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Jeff Alexander

1 Unit on Houston Rockets -1

Atlanta is one of the best home teams in the NBA, but it is just 10-9 on the road. Meanwhile, Houston is 13-6 at home, and it will be very motivated tonight after a poor performance at home Saturday against the Bulls. In fact, Houston is an impressive 15-5 ATS off a upset loss over the last 2 seasons, winning in these spots by an average score of 97.5 to 89.3. The Hawks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings with the Rockets and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Houston. They are also 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 4.5 or less points. Take the Rockets.

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Tony George

Hawks +1 @ Rockets

Atlanta is kicking it in gear on offense, and have the players and depth here to win this game on the road.  The KEY in this game is the difference on Defense.  Houston has been horrific on defense allowing 108 ppg their last 5 games,while the Hawks are allowing 92 ppg in the same timeframe.  I have an 6 point power rating difference which shows me, even on the road, the Hawks should be favored 4 to 5 points with the overlay on the spread.  Thats a solid margin worth the stretch in basically a pick'em ballgame with the better team overall in our corner.

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Ron Raymond

NYR (+100) vs PIT

The Rangers are coming off a 6-0 and will be a home underdog for only the second time this season. However, they are up against a Penguins team who don't play well in this building and are 2-8 SU in their last 10 to MSG. Fleury question mark to play, but Lundqvist is solid at home.

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Brett Atkins

Improved to 11-5 with my last 16 free selections when I nailed Sunday's college hoops play on Cincinnati as the Bearcats got within the number at Louisville. Today's freebie is on the NBA hardwood as I go with the Heat at home hosting Cleveland.

Love the way the Heat are playing offensively right now as they are coming off back-to-back blowout wins, and it’s not all about star Dwyane Wade.

They are getting great all-around play right now and second-year player Michael Beasley is starting to come along very nicely, as he put up 21 points and had 13 rebounds in a 115-84 win over Sacramento on Saturday, leading the Heat as they covered the seven-point line at home.

Cleveland can’t seem to get a spread-cover lately, including Saturday when they edged the Thunder 100-99 but didn’t come anywhere near the number as 8 ½-point favorites. The Cavs have been tough on the road this season but they have some injuries that could hurt them, especially in this one. Mo Williams is out for a while, forcing them to adjust things in the backcourt.

The Cavs are on ATS slides of 1-4-1 on the road, 1-4-1 overall and 1-7-1 after a straight-up win. On the other side, Miami in on positive ATS runs of 6-1 against the Central Division, 7-3 against the Eastern Conference and 5-2 at home.

Look for the Heat to continue to light it up and pull off the upset of the Cavs in this one. Grab the points to be safe, but don’t be surprised when they win.

4♦ MIAMI

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Jay McNeil

The under in the AFC Championship Game was looking outstanding after a scoreless first quarter Sunday, but the points piled up after that and I took a loss with my free play, dropping my record to 41-35-1 over the last 77 days. I'll bounce back today, however, with an NBA winner!

The Jazz are playing well right now, having won six of its last seven overall and five straight at home. The Suns, meanwhile, have lost four straight on the road, giving up an average of 118.5 ppg.

Phoenix has lost 11 of 12 road games since Nov. 29, and five of its last six in Utah, including three straight.

Utah is holding opponents to 91.4 ppg and 42.4 percent shooting during its five-game winning streak in Salt Lake City. And Jazz big men Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer have been solid against the Suns. Okur is averaging 21.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in his last seven games against Phoenix, while Boozer is averaging 19.8 points and 10.2 boards in his last 10 games vs. the Suns.

The Jazz are on ATS runs of 7-0-2 overall, 12-3-1 at home, 4-0-1 as a favorite and 4-0-1 as a home favorite. The Suns, meanwhile, are on ATS slides of 1-4 overall and 2-5 on the road. Take Utah to cover the spread on its home court tonight.

4♦ UTAH

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Joel Tyson

Chicago enters San Antonio on an uptick, as the Bulls have won their last pair, and 6 of their last 8 straight up, but this is also the Bulls 5th of 7 in a row on the road, and I have a feeling the Spurs are going to take it to them.

San Antonio lost the season's first meeting to the Bulls back on October 29th, and with the Spurs having lost their last pair, and 4 of their last 6, tonight looks like as good a night as any to right their ship.

Prior to losing to Chicago back in October, the Spurs had won and covered 4 straight in this series.

I am laying the points with the Spurs in this one.

2♦ SAN ANTONIO

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Chuck O'Brien

Take the Bobcats plus the points at the Nuggets in Monday’s NBA action.

Charlotte has been dreadful on the road this year, dropping 16 of 19 games (compared with an 18-5 home record). But the Bobcats are a respectable 11-8 ATS as a visitor, and two of their three road victories came this month in -- of all places -- Miami and Cleveland. And while they’ve lost back-to-back contests to Atlanta (103-89 on Friday) and Orlando (106-95 on Saturday), the Bobcats are still 9-3 SU in their last 12 games (including those two road triumphs over D-Wade and LeBron).

More than anything, this is a play against the Nuggets, whose best player (Carmelo Anthony) won’t play because of a sprained ankle. (Denver also will be without sharpshooter J.R. Smith, who is suspended). Carmelo missed the first five games of this month with a knee injury and without him, the Nuggets went 3-2 SU and 2-2-1 ATS, losing to the 76ers at home and at Sacramento.

The Nuggets have won six in a row, but two came in overtime, and they’re 6-14-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall, 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite and 1-7 ATS in their last eight after getting one day of rest. Also, with ’Melo in the lineup (he scored 34 points), the Bobcats knocked off Denver 107-5 as a three-point home underdog back on Dec. 8.

3♦ CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

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Jeff Benton

I'm still on a 7-3 roll with complimentary selections despite Sunday's loser with Indiana in college hoops. For Monday’s free play, I’ll head to the NBA and take the Bulls plus the points at San Antonio.

I know Chicago may be without a key component tonight, as leading rebounder Joakim Noah is questionable with a foot injury. But Noah didn’t play in Houston on Saturday, when the Bulls followed up Friday’s 115-104 upset of the Suns as a 6½-point underdog with a 104-97 win over the Rockets as a six-point pup. It doesn’t get much more impressive than beating the Suns and Rockets on the road on consecutive nights.

Then again, the Bulls are playing their best basketball of the season right now. They’ve won six of their last eight games and 10 of their last 15, going 11-4 ATS during this stretch. That includes road upsets of Houston, Phoenix and Boston.

Going the opposite direction are the Spurs, who have lost two in a row and four out of five (both SU and ATS). They’ve also failed to cover in six of their last nine games, going 1-4 ATS in their last five at home. In fact, the day before the Bulls went to Houston and tripped up the Rockets by seven points, the Spurs hosted Houston and lost by seven points. Hmm …

The Bulls, who had no trouble with San Antonio back in their season opener (92-85 win as a three-point home underdog), are on ATS runs of 7-1 as an underdog, 19-9-2 against Western Conference teams, 7-0-1 against Southwest Division teams and 4-0 as an underdog in this price range (5 to 10½ points). Take the generous points.

5♦ CHICAGO BULLS

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Insider Angles

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers as 2.5-point road underdogs at Indiana in the first half of this home-and-home series on Saturday, but we like the Pacers to at the very least cover this spread in the return match in Philadelphia.

After all, one of the reasons for backing the 76ers on Saturday was that the Pacers are too weak of a team to be giving points, but now the shoe is on the other foot as that same logic now applies to Philadelphia.

The Sixers are a dismal 15-28 overall, but what is worse is that they are just 7-14 straight up and 5-16 against the spread here at home, getting outscored by an average of -3.1 points per game in their own building. If we extend back to last year, Philadelphia is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games, and as evidence that the 76ers are not reliable giving points, they are an atrocious 5-11 ATS as favorites this season regardless of the venue.

The Pacers should be in an ornery mood after losing to this team at home, but keep in mind that Indiana was playing their fourth game in five nights Saturday, which may help explain why they were outrebounded 52-44, including 16 offensive boards for Philly. They needed the day off Sunday more than the Sixers did, so look for an improved outing by the Pacers here.

Given that these teams are not separated by much in terms of ability and Philadelphia has not protected their home court well, the right-back revenge angle may be all Indiana needs to not only cover this number, but possibly emerge victorious.

Pick: Pacers +4.5

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No. 14 Georgetown at No. 5 Syracuse

Syracuse is the favorite at 5.5 points. The Orange (19-1, 11-4 ATS) have been on a roll, winning six in a row since the team’s only loss of the season. Not only is Syracuse winning outright, it’s also delivering for fans betting the point spread—the team has covered in five of its last six games.

Offensively, the team is fifth in the country at 84 points per game. Forward Wesley Johnson is leading the way; the junior is first on the team in scoring (17.3 PPG) and rebounding (9.1 RPG). The Orange aren’t pushovers in their own end of the floor though, and are allowing a solid 65.2 PPG on “D.”

Georgetown (15-3, 8-6 ATS) has won two straight, but the Hoyas have dropped two of their last six games, both on the road. Worse yet, the team is just 3-3 against the spread in its last six games, meaning college basketball betting fans are having a tough time backing this unpredictable squad.

Though not as potent as Syracuse’s, the Hoyas offense can score. Three players—Austin Freeman, Greg Monroe and Chris Wright—are averaging at least 15 points per game, while Jason Clark is also scoring in double figures.

This has been a very even series; the teams have split their last four meetings both straight up and against the spread. The total has gone over three straight times.

Pick: Syracuse


Missouri at No. 3 Kansas

Since losing at Tennessee, the Jayhawks have won four straight. Kansas (18-1, 8-7-1 ATS) hasn’t been so hot against the spread, however, going 2-3-1 in its last six outings. There’s also a 2-4 record ATS in its last six home games for professional gamblers.

Kansas owns the country’s fourth-best offense at 84.9 points per game. Four players are averaging double-figures this season, with guard Sherron Collins leading the way at 16.0 PPG. The Jayhawks also possess a very good defense and will have a significant rebounding edge over Missouri.

Missouri (15-4, 8-5 ATS) lost 66-61 at Oklahoma two weeks ago but is in the midst of a 10-1 run. The Tigers have been great against the point spread lately, too, going 3-1 in their last four outings.

Offensively, Missouri can keep up with Kansas at 81.6 points per game. Kim English paces the team with 14.8 points per outing, but the Tigers ultimately rely on a little bit of scoring from everyone. As mentioned earlier, though, they’ll struggle on the boards; Laurence Bowers leads Missouri at just 5.9 rebounds per game.

The Jayhawks have won six of their last seven games against Missouri while covering two straight against the spread. The total has been a mixed bag, splitting 2-2 over the past four matchups.

Pick: Kansas

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Stan Lisowski

Cleveland

The Cavs have controlled this matchup of late, as they have won and covered the last 3 meetings of the series. With each win coming by at least 7 points. Cleveland has a road record that is actually better than Miami’s home mark so far this season. Off of a win, the Heat are almost a 60% play against proposition in their next game.

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Portland - over New Orleans

Entering this game off an overtime loss in Denver could make for a tough situation for the Hornets. This is the third straight road game for the Hornets and incredibly this team is just 7-16 S/U in road games on the season. Portland survived a very tough road trip with a split and the Trailblazers are 5-1 ATS in the last six games. Portland has owned this series with wins in six of the last eight meetings against the spread including a road win in New Orleans earlier this season. Portland is without star Brandon Roy but this line has been adjusted a bit too severely as the Blazers still have a complete team even without their most consistent and dynamic playmaker. New Orleans is also a banged up team with Morris Peterson and David West questionable for this game. Given the travel and the big game on Saturday this should be a much more favorable situation for the Trailblazers and Portland is 16-7 at home this season.

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John Ryan

Tennessee Chattanooga at Wofford
Prediction: Wofford

3* graded play on Wofford as they take on UT-Chatanooga set to start at 7:00 EST. Our proprietary sports handicapping model/simulator shows conclusive results that Woffard will win this game by 15 or more points. UT-Chatanooga is an imperfect 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons. Another reason we like this game is that Woffard has returned 5 starters from last year?s edition and UTC has ZERO this season. That chemistry provides a tremendous edge against an inexperienced team. That inexperience is magnified on the road too. UTC is just 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) as a road underdog of 12.5 to 18 points since 1997. We strongly believe that UTC will score 60 or less points. Note that they are 11-36 ATS since 1997 and 4-9 ATS over the past 3 seasons when scoring 60 or fewer points. Take Wofford.

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Larry Ness

Phoenix Suns @ Utah Jazz
PICK: Utah Jazz -6.5

The Suns got off to an 8-3 start on the road but are 1-11 SU and 4-8 ATS since December 1 away from home. The lone win in that span was a four-point win at Sacramento on January 5 and the Suns come into Salt Lake City to face the Jazz having lost four straight road games while allowing a disturbing 118.5 PPG! In contrast, the Jazz are 17-6 SU and 15-7-1 ATS at home, entering on a five-game home winning streak. The Jazz have averaged 112.0 PPG on 54.3 percent shooting during their current streak, while holding opponents to 91.4 PPG on 42.4 percent shooting. Why not lay the points with Utah?

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Jimmy Boyd

1 Unit on LA Clippers +11.5

While Boston is 12-7 at home this season, it is just 6-13 ATS. I know Kevin Garnett is now back in the lineup, and I know the Clippers just played yesterday, but I believe odds makers are asking too much of the Celtics to cover this large of a number tonight. Boston plays the Magic, Hawks, and Lakers in its next three games so this could very well be a look ahead spot. The Clippers are 11-3 ATS their last 14 games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games with Boston. They are also a perfect 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. the NBA Atlantic Division. The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Western Conference and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. the NBA Pacific Division. They are also just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite of 11.0 or more points. Take the Clippers and the points.

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Chris Jordan

Indiana at PHILADELPHIA -5'

Look for Philadelphia to wrap up this home-and-home series sweep over Indiana, as the Pacers looked outmatched at home in a 107-97 loss to the Sixers on Saturday. While Elton Brand scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young contributed a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, the 76ers looked like a resurgent team concentrating on that eighth slot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia, which is just ahead of these Pacers in the overall conference standings, trails eighth-place Chicago by 5-1/2 games in the Eastern Conference. And it seems the reunion with All-Star starter Allen Iverson has this team revitalized after a dismal 5-15 start to the campaign. The Sixers are 10-13 since he resigned with the team that drafted him, as he’s brought a sense of leadership and confidence to the team.

At home, the Sixers are going to take advantage of a weary Pacers team that will be playing its fifth game in seven nights. So while Philly might be 7-14 at home, the Pacers are 5-18 on the road - fourth worst in the East. Lay the chalk tonight.

3♦ SIXERS

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Drew Gordon

Georgetown +6 at SYRACUSE

45-27-3 roll L75 Free Plays (13-4 L17), incl. the Vikings cover at the Saints in last night's NFC Title Game! For today's complimentary play, we're looking at the Georgetown/Syracuse match up.

This is a interesting match up, mainly because the line and perception are very very fishy. You'd think with the Orange being relatively considerable favs in this spot, that we'd see plenty of public action on the underdog Hoyas, but that has not been the case. Instead, with between 65-70% of the public siding with Syracuse, I'm focusing on the fact the line has not moved since its initial move off -5'. In other words, something is keeping this line down despite the public loving the Orange here... And that something is the sharps liking the value they're getting with revenge-seeking Hoyas!

I'm well aware the Hoyas has lost 5 in a row (1-4 ATS) at the Carrier Dome. However, relying on history alone is a dangerous way to lose your ass in this game. We also have to look at match ups, and I happen to see several strong edges for the Hoyas in this one.

Syracuse-backers were happy to see the Orange take care of business vs Marquette, using their size to DOMINATE the boards (43 boards to 21 for Marquette), and the paint in general. However, that edge goes out the window in this match up, as Greg Monroe and Julian Vaughn are more than capable of matching up with Johnson & Onuaku. Not to mention, it was key Hoyas back-up C Henry Sims got some playing time versus Rutgers, because he'll play some key minutes in this contest.

Finally, for all the talk about Syracuse, there's no question they present FAR more value on the road (7-0 ATS), then at home (5-4 ATS). Yes, they owned the boards against Marquette in their last one, but the Golden Eagles STILL covered! Do not make the mistake over overestimating Syracuse, especially in a conference match up vs. an opponent seeking revenge.

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

2♦ GEORGETOWN

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Michael Cannon

Boise State at IDAHO -4'

I am now 70-51-3 with my last 124 free plays.

Take Idaho as the home chalk over Boise State.

This isn’t football and Boise certainly doesn’t rule the WAC in hoops.

The Broncos are 0-7 in conference play so far, which is the worst-ever start in school history.  They are also 0-6 ATS in their last six and 1-8 ATS in their last nine lined contests.

Boise is soft defensively and they shoot a WAC-worst 30.8 percent from beyond the arc, which means they have trouble staying close in games and/or coming back from deficits.

Those ingredients are not conducive to having success on the road.

Idaho has a veteran backcourt that should exploit the defensive shortcomings of the Broncos.  The Vandals are on a five-game skid of their own and this is a good spot for them to get back on the winning tracks against a weaker rival.

Take Idaho minus the points as they grab the home win and cover.

2♦ IDAHO

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3* Miami Heat

The more I look at this game the more I like Miami. Cleveland is a very popular pick and being a contrarian player in the NBA, I look to go the other way with teams like that and that is the case again here. As of late Monday morning, 78 percent of the betting action is on the Cavaliers let the line has completely gone the other way as Cleveland opened as a 1.5-point favorite and now the line is even with Miami actually favored by a point in some places. That may seem like the line is not moving in our favor but it is moving exactly the way I like because games like this I find reverse line movement to be more beneficial. The Heat are coming off back-to-back wins against Sacramento and Washington, not exactly the most stellar of competition but wins are win and Miami needs them. Miami is 5-2 over its last seven games to move back over .500 on the season to move into 5th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Heat will be looking for revenge tonight following a home loss against the Cavaliers in the first meeting this season. Cleveland has won four straight games but this will be its third straight game without point guard Mo Williams. The Cavaliers won against the Lakers in the final seconds in the first game and then defeated Oklahoma City by just one point in the second game on Saturday. This is the Cavaliers first road game without Williams and making matter worse is the fact that backup point guard Delonte West is also out with a fractured finger so it will be up to Anthony Parker to run the show. The Cavaliers are 17-8 on the road this season and they are a perfect 5-0 ATS at underdogs, all of which have been on the road so the number is appealing to those who like to follow those trends. However the Cavaliers are just 1-8 ATS this season following four or more consecutive wins and just 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games following a win of any kind. Miami also falls into a very solid situation. Play against teams that are averaging between 98 and 102 ppg going up against teams allowing between 92 and 98 ppg after two straight wins by six points or less. This situation is 64-33 ATS 66 percent) since 1996. 3* Miami Heat

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New Orleans +1.30 over PORTLAND

Whether you like them or not, you really have to admire the efforts and determination of this Blazers squad. They are the walking wounded and extremely undermanned yet they’re still managing to play hard and win games. In fact, they’ve won four of its last six with two of those wins coming on the road. The Blazers will return home tonight after a four-game trip and one has to figure that after playing their hearts out every game of every quarter they could be extremely flat tonight. Even at their best tonight they’re still going to have a tough time pulling this one out with all the injuries they have. When the Hornets show up they’re very tough, as recent wins in Ok City, Utah and Memphis will attest to. The Hornets are loaded with shooters and it’s going to be very difficult for this host to keep pace after all they’ve been through over the past few weeks. This is a great spot for the visitor to steal one on the road and there’s no reason why they can’t do exactly that. Play: New Orleans +1.30 (Risking 2 units).


Indiana +1.62 over PHILADELPHIA

When +1.62 is offered against the 76ers on anyone not named New Jersey you’re getting some great value and this one is no exception. The good news is that the 76ers went into Indian on Saturday as a 3½-point pooch and beat them outright so the chances of the 76ers beating the same team twice in succession is not so good. The Pacers are very capable of beating this team and frankly, they should be able to. Man for man, the Pacers are the superior squad in every way except for perhaps defense but it’s not like the 76ers are some defensive juggernaut either. The Pacers have more options, they should win the battle of the boards and its bench is deeper as well. So, yeah, of course the 76ers can win here but they can lose just as easily and with a take-back like this offered in what is a 50/50 proposition, the play has to be the guest. Play: Indiana +1.62 (Risking 2 units).


MIAMI –1 over Cleveland

One has to figure the Heat to show up big time here in what should feature a rare big crowd in Miami. When the Heat show up they can beat anyone and with the whole country watching LeBron against D-Wade, you know for sure D-Wade will give it his all tonight. LeBron always gives it his all but damn this Heat team is so dangerous that they have to be considered one of the biggest underachievers of the year. Miami is just 23-20 overall and just 13-10 at home but they really have a chance to at least put the Cav’s on notice that they’re not going to roll over come playoff time. Miami is warming up with three wins in its last four and all three wins have been by 24 points or more. The Cav’s are still without Delonte West and Mo Williams, two key components that run the offense, especially West. Miami needs to make a stand at some point in the season and you can just see them heating up at the moment leading up to this one. With all that talent and not much in terms of results, expect the Heat to play its best game of the year. Play: Miami –1 (Risking 2.04 units to win 2).


MEMPHIS +1.06 over Orlando

Great spot for the Grizz to beat one of the league’s elite, as there’s a very good chance the Magic will not be very interested here. You see, the Magic are coming off three wins in a row capped by an OT win over the Cats on Saturday. The kicker here is that the Magic will take to the road for this one game and will return home to play the Celtics and Atlanta in what has to be considered two of its biggest games of the season. The Grizzlies love to play and they play hard. They’ve been one of the Association’s best teams over the past six weeks with 13 wins over its past 17 games. The Grizzlies are rested and should be raring to go and they really couldn’t have asked for a better time to face the Magic in terms of Orlando’s scheduling. Play: Memphis +1.06 (Risking 2 units).


Saint Joseph’s –5½ over PENNSYLVANIA

Talk about a fall from grace – Pennsylvania has gone from king of the Ivy League to doormat at a troubling pace, sitting at 1-12 on the season with its only win over Maryland Baltimore County. Their offense and defense are obviously atrocious and the with them wrapping up Big Five play tonight it is hard to see how they are going to find any motivation to win tonight’s tilt. Big Five play pits Pennsylvania against the other Philadelphia schools and the results so far have been awful. A 15-point loss to Temple and a 19-point loss to La Salle both at home tells me this team is nowhere close to competing against mid-major schools. Saint Joseph’s is easily the weakest of the Big Five teams but has just come off a very impressive win against Dayton and has two non-conference games they absolutely must win if they are going to have any shot at the NIT. While that goal is probably unattainable, it’s up to the coaching staff to sell it to the players and Phil Martelli is a guy you can count on to do so. Talent wise, these teams aren’t at the same level but as the past couple of weeks have shown talent alone doesn’t win games. The motivation for Saint Joseph’s to get this win tonight is as high as its going to be, especially coming off a big win while Pennsylvania will simply have to play out the string the rest of the season.  Play: Saint Joseph’s –5½ (Risking 2.02 units to win 2).

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