The first week of the New Year for sports bettors at America’s Bookie offers a little bit of everything when it comes to their betting board. The college bowl season may be over, but conference play in college hoops is just starting up. The NBA season shifts into high gear with the start of January and action on the ice in the NHL is really starting to heat up. You can also find betting odds on the board for European soccer, ATP and WTA tennis as well as some futures and props for the PGA Tour in golf.
One of the biggest conference battles in college basketball on Tuesday’s ESPN slate is a Big Ten showdown between the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers and the No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) at Assembly Hall in a game that has been listed as a PICK. The Badgers are riding a straight-up eight-game winning streak while going a profitable 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five outings. Indiana has dropped its last two games both SU and ATS including an 87-83 loss to Nebraska as a heavy 13.5-point home favorite in its Big Ten opener. The total has gone OVER in four of its last six games on America’s Bookie closing line.
Wednesday’s college hoops action on FOX Sports 1 features the No. 1 Villanova Wildcats on the road against the No. 18 Butler Bears in a 6:30 p.m. Big East battle at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Wildcats have remained perfect on the year at 14-0 SU with a 9-5 record ATS. They have won their first two conference games with victories over DePaul and Creighton with both games staying UNDER the total. Butler has won 12 of its first 14 games SU and it has gone 9-5 ATS as well. The total has gone OVER in four of its last five games. The Bulldogs opened conference play with a stunning 77-73 road loss to St. Johns as 8.5-point road favorites, but they quickly bounced back with a 17-point victory at home against Providence as 10.5-point favorites with America’s Bookie.
NBA TV offers up a double-header of action on Tuesday night starting with an inter-conference clash between the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics in a 7:30 p.m. tip at TD Garden. The Jazz have won their last four games SU, but they have gone a costly 3-6 ATS over their last nine games. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last eight outings. Boston is listed as a six-point favorite and the total line for the game has been set at 201. The Celtics are 7-2 SU in their last nine games with a 6-2-1 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in their last seven contests.
Wednesday night’s featured NBA matchup on ESPN in an 8 p.m. tip at Quickens Loan Arena is a Central Division clash between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls have dropped five of their last eight games SU and they are a dismal 2-6 ATS during this slide. Cleveland has just one SU loss in its last nine games, but it is just 1-2-1 ATS in its last four outings. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the Cavaliers last six games.
The top NBA matchup on Thursday night as part of a TNT double-header sends Oklahoma City on the road to face the Houston Rockets in an 8 p.m. start at the Toyota Center. The Thunder opened the New Year with a 98-94 road loss to Milwaukee as 1.5-point underdogs with America’s Bookie. They are now 5-2 both SU and ATS in their last seven games. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in their last five games. Houston is riding a SU five-game winning streak into this matchup while going 4-1 ATS.