A new year has arrived. A chill in the air has too.
So except for the NFL playoffs and a few remaining bowl games, the action has moved indoors.
Basketball games will soon dominate the weekend schedule. Here at Penn Sportsbooks, we’ll get you primed for the switch in seasons and the change in sports. In this week’s installment of Pick Play, we’ll preview Friday’s Sixers/Rockets clash in Houston and how to bet on the NBA action as well as a couple of big college games, along with all the corresponding odds at Pennsylvania sportsbooks.
First up, is the NBA.
Sixers at Rockets (-4.5): 1/3, 8 p.m.
The 76ers will kick off 2020 with a road trip to face James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and the rest of the Houston Rockets.
FanDuel is offering an interesting promo for the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN. Any player who places a $25 pre-live moneyline bet on FanDuel can get $3 in site credits for every point their team wins by. Houston is currently -194 on the moneyline. Philadelphia is +164.
One of the interesting player props for Friday’s game focuses on the first basket scorer. Houston’s Harden is the favorite, with odds of +380. Westbrook (+700) and Clint Capela (+850) are next for the Rockets. For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid (+470) leads the way, followed by Tobias Harris (+750) and Ben Simmons (+950). Beyond that, FanDuel has a number of other player props available for the game, including odds for points scored, rebounds, assists, and combined totals as well. Put simply, there are ample opportunities for finding action in Friday’s game.
West Virginia at Kansas, 1/4, 4 p.m.
Last Sunday, the Mountaineers beat No. 2 Ohio State. Now, they will take aim at the No. 3 Jayhawks. West Virginia is 11-1 on the season behind a rugged defense typical of head coach Bob Huggins. Kansas is 10-2. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Complete odds for the game should be available Friday.
Iowa at Penn State, 1/4, 2 p.m.
The No. 23 Hawkeyes will meet the 21st-ranked Nittany Lions at the famed Palestra in Philadelphia. Penn State has started the season with an impressive 11-2 record. Iowa is 10-3. Both teams are 4-1 in their last five games entering Saturday’s contest, which figures to be a good one. Betting odds for the matchup, which will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, should be available soon.