GAME: (711) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS vs (712) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
REASON FOR PICK: Your FREE Play for Friday, October 31, 2014, is in the NBA scheduled contest between the Lakers and the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. New Laker coach Byron Scott said he wanted his team to play tough defense. Well talk is cheap because this team is 0-2 allowing 113.5 ppg -- 27th in the NBA. Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers the last game and the result was a 119-99 Suns blowout, shooting 55% from the field and 50% from long range (16-32). They face a deep and talented Clippers team that loves to run at opponents, 9-2 over the total playing on no days rest. When these city rivals play it's been all about going uptempo with the over 11-2 in the last 13 meetings. Play the Lakers/Clippers Over the total.
GAME: (507) UTAH JAZZ vs (508) DALLAS MAVERICKS
PICKS: (508) DALLAS MAVERICKS
REASON FOR PICK: Dallas didn't have much trouble with Utah a year ago, winning all four matchups, three by DD margins and the other by 7 in a spread-covering effort at Salt Lake City. Though Mavs have done a significant roster overhaul since last season, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis remain after learning how to effectively co-exist a year ago, but the return of rugged C Tyson Chandler (a mainstay of the 2010-11 title team before moving to New York) and FA addition of the athletic and explosive Chandler Parsons from Houston provide Rick Carlisle with some extra dimensions he didn't have a year ago. Note that Jazz covered only 8 of 21 in second night of back-to-backs last season, and that was before jettisoning many vet role players from what is now a very youthful roster. Play Mavs
GAME: (507) UTAH JAZZ vs (508) DALLAS MAVERICKS
REASON FOR PICK: Your FREE Play for Thursday, October 30, 2014, is in the NBA scheduled contest between the Utah Jazz and the Mavericks in Dallas. Houston is off a win and the under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 games following a win. Houston played good defense in the opener. Utah's offense wasn't exactly in mid-season form last night, shooting 3-18 from long range. The under is 20-8 in the Jazz's last 28 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. When these teams meet the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings, including 5-1 under here in Utah. Play Houston/Utah Under the total.
GAME: (13) ANAHEIM DUCKS vs (14) ST. LOUIS BLUES
REASON FOR PICK:
My free play is on Anaheim/St Louis Under at 8:05 ET.
Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen has been outstanding so far this season for the Ducks. He improved to a stellar 1.70 GAA along with a .940 save percentage after his 1-0 shutout on the road against Chicago on Tuesday. The Ducks have played six straight games under the number on the strength of a fierce defensive effort that is holding their opponents to 1.9 GPG including a mere 1.2 GPG over their last five games. St Louis is holding their opponents to 2.2 GPG which is quite good as well.
However, the Blues score only 2.5 GPG so far this season. They will likely look to backup goaltender Jake Allen to be in net tonight but he has impressed with a 2.01 GAA along with a .915 save percentage in his two starts this year. Head coach Ken Hitchcock leans heavily on his defense for cautious and conservative play when the Blues face good teams as the under is 7-0-1 in St Louis' last EIGHT games against teams with a winning percentage over 60%. In the last five contests between these two teams, the game has finished under the number four times. Expect these team trends to continue tonight with yet another under.
GAME: (17) NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs (18) COLORADO AVALANCHE
PICKS: (18) COLORADO AVALANCHE
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on the Colorado #Avalanche.
The Avs finished first in the Central Division last year, and second in the West behind the Ducks. It's been a slow start this season for Colorado, currently sitting dead last in the division with eight points. They haven't had a lot of puck luck, losing all four of their games that have required overtime.
The Islanders are in town tonight, and New York has been filling the net this year, ranking 2nd in the league averaging 3.8 goals per game. As good as they are at scoring goals, the Isles haven't had much success keeping the puck out of their own net. They have really struggled on the penalty kill, surrendering a league leading 10 power play goals so far.
New York's #1 goaltender Jaroslav Halak has lost three straight starts posting 4.19 goals against average, but his teammates haven't done him any favors as he's facing plenty of rubber (32 shots per game).
The Avs were 26-11-4 at the Pepsi Center last year, and adding veterans like Jarome Iginla and Danny Briere could help them improve on that record this year.
GAME: (301) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS vs (302) CAROLINA PANTHERS
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Panthers-Saints ‘Over’.
Edges - Panthers: 6-1 ‘Over’ after scoring 10 or less points in last game; and 5-1 ’Over’ last six games. Saints: 5-0 ‘Over’ away Game Eight; and 6-1 ‘Over’ all games this season. With NFL prime-time games (Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights) having gone 19-5 ‘Over’ this season, we recommend a 1-unit play on the ‘Over’ in tonight’s Panthers-Saints game. Thank you and good luck as always.
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