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NY Knicks -10.5

Detroit has a new signal caller in PG Calderon, acquired in the 3 way trade between Toronto and Memphis. But at this writing, Calderon remains doubtful for this contest leaving Detroit a bit short-handed in the backcourt. That would be unfortunate for them as they are playing unrested following their tough loss at home vs. the Lakers yesterday. In addition, Detroit now stands 1-4 ATS as double digit road dog. With the knowledge of the above, we call this one by the book. NY has owned Detroit the last two years. The series record is now 5-0 SU, ATS with every win by 15 points by an average of 21 PPG. This year the victories were 102-87 at Detroit at 121-100 on this court. With PG Felton returned to full health and the Knicks on a positive run of 4-0 SU, 3-0 ATS on this court in their L4 games, we ride the home team momentum and series history.

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Notre Dame/ Syracuse Under 133: Notre Dame's burn offense. When ever the Irish try for a big upset they seem to go to the burn offense a bit more and I really look for them to take the air out of the ball in this. They ran with Depaul and they won the game, but the Blue Demons don't really play defense anyway. Notre Dame does not want to get into a running game with this team or they could get blown out. If the Irish make it a half court game they have a much better shot at pulling the upset. The Irish have had some recent defensive lapse, but they still have allowed just 62.3 ppg on 40.9% shooting on the year. The Orange haven't had many defensive lapses this year as they have allowed 59.3 ppg on 36.4% shooting overall, while at home they have given up just 54.9 pg on 34.7. Their Big East games have averaged 124.1 ppg (Regulation) and they have allowed just 59.1 ppg (Regulation) in those 8 game, while Notre Dame's last 9 Big East games (Regulation) have averaged 128.3 ppg. Big East games have been lower scoring than in years past and this will be no exception as the game will be played in the 50's r at most the low 60's.

San Diego/ Loyola Marymount Under 128.5: Neither team is an uptempo team and both are struggling mightily on offense right now and that should really keep the scoring down. San Diego was able to slow the pace in the Gonzaga game and they nearly got the upset and I feel they will stick with their normal game plan here as well. The Toreros come in averaging just 54.5 ppg in their last 4 games and they have averaged just 57.3 ppg on the road this year. The Lions come in averaging just 57.3 ppg on a mere 33.7% shooting in their last 5 games and they have scored just 100 total points during the first two games of their current home stand. both teams have allowed 70+ points each in their last 5 games, but the offenses are just so bad right now and in a slow paced game i don't feel that the offenses will take advantage. I look for this one to be played in the 50's.

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La Clippers -3 over WASHINGTON: The Clippers are off BB losses and just have Orlando on deck, plus they only beat Washington at home by 7 points back in January, so I see them being fully focused for a big win in this one. The Clippers have really owned this series of late, winning the last 8 in this series, with 7 of the 8 wins coming by more than 3 points. They have also won in their last 3 trips here by an average of 20.3 ppg, with all 3 wins coming by at least 14 points. Washington has struggled all year and they are 8-15 at home. They come having all sorts of problems on offense, averaging just 85.2 ppg in their last 5 games and will be facing a Clippers squad that plays good defense and cannot be happy about allowing an offensively challenged Boston team to run all over them on Sunday. The Clippers have won just 2 of their last 8 games, but they should get back on track with a solid win tonight.

Miami/ Charlotte Under 198: This is they type of game that the Heat usually just goes through the motions in on the offensive side and that should really keep their scoring down, even vs a bad defensive team like the Bobcats. The Heat may also look to take the night off offensively knowing that they have Houston and the Clippers on deck and are off a 4 game road trip. You really don't have to core a ton vs the Bobcats as they have averaged just 92.2 ppg on the road this year, including just 86 ppg on the first 3 games of their current road trip. Defensively Miami doesn't take a whole lot of nights off and they come in allowing just 89.5 ppg in their last 5 games during regulation. Miami won't expend much energy on offense in this one and with their defense that could keep this game in the 180's.

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WASHINGTON +131 over L.A. Clippers

The Clippers have now lost six of their past eight games and two straight on the road. Without Chris Paul, they are clearly not the same team. L.A. has also looked rather lethargic when playing against clubs that are not easy to get excited about playing. In a game in Toronto last week, the Clippers were buried by 25. They also lost at Phoenix and when they hosted the Wizards earlier this month at the Staples Center tey barely escaped with a seven-point win.

The Wizards have dropped four straight but the past three have all come on the road in Philly, Memphis and San Antonio. Prior to that difficult stretch, Washington had won seven of 10 including road wins in Denver and Portland and a home win over the Thunder. They're an over .500 team with John Wall back in the line-up after going 5-28 without him. In a good spot, going against a Clippers team whose offensive deficiences have been exposed without Paul, the Wizards get back to playing to their strength, that being defense and rebounding and chances are it pays off.


Portland +139 over MINNESOTA

The Timberwolves got a huge monkey off their backs with a resounding 26-point win on Saturday over the Hornets. It snapped a six-game losing streak and a funk that saw them lose 11 of their last 12 games. A sense of relief it was but one-game does not make them trustworthy of a repeat.

The Trail Blazers are a game out of a playoff spot and one could argue that this is their most important stretch of the season so far. Portland begins a six-game trip beginning here and the first game of an extended trip often brings out the best in a team that is looking to set a positive tone. The Trail Blazers have won eight of the past 10 games against Minnesota and they also bring some momentum with four wins in their past six games. This is a resilient Blzers group that has compiled 10 wins this season when trailing at halftime, which is tied for the mosty in the NBA. That shows character and determination and in this important road trip against a still fragile host, efforts like that are often rewarded.

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The (18-4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Big East Conference will take on the (18-3) Syracuse Orange also on the Big East in 2013 NCAA Basketball action. The under is 6-2 in Notre Dames last 8 overall and the under is 0-3 the last 3 times the teams have met. The Irish are 3-1 their last 4 NCAA Basketball gaems on the road. Syracuse is only 3-5 Against The Spread their last 8 overall. Syracuse gets the home cover.

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Anaheim Ducks -102

The Sharks are 7-0-1 to start this year, and were undefeated through 7 games. San Jose lost their last game Saturday night against the Predators in shootout by a score of 2-1. Although the Sharks have had a lot of early success, they've enjoyed 6 straight games at home and their two road games were in Edmonton and Calgary. Anaheim is also off to a hot start going 5-1-1 over their first 7 games which includes 3-1 at home. They are winners of two straight games, both at home, at have out scored opponents 10-5 in those two games (vs Los Angeles and Minnesota). These two teams have already met this season in San Jose, with the Ducks out playing the Sharks for most of the game but losing 3-2 in a shootout. Anaheim took 5 of their 6 meetings last year and are 6-2 in their last 8 vs San Jose and 5-2 in their last 7 meetings in Anaheim. The Ducks are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 5+ goals in their previous game. Coming off a big win vs the Kings on the weekend and facing a team they've had a lot of success over recently I like the Ducks to get a big home victory tonight.

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