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DISHING OUT THE HEAT

By Marc Lawrence — The Miami Heat sports the best home court in the NBA this season, going 20-1 at American Airlines Arena. When the LA Clippers invade tonight, the home team in this series will look to improve to 5-0 SUATS while the Clippers are 1-7 ATS on Fridays. You’re on your own fading that.

X-Treme Football Lives Again
Get ready. Here’s comes a re-birth of the XFL. The eight-team league will have options for extra points worth one, two or three points. It will allow double forward passes behind the line of scrimmage. Kickoffs will look way different, in the name of both safety and excitement. Overtime will look like the NHL’s version of settling matters with a “shootout.” No coin tosses here, with each team getting up to five shots to score from the 5-yard line similar to World Cup soccer shootouts. Officiating calls might be easier because the XFL will use the college rule of receivers needing only one foot in bounds rather than the NFL’s two-feet rule. Speaking of officiating, there will be a dedicated ball spotter to ensure a faster tempo that comes with a 25-second play clock. A running clock, too, except in the final two minutes of each half. And all replay reviews will be initiated by an officiating booth, with no coaches challenges. To XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck, a former NFL quarterback and longtime football executive, a speedier game means a more entertaining game. Click here to read more.
NBA History Book
Charlotte: 4-0 $ with revenge from a loss of 18 or more points vs. Bucks … Orlando: 3-0 SUATS vs. Celtics … Memphis: 9-1 $ at Pistons … Toronto: 6-1 $ vs. Knicks … New Orleans: 6-0 ATS vs. Nuggets … San Antonio: 6-1 $ home vs. Suns … Golden State: 8-1 $ on Fridays.

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