Monday's Top Sports Picks, Tasty Trends and Betting Odds Movements

Doug Upstone

Monday, February 9, 2015 7:34 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 7:34 PM UTC

It is back to the never ending battle against the betting odds set by the sportsbooks. To start week we have NBA, NHL and college basketball, which have seen significant line moves.

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards  7:05 ET  FS-FL, CSN-DC  (side and total)
Washington ended their five-game losing streak in convincing fashion two days ago against Brooklyn 114-77. That also brought an end to the Wizards losing spread stretch versus the NBA odds which had reached nine games and looked like a couloir. This lone victory did not trip everyone’s trigger in positive manner and Washington’s -11 favorite’s role has been diminished to -9.5. Though the Wizards are 7-0 against Orlando since Dec. of 2013, they are only 3-3-1 ATS and the margin of victory is 7.8 points a game. The Magic are also 20-10 ATS on the road this season. The total has also dipped, down two points to 196, mostly thanks to Orlando, who is 15-3 UNDER having lost four of their past five games the last two seasons, with an average total score at just over 190 points.

NBA Pick – Lean Orlando and Under

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets  9:05 ET  FS-OK, ALT
Are those making NBA pick convinced the Oklahoma City offense is ready to take off? You could make the case this is true as the total of this Western Conference clash is up two digits to 210.5. Those visiting their wagering accounts have noted the Thunder have shown ample thunder in scoring 112.5 PPG in their past four outings. They could be helped by a Denver defense which ranks 26th in points allowed (103.9). But hold on cowboy, before you hitch the saddle on this total, realize the Nuggets have averaged 88.2 PPG in last five outings and when OKC takes on a losing team, they are 17-4 UNDER this season.

NBA Pick – Play Under 211.5 at YouWager

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Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech  9:00 ET  ESPNU
Georgia Tech is 2-9 in ACC action and their average margin of defeat against anyone not named Virginia is four points a game. The Yellow Jackets have been established as favorites but it has been the total which has mattered most to those placing college basketball picks, lifting it from 127 to 128.5 or higher. This has value when you take into account Georgia Tech conference games end up at 128.5 total points and Virginia Tech conference tilts end up at 133.9 PPG. The Hokies are 8-2 OVER in league play this season.

NCAA Basketball Pick – Lean Over


Los Angeles Kings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets  7:05 ET  FS-W, FS-OH
The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have lost 10 of 13, yet have been elevated from -130 to -145 on the money line at Columbus. The Kings are five points out of the last position for the playoffs out West and need to string together victories to bring them back into true contention. The Blue Jackets are tied for the third-worst record in the East, but are off two impressive triumphs and attempt to win three straight since the middle of December. While L.A. has more proven talent, they are 6-18 SU on the road this season and 0-5 after a road win, so take the Jackets as your NHL picks.

NHL Pick – Lean Columbus

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Sportsbook Review Tasty Trends

Denver is 0-9 ATS when playing with two days rest this season. 

NBA Totals Trend
Miami is 17-3 UNDER after a non-conference game this season. 

Florida State is 3-18 ATS at home after playing two consecutive games as favorite.

NHL Money Line Trend
Chicago is 11-0 in home games after three consecutive division game the last three seasons.

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