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San Antonio (-2) at CHICAGO

By Stephen DeAngelo, Featured Handicapper

Before we get to today’s action, a quick word about the news that dominated the world Sunday: Like all of you, I remain utterly shocked and saddened over the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other victims who perished in a horrific helicopter crash north of Los Angeles.


Words ring hollow at times like this. All I can say is let this serve as a reminder that life is precious, so make sure you cherish every single day. Because tomorrow is not guaranteed.


Now on to the business at hand: While I didn’t exactly cap the week as I had hoped Sunday, dropping a 40 Dime play on UCLA (which got run out of the gym by Oregon in the first half), I’m still starting this week with a thick bankroll, thanks to a 15-6 basketball run (college and NBA) and an 8-3 overall run the last 11 days. And tonight, I plan to add to that bankroll with my overall 30 Dime Winner #10 of 12 and my 30 Dime College Hoops Winner #4 in a Row (and #6 of 7) as Kansas travels to Oklahoma State in Big 12 action.


Guys, you see the results above; no need to waste your time rehashing all the numbers here. All that matters is I’ve been crushing it in basketball for the last month; I’ve been killing it in college hoops all season; and I’ve turned in winning results in eight of the last 11 days.


So jump on board the D-Train right now and be part of Winning Day #9 of 12 and Basketball Winner #16 of 22 and College Hoops Winner #16 of 23 (and #12 of 16)!


#16 OF 21

#16 OF 23
(AND #12 OF 16)


Kansas vs. Oklahoma State

15-5 basketball run (+317 Dimes)

15-7 start to College Hoops 
season (+247 Dimes)
11-4 last 15 in College Hoops (+205 DIMES)

9-2 run with all 30 Dime plays,
including 3 straight 30 Dime 
College Hoops winners


For Monday’s freebie, we’ll turn our attention to the NBA and back the Spurs as a short road favorite in Chicago.


I know San Antonio is coming off consecutive home losses to the Suns (103-99 on Friday) and Raptors (110-106 on Sunday). But as you can see by the final scores, both games were very competitive. In fact, while the Spurs are just 4-4 in their last eight (with the straight-up winner covering the number each time), the four losses were by a combined 15 points (4, 4, 1 and 6).


San Antonio also is on a 3-1 SU and ATS roll on the highway, posting outright upset wins at Toronto, Phoenix and New Orleans, along with a 6-point loss at Miami (just missing as a 5-point underdog). Another thing working in the Spurs’ favor? After starting the season with four straight non-covers—part of a horrific 3-13 ATS start that lasted through Nov. 22—San Antonio has gone 28 consecutive games without suffering three straight ATS defeats.


As for the Bulls, they’ve been running on a hamster wheel of late, alternating wins and losses in their last 10 games, the most recent being Saturday’s 118-106 rout of the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The last time the Bulls won back-to-back games: way back on Dec. 18 and 21 against the lowly Wizards and Pistons. Since then, Chicago has lost 11 of 17 games, going 6-10-1 ATS.


Finally, we’re nearing the end of January and the Bulls still have defeated just one team of consequence: They beat the Clippers 109-106 at home in a game Kawhi Leonard didn’t play. The rest of Chicago’s victims to this point: Pistons (four times), Hawks (three times), Grizzlies (twice), Wizards (twice), Cavs (twice), Knicks, Hornets, Kings and TWolves.


That’s not exactly a who’s who—and while the Spurs are just 20-24 on the season, one could still make a strong argument they’re better than any of the teams Chicago has beaten other than the Clippers.