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Bill to legalize sports gambling in Washington state advances to potential final House vote. A House appropriations committee voted 25-7 in favor of a sports gambling bill (HB 2638). If the bill is passed by the House, then the Senate vote on companion bill SB 6394, the initiative could be on Governor Jay Inslee’s desk this spring.
This is the furthest any sports-gambling legislation has gotten in this state. Part of the bill contains a provision to legalize online sports betting within the confines of the tribal casinos.
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Today’s Best Bet at FanDuel Sportsbook
Memphis vs Cincinnati (-7) – 7:00 PM
The Memphis Tigers (17-6) battle the Cincinnati Bearcats (15-8) in a big AAC game that could go a long way in determining each team’s tournament chances come March. Memphis is coming off of a 75-73 loss to South Florida while Cincinnati also lost their last game, falling to UCONN 72-71 in OT.
Before the season started, many believed that Memphis could be a possible March Madness champion this season. Now that top prospect James Wiseman has left the school, those expectations have disappeared. The Tigers are 110th in points scored per game behind their 78th-ranked FG% and 126th-best 3PT%. The one area the Tigers do struggle offensively is from the line (267th). The Memphis defense has been solid this season, allowing the 49th-fewest points per game in the country. The Tigers have held opponents to the second-lowest FG% in the nation. They are even a solid 3PT defense as they hold opponents to the 55th-lowest 3PT%.
Cincinnati is a similar team to Memphis that also does better on the defensive end than offensive. The Bearcats are 135th in points scored per game compared to 80th in points allowed per game. They rank 100th in FG% and 258th in 3PT%. Also, like the Tigers, the Bearcats struggle from the line, ranking 254th in FT%. Cincinnati holds opponents to the 32nd-lowest FG% in the country and they also rank 170th in 3PT% allowed.
The Bearcats have had a much tougher schedule than Memphis this season and their offensive efficiency is also way higher. Memphis is a top 20 team in terms of tempo while Cincinnati ranks in the lower half. The Bearcats will look to slow this game down and limit possessions. Looking to avenge their loss to Memphis last month, I like Cincinnati to control this game and home and cover the spread. The formula sees Cincinnati taking this game 74-64.