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Wednesday Service Plays

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Scott Rickenbach

Toronto Raptors @ New Jersey Nets
PICK: Toronto Raptors

While neither team will impress you with their overall performance this season, the Raptors are finally healthy again and it showed in their most recent game as they did emerge victorious. Jermaine O'Neal is back as is point guard Jose Calderon. With those two guys back on the floor, the Raptors are a much different team. With the Nets struggling at home all season long the Raptors are not intimidated at all about playing this one at New Jersey. In fact, the Raptors already pummeled the Nets in New Jersey earlier this season. As for the Nets, they're getting nothing from their key players, Vince Carter and Devin Harris, in recent games. Those guys have been well below par and have been very inconsistent. This is "taxing" the whole team and, overall, the mood of the entire team is down right now. The Raptors are worth a look as a small play on Wednesday night. 

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Vanderbilt +6.5

The Vanderbilt Commodores are in a bit of a tailspin now as they have lost three straight games, but we feel that has actually resulted in some nice line value here as they visit the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Commodores were torched for 94 points by the Florida Gators on Sunday, but they had actually been playing quite well defensively before that atrocious effort, and we look for the defense to bounce back here.

After all, Vanderbilt is still allowing just 61.6 points per game this season even after the Florida game, and they are limiting their opponents to just 38.4 percent shooting from the field. Furthermore, the 39.8 percent shooting they are allowing in two-point attempts ranks them seventh in the country in that category.

That makes for a tough matchup for the Gamecocks, as they are only converting on 49.6 percent of their two-point shots, ranking 109 in the country. Sure, South Carolina is capable of making three-pointers at 38.2 percent, but we do not feel they will shoot enough of them here to build up a hefty lead.

Finally, Vanderbilt is a much better offensive rebounding team than South Carolina, so we feel that the combination of second chance points and stiff defense should result in a tight game not decided until the final buzzer.

Pick: Vanderbilt +6.5

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Tom Stryker

OHIO STATE (-) over Michigan

The Maize and Blue have played extremely well in Ann Arbor. However, get the Wolverines on foreign courts and they can easily be defeated. For instance, as a guest coming off a straight up win, UM is a soft 16-33-1 ATS including 10-27 ATS in Big 10 play. With those two parameters combined and Michigan matched up against an opponent that owns a won/loss percentage less than .800, this team trend crashes to an ugly 6-22-1 ATS!

With Matta on the sidelines, State has cruised to a nearly perfect 8-1 SU record in this series. Equally impressive, as a conference home dog or favorite of -6 or less and matched up against a Big 10 foe that carries a won/loss percentage of .667 or better, the Buckeyes are a profitable 38-22 ATS. In this role sporting a won/loss percentage of .470 or better, OSU improves to a sizzling 30-14 ATS!

With losses in three of its last four games, Michigan hasn't been playing its best basketball of the season. It won't get any easier for the Wolverines here either. The Buckeyes are nearly invincible at VCA and they're hungry for a win. Take Ohio State.

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