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

by Alec McMordie

The Wednesday sports card features action in NCAA basketball, the NBA, the NHL, and the English Premier League. 

The college basketball card begins at 11 AM ET with the first game in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Saint Josephs plays LaSalle at the E.J. Wade Arena in Richmond, Virginia, as a 2-point favorite with the total set at 151.

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 6:30 PM ET, with UConn playing at Seton Hall. The Huskies, 12-6, won their fourth game in their last five with their 80-62 win against Marquette as a 7-point favorite on Saturday. Seton Hall, 13-10, lost their second straight game with a 61-52 upset loss at Butler as an 8-point favorite back on February 24th. UConn is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 135.5.

Utah hosts Oregon State on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Utes, 10-11, ended a four-game losing streak with a 71-61 upset win against USC as a 4.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Beavers improved to 13-11 with a 73-62 win at Stanford as a 5-point underdog on Saturday. Utah is a 3.5-point favorite, with the total at 133.

St. Johns plays at home against Providence on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Red Storm, 14-10, has lost three of four after their 81-58 loss at Villanova as an 11.5-point underdog back on February 23rd. The Friars, 12-11, have won three of four with their 83-68 upset victory against Xavier as a 1.5-point underdog last Wednesday. St. John’s is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 150.

Villanova is at home against Creighton on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET. The Wildcats are ranked 10th by the Associated Press with a 15-4 record. They lost at Butler by a 73-61 score as a 12.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Bluejays are 14th in the AP poll with a 17-6 record. They lost at Xavier by a 77-69 score as a 4-point favorite on Saturday. Villanova is a 4-point favorite with the total at 146.5.

Oregon hosts UCLA on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Ducks, 17-5, have won eight of nine with their 80-69 victory against Arizona as a 4-point favorite on Monday. The Bruins fell to 17-6 with a 70-61 loss at Colorado as a 6.5-point underdog on Saturday. Oregon is a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 134.

Ten games are on the NBA docket. A doubleheader on ESPN begins at 7:35 PM ET with Brooklyn playing at Houston. The Nets won their ninth game in their last ten with their 124-112 win at San Antonio as a 4.5-point favorite on Monday. The Rockets lost their 12th game in a row with a 101-90 upset loss to Cleveland as a 3-point favorite on Monday. 

The nightcap on ESPN is at 10:05 PM ET, with Golden State visiting Portland. The Warriors had their three-game losing streak end with a 117-91 loss at Los Angeles against the Lakers as a 2.5-point underdog on Sunday. The Trail Blazers ended a four-game losing streak with a 123-111 win against Charlotte as an 8.5-point favorite on Monday. 

Six games are on the NHL slate. A doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network begins at 7 PM ET with Boston hosting Washington. The Bruins come off a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers on Sunday. The Capitals won their third in a row on Sunday in a 3-2 win at New Jersey. Boston is a -145 money line favorite with a total of 6.

Matchweek 26 of the English Premier League continues with three matches. Leicester City visits Burnley on the NBC Sports Network at 1 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.25. Aston Villa travels to Sheffield United on the NBC Peacock app at 1 PM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with the total at 2.25. Manchester United plays at Crystal Palace on the NBC Peacock app at 3:15 PM ET as a -1.25 goal line road favorite with the over/under at 2.75.

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