The final 16 teams in the men’s NCAA Tournament continue their quest for a region title and a spot in this season’s Final Four in the Sweet 16 Round on Thursday and Friday. The four matchups in the Elite 8 are on tap for Saturday and Sunday.
The updated betting odds at BetAnySports have opened both Villanova and Duke as +350 favorites to win this season’s national title. Playing in the right side of the tournament bracket, they are on track to meet one another in the Final Four if they can successfully navigate their way through the next two rounds.
Turning to basketball at the pro level, NBA TV features a doubleheader of action this Friday night with two interconference matchups between four teams fighting for position in the upcoming playoffs. On the East Coast in a 7 p.m. tip from the Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards will play host to the Denver Nuggets. The Wizards are in sixth place in the East and Denver is a game and half out of the final playoff spot in the West.
Later Friday in a 10 p.m. tip in Portland, the Trail Blazers will look to quickly get back to their winning ways against Boston after their recent 13-game winning streak came to an end in a loss to Houston. Portland has gone 12-1-1 against the spread in its last 14 games on BetAnySports’ closing line.
The red-hot Rockets will be back in action on Saturday at home against New Orleans in the featured matchup on NBA TV at 8 p.m. Their current SU winning streak stands at six games heading into Thursday’s home game against Detroit as part of a 23-1 record over their last 24 games. Houston is 3-2-1 ATS over this same span.
If you have been betting on the races in this year’s Kentucky Derby Trail, then Fair Grounds Race Course is the place to be this Saturday for the running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby. The field is deep in talent for this year’s event led by My Boy Jack as the early 5/2 morning line favorite.
Sunday’s betting action in the NHL is highlighted by a huge Metro Division showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in an early 12:30 p.m. start on NBC. Both teams are chasing Washington for the top spot in that division race. NASCAR returns to the East Coast for the running of Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Race time on FOX Sports 1 is set for 2 p.m.
=== Popular March Madness Sweet 16 ===
Sweet 16 Loyola Chicago vs. Nevada, Preview Prediction
This game is not about superstition, it’s not about an 8 year old girl or a 98 year old nun. These are both great stories and they are stories that create a story line but they are not determining factors in a win or loss for either team. Loyola Chicago vs. Nevada
Sweet 16-Florida State vs. Gonzaga Betting Preview, Prediction
There have been a plethora of upsets so far in this tournament and there have been some very big surprises. There are also still some great teams left and they will be most difficult to beat. Such as Kansas, Villanova, Kentucky, Duke, West Virginia and Purdue. Florida State vs. Gonzaga
Sweet 16-Kansas State vs. Kentucky
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Can Loyola Keep the Cinderella Story Going?
The South Region may not have all the marquee programs in it any longer, but it has gotten more and more interesting. In the Sweet Sixteen round, we have a team that was the darling of a lot of observers who were looking for upsets (Loyola) against a squad that has been ranked among the Top 25 for much of the season, but a lot of people don’t get to see (Nevada). Nevada vs. Loyola-Chicago
How to Bet On Sports- College Basketball Total Lines
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Sweet 16 : Texas A&M vs. Michigan – Preview and Prediction
The Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament is here. The Michigan Wolverines have become better and better with age. They have literally grown up right before our very eyes. The transformation has been stunning. Don’t misunderstand, they are not blowing opponents away. Texas A&M vs. Michigan