Sunday Service Plays

Sunday Service Plays

ERIN RYNNING

San Antonio at Boston
Recommendation: Under

The Spurs continue their annual ‘Rodeo Trip’ with a stop in Boston
to challenge the Celtics on Sunday. Will this be the NBA
Finals preview? Well, you never know as both teams have the
talent and experience to represent their respective conferences
in June. Again, the Spurs are mired in a monster road
trip, which has actually brought this team together over the
years. This team certainly feels different with perhaps age or
comfort setting with the Spurs simply losing games they’ve won
over recent editions. Point guard Tony Parker will be a question
mark for this contest. With him out of the fold, the play
towards the Under becomes even stronger. Jacque Vaughn
or Damon Stoudamire just can’t push the pace like Parker or
penetrate the paint, which makes this offense much more efficient.
This team has actually gone more ‘big’ of late, which
again also slows down the pace. In addition, after a recent string
of losses Tim Duncan talked about the Spurs getting back to
the basics, while stressing defense over everything else. Meanwhile,
the Celtics flexed their muscle early, while coasting more
of late with already an eye for the postseason. However, when
the Celtics have an important game on their schedule, I expect
this team to revert to their overwhelming defense, which was
the catalyst for this team in the early going. Kevin Garnett figures
to play in this game after missing a few games recently.
Of course, he’s the glue to this defense, while his post-up play
slows down the game a bit on offense as well. Play this contest
Under the total in what figures to be a grind-it-out affair.

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WINNING POINTS

***BEST BET
*Minnesota over Toronto by 11
There may be some value with Minnesota in the second-half of the season. The
Timberwolves’ young players are improving and Randy Foye is back on the court. Al
Jefferson has established himself as a force inside. Toronto is in a dangerous spot. This
is the Raptors’ lone road game during a two-week stretch. MINNESOTA 102-91.


***BEST BET
*Boston over San Antonio by 14
This is a statement game for Boston, hosting the defending world champions. The
Celtics’ bench has gotten stronger with Kevin Garnett being out, while Rajon Rondo
has done the job at point guard. The Spurs can still play defense, but Boston rated No.
1 in defensive scoring and defensive field goal percentage. The Celtics can clamp down
on an aging Tim Duncan. The Spurs can’t key on all three of the Celtics’ superstars -
Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. BOSTON 94-80

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ST JOSEPHS over Xavier RATING: 5


Scott Spreitzer Comp

Creighton

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Prediction: Detroit Pistons

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Brandon  Lang

5 Dime - Ohio State
5 Dime - Clemson
5 Dime - Creighton

Free Pick - Arizona

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*ARIZONA over Arizona State (Day Game)...Much has changed for these two since the Sun Devils upset the Wildcats 64-59 in overtime January 9. Arizona has covered 5 of its last 6, while ASU is only 1-5 SU, frequently losing touch as opposing defenses have ganged up on frosh G Harden (26 in first meeting vs. U of A). For the Wildcats, 6-2 frosh sensation Bayless is now back in action, high-scoring F Budinger is much more assertive on offense, 6-8 soph Hill is more active in the paint, and 5-9 soph Wise has become a dynamo off the bench. Paybacks are hell. *ARIZONA 76 - Arizona State 52 RATING - 11

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Arizona State at Arizona

These state rivals met back on January 9th, when Arizona was ranked 24th in the country, in what amounted to a well-played home conference win for Arizona State. The Arizona Wildcats have not been back in the rankings since then.

Arizona’s young crew, led by freshman sensation Jerryd Bayless and the sophomore forward duo of Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill, has played themselves into the middle of the tough Pac-10 standings. They are young, but they know how important it is to protect their home court in such a cutthroat conference. They also know that revenge tastes very sweet.

Arizona State is led by another highly touted freshman in guard James Harden and his all-around skill set. The Sun Devils have suddenly found themselves playing flat basketball and in need of a more balanced attack from wherever they can get it. They have lost five straight games, and the tumble from the top of the conference won’t slow down on the road in a hostile environment on Sunday.

Free winner from Dark Horse Sports: Take Arizona ATS. Feel confident in laying the big points on Sunday

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BEST BET
*OHIO STATE over INDIANA by 14
Nifty opportunity for young Buckeyes to regain solid footing in Big Ten’s upper echelon..We called for OSU’s defeat in Iowa City on these pages, but this is a far-more-favorable scheduling dynamic for Thad Matta’s youngsters. With five days between this and a cushy date with the Wolverines, homers will be far fresher than Hoosiers, they but three days off a road date with the Illini. Nicked Indiana gets worn down by Jamar Butler and Kosta Koufos in front of friends and neighbors. OHIO STATE, 76-62.

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Southern Illinois +5.0

The road teams have dominated the head-to-head series between the Southern Illinois Salukis and the Creighton Bluejays, and we look for that pattern to continue tonight.

In fact, the road teams are an amazing 14-3 against the spread in the last 17 meetings, including the first encounter this year when Creighton covered in a four-point loss at Carbondale. Now granted, the Bluejays are coming off of a 24-point blowout of Northern Iowa, but they failed to cover in a narrow 65-63 home win over Wichita State prior to that, and they are just 2-3 both straight up and ATS in their last five games.

Now Southern Illinois may be a disappointing 12-11 SU overall, but they have managed to go 7-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play, putting them in a tie with Creighton. Thus, because the Salukis won that first meeting, an upset win tonight would virtually assure them a higher seed in the upcoming MVC Tournament.

Look for Southern Illinois to use that motivation to continue the road dominance in this series.

CBB Free Pick: Southern Illinois +5

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Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves

Toronto heads to Minnesota on Sunday after being upset at home, 98-102, by the Clippers. Not only is Toronto 16-8 (Over/Under) on the road this season, we find them going "Over" in ALL 9 games this year following a SU loss as Favorites, with an average combined final scored of 208 points!

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Sunday Night NBA Comp From James Patrick Sports

Nuggets vs. Cavaliers

The Nuggets were Golden for us on Friday in their victory over Washington and they have been performing real well of late. With the Cavs banged up and Denver on a four game win streak at the Cavaliers expense our Sunday NBA complimentary selection is on #701 Denver Nuggets.


Marc Lawrence College Hoops Free Play!
Play On: Indiana

Note: Hoosiers take on the Buckeyes in Columbus with revenge on their minds from their most recent meeting last season. With Indiana 4-0 ATS in this series when playing with revenge off back-to-back wins, and Ohio State just 3-5 SU against .800 or better opposition this season, we'll back the Hoosiers here today.


Dave Cokin's Free Sunday Play!

717 URI @ 718 Fordham

Play: URI -4

Rams vs. Rams, but that's where the similarity ends. URI seems to go full bore for the full 40 virtually every game. Fordham is sloppy and unimaginative on offense. The senior-dominated home team just doesn't seem to care too often to be successful. URI is gunning for win number 20 here, and while I don't see this being a runaway, I like Rhode Island's chances of getting past the reasonable number.


Greg Daraban's Free Play for Sunday
735 UCLA (21-2) at 736 Washington (12-11)

These 2 teams are going in opposite directions.The Bruins just handled Washington St on Thursday.Now they get to play the Huskies who are struggling and are on the verge of losing an NCAA bid.Kevin Love has been unstoppable. He is averaging 17 points a game. UCLA finishes off the weekend with a drubbing of UW.

Take 735 UCLA

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Jimmy The Moose

Game: Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Prediction: Toronto Raptors

Reason: The Raptors have been so-so lately but a game vs the Timberwolves should put them back in the win column. Toronto is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing home record. In their last 5 games following an ATS loss the Raptors are 5-0 ATS. The Timberwolves have been playing very well of late but in their last 27 games as a home dog they are 7-20 ATS. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 trips to Minnesota. The Timberwolves are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall between the clubs. Play on the Raptors -.


Robert Ross

Game: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings
Prediction: Detroit Red Wings

Reason: Anaheim 2-19-3 all-time at the Joe including 0-7-2 its last nine. Red Wings off rare back-to-back losses so will look to get back on the winning track here. Ducks started their long road trip 0-4, swept the three New York teams, now step up in class to face the Wings. Take Detroit!

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1 Unit on Arizona State +9.5

At 3-5 on the season, the Sun Devils are not a good road team, but they always get up for their in-state rivals.  Arizona State beat the Wildcats at home by 5 points earlier this season and will easily keep this one within the number.  The Cats have had a long layoff and we feel that hurts them here as they are just 4-13 ATS when playing with 7 or more days rest since 1997.  Arizona is 1-9 ATS in home games after having won 4 of their last 5 games over the last 3 seasons, only 1-8 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons, and  1-10 ATS in home games versus teams who are called for 17 or less fouls/game over the last 3 seasons.  Arizona relies on winning the free throw battle and the Sun Devils' defensive discipline just doesn't allow it.  Take the points.

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1 Unit on Washington +9.5

There's no question that the Huskies have been struggling and the Bruins have been rolling, but we'll make a small play on the Huskies here as they get up for this one with their backs against the wall.  UCLA is in a letdown spot after a big win over Washington State and we'll catch them looking ahead to a date with USC.  Washington has won 7 of the last 10 home meetings in this series and 2 in a row the past 3 seasons.  The Huskies lost, but covered the spread, against UCLA in the first meeting this season and that's the result we are predicting here in a close game.  Take the points.

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LAS VEGAS SPORTS PICS

Rhode Island Rams - 4 over (at) Fordham Rams

Fordham (8-11, 2-5) is 0-3 last three games averaging 55.0 points. Rhode Island (19-4, 5-3) is 4-1 last five games averaging 81.2 points. RI went 2-1 versus Fordham last season.


Temple Owls - 3 over Massachusetts Minutemen

UMass (15-7, 4-4) at Temple (11-10, 4-3) is 5-2 last seven games including a 78-59 home win over A-10 leader No.13 Xavier. Temple is 9-1 all-time over UMass in the Liacouras Center.


UCLA Bruins - 9 over (at) Washington Huskies

Washington (12-11, 3-7) vs. No.5 UCLA (21-2, 9-1) looking to maintain its one game lead in the Pac10 is 9-0 away from home off winning at No.17 Washington State 67-59 on 02/07.


Clemson Tigers + 9.5 over (at) North Carolina Tar Heels

No.3 UNC (20-2, 6-2) is 1-2 last 3 home games. Clemson (17-5, 5-3) is 5-2 road off winning at (1-8 ACC) Virginia 82-51 on 02/07. Teams met on 01/06, UNC won at Clemson 90-88 in OT.

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Game: Niagara vs. Loyola-Maryland

Plays On: Loyola-Maryland -6 (-110)

Game Analyses: Loyola-Maryland should be able to beat Niagara.

Loyola-Maryland matches up well against Niagara. This means Loyola-Maryland should be able to score many easy points, while holding Niagara to scoring a minimum.

Loyola-Maryland has been a proven winner when playing at home. In fact, Loyola-Maryland is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Loyola-Maryland is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings against Niagara, and should be able to get another against the spread win tonight!

Take Loyola-Maryland -6

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By: Totals 4 U

San Antonio at Boston

San Antonio (31-16) topped the Wizards 85-77 Wednesday night with a dynamite 28-17 4th quarter run, keyed by Coach Gregg Popovich’s signature defense (91.5 points allowed this season) that held Washington to .354 shooting from the field on the night. That signature defense has also captured NBA Championships for the Spurs in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007.

“Pop” is actually a pretty interesting guy. After playing four seasons at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a degree in Russian Studies, he joined the US Armed Forces Team where he extensively toured the Soviet Union, inviting rumors of a “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” sort of secret career, ala Chuck Barris. This season, Coach Popovich has numerous obstacles to overcome if his is to significantly add to his career 92-51 playoff mark.

First of all, reliable veteran role player 6’10” 240 F/C Robert Horry (1.6p, 2.1r, 1.0a, 7 of 32 from 3-point) couldn’t open his season until December and is all but finished in his 16th season. Next, the Spurs lost a critical piece in point guard Tony Parker (19.2p, 3.0r, 6.1a) to an ankle injury, who will not likely return for another three weeks. Most recently, G Brent Barry (7.3p, 1.9r, 1.8a) went down with a re-injured ankle on January 24th, sidelining the squad’s most deadly shooter with 46 makes in 107 attempts (.430) from behind the arc paired with a .950 mark from the stripe. Of course a franchise of this caliber hasn’t remained pat. The Spurs have brought in 13th-year veteran point guard Damon Stoudamire (20 points, 5 boards, 3 assists in 2 games with San Anotnio and a career .392 shooter from 3-point), who got his wish when the Grizzlies released him on January 28th, and have boosted minutes for 6’1” G Jacques Vaughn (4.8p, 1.2r, 2.5a), who responded with a season high 17 points last Friday night. Add to this the shooting of 6’7” 200 F Bruce Bowen (5.5p, 2.8r, 1.3a, 46 of 112 from 3-point) and 6’7” 225 G/F Michael Finley (10.0p, 3.8r, 1.7a, 85 of 225 from 3-point), plus the career year 6’6” G Manu Ginobili (19.4p, 4.8r, 4.2a, 1.63s) is enjoying and San Antonio will likely hold their own for now at the guard position.

On the blocks, the Spurs have a decent array of supporting talent in 6’10” 240 C/F Matt Bonner (6.0p, 3.5r), 7’0” 235 C Francisco Elson (3.6p, 3.6r), and 6’10” 245 Fabricio Oberto (5.1p, 5.5r, 1.1a), but if Coach Popovich’s crew is to thrive, they need Parker’s return to take the heat off franchise star 6’11” 260 F/C Tim Duncan (19.6p, 11.3p, 3.1a, 1.79b). Duncan’s versatile athletic ability is still pretty tough to handle in his 11th season, and he has done a fine job in improving his effectiveness from the line at .703 this season. But without a 3rd scoring option, the big guy is getting a lot of attention from defenses. A perennial powerhouse, the Spurs are just 14-13 since January 11th and 11-11 on the road in 2007-2008.

Boston (37-9) hasn’t won an NBA Championship since 1986, but the folks at The Garden have reason to believe that this is their year - as long as 6’11” 220 F Kevin Garnett (19.2p, 9.9r, 3.8a, 1.41s, 1.41b) is healthy. Garnett’s flight from the career graveyard that was Minnesota for Bean Town has not only added a third offensive option to 6’5” G Ray Allen (18.4p, 4.0r, 3.0a, 1.07s, 103 of 272 from 3-point) and 6’7” 235 F Paul Pierce (20.2p, 5.6r, 4.9a, 1.42s, 76 of 205 from 3-point), but also added the critical defensive stopper the Celtics were missing. Garnett has also served as an effective mentor for 6’10” 264 C Kendrick Perkins (7.5p, 5.6r, 1.0a, 1.20b), who also joined the NBA straight out of high school. 2nd in team points, 1st in boards, 3rd in assists, 3rd in steals, and 1st in blocks, Garnett’s absence with an abdominal injury the last five games has accelerated the trend away from the stifling defense that has earned this crew the best record in the NBA.

For the season, the Celtics are averaging just 88.8 points allowed per trip, but have given up 95.4 with KG sidelined, including 113 and 100 against the Cavaliers and Clippers this week (allowed 100+ only five times through their first 44 games). Garnett may miss Friday’s game at Minnesota as well, but should be on the court by Sunday. With Scott Pollard (1.9p, 1.8r) also sidelined it has been up to 6’9” 235 F/C Brian Scalabrine (1.9p, 1.4r) and 6’8” 217 F James Posey (7.4p, 4.3r, 1.4a, 54 of 129 from 3-point) to pick up the slack. Garnett's absence has also meant more minutes for youngsters 6’8” 240 F Leon Powe (4.8p, 2.5r in 9.1 minutes per game), 6’9” 289 F Glen Davis (4.7p, 2.9r in 12.7 minutes per game), and 6’1” G Rajon Rondo (10.0p, 4.3r, 4.6a, 1.76s), who piled up a career best 17 points Wednesday night in a 111-100 win over the Clippers. Throw in the production of guards 6’4” Tony Allen (6.3p, 2.2r, 1.5a, 1.0s) and 6’1” Eddie House (7.9p, 2.3r, 1.8a, 0.9s, 72 of 177 from 3-point) and Coach Doc Rivers has his hands full trying to find playing time for so many quality players.

Coach Rivers has 16 seasons of hustling college and pro ball as a player to draw from while learning from coaches like Rick Majerus, Pat Riley, Larry Brown, and Mike Fratello. So the success he has achieved on the sidelines is no surprise, but the numbers his squad has produced in 2007-2008 are eye-popping. Edges of +2.2 steals, +3.6 assists, +2.7 rebounds, and 10.8 points per contest are more than decisive, while 327 makes in 860 attempts from behind the arc (.380 from 3-point) is a dimension that few defensive clubs have ever been able to bring to the court. Boston is not playing their best at the moment with six losses in their last 14 games, but the return of Garnett should get the Celtics back on track.

Free winner from Totals 4 U: We fully expect Kevin Garnett to be on the court for the Celtics at The Garden on Sunday, and it's hard to remember a stretch over the last four or five years during which the Spurs were more vulnerable to getting handled wire to wire. Take Boston and lay the points.

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San Antonio Spurs v/s Boston Celtics

At 1:00 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Boston Celtics PK'em against San Antonio. The Celtics will once again be without their best player, Kevin Garnett, who is out with an abdominal/groin injury, and that's the reason Boston is priced this cheap at home. But don't forget that San Antone is also missing key players, with point guard Tony Parker (heel) and Brent Barry (leg) sidelined for a few more weeks. Both teams have played a number of games this season without one or two of their top three players and Boston has consistently played better than San Antonio when short-handed. The reason Boston has the league's best record this year has been its FG percentage defense (41%). That usually has been the Spurs' calling card, but San Antone has hovered around 19th in the league this year at 47%, so that gives a lot of Spurs fans cause for worry. The reason the Champs have slipped is simple: age. Bruce Bowen is older and slower, and Gregg Popovich has given some of his minutes to newcomer Ime Udoka. And Robert Horry, a key rebounder and defender is still working himself into shape. Boston hasn't lost to a Western Conference team yet this season (15-0), and I look for that streak to continue today. Take the Celts. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.

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CBB
Xavier -9.5
Ohio State -2.5
Ul - Lafayette 0
Niagara 6


NHL
Anaheim 136
Washington -133

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Rhode Island


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