Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL Pick: Vancouver -135 odds (March 28th 2015)
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Both the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks have been hot of late, but both clubs are also looking to bounce back from a loss their last time out. Dallas was in action as early as last night though while the Nucks have had one more day of rest. At the end of a long season that could be a huge factor, and I like the price we get on the hosts in this match-up.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Situational/Motivational – The Stars looked like they might would be able to make one last push for the playoffs, but last night’s shutout loss on the road against the lowly Edmonton Oilers will have killed their spirit completely though. Vancouver on the other hand should have all the motivation in the world as although it’s sitting second in the Pacific Division, a playoff berth is far from guaranteed just yet.
2. Dallas Goaltending Situation – Kari Lehtonen has allowed 10 goals over his last three games and tended the net last night in Edmonton. He’s 2-2-1 behind a 3.99 GAA over five appearances on back-to-back days on the season and that could open up for back-up Jhonas Enroth who is 1-5-0 behind a 3.26 GAA in the Stars jersey since coming over from the Sabres.
3. X-Factor – The Stars are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. Do you think the Nucks are happy about this? My guess would be NO, and this should prove a good spot as any to end that streak against a demoralized Stars team.
Selection: This is a play on the Vancouver Canucks
New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -16.5 (March 28th 2015)
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Ryan went 2-1 ATS Friday w/winners on Gonzaga + Louisville, + losing with Oklahoma. He is 20-10 ATS in all Tournament action w/his 25* Top Rated Titans. This 1 is backed by a ton of research featuring several matchup situations w/ 1 a perfect 100% ATS winner. Plus, you get a 10* Total/Parlay play.
10* graded play on the Chicago Bulls as they host the New York Knicks in NBA action set to start at 8:00 PM ET. The simulator shows a high probability that the Bulls will win this game by at least 18 points. Knicks have absolutely nothing to play for and the Bulls are competing for the best ranked playoff position. Knicks have lost 6 straight and have not shot over 41% in any of them. In three of the last four games they allowed at least 52% shooting. Bulls have a very friendly schedule to end the season playing 7 of 8 games against losing record teams. The only winning record one is a showdown at Cleveland April 5. The following game situations match the SIM projections and my compiled research for the outcome of this game. Bulls are a solid 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) when they allow 87 to 92 points in a game over the last 2 seasons. Knicks are just 36-52 ATS (-21.2 Units) competing against good offensive teams scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons. Lay the points and take the Bulls.
NC State vs. Louisville
Tournament Betting Pick: NC State +3 (March 27th 2015)
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack take on the Louisville Cardinals in the East Regional Semi Finals tonight at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. These teams are both members of the ACC now. NC State beat Louisville 74 -65 on Valentine’s Day in conference action. The winner will meet the Michigan State/Oklahoma winner on Sunday.
NC State snuck past LSU by one as a two point favorite in the round of 64. Then, they held number one seeded Villanova to 31 percent shooting and took the victory by three points as a 10 point underdog. Trevor Lacy and Cat Barber have been leading the charge for the Wolfpack, but, everyone has contributed as four of the five starters scored in double figures against the Wildcats. They will need their two young forwards to step up like they did in their last game to rebound with Louisville and play solid interior defense.
The Cardinals have become a staple of the Sweet 16 as this will be their fourth straight trip here. They just did get past UC Irvine in their round of 64 game. Then they blasted number five seed Northern Iowa in the second game to advance. They have been led by SR F/G Wayne Blackshear and Soph G Terry Rozier, who had a game high 25 points to go along with seven assists against N. Iowa, not to mention the fact Fr. PG Quentin Snider has become more comfortable after replacing senior guard Chris Jones who was booted from the team.
The coaching edge here has to go to Rick Pitino as he has an 11-1 record in the Sweet 16. NC State has been a hot team and seems to have put things together at the right time. This should be a hard fought and tough game. I don’t think either team will give much to the other, they are now conference foes and the Cardinals have a little revenge factor since they lost to NC State earlier, but the biggest motivator here is to get to the Elite 8. Louisville has covered just 3 of their last ten games and I see this game coming down to the wire. Neither team shoots free throws particularly well. I’m taking the points in what should be a game that comes right down to the wire.
Free Play on NC State +3
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