NBA Eastern Conference Betting Road Map
The first full week of March is upon us and the playoff race has tightened up considerably in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Here are four teams to keep an eye on, along with angles to consider in the coming week.
The Toronto Raptors are reeling right now. Which is really something considering just over a week ago they were coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season, a 25-point rout of the Hawks in Atlanta.
Entering the new week, Toronto has dropped five games in a row, both SU and ATS, with the most recent setback coming against the lowly Knicks. They'll get a chance to right the ship on Monday night in Philadelphia, but I see no value laying any number of points with the Raptors right now.
The week gets tougher from there, with matchups against the Cavs, Hornets and Thunder. My advice; fade the Raps as a favorite, and back them as a sizable underdog.
We've seen the 'over' cash in three straight games involving the Knicks, but chasing that streak is like going after fool's gold as far as I'm concerned.
Only two of those three contests went 'over' in regulation time, and in one of those games the Knicks put up only 94 points. Entering the new week, New York ranks 29th in the NBA, averaging just 93 points per game. It remains a predominantly 'under' team, having posted a 26-31-1 o/u mark this season.
The Knicks will go up against the Pacers twice over the next seven days, following a home date with the Kings on Tuesday. Look for value playing the 'under' in those three tilts.
The Chicago Bulls are playing well right now but will undoubtedly be tested this week. Already depth-shy after losing Derrick Rose for the rest of the season, they were dealt another blow with Taj Gibson suffering an ankle injury against the T'Wolves on Friday.
Pau Gasol is expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday as the Bulls host the Clippers but Gibson is doubtful, with his status in question for the week ahead as well.
It's a week that sets up as a real grind for Chicago. It will play four games in six nights beginning on Tuesday night at home against Washington. The Bulls are 1-3 ATS when playing without Gibson at home this season.
I touched on the Boston Celtics in this column two weeks ago, talking about the possible changes they would be in for with the then-impending trade deadline.
Since then, we've seen the C's work their way back into playoff contention. By Monday, Boston could find itself in a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East (although that would take an improbable win over the Warriors on Sunday).
The pressure has been off but it's sure to ratchet up this week, as Boston faces a stretch of three games in four nights, with two of those coming on the road.
The Celtics have been rolling along offensively but I expect Brad Stevens to have his team focus on tightening things up defensively moving forward. The addition of Isaiah Thomas has given the offense a real boost but this is a team with a slim margin for error and can ill afford to ease up at the defensive end of the floor. Look for value backing the C's and playing the 'under' this week.
Sunday Betting Forecast
With the action heating up across all three leagues, there is no better time to jump on board with our experts. Sunday's card offers plenty of value and our team has you covered for today's top NBA, NCAAB, and NHL matchups.
1:00 PM ET: L.A. Clippers vs. Chicago
3:30 PM ET: Cleveland vs. Houston
6:00 PM ET: Charlotte vs. Orlando
6:30 PM ET: Oklahoma City vs. L.A. Lakers
8:00 PM ET: New Orleans vs. Denver
2:00 PM ET: Southern Methodist vs. Connecticut
3:00 PM ET: Oregon St. vs. California
3:30 PM ET: Marquette vs. Providence
4:00 PM ET: Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM ET: Oregon vs. Stanford
7:30 PM ET: Purdue vs. Ohio State
8:30 PM ET: Arizona St. vs. Colorado
9:30 PM ET: Washington St. vs. UCLA
4:00 PM ET: Los Angeles vs. Winnipeg
5:00 PM ET: Columbus vs. Pittsburgh
7:00 PM ET: Toronto vs. Washington
8:00 PM ET: Anaheim vs. Dallas
9:30 PM ET: St. Louis vs. Vancouver
Finish your weekend off in style.
Jesse Schule's Hot Hand!
Have you ever followed one of our handicappers' hot streaks and wondered what the key to their success was? Keep reading below as Jesse Schule sits down with us to share his insight and tips for succeeding in the sports betting industry!
Jesse Schule has started off 2015 with a bang! Since January 1st, Jesse has put up a crazy 131-97-2 (57%) record across all sports, banking an impressive $8,795 overall with his winning picks! Jesse's spectacular 2015 record, including an astounding 60% (+$7,890) winning record for NCAAB and a hot 60% (+$4,427) win streak for NHL, makes him our top capper year to date, and an ideal candidate for our next 'Ask the Expert' feature of 2015.
Covers Team: Your current record is truly awe-inspiring (congrats!). When you're on a huge roll like this, do you do anything differently? Do you have good luck charms or habits/routines, or do you just continue on as usual?
Jesse Schule: The old saying goes: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". That being said, my recent success with future/prop bets has inspired me to be more aggressive with such wagers. After I won big with the NHL Playoffs in May & June, picking the Kings to win it all, and cashing in 11-of-15 with my series props, I decided to try to duplicate that success at the World Cup in Brazil. I ended up picking the tournament winner (Germany +$605) and 7-of-8 group winners, making it an even bigger payday. This has forced me to try my luck with prop bets on the World Series, Superbowl, Stanley Cup, NBA Championship and NCAAF National Championship.
Covers Team: Conversely, when you are in a 'valley', how do you keep yourself motivated and positive that you will come out of the cold?
Jesse Schule: When times are tough, I like to remind myself that even the greatest of all time have dealt with losing: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan.
Covers Team: How do you stay calm and centered in what is arguably a very stressful and fast-paced industry? For example, when I'm feeling pressure, I like to listen to music, cook, do yoga, or run - do you have any hobbies or strategies that keep you grounded?
Jesse Schule: With all due respect, I don't get paid to be calm and centered, I get paid to win. I don't do yoga, or listen to music, I spend every waking moment trying to be the best sports handicapper that I can possibly be. I work seven days per week, I drink a lot of coffee and sleep is hard to come by. As far as I am concerned, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Covers Team: Many Covers.com users have been following your current hot streak, and they want to get on board to make big money fast. What is your advice - based on your personal experience - to bettors who are just getting started?
Jesse Schule: The best advice I can give would be to avoid messing around buying picks on individual games. Pick a handicapper with a proven track record, and subscribe long term, this will give you the best chance to make a decent profit in a relatively short period of time.
Covers Team: How has the advent of social media (Twitter, Facebook) influenced or changed the way you approach sports handicapping?
Jesse Schule: Social Media has really helped kick start my career, and I owe a lot of my success to my following on Facebook. Clients know that they can contact me 24/7, and I am never too busy to respond to any of their questions or concerns.
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To kick off the early games, we have a great matchup with the Florida State Seminoles (15-14) hosting the 15th ranked Louisville Cardinals (22-6) at 12 PM ET. AAA Sports is locked and loaded on this matchup bringing you a 10* pick to start your day off right:
Today’s second big matchup tips off at 7 PM ET with the fifth ranked Duke Blue Devils hosting the always dangerous Syracuse Orange. Duke’s home court advantage is always huge as they look to improve upon their 13-1 home record, but will they be able to cover the large spread? Find out by picking up Bryan Power’s guaranteed winner:
The third big matchup we have today could very well be the most appealing. With the 7th ranked Arizona Wildcats taking their 7-3 road record into John M. Huntsman Center where the 12th ranked Utah Utes look to stay unbeaten on their home floor (16-0). This tips off at 9 PM ET and we have three strong plays available for you to go with:
Best of luck with your bets and take it to the books!
UFC 184 Preview
Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) is back once more with a big pay-per-view event tonight (Saturday, February 28th, 2015) in Los Angeles, California, which is headlined by a women's bantamweight title bout between a pair of extremely talented and undefeated fighters. Here's the outline for tomorrow's show:
135 lb. title: Ronda Rousey (10-0) vs. Cat Zingano (9-0)
135 lbs: Raquel Pennington (5-4) vs. Holly Holm (7-0)
170 lbs: Jake Ellenberger (29-9) vs. Josh Koscheck (17-8)
170 lbs: Alan Jouban (10-3) vs. Richard Walsh (8-2)
155 lbs: Tony Ferguson (17-3) vs. Gleison Tibau (33-10)
185 lbs: Mark Munoz (13-5) vs. Roan Carneiro (19-9)
135 lbs: Roman Salazar (9-3) vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-6)
170 lbs: Dhiego Lima (10-2) vs. Tim Means (22-6-1)
265 lbs: Derrick Lewis (11-3) vs. Ruan Potts (8-3)
155 lbs: James Krause (21-6) vs. Valmir Lazaro (12-3)
145 lbs: Masio Fullen (9-4) vs. Alexander Torres (2-1)
This event is special because of the main event of the evening, which features the two best women's bantamweight fighters in the world at the moment. Neither Ronda Rousey or Cat Zingano has ever tasted defeat, and Rousey has only looked more and more dominant every single time she's stepped inside the Octagon. Once hailed as a one-trick pony submission artist, Rousey had massacred her last two opponents with quick first stoppages via strikes in only 1 minute and 22 seconds combined. Zingano has had to work a bit harder to earn her UFC wins, defeating her last two opponents via third round TKO stoppage, but she's shown a tremendous amount of toughness and heart in the process. This should be a spectacular battle of wills between two of the best in the business.
Another fighter to keep an eye on is fellow women's bantamweight Holly Holm, who battles Raquel Pennington in the co-main event of the evening. Like Rousey and Zingano, Holm has yet to taste defeat in mixed martial arts, and she'll be making her much-anticipated UFC debut tomorrow night. Holm was a multiple time world champion boxer before transitioning to MMA so her striking is absolutely the sharpest and most technical of any woman in the sport. She could very well be fighting for the title with an impressive showing tomorrow.
We broke down the entire event extensively with our UFC 184 Premium Oddscast, which you can check out here if you want to be more informed. Good luck and feel free to check out our bets for all the events. We had the best night of our professional betting careers this past Sunday for UFC Fight Night 61 and we're hoping to keep the good times rolling tomorrow night. Our UFC 184 plays will be posted later today around 10:00 pm Eastern time. Good luck!
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