The week is moving along at a snails’ pace as we anticipate another weekend ahead packed with great NFL playoff football ahead, but as luck would have it the options for online sports betting this week continue make for exciting evenings after the long days spent at work, and for this Thursday the action focuses on a few prime picks across NBA and NCAA Basketball, as well as a bevy of 11 games set for action on ice in the NHL. Tapping another one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here on our site, we turn today to the Betonline Sportsbook, always a pack leader when it comes to the best sports betting websites in the world. Having one of the nicest layouts amongst the competing online sportsbooks and some of the fastest load times of any sports betting website we use on a regular basis, Betonline also features one of the most consistent set of betting lines day-in and day-out, and when not enjoying the sportsbook, there’s plenty of options for casino games, betting on horses, and head-to-head poker via their solid online gaming platform. Taking to the sportsbook for the action today, Betonline will get a handful of wagers from me, starting with choice games in the pro leagues tonight.
For NBA Basketball action set for this evening, a selection of 5 games dot the betting lines at Betonline Sportsbook, and despite some unbalanced match-ups, nonetheless there are some good bets worth chasing with a few good looking teams in action. First up, I’m parlaying last night’s underdog success on the Orlando Magic into a second game today, as the Golden State Warriors take turn to host the Magic after Orlando’s clutch 107-104 win at Portland last night. With the Magic shooting lights out at nearly 59 percent last night, we can likely expect more of the same against the poor defense of the Warriors, and seek out an Orlando victory covering the modest -3 points against the spread tonight. Next up, the New York Knicks come off a rare low-scoring victory over the Philadelphia 76ers last night, and head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies. Riding a strong turnaround on outstanding defensive play and facing a slumping Grizzlies squad that has dropped three straight games, I like the Knicks as a solid underdog at +160 at Betonline Sportsbook, hoping that a second straight underdog NBA wager will come out this evening. For further NBA wagers, catch the betting lines for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Phoenix Suns, the Detroit Pistons taking on the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Bobcats hosting the Atlanta Hawks.
On to further sportsbook betting today, NHL action gets started with 11 games on tap, including a host of great match-ups from coast to coast. Starting off in the east, the New York Rangers host the Ottawa Senators in a battle between two of the hottest teams in the NHL, with the Rangers holding the best home mark in the league at 13-3-2, but Ottawa winning 10 of the last 12 games played in Madison Square Garden. It doesn’t get much closer of a match-up than this, and with scoring at a premium as NYR’s goalie Henrik Lundqvist continues his dominating performances at home, I’ll spot a wager taking the under bet on total points, looking for a 3-2 finish either way to just stay under the 5.5 goal margin. Find other outstanding match-ups tonight as the Minnesota Wild head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks, the San Jose Sharks meeting with the Winnipeg Jets, and the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings collide for the 5th time this season at Staples Center. As the NHL Hockey season moves past the half-way point in the 2011-12 campaign, it’s a great time to start chasing the teams riding the hottest hands, as banking on continuing hot streaks, or simply teams that are outperforming the league can yield a string of profitable wagering opportunities.
Making the rounds through the ranks of NCAA Basketball games for Thursday, a couple of fun match-ups in College Hoops will be great for online sports betting at Betonline, especially with a great Top 25 match-up featuring #17 Virginia at #6 Duke in an ACC showdown. Also make sure to spot a wager on the Big Ten contest between the hot-shooting #8 Indiana Hoosiers, who welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers into Assembly Hall. Minnesota has lost all 4 of its Big Ten games this year, but has played well enough to keep games tight toward the finish, and should muster a solid enough effort to work with the +9 points against the spread against a Hoosiers team that is very good, but doesn’t blow the doors off of good competition. For the last of a trio of wagers on the NCAA Hoops action on Thursday, look to a fun West Coast match-up between #23 Gonzaga and St. Mary’s, which is always a great rivalry between the top two teams in the West Coast Conference. Find these games and plenty more at Betonline Sportsbook, and make sure to look out for great upcoming wagers on Saturday and Sunday’s NFL divisional playoff games, as once their done, only a few more weeks remain for the NFL playoff schedule ahead!