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NCAA Basketball Prediction: Mountaineers vs. Bears Point Spread Pick: February 20th 2018

WEST VIRGINIA VS. BAYLOR POINT SPREAD PICKWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears
College Basketball Point Spread Pick: WV +1 (February 20th 2018)

The set-up: In the first meeting of the season between Baylor and West Virginia (Jan. 9), the Mountaineers prevailed 57-54 in Morgantown. It marked West Va.’s 15th straight win. However, the Mountaineers have been on a steady decline since and will head to Waco on Tuesday night having gone 4-7 over their last 10 games, checking in at 19-8 (8-6 in Big 12). However, they are still ranked 21st in the latest AP poll. The 17-10 (7-7 in Big 12) Baylor Bears are unranked but they are the ones playing better basketball, entering on a five-game winning streak which includes wins over top-10 opponents Kansas and Texas Tech.

West Virginia: Guard Jevon Carter knocked down the decisive three-pointer in the final minute of West Va.’s Jan. 9 win over Baylor and while he’s enjoying a terrific senior season (16.9-5.0-6.8) his team has dropped seven of 11 since that win over the Bears. The Mountaineers lost their last time out 77-69 to Kansas, as the Jayhawks had 35 free-throw attempts to two for West Virginia, leading to the late-game ejection of coach Bob Huggins. Carter struggled with his shooting for the fourth time in the last five games and committed five turnovers for the second straight contest. Daxter Miles Jr. (12.2) exploded for six three-pointers in nine attempts after only making 6-of-31 from beyond the arc over his previous nine games. His 22 points against the Jayhawks were his most in a game since Thanksgiving weekend. A pair of 6-8 forwards are West Va.’s two other double digits scorers, West (10.6 & 4.1) and Konate (10.4 & 7.9).

Baylor: The Bears’ last three games have included the thrilling upset of Kansas, a one-point double-overtime win at Texas and the suffocating win over league-leading Texas Tech. They limited the Red Raiders to 39.2 percent shooting, as Texas Tech shot just 3-of-14 from behind the arc while committing 18 turnovers. Terry Maston (10.6 & 5.7) rescued Baylor with 24 points off the bench, giving him 50 over the last two games and marking the fifth straight game in which he made at least half of his shot attempts.PG Lecomte (16.5 & 3.5 APG) and the 7-0 Lual-Acuil (14.2 & 9.2) are the team’s top-two players.

The pick: Baylor has gone from a mediocre season to being part of the conversation for the NCAA Tournament with its five-game winning streak. However, I expect West Va. to be primed for this game off its recent troubles and let’s not ignore that in Baylor’s win over Texas Tech, the team’s starters only made 8-of-28 shots against and aside from Maston, the team was 8-of-35 from the floor. West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate had seven blocks in the first matchup and enters Monday’s action fifth nationally in blocks per game (3.15). “Press Virginia” wins this one.

NHL Prediction: Lundin betting the ‘Over’ 5.5 goals in the Oilers vs. Coyotes game on February 17th 2018

Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes
NHL Over-Under Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals -110 odds (February 17th 2018)

The Edmonton Oilers will visit the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday, and I think there’s plenty of reasons to expect a high-scoring contest.

Arizona has won four of its last five, scoring 20 goals in the process and the over is 6-1 in Coyotes last seven overall. Even better, they’re coming off a 5-2 win over Montreal and over is 11-1-1 in Coyotes last 13 after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.

Here the Coyotes will face an Edmonton defense that has conceded an average of 3.34 goals per game on the season, and over is 6-2 in Oilers last eight overall.

My free pick is on EDM @ ARI to go OVER the total.

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New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds & Prediction: February 16th 2018

New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Betting Pick: Islanders +175 odds (February 16th 2018)

Revenge game for the Islanders as they lost at Carolina in mid-November but had won each of their prior two road games versus the Hurricanes. The Islanders have won 12 of 17 this season and 48 of 77 long-term when they enter a game off of a divisional game. The Isles just wrapped up a homestand and have won 3 of 4 this season when they enter game having played each of their 3 prior games at home. While the Islanders are off of a big win in divisional action, the Hurricanes are off of an ugly loss in divisional action.

The Canes have lost 10 of 15 this season when off of a divisional game. Carolina is over-priced when considering that, prior to their recent 3-game winning streak, the Hurricanes had lost 7 of 9 on home ice! We are forecasting the upset here and this is a great value spot considering the above factors. FREE PLAY ON New York ISLANDERS on the money line in early evening action Friday.