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Sports Betting By The Numbers: March 30th, 2011

March 30th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

13/4- Oddsmakers are fielding a variety of betting lines for the 2011 Final Four match ups. Of those, several have to do with the national championship match up that will be determined after the two national semifinal games. Kentucky, Connecticut, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth reach the Final Four, in what has been a wild ride through the 2011 bracket. Kentucky will match up with Connecticut in one semifinal game, while VCU and Butler match up in the other. One such prop betting line allows for bettors to place a wager on the exact outcome of the championship game prior to the start of the Final Four. Only eight potential outcomes are possible, with Kentucky defeating Butler for the national title the leading favorite, going off at 13/4 on NCAA Tournament Prop Odds. VCU over Connecticut for the national championship is the unlikeliest outcome going by the odds, set at 10/1.

-145- MLB Prop betting lines on Bodog Sportsbook are fielding a variety of season series wagers between two specific teams, and the outcomes of those series come the season’s end. One such wager highlights arguably the biggest rivalry in sports, between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Oddsmakers have set Boston as a -145 favorite to capture the season series this year against New York, with the Yankees installed at +115. The Red Sox have been at the forefront of most MLB futures odds prior to the start of the season, including odds to win the 2011 World Series, and odds to achieve the most victories in the regular season.

102-90- Through the first three games during the season that they matched up, LeBron James got the better of his former team in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not on Tuesday night however, as James and the Miami Heat traveled back to Cleveland for the second time this season and dropped 102-90, despite a triple-double effort by the player who spent his first seven years in a Cavalier uniform. It was a tough loss for Miami, who is in the middle of a race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings with both Boston and Chicago. With only 14 wins going into the game on the season, the Heat were a heavy favorite. But it was Cleveland that looked like the team with more than 50 wins.

10- The number of consecutive Major Championships that Tiger Woods has gone without a victory. The last time Woods captured a Major was back in June of 2008, when he won the U.S Open at Torrey Pines. It was the 14th Major of his career, and since then he has gone 0-for-10. Technically he is 0-for-8, due to the fact that he missed the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship due to injury. But it has still been nearly three years since Woods last put on a show for the crowd on that historic day in California back in 2008.

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