Weekend Bets: Basketball Saturday, Jan. 30
My body has the shakes, I’m not sleeping well, and I could hardly get down my breakfast. That can only really mean one thing: the football season is coming to an end much quicker than we want it to.
Our weekends before were filled with action and joy, but at least we still have college hoops and the NBA to hold us over before we jump into baseball and then bide our time until we can get the NFL Draft back to hold us over until the regular season.
Basketball rules this weekend because as I mentioned last time, I may be an All-Star degenerate but it feels like betting on whatever the hell the Pro Bowl is doing this weekend is a poor idea. Thankfully there are plenty of NBA and college games to fill the time. And as always, your weekend would not be complete unless you got a full Best Bets from your friends at Sports Gambling Guides.
Call a Medic Bet: Spurs -3.5 against Memphis
The Spurs are hot and they are a covering machine, going 12-7 against the number right now on the season. Saturday night they have the Memphis Grizzlies who are basically just keeping most of their players in the hospital. On their injured list sits 7 players who have all been ruled out for this contest on Saturday. The Spurs have covered in 5 of their last 7 games and have won three straight. Memphis is on a bit of a streak as well, but this injury history is terrifying for Memphis. Run with the Spurs here.
Throw the Moneyline: Celtics (+117) vs Los Angeles
The Lakers are coming off two straight losses and are playing in their sixth straight road game on Saturday night against the Celtics. Boston hasn’t been all that hot either but LA has got to be exhausted and the Celtics have all their main guys back for this one. Anthony Davis is banged up and are 2-1 in their last three against the Lakers. LA hasn’t looked like themselves recently, take the moneyline.
We aren’t betting the Under: Xavier/Butler OVER 132
Xavier and Butler is always a good game and we have been given a very gracious line in this game with the total at 132. The Musketeers have hit the total in 11 of their last 15 games and have hit it in 3 of their last 5. These two like to score points when they go up against each other with the total hitting the over in 6 of their last 9 contests. Xavier averages around 78 points per game while allowing 70 points per game while Butler is averaging 62 and giving up 67. This is a good value bet and one that should hit.
Ask the Bartender to turn on the Toledo Game: Toledo -3.5 vs Bowling Green
Yeah, you might get kicked from the bar when you ask them to change the Celtics game to MAC basketball but it will be worth it to watch your bet hit. Toledo is a 3.5 point favorite in this game and on the year they are a deadly 14-4 against the spread. They’re facing a Bowling Green team that has gone just 6-8 against the book this season. The Rockets have covered in 9 of their last 11 while the Falcons have covered just once in their last 5. 3.5 points is a small margin for two teams that are on opposite ends of the spectrum. If you can find a book that actually allows this bet, book it.