Duke and the Warriors are Favorites for Basketball Championships
#1 Duke Heads For Sweet 16 The 11-4 Favorite To Win Its 6th NCAA Championships With #1 Gonzaga That Has Never Won One The 17-4 2nd Choice
Major League Baseball Officially Gets Underway Thursday With All 30 Teams In Action And With A Host Of Dynamite Marquee Matchups
Warriors Remain Ridiculous 1-2 Favorites To Win Another NBA Championship And Then There Is This Guy Who Made A $67,000 Bet On Warriors To Win $670
By Kelso Sturgeon
I have all but gone blind this past week watching NCAA Tournament basketball games and only one team, the #3-seeded Houston Cougars (30-2) have impressed me. The Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16 round with powerful wins over Ohio State, 74-59, and a very good Georgia State team, 84-55. They are a generous 30-1 to win it all. One of the least impressive team has been the #1-ranked Duke Blue Devils, the 17-4 favorites to win their sixth NCAA title.
It is a fact that it takes a lot of talent to get to the Sweet Sixteen and each team that made it this far has a load of that and could deliver the title to their school. The one thing Houston has that the others have not yet exhibited is that intense and focused fire-in-the-belly attitude that has the Cougars on the razor's edge at each tipoff. Right off the bat, one knows they intend to take it to each opponent and destroy it.
Houston gets the acid test Friday when, as a 2.5-point underdog, gets the acid test against 2nd-seeded Kentucky (27-5). It is a tough assignment but I am confidently down at 30-1 on Houston to win it all.
Duke (28-5) meets #4 Virginia Tech (23-7) in the Sweet 16 and is a strong 7-point favorite to get it done. While I have of late been unimpressed with Duke, which was life and death to beat a mediocre Central Florida team by a single point, 77-76, as a 13-point favorite, in its last tournament game, I am not knocking the Blue Devils. Can't do that to a team that has won five NCAA championships, been runner-six times and has made the Final Four. The Blue Devils are going to need that second push to get it done.
As for Gonzaga (32-3) the Bulldogs are loaded almost every year, have been to the Big Dance 22 times, made the Sweet 16 times (this year is their sixth straight year to do that) the Elite Eight 3 times and the Final Four once and was the runner-up to North Carolina in 2017. But they cannot seem to win it.
CURRENT ODDS TO WIN 2019 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM RECORD ODDS
DUKE 28-5 11/4
GONZAGA 29-2 17/4
VIRGINIA 28-2 9-2
NORTH CAROLINA 26-5 7-1
MICHIGAN STATE 26-6 10-1
MICHIGAN 27-5 14-1
KENTUCKY 27-5 16-1
PURDUE 23-8 22-1
TENNESSEE 28-4 22-1
TEXAS TECH 26-5 25-1
AUBURN 24-9 25-1
HOUSTON 30-2 30-1
FLORIDA STATE 27-6 40-1
VIRGINIA TECH 23-7 40-1
LSU 28-5 50-1
OREGON 22-12 50-1
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MLB Begins Its 162-Game Season Thursday With 15 Games
The 162-game 2019 Major League Baseball begins Thursday with an outstanding slate of games. For instance the New York Mets open at the Washington Nationals in what could be a major pitcher's duel even though it is game one. It will be right-hander Jacob deGrom (10-9, 1.70) starting for New York and right-hander Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.53) going for the Nationals.
Out west, the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox open against the Seattle Mariners who have already played and won two games in Tokyo. Lefty Marco Gonzales (1-0, 4.50) will be on the mound for Seattle whole Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11) gets the call for the Sox
It has been a tedious and exhausting job to get ready for this season, but I have spent the time and energy to evaluate the 30 MLB teams. In the end, the one fact that stood out for me was the number of roster chances from last year - many more that usual. Obviously this changes the potential of teams and one needs to check this out on every single game before betting.
For instance, the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox made 11 changes to its roster, the Texas Rangers more than 20 as did the Seattle Mariners. Only time will tell the value of all these transactions.
As the season begins, the New York Yankees are the 6-1 favorites to win the World Series, while the Red Sox and the Houston Astros are 7-1. Rounding out the top five are the Los Angeles Dodgers at 15-2 and the Philadelphia Phillies at 9-1. For the more daring you can get 1000-1 for your money with the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and and the Miami Marlins.
I am going to open the season Thursday with two power-plus winners and you can both win both with me for just $9, charged to your major credit card or to Pay Pal. Better yet would be for you to sign up for the entire six months of baseball with a membership in my Best Bets Club - right through the World Series in October - for the early-bird price of $199.
Golden State Is Ridiculous 1-2 Favorite To Win Another NBA Title
And Then There Is The Case Of The Guy Who Bet $67,000 To Win $670
I would be the last guy in the world to tell you the Golden State Warriors (50-23) cannot win their fourth NBA championship in the past five years but at the same time I would be the first to tell you they don't have to, even though they are the 1-2 favorite to do so.
As the teams are are jockeying to get into the playoffs, or to insure a better seed, my figures say the Warriors would bet buried by the Milwaukee Bucks (55-19), the Toronto Raptors (51-23) and the Houston Rockets (47-27) - and maybe even the Philadelphia 76ers (47-17. The Boston Celtics (43-31)? Not good enough, even though before the season began they declared themselves the best team in the NBA. Denver (49-23) will need a miracle, as will the San Antonio Spurs (43-31).
My choice to win it all is the Milwaukee Bucks who right now are the second betting choice at 10-1. Grab it now before the world awakens.
CURRENT ODDS OFF LEADING CONTENDERS TO WIN NBA TITLE
TEAM RECORD ODDS
GOLDEN STATE 50-23 1-2
MILWAUKEE 55-19 10-1
HOUSTON 47-27 12-1
TORONTO 51-23 15-1
PHILADELPHIA 47-27 20-1
BOSTON 43-31 25-1
DENVER 49-23 30-1
OKLAHOMA CITY 43-31 45-1
UTAH 44-30 60-1
SAN ANTONIO 43-31 150-1
YES, HE MADE FUTURES BET ON GOLDEN STATE LAYING $67,000 TO WIN $670
On October 15, a man walked into the Westgate Super Book in Las Vegas to bet $67,000 at odds 10000-1 that Golden State would make the playoffs. He will win his bet take home a profit of $670. That's right, he bet $67,000 to win $670. It will go down in history as the stupidest bet in NBA history. At least he can tell his friends he cashed at $67,000 bet.