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Ohio State +4.0

Less than a week ago the Ohio State Buckeyes, a two-point dog, put a 63-54 beat-down on the tournament bound Michigan State Spartans; and unless OSU can repeat Sunday's upset win, it’s likely to be the Buckeye's March Madness demise.

While the Spartans are a lock to make the field of 64, their 11th straight NCAA tournament, Ohio State could be the first team since the '97 Orangemen to not make the Big Dance after reaching the national championship game the previous season.

Barring a Big Ten tournament title, Ohio State needs to defeat the Spartans and garner one more tournament win to earn serious consideration for an at-large berth on Selection Sunday.

Mr. Izzo's boyz are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 vs. Big Ten and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Conversely the Buckeyes love playing on Ivy Friday and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. Ohio State is 4-1 ATS the last five times these two have tipped off and the underdog in this series is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Ohio State finds a way to gut out the Friday afternoon Big 10 battle and win their 20th game of the season.

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Jazz vs. Celtics

The Celtics finish off current home stand as they entertain the Utah Jazz in a great match up of Eastern & Western Conference powers. Our Friday NBA complimentary selection is #502 Boston Celtics as they are rock solid at home against the Western Conference and need a win to make a statement that they are definitely a contender for the Larry O’Brien Trophy this season.

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Game: New York Rangers at Florida Panthers
Prediction: Florida Panthers

Reason: Both team's are playing very well coming into this game. The Rangers are hanging on to a playoff spot while the Panthers are fighting to climb into a playoff spot. The Rangers are hungry but the Panthers are even hungrier and will come out on top in this one. The Panthers have won 3 of the last 4 meetings between the clubs in Florida. The Panthers know the importance of this game and will take the two points tonight. Play on the Florida Panthers +.

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NCAAB Ohio State vs. Michigan State   
Take Ohio State Buckeyes

Michigan State and Ohio State comes meet in the rubber match of an exciting series which had both teams holding serve at home in 2008. The Spartans own a Big Ten-best .486 field goal percentage and they are once again the premiere rebounding club in the conference, but the Buckeyes are the defending Big 10 Tournament Champions and ended the season strong with back to back upsets of ranked teams - including Michigan State. I'll call this one as close as it gets - Michigan State 61, Ohio State 60

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1 Unit on Michigan +13.5

Wisconsin is not a team which plays a style conducive to really blowing teams out.  A 9-point win is like a blowout for the Badgers.  Michigan gained some momentum with an opening round win over Iowa and I like the Wolverines to be competitive here as they play with nothing to lose.  Michigan has played much better basketball down the stretch and actually played the Badgers to a 3-point game this season.  Coach Ryan is 4-12 ATS in road games after a cover as a double digit favorite as the coach of Wisconsin .  Beilein is 18-6 ATS in road games after failing to cover 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread in all games he has coached since 1997 and 32-16 ATS in March games in all games he has coached since 1997.  Oddsmakers are giving the Wolverines too many.  Take the points.

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1 Unit on Lakers -1.5

After a huge blowout win over the defending champion Spurs, I expect a letdown out of the Hornets tonight.  The Lakers have already visited New Orleans once this season and they dropped a 29 point defeat on the Hornets.  New Orleans is just 7-24 ATS off a home win against a division rival since 1996.  The Lakers are 20-6 ATS in road games after scoring 110 points or more over the last 2 seasons, 14-4 ATS when playing 4 or less games in 10 days this season, and 22-10 ATS in road games this season.  Take the well rested Lakers here.

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Play On: Dallas Mavericks

Note: The new-look Mavericks return to American Airlines Arena in another matchup this week pairing a playoff team with revenge against an also-ran. We can’t blame the Pacers should they tucker-out tonight given the fact they are back on the road off a mini one-game home stand that was preceded by a three-game road trip. To make matters worse, like Willie Nelson, they are on the road again tomorrow night at Orlando. Our history book reminds us that Dallas is 8-1 ATS in this series when seeking revenge. Catching Indiana off a revenge affair with the Sonics, and having the same up next against the Magic, look for the Pacers to peter out at the Triple-A. KEY STAT: Indiana is 2-14-2 ATS in SU losses as a dog versus an opponent seeking same season loss revenge.


Dave Cokin

Bobcats at Rockets
Play: Rockets -12.5

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. No reason to get off the sizzling Rockets here, as they host Charlotte. You'd think there might have been a flat spot somewhere in this streak for Houston, but there simply hasn't been one. Given their form, this number seems more than reasonable, so once again it's the Rockets minus the points.

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NBA Los Angeles vs. New Orleans   
Take Los Angeles Lakers

1 Unit on Lakers -1.5 After a huge blowout win over the defending champion Spurs, I expect a letdown out of the Hornets tonight. The Lakers have already visited New Orleans once this season and they dropped a 29 point defeat on the Hornets. New Orleans is just 7-24 ATS off a home win against a division rival since 1996. The Lakers are 20-6 ATS in road games after scoring 110 points or more over the last 2 seasons, 14-4 ATS when playing 4 or less games in 10 days this season, and 22-10 ATS in road games this season. Take the well rested Lakers here.

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Purdue Boilermakers - 4.5 over Illinois Fighting Illini    
   
Purdue is 13-2 last 15 games including two victories over No.8 Wisconsin and an 83-75 win at Illinois on 02/02. Boilermakers rank second in the Big Ten in scoring and third in scoring defense.    
   
   
Ohio State Buckeyes + 4.5 over Michigan State Spartans    
   
Ohio State is 5-1 last six Big Ten tournament games and 4-1 last five meetings off splitting two games this season, winning at home 63-54 on Sunday, losing at Michigan State 66-60 on 01/15.    
   
   
Indiana Hoosiers - 5 over Minnesota Golden Gophers    
   
Indiana leads the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding. The regrouped Hoosiers went 2-0 over Gophers this season, winning at home 69-55 last week and at Minnesota 65-60 on 01/17.

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Chicago Rush @ Grand Rapids Rampage
PICK: Grand Rapids Rampage

REASON FOR PICK: Grand Rapids has been an AFL bottom feeder for the last four years. The Rampage compiled a 14-50 SU mark during that span as the franchise deteriorated mightily following their championship season in 2001. Last year, they lost ten games by more than ten points. Clearly, it was time for a serious housecleaning. Enter new head coach Steve Thonn, a former AFL player with Albany in the 1990’s and a solid head coach during his previous stint with the now defunct Houston Thunder Bears.

Thonn handed former Florida State star Adrian McPherson the starting quarterback position, and McPherson did not disappoint in his season debut last week, despite a goal line fumble in the final minute that cost the Rampage the game. Run/pass dual threat QB’s are very difficult to defend in the AFL, and McPherson led the league in rushing last week while throwing four touchdown passes, as Grand Rapids gave the defending champions San Jose a real scare.

Meanwhile, Chicago was getting pounded at home by Philadelphia, as aging QB Shedrick Bonner looked old and out of sync with his receivers for the second consecutive week. Remember, the Rush have six new starters on their eight man offense, and this is their first road game of the year. That’s not exactly an ideal situation to lay a touchdown with on the road, particularly against a team that could be vastly undervalued right now. Take Grand Rapids. Current Line: Grand Rapids +6.5, worth betting at +6 or better.

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HOUSTON ROCKETS-11.5 Houston since feb 7 is 10-2 ats at this number (-11.5). Meaning that if you set the line at -11.5 for the last twelve home games for the rockets they would be 10-2 ats. I'll take those odds. I love the way alston is playing. I love the versatility of scola. Battier is a terrific defender and role player. The role players step up and do their job and they play great D. They even fall into this loose matchup zone that has been giving teams fits. The crowd will be great, its friday night, the streak is alive, I don't think they get caught looking ahead to LA on sunday. The line has dropped some but it is not going to scare me.

Play Houston-11.5

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Gold Sheet LTS Early Update

1.5* Ohio State, Tennessee

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10 units Oklahoma -8.5 v. Colorado

3 units Mich St -4 v. OSU.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Atlanta Hawks

Clippers opened a four-game East Coast swing Wednesday night with a 22-pt. loss in Orlando. They come here, play Washington Saturday night and finish in Minnesota Monday. The road has not been kind to the Clipps who are 8-20 S/U and 12-16 ATS away from Staples Center. At the end of a long, injury-plagued season don't expect them to put up much resistance in this one. Atlanta takes a big class drop after playing at Orlando Monday and hosting Houston Wednesday. It got two wins last year versus the Clipps, beating them here 86-74 and in L.A. 96-93

Play on: Atlanta

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South Carolina vs Tennessee
Play on: Tennessee Vols

The Vols are 49-37 ATS the last three years, and 29-20 ATS after a conference game the last three years. The Vols are also 10-4 ATS after a conference game this year, and 9-3 ATS off of a win vs a conference rival this year. We look for Tennessee to grab the SEC ATS Tournament Win & Cover today.

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Underdog Game of the Year

West Virginia at Georgetown
PICK: West Virginia

REASON FOR PICK: We backed West Virginia yesterday as they pulled the surprisingly easy upset over UConn. Expect more of the same when the Mountaineers face off against #1 seed Georgetown on Friday Night. We still haven’t seen anything resembling West Virginia’s ‘A’ game, despite their 2-0 mark in the tournament so far. On Wednesday, West Virginia survived and advanced despite a pretty lousy performance: 3 of 15 from three point range, 9 of 14 from the free throw line, 17 turnovers. Star perimeter shooter and second leading scorer Alex Rouff was only 2 for 8 from the floor, scoring only five points.

Yesterday’s win wasn’t all that much better:v5-17 from three point range, Ruoff hitting only one shot from the field, 16 turnovers, foul problems throughout. But Bob Huggins team played with such passion, such energy and such defensive intensity that the stats didn’t matter – this team simply wanted it more. Opposing coach Jim Calhoun: “Some games are very complex and you mull over them, why you won and why lost, it’s difficult. This one is very easy. They came out and kicked our butt.”

Playing in a venue where they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games in SU fashion, including a run to the NIT title last March, West Virginia has an enormous sense of confidence on this floor right now. Combine that with the unbelievable shooting run from junior forward Joe Alexander, who’s scored 32, 32, 29, 22 and 34 points in his last five games, and there’s no reason to think that West Virginia isn’t going to be this year’s Cinderella in the Big East Tournament.

Georgetown won the regular season Big East title, one hell of an accomplishment in this rugged league. And the Hoyas were unstoppable yesterday, having ‘one of those days’ from three point land, hitting a season high 17-27 from beyond the arc and 55% from the field overall, with 25 assists on their 28 made baskets. Quite frankly, that isn’t going to happen two days in a row, and it’s certainly not going to happen the way that West Virginia is playing defense right now.

The first meeting between these two teams was a true buzzer beater. West Virginia struggled from the free throw line, an uncharacteristic 52% from the line. Georgetown’s Jessie Sapp hit a three with six seconds left, then Patrick Ewing Jr blocked a controversial shot at the buzzer as Georgetown won by a single point. Bob Huggins went ballistic, arguing for a goaltending call: “I’m not allowed to make a comment. I think it’s pretty obvious.” Let’s not forget that Alexander was limited with a bad groin in that game, forced to come off the bench, and making only two shots.

While the public goes nuts betting the Hoyas on the theory that they’ve never lost a Big East tournament game as a #1 seed (forgetting that the last FOUR times Georgetown was the #1 seed were in the 1980’s, with absolutely no relevance for this team this year), we can wait until the hour before tip-off and get an even better price on West Virginia as an underdog in a game worthy of Big Ticket status. Big Ticket:

Take West Virginia.

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THE SPORTS REPORTER

*BOSTON over UTAH by 7
BOSTON 97-90

*ATLANTA over L.A. CLIPPERS by 9
ATLANTA 96-87

ORLANDO over *MIAMI by 12
ORLANDO 106-94

SAN ANTONIO over * DETROIT by 2
SAN ANTONIO 90-88


BEST BET
L.A. LAKERS over *NEW ORLEANS by 9
L.A. LAKERS 110-101

*HOUSTON over CHARLOTTE by 12
HOUSTON 112-100

PHILADELPHIA over *CHICAGO by 7
PHILADELPHIA 96-89

*DALLAS over INDIANA by 11
DALLAS 107-96

*DENVER over TORONTO by 11
DENVER 122-111

MINNESOTA over *SEATTLE by 4
MINNESOTA 105-101

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WINNING POINTS

*Boston over Utah by 7
BOSTON 102-95.

*Atlanta over Los Angeles Clippers by 9
ATLANTA 101-92.

***BEST BET
*Miami over Orlando by 7
MIAMI 110-103.

*Detroit over San Antonio by 3
DETROIT 91-88.

*New Orleans over Los Angeles Lakers by 1
NEW ORLEANS 104-103.

*Houston over Charlotte by 15
HOUSTON 103-88.

***BEST BET
*Chicago over Philadelphia by 15
CHICAGO 111-96.

*Dallas over Indiana by 14
DALLAS 109-95.

*Denver over Toronto by 7
DENVER 108-101.

*Seattle over Minnesota by 2
SEATTLE 96-94.

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Michigan State vs Ohio State
Play ON:MICHIGAN STATE minus the points

The fact that Michigan State is off a loss makes the Spartans appealing in this game. Sparty is 81-22 since 1990 and 20-2 of late off a loss when not playing on an opponents home court. Making the situation more appealing is the fact that the loss came to these Buckeyes in a game where Michigan State led with less than three minutes to play only to watch Ohio State score the last ten points and steal the win. Ohio State will have trouble winning this one. The Buckeyes are a perfect 0-6 SU away from home against NCAA tourney caliber teams this season, a record that sets up these incredible numbers: Ohio State is 0-14 ATS in its last 14 post season losses; Michigan State is 15-0 ATS in its last 15 SU wins off a loss vs an opponent off back-to-back wins and 9-0 ATS away from home in its last nine SU revenge wins. Izzo gets even today.

PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE 75 - Ohio State 60

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IND Pacers - DAL Mavericks

Take "Over"

Jason Kidd has certainly brought his offensive wizardry to the Mavs, on a 7-1 run over the total. It’s going to be even easier for this Dallas offense to score on this terrible Indiana defense, one giving up 105 ppg, third most in the league, and 39% shooting from three-point land – that’s dead last in the NBA. Indiana is on a 6-1 run over the total. Look for a run-and-gun game in Texas, play the Pacers/Mavs over the total!! - Click Here for more free picks


IND Pacers - ORL Magic

Take "ORL Magic"

Both teams had to play Friday, so it’s the second of a back to back spot. But which one will be more tired? Orlando had to play the punchless Miami Heat, the worst team in the league. Defenseless Indiana had to play at Dallas, knock heads with the Mavericks and then fly to Orlando for another road game. Indiana has no interiors defense, so the Magic will have a field day in the low post. And Orlando is 19-12 SU, 18-13 ATS at home. Play the Orlando Magic!

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