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Today's top picks: Why the Hornets will cover vs. the Warriors and more expert bets for Saturday, Feb. 20

The SportsLine crew shares its expert bets for Saturday, Feb. 20, on the Early Edge podcast
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Jonathan Coachman is joined by expert sports bettors Mike McClure, Zack Cimini and Rick Gehman on the Early Edge podcast. They give you their best bets for the NBA, college basketball, golf and the NHL for Saturday, Feb. 20.

Coach starts things off with the SportsLine Play of the Day: the Avalanche (-115) to beat the Golden Knights (3 p.m. ET start) in an NHL outdoor game in Lake Tahoe. 

McClure begins his picks in college basketball: Kent State (-14) against Eastern Michigan State (2 p.m. ET). "I love this spot for Kent State here," McClure says. "They're just simply the better team in every metric."

In the NBA, he also likes the Hornets (+2) to cover against the Warriors (8 p.m. ET), who are on the second night of a road back-to-back. "I think it's a great spot for the Hornets," McClure says.

Cimini starts his plays with the Kings (-2.5) against the Bulls (9 p.m. ET). "[The Kings] beat the Chicago Bulls earlier this year in which they had seven players score in double figures," Cimini says. "I think that's going to be an advantage tonight."

Cimini also is high on the Blazers' Derrick Jones Jr. Cimini is playing two props involving Jones: Over 14.5 total points and rebounds (-110) and Over 0.5 steals (-130). "He is taking advantage of extra minutes and playing time for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have a plethora of injuries," Cimini says. "He has played 31 or more minutes in three straight games, and it's starting to show up in the box score."

Gehman attacks Saturday's schedule with two three-ball matchups for the third round of the Genesis Invitational. The first is Brendan Steele (+163) over Lanto Griffin and Patrick Rodgers (11:15 a.m. ET tee time). "There are five golfers inside the top 40 right now who have lost strokes from tee to green," Gehman says. "Of those five, two of them are in this three-ball: Lanto Griffin and Patrick Rodgers. It's Brendan Steele who out of this group has been best."

Gehman closes things out with a price play: Tyler McCumber (+320) over Sam Burns and Jason Kokrak (1:05 p.m. ET). "This is a very comfortable pairing on the PGA Tour," Gehman says. "Dustin Johnson is not lurking on these guys. Jon Rahm is not in this group."

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SportsLine Staff
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