As we close out yet another week and move into the holidays, Friday gives sports fans a few solid opportunities for betting on sports, as NCAA Basketball wraps up with a few games before the holiday break, NHL Hockey carries onward with a nice crop of 11 games before taking a 2-day hiatus, and upcoming games scheduled for NFL Football and NCAA Football Bowl Games are on tap for exciting sports bets at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed right here! We’re getting extra excited as well for the tip-off of the 2011-12 NBA Basketball season that starts off with a bang on Christmas day, and with even more wagers on tap for games like the NBA finals rematch between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat, or a classic battle between the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, you might just want to head over to one of the top reviewed sportsbooks to get a look at the future wagers set for these contests, as getting into the action early might just yield some more favorable lines leading up to the big day. Though there’s plenty on the horizon for betting on sports to come in between now and New Year’s day, we’ll make sure to jump into the remaining action set for Friday, with the hopes of grabbing a few choice bets to boost the ol’ sports betting account before more bowl games, NBA contests, and NFL football gets underway!
Starting off with a look at the action in NCAA Basketball for Friday night, check out the featured match-up of the night between the undefeated #7 Baylor Bears and the Bob Huggins’-led West Virginia Mountaineers, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV for the Las Vegas Classic. Looking for a close contest between two hot teams, I like WVU to cover the 5.5 points against the spread, expecting a tight finish from two very competitive ball clubs that should be punching tickets for the NCAA tournament come March 2012. In another key match-up for NCAA hoops on Friday, another big game in Las Vegas (though not a part of the LV Classic) takes place as #21 UNLV hosts California, who has played very well this year despite suffering a couple of tough losses to good teams (blown out by Missouri early in the season, and a 1 point loss to San Diego State on Dec. 4th). UNLV has proven to be a very tough home team early on this year, but will face a good defense and a quick scoring front in Cal, who will look to pick up a huge road win before settling in to Pac-12 conference play. This game features to be a defensive-heavy match-up, with both sides playing shutdown D on the season and entering tonight’s contest on good form, so in another tight match-up once again we like the underdogs (Cal) too pull within the spread at +7.5 points (-110 odds) at Intertops Sportsbook. Check out a host of other options for NCAA Basketball wagers on Friday, as after the day is done, College Hoops will be on break until December 27th!
Shifting gears to NHL Hockey today, we have to start with a wager on tonight’s showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, as the heated rivalry between these two teams only gets more intense in the days to come with the Winter Classic from Philadelphia’s Citizen’s Bank Park looming ahead on January 2nd. In the first of two games played over the next week between these two division rivals, expect a hard-fought, high-scoring affair as both teams will not be sitting back on defense waiting for the other to score. With both squads entering tonight’s contest on hot streaks (Philly is 8-1-1 in their last ten, NYR has won 3 straight), prepare for an exciting, high-scoring game that should challenge the 5.5 total goals set for the over/under margin. Other great NHL games worth checking out for online sports betting include the Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils, the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Winnipeg Jets, as well as a couple classic West Coast match-ups as the red-hot Vancouver Canucks look to reclaim the Northwest Division with a win over the Calgary Flames while the Los Angeles Kings face a very tough challenge heading into the “Shark Tank” against the San Jose Sharks. There’s plenty of great sports betting options to be had with a visit to Intertops Sportsbook, or any one of the other top online sportsbooks reviewed here, so to close out another great week of sports, jump into the betting lines before the day is out, and get those wagers place on the best action today and coming up ahead!