Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAA Basketball Odds and Previews - 02/25/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday sports card features action in NCAA basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

The college basketball card tips off at noon ET with Miami (OH) visiting Western Michigan as a 5-point road favorite with the total et at 135 (all odds from BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball card begins at 7 PM. Michigan hosts Iowa in a battle of Big Ten teams ranked in the top-ten nationally. The Wolverines are third in the Associated Press poll with a 16-1 record after winning their fifth straight game in a 92-87 victory at Ohio State as a 2-point favorite on Sunday. The AP ranks the Hawkeyes ninth with a 17-6 record with their fourth straight win against Penn State, 74-68, as a 10-point favorite on Sunday. Michigan is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 155.5. 

Houston plays at home against Western Kentucky on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Cougars are ranked 11th in the nation with an 18-3 record. They won their third game in their last four on Sunday with a 90-52 victory against Cincinnati as a 12.5-point favorite. The Hilltoppers, 15-4, won their sixth straight game back on February 13th with an 89-66 win against Rice as a 9.5-point favorite. Houston is an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 136. 

Arizona State is at home against Washington on FS1 at 7 PM ET. The Sun Devils, 8-11, defeated the Huskies by a 97-64 score on Tuesday as a 9.5-point favorite. Washington fell to 5-18 with the loss. Arizona State is a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 155. 

Gonzaga hosts Santa Clara on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The number one-ranked Bulldogs are a 31-point favorite with a total of 155.

Ohio State visits Michigan State on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Buckeyes are ranked fourth in the nation with an 18-5 record. Their seven-game winning streak end on Sunday in a 92-87 loss at home to Michigan as a 2-point underdog. The Spartans, 12-9, upset Illinois by an 81-72 score as an 8.5-point underdog on Tuesday. Ohio State is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 145.5.

Colorado is at home against USC on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Buffaloes fell to 17-7 with a 61-57 upset loss at Oregon State as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Trojans are ranked 19th in the nation with a 19-4 record. They won their eighth of nine games on Monday with their 72-58 win against Oregon as a 3.5-point favorite. Colorado is a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 136.5.

At 9 PM ET, San Diego State hosts Boise State on FS1. The 22nd ranked Aztecs are a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 138. BYU is at home against San Francisco on the CBS Sports Network as a 10-point favorite with the total set at 141.5. Stanford plays at home against Oregon on ESPNU as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. 

At 11 PM ET, Saint Mary’s is at home against Pacific on ESPN2 as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 124. Arizona hosts Washington State on FS1 as a 9-point favorite, with the total at 133. 

Six games are on the NBA slate. A doubleheader on TNT begins at 7 PM ET with Dallas playing at Philadelphia. The Mavericks won their sixth of their last seven with a 110-107 upset victory against Boston as a 2.5-point underdog on Monday. The 76ers won their third game in four with a 109-102 win at Toronto as a 2.5-point favorite on Tuesday. 

The TNT nightcap at 9:30 PM ET has New Orleans playing at Milwaukee. The Pelicans upset Boston on Sunday, 120-115, as a 2-point underdog. The Bucks won their third straight on Tuesday with a 139-112 victory against Minnesota.

Eleven games are on the NHL docket for Thursday. Seven games begin the card at 7 PM ET. The slate concludes at 10 PM ET with Edmonton playing at Vancouver as a -138 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. None of the games are on national television.

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