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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NBA: Ben Simmons to score Over 33.5 combined Points + Assists + Rebounds & 76ers to Win +160
Simmons is averaging a total of 32.7 combined points, assists and rebounds. The 76ers are six point favorites against the Grizzlies.
NBA: Victor Oladipo to score Over 14.5 Points & Pacers to Win +285
Oladipo is averaging 9.5 points per game and the Pacers are just one point underdogs. Oladipo may be resting tonight so make sure to check before placing this wager.
NCAAB: Maryland to Win & Over 133.5 total game Points +360
Maryland is a three-point underdog on the road against Illinois with a total set at 129.5.
NCAAB: Maryland & Davidson & Buffalo all to Win +1500
Maryland is a three-point underdog, Davidson is an 8.5-point underdog and Buffalo is a 5.5-point favorite.
NHL: Auston Matthews & Artemi Panarin each to score a Goal +315
Matthews has 39 goals this season while Panarin has 27 goals.
NHL: Rangers & Maple Leafs & Stars all to Win – including OT +265
The Rangers are -175 favorites, the Maple Leafs are big -255 favorites and the Stars are -195 favorites.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
#9 Maryland vs #20 Illinois (-3) – 8:00 PM
The Maryland Terrapins (18-4) take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (16-6) tonight in Champaign. Maryland is now on a five-game winning streak after taking down Rutgers 56-51 on Tuesday. Illinois saw their seven-game winning streak end on Sunday when they lost to Iowa 72-65.
Maryland hasn’t been shooting the ball very well this season. They are just 165th in points per game due to their 293rd-ranked FG% and 273rd-ranked 3PT%. The Terps are a solid free-throw shooting team that ranks 80th in the country. Maryland is a strong defensive team that allows the 23rd-fewest points per game. They hold opponents to the 18th-lowest FG% in the country and are also 105th in 3PT% allowed.
Illinois is a solid offensive team that is 102nd in points scored per game. The Fighting Illini shoot well from the field (81st) and from the line (74th). However, the Fighting Illini are not good three-point shooting team (285th). Illinois is even better on the defensive end as they allow the 58th-fewest points per game. They hold opponents to the 77th-lowest FG% and 145th-lowest 3PT%.
Both teams are highly-ranked in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They also have some of the toughest schedules in the country. This should be a very good game between two teams fighting for the top of their conference. However, I like the Illini at home in this one. I think the Illini are the better all-around team and they are built better to win this game. The formula has the Illini taking this one 68-63.