Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets
NHL Prediction: Winnipeg +118 odds (March 1st 2015)
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Both teams are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot and they’ve split a pair of games in LA already this year, but I think the Jets offer pretty good value in this spot. LA won eight straight before then losing two in a row, a 1-0 setback to Ottawa on Thursday and a 4-2 loss at Anaheim on Friday. It was a crushing defeat to the Ducks as the Kings would give up four unanswered third period goals. The Jets could obviously care less about LA’s issues, they’re just as hungry and desperate after a hard-fought 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis on Thursday. Note that Winnipeg would outhit the Blues 35 to 21 and has earned at least one point in nine of its last 11. And note that Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick has struggled vs. the Jets throughout his career in posting a pedestrian 3.25 GAA. I don’t think home ice advantage can be overlooked here and in my opinion, this is the very definition of “great line value.”
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars
NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals (March 1st 2015)
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The Ducks are in Dallas tonight, taking on a struggling Stars team that has lost five straight. All five of those games saw the total fly over the number, in fact the Stars have conceded five or more goals in four of those five games. Both Dallas goaltenders have been brutal, with Kari Lehtonen surrendering 14 goals in three straight losses, and Jhonas Enroth still looking for his first win since coming over from Buffalo. Enroth has surrendered nine goals in his only two starts with Dallas.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff isn’t going to sugar coat it, and here is what he had to say in regards to the goaltending situation: “The goaltending performance doesn’t match the effort of the team. It’s as simple as that,” Ruff said.
Goaltending hasn’t really been a strength for the Ducks since Fredrick Anderson was injured. Jon Gibson has been average at best, with a record of 7-5 with a 2.63 GAA. The Ducks have won four of their last five, but three of those four wins were high scoring games going over the total.
Andersen could return to action tonight, but it remains to be seen if he can pick up right where he left off. The Ducks might not need him to be at his best, as they have been filling the net on a regular basis lately, and that’s a trend that is likely to continue tonight.
San Diego vs. Portland
College Basketball Pick: Portland -3.5 points (February 28th 2015)
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The San Diego Toreros have played .500 basketball over their last 10 games. San Diego scoring on average 64.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting while defensively they are allowing 63.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting. The Toreros offense is led by Johnny Dee with 17.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. Christopher Anderson adds eight points and 6.5 assists The San Diego Toreros have four players that average at least 6.6 points a game. San Diego has given up 59 or less points in three of its last five games.
The Portland Pilots like San Diego have been up and down having split their last 10 games. Portland has put up 69.9 points a game this season while shooting 43.9 percent from the floor. On the defensive end the Pilots are allowing 68.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. The Pilots offense is fuelled by Kevin Bailey with 14 points a game. Alec Wintering contributes 12.5 points and 5.9 assists. Thomas van der Mars adds another double figure scorer to the offense. Portland has four players averaging at least 8.7 points. Defensively, Portland has given up 68 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Toreros 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Pilots are 17-8-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a S.U. loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
I think the Pilots will use their home court to their advantage. The pirates have a more diverse offense which should pay dividends in this contest. The Pilots should have no problem covering the small number at home.
Play on Portland. This is a (1*) play.
Utah State vs. Air Force
Basketball Prediction: Utah State Pk (February 28th 2015)
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I’m recommending a play on Utah State on Saturday. Utah State’s young squad has had a huge improvement since the beginning of the season with the Aggies winning their last five in a row both SU and ATS. Stew Morrill announced his retirement at the end of the season and it seems to have sparked the Aggies to end his career on a high note. Utah State won the first meeting 71-59 on Jan. 17 and the Aggies are shooting a blistering 53.5 percent their last five games and holding opponents to just 39.5 percent on the season. Also, they continue an amazing trend vs losing teams – 44-18 ATS dating back a couple years. Air Force is 0-4 ATS its last four games and hasn’t won since Feb. 7 against Wyoming which was playing without its star player, Larry Nance, Jr. Look for Utah State to grab the road win. I’m backing the Utah State Aggies on Saturday. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.
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