Duo Of Profitable Underdog Hoops Selections For Your NCAA Basketball & NBA Picks

Charles Stark

Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:49 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:49 PM UTC

We offer the best two games in the NBA and NCAA basketball betting cards. Don't miss this special coverage on the best hoops selections for your sports betting picks.

Warriors vs. Magic
NBA odds experts have Orlando as a +8 underdog and the total around 222. Although this seems reasonable, this is too many points to give the Magic, so I will be backing them with my NBA pick tonight. They have shown time and time again they hang with the best in the league.

Golden State is averaging 115 points per game and ranks first in the NBA in shooting efficiency and effective field-goal percentage. I could go on for hours about how good this team is offensively, but this pick is not about that. Defensively, they are extremely good and rank first in the NBA allowing opponents just 32.1% from beyond the arc. As well, they rank second in overall opponent shooting and effective field-goal percentage. They're just extremely well-rounded in every facet and will be almost impossible to beat at home this season. However, this is on the road and a bit of a tough spot even for them. They are coming off a back to back and have Oklahoma City to look forward to on Saturday.

The Orlando Magic average 100.1 points per game and rank sixth in the NBA in both field goals attempted and made per game. Scott Skiles has done a nice job with this team, although they have gone through some growing pains this season. After a brutal stretch of really tough opponents just prior to the break, the Magic have gone 4-2 in their last six games with their two losses being at home to two very good teams in Indiana and San Antonio by a combined five points. They should have all the confidence in the world considering the way this game sets up to hang with Golden State tonight.

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NBA Pick: Orlando +8 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


UCLA vs. California
NCAA basketball odds have come out with UCLA a +7 underdog like at Bookmaker -110.  For my NCAA pick today, I like the value on a Bruin team that has shown they can play some solid basketball at times. They should be able to score enough to stay within the number.

UCLA averages 78.7 points per game and rank 16th and 10th in NCAA basketball in field goals attempted and made per game respectively. They have been a difficult team to get a pulse on since they started PAC 12 play. Defensively, they have some poor statistics which has a lot to do with the tempo they push and allow. However, they can score with just about anyone in the country and have weapons from the inside out. Two things that stand out is they shoot the three particularly well at 37.1%, and hit the glass averaging 40.3 rebounds per game which ranks 23rd in the country. They have the weapons to hang in with a team like California, and I think they stay within the number.

California is averaging 75.3 points per game and rank first in the country allowing opponents to shoot just 40.4% on their two-point shots. Currently, they are on a five-game winning streak highlighted by a 20 point win over Oregon at home. They are a tough, very well coached team that puts a premium on playing tremendous defense. Offensively, they are solid as well, and I don't anticipate them getting upset tonight. That being said, this number is just a touch too high, and although California is on a bit of a roll right now, I think it will be difficult for them to blow out UCLA. Jump on the best option and add UCLA to your NCAA basketball picks.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: UCLA +7
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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