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VIP Picks 12/19/23

2-2 start to the week after a bit of a gag job from the Eagles. Hard to understand how they just continued to let guys get behind them on the final drive that even set the Seahawks up with the chance to win the game. Swift came through for us and Kawhi came through for us and it only took Kawhi 3 quarters. On to tonight!

Cross Sport:

8:00 EST

UTSA ML / Suns ML (-123)

  • 8-4 UTSA takes on 6-6 Marshall and UTSA comes in winning 7 of their last 8 while Marshall comes limping in losing 6 of their final 8.

  • Marshall had some ugly ass losses during that stretch as well including 28-0 to South Alabama (NOT THE GOOD ALABAMA), 31-9 to App State, 34-6 to Coastal, and 20-9 vs James Madison.

  • Marshall has also lost their QB, WR, & O lineman plus their top RB might be opting out of this game. That will make it tough for the Marshall offense to keep with UTSA’s offense that has averaged 40 ppg over their last 4 wins.

  • Then we have the Suns taking on one of the worst teams in the league 6-19 Blazers on a 7 game losing streak. 

  • The Suns already beat them 120-107 in the first meeting and they should handle them again tonight.


8:30 EST


Avalanche ML / Kings ML (Even)

  • The Blackhawks have been struggling losers in 4 straight and just 9-20-1 on the season. The Avs have won 3 of their last 4 and have scored 5+ goals in those 3 wins. They also dominated the first meeting against the Blackhawks and won 4-0 while outshooting them 41-18.

  • The 17-6-4 Kings take on the 9-19-3 Sharks for the first time of the year.

  • I don’t love the projected goaltender being David Rittich for the Kings who hasn’t played at the NHL level since last season but the Kings also get the benefit of going up against Kaapo Kahkonen for the Sharks who’s allowing 3.66 goals per game this season.


10:10 EST

Player Prop

Jusuf Nurkic Rebounds Over (11.5)

  • I’m not usually a fan of jumping on a rebounding line that’s in the double digits but his recent games and the matchup tonight have me feeling pretty confident.

  • He’s averaged 16 over his last 4 games with 17, 12, 22, & 13. 

  • I realize a couple of those games are right at the line but then you add in who he is playing against tonight and it’s the Blazers who have the 2nd worst shooting percentage in the league which should lead to plenty of rebound opportunities.

  • He went over in his only game against them this season.

  • It’s also his first time playing back in Portland after being traded in the offseason and he played 7 seasons with the Blazers.


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