<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Orlando Magic vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/01/22/orlando-magic-vs-golden-state-warriors-1/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Golden State Warriors look to dispel the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden State Warriors have won 10 of their last 11 games and they will be gunning for a seventh straight victory after blowing past the Rockets in 125-108 win on Friday. Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 32 points with seven assists, Stephen Curry drained five 3-pointers en route to 24 points, Klay Thompson added 16 points while Draymond Green had 15 points as the Warriors used a 37-22 third quarter to bust open a close contest and run away with the easy win. Golden State is now 37-6 overall and…

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The Golden State Warriors look to dispel the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden State Warriors have won 10 of their last 11 games and they will be gunning for a seventh straight victory after blowing past the Rockets in 125-108 win on Friday. Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 32 points with seven assists, Stephen Curry drained five 3-pointers en route to 24 points, Klay Thompson added 16 points while Draymond Green had 15 points as the Warriors used a 37-22 third quarter to bust open a close contest and run away with the easy win. Golden State is now 37-6 overall and 17-3 on the road where they have won six of their last seven outings.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have lost seven of their last nine games but they will be feeling good following their 112-96 win over the Bucks on Friday. Elfrid Payton led the way with 20 points and six assists, Jeff Green added 18 points off the bench while Aaron Gordon chipped in with 17 points but it was on the defensive end where the Magic won the game as they held the Bucks to 40 percent shooting while dominating the boards by 53-40. With the win, Orlando snaps a three-game skid to improve to 18-27 overall and 8-13 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win, 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record. Meanwhile, the Magic are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 games against a team above .600, 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games playing on one day’s rest.

Head to head, the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Orlando.

The Magic looked like a different team in their win on Friday, but I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise many people if the Warriors came into town and won this game by 20 points. With that being said, I like the Magic to stay competitive for most of the game, but the Warriors are beating teams by an average of 19.3 points during their six-game win streak and I expect that to continue in this one.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:04:30 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72956
<![CDATA[Rafael Nadal vs. Gael Monfils 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/22/rafael-nadal-vs-gael-monfils-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a five set win over Alexander Zverev that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Nadal has been classic Nadal during this tournament, as the will and determination is still there to get the job done. Nadal is serving extremely well, getting no less than 70 percent of his first serves in play. If this is the Nadal we’re going to see all season, the…

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Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a five set win over Alexander Zverev that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Nadal has been classic Nadal during this tournament, as the will and determination is still there to get the job done. Nadal is serving extremely well, getting no less than 70 percent of his first serves in play. If this is the Nadal we’re going to see all season, the sport of tennis is in great shape for 2017. Nadal hopes to make a grand slam quarterfinal for the third time since the 2015 season. Nadal has won five of his last six matches on hard court.

Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 76 percent of his first serve points and 38 percent of his second serve points. Monfils has dropped just one set this tournament and should have a major rest advantage over Nadal who just played a five set contest. Monfils looks like he carried last year's consistency over to this season and is focused on finishing matches quickly rather than getting cheers from the fans. When Monfils is this dialed in and is motivated to win matches, he’s one of the more dangerous players in the field. Monfils hopes to make his third grand slam quarterfinal since last season. Monfils has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played 14 times in the past and Nadal has won 12 of those meetings. The most recent match took place in the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters, a match Nadal won in three sets. Monfils’ last win over Nadal came in the 2012 Doha Open. Nadal has won the last four meetings against Monfils.

Monfils is more focused and more dangerous than he’s ever been, as he no longer plays simply to entertain the crowd and is more concerned with winning matches. The problem is Monfils still has minor drops in his game from time to time and that’s just enough to give Nadal the victory. Nadal is a machine who wants to win so badly he just finds ways to win. You have to beat Nadal to beat Nadal. I’m not sure Monfils is capable of doing that on the big stage.

I’ll take Nadal in a competitive match.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:29:33 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72953
<![CDATA[Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/22/serena-williams-vs-barbora-strycova-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Nicole Gibbs that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 83 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Serena has handled a tough part of the draw rather easily, as she hasn’t dropped more than four games in a set this tournament. Serena is killing her first serve percentage and looks confident out on the tennis court. The one concern is that Serena does have…

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Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Nicole Gibbs that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 83 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Serena has handled a tough part of the draw rather easily, as she hasn’t dropped more than four games in a set this tournament. Serena is killing her first serve percentage and looks confident out on the tennis court. The one concern is that Serena does have a combined 49 unforced errors in her last two matches, something I’m sure she’d want to clean up as she hopes to get deeper into the tournament. Serena hopes to make her 10th straight grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Serena has won nine of her last 11 matches on hard court.

Barbora Strycova is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 76 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Strycova also hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has lost just a combined 12 games in her last two matches. Strycova should be confident heading into this match and should look to be aggressive with her offense to pull off the upset. Strycova has six career wins over top-10 players, two of which came last season. Strycova hopes to make her second career grand slam quarterfinal and first since the 2014 Wimbledon. Strycova has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

Serena has won both meetings against Strycova, both coming back in the 2012 Wimbledon and Australian Open. Both matches were decided in straight sets.

The head to head doesn’t tell us much given the small sample size and the fact the matches took place five years ago. Strycova has a shot here if she can play as well as she did against Garcia added with the hope Serena has a letdown. However, Serena looks looked in and hasn’t had to waste much energy to get to this point. That’s when the American is most scary.

Give me Serena in another straight setter.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:16:25 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72950
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/philadelphia-flyers-vs-new-jersey-devils-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. P.A. Parenteau leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Adam Henrique has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider…

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The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. P.A. Parenteau leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Adam Henrique has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 93 goals on 1,037 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 31 goals on 394 shots. The New Jersey Devils have lost 14 of their last 15 games when allowing more than two goals.

The Philadelphia Flyers could also use a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 18 goals, Brayden Schenn has 15 assists and Jakub Voracek has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Steve Mason has given up 99 goals on 965 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 32 goals on 260 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed a combined 19 goals in their last four games.

The Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-2 in their last 11 home games. The Devils are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 16-6 in the last 22 meetings overall.

The Devils have had trouble stringing wins together and haven't done the best when playing on the end of a back to back either. Say what you want about the Flyers current losing stretch, but they've been lights out at home the last month or so. I'll side with the home team to get a must win victory to kind of stop the bleeding a bit.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:54:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72947
<![CDATA[Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/montreal-canadiens-vs-buffalo-sabres-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens return home looking for a big win against the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic division show down on Saturday night.

The Sabres look to build on their home ice win against the Red Wings last night as they take to the road for a divisional show down against a frustrated Canadiens team that got back in the win column against the New Jersey Devils last night. The Sabres have been a pretty polarizing team as they seem to step up their game when playing in front of their home fans, but look like they are destined for another top draft pick when they play on the road and…

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The Montreal Canadiens return home looking for a big win against the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic division show down on Saturday night.

The Sabres look to build on their home ice win against the Red Wings last night as they take to the road for a divisional show down against a frustrated Canadiens team that got back in the win column against the New Jersey Devils last night. The Sabres have been a pretty polarizing team as they seem to step up their game when playing in front of their home fans, but look like they are destined for another top draft pick when they play on the road and against a great home team like Montreal that will look for a big game out of their MVP in Carey Price it could make for a long outing at the Bell Centre. Robin Lehner Is expected to get the start in the Buffalo crease as he will match up with Price who is looking to snap Montreal’s 2-5 stretch when playing at home.

The Canadiens got a big win on the road against the low scoring Devils last night as Al Montoya had one of his best efforts of the season and the Habs are hoping that is a wake up call for the team who had been on their worst stretch of the year. Montreal always seems to show up in prime time as they are 39-17 in their last 56 Saturday games and with this one being played in front of their home fans it is only fitting that they are heavy favourites in this spot in the end they should have no issues getting a win. However, Montreal has struggled towards the end of a busy schedule as they are 1-4 in their last five in a 4-6 set and 1-5 in their last six in a 3-4 set.

The Sabres are 19-44 in their last 63 against the Atlantic and 40-98 in their last 138 road games while the Habs are 2-5 in their last seven following a win and 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a losing record. Buffalo’s parity continues as they are in a bad spot here as Montreal should cruise to a multi goal win.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:50:59 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72944
<![CDATA[New York Islanders vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/new-york-islanders-vs-los-angeles-kings-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot on Saturday nights as they head into Brooklyn to face off with the New York Islanders.

The Kings look to snap out of their losing ways against the Eastern Conference as they have dropped their last four games and take on an Islanders side that hasn’t had a great start to the season and could be in the running for a top end draft pick in the offseason. Los Angeles has had to deal with a ton of adversity over the last few years and the absence of Jonathan Quick has certainly been felt in the Los Angeles crease but they are still in the mix in the…

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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot on Saturday nights as they head into Brooklyn to face off with the New York Islanders.

The Kings look to snap out of their losing ways against the Eastern Conference as they have dropped their last four games and take on an Islanders side that hasn’t had a great start to the season and could be in the running for a top end draft pick in the offseason. Los Angeles has had to deal with a ton of adversity over the last few years and the absence of Jonathan Quick has certainly been felt in the Los Angeles crease but they are still in the mix in the Pacific division and can take another step forward with a win tonight. Petr Budaj is expected to make the start as he has for most of the season as he will face off against Jean-Francois Berube who is off to a rough start in a relief role with the Isles.

New York will look to break out offensively and keep their captain John Tavares red hot as they aim to get themselves back into the discussion as an Eastern Conference playoff contender and will aim to extend Los Angeles’ misery against teams with a losing record. The Isles had been a team on the rise over the last few seasons that has been highlighted by a few playoff appearances but lately they seem to be regressing and with some of the league’s best teams neighboured beside them in the Metro division they could be in a tough spot to get into the postseason this year.

The Kings are 1-5 in their last six against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last seven road games while the Islanders are 4-1 in their last five on one day’s rest and 22-51 in their last 73 Saturday games. Los Angeles isn’t great on the road and that scares me but Berube doesn’t offer much in the NY crease and in the end that is the difference as the Kings get the win.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:42:45 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72941
<![CDATA[Dallas Stars vs. Washington Capitals - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/dallas-stars-vs-washington-capitals-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Capitals look for another road victory as they head into Dallas to take on the Stars on Saturday night.

The Capitals head into Dallas on Saturday as one of the hottest teams in the league and they will be out for another victory as they face off against a Stars team who had big playoff aspirations coming into the season but has been one of the biggest disappointments. Washington has been taking down some of the league’s best teams at will over the last few weeks and have a ton of momentum heading into Big D on Saturday but with the Stars being a very underwhelming bunch…

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The Washington Capitals look for another road victory as they head into Dallas to take on the Stars on Saturday night.

The Capitals head into Dallas on Saturday as one of the hottest teams in the league and they will be out for another victory as they face off against a Stars team who had big playoff aspirations coming into the season but has been one of the biggest disappointments. Washington has been taking down some of the league’s best teams at will over the last few weeks and have a ton of momentum heading into Big D on Saturday but with the Stars being a very underwhelming bunch so far and needing a spark to get back on track the Capitals know they will get Dallas’ best here and that could make for an exciting contest.

Dallas has been very tough to figure out as they have the roster to be among the league’s best teams and after a strong campaign last year that saw them get into the playoffs there was a ton of hype for them this season. However, a lackluster back end and some inconsistency up top that has been compounded by injury has them battling to stay above the .500 mark and unless they can right the ship in a hurry they may be on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoffs. Dallas is likely to send Kari Lehtonen to the crease here as he will face off against Braden Holtby.

The Caps are 4-1 in their last five road games and 5-0 in their last five against the Western Conference while the Stars are 3-7 in their last 10 overall and 2-10 in their last 12 Saturday games. Dallas is still a tough team to read and in this spot they are in trouble against a very good Washington side.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:32:46 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72938
<![CDATA[Utah Jazz vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/01/21/utah-jazz-vs-indiana-pacers-1/21/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz meet Saturday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Indiana Pacers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 105.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 22 points and 6.1 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.8 points and eight assists. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Thaddeus Young is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.5 percent from…

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The Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz meet Saturday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Indiana Pacers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 105.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 22 points and 6.1 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.8 points and eight assists. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Thaddeus Young is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Utah Jazz look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 99.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 94.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 22 points and 3.6 assists while George Hill is averaging 18.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 12.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won five straight home games.

The Pacers are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Jazz are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Pacers have yet to prove they can win on the road and are fresh off a blowout loss to the Lakers that lasted late into Friday night. The Jazz have a defense that will force others than PG13 to beat them. Indiana doesn't have the consistent playmakers to keep up. Give me the Jazz and the reasonable chalk.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:36:49 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72935
<![CDATA[Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/calgary-flames-vs-edmonton-oilers-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Edmonton Oilers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Maroon leads Edmonton with 18 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 23 assists and Connor McDavid has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has…

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The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Edmonton Oilers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Maroon leads Edmonton with 18 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 23 assists and Connor McDavid has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 102 goals on 1,245 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has allowed 17 goals on 139 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have lost six of their last eight games when allowing three or more goals.

The Calgary Flames could use a bounce back win after losing five of their last eight games. The Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikael Backlund leads Calgary with 14 goals, Sean Monahan has 15 assists and Michael Frolik has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Chad Johnson has given up 64 goals on 802 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed 58 goals on 542 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or more goals in six straight games.

The Oilers are 11-41 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 29-76 in their last 105 Saturday games. The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Oilers are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings in Calgary and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Edmonton Oilers are playing decent hockey right now, but they've been awful on the end of back to backs and are coming off a long, draining overtime game Friday night. The Flames have gotten positive results at home as of late. I'll take the rested home team in this spot.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:23:59 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72932
<![CDATA[Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/columbus-blue-jackets-vs-carolina-hurricanes-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 17 goals, Victor Rask has 19 assists and Sebastian Aho has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 89.1 percent of their opponents power plays.…

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 17 goals, Victor Rask has 19 assists and Sebastian Aho has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 89.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 90 goals on 1,025 shots faced and Michael Leighton has allowed nine goals on 72 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last three games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a bounce back win after splitting their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 21 goals, Nick Foligno has 21 assists and Brandon Saad has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 69 goals on 1,013 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed five goals on 64 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five straight games when allowing more than one goal.

The Hurricanes are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 33-69 in their last 102 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-8 in their last 28 home games. The Hurricanes are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Hurricanes have had no trouble winning in Columbus recently, but these Blue Jackets remain the most consistent and hottest team in the league. The Carolina Hurricanes also have a quick turnaround after playing Friday night. You just can't bet against the Blue Jackets with the way they're playing. Give me Columbus and the spread to give this wager more value.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:48:06 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72929
<![CDATA[Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/01/21/chicago-bulls-vs-sacramento-kings-1/21/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls collide at the United Center on Saturday night.

The Sacramento Kings have lost seven of their last eight games and they will be aiming to snap a four-game skid after getting blown out by the Grizzlies in last night’s 107-91 loss at Memphis. Marc Gasol led the scoring with 28 points along with nine rebounds and four assists, Zach Randolph had a nice double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds while Mike Conley chipped in with 16 points and eight assists as the Grizzlies dominated the game after scoring just 15 points in the first quarter. The…

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The Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls collide at the United Center on Saturday night.

The Sacramento Kings have lost seven of their last eight games and they will be aiming to snap a four-game skid after getting blown out by the Grizzlies in last night’s 107-91 loss at Memphis. Marc Gasol led the scoring with 28 points along with nine rebounds and four assists, Zach Randolph had a nice double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds while Mike Conley chipped in with 16 points and eight assists as the Grizzlies dominated the game after scoring just 15 points in the first quarter. The Grizzlies were at it again on the defensive end as they held the Kings to 40 percent shooting while outrebounding them by 58-35. With the win, Memphis improves to 26-19 on the season and 15-8 at home.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last seven and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss following last night’s 102-93 loss at Atlanta. Jimmy Butler had 19 points on six of eight shooting, Jerami Grant added 12 points while Robin Lopez chipped in with 10 points but this game was over before it really began as the Bulls were already trailing by as many as 32 points before halftime. As a team, the Bulls shot 42 percent from the field and 25 percent from the three-point line while committing 24 turnovers, but this game was all about that poor start that saw the Bulls in deep water early. Who knows what the final score would have been if the Bulls didn't outscore the Hawks in the fourth quarter by 36-15. With the loss, Chicago drops to 21-23 overall and 8-14 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a  winning home record, 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 against the Western Conference.

Head to head, the Kings are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Chicago. The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Chicago and the under is 6-0 in the last six meetings overall.

The Kings and the Bulls have yet to meet this season and both teams have lost five of their last seven games so there's not much to split these two. I don't have much faith in the Bulls but I figure that they will get out of their funk before the Kings do as the loss of Gay will take a while for the Kings to overcome. Give me the Bulls to get the job done at home behind better play from Butler and Wade.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:46:13 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72926
<![CDATA[Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets - 1/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/01/21/charlotte-hornets-vs-brooklyn-nets-1/21/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets do battle at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.

The Brooklyn Nets haven't had much to celebrate this season, but they'll be feeling pretty good after last night's impressive 143-114 win at New Orleans. Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic led the scoring with 23 points each, Caris LeVert added 17 points while shooting a perfect six for six from the field and five more players finished in double figures as the Nets exploded for a season-high for points. I don't know what got into the Nets but they looked amazing while shooting 57 percent from…

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The Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets do battle at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.

The Brooklyn Nets haven't had much to celebrate this season, but they'll be feeling pretty good after last night's impressive 143-114 win at New Orleans. Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic led the scoring with 23 points each, Caris LeVert added 17 points while shooting a perfect six for six from the field and five more players finished in double figures as the Nets exploded for a season-high for points. I don't know what got into the Nets but they looked amazing while shooting 57 percent from the field, 15 of 30 from the three and 32 of 35 from the free-throw line. With the win, Brooklyn snaps an ugly 11-game skid to improve to 9-33 overall and 2-18 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have lost seven of their last 10 games but they will look to build on last night’s 113-78 home win over the Raptors. Kemba Walker led the team with a game-high 32 points with eight assists, Frank Kaminsky III provided the spark off the bench with 16 points while Nicolas Batum chipped in with 13 points and six assists as the Hornets absolutely dominated the Raptors by 58-30 to improve to 22-21 overall and 14-7 at home where they have won three straight and nine of their last 10.

Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on zero days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team below .400 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Eastern Conference.

Head to head, the Nets are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Charlotte. The over is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Charlotte and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall.

I had this game penciled in as an easy win for the Hornets but the Nets looked like a completely different team last night. I may be overreacting a little, but I like the Nets' chances to at least stay competitive in this game, especially given that they won the last meeting by 120-118 back on Dec 26.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:25:56 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72923
<![CDATA[Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/southern-illinois-vs-northern-iowa-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Northern Iowa Panthers square off with the Southern Illinois Salukis in MVC college basketball Saturday.

The Northern Iowa Panthers have been a team that was not to be overlooked in past years but they have started slow and might be flying under the radar. The Panthers have won back to back contests so perhaps they are finding a groove. UNI comes off a 72-69 win versus visiting Loyola-Chicago in double overtime as a four point favorite. Northern Iowa was outshot 43%-38% and had seven fewer long balls but sank 18 more free throws which was the deciding factor. Bennett Koch saved the…

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The Northern Iowa Panthers square off with the Southern Illinois Salukis in MVC college basketball Saturday.

The Northern Iowa Panthers have been a team that was not to be overlooked in past years but they have started slow and might be flying under the radar. The Panthers have won back to back contests so perhaps they are finding a groove. UNI comes off a 72-69 win versus visiting Loyola-Chicago in double overtime as a four point favorite. Northern Iowa was outshot 43%-38% and had seven fewer long balls but sank 18 more free throws which was the deciding factor. Bennett Koch saved the Panthers with a game high 21 points and nine rebounds with Jeremy Morgan adding 17 points and eight boards while Jordan Ashton and Luke McDonnell netted 13 points apiece.

I haven’t really looked at the Southern Illinois Salukis as being a challenger in the Missouri Valley in past years but so far I like how they have performed so far and believe a top four squad. Consistent scoring and defense are the key going forward which was a bit of an issue in an 88-84, overtime defeat at Drake as a three point favorite on Wednesday. Both teams sank shots at close to 44% with SIU totaling 14 more looks at the basket with five more field goals that was negated by 12 more free throws by the Bulldogs. Mike Rodriguez almost carried the Salukis to a win with a game high 24 points, five yanks and seven assists with Armon Rodriguez adding 18 points and seven boards while Sean Lloyd tossed in 17 points.

Northern Iowa are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Southern Illinois are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and the over is 7-3 in Southern Illinois last 10 games as a favorite. The home team is 7-1-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

I don’t know what we’ll see from Northern Iowa and will cautiously lay the points…

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:07:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72920
<![CDATA[UTEP vs. UTSA - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/utep-vs-utsa-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The UTSA Roadrunners visit the Texas-El Paso Miners in CUSA college basketball action.

I’ll bet the majority of people will look at the 9-9 record of the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners and think nothing more of them. I see a team that has won six of seven and wonder if the success is real or eventually falter and become just another team. The Roadrunners come off a 57-55 win against visiting Florida International as a 4.5 point favorite where they nearly squandered a ten point lead at the half. The Golden Panthers held a 34.5%-32% marksmanship edge for a few more buckets and threes but…

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The UTSA Roadrunners visit the Texas-El Paso Miners in CUSA college basketball action.

I’ll bet the majority of people will look at the 9-9 record of the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners and think nothing more of them. I see a team that has won six of seven and wonder if the success is real or eventually falter and become just another team. The Roadrunners come off a 57-55 win against visiting Florida International as a 4.5 point favorite where they nearly squandered a ten point lead at the half. The Golden Panthers held a 34.5%-32% marksmanship edge for a few more buckets and threes but 12 more UTSA free throws were just enough to win. Jeff Beverly led the Roadrunners with 17 points and seven boards with Byron Frohmen adding 13 points and ten rebounds on 5-7 while Giovanni De Nicolao tossing in 12 points.

At 4-13, the Texas-El Paso Miners are rebuilding although I somehow find that surprising. The Miners had dropped eight in a row but have suddenly won consecutive contests and whether the winning continues is a wait and see scenario. UTEP comes off of a 66-65, overtime win versus visiting Florida Atlantic where the Miners won the shooting battle 42%-36% for a few more buckets to offset more threes from the Owls. Omega Harris was UTEP’s top offensive weapon with 18 points with Matt Willms adding 16 points and six pulls. Paul Thomas gave Texas-El Paso 14 points and eight rebounds while Dominic Artis contributing eleven points and five yanks.

The under is 6-2 in UTSA last 8 vs. Conference USA and the under is 10-4 in UTSA last 14 overall while the under is 7-3 in UTSA last 10 games as an underdog. UTEP are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall and the over is 7-2 in UTEP last 9 Saturday games while the over is 10-4 in UTEP last 14 home games.

I don’t know if this enough points but I’ll still take the Roadrunners…

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:49:47 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72917
<![CDATA[Oregon State vs. Cal - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/oregon-state-vs-cal-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Pac-12 action to close out the schedule on Saturday, as the Cal Golden Bears take on the Oregon State Beavers in a college basketball matchup.

The Cal Golden Bears will be looking to bounce back after having their 3-game winning streak snapped thanks to an 86-63 loss to Oregon in their last outing. Jabari Bird led the Golden Bears with 21 points on 7 of 19 shooting, including 5 triples and 5 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. Charlie Moore came 2nd with 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting, joining Bird as the only Cal players to log double figures in the scoring column…

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We have some Pac-12 action to close out the schedule on Saturday, as the Cal Golden Bears take on the Oregon State Beavers in a college basketball matchup.

The Cal Golden Bears will be looking to bounce back after having their 3-game winning streak snapped thanks to an 86-63 loss to Oregon in their last outing. Jabari Bird led the Golden Bears with 21 points on 7 of 19 shooting, including 5 triples and 5 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. Charlie Moore came 2nd with 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting, joining Bird as the only Cal players to log double figures in the scoring column in the losing effort. Cal’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, Ivan Rabb, had an off night, going just 2 of 10 from the field for 4 points while pulling down a game-high 6 rebounds. Despite the off night however, Rabb still leads the Bears by averaging a double-double per game, scoring 14.9 points to go along with 10.8 rebounds per game, while Moore leads the team in the assists department, dishing out 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Cal is scoring 69.8 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the 3-point line and 64% from the foul line this season.

The Oregon State Beavers will be looking for a win to snap an 0-6 start to Pac-12 play after falling to Stanford by a final score of 62-46.  Stephen Thompson Jr. led the team with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field, including 4 triples to go along with a pair of steals. Kendal Manuel came 2nd with 10 points on 4 of 9 from the field with a pair of threes of his own, joining Thompson Jr. as the only Beavers to log double figures scoring in the loss. Beavers’ leading scorer Drew Eubanks, like his counterpart in Rabb, also had an off night offensively, scoring just 8 points on 2 of 6 from the field, while dishing out a team-leading 3 assists. Gligorije Rakocevic pulled down a team0high 6 rebounds for Oregon State in the losing effort. Eubanks still leads the Beavers with an average of 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this season, while Jaquari McLaughlin leads the team in the assists category with 2.5 per game. As a team, Oregon State is scoring 63.5 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the 3-point line and 64.1% fro the foul line this season.

Cal is 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 4-10 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Oregon State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. Cal is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Laying points on the road is never an easy pill to swallow, but Oregon State could very well be the worst power 5 team this season. I have zero faith in the Beavers, while the Golden Bears will get to take some of their frustration out after losing big time against Oregon.

Give me Cal in a blowout. 

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:47:50 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72914
<![CDATA[Utah State vs. Colorado State - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/utah-state-vs-colorado-state-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Colorado State Rams pay a visit to the Utah State Aggies in college basketball action out of the Mountain West conference on Saturday night.

The Colorado State Rams will be looking for some consistency after dropping back-to-back conference matchups to sit at .500 through their first 6 Mountain West games after a 78-57 thrashing at the hands of Fresno State. Leading scorer and rebounder for the Rams this season, Emmanuel Omogbo, did just that, scoring 14 points on 4 of 13 from the field with a triple and 5 of 6 from the foul line to go along with 10 rebounds and 3 steals for yet…

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The Colorado State Rams pay a visit to the Utah State Aggies in college basketball action out of the Mountain West conference on Saturday night.

The Colorado State Rams will be looking for some consistency after dropping back-to-back conference matchups to sit at .500 through their first 6 Mountain West games after a 78-57 thrashing at the hands of Fresno State. Leading scorer and rebounder for the Rams this season, Emmanuel Omogbo, did just that, scoring 14 points on 4 of 13 from the field with a triple and 5 of 6 from the foul line to go along with 10 rebounds and 3 steals for yet another double-double. Prentiss Nixon came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting, while Nico Carvacho came 3rd with 12 points on 5 of 7 from the floor in just 19 minutes of playing time. Gian Clavell joined Omogbo in the double-double club, with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Omogbo leads the Rams with a double-double average per ame this season, scoring 12.9 points and grabbing 10.4 rebounds per contest, while Jeremiah Paige is the team’s leading assist man, dishing out 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Colorado State is scoring 72.5 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the arc and 73.8% from the foul line.

The Utah State Aggies could get right back into the thick of things with a win over Colorado State. The Aggies sit at 2-4 in conference play, after dropping back-to-back games with their most recent defeat coming at the hands of San Diego State by a final score of 74-55. Sam Merrill led the way for the Aggies with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 triples and 3 of 4 from the foul line in addition to a team-leading 3 assists. Jalen Moore came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 11 from the field with a pair of triples, joining Merrill as the only Aggies to notch double figures in the scoring column in the losing effort. Alexis Dargenton led Utah State with 7 rebounds in addition to his 8 poins, while Koby McEwen added 7 points and 5 rebounds of his own. Moore leads the Aggies with an average of 17.2 points per game this season, while Dargenton leads the team in rebounding with 5.1 boards per game and McEwen is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Utah State is scoring 73.7 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the arc and 70.1% from the foul line.

Colorado State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the over is 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games. Utah State is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 40-19 in their last 59 conference matchups. Colorado State is just 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable backing either team here, however Colorado State has shown they’re capable of hanging around on the road, as they’ve covered in 5 of their 6 lined road games this season. It’s a lean, but give me Colorado State and the points.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:45:56 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72911
<![CDATA[New Mexico vs. Wyoming - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/new-mexico-vs-wyoming-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have more Mountain West Conference action on the schedule Saturday evening, as the Wyoming Cowboys pay a visit to the New Mexico Lobos in college basketball action.

The Wyoming Cowboys will be looking for some consistency out of their lineup after splitting their first 6 conference games and their last 8 matchups overall. The Cowboys got back to .500 in MW play after defeating San Jose State by a final score of 80-70, thanks to a team-leading 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting from Jordan Naughton. Louis Adams came 2nd with an efficient 14 points coming on 6 of 8 shooting with a triples,…

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We have more Mountain West Conference action on the schedule Saturday evening, as the Wyoming Cowboys pay a visit to the New Mexico Lobos in college basketball action.

The Wyoming Cowboys will be looking for some consistency out of their lineup after splitting their first 6 conference games and their last 8 matchups overall. The Cowboys got back to .500 in MW play after defeating San Jose State by a final score of 80-70, thanks to a team-leading 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting from Jordan Naughton. Louis Adams came 2nd with an efficient 14 points coming on 6 of 8 shooting with a triples, while Jason McManamen and Justin James each chipped in 10 points in the winning effort for the Cowboys. McManamen pulled down 4 rebounds, while James logged 3 assists for Wyoming. Alan Herndon and Hayden Dalton each led the team with 6 rebounds apiece, while Dalton also notched a pair of blocks for the Cowboys. James leads the team with an average of 15 points per game, while Dalton remains the team leader in both assists and rebounding with 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Wyoming is scoring 78.4 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line.

The New Mexico Lobos will be looking to build on back-to-back wins after getting a solid road win over Boise State by a final score of 81-70. Lobos’ leading scorer this season, Tim Williams, did just that, racking up a game-high 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting from the field, with a triple and 3 steals. Elijah Brown and Sam Logwood each came 2nd with 16 points apiece, with Brown hitting a pair of triples in addition to a team-leading 7 rebounds and a game-high 4 assists, while Logwood was much more efficient shooting the rock, going 6 of 7 from the floor with a three and 4 boards of his own. Jordan Hunter chipped in 11 points by going a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line in addition to going 2 of 5 from the field. Williams leads New Mexico with an average of 18.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Brown is the team’s leader in assists with 2.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, New Mexico is scoring 76.5 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 75.7% from the foul line.

Wyoming is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 25-6 in their last 31 Saturday games. New Mexico is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I’m not sure why this line is as inflated as it is. Sure, New Mexico just beat a solid Boise State squad and Wyoming has been inconsistent lately, but are we forgetting that the Lobos have covered just once in 6 lines home games this season? Not to mention the Lobos have struggled against the number overall, while the Cowboys have done well keeping games close on the road. Give me the Cowboys in one of the easier picks of the day Saturday.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:42:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72908
<![CDATA[Charlotte vs. Old Dominion - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/charlotte-vs-old-dominion-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some C-USA college basketball action on the slate Saturday evening, as the Old Dominion Monarchs take on the Charlotte 49ers.

The Old Dominion Monarchs’ low scoring ways caught up to them as they fell to Louisiana Tech by a final score of 75-63. Zoran Talley led ODU with 22 points on 9 of 17 from the floor in addition to 4 makes in 6 trips to the foul line. B.J. Stith came 2nd with 17 points on 6 of 12 from the floor including a pair of triples, while Trey Porter chipped in 10 points, going 4 of 7 from the floor in just 16 minutes. Ahmad Caver went just 1 of 9 from the field…

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We have some C-USA college basketball action on the slate Saturday evening, as the Old Dominion Monarchs take on the Charlotte 49ers.

The Old Dominion Monarchs’ low scoring ways caught up to them as they fell to Louisiana Tech by a final score of 75-63. Zoran Talley led ODU with 22 points on 9 of 17 from the floor in addition to 4 makes in 6 trips to the foul line. B.J. Stith came 2nd with 17 points on 6 of 12 from the floor including a pair of triples, while Trey Porter chipped in 10 points, going 4 of 7 from the floor in just 16 minutes. Ahmad Caver went just 1 of 9 from the field for 3 points, while leading the team with 5 rebounds and a game-high total of 9 assists. Despite the poor offensive showing, Caver still leads Old Dominion with an average of 12.1 points and 4.3 assists per game, while Denzell Taylor leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game. As a team, Old Dominion is scoring just 61.6 points per game on 38% shooting from the field, 29.8% from behind the arc and 63.4% from the foul line. The Monarchs have been winning games with their defense however, holding opponents to just 59.5 points per game this season, the 5th-lowest mark in all of college basketball.

The Charlotte 49ers will be looking to start their first win streak of conference play when they host Old Dominion after defeating Southern Miss by a final score of 82-66. Anthony Vanhook led the 49ers with 16 points on 6 of 8 from the field in addition to 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Leading scorer and assist man this season for Charlotte, Jon Davis, came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 12 from the floor with 3 triples and a game-high 7 assists. Quentin Jackson added 13 points and Andrien White chipped in 10 with a pair of threes of his own and 3 steals. Austin Ajukwa also added 7 rebounds to go along with his 9 points in the winning effort for the 49ers. Davis leads Charlotte with an average of 18.6 points and 3.9 assists per game, while Vanhook is the team’s top rebounder with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Charlotte is scoring 78.9 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 39.7% from behind the 3-point line and 74.9% from the charity stripe this season.

Old Dominion is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Charlotte is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 home games. The road team has covered the spread in each of the last 4 games between these two teams.

I’m not sure how they do it, but Old Dominion keeps finding ways to win games with their low scoring ways. Charlotte has the potential to light them up on the scoreboard, but until I see some consistency from the 49ers, I’ll back Old Dominion considering the road team has had the bulk of the success in the head-to-head.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:37:30 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72905
<![CDATA[Northern Colorado vs. Weber State - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/northern-colorado-vs-weber-state-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Weber State Wildcats hope to get a road win versus the Northern Colorado Bears in college basketball.

The Weber State Wildcats are supposed to be one of the top challengers in the Big Sky and they were playing like it. The Wildcats won seven in a row before suffering an 83-77 defeat at North Dakota as a one point favorite Thursday where the Fighting Hawks played a strong second half to overcome a five point deficit at the half. North Dakota burned the nets at over 56% with Weber hitting at 47.5% with the decisive edge being the Fighting Hawks ten more makes at the line. Jeremy Senglin…

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The Weber State Wildcats hope to get a road win versus the Northern Colorado Bears in college basketball.

The Weber State Wildcats are supposed to be one of the top challengers in the Big Sky and they were playing like it. The Wildcats won seven in a row before suffering an 83-77 defeat at North Dakota as a one point favorite Thursday where the Fighting Hawks played a strong second half to overcome a five point deficit at the half. North Dakota burned the nets at over 56% with Weber hitting at 47.5% with the decisive edge being the Fighting Hawks ten more makes at the line. Jeremy Senglin led the Wildcats offense with a game high 24 points on 9-19 with Jerrick Harding tossing in 14 points while Kyndahl Hill added eleven points and eight rebounds.

The Northern Colorado Bears are somewhere in the middle of the pack in the Big Sky but have had a difficult go of it lately with three consecutive defeats following a 73-69 loss to visiting Idaho State Thursday as a 6.5 point favorite. The Bears seemed to be in control with an eleven point lead after 20 minutes before the Bengals were at their best at both ends of the floor in the second half to squeeze out the decision. ISU held a 54%-45.5% shooting edge with UNC staying close with 13 long balls. Chaz Glotta and Jordan Davis led the Bears offense with 19 points apiece with Davis adding seven boards and six assists while DJ Miles tossed in eleven points.

Weber State are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games. The under is 9-2-1 in Northern Colorado last 12 home games and Northern Colorado  are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 Saturday games while the under is 5-2-2 in Northern Colorado last 9 overall. The favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

If Weber State is unimpressive here I don’t see them as a Big Sky threat…

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:34:03 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72902
<![CDATA[Nevada vs. Fresno State - 1/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/21/nevada-vs-fresno-state-1/21/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Mountain West conference action on the hardwood on Saturday afternoon, as the Fresno State Bulldogs pay a visit to the conference leader Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Fresno State Bulldogs will be looking to build on back-to-back wins for the 2nd time in conference this season, after defeating Colorado State by a final score of 78-57. Deshon Taylor led the way with a game-high 19 points on 6 of 10 from the field, with 4 triples and 3 steals. Jaron Hopkins came 2nd with 18 points on 7 of 14 from the field with a game-high 7 assists, 2 more than the entire Colorado State squad combined,…

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We have some Mountain West conference action on the hardwood on Saturday afternoon, as the Fresno State Bulldogs pay a visit to the conference leader Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Fresno State Bulldogs will be looking to build on back-to-back wins for the 2nd time in conference this season, after defeating Colorado State by a final score of 78-57. Deshon Taylor led the way with a game-high 19 points on 6 of 10 from the field, with 4 triples and 3 steals. Jaron Hopkins came 2nd with 18 points on 7 of 14 from the field with a game-high 7 assists, 2 more than the entire Colorado State squad combined, along with a game0high 4 steals. Jahmel Taylor also chipped in 15 points and 3 steals of his own. Karachi Edo added a team-leading 10 rebounds, while leading scorer for the Bulldogs this season, Paul Watson, had an off night, making just 3 of his 13 field goal attempts for 8 points in addition to a pair of blocks. Despite the off night, Watson still leads the team with an average of 13.6 points per game, while Cullen Russo leads the team on the glass with 6.1 rebounds per game and Hopkins is the team’s leader in the assists category with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Fresno State is scoring 75 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 64.2% from the foul line.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will be looking to avenge their only conference loss this season to these very same Fresno State Bulldogs. The Pack have rattled off 4 straight wins to sit at 5-1 in Mountain West play after defeating Air Force by a final score of 83-76 behind a game-high 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting including 4 triples from D.J. Fenner. Nevada’s leading scorer this season, Marcus Marshall, came 2nd with 25 points on 8 of 17 from the floor with 4 triples while Cameron Oliver followed behind with 10 points. Lindsey Drew added 9 points to go along with a game-high 8 assists, while Jordan Caroline pulled down a team-high 8 rebounds to go along with 9 points. Marshall leads the team with an average of 21.5 points per game while Caroline is the team’s leading rebounder, essentially averaging a double-double per game with 14.2 points and a team-leading 9.9 rebounds per game while Drew is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 5.3 assists per game. As a team, Nevada is scoring 80.1 points per game on 45.3% from the field, 39% from behind the arc and 68.7% from the foul line.

Fresno State is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 conference matchups while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Nevada is 17-6-1 ATS in their last 24 home games and 16-7-2 ATS in their last 25 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Fresno State is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 trips to Nevada.

There’s no arguing that Nevada is the top team in the Mountain West right now. However Fresno State has been doing a solid job holding their own, and have covered in almost 80% of their last 21 conference games. I think Nevada still wins this one, but I also think this one could be a nailbiter and the points could come in handy.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:32:47 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72899