The pinnacle of the NCAA College Basketball season is upon us, as #8 Butler looks for redemption in the final game this year against the #3 seed UConn Huskies, which will no doubt make for one of the most wagered on games during the entire NCAA campaign. Wasting no time today with where our opening wagers will lie, we turn to the perennial authority for sports betting lines, at the Sportsbook.com sportsbook (read the review of Sportsbook.com). Featuring easy access to the Men’s Basketball Championship game lines, Sportsbook.com pulls in UConn as a 3-point favorite tonight, with Butler coming in a +145 on the money, and as always a great underdog bet for those sports fans looking for a bit of excitement with their betting action. As Butler has proven time and time again, closing out games has been their forte, with clutch performances by Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard coming time and time again. UConn knows well about clutch situations, especially after running the Big East Tournament table with 5 games in 5 days, and the young freshman supporting cast of Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb continuing to come up with level-headed decisions to help Kemba Walker take control of final moments down the 2nd quarter final stretch. While there’s certainly a case for either team coming out as champion tonight, your best bet for online sports betting is simply going with your gut, and sticking to it. Both squads have proven themselves capable of standing on the championship podium, and this game couldn’t hardly be more evenly matched on both sides of the ball, with both teams showing their defensive prowess in the Final Four, and both having key, veteran men running the helm. For tonight’s final call of the NCAA season, we’ll vouch for Butler to become the first mid-major to win the tournament, edging out UConn 65-62.
With the NBA off on Monday, action resumes in Major League Baseball this afternoon, with 6 games slated on the day for online sports betting at Sportsbook.com. New series get underway in the next round of evaluation for teams across the league, and today’s series openers find the hot-starting Baltimore Orioles hosting the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees bringing in the Minnesota Twins, and the Texas Rangers hosting the Seattle Mariners in the American League. On the opposite side of the spectrum in the National League, Atlanta heads to Milwaukee, Chicago and Arizona clash, and the St. Louis Cardinals meet with the Pittsburgh Pirates today, with sports fans still feeling out how most teams will shape up throughout the course of the year. As the Atlanta vs. Milwaukee and Chicago vs. Arizona games get underway at the 1 PM ET timeslot, we’ll put down some quick wagers on these two games first, with one of the opening week tell-tales evident already in the Brewers pitching staff. The Brewers, simply put, are shaky in their bullpen depth. Their starting rotation looks strong with the additions of Zack Grienke, Shaun Marcum this year added up with youngster Yovani Gallardo and veteran Randy Wolf, however support for their staff seems limited as the bullpen has exploded twice in three games already. Against Atlanta today, the Braves get the upper hand and the win as the Milwaukee bullpen collapses once more. In Chicago today, look for a low-scoring affair as neither team has shown big bats yet the nod in the pitching match-up favors the Cubs’ Randy Wells, a good ground-ball pitcher who’s certainly looked more reliable than Arizona’s Joe Saunders.
The late game in the National League features the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, with everyone’s focus on whether this will be the game that Cardinals’ star Albert Pujols finally breaks out of his shell. For St. Louis today, both starting pitchers (Charlie Morton for the Pirates, Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals) have something to make up for, posting horrible stats last year, however with the Cards holding the better offense and bullpen today, this match-up undoubtedly swings in St. Louis’ direction. However the game plays out, look for plenty of runs across the board as both pitchers get tagged once the batting orders have had their second looks. Shifting to action in the American League today, Baltimore gets a home opener against Detroit, and has benefitted from young pitching that few opponents know much about, however their bats remain in question especially up against a Detroit Tigers team that comes in after a 10-run performance in New York, and certainly has proven power on command. With another two young pitchers debuting today, Detroit has the upper hand with better bats, and should spoil the O’s home opener. Looking to the later games in the AL, Seattle and Texas clash with the pitching nod going to Seattle with the more veteran Erik Bedard on the mound against the young Derek Holland, although the Texas bats always loom large against any rotation. With the way the Rangers’ bats have been swinging, Bedard will have to be sharp in order for Seattle to nip a win to start this series, and there’s a reason why even with a powerless Mariners batting line-up, this game features an over/under at 9 runs. Texas overcomes the -1.5 runs for a nice pickup bet on the day. Lastly, we’ll look to the New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins match-up in the starting game of a 4-game series. Ivan Nova, starter for New York indicates how the Yankees starting rotation has dwindled, and is at risk in AL East competition especially. Against a veteran Scott Baker today, the Yankees will need some clutch hitting to balance out the youthful inconsistencies inherent with Ivan Nova, who has shown that once batters have seen him more than once, he starts getting tagged, and badly. If NY scores early, they have the chance, but if Baker comes out gunning, the Twins can steal a win here today in the opener.
Lastly for sports betting on Monday, 2 NHL games highlight the run down to the wire towards the Stanley Cup playoffs, as in the East the New York Rangers meet with the Boston Bruins and out west the Los Angeles Kings face a tough battle against the home team San Jose Sharks. In the first paring, two of the league’s top goaltenders square off with Henrik Lundqvist battling Tim Thomas, with the former goalie needing to be sharp considering the Rangers’ lack of offensive production down the home stretch. New York has been winning mostly due to the efforts of Lundqvist, who hasn’t lost at home in 6 games. The league leader in shutouts may need another to help secure a playoff position for New York tonight, and with two of the league’s best in net, the under wager on 5 goals looks a lock tonight. Heading over to the Western Conference for the final sports betting option on the day, Los Angeles badly needs to come away with a tough road win to secure their playoff chances this year. Sitting in 4th seed, but only 4 points ahead of 8th seed Chicago, a win on the road would do wonders for the Kings’ chances, though once again offensive production remains hampered by the loss of two leading scorers, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. San Jose, on a 7-0-1 tear could secure their 4th straight Pacific Division title with a win tonight, so no doubt they’ll be in top form, and the LA defense will be the only thing in their way. Again, two hot goaltenders, San Jose’s Antti Niemi and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick should be on point, limiting scoring to make the under 5 goal total feasible, however this game likely goes to the Sharks, 3-1 on an empty netter to finish the game. All-in-all, a short but sweet day for online sportsbook betting at the best sportsbook in the business found at Sportsbook.com, but make sure to place your bets for the NCAA Championship game tonight between UConn and Butler, and stay heads up for more great action ahead as the NBA and NHL leagues wrap up regular season play towards the exciting playoffs ahead.