Conference tournament action continues, especially among the smaller conferences on Wednesday. The NBA slate is bloated with a 14-game slate and a ton of wagering options Take the time to read over the latest Line Moves as we share our opinions on the outcomes. We invite you to review the records of handicappers at Sports-Watch to see if they are accordant with how you prefer to wager.
NBA – (721) TORONTO at (722) PHOENIX 9:05 ET SNET, FSAZ (side and total)
Suns coach Lindsey Hunter has been stressing defense since taking over the job and might be getting through to the troops. Phoenix has won three straight, permitting just over 90 points a game compared to season average of 99.7. Despite the improvement, basketball bettors prefer the road team and have taken Toronto from a Pick to -2, looking past the fact the purple dinosaurs are on a 0-5 SU and ATS downer. Betting on the Suns in the Valley of the Sun is wasteful since they are 10-19 ATS at Planet Orange. One area where the defensive improve could carry forward is the total is down 1.5-points to 192.5 and Phoenix is 12-3 UNDER as a home underdog. S-W Take – Lean Phoenix and Under
NBA – (725) MILWAUKEE at (726) L.A. CLIPPERS 10:35 ET FSWI, PRIME
Everybody knows the Clippers can score points in bunches and they are the seventh-best scoring team in the Association at home this season at 103.3 PPG. Milwaukee is not as dynamic as tonight’s foe; however, in winning their last four games in a row, the Bucks are banging in 109 PPG. Monta Eliis has been sizzling for Milwaukee and J.J. Redick has been a real factor since arriving from Orlando. This combination of factors has led the total steadily rising from 221 to 223.5. Off their 109-108 thriller over Utah, the Bucks are 18-5 OVER after covering three of their last four against the spread and 12-3 OVER after a game where both teams scored 105 points or more. S-W Take – Lean with Over
CBB – (729) DEPAUL at (730) SYRACUSE 6:00 ET MASN, ESPN3.com
It is the last home game for Syracuse and they are in desperate need of a win after dropping three straight. “We have two games left, and what we really need to do is focus on those two games and work on what we need to and try to get a little bit better,” coach Jim Boeheim said. While this is certainly true, those betting on basketball are not convinced the Orangemen are ready to pound an inferior opponent and lowered the ‘Cuse from -21 to -19. DePaul has been a Big East punching bag at 2-14 (6-10 ATS) and doesn’t figure to be in this contest for long. If the Syracuse defense forces turnovers, they cover, if not, they are likely to come up short because of their mediocre shooting. The Orange is 8-2 ATS at home when favored by double digits, winning by 22.9 PPG. S-W Take – Lean with Syracuse
CBB – (765) WAKE FOREST at (766) N.C. STATE 9:00 ET ESPN3.com
N.C. State has shown signs of playing back to previous expectations in winning five of six and covering the spread in three of their previous four. Wake Forest is providing the opposition and their offense been in bi-polar mode the past five games in shooting under 33 percent three times and twice over 51 percent. Though the Demon Deacons are 2-11 SU in away games, they are 7-6 ATS. With the Wolfpack inconsistent on defense, backing them can be problematic and they have slid from -14.5 to -13. N.C. State figures to want revenge for the narrow two-point loss to Wake in late January and with a first-round ACC tourney bye on the line, don’t expect the Wolfpack to take this matchup lightly. This is N.C. State’s time of year, being 8-0 ATS in March since last season. S-W Take – Lean with N.C. State
CBB – (787) USC at (788) WASHINGTON 11:30 ET PAC-12N
Both these Pac-12 squads are seeking to build momentum before the conference tournament next week and are after their third consecutive victory. USC has been playing better in winning six of eight (4-2-2 ATS), with the setbacks against the hottest teams in the league, UCLA and California. Washington has won three of four and the respect of hoops players, with the Huskies up two points to -6. The Trojans captured the earlier get-together 71-60 as a two-point choice, but is 12-22 ATS as an underdog. S-W Take – Lean with USC
Sports-Watch Weighty Trends
NBA ATS Trend
Coach Tyrone Corbin and Utah are 6-23 ATS after a loss by six points or less.
CBB ATS Trend
Coach Steve Alford and New Mexico are 28-2 ATS after allowing 60 points or less in two straight game.
NHL Money Line Trend
Ottawa is 3-15 on the road after two or more Under’s since last year.