Free Picks: Service Plays for Tuesday December, 11

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DETROIT +5 over Denver

Denver on the road for the fourth of five straight away. This is a Nuggets team that has not looked particularly sharp recently and combined with a 5-10 road record, we feel they are being mispriced here. Denver could be in a letdown spot, having played and lost to Knicks on Sunday and they are off to Minnesota tomorrow night to complete this road swing.  Danilo Gallinari’s shooting has been erratic all season long and after a decent 21 points against New York, in wouldn’t be surprise to see him a clunker here.

The Pistons are back home after two away, including last night’s loss in at the Sixers. Detroit currently .500 at home and should be ready to avenge a Nov. 26 loss at the Pepsi Center. With the stronger defence and catching the sliding Nuggies at the right time, a win here would not surprise at all.


CHICAGO +2½ over LA Clippers

We realize that the Clippers are hot, having won six straight but the Bulls are on a run of their own with three consecutive victories. While the Clippers are certainly a solid bunch, they are 0-4 ATS in past four road contests against teams above .500.The Clips have had strong bench play late in games recently but against this tough Chicago defense, it won’t be so easy. Chicago’s Marco Belinelli is making the most of his opportunity to play with Rip Hamilton out of the lineup and his play seems to have energized the team, particularly Luol Deng.

The Bulls have won five of six, largely in part to their strong defensive play. Chicago has held opponents to an average of 86.7 points per game over that span. That includes a 93-85 win over the Knicks which had New York shooting  a season-low 32.1 percent while being outrebounded. This one lines up nicely for the home side, taking any points offered.

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Steve Janus

New York Knicks -3

The Knicks will be out for revenge after losing at Brooklyn 89-96 in overtime back on Nov, and I believe they will do so in convincing fashion. The Nets will once again be playing without starting center Brook Lopez and his loss has really hurt this team. Brooklyn is just 1-4 without him in the lineup. Lopez was a big reason why the Nets were able to defeat New York in that first meeting. He posted a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds (7 offensive boards), while also blocking 5 shots!

Under head coach Mike Woodson the Knicks are an impressive 15-4 ATS in road games when coming off a home win where they scored at least 110 points. They are also 19-8 ATS in all games he has coached where the Knicks are listed as the favorite.

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Scott Delaney

After nailing the Golden State Warriors last night, my free pick run is now at 51-29-2. Tonight I am in the college ranks and something has me leaning toward Cal Poly in its visit to Reno's Lawlor Events Center to take on the UNR Wolfpack.

The Mustangs have looked good at times, and looked Cal Poly-esque at others. They've split their first three games, including a huge upset at UCLA on Nov. 25, a stunning 70-68 win. They come in after denouncing Menlo College, 89-43, this past weekend.

I know UNR is 4-1 in their own building, and it'll be fired up after finally scoring its first road win of the season this past Saturday, after getting past Washington, 76-73. But I'm worried about the playing-to-the-level-of-competition theory in this game.

Cal Poly stepping up to play to the level of UNR's caliber, and the Wolfpack taking the 'Stangs lightly, and playing down to Cal Poly's level.

There's no doubt in my mind Nevada will pull away for the win, but only after Cal Poly puts a scare into the Pack, and keeps things close to the waning moments. Free throws will help UNR win this one, but the Mustangs will make it interesting enough in that the point spread will stay in doubt. Take the road pup.

2♦ CAL POLY

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Chuck O'Brien

142-113 comp play run heading into tonight's selection on the Clippers (-2') at Chicago as they seem to be getting the best value on the entire NBA card. In a battle of teams on win streaks, I am much more impressed by the Clippers, who have won six in a row, than I am the Bulls, who have now won a season-best three straight.

During this run, the Clippers are blasting foes by an average of 16.8 points per game, and this isn't the first time this team has bolted out to win six straight this season.

The best team out of Los Angeles right now is benefiting from 41.8 bench points to rank near the top of the NBA. And when those reserves score a minimum of 41 points, the Clippers are a perfect 11-0.

And in case you're worried about how the Clippers will perform in the Windy City, make note they've won nine of their last 11 trips inside the United Center, including a November 17 visit, during which the bench outscored the Bulls' reserves 53-25 en route to a 101-80 shellacking of their hosts. The Clippers are also on a 5-1 ATS run in Chi-town, while they've  covered nine of their last 11 after a straight-up win..

3♦ L.A. CLIPPERS

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Jeff Benton

Tuesday's freebie is the Washington Wizards as the road dog at New Orleans.

Backing the 2-15 Wizards who have lost all eight of their road games this season, but I am backing them plus the points and not necessarily to win this game outright.

With the points the Wizards have been are at least a .500 play for the year, as they stand at 8-8-1 against the spread, and are above .500 with the points on the road at 4-3-1.

New Orleans has not exactly been "money" on their home hardwood, as the Hornets are just 5-6 against the spread at home, With losses in three in a row, and 12 of their last 14 overall, the Hornets are no shoe-in to win this game, let alone cover this game.

Both teams are dealing with injuries, but perhaps the fact both Gordon and Davis are out for the host will keep them from pulling away from the Wizards tonight.

Washington has managed to cover each of their last five visits to the Big Easy, so why not ride them to make it 6-0 with the cover tonight?

Take the points and the Wizards.

2♦ WASHINGTON

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Chris Jordan

Going to play Duquesne as my freebie tonight, against West Virginia, as the Dukes are more than 7-1/2 point underdog - they just might win this game outright at Consol Energy Center.

After being completely undressed last Wednesday in front of their home faithful, in a 21-point loss to crosstown rival Pitt - the Dukes are going to be out for revenge. Well, TO avenge that loss, and West Virginia is the victim.

This will be the third time Duquesne gets a shot to knock off a noteworthy opponent, after playing at Georgetown on Nov. 11. The Dukes looked much better against the Hoyas, eventually losing respectably, 61-56.

And I think Duquesne is catching the Mountaineers at the right time. West Virginia just won a one-point thriller against Virginia Tech, and in four days they're playing No. 3 Michigan. Is this is a sandwich trap for West Virginia that it won't be ready to eat.

My money is on the Dukes devouring the dog-point spread and rolling to an easy cover an potential outright win.

4♦ DUQUESNE

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Matt Rivers

Free play winner last night on Golden State. Tonight's free play is the Los Angeles Clippers on the road over the Chicago Bulls.

Both teams playing solid ball right now, as the Clippers have won their last six, while the Bulls have won their last three. The problem for the Bulls is the fact they are still without Rose and Hamilton, and Hinrich now has an injured elbow. Too many men down against a Los Angeles team that has already routed Chicago in the season's first meeting at the Staples Center, as the Clips came out on top by 21 points in that mid-November meeting.

Los Angeles has covered in their last three wins, and four of their last five overall, and the Clippers are also on a 4-2 roll both straight up and against the spread the last six series meetings against the Bulls.

Have to lay the small road impost with LA, as the Clippers snap the Bulls three game winning streak and extend their own win streak to seven in a row.

4♦ L.A. CLIPPERS

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Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers
Play: Cleveland Cavaliers

The (9-12) Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA western Conference Pacific division will take on the (4-17) Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central division in 2012 NBA action. The Lakers have lost 4 of their last 5 straight up and are 2-3 Against The spread their last 5 overall. Cleveland has covered has covered 4 of their last 5 Against The Spread vs. The Lakers. The Cavaliers has lost their last 10 NBA games straight up and their last 5 ATS. Cleveland gets the home cover.

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