GAME: (61) BUFFALO SABRES vs (62) PHOENIX COYOTES
PICKS: (61) BUFFALO SABRES
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on the Buffalo #Sabres +1.5.
These two teams met in Buffalo last week, in a historical game that will always be remembered for the fact that Buffalo fans cheered when Arizona scored the overtime winner. That all but sealed up the top draft lottery spot for the Sabres, who many feel have been tanking to get Connor McDavid. Starting backup goaltender Matthew Hackett in that game was certainly an indication that the Sabres had very little interest in winning. Hackett is 0-4 with a 4.42 GAA this season, and he was pulled after surrendering three goals on 10 shots in a loss at Colorado on Saturday.
The Sabres rallied to score three goals in the third period of that game, but Anders Lindback allowed two more goals on just a dozen shots. We are likely to see Lindback get the start in the rematch tonight, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Sabres go all out for a win here. Arizona is a huge favorite in this game, despite the fact that goaltender Mike Smith is still on pace to break a 20 year old record for the most losses by a starting goaltender. Arizona has lost seven straight on home ice, and 16 of it's last 17 in Glendale.
These teams have played close games in recent meetings, with four of the last five decided by one goal, and three of those requiring overtime. The Sabres have actually won four straight visits to Arizona.
Take BUF +1.5
GAME: (743) PHOENIX SUNS vs (744) PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
PICKS: (743) PHOENIX SUNS
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Phoenix Suns.
Edges - Suns: 9-3 ATS with no rest in this series; and 20-12 ATS away with same season double revenge-exact versus foe off a win. Trail Blazers: 5-10 ATS versus unrested foe this season, including 1-8 ATS the last nine. With the Suns looking to avenge a quick loss suffered against Portland at home last Friday night the points become the play here tonight. We recommend a 1-unit play on Phoenix. Thank you and good luck as always.
• Look: Marc’s hot run (9–3-1 last thirteen best bets) on the March Madness games continues Monday night in the NIT semifinals with a killer play that is 100% ATS perfect in NIT Final Four games since 1990. You know what to do!
GAME: (733) LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs (734) PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free play for Monday, March 30, 2015 is in the NBA Scheduled contest between the LA Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. This isn't your Lakers/Sixers matchup from the 1980's when the likes of Moses Malone, Dr J and Magic Johnson graced the hardcourt. Nope, this version pits two of the worst in the NBA against each other. Still, there is money to be made in this kind of contest and it's the UNDER I'm looking at here. The Lakers have gone under in two straight, four of five and nine of the last 12 and 6-15-1 the last 22. Philly has gone under in four of the last six. They are also 9-23 O/U when playing on no rest the last 32 times. The Sixers are also 7-16 O/U in their last 23 home games. The Sixers have had one of the worst offensive efficiency ratings in the NBA this year. Might not be a fun game to watch, but collecting at the window is always fun. Your free play is on the UNDER.