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UNDER Trending Between Virginia-UNC

One of the best games on this weekend’s college hoops slate sees the sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels take on the third-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. If you’re an NCAAB totals bettor, you’ll be thrilled to know the UNDER is trending in a big way. The Cavs have gone UNDER in seven straight, while UNC is 6-1 O/U in its last seven.

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  • The Tar Heels are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Virginia
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Tar Heels last 5 road games
  • The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the ACC

Virginia is painfully aware its late season schedule is no walk in the park. The Cavaliers have two games against teams ranked in the top 11 in the nation after losing to Miami. Virginia trails the ACC-leading Tar Heels by two games in the conference standings, meaning tonight’s matchup presents the perfect opportunity to prove they are the top team in the conference.

North Carolina is consistent in one department - shooting. The Heels are ninth in the country in scoring at 83.8 points per game and have shot 51.7 from the field in the second half on Wednesday, the fourth time in the past five games they’ve made at least half of their attempts after halftime.

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Friday’s Ivy League Betting Preview

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to put away the books and get ready to enjoy some Ivy League basketball action. Parity is still non-existent in the Ivy League as three teams have a winning percentage of .800 or higher, while the rest of the league sits under .500. Though there may not be value on many teams SU, we look at all the Ivy League action to see where the best betting angles are for you.


Habs Have Owned Leafs as of Late

The Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens rivalry is one of the best in the NHL, but it’s become extremely lopsided in recent seasons. In the last 11 meetings between the Canadian squads, the Habs are a sizzling 11-1. They’ll renew acquaintances in La Belle Province Saturday evening.

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  • The OVER is 8-2-1 in the Maple Leafs last 11 overall
  • The Maple Leafs are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal
  • The Canadiens are 2-9 in their last 11 games following a win

Montreal has also won all three encounters with Toronto this season. The Canadiens are a banged up bunch, especially on the blueline. Nathan Beaulieu, Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert are all sidelined, meaning the Leafs would be wise to take advantage of that defensive hole in this one.

Mike Condon, the expected starter for Montreal, has had his ups and downs in the absence of all-world goaltender Carey Price, but he’s been much better as of late. Condon has yielded just six goals in his last three games, with Montreal going 2-0-1 in that stretch.

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Warriors Have Awful Record in OKC

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Saturday’s slate of professional hoops action pits two Western Conference heavyweights against each other when the Golden State Warriors tangle with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite all of their success in recent years, the Dubs have not fared well in OKC, as Stephen Curry and company are a paltry 1-6 ATS in their last seven trips to Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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  • The Warriors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Western Conference
  • The OVER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Oklahoma City
  • The UNDER is 8-2 in the Thunder's last 10 home games

The Warriors (52-5 SU) hold the best record in NBA history through 57 games, and if you’re watched this squad, you know they have a realistic shot of topping the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 season. Golden State is not tiring out either, as they blew out Orlando 130-114 on Thursday thanks to a record-breaking performance from Curry, who drained 10 of 15 3-pointers, finishing with 20 of 27 overall for 51 points.

The Thunder have been one of the hottest teams in the Association in 2016 but have cooled off as of late. OKC won 14 of 16 games from January 12 to February 11, however they’re dropped three of their last four, including consecutive home games to Cleveland and Indiana last weekend.

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Home Court Huge in Spurs-Rockets Series

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Just how big has home court advantage been when it comes to cashing tickets in the San Antonio Spurs-Houston Rockets series? Home sides are 9-0 ATS in the last nine matchups between the clubs, a trend that will appeal to Rockets bettors ahead of tonight’s clash at Toyota Center.

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  • The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
  • The OVER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • The Spurs are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings

The Spurs are 6-1 SU on their annual rodeo trip and haven’t shown any signs of slowing down. For the Rockets, stringing together wins has been a monumental task. James Harden’s crew have not won two in a row in over a month.

In spite of his phenomenal stats, Harden seems to have quite a few doubters. The shooting guard did his best job to silence them in Thursday’s 119-105 victory over Portland, scoring 46 points in a dominating effort. Harden has totalled 88 points on 32-of-56 shooting in his last two games and is averaging 36.5 over his past six.

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Cavs Have Been a Great Bet in Toronto

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It’s a battle of the Eastern Conference’s two best teams when LeBron James and the Cavs head north to Toronto to take on the Raptors. Cleveland has a recent history of being a reliable bet in Canada, going 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in Toronto.

The Cavs haven’t spent much time on the road this month, playing just one road game since February 3. When they have been on the road in though, they’ve been great, going 11-2 SU in their last 13. As far as being a good spread bet on the road, however, Cleveland might be a candidate for your stay away list, as their just 5-10-1 ATS on the road vs other Eastern Conference clubs.

The Raptors, meanwhile, have now won nine straight at home, covering in six of those. The Raps enter this one as 1.5-point underdogs, and they’ve been cashing in that spot, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as underdogs.

The game opened with a total of 208 and both teams are trending OVER. The Cavaliers have scored over half of the posted total in five of their last six games, and the Raptors have scored over half of the posted total in 15 of their last 18 games. The teams have also gone OVER in four of their last five games against each other, and digging even deeper, they have a combined 6-1 O/U record when playing with a day off between games.

The teams have split two games this season with each covering the spread in their win. Last time out, the Cavs dominated the Raptors in Cleveland, winning 122-100. LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving all scored at least 20 points in the win.

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Faves Dominating Between Bulls, Hawks

If there has been one constant when the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks meet, it’s that there are few surprises. The favorites are 9-0 SU and ATS in the past nine contests between the two teams, including the Hawks two victories over the Bulls this season.

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  • The UNDER is 13-5 in the past 18 games between the Bulls and Hawks.
  • The Hawks are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games following consecutive losses.
  • The Bulls have scored more than half of the posted total in each of their past three games.

The Hawks will be looking to avoid their longest home losing streak since December 2006 Friday night. Atlanta has been in shambles defensively at Phillips Arena as they have allowed 107.5 points per game during their current four-game home losing streak. The Hawks have won both affairs against the Bulls this season though, with Al Horford averaging 24.5 points and seven rebounds per game in those contests.

The Bulls come into Friday’s contest riding a three-game winning streak on the back of an offense that has averaged 117 points per game in that span. Derrick Rose has been looking like his pre-surgery self in February as the point guard has scored 21.9 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds in the eight games he has played this month. However, Rose has his hamstring tendinitis act up prior to the Bulls last game against the Wizards and did not play in that contest.

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High-Flying Ducks Host Oilers Friday

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The hottest team in hockey tangles with the coldest team as the Anaheim Ducks host the Edmonton Oilers in a meeting between two Pacific Division clubs firmly on opposite ends of the spectrum.

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  • The Oilers are 0-7 SU in their last seven games versus the Western Conference.
  • The Oilers are 2-13 SU in their last 15 games on the road.
  • The Ducks are 9-0 SU in their last nine games versus the Western Conference.

At online shop Bovada, the Ducks are big faves at -265 while the Oilers are +215 in moneyline markets. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is priced at -120 while UNDER 5 goals is currently tabbed at -110.

The Ducks, who provide more betting value when backing them “to win in regulation”, have won six-straight games heading into Friday’s meeting and shot up the Pacific Division standings following a very uninspired start to the 2015-16 campaign. The Ducks began the season with a 1-9 SU record in their opening 10 games but have gotten better and better with each passing month, culminating in a sensational 10-2 SU mark in a dozen February games.

The Oilers, habitual tenants of the Pacific Division basement, are currently mired in a six-game losing skid and are on pace to compete for the top draft pick in yet another entry draft.

Edmonton has lost its goal-scoring touch of late having netted just one in each of the last two games and a paltry 10 during their six-game skid. The offensive slump comes at a bad time as they tangle with a Ducks team that is coming off a 1-0 shutout against the Buffalo Sabres in their last contest.

The way they played in October, the playoffs looked highly unlikely for the Ducks. Considering they are just four points back of the Pacific-leading Los Angeles Kings heading into the Friday’s slate of games, a division crown is more than feasible for the NHL’s hottest team.

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Languid Wild Hope to Avoid 3-Game Skid

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Whether in the win or loss column, hockey teams do not get streakier than the Minnesota Wild lately. The struggling Central Division club will look to avert a three-game losing streak when they visit the Washington Capitals Friday evening.

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  • The Wild are 1-4 SU in their last five games versus the Capitals in Washington.
  • The Wild are 1-8 SU in their last nine games versus teams with a winning record.
  • The Capitals are 17-3 SU in their last 20 games at home.

The Wild followed up an eight-game losing skid with a nice four-game winning streak but have now lost back-to-back games and have two of the Eastern Conference’s best on deck. After Friday’s meeting with the Caps, they host the Florida Panthers Sunday.

During the recent win streak, the Wild were firing on all cylinders, averaging over five goals scored per game and posting a margin of victory of 3.25 per game. That has come to a screeching halt, however, as the team has managed just three goals in the two losses since.

The Capitals, the NHL’s best team by some margin with 92 points entering Friday’s slate of games, are coming off an embarrassing loss of their own in their last time out. Netminder and Vezina Trophy frontrunner Braden Holtby was pulled after allowing three goals on 18 shots in a 4-3 defeat to the lowly Montreal Canadiens back on Wednesday.

If Holtby does indeed get the start Friday, he will look to build on already-solid numbers versus the Wild in his career. In six appearances versus Minnesota, the Caps' puck stopper has gone 4-2 with a 2.32 goals against average and .918 save percentage.

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Road Team Cashing In Ivy League Clash

Columbia once sat atop the Ivy League, but a third loss within the league will almost certainly doom any chance of making March Madness this season. If playing for their season is not enough motivation to back the Lions, the road team is also 7-0 ATS in the past seven between Columbia and the Princeton Tigers.

Columbia has easily separated themselves from the bottom tier of the Ivy League, but losses against both Princeton and Yale has put them in limbo. However, Columbia brought Princeton into overtime in their previous contest this season on the back of Grant Mullins' only double-double of the season.

Princeton enters Friday riding a six-game winning streak, a span that has seen them outscore opponents by an average of 10.3 points per game. Star junior Henry Caruso had one of the worst performances of his career when these teams met last, as the forward went 1-for-10 from the field and scored just eight points in 38 minutes of play.

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