Here’s how the week’s going: we had three MACtion games last night, and two of them went under the total with the third game pushing. On the other side of the coin, the computer was a perfect 3-0 both moneyline and ATS yesterday, so there’s at least a couple positive things there.
There’s more MACtion tonight plus college basketball, NBA and NHL action, so we’re back at it today. Here are my best bets for Wednesday.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS -1, -110
The Huskies keep finding new ways to win, and if they pull this one out, they’re officially the MAC West champions and heading for Detroit. Buffalo doesn’t have the defense to stop either Jay Ducker or Trayvon Rudolph, which says this should be a high-scoring win for the Huskies. There’s also the fact that Northern Illinois has never lost at Buffalo in its history, so there’s a good chance for this one.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN TTO 28.5, -110
The number has dropped on this one, despite the Chippewas’ offense putting up huge numbers over their past three outings. That’s in part because Ball State is not really a great offensive side, which has some bettors spooked. I’m not worried about the Chippewas, though, so I’m going to back them to hit their number. CMU is an offense-heavy squad with a good running game, and Ball State isn’t much on defense. The Chippewas should reach their number here.
KINGS ML, -110
As long as the opponent isn’t Winnipeg, the Kings are hot right now. Los Angeles has won seven of its past nine, with the two exceptions being a pair of 3-2 losses to the Jets. The Capitals have been good on the road, but they’re coming off an overtime loss to Anaheim on Tuesday. There’s a good chance that the Kings can pull another surprise as tired legs come into play.
RHODE ISLAND, -5.5, -110
Rhode Island is playing outstanding defense at the moment, and Boston College doesn’t exactly push the tempo. The Rams are likely to lock down on BC’s shooters, and I don’t think the Eagles shoot well enough to overcome this opponent. The under might also be a good play, but be warned that the Rams do like to run when they can.
ARKANSAS, -12.5, -110
Northern Iowa is not good this year and Arkansas hasn’t exactly played up to Eric Musselman’s standards on defense. The Razorbacks are looking for a lockdown performance, and this is likely to be the one with the Panthers scoring under 60 in each of their first two games. Don’t be fooled by 95 points against a lesser division team; UNI shouldn’t have much luck against Arkansas.