Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, December 12

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NFL

San Diego at Denver
The Broncos host a San Diego team Thursday night that is coming off a 37-14 win over the NY Giants and is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games following a SU win of more than 14 points. Denver is the pick (-10) according to Dunkel, which has the Broncos favored by 13. Dunkel Pick: Denver (-10)

Game 301-302: San Diego at Denver (8:25 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego 131.683; Denver 144.819
Dunkel Line: Denver by 13; 52
Vegas Line: Denver by 10; 55 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Denver (-10); Under

NBA

Houston at Portland
The Trail Blazers host a Houston team tonight that is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games in Portland. The Rockets are the pick (+3 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Rockets favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Houston (+3 1/2)

Game 501-502: LA Clippers at Brooklyn (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Clippers 122.225; Brooklyn 112.391
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 10; 192
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 2 1/2; 196 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Clippers (-2 1/2); Under

Game 503-504: Houston at Portland (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 126.739; Portland 125.490
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 1; 216
Vegas Line & Total: Portland by 3 1/2; 211 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+3 1/2); Over

NCAAB

Maryland at Boston College
The Terps look to bounce back from their 77-75 loss to George Washington on Sunday and build on their 6-1 ATS record in their last 7 games following an ATS defeat. Maryland is the pick (-2 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Terps favored by 6 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Maryland (-2 1/2)

Game 505-506: Maryland at Boston College (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Maryland 65.678; Boston College 59.121
Dunkel Line: Maryland by 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Maryland by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Maryland (-2 1/2)

Game 507-508: Florida Atlantic at DePaul (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Florida Atlantic 46.818; DePaul 60.233
Dunkel Line: DePaul by 13 1/2
Vegas Line: DePaul by 11
Dunkel Pick: DePaul (-11)

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Columbus at NY Rangers
The Rangers try to snap a four-game home losing streak tonight against a Columbus team that is coming off a 5-4 win over New Jersey and is 1-7 in its last 8 games coming off a victory. New York is the pick (-145) according to Dunkel, which has the Rangers favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-145)

Game 1-2: Montreal at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 11.069; Philadelphia 12.015
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Montreal (-135); 5
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+115); Over

Game 3-4: Columbus at NY Rangers (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Columbus 10.994; NY Rangers 12.322
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-145); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-145); Under

Game 5-6: Detroit at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 12.001; Tampa Bay 10.812
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Tampa Bay (-135); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+115); Over

Game 7-8: Buffalo at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Buffalo 9.908; Ottawa 11.605
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Ottawa (-200); 5
Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (-200); Under

Game 9-10: Toronto at St. Louis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 9.804; St. Louis 12.473
Dunkel Line & Total: St. Louis by 2 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-240); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-240); Under

Game 11-12: Colorado at Winnipeg (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado 10.967; Winnipeg 12.083
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Colorado (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+100); Over

Game 13-14: Dallas at Nashville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 11.149; Nashville 12.544
Dunkel Line & Total: Nashville by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-110); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Nashville (-110); Under

Game 15-16: Carolina at Calgary (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Carolina 12.027; Calgary 11.068
Dunkel Line & Total: Carolina by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Calgary (-110); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Carolina (-110); Over

Game 17-18: NY Islanders at Phoenix (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Islanders 11.216; Phoenix 10.322
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Islanders by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 19-20: Boston at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 12.267; Edmonton 10.529
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-150); 5
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-150); Under

Game 21-22: Minnesota at San Jose (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 10.735; San Jose 12.677
Dunkel Line & Total: San Jose by 2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: San Jose (-200); 5
Dunkel Pick: San Jose (-200); Under

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LA Clippers -6

Always looking to favor the far superior Western Conference teams when they visit the lowly East (take a look at the standings) this is an especially good spot. Under 1st year HC Stevens, the newly integrated Celtics have struggled mightily against winning teams in their 10-13 start. And Clippers are glad to add to that misery as they make this an “A game” for HC Rivers in his return to Boston Gardens. Always like playing the better team when they have a reason to play.

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Jim Feist

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets    
Play: Brooklyn Nets +3

A tough situational spot for the LA Clippers, dealing with depth problems because of injuries and playing their 6th straight game away from home. They are 3,000 miles from home and playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights. The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400. Brooklyn has had a day off and this will only be their 2nd game in 5 nights. The Nets are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 vs. the NBA Pacific. The home team is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the Clippers are 1-12 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Brooklyn! Play the Brooklyn Nets.

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Rob Vinciletti

Maryland vs. Boston College    
Play: Maryland -2½

An early season conference game here for these two teams as both come in off back to back losses having shot less than 40% back to back. Maryland has better numbers in this one as they are 23-2 vs teams who allow 77 or more points per game and 18-2 in their last 20 vs teams under .500. In December games Maryland has won 12 of the last 14. The Terrapins are a terrific 501 vs teams ranked outside the top 50 in the RPI Scale. Boston College has struggled early on losing 6 of 9 and is a mediocre 11-34, including 0-4 this season vs teams with a winning record. Lay the small number with Maryland here tonight.


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Carlos Salazar

Houston at Portland
Play: Over 211.5

Look for scoring and more scoring tonight as both teams will be putting up shot early and often in the shot clock. Both teams average better than 106 points per game and this one will go over with ease.


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Brandon Shively

Chargers vs. Broncos
Play: Under 57½

This is the Bronco's last home game of the season and considering both teams are playing on a short week of rest and in cold weather, I expect a game that will see more running than passing. Denver won the first matchup, 28-20, as the game stayed Under the total of 56. Tonight, the total is once again posted at 56 which I feel is too high considering this is a divisional game. Peyton Manning is 3-0 SU now vs. the Chargers as a Denver Bronco with an average score of 31-22, which is an average of 53 points a game. I know Peyton has a full arsenal of weapons to throw the ball to, but Wes Welker and his 10 touchdowns will be missed as he is listed as doubtful for this game. Considering that the Chargers are giving up 4.8 yards per carry this year and the Broncos are rushing for 188 yards a game over the last 3 games, I further believe that Denver will try to solidify a running game which will use more clock and there will be less scoring. While both teams will move the ball, I expect some drives to come up short and field goals being the end result.
Denver doesn't have much to prove. They are more-less getting prepared for the playoffs and this being a divisional game where both teams know each other well, look for the final score to be in 31-20 range.

Trends:

Under is 3-1-1 in Chargers last 5 Thursday games.
Under is 5-2 in Broncos last 7 Thursday games.
Play on : San Diego / Denver UNDER the TOTAL

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Chargers vs. Broncos
Play: Over 56

Take the over on Thursday night. Denver has 11 overs and just 2 unders this year. The QB's (Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers) are solid passers and the rules are helping the offenses. This total is in the upper 50's and will be our free play for Thursday. I have seen 56 and 57 so check for the best total. Hopefully, both teams can get to 27 and we can see a final in the 60's.

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Ben Burns

Houston vs. Portland
Pick: Portland

Talk about getting no respect. The Blazers are 18-4 on the season, best in the West. They're playing at home and looking to avenge an earlier loss. Yet, they're barely favored.

Sure, the Rockets have played very well recently. They're still only 5-4 away from Houston though.

While they are expected to get Lin back - the Rockets will be without Omer Asik. That may not sound like a big deal for a team which has Dwight Howard. However, Asik quietly played an important role in the earlier win. He had eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, while helping to keep the Blazers out of the paint and helping to get Lopez in foul trouble. "Little things" like that can often win and lose games.

Also, having Lin back, assuming he returns - after he missed six games - may take a bit of getting used to.

The Blazers are scoring 106.5 points per game at home, allowing 100.2. While the Rockets average an impressive 110.2 points per game away from Houston, they also allow a whopping 109.3.

While the Rockets are 5-8 ATS against teams which allow 99 or more points per game, the Blazers are 8-2 ATS against such teams. They're also 8-4 ATS the last dozen times that they attempted to avenge an earlier loss. With the line having come down a little from its opener, I like their chances here. Consider Portland.

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning    
Play: Detroit Red Wings +106

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup this week and is a big boost for the Detroit Red Wings as they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Detroit has been a bit unlucky, losing 8 games in overtime. Underrated Jonas Gustavsson will start at goalie and has been solid this year, positing a 93% save percentage. Go with the Red Wings in Tampa on Thursday night.

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The Broncos come into this divisional matchup off of a 51-28 home win against the Titans where after falling behind 10-21 in the first half, they proceeded to outscore the Chargers 41-7 the rest of the way, rolling up 552 yards of offense at 6.3 yppl to 254 total yards for Tennessee at 5.3 yppl. That has been par for the course this season as the Denver offense has been unstoppable, averaging 468 yards per game at 6.5 yppl to teams that allow 370 yards at 5.7 yppl. The one statistical area of weakness for the Broncos this year has been their pass defense, and that should make this an interesting matchup, and a high scoring game. Philip Rivers is having an excellent year and as a result the Chargers main strength is their passing offense which averages 289 yards at 7.7 yps against teams that allow 247 yards at 6.4 yps on average. These teams should be able to throw the ball with little resistance despite the cold weather and with Denver missing WR Wes Welker as he recovers from a concussion. I’m not sure the Chargers will be able to keep up as Denver qualifies in 280-171-14, 136-67-5 and 15-4 situations while the Chargers have to travel on a short week for this contest. San Diego also benefits from a negative 15-44 situation that plays against the Broncos here and my model only favors Denver by -8.6 so we have conflicting situations and line value which will lead me to pass. With the ability to score points, I’ll lean to the Chargers plus the large number as they still have some playoff hope and will look to avenge their 20-28 loss earlier this season.

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Do you dare step in front of the Bronco's train on a Thursday night home game? I'll give it a shot catching double digits with Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. San Diego needs a win to keep their very slim playoff hopes alive and the Chargers are 9-5-1 against the spread in the last fifteen games in this series. Peyton Manning is just five touchdown passes away from breaking Tom Brady's single season passing touchdown record, but Chargers quarterback is also have a great season having thrown for 26 touchdowns himself. This is a very difficult matchup for San Diego's leaky defense but thing's on the defensive side for the Broncos have been vulnerable as well. The Chargers have the weapons to move the ball and score against Denver and they are also getting healthier. Veteran players including linebacker Melvin Ingram, receiver Eddie Royal, outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and left tackle King Dunlap all returned to action last week for San Diego's big win over the New York Giants. I like the Chargers to make a game out of this. Take the points.

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The San Diego Chargers are an okay football team. They’re 6-7, one game out of the second AFC Wild Card, and they’ve been right there in virtually every game they’ve played all season. But they haven’t played any of those games in Denver.
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The Broncos are ridiculous at home. They’ve won 13 straight at Mile High. The smallest margin of victory is seven points, and that was last season. The average margin of victory in the 13 wins is just under 20 points per game. This season, the Broncos are 7-0 by more than 20 ppg, and all the wins are by double digits.
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This is the regular season home finale for Denver. The Broncos are in the playoffs, but they need to keep winning to get the home field throughout the AFC post-season. They’re up one game on New England, but because they lost to the Patriots, they can’t afford to lose. Make no mistake, the Broncos do not want to have to visit Foxboro for the marbles.
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I’d like to be able to dissect this matchup and find some good reason to fade the public and back the Chargers. I can’t do it. Denver was in a considerable flat spot last week vs. the Titans and played that way early. Then they got the offense cranked up and that was all she wrote. They’re likely to do the same here. The Chargers don’t have a good defense and Peyton Manning figures to beat them senseless all night long.
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The number is huge and laying doubles in the NFL has never been a recipe for long term success. But I think spotting the big digits tonight is the right way to play, if for no other reason than I don’t like the idea of stepping in front of a freight train. I’ll go with Denver minus the points.

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Detroit continues its southern road swing as they head into Tampa Bay tonight as small underdogs.  The Red Wings are coming off a disappointing loss on Tuesday night in Florida where they squandered a 2-0 lead in the third period and lost in a shootout.  Carrying the play for most of the game the Red Wings had some mental lapses that cost them the game.  The good news is they face a Tampa Bay team that has been really struggling offensively with Steven Stamkos out of the lineup. Losing four of their last five games the Lightning had better get healthy quick if they want to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.  At this price, I think we get plenty of value on Detroit which has shown throughout the year that they can win on the road (10-3-2).

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Florida Atlantic at DePaul
Play: Florida Atlantic

The simulator shows a high probability that FA will lose this game by fewer than 10 points. SIM projects that FA will shoot between 47 and 53% from the field. In past games, they are a rock solid 9-2 ATS when shooting between 47 and 53% form the field in games played over the past two seasons. FA is a strong rebounding team  and have gotten 42+ boards in three of their last four games. DePaul is just 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) when facing solid rebounding teams outrebounding opponents by 4+ per game over the last 2 seasons. DePaul defense is horrid having allowed 51% shooting or worse in four straight games and in 6 of the 8 games played this season. Take Florida Atlantic.

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Portland Trailblazers -3

This is a revenge game for Portland and I think they step up in a big way against the Rockets tonight. At 18-4 the Trailblazers have one of the best records in basketball, and I don't think the Rockets will be lucky enough to win two straight against them. Portland is averaging 106.2 points per game, so keeping pace with the Rockets high powered offense should be an easy task to accomplish.

This biggest advantage Portland has in this game is their defense. The Rockets are allowing 109.3 points per game on the road this season. Houston is just one game above .500 on the road, while Portland has a 9-2 record at home. The Trailblazers have held opponents to 99.9 points per game. The last time these teams met the Trailblazers were playing in a letdown spot coming off a big win over San Antonio. In this round two matchup they are playing on two days of rest after crushing the Jazz on Monday.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets    
Play: Brooklyn Nets +3

We won with Brooklyn with a free play in this spot on Tuesday and we will back the Nets once again on Thursday. They have had a rough start to the season but they have won two straight games which could be a sign of things to come as they are finally starting to get healthy. Brooklyn is coming off a win against Boston last time out at home as it shot 55.7 percent from the floor despite making eight less three-pointers than the Celtics. That win snapped a six-game home losing streak and it is vital to start a winning streak as taking care of home court is of the utmost importance in this league. The Nets will also be out playing for revenge following a seven-point loss last month in Los Angeles. The Clippers last victory also was against the Celtics but it came just last night and it was not easy. They trailed throughout most of the game and were fortunate that the calls were going their way as they took 15 more free throws than Boston did, making an additional six more. Now Los Angeles is playing its fourth back-to-back road set of the season, going 1-2 the first three times in the second leg of it. Brooklyn was able to cover the first meeting this season, which made it four straight covers for the Nets in this series, all of which have come as underdogs. This includes two outright wins at home and we can expect another one here tonight.

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Portland Trail Blazers -3

Portland has just four losses on the season, and one of those was a 116-101 home loss to the Rockets. That defeat will be all the motivation the Blazers need tonight. The Blazers were playing just their fourth game of the season when they were defeated by the Rockets, and that game came after a big win over the Spurs so they were in a letdown spot. Houston, on the other hand, was embarrassed by the Clippers prior to that game so it was very hungry. Since that loss to Houston, Portland has been terrorizing opponents. It beat the Pacers by four points at home and the Thunder by seven points at home so it clearly has what it takes to cover this number. The Rockets have been inconsistent on the road where they are 5-4 with losses to teams like the 76ers and Jazz. The Trail Blazers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Lay the points.

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Boston College +3

Boston College is coming off back-to-back SU and ATS double-digit defeats, but both came on the road. We can expect a much better effort from Steve Donahue's squad at home where it has won its last two against Maryland. Donahue's teams are 19-8 ATS after 2 straight losses of 10 points or more. They are also 28-14 ATS after failing to cover the spread in 2 or more consecutive games. Additionally, Donahue's teams are 41-19 ATS in games when the line is +3 to -3. His Boston College teams are an impressive 38-26 ATS as an underdog and 34-21 ATS against conference opponents. The underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Bet B.C.

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Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers    
Play: Houston Rockets +3½

Two heavyweights collide on Thursday night as the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Houston Rockets on TNT.

Head to head, the Rockets are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland while the underdog is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the road team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall, but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Rockets on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

The Portland Trail Blazers come into tonight’s showdown having only dropped four of their first 22 games of the season, which no one in their wildest dreams would have predicted at the start of the season. However, one of those defeats came at the hands of tonight’s opponent in the Houston Rockets as they ran away with a 116-101 victory back at the start of November at the Rose Garden. In fact, the Rockets have now defeated Portland in their last three meetings and the final score in each were all pretty much identical as they read like this: Houston 116 – Portland 101, Houston 116 – Portland 98 and Houston 118 – Portland 103. Not to mention the last two meetings were also in Portland.

As far as current form goes, the Trail Blazers bounced back from their home loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night by winning in Utah 105-94 and improved to 9-2 against the spread in their 11 road games to date. Meanwhile, Houston suffered back-to-back losses at Utah and at home to Phoenix recently, however, they bounced back with consecutive double-digit home wins over Orlando and Golden State this week.

I loved Portland coming into the season and I still love them now, but I can’t ignore the fact that the Rockets have defeated them in their last three meetings all by over 15 points apiece. The Trail Blazers are coming off a home loss and they are 9-2 at the Rose Garden this season, so you would expect a bounce back performance out of them tonight, but I just think they are a bad match up against the Rockets. Houston has only played the three home games since the 2nd of the month so they should be well rested and prepared for tonight’s showdown. If anything, I think this is going to be a close game so the points look like the way to go.

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