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

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The NBA will air over national television on Wednesday April 1st as there are two games scheduled to satisfy the appetite of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action gets started at 7:30PM Eastern Time over NBA TV between two Eastern conference playoff contenders as the Boston Celtics will host the Indiana Pacers. Heading into play on Tuesday the Boston Celtics were clinging to the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern conference by a ½ game to Indiana Pacers. The Nets are tied with Boston but the Celtics hold the tiebreaker so the Pacers must jump two teams to get in the playoffs now with only nine games remaining as Indiana faced Brooklyn on Tuesday night. The Pacers are on a back to back in this spot while the Boston Celtics will have a day of rest after their 12 point road win at Charlotte on Monday night. Indiana had played well in recent weeks to get in the playoff picture but team hit a wall in mid-March as they began a six game losing streak that ended on March 25th with a two point road win at Washington. They had struggled for points during their skid but have averaged over 100 points in their past three games entering their game at Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The late night game gets going at 10PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Portland Trailblazers will host the LA Clippers. The Trailblazers currently hold the fourth seed in the Western conference and the Clippers are the fifth seed entering play on Tuesday. Those with seeds 1-4 in the Western conference will have home court advantage when the playoffs start in just over three weeks. The Clippers will be on a back to back as they have a tough home task against Golden St on Tuesday night. LA returned home off a 3-0 road trip with wins over the Knicks, Celtics and 76ers. The Trailblazers will have Tuesday off after a 109-86 home victory against Phoenix on Monday that extended Portland’s winning streak to four games. Teams don’t want to fall behind to Portland late in games as they are the number one free throw shooting team in the league by hitting on 79.8% from the charity stripe.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Matchup Previews for Tuesday

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The NBA on TNT will return on Tuesday night March 31st as there are two outstanding games scheduled that will greatly satisfy the appetites of sports bettors worldwide. The action gets started at 8PM Eastern Time.

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The Miami Heat will host the San Antonio Spurs to kick off the TNT doubleheader at 8PM Eastern Time. The Heat travels to San Antonio with a mark of 34-39 and with nine games remaining the team sits in the seventh seed in the Eastern conference just two games ahead of the nine and tenth seeded Celtics and Pacers. Some thought with the departure of LeBron James that there was adequate talent for the Heat to make the playoffs without a sweat. Injuries hit the Heat and it was a major one as their big man Chris Bosh will be lost for the season due to a lung clot problem. Bosh was among the Heat leading scorers at 21 points per game. The Heat has struggled defending as they rank in the lower third in the league in both field goal and three point shooting defense. San Antonio is 47-26 on the year as the defending NBA Champions holds the sixth seed out west trailing the fourth seeded Portland Trailblazers by a ½ game for a four seed which brings home court advantage in the playoffs. The Spurs are playing good basketball winners of three straight and six of seven after a 103-89 home win to Memphis on Sunday.

The late night game over TNT TV at 10:30PM Eastern Time will feature the LA Clippers at home to the Western conference leaders the Golden St Warriors. The LA Clippers in a battle for the fourth seed in the Western conference for home court in round one of the playoffs. They return home from a three game road trip that saw them go 3-0 with blowout wins at the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics. After this firm test the Clippers must hit the road for three more games. Golden St has clinched home court advantage throughout the Western conference playoffs as their win streak went to nine in a 13 point road win at Milwaukee on Saturday.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Monday

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

The NBA playoffs are less than three weeks away and there are fierce races for the eighth seed and home court advantage in the first round. On Monday March 30th there are two games over national television to greatly satisfy the appetites of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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On NBA TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time it’s the Toronto Raptors playing host to the Houston Rockets. The Houston Rockets sit in the third seed in the Western Conference and holds a 1 ½ game lead over the fifth seeded LA Clippers for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets will enter play on a back to back spot here as they play at Washington on Sunday afternoon. The big news for Houston is that center Dwight Howard returned to the Rockets lineup after missing several weeks due to a knee injury. In his second game back on Friday Howard played 20 minutes in a 10 point home win to Minnesota where the veteran center had 18 points and four rebounds. James Harden is trying to make a case for the league MVP. The veteran guard is averaging 27 points per game and his making 44% of his shots with 37% from three. Toronto has clinched a playoff spot long ago and since then the team has not been good on the defensive end of the court. They have given up over 100 points in six of their past ten games.

The late night gave over NBA TV will air at 10PM Eastern Time as the Portland Trailblazers are home to the Phoenix Suns. Portland is clinging to the fourth seed in the Western conference with a ½ game lead over the LA Clippers. The Suns are on the outside looking in trailing the eighth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder by three games for the final playoff spot. Portland enters play winners of three straight after a six point home win to Denver on Saturday. Phoenix has just nine games remaining on their schedule so they are a desperate team right now. The Suns are on a back to back after hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday in a key game for Phoenix.

March Madness NCAA Tournament College Basketball Betting Preview for Sunday

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The final two games of the Elite Eight Round of the NCAA Tournament are scheduled for Sunday March 29th to greatly satisfy the appetite of college basketball bettors worldwide. The winners will head to the Final Four next weekend.

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The opening game on Sunday will feature the Louisville Cardinals against the Michigan St Spartans at 2:20PM Eastern Time from Syracuse New York on CBS TV. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Michigan St Spartans the -2 ½ point favorite. These two teams met during the NCAA Tournament way back in 2012 with Louisville posting the 57-44 victory as a +5 ½ point wagering underdog in a Sweet Sixteen matchup. It was a bad shooting night game as the Spartans shot just 28% in the loss. The Spartans got past the Oklahoma Sooners by four points to advance into the regional final. It was another good night defending by Michigan St as they held the Sooners to just 36% shooting. Michigan St is a poor free throw shooting team that had a bad night at the line on Friday missing 7 of 16 free throws and were fortunate it didn’t cost the Spartans the game. Louisville is a flawed team on the offensive side of the court. They had a good night shooting on their Sweet 16 victory against NC State as they shot 50% from the floor.

At 5PM Eastern Time from Houston Texas it will be the Duke Blue Devils battling the Gonzaga Bulldogs over on CBS TV. The Duke Blue Devils are favored by -2 ½ points. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have three wins in this NCAA Tournament all by double digits as they got past UCLA on Friday by twelve points. The Bulldogs are shooting 50% from the field in this tournament. After two easy wins the Duke Blue Devils were tested by a good defensive team in Utah in the Sweet Sixteen. Duke was able to win 63-57 in a game where the Blue Devils shot just 3 of 9 from the three point line. Duke held the Utes to a poor shooting night as they made only 35% of their shots.

March Madness NCAA Tournament College Basketball Betting Preview for Saturday

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Elite Eight from the NCAA Tournament will begin on Saturday March 28th as there are two outstanding games scheduled over national television that will greatly satisfy the appetites of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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The West Regional Final will get started at 6:09PM Eastern Time over CBS TV as the Wisconsin Badgers will meet the Arizona Wildcats from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Arizona Wildcats the -1 ½ point favorite with a total lined at 133 ½ points. These two teams met in last year’s NCAA Tournament West Regional Final in Anaheim with Wisconsin pulling out the 64-63 overtime victory as a +3 ½ point underdog. The Badgers defeated North Carolina 79-72 in a Sweet Sixteen meeting on Thursday night. Wisconsin overcame a seven point deficit midway through the second half as they went on a 19-7 run to take a five point lead. The Badgers did a great job of hitting free throws late to seal the win. Arizona had trouble getting separation from the pesky Xavier Musketeers. The Wildcats were down four points with 7 ½ minutes remaining but went on a 15-4 run to take a seven point lead with two minutes remaining. Arizona made 17 of 19 free throws which helped the team close out the victory.

The Midwest Regional Final will be played in Cleveland Ohio as the Kentucky Wildcats will battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 8:49PM Eastern Time over CBS TV. Kentucky is favored by -11 points with an over under line of 137 points. The Wildcats put on another tremendous defensive effort as they crushed West Virginia 78-39 in the Sweet Sixteen as they held the Mountaineers to just 24% shooting. In three NCAA Tournament games the Wildcats are allowing just 28% shooting to their opponents. Some pundits have commented that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has the offense to give Kentucky troubles. The Fighting Irish beat a very good Wichita St Shockers team 81-70 in the Sweet Sixteen. Notre Dame is the number two shooting team in college hoops hitting on 51% from the field and is nineteenth in the nation from three hitting 39.2% from beyond the arc.

March Madness NCAA Tournament College Basketball Betting Preview for Friday

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Sweet Sixteen will conclude on Friday March 27th as there are four outstanding games over national television to greatly satisfy the interests of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action gets going at 7:15PM Eastern Time on CBS from Houston Texas as the Gonzaga Bulldogs will meet the UCLA Bruins. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Gonzaga Bulldogs the –8 ½ point favorite with a total lined at 146 points. These teams met way back in mid-December and it was Gonzaga posting the 87-74 victory on UCLA on the Bruins home court as a -5 ½ point favorite. UCLA has improved very much after that defeat yet the point spread is three points higher in this spot.

At 7:37PM Eastern Time on TBS TV it will be the Louisville Cardinals facing the North Carolina St Wolfpack at 7:37PM Eastern Time over TBS TV. Louisville is favored by -3 points with a total lined at 130 points. NC State has pulled off some impressive victories in heavy underdog roles this season. Louisville put on a solid defensive performance in a win against Northern Iowa in the Round of 32 victory.

The Duke Blue Devils will battle the Utah Utes at 9:45PM Eastern Time from Houston over on CBS TV. Duke is a -5 ½ point favorite with an over under line of 134 points. Utah will be tested defensively in this spot as the Blue Devils can hit shots anywhere on the court. Duke’s two wins in the NCAA Tournament were won by 19 and 29 points.

The late night game tips off at 10:07PM Eastern Time on TBS TV from Syracuse New York as the Oklahoma Sooners will face the Michigan St Spartans. Michigan St is favored by -2 points with a total lined at 134 ½ points. Oklahoma Sooners lack depth on their bench but that should not come into play in this game against Michigan St. The Sooners could have trouble energy wise if they make the Elite Eight and have a quick turnaround game on Saturday. Michigan St has not been a consistent team this year. They shoot just 63% from the free throw line ranking 336th in the nation.

March Madness NCAA Tournament College Basketball Betting Preview for Thursday

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

We have reached the Sweet Sixteen from the NCAA Tournament and on tap for Thursday March 26th are four outstanding college basketball games over national television to greatly satisfy the appetite of sports bettors worldwide.

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The Sweet Sixteen gets started at 7:15PM Eastern Time as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the Wichita St Shockers on CBS TV from Cleveland Ohio. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Wichita St Shockers the -2 point favorite with a total set at 137 points. Notre Dame had close calls to earn a Sweet Sixteen berth with and four point win against Northeastern and an overtime victory against Butler. Wichita St is coming off a huge emotional win on Sunday to Kansas in the Round of 32.

From Staples Center in Los Angeles at 7:47PM Eastern Time on TBS TV it will be the Wisconsin Badgers facing the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Badgers are favored by -6 point with a total of 144 points. North Carolina has shot well in wins against Harvard and Arkansas. Wisconsin owned a huge free throw shooting edge in their win against Oregon on Sunday.

At 9:45PM Eastern Time from Cleveland Ohio it will be the Kentucky Wildcats facing the West Virginia Mountaineers. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats are favored by -13 ½ point favorite with a total lined at 136 ½ points. The question here is how Kentucky will handle the fierce pressure defensively that the Mountaineers put on ball handlers. Kentucky’s height, length and quick passes could be the strategy to combat the Mountaineers tenacity on defense.

The late night game from Los Angeles will get going at 10:17PM Eastern Time on TBS TV as the Arizona Wildcats will battle the Xavier Musketeers. Arizona is favored by -10 ½ points with a total lined at 135 ½ points. Arizona played a poor defensive game in their win against Texas Southern to open the NCAA Tournament. They corrected the issue in their Round of 32 victory to Ohio St. Xavier is in the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth time in eight years.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Matchup Previews for Tuesday

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

With the NCAA Tournament occupying the schedule on Thursday it will be the NBA on TNT Tuesday March 24th to greatly satisfy the appetite of pro basketball bettors worldwide. The action gets started at 8PM Eastern Time.

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Two Western conference playoff contenders get the night started as the Dallas Mavericks will host the San Antonio Spurs at 8PM Eastern Time over TNT TV. Both the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs are looking at starting the playoffs on the road. The Mavericks are currently a seven seed and the Spurs are a sixth seed in the Western conference. The Mavericks will head to San Antonio on a two game losing streak after they fell at Phoenix on Sunday night by a 98-92 score. Point guard Rajon Rondo has average just five assists per game during this two game skid. With Dallas Rondo is averaging just 6 ½ assists per game which is his lowest average in six seasons since his second year in the league. San Antonio has seen improved play of late. They come off an impressive 19 point road victory at Atlanta on Sunday which extended the Spurs win streak to three games and its eight wins over their past ten games. The scoring output has greatly improved as the club has scored 110 or greater points in eight of their past ten games. Tim Duncan leads the team in shooting at 50% from the field and his 9.3 rebounds per game also lead San Antonio.

The late night game over on TNT at 10:30PM Eastern Time features the Portland Trailblazers at home to the Western conference leader Golden St Warriors. The Trailblazers are holding on to the fourth seed in the Western conference by just a ½ game to the LA Clippers. The team returns home after an unsuccessful road trip back east where the club went 0-4 on the tail end of it after opening with a 16 point road win at Toronto. Defense has been an issue for the Trailblazers as they allowed an average of over 100 points per game on this five game road trip. Golden St has a secure 7 ½ game lead over Memphis for the best record in the Western conference with 13 games remaining to be played. The Warriors finished a five game home stand with a perfect 5-0 record.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Monday

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

With the NCAA Tournament taking a break until Thursday the NBA will take center stage on Monday March 23rd with three games scheduled over national television to greatly satisfy the appetites of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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At 7PM Eastern Time on NBA TV it will be the Indiana Pacers hosting the Houston Rockets. Just when it looked like the Indiana Pacers would be easily earning a playoff seed in the Eastern conference the team preceded to lose five straight games after a 12 point home loss to Brooklyn. The Pacers are now 30-39 and trails the eighth seeded Boston Celtics by ½ game for the final playoff spot. The Celtics, Pacers, Hornets and Nets are all within one game of each other and they are fighting for the final playoff spot in the east. Pacers have allowed 103 points or greater in three of four games. Houston is looking to earn home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as they enter play at 46-23 on the season. They suffered a 15 point home loss on Saturday to the Phoenix Suns which broke a three game win streak. The Rockets hold a 1 ½ game lead over the Clippers for home court in the first round of the playoffs with just thirteen games remaining on the schedule.

WGN TV at 8PM Eastern Time will carry the Chicago Bulls at home to the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte will be on a back to back spot after playing at Minnesota on Sunday. They have lost three straight and five of six games entering their game with the Timberwolves. Hit hard with injuries to their starting backcourt the Bulls have lost six of their past nine games after losing at Detroit by 16 points on Saturday.

The late night game goes off at 10:30PM Eastern Time over NBA TV as the Golden St Warriors will host the Washington Wizards. At 56-13 the Warriors sport the best record in the NBA after a 15 point home win to Utah on Saturday. Washington will close out a four game west coast trip on Monday in a back to back spot as they travel to Sacramento on Sunday. The Wizards opened up the trip at 1-1 with a win at Utah and a loss at the Clippers

March Madness NCAA Tournament College Basketball Betting Preview for Sunday

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

The Round of 32 from the NCAA Tournament will conclude on Sunday March 22nd as the Sweet 16 will be set at the end of all the action. Scheduled are eight games over national television to greatly satisfy the interests of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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The excitement gets started at 12:10PM Eastern Time on CBS TV as the Virginia Cavaliers will face the Michigan St Spartans. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Virginia Cavaliers the -5 point betting favorite with a total of 116 ½ points. These two teams met in the NCAA Tournament last year and it was Michigan St with a 61-59 victory as a -2 ½ point favorite. Behind a very good first half the Spartans held on for a seven point win against Georgia on Friday. Virginia faced Belmont in their opening game and win 79-67 despite allowing 47% shooting to the Bruins.

At 2:40PM Eastern Time over CBS it’s the Duke Blue Devils battling the San Diego St Aztecs. San Diego St earned a 12 point win against St Johns on Friday. The Aztecs have struggled for offense this year. Duke pounded Robert Morris by 29 points in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

A much anticipated in-state matchup for the Round of 32 materialized as the Kansas Jayhawks will face the Wichita St Shockers at 5:15PM Eastern Time over CBS TV. Kansas is favored by -2 points with a total of 130 ½ points. The Shockers earned a five point win to Indiana in their opening game. Kansas faced New Mexico St and earned a 29 point win.

On TRU TV at 7:45PM Eastern Time it’s the Wisconsin Badgers facing the upstart Oregon Ducks. This is one of the more interesting games of the Round of 32. The Ducks are young and took their lumps early in the year. After their 79-73 win to Oklahoma St in their NCAA Tournament opener on Friday the Ducks have won eight of their past nine games. Wisconsin got past Coastal Carolina 86-72 in their NCAA Tournament opener. A concern for the Badgers is they gave up 48% shooting and 58% from three to Coastal Carolina.