Black Friday makes people crazy.
They line up in the freezing cold at 2 a.m. to nab a deal on a flat screen, rush the front doors of Walmart like a scene from The Walking Dead, and pepper spray each other in face just to get the last iPad mini.
No one loves a deal more than sports bettors, which is why we’re putting together this list of value bets heading into the biggest shopping day of the year. Hopefully, we’ll save you some handicapping time so you can spend it drop-kicking soccer moms for the final Furby on the shelf.
Remember when the Cardinals were 4-0 to start the season? It’s kind of fuzzy. Most bettors have forgotten about Arizona all together, but the Cardinals have quietly become the best under bet in the NFL at 2-8 over/under. Helping that cause is the revolving door under center and injuries to the running backs, leaving Arizona to average just 16.3 points per game. That number will only go down with the Cardinals’ upcoming sked featuring some defensive stalwarts like Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors offense, which is known for consistently topping the century mark, stumbled out of the blocks to start the year. Business has picked up over the last five games, averaging 102.8 points and winning four of those SU and ATS. On top of that, Golden State has played over the number in four of those five outings and is 8-4 over/under on the year. Following a trip to Denver, Golden State is back home for four straight stands in which the odds should be favorable.
Cuse is leaving the Big East in style, picking up wins in its last two games – both as an underdog – and covering the spread in four of its last five contests. The Orange offense has gone off during that span, averaging 35.4 points – 12.5 points more than in the six games before it. They’ve also played over the total in all five of those outings. Syracuse and gun-slinging QB Ryan Nassib are 7.5-point road favorites visiting Temple Friday and could be a nice bet during bowl season.
Illinois State Redbirds
It’s tough to get a solid take on the college hoops season so early into the schedule but Illinois State has started strong against the spread, going 2-0 ATS in both lined games. The Redbirds can fill it up, averaging 91 points per game and shooting a red-hot 54.9 percent. Four starters and a ton of experience is back for a team that battled hard in last year’s NIT and nearly stole the Missouri Valley title from Creighton, losing by four in overtime. Illinois State could be a solid bet against Louisville on Dec. 1.