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Oregon vs. Duke NCAA Tournament Betting Prediction from Scott Rickenbach: March 24th 2016

OREGON VS. DUKE NCAA TOURNAMENT PICK

Oregon Ducks vs. Duke Blue Devils
NCAA Tournament Betting Prediction: Duke +3.5 points (March 24th 2016)
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*10-3, 77% RUN with Premium Picks in Big Dance…do NOT miss Sweet 16…Premium Picks are LOCKED and LOADED…here is your Free Pick for Sweet 16 action Thursday: Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NCAA *1* Thursday Night Free Pick Duke Blue Devils +3.5 vs Oregon @ 10:05 PM ET – Apparently the Blue Devils don’t even need to bother showing up for this game. After all, the odds makers made them a 1.5 point dog but the line is all the way up to a 3.5 as of late morning Thursday because apparently they have no chance against the Ducks. All kidding aside, I do find it surprising that the whole world seems to be jumping on Oregon here. The Ducks are a #1 seed while the Blue Devils are a #4 seed but the odds makers don’t make many mistakes. There was a reason this line was set as low as it was. One thing I like about Duke here is that they have played the tougher schedule this season. Just keep in mind that Oregon came from the Pac 12 and now look around and look at who is left from the Pac 12 or look at how those teams have performed in tourney action. Not impressive, is it? This is especially true when you compare it what the ACC has done in the Big Dance this year. Also, Oregon has a long-term mark of 2-5 ATS against ACC foes. Conversely, Duke is 8-1 SU (and 7-2 ATS) in NCAA Tourney games the past three seasons combined. The Blue Devils had a huge lead on Yale Saturday and then let it slip away in the second half. That is helping lead to even more line value here. Consider a small play on Duke +3.5 as it is my Free Pick for Thursday Night. Best of luck always, Scott

Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild NHL Over-Under Betting Pick: March 24th 2016

FLAMES VS. WILD BETTINGCalgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild
NHL Hockey Pick: Under 5.5 goals (March 24th 2016)
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The Calgary Flames are off a 5-2 loss at Toronto Monday, but I don’t expect to see quite as many goals tonight when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota is off three consecutive victories, the most recent a 2-1 win against the Kings Tuesday. The under is 3-1-3 in the Wild’s last seven overall so I really like the fact that we get the hook to avoid a push here.

We’ll see Devan Dubnyk between the pipes for Minny and he has posted a 1.58 GAA in the last three games and owns a 1.74 GAA over a four-game win streak against Calgary. The Flames will turn to former Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom, and the veteran was sharp in his first start this season when he made 21 saves in a 2-1 win against the Habs Sunday.

Note that:
– The action starts early Thursday with Mike’s Thursday Soccer *Euro Friendly* and it’s followed by two NBA and a NHL selection. Mike’s taking a day off from the NCAA Tournament but is firing off a BIG PLAY Friday with his NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 *GAME OF THE YEAR* – 69-50 Run!

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Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M NCAA Tournament Over-Under Odds & Pick: March 24th 2016

OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS AM OVER UNDER TOURNAMENT PICK

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies
NCAA Tournament Betting Prediction: Over 146.5 points (March 24th 2016)
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Kansas gets an extra day to rest and prepare here as they finished off UConn last Saturday while the Terps (who had a long trip to Spokane, WA) had to play on Sunday. Coaching edge also the KU with Bill Self and his 39-16 record in the NCAA tourney (5th highest winning % all time) compared to Turgeon who’s a pedestrian 8-6 lifetime in the Dance. The Terps struggled down the stretch winning just 3 of their final 8 games heading into the Big Dance. While they obviously did get two wins last week, they weren’t overly impressive in our eyes. They struggled to beat South Dakota State (couldn’t hold a big lead) and then while they beat Hawaii by 12, it was a close game until the final stretch run when the Terps closed out the game on a 30-19 run. Maryland’s tough closing run on the season was directly related to the struggles of their point guard Melo Trimble. He’s played so many minutes he’s hit a wall. In his last 12 games, Trimble is shooting just 32% and just 26% from beyond the arc. This team has no chance of beating KU unless Trimble shoots much better than that. Will he? We doubt it as Kansas is 5th nationally in defensive efficiency and guard Devonte Graham is one of the better defenders in the country. The Jayhawks have been at the top of their game since late January winning 16 straight including wins over NCAA teams Kentucky, Iowa State, West Virginia (twice), Baylor (twice), Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Texas all in the final month and a half before the Dance. They destroyed both Austin Peay (by 26) & UConn (by 13 – but led by 24) in the first two games. This team is playing too well right now for Maryland to hang.

Miami Florida vs. Villanova NCAA Tournament Over-Under & Point Spread Betting Pick: March 24th 2016

MIAMI FLORIDA VS. VILLANOVA TOURNAMENT OVER UNDERMiami Florida vs. Villanova – 7:10pm ET March 24th 2016

NCAA Tournament Point Spread: The Villanova Wildcats are a 4 point favorite over the Miami Florida Hurricanes. The over/under betting total for this NCAA Tournament matchup is 140 points (Note: over/under opened up at 142.5)

Records: Miami Florida is 27-7 SU and 19-13–1 ATS this season with an over/under record of 16-17. Villanova is 31-5 SU and 17-17-1 ATS this season with an over/under record of 18-16-1.

Public Perception: As of 9:30pm ET on March 23rd 2016, 52% of the wagering public is betting that Villanova will cover the point spread over Miami Florida

Past Meetings: The last time these two teams met was in the 2004 season. Villanova was an 8 point favorite with an over/under of 143. Miami won the game outright by a score of 59-56. The other game played in the ’04 season, Villanova was victorious by a score of 76-69. Miami was favored in that game by 2.5 points.

Notable Betting Trends: The underdog in this series is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-0 in Villanova’s last 4 games following an ATS wins. The over is 5-1 in Villanova’s last 6 games vs. the Atlantic Coast conference. The over is 9-2 in Villanova’s last 11 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Villanova’s last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The over is 9-2 in Miami Florida’s last 11 NCAA Tournament matchups.

Point Spread Pick: No Opinion
Over-Under Pick: Over 140 points.

NBA Picks: Bet the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz on March 23rd 2016

NBA PICKS MARCH 23RD 2016

NBA Pick: Detroit Pistons -7
Detroit (209) over Orlando @ 7:35 EasternIf you’re looking to win and cover at this time in the NBA, it’s best to choose a unit that is driving for the playoffs and in need of a win. Hence, tonight we check-in with the Detroit Pistons (37-34). Orlando (29-41) comes in off a brutal 4 game run versus Charlotte, Cleveland, Toronto and Boston. And, now they play without Nikola Vucevic who most likely will not board this evening. This really helps the Pistons from the bench standpoint, especially in the 4th quarter. In the last meeting in Detroit, the Pistons crushed 115-89 (January). The current line -7 is the second highest number in the highly contested series going back to 2013. Detroit, though, is 22-12 SU @ home, while Orlando comes in 11-24 SU in road tests. From the technical standpoint, the Magic board with a 2-6 ATS record vs. Central Division, and 35-34 ATS this season. With Detroit 12-4-1 ATS vs. under .500 road units, 4-0 ATS here! -Brad Diamond

NBA Pick: Utah Jazz +1.5
No surprise here that the betting public is all over the Rockets at basically a pick’em at home, but the books have set this line low for a reason. Houston is an awful scheduling spot tonight. The Rockets will be on no rest after playing last night in OKC, a game they played their hearts out in a 107-111 defeat. On top of that, this will be Houston’s 4th game in the last 6 days. Utah on the other hand enters with a full two days of rest and are playing well at the moment. The Jazz have just won 94-85 at Milwaukee and have won 5 of their last 6 overall. Houston is just 6-16 ATS in their last 22 home games after playing in a game with a combined score of 205 or more points and are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 when playing on no rest. Give me the Jazz +1.5! -Brandon Lee

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Cal-Irvine vs. UL-Lafayette Basketball Point Spread Pick from Scott Spreitzer: March 23rd 2016

CAL IRVINE VS. UL LAFAYETTE POINT SPREAD

Cal-Irvine vs. UL-Lafayette
NCAA Basketball Point Spread Pick: Cal-Irvine +2.5 points (March 23rd 2016)
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I’m recommending a play on Cal Irvine, plus the points on Wednesday. The Anteaters wrapped up December with a 78-53 loss at Kansas. But since the calendar moved to 2016, UCI has been red-hot. Cal Irvine enters tonight’s game with a 16-4 SU mark since January 1st, including an 8-1 SU (6-3 ATS) mark on the road. Tonight, I believe the better team is getting points. The 49ers play well at both ends of the floor, making 46.2% of their FGA, while ranked 7th in the nation at the other end of the floor, holding teams to 38.8% shooting. Luke Nelson and Alex Young make a solid pair in the backcourt and both can set the tone. The two guards have combined for 291 assists with just 108 turnovers. Leading rebounder, second leading scorer, and chief shot-blocker Mamadou Ndiaye is expect to play tonight. UCI can bring plenty of waves of depth with 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes played per game. UL-Lafayette has won four of their last five games, but they’ve been a mess on the deep perimeter at both ends of the floor all season. Shawn Long means just about everything to this team, averaging 19 & 12, but the backcourt turns the ball over too much for my blood. I mentioned earlier that UCI has held teams to 38.8% shooting on the season because UL-Lafayette enters on a 0-7 ATS slide, while losing by an average of 7 ppg against teams that hold their opponents to 39% or less shooting. We’ll recommend a play on Cal Irvine plus the points on Wednesday. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.