NL East Betting Preview

The National League East has been in the sole possession of the Philadelphia Phillies for the last five years ans they are favored to win it again this year.

But the Miami Marlins might have something to say about that, as well as the Atlanta Braves and maybe even the Washington Nationals.

In other words, we might get a good race in the NL East this year.

Here's a look at the upcoming season in the NL East, and divisional futures odds courtesy of


AL West Betting Preview

Even though it might only come down to be a two-horse race, the battle for the AL West crown this year should be a dandy.

The Texas Rangers have won the West (and the American League pennant) the last two seasons, but their main competition, the Los Angeles Angels, opened their fat wallet this off-season and brought in a big bopper from the National League and stole away one of the Rangers' starting pitchers.

Let the fun begin.


AL Central Betting Preview

The Detroit Tigers won the American League Central last year by 15 games. Then over the off-season they pulled off a shocker when they won the Prince Fielder sweepstakes.

So Detroit goes into this season as a heavy favorite to win the Central again. Is there any team that might challenge the Tigers? Here's a quick look at the AL Central betting board at TopBet.


AL East Betting Preview

The New York Yankees are the favorites to win the American League East this year, as they are almost every year.

But the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, and maybe even the Toronto Blue Jays, are pining to give the Yanks a fight. Here's a quick look at the AL East futures board at TopBet.

New York won the East last year with 97 victories. The Yanks, as they always do, scored a ton of runs, but it was the starting pitching that eventually let them down.


Mavericks vs Clippers Matchup Report

Dallas looks to cover the Mavericks-Clippers pointspread on Monday and extend their 13-1 SU home run in games against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clips have only won here once since 2003. They are just 2-17 SU in their past 19 games overall against Dallas.

However, the Mavs are just 3-9 ATS in their past 12 games as an NBA favorite and they opened as 4.5 point home chalk here today.

This season the Mavericks are 30-23 overall and 27-26 ATS against the number, while the Clippers are 31-21 and 26-25-1 ATS. As for the totals, Dallas is 26-27 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 24-27-1.


Kentucky vs Kansas Final Odds

The Kansas Jayhawks will look for one final upset Monday against the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats as college basketball's national title will be earned.

Kansas was getting blown out by Ohio State Saturday, but rallied in the second half to win. Kentucky meanwhile handled Louisville, turning back repeated Cardinal runs to advance.

The Jayhawks improved their record as an underdog, while the Wildcats faltered for bettors, just failing to cover 8.5 points. The Final Four odds reflect the talent disparity in this game, but Kansas continues to produce scrappy efforts with superior hustle and conditioning.

Over the past 10 games for each team, the stats are almost identical. The average score for Kentucky is 73-62. For Kansas, it's 74-63. The average margin of victory is almost identical.

This game could come down to offensive rebounding where Kansas is aggressive and Kentucky vulnerable. [ Bet Kansas vs Kentucky at Bovada now ]

If nothing else, it offers Kansas the chance to stay close to Kentucky and to blunt some of their scoring runs.

Kentucky beat Kansas 75-65 in November, but that was a preseason battle with little bearing on this match. In the three previous meetings, Kansas won and covered each time dating to 2005.

The Wildcats sit at 37-2 (16-21-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Jayhawks are currently 32-6 (19-17-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 16-19-2 OU, and Kansas is 14-22-1 OU.


Heat vs Celtics Betting preview

The Boston Celtics are home underdogs Sunday against the Miami Heat with the best trend focused on the over-under in NBA betting action.

Five of the past six meetings of the Heat and Celtics played OVER the total while the home team is 7-1 SU the past eight times they met.

Boston will face the 37-13 Heat, who own a 25-25 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Celtics are 23-28 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Heat are 22-26-2 favoring the OVER.


Final Four Trends: Bet High Seeds

Butler and VCU played Cinderella in the 2011 edition of the Madness, the first time a pair of real underdogs played in the Final Four.

This year, the underdogs are teams very unaccustomed to the role of dog, as four of the most storied programs in college basketball gather in New Orleans.


Final Four Odds: Kansas vs Ohio State

A pair of No. 2 seeds clash Saturday on the Final Four odds menus as the Kansas Jayhawks try to take out the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday in New Orleans.

Ohio State opened as 2.5 point favorites, as they look to follow Jared Sullinger to the national title game Monday. The Buckeyes took out No. 1 Syracuse last week and look to dispatch the Jayhawks as well.

It's a rare situation for Kansas playing the role of underdog. They have only been underdogs nine times in the past four seasons combined and they are 2-7 SU in those games. [ Bet the Jayhawks as underdogs at Bovada ]

Kansas upended North Carolina in another battle of 1 vs 2. They were favored after Kendall Marshall was unable to play for the Tar Heels.
The Jayhawks sit at 31-6 (18-17-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Buckeyes are currently 31-7 (20-14 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kansas is 14-21-1 OU, and Ohio State is 21-12-1 OU.


Final 4 odds: Louisville Kentucky Bet

The Kentucky Wildcats face Louisville Saturday on the Final 4 odds menu and it's as much a battle between coaches as it is between players.

Louisville, the No. 4 seed that pulled upsets during March Madness, brings Rick Pitino while Kentucky, the bracket's top seed and game favorite, brings John Calipari. They also bring an eight-game wiin streak where they have covered the point spread every time.

Calipari replaced Pitino in Kentucky and now they face off with the national title game at stake. [ Bet Kentucky to win it all and pocket a 50% bonus at TopBet ]

The Wildcats opened as 9-point favorites and Charles Barkley believes KU is so good, they would beat some NBA teams.

The Cardinals meanwhile continue to win as underdogs (10-3 ATS in their past 13 games in that role) and won't settle for being listed on the Final Four odds menu - they want to play on Monday in New Orleans. [ Best KU odds, visit 5Dimes ]

The Wildcats currently sports a 36-2 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 16-21 ATS. The Cardinals are 30-9 and 22-13-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 16-18-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cardinals have gone 14-21-1 against the number.



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