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NCAA Basketball Picks: Middle Tennessee State vs. Tennessee: November 30th 2010

Middle Tennessee State vs. Tennessee
NCAA Basketball Pick: Middle Tenn St. +17.5 -110 odds
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This looks like a tough spot for Tennessee. The Vols return home off an unexpected preseason NIT championship in New York. Tennessee upended favorite Villanova in the championship game; the Vols were a 6-point underdog in that game and now they are laying a significant price to an in-state rival.

Off their tournament win, head coach Bruce Pearl is concerned about tonight’s game with Middle Tennessee St. “It’s one thing to say it. It’s one thing to practice it. It’s another thing to do it,” Pearl said. “It’s definitely a trap game for us because of the excitement of playing in Madison Square Garden, the intensity, the media attention. It’s just human nature. Middle’s getting us at a really good time, and they know it.”

Middle Tennessee is a decent Sun Belt team. The Blue Raiders can score points as they are averaging 76 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the floor. MTSU also has a solid backcourt with seniors James Washington and Rod Emanuel that won’t be intimidated by playing in a tough venue. Tennessee is obviously the better team, but it’s unlikely they’ll bring their ‘A’ game tonight which should allow MTSU to sneak inside the number.

NBA Basketball Picks for November 30th 2010: Wager On The Spurs And The Over

NBA Basketball Picks for November 30th 2010

Pick: San Antonio vs. Golden State Over 215
We’ve seen 222 and 263 total points scored in 2 of the last 3 meetings between these teams. So far this season, San Antonio is proving to be even more high-powered offensive than it was during its championship years. The Spurs are 20-9 Over versus terrible defensive teams allowing 103 or more points per game over the last 2 seasons. The Spurs have played to the Over in 5 straight. Plus, the Over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between these teams. Bet the Over. -Jeff Alexander

Pick: San Antonio Spurs -4.5
Golden St is 8-9 straight up this year. The Warriors are 4-10 ATS their last 14 games off a straight up win. Golden St is 2-5-1 ATS their last 8 games when their opponent scored 100 or more points in their last game. The Warriors are 2-6-1 ATS their last 9 games overall and they are 0-4 ATS their 4 games with the Spurs. San Antonio is 14-2 straight up this year. The Spurs are 5-0 ATS off a double digit win and they are 7-2 ATS their last 9 games overall. San Antonio is 5-1-1 ATS their last 7 road games and they are 5-2 ATS after scoring 100 or more points in their last game. PLAY SAN ANTONIO -Tom Freese

Pick: New York Knicks -5
The battle for the pride of New York! The Nets are playing their 9th road game over their last 13 games! That included a trip out West, too. The offense has been terrible, second worst in the NBA with 92.9 ppg. The Knicks are fourth in the NBA with 106.8 ppg, led by Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire. They come off a 125-116 double-overtime victory at Detroit as Felton had 23 points and 11 assists. The Knicks are on an impressive 6-1 SU/ATS run and don’t want to let down against the local rival Nets. Play the NY Knicks. -Jim Feist

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Prediction & Odds: December 5th 2010

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Prediction: Denver Broncos +9 -110 odds
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Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs, Play on Denver +9, The Chiefs are over valued here Sunday afternoon simply because Denver lost to an undervalued St Louis Rams team at home last week. The Chiefs have been overachieving this season and they have not lost at home but that could easily change this week with the Broncos coming to town. Back on November 14th the Chiefs lost 49-29 to the Broncos however that game was played in Denver. The Chiefs will look for revenge but the Broncos know how to beat the Chiefs and they proved that in Denver. The Chiefs are coming off a big road win against a bad Seattle Seahawks team who also over achieved early on this season. The Chiefs have only covered the spread in 2 of their last 8 home games when they are listed as a favorite and they have a had a lot easier schedule this season than the Broncos and it will show Sunday when they lose outright to Denver.

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College Basketball Picks: Indiana State vs. Notre Dame: November 30th 2010

Indiana State vs. Notre Dame
College Basketball Pick: Indiana State +16.5
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This is a great spot for Indiana St., or it can be deemed as a really bad spot for Notre Dame. The Irish are 7-0 to start the season and they are coming off a tournament championship at the Old Spice Classic where they defeated Georgia, California and Wisconsin to bring home the title. This is the best start since 2001-02 for Notre Dame and coming off that tournament win spells big time letdown. The Irish have a week off after this before facing Kentucky so there will not be a big sense of urgency tonight.

Indiana St. is 3-3 to start the season and it is riding a two-game winning streak heading into South Bend/ The Sycamores won at Oral Roberts, the preseason favorite to win the Summit League, and then followed that up with a home win over Buffalo on Saturday. Indiana St. had its first winning season since 2001 last year so there is a lot of confidence on this team that say near the bottom of its conference for years. I expect this to be a low possession game which makes the points more of a premium.

There are times when Notre Dame’s lack of quickness and athleticism are an issue which has the Irish in a fairly even matchup here. Indiana St. beats teams with outside shooting as three Sycamores are shooting 40 percent or better from long range and as a team they are hitting 39.3 percent from behind the arc. One of Notre Dames big strengths so far this season has been rebounding but that is the case for the Sycamores as well which again gives them a chance down low.

As long as Indiana St. plays the way it has been playing, there is no reason to think it cannot keep this game close. 3* Indiana St. Sycamores

NBA Picks for November 29th 2010: Play On The Hornets And The Under On Monday Night

NBA Picks for November 29th 2010

Pick: Utah Jazz -8.5
Utah is playing arguably better than anyone in the NBA right now. The Jazz are 13-3 in their last 16 games overall, going 12-4 ATS in the process. They have won and covered in five straight games with wins by 9 points or more in every game except for the Lakers, who they beat by 6 points. The Bucks are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and they have dropped 5 of their last 6 outright. During their recent 1-5 run, they have lost three times by 11 points or more including an 11-point loss at Philly and a 14-point setback at Detroit. The Bucks are plagued by injuries right now, with starting center Andrew Bogut doubtful to play Monday and starting forwards Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden questionable with ankle and foot injuries, respectively. With these injuries comes little depth and a poor starting line-up, one that couldn’t compete with most teams in this league. Utah is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 meetings with Milwaukee, including a perfect 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home meetings. The Jazz have won each of their last 5 home meetings with the Bucks by 11 points or more. Take Utah Monday. -Jack Jones

Pick: New Orleans Hornets +3.5
Both the Hornets and Thunder are looking to bounce back from disappointing losses Sunday, but I’ll gladly take the Hornets catching better than a trey. The Hornets are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. They are also 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes the previous day. The Thunder are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 4.5 or less and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes the previous day. Take the points. -Jeff Alexander

Pick: New Orleans vs. Oklahoma City Under 200
Plays Under on any team (OKLAHOMA CITY) off a close road loss by 3 points or less, a good team (60% to 75%) playing a team with a winning record, are 127-78 ATS since 1996. We are only seeing an average of 188.3 total points scored in this situation. Plus, the Under is 4-0 in the Hornets’ last 4 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. With both teams playing yesterday, tired legs should favor a slower pace in tonight’s contest. Bet the Under. -Dave Price

NCAA Basketball: Boise State vs. Northern Illinois Pick & Odds: November 29th 2010

Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
Pick: Boise State -6 -110 odds
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The Huskies of Northern Illinois are entering a strange year in which four of their top scorers decided to transfer in the off-season. A lot of the talk was that the players couldn’t get along with head coach Ricardo Patton. That leaves a patchwork lineup that is short on interior players and a group that is a work in progress. Northern hasn’t been a powerhouse in quite some time and they could be in for another long year. The Huskies had major second half issues in the two games against quality competition as they just don’t seem to have the conditioning to compete at a high level.
Boise State went through a coaching change in the off-season as former Gonzaga assistant Leon Rice has taken over the program. While he talked early on about not knowing what he had at Boise, the Broncos have really been an early season surprise. The Broncos have been impressive with quality wins over San Diego and UC Davis on the road along with blowout home victories over Eastern Washington and Denver. The defense has been outstanding limiting those four foes to 60, 47, 54 and 52 points. The players have really taken to the Gonzaga style of offense and they should have little problems with a Northern Illinois team still trying to put the pieces together.