The Clippers are coming off a tame 105-92 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday but we wrote in depth about that game and we hope you profited on a rather easy under bet. The Clippers are still missing a whole host of players including Danilo Gallinari, Avery Bradley, Jawun Evans, Tyrone Wallace and Patrick Beverley. The Knicks are still tanking and giving some more playing time to their youngsters but it's almost comical how well they play for large portions of the game before completely losing it late in the 2nd half, many times allowing the other team to cover. In any case, 9 is a healthy amount of points and as we expect them to be in this most of the way, we see a double digit victory unlikely even given the circumstances. Even tanking teams do like to win once in a while and this could present an opportunity against a still ailing Clippers team!
At 48-14 the Warriors are neck and neck with the Rockets for the #1 overall seed and enter tonight with wins in 7 of their last 8 and a workmanlike 109-101 win over the Wizards on Wednesday. The Hawks ended their 4 game losing streak on the same day with a 107-102 win over a struggling Pacers team. The Hawks have had their moments and generally do play hard on most nights but they are completely outmatched here and are one of the worst at defending the 3 ball, which is a recipe for disaster against a team that shoots them from deep more than any other team except for the Rockets. The Hawks should have some success inside but they are too inconsistent on the offensive end lack enough weapons to make a game of it in our opinion. The champions have 3 days off until their next game so expect a complete effort tonight to put this one away early.
The Pistons got back on track in a big way as they took advantage of a favourable matchup against the Bucks in a 110-87 rout. The Magic have cooled off lately, losing 7 in a row after a stretch where they won 4 of 5 and covered in 8 of 10. The Pistons still have some deep flaws mainly related to their bench but they get another favourable matchup against an extremely poor defensive Magic team that's especially soft inside with Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic does have some offensive pop but is likely to struggle against either Andre Drummond or Blake Griffin. The Magic bench is hardly an advantage over even the Pistons' weak bench and they appear to be back into tank mode at this point anyway.
First round matchup of the Southern Conference Tournament pits 7th seed Samford against 10th seed Chattanooga in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a rough season for Chattanooga as they finished dead last in conference play and are mired in a slump, losing 5 in a row after a brief midseason surge that saw the Mocs cover 5 of 6 games. Samford never really got it together either but they do enterthis matchup on the back of 2 straight covers including a win at VMI and a 7 point loss at conference leader UNC-Greensboro. Recent history favors the Mocs but this is a different team with much less experience and the Bulldogs have started to find their offensive rhythm. That should be enough to cover this small spread.
It's been a fantastic season for Penn as they enter this game atop the Ivy League at 11-1 with 2 games to left and a 1 game lead over Harvard, whom they split the regular season series with. It is a 2 team race at this point as 3rd place Yale sits at 7-5 but have come on strong late, winning 5 of their last 6. Of significance is that the Ivy League will hold its first conference tournament in 60 years as they were the last holdout to just send the regular season winner to the NCAA Tournament. However, it hardly affects this matchup in our opinion as the Quakers will absolutely want the prestige of winning their first Ivy League Title since 2007. This is a completely different Penn team from recent years and the Quakers are a legitimate top 150 team with a suffocating defense. Class wins!
We have already mentioned a few times this season that we believe Shuai Zhang is on the downward spiral. And, while the Chinese girl still has to be reckoned with at such an event, she’s certainly beatable. We believe Rebecca Peterson’s form this week would more than suffice to beat her today opponent has she beat Cornet and Puig in impressive fashion. And, while their is a slight worry that Zhang won a backend (2017) meeting, Peterson appears particularly well suited by these courts. We have also noticed she improved her serve!
Daria Gavrilova came through two rounds to take her YTD to 5-2. However, she didn’t impress against Madison Brengle in the first round, and if anything she was even less impressive against Renata Zarazua in the last round. We say that because she was odds of around 1.10 for that match, and the sets were tight and she made a whopping 12 double faults! We believe Veronica Cepede Royg has achieved more in beating both Bencic and Irena-Camelia Begu in her two matches. In fact, she’s defied the outsider tag on both occasions and we really like how she’s playing the court. We believe the Paraguayan has the game to cause an upset number three here.
Ying-Ying Duan did what we expected in the first round against Kurumi Nara, but we expect this match to be a lot tougher against the ultra tough Vixtorija Golubic. The Swiss girl might not be at the same level she was in 2016, but she does give the impression that she’s starting to return to her best. In fact, the 24 year old was excellent in the two sets she won against her first round opponent, and this court should suit her well!!
SHALL WE PUT UP ALL OUR TENNIS PREMIUM BETS TODAY FOR FREE? - KEEP CHECKING BACK AND YOU WILL FIND OUT - Magda Linette stayed consistent to beat off the challenge of Victoria Duval, albeit the betting odds suggested she should have completed in straight sets. While the Polish girl appears to have started the season in decent form, she’s not normally that reliable. We want to take Linette on with the much improving Danielle Collins. The 24 year old American decided to complete her degree in media studies before pursuing her luck in tennis. History aside, the 1.78M Collins comes into this on the back of winning a recent tournament at Newport Beach. And, she beat former top ten player Vera Zvonareva in the first round here. We believe the wild card has a big chance to clear this obstacle of Linette today!
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This doesn’t quite meet the criteria for a PREMIUM BET, albeit if odds moved in our favour it would become even more interesting. To keep a long story short, Man City absolutely steamrolled Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup at the weekend. We really can’t imagine Pep Guardiola having much sympathy for the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger’s men look incapable of improving. In fact, the hosts are unlikely to qualify for the Champions league this season, unless of course they can win the Europa league cup. Their is nothing in team news that makes us sceptical about the result, so the only decision to make is will you take odds of 1.79!
With the recent findings by the FBI where coach Sean Miller is on a wiretap discussing payments from a booster to one of his players, it's likely he will again be absent from the sidelines as the Wildcats were against Oregon. Deandre Ayton, the player in question, has been deemed eligible so his status is not up in the air but the Wildcats will be without star guard Alonzo Trier who was declared ineligible after a 2nd positive drug test. Ira Lee also remains sidelined with a concussion though it does appear hopeful that he will play. Still, this is a lot to deal with for the Wildcats and while they showed a valiant effort against Oregon, we believe this game is where we see it take effect against a Stanford team that has matched up well, nearly pulling off the upset in the first meeting between the two back in late January. After beginning the season poorly, the Cardinal have fared well down the stretch, winning 5 of their last 7 and occupy the 3rd spot in the PAC 12 behind USC and Arizona. We would go as far as to say the Wildcats are on upset alert but for betting purposes, we'll play it safe with the head start!