Heat v Jazz

Degens Only: Friday Edition, Feb. 26

Imagine this scenario; you’re down by two points in the closing seconds of a game. You have a four on one fast break. Easy decision right? You make one pass, lay it in, and we are headed to an easy overtime where you can take care of business. Last night, the Nuggets found themselves in this exact situation. Instead of the easy two, they opted to give a 29-year-old rookie, who is better known for his defense, a wide-open shot from three for the game winner. You guessed it, he completely missed. Campazzo had a rough night shooting, one for eight overall and one for seven from three.

No one in college basketball is reeling more than the Buckeyes right now. The schedule is probably the toughest in the country going into the tournament. After a hard-fought loss against Michigan, they found themselves unable to close the door on a Michigan State team that they had beaten by double digits only a few weeks prior. Ohio State has now lost two in a row and has to take on number nine ranked Iowa and number five ranked Illinois to close out the season. If you thought last night was bad, Buckeyes fans need to buckle up because it might get worse before it gets better.

Join the Jazz Band: Jazz First Half -2.5

You know the old saying: “If you can’t beat em join em.” That’s exactly what we’re going to do in this one. The Jazz have been the best road team, the best shooting team, hell, hands down they have been the best team in the whole league, and it hasn’t been close for a few weeks now. The Jazz are 11-1 in the month of February and I don’t think that trend stops here. The books have given the Heat some respect here starting with the medium chalk, but I can only it being jumped on like a trampoline by the public and shooting up like a rocket by game time. The Heat have won four straight and are always one of the league’s most dangerous teams at home, but the Heat do have some notable players in Herro and Adebayo who are banged up and are questionable for tonight. While the Heat have won four in a row, they haven’t been impressive. These wins: three of the four were against sub .500 teams and the fourth was a very slim victory over an AD-less Lakers team who the Jazz disposed of by 25. Take the Jazz to keep momentum going early and lay the -2.5 for the first half.

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Kings of the Over: Pistons/Kings over 224

Look over the Kings games this month. They are the over gift that keeps on giving. Sacramento is sitting at a 20-8 over record which is second best in that category in the league. This Kings team has really gone off the rails this past month. Looking back at the games they have played in February, both Kings and their opponent have scored over 110 points in every game, but one (the team scored 109). They have been about as automatic as it gets when playing an over as they have adopted a James Harden style of defense. The last game out they allowed 140 points to one of the lowest scoring teams in the league, the Pistons should be more then able to get the job done here. All offense no defense here take the over 224.

Back the Blazers: Blazers +6

The Lakers have looked absolutely lost without Anthony Davis.  LA comes in having lost four straight and looks like a team that is just trying to get to the break somewhat healthy. Tonight’s game, they get the Blazers who have lost three straight and will be looking for a win to end their losing streak. Despite their recent struggles, Portland is one of the better ATS teams in the league coming in with a 17-14 mark good for eighth best, whereas the Lakers struggle to cover and come in seventh worst in the league at 14-19. LA will look to just try and slow down Portland’s scoring as they don’t play great defense, but the Lakers have seen their points per game total drop like a rock recently and with three starters questionable for this game. I think it stays close. Take the Blazers and the +6

Running with the Bulls: Bulls/Suns over 228.5

Both of these teams have trended to playing more overs this season and especially lately. The Suns have been basically unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor lately. They have scored over 120 points in five straight games.  Looking at the Bulls they too have also been hot on the offensive end and have scored over 120 points in their last three games. So coming into this one, we have two teams that are averaging 120 points each over their last three games. These two high powered offenses don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon ride the over trend and enjoy the LaVine and Booker show. Take the over 228.5  

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