Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans Betting Preview
Two division champions from 2019 meet in Week 7 of the NFL season as the 1-5 Houston Texans host the 4-1 Green Bay Packers. Both teams lost on the road Sunday and look to rebound this week. The game kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston and will be televised regionally on FOX.
There’s not much history between these teams, with Green Bay leading the series 3-1. They won at home 21-13 in 2016 and are 2-0 in Houston with wins in 2004 and 2012. Houston’s lone win in the series came on the road in 2008.
Green Bay Packers Betting Outlook: Bounce-Back Week
In betting with us this season at www.a1pph.com, the Packers are 4-1 ATS, and the over is 3-2 in their five games. Despite suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Packers rank third in the NFL in scoring (32.4 points per game), seventh in total yards (396.6 yards per game) and sixth in rushing (139.4 yards per game).
The defense ranks 14th in total yards (347.4 yards per game), 15th against the run (116.2 yards per game) and 20th in scoring (27.8 points per game).
With two interceptions in Sunday’s 38-10 loss, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned the ball over for the first time this season. He finished 16-for-35 for only 160 yards and no touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 66% of his passes for 1,374 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Running back Aaron Jones was held to 15 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown, while Jamal Williams had 34 yards on four carries. Jones has seven total touchdowns this season with 389 rushing yards and 161 receiving yards. Williams has 142 rushing yards on 33 carries to go with 119 receiving yards.
Wide receiver Davante Adams returned after missing three games with a hamstring injury, catching six balls for 61 yards against Tampa Bay. Jones had three catches for 26 yards, and tight end Bob Tonyan had three catches for 25 yards. Adams has 23 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns this season, while Tonyan has a team-leading five touchdowns.
The defense didn’t have a sack against the Bucs, nor did it force a turnover. In five games this season, the Packers have just three takeaways.
Houston Texans Betting Preview: Attack Rodgers
In betting with us this season at www.a1pph.com, the Texans are 1-5 ATS, and the over is 4-2 in their five games. Houston is on its second coach of the season with Romeo Crennel going 1-1 after Bill O’Brien was fired after a 0-4 start.
The Houston offense ranks 31st in rushing (85.8 yards per game), third in passing (282.2 yards per game) and 21st in scoring (24.3 points per game). The defense has been abysmal, ranking 30th in total yards (423 yards per game), dead last against the run (177.5 yards per game) and 26th in scoring (30.3 points per game).
In Sunday’s overtime loss at Tennessee, QB Deshaun Watson threw for 335 yards with four touchdowns and no turnovers. On the season, Watson has completed 69% of his passes for 1,786 yards with 13 TD and five interceptions. He is the second-leading rusher on the Texans with 109 yards and one score.
Running back David Johnson ran 19 times for 57 yards with a touchdown last Sunday, while Watson added 26 rushing yards. Johnson leads the Texans with 350 rushing yards on the season and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Will Fuller V had six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown Sunday while wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb and tight end Darren Fells also caught touchdown passes. Fuller has 28 catches for 455 yards and four touchdowns on the season, while Cooks has 27 catches for 367 yards and two scores. Cobb, a former Packer, has two touchdowns and 277 yards, while Fells has three scores.
Defensive ends J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus have three sacks apiece on the season. Houston has five takeaways but only one interception.
Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers Betting Line
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at www.a1pph.com, where the Packers are favored by 3.5 points on the road. The total is 56.5 points, and Houston is a +160 moneyline home underdog.
The Texans must use the same game plan the Buccaneers did against Green Bay and unleash Watt and company to pressure Rodgers. The Packers defense can be scored on, but will their offense be held in check two weeks in a row?
Look for Rodgers and Adams to get back on track while getting Jones going in the running game for a bounce-back win.
Free Bet: Packers -3.5 (-110)
Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles Betting Preview
Before the start of the bizarre and unpredictable 2020 college football season, Clemson was the clear favorite to win the national championship. With a Heisman Trophy candidate and future top draft pick at quarterback, a great offensive line, and a potentially dominant defense in a league without a true contender, it made perfect sense.
Unfortunately, very little has made much sense in 2020, so after an overtime loss to Notre Dame, the Tigers find themselves on the outside of the College Football Playoff looking in. With Notre Dame now playing for an ACC title, it will take an interesting course of events to get Clemson back inside.
On Saturday, the recent kings of the ACC will take on the dethroned ruler. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Florida State captured a national championship behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston and head coach Jimbo Fisher. From 1992 to 2014, the Seminoles won 15 ACC titles, including their first nine seasons in the conference.
Florida State Rebuild
Florida State is on its third head coach in the last four seasons. New leader Mike Norvell is 2-6 during a very difficult time to take over a program. The Seminoles have struggled to be competitive, much less in contention for much of the season.
After upsetting North Carolina 31-28 for its lone ACC win, Florida State has lost its last three games by an average score of 42-18. The Seminoles are giving up an average of 36 points a game while managing to score only 22 per outing.
Last year, the Seminoles were beaten 45-10 by Clemson on their way to a 6-7 record during which head coach Willie Taggert was fired. His departure came after a loss to Miami dropped Florida State to 4-5 on the season.
Clemson Juggernaut … Not
What appeared to be an easy path to a berth in the College Football Playoff suddenly became more complicated after junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence was sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19. Although his replacement, true freshman D.J. Uiagalelei, has played extremely well, Clemson has struggled.
The problems are a bit unusual since they are on the defensive side of the ball, where Lawrence has never taken a snap. Boston College led Clemson 28-10 late in the first half before the Tigers stormed back for the win. Against Notre Dame, Clemson again fell behind in the first half, only to rally and take a late 33-26 lead, before ultimately losing 47-40 in two overtimes.
Clemson has had a week off to deal with the loss and get ready for a late push to finish the season. Lawrence is expected back to face Florida State to continue the Tigers’ dominance over the ACC. The Tigers are averaging 45 points a game and giving up just under 20.
Those numbers are a bit misleading, though, because they include a 49-0 drubbing of FCS Citadel and a 73-7 beatdown of conference foe Georgia Tech. In the other six games, while still impressive, Clemson only holds a 40-25 scoring margin.
3 Betting Lines
The great betting pph site a1pph shows Clemson is favored by 35.5 points, the 2019 victory margin, over the Seminoles with the over/under at 63 points. There is virtually no money being bet on the Seminoles, with the moneyline at a ridiculous -9500 for Clemson and +5500 for the Seminoles. Both teams are 2-6 against the spread.
Game Preview and Pick
With Lawrence back in the lineup and the Seminoles in a tailspin, the only real drama should be whether the Tigers can cover the spread. Based on their performance so far this season, Clemson has had a difficult time doing that. That over/under of 63 is also a very interesting number.
If Florida State can somehow make a few plays against the Clemson defense like Boston College and Notre Dame were able to do, it could find a way to cover the spread. With Lawrence back and a week to prepare, there is a big chance this one gets ugly.
In our eyes, Clemson finds it mojo, puts up a bunch of points, and Florida State cleans up in garbage time.
Free Pick: Clemson 51, Florida State 14
Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Wolverines College Football Betting Preview
It has been three weeks since the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) played a football game, and this week, they travel to face the slumping Michigan Wolverines (1-2). The Badgers COVID-19 cases have finally subsided enough for them to take the field, and both teams are desperate for a win. Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 14 is set for 7:30 P.M. Eastern at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game will be televised on ABC.
These teams have met 67 times in Big Ten play, with Michigan leading the series 51-16-1. Last year, Wisconsin won at home 35-14, and Michigan won at 38-13 home in 2018. The Badgers have lost two straight at The Big House since winning in 2010, and they are 7-29 all-time in Ann Arbor.
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Outlook: Rested or Rusted?
In betting with us at www.a1pph.com, the Badgers are 1-0 ATS this season, and the over is 1-0 in their game. In their 45-7 win over Illinois on Oct. 23, Wisconsin racked up 430 total yards with 248 passing and 182 rushing. The defense allowed just 87 passing yards to go with 131 rushing yards.
The big question for the Badgers this weekend is which players are 100% healthy. Their first COVID-positive test was redshirt freshman Graham Mertz who delivered five touchdown passes in the win over Illinois. His backup Chase Wolf also was positive, and if neither is available, then Danny Vanden Boom could see time under center.
Mertz completed 20-of-21 passes against Illinois for 248 yards. He was thrust into the starting role when last year’s quarterback Jack Coan injured his foot in practice leading up to the season opener.
Running back Nakia Watson ran 19 times for 62 yards against Illinois while Garrett Groshek had 70 yards on 13 carries. Groshek also caught four passes for 29 yards.
Mertz found six different receivers against Illinois, led by Jake Ferguson, who had seven catches for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Mason Stokke and Danny Davis had the other scores while Davis turned two catches into 72 yards. Kendric Pryor added 44 yards on three catches while Jack Dunn had three catches for 21 yards.
Michigan Wolverines Betting Outlook: Turn Things Around, Fast
Betting with us at www.a1pph.com, the Wolverines are 1-2 ATS this season, and the over is 2-1 in their three games. The offense ranks 27th in passing (289.7 yards per game), 82nd in rushing (139.3 yards per game), and 45th in scoring (31.3 points per game). The defense has struggled, ranking 105th in the nation against the pass (287.3 yards per game), 69th in total yards (411.7 yards per game), and 70th in points allowed (29.7 points per game).
After starting the season ranked and beating Minnesota on the road, Michigan has lost two in a row. After losing at home to Michigan State 27-24, they lost at Indiana 38-21 last Saturday. That was their first loss to the Hoosiers since 1987. Michigan gave up 342 passing yards against Indiana and 323 against Michigan State.
Against Indiana, quarterback Joe Milton was 18-for-34 for 344 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. In three games, Milton has completed 60.7% of his passes for 869 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Michigan couldn’t run the ball against Indiana at all, finishing with 13 yards on 18 carries. Hassan Haskins had 19 yards on six carries, and nobody else ran for more than five yards. Haskins leads the team with 157 yards and three touchdowns on the season, while Milton has 102 rushing yards and one score.
Wideout Ronnie Ball caught six balls for 149 yards with a touchdown while Cornelius Johnson caught four balls for 82 yards and a score. Bell leads the team with 14 receptions for 269 yards on the season, while Johnson has nine catches for 134 yards. Overall, four different players have one touchdown reception each.
Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Wolverines Betting Line
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at www.a1pph.com, where the Badgers are favored by 4.5 points on the road. The total is 54, and the Patriots are a +150 home underdog.
If Mertz is healthy and ready to go, this is a slam dunk pick for Wisconsin, with Michigan struggling to defend the pass. Even if they aren’t at full strength, Wisconsin should have enough in the tank to take care of a struggling Michigan squad that has placed Jim Harbaugh on the hot seat.
Free Pick: Badgers -4.5 (-110)
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Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies College Football Betting Preview
The SEC gets another Top 25 matchup this weekend as No. 4 Florida (2-0) travels to face No. 21 Texas A&M (1-1). The Saturday kickoff is scheduled for Noon ET at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, and will be televised on ESPN.
These teams rarely play, with just two SEC crossover games since the Aggies left the Big 12. Florida won at College Station by three in 2012 and won at home in 1962. Texas A&M won in Gainesville by two in 2017 and beat the Gators in the 1977 Sun Bowl.
Florida Gators Betting Outlook: Don’t Slow Down
The Gators pushed against South Carolina last Saturday with a 38-24 win after covering the spread at Ole Miss in the opener. They rank seventh in the nation with 357 passing yards per game, fourth in scoring at 44.5 points per game and 13th in total yards at 495 yards per game.
The defense is 65th in the nation at 471 yards per game allowed, 68th in passing yards allowed (327.5) and 37th in rushing yards allowed (143.5).
Quarterback Kyle Trask continued his torrid start to the season with 268 passing yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing. In two games, he has 10 touchdowns and one interception.
Trask has completed 72% of his passes for 684 yards. He entered the Heisman conversation with six touchdown passes and 416 passing yards.
The top target was again tight end Kyle Pitts, who hauled in two touchdown passes with 57 total yards. Kadarius Toney had six catches for 86 yards and a score, while wide receiver Trent Whittemore caught a touchdown pass. On the season, Pitts has 12 catches for 227 yards and six touchdowns, while Toney has 11 catches for 145 yards and two scores.
Running back Dameon Price ran nine times for 51 yards and a touchdown, while Trask added 22 rushing yards. On the season, Price has 18 carries for 116 yards, while Malik Davis has 58 yards on 11 carries.
Texas A&M Aggies Betting Outlook: Feed The Playmakers
Texas A&M lost at Alabama by 28 last Saturday and is now 0-2 ATS on the season after struggling to beat Vanderbilt 17-12 in the home opener. The offense ranks 60th in the nation in scoring (20.5 points per game), 40th in total yards (411 yards per game), 30th in passing (262 yards per game) and 44th in rushing (149 yards per game).
The defense is 38th in yards allowed (399.5 yards per game), 22nd against the run (107.0 yards per game), 58th against the pass (292.5 yards per game) and 55th in scoring defense (32.0 points per game).
Quarterback Kellen Mond completed 25-of-44 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. On the season, he has completed 58% of his passes for 507 yards with four touchdowns while also running 15 times for 37 yards.
Running back Isaiah Spiller ran 11 times for 25 yards, and Ainias Smith ran five times for 29 yards. On the season, Spiller has 142 yards on 19 carries, while Smith has 70 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown.
Smith was the big receiver against the Tide with six catches, two touchdowns and 123 yards. Wide receiver Jalen Wydermyer had eight catches for 82 yards, while wide receiver Chase Lane had six catches for 62 yards. In the opener, Caleb Chapman caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown, while Jalen Preston had four catches for 39 yards.
The defense forced one turnover against Alabama with one sack. Against Vanderbilt, they had two sacks, two interceptions and 10 tackles for loss.
Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies Betting Lines
● Florida Spread: -6.5 (-110); Florida moneyline: -245
● Texas A&M Spread: +6.5 (-110); Texas A&M moneyline: +205
● Total Points: 57.0 (over -110, under -110)
Texas A&M got gashed for big play after big play at Alabama, allowing three touchdown passes of at least 60 yards. Now they face the top tight end in the country and a passing attack that is clicking on all cylinders.
Mond, Smith and company need to keep up with the Gators early, and they have the firepower to do so, especially against a defense not at full strength.
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Free Pick By Gameadvisers: Over 57 points (-110)
MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Betting Preview (Fri)
Although the baseball season technically begins on Thursday, the majority of teams open up their new campaign on Friday. That includes the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets, two heated rivals in the NL East who will each be sending their aces to the mound in hopes of a win.
Here is a preview for Friday afternoon’s matchup, along with a free pick courtesy of Gameadvisers. As of Tuesday morning, odds have yet to be published.
The defending division champion Braves are excited about the 2020 season. Led by a dynamic core on offense and a young pitching staff, Atlanta hopes to win the division and beyond over the 60-game season.
The star of the Braves is CF Ronald Acuña Jr., a legitimate MVP threat entering his third year in the bigs. 2B Ozzie Albies is also one of the top players at his position at a young age. 1B Freddie Freeman is as steady as they come, while new acquisition LF Marcell Ozuna will provide another bat to this potent lineup. Look pretty for 3B Austin Riley and SS Dansby Swanson to play a role for Atlanta this season as well.
On the mound for the Braves will be Mike Soroka. The 22-year old had a breakout 2019, going 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 174 innings. The big righty is hoping to build off of last season’s success and become a true ace.
Although the Mets just missed out on a postseason berth last season, expectations are high for them in 2020. New York has one of their deepest lineups in years, along with a two-time Cy Young winner anchoring the rotation. They are pushing for their first playoff appearance since their World Series run in 2015.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year, 1B Pete Alonso, is back and ready to prove that 2019 was no fluke. Joining the powerful Alonso is RF Michael Comforto and 3B Jeff McNeil, each of whom are coming off very solid seasons, along with the surprising LF J.D. Davis. Veteran 2B Robinson Cano is a steady presence, while oft-injured DH Yoenis Cespedes will return after missing all of last season.
Jacob deGrom will draw the Opening Day start for the Mets once again. The reigning Cy Young winner for the last two years went just 11-8 in 2019, but also had a 2.43 ERA and 255 strikeouts in 204 innings. The 32-year old deGrom is one of the best pitchers in baseball who can go up against any lineup.
The big name to keep any eye on for the Braves is Freeman, who just finished a battle with COVID-19. Fortunately, Freeman has returned and played in several intrasquad games, most recently on Monday. As of now, it appears he’s ready to roll for Friday. Others to watch include RP Will Smith and 3B Johan Camargo. Smith, along with Freeman, tested positive for the virus and has yet to leave the IL, while Camargo suffered a hamstring injury over the weekend to leave his availability in doubt.
As for the Mets, deGrom suffered a very mild back strain a few days ago, but no damage was done and he should be okay for Friday. Aside from their starting pitcher, C Wilson Ramos is currently dealing with a personal matter but aims to be back before the season starts, while backup OF Jake Marisnick is currently day-to-day with left hamstring tightness.
Atlanta has always had struggles with deGrom, with no full-time member of the lineup managing a batting average of over .250 against him in their careers. Meanwhile, Alonso, Cano and Cespedes have all homered against Soroka. Typically, it’s a smart bet to go with the better pitcher, so I think deGrom gets the Mets off to a fast start.
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Bayern Munich v. SC Freiburg Betting Preview
The title race came to an end on Tuesday as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Werder Bremen to clinch their record eighth-straight Bundesliga title. Their last two games won’t have any impact on the table but that doesn’t mean the Bavarians will lay down either.
Meanwhile SC Freiburg have a very legitimate shot at a Europa League spot as they trail sixth-place Wolfsburg by two points with two games left. The seventh place slot in the Bundesliga gets a qualification berth to the Europa League and Freiburg are battling Hoffenheim and Schalke for that final spot.
Bayern Munich went to Schwarzwald-Stadion in Freiburg on December 18 and won 3-1 but that final score is misleading. The game was tied 1-1 into added time before Dutch teenager Joshua Zirkee scored and three minutes later Serge Gnabry netted the second added-time goal of the match. Robert Lewandowski scored the Bayern opener in the 16th minute before Vincenzo Grifo equalized for Freiburg in the 58th minute.
Bayern Munich Betting Preview: Celebrate
The Bavarians battled Werder Bremen and the rain on Tuesday but won 1-0 to lift the trophy and celebrate yet again. Lewandowski, who else, scored the lone goal of the match in the 43rd minute as Bayern celebrated for the 11th time in 13 years and 29th time overall. The strike was his 31st in league play this season while Manuel Neuer racked up his 14th clean sheet and 24th win in 32 league starts this season.
Lewandowski has 46 goals overall this season while Thomas Muller leads the team with an astonishing 20 league assists. Bayern have won 14 straight games in all competitions and they are 12-2-2 at home this season in the Bundesliga. Manager Hansi Flick has been in charge of Bayern for 29 games and has 26 victories, including 14 in a row.
SC Freiburg Betting Preview: Battle for Europe
Freiburg went into their home tilt against Hertha Berlin on Tuesday knowing they could pull to within two points of Wolfsburg who lost earlier in the day. Their match was scoreless after 50 minutes before Vincenzo Grifo took a quick free-kick from 20 yards out and beat a sleeping defense for the lead. Hertha tied the game on a penalty but substitute Nils Petersen scored the winner in the 73rd minute.
On the season they are led in scoring by Petersen who is also their career-leader in goals scored. He has 11 total goals this season, five more than Lucas Holer while Vincenzo Grifo has seven assists. Alexander Schwolow has made 23 league starts in goal with four clean sheets, nine wins and six draws.
Freiburg have a mixed bag since the restart with alternating draws and losses in the first four games before going win-draw-win in the last three. They will finish the season at home against Schalke next weekend and the Europa League spot may come down to whether Freiburg, or Wolfsburg in the last matchweek, can get a positive result against Bayern.
Bayern Munich/SC Freiburg Betting Lines By Scoresandstats
Bayern win –416
Freiburg win +857
Over/Under: 3.5 goals (O -116, U -114)
Petersen has a Bundesliga record 25 career goals as a substitute and this is his second best scoring season ever, but Freiburg may need more than one from him if they are to beat the champions for the first time since 2015. The question is what starting XI does Flick put on the pitch four days after clinching a title. If he starts Lewandowski, Muller, Neuer and company, take Bayern to keep their streaks going. If the starters get a rest, Freiburg could take advantage and make a move toward a Europa League spot.
My Bookie Free Pick: Take the Under 3 ½ goals (-114). Take the Under at our favorite PPH Sportsbook bookie site www.A1PPH.com.
Union Berlin vs. Schalke 04 Preview
The Bundesliga goes strong this weekend! The games will still be played behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s a very exciting contest on Sunday: Union Berlin vs. Schalke 04.
Union Berlin is 14th in the standings with 31 points in 29 games while Schalke 04 is 10th with 37 points in 29 games. Union Berlin comes off a 4-1 road loss against Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday while Schalke 04 also lost, 1-0 at home against Werder Bremen last Saturday.
Let’s take a closer look at where the value is in this matchup.
Betting Odds by A1pph.com
Team to Win (Regular Time)
Union Berlin: +151
Schalke 04: +176
Union Berlin: PK, -1.5 (+107)
Schalke 04: PK, +1.5 (-127)
Over 2, 2.5 (-115)
Under 2, 2.5 (-105)
Key Points to Consider
Last Six Games in All Competitions
Union Berlin, coming off a 4-1 road loss against Borussia Monchengladbach, have four losses, two draws and zero wins in their last six overall.
Schalke 04, coming off a 1-0 home loss against Werder Bremen, have five losses, one draw and zero wins in their last six overall.
Momentum: Union Berlin has been on a downward trend — with four loss in their last five games in the Bundesliga.
Head-to-Head: These two sides last met in Bundesliga action on November 29, 2019 and Schalke 04 won 2-1.
Simulations I have run project Michael Gregoritsch, Ozan Muhammed Kabak, Marcus Ingvartsen and Robert Andrich as the players most likely to score (the first two are from Schalke 04).
Both teams are coming off tough losses and while Union Berlin will be at home, Schalke 04 is the better team and I don’t why they are not favored to win this game but I will take advantage of the line and bet on them to win.
Free Soccer Pick by Gameadvisers: Schalke 04 +176
Los Angeles Lakers at Brooklyn Nets Betting Pick
The Los Angeles Lakers are in New York this week for games against the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers will play the Knicks on Wednesday night and then travel to Brooklyn for this matchup on Thursday night. Brooklyn was one of the most talked about teams during the offseason, but things have not gone smoothly for them to begin the season. The Nets can still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, but they are in need of a big win to get their season back on the right track.
Los Angeles comes into this New York trip with a record of 34-9, but two of their losses have been in the last three games. The Lakers are still sitting on top in the Western Conference, but they have plenty of teams that are right on their heels. Los Angeles will be big favorites in both games on this trip, and will be ready for the Nets.
Brooklyn comes into this game having lost four straight games to fall to just 18-24 on the season. The Nets are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, and they are going to have to fight to be a playoff team this season. Brooklyn is 11-11 at home so far this season, and they will be playing in front of a raucous home crowd.
Lakers Need to Play More Defense
The Lakers have all the pieces needed to be a great defense, but they have struggled on that end of the floor of late. Los Angeles is still holding teams to just 106.4 points per game, but they have not looked like this team in the last few weeks. The Lakers have two dominant rim protectors in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but their guards will be tested in this one.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have missed some time of late, but both of them head into this week at close to 100 percent. The Lakers are playing without point guard Rajon Rondo, and that has definitely affected their offense. James and Davis are both averaging close to 27 points per game, but they will need some help to beat the Nets. Look for Kyle Kuzma to have a big game and make some shots to give the Lakers a boost on offense.
Nets Need Kyrie Irving to Just Play Basketball
The Brooklyn Nets acquired Kyrie Irving to give them a leader and a superstar offensive threat, but he has started to become a distraction. Irving is averaging over 26 points per game, but he has also missed some time due to “load management.” You can expect that the All Star will be on the court against his former teammate, but the Nets need him to just play basketball.
Spencer Dinwiddie has chipped in with over 21 points per game, and the Nets need to shoot it well.
Brooklyn is allowing over 111 points per game, and that just won’t get the job done with any consistency. The Nets have a ton of guards who can be lockdown defenders, but protecting the rim has been a real problem for them. It’s hard to see a way that Brookyln can matchup with James and Davis, but they will have to figure something out.
Lakers Win Big Over Brooklyn Nets
The Los Angeles Lakers will be playing for the second straight night in this game, but they won’t be doing much traveling. The Lakers will have a chance to complete a nice two-game sweep through New York, but this game should be a bigger challenge than the one on Wednesday night. The Brooklyn Nets were supposed to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season, but they have some things to figure out. Brooklyn is below league average in offense and defense, and they are going to struggle against the Lakers.
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Kansas State Wildcats at Baylor Bears Betting Preview
With only a handful of regular season games remaining in the Big 12 schedule, both Baylor and Kansas State head into Tuesday night’s matchup looking to get back in the win column and gain some much-needed late season momentum. For the Wildcats, wins have been tough to come by as Kansas State has dropped seven consecutive games and currently sits in last in the conference. Baylor, on the other hand, had won an impressive 23 games in a row before being tripped up at home against conference rival Kansas. In order to keep pace with the Jayhawks atop the Big 12 standings, Baylor will need a win on Tuesday night over Kansas State.
Kansas State Hoping to Claw to Victory
This season has certainly not gone as planned for Bruce Weber’s club, as the Wildcats have salvaged just two victories in 14 Big 12 games to this point in the season. Kansas State also hasn’t won a true road game since November 9th, so the odds are certainly against the boys from Manhattan to pull off the shocker. They were competitive with Baylor when the two met at Bramlage Coliseum earlier in the month, falling by just six points a tightly contested game. For a gritty bunch that has lost its last five road games by 11 points or less each, Kansas State will look to keep Baylor within striking distance in the hopes of pulling an upset.
Forward Xavier Sneed has been one of the lone bright spots on a struggling Kansas State offense, as the talented senior is averaging 14.3 points per game on the year. Guard Cartier Diarra is the only other Wildcat to average double-figures in scoring this season (12.9 ppg), as Kansas State has struggled to find much offense this season. On the year, the Wildcats average just 64.3 points per game, the lowest mark in the Big 12 and amongst the worst in the country.
Bears Look for Bounce-Back Win
As Baylor prepares to enter Tuesday night’s contest coming off a loss for the first time in more than three months, the Bears have very little to hang their heads about. Currently sitting at 13-1 and just a half-game out of the top spot in the Big 12, Baylor has much to play for over the final few regular season games. Despite entering as a massive favorite on Tuesday night, it’ll take a total team effort to get back in the win column. The 9-18 Kansas State bunch may be the perfect opponent for Baylor, who have an opportunity to notch a much-needed win and regain some momentum that was lost following this past weekend’s devastating loss.
Baylor’s two best players this season have been guards Jared Butler and MaCio Teague. With the talented tandem averaging just under 30 points per game combined, Baylor’s efficient offense has averaged just over 70 points per game on the year. The true strength of this Bears team has been their defense, which has given up just 58.4 points per game on the season, good for third-best in the country. When taking on an offensively challenged team like the Wildcats, Baylor has a strong opportunity to hold its fifth consecutive opponent under the 65-point mark.
Even with a double-digit spread, the discrepancy in talent between these two squads is quite evident. I predict Baylor comes out fired up and looking for someone to take its frustrations out on following the Kansas loss. Unfortunately the Wildcats, Kansas State will bear the brunt of that force as they enter one of the toughest venues in the nation. Give me Baylor by a huge margin on Tuesday night for an important bounce-back game for the Bears. Take the Baylor Bears -14 at www.a1pph.com our favorite pay per head bookie site.
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