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2018 World Series Odds & Picks

MLB Opening Day is here. The playoffs are still half a year away. Who is the odds-on favorite to win the 2018 MLB World Series? Who are the smart bettors picking to win? Is there a long shot on the board that has a shot at winning it all?

World Series Odds & Picks

Latest Betting Odds To Win The 2018 World Series

  • Houston Astros +550
  • New York Yankees +620
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +640
  • Cleveland Indians +735
  • Washington Nationals +800
  • Chicago Cubs +850
  • Boston Red Sox +1200
  • St. Louis Cardinals +2100
  • Minnesota Twins +2700
  • New York Mets +2750
  • Los Angeles Angels +2750
  • Milwaukee Brewers +2750
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +3000
  • Toronto Blue Jays +3300
  • San Francisco Giants +3300
  • Seattle Mariners +5000
  • Colorado Rockies +5000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +7500
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +15000
  • Baltimore Orioles +15000
  • Atlanta Braves +20000
  • Chicago White Sox +20000
  • Oakland Athletics +20000
  • Tampa Bay Rays +20000
  • Texas Rangers +20000
  • San Diego Padres +25000
  • Cincinnati Reds +30000
  • Detroit Tigers +45000
  • Kansas City Royals +50000
  • Miami Marlins +50000

2018 World Series Betting Favorite:  Houston Astros +550

There are reasons to believe the Houston Astros repeat as World Series Champions. However, there are two huge reasons to believe the Astros don’t repeat. First, it’s almost impossible to repeat as World Series champs. It just doesn’t happen that often.

Second, Houston still doesn’t have a legit closer. Ken Giles got benched in last year’s World Series. I’m not sure the tactics Houston used to beat the Dodgers in last year’s World Series work this season in the American League Playoffs.

The Smart World Series Pick:  Chicago Cubs +850

The Cubs had a decent 2017. They made it back to the National League Championship Series. You’d think they wouldn’t switch things up in 2018. Not so. The Chicago Cubs don’t rest on their laurels anymore.

Chicago won the Yu Darvish sweepstakes. That alone makes them a huge contender to win the National League this season. With Darvish, the Cubs have two legitimate ace pitchers in Darvish and Jon Lester.  The Cubs also have two legit B pitchers in Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks.

That’s not the only reason to love the Cubs. Chicago traded for Brandon Morrow. They’re turning Morrow into their closer. If it works, Chicago could return to it’s 2016 World Series glory season.

The Longshot World Series Pick:  Arizona Diamondbacks +3000

I like the Arizona Diamondbacks to challenge the L.A.  Dodgers for supremacy in the wild NL West. The D’Backs boast a decent starting rotation. Not only that, but Arizona’s offense is on par with the Colorado Rockies’ offense.

If Zona’s bullpen can step it up this season, I expect Arizona to have a big shot at the NL West Division title. If they win the NL West, look out. Both Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray could be impossible to get past in the playoffs.

2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Title Odds & Picks

2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Title Odds & Picks

The Final Four is set. Villanova, Michigan, Kansas, and surprise Loyola-Chicago have stamped their tickets to the 2018 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Final Four. Top-seeded Villanova is the heavy favorite to win the title at +107. Will it be one of the three blue-chip squads or Cinderella that earns the crown?

Latest 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Title Odds & Picks

March Madness National Champion Odds at the Final Four:

  • Villanova +107
  • Michigan +270
  • Kansas +335
  • Loyola Chicago +1125

The Oddsmakers Favorite:  Villanova +107

Villanova has been the best team in the tournament. The Wildcats beat both West Virginia and Texas Tech by 12 points. The Mountaineers and Red Raiders are two of the very best teams from the Big 12. The Big 12 is regarded as this season’s best college hoops conference.

The problem with facing Villanova is that coach Jay Wright is a genius. But, even money on a team to win the Final Four? I don’t think so.

The Smart Pick To Win The Title:  Michigan +270

Michigan is a smart play because the Wolverines must only get by 11th-seed Loyola-Chicago to make it to the Final Four Championship. The Wolverines start a Dirk Nowitzki-esque player in Moritz Wagner. Wagner can stroke the three in addition to dominating inside. He’s that good of a basketball player.

Not only that but the Wolverines haven’t lost a game since Northwestern beat them on February 6. The hottest team in the Final Four offers decent odds at +270.

The Smarter Pick:  Kansas +335

Michigan is definitely a smart play. They’re not the smartest play, though. Kansas is the smartest play. First, they offer better odds than Michigan. Another reason why Kansas is a smarter play than Michigan is because Kansas has Devonte’ Graham. Graham is the overall best player in the 2018 Final Four. He can shoot. He can dish. He even plays great defense.

Kansas once won a National Championship behind awesome play from Danny Manning. Graham is good enough to provide a Manning-like performance in this year’s Final Four. If he does, Rock Chalk will cut down the nets on April 2.  

The Longshot Pick:  Loyola-Chicago +1125

It’s amazing that Loyola-Chicago, a March Madness longshot, is at +1125 odds to win the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship. Yes, Loyola-Chicago didn’t have to battle a team like Duke or Texas Tech in the Elite 8. That’s one of the reasons to believe the Ramblers should be such huge dogs. I’m not buying it, though.

Loyola-Chicago is the only team of the Final Four squads that’s gotten better as the tournament has gone on. The Ramblers dominated Kansas State 78 to 62 in the Elite 8. Loyola-Chicago might just be playing basketball better than anyone else in the Final Four.

Latest March Madness Title Odds & Elite 8 Spreads

Latest March Madness Title Odds & Elite 8 Spreads

The field of 68 is now down to the final eight.

The Elite Eight.

Latest March Madness Title Odds & Elite 8 Spreads

The March Madness upsets in 2018 continued to the Elite Eight with Cinderella No. 11 Loyola-Chicago keeping the faith to be the darling of the nation. Joining the Ramblers are Villanova, Duke, Michigan, Kansas, Texas Tech, K-State, and FSU.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Title Odds

  • Villanova +217
  • Duke +325
  • Michigan +475
  • Kansas +625
  • Texas Tech +1250
  • Kansas State +1650
  • Florida State +1650
  • Loyola Chicago +3000

Elite Eight Betting Spreads

  • South Region
    Loyola Chicago
    Kansas State -1½
    Total: 126½
    Saturday March 24th, 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS
  • West Region
    Florida State
    Michigan -4½
    Total: 143½
    Saturday March 24th, 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS
  • Midwest Region
    Duke -3½
    Total: 155
    Sunday March 25th, 2:20 PM ET, CBS
  • East Region
    Texas Tech
    Villanova -6.5
    Total: 144½
    Sunday March 25th, 5:05 PM ET, CBS
2018 Sweet 16 Bracket

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The 2018 March Madness field of 68 has been shaved down to 16. The Sweet Sixteen!

National title favorites, Duke and Villanova are leading the way as betting favorites heading into the Sweet 16. Kentucky has just hit it’s stride. Others are lucky to just be here: Loyola-Chicago with two last-second wins and Michigan with a buzzer-beater over Houston last time out. Missing are powerhouses Xavier, Virginia & UNC.

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2018 Sweet 16 Bracket


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Updated 2018 National Championship Odds

Updated 2018 National Championship Odds

Did one of the many upsets in the first two rounds of 2018 March Madness action bust your bracket? All 3 of my brackets were busted by a combination of underdog March Madness wins by Loyola Chicago, Syracuse and UMBC.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to take a breather. The Sweet Sixteen tips-off on Thursday! Here are the NCAA Basketball National Championship betting odds for every remaining March Madness Sweet 16 team. Who will win?

2018 National Champion Odds

  • Villanova +390
  • Duke +410
  • Kansas +725
  • Kentucky +725
  • Gonzaga +825
  • Michigan +925
  • Purdue +1300
  • West Virginia +1600
  • Texas Tech +2250
  • Texas A&M +3300
  • Clemson +6500
  • Nevada +6500
  • Kansas State +7000
  • Florida State +7000
  • Syracuse +12500
  • Loyola Chicago +12500

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March Madness Sweet 16 Spreads, Tip Times & TV Schedule

March Madness Sweet 16 Spreads, Tip Times & TV Schedule

Here are the betting lines for every Sweet Sixteen game in the 2018 NCAA Basetball Tournament. Click here for live basketball odds.

2018 March Madness Sweet 16 Spreads, Tip Times & TV Schedule



  • 7:07 p.m.: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 7 Nevada (-2.5), CBS 
  • 9:37 p.m.: No. 9 Kansas State vs. No. 5 Kentucky (-6), CBS


  • 7:37 p.m.: No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 3 Michigan (-3), TBS
  • 10:07 p.m.: No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 4 Gonzaga (-5.5), TBS



  • 7:07 p.m.: No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 1 Kansas (-4), CBS
  • 9:37: No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 2 Duke (-11.5), CBS


  • 7:27 p.m.: No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Villanova (-5), TBS
  • 9:57 p.m.: No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Purdue (-1.5), TBS
March Madness Sweet 16 Spreads, Tip Times & TV Schedule

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After a smashing March Madness First Four this week, who else woke up today with hoop dreams?

There are 32 total NCAA tournament games over the next 48 hours. That means there is an abundance of betting options for hoop fans of every intensity. Click here for March Madness’ R64 betting spreads.

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Spreads for every NCAA tournament first-round game

Spreads for Every NCAA Tournament 1st-Round Game

Here are the March Madness betting spreads for every first-round game in the 2018 NCAA Basetball Tournament. Click here for live basketball odds.

Spreads for every NCAA tournament first-round game

Betting spreads as of March 14th 12:00 PM ET.

South Region Betting Spreads

  • No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (-21) vs. No. 16 UMBC Retrievers
  • No. 8 Creighton Bluejays (-1½) vs. No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats
  • No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (-5) vs. No. 12 Davidson Wildcats
  • No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (-8½) vs. No. 13 Buffalo Bulls
  • No. 6 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (-1½) vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
  • No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers (-12) vs. No. 14 Wright State Raiders
  • No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack (-1) vs. No. 10 Texas Longhorns
  • No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats (-14) vs. No. 15 Georgia State Panthers

Midwest Region Betting Spreads

  • No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (-13½) vs. No. 16 Pennsylvania Quakers
  • No. 8 Seton Hall Pirates (-2½) vs. No. 9 NC State Wolfpack
  • No. 5 Clemson Tigers (-4½) vs. No. 12 New Mexico State Aggies
  • No. 4 Auburn Tigers (-9½) vs. No. 13 Charleston Cougars
  • No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs (-3½) vs. No. 11 Arizona State/Syracuse winner
  • No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (-14½) vs. No. 14 Bucknell Bison
  • No. 7 Rhode Island Rams (-2) vs. No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners
  • No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (-20½) vs. No. 15 Iona Gaels

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East Region Betting Spreads

  • No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (-23½) vs. No. 16 Radford
  • No. 8 Virginia Tech Hokies (-2) vs. No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide
  • No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers (-10½) vs. No. 12 Murray State Racers
  • No. 4 Wichita State Shockers (-12) vs. No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd
  • No. 6 Florida Gators (-5½) vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure
  • No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (-11½) vs. No. 14 SF Austin Lumberjacks
  • No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 10 Butler Bulldogs (-1½-103)
  • No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers (-20½) vs. No. 15 CS Fullerton Titans

West Region Betting Spreads

  • No. 1 Xavier Musketeers (-22½) vs. No. 16 NCCU/Texas Southern winner
  • No. 8 Missouri Tigers vs. No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (-1½)
  • No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (-7½) vs. No. 12 South Dakota State Jackrabbits
  • No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs (-12½) vs. No. 13 UNC Greensboro Spartans
  • No. 6 Houston Cougars (-4) vs. No. 11 San Diego State Aztecs
  • No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (-11) vs. No. 14 Montana Grizzlies
  • No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (-3) vs. No. 10 Providence Friars
  • No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (-19½) vs. No. 15 Lipscomb Bisons
2018 College Basketball Title Odds & Picks

2018 College Basketball Title Odds & Picks

The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament field is set. Villanova is the college hoops betting odds favorite to win the title at +465, followed by Virginia at +570 and Duke at +775. Who else has a hot at winning the glory of March Madness? Let’s find out.

2018 College Basketball Title Odds & Picks

  • Villanova +465
  • Virginia +570
  • Duke +775
  • Michigan State +940
  • Kansas +1350
  • Cincinnati +1350
  • Purdue +1350
  • North Carolina +1575
  • Michigan +1675
  • Arizona +2150
  • Xavier +2150
  • Gonzaga +3000
  • Tennessee +4300
  • Kentucky +4400
  • West Virginia +4400
  • Wichita State +5400
  • Texas Tech +6500
  • Auburn +8000
  • Ohio State +11000
  • Houston +11000

2018 College Basketball Title Betting Favorites: Villanova +465 

Villanova is the best team of the favorites. At +465, Nova offers fair odds. The issue with backing Villanova is that they don’t seem to have that one player to carry them all the way to another title. Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins were those two guys when Nova won the title in 2016. Nobody seems to be that guy this season.

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2018 College Basketball Title Smart Pick: Virginia +570

+570 on the best defensive team in the nation? Really? It’s true that the Selection Committee didn’t give the Cavaliers any help. Both Kentucky and Arizona are on Virginia’s side of the bracket. So are tough teams Kansas State and Creighton.

But, the odds are out of this world because no team in any region plays defense as well as the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia allows 53.4 points per game on average. Opponents average less than 38% from the field versus UVA. From the 3-point line, opponents only average 30.3%

The Cavaliers are worth a bet at +570 .

2018 College Basketball Title Longshot Pick: Arizona +2150

The Arizona Wildcats appear to have melded as a top college basketball team. Zona’s biggest asset is center DeAndre Ayton. Ayton’s skilled enough to not only dominate on the blocks but to also drain 3-point shots. He’s got excellent footwork for a freshman center. However, Ayton isn’t the Wildcats’ only weapon. Dusan Rustic, the center power-forward, feeds off Ayton and Ayton feeds off Rustic.

If you can handle Zona’s big men, you must deal with sharp shooter Allonzo Trier, bulldozing small forward Rawle Alkins, or point-guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Zona’s loaded. They’re also inspired after having to deal with a seemingly false accusation about their coach, Sean Miller.

2018 March Madness

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2018 March Madness

The greatest month in sports is here.

Selection Sunday is this weekend and thirty-six teams will be chosen to fill “at-large berths” to compete from the committee, which ranks all 68 teams and brackets them. The other 32 teams are conference tournament champions who get automatic spots to play. 

Here’s the complete March Madness schedule for 2018:

March Madness 2018 dates and schedule
Round Location Date(s)
Selection Sunday N/A March 11
First Four Dayton March 13-14
First/Second Pittsburgh March 15 & 17
First/Second Wichita March 15 & 17
First/Second Dallas March 15 & 17
First/Second Boise March 15 & 17
First/Second Charlotte March 16 & 18
First/Second Detroit March 16 & 18
First/Second Nashville March 16 & 18
First/Second San Diego March 16 & 18
Midwest Regional Omaha March 23 & 25
West Regional Los Angeles March 22 & 24
South Regional Atlanta March 22 & 24
East Regional Boston March 23 & 25
Final Four San Antonio March 31, April 2

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