76ers return from four-game West Coast trip to host Toronto Tuesday.

Written by NBA Expert Betting Analyst Greg Nelson.

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The (38-16) SU, (24-30) ATS Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 121-103 as 9 point home FAVORITES ATS on Super Bowl Sunday. Toronto looked impressive without point guard Kyle Lowry in the lineup Sunday, and he along with Center Toronto Raptors are listed as doubtful tonight.

With less than two weeks until the All-Star break, Toronto is two games Milwaukee for the best record in the East.

  • Toronto is 1-4 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last five on the road.
  • The UNDER is 6-4 Toronto last ten overall.
  • The OVER is 6-1 Toronto last seven on the road
  • Toronto is 12-4 ATS the previous sixteen between the teams.

The (34-19) SU, (25-28) ATS Philadelphia 76ers lost to Sacramento 115-108 as 3 point road FAVORITES ATS in the finale of the four-game road trip. Philadelphia too down the Lakers and Golden State while they were out West but failed to finish strong.

The win over the two times defending champion Warriors proved how good the 76ers could be when they play as a team.

  • Philadelphia is 0-4 ATS their last four on Tuesday’s.
  • The 76ers are 6-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last eight following an SU loss.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 7 of the previous eight between the teams in Philadelphia.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 Philadelphia last six after an SU loss.

Tuesday’s game is 8:05 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The TNT network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Philadelphia as 3 point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 231′ points for Tuesday’s contest.

 

The Toronto Raptors believe backup point guard Fred Van Vleet is doing an admirable job filling in for Kyle Lowry who missed six games in December and January with a back injury. Both are six foot which has caused Toronto problems in the postseason which has the organization leaving options open through the trade deadline.

Toronto is 8-4 with Lowry out of the lineup but an impressive 16-11 SU on the road this season. Toronto averages (113.8) ppg but they’ve scored more than 120 points in two of the last meeting against Philadelphia. The Raptors shoot (47.4%) from the field which ranks ninth in the NBA. Leading scorer Kawhi Leonard (27.4 ppg, 7.9 RPG and 1.9 steals) is their best player, and if the franchise is to move forward, they must keep him in a Raptors uniform.

Head coach Nick Nurse knows his team must play tight defense tonight to get a victory. The Raptors (110.5) ppg to the opposition on the road which is 12th, league-wide.

This Sports handicapper understands the Toronto Raptors want to finish the first half of the season strong and they’re playing the 76ers for the final time in the 2018-19 regular season.

With Lowry out Leonard and power forward Serge Ibaka must take the lead.

Bovada.Lv list the Toronto Raptors win total at 55′ games for 2018-19.

 

Anytime you have young stars the caliber of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on your roster there’s a reason for optimism. However, head coach Brett Brown still looks for veteran leadership from JJ Reddick, Jimmy Butler, and Wilson Chandler. Reddick will play tonight, but Chandler is on the shelf with a quadricep injury until after the All-Star break.

Philadelphia will play four of their next five at the Wells Fargo Center before their February 13 game in New York the last before the annual All-Star break.

The (115.4) ppg the 76ers averages is the fourth league-wide while the (47.1%) field goal shooting ranks 8th in the NBA. Embiid (27.2) ppg and Simmons (8.1 assists per game) lead Philadelphia in all five major categories.

After last seasons second-round playoff loss to Boston the organization decided they needed to be more robust and enter Jimmy Butler who was once homeless as a teenager. It’s been a rocky start as the alway’s critical Butler takes nothing for granted and wants maximum effort from the team each time they take the floor. Egos are going to get in the way, but they’ll reap the rewards sooner than later.

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Bovada.Lv list the Philadelphia 76ers win total at 53′ games for 2018-19.

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Denver Nuggets seek seventh in a row tonight in the Motor City.

Written by NBA Point Spread Analyst Greg Nelson.

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The (37-15) SU, (29-23) ATS Denver Nuggets took down division rivals Minnesota on Saturday. February 2, 2019, as 1 point road FAVORITES ATS.

Denver made 13 of 33 three-pointers while getting 22 points from guard Malik Beasley in the victory. The Nuggets were without Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, their status for tonight is uncertain. They’re tied with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference.

  • Denver is 1-3 ATS their last four on the road.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in 5 of Denver last six on the road.
  • The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS their last six vs. Eastern Conference, opponents.
  • UNDER bettors have made a profit 7 of the past eight between the teams.

The (22-29) SU, (22-27-2) ATS Detroit Piston were taken down by the Los Angeles Clippers 111-101 as 2 point hone FAVORITES ATS Saturday night. The Pistons blew a 25 point lead which had fans as along with player scratching their heads.

They were outscored were outscored 64-36 in the second half which is inexcusable, but the Piston can’t afford to put their heads down with Denver in town tonight.

  • Detroit is 0-3-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last four overall.
  • The Pistons are 2-4 ATS their last six at home.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 the last four between the teams in Detroit.
  • UNDER bettors have made a profit in 8 of Detroit last ten overall.

Monday’s game is 7:05 PM EST at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The Local Television network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Detroit as 4 point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 210 points for Monday’s contest.

Denver head coach Mike Malone will coach team LeBron in the 2019 NBA All-Star contest in his fourth year on the bench. The Nuggets could be the most improved team this season after finishing in the basement of the Northwest division in 2017-18. Denver has been getting exceptional performances from an unlikely cast of characters this season.

Reserves Monte Morris and Malik Beasley are doing an outstanding job when called upon, especially with ailments to Harris and Murray.

Leading scorer Nikola Jokic (20.2) points per game are playing at a high level while Paul Millsap (12.0 ppg, and 65. rebounds) brings a sense to toughness his second season on the roster. Denver has the league’s best record playing in back to back situations which they proved with the win in Minnesota, and it’ll be the Nuggets third game in four nights when they face Detroit.

Malone has made believers out of the fans around the Rocky Mountains and has also instilled a win at all costs effort within the Locker room. The Nuggets allow opponents (106.1) ppg which is sixth best in the NBA while the (111.9) they produce on offense is 15th league-wide.

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Bovada.Lv list the Denver Nuggets win total at 47′ games for 2018-19.

 

 

The Detroit Pistons are two games out of the eight playoff position behind struggling Miami. Head coach Dwane Casey is looking for more consistency from his team as they demonstrated they need work after Saturday’s collapse.

Point Guard Reggie Jackson is the lone bright spot averaging (20.0 ppg and 6.6 assists) the past five games. Leading scorer Blake Griffin (26.2 ppg, 8.2 RPG and 5.3 apg) is showing he’s capable of taking the team to the next level. Andre Drummond (16.6 points and 14.9 rebounds) can dominate in the post, but his free throw shooting is sometimes a problem when they have a lead. However, he’s too intimidating on the boards to take off the floor.

The Pistons offense averages (105.5) ppg but they can hit the boards and play tight defense. An indication of how bad things got Saturday against the Clippers is Lou Williams scored 16 straight points for the visiting team from Los Angeles. Casey knows his team has their work cut out tonight and will look for Griffin, Drummond, and Jackson to play with passion in what could be a season defying game for the Pistons.

Reserve Center Henry Ellenson is questionable tonight with an ankle injury. The Detroit post players must take the matchup with Jokic and Millsap personal to come away with a win against a tired Denver team.

Bovada.Lv list the Detroit Pistons win total at 38 games for 2018-19.

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#5 Michigan to get tested in Iowa City tonight in Big 10 match.

Written by NCAA Basketball Betting Analyst Charlie Red McDougall.

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The (20-1) SU, (11-10) ATS Michigan Wolverines beat Ohio State 65-49 as 9′ point home FAVORITES ATS their last time on the hardwood. As usual, the Wolverines defense did a masterful job, holding the Buckeyes to (37%) shooting while producing eighteen turnovers.

Sports bettors love the fact that Michigan has covered seven of nine AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD when favored by 10 points or less.

  • Michigan is 6-2 ATS their last eight overall.
  • The OVER is 5-2-1 the previous eight between the teams.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 Michigan last four overall.
  • Michigan 9-3 ATS in their last 12 their last 12 on the road vs. Teams with winning SU records.

The (16-5) SU, (10-11) ATS Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to break a two-game skid in front of a capacity home crowd to improve their March Madness resume’. Iowa lost to Minnesota 92-87 as 1 point road UNDERDOGS ATS on January 27th.

The Hawkeyes allowed Minnesota 55 first-half point in the loss, and they’ll face a Michigan team that prefers a slower pace.

  • OVER bettors have cashed in 10 of Iowa last fifteen vs. Big Ten opponents.
  • The Hawkeyes are 3-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last four at home.
  • Iowa is 5-4 ATS their last nine as UNDERDOGS.
  • The OVER is 15-7 Iowa last twenty-two on Friday’s.

Friday’s game is 7:00 PM EST at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The FS-1 Television network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Iowa as 5 point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 141 points for Friday’s contest.

 

After losing to Villanova in the 2018 NCAA March Madness Basketball tournament head coach John Beilein knew he had to replace senior captains Duncan Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Also, Moritz Wagner declared for the 2018 NBA draft while two other underclassmen transferred out of the program.

Many College Basketball experts weren’t impressed with their 13-0 record implying Beilein scheduled a cupcake schedule. However, victories over Villanova, North Carolina, and Providence proved they’re for real. The Wolverines allows opponents (58.0) points per game which ranks second in College Basketball while they will work for the best possible shot on offense.

There was a stretch in conference play early in January where they scored 74 points at home against Indiana, 79 at Illinois followed up by an 80 points outburst in front of the home crowd against Northwestern. They’ve slowed it down the past four games scoring in the low 60’s including 54 points in their only loss this season at Wisconsin.

Michigan will try to dictate the pace tonight; if that happens, they get the cover easy. This Sports Handicapper believes the Wolverines will get tested with an uptempo team that’s hungry for a win and the fan will be fired up tonight.

Bovada.Lv Michigan at +750 to win the 2019 March Madness Tournament.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery could be on the hot seat after missing the NCAA March Madness tournament the past two season’s. In his ninth season, McCaffery led the Hawkeyes to a perfect 11-0 non-conference record, but they’re 5-5 against Big Ten opposition. With a 16-5 record, it looks like the Hawkeyes will get an invitation to the 2019 Big Dance, and a home upset of Michigan would improve their resume’.

The Hawkeyes have shot (50%) from the field three of their last four games, scoring over 87 points three times in the span. However, they were held to 67 points in a recent double-digit home loss to nationally ranked Michigan State, and they’ll know what to expect tonight against the Wolverines.

According to major NCAA tournament media outlets, the Hawkeyes are a sixth seed as we begin the month of February. Iowa averages (82.2) ppg which is 30th in the nation and leads the Big Ten conference. They also rank 4th in the Big ten shooting at a (50.4%) rate. The (37.3%) from beyond the three-point line is also fourth in the conference.

The team of handicappers at Charliessports.com is 6-0 involving Iowa on OVER/UNDER bets, but tonight we’ll pass on the total and take Iowa+5 points AGAINST THE SPREAD.

Bovada.Lv Iowa at +12,500 to win the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

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Brooklyn looks to break a six-game losing streak to Spurs tonight.

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The (28-24) SU, (29-23) ATS Brooklyn Nets seven of eight including a 122-117 victory over Chicago as 6′ point home FAVORITES ATS on January 29th. Tonight’s game will be the first of two between the teams this season, with the Nets hosting San Antonio on February 25th. Brooklyn is the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and as we inch closer to the trade deadline management seems to be content with the current roster.

However, Spencer Dinwiddie (17.2) ppg will be out until early March wit ha thumb injury.

  • Brooklyn is 6-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last eight overall.
  • The Nets are 5-2 ATS their last seven on the road.
  • OVER bettors have made profits in 3 of Brooklyn last four on the road.
  • The UNDER is 8-2-1 the last eleven times the teams have played in San Antonio.

The (30-22) SU, (31-20-1) ATS San Antonio Spurs look to build on a three-game win streak tonight in front of the home crowd. San Antonio took down Phoenix 126-124 on the 29th as 13′ point home FAVORITES ATS.

Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists. The Spurs made 5 of 34 from beyond the three-point line. Guard DeMar DeRozan is listed a probable tonight after missing time with a knee injury.

  • San Antonio is 4-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last four on Thursday’s.
  • The OVER is 5-1 San Antonio last ten overall.
  • UNDER bettors have made a profit in 8 of the last ten between the teams.
  • San Antonio is 1-3 ATS their last four at home.

Thursday’s game is 8:30 PM EST at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Local Networks will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Brooklyn as 8′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 226 points for Thursday’s contest.

 

Fans in the largest borough in New York City are impressed with their basketball team after they’ve equaled their win total of 2017-18 and where not even at the All-Star break. Brooklyn has won 11 of their last 14 SU.

Head Coach Kenny Atkinson understood it’s a long season but was impressed they were able to grind out a win against a subpar Chicago Bulls teams their last game. With Spencer Dinwiddie on the shelf, it’ll be up to leading scorer D’Angelo Russell (19.5 ppg) to show the organization he’s ready to become the team leader. The former Ohio State University product also leads the team with (6.4 assist and 1.2 steals per game).

Brooklyn can get hot at any moment they rank 15ht league-wide scoring (111.8) points per contest while they allow opponents (111.5) ppg. Center Jarrett Allen (8.8) boards per game lead the leagues 10th ranked rebounding team which is where Brooklyn excels. Brooklyn is 20-6 since early December, and the coaching staff must emphasize conditioning and proper nutrition for endurance as we approach the 2019 NBA All-Star break, where they can rest to recharge for the season’s second half to maintain or improve their position for the postseason.

The team of Sports Handicappers at Charliesspors.com is 13-2 going on or against the Brooklyn Nets ATS and OVER/UNDER betting selections.

Bovada.Lv list the Brooklyn Nets win total at 32 games for 2018-19.

 

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wasn’t impressed with his team’s performance against Phoenix, saying the Suns got had some terrible calls go against them. That’s one of the tactics the future Hall of Famer will do to get his players attention and said although his team won it was a pathetic performance. You can bet the Spurs players will be ready for action tonight at both ends of the basketball court.

After a slow start to the 2018-19 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs have won 19 of 27 games in a quest to reach the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive year. The Spurs are in a first-place tie with Houston in the Southwest division, and they’ve been prolific shooting beyond the three-point line.

San Antonio averages (24.7) 3-point shot per contest converting on (10.1) which equates to (41.0%) and that’s the best in the NBA. However, it doesn’t impress Popovich who prefers the conventional way of scoring, easy buckets close to the rim. One of the more exciting battles tonight will be between two former University of Texas post players LaMarcus Aldridge and Jarrett Allen. Aldridge is the seasoned veteran while Allen is the youngster.

This Sports Handicapper believes it’ll come down to a battle of rebounding which Aldridge will take personally.

Bovada.Lv list the San Antonio Spurs win total at 44′ games for 2018-19.

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Reigning Champions Villanova will face a stiff test tonight in chilly Windy City.

Written by College Basketball Expert Betting Analyst Al Presto.

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The (16-4) SU, (13-7) ATS #14 Villanova Wildcats haven’t lost since December 22, 2018, and after their 80-52 victory over Seton Hall as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS hope to make it nine straight tonight.

The Wildcats are 7-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD during the current streak in which they’ve re gained supremacy in the Big East after a rocky start to the season.

  • Villanova is 2-5 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last seven on Wednesday’s.
  • The road team is 8-2 ATS the last ten between the teams.
  • OVER bettors have made a profit in 6 of the previous ten times, they’ve met.
  • The Wildcats are 7-3 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last ten overall.

The (11-8) SU, (10-8-1) ATS DePaul Blue Demons return home after a three-game road trip going 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS, the finale a 70-67 loss to Providence as 6 point road UNDERDOGS ATS.

DePaul hopes to cool down the red hot Wildcats as -60-degree wind chill factor outside could be the coldest day many Chicagoans have ever seen. The Blue Demons are 4′ games behind Wednesday’s opponent in the Big East Conference standings.

  • DePaul is 4-0 ATS their last four following an SU loss.
  • The OVER is 11-3-1 the last fifteen times the teams have met.
  • The Blue Demons are 1-4 ATS their last five at home.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits in 8 of DePaul last twelve vs. The Big East.

Wednesday’s game is 8:00 PM EST at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The CBSSN will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has DePaul as 6′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 144′ points for Wednesday’s contest.

 

Villanova Wildcats head basketball coach has led the team to two NCAA Titles in the past three seasons the equation in all were the leadership of point guard Jalen Brunson who’s now in the NBA. After early season losses to city rival Pennsylvania of the Ivy League and Furman, the Wildcats had to do some soul searching, but they still have their doubters.

Wright decided seniors Phil Booth (18.7) ppg and Eric Paschall (16.9) would be the focal point of an offense that produces (76.3) points per contest, 107th in the nation. Villanova is an exception rebounding team (38.4) RPG which is 52nd in College Basketball with Paschall and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree grabbing (6.5) boards per contest. The (34.9%) shooting from beyond the three-point line is 134th in College Basketball but accounts for (40.2) points per game.

The coaching staff understands the dangers of falling in love with the three-point shot and they’ll adjust as we approach tournament time, for now; Wright’s letting the flow of the game dictate how he coaches which show the genius part. Villanova and Marquette are the only Big East teams with above .500 record in conference action, and Wright wants to keep it that way.

The winning Sports Handicappers at Charliessports.com is 2-1 when going on or against Villanova in the 2018-19 season.

Bovada.Lv list Villanova at +155 to win the 2019 Big East Conference Tournament.

 

Expectations for basketball in the Chicago area are always high but the past couple of decade hasn’t been friendly to any of the major colleges in the area, except last season when Loyola of Chicago went to the Final Four.

Head Coach Dave Leitao watched his team battle the Wildcats to a standstill in a January 2nd meeting. However, missed a three-point shot which allowed Villanova walk away with a 73-68 victory in Philadelphia. Senior guard Max Strus (17.4) ppg is the teams leading scorer but Femi Olujobi (17.6) ppg the last seven games has given the Blue Demons a threat in the post.

Orlando, Florida native Paul Reed is also playing at an elite level; he’s averaging (18.2 ppg, 10.2 RPG) on (59%) shooting from the field. Except for a double-digit home loss to Butler on January 16th the Blue Demons have played every Big East game competitively. They’ve taken down an excellent St.John’s team and swept Seton Hall; they can improve their NCAA Tournament resume’ with an upset tonight which is possible. They’re right on the cusp of being an outstanding team.

A key for tonight is for Reed and Olujobi to continue to ascend while Straus takes the majority of shots. This Sports Handicapper has a free play on this game tonight.

Bovada.Lv list DePaul at +1,800 to win the 2019 Big East Championship.

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