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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
Ohio to Score First & Win vs Nevada
+121 to +140
The Ohio Bobcats are an 8-point favorite against Nevada. The Bobcats have the 20th-best scoring offense in the country against a Nevada offense that is 100th in scoring. The Bobcats should win this game and they should be able to get the first points in this game as Nevada will struggle to score all game.
Celtics & 76ers & Lakers all to Win
+248 to +275
Boston is a 12-point favorite at home and the Lakers are 10.5-point favorites at home as well. Philadelphia travels to Houston where they are 4.5-point underdogs. The 76ers are looking to end a three-game losing streak so they will be extra motivated for this game. Boston and LA should cruise but getting +275 for Philadelphia to take down Houston on the road isn’t a bad bet.
Ohio State to Win & Total Game Points Over 124.5
+128 to +145
The #5 team in the country in Ohio State is taking on a Wisconsin team that isn’t very good this season. The Buckeyes are 8-point favorites in this one and should pick up a relatively easy win at home. Wisconsin games have been mostly low-scoring this year but they haven’t seen a team like Ohio State yet who are 68th in scoring, 32nd in FG% and 7th in 3PT%. If Ohio State shoots as well as they have been most of this season we should see an Over in this game as they blow Wisconsin away.
Capitals to Score First & Win vs Hurricanes
+188 to +210
Washington has been the better team so far this season but they enter this game as a slight underdog. Carolina’s defense has been solid this season (8th) but Washington is right behind them (10th). The Capitals are 5th in goals scored per game while Carolina is a close 8th. This will be a great game and it will be anyones guess as to who scores first or wins this one. However, with defenses this solid, the first team to score will probably take this game. At +210, why not take Washington?
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
UIC vs Green Bay (-6.5) – 8:00 PM
The UIC Flames (6-9) take on fellow Horizon opponent Green Bay Phoenix (6-9) tonight. UIC is coming off of a 70-64 loss to Youngstown State while Green Bay won their last game against Northern Kentucky 73-59.
UIC has struggled to score all season. They are 303rd in points scored per game against a mediocre schedule. They have struggled to shoot the ball from everywhere on the court (260th FG%, 203rd 3PT% and 237th FT%). They haven’t been rebounding well this year either as they ranks 226th in that category. Things aren’t much better defensively as they allow the 249th-most points per game in D1.
Green Bay has been scoring like crazy this season. The Phoenix are 14th in the country in points per game thanks to ranking 50th in FG% and 25th in 3PT%. Green Bay hasn’t had an easy schedule either as they rank in the Top 30 in terms of S.O.S. The reason this Green Bay team has so many losses is because of their defense. The Phoenix are one of the worst defensive teams in the country as they are 337th in points allowed per game. Teams have been shooting at will against them as they are 310th in FG% and 328th in 3PT%.
Green Bay has been losing to teams that can score as well as them. UIC is not one of those teams. The Flames have struggled to score all season and their defense is nowhere near good enough to contain this Green Bay scoring attack. The Phoenix defense is their biggest issue but they should be able to have one of their better games this season against such a weak Flames’ offense. The Phoenix should jump out to an early lead in this one and run away with it.