Knicks roll Hawks in Heat warmup, Lakers beat Mavs on the road
Jeremy Lin led five Knicks in double-figures as the the Knicks routed the injury-riddled Hawks 99-82 in their final tuneup before their national TV showdown with the Miami Heat tonight on TNT. Lin had 17/2/9 and Carmelo chipped in with 15/4/3 for the New Yorkers who are 8-2 in their L10 games. The Heat have won seven straight games (6-1 ATS), all by double digits. Homestanding Miami has been installed a 9.5 point favorite, the total opened and 198 1/2. The Lakers are at OKC in the late game.
In other games on a busy 13-game NBA schedule, the Lakers beat the Mavs 96-91 behind 24/9 from Pau Gasol. Andrew Bynum chipped in with 17/14. Dirk had 25 for the champs. Oklahoma City overcame an early 10-point deficit to roll the shorthanded Celtics 119-104. Houston sent the 76ers to their fifth straight loss, Minnesota is at .500 with their win over Utah courtesy of a Luke Ridnauer teardrop buzzerbeater. New Orleans, Sacramento, Toronto, Indiana, Orlando, Chicago, Golden State, and the Clippers also won.
In college basketball, all twelve ranked teams on the schedule won including #1 Syracuse and #4 Kansas. #20 Notre Dame spanked West Virginia in a key Big East game. The #22 ranked Temple Owls and #24 San Diego State were extended to overtime by La Salle and Wyoming respectively. Marquette and UNLV were impressive double-digit winners over Rutgers and Boise State.
The world’s ranked #1 and defending champion Luke Donald was upset in WGC Match Play action by Ernie Els. Donald had previously been 7-0 in the Match Play first round. Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, KJ Choi, Sergio Garcia, and Ian Poulter were other notables to be sent home early. Tiger Woods needed a late rally to beat Spaniard Gonzalo Castano late.
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(CBB) Arkansas -2 over Alabama
This is an absolute must win for the Razorbacks who now find themselves on the outside looking in at a Big Dance invite. Arkansas is 17-2 at home but have not won a game on the road all year and come off a 30-point home drubbing at the hands of Florida. The Tide won the first go around 72-66 at home but are just 1-4 on the SEC road with the only wn coming at Auburn. SEC home faves of three or less are 16-4, good news for the desperate Razors. Arkansas 75-63.
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(CBB) Detroit +3 over Cleveland State
Cleveland State has the Horizon regular season title at their mercy but they’ve lost five straight and were brackbusted at home 69-49 by the Drexel Dragons. The Vikings did beat Detroit 66-61 in Motown but that was back on December 3rd when the Titans were decimated with injuries and less than half the team they are now. Cleveland State is a losing 8-12 proposition as a fave, and 3-6 vs the points at home. Detroit has won five straight and just might be a team that is peaking at the right time. Detroit straight up.
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(CBB) Wisconsin at Iowa Under 126.5
Not interested in either side here with Wisky laying five here and unable to get out of the 50s. The Hawkeyes are not much but are always an upset threat (9-3 ATS) when they are playing at home. This is going to be a rock ’em sock ’em dliberate one shot per possession game. The under is 7-3 in the L10 in the series and 5-2 under in the L7 games played at Carver Hawkeye Arena. This one will finish closer to 110 than 130. Take the under.
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(CBB) Cal State Fullerton -3 over Pacific
Fullerton is on a roll winning five straight (4-1 ATS) and three of their L4 on the conference road. The Titans won the first matchup 78-73 (-11) but didn’t get the cover despite shooting 54% for the game including 12-24 from downtown. CSF has obviously addressed it’s defensive problems and will be much improved here. The Tigers are 4-2 in conf home games but one of those losses was to 4-win Cal Davis. The last three games of the series were all decided by five or less. Thinking that CSF might just step out tonight.
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