NCAA Mens Championship Betting
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CHICAGO BULLS (34-20) at DETROIT PISTONS (21-33)
Chicago has been hot lately, beating Cleveland 113-98 as a 1.5-point home underdog before the break. The Bulls have won four straight games and covered in three of those contests. One reason this team has been able to get back on track is that it returned to its roots and started to play defense again. Over the past four games, the Bulls are allowing just 88.3 PPG and theyll need to keep up the intensity on that end. The Pistons, meanwhile, lost two of their past three games SU and ATS heading into the break. Their most recent game was a 104-87 loss as 6-point home favorites against the Spurs. When these teams met on Nov. 10, 2014, the Bulls beat the Pistons 102-91 as 10-point home favorites. Chicago has dominated this head-to-head series recently, going 8-2 SU but 4-6 ATS in the past 10 games between these two. The Bulls have been equally as dominant in Detroit, winning-and-covering in two straight and going 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in their past 10 trips to The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Bulls have played well on the road this season, going 19-9 SU and 15-13 ATS. They are also 2-1 SU and ATS when playing on three or more days rest. The Pistons havent responded well to extended breaks, going 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS when playing on three or more days rest this season. SG Jimmy Butler (Shoulder) and PG Kirk Hinrich (Toe) are both probable for the Bulls. SFs Caron Butler (Back) and Cartier Martin (Ankle) are probable for the Pistons, who are without PG Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the season.
The Bulls have really started to click recently and a lot of that has to do with PG Derrick Rose (18.9 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.1 RPG). Rose has been on fire, pouring in 30 points with seven assists in a win over the Cavs before the break. Hes averaging 21.2 PPG, 6.2 APG and 1.0 SPG in 35.0 MPG over the past five games and has seemingly gotten his quickness back. Rose had 24 points and seven assists in the first meeting with Detroit this year and should be able to do well this time around also. The health of SG Jimmy Butler (20.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.8 SPG) will be big in this one. Butler didnt play against the Cavs and only got nine minutes of action in the All-Star Game on Sunday. The Bulls need him to be healthy, as he is their best two-way player and can really put a lot of pressure on opposing teams. PF Pau Gasol (18.4 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG) played very well in the first game against the Pistons this season. He had 17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in that game and will need to do more of the same in this one. The Pistons have an extremely talented frontcourt and he cant afford to only play well on the offensive end. C Joakim Noah (7.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.3 BPG) had one of his best games of the year against Cleveland before the break. Noah played 31 minutes and had 10 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and a block. He had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against Detroit early in the season, but he didnt have any blocks. Hell need to protect the rim in this one or the Bulls winning streak could end here.
The Pistons have lost two of their past three games and will be looking to get back on track with a win over the Bulls on Friday. PG D.J. Augustin (10.6 PPG, 4.9 APG) is going to be the x-factor for the Pistons in this one. Augustin had 22 points and six assists in a loss to the Spurs last game and will need to find a way to compete with Derrick Rose on Friday. He had 16 points in 21 minutes the last time these teams played and should be fired up to start against his former team this time around. SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (11.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG) will also need to be ready to play in this one. Hell be matched up against Jimmy Butler for a majority of this game and the Pistons cant afford to get nothing out of him. He had 20 points against the Spurs and is one of the best shooters Detroit has (35percent 3PT). If hes not knocking down his open looks, itll be hard for the Pistons to score enough to beat this Chicago squad. PF Greg Monroe (15.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG) had 16 points and 10 boards in 36 minutes the last time he met the Bulls. Monroe struggled against San Antonio last game, finishing with just six points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Hell need to turn things around, as the Pistons cant win this game unless he holds his own against Pau Gasol. He should be able to have a good game on the offensive end, as Gasol is one of the few players in the league that Monroe is quicker than. C Andre Drummond (12.6 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG) had just two points before fouling out against Chicago the last time these teams met. He did grab 12 boards and block a shot, but he must stay disciplined this time around. The Pistons need his effort on the glass and they cant afford to have him in foul trouble once again.
OLE MISS REBELS (3-0) at ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (3-0)
No. 1 Alabama faces another NFL Betting Lines tough test on Saturday night when it hosts the explosive offense of No. 21 Ole Miss.
Ole Miss hasnt beaten Alabama SU since 2003, averaging a mere 13.1 PPG during nine straight defeats in this series. But the Rebels have covered in four straight visits to Tuscaloosa, losing by just 9.8 PPG in the four ATS wins. As 31-point underdogs, they lost only 33-14 a year ago, holding the Crimson Tide to 305 yards of offense. Ole Miss enters this one winners of five in a row SU, and has covered in five of its past six contests. This season, the Rebels are averaging 38.0 PPG and 490 total YPG in their three victories. Alabama essentially took last week off against Colorado State, resting numerous starters in a 31-6 victory. It was the second straight week the Tide have failed to cover, winning 49-42 at 8-point underdog Texas A&M the previous week. However, this is a good sign considering Alabama is 15-3 ATS (83percent) off two no-covers as a favorite since 1992. However, Ole Miss has had plenty of time to prepare with last week's bye, and they are 19-6 ATS (76percent) on the road when playing with 2+ weeks of rest since 1992. Both teams also have favorable coaching trends, as Hugh Freeze is 12-4 ATS (75percent) since arriving at Ole Miss and 13-3 ATS (81percent) in the first half of the season as a college coach. Nick Saban is 18-8 ATS (69percent) off a home win by 17+ points, and 25-14 ATS (64percent) after 3+ straight wins as the Alabama head coach.
The Rebels have shown tremendous offensive balance this season with 250 rushing YPG (21st in nation) and 240 passing YPG (55th in FBS). QB Bo Wallace is a true dual-threat under center, throwing for 648 yards (7.5 YPA), 4 TD and 0 INT, but also running for 120 yards and 3 TD. Wallace is looking to make amends after a dreadful performance at Alabama last year when he completed just 15-of-26 passes for 123 yards (4.7 YPA), 0 TD and 2 INT. He has a great chance to improve upon that with the return of top WR Vince Sanders who has missed the entire season after suffering a broken collarbone in the first fall practice. Sanders caught seven passes for 46 yards in last year's loss to the Tide. Without Sanders, Wallace has relied mostly on three players who have all surpassed 10 catches and 150 yards this year -- TE Evan Engram (175 yds, 2 TD), WR Donte Moncrief (173 yds, 2 TD) and Laquon Treadwell (154 yds). It's never easy to run on Alabama, but the Rebels have an excellent ball carrier in RB Jeff Scott, who has galloped for 330 yards on just 35 carries (9.4 YPC) with a pair of touchdowns. He scored on a 75-yard game-winning scamper with 1:07 left in his team's SEC-opening win at Vanderbilt. The Ole Miss defense has been much improved this season, especially against the run where it has held teams to 114 rushing YPG on 3.1 YPC. The passing defense has also been decent, allowing 218 YPG on 6.8 YPA, including 5.4 YPA in its last game, a 44-23 win at Texas. The Rebels are really hoping to have sophomore LB Denzel Nkemdiche (knee) back in action. He was all over the field in last year's meeting with Alabama, racking up 11 tackles, 3 TFL and two forced fumbles. His brother, highly-touted freshman DE Robert Nkemdiche, has yet to record a sack, but he does have 10 tackles (eight solo) in his first three collegiate games. Ole Miss knows it needs to create some turnovers, something it has done five times this season.
Alabama's offense has not been very consistent, especially on the ground. The Tide tallied just 96 rushing yards (2.5 YPC) in the season opener versus Virginia Tech and 66 yards (3.1 YPC) in last week's victory over Colorado State. However, none of this blame should go to RB T.J. Yeldon who has gained 5.6 yards per carry on his 49 attempts. Despite the ground game underachieving, QB AJ McCarron has been outstanding in his decision making over the past two weeks, completing 40-of-55 passes (73percent) for 592 yards, 5 TD and just 1 INT. McCarron was very efficient in last year's win over Ole Miss too, completing 22-of-30 passes (73percent) for 180 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. Both of those touchdowns went to WR Amari Cooper, who finished with 84 yards on eight receptions. Cooper did not play last week because of a minor toe injury, but he will be back on the field Saturday. If he's still limited, McCarron has three other receivers that have topped 100 yards this year, including explosive junior WR DeAndrew White, who has a hefty 20.1 yards per catch with a pair of touchdowns. Fellow junior WR Christion Jones leads the Tide with 12 receptions, piling up nine grabs for 90 yards last week. The Tide defense and special teams have provided a great source of offense with five combined touchdowns already. Alabama's defense looked extremely shaky in its only SEC contest, allowing Texas A&M to compile a whopping 628 total yards of offense. The Tide were predictably much improved in this department last week, holding CSU to a mere 279 total yards, including 51 yards on 26 rushes (2.0 YPC). In last year's defeat of Ole Miss, the Tide picked off three passes and gave up only 218 yards to the Rebels.
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