Wagering Ground >> Tuesday Hoops 2-7-2006
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Tuesday's action is highlighted by Detroit going for its 40th win of the season in a game at Atlanta (7:05 ET). The Pistons lost their last game and have yet to lose back-to-back games this season. Atlanta is just 14-32 this year but the team won just 13 games all of last year. Detroit is favored by 10 points with a total of 191.The Clippers will try to move 12 games over .500 for the first time since the club has been in California, when they visit the New York Knicks (7:35 ET). The Clipps have won eight of nine while outscoring opponents by 11.9 PPG, while the Knicks have dropped five straight and 11 of 12. LA is favored by seven points with a total of 197 1/2.
Dallas tries for its 12th straight win tonight versus the Lakers (8:35 ET), which would be an NBA season-high (Detroit has also won 11 straight this season). The team has held all 11 of its opponents to less than 100 points in the winning streak, a franchise record. After going 9-6 in January with Kobe averaging 43.4 PPG, LA is 0-2 in February and has opened its seven-game road trip 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS (0-3 SU and ATS the last three). Odom and Mihm will most likely miss again tonight, leaving the already thin Lakers, even more so. However, the Lakers have beaten the Mavericks in both meetings this year. The Mavs are favored by 10 1/2 points with a total of 199.
Gonzaga edged St Mary's last night 62-61, giving the Bulldogs a school-record 35th consecutive home win. It's also the longest current home winning streak in the nation and the team's 10 straight overall wins, ties them with George Washington and Memphis for the nation's longest current winning streak. Gonzaga's win gave them a 9-0 record in the WCC, leaving them as just one of SEVEN schools still unbeaten in conference play.
Monday was a good night for 'losers', as both James Madison (CAA) and Idaho (WAC) won their first conference games of the year last night. The Dukes won at home over Delaware (74-64) and the Vandals also won on their home court, 72-61 over Fresno State. That leaves just FIVE schools winless in conference play, one of which (The Citadel), is playing tonight.
Bigger games of note for Tuesday are the ESPN doubleheader, opening with No. 11 Tennessee at Kentucky (7:00 ET), followed by No.2 Duke at No. 23 North Carolina (9:00 ET). On ESPN2 at 7:30 ET, No. 4 Villanova plays St Joseph's at The Palestra (in a Big Five battle). No. 25 Northern Iowa remained ranked this week (first time in the school's 106-year history!), despite losing last week to Creighton. The Panthers host Wichita State tonight (9:00 ET) and the 19-5 Shockers (going for their third straight 20-win season!) are in a three-way first-place tie with the Panthers and Blue Jays (Creighton) in the MVC at 10-3. No. Iowa is favored by six points with a total of 124 1/2.
Tennessee/Kentucky is the second-most played rivalry in SEC history, with the Wildcats leading the all-time series, 137-62. However, while the Vols have lost six straight in Lexington, they are the ranked team this year (16-3), while the Wildcats are just 15-7, having already lost FOUR games in Rupp Arena this year. Kentucky is the favorite though, by 2 1/2 points (total is 152). No. 4 Villanova (17-2) and 10-9 St Joe's are both 3-0 this year over fellow Big Five members La Salle, Penn and Temple but these teams are hardly equal, as the Wildcats enter this game favored by 7 1/2 points with a total of 133 1/2.
The nightcap of the ESPN doubleheader features Duke at North Carolina. Carolina is back in the top-25 after a two-week absence but has already lost three times at home this year to Illinois, Miami-Fla and Boston College. Duke is off two "close calls", edging BC 83-81 on the road and Florida State 97-96 in OT at home. Duke is led by all-Americans JJ Redick (28.2 PPG) and Shelden Williams (18.4-9.9), while Carolina, after losing four players from last year's national championship team to the NBA draft lottery (and incredible 81.4 PPG!), is led by four freshman. The 6-9 Tyler Hansbrough (17.8-7.6) is the best of the group. Duke is favored by five points with a total of 155
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