Betting tips and top picks for NCAA and NBA action
The second week of the NCAA tournament is another bettor's dream. Teams like Oral Roberts and Syracuse look to continue their Cinderella runs while the three remaining No. 1 seeds attempt to avoid the upset.
The NBA is also in action over the weekend though the final game of the weekend between the Magic and Lakers will be missing some of the game's biggest stars.
Here’s a look at the top bets for this weekend.
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Oral Roberts vs. Arkansas (OVER)
Oral Roberts provided the biggest upset of March Madness 2021 with its first-round win over No. 2 Ohio State. The Golden Eagles then took down Florida to earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.
ORU has been an underdog in each of its last four games and is 4-0 SU and 4-0 ATS. They also average 81.5 points per game and, like their opponent Arkansas, can get up and down the floor in a hurry.
The Razorbacks are 12th in scoring offense in the nation averaging 82.5 points per game. Head coach Eric Musselman’s team had scored 70-plus points in 10 straight games before getting into a battle with defensive-minded Texas Tech in their second round game.
Arkansas has seen its last four game totals go Under, but that's because they played Texas Tech and Missouri and then had two totals of over 160.
Saturday’s number is a big one at 159, but both teams can fill it up. Plus, the total has gone Over in eight of ORU’s last 11 games.
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Creighton-Gonzaga (GON -13.5)
The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs are on a completely different level than the rest of the NCAA tournament field. Gonzaga is 28-0 and leads the nation in scoring with a ridiculous 92.1 points per game. They also rank in the top 15 in defensive efficiency which results in a nation-leading average scoring margin of 23.4 points per game.
Gonzaga has won its last 25 games by at least 10 points. That includes its two games thus far in the tournament. The Bulldogs are just too deep offensively with Corey Kispert (19.2 ppg), Drew Timme (18.8 ppg), Jalen Suggs (14.3 ppg), and Joel Ajayi (11.9 ppg).
As a result, the Bulldogs have been able to cover the spread in six of their past nine games despite facing all double-digit spreads at top online sportsbooks.
Creighton has only been an underdog three times all season and went 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS. The Bluejays advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 47 years, but they simply don’t have the offensive firepower to hang with Gonzaga. The Bulldogs will cover another double-digit spread.
Magic at Lakers (UNDER)
Orlando visits Los Angeles on Sunday to take on a Lakers team that will be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers have struggled offensively averaging just 99.7 points per game in their last three.
Without James in the lineup, L.A. has not been much of a force on offense. The Lakers rank 21st in scoring for the season and, not surprisingly, the Under is 26-17-1 in L.A. games.
Los Angeles is also second in scoring defense while the Magic rank 29th in scoring offense. The Under is 5-2 in the last seven Magic games and that includes two where the totals were 206.5 and 207.5.
Don’t expect a number that low, but play this Under all the way down to 210. The Lakers head into the weekend having had three games go Under the total out of their last four. That trend will continue.