We found the five most significant line moves from the sportsbooks original betting odds which had nothing to do with injuries in the NBA, NHL and college basketball. Here we delve into the possible reasons for the line moves and offer free picks.
NBA – New York vs. Philadelphia 7:05 ET MSG
Goodness, you win for the first time in 17 games and those creating NBA picks are fawning all over you! The Knicks ended their 16-game losing streak against New Orleans two nights ago and will next attempt to make it an actual positive streak and win their first road game since Dec. 12th. New York opened as a Pick in this Atlantic Division affair and has jumped to -2. These are two of the most pathetic teams in the NBA, but Philadelphia will be at a disadvantage since their leading scorer Tony Wroten (16.9 PPG) will miss his fifth straight contest with a sprained knee. This reminds me of having to choose the least athletic kid in the neighborhood for your outdoor basketball game. Without Wroten, the slightest of leans with the “hot” visitor.
NBA Pick – Slight lean with New York
NBA – Oklahoma City vs. Washington 8:05 ET ESPN
The Thunder has been making noise in winning and covering three in a row and Russell Westbrook emphatically stated Oklahoma City is not going to be talked down to anymore. While Westbrook might get his wish, those perusing the NBA odds were not impressed with OKC as a one-digit road favorite and flipped them over to 1.5-point road underdogs. Maybe those placing sports picks and others were still excited about last night’s State of the Union address live from Washington (or maybe not) and are backing the Wizards. Like those doing fact-checking on the two speeches last evening, I uncovered Washington is 7-2 and 6-3 ATS of late and has won and covered a trio of gamea at home versus the Thunder.
NBA Pick – Washington covers
NCAA Basketball – Evansville vs. Loyola-Chicago 8:00 ET
After its best start in decades, Loyola-Chicago is only 2-3 in its past five conference clashes and is 0-3 ATS of late. Evansville has the exact same record and is even worse against the spread (1-4), yet college basketball handicappers and bettors have helped take the Aces from +1.5 to -1. The Ramblers won at Evansville two weeks ago 71-70 as six-point road underdogs, making the visitor 2-0-1 ATS since last season when they hooked up. Look for another nail-biter and I’ll take the Windy City pooch as my NCAA basketball pick who is 6-0 ATS after allowing 60 points or less in two straight games since last season.
NCAA Basketball Pick – Lean Loyola-Chicago
NCAA Basketball – Washington State vs. Utah 9:00 ET PAC-12N
Both Washington State and Utah are coming off ugly losses, each registering their second-lowest scoring outputs of the season. In spite of the Utes owning a 4-0 SU and ATS record on their home floor over the Cougars since 2000, the betting action is decidedly on the visitor, as Washington State is down three points to -19. Utah is 11-0 and 7-3 ATS at the Huntsman Center and is winning by 27.4 PPG. Wazzou is coming off consecutive games of shooting 58.9% and 29.2%, thus hoops bettors might think the Cougs will be back to normal average of 71.8 PPG. However, the Utes are 12-3 ATS as home faves or 10 or points, winning by 24.3 PPG.
NCAA Basketball Pick – Lean Utah
NHL – Chicago vs. Pittsburgh 8:05 ET NBCSN
This is the last contest for both teams before the All-Star break and both struggling squads are in search of a W. Chicago is only 4-5 in 2015, but closed out their homestand last night with a resounding 6-1 clubbing of Arizona. Pittsburgh has dropped five of seven and three straight and desperately does not want to enter the break on a negative tone. Those posting NHL picks prefer the Blackhawks, taking them from a money line Pick (-105) to -120. Though the Penguins are playing poorly, Chicago is 0-6 on the road since last season after three consecutive home games.
NHL Pick: – Pittsburgh wins
Sportsbook Review Tasty Trends
NBA ATS Trend
Atlanta is 23-6 ATS versus teams who attempt 18 or more three-point shots a game on the season.
NBA Totals Trend
New Orleans is 24-5 OVER versus teams outscored by three or more points a game the last two seasons.
NCAA Basketball ATS Trend
Boise State is 0-10 ATS at home after a game where they covered the spread the last two seasons.
NHL Money Line Trend
San Jose is 0-6 in home games after allowing three or goals in two straight games this season.