Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, Mar. 3
Sorry about the mess I was busy celebrating after last night’s sweep. The Stars were shut out yet again as they fell 2-0 to the Lightning. We got a bit of luck in two of the games when the Wizards and the Grizz stayed under the total by just one point, and Oakland and Youngstown state went into overtime to put the total well over. Now that we have all padded our pockets a bit early in the week, let’s get into some sports news and Wednesday’s top plays.
A good place to start is the gridiron. There was a bit of football news yesterday the Vikings are releasing 10-year veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph had to know his time was ending after refusing to take a pay cut to stick around. He was basically invisible in the passing game this season, posting severely low numbers including only one touchdown as he was overshadowed by Irv Smith Jr. We have seen this show a thousand times Rudolph will take an incentive loaded contract at a veteran discount and likely try to play for a contender. Hey Kyle, I hear Arizona is nice in the fall. Let’s get to our Wednesday plays.
Points and Pelicans: Pelicans/Bulls over 236
Continuing with our string of over bets, we have the top overs team in the NBA in action in this one against a pretty bad defense. The Pelicans are 25-9 to the over and Chicago is 18-15. Chicago has scored 110+ in four of their last five games and should not have trouble in this one against a Pelicans defense that ranks second to last in defensive rating. The Pelicans have allowed their opponents to score 110+ points in 11 straight games. Their offense can also get the job done; they have also scored over 110+ points in all of those 11 games. The Bulls offense has been clicking as well, scoring 110+ in four of their last five games. This one has all the makings of nonstop offense, take the over 236.
On A Rocket to Nowhere: Nets -6.5
You know how you go the extra mile to make sure you look your best when you go out with your new significant other and you know you’re going to run into your ex? That’s what this game is for James Harden. He is coming to town with his new sexy team of all-stars to play his old team that is an absolute dumpster fire. Looking at how everything unfolded in Houston doesn’t expect the Harden and the Nets to play nice. It is the night before the all-star break so you will probably see a fair amount of starters with the night off, but not in this one this one is personal and the Nets know it. There is no other team that wants and needs a long break more than the Houston Rockets. They have lost 12 straight games and the last five have all been by double digits. Nine of the 12 losses have been by double digits. Harden and the Nets smell the blood in the water and best believe they’re coming to embarrass Houston on their home court. Take Brooklyn to roll in this one -6.5.
Float like a Butterfly Sting like a Hornet: Hornets +1
The Timberwolves are like the kid in gym class no one wants to pick for their team because of how bad they are. Losers of eight straight and a league worst seven wins, the T-Wolves know halfway through their season is over. The Hornets have a few key injuries to Zeller and Hayward to monitor but the early sign is that they will play. You can probably expect this line to flip before the game starts, but being on the end of a six game road trip is the only reason that the Hornets are a dog in this one. I don’t think it’s going to be a blow out, but there is no angle to bet a team like the T-Wolves. Grab the free point before its gone Hornets +1.
Not so Crude Oilers: Oilers Team Total Under 3.5
I know ballsy bet, especially with a high scoring offense like the Oilers who rank fifth in goals scored. When looking at the games played by these two so far this year, it has been heavily one sided. The Oilers have only gone over this team total in one game against the Leafs so far this season. Not only are they 1-4 to the under for this total, they have been shut out in the last two meetings. From zero goals to four goals is a big ask for any team. More impressive is that the Leafs used two different goal tenders in each of their recent shut outs. It seems like the Maple Leafs have the Oilers number – look for it to continue in this one as the Oilers score under 3.5.