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Sports To Bet On (Week of November 25th, 2008)

Sports Betting Games To Bet On – November 27th Edition


Missing baseball season when your only alternative was the CFL or the WNBA? Didn’t think so. With NBA and college hoops now in full swing, the good times are rolling for bettors. Here’s a look at our Top 5 betting matchups of the week (all times Eastern; visit Bodog Sportsbook. for latest odds):

1. NCAAF: No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State (Saturday, 8 PM)

The Sooners (10-1, 8-2 ATS) need a win to remain in contention for the BCS championship game, while the Cowboys (9-2, 8-2 ATS) need a victory for a chance at any ol’ BCS Bowl. Oklahoma is laying a touchdown to Oklahoma State, although that could change with the amount of money pouring in on Sam Bradford and co.: Nearly 70% of wagers on the spread have come in on the Sooners.

It might not matter for sharp bettors, who are looking at the total. The over is 28-8 in the Cowboys’ last 36 home games, and oddsmakers need to shoot high to keep these teams under the number. Oklahoma has scored at least 58 points in each of its last four games, including 65 in its 44-point drubbing of No. 7 Texas Tech last week (game played over the 77-point total).

College football lines in Bodog’s online sportsbook.

2. NFL: Arizona at Philadelphia (Thursday, 8:15 PM)

The No Fun League saves the best for last on Turkey Day when the beleaguered Eagles (5-5-1, 6-5 ATS) host the Cardinals (7-4, 7-4 ATS) as 3-point faves. Philly is in dire straits with Andy Reid a dead man walking and Donovan McNabb looking like he’s also on his way out of town.

McNabb was pulled in the Eagles’ 36-7 (+1) defeat at Baltimore last week, although he’ll start against the Cards. McNabb is turning the ball over like nobody’s business over the past few weeks, part of which is poor decision making and part of which is due to Philly’s brutal running game.

3. NFL: Pittsburgh at New England (Sunday, 4:15 PM)

After about a decade as a glorified waterboy it’s taken Matt Cassel 10 games to figure out how to be an NFL quarterback. The career backup is just hitting his stride, as the Patriots (7-4, 6-5 ATS) entertain the league’s best all-around defense in the Steelers (8-3, 5-6 ATS).

The public is so convinced Cassel is decent after consecutive 400-yard passing performances, that New England is a slim 1-point favorite for the contest. He should have a tougher time against Pittsburgh, which is allowing a league-low 14.5 points per game and 168.4 yards through the air.

NFL odds in the Bodog Sportsbook.

4. NBA: Miami at Phoenix (Friday, 8 PM)

Shaq plays his first game against his most recent former team when the Suns (9-5, 7-7 ATS) take the hardwood opposite the Heat (7-7, 6-7-1 ATS). This is a matchup where players should be able to score at will because no one can defend anyone else. Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley should have a whale of a time staying out of foul trouble against the Diesel and Amare Stoudemire, while O’Neal can in no way, shape, or form keep up with the Miami frontcourt – especially if former Sun Shawn Marion slides the four-spot. Expect books to price the total accordingly, with Phoenix in the neighborhood of –7.5 or –8.

NBA betting in the Bodog Sportsbook.

5. NCAAF: No. 2 Florida at No. 23 Florida State (Saturday, 3:30 PM)

The Gators (10-1, 8-2 ATS) solidify their claim on a spot in the national title game with a victory against the Seminoles (8-3, 5-3-1 ATS) on Saturday, but there’s something else that matters to cappers. Florida is a huge 16.5-point favorite, which is an interesting line considering the Gators were only giving a TD to the ‘Noles two years ago when they won the BCS crown.

Florida State is a much better team than it was back then, and the Seminoles are riding high following last weekend’s 37-3 demolition of then-No. 22 Maryland as 2-point road faves. The trends point in each direction: The home team is 11-3 against the number over the last 14 meetings, but the favorite (see Tim Tebow) is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 matchups between the schools.

Honorable Mentions:

NCAAF: Notre Dame at No. 5 USC (Saturday, 8 PM)
NFL: NY Giants at Washington (Sunday, 1 PM)
NCAAB: NIT Season Tip-Off Final: UAB vs. No. 13 Oklahoma (Wed., 9 PM)
NHL: Detroit at Boston (Saturday, 7 PM)
NBA: Philadelphia at Boston (Friday, 7:30 PM)


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