Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2015 2015-03-31T18:54:39-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping PGA Tour Picks: Shell Houston Open Odds and Expert Betting Predictions We finally have our first two-time winner of the current PGA Tour golf season as Jimmy Walker won in his hometown of San Antonio last week at the Texas Open. Well, technically Walker lives 35 miles away in Bourne, but he grew up attending the Texas Open, so it had to feel sweet. NBA Odds and Predictions: Wednesday, April 1 Opening Line Report and Handicapping Great news for Bulls backers on Monday as Derrick Rose -- yes, we are back giving daily Derrick Rose injury updates -- took part in his first full-contact practice since undergoing surgery on the torn meniscus in his knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose looked winded afterward but otherwise had no ill effects. He then scrimmaged on Tuesday. 2015 Detroit Tigers Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series Is the championship window closing for the Detroit Tigers in 2015? I do believe this is the final year this club has a shot at the World Series with stars like Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera entering the downside of their careers while carrying crippling salaries for the next several years. NBA Playoffs Seeding: Handicapping the Potential No. 8 Seeds Eastern Conference The Eastern Conference may be a little light on .500 teamsóat the moment there are only fiveóbut the way the playoff structure is set up, somebody from the conference has to make the playoffs no matter how bad their records are. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-seeded teams are all on course to make a postseason appearance while winning less than half of their games this season, and three sub-.500 teams would be the worst playoff output the East has produced in the last 10 years. Weekly Q&A with Docís Sports Expert Handicapper Raphael Esparza Docís Sports: Last week you told us that the Las Vegas sportsbooks cleaned up through the first few rounds of this seasonís menís NCAA Tournament with a huge take on that first Thursday of action. How did the books fare through the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight Rounds? Kentucky College Basketball National Championship Futures Odds: Even Worth a Bet? Kentucky is favored to win the NCAA tournament. Shocking. They have been since before the season started, and that has never changed. Why would it when they have yet to lose and have looked downright terrifying at times? At, right now they are at -150 to win it all. Those are odds much lower than those for Duke (+360), Wisconsin (+400) and Michigan State (+800). The obvious ó and very interesting ó question, then, is whether there is any reason to bet on them at this price. Does it make any sense at all? Final Four Bracket Picks with Expert March Madness Predictions And then there were four. After a weekend of great basketball action ó especially on Saturday ó we now know which four teams are heading to Indianapolis for a chance at immortality. My original bracket is still in decent shape ó like everyone in the world, I still have Kentucky alive. Throughout the tournament, though, we have been starting the brackets over again after each round. This is our last chance to do so. Therefore, without further ado here are my Final Four bracket picks: 2015 Final Four Predictions from Expert College Basketball Handicappers What a freaking Final Four this is! The Final Four is always great, but it doesnít always set up as strong and impressive as this one. The four coaches have a combined 27 Final Four appearances and six national titles between them. The schools are all proud, distinguished and well-run programs. Each team has stars, and all are, in different ways, very fun to watch. Itís all so good that I can barely stand waiting for it to tip off. In anticipation of the epic weekend ahead, here are six Final Four predictions I feel pretty good about: 2015 Final Four Betting Trends As the Final Four draws near, bettors need to be looking for every possible edge that they can find. It is a brutally-tough and tight final grouping, and we know that the coaching will be outstanding. To try to find any edge that could exist, letís look back at some recent Final Four betting trends for each of the remaining combatants: 2015 Final Four Coaches: Analysis and Handicapping What stands out most years when you look at the Final Four is how strong and accomplished the coaches are. You canít fluke your way into the last weekend of the NCAA Tournament. You have to have had a season good enough to get into the dance ó and likely earn a good seed. Then you need to win four games as the level of competition and the pressure amplifies each game. This year is no exception ó every coach here is more than impressive, and they know a thing or two about coaching.