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!
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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