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|Red Wings vs Hurricanes||Red Wings +168||Premium||1-4||Loss||-100||Show|
|Senators vs Flyers||Flyers -120||Top Premium||2-3||Win||100||Show|
|Jets vs Devils||OVER 5½ +113||Premium||4-3||Win||113||Show|
|Nuggets vs Blazers||Nuggets +2 -110||Free||113-122||Loss||-110||Show|
|Wolves vs Pacers||Wolves +4½ -105||Premium||115-114||Win||100||Show|
|76ers vs Nets||OVER 222 -120||Top Premium||106-101||Loss||-120||Show|
|Bucks vs Hornets||Hornets -3 -110||Premium||118-108||Loss||-110||Show|
|TCU vs UCF||OVER 131½ -115||Premium||68-53||Loss||-115||Show|
|CS Bakersfield vs Georgia Tech||CS Bakersfield +2½ -115||Premium||61-76||Loss||-115||Show|
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ESPN Smash Pass - Rickenbach CBB Wednesday 8* Wyoming Cowboys (-) vs Coastal Carolina Chanticleers @9 ET - The Chanticleers won game one of this Best out of Three series. Even though guard Shivaughn Wiggins has already missed half the season, there is no doubt that his absence hurts Coastal Carolina's depth and things have gone from bad to worse in the injury department for the Chanticleers. In addition to Wiggins (season-ending knee injury), guard Colton Ray St-Cyr is expected to miss tonight's game and forward Demario Beck is listed as questionable for this match-up at Wyoming. St-Cyr and Beck are both dealing with knee injuries. Depth is important for the Chanticleers as they head to revenge-minded Wyoming for this one and Coastal Carolina just doesn't have it for this one. I expect them to get down by double digits in this one and then, because they know they still have a Game 3 to look forward to, look for the Chanticleers to start to rest up bodies for that game and this one will likely remain a blowout rather than Coastal Carolina inching closer late. Look for the Chanticleers to drop to 1-4 ATS as a road dog of 6.5 to 9 points while the Cowboys improve to 10-0 SU (and 7-3 ATS) in home games where they are a fave of 6.5 to 9 points. When Wyoming is at home off of a loss they have won 7 of 8 games this season and I look for the Cowboys to add another W to that mark Wednesday! 8* WYOMING
Rickenbach NBA Wednesday 8* Boston Celtics (-) vs Milwaukee Bucks @ 7:35 ET - The Bucks are off of a rather "crazy" road win at Charlotte last night as Milwaukee simply shot lights out including hitting a ridiculous percentage of their threes. Note that the Hornets played a clean game with only 4 team turnovers and the Bucks scored just 2 fast break points in the game. In other words Milwaukee certainly wasn't forcing turnovers nor scoring in transition. But the fact is that its hard to lose a game when your team hits 14 of 30 three pointers plus hits 73% from inside the arc and that what Milwaukee did last night. Needless to say everything was falling the Bucks way last night and I feel that Boston may remain a little under-valued tonight as a result. After all, the Celtics are currently holding the top record in the Eastern Conference and they are at home and rested with only a bad Orlando team on deck. Boston has won 7 of its last 8 games and are 11-4 ATS against Central Division opponents this season. The Bucks were on a 3-5 ATS skid before last night's insane shooting performance and Milwaukee had been held under 44.4% from the field in 5 of their last 6 games before the big win at Charlotte yesterday. The Bucks are 4-11 ATS against Atlantic Division opponents this season and I look for Milwaukee to drop to 6-11 ATS on the season when off of a game where they scored 115 points or more. The Celtics have won 3 straight meetings with the Bucks including a blowout win by 15 the last time they hosted Milwaukee. 8* BOSTON
Rickenbach NBA Wednesday 10* Top Play Charlotte Hornets (+) @ Toronto Raptors @ 7:35 ET - The Hornets are off of a tough home loss to Milwaukee as the Bucks simply shot lights out including hitting a ridiculous percentage of their threes. Charlotte played a clean game with only 4 team turnovers and the Hornets allowed just 2 fast break points. But its hard to win when a team hits 14 of 30 three pointers plus hits 73% from inside the arc. Needless to say everything was falling the Bucks way last night and Charlotte is a little under-valued tonight as a result. The Hornets are trying to stay alive in the playoff race and had won 4 of 5 before last night's disappointing results. Though the Raptors have won 4 of the last 6 meetings between these teams, 3 of the 4 wins came by a margin of 6 points or less. Toronto has allowed 48% shooting from the field in their last 4 home games while the Hornets have allowed 45.5% or less in 3 of their last 4 road games. Over the past 5 weeks Charlotte has gone 6-2 ATS when off of a loss and, coming off of an ATS loss last night, note that only 2 times this entire season have the Hornets failed to cover both games of a back to back situation. Look for the road team to prove to be the hungrier team as Raptors 6 straight wins will have them looking right past the Hornets here. 10* CHARLOTTE
Rickenbach NBA Wednesday 8* OVER the total in Philadelphia 76'ers vs Atlanta Hawks @ 7:05 ET - The Hawks have been an under team this season and that includes when they are in the 2nd game of a back to back too. However, Atlanta came into this season having gone 26-14 (65%) to the over when in the 2nd game of a back to back the past two seasons combined and I expect both teams to be relaxed on defense in this one as they are each coming off wins last night. The Sixers are 12-5 to the over when playing the 2nd game of a back to back this season. Also, the 76'ers and Hawks have combined to go over the total in 5 of their last 6 meetings. I am well aware of the fact that Atlanta has been trending under of late but, given the situation here for both clubs, this one should be a wide-open affair with plenty of run and gun. 8* OVER the total in Philadelphia
Contrarian Crusher - Rickenbach NHL 10* Top Play Los Angeles Kings Money Line (+) @ Calgary Flames @ 9:05 ET - Two years ago these teams met late in the season and the Flames got the win to secure a playoff berth. They're trying to do the same tonight. Also, Los Angeles lost at Edmonton last night and that allowed the Oilers to secure a playoff berth. Knowing that the Kings are a quality hockey club that is battling hard and giving it their all to keep their own slim postseason chances alive, I just don't seem them falling short in this spot. To allow two teams to secure playoff spots at their own expense is something I just don't see happening especially when you consider Calgary did clinch a berth two years against LA as noted above. This is, essentially, the game of the year for Los Angeles and I expect a fantastic effort from the Kings here. Los Angeles had won 5 straight games in this series, including a 5-0 win at home early this season before the Flames now have taken two straight. As a result, the Kings have revenge on their minds here and Calgary, before back to back wins (albeit one against a bad Colorado team), had lost 3 of their last 5 games and the Flames allowed 4 goals per game in those 3 defeats. The Kings have won 14 of 22 games this season when they are off of a divisional game. The Flames have a losing record in divisional games this season and also a losing record in games this season when they are off of a game where they scored 4 goals or more. Look for an upset here and the odds makers are expecting it too. That's why they had to make this line so low on the Flames to encourage action and Calgary and get balanced action on this game. Look for the Kings to surprise many with a huge road effort tonight as they are playing for their playoff lives. 10* LOS ANGELES
NBC Sports Network Rout - Rickenbach NHL Wednesday 8* OVER 6 goals in Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks @ 8:05 ET - In both match-ups between these clubs last season, the posted total was only 5 goals. In their first match-up this season season the posted total was 5.5 goals. Now in this match-up it is 6 goals! Mistake by odds makers? Hardly! The fact that this is a late season non-conference match-up meaning the clubs will take a little more risk in the hopes of being the one to get the 2 points in this match-up because if they give up the 2 points in the standings to their opponent it does not hurt them since they are in opposite conferences. With that said, look for quite the "wide open affair" here and both these teams have plenty of potent weapons up front while also each currently having issues keeping pucks out of the net in their own end! The Blackhawks have given up 4.4 goals per game in their last 5 games while the Penguins have allowed 4 goals or more in 5 of their last 8 games. The Pens do score extremely well at home as they average 3.9 goals per game on home ice on the season. Other than the shutout loss to the Panthers recently, the Blackhawks have been scoring well on enemy ice with an average of 3.2 goals per game in their other 6 road games this month. Chicago is on a long-term 25-10 run to the over since the midway point this season. Pittsburgh is 6-2 to the over this season in home games with a posted total of 6 goals or more. Also, the Penguins are 16-8 to the over in their games against teams with a winning record and 7-3 to the over when playing with two days of rest. The Pens also are 17-9 to the over when playing with revenge. 8* OVER 6 goals in Pittsburgh
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