Stephen Nover | CBB Sides – Saturday, Apr 1 2017 8:35PM
814 North Carolina -4.5(-110) Westgate vs 813 Oregon triple-dime bet
Analysis: Oregon has been riding a lot of momentum. But North Carolina has a height and talent edge. The week layoff takes away Oregon’s momentum, too. So I’m going with the Tar Heels.
North Carolina has far more Big Dance experience than Oregon. The Tar Heels nearly won the NCAA Tournament last season losing on late basket in the title game. Oregon’s last Final Four NCAA Tourney experience came in 1939.
This is the matchup where the Ducks are really going to miss Chris Boucher, out for the season after sustaining a knee injury during a semifinal game in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament. Boucher’s absence leaves Jordan Bell as the lone quality big man the Ducks have. Bell has had an outstanding NCAA Tournament, but he’s not going to be able to hold off the Tar Heels on the boards.
North Carolina has the best rebound differential of any team since Michigan State in 2001 at plus 13. No major conference team has come close since then of having that big of a difference on the boards. The Ducks have advanced this far in the tournament by outrebounding each of their opponents. That’s not going to happen here.
SIMON- March Record (24-27-2 -6.90 ) Season Record (72-83 -16.02)
AUSTRALIA – A LEAGUE
(OVER 3 -110) Western Sydney Wanderers@ Newcastle Jets (235AM)
GERMANY – BUNDESLIGA
(OVER 2.5 -135) SV Darmstadt 98 @ RB Leipzig (930AM)
ENGLAND – PREMIER LEAGUE
(OVER 2.5 -115) West Bromwich @ Manchester United (10AM)
ENGLAND – CHAMPIONSHIP
(OVER 2.5 -105) Wigan Athletic@ Newcastle United (10AM)
ENGLAND – NATIONAL LEAGUE
(OVER 2.5 -135) Eastleigh @ Dagenham and Redbridge (10AM)
ITALY – SERIE B
(UNDER 2 +112) Benevento @ Spezia (9AM)
SPAIN – LA LIGA 2
(UNDER 2 -112) Cadiz @ UCAM Murcia (12PM)
3-unit Play. #200021. EPL. Take West Ham United Pick(+115) Spread over Hull City. (Saturday @ 10:00 am est) (If this match ends in a Draw, it is a Push, Regulation + Injury time).
The English Premier League kicks back off on Saturday after the last International Break of the season. Hull City with host West Ham United in a match that even if Hull wins, will see them stay in the drop zone. Hull are currently in 18th place on 24 points after 29 matches with a -32 goal difference. Hull lost their last match before the International Break 4-0 at Everton after snapping a three-match winless streak with a 2-1 win at home over Swansea City. Hull are three points behind Swansea and two points above Middlesbrough in 19th place. For the visitors, West Ham enter this match in 12th place on 33 points, level on points with 11th place Bournemouth and one point above Burnley in 13th place. West Ham have had an unfortunate run of form of late losing their last three matches in a row and are winless in their last five in a row. This will be the 12th meeting between these two sides with West Ham holding a 7-2-2 advantage over Hull and winners of the last two in a row and three of the last four. The last match at Hull ended in a 2-2 draw in September 2014. Hull are missing over 10 players for this match and have held on by a thread all season with a light squad where West Ham need to right the ship against one of the bottom feeders.
4-unit Play. #200038. EPL. Take Leicester City -1/2(Even) Spread over Stoke City. (Saturday@ 10:00 am est) (For Leicester City to Win, they must Win by 1 or more goals, Regulation + Injury time).
The reigning Premier League Champions have not had a follow up season they would like to remember. Leicester have fired their manager and were endanger of relegation after winning only five of 25 matches. However Leicester have found some of their form from last season and are on a three-match winning streak, having beaten Liverpool and Hull City 3-1 at home and West Ham United 3-2 away. This run of recent form has Leicester in 15th place on 30 points, one point behind 14th place Watford and two points above 16th place Crystal Palace. For the visitors, Stoke City enter this match in ninth place on 36 points after 29 matches, seven points behind eight place West Brom and three points above 10thplace Southampton. Stoke enter on a two-match winless streak having loss 2-1 at home to Chelsea before the International Break. Over Stoke’s last five-matches they are 2-2-1 and will look to snap their current winless streak. Stoke will be without Shaqiri and Butland against Leicester. This will be the 59thmeeting between these two sides with Stoke holding a 22-17-19 advantage. These two sides drew 2-2 at Stoke in December.
3-unit Play. #209810. MLS. Take NYCFC -1/2(-125) Spread over San Jose. (Saturday @ 2:00 pm est) (For NYCFC to Win, they must Win by 1 or more goals, Regulation + Injury time).
New York City FC host their third home match in a row on Saturday afternoon having won one, lost one, and drawn one match already this season. NYCFC find themselves in sixth place early in the season on 4 points with a +3 goal difference. NY are one point behind fifth place Toronto and level on points with seventh place Chicago in the Eastern Conference. NY finished last season in second place in the Eastern Conference, but were totally destroyed by Toronto. For the visitors, San Jose makes the long trek across the country to face NYCFC with a 2-1-0 record having lost their last match 2-1 at Sporting KC. San Jose did win their first two-matches this season 3-2 against Vancouver and 1-0 against Montreal. San Jose was one of the weaker teams in MLS last season finishing in ninth place in the Western Conference and were only able to scratch together one away win. This will be the third meeting between these two sides with NYCFC winning the first match n 2015 3-2 in NY and drew 0-0 in San Jose last season. NYCFC on paper is a powerhouse and all their major stars have been rested over the international break. See the home side control the match and pick up the three points.
5-unit Play. #209825. MLS. Take Real Salt Lake Pick(-135) Spread over Minnesota. (Saturday@ 8:00 pm est) (If this match ends in a Draw, it is a Push, Regulation + Injury time).
The newest MLS side, Minnesota United return home after a two-match road swing picking up their first MLS point with a 2-2 draw at Colorado, though they followed that 2-2 draw with a 5-2 loss where they conceded two penalties. Minnesota have become the first MLS side to concede 5 or more goals in their first three-matches and over a three-match span as well as conceding the most goals to start a season in MLS history. Minnesota’s defense has been missing all season, but showed some life against Colorado. With a new side you really do not know what you will get when they runout. Minnesota currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference on one point with a -12 goal difference, level on points with Vancouver, but light years behind on goal difference. The visitors Real Salt Lake enter this match in ninth place on two points after four matches. Real drew their first and last match 0-0 with two losses sandwiched between the two draws. Last season Real finished in sixth place in the Western Conference losing in the opening round to the LA Galaxy. See Real have some new life and energy as they just appointed a new manager in Mike Petke this week and for Minnesota see them shake up their lineup once against as they try to find what works both in personnel and formation.