<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 2/24/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/02/24/detroit-red-wings-vs-carolina-hurricanes-2/24/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 21 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 32 assists and Justin Williams has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling…

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 21 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 32 assists and Justin Williams has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 94 goals on 860 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 77 goals on 862 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in five straight games.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 20 goals, Dylan Larkin has 35 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 115 goals on 1,274 shots faced. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 2-9 in their last 11 home games, 1-8 in their last 9 Saturday games and 19-45 in their last 64 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 5-13-1 in the last 19 meetings in Detroit, 9-24-1 in the last 34 meetings and the road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Carolina Hurricanes have had no success recently playing on the end of a back to back, and they've been getting beat up on the defensive end during this losing streak. The Detroit Red Wings have their fair share of struggles this month as well, but they have owned the Hurricanes over the years and have the rest advantage in this spot. Even with a change at goalie, this is a game that should favor the home team.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:21:14 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116542
<![CDATA[Florida Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/24/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/02/24/florida-panthers-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-2/24/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep the puck rolling while building on their six-game winning streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 33 goals, Sidney Crosby has 47 assists and Phil Kessel has 206 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep the puck rolling while building on their six-game winning streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 33 goals, Sidney Crosby has 47 assists and Phil Kessel has 206 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 103 goals on 1,117 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 40 goals on 509 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.

The Florida Panthers look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 23 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 36 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 43 goals on 611 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 102 goals on 1,077 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 95-44 in their last 139 vs. Eastern Conference and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Penguins are 22-7 in the last 29 meetings, the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Both teams are playing really good hockey as of late, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are on the end of a back to back and the Florida Panthers have some new motivation after the shooting that took place in South Florida. We saw how emotionally charged the Vegas Knights were after what took place early in the season and how that fueled them, and the Panthers showed some of that same fight Thursday night against the Washington Capitals. I like the Panthers to get the jobe done here. 

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:17:10 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116539
<![CDATA[Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 2/24/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/02/24/golden-state-warriors-vs-oklahoma-city-thunder-2/24/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors collide at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost six of their past 10 games but they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the lowly Kings in a 110-107 on Thursday. Paul George led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 17 points with 15 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 35 from the three-point line as they dominated…

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors collide at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost six of their past 10 games but they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the lowly Kings in a 110-107 on Thursday. Paul George led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 17 points with 15 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 35 from the three-point line as they dominated the Kings early to lead by as many as 23 points in the first quarter before closing the game on an 8-2 run to escape with the narrow victory. It certainly wasn’t the most convincing of wins but it does elevate OKC to 34-26 overall and 14-16 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have won four of their last five games and they will be looking to stay hot after Thursday’s 134-127 home win over the Clippers. Stephen Curry led the way with 44 points and 10 assists while shooting 14 of 19 from the field and eight of 11 from the three-point line. Kevin Durant added 24 points with eight assists, Klay Thompson added 19 points while Draymond Green chipped in with 14 points and six assists. As a team, the Warriors shot a sizzling 62 percent from the field and 14 of 25 from the three-point line but they looked tired coming fresh off the All-Star break which allowed the Clippers to hang around till the end. With the win, Golden State improved to 45-14 overall and 23-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games.

Head to head, the home team is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings, the Thunder are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Golden State.

These two squads have already met twice this season with the Thunder winning by double-digits on each occasion. The Warriors have been in solid form lately and their offense was certainly on another level on Thursday with Curry leading the way with his 44 points, but this just seems like too many points to be laying the Thunder who have owned this matchup this season. I like the Warriors to get the win even with Green listed as probable with shoulder soreness, but I’m taking the Thunder with the points in what should be a close one.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:39:37 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116458
<![CDATA[Columbia vs. Yale - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/columbia-vs-yale-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Yale Bulldogs and Columbia Lions meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Levien Gymnasium.

The Yale Bulldogs look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Yale Bulldogs are averaging 73.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Miye Oni is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while Alex Copeland is averaging 11.7 points and 2.6 assists. Blake Reynolds is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Phills is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Yale Bulldogs are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond…

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The Yale Bulldogs and Columbia Lions meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Levien Gymnasium.

The Yale Bulldogs look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Yale Bulldogs are averaging 73.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Miye Oni is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while Alex Copeland is averaging 11.7 points and 2.6 assists. Blake Reynolds is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Phills is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Yale Bulldogs are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Yale Bulldogs are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The Yale Bulldogs have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Columbia Lions look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Columbia Lions are averaging 75 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 78.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Mike Smith is averaging 17.1 points and 4.7 assists while Quinton Adlesh is averaging 12 points and 3.4 rebounds. Lukas Meisner is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Hickman is dishing 1.6 assists. The Columbia Lions are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Columbia Lions are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Columbia Lions have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Lions are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ivy League and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Columbia, 14-4-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the favorite is 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:38:58 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116536
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania vs. Harvard - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/pennsylvania-vs-harvard-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Harvard Crimson and Penn Quakers meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Palestra.

The Harvard Crimson look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 65.7 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 42 percent shooting. Seth Towns is averaging 15.8 points and five rebounds while Bryce Aiken is averaging 14.1 points and 2.9 assists. Chris Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Johnson is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc…

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The Harvard Crimson and Penn Quakers meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Palestra.

The Harvard Crimson look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 65.7 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 42 percent shooting. Seth Towns is averaging 15.8 points and five rebounds while Bryce Aiken is averaging 14.1 points and 2.9 assists. Chris Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Johnson is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have won five of their last six road games.

The Penn Quakers also look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Penn Quakers are averaging 74.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Ryan Betley is averaging 14.5 points and five rebounds while AJ Brodeur is averaging 12.6 points and 2.5 assists. Darnell Foreman is the third double-digit scorer and Antonio Woods is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Penn Quakers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Penn Quakers are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Penn Quakers have won four straight home games.

The Crimson are 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 vs. Ivy League, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Quakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Crimson are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings, the favorite is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:35:04 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116533
<![CDATA[Cornell vs. Brown - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/cornell-vs-brown-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Brown Bears and Cornell Big Red meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Newman Arena.

The Brown Bears could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Brown Bears are averaging 76.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 78.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Brandon Anderson is averaging 17.8 points and 3.9 assists while Desmond Cambridge is averaging 17.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Zach Hunsaker is the third double-digit scorer and Obi Okolie is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Brown Bears are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc…

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The Brown Bears and Cornell Big Red meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Newman Arena.

The Brown Bears could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Brown Bears are averaging 76.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 78.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Brandon Anderson is averaging 17.8 points and 3.9 assists while Desmond Cambridge is averaging 17.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Zach Hunsaker is the third double-digit scorer and Obi Okolie is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Brown Bears are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brown Bears are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Brown Bears have lost three straight road games.

The Cornell Big Red need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Cornell Big Red are averaging 75.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Matt Morgan is averaging 22.7 points and 3.6 assists while Stone Gettings is averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Jack Gordon is dishing two assists and Steven Julian is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Cornell Big Red are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cornell Big Red are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Cornell Big Red have split their last six home games.

The Bears are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Big Red are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games. The Bears are 5-14-2 ATS in the last 21 meetings, the road team is 21-7-2 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:31:36 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116530
<![CDATA[Princeton vs. Dartmouth - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/princeton-vs-dartmouth-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Dartmouth Big Green and Princeton Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Jadwin Gymnasium.

The Dartmouth Big Green could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Dartmouth Big Green are averaging 69 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Taylor Johnson is averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 assists while Miles Wright is averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. Brendan Barry is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Knight is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Dartmouth Big Green are shooting 36.5…

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The Dartmouth Big Green and Princeton Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Jadwin Gymnasium.

The Dartmouth Big Green could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Dartmouth Big Green are averaging 69 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Taylor Johnson is averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 assists while Miles Wright is averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. Brendan Barry is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Knight is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Dartmouth Big Green are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Dartmouth Big Green are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.2 rebounds per game. The Dartmouth Big Green haven't won a road game since December 8.

The Princeton Tigers also need a win here in order to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Princeton Tigers are averaging 72.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 72.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Devin Cannady is averaging 17.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while Myles Stephens is averaging 14.3 points and 1.4 assists. Amir Bell is the third double-digit scorer and Sebastian Much is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Princeton Tigers are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Princeton Tigers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game. The Princeton Tigers have lost three straight home games.

The Big Green are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Ivy League and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ivy League and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Big Green are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Princeton, the road team is 23-10 ATS in the last 33 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:27:46 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116527
<![CDATA[New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics - 2/24/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/02/24/new-york-knicks-vs-boston-celtics-2/24/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments  

The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks duke it out at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The Boston Celtics have been struggling a bit lately as they’ve lost four of their last six games but they were able to snap a three-game skid with last night’s 110-98 win at Detroit. Kyrie Irving scored 18 points with six assists while Jayson Tatum added 15 points on six of nine shooting, but credit this win to the bench players as they combined for 65 points highlighted by a team-high 19 points from Daniel Theis. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 17 of 39 from…

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The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks duke it out at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The Boston Celtics have been struggling a bit lately as they’ve lost four of their last six games but they were able to snap a three-game skid with last night’s 110-98 win at Detroit. Kyrie Irving scored 18 points with six assists while Jayson Tatum added 15 points on six of nine shooting, but credit this win to the bench players as they combined for 65 points highlighted by a team-high 19 points from Daniel Theis. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 17 of 39 from the three-point line as they cruised to victory after dominating the second quarter by 38-21 to take a 12-point lead going into halftime. With the win, Boston improved to 41-19 overall and 20-8 on the road where they have won three of their last four.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a slump as they’ve lost 11 of their last 14 games but they will be feeling a little better after snapping an eight-game losing streak with a 120-113 win at Orlando on Thursday. Trey Burke led the team with 26 points and six assists off the bench, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 points with six assists while Enes Kanter chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Knicks shot 48 percent from the field and seven of 25 from the three-point line as they outscored the Magic by 57-44 in the second half after allowing 41 points in the first quarter. With the win, New York improved to 24-36 overall and 8-24 on the road where they had lost five in a row before Thursday.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Knicks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings and the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.

The Knicks were able to snap out of their funk with a hard-fought win at Orlando on Thursday, but they’ve struggled to win games lately and will likely do it tough against a Celtics team who have already beaten them twice this season. The last time these two squads met, the Celtics won by 103-73 back on Jan 31, so while they're playing on zero days' rest, I have to stick with the boys in green to get the win and cover on the road in this one.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:27:31 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116524
<![CDATA[Duke vs. Syracuse - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/duke-vs-syracuse-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange and the Duke Blue Devils will be meeting up on the college basketball court. 

Syracuse enters this game with a 18-10 record overall. The Orange have lost two of their last three games, and fell to North Carolina on Wednesday. In that one, Syracuse guard Tyus Battle put up 26 points. 

Battle is also the leading scorer for Syracuse on the year with 20.1 PPG, while Frank Howard is second with 15.5 PPG and 5.1 APG. Also in double-figures for Syracuse is Oshae Brissett with 14.8 PPG and…

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Out at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange and the Duke Blue Devils will be meeting up on the college basketball court. 

Syracuse enters this game with a 18-10 record overall. The Orange have lost two of their last three games, and fell to North Carolina on Wednesday. In that one, Syracuse guard Tyus Battle put up 26 points. 

Battle is also the leading scorer for Syracuse on the year with 20.1 PPG, while Frank Howard is second with 15.5 PPG and 5.1 APG. Also in double-figures for Syracuse is Oshae Brissett with 14.8 PPG and 9.1 RPG. 

Over on the Duke side, they’re sitting at 23-5 on the season. The Blue Devils have won their last four straight games, and took out Louisville on Wednesday. In that win, Duke guard Grayson Allen managed 28 points. 

Leading the Blue Devils in scoring this year is Marvin Bagley with 21.2 PPG and 11.4 PPG. Also in double-figures for Duke are Allen (15.6 PPG), Gary Trent (14.9 PPG), Wendell Carter (14.5 PPG) and Trevon Duval (10.9 PPG). 

The Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the ACC. Syracuse is also 15-38-2 ATS in their last 55 Saturday games and 3-11 ATS in the last 14 games following an ATS win. 

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in the last four overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the ACC. Duke is also 7-19-2 ATS in the last 28 Saturday games and the under is 4-1 in the last five overall. 

Syracuse has won three of their last five games, but the two losses in that time could easily have been wins. The Orange lost each of those by just four points. That said, Duke has been playing quite well lately and hasn’t had a close game since early this month. I’m going to to with the Blue Devils here. Stay tuned for the line. 

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:25:10 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116275
<![CDATA[Southeast Missouri State vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/southeast-missouri-state-vs-tennessee-martin-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Saturday OVC college basketball action features the UT Martin Skyhawks visiting the SE Missouri State Redhawks.

The UT Martin Skyhawks have been rebuilding in 2017-18 and a lack of scoring punch has hurt the team in losses in seven of eight. UT Martin comes off of a 70-53 defeat at Morehead State where 39.3% shooting and 25 turnovers along with a 21-4 deficit at the stripe buried the Skyhawks.

Matthew Butler topped the Skyhawks with 14 points on 6-15 shooting including 2-7 from distance. Terrence Parker gave UT Martin 12 points and 20 rebounds on 5-13 accuracy while Fatodd Lewis…

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Saturday OVC college basketball action features the UT Martin Skyhawks visiting the SE Missouri State Redhawks.

The UT Martin Skyhawks have been rebuilding in 2017-18 and a lack of scoring punch has hurt the team in losses in seven of eight. UT Martin comes off of a 70-53 defeat at Morehead State where 39.3% shooting and 25 turnovers along with a 21-4 deficit at the stripe buried the Skyhawks.

Matthew Butler topped the Skyhawks with 14 points on 6-15 shooting including 2-7 from distance. Terrence Parker gave UT Martin 12 points and 20 rebounds on 5-13 accuracy while Fatodd Lewis and DelFinko Bogan netted eleven and seven points respectively.

The SE Missouri State Redhawks were playing their best basketball with four straight victories before the run ended in a 91-88 defeat at Eastern Kentucky. Both teams sank shots in the 52%-54% range but the game was decided at the foul line where Eastern Kentucky held a 20-10 advantage. 

Denzel Mahoney was the Redhawks go to scorer as he poured in a contest high 26 points with six pulls and five assists. Ledarrius Brewer gave SE Missouri State 16 points and eight rebounds while Daniel Simmons added 12 points and another nine rebounds.

Under is 9-1 in UT Martin last 10 overall and under is 15-5-1 in UT Martin last 21 vs. Ohio Valley. Over is 10-3 in SE Missouri State last 13 Saturday games and over is 13-4 in SE Missouri State last 17 overall and over is 13-4 in SE Missouri State last 17 vs. Ohio Valley. Home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

SE Missouri tends not to blow teams out and UT Martin has been getting beat by double figures. Decisions, decisions…

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:31:37 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116503
<![CDATA[VCU vs. St. Bonaventure - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/vcu-vs-st-bonaventure-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The St. Bonaventure Bonnies go on the road to face the VCU Rams in an Atlantic Ten college basketball tilt.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies have returned to their early season form with an impressive nine game winning streak capped off by a 73-67 win versus Duquesne. St Bonaventure owned a 45.7%-34.9% shooting edge which was enough to overcome 17 more Duquesne shots. 

The Bonnies leaned on the production of Jaylen Adams and he responded with a contest high 24 points, five assists and four steals with Amadi Ikpeze adding 13 points and ten rebounds. St. Bonaventure received 12 points…

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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies go on the road to face the VCU Rams in an Atlantic Ten college basketball tilt.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies have returned to their early season form with an impressive nine game winning streak capped off by a 73-67 win versus Duquesne. St Bonaventure owned a 45.7%-34.9% shooting edge which was enough to overcome 17 more Duquesne shots. 

The Bonnies leaned on the production of Jaylen Adams and he responded with a contest high 24 points, five assists and four steals with Amadi Ikpeze adding 13 points and ten rebounds. St. Bonaventure received 12 points from Courtney Stockard while Idris Taqqee tossed in eleven points and posted eight boards.

The VCU Rams haven’t been on the same level we have seen from this team in previous seasons with losses in four of six. VCU comes off of an 82-78 win at Massachusetts where the offense survived on 54.2% shooting.

Justin Tillman saved the Rams with 26 points and 13 rebounds on 11-17 followed by De’Riante Jenkins with 17 points on 7-16. Jonathan Williams gave VCU eleven points and six helpers on 3-5 while Isaac Vann chipping in with eight points.

St. Bonaventure  are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and over is 6-1 in St. Bonaventure last 7 road games. Over is 4-1 in VCU last 5 Saturday games and under is 7-2 in VCU last 9 home games. 

The Rams won at St. Bonaventure in the first matchup but I like the way the Bonnies have been looking…

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:12:36 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116482
<![CDATA[Saint Mary's-California vs. Santa Clara - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/saint-marys-california-vs-santa-clara-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some West Coast conference college hoops on Saturday evening as the Santa Clara Broncos duke it out with the #22 Saint Mary’s Gaels.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to bounce back after having their 3 game winning streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion with a 65-64 loss to Loyola Marymount in their last outing. KJ Feagin led the Broncos with 29 points on 11 of 22 shooting with 3 threes and a share of the team-high with 5 assists. Kai Healy came 2nd with 12 points and 5 assists of his own while Henry Caruso added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double…

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We have some West Coast conference college hoops on Saturday evening as the Santa Clara Broncos duke it out with the #22 Saint Mary’s Gaels.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to bounce back after having their 3 game winning streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion with a 65-64 loss to Loyola Marymount in their last outing. KJ Feagin led the Broncos with 29 points on 11 of 22 shooting with 3 threes and a share of the team-high with 5 assists. Kai Healy came 2nd with 12 points and 5 assists of his own while Henry Caruso added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double to round out the trio of double digit scorers in the losing effort. Emmanuel Ndumanya chipped in 3 steals in the loss as well for Santa Clara. Feagin leads Santa Clara with an average of 17.7 points and 4.2 assists per game while Caruso is the Broncos’ top rebounder with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is scoring 67 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.

The #22 Saint Mary’s Gaels will look to build off of back-to-back wins, including a 75-61 win over Pepperdine in their last outing. Jordan Ford led the Gaels with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 10 rebounds with 4 assists for the double-double. Calvin Hermanson came 2nd with 14 points while Tanner Krebs added 4 triples for his 12 points. Jock Landale added 10 points with 6 rebounds to round out the foursome of double digit scorers for St. Mary’s in the win, while Emmett Naar added a team-high 6 assists. Landale leads the Gaels by averaging a double-double per game with 21.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while Naar leads St. Mary’s in assists with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, St. Mary’s is scoring 77.8 points per game while boasting the best field goal percentage in the country at 51.9% from the floor, in addition to a 40.3% mark from 3-point range and 77.3% from the foul line this season.

Santa Clara is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. St. Mary’s is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 home games. Santa Clara is 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Santa Clara has actually been a solid bet on the road as of late, covering in 5 of their last 7 away games. The problem is that 8 of the last 10 meetings have resulted in a double-digit win for the Gaels, including a 24 point win on the road earlier this season. St. Mary’s is one of the best shooting teams in the country and Santa Clara doesn’t have a strong offense by any means, so I’ll lay the points with St. Mary’s in a rout.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:55:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116419
<![CDATA[UT-Arlington vs. Georgia State - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/ut-arlington-vs-georgia-state-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Sun Belt college hoops on tap Saturday evening as the Georgia State Panthers battle the UT-Arlington Mavericks.

The Georgia State Panthers will look to build some steam after a 77-50 win over Texas State in their last outing. D’Marcus Simonds led Georgia State with 19 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Malik Benlevi came 2nd with 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Jeff Thomas added 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 triples to round out the scoring in double figures for Georgia…

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We have some Sun Belt college hoops on tap Saturday evening as the Georgia State Panthers battle the UT-Arlington Mavericks.

The Georgia State Panthers will look to build some steam after a 77-50 win over Texas State in their last outing. D’Marcus Simonds led Georgia State with 19 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Malik Benlevi came 2nd with 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Jeff Thomas added 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 triples to round out the scoring in double figures for Georgia State in the win, while Devin Mitchell matched his team-high 5 assists with 5 points and Jordan Session added 9 points with 4 blocks. Simonds leads Georgia State with 21.5 points and 4.8 assists per game while Benlevi leads the way for the Panthers on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia State is scoring 75 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

The UT-Arlington Mavericks will look to build on an 83-63 win over Georgia Southern in their last outing. Kaelon Wilson led the Mavericks with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 3 triples, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Kevin Hervey came right behind in 2nd with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds. Erick Neal added 17 points with 7 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists while Julian Harris chipped in 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Mavericks in the win, while Johnny Hamilton added 5 points and a whopping 6 blocks. Hervey leads UT-Arlington with 20.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Neal leads the Mavericks with 6.9 assists per game this season. As a team, UT-Arlington is scoring 77.6 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

Georgia State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. UT-Arlington is 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their lat 6 conference matchups. Georgia State is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I’m a little bit surprised to see Georgia State as an underdog here. Sure, the Mavericks have been strong at home this season, but Georgia State is 10-3 ATS on the road this season, and have had the majority of the success ATS when these two lock up. Plus, the Panthers are looking like the team to beat in the Sun Belt this season, and getting a free point with them sounds good to me so I’ll take the free point with Georgia State here.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:55:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116422
<![CDATA[Air Force vs. Utah State - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/air-force-vs-utah-state-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Mountain West conference action on the hardwood as the Utah State Aggies take on the Air Force Falcons in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.

The Utah State Aggies will look to turn their luck around after losing 3 of their last 4 games, including a 93-87 defeat against Nevada in their last outing. Koby McEwan led Utah state with 32 points on 10 of 20 shooting with 3 triples, a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line and 5 rebounds. Sam Merrill came 2nd with 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 4 threes while Quinn Taylor added 11 points on a…

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We have some Mountain West conference action on the hardwood as the Utah State Aggies take on the Air Force Falcons in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.

The Utah State Aggies will look to turn their luck around after losing 3 of their last 4 games, including a 93-87 defeat against Nevada in their last outing. Koby McEwan led Utah state with 32 points on 10 of 20 shooting with 3 triples, a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line and 5 rebounds. Sam Merrill came 2nd with 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 4 threes while Quinn Taylor added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor and DeAngelo Isby chipped in 10 points in 21 minutes to round out the foursome of double digit scorers for the Aggies in the loss. Merrill leads Utah State with an average of 16 points and 3.1 assists per game while Dwayne Brown Jr. led the Aggies on the glass with 5.1 boards per game this season. As a team, Utah State is scoring 73.6 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.

The Air Force Falcons will look to bounce back after losing their last 3 games, including a 67-56 loss to San Diego State in their last outing. Ryan Swan led the Falcons with 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds while CJ Siples added 10 points and 3 steals as the only other Air Force player to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Trevor Lyons dished out a team-high 7 assists, while Caleb Morris added 9 points and 7 rebounds. Lavelle Scottie chipped in 8 points but still leads Air Force in scoring with an average of 12 points per game while Swan leads the Falcons in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game and Lyons leads the Falcons in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Air Force is scoring 68.2 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 32.6% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line this season. 

Utah State is 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games against a team with a losing record and 26-6 ATS in their last 32 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 15-4-2 in their last 21 road games. Air Force is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Utah State is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Both teams come in equally poor form as of late, however Utah State has thrown in a win in the middle, and while Air Force has been a tough out at home this season, the Aggies have had the bulk of the success ATS in this matchup and I feel a little bit more comfortable backing the Aggies, so I’ll lay the bucket on the road with Utah State in this one.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:55:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116425
<![CDATA[Bradley vs. Indiana State - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/bradley-vs-indiana-state-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Missouri Valley Conference college hoops on Saturday as the Indiana State Sycamores take on the Bradley Braves. 

The Indiana State Sycamores will look to turn things around after dropping 7 of their last 9 games, but took a step in the right direction with a 58-53 win over Evansville in their last outing. Jordan Barnes led the Sycamores with 19 points on 5 of 11 shooting from behind the arc with a share of the team-high with 9 rebounds, while Qiydar Davis chipped in 12 points as the only other double digit…

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We have some Missouri Valley Conference college hoops on Saturday as the Indiana State Sycamores take on the Bradley Braves. 

The Indiana State Sycamores will look to turn things around after dropping 7 of their last 9 games, but took a step in the right direction with a 58-53 win over Evansville in their last outing. Jordan Barnes led the Sycamores with 19 points on 5 of 11 shooting from behind the arc with a share of the team-high with 9 rebounds, while Qiydar Davis chipped in 12 points as the only other double digit scorer for Indiana State in the win. Brandon Murphy added 9 rebounds of his own, while Brenton Scott added 4 points with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Barnes leads the Sycamores with an average of 17.3 points and 3.6 assists per game while Scott leads Indiana State with 5.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Indiana State is scoring 72.8 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The Bradley Braves will look to find some stroke of consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including an 82-78 win over Missouri State in their last outing. Nate Kennell led the Braves with 20 points on 6 of 10 from behind the arc, while Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye came 2nd with 18 points along with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals and Darrell Brown added 16 points with a team-high 4 assists and an 11 of 12 mark from the foul line. Donte Thomas and Koch Bar each added 10 points to finish off the double digit scoring for Bradley in the win, with Thomas adding 7 rebounds and 3 steals while Bar chipped in a pair of blocks. Brown leads the Braves with an average of 13.5 points and 4.5 assists per game while Thomas is Bradley’s top rebounder with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is scoring 68.1 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 70.9% from the foul line this season.

Indiana State is 0-5 ATS in their lat 5 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Bradley is 23-4-2 ATS in their last 29 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Indiana State is 4-13 ATS in the last 17 meetings between these two teams at Bradley.

Indiana State’s win over Evansville had to feel good, and their defensive performance was impressive. However, the Sycamores have been downright brutal ATS over the last month, while Bradley has been pretty much money on their home floor dating back to last season. Add that with the Sycamores’ struggles at Bradley, and I think the pick here is simple. Lay the points with Bradley.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:50:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116404
<![CDATA[Marshall vs. Charlotte - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/marshall-vs-charlotte-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some C-USA college hoops on tap Saturday as the Charlotte 49ers battle the Marshall Thundering Herd. 

The Charlotte 49ers definitely need a confidence win after losing 13 straight and 19 of their last 21 games following a 93-55 rout at the hands of Western Kentucky in their last outing. Jon Davis led Charlotte with 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 6 assists, while Milos Supica and Jailan Haslem each added 11 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the 49ers in the loss. Supica added 11 rebounds…

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We have some C-USA college hoops on tap Saturday as the Charlotte 49ers battle the Marshall Thundering Herd. 

The Charlotte 49ers definitely need a confidence win after losing 13 straight and 19 of their last 21 games following a 93-55 rout at the hands of Western Kentucky in their last outing. Jon Davis led Charlotte with 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 6 assists, while Milos Supica and Jailan Haslem each added 11 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the 49ers in the loss. Supica added 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Haslem shot 5 of 8 with 5 rebounds before fouling out after 20 minutes on the floor. Davis leads the 49ers with 16.2 points and 5.4 assists per game while Supica leads Charlotte in rebounding with 4.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Charlotte is scoring 70.1 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

The Marshall Thundering Herd will look to bounce back after having their 5 game winning streak snapped thanks to an 84-79 loss to Old Dominion in their last outing. Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks tied for the team-lead with 24 points, with Elmore shooting 9 of 17 with a team-high 11 assists for the double-double, while Burks shot 9 of 14 with 4 threes. Ajdin Penava added 14 points with 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for a double-double of his own to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Marshall in the loss. Elmore leads Marshall with an average of 22 points and 7 assists per game while Penava is the Herd’s top rebounder with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marshall is scoring 84.4 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 76% from the foul line this season.

Charlotte is 10-25 ATS in their last 35 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Marshall is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 conference matchups and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. The favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The loss to Old Dominion definitely stung for the Herd, but on the plus side, Marshall did put up 79 points against a very stingy Monarchs defense. Charlotte has been brutal this season, and while this may seem like a lot of points to lay, I think you have to lay them as it’s a lot easier to trust Marshall’s offense against Charlotte that it is to trust the 49ers to score on Marshall. I’ll lay the points with Marshall in a rout here.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:50:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116407
<![CDATA[FAU vs. North Texas - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/fau-vs-north-texas-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some C-USA college hoops on Saturday night as the North Texas Mean Green battle the FAU Owls.

The North Texas Mean Green will look to snap a 4 game losing streak following a 69-68 loss to FIU in their last outing. Ryan Woolridge led the Mean Green with 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes along with a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 blocks while Tope Arikawe added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 8 boards. Jorden Duffy chipped in a team-high 4 assists as well in the losing effort for UNT. Roosevelt Smart hit 3 triples for 9 points, but still leads…

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We have some C-USA college hoops on Saturday night as the North Texas Mean Green battle the FAU Owls.

The North Texas Mean Green will look to snap a 4 game losing streak following a 69-68 loss to FIU in their last outing. Ryan Woolridge led the Mean Green with 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes along with a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 blocks while Tope Arikawe added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 8 boards. Jorden Duffy chipped in a team-high 4 assists as well in the losing effort for UNT. Roosevelt Smart hit 3 triples for 9 points, but still leads North Texas in scoring with 19 points per game while Woolridge leads the Mean Green in assists with 5.6 helpers per game and A.J. Lawson leads North Texas on the glass with 5.6 rebounds per game. As a team, North Texas is scoring 74 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 65.2% from the foul line this season.

The FAU Owls need a win after dropping 7 of their last 9 games following a 79-76 overtime loss to Rice in their last outing. Ronald Delph led FAU with 18 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the double-double, while Jailyn Ingram came 2nd with 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 8 boards. Gerdarius Troutman added 4 triples with 15 points while Justin Massey added 14 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for FAU in the loss. Payton Hulsey added 6 points with 6 boards and a team-high 7 assists while Anthony Adger contributed 5 assists and 7 boards of his own in the loss. Delph leads FAU with an average of 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while Hulsey leads the Owls with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, FAU is scoring 69.1 points per game on 41.1% shooting from the field, 32.6% from behind the 3-point line and 72.5% from the foul line this season.

North Texas is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. FAU is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 21-44-1 ATS in their last 66 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 conference matchups. North Texas is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings at FAU. 

Neither of these two teams are ones you’d want to back in their current form. However, North Texas has been very strong on the road ATS as of late, and have pretty much owned the Owls ATS over the last few years, so I’ll lay the point with North Texas to pick up the road win here.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:50:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116410
<![CDATA[George Mason vs. UMass - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/george-mason-vs-umass-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some A-10 college hoops on Saturday evening as the UMASS Minutemen take on the George Mason Patriots.

The UMASS Minutemen could use a win after losing 4 straight and 9 of their last 10 games following an 82-78 loss to VCU in their last outing. Luwane Pipkins led UMASS with 38 points on 11 of 21 shooting with 8 threes and a team-high 6 assists while C.J. Anderson added 15 points with 6 assists of his own and Carl Pierre chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Minutemen in the loss. Unique McLean added a team-high 7 boards…

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We have some A-10 college hoops on Saturday evening as the UMASS Minutemen take on the George Mason Patriots.

The UMASS Minutemen could use a win after losing 4 straight and 9 of their last 10 games following an 82-78 loss to VCU in their last outing. Luwane Pipkins led UMASS with 38 points on 11 of 21 shooting with 8 threes and a team-high 6 assists while C.J. Anderson added 15 points with 6 assists of his own and Carl Pierre chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Minutemen in the loss. Unique McLean added a team-high 7 boards in the losing effort for UMASS as well. Pipkins leads UMASS in scoring with 21.5 points per game while Anderson leads the Minutemen in assists with 5.1 assists per game and Malik Hines leads UMASS on the glass with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UMASS is scoring 71.6 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 39.2% from behind the arc and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

The George Mason Patriots will look to build some steam after winning 4 of their last 6 games, including a 79-76 win over St. Joseph’s in their last outing. Justin Kier led George Mason with 19 points on 6 of 13 shooting while Goanar Mar added 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 4 threes, along with a team-high 6 rebounds and 3 steals and Otis Livingston II added 13 points with 6 rebounds of his own in the winning effort. Livingston II leads George Mason by averaging 16.9 points and 4.5 assists per game while Jaire Grayer leads the Patriots in rebounding with an average of 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, George Mason is scoring 71.6 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 73.2% from the foul line this season.

UMASS is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 games overall. George Mason is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 38-15 in their last 53 conference matchups. UMASS is 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I’m a bit surprised with this line if I’m being honest. Sure, UMASS hung around with VCU but if it wasn’t for Pipkins, that score may have been a lot more different. George Mason has been money ATS over the last few weeks and have had the bulk of the success when they face UMASS, so I’ll lay the reasonable number with the Patriots in this spot.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:50:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116413
<![CDATA[Stanford vs. Washington State - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/stanford-vs-washington-state-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Pac-12 action on the hardwood on Saturday evening as the Washington State Cougars take on the Stanford Cardinal in a college basketball matchup.

The Washington State Cougars will look to find some consistency down the stretch after a 78-76 win over Cal in their last outing. Robert Franks led the Cougars with 15 points while Drick Bernstine, Viont’e Daniels and Malachi Flynn each added 14 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Washington State in the win. Bernstine led the Cougars with 7 rebounds, while Flynn dished out a team-high…

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We have some Pac-12 action on the hardwood on Saturday evening as the Washington State Cougars take on the Stanford Cardinal in a college basketball matchup.

The Washington State Cougars will look to find some consistency down the stretch after a 78-76 win over Cal in their last outing. Robert Franks led the Cougars with 15 points while Drick Bernstine, Viont’e Daniels and Malachi Flynn each added 14 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Washington State in the win. Bernstine led the Cougars with 7 rebounds, while Flynn dished out a team-high 6 assists and Daniels shot 5 of 9 from the floor with 4 threes. Franks leads Washington State with an average of 17.7 points per game while Bernstine leads the Cougars in rebounding with 7 boards per game and Flynn leads Washington State in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Washington State is scoring 73.3 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 37.4% from behind the arc and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

The Stanford Cardinal will look to continue their ascent in the Pac-12 standings after winning 4 of their last 6 games, including a 94-78 win over Washington in their last outing. Reid Travis led the Cardinal with 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting while also posting that same mark from the foul line with a team-high 9 rebounds. Dorian Pickens came 2nd with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Michael Humphrey added 15 points with 3 steals and 4 blocks. Oscar Da Silva chipped in 14 points with 7 rebounds to round out the foursome of double digit scorers for Stanford in the win, with KEzie Okpala adding 8 points with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks of his own and Daejon Davis adding 4 points with a team-high 9 assists in the winning effort. Travis leads Stanford with an average of 19.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Davis leads the Cardinal in assists with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is scoring 75.5 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 68% from the foul line this season.

Washington State is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games against at team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Stanford is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their lat 7 conference matchups. Washington State is 5-16-2 ATS in the last 23 meetings between these two teams and 0-3-2 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Stanford. 

This seems like a lot of points to lay on the surface, considering that the Cougars got that long awaited road win in their last outing. However, that win came against the worst team in the Pac-12 in Cal, and the Cougars have been beaten pretty heavily ATS in this matchup, both overall and on the road recently. Stanford showed some impressive offense against Washington and I see that carrying over here, so I’ll lay the points with Stanford here.

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<![CDATA[Buffalo vs. Ohio - 2/24/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/02/24/buffalo-vs-ohio-2/24/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some MAC-tion on the college basketball slate on Saturday afternoon as the Ohio Bobcats battle the Buffalo Bulls.

The Ohio Bobcats will look to build on back-to-back wins, including an 88-76 triumph over Kent State in their last outing. Jordan Dartis led Ohio with 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 5 threes and 4 assists. Teyvion Kirk came 2nd with 17 points while James Gollon and Kevin Mickle each added 13 points with Gollon adding a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals while Mickle shot 5 of 6 with 6 rebounds. Mike Laster added 11 points and Doug Taylor chipped…

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We have some MAC-tion on the college basketball slate on Saturday afternoon as the Ohio Bobcats battle the Buffalo Bulls.

The Ohio Bobcats will look to build on back-to-back wins, including an 88-76 triumph over Kent State in their last outing. Jordan Dartis led Ohio with 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 5 threes and 4 assists. Teyvion Kirk came 2nd with 17 points while James Gollon and Kevin Mickle each added 13 points with Gollon adding a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals while Mickle shot 5 of 6 with 6 rebounds. Mike Laster added 11 points and Doug Taylor chipped in 10 to round out the scoring in double digits for the Bobcats in the win. Kirk leads the Bobcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game while Taylor is Ohio’s top rebounder with 7 rebounds per game and Gavin Block leads Ohio in the assists department with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is scoring 75.8 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.

The Buffalo Bulls will look to bounce back after suffering an 84-81 loss to Miami-Ohio in their last outing. Jeremy Harris led the Bulls with 23 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds. Wes Clark and Nick Perkins tied for 2nd with 18 points apiece, while Davonta Jordan contributed 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Buffalo in the losing effort. CJ Massinburg added 5 points and 6 rebounds, but is still Buffalo’s leading scorer and rebounder this season with 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, while Jordan leads the Bulls in assists with 4.2 helpers per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is scoring 84 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.

Ohio is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Buffalo is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss and 0-6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 conference matchups. Ohio is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams at Buffalo.

I think that the Bulls are definitely the team to beat in the MAC, however this is a lot of points to be laying with Buffalo considering that they haven’t nabbed a cover in a month. Ohio may be one of the lower end teams in the MAC, but they’ve been covering quite a bit lately and have had the majority of the success over the years when playing at Buffalo, so I’ll take a shot at Ohio and the points in this one.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:50:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=116428