The NBA betting scene is relatively quiet, with the same true for college basketball. The NHL has a number of games in which the money line has been on the move and we have the two biggest ones covered. For Tuesday, we review the largest Line Moves in all sports and 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 – (501) ATLANTA at (502) INDIANA 7:05 ET SPSO, FSIN
The Pacers are 19-3 at home (14-8 ATS) and have won 14 in a row at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The average total score in these 22 contests has been 183.6 PPG, which is basically what basketball bettors have moved the total to. The opening oddsmakers total of 180.5 has been bumped to 183, due in part to Indiana’s offense clicking at 104.4 PPG in their previous five outings. Though Atlanta shot the ball terribly (39.2%) in scoring just 76 points against Chicago three days ago, their prior five games they had averaged 105.6 PPG. This is head-scratcher as the Hawks are 15-5 UNDER on the road when the total is between 180 and 184.5 and the Pacers are a perfect 8-0 OVER after tallying 110 or more points. S-W Take – Play Over
CBB – (521) BOSTON COLLEGE at (522) MIAMI-FL 7:00 ET ESPN-FC
The Hurricanes are off their best start ever in the ACC at 8-0, are in the Top 10 for the first time in 53 years and are a perfect 9-0 on their home floor (7-0 ATS). In spite of all of this, a certain segment of the basketball betting community refuses to believe and they have lowered Miami as 14.5-point favorites to 12.5. Boston College is 18-8 ATS away from Chestnut Hill the past two years (though 3-3 ATS this season in true road games) and they gave the Canes a heck of a battle on Jan. 16, falling 60-59 as six-point home dogs. Maybe some are uncertain if Miami can carry this large of a payload. This is the Hurricanes largest spread to cover of the season and the last time they were favored by this many points was last Mar.3 against …..Boston College at home (-14.5) and they won 77-56. S-W Take – Miami covers
CBB – (523) FLORIDA at (524) ARKANSAS 7:00 ET ESPN
If those betting on basketball are not totally buying into Miami, they are convinced Florida is the real deal. The Gators have moved to No. 2 in the polls and running roughshod over the SEC. Florida’s average margin of victory in conference play is a gargantuan 26.5 PPG, which explains their 8-0 and 7-1 ATS marks. Arkansas has won all four of their SEC home skirmishes (3-1 ATS) and their only loss at Bud Walton Arena this season has come to Syracuse in the home opener. With Billy Donovan’s squad having won and covered five straight over the Razorbacks, bettors fearlessly maneuvered the Gators from -10.5 to -12. With Florida 15-3 ATS away after allowing 65 points or less in four straight games and having administered the Hogs their worst home loss at this arena last year (98-68) since it opened in 1993, the Gator chomp could be the play. S-W Take – Florida covers
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NHL – (55) L.A. KINGS at (56) COLUMBUS 7:05 ET FSW, FSOH
How bad are things going in Columbus? The Blue Jackets roster was already lacking in talent and they will be without three important defensemen for this encounter with the Stanley Cup champions. Columbus is next to last in scoring at 1.89 goals a game and now with a thinned out defense, they could struggle against the Kings, who have issues of their own with just six points on the season. Columbus opened at +103 and has jettisoned all the way to +130. The Blue Jackets did win their last time on the ice over Detroit, but they are 16-36 off a victory and 3-8 versus the Kings. S-W Take – Los Angeles wins
NHL – (61) BUFFALO at (62) OTTAWA 7:35 ET MSG, RSNE
There had to be a glitch somewhere in software or an unbelievably bad line. It is impossible to believe Buffalo, who has lost six of seven, would be a -145 favorite at Ottawa, who owns a 5-3-1 record. The Senators are now a -130 to -140 home favorite depending on the sportsbook, which seems right given the status of the two teams. Ottawa has lost center Jason Spezza indefinitely with a herniated disk, which will not help the Sens. However, Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller has been a sieve in surrendering four goals in each of his last four contests. The Sabres have won five of six in Ottawa which should give them confidence and the Senators are a sinister 6-19 against division foes on home ice. S-W Take – Ottawa wins
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Sports-Watch Weighty Trends
NBA ATS Trend
The L.A. Lakers are 0-8 ATS as a road underdog of six points or less this season.
CBB ATS Trend
Akron is 21-6 ATS as a favorite the last two years.
NHL Money Line Trend
Florida is 6-25 after a road win since the 2010-11 season.