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New Orleans Hornets -5

New Orleans gets somewhat of a lucky break today playing a Warriors team minus Curry and Lee is iffy with a bad ankle himself. That is a lot of firepower to not have on the court at 100 percent especially when they allow over 100 pts a game on the road. Take the Hornets.

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Wisconsin Badgers at Iowa Hawkeyes
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The (13-4) Wisconsin Badgers of the Big 10 Conference will take on the (12-5) Iowa Hawkeyes also of the Big 10 Conference in 2013 NCAA Basketball action. Wisconsin is coming off of a huge road win at Indiana, but are only 2-6-1 their last 9 meeting vs. Iowa. The Badgers are currently on a 7 game winning streak straight up. Iowa is 8-2 Against The Spread their last 10 Basketball games played on Saturday's. The Hawkeyes have also covered their last 3 ATS vs. Wisconsin. Iowa gets the home cover.

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It is hard to believe that after a long lockout, the NHL gets up and running today with a shortened 48-game season. Toronto quickly made a splash by firing Brian Burke as president and general manager, and teams often respond positively the first time on the ice after such a move, so the Maple Leafs may play at an elevated level here. Montreal has made some changes as well, as new coach Michael Therrien will take over, and with such a short prep time for game one, it may take him time to evaluate his team, and establish his own style. The Habs finished as have-nots last year, closing with a 5-16 mark against the East, and may take time to gel with their new coach. Play on Toronto.

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Penguins / Flyers Over 6FOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins scored easily the most goals in the NHL last season with 282 goals for (the next closest was 269), and they did that without their star player Sidney Crosby for a lot of the year. Look out for Crosby, Neal and Malkin this year as they could put up some big numbers in the shortened season. Not far behind the Penguins were the Philadelphia Flyers who were #3 in the league with 264 goals for. These two teams played each other 6 times last season during the regular season playing to totals of 5, 6, 10, 5, 10, 6. And then they met in the playoffs and had more high scoring games with totals of 7, 13, 12, 13, 5, and 6. Last year only three of their thirteen meetings had fewer than 6 goals. Take note that the OVER is 33-15-5 in the Penguins last 53 games overall, and 14-4-4 in their last 22 road games. The OVER is 12-5-1 in the Flyers last 18 overall and 9-4-1 in their last 14 divisional meetings. When these two meet we see wide open games and, with a lot of hate for one another, usually a lot of powerplay opportunities. I expect another high scoring game between these two Eastern Conference rivals and I will go with the OVER 6 goals.
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The Nashville Predators finished the season in 4th place in the Western Conference last year with a 48-26-8 record (104 pts) while the Blue Jackets were dead last in the NHL with just 65 points and a 29-46-7 record. The Blue Jackets didn't do much to improve on their team, losing their star forward in Rick Nash to the Rangers who provided a lot of their scoring. The Predators lost an important piece in Ryan Suter but they should be fine with captain Shea Weber on the blue line. Take note the Predators were a solid 26-10-5 on home ice last year while the Blue Jackets were just 12-25-4 on the road. They met six times last year with Nashville winning 5 of the 6 meetings. Just 2 of those 5 wins came by more than 2 goals, but midseason it is tough to get up for games against the leagues worst team. Saturday is different as the Predators will be playing in their home opener and will be fired up regardless of the opponent. Take note that the Predators are 28-3-1 in their last 32 home meetings with Columbus. Getting +175 I will take the Preds on the puck line.

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Spurs / Hawks Over 189

The San Antonio Spurs (30-11, 24-16-1 ATS) are one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA and their defense has not been intense on the road, so look for a high scoring game vs. the Atlanta Hawks (22-16, 15-22-1 ATS) at Philips Arena in Atlanta Saturday at 7:05 ET. Each of these teams are playing the second game of a back-to-back, as San Antonio played host to Golden State at home Friday night while the Hawks were in Brooklyn to take on the Nets.

The Spurs have one of the most potent offenses in the league as they rank third in scoring at 104.8 points per game, second in field goal percentage at a blistering 48.7 percent and third in three-point shooting at 39.1 percent. The San Antonio offense is so hot that it even put up 103 points vs. one of the best defenses in the NBA in Memphis on Wednesday, making the Spurs just the fourth team all year to reach 100 points vs. the Grizzlies. San Antonio is tough to defend because it is so deep and so many of the Spurs can hit shots from anywhere on the floor, which is the main reason they have seven players averaging at least nine points per game. Now, the Spurs are playing better defense this year than they did last season, ranking 11th in the league in points against at 96.4 per game. However, there is a large disparity in San Antonio's points allowed at home vs. away, as the Spurs allow only 92.0 points per game at home but 100.1 points per road game. When you add in the 103.6 points the Spurs are scoring themselves away from home, it makes for a rather high road average of 203.7 combined points per contest.

Now the Hawks have been in an overall shooting slump lately that has seen them score 84 points or less in five of their last eight games, but most of those shooting difficulties have come on the road, as Atlanta has exceeded 100 points in each of its last two home games including putting an end to the Nets' seven-game winning streak with a 109-95 win on Wednesday in the first game of a home-and-home series. The Hawks are now down to 17th in the NBA in scoring overall at 95.8 points per game, but that average zooms all the way up to 100.1 points here at Philips Arena while plummeting to 91.5 points on the road. As a result, the 'over' has gone 12-7 in all Atlanta home games. Also, keep in mind that the Hawks scored 109 points against the Nets the other night without the help of leading scorer Josh Smith, who was suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. Smith was expected to rejoin the team on Friday night in Brooklyn.

The Spurs have tended to play high scoring games in the second of back-to-backs, as the 'over' is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games playing without a day off. The 'over' is also 7-3 in the last 10 Atlanta non-conference games.

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Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers
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Washington is playing terrific basketball right now; the Wizards have won four of their last five games and they’ve also covered the pointspread in nine of their last eleven ballgames. John Wall’s presence on the court just makes this team a whole lot better; he returned for the Wizards 93-83 win over Atlanta last Saturday night. Washington also has defensive stopper Trevor Ariza and Nene back on the court which makes them a complete team on both ends of the court. “It completely changes the dynamics of this team,” Martell Webster said. Washington won in Denver last night 112-108 as 10 ½-point underdogs so they come into this game with a ton of confidence. Los Angeles returns home off a successful 3-game road trip in which they went 3-0 SU and ATS. The Clippers play this home game and then hit the road once again for a game at Golden State on Monday night. Los Angeles isn’t going to be too focused for this game against the 8-29 Wizards so asking them to win by 13 points or more is asking a lot. The Clippers have failed to cover the pointspread as double digit favorites in their last two home games; they are just 5-5 ATS in this role this season. Los Angeles has no reason to blowout the Wizards so we’ll grab the big points with the confident road underdog in this game on Saturday night.

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Detroit vs. St. Louis
Pick: St. Louis

We have to pay a little bit higher than I normally like to get St. Louis but I think it’s worth here. The Blues are a great home team and the Red Wings were not so good away from the motor city last year.

I think we are getting some decent value with the home side Blues team here. The Redwings still get a lot of backing because of past success. I think this looks to be two teams going in different directions with the Blues going up.

The Blues are returning with greater expectations this year after taking huge strides to become one of the best teams in the west last year. This first divisional game against perennial favorite Redwings will likely be a huge test the team will be pumped to pass tonight.

The Blues were the second best home team in the NHL last year with 30 wins to just six regulation losses and five OTL. The Redwings meanwhile, for all their might, were in the bottom half of the league on the road with a below .500 mark in 17-21-3.

St. Louis is one of the bright and upcoming teams in the NHL this year. Very nice of nucleus young players in Alex Pietrangelo, T.J. Oshi and David Backes have nowhere to go but up.

The Redwings meanwhile will have to adjust to life without franchise player Nicklas Lidstrom. The Wings will also miss Brad Stuart on the back end. With Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Bertuzzi all on the declining sides of their career this could be a year of rare mediocrity for the red and white.

The Red Wings won’t make it easy on the Blues but I fully expect the home team to get it down here. Take St.Louis with decent payback on the ML.

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Portland Trailblazers -4

This is a good spot to jump on the Trailblazers at home. Portland has lost four straight and are coming off a bad loss at home to the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Look for the Trailblazers to come out with a lot of energy in this game as they are playing on 2 days rest and in desperate need of a win to get back on track. The Wizards are coming off a nice win on the road against the Suns, but will be playing their fourth road game in seven days. This is the part of the road trip where teams start to lose focus. There's simply too much value on Portland -4 to pass up a small bet on the home team.

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