Free Picks: Service Plays for Tuesday, March 11

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NBA

Boston at Indiana
The Celtics head to Indiana tonight carrying a 7-0 ATS record in their last 7 games versus Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is the pick (+11 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Pacers favored by only 3 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Boston (+11 1/2)

Game 551-552: Boston at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 114.257; Indiana 117.608
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 3 1/2; 202
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 11 1/2; 194
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+11 1/2); Over

Game 553-554: Sacramento at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Sacramento 113.497; Detroit 118.626
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 5; 215
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 3; 211
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-3); Over

Game 555-556: Portland at Memphis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 122.680; Memphis 124.075
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 1 1/2; 194
Vegas Line & Total: Memphis by 3 1/2; 198 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Portland (+3 1/2); Under

Game 557-558: Milwaukee at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee 112.146; Minnesota 121.480
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 9 1/2; 209
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 14 1/2; 214
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+14 1/2); Under

Game 559-560: San Antonio at Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 125.020; Chicago 126.380
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1 1/2; 186
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 5; 190 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (+5); Under

Game 561-562: Houston at Oklahoma City (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 122.074; Oklahoma City 128.207
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 6; 222
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 3 1/2; 217
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-3 1/2); Over

Game 563-564: Dallas at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 119.337; Golden State 126.793
Dunkel Line & Total: Golden State by 7 1/2; 201
Vegas Line & Total: Golden State by 5; 209 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (-5); Under

NHL

New Jersey at Philadelphia
The Devils travel to Philadelphia tonight to face a Flyers team that is 16-5 in its last 21 home games. Philadelphia is the pick (-145) according to Dunkel, which has the Flyers favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+125)

Game 51-52: NY Rangers at Carolina (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 10.038; Carolina 11.180
Dunkel Line & Total: Carolina by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-145); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Carolina (+125); Under

Game 53-54: New Jersey at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 11.037; Philadelphia 12.552
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia (-145); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-145); Over

Game 55-56: Nashville at Buffalo (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nashville 11.585; Buffalo 10.490
Dunkel Line & Total: Nashville by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Buffalo (-110); 5
Dunkel Pick: Nashville (-110); Over

Game 57-58: Detroit at Columbus (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 10.536; Columbus 11.969
Dunkel Line & Total: Columbus by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Columbus (-145); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Columbus (-145); Under

Game 59-60: Washington at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 11.177; Pittsburgh 12.585
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-210); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-210); Over

Game 61-62: Phoenix at Florida (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 11.356; Florida 10.136
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Florida (-115); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-105); Under

Game 63-64: Dallas at St. Louis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 11.070; St. Louis 12.525
Dunkel Line & Total: St. Louis by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-220); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-220); Under

Game 65-66: Edmonton at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Edmonton 10.810; Minnesota 12.344
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 1 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota (-200); 5
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-200); Over

Game 67-68: Toronto at San Jose (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 10.971; San Jose 12.352
Dunkel Line & Total: San Jose by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: San Jose (-220); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Jose (-220); Over

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Mt. St. Mary's at Robert Morris
The Mountaineers play on the road in the Northeast Conference final tonight against a Robert Morris team that is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 home games. Mt. St. Mary's is the pick (+5 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has Robert Morris favored by only 2 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Mt. St. Mary's (+5 1/2)

Game 565-566: Pennsylvania at Princeton (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pennsylvania 44.025; Princeton 62.363
Dunkel Line: Princeton by 17 1/2
Vegas Line: Princeton by 14
Dunkel Pick: Princeton (-14)

Game 567-568: Rice vs. North Texas (5:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rice 44.824; North Texas 48.515
Dunkel Line: North Texas by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: North Texas by 6
Dunkel Pick: Rice (+6)

Game 569-570: Marshall vs. Florida Atlantic (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marshall 50.022; Florida Atlantic 53.157
Dunkel Line: Florida Atlantic by 3
Vegas Line: Florida Atlantic by 1
Dunkel Pick: Florida Atlantic (-1)

Game 571-572: TX-San Antonio vs. East Carolina (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: TX-San Antonio 47.513; East Carolina 49.571
Dunkel Line: East Carolina by 2
Vegas Line: East Carolina by 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: TX-San Antonio (+5 1/2)

Game 573-574: WI-Milwaukee vs. Wright State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Milwaukee 55.501; Wright State 57.062
Dunkel Line: Wright State by 1 1/2; 134
Vegas Line: Wright State by 6; 129
Dunkel Pick: WI-Milwaukee (+6); Over

Game 575-576: BYU vs. Gonzaga (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: BYU 63.497; Gonzaga 70.582
Dunkel Line: Gonzaga by 7; 141
Vegas Line: Gonzaga by 4; 148
Dunkel Pick: Gonzaga (-4); Under

Game 577-578: IPFW vs. North Dakota State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: IPFW 51.898; North Dakota State 64.982
Dunkel Line: North Dakota State by 13; 141
Vegas Line: North Dakota State by 8; 143 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State (-8); Under

Game 581-582: North Carolina A&T vs. Howard (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: North Carolina A&T 38.860; Howard 35.134
Dunkel Line: North Carolina A&T by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: North Carolina A&T by 1
Dunkel Pick: North Carolina A&T (-1)

Game 583-584: Bethune-Cookman vs. Coppin State (6:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Bethune-Cookman 36.598; Coppin State 42.985
Dunkel Line: Coppin State by 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Coppin State by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Coppin State (-4 1/2)

Game 585-586: Delaware State vs. Florida A&M (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware State 41.317; Florida A&M 45.477
Dunkel Line: Florida A&M by 4
Vegas Line: Florida A&M by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Florida A&M (-1 1/2)

Game 587-588: Mt. St. Mary's at Robert Morris (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Mt. St. Mary's 51.777; Robert Morris 54.323
Dunkel Line: Robert Morris by 2 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: Robert Morris by 5 1/2; 144
Dunkel Pick: Mt. St. Mary's (+5 1/2); Under

Game 589-590: Prairie View A&M vs. Mississippi Valley State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Prairie View A&M 33.218; Mississippi Valley State 36.784
Dunkel Line: Mississippi Valley State by 3 1/2
Vegas Line: Mississippi Valley State by 1
Dunkel Pick: Mississippi Valley State (-1)

Game 591-592: Grambling State vs. Jackson State (1:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Grambling 31.303; Jackson State 43.740
Dunkel Line: Jackson State by 12 1/2
Vegas Line: Jackson State by 10
Dunkel Pick: Jackson State (-10)

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Play: Minnesota Timberwolves -14 

The Timberwolves will look to rebound off a tough home loss to Toronto on Sunday. Tonight they have a Solid 80% system direct from the database on their side. Home favorite of 10 or more with 1 day of rest, that scored 100 or more but lost and failed to cover by 7 or more points have come back to cover 80%, vs an opponent hat was at home in their last game, like the Bucks and were either a favorite or dog of less than 3. Minnesota is 4-1 ats at home vs the Bucks. Milwaukee is 0-4 to the spread on the road with no rest off a home game. With Minnesota 9-1 ats at home off a home straight up and ats loss of 7 or more points. We will back them here tonight.


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Houston vs. Oklahoma City
Pick: Oklahoma City

What a huge game this shapes up to be, particularly for the Thunder. They have lost B2B games, including a humiliating loss to the Lakers Sunday...

Meanwhile, the hard-charging Rockets have been the best team in the league since January 1st and have won five straight.  They just beat Miami, Indiana and Portland in the same week, but all of those games were at home.  Now they hit the road, which is where their last two losses have occurred. Since the start of last year, Houston is just 3-8 straight up Oklahoma City, including playoffs.

OKC has won both meetings this season by double digits.  This despite being without Russell Westbrook.  At home, I think they are a tremendous value in this price range.  Laying 3.5 to 6 points at home, the Thunder are 4-2 SU/ATS.  Houston is just 1-4 SU/ATS taking 3.5 to 6 points on the road.  Look for the Thunder to get back on track at home.

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Sacramento Kings vs. Detroit Pistons    
Play: Detroit Pistons -3½

Demarcus Cousins vs. Andre Drummond is about as physical a battle as you are going to get in the paint these days. Drummond is one of the league best rebounders and I think the rest of the supporting cast will back him more at home than Cousins’ crew of Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas. That is a fine trio but it is looking like more of a fairweather bunch. They are only .500 as road underdogs this season.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls    
Play: Chicago Bulls +5

The last time these teams got together, the Bulls stampeded the Spurs 96-86 on January 29th in San Antonio. I think they have another great shot at pulling off an outright upset today. Both teams come in with momentum. The Spurs look for their seventh straight win, most recently rolling to an extremely satsifying 111-87 victory over Miami on Thursday and then holding on for a 121-112 victory over Orlando on Saturday (note though that San Antonio is an amazingly poor 1-6 ATS in revenging a home loss vs. an opponent this year) . Chicago has won six of its last seven at home after beating the Heat on Sunday (note that Chicago is 3-1 ATS as a home dog in the 3.5 to 6 points range this year, and 18-14 ATS vs. good offensive teams which score 99 plus points per contest). Chicago is a bad “match-up” for a lot of teams, its aggressive defensive sets disrupted the Spurs in the first game and I expect San Antonio to once again have its hands full this evening against an equally as confident home side. It’s hard to imagine the Spurs not looking ahead to their game with the Blazers tomorrow night and while the outright win is obviously not out of the question, I’m going to suggest grabbing these points as this contest finishes a lot closer than what the oddsmakers would leave us to believe.

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Mavericks at Warriors
Pick: Under

These are a pair of Western Conference teams that like to run, but take a closer look: They’re playing defense, too. Dallas is fighting for its playoff life and is 4-0 under the total against teams with winning records. Golden State plays great defense, 10th in the NBA in points allowed, third in field goal shooting defense allowing 43% -- only Bulls and Pacers are better. Golden State is on an 8-2-1 run under the total. They gave up 107 points the last game in a win over Phoenix, but after they give up 100+ points, they’re 25-9 under the total that next game. And when these teams meet the under 4-0 last four meetings.

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Wisc Milwaukee at Wright State
Pick: Wright State

Let's cut right to the chase. Home is where the heart is for the Raiders in the Horizon League tourney and their backers are lovin' it, as Wright State is 8-0 SUATS on their home court in this event since 2005. On the flip side, Milwaukee enters off a pair if upset wins, the last as a 12-point dog over top-seed Green Bay. Not good news for the Panthers consider that teams who beat the #1 seed in a conference tourney as a double-digit dog are just 8-15 ATS in their next conference tourney tilt. Look for more of the same this evening. We recommend a 1-unit play on Wright State.

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Prairie View A&M PK 1st Half

These two teams are a combined 17-44 on the season, but I like Prairie View to get off to the good start in this game. Mississippi Valley State won both meetings this year 75-69 at home and 81-72 on the road but these two teams are very evenly matched. Its hard to beat a team three times in one season when the teams are pretty even and I like the Panthers to start this game strong. Play on PVAMU for the first half.

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Rangers / Hurricanes Under5.5

Tough loss last night in OT, but tonight we get that back plus some more. We have 3 plays going in the NHL, our biggest card of the year and we are looking for the sweep! All under plays and we found great value. The Rangers under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation and the under is 9-3-1 in Rangers last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. On the other side of the puck the Carolina Hurricanes Under is 3-0-1 in Hurricanes last 4 Tuesday games and Under is 5-1-1 in Hurricanes last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. We expect a defense battle tonight and for goals to be tough to come by.

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PENNSYLVANIA VS PRINCETON
PLAY: PRINCETON -14

The Ivy League doesn’t have a conference tournament. Therefore, unless Penn or Princeton has a shot to win the title in a particular year, the Brain Chain usually earns the very first NCAA invite, as was the case this season with Harvard first in line. The Ancient Eight also has the distinction of playing the final regular season game of the season. That takes place this evening as Penn visits Princeton.

The Tigers have some reasons to play this one as hard as they can tonight. First off, it’s revenge from the earlier loss at Penn, and make no mistake, Princeton does not want to get swept by its rival from Philadelphia. There’s also the chance to complete a 20-win campaign. Plus, there are three little dance post-season events, and Princeton has a good chance to stay in action if they get that 20th win this evening.

Penn is limping to the finish line, both literally and figuratively. This has been a really rough season for the Quakers. The roster attrition has been enormous, and I’m not sure there’s much left in the tank of those still standing. This team has not played good basketball at all down the stretch, and I get the sense they just want to get this nightmare over with.

Princeton had a disappointing Ivy League season, but they’re a pretty good basketball team. There’s more than enough incentive for them to play with purpose tonight. If they do so, I don’t see how Penn is in the game. I’ll side with Princeton as big chalk to get a lopsided win tonight.

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Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Pick: St. Louis Blues

A scary incident occurred last night in Dallas, as Stars forward Rich Peverly collapsed on the bench early during his team's game versus Columbus. He was rushed into the locker room and had to be fibrillated before sent off to the hospital. The game was postponed by the NHL, as both clubs were visibly shaken by the incident. Dallas team doctors announced Peverly was conscious and stable, (even asking how much time was left in the game) Coach Lindy Ruff said in the press conference, that none of the guys seem focused on playing a hockey game, nor did he feel like coaching one, even in regards to tonight's contest at St. Louis. Hockey teams are very close-knit groups, especially this Dallas Stars team. I watched the Stars/Wild game on Saturday, where Mike Modano's #9 jersey was retired, and you saw all of the old faces from the 21 seasons in which the Stars have been in town. They've said countless times how this is a very close family of a team. With that stated, it's easy to see how they are shaken and worried about their teammate, and now they have to fly out of town, and not just play anyone, but a hot and talented St. Louis team, who are on a 5-Game winning streak, outscoring opponents 18-10 in that span. I like the Blues to win in Regulation at -125.

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Celtics / Pacers Under 193.5

Indiana desperately needs a win and they've got a made to order opportunity to get one here.  And when the Pacers win they win with defense.  Boston is a middle of the pack offense and not a bad ATS team on the road but they've been horrible SU going 8-22.  They've also played a ton of UN games on the road--not surprising for a team that can't dictate tempo on anyone.  Celtics UN in 18 of 30 on the road, Indiana UN in 20 of 33 at home.  Previous meeting went OV but overall 2 of 3 head to head have gone UN as have the L4 meetings in Indiana and 7 of the L9 overall.  My score projection is for a final total in the low to mid 180's.

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Portland vs. Memphis    
Play: Under 198.5

I like this game to stay UNDER the Total tonight. For beginners, the UNDER is 7-1 the last 8 matchups between these two teams. Portland visited Memphis earlier this year on 1/28 and Memphis won easily 99-81, keeping the game UNDER the total of 198 by 18 points. Looking at the last 10 matchups between these two teams, this was the Highest posted total of those 10 meetings and it went UNDER easily. Looking closer at that game, the Grizzlies best on-ball defender Tony Allen did not play that game and he is healthy now. Looking at Portland, they are on a 8-1 UNDER run currently as they have buckled down on the defensive side of the ball holding opponents to 41.6% shooting from the floor over their last 5 games. With both teams battling for playoff positioning, I expect a playoff atmosphere with a lower scoring game. I especially expect for this game to slow down in the 4th quarter and this is where the game will end up going UNDER by 10-12 points as I am looking for a final score in the 96-91 range. Memphis still has the 3rd ranked defense in the NBA and considering the fact that Portland has started to play defense as well, this is a great set-up for an easy UNDER. The UNDER is 12-3-1 in Portland's last 16 games when playing on 1 days rest and Memphis is a team that seems to go UNDER when they play with 2 days of rest as they are 6-2 UNDER in this situation. Play on : Portland/ Memphis UNDER the TOTAL


Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Play: Oklahoma City Thunder -167

I like the Oklahoma City Thunder to bounce-back in stride tonight with a much needed WIN. We played on Oklahoma City in a similar situation a few weeks ago when they were a 5.5 point favorite against the Memphis Grizzlies. Oklahoma City had a commanding lead the whole game before Memphis made a miraculous run in the 4th to close the gap and the Thunder won by only 6 points. It was still a game that the Thunder were in control of and I feel like they will be in control of this game tonight also. The Thunder are 2-0 SU and ATS vs. the Rockets this season and as this is a playoff preview possibly, I look for Oklahoma City to push the season series lead to 3-0 SU and ATS. Oklahoma City punished Houston 117-86 on 12/29 as a 4.5 point favorite and Westbrook did not play in that game. They then traveled to Houston on 1/16 and won 104-92. Again, Westbrook was still injured but Durant put up 36 points and the Thunder held Houston to only 19 points in the second half to get the win. Oklahoma's City's offense is clicking on all cylinders right now as well as they are averaging 117 ppg over their last 5 games. Their last two losses have come in the second half of both games with collapses on the defensive side of the ball. I look at this game as one where the Thunder can regroup on their home court as I like the leadership of Durant to lead the team tonight. I like the addition of Caron Butler to this lineup as they have veterans with him and Fisher coming off the bench. Reggie Jackson is the NBA's best backup point guard as well in my opinion and then you have Jeremy Lamb that can also be instant offense off the bench. Let me remind you that Houston beat Oklahoma City in the playoffs last year (Westbrook was injured) and there is definitely a bad taste that has been left in the Thunder's mouth. Look for the Thunder to bounceback and get the WIN at HOME TONIGHT. Play on Oklahoma City on the Money Line


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Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies    
Play: Memphis Grizzlies -3½

I won with the Blazers last game. Despite losing in OT, they eked out a cover at Houston. Their previous game also resulted in a close loss. In that game (at Dallas) I'd successfully played against the Blazers.

Off those back-to-back difficult SU losses, I believe the Blazers may struggle here.

The well-rested Grizzlies, who are 8-4 ATS when playing with two day's rest, have won four of their last five games, covering five of their last six.

Going back a little further finds Memphis at 9-3 SU its last 12 games; all nine victories came by a minimum of five points.

The Grizzlies have also beaten the Blazers four straight times. This season's lone previous meeting resulted in a 17-point Memphis win, at Portland.

While the Blazers are now 3-6 ATS (1-8 SU!) their last nine against teams with a winning record, the Grizzlies are 7-2 ATS (6-3 SU) their last nine against winning teams. If the line stays at -4 or less, consider laying the points with Memphis.

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Wisc-Milwaukee +6

Milwaukee has had the tougher path the the Horizon League Championship Game, and it is surprising to see them as six point underdogs coming into this matchup. The Panthers have posted a 20-13 overall record on the season, and they have picked up a respectable 13 of those wins playing on the road or a neutral court. It is also worth noting that the Panthers have a 13-5 record against the spread when playing in road games this season.

Statistically the Panthers have a big offensive advantage. Wright State is averaging 67.5 points per game. They run a slow down offense averaging just 50 shot attempts per game. Meanwhile, Milwaukee comes into this matchup averaging 54 shot attempts per game. They have held opponents to just 69 points on the road when those opponents are averaging 56 shot attempts, so they should have no problem holding the Raiders to an even lower number in this game.

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Pennsylvania vs. Princeton    
Play: Pennsylvania +14

This Ivy League finale has the Princeton Tigers hosting the Quakers of Penn in what could be described as a revenge game, after Penn came away with a three-point victory on January 11 as a nine-point dog. However, the Quakers have a few situations in their favor as well.

Despite no doubt being targeted by Princeton in this clash, Penn has had a good deal of success, handicapping-wise, when they come to New Jersey, winning versus the line in 12 of their last 16 trips.

The Tigers have had no home court advantage over the past two years, managing to cover just five of their 19 games before friendly crowds. Not only that, they’ve had problems sustaining any momentum off double-digit wins, which is important for this game since they stopped Columbia by 10 on Saturday. In that situation, they’ve managed a weak 6-13 ATS mark.

Given the amount of points Princeton is giving, along with the drawbacks facing them in this game, it seems like the best course of action here is to go with the Quakers and the points, which is what we’ll do.

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Doug Upstone

Capitals vs. Penguins
Play: Over 5½

The Capitals and Penguins complete their home-and-home tonight in Pittsburgh. The Pens won in Washington last night 3-2. The Capitals didn't capitalize on many good opportunities and only came up with two goals. In all honesty, they outplayed the Pens but just didn't get the puck in the net enough. Both teams may enjoy more opportunities tonight with a bit of fatigue in the equation. Sidney Crosby is tuning up for the playoffs, having a goal and two assists last night. Play the over 5.5 on Tuesday Night.

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San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls
Prediction: San Antonio Spurs

Both San Antonio and Chicago come in red hot, with the Spurs winning six games in a row (and 9 of their last 10) while the Bulls have won 11 of their last 14 overall. We like the situation the Spurs are in, and with San Antonio being this high of a road favorite, we believe we're catching the linesmakers in a trap line.

Chicago upset San Antonio by ten points earlier this season (as a big 7.5-point road underdog) in a game that was decided by turnovers (19-7) and offensive rebounds (14-6). That sets up a decent revenge spot for the Spurs who don't normally fall at home - let alone by double-digits. They also catch Chicago in a pretty good "play-against" spot coming off that big win against Miami on Sunday. Spurs catch the Bulls flat and pull away late for the win and cover!

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Detroit at Columbus
Play: Detroit +115

Columbus travels home in what was supposed to be a back-to-back situation for them.  Instead the Blue Jackets played a little over six minutes in last night’s game at Dallas before a medical emergency was declared and the game postponed. Dallas forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench with an irregular heartbeat and was saved by doctors before heading to the hospital.  Both teams were visibly shaken and the NHL decided not to continue the game.  Columbus boarded their plane and headed home with no doubt heavy hearts and drained emotions.  Detroit has been waiting to redeem themselves after a 3-0 loss to the NY Rangers on Sunday afternoon.  Detroit has gone 3-3 since the Olympic break without their star forward Pavel Datsyuk.  The Red Wings and Blue Jackets are in a dog fight for the last Eastern Conference playoff spots and I expect nothing less than a full 60 minute effort from the road side.  One has to wonder if Columbus left their minds back in Dallas last night.  At a plus price it is easy for me to back the Red Wings in a spot where Columbus has to overcome some interesting circumstances in a short time period, and they might not be there mentally.  With Detroit already winning the first game between these two clubs earlier this season, I see no reason they won't make it two in a row tonight.

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