Archive for January, 2013

LA Lakers versus Phoenix Suns NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Steve Nash will make his triumphant return to his old stomping ground when the LA Lakers will meet the Phoenix Suns from NBA action on Wednesday January 30th. The Lakers and Suns will begin from Phoenix and 10:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV will televise nationally.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the LA Lakers lined as a -3 point favorite on the road with the over under lined at 203 1/2 points. Those wagering on the LA Lakers on the money line will receive –150 odds. Bettors who like the chances of the Lakers going into Phoenix and beating the Suns straight up can get back +130 odds for their wager on the money line.

The Lakers will be on a back to back in this Thursday night nationally televised encounter with the Suns. LA was cruising with an 18 point fourth quarter lead over the New Orleans Hornets. Suddenly the Hornets began to whittle away on the lead and cut the Lakers lead to 102-99. Instead of limited minutes for the starters they were forced into action all the way to the final horn as the Lakers defeat New Orleans 111-105. After some pretty good defensive showings in wins against Utah and Oklahoma City where they allowed an average of 90 points the Lakers surrender a high point total to the Hornets. Despite a definite height and length advantage the Lakers allow 101 points a game and ranks amongst the bottom teams in the league. Pau Gasol has been demoted into a bench player and has seen his minutes decline heavily. Phoenix is 2-2 with Lindsey Hunter as head coach for the team. They have a road win at Sacramento and a 5 point win to the Clippers. Which followed were consecutive losses on the road to San Antonio by 9 points and Dallas by 15 points. Much like the Lakers the Suns are a poor defensive team this season. They are second to the bottom in the NBA in field goal and three point defense. In their past two losses they have given up an average of 109 points per game.

Super Bowl 47 Game Prop Betting Odds

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Super Bowl is now less than a week away as the Baltimore Ravens will battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday February 3rd on CBS TV. The game will be played indoors at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana with a start time of 6:30PM Eastern Time. There are a huge number of prop best for bettors to sink their teeth into.

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The Super Bowl MVP is up on the betting board. The current odds reveals 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the +140 odds favorite. Ravens signal caller Joe Flacco is the second favorite with odds of +200 to win the MVP. 49ers running back Frank Gore is listed as the third favorite in the wagering at +500 odds. Longshot players may give a look to big play defensive back Ed Reed of the Ravens who returns +2500 odds for the MVP award. Reed has a knack for the pick six throughout his career.

Those who like to parlay Prop bets can find numerous plays for the Super Bowl on the betting board at Oddsmaker. One of the many fun Super Bowl props is the coin toss and the length of the national anthem. Bettors can also bet on the player to score the first touchdown of the game. There is also a margin of victory prop where bettors can bet on what they think the scoring difference will be between the two teams. An interesting betting choice is the Double Result prop bet. Bettors must choose both the first half winner and the game winner with some very good odds return. One example of the Double Result is you believe there will be a tie in the first half. A first half tie with a Ravens win will return a hefty +1200 odds. If there is a first half tie and the 49ers earn the win for the game the return is +800 odds. Also available on the betting screen is point spread by quarter as well as first and second half bets. Don’t forget to check your Oddsmaker betting account during the half. Bettors can still get in some action as second half lines will be posted and with the 30 minute halftime break for the Super Bowl bettors will have plenty of time to get in their action.

Kansas Jayhawks versus West Virginia Mountaineers College Basketball Betting Preview

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Game two from Big Monday NCAA college basketball will be a Big 12 conference tussle as the Kansas Jayhawks will meet the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Jayhawks and Mountaineers will begin from West Virginia at 9PM Eastern Time and ESPN will carry it over national television.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Kansas the road favorite by -9 points with an over under line of 131 points. Those who bet the Kansas Jayhawks on the money line will see a return of –450 odds. Bettors who believe that the home underdog can pull out the win on Big Monday can get back +350 odds for their wager on the money line.

Kansas has been mowing down the competition in a somewhat down Big 12 conference. The team holds a record of 6-0 on the season in the Big 12. On the road in conference the Jayhawks have had close calls with a five point win at a down Texas and a four point squeaker at Kansas St. Their only loss of the season came way back on November 13th in a 67-64 defeat to Michigan St in a game held on a neutral court. This isn’t one of the more offensively explosive Kansas teams. They have been held in the 50’s and 60’s offensively in each of their past five games. Their 75 point per game average is indeed misleading as they piled up wins against soft non-conference foes. West Virginia is under .500 this season with a record of 9-10. This Mountaineers team seems to suffer from the same poor shooting from a year ago. West Virginia hits just 39.7% from the field and counted in those numbers are all those small college teams they faced in the non-conference. They have lost four of six games against the Big 12 this season including a 67-57 home court defeat to Oklahoma to kick off conference play back on January 5th. West Virginia returns home after a 14 point road blowout defeat at Oklahoma St catching +9 ½ points.

Atlanta Hawks versus New York Knicks NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The Atlanta Hawks will travel north to the cold weather as they face the New York Knicks from NBA pro basketball on Sunday night. The Hawks and Knicks will begin from Madison Square Garden at 6:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN handles the broadcasting duties.

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The current odds available for wagering has the home standing New York Knicks favored by -5 ½ points with an over under line of 192 points. A money line bet on the New York Knicks returns –225 odds with the road underdog Hawks bringing back +185 odds for the upset win.

It has been a roller coaster ride of January for the Atlanta Hawks. Just when the calendar switched from 2012 to 2013 the Hawks brought in the New Year with four straight losses. The losses began to pile and pile and up until January 19th Atlanta had a record for the month of January of just 2-8. Included in that ten game span was a humiliating 97-58 defeat at the Chicago Bulls. No excuses for Atlanta as the team had a day of rest for this beat down of monumental proportions. The team suspended Josh Smith for a game for behavior detrimental to the team and that was a turning point for this franchise. To suspend a star would be huge news if it happened in a big market. It’s Atlanta so the impact is only felt with the team. It was a turning point because the team could have tanked or surged from this embarrassment for their superstar. The Hawks have now put together a three game win streak. They overcome a 29-10 first quarter deficit on Friday night in a 123-111 home overtime win against the Boston Celtics. It has not been a good January for the New York Knicks as well. The team has a losing record of 5-6 this month. They have played for much of January without Raymond Felton who has recovered from his broken pinkie and will be playing his second game since returning from injury. The Knicks were beaten badly by the Philadelphia 76ers last night by the score of 97-80. With Felton getting back into playing shape he should control the ball more and get the Knicks going again but it could take a few more games.

AFC Conference versus NFC Conference NFL Pro Bowl Football Betting Preview

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday January 27th as the AFC Conference will face the NFC Conference in exhibition NFL pro football. The AFC and NFC conference all pros will begin from Hawaii at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC will carry the broadcast over national television.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has this game lined as a pick with an over under line of 83 ½ points.

The NFL has not guaranteed more Pro Bowls after this one. Viewers could be taking in history as there is a good possibility that the Pro Bowl game will be not be played anymore. The NFL was not happy with the quality of play last year and will give the players a one last shot at redemption. The Players Union responded by saying that its members will ensure good quality of play this Pro Bowl.

The AFC conference will start Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning at quarterback. In relief of Manning will be Matt Schaub from Houston and rookie Andrew Luck from Indianapolis Colts. It should be interesting to see Manning and Luck together on the same sideline. Texans running back Arian Foster will get the start in the backfield. Jamaal Charles from the Kansas City Chiefs as well as C.J. Spiller from Buffalo will see time at the running back position. Out wide starting for the AFC will be A.J. Green out of Cincinnati along with Andre Johnson from the Houston Texans. Reggie Wayne from Indianapolis Colts along with Demaryius Thomas from Denver Broncos will see action at the wide receiver position.

On the NFC side it will be Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers under center. Seeing time at the quarterback position will be Matt Ryan from Atlanta Falcons as well as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. At the running back position will be Vikings Adrian Peterson along with Marshawn Lynch from Seattle and Doug Martin the talented rookie from Tampa Bay. New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will start alongside Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons. Seeing time at the wide out position will be Larry Fitzgerald from the Cardinals as well as Vincent Jackson from the Buccaneers.

NCAA College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

With college football in the rear view mirror it’s time for college basketball to take center stage throughout the day and night on Saturday. There is several outstanding conference matchups scheduled to satisfy the appetite of college basketball bettors.

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The action gets started early at 12PM Eastern Time as the Louisville Cardinals are on the road to face the Georgetown Hoyas in Big East conference play on ESPN TV. Louisville is looking to rebound after back to back losses to Syracuse and at Villanova. Georgetown is coming off an impressive 16 point win at Notre Dame on Monday night.

At 1PM Eastern Time on CBS it will be an ACC conference showdown as the Maryland Terrapins visit an angry Duke Blue Devils team. It has been a while since we have seen a Duke Blue Devils team suffer a beat down by an opponent as bad as their 90-63 road loss on Wednesday to Miami Florida. Maryland’s toughest home opponent in conference was Florida St as the Terrapins lose by 3 points.

The Big Ten Network will showcase an outstanding matchup as the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be on the road to face the Wisconsin Badgers. They get started from Wisconsin at 2PM Eastern Time. The Golden Gophers after a promising start in Big Ten conference play has suffered three straight losses. They come off a bad 55-48 defeat at Northwestern on Wednesday. Wisconsin is on a two game losing streak with back to back losses to Iowa and Michigan St.

From the Big 12 conference the upstart Oklahoma Sooners will travel to face a powerhouse Kansas Jayhawks team. They get started from Kansas at 4PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV. Kansas has started out play in the Big 12 at 5-0 while the Wildcats enter play at 4-1 against the conference.

In ACC conference play and in-state battle will feature the North Carolina Tar Heels on the road to face the North Carolina St Wolfpack. They get started from North Carolina St at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN to televise. This young Tar Heels team is improving with three straight wins. NC State has not lost at home against ACC foes and has an 84-76 win at home on January 12th against Duke.

San Antonio Spurs versus Dallas Mavericks NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Over national television the San Antonio Spurs will be the road squad at they face the Dallas Mavericks from NBA action on Friday January 25th. The Spurs and Mavs begin from San Antonio at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN will televise nationally.

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The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the major disappointments this NBA season. Because of the Lakers fall they have not got the attention from many in the major media circles. They sit with an 18-24 record at one game over the halfway point of this season. Heading in Wednesday’s action they occupy the 11th seed in the Western Conference a ½ game ahead of the Lakers. They trail the Houston Rockets by 3 ½ games for the eighth spot in the playoffs with 40 games remaining. Dallas had a bit of bad luck as Dirk Nowitzki underwent knee surgery during the offseason and his rehab went pretty long into the season. Nowitzki has missed 27 of the Mavericks 42 games this season. When Dirk returned to the lineup his numbers were not very impressive. After 15 games this year Nowitzki is making just 40% of his shots and averaging 14 points and 5 ½ rebounds a game. When you watch his movements on the court it is obvious Nowitzki is not yet 100% and is still working back into shape. Head coach Rick Carlisle has called his players out for their lack of defense and threatened to take away minutes. When you look up and down the Dallas stats you see Vince Carter playing less than 25 minutes a game. Carter is shooting just 41% from the floor this season and don’t be surprised if he is moved by the trading deadline. The Mavericks are 28th and third to last in the NBA in points allowed as they give up nearly 103 points per game. Heading into Wednesday’s action the Spurs were sitting as the second seed in the Western Conference just one game behind Oklahoma City. As they hosted New Orleans on January 23rd the Spurs were riding a five game win streak. San Antonio makes good use of their roster as 13 of their 14 players average double digit minutes per game. The Spurs players are fresh as no one starter averages more than 33 minutes per game.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Matchup Previews for Thursday

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

TNT will deliver a televised double header of NBA pro basketball on Thursday January 24th to satisfy the appetite of bettors. The action begins with game one at 8PM Eastern Time.

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Game one of the TNT TV doubleheader will send Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks to the road to face the Boston Celtics. Tip off time from Boston is set for 8PM Eastern Time. Heading into Tuesday’s action the Boston Celtics were just a .500 team at 20-20 on the season. Head coach Doc Rivers blows a gasket following a Sunday night loss to the Detroit Pistons for their third straight loss. In that span the Celtics have averaged just 88 points a game in which Rivers characterized his team as awful and one going through the motions collecting checks and not being committed to the game by not playing hard. The New York Knicks will have two full days off to prepare for the Celtics as they last took the court on Monday afternoon in an 88-85 home defeat to Brooklyn. It was the Knicks first game since their trip to London last Thursday night. New York has lost six of their past ten games. Since an injury to Raymond Felton the Knicks point guard the team has struggled on the defensive end of the court and their shooting percentage has taken a significant hit.

The nightcap on TNT TV will find the LA Clippers on the road to play the Phoenix Suns. The game time is set for 10:35PM Eastern Time. The Clippers are 13-6 on the road this season after dropping a 106-99 road game at Golden St on Monday. It was a bad fourth quarter for LA as they get outscored by 14 by the Warriors. Chris Paul had only four points as his point production has a history of dipping when forced to work hard on the defensive end as he was chasing Stephen Curry all game long. This won’t be the case at Phoenix. The Suns are a bad team that just fired their coach. They are 10-11 on their home court. Heading into Wednesday’s game at Sacramento the Suns had dropped seven of eight games. They have not reached 100 points on offense in ten straight games heading into Wednesday.

LA Lakers versus Chicago Bulls NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The LA Lakers will look to get in the win column when they face the Chicago Bulls in NBA pro basketball on Monday January 21st. The Lakers and Bulls will begin from Chicago at 9:30PM Eastern Time and TNT will carry it over national television.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Chicago Bulls favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 194 ½ points. A money line bet on the favored Chicago Bulls will return –125 odds. Bettors who believe that the underdog LA Lakers can pull out the win straight up will get back +105 odds for their wager on the money line.

The hopes for a turnaround by the LA Lakers following wins against Cleveland and Milwaukee has not occurred. The Lakers fell to Miami by 9 points to close their home stand at 2-2. They opened up a three game road trip by dropping a 108-103 road game on Sunday afternoon to the Toronto Raptors as a -4 ½ point favorite. LA allows a bad Raptors team to shoot over 54% from the floor. LA starts poorly as they fall behind by 19 points early in the game. The Lakers defense has been horrendous. Toronto was able to gather 52 points in the paint. The defeat sent the Lakers to 5-13 on the road this season. In 18 road games this season the Lakers allow an unbelievable 107 points a game and over 47% shooting. That’s with two big men at Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard manning the paint for the Lakers. The Bulls are 11-11 on their home court. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau read the riot act to his Bulls team during a shoot around on January 14th prior to the start of the game against Atlanta. The Bulls responded with a 97-58 home win against the Hawks. They Bulls then win two straight on the road at Toronto and the Celtics. They returned home off the trip in an 85-82 home overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies to drop the Bulls to .500 on their home court on the season. Injury issues for Chicago as leading scorer Luol Deng is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Oklahoma City Thunder versus Denver Nuggets NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Two quality Western Conference teams collide on Sunday night NBA when the Oklahoma City Thunder meets the Denver Nuggets. The Thunder and Nuggets will begin from Denver on January 20th at 8PM Eastern Time and the NBA League Pass Channel is where you can watch.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business, has the road team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -1 ½ points with the total coming in at 208 points. A money line wager on the favored Oklahoma City Thunder will deliver –115 odds. Bettors who believe that the home underdog Denver Nuggets can pull out a straight up win on Sunday night can get back -105 odds for their bet on the money line.

The Oklahoma City Thunder has had a good time facing the Denver Nuggets with eight wins over their past ten head to head meetings. On January 16th the teams went head to head in Oklahoma City where the Thunder spanked the Nuggets 117-97 and covering the spread as a -9 point favorite. The Thunder stormed out to the 77-57 lead at the half making the deficit too great for the Nuggets to overcome. As a matter of fact the lead grew to 25 points after three quarters as there was no let up out of the locker room by the Thunder. OKC shot nearly 52% from the floor in the win and the trio of Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin and Russell Westbrook pour in 72 points in victory. Denver had 21 turnovers in the loss and was ice cold from three making just 2 of 15 shots. Currently Oklahoma City is on a six game win streak after winning at Dallas on Friday night in overtime. Denver is on a two game losing streak after blowing a 112-108 decision at home to the downtrodden Washington Wizards as a -10 ½ point favorite. The Nuggets have allowed 105 points or greater in six of their past seven games. Huge advantage for the Thunder tonight is free throw shooting. The Oklahoma City Thunder is the best free throw shooting team in the NBA. The Denver Nuggets are the worst free throw shooting team in the NBA.