Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAA Basketball Previews and Odds - 03/29/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament begins with a Monday doubleheader. The opener tips off at 7:15 PM ET on CBS with Oregon State playing Houston. The Beavers, a 12 seed, have won nine of ten games after their 65-58 upset against Loyola-Chicago as a 7-point underdog on Saturday. Ethan Thompson scored 20 points to pave the way. The senior leads the team with a 15.8 points-per-game scoring average. Since the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, Oregon State has pulled off six straight victories as an underdog. The Beavers upset Tennessee and Oklahoma State before their win against the Ramblers on Saturday. Oregon State makes its first trip to the Elite 8 since 1982.

The Cougars have won ten straight games with their 62-46 win against Syracuse as a 6.5-point favorite on Saturday. Quentin Grimes scored 14 points to lead the Houston effort, with the junior averaging 18.0 points-per-game. Houston defeated Cleveland State and Rutgers before their victory against the Orange. Houston is an 8-point favorite with the total set at 129 (all odds from BetOnline). The winner plays the victor of the Razorbacks/Bears matchup in the Final Four on Saturday. 

Arkansas plays Baylor on CBS at 9:57 PM ET. The Razorbacks won their third in a row with a 72-70 win against Oral Roberts as an 11.5-point favorite on Saturday. Davonte Davis hit the game-winner with 2.9 seconds left in the game. He finished with 16 points. Jalen Tate led the way with 22 points. Arkansas’ top-two scorers against the Golden Eagles are the fourth and fifth-highest scoring players on the team, averaging 10.9 points-per-game and Davis adding 8.3 points-per-game. 

The Bears have won seven of their last eight games with their 62-51 win against Villanova as a 7.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Bears only made three of 19 shots from 3-point range but adjusted in the second half by going inside. Baylor shot 53% from the field in the final 20 minutes, despite making only one 3-pointer. Adam Flagler led the team with 16 points, and Davion Mitchell added 14 points. The Bears are a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 148.5.

Eight games are on the NBA docket. The card tips off with Indiana playing Washington at 7 PM ET. The card concludes at 8:30 PM ET, with San Antonio hosting Sacramento as a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 228.

The NHL has seven games on their schedule. Three games begin the card at 7 PM ET. The New York Islanders play at Pittsburgh on the NBC Sports Network. The Islanders' three-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-3 loss to the Penguins on Saturday. Pittsburgh has won four of their last five games. New York is a -113 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

Minnesota visits San Jose at 10:30 PM ET with the Wild a -150 money line road favorite with the total at 5.5.

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