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Degens Only: Tuesday Plays, Mar. 9

“Houston…we have lift off.” Dak Prescott has been paid ladies and gentlemen. A saga that seems to have been playing out for years now has finally ended. I, for one, am happy for Dak.  He stuck to his guns and got what he thought he was worth. After he went down this past year, although I’m sure he would have rather avoided the injury, the past season took five years off Jerry Jones’ life, and he finally realized that with a roster this talented, he needs Dak in order to have a chance to get back to the Super Bowl. The pressure is on now Dak!  126 million guaranteed is a record and the 42 million a year puts you around guys that have won Super Bowls; best of luck this year in “Jerry’s world.”

If you have twitter, I suggest following Peter Yan or Aljamain Sterling. Ever since an awful knee got Yan DQ and resulting in the belt changing hands, the two have been going back and forth via twitter, and it is honestly hilarious. In my mind Yan was going to win the fight, and baring any illegal blows will probably win the rematch, but this one is shaping up to get ugly, so time to strap in and get ready to enjoy the ride. No illegal moves here as we get into Tuesday top 4.

Prowling Panthers: Panthers Money Line -130

For the few of you who are Florida Panthers fans, it’s been a good year so far. The team is sitting six games above 500. They have played well against pretty much every team not named the Carolina Hurricanes. Outside their recent games against Carolina, the Panthers are 4-1 in their last five. They come in with a solid road record of 8-3. Columbus is getting some respect that I don’t think that they deserve here. Before a few games against a couple of the league’s worst teams in the Redwings and the Stars, the Blue Jackets were on a five game losing streak. Columbus ranks in the bottom half of the league in goals scored and they have given up the fifth most goals in the league which won’t go well against Florida’s seventh ranked offense. Take Florida to win on the ML.

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Last Stop Lightning: Lightning -1.5

If you’re a reader of these articles you know how much of a fan I am of this Lightning team. Detroit on the other hand is having another season to forget. These two teams will match up for the third time, with the first two the Lightning were able to cover the puck line. This time should be no different; Tampa is second best with only 47 goals allowed this year and the third ranked offense despite playing three less games. Detroit managed only one goal in each of the two previous games and I don’t expect much more from their offense that is dead last averaging two goals a game. The Lightning should role in this one take them on the puck line with confidence.

Rolling with Rice: Rice -3.5

With no NBA and a slim college slate, we have to dig deep into the hardwood. There are some good stats to pull from this one to make it a viable play. Let’s start with the two games these two teams have played already this season. Rice won them both by eight or more points. Looking at the matchup heading into this game Rice has fared well against similar opponents. They are 8-2 against defenses ranked 150 or higher, Southern Miss ranks 174th. All eight of Rice’s wins against those teams were also by eight points or more. Southern Miss is 0-8 against offenses ranked 150 or better, Rice is ranked 132. Seven of those eight losses were by six or more points. Southern Miss is overmatched here take Rice -3.5.

Category 6: Hurricanes/Predators over 5.5

Carolina is one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. Putting up a plethora of goals in their five-game winning streak where they have netted at least 3 or more goals in each. Four out of the last five Hurricane games have gone over the posted total. Carolina’s top ten scoring offense should give Nashville’s 26 ranked defense a world of problems all game long. Look for Carolina to do most of the heavy lifting, but this one will go over with Nashville netting a couple and Carolina continuing their offensive dominance. Take the Over 5.5.

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