Picks of the Day: CBB and NBA 1/31

4-3 yesterday. 22-16-1 on the week. 15-10-1 in CBB and 7-6 in NBA. We’ve had five winning days. Let’s finish strong.

CBB

George Washington (-8) over GEORGE MASON

The battle of the Georges has been dominated by GW since GM joined the A10. One reason I like this one is the fact that GM has had one sizable advantage over opponents this year and that’s rebounding. The problem for them is that GW has been doing it slightly better. GW lives on second chance opportunities and free throws. GM had been doing a good job of not sending teams to the line until conference play hit. Duquesne just shot 41 free throws against them the other night and only 8 of those came because of the late-game fouling situation. In their two meetings last year, GW averaged 26 free throw attempts.

Wake Forest (+10) over NOTRE DAME

Demetrius Jackson is again doubtful to play in this one. The Deacs record is certainly nothing to write home about at 10-10 and 1-7 in the ACC, but they’ve played the toughest schedule in league play and the second toughest schedule in the country if you include non-conference play. They’re 4-2-1 ATS on the road. This is the same team that went in to Baton Rouge and beat a fully healthy LSU team.

COLORADO (-3.5) over Cal

Oregon (-2.5) over ARIZONA STATE

NBA

CLIPPERS-Bulls under 204.5

12:30 local time start for this one. Bulls had a night off last night in LA. There have been five of these 12:30 games so far for the Clippers this season. Two of them have gone over, but one of those was by a half point and the other one only went over because the game went to overtime. Outside of that, the Clippers have hit the under in four of their last five. The Bulls have been averaging a total of 201 over their last ten. When these two have met, their highest total has been 194 over the last three meetings.

HEAT-Hawks under 194

Hawks have gone under in six of their last eight. Heat have done the same in five of their last seven. When they’ve matched up, they’ve gone under in their last four meetings. The Hawks have been struggling to shoot the ball lately and I don’t imagine that gets any better on the road against a defensive team like the Heat. Miami has Wade and Dragic both back now, so their offense should be a little bit better, but they haven’t been a high scoring team at any point this season. They put up 107 against the Bucks the other night, but virtually anyone can do that against the Bucks.

TRAIL BLAZERS (-7) over Timberwolves

Early in the year, the Wolves were covering a bunch of games on the road and now that’s starting to return to the mean. Portland has been playing really well at home lately and they’ve already beaten Minnesota twice this year on the road. Martin and KG are still out for the Wolves.


CBB YTD: 114-112-8 (50.4%)

NBA YTD: 59-37-1 (61.5%)

Total YTD: 173-149-9 (53.7%)

Above .500 days: 20

.500 days: 14

Below .500 days: 11

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