Daily Sports Betting Preview 12/23/2021 – Suns, George Mason, Florida

  • The Phoenix Suns are 7.5-point favorites on the first-half spread against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • The George Mason Patriots have -110 odds as an 11.5-point underdog against the Wisconsin Badgers.
  • The Florida Gators are favored by 7.0 points over the UCF Knights.

PHOENIX - With NBA, college basketball and college football on the schedule on Thursday, bettors will have their hands full handicapping the slate.

NBA Odds: Phoenix Suns Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Phoenix Suns have been the best first-half team in the NBA this season with a +5.2 average point margin and will be playing the worst first-half team in the Oklahoma City Thunder who have a -7.3 average scoring differential. Online sportsbooks have set the number at a seemingly achievable number.

Suns vs Thunder First-Half Spread Odds

  • Oklahoma City Thunder +7.5 -110
  • Phoenix Suns -7.5 -110

While the Thunder’s average game is essentially the current spread, they’ll now be playing the best team in the league in the first half.

Plus, the Suns have been even better as of late with a +12.0 average point margin in the first half over their last three games. They also have a +6.8 average scoring margin in home games.

All signs point towards Phoenix covering this number,

College Basketball Odds: George Mason Vs. Wisconsin

The George Mason Patriots and Wisconsin Badgers will play one another on Thursday night. Despite Wisconsin being a ranked team, college basketball betting sites only have the Badgers favored by 11.5 points, but that could actually turn out to be too high a number.

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George Mason vs Wisconsin Spread Odds

  • George Mason Patriots +11.5 -110
  • Wisconsin Badgers -11.5 -110

Only three of the Badgers’ nine wins have come by 12 or more points despite having played some very lackluster teams. Further, only one of George Mason’s five losses has been by 12 or more points.

The Patriots may not have a good shot to win, but the chances of covering the spread seem fairly solid.

College Football Odds: Gasparilla Bowl

The 2021 Gasparilla Bowl is between the UCF Knights and Florida Gators. The in-state rivalry is separated by a touchdown according to the college football betting odds. Both teams will be without key players for the game which makes it a tough game to handicap.

UCF vs Florida Spread Odds

  • UCF Knights +7.0 -110
  • Florida Gators -7.0 -110

Anthony Richardson and Dillon Gabriel will both not play, but at least Florida has another quarterback with enough in-game experience in Emory Jones. Although Jones plans to transfer, he has one more game left to play and with enough experience leading a Power 5 program, he should be able to score enough points to cover the spread.