Best ATS Picks For Saturday, February 4

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Friday, February 3, 2017 8:40 PM GMT

Looking to spice up your NCAA basketball betting on Saturday? Some of SBR Forum’s top sportsbooks, like BetOnline, are offering cross-sport props on the Super Bowl against some of college basketball’s top stars. Here are three games I recommend for Saturday.

No. 11 UCLA At Washington (+11)

Let’s be honest here: this game shouldn’t be very close. The Bruins have Final Four talent and their only three losses are to lock NCAA Tournament teams Oregon, Arizona and USC. UCLA is second in the country in scoring (92.3 ppg) and first in assists (22.0 per game). Washington is a mammoth disappointment at 9-13 overall and 2-8 in the Pac-12. The Huskies enter on a four-game losing streak and are 0-3 vs. ranked teams this season, losing them each by at least 11 points. So why is this one interesting and worth watching late Saturday night on the Pac-12 Network? Because if you held the NBA Draft today, the first overall pick would be Washington freshman point guard Markelle Fultz. I have no clue how the Huskies are so bad with this future NBA All-Star on the team. He’s averaging 23.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Meanwhile, the No. 2 pick in this summer’s draft today could well be UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 8.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds. His numbers aren’t as good as Fultz’s because he doesn’t have to carry the load on a very talented UCLA team. This could be the first of many, many epic showdowns between these two over the next decade or so. The Bruins are just 2-9 ATS in their past 11 games.

NCAAB Free Pick: Washington +11

Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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Iowa State At No. 3 Kansas (-13)

This could be a major letdown game for Kansas, which seems a near-lock to win an amazing 13th straight Big 12 title. I say letdown because KU comes off a three-game stretch where it lost at No. 18 West Virginia, won at No. 4 Kentucky and then beat No. 2 Baylor on Wednesday 73-68 -- just the second matchup of top-three teams in Big 12 history -- to extend the Jayhawks’ winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse to 51 in a row. This team is scary now that freshman Josh Jackson is living up to the hype. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds and was the best player on the floor in the win over Kentucky and then was against Baylor as well in hitting 8-for-13 from the field for 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson will be a Top-5 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.  The only negative surrounding Kansas right now are some off-court issues with a couple of players. Iowa State enters having lost four of six and in that stretch was a well-played 76-72 home loss to Kansas on Jan. 16. Monte Morris scored 23 points with seven rebounds and seven assists for the Cyclones that night. He hit a 3-pointer with 14.6 seconds left to make it 75-72, but KU then hit a key free throw. ISU will be without reserve forward Darrell Bowie here due to suspension. He averages 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. The Cyclones are 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings.

NCAAB Free Pick: Iowa State +13

Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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San Jose State At New Mexico (-10.5)

New Mexico hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2014 and the Lobos’ chances of doing so this season took a major hit this week when Coach Craig Neal announced that starting forward Tim Williams had a stress reaction in his foot and was out indefinitely. The 6-foot-8 senior leads the team in minutes (33.8) and rebounds per game (7.0) as well as with a 57.9 shooting percentage. He’s second in scoring at 17.9 points per game. UNM is still battling for the Mountain West regular-season title, a half-game behind leaders Nevada and Boise State. That’s going to be a one-bid league so only the tournament champion will reach the Big Dance. New Mexico won at UNLV on Wednesday without Williams, 80-77. Elijah Brown, the Lobos’ leading scorer, had 29 points. He’s going to have to carry a major load now. Williams missed two games in early December as well and New Mexico was 1-1. San Jose State is near the bottom of the MWC at 3-6 and is 10-10 overall. The Spartans also happen to come off a game vs. UNLV, beating the visiting Rebels 76-72 last Saturday. SJSU rallied from 13 down thanks to 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds from Brandon Clarke. He’s the team’s star, leading in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). It’s the first meeting of the season between these schools. The Lobos are 1-5 ATS in their past six home games.

NCAAB Free Pick: San Jose State +10.5

Best Line Offered: Heritage

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