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Wednesday Service Plays

Wednesday Service Plays

Cajun Sports

New Jersey Nets @ New York Knicks
Selection: 2* New York Knicks -7

Madison Square Garden will be the site of tonight’s battle between the host New York Knicks and the visiting New Jersey Nets. For the Nets this will be their final game of a five-game road swing that has seen them lose the previous four games SU and ATS allowing their opponents to score 116, 109, 107 and 121 respectively. These teams have met twice this season at the Izod Center with the Knicks winning the first meeting 121 to 109 covering as a 7.5 point road underdog and then the Nets getting a measure of revenge winning 106 to 101 as a five point home favorite. The Nets are 1-4-1 ATS their last six series meetings. The Knicks are 24-14 ATS revenging a loss where opponent scored 100 or more points this season and 15-7 ATS revenging a same season loss. As if the Nets needed any more bad news it appears guard Devin Harris will miss tonight’s contest due to a shoulder injury. Harris is a key component for the Nets offense against the Knicks as he shot 55 percent from the field and averaged 34 points per game in the first two meetings this season. Data base research has uncovered several active systems for tonight’s game. Play AGAINST NBA teams after losing their last three games SU and ATS, 54-77-2 ATS. If the game has a line range of 6 to 7.5 points that record is 7-18 ATS for our Play AGAINST team. If our Play AGAINST team has lost their last four games the record is 2-10 ATS. Play AGAINST NBA division road underdogs after going ‘under’ the total in their last game, 18-36 ATS. If our Play AGAINST team has gone ‘under’ in their last two games the record is 10-22 ATS and if they have gone ‘under’ in their last four games the record drops to 1-8 ATS. Play ON NBA division home teams coming off an ATS win in their last game, 54-30 ATS. If they are a division home favorite the record is 58-34 ATS. If our division home favorite has won their last two games ATS the record for these teams is 20-8 ATS, if they won their last three ATS the record is 14-4 ATS and if they won their last four games ATS the record is a perfect 7-0 ATS. NBA division home favorites coming off two road games are 24-8 ATS and a perfect 7-0 ATS if they were on the road for their last four games. Both teams are fighting for the final playoff spot along with the Bulls, Pacers and Bobcats so we expect an all out effort from the host tonight. Not only are the Knicks trying to gain a little playoff ground they are also seeking revenge for the last meeting between these two teams. Lay the chalk with the host as the Knicks get the win and cover in the Big Apple on Wednesday night.

Graded Selection:   2* New York Knicks 114 New Jersey Nets 101

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Nuggets vs. Grizzlies

Denver has cashed winning tickets in 20 of 28 meetings with Memphis and they own a 4-1 ATS mark in Tennessee. In this series the home team has just a 4-11 ATS record and we'll go with our Wednesday selection on Denver Nuggets in NBA action.

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Play On: Detroit

The Pistons look to rebound off last night's tough 2-point loss at Dallas when they take on the Rockets in Houston Wednesday evening in a game that sets up especially nice for Detroit. That's because the Pistons play with same season revenge while the Rockets enter off an 11-point revenge win at New Orleans Monday night. With Detroit 10-5 SU and 10-4-1 ATS of late in this series, look for the Pistons to improve to 5-0-1 ATS when exacting revenge in this series here tonight.

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Scott Rickenbach

Sacramento Kings (+) @ Charlotte

We got burned by the Kings last night as they only scored 11 points in the fourth quarter after scoring 86 points in the first three quarters! We'll come right back with them here as they take on a Charlotte team that has been playing solid basketball but is over-priced here.Yes, the Bobcats are a much improved team but to be laying double digits in a clear flat spot is a bit much. The Bobcats are coming off of a big win over the Raptors and they play them again in Toronto on Friday. That means that it's hard for the Bobcats to be excited about facing a weak Western Conference foe. They could overlook Sacramento and that will prove to be a mistake as, before yesterday, nearly all the Kings recent defeats had come by a single digit margin and they have the firepower to "hang tough" in this one. The Kings fell apart late in last night's game. That is unlikely to be repeated here. Consider a small play on Sacramento on Wednesday night.

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Tom Freese

Denver at Memphis

Denver is 11-2 ATS off a game where they covered as a double digit favorite and they are 17-7 ATS off a home win this year. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS after scoring 100 or more points in their last game and they are 27-8-1 ATS as favorites of 5.0 to 10.5 points. Memphis is 6-20 ATS in home games if they are revenging two straight losses where their opponent scored 100 or more points. The Grizzlies are 8-18 ATS off a double digit home loss and they are 5-21 ATS their last 26 games vs. the Northwest Division. PLAY ON DENVER -

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Jimmy The Moose

Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets
Prediction: Over

Chicago has played over the total in 4 of their last 6 games. The over is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a Western Conference opponent. In their last 14 games played with 0 day rest between action the over is 10-4. Columbus has played over the total in 5 of their last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a Western Conference team. The over is 6-1 in the Blackhawks last 7 trips to Columbus. The over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings overall. Play the over.

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Bob Harvey

Belmont vs. Evansville    
Play: Evansville -7

Belmont’s hopes for a shot at an NCAA title came to an end with a loss to East Tennessee place in the semi-finals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament semi-finals. Now the Bruins have their sights set on a C-I-T championship. The first step in that journey will be a difficult one as they face the Evansville Purple Aces.
Belmont’s loss brought an end to three impressive streaks. The Bruins had a string of three consecutive conference tournament titles and NCAA appearances and 10 A-Sun victories in a row. What has to be extremely frustrating for Belmont is the caliber of teams that they played this season only to lose to inferior talent in their conference tournament. This season, with three starters back, they lost by two at Tennessee and by 14 at Pitt.
I’m guessing Belmont would rather be elsewhere but that’s not the case for EU. And while it’s not the NCAA tournament or even the NIT, the Purple Aces will gladly take the opportunity to appear in a postseason game for the first time in ten years.

Evansville gets the nod based on two factors: home-court advantage and a tougher conference schedule. I also believe the let-down factor applies big time to Belmont.

Its Ace’s high tonight as Evansville covers against Belmont

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Matt Rivers

For Wednesday take Oregon State at home.

I have backed Craig Robinson's team a bunch this season and more times than not has proven prosperous. The Beavers have improved dramatically this year and are no longer the absolute garbage we have seen over the past few seasons. Are they as talented overall as today's opponent in Houston? Probably not, but at home in this spot at this near pick price I'll take my chances on OSU.

The Cougars are a team that just continues to shrivel up against a big-time competition. They had Arizona beaten a few months ago on the road and somehow blew a seven point lead in the game's final 40 or so seconds, literally. They also have been destroyed by Memphis as usual. There is talent on Tom Penders' team but I do not trust them to travel like this against a Pac-10 team and be able to win the game.

Aubrey Coleman and Kelvin Lewis will score their points and possibly prove to be the best players on the court but in the end I really think that Robinson will get his guys up for this game and snap that four game skid.

I expect this thing to be tight and come down to the last few possessions. That will be the time the Beavs step it up and continue to better this OSU program.

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Miami +2' at PROVIDENCE 

onight we've got another comp winner, this time on the college hardwood as we play Miami to get the win and cover over Providence.

This one will be a classic matchup of a good ACC team showing that the Big East really wasn't as strong as everybody thinks this season. Watch as the Hurricanes go to Providence and steal this one tonight.

Miami opened the season 13-3 and had a 5-1 ATS run in February but couldn't close the deal and failed to cover in their last three games, including the first-round 65-47 loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC tournament. This team has got some talent and they proved in the ACC they can get the job done against the best in the country.

The Hurricanes are on positive ATS runs of 15-3 in non-conference games, 15-5-2 after a non-cover, 6-2 as an underdog and 8-3-1 as an underdog of less than seven points. On the opposite side, the Friars are on negative ATS slides of 3-9 overall, 2-7 against non-conference teams, 1-4 at home and 1-7 against teams with winning records.

These two teams are in different classes and you'll see the Hurricanes are better from the start. Play Miami.

2♦ MIAMI

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DAVE COKIN

GEORGETOWN / BAYLOR
Take GEORGETOWN

There cannot be much question that Georgetown is the biggest flop in the country this season. Maybe the Hoyas can salvage something with a good run in the NIT. They're certainly in a strong scheduling position tonight as they visit Baylor. The Bears made a huge run in the Big 12 Tournament before falling in the title game against Missouri, and they could very well be on fumes tonight. Georgetown's poor play and apparent lack of any continuity on offense is worrisome enough to keep this from being a big play, but there's enough there to warrant an opinion on the Hoyas plus the points.

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JIM FEIST

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS / PHOENIX SUNS
Take PHOENIX SUNS

Phoenix is hot again, on a 2-0 SU/ATS run, tearing up tired teams. Well they catch another break, facing a tired Philly team here, one playing its 3rd game in 4 nights and the second of a back to back road spot. Shaq O'Neal credits the trainers for resurgence. The Suns center bench-pressed strength-and-conditioning coach Erik Phillips in the locker room before scoring 26 points in a 154-130 win at Golden State! Philly has to run up and down the court with the Lakers, then the next night try and keep up with the uptempo Suns -- both on the road. That's a tough task and they will wilt in the second half. Play the Suns.

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BOS / MIA Under 193

A major part of the handicap is the questionable status of a number of key Boston offensive cogs. Ray Allen (elbow) and point guard Rajon Rondo (ankle) might not play.In addition, inside scorer Leon Powe also could be out. All three were injured last night in a wild 127-121 road loss to the Chicago Bulls. Keep in mind, the Celtics already are without Kevin Garnett.Yes, the Celtics scored 121 in that game. But during their past 10 games, they scored only 77 versus Milwaukee, 79 against Orlando and 91 versus the Los Angeles Clippers.Boston ranks No. 1 in defensive field goal percentage and third in scoring defense. Miami ranks among the top 13 in defensive scoring and defensive field goal percentage.

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DUNKEL

Chicago at Oklahoma City   
The Thunder look to bounce back from their 78-76 loss to San Antonio and build on their 5-1 ATS record after scoring 85 points or less in the previous game.  Oklahoma City is the pick (-1 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Thunder favored by 3 1/2.  Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-1 1/2). 

Game 601-602: Portland at Indiana
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 120.114; Indiana 119.838
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 199 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 603-604: Miami at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 116.991; Boston 124.136
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 7; 187
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 6 1/2; 193
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-6 1/2); Under

Game 605-606: Sacramento at Charlotte
Dunkel Ratings: Sacramento 111.941; Charlotte 121.496
Dunkel Line & Total: Charlotte by 9 1/2; 195
Vegas Line & Total: Charlotte by 11; 200 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Sacramento (+11); Under

Game 607-608: New Jersey at New York
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 114.822; New York 119.796
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 5; 219
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 7; 216
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (+7); Over

Game 609-610: Denver at Memphis
Dunkel Ratings: Denver 121.458; Memphis 111.720
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 9 1/2; 204
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 5 1/2; 198 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Denver (-5 1/2); Over

Game 611-612: Minnesota at New Orleans
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 110.653; New Orleans 123.870
Dunkel Line & Total: New Orleans by 13; 189 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: New Orleans by 12; 191 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New Orleans (-12); Under

Game 613-614: Chicago at Oklahoma City
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 116.503; Oklahoma City 120.010
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 3 1/2; 193 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 1 1/2; 199 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-1 1/2); Under

Game 615-616: Orlando at Milwaukee
Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 122.816; Milwaukee 119.027
Dunkel Line & Total: Orlando by 4; 205 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Orlando by 6; 203
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+6);

Game 617-618: Detroit at Houston
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 115.578; Houston 125.903
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 10 1/2; 187 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 619-620: Philadelphia at Phoenix
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 114.004; Phoenix 124.460
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 10 1/2; 232
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix by 6 1/2; 228
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-6 1/2); Over

Game 621-622: Washington at LA Clippers
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 109.612; LA Clippers 112.900
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 3 1/2; 201 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 7; 203
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+7); Under


NCAAB

Miami (FL) at Providence
After after dropping their last three ATS, the Friars look to build on their 3-0 ATS mark after failing to cover the spread in 3 or more consecutive games.  Providence is the pick (-2) according to Dunkel, which has the Friars favored by 5 1/2.  Dunkel Pick: Providence (-2). 

Game 623-624: Duquesne at Virginia Tech
Dunkel Ratings: Duquesne 60.352; Virginia Tech 72.168
Dunkel Line: Virginia Tech by 12
Vegas Line: Virginia Tech by 8
Dunkel Pick: Virginia Tech (-8)

Game 625-626: Miami (FL) at Providence
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (FL) 63.357; Providence 68.735
Dunkel Line: Providence by 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Providence by 2
Dunkel Pick: Providence (-2)

Game 627-628: Jacksonville at Florida
Dunkel Ratings: Jacksonville 51.349; Florida 64.343
Dunkel Line: Florida by 13
Vegas Line: Florida by 15
Dunkel Pick: Jacksonville (+15)

Game 629-630: Illinois State at Kansas State
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois State 59.841; Kansas State 70.413
Dunkel Line: Kansas State by 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Kansas State by 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas State (-6 1/2)

Game 631-632: Bowling Green at Creighton
Dunkel Ratings: Bowling Green 53.161; Creighton 68.974
Dunkel Line: Creighton by 16
Vegas Line: Creighton by 11 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Creighton (-11 1/2)

Game 633-634: TN-Martin at Auburn
Dunkel Ratings: TN-Martin 58.799; Auburn 72.938
Dunkel Line: Auburn by 14
Vegas Line: Auburn by 12
Dunkel Pick: Auburn (-12)

Game 635-636: Northwestern at Tulsa
Dunkel Ratings: Northwestern 64.913; Tulsa 68.254
Dunkel Line: Tulsa by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Tulsa by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern (+4 1/2)

Game 637-638: Georgetown at Baylor
Dunkel Ratings: Georgetown 65.923; Baylor 67.126
Dunkel Line: Baylor by 1
Vegas Line: Baylor by 3 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Georgetown (+3 1/2)

Game 643-644: St. John's at Richmond
Dunkel Ratings: St. John's 60.928; Richmond 61.066
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Richmond by 5
Dunkel Pick: St. John's (+5)

Game 645-646: Buffalo at Wichita State
Dunkel Ratings: Buffalo 55.481; Wichita State 62.784
Dunkel Line: Wichita State by 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Wichita State by 5
Dunkel Pick: Wichita State (-5)

Game 647-648: Vermont at WI-Green Bay
Dunkel Ratings: Vermont 55.539; WI-Green Bay 66.247
Dunkel Line: WI-Green Bay by 10 1/2
Vegas Line: WI-Green Bay by 6
Dunkel Pick: WI-Green Bay (-6)

Game 649-650: College of Charleston at Troy
Dunkel Ratings: College of Charleston 56.773; Troy 58.956
Dunkel Line: Troy by 2
Vegas Line: Troy by 1
Dunkel Pick: Troy (-1)

Game 651-652: Houston at Oregon State
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 63.800; Oregon State 64.606
Dunkel Line: Oregon State by 1
Vegas Line: Houston by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oregon State (+1 1/2)

Game 653-654: Boise State at Stanford
Dunkel Ratings: Boise State 53.689; Stanford 71.147
Dunkel Line: Stanford by 16 1/2
Vegas Line: Stanford by 13 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Stanford (-13 1/2)

Game 525-526: The Citadel at Old Dominion
Dunkel Ratings: The Citadel 55.238; Old Dominion 62.232
Dunkel Line: Old Dominion by 7
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 527-528: Mt. St. Mary's at James Madison
Dunkel Ratings: Mt. St. Mary's 54.052; James Madison 54.630
Dunkel Line: James Madison by 1
Vegas Line: James Madison by 4
Dunkel Pick: Mt. St. Mary's (+4)

Game 531-532: Austin Peay at Bradley
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 53.330; Bradley 61.975
Dunkel Line: Bradley by 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Bradley by 9
Dunkel Pick: Austin Peay (+9)

Game 533-534: Belmont at Evansville
Dunkel Ratings: Belmont 53.797; Evansville 62.635
Dunkel Line: Evansville by 9
Vegas Line: Evansville by 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Evansville (-6 1/2)

Game 535-536: Portland at Pacific
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 55.715; Pacific 58.736
Dunkel Line: Pacific by 3
Vegas Line: Pacific by 5
Dunkel Pick: Portland (+5)

Game 537-538: Drake at Idaho
Dunkel Ratings: Drake 55.069; Idaho 58.733
Dunkel Line: Idaho by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Idaho by 2
Dunkel Pick: Idaho (-2)

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Carlo Campanella

Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee hosts Orlando on Wednesday after surprising Boston, 86-77, in their last game. That was the second straight game which the Bucks scored 86 points and we find them going "Over" the Total in 9 of 12 games this season after putting up 99 points or less in back-to-back games. With these Bucks averaging 103.8 points per game at home, expecting a much better offensive effort from them tonight.

Play on: Over

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Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder
Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder

On Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls won their second straight game as an underdog, with a 127-121 win over the Boston Celtics. That followed an 18-point victory over New Orleans, and Chicago has now won seven straight home games dating back to February 20. In this span, the Bulls have defeated several quality clubs: Denver, Orlando, Houston, and the aforementioned Celtics and Hornets. But even though the Bulls are winning at home, it's been a different story on the road. Chicago has actually lost seven straight road games, so it's been the exact opposite of its recent fortunes at home. That's one reason why I like Oklahoma City. And the second is that the Thunder have covered eight of 10, and have won four straight home games since dropping a 14-point decision to the Lakers. Lay the points with Oklahoma City.

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1 Unit on Milwaukee Bucks +5.5

It is going to be difficult for the Magic to bounce back from a highly emotionally and physically draining loss in Cleveland last night against a Bucks team playing at home on fresh legs. Milwaukee has had great success at home against the Magic going 19-4 SU and 17-6 ATS since 1996. The Bucks are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 vs. the NBA Southeast. Orlando hasn't been so tough on the road without Jameer Nelson and we'll take the Bucks catching plenty tonight.

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SPORTS ADVISORS

NIT

Duquesne (21-12, 15-12 ATS) at Virginia Tech (18-14, 12-15 ATS)

Virginia Tech makes it second consecutive NIT appearance after closing the season by losing nine of its final 13 games (5-8 ATS). In last week’s ACC tournament, the Hokies routed Miami, Fla., 65-47 as a three-point underdog in Thursday’s opening-round action before coming up just short against top-ranked North Carolina on Friday, falling 79-76 but easily cashing as an 11½-point underdog.

Duquesne just missed out on a stunning trip to the Big Dance, losing 69-64 to Temple in the finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament, falling just short as a 4½-point underdog. The Dukes, whose 28 wins are the most by the school in 28 years, advanced to the A-10 championship game after three straight wins in as many days over UMass (91-81), Rhode Island (78-74) and Dayton (77-66), cashing in all three contests. Prior to the tourney, Duquesne had been in a 6-7 SU and 5-8 ATS funk.

These teams last met in 2000, when both were in the same conference. The Hokies won four of the final five meetings from 1998-2000, going 3-2 ATS.

Virginia Tech got as far as the NIT quarterfinals last season, while Duquesne is in this event for the first time in 15 years.

The Hokies have lost three straight home games (1-2 ATS), all to NCAA Tournament qualifiers North Carolina (86-78 as a 9½-point pup), Duke (72-65 as a 5½-point underdog) and Florida State (67-65 as a 2½-point ‘dog). Va.-Tech is 2-5 ATS in its last seven in Blacksburg, 2-5 ATS in its last seven non-conference contests and 3-10 ATS as a favorite this season. Meanwhile, Duquesne is 6-1 ATS in its last seven following a SU loss and 8-4 ATS in its last 12 as an underdog.

The over is on runs of 6-1 for Duquesne on Tuesday, 10-4 for the Hokies at home, 5-1 for the Hokies in non-conference play and 4-1 for the Hokies on Wednesday. Conversely, the under is on stretches of 4-1 for the Dukes in non-league action, 5-2 for the Dukes on the road and 7-0 for Virginia Tech against Atlantic 10 foes.

ATS ADVANTAGE: DUQUESNE


Miami, Fla. (18-12, 12-12-1 ATS) at Providence (19-13, 11-17 ATS)

Miami stumbled to the finish line, losing nine of its final 14 games after starting the season 13-3. The Hurricanes also followed up a 5-1 ATS run that closed February by failing to cover in their final three games, including a 65-47 loss to Virginia Tech as a three-point favorite in the opening round of last week’s ACC tournament.

Providence ended the regular season on a 5-3 SU run, then went one-and-done in the Big East tournament, getting crushed by regular-season and conference tournament champ Louisville 73-53 as a 10½-point underdog. The Friars were a terrible bet down the stretch, going 3-9 ATS in their last 12 (all in Big East play), including 0-3 ATS in the last three.

Miami is making its fourth NIT appearance in five seasons under coach Frank Haith, while the Friars are back in the NIT for the first time since losing an opening-round game to Bradley in overtime in 2007.

These former Big East rivals last met in the Puerto Rico Invitational preseason tournament in November 2007, with the Hurricanes rolling to a 64-58 win in a pick-em contest. Miami has covered in the last two meetings after Providence went 4-1 ATS in five clashes from 2001-03. The visitor is 7-1 ATS in the last eight battles, and the underdog has cashed in five of the past seven.

Although Miami is 0-3 ATS in its last three overall and 2-5 ATS in its last seven on the road, the Hurricanes are on positive ATS stretches of 15-3 in non-conference games, 15-5-2 after a non-cover, 6-2 as an underdog and 8-3-1 as a pup of less than seven points. Providence carries negative ATS trends that include 3-9 overall, 2-7 in non-Big East contests, 1-4 at home and 1-7 against winning teams, but the Friars are 5-1 ATS in their last six when laying less than seven points.

The over is 4-1 in Providence’s last five against ACC opponents and 19-7 in its last 26 on Wednesday, while the over is 5-2 in Miami’s last seven on the highway.

ATS ADVANTAGE: MIAMI, FLA. and OVER


Northwestern (17-13, 13-12-1 ATS) at Tulsa (24-10, 14-14 ATS)

Northwestern’s hopes for a first-ever NCAA Tournament berth were dashed with consecutive losses to Ohio State (52-47) to end the regular season and Minnesota (66-53) in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Prior to that, the Wildcats had won three in a row and four of five.

Tulsa took a seven-game winning streak (5-2 ATS) into Saturday’s Conference USA championship game, but the Golden Hurricane were no match for fourth-ranked Memphis, losing 64-39 as a 14½-point road underdog. Tulsa scored at least 70 points in 12 of its last 16 games, with two of the exceptions coming against Memphis, which held the Hurricane to just 37 and 39 points.

Northwestern is in the NIT for the first time since 1999. Meanwhile, the Golden Hurricane last year advanced to the postseason for the first since 2003 and it won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational, going 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS.

Northwestern is on ATS runs of 6-2-1 in non-league games, 4-1 on Wednesday, 5-2 after a SU defeat and 4-0 after a non-cover, but the ‘Cats are 3-8-1 ATS as a single-digit underdog this season and 1-6 ATS in their last seven when catching less than seven points on the road.

Tulsa is on ATS tears of 17-8 ATS at home, 20-7 as a favorite (4-1 last five), 13-3 as a chalk of less than seven points and 9-4 in postseason tournament action going back to last March. However, the Golden Hurricane are also in pointspread dips of 3-7 on Wednesday, 2-5 in non-Conference USA games and 2-5 after a SU defeat.

The over is on runs of 12-5 for the Wildcats overall, 12-5 for the Wildcats in non-conference play, 6-0 for the Wildcats on Wednesday, 9-1 for the Wildcats after a SU defeat, 4-1-1 for Tulsa at home and 8-2 for Tulsa on Wednesday.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER


NBA

Miami (36-30, 30-34-2 ATS) at Boston (50-18, 34-34 ATS)

The slumping Celtics return to the friendly confines of TD BankNorth Garden in desperate need of some home cooking when they welcome the Heat.

Boston has dropped two straight and four of five overall (0-5 ATS) and it is on a 1-9 ATS slide after Tuesday’s 127-121 loss in Chicago as one-point road favorites. That setback came two days after an embarrassing 86-77 loss in Milwaukee as six-point favorites.

Miami comes into this one off of Sunday’s 85-77 loss in Philadelphia, coming up just short as a seven-point ‘dog. The Heat had won five of six (4-2 ATS) prior to going to Philly, and they have topped the 100-point mark in seven of their last nine overall.

The Heat ended a six-game Boston winning streak in this series a week ago, scoring a 107-99 win in South Beach as 3½-point favorites. The Celtics had gotten the cash in seven of the previous nine, including four straight before last Wednesday. The road team is 6-3 SU and ATS in the last nine in this rivalry, and the favorite has cashed in five straight.

Miami is on a plethora of negative ATS trends, including 1-4 on the road, 1-5 as an underdog, 8-21 against the Atlantic Division, 0-4 as a road ‘dog and 2-6 against Eastern Conference teams. Boston is 35-17-1 ATS in its last 53 games played on the second night of a back-to-back, but otherwise it’s all been bad news at the betting window lately for the Celtics, including 0-5 ATS overall, 1-7 ATS at home and 1-7 ATS against Eastern Conference teams.

For the Heat, the under is on runs of 5-2 on the road, 10-3-1 against teams with a winning record, 7-2-1 when playing on two days of rest and 5-1 as a road ‘dog. Also, Boston has stayed under the total in 16 of its last 21 on the second night of a back-to-back. Lastly, in this series, the under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 matchups and 11-1-1 in the last 13 meetings in Beantown.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


Detroit (33-33, 28-38 ATS) at Houston (44-25, 33-35-1 ATS)

The Pistons continue their two-game, two-day Texas jaunt with a stop in the Toyota Center in Houston for a date with the Rockets.

Detroit lost a tough one Tuesday night in Dallas, falling 103-101 to the Mavericks but cashing as a 6½-point ‘dog. It was the Pistons second straight loss and the fourth in their last six games (3-3 ATS). Detroit has not fared well on the second night of back-to-backs, going 4-7 ATS in its 11 tries, including 1-6 ATS in the last seven.

Houston has alternated wins and losses in its last five (3-2 ATS), but the Rockets are 7-3 SU (6-4 ATS) in their last 10 overall. On Monday, they went to New Orleans and got a 95-84 victory as six-point ‘dogs. Houston has been tough to beat at home this season, sporting a 27-8 SU mark, but it is a mediocre 15-19-1 ATS at the Toyota Center.

The host was riding a five-game SU (3-1-1 ATS) streak in this series until Jan. 26 when the Rockets went to Detroit and scored a 108-105 win as three-point pups. Despite that result, the Pistons are 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 series clashes, with the favorite riding an 8-3-1 ATS run.

Detroit is just 1-4 ATS in its last five against Southwest Division teams, but otherwise it is on positive ATS streaks of 7-3 overall, 4-1 on the road and 9-4 on Wednesdays. Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last six against Eastern Conference teams but 0-4 ATS in its last four at home and 1-4 in its last five on Wednesdays.

For the Pistons, the under is on streaks of 17-9 on the road, 19-7-1 o the second night of a back-to-back, 20-8-1 against Southwest Division teams and 4-2 against the Western Conference. Houston is on “under” runs of 6-0 overall, 20-7 on Wednesdays and 4-0 when getting one day off. In this series, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings, with the last six clashes in Houston staying low.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER

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Pick: Anaheim Ducks -124

The Ducks lost 1-0 to the Sharks in front of the home town crowd their last time out and I look for them to erase that embarassing performance tonight. This play is offering us great value as I look for the Predators to have a letdown tonight. Nashville is in fact 8-9 after scoring 4 goals or more in its previous contest. Look for ANAHEIM to improve to 9-5 after scoring 1 goal or less in its previous game!

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maddux sports FREE pick has a win
rate of 60% since 2003.

Today's Free Pick is Georgetown +4

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Free Selection from Arthur Ralph Sports
225 - 152 run  60 %

Wednesday: Illinois State


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EZWINNERS'S FREE SELECTION


Game: Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder


(614) Oklahoma City Thunder (-2)


The Bulls are in a nice letdown spot after knocking off the
World Champion Boston Celtics last night in Chicago and
now travel to take on the lowly Thunder. Oklahoma City has
been playing very well at home where they have won five
out of their last seven games including wins over San
Antonio and Dallas. Chicago is only 2-5 against the
spread in their last seven road games and Oklahoma City
is 13-3-1 against the spread in their last seventeen games
against Eastern Conference teams. Lay the points.


2009 Free Selections Record  43-33  (56.6%)


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Back-to-back freebie winners with the Blazers on Monday and Davidson outright on Tuesday. Let's make it three in a row Wednesday, as we’ll lay the points with Baylor at home against Georgetown.

You could easily dub this college basketball’s “Underachievers Championship Game,” as both of these squads failed to live up to preseason expectations in a big way. But you at least have to give Baylor credit for its performance in the Big 12 tournament last week. Four days after ending the regular season with a four-point home loss to Nebraska, the Bears immediately avenged that defeat with a 65-49 rout of the Huskers as a one-point underdog in the opening round of the conference tourney.

The next day, Baylor stunned top-seeded Kansas (71-64 as an eight-point pup), then 24 hours later took out Texas (76-70 as a 4½-point ‘dog) before its luck ran out in a 73-60 loss to Missouri in the championship game Saturday. I knew Baylor would be out of gas in that final contest, which is why I laid the six points with Missouri as my Best Bet on Saturday. Still, at least Baylor played with pride down the stretch. Can’t say that about Georgetown.

The Hoyas got knocked out of the Big East tournament in the first round, losing to lowly St. John's as a six-point favorite. It was a perfect ending for Georgetown, which started conference play with a stunning 13-point road win at UConn, then went on to lose 13 of its final 19 games! Not only that, but the Hoyas went 3-15-1 ATS during this season-ending stretch (2-7-1 ATS on the road)!

What’s more, check out the Hoyas’ offensive output in their last five contests going back to Feb. 23: 58 points (vs. Louisville at home), 56 points (at Villanova), 56 points (at St. John’s), 48 points (vs. DePaul) and 59 points (again, vs. DePaul). Talk about pathetic! Now the Hoyas, after an eight-day layoff, are going to suddenly find their offensive rhythm? Not buying it one bit! Back Baylor.

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