On Wednesday, let’s take a look at some of the biggest sports betting line moves in basketball. We also share our opinions on the outcomes and invite you to review the records of handicappers at Sports-Watch to see if they are accordant with how you prefer to wager.
The Bulls seek their six win in eight tries heading north of the border this evening. After covering the spread just twice in the nine contests, Chicago is 4-2 ATS in their last six, while Toronto is back to being Toronto and is 2-4 (2-3-1 ATS) in the previous half dozen conflicts. The Bulls were -3 point road favorites and have been juiced up to -4.5, partly because of the direction of both teams and the fact Chicago is 22-11 ATS as a visiting favorite, winning by 9.2 PPG in this role. S-W Take – Chicago covers
NBA – (719) MIAMI at (720) GOLDEN STATE 10:35 ET ESPN
The Heat are only 2-4 of late, but this figures to be a historical night as LeBron James needs 18 points to become the youngest NBA player to reach the 20,000 point mark. Having this magical night showcased on a national cable audience only enhances the potential of more points and the way the Golden State defense has been playing, baskets could be plentiful. The Warriors allow 99.1 PPG, yet in losing three of four (0-4 ATS), they have conceded 105.5 PPG. However, with the Heat is 7-0 UNDER after two straight games having made nine or more 3-point shots, the total has dropped from 205 to 202.5. S-W Take – Lean Over
CBB – (769) ILLINOIS STATE at (770) WICHITA STATE 8:00 ET ESPN3
Wichita State suffered just their second loss of the season at Evansville last Sunday by committing 22 turnovers. The Shockers will try and rebound against Illinois State, who has hit the skids with five consecutive defeats (0-5 ATS). In spite of the Redbirds failures, those betting on basketball like their chances on the road and moved the Missouri Valley visitor from +10 to +7.5. Though the squad for Normal, Ill. is slumping, they are 9-2 ATS in road games versus defensive teams permitting 42% or less shooting since last season. S-W Take – Wichita State covers
CBB – (789) WEST VIRGINIA at (790) IOWA STATE 9:00 ET ESPN2
West Virginia’s basketball team makes their maiden voyage into Ames as part of the Big 12 tonight and has more backers than detractors from the betting perspective. The Mountaineers face an Iowa State squad which is riding a 16-game winning streak (8-3 ATS) at the Hilton Coliseum, yet have tumbled from +11 to +9. Bob Huggins team’s offense has been bewildering all year (last three games, 51.1%, 30.6% and 30.0%); however, West Virginia is 10-1 ATS in road games after scoring 65 points or less in three straight tries. Just keep in mind the Cyclones are 17-3 ATS at home off a conference home triumph. S-W Take – Lean with Iowa State
CBB – (807) COLORADO at (808) WASHINGTON 11:30 ET Pac-12 Network
Washington has begun conference action impressively with a trio of road wins and is back in Seattle to commence the home portion of Pac-12 play. The Huskies have held the past seven foes to 59.5 PPG and with Colorado losers of three of four, basketball bettors prefer the home team, shifting them from -2 to -4. Washington is 9-1 ATS at home after three consecutive wins versus conference rivals. S-W Take – Washington covers
Sports-Watch Weighty Trends
CBB ATS Trend
New Mexico is 11-0 ATS after a cover as a double digit favorite since last season.
NBA ATS Trend
Portland is 2-14 ATS after successfully covering the spread in two or more consecutive games.
NBA Totals Total
San Antonio is 16-2 UNDER in January home games in January games the last three seasons.