The seasons are winding down on the gridiron and heating up on the courts. This weekend is ready to provide some excitement on the turf and the hardwood, though, as we have Top-10 matchups in NCAA Football, heavyweights swinging in the NFL, early-season tourneys in NCAA Basketball, and teams jockeying for position in the NBA!
Starting things off on Friday night are College Basketball tournament action and big-time NBA matchups. These are highlighted by the #1 Duke Blue Devils vs. the Georgetown Hoyas in the 2K Empire Classic in the world-famous Madison Square Garden. Duke is favored by 13 and should easily cover that number in this early season test. On the pro side of the sport, the Los Angeles Lakers are heading to Oklahoma City to put their 12-2 record on the line against the Thunder. LA has the better record but OKC has home court advantage and 4.5-points on their side. Look for OKC to stay within the spread and possibly even steal this one outright.
Saturday is the day where College Football is King! The season is almost over and every game is important. Any false moves now and there is no time for recovery in the playoff discussion. There are no more impactful games this weekend in any sport than when the Penn State Nittany Lions travel to the Horseshoe to face THE Ohio State. Although, not a de-facto playoff game, it may as well be as the loser will not make the 4-team tournament. In a matchup of Top-10 teams, one would expect a tight game but that’s not the way Vegas sees it. OSU is an 18-pt favorite in this one. James Franklin is too good of a coach with too good of a team to get beaten that soundly. Penn State and the points is what the Elldee Sports Formula is calling for.
Finally, the NFL is providing a game or two worth watching on Sunday to finish out the weekend. There are only a few games with national appeal this weekend for the professional football league but boy are they whoppers! In the early games, the cream of the crop has to be the Seattle Seahawks heading East to face the Philadelphia Eagles. The numbers in the formula say the ‘Hawks by 8 but my mind says be wary of a team traveling from the West Coast for an early game. In the afternoon slate, the Dallas Cowboys head to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots in what should be the game of the week. The showcase should be the offense of Dallas vs the defense of NE in this mega-matchup. The cold weather and travel is probably too much to overcome for the Cowboys with a prediction of a close 1-pt loss.
There are plenty of great options to choose from this weekend. Sit down, grab a bag of popcorn and stay entertained! Until next time, good luck!