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

by Alec McMordie

The Friday sports card features action in college basketball and the NBA.

The college basketball card begins at noon PM ET with Milwaukee hosting IUPUI as a 5.5-point favorite with the total set at 143 (all odds from BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball card starts at 6:30 PM ET with Toledo playing at home against Ohio on the CBS Sports Network. The Rockets improved their record to 9-3 on Tuesday with their 84-82 upset win at Kent State as a 3-point underdog. The Bobcats are 6-4 this season after they upset Northern Illinois as a 4.5-point underdog. Toledo is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 148.

The only ranked team playing on Friday goes at 7 PM ET, with Michigan State playing at home against Purdue on FS1. The Spartans are 23rd in the Associated Press poll. They have won their last two games to raise their record to an 8-3 mark after their 68-45 victory at home against Rutgers as a 3-point favorite on Tuesday. The Boilermakers have dropped three of their four to fall to 7-5 after their 66-58 loss at Illinois as a 5.5-point underdog. Michigan State is a 4.5-point favorite with a total at 143.

Youngstown State travels to Wright State on FS1. The Raiders had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with their 81-71 upset loss at home to Oakland as an 11-point favorite. The Penguins are 6-4 after defeating Carlow University, 109-56, on Monday. Wright State is laying 13 points as the favorite with the over/under at 144.

North Texas visits UTSA on ESPNU. The Mean Green fell to 4-4 on Saturday with their 57-49 loss at Loyola-Illinois as a 7-point underdog. The Roadrunners are now 4-5 with two straight losses after losing at Rice by an 84-69 score as a 2-point underdog on Saturday. North Texas is a 6.5-point favorite with the total set at 144.

At 9 PM ET, Davidson plays at home against Dayton on ESPN2. The Wildcats have won three of their last four games to reach their current 6-4 record. They come off a 61-48 win at Duquesne as a 2-point favorite on Tuesday. The Flyers are now 5-3 after losing two of their last three games with their 55-54 upset loss at Fordham as a 12-point favorite on Tuesday. Davidson is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 129.

The college basketball card concludes at 10 PM ET with Utah State playing at New Mexico on FS1. These two teams played on Wednesday, with the Aggies winning as a 12.5-point favorite, 77-45. The win raised their record to an 8-3 mark while the Lobos fell to 3-5. Utah State is a 15.5-point favorite with the total at 138.

Ten games are on the NBA featuring a doubleheader on ESPN. 

New Orleans hosts Charlotte with a 7:35 PM ET start in the opening game on ESPN. The Pelicans have lost two games in a row to fall to 4-4 on the season after getting upset on Wednesday at home to Oklahoma City as an 8-point favorite. Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 102-94 upset victory at Atlanta as a 5.5-point underdog. New Orleans is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 216.5.

The nightcap on ESPN has the Los Angeles Clippers playing at Golden State for the second time in three days. The Clippers defeated the Warriors on Wednesday by a 108-101 score as a 5-point favorite to improve their record to 6-3. Golden State’s setback left them 4-4 on the new season. The Clippers are 4-point favorites in the rematch with a total of 231.5.

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