Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Pick: Toronto +2 (March 25th 2017)
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The Raptors are surviving just fine without PG Kyle Lowry (22.8-4.8-6.9). They enter Saturday’s game in Dallas on a four-game winning streak and are now 10-5 since Lowry was sidelined with a wrist injury. DeMar DeRozan (27.2-5.4-3.8) has back-to-back 40-point games, including exactly 40 when the Raptors rallied from 15 points down to beat Miami 101-84 on Thursday. More good news for tonight is that power forward Serge Ibaka will return to the lineup Saturday following a one-game suspension for a fight with Chicago’s Robin Lopez on Tuesday. Ibaka has averaged 14.4 & 6.45 in 14 games with Toronto, since being acquired from the Magic.
The Mavs’ playoff hopes are fading, as they are currently 3 1/2 games out of the West’s final playoff spot. They are halfway through a tough four-game homestand in which they ahve already played the Warruors and Clippers (1-1) and still have the Raptors and Thunder. After wrapping against OKC on Monday, Dallas is headed out on a five-game road trip. It seems as if head coach Rick Carlisle is staring to transition into more of a experimentation mode. Nerlens Noel had eight points and 12 rebounds on Thursday, making a rare start. The former 76er just may be stating a case though, as he’s averaged 13.8 points on 63.4 percent shooting and 8.9 rebounds in nine starts this season between Philadelphia and Dallas.
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Toronto has opened a sizeable lead over the fifth-seed in the East (six games) and now takes aim at Washington, the No. 3 seed. A Toronto win and a Washington loss (Wizards are at Cleveland) and the two teams would be tied at 44-29! That’s the play. Take Toronto.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trailblazers
NBA Prediction: Wolves +7 (March 25th 2017)
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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach is RANKED as a TOP CAPPER in 2017 with $38,620 YTD premium pick profit. Friday: HUGE 7-2 with all picks including CBB Game of the Year WINNER on Kentucky! Saturday: 2 NBA/2 CBB/2 NHL/2 Free. Current Runs: 74-43 all NBA; Premiums: 215-171 +$40,170 all sports; 93-71 CBB; 75-62 +$21,020 NHL. Here is a Free Pick in the NBA for LATE Saturday:
Free Pick – Rickenbach NBA Saturday Minnesota Timberwolves (+) @ Portland Trail Blazers @ 10:05 ET – Of course with Minny off of an OT loss last night and then having to travel to Portland for this game, the whole world will likely line up on the Trail Blazers here. However, keep in mind, the Timberwolves had 2 days off before facing Los Angeles and they have 2 days off after facing Portland. The point is that they’ve still got some energy in the tank and they’ve got no reason to be worried about expending it either as they don’t play again until Tuesday. While the Blazers are playing with the pressure of still having a shot a playoff spot the T-wolves have no such pressure and can play loose and relaxed in this game.
The points being offered here are significant for two reasons. One is that the road team has covered each of the last four meetings between these teams. The other is the fact that all 4 of those games were decided by 6 points or less! The Timberwolves are 4-2 ATS their last 6 back to back situations and one of the two ATS losses was a game decided by 7 points. Look for the T-wolves to keep this one much closer than many are expecting as Portland drops to 5-8 ATS this season when off of a win by 10 points or more. Free Pick on MINNESOTA late Saturday night. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (March 24th 2017)
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The set-up: The 29-32-11 Detroit Red Wings will very soon officially have their 25-year postseason streak end soon. The Red Wings are 13 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have only 10 games left. They will host the 35-29-9 Tampa Bay Lightning (79 points), who still hold hopes of passing the NY Islanders (79) and catching the Bruins (82), who currently hold down the second wild card spot in the East.
Tampa Bay: The Lightning were seemingly fading out of the playoff race with three straight losses but an impressive 6-3 victory at Boston last night, has them within three points of the Bruins. Nikita Kucherov recorded a hat trick for Tampa Bay to push his total to 37 goals, moving him within three of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the league lead. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was rested Thursday, is expected to start against the Red Wings after allowing 12 goals over his last three games following a 6-0-1 stretch.
Detroit: The Red Wings are playing hard down the stretch and tonight go for their fourth victory in five games. “You still have to be professional,” Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, who helped defeat Montreal 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday, told the Detroit Free Press. “This organization has given us all a lot, and our fans over the years and their dedication. We owe it to both of them to still go out there and play.”
The pick: Howard has surrendered just seven goals in four games since coming off injured reserve and has posted career-best numbers during his injury-plagued season, registering a 1.91 GAA & .935 save percentage in 21 games. However, the Lightning have won four straight overall on the road and each of their last five meetings with Detroit. Tough game, low-scoring. Take the Under. –
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