Major League Baseball Opening Day 2011, great NHL, NBA games in store for betting on sports

It’s finally here sports fans, the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season! After the long, drawn out spring training season, the first opportunity for wagering on legitimate baseball games presents itself today at the best online sports betting sites reviewed here, and we’re quick to jump on the 6 games available, taking a piece of the action for each contest slated for this evening. With fantasy baseball rosters locked in place, the baseball team hat of choice out of the closet, and opening day tickets in hand for tonight’s clash between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, it’s one of the most exciting days of the year to be a baseball fan, and a great day for continued sports betting action with a new season on the horizon! Getting the baseball bets down ahead of the games tonight is the first order of business, and as we rotate through the top sportsbooks reviewed for online sports betting options, today’s attention turns to a relative newcomer, at the Diamond Sportsbook (read the review of Diamond Sportsbook). One of the best sportsbooks in the business for bonuses at every turn, as well as offering one of the widest selections of sports betting options you can hope to find, Diamond Sportsbook seems the perfect website for bets on the baseball diamond today (yeah, I roll cheesy like that), and no doubt a solid option for any type of sports wagering any day of the week.

Breaking into the action for Major League Baseball tonight, opening day pitching is always the highlight of the day, especially with a grand match-up in the San Francisco vs. Los Angeles series as Tim Lincecum and youngster Clayton Kershaw do battle on the mound in a storied contest between two of baseball’s great teams. The first of 17 games between the two teams this season start off with a 4 game series that could be a very good indicator of which direction these teams are headed throughout the year. While I have little uncertainty about San Francisco posting another good season, the Dodgers are a big question mark, with a new manager in Don Mattingly, and power in the lineup a concern heading into the new season. The Giants are a slight underdog coming in at +102, and we’ll put our money on the 2-time Cy Young award winner any day of the week, though expect this game to be a close one as each and every game in this series is meaningful even in a 162 game season. Next up for sports betting on baseball, catch the Detroit vs. New York Yankees opener getting underway midday, as hard-throwing Justin Verlander faces C.C. Sabathia in a match-up between two of the top AL teams in this year’s season. With both teams having potent lineups, expect the short workload of the starting pitchers to open up the scoring later in the ballgame, with New York expected to pull out an opening day win at home as their bats dictate the game’s outcome. With the Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals hosting the San Diego Padres on tap for online sports betting today, catch at least a game or two to christen the new season, and hopefully nab some extra cash ahead of the weekend!

Onto further options for online sportsbook betting today, the NBA as usual features just a couple of games on Thursday albeit great competition from the top teams in the league. In the first match-up scheduled, the slumping San Antonio Spurs try to hold off the visiting Boston Celtics with both teams stagnating at 5-5 out of their last ten, and coming in after losses. Boston sits tied for second with Miami tonight, while San Antonio has watched their once sizeable lead in the Western Conference dwindle to just 3.5 games north of a surging Los Angeles Lakers. With the Spurs hurting due to injury, and Boston anxious to stay above the Heat in the East (not to mention winning their last 4 trips to SA), look for a low-scoring, close game to feature a Boston win yet again on the road. In the second match-up of the night, Western Conference foes Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers get down to business, with just a half-game separating the two teams, and both teams coming in hot on long win streaks of 5 and 7 respectively. With the best road record in the NBA, I’m a little surprised at Dallas getting a +6 point underdog for the game, especially with so much at stake in the game tonight in the playoff seeding race, however the pick of the night is on the over/under, with 191 points the mark, and both teams coming in fresh and able to put up points. Between either of these two key NBA match-ups tonight, count on exciting competition to add to the thrill of any online sportsbook betting set in place, as only a handful of these caliber contests remain before the playoffs begin.

Lastly on the sports betting docket for Thursday, action is plentiful in NHL Hockey, with 10 games slated and 8 of those games having playoff implications making for exciting betting at Diamond Sportsbook, and watching this evening after work. Out West, a huge game for the Los Angeles Kings takes place as they visit the league-leading Vancouver Canucks, and badly need a tough win to stay in the middle of the Western Conference playoff race. Without key scorers in Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar, its an uphill battle on the road against the toughest home team in the league, so the Kings will likely lean on Jonathan Quick to help hold down the Vancouver attack, and keep this game close and low scoring in order to give LA a chance. Over/under is at 5 goals tonight, and with two of the best keepers in the game in Quick and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, look for this to be a prime wager to start with. The Canucks could win the President’s trophy for the first time in their history if the Philadelphia Flyers stumble against the Thrashers, however with Philly needing a win to stay above Pittsburgh in the Atlantic division, as well as turn back a recent 4 game slide at home, look for the Flyers to pick up a close win, as the Thrashers have played well at Wells Fargo Center this year, winning the last three contests. Check out other key playoff sensitive games tonight as Boston hosts Toronto, Tampa Bay brings in Pittsburgh and the San Jose Sharks battle the Nashville Predators, and round out another great day of online sports betting with some of the fastest action around!

Aaron G.

Against the Spread History for All NCAA Basketball Teams (2010-2011)

 America East Spread
 Stony Brook 22-10-0
 Vermont 25-10-0
 Maine 19-11-0
 Boston U. 22-13-0
 New Hampshire 13-17-0
 Binghamton 15-16-0
 Albany 7-25-0
 Hartford 8-22-0
 UMBC 5-25-0
 Atlantic Coast Spread
 Florida St. 15-15-0
 Wake Forest 19-11-1
 Boston Coll. 16-15-0
 Virginia Tech 20-14-0
 Duke (7) 24-15-1
 Clemson (24) 17-15-0
 North Carolina (10) 15-21-1
 Maryland 22-11-0
 Virginia 17-14-1
 Miami (FL) 23-9-1
 Georgia Tech 22-13-1
 N.C. State 21-14-1
 Atlantic Sun Spread
 Belmont 18-12-0
 Campbell 19-11-0
 E. Tennessee St. 19-16-0
 Fla Gulf Coast 8-21-0
 Lipscomb 18-12-0
 Kennesaw St. 14-19-0
 S.Car. Upstate 16-17-0
 Stetson 7-22-0
 Mercer 16-17-0
 North Florida 14-17-0
 Jacksonville 20-13-0
 Atlantic 10 Spread
 Rhode Island 17-18-1
 Charlotte 15-16-0
 Dayton 21-15-1
 Temple (21) 20-13-2
 Geo. Washington 18-12-1
 Richmond 23-11-1
 Duquesne 13-18-1
 Saint Louis 22-13-1
 Xavier 23-11-1
 La Salle 11-18-1
 St. Bonaventure 18-13-0
 Massachusetts 18-14-0
 St. Joseph’s 14-16-1
 Fordham 12-13-3
 Big East Spread
 Syracuse (5) 24-10-1
 West Virginia (6) 18-20-0
 Villanova (8) 19-14-0
 Seton Hall 14-17-1
 Georgetown (14) 21-13-0
 Notre Dame 23-11-1
 St. John’s 18-14-1
 South Florida 20-10-3
 Pittsburgh 19-12-3
 Rutgers 17-15-0
 Connecticut (11) 14-19-1
 Louisville 20-13-2
 Marquette 23-11-0
 Cincinnati 15-19-1
 Providence 15-15-1
 DePaul 16-14-1
 Big Sky Spread
 Montana St. 14-15-0
 Weber St. 19-12-0
 Portland St. 16-15-1
 Northern Colorado 17-16-0
 Montana 21-11-0
 Sacramento St. 20-10-0
 Eastern Wash. 15-15-0
 Idaho St. 12-16-1
 Northern Arizona 14-13-1
 Big South Spread
 Coastal Carolina 28-7-0
 Radford 17-14-0
 N.C. Asheville  
 Liberty 16-15-0
 Winthrop 18-15-0
 Virginia Military 11-18-0
 High Point 15-15-0
 Gardner-Webb 8-21-0
 Charleston Sou. 14-16-0
 Presbyterian 6-25-0
 Big Ten Spread
 Purdue (4) 13-19-3
 Northwestern 23-10-1
 Ohio St. (17) 18-19-0
 Wisconsin 19-14-0
 Michigan St. (9) 16-21-0
 Minnesota 18-17-0
 Illinois 17-19-0
 Penn St. 16-14-1
 Michigan 18-14-0
 Indiana 11-18-2
 Iowa 20-12-0
 Big 12 Spread
 Kansas (1) 17-18-1
 Texas (2) 15-19-0
 Kansas St. (12) 26-10-1
 Texas Tech (23) 23-12-0
 Oklahoma St. 22-11-0
 Baylor 25-11-0
 Iowa St. 20-12-0
 Texas A&M (19) 23-11-0
 Nebraska 17-15-1
 Missouri 20-14-0
 Oklahoma 13-18-0
 Colorado 17-14-0
 Big West Spread
 Pacific 18-16-1
 UC Irvine 13-18-1
 UC Riverside 12-16-1
 Long Beach St. 19-14-0
 UCSB 19-11-0
 CSU Fullerton 16-14-1
 CSU Northridge  
 Cal Poly 13-16-2
 UC Davis 19-13-0
 Colonial Athletic Spread
 William & Mary 22-11-0
 Old Dominion 17-18-1
 Hofstra 18-16-0
 George Mason 13-17-2
 Georgia St. 17-14-1
 Drexel 17-15-0
 VCU 21-14-1
 James Madison 17-15-1
 N.C. Wilmington 14-17-0
 Towson 16-15-0
 Delaware 15-14-2
 Northeastern 16-16-1
 Conference USA Spread
 UAB 20-13-1
 Marshall 22-12-0
 Memphis 15-17-2
 Tulsa 14-20-1
 Southern Miss 25-9-0
 Houston 16-18-1
 UCF 19-11-2
 Rice 13-18-0
 SMU 17-12-2
 East Carolina 13-16-2
 Tulane 15-13-2
 Horizon League Spread
 Wis. Green Bay 19-14-0
 Detroit 21-12-1
 Wright St. 12-16-4
 Butler (20) 18-20-0
 Loyola Chicago 17-13-0
 Wis. Milwaukee 22-11-1
 Valparaiso 20-12-0
 Cleveland St. 15-18-0
 Ill. Chicago 17-12-1
 Youngstown St. 14-14-2
 Independents Spread
 South Dakota 23-9-0
 Utah Valley 13-17-0
 Seattle 17-14-0
 Chicago St. 9-23-0
 Savannah St. 11-15-0
 N.J.I.T. 10-21-0
 Longwood 12-19-0
 Winston-Salem 12-17-0
 N.C. Central 12-17-0
 SIU Edwardsville 7-21-0
 CSU Bakersfield 7-22-0
 Houston Baptist 14-19-0
 TX Pan American 6-27-0
 North Dakota 8-23-0
 Ivy League Spread
 Cornell 23-11-0
 Harvard 17-12-0
 Princeton 22-9-0
 Columbia 13-15-0
 Brown 15-16-0
 Yale 17-14-0
 Dartmouth 9-19-0
 Pennsylvania 11-17-0
 Metro Atlantic Athletic Spread
 Fairfield 22-12-0
 Niagara 13-20-0
 Siena 18-15-1
 Rider 18-15-0
 Manhattan 16-15-0
 Canisius 19-13-0
 St. Peter’s  
 Iona 18-12-1
 Loyola (MD) 16-14-0
 Marist 10-19-1
 Mid-American Spread
 Akron 17-15-3
 Buffalo 15-15-0
 Ohio 23-14-0
 Kent St. 18-15-1
 Bowling Green 14-16-0
 Miami (OH) 17-14-1
 East. Michigan 16-16-0
 W. Michigan 17-15-1
 Ball St. 18-12-0
 Cent. Michigan 16-14-0
 Toledo 16-16-0
 Northern Illinois 15-13-2
 Mid-Eastern Spread
 Morgan St. 26-11-0
 Bethune-Cookman 18-15-0
 N.C. A&T 11-22-0
 MD Eastern Shore 13-19-0
Howard 8-23-1
 S. Carolina St. 20-12-0
 Coppin St. 8-22-0
 Delaware St. 17-12-0
 Florida A&M 9-22-0
 Hampton 13-19-0
 Norfolk St. 14-16-0
 Missouri Valley Spread
 Wichita St. 20-14-1
 Missouri St. 16-20-0
 Northern Iowa 24-11-0
 Illinois St. 16-17-0
 Southern Ill. 14-15-1
 Indiana St. 20-12-0
 Evansville 16-14-0
 Bradley 15-16-0
 Creighton 17-17-0
 Drake 19-13-1
 Mountain West Spread
 BYU 21-15-0
 New Mexico (13) 18-16-1
 UNLV 21-13-0
 San Diego St. 21-12-1
 Colorado St. 19-13-0
 Air Force 17-14-0
 Wyoming 16-15-0
 TCU 13-18-1
 Utah 15-15-1
 Northeast Spread
 Long Island 14-17-0
 Robert Morris 23-12-0
 St. Francis (PA) 11-18-1
 Sacred Heart 15-14-0
 Quinnipiac 21-12-0
 Central Conn. St. 13-17-0
 St. Francis (NY) 11-18-0
 Monmouth 13-18-0
 Fair. Dickinson 12-20-0
 Mount St. Mary’s 15-15-1
 Wagner 5-26-0
 Bryant 1-29-0
 Ohio Valley Spread
 Murray St. 22-14-0
 Austin Peay 16-16-0
 Jacksonville St. 14-15-1
 Eastern Kentucky 16-17-0
 Eastern Illinois 19-12-0
 Morehead St. 23-12-0
 SE Missouri St. 15-13-2
 Tennessee Tech 17-15-0
 Tennessee St. 20-12-0
 Tenn-Martin 7-21-1
 Pacific-10 Spread
 Washington St. 12-19-0
 Washington (22) 17-19-0
 Arizona St. 16-17-0
 Oregon 15-17-0
 USC 14-15-1
 California 21-14-0
 Arizona 17-13-1
 Oregon St. 21-11-0
 Stanford 14-18-0
 UCLA 16-16-0
 Patriot League Spread
 Army 14-15-0
 Lafayette 18-14-0
 Lehigh 23-10-0
 Bucknell Spread
 Navy 14-16-0
Holy Cross 10-21-0
 American 10-21-0
 Colgate 12-17-0
 Southeastern Spread
 Kentucky (3) 22-16-0
 Tennessee (16) 19-17-1
 Vanderbilt 18-15-0
 South Carolina 13-18-0
 Florida (18) 20-14-0
 Georgia 18-12-1
 Mississippi (15) 22-12-1
 Mississippi St. 21-14-1
 LSU 14-17-0
 Alabama 18-13-1
 Arkansas 17-14-1
 Auburn 17-14-1
 Southern Spread
 Western Carolina 19-15-0
 Appalachian St. 23-13-1
 Samford 13-17-1
 Elon 16-16-0
 N.C. Greensboro 21-14-1
 Chattanooga 19-13-1
 Charleston 14-16-0
 Furman 16-14-0
 Davidson 10-20-1
 Wofford 23-11-1
 Georgia Southern 17-14-1
 Southland Spread
 Stephen F. Austin 23-9-0
 SE Louisiana 19-12-0
 Northwestern St. 10-19-0
 McNeese St. 10-20-0
 Central Arkansas 9-21-0
 Nicholls St. 13-17-0
 Sam Houston St. 24-9-0
 TX Arlington 17-13-0
 Lamar 14-18-0
 TAMU Corpus Christi 17-15-0
 Texas St. 19-12-0
 Southwestern Athletic Spread
 Prairie View A&M 16-14-0
 Alabama A&M 10-17-0
 Texas Southern 17-16-0
 Grambling St. 8-20-0
 Alabama St. 17-14-0
 Southern 5-25-0
 Jackson St. 20-12-0
 Miss. Valley St. 10-22-0
 Alcorn St. 6-25-0
 AR Pine Bluff 16-18-0
 Summit Spread
 IUPUI 24-12-0
 Oral Roberts 19-13-1
 Oakland 25-10-0
 Mo. Kansas City 12-18-0
 South Dakota St. 15-15-0
 Centenary 8-21-0
 North Dakota St. 13-16-0
 IPFW 17-14-0
 Western Ill. 15-15-0
 Southern Utah 7-22-0
 Sun Belt Spread
 South Alabama 13-18-1
 Troy 16-16-1
 Florida Atlantic 15-15-0
 Florida Intl. 17-15-0
 West. Kentucky 15-18-1
 Middle Tenn. St. 19-14-0
 Denver 12-18-2
 Arkansas St. 20-9-2
 LA Lafayette 18-14-0
 North Texas 23-9-1
 New Orleans 15-15-0
 LA Monroe 19-12-0
 AR Little Rock 10-17-3
 West Coast Spread
 St. Mary’s 23-11-0
 Gonzaga (25) 21-12-1
 Portland 19-12-1
 Santa Clara 18-14-0
 Loyola Marymount 21-13-0
 San Diego 12-18-2
 San Francisco 17-13-0
 Pepperdine 9-20-2
 Western Athletic Spread
 Louisiana Tech 20-13-2
 Utah St. 7-22-0
 Boise St. 17-15-0
 Idaho 15-15-1
 Nevada 19-15-0
 Hawaii 14-16-0
 San Jose St. 16-14-1
 New Mexico St. 22-11-1
 Fresno St. 16-16-1

Playoff races highlight action in NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball underway tomorrow!

As the week moves along, the excitement for the upcoming Final Four in this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament builds, and along with it comes more exciting competition in NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey as the playoff race builds to a climax. On top of that, with tomorrow’s opening day for the 2011 Major League Baseball campaign set to kick off a whole other world of online sports betting for baseball fans in particular, right now is a great time to be a fan of online sports betting, as the action is expansive and the options for sports betting have never been better. With the looming start of another month, which will include the aforementioned playoffs in NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey, the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament, as well as the start of the MLB season, it’s a great time to check out one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here, and saddle up for a few midweek wagers on available games across a variety of sports. For today, we’re hooking up our betting ticket with the sportsbook (read the review of, one I’ve personally used for going on 4 years, and continue to enjoy weekly for its grand selection of sports and non-sports betting choices, the simple, easy-to-use design of their long-standing website, and the solid support set-up, including prompt options for deposits and payouts whenever needed. Offering a great service and great bonuses to make you assured in your selection, the sportsbook is one of the prime places to place your wagers, with a longstanding reputation as one of the oldest sportsbooks on the web, with years of experience in the sportsbook market.

As the NBA is in full swing today and well on its way towards the post season, find the 13 games in store for betting on sports to have numerous combinations of wagers, and plenty of excitement between top teams at the sportsbook. Topping the action tonight, start with a look at the exciting match-up between 4th and 5th seeded teams in the Eastern Conference, as Atlanta hosts Orlando with only 6 games to play and 5 games separating the two teams. Though it’s unlikely either team changes position in seeding ahead of the NBA Playoffs, this match-up is a possible playoff preview that no doubt Atlanta will look to improve upon from last year’s routing in the second round. Atlanta has been building steam towards the playoffs with improved play especially at home, and could actually take the season series at 3-1 with a win tonight. With the Magic not playing at top form, and the Hawks building momentum, look for this to be a close match-up tonight, with Atlanta edging out Orlando at home. Other games to check out for NBA Basketball betting today include the Indiana Pacers hosting the Detroit Pistons with the Pacers needing to pick up a home win to stay in the 8th seed in the East, Philadelphia and Houston clash with the Rockets badly needing to pick up a victory tonight in their bid for the 8th seed in the West, and the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Hornets battle for 6th and 7th seeds out West with an opportunity for the Hornets to move above Portland to 6th with a win (which would put them tied by record, but give NO the advantage by way of winning the season series). Check out a plethora of other NBA games on tap as well for online sports betting, as with only a handful of regular season games left, and playoff atmosphere creeping in to every game played down the stretch, you won’t want to miss out on all the action before it’s gone!

The NHL Hockey season is winding down towards the playoffs as well, and if you haven’t felt like getting in to the game of hockey, the month ahead will be prime time for checking out one of the fastest, hardest hitting games around. With teams having less than 7 games left in the season, the playoff feel is with the NHL as well this week, and you’ll get to catch the fastest-paced games of the year as so many teams are in the hunt for the coveted 16 playoff spots yet to come. Tonight we’re eyeing a big game in the Eastern Conference as Buffalo hosts the New York Rangers, and with a win the Sabres could move into a tie with the Rangers for 7th in the East and help themselves hold back 9th position Carolina, who also are in action at home against Montreal tonight and desperate for a win themselves. Out West, a heated match-up takes place between surging Anaheim and the home-standing Calgary Flames, the latter team needing to pick up a win tonight in order to stay in the playoff race with only 4 games left after this evening. Anaheim is one of the scarier teams in the West right now, looking to win a 3rd straight at 8 of 10, and the Ducks could sweep the season series against Calgary and move into 6th position in the West with a win up north tonight. Check out a few games in the NHL tonight and squeeze some wagers in for the more exciting games featured on the betting lines at

Lastly, we finally get to turn a focused eye towards Major League Baseball, and the start of the 2011 season, which as always is an exciting time for baseball fans and provides a consistency of wagering options each and every day throughout the long summer months. 6 games get underway tomorrow to start off the opening day festivities, with a couple of classic match-ups in tow, featuring an opening series between the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and their in-state rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers, an exciting East coast showdown between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals, and the Detroit Tigers heading to new Yankee Stadium to clash with the perennial favorites, the New York Yankees. Now’s the time to get focused on baseball, looking over all the roster changes and new permanent fixtures, as well as learning up on pitching rotations and offensive line-ups, as these keys to each and every game will be essential for making quality bets that pay off day-in and day-out. With plenty of online sportsbook betting choices on tap at today and into the future, get your wagers placed, prepare for plenty of sports excitement to come, and as always, good luck!

Aaron G.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2010 – ATS History

Date Opponent Score SU Line ATS Over/Under
11/12/10 vs. Ga Southern 98-61 W -23.5 W
11/14/10 vs. Liberty 72-51 W 0 W
11/17/10 vs. Chicago State 102-62 W 0 W
11/22/10 vs. Maine 97-72 W 0 W
11/25/10 vs. Georgia 89-83 W -5.5 W O 143.5
11/26/10 at California 57-44 W -3 W U 143
11/28/10 vs. Wisconsin 58-51 W +3 W U 127
11/30/10 vs. Indiana State 81-72 W -15.5 L O 132
12/08/10 at Kentucky 58-72 L +5 L U 141.5
12/11/10 vs. Gonzaga 83-79 W -8.5 L O 141.5
12/19/10 vs. Stony Brook 88-62 W -23.5 W O 135
12/22/10 vs. UMBC 93-53 W 0 W
12/29/10 vs. Georgetown 69-55 W +1.5 W U 143.5
1/01/11 at Syracuse 58-70 L +7.5 L U 143.5
1/04/11 vs. Connecticut 73-70 W -4 L
1/08/11 vs. St Johns 76-61 W -5 W U 137.5
1/10/11 at Marquette 57-79 L +3.5 L U 145
1/16/11 at St Johns 54-72 L +3 L
1/19/11 vs. Cincinnati 66-58 W 0 W
1/22/11 vs. Marquette 80-75 W -3.5 W O 144
1/24/11 at Pittsburgh 56-51 W +10.5 W U 136
2/03/11 at DePaul 83-58 W -11 W O 140
2/06/11 vs. Rutgers 76-69 W -11.5 L O 130
2/09/11 vs. Louisville 89-79 W -4 W O 140
2/12/11 at South Florida 78-55 W -5.5 W O 128
2/24/11 vs. West Virginia 71-58 W -8 W U 130.5
2/23/11 at Providence 94-93 W -4 L O 149.5
2/26/11 vs. Seton Hall 60-48 W -9.5 W U 138
2/28/11 vs. Villanova 93-72 W -5 W O 140.5
3/05/11 at Connecticut 70-67 W +2.5 W U 138.5
3/10/11 vs. Cincinnati 89-51 W -2.5 W O 131
3/11/11 vs. Louisville 77-83 L -1.5 L O 138
3/18/11 vs. Akron 69-56 W -13.5 L U 137
3/20/11 vs. Florida State 57-71 L -4.5 L U 130
Records Points
Straight Up: 27-7
Against the Spread: 21-13
Home PF – 1835 (79.8)
Home PA – 1494 (65.0)
Away PF – 723 (65.7)
Away PA – 733 (66.6)

Top sportsbook betting at Players Only features NBA, NHL action on Tuesday

While the lull in between the Elite 8 and Final Four in the NCAA Tournament, as well as the anticipation for the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season has us sifting through smaller ranks of options for online sportsbook betting today, sports fans can still take a venture down to one of the best online sportsbooks and find at least a few great potential wagers as the NBA and NHL seasons wind quickly down towards the playoffs, and each and every night games get progressively more important and exciting. With a trip to one of the top reviewed sportsbooks featured on our website at Players Only sportsbook (read the review of we’re highlighting one of the best choices for online sports betting any day of the week, as Players Only is one of the fastest loading, easiest to use, and most importantly is one of the safest, most secure and dependable websites for betting on sports anywhere on the net. A winner in anyone’s book for great customer support, clean and easy ways to wager every day, and a great standard for lines, spreads and total points wagering, make sure that Players Only is bookmarked as one of your go-to sites for betting on sports any time, and day.

With featured sports action focusing mostly on the remaining games in the NBA and NHL seasons, we turn first to the NBA, which holds 4 games for a few good potential online sportsbook bets. The Oklahoma City Thunder today try to hold pace with 3rd seed Dallas in the West, while staying ahead of surging Denver behind them as they get a solid match-up at home against Golden State tonight. Not surprisingly, OKC is favored by 11 points on the evening, with an over/under at 214.5 to suggest this will be a fast-paced, exciting game to watch and wager on. With the Warriors trying to play spoiler after dropping out of playoff contention, this could be a closer game than expected, though no doubt the line is set on the fact that they’ve been outscored by over 15 points a game during their last 5 straight road losses. Nonetheless, there’s decent opportunity to expect a high scoring game in excess of the points total, as well as for Golden State to save some face and at least keep this game from being a blowout. Up next, find another trip for Miami to Cleveland, where earlier in the year the Heat dismantled and embarrassed LeBron James’ former team by almost 30 points, and we may likely expect a similar outcome once again tonight with Miami coming in a much better team than the one that played in Cleveland previously. Surprisingly enough, the line on the game is Miami by 13, which should be easily eclipsed even though the Cavaliers will try their hardest to keep this one much closer than the last two games. Rounding out the last two options for NBA Basketball bets, Houston is desperate for a win at New Jersey, and should get it having owned the series with the Nets with 10 consecutive victories, and Sacramento hosts Phoenix in what should be a high scoring, albeit meaningless contest with our wager on the Kings to further knock down any chance for the Suns to rally towards the playoffs.

With NHL Hockey left on the online sports betting plate today, check out a big dose of 11 games on tap with the season quickly winding down, and a playoff atmosphere throughout the league making for exciting wagers and exciting competition to watch each and every night. In the East tonight, check out the big match-up between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as the Penguins can tie the Flyers for top spot in the Eastern Conference, as well as in the Atlantic division with a victory (note the Flyers are playing back-to-back as well, and the Pens are surging going 8-2 in their last 10). Buffalo looks to improve to 4 straight wins as they hit the road to stymie the hopes of Toronto, who is watching their playoff aspirations slip by at the hands of the Sabres, Montreal tries to fend off that same Buffalo squad from moving into a tie for 6th in the East as they host the Atlanta Thrashers tonight, and Carolina clings to hope for a playoff spot though faces a tough task against one of the hottest teams in the league, the Washington Capitals. Look for a second night of action for Original Six teams as Chicago tries to build on its’ victory over Detroit last night, heading to Boston for what should be a tight, low-scoring game, check out big Western Conference battles between Nashville and Vancouver as well as the Dallas Stars vs. Phoenix Coyotes as well, as both these games have serious implications for the exciting playoff race that currently finds only 7 points separating 4th seed Phoenix and 10th place Dallas (with Dallas having three more games to play than Phoenix as well). Players Only Sportsbook is a great place to capture all this great action on any given day where online ports betting is available, so put in your best effort, check out the excitement of betting on sports, and as always good luck from us at!

Aaron G.

Final Four set for next weekend, sports betting action focuses on NBA, NHL games today

Each and every year it’s hard to believe how quickly the NCAA College Basketball Tournament passes us by, with so many exciting games lumped into each day of the weekend, and before you know it the Final Four is upon us! With another exciting day full of surprises and unforeseen finishes, both sides of the Final Four bracket are now lined up, with the biggest surprise of the year, VCU, knocking off tournament favorite Kansas and becoming just the 3rd 11th seeded team to make the Final Four in history. In what will be a great match-up between a former underdog in Butler, and this year’s Cinderella story Rams, no doubt you’ll want to secure a wager or two on this exciting match-up, and there’s no place better to do it than at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed right here. We can’t ever resist taking a first crack at sports betting ahead of the Final Four as soon as the betting lines are posted, so we’ll start the sportsbook wagers off at Oddsmaker sportsbook (read the review of by clicking through to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four odds for next Saturday’s games in Houston, Texas. Butler comes in as 2-point favorite, with VCU +110 on the Money and over/under posted at 132.5. While this might be one of the toughest games to call during the tournament, we simply can’t see past the continual dismantling of tough opponents that the VCU Rams have pushed aside with relative ease, and as always, love betting on the dark horse in the tournament. However, Butler has the experience, coming to the Final Four twice in two years, which can never be discounted. No matter how far behind they get, Brad Stevens’ well-coached team has to composure to pull out a win against all odds, as has been evident on a couple occasions already in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Going with the gut, we go with VCU in a tight one, and take them with an outright win as our opening Final Four prediction.

For the second 2011 NCAA Final Four game slated next Saturday, a more traditional match-up between Big East UConn and the SEC’s Kentucky will likely show off a more fast-paced style of play as youth and explosiveness mark this game’s highlights. Right away, the over/under at 141 presents itself as a tasty option for betting on sports this week, with both teams easily able to put 70+ points on the board regardless of opposition. While typically leaning towards a more balanced attack as the favorite (and in this case, UK is favored by 2 points with better depth and more scoring options), I simply can’t get away from UConn’s unwavering confidence from the Big East tournament all the way to the Final Four, as Kemba Walker continues to get more help from Freshmen Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier. However, in a Brandon Knight vs. Kemba Walker showdown, you just know this is going to be a tournament-best match-up, and no doubt you’ll want to have your say in the game as a wager at a top sportsbook like as soon as possible. Who’s going to clutch up at the end of this game? My early money is on Walker to put up the better shots towards the end, as guarding this guy is as tough as it gets at the NCAA level. UConn 74, Kentucky 73 in a barn burner.

With the Final Four aside, we turn to action for online sports betting on Monday, with just a handful of games available between NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey. Check out 6 NBA games on the hardwood tonight, featuring a full plate of options with playoff implications. Indiana hosts Boston, with both teams in search of a win to avoid dropping a position in the playoff race (Boston is only a 1/2 game ahead of Miami, Indiana 1 game ahead of Charlotte for the 8th seed), Charlotte and Milwaukee, currently 9th and 10th in the East battle in a heated game as well, while Orlando heads to New York to face the Knicks and Chicago greets Philadelphia in other Eastern Conference playoff battles. Out West find the Spurs turning around to host the Trail Blazers tonight with Portland desperate for a win to stay above New Orleans, and may have a good shot with both Tim Duncan out and Manu Ginobli questionable for toinght’s match-up. With two other hockey match-ups tonight including Anaheim needing a win at home against the flailing Colorado Avalanche, as well as a classic game between Detroit and Chicago with the Blackhawks needing a win to stay seeded in the West, make sure to check out all your options at today, one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed her on our website.

Aaron G.

Elite 8 College Basketball, NBA and NHL sports bets on tap for Sunday

Like always, the weekend has reached an abrupt conclusion all too soon, however not without leaving a bit of a mark after an all-too indulgent weekend of festivities. Nursing a lovely hangover this morning courtesy of a friend’s birthday party last night and celebrations all weekend long, this Sunday’s lineup of sports on the television will hopefully help to cure some of the pains of getting older and imbibing too much, as should some greasy food and Gatorade. Mmm. All personal things aside today, with great online sports betting action all weekend as the NCAA Tournament continues forward and the NBA and NHL playoff seasons approach in exciting fashion, we have to take note of even more great options for online sports betting, as the final two games of the Elite 8 take place today, featuring a huge underdog battle between VCU and Kansas, and a later clash between two tournament heavyweights, Kentucky and North Carolina. In the first of the two games in store for this afternoon, no one can rule out Virginia Commonwealth anymore as simply getting lucky to this point in the tournament. Coming from First Four to a possible Final Four by way of getting past USC, Georgetown and Purdue and Florida State (most in dominant fashion I must add), Kansas’ first test comes after a couple easy victories, and the Jayhawks will no doubt have bulls eyes painted on their backs by the Rams. In the second, even though North Carolina dominated in a surprisingly lopsided victory over Marquette, I remain confident that they lack the consistency to continue winning, and against Kentucky have met their match against a younger, more talented team. For opening picks at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here at Bodog Sportsbook (read the review of Bodog Sportsbook), it’s VCU to cover the point spread, and Kentucky to win outright in two close, exciting games. Make note you first-time visitors to Bodog Sportsbook; new users who sign up at anytime during the tournament by clicking the image link on our homepage to will get set up with an additional 10% instant bonus on your first deposit, just for using!

NBA basketball will provide plenty of great games before, during, and after the two Elite 8 games in play today, so make sure to check out and read up on the 9 NBA options for betting on sports today as well. Great games today include the Houston Rockets heading to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat, as the Rockets continue to fight for an 8th seed playoff berth in the Western Conference, and Miami tries to creep past a slumping Boston Celtics squad for 2nd seed in the East. Look for a high-scoring, fast-paced affair tonight, and with plenty at stake in the playoffs, a tight game down to the wire. Ahead of Houston in the Western Conference race, Memphis hosts San Antonio tonight in another great match-up for online sportsbook betting. A dominant home team, Memphis has been building confidence both at home and on the road, and with one of the West’s best home records, I certainly like Memphis to steal a victory over the conference leaders, who have been struggling a little without big veteran Tim Duncan in the lineup and could drop their third straight game tonight. Check into other great match-ups on tap tonight in the NBA as Oklahoma City hosts Portland as the Thunder can clinch a playoff berth with a win, the Lakers shoot for their 7th in a row as they match-up well against incoming New Orleans, and Dallas looks to add to their run of 3 straight visiting Phoenix.

Rounding out the weekend with more sports betting for NHL Hockey, check out the Vancouver Canucks shooting for their 50th win (a first in franchise history) against Columbus while simultaneously looking to pick up their 8th road win in a row. The Canucks come in best in the league on the power play, against the worst in the league power play of the Blue Jackets, in what could be a big difference maker tonight towards a 2 goal win for the Canucks. In the East, a big battle between Pittsburgh and Boston gets underway, with the Bruins trying to build ground against Montreal in the Northeast, and chase Washington for a second seed in the Eastern Conference. Check out Pittsburgh in the mix tonight as well against Florida, in a game the Pens need to try and pull within two points of division (and Easter Conference) -leading Philly. Check out all this great action as the regular seasons in NHL Hockey and NBA Basketball wind down, as well as the two great NCAA 2011 tournament games set for today for great betting choices at one of the top sportsbooks reviewed like the one at Keep tabs as well on the upcoming Major League Baseball season, which commences its regular season in just a few short days, and should have all the fantasy baseball players waiting anxiously for Monday night. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the rest of the online sports betting action today, and thanks as always for stopping by!

Aaron G. sportsbook has Elite 8 basketball games and more for sports betting

After yet another surprising day in the NCAA Tournament, with one more #1 seed falling out as Kentucky dropped Ohio State in a close 62-60 victory, we press on towards the Elite 8 round of competition, with two games taking place today in great match-ups on either side of the country. Though once again we enter another day of betting on NCAA basketball in the wake of some unforeseen outcomes, especially the unexpected blowout of Marquette at the hands of North Carolina, and the quick, unchallenged exit of Richmond that no doubt had all us Cinderella backers shaking our heads, today’s two games for the Elite 8 will offer another great challenge for online sports betting fanatics, and more likelihood of well-contested basketball contests as the match-ups become more balanced and more exciting over the course of the weekend. For the first two wagers on the day, spot your best bets at the Betonline Sportsbook (read the review of Betonline Sportsbook), one of the best sportsbooks reviewed here on our website. With Butler now having to erase the underdog/Cinderella prefix from their names as they enter the Elite 8 for the second time in two years, and with Arizona handling the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils out West and proving their athleticism is enough to run with any team in the country, these opening match-ups today pitting Butler vs. Florida and Arizona vs. UConn will be hotly contested, and certainly not the likes of the two blowouts yesterday as Kansas dismantled Richmond, and Marquette simply failed to show up against the North Carolina Tarheels.

For opening wagers on the day, let’s turn to the first game slated for Saturday night, pitting Brad Stevens’ thrilling Butler Bulldogs against Billy Donovan’s well-balanced, veteran Florida Gators. What stands out for this match-up is the inside presence of Florida, which was out for all to see on Thursday night as the Gators simply dominated the boards en route towards forcing BYU’s outside game to make almost all their points. Alex Tyus, Vernon Macklin and Chandler Parsons will certainly make it difficult for the smaller Butler squad to win the battle of the paint, needing to rely more on outside threats from point guard Shelvin Mack to help offset the lack of production down low. However, as has always been the case in this year’s tournament, the match-ups alone won’t dictate the outcome of the games on any given day. Butler has won by clutching up at the right times, and taking advantage of mistakes, something which Florida is prone to do, especially when defended well. Butler has more balance than the BYU team that should have knocked off the Gators, and as such this game should be just as close, if not going to overtime to decide who gets the bid into this year’s Final Four. With Butler coming in +4 on the spread and +170 win, another good underdog opportunity presents itself today for betting on sports at, and with last year’s runners-up looking to make the final dance once again, expect this to be within 4 points at the end, if Butler doesn’t edge out Florida outright.

For the second match-up between Arizona and UConn, the Wildcats have already achieved more than anyone could have expected coming into the tournament, and this contest tonight should be one of the most exciting games of the tournament with star players Kemba Walker for UConn and Derrick Williams for Arizona helping to push the pace and lead a high-scoring, high-energy showdown that either team could win. Arizona no doubt will get a home advantage playing in Anaheim tonight, but the way that Jim Calhoun’s Huskies have been led in the face of adversity lately, it’s little consolation to anyone thinking Arizona holds the advantage on location alone. It’s interesting to watch the spread tighten up for Arizona, once a 10.5 point underdog to Duke, and now only getting +2.5 points to UConn. The way UConn was able to shut down a similar forward in Kawhi Leonard, they’ll look to do the same against the athletic Derrick Williams, keeping him out of the paint and forced to shoot more from the outside. Though the stars will play their role, look out for the supporting cast to be the difference here, which UConn simply has more of with improving freshmen Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier helping the Huskies to continue their impressive run towards the Final Four. With a 146.5 point over/under, expect plenty of scoring tonight, and if you’re not set on one team or another, look for the over wager on total points to be a good option for you on the betting lines.

Switching gears to NBA Basketball today, the race to the playoffs continue with 6 games on tap tonight, with a couple of interesting match-ups potentially affecting playoff seeding specifically in the Eastern Conference race. After nabbing an impressive come-from-behind win last night in Boston, Charlotte heads home in a turnaround game against the struggling New York Knicks, who have dropped five straight and don’t seem to have any answers to their floundering. Where the Bobcats could take advantage like they did last night against the Celtics, is in the fourth quarter. The Knicks have been scoring less than 20 points in the 4th in each of their last 5 losses, and though Charlotte likely will be without leading scorer Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas once again, at home and building confidence, the Bobcats could put up a good fight. The one concern however remains offensive production. In their victory against Boston, Charlotte managed on 83 points, which no doubt won’t cut it against New York who has plenty of offense to spread around. New York faces a must-win tonight to stay in their 7th seed position, and taking them to cover the 4.5 points, we’ll lean on them to pull out of their funk against the depleted Bobcats. Next up for basketball bets, the Chicago Bulls look to stay strong in the East as they head to Milwaukee, with a Bucks team desperate for a win to climb up into the 8th seed currently occupied by Indiana at only 2 games ahead. The Bucks have been hot, winning 4 of their last 5 games, however the Bulls have been even hotter, winning 11 of 12, and owning the season against Milwaukee thus far. Defense has played the key role for the Bulls, and with Milwaukee already last in scoring offense and 3rd in points allowed as well (Chicago is 20th in scoring, 2nd in scoring D), this likely will be a tight game with points hard to come by. Chicago is the right pick however, taking them to cover the 5.5 points as they continue to battle for best in the East and home court through the playoffs.

Onto a few other wagers worth checking out today at the sportsbook, more NBA games with potential playoff implications are available, including Dallas at Utah, with the Jazz desperate to hang on to a final shot at a playoff seed in the West (4 games back of 8th seed Memphis now), the Atlanta Hawks needing a win at home against the New Jersey Nets to help keep Philadelphia at bay, and Indiana looking to bounce back against Detroit to hold their 8th seed in the East. Switching to NHL Hockey options for betting on sports today, the Los Angeles Kings need to win at home against struggling Colorado to remain the 5th seed, as all other playoff contenders in the Western Conference are also in action today. Elsewhere in the West, Dallas needs to pick up a road win at Nashville to stay relevant in the playoff chase, Anaheim heads to Chicago with only 1 point separating the 7th and 8th seeded teams, and San Jose and Phoenix duke it out for top position in the Pacific Division, with the Sharks just 2 points ahead of the Coyotes (though with a one game advantage). In the East, check out exciting games between Montreal and Washington, with the Canadiens needing to bounce back after a crushing 7-0 loss to Original Six rival Boston, Carolina needing a home victory over Tampa Bay to stay on pace with Buffalo for the 8th seed (as Buffalo hosts New Jersey in what should be another great game), and the Rangers and Bruins already underway in a battle that New York will need to win to keep ahead of Buffalo and perhaps move into a tie for sixth if Montreal falls against Washington. Another great day for sports fans and for online sports betting at the top sportsbooks reviewed here, check into for action from basketball, hockey, soccer and more each and every day, and as always good luck in all your wagers to come!

Aaron G.

BetUS Sportsbook hosts great bets on NCAA Sweet 16 games, NBA, NHL contests and more

After yet another surprising day in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, yet another #1 seed gets knocked off the table, and once more the Butler Bulldogs continue their wild run in an outstanding tournament appearance that will erase them from the ‘Cinderella’ standing they’ve held in the past. With Duke having no answer for the fast-paced, athletic approach of Derrick Williams and the Arizona Wildcats last night, the game with the largest point spread going in favor of Duke turned out to be the game with the biggest upset, as the Blue Devils went down in Purdue Boilmaker fashion, losing 93-77 and closing out hopes for a repeat championship. San Diego State failed to stop UConn runs led by Kemba Walker, who at one point scored 12 straight points down the home stretch while the Aztecs failed to answer. In a game SDSU should have won, the Huskies once again showed their resilience and ability to heat up, going on runs of 12-0 and 15-2 during the game to shut down the hopes of the mid-major Aztecs last night. Lastly, there may have been clips of Jimmer-time being rolled throughout the BYU-Florida showdown last night, however the Cougars star guard simply tried to do too much, failed to rely on his teammates down the homestretch, and for the first time in the tournament showed the void left by the absence of Brandon Davies as the Florida bigmen led by an outstanding effort by Alex Tyus seemingly gobbled up every loose board on either side of the court en route towards an eventual overtime victory. Whew! Another fantastic night, more upsets and unpredictable outcomes…and this is exactly why the NCAA College Basketball tournament is the most exciting championship in all of sport.

Licking a couple of wounds, throwing the brackets aside and moving towards another great day of online sports betting featuring Sweet 16 Basketball action at the top of the list, we turn to one of the best sportsbooks reviewed on our site at the sportsbook (read the review of, which features plenty of options for the best sports wagering possibilities on Friday. Once again baffled by the insane margins sportsbooks are placing for underdog teams, #1 Kansas pulls the biggest favorite on the day, in their match-up with #12 Richmond. The Spiders are indeed a better team than their 12 seed leads on, and while inexperience is certainly a factor for the Richmond team that has only made it to the Sweet 16 once, and that coming in 1988, if anything is being learned in this year’s tournament, it’s that every game can and will be close when not expected to be. Add to that big upsets with heavy favorites including Arizona over Duke, VCU over Purdue, and Florida State over Notre Dame, and the Kansas vs. Richmond match-up becomes all the harder to gauge the eventual winner. However, as Kansas faces the easiest tournament run to the Final Four getting a 16, 9, 12 (today’s match-up), and either a 11 or a 10 seed in the Elite 8, the Jayhawks no doubt will be on their ball to take advantage of their fortunes, and this may be the only #1 seed getting through to the final two games this year. While I like Richmond, and put them through to this match-up tonight, the Morris twins along with a well-balanced cast that can score at will, are simply too much for the upstart mid-major Spiders, though fully expect Richmond to put up a dog fight and cover the 10 1/2 points.

The next #1 seed up on the block is Ohio State, which has played extremely well dismantling their first two opponents by an average of 30 points. Facing #4 Kentucky is a whole different animal however, though the Buckeyes have historically owned the Wildcats winning 5 straight tournament games in a row. However, those losses come far out of context, the last meeting being in 1987, so expect no precedent to come into play tonight. Key to this game is the youth of Kentucky, which leads a fast-paced, athletic attack against any opponent and has the ability to win any night they are on point. If they can focus, and stay composed against a feverish attack from OSU led by David Lighty, Jared Sullinger, William Buford and Jon Diebler, UK stands a chance, and could be a good upset option at +220, or even to cover the 6 points as spread underdogs. Look for a high-scoring affair as both teams push the pace, setting sights for a good wager on over 141 points, however Ohio State looks poised enough to cover the -6 and push on to the Elite 8 after tonight’s showdown. Smartly, for the next match-up Marquette is only a 4 point underdog even as an 11 seed up against 2nd seeded North Carolina. UNC should have been dropped by Washington last round, however by luck and UW’s mishandling of the late stages of the game find themselves in a spot they don’t necessarily deserve to be in. The Tarheels have fluctuated in between moments of brilliance, and spots of ineptitude this season, showing they can compete with the best in the land, but can also melt down in the face of adversity. Meanwhile the Marquette Golden Eagles stand as one of only two Big East teams remaining, and after knocking off both Xavier and Syracuse to get here, have shown the poise needed to contend for the big prize in this year’s tournament. Erase thoughts of the season record and focus on the game at hand, and Marquette actually stands out as a favorite to win this game tonight, based on their recent consistency and team confidence coming in. Marquette with the +160 to win is our pick for this match-up, banking on a fast start for UNC, but poor shooting down the stretch to hand the ballgame to the Golden Eagles.

Last up for NCAA Tournament action on Friday is perhaps the toughest match-up to predict, with VCU surprising everyone showing they can put up big points against the best in the tournament, and Florida State, continually showing their defensive prowess can overcome any match-up and contain any star shooter in the league. In a great 11 vs. 10 seed match-up tonight. VCU has silenced all criticism by throwing down against USC, Georgetown and Purdue and winning by an average of over 16 points per game, however those margins of victory won’t be seen tonight against the stingiest defense in the land. Perhaps not one of the more exciting games in Sweet 16 action, as likely neither team will grace 70 points on strong defense being played on both sides, Florida State wins the defensive battle and the game. However, count on this one to be close down to the wire, with VCU holding strong enough to break into the +4 points as underdog and make this exciting to the end. As with every day of NCAA Tournament action, the options for online sports betting are as exciting as ever, and with fewer and fewer games remaining, now is the perfect time to check into a top sports betting site like, and put down your line in the sand for a couple of match-ups tonight!

Shifting focus over to the NBA for more top sportsbook bets on basketball, 13 games are lined up with a few key match-ups available across the betting lines at BetUS. Featured basketball games for betting on sports include a fun Eastern Conference match-up between Miami and visiting Philadelphia, with the 76ers trying to avoid facing Miami by chasing down Atlanta in the 4th seed, just 2 1/2 games ahead. With both teams hot on the chase of those above them in conference standings, this should be a heated match-up (no pun intended) which leads to a high likelihood of the 76ers keeping the contest within the 8 point underdog margin at BetUS. No doubt heavy underdogs due to the fact the 76ers have lost 11 of 13 at Miami, this is a different team bound for the playoffs and playing with more depth than the Heat tonight. Upset, perhaps not, but if you’ve got a small amount of cash to throw at the +300 for Philadelphia, it might be a worthwhile and exciting wager to make this the upset pick of the night. In other games with playoff implications, find Memphis traveling where no-one wishes to go these days, and that’s to Chicago to face the Bulls who have climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference and show no signs of slippage. Winning 14 straight at home is a daunting task for the best teams in the league, let alone the Grizzlies who while winners of 3 straight, stand fighting to hold their 8th seed in the West as the Houston Rockets nip at their ankles. 9 1/2 points goes to Chicago tonight, but the way both teams have played defense, the under bet on 186 total points could be the way to go tonight.

Checking out a few additional options for online sportsbook bets on basketball, the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers meet in an exciting match-up that has Portland favored at home by 4 1/2 points, Phoenix and New Orleans clash with the Hornets locked in between Portland and Memphis as the 7th seed in the West and coming in 5 point underdogs for the contest in the desert, and finally a fun match-up at Staples Center as the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers do battle. Shift a little attention and perhaps a few dollars towards continuing action in the NHL Hockey race towards the playoffs, with solid match-ups between Vancouver and Atlanta, New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, and Carolina vs. Tampa Bay to name a few, and as always playoff implications on the line each and every night, betting on Hockey is always an exciting addition to the plate of options for online sportsbook betting on any given day. For tonight, enjoy the final games in the Sweet 16, check out plenty of action across the NBA and NHL to make for additional excitement for sports betting, and have a lucky and fantastic weekend ahead!

Aaron G.

Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament games top online sportsbook betting action

After a long and drawn out wait for more NCAA Tournament games to continue on Thursday, the action is finally here, and no doubt ripe for more online sports betting options found at one of the best sportsbooks reviewed here on our website. Though we’ve done a number on the available betting lines for the 4 Sweet 16 games featured tonight throughout the week, there’s still time to squeeze in a couple of bets before the games start, with the first contest on the West Coast in Anaheim featuring #3 UConn vs. #2 seed San Diego State starting off just a little after 4 PM PST, and the second game at a similar time slot taking place on the East coast as the Southeast Region at New Orleans gets underway with the first match-up between #3 seed BYU and #2 seed Florida. No doubt both these match-ups are worthy of some online sports betting for you today, as once these games are said and done, you won’t find sports betting action like this for another year! The sportsbook (read the review of is primed with all the available NCAA Tournament games listed right on their homepage today, and for the first games, UConn pulls a 1 point favorite on the line, with a good wagering possibility for the over/under getting eclipsed at 128.5, as both these team like to run and should push the pace to open the Sweet 16 round. For the Florida v. BYU match-up, we’re hedging significantly on Jimmer Fredette to carry his team, as his Floridian counterpart Kenny Boynton likely won’t be at 100% after recovering from an ankle sprain, and the Gators will have to find other answers to guard him tonight. With BYU at +135, with a 3 point underdog at, we’re betting the Cougars can come up big like they did last year, and push on to the Elite 8.

For the late games in Sweet 16 action tonight, find the hotly contested match-up to feature Butler vs. Wisconsin, with two teams that have great all-around talent, led at the point by two outstanding ball handlers in Shelvin Mack for Butler and Jordan Taylor for Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, the over/under is a low 123 for the contest, with two solid defensive teams on the court, and with Butler at a 4.5 point underdog, it seems that Brad Stevens’ crew is just were they like to be ahead of game time. Can they pull off another upset here tonight? Only time will tell, but if Butler can keep Wisconsin close until the last few minutes, and keep up their outside shooting game, the Bulldogs can win tonight and move on as well. Rounding out a great night of College Basketball, #1 seed Duke looks primed to advance against Arizona, which simply doesn’t have the manpower to content with a Mike Krzyzewski-led Blue Devils team. Nonetheless, we still back the athletic Wildcats to make this game an interesting one much like the Michigan Wolverines did against Duke on Sunday, pulling them within the 8.5 points needed to cover the line. Make sure to plant your wagers on the first four of 8 games available for Sweet 16 College Basketball betting, and put your eye towards the next set of four games tomorrow, which no doubt will be just as exciting and intense as the games getting underway in just a few short hours.

On to action on the professional hardwood today, as per usual on Thursday only a couple of NBA Basketball games are slated for online sportsbook betting, featuring Dallas hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Utah Jazz turning around after a recent road trip to take on the New Orleans Hornets. Check out the betting lines for these two games today at sportsbook, as unsurprisingly Dallas is a huge favorite at 15.5 points as star forward Kevin Love sits out with a groin injury, and the Wolves will struggle to make up for his team-leading 20.3 points and league-leading 15.4 rebounds tonight against a Dallas team that needs a win to break out of their current funk. Of note, the T-Wolves have lost their last 4 games by an average of 19.5 points, with their worst loss coming Sunday to Sacramento where they were blown out by 32. They won’t fare any better against a Dallas team with something to prove tonight, so taking the Mavs to cover the line really doesn’t seem so far-fetched. For the second match-up and an all-around better contest to observe for hoops fans, the Utah Jazz look to hold on to a playoff spot in the West and simultaneously end a three-game skid while struggling to cope with injuries left and right. They have the advantage historically against the Hornets, who have won only once in nine tries at Utah, however with Utah fading behind an improving Memphis for the 8th seed in the West, and New Orleans looking to bounce back after a tough, close loss to Boston on Saturday (and well rested I might add), New Orleans looks primed to pick up a win on the road tonight, and send the injury-riddle Jazz another step further away from the playoff picture, where they simply don’t belong right now.

Finishing another great day of options for betting on sports at today, we turn back to the NHL Hockey games on tap, with 9 featured contests set up for online sportsbook bets. Games worth looking into for top sportsbook betting include Montreal at Boston in a precarious match-up between two heated rivals who play in the first game since a brutal injury to Max Pacioretty at the hands of Boston captain Zdeno Chara took place 16 days earlier. With Montreal behind Boston by 3 points in the Eastern Conference as well as the Northeast Division, and with the Canadiens owning Boston this year going 4-1 against the Bruins, this game could be a chance for the Canadiens to bounce back after slumping at 2-4 since that last victory against Boston, however with the more physical Bruins at home backed by ace goalie Tim Thomas, we prefer a tighter match with OT a possibility, taking under total points at 5 (+120). In another big Eastern Conference match-up, Philadelphia tries to regain composure against in-state rival Pittsburgh, and is favorite at home, though goaltending has been an issue for the Flyers as of late. Look into later Western Conference games as Anaheim turns around after a stunning come-from-behind win last night at Dallas and heads to Nashville, Phoenix gets the Columbus Blue Jackets at home, and Los Angeles and San Jose square off in the start of the final set of divisional games in the Pacific Conference, with LA needing the win to stay afloat in a very tight race with 5 seeds totally up for grabs in the West. Find these match-ups and even more online sports betting possibilities at today, and get ready for an exciting night of sports as the Sweet 16 gets underway.

Aaron G.