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College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor Odds: January 22nd 2011

Oklahoma State vs. Baylor
Pick: Baylor -6 -110 odds – January 22nd 2010
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Off back-to-back straight up losses to Iowa State and Kansas, Baylor will be well prepared for this Big 12 war. Before Monday’s loss to the Jayhawks inside the Ferrell Center, the Bears had won 15 straight in Waco. It’s time to start a new streak.

Even though BU owns a dismal 7-24 SU in this series against Oklahoma State dating back to 1992, the Bears have dominated the Cowboys in their last four visits posting a solid 4-0 SU (2-2 ATS) record. Baylor has been tough at the Ferrell Center too checking in off two or more straight up losses posting a strong 29-15-2 ATS mark including a stunning 25-7-1 ATS facing a foe that sports a won/loss percentage less than .785!

After suffering a pair of losses of its own, Oklahoma State rebounded with a home win over Iowa State in overtime on Wednesday night. Don’t be surprised when the Cowboys revert back to their losing ways here. Surprisingly, as an underdog taking the floor without revenge of any kind, OSU has struggled something fierce notching an ugly 22-48-1 ATS record including a shocking 12-32-1 ATS in this role checking in with momentum off a straight up win. With those two parameters applied and State facing an opponent that carries a won/loss percentage of .800 or less, this team trend crashes to a woeful 3-19 ATS!

There is a rare college system that supports head coach Scott Drew’s troops here too. Since the 1990-91 season, conference home favorites holding a won/loss percentage greater than .620 are a nearly perfect 15-2 ATS provided they failed to cover as a home dog last, a road dog two games back and enter this contest off a blowout loss of 10 points or more. It should be noted that favs priced at -6′ or less in this role are a perfect 9-0 SU and ATS!

Defensively, BU is ranked second in rebounding (29.2), third in scoring (60.9) and fifth in field-goal percentage (47.6). Off a 15-point loss to the Cyclones and 20-point home loss to the Jayhawks, the Bears will come out of hibernation here and get the job done. Take Baylor. Thank you and best of luck, Tom Stryker.

NBA Picks for January 21st 2011: Include The Lakers And Spurs In Your Friday NBA Bets

NBA Picks: January 21st 2011
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Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -1
With a 1-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS mark in its last five games against Denver which includes a 118-12 road loss to the Nuggets back on November 11th, Los Angeles will be primed for a little payback on Friday night. Surprisingly, head coach Phil Jackson’s troops have dropped two of their last three to the Clippers and Mavs and they’ll be looking to get back on the winning track here. There is a strong team trend that favors LA in this contest. As a guest running the floor with same season revenge, LA is a respectable 114-88 ATS dating back to the 1990-91 season including a decent 60-42 ATS in this set checking in off a straight up loss. Equally impressive, off a poor defensive effort in which the Lakers allowed 100 or more points in their last game, Kobe Bryant and Company have responded by posting a respectable 51-35 ATS record in their next battle including a stellar 32-14 ATS in this role matched up against an opponent that checks in off a straight up win. Denver has been on fire at home lately. That fact is noted. However, this isn’t the best spot for the Nuggets. In its last 30 inside the Pepsi Center facing a foe that enters off a straight up loss, Denver has struggled something fierce posting a woeful 7-22-1 ATS record. Even worse, off a straight up win and matched up against a Pacific Division opponent, the Nuggets have put together a disturbing 4-13-2 ATS mark. The Lakers have lost three straight in Nuggets country and five of their last seven against Denver overall. That’s not good enough for Coach Jackson and certainly not acceptable to a competitor like Kobe. Take Los Angeles. Thank you and best of luck, Tom Stryker.

Pick: San Antonio Spurs -8
New York is 22-19 straight up this year. The Knicks are 3-8-1 ATS their last 12 games vs. NBA Southwest teams. New York is 2-5 ATS when playing with one day of rest. The Knicks are 1-5 ATS their last 6 games of a straight up loss. New York is 2-5 ATS their last 7 meetings in San Antonio. The Spurs are 15-5-1 ATS their last 21 home games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Spurs are 6-1 ATS their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning record. San Antonio is 10-3 ATS their last 13 games as home favorites of 5.0 to 10.5 points. The Spurs are 6-2 ATS when playing with one day of rest. PLAY ON SAN ANTONIO -Tom Freese

NHL Picks: Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames Odds: January 21st 2011

Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames
NHL Pick: Calgary Flames -115 odds – January 21st 2011
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Really like the Flames tonight playing at home coming off a BLOWOUT loss last game out 6-0. Iginla will have the troops motivated trust me on this one. He’s collected three goals and four assists in his last six games. Last time these 2 teams played the Flames won posting a 3-2 shootout victory on the road on Dec. 23. Dallas comes into this one off a win last night in Edmonton so they’re legs won’t be at 100%. Calgary’s will, they aren’t playing on back to back nights. CAL are 10-4 in their last 14 Fri. games. While its true the Stars aren’t doing anything spectacular to win on the road except playing good, simple road hockey, getting good goaltending and making the most of their scoring chances it won’t be enough tonight. The line is great for this one. Calgary is the favorite for a reason folks. Jump on it with my Free Friday NHL play.

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NCAA Basketball Picks for January 20th 2011

NCAA Basketball Picks: January 20th 2011
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Pick: South Alabama +1.5
On Thursday the Free NCAAB Play is on South Alabama. Game 522 at 8:05 eastern. South Bama is 6-2 at home this season and 1-5 straight up as a home dog of 3 or less. Long term they are 26-6 vs teams with a losing record, including 5-2 this season. They are coming off a home favored loss as a 10 point favorite vs LA. Monroe. They will look to bounce back vs a Western Kentucky that is in a downward spiral having lost their last 6 games. WKU is 1-5 ats this year vs losing teams and 1-6 straight up and against the spread off 3 ats losses. Look for South Alabama to win this one as a small dog here. On Thursday its 3 Game Power pack that includes the NBA TV Game of the Month from a 100% subset a rare Overtime related system side and a 28-4 Triple Angle Dominator in college hoops. All plays 8-2 the last 4 days. For the free Play take South Alabama. -Rob Vinciletti

Pick: California +6.5
UCLA is getting a little too much respect from odds makers tonight against a Cal team that will be out for blood after an embarrassing loss to Washington. If there is one coach who can’t be overlooked on the road, it’s Mike Montgomery. In fact, his teams are 62-41 ATS in lined road games since 1997. UCLA is often overvalued at home, and that is certainly the case tonight. Consider that the Bruins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a home favorite of 6.5 or fewer points. They are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite overall. The Golden Bears are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. the Pac-10 and the road team is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Take the points.

Pick: Washington -9
5* graded play on Washington as they take on Arizona in PAC-10 action set to start at 10:30 PM ET. My proprietary sports handicapping database and simulator shows a high probability that Washington will blow out Arizona and win this game by a minimum of 10 points. These are the two top teams in the PAC-10 with Washington holding a 1/2 game lead over Arizona in the conference standings. Washington has been incredible in home games scoring 97.5 points per game and posting a perfect 9-0 record. One of the nation’s top-scoring squads, Washington averages a league-high 87.1 points with Arizona second at 77.7 per contest. The Wildcats lead the conference shooting 48.7 percent while the Huskies are second at 48.6. Washington’s 40.4 percent shooting from 3-point range leads the league with Arizona right behind at 38.9. They also boast two of the Pac-10’s top three scorers in Arizona’s Derrick Williams and Washington’s Isaiah Thomas. Arizona’s biggest problem is that they depend on Williams in every game as he is the only player in double figures and to ask him to dominate this road test in Seattle is just too much for him to overcome. Washington ranks second nationally in offensive scoring at 87.1 points per game. The scoring is done not just by fast break points either as they rank 16th recording 17.9 assists per game. This reflects that the entire offense has confidence in each other and will look for the best available shot. Take Washington. -John Ryan

NBA Picks for January 20th 2011: Wager On The Bulls And The Over Thursday Night

NBA Picks: January 20th 2011
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Pick: Chicago Bulls -3
The Mavericks snapped their losing streak last night. They’re a talented team and with Nowitski back in the lineup, they’re bound to return to their winning ways. That doesn’t mean that they’ll win again tonight though. While the Mavs are off a hard-fought (and badly needed) victory over the Lakers, the Bulls had last night off. That gives them both the schedule and the venue in their favor. Even with a 1-point loss (83-82) in their last game, the Bulls are still 12-5 their last 17 games; four of those five losses coming on the road. Note that they’re also 11-6-2 ATS the past few seasons, after scoring 85 or fewer points in their previous game. The Bulls have already beaten the likes of both the Celtics and Heat on this floor, in 2011. The Bulls also already won at Dallas earlier this season. Including that result, the Mavs are 9-18 ATS their last 27 against teams from the Central. During that stretch, the Bulls were 17-7-1 ATS against teams from the Southwest. With the Mavs playing their fifth game in the past seven nights, consider laying the small number with the home team. -Ben Burns

Pick: Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks Over 185
There is clearly some nice value here tonight with the OVER in the Dallas Mavericks versus Chicago Bulls showdown Thursday. Dallas has only played 5 games all season with a total set of 185 points or less. The OVER is 4-1 in those five games. Chicago has played in four games with a total of 185 or less, where the OVER is 2-2 in those contests. Considering The Mavericks are averaging 97.1 PPG on the road and the Bulls are scoring 100.3 PPG at home this season, you can see why there is some decent value in this play Thursday. Dallas is 15-3 to the OVER when the total is between 180 and 189.5 points over the last 2 seasons. I’m seeing an average of 196.3 PPG on average in this spot. Chicago is 23-9 to the OVER off a upset loss as a favorite over the last 3 seasons. The Bulls and their opponents are combining to score 206.3 PPG in this situation. The OVER is 9-2 in Mavericks last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The OVER is 15-7 in Dallas’ last 22 games overall. Chicago is 4-1 to the OVER in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with the OVER in this contest Thursday. -Jack Jones

NHL Picks: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds: January 20th 2011

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Pick: Los Angeles Kings -140 odds – January 20th 2011
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This is the first game of a home-and-home series between the Coyotes (23-15-9) and the Kings (24-21-1). Three of Los Angeles’ next four games are at home before the team sets out on a 10-game road trip. Both clubs lost consecutive games on Monday and Tuesday and each team is having trouble scoring goals. Phoenix has won the first 2 meetings between the 2 teams so far, most recently winning 6-3 at home on Dec. 29. While it is true that LA has been struggling of late I like their home record, as they are one of those teams that are tough to beat on home ice. (15-8-1). Jonathan Quick will get a chance to redeem himself after that last game where a game-winning goal trickled past him vs. St. Louis. Until the late gaffe, Quick was having one of his strongest games of the last month or so, and coach Terry Murray said he will give Quick a chance to build off that. The Coyotes will be without defenseman Ed Jovanovski and Vernon Fiddler. I like LA in a close game here and one area which the Coyotes are not to good is in games that go past regulation. Phoenix has won just two of the 11 games that were tied after 60 minutes this season. Bet on LA, and Jonathan Quick getting the victory Thursday night.

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NCAA Basketball Betting Weekend Preview: January 20th 2011

NCAA Basketball Betting Weekend Preview: January 20th 2011
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The 2010/2011 NCAA basketball betting season is in full swing with a number of exciting conference matchups on the schedule over the next few days. The following is a brief preview of the best games on-tap this weekend in college hoops.

There are no ranked teams in action on Friday night, but on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (ET) the Butler Bulldogs play host to the Green Bay Phoenix at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in an interesting matchup of two of the better teams in the Horizon Conference. The Bulldogs come in at 13-6 overall and 5-2 in the Horizon, while the Phoenix are 10-9 and 4-3 in the conference.

There are a couple of huge conference clashes on Saturday’s schedule led by No.1 Ohio State taking on No. 22 Illinois in Big 10 showdown at Assembly Hall in Champaign. The Buckeyes are coming off a 70-48 romp over Iowa on Wednesday night that took their record to 19-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Fighting Illini ended a two-game skid with a big 71-62 victory over Michigan State this past Tuesday. They are now 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the Big 10. The game tips-off at 12 p.m. (ET) and is the first part of a CBS doubleheader.

The second game on CBS pits No. 11 Texas at No. 2 Kansas in a 4 p.m. start. The Longhorns made a statement on Wednesday night by dismantling No. 10 Texas A&M 81-60 to move to 15-3 on the year and to 3-0 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks remained perfect with an 85-65 romp over Baylor this past Monday to run their record to 18-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

Two of the best teams in the Big East that are both coming off tough losses this past Monday will square-off at 12 p.m. on ESPN when No. 7 Villanova pays a visit to the Carrier Dome to take on No. 3 Syracuse. The Wildcats dropped to 16-2 on the season and 4-1 in the conference after losing to No. 8 Connecticut 61-59, while the Orange (18-1, 5-1) were on the wrong end of a 74-66 decision to No. 4 Pitt.

The first of two other matchups between ranked opponents has No. 24 Kansas State trying to pin another loss on Texas A&M while coming off a tough loss itself. The Wildcats lost to No. 14 Missouri 75-59 this past Monday to fall to 13-6 overall and to 1-3 in the Big 12. The Aggies are now 16-2 and 3-1 in the conference after Wednesday’s loss to Texas.

The second game takes us back to the Big 10 with No. 18 Michigan State taking on No. 13 Purdue at Mackey Arena in Lafayette in a 9 p.m. (ET) start. The Spartans fell to 12-6 and 4-2 in the conference with their loss to Illinois, while the Boilermakers are now 16-3 and 5-1 in the Big 10 after a thrilling 63-62 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Sunday’s schedule only has one ranked school in action with the No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers traveling to the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston for a Big 10 matchup against Northwestern. The Badgers were 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference heading into tonight’s game against Indiana, while the Wildcats are coming off a Tuesday night 74-60 win over Michigan that moved them to 12-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big 10.

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College Basketball Picks for January 20th 2011: Wager On The Arizona Teams Thursday

College Basketball Picks: January 20th 2011
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Pick: Northern Arizona -7.5
Free Play from Doc’s Sports. #577 Take Northern Arizona over Eastern Washington (10 pm) Both teams are under .500 during Big Sky play but the visitor has shown me more thus far and I expect them to take down the Eagles tonight at Reese Court. The Lumberjacks return a wealth of experience led by Cameron Jones, as he is averaging close to twenty points per game. NAU beat EWU twice last season and this year they have much better talent. This is a must win game for them if they want to make some noise in the Big Sky Conference this season. The Lumberjacks are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games against teams with a winning home record. The Eagles are 3-9 in their last 12 home games against teams with a losing road record. Both trends hold true and we collect big in the process. Doc’s Sports has picked up +40 units over the last seven days and this weekend will feature a strong 6-unit play on Sunday. Get all of our action now and let 39 years of experience work for you. -Doc’s Sports

Pick: Arizona +9
I’m taking the points with Arizona on Thursday night. Arizona is 15-3 SU, 3-1 in true road games and 5-2 ATS its last seven road games. The Wildcats have covered the last four meetings with Washington and seven of the last eight. Their only losses this season were at Oregon State and against BYU and Kansas on neutral courts. Arizona is coming off home wins over California, Stanford and Arizona State. The undisputed star of the team is forward Derrick Williams who is averaging 19.7 per game while averaging 7.3 rebounds and shooting an astounding 65.8 percent from the field and making 17 of 24 3-point shots. In the game against Arizona State, Williams made more free throws (15) than the entire Sun Devil team (13). Washington is 13-4 with losses against Michigan State and Kentucky in the Maui Invitational, at Texas A&M and at Stanford. The Huskies are the favorites to win the Pac-10 but this line appears to be inflated against a strong Arizona squad. Guard Isaiah Thomas averages 16.5 points and 5.4 assists per game, followed by forward Matt Bryan-Amaning with 15.2 points along with 7.7 rebounds and forward Justin Holiday, who scores 12.4 points per contest. The Wildcats are on an 8-0 ATS run after failing to cover at least four straight games. The Wildcats should keep this one close and I’m taking the valuable points with Arizona on Thursday. Thanks! GL! Scott Spreitzer

Penn State vs. Purdue Pick & Odds: NCAA Basketball Betting: January 19th 2011

Penn State vs. Purdue
Pick: Penn State +13 -110 odds – January 19th 2011
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Beating a team twice in the same season is very difficult. After losing to Purdue at home 83-68, I fully expect Penn State to be out for revenge tonight when they travel to face the Boilermakers this time around. Since that loss to Purdue, the Nittany Lions have rallied around each other and have put together three straight solid performances. The Nittany Lions have knocked off two ranked opponents and taken the nation’s No. 1 team to the wire since then. They beat Michigan State and Illinois at home followed by a slim 3-point road loss at Ohio State.

Head coach Ed DeChellis brought back 4 starters this season and that experience is really paying off. They are getting contributions from everywhere, and not just from Talor Battle. The Nittany Lions shot a season-best 55.6 percent in Columbus, but that number was even more surprising considering Battle’s struggles. The Big Ten’s leading scorer made 5 of 17 shots, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range. Purdue is in an ideal letdown spot here having already beaten Penn State earlier this season, plus ESPN’s College Game Day is coming to their campus this Saturday for the first time ever when they host Michigan State. Players will certainly be looking ahead to that big game. Penn State is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 as a road underdog, and 8-0 ATS in road games after 4 straight games committing 14 or less turnovers over the last 2 seasons. Take Penn State Wednesday.

College Basketball Picks: Florida State vs. Miami Florida Odds: January 19th 2011

Florida State vs. Miami Florida
College Basketball Pick: Miami -1.5 -110 odds – January 19th 2011
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This is a good time to fade Florida St. A week ago tonight, the Seminoles upset then undefeated and number one Duke and followed that up with a blowout win over an overmatched NC State team. Now they hit the road for the first time since where they are 4-2 on the season including losses in their last two. One of those losses came in the ACC at Virginia Tech and now they head to Miami to face the Hurricanes which will be out for revenge after last season’s home finale defeat by a point.

Miami is just 1-2 in the ACC with losses coming at Duke and at Clemson and the lone win coming last time out over Boston College by a point. The Hurricanes are a perfect 9-0 at home and over the last four seasons the Hurricanes have compiled a 46-10 record at home. The Hurricanes are ranked 32nd in the latest NCAA Men’s Basketball RPI rankings released on Jan. 17, the third-highest ranked squad in the ACC, behind Duke at 10th and North Carolina at 25th.

Florida St. is known for its tough defense but the Hurricanes are deep and they have the athletes that can negate that edge. Miami is the only team to have two scorers among the ACC’s top 10 and three scorers among the ACC’s top 20 in Malcolm Grant (15.0 ppg, 8th), Durand Scott (14.2 ppg, 9th) and Reggie Johnson (12.1 ppg, 20th). Miami also has a big advantage at the free throw line both overall and in home/road splits and with a line this small, that can make or break the cover.

An mentioned, this is a revenge game for Miami and it is actually a triple-revenge situation and the line is right knowing it is 6-0 ATS in its last six games with a line set between +3 and -3. Florida St. meanwhile is 4-13 ATS against teams with a winning percentage between .600 and .800 and it is also 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games after playing a game as a home favorite. 3* Miami Hurricanes