<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/new-york-knicks-vs-oklahoma-city-thunder-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for their third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 101.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points and 9.9 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting…

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for their third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 101.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points and 9.9 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won three straight road games.

The New York Knicks look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 25.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have won seven of their last nine home games.

The Thunder are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games, 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New York, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The only reason to be scared of the Oklahoma City Thunder in this spot is the fact they played nearly a game and a half Friday night in Philly. Other than that, the Thunder and the small chalk is the play. OKC seems to be finding itself on this road trip and is slowly bonding and coming together. This is also Melo's return to New York, and the same way the team made sure to get the win for PG13 in Indiana, they're going to rally around their teammate and want to do the same here. Porzingis is also questionable, which is kind of big news as well. Tough crowd, but Westbrook and others will find a way to pull out the victory.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:56:52 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105827
<![CDATA[Marshall vs. Colorado State - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/16/marshall-vs-colorado-state-12/16/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Marshall Thundering Herd and Colorado State Rams will square off at Dreamstyle Stadium in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, November 16th.

The Marshall Thundering Herd finished their season with an overall record of 7-5 while finishing 3rd in the C-USA East division with a 4-4 conference record. Marshall had a great start to their season, starting the year off with a 6-1 record, however, struggled down the stretch losing 4 of their last 5 games. On the season, Marshall averaged 26.3 ppg on 369.8 total yards per game (237.8 passing yds/g; 132.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Marshall…

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The Marshall Thundering Herd and Colorado State Rams will square off at Dreamstyle Stadium in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, November 16th.

The Marshall Thundering Herd finished their season with an overall record of 7-5 while finishing 3rd in the C-USA East division with a 4-4 conference record. Marshall had a great start to their season, starting the year off with a 6-1 record, however, struggled down the stretch losing 4 of their last 5 games. On the season, Marshall averaged 26.3 ppg on 369.8 total yards per game (237.8 passing yds/g; 132.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Marshall was led by QB Chase Litton who completed 60.6% of his passes for 23 TD and 12 INT while averaging 237.8 passing yds/g. The main targets for the Thundering Herd and Litton were WR Tyre Brady (5.6 rec/g, 77.7 yds/g, 7 TD), WR Marcel Williams (3.7 rec/g, 46.5 yds/g, 2 TD), Willie Johnson (3.0 rec/g, 36.9 yds/g, 4 TD), and TE Ryan Yurachek (3.9 rec/g, 35.8 yds/g 9 TD). Marshall’s backfield was led by Tyler King (15.2 att/g, 71.4 yds/g, 6 TD) and Keion Davis (13.4 att/g, 55.9 yds/g, 5 TD). Defensively, Marshall held their opponents to an average of 26.0 ppg on 429.0 total yards per game (298.0 passing yds/g, 131.0 rushing yds/g). Marshall forced 15 turnovers on the season and finished the regulation season with an overall turnover margin of -6.

The Colorado State Rams struggled down the stretch, losing 3 of their last 4 games, however, made it to a bowl game for the 5th consecutive season after finishing the season with a 7-5 record (5-3 Mountain West). On the season, Colorado State averaged 33.8 ppg on 501.0 total yards per game (289.9 passing yds/g; 211.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado State was led by WR Michael Gallup who had 7 TD’s on the season while averaging 112.1 receiving yds/g on 7.8 rec/g. The other leading receivers for the Rams have been WR Olabisi Johnson (3.2 rec/g, 43.3 yds/g, 2 TD), Detrich Clark (3.4 rec/g, 41.5 yds/g, 4 TD), and TE Dalton Fackrell (1.7 rec/g, 22.9 yds/g, 6 TD). QB Nick Stevens completed 63.6% of his passes for 27 TD and 10 INT while averaging 289.9 passing yds/g. The Rams backfield was led by the duo of Dalyn Dawkins (18.0 att/g, 112.4 yds/g, 8 TD) and Izzy Matthews (12.2 att/g, 58.3 yds/g, 8 TD). Defensively, Colorado State is allowing their opponents to average 27.5 ppg on 425.8 total yards per game (243.1 passing yds/g; 182.8 rushing yds/g). Colorado State forced 16 turnovers on the season and finished the season with an overall turnover margin of 0.

The Thundering Herd are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games. The Rams are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning record, however, are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 bowl games.

Marshall had success early in the season due to a light schedule and that fact that their defense was holding opponents to an average of just 14.2 ppg, however, once they started playing the better competition in the C-USA, the Thundering Herd defense couldn’t keep their success up as in the final 5 weeks of the season, Marshall gave up an average of 26.2 ppg. Colorado State has one of the best receivers in the country in Michael Gallup and was led by their passing offense that ranked 23rd in the country. Marshall picked up only one victory this season against a bowl eligible team (Western Kentucky) and as I think the Rams passing attack will have a good day against the Thundering Herd defense, I’m taking the Rams to cover this spread.  

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:12:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104450
<![CDATA[North Texas vs. Troy - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/16/north-texas-vs-troy-12/16/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Troy Trojans and North Texas Mean Green meet Saturday in the college football R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Troy Trojans enter this bowl game on a six-game winning streak and have a chance to win 11 games for the first time in school history. The Troy Trojans are 3-3 all-time in bowl games. Brandon Silvers is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,985 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Silvers has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Deondre Douglas and Damion Willis have combined for 1,113 receiving…

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The Troy Trojans and North Texas Mean Green meet Saturday in the college football R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Troy Trojans enter this bowl game on a six-game winning streak and have a chance to win 11 games for the first time in school history. The Troy Trojans are 3-3 all-time in bowl games. Brandon Silvers is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,985 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Silvers has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Deondre Douglas and Damion Willis have combined for 1,113 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Emanuel Thompson has 38 receptions. The Troy Trojans ground game is averaging 150.5 yards per contest, and Jordan Chunn leads the way with 774 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Troy is allowing 17.5 points and 340.1 yards per game. Tron Folsom leads the Troy Trojans with 77 tackles, Jamal Stadom has six sacks and Blace Brown has five interceptions. 

The North Texas Mean Green have won eight of their last 10 games and have a shot at 10 victories for the first time in school history. The North Texas Mean Green have are just 2-5 all-time in bowl appearances. Mason Fine is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Fine has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Jalen Guyton and Michael Lawrence have combined for 1,513 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Rico Bussey, Jr. has 43 receptions. The North Texas Mean Green ground game is averaging 176 yards per contest, and Jeffery Wilson leads the way with 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 33.8 points and 431.2 yards per game. E.J. Ejiya leads the North Texas Mean Green with 100 tackles, Joshua Wheeler has 2.5 sacks and Eric Jenkins has two interceptions.

The Mean Green are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trojans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 9-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 12-4 in Trojans last 16 games overall and the over is 5-1 in Mean Green last 6 non-conference games.

This is going to be a nice bowl game to set the tone for a month of college football, as the winner of this contest will complete the best season in school history. Troy has never won 11 games in a season and North Texas has never produced a double-digit winning season. As for picking a winner, you have to side with Troy by a touchdown. North Texas isn't the best defensive team in the country, and its going up against one fo the more underrated quarterbacks in Silvers, a guy who can pick you apart if you can't get to him. Troy is also a physical team that's allowed no more than 25 points all season long. I also expect the Troy Trojans to have a decent home crowd here, as a trip from Alabama to New Orleans is nothing. The Troy Trojans are simply the better football team here on both sides of the ball and should cruise in this contest.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:10:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104231
<![CDATA[Georgia State vs. WKU - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/16/georgia-state-vs-wku-12/16/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Saturday, December 16 from Camping World Stadium, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will be taking on the Georgia State Panthers in the Autonation Cure Bowl. 

Western Kentucky comes into this one with a 6-6 record overall. The Hilltoppers started out at 5-2 but lost four of their final five games versus FAU, Vanderbilt, Marshall and FIU. In that last game versus FIU, Western Kentucky QB Mike White put up 355 yards and two touchdowns. 

On the season, White has logged 3826 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven picks, and De’Andre Ferby is…

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Coming up on Saturday, December 16 from Camping World Stadium, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will be taking on the Georgia State Panthers in the Autonation Cure Bowl. 

Western Kentucky comes into this one with a 6-6 record overall. The Hilltoppers started out at 5-2 but lost four of their final five games versus FAU, Vanderbilt, Marshall and FIU. In that last game versus FIU, Western Kentucky QB Mike White put up 355 yards and two touchdowns. 

On the season, White has logged 3826 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven picks, and De’Andre Ferby is tops in rushing for Western Kentucky on 362 yards and three scores. Nacarius Fant is the leading Hilltoppers receiver with his 634 yards and four TDs from 67 catches. 

Over on the Georgia State side, they’re sitting at 6-5 on the year. The Panthers had a three-game win streak going before dropping their final two games versus Appalachian State and Idaho. In that Idaho game, Panthers QB Conner Manning put up 271 yards on 27-of-44 passing. 

This year, Manning logged 2870 yards overall with 13 touchdowns and seven picks for the Panthers. Leading Georgia State in rushing is Glenn Smith with 521 yards and three scores, while Penny Hart is the top receiver with 1094 yards and eight TDs from 73 catches. 

The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games on field turf and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The under is 4-0 in the Panthers’ last four games in December and 4-1 in the last five non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in December and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games on field turf. Western Kentucky is also 3-9 ATS in their last 12 overall and 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

After a run of solid games earlier in the year, the Hilltoppers faltered down the stretch and have given up at least 30 points in their last six straight games. Georgia State, meanwhile, has issues of their own with just 10 points scored in each of their last two. This one’s a little tough to call, as it’s going to depend on which team shows up, but the Hilltoppers have the stronger offense so I trust them a little more. I’ll take Western Kentucky here.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:08:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104261
<![CDATA[Boise State vs. Oregon - Las Vegas Bowl - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/16/boise-state-vs-oregon-las-vegas-bowl-12/16/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The #25 Boise State Broncos and the Oregon Ducks go head-to-head in the Las Vegas Bowl from Sam Boyd Stadium on ABC.

The #25 Boise State Broncos come into the Las Vegas bowl as the champions of the Mountain West Conference, finishing the 2017 campaign with a 10-3 record, including an 8-1 record in conference play, to sit atop the Mountain division in the MWC, all culminating in a 17-14 conference championship victory over Fresno State, avenging their loss to the Bulldogs from the week prior. Brett Rypien completed 195 of his 308 pass attempts, good for a 63.3% completion percentage along…

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The #25 Boise State Broncos and the Oregon Ducks go head-to-head in the Las Vegas Bowl from Sam Boyd Stadium on ABC.

The #25 Boise State Broncos come into the Las Vegas bowl as the champions of the Mountain West Conference, finishing the 2017 campaign with a 10-3 record, including an 8-1 record in conference play, to sit atop the Mountain division in the MWC, all culminating in a 17-14 conference championship victory over Fresno State, avenging their loss to the Bulldogs from the week prior. Brett Rypien completed 195 of his 308 pass attempts, good for a 63.3% completion percentage along with almost 2,500 yards, 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Alexander Mattison was the team’s leading rusher with 1074 yards and 12 touchdowns and Cedrick Wilson led the BSU receiving corps with team-highs of 73 catches for 1290 yards with 6 touchdowns, while Jake Roh caught a team-high 9 TDs in the regular season. The Broncos defense finished 2nd in sacks in conference with 30 this season, while giving up an average of 337 yards of total offense per game.

The Oregon Ducks reached the Las Vegas Bowl with a 7-5 record, including 4-5 in Pac-12 play to finish in 4th position in the Pac-12 North. The Ducks got off to a flying 4-1 start to the year, before dropping their next 3 games by a combined 82 points to sit at .500 before recovering with 3 wins in 4 games down the stretch, including a 69-10 romp over Oregon State in their season finale. Justin Herbert threw for 1750 yards, 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 113 of 170 passing, a 66.5% completion percentage while also rushing for 5 scores. Royce Freeman led the team with 1,475 rushing yards and a team-high 16 touchdowns, while Kani Benoit added 573 yards on the ground with 10 TDs of his own. Charles Nelson led the Ducks with 392 yards of total offense, while Dillon Mitchell caught a team-high 33 passes and Jacob Breeland led Oregon with 5 receiving touchdowns. The Oregon D combined for 32 sacks on the year, the 6th-highest total in the Pac-12, while allowing 360 yards of total offense per game.

Boise State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games in December. Oregon is 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a win and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 bowl games.

Mattison is listed as questionable for the Broncos right now, but even so, when the line initially opened at around 5 points, I was going to take Boise State and now that it’s up over a touchdown I’m all over the Broncos here. Boise State, albeit in a close game looked really good in avenging their loss to the 2nd-best team in the conference. Oregon was up and down for most of the season and the Ducks only beat 2 teams above .500 and they were one game above .500 at that. Boise State is a much better team than this line is giving them credit for, so I’ll take the free touchdown and the hook makes the play that sweeter.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:08:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104279
<![CDATA[Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/16/middle-tennessee-vs-arkansas-state-12/16/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Camellia Bowl features the MTSU Blue Raiders facing the Arkansas State Red Wolves in college football action.

The MTSU Blue Raiders won three of the last four to close the regular season and receive an unexpected Bowl invite. Middle Tennessee was supposed to challenge for the CUSA crown but when star quarterback Brent Stockstill was injured, surviving became the goal of this team. Stockstill returned for the final four games but the offense as a whole wasn’t explosive at 24.8 points on 398.9 yards although the team still  threw effectively with an average of 252.7 yards per contest.…

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The Camellia Bowl features the MTSU Blue Raiders facing the Arkansas State Red Wolves in college football action.

The MTSU Blue Raiders won three of the last four to close the regular season and receive an unexpected Bowl invite. Middle Tennessee was supposed to challenge for the CUSA crown but when star quarterback Brent Stockstill was injured, surviving became the goal of this team. Stockstill returned for the final four games but the offense as a whole wasn’t explosive at 24.8 points on 398.9 yards although the team still  threw effectively with an average of 252.7 yards per contest. The Blue Raiders leaned on a solid defense more then expected but the unit generally held up with 24.2 points allowed on 349.3 yards with top 50 numbers against both the run and pass.

Despite missing half the season Stockstill still threw 204 times and connected on 58.3% for 1,440 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions so MTSU will continue to live or die on the passing attack in their Bowl. Ty Lee is the top Blue Raiders receiver with 75 receptions for 916 yards and five scores but five other caught 20+ passes so the passing game does spread the ball around. Middle Tennessee didn’t run the ball a lot but were effective none the less with Brad Anderson and Tavares Thomas combined for 1,000+ yards on 166 carries  with Anderson catching 33 balls out of the backfield.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves went 2-2 in their final four games which dropped the team to third in the Sun Belt. Arkansas State was impressive offensively with 498.4 yards and 38.5 point. Most of the Red Wolves production came through the air with the #6 passing game averaging 341.2 yards. The ASU defense was sturdy as well with just under 25 points given up on 381.5 yards. If the Red Wolves had a weakness it was against the pass with opponents averaging 242.3 yards because either couldn’t run or had to throw because they were behind.

Red Wolves quarterback Justice Hansen was the focal point of opposing defenses yet he succeeded by taking whatever he could get whether it be long, short or anything in between.  Hansen completed 274-430 for 3,635 yards with 34 scores and 15 picks and averaged around 8.5 yards per attempt. Arkansas State had plenty of receiving options with the trio of Justin McInnis, Chris Murray and Blake Mack combining for 131 receptions and over 1,350 yards. Warren Wand was the top back with 660 yards on 124 touches but the offense wasn’t know for cranking out rushing yards.

Over is 7-0 in MTSU last 7 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and MTSU are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and over is 4-0 in MTSU last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. Under is 12-2 in Arkansas State last 14 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and under is 6-1 in Arkansas State last 7 games following a straight up loss and under is 14-3-1 in Arkansas State last 18 games on fieldturf. Favorite is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings and home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and MTSU are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.  

Both teams like to put the ball in the air and don’t run the ball with authority. I can see points being scored as incompletions will stop the clock and extend the game…

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:07:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104252
<![CDATA[Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 12/16/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/12/16/kansas-city-chiefs-vs-los-angeles-chargers-12/16/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs meet Saturday in NFL action at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Los Angeles Chargers look for their fifth straight victory to keep them in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Los Angeles Chargers have won three of their last five road games. Philip Rivers is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,611 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rivers has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams have combined for 1,723 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Hunter…

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The Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs meet Saturday in NFL action at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Los Angeles Chargers look for their fifth straight victory to keep them in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Los Angeles Chargers have won three of their last five road games. Philip Rivers is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,611 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rivers has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams have combined for 1,723 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Hunter Henry has 42 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 99.5 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 853 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 17.3 points and 325.1 yards per game. Jahleel Addae leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 83 tackles, Joey Bosa has 11.5 sacks and Tre Boston has four interceptions. 

The Kansas City Chiefs look for back-to-back victories for the first time since the beginning of October to stay in the AFC playoff race. The Kansas City Chiefs have won four of their last six home games. Alex Smith is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,507 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. Smith has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have combined for 1,931 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Kareem Hunt has 42 receptions. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 116.6 yards per contest, and Hunt leads the way with 1,046 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing 22.2 points and 373.4 yards per game. Daniel Sorensen leads the Kansas City Chiefs with 80 tackles, Justin Houston has 9.5 sacks and Marcus Peters has three interceptions.

The Chargers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chiefs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. AFC West and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Kansas City, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the road team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

I came into this game thinking the Chargers were going to be the underdog, and I was going to jump all over it. Seeing that the Kansas City Chiefs are getting points kind of makes me lean to the home team. One, Kansas City has won the last seven meetings against Los Angeles, not losing to the Chargers since December of 2013. Also, neither of these teams are the way the public views them. Many are saying the Chargers are contenders after four straight wins, but those wins came against teams with a combined record of 19-33. Many are quick to write the Chiefs off after a brutal losing stretch, but they're still the same roster that got off to an impressive start and still have a shot to win the AFC West. These teams are probably somewhere in the middle of where many view them. Short rest and at home, I like the Kansas City Chiefs in this spot. 

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:06:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105218
<![CDATA[Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears - 12/16/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/12/16/detroit-lions-vs-chicago-bears-12/16/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We’ve got Saturday NFL action coming our way from Ford Field as the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions in an NFC North battle. 

The Bears enter this game with a 4-9 record overall. Chicago had a five-game losing streak going but won their last outing versus the Bengals. In that Cincinnati game, Chicago’s Jordan Howard bagged 147 yards and two scores off 23 carries. 

On the season, Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has 1508 yards with six TDs and four INTs, and Howard is the top rusher with 1032 yards and seven scores. Leading the receiving corps for…

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We’ve got Saturday NFL action coming our way from Ford Field as the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions in an NFC North battle. 

The Bears enter this game with a 4-9 record overall. Chicago had a five-game losing streak going but won their last outing versus the Bengals. In that Cincinnati game, Chicago’s Jordan Howard bagged 147 yards and two scores off 23 carries. 

On the season, Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has 1508 yards with six TDs and four INTs, and Howard is the top rusher with 1032 yards and seven scores. Leading the receiving corps for the Bears this year is Kendall Wright, with 477 yards and one TD from 43 grabs. 

Over on the Lions side, they’re sitting at 7-6 on the season. Detroit had lost two to Minnesota and Baltimore, but bagged a win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. In that one, Detroit QB Matthew Stafford threw for 381 yards, one TD and two picks. 

Stafford currently holds 3683 yards, 23 TDs and nine INTs on the season, and Ameer Abdullah is the top Lions rusher with 505 yards and three scores. Marvin Jones is the lead Detroit receiver on 885 yards and eight TDs from 51 receptions. 

The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in December and 7-3-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Chicago is also 4-10 ATS in the last 14 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five versus the NFC North. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are 3-0-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. Detroit is also 7-19-1 ATS in the last 27 games in December and 1-4 ATS in the last five home games. 

Chicago’s five-game losing streak was pretty bad, but to their credit they lost by more than one score just once in that span. The Bears got the benefit of a Cincinnati team hungover from the Steelers game the week before this past Sunday, but the Chicago defense stepped up well. I would like the line to be a little thicker, but I still think the Bears can eke in there and cover.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:05:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105248
<![CDATA[Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/houston-rockets-vs-milwaukee-bucks-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Milwaukee Bucks could use a statement victory here after splitting their last six games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 104 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.9 points and 10.3 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 19.9 points and 4.5 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.6 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 36.2 percent from…

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The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Milwaukee Bucks could use a statement victory here after splitting their last six games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 104 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.9 points and 10.3 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 19.9 points and 4.5 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.6 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 40.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last six road games.

The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling, as they haven’t lost a game since November 14. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.8 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 46 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.6 points and 9.4 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 18.9 points and 2.3 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven straight home games.

The Bucks are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Milwaukee Bucks haven't been the same team on the road as they have been at home, and they're coming off a brutal loss Friday night to the Chicago Bulls. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets are beating the snot out of teams, and that continued last night when they smoked the Spurs boots. The Bucks are always a threat defensively and can hang around with their length, but elite shooting teams can beat Milwaukee from the outside, as it allows an insane percentage from deep. Can't stop betting on the Rockets right now, as they're the hottest team in the league and winning consistently by double digits.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:10:30 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105875
<![CDATA[San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/san-antonio-spurs-vs-dallas-mavericks-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs meet Saturday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.

The Dallas Mavericks could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 99.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.4 points and four assists. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Wesley Matthews is dishing 2.8 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.1 percent from…

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The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs meet Saturday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.

The Dallas Mavericks could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 99.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.4 points and four assists. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Wesley Matthews is dishing 2.8 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost five straight road games.

The San Antonio Spurs look for a victory here after winning seven of their last 10 games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 97.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 13 points and one assist. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Pau Gasol is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won eight straight home games.

The Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spurs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 22-6 ATS in the last 28 meetings.

The Spurs are an old team that's on the end of a back to back, something that usually doesn't bode well. The Dallas Mavericks haven't been winning games much, but they're only being outscored by five points in their last five games and have been money against the spread. The Mavs are also 8-4 ATS this season when an underdog by at least five points but less than nine points. I'll take my chances with the Mavericks hanging around here and getting another cover.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:04:11 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105872
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/16/ottawa-senators-vs-montreal-canadiens-12/16/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action in the Centennial Classic at Lansdowne Park.

The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 13 goals, Jonathan Drouin has 12 assists and Shea Weber has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays.…

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The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action in the Centennial Classic at Lansdowne Park.

The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 13 goals, Jonathan Drouin has 12 assists and Shea Weber has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 57 goals on 586 shots faced and Al Montoya has allowed 14 goals on 102 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.

The Ottawa Senators need a win here after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 18 assists and Mike Hoffman has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 65 goals on 631 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 29 goals on 291 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Canadiens are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-12 in their last 14 overall. The Canadiens are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Montreal Canadiens have won each of the last five meetings against the Senators and head into this matchup in much better form. Ottawa is simply a tough team to back in their current form and it's a team that hasn't won back to back games since November 10-11. No, thank you. Outdoor games can be tricky and tough to predict, but I'm not trying to get behind the Senators right now. Give me the Canadiens, the better team that's playing better hockey.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:57:43 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105869
<![CDATA[Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/minnesota-timberwolves-vs-phoenix-suns-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center on Saturday night.

The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game skid after falling to the Raptors in a 115-109 home loss on Wednesday. Newly recruited Troy Daniels led the team with 32 points off the bench, TJ Warren and Greg Monroe added 17 points each while Tyler Ulis chipped in with 16 points and eight assists. As a team, the Suns shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line as they fell behind by as many as 15 points…

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The Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center on Saturday night.

The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game skid after falling to the Raptors in a 115-109 home loss on Wednesday. Newly recruited Troy Daniels led the team with 32 points off the bench, TJ Warren and Greg Monroe added 17 points each while Tyler Ulis chipped in with 16 points and eight assists. As a team, the Suns shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line as they fell behind by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before rallying in the fourth quarter. With the loss, Phoenix dropped to 9-21 overall and 4-12 at home.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last six games and they will be looking to build on Thursday’s 119-96 home win over the slumping Kings. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, Andrew Wiggins added 22 points while Jimmy Butler chipped in with 21 points and nine assists. As a team, the Timberwolves shot a sizzling 56 percent from the field and 10 of 21 from the three-point line as they made light work of the Kings, pouring on 95 points in the first three quarters before easing off in the fourth quarter. With the easy win, Minnesota improved to 17-12 overall and 10-5 at home where they have won three of their last four.

Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on two days’ rest and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine home games, 7-17-2 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings, the over is 6-1 A TS in the last seven meetings in Minnesota and the Suns are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Minnesota.

The Suns have been in a major slump as they continue to play without their leading scorer in Devin Booker, but they were competitive against the Raptors and their last four losses have come by 10 points or less. The Timberwolves are starting to build some momentum and they will be feeling confident after blowing out the Kings, but I’m sticking with the Suns and the boatload of points in this one.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:47:45 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105866
<![CDATA[Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/miami-heat-vs-los-angeles-clippers-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat duke it out at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Clippers have lost five of their last eight games and they will be looking to bounce back after last night’s 100-91 loss at Washington. Lou Williams led the scoring with 23 points and four assists, Jawun Evans added a career-high 15 points off the bench while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 12 points and 16 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot 39 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the three-point line but they kept falling behind by double digits, leaving…

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The Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat duke it out at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Clippers have lost five of their last eight games and they will be looking to bounce back after last night’s 100-91 loss at Washington. Lou Williams led the scoring with 23 points and four assists, Jawun Evans added a career-high 15 points off the bench while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 12 points and 16 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot 39 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the three-point line but they kept falling behind by double digits, leaving them too much ground to make up in the fourth quarter. With the loss, Los Angeles dropped to 11-16 on the season and 5-9 on the road where they have lost three of their last four.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have split their last six games but they will be looking to build on last night’s 104-98 win at Charlotte. Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington led the team in scoring with 16 points each off the bench while Dion Waiters added 12 points with six assists. Goran Dragic continued his shooting slump with just eight points on two of 10 shooting, but he did contribute with seven assists and two blocks as the Heat shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 31 from the three-point line. Hassan Whiteside sat out his eighth straight game with a left knee bruise but remains without a timetable for his return. With the win, Miami improved to 14-14 overall and 9-7 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days’ rest, 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Heat are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games playing on zero days’ rest, 2-13-2 ATS in their last 17 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games.

Head to head, the under is 6-0 in the last six meetings and the home team is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings.

Both the Clippers and the Heat have been struggling to string together wins as the injuries just keep piling up. You really wouldn’t want to put your money on either team the way they’ve been playing lately, but the home team has owned this matchup so I’m sticking with the Heat to get the job done in what should be a close one.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:38:07 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105863
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-utah-jazz-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Utah Jazz and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

The Utah Jazz will be feeling pretty good after snapping a four-game skid with a 107-95 win at Boston last night. Ricky Rubio led the team with 22 points and five assists while shooting 10 of 15 from the field, while Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood and Jonas Jarebko all chipped in with 17 points each. As a team, the Jazz shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 25 from the three-point line but it was their defense that was the difference as they took control of the game after outscoring…

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The Utah Jazz and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

The Utah Jazz will be feeling pretty good after snapping a four-game skid with a 107-95 win at Boston last night. Ricky Rubio led the team with 22 points and five assists while shooting 10 of 15 from the field, while Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood and Jonas Jarebko all chipped in with 17 points each. As a team, the Jazz shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 25 from the three-point line but it was their defense that was the difference as they took control of the game after outscoring the Celtics by 25-13 in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the win was a little bittersweet as Rudy Gobert left the game early in the first quarter with a left knee injury and did not return. With the win, Utah improved to 14-15 overall and 3-10 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won 16 of their last 17 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after cruising past the Lakers in a 121-112 home win on Thursday. Kevin Love led the scoring with 28 points on nine of 15 shooting, LeBron James racked up a triple-double of 25 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists while Jose Calderon chipped in with 17 points and six assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the three-point line, but they really had to battle with the young Lakers for 48 minutes as they were really outhustled in the paint and on the boards. With the win, Cleveland improved to 21-8 overall and 12-4 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days’ rest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 home games, 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.

The Cavs continue to pile on the wins on a nightly basis but they haven’t exactly been blowing teams off the court as their last four wins have come by single digits. The Jazz looked great in last night’s win over the red-hot Celtics, but they’ll have to be even better to trouble the Cavs on zero days’ rest. I’m confident the Cavs will be good enough to win this one at home, but I’ll take the Jazz with the handful of points.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:24:43 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105860
<![CDATA[Virginia vs. Davidson - 12/16/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/12/16/virginia-vs-davidson-12/16/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Davidson Wildcats look to shakeup the college basketball rankings with a win versus the #16 Virginia Cavaliers.

The Davidson Wildcats will be looking to string a few wins together when the team faces the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. Davidson comes in off of a 74-51 rout of the VMI Keydets as 26 point home favorites with a dominant 40-26 second half breaking open a competitive contest. The Wildcats held a slight 40.7%-38% edge in shooting with a 17-6 margin at the stripe to win comfortably.

Jon Axel Gudmundsson was the top gun for the Davidson attack with a contest high…

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The Davidson Wildcats look to shakeup the college basketball rankings with a win versus the #16 Virginia Cavaliers.

The Davidson Wildcats will be looking to string a few wins together when the team faces the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. Davidson comes in off of a 74-51 rout of the VMI Keydets as 26 point home favorites with a dominant 40-26 second half breaking open a competitive contest. The Wildcats held a slight 40.7%-38% edge in shooting with a 17-6 margin at the stripe to win comfortably.

Jon Axel Gudmundsson was the top gun for the Davidson attack with a contest high 22 points, seven rebounds and four steals on 5-10 from the floor including a 10-12 effort at the line. Peyton Aldridge gave the Wildcats 20 points, seven boards and seven assists on 7-18 shooting with Kellan Grady  adding eleven  points and six pulls.

The #16 Virginia Cavaliers began the 2017-18 campaign with eight consecutive victories before falling to the #11 West Virginia Mountaineers 68-61 as a 4.5 point underdog. Both squads sank shots at around 42% with West Virginia managing a few more looks and baskets in what was a slow paced contest.

This was generally two man offense for Virginia with Devon Hall scoring 19 points, grabbing four boards and handing out six assists on 7-12 from the floor with Kyle Guy tossing in 18 points and snagging three yanks on 6-14 from long range. The duo of Ty Jerome and Mamadi Diakite netted nine points apiece with Diakite adding five rebounds with the rest of the team scoring six points. 

Under is 16-6 in Davidson last 22 vs. Atlantic Coast and over is 35-17-1 in Davidson last 53 Saturday games. Virginia are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and under is 7-3 in Virginia last 10 home games and Virginia are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Atlantic 10. 

The Cavaliers need to play their came which is great defense and make shots and the results will be favorable…

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:21:33 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105857
<![CDATA[Charlotte Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/16/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/12/16/charlotte-hornets-vs-portland-trail-blazers-12/16/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Portland Trailblazers pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.

The Portland Trailblazers will be gunning for a third straight win after last night’s 95-88 win at Orlando. Damian Lillard led the team with 21 points, CJ McCollum added 20 points while Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in with 15 points. Jusuf Nurkic returned from a three-game absence and had himself nine points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes of action. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 43 percent from the field and eight of 18 from the three-point line as they…

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The Portland Trailblazers pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.

The Portland Trailblazers will be gunning for a third straight win after last night’s 95-88 win at Orlando. Damian Lillard led the team with 21 points, CJ McCollum added 20 points while Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in with 15 points. Jusuf Nurkic returned from a three-game absence and had himself nine points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes of action. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 43 percent from the field and eight of 18 from the three-point line as they held on for the narrow win after leading by as many as 17 points midway through the fourth quarter. With the win, Portland improved to 15-13 overall and 8-5 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have lost nine of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Heat in a 104-98 loss on Friday. Kemba Walker led the way with 25 points and five assists, Dwight Howard added 15 points with 16 rebounds while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 41 percent from the field and 10 of 27 from the three-point line but the Hornets still couldn’t get past the Heat who were playing without their big man, Hassan Whiteside. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 10-18 overall and 8-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 games playing on zero days’ rest and 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings and the Trailblazers are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:12:48 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105854
<![CDATA[California vs. Cal State-Fullerton - 12/16/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/12/16/california-vs-cal-state-fullerton-12/16/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cal State Fullerton Titans take the hardwood with the Cal Golden Bears in Saturday afternoon college basketball.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans were labeled as a challenger in the Big West and are beginning to show that potential. Cal State Fullerton has reeled off five consecutive victories following a 91-83 win versus the tough Utah Valley Wolverines with a 50-43 second half broke open a one point game.  Utah Valley managed a small 55.6%-54.4% edge in marksmanship  but better three point shooting and a handful of extra free throws was the deciding factor.

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The Cal State Fullerton Titans take the hardwood with the Cal Golden Bears in Saturday afternoon college basketball.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans were labeled as a challenger in the Big West and are beginning to show that potential. Cal State Fullerton has reeled off five consecutive victories following a 91-83 win versus the tough Utah Valley Wolverines with a 50-43 second half broke open a one point game.  Utah Valley managed a small 55.6%-54.4% edge in marksmanship  but better three point shooting and a handful of extra free throws was the deciding factor.

The Titans leaned heavily on the offense of Khalil Ahmad and he saved the day with a game high 34 points and four yanks on 11-21 from the floor including six long balls. Jackson Rowe gave Cal State Fullerton 15 points and five pulls on 5-9 accuracy while Kyle Allman and Austen Awosika added 12 points apiece with Awosika posting five boards and five assists.

The Cal Golden Bears had struggled through their early season slate as rebuilding teams often do. Cal then goes to San Diego State and edges out the Aztecs 63-62 as a 16 point underdog on Saturday. The Golden Bears hit shots at 44.9% and allowed 40.8% for a few extra field goals.

The balanced Cal offense featured 19 points, seven boards, five assists and three steals from Don Coleman on 6-15 from the field with Justice Sueing adding 12 points five pulls and four steals on 5-10 shooting. Darius McNeill gave the Golden Bears ten points while Kingsley Okoroh tossed in nine points and hauled in ten rebounds.

Under is 9-2 in Fullerton last 11 vs. Pacific-12 and under is 8-3 in Fullerton last 11 road games and under is 13-5 in Fullerton last 18 overall. Over is 7-0-1 in Cal last 8 vs. Big West and over is 5-2-2 in Cal last 9 home games.

Fullerton has looked very solid and if they can control the scoreboard a cover looks good to me…

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:10:06 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105851
<![CDATA[Temple vs. Drexel - 12/16/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/12/16/temple-vs-drexel-12/16/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Philadelphia college basketball fans will be treated to the matchup of the Drexel Dragons and Temple Owls on Saturday.

The Drexel Dragons aren’t given much of a chance in the CAA in 2017-18 so a 5-5 record at this point isn’t the end of the world. Drexel had won three in a row before the offense went south in a 74-60 defeat at the Robert Morris Colonials. Robert Morris jumped to a 15 point lead at the break and the Dragons couldn’t close the gap with a 49.2%-42.6% shooting deficit. 

Drexel received 15 points, four yanks, three assists and three steals from Kurk Lee on 6-14 shooting…

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Philadelphia college basketball fans will be treated to the matchup of the Drexel Dragons and Temple Owls on Saturday.

The Drexel Dragons aren’t given much of a chance in the CAA in 2017-18 so a 5-5 record at this point isn’t the end of the world. Drexel had won three in a row before the offense went south in a 74-60 defeat at the Robert Morris Colonials. Robert Morris jumped to a 15 point lead at the break and the Dragons couldn’t close the gap with a 49.2%-42.6% shooting deficit. 

Drexel received 15 points, four yanks, three assists and three steals from Kurk Lee on 6-14 shooting followed by Tramaine Isabell with 12 points and four pulls on 5-11 from the floor. The Dragons saw Sammy Mojica add eleven points and four yanks on just 3-10 accuracy while Alihan Demir chipped in with nine points on 4-9 from the field.

The Temple Owls are hopping to show enough improvement in 2017-18 to make a run at the top heavy AAC crown. Temple had their opportunity to show what they versus the top ranked Villanova Wildcats and fell well short in an 87-67 defeat as a nine point underdog. The Owls faced a 17 point deficit after 20 minutes and were outshot 60%-47.3%. 

Temple only had three players score in double figures and needed more secondary options around Quinton Rose  who poured in 27 points and logged three steals on 9-12 accuracy including a 5-6 effort on long balls. Josh Brown gave the Owls 12 points and three assists on 5-7 from the floor while Shizz Alston Jr. chipped in with ten points on 4-12.  

Under is 15-7 in Drexel last 22 Saturday games. Over is 7-2 in Temple last 9 home games and Temple are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and over is 19-8 in Temple last 27 overall.

Temple definitely has blowout potential but I just don’t feel comfortable giving away the points….

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:00:46 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105848
<![CDATA[Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers - 12/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/16/boston-bruins-vs-new-york-rangers-12/16/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The New York Rangers look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 15 goals, JT Miller has 18 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up…

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The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The New York Rangers look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 15 goals, JT Miller has 18 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 66 goals on 782 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 20 goals on 233 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 15 goals, Torey Krug has 14 assists and Brad Marchand has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 44 goals on 510 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 29 goals on 343 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 15 games.

The Rangers are 14-6 in their last 20 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-15 in their last 21 road games and 13-6 in their last 19 overall. The Bruins are 61-29 in their last 90 Saturday games, 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The Rangers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Boston, 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

The Boston Bruins are enjoying some of their best hockey of the season as of late, and they're catching an inconsistent Rangers team that struggles on the road on the end of a back to back. The home team has also owned the battle between these two clubs over the last 10 meetings. I have to back the Bruins on their home ice in this spot.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:54:36 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105845
<![CDATA[Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/16/carolina-hurricanes-vs-columbus-blue-jackets-12/16/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 10.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 12 goals, Artemi Panarin has 21 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei…

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 10.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 12 goals, Artemi Panarin has 21 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 59 goals on 770 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 19 goals on 195 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Carolina Hurricanes could use another victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 11 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 16 assists and Sebastian Aho has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 59 goals on 583 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 26 goals on 279 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 11-4 in their last 15 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

We're getting the better team in much better form for the same price as the struggling team that has been getting blasted on the defensive end. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the mroe consistent teams in the league all season long and have been great defensively. I'm siding with the road team here based on the price we're getting.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:50:47 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105842