Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday February 20

Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday February 20

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NBA

Oklahoma City at Houston
The Thunder look to build on their 7-1-1 ATS record in their last 9 games when playing on 3 or more days of rest. Oklahoma City is the pick (-2 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Thunder favored by 4 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-2 1/2)

Game 701-702: Memphis at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Memphis 119.374; Toronto 117.868
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 1 1/2; 191
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto by 2; 186
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (+2); Over

Game 703-704: New York at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 116.671; Indiana 125.427
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 9; 187
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 705-706: Detroit at Charlotte (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 117.183; Charlotte 111.272
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 6; 192
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 3; 195
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-3); Under

Game 707-708: New Orleans at Cleveland (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Orleans 118.800; Cleveland 119.432
Dunkel Line & Total: Cleveland by 1; 200
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 709-710: Philadelphia at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 114.465; Minnesota 118.907
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 4 1/2; 199
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 711-712: Brooklyn at Milwaukee (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Brooklyn 112.746; Milwaukee 118.516
Dunkel Line & Total: Milwaukee by 6; 190
Vegas Line & Total: Milwaukee by 3; 193
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-3); Under

Game 713-714: Miami at Atlanta (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 126.652; Atlanta 122.795
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 4; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 5; 197
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+5); Over

Game 715-716: Oklahoma City at Houston (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 128.561; Houston 123.955
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 4 1/2; 215
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 2 1/2; 220
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-3 1/2); Under

Game 717-718: Orlando at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 104.996; Dallas 124.548
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 19 1/2; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas by 10; 205 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (-10); Under

Game 719-720: Boston at LA Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 114.158; LA Lakers 122.672
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Lakers by 8 1/2; 199
Vegas Line & Total: LA Lakers by 7; 196
Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (-7); Over

Game 721-722: Phoenix at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 110.677; Golden State 120.786
Dunkel Line & Total: Golden State by 10; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Golden State by 8 1/2; 203 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (-8 1/2); Under

NHL

St. Louis at Colorado
The Blues look to build on their 9-1 record in their last 10 games versus Northwest Division opponents. St. Louis is the pick (-120) according to Dunkel, which has the Blues favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-120).

Game 1-2: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 11.701; Pittsburgh 12.224
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-160); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-160); Over

Game 3-4: Los Angeles at Calgary (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 11.803; Calgary 10.500
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-125); Under

Game 5-6: St. Louis at Colorado (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis 11.776; Colorado 10.119
Dunkel Line & Total: St. Louis by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-120); Under

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Vanderbilt at Kentucky
The Commodores look to take advantage of a Kentucky team that is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games against SEC opponents. Vanderbilt is the pick (+10 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Wildcats favored by only 8. Dunkel Pick: Vanderbilt (+10 1/2). Here are all of today's games.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Game 723-724: NC-Wilmington at Old Dominion (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NC-Wilmington 45.525; Old Dominion 53.897
Dunkel Line: Old Dominion by 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Old Dominion by 6
Dunkel Pick: Old Dominion (-6)

Game 725-726: George Mason at Hofstra (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: George Mason 51.858; Hofstra 50.368
Dunkel Line: George Mason by 1 1/2
Vegas Line: George Mason by 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Hofstra (+6 1/2)

Game 727-728: DePaul at Georgetown (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: DePaul 58.686; Georgetown 70.629
Dunkel Line: Georgetown by 12
Vegas Line: Georgetown by 14 1/2
Dunkel Pick: DePaul (+14 1/2)

Game 729-730: James Madison at Northeastern (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: James Madison 52.700; Northeastern 56.669
Dunkel Line: Northeastern by 4
Vegas Line: Northeastern by 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: James Madison (+5 1/2)

Game 731-732: Wright State at Cleveland State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wright State 55.298; Cleveland State 51.137
Dunkel Line: Wright State by 4
Vegas Line: Wright State by 1
Dunkel Pick: Wright State (-1)

Game 733-734: South Florida at St. John's (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: South Florida 54.506; St. John's 65.933
Dunkel Line: St. John's by 11 1/2
Vegas Line: St. John's by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. John's (-7 1/2)

Game 735-736: Minnesota at Ohio State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 65.596; Ohio State 74.985
Dunkel Line: Ohio State by 9 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Ohio State by 5; 127
Dunkel Pick: Ohio State (-5); Over

Game 737-738: Providence at Syracuse (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Providence 62.499; Syracuse 77.539
Dunkel Line: Syracuse by 15; 132
Vegas Line: Syracuse by 12 1/2; 136
Dunkel Pick: Syracuse (-12 1/2); Under

Game 739-740: Oklahoma at Texas Tech (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma 66.337; Texas Tech 54.879
Dunkel Line: Oklahoma by 11 1/2; 144
Vegas Line: Oklahoma by 10; 140
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma (-10); Over

Game 741-742: Massachusetts at St. Bonaventure (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Massachusetts 58.989; St. Bonaventure 64.117
Dunkel Line: St. Bonaventure by 5
Vegas Line: St. Bonaventure by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Bonaventure (-2 1/2)

Game 743-744: Fordham at George Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Fordham 50.391; George Washington 60.385
Dunkel Line: George Washington by 10
Vegas Line: George Washington by 11
Dunkel Pick: Fordham (+11)

Game 745-746: Xavier at Rhode Island (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Xavier 58.406; Rhode Island 59.355
Dunkel Line: Rhode Island by 1
Vegas Line: Xavier by 2
Dunkel Pick: Rhode Island (+2)

Game 747-748: Mississippi at South Carolina (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Mississippi 62.922; South Carolina 59.282
Dunkel Line: Mississippi by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Mississippi by 6
Dunkel Pick: South Carolina (+6)

Game 749-750: Marshall at Central Florida (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marshall 51.395; Central Florida 60.296
Dunkel Line: Central Florida by 9
Vegas Line: Central Florida by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Central Florida (-7 1/2)

Game 751-752: Illinois State at Evansville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois State 60.919; Evansville 61.282
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Illinois State by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Evansville (+1 1/2)

Game 753-754: Bradley at Drake (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Bradley 57.057; Drake 59.340
Dunkel Line: Drake by 2 1/2
Vegas Line: Drake by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Bradley (+4 1/2)

Game 755-756: Mississippi State at Alabama (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Mississippi State 50.688; Alabama 62.658
Dunkel Line: Alabama by 12
Vegas Line: Alabama by 15
Dunkel Pick: Mississippi State (+15)

Game 757-758: Vanderbilt at Kentucky (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Vanderbilt 60.098; Kentucky 68.160
Dunkel Line: Kentucky by 8
Vegas Line: Kentucky by 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Vanderbilt (+10 1/2)

Game 759-760: Air Force at Boise State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Air Force 64.004; Boise State 64.070
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Boise State by 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Air Force (+6 1/2)

Game 761-762: UTEP at Southern Mississippi (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UTEP 59.679; Southern Mississippi 64.091
Dunkel Line: Southern Mississippi by 4 1/2
Vegas Line: Southern Mississippi by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UTEP (+7 1/2)

Game 763-764: Texas A&M at Auburn (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas A&M 59.462; Auburn 62.786
Dunkel Line: Auburn by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Auburn by 1
Dunkel Pick: Auburn (-1)

Game 765-766: Illinois-Chicago at WI-Milwaukee (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois-Chicago 49.799; WI-Milwaukee 44.670
Dunkel Line: Illinois-Chicago by 5
Vegas Line: Illinois-Chicago by 3
Dunkel Pick: Illinois-Chicago (-3)

Game 767-768: East Carolina at Tulsa (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: East Carolina 58.051; Tulsa 57.856
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Tulsa by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: East Carolina (+2 1/2)

Game 769-770: Houston at Memphis (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 51.625; Memphis 73.260
Dunkel Line: Memphis by 21 1/2
Vegas Line: Memphis by 18
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-18)

Game 771-772: Kansas at Oklahoma State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas 71.530; Oklahoma State 74.568
Dunkel Line: Oklahoma State by 3; 140
Vegas Line: Oklahoma State by 1; 135 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma State (-1); Over

Game 773-774: Wisconsin at Northwestern (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wisconsin 69.905; Northwestern 64.112
Dunkel Line: Wisconsin by 6; 110
Vegas Line: Wisconsin by 8; 115
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern (+8); Under

Game 775-776: Iowa State at Baylor (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Iowa State 65.872; Baylor 73.223
Dunkel Line: Baylor by 7 1/2; 150
Vegas Line: Baylor by 4 1/2; 146 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baylor (-4 1/2); Over

Game 777-778: Cal Poly at CS-Fullerton (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cal Poly 57.718; CS-Fullerton 51.046
Dunkel Line: Cal Poly by 6 1/2
Vegas Line: CS-Fullerton by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cal Poly (+1 1/2)

Game 779-780: UC-Santa Barbara at UC-Riverside (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UC-Santa Barbara 48.525; UC-Riverside 49.535
Dunkel Line: UC-Riverside by 1
Vegas Line: UC-Santa Barbara by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UC-Riverside (+2 1/2)

Game 781-782: Pacific at UC-Irvine (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pacific 52.716; UC-Irvine 57.515
Dunkel Line: UC-Irvine by 5
Vegas Line: UC-Irvine by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UC-Irvine (-2 1/2)

Game 783-784: UC-Davis at Long Beach State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UC-Davis 55.061; Long Beach State 58.041
Dunkel Line: Long Beach State by 3
Vegas Line: Long Beach State by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UC-Davis (+7 1/2)

Game 785-786: Washington State at Arizona State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington State 58.258; Arizona State 66.980
Dunkel Line: Arizona State by 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona State by 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona State (-6 1/2)

Game 787-788: Colorado State at UNLV (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado State 69.653; UNLV 66.962
Dunkel Line: Colorado State by 2 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: UNLV by 3 1/2; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado State (+3 1/2); Under

Game 789-790: Washington at Arizona (11:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 57.934; Arizona 71.510
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 13 1/2; 142
Vegas Line: Arizona by 12; 136
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-12); Over

Game 791-792: Santa Clara at Gonzaga (11:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Santa Clara 60.950; Gonzaga 76.505
Dunkel Line: Gonzaga by 15 1/2; 148
Vegas Line: Gonzaga by 13; 144
Dunkel Pick: Gonzaga (-13); Over

Game 793-794: College of Charleston at Western Carolina (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: College of Charleston 53.546; Western Carolina 52.425
Dunkel Line: College of Charleston by 1
Vegas Line: College of Charleston by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Western Carolina (+2 1/2)

Game 795-796: Furman at Davidson (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Furman 42.780; Davidson 62.983
Dunkel Line: Davidson by 20
Vegas Line: Davidson by 22
Dunkel Pick: Furman (+22)

Game 797-798: Oakland at IPFW (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland 54.270; IPFW 50.816
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Oakland by 2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-2)

Game 799-800: Austin Peay at Eastern Kentucky (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 45.527; Eastern Kentucky 59.912
Dunkel Line: Eastern Kentucky by 14 1/2
Vegas Line: Eastern Kentucky by 12
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Kentucky (-12)

Game 801-802: Murray State at Morehead State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Murray State 50.964; Morehead State 48.402
Dunkel Line: Murray State by 2 1/2
Vegas Line: Murray State by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Murray State (-1 1/2)

Game 803-804: SE Missouri State at Jacksonville State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: SE Missouri State 48.678; Jacksonville State 51.162
Dunkel Line: Jacksonville State by 2 1/2
Vegas Line: Jacksonville State by 5
Dunkel Pick: SE Missouri State (+5)

Game 805-806: Tennessee State at SIU-Edwardsville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tennessee State 52.836; SIU-Edwardsville 48.045
Dunkel Line: Tennessee State by 5
Vegas Line: Tennessee State by 7
Dunkel Pick: SIU-Edwardsville (+7)

Game 807-808: The Citadel at Appalachian State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: The Citadel 40.133; Appalachian State 51.499
Dunkel Line: Appalachian State by 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Appalachian State by 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Appalachian State (-10 1/2)

Game 809-810: North Dakota at Northern Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota 45.030; Northern Colorado 50.015
Dunkel Line: Northern Colorado by 5
Vegas Line: Northern Colorado by 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota (+6 1/2)

Game 811-812: Belmont at Eastern Illinois (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Belmont 59.432; Eastern Illinois 49.252
Dunkel Line: Belmont by 10
Vegas Line: Belmont by 12 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Illinois (+12 1/2)

Game 813-814: Eastern Michigan at Ohio (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Michigan 50.381; Ohio 69.112
Dunkel Line: Ohio by 18 1/2
Vegas Line: Ohio by 15
Dunkel Pick: Ohio (-15)

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I think this is a good spot for Old Dominion to pick up a rare win. It has been a tough year for the Monarchs as they are 3-23 on the season and after losing 20 of their first 22 games, the let go long time head coach Blaine Taylor but it is believed there is more to it than just a bad season as his history in Norfolk was outstanding. Old Dominion responded with a huge effort as it won at Drexel by 12 points as 12-point underdogs and then followed that up with two close losses, one by five points against Northeastern in overtime and the second by a bucket on the road at Delaware. The Monarchs are coming off a 12-point loss against William & Mary on Saturday but the opportunity is right to back them here. NC-Wilmington is coming off an upset win on Saturday as it defeated first place Northeastern by six points at home as a 4.5-point underdog so the Seahawks will be in letdown mode come Wednesday as they take to the road where it has been a nightmare season. They are 1-13 on the road this season with the lone win coming at Hofstra and for the entire season, the home team is 22-4 in NC-Wilmington's 26 games. It won the first meeting at home but it came by just five points so the Monarchs know they can play this team good enough to take care of business. The Seahawks are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win while Old Dominion is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games against teams with a winning percentage below .400.

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The Celtics did indeed play last night in Denver but I expect the team to bounce back and at least make this one a contest against storied rival the LA Lakers. The Celtics won the last meeting between these two teams after the season ending injury to Rajon Rondo and I expect the veteran laden group to again make it a game here. The Celtics are 5-3 ATS in February and are one of the hottest teams in the NBA of late with wins in eight of their last 10.
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The Lakers have been widely inconsistent all year and have failed to cover the spread in seven of the last 10 games. The Celtics won the last meeting by double digits but the two meetings before that were games decided by an average of 2.5 points. It would be smart to grab the points in this matchup. The play is on Boston to at least cover the spread, a free play.

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This one nearly made he unit rated cut tonight and is a solid free selection. Oakland is 26-5 vs losing teams and is 6-1 straight up and to the spread as a road favorite of 3 or less. In their last 19 February games they have emerged with a win 16 times. Tonight they take on Indiana Fort Wayne or IUFW for short. IUFW has lost and failed to cover 3 of 4 times as a short home dog of 3 or less and has lost 9 of 10 times vs teams with a winning record. They have also lost 3 of 4 off a conference win and have lost 12 of the last 14 in the series vs Oakland, so we will lay the small number here tonight with Oakland.

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Houston is a dog but is a decent team (15-9) with plenty of offensive punch, 15th in the nation in scoring pouring in 77.9 ppg. They take on a Memphis club that is in first place and in the national spotlight, but the Tigers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600. The Tigers are also 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and look for Houston's offense to keep this Conference USA rivalry game close. Play Houston!

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Auburn has lost nine of its last ten, so the Tigers are not exactly go with material right now. But I kind of like the way they match up with Texas A&M and it's not like the Aggies are impressing anyone right now. A&M stunned Kentucky on the road a while back, but it's been mostly downhill subsequently. The Aggies are just 3-7 in their last ten, and they've struggled on the SEC road. The long range shooting has been abysmal, and the two freshmen who play big minutes, Caruso and Reese, are both turnover prone. I think we're going to see Auburn play lots of zone defense tonight, and that could be a problem for the visitors. The one area that concerns me most is second chance opportunities for A&M, as they're tough on the offensive glass, while the Tigers are about as one and done as it gets in the SEC. I like the fact that the hosts are off a very lopsided loss that should turn bettors off tonight. I think it's a good spot to jump in as it's a winnable game for Auburn. Pick the winner, get the money and mine will go on Auburn tonight to capture a close game.

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Grab the W on the road tonight .... Power Rated @ - 3 here on the road vs the boys from Okie State...let's play the better D and rebounding ball club to make a STATEMENT tonight.  We don't usually factor in the revenger play but the Jayhawks have this one circled... Oklahoma State ended Kansas' 33-game home-court winning streak with an 85-80 win Feb. 2 in Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawks #'s are strong @ a  Big 12-leading +13.4 scoring margin. KU also leads the league in rebound margin at +6.0, Jayhawks Lay the lumber tonight..

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I won with the "over" when these two teams met yesterday, part of a 5-0 Tuesday "sweep." The final score eclipsed the total long before the game reached OT.
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The second game of a home and home series is often played at a different tempo from the first though. That said, I'm expecting significantly fewer points in tonight's rematch.
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As noted yesterday, the Nets score more points AND they also allow more, when playing at Brooklyn. When playing on the road, as they are this evening, the "under" is a profitable 15-9. (Those games averaged 187 points.) That includes a 5-1 "under" mark when the Nets played a road game with an O/U line in the 190 to 194.5 range.
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The Nets have also seen the "under" go 10-6-1 the last 17 times (9-4-1 L14 on the road) that they played the second of back-to-back games, dating back to last season. That includes a 2-0 "under" mark their last two in that situation. Those games finished with scores of 183 and 173.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks have seen the "under" go 7-5 the last dozen times that they played their second game in two days. Note that Milwaukee was held to double-digits in scoring in nine of those games and that only four of those 12 opponents hit triple-digits.
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The Bucks, who entered the break off four straight games which stayed below the total, have seen the "under" go 11-6-1 the past couple of seasons, when playing a home game where the O/U line ranged from 190 to 194.5.
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It should also be noted that the O/U line was only 187 when Brooklyn visited here earlier in the season. We're getting considerably more points to work with here and I feel that's providing some value. Consider the Under.

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It seems like the dishes they've been serving in Hattiesburg this season must be cold as the Golden Eagles are a perfect 3-0 SUATS at home this year with revenge - with the average win coming by 27 points. And with the host in this series 9-2 ATS all-time, expect the Miners to receive another 'cold' reception from the Reed Green Coliseum crowd. As it is, UTEP arrives off a 15-point double-revenge win over Central Florida and that brings its 0-6 ATS regular-season log after jousting with the Knights into play. Worse, the Miners' mediocre 14-10 SU record this season also brings the Eagles' bully-like 14-1 SU and 8-4 ATS mark this season versus sub .600 opposition to the forefront. Either way, we look for the revenge-minded hosts to dish out more payback in front of the home faithful. An easy lay on hump day.  We recommend a 1-unit play on Southern Miss.

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The Grizzlies man-handled Detroit last night, winning 105-91. After giving up an abnormal 30 points in the first quarter, Memphis would then give up that many over the next two. "We were a little rusty," the Grizzlies' Tony Allen said yesterday. "Once we got our composure we were able to do what we do best. We played great defense and pounded the ball inside." But as good as its defense has been all year, Memphis has now won four in a row behind a superior offensive unit which is averaging 104.3 points on 52.2 percent shooting, including almost 42% from behind the arc during the streak (Memphis is 13-6 ATS in non-conference games, and 12-10 ATS on the road). Rudy Gay faces his former team for the first time tonight. Gay has been instrumental in helping his team win its last five in a row, averaging 21.1 points, most recently winning 96-88 at Washington last night. Gay would have 24 points, eight boards and three steals. The Raptors though have not won six straight since 2009, and I believe will stumble here (Toronto is 2-3 ATS this year as a home fav of 3 points or less, and just 12-13 ATS in non-conference games). I simply can't see the Raptors keeping pace with the Grizzlies offense.

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Murray St. vs. Morehead St.
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Situational Analysis
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This is a revenge game for Morehead State after it lost 66-60 to the Racers on January 18th, 2012.
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Murray State is coming off a 79-70 setback at Eastern Illinois on the 16th. Stacy Wilson had 20 points. Dexter Fields added 14. Isaiah Canaan added 12. Jeffrey Moss chipped in 11.
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Morehead State is coming off a 65-63 win over Tennesse Tech last time out. Chad Posthumus finished with 13 points. Angelo Warner finished with 12.
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Note that Murray State is just 4-6 ATS on the road this year, and 2-7 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record.
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It's interesting to note that Morehead State is just 27-20 ATS in its last 47 following a conference game.
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This is a free play on Morehead State. It's Senior Night at Morehead State, the final game of its home portion of its 2012-13 schedule. This is in fact a double revenge situation for the home side. In last year's setback the Eagles actually held the lead with four minutes left when the Racers were 18-0 and ranked nationally. These teams are very evenly matched, a sentiment shared by the oddsmakers. The difference is the significant external motivating factors working in favor of the home side!

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Memphis’ class edge over the rest of the C-USA has really manifested itself in recent weeks, as the Tigers’ SU win streak has swelled to 16 (ranking behind only Akron’s 17 straight nationally). With hard-to-conceal manpower advantages, Josh Pastner’s side is now handling inflated numbers at the FedEx Forum, blowing out Tulsa & UCF in recent home tilts after dropping its previous 7 vs. the number as host.  League foes having a hard time coping physically with imposing 260-pounders Tariq Black & Shaq Goodwin in the paint, while soph F Adonis Thomas (16 ppg last four) & former juco G Geron Johnson (19 ppg last four) have upped their production markedly in recent weeks.  Meanwhile, Houston mostly spinning its wheels, dropping 4 of last 5 vs. the line on the road, as HC James Dickey can’t find game-to-game consistency due mostly to defensive breakdowns, which again proved costly in Saturday’s 3-OT loss at Tulsa.  Tigers maneuvering themselves into possible Big Dance protected seed (1 thru 4) territory and a favorable sub-regional assignment.  Price is steep at FedEx Forum, but Memphis worth the risk.

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Game 735-736: Minnesota at Ohio State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 65.596; Ohio State 74.985
Dunkel Line: Ohio State by 9 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Ohio State by 5; 127
Dunkel Pick: Ohio State (-5); Over


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CBB MINNESOTA at OHIO ST.
Play On - Home favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (OHIO ST) good shooting team (45-47.5%) against an excellent defensive team (<=40%), in a game involving two good ball handling team (<=14.5 TO's) after 15+ games.
67-31 over the last 5 seasons. ( 68.4% 32.9 units )
10-5 this year. ( 66.7% 4.5 units )


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The Flyers are coming off a 7-0 win in New York against the Islanders and they've scored 14 goals over their last 4 games (over 3 goals per game during that span). The Penguins have won three straight games scoring 11 goals during that span (just under 4 goals per game). They've won 8 of their last 10 games and in those wins they've scored 34 goals (4.25 goals per game). These two teams met once this year and it was a 3-1 Pittsburgh win in Philadelphia, but they played very high scoring games last season. The OVER is 5-1-1 in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh (which included some totals of 6, 6.5 and even 7 in last years playoff series). The OVER is 20-8-1 in the Penguins last 29 home games and 35-15-2 in their last 52 overall. Take the OVER here tonight.
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The St Louis Blues were stuck in Vancouver after a 4-3 shootout victory due to airplane troubles and went home to lose 2-1 against San Jose last night. They now have to head right to Colorado to play another game, so I wouldn't be surprised if they come out slow tonight. The Blues are 3-1 in their last 4 games, but just 3-6 in their last 9 games. In those 6 losses they scored just 1 goal four times. The Avs are coming off a big 6-5 win against Nashville on Monday, and are 2-1 over their last three games. In those games they've scored 14 goals. The Avalanche are below .500, but are a solid 4-2-1 at home this year. This will be these two teams first meeting of the 2013 season, but the Avs are 9-3 in their last 12 meetings overall and 22-6-4 in their last 32 meetings in Colorado. Given that the Blues played three straight road games, got stuck in Vancouver, are playing in a back to back on the road, and haven't had much success against the Avs, I like Colorado as home underdogs tonig

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OT included. The Blues hosted the Sharks last eve and ended up on the short end of a 2-1 final. What is not revealed in that score is that St. Louis had nothing left in the third period, mustering up just three measly shots on net in the first 18 minutes of the final frame. The Blue Notes will now play their third game in four days and fifth game in seven days. Last Wednesday, they played in Detroit and subsequently made their way to Western Canada for games Friday and Sunday against Calgary and Vancouver respectively. They returned home for last night’s game but that followed nearly a full day of travel delays and they didn’t get into St. Louis until yesterday morning. The effects of those hold-ups were evident. The Blues now have to travel to the Mile High city for another contest and if the fatigue factor wasn’t already an issue, playing in this environment figures to be. In terms of scheduling, it really doesn’t get more difficult than five games in seven nights in five different cities including Western Canada and Colorado. 
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Outside of a 3-0 loss to the Ducks recently, Colorado has been in every one of its last eight games. Over that span, the Avalanche have gone 4-4 with two of the three losses being by one goal (one in OT) and the other by two goals. Colorado is finding its offense, having scored 14 goals in its past three games and that should continue in this very favorable spot.

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The simulator shows a high probability that Morehead will win this game. There is no monetary advantage to play the money line given the risk-reward profile so just take the 1 1/2 points. Morehead has a huge advantage on the boards and the confirms this showing a projection that Morehead will have at least four more boards. In past games, Murray State is just 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) when they grab 4 to 9 fewer rebounds than their opponents in a game over the last 3 seasons. The sim also shows a high probability that Morehead will score 67 to 74 points. In past games, Morehead is a solid 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when they score 67 to 74 points in a game over the last 3 seasons.

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Rudy Gay has made a massive impact since arriving in Toronto, averaging 21.1 points per game, while helping the Raptors win six of eight. Gay will get a chance to take a jab at his former team tonight, as the Raptors face Memphis at home, in the first meeting since the big trade.
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While Gay and Toronto have a lot to prove, this game won't mean as much to Memphis, as key player the Raptors traded didn't end up with the Grizzlies, but was shipped to Detroit for Tayshaun Prince. He doesn't have any particular reason to get up for this game more than any other, and in fact.. Prince has not played well in previous trips to Toronto, averaging just 9.4 points in his last five visits.
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The Raptors have covered the spread in four of their last five home meetings with the Grizz, and that was without Gay. It's not just Gay who has been playing well during the Raptors winning streak, Jonas Valanciunas has been playing well since returning from injury, and backup PG John Lucas has been money from 3-point range, hitting 13 of 17 from beyond the arc. No, that's not a mistake, he's really that hot!
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I think the Raptors will come out with a lot of energy in such a big game tonight, and Memphis may struggle to match Toronto's intensity.

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Austin Peay +12 over EASTERN KENTUCKY: Austin Peay has not had a great year (6-20), but as i will show you this team has been very competitive. The Govenors have won 2 in a row, with both wins coming on the road and they are now 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 away from home. Now when their team was mired in a 1-16 stretch prior to their two game win streak, we note that 11 of those losses were by 10 or less and 2 other losses were by 13 points, plus 3 of those loses were in OT. The Govenors are 3-10 in the OVC, but their 10 losses have been by just 8.1 ppg. This is a team that just havent given up, despite their record. On the other side we have an EKU team that has had a great year so far at 21-6  overall and 10-3 in the OVC. They are 14-1 at home, but this is not a team that will blow you out as they have outscored their opponents by just 10 ppg at home, winning just 1 of their OVC home games by more than 11 points and that one was by 13 points. We also note that this is a great look-a-head spot for EKU as they have their bracketbuster game vs Valpo on deck this Saturday.  One team that won't roll over and die, vs another team that just doesn't blow teams out and has a big game on deck. The Govenors should keep this one in single digits.
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Depaul/ Georgetown Under 138: Contrasting styles here as Depaul likes the uptempo game, while the Hoyas prefer to slow it down and they play great defense. This is a high OU line for a Georgetown game as their average OU line has been just 120.5 within the Big East this year. Georgetown's Big East games have averaged just 118.5 ppg and only 1 of their 12 BE games put up more than 132 points and that was the 139 points scored in their game vs Providence. The Blue Demons can score some points, but they also needed OT to get to 70+ points in 3 of their Big East games, were held to just 55 vs Pitt and 62 to St Johns in their first meeting. Now they take on perhaps the best defense in the league in Georgetown. The Hoyas have allowed more than 65 points just once in their BE games and 63 points or less in each of their last 8 games. Georgetown has allowed just 54.4 ppg at home and just 54.1 ppg in their last 7 games overall. Offensively Georgetown just doesn't have the horses or the will to take advantage of a bad Depaul defense. The Hoyas prefer a slower game and they averaged 64.2 ppg overall and just 64 pg at home. I don't see them running up and down the floor, while their defense will keep the Demons from putting up more than 60 here. 69-56 sounds about right.
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Memphis/ Houston Over 149.5: Should be a fun uptempo game. The Cougars really like to push the ball and they are ranked 44th in the nation in tempo. Houston has averaged a solid 76.7 ppg on the year, but their defense has been weak as they have allowed 73 ppg overall and 77.9 ppg on the road. The Cougars are 304th in the nation in defensive efficiency and will be taking on a Memphis squad that averages 74.9 ppg overall and 76.9 ppg at home. Memphis has averaged 81.8 ppg in their last 5 games, while Houston has allowed 81.8 ppg in their last 5 games, so I fully expect the Tigers to hit the 80+ point mark in this one. Memphis i #1 in defensive efficiency in Conference USA, but the Cougars in an uptempo game are more than capable of putting up 70 points on this defense. 87-70 sounds like a good final here.

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What has traditionally been one of the best rivalries in the NBA continues Wednesday night when the Boston Celtics (28-24, 21-28-3 ATS) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (25-29, 21-32-1 ATS) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA at 10:35 ET on ESPN. The difference this time is that neither team is assured of a playoff berth, although the Celtics rallied nicely when they lost Rajon Rondo for the season and they are actually in decent shape as the seventh seed in the East right now. The Lakers on the other hand are on the outside looking in as the 10th seed in the West, 3 games behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Most people thought that the Boston season ended when Rondo tore his ACL, but instead the Celtics have prospered and actually improved on both sides of the ball since he went down. They upset LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the first game after Rondo's diagnosis was revealed and they have not slowed down since as that started their 8-1 run going into the All-Star break. That run included a 116-95 rout of these Lakers in Boston, and the Celtics averaged 99.7 points while allowing only 92.7 points in those nine games. They are starting to get balanced scoring again with veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combining for 33.6 points per game and with Jason Terry and Jeff Green also both averaging double-digits. Just as importantly, Boston is finally starting to play defense like it has the last few years after looking like an old team on that side of the ball for much of this season, as they have held their last five opponents to a miniscule 41.1 percent shooting going into a Tuesday night date in Denver. The recent hot spell leaves Boston 1 games ahead of eighth place Milwaukee and more importantly 5 games ahead of ninth place Philadelphia.

Now, the Lakers were favored by many to reach the NBA Finals after adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash during the off season, but instead the team has had no chemistry when those two stars, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have all been healthy, which to be fair has not happened very often. Nash and Howard have already missed time with injuries and now Gasol is out for another month with a torn plantar fascia in his foot. That means that Kobe has basically been a one man show for much of the season and the end result has been the Lakers being four games under .500 overall and just 16-11 here at Staples while fighting for their playoff lives coming out of the All-Star break. The biggest disappointment has probably been Howard, who appears hindered offensively while battling a shoulder injury and who has not improved the Laker defense like he was expected to. In fact, the Lakers allowed 105.2 points per game on an unacceptable 48.6 percent shooting over the last five games before the break.

The Celtics are 16-7-1 ATS in the last 24 head-to-head meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Los Angeles. Boston is also on a 7-2 ATS run overall since losing Rondo. The Lakers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. teams with winning straight up records.

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