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Thursday's Betting Tips

Thursday's Betting Tips

College Bowl Betting Odds and Hoops Matchups: Dec. 20

Top Betting Odds for Dec. 20

We're getting closer to the holidays, which also means bowl season is back. There's no pro football games on Thursday, but another exciting betting opportunity with the Poinsettia Bowl. There are also three NBA games including a Miami Heat trip to Dallas, while #1 Duke plays a rare back-to-back, when they face Elon. Get your pools out and let's start making a profit this bowl season!

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BYU (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, 5-6 O/U) vs. San Diego St. (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS, 5-6 O/U)

BYU takes on their former conference foe when they meet San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl. BYU has won three of their last four, including a 50-14 win over New Mexico State on the road on Nov. 24. San Diego State has won seven straight including a 42-28 win over Wyoming, giving 7, on Nov. 24. BYU is led by receiver Cody Hoffman, who has 90 catches for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns.  BYU’s stout rushing defense (84.3) ranks second nationally as it goes up against a strong San Diego State rushing attack. BYU is 4-0 ATS L4 in December. NCAAF Line: BYU is an 3.5-point favorite. Total: 48.

Elon (6-4 SU, 4-2 ATS) at Duke (10-0 SU, 7-3 ATS)

Duke plays a rare back-to-back after taking a finals break They beat Cornell on Wednesday, 88-47, giving 29 at home. Elon lost an overtime game to UMass on Saturday, 78-73, getting 7.5. They should provide stiffer competition than Cornell. The Blue Devils will try to notch their 100th straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Senior forward Mason Plumlee will be a tough cover for Elon. Junior guard Jack Isenbarger, the team leader at 14.7 points per game, paced Elon with 22 points but shot 6 of 20 against UMass. Junior forward Lucas Troutman, who averages 14.6 points, has scored in double figures in nine straight games after adding 14 on Saturday. Elon is 7-3 ATS last 10 road games. College Hoops Lines: Duke is a 23-point favorite. Total: NT.

Oklahoma City (21-4 SU, 16-8-1 ATS, 13-12 O/U) at Minnesota (12-11 SU, 13-10 ATS, 12-10-1 O/U)

The league-best Thunder will try to extend their winning streak to 13 on Thursday night in Minneapolis, where they'll also go for a 13th consecutive victory over the Timberwolves. Kevin Durant (27.7) and Russell Westbrook (21.1) combined for 68 in Wednesday's 100-92 victory at Atlanta. Oklahoma City moved within two of matching the team record for consecutive wins set by the Seattle SuperSonics in 1996. As for Minnesota, Kevin Love is shooting 29.2 percent (19 for 65) over his last five games after missing eight of 10 in Tuesday's 103-92 loss at Miami. Love (18) and center Nikola Pekovic (12) continued their strong work on the glass as Minnesota (12-11) outrebounded the Heat by 28, but it wasn't enough to prevent an 0-2 Florida trip. Oklahoma City's last SU loss to Minnesota was 129-87 on Jan. 7, 2009.  Minnesota is 5-0 ATS L5 in series. Pro Hoops Odds: Oklahoma City is a 3.5-point favorite Total: 198.

Miami (16-6 SU, 11-11 ATS, 11-11 O/U) at Dallas (12-13 SU, 12-13 ATS, 15-10 O/U)

Dirk Nowitzki has been recovering from offseason knee surgery and took a major step forward by participating in full-contact practice drills for the first time Wednesday. Though he said there's no timetable for his return, he's hoping it will be shortly after Christmas. The Mavs' problems are on the defensive end, as they rank near the bottom of the league by allowing 101.5 points per game and have given up fewer than 90 only once. The offense carried Dallas in Tuesday's 107-100 home win over Philadelphia, shooting 54.2 percent after the Mavericks went winless on a three-game road trip. LeBron James has been the catalyst for a Miami offense averaging 103.1 points, becoming the first player to score at least 20 points his team's first 22 games since Utah's Karl Malone in 1989-90. James is averaging 30.4 points in his last seven regular-season games in Dallas.  Dallas is 6-14 ATS last 20 after a SU win.  Basketball lines: Oklahoma City is a 5.5-point favorite. Total: Miami is a 4.5-point favorite. Total: 202.5.

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