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

by Big Al Staff

The Friday Christmas Day sports schedule offers a full day of games in the NBA and college basketball and a game apiece in the NFL and college football.

The card tips off in the NBA with five games. At noon PM ET, Miami hosts New Orleans on ESPN as a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 223.5 (all odds from BetOnline). The Heat was upset on Wednesday in their opening game of the season in a 113-107 loss at Oklahoma City as a 4.5-point favorite. The Pelicans upset Toronto on the road by a 113-99 score as a 4-point underdog on Wednesday.

Milwaukee plays at home against Golden State at 2:30 PM ET on ABC with an over/under of 235.5. The Bucks were upset at Boston in their opening game on Wednesday as a 4.5-point favorite. The Warriors will be without Draymond Green in this game after he was injured in their 125-99 loss at Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The Nets follow up that opening night victory by visiting the Celtics at 5 PM ET on ABC. Brooklyn is a road favorite laying 3 points with a total of 227.5. 

At 8 PM ET, the Los Angeles Lakers host Dallas on ABC and ESPN as a 6-point favorite with an over/under 227.5. The Lakers were upset in their opening game against the Clippers by a 116-109 score as a 2-point favorite on Tuesday. The Mavericks come off a 106-102 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday as a 1.5-point underdog. 

The NBA slate concludes at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN, with the Los Angeles Clippers playing at Denver. The Nuggets were upset on Wednesday by a 124-122 score as an 8-point favorite. The Clippers are 1-point road favorites with a total of 225.

The college basketball card involves four games in the Big Ten. At 12:30 PM ET, Wisconsin visits Michigan State on Fox as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 140.5. The Badgers have won four games in a row after their 67-53 victory against Nebraska on Tuesday. The Spartans were upset in their last contest at Northwestern by a 79-65 score on Sunday. 

Purdue hosts Maryland at 2:30 PM ET on FS1 as a 6-point favorite with a total of 137. The Boilermakers had their three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday with their 70-52 loss at Iowa as a 5.5-point underdog. The Terrapins ended a two-game losing streak on Tuesday with an 84-71 win against LaSalle as a 17.5-point favorite.

Michigan plays at Nebraska in their first road game of the season at 6 PM ET. The Wolverines are 8-point road favorites with a total of 148.5. Michigan won their sixth straight game to start the season with a 62-58 win against Penn State back on December 13th. The Cornhuskers have lost three of their last four games after a 67-53 loss on Tuesday as a 13.5-point underdog at Wisconsin.

Iowa visits Minnesota at 8 PM ET. The Hawkeyes rebounded from their weekend loss to Gonzaga with that win against Purdue on Tuesday. The Golden Gophers come off a 90-82 upset win against Saint Louis as a 2-point underdog on Sunday. Iowa is a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 163.5.

The Camellia Bowl kicks off at 2:30 PM ET from the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama, between Marshall and Buffalo. The Thundering Herd were upset in the Conference USA championship game at home to UAB by a 22-13 score as a 4.5-point favorite last Friday. The Bulls were also upset in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday against Ball State as a 12.5-point favorite by a 38-28 score. Buffalo is a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 54.5. This game is on ESPN.

Week 16 in the NFL kicks off at 4:30 PM ET with New Orleans playing at home against Minnesota. The Saints have lost their last two games after their 32-29 loss at home to Kansas City as a 2.5-point underdog on Sunday. The Vikings have lost their two straight games after an upset at home to Chicago on Sunday by a 33-27 score. New Orleans is a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 51. Fox and the NFL Network have the broadcast.

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