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NCAA Tournament College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

The NCAA Tournament Final Four has been set as there are two games on the schedule for Saturday March 31st to the satisfaction of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway at 6:09PM Eastern Time on TBS TV as the Michigan Wolverines meet Loyola Chicago Ramblers in a game played in San Antonio Texas. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Michigan Wolverines favored by -5 ½ points with the total set at 129 ½ points. Loyola Chicago is an eleventh seed in the NCAA Tournament and have won all four games in this NCAA Tournament as an underdog. Their first three games of this tournament were won by two points or less. In the Elite Eight the Ramblers got a blowout win against Kansas St 78-62 behind a 57.4% shooting game and 9 of 18 going in from the three point line. Loyola Chicago is a very good passing team that is very accurate from the three point line. This experienced team can spread the floor and is a challenge to defend. Michigan had one close call in their road to the Final Four as they needed a buzzer beater to beat Houston 64-63 in a second round game. Wolverines weakness this season and on the NCAA Tournament has been their free throw shooting.

Game 2 of the Final Four tips at 8:49PM Eastern Time on TBS TV from San Antonio as the Kansas Jayhawks battle Villanova Wildcats. Villanova is favored by -5 with the total lined at 154 ½ points. Villanova has been impressive in the NCAA Tournament with double digit wins in each of their four games. Even their three games in the Big East Tournament were won by double digits. Kansas is a very good shooting team. After a sixteen point win to Penn the Jayhawks beat Seton Hall and Clemson by four points. The biggest test came in the Elite Eight where they defeated Duke 85-81 in overtime. Jayhawks dominated the glass in their win as they were able to pull down 22 more rebounds than the Blue Devils.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Friday

Friday, March 30th, 2018

The NBA card for Friday March 30th features nine games on the schedule for Friday March 30th to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide. Two games will air over national television on ESPN TV.

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On ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the New Orleans Pelicans. Both teams have only seven games remaining. The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the third seed in the Eastern conference but are only a ½ game up on the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers for the fifth seed. That is important because the team in the fifth seed will have to start the playoffs on the road. New Orleans is in a battle to make the playoffs. Pelicans are in the sixth seed and lead the ninth seeded LA Clippers by only two games. New Orleans has lost two straight after a four point home defeat to Portland on Tuesday. Rondo is questionable for the Pelicans. Cavaliers return home off a 2-1 road trip after their 13 point road win at Charlotte on Wednesday. Korver is probable.

The late night game begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Portland Trailblazers host LA Clippers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Portland Trailblazers favored by -6 points with an over under line set at 218 points. LA and Portland have seven games remaining in the regular season. Portland holds the third seed in the Western conference. They have a 2 ½ game lead on the fifth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder which brings home court in the first round of the playoffs. They can be no greater than the third seed in the west. LA Clippers hold the ninth seed but is just a game back if the eighth seeded Utah Jazz. Clippers have a game left facing Utah on the road in a week. LA has won three straight after their 12 point road win at Phoenix on Wednesday. They have a notable 11 point road win at Toronto. Portland returns home after a 2-1 road trip following a 108-103 road defeat at Memphis. Trailblazers were without Lillard in the loss to the Grizzlies. Lillard is probable on Friday.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Thursday

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The Major League Baseball 2018 regular season gets underway on Thursday March 29th as there are 14 games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide. There is one weather postponement as Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals will not play.

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The prime time action on ESPN TV gets underway at 7PM Eastern Time as the LA Dodgers are home to the San Francisco Giants. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side LA Dodgers favored by -300 odds with the return on the underdog San Francisco Giants at +260 odds. The run total came in at seven runs. Getting the start for LA will be lefty Clayton Kershaw as he opposes Giants lefty Ty Blach. The Giants look to rebound after a poor season as they finished in last place in the NL West down by 30 games to the first place LA Dodgers. San Francisco took an early hit as starters Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija land on the disabled list due to injury. Bumgarner is out two months and Samardzija one month. Clayton Kershaw had a great spring and has pitched well in his career starts versus the San Francisco Giants. LA was hit with a major injury in the spring as third baseman Justin Turner is out with a broken wrist for two months. Blach in his first full season with the Giants last year went 8-12 with an ERA of 4.78.

The late night game on ESPN TV begins at 10:10PM Eastern Time as the Seattle Mariners host the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland is favored by -161 odds with the return on the Mariners at +141 odds. The run total is set at 7 ½ runs. On the mound for the Indians will be righty Corey Kluber as he opposes Mariners righty Felix Hernandez. Kluber had a great regular season but struggled in the postseason in the Indians playoff elimination to the New York Yankees. Kluber won the Cy Young last year behind an 18-4 record with ERA of 2.25. King Felix was hampered with injuries early last season. He dealt with shoulder and bicep injuries last year. He started only 16 games and went 6-5 with an ERA of 4.35.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Wednesday

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The NBA card for Wednesday March 28th features eight games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide. Two games will air over national television.

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It all gets underway at 7PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Charlotte Hornets will be home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -1 ½ points with the over under line set at 229 ½ points. Charlotte is on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs with seven games remaining. Cleveland has eight games remaining in the regular season. Cleveland sits in the third seed in the Eastern conference but has only a ½ game lead over the 76ers and Pacers who occupy the fourth and fifth seed. There is a possibility that the Cavs could start the playoffs on the road as a fifth seed in the east. Charlotte is down six games to Miami in the eighth seed with only seven games remaining. Cleveland looks to rebound after a bad shooting night in a 98-79 defeat at Miami. It broke a five game win streak for Cleveland. Charlotte is on a four game win streak after their 137-128 home victory in overtime to New York Knicks. Cavaliers have won eight straight against the Hornets.

The late night game begins at 9:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Utah Jazz have a home date with the Boston Celtics. Utah is favored by -6 ½ points with the total lined at 195 points. Boston will be no worse than a two seed in the East and trail the top seeded Toronto Raptors by 3 ½ games. Utah is in a battle for a playoff spot in the Western conference as they hold a 2 ½ game lead over the ninth and tenth seeded Clippers and Nuggets. Boston is facing injury issues to Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris yet the team has won four straight after an eight point road win at Phoenix on Monday. Utah bounced back from a road loss at San Antonio with the 110-91 road win at an injury riddled Golden St team.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Tuesday

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The NBA card for Tuesday March 27th features eight games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide. Two games will air over national television on TNT TV.

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It all gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as the Miami Heat are home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -4 points with the over under line set at 218 ½ points. The NBA regular season is winding down as the Cavs have nine games and the Heat eight games remaining. Cleveland sits in the ninth seed holding a one game lead over the Philadelphia 76ers and only 1 ½ over fifth seeded Indiana Pacers. Cleveland must keep winning to earn home court in the first round of the playoffs. Miami holds the eighth seed in the East holding a five game lead over the ninth seeded Detroit Pistons. Cleveland feeling the pressure for home court in the first round has won five straight after their 121-114 road win at Brooklyn. Heat return to Miami off an 0-2 road trip. They have won nine straight at home with five wins in that streak against playoff contenders.

The late night game begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time on TNT as the LA Clippers are home to the Milwaukee Bucks. LA is favored by -3 with the total set at 225 ½ points. Milwaukee and LA have nine games remaining. Milwaukee is in the seventh seed in the Eastern conference as they hold a 5 ½ game lead over the ninth seeded Detroit Pistons. LA Clippers are in the tenth seed as they trail the eighth seeded Minnesota Timberwolves by two games. They also have to pass Denver who is in the ninth seed a ½ game up on the Clippers. Clippers return to LA going 2-2 on their road trip with wins at Milwaukee and Toronto. They have played seven of their past eight games on the road. Milwaukee carries a two game win streak with a road win at Chicago then beat a hot San Antonio team at home 106-103 on Sunday.

NCAA Tournament College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Elite Eight Round of the NCAA Tournament will conclude on Sunday March 25th with two outstanding games scheduled over national television to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway at 2:20PM Eastern Time from Boston on CBS TV as the Villanova Wildcats meet Texas Tech Red Raiders. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Villanova Wildcats favored by -6 ½ points with the over under line set at 144 ½ points. Villanova has been outstanding in this NCAA Tournament by picking up victories by double digits in each game. Even in the Big East Tournament all three of their wins came by ten points or greater. In the Final Providence did force the overtime period by it was the Wildcats outscoring the Friars by 10 points in that five minute stanza. Villanova disposed of West Virginia in the Sweet Sixteen 90-78. With eleven minutes remaining the Wildcats were down six points then went on a massive run to outscore the Mountaineers by 18 points to win going away. Wildcats handled the pressure of the West Virginia defense well as they connected on 50% from the field. Texas Tech caught a break facing Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen with their Boilermakers big man Isaac Haas out with a broken elbow. Red Raiders were able to win the rebounding battle and get inside for easy looks at the basket for the win. The three point shot wasn’t falling for Texas Tech so the did their damage on the soft inside of the Boilermakers.

At 5:05PM Eastern Time from Omaha the Kansas Jayhawks battle the Duke Blue Devils on CBS TV. Duke is favored by -3 points with the total lined at 155 points. Finally, a number one seed takes on a number two seed in the Elite Eight. Kansas has made their three point shots thus far in this tournament. Four point wins to Clemson and Seton Hall were not as close as the final score indicates for Kansas with late scoring by each team. Duke pulled away in the final ten minutes in a defensive affair with Syracuse to come away with the 69-65 victory in the Sweet Sixteen. Prior to that came wins to mid-major schools in Rhode Island and Iona by 22 points to the Rams and 25 points to the Gaels.

NCAA Tournament College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The NCAA Tournament moves into the Regional Finals on Saturday March 24th as there are two games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway from Atlanta at 6:09PM Eastern Time on TBS TV as the Kansas St Wildcats face Loyola Chicago Ramblers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Kansas St Wildcats favored by -1 ½ points with the over under line set at 126 ½ points. Loyola Chicago an 11 seed has worked their way into the Elite Eight of college basketball. They have survived nail biting finishes in all of their three games in this NCAA Tournament. It began with a buzzer beater wining three point shot against Miami 64-62 in the first round. Then came an upset win to the Tennessee Volunteers 63-62. The Ramblers then faced another Cinderella team in the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Sweet Sixteen and came away winning 69-68. Loyola Chicago has shot the ball well in this tourney improving on good results in each game. In their win to Nevada the Ramblers connected on 56%. Kansas St beat a Creighton team from the Big East 69-59 in the nine seed versus eight seed matchup. Wildcats got a break as UMBC knocked off the number one seed in Virginia. Kansas St outscored UMBC 50-43 and took advantage of poor free throw shooting by Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen win.

At 8:49PM Eastern Time from Los Angeles the Michigan Wolverines battle Florida St Seminoles on TBS TV. Michigan is favored by -4 ½ points with the total coming in at 143 ½ points. Florida St a ninth seed got past Missouri in the first round then upset number one seeded Xavier. Then in the Sweet Sixteen the Seminoles put on a great defensive performance in a 75-60 victory to Gonzaga Bulldogs. Michigan overcame a slow start in their opener against Montana then pulling away 61-47. They needed a buzzer beating three pointer to beat Houston by one. In the Sweet Sixteen the Wolverines broke their shooting slump with a tremendous performance from three as they blew out Texas A&M 99-72.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Friday

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The NBA action for Friday March 23rd features ten games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide. Two games will air on national television on NBA TV.

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It all gets underway on NBA TV at 7PM Eastern Time as the Washington Wizards will be home to the Denver Nuggets. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Washington Wizards favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 219 ½ points. With the NBA regular season winding down it is a good time to look at the playoff implications. Washington is secure to make the playoffs as the team sits in the sixth seed. They sit just one game back of the fourth seeded Philadelphia 76ers which would bring home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Denver is on the outside looking in the Western conference. Nuggets hold the ninth seed sitting two games back of the eighth seeded Utah Jazz. Denver broke a two game losing streak after their 135-102 road victory at Chicago on Wednesday. But recent losses at lottery teams on the road to Memphis and LA Lakers could cost the Nuggets a playoff berth. Wizards have dropped three of their past five games after a 98-90 road defeat at San Antonio on Wednesday. Wizards have been playing poorly on defense in recent games.

The late night game begins at 10PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Portland Trailblazers host Boston Celtics. Portland is favored by -7 points with the total lined at 203 points. Trailblazers look like they cannot be better than their three seed. They hold a two game lead on the fifth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Boston is in the second seed in the Eastern conference behind the Toronto Raptors by 4 ½ gamds. Portland had their 13 game win streak ended in their 115-111 home defeat on Tuesday to Houston. Boston is dealing with injuries to Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. Now guard Jaylen Brown is listed as questionable with a concussion. Brown averages 14 points and five rebounds per game. Boston starts this west coast trip after a one point home win to Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

NCAA Tournament College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

The NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen concludes on Friday March 23rd with four games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway at 7:07PM Eastern Time from Omaha on CBS TV as the Clemson Tigers face Kansas Jayhawks. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Kansas Jayhawks favored by -4 ½ points with the over under line set at 142 ½ points. Kansas is an outstanding shooting team and Clemson is defending very well. Clemson got a good draw in this NCAA Tournament playing New Mexico St and Auburn. New Mexico St played in a weak WAC conference and Clemson caught Auburn in very poor form leading up to the NCAA Tournament.

From Boston at 7:27PM Eastern Time on TBS TV the Villanova Wildcats battle West Virginia Mountaineers. Villanova is favored by -5 points with the total of 152 ½ points. Both teams have crushed their NCAA opponents thus far. Eight of the past ten wins by Villanova have come by double digits. Villanova guards can maneuver around the pressure of West Virginia will have a good night because the Mountaineers are not a good shooting team.

At 9:37PM Eastern Time from Omaha on CBS TV the Duke Blue Devils battle Syracuse Orange. Duke is favored by -11 ½ points with the total of 133 ½ points. Two teams that can play the 2-3 zone. Duke was struggling early in the season defensively then went to the 2-3 zone and saw their play on the defensive end improve. Syracuse have held their three opponents in the tourney to 56 points or fewer behind a strong defensive performance.

The late night game tips at 9:57PM Eastern Time from Boston as the Purdue Boilermakers face Texas Tech Red Raiders. Purdue is favored by -1 ½ points with the total of 137 ½ points. Purdue is trying to maneuver through the rest of the NCAA Tournament without their big man Isaac Haas who is out with a broken elbow. Purdue is the number two three point shooting team facing a Texas Tech Red Raiders team that can defend.

College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The NCAA Tournament enters the Sweet Sixteen Round on Thursday March 22nd as there are four games over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 7:07PM Eastern Time on CBS TV from Atlanta as the Nevada Wolf Pack face Loyola Chicago Ramblers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Nevada Wolf Pack favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 143 ½ points. Nevada overcame a 22 point second half deficit in their second round 75-73 victory to Cincinnati. In their opening game the Wolf Pack beat Texas in overtime 87-83. Loyola Chicago after a buzzer beater to defeat Miami 64-62 in the first round beat Tennessee 63-62 in their second round game. Ramblers are shooting 49% in the NCAA Tournament.

From Los Angeles at 7:37PM Eastern Time on TBS TV the Michigan Wolverines face Texas A&M Aggies. Michigan is favored by -3 points with the total of 134 ½ points. Wolverines survived elimination in the second round with a buzzer beating 64-63 victory to Houston. Texas A&M got healthy late in the season and looked outstanding in their 86-65 second round win to North Carolina. Aggies shot 51% and grabbed 11 more rebounds than the Tar Heels.

At 9:37PM Eastern Time on CBS TV from Atlanta the Kentucky Wildcats battle Kansas St Wildcats. Kentucky is favored by -5 ½ points with the total of 138 ½ points. Kentucky is playing their best basketball of the season as the team has won five straight and nine of ten games. After beating Davidson 78-73 in the first round they routed Buffalo in the second round by 20 points. Kansas St has defended very well thus far in the tournament with a ten point win to Creighton and by seven to UMBC.

The late night game goes off at 10:07PM Eastern Time on TBS TV from LA as the Gonzaga Bulldogs battle Florida St Seminoles. Gonzaga is favored by -5 ½ points with the total of 154 points. Gonzaga after getting past UNC Greensboro by four defeated Ohio St in the second round 90-84. A strong showing for the Bulldogs behind a 53.4% shooting game and grabbing 13 more rebounds than the Buckeyes. Florida St rallied with a late come back in the second round behind their 75-70 win to Xavier. Seminoles got help from the Musketeers in the win as they made only 19 of 30 free throws and committed 18 turnovers.