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Free Picks: Service Plays for Monday December, 10

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There’s definitely a payback motive for Philly after being humbled by Pistons at Wells Fargo Center back on Nov. 14. But Sixers’ performance pattern continues to be erratic (maybe Philly could really use Andrew Bynum after all), and Doug Collins’ bunch got basically noting from its frontline in that earlier 94-76 defeat in which Detroit held Sixers to 29.8% shooting from floor.  Pistons playing at very competitive level since that first meeting, and Philly has rarely had an easy game this season.  Points work at Wells Fargo Center.

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Monday December, 10

Scott Delaney

Scored an comp winner on the Seattle Seahawks yesterday as they crushed Arizona 58-0. Tonight should be just as easy, as I like the Golden State Warriors (-4') on the road at Charlotte.

I'm not exactly sure who to pinpoint all the credit to, but the Warriors have found a groove and look to be in great shape to move out to 4-0 on a current Eastern Conference road trip, as a part of a seven-game tour. They're in after defeating Washington, 101-97, in their latest stop, this past Saturday, and now play the struggling Bobcats.

While Golden State has won 10 of its past 13 games, the 'Cats have lost seven in a row overall and five straight at home. So even though Golden State has lost five of the last six meetings, I don't think Charlotte has what it takes to challenge the Warriors right now.

Charlotte has just been sad on defense of late, allowing an average of 110.0 points during their losing streak and come in after giving up a whopping 132 to San Antonio in a 30-point loss on Saturday. The Spurs drained a franchise-record 19 3-pointers, while seven players chipped in with double figures.

Riding a three-game win streak on the wood, a 6-2 ATS streak versus Eastern Conference teams and sitting in second place in the Pacific Division right now, my money is on the Warriors

5♦ GOLDEN STATE

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Chuck O'Brien

Quick, who's the hottest team in Atlanta.

Some might like to think it's the Dirty Birds - er, the Falcons who lost to the sub-.500 Carolina Panthers yesterday. But at this point in the season, can the fans really stomach the loss to an underachieving Carolina squad?

I say the Hawks are the hotter team out of the A-T-L, as they've won nine of 10 and are looking awfully dangerous at 12-5 this season. At least, for tonight, they're giving something the fans to cheer about, right?

If you haven't seen this team play, now is the time to tune in, as they take on the defending champion Miami Heat, and I implore you to watch that stifling defene. Atlanta, on defense, is as solid a unit as you might ask for. Ranked sixth overall on defense, the team is rated second in opponents’ turnover percentage (16.5 percent). That means they're committing the thievery, and protecting the rock on their own.

Point guard Jeff Teague ranks 10th in assists percentage, Al Horford has noticably elevated his play with 16.6 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per contest and Josh Smith is burying treys at a 38.1 percent clip.

Remember, this is the same Hawks team that was going after Dwight Howard, who could very well be wondering what the hell he is doing in purple and gold with a team that is 9-12, and sitting in third place behind Clippers and Warriors.

Two weeks ago the a well-rested Heat team beat the shorthanded Spurs and shorthanded Nets. Then they lost two of three, one in Washington and one at home to the Knicks. The Hawks won three straight last week - over Denver, Washington and at Memphis.  Part of this 9-1 run includes a win over those aforementioned Clippers, leaders of the Pacific Division.

Sorry, but this line is disrespectful, and I won't even resort to the betting trends that are in Atlanta's favor cause that's irrelevant here. What matters is the hottest team, arguably, in the league - and the A-T-L - is coming after an unsuspecting Heat team that just lost to the Wizards recently.

Take the points.

3♦ ATLANTA

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Jeff Benton

46-34 freebie run coming into Monday night.

Tonight's freebie is the Atlanta Hawks plus the points at Miami.

Cannot pass on grabbing the points here, as the Hawks have been soaring, winners of nine of their last ten games straight up, and they are the owners of a positive 5-2 road mark this season.

As for Miami, the Heat followed up their shocking loss last week to the lowly Wizards with their first home loss of the season to the Carmelo-less Knicks on Thursday, but did get back in the win column against New Orleans their last time out.

Still, Miami is just 5-5 against the spread on their home floor this season. This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs, as Miami won a six point decision in Atlanta just over a month ago as Miami extended their winning streak over Atlanta to four in a row.

The Hawks are itching to show the Heat they are a viable contender in the Eastern Conference, so I am taking the points with an Atlanta team that will come out tonight looking to prove something to Miami.

Hawks keep it close.

3♦ ATLANTA

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Chris Jordan

My free winner for tonight is going to be on the Detroit Pistons, as I think they're going to easily cover the touchdown-6 the Philadelphia 76ers are laying tonight.

This is one of those games where I'm ot sure if it's about the team I am betting on, or the team I am betting against. After all, the 76ers' offense has been non-existent since the start of December and the team is off to a 1-3 start this month. Now they take on a team that held them to their least amount points this season in a 94-76 thrashing back on Nov. 14. And that game was right here in Philadelphia.

The Sixers are in after getting thumped by the Boston Celtics, 92-79, on Saturday, when they shot a bleak 39.2 percent. That was just one night after hitting an even worse 37.4 percent from the floor the previous night in a 95-94 overtime win over those same Celtics.

Philly comes into this one ranked among the worst in the NBA with its 42.5 field-goal percentage. In that loss to the Pistons last month, the Sixers shot a horrendous 29.8 percent from the field. Detroit is allowing just 96.82 points per game - 14th in the league - while it is limiting the opposition to just 43.4 shooting from the field - 7th in the league.

I'll take the points in this one.

3♦ DETROIT

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Monday December, 10

Matt Rivers

65-54 comp play run.

For Monday night, take Golden State in the NBA to pick up the road win and cover at Charlotte.

Mark Jackson's team has been impressive this season, as Golden State has won their first three on their current seven game road swing, as the Warriors are now 7-4 overall on the road this season.

As for Charlotte, things have cooled off in Bobcat-land, as the 'Cats losing streak is at seven in a row with just two covers in those seven losses.

Charlotte does own a two game series winning streak, and they have won five of the last six overall meetings between the teams, but this is a new season, and the play of Curry on the perimeter coupled with the play of Lee in the paint has led to 10 wins in the last 13 games for the visiting Warriors.

Have to lay it with the surging Warriors tonight as they hand the Bobcats loss #8 in a row.

4♦ GOLDEN STATE

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Harry Bondi

ATLANTA (+7.5) over Miami Heat

As usual, the Heat is overvalued here tonight. This is way too many points to give a Hawks team that is sizzling hot, winning nine of its last 10 games straight up, while posting a 5-2 ATS record on the road this season. Miami has won four of the last five in the series, but only one of those wins was by more than seven points. Miami is just 8-10 against the spread this season because the line is typically inflated and they also come in just 2-5 ATS against teams with a winning record. Take the generous points.

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