Tuesday Betting

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Duke takes on Clemson in ACC action, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers arrive in Toronto, and the Flyers get a visit from the Bruins.

Tipping Off in the NBA

The Lakers will be without Andrew Bynum for the next two-to-three months with a knee injury, but that didn’t matter on Monday night when Kobe Bryant poured in 61 points in the team’s 126-117 road win over the Knicks. Los Angeles (38-9 SU, 24-23 ATS) will take on another Atlantic Division opponent on Wednesday night when they play in Toronto. The Raptors sit at 19-30 SU and 19-28-2 ATS so far.

There are 10 other games on a busy NBA schedule for Wednesday night, including LeBron James and his Cavaliers on the road in New York. Rounding out the slate: New Jersey at Washington, the Clippers at Orlando, Miami at Detroit, Denver at Oklahoma City, Chicago at New Orleans, Atlanta at Minnesota, Houston at Memphis, Portland at Dallas, & Phoenix at Golden State.

The March to Madness

Last week’s loss to Wake Forest dropped Duke to No. 4 in the Top 25 poll, so they’ll try to bolster themselves on Wednesday with a win on the road against No. 10 Clemson. The Blue Devils got past Virginia 79-54 on Sunday, with Gerald Henderson scoring 18 points; they’re now at 19-2 SU and 11-8-1 ATS. Clemson (18-2 SU, 7-7-1 ATS) is coming off an 86-82 win over Virginia Tech last contest.

There’s one other ranked matchup on the college hoops schedule for Wednesday, with No. 13 Michigan State hosting No. 19 Minnesota. As well, it’s West Virginia at No. 20 Syracuse, No. 7 Wake Forest at Miami, No. 17 Villanova at Providence, No. 14 Memphis at SMU, Texas A&M at No. 2 Oklahoma, and Missouri at No. 16 Texas, while Southern Cal hits the road to play No. 15 UCLA.

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A Trip Around the Rink

Coming off a 3-1 win over the rival Canadiens in Montreal on Sunday afternoon, the Bruins will be gunning for another big Eastern Conference victory on Wednesday when they travel to Philadelphia. Marc Savard scored his 20th goal of the season and Tim Thomas made 27 saves in Boston‘s win in Montreal. The Flyers, meanwhile, were blanked 4-0 by the Blues in their last game on Saturday.

The Red Wings got back into the win column on Monday by beating the Blues, and they’ll try to stay on a roll on Wednesday when they host the Coyotes. As well, Toronto will travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres, while Pittsburgh gets a visit from Tampa Bay, and the Ducks will hit the road for a matchup in Minnesota.

Rounding Out the Slate

Unemployed outfielder Manny Ramirez has reportedly been offered a one-year, $25 million contract from the Dodgers, but is still holding out for a better deal. Vegas sportsbooks have Los Angeles at 10/1 odds to win the 2009 World Series, which puts them behind the Yankees (11/4), Cubs (11/2), Red Sox (15/2), and Phillies (17/2). The Mets, another rumored suitor for Ramirez, are pegged at 10/1 World Series odds as spring training approaches, with the Rays just behind them at 12/1 odds. The other L.A. club, the Angels, sits at 13/1 odds on the list right now.

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