While the NBA winds things down a bit this week with the annual All-Star break coming up this weekend, college basketball can easily fill the void when it comes to the sports betting board at America’s Bookie. There is also plenty of action to go around in the NHL as well as in a number of European soccer leagues.
You can also get the early jump on betting odds to win this week’s PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in California as well as in men’s ATP professional tennis both in the US and around the globe. With pitchers and catchers returning to action to start up baseball’s spring training, it is the perfect time of the year to place a few MLB futures bets at America’s Bookie for the upcoming season.
The NBA does have a full state of games planned for this Wednesday including a double header of action on ESPN. Things get started at 7 p.m. (ET) with a Central Division showdown between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers are a full nine games back in the division standings at 29-26 on the year following four straight-up losses in a row. They are just 2-3 against the spread in their last five contests. Cleveland (37-16 SU) has not been the best betting team in the world this season at 24-27- 2 ATS, but it has managed to cover in five of its last six games. The total has gone OVER America’s Bookie’s closing line in all six of those games.
Later Wednesday night on ESPN in a 9:30 p.m. (ET) tip, the New York Knicks (23-33 SU, 30-26 ATS) will be on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The much-maligned Knicks snapped a recent four-game skid (SU and ATS) with a stunning 94-90 upset over San Antonio on Sunday as 9.5-point home underdogs. The Thunder (31-25 SU, 30-26 ATS) have dropped three of their last four games SU including losses to Golden State at home and Washington on the road. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last seven games.
Turning to this week’s college hoops betting action, No. 13 Kentucky (20-5 SU, 13-12 ATS) will play host to Tennessee on Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. start on ESPN. America’s Bookie has listed the Wildcats as 14-point favorites in this SEC clash. Kentucky’s 67-58 victory this past Saturday against Alabama as a 7.5-point favorite on the road was just the second time it covered a spread in its last 10 games while going 7-3 SU. The Volunteers (14-11 SU, 13-10 ATS) have gone 5-2 both SU and ATS in their last seven games.
One of the top matchups on Wednesday night’s schedule is an in-state battle in the ACC between No. 10 North Carolina and rival North Carolina State in an 8 p.m. start on the ACC Network. The Tar Heels are leading the conference standings at 9-3 SU as part of an overall record of 21-5. They have now failed to cover in their last four games with the total staying UNDER in three of those contests. The Wolfpack (14-12 SU, 9-15 ATS) bring a five-game losing streak (SU and ATS) into Wednesday’s contest.
Thursday night’s featured college basketball matchup on ESPN is a Pac-12 tilt between Utah and No. 7 Oregon at 9 p.m. The Ducks (22-4 SU) continued to make a push towards winning the conference’s regular season title with last Saturday’s 81-70 victory against USC as 3.5-point road favorites. They have now covered America’s Bookie’s closing line in 11 of their last 13 games to improve to 15-10 ATS this season. The Utes are 17-8 SU with a 12-10- 1 record ATS.