Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS (240 un, -1140
By Bob Valentino, Featured Handicapper
That was a close one last night, but a few late three-pointers by the Thunder helped the cause!
50 Dime Winner # 3 in a Row - Thunder-Grizzlies Over the total is a winner.
That after I scored for you on Sunday with 75 Dime Winner # 2 in a Row - North Carolina blasting Washington.
Time to head to the Max for tonight's NIT action.
NIT LEAD PIPE LOCK
QUARTERFINAL GAME OF THE YEAR
One of these teams is heading to the Big Apple for the semifinals, the other is heading home for the year.
I'm on the right side tonight. You can bank on it!
Big, big total tonight in the Big Easy, as the high-scoring Atlanta Hawks take their act to the floor to play the New Orleans Pelicans.
Atlanta knows how to "fill it up", as they have landed over the total in their last pair of games, and in 5 of their last 7 games over the total. That streak includes a March 10th home game against the Pelicans that landed Over the total, 128-116.
The problem with playing the Over tonight is the fact the Pelicans offense has not topped 100 points in their last pair of games, as they are coming off a 113-90 loss at home to Houston on Sunday, and a 119-96 loss at Orlando the game prior. If you can't crack the century mark against the Rockets or the Magic, then I have some serious concerns about just how many points over 100 you are going to get in tonight's home game versus the Hawks!?!?
I do expect the Pelicans to be over the century mark tonight, but this total is a mile high, and since the Pels haven't lit it up lately, asking them to go basket for basket with the Hawks seems to be an unreasonable request this Tuesday night.
The previous meeting between the teams played in January ended 94-93 in favor of the Hawks in a game that obviously held Under the total. Overall, the Under is 5-1 the last 6 times the teams have faced one another.
Count on the Hawks getting to about 120 points tonight, but I would not count on the Pelicans to aid the Over cause, as I see them stalling around the 110 point mark. That means this total of about 240 points is simply too big to hurdle on Tuesday.
Atlanta-New Orleans Under.
2* ATLANTA-NEW ORLEANS UNDER
Houston at MILWAUKEE (-4)
By Dwayne Connors, Featured Handicapper
It would have been helpful to know that Ben Simmons was not going to play in last night's game, as I backed the 76ers in their second half lay-down against Orlando.
I don't have any window dressing right now, it's really time to just post some winning days and that's that!
500 Unit Winner # 4 in a Row - Quarterfinal Lock
It will be Creighton at TCU.
Unload with me for winning day # 6 of 8.
I know the game means a little more standings-wise to the Houston Rockets, as Milwaukee is now 4 full games clear of Toronto for the overall top spot in the Eastern Conference, while Houston is holding onto the # 3 seed currently in the Western Conference, but they have Portland right on their tail, and there isn't more than 4 games total separating the # 3 seed from the # 8 seed, so there has to be some urgency from the visiting Rockets tonight.
Houston does have a game with the current # 2 seed in the West, the Denver Nuggets on Thursday at home, but first things first, and that is dealing with these Bucks.
Milwaukee just doesn't lose that often at the Fieserv Forum, as they enter play here on Tuesday with a 30-6 straight up home mark, and a money-making 22-13-1 against the spread mark on their home floor. The Bucks are going for the season series sweep tonight, as they took a 116-109 meeting in Houston back on January 9th. Last season Houston served up the 2-0 sweep, including a 110-99 road win in Wisconsin. I expect the Bucks to turn the tables tonight, and complete the sweep as the small home favorite.
Giannis is back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for a pair of games, and in his 2 games back he has averaged 26.5 points points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in those pair of games back. Not only that, but in the January meeting with Houston, Antetokounmpo netted 27 points to go along with a career-high 21 rebounds in a game that saw Harden score 42 points.
The Rockets have won 8 of their last 10, while the Bucks have won 7 of their last 10. This is a heavyweight clash, that is for sure, but it is hard for me to go against the strong home court advantage Milwaukee enjoys, and it certainly doesn't hurt to have Giannis back in the lineup to help in getting that home victory.
Close one, but in the end, the Bucks to get us the bucks!
Houston at MILWAUKEE (-4)
By Tony Weston, Featured Handicapper
West Virginia struggled the entire game and was never in the game. Thus, lost my 100 Dimer on Monday night.
Tonight I bounce back in the quarterfinals of the College Insider Tournament.
Love this game between Hampton and Charleston Southern.
Admittedly, I haven't started out the way I wanted to, but there comes a time to right the ship and make good with the value plays that are staring you in the face.
I was a 100-Dime run over eight days. Lost my 100 Dimer on the ninth day and I'm down juice as I am for my sixth winning day over the last 10.
CIT Line Mistake
Charleston Southern - Hampton
This is the best time to be in the sports books, as the madness is ramping up with all the different tournaments in college basketball. I love hanging at the Westgate SuperBook, and over at SouthPoint with all the action going down. Get familiarized with how I release my plays. Read my bio and my rating system, and gear up for my money train.
It's an easy winner to get your feet wet, as I'm ready for March's madness.
I'm cashing in today, simple as that.
Today's complimentary winner is on the Milwaukee Bucks over the Houston Rockets in a potential NBA Finals showdown.
Some people will read that and say aloud: "yeah, right, that's not going to happen." Of course, those are the naive people who forget we're talking about the NBA.
Fact is, the Bucks are clearly the top dogs in the Eastern Conference, and the Rockets are the one team who can run with the Golden State Warriors offensively.
Tonight, we get a highlight-reel shot between MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden.
In the first meeting, Milwaukee won 116-109 on Jan. 9, when Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and pulled 21 rebounds, while Harden scored 42 points, and had 11 boards and six assists.
With Antetokounmpo back in the lineup - after missing two games due to an ankle sprain - the Bucks will come into thiis one with confidence, at home, continuing to make their statement league-wide, that they're the team to beat.
I know the road team has won the last two meetings, but the home team owns this series in winning the previous six battles.
And since Milwaukee scores 120 per game at home this season, you can expect the Bucks to pace this one and pull away for the win and cover once again.