The ultra competitive Big 12 is up for grabs with all ten teams with legitimate chances to win the conference, except perhaps Iowa St. Texas Tech currently leads with an 8-3 record in conference play but 5 teams currently have 6 wins or more and are within striking distance. Kansas St sits at 6-5 and enjoy one of the better home court advantages in the nation but Texas Tech has proven to be capable travelers and have been on a roll winning their last 5. In what's expected to be a grind it out, physical, defensive game, rebounding will be key and this is an area the Red Raiders excel at while the Wildcats struggle.
Lakers have won 4 in a row and are coming off a 106-81 victory over the Thunder on Thursday although the Thunder opted to rest both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. As well as they have been playing, the Lakers will have to adjust to new rotations with newcomers Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, who are both slated to play tonight and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance no longer on the team. Thomas has shown to be a complete liability on defense this year and we're not certain his addition is a net positive. The Mavs have lost 10 of their last 12 but at home on a weekend, generally have one of the better home court advantages in the league, despte their abysmal record. Harrison Barnes is expected to return after missing a few games and with Lonzo Ball still out for the visitors, the hsots should be able to come away with a rare win!
Nets have lost 8 of their last 9 games but they are still a team worth backing given their effort level every night. The Pelicans are a bit of a mess right now, putting up an absolute horror show last night in Philadelphia where even the 100-82 scoreline doesn't do justice to how poorly they played. The DeAndre Liggins experiment appears over after just 1 game as Rajon Rondo will be reinserted into the starting lineup. Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will both sit out for the hosts but the Nets have enough depth and emergence of some key role players that should be able to give them a good chance to win outright.
Marshall has been a thorn in our side but while they continue to pile up wins, we still believe they are vastly overrated. The Thundering Herd's defense has improved but their offense has regressed and they are extremely poor on the glass with a -4.8 rebounding differential. The Owls' offense ranks in the bottom 50 but they take care of the ball and should own enough advantages in other areas to keep this within single digits.
Monmouth got a terrific 72-50 win over the defending MAAC Tournament champions Iona to break their 3 game losing streak. However, the Hawks are dealing with injuries to George Papas and Micah Seaborn, who are both out for tonight's game. Mustapha Traore is questionable but Seaborn's defense will be missed against a good 3 point shooting team in the Jaspers. We'll take the hosts against a Hawks team that's shorthanded and might still be celebrating their win over the Gaels.
It's been a trying season for Kevin Ollie and the Connecticut Huskies as the traditional powerhouse has been relegated to a .500 team this year. The Huskies have lost 5 of their last 7 and in a pitiful performance against South Florida, was only able to win 68-65 even while outshooting their opponent 54.3% to 37.7%. A key stat was the rebounding disparity which was 36-27 in favor of the Bulls. This is an area the Shockers thrive in and with Connecticut really struggling to find any sort of offensive game this year, we can't see how they keep up here. Hosts should win this comfortably and then some.
Penn looked shaky against Dartmouth, just barely squeaking by the Big Green 64-61. Harvard looked much better against preseason favourite Princeton, suffocating the Tigers to a 34% shooting clip in a 66-51 win. Still, we are very high on Penn this year and we believe Harvard may have peaked yesterday. After a disappointing finish against Temple, the Quakers showed they can handle the pressure of big games against St. Joseph's and Princeton. This should be a defensive struggle but the Quakers have the much superior offense that should be enough to overcome the home court advantage for the Crimson.
Charleston has won 7 in a row but they have looked shaky at best, oftentimes starting slowly and benefiting from some favourable calls down the stretch. Drexel has won 4 of its last 5 and nearly pulled off the upset over Towson on Thursday. The Dragons actually do well in this matchup despite what some of the scores would indicate and did indeed win outright in the first meeting. Good rebounding should be enough to keep this within reason.
You wouldn’t want to risk betting your lives on Besiktas, but with all due respect to relegation threatened Kardemir Karabuk this should be a thrashing. While the bottom side in the league did enjoy a rare win in the last round against Alanyaspor (1-0), it was played at home and with a lot of luck. The Black Eagles are 6-3-0 when playing at Vodafone Park, and they have hit better teams such has Osmanlispor (5-1) and Galatasaray (3-0) for big scores. With the Champions league soon to resume the hosts will want to pick up their level and use games like this for a Chicken shoot!!
We can understand why ten of the racing post tipsters have gone for last time out winner GAME ON. Afterall, he won by an easy 13 lengths and that was on heavy ground like he will encounter here. With that said a lot of runners didn’t go through that ground at Plumpton and this is a very different track. Furthermore, he’s now penalised and facing a couple of decent types. DIABLO DE ROCHET is one of them, and Jo Hughes five year old could progress now he’s won. However, in a small field weight often means a lot, and the fact is OCEAN COVE receives 6 pounds. Furthermore, his level of form puts him in close proximity with the others and their should be more to come!
Odds of 8/11 about penalised WHATSWRONGWITHYOU are short enough. While Nicky Henderson’s seven year old has some decent figures he wouldn’t have a lot in hand of ROCKPOINT at these weights. However, for the winner we are going to take ultra smart bumper winner AIR NAVIGATOR. Any horse that wins two in that sphere is worth a second look, so we will happily trade the 6 pounds for lack of jumping experience.
PREMIUM BUFFET BETS - GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR BETTING - JOIN TODAY AND RECEIVE DOUBLE BOOKING PERIOD BETTING.ANALYST@GMAIL.COM - PREVIEW Yorkshire derby and just a short drive separate these two cities. Sheffield United are in the midst of having an excellent season, and we believe it’s fair to suggest they have exceeded expectations. Afterall, the hosts are new to this level of football after being promoted at the end of the last campaign, thus eighth place is a good position to be in. With that said, the Blades did lose their last two matches to Aston Villa (0-1) and Wolves (3-0), and they will be playing this match without suspended goalkeeper Simon Moore. Other than that coach Chris Wilder doesn’t have any new injury problems. Leeds will be hoping their new coach Paul Heckingbottom can change their luck. On a positive note the ex Barnsley boss is expecting to have Pontus Jansson fit, plus both Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Philips are back in contention. Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi remain suspended for the visitors, and Conor Shaughnessy remains sidelined. These odds are too big for a visitor that is about to improve!