Online March Madness Betting – Wildcats, Huskies Clash In Houston


Final Four Betting PicksOnline March Madness betting is winding down as there are only four teams who made it to Houston, and one matchup features two “blueblood” programs that have surprised some by making it to this point. Connecticut was left for dead before a run in the Big East tournament carried them to this point, while Kentucky has sacrificed talent for maturity after sending five players to the first round of the NBA draft.

UConn Kentucky Betting – Saturday, 8:45 PM ET

The Huskies are now 12-0 in tournaments this season after a 74-67 win over San Diego State to win the West region, racing out to a nine-point halftime lead before holding off the Aztecs. Kemba Walker showed that he may be the best player in the country with a 36-point performance, while Jeremy Lamb continued his solid play with 24 points for the Huskies, who shot 47.4% from the field and hit eight of their 16 attempts from beyond the arc. March Madness betting players have been counting out UConn since the stretch run, but after winning in Maui earlier in the season, the Huskies rolled through the Big Tournament and now, here they are, in the Final Four for the fourth time since 1999.

The Wildcats return to the Final Four for the first time since 1998 in a 76-69 victory over North Carolina to take the East region, and they were spectacular from long range, going 12-of-22. Brandon Knight had another big game with 22 points, while Josh Harrelson and DeAndre Liggins scored 12 points apiece for the Wildcats, who may not have the talent of last year’s squad, but the 2011 edition avenged last year’s loss to West Virginia, and they’re further in the Tournament than their highly touted predecessors. Harrelson has been a massive factor with his play in the post.

Those checking out college basketball scores will see the Wildcats as a 2.5-point favorite against the Huskies, who are 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS in three meetings with Kentucky since 2006, when UConn came away with an 87-83 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They also met this season, and the Wildcats got spanked 84-67 in the final of the Maui Invitational as Walker lit them up for 29 points. Expect the Wildcats to be fired up to avenge that loss, especially Knight as he was awful, going 3-of-15 for six points and he missed all eight of his three-point attempts. The Huskies have had a great run, but they have to run out of gas sometime, and we think Knight will get the best of his matchup against Walker, and not only that, Kentucky has more weapons on the perimeter. This would also be a good time for Terrence Jones to snap out of his slump. Go with the Kentucky Wildcats in your sports betting picks.

NHL Betting – Canadiens Look To End Goalless Drought; Snap Three-Game Slide Tuesday


NHL OddsThe Montreal Canadiens worked an extra 64 minutes through on-ice activities at their practice facility in Brossard, Quebec on what was supposed to be a day off Sunday, in hopes that it will help end their 186 minute streak of futility when they take on the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday. That is how long it has been since the Canadiens scored a goal, the final tally in an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Wild over a week ago.

Atlanta Thrashers @ Montreal Canadiens

Tuesday March 29, 2011 – 7:30 PM ET

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

Online Sports Betting
Odds: Canadiens – 120

The Canadiens had plenty of support at the arena when hundreds of fans showed up to cheer their team on, only hours after they were booed off the ice following a 2-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. Montreal will battle to end their skid against an Atlanta team that has ranked among the coldest through the second half of the NHL season to fall out of the Eastern conference playoff race.

NHL Betting Preview: Thrashers

Three wins in 19 games from January through February pushed Atlanta from the top of the Southeast down to fourth in the division and outside of the elite eight in the conference. While they are no longer in free-fall mode, the Thrashers are still struggling to find their consistency with four wins through their last eight games, and now face a five-game road trip. Atlanta allowed the worst team in the Eastern conference to score twice in the third period and force a shootout in an eventual 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators, and will need a much more focused effort on the road where they have hovered around the .500 mark this season.

NHL Betting Preview: Canadiens

The Canadiens’ players know all about the need to remain focused after head coach Jacques Martin put them through tough workout drills on what was supposed to be a day off. The obvious initial goal will be to get on the board and end their three-game goalless drought, and getting to the net and causing traffic in front of the Atlanta goal will be something that Montreal’s forwards concentrate on. The one consistent this sports betting bonus season has been the play of netminder Carey Price, who is a legitimate Hart trophy candidate for the league’s most valuable player. Price ranks second in the NHL in wins and shutouts, and in the top-10 in nearly every other important statistical category.

NHL Betting: Matchup & Pick

Price will hold down the fort until the Canadiens’ offense can finally get going, and that shouldn’t be a problem against an Atlanta team that has allowed more goals than any other team in the Eastern conference. Montreal is on pace to have just one player hit the 30-goal mark in team captain Brian Gionta, and will need more production from its role players in order to finish the pay per head season strong.

Gambling Advisor blog Pick: Montreal Canadiens - 120


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