Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAA Basketball, NHL and NBA Previews and Odds - 03/25/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The NCAA basketball quarterfinals of the NIT take place with four games. The card tips off at 6 PM ET with Mississippi State playing Richmond. The Bulldogs won their second game in their last three with their 74-68 upset win against Saint Louis as a 4.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Spiders ended a three-game losing streak in the NIT quarterfinals with a 76-66 upset win against Toledo as a 5-point underdog last Wednesday. The Super Pit in Denton, Texas, is the site for this game that is on ESPN2. Mississippi State is a 2.5-point favorite with the total set at 137.5 (all odds from BetOnline). 

North Carolina State faces Colorado State on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Wolfpack have won six of their last seven games after their 75-61 victory against Davidson as a 2.5-point favorite last Thursday. The Rams have won two of three games with a 75-73 victory against Buffalo as a 2-point favorite in the quarterfinals on Friday. Comerica Park in Frisco, Texas, is the location. NC State is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 146.

Memphis battles Boise State on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Tigers have won two of their last three games with their 71-60 win against Dayton as a 5-point favorite on Saturday. The Broncos ended a four-game losing streak in the quarterfinals with their 85-84 win in a pick ‘em matchup with SMU last Thursday. The Super Pit is the neutral court. Memphis is a 4-point favorite with a total of 142.5. 

Louisiana Tech faces Western Kentucky on ESPN2 at 10 PM ET. The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight games after a 70-61 upset win against Mississippi as a 3-point underdog on Friday. The Hilltoppers won their fourth game in their last five with their 69-67 upset win against Saint Mary’s as a 2-point underdog in the quarterfinals last Wednesday. Comerica Park is the neutral court. Louisiana Tech is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 137.

Five games are on the NBA docket. A doubleheader on TNT begins at 7:30 PM ET with Portland visiting Miami. The Trail Blazers have lost two in a row with their 116-112 upset loss to Brooklyn as a 2-point favorite on Tuesday. The Heat got upset for the fourth straight time in a 110-100 loss to Phoenix as a 2-point underdog on Tuesday. 

The nightcap on TNT has Philadelphia visiting the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 PM ET. The 76ers have won nine of their last ten games with their 108-98 victory at Golden State as a 4.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Lakers have lost three straight games after their 128-111 loss at New Orleans as a 5-point favorite on Tuesday. Philadelphia is a 5-point road favorite with a total of 211.5.

Eleven games are on the NHL schedule. Six games begin the card at 7 PM ET. The slate concludes at 9 PM ET with Colorado hosting Vegas as a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. None of the games are on television.

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