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SPORTS ADVISORS

(9) Louisville (14-3, 10-7 ATS) at (8) Syracuse (17-3, 8-8 ATS)

Syracuse faces its fourth consecutive ranked Big East opponent when it entertains No. 9 Louisville at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange started the Big East season with three straight wins (2-1 ATS) against non-ranked foes, part of a seven-game overall winning streak. However, with the competition stiffening, Jim Boeheim’s squad has struggled a bit, losing road games to 13th-ranked Georgetown (88-74 on Jan. 14) and top-ranked Pitt (78-60 on Monday). Sandwiched in the middle was last Saturday’s impressive 93-74 rout of No. 12 Notre Dame as a 3½-point home chalk

Louisville followed up last Saturday’s 61-60 home win over No. 1 Pitt with Wednesday’s 78-59 rout of Rutgers, covering as an 11-point road chalk. The Cardinals have won six in a row and they’ve cashed in all five Big East games to date. Rick Pitino’s club is averaging 73.2 points per game on just 44 percent shooting in league play, but it is holding league opponents to just 62.4 ppg on 38.3 percent shooting.

The host is 5-0 SU and 3-1-1 ATS in this rivalry dating to 1998. In last year’s lone clash, Louisville cruised to a 61-50 victory, barely cashing as a 9½-point home favorite.

While the Cardinals have won and covered all three of their Big East road games, Syracuse is 12-1 on its home floor (4-5 ATS in lined games), winning by an average of 15 ppg (83-68) and outshooting its visitors by a margin of 51.4 percent to 37.9 percent.

In addition to its five-game ATS winning streak, Louisville is on pointspread tears of 20-6-1 on the road, 37-15-2 in Big East action and 8-2 on Sunday. Syracuse is 5-1 ATS in its last six after a non-cover and 5-2 ATS in its last seven against teams with a winning record.

The Orange are on over streaks of 4-1 overall (all in Big East play), 4-1 at home and 6-2 after an outright loss, and Louisville has topped the total in four of its last six outings, including two of three on the road. Finally, the over is 3-1 in the last four meetings in this series.

ATS ADVANTAGE: LOUISVILLE and OVER


(7) Michigan State (15-3, 7-7-1 ATS) at Ohio State (13-4, 7-6 ATS)

Michigan State returns to the court for the first time since Wednesday’s shocking home loss to Northwestern when it pays a visit to Value City Arena for a Big Ten clash with Ohio State.

The Spartans saw their 28-game home winning streak and an 11-game overall winning run end in a 70-63 loss to Northwestern as a hefty 12-point chalk. Michigan State, which has been held to 63 points in each of its last two games (both at home), shot just 40.4 percent from the field, including missing 16 of 21 three-point tries, and it lost despite an overwhelming 39-19 rebounding edge.

Ohio State has been idle since Tuesday’s 67-49 loss at Illinois as a 7½-point road underdog, halting a three-game SU and two-game ATS winning streak. The 49-point output was the Buckeyes’ second-lowest of the season, one point more than they scored in a 76-48 home loss to West Virginia on Dec. 27.

Michigan State is 5-1 (2-3-1 ATS) in Big Ten play, including 3-0 (2-0-1 ATS) on the road. The Buckeyes are 3-3 SU and ATS in league action, including 2-0 (1-1 ATS) at Value City Arena. Overall, the Spartans are 7-1 on the highway (4-2-1 ATS), including 4-0 in true road games, while Ohio State is 10-1 at home (3-4 ATS).

These teams met back on Jan. 6 in East Lansing, Mich., and the Spartans prevailed 67-58, but Ohio State scored a layup in the final seconds to get the cash as an 11-point underdog. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, all as an underdog. In fact, the pup has cashed in six of the last eight in this series. In last year’s battle in Columbus, Ohio State won 63-54 as a two-point favorite to end Michigan State’s 5-0 ATS winning streak at Value City Arena.

Michigan State is on pointspread runs of 5-1-1 on the road, 6-0 after an outright loss and 6-2 after a non-cover. Ohio State has cashed in nine of its last 13 home contests, but otherwise is in ATS ruts of 1-4 on Sunday and 2-5 against winning teams.

The under is on streaks of 4-1 for the Spartans after a non-cover, 4-1 for the Spartans against winning teams, 4-1 for Ohio State overall, 12-4 for Ohio State after an outright loss, 19-7 for Ohio State on Sunday and 4-1 in this rivalry.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


(4) Pitt (17-1, 7-5-1 ATS) at West Virginia (14-4, 6-9 ATS)

West Virginia puts its three-game winning streak on the line when it welcomes fourth-ranked Pitt to Morgantown, W.Va., for a key Big East battle.

Kicking off a five-game stretch in which they will play four Big East foes ranked in the Top 12, the Mountaineers scored an impressive 72-58 victory at Georgetown on Thursday, cashing as a five-point underdog to halt an 0-4 ATS slide. Da’Sean Butler (27 points, eight rebounds) led four West Virginia players in double digits as the team hit 48.4 percent from the field and held the Hoyas to 39.2 percent, including a 2-for-16 effort from three-point range.

Pitt rebounded from its first defeat of the season – last Saturday’s 69-63 loss at Louisville as a two-point underdog – with Monday’s 78-60 destruction of Syracuse, easily covering as a nine-point home choice. Sam Young (game-high 22 points) and DeJuan Blair (20 points, game-high 12 rebounds) led the way for the Panthers, who are averaging 75.7 ppg in Big East play while allowing just 64 ppg.

West Virginia is 4-2 SU but just 2-4 ATS in Big East action, including 2-1 SU (0-3 ATS) in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are 8-1 overall on the home floor, but only 2-4 ATS in lined action.  Pitt is 5-1 (3-3 ATS) in conference, going 2-1 (1-2 ATS) as a visitor.

The Mountaineers ended a four-game losing streak to Pitt last March, winning 76-62 as a 5½-point home favorite. In the first meeting last year, the Panthers eked out a 55-54 win but failed to cover as a three-point home underdog. Despite not getting the cash in the last two battles, Pitt is still on an 11-5-1 ATS run in this rivalry, going 6-3 ATS in its last nine trips to Morgantown. Also, the favorite is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven head-to-head matchups.

The Panthers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five Sunday affairs. West Virginia has failed to cash in four of its last five overall and five of its last six at home, but Bob Huggins’ team is on a solid 17-4 ATS roll when playing on Sunday.

The under is on runs of 4-1 for Pitt on the road, 4-1 for West Virginia on Sunday and 5-2 in this rivalry. However, the over is 9-3 in the Panthers’ last 12 Sunday games and 12-4 in their last 16 versus Big East foes.

ATS ADVANTAGE: PITT


NBA

Dallas (25-18, 19-24 ATS) at Boston (36-9, 25-20 ATS)

The Celtics will try to make it eight in a row when they welcome the Mavericks to TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

Dallas is fresh off Friday’s dominating 121-91 victory in Detroit as a 3½-point ‘dog. The Mavs have won three of four both SU and ATS, and they’ve have taken two of three on this road swing through the Eastern Conference, beating the Sixers and Pistons with a loss to the Bucks (133-99 as one-point favorites) sandwiched in between.

Boston made it seven in a row (6-1 ATS) on Thursday with a 90-80 win in Orlando, cashing as a 4½-point underdog. The Celtics have found their defense lately, limiting the opposition to 87 points or less in each of their last five while averaging 103 points and 50.8 percent shooting from the field.

The Celtics swept the season-series from the Mavericks last year, getting a 96-90 home win as one-point ‘dogs and then going to Dallas and winning 94-90 as 3 ½-point pups. The Mavs had won seven straight (4-3 ATS) in the series prior to last season and the road team has cashed in five of the last seven.

Dallas has failed to cash in five of their last six after a spread-cover and four of their last five after a straight-up win, but they are on ATS runs of 9-2 as a road ‘dog and 7-3 on the road against a team with a winning home record. Boston is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven against Western Conference teams, but otherwise on a plethora of ATS runs that include 20-8 on Sundays, 11-3 as a home favorite, 7-2 when getting two days of rest and 16-5 at home against teams with a winning road mark.

For the Mavs, the under is on runs of 22-7-1 on Sundays, 13-6 on a day of rest, 6-1 against teams with a winning record and 4-1 against the Atlantic Division, but they have topped the total in 18 of their last 26 as a ‘dog. Boston is on “over” streaks of 6-2 at home, 4-1-1 after two days off and 5-2 against teams with a winning record, but they have stayed under the number in four straight and 11 of 13 against Western Conference foes. In this series, the over has been the play in five of the last seven overall.

ATS ADVANTAGE: BOSTON and OVER


San Antonio (29-13, 19-22-1 ATS) at L.A. Lakers (34-8, 20-22 ATS)

Just 11 days after playing one of the better games this NBA season, the Spurs and Lakers will tangle again, this time inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Back on Jan. 14, San Antonio scored a 112-111 victory over the Lakers, but failed to cash as three-point chalk. It was the first time these two had met since their Western Conference finals series back in May when the Lakers scored a 4-1 series win (3-2 ATS). The home team has won nine of 10 (6-4 ATS) including the playoff series, but the Lakers have gotten the cash in three straight and five of the last seven.

The Spurs are riding a four-game winning streak (2-2 ATS) and escaped with a 94-91 home win over the Nets on Friday, falling well short as 11½-point favorites. They’ve won three of four on the road (2-2 ATS) but barely edged the Bobcats 86-84 on their last road outing and failed as a five-point chalk.

Los Angeles has won three straight (2-1 ATS) and easily beat the Wizards 117-97 inside the Staples Center Thursday, cashing as a 14-point favorite. The Lakers are 22-3 in front of the home fans but just 12-13 ATS. They have topped the 100-point mark in 13 straight games and have limited the opposition to 97 or less in each of the last three.

San Antonio is 6-1 ATS in its last seven against Pacific Division teams but just 2-5 ATS in its last seven overall and 1-4 ATS in its last five after a straight-up win. The Lakers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 against the Southwest Division and 7-3 their last 10 against teams with a winning record, but they are on ATS slides of 7-16 as a favorite and 2-6 when getting two days off.

The Spurs are on a host of “under” streaks, including 23-8-1 as a ‘dog, 40-19-1 on the road, 18-8 after a day of rest, 12-3 against the Pacific Division, 4-0 overall and 23-10-2 after a straight-up win. Los Angeles is just the opposite, topping the total in 17 of 24 at home, six of eight overall, seven straight after a straight-up win, four of five against the Western Conference and seven of 10 on Sundays. In this rivalry, the under is 5-1 in the last six and 5-1 in the last six in Hollywood.

ATS ADVANTAGE: L.A. LAKERS


Utah (25-19, 22-22 ATS) at Denver (28-15, 24-18-1 ATS)

The Jazz go to the Pepsi Center in Denver looking for their fifth straight win over the Nuggets in this Western Conference rivalry.

Utah suffered a 102-97 home loss Saturday night to the Cavaliers, falling as a three-point favorite to LeBron and Co. The Jazz have lost four of their last six and gone just 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall. They are just 8-14 away from home this season (10-12 ATS) and average just 98.6 points per game on the highway while allowing 101.8.

Denver hasn’t been on the court since Tuesday when it scored a 118-99 home win over Sacramento, cashing as a nine-point chalk. The Nuggets have gotten the cash in three of their last four overall and six of their last nine. They are 17-6 at home (13-9-1 ATS) but when they play on three-plus days of rest they are just 1-3 ATS this season.

Utah has won the last four meetings in this series, including a 98-94 home win back on Oct. 29, but the Nuggets took home the cash in that one as eight-point ‘dogs. Last time these two squared off in Denver was almost a year ago and Utah got a 118-115 win in overtime as a two-point pup. The Jazz are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings, including 4-1 ATS in the last five in the Mile High City. And finally, the favorite is 20-9-1 the last 30 times these two have met.

The Jazz are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 against teams with a winning record, but otherwise they are on ATS dives of 1-4 on the road, 1-4 against the Western Conference, 1-6 overall and 2-5 when playing the second night of a back-to-back. Denver is on ATS streaks of 4-1 against the Western Conference, 4-1 on Sundays and 17-4-1 as a home favorite of five to 10 ½ points.

Utah is on “over” runs of 16-5 against Western Conference teams, 11-2 overall, 11-1-1 as a road ‘dog and 5-0 when playing the second night of a back-to-back. For the Nuggets, they have stayed under the total in four of their last five at home, but they are on “over” streaks of 10-4 overall, 39-19 against Northwest Division squads and 5-2 when playing after three or more days off. In this rivalry, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings and 5-1 in the last six in Denver.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER

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Northern Iowa vs. Missouri State     
Play: Northern Iowa +1

Hammons Center will be the site of tonight’s Missouri Valley Conference clash between the host Missouri State Bears and the visiting Northern Iowa Panthers.

Northern Iowa has a record of 13-6 SU and 7-8 against the number this season. During their last five games they are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS. The Panthers have played extremely well when facing conference opponents posting a record of 7-1 SU and a solid 6-2 ATS. Northern Iowa is averaging 71.6 points per game versus teams that allow 66.6 points per game and they are only allowing 60.9 points per game versus teams that average 67.5 points per game.

Missouri State has a record of 9-10 SU and 7-11 against the spread this year. When playing on their home floor they are 8-4 SU but only 4-7 ATS. The Bears have struggled in conference play this season only managing a 2-6 SU record and 3-5 against the spread. In those contests they have averaged only 61.1 points per game versus teams that allow more than 65 points per game. Defensively the Bears are allowing 64.1 points per game against teams that average 68.3 points per game.

Missouri State has trouble with good shooting teams as evidenced by their 2-16 ATS record versus teams making >=45% of their shots over the last 2 seasons. They also struggle against teams that are allowing <=64 points per game posting a record of 9-19 ATS versus those teams over the last two seasons. The Panthers shooting the ball well and playing solid defense should lead to another Missouri State loss on Sunday evening.

Taking a closer look at Missouri State we see that they also struggle after having a limited amount of success as they are 5-13 ATS after having won 2 of their last 3 games over the last 2 seasons. When the Bears are coming off a huge win over a conference rival they are perfect going 0-7 ATS off a blowout win by 20 points or more over a conference rival over the last 3 seasons.

The combination of fundamental, situational and strong technical support for the Panthers leads to a Northern Iowa win on Sunday night in Springfield.

PROJECTED FINAL SCORE: (2*) Northern Iowa 69 Missouri State 62

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Ted Sevransky

Toronto Raptors -9

Toronto snapped a seven game losing streak at Chicago on Friday Night with a 20 point road win against the Bulls. During that span, the Raptors were underdogs six times, facing Boston twice, along with Atlanta, Detroit and the improving Pacers on the road, as well as the Phoenix Suns at home. Even in defeat, the Raptors have remained competitive, losing only one of those games by more than seven points. They took the Celtics to overtime. They came one shot away from upsetting Phoenix and Atlanta. While things have been rough in recent weeks, this is not a team that’s falling apart right now. Rather, they are a team that’s about to come together.

Toronto just completed a ten game stretch without two key starters, center Jermaine O’Neal and point guard Jose Calderon. O’Neal returned to the court last Wednesday and Calderon joined him on Friday.
Calderon’s injury, in particular, has really hampered this team offensively. They were clearly sparked by his return on Friday. Head coach Jay Triano: “It’s completely different with him on the floor. He’s in control of the ball. He’s in control of the other players on the floor. He makes shots. He makes plays.”

When a struggling team returns home after a tough scheduling stretch and gets two key starters back in the lineup at the same time, it’s definitely a spot for us to seriously consider supporting them. Their opponent here is coming off a brutal two point road loss in a wild, uptempo game at Milwaukee last night to drop their record to 0-17 against the Eastern Conference and 3-19 on the road. Expect a lethargic effort from the Kings and an inspired effort from the Raptors leading to a double digit win for the home team. Take Toronto.

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James Patrick

Jazz vs. Nuggets

The Utah Jazz travel to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Nugets in a Sunday Night NBA encounter. Utah is 4-1 ATS in Denver and and have won 9 of 12 in this series. Our selection is Utah Jazz in NBA action.

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Marc Lawrence

Play On: Sacramento Kings

The Kings travel north of the border to take on the Raptors in Toronto in this non-conference clash as the Raptors just snapped a 7-game losing skid when they upset the Bills in Chicago Friday night while the Kings check in off last night's tussle in Milwaukee. With the Raptors just 1-5 ATS in games off an upset win and 3-9 ATS as favorite of 4 or more points this season, look for Sacramento to avenge an earlier loss they suffered at home against Toronto this season. Grab the points with the Kings.

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Jim Feist

HOUSTON ROCKETS at DETROIT PISTONS
Take: Under

Reason: Defense is going to take center stage this game. Both teams are in the top 12 in field goal shooting defense and in the top 8 in points allowed. Houston is on an 8-4 run under the total. Detroit is really focused on playing a slow-down defensive style, on a 10-4-1 run under the total. The Pistons have allowed only 100 points twice over the last 18 games -- and one of those was the last game, in a home loss to Dallas. Look for them to get back to a strong defensive effort after that poor performance. Play the Rockets/Pistons under the total.

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Dave Cokin

Spurs @ Lakers
Play: Spurs +6'

Revenge for the Lakers from the recent narrow loss at San Antonio. But the revenge is built into the number, and the fact is the Lakers have been awful this year in this scenario, just 1-4 against the number. I think the value on the number is with the dog, so the lean is to the Spurs with the points.

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PLAY: BOSTON/DALLAS 'OVER'

Recently, these two have played UNDER in their on court battles, but here we catch Dallas on an extended road trip, so that may allow for an outstanding shooting day (percentage wise)for Boston. Add in Dirk's big game appetite and you may have a huge offering from the points perspective. Boston has gone OVER recently 6 of 8 when chalked and Dallas has been high when posted as an underdog at 18-8 OVER. The series has gone OVER in 5 of 7.

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Charlotte Bobcats at Indiana Pacers
Prediction: Charlotte Bobcats

With the addition of Diaw and Bell the Bobcats are a comeptitive team that you can't take lightly. Charlotte is 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. In their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record the Bobcats are 10-3 ATS. In their last 16 road games overall the Bobcats are 11-5 ATS. Indiana is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. In their last 5 games vs. NBA Southwest team's the Pacers are 1-4 ATS. Charlotte is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 trips to Indiana. The Pacers are 3-12 ATS in the last 15 meetings. Play on the Charlotte Bobcats +.

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Jeff Benton

I couldn’t have possibly been more wrong with Saturday’s free play on Maryland. Hey, it happens. I'm still on a 44-26 run with these plays I'm giving away, including a 19-11 roll in college basketball heading into today's selection on Florida as a small road favorite at Vanderbilt.

More than anything, this is a play against the Commodores, who are off to a brutal start in the watered-down SEC, losing three of four games (0-3-1 ATS) with the three defeats being by double digits. That includes Tuesday’s 76-63 home loss to Tennessee as a two-point underdog – the same Tennessee that managed just 52 points in Saturday’s home loss to Memphis.

In its four conference games, Vanderbilt has averaged 59.8 ppg and shot just 38% from the field. Compare that with the Gators, who are putting up 73.8 ppg and shooting 46% in their four league games. Florida won the first three of those contests before Wednesday’s gut-wrenching, last-second 70-69 loss at South Carolina. Not only did that defeat end the Gators’ 10-game winning streak, but it was only the third loss of the season for Florida, the other two coming against Syracuse (89-83), which is currently ranked No. 8 in the country, and rival Florida State (57-55 on the road).

That’s right: Florida is 16-3, and its three defeats were by a total of nine points! Also, when playing away from Gainesville this season, Billy Donovan’s troops are outscoring opponents by 7 ppg and shooting 46.3% while allowing just 37.6%. And as for this rivalry, going back to 2004, the Gators are 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS against Vanderbilt.

No matter how you look at it, guys, these are two teams going in opposite directions, and because of that, I’ll gladly lay this short number. Back Florida.

3&#9830; FLORIDA

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Matt Rivers

For Sunday take the points with Georgia Tech.

Paul Hewitt's Jackets have been fairly dreadful and there are some whispers that it may soon cost the coach his job. Georgia Tech has not been able to do much right at all this season and are still winless in the ACC after falling to mainly mediocre conference foes, save Duke. Now Tech travels to Littlejohn to face a talented Clemson team. So how can I back Hewitt's mess? Easy, because the Jackets may not win games but they are good enough to stick around and that is exactly what I expect today.

Clemson just lost their first two games of the season and were drilled in that second half last time out at Chapel Hill against North Carolina. The Tigers were fully outclassed by Wake Forest at home before that and right now could easily be lacking a bit of confidence. We saw over the past few seasons how Oliver Purnell's team pounded cupcakes early in the season getting out to the great record and then got smacked down to Earth when playing quality teams. Could that be the case once again this season? Maybe, maybe not, but either way this is still too many points to lay to a Tech team that stays in games. Granted the Jackets don't win these games, ie Maryland, Virginia, NC State, etc. but at this price they don't even have to come close to winning in order to grab that cash.

Peacock, Lawal, Clinch, Shumpert, Miller and the rest of these visitors do have talent. They are not as good obviously as Rivers, Oglesby, Bookers and the home Tigers who need a win all of a sudden themselves but this price is a bit too much and certainly a game that cannot be passed up.

Tech will play hard like they have been and probably fail in the end for the outright as they have been. That's good enough for me!

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Jake Timlin

Easy winner on UNLV yesterday I am now 9-4 with my last 13 freebie winners heading.

Building on my winning run I look for a hurting Clemson team to get back on track today as they flirt with a 20 plus point blowout of Georgia Tech today.  You see while tonight’s line suggest a mismatch I believe the Oddsmakers forgot a few points as Clemson is going to roll big time at home.

Just like they have in the last five series meeting at home, including the Tigers 15 point win at home last season.  Meanwhile, for Georgia Tech they are the last winless ACC team and for good reason as the Yellow Jackets struggle to score from the field and the line as they is one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the nation.  Well a visit up to Death Valley won’t be any easier on the Yellow Jackets as they face a very pissed of Clemson team.

Flat out I look for Clemson to take out their frustrations out on Georgia Tech as the Tigers roll to an easy cover win.

PICK: Clemson Tigers

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Tony Weston

Today's Selection

I took a loss in this spot last night, no denying that. The Bucks can’t pull through like they should have and it costs us. Despite that setback, I'm still on an 11-3 run with my comp plays and we’re adding to our win total today as we head to Big Ten country where we’re taking Ohio State at home against the visiting Michigan State Spartans.

The Spartans roll into Columbus as about a 3 or 3 1/2 point favorite. But, when it comes to this rivalry, no matter how good Michigan State is and no matter where Ohio State is, the Buckeyes always are able to do just enough to cover. And they’ll do so again in this one.

Over their last five meetings the Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS against the Spartans and in this series, the underdog is 6-2 ATS their last eight meetings.

Consider, too, that Ohio State is 9-4 ATS its last 13 home games, while Michigan State comes into this one 1-3-1 ATS its last five games overall. The Spartans are also coming off an embarrassing 70-63 outright loss at home at the hands of Northwestern, which was installed as a 12-point underdog.

Including that game, the Spartans have failed to cover in each of their last three games and have not covered a Big Ten game since Jan. 3 on the road at Northwestern.

Michigan State is also 5-10-1 ATS its last 16 regular season games against conference opponents and is 7-15-1 ATS its last 23 regular season conference games. The Spartans are also only 8-14-1 ATS their last 23 Big Ten roadies.

The Spartans will have trouble once again on the road against a conference foe and not be able to cover. Take the points and take Ohio State at home in this one.

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Dallas at BOSTON -9' 

Boston had their little bump in the road, and now they are once again firing on all cylinders, as the Celtics hit the parquet floor having won their last 7 games, covering 5 straight, and 6 of the 7 overall.

For the year, Boston is 21-2 straight up at home, and now a profitable 14-9 against the spread on the parquet floor.

Dallas is playing their 4th road game in the last 7 days, and while they have won 2 of their last 3 both straight up, and against the spread, the Mavericks have not been able to dent the Celts in the last pair of meetings either straight up, or against the spread.

Look for Dallas to run out of gas in this matinee, and the Boston juggernaut to roll to the double-digit win, and cover.

G-Man laying the wood today with the C's.

2&#9830; BOSTON

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Minnesota -8 at INDIANA 

Early action today, as we expect Minnesota to take advantage of a down year at Indiana.

The Golden Gophers were just shellacked at home against Purdue, for their second straight loss, but we like them to right the ship against the door-mat of the Big 10, Indiana.

The Hoosiers latest losing streak has hit 8 in a row, and they have failed their last 3 against the spread as well.

Minnesota has done a fine job on the road this season, going 4-1 straight up, and 3-1 against the spread. For the season, the Golden Gophers are 9-5 against the spread, while Tom Crean's Hoosiers are just 5-8 against the spread for the season.

It won't take long for the Golden Gophers to stretch this margin.

Play on Minny to win it going away.

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Louisville +1' at SYRACUSE 

Tough to look any other way here, as the Cardinals have been downright nasty, and have the size and defense necessary to match up with the Orange in this one. True, the fact Syracuse lost at Pitt in their last one will have the Orange motivated in this contest, but I believe that game exposed a couple issues that Pitino can and will take advantage of.

First, the Syrcause frontline got outplayed by the Panthers, as both Onuaku, Harris, and Jackson played below their averages. If the Orange though Pitt's frontcourt was tough, just wait until they match up with the Cardinals! Clark, Samuels and Williams are as good a frontline as it gets, and there's no doubt they are the better defensive group.

Second, while the edge in the backcourt goes to the Orange, its not by much, as Flynn is coming off a terrible game, while the streaky, but talented Sosa is finally playing better. The more interesting match up will be the defense of  G Jerry Smith on Andy Rautins along the perimeter, which will be absolutely key in this contest.

Bottom line, while its tough to go against the Orange at home, Louisville is one of the few teams that should have their backers extremely worried. Not only do they match up incredibly well (as shown by their last meeting), but are playing better basketball at this point (Cards 5-0 SUATS L5 games). Cardinals are the play.

Take Louisville plus the points over Syracuse in this college hoops match up.

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Virginia Tech +6' at MIAMI-FLORIDA 

I get it. Let down spot for the Hokies one game removed from their huge upset win at Wake Forest. BUT, before you go betting the farm on that single trend, consider a couple things about this match up:

First, have the Hurricanes really impressed you? They beat both Maryland and Florida State in their last two home games, but covered neither. In fact, they looked pretty awful against the Seminoles, until McClinton strapped them on his back and carried to them to victory once again. Virginia Tech on the other hand, has looked great, winning 4 straight (3-1 ATS) since their loss at Duke, including nice wins over Boston College and at Wake!

Second, if you saw their last meeting - a 63-49 Virginia Tech home win and cover - you have known that the 'Canes do not match up particularly well with the Hokies. Vassallo, Delaney, and Allen all played well, and without a "real" bigman to clog up the middle (King graduated), the Hokies can attack the paint at will (their specialty).

Finally, for those of us who've seen the 'Canes play, two things bother me about this match up: A. They've yet to really blow anyone out in conference play, so I hope you weren't expecting anything but a close game (Hokies winning outright wouldn't surprise me in the least). And B. The last time these two played, both McClinton and Collins played terrible, and the match ups won't get any easier tonight.

Bottom line, Miami may very well win this contest, but covering a bloated number against a surging Virginia Tech is a completely different story! You simply cannot fade the Hokies based on one factor alone (letdown), as they are good enough to beat the 'Canes outright, and you better believe this game will stay within the number!

Take Virginia Tech plus the points over Miami-Florida in this college hoops match up.

3&#9830; VIRGINIA TECH

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Michigan State -2' at OHIO STATE

Michigan State has been itching to get back on the court after Wednesday's home loss to Northwestern and the Spartans will take it out on Ohio State today. Play the Spartans to go into Columbus and win this one by 10.

They had their 11-game overall winning streak and 28-game home winning streak stopped when Northwestern stole a 70-63 win as a 12-point road 'dog. The Spartans have had trouble scoring lately and hit just five of 21 three-pointers against the Wildcats on Wednesday.

Ohio State hasn't played since Tuesday's 67-49 loss at Illinois, falling as a 7 1/2-point road 'dog and ending the Buckeyes three-game winning streak. That makes twice this season they have been held to less than 50 points in a game and shows us their offense goes into hybernation regularly.

Michigan State is 5-1 in Big Ten action and 3-0 (2-0-1 ATS) in conference road action. Overall, the Spartans are 7-1 on the road and 4-2-1 ATS. These teams met on Jan. 6 at Michigan State with the Spartans getting a 67-58 win and coming up short as an 11-point favorite.

The Spartans have gone 5-1 ATS in their last five trips to Ohio State and we expect them to be on top of their game today. Play Michigan State in this one.

3&#9830; MICHIGAN STATE

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1 Unit on Georgia Tech +12.5

Clemson has lost 2 in a row since starting the season 16-0, and while those losses were to Wake and UNC, its confidence has still been affected.  Georgia Tech has lost 4 in a row and will be very hungry to pick up a win Sunday.  We can expect to see Clemson's true colors start to show now that it is in conference play.  Georgia Tech is 13-1 ATS after 4 or more consecutive losses since 1997, winning in these spots by an average score of 74.0 to 69.4.  This system hits the nail right on the head.  Take the points as the Jackets are getting too many.

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Play: Clemson -12

Number 9 Clemson came back to earth after playing and losing to No.1 Wake Forest and then to No. 5 North Carolina. Georgia Tech is more of the type of team that the Tigers can and will handle. In need of big effort Clemson responds and wins large.

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1 Unit on Pacers -3.5

The Pacers have now won 4 in a row at home and are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games. The Bobcats are playing good basketball, but let's face it, the road has not been kind to them. They are just 5-12 on the road this season. The Indiana Pacers are 11-1 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 2 seasons, winning these games by an average score of 110.7 to 101.5. Charlotte's offense has been terrible on the road, averaging only 90.2 ppg while the Pacers are scoring 107.8 ppg at home. We'll look to take advantage of this soft line. Lay the points.

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