Free Picks: Service Plays for Friday, January 3

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The Real Animal

Clemson/Ohio State Over 71

Orange Bowl features two of the highest scoring teams in the country.  Ohio State at 46.3 points per game and Clemson at 40.2 a contest.  Plus in their most meaningful games of the year, both defenses EXPOSED. The Buckeyes, with suspension and injuries to future NFL players in DE Spence, and corner Roby, allowed 75-points to previously offensively-challenged Michigan and Michigan State to wrap up the season.  In November they lost DT Hill and earlier in season lost two defensive backs in Bogard and Bryant.  Clemson has extremely good size in their targeted receivers and QB Boyd loves spreading the wealth hitting 13 different Tiger receives for touchdowns.  But the Tigers on defense allowed 444 passing yards, 51 points, and 565 total yards to Florida State at home.  They also committed six turnovers against South Carolina in their regular-season rivalry finale.  But this team can certainly score going for 52 or more points five times this year.  Ohio State was 9-4 ‘OVER’ this season. Remember it was just two years ago here at the Orange Bowl when Clemson got whipped 70-33 by West Virginia.  Go ‘OVER’ tonight in Miami.

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Friday, January 3

OC Dooley

Lakers -3.5

The key to this late night pick surrounds the “schedule” of both sides which arguably makes this particular contest critical for the reeling and injury-riddled Lakers who have dropped six consecutive outings on the scoreboard.  After Sunday the Lakers will be hitting the road for a marathon swing that sees them playing 13 of 16 games on enemy hardwood.  The situation for Utah is completely opposite as tonight marks the only road game for the Jazz in a current six-game stretch where a very young roster is beginning to gain confidence with a multitude of games in front of their own fans.  Despite having one of the worst records in the league Utah (11-24) is only a slight road underdog tonight since the Lakers have four different players (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar) who are sidelined indefinitely due to injury.  To give you an idea how banged up Los Angeles is they have had to use EIGHT different starting lineups in the past EIGHT games, while the only healthy point guard is the same Kendall Marshall who recently was playing in the “Developmental League”.  But it has been my experience in more than two decades of daily handicapping to side with any team who arguably has hit an absolute low which is the case the Lakers who back on Tuesday were pounded by a 94-79 final score versus an opponent (Milwaukee) who currently has the worst overall record in the entire league.  My research indicates that in the past three years when shaking off a blowout loss of 15+ points in margin, the Lakers have bounced back with a 16-5 ATS record in the next contest

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