BlackJack’s Plays of the Day: Betting the Over/Under in Oklahoma City
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and referee Eli Roe
- BlackJack Fletcher is eyeing a handful of matchups Wednesday night, including the Cleveland Cavaliers-Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET) over/under.
- BlackJack is also turning his attention to college basketball with plays on Canisius-St. Bonaventure (7 p.m. ET) and Valparaiso-UNLV (10:30 p.m. ET).
It’s Hump Day, baby, we’ve got football and the weekend slate around the corner, but why wait? Let’s get out there and grab some wins, fatten up the bankroll, and get ourselves locked and loaded for Conference Championships and the NFL.
We’ve got a heavy slate of College Basketball and NBA action tonight, and I’ve got my sights set on a few of them.
Canisius at St. Bonaventure (-4.5)
7 p.m. ET
Here we have a battle of one-win teams going at it for the chance to claim a second win on the season. While both teams have a single win, the Bonnies appear to be the better team.
They score 65 points per game (PPG) and surrender 68.7 PPG. Canisius, on the other hand, is scoring 64.3 PPG and giving up 77.2 PPG. The disparity there is staggering and more than enough for me to trust the Bonnies at home tonight.
THE PICK: St Bonaventure -4.5
Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder (-12.5)
8 p.m. ET
The league-worst Cavaliers pay a visit to the red-hot Thunder tonight in Oklahoma. The total in this game has my full attention.
The Thunder have scored at least 109 points in four of their last five games, and the Cavs have topped 100 in four of their last five as well.
Also consider this is Cleveland’s third game in five days and its already porous defense may be even more exposed tonight on the road.
There is also a huge discrepancy in tickets vs. money on this total. Fifty-three percent of the tickets bet thus far are on the under, but 90% of the money is on the over.
I think we have all the makings for an over tonight in OKC.
THE PICK: Over 217
Valparaiso at UNLV (-7)
10:30 p.m. ET
Valpo has played a tough non-conference schedule to start its season, and has played well behind Derrik Smits, Ryan Fazekas and Markus Golder.
The issue in this game is rebounding. Valpo was out-rebounded, 34-26, by West Virginia last week. Tonight it faces one of the best rebounding teams in the nation in the Runnin’ Rebels.
The Rebels are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 13.4 boards per game, while also averaging 14.1 offensive rebounds per game. Those numbers add up to a ton of second chance points for the home team in this one.
THE PICK: UNLV -7
Let’s go cash some tickets, baby!