By Mike Wynn Sports
Even though the Miami Heat struggled down the stretch the two time defending champs have still been installed as the favorites to win this year’s NBA Championship with odds ranging +125 to +200. The best in the west this year San Antonio is the second choice of the oddsmakers with odds from +185 to +300. Click on the rest of the story for a complete list of NBA Championship odds as well as odds to win the Eastern and Western Conference titles.
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By Razor Sharp Sports
A couple weeks ago I wrote an article about the numbers in the Final Four. That got me to thinking. Why are some numbers more memorable than others. Why do you immediately know the numbers like 61 (Roger Maris’ HRs in a season), 99 (Wayne Gretzky’s Jersey Number), 100 (Wilt Chamberlain’s points in a game) and 714 (Babe Ruth’s career Home Runs). With those numbers, let me ask you this, how many HR’s did Mark McGwire end up with the year he passed Maris or how many career HR’s did Barry Bonds end up with now that he is #1 on the list. Here is a couple more numbers for you. Before you click on “read the rest of this entry” do you know why these numbers are significant (50.4, 55, 59, 92, & 383). Do you know what they are? OK go ahead and click and see if you are right.
It’s been a long haul, this NBA regular season, but the playoffs are just around the corner. So who wins the NBA title? We all know the favorites don’t waltz to the NBA Finals. Last year Miami needed to go seven games with up-and-coming Indiana to get there, then had to pull off a miracle in Game 6 to stun the Spurs. Two years ago San Antonio was a No. 1 seed and up 2-0 on the young Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Then, WHAM, Oklahoma City won 5 in a row to take a 1-0 lead in the Finals. Then, WHAM, Miami won 4 in a row to shell-shock wide-eyed OKC.
There is a week to go in the NBA regular season. This means there are professional athletes in the NBA who will be going on vacation in a month, and other players who will be working hard, huffing and puffing 40 minutes per game, right on through until June.
Now let me ask you – Will the majority of the players on the Bucks, 76ers, Jazz and Kings be working as hard as those teams on the NBA playoff bubble, like the Mavs, T-Wolves and Knicks? Read the rest of this entry »
It is a great week for sports fans with the start of baseball, the NBA stretch run, the Final Four and the culmination of the college basketball season next Monday in Arlington, Texas for the national championship. It’s clear that it’s not the teams the start the season hot, but the ones that get hot when it really matters — March and April! Read the rest of this entry »
By Razor Sharp Sports
March Madness has truly lived up to its billing! We have had an incredible couple of weeks and we aren’t done year. The focus turns to Dallas this weekend for the Final Four and there are plenty of great things to watch for when Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky get together. We have 4 very strong programs with great followings and great traditions. We have #1 seed in Florida, a #2 in Wisconsin and to traditional powers playing Cinderella with #7 Connecticut and #8 Kentucky. So how will it play out? We will have to wait and see, but lets take a look at the Final Four by the Numbers and maybe some information you may not know.
It’s the final stretch of a long college basketball season. There are better teams, tougher matchups, and defensive intensity. It’s a good time of the season to look backward — to look back, that is, to conference regular season tourney play and early season matches against different conferences. That’s because it can be tougher to analyze matchups during the Big Dance, with teams from the East heading out West to play, and vice versa. Read the rest of this entry »
By Razor Sharp Sports
So the Major League season has already officially begun “Down Under” with the 2 games played by the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. But really opening day is a few days away with the full schedule of games next Monday. Once again I have asked our Freeplays.com handicappers to make their predictions for the upcoming season. Last year we had plenty of swings and misses. Not one of our handicappers predicted the Boston Red Sox would win the World Series. As a matter of fact not one of them even picked them to win their division, even though all 4 of the other teams in the AL East were picked to win the Division Crown. Last year we had 3 teams that were picked to win their division by all of the handicappers that made their predictions. They were the Angels, Tigers and Reds. The Tigers were the only one of the three to do it. So this year we have 7 handicappers make their predictions. They are Razor Sharp Sports (RS), Mike Wynn Sports (MW), Jim Feist Sports (JF), #1 Sports (#1), Vegas Steam Line (VS), Huddle-Up Sports (HU) & Teya’s Sports (TS). So how did the picks go this year?
By Totals 4 U
Heart-breaking Miss on Thursday’s Top Tourney Upset Pick as the 12th-seeded Wolfpack on NC State surrendered their lead with 19 seconds remaining in regulation, eventually losing to St Louis in overtime!
Buzzer-beaters and bracket-busting upsets are the best part of The Big Dance so it’s time dust off our ego, dry our eyes and dig deep for Friday’s Top Tourney Upset.
As we mentioned in the previous article, contrasting styles take favorites out of their comfort zones, fertile ground for producing upsets, so let’s look at the Friday parings that feature squads with better offensive efficiency rankings (according to stat-master Ken Pomeroy) facing squads with better defensive efficiency ratings…
March tournament play is one of the most exciting times of the sports betting calendar. A seemingly endless stream of games, at times running morning, noon and night, will test the nerves and cognitive powers of fans and bettors. It can be a time of highs and lows, with streaks, exciting finishes and surprising upsets. Read the rest of this entry »