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NHL Expert Picks Dec 4-10

NHL Expert Picks Dec 4-10

With the calendar set turn to the New Year in a mere matter of weeks and the 2017-18 NHL season moving right along, it’s time for another round of NHL picks of the week. With Week 7 getting underway on Sunday night, here are this week’s trio of expert picks.

NHL Expert Picks Dec 4-10

NY Rangers (14-10-1) at Pittsburgh (15-10-2)
When: Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

The Rangers have won five of their last six, but they’re also just 3-5 on the road this season. Pittsburgh has won four straight while scoring five goals in three of those games, including Saturday’s 5-1 blitz over St. Louis. While the Penguins have been pretty awful defensively this season and rank 23rd in goals allowed (3.2), I’m going with the two-time defending champs to get the win here mostly because they can score at will and are getting a fantastic season out of veteran right-winger Phil “The Thrill’ Kessel as he leads the Pens in goals (1) and assists (21).

Pick: Pittsburgh 5 New York 3

Dallas (16-10-1) at St. Louis (17-8-2)
When: Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

Dallas is on fire as they ride a five-game winning streak into the new week while St. Louis is ice-cold riding an unwanted three-game losing streak into Week 7. The Star thrashed Colorado 7-2 on Sunday night while the Blues suffered a painful 2-1 overtime loss against Minnesota on Saturday.

Center Tyler Seguin is playing lights out (23 points) and will lead Dallas to the win at home over a St. Louis team that is very good and statistically better than Dallas at both ends of the ice, but fighting through a rough patch right now.

Pick: Dallas 4 St. Louis 2

Vegas (16-9-1) at Nashville (16-7-3)
When: Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

Vegas is 6-4 over their last 10 and beat Arizona 3-2 in overtime to kick off the new week on Sunday night. Nashville has gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 and got past Anaheim 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday. With the Predators are playing at home and sporting a stellar 10-2-1 record on their home-ice, Nashville is the pick to win this contest, although I’ve got to admit that this year, Vegas and their cast of cast-offs, is my favorite team in all of hockey and one that I think is going to be tough to dispatch once the playoffs begin!

Pick: Nashville 4 Vegas 3

NBA Free Picks Dec 4 - 10

NBA Free Picks Dec 4 – 10

Young Guns Go At in It Philly, Dubs in Detroit, Plus C’s in San Antonio

The 2017-18 NBA betting season is in full swing and if you are looking for a few good NBA free betting picks you have come to the right place. I have a trio of winning picks for the week of December 4th to the 10th.

NBA Free Picks Dec 4 – 10

A bunch of big-name young guns will go at it for the second time this season when Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers host Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers in a rematch of two young and improving ballclubs.

The Golden State Warriors will look to pick up the road win in Detroit against Andre Drummond and the Pistons while Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics look to stay hot when they visit the Alamo for a date against LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs.

L.A. Lakers (8-15) at Philadelphia (13-9)
When: Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: TNT

Lonzo Ball and the Lakers hit the new week riding a five-game losing streak and looking to extract some revenge against the Sixers for their 115-109 home loss against Philly back on November 15. Philly hits the new week having won four of six and coming off a hard-fought 108-103 win over Detroit on Saturday while the Lakers look to bounce back after suffering a convincing 118-95 home loss against Houston.

Sixers center Joel Embiid scored a team-high 25 points against the Pistons this weekend to lead Philly to the win and torched the Lakers for a career-high 46 points when they met earlier this season. Lonzo Ball was held to two points against Houston on Sunday on 0-for-4 shooting from the field and looks like he’s going backward fast right now. Philly gets the home win in another thriller in this one simply because Embiid and Ben Simmons don’t like Ball and want to shut his daddy LaVar up once and for all this season – like that’s gonna’ happen!

Pick: Sixers 113 Lakers 105

Golden State (18-6) at Detroit (14-8)
When: Friday, December 8 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI
TV: ESPN

The Warriors have gone 7-3 over their last 10 while Detroit has gone a modest 5-5 over the same span. The Dubs have won three straight coming into the new week and blasted Miami off the court in their 123-95 win on Sunday while Detroit got man-handled by Joel Embiid and the Sixers on Saturday night.

While I’ve been really impressed with the Pistons in the early going this season and Andre Drummond in particular, the fact of the matter is that Detroit just doesn’t have the offensive firepower and depth it takes to keep pace with the explosive Warriors, who average 13 points more per game while giving up just three points per game more than Detroit defensively! The Dubs win by a dime!

Pick: Golden State 117 Detroit 107

Boston (20-4) at San Antonio (15-8)
When: Friday, December 8 at 9:30 PM ET
Where: AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
TV: ESPN

The Celtics have won eight of their last 10 and two straight coming into the new week while San Antonio has won seven of 10 but had their four-game winning streak snapped against Oklahoma City on Sunday night. The C’s got past Phoenix 116-111 on Saturday as six players scored in double figures, led by Kyrie Irving’s modest 19 points. The Spurs were on the wrong end of a narrow 90-87 road loss against the Thunder, though LaMarcus Aldridge sat out for rest and both, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard are still out.

Even though San Antonio is playing at home in this contest, Boston is the better team at both ends of the floor right now and will be going all-out to get a quality win against the Spurs. Boston won’t get it easily as I fully expect San Antonio to put up a fight, but I do like the C’s to get the narrow road win led by Irving and Boston’s cast of blossoming young star like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Pick: Boston 98 San Antonio 95

Georgia Vs Oklahoma Rose Bowl Spread & ATS Pick

Georgia Vs Oklahoma Rose Bowl Spread & ATS Pick

No. 3 Georgia will face No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl for a shot at the National Title!

It’s going to be a classic matchup of offense versus defense when the second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners square off against the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 Rose Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day!

Georgia Bulldogs Vs Oklahoma Sooners Rose Bowl Spread & ATS Pick

The Las Vegas oddsmakers have listed the Rose Bowl spread at -1.5-points in favor of Oklahoma over Georgia.

No. 3 Georgia (12-1) vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1)
When: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Odds: Oklahoma -1.5
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN

Bet Georgia To Win The Rose Bowl Because…

Georgia (12-1 SU, 9-4 ATS) has won three straight and rebounded in the SEC title tilt on Saturday in their rematch against Auburn to punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs picked up a convincing 28-7 win over the Tigers this past weekend after getting routed by their SEC counterparts 40-17 three weeks ago. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm completed an efficient 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while running back D’Andre Swift rushed seven times for 88 yards and one score in the win.

The Dawgs rushed for 238 yards in the win, while their defense held Auburn to just 3.7 yards per carry while recovering two fumbles and limiting quarterback Jarrett Stidham to 145 passing yards and one touchdown. Georgia is seeking its first national title since 1980, the longest active drought among teams in the CFP. Oklahoma won in 2000.

Bet Oklahoma To Win The Rose Bowl Because…

Oklahoma sealed their bid to their second trip to the CFP by blasting Big 12 rival TCU off the field for the second time this season in its 41-17 conference championship win on Saturday just three weeks after beating the Horned Frogs 38-20. Quarterback Baker Mayfield likely sealed his chances of winning the Heisman Trophy award by completing 15 of 23 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns in the convincing win. Mayfield has had a phenomenal season by throwing for 4,340 yards with 41 TD passes and just five interceptions. The senior signal-caller could become the third player to go from winning the Heisman on to the playoff, joining Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in 2014 and Alabama’s Derrick Henry in 2015.

Georgia Vs Oklahoma Rose Bowl ATS Pick

Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners are the pick to win and cash in as slight 1.5-point favorites simply because there hasn’t been a defense good enough to stop them this season. Mayfield has tossed 36 TD passes and seven interceptions. Last season, he threw 40 TD passes and eight interceptions and this year, he’s gone for 41 TD strikes and 5 picks.

The Sooners allow almost a dozen points per game more than the Bulldogs, but Georgia isn’t the most explosive team in college football as they prefer to play ball control offense led by their powerful rushing attack. I’m thinking Oklahoma will get out front early on and Georgia will be forced to abandon its preferred style of play while playing catch-up against a Sooners offense that averages a stunning 44.9 points per game this season.

Georgia is 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral site games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall, but Oklahoma is a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams from the SEC, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and a consistent 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. Give me Baker Mayfield and the Sooners, minus the points for the win and ATS cover!

Rose Bowl ATS Pick: Oklahoma -1.5