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Basketball Betting Weekly Preview

March 5th, 2009

Basketball bettingIf you’re a hoops junkie, you’re in your element now. This is the last week of the regular season in college hoops; it’s been a lucrative season, as you can see in our Top 10 lists of the biggest moneymakers in the NCAAB and the NBA. If only they had 344 teams at the pro level, as well. We’ll have to make due for now with a paltry 30, two of which can be found in this week’s preview. As always, the most up-to-date betting lines are available at Bodog Sportsbook.

NCAAB

1. Weber State: 18-5
2. Auburn: 17-5
3. Kansas: 17-5-1
4. St. Peter’s: 15-5-1
5. The Citadel: 17-6-1
6. Louisiana Tech: 17-7
6. Northern Colorado: 17-7
8. Wisconsin-Green Bay: 18-8-1
9. Florida State: 15-7-1
10. Drexel: 18-9

NBA

1. Cleveland: 39-20
2. Orlando: 37-21-1
3. Oklahoma City: 37-22
4. Charlotte: 35-25
5. Milwaukee: 35-25-2
6. Indiana: 34-26-2
7. New York: 33-26
8. Utah: 33-27
9. Denver: 32-27-1
10. Boston: 33-28

NCAAB: Connecticut at Pittsburgh

Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Connecticut: 27-2 SU, 11-12 ATS, Under 15-8
Pittsburgh: 26-3 SU, 14-8-1 ATS, Over 12-10-1

The Huskies took back the top spot in the AP poll after taking advantage of Marquette (+1) and putting away a pesky Notre Dame squad (+11.5). That’s three wins for UConn since last month’s loss to the Panthers, but only the one cover against the Golden Eagles. Pittsburgh is also 1-2 ATS since beating the Huskies (-2.5) 76-68 on the road, but that includes the shocking loss at Providence (+9) that knocked Pitt out of the No. 1 spot in the national rankings.

Bet on College Basketball at Bodog

NBA: Cleveland at Boston

TD Banknorth Garden, Boston
Friday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Cleveland: 47-12 SU, 39-20 ATS, Under 33-26
Boston: 47-14 SU, 33-28 ATS, Under 33-27-1

The similar records of these two clubs – especially against the total – speaks to their standing as the two best defensive teams in the NBA. Boston leads with 98.1 points allowed per 100 possessions, followed by Cleveland at 98.5. These two teams are also closely matched on the offensive end: The Cavs are fourth in the league at 109.5 points per 100 possessions, and Boston is fifth at 108.3. But these are numbers for the full season, and Boston is in a mild state of flux with Kevin Garnett (knee) injured and Stephon Marbury (head) joining the team after reaching a buyout settlement with the Knicks. The C’s are 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS in their last six games; Cleveland is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS.

Bet on NBA at Bodog Sportsbook

NCAAB: Duke at North Carolina

Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sunday, 4:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Duke: 24-5 SU, 14-13-1 ATS, Under 17-10-1
North Carolina: 25-3 SU, 11-15 ATS, Over 16-10

Who is Elliot Williams? The freshman shooting guard from Memphis is smart, athletic and can drive the lane, as we’ve seen in the last four games since he was promoted to the starting lineup. Duke won all four games at 3-1 ATS. Jon Scheyer has been better than either Greg Paulus or the injured Nolan Smith (concussion) since switching from 2-guard to the point. North Carolina is still on top in the ACC despite losing to Maryland (+12); the Heels took out their frustrations on Georgia Tech (+23) in Saturday’s 104-74 beat-down, covering for just the second time in February.

NCAA Betting at Bodog Sports

 

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Free to enter Cheltenham 2009 tipping competition

March 4th, 2009

Check out this free tipping competitionThere’s a Free Cheltenham Tipping competition at BetFred.com that’s worth a look. (Cheltenham runs from March 10 to 13 so you’d better get a wriggle on if you want a chance to win a prize)

Prizes: The main prize for the 2009 Cheltenham Predictor is a VIP Day at the 2009 Grand National at Aintree including 2 nights in a 4 star hotel, complimentary bar through the day and guest tipsters.

BetFred is also giving away over £1,000 in free bets and a VIP day out at Haydock to the runners up.

How to Play: Simply sign-up (they just want an email address) and then go to BetFred’s Predictions page, enter your prediction for each race available and hit the “Save” button. You can go back and update your selection if you change your mind or if your selection is a non runner. Keep on top of your predictions to win prizes.

Bet on the Festival: You can keep up to date with all the latest odds and betting on the BetFred Cheltenham Predictor website.
There are direct links to their festival guide, expert tips and all the latest festival news so make sure you take advantage! Why not put your money where your predictions are?

Register to join the new free tipping competition – 2009 Cheltenham Predictor.

Need a little help with your predictions? Why not follow the advice of BetFred’s team of experts: Peter Scudamore, Angus Loughran and of course, Fred Done.

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