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ABC and ESPN TV Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

We are hitting he stretch run in the NBA regular season with just six weeks remaining. On tap for Sunday March 1st are three matchups over national television that will satisfy the appetite of pro basketball bettors worldwide. The action gets underway at 1PM Eastern Time.

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The Chicago Bulls will be the home side facing Chris Paul and the LA Clippers at 1PM Eastern Time over ABC TV. The Chicago Bulls took a huge blow during the middle of the week as point guard Derrick Rose has undergone knee surgery that could keep him sidelined for six weeks or longer. The Bulls have defended better of late as they face the Clippers winners of seven of their past nine games after defeating Minnesota by seven points on Friday night. The Clippers are still without Blake Griffin who is rehabbing an elbow injury and should return back to the lineup in early March. After losing two straight the Clippers defeated Memphis on Frida night 97-79 as a +4 ½ point underdog. LA got a much needed effort on the boards from DeAnde Jordan who pulled down 22 rebounds in the win. Jordan’s flashy slam dunks often shields his lack of toughness that was the major reason for the Clippers playoff eliminations to the Grizzlies in recent seasons.

At 3:30PM Eastern Time on ABC it will be James Harden and his Houston Rockets welcoming into town LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After beating Golden St on Thursday the Cavaliers coaching staff decided to rest both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James which resulted in a Friday night loss at Indiana. Houston is still without Dwight Howard for at least two more weeks as he is battling a knee problem. The Rockets will be on a four game win streak as they host the Cavs.

Over on ESPN TV at 6:30PM Eastern Time it’s the LA Lakers playing host to Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. LA Lakers are on a three game win streak as they defeat three straight losing teams. Oklahoma City is 0-2 on this three game road trip as they blew an 11 point lead after three quarters to Portland on Friday.

NCAA College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Friday, February 27th, 2015

We are down to the final two weekends of the college basketball regular season until the major conference tournaments get underway. Scheduled for Saturday February 28th are several huge games from college basketball to greatly satisfy the appetites of sports bettors worldwide.

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A monster matchup from the Missouri Valley Conference will go off at 2PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Wichita St Shockers will host the Northern Iowa Panthers. These are the two top teams in the Missouri Valley conference and are locks for an NCAA Tournament berth. Both teams are 16-1 in conference. They met on January 31st at Northern Iowa with the Panthers posting the 70-54 and cover as a +2 point underdog. Wichita St allows just 51 points per game on their home court this season. The Shockers responded to the loss to Northern Iowa with eight straight wins.

From the Big 12 conference at 2PM Eastern Time the Kansas Jayhawks will be home to the Texas Longhorns. It’s always a tough task for opponents to grab victories at Kansas. Texas is a bubble team at 17-11 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12 conference. They have lost three straight and seven of their past ten games hurting their chances for an at large NCAA tournament berth.

At 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN the Duke Blue Devils will be home facing the Syracuse Orange. There will be no postseason action for Syracuse. The first meeting between these schools was on February 14th were Duke came away with an 80-72 road victory. The Blue Devils needed overtime in their five point road win on Wednesday at Virginia Tech. Despite not post season play for Syracuse this year the club showed some pride going into Notre Dame on Tuesday and coming away with a five point win.

Two PAC 12 heavyweights go head to head on ESPN at 9PM Eastern Time as the Utah Utes will play host to the Arizona Wildcats. These are the top two teams in the PAC 12. They are both coming off blowout wins on Thursday night. Utah is looking for revenge after getting blown out at Arizona on January 17th 69-51.

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

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The NBA on ESPN for Friday February 27th has two games scheduled on TV that will satisfy the appetite of pro basketball bettors worldwide. The action gets started at 8PM Eastern Time.

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The ESPN TV doubleheader gets going at 8PM Eastern Time as the New Orleans Hornets will host the Miami Heat. New Orleans at 30-27 on the year is trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder by two games in the standings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western conference. The Pelicans have been hit hard with major injuries to key personnel. Anthony Davis after a fall suffered a shoulder injury that will sideline him for at least a couple of weeks. Three point sharpshooter Ryan Anderson is dealing with a knee problem that will sideline him for at least three more weeks. Guard Jrue Holiday is out for at least mid-March with a knee problem. Sadly the story of the 2014-15 NBA regular season has been the year of the injury to the many stars of the Association. Miami enters play with a mark of 25-31. With an under .500 record the Heat hold the seventh seed in the Eastern conference holding a 1 ½ game lead over ninth seeded Charlotte Hornets. Another sad injury story here as Chris Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots in his lung and he will miss the remainder of the season. Miami still has the talent to make the playoffs as they traded for point guard Goran Dragic. Center Hassan Whiteside has been a surprise for the Heat as he is averaging 10 points and nine rebounds per game.

The late night games begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time over ESPN as the Portland Trailblazers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Portland has been strong defensively this season. They have held their past five opponents to 98 points or fewer as they rank in the top six in the league in the key defensively categories. The Trailblazers are a four seed in the west. Oklahoma City has played their best basketball of the season as they have moved into the eighth seed in the west. They will be on a back to back on Friday as they carry a seven game win streak into Phoenix on Thursday night. Kevin Durant is expected to be sidelined with foot pain for at least a week.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Matchup Previews for Thursday

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The NBA on TNT returns on Thursday February 26th with two outstanding matchups to satisfy the appetite of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets started at 8PM Eastern Time as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will welcome into town Stephen Curry and the Golden St Warriors on TNT. Some may consider this game a preview of the 2015 NBA Finals that are set to start in just under four months from now. Golden St has the best record in the NBA at 44-10 on the year. They are playing very well on both ends of the court. The Warriors are number one team in the NBA in points scored, field goal shooting, three point shooting and defensive field goal shooting. The key to the success of Golden St defensively has been the health of Andrew Bogut. He has to remain healthy. The Warriors center has been troubled throughout his career with constant injuries. Stephen Curry returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing Monday’s loss at Indiana with an ankle injury. In the Warriors win at Washington on Tuesday Curry had 32 points and eight assists in nearly 34 minutes of play. Cleveland has raised the level of play. They have won 17 of their past 19 games after a nine point road win at Detroit on Tuesday. They have held opponents to under 100 points in 14 of their past 17 games. An issue with Kevin Love has been the play of Kevin Love. He has struggled from the field shooting 43% from the floor the second worst in his seven year career.

The late night game over on TNT will get going at 10:30PM Eastern Time as the Phoenix Suns will be at home facing the Oklahoma City Thunder. A major injury concern for the Thunder as Kevin Durant underwent a foot procedure that could sideline him for a significant time. Russell Westbrook had a triple double on Tuesday in the Thunders 105-92 home victory to the Indiana Pacers. Phoenix traded away point guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas at the deadline. The club has lost five straight and eight of their past nine games.

NCAA College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Tuesday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

With Selection Sunday just over two weeks away on March 15th now is the time for teams to make their case for an at large bid or high seed in the NCAA Tournament. On Tuesday February 24th there are several outstanding matchups over national television to greatly satisfy the appetite of sports bettors worldwide.

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The Big Ten conference will be featured on ESPN at 7PM Eastern Time as the Maryland Terrapins will host the Wisconsin Badgers. The current odds available at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the road side Wisconsin Badgers the -6 point favorite. Both teams are locks for the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers are on a ten game win streak after belting Minnesota by 10 points on Saturday. The Terrapins are 16-1 on their home court this season.

Over on FOX Sports 1 at 7PM Eastern Time it’s the Villanova Wildcats at home facing the Providence Friars. Villanova is favored by -10 ½ points. Villanova is looking at a very high seed in the NCAA Tournament at 25-2 on the year. Providence is a #6 seed on Lunardi’s bracket. The teams met back on February 11th with Villanova posting the 74-68 road win and cover as a -4 point favorite.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will be home to the Texas Longhorns at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN2. The home side West Virginia Mountaineers is a -3 ½ point favorite. Both teams appear headed to the NCAA Tournament. Texas is a 9th seed in Lunardi’s bracket so more losses could put them on the bubble. This is a major revenge spot for the Mountaineers as they go into Texas on January 17th and get pounded by a 77-50 score as a +3 point underdog.

From SEC conference at 9PM Eastern Time it’s the Missouri Tigers playing host to the Florida Gators on ESPN. Florida is a -6 ½ point favorite. It has been a bad season for the Florida Gators as they enter play with a record of 13-14. The offense has been a struggle as the club is ranking in the bottom half of college basketball in all four of the major offensive categories. Missouri has also fallen on hard times with a mark of 7-20. It has been an offensive struggle for the Tigers as well.

NBA Pro Basketball TV Games Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Wednesday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The NBA has scheduled for Wednesday February 25th a couple of outstanding Western Conference matchups over national television to greatly satisfy the appetites of sports bettors worldwide. The action gets going at 8PM Eastern Time.

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Playoff contenders tangle at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Houston Rockets will welcome into town the LA Clippers. Since the All Star break the Clippers were playing good basketball posting no less than 110 points in three games. That came to an end on Monday night as they dropped a 90-87 home decision to the Memphis Grizzlies. LA will still be without Blake Griffin who is bothered by an elbow injury. He has a staph infection that could keep him out of the lineup until early in March. The Clippers are ranked second in the league in both scoring and shooting percentage as they average 107 points per game and hits on 47% from the floor. Houston is dealing with injury issues as Dwight Howard is sidelined with a knee injury and isn’t expected back into the lineup until sometime in the middle of March. They enter play with a two game win streak after an 11 point home win to Minnesota on Monday night.

The late night game out west gets started at 10:30PM Eastern Time over ESPN as the Portland Trailblazers will host the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have struggled this season as the club is 34-22 on the season and sit in seventh seed out west just five games ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot. The Spurs usually get fined tuned for their playoff run during their rodeo road trip. This season San Antonio has struggled on this nine game road trip as the team is 2-4 in their first six games. They come off a nine point road loss at Utah on Monday night scoring just 81 points with two days off between games. Portland will be well rested since dropping a 98-92 home decision to Memphis on Sunday that extended their losing streak to two games. They are on a two game losing streak after scoring just 76 points at Utah on Friday.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Tuesday

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

It will be a four game card scheduled for the NBA on Tuesday February 24th to satisfy the appetites of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The lone game over national television will air on NBA TV at 8PM Eastern Time as the Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Indiana Pacers. Oklahoma City is playing their best basketball of the season. They enter play off a home blowout win against Denver for their sixth straight win. The Thunder was hit with an injury concern as Kevin Durant has a foot problem that required a medical procedure which will sideline him for at least a week. Russell Westbrook has played well this year averaging 26 points per game. Indiana has been without Paul George who was injured during the summer. The team sits ½ game behind of Brooklyn for the final playoff spot. They earned a 6 point home win to Golden St on Sunday.

The action gets going at 7PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel as the Washington Wizards will be home to the Golden St Warriors. At 43-10 the Golden St Warriors holds a four game lead in the loss column over the Memphis Grizzlies for the top seed in the Western conference. The Warriors are the top shooting team in the league from the field and the three point line. They also defend very well by allowing 42% shooting ranking first in the league. Washington has struggled of late losers of three straight and eight of ten games after a 17 point road defeat at Detroit on Sunday.

At 7:30PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel it’s the Detroit Pistons hosting LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland routs New York on Sunday as they have now won 15 of 17 games. The team is showing signs of improvement on defense as they have allowed their past two opponents to under 90 points a game. Detroit is ½ game back of Brooklyn for the final playoff spot after a 17 point home win to Washington on Sunday.

The Dallas Mavericks will be home to the Toronto Raptors at 8:30PM Eastern Time over NBA League Pass Channel. Dallas will carry a two game win streak on Tuesday. Rajon Rondo has returned back to the lineup after a face injury that forced him to miss six games. Toronto is having a good season at 37-18 season to date. They are winners of four of five games entering play on Tuesday.

College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Monday

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

We are just three weeks away from the start of the NCAA Tournament so college basketball teams make their final push for at large bids or better seeds. On tap for Monday February 23rd are several games over national television to greatly satisfy the appetite of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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The ACC conference will be featured over ESPN at 7PM Eastern Time as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will host the Louisville Cardinals. At 21-6 on the year the Louisville Cardinals are a lock into the NCAA Tournament. They entered their home game with Miami on Saturday with a two game losing streak with losses at home to NC State by 11 and at Syracuse by 10. The Cardinals had trouble scoring once again on Saturday but this time their defense bailed them out in a 55-53 home victory to Miami. The issues facing this Cardinals team has been shooting the basketball. For a team of this caliber playing in a major conference it is not acceptable ranking 204th in shooting percentage, 314th in three point shooting and 249th in the nation in free throw shooting. It looks like there will be no post season for Georgia Tech this season as the club is 12-15 on the year. They are just 3-12 against the ACC.

On FOX Sports 1 on FOX Sports 1 the St Johns Red Storm are home to the Xavier Musketeers. On the Joe Lunardi brackets both teams are clearly on the bubble. This is a rematch of a meeting on February 14th where St Johns posted the 78-70 road victory on Xavier. Since that loss Xavier has posted back to back wins against Butler at home and at Cincinnati. St Johns have won four of their past five games.

Two Big 12 in-state rivals go head to head at 9PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Kansas St Wildcats will host the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks have been dominant on their home court but have looked beatable on the road. The first meeting was won by Kansas at home by 11 points. They have lost two of their past three road games with losses at West Virginia and Oklahoma St. Kansas St has lost seven of their past eight games to fall to 13-15 and will likely miss any post season tournament.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Monday

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

With the NBA Playoffs less than two months away teams are making their push for a playoff spot or better seed. Scheduled for Monday February 23rd are two outstanding matchups over national television to greatly satisfy the appetite of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The New Orleans Pelicans are alive for a playoff spot as they host the Toronto Raptors. The Pelicans and Raptors get things started from New Orleans at 8PM Eastern Time and NBA TV has the coast to coast broadcast. New Orleans has been inconsistent throughout the season trading wins with losses. All Star Anthony Davis had trouble staying healthy as he has played in only 48 of the Pelicans 55 games. He has a sore shoulder and has been listed as questionable. Three point sharpshooter Ryan Anderson had to leave the game on Saturday with his sprained knee. Anderson missed 60 regular season games for New Orleans last year. With a 14 point road win at Miami on Saturday the Pelicans broke a four game losing streak. Toronto sits as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. They are fifth in the NBA in point scored by pushing across 105 points per game on the year. Kyle Lowry has led the club with 18 points and seven rebounds per game.

The late night game out west will feature two bitter Western conference playoff rivals as the LA Clippers will host the Memphis Grizzlies at 10:30PM Eastern Time on NBA TV. The Clippers are in a tight race along with the Grizzlies in the Western conference to find a favorable seed in the post season. Through Saturday’s action the Grizzlies were a two seed and the Clippers were tied for fourth. LA has won three straight since losing five of six games to start their Grammy road trip. Blake Griffin remains sidelined for at least 2-3 more weeks with an elbow injury. Memphis plays this game on a back to back after playing at Portland on Sunday. The Grizzlies are holding teams to 95 points a game ranking number one in the league. A negative for this club has been their three point shooting as they hit 34% from the field ranking 21st in the NBA.

NCAA College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

We are less than two weeks away from the start of the Conference Tournaments from the Mid-Majors so now is the time for college basketball teams to make a strong push for an at large bid or high seed. On tap for Sunday February 22nd are several outstanding games over national television to greatly satisfy the appetites of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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From the Big Ten conference at 1PM Eastern Time on CBS TV it’s the Michigan Wolverines playing host to the Ohio St Buckeyes. Ohio St will look to bounce back after a three point loss on February 14th at Michigan St. The Buckeyes are a seven seed on Lunardi’s bracket. The Buckeyes are the fourth best shooting team in college hoops hitting on 50% from the floor. It’s a down season for Michigan as they enter play at 13-13. The losing streak reached five straight in a 13 point home defeat on Tuesday to Michigan St.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be at home facing the Iowa Hawkeyes at 3PM Eastern Time over Big Ten Network. It doesn’t look like Nebraska will return to the NCAA Tournament this year. They team is 13-13 and has lost four straight and six of seven games. Iowa is close to the bubble as the club has a #10 seed in Lunardi’s bracket. They broke a two game losing streak by defeating Rutgers 81-47 on Thursday.

The PAC 12 conference will be featured on FOX Sports 1 at 3PM Eastern Time as the Oregon Ducks will host the Utah Utes. On the Lunardi bracket the Oregon Ducks are one of the first four out of the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks are in third place in the PAC 12 with a 9-5 record. They have won five of six games after a 13 point home win to Colorado on Wednesday. Utah is the second best team in the PAC 12 behind Arizona. They are slotted as a three seed in Lunardi’s bracket. They will carry a five game win streak into this contest.

Over on ESPN U TV at 6:30PM Eastern Time as the Virginia Cavaliers will be home to the Florida St Seminoles. Virginia holds a #1 seed in Lunardi’s bracket. They have just one loss on the season. They defend great but have trouble scoring. Florida St is 15-12 and has lots of work to do to earn an at large bid.