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Houston at New England
The Texans look to take advantage of a New England team that is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 playoff games. Houston is the pick (+10) according to Dunkel, which has the Patriots favored by only 7. Dunkel Pick: Houston (+10)

Game 113-114: Seattle at Atlanta (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 139.851; Atlanta 143.547
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 3 1/2; 43
Vegas Line: Atlanta by 1; 46
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-1); Under

Game 115-116: Houston at New England (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 133.514; New England 140.612
Dunkel Line: New England by 7; 52
Vegas Line: New England by 10; 47 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+10); Over

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New Orleans at New York
The Knicks look to build on their 8-1 ATS record in their last 9 games versus the Hornets. New York is the pick (-6 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Knicks favored by 10 1/2. Dunkel Pick: New York (-6 1/2)

Game 801-802: New Orleans at New York (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Orleans 112.488; New York 123.885
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 10 1/2; 190
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 6 1/2; 192 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New York (-6 1/2); Under

Game 803-804: Milwaukee at Toronto (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee 118.440; Toronto 119.469
Dunkel Line & Total: Toronto by 1; 197
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto by 2 1/2; 192
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+2 1/2); Over

Game 805-806: Indiana at Brooklyn (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 119.528; Brooklyn 125.081
Dunkel Line & Total: Brooklyn by 5 1/2; 199
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 807-808: Minnesota at San Antonio (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 114.738; San Antonio 130.445
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 15 1/2; 194
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 12; 198 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-12); Under

Game 809-810: Golden State at Denver (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Golden State 120.903; Denver 125.287
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 4 1/2; 215
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 6; 208 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (+6); Over

Game 811-812: Oklahoma City at Portland (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 125.874; Portland 120.028
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 6; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 4 1/2; 199
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-4 1/2); Under

Game 813-814: Cleveland at LA Lakers (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland 113.368; LA Lakers 120.736
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Lakers by 7 1/2; 215
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

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Michigan at Ohio State
The Wolverines look to build on their 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 games at Ohio State. Michigan is the pick (+2) according to Dunkel, which has the Wolverines favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Michigan (+2)

Game 815-816: Providence at Seton Hall (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Providence 56.774; Seton Hall 63.417
Dunkel Line: Seton Hall by 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Seton Hall by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seton Hall (-4 1/2)

Game 817-818: Nebraska at Michigan State (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nebraska 55.269; Michigan State 72.446
Dunkel Line: Michigan State by 17; 122
Vegas Line: Michigan State by 19; 119 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Nebraska (+19); Over

Game 819-820: Massachusetts at Fordham (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Massachusetts 57.869; Fordham 52.459
Dunkel Line: Massachusetts by 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Massachusetts by 4
Dunkel Pick: Massachusetts (-4)

Game 821-822: Michigan at Ohio State (1:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Michigan 76.482; Ohio State 75.444
Dunkel Line: Michigan by 1; 145
Vegas Line: Ohio State by 2; 140
Dunkel Pick: Michigan (+2); Over

Game 823-824: Wichita State at Evansville (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wichita State 66.497; Evansville 61.907
Dunkel Line: Wichita State by 4 1/2
Vegas Line: Wichita State by 3
Dunkel Pick: Wichita State (-3)

Game 825-826: Iowa at Northwestern (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Iowa 66.199; Northwestern 63.606
Dunkel Line: Iowa by 2 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 827-828: Maryland at Miami (FL) (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Maryland 64.921; Miami (FL) 72.934
Dunkel Line: Miami (FL) by 8; 128
Vegas Line: Miami (FL) by 6; 130
Dunkel Pick: Miami (FL) (-6); Under

Game 829-830: Penn State at Purdue (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Penn State 53.751; Purdue 66.475
Dunkel Line: Purdue by 12 1/2; 121
Vegas Line: Purdue by 10 1/2; 125
Dunkel Pick: Purdue (-10 1/2); Under

Game 831-832: Arizona State at Oregon (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona State 62.198; Oregon 70.351
Dunkel Line: Oregon by 8
Vegas Line: Oregon by 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona State (+9)

Game 833-834: Niagara at Fairfield (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Niagara 55.416; Fairfield 62.447
Dunkel Line: Fairfield by 7
Vegas Line: Fairfield by 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Fairfield (-5 1/2)

Game 835-836: Marist at Manhattan (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marist 46.632; Manhattan 52.338
Dunkel Line: Manhattan by 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Manhattan by 7
Dunkel Pick: Marist (+7)

Game 837-838: Loyola-MD at Rider (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Loyola-MD 55.541; Rider 49.930
Dunkel Line: Loyola-MD by 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Loyola-MD by 2
Dunkel Pick: Loyola-MD (-2)

Game 839-840: St. Peter's at Siena (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Peter's 45.907; Siena 49.497
Dunkel Line: Siena by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Siena by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Siena (-1 1/2)

Game 841-842: Canisius at Iona (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Canisius 54.216; Iona 59.155
Dunkel Line: Iona by 5
Vegas Line: Iona by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Canisius (+7 1/2)

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Paul's Pick: Seattle +2.5 @ Atlanta (Covers 60.4%)

Even at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT, the Seattle Seahawks are the better team and have the most exploitable advantages in this matchup with the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons. Such advantages should ultimately lead to an outright, "upset" victory for the Seahawks.

Seattle is 12-5 straight-up and 11-5-1 against-the-spread versus the sixth toughest NFL schedule to-date. En route to that impressive record and the top Wild Card spot in the NFC, the Seahawks won five of their six games against NFL playoff teams, including upset wins against Green Bay (whether they truly "won" that game or not, they were in position to have a chance to win it at the end), New England and San Francisco. Also, upset victories by Seattle over Dallas and at Chicago ultimately kept those teams out of the postseason. It is obvious to note that Seattle is 8-0 at home and just 4-5 on the road, but, as we discussed last week, the team had the ball with a chance to win each of those games in the final two minutes and, as crucial rookies like Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner have improved over the course of the season, the Seahawks have now won three straight games away from home.

The Seahawks win in the best way possible - they do everything right. At this point, Seattle has a top ten offense running and passing, the best overall defense in the league, a top five special teams (assuming Ryan Longwell does not ruin that - at the very least the Seahawks are tremendous in the return game) and they are healthy for this time of the year. Seattle finished third in yards-per-play margin (+0.76) and first in points-per-play margin (+0.16) - against a very difficult schedule.

Atlanta is 13-3 SU and 9-6-1 ATS against the 26th ranked NFL schedule (by our metrics - purely by opponents' wins and losses, it was the easiest NFL schedule). Even given the league's best record, Atlanta finished seventh in our NFL Power Rankings, which is essentially where the Falcons spent most of the season. Led by Matt Ryan and his trio of weapons in the passing game - Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez - Atlanta has the fourth most efficient passing offense in the league. That certainly means something - especially at home on turf. It means less, though, when facing the league's best and deepest secondary (which Seattle has) and when that is the only elite element to Atlanta's team. In fact, even with that schedule, Atlanta was out-gained on a per-play (-0.12 margin) basis over the course of the season. The Falcons were not incredibly efficient over the course of the season, but they did win their close games (two wins by fewer than three points is not a terrible sign) by winning the turnover battle and forcing opponents to hurt themselves. That will be difficult to do against a team that does more things better and is equally adept winning the turnover margin in a game. Atlanta looks like a version of the Indianapolis Colts from this season that played in a more winnable division to get an extra win or two and secure home field advantage. That's not really a good thing.

Ultimately, the scariest number for Falcons' fans should be 4.8. Atlanta has allowed 4.8 yards-per-carry on the ground (fourth worst in the league) and Seattle has averaged 4.8 yards-per-carry on the ground (fifth best in the league - while running the ball a league-high 55% of the time). Teams averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry this season. When one of the relative best that proved it could move the ball against the best faces one of the relative worst that struggled to stop weaker teams, the resulting outcome is not that Seattle will run for 4.8 yards-per-carry, it's that they have a really good chance to top five yards-per-carry and put this game away with big plays on the ground.

According to 50,000 games played by the Predictalator, Seattle wins outright over Atlanta 54.6% of the time and by an average score of 22.1-20.0 As 2.5 point underdogs winning straight-up, the Seahawks cover the spread 60.4% of the time. This warrants an $84 play from a normal $50 player. The UNDER (46) is almost a normal play. At 56.7% to cover, it would justify a $45 play from a normal $50 player.

Paul's Pick: Houston +9.5 @ New England (Covers 60.1%)

On December 10, the Houston Texans took one of the most beat up teams in the NFL into Foxboro, MA for a Monday night tilt with the New England Patriots. New England was just more than a field goal favorite to win the game. We projected a six point win for the New England Patriots to give us a "normal" (greater than 57% chance) pick on the Patriots to cover. New England won the game 42-14. Patriots win and we win.

I am glad that happened. I am glad that happened in the national spotlight of Monday night. And I really am glad that journalists that people have heard of write hyperbolic (that's the kind word for what this is) pieces like this. What was expected to be essentially a field goal matchup almost exactly a month ago is now considered, by NFL standards, an expected blowout. The line has moved six points. To be fair, I would like all of this even more if the line would move to +10 and this is still not even the strongest ATS opinion on a day that involves just two games, but we will take +9.5 as what happened on December 10 has directly led to value in the Texans to keep this game closer than perceived.

The Texans are actually healthier than they were December 10 - especially in the secondary, which aided in Tom Brady's 21-of-35 for 296 yards, four touchdowns and no interception day. They are not playing their third road game in a row (Houston was at home last Saturday). There is no doubt about the motivation that both teams have to win (Houston had already secured a playoff spot by that Week 14 game). And there is also the fact that New England's last six playoff losses (all coming since the Patriots' last Super Bowl win) have come in regular season rematches. We again project a six point win by the Patriots and this time we get value on the other side.

Houston is 13-4 SU and 10-6-1 ATS against the 27th ranked NFL strength-of-schedule. The Texans finished the season as our sixth ranked overall team and are above average in each of our strength-of-schedule-adjusted efficiency categories. While being consistently better than average though not elite in just about everything may not be conducive to blowing opponents out, having few weaknesses also makes it less likely that a team will be blown out.

One way that Houston has succeeded over the course of this season is in a facet that is of the utmost importance when playing the Patriots - they get to the quarterback. Houston ranks fifth in the league with a sack rate (sacks-per-pass-play-faced) of 7%. Each of New England's four losses this season and six of its seven failed covers came against defensive-oriented teams with above average sack rates. This continues a pattern we have seen for several seasons as the Patriots have struggled against teams like the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers (straight-up) and the Miami Dolphins (ATS) that are largely built around putting pressure on the quarterback.

On the season, New England is 12-4 SU and 9-7 ATS versus the 25th ranked NFL schedule to-date. The Patriots finished the season just one spot ahead of Houston in our NFL Power Rankings (fifth). With Tom Brady at quarterback they have a top five passing offense. They also, somewhat surprisingly given recent seasons' performances, have a top five run defense. However, New England is average in run efficiency (ranking 16th in our metrics) and 25th in pass defense. With an excellent pass rush and a more than adequate passing game (built around the play action), there are opportunities for Houston to keep this game close throughout.

According to 50,000 simulations of Texans @ Patriots, New England wins straight-up 64.8% of the time and by an average score of 28.7-22.9. As 9.5 point underdogs, Houston covers the spread 60.1% of the time, which is confident enough to recommend an $81 wager from a $50 player. It is actually slightly more likely that Houston wins this game straight-up than that New England wins by two touchdowns or more. As it has in 73% of New England's games this season, the OVER (47.5) is more likely than not to hit. In this case, 56.5% of the time the total goes over, which warrants a $43 play value for a normal $50 player.

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After the Seahawks gave up 14 first-quarter points at Washington in their Wild Card showdown last week against the Redskins, they shut down the Redskins offense the rest of the way, scoring 24 points unanswered and putting up a solid win and cover as a three-point road favorite. Now they face a more balanced offense here this week, but we still like Seattle's chances of putting up another solid effort against the Falcons. Atlanta's defense has given up just 40 points in their last three games combined, and will face a Seattle team that played very conservative last week, letting their defense win the game for them. Seven out of Atlanta's eight home games fell under the total this year, and this one does as well! 5* Play on Seattle vs. Atlanta Under.

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Back in Week 15, we wrote: ‘Falcons have won 11 straight here and 32 of 36 with Matt Ryan. Price appears cheap’. That was prior to facing the Giants, a game that Atlanta won 34-0 as a 1-pt favorite. The reason for pointing that out is that we feel the same way here. Why are the Falcons such a short price for this one? These Dirty Birds rarely lose at home with their only home loss this season was in a meaningless Week 17 game versus the Bucs. Under Mike Smith, Atlanta has lost just seven times in five seasons at this stadium. Granted, the Seahawks are playing well but things have also gone their way.
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Not to diminish anything from last week’s win over the Redskins but the injury to RGIII definitely had impact. That game was in Washington. Now the poor traveling Seahawks will fly across the country again, after trekking back to its home state, this time to face a talented Falcons bunch. Not only will that be a difficult task, Seattle will have to do it without the services of its top pass-rushing DE Chris Clemons, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s game at Washington. Starting in Clemons’ place will be Bruce Irvin, getting his first NFL start. Also notable, is the loss of placekicker Steven Hauschka as mid-week kicker tryouts during playoffs can be problematic. Atlanta has the offensive prowess that Seattle hasn’t seen in some time. The Falcons have been one and done in three of past four years. That all changes here.
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We see it time and time again where the Patriots are lined up with an inflated number based on their popularity and years of success. This is another example of it. Not often do you find a 13-win team, without any significant injuries, to be this big of an underdog. We understand that folks don’t trust the Texans, a team that is littered with stars but rarely performs that way. Another contributor to this large pointspread points to an earlier contest between these two that was also played in Foxboro. The scoreboard read 42-14 New England when all was said and done but there were some circumstances early in that game that could have produced a much tighter contest. Houston RB Arian Foster became a non-factor in that one as the Texans had to play catch up. The likelihood of that happening again is remote and Foster should draw enough attention to allow for QB Matt Schaub to work his short passing game, a scheme that works best for his offence.
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The Patriots obviously know how to win big games but winning and covering are two different things. New England has been priced in this range, 9½ or more, six times this season. They went 2-4 against the spread in that set, with failed covers against much weaker teams that included the Cardinals, Jets, Bills and Jaguars. While we could be headed for another Tom Brady-Peyton Manning showdown next week, a close game or a back door cover leaves us too many options to refuse with a quality team.

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When the Bucks battle the Raptors north of the border Sunday afternoon, Milwaukee will take the floor off a 16-point home loss Friday night against Detroit while Toronto enters off a 19-point home revenge win over Charlotte the same evening. With the Bucks having cashed in 8 of the last 10 games in this series, and standing 4-1 ATS in games off a SU favorite loss this season, we'll back the visitors here today.  We recommend a 1-unit play in Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee is 18-17 SU/ATS. The O/U is 15-19-1. It's coming off a 103-87 setback at Detroit on the 11th, the total staying below the posted number of 197 in that one. Brandon Jennings had 15 points; so too did Beno Udrih. Milwaukee continues to struggle with consistency on the road, and shot just 39.6% from the floor collectively.
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Note that Milwaukee has seen the total go "under" the number in 11 of 14 when playing against a team with a losing record.
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Toronto is 14-22 SU and 19-17 ATS. The O/U is 17-19. It's coming off back to back victories, including a 99-78 win over Charlotte on the 11th, the total staying below the posted number of 195 in that one.
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Alan Anderson had 16 points; Jose Calderon had 15 and Toronto won for the tenth time in its last 13 games.
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Landry Fields dominated the paint with 11 boards.
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Toronto has looked pretty awesome of late, and has been getting the job done by committee, especially on the defensive side of the floor.
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Note that Toronto has seen the total go "under" the number in 12 of 17 home contests this year.
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As with most "totals selections", this is a "situational" play. Baltimore has been brutal offensively away from friendly confines, and Toronto has taken full advantage of these types of teams, playing a swarming and suffocating style of defense; consider a second look at the "under" here!

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I have no problem laying a point or two with Loyola here as they have solid numbers in this one. Loyola is ranked 100 in the RPI Rankings, compared to 199 for Rider. When Loyola has played teams that ranked higher than 100 they are 12-1 this season. Rider is 0-6 vs teams ranked better than 150. Rider has lost every game vs winning teams and is 0-3 ats as a home dog of 3 or less. In game after allowing 60 or less Rider has failed to cover 3 of the last 4 and all 3 times they have had road loss revenge. Loyola is 8-3 to the spread as a road favorite of 3 or less, 4-0 ats off a conference game and has won 4 of 5 vs losing teams. Look for Loyola to win this one here today.

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Hopefully, you enjoyed yesterday's FREE WINNER on California over Washington State. I've had some real great success this week in College Hoops. My NBA has been similarly hot, but I'm coming off a rare 0-2 day. I expect a complete bounce back Sunday & also recommend making a small wager on the Lakers over Cleveland....
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If the Lakers don't take care of business here, then I don't know what to say. They come in having dropped six straight and are 1-5 ATS in those games. The one cover came as a double-digit underdog.  Here they are a prohibitive favorite against a Cleveland team that simply is not very good. The Cavs are just 5-17 SU on the road and allowing over 100 points per game. Offense has not been a problem for the Lakers this season as they are averaging over 103 points per game.  The problem is defense as they are allowing over 102 PPG.  Still, outscoring their opponents on the season suggests the Lakers record should be better than it is.
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Cleveland is one of the worst teams in the league. At 9-29 SU, they have the second worst record in the league.  Only Washington is worse. Their point differential of -5.2 PPG is better than only three teams.  I see the Lakers finally breaking through here.

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Toronto has been downright dirty on the defensive end of the floor the past two games, holding Philadelphia and Charlotte to just 72 and 78 points respectively. Of course, those are two fairly bad teams so I'm not going to be sold this team has made a defensive turnaround until they can shut down a better opponent.
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However, any team that has allowed 40 points or less in the first half of two straight games is 119-67 for the UNDER the next game over the past five seasons.
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Milwaukee struggled to put points on the board last time out, shooting just 39.6% and scoring 87 points against Detroit. I'm still a little unsure what to think of this team without Skiles and his drill sergeant attitude towards defense, but I don't think the offensive problems can be turned around with his firing.
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With the Bucks scoring just 94.4 ppg away from home and the Raptors giving up 93.3 ppg in Toronto, I see some value here with the UNDER.

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The Nuggets had won the season's first two meetings by six and 11 points before losing 106-105 at Golden State in the most recent matchup. That loss is significant because Denver is 35-21 ATS all-time under coach Karl when out for revenge for a close loss of 3 points or less to an opponent. The Nuggets are 13-2 at home this season and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games versus teams that have a winning road record. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, and the Warriors are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver. Lay the points.

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I expect a bit of a letdown from Oregon here following its emotional win over Arizona. Plus, the Sun Devils have won or lost by 9 points or fewer in each of their last 12 meetings with the Ducks. The Sun Devils are 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings at Oregon.

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Houston was soaring until they ran into New England last month. The Pats decimated the Texans, 42-14. Since then, Houston is eroding. Their offense can't get in sync while their defense isn't creating those big plays anymore. Matt Schaub only tossed 2 TDs in the L5 weeks. The Pats "D" will load up the box and key on Foster. Brady is having an MVP year with an offense that topped the league in scoring. Outside of the 49ers loss, the Patriots defense gives up a mere 19.3 PPG. In the last meeting, the Texans "D" only got to Brady once. Belichick, Brady, and company will be prepped and primed here. New England covers.

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Off back-to-back wins at Georgia Tech and North Carolina, the Miami Hurricanes are in a big letdown spot tonight at home against the Maryland Terrapins. The Hurricanes are clearly overvalued in this contest because of those two wins.
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Maryland will be highly motivated to bounce back from a 62-65 home loss to Florida State. That was a rare loss for the Terrapins, who are 13-2 on the season and much-improved this year. They are 2-1 SU and a perfect 3-0 ATS on the road this season.
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The Terrapins are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss. Maryland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The underdog is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in this series. The Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Bet Maryland Sunday.

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Michigan is loaded. The Wolverines are one of my Final Four projected teams, and if they win it all, I sure won't be surprised. But right now this squad is in the uncomfortable position of being the last team standing, as the Wolverines are now the only unbeaten entry in the entire D-1 field. That's the ultimate target and I can see Michigan falling today. Ohio State is another powerhouse, and their joint is going to be insane today. I also think the Buckeyes are one of the few teams around that can actually match up with Michigan, so this isn't just a wing and a prayer pick. No question this could be a thriller and I'm never thrilled at the prospect of laying even a miniscule number against the brilliant coaching of John Beilein, but I see Ohio State coming out on top in this one.

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The Brooklyn Nets firing of Avery Johnson appears so far to be just the medicine this club needed. In comes P.J. Carlesimo to take over the lead and all the Nets have done under his leadership is go 7-1 S/U and 5-3 ATS. Moreover, the Nets who played a slow down game under Avery have upped the scoring under Carlesimo, hitting over 100 points in five of the eight games. Moreover, in three of those they tallied 110 or more. The Nets put a pretty good whipping on the Suns Friday, winning 99-79. The Nets have also been hitting the boards harder under P.J, averaging a +4 in rebound margin. The Pacers have quietly built a very respectable 22-14 mark this season (19-15 ATS). But what I don't like about this spot is that the Pacers are playing the second of a back-to-back situation, having played at home against Charlotte on Saturday. That is never easy for a team, especially on the road and against a Nets teams that is playing with a lot of confidence and speeding up the pace. The Nets look to have caught the Pacers in a tough spot and I look for Brooklyn to push the pace and hope to tire Indiana. Your free play for Sunday is on the Brooklyn Nets.

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Prior to conference play the Pirates went 12-2. Losses to open Big-East play against Notre Dame and Louisville hasn’t decreased their stock, as they were a double-digit pooch in both and delivered accordingly, losing by 19 and 15 points respectively. When we look at the Halls’ non-conference slate, we see victories over a bunch of creampuffs and near losses to Stony Brook (60-59), Wake (71-67) and Rhode Island (60-55). The Pirates 12-4 overall record is one of the country’s most misleading marks.
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The Friars are 0-3 in Big East play and just 8-7 overall. They’ve lost five in a row, including a couple of disturbing defeats to Boston College and Brown. You won’t find many wanting to back them here and that’s usually the best time to step in, as it fits right into our “buy low, sell high” angle we use quite often. Providence is better than its record. Freshman Kris Dunn is the Big East’s best kept secret and the Friars zone defense can be difficult on anyone. Expect them to regroup here and come out focused and determined to win their first conference game of the year. Seton Hall is the perfect candidate to oblige.

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Satisfied with an opening day romp over Duquense on this floor, 82-75, a Fordham team comprised of 6 frosh and 6 soph, may well be ripe for the picking by a focused UMass team. And there will be little that third year Fordham HC Pecora can do about it at Rose Hill Gym this afternoon. UMass loves to force the pace. They had a hard time getting their way in a 70-62 loss at St. Louis on Thursday (a cover for us). On a normal night, they drop 73 a game, and push the pace with defensive pressure. With dichotomous game one results, expect the price to fall, the emotion to favor the visitor, and Fordham, who commits nearly 17 TOs per game, to get their pocket picked repeatedly by the up tempo visitor.

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Houston/ New England Under 49: Last time these teams New England put up 42 points and I expect a much better defensive effort from the Texans in this go around. For some reason the Pats have had troubles scoring in the playoffs of late as they have put up 23 points or less in 5 of their last 6 playoff games. I don't expect them to get 42 points in this one again. That Houston defense is a tough bunch and they will make the adjustments from last game to his one. On offense I expect a heavy dose of Foster as to keep the Pats offense of the Field. Last time the Texan's couldn't implement that plan cause they fell behind so bis, so early. I expect a different start to this game. The Patriot defense has been very solid of late, allowing 19 points or less in 5 of their last 6 games and they should be able to hold down a Houston offense that has scored 19 or less in 4 of their last 5 games. Despite New England putting up 42 points last time, just 56 were scored in the game and 7 of that was a fumble that the Pats recovered in the endzone. I see a bit more defense in this one, which should net us about 42 points, tops.
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Seattle/ Atlanta Under 46: The Seahawks have be more or a wide open offense, but they still have scored just 22 ppg the last 2 weeks. Last week they scored 14 very quick points, but were held to just 10 points the rest of te game vs a pretty bad Washington defense. The Seahawks this year have averaged just 21.4 ppg on the road and now they get to face and Atlanta team that was very solid at home, allowing just 17 ppg. For Atlanta there offense has been average at home, averaging 24.5 ppg on the year. They are more of a passing team, but this Seattle team comes in 6th vs the pass, while Seattle is also tops in points allowed this year, allowing just 15.3 ppg. Seattle is a run first offense and that should eat clock, while Atlanta will have to slowly move the ball down the field vs a Seattle defense that is 6th in yards per play allowed (5.0). Seattle had a road game vs Buffalo, in which 67 points were scored, yet their road games have still averaged just 39.6 ppg, while Atlanta's home games have averaged just 41.5 ppg. Both teams should bring the defense in this one and keep the score in the 30's.

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Every Wiseguy/sharp I spoke to this week is on Atlanta. For good reasons, Seattle traveled from Sea to Wash, played a tough physical game, back across the Country to Sea and Now departing for ATL. Throw in the early morning start time, which is 10 AM Body clock (SEA) Time. Meanwhile ATL was off last week remembering how the NYG beat the snot out of them last Year in the first round of the Playoffs. While the sharps are on ATL, it seems the Public is on Seattle. With all these facts, I feel the UNDER is the safer play. No matter the travel plans, Seahawks defense is really good, while their offense struggles passing, which is ATL weakness on defense. ATL Defensive front 7 is pretty decent. Here are these 2 Teams Total Stats SEA is 6-3 UNDER on the Road this Season ATL is 7-1 UNDER @ Home this Season.

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