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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/04/2024

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Mar 04, 2024

The Monday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association has six games on its docket. The Brooklyn Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:40 p.m. ET as a 9-point favorite, with the total set at 210 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Two more NBA games tip off at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Milwaukee Bucks play at home against the Los Angeles Clippers as a 5-point favorite as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 228. The Minnesota Timberwolves are at home against the Portland Trail Blazers as a 14-point favorite with a total of 211.5. The Utah Jazz host the Washington Wizards at 9:10 p.m. ET as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 239.5. The Sacramento Kings play at home against the Chicago Bulls at 10:10 p.m. ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 227.5. The Los Angeles Lakers are at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10:40 p.m. ET as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 237.5. The National Hockey League has six games on its slate. Four NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Vegas Golden Knights travel to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets as a -180 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Florida Panthers play in New York against the Rangers as a -120 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Philadelphia Flyers host the St. Louis Blues as a -1355 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs play at home against the Boston Bruins as a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Colorado Avalanche are at home against the Chicago Blackhawks at 9:07 p.m. ET as a -455 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Calgary Flames host the Seattle Kraken at 9:37 p.m. ET as a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.The college basketball schedule has six games on national television. Duke is at North Carolina State on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils won for the seventh time in their last eight games after a 73-48 victory as a 10-point favorite against Virginia on Saturday. The Wolfpack lost for the fifth time in their last seven games after a 79-70 loss at North Carolina as an 11-point underdog on Saturday. Duke is a 6-point road favorite with a total of 148.Two NCAAB games are on national television at 9 p.m. ET. Baylor is at home against Texas on ESPN. The Bears won their second straight game with an 82-74 victory against Kansas as a 4-point favorite on Saturday. The Longhorns won for the third time in their last four games in an 81-65 victory against Oklahoma State as a 10-point favorite on Saturday. Baylor is a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 146.Weber State visits Montana State on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET. The Wildcats won for the eighth time in their last nine games in an 85-58 victory as a 12.5-point favorite against Northern Arizona as a 12.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Bobcats lost for the sixth time in their last eight games in a 108-104 loss in overtime at Eastern Washington as an 8.5-point underdog on Saturday. Weber State is a 2.5-point road favorite with a total of 144.5.Matchweek 27 in the English Premier League concludes with one match. Arsenal plays at Sheffield United on the USA Network at 3 p.m. ET as a -2 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.5.

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Seattle Mariners Season Preview

by Will Rogers

Sunday, Mar 03, 2024

The Seattle Mariners went 88-74 last year. A franchise best 21-6 August, which was preceded by a hot 17-9 July, had them in prime position to return to the postseason. Sadly, for Seattle fans, the Mariners couldn't keep it up in September.  They stumbled down the stretch and missed out on the playoffs in rather heart-breaking fashion. The top two teams in their division, Houston and Texas, both made it. Each finished with 90 wins. Will the Mariners take the next step this season? Or, did they miss out on their chance? Let's take a closer look. This season, the Mariners are projected to win 86.5 to 87.5 games, depending on which sports book one uses. They range between about +270 to +300 to win their division. Once again, they're expected to be in a 3-team race with the Astros and the Rangers. Houston (92.5 wins) and Texas (89.5 wins) are projected to finish first and second, respectively. The other two teams in the division, the Angels and Athletics, are being given no chance. The Mariners made a number of offseason moves but none that are likely to move the needle too much. Fans weren't thrilled that they traded Eugenio Suárez to Arizona and they would have liked to see Seattle spend more money to go after some bigger names in free agency. The Mariners maintained their core group of players though and arguably have one of the stronger overall teams in the American League. Paced by their top three starters, Luis Castillo, George Kirby, and Logan Gilbert, the Mariners should again have one of the better starting rotations in baseball. In fact, they return all five starters from last year. Remember, Seattle had the best combined ERA (3.74) in the American League last season. Seattle pitchers recorded 18 shutouts in 2023, the most in the big leagues and a franchise record. The Mariners also set a franchise record with 1,459 strikeouts in 901 innings pitched.Pitching is definitely their strength but the Mariners do also have a solid lineup, one which includes their young star Julio Rodriguez. The Mariners signed Mitch Garver in free agency and traded for second baseman Jorge Polanco and outfielders Mitch Haniger and Luke Raley. They also strengthened their bullpen by picking up reliever Gregory Santos from Chicago. Those aren't the huge names that some might have wanted but they do make this team better. The Final VerdictHealth always plays a pivotal role in determining how far teams will go and that will be the case for Seattle. The Mariners' starters did log a lot of innings last season and that could potentially be felt this year. Assuming they can stay reasonably healthy, I'm high on this year's team. I expect them to finish with more than 86 wins and at +300 (Draft Kings) I believe they've got a real shot at winning the division. Get excited Seattle fans, a return to the playoffs seems more likely than not. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/03/2024

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Mar 03, 2024

The Sunday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association has eight games on its docket. The Dallas Mavericks host the Philadelphia 76ers on ABC at 1:10 p.m. ET as an 8-point favorite, with the total set at 238 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Two more NBA games tip off at 3:40 p.m. ET. The Boston Celtics play at home against the Golden State Warriors on ABC as an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 231.5. The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Minnesota to play the Wild as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 219.5. Two NBA games start at 6:10 p.m. ET. The Orlando Magic are at home against the Detroit Pistons as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 219.5. The Toronto Raptors host the Charlotte Hornets as an 8-point favorite with a total of 222.5. Two more NBA games begin at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers play at home against the New York Knicks on ESPN as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 212.5. The Indiana Pavers play in San Antonio against the Spurs as a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 244.5. The Oklahoma City Thunder are in Phoenix to play the Suns on ESPN at 9:40 p.m. ET as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 236.The National Hockey League has six games on its slate. The Washington Capitals are at home against the Arizona Coyotes at 1:07 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Los Angeles Kings host the New Jersey Devils on TNT at 3:37 p.m. ET as a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Minnesota Wild play at home against the San Jose Sharks as a -345 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Winnipeg Jets visit Buffalo to play the Sabres as a -155 money-line road favor with an over/under of 6.5. The Vancouver Canucks play in Anaheim against the Ducks at 8:07 p.m. ET as a -225 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 9:07 p.m. ET as a -185 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The college basketball schedule has six games on national television. Connecticut hosts Seton Hall on CBS at noon ET as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 138. Maryland plays at home against Indiana on CBS at 2 p.m. ET as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. Drake is at home against Bradley on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. ET as a 4-point favorite with a total of 146.5. Ohio State hosts Michigan on CBS at 4 p.m. ET as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 143. Memphis plays at home against UAB on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 158. Colorado is at home against Stanford on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET as a 13.5-point favorite with an over/under of 156.Matchweek 27 in the English Premier League continues with two matches. Bournemouth is at Burnley on the USA Network at 8 p.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with a total of 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Manchester City hosts Manchester United at 10:30 a.m. ET as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.5.

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