Pick: Virginia (-1) @ North Carolina
Reasoning: Tonight, Big Monday brings us an intriguing matchup between the UNC Tarheels and the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia is in the midst of an absolutely brutal stretch of their conference schedule. Coming off a home loss this Saturday to Duke, things won’t get much easier as the Cavs will have to travel to North Carolina to face the #8 ranked team in the country. Tonight, I expect Virginia to bounce back. The Cavs have beaten the Tar Heels three straight times, dating back to last season. While owning an incredible 6-1 record ATS on the road this year, Virginia is one of the best road teams in the country. They will have to matchup against a Tar Heel team, that was won seven in a row and averages 91 points per game. In this primetime ACC battle tonight, I expect the defensive juggernaut of Virginia to take over and win the ball game. Virginia is far and away the best defensive squad in America, and can frustrate opposing offenses like no other. Expect a back and forth game, with the Cavs forcing stops when necessary to head back to Virginia with a win.
Pick: Pistons ML (-170) vs. Wizards
Reasoning: In a relatively slow night of NBA action, the Washington Wizards will travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons. After losing John Wall for the season, and trading Otto Porter Jr, Washington has been one of the worst teams in basketball. While on the other hand, Detroit has started to gain ground in the race for the last playoff spot in the East. I expect the dynamic duo of Griffin and Drummond to pound the paint all night in route to a Pistons win. Take the Detroit money line in this one, to cap off your night of betting.