Here at Odds Buster, we’ve focused in on bowl season and the NFL the past couple of weeks. That changes Tonight.
It’s time to dive into some NBA and NCAA basketball.
Let’s make some money tonight.
Wisconsin (8-5) @ #5 Ohio St. (11-2)
Tip: 7:00 p.m. EST on FS1
Location: Value City Arena — Columbus, OH
We have a Big Ten battle ready to take place in Columbus tonight.
Both teams are coming in on different stretches. The Buckeyes fell to West Virginia on Sunday in Cleveland after possessing a six-point halftime lead. And Wisconsin is riding a three-game win streak after defeating beating up on Milwaukee, Tennessee and Rider.
I’ll give Ohio State a pass in this game. The Mountainers are sneaking up on teams with their size and explosiveness, mimicking themselves after old Big East teams at the beginning of the 21st century.
This Ohio State team might be one of the most unlucky teams in college basketball despite their record. Add forward Kyle Young to the list of injuries now, as the junior was diagnosed with appendicitis following Sunday’s affair.
However, the Buckeyes overpower Wisconsin on both sides of the ball. They quite literally lead them in every major team statistical category. The Badgers are 22nd with 60.5 Points Allowed per game, but the Buckeyes even lead them in this category by ranking eighth with 58.2 points allowed per game during a much tougher schedule.
Where I expect Ohio State to truly take advantage of this matchup is from behind the arc. Led by sophomore guard Duane Washington Jr, the Buckeyes are eighth in the country in three-point shooting compared to Wisconsin’s 258th defense against the three.
Also, watch out for junior Andrew Wesson tonight looking for 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform after 10 more points.
Verdict: Ohio St. -7
Rutgers (10-3) @ Nebraska (6-7)
Tip: 8:00 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena — Lincoln, NE
Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell deserves a ton of credit. He’s turning a program around that had no life in it. You have to go all the way back to 2005 to find Rutgers’ last winning season. And at this point last year, the Scarlett Knights had seven wins. Now they’re looking like a true competitor and potential tournament team.
The same can’t be said for Nebraska as the two teams head towards the heart of Big Ten play.
Regardless, where the Scarlett Knights truly shine is on defense. They’re 20th in points allowed per game (52 points per game allowed the past three games) and can go toe-to-toe with anyone on the boards.
With center Myles Johnson averaging nearly a double-double per game, expect the big man to continue dominating the glass tonight against Nebraska team ranked 349th in defensive rebounds (!).
Verdict: Rutgers -6
Atlanta Hawks (7-27) @ Boston Celtics (23-8)
Tip: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: TD Garden — Boston, MA
It’s a big spread and a daunting number after losing Kemba Walker tonight. The fact of the matter is that it won’t change anything.
The Celtics have a ton of depth to make up for Walker being out tonight. It also doesn’t hurt that the Hawks shoot around 40% as a team and they’re going up against one of the NBA’s best defenses.
I expect the Celtics to easily cover the spread and advance their 19-10-2 record against it.
– Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
– Celtics are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
– Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
– Hawks are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games.
Verdict: Celtics -10.5
– 76ers: +4
– Knicks: +7
– Temple: -2.5
Joey Cinello’s Record: 21-15
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PHOTO: Myles Johnson looks to dominate the glass tonight against Nebraska. Photo courtesy of Robin Alam/Getty Images.
*Disclaimer: These bets don’t ensure wins. Instead, they’re offered as suggestions with reasoning when making betting decisions.
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