Tonight offers little in the way of betting action but there are some National Basketball Association games that are certainly worth your attention. I’m also looking ahead to tomorrow night where Louisville and Cincinnati wrap up their seasons on the gridiron.
Let’s hit the hardwood first…
Denver (-4) at Cleveland – The Cavaliers enter this one already 10.5 games behind Central Division leader Indiana while the Nuggets are a respectable 106 in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.
Cleveland is much better at home than on the road where they have a 1-9 record so keep that in mind. Denver is no slouch with the suitcases packed though as they are 4-4 on the road so far. I like the Nuggets to cover in Cleveland tonight.
San Antonio (-3.5) at Minnesota – Two of the game’s finest big men hook up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for this one. The seemingly ageless Tim Duncan and the Wolves Kevin Love will do battle for what could be one of the final times should Duncan retire following the season.
The Spurs are the “Spurs” as they’ve gotten out of the gate with a 15-3 record. They are getting it done at home (8-1) and on the road (7-2) while Minnesota is struggling to stay around the .500 mark with a 9-10 record. I expect a competitive game but I like the Spurs to cover.
Oklahoma City (+2) at Portland – The top two teams in the Northwest Division hook up in Rip City for this one. Each team has three losses but Portland has 15 wins versus just 12 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City is just 3-3 on the road this year while the Blazers are a perfect 9-0 at home. Portland has no problem scoring the basketball as they rank 5th in the league and they also rebound it quite well too ranking 8th.
They will need a big rebounding effort against OKC because they lead the league. The Blazers are coming off a huge win over Indiana on Monday night and the Thunder played last evening in Sacremento. I expect a close game so take OKC and the points.
And on the Football Field
Louisville (-3.5) at Cincinnati – This line actually opened at -6.5 and has dropped steadily through the week. The Cards are the perfect example of a team playing in the weakest of automatic qualifier conferences. They have a very nice 10-1 record but a three-point loss to Central Florida has eliminated any chance of them even going to a BCS game.
Meanwhile, they may be as many as two teams from higher-profile leagues with two losses playing in the BCS. Such is life in the American Athletic Conference.
Cincinnati is an interesting AAC team in their own right. They have a very respectable 9-2 record until you look at their two losses. One was to South Florida who owns two victories on the season and the other was a blowout loss to Illinois who won just four times this season.
Therefore, taking the Bearcats too seriously might not be good for your health. What you should take seriously is Cincy’s defense which ranks 10th in the nation with about 18 points against them per game. Not to be outdone is Louisville’s defense which ranks third in the nation. The Cards give up just over 10 points per contest.
The Bearcats enter 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games versus the Cardinals while Louisville is 5-2 straight up when playing Cincinnati in Nippert Stadium.
This could also be Teddy Bridgewater’s final game and I think he’s the difference. Take L’Ville to cover.