All-Star Sunday in NBA Basketball, solid NHL, NCAA Hoops …

Although we’re without regular season basketball games in the NBA for the duration of the long weekend in the States, luckily we’ve been able to enjoy the All-Star weekend festivities, including the exciting Slam Dunk competition, leading up to today’s hyped-up and celebrity studded 2011 All-Star Game, featuring the best players in the business showcasing their talents for all to see at once. Though typically next to impossible to predict the outcome, we always like to throw a wager down on the over/under total points, as undoubtedly there will be little to no defense, and plenty of high-flying antics to push the points up to and even over the 300 mark. As we scan through the ranks of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here today, we’re back at an original, at the sportsbook (read the review of, which features plenty of options for every sports contest you can find, as well as a bevy of other random wagers featuring anything from politics to entertainment and beyond. With our first wager of the day, we’ll go with an over bet for total points, in the hopes that the typical trends of high scoring in these games will prevail, and net us a lucky win later on this evening.

Moving on to more legitimate options for betting on sports at Intertops Sportsbook today, we turn to a few early matches on the pitch, with one featured contest in English Premier League featuring West Brom vs. Wolves, in a bottom table clash with both teams fighting to stay clear of the relegation zone. Although Wolverhampton sits last, their play this season has brought hope that a young, inexpensive team can indeed perform at the top level of soccer in England. Always playing the top-tier clubs well at home (including a recent 2-1 win over Man. United), it’s been a different story for Wolves on the road, though they draw a West Brom team that hasn’t secured a win in over a month of play, and has struggled to suppress the road team from scoring repeatedly on their home pitch. As such, I’m liking the over wager on 2.5 goals at Intertops, as this should be a good battle between two teams desperate for a win, and a history of 3+ goals scored this year at the Hawthorne. Moving on two a few matches in FA Cup play today, a few fun match-ups feature two Premier League teams facing off as Fulham and Bolton clash, Manchester City gets the easy draw of the day against Notts County, and Arsenal heads to meet League One opponent Leyton Orient, who no doubt will be battling a reserve group put on the field by head coach Arsene Wenger. Check out further matches throughout the Spanish La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, German Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 for continuing sports betting action on the pitches of Europe.

On to contests available in NCAA Basketball today, a couple of great match-ups are in store for your sports betting ticket, including #3 Ohio State getting their next tough road challenge against a Top 25 opponent, this time at #11 Purdue. In a huge contest for supremacy of the Big Ten today, count on this game to be hotly contested, especially if yesterday’s hammering of Top 10 teams holds any precedent. Never a fan of wagering on the higher-ranked team when facing a Top 25 team on the road, we’ll back an upset bid for the Boilermakers, as they look for retribution after a slaughtering at OSU late last month. Look for #5 Duke to firmly handle Georgia Tech, as they host the Yellow Jackets at home today, #10 Wisconsin should have no issues with Penn State, a team that simply can’t win on the road, and look for #15 Florida to build on their SEC lead with a road win at LSU. In a few match-ups featuring bubble teams today, we turn to one Pac-10 match-up featuring UCLA against Cal, and Miami hosting Clemson, with UCLA trying to stay relevant behind the heels of Arizona for the conference lead, and Clemson fast approaching a rare 20-win season, and looking to ascend to 5th in the ACC this year. Expect a couple very tight games with Cal and Miami respectively looking to be spoilers as their hopes of a tournament bid are over, and plenty of excitement throughout the NCAA today for online sports bets.

Pushing onward to the last corner of the sports betting world for Sunday, we turn our attention to the 5 games slated for the NHL today, with some great options for picks on your betting ticket. After having surged to a tie for the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference and sitting on the playoff bubble, the Buffalo Sabres have slumped backwards dropping 2 straight, and face an incoming Washington Capitals team that itself is also reeling after going 1-4 in its past 5 games. With two slumping offenses in play today, and with two good goaltenders between Ryan Miller for the Sabres and Semyon Varlamov for the Caps, the under total points bet looks promising for the first hockey bet of the day. On to other options, check out Philadelphia vs. the New York Rangers, the latter who have dropped 7 of their last 9, Chicago hosts Pittsburgh in need of a win at home to bump them up to within two points of a 4-way tie for the 7th seed in the Western Conference, Minnesota looking to continue their shut-down performance trend at home hosting the Red Wings, and lastly the Heritage Classic outdoor game featuring the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, two teams both set on a playoff berth this year. Another great day of sports betting at another one of the best online sportsbooks, enjoy these great options for betting on sports at Intertops sportsbook today and any day of the week to come.

Aaron G.