In the NBA, the Lakers and Celtics continue to dominate against the spread. Over in college hoops Louisville and Ohio State jumped to the top of the rankings. Also, Anthony Joshua regained his title in the boxing ring. Check out what happened this past week in sports!
Weekly Sports Update – December 9th Edition
NBA Update: Lakers & Celtics Rolling ATS
So far, a single La La Land team has dominated and it’s not the one with Kawhi. The Lakers are unbeatable. After Sunday’s 142-125 pasting they put onto the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers are 21-3 straight up. That’s not the half of it. LeBron and Anthony Davis have lead the Lake Show to an awesome 15-9 ATS record. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4. They’re 5-1 ATS in their last 6.
Over in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics are tearing it up against the spread. Boston is 13-6-2 ATS. They have a winning road record against the spread at 7-5. At home, they have yet to lose ATS.
It’s no surprise that the Celtics lead the Atlantic Division with a 16-5 SU record. The Lakers lead the Pacific with a 21-3 SU record. Although both are killing it at the windows, neither is the best team in the NBA.
That moniker belongs to the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis’ squad is 20-3 straight up. They’re only 12-11 ATS, though. But the Bucks have won 4 straight against the spread. Take a look at Milwaukee for your next NBA bet. The Lakers and Celtics could fall back to the mean while the Bucks continue their spread beating run.
Boxing: Joshua Exacts Revenge Over Ruiz Jr.
Andy Ruiz Jr. has the skills to be the top heavyweight in boxing. On Saturday, he showed none of those skills. Why? Ruiz Jr. ballooned to a ridiculous 283.7 pounds. It was more than 15 pounds heavier than the 268 he weighed in the first fight.
Anthony Joshua stepped off the scales at 238. That’s the lowest Joshua has fought in a long time. The difference in weight can often lead to the smaller man losing. Not so on Dec. 7. Joshua ran circles around the whale-like Ruiz Jr. He dominated for an easy unanimous decision win.
Joshua stayed patient. That had to have impressed boxing fan.s It’s also important to note that he beat Ruiz Jr. in a rematch. Joshua has proven that he can pick himself up, dust himself off, and move on from a devastating loss. Bring on Deontay Wilder!
College Basketball: Louisville, Virginia, & Ohio State at Top of Rankings
In college basketball, rankings don’t mean as much as it does in college football. Still, it’s hard to find better teams than the Louisville Cardinals, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Virginia Cavaliers. Louisville ranks 1st in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll. Virginia ranks 2nd in the Coaches Poll. They rank fifth in the AP Top 25. Ohio State ranks 6th in both polls.
The defending champion Cavaliers beat rival North Carolina 56-47 on Sunday. Virginia allows 44.22 points per game. Opponents shoot 31.56% from the field and 26.67% from three versus the Cavaliers.
Louisville allows 57.56 points per game. Ohio State allows 54.67 points per. All 7 are undefeated SU. But, Ohio State is the lone against the spread darling. The Buckeyes are 8-1 ATS. Virginia is 3-6 ATS while Louisville is 5-4 ATS.
Most expected Louisville to step it up this season. After the Rick Pitino debacle, the Cardinals posted a couple of mediocre seasons. This year, though, they look like the real deal. The 58-43 win over Michigan last week had to impress. Louisville plays in the ACC, though. Soon, they’ll pick up a couple of losses.
Virginia’s defense is almost impossible to score against. A truly athletic team might challenge them, though. Like Louisville, they’re an ACC team. 3 to 4 losses is more than probable.
Ohio State might escape this season with only a single loss. Right now, the Buckeyes look like this year’s unbeatable squad. Although only ranked 6th, Ohio State has beaten and covered against Cincinnati, Villanova, and North Carolina. See? We told you rankings don’t mean that much!
Back the Buckeyes until odds makers adjust their lines. Even then, they won’t be favored in every game. Unlike Virginia, Ohio State follows up their exceptional defense with an 80.9 points per game offense. That makes them the most balanced team in college hoops.
College Football: LSU Leads College Football Playoff Top 4
College Football Conference Championships took place this past Friday and Saturday. By throttling Georgia 37-10 in the SEC Championship, the Louisiana State Tigers left no doubt that they’re the top squad in college football.
LSU battles #4 Oklahoma in 1-of-2 College Football Playoff Semifinal games on Dec. 28. The Tigers opened a -8 ½ favorite. After 10 minutes, they dived to -11 ½ favoritism. As of this morning, the Tigers are -13 ½ point favorites.
In the second game, ACC winner Clemson is a -2 favorite over Ohio State. Be wary of backing the Clemson Tigers. They ran over their Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. But, the ACC again was the worst of the Big 5 Conferences.
No team in the ACC finished more than 4 games above .500 except Clemson. Outside of the Tigers, only 5 of the 13 other squads finished with a winning record. Ohio State dominated Wisconsin 27-0 in the second half of the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes offer value on the MyBookie moneyline at +105 to beat the defending champs.
Have a great week!
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