Wild Card Saturday: Betting Preview

Wild Card weekend kicks off on Saturday with two intriguing NFL betting matchups as the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions visit the New Orleans Saints.

Here’s a look at some of the props for each of these games available to bet on at Bovada as well as NFL line movement updates. [ See the latest Wild Card props listings as well ]

No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals at No. 3 Houston Texans


Saints vs Lions NFC Wild Card Odds

Detroit couldn't beat Green Bay's backups in Week 17 and as punishment their first playoff action is many years is a tough road test against the red-hot New Orleans Saints in Wild Card betting action Saturday.

Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's passing yardage record and the Saints reeled off 8 straight wins (and ATS covers) to end the season. The opened as 10-point home chalk here against a Detroit team that may be happy just to make the playoffs.

The Lions lost 31-17 here a month ago and have lost the past 3 against New Orleans. Lions bettors should be wary of a recent trend that has seen NFC road teams going 10-4 ATS in the past 14 NFC Wild Card games.

The Saints however are 11-1 ATS at home recently, while Detroit is 0-4 ATS lately on the road. The Lions have been OVER machines on the road, going 9-1-1 past 11 trips away from Ford Field. [ See NFL playoff bonus offers and perks like free BCS bowl game wagers at TopBet ]


Bengals vs Texans AFC Wild Card Odds

An AFC Wild Card battle of two teams that limped into the playoffs kicks off Saturday when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Houston Texans.

Houston clinched the AFC South three weeks ago, then lost three straight while injuries hammered the roster. The Bengals meanwhile lost three of five to slump to 9-7 and needed tiebreakers to beat Tennessee for this Wild Card spot.

Houston is 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings with the Bengals and opened as 3-point home chalk here on the NFL odds menu at most online sportsbooks. Watch the injury situation during the week for line moves.

Of note, AFC road teams are 5-1 ATS the past 3 Wild Card weekends and 6-2 SU overall. Check out our story on Wild Card betting trends this week and see the latest playoff bonus offers at Bovada.


NBA Betting: Lakers vs. Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will be in tough on Friday night as they play a road NBA betting matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Warriors have lost nine of their past 10 games against the Lakers, although they did beat Los Angeles 95-87 the last time they met last season. Golden State went 6-4 ATS in those games.


NBA Odds: Hawks host Heat

The Heat and the Hawks will stage their second NBA betting matchup in four days on Thursday when they hit the hardwood in Atlanta.

On Monday night the Heat were handed their first loss of the season by the Hawks, falling 100-92 as a home favorite in that contest. Joe Johnson led the way with 21 points for the Hawks.


NHL Betting: Canucks vs. Bruins

The Bruins will take on the Canucks for the first time since last year's Stanley Cup final on Saturday afternoon as the teams hit the ice in Boston for an NHL betting matchup.

The Canucks will be a road underdog at 5Dimes on Saturday, while the home-favorite Bruins will be tough to beat at TD Garden where they have lost just six times all season.

Boston is the toughest team in the league to score against, and that should see the Bruins getting the bulk of the action from bettors on the NHL lines on Saturday.


NCAAB Betting: Michigan vs. Indiana

The No. 16 Michigan Wolverines will have their work cut out for them if they hope to improve a dreadful road record against the No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers in college hoops betting action on Thursday night.

Indiana will likely be a small home favorite in this matchup at Bovada, as the Hoosiers are 13-1 in the past 14 games at home against the Wolverines. Michigan has also lost four of its last six overall on the road.


Hawks, Flyers on NHL lines

Two top teams that have been slightly off their games of late clash in NHL betting action on Thursday with the Chicago Blackhawks in Philadelphia to play the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia will be a slight home favorite at 5Dimes in this contest, but without Chris Pronger and Jaromir Jagr in the lineup things become tougher - and more responsibility gets downloaded to other players.


Online Texas Holdem Introduction

So, you've finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and learn about online Texas Holdem. Don't worry. Learning the game is easy. It's winning and mastering it that is so hard.

A game of Texas Holdem is simply a series of hands. A hand begins by the placing of blind bets before any cards are dealt. There is a small and a big blind. The small blind is to the player to left of the dealer and the big blind is to the left of them.

Typically the big blind is double the small blind and is the lowest amount a player may bet.


Wild Card Betting: Lines and Injuries

The NFL's regular season has finally come to a close as we move into NFL playoffs betting this week.


Four interesting Wild Card matchups leave bettors with plenty to consider this weekend.



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