With the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 competition still a few days off, today’s options for betting on sports at the top reviewed online sportsbooks remained relatively muted, save for the fact that both the NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey seasons are storming towards the playoffs, and each day along that path great bets can be found in these two top leagues right now. For a trip into the online sports betting action today, let’s head down to one of our favorite sites at the Bovada Sportsbook, a relatively new addition to the top sportsbooks list, but one that comes with a well-known and trusted parent under the Bodog family of gaming sites. With a bevy of 7 NBA contests set up for tonight, along with a grip of 9 NHL Hockey games ready to hit the ice, let’s take a look at some of the best looking online sports betting choices out there today, and hopefully pull together some additional cash for upcoming games in the NCAA Tournament starting up against on Thursday.
For the NBA tonight, first take a look across the betting lines for a great match-up between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Indiana Pacers, two teams firmly entrenched in the hunt for the playoffs. While both squads have been somewhat off in form lately, with each posting records at or below .500 in their last 10 games, this should be a great contest tonight as the Pacers try to shed their recent 2-game slide by finding their footing at home, while at the same time preventing the Clippers from reaching a third straight victory in a row. With the Pacers having dropped 6 of their last 8 games though, the Clippers, rallying back after a rough start to their six-game home stand (where they lost 3 of the first 4 games before winning the final two), it’ll be down to which team is able to have the better shooting night, and get their offense clicking on all cylinders. Blake Griffin will certainly be one to watch for tonight, as he comes off his career high points total (47) in the last meeting between these two teams in January. For the Pacers, Leandro Barbosa, newly-acquired by the Toronto Raptors, will also be a focal point for tonight’s game. A quick and capable scorer, Barbosa could be a spark for the struggling Pacers in his debut this evening, so I’m interested in taking Indiana to cover the 3 1/2 points in a bounce-back game at home tonight. Looking along the betting lines for more exciting NBA action, find the Houston Rockets in a good match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers, check out the Utah Jazz hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Miami Heat holding home court advantage over the visiting Phoenix Suns.
As the NHL Hockey season winds down, the final playoff spots in the Eastern and Western Conferences become highly contested, and there’s no better example of a tight race than the one for the 8th playoff spot in the West. Tonight’s game between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings, two teams deadlocked at 82 points, is one of the most important games for both teams down the stretch, with just 10 games remaining for each side. With just 1 point separating 4 teams in the Pacific Division, and with all those teams in action this evening (7th place Phoenix hosts Pacific division leaders Dallas, 8th place Colorado hosts Calgary, who’s also just 2 points back of the 8th spot), tonight’s action is a crucial time for the bottom half of the playoff race, with everything on the line. The Kings are one of the hotter teams coming into tonight’s showdown with the Sharks, winning 4 straight and 7 of their last 10, while San Jose has been struggling at 3-4-3 in their last 10-game set. Los Angeles has found increased scoring, and at home, look for them to be aggressive, defensively savvy, and likely to pull out a close win on home ice tonight. As the Phoenix Coyotes and the Dallas Stars get ready for a showdown as well with each team sitting on 83 points, the Pacific division pole position is on the line, with Dallas showing signs of slowing after a blistering run of form, and the Coyotes desperate to add to their win total after losing 7 of the last 10 outings. Check out a couple other top match-ups on the ice sheet as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Winnipeg Jets, and the Philadelphia Flyers host the Florida Panthers, with both match-ups having an effect on the current seeding for the playoffs in the East. With these games a plenty more options at the Bovada Sportsbook today, check out all the best lines and the most exciting match-ups for a great opportunity to jump into the exciting world of online sports betting!