Free Picks: Service Plays for Monday, December 16

Free Picks: Service Plays for Monday, December 16

DUNKEL INDEX

Game 333-334: Baltimore at Detroit (8:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore 134.418; Detroit 133.189
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1 1/2; 53
Vegas Line: Detroit by 6; 48
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+6); Over

NBA

San Antonio at LA Clippers
The Clippers host the Spurs tonight looking to build on their 4-1 ATS record in the last 5 meetings between the two teams. LA is the pick (+2 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Clippers favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: LA Clippers (+2 1/2

Game 701-702: Detroit at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 118.641; Indiana 126.651
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 8; 197
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 10 1/2; 192
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+10 1/2); Over

Game 703-704: Philadelphia at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 106.291; Brooklyn 118.828
Dunkel Line & Total: Brooklyn by 12 1/2; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Brooklyn by 10; 206
Dunkel Pick: Brooklyn (-10); Under

Game 705-706: Washington at New York (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 114.408; New York 118.985
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 4 1/2; 188
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 707-708: LA Lakers at Atlanta (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Lakers 117.573; Atlanta 119.858
Dunkel Line & Total: Atlanta by 2 1/2; 211
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 5 1/2; 204 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+5 1/2); Over

Game 709-710: Minnesota at Boston (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 114.970; Boston 124.680
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 9 1/2; 207
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 2; 199
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+2); Over

Game 711-712: Utah at Miami (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah 112.486; Miami 127.121
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 14 1/2; 192
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 12 1/2; 199
Dunkel Pick: Miami (-12 1/2); Under

Game 713-714: Orlando at Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 110.009; Chicago 120.470
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 10 1/2; 183
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 715-716: San Antonio at LA Clippers (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 123.656; LA Clippers 124.698
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 1; 209
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 2 1/2; 203
Dunkel Pick: LA Clippers (+2 1/2); Over

NCAAB

Mississippi Valley State at Northwestern
The Wildcats bring their 4-1 home mark into tonight's contest against a Delta Devils team that is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 road games against teams with a winning home record.Northwestern is the pick (-18 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Wildcats favored by 24 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Northwestern (-18 1/2)

Game 717-718: Illinois State at Oakland (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois State 59.099; Oakland 52.116
Dunkel Line: Illinois State by 7
Vegas Line: Oakland by 4
Dunkel Pick: Illinois State (+4)

Game 719-720: Western Carolina at Cleveland State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Western Carolina 47.870; Cleveland State 59.208
Dunkel Line: Cleveland State by 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Cleveland State by 10
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland State (-10)

Game 721-722: Delaware at North Dakota State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware 55.881; North Dakota State 64.075
Dunkel Line: North Dakota State by 8
Vegas Line: North Dakota State by 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State (-5 1/2)

Game 723-724: UC-Riverside at Northern Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UC-Riverside 45.103; Northern Colorado 57.918
Dunkel Line: Northern Colorado by 13
Vegas Line: Northern Colorado by 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northern Colorado (-10 1/2)

Game 731-732: Gardner-Webb at Duke (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Gardner-Webb 50.608; Duke 70.956
Dunkel Line: Duke by 20 1/2
Vegas Line: Duke by 24 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Gardner-Webb (+24 1/2)

Game 733-734: Mississippi Valley State at Northwestern (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Mississippi Valley State 36.042; Northwestern 60.414
Dunkel Line: Northwestern by 24 1/2
Vegas Line: Northwestern by 18 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern (-18 1/2)

NHL

Winnipeg at Columbus
The Jets visit Columbus tonight looking to improve on their 7-2 record in their last 9 games versus Eastern Conference opponents. Winnipeg is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Jets favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+110)

Game 1-2: Winnipeg at Columbus (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 11.292; Columbus 10.304
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Columbus (-130); 5
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+110); Over

Game 3-4: Toronto at Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 10.203; Pittsburgh 13.239
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 3; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-200); Under

Game 5-6: St. Louis at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis 11.370; Ottawa 12.262
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-145); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+125); Over

Game 7-8: Dallas at Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 10.695; Colorado 12.265
Dunkel Line & Total: Colorado by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Colorado (-140); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (-140); Under

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R.J. Robbins

Illinois St vs. Oakland    
Play: Illinois St +3½

Oakland enters this game with a 2-9 SU & 1-9 ATS. They will be in their first role as a favorite this season. Illinois St is 5-4 SU however are both 2-1 SU & ATS on the road. After an opening game blow lose at Va. Comm they won their other road games at N'Western and at San Francisco. We will take the better team plus the points. Illinois St +3.5

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Jim Feist

Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets
Pick: Brooklyn Nets

There were lots of high expectations this season for the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately those have materialized as the club sits at 8-15 on the season. However, there has been some hope lately as the club has won three of its last four games and covered four straight. The Nets won three straight over Milwaukee, Boston and the Clippers. Before that, the Nets hadn't even won two games in a row. As for Philly, well lets just say there wasn't the same level of enthusiasm in the City of Brotherly Love that the Nets had. Philly has been horrible too. After starting the season 3-0 they have now gone 4-18 since. And lately, the Sixers have lost six straight games and 14 of the last 16. They have also covered just one time in the last 10 games. The Nets also get two days off to rest so they should be ready to go for this one. Philly will also be missing a big scorer in this game as guard Michael Carter-Williams is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Doesn't bother me at all laying the 10 1/2 in this contest as Brooklyn should easily cover this contest.

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The Ravens are fortunate to currently stand as the 6th seed in the AFC wildcard race after a 29-26 home win against the Vikings with a Joe Flacco TD pass with 4 seconds on the clock after an 80 yard TD drive that took only 41 seconds. It was a crazy game that was an emotional rollercoaster for the Ravens as they had to come back to take the lead three times in the final 2:05. They were outplayed from the line of scrimmage in this one as they produced 325 yards at 4.2 yppl to 379 yards at 6.0 yppl for the Vikings who were without Adrian Peterson after he injured his foot in the second quarter. The Ravens have now won four of their last five but bring an offense to the table that has not been good this year, particularly in the run game (averaging 83 yards at 3.0 ypr against teams that allow 114 yards at 4.3 ypr on average). They will be matched up against a Lions defense that has defended the run well with a strong defensive line that will be chomping at the bit to redeem themselves after a nightmarish performance in the snow last week where they allowed the Eagles to rush for 301 yards at 6.8 ypr. Meanwhile, the Lions offense has been very good in averaging 411 total yards per game at 6.0 yppl against teams that allow 365 yards at 5.6 yppl and should have an advantage against a Ravens pass defense that has been slightly better than average. Ford Field will be rocking for this Monday night contest with the Lions in control of their playoff destiny and in need of a win to maintain their position in the NFC North. Detroit has played well at home this year (4-2 SU, 3-3ATS) while the Ravens are 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS on the road. My model favors the Lions in this contest (-11.5) and with some good match-ups on their side I like the Lions minus the points.

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These two are polar opposites, with the Ravens poised and methodical and the Lions anything but. However, when you consider Baltimore’s road play this year (just one win) and that Detroit will be back indoors after trudging through the snow a week ago, the Leos get the nod. Baltimore hasn’t played a winning team in a month and they arrive here after playing two at home after dropping its last three away. It will also aid Detroit to have RB Reggie Bush back in the lineup as the nifty back has missed a couple of games with a muscle pull. Baltimore does not have the offensive personnel to trade punches here. TAKING: LIONS –6

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Rob Vinciletti

Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls    
Play: Chicago Bulls -7

The Bulls were bad in their last game getting blown out by 22 to the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls are 4-0 with 3 spread wins at home off a home spread loss by 21 or more points. Orlando played last night in OKC and we have a nice system that is in play for this game that plays against road dogs with no rest that were road dogs of 5 or more last night and are taking on an opponent that lost to the spread by 21 or more points as a home favorite in their last game and scored 90 or less. These road dogs are 0-11 straight up and 2-9 to the spread. The Magic have lost and failed to cover 8 of 12 vs losing teams. Look for the Bulls to take this one.


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Brandon Shively

Baltimore at Detroit
Play: Under 50.5

The Ravens come into tonight's game on a 3 game winning streak, but these were wins all at home. As a matter of fact, the Ravens are 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS on the road. When I look at this game, I look at Detroit's strength which is their front 7 and the run defense that is only giving up 66 yards a game. Baltimore has struggled on the ground all year long as they are only rushing for 3 yards per carry and 87 yards per game. The 3 yards per carry is ranked dead last in the NFL while the Lions run defense is ranked 6th in the NFL. So how will Baltimore score if they can't run? I feel they will have trouble tonight for sure and this total of 50 is looking to be an inflated line and one where we will be going UNDER the TOTAL. This total of 50 will be the Ravens highest this year. We saw a total of 48.5 when they played Green Bay and that game went UNDER by 12 points. The season opener vs. the Broncos did sail OVER the Total but that was when Peyton Manning threw for 6 touchdowns. Looking closer, the Ravens are only averaging 21 ppg on the road, and I feel this Lions defense will be the toughest they have faced all year long, personally. Both quarterbacks tend to throw a lot of interceptions as well. Flacco has a 9TD/ 8 INT his last 5 games, while Stafford has a 11TD/ 8 INT mark his last 5 games. I expect this to be a big chess match football game with a lot of punts and not many touchdowns. There is A LOT of money on the OVER tonight, but I am not convinced. The total opened up at 46.5, now has risen 3.5 points to 50. The OVER went 10-4 yesterday in the NFL (71%), and that is just another reason to fade the public in this game as I am looking for the Total's to average out a bit. A trend I like about Detroit that relates to this game is that Detroit is 4-1 UNDER their last 5 after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game. The UNDER is also 6-0 in their last 6 Monday Night games. For the Ravens, the UNDER is 9-3 in their last 12 games on FieldTurf and I see this game with a final score in the 24-17 range. Take this game UNDER tonight.


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Jimmy Boyd

Washington Wizards +3

I don't put a lot of stock in the Wizards lack of success at Madison Square Garden. They have dropped 10 straight, but those losses have come against a different Knicks team than they are facing today. New York is 7-16 on the season this year. After an abysmal start to the season many would say New York is turning a corner, but they have still lost three of their last five games. It is New York's complete lack of defense that makes them an easy team to play against. New York is allowing 101.7 points per game at home this season, and they are just 3-9 ATS in those 12 games.

The Wizards have not been given a lot of credit in road games, and they are one game above .500 at 6-5 against the spread because if that. They should score at-will against New York's non-existent defense, and that puts a lot of value on Washington as an underdog in this game. You should play against favorites like New York when they are playing their fifth game in seven days, and they area bad team winning just 25% o 40% of their games playing against another team with a losing record. This system is 62-31 (67%) against the spread.

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Jeff Alexander

LA Clippers +3

The Spurs haven't been a good investment lately against good teams, going 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games versus teams that have a winning record. San Antonio is just 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games versus teams with a win percentage above .600. The Clippers have been far more reliable against top-notch competition, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games versus a team with a win percentage above .600. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Bet LA.

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Dave Price

Brooklyn Nets -10

The 76ers are really struggling. They've lost six in a row overall and are only 1-10 on the road. Expect their struggles to continue against a fresher Brooklyn team that is starting to click. The Nets have won three of four and should have plenty of energy tonight after two days off. The 76ers are in the midst of a punishing stretch where this will be their seventh game in 11 days. Philly hasn't stood much of a chance without Michael Carter-Williams, who remains sidelined due to a skin infection on his right knee. It is just 1-9 without the rookie point guard. The 76ers haven't been able to get enough easy buckets to compete against teams that take care of the basketball. In fact, they are 0-8 ATS this season versus good ball handling teams like Brooklyn that average 14.0 turnovers or less per game. They have lost to such opponents by 20.5 points on average. Philly is also on a 7-17 ATS skid as a road underdog of 6.5 to 12.0 points. Lay the number.

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Steve Janus

Utah Jazz +13

There's no question that Miami is the better team and if they wanted they could win here by 20+ points, but I don't see the Heat being interested at all in this game. Miami will instead by looking ahead to Wednesday's huge showdown against the Pacers on ESPN. The Jazz will certainly come to play against the 2x defending champs and I look for them to hang around and keep this within double-digits. Utah got blown out in their last game at home by the Spurs, but had looked really good in their two previous road games. They won at Sacramento 122-101 and at Denver 103-93. The Heat have been overvalued at home all season, which is why they are 10-2 SU and just 4-8 ATS.

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Doug Upstone

Gardner-Webb vs. Duke    
Play: Gardner-Webb +25

Gardner-Webb put up valiant efforts at Missouri and Northwestern, losing by 9 and 13, respectively. They held both teams to 72 points. If they can hold Duke to 80 or less tonight, they should cover the 25 points as they should be able to get to 60. The key for the Wolverines Monday night is to limit and minimize the runs Duke always has at home. Play Gardner-Webb plus 25.

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Jack Jones

Los Angeles Clippers +3

Since Doc Rivers called out his team for 'pouting' following an 82-88 loss at Cleveland on December 7, the Los Angeles Clippers have really responded. They have won three of their last four games which all came on the road, including two by double-digits.

Now, the Clippers return home where they are 8-2 on the season and outscoring the opposition by an average of 9.1 points per game. They want to prove that they belong among the Western Conference's elite, and the only way to do that is to defeat the defending West champion Spurs.

Rarely will you ever get a chance to back Los Angeles as a home underdog, and I'm going to take advantage of it today. I realize that San Antonio is one of the better teams in the league, but it is being way overvalued here as a road favorite.

Plays against road favorites (SAN ANTONIO) - after having covered 3 of their last 4 against the spread, a top-level team (>=75%) playing a team with a winning record are 78-43 (64.5%) ATS since 1996.

The Spurs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. They have simply taken advantage of a soft schedule this season. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Bet Los Angeles Monday.

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Ray Monohan

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks    
Play: Atlanta Hawks -6

Both the Hawks and Lakers have been yo-yoing all season long. Kobe Bryant is back with the Lakers but they are only 1-3 SU with him and he is clearly not his self. Monday night they are on the road against a Hawks team that wins most of the time at home and really enjoys hosting the Western Conference (5-2 ATS in their last 7). They also respond well after a loss with an 8-3 ATS record after a loss this year. They are far from filled with superstars but against a Lakers team still searching for an identity they should come away with a near double-digit victory.

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Steve Rich

Baltimore vs. Detroit
Play: Over 49

It’s Monday Night Football again. This will be the next to last game on Monday night this season, so enjoy while you can. The Baltimore Ravens visit the Detroit Lions in the dome at Ford Field. This should be a welcome change for both teams that played in the snow last week. The Lions are a six point favorite in this one and the total is forty nine. Both teams come into this match with identical seven and six records. The Ravens are chasing the last wild card spot in the AFC while the Lions are tied for the top spot in the NFC North. This is an important game, isn’t December football great?

The Ravens are just one and five on the road, and while their defense isn’t what we remember from years past it is only surrendering 20 points per game. It’s the Baltimore offense that has struggled this season with Ray Rice not finding any holes to run through. While I don’t think he will find any against this front seven this Lions secondary may be just what head coach Harbaugh and quarterback Flacco need.

Well speaking of the Lions secondary they are ranked 26th in the league. The Lions are 4 and 2 at home this year and like the Ravens their running attack just isn’t getting it done this year. Detroit’s passing attack is a whole other animal as they average just under 300 yards per game. Calvin Johnson is certainly one of the best receivers in the league and a favorite target of QB Matthew Stafford. Add the fact Ravens rookie FS called Johnson old this week, Megatron may have a nice night against this Ravens secondary.

With this game so important to both teams it should be a good one. I really think both teams abandon the run for the most part early in this one and let their QB’s have it out. I don’t trust the Lions to cover six points here, they just have a hard time getting out of their own way. Penalties and turnovers have hurt them. The Ravens do play a lot of close games, but I think Joe Flacco keeps the Ravens offense improving. Remember last year when they came on hot at the end and all the way to the Super Bowl win. I am leaning towards over the total of 49.

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Andre Gomes

Pistons / Pacers Under 193

The Pistons wasted last night a great chance to upset one of the best teams in the league but they choked down the stretch and eventually they lost @OT against Portland.

POR' tired legs was quite evident as they couldn't hit their outside shots, they ended the game w/ 7-26 3pts so the Pistons were able to build a nice lead, because their edge on the post was tremendous (as expected!). DET scored 68 points in the paint while 65% of their shots were from less than 9feet! With Josh Smith having a huge game on the post, the Pistons finished the game w/ nice 12-21 FG, 1.12 PPP in post up plays. Unfortunately, their key players logged major minutes:

Greg Monroe, 39
Josh Smith, 46
Andre Drummond, 44
Brandon Jennings, 45

Is not going to be easy for DET to have a decent game @IND tonight and tired legs won't be THE major factor.

DET is going from having a pretty favorable matchup for their offense vs. poor interior POR defense to have to face the BEST interior defensive team in the league! We can expect a natural offensive letdown from them because w/ their inside game limited, the Pistons aren't a good jump shooting team.

However, note that the Pistons are ranked #1 post up defense in the league! David West & Roy Hibbert will have to work hard in order to have efficient offensive games. Naturally, the Pacers are going to dominate on the perimeter but they are a bit inconsistent as well. This 193-points line is a bit overrated in my opinion as we should be dealing w/ 190-points line, therefore I'm taking the Under as my Single Dime Play!

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Bryan Power

Detroit vs. Indiana
Pick: Indiana

Truth be told, the Pistons have really upset me lately.  Friday night, I had them laying 4.5 points at home against Brooklyn and they won by only four. It was a game they led by 18 entering the fourth quarter. Despite PG Chauncey Billups saying that the team would "learn from it," the same thing happened to the team last night (when I had them again!) as this time they blew another double digit lead at home to Portland.  The game did go to overtime and thankfully the underdog Pistons still covered, but it's clear that this team does not know how to close out games.

They likely won't have to worry about "closing out" anything tonight in Indiana as they face the league-best Pacers, who are unbeaten (11-0) at home where they're allowing an average of just 83.1 points per game. Already this season Indiana beat the Pistons, by eight points, in Detroit.  It was their sixth straight victory in this Central Division rivalry, the previous five all coming by a double digit margin.  Look for a similar outcome here as the Pacers are already 13-4 ATS when favored this season while the Pistons are just 3-15 ATS the L18 times they've taken double digits.

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DAVE COKIN

CAL RIVERSIDE VS NORTHERN COLORADO
PLAY: NORTHERN COLORADO

Many years ago, I asked Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian about the toughest road trips his teams had to face. He didn’t have to think about the answer. It was the Saturday/Monday altitude swing through Colorado State and Wyoming. There was just nothing about this trip that was appealing, and even some of those great Rebels squads would often have trouble on the back end of the trip.

UC-Riverside is completing that type of journey tonight. The Highlanders played at Air Force on Saturday and now have to battle Northern Colorado on the road tonight. For a team from SoCal that’s not used to this at all, I’m expecting fatigue to be an aspect that could come to the forefront tonight.

As for the team comparison, Northern Colorado looks like the better outfit. The Bears have faced all softies at home. But they have a road win at Kansas State and respectable losses at Colorado State and New Mexico State. Riverside has hung in for the most part in their games, with the exception of the opening disaster at San Diego State. But they have just two D-1 wins, and getting past Montana State and a horrible Southern Utah squad is nothing special.

Riverside’s offense runs through its two big guys, with Taylor Johns and Chris Patton the key players. Northern Colorado has the more balanced attack, and while the Bears aren’t overly talented, they’re upperclassmen dominant and the sum of their parts is better than the individual components.

The number on this game is about where it figures to be off the power ratings. But I will add 2-3 points based on what I believe are substantial scheduling dynamics. The fact that Riverside is a terrible three-point shooting team could come into play if the Highlanders are in catchup mode late. I see enough here to warrant taking the plunge with Northern Colorado minus the points.

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Washington at New York
Pick: Washington +2.5

Life in the Big Apple was rosy a year ago as the Knicks put it all together and made a credible playoff run. That life under the big microscope is often hard to live by, and the finicky Knicks have gotten off slow and are truly feeling the pressure here. There have been few Garden parties this season, as the Knicks' 4-8 MSG record would be quick to point out. Washington hasn't lived up to the potential either, and have dropped four straight, but the Knicks haven't been on the level of their last three opponents in Atlanta, Denver, and the Los Angeles Clippers, and I think the Wizards respond here as they are 5-0 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss. The Knicks, on one day of rest, are thinking too much as indicated by a poor 1-10 ATS mark in their last 11. Make the play on Washington.

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Tony George

Orlando +7

Boy has the absence of Derrick Rose thrown a monkey wrench into the Bulls plans this season, and on offense apparently it has affected them greatly. An NBA team, Chicago, is averaging just 79 ppg their last 5 games, just unreal.

Orlando had a very impressive outing against the Thunder the other night in just a 3 point road loss and while I cannot tell you the Magic are as good team, they surely can muster more than 79 points. 

Both teams play decent defense, especially Chicago but it is unwise to lay 7 points in the NBA in most cases in any event, but very unwise to lay 7 points when your offense is totally in the tank against a team who can score 92 ppg their last 5, have been beaten 5 straight times by Chicago, and can step in here against a team whose back is against the wall, confidence shaken, and make a game of it tonight.

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