2 Things Bettors Need to Know Today (Tue.)

If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!

 
We’ll make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date map before you embark on your sports betting voyage.

1. Champions League quarterfinals underway

For the UCL’s remaining eight teams, the first leg of the quarters get underway today, beginning with a rematch of the 2015 Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus. Needing a miracle comeback against Arsenal to even advance to this point, Barcelona are now the favorites to win it all, but just +165 to get an outright win in Turin today.

The other games today sees Dortmund as a massive favorite (-200) at home against AS Monaco. Don’t get fancy with the play here: just go chalk.

2. NBA’s Eastern Conference picture still murky

All the first-round Western Conference matchups are set, with only home-court in Clippers vs Jazz to be decided. The East has not been so kind, thanks to the Cavaliers blowing a 26-point lead against Atlanta over the weekend, then resting its stars against Miami. Now, entering the final two nights, only Washington and Toronto are locked into the three and four seeds; everything else is up for grabs.

To make things extra hectic, every East game tips off at 8:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, so scoreboard watching won’t factor into who plays how many minutes.

Miami and Chicago are in a fight for the eighth seed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if neither gets a win tomorrow. The Bulls are playing the lowly Nets, but have a history of blowing games against bad teams, losing to Brooklyn just this weekend. Another loss on the Wednesday would open the door for the Heat to sneak in with a win over the idle Wizards, who could rest stars like John Wall. But even though the Wiz can’t improve their standing, a victory would give the franchise its first 50-win season since 1979. Given that motivation, and how ridiculous this Eastern Conference race has gotten already, consider betting on the Bulls to backslide their way into the postseason.


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Boris

Hockey may be a wildly unpopular sport in the U.S., but where no one is paying attention, there’s a ton of value for Boris to mine. An avid NHL fan of over 20 years, Malloy made his first bet against a friend during the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals (going against Ray Bourque) and has been hooked ever since. He has yet to pay off that debt of $2, but he’s made plenty back since. In between worrying about the league’s next lockout, he regularly contributes to MTS and is also fluent in football, basketball, baseball and French (sort of).