March Madness gets an early start this weekend at America’s Bookie with the final round of regular season games in college basketball featuring some of the top teams in the nation. Betting action also picks up with the start of a few conference tournaments in the Mid-Majors.
There is no shortage of betting action in the NBA with nationally broadcast matchups on the schedule all weekend long. NHL betting fans will also have a wide selection of games to choose from including a prime time battle this Sunday on NBC Sports Network between St. Louis and Colorado. Professional soccer in the United States is back on the board at America’s Bookie with the 2017 MLS regular season underway and both the ATP and WTA is also on the board if you are looking to bet on tennis. The PGA Tour heads south of the border this week for a World Golf Championship event in Mexico City.
MMA fans will have a full slate of bouts to bet on this Saturday night in UFC 209 and NASCAR fans can turn their attention to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday for the running of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Finally, horse bettors following this year’s Kentucky Derby Trail have both the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream and the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on the card at America’s Bookie’s racebook this Saturday afternoon.
The No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones (20-9) will close out their regular season schedule in the Big 12 this Friday night on the road against No. 10 West Virginia in a 7 p.m. (ET) start on ESPN2. The Cyclones have reeled off six straight-up victories in a row while going a profitable 5-1 against the spread. The closing total line at America’s Bookie went OVER in their last five games. The Mountaineers (23-7) came up short against Baylor 71-62 on Monday night as 1.5-point road underdogs to fall to 11-6 SU in Big 12 play. They are now 0-3- 1 ATS in their last four games with the total staying UNDER in their last three contests.
The featured showdown on Saturday’s college basketball schedule is a classic ACC rivalry between the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils and the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels in an 8:15 p.m. (ET) on ESPN. Duke (23-7) won the first meeting this season in Durham 86-78 on Feb. 9 as a 2.5-point home favorite, but it heads into Chapel Hill with a costly 2-6 record ATS since that big win. The Tar Heels (25-6) have already clinched a share of the ACC regular season title at 13-4 SU in conference play and despite a recent 53-43 loss to Virginia as 3.5-point road favorites with America’s Bookie they are still 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
If you are looking to bet of the pros this weekend, ESPN’s Friday night NBA double header gets things started with Cleveland going on the road to square off against the Atlanta Hawks in a 7 p.m. tip at Philips Arena. The Cavaliers (41-18) have lost two of their last three games SU including a 103-99 setback against Boston on Wednesday night as slight 1.5-point road underdogs. They have failed to cover in all three of those games. Atlanta is in fifth-place in the Eastern Conference standings at 34-26 and it comes into this game off back-to- back victories against Boston on the road and Dallas at home, but it has gone a costly 3-6 ATS in its last nine games.
Later Friday night, San Antonio will be on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans at 9:30 p.m. and the top NBA matchup this Saturday on ABC in an 8:30 p.m. tip at the United Center sends the Los Angeles Clippers to Chicago to face the Bulls.