Even though the NBA is taking some time off from its regular season schedule for its annual All-Star break, there is still some betting action on the board at America’s Bookie with prop bet odds for Saturday’s Slam Dunk and Three-Point competition as well as for Sunday’s actual All-Star Game.
That will be it for the NBA for the next several days with no games on the slate until next Thursday, but there is plenty of college basketball action to more than fill the void. This Presidents’ Holiday weekend is also a great time to focus some of your handicapping efforts on the NHL. This Sunday’s schedule is loaded with some nationally broadcast showdowns all day long starting with a Metro Division showdown between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC. There is also quite a bit of action abroad with a full betting board of matches for all the biggest European soccer leagues.
If you like to wager on boxing and MMA fighting, America’s Bookie has you covered with betting odds for all the upcoming bouts including this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 105. The PGA Tour is on the board with betting odds for this weekend’s Genesis Open at famed Riviera Country Club and you can find some betting action for both ATP and WTA tennis. NASCAR fans are getting ready to start their engines for another exciting season of racing with Speed Week at Daytona.
The first big event as part of the newly named Monster Energy Cup Series is Saturday night’s Clash at Daytona. This race highlights the return to the track a NASCAR favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the entire second half of last season while recovering from a concussion. Big time college basketball gets a fast start on Saturday with a pair of early afternoon showdowns in the Big East and the Big 12. The Villanova Wildcats remain the No. 2 team in the country at 25-2 straight-up and they are at the top of the standings in the Big East at 12-2. They will put their current six-game winning streak on the line in a 12:30 p.m. (ET) start on FOX against Seton Hall (15-9). The Wildcats are 5-4 on the road this season against the spread, but they have failed to cover in seven of their last eight games overall. The Pirates are 10-13 ATS overall with a 4-5 record ATS on their home court.
In a 1 p.m. tip on CBS, the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks will go on the road to face the No. 4 Baylor Bears in a huge showdown in the Big 12. Kansas is at the top of the conference standings at 11-2 SU as part of an overall record of 23-3. The Jayhawks have just two SU losses in their last 25 games; however they have gone a costly 2-8- 1 ATS in their last 11 outings. The Bears are two games back in the standings at 9-4 as part of a SU record of 22-4, but they will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s stunning 84-78 loss to Texas Tech as 2.5-point road favorites on America’s Bookie’s closing spread.
Saturday night’s hoops schedule is highlighted by a heated rivalry in the Pac-12 between the USC Trojans and the No. 6 UCLA Bruins in a 10 p.m. tip on the Pac12 Network. The Trojans are 21-5 SU with a 13-12 record ATS and they have gone 4-1 both SU and ATS in their last five games. The Bruins extended their SU winning streak to four games with last Sunday’s 78-60 victory against Oregon State, but after failing to cover as heavy 25.5-point home favorites, they are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games. UCLA has gone 7-8 ATS in 15 previous home games this season.