The best and worst of the NFC South square of in the NFL this Thursday night, while two Western Conference juggernauts clash in the NBA.[sc:BettingArticlesShortcoder ]
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MLB – Tigers Trade Fielder to Texas
- Just two seasons after signing Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract, the Detroit Tigers have agreed to trade their slugging first baseman to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
NBA – Pacers Edge NY in OT
- Paul George starred once again for the Indiana Pacers as they edged the New York Knicks 103-96 to improve to 10-1. George sank three clutch free throws to force overtime, where he scored 9 of his game-high 35 points to seal the victory.
NBA – Miami Streak at 5
- Despite missing Dwyane Wade for a second straight game, the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to five games with a 120-92 thumping of their state neighbor Orlando Magic.
Top Games to Bet On
New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons (8:30 PM ET)[sc:NFL240banner ]
With the Panthers hot on their heels in the division, the New Orleans Saints cannot afford any slip-ups against the last-placed Atlanta Falcons. The Saints, led by MVP candidate Drew Brees, are coming off back-to-back wins over the Cowboys and 49ers where they have totaled over 1,000 yards of offense. Expect their offense (3rd in DVOA) to pile on the yardage against a Falcons defense ranked 30th in defensive DVOA. New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games vs Atlanta.
Odds: Saints (-9.5) vs Falcons (+9.5); O/U: 53.0
This season has been one to forget for the Falcons. Injuries to their star receivers have crippled a team that went to the NFC Championship Game just last season. The free-falling Falcons have lost four games in a row by an average of 18.4 points. Atlanta’s only hope would be a vintage Matt Ryan game at the Georgia Dome; the Pro Bowl quarterback has thrown 12 interceptions this season but just one has come at home. The over is 6-1 in the Falcons’ last 7 home games.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder (8:00 PM ET)
The high-scoring Clippers – led by double-double machine Blake Griffin – are lighting up the league to the tune of 109 points/game, best in the NBA. Griffin is certainly doing his fair share, with over 20 points and 10 rebounds in five straight games.[sc:NBA490banner ]
The terrific production from their All-Star forward has powered the Clippers to a 5-1 SU record in their last 6 games overall.
Odds: Clippers (+5.5) vs Thunder (-5.5); O/U: 210.0
But their resolve will be tested on the road at Oklahoma City on the second night of a back to back. The Thunder are a perfect 4-0 SU at home this season and the league’s leading scorer Kevin Durant (29.6 points/game) is aiming to keep it that way. After some ups and downs since his return, All-Star guard Russell Westbrook is also heating up, with over 25 points in each of his last three games.
Make your way over to the sportsbook to place your bets on these games now.
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