NCAAB Best Teams And Bets For The Week


Basketball PicksIt’s been three months since fans, media, and handicappers all created lofty Super Bowl betting expectations for their favorite college basketball teams. Syracuse and Kentucky are basically deadlocked atop the AP 25 rankings, yet the other eight positions in the top 10 are literally up for grabs. With week 13 getting underway last night, fans and price per head handicappers alike are beginning to project, which teams will play in the March Madness Tournament at the end of the month. Here is a look at the best NCAAB teams and the best bets for the week.

Kentucky enters its second consecutive week, as the top seed in the AP 25 rankings. With a record of 21 and one, Kentucky was able to shock the sportsbooks, as for the first time since November; the Wildcats covered the spread in both of their games. To put this in perspective, consider, that leading up to week 12, the Wildcats had a record of six – 14 – one against the spread. With its two wins covering the spread in week 12, we wonder if Kentucky is actually a good team, and wasn’t just the beneficiary of a weak schedule to start the season. For the reason, that on paper the Wildcats have the scariest starting five in the nation, the fact that they covered spreads in back to back games, suggests that the Wildcats are beginning to get comfortable with one another.

Another team to keep your eyes on is the 10th ranked Murray State Racers. Currently sitting at an overall record of 21 wins and no defeats, the Racers are having a difficult time showing bookie software agents, that they deserve a higher ranking, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, despite being undefeated, the Racers have gone 0-four-one in their last five games against the spread. This suggests to handicappers, that Murray State isn’t necessarily a good team, but a team that has benefited from weak competition. Another reason, the Racers have not received much love from the AP 25 organizers, is the fact that they play in a weaker conference then the other nine schools to make up the top 10. For this latter reason, there is a belief, that Murray State may be one of the bubble team come March Madness time instead of a lock to make the tournament.

One game that provides bettors with the best NBA bet of the week is tonight’s game featuring Minnesota Golden Gophers taking on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Big 10 Conference action. The spread on the game is only one point, in favor of Iowa, as the Golden Gophers have shown fans and critics alike, they can play with any team in the conference. What’s most impressive about Tubby Smith’s Golden Gophers is that they have continued to win games, even though the majority of their starting five has succumbed to injury. This game is also perfect for bettors using the revenge betting system, as the Golden Gophers will attempt to exact some vengeance on the Hawkeyes after a loss earlier in the season.

NHL Odds: Maple Leafs, Senators Resume Battle Of Ontario On Saturday


Hockey PicksThe rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators is one of the most heated in the NHL, as fans of the Maple Leafs tend to look down upon their little brothers from Canada’s capital. However, the Senators have surged up the standings and are ahead of Toronto by five points as of Tuesday. The two won’t meet until Saturday night in a huge primetime matchup.

Maple Leafs vs. Senators Odds – Saturday, 7:00 PM ET

The Maple Leafs won their last two games heading into the All-Star break, and it shouldn’t have surprised anyone, whether you are a 5Dimes veteran or a casual fan, that the trio of Toronto players were booed all weekend at the festivities in Ottawa. However, Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and captain Dion Phaneuf reveled in it (Phaneuf even took a skate around the ice and behind the net to let the boos grow), but now it’s back to business. The Maple Leafs have to improve defensively if they want to be a force in the East, and even those watching Super Bowl odds will tell you that the New York Giants weren’t a thought for the big game until they sorted out that area of the team.

The Senators dropped three in a row before the break, but they weren’t a thought to players that use pay per head sportsbook software before the season started anyway, so they should be playing relaxed hockey. Ottawa had four players in the All-Star game that they hosted, led by captain Danie Alfredsson, and you have to pay attention to how the Senators use the face of their franchise as he may have had the busiest weekend of any player; it wasn’t really a break for the man they call “Alfie”.

Ottawa should be the favorites at home, but Toronto has won three of their last five on the road against their provincial rivals, with three games falling under the posted total. The Senators will also be in action on Friday night against the New York Islanders, while the Maple Leafs have a few days off after a home-and-home with Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday. This has been a running theme for this series as the Senators have played the night before in all four of their meetings with the Maple Leafs this season, and some Ottawa fans are miffed about it; we assume the players aren’t thrilled about it, either. But that being said, the Senators have managed to win three of those meetings and at least they’ll be at home the previous night, and they always get up for Toronto. We’re taking Ottawa in our online betting picks on Saturday.


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