Free Picks: Service Plays for Monday February 18

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Norfolk State at Hampton
The Spartans look to build on their 9-3 ATS record in their last 12 games versus MEAC opponents. Norfolk State is the pick (-1) according to Dunkel, which has the Spartans favored by 3. Dunkel Pick: Norfolk State (-1)

Game 701-702: Hofstra at Drexel (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Hofstra 45.368; Drexel 59.403
Dunkel Line: Drexel by 14; 122
Vegas Line: Drexel by 12 1/2; 117 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Drexel (-12 1/2); Over

Game 703-704: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Notre Dame 61.435; Pittsburgh 74.705
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 13 1/2; 117
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh by 10; 123 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-10); Under

Game 705-706: Georgia State at William & Mary (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Georgia State 56.948; William & Mary 52.726
Dunkel Line: Georgia State by 4
Vegas Line: Georgia State by 1
Dunkel Pick: Georgia State (-1)

Game 707-708: Rutgers at Villanova (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rutgers 58.660; Villanova 64.415
Dunkel Line: Villanova by 6; 126
Vegas Line: Villanova by 10; 130 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Rutgers (+10); Under

Game 709-710: West Virginia at Kansas State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: West Virginia 61.982; Kansas State 69.567
Dunkel Line: Kansas State by 7 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Kansas State by 11; 127
Dunkel Pick: West Virginia (+11); Over

Game 711-712: Iona at Fairfield (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Iona 55.627; Fairfield 55.799
Dunkel Line: Even; 138
Vegas Line: Fairfield by 2; 143
Dunkel Pick: Iona (+2); Under

Game 713-714: Eastern Washington at Portland State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Washington 44.945; Portland State 48.091
Dunkel Line: Portland State by 3
Vegas Line: Portland State by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Washington (+4 1/2)

Game 721-722: Norfolk State at Hampton (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Norfolk State 52.967; Hampton 50.018
Dunkel Line: Norfolk State by 3; 136
Vegas Line: Norfolk State by 1; 132
Dunkel Pick: Norfolk State (-1); Over

Game 723-724: Bucknell at Lehigh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Bucknell 58.464; Lehigh 58.331
Dunkel Line: Even; 126
Vegas Line: Lehigh by 2 1/2; 131
Dunkel Pick: Bucknell (+2 1/2); Under

NHL

Toronto at Florida
The Maple Leafs look to take advantage of a Florida team that is 0-6 in its last 6 games against teams with a winning record. Toronto is the pick (-120) according to Dunkel, which has the Maple Leafs favored by 2 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-120)

Game 1-2: Ottawa at New Jersey (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 11.703; New Jersey 10.348
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-185); 5
Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+165); Over

Game 3-4: Philadelphia at NY Islanders (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 10.450; NY Islanders 11.955
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Islanders by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: NY Islanders (-115); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Islanders (-115); Under

Game 5-6: Nashville at Colorado (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nashville 11.211; Colorado 11.655
Dunkel Line & Total: Colorado by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-125); 5
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+105); Over

Game 7-8: Toronto at Florida (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 12.268; Florida 9.875
Dunkel Line & Total: Toronto by 2 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-120); Under

Game 9-10: Carolina at Montreal (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Carolina 12.616; Montreal 11.203
Dunkel Line & Total: Carolina by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 11-12: Calgary at Phoenix (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 10.883; Phoenix 11.434
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix (-170); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-170); Under

Game 13-14: Columbus at Anaheim (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Columbus 11.979; Anaheim 11.715
Dunkel Line & Total: Columbus by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Anaheim (-210); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Columbus (+175); Over

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This is a "revenge game" for the Mountaineers after they lost 65-64 to Kansas State on January 12th.
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WVU comes into this game with plenty of momentum as well after beating Texas Tech 66-64 on February 16th. Deniz Kilicli had 25 points. Eron Harris chipped in 15. It was the third sweep of a Big 12 team in WVU's inaugural season after coming over from the Big East. WVU was sharp in the second half, shooting almost 59% from the floor.
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The Wildcats are coming off an 81-61 win over Baylor on the 16th. Angel Rodriguez had 22 points; Shane Southwell added 18 points.
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Statistical Analysis
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Note that West Virginia is 7-6 ATS vs. conference opponents this year, and 3-2 ATS off a win vs. a conference rival.
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Note that Kansas State is just 1-3 ATS this year when playing with one or less days rest, and just 3-4 ATS off a win vs. a conference rival.
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I believe these teams are very evenly matched, and believe the obvious "revenge factor" can not be overlooked. While I won't call for an outright victory, I do believe that WVU keeps this one much closer than what the oddsmakers are leading us to believe!

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Notre Dame’s roster has been shrinking and that lack of depth really showed in their last outing against Providence. Now they play on the road against Pittsburgh which will be their second road game in three days. The Fighting Irish looked winded for most of their game against the Friars and that lack of conditioning is what makes Pittsburgh the value play in this game.
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A tired team is a team that will shoot poorly and lose the turnover margin, and the Irish did just that in their last game. They shot an abysmal 7% from beyond the three point line and 39 percent from the field. The had three more turnovers and three more fouls than the Friars and in return received a 17 point beat down.
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This matchup against Pittsburgh falls into a system that is 29-12 (70.7%) ATS over the last five seasons. You want to play against road underdogs of 10 to 19.5 points when they are playing with one or less days rest in a game involving two teams that have won between 60-80% of their games.

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Notre Dame has stayed under 12 of the last 25 times as a dog and 5 of the last 6 times on the road when the posted total is 120 to 130. They have also stayed under 75% of the time in the 2nd half of late vs teams that allow 65 or less points per game. Pittsburgh has played under 4 of their last 5 games and 3 of the last 4 times with 1 or less day of rest. The last 4 in the series between these two have played under the total and The Panthers will look to clamp down defensively as they are coming off their worst defensive effort this season allowing a season high 56% shooting in their loss at Marquette. Look for this one to stay under.

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This Hofstra club has been an amazing under play. In fact, every game this season with a over/under line in Hofstra's schedule has gone UNDER. That includes the last four games, last 11 games and 12 total unders in 12 posted over/unders this season. That's 0-12 O/U!!! Drexel started the season hitting some overs, going over in their first three posted totals. Since then, the Dragons have gone 5-8 Over/Under. That includes eight of the last 11 games going UNDER. We get a 117.5 total here on Monday. Don't expect Hofstra to get much over 50, so even 60 by Drexel won't put this over. I look for another UNDER here on Monday.

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When the the duo of John Tavares and Matt Moulson are in top form (like they are now) the Isles are hard to beat. John Tavares has goals in five consecutive games, including a hat trick (one assist) on Feb. 16 vs. New Jersey. With a goal and three assists on Feb. 16 vs. New Jersey, Matt Moulson has 14 points (5-9-14) in his last 10 games.  vs. NY Islanders     NY Islanders
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When the the duo of John Tavares and Matt Moulson are in top form (like they are now) the Isles are hard to beat. John Tavares has goals in five consecutive games, including a hat trick (one assist) on Feb. 16 vs. New Jersey. With a goal and three assists on Feb. 16 vs. New Jersey, Matt Moulson has 14 points (5-9-14) in his last 10 games.

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This season the Stags have had booked a streaking personality. In December they won 6 straight, January they went on a downer dropping 5 in a row. Further, in late January and early February, Fairfield with a 6-1 run. They are coming off a blistering 74-52 win over Siena. Back in January the Stags defeated the Gaels 84-73.
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Iona’s best run this season started in late December and ended in January with an 8-1 streak. Since January 31st the Gaels have lost 4 of the last 5, last time out losing a heart breaking 74-73 game to improved Manhattan in New York. In fact, each of those loses were very winnable games. Iona has won 4 of the last 5 SU in the series. And, although, the Stags appear to the edge with a more balanced attack and the superior defense on their home floor, prefer Iona who is about to turn it around with a effective performance as the road team is 4-1 ATS in the recent battles.

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Eastern Washington at Portland State
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Tough times this season for both Eastern Washington and Portland State a pair of low end Big Sky clubs. But someone has to win this, and I will be giving the nod to the home team. Not the worst chart play you'll see, with Portland State finally snapping an 0-8 SU, 0-9 ATS run with the blowout over Southern Utah on Thursday. Eastern Washington is also off a nice win as the Eagles throttled the Thunderbirds as well on Saturday. But Eastern Washington remains a money burner on the road, while the Vikings have some okay numbers at home long term. I don't have a problem with this spread as I actually make the home team slightly better than the number, so I'll side with Portland State minus the points tonight.

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As we go battle of the Big Sky Bottom feeders...yuk is all we have to say but a winner is winner .. Big Sky Conference Banger to the Vikes ... - 4.5 in the "Dam Cup" season series. Last game these Vikings (6-16, 4-11) off a CRUSHING 90-69 winner  vs the Southern Utah Cbb crew...  Eastern Washington, 2-12 on the road this season, beat the Vikings, 76-65 as this a in season revenger for the HOME CREW...   Our Power Rated rankings have the Vikings -7.8 point and  A HUGE edge on Defense as these stats are a big big part of the O's power rated stats... Let's look for a 6 to 8 ... #'S ARE STRONG AT > > > Favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.  Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

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While Ottawa has admittedly not looked good since Norris Trophy winning defender Erik Karlsson went down last week vs. the Penguins, in fact the Sens had been struggling to score goals long before Karlsson's injury. Indeed, the absence of another key performer, center Jason Spezza, out for the past few weeks with a back injury, looks to be the real trigger to the Sens' offensive downturn that's seen them score only 11 goals in 8 games this motnh and convert power plays at a paltry 6.5% over that span.  Now Ottawa likely faces Devils GK Martin Brodeur, who has a history of shutting down the Sens (he's 5-1-0 with a 1.89 GAA in his last seven at home vs. Ottawa).  We're not sure the Senators even get on the board tonight, and even the reduced "total" of five gaols looks like mountain, considering the specifics of this game tonight at the Pru Center.   Play Senators-Devils "Under"

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NY ISLANDERS -110 over PhiladelphiaFREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
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OT included. Matinée game on the Island sees the heating up Islanders anxious to get back to work, this time against a reeling Flyers bunch, which seems a couple steps slower than every other team in the league. The Flyers have dropped three of their past four. They’ve won just six of 16 games and they’re a -11 in goal differential. Two of their six wins came against the Hurricanes and they deserved to win neither. Kimmo Timonen, the Flyers 14-year vet that they rely heavily on for some stability is a -5 over the past four games. Timonen looks slow and old as does half the team and in this condensed season, it’s already showing how vulnerable this veteran laden team is.
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The Islanders are coming off wins over the Devils and Rangers. Against the Rangers, they scored three consecutive goals in a seven minute 2nd period span and then repeated the same feat against the Devils on Saturday. John Tavaras has 11 goals in the past 10 games to lead this explosive offense. The Islanders are simply, quicker, more talented and in better form that the Flyers. Now the good part; The Flyers have won six straight and 13 of 14 at Nassau Coliseum. They’ve also gone an incredible 28-3-1 since the start of the 2007-08 season. We can assure you that the Islanders are well aware of their futility against this intruder and now it’s time to put an end to that lunacy. Look for a big effort at a cheap price from this superior host.
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OT included. The Leafs are coming off a 3-0 home win over the depleted Senators on Saturday but a thing of beauty it was not. Had it not been for the outstanding goaltending by Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens, Toronto would’ve been in trouble as they certainly didn’t outplay the Sens. Lost in the Maple Leafs’ success over the past six games is that they’re without several key players and that outside of that 6-0 win over Montreal, they have not defeated a team above .500 since the third game of the year.
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On paper, the Panthers have four wins and 10 losses. However, four of those defeats occurred in extra time. Florida has picked up points in seven of its past eight games and had they won half those OT games, which are a roll of the dice to begin with, they would not be a dog at home here. The Panthers have won four straight over the Leafs at this venue while outscoring them 18-7. A visit from the Maple Leafs attracts the biggest crowd of the season at the BB&T Center because there are so many Canadians living or staying close by. Playing in front of a packed house is inspiring and although half the crowd are Maple Leafs fans, it does not matter as the Leafs bring out the best in Florida and Toronto is going to have to show a lot more consistency over a longer period of time before being trusted as road chalk.
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OT included. The Canadiens have won nine of 15 games. Montreal is one of the best skating teams in the league but they have also won some games because of the great goaltending of Carey Price. Price will sit this one out again as a flu bug has made its way around the Habs’ dressing room. Peter Budaj was solid in Montreal’s win over the Flyers on Saturday but this opponent is not the sloth like skating Flyers.
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Carolina is just as quick as Montreal but more talented. After a shaky start to the year, ‘Canes goaltender, Cam Ward, has found his game again and the results have followed. Carolina has won five of six with only loss over that stretch occurring in OT. They’ve outscored the opposition 20-10 in those five wins while dominating games for long stretches at a time. The Hurricanes are 5-2-1 on the road and while the Canadiens are an improved club, they’re certainly not as good as their 65% win ratio suggests. Perception has them overpriced here.

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We often talk about tricky lines, whereas a known program is a small road favorite over a lesser known program. It can be enticing to play the small road favorite but it usually doesn’t work out well. We mention that because this one is similar but it’s not the favorite that looks enticing. Both the Irish (#21) and Panthers (#16) are ranked. The two schools have identical 8-5 conference marks and 20-8 overall records. So how can it be that Pittsburgh is a 10-point favorite over this seemingly conference equal?
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No doubt, the points are as enticing as any price we’ve seen this season but we know better. We could go into the X’s and O’s of the game and explain how each club has a certain advantage over the other in specific areas. Forget that. We know a “tricky” line when we see one and for Irish backers, this has trouble written all over it. With that in mind, we’ll side with the school that the oddsmakers don’t want us to side with and let the chips fall where they may.

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William & Mary lost the season's first meeting by 16 points on the road but shot just 37.7% from the field and 26.7% from three-point range in that game. Since then, the Tribe have put their shooting woes behind them. They have shot 45% or better in each of their last 5 games and have been above the 53% mark 3 times during this stretch. They have really been pouring it on from three lately and have won their last two games as a result. They made 12 3's against NC Wilmington and 10 against Old Dominion. With this in mind, consider that W & M is on a 12-3 ATS run after 2 straight games where it made 10 or more 3 point shots. It has won by an average of 7.2 points in these contests. This will be Georgia State's third game since Wednesday and recent history suggests the Panthers will struggle. They are on a 7-20 ATS slide in road games when playing their 3rd game in a week and have lost by an average of 2.7 points in this situation. It is also worth noting that Georgia State is 0-6 ATS in road games the last 2 seasons versus slow-down teams that average 53 shots or fewer per game. The Panthers have lost these games by an average score of 64.9 to 59.1. Take the Tribe.

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Ottawa/ New Jersey Under 5: The Senators have gone 4-11 to the under this year and that is mainly because they can't score. They have averaged 2.33 gpg overall, including 2 gpg on the road and they come in having scored just 6 goals in their last 5 games. Now they take their sorry offense to New Jersey, to face a squad  that is 7th in goal allowed (2.25) and 4th in shots per game against (26.5) The Devils have also allowed just 2.3 gpg at home on the year. On offense the devils are 13th in scoring (2.7 gpg), but they are not an offensive minded team as they average just 26.2 shots per game, which is 29th in the league. Ottawa on defense has been solid, and they have needed to with their bad offense. The Sens have allowed just 1.9 gpg on the year (3rd) and they are 2nd in the league in penalty kill. Should be a low scoring game here, especially with the early start time and with both defenses being among the best in the league.

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Norfolk State at Hampton
Pick: Norfolk State -1

The Norfolk State Spartans made an NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago. It was more than an appearance as they knocked off Missouri. They enter this game at 16-10, and have caught fire as they continue to improve. The Spartans have won ten straight games. Hampton is 10-13, but have won their last five. However, a closer look shows how fortunate they have been. They have won two of them in overtime and all five by a combined 16 points. That may not be so bad, except those five opponents have a combined record of 45-75. That isn't what they will be seeing tonight. The Spartans are 12-4 ATS following a win and are on a roll. Play on Norfolk State.

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Notre Dame Fighting +10.5

Two teams coming off of disappointing losses meet when the Pittsburgh Panthers (20-6, 9-10 ATS) host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-6, 11-12 ATS) Monday at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh at 7:00 ET on ESPN, but which team will bounce back? Well, although these teams have identical records both overall and in the Big East (8-5), Pittsburgh still looks far superior on the Pomeroy Ratings after Saturday's 79-69 road loss to a Marquette team ranked 25th on Pomeroy. Meanwhile, Notre Dame lost 71-54 at 55th ranked Providence Saturday.

A case can still be made that Pittsburgh is the most underrated team in the country, as despite having six losses, the Panthers are still remarkably ranked fourth overall in the country by Pomeroy! It helps that five of those six losses came to teams ranked in the Pomeroy Top 30 including two narrow losses to Top 5 teams, as the Panthers lost by three points on the road to third ranked Louisville and by five points on a neutral floor to fifth ranked Michigan. Perhaps most impressively however, Pittsburgh is ranked sixth in the country in offensive efficiency and 14th in defensive efficiency, making it one of only three schools ranked in the top 15 in both categories with the other two teams being Florida and Indiana, who by the way are the two current favorites to win the national championship at most reputable sportsbooks! And yet, Pittsburgh has received hardly any national fanfare, so look for the Panthers to take advantage of this prime time nationally televised opportunity to show the country just how good they are, especially playing at home.

As mentioned, Notre Dame as the same records as Pittsburgh both in and out of conference, and yet the Irish are ranked just 60th on Pomeroy, even falling behind Providence after Saturday's loss to the Friars! Now, Notre Dame does have the offense to compete with anyone as it ranks 12th in the land in offensive efficiency, although this will be the only Big East game all year where the Irish actually trail their opponent in that category. But the biggest difference between these two teams and the reason why Notre Dame lags so far behind Pittsburgh on the computers is defense. The Irish rank 180th in the nation in defensive efficiency and 104th in effective field goal percentage allowed overall, and when looking at Big East Conference games only, Notre Dame is ranked 14th out of 15 schools in both defensive efficiency and in effective field goal percentage allowed, and it ranks dead last in defensive turnover percentage. In addition to the troubles Notre Dame will have stopping Pittsburgh's initial shots, also remember that the Panthers rank third in the entire country in offensive rebounding percentage, while the Irish are only 96th in defensive rebounding percentage.

The Panthers are usually resilient, as they are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. On the other hand, the Fighting Irish are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a loss. Also Notre Dame is 2-7 ATS  in its last nine games vs. teams with winning records. Key word USUALLY not tonight.

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Too many points for Pittsburgh to be laying here, especially considering their winning margins over the last few weeks. The Panthers lost by 10 points over the weekend on the road against a good Marquette team, but even dismissing that result the Panthers haven't won by more than 10 points in six of their last seven games - the lone exception being against DePaul. The Irish have proved to be a tough out lately, going to five overtimes against Louisville and rarely getting blown out (fatigue likely played a big role in their most recent defeat). Pittsburgh has scored just 63 ppg over their last five, and any similar scoring output today would make it virtually impossible for them to cover this big number. Pittsburgh gets the outright win here, but not by much.

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The simulator shows a high probability that EWU will lose this game by five or fewer points. In games like this where the sim has graded a significant dog with realistic opportunities to win the game I like using a combination wager. So, consider a 7* amount on the line and a 3* amount using the money line. Supporting this graded play is a proven system posting a 56-24 ATS mark for 70% winners since 2007. Play on road dogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points after 2 or more consecutive wins and is a struggling team winning 20% to 40% of their games on the season. Sim projects that EWU will score between 67 and 74 pints and will have 34 to 39 rebounds. In past games this is very good news noting they are 37-19 ATS (+16.1 Units) in road games when they grab 34 to 39 rebounds in a game since 1997; 55-35 ATS (+16.5 Units) when they score 67 to 74 points in a game since 1997. Take Eastern Washington.

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This is a big revenge spot for Hampton between two of the top teams in conference play. Hampton had a 7 point half time lead on Norfolk State that they blew. IN that game they were -8 turnovers, they allowed 46%, were -14 FTA. Those things won't happen at home where they are +1.5 turnovers, +2.5 FTA and they've held opponents to 38.8% while Norfolk has only shot 39.8% in road games. I expect Hampton to win this game.

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There's going to be a lot of public action on Villanova at home against a Rutgers team that just lost leading scorer Eli Carter to a season-ending injury in Saturday's 69-75 loss at DePaul, but I actually think the value is with the Scarlet Knights. Villanova is coming off a big road win at Connecticut Saturday. I already marked this as a letdown game for the Wildcats with an important home game against Marquette on deck. I believe the injury to Carter will only make it that much harder for Villanova to get motivated for this game. The Wildcats are just 1-9 ATS off two consecutive road games over the last 3 seasons!
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While Carter will be missed, Rutgers still has a pretty good offensive weapon in sophomore Myles Mack, who dropped 28 points in the loss to DePaul. Look for Mack to take over the scoring load and the rest of the team to step up their game. This is a big game for the Scarlet Knights, as they haven't forgot about the 21-point loss to Villanova in last year's Big East Tournament.

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