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Monday's List of 13
Happy Presidents' Day........
13) Kevin Durant scored 51 points, Russell Westbrook 40 as the Thunder won a great NBA game 124-118 in OT over Denver Sunday night. Serge Ibaka blocked 11 shots and had a triple/double for Oklahoma City, which had a 20-0 run that bridged the 2nd/3rd quarters.
12) Durant/Westbrook's combined 91 points were more than six NBA teams scored on Sunday. They do need to develop more scoring options, but in the meantime, they're a lot of fun to watch.
11) Denver's Chris Anderson was +17 in 29 minutes, scoring 11 points with six rebounds; he was on floor in crunchtime, the ultimate compliment for any player, but with all his tattoos and that beard, he is a scary dude to look at. He is the Australian Rodman, I guess. A good player.
10) Chris Mullin is fun to listen to, but he needs to work on talking little louder, or maybe I need a freakin' hearing aide, because I have problems understanding some of HBO's Luck too, but then I listen to Dick Vitale scream and holler and I realize my hearing is still pretty good.
9) The Knicks' bandwagon is taking on so many people that I'm stopping writing about them. Memo to all directors of NBA broadcasts; it is really annoying to show Spike Lee 25 times a game. Trust me on this. He gets on air more than Mike D'Antoni.
8) Bill Haas won a 3-man playoff at the LA Open; Mickelson/Bradley, in losing the playoff, earned $607,800 less than Haas, but they all did pretty well this week. Haas won the $10M FedEx Cup LY, so he's doing OK.
7) Not doing so well is Isiah Thomas, who is now 25-63 as coach down at Florida International. Where does FIU turn if they fire an NBA legend?
6) Charlotte Bobcats lost 108-73 to Indiana, 7th time in this short season they've lost by 30+ points. They're looking like the favorite to win NBA Draft Lottery this spring. They should draft a front office.
5) The lesson learned in the last two notes? Michael Jordan/Isiah Thomas were both great players, but that doesn't make them great coaches or even mediocre executives. Guys who were cruddy players but maybe studied the game more do a much better job. You can look it up.
4) In an unrelated item, we saw that Lamar lost a Bracket Buster game at George Mason Saturday, and were reminded that Pat Knight is now coach of the Cardinals, after getting canned at Texas Tech. Knight is 17-10, 8-4 in his first year at Lamar, tied for 3rd in Southland Conference. His team played the #29 non-conference schedule, so they'll be interesting to follow when the Southland Tournament begins next month.
3) Ersan Ilyasova, averaging 9.4 ppg this season, grabbed 25 rebounds and scored 29 points in Milwaukee's 92-85 win in New Jersey. Its very, very hard to grab 25 rebounds in any game, much less an NBA game. Ilyasova averages 7.9 rebounds a game.
2) Golfer Dustin Johnson's grandfather was an All-American basketball player at South Carolina, and was drafted by the Lakers 50 years ago.
1) Every high school basketball player should watch film of a player on Colorado State named Pierce Hornung; he's not the best player the Rams have, but he might be the best teammate. He gets loose balls, he runs the floor, he defends, he rebounds, he is a tough human who does things that help his team win. Every winning team needs players like him.
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Top six teams in the college basketball RPI, as I type this........
6) Kansas-- Have revenge game with Missouri coming up.
5) North Carolina-- Have revenge game with Duke coming up.
4) Duke-- Trailed by 10+ in 2nd half in three of last five games.
3) Kentucky-- SOS is only 57; are they battle tested enough?
2) Michigan State-- Took care of Ohio State in Columbus.
1) Syracuse-- Undefeated with Melo manning the middle.
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Monday's Betting tips: Melo expected to play, chemistry in danger
NBA: Golden State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 meetings with the Clippers.
NBA: The under is 8-3 in Atlanta’s last 11 games.
NBA: The Spurs are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games.
NHL: The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last six home games.
NHL: The under is 11-3-1 in Ottawa’s last 15 road games.
NCAAB: UConn is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games following a double-digit home loss.
NCAAB: Marist is 5-0 ATS in its last five games.
NBA: The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days’ rest.
NBA: The Suns are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games vs. teams with losing road records.
NHL: Ottawa is 3-8 in its last 11 games.
NHL: The over is 2-9 in the last 11 Washington-Carolina games.
NCAAB: St. John’s is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games following a SU win.
NCAAB: Texas is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 home games.
27.9 – That’s St. John’s shooting percentage from beyond the arc, by far the worst in the Big East. The Johnnies are 5-point home favorites over DePaul, which shoots 34.1 percent on 3-pointers, good for eighth in the conference.
Injuries that shouldn’t be overlooked
The Spurs are expected to be without Manu Ginobili and big man Tiago Splitter when they visit the Jazz on Monday. Both got hurt during Saturday’s overtime win over the Clippers. Ginobili strained his oblique, and Splitter sprained his right calf. Saturday marked Ginobili’s fourth game back since he missed 22 games with a broken left hand. He was averaging 12.1 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 55 percent from the field.
Games of the day
Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls (NA)
New Jersey Nets at New York Knicks (-9.5, 194.5)
“It’s frustrating. When you think you have it, you think you’re going to make a change and then you fall back to where you are just at. It’s like we take a few steps forward and then we take a few steps back.” – forward Alex Oriakhi of the UConn Huskies, who visit Villanova on Monday after losing 79-64 at home to Marquette on Saturday.
Notes and tips
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (groin) is expected to play Monday against the Nets. "Knowing Melo and knowing where he is, he'll play," coach Mike D’Antoni said. It remains to be seen whether Melo will mesh with the new-look, unselfish Knicks led by Jeremy Lin.
The Flyers acquired defenseman Pavel Kubina from the Lightning for a pair of draft picks and a minor league player. Kubina, 34, is slated to be an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has 110 goals and 382 points in 953 career games. He was the second defenseman Philly acquired in the last week, after picking up Nicklas Grossman from the Stars. The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 27.
Embattled Illinois coach Bruce Weber says he won’t resign and wants to finish his career with the Fighting Illini. His team has lost four straight and seven of eight, and speculation is rampant he’ll be fired. "That's not even a question, to be honest," Weber said when asked whether he’ll resign. "What has happened? We're 16-10. We're still in the NCAA field. We've had some tough losses. I think that's way beyond." Illinois visits Ohio State on Tuesday.
Rockets forward Jordan Hill sprained his MCL in practice Saturday and will miss at least two weeks. The second-year player has started seven games and appeared in 29, averaging 5.0 points and 4.9 rebounds.
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Monday, February 20
UConn is 5-9 in its last 14 games, losing last four road games by 3-14-18-21 points; players were critical of each other in press after home loss to Marquette Saturday, always a red flag. Villanova lost five of last six games and 15 of last 22; they were up 20 on Notre Dame Saturday, up 11 with 5:30 left, before losing in OT- they're 1-14 in last 15 games vs top 100 opponents (UConn is still #39).. Big East home underdogs of 3 or less points are 7-6 against the spread.
Texas got outscored 27-16 on foul line in a 76-71 loss at Baylor Jan 28, as Longhorns other than Brown (11-22) shot 13-38 from floor (34.2%). Texas is 5-2 at home in conference, losing to Kansas/Missouri- they had 4-game win streak snapped in upset loss at Oklahoma State in last game Saturday. Baylor lost three of last four games, is 5-5 in last ten after its 17-0 start, but three of their last four losses were in Waco. Big X home teams are 9-4-1 against the spread when the number is 3 or less points.
St John's lost 11 of last 15 games, but they did win 87-81 at DePaul on Feb 1, with both teams shooting 50%+ and Harrison going 7-11 behind arc. Red Storm won despite Harkness going 2-15 from floor- that game started Blue Demons' current 6-game losing streak. DePaul lost three in row on road by 8-8-26 points- they had Louisville by 15 in the first half Saturday, lost in OT. Big East home favorites of less than 7 points are 13-21 against the spread this season.
Fairfield had six-game win streak snapped in Milwaukee Saturday; Stags hammered Marist 81-53 at home in first meeting Jan 29, making 12-18 from arc while forcing 20 Marist turnovers. Red Foxes won four of last five games after winning Bracket Buster game at Maine; they won two in row at home, upetting Loyola in last home games. MAAC single digit home underdogs are 7-12 against the spread. Fairfield is 4-2 on MAAC road, with wins by 4-9-12-17 points.
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LVH releases MLB win totals
The LVH SuperBook on Sunday became the first Vegas sportsbook to release MLB win totals, and no team drew more immediate action than the Nationals.
Washington opened at 82.5 wins and was immediately bet up to 84.5.
“People really like this team,” assistant book manager Chris Bennett said, noting some analysts are picking the Nationals to win the wild card. “The No. 1 reason is Stephen Strasburg. Then they added Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, they’ve got Jordan Zimmerman. Their starting pitching looks by far the best it’s ever been.
“It’s a tough division, but this is clearly the best Nationals team they’ve ever had.”
Bettors also pounced on the Twins under, dropping their total from 75 to 73.
Atlantis casino in Reno was first up with MLB win totals for the sixth straight year. Earlier Sunday, BetOnline became the first offshore book to release them.
BetOnline opened Washington at 81 (-120 under) and remained there -- 3.5 wins lower than LVH – Sunday night.
There were other big differences, too.
LVH opened the Phillies at 92.5 and moved them to 93. BetOnline had the Phillies at 95.5. LVH pegged the Angels at 92.5, three wins higher than BetOnline. And LVH listed the Red Sox at 89.5, two wins higher than BetOnline.
LVH offers -110 on its totals and is taking maximum bets of $1,000.
MLB season win totals from LVH SuperBook
Arizona Diamondbacks: 86
Atlanta Braves: 87.5, moved to 87
Baltimore Orioles: 69.5
Boston Red Sox: 89.5
Chicago Cubs: 74.5
Chicago White Sox: 74
Cincinnati Reds: 86.5
Cleveland Indians: 86.5
Colorado Rockies: 82, moved to 81
Detroit Tigers: 92.5
Florida Marlins: 84.5
Houston Astros: 64.5, moved to 64
Kansas City Royals 80.5
Los Angeles Angels: 92.5
Los Angeles Dodgers: 81
Milwaukee Brewers: 83.5
Minnesota Twins: 75, moved to 73
New York Mets: 70.5
New York Yankees: 93.5
Oakland A’s: 71
Philadelphia Phillies: 92.5, moved to 93
Pittsburgh Pirates: 73
San Diego Padres: 73.5
San Francisco Giants: 87.5
Seattle Mariners: 72
St. Louis Cardinals: 82.5, moved to 83
Tampa Bay Rays: 87
Texas Rangers: 91.5
Toronto Blue Jays: 80
Washington Nationals: 82.5, moved to 84.5
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[QUOTE]Thatís St. Johnís shooting percentage from beyond the arc, by far the worst in the Big East. The Johnnies are 5-point home favorites over DePaul, which shoots 34.1 percent on 3-pointers, good for eighth in the conference.[/QUOTE]
Johnnies hit 50% from beyond the arc in their earlier win at DePaul....neither team has a defense...however DePaul does have an offense
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