GAME: (7) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs (8) VANCOUVER CANUCKS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a FREE #NHL play on CHI@VAN to go OVER the total.
The Canucks have had a great start to the season but recent form are pointing downwards. They've lost two of their last three getting out-scored 12-7 during regulation and that could spell trouble against a prolific Blackhawks team tonight.
The visitors are coming into this contest on the back off three consecutive wins scoring a total of 17 goals with seven of them coming in last night's demolition of the Oilers. The Blackhawks went 2-for-7 on the power play and have had at least one goal on the man advantage in each of their last four games. The Nucks was 0-for-1 on the power play their last game but 2-for-5 in the game prior to that.
Eddie Lack tended the net in the Nucks game Thursday but we're likely to see Ryan Miller back between the pipes tonight. He's had a great start to his career in Vancouver but have now conceded nine over his last two starts. Playing the Blackhawks in this state might not be an optimal spot for the veteran who is 2-7-0 with a 2.96 GAA against Chicago since 2010. The Blackhawks might opt to go with their backup goalie Scott Darling as Corey Crawford played the full game last night and have started 10 games in a row.
None of the Blackhawks last four have gone under the total, and the crowd at Rogers Arena have gotten used to seeing plenty of goals with only three of the Nucks last 11 at home failing to go over the total.
GAME: (509) DENVER NUGGETS vs (510) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
REASON FOR PICK: The return to active duty of explosive and happy-go-lucky gunner Nick Young, whose smiling presence has allowed Lakers to counter Kobe Bryant's surly moods. But it has not helped the Lake Show on defense, where it still has various deficiencies. These are the two worst scoring defense teams in the league, so "over" worth a look. Play Nuggets-Lakers "Over"
GAME: (275) DALLAS COWBOYS vs (276) NEW YORK GIANTS
PICKS: (275) DALLAS COWBOYS
REASON FOR PICK: As of print I am on a 62-30 overall football run. This Sunday I continue to make you money with my NFL 71% MVP and 8-3 TOUCHDOWN plays. Follow me all the way to the bank.
Play Dallas (Game 275).
Dallas comes off a valuable bye week to face Division rival, New York. The Cowboys (7-3) have won 3 in a row (both SU and ATS) over the Giants, including a 31-21 victory back in October. That loss was the 2nd of 5 straight (both SU and ATS) for the G-men, who are being outscored by 14 PPG in their current skid. Romo is back and healthy but it has been the legs of DeMarco Murray (1233 YR and 7 TD's) that has been the cornerstone of the Dallas offense. NY ranks 32nd against the run, giving up 145 YPG on the ground. The once-feared stop-unit also ranks 31st in Total yards Allowed (397.7 YPG). This along with the fact that Eli Manning went back to his old ways tossing 5 INT's last week to bring his total up to 11 for the season, tells me that the Giants are in trouble here. The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS their L5 meetings over the Giants, 4-0 ATS their L4 road games, and 6-2 ATS their L8 vs. the NFC East. The Giants are 0-5 ATS their L5 vs. teams with a winning record, 1-4 ATS their L5 in Week 12, and 0-4 ATS their L4 vs. the NFC. Take Dallas. Thank you.