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NBA Sports Betting Tips

by Oskeim Sports

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

NBA Sports Betting NBA sports betting can be great fun, but be mindful when placing bets. Take your time researching each bet you place, focusing on one type of bet until you gain more familiarity with both the sport and its betting odds. Understanding how to read numbers is also critical since records alone don't reveal much. Instead, analysis must take place against opponents and the schedule in mind. 1. Look for Underdogs Backing underdogs in sports betting can be both thrilling and profitable, providing punters with a thrilling and lucrative experience. When overhyped teams gain public favor, bookmakers often shift odds in their favor, which creates value. Advanced analytics, alternative betting markets, and sensible staking strategies may further increase profit potential. Search out underdogs in games where teams have the advantage of playing at home court. Teams utilizing their regular practice facilities and having cheering fans supporting them tend to give their all, especially during big rivalry games. Conversely, tired teams from playing back-to-back sets often struggle and present betting value for underdogs. Pay attention to any movements in betting lines that might indicate sharp bettors recognizing value in one particular underdog. 2. Look for Mismatches One of the most popular methods for wagering on NBA games is over/under betting, or Over/Under. Oddsmakers take into account offensive and defensive production to produce a total, which bettors then bet whether or not the final score will go Over or Under that number. Be mindful that NBA game odds tend to be set closer to game time than NFL lines, offering bettors additional chances to shop around for better odds and exploit momentum shifts when live betting. This also gives bettors more time to identify momentum shifts with live betting strategies that recognize momentum fluctuations as momentum swings occur in real time. NBA schedules can be difficult, and teams may experience difficulties when facing back-to-back or three games in four nights. Therefore, bettors need to understand these scheduling peculiarities so they can take full advantage of them when placing NBA bets. 3. Look for Trends One of the key aspects of NBA sports betting to keep an eye out for are trends. Based on past results, these can provide invaluable insight into future outcomes - helping you decide which team and amount to bet. Many betting sites provide NBA trending pages to provide bettors with an in-depth review of upcoming games, both statistically and with regards to schedule quirks such as back-to-backs or playing on Christmas/MLK Day/road trips (or worse yet three-game road trips). Bettors tend to overlook these factors, yet they can make a significant impactful statement about a game's outcome. For example, one team might experience poor play on a second night of a back-to-back due to fatigue after long road trips or because their star player is on minutes restrictions. 4. Look for Injury Reports NBA players compete in an 82-game season, and injuries can have an enormous impact on a team's ability to win games or cover spreads. Therefore, attention must be given daily to injury reports. Each team must publish a list of injured or questionable players for every game, which may range from illness to minor injuries like sore legs. It's particularly important to stay abreast of what beat writers are reporting about player health when considering betting on teams you're interested in betting on. Line movement should also be taken into account when placing NBA bets, particularly live betting markets. Odds adjust real time, depending on factors like travel issues or player ejections - providing opportunities to place winning wagers. 5. Look for Value No other sport can rival NBA basketball's excitement of no-look passes, acrobatic dunks, and long distance threes; coupled with high odds propositions that could yield significant payouts, it is no wonder sports betting on NBA is so popular. When placing NBA wagers, it's essential to search for value. This involves carefully considering each game's odds and identifying bets with positive expected value - this provides a more objective approach to sports betting and can help prevent common mistakes such as chasing losses or overvaluing favorites. Injury reports and scheduling quirks should also be closely examined before placing a bet. If, for instance, recently traded players face their former team, they may feel extra motivated to seek payback against them. Furthermore, it pays to shop around to find the best odds before placing your wager.

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NCAA Tournament System of the Week

by Al McMordie

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

March Madness has officially arrived, and the power conferences have their tournaments this week.  Great situations always abound.  And one of the situations that I particularly like results from the schedule.  There are always rematches in the conference tournaments between teams that played at the end of the regular season, and then meet again in their very next game, at the start of the tourney.  I've always liked to focus on the teams that lost the meeting at season's end because their opponent might be a tad too overconfident after just winning a few days before.  But I don't just take any revenge-minded team.  Instead, I like to play on underdogs that were blown out by more than 10 points in that previous game.  Dating back 34 seasons, these teams have gone 55-38-2 ATS (59.1%).  Indeed, we had a play this afternoon (which I also released to my clients) on West Virginia +9.5 over Cincinnati.  Just three days ago, the Mountaineers were massacred by the Bearcats, 92-56, as an 11-point road underdog.  However, WVU almost turned the tables on Cincy when it mattered, and narrowly lost the tournament game (after leading by 16 in the second half), 90-85, as a huge underdog.There will be three more games from this system on Wednesday:  California +1.5 over Stanford, Fresno St. +5.5 over Wyoming, and Middle Tennessee St. +11 over Louisiana Tech.The Bears lost by 22 at Stanford, 80-58, last Thursday; the Bulldogs were wiped out by 39 points, 86-47, at home vs. Wyoming, this past Saturday; and the Blue Raiders were also routed on Saturday, 84-70, at Louisiana Tech.Look for these underdogs to bark loudly tomorrow.Good luck, as always...Al McMordie

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 03/12/2024

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

The Tuesday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and UEFA Champions League action.The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The New York Knicks host the Philadelphia 76ers on TNT at 7:40 PM ET as a 6-point favorite, with the total set at 210.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Two more NBA games tip off at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Oklahoma City Thunder play at home against the Indiana Pacers as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 240. The Washington Wizards travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 218. The Houston Rockets play in San Antonio against the Spurs at 8:40 p.m. ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 223.5. The Boston Celtics are in Utah to play the Jazz at 9:10 p.m. ET as a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 235. Two more games conclude the NBA card at 10:10 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Clippers are at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 215. The Milwaukee Bucks visit Sacramento to play the Kings on TNT as a 2.5-point road favorite with a total of 238.The National Hockey League has ten games on its slate. Five NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Buffalo Sabres host the Detroit Red Wings as a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes play at home against the New York Rangers as a -162 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Montreal Canadiens are at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Pittsburgh Penguins play in Ottawa against the Senators as a -118 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Philadelphia Flyers host the San Jose Sharks as a -298 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. Two NHL games start at 8:07 p.m. ET. The Dallas Stars play at home against the Florida Panthers as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Minnesota Wild are at home against the Arizona Coyotes as a -192 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Anaheim Ducks are in Chicago to play the Blackhawks at 8:37 p.m.ET with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 6. The Colorado Avalanche travel to Calgary to play the Flames at 9:07 p.m. ET as a -175 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Vegas Golden Knights play in Seattle against the Kraken at 10:07 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The college basketball schedule has seven games on national television. Vermont battles New Hampshire on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET in the semifinals of the American East conference tournament as a 13.5-point favorite with an over/under of 138. McNeese State plays at home against Lamar on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosting the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament as a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 144.5. The College of Charleston faces Stony Brook on the CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET in the championship game of the Coastal Athletic Association tournament as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 158.6. Montana State challenges Sacramento State on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. ET in the semifinals of the Big Sky conference tournament as a 5-point favorite with a total of 135. Saint Mary’s goes against Gonzaga on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament. South Dakota State plays Denver on the CBS Sports Network at 9:30 p.m. ET in the championship game of the Summit League tournament as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 164. Montana battles Idaho State on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 142.5.The knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League continues with two second-leg matches in the Round of 16 at 4 PM ET. Arsenal plays against FC Porto as a -1.5-goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Barcelona is at home against Napoli as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Both matches will be broadcast on Paramount+.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/11/2024

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Mar 11, 2024

The Monday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association has six games on its docket. The Detroit Pistons host the Charlotte Hornets at 7:10 p.m. ET as a 3.5-point favorite, with the total set at 216 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Phoenix Suns travel to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers at 7:40 p.m. ET as a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 222.5. Two more NBA games tip off at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Dallas Mavericks play in Chicago against the Bulls as a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 233. The Golden State Warriors are in San Antonio as a 4.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 230.5. The Denver Nuggets play at home against the Toronto Raptors at 9:10 p.m. ET as a 13.5-point favorite with a total of 226. The Boston Celtics visit Portland to play the Trail Blazers at 10:40 p.m. ET. The National Hockey League has four games on its slate. Two NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Boston Bruins are at home against the St. Louis Blues as a -230 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The New York Rangers host the New Jersey Devils -155 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Winnipeg Jets play at home against the Washington Capitals at 7:37 p.m. ET as a -205 money-line favorite with an over/under 5.5. The Los Angeles Kings are at home against the New York Islanders at 10:37 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The college basketball schedule has eight games on national television. The College of Charleston battles Towson State on the CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET in the semifinals of the Coastal Athletic Association tournament as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Three NCAAB games on national television tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Oakland plays Cleveland State on ESPNU in the Horizon League tournament as a 5-point favorite with a total of 145. James Madison goes against Arkansas State on ESPN in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 155. Samford challenges East Tennessee State on ESPN2  in the championship game of the Southern Conference tournament as a 10.5-point favorite at BetOnline with a total of 148.5. Hofstra plays Stony Brook on the CBS Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET in the semifinals of the Coastal Athletic Association tournament as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 141. Two NCAAB games on national television begin at 9 p.m. ET. Saint Mary’s faces Santa Clara on ESPNU  in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 134.5. Northern Kentucky battles Wisconsin-Milwaukee on ESPN2 in the Horizon League tournament as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 151. Gonzaga goes against San Francisco on ESPN2 in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at 11:30 p.m. ET as an 8-point favorite with a total of 149. Matchweek 28 in the English Premier League continues with one match. Chelsea hosts Newcastle United on the USA Network at 4 p.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 3.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/10/2024

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Mar 10, 2024

The Sunday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers at 3:10 p.m. ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with the total set at 228 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Four more NBA games tip off at 6:10 p.m. ET. The New Orleans Pelicans play in Atlanta against the Hawks as a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 224. The Miami Heat are at home against the Washington Wizards as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 230. The Orlando Magic host the Indiana Pacers as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 226. The Sacramento Kings play at home against the Houston Rockets as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 233.5. Three NBA games start at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers are at home against the Brooklyn Nets as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 209. The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies as a 15-point favorite with a total of 220. The New York Knicks play at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 210.5. The Los Angeles Lakers are at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on ESPN at 9:40 p.m. ET as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 222.5. The National Hockey League has five games on its slate. The Edmonton Oilers are in Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on TNT at 1:07 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Minnesota Wild host the Nashville Predators on TNT at 3:37 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes play at home against the Calgary Flames as a -205 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.The Arizona Coyotes visit Chicago to play the Blackhawks at 6:07 p.m. ET as a -180 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The New York Islanders play in Anaheim against the Ducks at 8:07 p.m. ET as a -198 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The college basketball schedule has 10 games on national television. UNC-Asheville battles Longwood on ESPN2 at noon ET in the championship game of the Big South Conference tournament as a 3-point favorite with a total of 144. Purdue is at home against Wisconsin on Fox at 12:30 p.m. ET as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 148. Two NCAAB games are on national television at 2 p.m. ET. Colgate hosts Bucknell on the CBS Sports Network in the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 131.5. Indiana State faces Drake on CBS in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 155.5. Stetson challenges Austin Peay on ESPN2 in the championship game of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 145.5. Two nationally-televised NCAAB games begin at 4 p.m. ET. Lehigh is at Boston University on the CBS Sports Network in the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament as a 1-point road favor with an over/under of 140. Samford goes against Furman on ESPNU in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament. Michigan State travels to Indiana on CBS at 4:30 p.m. ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 142. East Tennessee State faces off against UT-Chattanooga on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. ET in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament. Illinois plays at Iowa on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET as a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 171.Matchweek 28 in the English Premier League continues with four matches. Tottenham is at Aston Villa on the USA Network in a pick ‘em matchup with a total of 3.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Two more EPL matches start at 10 a.m. ET. Brighton and Hove Albion hosts Nottingham Forest as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. West Ham United plays last home against Burnley as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Manchester City visits Liverpool on the USA Network at 11:45 a.m. ET in a pick ‘em match-up with an over/under of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/09/2024

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Mar 09, 2024

The Saturday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The Los Angeles Clippers host the Chicago Bulls at 4:10 p.m. ET as a 7.5-point favorite, with the total set at 221 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Two more NBA games tip off at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Brooklyn Nets travel to Charlotte to play the Hornets as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 208. The Dallas Mavericks play in Detroit against the Pistons as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 235.5. Two NBA games start at 8:40 p.m. ET. The Boston Celtics are in Phoenix to play the Suns on ABC as a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 235.5. The Golden State Warriors play at home against the San Antonio Spurs as an 8.5-point favorite with a total of 230.5. The Denver Nuggets are at home against the Utah Jazz at 9:10 p.m. ET as an 11.5-point favorite with an over/under of 233. The Toronto Raptors visit Portland to play the Trail Blazers at 10:10 p.m. ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 223.5. The National Hockey League has 13 games on its slate. Three NHL games drop the puck at 12:37 p.m. ET. The Edmonton Oilers play in Buffalo against the Sabres as a -192 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Nashville Predators are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets as a -162 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes travel to New Jersey to play the Devils on ABC as a -142 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Boston Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins on ABC at 3:07 p.m. ET as a -198 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Florida Panthers play at home against the Calgary Flames at 4:07 p.m. ET as a -218 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. Four NHL games begin at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Ottawa Senators play in San Jose against the Sharks as a -198 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Montreal to play the Canadiens as a -205 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at home against the Philadelphia Flyers as a -142 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks as a -218 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The New York Rangers play at home against the St. Louis Blues at 7:37 p.m. ET as a -205 money-line favorite with a total of 6. Two NHL games start at 10:07 p.m. ET. The Vancouver Canucks are at home against the Winnipeg Jets as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Vegas Golden Knights host the Detroit Red Wings as a -170 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings play at home against the Dallas Stars at 10:37 p.m. ET as a -125 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has 17 games on major national television. Three NCAAB games are on major national television at noon ET. Alabama is at home against Arkansas on ESPN as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 173.5. Florida Atlantic hosts Memphis on CBS as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 162. St. John’s plays at home against Georgetown on Fox as a 20-point favorite with a total of 153. Three NCAAB games tip-off on major national television at 2 p.m. ET. Iowa State is at Kansas State on ESPN2 as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 134. Texas is at home against Oklahoma on ESPN as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 144.5. Mississippi hosts Texas A&M on CBS as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 144.5. Creighton visits Villanova on Fox at 2:30 p.m. ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 137. Three NCAAB games on major national television start at 4 p.m. ET. Houston plays at home against Kansas on ESPN as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 137. Tennessee is at home against Kentucky on CBS as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 166. Florida State hosts Miami (FL) on ESPN2 as a 3-point favorite with a total of 153. Marquette plays at Xavier on Fox as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 158.5. Texas Tech plays at home against Baylor on ESPN2 as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 147.5. Duke plays at home against North Carolina on ESPN as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 150.5. Morehead State battles Little Rock in the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Two NCAAB games on major national television begin at 10 p.m. ET. Arizona is at USC on ESPN as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 159.5. San Diego faces Santa Clara in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament on ESPN2. Portland plays San Francisco in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament on ESPN at 12:30 a.m. ET. Matchweek 28 in the English Premier League begins with five matches. Manchester United is at home against Everton on the USA Network at 7:30 a.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 3 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Three more EPL matches start at 10 a.m. ET. Bournemouth hosts Sheffield United as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. Crystal Palace plays at home against Luton Town on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Fulham visits Wolverhampton in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. Arsenal is at home against Brentford on NBC as a -2 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 03/08/2024

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Mar 08, 2024

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and NCAAB action.The National Basketball Association has eight games on its docket. Two NBA games tip off at 7:10 p.m. ET. The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers as an 8-point road favorite, with the total set at 225 (all odds from DraftKings). The Washington Wizards host the Charlotte Hornets as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 227. Two more NBA games start at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers play at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on ESPN as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 208.5. The New York Knicks are at home against the Orlando Magic as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 208.5. Two NBA games begin at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Atlanta Hawks play in Memphis to play the Grizzlies as a 3-point road favorite with a total of 215. The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Miami Heat as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 225.5. Two more games conclude the NBA card at 10:10 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Lakers play at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on ESPN as a 1-point favorite with a total of 235.5. The Houston Rockets are in Portland to play the Trail Blazers as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 218.5. The National Hockey League has four games on its slate. Two NHL games drop the puck at 9:07 p.m. ET. The Detroit Red Wings visit Arizona against the Coyotes as a -135 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche are at home against the Minnesota Wild as a -198 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more games conclude the NHL card at 10:07 p.m. ET. The Dallas Stars play in Anaheim to play the Ducks as a -285 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Winnipeg Jets are in Seattle to play the Kraken as a -130 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5.The college basketball schedule has eight games on national television. Akron travels to Western Michigan on the CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET as an 8.5-point road favorite with a total of 138. Dayton hosts VCU on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 138. Two more NCAAB games on national television begin at 8 p.m. ET. Arkansas-Little Rock battles Western Illinois in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on ESPNU as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 153. Toledo plays at home against Kent State on the CBS Sports Network as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 153.Two NCAAB games are on national television at 9 p.m. ET. Pepperdine plays at San Diego on FSI as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 157. Tulane is at home against Wichita State on ESPN2 as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 155. San Diego State hosts Boise State on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 137. Morehead State is at Tennessee-Martin in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. ET as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 152.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 03/07/2024

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Mar 07, 2024

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, and NCAAB action.The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. Two NBA games tip off at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Brooklyn Nets travel to Detroit to play the Pistons as a 2-point road favorite, with the total set at 215.5 (all odds from DraftKings). The Indiana Pacers host the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 229. The Dallas Mavericks play at home against Miami against the Heat on TNT at 7:30 p.m. ET as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 230. The Phoenix Suns are at home against the Toronto Raptors at 9:10 p.m. ET as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 231.5. The Boston Celtics play in Denver against the Nuggets on TNT as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 221.5. Two more games conclude the NBA card at 10:10 p.m. ET. The Golden State Warriors host the Chicago Bulls as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 223.5. The Sacramento Kings play at home against the San Antonio Spurs as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 238.5. The National Hockey League has 12 games on its slate. Seven NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Boston Bruins are at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Montreal Canadiens as a -310 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Edmonton Oilers are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets as a -258 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Florida Panthers play at home against the Philadelphia Flyers as a -230 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The New Jersey Devils are at home against the St. Louis Blues as a -180 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals as a -170 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Tampa Bay Lightning play at home against the Calgary Flames as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Nashville Predators are at home against the Buffalo Sabres at 8:07 p.m. ET as a -170 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Minnesota Wild visit Arizona to play the Coyotes at 9:07 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights host the Vancouver Canucks at 10:07 p.m. ET as a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 6. Two games complete the NHL card at 10:37 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Kings play at home against the Ottawa Senators as a -192 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New York Islanders play at San Jose against the Sharks as a -258 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The college basketball schedule has ten games on national television. The NCAAB games tip off at 7 p.m. ET. UAB is at Temple on ESPN2 as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 146. Wisconsin is at home against Rutgers on FS1 as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 132. Four NCAAB games on national television begin at 9 p.m. ET. Washington State is at home against Washington on FS1 as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 149.5. Oregon hosts Colorado on ESPN2 as a 3-point favorite with a total of 150.5. Norfolk State plays at home against Howard University on ESPNU as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 146. Louisiana Tech is at home against Sam Houston on the CBS Sports Network as an 8-point favorite with a total of 136.5. Arizona travels to UCLA on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET as an 8.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 147. Three more NCAAB games are on national television at 11 p.m. ET. Stanford hosts California on ESPN2 as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 155.5. USC plays at home against Arizona State on FS1 as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 144. Utah plays at Oregon State on ESPNU as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 143.

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NCAA Title Hopes - Favorite, Long Shot, and Cinderella

by ASA, Inc.

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2024

Favorite Tennessee (+1200)The Vols opened the season at +3300 to win the NCAA Championship, and after three straight ranked losses early in the year, they rebounded to be a top tier team throughout SEC play. That task has not been easy with the SEC currently having five teams ranked in the top 17 in the AP Poll. Tennessee checks all the boxes when looking at a team with tourney winning potential. Battle tested, with a player of the year candidate, along with veterans who have made postseason runs in the past. Knecht (20.6ppg), Josiah-Jordan James (8.8), and Santiago Vescovi (7.2) are all fifth year seniors, combined with Ziegler (11.4), Aidoo (12.1), and Gainey (7.4) who are all juniors. Knecht is a lottery pick who can take over games when needed, scoring 37+ points three separate times this season against UNC, Florida, and Auburn. Securing a one seed will be huge if the Vols can end the regular season strong. Only five of the previous eighteen Champions have come outside of one seeds, of those, only one two-seed has taken home the trophy (Villanova 2016). Mid Tier Washington St. (+10000)The PAC 12 may have been the worst Major conference in College Basketball this year. Arizona who is currently ranked 5th, and Washington St. are the only PAC 12 teams slated to get a tournament bid. This is the main reason that the Cougars are flying under the radar, getting very little media attention despite sitting 18th in the AP Poll, while being winners of 13 of their last 15 games. Fifth year coach Kyle Smith has seen improvement each season with Washington State and has let redshirt freshman Myles Rice (15.5ppg) lead the Cougars on offense. Rice stands 6’3 and the rest of the key rotation is huge measuring 6’8 or taller. This length played a fundamental role in why they were able to beat Arizona twice this year, showing the potential to take down top tier competition. Isaac Jones (15.3ppg) and Jaylen Wells (12.3) make up a three headed scoring monster that can make a serious bracket run for a team that many have little insight about. They are projected to get a 5th or 6th seed.  Cinderella Vermont (+100000)Mid Major runs happen every year, but are nearly impossible to predict. Vermont will need to win the American East Tournament but went 15-1 during the regular season and is the number one seed. If that first step is completed, the Catamounts will be primed to bust brackets as a likely 14 seed. Seven players play over 20 minutes per game and all average 7+ ppg, showing one of the most balanced scoring outputs in the nation. They rank 9th in the entire country in scoring defense and 35th in Assist/Turnover. A fundamental conference winner with fantastic chemistry, Vermont has as good a chance as any Mid Major to do some damage in the first weekend of the tourney.  If the Catamounts can get by the first weekend, we’ll have some serious hedging potential moving forward. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 03/06/2024

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2024

The Wednesday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the UEFA Champions League action.The National Basketball Association has eight games on its docket. The Orlando Magic travel to Washington to play the Wizards at 7:10 p.m. ET as an 8-point road favorite with the total set at 223 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Three NBA games tip off at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Atlanta Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 216.5. The Philadelphia 76ers play at home against the Memphis Grizzlies as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 209. The Los Angeles Clippers play in Houston against the Rockets on ESPN as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 225. The Chicago Bulls are in Utah to play the Jazz at 9:10 p.m. ET as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 224. Two NBA games start at 10:10 p.m. ET. The Golden State Warriors are at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on ESPN as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 227.5. The Oklahoma City Thunder visit Portland to play the Trail Blazers as a 12.5-point road favorite with a total of 224. The Los Angeles Lakers host the Sacramento Kings at 10:40 p.m. ET as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 239.5. The National Hockey League has three games on its slate. The Toronto Maple Leafs play at home against the Buffalo Sabres on TNT at 7:07 p.m. ET as a -185 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche is at home against the Detroit Red Wings on TNT a 9:37 p.m. ET as a -192 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Ottawa Senators play in Anaheim against the Ducks at 10:07 p.m. ET as a -155 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has nine games on national television. Seton Hall hosts Villanova on FS1 at 6:30 p.m. ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 132. Two more NCAAB games tip off on national television at 7 p.m. ET. Tennessee is at South Carolina on ESPN2 as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 140. Miami (FL) plays at home against Boston College on ESPNU as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 151.5. Butler is at home against Xavier at CBS Sports Network a 7:30 p.m. ET as a 3-point favorite with a total of 156. Iowa State hosts BYU on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 146. Connecticut travels to Marquette on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. ET as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 151.5. Texas A&M plays at home against Mississippi State on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 135. Utah State plays at San Jose State on the CBS Sports Network at 9:30 p.m. ET as a 10-point road favorite with a total of 145.5. New Mexico is at home against Fresno State on FS1 at 10:30 p.m. ET as an 18.5-point favorite with an over/under of 152.The knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League continues with two second-leg matches in the Round of 16 at 3 PM ET. Manchester City hosts FC Copenhagen on CBS as a -2.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Real Madrid plays at home against RB Leipzig as a -1 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 03/05/2024

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2024

The Tuesday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the UEFA Champions League action.The National Basketball Association has nine games on its docket. The Orlando Magic travel to Charlotte to play the Hornets at 7:10 p.m. ET as an 8.5-point road favorite with the total set at 207.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Boston Celtics play in Cleveland to play the Cavaliers on TNT at 7:30 p.m. ET as a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 219. Four NBA games tip off at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia 76ers are in Brooklyn to play the Nets as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 217.5. The Miami Heat host the Detroit Pistons as an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 218. The New York Knicks play at home against the Atlanta Hawks as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 216.5. The New Orleans Pelicans visit Toronto to play the Raptors as an 8.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 228.5. The Houston Rockets are at home against the San Antonio Spurs at 8:10 p.m. ET as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 229. The Dallas Mavericks host the Indiana Pacers at 8:40 p.m. ET as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 246. The Denver Nuggets play at home against the Phoenix Suns on TNT at 10:00 p.m. ET as a 9-point favorite with a total of 224.The National Hockey League has nine games on its slate. Two NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Florida Panthers play in New Jersey against the Devils as a -118 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Pittsburgh Penguins are at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -225 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 7:37 p.m. ET. The New York Islanders host the St. Louis Blues as a -166 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Edmonton Oilers are in Boston to play the Bruins as a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Two NHL games begin at 8:07 p.m. ET. The Nashville Predators play at home against the Montreal Canadiens as a -218 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Winnipeg Jets are at home against the Seattle Kraken as a -185 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Arizona Coyotes host the Chicago Blackhawks at 9:07 p.m. ET as a -238 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. Two games conclude the NHL card at 10:37 p.m. ET. The Vancouver Canucks travel to Los Angeles to play the Kings, with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 6. The Dallas Stars play in San Jose against the Sharks as a -380 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The college basketball schedule has 12 games on national television. Six NCAAB games tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Illinois plays at home against Purdue on Peacock as a 2-point favorite with a total of 163.5. Florida is at home against Alabama on ESPN as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 176.5. Virginia Tech is at Louisville on ESPNU as an 8-point road favorite with a total of 152. Clemson hosts Syracuse on ESPN2 as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 153.5. Providence travels to Georgetown on FS1 as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 149. Ohio plays at Buffalo on the CBS Sports Network as an 11-point road favorite with an over/under of 150.5. Four NCAAB games begin on national television at 11 p.m. ET. Kansas plays at home against Kansas State on ESPN as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 143.5. Dayton is at Saint Louis on the CBS Sports Network as a 9-point road favorite with an over/under of 152.5. Pittsburgh is at home against Florida State on ESPN2 as an 8-point favorite with a total of 148. St. John’s visits DePaul on FS1 as a 19-point road favorite with an over/under of 152. Two nationally-televised NCAAB games start at 11 p.m. ET. San Diego State plays at UNLV on the CBS Sports Network as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 136.5. Boise State hosts Nevada on FS1 as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 143.The knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League continues with two second-leg matches in the Round of 16 at 3 PM ET. Paris Saint-Germain is at Read Sociedad on CBS in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Bayern Munich plays at home against Lazio as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.

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Texas Rangers Season Preview

by Will Rogers

Monday, Mar 04, 2024

Last year's Texas Rangers won 90 games in the regular season. That led to a tie with the Houston Astros atop of the American League West. The Astros held the tiebreaker advantage though which meant that they were the division winners. The teams would settle their differences in a wild 7-game American League Championship Series. You may recall that the road team won all seven games. Texas won the first two, at Houston. The Astros won the next three, at Texas. Then, the Rangers won both Game 6 and Game 7 to advance to the World Series. They had an easier time of things when they got there, as they defeated the Diamondbacks in five games. Pretty good for a team which was projected to win 82 games and finish fourth in their division! So, what will the defending World Series Champions do for an encore? Let's take a closer look. This season, the Rangers are projected to win 89.5 games. They are currently +200 to win the American League West. Once again, they're expected to be in a 3-team race with the Astros and the Mariners. Houston (92.5 wins) and Seattle (86.5 wins) are projected to finish first and third, respectively. The other two teams in the division, the Angels and Athletics, are being given no chance.On paper, the Rangers offseason wasn't very good. They lost Martin Perez, Aroldis Chapman, Mitch Garver, Robbie Grossman and Will Smith. They added Kirby Yates, David Robertson, Andrew Knizner, and Tyler Mahle, while re-signing Travis Jankowski. Importantly, playoff hero Jordan Montgomery remains a free agent. He's proven his worth and wants a long-term deal. As of this writing, Boston appears most likely to sign him. Losing Montgomery will hurt what was already a mediocre, at best, pitching staff. Led by the likes of Corey Seager, the American League MVP runner-up, Marcus Semien, the AL leader and hits and ALCS MVP Adolis García, the Rangers should still have an extremely potent offense. Texas led the American League in both average and home runs, finishing second in third in those categories overall. So, will all that hitting be enough to make up for the potentially suspect pitching? My feeling is that it will not. No team has won consecutive World Series titles for 23 years. As the defending champions, the Rangers are sure to get everyone's "best game." Other teams are going to get up for a series against Texas. World Series champions often take a step backwards after winning it all. The Astros won 90 games last year, after winning it all in 2022. As mentioned, they nearly returned to the World Series. Still, their 90 regular season victories was a far cry from the 106 which they won the previous year. The Final VerdictEverything fell into place for last season's Rangers. That was with dependable southpaw Jordan Montgomery helping to provide quality innings. With Montgomery likely heading to greener pastures and with a bullseye on their backs, it's my opinion that Texas takes a step back this season. Go with the Under 89 wins. 

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