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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers
Play:  Over 5

The rule of thumb for the early part of the 2008 season is that whenever you see a total play of 5, attack it with the over. That will once again be the case on Thursday, as we will not worry about who wins this game and just collect with the over. 

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Maryland vs. Virginia Tech 
Play: Virginia Tech -3

After back-to-back road losses, I like the Hokies to get jacked up for first place Maryland tonight and to pick up a big win against the Terps. This will be a huge test for the Terps who are 0-3 SU and ATS and have been outscored by over 31 ppg vs. Virginia Tech. Maryland has also struggled mightily on the road this season, getting blown out 31-0 by Virginia and losing by 10 at Middle Tennessee State. You have to like the Hokies in the Thursday night prime time spotlight as they are 12-3 ATS on Thursday nights the last 10 seasons while Maryland is just 1-6 SU and ATS in their last 7 on the same day. Maryland is just 10-22 ATS in road games versus good rushing defenses - allowing <=120 rushing yards/game since 1992, losing these games by 14.5 ppg on average. Lay the points. 

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Maryland  at Virginia Tech 

Maryland Terrapins will have a big challenge on Thursday night against the Hokies in Blacksburg. Maryland has won five of its last six games, but has not been successful against Virginia Tech, dropping the last three meetings, including a 28-9 defeat in the last battle in Virginia. The Hokies are 8-2 at home on Thursday night since 1994. Take the Hokies with home field advantage in a close fight.

Virginia Tech Hokies -2½

Orlando Magic -5
Houston Rockets -5


Johnny Guild

Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic

Philadelphia offense has gone cold and is playing reckless, apparent by Wednesday night’s ghastly performance against the Heat, turning over the ball 26 times in a 106-83 defeat. Don't expect 76ers road struggles to end in Orlando. Take the Magic at home. Philadelphia lost the last two clashes against the Magic last season at Amway Arena.

Orlando Magic -5


Gina

Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers

Portland has lost five straight contests against the Rockets and is a horrible 2-7 in their last nine home games against Houston, going 3-6 against the spread. Go with the Rockets. The 1-3 Blazers defensive woes continue.

Houston Rockets -5


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Denver Broncos +3

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Minnesota at Colorado
Pick: Colorado -140

The Avalanche have had a roller coaster season so far, winless in three, undefeated in five, and now winless in four. The Wild have not been very productive of late either, as they opened the season with just 1 OT loss in their first six games, but have been a much different team since. They have now dropped three of their last four, and are having a hard time putting the puck in the net. The Wild has averaged less than two goals per game in their last four, and that spells trouble for a team that has allowed two or more goals in nine of their 12 games. Colorado seems to have the Wild's number as they took the last three from them in the playoffs last year, as well as the season finale. I'll back the Avalanche in this one.

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3* on Philadelphia 76ers +5.5

Reaasons why the 76ers covers the spread Thursday:

1.) Short travel for the 76ers in between games.  Philadelphia played in Miami last night and they’ll have a short trip to Orlando to play this game tonight.  This will help the 76ers be able to recover quickly from their game last night. 

2.)  The 76ers will be looking to bounce back.  After falling behind huge to the Miami Heat early last night, the 76ers were pretty much out of that game the rest of the way.  Look for the 76ers to get off to a much better start against the Magic tonight and sustain their play.  The 76ers stack up very well against Orlando ever since bringing Elton Brand into town.  Philly has the big men inside with Samuel Dalembert, Andre Iguodala and Brand to slow down Dwight Howard of the Magic.  Also, Thaddeus Young may win the most improved player in the league award.  Young is scoring 16.0 points/game this season and he’ll be a big factor tonight to go along with the Big 3.

3.)  System Play.  We’ll Play On - Underdogs (PHILADELPHIA) - excellent shooting team (>=47.5%) against an average defensive team (43.5-45.5%).  This is a 101-53 ATS System hitting 65.6% since 1996.  The 76ers are shooting lights out this season and they’ll get right back on track tonight with an upset road win at Orlando.  Bet Philadelphia on the road.

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1* on Portland Trail Blazers +5

The Portland Trail Blazers had the Utah Jazz by the balls last night, and they let them off the hook.  Utah pulled away in the 4th quarter.  Portland will be looking to forget this loss in a hurry by destroying the Houston Rockets when they come to town Thursday.  We cannot believe the odds makers have listed the Blazers as the home dog here.  They are clearly putting too much stock in Greg Oden’s injury.  Remember, Portland finished with better than a .500 record last season and that was without Oden the whole way.  This is still a very good team that added a couple more pieces in the offseason to really compete in the West.  The Blazers have just been stuck with a brutal schedule to start the year, with road games at the Jazz, Lakers and Suns.  But Portland did win their only home game, a 100-99 victory over the Spurs despite being the underdog in that one as well.  Portland is 27-13 ATS (+12.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.  The Blazers are 30-14 ATS (+14.6 Units) as a home underdog over the last 3 seasons.  Take Portland and the points.

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1 Unit on Philadelphia 76ers +5

I love the 76ers catching 5 points in this major bounce back spot after getting blown out by Miami .  Plays on any team (76ers) off an upset loss by 10 points or more as a favorite, team that had a losing record last season are 32-6 ATS since 1996.  Also, plays on road underdogs (76ers) - tired team - playing their 2nd road game in 2 days, team that had a losing record last season are 25-7 ATS the last 5 seasons.  We'll ride a pair of very strong systems to a cover tonight.

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