The madness of March in college basketball finally starts to slow down in the final week of the month now that the Final Four in this season’s men’s NCAA Tournament has been set. If you are looking to get in on some betting action this week at America’s Bookie, Tuesday night offers up a pair of matchups in the semifinals of this year’s NIT.
In a 7 p.m. start in ESPN, the Cal State-Bakersfield Runners, out of the Western Athletic Conference square off against the ACC’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets followed by a Big 12/ AAC tilt at 9 p.m. on ESPN between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Central Florida Knights. America’s Bookie has opened Georgia Tech as a two-point favorite with the total set at 123. TCU is favored by 2.5 points against the Knights and the total for that matchup has been set at 132.5.
Game 2 of the CBI Championship best-of-three series is on tap for Wednesday night in a 9 p.m. tip on ESPNU and America’s Bookie has yet to release the betting odds for this showdown between the Sun Belt’s Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Mountain West’s Wyoming Cowboys. Coastal Carolina has strung together four wins in a row both straight-up and against the spread including a huge 91-81 victory against the Cowboys on Monday night in Game 1 as a one-point underdog. The total went OVER America’s Bookie’s 153.5-point line in that game and it has gone OVER in three of the Chanticleers last four games. If necessary, a deciding Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night.
The final week of March offers up some hot betting action in the NBA starting with Tuesday night’s matchup on NBATV between the top two scoring teams in the league. Golden State will go on the road to face Houston as a slight 1.5-point underdog and the total line for this Western Conference clash has been set at 234. Each team is averaging over 115 points per game and the last time they met on Jan. 20 they combined to score 233 points. Tuesday’s game is part of a home-and-home series this week that shifts to Golden State on Friday night.
The top game on Wednesday’s NBA slate sends Golden State on the road to face San Antonio in a 9:30 p.m. start on ESPN. The Spurs currently trail the Warriors by two games for the top spot in the Western Conference in the midst of a SU five-game winning streak. Golden State will put its current SU seven-game winning streak on the line against the Rockets and it has gone 5-1 ATS in its last six games. Going back over San Antonio’s last 15 games, it is 12-3 SU with a 5-10 record ATS.
Looking ahead to Thursday’s NBA double header on TNT, Cleveland will be on the road against Chicago at 8 p.m. followed by a Western Conference matchup between Houston and the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. The Cavaliers’ recent 103-74 loss to San Antonio on Monday night as five-point road underdogs has them a half game in back of Boston for the lead in the Eastern Conference standings. They are now 3-4 SU in their last seven games while going a costly 1-6 ATS. The total has gone OVER America’s Bookie’s closing line in four of Cleveland’s last five games.
Also on tap this week is a number of key matchups in the NHL playoff race as that league’s regular season continues to draw to a close. NBC Sports Network features an inter-conference battle between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and Thursday night’s feature matchup on that same network pits Dallas on the road against Boston in a 7:30 p.m. start at TD Garden.