Black Friday's one-stop spot betting cheat sheet

Nov 28, 2013 |
Shopping isn't for everyone - and neither is standing in line for hours for the chance to buy an XBox One. Fortunately, Black Friday isn't just a bonanza for bargain seekers - it's also chock full of betting action across the NBA, NHL and college sports ranks.

Here's a look at the marquee games set for Black Friday:


Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder (-7, 203.5)

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had 29 points and eight assists and was 6-of-10 from 3-point range in Wednesday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Curry recently missed two games due to a concussion and has yet to go on a sustained scoring binge despite averaging 20.5 points. Golden State C Andrew Bogut has recorded double digits on the boards in each of his last six games.

Oklahoma City received a huge effort from backup guard Reggie Jackson in Wednesday's gritty victory over the Spurs. Jackson matched his career high with 23 points and was 10-of-14 from the field on a night when star guard Russell Westbrook tallied a season-low six points on 2-of-16 shooting. Westbrook scored a season-best 31 points in a Nov. 14 loss to Golden State.

The Thunder are installed as 7-point faves, with the total dropping a half-point to 203.5.

* Warriors are 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 games vs. teams with winning SU records.
* Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City.

New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers (OFF)

The Philadelphia 76ers stunned the basketball world on draft night by trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans. Holiday makes his return to Philadelphia on Friday as the Pelicans and 76ers square off for the second time in two weeks. The first matchup was heavily one-sided, as New Orleans coasted to a 135-98 home victory behind Anthony Davis' 13 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks.

In addition to Holiday, Pelicans starting center Jason Smith (10.8 ppg) is another former Sixer who was traded to New Orleans. Holiday had 17 points and Smith added 14 in Tuesday's one-point loss to Golden State — the Pelicans' second straight defeat following a three-game winning streak. Eric Gordon's decisive 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer against the Warriors.

There are no odds posted yet for this game.

* Pelicans are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games playing on two days' rest.
* 76ers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Friday games.
* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.


Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning (+118, 5.5)

The already-thin blue line suffered another setback with the loss of Paul Martin, who will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken leg. Former first-round pick Simon Despres moved into the lineup on the blue line. Recent callups Jayson Megna, Andrew Ebbett and Chris Conner played up front in the come-from-behind 6-5 shootout victory over Toronto on Wednesday. Sidney Crosby has totaled eight points in the last six games and boasts 33 overall.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said there are no concerns with goalie Ben Bishop, who took a puck off his hand at the morning skate on Wednesday and backed up Anders Lindback. Versatile forward Tom Pyatt and top-four defenseman Radko Gudas could be back soon, but left wing Ryan Malone was placed on the injured list with a lower-body injury. Lightning D Victor Hedman boasts four points in the last two games.

LINE: Pittsburgh is a -118 favorite with the total holding at 5.5.

* Penguins are 1-5 in their last six road games.
* Lightning are 8-2 in their last 10 games after allowing fewer than two goals in their previous contest.
* Over is 7-0 in the last seven meetings.

St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks (-114, 5.5)

St. Louis extended its winning streak to five contests with a 4-1 triumph at Colorado on Wednesday. Alex Steen tied Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the goal-scoring lead with his 20th of the season and captain David Backes recorded a tally and an assist as the Blues improved to 10-1-1 over their last 12 games. Steen needed just 24 games to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his career.

San Jose began its string of home games with regulation victories over Tampa Bay and New Jersey before outlasting Los Angeles in a shootout on Wednesday. Captain Joe Thornton, who also scored in second period, netted the decisive goal in the eighth round of the bonus format as the Sharks posted their sixth win in seven overall games. San Jose is 1-for-16 on the power play over its last five games.

LINE: The Sharks are listed as a -114 fave - down from a -118 open - with the total set at 5.5.

* Blues are 4-0 in their last four games vs. teams with winning records.
* Sharks are 4-1 in their last five games vs. Western Conference foes.
* Blues are 5-0 in the last five meetings in San Jose.


Fresno State Bulldogs at San Jose State Spartans (+7, 71)

No. 13 Fresno State looks to complete an undefeated and untied regular season for the third time in school history when it visits San Jose State in its regular-season finale Friday. The Bulldogs have already wrapped up the West Division title in the Mountain West Conference and will play in the league championship game on Dec. 7. To finish perfect, Fresno State will have to defeat its longest-running rival, as the Spartans and Bulldogs have played 76 previous times.

A week after giving up 478 yards and 58 points in a loss to Navy, the San Jose State defense is feeling confident about going up against Fresno State's high-powered offense. Why? Because the Bulldogs are a passing team, something the Spartans are used to facing, as opposed to the run-oriented Midshipmen, who had 432 of their yards on the ground.

LINE: The Bulldogs opened at -9, but have been bet down to -7. The total is holding at 71.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with partly cloudy skies.

* Bulldogs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games.
* Spartans are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. teams with winning records.
* Favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings.

Oregon State Beavers at Oregon Ducks (-21.5, 68.5)

Brandin Cooks is one of the offensive headliners for Oregon State, already possessing the school's single-season record with 110 receptions, just eight shy of the Pac-12 record set last season by Marqise Lee of USC. Of course, behind any record-setting receiver there is a big-time quarterback, and Sean Mannion has been terrific in 2013, completing 66 percent of his passes for 4,089 yards with 34 touchdowns.

The Ducks were ranked No. 2 in the BCS prior to their loss to the Cardinal and following last week's defeat, Oregon will sit back and watch as Stanford and Arizona State play for the league title next weekend. Mariota (3,127 passing yards, 529 rushing yards, 36 total touchdowns) suffered a head injury last week but passed the concussion protocol and expects to play against the Beavers.

Oregon is a 21.5-point fave after opening -21. The total is up one point to 68.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-40s with mostly cloudy skies.

* Beavers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss.
* Ducks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games on fieldturf.
* Over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.


Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at Michigan State Spartans (-25)

No. 1 Michigan State looks to strengthen its hold atop the rankings when the Spartans host Mount St. Mary's on Friday. For Michigan State, which boasts three players averaging more than 15 points, the Mountaineers offer a break in tough competition before facing No. 16 North Carolina on Dec. 4. Gary Harris leads the Spartans with 17.7 points despite shooting just 26.5 percent from 3-point range.

Adreian Payne adds 17.2 points and eight rebounds while Keith Appling averages 16.8 points and a team-high 5.7 assists. As a team, Michigan State ranks second in the nation with 21 assists per game. The Mountaineers, who have won back-to-back games after dropping their first five, are led by Julian Norfleet, who scores 18.7 points per game.

LINE: The Spartans come in as a 25-point favorite.

* Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games.
* Spartans are 2-7-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU win.
* Over is 4-1 in Michigan State's last five non-conference games.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats (+1.5)

Blue Devils freshman Jabari Parker leads the team with 23.6 points and 8.7 rebounds after matching his career high with 27 points on Wednesday. Parker is the first freshman since Kevin Durant (2006-07) to score at least 20 points in his first seven collegiate games. Rodney Hood adds 19.9 points but was held to eight points because of foul trouble Wednesday.

Nick Johnson leads Arizona with 17.3 points and 6-9 freshman Aaron Gordon adds 12.5 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds. The Wildcats, who are playing Duke for the first time since knocking off the Blue Devils in the 2011 Sweet Sixteen, had 10 turnovers and zero assists in the first half of the semifinal win against Drexel before turning around the offense.

LINE: The Blue Devils come in as a slight 1.5-point favorite.

* Blue Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games vs. Pac-12 foes.
* Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.
* Under is 11-3-1 in Arizona's last 15 neutral-site games.

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