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

If you’re not wagering with BookMaker Sportsbook, then you’re just another square bettor. Shop for college basketball lines where the pros do by registering for your own betting account at BookMaker now! The contest pitting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus the Syracuse Orange will commence Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Carrier Dome. See the game live on ESPN2.

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

By FairwayJay of North Shore Sports, INC

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

If you’re not wagering with BookMaker Sportsbook then you’re just another square bettor. Shop for NBA spreads where the pros do so register for your own betting account at BookMaker now! The contest between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics will take place Wednesday, January 13, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET at TD Garden. The contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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

BookMaker is the only online sportsbook where you can get the earliest betting spreads, totals, moneylines and props. If you want to wager on NBA spreads like the pros do, you need to join BookMaker today! The matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will take place Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden. You can watch the game live on NBA TV.


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