Thunder vs Lakers Game Preview

Derek Fisher returns to LA as a member of the Thunder as Oklahoma City tries to extend its lead in the West at the expense of the Lakers in NBA betting action Thursday night.

The Lakers have won three of four and eight of 11 to pull into third place in the West, seven games behind the Thunder. Kevin Durant and company has lost 11 of 12 recent trips to face the Lakers.

The Lakers sit at 31-19 (21-29 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Thunder are currently 38-12 (28-22 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 28-22 OU, and Oklahoma City is 26-24 OU.


Bill Parcells New Orleans Saints odds

It started out as a weird joke: Sean Payton was chatting with Bill Parcells about coaching the New Orleans Saints in 2012.

Slow news day or the fanciful musings of some bored blogger in the Bayou, probably.

Then it quickly became a serious topic of conversation to the point where sportsbooks made Tuna the favorite to become the next head coach while Payton sits out his suspension in the wake of Bounty-Gate.

“Even as the NFL stated that Payton is welcome to appeal his one-year suspension, the groundswell of betting support has been behind Parcells,” said Mike Pickett


Montreal GM odds heat up

They posted odds just this week on whether Patrick Roy would become the next coach or GM of the Montreal Canadiens.

And now those Habs GM odds are heating up with today’s announcement that Pierre Gauthier has been fired.

Bovada posted odds earlier this week and their timing seems prescient today. With Gauthier out, the odds on Roy – the Hall of Fame goalie who led the team to a pair of Stanley Cups – coming ‘home’ are all the rage.


Bulls favored vs Hawks: NBA Pick

The visiting Chicago Bulls come off an upset loss and hope to send their backers to the pay window Wednesday as they look to take out the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bulls were stomped by the Pacers, while the Hawks were losing in Milwaukee. The point spread opened at +4.5 for the home side, despite the fact they have dominated the Bulls at home (8-3 SU past 11).

Atlanta battles the Bulls, currently with a 40-11 mark (29-21-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 20-29-2 for the Hawks and 28-23 for the Bulls.


Bautista leads home run odds list

Jose Bautista has won two straight AL homer titles and Albert Pujols has won two of the past three NL homer titles.

Small wonder they top the list of who will hit the most home runs in 2012 odds lists at most sportsbooks.

Bautista, the Toronto slugger who hit 43 in 2011 after clubbing 54 in 2010, is the 13/2 favorite. He came out of nowhere two years ago and proved is power was no fluke.

Now oddsmakers have to respect him and they give him the ultimate respect by topping this list at Bovada.


Mariners vs Athletics Odds Preview

The Oakland Athletics look to rebound from an opening game loss to Seattle when they battle at Tokyo Dome on Thursday.

A 3-1 Wednesday night result saw hometown hero Ichiro Suzuki pound out four hits for Seattle.

Thursday's match pegs starter Jason Vargas for the Mariners on the hill facing Bartolo Colon for the Athletics. Vargas brings a 10-13 mark from last year into the game, while Colon was 8-9 last season.


NIT Final Preview: Stanford Minnesota

The Stanford Cardinal will be slight favorites on the NIT odds menu when they clash with Minnesota Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Stanford ended the underdog run of UMass on Tuesday while the Golden Gophers upset Washington in college basketball action.

The NIT finals betting situation is complicated on a handicapping level by the neutral site at MSG. Neither team will enjoy much home-court support here on the East coast.

The Cardinal bring a 25-11 record (18-15 ATS) to this tilt against the 23-14 Golden Gophers, who are 19-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Stanford go 18-15 so far and the Golden Gophers go 17-17.


CIT Final Odds: Mercer vs Utah State

The Mercer Bears will play at Utah State for the CIT title and they opened as 5-point underdogs on the road.

Mercer lost home-court advantage here because the Aggies boasted a higher RPI rank. But Mercer has been very tough on the road a fact that the CIT final odds menu does not fully respect.

Expect the point spread to hold tight at Bovada pending any injury developments before Wednesday night.

The Bears will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 6-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Aggies are 15-13-2 ATS. Mercer is 1-8 against the total, while Utah State is 18-12 versus the number.


Game 2 CBI Finals Betting

Washington State can win the CBI Tournament Wednesday with another win over Pitt, but it won't come easy as Monday's first game proved.

The Cougars made 51 percent of their shots, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range, to beat the Panthers 67-66 in Game 1. And they did it without leading scorer Brock Motum.

The CBI finals odds situation switches to Pittsburgh for Wednesday with a Game 3 if necessary. Watch for the opening Pitt vs WSU odds shortly today at TopBet.


Final Four Odds Favor Kentucky

On one side of the Final Four odds picture, its Louisville with Rick Pitino against Kentucky and the man who replaced Pitino for the Wildcats, John Calipari.

On the other side of the Final Four odds picture, its a pair of No. 2 seeds - Kansas battling Ohio State.

But the Louisville vs Kentucky betting line and the Ohio State vs Kansas point spread are hardly the only options for March Madness bettors this week.



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