Previewing the top five sports betting events from 12/7 through 12/13
I almost want to stop writing these blogs, because week after week, without fail, at least one of the games on this list gets canceled or postponed. That’s just part of the new normal. Until a game kicks off or tips off, there is no guarantee it will be played. The latest victim was a matchup between the two top teams in college basketball, Baylor and Gonzaga. The week before, the much anticipated Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving day clash was postponed. But the show must go on, and given how stacked this week’s slate of games, cross your fingers the curse ends this week.
Without further ado, here are the best sports betting events from December 7 through December 13.
5. CFB: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 4 p.m. est.
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Spread via Wager Champs: Cincinnati -12.5
In most years, an AAC game probably wouldn’t be the top college football game in the last week of the regular season. But this isn’t a normal season. Cincinnati is one of the four remaining unbeaten teams that played at least eight games. They have one of the best playoff shots out of any Group of Five team we’ve ever seen. But Tulsa, ranked #18 in the AP Poll at 6-1, is going to pose a very tough test. They haven’t lost since a close game in their season opener at Oklahoma State. For a road game against a really solid football team, bookmakers clearly think highly of the Bearcats to have them favored by double digits.
4. CBB: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 7:30 p.m. est.
Location: Iowa CIty, Iowa
Spread via Wager Champs: Iowa -4.5
It’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge week, and this game between top-15 teams is going to be one of the highlights. Most of the focus this season is on flashy one-and-done prospects like Cade Cunningham and Jalen Suggs, but Iowa senior center Luka Garza is the clear favorite to win National Player of the Year. After averaging 24 points and 10 boards last season, Garza is off to a torrid start to his final campaign. Even though he has only played directional schools so far, Garza is averaging 34 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal in just 26 minutes per game. He is also shooting a ridiculous 76% from the field and 63% from beyond the arc.
UNC’s frontcourt will be ready to give Garza one of his biggest challenges of the season. They are led by Garrison Brooks, a future NBA player who is averaging 14 points and 8 boards in three games against UNLV, Stanford, and Texas this season. This UNC team is battle-tested and talented enough to give the Hawkeyes a run for their money.
3. CBB: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Duke Blue Devils
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 9:30 p.m. est.
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Spread via Wager Champs: Duke -4
There will be NBA talent and star power all over the floor in the most anticipated game of the Big 10-ACC Challenge. Illinois is led by star point guard Ayo Dosunmo, who is averaging 24 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds this season. They also have the projected draft pick Kofi Cockburn, a physically imposing 7-footer.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are buoyed by projected lottery pick and one-and-done prospect Jalen Johnson, a swiss army knife who does everything for the team, and Matthew Hurt, a sophomore forward averaging 19 points per game.
As talented as these teams are, they both already dropped a game this season. Both losses were to top-10 teams, with Duke losing to Michigan State and Illinois falling to Baylor. This game will be a huge chance for these teams to prove they are true contenders.
2. UEFA Champion's League: Juventus vs. FC Barcelona
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Moneyline via Wager Champs: Barcelona +109 and Juventus +239
This will be a rematch of the game Barcelona won 2-0 in October, but this time, Christiano Ronaldo will presumably be playing. That means we’ll be treated to a Champion’s League match featuring the two best players of the last two decades, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
In the 35 games played between these two legends, Messi's side won 16, Ronaldo's team won 10, and their teams have drawn 9 times. Messi also has the edge in goals scored in head-to-head games, leading 22 to 19. With both players on the back-end of their careers, every game between these two, especially in a big game setting like this, feels like a monstrous occasion.
1. NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills
Date: Thursday, November 26
Time: 8:20 p.m. est.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Spread via Wager Champs: Buffalo -1
After losing to (checks notes) the Washington Football Team, the Steelers' pursuit of the first undefeated regular season since 2007 is over. While that certainly takes some of the luster out of this game, these have still been two of the best teams in the AFC all season. The Bills are 9-3, and aside from a tough two-game stretch against the Titans and Chiefs in October, they’ve looked like a potential Super Bowl team. Meanwhile, the Steelers have a stingy defense and are extremely well-coached. The Chiefs are obviously the team to beat in the AFC. This game will give us a good idea who the top challenger is.
A risk-free and competitive way to get in on the action
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