Thursday’s betting tips: Coyotes nearly perfect in February

Feb 29, 2012 |
Who’s hot

NBA: Sacramento is 8-1 against the spread in its last nine versus Western Conference teams.

NBA: Miami has covered in seven of its last eight.

NHL: The Phoenix Coyotes went 11-0-1 in February and have won each of their last six games against Calgary.

NHL: The New York Rangers are 14-6 in their last 20 road games.

NCAAB: The under is 11-3 in Michigan’s last 14 overall.

NCAAB: UCLA is 8-3 against the number in its last 11 home games.

Who’s not

NBA: The over is 4-12 in the last 16 meetings between Orlando and Oklahoma City.

NBA: Phoenix is 3-8 against the spread in its last 11 home games.

NHL: The New York Islanders are 3-13 in their last 16 games in Philadelphia.

NHL: Minnesota is 3-15 in its last 18 road games.

NCAAB: Virginia is 3-9 against the spread in its last 12 meetings with Florida State.

NCAAB: Virginia Tech is 3-11-1 against the spread in its last 15 games.

Key stat

4 – Seven of Clemson’s 13 losses this season have been by four or fewer points. The Tigers, who sit at 9-14 against the spread, are pegged as 5.5-point favorites in Thursday’s home date against Virginia Tech.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers – Captain Callahan is dealing with a bruised foot and is listed as a game-time decision for Thursday’s game against Carolina. Callahan has four points in his last three games and sits second on the team with 25 goals.

Game of the day

Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic (1, 192.5)

Notable quotable

"I'm a passionate golfer. I love the game of golf, and I've had my moments. I'm not proud of everything I've done out here, but I'm trying to learn. I'm trying to be a role model for my children, and I know as my wife has said to me, I wouldn't want my son doing some of the things that I've done in the past." – Honda Classic defending champion Rory Sabbatini, who is set at +7,500 to win this weekend’s tournament.

Notes and tips

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love sat out Wednesday’s game against the Lakers with flu-like symptoms and is considered questionable for Thursday’s meeting with Phoenix, which will be Minnesota’s third game in three games. Love is also banged up with nagging back and rib injuries, but is averaging 24.5 points and 13.8 rebounds a night. Minnesota is currently set as a 3.5-point underdog in Phoenix.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has suffered a setback in his recovery from Achilles surgery and is out indefinitely. Foot specialist Mark Myerson performed a procedure to clean an infection from Howard's original wound on Monday. Myerson found that the surgically repaired Achilles remained intact despite the infection. Howard is taking antibiotics and his projected return in May is now in jeopardy. "It's common for the skin behind the Achilles to have trouble healing," Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said Wednesday. "It's a tough area to heal. It doesn't have a very good blood supply." Howard batted .253 with 33 home runs and 116 RBIs in 152 games for the Phillies last season.

The New Jersey Devils said they planned to ride veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur down the stretch and he is expected to be back between the pipes Thursday against the defending-champion Bruins. Brodeur, who looks to snap the club’s three-game losing streak, has started seven straight games for New Jersey.

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