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Wiz, Cavs Heading in Different Directions

Cleveland Cavaliers JR Smith

To say the Washington Wizards have been struggling lately would be a massive understatement, and things won’t get any easier Tuesday when they travel to Ohio for a clash with the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wiz have dropped four in a row in ugly fashion, causing many pundits around the NBA to believe the seat under head coach Randy Whittman is warming up with each loss.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between the Cavs and Wizards.
  • The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between the Cavs and Wizards.

The Cavs, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Cleveland has won five of its last six games and has been especially dominant at Quicken Loans Arena, posting a perfect 9-0 record at home this season. Bettors should tread with caution, however, as the Cavs are just 4-5 ATS at home.

Cleveland has also been red-hot for OVER backers, as the OVER/UNDER has gone 9-3 in its last 12 games.

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NCAAB Odds: North Dakota St. vs Iowa St.

Iowa State has looked great under first-year head coach Steve Prohm and will be seeking to remain undefeated Tuesday against North Dakota State. The Cyclones have won each of their last four contests by double-digits and have not missed a beat in the wake of the departure of former bench boss Fred Hoiberg to the NBA.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa State is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home.
  • North Dakota State is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games as road underdogs.
  • Iowa State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as home favorites.

North Dakota State is expected to get senior guard Kory Brown back in the fold for the contest after he missed the team’s previous game (a 77-56 win over North Carolina AT&T) with a shoulder injury.

When North Dakota State has taken the road, high-scoring games tend to follow. The OVER has gone 11-1 in the Bison’s last 12 games away from home.

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NCAAB: UNC Has Had Maryland’s Number

December gets started with a massive college basketball matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC has been dominating Maryland over the past several years, as the Tar Heels are 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings between the teams.

Though a loss to Northern Illinois has diminished their profile, UNC is still 5-1 without start guard Marcus Paige who has missed every game this season with a fractured bone in his non-shooting hand. However, coach Roy Williams announced that Paige’s first action of the season will come Tuesday against Maryland.

This Terrapins group is the most talent-laden they have had in years with the additions of transfers Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter this offseason to aid Melo Trimble and Jake Layman. Those four players are combining for 50.7 points and 18 rebounds per game this season.

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NBA Betting News: Referee Assignments

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Long before the Tim Donaghy scandal, handicapping games based on referees and umpires was commonplace. Handicappers continue to find trends and tendencies based on who is officiating, especially in the NBA where a ref who loves to call lots of fouls can impact the final score. Ditto one who likes to keep his whistle in his pocket.


Pac-12 Championship: Stanford vs USC

Stanford Football

Stanford comes into the Pac-12 Championship game red-hot at covering the spread, with the Cardinal going 11-4 ATS in their past 15 contests. Levi’s Stadium will play host to the championship game between Stanford and the USC Trojans Saturday.

Stanford put their name into the New Year’s Six Bowl contention with a huge win over Notre Dame last week. Kevin Hogan put the Cardinal on his back against the Irish with the senior completing 81 percent of his passes while tallying four touchdowns and no interceptions.  

USC won the Pac-12 South last week, but they will be the first to admit that it came with a lot more detours than they expected. After the first six weeks the Trojans were 3-3 SU and head coach Steve Sarkisian was let go to deal with his personal issues. Since then, the Trojans are 5-1 SU while senior quarterback Cody Kessler has thrown 10 touchdowns and one interception in that span.


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SEC Championship: Florida vs Alabama

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The SEC title hangs in the balance, and possibly a playoff spot when the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The Gators have struggled mightily at the betting window when they face the Tide, with a paltry 1-8 ATS record in the past nine meetings between the two teams.

Florida limped through the end of the regular season as they could barely beat FAU and then got pounded 27-2 by Florida State. Florida has relied heavily on their defense all season long as they have held teams to 15.5 points per game and 111.3 rushing yards per game. The rushing defense of Florida needs to be in top form as they will need to stop Heisman favorite Derrick Henry.

Alabama looks like a playoff team, with only Florida standing in their way. The Tide’s one loss came back on September 20th against a then top-15 team. Henry has become the best running back in the country in the second half, with the junior rushing for 1132 yards and 12 touchdowns in the past six games.

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Browns, Ravens Has Incredibly Low Total

The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns will meet on Monday night in a game that will be chalk full of less than mediocre offenses and second-string players. Sportsbook are not expecting much from these two teams with the total set at 41.0 as of Monday afternoon, which would make the game the 20th this season to close at 41.0 or lower.

When these extremely low totals have hit the board this season the OVER has been the safer play, with the OVER cashing in 13 of the 19 games so far.


Mountain West Championship Odds

San Diego State plays host the Air Force when the two teams clash for the Mountain West Championship Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs have relished in their opportunities to oppose the Falcons as they are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their past six contests between the two teams.

San Diego State started the season rocky with a 1-3 SU record, but finished the season a perfect 8-0 in conference play. The Aztecs may have an uphill battle though, as starting quarterback Maxwell Smith will sit out after the senior injured his knee in their last game. The Aztecs will turn to freshman Christian Chapman who has thrown a total of 24 passes in his college career.

The Air Force option offense has been running at full force this season with the Falcons third in the nation in rushing yards per game. 10 different Air Force players have contributed to their 39 rushing touchdowns this season with quarterback Karson Roberts leading the way with nine.

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NCAAB Betting: Illinois State vs Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats Jamal Murray

The first-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have been perfect so far in the young college basketball season at 6-0 SU, but have been far from a safe bet (2-4 ATS). Wildcats backers will be hoping for a better result Monday when John Calipari’s squad take on Illinois State in Lexington.

Shark Bites
  • Illinois State is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games on the road in November.
  • Kentucky is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Kentucky's last seven games.

Illinois State (3-4 SU) hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire at the betting window either at 1-4 ATS. The Redbirds’ shooting woes have been a big reason for their underwhelming play so far this year. Illinois State is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from deep and 58 percent from the foul line.

Kentucky hasn’t been producing as home chalk in front of their hometown fans as of late, posting a paltry 1-5 ATS mark in their last six when tabbed as home chalk.

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Warriors Looking for 19th Straight Win

Steph Curry Warriors Jazz

The Golden State Warriors aren’t just the NBA’s best team, they’re also its most entertaining and tonight they’ll bring their perfect 18-0 record to Utah for a date with the Jazz. The Warriors have also been a decent bet this year, especially on the road, as they’ve gone 6-1-1 ATS in eight road games.

The Jazz, meanwhile, have been mediocre at home, going just 2-2-1 ATS at EnergySolutions Arena. Also, in their last five games vs Golden State, the Jazz have gone just 1-4 ATS. It also doesn’t bode well for the Jazz that Golden State has been tearing it up on the road, going 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games which has seen them outscore opponents by an average of 13.2 points.

The Warriors won three of four vs the Jazz last season in games that weren’t particularity close, winning the three games by an average of 12.3 points. 

The Jazz have responded well in the underdog role lately, going 5-1 ATS in their last six games as underdogs. 

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