The sports calendar at America’s Bookie turns the page to the month of March this week and every sports bettor knows what that means. While it is the final week of the regular season for the major conferences in men’s college basketball, postseason tournament action gets underway in several Mid Majors. You also have a full slate of NBA games to choose from as the playoff race at the pro level really begins to heat up. Add in some hockey action in the NHL along with soccer action all across the globe and you will quickly find that there is something for everyone when it comes to what to bet on at America’s Bookie this week.
The week already got off to a rocky start for some of the top college basketball teams in the ACC with No. 5 North Carolina losing to No. 23 Virginia and No. 25 Miami coming up short against Virginia Tech on Monday night. Tuesday night’s slate starts things off with a huge showdown in that same conference with No. 15 Florida State going on the road to tangle with the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils.
The Seminoles will look to close out their season on a strong note after going 5-2 straight-up (4-3 against the spread) in their last seven games They are still in position to win the ACC regular season title at 11-5 as part of an overall record of 23-6 SU (17-12 ATS). Duke has now dropped its last two games (SU and ATS) heading into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. (ET) tip on ESPN with back-to-back losses to Syracuse and Miami as slight road favorites. The Blue Devils (22-7 SU, 11-17 ATS) will close out its season this Saturday on the road against North Carolina.
With the WCC’s Gonzaga Bulldogs’ first loss of the season last week against BYU, the Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks are back on top as the No. 1 team in the nation with both major national polls. The Jayhawks will close out their regular season schedule on Saturday against Oklahoma State. Villanova, out of the Big East and the Pac-12’s UCLA Bruins are next of the list with the Bulldogs falling from first to fourth in both polls.
While all of the top teams in the nation continue to jockey for position heading into their conference tournaments next week, Dayton and VCU will put it all on the line this Wednesday night in a head-to- head battle for the top spot in the Atlantic 10, which is one of the best Mid-Major conferences in the country. The Flyers have the edge at 14-2 SU in conference play, but they came up short in the first meeting against VCU on Jan. 27 as five-point road underdogs in a 73-68 loss that ended as a PUSH at America’s Bookie. The Rams (23-6 SU, 11-15- 2 ATS) are one game back at 13-3 SU heading into Wednesday night’s 8 p.m. start on CBS Sports Network.
One of the top showdowns in the NBA on Wednesday night pits the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road against the Boston Celtics in an 8 p.m. tip on ESPN. The Cavaliers (41-17 SU, 27-29- 2 ATS) are four games up in the Eastern Conference standings following Monday’s 102-95 victory at home against Milwaukee. Cleveland failed to cover America’s Bookie’s closing 9.5-point spread against the Bucks. However, going back to Feb. 1 it is a healthy 8-3 ATS while winning nine of the 11 games SU.
The Celtics have lost three of their last four games SU and they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five outings. Boston is holding onto second place in the East at 38-22 on the year with an overall record of 31-28- 1 ATS. It has gone a costly 11-18 ATS at home this season.