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UCLA faces USC in Battle for Los Angeles

The battle of Southern California takes place tonight when the UCLA Bruins visit the University of Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
UCLA has a record of 8-3 SU and 7-4 ATS. On the road, the Bruins are 3-2, with the over/under 5-6 on the season.
USC has a record of 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS. At home, the Trojans are 5-1 SU, while the over/under for the season is 4-8.
It appeared unlikely late in September after USC fired Lane Kiffin its head coach, that the Trojans would have a shot at winning 10 games. Well, the No. 23 Trojans are one game from that mark. Under Ed Orgeron, their interim coach, USC is 6-1 including upsetting Stanford who at the time was No. 5 in the nation. That upset was followed last weekend by a 47-29 win over Colorado.
UCLA is ranked No. 22 in the nation and lost their last game to Arizona State, which gave the Pac-12 title for the South division to the Sun Devils.
USC is on a five-game winning streak, as they enter this game, which is the 83rd time the two teams have played.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has one touchdown pass or more in 24 of the 25 career games he has played for the Bruins. That includes in each of the 11 games this season, while he has completed over 70% of his passes over the past four games.
Overall, the Bruins are 20-0 when they have held their opponents to 20 points or less.
USC is the leader in the overall series with UCLA 44-29-7. UCLA however defeated USC last season 38-28 after scoring the game’s first 24 points and then holding on for the win.
UCLA has not had a victory at the LA Memorial Coliseum in 16 seasons, when quarterback Cade McNown led them to the win.
Marqise Lee, the junior wide receiver for USC should play even though he sat out last week with an injured shin against Colorado.
The line has USC as the favored by 3.5 points with the over under point total at 51.5. Smart money takes UCLA and the OVER.

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Miami looks to shut down Pitt in ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference is the site of a great matchup on NCAA Friday Football when the Miami Hurricanes visit the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Miami is 8-3 SU and 4-7 ATS on the season. On the road, the Hurricanes are 2-2, while the point totals have cashed 6 times on the OVER and 5 on the UNDER in Miami’s 11 games.
Pittsburgh enters the game 6-5 SU and 5-6 ATS. The Panthers are 4-2 at home, while the point totals have cashed 4 times to the OVER and 7 to the UNDER.
Miami needs for a great deal to take place this weekend in order to secure a berth in the Championship game for the ACC. First, they need to defeat Pitt and then need losses by Virginia Tech and Duke to secure a game against Florida State for the conference championship.
Pitt rallied last week to defeat Syracuse to be bowl eligible and can finish its regular season with a winning record for the first time in three seasons.
Stephen Morris the Hurricanes quarterback has thrown for 300 yards in eight games in his career including the 379 yards in their loss against Duke. Only two former Hurricanes, Bernie Kosar with 9 and Gino Torretta with 10, have more than Morris.
In Pittsburgh’s win over Syracuse, Aaron Donald blocked an extra point for the margin of victory and had nine tackles, of which 3.5 were for a loss. He was the ACC Defensive Lineman for the week last week. He is the active leader in the FBS in quarterback sacks with 27, including 10 during this season.
Miami leads the all time series 22-9-1, including a run of 7 straight wins. Pitt’s last win over Miami was in 1976, the year they won the national championship with running back Tony Dorsett.
Miami has a career record of 103-1 when they have scored 45 or more points. The only loss was against Boston College in 1984 when Doug Flutie threw a Hail Mary touchdown pass to win.
The line currently has Miami favored by 2.5 points with the over under total on 56. Smart money takes Miami and the OVER.

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Dallas hosts Oakland in Thanksgiving Showdown

Tradition is king on Thanksgiving and that means there is turkey with all the fixins on the table and the Dallas Cowboys on the television. This afternoon the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Oakland Raiders in their traditional Turkey Day game.
Oakland enters this matchup with a record of 4-7 SU while they are 6-4-1 ATS. Away from home, the Raiders have a record of 1-4, while the total points in their 11 games has cashed on the OVER 4 times and the UNDER 6 times with 1 PUSH.
Dallas has a record this season of 6-5 SU and 8-3 ATS. At home, the Cowboys are 4-1, while the total points in their 11 games have cashed on the OVER 6 times and the UNDER 5 times.
Dallas is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East. The Cowboys are on a high entering this matchup after winning a tough battle in the Big Apple over division rivals the New York Giants last Sunday 24-21.
The Raiders on the other hand are down today having given up a touchdown in the waning minutes of the game to lose 23-19 to the Tennessee Titans last weekend. The Raiders now sit one game behind a group of six teams fighting for one of the two AFC wildcard spots.
Tony Romo has been often criticized for his play over the years, but this season has a quarterback rating of 105.7 playing at home.
For the Raiders, Matt McGloin will be the starter at quarterback. The undrafted rookie earned a start in today’s game even though starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor is once again healthy.
Over the last two games, McGloin has thrown for 457 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception.
The problem with the Raiders is their defense has not been able to stop long drives by opponents. Last week, the Titans had scoring drives of 16 and 14 plays over their two last possessions.
Dallas has had to pass too much this season, but DeMarco Murray is back from his injuries and will be in the backfield for the Cowboys. His presence should take pressure off the Romo passing game.
The current line has Dallas favored in this by 7.5 points with the over under on 47.5. Smart money takes the Cowboys and the OVER.

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Spurs visit Thunder in an NBA Showdown

The best of the west meets in Oklahoma tonight when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA Western Conference showdown.
The Spurs have jumped out of the gate to start the season with a record of 13-1 SU and 8-6 ATS. San Antonio is 6-1 on the road, while the point totals have cashed an even 7 times on both the OVER and UNDER.
The Thunder enters tonight’s matchup with a record of 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS. At home the Thunder is a perfect 6-0, while the point totals have cashed 7 times to the OVER and 5 times to the UNDER.
San Antonio is currently riding an 11-game winning streak. The Spurs are beating their opponents by an average of 12 points a game. San Antonio is also No. 2 in the NBA in scoring defense allowing just over 90 points per game. The Thunder has won four straight games and is has not been defeated in their six games at home.
Oklahoma City has had its best start at home since they relocated from Seattle. Russell Westbrook the team’s superstar at point guard sat out his team’s victory against the Utah Jazz on Sunday to rest his knee. The Spurs have won 6 of 7 road games with the only loss at Portland in early November.
During the Spurs winning streak of 11 games, seven have been by 10 points or more, which has given the three veterans of the team Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker ample time to rest late in games. The Spurs defeated New Orleans on Monday night with all five starters playing at most 25 minutes.
Westbrook has not played since last Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook is scoring 21.6 points and handing out 5.1 assists per games. Kevin Durant, who is averaging a league high 28.6 points per game, leads the Thunder on offense.
Last season the teams split the four head-to-head meetings with the team at home winning each of the games played.
Tiago Splitter the Spurs center is listed as probable for the game after sitting out the second half against New Orleans with an ankle injury.
The line has Oklahoma City favored by 2.5 with the over under on 200. Smart money takes the Spurs and the OVER.

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Hawks host Magic in NBA Showdown

Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference NBA showdown.
The Magic are 4-9 SU and 6-7 ATS this season. On the road, the Magic are 0-5, while the over under point total has cashed 6 times to the OVER and 7 times to the UNDER in Orlando’s 13 games this season.
Atlanta has played much better early in the season than Orlando and has a record of 8-6 SU and 9-5 ATS. At home, the Hawks are 4-2, while the over under point total has cashed 7 times to both the OVER and UNDER.
The Magic are winless in five attempts on the road this season and have lost nine straight to Atlanta. The Magic is coming off a loss to Phoenix of 104-96, while Atlanta fell apart during the fourth quarter on Saturday to lose to the Boston Celtics 94-87.
The Hawks’ Kyle Korver, their small forward, looks to move close to setting league history. Korver has hit at least one three point shot in 87 straight games. He is two short of equaling the current record in the NBA held by Dana Barros.
Orlando’s Tobias Harris debuted in their loss to Phoenix after missing over a month due to an ankle sprain. Last season he averaged 17.3 points and 8.4 rebound per game over a 27-game period.
Atlanta collapsed in the fourth against Boston Saturday and was outscored by the Celtics 30-13. Atlanta had entered the quarter leading by 10 points at home.
On November 9, Atlanta defeated Orlando 104-94 behind 19 points from Jeff Teague, who led five other players that scored double figures.
Harris has only played two games in his short career against Atlanta and is averaging just 5.5 points 6 boards per game.
Korver could tie the record held by Barros on Wednesday in Houston, if he hits one tonight versus Atlanta.
The line has Atlanta favored at home by 8 points with the over under sitting on 199. Smart money is taking the Hawks and the UNDER.

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49ers visit Redskins in MNF Showdown

Monday Night Football makes a stop tonight in the nation’s capital when the Washington Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers in a matchup of two of the top young quarterbacks in football today.
Washington’s season has not been the one they had expected after reaching the postseason last year. This season the Redskins are 3-7 SU and ATS. At home, Washington is 2-2 and the point totals have cashed 6 times to the OVER and 4 to the UNDER in their 10 games.
San Francisco has been inconsistent this season and enters tonight’s matchup 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS. On the road, the 49ers are 3-2, while the point totals have cashed 5 times on both the OVER and UNDER.
Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick were considered two of the top “new” style quarterbacks at the start of the season. Quarterbacks characterized by their huge athletic ability where running the ball was equally as dangerous against defenses as passing.
However, this season both have underachieved and are both riding two-game losing streaks entering tonight’s game.
Griffin III from Washington and Kaepernick for the 49ers each burst on to the scene in the NFL last season to give opposing defense fits, but this season the Redskins sit in last place in the NFC East, while San Francisco is on the fringes of the playoff picture in the NFC.
Last week the 49ers lost to New Orleans with Kaepernick have another outing that can only be described as mediocre statistically.
Griffin was injured in the playoffs last season and had major knee surgery during the offseason and his seen his numbers fall of considerably. Last week he received strong criticism from fans in the team’s loss to Philadelphia 24-16.
When Kaepernick is the 49ers starter and has a rating of 100 or better the 49ers are 8-0. However, he has reached the 100 rating only three times during the season thus far.
Jordan Reed the tight end from Washington is leading all rookies in the NFL with 45 receptions. He is listed by the Redskins as questionable with a concussion.
Griffin has no touchdowns this season rushing after having seven scores on the ground a season ago.
The current line has San Francisco favored by 5 points with the over under on 47. Smart money takes the 49ers SU and the Redskins ATS.

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