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A Las Vegas handicapper, Zack is making SportsLine customers very happy this season. He's on a ridiculous 28-6 all-sports run that includes a 20-4 streak in college basketball. Zack joined SportsLine coming off a banner 2014 season (documented 65 percent on NFL picks, 58 percent on CFB and CBB apiece) and has proceeded to cash for SportsLine customers at similar rates. He went 40-25-1 (62 percent) on NFL picks in 2015 and 46-34-1 (58 percent) on NBA selections, including 5-0 in the 2016 NBA Finals.
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12-8 LAST 20 NBA ATS PICKS | +320
Trade-deadline acquisitions Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker have bolstered a needed defensive presence for the Raptors. Boston, on the other hand, is coming off a road trip in five of six games. There?s a possibility that the Celtics come out flat in a tough road arena. Yet, teams can gain confidence when no deadline moves are made. GM Danny Ainge has perpetually added pieces, but declined this year. Look for the Celtics to showcase the confidence of a team that has a chance to go five games in front of the Raptors.
12-8-0 in last 20 NBA ATS picks | +320
Northern Kentucky will look to continue its momentum off a solid series-sweeping win over Wright State. The Norse take on a UIC team that's lost seven of 10 games, including a 17-point home loss to Northern Kentucky. Yet, this is a spot where you can look for Northern Kentucky to be vulnerable. The Norse face conference leader Valparaiso on Sunday in their regular-season finale before the Horizon League tournament begins. Grab the value on the Flames.
45-26-0 in last 71 CBB ATS picks | +1648
Syracuse has a golden opportunity tonight to get off the NCAA Tournament bubble. Duke has won seven straight but all by 10 or fewer points. All season, Syracuse has been at its best when it can get points in the interior from freshman Taurean Thompson, Tyler Lydon, and Tyler Roberson. Look for the Orange to attack a sore spot of the Blue Devils inside. Roberson has averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds in the last three matchups against Duke. Grab the points.
Toward season's end, sometimes you get ATS value on teams building for the future. Tonight I see that as the case with the Demon Deacons, who have shown bright spots but were perhaps a bit too young to thrive in the rugged ACC. Pittsburgh is a veteran team with five starters over the age of 21, including four over the age of 23. After their best win of the season against Florida State, this is a letdown spot as the Panthers start to envision their overseas careers.
Today figures to be a tricky spot for the host Creighton Bluejays. They're coming off a convincing win against Georgetown, yet laying the same number against Providence. The Friars notched consecutive "revenge" wins against Xavier and Butler, both whom they lost to by substantial amounts earlier this season. Tonight, grab Creighton to end that momentum and surge past the Friars in similar fashion to their road win at Providence.
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