We can honestly say that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most exciting times in the sports season, as tons of high-quality games have been going on for the past 4 days, and with it comes all the great ups and downs expected when good teams meet up with one another. Through the 13th week of NCAA Football, Week 12 of the NFL, and plenty of action in the NBA, NHL and NCAA Basketball, it’s almost nice to have a bit of a break from the massive amounts of action, and Monday comes as a sort of reset day for sports betting enthusiasts to regain their footing and focus in for another great week of sports action and online sports betting. As is customary for Monday, the focus of the day of course is the 12th installment of Monday Night Football, albeit this week with a much more subdued match-up that will have many football fans scratching their heads. San Francisco and Arizona, both sitting at 3-7 on the year, get set to battle from Glendale tonight and will likely highlight the pains of the NFC West division this year, as both teams still stand a shot at making the playoffs despite playing horribly all season long. For the first wager of the day, although I likely won’t watch more than a quarter or two of the game, I have to drop a bet on the MNF game tonight merely for consistencies’ sake, taking the better all-around team which happens to be the San Francisco 49ers. If history holds, Frank Gore, the 49ers offensive (getting 39% of all their production), will have a field day against the worst rushing defense in the NFL, and the decent San Francisco defense should make enough trouble for Derek Anderson and the lowly Cardinals offense to squeak out a victory on the road tonight. With the first wager set at the top sports betting destination at Players Only sportsbook (read the review of Playersonly.com), we’ll move on to a few better picks for sports today, in order to liven up the mood for this evening.
With relatively limited options for betting on sports today, take a look at the 4 games set in store for the NBA tonight, as some interesting match-ups will be well worth taking out a wager or two on. The biggest game of the night is undoubtedly the match-up between the New Orleans Hornets and the Oklahoma City Thunder, with the latter team getting home court advantage and starting to mesh very well behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Hornets have managed to lose 3 of their 4 total losses on the road this season, and against a surging OKC team, it’ll be a close call on the road again tonight for Chris Paul and company. With New Orleans coming off a tough game last night losing to the Spurs, I like the Thunder to outlast the Hornets en route to their 12th win on the year. Continuing with a trend of home teams, look for Miami to rebound after a rough week, getting another breather hosting the Washington Wizards, the Dallas Mavericks look to extend their win streak to six playing host to the injury-plagued Houston Rockets, and lastly the come-from-behind champion Jazz host Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks, in a game they actually might not have to come back in, saving their fans another heart-stopping outing as has been their forte this season.
Moving to the NHL tonight, find a good match-up in Southern California as the Anaheim Ducks look to continue the struggles of the Los Angeles Kings, who after a great season start at 12-3 have fallen to 13-9-0, losing six of their last seven games. The rebound has to start somewhere, and with Jonathan Quick in net tonight at Anaheim, I’ll take this to be the game they get started back on the rebound. On the flip side, look to the Pittsburgh Penguins to continue their hot streak, as they take on the New York Rangers on the road. The Dallas Stars will also try to stay hot on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes, who have struggled to score in their past few games and look to Cam Ward to help stop the bleeding at home. Look for scoring as usual as the Calgary Flames host the Minnesota Wild, and the Ottawa Senators to pull up to .500 play with a win at home against Edmonton. With a bit more action in NCAA Basketball today to round out the sports betting at the Players Only Sportsbook, count on at least a few good wagers on a slow day of sports to hopefully add to your winnings and keep you playing this week as more and more good contests come on tap.