GAME: (57) NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs (58) CALGARY FLAMES
PICKS: (58) CALGARY FLAMES
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on the Calgary #Flames.
The Isles lost in overtime in Edmonton last night, just two days after beating the Jets in overtime. They play on back to back nights, as well as their third game in four nights at Calgary Friday.
The Flames are coming off a 4-1 home victory over the Sens on Wednesday, with rookie goaltender Joni Ortio stopping 30-of-31 shots. Ortio has been impressive in each of his first two starts for the Flames, and we should see him back between the pipes versus the Isles.
After opening up a 2-0 lead in the first two periods of last night's game, the Isles ran out of steam in the third, allowing the Oilers to force OT, and eventually win on a Taylor Hall goal. It appears that fatigue has finally set in.
The Flames 20 year old Finnish prospect Markus Granlund scored his first NHL goal in the win over Ottawa, and he's getting a chance to play here as the season winds down, making the most of it.
There isn't much incentive for the Isles to play with any intensity here tonight, so don't expect them to be battling hard for loose pucks in the corner. Calgary should be able to out-work the visitors, giving the home crowd something to cheer about.
Take the Flames.
GAME: (845) OAKLAND vs (846) WRIGHT STATE
PICKS: (846) WRIGHT STATE
REASON FOR PICK: Play On: Wright State.
Note: The Raiders host the Golden Grizzles in the second round of the Horizon League tournament Friday night, Wright State will take the court with a huge home court advantage. That's because the home team in WSU conference tourney games is 12-1 SUATS since the Raiders entered the league, with Wright State 7-0 SUATS themselves on this floor this event. With Oakland 1-7 ATS in Horizon League games against opponents off a win, look for more of the same this evening. We recommend 1-unit play on Wright State. Thank you and good luck as always.
Marcs' top rated NBA Game of the Week tips off Friday night and it's in a key 100% ATS winning situation. Put this 4* beauty a the top of your ticket now!
GAME: (807) UTAH JAZZ vs (808) NEW YORK KNICKS
PICKS: (808) NEW YORK KNICKS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free play for Friday, March 7th, comes in the NBA as the Jazz and the Knicks meet in New York. Utah is a long way from home, their 5th straight road game so it's a tough situational spot. They are on a 0-4 SU/1-3 ATS run losing by 20 at Cleveland and the last game by 13 at Washington. Utah is 28th in the NBA in points scored. The Jazz is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS against a team with a losing record. The Jazz dropped to 7-24 away from home this season -- worst in the West -- with a 104-91 loss at Washington on Wednesday. New York showed flashes of that strong play Wednesday in Minnesota, ending a seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 victory over a Timberwolves team that had won six of seven. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and Raymond Felton broke out of his slump with 18. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS against the Western Conference. The Jazz has lost four straight matchups in the series, including three in a row at Madison Square Garden. Utah is 4-18 ATS in the last 22 meetings with the Knicks, including 0-8 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New York. Play the NY Knicks.