We’ve been patient, and finally, it has arrived! The 2011 Final Four from Houston gets underway tonight, featuring two exciting games first between a pair of underdogs in Butler and Virginia Commonwealth, and secondly a more traditional match-up as Kentucky and UConn clash in the late game this evening. With these two games front and center as the pinnacle of online sports betting today, head on down to one of the best sports betting sites reviewed here to get your mark on the action, because as they say, once it’s gone, it’s gone! Today we’re back at a favorite, at the Bodog Sportsbook (read the review of Bodog Sportsbook), which features these two NCAA Final Four games front and center for easy accessibility to the betting lines posted on their website. Checking the posted betting options here at Bodog, find VCU as the slight underdog at +3 on the point spread, and +145 on the money line, both of which could be a good option for picking up cash on the first game. Though Butler, behind head coach Brad Stevens, has the tournament experience over two consecutive years and has proven to be able to come back against any team in the nation during this year’s run, the way VCU has dismantled the top teams in the land to get to the Final Four has been impressive to say the least. Once again, defense is the name of the game tonight, as these two teams have built their runs upon it, and the 3-point ball could make for the difference here tonight. If VCU is to pull off an upset, it will be resuming their impressive shooting defense, and a key for the Rams is locking down Butler star forward Matt Howard and point guard Sheldon Mack, two players that can by themselves carry the load when hot. While the Rams need all parts of their game working, Butler seems to simply need the ball on the last possession of the game. Rooting for the underdog all the way here tonight though, we’ll call for VCU 64, Butler 62 to set the stage for an #11 seed in the Championship game.
For the second great match-up in Final Four College Basketball betting today, Kentucky vs. UConn should be a wild one, with a much faster paced approach compared to the Butler v. VCU contest. It’s Brandon Knight for UK vs. Kemba Walker for UConn, with a great battle between young teams coming down to who can make the least amount of mistakes. We all know both teams have great scoring prowess, however with so much youth on either side of the ball, the game may hinge on who can keep composure at the very end of the game. With the money line off, Kentucky is a 2 point favorite coming in on the spread at Bodog Sportsbook, and the over/under at 141 looks tempting considering both teams’ average scoring this year (76.4 for UK, 73.4 for UConn) especially keeping in mind that this game could easily go into overtime to decide the showdown. An even game between two great coaches, John Calipari and Jim Calhoun, two great line-ups full of NBA potential, this is the biggest game of the day, and no doubt you should put your two cents in on the outcome as you won’t want to miss out on what will likely be one of the most exciting games of this year’s tournament to date. We like Kentucky’s depth to make them the slight favorite to win this match-up, and pick our final score as UK 76, UConn 70.
On to continuing sports action throughout the day today, turn your sights on plenty of NBA and NHL action as both seasons are in the final handful of games before the playoffs, and the action on the online sportsbooks has never been better. 5 games for the NBA include a few lopsided match-ups, however there are teams in each game that need to pick up wins either to stay in the playoff picture or to jockey for seeding in the conference rankings. The Chicago Bulls look to extend their lead in the Eastern Conference in light of a surging Miami Heat team that sits just 2.5 games back, as they host what should be a pushover game at the United Center against Toronto. The Philadelphia 76ers have rallied to secure a playoff berth after starting the year 3-13, and face the Milwaukee Bucks, whose playoff hopes are fading quickly. Though secure in their playoff destiny, it would certainly be in the 76ers best interest to finish as strong as possible in order to face 3rd seed Boston, who have been struggling and are showing wear in their veteran lineup, versus taking on the red-hot Miami Heat, who will likely finish 2nd and pull the 6th seed in the East as a first round playoff opponent (currently New York). With the Bucks facing do-or-die tonight at home, we’ll put a last round of betting on them for the year to repeat their strong performance from three weeks ago (a 102-74 win against the 76ers), on strong inside play from Andrew Bogut, and another lock-down defensive performance against Elton Brand. Wrapping up the options for sportsbook betting on NBA Basketball, Memphis needs to pick up a win at home against Minnesota which would put them a half-game up on New Orleans for the 7th seed in the West, while also keeping a hot Houston Rockets team at bay as they search for a way to squeeze into this year’s postseason play. With one of the best home records in the West, as well as their ownership of the Timberwolves this year (winning 3 games by an average of more than 15 points), count on a Memphis win, but Minnesota to make it under 14 points as they try to play spoiler tonight. Lastly, Oklahoma overwhelms the LA Clippers on the road, and Golden State covers 5 1/2 points as well as busting the 212 point over/under in our underdog pick of the night in the NBA.
For the NHL today, plenty of action is on tap as the season wraps up with a few final games over the next two weeks, and today’s contests are well worth a trip to the Bodog Sportsbook to line up a couple of the better bets available. Dallas and Los Angeles battle in the Western Conference with the Stars badly needing a win to stay in the hunt for an 8th seed in the playoffs, while the Kings bounce back from a tough road loss at Vancouver and try to pick up their scoring without leading offensive contributors Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar (both out for the season with injury). Detroit and Nashville get underway this afternoon as well, with the Wings looking to win on the road to keep the Predators at bay in the middle of the playoff table, Buffalo and Washington clash with the Sabres needing a win to stay in 7th seed position above the New York Rangers, and out West find a huge match-up between the surging San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, in an exciting contest that any sports fan should enjoy. Another great day of sports and online sportsbook betting at Bodog.com, get your wagers down quickly for the remaining contests available, including the Final Four games scheduled tonight which you certainly won’t want to miss out on!