Hockey CrusherChicago Blackhawks (PICK) over Detroit Red Wings
2012 NFL PreSeason Record: 1-0, +1 Unit
This town won't appreciate Tony Romo until he's gone and the Cowboys are back playing with the Quincy Carters and Chad Hutchinsons of this world. Remember those days?
You don't appreciate a quality quarterback until you don't have one. Few teams have the good fortune of making the transition from a Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck as the Colts are prepared to do. When Romo is done, it may be 5-10-15 years before the Cowboys find another quarterback of his ability.
Michigan +2 over Northwestern
Barnsley + Birmingham City UNDER 2.5
This match is happening in England
THE GOLD SHEET
★★★New Orleans 93 - INDIANA 91—Indiana snapped an 8-game
pointspread losing streak against Charlotte on Sunday, but not sold on Pacer
problems being solved. Pacer PG Darren Collison has hit a shooting slump
(made just 4 of last 14 shots), F Danny Granger has been very inconsistent, and
Indy is just 1-7 against the number last 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Meanwhile, can’t help but notice New Orleans took a 3-game SU win streak into
Oklahoma City last night, recording victories in New York and Milwaukee and
beating Utah at home in that run. The Hornets are 6-1 SU and have covered last
4 against the Pacers, and although those wins came prior to Chris Paul and
David West leaving the team, there are signs the Hornets can continue the
trend. The re-awakening of C Chris Kaman has been a major boost, as he’s
averaged 17 ppg and 10.4 rpg since being “reactivated” 5 games ago. N.O. PG
Greivis Vasquez has also been a major contributor, as the 6-6 Venezuelan and
former Maryland Terrapin has scored 13 ppg & handed out 8.2 apg since being
made the starter earlier this month. 10-IND -3' 94-93 (191), NO -4' 108-96 (191)
★★★Detroit 94 - CLEVELAND 88—Detroit has turned its situation around,
winning 7 of last 10 SU (9-1 vs. the points) after starting the season 4-20 SU.
Return to health of G Ben Gordon helped the Piston cause, as did an uptick in
shooting efficiency of Rodney Stuckey (48% in February). Cleveland,
conversely, has dropped 3 of 4 since losing C Anderson Varejao to injury. Cav
rookie PG Kyrie Irving and vet F Antawn Jamison have combined for 40 ppg in
February, but Cleveland is shooting just 41% as a team this month. Cavs have
held an edge in the series, winning 14 of last 16 against the Pistons SU,
covering 12 of those games. However, LeBron James had a lot to do with most
of those wins, as both Piston victories have come since King James left town.
Detroit C Greg Monroe figures to have a big game against Cav replacement
pivot Semih Erden (not a great rebounder or offensive player...bad combo). 11-
Cle +5' 105-89 (188); 10-DET -5 102-92 (193), Det +1' 103-94 (195), CLE +4'
97-91 (197), Cle +6' 110-101 (212)
MIAMI 103 - Sacramento 82—Miami has emerged as the best team in the
league the last few weeks, as the Heat have won 9 of last 10 SU and covered
6 straight, punctuated by Sunday revenge romp past Magic. Miami has
developed a bit of a mean streak lately, covering 5 of last 6 laying 9 points or
more. Psychologically, this might be a soft spot for Miami, as the Heat are
coming that satisfying win vs. Orlando and they have a date with the revitalized
New York Knicks up next. An argument can also be made that Sacramento has
responded very positively to interim HC Keith Smart, as formerly troubled C
DeMarcus Cousins has straightened up and averaged 20 & 12 in his last 10
games. However, Miami’s 13.5 ppg win margin the last 10 games is due to the
Heat holding foes to just 89 ppg & 39.9% shooting. Sacramento has lost last 5
SU and yielded 105 ppg while shooting just 41.7% as a team. Meanwhile, Miami
is getting important contributions from PG Mario Chalmers (47% on 3-pointers)
to supplement all-star level production of LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh. 10-
Mia -9' 104-83 (194), MIA -13 117-97 (206)
MEMPHIS 97 - Philadelphia 88—Memphis failed us miserably over the
weekend, blowing big leads against both Denver and Golden State to eke out a
pair of 1-point wins due to massive defensive lapses. The Grizzlies had been
covering at a 60% clip at the FedEx Forum the last 1+ seasons, but are now just
8-8 against the points at home this season. However, Philadelphia showing that
loss of C Spencer Hawes has been even more of a factor than originally
anticipated. The Sixers are 12-2 SU with Hawes in the lineup and just 8-10
without him. Doug Collins’ Philly side has been in a nosedive against the points,
dropping 6 of last 7, as Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala have seen their
shooting efficiency drop. Sixers scoring just 89 ppg & rank as one of the worstshooting
teams in the league over the last 10 games. Memphis C Marc Gasol
should take advantage of Sixer rookie replacement pivots Lavoy Allen & Nikola
Vucevic, and Grizzly HC Lionel Hollins will find a way to hold on to the lead. 10-
Mem +3' 99-94 (195), MEM -3' 102-91 (191)
PORTLAND 97 - San Antonio 90—Injury reports very different for these
teams, as Portland regained services of all-star power forward LaMarcus
Aldridge over the weekend while San Antonio has probably lost G Manu Ginobili
for at least a few games due to a strained oblique. Both teams are coming off
games last night, Spurs in Utah and Blazers at the Lakers, but neither has
exhibited strong pointspread trends when unrested. The Rose Garden has
been a tough place to play for Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio side, as the Spurs
are 0-6 SU last 6 trips in, and they’ve dropped 7 of the last 8 against the number
in Portland. Depleted San Antonio started 6-0 SU on their “rodeo road trip” prior
to facing Utah, but this might be the toughest stop of the trip. 11-SAN -1' 99-83
(195); 10-SAN -7' 95-78 (193), POR +5 99-86 (189), POR -4' 98-96 (192), Por
+3 100-92 (191) continued on next page
★★★NCAA KEY RELEASES★★★
★★★OHIO ST. 74 - Illinois 46—It’s been agonizing for members of the
rather closely-knit NCAA coaching community to watch Illinois’ Bruce Weber
commit virtual “coaching suicide” with a seemingly unending stream of curious
and self-damaging comments, including, “The sad thing about the whole thing,
I guess, is it’s my fault. Instead of creating toughness and developing a team,
I coached not to lose all year. It’s sad, to be honest, but it is what it is.” The
depression of a string of 8 losses in 9 games got even worse with Illinois’
Saturday 80-57 loss at offensively-limited Nebraska, and the war drums
continue to beat louder for Weber’s scalp in Champaign-Urbana. Now, the Illini
catch vastly superior Ohio State coming off a stinging 56-51 loss at rival
Michigan, during which the Buckeyes didn’t play intelligently, waiting way too
long to pound the ball into star Jared Sullinger in the post. On the bright side for
OSU, often under-utilized F Deshaun Thomas demonstrated his upward
potential with 25 points at Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes 5-2 vs. the number at home
in Big Ten play. 11-ILL +8' 79-74; 10-Osu -3' 73-68, OSU -10' 89-70 TV—ESPN
Straight Up: 9-2 (.818)
ATS: 5-5 (.500)
ATS Vary Units: 14-14 (.500)
Over/Under: 10-1 (.909)
Over/Under Vary Units: 19-0 (1.000)
Straight Up: 301-156 (.659)
ATS: 246-229 (.518)
ATS Vary Units: 670-607 (.525)
Over/Under: 235-237 (.498)
Over/Under Vary Units: 508-552 (.479)
CHICAGO 92, Atlanta 82
NEW YORK 103, New Jersey 91
OKLAHOMA CITY 102, New Orleans 87
Orlando 89, MILWAUKEE 88
DALLAS 92, Boston 81
HOUSTON 99, Memphis 94
DENVER 108, Minnesota 99
PHOENIX 106, Washington 94
San Antonio 101, UTAH 95
L.A. Clippers 102, GOLDEN STATE 101
L.A. LAKERS 92, Portland 88
Straight Up: 3283-1031 (.761)
ATS: 1381-1507 (.478)
ATS Vary Units: 4031-4652 (.464)
Over/Under: 1430-1456 (.495)
Over/Under Vary Units: 1702-1711 (.499)
America East Conference
Stony Brook 62, HARTFORD 52
Vermont 73, BINGHAMTON 48
Atlantic 10 Conference
MASSACHUSETTS 75, Xavier 74
Atlantic Coast Conference
Clemson 61, GEORGIA TECH 56
Miami (Fla.) 71, MARYLAND 69
North Carolina 79, NC STATE 70
Virginia 56, VIRGINIA TECH 52
Big 12 Conference
MISSOURI 74, Kansas State 64
Big East Conference
Georgetown vs. SETON HALL: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Big Ten Conference
Michigan 64, NORTHWESTERN 62
OHIO STATE 72, Illinois 53
BUTLER 67, Uic 50
GREEN BAY 61, Cleveland State 60
VALPARAISO 66, Loyola (Chicago) 50
Kent State 68, MIAMI (OHIO) 63
Missouri Valley Conference
CREIGHTON 79, Evansville 69
Mountain West Conference
New Mexico 70, COLORADO STATE 60
FLORIDA 74, Auburn 56
Kentucky 75, MISSISSIPPI STATE 62
UNC GREENSBORO 71, Wofford 70
Season: 285-210 (.576)
BUFFALO 3, N.Y. Islanders 2
New Jersey vs. TORONTO: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
PITTSBURGH 3, N.Y. Rangers 2
San Jose vs. COLUMBUS: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Philadelphia vs. WINNIPEG: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
MONTREAL 3, Dallas 2
Anaheim vs. TAMPA BAY: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Vancouver vs. NASHVILLE: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Detroit vs. CHICAGO: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
CALGARY 3, Edmonton 2
PHOENIX 2, Los Angeles 1
-- Devils won their last five road games.
-- Pittsburgh won six of its last seven home games. Rangers won four of their last five road games.
-- Islanders won six of their last eight road games.
-- Winnipeg won its last three games, outscoring foes 13-6.
-- Ducks won four of their last five games. Tampa Bay won six of its last nine home games.
-- Nashville won seven of its last eight home games. Canucks won six of their last seven road games.
-- Detroit won its last six games, allowing 10 goals (all at home). Blackhawks won their last three games, allowing four goals.
-- Flames won three of their last four games.
-- Coyotes won their last five home games.
-- Toronto lost five of its last six games.
-- Sabres lost four of their last five games.
-- Philadelphia lost six of its last eight games.
-- Sharks lost eight of their last nine road games. Blue Jackets lost three of their last four games.
-- Montreal lost five of its last seven home games. Dallas Stars lost five of their last six games overall.
-- Edmonton lost five of its last six games.
-- Kings lost four of last five games, last two by 1-0 scores.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in last six New Jersey games.
-- Four of last five Pittsburgh games went over the total.
-- Last three Islander games went over the total.
-- Flyers' last eight games all went over the total.
-- Seven of last ten San Jose games went over the total.
-- 11 of last 13 Anaheim road games stayed under the total.
-- Three of last four Montreal games went over the total.
-- Over is 3-0-1 in Vancouver's last four road games.
-- Four of last five Detroit games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 3-1-1 in last five Calgary home games. Seven of Edmonton's last eight games went over.
-- 10 of last 11 Los Angeles games stayed under the total.
-- Devils won three of their last four games against Toronto.
-- Rangers won four of their last five games against Pittsburgh.
-- Islanders won six of their last eight games against Buffalo.
-- Jets won six in row, 10 of last 11 games against Philadelphia.
-- Sharks won last four games with Columbus, outscoring them 13-4.
-- Ducks won their last three games against Tampa Bay.
-- Home side won four of last five Dallas-Montreal games.
-- Canucks won seven of last ten games against Nashville.
-- Red Wings won three of last four games against Chicago.
-- Flames won nine in row, 16 of last 17 games against Edmonton.
-- Kings won five of last seven games against Phoenix.
-- Islanders are 3-1 on the road if they played day/night before.