Orb’s nose had barely crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby and the goop from the sloppy Churchill Downs track was still pelting the 19 horses and jockeys in the field when everyone started asking the perennial question.
Anyone who’s gambled on the Golden State Warriors throughout the 2013 NBA Playoffs might not be able to make it to the betting window before the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs tonight. That’s because they’re likely drowning underneath a bathtub-sized mound of cash. Golden State has gone a perfect 8-0 against the spread in the postseason thus far.
The NBA Playoffs aren’t as bereft of upsets as some have come to believe. The first round, which starts at noon today in New York, has played out with particular parity in recent years. At least two underdogs prevailed in the perceived nonvolatile best-of-seven series in each of the past four years.
The favorites have more than risen to the occasion for college basketball’s ultimate prize. The team laying points in the final game has won eight of the past nine NCAA Tournaments straight-up and gone 7-2 against the spread.
No matter the participants, this year’s National Championship game will be one of the most evenly matched in recent memory. For only the second time in the past five years, Monday’s final college basketball contest of the season is expected to feature a favorite of less than six points.
If someone spent $100 parlaying Wichita State and Syracuse to make the Final Four, they would have earned a payout of $30,500.
Underdogs were the talk of the last two days, as they went 6-2 against the spread in this year’s Sweet 16. The only two favorites to cover were Duke at minus-2 over Michigan State and Wichita State at minus-4 against La Salle.
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It’s time for the Sweet 16 in Las Vegas. Sports books have cleaned out bettors to this point of the NCAA Tournament, including anyone unfortunate enough to tail the picks on this blog.
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And the beatings continued, until a couple of Bulldogs intervened. The unexpected happened early Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. The reign of favorites and blowouts extended for another six hours.
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