<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/los-angeles-lakers-vs-washington-wizards-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Wizards pay a visit to the Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center on Tuesday night.

The Washington Wizards have split their last eight games but they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after Saturday’s impressive 127-115 win at Cleveland. John Wall led the team with 37 points and 11 assists, Bradley Beal added 27 points with six assists while four more players finished in double figures. As a team, the Wizards shot 59 percent from the field and eight of 18 from the three-point line and it all started in the first quarter where they set the tone with 40 points.…

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The Washington Wizards pay a visit to the Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center on Tuesday night.

The Washington Wizards have split their last eight games but they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after Saturday’s impressive 127-115 win at Cleveland. John Wall led the team with 37 points and 11 assists, Bradley Beal added 27 points with six assists while four more players finished in double figures. As a team, the Wizards shot 59 percent from the field and eight of 18 from the three-point line and it all started in the first quarter where they set the tone with 40 points. With the win, Washington improved to 45-28 on the season which is good for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers will take any win they can get as they’ve lost 15 of their last 17 games. In Sunday’s 97-81 loss to the Trailblazers, D’Angelo Russell had a nice game of 22 points on eight of 19 shooting, Tyler Ennis added 14 points while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists but the Lakers were always a couple steps behind the Blazers who outscored them in every quarter except for the fourth quarter. As a team, the Lakers shot just 39 percent from the field and five of 21 from the three-point line. With the loss, Los Angeles dropped to 21-52 overall and 13-23 at home where they have won just once since Jan. 31.

Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on two days’ rest, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

Head to head, the Wizards are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Los Angeles, the road team is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Wizards have reeled off three straight wins to move to third place in the Eastern Conference standings and a win over these hapless Lakers will have them one game closer to a possible second seed come playoff time. With that being said, I think the Wizards take care of business early and win this one by double digits.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:02:35 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81692
<![CDATA[Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/portland-trail-blazers-vs-denver-nuggets-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trailblazers collide at the Moda Center on Tuesday night.

The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last nine games but they will be eager to get back on the court and atone for Sunday’s disappointing 115-90 loss to the Pelicans. Mason Plumlee led the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench while Gary Harris and Jamal Murray added 13 points each but this game was a foregone conclusion before the fourth quarter even started as the Nuggets just had no answer for the Pelicans in the second and third quarters where they were outscored by a combined…

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The Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trailblazers collide at the Moda Center on Tuesday night.

The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last nine games but they will be eager to get back on the court and atone for Sunday’s disappointing 115-90 loss to the Pelicans. Mason Plumlee led the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench while Gary Harris and Jamal Murray added 13 points each but this game was a foregone conclusion before the fourth quarter even started as the Nuggets just had no answer for the Pelicans in the second and third quarters where they were outscored by a combined 58-33. As a team, the Nuggets shot just 37 percent from the field and six of 25 from the three-point line and there was no slowing down the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis who poured on 31 points in just 27 minutes of action. With the loss, Denver dropped to 35-38 on the season and down to ninth place in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been forced their way into the playoff picture with six wins in their last seven games and they’ll be looking to stay hot after Sunday’s 97-81 win over the Lakers. Damian Lillard led the team with 22 points and five assists, Allen Crabbe added 18 points off the bench while CJ McCollum had a quiet night of just 13 points. As a team, the Blazers shot just 40 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the three-point line, but they never really had to push themselves as they led by double digits early on and never slowed down until the fourth quarter. With the comprehensive win, Portland improved to 35-38 on the season which is good for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. Meanwhile, the Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 6-1 ATS in their last seven against the Western Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the Nuggets are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Portland, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.

The Blazers have been surging towards the playoffs with six wins in their last seven outings but the Nuggets will be looking to reclaim that eighth spot with a win tonight. This one could go either way, but I'm sticking with the Blazers to stay hot and make it four straight wins tonight.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:54:23 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81689
<![CDATA[Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/houston-rockets-vs-golden-state-warriors-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets duke it out at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night.

The Golden State Warriors have been on a tear lately and they’ll be looking to build on their current seven-game win streak after Sunday’s 106-94 win over the Grizzlies. Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 31 points, Stephen Curry added 21 points with 11 assists while Andre Iguodala provided the spark off the bench with 20 points with four assists on seven of eight shooting. As a team, the Warriors shot 54 percent from the field and 17 of 31 from the three-point…

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The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets duke it out at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night.

The Golden State Warriors have been on a tear lately and they’ll be looking to build on their current seven-game win streak after Sunday’s 106-94 win over the Grizzlies. Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 31 points, Stephen Curry added 21 points with 11 assists while Andre Iguodala provided the spark off the bench with 20 points with four assists on seven of eight shooting. As a team, the Warriors shot 54 percent from the field and 17 of 31 from the three-point line, but you can mark this win down to the Warriors defense, especially in the fourth quarter where they held the Grizzlies to just 13 points. With the win, Golden State improved to 59-14 on the season which is still good for first place in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have won seven of their last eight games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight win after blowing past the Thunder by 137-125 on Sunday. Lou Williams drained seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 31 points, Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon added 24 points each while James Harden steered the offense with 22 points and 12 assists. As a team, the Rockets shot a sizzling 63 percent from the field and 20 of 39 from the three-point line as they dominated the first half by 79-59 to put the game to bed early. With the impressive win, Houston improved to 51-22 on the season and 28-9 at home where they are on a five-game win streak.

Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 against the Western Conference.

Head to head, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Houston and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Houston.

Both teams are red-hot coming into this game, but the Rockets will be full of confidence following their blowout win over the Thunder in their last outing and I'm expecting Harden to strengthen his case for the NBA MVP award with another big night in this one. Give me the Rockets to get the win and cover at home.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:49:43 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81686
<![CDATA[Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/indiana-pacers-vs-minnesota-timberwolves-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be eager to put a halt to a six-game skid after falling to the Trailblazers in a 112-100 road loss on Saturday. Andrew Wiggins led the team with 20 points, Kris Dunn added 17 points off the bench while Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio chipped in with 16 points each. As a team, the Wolves shot 49 percent from the field but they let themselves down on the defensive end as they allowed the Trailblazers to shoot a ridiculous 62 percent from the field, leading…

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The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be eager to put a halt to a six-game skid after falling to the Trailblazers in a 112-100 road loss on Saturday. Andrew Wiggins led the team with 20 points, Kris Dunn added 17 points off the bench while Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio chipped in with 16 points each. As a team, the Wolves shot 49 percent from the field but they let themselves down on the defensive end as they allowed the Trailblazers to shoot a ridiculous 62 percent from the field, leading to 94 points after three quarters before the Timberwolves made a run in the fourth quarter to keep the scores respectable. With the loss, Minnesota dropped to 28-44 on the season and 10-25 on the road where they have lost their last seven.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have won eight of their last 15 games and they will be looking to build on Sunday’s 107-94 home win over the 76ers. Paul George led the team with 21 points, Myles Turner added 17 points with 16 rebounds while Jeff Teague chipped in with 16 points and four assists. As a team, the Pacers shot 42 percent from the field and seven of 17 from the three-point line and they did their damage in the first and third quarters where they outscored the 76ers by a combined 57-42. With the win, Indiana improved to 37-36 on the season which is currently good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 0-6 ATS in their last six road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points.

Head to head, the Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Indiana, the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and the over is 13-5-1 in the last 19 meetings overall.

The Pacers have been one of the most inconsistent teams lately but you would expect them to get the win over these young Wolves given that there's so much on the line in terms of playoff implications. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends in an upset, but I have to stick with the Pacers to get the win and cover at home in this one. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:45:51 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81683
<![CDATA[Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/charlotte-hornets-vs-milwaukee-bucks-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets do battle at the Spectrum Center on Tuesday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks have won 11 of their last 14 games but they will be looking to bounce back after losing to the Bulls in a 109-94 loss on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Greg Monroe added 16 points while Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton chipped in with 14 points each. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the three-point line but they just couldn’t match the Bulls in the second half where…

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The Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets do battle at the Spectrum Center on Tuesday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks have won 11 of their last 14 games but they will be looking to bounce back after losing to the Bulls in a 109-94 loss on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Greg Monroe added 16 points while Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton chipped in with 14 points each. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the three-point line but they just couldn’t match the Bulls in the second half where they were outscored by 53-39. With the loss, Milwaukee dropped to 37-36 on the season which currently has them sitting at sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have found a bit of form as they’ve won four of their last five games, including a 120-106 win over the Suns on Sunday. Kemba Walker led the way with 31 points and nine assists, Marvin Williams drained five treys en route to 21 points while Nicolas Batum chipped in with a double-double of 18 points with 10 assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 48 percent from the field and 14 of 30 from the three-point line and they also had six players finished in double figures to cap off what was one of their most balanced scoring efforts of the season. With the win, Charlotte improved to 33-40 on the season which is only good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home and 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the Bucks are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Charlotte, the road team is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Charlotte.

The Hornets have won four of their last five games and they need this win to keep their slim hopes of a playoff berth alive, but the Bucks have been in great form and look like the value bet as underdogs in this one. Give me the Bucks to pull off the minor upset and get the win.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:40:52 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81680
<![CDATA[Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/edmonton-oilers-vs-los-angeles-kings-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Edmonton Oilers have their sights set on top spot in the Pacific as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to town on Tuesday night.

The Kings are in unfamiliar territory heading into action on Tuesday night as they are well back of the playoff picture in the Western Conference and with an 11-point mountain to climb and only eight games to do it I think it is safe to say they will not be in the running to win the Stanley Cup this season. Los Angeles came into the year with high expectations as they have grown into a perennial contender in the Western Conference but an early season injury…

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The Edmonton Oilers have their sights set on top spot in the Pacific as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to town on Tuesday night.

The Kings are in unfamiliar territory heading into action on Tuesday night as they are well back of the playoff picture in the Western Conference and with an 11-point mountain to climb and only eight games to do it I think it is safe to say they will not be in the running to win the Stanley Cup this season. Los Angeles came into the year with high expectations as they have grown into a perennial contender in the Western Conference but an early season injury to Jonathan Quick and an endless battle with inconsistency has them well back of the hunt and they could fall victim to an Edmonton side that can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Tuesday in front of their home fans. The Kings are likely to start Quick as he will face off against Cam Talbot who continues to be a work horse in the Edmonton crease.

The Oilers meanwhile look poised to snap out of their lengthy playoff drought that extends back to the 2006 season where they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in game seven of the Stanley Cup final which is led to years of futility for the City of Champions. However, the Oilers have turned a corner thanks in large part to the emergence of Connor McDavid, who is in first full season in the league is poised to claim the Art Ross as the league scoring champion and the Hart as league MVP. Edmonton is getting excellent campaigns from the like of Patrick Maroon, Milan Lucic, and Leon Draisaitl as well as Talbot who has been ridiculously good at times in the Edmonton cage and with just seven games left in the regular season the Oilers have a target on their back for the first time in a decade.

The Kings are 1-10 in their last 11 against a team with a winning record and winless in their last five against the Pacific while the Oilers are 6-1 in their last seven and 5-0 in their last five home games. This is a huge night for Oil Country as they snap their playoff futility streak with a big home win over the Kings and send their fans home happy to have postseason hockey on the horizon.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:33:35 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81677
<![CDATA[Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/montreal-canadiens-vs-dallas-stars-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens look to keep their recent surge intact as they host the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

The Stars look to shake out of their ugly funk on the road as they head into Montreal on Tuesday looking to play spoiler for the Habs who are playing some of their best hockey of the season and have their sights set on top spot in the Atlantic division. The Stars come into this one playing a bit better of late but for one of the league’s biggest disappointments there really wasn’t anywhere to go but up for this group in what should be a lengthy offseason filled…

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The Montreal Canadiens look to keep their recent surge intact as they host the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

The Stars look to shake out of their ugly funk on the road as they head into Montreal on Tuesday looking to play spoiler for the Habs who are playing some of their best hockey of the season and have their sights set on top spot in the Atlantic division. The Stars come into this one playing a bit better of late but for one of the league’s biggest disappointments there really wasn’t anywhere to go but up for this group in what should be a lengthy offseason filled with change from the front office to the on ice product. Dallas has some fire power that the Canadiens need to be concerned about as Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn still form one of the most dangerous duos in the league and while Montreal has been much better over the last three weeks they are always in danger of going cold in the offensive zone.

The Canadiens meanwhile will look to create some separation atop the division as they are currently three points clear of the Ottawa Senators who still have a game in hand on Montreal in a race that looks like it is going to come right down to the wire. Montreal hasn’t demonstrated a ton of offensive flare this season and that could be their undoing come playoff time if they don’t get exceptional goaltending from Carey Price, but we have seen the former MVP get back to his old self since the all-star break and he looks determined to carry his group well into the Eastern Conference playoffs and it might take more than an also ran Dallas side on this night to ruin the swagger of this Canadiens group at the moment.

The Stars are 7-23 in their last 30 following a win and 7-21 in their last 28 against a team with a winning record while the Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 overall and 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games. This is a tough game to call as Montreal needs the win but Dallas is playing with nothing to lose, have the offense to take down the Habs, and Montreal has been dismal against the Central division. I’m taking a flier with Dallas or making this a no play. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:20:55 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81674
<![CDATA[Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/vancouver-canucks-vs-anaheim-ducks-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 32 goals, Ryan Kesler has 32 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given…

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The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 32 goals, Ryan Kesler has 32 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 105 goals on 1,336 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 72 goals on 867 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have won 12 of their last 15 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a nice feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Canucks are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 20 goals, Markus Granlund has 13 assists and Sven Baertschi has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 62 goals on 692 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 135 goals on 1,591 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed two or more goals in each of their last 10 games.

The Ducks are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 27-12 in their last 39 vs. Pacific and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Canucks are 1-10 in their last 11 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Ducks are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Vancouver, and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vancouver and 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.

The Vancouver Canucks are a team that has its eyes set on the offseason, the beach and sand between the toes. The Anaheim Ducks are gearing up for a strong playoff run and would love to wrap up the Pacific division as soon as possible. The Ducks should cruise to victory here, and of course, I take the spread to increase the value of the bet and avoid the massive juice.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:53:02 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81671
<![CDATA[Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/toronto-maple-leafs-vs-florida-panthers-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.

The Florida Panthers need a big road victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with 28 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 30 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays.…

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The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.

The Florida Panthers need a big road victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with 28 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 30 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays. James Reimer has given up 87 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has allowed 104 goals on 1,217 shots. The Florida Panthers have lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing more than one goal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to earn another big victory here after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 34 goals, Nazem Kadri has 25 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 215 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 157 goals on 1,924 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has allowed 18 goals on 141 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall and the under is 5-1-2 in Panthers last 8 road games.

The Florida Panthers continue to drop in the standings with constant poor performances and the defense keeps taking a hit with Luongo not on the ice. Playing on the end of a back-to-back against a hot Toronto Maple Leafs squad likely isn't going to help matters. With the way the Maple Leafs have played the last couple of weeks, they should be able to beat up on a struggling Panthers team that looks dead in the water in terms of the playoffs.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:31:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81668
<![CDATA[Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/boston-bruins-vs-nashville-predators-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Nashville Predators look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 29 goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 27 assists and James Neal has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka…

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The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Nashville Predators look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 29 goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 27 assists and James Neal has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 135 goals on 1,612 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 39 goals on 531 shots. The Nashville Predators have won six straight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Boston Bruins could use a nice spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 37 goals, David Pastrnak has 32 assists and David Krejci has 152 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 133 goals on 1,470 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 34 goals on 338 shots. The Boston Bruins have won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less goals.

The Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 7-3 in their last 10 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Boston, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall and the home team is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.

The Nashville Predators are playing better hockey than the Bruins right now and have won the last three meetings against Boston, which includes allowing just one goal in the last two matchups. However, Nashville is also on the end of a back-to-back and playing in Boston is never easy. Also, the home team has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between these two clubs. That has to count for something. I like the Bruins to get a nice home win to kind of right the ship. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:19:13 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81665
<![CDATA[Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/carolina-hurricanes-vs-detroit-red-wings-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings look to beat the Carolina Hurricanes again after winning five of their last seven games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 21 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 45 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents…

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The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings look to beat the Carolina Hurricanes again after winning five of their last seven games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 21 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 45 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 130 goals on 1,314 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has allowed 35 goals on 541 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a bounce back performance after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 30 goals, Sebastian Aho has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 150 goals on 1,568 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed 35 goals on 372 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have won five straight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Red Wings are 5-13 in their last 18 road games, 17-36 in their last 53 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-9 in their last 11 Tuesday games. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Red Wings are 22-7-1 in the last 30 meetings, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina and the under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Carolina.

It's tough to beat a team twice in as many days, especially when both games are on the road, but I was burned by the Hurricanes yesterday and this plus money is getting a little crazy. I know the Detroit Red Wings aren't good on the road and have been crazy inconsistent overall, but they have had Carolina's number in recent meetings and have won five of their last seven overall. Maybe this is a team looking to finish the season strong. I'll take stab with the road team based on the crazy line we're getting. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:08:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81662
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Draft 2017: Top 10 Starting Pitcher (SP) Rankings]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/03/27/fantasy-baseball-draft-2017-top-10-starting-pitcher-sp-rankings#comments We’ve been celebrating the return of fantasy baseball over the past week or so by taking a position-by-position look at the top 10 options in each slot. Today it’s time to check out the starting pitchers, and it’s no secret that you need a strong pitching staff to compete in any fantasy league. Let’s check out the numbers and see who you might be able to pick up at the top end of your roster. 

1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: Kershaw earns the top of the SP pile once again this year, and there’s very little debate about it. Kershaw missed two…

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We’ve been celebrating the return of fantasy baseball over the past week or so by taking a position-by-position look at the top 10 options in each slot. Today it’s time to check out the starting pitchers, and it’s no secret that you need a strong pitching staff to compete in any fantasy league. Let’s check out the numbers and see who you might be able to pick up at the top end of your roster. 

1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: Kershaw earns the top of the SP pile once again this year, and there’s very little debate about it. Kershaw missed two months last season, but still came up with 12 wins and 172 strikeouts in 149 innings. Kershaw will go very, very early in your draft. 

2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: Scherzer follows closely behind at No. 2, and he’s a strong pick as well. In 228.3 innings last season, he logged 20 wins, 284 strikeouts, a 2.95 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Scherzer is destined for another good season if he can keep that momentum going. 

3. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants: Bumgarner is solidified in the No. 3 overall SP slot, and there’s not much debate about that, either. In 226.7 innings during 2016, he put up 15 wins, 251 strikeouts, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Bumgarner’s been used heavily over the last couple of years, and that’s going to continue this season. 

4. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox: Sale is pretty much the No. 4 overall SP pick, and he’s coming off a pretty good season. Last year with the White Sox, he managed 17 wins, 233 strikeouts, a 3.33 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Sale has changed his “Sox” over the winter and will reside in a relatively hitter-friendly park again, but he should put up a solid season overall. 

5. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs: Here’s where things start to differ with rankings. Arrieta is up around five on the high side, and other lists have him barely cracking the top 10. We’re a little more optimistic on Arrieta this season, as he’s coming off 18 wins in 31 starts, with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. 

6. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians: Kluber had another strong season in 2016, and his stock has risen because of it. In 215 innings last year, he managed 18 wins, 227 Ks, a 3.13 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. You can look for him somewhere in the top 30 picks, so act fast if you want him. 

7. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: Lots of people keep waiting for a meltdown from Verlander, but it hasn’t come yet. He started 34 games last year, bagging 16 wins, 254 strikeouts, a 3.04 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Verlander is the guy to go to for strikeouts, and his ERA/WHIP should be strong again in 2017. 

8. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets: Mets ace Syndergaard took another step forward in 2016, logging 218 strikeouts, a 2.59 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 183.7 innings. If you can get Syndergaard down at this level (or maybe even a few spots up), jump all over it. 

9. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants: Cueto’s first year with the Giants was a triumph, as he put up Cy-Young level numbers. In 219.7 innings last season, he managed 18 wins, 198 Ks, a 2.78 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Cueto is a no-nonsense pick and should remain very consistent in 2017. 

10. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: Lester rounds out our top 10 this year, and he’ll return with his newly-minted champion Cubs. In 32 starts during 2016, he came up with 19 wins, 197 Ks, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Lester enters 2017 with a good defense and some great offensive support in his favor, and he should perform well again this summer. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:53:40 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81659
<![CDATA[Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/detroit-pistons-vs-miami-heat-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons meet Tuesday in NBA action at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Miami Heat need a win to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 102.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 20 points and 5.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 16.9 points and 14.2 rebounds. Tyler Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and James Johnson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.3 percent…

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The Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons meet Tuesday in NBA action at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Miami Heat need a win to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 102.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 20 points and 5.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 16.9 points and 14.2 rebounds. Tyler Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and James Johnson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost four of their last five road games.

The Detroit Pistons also need a win to stay in the playoff covo and snap a four-game losing streak. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 101.3 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while Reggie Jackson is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists. Andre Drummond is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won five of their last seven home games.

The Heat are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Pistons are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games, Pistons are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Detroit, the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Detroit Pistons are a different team on their home court, but this looks like a team that's not motivated at all to make the playoffs. Getting blown out by the New York Knicks Monday night when in the heart of a tight race? Yikes. The Miami Heat have had struggles of their own without Waiters in the lineup, but they've been a lot more consistent overall and play good teams down to the wire. Add in the fact the Pistons are on the end of a back-to-back, and this is a game the Miami Heat should be able to win. The Pistons seem to be ready for the offseason.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:47:48 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81656
<![CDATA[San Jose Sharks vs. New York Rangers - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/san-jose-sharks-vs-new-york-rangers-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers battle the San Jose Sharks in west coast NHL hockey on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers possess an offense capable of scoring in bunches although it wasn’t nearly big enough to overcome a defense and goaltending that struggled in a 6-3 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist looked rusty after returning from a three week hiatus because of a hip injury despite a 28 save effort. Derek Stepan, Brady Skjei and Rick Nash each scored for the Rangers. The surging Ducks received their offense from Patrick Eaves with a pair of tallies with Josh Manson, Ryan Kesler,…

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The New York Rangers battle the San Jose Sharks in west coast NHL hockey on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers possess an offense capable of scoring in bunches although it wasn’t nearly big enough to overcome a defense and goaltending that struggled in a 6-3 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist looked rusty after returning from a three week hiatus because of a hip injury despite a 28 save effort. Derek Stepan, Brady Skjei and Rick Nash each scored for the Rangers. The surging Ducks received their offense from Patrick Eaves with a pair of tallies with Josh Manson, Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie each found the back of the net for Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf totaled four assists while Jonathan Bernier mustered 28 stops as Anaheim won number four in a row and eight of ten.

The San Jose Sharks have been struggling so the sight of the surging Nashville Predators on the road was probably not welcome. The Sharks continued to struggle in a 7-2 defeat on Saturday where nothing went their way while the Predators could do no wrong. The San Jose attack produced goals from Justin Braun and Patrick Marleau while Martin Jones made 27 stops as the Sharks fell for the 6th straight time. Nashville received a pair of goals each from James Neal and Colton Sissons with PK Subban, Cody McLeod and Viktor Arvidsson also lighting the lamp. Colin Wilson and Craig Smith posted three helpers apiece to make Pekka Rinne and his 26 stops an easy winner. The Preds have now won six of seven to rise to third in the Central.

The Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and the Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Sharks are 0-5 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the  Sharks are 0-6 in their last 6 overall while the Sharks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Rangers have enjoyed success at San Jose with the under also hitting often and I’m leaning Rangers pending goalies…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:33:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81653
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/philadelphia-flyers-vs-ottawa-senators-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Ottawa Senators could use a strong road victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with 25 goals, Mike Hoffman has 33 assists and Mark Stone has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig…

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The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Ottawa Senators could use a strong road victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with 25 goals, Mike Hoffman has 33 assists and Mark Stone has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 79 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 90 goals on 1,068 shots. The Ottawa Senators have lost six straight games when allowing three or more goals.

The Philadelphia Flyers also need a nice victory here after they’ve split their last eight games. The Flyers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 29 goals, Brayden Schenn has 27 assists and Jakub Voracek has 234 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Michal Neuvirth has given up 64 goals on 580 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 135 goals on 1,438 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have won seven of their last 11 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-13 in their last 16 games following a win. The under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia and 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Flyers have won three of the last four meetings against the Senators and have been rather solid on their home ice as of late. The Senators are just not playing well enough to trust on the road in a spot like this and the Flyers need to start winning if they're going to stay in the tight East playoff race. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team here.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:07:40 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81650
<![CDATA[Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/atlanta-hawks-vs-phoenix-suns-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Phoenix Suns are looking to play spoiler while getting their first victory since March 11. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 107.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 21.6 points and 3.2 assists while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Marquese Chriss is grabbing four rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond…

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The Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Phoenix Suns are looking to play spoiler while getting their first victory since March 11. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 107.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 21.6 points and 3.2 assists while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Marquese Chriss is grabbing four rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost five straight road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could also use a big win here that would snap a seven-game losing streak. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 17.9 points and 6.3 assists while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 14.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Kent Bazemore is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last eight home games.

The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hawks are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Suns are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta, 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Sorry, but I'm not laying this many points with an Atlanta Hawks team that hasn't won a game over the last two weeks and will still be without Paul Millsap. The Phoenix Suns may not be a good basketball team in their ownright, but they can certainly score a lot of points and keep games close. The Hawks simply don't deserve to be laying these numbers in these spots against anyone given their current form. Give me the points in a fade from Atlanta.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:54:37 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81647
<![CDATA[New Jersey Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/new-jersey-devils-vs-winnipeg-jets-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Winnipeg Jets invade the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils in NHL hockey action.

The Winnipeg Jets postseason hopes are hanging by a thread and it’s a very thin thread to be exact. Winnipeg is eliminated from the playoffs with one loss or a St. Louis Blues win so there isn’t any wiggle room and the odds are against them in a big way. The Jets managed to avoid elimination with Sunday’s 2-1 victory versus the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Mathieu Perrault scored in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and Adam Lowry netted the game winner in the third on the power play to…

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The Winnipeg Jets invade the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils in NHL hockey action.

The Winnipeg Jets postseason hopes are hanging by a thread and it’s a very thin thread to be exact. Winnipeg is eliminated from the playoffs with one loss or a St. Louis Blues win so there isn’t any wiggle room and the odds are against them in a big way. The Jets managed to avoid elimination with Sunday’s 2-1 victory versus the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Mathieu Perrault scored in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and Adam Lowry netted the game winner in the third on the power play to lead the Jets offense while Michael Hutchinson made 28 stops to get the victory. The Canucks lone goal came from Alexander Edler with Ryan Miller coming up big between the pipes with a 30 save performance albeit, a losing one.

The Dallas Stars were one of the better teams a short year ago but we can say what a difference a year makes with the team on the cusp of elimination with another defeat. The Stars faced elimination Sunday at the Prudential Center versus the New Jersey Devils but came away with a 2-1, overtime win after trailing late in the third period. Tyler Seguin won it just 20 seconds in to the extra session on the man advantage but it was Ales Hemsky’s power play tally with 6:36 remaining that tied the game at 1-1. Kari Lehtonen gave Dallas 20 saves as the Stars kept the puck off of their goalie. Blake Coleman gave the Devils their only goal in the first and Keith Kinkaid was solid in goal with 30 stops but it was still a loss.

The Jets are 0-8 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and the over is 7-1 in Jets last 8 Tuesday games while the over is 5-1 in Jets last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The under is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 home games and the over is 4-0-2 in Devils last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 3-0-2 in Devils last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. The under is 8-0-1 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey while the Jets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The trends are heavily tilted towards the under while Winnipeg has done well also so I’ll lean under until goalies are announced…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:23:12 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81644
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/28/brooklyn-nets-vs-philadelphia-76ers-3/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a feel good victory after splitting their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Robert Covington is averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dario Saric is averaging 12.8 points and 2.2 assists. Jahlil Okafor is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Henderson is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are…

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a feel good victory after splitting their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Robert Covington is averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dario Saric is averaging 12.8 points and 2.2 assists. Jahlil Okafor is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Henderson is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost four of their last five road games.

The Brooklyn Nets look for another victory after winning three of their last four games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 106 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 20.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jeremy Lin is averaging 13.9 points and 4.9 assists. Sean Kilpatrick is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Booker is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have split their last six home games.

The 76ers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games, 8-0 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn and 9-1-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.

Usually I take the 76ers and the points whenever I can based on their numbers against the spread, but the Nets are playing some solid basketball as of late and the home team has won five of the last six meetings between these two bad teams. So, I'll lay the bucket with the all of a sudden hot Nets.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:21:40 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81641
<![CDATA[Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/columbus-blue-jackets-vs-buffalo-sabres-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments NHL hockey comes to Nationwide Arena when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Buffalo Sabres might not be in the postseason picture but to their credit the team is still playing hard. For lack of a better word, the Sabres are in the role of spoilers and played the part to perfection Saturday with a 5-2 victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs o earn wins in three of four contests. The balanced Buffalo attack featured a pair of goals from Jack Eichel with Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Robin…

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NHL hockey comes to Nationwide Arena when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Buffalo Sabres might not be in the postseason picture but to their credit the team is still playing hard. For lack of a better word, the Sabres are in the role of spoilers and played the part to perfection Saturday with a 5-2 victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs o earn wins in three of four contests. The balanced Buffalo attack featured a pair of goals from Jack Eichel with Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Robin Lehner and his 32 saves. The loss was extra costly for the Maple Leafs who saw #1 goalie Frederik Andersen leave after the first with an ‘upper body’ injury. Connor Brown and Auston Matthews provided the scoring for Toronto with Andersen allowing two goals in the first before Curtis McElhinney came in and gave up three goals in the second.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are playoff bound but still have a shot at the best record in hockey. After defeating the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Saturday, the Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins are battling for second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Capitals. The question surrounding the CBJ is whether the team rests some players for the postseason or do they try to make a run at the Capitals which might not be worth it with time running out on the regular season. Columbus knocked off Philadelphia on a goal from Alexander Wennberg and a strong effort between the pipes from former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky who recorded a monster 36 stops to earn shutout number seven on the season. Philadelphia never got going offensively and Michal Neuvirth and his 20 stops turned out to be a loss.

The under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 road games and the Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games while the over is 5-1-2 in Sabres last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Blue Jackets are 12-2 in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest and the Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record while the Blue Jackets are 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus and the over is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings.

The numbers say plenty of goals have been scored in this match up so I’ll go with the over until goalies are confirmed…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:44:50 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81638
<![CDATA[Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/minnesota-wild-vs-washington-capitals-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Capitals visit the Xcel Energy Center to square off with the Minnesota Wild in a Tuesday night NHL hockey tilt.

A few short weeks ago, the experts were asking what was wrong with the Washington Capitals. Apparently nothing as the Capitals are in a groove once again which is a good thing with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins ready to pounce if the Caps falter again. Washington has won five of six after handing the Arizona Coyotes a 4-1 setback at the Verizon Center on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin paced the Capitals offense with his 30th goal while…

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The Washington Capitals visit the Xcel Energy Center to square off with the Minnesota Wild in a Tuesday night NHL hockey tilt.

A few short weeks ago, the experts were asking what was wrong with the Washington Capitals. Apparently nothing as the Capitals are in a groove once again which is a good thing with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins ready to pounce if the Caps falter again. Washington has won five of six after handing the Arizona Coyotes a 4-1 setback at the Verizon Center on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin paced the Capitals offense with his 30th goal while Daniel Winnik scored twice. Justin Williams also scored for the Caps with Braden Holtby getting the win with 28 saves. Peter Holland scored the only goal for the Coyotes while Mike Smith was charged with three goals on 32 shots.

The Minnesota Wild were one of the best teams in hockey before the All Star break as they were the top team in the Western Conference. The Wild are in a bit of a tailspin with losses in eight of nine after suffering a 3-2, overtime defeat at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Red Wings are still hopeful regarding the postseason and have won four of six overall. Detroit saw Andreas Athanasiou win it less then two minutes in to the extra session on a breakaway with Tomas Tater and Mike Green finding the back of the net in regulation. Jimmy Howard recorded24 stops to lift the Wings who are looking for their 26th straight playoff appearance. Nate Prosser and Eric Staal supplied the Minnesota scoring with Devan Dubnyk absorbing the loss with 16 saves. 

The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 road games and the Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games while the Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 4-0 in Wild last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference while the Wild are 0-6 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings and the Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings while the home team is 15-4 in the last 19 meetings. 

The over has done okay in this match up with the Capitals winning four in a row versus the Wild. The Caps are my pick until I see goalies…

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