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SPORTS ADVISORS

(2) Connecticut (25-2, 11-11 ATS) at (8) Marquette (23-4, 11-10-1 ATS)

Marquette carries a three-game winning streak into this Big East showdown with UConn, most recently upsetting Georgetown 78-72 Saturday, cashing as a 3½-point underdog to halt an 0-4 ATS slide. The Golden Eagles have scored in excess of 70 points in 14 of their last 15 games, including 12 of 13 league contests. Additionally, they’re averaging 80.4 points in six conference home games (all victories).

The Huskies bounced back from a 76-68 home loss to Pittsburgh with Saturday’s 64-50 rout of South Florida. However, they came up short as a 20-point home favorite, dropping to 1-4 ATS in their last four, including three consecutive non-covers. UConn has held 12 of its last 15 opponents to 61 points or less, but the offense has gone six straight games without cracking the 70-point barrier, netting 65.7 ppg during this stretch.

UConn are tied with Louisville atop the Big East standings at 13-2 (8-7 ATS), while Marquette (12-2 SU, 8-6 ATS) is a half-game back. The Huskies have won all seven of their Big East road games (5-2 ATS), while the Eagles have split the cash in their six conference home wins.

These teams have met three times since Marquette joined the Big East in 2005-06. The Golden Eagles won the first two clashes – 94-79 as a 10-point home underdog in 2006 and 73-69 as a nine-point road pup in 2007 – but UConn took last year’s meeting 89-73, covering easily as a 2½-point home chalk.

Going back to the non-conference campaign, the Huskies have cashed in six of eight road games, and they’re 4-1 ATS in their last five on Wednesday and 3-0 SU and ATS as an underdog this year. UConn is also 8-2 SU and ATS against Top 25 competition. Marquette is on ATS streaks of 4-1 on Wednesday, 9-4 after a SU win, 5-1 as a favorite of less than seven points and 8-3 against teams with a winning record, and the Eagles are 4-2 SU and ATS against ranked foes.

The Golden Eagles average 83.6 ppg at home for the season, shooting 47.3 percent from the floor, while giving up 65.6 ppg (41.5 percent shooting). UConn puts up 68.4 ppg on the road (45.5 percent shooting), while holding opponents to a stifling 57.6 ppg (36.5 percent).

The under is 14-7 in UConn’s lined games this season, including 5-1 in the last six overall, 5-0 in its last five on the road and 6-2 in its last eight after an ATS setback. However, the over is 9-4 in Marquette’s last 13 after a spread-cover. Also, all three meetings between these schools have jumped over the total.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


Kentucky (19-8, 12-9-1 ATS) at South Carolina (19-6, 8-10-2 ATS)

South Carolina has won three of its last four and seven of its last nine to move to the top of the SEC East standings, where it is tied with Kentucky. The Gamecocks needed overtime to knock off Arkansas 82-78 on Saturday, but failed to cover as a 10-point home favorite. South Carolina has followed up a 3-0 ATS run by going 0-3-1 ATS in its last four games.

Kentucky had no trouble with Tennessee on Saturday, rolling 77-58 as a three-point home favorite. Like South Carolina, the Wildcats are on a 3-1 run, but like the Gamecocks, they’ve struggled against the number lately, going 2-5 ATS in their last seven, all in conference, including 1-2 SU and ATS on the road.

Both teams are 8-4 in SEC play, with Kentucky going 6-6 ATS and South Carolina posting a 5-5-2 ATS mark. While the Wildcats are 4-2 SU and ATS in conference road games, the Gamecocks have won all six SEC contests at home (2-3-1 ATS).

South Carolina went to Lexington on Jan. 31 and stunned Kentucky 78-77 as a 9½-point road underdog, snapping a four-game losing skid (1-3 ATS) in this rivalry. However, the visitor has won four of the last six series battles, with the Wildcats going 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three trips to Columbia, S.C. In fact, the road team has cashed in 11 of the last 14 head-to-head battles, and the underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10.

Despite its 2-5 ATS dip overall, Kentucky is still on positive pointspread runs of 6-2 on the road, 9-4 versus teams with the winning record and 3-0 as an underdog of less than 18 points. South Carolina is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight after a non-cover, but otherwise is in pointspread ruts of 5-16-1 at home, 7-20-1 at home against opponents with a winning road record, 1-4-1 on Wednesday and 4-7-2 as a favorite.

The over is 16-2 in the last 18 meetings in this rivalry, including 5-0 in the last five. Also, the last six meetings in Columbia have hurdled the total. Finally, the over is on additional runs of 5-2 for Kentucky on the road, 10-1 for Kentucky against winning teams, 6-2 for South Carolina overall, 4-0 for South Carolina at home and 15-2 for South Carolina versus winning squads.

ATS ADVANTAGE: KENTUCKY and OVER


(7) Duke (22-5, 12-13-1 ATS) at Maryland (17-9, 11-7-2 ATS)

Maryland got the marquee victory it desperately needed Saturday, rallying from a double-digit second-half deficit to shock No. 3 North Carolina 88-85 in overtime, cashing as a 12-point home underdog. The Terrapins are on a 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS roll, all in ACC action, including three straight wins and covers in College Park, Md.

Duke ended a two-game ACC slide with Sunday’s 101-91 victory over Wake Forest, barely covering as an eight-point home favorite to end an 0-5 ATS nosedive. In hitting triple digits for the first time this season, the Blue Devils shot 54.1 percent from the field (8-for-23 from three-point range). However, they allowed the Demon Deacons to connect on 61 percent of their shots (5-for-9 from long distance), and they got outrebounded 32-20, but they took 20 more free throws and outscored Wake Forest 27-14 from the foul line.

Duke is 8-4 in ACC play, 1½ games behind first-place North Carolina, but Mike Krzyzewski’s squad has lost three straight ACC roadies, all as a favorite. The Blue Devils are just 5-7 ATS in conference (1-4 ATS on the highway). Maryland is 6-6 in the ACC (7-5 ATS), including 5-1 at home (3-3 ATS).

The Terps suffered their most embarrassing loss in years when they went to Duke on Jan. 24 and got crushed 85-44 as a 15-point underdog. The Blue Devils have won three straight in this rivalry (2-0-1 ATS), including a 93-84 road victory last year as a six-point favorite, after Maryland had gone 5-2 ATS in the previous seven. The SU winner is 9-0-1 ATS in the last 10 clashes.

The Blue Devils are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games after scoring 90 points in their previous contests, but their pointspread trends turn negative from there, including 0-4 on the road, 1-4 in ACC play, 1-4 on Wednesday and 1-5 against winning teams. Meanwhile, in addition to its 5-1 ATS run overall, Maryland is 37-15-2 ATS in its last 54 on Wednesday and 4-1 ATS in its last five against winning teams.

Both teams are filling the bucket right now, with Duke averaging 83.2 ppg (45.3 percent shooting) in its last five and Maryland putting up 76.6 ppg (43.5 percent) in its last five. However, the offensive surges have come at the expense of defense, with both teams giving up 83 ppg in their last five.

The over is on runs of 5-0 for the Blue Devils overall (4-0 in ACC play), 5-1 for Maryland overall (all in ACC play) and 4-1-1 for Maryland at home. However, the under is 24-6 in the Terps last 30 Wednesday contests, 7-1 in Duke’s last eight on Wednesday, 9-3 for Duke after a SU win and 12-2 for Duke after a spread-cover. Also, the last two series meetings have stayed under the total.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


NBA

Portland (35-21, 29-27 ATS) at San Antonio (28-17, 27-26-2 ATS)

The Trail Blazers kicked off a three-game road trip with Tuesday’s 98-94 loss at Houston, barely covering as a 4½-point road underdog. Portland had a three-game winning streak snapped in the loss, but is still 10-4 SU in its last 14. However, all four defeats have come in the team’s four most recent road games (1-3 ATS). The Blazers have followed up a 1-5 ATS slump with three straight spread-covers.

The Spurs returned from an eight-game, 19-day road trip Tuesday and, despite not having Manu Ginobili or Tim Duncan in the lineup, they dominated the Mavericks 93-76 as a 1½-point home favorite, the team’s first game at the AT&T Center since Jan. 31. San Antonio is 13-4 in its last 17 games (11-5-1 ATS), including five straight home wins (3-2 ATS). Since starting the season 2-4 SU and ATS in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich’s squad has won 17 of its last 22 home games (9-10-1 ATS).

Portland ended a 12-game losing streak to San Antonio on Halloween, eking out a 100-99 victory as a 2½-point home underdog. The Blazers have cashed in the last two meetings and four of the last six. Despite that, the host is on a 6-1 ATS run in this rivalry and Portland has failed to cover in five of its last six trips to San Antonio.

Going back to early December, the Blazers have dropped nine of their last 13 roadies (5-8 ATS), with the winner covering each of those contests before last night. Going back further, Portland has failed to cash in 12 of its last 17 as a visitor, and the team is also 2-4 ATS in its last six against the Southwest Division and 2-6 ATS in its last eight on Wednesday.

San Antonio is 4-7 ATS in its last 11 home games, 0-4 ATS in its last four on Wednesday and 5-13 ATS in its last 18 when playing on back-to-back nights. Otherwise, though, the Spurs are on spread-covering surges of 9-2-1 overall, 5-0-1 against the Western Conference, 5-2 against the Northwest Division and 7-0 versus winning teams.

For Portland, the under is on runs of 17-9 against the Southwest Division, 4-1-1 in Western Conference games, 46-20-1 on Wednesday and 6-2 when playing on back-to-back nights, and the under is 6-1 in San Antonio’s last seven on Wednesday and 5-2-1 in San Antonio’s last eight when playing on no rest. However, the over is on stretches of 6-2 for the Blazers on the road, 8-3-1 for the Blazers after a SU win, 8-4 for the Spurs overall, 7-3 for the Spurs at home, 5-1 for the Spurs against the Western Conference, 5-1-1 for the Spurs against the Northwest Division and 10-5-1 for the Spurs after a spread-cover,

ATS ADVANTAGE: SAN ANTONIO


Atlanta (32-24, 28-28 ATS) at Denver (37-20, 31-25-1 ATS)

The Hawks will try to break even on a six-game road trip when they visit the Pepsi Center tonight. Atlanta has suffered consecutive double-digit losses to Northwest Division foes Portland (108-98 as a 4½-point underdog Friday) and Utah (108-89 as a 7½-point pup Monday). Since cashing as a 3 ½-ponit underdog in a four-point win at Detroit to begin the road trip, the Hawks have gone 0-4 ATS (1-3 SU).

Denver returned home from an exhausting eight-game, 16-day road trip Monday and got spanked by the Celtics 114-76 as a one-point home underdog, ending a four-game winning streak (3-1 ATS) at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets have followed up a 3-0 SU and ATS run – during which it allowed just 81.3 ppg – with three consecutive SU and ATS setbacks, giving up 116, 120 and 114 points.

The host is 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in the last eight meetings in this rivalry, with the Hawks rolling to a 109-91 victory as a five-point favorite back on Dec. 19. Atlanta is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 series clashes and 6-2 ATS in the last eight trips to the Mile High City. Finally, the favorite has covered in each of the last four head-to-head tussles.

The Nuggets are on positive pointspread runs of 4-0 against the Southeast Division, 4-1 after a double-digit loss, 20-8 at home against teams with a losing road record and 15-6 when playing on one day of rest.

The Hawks, in addition to failing to cover in their last four on this road trip, carry negative ATS trends of 0-5 against the Western Conference, 1-5 versus winning teams, 2-6 after a double-digit loss and 9-19 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous outing. Also, Atlanta has failed to cash in three straight as an underdog after starting the season 17-6 ATS as a pup.

The over is on streaks of 7-3 when Atlanta plays on one day of rest, 4-0 when Denver goes on one day of rest, 10-3 for Denver after a non-cover and 4-1 for Denver after a double-digit defeat. However, the under is 5-2 in the Nuggets’ last seven overall, 5-2 in their last seven against the Eastern Conference, 5-2 for the Hawks against the Northwest Division and 8-2 for the Hawks after a SU defeat.

ATS ADVANTAGE: DENVER

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Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. James Madison Dukes
PLAY: 2* James Madison Dukes +2.5

JMU Convocation Center will be the site of tonights Colonial Athletic Association battle between the host James Madison Dukes and the visiting Virginia Commonwealth Rams. The Rams are 19-9 SU and 10-15 ATS on the season. JMU is not far behind at 18-11 SU on the year but they are much better against the number with a record of 18-8 ATS. That includes a record of 8-3 SU and 7-3 ATS when playing on their home floor. Conference play for both teams has produced similar results with the VCU Rams at 12-4 SU but only 6-10 ATS while JMU is 9-7 SU but a very solid 12-4 against the number when facing conference opponents. The Dukes are averaging 71.4 points per game and allowing 68.2 points per game versus conference foes while the Rams are averaging 72.8 points per game and allowing 69.9 points per game on the road this season. The last meeting between these two teams occurred back on February 11th with VCU winning at home 76 to 71 but failing to cover as a 13 point home favorite. We expect the Dukes to continue their ATS roll as they are a perfect 7-0 ATS their last seven games overall with one of those ATS wins coming at VCU. When comparing common opponents we see the same dichotomy with VCU posting a record of 10-3 SU but 6-7 ATS and JMU 9-6 SU but once again a money-making 11-4 against the number. JMU is active in two of our CBB systems they tell us to Play ON CBB home underdogs off two ATS wins, 49-29-4 ATS. Play ON CBB home underdogs off three ATS wins, 25-7-2 ATS. Grab the points as the Dukes take this one from the Rams and get the SU victory on Wednesday night.

PROJECTED FINAL SCORE: (2*) James Madison 75 Virginia Commonwealth 71

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James Patrick

Bucks vs. Mavericks

These teams like to score of late and our Wednesday selection in NBA action is Milwaukee and Dallas Over the Total. The Bucks have surpassed in Dallas 4 straight times and the series has gone Over the Total in 12 of 15 meetings. The Bucks are Over the Total in 6 of 7 overall and the Mavericks are Over the Total in 6 of 8 versus Eastern Conference opposition.

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Marc Lawrence

Play On: Maryland

Gary Williams will have his Terps primed to avenge the worst beating of his 20-year Maryland career, an 85-44 embarrassment suffered just over one month ago. Willliams has a history of revenging lopsided defeats, cashing 8 of 11 times with a same-season loss of 20 or more points. With Duke sporting a putrid 1-5 mark as RF’s this season and fresh off a double-digit revenge win of their own over Wake Forest, we’ll look for the Turtles to remain on upset trail again tonight.

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Jimmy The Moose

San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings
Prediction: Over

Both team's have the talent to put up big offensive numbers and they both will tonight. The Sharks have played over the total in 4 of their last 6 games. In their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning record the over is 6-0. Detroit has played over the total in 8 straight games. The over is a profitable 16-5 in their last 21 games overall. In their last 17 games vs. a team from the Pacific Division the over is 14-3. The team's have played over the total in 6 of the last 7 meetings. Play the over.

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Dave Cokin

Bradley @ Evansville
Play: Evansville -3'

On paper, Bradley at Evansville looks like a very tight battle, but I like the home team to get the win and cover. The fact that Evansville has been a terrific home favorite is a plus, as the Purple Aces are on a 19-6 spread run in this role. The history is also good, with Evansville standing 9-2 straight up and 8-3 ATS when hosting Bradley. There's revenge from the earlier 86-79 loss to Bradley as a motivator. But perhaps most importantly, this is the home finale for Evansville, and they're a senior-dominated team. I expect some serious emotion from the hosts tonight and believe that's the key that makes laying the number the right way to play this contest.

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Bobby Maxwell

UConn at MARQUETTE +2 

How excited will the Marquette fans be for this one? They are going to be fired up for tonight's showdown with UConn and they'll carry the Golden Eagles to a victory tonight.

Marquette is riding a three-game winning streak and they went to Georgetown on Saturday and scored a 78-72 upset win as 3 1/2-point underdogs. This team is tough on offense, topping 70 points in 14 of their last 15 games and in 12 of 13 league contests. Additionally, they are averaging more than 80 points a game in Big East home games.

On the other side, the Huskies have gone six straight games without topping 70 points, averaging 65.7 points per game during this six-game stretch. They beat South Florida on Saturday 64-50 but failed as a 20-point home favorite, dropping them to 1-4 ATS in their last five.

Marquette is on ATS runs of 4-1 on Wednesdays, 8-3 against teams with winning records and 4-2 SU and ATS against ranked opponents.

This game is for first place in the Big East as Marquette sits a half game behind the Huskies and Louisville. The Golden Eagles will be sky high for this one. Grab the few points and play Marquette.

4♦ MARQUETTE

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Craig Trapp

Connecticut vs. Marquette
Play: Marquette -1

Craig has been on Marquette all year in fact his article about 5 weeks picked them at 60-1 as best longshot. well now they are no longshot. Whoever wins this game tonight will have a chance to win the league title if they win out. Marquette is the best offenseive team in the Big East with a three guard lineup. Matthews, James, and McNeal are so tough to stop. You can shut down one but usually the other two tear you apart. Thabeet will be pulled out of the lane to guard the outside shooting of Marquette. This will open up driving lanes and create easy layup for the Marquettes guards. Both teams are 1-4 ATS last 5 games so handicapping is all that matters on this game.

SCORE MAR 81 - UCONN 72

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Marquette -1

This already promised to be one of the biggest games in the Big East this season. Now with Pitt’s shocking loss to Providence on Tuesday, the Marquette and U-Conn game could decide the regular season champion.

There are plenty of arguments to be made on behalf of both teams. The Huskies are the only unbeaten team in the nation at 12-0. They’re 7-0 SU in Big East roadies and 5-2 ATS. Under Jim Calhoun’s tutelage, U-Conn has won 12 of its last 14 games against ranked teams.

On the flip side, Marquette has won 17 in a row at home but are a mediocre 5-5-1 ATS. In fact both teams have struggled against the number lately, with each going 1-4 ATS.
Connecticut has the advantage inside with Hasheem Thabeet at center. He’s blocked 118 shots and will be a nightmare for the Warriors to deal with.

The back court advantage firmly lies with Marquette which has got three guards that could decide the game from the perimeter.

With this game basically a “pick”, I’m going to side with the Warriors in large part because of their three-headed guard attack. Should Marquette win, this will be the second consecutive week that the top three teams in the AP poll will have lost. It would also be the Huskies first road loss of the season.

I love “firsts” and in this case I really like the Warriors chances.

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UC Davis +8.5

This rather big spread between the Pacific Tigers and the UC Davis Aggies seems based more on reputation than reality, as these teams are not really separated by all that much statistically to warrant this line.

Sure, the Aggies are the new kids on the block in just their second season in Division I, while the Tiger are perennial kingpins in the Big West. However, Pacific is having a down year at just 13-11 straight up overall (10-11-1 against the spread), and while UC Davis is just 12-15 SU, they have a superior ATS record (14-9, 60.9 percent) and these teams are tied in the Big West standings at 7-6.

The Aggies have already proven that they can score on anyone, and they have been especially on target the last four games, averaging 81.3 points per game during this stretch. This team ranks number 23 in the country in effective field goal percentage at 53.8 percent, as UC Davis is hitting on 52.5 percent of their two-point attempts and 37.3 percent of their threes. Furthermore, the Aggies rank second in free throw percentage at 79.5 percent, which would certainly help in a close game.

Pacific has lost two straight games straight up and three straight games ATS, and they have been only decent at home this season, going 7-4 SU with an average winning margin of +4.8 points, not nearly good enough to cover this number. Also, unlike UC Davis, the Tigers struggle at the free throw line at just 66.8 percent, which should make it difficult for them to pull away late.

Finally, there is a little matter of revenge for the Aggies after Pacific went into Davis and thumped them 80-65 last month. Look for an inspired effort by UC Davis here with an outright upset not out of the question.

CBB Free Pick: UC Davis +8.5

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ALEX SMART

Charlotte Bobcats @ Sacramento Kings
PICK: Over

The Charlotte Bobcats have not won on the road in a month, thanks to the lowest scoring offense in the league , but will be primed to tear up the score board in this spot, vs a Sacramento team with the worst record in the NBA. The Kings main problems can be attributed to an atrocious defense, that has allowed 19 of their L20 opponents to pound them for 100 points or more for a 115.9 PPG average during that span. The Kings only saving grace this season, has been an offense that has been able to average 101+ PPG on their own home floor at Arco, which has contributed to both themselves and their opponents combining to put 208.9 PPG on the score board.

With that said, look for Charlotte to come out here with all guns blazing , as they attempt to break out of their current road funk, and for Sacramento to reciprocate with some offensive fireworks of their own, in a contest I am betting will eclipse the number. It must be noted that these teams have gone Over in 5 of their last 6 meetings.

Play OVER

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Big Al McMordie

Portland Trailblazers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Play Under 184½

At 8:35 pm, our complimentary selection is on the 'under' in the Spurs and Blazers game. Last night, San Antonio played its third straight GREAT defensive game, as it crushed Dallas (even without Tim Duncan in the lineup) 93-76. That followed supreme defensive efforts against Detroit (79 points) and Washington (67 points). Certainly, future Hall of Fame coach Greg Popovich must be pleased, especially since he called out his team earlier in the season, and said the Spurs 'sucked on D.' Granted, their season numbers are nowhere close to where they need to be if the Spurs are to challenge for their fifth championship in 11 seasons, but at least the last three games are a start. It's unclear whether Timmy Duncan will suit up tonight, but regardless, I expect a focused defensive effort vs. Portland, and for this game to sail 'under' the total once again.

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BULLS vs. NETS

After making significant trades, the Bulls are looking to reach the postseason and meet the Nets tonight who they beat 100-87 in New Jersey on Dec. 29th. The Bulls (26-31) are coming off a 120-102 rout of Southeast Division-leading Orlando on Tuesday although Chicago has lost three of its last five on the road since winning three in a row away from home. The Nets (25-32), meanwhile, snapped a five-game losing steak after Devin Harris' 47-footer beat the buzzer for a 98-96 win over Philadelphia on Monday at home. Chicago is ninth in the Eastern Conference and New Jersey one game behind in 10th, both clubs will be looking for important wins tonight. The Bulls also won 113-104 at home over the Nets on Dec. 13 and have won the last three meetings. Rookie Derrick Rose had 22 points, Gordon added 20 and recent additions Tim Thomas, John Salmons and Brad Miller combined for 37 off the bench Tuesday for the Bulls and Chicago shot a season-high 56.5 percent to win for the eighth time in 12 games. With the trade, the Bulls have guys coming off the bench that know how to play and now have all the pieces to make a playoff run. Rose has 43 points and 19 assists in the two games against New Jersey, while Gordon has scored 53 points over both contests. Harris has 48 points combined against Chicago this season, and Vince Carter has been held to 42 total points in his last three games overall. The Nets are struggling as it took a buzzer beater shot to win a game at home in which they should have lost against Philadelphia to snap a 5 game losing streak. With the Bulls new trades, their bench is strong now and they are playing with a fresh new confidence. The Bulls will continue their stellar play from last night against a team they already beat twice this season.TAKE CHICAGO+1 1/2

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JIM FEIST

CHICAGO BULLS / NEW JERSEY NETS
Take NEW JERSEY NETS

After playing several talented teams, the Nets catch a break here. They are also riding high after an incredible win, on Devin Harris' miracle shot against Philly. Lost in the euphoria was that coach Lawrence Frank reshuffled his lineup, putting Yi Jianlian back in the starting lineup at power forward, and using Sean Williams instead of Josh Boone as his backup center. Williams helped keep the Nets alive with some stalwart defensive work that included three blocks and numerous alters. The real unsung hero, however, was Keyon Dooling: He splashed three 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Nets overcome a 31-19 deficit, while he and Harris combined for nine of the Nets' 12 3-pointers. They are rested and take on a Chicago team that is working in new players following trades last week. It's also the 3rd game in 4 nights, and the second of a back to back spot after playing Orlando Tuesday. Play the Nets.

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Evan Altemus

Selection:  JAMES MADISON +2.5

James Madison has been quietly playing their best basketball of the season.  They are 6-0 against the spread and 4-2 straight up in their last six games.  Their only straight up losses have come at VCU and at Hofstra, with both games going to overtime.  In the loss at VCU, James Madison actually outplayed the Rams before faltering late.  Meanwhile, Virginia Commonwealth has really struggled away from home against conference teams.  They have lost their last three conference road games against the spread, and they are just 1-3 straight up in their last four overall games away from home.  James Madison is in an excellent position to upset another conference opponent at home.  Look for them to win this game outright.2 UNIT SELECTION

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Tom Freese

Charlotte Bobcats at Sacramento Kings
Prediction: Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte is 5-1 ATS their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing record and they are 5-1 ATS their last 6 games as favorites. The Bobcats are 6-2 ATS vs. the Pacific Division and they are 4-1 ATS their last 5 games vs. teams with a win percentage of under 40%. Sacramento is 6-16 ATS their last 22 home games and they are 2-9 ATS off an ATS win. The Kings are 6-13 ATS after scoring 100 or more points in their last game and they are 1-9 ATS their last 10 games as dogs of 4.5 or less points. PLAY ON CHARLOTTE -

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Nick Parsons

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have revenge on their minds here. In the first game after their coaching change they played on Long Island. The Islanders ended up getting the better of Pittsburgh in that game and the Penguins certainly haven't forgotten. Also, the Islanders are off of a rare, domintating effort as they won 4-0 versus New Jersey in their last game. As for the Penguins, they are off of a rare poor effort as they lost 5 to 2 at Washington in their last game. They certainly didn't appreciate being "shown up" by Alexander Ovechkin and company either. In other words, look for a very focused and intense effort from the Penguins here and considering the great price we can get with Pittsburgh laying the 1.5 goals, this one is certainly worth taking a look at on the puck line! Play ON Pittsburgh -1.5 goals Wednesday.

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Jimmy Boyd

1 Unit on Dallas Mavs -7

After laying an egg in San Antonio last night, expect the Mavs to bury the defensively challenged Bucks in this one. The Mavs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and they will have serious revenge on the mind after getting spanked 133-99 in Milwaukee last month. Milwaukee's defense has been non-existent lately, allowing 110 of more points in 6 of its last 7 games. The home team is a strong 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Dirk Nowitzky and the gang will take out last night's frustrating defeat on the Bucks here. Lay the points.

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Detroit at New Orleans

Have to keep playing the streak here as the Pistons have now lost and failed to cover seven straight games after last night's 12 point loss in Miami. Detroit is now just 3-16 ATS coming off SU loss, including 2-10 vs. the number on the road. This game is just the start of a three-game gauntlet vs. division leaders. Note Detroit got clobbered by another division leader (Cleveland) on Sunday. They are now 0-9 ATS vs. teams with a winning record.

Play on: New Orleans

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San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings
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Even though it's on the road, this is a double revenge situation for San Jose and I expect it to skate away with the victory tonight! Detroit is 2-3 its last 5 when playing against a team with a winning record; San Jose is 14-6 its last 20 when playing against a team with a winning record; play on SAN JOSE!

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