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Thursday’s Best ESPN BET Bets: Warriors-Knicks, Penguins-Kraken, USC-Washington St

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So close yet so far from going perfect with the Winning Picks Wednesday night, finishing up 2-1. We started the night strong with the under covering in La Salle/Duquesne despite theatrics at the end almost dooming it. Northern Kentucky blew out Robert Morris in their last home game as a member of the Horizon League. The Clippers were dominating most of the game versus the Lakers before a 4th quarter surge by LeBron James gave the Lake Show the victory, ruining our Clip Squad spread bet. We moved to 174-132-3 on the year.

The NCAA Tournament picture is becoming clearer and clearer based on the odds to win it all as we head to March. Right now, only 6 teams have odds under +2000: UConn (+450), Houston (+750), Purdue (+700), Arizona (+1200), Tennessee (+1300) and North Carolina (+1800). As I stated a few weeks ago, the Houston Cougars are the best value in my opinion. Just today, I placed a free $25 bet on the Cougars to win it all. I love using free bets on future bets like this.

There is value to be found on certain teams like San Diego St (+7500) and even Gonzaga (+10000), if they somehow get in. I project this team to be as whacky as last year’s tournament, so don’t be surprised if a 8 or 9 seed makes it all the way to the Final Four like Florida Atlantic did last year.

Now onto the Winning Picks!

ESPN BET

NJ, PA, VA, MD, WV, MA, KS, KY,
LA, TN, CO, AZ, IA, IL, IN, MI, OH
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Call 1-800-GAMBLER

GET BONUS
SIGN-UP BONUSGET $150 BONUS
on $10 BET
PROMO CODE PITTSPORTS
CLAIM OFFER

Golden State Warriors (-4.5) at New York Knicks O/U 222.5 7:30 PM on TNT

Two teams that lost as Winning Picks this week face off at Madison Square Garden as the New York Knicks host the Golden State Warriors. The Knicks really miss OG Anunoby and Julius Randle right now. Jalen Brunson has been solid in their absence, but he won’t be able to carry this team on his shoulders like that in the playoffs.

The Warriors are finally getting in a groove and have found their way into the 10th seed in the West, which would put them in the play-in tournament. They sit 3.5 games out of the 6th seed currently occupied by the New Orleans Pelicans, who defeated the Knicks at the Garden on Tuesday night. As for this game tonight, the Warriors have found enough rhythm in their play as of late to win and cover against this undermanned Knicks team tonight.

Warriors Cover -4.5, Golden State Warriors 117 New York Knicks 110

ESPN BET

NJ, PA, VA, MD, WV, MA, KS, KY,
LA, TN, CO, AZ, IA, IL, IN, MI, OH
Must be 21+.Gambling problem?
Call 1-800-GAMBLER

GET BONUS
SIGN-UP BONUSGET $150 BONUS
on $10 BET
PROMO CODE PITTSPORTS
CLAIM OFFER

Pittsburgh Penguins at Seattle Kraken (-120) O/U 5.5 10:00 PM on SportsNet Pittsburgh

The Penguins hope to not be sleepless in Seattle tonight as they take on the Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena. Over their last three games, the Pens have made the pledge to play better hockey despite missing core pieces in their lineup in Jake Guentzal and Bryan Rust. But the Kraken will be no easy out tonight.

Over their past 5 games, Seattle has beaten the likes of Vancouver and Boston twice. Those are two of the top teams in the NHL. However, the Kraken play a style that plays right into what the Penguins do well this year: low scoring affairs. The Pens beat this same Kraken team 3-0 last month in Pittsburgh. While I don’t think they will shut them out again, I like the Penguins to get their 4th straight win tonight in Seattle.

Penguins Moneyline +100, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Seattle Kraken 1

ESPN BET

NJ, PA, VA, MD, WV, MA, KS, KY,
LA, TN, CO, AZ, IA, IL, IN, MI, OH
Must be 21+.Gambling problem?
Call 1-800-GAMBLER

GET BONUS
SIGN-UP BONUSGET $150 BONUS
on $10 BET
PROMO CODE PITTSPORTS
CLAIM OFFER

USC Trojans at Washington St Cougars (-7.5) O/U 138.5 10:30 PM on the PAC12 Network

This was supposed to be a banner year for USC basketball in their last year in the PAC 12. With the sons of current and former NBA stars like Bronny James (LeBron’s son) and DJ Rodman (Dennis Rodman’s son), the Trojans started out the year ranked in the Top 25. But a setup with Bronny due to a heart condition and other factors has turned this season into a nightmare and has landed USC in second to last place in the PAC 12.

For Washington St, it has been the complete opposite. Ranked in the Top 20 in the country and a season sweep over Top 10 ranked Arizona, the Cougars are in 2nd place in the PAC 12 and are poised to make their first NCAA Tournament since 2008. Washington St has made the NIT the last two seasons, so it’s great that they will finally get their shot at the real big dance.

Despite being left for dead, USC has played spoiler as of late beating a surging UCLA team on the road Saturday night. Washington St was dropped on Saturday by lowly Arizona St on the road after beating Arizona for the second time this season. I believe the Cougars will be refocused tonight and beat the Trojans by double digits in Pullman, covering the spread in the process.

Washington St Covers -7.5, USC Trojans 65 Washington St Cougars 76

ESPN BET

NJ, PA, VA, MD, WV, MA, KS, KY,
LA, TN, CO, AZ, IA, IL, IN, MI, OH
Must be 21+.Gambling problem?
Call 1-800-GAMBLER

GET BONUS
SIGN-UP BONUSGET $150 BONUS
on $10 BET
PROMO CODE PITTSPORTS
CLAIM OFFER

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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