GAME: (501) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS vs (502) BROOKLYN NETS
PICKS: (502) BROOKLYN NETS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Thursday, December 12th, 2013, comes in the NBA as LA Clippers and the Nets meet in Brooklyn. A tough situational spot for the LA Clippers, dealing with depth problems because of injuries and playing their 6th straight game away from home. They are 3,000 miles from home and playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights. The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400. Brooklyn has had a day off and this will only be their 2nd game in 5 nights. The Nets are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 vs. the NBA Pacific. The home team is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the Clippers are 1-12 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Brooklyn! Play the Brooklyn Nets.
GAME: (305) WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs (306) ATLANTA FALCONS
PICKS: (306) ATLANTA FALCONS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a 1* Free Play on the Atlanta Falcons (@1:00 PM EST)
This game would have been top billing last season but is far off the radar this year with injuries and poor play has made it dog of a matchup. The Washington Redskins come off a 10-45 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs to sit at 3-10 SU and ATS. The Atlanta Falcons come off a narrow 21-22 loss at Green Bay to move to 3-10 SU and 5-8 ATS. While these teams’ records are the same its obvious that the Falcons are the better team here and should easily cover this spread. Atlanta has covered the spread in three straight games now and is showing some life. The Falcons won last year’s meeting 24-17 in Washington. The Redskins have lost five in a row and failed to cover the spread in any of those games. With Mike Shanahan looking to be on the chopping block and things in chaos with RG3 comments I don’t see this team as prepared as it should be. Lay the points with Atlanta.
GAME: (329) GREEN BAY PACKERS vs (330) DALLAS COWBOYS
PICKS: (330) DALLAS COWBOYS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NFL play on the Dallas #Cowboys.
After a PERFECT 5-0 sweep with Sunday's plays, I made a bad call taking the Cowboys on Monday night in Chicago. Dallas got off to a good start, but then allowed the Bears to score 10 points in the final 1:38 of the first half. It was all Bears after that.
Dallas struggled in the elements at Soldier Field, something that I thought they might be able to overcome. Playing in the friendly confines of AT&T Stadium in Arlington against a deflated Packers team should yield a completely different result for the Cowboys.
Aaron Rodgers has still not been cleared to play, and the Packers are looking at starting Matt Flynn once again in Dallas. You might remember that Flynn was 10-for-20 for 139 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Lions, in his last start on the road.
Even if Rodgers is able to return, this was always going to be a tough game against a Dallas team that is 5-1 at home. The Cowboy's only home defeat came at the hands of Denver, in a 51-48 shootout.
DeMarco Murray ran for a whopping 145 yards on just 18 carries in the loss to Chicago, and he's facing a Packers defense that has really struggled to defend the run (25th in the NFL, allowing over 122 yards per game).
There is every reason to think that the Cowboys can get back on track at home, and I think they win this game regardless of who's under center for the visitors.