Picks of the Day: CBB and NBA 3/9

4-1 yesterday. 8-7 this week.

CBB

Minnesota (-5) over Illinois – First Half

The Gophers are a mess. They only have one scholarship guard left. The two guards they’re starting just scored 20 points on 31 shots against Rutgers in a 23-point loss. They also had four assists and nine turnovers. In case you missed that, they just lost to Rutgers by 23 and it really wasn’t even that close.

San Jose St. (+4) over Colorado St. – First Half

The Spartans are a really young team that’s been progressively getting better all year. They should have a lot of confidence after beating Boise State to finish off the regular season. Colorado State’s been a disappointment all year. Their defense is so poor that anyone can stick with them.  These two played two tight ones this year.

Duquesne (-4) over La Salle – First Half
Duquesne (-7) over La Salle  – 2 Units

La Salle has won a couple games lately, but they’re still terrible and they haven’t won a game against a Division-1 opponent away from their home building. Duquesne just broke an eight game losing streak by beating St. Joseph’s on the road. The losing streak is obviously concerning, but they didn’t have the benefit of playing any of the league’s worst teams in that stretch. They’re at their best against bad teams – no, that’s not the case for every team – including a 27-point win over the Explorers in their only meeting.

Marquette (-3.5) over St. John’s – First Half – 3 Units
Marquette (-6.5) over St. John’s

The Johnnies are the Johnnies. Marquette’s been playing pretty well lately – Butler game excluded – and for such a young team, they’re pretty good on the road. We’ve also got the perfect storm of a team that’s significantly better in the first half against one of the worst first half teams in the country. It is somewhat of a home game for St. John’s, but they’ve been blown out multiple times in the Garden this year.

NBA

76ERS (+10) over Rockets

Philly has covered three straight in the series and they’ve lost the past two by a total of three points. Houston is at their worst when they’re playing the worst teams in the league. Philly is 16-7-1 ATS against the West this year. The Rockets are 7-15 ATS against the East and they’re 15-23 ATS as a favorite.


CBB YTD: 289-260-15 (52.6%)

NBA YTD: 94-83-1 (53.1%)

Total YTD: 383-343-16 (52.8%)

Above .500 days: 34

.500 days: 20

Below .500 days: 24

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