Some sports bettors refer to April as the start of the offseason in terms of their overall betting strategy. In reality, it would be foolish to think of the first day of April as the beginning of any slowdown in action at your favorite online sportsbook.
The best of the NCAA Tournament for men’s basketball has yet to come with the Final Four and next Monday’s national title game. Even though 64 of the original 68 teams are done for the season, the four remaining ones are gearing up for the one, final push toward becoming national champions. Most of the top favorites went down in flames in the Elite 8 round to add even more drama to the final three games of the 2019 college basketball season.
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After resetting the odds to win, the ACC’s Virginia Cavaliers now top the list as the only remaining No. 1 seed. They are favored by 5.5 points for Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Auburn. The Cavaliers are +150 favorites to win that game straight-up and go on to beat the winner of Texas Tech vs. Michigan State in the title game. The Big Ten’s Spartans are three-point favorites against the Big 12’s Red Raiders and their odds to win it all are set +200. Texas Tech is listed as a +450 third-favorite, followed by the SEC’s Tigers at +500 betting odds.
If you are looking to bet the exact results of this year’s NCAA Championship Game, Virginia beating Michigan State is set as a +300 favorite. The odds that Michigan State comes out on top in that same matchup have been set at +350. The longest odds on the board have Auburn topping Texas Tech next Monday at +1200.
Just as the dust is settling on the NCAAB title game, the NBA will wrap up its regular season schedule in advance of the second season in the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors will be gunning for their fourth world title in five seasons as -200 odds-on favorites to win it all. The Milwaukee Bucks are in line to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference and their NBA futures odds to win the title are set at +800.
The Houston Rockets were able to take Golden State to seven games in last season’s Western Conference Finals and their odds to take that next step to a league championship are third-best on the board at +1000.
There is nothing more exciting than playoff hockey in the NHL. Anything can happen and everything remains up for grabs through four rounds of best-of-seven series. The Eastern Conference’s Tampa Bay Lightning have been the class of the NHL all season long and their betting odds to keep this run going to a Stanley Cup title are set at +275.
Getting out of the Atlantic Division could be Tampa Bay’s toughest task with the Boston Bruins second on the list at +800 along with the Western Conference’s Calgary Flames, playing in the Pacific Division. Another West Coast foe that is high on the list is the San Jose Sharks listed at +1000 odds. Joining the Sharks at those same betting odds are the Winnipeg Jets and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals.
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The month of April has become synonymous with professional golf’s most popular Major. Every year at this time, the sport’s best players in the world descend upon Augusta, Georgia to compete in the Masters at fabled Augusta National. The player at the top of the list to win this year’s Green Jacket is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy at +700 betting odds. The best American golfer in the field is Dustin Johnson as a +1000 second-favorite and England’s Justin Rose rounds out the top three at +1200 betting odds.
Tiger Woods continues to try and turn back time as one of the most dominant players in the Masters during his prime. His odds to win are also set at +1200.