Degens Only – Friday Plays, Feb. 12
Do you remember playing those old school basketball video games as a kid where if you make a few shots in a row, he catches fire and literally makes every single shot? That was literally what it felt like while watching the fourth quarter of the Sixers game where Melo could not miss. He simply took over the game and put the Blazers on his back. The Blazers needed all 17 of his fourth quarter points as they were able to escape with the four-point win…thanks to Melo’s first double digit quarter in over three years.
If you’re a fan of baseball, this one is for you. Not only does America’s past time return in about two weeks, it was just announced that some teams will be allowing fans this season! More specifically, it was reported yesterday that the Mets and Yankees will be able to have fans at about 10% of stadium capacity. Hopefully by the start of the season, all stadiums will be allowing fans in some capacity, but for today we have a four pack of plays for your Friday slate.
Westbrook the Wizard: Russell Westbrook over 24.5 points
It’s still weird seeing Westbrook in a Wizards jersey, but were getting there. Beal is out for this one, so we all know where the Wizards are going to look for offense in this one. I think we see a lot of old school Russ in this game as he tries to build some credibility with this team. The fast pace of the Wizards offense fits hits style and he could very well live at the line in this game, which in turn would create more opportunities in the lane if the Knicks get into early foul trouble. We all know how much Beal means to this offense. His possessions and points have to go to someone and Westbrook is undoubtedly the frontrunner. He is already averaging just under 22 a game and almost 24 at home. Look for Russ to try and take over this game for the Wizards and score over 24.5 points
Over and Over: Oakland/Robert Morris over 147
Both of these teams’ defenses are so bad they could probably get better watching defensive tape of James Harden. It really is that bad. Robert Morris ranks 290th and Oakland ranks 317th in the country. This game has quite a few trends that make this pick a slam dunk. Since the beginning of January every game Oakland has played has hit 147 or gone over, that’s 11 straight games. Robert Morris averages 71 points per game on the season, but when playing a defense that ranks worse than 250th they have scored 74 or more in all but one. Oakland has played 10 games vs defenses that rank 250 or worse and they have scored 77 or more in nine of them. This game has all the makings of another over, ride the trends, take the over 147.
Tough for Tulane: Tulane Team Total Under 64
At this point it’s like Tulane is allergic to scoring points. Tulane comes into this game with a 43.5 EFG % ranked 336th. Let that sink in. They are 14 spots away from being the worst team in the country at converting their possessions into points. This game won’t do them any favors as UCF ranks just inside the top 100 in defensive ranking. Tulane has played seven games vs teams that have defenses that rank inside the top 100, and they have scored over 61 points only one time. Tulane is the worst ranked offense the UCF is going to face this year, the next worst offense is ranked 46 spots higher than Tulane and they were held to only 62 points. The lid stays on the rim again in this one for Tulane: take Tulane to score under 64.
Boston Strong: Bruins/Rangers Under 5.5
Not much action happening on the ice tonight, but there is a trend starting to develop with this Bruins team. If you follow hockey, you know that Boston is one of the top defensive teams in the NHL. They come in with two stud goalies behind a hard hitting defense. Though the season is still young at this point if you look at every game that has not been played against the Flyers and Capitals who are two of the top offenses in the NHL the games have all gone under this total. That is good for a 6-0 under record VS. everyone not named the Flyers or Capitals. Stick with the defense in this one and go under 5.5.