Sports Betting Games To Bet On – Feb. 9th Edition
If they’re talking about steroids and baseball, then spring must be just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report to training camp on Thursday; we have two months to study them before the betting lines hit the board. Meanwhile, basketball season is in full swing, the NHL is in post-All-Star mode, and it’s time once again to lay rubber and swap paint. These are the Top 5 betting events of the week – all times Eastern, with the freshest lines available at Bodog Sportsbook.
1. NCAAB: North Carolina at Duke (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m.)
College hoops takes the spotlight with an absolute must-see on ESPN between the Tar Heels (21-2 SU, 9-12 ATS) and the Blue Devils (20-3 SU, 11-10-1 ATS). The Devils are primed for yet another second-half swoon after going 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS in their last four outings, needing overtime to put away pesky Miami (+14) on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. North Carolina would love to extend Duke’s misery; the Heels have won seven straight at 3-4 ATS, but have yet to play as underdogs this year. In fact, they’ve been double-digit faves in every game save for last month’s 92-89 loss at Wake Forest (+6.5).
2. NBA: Boston at Dallas (Thursday, 9:30 p.m.)
It looks like rough seas ahead for the Celtics (42-11 SU, 29-24 ATS). They fell to the Lakers at home on TNT, got their bearings back at Madison Square Garden in a win over the Knicks, then dropped a 105-99 decision to the Spurs (+6.5) on Sunday, again at home on ABC. Boston is 1-4 ATS since Kevin Garnett was taken out of the lineup last week with a high fever; he’s back and playing well, but the C’s are having trouble closing games. The Mavericks (30-20 SU, 23-27 ATS) are on the rise at 8-3 SU and 7-4 ATS in their last 11, mostly on the road. One of those losses was a 124-100 whipping at the hands of the Celtics (-9).
3. NASCAR: Daytona 500 (Sunday, 3:20 p.m.)
Martin Truex Jr will be on the pole for Sunday’s Great American Race, the unofficial start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Truex and the DEI team (which has merged with Chip Ganassi) did very well in qualifying, putting three drivers in the top seven spots on the grid, but favorite status at press time was split between three more familiar names: Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch at 6-1. This is a restrictor-plate event, and both Earnhardt and Gordon have excellent resumes in these races. Busch took eight checkered flags last year and finished fourth at Daytona.
NBA: Miami at Chicago (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.)
NCAAB: UCLA at Arizona State (Thursday, 9:00 p.m.)
NHL: Colorado at Detroit (Sunday, 5:00 p.m.)
Soccer: Chelsea at Aston Villa (Saturday, 7:45 a.m.)
Cricket: West Indies vs. England, Test Match Series (Friday, 9:00 a.m.)