March 6th 2013 - Posted 5:50 PM Eastern Time
Take Georgetown Hoyas PK against Villanova Wildcats risking 3 Units
At first glance this sets up like a trap game for Georgetown, given the fact that they have won 11 games in a row and are now getting a point, but looking at it from a motivational standpoint you will see that Georgetown will be just as hungry for a win as Villanova will be, if not more. Georgetown is playing for a Big East regular season championship. If Georgetown wins tonight, they at the very least clinch a share of the title. Georgetown is one of the best defensive teams in the country, giving up just 56 points per game and are only allowing opponents to shoot just 37.65% from the field. They will really pose problems for a Villanova team that is not exactly an offensive juggernaut. As a team Villanova shoots just over 41% from the field and tonight they are playing the #8 ranked defense in the country. This game will more than likely be a knock down, drag out fight in the half court, which is where Georgetown really excels.
Georgetown really holds its own destiny in their hands, which is motivation in itself. The Hoyas hold a half-game lead over second-place Louisville and can win the conference outright with two more victories. Georgetown will be looking to make history by matching their longest winning streak in over a decade. Georgetown has won 6 out of the last seven games against Villanova and has won 3 of its last 4 visits. The Hoyas have also won the last 4 times outright when they have been slated as underdogs. Georgetown does what it has been doing the last few weeks and that's win.
Take Iowa State Cyclones at -3.5 spread against Oklahoma State Cowboys risking 3 Units.
Iowa State lost 78-76 at Oklahoma State on Jan 30 which is going to supply them with a lot of motivation for revenge in this game and I believe they get it. Iowa State has only 1 loss on the season on their home floor and that was a controversial game against Kansas last week, that had Iowa State firmly in control until the final minute. This could be the make or break game for the Iowa State Cyclones in regards to making the NCCA tournament as they are squarely on the bubble and desperately need this win. It is also Senior night in Ames and the Cyclones will be looking to put on a show.
Oklahoma State really doesn't have a whole lot to play for tonight. They have absolutely no chance of catching Kansas or Kansas State to increase their tournament seeding, so this game will not mean as much to them as it does Iowa State.
Against what was already a dominant home team and now you add desperation to the mix, this is an incredibly dangerous Iowa State team at home. Oklahoma State has been average on the road this season.
Take LA Lakers at -2 spread against New Orleans Hornets risking 3 Units
The Lakers had finally gotten back to being a .500 team until last night where their loss to the Thunder put their record back below the mark. Tonight the Lakers get to take out their disappointment on a struggling Hornets team. The Lakers have been playing better basketball recently and are coming into this game on a 6-2 run while the Hornets are just 2-7 in their last 9 games and most recently lost at home to the lowly Orlando Magic.
The issue with the Lakers have been on the defensive side of the ball. Right now their offense is averaging just over 100 points per game, but their defense has not been able to stop the other team from scoring. I would expect that this game won't see a lot of defensive pressure which could lead into a shootout. If that is indeed the case the Lakers have the more "pure talented" players and should be able to pull out a victory. The Lakers are also in a push for a playoff spot and don't really have the luxury of overlooking any opponents anymore. They need wins and they need them wherever they can get them. Although they haven't been exactly stellar on the road, the Lakers should do enough to overcome the Hornets tonight given that in this case they simply have to win the game pretty much and not cover a bigger spread The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their the last 8 meetings with New Orleans anyway. The Lakers win this one by at least 4 or 5
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