Pick: Northwestern (-5.5) vs. Rutgers
Reasoning: It’s Wednesday night in the BIG10, as the Scarlet Knights travel to Illinois to take on the Wildcats at Northwestern University. Rutgers continues to struggle throughout the course of BIG10 play, coming off an overtime loss against Illinois this past Saturday. However, Northwestern has dropped four games in a row. Tonight, I anticipate the Wildcats to bounce back with a convincing win over the Scarlet Knights on their home floor. This Northwestern squad is too talented to lose five in a row, and have been on the wrong end of a tough conference schedule. They catch a break this evening in this matchup. While Rutgers is currently a poor (2-7) on the road this year, this trend should continue Wednesday night. Expect Northwestern to get crucial stops down the stretch and end their losing streak.
Pick: Mavericks (-2.5) vs. Heat
Reasoning: On a night packed with NBA action, I am going with rookie phenom Luka Doncic and the Mavericks as my lock of the night. While playing host to the Miami Heat, the Mavs will look to stay hot. As they are a scorching (7-3) in their last ten games ATS. In this matchup, I predict Dallas’ high powered offense to prove to be too much for Miami. Fueled by the clutch shooting of Doncic and the recent emergence of Jalen Brunson, the Mavericks should be able to cover Wednesday night. The Heat have lost three in a row and have continued to struggle since making moves at the deadline. Not to say that Miami will not figure it out at some point, but right now I think Dallas is the more complete team, even after trading away key players as well. Expect Dallas to pick up a quality home win before the All-Star break and cash us in tonight.