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Michigan State Has Dominated Iowa

Michigan State will once again be without Denzel Valentine when they open their Big Ten schedule against the Iowa Hawkeyes Tuesday. The Spartans have not had many difficulties when facing the Hawkeyes as Michigan State is 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS in the last nine games between the two teams.

Senior Byrn Forbes stepped up in the first game without Valentine in the lineup as Forbes scored 32 points while knocking down seven threes in Michigan State’s overtime win over Oakland Tuesday. It was the Spartans defense that was struggling without Valentine as they allowed 93 points in the win against Oakland, 20 more points than any other opponent scored this season.

If Iowa wants to upset the No.1 ranked Michigan State they will need senior Jarrod Uthoff to pick up his play. The senior and leading scorer for the Hawkeyes has averaged a season-low 11.5 points and went just one-for-seven from beyond the arc in his past two games. 

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Flames Have Been Unbeatable At Home

The Calgary Flames have been ridiculous at home this season and have not lost a game in front of the friendly crowd since October. During their 11-game winning streak in Calgary, the Flames have outscored opponents 43-26 while winning by multiple goals only four times. The Flames will host the struggling Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Johnny Gaudreau continues to be one of the hottest players in the NHL with the diminutive winger tallying 17 points in the past 10 games. Gaudreau has been one of the reasons for the Flames hot play at home as he has scored 15 goals and 14 assists in 17 games at the Saddledome this season.

The Ducks offense has been abysmal this season as they have scored 10 fewer goals than any other team in the NHL and are the only team to average less than two goals per game. Ryan Getzlaf has notched four points in the last three games, but had a negative plus/minus rating in two of those affairs.

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Heat, Grizzlies going UNDER in Memphis

The Miami Heat were on quite a roll ahead of Monday night’s contest with the Brooklyn Nets, but their hot streak collapsed in spectacular fashion. The Heat claimed six of their previous eight prior to the game and carried a 14-point lead into halftime before falling 111-105 to the lowly Nets. Miami will be seeking to get back to their winning ways Tuesday evening when they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.

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  • The favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the Heat and Grizzlies.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in the Grizzlies' last 7 overall.
  • The Grizzlies are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Southeast Division.

The Grizzlies are usually perennially competitive but have been on a roller coaster ride this year. Memphis has posted a winning percentage of at least .610 in each of the past four seasons but are just 17-16 this season thanks to some inconsistent play.

The UNDER has been a hot bet when these teams collide in Memphis. In the last seven meetings between the Grizz and Heat at FedExForum, the UNDER is 6-1.

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NBA Odds: Pistons vs Knicks

New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis

The New York Knicks looked great to start the season but things haven’t come so easily as of late. New York is in the midst of a four-game slide and will be attempting to right the ship Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons.

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  • The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as home underdogs.
  • The Pistons are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games as favorites.
  • The Knicks are 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in their last four games.

The Pistons took three of the four meetings with New York last season, and if recent history can tell us anything, it’s that home court advantage is nearly meaningless when these teams collide. In the last four meetings between the Pistons and Knicks, road sides are a perfect 4-0 SU.

This season has been a coming out party of sorts for Pistons big man Andre Drummond, and he certainly can’t be faulted for Detroit’s recent poor play. The Pistons have dropped their previous two games despite getting consecutive 20-plus points effort from Drummond.

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Virginia Tech Covering Easily vs WVU

West Virginia and Virginia Tech are set to do battle once again at Cassell Coliseum Wednesday evening, where the Mountaineers will be seeking to right the ship for their backers.

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  • West Virginia is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games as favorites.
  • Virginia Tech is 4-26 SU in its last 30 games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in West Virginia's last five games on the road.

The Mountaineers are a paltry 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Hokies. In fact, the favored team is just 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings between West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

West Virginia opened the season by winning seven straight before falling to Virginia on Dec. 8, but have fared much better since. The Mountaineers have won their previous three contests by an average of 28 points thanks largely due to the play of senior guard Jaysean Paige and junior Devin Williams.

Just how good have the Mountaineers been this season? WVU has only trailed for 45 out of a possible 440 minutes this year, with five opponents not registering a single lead against them.

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Colorado State Has Owned Nevada

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Looking for possibly the most redundant bowl game ever? Well you have it here. The Arizona Bowl features two teams from the same conference with a combined 13-11 record. The Colorado State Rams have decimated the Nevada Wolf Pack in their meetings, taking 10 of the past 12 SU.

The Rams finished their season on a four-game winning streak with their offense averaging 34.3 points per game. Sophomore quarterback Nick Stevens has put up some impressive numbers, but has problems keeping the ball with at least one turnover in five of the past six games.

Nevada’s offense is tied to the success of their run game with two back over 1,000 rushing yards this season. James Butler and Don Jackson have combined for 2181 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

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UNC Succeeding After Failing To Cover

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North Carolina comes into their bowl game off a loss in the ACC Championship game to Clemson, but the Tar Heels are 4-0 SU and ATS in their past four games following a failure to cover to spread. UNC and Baylor will meet in the Russell Athletic Bowl, which has shootout written all over it.

Quarterback Marquise Williams has put up some impressive numbers for the UNC offense this season with the senior throwing for 21 touchdowns and adding 11 more with his feet. Williams has 12 passing touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns and only two interceptions in the Tar Heels’ past six games.

Baylor limps into the Russell Athletic Bowl having lost three of their final four, which was capped off to a loss to the 5-7 Texas Longhorns. The quarterback situation is looking bleak for the Bears with the team turning to third-string Chris Johnson in this game. Johnson has made appearances in the past three games and completed just 39 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and two interceptions. 

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Cal Failing to Cover The Spread

Cal NCAA Football

In an intriguing matchup of offensive styles, Cal and Air Force will clash in the Armed Forced Bowl on December 29. Cal has imploded during the second half of the year with the Golden Bears going 2-5 SU and ATS to close out their regular season.

Cal has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Jared Goff. The junior, who is likely off to the NFL next season, has thrown for 4,252 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. But it will be interesting to see how Cal plays in this game with reports surfacing that coach Sonny Dykes wants out of his contract. 

Air Force has not received a ton of publicity this season, but this is a team that is coming off an appearance in the Mountain West Championship game and brought Michigan State to the brink earlier in the season. The option offense has the Falcons ranked third in rushing yards per game with Jacobi Owens leading the way.

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Suddenly Red Hot Rams Visit The 49ers

Todd Gurley Rams

The final quarter of the NFL schedule has seen the St. Louis Rams start to put the pieces together. The Rams are 3-0 SU and ATS in their past three games while outscoring opponents 75-54. The Rams will look to end their season on a four-game winning streak when they visit the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

The Rams late season surge has a lot to do with the reimagined offense. Rob Boras was promoted to offensive coordinator following the firing of Frank Cignetti and he emphasized a simplified gameplan. Case Keenum also came in as starter and has managed to do what Nick Foles never could, protect the football.

There is no sugar coating this; the 49ers suck. When Blaine Gabbert, a backup quarterback at best, is your best offensive player you can’t argue that your team sucks. The 49ers are averaging the fewest points per game (14.6) in the NFL by a wide margin.

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Can Anyone Stop The Streaking Chiefs?

Jeremy Maclin Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have shocked the football world by winning their last nine games and booking themselves a trip to the playoffs. Not only have the Chiefs been getting it done on the field, but they have also been getting it done at the betting window as they have gone 7-2 ATS in their past nine games. Kansas City will look to end their season on a 10-game winning streak when they host the Oakland Raiders Sunday.

Quarterback Alex Smith has been putting up some ridiculous numbers during the Chiefs winning streak as the former No.1 overall pick has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. KC’s defence has been playing off the charts as well as they have allowed a mere 12.3 points per game in their past nine games.

The Raiders success this season is directly related to how Derek Carr plays. In the Raiders seven wins so far this season, Carr has 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions, but the sophomore quarterback has thrown 13 touchdowns and 10 picks in eight losses.

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