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

by Big Al Staff

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

The puck drops to begin the 2021 season of the National Hockey League with five games. The NBC Sports Network has a triple-header starting at 5:35 PM ET with Philadelphia hosting Pittsburgh as a money line favorite priced at -109 with a total of 6 (all odds from BetOnline). At 8:05 PM ET, Tampa Bay begins the defense of their Stanley Cup championship by playing at home against Chicago as a -237 money line favorite an over/under of 6.5. The nightcap is at 10:35 PM ET with Colorado playing at home against St. Louis as a -134 money line favorite with a total of 5.5

The NBA eight games on tap. The Utah/Washington and Orlando/Boston games scheduled for today got postponed because of COVID issues. 

ESPN has a doubleheader starting at 7:35 PM ET with Brooklyn visiting New York. The Nets snapped a two-game losing streak last night by defeating Denver, 122-116, as a 1.5-point favorite to raise their record to 6-6. New York fell to 5-6 with their third straight loss on Monday with a 109-88 loss at Charlotte as a 5-point underdog. Brooklyn is a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 219.

The second game on ESPN has the Los Angeles Clippers hosting New Orleans in the Staples Center at 10:05 PM ET. The Clippers are 7-4 with two wins in their last three games after their 130-127 victory against Chicago on Sunday as a 12.5-point favorite. The Pelicans have lost three in a row to fall to 4-5 with their 118-110 loss to Charlotte as a 7.5-point favorite. Los Angeles is a 6-point favorite with the total at 220.5.

The college basketball card begins at 2 PM E with two games in the Atlantic 10. St. Bonaventure visits Fordham as an 11.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 124.5. VCU plays at George Washington as a 10-point road favorite with a total of 143.

Dayton hosts Duquesne at 7 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Flyers are 6-3 after winning two of their last three games with their 89-78 upset victory at Davidson as a 7-point underdog on Friday. The Dukes moved to 3-3 after their 48-43 win against Fordham as a 13.5-point favorite on Saturday. Dayton is a 6.5-point favorite with a 133.5 total.

LSU plays at home against Arkansas at 7 PM ET on ESPN2. The Tigers are 8-2 with two straight victories after they upset Ole Miss on the road, 75-61, as a 2-point underdog on Saturday. The Razorbacks snapped a two-game losing streak to raise their record to 10-2 with a 99-69 win against Georgia as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. LSU is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 145.5.

At 8:30 PM ET, Georgetown plays at home against DePaul on FS1. The Hoyas fell to 3-8 with their fifth straight loss in a 74-69 loss at Syracuse on Saturday as a 10-point underdog. DePaul is 1-4 after losing their fourth game in a row in a 60-53 loss at home to UConn as a 4.5-point underdog on Monday. Georgetown is a 2-point favorite with a total of 145.5.

Texas hosts Texas Tech at 9 PM ET on ESPN in a battle of top-15 ranked Big 12 foes. The Longhorns are ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll with a 10-1 record. They last played on Saturday when they upset West Virginia on the road by a 72-70 score as a 1.5-point underdog. The Red Raiders rank 15th by the AP with a 10-3 mark. They have won four of their last five games after defeating Iowa State on the road by a 91-64 score as an 8.5-point favorite. Texas is a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 135.

Boise State plays at Wyoming at 9 PM on the CBS Sports Network in a rematch of their contest in Laramie on Monday. The Broncos won that game by an 83-60 score as a 7-point favorite to improve their record to a 10-1 mark. The Cowboys fell to 7-3 with the loss. Boise State is a 10-point road favorite with a total of 135.

Matchweek 18 continues in the English Premier League with two matches on the NBC Sports Network. Manchester City hosts Brighton and Hove Albion as a -2 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.25 at 1 PM ET. Tottenham visits Fulham at 3:15 PM ET as a -1.25 goal line road favorite with the total at 2.75.

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