- The Atlanta Hawks are without John Collins for 25 games due to a PED infraction.
- A Bantamweight Title Fight in Japan sets the duel between Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sports bettors are headed to US sportsbooks in large numbers this week, as many of the NFL teams with the most betting support lost against the spread. With this, bettors are hoping to collect some of their losing wagers back with some winners this week.
On Wednesday, college basketball and the NBA rule the day. The daily sports betting preview even comes with a boxing bout that will take place in the wee hours of Thursday morning in America (5 a.m. EST) but during primetime (7 p.m. JST) in Japan.
College Basketball in the South
Frank Martin and his South Carolina Gamecocks are welcoming Tony Pujol and his North Alabama Lions to Columbia. While this may not be a marquee matchup of the night (coming in with a 20-point spread in favor of the home team), it still provides an excellent betting opportunity.
These Cuban-American coaches have spent decades working in the same realm, both at the high school level in Miami, and in the SEC when Pujol worked as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. With this much knowledge of each other’s style of play, don’t expect this to be a blowout.
The Lions may be outmatched according to talent scouts, but understanding how a coach works and thinks levels the playing field for Pujol. This 7 p.m. EST matchup has an over/under of 146.
The Hawks With No Collins
John Collins was suspended for 25 games from testing positive for banned PEDs. He plans to appeal the suspension but the Atlanta Hawks will be without their big man against the Chicago Bulls. Because of the loss, the Hawks (-125) are only 1.5-point favorites and bettors should have no worries taking this line.
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The loss of Collins will be a major factor but with the way Trae Young is leading his team right now, beating the Bulls (+105) in Atlanta should come with only minor difficulties.
The Hawks and Bulls rank 25th and 22nd respectively in points per game, so taking the under (219.5) might look like a wise decision. However, as the Bulls like to push the pace, bettors are recommended to take the over here. The game’s tipoff is at 7:35 p.m. EST and can be seen on local channels only (NBCH and FSSE) or with the NBA League Pass.
WBA Bantam Title Fight
In this Thursday morning title fight, Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue will go head to head in the WBA Bantamweight Super Championship. The location is Japan – the home country of the favorite Inoue, or “Monster” (-600).
Monster is 18-0-0 in his career with 16 of those wins coming by knockout. The aging Donaire (+425) will certainly have his hands full, as he attempts to show the young gun why he has been around for so long. Donaire is quite skilled and could be the first loss of Inoue’s bright career.
However, oddsmakers are so confident that Inoue will win by knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification (-500) that they even had odds for Donaire to finish the fight. If Donaire can last all 12 rounds, bettors could see
Michael spends most of his time betting on over/unders and analyzing algorithms in attempts to beat the book. His focus on statistics comes from an early understanding of mathematics as well as knowledge of opportunity costs. Michael enjoys playing basketball and reading about the NBA whenever he has the free time. When he is not writing, he can be found in Mississippi hitting the sportsbooks and enjoying a margarita… on the rocks, no salt.