It’s Butler and Connecticut in the 2011 National Championship game and the odds are up. Connecticut is (-4.5) with a total of 129. The moneyline has the Huskies (-208)
Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy, CEO of OffshoreInsiders.com, the top sports betting site in the world of course sweeps the board in basketball with Connecticut, the game under, and Butler. In the NBA, Memphis made it 4-0.
Here is what professional sports bettors got before the game in basketball from GodsTips.
CONNECTICUT +2.5 Kentucky
UConn is the perfect Adrian Barbeau teams that win big games in the Dance. They are very top heavy with the nation’s best go-to guy Kemba Walker and the newest No. 2 guy Jeremy Lamb.
Now we won’t deny, Kentucky did beat a top-heavy team in Ohio State, though by just two points. However while OSU had inside monster Jared Sullinger and outside shooter William Buford, what Kemba Walker can do is create shots.
Kentucky is outstanding and challenging shots, but Walker is quick and as good as it gets in finding seams. He is an underrated distributor and Lamb’s emergence is huge.
Kentucky was dominated once this year. It was a neutral court. The team was UConn. The Huskies are the best team from the best conference and win outright.
Connecticut-Kentucky UNDER 140
This is a competitor consensus. If we have a lean one way and one of the few sports services or sources we respect has a big pick on a certain side, we pass along as a competitor consensus.
BUTLER -2.5 Virginia Commonwealth
Look Butler is clearly for real. No team has won more in March with their current crop of talent than Butler, a team in the Final 4 for the second straight time. Everyone forgets this team was nationally ranked all last year. The only thing Cinderella is they are from a non-BCS conference.
VCU is up there with George Mason and Penn and true glass slipper teams as many though VCU shouldn’t be here. Guess what happened to the true Cinderella teams in the Final 4? Both crash and burned in the semis. LSU was the third lowest seed to make the Final 4. They also lost by double-digits in the semis.
Butler is very good at controlling the clock and will take VCU out of their rhythm. History says teams like VCU find out the Final 4 is the great equalizer. It happens again.
MEMPHIS -13 Minnesota
With O.J. Mayo stepping up in the absence of Rudy Gay, the Grizz have not missed a beat. They match up well to Minnesota.
The Grizzlies won 102-84 and 104-95 at Target Center in February and 109-89 in Memphis in season’s third game back in October.
Memphis, as much as any team in the NBA, plays so much better at home than on the road. The Grizz are +6.8 points per game at home compared to Minny -9.7 on the road.
Both teams are playing their third game in four nights including playing back-to-back nights. But Memphis has more depth and the Wolves are playing a brutal stretch in which their previous five games were to Dallas, Oklahoma City, Boston, Chicago, and Miami.