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

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card concludes Week 16 in the NFL, along with games in the NBA and college basketball and the start of Matchweek 16 in the English Premier League.

The festive fixture schedule continues with three matches to kick off Matchweek 16 in the English Premier League. Leicester City visits Crystal Palace at 10 AM ET on the NBC Sports Network. The Foxes settled for a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Saturday to keep them in third place in the EPL table with 28 points. The Eagles are in 13th place in the standings after their 3-0 Saturday loss at Aston Villa. Leicester City is a -0.5 goal line road favorite with the total set at 2.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

Chelsea hosts Aston Villa on the NBC Sports Network at 12:30 PM ET. The Blues fell to seventh place with 25 points after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Saturday. The Villans are also in seventh place after their 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. Chelsea is a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.

Manchester City visits Everton at 3 PM ET. The Cityzens jumped to fifth place with 26 points in the table with their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday. Everton has won four matches in a row to put them in second place after they defeated Sheffield United on the road by a 1-0 score. Man City is a -1 goal line favorite with the total at 3. This game is on the NBC Peacock app.

Sixteen games are on the college basketball betting card starting at 1 PM ET. The lone nationally-televised contest is at 7 PM ET with Illinois State playing at Loyola-Chicago. 

Five games are on the NBA docket starting at 7:30 PM ET. None of these games are on national television. 

Monday Night Football on ESPN presents a passing of the guards for AFC East primacy. Buffalo clinched the AFC East title for the first time since 1995 with their 48-19 win Denver last Saturday as a 6-point favorite. The Bills have secured hosting the wildcard round of the AFC playoffs. 

With their 22-12 loss to Miami last week, New England is eliminated from the playoffs. Cam Newton completed 17 of 27 passes for 209 yards with 38 rushing yards. Newton has completed 65.9% of his passes this season for 2381 yards with five touchdown passes but ten interceptions. He has added 489 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns on the ground. Belichick has been coy about who he will tap for his starting quarterback in this game, with Newton possibly not returning to the team next season. Backup Jarett Stidham may get an opportunity to audition for the job next season. The former Auburn quarterback has completed 18 of 33 passes this season for a 54.5% completion percentage for 212 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. 

Buffalo is a 7-point road favorite with the total set at 46. Kickoff is shortly after 8:15 PM ET.

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