Valparaiso vs. Oakland - December 17, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Pick: Your pick will be graded at sportsinteraction @ 4 -110 Oakland
Expert: Ben Burns
Evaluation: Win (900) - Final Score VALP 68 at OAK 70
Reason For Pick:
I'm playing on OAKLAND. I feel that the home underdog is offering us excellent value here
Without a doubt, its been a disappointing start for the Golden Grizzlies. They're just 3-7. Still, this is one of the stronger teams in the summit league, one which returned from starters from a team that had 20 wins last season.
Entering the season, coach Kampe said this of his team: "I think we have a chance to be more than really good."
Kampe knows this is a winnable game and I expect him to have his squad fully ready.
Granted, the Crusaders are also an experienced team, also won that won more than 20 games last season. They've only won two of five road games though and are also 2-3 ATS the last five times that they were favored in the 3.5 to 6 range.
The well-rested Golden Grizzlies, who haven't played since 12/8, were 2-1 ATS last season when playing with seven or more day's rest. I believe the break came at a good time.
Valparaiso, on the other hand, played on Saturday. The Crusaders are 9-11 ATS the last 20 times that they played with one or less day's rest in between games. They're playing their third straight on the road here. With a 1-3 ATS record this month, they're now 6-13 ATS in December the past few seasons.
I'll gladly take the points but am expecting an upset. *9 best bet