Basketball Predictions and, Odds: Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The (19-39) Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference Pacific Division will be in “TORNADO ALLEY” for a Conference matchup. The Lakers play the (32-25) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest in 2017 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Friday. February 24, 2017. The teams will play at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The best Sports Handicapper believes Los Angeles Lakers are on the way up after cleaning house in the front office. Can Earvin “Magic” Johnson bring the franchise back to prominence?

The Oklahoma City Thunder need a few more parts to become competitive in the Western Conference. General Manager Sam Presti lost James Harden and Kevin Durant in the past four years.

The Opening Betting Line has the Los Angeles Lakers as a Ten Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 221-Points for Friday’s contest.

The 2017 Los Angeles Lakers will miss the postseason again in 2017. Managing partner Jeanie Buss fired Mitch Kupchak and her brother recently, making room for Johnson.

Head Coach Luke Walton is an up and coming leader in the ranks. Johnson and Walton are both former players who understand players.

The two also understands what it takes to win at the professional level. The Lakers are twenty-three games out of first place and will not catch Golden State.

Los Angeles is 9-25 vs. Western Conference opposition and just 7-25 on the road this season. Los Angeles broke a nine-game losing streak vs. The Thunder in November of 2016.

The Lakers are just 1-3 their last for both straight up and to the point spread. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom of the NBA in scoring offense and points allowed by opponents.

Johnson recently traded away the teams leading scorer, Lou Williams in now a member of the Houston Rockets. The key to a Laker’s victory os to play aggressively at both ends of the court.

Bovada.Lv, list the Los Angeles Lakers at +20,000 to win the 2017 NBA Western Conference Pacific Division Title.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been the class of the Northwest Division over the past six years.

However, the loss of Kevin Durant to Golden State is showing, and fans want a quick fix.

Oklahoma City is now behind the Utah Jazz in the division and Portland is also looming.

Oklahoma City is 4-6 their last ten overall, they have also been a disappointment to point spread bettors over the span.

All Star Point Guard Russell Westbrook is still one of the premier players in the league, but he needs help.

The inside combination of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter is one of the strongest in the west, but something is missing.

Second-Year Head Coach Billy Donovan will figure out how the Thunder can make a run in the postseason.

The front office must help, and Presti should pull the string on a few trades before the deadline.

The key to a Thunder victory is to play their style of basketball. Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder at +250 to win the Northwest Division Crown.

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Free 2017 NBA Picks and, Odds: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans.

Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.

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The (40-18) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division are in the “BIG EASY” for a Divisional matchup. Houston takes on the (23-34) New Orleans Pelicans also of the Western Conference Southwest in 2017 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:05 PM EST. The game is on Thursday. February 23, 2017. The teams will play at the Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Rockets overachieved in the first half of the season. Can the Rockets continue their winning ways as the second half begins?

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired another force in the post. DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is now playing for his home state team.

The Opening Betting Line has the New Orleans Pelicans as a Three Point Home Favorite Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 227-Points for Thursday’s contest.

The Houston Rockets lost to the Miami Heat in front of their home crowd before the 2017 NBA ALL Star break.

Houston still has the third-best record in the Western Conference and are second in the Southwest division. Houston is 7-4 vs. Divisional opponents this season and 19-11 on the road.

The Rockets own a three-game winning streak over Thursday’s opponent.

First Year Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is doing a masterful job with “SUPERSTAR” James Harden moving him to the Point Guard position.

The Arizona State University Alumni are the front runner for the league Most Valuable Players this season.

Also two-guard, Eric Gordon, who won the 3-Point contest is having his best year as a pro.

Houston is the second highest scoring team in the NBA and acquired another scoring threat, Lou Williams comes to the team from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The key to a Houston victory is to make open shots from the perimeter and defend the post.

Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Rockets at +700 to win the 2017 NBA Western Conference Championship.

The 2017 New Orleans Pelicans have won three of their last four both straight up and to the Number.

New Orleans is next to last in the Southwest Division and will probably miss the postseason.

Things are looking up for basketball in the “BIG EASY” with DeMarcus Cousins wearing a Pelicans uniform.

Head Coach Alvin Gentry must communicate with the former Sacramento Kings All-Star.

Cousins, labeled as uncoachable, and Gentry can become a hero by finding common ground with the talented big man.

Former Kentucky Wildcats star Anthony Davis won the MVP of the All-Star game and can also become a fixture by working with his former UK alumni.

The Pelicans are going to be tough to defend in the post wit the two seven footers who can put the basketball on the floor and dominate inside.

Coaches in the Western Conference are probably pulling their hair out. The key to a New Orleans victory is to play inside out basketball and feed the post.

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Free Basketball Picks and, Odds For Wednesday. February 22, 2017: Louisville Cardinals at North Carolina Tar Heels.

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The (22-5) and Sixth-Ranked Louisville Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference will be on “TOBACCO ROAD” for a conference matchup.

Louisville plays the (23-5) And Number-Eight North Carolina Tar Heels also of the ACC in 2017 NCAA Basketball action. Tip-off is 9:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.

The game is on Wednesday. February 22, 2017. The teams will play at the Dean E. Smith Center on campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as part of an ESPN ACC doubleheader.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Atlantic Coast Conference is the best in the College Landscape.

The Louisville Cardinals have length and athleticism which will give opponents hell in the NCAA Tournament.

The North Carolina Tar Heels find lights out shooter as we head into the month of March.

March Madness Experts believes the ACC could have two number-one seeds in the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and North Carolina frontrunners.

The Opening Betting Line has the North Carolina Tar Heels as a Six Point Home Favorite Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 153-Points for Wednesday’s contest.

The 2017 Louisville Cardinals are in a second place tie with Duke in the best College Basketball Conference in the land.

Louisville is 2-1 both straight up and Against The Number the last two between the teams. Louisville is 5-3 away from home this season.

Head Coach Rick Pitino likes what he see’s in the 2017 Cardinals. The return of guard Quentin Snider is huge moving forward, and the staff hopes he regains his shooting touch in time for the Tournaments.

Louisville is 8-2 their last ten overall, and both losses came on the road. The Cardinals are also 3-1 Against The Point Spread their last four vs. North Carolina.

Pitino is a genius in the month of March and understands how to motivate his players. However, the Cardinals has not blown anyone away in the past few weeks.

Sophomore Guard Donovan Mitchell is the team’s leading scorer and must have a big game Wednesday if the Cards are to get the win.

The key to a Louisville victory is to play strong on the interior.

Bovada.Lv, list the Louisville Cardinals at +1,400 to win the 2017 NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament Crown.

The North Carolina Tar Heels hold a one-game lead over Duke and Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

North Carolina is undefeated in Chapel Hill this season and wants the top seed in the ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels have won their last two both straight up and ATS. North Carolina has lost two games in their last ten, both on the road to Miami and Duke.

Head Coach Roy Williams and his staff are sure the Tar Heels will get a favorable seed in the NCAA Tournament, especially with a home win over Louisville and Duke to end the regular season.

Point Guard Joel Berry must improve his outside shooting if the Tar Heels want to back to the Final Four. The Florida native has been inconsistent from beyond the “ARCH.”

Forwards Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks should be able to hold their own in the post.

The key to a North Carolina victory is to make open shots and take advantage of the home crowd.

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2017 Winning College Basketball Predictions and, Odds: Northwestern Wildcats at Illinois Fighting Illini.

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The (20-7) Northwestern Wildcats of the Big-Ten Conference will travel down tate in the “LAND OF LINCOLN” for a conference matchup.

Northwestern will take on the (15-12) Illinois Fighting Illini also of the Big 10 in 2017 NCAA Basketball action.

Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST on the Big 10 Television Network. The game is on Tuesday. February 21, 2017.

The teams will play at the dome shaped State Farm Center in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Northwestern Basketball program is on the way up with their head coach.

The Wildcats have never made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The University of Illinois has been the class of the state as far a basketball is concerned.

However head coach John Groce could be on the bubble to return next season.

There is too much talent in the Chicago area for Illinois to be struggling.

The Opening Betting Line has the Illinois Fighting Illini as a Two Point Home Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 134-Points for Tuesday’s contest.

The Northwestern Wildcats have lost four in a row ATS vs. Their instate rivals and have lost four of their last five to the number overall.

Head Coach Chris Collins is a Chicagoland native and understands the dynamics of recruiting in the area.

Northwestern is in a third place tie with Minnesota in the Big-Ten Conference. The Wildcats have a winning record in the Big Ten and on the road this season.

Collins is putting his signature on the Northwestern Conference. Junior Guard Scottie Lindsey is the team’s leading scorer.

Northwestern average seventy-three points per contest on offense. Northwestern is well positioned to go “DANCING” In March.

The Wildcats beat Ohio State in Columbus for the first time since 1977 earlier this season.

Northwestern seeks revenge from a seven-point home defeat to their instate rivals on February. 7, 2017.

The key to a Northwestern victory is to play loose and in control.

Bovada.Lv, list the Northwestern Wildcats at +4,500 to win the 2017 NCAA Basketball Big Ten Conference Regular Season Crown.

The 2017 Illinois Fighting Illini have won two of their last three both straight up and against the point spread.

Illinois got a road victory against Iowa on Saturday. February 18, 2017. The Fighting Illini are just 5-9 in Conference action this season.

Fans in Champaign/Urbana are growing restless and may want to see Groce fired.

The last time the Illini made the March Madness Tournament was back in the 2012-13 season.

Last season the basketball team got left out of the NCAA and NIT Tournament.

Senior Guard Malcolm Hill is the team’s leading scorer, and the talented Tracy Abrams has underachieved in his career at the University of Illinois. T

he key to an Illini sweep over Northwestern is to play tight defense.

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Free 2017 Basketball Predictions and, Odds: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls.

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The (36-19) Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will travel to the “WINDY CITY” for a conference matchup.

Boston play’s the (27-29) Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference Central in 2017 NBA action. Tip off is 8:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.

The game is on Thursday. February 16, 2017. The teams will play at the United Center on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Boston Celtic are the fifth best team in the Eastern Conference.

The Boston organization will be the “BEATS OF THE EAST” in the next three years.

Management in Chicago made some bad offseason acqusitions, and it is coming back to haunt the team. Native son Dwyane Wade is over paid and getting old.

The addition of former Celtics star Rajon Rondo is not paying dividends.

The Opening Betting Line has the Boston Celtics as a one point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 212-Points for Thursday’s contest.

Read more on our Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers Thursday writeup.

The Boston Celtics like the rest of the team’s in the NBA are looking forward to the 2017 NBA All Star break.

Boston is one of the hottest team in the league and has won nine of their last ten. Boston is 5-5 their last five to the number.

The Celtic are also on top of the standing in the Atlantic division, four and a half in front of second place Toronto.

Boston has a winning record at home, and on the road, they also perform well vs. The Eastern Conference.

Head Coach Brad Stevens is one of the brightest young minds in basketball. The Boston offense ranks in the top ten league wide scoring the basketball.

Defensively the Celtics allow opponents 105.6 ppg. The first time All Star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas is playing the best basketball of his career and is a fan favorite in “BEANTOWN.”

The former University of Washington star has found a home in Boston. Backcourt mate Avery Bradley is unavailable with an Achilles injury, and his return is unknown.

The key to a Celtic victory is to force Chicago into a shootout.

Bovada.Lv list the Boston Celtic at Over 52 and a half wins for the 2016-17 NBA Season.

The Chicago Bulls are 4-6 their last ten straight up and 5-5 in the span vs. The Point Spread.

Chicago is third in the Central division behind Cleveland and Indiana.

If the regular season were to end today, the Chicago Bulls would be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago also has a winning record at home and against Eastern Conference foes.

Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has his work cut out with managing “EGO’S.” Wade is the main culprit and knows better; he should have stayed in Miami instead of seeking greener pastures.

Wade is not an All-Star for the first time in nearly a decade; maybe the snub will propel him in the second half of the season.

Fellow Guard Jimmy Butler got voted into the annual midseason classic. Defense is the calling card for Chicago; they rank seventh in the NBA. F

our players on the team average double digits on offense, led by Butler and Wade.

The key to a Chicago win Thursday is to come with enthusiasm and play well at both ends of the floor.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Chicago Bulls Over and Under at 38′ games.

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The Best NBA Picks and, Odds For Wednesday. February 15, 2017: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns.

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The (19-37) Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference Pacific Division are in the “GRAND CANYON STATE” for a divisional matchup.

The Lakers will take on the (17-39) Phoenix Suns also of the Western Conference Pacific in 2017 NBA action.

Tip-off is 9:00 PM EST. The game is on Wednesday. February 15, 2017.

The teams will play at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in plain view of the skyline of Phoenix, Arizona.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Los Angeles Lakers ownership must get former star Earvin “Magic” Johnson involved in the day to day operations.

Head Coach Luke Walton is doing a good job but needs the services of Johnson for player development.

Phoenix also has a good nucleus of young talent. However, the Suns front office can bring in a few veterans with great attitudes to help their youth.

The Opening Betting Line and Side and Total are not yet available for Wednesday’s contest.

The Los Angeles Lakers will probably be in the draft lottery again this season.

The Lakers have played eight of their last nine games away from home and are struggling.

However, the team has won two of their last three both straight-up and against the number.

As a matter of fact, the Los Angeles Lakers have been good to point spread bettors, going 8-2 their last ten ATS.

Head Coach Luke Walton is a great “X AND O’S” but he needs time and patience from the front office.

Los Angeles is 4-5 vs. Divisional opponents so far this season and just 7-24 on the road.

The Lakers are near the bottom of the league in both offense and defense. Wednesday’s contest should be a high scoring affair.

The Lakers are looking forward to the 2017 NBA All-Star break.

Former Ohio State standout D’Angelo Russell is the team’s leading scorer with Nick Young just behind.

The key to a Lakers victory Wednesday is to play with focus.

Bovada.Lv, list the Los Angeles Lakers at +900 to win the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery.

 

The 2017 Phoenix Suns are last in the Pacific Division and just 9-18 in front of the home crowd this season.

Head Coach and former NBA player Earl Watson is in a lose-lose situation and will not be around much longer.

Phoenix is 3-1 both straight up and against the spread the last four times the teams have met.

The teams last played in December. 9, 2016. Phoenix came away with a four-point victory.

Phoenix ranks next to last in the NBA allowing opponents 112.6 points per contest. Offensively the Suns can put up points with their guard dominated roster.

Former Kentucky Wildcats stars Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe scoring a little over twenty points per game.

The Sun’s defense must improve and fast, or else it will be a long second half of the season.

The Phoenix Suns young roster is also looking for getting rest during the All-Star break.

The key to a Sun victory Wednesday is to make open shots.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Phoenix Suns at +300 to win the 2017 NBA draft lottery.

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Free 2017 College Basketball Predictions and Odds: Tennessee Volunteers at Kentucky Wildcats.

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The (14-11) Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference are in the second largest city of the “BLUEGRASS STATE” for a Conference matchup.

Tennessee play’s the (20-5) and twelfth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats also of the SEC in 2017 NCAA Basketball action.

Tip off is 7:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network. The game is on Tuesday. February 14, 2017.

The teams will play at the famous Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Tennessee Volunteers are looking to make it two in a row vs. The “MIGHTY” Kentucky Wildcats.

The future looks good for Tennessee with three freshman in the starting lineup. The Kentucky Wildcats are relieved after a car accident involving two of their players this past weekend.

Head Coach John Calipari and his staff must get the young team in focus as tournament time is just around the corner.

The Opening Betting Line has the Tennessee Volunteers as a Thirteen-Point road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 163-Points For Tuesday’s contest.

The 2017 Tennessee Volunteers have beaten Kentucky two of the last three, including a thrilling 82-80 home victory in January. 24, 2017.

The Volunteers have a .500 record in league play and are six games out of first-place.

Tennessee got caught looking ahead and lost at home to Georgia on Saturday. February 11, 2017.

Volunteers Head Coach Rick Barnes is doing a masterful job in his second season at the Knoxville, Tennessee institute.

Freshman Forward Grant Williams looks like a next level type of talent and is second on the team scoring the basketball. The Charlotte, North Carolina native is just six foot five inches but leads the team in rebounding.

The Volunteers are considered a bubble team for the “BIG DANCE.”

However, a regular season sweep over Kentucky would solidify their case as one of the best sixty-six teams in College Basketball.

The key to a Tennessee victory is to play within the system.

Bovada.Lv, list the Tennessee Volunteers at +4,000 to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference Crown.

 

The Kentucky Wildcats basketball program is one of the elites in the country.

The “MIGHTY” Kentucky Wildcats have won three of their last four but are just 2-8 their last ten to the number.

Kentucky starts four first-year students and a sophomore. Look for at least two of the Wildcats “FROSH.” to enter the 2017 NBA draft.

De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk should be lottery selections. Monk is the team’s leading scorer with a little over twenty-one points per games.

Fox is second but may have more NBA value. The Wildcats are in a three-way tie with Florida and South Carolina for the SEC lead.

However, it is the month of March which matters the most to the “FANATIC WILDCATS FANS.”

Calipari believes his team has the formula to make a run at a NCAA title this season.

Monk, Fox and Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe all have the physical tools but are they ready mentally? ovada.Lv, list the Kentucky Wildcats at +1,000 to win the 2017 NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament Championship.

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