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

by Big Al Staff

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

Eight games are in the NBA. Two contests got postponed because of COVID issues: Detroit/Washington and Golden State/Phoenix.

An ESPN doubleheader tips off at 7:35 PM ET with Milwaukee hosting Dallas. The Bucks have won six of their last seven games to raise their record to 8-4. They come off a 110-101 victory at Detroit as a 10-point favorite on Wednesday. The Mavericks have won four games in a row to improve to a 6-4 record. The last played on Wednesday when they defeated Charlotte, 104-93, as a 4-point favorite. Milwaukee is a 6-point favorite with the total set at 227 (all odds from BetOnline). 

The nightcap on ESPN at 10:05 PM ET has the Los Angeles Lakers playing at home against New Orleans. Los Angeles is 10-3 this season with eight wins in their last nine games after they defeated Oklahoma City on the road by a 128-00 score on Wednesday as an 11-point favorite. The Pelicans’ record has dropped to 4-6 after losing their fourth straight game on Wednesday, in a 111-106 loss in Los Angeles against the Clippers as an 11.5-point underdog. 

The NHL has five games on the schedule. Four of the games start at 7:05 PM ET. The finale has St. Louis visiting Colorado at 9:05 PM ET with the Avalanche priced as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.

The college basketball card tips off at 1 PM ET, with Hofstra visiting Delaware as a 3.5-point road favorite with the total at 137.5. 

Western Kentucky hosts Marshall on the CBS Sports Network at 5 PM ET. The Hilltoppers have lost two of their last three games to fall to 9-4 on the season after getting upset on Saturday, 63-53, as a 5.5-point favorite at Louisiana Tech. Marshall is 7-2 after winning three of their last four games with their win at Louisiana Tech as a 2-point favorite on January 2nd. Western Kentucky is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 150.

UAB travels to Charlotte at 5 PM ET on ESPNU. The Blazers have won their last two games to improve to a 9-1 record after defeating Southern Mississippi on Saturday as a 13-point favorite. Charlotte dropped to 5-5 with two losses in their last three games after their stunning 75-72 loss to Belmont Abbey in a contest off the betting board on Saturday. UAB is a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 128.

St. Bonaventure plays at home against Duquesne at 7 PM ET on ESPN2. The Bonnies won their third in a row to improve to 5-1 after defeating Fordham on the road, 68-54, on Wednesday. The Dukes are 3-4 this season after losing on Wednesday at Dayton, 72-63, as a 6-point underdog. St. Bonaventure is an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 135.

Bowling Green plays at Buffalo at 7 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Falcons are 9-3 after their five-game winning streak end on Tuesday with an 88-64 loss to Ball State as an 8-point favorite. The Bulls won four of their last five to rise to 5-2 on Tuesday with an 85-69 win at Western Michigan as a 9.5-point favorite. Buffalo is a 4.5-point favorite with the total set at 161.

Nevada hosts Fresno State at 11 PM ET on FS1. The Wolf Pack fell to a 7-5 record on Saturday after losing their second game in a row in their 69-67 loss at San Diego State as a 10.5-point underdog. The Bulldogs have won three games in a row to improve to 5-3 after their 80-65 win against San Jose State on Sunday as a 14-point favorite. Nevada is a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5.

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