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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 20, 2018
Mavs vs Blazers
OVER 209½ -105 Won
$100
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Portland was one of the best defensive teams in the NBA earlier in the season but this team has fallen off a cliff defensively and the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games. We think this is another total that is too short tonight. The Blazers have allowed 106 or more in six of their last seven games and they allowed 110 or more in five of those contests. They have also been better on offense since Damian Lillard rejoined the lineup. Dallas hasn’t been very good defensively, either, and they have been steadily improving on the offensive end. We think this total is about four points too short tonight and we expect a lot of offense tonight.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 20, 2018
Raptors vs Wolves
Wolves
-3 -115 at BMaker
Won
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The Raptors come in having won two straight while the Wolves have dropped two consecutive games. That means we are getting a nice line here tonight with the home team. We had this line handicapped at 5.5 so there is value here. Minnesota has covered in three of the last four meetings and we think this squad matches up well with the Raptors. Toronto has covered in only two of their last seven games so the oddsmakers obviously have this team a tad overrated right now. We think that the Wolves get back on the winning track in a big way tonight.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 20, 2018
Clippers vs Jazz
Jazz
-1½ -103 at 5Dimes
Won
$100
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The Clippers have won six straight but only a couple of those wins were of the quality variety and we think this team’s bubble will burst eventually. And we think that will be the case tonight. The Jazz are coming in on a back-to-back after losing to the Knicks at home last night. But this team is young and they are 7-2 ATS in back-to-backs this season so we think that they will be fine here. Utah has Rudy Gobert back and he is their best player and this team was not the same without him. But they have covered in six of the last nine meetings in this series and we like the home team laying the small number here tonight.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 20, 2018
Thunder vs Cavs
Thunder
+3 -102 at 5Dimes
Won
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Cleveland is dead last in the NBA in ATS rankings and once again they are being lined as if they are playing well. They aren’t. They are playing their worst basketball of the season right now and we had this game lined as a ‘pick’em’ so there is value here with the points. Cleveland has covered only one of their last 13 games. They barely squeaked by Orlando last time out in a game where oddsmakers expected a blowout. The bookies have it wrong with this team and we will continue to take advantage of bad lines.

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 20, 2018
Lightning vs Wild
Lightning
-108 at 5Dimes
Lost
$108.0
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5-unit Play Take #23 Tampa Bay Lightning (-110) over Minnesota Wild (9:05pm EST) The Tampa Bay Lightning just had their bye week and returned on Thursday to get trounced by the Knights 4-1 in Tampa. It was an embarrassing loss for the Lightning, but you could chalk some of it up to the six-day break that led to some rust right off the bat. Tampa should be much more focused for tonight's game in Minnesota. The Wild have been playing solid hockey of late, but now they are coming off their bye week - which was terrible timing for a team that was starting to click. Now they'll be the ones looking to shake off some rust after getting some rest. Tampa isn't the kind of team that you want to face in your first game back with their elite speed. I like the Lightning quite a bit in our NHL Game of the Week.

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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 20, 2018
Islanders vs Blackhawks
Islanders
+140 at 5Dimes
Won
$140
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4-unit Play Take #21 New York Islanders (+135) over Chicago Blackhawks (8:35pm EST) Something is missing in Chicago this year. The Hawk simply aren't the same as they've been in years' past. Part of the reason is a lack of depth on the roster. A bigger part of it is the loss of Corey Crawford in the net, who could miss the rest of the season now. The Blackhawks don't have an adequate backup after moving Scott Darling this past season. Jeff Glass has been getting most of the recent starts and he's posted a 3.18 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. Those numbers aren't terrible, but they need to be better to compensate for the Hawks aging defense. The Islanders are one of the best scoring teams in the league, so they should be licking their chops against this Hawks defense. This price is a touch too high, so we're on the Isles here.

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 20, 2018
Rangers vs Avalanche
Avalanche
-119 at betonline
Won
$100
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4-unit Play Take #6 Colorado Avalanche (-120) over New York Rangers (3:05pm EST) The Colorado Avalanche has won eight straight contests and are the hottest team in the league. Over that stretch, the Avs have outscored their opponents by a whopping 34-13 count. Jonathan Bernier has been sensational in the net filling in for Semyon Varlamov and he's likely to get the nod as the team looks to extend their run. Colorado is now in the playoff hunt and I think they have a great chance to get there. The Central Division is the toughest in the NHL and the Avs have still outscored their opponents by 18 goals on the season overall. The Rangers come in with the exact same number of points on the season as Colorado. However, they've fallen off quite a bit over the last few weeks and have struggled on the road this season. I think the Avs can keep the momentum going and win their ninth straight. Take Colorado.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 20, 2018
Evansville vs Bradley
Bradley
-4½ -115 at betonline
Won
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4 Unit Play. Take 662 Bradley over Evansville (8p.m., Saturday January 20 ESPN 3) Bradley has started to show some life under Brian Wardle for the first time in close to a decade. This team has a chance in a wide-open conference now that Wichita State is no longer in the league. The Braves have lost two straight road games but have beaten Northern Iowa, Valparaiso, and Southern Illinois at home. I believe all three of those teams are better than Evansville. Bradley is 21-4 ATS in their last 27 home games. Home team has covered 4 of the last 5 meetings. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 20, 2018
San Diego State vs New Mexico
San Diego State
-3½ -110 at betonline
Lost
$110.0
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4 Unit Play. Take #639 San Diego State over New Mexico (7p.m., Saturday January 20 CBSSN) Still believe that New Mexico is terrible, and San Diego State has underachieved thus far. New Mexico has won three of their last four games, but I just do not take them seriously. San Diego State still has a lot of talent and sooner or later they will put it together and make some noise in the MWC. The road teams is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 meetings. The favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 20, 2018
Penn State vs Northwestern
Northwestern
-1½ -120 at betonline
Won
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4 Unit Play. Take #556 Northwestern over Penn State (2p.m., Saturday January 20 BTN) Homecourt in the Big 10 is still a major factor when handicapping games and expect the Wildcats get back on track. Northwestern has lost just one conference home game this season and Penn State has played a home heavy schedule thus far. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings between Penn State and Northwestern. This is the second meeting of the season and expect Northwestern to extract some revenge. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 20, 2018
Ohio vs Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan
-5½ -115 at betonline
Lost
$115.0
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4 Unit Play. Take #544 Eastern Michigan over Ohio (2p.m., Saturday January 20 ESPN 3) Ohio has been struggling in conference play and I do not see things getting any better today in Ypsilanti. The Bobcats lost by 34 points at home last time out and that is just not something you can come back from in 4 days. The Eagles have won two of their last three games and are always a tough team to beat at home. The home team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings. Eastern Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. 

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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 21, 2018
Nets vs Pistons
UNDER 209½ -110 Won
$100
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These are two of the stronger under teams in the NBA this season, and once again these squads are facing a total that is too high. The last three meetings in this series have all gone under the posted total, and none got even close to 200. The Pistons have been playing pretty good defense overall but they gave up 122 last time out in a loss to Washington so they are likely to tighten things up on the defensive end tonight against a worse offensive team. Brooklyn has been hit or miss offensively but they have put up some real low scores lately, including only 80 when these teams met a couple weeks ago.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 21, 2018
Pacers vs Spurs
Spurs
-6 -107 at 5Dimes
Lost
$107.0
Play Type: Top Premium

This Pacers road trip, which started off promising with wins at Phoenix and Utah, has quickly turned into a nightmare with double-digit losses in the last two games at Portland and LA Lakers. This will be their third game in four nights and then they have two nights off before they play Phoenix at home on Wednesday so we think that this is a spot where they may mail it in. Even if they don’t we think this game will be all Spurs tonight. The Spurs have played six of their last seven on the road and this team just isn’t good away from home this season but now they are back home tonight where they are 19-2 on the season and have one of the best home-court advantages in the NBA. They are 15-5-1 ATS here so not only do they win but they normally do it with authority. After dropping two of three on this most recent road trip the Spurs will be anxious to get back to their winning ways. And against a fatigued and road-weary Pacers team tonight that should be the perfect recipe for success.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 21, 2018
Canisius vs Iona
Iona
-5 -108 at 5Dimes
Lost
$108.0
Play Type: Premium

4 Unit Play. Take #826 Iona -5 over Canisius (1p.m., Sunday January 21 ESPN 3) The two best teams in the MAAC are set to do battle on Sunday. We will side with the traditional power as Iona got a great victory on Friday and has a ton of momentum entering this battle of 6-1 teams. The home team has covered 4 straight in this series. Canisius is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 21, 2018
Vikings vs Eagles
Eagles
+3½ -110 at Bovada
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

4 Unit Play. Take #314 Philadelphia Eagles over Minnesota Vikings (6:40p.m., Sunday January 21 FOX) Both teams are lucky to be alive as their divisional opponents had chances to beat them late in each of their games. That being said I still expect the Eagles to play the no respect card throughout the week as they are once again a home underdog. Philadelphia is 3-0 lifetime against Minnesota in the playoffs and they are 8-1 this season at home (only loss was Week 17 – meaningless game). The Eagles held Atlanta to just 281 total yards last week and the Falcons have a more explosive offense than does Minnesota. Turnovers will play a huge role in this game but playing at home will allow Philadelphia to pull this game out by a field goal. Philadelphia is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against teams with a winning record. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 21, 2018
Jaguars vs Patriots
Patriots
-8½ -104 at 5Dimes
Lost
$104.0
Play Type: Premium

4 Unit Play. Take #312 New England Patriots over Jacksonville Jaguars (3:05p.m., Sunday January 21 CBS) Much like last week, I just cannot put my money going against the Patriots. New England might not be as strong as they were in past years but the teams in the conference are much worse compared to them. The Patriots have a huge edge in quarterback play and I just do not believe Blake Bortles can repeat his performance from last week. New England has great success covering these big numbers and at some point, in this game QB Brady will figure out the Jaguars defense and pick them apart in the passing game. New England is 7-2 ATS against teams with a winning record this season. New England is 36-15 ATS (2 pushes) in their last 53 home games. Despite covering the spread last week, Jacksonville is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road playoff games. 

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