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Cincinnati at Houston
The Bengals look to build on their 4-0 ATS record in their last 4 road games. Cincinnati is the pick (+4 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Texans favored by only 2 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+4 1/2)

Game 101-102: Cincinnati at Houston (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati 135.851; Houston 138.397
Dunkel Line: Houston by 2 1/2; 47
Vegas Line: Houston by 4 1/2; 43
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+4 1/2); Over

Game 103-104: Minnesota at Green Bay (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 134.082; Green Bay 144.563
Dunkel Line: Green Bay by 10 1/2; 42
Vegas Line: Green Bay by 8; 46
Dunkel Pick: Green Bay (-8); Under

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Game 105-106: Indianapolis at Baltimore (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indianapolis 131.150; Baltimore 133.812
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 2 1/2; 43
Vegas Line: Baltimore by 6 1/2; 46 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indianapolis (+6 1/2); Under

Game 107-108: Seattle at Washington (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 141.159; Washington 142.642
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 49
Vegas Line: Seattle by 3; 45
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+3); Over

NCAAF

Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi 
The Rebels look to build on their 3-0-1 ATS record in their last 4 neutral site games. Mississippi is the pick (-3 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Rebels favored by 13. Dunkel Pick: Mississippi (-3 1/2)

Game 265-266: Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh  86.586; Mississippi 99.556
Dunkel Line: Mississippi by 13; 63
Vegas Line: Mississippi by 3 1/2; 52
Dunkel Pick: Mississippi (-3 1/2); Over

NBA

Utah at Denver
The Nuggets look to take advantage of a Utah team that is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games against teams with a home winning percentage above .600. Denver is the pick (-9) according to Dunkel, which has the Nuggets favored by 12 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Denver (-9)

Game 501-502: Milwaukee at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee 114.809; Indiana 124.004
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 9; 181
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4; 185 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-4); Under

Game 503-504: New York at Orlando (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 119.885; Orlando 115.378
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 4 1/2; 198
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 6 1/2; 194 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Orlando (+6 1/2); Over

Game 505-506: Boston at Atlanta (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 114.623; Atlanta 122.208
Dunkel Line & Total: Atlanta by 7 1/2; 184
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 4 1/2; 189 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-4 1/2); Under

Game 507-508: Houston at Cleveland (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 120.869; Cleveland 116.691
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 4; 212
Vegas Line & Total: Houston by 6 1/2; 209 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+6 1/2); Over

Game 509-510: Sacramento at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Sacramento 118.277; Brooklyn 118.877
Dunkel Line & Total: Brooklyn by 1; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Brooklyn by 7 1/2; 195 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Sacramento (+7 1/2); Over

Game 511-512: Portland at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 115.720; Minnesota 122.118
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 6 1/2; 188
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 513-514: Philadelphia at San Antonio (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 113.999; San Antonio 129.272
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 15 1/2; 194
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 13; 198
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-13); Under

Game 515-516: New Orleans at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Orleans 112.488; Dallas 114.938
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 2 1/2; 197
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas by 6 1/2; 192 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New Orleans (+6 1/2); Over

Game 517-518: Utah at Denver (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah 114.973; Denver 127.646
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 12 1/2; 197
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 9; 202
Dunkel Pick: Denver (-9); Under

Game 519-520: Golden State at LA Clippers (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Golden State 124.741; LA Clippers 126.302
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 1 1/2; 207
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 6; 201 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (+6); Over

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Oklahoma at West Virginia
The Mountaineers look to take advantage of an Oklahoma team that is coming off a 72-42 win over TX-Corpus Christi and is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games following a SU victory. West Virginia is the pick (-3) according to Dunkel, which has the Mountaineers favored by 4 1/2. Dunkel Pick: West Virginia (-3)

Game 521-522: Pittsburgh at Rutgers (11:00 a.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 70.311; Rutgers 61.421
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 9; 124
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh by 7; 129
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-7); Under

Game 523-524: Virginia Tech at Maryland (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Virginia Tech 54.872; Maryland 65.571
Dunkel Line: Maryland by 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Maryland by 12
Dunkel Pick: Virginia Tech (+12)

Game 525-526: Purdue at Michigan State (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Purdue 61.765 Michigan State 71.569
Dunkel Line: Michigan State by 10; 133
Vegas Line: Michigan State by 11 1/2; 127
Dunkel Pick: Purdue (+11 1/2); Over

Game 527-528: Seton Hall at Notre Dame (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seton Hall 60.093; Notre Dame 72.261
Dunkel Line: Notre Dame by 12
Vegas Line: Notre Dame by 10
Dunkel Pick: Notre Dame (-10)

Game 529-530: Delaware at Old Dominion (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware 52.413; Old Dominion 49.103
Dunkel Line: Delaware by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Delaware by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Delaware (-1 1/2)

Game 531-532: Wake Forest at Duke (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wake Forest 55.219; Duke 81.864
Dunkel Line: Duke by 26 1/2; 140
Vegas Line: Duke by 24 1/2; 144
Dunkel Pick: Duke (-24 1/2); Under

Game 533-534: NC-Wilmington at Northeastern (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NC-Wilmington 46.367; Northeastern 59.540
Dunkel Line: Northeastern by 13
Vegas Line: Northeastern by 9
Dunkel Pick: Northeastern (-9)

Game 535-536: Oklahoma State at Kansas State (1:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma State 68.409; Kansas State 71.242
Dunkel Line: Kansas State by 3
Vegas Line: Kansas State by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas State (-2 1/2)

Game 537-538: James Madison at Georgia State (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: James Madison 52.927; Georgia State 56.051
Dunkel Line: Georgia State by 3
Vegas Line: Georgia State by 1
Dunkel Pick: Georgia State (-1)

Game 539-540: George Mason at William & Mary (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: George Mason 55.083; William & Mary 55.653
Dunkel Line: William & Mary by 1
Vegas Line: George Mason by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: William & Mary (+2 1/2)

Game 541-542: Georgetown at Marquette (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Georgetown 65.662; Marquette 68.938
Dunkel Line: Marquette by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Marquette by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Marquette (-2 1/2)

Game 543-544: Texas at Baylor (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas 63.370; Baylor 70.580
Dunkel Line: Baylor by 7; 138
Vegas Line: Baylor by 10; 131 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (+10); Over

Game 545-546: Pennsylvania at LaSalle (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pennsylvania 47.038; LaSalle 68.242
Dunkel Line: LaSalle by 21
Vegas Line: LaSalle by 19
Dunkel Pick: LaSalle (-19)

Game 547-548: WI-Green Bay at Detroit (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Green Bay 54.858; Detroit 63.892
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 9
Vegas Line: Detroit by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-7 1/2)

Game 549-550: Marshall at Ohio (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marshall 52.703; Ohio 61.833
Dunkel Line: Ohio by 9
Vegas Line: Ohio by 13
Dunkel Pick: Marshall (+13)

Game 551-552: Eastern Michigan at Massachusetts (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Michigan 44.404; Massachusetts 61.822
Dunkel Line: Massachusetts by 17 1/2
Vegas Line: Massachusetts by 14 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Massachusetts (-14 1/2)

Game 553-554: Ohio State at Illinois (2:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ohio State 75.795; Illinois 68.305
Dunkel Line: Ohio State by 7 1/2; 139
Vegas Line: Ohio State by 3; 142
Dunkel Pick: Ohio State (-3); Under

Game 555-556: Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech (2:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (FL) 67.117; Georgia Tech 64.009
Dunkel Line: Miami (FL) by 3
Vegas Line: Miami (FL) 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Miami (FL) (-1 1/2)

Game 557-558: Indiana State at Creighton (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana State 59.809; Creighton 76.000
Dunkel Line: Creighton by 16
Vegas Line: Creighton by 13 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Creighton (-13 1/2)

Game 559-560: Stanford at UCLA (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Stanford 62.843; UCLA 67.716
Dunkel Line: UCLA by 5
Vegas Line: UCLA by 6
Dunkel Pick: Stanford (+6)

Game 561-562: Rice at Harvard (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rice 46.255; Harvard 64.816
Dunkel Line: Harvard by 18 1/2
Vegas Line: Harvard by 16
Dunkel Pick: Harvard (-16)

Game 563-564: Oklahoma at West Virginia (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma 60.228; West Virginia 64.773
Dunkel Line: West Virginia by 4 1/2
Vegas Line: West Virginia by 3
Dunkel Pick: West Virginia (-3)

Game 565-566: St. John's at Cincinnati (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. John's 55.742; Cincinnati 76.915
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 21; 133
Vegas Line: Cincinnati by 13; 138
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-13); Under

Game 567-568: Towson at Drexel (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Towson 49.474; Drexel 57.790
Dunkel Line: Drexel by 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Drexel by 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Towson (+9 1/2)

Game 569-570: NC State at Boston College (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NC State 69.270; Boston College 58.154
Dunkel Line: NC State by 11; 146
Vegas Line: NC State by 9; 149
Dunkel Pick: NC State (-9); Under

Game 571-572: Youngstown State at Loyola-Chicago (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Youngstown State 53.844; Loyola-Chicago 57.119
Dunkel Line: Loyola-Chicago by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Loyola-Chicago by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Youngstown State (+4 1/2)

Game 573-574: Florida State at Clemson (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Florida State 61.410; Clemson 62.722
Dunkel Line: Clemson by 1 1/2
Vegas Line: Clemson by 3
Dunkel Pick: Florida State (+3)

Game 575-576: St. Bonaventure at Colorado State (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Bonaventure 56.799; Colorado State 71.424
Dunkel Line: Colorado State by 14 1/2
Vegas Line: Colorado State by 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado State (-10 1/2)

Game 577-578: Loyola-Marymount at St. Mary's (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Loyola-Marymount 51.718; St. Mary's 69.123
Dunkel Line: St. Mary's by 17 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Mary's by 18 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Loyola-Marymount (+18 1/2)

Game 579-580: Utah at Arizona (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah 56.300; Arizona 76.325
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 20
Vegas Line: Arizona by 18 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-18 1/2)

Game 581-582: Portland at Pepperdine (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 48.823; Pepperdine 54.045
Dunkel Line: Pepperdine by 5
Vegas Line: Pepperdine by 6
Dunkel Pick: Portland (+6)

Game 583-584: Texas Tech at TCU (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas Tech 50.007; TCU 56.275
Dunkel Line: TCU by 6 1/2
Vegas Line: TCU by 4
Dunkel Pick: TCU (-4)

Game 585-586: Long Beach State at UC-Santa Barbara (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Long Beach State 52.470; UC-Santa Barbara 52.433
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: UC-Santa Barbara by 2
Dunkel Pick: Long Beach State (+2)

Game 587-588: WI-Milwaukee at Wright State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Milwaukee 43.939; Wright State 61.222
Dunkel Line: Wright State by 17 1/2
Vegas Line: Wright State by 13
Dunkel Pick: Wright State (-13)

Game 589-590: UAB at Dayton (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UAB 56.291; Dayton 67.373
Dunkel Line: Dayton by 11
Vegas Line: Dayton by 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dayton (-10 1/2)

Game 591-592: UL-Lafayette at Florida International (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UL-Lafayette 50.165; Florida International 51.136
Dunkel Line: Florida International by 1
Vegas Line: Florida International by 4
Dunkel Pick: UL-Lafayette (+4)

Game 593-594: Western Kentucky at Arkansas State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Western Kentucky 54.943; Arkansas State 62.790
Dunkel Line: Arkansas State by 8
Vegas Line: Arkansas State by 5
Dunkel Pick: Arkansas State (-5)

Game 595-596: Middle Tennessee State at South Alabama (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Middle Tennessee State 63.779; South Alabama 56.633
Dunkel Line: Middle Tennessee State by 7
Vegas Line: Middle Tennessee State by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: South Alabama (+7 1/2)

Game 597-598: UL-Monroe at North Texas (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UL-Monroe 41.948; North Texas 55.731
Dunkel Line: North Texas by 14
Vegas Line: North Texas by 13 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Texas (-13 1/2)

Game 599-600: Louisiana Tech at TX-Arlington (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Louisiana Tech 59.789; TX-Arlington 59.504
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Louisiana Tech by 1
Dunkel Pick: TX-Arlington (+1)

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Two teams seemingly heading in opposite directions to finish the season will meet for the second straight time in the wild card round when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Houston Texans Saturday afternoon at Reliant Stadium. Once tied for the best record in football, Houston faltered down the stretch losing three of their last four and all hopes of home field throughout the playoffs. Now, they find themselves in a precarious position, hosting a young, hungry and much improved Bengals team with a little revenge on their minds after last season’s 31-10 playoff loss.
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Unlike the Texans, the Bengals have been taking caring of business – winners of three straight and seven of their last eight. Their only loss during that span came in a 20-19 setback to the Dallas Cowboys on a last second field goal. The defense has been outstanding down the stretch while the offense has sputtered. In fact, over the last four games, the Bengals offense has outscored the defense by only five touchdowns to three. They’ll look to get going against a Texans defense that ranks seventh in the league. Andy Dalton has only tossed five picks in the last eight games and it will be crucial for him to take care of the ball against a Texans squad that picked him off three times last postseason and is (+12) in turnover differential this season.
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The Texans offense is designed to pass early and pound the run and that was the case to the tune of 153 yards on 24 carries for Adrian Foster in the last meeting. However, this Texans squad has struggled of late to get the run going. As a result, quarterback Matt Schaub has been forced to pass more than the offense would like, resulting in just one touchdown against three interceptions in the last four games. Schaub looked extremely uncomfortable against the Vikings pass rush and one should expect more of the same against a hungry Bengals rush squad. The reason the Texans have appeared vulnerable down the stretch it’s because they are. Injuries have thwarted their momentum and it’s hard to envision much patchwork in a week. The Bengals are young and motivated and while their offense is suspect, the defense is more than capable of keeping them in it. The Bengals are a solid road outfit (6-2) and having played in the same hostile environment last meeting, they should have plenty of confidence this time. In a game that should be dominated by defense, surprisingly we think the Bengals will make enough big plays in this one to advance. Take the road team and the points at your sportsbook.

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Despite playing a tough SEC schedule, Mississippi finished the season at 6-6 and find themselves as favorites in Saturday's Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh. Ole Miss has an explosive offense that averaged 30.9 points per game, while scoring 30 points or more in 7 of their 12 games this season. Pittsburgh held weaker Big East opponents to 18.8 points per game, but this Ole Miss offense can put points on the board against anyone, as they scored 35 points on LSU and 14 points on the country's #1 ranked defense in Alabama. After facing so many SEC Bowl teams this season, Mississippi will be stepping down in class in the Compass Bowl, so we'll lay the points with one of the most reliable favorites in College football as HC Freeze is 12-3 ATS in his last 15 games as a favorite, including 4-1 SU & ATS in his first year with Ole Miss.

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Looking at this weekend’s first round NFL playoff action I like taking the Bengals + 4 ½ points taking on the Houston Texans.The simulator shows a high probability that the Bengals will lose this game by fewer than three points. Given these projections I like splitting the 10* amount to be played into a 7* play on the line and a 3* amount using the money line. After 8 weeks of play, the Bengals were just 3-5 and many had written them off as having any chance for playoff contention. They have won 7-of-8 games and covered all of them, except the lone 20-19 loss to Dallas in game that should have won too. Houston is not playing well and have limped into the playoffs losers of three-of-four games. Their ground attack has steadily declined and it has forced Shaub to make far too many plays to move the chains and score points. Bengals defense ranks fifth allowing 4.9 YPP and I strongly believe they will shut down the Texans ground game. When Shaub does not have play action in his arsenal, he, like every NFL QB, is going to be pressured a ton. I like the Bengals for a 10* unit play.

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Cincinnati Bengals +4.5

People didn’t have faith in the Texans all season, and that paid off at the end of the year with Houston losing three of their last four games and having to play this round. Cincinnati has gone the other way winning seven of their last eight games needing to continue to win to get into the payoffs. Houston is very banged up on defense, outside of J.J. Watt, already without Brian Cushing. Linebacker Brooks Reed is very questionable to play, and Tim Dobbins is also banged up and didn’t practice Wednesday. Because of this, I don’t think Houston’s defense is quite as good as they appear on paper. The real difference between these two teams appears to be the divisions with Houston going 5-1 against the weak South and Cincinnati going 3-3 against the stronger North. I think this is a field goal game either way, which automatically leads me to take the points.

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In their 5th straight bowl game, I am going with Pitt to get the outright win on Saturday afternoon. In a battle of mediocrity, the Panthers do have a strong defense going well for them, especially in Aaron Donald. The Ole Miss Rebels have been not playing very well towards the end of the season, but their offense can still score, it’s their defense that needs to step it up. Charles Sawyer has been sound on pass coverage for Ole Miss. Pittsburgh will rely on low turnover Tino Sunseri to continue with his extremely efficient game style.

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Cincinnati at Houston
Pick: Cincinnati +4.5

Through 12 games at 11-1, the Texans looked like a team destined for the Super Bowl. As they often do in the NFL, things changed dramatically for this team over the last month of the season where they went just 1-3 straight-up and ATS. The offense, which went for over 30 points in six of their first 11 games, failed to do so once over their last five. Their average points per game dropped from over 30 to just over 16. They were held to less than 17 points just one time in their first 12 games, but failed to get there in three of their last four games. It appears that defensive coordinators have figure out this Texans offense to some extent and Houston hasn't been able to react positively. The offense wasn't their only problem, as the mighty Texans’ defense that limited their first nine opponents to 17 points per game, broke down and allowed 27 per game in their last seven. The Bengals endured a painful 0-4 stretch themselves this season, but fortunately it came early enough for them to work out their problems. They then came roaring back after the skid to finish 7-1 both SU and ATS. Outside of that one bad stretch, the Bengals were an impressive 10-2 on the season. The difference here is that the Texans have gone from looking Super at 11-1, to in a funk. The Bengals have left their funk behind to look Super at 7-1 in their last eight. Houston's pythagorean wins (a truer measure of a team's strength than actual wins) is 10, compared to 12 actual wins. They aren't as good as advertised. Cincinnati has gone 6-2 this season on the road. One team is off their game and favored, the other is on their game and is a dog, setting the stage for a live dog here. Cincy is coming in off a win and under Marvin Lewis, this team is 28-15 ATS on the road after a win. Take Cincinnati with the points.

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Washington at Washington St.
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When the Cougars host the Huskies in a Pac 12 rivalry matchup Saturday evening in Pullman, Washington State will take the court looking to avenge a pair of losses suffered in this series last season. With WSU 5-0 ATS as home favorites when playing revenge against Washington, and riding a 7-game ATS win streak entering this fray, look for the home team to improve to a perfect 10-0 ATS in Cougars games this season here tonight. We recommend a 1-unit play on Washington State.

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The Vikings were picked to finish last in the NFC North by most football prognosticators but as Chris Berman says, “that’s why they play the games”. The Vikes earned a wild-card berth by defeating the division leader Packers last week, which is nothing to sneeze at but the Packers uncharacteristically beat themselves with mental errors. As luck would have it, they get to face the Packers again. However, this time the game will be in the cold confines of Lambeau Field, which is much different than Minnesota’s room-temperature domed facility. While MVP-candidate Adrian Peterson cannot be ignored, running the ball does not always work when you are trailing. Without viable options outside of Peterson, the visitor could be up against it.
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It’s not like Green Bay does not have studs of its own. QB Aaron Rodgers is as good as there is. Rodgers has thrown for 38 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions this season. Not only is he miles better than counterpart Christian Ponder, he has a slew of guys to throw the ball to, including this year’s newest weapon, Randall Cobb. Ponder will be playing in his first playoff game. He does not have Percy Harvin to throw to. The young QB had just 18 TD throws on the season compared to 12 INT’s. As an 8-point favorite in their only playoff game last year, the Packers were upset by the Giants. That result has bothered Green Bay for a year now. Unfortunately, the Vikings are about to bear the brunt of that.
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Based on current momentum, the Bengals would clearly be the choice here. Cincinnati has won and covered seven of its previous eight games while the Texans appear to be limping into these playoffs having dropped three of four and surrendering a playoff bye and possible home playoff dates in the process. With each squad appearing to be headed in a different direction, the pointspread has been set as such. We’re good with that. The Bengals remain a middle of the road club. They’ve been greatly aided by a soft schedule that found them facing only three playoff clubs. Of that trio, Cincinnati was hammered by both Baltimore and Denver by a combined 75-36. The Bengals managed to defeat the playoff bound Redskins way back in Week 3, in RGIII’s third game as a pro. They also defeated Baltimore in last week’s return matchup but in a meaningless affair for both sides. Cincinnati’s other wins were against teams that were a combined 41-87 on the year, including the Jaguars, Chiefs, Eagles, Chargers and Raiders.
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Despite Houston’s struggles, they still have the best players on the field. DE J.J. Watt is a monster that can disrupt QB Andy Dalton at any time while RB Arian Foster is the best runner out there. The Texans won this playoff game by a 31-10 count a year ago with Tyler Yates subbing for an injured Matt Schaub. A similar result would not surprise here.

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The Knicks are 22-10 SU and 16-15-1 ATS; after back to back losses, they bounced back with a 100-83 win over the Spurs on the 3rd as 1 point favorites. Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 boards. Marcus Camby had his first start of the year, grabbing six boards.
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Note though that New York is in fact just 1-4 ATS its last five on the road.
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Orlando is 12-20 SU and 16-15-1 ATS; it's coming off seven straight losses, including a 96-94 setback to Chicago as a 3 point underdog on the 2nd.
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You'll want to keep your eyes on 7 footer Nikola Vucevic who has 14 double doubles and who has 41 points and 41 rebounds over his last two games.
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The Magic have been on the cusp, losing five times by four points or fewer during the slide.
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Veteran Jameer Nelson had 32 points vs. the Bulls.
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These teams played on November 13th, and the Knicks won 99-89, despite being outrebounded 42-31.
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Note though that Orlando is in fact 14-6 SU its last 20 in this series.
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After their big win over the Spurs, I believe the visitors come in a bit complacent, leaving the back door open just enough for the desperate home side to sneak through; consider a second look at the Magic in this one!

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Dallas is still short-handed and home from a brutal road stretch, playing 13 of the last 19 on the road. Their only win the last 2+ weeks has been over the Wizards. The Mavericks are 20-43-2 ATS in their last 65 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400. New Orleans is 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS loss. And when these teams meet the Hornets are 7-3-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the underdog is 6-2-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Play the Hornets!

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Washington at Washington St.
Prediction: Under

The Huskies (8-5) saw their four-game losing streak snapped last Saturday in their 61-53 loss at Connecticut as a 6-point underdog -- and they have then played 9 of their last 11 games Under the Total after a point spread defeat. Washington has also played 5 of their last 6 games Under the Total after a straight-up defeat. The Huskies stay on the road here to face their in-state rival Cougars who are 8-1 at home -- and Washington has played 6 of their last 8 road games Under the Total against teams with a winning percentage over 60% on their home court. Washington State (9-4) has won six in a row after their dominant 74-39 win versus Idaho State -- and they have played 4 straight games Under the Total after a win by at least 20 points. The Huskies are just 1-1 on the road this year -- and the Cougars have played 7 of their last 8 home games Under the Total against teams without a winning record on the road. Additionally, Washington State has played 6 straight games Under the Total against fellow Pac-12 opponents. Take the Under in this one.

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Warriors/Clippers UNDER 202.5

These two teams have played some pretty high scoring games this year with Golden State winning 114-110 back on 11/3 and then on Wednesday 115-94. I think that has given us some value here as the totals of the first two games were just 197.5 and 201.5. The Warriors have actually been playing some pretty good defense lately, allowing three of their last four opponents to score less than 90 points per game. The Clippers have been getting it done defensively all year long, allowing opponents who score 97.9 ppg this year to put up only 91.2 ppg against them. With both teams playing well defensively and the previous two matchups going over to create some value for us, I think this one goes UNDER the total tonight.

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Play: Minnesota Vikings   

Expect the Packers to be ready for this Years Playoff after being caught flat and being upset by the Giants last Year. Throw in having revenge from last week, a game where many of the Packer starters sat out due to injuries, they will be back at full strength this week on offense, in fact it's the first time all the Packer playmakers on offense will play together since September. The Vikings played their best game of the Year last week are ready for a letdown, seemed happy and relieved just to make the Playoffs, while the Packers goal is to Win in the Playoffs. Now add a Dome team playing the Packers at Home in January. The Pack is Back ! PLAY GREEN BAY !


Ohio State vs. Illinois
Play: Under 142 

Expect a typical Big 10 conference game, where both Teams stress playing defense and work the perimeter and clock on offense. Illinois has a good Home Court advantage and makes it tough for opponents to shoot from outside. Ohio St Totals have ALL gone Under in their last 4 games. PLAY UNDER !

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Play: California   

The Bears have some amazing numbers here in this one. They are 15-0 vs teams under .500 and 10-1 vs teams who score 65 or less points per game. In games off a conference loss they have covered 10 of the last 15 and are 3-0 with 1 or less day of rest, as well as 15-5 on Saturday. They do have 2-3 players that are questionable for this one, so we will revisit this one when their status is determined. Last season they won here 75-49. USC has lost 6 of 9 vs team over .500 and are 11-25 ats in conference play. As a home favorite of 3 or less they have lost 3 of 4. They are 1-3 with 1 or less day of rest and 7-21 when the total is 120 to 130. The come in off a home dog win over Stanford in overtime and could be flat here. Looking at the RPI Numbers USC is ranked 138 and California is ranked 72. Look for California to win this one.

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Sacramento vs. Brooklyn
Pick: Under 196

Take a look at the UNDER between the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings.

This is going to be tough for both teams as they played spirited games last night and we are getting a pretty decent line to work with.

The Kings in the midst of an Eastern road trip will have to be feeling it on the legs just a little bit here while the Nets played overtime on the road last night.

Five of eight games the Nets have played in on the backend of a back-to–back situation has fallen UNDER the betting total. In the same situation the Kings have seen the UNDER cash in three of five.

It took a Joe Johnson last second shot for the Nets finally take the lead for good in the double overtime game against the pesky Washington Wizards last night. The Nets had to come from behind the entire game if you watched it (like I did). It wouldn’t be altogether surprising if this game felt like a road game for the Nets too after having its starters play so much OT.

The Nets home games this year have averaged 192.4 points. The team has been playing much better since Avery has been fired. The Nets are 4-1 since.

Sacramento road games have averaged 194.4. This number doesn’t take into account the b2b situation. The Kings have won four its last five games as well and are likely to show some pride in this game.

Four of five games have seen the UNDER cash in after the Nets have allowed 105 points or more in.

The last game between these two teams in Sacramento saw a 99-90 game with the UNDER total cashing in.  Consider the UNDER here as well!

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Philadelphia vs. San Antonio
Pick: San Antonio

I don't see this one staying competitive for long as an angry Spurs team, off a 100-83 loss to the Knicks Thursday night, will be eager to atone for that defeat.  They draw a perfect opponent in Philadelphia, who has dropped 9 of its last 12, including at Phoenix Wednesday and then a blowout loss at Oklahoma City last night.

This is the 76ers' final game of an eight-game trip out West that stretches back before Christmas.  Somehow, they beat both Memphis and the Lakers. But they've lost to everyone else and offensively, they remain punchless.  Only a handful of teams in the league average fewer points per game than does Philadelphia (93.2).  They have lost 14 of their last 15 visits to San Antonio.

The Spurs have lost back to back games twice since the start of December.  But in both cases, each game was on the road.  Here at home, San Antonio is 14-2 straight up and they are also 12-3 ATS vs. the Eastern Conference.  Getting to play an unrested Sixers team that had to play another top Western Conference opponent last night is a huge plus.

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New Orleans vs. Dallas
Pick: Dallas

Last night's FREE play was on the L.A. Clippers, and we cashed in another winning ticket, making it 5 IN A ROW!  Well, how about just for kicks, WE GO FOR SIX?  The Mavs lost in Miami their last time out, but they gave the defending champs a run for their money, forcing overtime before falling 119-109.


It was Dirk Nowitski's best game since coming back from injury, he scored a season high 19 points, logging 29 minutes (also a season high). The Mavs return home looking to put an end to a three game losing streak at American Airlines Center. They will take on the New Orleans Hornets, who have lost six straight versus the Mavs in Dallas.

The Hornets have really struggled on the road this year, with a record of 4-11 away from New Orleans. They are coming off a loss to the Rockets in Houston on Wednesday, losing by a score of 104-92. With Eric Gordon out of the lineup, Coach Williams was forced to replace him with rookie guard Austin Rivers. Rivers scored just four points, and hit one of six from the free throw line. "We have some young guys who have never been in this position before and they're overwhelmed," Williams said. "I wish the season started today because we'd be in a lot better shape, record-wise. Guys are frustrated, but I see tons of growth and this is going to help us going forward."

New Orleans has failed to cover in any of their last four games overall, and they have also failed to cover in their last four trips to Dallas. With Dirk back, and looking more like himself, this should be a mismatch, and an easy win and cover for Dallas.

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Marist vs. Canisius
Pick: Canisius

After an inexplicable flat effort on Thursday night vs. Fairfield, expect a much-improved Canisus side to bounce back with a more-characteristic performance tonight in Buffalo against visiting Marist The Golden Griffs already beat the Red Foxes by 12 at Poughkeepsie in December, a game that wasn't even that close and featured a 47-29 rebound edge for Canisius.  Griff G Harold "The Mayor" Washington pumped in 25 points that night, and Marist has been routinely routed away from home, losing its last five on the road by 17.6 ppg. Marist's perimeter oriented attack rarely gets points in the paint, and the Red Foxes are always prone to lose touch since their main three-point shooters Devin Price (29% triples) and Isaiah Morton (28.8% beyond the arc) both shoot under 30% from tripleville.  Marist is also routinely pounded on the glass as was the case the first meeting vs. the Golden Griffs), outrebounded by almost 8 caroms pg, one of the country's worst such marks (ranking 331st).

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