The Crimson Tide has the highest win total at 10½ (over minus-150), and Ohio State is the only other team in double digits at 10 (over minus-125) in numbers released by CG Technology sports books.
OK, if you are in New England or south central Texas, you are the exception. But the rest of us are hoping and expecting that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet again for the NBA championship.
Nevada’s sports betting handle has increased from $2.6 billion in 2007 to $4.5 billion in 2016, while the state’s horse racing handle has dropped from $596.5 million in 2007 to $310.3 million in 2016.
Always Dreaming is the horse the racing industry will be rooting for. A win in the Preakness sets up another Triple Crown chance in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
Cubs president Theo Epstein said “there’s no panic” over Chicago’s slow start, and Las Vegas oddsmakers and handicappers agree.
Despite the Celtics having home-court advantage in the conference finals against the Cavaliers, defending NBA champion Cleveland is heavily favored to win the series and is a 4-point favorite in Game 1 on Wednesday in Boston.
All it took was one of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history to make a winner of a CG Technology bettor who wagered $262,000 to win $37,000 on Golden State on the money line.
Home teams are 101-26 (79.5 percent) in NBA Game 7s and the numbers support a play on Boston, a 5-point favorite over Washington on Monday at the TD Garden.
The Warriors opened as minus-1,600 favorites over the Spurs (plus 900) in the NBA Western Conference finals, which start Sunday in Oakland, California.
The Yankees entered Thursday’s series opener against the Astros in a virtual tie for baseball’s best record with Houston and the Orioles, another surprising team.