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Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: March 9th 2017

| March 9, 2017

Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Betting Pick: LA -135 odds (March 9th 2017)

The set-up: The 32-24-10 Nashville Predators finished February with a flourish, scoring 19 goals during their four-game winning streak. However, the offense has taken a step back in a three-game winless skid (0-2-1) to open the month of March. The Predators look to get it together tonight, when they continue their trek through California by visiting the 31-28-6 Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are just 4-7-2 in their last 13 games and with 68 points, are three points ‘south’ of the West’s final wild card spot (Blues own 71 points).

Nashville: The Predators have stopped scoring, with just seven goals during their current losing streak. Captain Mike Fisher has eclipsed last season’s totals in goals (16), assists (22) and points (38), plus leads the team in hits (135) and owns a 54.2 percent faceoff efficiency that is the best of his career. Nashville centers Johansen and Forberg are tied for the team lead in points (51) but the team’s fourth center, Calle Jarnkrok, has 15 points (seven goals & eight assists) in the past 19 games.

LA Kings: Tanner Pearson is enjoying a career season by setting personal bests in both goals (22) and points (40), but the 24-year-old isn’t too keen on discussing the business side of hockey at the moment , which has him becoming a restricted free agent on July 1. LA’s leading scorer is Jeff Carter (30 goals and 26 assists) scored a goal in each game against the Predators this season and has 25 points (16 goals, nine assists) in 24 career games against Nashville.

The pick: The Kings haven’t played since losing 4-3 at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. They took Sunday off and practiced hard Monday and Wednesday. The Predators are hoping to avoid a season-long four-game losing streak tonight but they’ve lost four of their last five to the Kings overall, most recently a 4-0 shutout in Nashville back on Dec. 22. Take the Kings.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Point Spread Pick from Larry Ness: March 8th 2017

| March 8, 2017

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks
NBA Point Spread Pick: Atlanta -9.5 points (March 8th 2017)

The 11-51 Nets are the NBA’s worst team but one must admit that Brooklyn is a different team when Jeremy Lin (13.5-4.8 APG) is healthy. Lin returned from a lengthy absence due to a hamstring injury on Feb 24 and the Nets have won two of the six. He’s scored 18 points in each of his last two outings, including in Monday’s 122-109 win at Memphis. Bottom line is this; the Nets are 5-13 (.278) with Lin in the lineup and 6-38 (.138) without the former Harvard star.

Meanwhile, the struggling Atlanta Hawks lost 119-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, the team’s seventh setback in its last 11 games at home, including three in a row. That stretch has left the fifth-place team in the East with a better record on the road (17-14) than at home (17-15). The Hawks are only team in the conference that can make that claim. However, the much bigger news was the benching of PG Dennis Schroder during Monday’s game. “I don’t understand (coach Mike Budenholzer’s) decision,” Schroder told reporters after he was sent to the bench following an errant pass and an on-court argument with center Dwight Howard, all while the Warriors were making a three-pointer. “Maybe I’m too competitive, I don’t know. I’m just trying to be competitive, trying to win games. But I don’t get that one.” Despite playing just 24 minutes, Schroder still led the Hawks with 23 points but the defeat marked Atlanta’s sixth loss in eight games, overall.

Obviously, the Hawks need to get this situation straightened out. Schroder (17.5-6.2 APG)) has been excellent of late, shooting 52 percent while averaging 19.2 points over a five-game span. Tim Hardaway Jr (13.6), who recently returned to a reserve role when Thabo Sefolosha came back from injury, is averaging 26.3 points in his last three contests. Howard ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounds (12.9) and shooting (63.9 percent) plus Millsap chips in 18.1 & 7.9.

If Atlanta can’t get it together against the Nets, where do the Hawks go from there? The Nets are just 4-27 SU away from home on the season and are coming to the end of an exhausting trip, which when it ends in Dallas on Friday, will have covered about 8,100 miles over 16 days. It’s been caused by the circus and then the ACC Tournament being at the Barclays Center. Lay the points.

Rutgers vs. Ohio State College Basketball Prediction from Jimmy Boyd: March 8th 2017

| March 8, 2017

Rutgers vs. Ohio State
College Basketball Prediction: Ohio State -7 (March 8th 2017)

These two teams come in with similar records, but I don’t think there’s any doubt who is the better team and I just don’t see Rutgers keeping this one close. Sure the Scarlet Knights were able to knock off Illinois at home in their regular season finale, but that was one of just 3 conference wins for Rutgers and it snapped a 6 game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights lost on average by over 10 ppg in Big Ten play. These two teams played twice during the regular season. The Buckeyes won by 6 points at home and it came in a bit of a flat spot off a huge road win at Michigan and even bigger game at Maryland on deck. There’s no overlooking teams in conference tournament, especially for a team like Ohio State, who needs to win the tournament to make the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State ended the year with a loss at home to Indiana as a 3-point favorite and that’s worth noting, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 8-0 ATS over the last 3 seasons off an upset conference loss as a favorite. At the same time. Rutgers is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games after playing a game as a home dog. Take Ohio State!

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