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NCAA Tournament Value Futures Odds

4 hours, 37 minutes ago
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The start of the month of March can mean only one thing: let the madness begin. Looking at some recently updated betting odds to win this season’s men’s NCAA Tournament, Doc’s Sports has found some serious value in a few of the teams that should figure prominently in this year’s Big Dance.


Wichita State Shockers +6300

The Shockers could be gearing up for another long run come tournament time with just one loss in their last 18 games. They closed out play in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 74-60 victory against Northern Iowa this past Saturday to avenge their only loss in the MVC this season. Wichita State features a trio of players scoring in double figures, led by junior guard Ron Baker, who is averaging 15.2 points per game. The team is scoring an average of 70.4 points a game to complement a defense that is holding opponents to just 55.9 points at the other end of the court.

Utah Utes +2000

The Utes blew a golden opportunity to keep the pressure on Arizona for this season’s Pac-12 regular-season title in Saturday’s 63-57 loss to the Wildcats, but this is still a team that nobody should ignore come tournament time. Utah is 21-5 on the year with a solid 12-4 record in conference play. It should be able to quickly bounce back from a pair of tough losses in its last three games behind an offense that is averaging 72.4 PPG while shooting a rock-solid 48.8 percent from the field. Defensively, the Utes are ranked eighth in the nation in points allowed (55.8), which can go a long way towards winning games later this month.

Villanova Wildcats +1700

Villanova wrapped up the Big East regular-season title already on the strength of a 10-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s matchup against Creighton. The Wildcats are now 27-2 on the year and in solid position to claim a No. 2 or possibly even a No. 1 seed for this year’s NCAA Tournament if they continue winning games and get a few breaks along the way. Villanova is another team that has shown some solid balance on both ends of the court with an offense that is averaging 75.7 PPG while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and a defense that is holding teams to 61 points a game. The Wildcats have six different players averaging at least nine points a game, and they are ranked 15th in the nation in assists (15.8).

Virginia Cavaliers +1000

Virginia remains the No. 2-ranked team in the nation in the AP’s Top 25 with an overall record of 27-1 while going 15-1 in the ACC, but it still appears to be overshadowed in that conference by the Duke Blue Devils. A big reason why many experts are discounting the Cavaliers’ chances to win it all this season is the loss of junior guard Justin Anderson, who remains out of the lineup for the foreseeable future with a fractured finger. He was the team’s second-leading scorer with 13.4 PPG, but Virginia’s success this season has been built around a shut-down defense that is ranked first in the nation in points allowed (50.1). The Cavaliers have actually lowered this average to 47.9 points over the course of their last seven games.

Wisconsin Badgers +625

The Badgers have already claimed at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title with a record of 14-2 heading into their final two conference games, and overall they are 26-3 on the year. Sometimes all you need is one dominant player that can get hot at the right time to lead a team to a national title, and Wisconsin may have just the man in senior forward Frank Kaminsky. He has been a force all season long with 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game, and, aided by a strong supporting cast, the Badgers are averaging 71.5 PPG while shooting an effective 47.8 percent from the field. In a reoccurring theme with most of the teams on this list, Wisconsin does its best work on the other end of the court behind a defense that is allowing an average of just 55.8 points a game.

Jesse Schule's Dominance Continues!

13 hours, 55 minutes ago
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It is an exciting time of year in the sports world - the NBA and NHL playoff push is on and March Madness is right around the corner. Covers Expert Jesse Schule could not have picked a better time to go on a run for the ages. Coming off a 13-3 weekend, including a perfect a 7-0 Sunday, the best is still yet to come. Check out these incredible numbers:

NCAAB L2 Weeks - 25-8 (76%), +$13,212

NHL in 2015 - 57-37-1 (61%), +$6,337

All Sports s/Jan 1, 2014 - 1112-844-28 (57%), +$88,773

 

Jesse has two more strong plays on his Monday card and is eyeing another sweep:

Schule's BIG-12 BEST BET

Schule's NHL GRIM REAPER B-L-O-W-O-U-T!

 

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All Sports Monthly

All Sports Weekly

Monthly NCAAB

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NBA Eastern Conference Betting Road Map

Mar 1, 2015
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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.

Spread watch

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.

Total watch

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.

Injury impact

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.

Playbook

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

Mar 1, 2015
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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.


NBA

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

 

NCAAB

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

 

NHL

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

 

Don't forget, subscriptions offer the best value - Sign up for a Weekly or Monthly package and take it to the books!

 

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Jesse Schule's Hot Hand!

Feb 28, 2015
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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.

Visit Jesse's Covers Experts page today to review his latest stats and purchase his winning picks/subscriptions!