2 FOR TUESDAY Richard Saber...last week: 3-0, 2009 record: 12-20
THRASHERS AT CANADIENS (NHL)
A great spot for Montreal to break its five-game losing streak. The Canadiens had the luxury of a night off at home, while Atlanta made a long overnight trek from Tampa. CANADIENS.
BLUE JACKETS at LIGHTNING (NHL)
Columbus is closing in on Vancouver and Chicago for third place in the West. While the Blue Jackets are playoff-bound for the first time, Tampa Bay has long been out of postseason contention. BLUE JACKETS... Bonus: Anaheim Ducks.
2 FOR TUESDAY Mark Mayer... last week: 3-0, 2009 record: 19-14
LAKERS -8 at THUNDER (205)
Oklahoma City is a stellar 40-28-2 against the spread, but has lost by 14 and 7 to the Lakers. Los Angeles had three days off following an 8-point win at Chicago and chasing Cavs for best record. LAKERS.
ROCKETS +5 at JAZZ (193)
Houston has won four straight and will be especially motivated at Utah after losing by 7 to the Jazz in its most recent meeting. The Jazz are a solid 29-6 at home, but these teams are basically even. ROCKETS... Bonus: San Antonio Spurs -10½.