ATS Picks: Friday, November 15th

Friday’s lines are officially out and there are certainly some interesting matchups throughout the evening. The backyard brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia will be entertaining while we have quite a few west coast-central matchups as well. With all of these fun matchups, it is time to take a look at my picks for all of these games. 

Featured games

West Virginia at Pittsburgh

7 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: Pittsburgh -1.5

ATS Pick: No Pick, Under 147.5

Why? I really don’t have a feel for either of these teams so I would take a look at the over/under. This line has it projected as a 74.5-73 game which I think is a little high, especially given the overall sloppiness that both teams tend to play with. 

Gonzaga at Texas A&M

9 PM ET on the SEC Network

Line: Gonzaga -6.5

ATS Pick: Gonzaga

Why? I get that Gonzaga lost a lot from last year’s team but that doesn’t change the fact that they are still way more talented than Texas A&M. This feels like a game that is probably close at the half but I think in the second half the Bulldogs open things up and win comfortably. 

Minnesota at Utah

9 PM ET on the PAC-12 Network

Line: Utah -3

ATS Pick: Utah

Why? Minnesota has had a really long week as they’ve been in South Dakota, Indiana, and are capping the trip off by traveling to Utah. I think those airline miles start to wear down Minnesota as they lose this one by a few possessions. 

BYU at Houston

9 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: Houston -11

ATS Pick: Stay away, Under 144.5

Why? I really don’t like either team in this position, BYU has been bad early in the season but I don’t really trust some of Houston’s players just yet. I think the better play would be just to take the under of 144.5 as I don’t think Houston allows this game to be all that high scoring. 

Other good bets

Georgia State at Duke

7 PM ET on the ACC Network

Line: Duke -27

ATS Pick: Duke

Why? Duke has just been obliterating teams thus far, there’s no point in thinking that they won’t beat Georgia State handily this time around. 

Monmouth at Kansas

8 PM ET on ESPN+

Line: Kansas -25

ATS Pick: Kansas

Why? I think that this is the game where Kansas starts to find themselves offensively, Monmouth played well against Kansas State for a half but got blown out once Kansas State decided to pressure on the defensive side of the ball. I think Kansas puts some pressure on the defensive end of things and really opens up things offensively. 

Cal Baptist at California

10 PM ET 

Line: California -3.5

ATS Pick: Cal Baptist 

Why? Cal has been playing well thus far but they are at some point going to regress to their extremely low preseason expectations. I think that happens in this game as they get upset by a really talented Cal Baptist team.

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