Utah Jazz @ Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Betting Preview for Friday. January 4, 2019.

Written by NBA Expert Point Spread Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (18-20) SU, (18-19-1) ATS Utah Jazz were beaten by Toronto 122-116 as 1′ point road FAVORITES ATS on New Year’s Day. Jae Crowder led all scorers with 30 points as Utah gave up 44 third-quarter points in a pathetic defensive effort.

They’re playing the second of a four-game road trip which end in Milwaukee on the 9th.

  • Utah is 4-0-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five after an SU defeat.
  • The Under is 3-1 Utah last four on the road.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits in Utah last four on the road vs. Teams with an SU losing record.
  • The Jazz is 5-0-1 ATS the last six between the teams.

The (8-30) SU, (18-10) ATS Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to end a seven-game SU losing streak after a 117-92 defeat at the hands of Miami as 5′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS.

Forward Kevin Love is getting set for basketball-related activities after undergoing foot surgery in November, but there’s no timetable for his return on the court. Cleveland owns the worst record in the NBA as we enter 2019.

  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS their last five on Friday’s.
  • The Cavaliers are 0-4 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four at home.
  • The OVER is 7-1 Cleveland last eight at home.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in the last five times, the teams have played.

Friday’s game is 7:30 PM EST at Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Local Network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Cleveland as 9 point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 208′ points for Friday’s contest.

 

Expectations around the NBA for the Utah Jazz were prematurely high after a tremendous 2018 postseason. However, the Jazz finds themselves in an unpopular position as far as the standings are concerned.

Head Coach Quinn Snyder insists his guys aren’t panicking but also indicated tonight’s game is critical for team confidence. It’s been seven years since Utah has been victorious in Cleveland, but that’s when they were competing against the likes of LeBron James or Kyrie Irving. Sharp Shooter Kyle Korver returns to Cleveland for the first time since getting traded for Alec Burks while the Cavaliers Rodney Hood also looks forward to seeing his old teammates.

Guard Donovan Mitchell (20.8) points per game lead the leagues 21st ranked offense that scores (107.7) ppg. Point Guard Ricky Rubio is questionable tonight with a minor foot injury which could affect ball distribution. Utah shoots (46.3%) from the field which ranks 13th league-wide.

What bothers the coaching staff is their effort on defense in Toronto, they allow opponents (106.1) points per contest and 144 is unacceptable. They also understand it was New Years and Toronto is city players like to frequent although the weather is frigid.

Utah will face two former players who’ll be looking to take their abilities to new heights tonight; they must stick to the game plan by getting the ball to Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors in the post.

Bovada.Lv list the Utah Jazz win total at 49′ games for 2018-19.

 

After the departure of LeBron James the Cleveland Cavaliers face many dilemmas in the first month of 2019. Owner Dan Gilbert fired Tyronn Lue earlier in the season, replacing him with Larry Drew on an interim basis.

Nothing is working, and now they’re in the hunt for Duke star Zion Williamson who’ll enter the 2019 NBA draft and it in some circles being compared to the King.

Trade rumors are swirling surrounding Kevin Love who’s talent could land him in the Western Conference when he becomes healthy. For now, the coaching staff remembers the production of Donovan Mitchell in two appearances last year averaging (27.5) ppg while shooting (63.6%) and that was against a team that played Golden State in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers allows opponents a league-worst (48.7%) from the field which should have Mitchell licking his chops. Jordan Clarkson (16.9) ppg leads the leagues 28th ranked scoring offense that puts up (102.0) points per contest while rookie Colin Sexton (14.7) ppg is playing up to expectations. The former Alabama Crimson Tide point guard looks forward to facing Rubio if he’s available.

Cleveland doesn’t have a star in the lineup since Love is on the shelf and their dependency of James no longer an option they’ll lose but cover the POINT SPREAD tonight.

Bovada.Lv list the Cleveland Cavaliers win total at 30′ games for 2018-19.

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Wichita State Shockers @ Memphis Tigers NCAA Basketball Betting Preview for Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Written by College Basketball Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (7-5) SU, (6-6) ATS Wichita State Shockers lost to VCU 70-54 their last game on December 22, 2018, as 5′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS.

Wichita State committed 17 turnovers in the loss at VCU which is uncharacteristic of a Gregg Marshall coached  team. Tonight will be the first conference game of the season for Wichita State who enter their second season in the AAC.

  • Wichita State is 2-3-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last six on the road.
  • The UNDER is 3-2 the Shockers last five away from home.
  • The Shockers have stayed UNDER the total in 7 of their last ten overall.
  • Wichita State is 1-4 ATS their last five overall.

The (8-5) SU, (8-4-1) Memphis Tigers look to extend their three-game winning streak after a 96-65 victory over Florida A&M as 24 point home FAVORITES ATS.

Guard Jeremiah Martin scored a game-high 22 points for Memphis while highly-touted freshman Alex Lomax had six. Four of six signees this season played at the prep level in Memphis including Lomax, Martin is also a native.

  • Memphis is 4-2 ATS their last six at home.
  • OVER bettors have made a profit in 6 of Memphis last eight at home.
  • The Tigers are 0-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD all-time vs. Wichita State.
  • The OVER is 1-1 the two meetings between the teams.

Thursday’s game is at 9:30 PM EST at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The CBSSN Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Wichita State as 6′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS ATS. The TOTAL is 154 points for Thursday’s contest.

 

It’s been seven seasons since Wichita State made it to the NCAA March Madness Final Four with current NBA players Ron Bakers and Fred Van Vleet.

Make no mistake Wichita State will always play second fiddle to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Sunflower State. However, Gregg Marshall has built something special in the state largest city, but they’re in jeopardy of missing out on the NCAA Tournament which is a concern.

There’s a little bit of a twist to tonight’s game which baffled the Wichita State coaching staff involving Memphis guard Alex Lomax. The Shockers had gotten a letter of intent from the young man but after Penny Hardaway was hired at to coach the Tigers Lomax wanted to stay in his hometown. Marshall granted him his wishes without incident which is admirable in this day and age. Lomax probably wishes he would’ve honored his commitment to Wichita State as he’s having a tough time early. The feisty point guard was recently benched in favor of another freshman; always stick with your first choice.

Tonight is a critical game for Wichita State who’ll be playing four consecutive against the conferences, elite teams. Senior Markis McDuffie (18.9) ppg leads the team in scoring and now must take control in the locker room.

Taking care of the ball is the key to a shockers wins.

Bovada.Lv list the Wichita State Shockers at 40/1 win the 2019 March Madness title. Total at 14 games for 2018-19.

Former NBA star Penny Hardaway is in his first season on the bench at his alma Mater with high expectations around the basketball-crazed city.

The Tigers haven’t made it to the NCAA Tournament since 2014 which was in the Josh Pastner era. Tubby Smith couldn’t bring winning back and now the faithful turn to one of the best to ever come out of the City.

Memphis has increased their pace with Hardaway averaging (85.1) point per contest on (46.5%) shooting from the field. They allow opponents (77.2) ppg and Wichita State scores (70.2) ppg, but if the Shockers get hot, it could be a problem for Memphis. The Tigers can force turnovers which concerns the Wichita State coaching staff. They watched their team struggle taking care of the basketball at VCU Hardaway is looking to put his stamp on a program where he played, and they’re expecting a capacity crowd tonight.

Memphis will allow Wichita State to shoot beyond the three-point line where the Shockers are at (31.0%) averaging (23.7) attempts per contest. The Tigers want to speed the game up, but Marshall is a seasoned veteran coach who understands situational basketball. Although Hardaway played at the highest level, it doesn’t always translate to managing egos.

This Sports Handicapper believes the Tigers are going to have a tough time tonight; call it the Gregg Marshall effect.

Bovada.Lv, list the Memphis Tigers at 200/1 to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

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UConn must be on their guard against Florida State in Newark

Six-foot senior guard David Nichols negotiates traffic in Florida State’s squeaker against Purdue.

Is there a natural law forbidding a school from excelling at basketball and football [forget academics] simultaneously? Florida State’s shift from football powerhouse to AP Top 25 basketball program hints there is. 

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Once upon a time, the Seminoles bossed the college football landscape. Before Nick Saban went to Alabama, Bobby Bowden had his team in the national title picture year in, year out. When quarterback Charlie Ward ended up as the New York Knicks’ point guard, the general reaction was, “Wait, the ‘Noles play roundball, too?”

Now, Florida State’s gridiron program is in disarray. They’re 5-7 overall, 3-5 in the ACC. No bowl for you. 

On the other hand, the hoops squad is rocking the rock. Leonard Hamilton’s group is 7-1 on the early season, ranked 11th. They travel to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ to take on the University of Connecticut Huskies tonight in an early evening tussle. 

Coach Dan Hurley’s Huskies are on a roll themselves, boasting a 7-2 record ahead of conference play. It helps that UConn’s games all came at Gampel Pavilion or a neutral venue but they’re not complaining.

The Seminoles only road trip to the opponent’s building ended in an 80-69 win over Tulane. They’re 2-1 in neutral venues. The Huskies are 1-1.

Alterique Gilbert controlled Lafayette. Can he ride his momentum to dominate Florida State?

Sophomore Alterique Gilbert [4.7 apg] runs the offence for the Huskies. He’s coming off a career-high in assists [11] in the 90-63 win over Lafayette but senior Jalen Adams is the star, averaging 19.3 ppg. UConn is weak on the boards. Third guard Christian Vital leads the team with 5.9 rpg. You might say it’s vital for Dan Hurley to recruit a presence in the paint.

Expect FSU to attack them there. Seven-foot-four senior centre Christ Koumadje should have a big game. Hamilton expects twin point guards Terence Mann [sr, 2.1 apg] and Trent Forrest [soph, 3.6 apg] to spread the ball around. Four players average double figures in points, with Mann the highest at 11.1 ppg. Senior guard PJ Savoy averages 9.5. While both sides emphasise guard play, the ‘Noles look to penetrate more.

 It should come as no surprise that the UNDER is 9-2-1 in FSU’s last dozen outings. On the other hand, they save their best for Saturdays. The OVER is in their last eight to start the weekend. UConn loves the OVER. It’s 7-1 in the Huskies last eight non-conference tilts, 15-5-1 in recent neutral site matchups and 16-5 in their last 21 overall.

The TOTAL for this one is 152.5, the LINE UConn +9.5. The two schools have only met twice, the last time in 2011, so throw their head-to-head results out the window. This season, Florida State games have been consistently UNDER 152.5, often narrowly. UConn’s been well OVER on most occasions. Trust their magnetism to have the greater pull.

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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.