GAME: (867) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES vs (868) HOUSTON ROCKETS
PICKS: (867) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Minnesota Timberwolves.
Edges - Timberwolves: 13-7 ATS as a double-digit dog when seeking same revenge from three losses-exact. Rockets: 4-7-1 ATS after facing New Orleans; and 6-9 SU and 5-10 ATS home before facing Washington. With Houston off a revenge win over the Pelicans and looking ahead to a revenger with the Wizards, look for the Rockets to fall to 2-6 ATS in their last eight games versus foes playing with same season triple revenge-exact there tonight. We recommend a 1-unit play on Minnesota. Thank you and good luck as always.
• Oh my. Marc’s scorching-hot hand in the March Madness games is right back for more Friday night with a Top Key Play in the NCAA Tournament supported with a pair monster Sweet 16 coaches angles inside the game that have each NEVER LOST THE MONEY in NCAA tourney history. Don’t miss out!
GAME: (865) SACRAMENTO KINGS vs (866) NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
PICKS: (865) SACRAMENTO KINGS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free play for Friday, March 27, 2015 is in the NBA scheduled contest between the Kings and Pelicans in New Orleans.
Sacramento is 12th in the NBA in scoring, 8th in assists and playing hard for the new coach, winning 4 in a row. DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, all but four coming in the first three quarters, and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 108-99 on Thursday night. George Karl, hired last month during the All-Star break, said his players have been learning his system on the fly the past six weeks. New Orleans is 16th in scoring and has lost 4 in a row. The Pelicans are on a 1-5 ATS ATS run, as well as 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Kings are 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings, the road team is 5-1 ATS and the Kings are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans. Play the Kings!
GAME: (879) MICHIGAN STATE vs (880) OKLAHOMA
PICKS: (879) MICHIGAN STATE
REASON FOR PICK: I'm laying the points with Michigan State on Friday. Tom Izzo once again has his team peaking at the right time as Michigan State has won six of its last seven games, including an upset win against Virginia on Sunday. The Spartans held the Cavaliers to just 29 percent from the floor while Travis Trice led MSU with 23 points. Oklahoma is only 2-8 ATS its last 10 games and is one of only two teams out of seven remaining from the overrated Big 12 conference. The teams have similar defensive stats but the Spartans, nailing 47 percent of their shots, are a better shooting team. And if you blindly played on Michigan State with Tom Izzo as coach in the month of March, you have amassed nearly 15 units of profit. His team has allowed just 63 ppg in 122 March tilts. I'm recommending a play on Michigan State minus the points. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.
GAME: (881) UCLA vs (882) GONZAGA
PICKS: (882) GONZAGA
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NCAAB play on the Gonzaga #Bulldogs.
According to Bookmakers, the UCLA Bruins are the least likely of the remaining teams to win the NCAA Tournament. You can still get the Bruins at 100-1 odds at Westgate Superbook. The Bruins were very lucky to have even qualified for the tournament, and many experts were critical of the committee for selecting them. UCLA came into the tournament with a 2-8 record versus the RPI Top 50, and 4-11 away from Pauley Pavilion. If you look at the Bruin's schedule, the most impressive thing they've done is lose to Arizona. Some might say they finished the season strong by winning four of five prior to the tourney, but it's worth pointing out that all four of those wins came against bottom feeders of the Pac-12. They beat Washington and Washington State, and USC twice. The Trojans finished dead last in the conference with a record of 3-15.
After being gifted a one-point victory on a controversial goaltend call in their first round match versus SMU, they got a lucky draw against minnows UAB in the second round. I think their luck is going to run out here in the Sweet 16 against Gonzaga, a team with a lot to prove. Perhaps the fact that the Bulldogs have a history of early exits has contributed to why the line in this game is still in single digits. This year's team is even stronger than it was in past season's though, as evidenced by their 87-68 win over a very solid Iowa team in the second round. The two teams that eliminated Gonzaga in the last two years have each gone on to the Final Four (Wichita State and Arizona). UCLA doesn't come anywhere near either of those teams in terms of talent. When these teams met during the regular season, the Bruins lost to Gonzaga by 13 points on their home court. I see no reason why they should expect a better result here in Houston.