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Contrarian Crusher - Rickenbach NHL Friday 8* Dallas Stars Money Line +145 vs San Jose Sharks @ 8:35 ET - This is a revenge game for the Sharks as they just lost here 1-0 on Monday. However, San Jose is actually down 2.2 net units on the season when playing with revenge. Not only has revenge not been a money earner for the Sharks, the other issue is simply that they just aren't playing well right now. San Jose has lost 4 straight games and is feeling the playoff pressure while the Stars come into this one loose and relaxed and have been coming with upsets on home ice. Overall, before their loss at Chicago yesterday, Dallas had won 7 of its last 13 games. Also, the Stars have won each of their last two games as home dogs with wins over the Sharks and the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins the last two times they've been a home dog. San Jose has averaged just 1 goal per game during their 4-game losing streak and they're facing a Stars team that has averaged 3.6 goals per game in their 17 home games since the calendar flipped a page to 2017. The Sharks have lost 7 of 13 road games with a posted total of 5.5 goals this season. The Stars have won 4 of their 5 Friday game this season and you bet that the American Airlines Center in Big D will be rocking tonight. Great value with this home dog here! 8* DALLAS
Earliest Cash - Rickenbach NHL Friday 8* OVER 5.5 goals +125 in Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning @ 7:05 ET - The Bolts have gone over the total in 3 straight games and, not only that, all 3 games totaled at least 8 goals. Tampa Bay is coming off of a 6-3 win but, prior to that, the Lightning had allowed exactly 5 goals in 3 straight games! As you can plainly see, the Bolts are having trouble keeping the puck out of their own net. Now they take on a Red Wings team that is off of a 2-1 road win but that lost 2-1 in its most recent home game. Scoring just one goal on home ice is certainly an unusual result for Detroit and I look for them to bounce back here. Prior to that loss to the Sabres, the Red Wings had scored 3 goals or more in 5 of their last 9 road games. Look for the over to improve to 7-2 in Detroit's Friday games this season as The Joe will certainly be an amped-up arena for a Friday night Red Wings home game against a divisional foe. As for the Bolts, they knocked the Red Wings out of the post-season last year and have proceeded to score 14 goals against them in the 3 meetings this season. To say the Lightning are confident here is a huge understatement. This one shapes up to be a highly entertaining game! 8* OVER the total in Detroit
Rickenbach NBA Friday 10* Top Play Denver Nuggets (+) @ Indiana Pacers @ 7:05 ET - Both teams dealing with playoff pressure right now as they work hard to secure a post-season berth. However, the Nuggets are dealing with the pressure much better than the Pacers and that's why you shouldn't be "fooled" by the interesting line that was posted on this game. Considering Denver is only 13-20 SU in road games this season and Indiana is 25-10 SU in home games this season, why would the Pacers have opened up at very close to the "pick'em range" in this game? Of course it is with good reason but many will feel the odds makers made a mistake here or simply "giving this one away" for the Pacers. It just doesn't work that way folks and I actually like to look for games like this for the sole intention of playing the other side. Here are the "real" keys for this one. Indiana is on a long-term 7-13 (35%) straight-up run their last 20 games. The Nuggets are 8-4 SU (and 9-3 ATS!) in their last 12 games. This is a classic case of two teams going in opposite directions but the betting markets, as usual, are likely to be slow to adjust. That is when you can find significant value which is what I believe we have here. The Pacers have been held under 44.7% from the field in 6 of their last 7 games. The hot-shooting Nuggets have knocked down over 48.7% from the field in 9 of their last 12 games! Denver is also on a 4-0 ATS run against the Pacers and a long-term 19-8 ATS run against Central Division opponents. Even though the Nuggets full season numbers are not impressive (in terms of defense), note that Indiana is 8-17 ATS (32%) in their games this season against teams that are allowing 106 points or more per game! The Pacers offense simply won't be able to keep up with the hot shooting Nuggets in this one. 10* DENVER
Rickenbach NBA Friday 8* Orlando Magic (+) vs Detroit Pistons @ 7:05 ET - The Magic had a bad fourth quarter and lost to the Hornets Wednesday. Now this line has gone from an opener of 2.5 on the Pistons all the way up to a -4 as of mid-morning on gameday. Detroit has lost (and failed to cover) 5 of its last 6 games. The Pistons shots just aren't falling and, as a result, they're feeling all the pressure here. Conversely, the Magic come into this game loose and relaxed and playing with nothing to lose as they certainly don't have to worry about any playoff pressure! That makes for an ultra dangerous home dog in a spot like this and I like the fact that the Magic had won 4 of their last 7 home games before falling apart late against Charlotte Wednesday. Look for Orlando to bounce back and take advantage of a Pistons team that's been held to 44.3% or less from the field in 6 straight games! Detroit is 3-6 SU (and ATS) when off of a game where they allowed 115 points or more. Also, on the season, the Pistons are an ugly 12-23 ATS in road games. I smell an upset here but I am happy to grab all the points I can get. 8* ORLANDO
Rickenbach NBA Friday 8* OVER the total in Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers @ 7:05 ET - The Cavaliers are looking to bounce back off of a loss but Cleveland's recent domination of Charlotte ensures that the Hornets certainly aren't going to back down here. As a result, expect a back and forth high-scoring game here as the Cavs have allowed each of their last 3 opponents to shoot 51% or better from the field. The Hornets have averaged 111 points per game in their last 5 home games and they'll be tough to stop here but don't look for the Charlotte defense to enjoy much success against the Cavaliers either. Cleveland has averaged 112.6 points per game in their last 5 games against the Hornets. The total on this game opened up in the 215.5 range and is now down to a 212.5 as of mid-morning on gameday. This is offering even more value to the over and the over is a hot 4-1 (80%) this season when Charlotte enters a game on a winning streak of 3 games or more. Also, the over is 9-4 (69%) this season when the Cavaliers are off of an upset loss as a favorite. After their disappointing defeat at Denver, the Cavs will fired up and employing plenty of "run and gun" in this one. 8* OVER the total in Charlotte
Game of the Year - Rickenbach CBB Friday 10* Top Play Kentucky Wildcats (+) vs UCLA Bruins @ 9:35 ET - Kentucky has lost back to back games to UCLA - December of 2016 and December of 2015 - and this is even though the Wildcats took 14 more shots from the field in this season's match-up and 13 more shots from the field in last season's match-up. What happened? The Bruins simply shot "lights out" in each game. I don't expect a repeat of that here. The Cats have really dialed things up a notch on defense as the season has gone on and they've held 8 of their last 11 opponents under 41.9% from the field. While both teams have improved since they met in early December this season, the young Wildcats really needed the extra time to mature and that will pay huge dividends in this rematch. Also, unlike Kentucky, UCLA hasn't exactly been "dialed in" on defense. Conversely, the Bruins have allowed at least 43.7% from the field in 3 straight games and UCLA also has not been defending the 3-ball nearly as well as Kentucky has. The Bruins have allowed an average of 78 points per game in their last 3 games. The Wildcats haven't allowed 78 points in game in ANY of their last 12 games. Kentucky has, in fact, allowed 67 points or less in 9 of its last 12 games. UCLA has all the glitzy offensive stats so they are a popular choice but defense wins games like this at this point in the season and the Wildcats have truly come along way and definitely defend the perimeter much better than the Bruins do. UCLA is 11-8 SU in tournament games the past 3 seasons but UK is 17-2 SU in this same stretch and the Wildcats have greatly matured as this season has gone on. This is a double revenge spot for the Cats and I don't see them being denied. Lets not forget they obliterated the Bruins 83-44 three years ago and, after suffering tight losses in each of the last two meetings, though this won't be that type of blowout I do see the Wildcats winning this one large as they get their revenge when it counts the most! 10* KENTUCKY
Insiders Edge - Rickenbach CBB Friday 8* OVER the total in Baylor Bears vs South Carolina Gamecocks @ 7:25 ET - South Carolina has a strong reputation for its defense but they over is now 11-5 in the Gamecocks last 16 games and truly they have faded as the season has gone on. South Carolina has allowed an average of 73 points per game in their last 4 games and the Gamecocks have allowed 71 points or more in 9 of their last 12 games. On the other end of the floor South Carolina has been red hot in the Big Dance with 90.5 points per game scored so far in the tourney. I don't think Baylor is going to have a lot of success in shutting them down. The Bears have seen each of their last 4 games go over the total as they've allowed an average of 71 points per game. Baylor has been shooting red hot over their last 6 games (5 went over) and they've also knocked down over 40% of their three pointers in 3 of their last 4 games. The over is 5-2 in Baylor's last 7 games against SEC competition. As for South Carolina, the over is 10-5 in their last 15 games against teams with a winning record. Look for the over to improve to 5-0 in the Bears last 5 games as the high-scoring trending continues for both of these teams. The Gamecocks are riding high after the upset of Duke and have a ton of confidence right now but Baylor won't go away quietly and has plenty of big scoring options. The result should be a back and forth high-scoring affair played at a good pace. 8* OVER the total in Baylor
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