Odds Movement & Top Betting Trends for Thursday

Doug Upstone

Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:08 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 6:08 PM UTC

With the NHL at the All-Star break, sportsbooks will turn their attention to the NBA and college basketball and we have the biggest line moves and free picks to follow for today.

NBA – Utah vs. Milwaukee  8:05 ET ROOT-NW, FSWI
The Utah offense has gone colder then Bill Belichick’s icy stare talking about Deflate Gate, averaging 90.4 points a game in losing five of six (2-4 ATS). NBA basketball handicappers and those generating sports picks notice this and the fact the youthful and athletic Milwaukee Bucks are
turning into one of the better defensive teams in the league, ranked fourth in points allowed (97.1) and fifth in field goal percentage defense
(43.7%). Collectively, they have adjusted the NBA odds and shot the Bucks from -6 to -8. If you liked Milwaukee like I did, we lose some value,
but the Bucks are 8-0 ATS off a home loss this season.

NBA Pick – Lean Milwaukee

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NBA – San Antonio vs. Chicago  8:05 ET  TNT
Surging San Antonio has gotten the attention of everybody placing NBA picks. with their current 4-0 SU and ATS streak. The Spurs are healthy
and wise, while the Bulls looked like a washed up old boot that washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown. Chicago is in a 2-6 SU
and ATS rut and Derrick Rose expressed his frustration. "It's just that no matter who is on the floor or who is out or who is coming back we just
have to compete," Rose lamented. "My biggest thing is competing and making sure we let the opponent know we've come to play. We're
midway through the season; it's no excuses." This is not the sports bettors’ problem and they will need to see more from the Bulls to change
their minds and shifted Chicago from +3.5 to +6. Really seems like a lot of points, yet the Spurs are 8-3 (7-4 ATS) as away favorites while Da
Bulls are 0-2 SU and ATS as home underdogs.

NBA Pick – Lean San Antonio

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NCAA Basketball – George Washington vs. Fordham  7:00 ET  NBCSN
George Washington is right in the thick of the Atlantic 10 race at 4-1, while Fordham is virtually almost finished from competing at 0-5 and is looking to get back to .500 to secure a minor postseason tournament bid. Hoops bettors have adjusted the NCAA basketball odds two points and made the Colonials -9 point favorites. The Rams have a difficult time scoring (62.6 PPG) because they do not have many good shooters as noted by their 40.1 percent shooting average and being 28.1% from behind the arc. The only concern is despite George Washington’s fine 14-4 record, they are 6-9 ATS and have not covered five straight.

NCAA Basketball Pick – Lean George Washington


NCAA Basketball – Arizona State vs. California  11:00 ET   PAC-12N
Both these Pac-12 partners are scuffling, 1-4 in conference play and being beaten rather soundly. California does a better job on defense, holding opposing teams to 39.8 percent of shots made and 62.9 PPG, and is receiving the nod in this matchup, up from a Pick to -2. Arizona State has yet to taste victory away from Tempe in seven tries (2-4-1 ATS), yet is 11-5 ATS in recent visits to Berkeley with six outright wins. If the Bears Jordan Mathews (21.0 PPG) starts connecting, Cal should improve to 2-4 in league play, so let's add them to your NCAA basketball picks.

NCAA Basketball Pick –  California covers


Sportsbook Review Tasty Trends
Brooklyn is 9-0 ATS in road games after playing three consecutive games as an underdog since 2012. 

NCAA Basketball ATS Trend
Pepperdine is 12-0 ATS off a home win the last two seasons. 

NCAA Basketball Totals Trend
UC-Irvine is 19-3 UNDER after playing a game as favorite the last two seasons.

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