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

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday card features action in the NBA and college basketball, the English Premier League, and the NHL.

There are five games in the NBA headlined by a double-header on TNT. The first game on TNT tips off at 7:35 PM ET with San Antonio hosting Houston. The Spurs have raised their record to a 6-5 mark by winning four of their last five games. They last played on Tuesday when they defeated Oklahoma City on the road as a 2.5-point favorite. The Rockets will be playing their first game in the post-James Harden era after the four-team blockbuster trade shipped Harden to Brooklyn. Houston received Victor Oladipo back in the deal from Indiana, but it is yet to be determined whether he will suit up in this game. The Rockets are 3-6 with four losses in their last five games after a 117-100 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday as a 5-point underdog.

The nightcap on TNT has Denver hosting Golden State. The Nuggets fell to 5-6 on Wednesday with their 116-112 loss at Brooklyn as a 2-point favorite. Golden State dropped to 6-5 on Wednesday after getting upset at home to Indiana by a 104-95 score as a 3.5-point favorite. Denver is a 4.5-point favorite with the total set at 228 (all odds from BetOnline). 

The college basketball card tips off at noon ET in an American Athletic Conference clash between Central Florida and Temple. The Knights are 3.5-point road favorites with a total of 136.5. 

Stanford visits Utah at 5 PM ET on ESPN2. The Cardinal have won seven of their last eight games to raise their record to 8-3 with their 75-60 victory against Washington State on Saturday. The Utes have lost four straight games to fall to 4-5 after a 65-58 loss to Colorado on Monday. Stanford is a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 138. 

UCLA hosts Washington at 5 PM ET on FS1. The Bruins have won four in a row for their 9-2 record after they defeated Arizona on the road, 81-76, on Saturday. The Cougars have lost two of three to fall to a 9-2 record after their 75-60 loss at Stanford on Saturday. UCLA is a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 131.5.

At 7 PM ET, Winthrop hosts Longwood in Big South action on ESPNU. The Eagles remain unbeaten in 11 games after their 91-82 win over Gardner Webb on Sunday. The Lancers won their third game in 14 contests this season on Sunday with their 78-69 win against Campbell. Winthrop is a 16.5-point favorite with a total of 151.5. 

Gonzaga hosts Pepperdine at 9 PM ET on ESPN. The Bulldogs are 12-0 after they defeated Portland on the road, 116-88.  Pepperdine fell to 4-5 with two straight losses back on December 23rd with a 79-51 loss to Cal-State Bakersfield. Gonzaga is a 25.5-point favorite against the Wave coming off their long layoff with the over/under at 164.

Eastern Illinois is at home against Morehead State at 9 PM ET on ESPNU. The Pirates fell to 5-6 with their 74-71 loss to Austin Peay on Saturday. The Eagles have won three straight games to raise their record to 7-6 after their win against Jacksonville State by a 56-55 score on Saturday. Eastern Illinois is a 6-point favorite with a total of 135.

Saint Mary’s plays at home against BYU at 11 PM ET on ESPN. The Gaels are 9-2 after losing two of their last three games after their 66-64 win against Santa Clara on Saturday. The Cougars had their four-game winning streak snapped with an 86-69 loss at Gonzaga. Saint Mary’s is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 132.5.

The NHL has ten games on their schedule for their second day of the new season. Three games drop the puck at 7 PM ET, with two games ending the card at 10 PM ET. None of the games are on national television. 

Matchweek 17 of the English Premier League concludes at 3 PM ET with Arsenal hosting Crystal Palace. The Gunners are -1.0 goal line favorites with a total of 2.5. The NBC Sports Network has the broadcast.

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