Today bettors have a loaded Thursday slate to choose from including 7 NBA games, 7 NHL games and 60 College Basketball games. For an updated breakdown of Thursday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 2:40 p.m. ET. I'll be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:30 p.m. ET to offer a market update. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET and then joining Rush Hour with Danny Burke at 6:15 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss several College Basketball games receiving sharp action tonight...
7 p.m. ET: Iowa at Maryland
Both of these Big Ten rivals are looking to get back on track. Iowa (15-7 SU, 12-10 ATS) is just 2-3 over their last five games but is coming off a 71-59 win over Minnesota, failing to cover as 13-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Maryland (11-12 SU, 9-14 ATS) has dropped three straight and just got rolled by Ohio State 82-67, failing to cover as 9.5-point road dogs. This line opened with Iowa listed as a 4-point road favorite. The public is happy to lay the points with Iowa, who has a far better record. However, this line has remained frozen at 4 and is even hinting at a fall to 3.5 at some shops based on the juice price, signaling respected money grabbing the points with the home dog Terps. Maryland is 7-7 at home. Iowa is 2-5 on the road. Ken Pom has Iowa winning by three points (76-73), which provides actionable value to Maryland at the current 4.
7 p.m. ET: North Dakota State at Western Illinois
This Summit League matchup features two teams jockeying for position atop the conference standings. North Dakota State (17-8 SU, 9-14-1 ATS) has won three straight games and just edged South Dakota 76-74, although they failed to cover as 7-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Western Illinois (14-10 SU, 11-11 ATS) has rotated wins and losses their last four games and just fell to Kansas City 91-82, losing as a road pick'em. This line opened with Western Illinois listed as a 1-point home favorite. Sharps have laid the point, driving Western Illinois up from -1 to -1.5. Some shops are hinting at a move to 2. Western Illinois has the edge on offense (80 PPG vs 74 PPG). Western Illinois is 7-4 at home. North Dakota State is 6-6 on the road. Ken Pom has Western Illinois winning by three points (75-72).
8 p.m. ET: Grand Canyon at Utah Valley
This WAC showdown might be getting overlooked by the public. But not by sharps. Grand Canyon (16-5 SU, 10-10 ATS) has won two straight and just edged Cal Baptist 56-50, failing to cover as 8-point home favorites. On the flip side, Utah Valley (15-7 SU, 11-10 ATS) is 4-1 over their last five games and just beat Sam Houston 57-54, winning outright as 3-point road dogs. This line opened with Utah Valley listed as a short 1-point home favorite. We've seen this line creep up from 1 to 1.5, signaling wiseguy action laying the chalk with the home favorite. Utah Valley holds the edge in shooting (47% vs 43%). Utah Valley is 8-1 at home this season. Grand Canyon is 4-4 on the road. Ken Pom has Utah Valley winning by two points (64-62).