Tonight it’s the start of the weekend. That means we need to build the bankroll for Sunday’s football slate. Let’s waste no time and put together three winning picks for December 10 in college basketball.
All odds via BettingPros consensus
Appalachian State vs. Furman: Over 137 (-110)
(7:00 PM ET tip)
Furman is currently scoring over 85 points per game and allowing over 77 points per game this season. Usually taking an over in a Furman game is pretty reasonable. With the total sitting at 137, it’s a play that I love. Appalachian State is a terrific team coming off a March Madness appearance. They’ve dominated the defensive glass and have held opponents to just 29.3 percent from long range this season.
However, the Mountaineers also allow teams to shoot 58.4 percent inside the arc and have a defensive effective field goal percentage of 51.8 percent. That’s not going to cut it against a Furman team that can shoot lights out from anywhere on the court.
On the other hand, Furman’s defense has been below average as well. They’ve allowed an effective field goal percentage of 53.1 percent, and opponents are hitting 35.8 percent from downtown and 52.7 percent from inside the arc.
We’ll see plenty of three-point shots and limited turnovers between both teams. If Furman gets ahead early, Appalachian State will have to move faster. If Appalachian State gets up early, Furman will prolong the game as much as they can and move lightning quick. So give me the over in this one.
Vermont vs. Brown: Brown +3 (-110)
(7:00 PM ET tip)
Vermont is shooting just 26.5 percent from downtown on the year while also grabbing just 18.6 percent offensive rebounds on the season. The Catamounts are very good at limiting turnovers and can score inside at will, but right now, Vermont is three-point happy and shooting a high percentage of shots from downtown.
Meanwhile, Brown is an average offense that continues to impress this season. At 8-4, the Bears have had plenty of action to get comfortable again after missing all of last year due to the Ivy League canceling the season. Vermont has done well on the defensive glass, but, if anything, Brown has had success on the offensive glass previously this season.
This will be a very close matchup, but if Brown can limit three-pointers and gain rebounds on the defensive end, I don’t like Vermont’s chances of winning this game on the road.
DePaul vs. Louisville: DePaul+7.5 (-110)
(8:00 PM ET tip)
This season, DePaul just isn’t getting the credit the program deserves. I get that the Blue Demons are on the road, but they’ve only lost one game this season, and it was a home loss to Loyola Chicago, a top 30 team in the nation, by just four.
The DePaul offense has a 54.9 percent effective field goal percentage and has turned the ball over just 16.2 percent of the time while feasting on the offensive glass.
Meanwhile, Louisville is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 48.8 percent while turning the ball over 20.6 percent of the time. The Cardinals have also shot 30.6 percent from long range and will likely struggle inside, shooting 50.9 percent on the year. On the other hand, DePaul has limited opponents to just 43.5 percent inside the arc.
Although Louisville has limited teams to 42.8 percent inside, DePaul is hard to stop, as they’re hitting 55.9 percent inside on the season.
Therefore, I’m not going to say DePaul will win this game. But they might win this game, and getting 7.5 points is the icing on the cake.
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