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

by Big Al Staff

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

The nationally-televised college basketball card begins at 5 PM ET, with Colorado hosting Oregon on FS1. The Buffaloes’ record dropped to 7-3 this season with their 65-62 loss at UCLA in a pick ‘em contest on Saturday. The Ducks rank 17th in the Associated Press poll with an 8-1 record. They won their eighth straight games on Saturday with a 73-56 win against Stanford as a 6.5-point favorite. Colorado is a 1-point favorite with the total set at 140.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

At 7 PM ET, Iowa visits Maryland on ESPN2. The Hawkeyes are ranked 5th by the AP with a 9-2 record after a 77-75 win at Rutgers on Saturday as a 0.5-point favorite. The Terrapins fell to 6-5 after their 63-55 loss at Indiana on Monday as a 5-point underdog. Iowa is a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 155.

Wisconsin plays at home against Indiana on FS1. The Badgers rank 8th by the AP with a 9-2 mark after they defeated Minnesota at home by a 71-59 score as an 8-point favorite last Thursday. The Hoosiers are 7-4 after their 63-55 win against Maryland on Monday. Wisconsin is an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 130.5.

SMU is at home against Cincinnati on ESPNU. The Mustangs lost their first game in seven contests this year on Sunday in a 74-60 loss to Houston as a 2-point underdog. The Bearcats are 2-6 with five straight losses after their 70-66 loss to Tulsa on Saturday as a 5.5-point favorite. SMU is a 6-point favorite with a total of 143.5.

At 8 PM ET, Colorado State hosts UNLV on the CBS Sports Network. The Rams lost their second game of the season in eight games on Monday with their 78-65 loss at San Diego State as a 9-point underdog. The Runnin’ Rebels return to the court for the first time since December 5th when they won for the first time in their five games with a 68-58 win at Kansas State as a 3-point underdog. Colorado State is an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 145.5.

The number one ranked team in the nation plays at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN with Gonzaga at home against BYU. The Bulldogs improved their record to 10-0 on Saturday with their 85-62 win against San Francisco as an 18.5-point favorite. The Cougars have won four in a row to raise their record to a 9-2 clip after an 87-79 win against Weber State as a 3-point underdog on December 23rd. Gonzaga is a 17-point favorite with a total of 163.

At 9 PM ET, Stanford plays at home against Washington on FS1. The Cardinal is 6-3 with five wins in their last six contests after their 81-71 victory at Oregon State on Monday as a 5-point favorite. The Huskies are 1-7 after their 80-53 loss to Arizona as a 9-point underdog last Thursday. Stanford is a 10-point favorite with the over/under at 136.5.

USC visits Arizona on ESPN2. The Trojans improved to 6-2 with a 62-46 win against Utah as a 4.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Wildcats’ four straight wins give them a 9-1 record after they defeated Washington State on the road by an 86-82 score as an 8-point favorite on Saturday. Arizona is a 3-point favorite with the total at 140.5.

San Francisco hosts Portland on ESPNU. The Dons are 7-5 after their 85-82 loss to Gonzaga on Saturday. The Pilots are now 6-3 after their 84-68 loss at Seattle as a 4.5-point underdog last Wednesday. San Francisco is a 17.5-point favorite with an over/under of 147.

San Diego State plays at home against Nevada on the CBS Sports Network at 10 PM ET. The Aztecs are 7-2 after their 78-65 win against Colorado State as a 9-point favorite on Monday. The Wolf Pack raised their record to 7-3 with their 84-74 win at New Mexico as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. San Diego State is a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 137.5.

The Thursday card concludes at 10:30 PM ET with Arizona State hosting UCLA on ESPN. The Sun Devils return to action for the first time since December 16th when they were upset by a 76-63 loss to UTEP as a 13-point favorite. The Bruins improved their record to a 7-2 mark on Saturday with a 65-62 win against Colorado as a pick ‘em. Arizona State is 4-3 this season and is a 1-point favorite in this game with an over/under of 149.

The NBA card features five games, including a doubleheader on TNT.

The opening game on TNT has Philadelphia visiting Brooklyn for a 7:35 PM ET tip. The 76ers improved to 7-1 this season last night with their 118-101 victory against Washington as a 6.5-point favorite. The Nets snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 130-96 upset victory against Utah as a 5-point underdog. That win evened Brooklyn’s record at 4-4. They will be without Kevin Durant tonight as he continues to quarantine due to his exposure to COVID. Philadelphia is a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 224.

The nightcap on TNT starts at 10:05 PM ET with Denver hosting Dallas. The Nuggets raised their record to 3-4 with a 123-116 win against Minnesota as a 10-point favorite on Tuesday. The Mavericks also have a 3-4 record after upsetting Houston on the road as a 113-100 victory as a 4-point dog. Denver is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 225.

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