The Boston Celtics travel to play the Philadelphia 76ers March 7 at the Wells Fargo Center. This matchup used to be one of the biggest rivalries in the Eastern conference, but of late has not lived up to the past. Philadelphia is currently leading the Atlantic division with a 22-17 record. Boston is just a couple of games back with a regard of 19-17.
Boston is a veteran team led by guards Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and power forward Kevin Garnett. The Celtics have one of the league’s best defenses as they give up less than 90 points per game. Philadelphia is lead by a group of youngsters who also play great defense under the tutelage of coach Doug Collins. The 76ers are giving up just 87 points per game.
Both Boston and Philadelphia have big men out injured. The Celtics’ Jermaine O’Neal is sidelined with a sprained wrist and the 76ers leader in rebounds, Spencer Hawes is out with an Achilles problem.
Boston holds the advantage in head to head action between the two teams, as they are 8-2 SU over the last 10 games the two teams have played. The total has been UNDER 5 times in those same 10 games. The two have not met this season as of yet and this will be their first meeting since April of 2011.
Over the last four games, Boston is 4-0 SU including a Sunday night win at home against New York. The 76ers are 2-3 SU in their last five games. They are struggling of late. Monday night they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 97-93 in Milwaukee.
With the two teams being two of the best defensively in the league, the game should be close and low scoring. Boston has played better of late and should win ATS. Sharp money will be placed on the total being UNDER.
The Kentucky Wildcats visit the Florida Gators in Gainesville March 4 in the last game of their Southeastern Conference schedule. The Wildcats are currently ranked as the number one team in the country with a 29-1 record. The Gators are 22-8 and are headed to the NCAA post season tournament along with the Wildcats.
Kentucky has had an incredible regular season as they have outscored their opponents by an average of 19 points per game. The Wildcats are led by Antonio Davis who averages 14 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The team has six players averaging in double figures and their assist leader is Marquis Teague.
The Gators are in second place in the conference and are led in scoring by Kenny Boynton who averages 17.1 per game. Three players are averaging over six rebounds per game while Erving Walker leads the team with 4.7 assists per game.
Head to head the Wildcats are 7-3 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in the last 10 games the two teams have played. In their last meeting in early February, the Wildcats defeated the Gators 78-58 to cover a nine point favorite spread at home.
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in their last five games, all against other SEC foes. Thursday night they defeated the Georgia Bulldogs by 30 points to cover a favorite spread of 18.5 points. The Gators are just 2-2 SU in their last four games.
The Wildcats will want to hold onto the top spot heading into the NCAA tournament. A win will give them that top seed through the tournament with the opportunity to play close to home during March Madness.
Sharp money is on Kentucky SU with a good portion of the money going in the Gators favor ATS. The score will over the OVER bettors in this one. Bet Gators now at WagerWeb
It could be a trap game for the 49ers on Sunday as San Francisco has already clinched the NFC West and thus might be due for a bit of a letdown, while Arizona still has faint hopes of a wild-card spot.
The 49ers are two games behind undefeated Green Bay for the conference’s top seed and one ahead of New
Orleans for the NFC’s other first-round bye. San Francisco hasn’t earned one since 1997. Star linebacker Patrick Willis may not play Sunday after injuring his right hamstring against St. Louis. Willis ranks second on the team with 93 tackles and has helped anchor a top-ranked 49ers run defense that is allowing 71.8 yards per game.
Cards QB Kevin Kolb returned last Sunday to throw for 247 yards — 203 in the second half — and hit LaRod Stephens-Howling for a 52-yard touchdown pass in overtime in his first start since getting hurt Oct. 30 in a loss to Baltimore. Arizona is 2-6 with Kolb and 3-1 without him, though coach Ken Whisenhunt believes he gives the Cardinals the best chance to win. Kolb faces a defense which hasn’t allowed more than 20 points in a game since Week 4.
The playoffs may have seemed out of reach following a 1-6 start, but the Cardinals have kept hope alive by going 4-1 since the start of November to move within two games of a wild-card spot.
San Francisco has defeated Arizona in five consecutive meetings, including a 23-7 49ers win on Nov. 20, Arizona’s only loss since October. Alex Smith passed for 267 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs in that game and this week faces the league’s 25th-ranked pass defense.
Third-year Cardinals running back Beanie Wells is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this year and ran for 228 yards two weeks ago against the St Louis Rams. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt is a firm believer in a strong ground game that sets up a downfield passing attack and will want to get Wells untracked early. The 49ers are leading the NFL in run defense as they are holding opponents to 3.5 yards per rushing attempt and will want to limit Wells’ effectiveness. Wells will be seeking some redemption after managing just 33 yards on eight carries in the Cards’ previous loss to the 49ers.
WAGERWEB.COM NFL FOOTBALL BETS — 49ers -3.5 (38.5)
RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Francisco 10-1-1; Arizona 6-5-1
SERIES RECORD — 49ers lead 24-16
LAST MEETING — 49ers beat Cardinals 23-7, Dec. 4, 2011
LAST WEEK — 49ers beat Rams 26-0; Cardinals beat Cowboys 19-13 OT
49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (7), PASS (29)
49ERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (1) , PASS (29)
CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (19), PASS (23)
CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (19), PASS (25)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — San Francisco is only team that hasn’t allowed rushing TD this season. The 12-game stretch — 13 counting last season — is longest in league since 1970. … 49ers victory would give them five on the road, their most since 2002. … San Francisco has allowed fewest points in league (13.4 per game). … 49ers lead league with 28 takeaways (12 fumble recoveries, 16 interceptions) and in turnover margin at plus-18. … San Francisco LB Aldon Smith has 9½ sacks, second among rookies behind Denver’s Von Miller (10½). … Dating to last year, QB Alex Smith has thrown for 23 touchdowns with six interceptions in 17 games. This year he has 15 TDs and five interceptions. … Cardinals playing second in their stretch of four of final five at home. … Arizona victory would move Ken Whisenhunt into tie with Don Coryell (1973-77) with most wins for a Cardinals coach at 42. … Last week’s victory was Arizona’s second in OT in its last five games. Both were won by plays of over 50 yards.
SA Note: Even though Arizona is much better than we thought they would be this year, they still are not very good. With that said they are capable of covering this so either bet the Cards +3.5 or the 49ers on the moneyline. Pick one or the other.