Vanderbilt had one of the worst 3-point shooting performances in Division I basketball over the past 20 seasons, going 0-for-25 against Tennessee to snap a streak of 1,080 straight games of making at least one 3.
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson was emotional as his No. 1 jersey was retired by Washington State on Saturday. “Each year I was in Pullman I had to grow,” Thompson said.
An MRI on Celtics guard Kemba Walker’s left knee showed no structural damage, but he sat out Saturday night’s game against the Suns with soreness in the knee.
Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari was ejected in the second half against Arkansas on Saturday after vociferously challenging an illegal screen called against EJ Montgomery.
Here are some betting angles for Saturday’s games based on matchups and trends.
Odds as of Saturday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
Bucks at Nets
- Spread: Bucks -10.5
- Over/Under: 235
- Time: 6 p.m. ET
The Angle: Kyrie’s ATS Struggles
I don’t want to make too big a thing out of it but the Nets are 5-8-1 ATS with Kyrie Irving playing in the basketball games. The last two seasons including Boston teams with Kyrie playing are 38-44-4 (44%) ATS. That’s not great for a superstar, because he’s clearly moving the line but then isn’t carrying.
This line opened as Bucks -6.5 and is all the way up at 10. When favored by at least six points on the road, Milwaukee under Mike Budenholzer is 21-9-1 (70%) ATS. When favored by 10 points or more vs. East teams under Budenholzer, the Bucks are 28-16-2 (64%).
So it’s a pretty good spot for the Bucks.
Here’s the other side of it: the Nets are 6th-best in the league in points allowed in the paint per 100 possessions and 4th best in opponent fastbreak points allowed per 100 possessions. They’re also 7th in the league defending catch-and-shoot situations.
I’m leaning towards the under based on those factors; Brooklyn’s better defensively than common consensus and the total is all the way up at 235.
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