GAME: (517) PHILADELPHIA 76ERS vs (518) MIAMI HEAT
PICKS: (517) PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
REASON FOR PICK: With Miami locked into the second seed in the East, don't expect any extra emphasis on this encounter, especially since Erik Spoelstra has already shown his cards for the last couple of days of the regular season by keeping LeBron and Chris Bosh out of Monday's game vs. Wizards. And even though D-Wade returned from recent hamstring-related absence when scoring 24 last Saturday at Atlanta, doubt Spoelstra takes many chances with the oft-injured Wade on the eve of the playoffs, either. Which brings us to trusting lowly Philly, which has only won twice SU since the Super Bowl, but has been covering some inflated numbers lately, winning 10 of last 14 spread decisions prior to Monday vs. Celtics. Remember, Sixers did score 114-110 upset over Heat on opening night way back on Oct. 30. And Philly bench still contributing for HC Brett Brown, adding 40 points in Saturday's 6-point loss at Charlotte after scoring a season-high 52 in preceding outing vs. Memphis. Heat only 11-17 laying 6½ or more at AA Arena, and were focused for most of those games, so points could work with Sixers. Play Sixers
GAME: (911) COLORADO ROCKIES vs (912) SAN DIEGO PADRES
PICKS: (912) SAN DIEGO PADRES
REASON FOR PICK: 1* Free Play Padres.
The Rockies squeaked out a win last night but I expect the home side to bounce back with its best pitcher taking the mound. Colorado sends Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.69 ERA) to hill the hill after a game in which he was pounded for six earned runs over just 4 1/3 innings of work. De La Rosa has a career 4.92 ERA versus the Friars. The Padres who couldn’t hold a late lead in yesterday’s game will send their ace to the mound in Andrew Cashner (1-1, 1.29 ERA). Cashner is coming of a near perfect game where he allowed zero runs on one hit while striking out 11 in a win over the Detroit Tigers. Cashner has given up just one run in 15 innings of work this year at Petco Park and I expect some more solid pitching here. Colorado is just 3-6 on the road this season. San Diego is playing some good ball right now with four wins in the last six games. These two pitchers are no strangers as they faced off twice last season, with the Rockies getting the better of the deal. The Rockies have already found a way to lose a lot of games this season that have been close so I feel even if De La Rosa finds his groove, the bullpen will be at risk after pitching so many innings of late. Consider laying the price on the clearly superior starter.
GAME: (511) LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs (512) SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PICKS: (511) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
REASON FOR PICK: Play On: L.A. Lakers.
Note: The Lakers put the lid on a miserable season when they visit the Spurs in San Antonio Wednesday evening with triple revenge first and foremost on L. A.'s mind. The Beach Boys catch the Spurs off a triple revenge affair themselves against the Rockets on Monday in a neat situation knowing that same season triple revengers in Game 82 of the regular season off a SU underdog win are 16-3 ATS since 1991. With San Antonio in cruise mode prior to their playoff opener this weekend, the points become the play here tonight. We recommend a 1-unit play on the Lakers. Thank you and good luck as always.
Marc's white hot run on the NBA hardwood concludes the regular season Wednesday night with a powerful play from his database involving a killer situation that has gone 14-0 ATS in season ending games since 1991. Put it at the top of your ticket now - you'll be glad you did!
GAME: (513) WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs (514) BOSTON CELTICS
PICKS: (513) WASHINGTON WIZARDS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, comes in the NBA as the Wizards and the Celtics meet in Boston. The final day of the regular season is all about finding out who wants or needs to play. In this case, Washington is the better team with a winning road record while Boston has a losing home record. Washington is in the playoffs but they still don't know who they are going to play. They are in a tight battle with Charlotte and if Charlotte beats the Bulls and the Wizards lose here, Washington drops a spot and has to face the defending champion Heat in the first round instead of Toronto. The Wizards are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record plus 5-0 ATS against the NBA Atlantic division. Boston is a weak offensive team, 26th in scoring, and comes off a loss at the miserable 76ers, 113-108. The Celtics are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on one days rest. Play Washington!