Top Sports Picks, Tasty Trends & Betting Odds: Weekend Edition

Doug Upstone

Friday, February 13, 2015 7:21 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 7:21 PM UTC

The main focus this weekend will be on college basketball picks with the NBA All-Star weekend also supplying entertainment. Tonight on the ice, we also uncovered NHL odds which changed favorites.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin 1:00 ET CBS (Sunday)
Wisconsin (22-2, 13-10 ATS) is three games ahead of its nearest competitor in the Big Ten and is expected to beat Illinois (17-8, 11-12 ATS) in Madison. The possible intrigue will be the spread, where I’m estimating the Badgers will be a 13-15 point favorites against a Fighting Illini bunch which has shown moxie in winning and covering three straight. Unfortunately for Illinois, they are 1-5 SU and ATS as road underdogs while Wisconsin is 12-1 (6-6-1 ATS) at the Kohl Center, winning by 20.1 PPG.


Cornell vs. Darthmouth 7:00 ET
Dartmouth might only be 1-5 SU and ATS in Ivy League action, but the sportsbooks have been forced to adjust the Big Green’s betting odds. Dartmouth was sent out at -3 and despite 80 percent of wagers placed on Cornell; the Big Green is up to -5.5. Clearly a large wager or three has been placed on the home team who is finally at home after five consecutive league road contests. Dartmouth is 3-1 (2-1-1 ATS) in recent home games with the Big Red, just be cautious when placing your college basketball pick since they are 2-10 ATS this season. 

College Basketball Pick – Lean Dartmouth


Arizona vs. Washington  9:00 ET  ESPN
For all of Arizona’s reputed defensive prowess, the Wildcats have allowed three of their past Pac-12 Conference foes playing at home to shoot 50 percent or higher. Arizona for the season is conceding only 40.2 percent on shot attempts but lately has not but forth the same sort of effort away from Tucson compared to at home. Since suspending defensive-minded center Robert Upshaw, Washington has been essentially defense-less with conference competitors nailing 54.4 percent of attempts in past five games. These factors have led to the total to jump from 146 to 148.5 on the NCAA basketball odds. This is easy enough to buy into, as they are 8-4 OVER in Seattle. Upon close inspection, we find the past three battles have all gone UNDER and Arizona is 6-0 UNDER after off a road favorite upset and is 7-0 UNDER after participating in a contest which went over 155 total points. 

College Basketball Pick – Play Under

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Boston vs. Vancouver  10:05 ET  NESN, SN-PAC
Boston starts its five-game road trip coming off a pair of defeats and wants to quickly dispatch of the negativity. Those generating hockey NHL picks like Boston’s chances and have slipped them from +105 underdogs to -105 away favorites on the posted NHL betting odds. Vancouver has also been waddling in mediocrity with a 4-5 mark since Jan. 20th and is just 14-12 SU on home ice this season. Boston might have more pure talent, yet they are just 8-12 having lost two of three and when the total is set at 5 or less like it presently is, the B’s are 5-12. These teams have split their last 14 meetings in Vancouver, which includes the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals games. 

NHL Pick – Slight lean Boston

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CBB Matchups – Big Weekend Matchups

Ohio State vs. Michigan State 12:00 ET 
In spite of being this far into the season, more than one college basketball handicapper is not sure what to make of either of these Big Ten clubs. Michigan State’s (16-8, 12-12 ATS) most impressive win of the season was at Iowa 75-61 as three-point underdogs, but has lost to Duke, Kansas, Notre Dame, Maryland (twice), Nebraska and Illinois. Ohio State (19-6, 12-11-1 ATS) is the second-best team in the conference, but really relies on D’Angelo Russell, having way too dry spells when it comes to scoring for a team averaging 78.9 PPG. When the Buckeyes are forced to play slower, their half court offense is often stale. Ohio State is 3-4 and 2-4-1 ATS on the road and is presumed to be a 1-3 point underdog, but is capable of winning in East Lansing.



Baylor vs. Kansas  1:00 ET  CBS
Kansas (20-4, 14-9 ATS) beat Baylor in Waco 56-55 as a 3-point underdog back on Jan. 7th and could all but eliminate the Bears from Big 12 title contention. The Jayhawks are 11-0 and 7-3 ATS in Lawrence, winning by an enormous 15.8 points a game. I’m anticipating Bill Self’s team to be a 5-7 point home favorite, and for Baylor (18-6, 10-8 ATS) to stay in this contest, they will need a similar amount of offensive rebounds as the last game (17) and do a better job defending the paint where Kansas scored 34 points. The Bears are 3-3 SU and ATS as away underdogs and have will have a chance to stay in the game if they can make those two elements happen, I’m just not sure they can. 


VCU vs. George Washington  2:00 ET  ESPN2
The A-10 has four teams with 8-3 record at the top and two more just behind at 7-4 in a highly competitive race. VCU (18-6, 9-14 ATS) is tied with the leaders, but is scuffling with the season-ending loss of Brainte Weber and Treveon Graham reinjuring his ankle. The Rams have dropped three of four and are 4-5 ATS (7-2 SU) in away outings. George Washington (17-7, 8-13 ATS) was humbled at VCU almost three weeks ago 72- 48 and is reeling at 1-3 and 0-4 ATS. The Colonials offense has gone ice cold in this stretch, averaging 57.5 PPG (67.5 is season average) and finding good looks versus VCU is a conundrum. GW is thought to be a 2-4 point home underdog and is 10-0 at home (3-4 ATS) but cannot cover unless they approach 70 points.



Duke vs. Syracuse 6:00 ET ESPN
This contest has lost a lot luster with Syracuse (16-8, 7-12-2 ATS) pleading guilty without officially being charged with a crime and giving up postseason play to curtail potentially harsher penalties. For the Orange, they are about to embark on a horrendously difficult schedule playing five current Top 10 teams in their next six contests. This will still matter to the players and Rakeem Christmas vs. Jahil Okafor should be entertaining in itself. Duke (21-3, 13-11 ATS) is 6-2 and 4-4 ATS on the road and has the firepower to expose Syracuse’s zone with sharp- shooters Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. The ‘Cuse halfcourt offense can be stagnant and the coach Jim Boeheim has them playing at a fast clip. Duke should be a 4-6 point favorite in what should be a game in the 140’s.


Villanova vs. Butler 6:00 ET  CBSSN
Huge confrontation in the Big East. Since losing at Georgetown, Villanova (22-2, 15-7-1 ATS) has been on a mission at 5-0 SU and ATS, winning by 14.8 PPG. Since falling in Philadelphia to Nova 67-55 as 11-point underdogs, Butler (18-6, 14-8 ATS) is 8-2 and 7-3 ATS. Both teams play smart heady basketball which will place a premium on offensive execution and most likely free throw shooting. The Wildcats should be 1-3 point favorites in what is expected to be a tight contest throughout.


Sportsbook Review Tasty Trends

NCAA Basketball ATS Trend
Harvard is 8-0 ATS after a win by six points or less the last two seasons. 

NHL Money Line Trend
San Jose is 5-0 in road games after two or more consecutive losses this season. 

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