Pick: Cincinnati (+5) @ Houston
Reasoning: The top two teams in the American Athletic Conference face off in Houston today, as the winner gains possession of first place in the conference. While the Houston Cougars have won seven straight games, Cincinnati has won eight in a row. Making both of these teams some of the hottest in the country. Today, expect this gritty Cincinnati squad to keep it close with the high powered Houston group. Jarron Cumberland is, in my opinion, the best player in the AAC. Averaging 23.3 points over his last seven games, Cumberland is one of the hardest assignments to solve for a defense. While Houston shoots the three pointer at an incredible clip, and averaging almost 76 points per game, expect this lock down Bearcat defense to fluster the three point snipers of Houston. The Bearcats are the tougher team in this matchup, if they fail to get the win on the road today, I anticipate they cover (+5) with ease. A low scoring game, that comes down to the final possession could determine the outcome today.
Pick: Kings (-9.5) vs. Suns
Reasoning: If you remember, the Kings came in clutch two nights ago, winning a close one against the Miami Heat to complete our Friday Parlay. Today, we are sticking with the hot hand of the Sacramento Kings. They play host to the dreadful Phoenix Suns in this Western Conference matchup. The Suns come in to this game losing 13 straight games. While the Kings are winners of 5 of their last 6, trying to make a push for a playoff spot. It is clear that the Kings are the superior team, and should take care of business tonight at home. Expect a double digit win, thanks to the help of Buddy Hield’s streaky shooting. If the Kings want to end their 13 year playoff drought, it starts with must win games like tonight.