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2010 Daytona 500 Odds, Preview and Picks

February 10th, 2010 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in Nascar / Auto Racing   Comments Off on 2010 Daytona 500 Odds, Preview and Picks

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Complete List of 2010 Daytona 500 Odds Can Be Found At The Bottom of This Post

DaytonaNASCAR will officially kick off the 2010 season with the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 this Sunday afternoon from Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500, known as the Great American Race, is the epic race for the top drivers in NASCAR at possibly the most exciting speedway on earth. 51 year old Mark Martin surprised everyone in 2009 by winning 5 races after coming out of retirement to finish 2nd to Jimmie Johnson in the points standings. Martin is off to another great start after winning the pole for the Daytona 500 and he will lead the field to the green flag this Sunday. Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr will be on the outside of Martin in the number 2 starting spot and will be trying to shake off a disastrous 2009 season. Earnhardt has always run really well at the restrictor plate races and NASCAR’s most popular driver is long overdue for another victory.

The starting positions for the rest of the 43 car field will be determined Thursday in the Gatorade 125 Duel races. The unique aspect of the Daytona 500 is only the front row is locked in on qualifying times. The rest of the cars are split into two groups based on those qualifying times and will run 125 miles to determine the starting positions this Sunday. While qualifying is not a major concern at the restrictor plate races due to the amount of ground a driver can make up easily in the draft, history tells us that a strong starting position goes along way in the Daytona 500. Nearly 90% of all Daytona 500 winners have come from the top 15 starting positions and nearly half of those winners have come from the top 5 starting positions. However, it is still a restrictor plate race and any driver can have a chance. Just ask Brad Keselowski who captured his first victory last year at Talladega, a track similar to Daytona based on the use of restrictor plates, in just his 5th career start.

One of the big changes involving the Great American Race this year is the change in the size of the restrictor plates. Over the last two seasons, the racing at restrictor plate tracks Talladega and Daytona have suffered in competition. The restrictor plates were keeping the field bunched up and making it chess match to get out front using the draft. However, bigger restrictor plates used this year will not only increase horse power but also increase throttle response for the drivers. This change should put a little more control into the driver’s hands and I believe you will see the premier restrictor plates racers up front this Sunday. Therefore drivers like Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jeff Gordon should be some of the top picks to win the Daytona 500. In fact, Tony Stewart is the leading favorite to win the Daytona 500 at +700 odds. Stewart has never won the Daytona 500 even though he has proven to be among the best restrictor plate drivers in NASCAR. Stewart did win the July Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last year and has 4 other super speedway wins during his career.

Kyle Busch has also been lights out at the super speedways entering the race as a +800 favorite. Busch and the #18 team do have a new crew chief on board with Dave Rogers. Busch possibly is the most talented driver in NASCAR outside of Jimmie Johnson, but I would not encourage betting on a new team in a race of this magnitude. Speaking of Johnson, he will be starting his run at a 5th consecutive championship. Johnson already broke all NASCAR record for winning 4 straight championships, but he has not faired too strong in the Daytona 500 despite winning the event in 2006. Johnson will be receiving +1000 odds this Sunday. Outside of the previously mentioned drivers, I would love to touch on a number of other possible contenders this Sunday but that could be everybody. Instead, I have listed a couple of possible bets for you to consider for the Daytona 500 this Sunday that I have listed below.

Driver to win the Daytona 500

I really think this is the year for Tony Stewart to pull off the victory. Stewart has been all too close in recent years and he knows how to stay in front of the pack. Consider he has led each of the last 7 Daytona 500’s including leading the most laps in two of those events and it is easy to see why he is due for the ultimate win in racing. The only downside is that Stewart is listed as the favorite to win the event and it has been 6 years since the last favorite won the Daytona 500 (Dale Earnhardt Jr 2004). However, still with the new rule changes it will benefit the best restrictor plate racers. Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch come to mind, but their teams have not been very strong especially compared to Stewart’s. I believe those factors will come together and crown Stewart the winner of the Daytona 500 this Sunday.

Pick – Tony Stewart (8 to 1 @ Oddsmaker)

Long shot to win the Daytona 500

 There are a couple drivers that deserve a lot of attention due to their lack of respect from the line makers. Kevin Harvick just won his 2nd straight Budweiser Shootout last week not to mention he is a previous Daytona 500 Champion and is receiving very profitable +1500 odds. Another driver I think should deserve some attention is Jamie McMurray. McMurray took over the #1 Bass Pro Shops machine this year and looked very strong in the Shootout last week. Not to mention former Dale Earnhardt Inc cars have always run well at the super speedways even though they are now a merger making Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Still, McMurray should be a driver to consider at +2200 odds. However, the driver I like is an even bigger dark horse. Brian Vickers had a great season in 2009 making the Chase over Kyle Busch by just 19 points. Vickers first career victory come at Talladega, another super speedway, and he was another driver that stayed at the front during the Budweiser Shootout. Vickers ran up front at both Daytona and Talladega in 2009 scoring 2 top 10 victories despite some trouble in the Daytona 500. However, I believe he is a guy that is going to hang around the front this Sunday and if he hangs around long enough he just might drive into victory lane. Plus to put some icing on this long shot, consider incredible +3500 odds if that predictions happens to come true.

Pick – Brian Vickers (30 to 1 @ Oddsmaker)

Duel 1 Race Match-Up

Mark Martin vs. Jimmie Johnson

One thing that was apparent from the start of practice last Thursday is that Mark Martin had the fastest car in the field. He came out and topped the charts in his first two laps and did the same during his two lap qualifying run. His position may already be locked in, but that will not stop him from trying to win the Gatorade 125. Starting out front, Martin already has the advantage not to mention again the fastest car. Plus Jimmie Johnson did not appear all too comfortable with the handling on this #48 Lowes Chevrolet. Expect the old man to get the job done.

Pick – Mark Martin

Duel 2 Race Match-Up

 Kasey Kahne vs. Martin Truex Jr.

 Neither of these two drivers is expected to be dominating forces at Daytona this weekend, but both have the talent to contend. Kasey Kahne finished 2nd at the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega last season after scoring a top 15 at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona. Also, Richard Petty Motorsports has made some solid strides to getting back to a competitive level. However, Michael Waltrip Racing who owns the car that Martin Truex Jr will be driving has not shown that type of strength. In fact, all the MWR cars appeared a bit underpowered last week including Michael Waltrip who has always run well at Daytona considering he is the only driver to have 2 Daytona 500 victories in the last decade. I expect Truex and company to struggle in this event and Kahne to have another solid run.

Pick – Kahne

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Kyle Busch +800
Denny Hamlin +1200
Jimmie Johnson +1000
Dale Earnhardt Jr +800
Juan Pablo Montoya +1500
Carl Edwards +1500
Ryan Newman +2500
Jamie McMurray +2500
Martin Truex Jr +3000
Brian Vickers +3000
Kasey Kahne +2500
Greg Biffle +4000
Marcos Ambrose +5000
AJ Allmendinger +5000
Casey Mears +6000
Bobby Labonte +6000
Scott Speed +10000
Tony Stewart +800
Jeff Gordon +1000
Mark Martin +800
Kurt Busch +1200
Kevin Harvick +1200
Matt Kenseth +2000
Clint Bowyer +3000
David Ragan +3000
Joey Logano +2500
Jeff Burton +3000
David Reutimann +4000
Brad Keselowski +3000
Sam Hornish Jr +5000
Michael Waltrip +5000
Elliott Sadler +6000
Paul Menard +10000
Field (Any Other Driver) +3000

2009-10 Super Bowl Prop Odds List & Prop Betting Advice

January 29th, 2010 by Rodney James (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in General Handicapping   Comments Off on 2009-10 Super Bowl Prop Odds List & Prop Betting Advice

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Every year, with the Super Bowl, comes the never ending betting that is involved. Along with the Indianapolis Colts being just under a touchdown favorite and the total going up from 56.5, sportsbooks are always listing an astronomical number of proposition odds and betting options. Listed below you will find an array of proposition odds from a combination of our top sponsor sportsbooks.

Some General Advice For Betting Props;
Do not be afraid to take the unders when betting on Super Bowl propositions. Generally with Super Bowl prop bets, the under is the sharper and wiser play. Most public bettors will take overs with the vast majority of their prop bets. The reason for this is due to one single human emotion; excitement. Many bettors are betting props just to add some additional excitement to the big game. That being said, it’s much more exciting to root for a milestone (such as passing yards or touchdown passes) to happen then it is to cheer for something to “not happen”. The average fan and sports bettor doesn’t want to root for Drew Breese and Peyton Manning to NOT throw touchdown passes. There is nobody that is more aware of this then the oddsmakers are, which is why Vegas sportsbooks make more money from Super Bowl proposition bets then they do from sides and totals on the big game. So, take my advice here and plan your attack with a contrarian point of view. Sift through the prop odds at your favorite books and look for inflated numbers that are above an individual players (or team’s) per game average. Then, keep an eye on the number for those prop odds at a few books, such as BetUS and Diamond Sportsbook, throughout the week and wait and see if the public will drive the those high numbers up even higher. Then, bet the under on those props a few hours before kick-off. Finally, as you watch the game, silently root for the opposite of what all your friends are cheering for. Chances are that you will be cashing your tickets and MAKING MONEY, while they will be wondering why they even made those ridiculous bets in the first place.

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List of Popular Super Bowl Prop Betting Odds;

Coin Toss
Heads -105
Tails -105

Saints -105
Colts -105

1st Touchdown Scored
Pierre Thomas  8 to 1
Marques Colston 7 to 1
Devery Henderson 10 to 1
Robert Meachem 8 to 1
Reggie Bush 12 to 1
Jeremy Shockey 15 to 1
Drew Brees 40 to 1
Reggie Wayne 5 to 1
Joseph Addai 7 to 1
Dallas Clark 5 to 1
Pierre Garcon 10 to 1
Donald Brown 20 to 1
Austin Colley 10 to 1
Peyton Manning 50 to 1
Field 9 to 2
No Touchdown Scored 300 to 1

Longest Completion by Drew Brees
Over 39.5 -115
Under 39.5 -115

Longest Completion by Manning
Over 39.5 -115
Under 39.5 -115

Longest Rush by Bush
Over 8.5 -120
Under 8.5 -110

Longest Rush by Thomas
Over 11.5 -120
Under 11.5 -110

Points Scored by New Orleans
Over 25.5 -115
Under 25.5 -115

Points Scored by Indianapolis
Over 31.5 -120
Under 31.5 -110

Most Pass Attempts
Brees -110
Manning -120

Most Receptions
M. Colston +0.5 -110
R. Wayne -0.5 -120

Longest Reception by Colston
Over 23.5 -115
Under 23.5 -110

Longest Reception by Henderson
Over 17.5 -120
Under 17.5 -110

Longest Reception by Meachem
Over 17.5 -120
Under 17.5 -110

Longest Reception by Shockey
Over 12.5 -120
Under 12.5 -110

Longest Punt by Morstead
Over 51.5 -115
Under 51.5 -115

Longest Rush by Addai
Over 12.5 -115
Under 12.5 -115

Longest Rush by Brown
Over 9.5 -115
Under 9.5 -115

Longest Reception by Wayne
Over 23.5 – 115
Under 23.5 -115

Longest Reception by Clark
Over 18.5 -115
Under 18.5 -115

Longest Reception by Garcon
Over 25.5 – 115
Under 25.5 -115

Longest Reception by Collie
Over 18.5 – 115
Under 18.5 -115

Longest Punt by McAfee
Over 51.5 -120
Under 51.5 -110

Passing Yards by Manning
Over 304.5 -120
Under 304.5 -110

Pass Attempts by Manning
Over 36.5 -120
Under 36.5 -110

Completions by Manning
Over 26.5 – 110
Under 26.5 – 120

Rush Attempts by Addai
Over 15.5 -110
Under 15.5 -120

Rushing Yards by Addai
Over 65.5 -115
Under 65.5 -115

Receptions by Wayne
Over 5.5 -130
Under 5.5 100

Receiving Yards by Wayne
Over 77.5 -115
Under 77.5 -115

Receptions by Clark
Over 6.5 100
Under 6.5 -130

Yards by Clark
Over 69.5 -120
Under 69.5 -110

2009 Michael Vick Prop Odds, Free Picks & Predictions

August 17th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in NFL Football   1 Comment »

List of Michael Vick Prop Odds Can Be Found Below The Picks At Bottom of Post

One of the major headlines that has overshadowed much of the NFL preseason activity is the recent reinstatement of Michael Vick. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback gained popularity among fans for his extreme athleticism and undeniable quickness with his feet after bursting into the NFL in 2001. Vick, unlike most quarterbacks, could beat you with his legs just as well as his arm, making him one of the most explosive and dangerous players in the league. In 2006, Vick was able to throw for 2,474 yards and rack up 1,039 additional yards on the ground. However, as we all know, Vick succumb to felony offenses following the 2006 season in regards to leading a dog fighting ring. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and most people assumed he would never play in the NFL again. The sporting world’s most controversial figure not only served his prison sentence, but recently was conditionally reinstated and signed a two year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The recent commotion has drawn outspoken criticism to the Eagles and Michael Vick personally. It seems the majority of fans still hold strong criticism against Vick for his actions and needless to say are not giving him any best wishes. The even more interesting topic is if Vick will be able to make any type of difference with the Eagles. After all, he has been away from football for two straight years. Also, he will be playing behind one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL in Donovan McNabb. Will he get in quality playing time of will the Eagles use him at different positions? Surely, Eagles Coach Andy Reid would have never taken a chance with Vick if they did not feel it would be beneficial to the team. However, how much success can we expect from the notorious football player? Major sports books have opened all types of betting lines concerning Michael Vick due to all the attention that has been centered around this story. Whether you love or hate him, Vick is a very gifted athlete. Nevertheless, what can you really expect from Vick in 2009? We take a look at some interesting prop bets and give our insight on a few Michael Vick betting opportunities to consider for the 2009 NFL Football Season.

Prop Bet #1 – Will Michael Vick remain on the Eagles roster by week #17?

Yes – -1000
No – +500

The biggest question most have surrounding Michael Vick is if he will get to play? Rest assured Vick will step onto the field this year whether it will be when the game is out of reach or other types of scenarios. However, how he will play should be the main concern. If he does not perform or seems like he can not return to his explosive playmaking ability as before, the Eagles can cut or trade him without losing any considerable amounts of money. The most likely scenario is that Vick will step onto the grid iron for the first time later in the season as opposed to early in the year. There are plenty of reasons why Vick will still be on the Eagles roster at the end of the year. Philadelphia would have never invested in Vick if they were not going to give him time to get his edge back. Understandably, Vick will not come out as sharp as before after being away for two years. The Eagles staff understands this and they will definitely give Vick plenty of time to work his way back to the top. However even if the latter where to happen and Vick did not perform up to par, then a trade is very unlikely. There were not any teams that were stepping forward to sign Vick recently before knowing his capability. If he does not show any type of progress, surely no team will want him considering the circumstances. However, as mentioned earlier the Eagles will be patient with Vick and there is absolutely no reason to believe he will not still be with the team by seasons end. The odds are not extremely profitable, but this is a sure bet.

Free Pick – Yes -1000

Prop Bet #2 – Total rushing yards on Vick’s first attempt in 2009?

Over 5 Yards -130
Under 5 Yards -110

Glancing at this bet and your first instinct was likely to jump on the over here. After all, the most memorable aspect of Vick’s game is his elusive legs and tremendous speed that were able to rack up big chunks of yards on any given down. However before his departure from the NFL, Vick was focusing on passing first and use his running ability as a last result despite gaining over 1,000 yards in 2006 on the ground. If Vick is at the quarterback position in his first snaps on the field, then the chance he tucks the first ball away and takes off down field is highly unlikely. The most probably scenario is some quick out routes to get things started off smoothly. The running will not become a focus until Vick is totally comfortable behind center. Even more reason to believe his first run will not be successful is because there is already talk of Vick getting action in the backfield. While this seems a bit of a stretch, that would reduce the chance of the big gain on the first rushing attempt. Another likely scenario, Vick could be used in a type of “wildcat” formation and take direct snap up the middle. Rest assured when Vick steps on field defenses will be fully aware as he will draw tons of attention again reducing the possibility of a big gain. Normally it takes players some time to get back in rhythm after taking so much time off and that will be the likely scenario when Vick steps on the field. Go against the popular perception here, and choose the most realistic outcome.

Free Pick – Under 5 Yards -110

Prop Bet #3 – Vick’s first pass attempt will be a complete or incomplete?

Complete -155
Incomplete or INT +125

Our final prop bet action is actually an interesting pick. There are legitimate arguments for either selection here that are valid. One possible outcome is that Vick’s first passing attempt could show the rust that has built up over the last two years leading to an incompletion. On the other hand going back to what we said earlier, Vick will likely take baby steps with his first few plays. There is no reason to expect him to take any chances deep down the field on his first attempt of the season. Deep passes will be where his arm really shows the effects of being outside the game for such a lengthy period. However, Vicks first pass will likely be something very simple increasing the odds the pass will be complete. Expect something like a quick hitch route, or 5-10 yard out route that will be delivered quickly and hard to defend. Again, defenses will be really concerned with his legs and likely be daring Vick to throw the football. Expect Vick to complete the first pass of the season with some type of simple throw as he gains his rhythm back.

Free Pick – Completion -155 


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Total Passing Yards on Vicks 1st Completion in 09


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Vicks Longest Completion in 2009


Over 33½ Yards    


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Vicks First Pass in 2009 Will Be




Incomplete or INT    




Total Rushing Yards on Vicks 1st Attempt in 09


Over 5 Yards    


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Vicks Longest Rush in 2009


Over 25½ Yards    


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Will Vick be on an Eagle Week 1 of the 2010 Season






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Will Vick Start a 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season game as Quarterback?










Vick’s Total Passing Yards on FIRST Completion in the 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season


Yards on First Completion

Over 8.5 (-115)


Yards on First Completion

Under 8.5 (-115)




Vick’s Longest Completion in the 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season


Longest Completion

Over 33.5 (-115)


Longest Completion

Under 33.5 (-115)




Vick’s First Pass Will Be in the 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season





Incomplete or INT





Vick’s Total Rushing Yards on FIRST ATTEMPT in the 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season


Yards on First Attempt

Over 5.5 (-125)


Yards on First Attempt

Under 5.5 (-105)




Vick’s Longest Rush from Scrimmage in the 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season


Longest Rush

Over 25.5 (-115)


Longest Rush

Under 25.5 (-115)




Will Vick  be on the Eagles Roster on Week #17 of the 2009-2010 NFL Regular Season?










Will Vick be on the Eagles Roster on Week #1 of the 2010-2011 NFL Regular Season?







2009 MLB Baseball Divisional Betting Odds

April 15th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in MLB Baseball   Comments Off on 2009 MLB Baseball Divisional Betting Odds

The official start of the 2009 Major League Baseball Season is well underway two weeks into the season. There are many teams who have got off to solid quick starts while other favored teams have gotten off to slow starts. We take a brief look at the Division breakdowns and current betting odds along with what to expect this season. Be sure to jump on these betting tips and current division odds located at the bottom of the page in time to get the most profit out of picking a division winner in 2009.

American League East
Talk about a stacked division the American League East is loaded with talent. In this division alone you could pick the majority of the AL All-Star team. Tampa Bay had the breakout season last year winning the division and making it to the World Series. The Devil Rays will have the dominant pitching rotation back again this season.. However, for them to win the division again this season they will have to hold off New York and Boston. The Red Sox have gotten off to a terribly slow 3-6 start, but expect them to get things rolling soon. The Red Sox signed the popular John Smoltz along with 5 other free agents in the off season that could give help. Josh Beckett and Jon Lester should make it tough for opposing teams. The Red Sox went 7 games with Tampa Bay last season barely missing out on World Series dreams. New York spent enough money in the off-season to pay off most teams’ entire rosters. The big signing with C.C Sabathia should be huge. The most talented team in baseball keeps throwing more money out every year, but still has not had the results Yankees fans have been expecting. Will this year be any different?

Pick – New York money finally pays off and they come on strong after the midway point of the season

American League Central
Welcome to the most wide open division in Major League Baseball. The AL Central could be up for grabs with every team in the division. The Central may not be the overpowering division considering after the first 9 games there is a first place tie with a .556 winning percentage. Chicago won the division last season, but there will be a lot of question surrounding how well they will swing the sticks in 2009. Minnesota has a lot of talent on the roster, but how the young lineup will perform is still a mystery. Cleveland was predicted to be a slight favorite by some entering the season. However, after a 2-7 start it looks like the tribe is headed back down another letdown type road. In Detroit, this will be the make or break season for manager Jim Leyland as the Tigers are feeling the pressure that they must put together some success after some big moves financially before last season. Sadly the AL Central could be taken down by a team that does not even reach the 100 wins barrier.

Pick – No Play Here

American League West
The Los Angeles Angels are the biggest favorites for any team in their respected division in the league. The Angels will have a load of weapons to swing the bats especially with the addition of Bobby Abreu. The Angels are off to a rather slow 3-4 start, but expect them to pick it up. Seattle jumped out to the early 6-2 record to lead the division. The Mariners defense should be strong, but how the pitching staff will hold up will be the biggest concern especially towards the end of the season. Oakland is expected to be solid in the West. However, the A’s were ranked in the bottom of nearly every offensive category last year and that much change if there is to be room for success. Texas should be a very strong team with the bats led by Josh Hamilton who had a big year in 2008. However, they are another team with pitching concerns that will determine how much success they achieve in 2009.

Pick – Angels

National League East
Usually when you have the defending World Champions in your division the following year you are considered a rather big underdog. However Florida, New York and Atlanta will make legitimate claims to the best team in the NL East this season in the toughest division in the National League. Amazingly 4 teams have a shot to win this division though surely we will see that narrow down as the season progresses. Atlanta signed Derrick Lowe and some other solid names to get the pitching rotation back to dominant form. Philadelphia’s chances of repeating likely may rely on the health of Cole Hamels. Philadelphia should be strong again, but it has been nearly 25 years since a NL team repeated as World Champions. New York brought in closer Francisco Rodriguez to help the bullpen who looked simply bad at the end of last season. The Mets should be solid with the bats as well. However, while not much is said about Florida they have jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the division. The Marlins are pretty similar to last year when they closed out the season winning 15 of their last 20 games and can definitely contend.

Pick – Take a gamble with Florida, they definitely can win in bunches.

National League Central
The National League Central may turn out to be a closer battle than many are predicting. The Chicago Cubs hold the advantage heading into the early part of the season with a strong offense and possibly the best rotation top to bottom. However, St. Louis was an upset pick to watch heading in and they are off to a quick 7-3 start. The Cardinals undoubtedly have the best defense in the division. St. Louis has some concerns surrounding the bullpen, but if Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter can remain healthy the Cardinals should be fine. Still the Cubs will be the team to beat, but expect St. Louis to be the surprise this year in the NL Central.

Pick – Surely Chicago can’t mess this one up

National League West
San Diego has jumped out to a quick lead in the National League West with a 6-2 record and winners of 5 straight games. However, they split their first series with the Dodgers who have the most balanced line-up in the division. The Dodgers have Rafael Furcal returning to the lineup after missing most of last season that should give them a good boost not to mention the renegotiating deal with Manny Ramirez that should keep the Dodgers as favorites. Arizona will have a super bullpen that should give them the ability to play with most. San Diego has a big star emerging in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez that should help the offense quite a bit. Still once the season gets into full swing it will be hard to bet against the Dodgers who could be the best in the National League.

Pick – Dodgers easily

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Baltimore +5000
Boston +140
New York EV
Toronto +400
Tampa Bay +2500

Chicago +400
Cleveland +250
Detroit +275
Kansas City +450
Minnesota +300

Los Angeles -125
Oakland +275
Seattle +900
Texas +500

Atlanta +350
Florida +600
New York +110
Philadelphia +200
Washington +3000

Chicago -225
Cincinnatti +1700
Houston +1800
Milwaukee +800
Pittsburgh +3500
St. Louis +350

Arizona +175
Colorado +800
Los Angeles EV
San Diego +1500
San Francisco +500

Sweet Sixteen Betting Odds; Elite 8 Odds

March 26th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in NCAA Basketball   Comments Off on Sweet Sixteen Betting Odds; Elite 8 Odds

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The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament flashed by so quick it was hard to evaluate how all the teams looked in their games. One of the most interesting aspects of the 2009 NCAA Tournament perhaps could be the lack of upsets compared to recent years. Outside of 12th seeded Arizona and 5th seeded Purdue, all of the remaining teams left in the March Madness venue have at least a 4th seeded ranking or higher. However, this means that all of these heavily favored teams will be squaring off in the next round meaning anything can happen. We take a look at the updated odds to win the 2009 NCAA Basketball Championship with our remaining sixteen teams and who you may what to consider placing a wager on to win it all.

The leading favorites to win the NCAA Tournament are the North Carolina Tarheels. The Tarheels are 3/1 favorites to win it all coming out of the South bracket. North Carolina was predicted by our initial NCAA Tournament predictions to at least make it to the Final Four. The reason is fairly simple and it is the South bracket is perhaps the weakest bracket in the Tournament if there ever were a weak bracket. The Tarheels get Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen and they should be able to take care of business. North Carolina’s lineup is so deep which makes them a favorable team to place a bet on. Ty Lawson is playing extremely well back from his injury and so is the rest of the star studded roster. All year people have regarded North Carolina as being the most talented team in the country and now they only have a few games left to back that claim.

One team receiving the least favorable odds to win the Championship is a team that many thought did not even deserve to be in the big dance. The Arizona Wildcats received severe criticism for being selected into the NCAA Tournament after losing 5 of their last 6 games this season with a mediocre at best record of 19-13. However, Arizona has silenced the critics early on in March Madness upsetting 5th seeded Utah and then beating no. 13 Cleveland State to earn their trip to the sweet sixteen. The Wildcats are receiving 50/1 odds to win the Championship meaning they would be a long shot, but jackpot style winning pick if they could pull of the Title run as heavy underdogs. Arizona may be worth just the slightest interest considering these guys still have a lot to prove. Possibly just placing like the smallest of bets in hopes of the big payoff. On the other hand, history tells us that the big underdogs are not ones to consider for a wager. There has only been one number 12 seed to ever make it to the Elite Eight and never has a number one seed won the National Championship. Then again college basketball seems to always re-write history in the NCAA Tournament.

One of our upset prediction teams to really make some noise in the NCAA Tournament is receiving very good odds to win it all. The Villanova Wildcats looked very solid blowing out UCLA by 20 points to earn a sweet sixteen bid. Villanova seems to be a big underdog to come out of the East bracket, but they just may be the team to pull of the feat. Villanova is receiving 22/1 odds to win the National Championship while also receiving 2.5/1 odds to win the East. Villanova as mentioned before could present a lot of problems for the Duke Blue Devils in their sweet sixteen battle set for this Thursday. If the Wildcats could pull of the victory, they could get a mid-season re-match with Pittsburgh. Villanova looked strong over the Panthers in that victory 67-57 and would be one of the only teams Pittsburgh may really hope they do not face. Anything is possible if Villanova can get the next two big wins considering they would be riding a huge wave of momentum entering the final four which makes 22/1 odds look profitable if everything was to play out.

One final aspect left to consider when determining who to place some money on to win the National Championship is the number 1 seeds and how they will play out. Number 1 seeded teams have backed up their pre-tournament rankings when looking at the history of the NCAA Tournament. 14 times in the last 30 years which is nearly 50% of the team does a number one seed win the National Championship. Last season for the first time ever the Final Four was composed of all number one seeds and that could happen again this year if everything were to play out. Taking a look at the number one seeds you have Pittsburgh at 6/1, Louisville Cardinals at 4/1, Connecticut Huskies at 6/1, and North Carolina Tar Heels at 3/1 odds to win it all. Basically giving fairly descent odds to any of the number 1 seeds you have a feeling will be able to win it all. Legitimate arguments can be made for all of these teams to have good chances to be crowned Champions of College Basketball. The hard thing to do is figuring out which team it will be now and making the most profit off your bet.

Here are the current odds to win the 2009 NCAA baskeball Championship for all the elite 8 teams from BetUS Sportsbook:

  • Connecticut      +450
  • Louisville      +300  
  • Michigan State      +1500  
  • Missouri      +1400  
  • North Carolina      +250  
  • Oklahoma      +1200  
  • Pittsburgh      +550  
  • Villanova      +900