Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL, NBA, and NCAA Basketball Preview

by Alec McMordie

The Tuesday sports card features action in the NBA and college basketball and the beginning of Matchweek 18 in the English Premier League.

Six games are on the NBA docket. The card tips off at 7:05 PM ET with Philadelphia hosting Miami as an 8-point favorite with the total a total of 210 (all odds from BetOnline). Utah visits Cleveland as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 206 at 7:35 PM ET. Denver visits Brooklyn at 7:35 PM ET with the Nets a 1-point favorite with the total at 230.5. At 8:05 PM ET, San Antonio travels to Oklahoma City as a 2.5-point road favorite with the total set at 216.5. Houston hosts the Los Angeles Lakers at 8:05 PM ET with the Lakers laying 4.5-points as the road favorite and the total at 225.5. Golden State plays at home against Indiana at 10:35 PM ET as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 228. None of the games are on national television. The scheduled game between Boston and Chicago got postponed due to COVID issues.

The college basketball card begins at 2 PM ET in the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo visits Western Michigan as a road favorite with an over/under of 144.5.

Wisconsin travels to Ann Arbor to play Michigan in a battle of top-ten ranked Big Ten teams at 7 PM ET on ESPN. The Badgers have won two straight games and seven of their last eight after defeating Indiana at home, 80-73, last Thursday as a 9-point favorite. The victory raised Wisconsin’s record to 10-2. They rank ninth in the Associated Press poll. Michigan ranks seventh in that pool with their undefeated 10-0 record. They last played on Wednesday when they defeated Minnesota by an 87-57 score as an 8-point favorite. The Wolverines are laying 3.5-points as the favorite with a total of 134.

Tennessee visits Vanderbilt at 7 PM ET on ESPN2. The Volunteers have won two in a row after defeating Texas A&M on the road, 68-54, as a 10-point favorite on Saturday. Tennessee ranks tenth by the AP, with that win elevating their record to 9-1. The Commodores have lost three in a row for a 4-5 record.  They lost at home to Mississippi State by an 84-81 score as a 2.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Volunteers are a 12-point road favorite with an over/under of 138.

St. John’s hosts Butler on FS1 at 7 PM ET. The Red Storm have lost two straight games and five of their last six after losing at Creighton on Saturday by a 97-79 score as an 11-point underdog. Mike Anderson’s group is 6-6. The Bulldogs have dropped three of their last four to see their record drop to 3-6 after losing at home to UConn on Saturday, 72-60, as a 1.5-point underdog. St. John’s is a 2-point favorite with the total at 144.

Marquette plays at home against Providence on FS1 at 9 PM ET. The Golden Eagles are 4-5 after losing four of their last five games after their 65-54 loss to UConn last Tuesday as a 1-point underdog. The Friars fell to 7-5 after losing their second straight game on Sunday in a 74-73 loss at Xavier as a 4-point underdog. Marquette is a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 139.

Kentucky hosts Alabama on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Wildcats have won three games in a row after they upset Florida on the road in Gainesville on Saturday, 76-58, as a 5.5-point underdog. John Calipari’s team is now 4-6 this season. The Crimson Tide raised their record to 9-3 with their fifth straight victory on Saturday in a 94-90 win at Auburn as a 4.5-point favorite. Kentucky is a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 147.5.

The English Premier League begins Matchweek 18 with three matches. Newcastle United visits Sheffield United at 1 PM ET in a pick ‘em matchup with an over/under of 2. Manchester United plays on the road at Burnley at 3:15 PM ET as a -1.25 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.75. The NBC Sports Network has the broadcast. Wolverhampton hosts Everton at 3:15 PM ET in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.25.

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