SMU Mustangs Vs Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Picks, NCAAB Predictions

College Basketball Odds – SMU Mustangs at Cincinnati Bearcats Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

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The last day of college basketball’s regular season kicks off at high noon on Sunday, and there isn’t a team which is going to need a big win as the Cincinnati Bearcats. The best news for Mick Cronin’s team? There probably isn’t a team which has a better opportunity to get that big win either. The SMU Mustangs are playing their last game of the season, and their motivation will certainly come into question without a postseason tournament to play in.
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SMU really doesn’t match up well in this game against the Bearcats. The Mustangs don’t like to be slowed down or have their possessions limited, but they’re going to end up having to play by that standard in this game.
The Mustangs can say what they want about playing for pride and all of that, but playing this last game on the road is going to be tough, and it’ll take some senior leadership to give them a shot in this one.
That means getting really good games out of Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore. Moore has seemed to trail off of late, scoring just 12 points against Memphis and five against Tulane, and we wonder if he’s checked out. He’s averaging 16.1 points per game, and he’s the man who is often the sparkplug for this offense.
It’s pretty clear that Cincinnati just has to keep SMU from going nuts from three-point land to have a really good shot in this one. The Mustangs are awesome shooters from long range, knocking down 42.7 percent from deep this year, but they only went 5-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first clash of the season between these two.
The Bearcats actually have the best defense in the land when it comes to defending against two-point shots. You wouldn’t know that based on the fact that SMU went 17-of-28 on two-point attempts in the first clash, but the simple fact remains that this is the key to covering this game.
With Shaq Thomas and Farad Cobb questionable with injuries, Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Troy Caupain will have to use their size and length to frustrate the SMU sharpshooters. If the defense feeds everything down to Octavius Ellis, we have confidence that the big man will be able to clean things up.
It amazes us how many games Cincinnati wins without getting into the 70s on offense in this day and age of the three-point shot ruling the roost. The Bearcats didn’t win the first duel of the year, but they did give SMU as good of a game as it got on its home floor in a 59-57 defeat.
The Mustangs probably aren’t going to have as much success from inside the arc as they did in that first game, and if they don’t end up shooting the lights out of the gym at Fifth Third Arena from deep in this one, we think they’re going to struggle and finish up their campaign with their fifth loss.
The win should, for all intents and purposes, remove any doubt of Cincinnati being in the field of 68 no matter what happens in the AAC Tournament next week in Orlando.
Cincinnati 62, SMU 59

College Basketball Odds, Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Picks

College Basketball Odds – Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Game Preview

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The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies got a big win against Kentucky on Saturday to lift their profile for the NCAA tournament. Now the Aggies have to just not slip up the rest of the season against a toothless schedule that starts off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are just 5-9 in SEC play.
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Mississippi St has won back-to-back games to pull itself out of the cellar in the SEC and in the process seriously harmed the chances of Vanderbilt and Alabama to qualify for March Madness. The Bulldogs would love to play the role of spoiler again, but a win against the Aggies would be their biggest of the season.
Gavin Ware is the playmaker for the Bulldogs and leads the team in both points and rebounding. Ware had solid games in Mississippi State’s wins over Alabama and Vanderbilt, knocking down 62.5 percent of his shots and 12 points against the Crimson Tide and putting up an 18-13 in the win over the Commodores.
He is hitting 63 percent of his shots from the field and his ability to put the ball in the bucket always gives the Bulldogs a fighting chance.
The Aggies were fortunate to get the win against Kentucky in part due to a questionable technical foul assessed against the Wildcats, but they’ll take it and are now just a game behind for first place in the SEC.
Texas A&M’s star player this season has been Jalen Jones, but he has been helped immensely by Tyler Davis and Daniel House. Jones and House have very similar stat lines to complement each other very well. Davis meanwhile is one of those big men who doesn’t take many shots, but is extremely effective when he does, hitting 65.6 percent of his field goal attempts on the season.
Against Kentucky, House had a poor game, converting just a pair of his 13 shots from the field, but Jones was there to pick up the slack. He put up 24 points and eight rebounds to help the Aggies take this one, while Davis also had a great game in the paint grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
If Texas A&M’s big three can play at that level again, the Bulldogs will have little to no chance of upsetting the Aggies.
Mississippi St. is 14-9 ATS on the season but just 4-4 ATS on the road. The Bulldogs have covered three of their last five though including winning two games outright as underdogs. The over has hit in five of Mississippi State’s eight road tilts on the year.
The Aggies have been a very solid team in College Station. Texas A&M owns a 7-3-1 ATS record as hosts and covered three of its last four at home. During that stretch they beat two Top 25 teams, Kentucky and Iowa State, showing how tough it is to win in Reed Arena. The under has also been a good bet in Aggies’ games with it cashing in 14 of their 22 overall games played.
The Bulldogs may be on a little bit of a run, but it will end when they face the Aggies on Wednesday. Texas A&M is too big, too strong, and has something to play for. The fans have given them a decided home court advantage and between that and the talent gap, the Aggies will win this one decidedly.
Texas A&M 79, Mississippi St. 64

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, NBA Odds

NBA Odds – New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder Game Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook return home leading the powerful Thunder offense into action against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans looking to close the first half out on a high.

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The schedule favors the Thunder on Thursday.

Not only does Oklahoma City get to play at home which is huge for a team that’s just 7-17 ATS on the road, but they’re also coming off plenty of rest with their last game on Monday when they beat Phoenix 122-106.

On the other side of the court, the Pelicans will head to Oklahoma City for Thursday’s game having squared off against Utah in the Big Easy the night before. The last time the Pelicans played without a day off, they lost to the Lakers of all teams at home, and grossly failed to cover the 9.5-point closing pointspread.


Shooting guards Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon are both sidelined as is Quincy Pondexter. New Orleans has been playing without Pondexter all season, but Evans and Gordon are the Pelicans’ top two guards based on PPG. Evans is also the team leader in assists and steals while ranking fourth in rebounds with 5.2 per game.

Against a talented Thunder team, the Pelicans were already undermanned and now they’re even more shorthanded.

The injury report for Oklahoma City is far shorter with just guard Andre Roberson sitting out with a sprained right knee. The team’s won six of the seven games he’s missed as he’s nothing more than a reasonable guard off the bench.


To keep this game close, the Pelicans will need to find answers for Durant and Westbrook.

Kevin Durant is the team’s leading scorer with 27.8 PPG and is tied with James Harden for second in the NBA in scoring. Westbrook is just behind him, ranked No. 7 in the NBA with 24.1 PPG. No other team in the league can boast two top seven scorers.

As a team, Oklahoma City ranks second on offense with 109.9 PPG as they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and are nabbing 47.7 RPG.

While not quite to the level of Durant, Pelicans’ star forward Anthony Davis comes close to his OKC counterpart. He’s ranked No. 8 in the league in scoring with 23.5 PPG and averages 10.2 RPG compared to Durant’s eight.

If the Pelicans are to log this upset—or even cover the spread—their bigger challenge may be finding an answer for containing Westbrook. With Evans and Gordon out, New Orleans is already out their best players in the backcourt. It’ll be up to Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole to pick up the slack.

Cole is averaging only 9.9 PPG, but over his last 10 games, he’s averaging 13.7 PPG and that’s even with a meager two point, 13 minute outing included. With that game removed, the average jumps to 15 PPG.

At 14.7 PPG, Holiday was also a strong scorer, but he’s seen a bump in his production, too. He’s got 5.4 APG this season. Over his last nine games, he’s scoring 19.8 PPG and is coming off a 27-point showing. His assists are up to 7.1 per game in that same span.


The Pelicans’ offense is pretty strong and they’ve got a handful of quality players, but there’s just not quite enough there after Anthony Davis.

Look for New Orleans to score thanks to an above-average offense; Davis, Holiday and Ryan Anderson combined for 70-points in their last game. Still, look for this to turn into a shootout and it’s hard to beat the Thunder in a shootout.

Oklahoma City’s second best offense should have plenty of success against a Pelicans’ defense allowing 104.9 PPG and a shooting percentage north of 46.0. Add in the stark difference in rebounds—aside from Davis—and it shouldn’t be hard for a well-rested Oklahoma City to tally this win at home.

After all, they’ve already beaten the Pelicans 110-103 earlier this season.

Oklahoma City 117, New Orleans 105

Texas A&M Aggies Vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds, NCAAB Betting Picks

College Basketball Odds – Texas A&M Aggies at Vanderbilt Commodores Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

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The Vanderbilt Commodores were always supposed to have one of the most talented teams in the SEC. They’ve been horribly disappointing the whole year though, and there’s a real chance they won’t get into the NCAA Tournament. They’ll have an opportunity to get a signature win on Thursday at home against the Texas A&M Aggies.
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Whereas Vandy has underachieved, Texas A&M has really overachieved. This is a team known for its defense, and the numbers don’t lie. The Aggies have played against a ton of high-flying teams this year, the most recent of which was Iowa State. However, the club is allowing an average of 64.1 points per game, and rare is the team which shoots much better than 40 percent against it.
What’s really impressive about the Aggies though, is their efficiency when it comes to scoring. It shouldn’t be shocking that the Aggies took out ISU as a part of the SEC/Big XII Challenge, but what was so shocking about the win was that they found a way to get 42 points on the board in the second half without playing too much of an up-and-down game like the Cyclones would’ve wanted.
The recipe really is simple for the Aggies. Danuel House and Jalen Jones need to score. Alex Caruso and Tonny Trocha-Morelos need to come up big on the glass. Tyler Davis needs to bang in the paint and score on most of his opportunities.
That’s the formula which has worked thus far this season, and we see no reason why the Aggies would have to deviate from that to beat Vanderbilt.
It’s all gone wrong for the Commodores on the offensive end of the court. Damian Jones and Luke Kornet were supposed to be double-double threats every single night, while Wade Baldwin IV was thought of as a man who could average 20 points per game if he was at his best.
Jones has had some moments of brilliance for sure, but Kornet has been a massive disappointment offensively, while Baldwin has been far too inconsistent in spite of the fact that he’s the Commodores’ leading scorer.
Vandy is averaging a relatively healthy 76.0 points per game, but we haven’t seen this team top 60 in three straight games against similar foes. This game isn’t going to be played at an up-tempo pace at all, and if the Commodores get slowed down once again as we expect, how are they going to score in the high-60s at least, if not the low- to mid-70s?
That’ll be the answer they have to find if they’re to cover this one.
After losing on the road against Texas by 14 and Kentucky by 19, we really just wonder if the Commodores are ever going to get it right. Sure, they beat Florida at home by a point, but for the most part, they haven’t been good against the best teams on the docket, and we really don’t see that changing all that much.
Texas A&M has been workmanlike all year long, and another good performance out of its backcourt parlayed with a decent game defensively to keep Kornet and Jones in check should be enough to get the Aggies out of Nashville with a ‘W’.
Texas A&M 69, Vanderbilt 62

NCAA Basketball Predictions, Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs Syracuse Orange Picks

College Basketball Odds – Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Syracuse Orange Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

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Two particularly hot teams for bettors will be on the docket together on Thursday night at the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse Orange have covered four straight, while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 2-1-1 ATS and 4-0 SU since losing their fifth game of the season.
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The Fighting Irish managed to crush Boston College on Saturday in spite of the fact that Demetrius Jackson left after playing just two minutes. The news is relatively good about his hamstring, as it’s only a pull, but it’s doubtful that he ends up suiting up on Thursday for this one.
If that’s the case, there will be a ton of pressure on Bonzie Colson to replace him. Colson though, has been on fire, scoring a total of 62 points in his last three games combined, and he’s been great on the glass as well.
Notre Dame is going to have to take advantage of the extra bulk it has on the court with Colson. Sure, Jackson and Colson are basically the same size, but Colson plays a heck of a lot bigger and averages 7.0 rebounds per game.
It’s strange to think that this might be a big advantage to not have Jackson, but Colson could be massive when it comes to breaking down that 2-3 zone.
The Orange have played much better offense in general with Jim Boeheim back on the bench after serving his suspension, especially in clutch moments. That’s why road games against both Wake Forest and Duke were won.
Even if that last game on Sunday versus Virginia was lost by eight, Syracuse has proven that it’s back and is ready to go on a run here with four straight games to be played at home.
The key to covering this one is going to be getting good contributions from all six of the regulars on the floor. Boeheim has made it a point to really only use Malachi Richardson, Trevor Cooney, DaJuan Coleman, Michael Gbinije, Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon.
All six really need to have an impact on the game in some way, shape or form.
Against Virginia, Richardson and Gbinije really dominated the scoring, putting up 47 of the 65 points scored, and that isn’t the right recipe in our eyes for covering games when the Orange are laying points.
There’s a bit of a concern here about the Orange giving points for the first time in a game against a comparable team since losing in overtime at home against Clemson back on January 5.
However, we really think the absence of Jackson could be problematic even if Colson does play a strong game for the Irish.
You need to have both inside and outside shooting to beat the 2-3 zone, and we’re afraid that Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem won’t be able to knock down enough 3-point shots to completely break a defense which has really found its stride in recent weeks.
Syracuse 76, Notre Dame 68

Golden State Warriors Vs Chicago Bulls Odds, NBA Predictions

NBA Odds – Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls Game Preview

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With the earliest spreads, totals and moneylines for every NBA game there is no reason to not join BookMaker Sportsbook! Our writers provide all the injuries, line movements and analysis to handicap every NBA odds matchup. Bet on the NBA today as the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls square off Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET at The United Center. The contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.


The Warriors play Monday at Cleveland in a marquee match-up, and this is not a great spot Wednesday at Chicago. The NBA champion Warriors are in top form and setting more records with their 37-4 record at the halfway point of the season.

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The Warriors have avoided a letdown most of the season but have lost a pair of recent road games entering their big showdown Monday at Cleveland. The Bulls also played Monday and picked up a big 111-101 division win at Detroit as Pau Gasol poured in 30 points.

Chicago is in second place behind the Cavs in the Central Division at 24-16 including 16-7 at home. The Bulls had lost four of their last five games heading into Detroit and have a tough stretch ahead with the Warriors at home followed by road games at Boston and Cleveland this weekend.


Chicago forward Joakim Noah dislocated his left shoulder in last week’s loss to Dallas and is out for the season. His loss will be felt immensely in the rebounding department.


Stephen Curry versus Jimmy Butler

While these two won’t guard each other, it will be up to their teammates to defense and rotate to cover the superstar scorers.

League MVP Curry is scoring a league-high 30 points per game on 51 percent FG including 45 percent from beyond the arc. Curry is the most efficient offensive player in the league, and point guard Derek Rose will have a tough time guarding the league MVP.

Jimmy Butler scores nearly 23 points per game on 45 percent shooting and adds five rebounds, four assists and two steals per game. Warriors off guard Klay Thompson is also not likely to defend Butler with great success, setting up a shooting and scoring spree for both team’s top scorers.


The Warriors will be a mid-range single digit favorite on the road, and the Warriors should hit near their season average of 114 points if they can avoid a letdown. While the Bulls defense has been top-7 in efficiency, they’ve still allowed at least 106 points in recent games against Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Toronto and Washington.

Meanwhile, new coach Fred Hoiberg hasn’t received the offensive production from his players as Chicago is near the bottom of the league in effective FG percentage shooting even though they’ve tickled the twine for an average of 102 points per game.

Despite the Warriors loss at Detroit last time out, there is so much to like about Golden State beyond Curry and Klay Thompson on the perimeter.

Draymond Green is a powerful player in the post and veterans Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and the Warriors strong reserves also take pride in their defense. Small forward Harrison Barnes started against the Pistons for the first time since missing 16 games with an ankle injury. He had come off the bench the previous seven games, and the depth and defense continues to be a strength of the Warriors.

The Bulls have underperformed on offense which has resulted in a league-low 16 point spread covers to go along with 24 ATS defeats. The Warriors have been a big money-maker on the road despite their back-to-back SU and ATS losses at Denver and Detroit.

Even with an expected loss at Cleveland Monday, we see the Warriors bouncing back at Chicago.

Golden State 114, Chicago 105

NBA Predictions, Indiana Pacers Vs Boston Celtics Odds

NBA Odds – Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics Game Preview

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

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Boston has been sliding recently, having lost five of their last six heading into Tuesday night’s game with the New York Knicks, including home losses against the dreadful Nets and Lakers. The Pacers have had the Celtics number in both prior meetings this season, topping the Celts by two at home and by 11 at the TD Garden.
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Both squads will be playing the second part of back-to-backs and will have played three games in four nights when this one tips off on Wednesday. In the second game of a back-to-back this season, the Celtics are an average 4-4 ATS but the under cashed in six of those eight games.
Unlike Boston, Indiana has been noticeably worse in the seven games they’ve played after playing the night before this season. The Pacers are a paltry 2-5 against the number in this situation and have lost four straight in the second half of back-to-backs. In those seven games, the over cashed four times.
Both teams are very healthy coming into this game. The Pacers’ Monta Ellis missed practice on Monday but is expected to be healthy and ready to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.
Avery Bradley returned to the court for the Celtics against the Grizzlies on Sunday after missing a week due to a hip pointer and tallied 38 minutes of action showing he is ready to go full bore once again.
The backcourt will loom large in this game and if either Bradley or Ellis shows signs of weakness, their team may be in trouble. When these two teams met back in November, each forced the other to commit more turnovers than normal. The Pacers average 14.9 turnovers a game and gave the ball to the Celtics 19 times, while the Celtics average 14.4 turnovers per game but turned it over to the Pacers on 18 trips down the court.
Bradley is seen as one of the best defenders in the game and will look to shut down Ellis and George Hill who are together averaging 26.7 PPG and 8.2 APG. His backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas will need to have a good game too if the Celtics hope to beat the Pacers. Thomas finally had a solid game against the Grizzlies on Sunday – 57.9% FG, 35 Points – after a three game stretch without Bradley where opposing teams zeroed in on him and held him to just a 32.7 percent showing from the field.
As usual, the Pacers will rely on Paul George to dent the scoreboard. George leads the team with a 21.1 PER – player efficiency rating – in his first full season back after one of the most horrific injuries you’ll ever see kept him out almost all of last season.
If you’re a fan of defense, you are going to love this match-up as these are two of the best teams in the NBA when it comes to keeping the opposing team off the scoreboard. Using John Hollinger’s Defensive Efficiency metric we see that these are the second – Boston – and third – Indiana – best defenses in the league and give up less than a point per possession.
Fortunately for Boston this game is in TD Garden because the Pacers have been lights out ATS at home this season. On the road though, they check in a below average 9-11 ATS.
The Celtics don’t inspire much confidence themselves, having a mediocre record of 9-10 versus the closing number when at home.
The angle to play in this game is going be the under. Both the Celtics and Pacers have a 21-16-0 record on game totals in favor of the under, and with everyone healthy, look for each side to play to its optimal strength.
Add in the latter half of back-to-back games for both teams, where teams are generally more fatigued, as well as the two earlier games going under the total by 9.5 points each, and the pick here is clearly the under.
Boston 96, Indiana 93

NBA Predictions, Los Angeles Lakers Vs Boston Celtics Betting Odds

NBA Odds – Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics Game Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

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This is the most storied rivalry in the NBA between the most storied franchises with many still remembering the battles between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird back in the 1980s. The rivalry has died down a bit since then, but the lowly-Lakers could still see a spark as they get up to take on a Celtics team they’ve beaten in six of the last eight overall matchups.

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Boston comes into play looking for its fifth straight win both SU and ATS after topping the Knicks 100-91 on Sunday.

The Celtics have strung wins together over the Pistons, Hornets and Timberwolves. They did, however, lose to the Lakers in their last game against them, 111-101.

Despite that, however, the Celtics are in a much better position than the Lakers heading into this game. Not only do they hold home court advantage, but they’re also playing with an extra day’s rest and are trending in a much better direction than Los Angeles.

The Lakers lost to Memphis on Sunday and square off against Charlotte on Monday. With the loss to the Grizzlies, the Lakers have dropped 11 of their last 13 games SU and are just 5-8 ATS in that span.


The Lakers are healthy save for the minor bumps and bruises that come in the middle of any basketball season.

Boston, however, has played its last two games without David Lee. The Power Forward is struggling with back spasms and is questionable for Wednesday’s matchup. He’s averaging 7.4 PPG and 4.4 RPG, but had 23 points and 15 rebounds in his final two games before once again succumbing to an injury.


Forward Julius Randle and center Roy Hibbert will be keys for the Lakers in their attempt to upset the Celtics. The duo lead the Lakers in rebounds with 9.5 and 6.1 RPG respectively.

Boston ranks No. 6 in PPG and has the same rank on defense in PPG allowed. The team’s defense is much more explainable by the numbers than the offense, with the Celtics holding the opposition to 43.1 percent shooting from the floor.

On offense, the Celtics are averaging 103.1 PPG, but shooting only 43.6 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

Despite the below-average shooting, the team’s still able to put up points thanks to a strong free throw percentage and averaging 44.5 RPG.

Winning the rebound battle is important for the Lakers. If able to win the battle of the boards, they’ll be in great position for an upset despite their poor record and recent trends.

Of course, that could be a hard task. Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk are each having strong seasons in Boston’s frontcourt, but the player that the Lakers will need to really watch is Jared Sullinger. He leads the team in rebounds with 9.4 per game.


If Randle and Hibbert can clean the glass, that’ll put the Lakers in a good position with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Louis Williams and D’Angelo Williams. The four of them, along with Randle, are all averaging at least 11.4 PPG with Bryant leading the way at 17.2.

Of course, the Celtics are still a better team on defense and offense than the Lakers thanks to guards Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. The duo averages 20.7 and 15.2 PPG respectively with Crowder chiming in with 13.3.

Overall, Bryant is still the star for the Lakers and much of their success—or lack thereof—stems from him. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, here in his final season he’s no longer the player he once was. He’s a serviceable piece, but without any established NBA stars around him, the team has scuffled.

The Celtics, like the Lakers, aren’t the most consistent shooters, but they’ve got the defense that the Lakers lack and that’s enough to bank on them to get the win at home and extend their winning streak to five.

Boston 100, Los Angeles 93

NCAA Basketball Odds, Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Missouri Tigers Picks

College Basketball Odds – Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Missouri Tigers Game Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

BookMaker is the only online sportsbook where you can get the earliest betting spreads, totals, moneylines and props. If you want to wager on NCAA lines like the pros do, you need to join BookMaker today! The matchup between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Missouri Tigers will take place Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET at the Scottrade Center. You can watch the game live on ESPN2.


These two teams will meet each other in St. Louis for the Bud Light Braggin’ Rights Game. These teams have been matching up in late December since 1980. Illinois has won the last two outright, but Missouri has covered the spread in four of the last six meetings.

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Coming into action, the Illini have won four straight games, including a 91-79 victory over South Dakota that gave them the win both SU and ATS.

For the Fighting Illini to find success in this match-up, they’ll need to focus on the offensive side of the court and outshoot the Tigers.

Illinois’s defense has been well below average, but on offense, the team is shooting a very respectable 45.6 percent from the floor and is particularly effective from long range.

Guards Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn lead the team in scoring with 18.5 and 18.4 PPG respectively. Most recently, Hill put up 34-points and 11-rebounds against South Dakota to accrue his second double-double of the season.

In addition to being the team’s leading scorer, Hill is also tops in assists with 48, steals with 18, blocks with 11 and is second in rebounds with 5.8.

Given Hill’s dominance on the outside and Nunn’s high scoring average, the Illini will have a good chance at winning the battle on the outside. Then, all they’ll need is to hold their own down low.


Illinois will be playing without forward Mike Thorne Jr. who’s out with a knee injury. Without the big man, the Illini are vastly overmatched in the paint and on defense as Thorne was the team’s leading rebounder.

The Tigers have the edge on the boards without Thorne, but neither team have been rebounding machines early on. Whoever ends up winning the battle of the glass will hold the upper hand overall.

Defensively, the Tigers have been a bit better than the Illini, holding the opposition to 41.2 percent shooting from the floor, but on offense Missouri is averaging just 68.8 PPG.

Offensive struggles aside, the Tigers are the healthier team and have Kevin Puryear leading the team in scoring down low, shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and averaging 12.1 PPG. He should match up well with whoever Illinois throws out there to body up with him.

In the backcourt, the Tigers don’t have the talent to matchup directly with Hill and Nunn, but Missouri does have quite a bit of depth on the outside. Terrence Phillips is the team’s next highest scorer with 9.4 PPG and he also has 14 steals. Meanwhile, Wes Clark leads the team in assists with 32.


Illinois’ defense is troublesome, but the Tigers’ aren’t a whole lot better in that department. Look for the Illini to put up the better offensive numbers with Nunn and Hill the two best players on the court.

The duo should allow Illinois to dominate along the perimeter while Hill’s rebounding ability will help give the Fighting Illini the chances it needs to overcome Missouri.

While the Illini are the better team and should get the win, keep an eye on where the spread falls. This should be a close game. Illinois has bounced back in SU competition with four straight wins, but as a team, the Illini are still having issues covering the spread, going just 1-3-2 ATS in their last six games.

Illinois 75, Missouri 70

Los Angeles Clippers Vs San Antonio Spurs Picks, NBA Betting Odds

NBA Odds – Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs Game Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

Log on to BookMaker online for all the latest NBA spreads, totals, moneylines and props. BookMaker Sportsbook provides the earliest NBA spreads so beat the squares to the best lines and cash your bet today! The matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs will take place Friday, December 18, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET at the ATT Center. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.


The Clippers head to the heart of Texas on Friday to take on the Spurs in a rematch after Los Angeles knocked out San Antonio in a seven game playoff series last summer.

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The road games continue for the Clippers as they head to Texas to take on the Spurs after a brief, one game home stand.

The game against San Antonio will be Los Angeles’ sixth road game in their last seven games with several more on the schedule ahead. Fortunately, they will have a day of travel to go from the Staples Center to the ATT Center.

While the Clippers are traveling during their off day, the Spurs will get a chance to rest as they’re at home on Wednesday against the Wizards before hosting the Clippers on Friday.


In a rather unique scenario, both Los Angeles and San Antonio are relatively healthy going into their Wednesday night games and should have their full set of players at their disposal on Friday.


This should be a really fun matchup to watch. The Clippers boast one of the best in the game in forward Blake Griffin who leads the team in scoring with 24.3 PPG and adds 8.8 RPG. He’s joined in the paint by center DeAndre Jordan who adds 10.8 PPG as the team’s fifth highest scorer along with a team leading 13.4 RPG.

To battle that strong front court tandem, the Spurs have a terrible twosome of their own with forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge – that doesn’t even take into account the ageless wonder that is Tim Duncan.

Leonard is the team leader in scoring with 20.8 PPG with Aldridge second at 15.8. The two aren’t quite as prolific on the boards, but combined with Duncan, the Spurs still have three players all averaging at least 7.6 RPG.

In the backcourt, the Spurs have Tony Parker and Danny Green as starters with Manu Ginobili and Patrick Mills key players off the bench. Parker isn’t the player he once was, but is still very dependable and third on the team in scoring.

On Friday, the Spurs will need Parker to matchup against Chris Paul. The star guard averages 16.4 PPG and 8.9 APG in support of Griffin and the Clippers add to him with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, giving the Clippers a bit more top-end depth at the guard position.

The Spurs have plenty of depth, too, and a team that knows how to play together.


These two teams are quite different as the Clippers are much more of an offensive force while defense is the name of the game in San Antonio.

Each team has just two losses in their last 10 games and are playing very strong basketball, though San Antonio’s strong play goes back a bit further.

Still, the Clippers have the depth and talent to overcome the Spurs, but they’ll need Paul, Redick and Crawford to do their thing on the perimeter as Leonard and Aldridge are hard to beat down low. Of course, even with all the talent at the guard position for Los Angeles, it’s hard to bet against Parker at home.

Look for this one to go down to the wire much like the playoff series last year, but with the Spurs at home I’m giving them the edge. They’ve also fared better ATS of late, going 6-2 ATS in their last eight compared to 1-3-3 ATS for the Clippers in their last seven.

San Antonio 97, Los Angeles 90