My oh my it’s a good time to be a College Basketball fan! With Thursday bringing back March Madness action in the form of the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, there’s little doubt that college hoops will make for the top options for online sports betting at the best reviewed sportsbooks found here, but with added options including great games in NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey to boot, Thursday is a fantastic all-around day to jump online, get your wagers placed, and prepare for a fine evening of sports action as we head into another weekend. With 4 games on tap in the NCAA Tournament tonight, including a pair of #1 seed vs. #4 seed match-ups as Michigan State takes on Louisville and Syracuse battles Wisconsin, make sure to join us down at one of the top sports betting websites, like our featured sportsbook of the day at TopBet Sportsbook, and take a look over all the best betting options on the evening. I’ve put down my wagers for these two opening games, as well as the later contests featuring #6 seed Cincinnati vs. #2 Ohio State, and #3 Marquette in action against #7 Florida, and you can always check out more analysis in our NCAA Basketball research section, as well as finding out more great information and statistics about match-ups provided by some of the top sportsbooks reviewed here.
With bets covered on NCAA action this evening, we’ll turn to options around NBA Basketball for some further betting choices, as a host of 6 games dot the online sports betting landscape tonight. Admittedly, the match-ups don’t look all too great in terms of great teams going head-to-head, but that never rules out the chance of picking up some good looking betting lines at one of the best online sportsbooks. Likely the best match-up of the evening pits the Portland Trail Blazers against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, with the home side Blazers in desperate need of a win to stay in proximity to the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. While Portland has been relatively good at home this year, and the visiting Grizzlies have not fared as well away from home themselves (also Memphis has dropped 4 of their last 6 games), the turmoil faced by the Blazers over the firing of their coach and the transfer of some key players including Gerald Wallace has seen them most recently get blown out at Milwaukee 116-87 on Tuesday, and in their last 5 defeats they’ve lost by an embarrassing average of nearly 25 points. The betting lines for tonight’s match-up is tight, with Memphis a -1 point favorite, but expect a high-scoring game for both teams, as defense again goes out the window, and a Grizzlies win as Zach Randolph continues to improve in his 4th game back after his early-season ACL injury. Check out further betting lines on what will be a fast-paced contest between the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, look for the Houston Rockets at home to cover the 8 points against the spread as they bring in the Monta Ellis-less Golden State Warriors, and I’ll take Boston as a +3.5 point underdog at Milwaukee, as they try to halt the 6-game winning streak of the newly Monta Ellis-plus Bucks.
On to action on the ice sheet, NHL Hockey continues the charge towards the playoffs with more exciting betting opportunities each and every day. 8 games are on tap for hockey fans tonight, including a tough turnaround game for the Vancouver Canucks vs. the Dallas Stars. Vancouver comes off a bitter overtime loss to Chicago, and may be without the services of leading goal scorer Daniel Sedin, who suffered a vicious elbow to the face in last night’s loss and is uncertain for tonight’s game. Dallas on the other hand has been picking up steam at a good time, with the Pacific Division completely up for grabs heading into the final 10 games of the season, and if they can overcome Vancouver for the 3rd time this season, they’ll keep hold of 1st place in the Pacific Division, at least for another day. Another huge game to check out in the West is the match-up between the surging Los Angeles Kings and the NHL points leading St. Louis Blues. This is a must-win game for L.A. at home, and with St. Louis playing back-to-back games after a loss at Anaheim last night, there’s a good chance that the improving Kings can steal away one at home from the top-rated defense in the league. Make sure to check out other great hockey games with playoff connotations as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins bring in the Nashville Predators, and the San Jose Sharks take on the Boston Bruins. All-in-all it’s a huge day for sports and online sportsbook betting, so head on down to TopBet Sportsbook or any one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here for a taste of all the exciting action to come tonight!