.1 per game.

Siena leads the all-time series at 31-11 and has beaten opponents in conference play by an average margin of 14.9 points.

The road team has covered in nine of the last 10 meetings and Siena is 4-0 ATS the last four meetings at Loyola Maryland.

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double-dime bet MIA / 501 SAN Over 184.5

Analysis: Today Stan's Top NBA Totals bettor has made a Big Bet on the Miami/ San Antonio Game OVER the Total. Stan has looked at the Game and Stan has this game landing between 194-198 Total Points. TAKE SAN ANTONIO/MIAMI OVER as STAN'S NBA TOTAL BIG BET OF THE WEEK and make them a DOUBLE DIME PLAY

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dime bet GSW / 505 NJN Over 215.0 
Analysis: Nets/Warriors Over 215

The New Jersey Nets enter this game on a season high-tying six game losing steak. They are allowing opponents to shoot 50 percent from the field with an average 111 points per game during the slide.

New Jersey is among the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA, which is not helping their current losing steak, averaging just 94 ppg. We have to give more an effort according to Nets forward Vince Carter and the Golden State Warriors defense looks to give them the needed helping hand.

The Warriors are giving up a league-worst 107 points per game this season, including 109 points last time out to the lowly Timberwolves.

Defense wins championships and the non-existence of defense helps us win wagers.

Nets last five road games: allowing 117 ppg.

Warriors last five home games: allowing 111 ppg.

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IND Pacers/MIL Bucks "Over"

A couple of weak defensive teams meet. Indiana allows 105 ppg, second most in the league, while the Bucks allow 47% shooting by opponents, second worst. This is a difficult scheduling spot for Indiana, their third game in four nights and the second of a back-to-back road spot. Tired legs means bad defense. The Pacers are on a 4-1-1 run over the total, the Bucks are on a 3-0 over run. Don't look for any defense, play the Pacers/Bucks over the total!

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Boise State -11.0

Boise State have proven to be an explosive team this season, averaging 80.9 PPG , and are off a 95-80 beat down of a pretty good Nevada team last time out . The Hawaii Warriors, the visitors tonight are always a threat at home, but on the mainland their not reliable or consistent team at all, as is evident by losing 7 of their L/11 SU and more importantly failing to cover 9 of those tilts. With the Broncos playing with revenge here for a 92-75 loss on the big island last year, you can bet they will come out with all guns blazing in an attempt to return the favor in merciless double digit fashion. Final notes & Key Trends: The favorite is 5-0 ATS L/5 in this series. Play on Boise State

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Nevada +4.5

A couple of 10-win teams get together tonight when the Nevada Wolf Pack visit the New Mexico State Aggies in WAC action.

However, New Mexico State is just 10-10 overall, and they have been overvalued by the oddsmakers based on past reputation, as they are just 5-11 against the spread. Furthermore, they have already lost two home games this year in a building where they have been almost unbeatable in the past, and they are just 2-4 ATS at home. They are coming off of a non-covering nine-point home win over a horrible Louisiana Tech team as 20-point chalk.

Now Nevada is 10-7 straight up, and they have dominated the head-to-head series with the Aggies, winning four of the last five meetings. They are looking to redeem themselves after getting upset at home by Boise State, and the last time they played on the road, they visited the islands of Hawaii and romped away with the 18-point victory.

We feel that the Wolf Pack are a tad underrated right now while New Mexico State continues to be overrated, so we look for Nevada to continue their dominance in this series.

CBB Free Pick: Nevada +4.5

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Dayton vs. Xavier
Play: Point Spread: -11 Xavier     

Xavier - 11 over Dayton Are you kidding me? The lower ranked team giving points to the higher ranked team? Did Vegas make a mistake? Hardly! The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 4-0 ATS as a home favorite of 7.0-12.5, 5-1-1 ATS on Thursday, 4-1-1 ATS at home vs. a team with a winning road record, and 38-17-1 vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Flyers are just 4-9 ATS as a road dog, 1-4 ATS on Thursday, and 1-4 ATS at Xavier. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last 4. Xavier wins by 20! 

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DUKE
Lay the points with Duke on the road tonight over Virginia Tech.

Duke will look to avenge last season’s 69-67 overtime loss to Virginia Tech in the conference opener. That game started Duke on a 9-10 slide that ended with an opening-round loss in the NCAA tournament.

This year the Blue Devils are deeper and play a more up-tempo offense. Duke ranks second to North Carolina in the ACC with 85.0 points per game and is third in the nation with an average scoring margin of 20.9 points.

Virginia Tech will be shorthanded tonight, as second-leading scorer Jeff Allen is suspended for bumping an official in the Hokies 81-70 loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Duke quicker tempo helps force turnovers on the defensive end and also to overcome a lack of size. Virginia Tech doesn’t have the guards to handle the Blue Devils pressure, so expect a lot of easy fastbreak points for Duke.

Lay the points with Duke as they grab the road win and cover.

5 Dime

XAVIER
Lay the points with Xavier tonight when they host rival Dayton.

At first glance this would appear to be a gift if you’re siding with Dayton, but a closer look reveals why the line maker has installed Xavier as such a big favorite tonight.
First off, Xavier has dominated the Flyers over the years at home, winning 22 straight in Cincinnati including all seven games at the Cintas Center.

Secondly, Dayton will be without two of its top scorers, Chris Wright and Charles Little.

That’s going to put more pressure on Brian Roberts to carry the offense, and although he’s stepped it up against other top teams in the nation, Xavier has held him to 14.0 points on 36.4 percent shooting in three games.

Xavier won all three games against Dayton last season, with an average margin of 15 points.

Lay the points as Xavier continues to manhandle Dayton with the win and cover.


CLEVELAND STATE
Take Cleveland State as the small road dog tonight over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Cleveland State is undefeated in Horizon League play and has won six straight overall. Included in that streak are wins over then 12th-ranked Butler and Valparaiso, two teams that were picked to finish well ahead of the Vikings in the conference standings. They have also knocked off Florida State and South Florida this year.

The Vikings have bought into second-year coach Gary Waters system, which features an unselfish offense and relentless defense.

Wisconsin-Green Bay has lost three in a row and currently sits at 3-4 in league play.
Cleveland State is the better team and their confidence is sky high right now.

Take the small number with Cleveland State and don’t be surprised to see them pull off the outright win.

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Matty O'Shea

MIL / IND Over 208.5

Analysis: Neither of these teams know how to play defense, as the Pacers are the highest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference yet also surrender the most points in the East. In fact, they have given up an average of 111.2 points in their last 9 games in dropping 6 of them. The OVER is 7-1-1 Indiana's last 9 games vs. Central Division opponents and 10-4-1 in the team's last 15 road games. The Bucks haven't been much better, allowing 37 points in the 4th quarter of a 114-105 home loss to Phoenix on Tuesday. They are giving up 103.4 points per game in their last 5 and have seen the total go OVER in 3 straight. This all adds up to a high-scoring affair in my opinion, so bet the OVER as my Double Dime NBA Total Play O' the Week

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Newsletter Plays

Hockey

Boston over NY Islanders - Pref
Under in Dallas/Buffalo - Pref

Hoops

Va. Tech covers over Duke 70-73 - Pref
Wash St. Over Arizona 74-65 - Pref

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Doc's Sports Picks For College Basketball

4 Unit Play. #569 Take Austin Peay -8 over Jacksonville State
Yes, this game is actually on TV and the Governors have a major edge in talent and will demonstrate that tonight in Alabama. The Govs have dominated the all-time series against Jacksonville State, winning nine of the 10 matchups, which includes a 71-55 victory over the Gamecocks earlier this season. The Gamecocks play no defense allowing an amazing 77 points per game and that alone will allow Peay to win this affair by double-digits.

5 Unit Play. #582 Take Northern Colorado -2 over Montana State
We have gone against the Bears numerous times at Pavilion this season and came up short, so as the saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” We will do that tonight riding the Bears, who are a much better team when playing in Greenly, Colorado. The Bears are 6-1 at home this season and have played up during their non-conference schedule playing the likes of Iowa, Gonzaga, and Air Force. They have some quality wins at home as well beating Bowling Green, Denver, Colorado State, and Weber State. They are coming off a three game road trip and have had five days off and will be ready for some home cooking against a mediocre Bobcat squad.

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Strike Point Sports Picks For College Basketball

4-Unit Play. #555 Take Siena -2 over Loyola Maryland

In this MAAC tilt, it will be Siena that will come away with the win and improve their conference mark to an impressive 8-1. The Saints have really turned it up of late, winning and covering their last four games. Now they face a Greyhounds team that is under .500 and has been inconsistent all season long. The road team in this series is 9-1 ATS in the last ten meetings, while Siena has also covered four of the last five. The road favorite are the play here, so lay the small number with them in this spot.

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Robert Ferringo's Picks For College Basketball

2-Unit Play. Take #516 Louisiana Tech (+10) over Utah State
LT has been playing better ball lately. They’ve covered three straight on the road, including covers against two of the top three teams in the league. Also, Utah State hasn’t played an away game since Dec. 8. The Aggies are just 1-5 ATS in their past six road games and 1-8 ATS against teams with a winning percentage below .400. They don’t score very much so that makes covering a double-digit pad that much more difficult. Also, if USU covers we’ll make more than double this when they head to NMSU this weekend, especially if NMSU loses as well. Finally, over 70 percent of the action is on Utah State but the line is dropping.

2.5-Unit Play. Take #522 Wisconsin-Green Bay (-2.5) over Cleveland State
No, I’m not sick of going against CSU. I think they are out of the bubble of playing seven of their last 10 at home and I think the momentum wave of their stunning wins over Valpo and Butler last week has broken. Conversely, UW-GB is coming off a brutal stretch where it played Wright State, at Butler, at Valpo, and then at home in a big rivalry game against UW-Milwaukee. The Phoenix played one of their worst games of the season their last time out and could be primed for an inspired bounceback performance. Green Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last six against Cleveland State and have won nine of the last 10 meetings.

2-Unit Play. Take #507 Loyola-Chicago (+19) over Butler
The Rambler’s have been playing and shooting better since the first of the year. They lost to three of the better teams in the league – Butler, Cleveland State, and Wright State – by an average of under seven points apiece and they were able to stay within 12 of the Bulldogs at home a few weeks ago. Butler is 1-8-1 ATS in conference play and Loyola is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.

2-Unit Play. Take #542 New Mexico State (-4.5) over Nevada
The Aggies have been playing very good ball over the past three weeks and I look for that to continue tonight. Nevada is 3-7 ATS on the road.

2-Unit Play. Take #569 Austin Peay (-8) over Jacksonville State
Too much talent here. Austin Peay is the class of this conference and Jacksonville has shown neither the will nor the want to play defense.

1.5-Unit Play. Take #537 Washington (+5) over Arizona State
Arizona State is going to be without stud freshman James Harden tonight and that could open the door for an upset. Washington is 4-0 ATS in its last four trips to Tempe, 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall, and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the series. Despite Harden’s injury, A-State is still taking over 90 percent of the action. However, the line hasn’t moved. I think we’re in a good spot in what should be a one- or two-possession game.

2-Unit Play. Take #582 Northern Colorado (-2) over Montana State
Northern Colorado is 6-1 at home and the line on this game immediately bumped from a 'Pk' to -2 after it was posted although the action is splt.

2-Unit Play. Take #523 Youngstown State (+9.5) over Wisconsin-Milwaukee
We're catching UW-Milwaukee in a potential letdown spot and we have a reverse line movement with nearly 80 percent of the action on the Panthers but the line is dipping towards Youngstown.

That's it for today. Good luck. If you want some leans, I also like: UNC-Greensboro, Xavier, Oregon, FIU, Wofford, and Arizona.

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Florida Atlantic -4.5 1 UNIT

Idaho -1 1 UNIT


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NBA
San Antonio/miami Under 184.5

CBB
Siena -2


Seabass

10 Boise St.
10 Seton Hall
10 Oregon
10 Wisc. GB
50 Arizona

NHL
50 NJ Devils

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NEW JERSEY

Game: Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils Game Time: 1/24/2008 7:05:00 PM Prediction: New Jersey Devils Reason: I'm laying the price with NEW JERSEY. Both teams are playing well and both come off big offensive outbursts in their last game. The Devils scored seven goals en route to a 7-3 victory at Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Montreal beat up Boston by a score of 8-2. That's worth mentioning as we find the Canadiens at 7-13 (-8.6) this season after scoring four or more goals in their previous game and a money-burning 38-48 (-13.8) in that situation the past three seasons. Conversely, during the same stretch, the Devils were a highly profitable 40-21 (+15.4) after scoring four or more goals in their previous game, including a healthy 7-4 mark this season. These teams last faced each other here back on November 30th. Montreal native Martin Brodeur was very sharp and the Devils won by a score of 4-0. With the shutout victory, Brodeur improved to an extremely impressive 34-12-5 over his career vs. the Canadiens. Additionally, the Devils moved to a perfect 9-0 the last nine series meetings, outscoring the Canadiens by a 33-16 margin during that stretch. Looking back further and we find the Devils at an awesome 20-1-3 the last 24 meetings here at New Jersey. Look for Brodeur and co. to continue their domination in this series with the Canadiens falling to 8-16 the last 24 times they faced a team which defeated them in their previous meeting. *1st Half GOY

BEN BURNS NBA
MIAMI HEAT

Game: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat Game Time: 1/24/2008 8:05:00 PM Prediction: Miami Heat Reason: I'm taking the points with MIAMI. I won with the Spurs over the Lakers last night. However, coming off that victory, I expect them to struggle tonight. The defending champs are 0-3 ATS the last three times they played the second of back to back games, losing two of those games outright and winning the other by only four points, as -12 favorites. Looking back further and we find them at an ugly 4-11 ATS the last 15 times they played the second of back to back games. In addition to the back to back situation, the Spurs will be playing their third game in the past four days and fourth in the past six. Despite covering last night, the Spurs remain a poor 3-8 ATS this month and are now just 16-25 ATS in the month of January the past three seasons. Note that the Spurs are also 1-3 ATS this season when listed as road favorites in the -6.5 to -9-point range. Conversely, Miami is a healthy 7-3 ATS the last 10 times it was listed as a home underdog in the +6.5 to +9-point range. Granted, the Heat are in the midst of a major freefall. However, they've been competitive recently, with each of their last three losses coming by seven points or less. Unlike their guests, the Heat have also has the past two nights off. Not that they should need any extra motivation, but the Heat will be playing with "revenge" as they lost at San Antonio back in November. Note that Miami covered the spread in that game. Additionally, despite being listed as underdogs, the Heat hammered the Spurs 100-85 when the teams faced each other here last season. Including that victory, Miami has gone a healthy 6-2 ATS the last eight meetings here. Look for the Heat to have the fresher legs and for them to play their best game, giving the defending champs all they can handle. *TNT Blowout

OVER heat/spurs

Game: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat Game Time: 1/24/2008 8:05:00 PM Prediction: over Reason: I'm playing on the Heat and Spurs to finish OVER the total. It's true that this has primarily been a low-scoring series in the past. Its also true that the Heat have seen each of their last three games fall below the number. However, two of those three final scores would have finished above tonight's generously low number. Also, note that the last three series meetings here in Miami have all produced a minimum of 185 combined points. Additionally, the Heat have seen the OVER go 14-10 the past few seasons, after having seen their previous three games stay below the total. It's also worth mentioning that Miami's previous four games had all finished above the number. In fact, their last five games have averaged a healthy 194.4 points. That's very close to their season average of 193.4 combined points per game. Note that Miami's last four games against a Western Conference opponent have all produced a minimum of 189 points and that the OVER is 11-6 in their "non-conference" games this season. The Spurs, who have seen the OVER go 15-10 the last 25 times they were listed as road favorites in the -6.5 to -9-point range, come off a 103-91 victory over the Lakers last night. That's worth mentioning as they've seen the OVER go a perfect 4-0 the last four times they played the second of back to back games. Those four games finished with final combined scores of 238, 211, 190 and 251! With no Shaq (or Mourning) in the lineup for the Heat, I'm expecting another high-scoring affair this evening. *TNT Total of the Month

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OREGON
Game: UCLA vs. Oregon Game Time: 1/24/2008 10:30:00 PM Prediction: Oregon Reason: I'm taking the points with OREGON. The Ducks have lost two in a row. However, both those losses came on the road. Tonight, they return home to McArthur Court, where they have won 11 straight games, including all eight this season. Note that the Ducks may get a boost from the return of forward Joevan Catron. Catron, who has returned to practice, averaged 10.8 points to go with his 7.9 rebounds (and 2.3 assists) in 12 non-conference games, before suffering an injury prior to Pac-10 play. Even if doesn't play tonight, the Ducks still boast four other players averaging double-digits in scoring. In fact, they're averaging a whopping 88.9 points per game at home! While the Ducks may get one of their top forwards back, the Bruins may be without a pair of theirs. That's because forwards Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Lorenzo Mata-Real both suffered concussions in the Bruins' recent loss vs. USC and neither practiced on Tuesday as a result. Regardless of who plays and who doesn't, we can expect an extremely fired-up crowd and I expect that to benefit Oregon. Note that UCLA star freshman Kevin Love grew up here and that his father played for Oregon. Despite staring in high-school here, Love elected to move further south. Already upset by this decision, the Oregon fans were further angered when his father (Stan Love) made disparaging remarks about the Ducks' program. Needless to say, the fans haven't forgotten and they'll be extra "hostile" this evening. Yes, the Bruins are an elite team. However, let's keep in mind that they were 14-0 when they traveled here last January. Listed as small home underdogs, the Ducks won outright, snapping the Bruins' perfect record. The Ducks are currently listed as +3.5 or +4 point underdogs. That's worth mentioning as we find them at 3-0 ATS the last three times they were listed as home underdogs of four points or less. Conversely, the Bruins are a poor 5-11 ATS the last 16 times they were listed as road favorites in the -3.5 to -6 range. Note that the Bruins are also 1-3 ATS this season when facing a team which averages 77+ points per game. I'll gladly grab all the points I can get but am expecting an outright victory by the highly motivated home underdog Ducks. *Thursday Night Roast

WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY

Game: Cleveland State vs. Wis-Green Bay Game Time: 1/24/2008 8:00:00 PM Prediction: Wis-Green Bay Reason: I'm laying the points with WISCONSIN GREEN BAY. The Phoenix have lost three in a row for the first time since 2001. However, they're still 6-1 at the Resch Center and 5-1 in games decided by fewer than eight points. I expect the recent "losing streak" to guarantee a huge effort tonight. As Wisconsin-Green Bay junior Ryan Tillema, the team's second leading scorer, told the local paper: We just lost three in a row, and that's something good teams can't do. Right now, we've got to come out and really get on a roll. Otherwise we're going to be in trouble." While the Phoenix are sure to be desperate, the Vikings may be patting themselves on the back a bit, as they come in on a winning streak, including wins over Valparaiso and Butler. Despite those victories, the Vikings remain an ugly 3-11 SU (5-8 ATS) the last 13 times they faced a team with a winning record, after 15 or more games have been played in the season, going just 9-25 SU against winning teams overall during the past three seasons. The Phoenix won all three meetings against the Vikings in 2007 with all three victories coming by double-digits. Looking back further and we find them at an impressive 17-5 SU and 14-8 ATS the last 22 series meetings. Look for a highly motivated effort from the Phoenix as they continue that series domination and improve to 5-2 ATS the last seven times they were listed as favorites of four points or less. *Personal Favorite

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Golden State Warriors -9.0

The Golden State Warriors will look to get back on track this evening when they welcome in the New Jersey Nets to the Oracle Arena. The Warriors have been very charitable at home of late allowing 3 of its L/5 opponents to beat them on their own court, and they’ll be going up against a New Jersey club desperate for a victory. The Warriors have only managed an 11-8 SU and 8-11 ATS mark at home this season, while the Nets have split their 18 road games right down the middle by going 9-9 both SU and ATS.

Last we saw the Nets was on Tuesday night when they got mauled by the Sacramento Kings in Arco Arena. The Nets were out of it from the opening tip, and went on to lose both SU and ATS by a 128-94 final count. It was NJ’s 6th straight defeat, and they haven’t tasted the thrill of victory since January 9th when they knocked off the Seattle Supersonics by 11 at home. The Nets have also failed to cover the spread throughout this 6-game lapse, and they’ve only cashed their backers tickets in 7 of their L/10 overall. It’s pointless to say, but this Nets club looks to be on the brink of getting torn apart and that that’s certainly played a role in their poor play over the last 12 days.

As for the Warriors, they lost on this floor as 11.5-point home favorites to Minnesota their last time out, so it’s safe to say they’ll hit the hardwood tonight looking to bounce back from that debacle. Before that game, they put forth a 3-1 SU mark on a 4-game road trip and won their previous two games at home before that trip against Indiana and Memphis. It seems to me like they were running on fumes against the Timberwolves, and that was the lone reason why they allowed Minny to secure just their 6th victory of the season. They will have had two days of rest for this game, so expect them to bring their “A” game to the gym this evening.

These clubs met once earlier this season, and it was the Nets that pulled out the 5-point home win and cover, 100-95. It was the Nets 8th win in the series dating back 10 games, but the Warriors have been able to save face the L/2 times the Nets paid the bay a visit. That being said, the Nets have dominated this series ATS winning 9 of the L/10 match-ups. However, Golden State has covered the spread in each of their L/4 Thursday night TNT affairs. The history of this series foresees the Nets putting forth a much better effort than they did in Sacramento, but the club is falling apart at the seams and the Warriors want to turn the page on their embarrassing home loss to Minnesota. Look for the Warriors to set the tone and increase the Nets losing streak another game.

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No. 6 Washington State (16-1, 4-1 Pac-10) is the highest-ranked team in the Pac-10 and tied with No. 8 UCLA and No. 24 Arizona State for the best conference records. As for Arizona, the Wildcats (12-6, 2-3) have lost three of their first five conference games and were off to their worst start in 25 years before rallying to defeat California 79-75 on Saturday. Washington State goes just six-deep but the team shoots 50.1 percent from the floor (75.9 percent on FTs) plus allows 52.5 PPG, the fewest in the nation. The guard trio of Low (14.4), Weaver (111.2-4.6-4.2) and Rochestie (9.0-5.1 APG) is complimented inside by the 6-10 Baynes (12.1-6.4), the 6-10 Cowgill (7.6-4.7) and the 6-7 Harmeling (7.3). Arizona is also basically a six-man team, led by freshman guard Bayless (19.2-4.4 APG). He's joined on the perimeter by McClellan (8.3) and Wise (8.1-4.0 APG). The Arizona frontcourt features the 6-7 Budinger (17.1-5.6), the 6-9 Hill (13.8-7.9) and 6-6 freshman Horne (3.9-2.5). Arizona is not nearly as good defensively as WSU but offensively, shoots almost as well from the floor (48.6 percent) and FT line (73.8) as the Cougars, while scoring about four points more per game. WSU beat Arizona in both meetings LY but had dropped 41 of its previous 42 meetings with the Wildcats! Kevin O'Neill has taken over for Lute Olson on the Arizona bench and the Wildcats are in danger of seeing their 23-year run of NCAAA appearances end (longest active streak). The Wildcats have shown some mettle with a four-point OT loss at Kansas and competitive 10-point los at Memphis. Now, the team NEEDS a "marquee" win! This is a great spot for just that! Las Vegas Insider on Arizona.

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1. 200,000* New Mexico State
2. 50,000* Seton Hall
3. 50,000* Heat

1. New Mexico State- Several things I like in this spot about the Aggies, but let's start with the home court. They're 8-2 SU, but only 2-4 ATS there, but the stats tell a different story. The Aggies have gotten caught playing down to the level of their opponents at times (see Louisiana tech game). But have also showed that when focused, they can be trusted at home (wins and covers over Fresno State & New Mexico). So which Aggies team shows up tonight? Being that this is a key conference match up, I fully expect the Aggies to be highly focused for this one.

Second, speaking of which team will show up, there's no question Nevada has been maddeningly inconsistent this season. Take their last game for example, where they lost badly at home to Boise State 95-80 as 6-point favorites. They allowed the Broncos to shoot 54% from the field (59% from 3-point), while only managing to shoot 43%, at home no less! Its that kind of lackadiscal effort that will cost them this game, especially now that they have to take it on the road, where they allow nearly 70 ppg this season.

Match ups also favor the Aggies, as they have the size to combat the Wolfpack's frontline with 7-footer C Martin Iti and forwards McKines and the talented but troubled freshman Pope, who was just ruled eligible and grabbed 9 boards in his first game for the Aggies. As far as the backcourt, Nevada's Kemp maybe the best player on the court, but the edge goes to New Mexico State's 4 guard rotation of Hawkins, Gibson, Peete, and Young.

Bottom line, look for the Aggies to protect their house with a focused effort on the defensive end, while Hawkins and company rip apart a very suspect Wolfpack defense on the other end. Nevada has been too inconsistent this season to trust them in this spot, and they'll prove me right tonight. Long story short, New Mexico State protects its house and grabs the cash in this one!

Take New Mexico State comfortably over Nevada as your top-rated play of the day.

2. Seton Hall- I don't know what Seton Hall team oddsmakers have been watching lately, but beating South Florida and then upsetting a surging Louisville team in back-to-back home games has to count for something! Despite the fact they lost their last two road games SU, if you watched them, you saw them easily cover against Marquette and then nearly cover at Pitt. In other words, this Pirates team has been playing damn good basketball lately, and I expect they'll build off those home wins with another solid effort here tonight.

Let's talk match ups, as both teams rely on their guard-heavy rotations to get the job done. I know what your thinking, Seton Hall's leading scorer, Brian Laing, is listed as a forward, but at 6'5 he plays a lot more like a big guard. While the Friars rely on balanced scoring, the Pirates have 3 legitimate players capable of "going off" at any time, as Laing (25 points against Louisville) leads the way, but Harvey (16 ppg) and Hazell (29 points against Louisville) can both score with the best of 'em.
Defensively, both teams are slightly above average, but neither unit will be able to consistently stop the other. Seton Hall has had some issues scoring points on the road this season, but coming off a confidence-building 92-point effort against Louisville, look for the Pirates to come out focused and firing tonight.

Finally, for anyone who follows this series, you know Seton Hall has had the Friars number, going 7-3 ATS over their last 10 meetings. While Providence whipped up on the Pirates last season at home, I expect a more mature Seton Hall team to keep this game a lot closer this time around. In the end, the Pirates deliver the cash tonight at Providence.

Take Seton Hall plus the points over Providence in this Big East match up.

3. Heat- Several factors in the Heat's favor have me siding with them tonight, despite the obvious difference in overall record between these two teams. Yes, its the mighty Spurs, but in case you haven't noticed, they haven't been playing so "mighty" of late, going 10-10 SU & 7-13 ATS over their last 10 games overall.

True, the Heat have been much worse, but let's dig a little deeper and you'll see my point...

Another factor to consider is fatigue, as a veteran-laden (a.k.a. old) Spurs team has proven vulnerable with no rest, going just 1-6 ATS in that spot. They're coming off a nice, but hard fought win over the Lakers yesterday, and are actually playing their 3rd game in 4 nights. Tired legs don't bode well for Spurs-backers here, as the Spurs likely win, but covering is a different story.

Can't talk about this game without mentioning the injury to O'Neal... I maybe in the minority, but I firmly believe the Heat are not going to miss the "Big Diesel" that much. Fact is, if they still had Mourning, they wouldn't miss him at all. When the Heat go to a smaller, more mobile lineup, all of sudden their perimeter defense starts to work. On the offenive end, O'Neal is sad shell of his former self, and his absence only means more shots for the real superstar on their team - Dwayne Wade.

Bottom line, expect the Spurs to win this game, but their recent play and tired legs make covering in this spot extremely difficult. A smaller and more energized Heat unit give the tired Spurs a different look, helping them grab the cash in this one.

Take the Heat plus the points over the Spurs in this NBA match up.

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7 unit GOY "THE WRONG TEAM IS FAVORED" OREGON
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Reason: Anaheim is 6-2 their last 8 games at Los Angeles and they are 6-0 ATS vs. a team that scored 2 or less goals in their last game. The Ducks are 7-3 after scoring 2 or less goals in their last game and they are 16-5 their last 21 Thursday games. Los Angeles is 8-25 at home their last 33 games vs. winning teams and they are 11-24 at home when the total is 5.5. The Kings are 21-45 when playing with one day of rest. 20* PLAY ON ANAHEIM -

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