GAME: (775) NJIT vs (776) NORTHERN ARIZONA
REASON FOR PICK: But unless the altitude negatively impacts the Highlanders, see no reason they cannot keep pace, with Engles' multi-pronged lineup consisting of several scoring sources led by volume-shooting soph G Damon Lynn, the Highlanders' answer to Georgia State's R.J. Hunter and who has scored 20.7 ppg in three CIT games. We have been further impressed with NJIT's ability to play under duress, with the Highlanders winning all three of their CIT games from behind. Expect another down-to-the wire finish like NAU's OT win over Kent State last Friday. The Lumberjacks will not be afraid of the fast pace NJIT prefers, either, so no surprise if these sides exceed the mid -140s "total" at the Skydome. Play NJIT-NAU "Over"
GAME: (775) NJIT vs (776) NORTHERN ARIZONA
PICKS: (776) NORTHERN ARIZONA
REASON FOR PICK: I'm laying the points with Northern Arizona on Tuesday night. Northern Arizona has won eight home games in a row including a thrilling overtime victory against Kent State on Friday. The team's leading scorer, Quinton Upshur, had one of his worst games of the season making only four of 19 shots and missing all eight of his 3-point shot attempts. Still, the Lumberjacks prevailed as four other players scored in double figures. NAU is on an 8-2-1 ATS run and is 17-11-4 ATS overall this season. NJIT is coming off three home wins in the College Insider Tournament but this will be the Highlanders' first road game in more than two months. Northern Arizona has held its last five opponents to under 40 percent from the field. The Lumberjacks are from the Big Sky Conference but still arguably played the tougher schedule of these two teams. I'm recommending a play on Northern Arizona minus the points on Tuesday. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.
GAME: (765) SAN ANTONIO SPURS vs (766) MIAMI HEAT
REASON FOR PICK: TAKE THE UNDER 195 POINTS AS SPORTS EXPERTS 17 FREE PICK OF THE DAY.
GAME: (523) NEW ORLEANS PELICANS vs (524) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
PICKS: (524) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free play for Wednesday, April 1, 2015 is in the NBA scheduled contest between the New Orleans Pelicans and LA Lakers. The end of the season can't come fast enough for the Lakers, who look forward to putting this year behind them. New Orleans still in the playoff picture, but they are on the outside looking in right now. The Pelican sit 9th, 2 1/2 games back of the Thunder. The rest of the season is a tough one for the Pelicans, who face Portland, Golden State, Memphis, Houston and San Antonio. They do get the Lakers, Kings and T'Wolves too, and need wins in all three of those. But tonight the Pelicans are laying points at LA and the Lakers have done a good job covering spreads. LA is 13-5-1 ATS the last 19 games. The Pelicans need the game and while I expect them to win, covering the 7 1/2 point line is something else. I'm not convinced that this New Orleans team should be favored by this many points over anyone on the road. I'm taking the Lakers here and the points.
GAME: (761) ATLANTA HAWKS vs (762) DETROIT PISTONS
PICKS: (762) DETROIT PISTONS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free play for Tuesday, March 31, 2015 is in the NBA scheduled contest between the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons. Not much to play for by either club here. Atlanta firmly has a hold on first in the East and realistically no way for the overall best record in the NBA. On Saturday, the Hawks rested all five starters at Charlotte as we say a huge line move to the Hornets, who closed a 6-point favorite. The result was a 15-point Hornets win and cover. The Hawks played on Monday at home, but I expected them to play their starters in front of the home crowd, which pays to see those players. Won't get the same consideration here though as I see Atlanta resting more starters, if not for the entire game, then at least some of the game. We'll see a lot more of this the last two weeks as teams look to be fresh for the playoffs. Detroit looks out of playoff spot, but at 4 1/2 back of Brooklyn they still have a shot. You can throw out all the stats in some of these games with clubs resting players. I see this as a perfect spot for Atlanta players to get a break and as such I'll be taking the Pistons. Your free play is on Detroit.