morgan state +5 vs hampton -5
9:00pm Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk VA. 1st Round of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tourn.
This game will be played on a neutral court like any other conference tournament game, but this will just be another home game for Hampton. Although Morgan State’s campus is relatively close in Maryland, Hampton’s campus is a nice 24 mile car ride into town. Hampton is 12-17 this year while Morgan State is is a lousy 7-23. Both teams have only had lines put on three of their games. Hampton went 3-0 while Morgan State went 0-3. In their last five games Hampton is 2-3 putting up an average of 75.2 points a game, while Morgan State is 0-5 only averaging 66.8 points a game. In both their two previous meetings this year Hampton came out the victor winning by 4 points at home and 12 points away at Morgan State, which makes their average point margin against Morgan State +8. Needless to say with the presumably overwhelming crowd advantage going to Hampton, their confidence in beating Morgan State twice this season, and Morgan State coming into this game loosing five straight, Hampton should definitely win this game by 6 or more points.
hampton -5 (-105)*
golden state -2.5 vs phoenix +2.5 1st half
10:05pm US Airways Center, Phoenix AZ
Leading into this game Phoenix has played four straight games on the road going 2-2 while Golden State has played three straight games at home going 3-0. Over the season Golden State has averaged 55 points in the first half, while Phoenix has averaged 53. Over the last five games Golden State has averaged 52.4 points in the first half, while Phoenix has only averaged 40.4. If you average Phoenix’s last five game half average and their season average the result is 46.7. A 5.7 point margin to Golden States last five game half average. Also, Phoenix will most likely be without Alex Lin. Last game Lin only played 2 minutes with a sprained right ankle in a 10 point loss at Cleveland. This season Lin has only averaged 6.4 points a game with 6.5 rebounds. His replacement, Earl Barron, played 13:20 minutes last game going 0-2 from the field, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and only 1 point. Golden State is known to come out strong in the first half and Phoenix has been playing bad basketball recently. I expect nothing to be different tonight.
golden state -2.5 (-110) 1st half*
*All lines are provided by 5Dimes Sportsbook