As the week winds onward, the anticipation of the 2012 NCAA Basketball Final Four games set for this weekend continues to grow, as does the excitement around the NHL playoffs as well as the NBA race towards the postseason. Also, with the 2012 Major League Baseball campaign officially underway today, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo in the 1st game of the season, there is plenty of reasons to be elated over the prospects for online sportsbook betting in the days, weeks and months to come. For Wednesday however, with the usual slate of NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey games lined up, its’ more business as usual for betting on sports, at least for the few remaining days ahead of the weekend, when more great sports from Baseball to NASCAR to European Football open up the betting lines. Checking out one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here at the Bovada Sportsbook, we’ll try and spot the days’ best looking bets, with the hopes of adding some cash to the online sportsbook account ahead of an action-packed weekend full of a wide range of sports betting choices.
First on the docket for betting on sports on Wednesday, we turn to the action in NBA Basketball, where we can find a host of 10 contests set up for this evening across the United States. In the first quality match-up on the evening, look for the New York Knicks hosting the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden, with the visiting Magic a 2 point favorite against the spread at Bovada Sportsbook. Riding on 3-game winning streak, Orlando should get a tough test against a New York side that looks to have found its form again, but without big-man Amare Stoudamire in the line-up, and with both Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony questionable for tonight’s match-up, Orlando looks to be a solid road bet against the points tonight. Moving on to the next worthy contest for online sportsbook bets today, the Chicago Bulls prepare for a road challenge against the Atlanta Hawks, the latter whom tries to move up in the Eastern Conference playoff standings tonight. With a victory tonight combined with an Indiana loss (a tough ask, considering Indiana faces New Jersey tonight, a team that is 2-8 in the last 10 games), Atlanta could find itself in 5th place in the conference playoff race, no doubt something they’ll be shooting for against a Chicago team without star guard Derrick Rose for the 7th consecutive game. The Hawks have been a good bet at home this year, but playing on back-to-back nights could make for a risky wager on the home-team underdog. Nonetheless, I like the fact that Atlanta has already played the Bulls well at home this year (a 109-94 win back in January), and will look for the Hawks to cover the spread at 4 1/2 points today. Check out a host of other games with potential playoff implications as the Phoenix Suns clash with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets take on the Toronto Raptors, the Utah Jazz head to Boston to face the Celtics, and the San Antonio Spurs try for a 6th straight win in a game versus Sacramento this evening.
Moving along to action on the ice sheet tonight, 6 games are set for top sportsbook bets on NHL Hockey, with the season running out of games for teams making a final push towards the postseason. Huge games affecting the Western Conference playoff race get underway tonight, as the Vancouver Canucks host the Colorado Avalanche, and the Los Angeles Kings travel to face the Calgary Flames. While Vancouver has secured a division title, it still chases St. Louis and New York for the President’s Trophy (highest points total in the NHL), and would love to spoil Colorado’s chances of making it into the playoffs, as they currently sit on the bubble, 1 point out of 7th/8th place. Also in the mix tonight is the Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks, who battle Edmonton and Anaheim respectively, with the Pacific Division lead up for grabs as just 2 points separate L.A., Dallas and San Jose heading into tonight’s games. On the Eastern Conference side of things, catch the conference-leading New York Rangers in action, as they could effectively end the playoff hopes of the Winnipeg Jets tonight if they can pull out a win up in Manitoba. With their season on the line, expect the Jets to be in full force at home behind a rockin’ crowd that is sure to push heaps of motivation on their new team in a win-or-stay-home scenario. With great action like this today and throughout the remainder of the week, make sure to check in to one of the top online sports betting websites like the one at Bovada Sportsbook, to find the best-looking wagers each and every day.