Army vs. Navy odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s Army vs. Navy odds and lines, with college football expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The Navy Midshipmen (4-7) take on the Army Black Knights (5-6) Saturday in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. ET (CBS). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Army vs. Navy odds, and make our expert college football picks and predictions.

The final game of the college football regular season has arrived and the Army-Navy game is always special. Everyone loves this fast-moving, run the ball every down game between 2 great institutions. Always a hard game to call, the best part comes at the end when the opposing teams sing the school songs facing each other’s cadets.

Air Force has already locked up the Commander-in-Chief trophy after beating both teams. But there is only one Army-Navy game. It is not about hatred like Ohio State vs. Michigan. It is simply about pride, honor, respect, and competition. After this game is over, many of these men will be deployed overseas together. But for one day, they are combatants facing off against each other on the playing field. This is not life, it is sports. But what a special sports event it is.

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Army vs. Navy odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Thursday at 6:59  p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Navy -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Army +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Navy -2.5 (-113) | Army +2.5 (-107)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 32 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Army vs. Navy picks and predictions

Prediction

Army 16, Navy 13

Moneyline

BET ARMY +120.

Army started off strong before slipping in the middle of the season. After a 10-9 loss to Troy, the Black Knights trounced Connecticut 34-17 and UMass 44-7 to enter this game 5-6 and hoping to get to .500 for the season.

After a terrible start including a 14-7 loss to Delaware, the Midshipmen have tried to fight until the end. A close 35-32 loss to Notre Dame was followed by a 17-14 win against UCF. A team which landed in the American Athletic Conference Championship game against Tulane.

This game will be a struggle for both teams, but Army is the better side, and they should win this game. As +120 underdogs, I will take the Black Knights moneyline over the spread.

Against the spread

PASS.

With my feeling that Army will win this game, I will not make a wager on the spread. Instead, I will save .30 and take the moneyline for the Black Knights.

Over/Under

BET UNDER 32 (-110).

Service academy games consistently go Under the posted total. According to  CBS Sports, since 2005 the service academy games have a record of 43-9-1 to the Under the posted total. While this is not a certainty, it is a trend I am willing to trust. Under 32 (-110) is my favorite play.

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SportsbookWire’s NFL Week 14 picks: ML, ATS and O/U predictions for all games

SportsbookWire writers make their NFL Week 14 picks and predictions for moneylines, spreads and totals.

Before taking a look at SportsbookWire staff’s Week 14 NFL picks, here’s where things stand.

Favorites had their best week both straight up and against the spread in Week 13. They went 13-1-1 straight up, increasing their lead to 123-70-3 in that category, and they went 10-5 against the spread (ATS), but underdogs still lead 104-88-3.

Overs and Unders split 7-7-1 as Unders maintained a 109-84-1 advantage.

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Week 14 opens with the Raiders (5-7) visiting the Rams (3-9) on Thursday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET (Prime Video).

Sunday features 7 division matchups:

  • AFC East: Jets (7-5) at Bills (9-3), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • AFC North: Browns (5-7) at Bengals (8-4), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • AFC North: Ravens (8-4) at Steelers (5-7), 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • AFC South: Jaguars (4-8) at Titans (7-5), 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • AFC West: Chiefs (9-3) at Broncos (3-9), 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
  • NFC East: Eagles (11-1) at Giants (7-4-1), 1 p.m. (FOX)
  • NFC North: Vikings (10-2) at Lions (5-7), 1 p.m. (FOX)

The Dolphins (8-4) visit the Chargers (6-6) Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC), while the Patriots (6-6) visit the Cardinals (4-8) for the Monday Night Game at 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN).

Six teams have byes: Falcons (5-8), Bears (3-10), Packers (5-8), Colts (4-8-1), Saints (4-9) and Commanders (7-5-1).

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2022 World Cup: Netherlands vs. Argentina odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Friday’s Netherlands vs. Argentina quarterfinal match odds and lines, with World Cup soccer expert picks, predictions and best bets.

Netherlands and Argentina meet in a quarterfinal matchup Friday at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail at 2 p.m. ET (FOX/Telemundo). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Netherlands vs. Argentina odds, and make our best World Cup bets, picks and predictions.

Netherlands dispatched the USMNT last Saturday 3-1 in the Round of 16. Now, the Oranje look to make manager Louis van Gaal proud, trying to oust Argentina.

The good news is that Memphis Depay finally appears to be fully fit after a nagging injury going into the group stage, and he is likely to be available for the entirety of the match.

The Dutch went 2-0-1 in Group A play, including a pair of 2-0 wins over Senegal and the host nation Qatar sandwiching a 1-1 draw with Ecuador.

Things certainly got off to an uneven start for La Albiceleste, as Argentina was stunned 2-1 in the group stage opener by Saudi Arabia. It might have been the best thing to happen, as Argentina bounced back with a pair of 2-0 wins over Mexico and Poland, before showing Australia the door in the Round of 16, winning 2-1.

Lionel Messi has been doing Messi-like things, scoring 3 goals with 4 points through 4 matches, while Julian Alvarez has bagged 2 goals. Cody Gakpo is the leading scorer for Holland, posting 3 goals in 4 matches.

Argentina might have to go it without Angel Di Maria, who is nursing a muscle strain and is a question mark for the match.

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Netherlands vs. Argentina odds

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  • Moneyline: Netherlands +255 (bet $100 to win $255) | Argentina +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Draw +220
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: +150 | U: -175)

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Prediction

Argentina 1, Netherlands 1

Moneyline (ML)

I really like the DRAW (+220) play for a chance to double up. These teams should play to a 1-1 score through full time, requiring extra time and perhaps penalty kicks to decide a winner.

A draw play on the 3-way line is a winner if the match is tied through 90 minutes plus stoppage time.

Over/Under (O/U)

The Under 2.5 (-175) price is a little too rich for my blood, and I feel as if both teams are going to be able to find the back of the net in the match. There is world-class talent on both sides.

As such, roll the dice on YES (+110): BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at plus-money. In case you’re new to wagering on soccer, if this is a scoreless draw, similar to the Morocco-Spain match in the Round of 16, going to penalty kicks, this would not be a winning play if both teams score on PKs. It’s a winner only if both sides score in regulation.

In addition, picking the CORRECT SCORE, 1-1 (+430), could help you multiply your initial stake by more than 4 times. That’s too hard to pass up.

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Best NFL underdog picks and predictions for Week 14

Analyzing NFL Week 14 betting odds and lines, with expert predictions and picks of the 3 best underdogs to cash in on.

Week 13 of the NFL season was not kind to the underdog. Only 1 team, the Cincinnati Bengals, won a game outright as the underdog. A total of 6 underdogs covered the spread in Week 13.

Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s NFL odds and lines, and tab the best NFL Week 14 underdog bets to cash in on among SportbookWire’s NFL expert picks and predictions.

As for my picks last week, they went 1-2. The Detroit Lions covered the half-point spread, but the Tennessee Titans did not and the Miami Dolphins did not win their game.

That brings my running total for the season to 18-21.

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NFL underdog predictions: Week 14

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at Thursday at 2:03 p.m. ET. All games Sunday and ET unless noted.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +3.5 (-116) San Francisco 49ers – 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

The 49ers have the league’s No. 1 defense going against the league’s No. 26 scoring offense, as the Bucs average only 18.1 points per game.

The 49ers allow the fewest points (15.8) and the fewest yards (283.9) per game but they will now have Brock Purdy starting at quarterback in place of Jimmy Garoppolo. 

The 49ers are 9-29 with anyone other than Garoppolo starting since Kyler Shanahan became head coach.

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NEW YORK JETS +10 (-109) at Buffalo Bills – 1  p.m. (CBS)

The Jets have not lost by double digits since Week 3. They even beat the Bills outright in Week 9.

The Bills have 5 wins this season by at least 10 points, but only 1 in the last 5 weeks (last week at New England).

The Jets have scored no fewer than 22 points with Mike White at QB the last 2 weeks. The Bills haven’t scored more than 31 since their bye week.

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New England Patriots at ARIZONA CARDINALS +2.5 (-112) – Monday 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

The Patriots have not won a game when their opponent has scored 20 points or more. They have allowed 8.7 points per game in their wins and 29.0 points per game in their losses.

The Cardinals’ offense looked good in their Week 12 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. If that carries over, they should be able to hit that 20-point mark.

In 4 of the Pats’ losses, they have allowed more than 130 rushing yards. Cardinals RB James Conner had 125 himself in the Cardinals’ loss to the Chargers.

The Cardinals are 3-1 when they rush for at least 130 yards as a team.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Thursday’s Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat odds and lines, with NBA expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The Los Angeles Clippers (14-12) take a trip to South Beach to visit the Miami Heat (11-14) Thursday. Tip-off from FTX Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Clippers vs. Heat odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

The Clippers had a tough OT loss Wednesday night to the Orlando Magic after being up 18 points during the game and losing 116-111 as 6.5-point favorites. When they got the lead the Clippers got careless and had 17 turnovers. In OT, they allowing rookie F Paolo Banchero to score 10 of his 23 points.

The Heat are on a 2-game losing streak after Tuesday’s 116-96 blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons as a 7.5-point favorite. Poor team shooting proved fatal for the Heat — 42% from the field and 31% on 3s. Coupled with an inability to stop the Pistons, which is rare for this top-5 defense, and you have a formula for failure. The Heat allowed the Pistons to shoot 49% from the floor and 46% on 3s.

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Clippers at Heat odds

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  • Moneyline (ML): Clippers +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Heat -220 (bet $220 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Clippers +5.5 (-105) | Heat -5.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 213.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Clippers at Heat key injuries

Clippers

  • Not yet submitted

Heat

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) questionable
  • Dewayne Dedmond (foot) questionable
  • Tyler Herro (ankle) probable
  • Nikola Jovic (foot) probable
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) questionable
  • Duncan Robinson (probable) ankle
  • Max Strus (shoulder) probable

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Clippers at Heat picks and predictions

Prediction

Clippers 101, Heat 99

Moneyline

LEAN CLIPPERS +190.

Neither of these teams is great, but the Heat are a worse team than the Clippers. With all of the uncertainty pertaining to injuries for both sides there is no very safe moneyline option, but if you like the moneyline then lean toward the underdog here. The Clippers and Heat have both underperformed but expect the Clippers to win this battle, especially if F Kawhi Leonard plays.

Against the spread

BET CLIPPERS +5.5 (-105).

No matter who wins this game this will be your best bet. These teams have 2 of the worst point differentials in the all of the NBA, with the Clippers at -1.7 and the Heat at -1.8. Both of these teams lose a good amount of games and when they do so it is often a close game. Neither team has shown the consistency ability to pull away when leading, but neither team will be blown out often either.

Over/Under

BET UNDER 213.5 (-110).

The Heat and the Clippers have 2 of the 3 worst offenses in the NBA in  terms of points scored — the Clippers at a league worst 107.3 PPG and the Heat 28th at 108.3 PPG. Couple that with both teams having top-10 defenses and you have the perfect formula for a low-scoring game. Both teams are banged up and will be without key players. Feel safe betting the under here.

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Colorado State at Colorado odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Thursday’s Colorado State at Colorado odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The Colorado State Rams (6-3) and Colorado Buffaloes (4-5) meet Thursday at the CU Events Center in Boulder. The opening tip is slated for 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Colorado State vs. Colorado odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Colorado State lost as a 16-point favorite its last time out. A Rams defense that had been solid for 8 games was undone by Northern Colorado shooting 57.1% from the field in the 88-83 loss on Saturday. Colorado State has been 1 of the top shooting teams in college hoops. The Rams’ 56.8% effective field-goal mark ranks 14th in the nation.

The Buffaloes, who have won their last 2 games against the Rams in 2018 and 2019, are just 1-3 straight-up and 0-4 against the spread (ATS) since Nov. 20. Colorado has played a 4 neutral-site games and is on its home hardwood for just the 3rd time. The Buffs are 8-1 in their last 9 regular-season, non-conference games at the CU Center.

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Colorado State at Colorado odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:28 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Colorado State +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Colorado -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Colorado State +3.5 (+100) | Colorado -3.5 (-120)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 142.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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Colorado State at Colorado picks and predictions

Prediction

Colorado 75, Colorado State 69

Moneyline

CSU has not faired well against this level team so far. Some shooting regression cropping up in an in-state road game would also not be a surprise.

Colorado is the lean here, but only an actionable one at -180 or better.

PASS.

Against the spread

For Colorado, recent games against Texas A&M (103-75 win on Nov. 18), Yale (65-62 win on Nov 27) and Arizona State (60-59 loss on Dec. 1) have some underlying game-flow and stats facets that fit this contest against Colorado State.

CU has logged a low shooting percentage on a lot of looks from in and around the paint. Look for some helping regression there and some downward regression in CSU’s shooting numbers. The Buffs can help that latter point along: they have been quite good in defending the perimeter.

Peg the BUFFALOES -3.5 (-120) as a decent value. They are worth a partial-unit play; more if the price drops to a level -110.

Over/Under

A decent pace can be expected in this match-up. The total listed is solid enough, though. Consider a line-watch: take the Over if the number drops to 140.5. Otherwise, STEER CLEAR.

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Michigan at Minnesota odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Thursday’s Michigan at Minnesota odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The Michigan Wolverines (5-3, 0-0 Big Ten) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4, 0-1) clash in a Big Ten showdown Thursday in Minneapolis. The opening tip at Williams Arena will be at 9 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Michigan vs. Minnesota odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Michigan lost to Kentucky Sunday (73-69) and heads to Minneapolis with back-to-back losses in tow. The Wolverines were a +8 underdog and stayed with the No. 16 Wildcats by shooting 40% from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Golden Gophers dropped an 89-70 game at No. 4 Purdue Sunday for their 3rd loss in a row. The Gophers are just 7-20 in this calendar year. They are, however, 3-1 straight-up and 3-1 against the spread (ATS) over their last 4 games against Michigan.

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Michigan at Minnesota odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:30 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Michigan -220 (bet $220 to win $100) | Minnesota +160 (bet $100 to win $160)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Michigan -4.5 (-115) | Minnesota +4.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 135.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Michigan at Minnesota picks and predictions

Prediction

Michigan 70, Minnesota 64

Moneyline

Michigan will, but is not worth the risk. PASS.

Against the spread

The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up loss. And UM’s last 2 games — both losses — were well-played, taut contests against top-25-caliber teams.

Thursday’s game marks Michigan’s 1st true road game of the season (after 4 neutral-site battles away from Ann Arbor).  But the youthful Wolverines take good care of the basketball and get more quality shots in their offense than  Minnesota does.

Gopher losses to DePaul (Nov. 14) and UNLV (Nov. 23) do not bode well for this betting situation against Michigan.

BACK THE WOLVERINES -4.5 (-115).

Over/Under

Figure a conference game slowing the pace a bit for both sides. Michigan sports a mid-range tempo, and Minnesota already plays at a bottom-quartile pace.

Points from distance, the free-throw line and off turnovers and rebounds don’t figure to be on the loose.

TAKE THE UNDER 135.5 (-110).

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Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Thursday’s Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars odds and lines, with NHL expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The Ottawa Senators (10-14-1) and Dallas Stars (14-7-5) meet Thursday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Senatorsvs. Stars odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.

The Senators were piped 5-2 at home by the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, snapping a modest 2-game win streak. Despite the lopsided loss, Ottawa is still a respectable 4-2 in the last 6 games, including 3-1 in the last 4 against Western Conference clubs.

The Stars were paddled at home by the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday, getting shut out by Matt Murray and the visitors 4-0. Dallas has been feast or famine from an offensive perspective, going for 4 or more goals in 5 of the last 7 games, while posting 1 or no goals in the other 2 outings.

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Senators at Stars odds

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  • Moneyline (ML): Senators +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Stars -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Senators +1.5 (-150) | Stars -1.5 (+125)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

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Senators at Stars projected goalies

Cam Talbot (4-7-0, 2.83 GAA, .907 SV%) vs. Jake Oettinger (9-3-3, 2.54 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO)

Talbot was pounded for 5 goals on just 14 shots before getting pulled midway through the 2nd period on Tuesday against the visiting Kings. The goal total matched his season-worst effort Nov. 8 at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

On the road, Talbot is 4-2-0 with a 2.19 GAA and .928 SV% in 6 starts, as opposed to 0-5-0 with a 3.48 GAA and .888 SV% in 5 home outings.

Oettinger was on the short end of a 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs last time out, allowing 3 goals on 28 shots. He has allowed 7 goals on 44 shots since a 31-save shutout against the Anaheim Ducks to open the month last Thursday.

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Senators at Stars picks and predictions

Prediction

Stars 3, Senators 1

Moneyline

The Stars (-190) will cost you nearly 2 times your potential return, and that’s too much risk for not enough reward. Even though Oettinger is solid at home, there is a lot of risk based on Talbot’s crazy road splits, too.

AVOID, and look to the puck line instead.

Puck line/Against the spread

The STARS -1.5 (+125) are worth playing on a half-unit bet. In all 14 of its wins this season, Dallas has won by 2 or more goals. So if you like the Stars to win, you should like them to cover the puck line, too.

Over/Under

UNDER 6.5 (-105) is a strong play in this final game of the NHL evening.

The Under has dominated for the Sens lately, going 10-2 in the last 12 games overall, and 6-0 in the last 6 games on the road. The Under is also 13-6-1 in the last 20 games against teams with a winning record, too.

The Under has hit at a 4-1 clip in the last 5 games overall for the Stars, while also going 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in this series.

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Iowa State at Iowa odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Thursday’s Iowa State at Iowa odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones (7-1) and the No. 24 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1) meet Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (FS1). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Iowa State vs. Iowa odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Rankings courtesy of the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.

The Cyclones have rebounded with a pair of victories after their lone setback against then-No. 22 Connecticut (71-53) in Portland, Ore. on a neutral floor on Nov. 27. Iowa State covered as a 6-point favorite against St. John’s last time out, winning 71-60. The Under is 4-0 in its last 4 games and 7-1 in 8 games overall.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a 74-62 loss to Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York City Tuesday, and Iowa also dropped a 79-66 decision to TCU on a neutral floor Nov. 26 in a Florida holiday tournament. Iowa is 1-3 against the spread in the past 4 outings while cashing the Under in each of the 4 contests.

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Iowa State at Iowa odds

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  • Moneyline (ML): Iowa State +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Iowa -180 (bet $180 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Iowa State +3.5 (-110) | Iowa -3.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 141.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

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Iowa State at Iowa picks and predictions

Prediction

Iowa 70, Iowa State 68

Moneyline

This game is too tight to risk wagering nearly 2 times your potential return on Iowa (-180). PASS.

Against the spread

IOWA STATE +3.5 (-110) is worth playing in its first true road game of the season. It recorded a pair of neutral-court wins in Portland Nov. 24-25 — an overtime victory over Villanova and a 70-65 win over then-No. 1 North Carolina.

It’s a little risky, so go lightly, as Iowa has won 3 straight home meetings with Iowa State while covering at a 5-1-1 ATS clip across the past 7 outings.

Over/Under

UNDER 141.5 (-115) is definitely the play here, as Iowa’s basketball team has apparently taken a page from the football team. Iowa has cashed the Under in each of the past 4 outings.

If you like that, you’ll really like the fact Iowa State has hit the Under in 11 of the past 12 games dating back to last season, while going 5-1 in its final 6 road games last season.

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Rutgers at Ohio State odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Thursday’s Rutgers at Ohio State odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten) and the No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-2, 0-0) meet Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Rutgers vs. Ohio State odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Rankings courtesy of the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.

The Scarlet Knights pulled off a 63-48 upset of visiting Indiana last time out on Saturday in Piscataway, cashing for the 3rd time in the past 4 games. The Under is 3-1 in the past 4 games and Rutgers has allowed 49 or fewer points in 3 of the past 4, too.

The Buckeyes stomped St. Francis (PA) last time out by a 96-59 count, covering a 29-point number. It took out a little frustration and worked out some kinks before the conference slate after an 81-72 loss to Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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Rutgers at Ohio State odds

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  • Moneyline (ML): Rutgers +185 (bet $100 to win $185) | Ohio State -260 (bet $260 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Rutgers +5.5 (-105) | Ohio State -5.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 136.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Rutgers at Ohio State picks and predictions

Prediction

Ohio State 69, Rutgers 64

Moneyline

The odds on Ohio State (-260) are too steep. Betting more than 2 times your potential return isn’t a good bet. PASS.

Against the spread

RUTGERS +5.5 (-105) will be playing in its first true road game of the season. It has left campus just once, and that resulted in a 72-66 loss to Temple Nov. 18 on a neutral court at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

While it’s unknown how Rutgers will perform in an actual road game, what is known is that this is one of the better defensive teams in the country. The Scarlet Knights are No. 1 against the 3-pointer, holding the opposition to just 20.5% on triples while limiting teams to 35.4% overall from the floor (7th) and 54.1 PPG (5th).

Over/Under

UNDER 136.5 (-110) is the lean, and it’s the defense of Rutgers driving that train.

Rutgers has held teams to 49 or fewer points in 3 of the past 4 outings. Ohio State likes to get out and run, and it has hit the Over in 3 in a row. So go lightly here, as it’s up-tempo vs. defense, and it will be a tug of war all night in C-Bus.

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