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GAME: (61) CAROLINA HURRICANES vs (62) CALGARY FLAMES
SPORT: NHL
PICKS: (62) CALGARY FLAMES
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on the Calgary Flames. The Flames appeared to be well on their way to their fifth victory of the season before surrendering the game tying goal late in the third period in Tuesday's home game versus Tampa Bay. The Bolts went on to win that game in overtime, leaving Calgary to settle for just one point. They host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, and anything less than two points would be a major disappointment. The Canes are still without a win through their first five games of the season, and several of their star players are battling injuries. Brothers Jordan and Eric Staal are both on injured reserve, and neither will be available tonight. That's going to make it all the more difficult for Carolina to snap a five game losing steak at the Saddledome. On a positive note, the Canes got leading scorer Jeff Skinner back, and he made his season debut in the loss to the Jets. It could take a few games for him to get back into top form though: "It was good to have him back, but we need Jeff Skinner, you know what I mean?" coach Bill Peters said. "People think you're going to parachute in the lineup and be a star, it's not the way it works. We need him to get assertive and play responsibly." Calgary's newly acquired goaltender Jonas Hiller has been on top of his game. Hiller has allowed just two goals on 85 shots in consecutive wins over Chicago and Winnipeg. He should get back between the pipes after Kari Ramo got the call against Tampa. Calgary has outscored Carolina 17-8 during a five game home win streak in this series, and they look to continue that success tonight. Take CAL. GL, Jesse Schule
GAME: (103) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS vs (104) DENVER BRONCOS
SPORT: NFL
PICKS: Under
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Broncos-Chargers UNDER. Edges - Broncos 1-4 UNDER on Thursdays; and 0-6 UNDER before the Patriots. Chargers: 1-5 UNDER on Thursdays; and 0-4 UNDER as dogs of more than 6 points. With both teams owning Top 10 ranked defenses, look for the UNDER in this series to win again for the 4th straight time tonight. We recommend a 3-unit play on the Broncos-Chargers UNDER. Thank you and good luck as always. • Don’t make a move on the winning side in Thursday night’s NFL showdown between the Broncos and Chargers until you learn of killer situations inside the game that that are a jaw-dropping 34-0 ATS. Marc has it and you can too - if you act now!
GAME: (149) MASSACHUSETTS vs (150) TOLEDO
SPORT: NCAAF
PICKS: (149) MASSACHUSETTS
REASON FOR PICK: Massachusetts is just 2-6 on the season but it is much better than that record shows. Four of those losses have been by five points or less including three by a field goal or less so a few breaks here and there and the record could be a lot better. The Minutemen won just one game in each of the past two seasons but have already surpassed those totals thanks to its current two-game winning streak. Defeating Kent and Eastern Michigan may not be overly impressive but both wins were blowouts and they outgained the two opponents by 141 and 282 yards respectively. Toledo is coming off its bye week following a loss at Iowa St. which snapped its three-game winning streak. The Rockets are now laying their biggest number of the season which I feel is unjustified against one of the better teams in the MAC that are getting a different perception by the public. They have been outgained on four of their six games against teams from the FBS as their defense has been horrendous. That is not a good sign for a Massachusetts team that is starting to hit its stride offensively, averaging 39.8 ppg over its last four games. We don't need the outright victory here as getting this many points against a horrific defense is a sure take. That defensive ineptness is backed up by a situation where we play on road underdogs in the second half of the season that are averaging between 5.6 and 6.2 yppl going up against teams allowing between 5.6 and 6.2 yppl. This situation is 31-7 ATS (81.6 percent) over the last five seasons. Play (149) Massachusetts Minutemen

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GAME: (653) PHILADELPHIA 76ERS vs (654) DETROIT PISTONS
SPORT: NBA
PICKS: (654) DETROIT PISTONS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Thursday, October 23rd comes in NBA action as the 76ers and Pistons meet in Detroit. Can't see the Philadelphia 76ers caring about this one, their final preseason games. They didn't play well in their last game, also on the road, losing 99-88 at Brooklyn. In fact, they haven't had a good preseason on a 1-4 run with little offense, scoring 77, 91, 95 and 88 points the last four. They shot 39% the last game, just 5-26 from long range. Detroit's offense is been playing well, with a 4-2 preseason record despite playing the last four games on the road. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-100 on Saturday night in an exhibition game. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has only one more preseason game in which to assess his centers and wingmen. "We haven't come anywhere near deciding on a lineup." Van Gundy said. "Nowhere near it." So grab the home team. Play the Pistons!
 
 
 
 
 
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