Weekend Hoops Action
January 26, 2013
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What to bet this weekend without the NFL?
With only the Pro-Bowl to tempt football bettors this weekend, it's time to look elsewhere for action with football wrapping up. Before you know it, March will be here and the tournament will be here. As conference play heats up now, there is no better time than to start digging deeper into the college basketball season and that's where we start:
Weekend CBB Betting
Two big games highlight the card and they both are in the ACC
Sat 1:00 pm: Maryland vs. Duke
Duke will be the favorite in this game as their home court advantage is one of the best in the country. But this is also the Blue Devils first game since suffering one of the most embarrassing losses in school history. Duke was shelled 90-63 vs. Miami on Wednesday and have likely been doing wind sprints ever since. After their only other loss this year, Duke covered 14.5 points in a 73-57 win over Georgia Tech. They aren't playing their best ball at the moment and that could actually provide some value on Duke.
Sat 7:00 pm: North Carolina vs. NC State
This is one bitter rivalry that has gone all North Carolina's way in recent memory, going 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS in those contests. But this Tar Heels squad isn't as talented as past ones and NC had to struggle for a 69-67 win AT HOME, in their last meeting with the Wolfpack.
NC State is a perfect 11-0 SU at home this year and are coming off a tough loss at Wake Forest earlier this week. Since upsetting #1 Duke, NC State is 1-2 SU and 1-2 ATS. But both those losses came on the road and all those games finished within 4 points. NC State's perfect record at home has them as an early lean into ending their winless stretch vs. North Carolina. They will likely be small favorites and I'd lay the points there.
Sun 1:00 pm: Miami vs. Boston
These two teams opened up the year in Miami but haven't met since. The Heat were 120-107 winners that night but will now be in hostile territory. This will be the first time Ray Allen will be back to play a game in Boston and he will definitely hear it from the fans. Whether or not that affects his own play will be seen, but you've got to believe Boston is very much looking forward to this rematch.
The Celtics haven't been playing well of late (five straight losses heading into Fri action) and getting a big win over a hated rival could be the spark they need for the second half of the season. I'd think the Celtics would be underdogs here and given the emotion that will be in the building, those points look too pretty to pass up.