Sportsbetting3’s Free Plays: Friday, February 24, 2012

Red Wings home win streak over at 23, Braun wins appeal, Heat flex their muscles, Tiger is toast

The NHL’s best road team put an end to the Detroit’s 23-game home winning streak as Vancouver beat the Wings 4-3 in a shootout. The Canuck’s Daniel Sedin scored with 15 seconds left to force the overtime, Alex Burrows lifted a backhand over Wing goalie Jimmy Howard for the only goal of the shootout. Detroit hadn’t lost at Joe Lewis Arena since November 3rd vs Calgary.

MLB’s 2011 MVP Ryan Braun escaped a 50-game suspension when he won his positive drug test appeal. An independent arbitrator ruled that the chain of evidence sequence was broken effectively letting Braun off the hook on a technicality. Is it coincidence that the first MLB player to ever win an appeal was last year’s National League MVP ??? Is Ryan Braun a juicer ??? You will have to make the call.

The Miami Heat stomped the Knicks 102-88 for their eighth straight double-digit win. Miami took advantage of 19 NYK turnovers, nine by Jeremy Lin, to cruise in th second half. The big three did their part with Chris Bosh tickling the twines for 25, DWade 22, and Lebron 20. The Knicks were outscored 30-16 in the paint, 12-1 on fast breaks and 12-3 off turnovers. The Thunder pounded the Lakers 100-85 in the TNT late game behind 33 points from Kevon Durant.

Tiger Woods couldn’t knock down a putt all day and was eliminated by Nick Watney in the Match Play championship. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, and Matt Kuchar were high seeds to move on. Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, and Keegan Bradley were the other notables to be knocked out in Day Two.

In college hoops, two ranked team won and two lost. Duke and Murray State both won handily, the Racers avenging their only loss this season with an 82-60 win over Tennessee State. Louisville fell at Cincinnati and Wisconsin lost at Iowa, the Hawkeyes completing a season sweep over the Badgers.

(CBB) Princeton +11 over Harvard

Princeton has won four straight games including a Feb 11 win over Harvard. Still, the Tigers are on Ivy League life-support after losing three conference road games earlier in the year. In the win at Jadwin Gym, Princeton played an almost perfect game shooting 50% from the field and outscoring the Crimson 17-7 from the foul line. You just will not find a better CBB Friday night road dog. Princeton 19-8 L27 as a dog, 28-11 ATS in L39 road games, and 15-4 vs the points on Friday. Harvard is without question the best team in the Ivy but league DD home faves are just 3-7, 2-3 of that courtesy of the Crimson. Take the Tigers and the points.

(CBB) Marquette +1 over West Virginia

The homestanding Mountaineers may have officially played themselves out of the Big Dance after getting creamed 71-44 at Notre Dame during the week. You would have to figure on a big effort from Huggies bunch here but will that be enough vs the raging Eagles. Marquette has won 11 of their L12, winning and covering their last four. Against the points, Marquette is 11-4 in conference, 7-2 on the road, 3-0 as a road dog of three or less, and has covered the last three games in the series. Gimme the intruders.

(CBB) Loyola Maryland -3 over Rider

If you’ve been folowing free plays on SP3, you know that on Friday’s we look to pick our spots with Loyola Maryland, particularly when the Greyhounds are on the road … and with good reason … we’ve made a lot of money. Loyola is 96-50 ATS dating back to 1997 in lines road games and they’re 5-1 as a road favorite this year. Rider is 5-1 at home in MAAC with the loss coming vs Iona so no shame there but … the Broncos were crushed at Loyola in the first go around down 39-12 at the half. Loyola has won their last two visits to Lawrenceville and figure to get the trifecta tonight.

(NHL) NY Rangers -150 over the NY Islanders

The Rangers are the Beast of the East by a full seven points and just keep on rolling. The Broadway Blues are 7-3 in their L10 the losses, 1-0 to the Devils, 2-0 to the Pens, and 4-2 to a desperate but quality Blackhawk bunch that had lost nine straight. This is the first meeting between these two since Dec 26th, a 3-0 Ranger shutout. The Rangers have won the last three in the series by an 11-4 agg and face an Islander crew that is 1-3 in their L4 getting outscored 13-2 in the losses. 50 cents is very reasonable here.