Two College Betting Picks this Week

Two College Betting Picks this Week

College ball is always great to see some rivalry between teams and universities, and this week’s betting picks have a little of everything. With a lot of games happening on Tuesday, there is no time to waste to see which teams will most likely win and continue to move forward, or be left one more game behind. Let’s see if the Wildcats can overcome the huge point spread, or if Ole Miss can regain some of their old flair back.

Northwestern Wildcats @ Purdue Boilermakers

This is a long time rivalry between these two universities, and each game allows one team or the other to have gloating rights. The Wildcats will meet the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena, and with the odds stacked against them, they may need a lot of talent to win. Northwestern has lost six of their last eight games, while Purdue has won six of their last nine games and look primed to keep that streak going.

Northwestern Stats Purdue
72.2 points Average points 77.6 points
44.9% Shooting percent 45.9%
66.2 points Points Allowed 63.6 points
40.3% Shooting percent allowed 38.1%
35.3% Shooting from beyond arc 35.7%
66.5% Free throw line 74.2%
+13 Point Spread -13

Keep an eye out for the Purdue playmakers with A.J Hammons (14.5 ppg and 8 rebounds) and Vince Edwards (10.2 ppg and 3.1 assists), as they will surely be the force behind the scoring. The Northwestern bench isn’t bad, as they have Tre Demps (14.8 ppg and 3.5 rebounds) and Bryant McIntosh (14.3 ppg and 6.7 assists) on their side, so it will be an interesting match.

Pick: Purdue Boilermakers

Mississippi Rebels @ Texas A&M Aggies

Ole Miss will be facing Texas A&M on Tuesday and it doesn’t look good for the Rebels. Both teams have not done too well so far, each losing four of their last eight games, but the Aggies would need a win in order to break their four-game losing streak.

Ole Miss Stats Texas A&M
75.5 points Average points 76.1 points
42% Shooting percent 45.9%
72 points Points Allowed 65.8 points
42.6% Shooting percent allowed 40.9%
33.3% Shooting from beyond arc 36.9%
72.1% Free throw line 66%
+9.5 Point Spread -9.5

Both teams are quite evenly matched for this game, but Ole Miss does have one advantage at the free throw line; which could give them a second half advantage. They have Stefan Moody (23 ppg and 4.2 assists) and Sebastian Saiz (12.2 ppg and 9.3 rebounds) going up against the Aggies’ Jalen Jones (16 ppg and 6.9 rebounds) and Danuel House (15.8 ppg and 2.5 assists). It will be a close match, but the betting pick may not be the one you expected.

Pick: Ole Miss

Predicting The NBA Basketball Eastern Conference Champion

2015-16 Basketball Eastern Conference champion predictions

Fans, as well as sportsbooks, are already getting ready for the upcoming basketball championships; more specifically, the Eastern Conference championship. ESPN is currently asking fans for their opinion on which teams have the best odds of winning the Eastern Conference for the 2015-16 season. Many believe that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will take that spot again, but what other NBA teams have good odds of taking their spot.

The fan predictions so far are:

Spot Team Projected Record Points
#4 Washington Wizards 46-36 15
#5 Atlanta Hawks 50-32 14
#6 (tied) Indiana Pacers 39-43 3
#6 (tied) Toronto Raptors 44-38 3
#6 (tied) Boston Celtics 40-42 3

It seems like fans are favoring some teams over others, and they certainly are right to do so. If the last season, as well as current performances, is any indication on future performance, this would be good guesses. Let’s compare these fan predictions against the NBA futures made by a professional sportsbook like Bovada:

Spot Team Odds
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers -300
#2 Chicago Bulls +800
#3 Miami Heat +900
#4 Atlanta Hawks +1800
#5 Indiana Pacers +2500
#6 Milwaukee Bucks +2500
#7 Toronto Raptors +2500
#8 Washington Wizards +2500
#9 Boston Celtics +4000
#10 Brooklyn Nets +7500

It looks like there are some big differences with how fans and sportsbooks calculate which teams have the best chances of winning the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are in spot #8 compared to the fan pick of #4, although the Hawks seem to have pretty good odds, as they were predicted very close to accurate. Overall, the fan predictions were pretty good, but all were missing now are spots #1, #2, and #3. We may still see that the Cavaliers take the #1 spot, as their basketball performance so far has been outstanding.