Archive for February, 2012

Minnesota Timberwolves at LA Lakers NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to for back to back wins on the road as they face the LA Lakers from NBA pro basketball on Wednesday night. The Timberwolves and Lakers will begin from Staples Center in Los Angeles at 10:30PM Eastern Time and it’s the NBA League Pass providing the live national television broadcast of this game.

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The current betting odds at Oddsmaker has the home team LA Lakers favored by -5 points and the over under lined at 187 ½ points. Bettors who wager on the LA Lakers on the money line will lay -220 odds. Those who believe the Minnesota Timberwolves can win this game straight up tonight can get back +180 odds for their wager on the money line on the underdog side.

The Lakers have dominated recent meetings against Minnesota with 10 straight wins. This is the second meeting between these two Western conference clubs. A month ago the Lakers invaded Minnesota and came away with a 5 point road win as a two point underdog. The Lakers were on a road back to back in the straight up win.

The Timberwolves have played impressively with two straight wins and five wins over their past five games. Minnesota got great production from their bench in their 109-97 road victory against the Clippers last night as a +6 ½ point underdog. Minnesota had a huge fourth quarter with 36 points and outscoring the Clips by a margin of 15 points. Kevin Love was forced to leave the game last night with a rib injury. Kevin Love is listed as probable for tonight’s game.

LA comes in off the All Star break with injury concerns to Kobe Bryant. In the All Star game Kobe suffered a broken nose and slight concussion. Bryant is listed as questionable for tonight’s game as he must pass a concussion test prior to game time to be allowed by the league to play in tonight’s game. Kobe has no control over his playing status tonight as a computer will determine whether he is healthy enough to play tonight. The Lakers entered the All Star break with a 20-14 record on the season. The team has been good at home with a 14-2 straight up mark.

ESPN TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

With the NBA back in full swing following the All Star break ESPN Television will provide a pro basketball doubleheader for your watch and wagering pleasure. It all gets started in game one as the Golden St Warriors travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers. In the nightcap the nation will get another glimpse of Lob City as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the LA Clippers travels to face the Phoenix Suns.

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At 8PM Eastern Time the Warriors continue their road trip out east with a game against the 76ers. The team is out to revenge an ugly 107-79 home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers back on New Year’s Eve as a +2 point underdog. Golden St will enjoy a day of rest on Thursday night following back to back road games on Tuesday and Wednesday following the All Star break. The Warriors are a high scoring team averaging 98 points a contest ranking fifth in the NBA and sit third in the league in three point shooting at 38.7% from beyond the arc. The Philadelphia 76ers has struggled with a five game losing streak at the All Star break. The team broke it with a 97-68 home win against Detroit on Tuesday night.

The doubleheader game between the Clippers and Suns tips off at 10:30PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV. The LA Clippers returned to work after the All Star break with the 109-97 home loss on Tuesday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves as a -6 ½ point favorite. The Suns headed into the All Star break with a disappointing 14-20 record and a longshot at best of making the postseason. As we approach the trading deadline next month there may be a few teams on the phone to Phoenix management attempting to work out a deal for point guard Steve Nash. So far Nash has not requested a trade but that may change if the Suns continue to fall further behind in the playoff standings in the days leading up to the deadline. Center Marcin Gortat has led the Suns this year with nearly 16 points and over 10 rebounds per game with a 56.1% shooting percentage. Nash is scoring 14 points and dishing 11 assists a game on the campaign.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The NBA returns to the court following the All Star break and TNT TV will deliver a doubleheader of games which gives gamblers and excellent watch and wagering opportunity. It all gets underway as All Star MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder invade Orlando to face Dwight Howard and the Magic. The nightcap features Lebon James and his Miami Heat making the long road trip out west to face the Portland Trailblazers.

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Game one tips off at 8PM Eastern Time as the Oklahoma City Thunder plays Orlando. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the favorites to represent the West in the NBA Finals this season behind their 27-7 overall record and 12-6 road mark heading into play on Tuesday. Kevin Durant leads the team with nearly 18 points a game and a very good 51.3% shooting from the floor. Orlando looks to revenge a 97-89 road defeat to OKC in game one of the season on Christmas Day as a +7 ½ point underdog. The Magic fell behind by 18 after three quarters and nearly got in the back door to cover the pointspread. The Magic has been an inconsistent team this season as they enter play following the break at 22-13 heading into Tuesday.

In the late night doubleheader game Miami plays their first game since the All Star break as they play a struggling Portland Trailblazers team. The Heat has the look of an NBA champion with the demise of the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. They are the number one team in the NBA in scoring, shooting percentage and three point shooting on the campaign. They allow 42.3% shooting from the field ranking 5th in the NBA. Miami has greatly improved their bench with Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem contributing greatly to the team. You can pretty much pencil in Lebron James as the NBA MVP this season. James is averaging 27 points nearly 7 assists and a very sick 54.7% shooting percentage for the year. Portland enters play heading into Wednesday’s action with a disappointing 18-16 record this year. They play the back end of a back to back in this spot having played at Denver on Wednesday night. Portland is getting inefficient play from guards Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Matthews who are the sources of the team’s problems.

Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma St Cowboys College Basketball Betting Preview

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The doubleheader game from Big Monday will be from the Big 12 conference as the Kansas Jayhawks will make the journey to face the Oklahoma St Cowboys from NCAA college basketball. The Jayhawks and Cowboys will tip from Oklahoma St at 9PM Eastern Time and ESPN provides the national television broadcast.

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The current odds from the NCAA college basketball game has the road team Kansas Jayhawks favored at Oddsmaker by -9 ½ points with the total lined at 135 points. Those who bet Kansas on the money line will lay -500 odds. Those who like Oklahoma St to pull off the upset win at home on Big Monday can take back +400 odds for their money line wager on the underdog.

The last meeting held at Oklahoma St between these two clubs resulted in an 85-77 Cowboys victory as a +6 point home underdog during the 2009-10 season. These two Big 12 clubs met earlier in the month with Kansas winning by 15 points laying -17 ½ points to the Cowboys. The total flew past 137 ½ points.

Kansas is on a roll right now winning six straight games. They have a quick turnaround following a highly emotional 87-86 overtime win against rival Missouri Tigers on Saturday afternoon over national television as a -8 point betting favorite. Kansas was pushed hard in this game as they had to overcome a 12 point halftime deficit to the Missouri Tigers to get even after two halves.

Oklahoma St is having a disappointing year with a 14-15 record. There won’t be any at large bid for Oklahoma St but there is always a possible bid from a minor tournament for the Cowboy if they can get at or over a .500 record on the season. If you take a close look at the Cowboys you will find some interesting results from this team when playing on their home court in Big 12 conference play. Oklahoma St has played well at home with straight up wins against Texas A&M, Texas, Iowa St, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Missouri. They fought Baylor to a 64-60 home loss getting +6 ½ points back on February 4th. You can understand the early money coming on the home dog tonight.

Wagering Odds to Win 2011-2012 NBA Pro Basketball Championship

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

As we hit the NBA All Star Break we turn our attention today on the 2011-2012 betting odds to win the NBA championship. We have just 2 months remaining in the NBA regular season with the playoffs set to begin in late April. Eight teams from each of the Western and Eastern conference will qualify for the playoffs.

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The current favorites to win the NBA World title this season are the Miami Heat who came in at +100 odds. The Heat has been outstanding sporting an impressive 27-7 record on the season. They have dominated Eastern conference opponents this season with a straight up mark of 21-4.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is +250 favorites to win the NBA championship this season. They are the favorites to come out the west as they sports the youthfulness on the court compared to the older Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs teams. In a best of 7 situation, it will be interesting to see if OKC can handle the in game adjustments they will see in the post season.

The Chicago Bulls are third in the betting at +600 odds to hoist the NBA world championship trophy. It seems like only the Miami Heat will stand in the way of Chicago in the post season. A concern for the Bulls has been the health of point guard Derrick Rose who has been experiencing back spasms.

Can you believe the LA Clippers are tied with the Bulls and ahead of the Lakers in the wagering? The Clips are +600 to win the title behind All Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

The LA Lakers check in fifth in the betting at +800 odds to win another title for this franchise. The team is battling age and as well as personnel issues. They don’t pass the eye test this year for a run at the World title. Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are a solid threesome but this by far has been one of the weakest supporting casts we have seen on a Lakers team during owner Jerry Buss’ tenure with the team.

The defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks longshots in the betting at +1500 odds to repeat. The team is missing a key cog from last year’s team in center Tyson Chandler who is now with the Knicks.

Akon Zips at Ohio Bobcats College Basketball Betting Preview

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

ESPNU will televise nationally on Sunday night the MAC conference NCAA college basketball game between the Akron Zips and the Ohio Bobcats. Tip off time between the Zips and Bobcats from Ohio is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker has the home team Ohio Bobcats favored by -4 ½ points with the over under lined at 139 ½ points. Those bettors playing the Ohio Bobcats on the money line will lay -200 odds. Players wagering on the Akron Zips can take back +170 odds on their money line bet for the road underdog to win this game straight up.

This is a revenge spot for the Ohio Bobcats tonight as Akron posted the 68-63 home win back on January 14th as a -3 point betting favorite. The game landed under the closing total of 135 points. It was a poor shooting performance by the Bobcats as they made just 35.5% from the field along with 5 of 21 makes coming from three. Akron dominated the glass as the Zips had 36 rebounds to the Bobcats 26. D.J. Cooper had a forgettable performance for Ohio with just 2 of 15 shooting from the floor in defeat. Zeke Marshall for Akron scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds on 5 of 7 shooting.

The Akron Zips travel today with a record of 20-8 and a true road mark of 7-6 on the season. The team has played excellent basketball winning 9 of their past 10 games. Their loss during this stretch was a non-conference 67-61 defeat at Oral Roberts during the Bracket Busters as a +4 ½ point underdog.

Ohio enters play with a 22-6 mark on the 2011-12 campaign. The Bobcats have been solid this season on their home court with a 15-1 record. Ohio has tallied up three straight wins and victories in 8 of their past 10 games. In Bracket Busters they defeated North Carolina Ashville 81-62 as a -8 point betting favorite. The team is coming off the 88-77 road win on Wednesday night to the Buffalo Bulls as a +3 point underdog. Ohio is trending strongly here with against the spread with wins in three straight games and has covered against Akron in four of their past five meetings.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball All Star Game Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Friday, February 24th, 2012

It will be the exciting NBA pro basketball All Star game on Sunday night as the stars from the Western Conference will face the stars from the Eastern Conference. Tip off for the NBA All Star game is scheduled from Orlando Florida at 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the TNT.

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The current betting odds for the NBA All Star game MVP has five players tied as the +150 favorite. They include from the host city of Orlando Dwight Howard as well as Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Notables tied in the wagering at +1000 odds as the second favorite are Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will return +1500 odds to hoist the All Star Game MVP trophy. The longest shot on the board is LA Lakers center Andrew Bynum who will return +2000 in the wager. For the latest All Star betting lines and props please follow http://www.oddsmaker.ag/sportsbook/ .

Each roster will feature three first time participants. The Western conference starters will have four players playing for Los Angeles teams in Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul at the starting guard positions. Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin will play the forwards with Andrew Bynum at center. Bynum makes his first ever appearance in an All Star game. Notables for the West off the bench include Dirk Nowitzki who has gotten hot over his past ten games. Kevin Love has averaged 25 points and 14 boards this season. Tony Parker has played great basketball for the San Antonio Spurs this season with 19 points a game average.

On the Eastern conference it will be Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony starting in the forward position. At the guards will be Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. At center is Dwight Howard. Notable reserves for the Eastern Conference include Chris Bosh with an 18 point and 8 rebounds per game average on the season. Deron Williams point guard from New Jersey Nets is putting up 22 points and game the year. Luol Deng makes his first ever appearance in an All Star Game and he has produced about 16 points a game for the Chicago Bulls on the campaign.

NCAA College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

We are now just days away from the start of the NCAA college basketball conference tournaments so the action becomes very serious on the court as teams position for seeds. Saturday NCAA college basketball is packed with exciting action for your watch and wagering opportunity.

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All the action gets started at 12PM Eastern Time on CBS Television as we have a quality SEC conference showdown as the Vanderbilt Commodores travels to play the #1 ranked team in all off college basketball in the Kentucky Wildcats. Vanderbilt will be out to revenge a 66-63 home loss to Kentucky on February 11th as a +4 ½ point underdog.

The GameDay crew will be stationed for the Big East battle from college basketball as the Syracuse Orange will travel to play the Connecticut Huskies at 9PM Eastern Time aired live over ESPN TV. Connecticut at 17-10 this season needs to pile up victories to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resume. They hit a speed bump with seven losses over their past ten games. Syracuse crushed Connecticut 85-67 back on February 11th as a -10 point home favorite.

Preceding the Big East game in primetime over ESPN Television will be an SEC NCAA college basketball matchup between the Mississippi St Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama is living on the bubble right now as they carry a 17-9 record into Thursday’s action. Mississippi St edged Alabama 56-52 as a +1 ½ point underdog back on January 14th.

ESPN TV will have a good ACC conference game scheduled at 4PM Eastern Time as the North Carolina Tar Heels travels to face a good Virginia Cavaliers team. North Carolina pounded Virginia at home 70-52 back on February 11th as a -9 point favorite. The Tar Heels ran away in the second half by outscoring the Cavaliers by a 35-20 margin.

It will be a Big 12 conference battle at 4PM Eastern Time over CBS Television as the Missouri Tigers travels to play the Kansas Jayhawks. Missouri edged past Kansas 74-71 as a -3 point home favorite back on February 4th in primetime on a Saturday night. Both teams shot the basketball very well with Kansas at 53.6% from the floor and Missouri hit on 52.1% of their shots.

Marquette Golden Eagles at West Virginia Mountaineers College Basketball Betting Preview

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

While the NBA is enjoying their All Star break the featured game on the sports betting menu for Friday will be a Big East conference NCAA college basketball contest as the Marquette Golden Eagles will travel to face the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Golden Eagles and Mountaineers will tip off from West Virginia at 9PM Eastern Time with ESPN providing the live national television broadcast.

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The team’s last met in the Big East Tournament last season with the Golden Eagles posting the 67-61 upset victory getting +2 ½ points. The total landed under 135 ½ points. West Virginia was held to only 39.2% shooting in the loss.

Marquette is a lock for the NCAA Tournament as they enter play on Wednesday night hosting Rutgers with an overall record of 22-5 on the season with three straight wins and victories in nine of their past ten games. They have been money to their backers playing them on the road this season as they sport and against the spread mark of 7-2. The Golden Eagles rank 26th in all of college basketball this season in scoring with a 76.7 points per game average. Forward Jae Crowder averages nearly 17 points and 8 rebounds a game for the Golden Eagles. He had 29 points in the Marquette game at Connecticut back on Saturday along with 12 rebounds in their 79-64 triumph as +3 point underdogs.

West Virginia needs to continue to post wins for their NCAA Tournament resume as they traveled to Notre Dame on Wednesday night with a 17-10 overall record along with a .500 record over their past ten games during the season. They have dropped consecutive games on their home court to Louisville, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh all as favorites in the point spread. They have struggled this season from the three point line hitting on just 31.4% and ranking 283rd in all of college basketball. Kevin Jones leads the Mountaineers with a 20 point and 11 rebound per game average. Jones did his part in those three straight home losses to Big East competition so it will be the supporting cast needing to deliver their support to break this losing streak in front of the home folks.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Just prior to the NBA All Star break TNT TV will come in with an exciting national televised schedule for Thursday pro basketball for your watch and wagering opportunity. The action starts an hour earlier than usual as Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks invade South Beach to battle Lebron James and the Miami Heat. The nightcap on TNT will feature Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers traveling to battle Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The first game tips off at 7PM Eastern Time and the New York Knicks will face the Miami Heat on Thursday night on the back end of a back to back having played the Atlanta Hawks at home on Wednesday night. Heading into Wednesday’s action the Knicks are 0-1 with Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony together in the starting lineup following their 100-92 home loss to New Jersey on Monday. The Heat has been hot with six straight wins heading into their Tuesday night game against Sacramento at home. The Heat will be well rested for this contest with a day of rest prior to playing the Knicks. This is the fourth straight game for the Heat with a day of rest before each game.

At 9:30PM Eastern Time over TNT the Lakers will try to overcome their road woes this season. Heading into their Wednesday night game at Dallas the Lakers are a poor 5-11 straight up on the road. The team dropped an ugly 102-90 road decision on Sunday night to an undersized Phoenix Suns team. LA has struggled for scoring on the road with 90 points and a 42.7% shooting percentage in their first 16 road contests on the 2011-12 year. Oklahoma City is dealing with injury concerns as they will try and keep Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol away from the basket. Thabo Sefolosha is out for a month with a foot injury and Nick Collison has been dealing with a quad injury. Scorer James Harden missed Monday’s game with an ankle injury and was questionable for Wednesday’s game with the Celtics. With Harden ailing the point production for the duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has exploded in recent games.