Sunday Basketball Betting Preview

Sunday Basketball Betting Preview

The Winter Olympics is coming to an end and by the time most people wake up on Sunday morning all that will be left is the closing ceremony. Canada and Sweden will compete for the men’s hockey gold medal early Sunday morning (4 AM Pacific time) and that means that most of the sports betting action will take place later in the day on basketball. The Sunday schedule in the NBA and college basketball isn’t much in terms of size but there are several high profile games on the schedule that will capture the attention–and the wagering dollars–of sports betting enthusiasts.

NBA:

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS AT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER:

At first glance this should be a tightly contested game between a couple of the better teams in the Western Conference. The Thunder are atop the Western Conference by 3.5 points over the San Antonio Spurs with the Clippers 6.5 games out. In our opinion, however, this isn’t a great time for the Clippers to be making the trip to America’s Heartland. OKC was embarrassed by Miami on national television in their last outing as they resumed play after the All Star Break and the Thunder are 5-2 SU/ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this season. The Clippers are 0-2 SU/ATS since the All Star Break and have failed to cover in their last seven games against opponents with a winning percentage of .600 or higher. Thunder have won and covered four of the last five head to head including three of the last four at home.

BET OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -4′ OVER LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

PURDUE AT NEBRASKA:

Nebraska has become something of a darling of college basketball bettors lately due in large part to their upset win over Michigan State. We’re not convinced. No big secret that the Spartans are being ‘pointed’ to peak in the NCAA tournament and betting against teams coming off of big upset wins is a long time profitable strategy. Since Nebraska had waited 20 years to beat Michigan State not sure you can find a more made to order ‘letdown spot’.

BET PURDUE +6 OVER NEBRASKA

MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN:

And now Michigan State gets to regain some of their ‘swagger’. They’re definitely picking their spots until tournament season starts but this looks like a spot they’ll pick. They responded to the aforementioned loss at Nebraska by ripping Purdue and we’ll be all over them as they take on their in state rival. Spartans a perfect 8-0 ATS on the road this year (7-1 SU) to go with a 10-4 pointspread mark in conference.

BET MICHIGAN STATE +2′ OVER MICHIGAN

ARIZONA STATE AT UTAH:

Larry Krystkowiak isn’t getting the love he deserves for the turnaround he’s engineered at the University of Utah. The Utes struggled to find their way after longtime mentor Rick Majeurus left but the former NBA journeyman was the perfect hire. Krystkowiak carved out a nice career for himself by little more than sheer force of will, working hard and doing ‘the little things’ every night. His Utah teams have done well to assimilate his style. They don’t ‘out talent’ most of their PAC 12 foes but just outwork them. For that reason we expect a strong bounce back effort by Utah here. Utes coming off a loss to #4 ranked Arizona last time out in a game where they played well (took the Wildcats to overtime before losing). The Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City has been a miserable place for visiting teams to play–they’ve lost only twice at home this season (Oregon beat them by 2 in addition to Arizona’s OT win) and are a torrid 10-3 ATS on their home floor. Sun Devils are 2-5 SU/ATS as an underdog this season and have covered only 3 of their last 10 games.

BET UTAH -4 OVER ARIZONA STATE