Over the past couple of seasons SMU has been an ATS juggernaut in non-conference play. They?ll take on a Northern Iowa team that has been untested to this point similar to SMU's schedule. SMU?s strength comes from a three-guard experienced tandem in Ben Emelogu, Jerry Foster, and electric scorer Shake Milton. Yet, look for Northern Iowa to show their worth in this matchup. Grab UNI.
The Bulls have an extremely tough back-to-back at altitude in Utah. The Jazz defense is weakened without Rudy Gobert, but they have enough strength to hold off a poor Chicago offense. Look for Chicago's jump shooters to miss a lot of shots with tired legs, and for Utah to pull ahead early. Lay the points.
Followers of my picks realize that I try to ferret out value by identifying underdogs on the road that will be competitive at a good value. This year underdogs on the road have not done well and I don?t expect that stat to get better in this spot. Philadelphia has lost six of seven. John Tavares has elevated his play and that of his teammates. Play on the Isles.
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Calgary can score goals on the best of days but tonight meets a stern test in goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets, who are on a six-game Under roll. Columbus is stingy defensively and the Flames will be tested all night to muster any offensive momentum.
Simply put, Chicago is the biggest single disappointment at this juncture in the young NHL season. Tampa Bay is the best team in hockey right now though the Lightningt are prone to taking lesser opponents for granted. However, even a subpar effort by the Lightning should suffice tonight.
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