Both teams enter this game at 5-5 in conference play and fighting for position in the Big Sky. The Bengals are coming off an 84-80 loss to Southern Utah over the weekend to follow up their win at Northern Arizona. Playing back to back games at elevation can be taxing but the Bengals have had plenty of time to recover with 4 days of rest. Northern Colorado has made a terrific turnaround this year and are coming off an 86-63 win over Montana St. Both teams are coming off extended rest and have been shooting the ball quite well. The Bears love to play up and down and we believe the Bengals will oblige. First meeting between the two ended 94-80 in favor of the Bears. Home court should make a difference this time around but either way, we believe the total is a bit too low given the circumstances.
Illinois Chicago has been a nice surprise as they sit at 9-3 and just 1 game behind conference co-leaders Wright St and Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League. The Flames have won their last 6 and 9 of their last 10 after beginning the conference season at 0-2. Youngstown St has improved this year as well but the Penguins have been mired in a slump, losing 8 of their last 9 and failed to cover in 3 of their last 4 games. The Penguins lack of defense should be exploited here against a Flames team that is relentless and pushes the pace. I think line's gone the wrong way.
The Wizards lost for the first time without John Wall on Tuesday as they were defeated by the Sixers 115-102. Still, the Wizards did well to win against the likes of the Thunder and Raptors without their best player on the court. The Celtics followed up their buzzer-beating win over the Blazers by dropping a game to the Raptors 111-91. Shane Larkin and Marcus Smart remain out for the visitors with Jaylen Brown questionable and new arrival Greg Monroe expected to make his debut with his new team tonight. Markieff Morris sprained his left hand Tuesday but he is expected to suit up for the hosts. Even without Wall, we like the way the Wizards are playing and we're not sure that Irving is back to 100%. We'll go against the late move and back the hosts!
#21 North Carolina hosts #9 Duke as these teams battle in the highly competitive ACC. UNC got back on the right track over the weekend with a 96-65 demolition of Pittsburgh after losing 3 straight to Virginia tech, NC State and Clemson. Duke suffered a suprising out of conference loss to St. John's and their road form is a bit troubling at just 4-3 on the season. Nevertheless, we believe this Tar Heels team is quite a bit removed from the championship team and believe they don't have the class and talent to keep up with the ultra-talented Duke freshman who are beginning to figure things out. We believe the Blue Devils have the more reliable shooters and are better on the defensive glass. In a 50/50 game at worst we have to side with the underdogs!
I don't agree with this late move. Aside from a win over Wright St which came in a favourable situation, I've hardly been impressed with the Panthers this year. The Norse are still the class of the Horizon League and blasted the Panthers in the reverse fixture 91-64. Milwaukee is really down this year in my opinion and I doubt they will have much success on the offensive end tonight. Norse in another blowout.
Towson has struggled to cover the number in recent weeks as they area paltry 1-4 ATS in their last 5 and suffered some puzzling losses in that span to the likes of UNC Wilmington and James Madison. On the other side, Drexel has won their last 4 outright, including upsets over Northeastern and William & Mary. Still, this spread is far too small for me and the Dragons luck likely can't go on much longer, especially against a good defensive Tigers team. I deinitely don't expect another 60% shooting night for the Dragons and Towson has had some issues closing out games but have generally owned this matchup.
Delaware has lost 6 in a row and will be without 2 key contributors in Ryan Daly and Kevin Anderson. However, the Blue Hens have proven to be competent at home with a 2-4 record and 4-2 ATS against CAA opponents. Northeastern has hit a snag, losing 2 out of their last 3 games and surrendered 100 points to UNC-Wilmington last game. The hosts like to play at a slow pace and one thing they do well is taking care of the ball. 5.5 seemed to be a fair number but with the market moving to 7.5, there is value on the Hens.
LA has been in fine form winning 11 out of their last 15 games and are coming off 3 consecutive wins over the Nets, Thunder and Suns. The Thunder broke their 4 game losing slide on Tuesday as they took down the champions Warriors 125-105 at Golden State. The Lakers were involved in a trade with the Cavs at the deadline and shipped Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and both are likely to see some playing time tonight but Lonzo Ball remains out with an MCL sprain. Andre Roberson remains out for the visitors and Carmelo Anthony is a game time decision for tonight. The Lakers won at Oklahoma City on Sunday but we have to wonder if they caught the Thunder napping a bit on Super Bowl Sunday and with the Warriors on deck. In any case, we expect the Thunder to dish out a measure of revenge and as well as the Lakers have been playing, they have largely come against bottom tier teams and will be sporting some new parts tonight.
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One interesting point of note is that this match is being played between two sides who won the last four Turkish cups. Galatasaray actually collected three of those trophy’s, while Konyaspor won the title last year. At this stage of the competition it’s probably fair to suggest both teams want it, and we could see that they gave full effort (2-2) in the reverse match. Gala come here on the back of a defeat at the weekend to Sivaspor, so with the league in mind that was a disappointing result. Nevertheless, Fatih Terim’s team are in a good position and with no European football ahead they should have a clear run. The thing with the host is they are clearly much better at home than away, and they are clearly a much better team than Konyaspor. The visitors must be worried about relegation, because they are second bottom of the league. And, while they have bought in new players for the challenge ahead, none of them will be playing this evening. I guess the thing that jumps out here is Galatasaray being 9-1-0 in the league at home, while Konyaspor are 0-1-8 on the road. That alone suggests the host should win, so we will suggest taking that option with asian h'cap -1. That means if the host win by 1, stakes returned.
The Club Brugge players should be ashamed of how they performed in the reverse fixture, it ended 4-1 to St Liege. Whichever way you look at it they can’t find an excuse from player selection. Afterall, Jordi Vanlerberghe was the only player to start who had not been involved in ten or more games, and other than that it was a best XI. Ivan Leko’s side came out to draw 3-3 with Charleroi at the weekend, and in our opinion it was another average performance from the runaway league leaders. At the weekend St Liege enjoyed a rare away league win, and to be fair they were all over their opponents Lokeren. Nevertheless, in that competition the Reds have just 33 points compared to Club’s 58. And, it’s 37 against 12 if we look at home and away. On that note, Club won the league fixture at the Jan Breydal by a very easy 4-0, and they will be arrogant enough to believe they can turn the tie here. With regards to team news, the hosts have a handful of missing players but we don’t see any game changer!
GALILEE CHAPEL likes Newcastle, and his last form can be marked up because he missed the break. The nine year old is 7 pounds below his last winning mark and he’s particularly well suited by racing for an apprentice jockey. Start box 8 should be a perfect sit for this hold-up type, and the race should be run to suit!