Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2012 2015-03-03T12:47:55-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Expert Picks and Betting Odds Arch Madness is, in my mind, the unofficial start of March Madness. With all due respect to the Big South, Atlantic Sun and Patriot League, the Missouri Valley is the first respectable conference to hold their title game and to crown a champion that poses a threat to do some damage in the NCAA Tournament. 2015 West Coast Conference Tournament Expert Picks and WCC Betting Odds “He’s cut! The Russian’s cut!” The famous line from Rocky IV was apropos for West Coast Conference basketball after BYU’s somewhat shocking upset over Gonzaga last Saturday. The Bulldogs had been 17-0 in league play this year and had won 41 straight home game. They had long ago clinched their third straight regular-season conference title and looked unbeatable by any team in this league. But the Cougars’ upset dealt a significant blown to Gonzaga’s air of invincibility heading into March and the WCC Tournament. 2015 Horizon Conference Tournament Expert Picks and Betting Odds Unleash The Madness. The Horizon League Tournament begins on Tuesday, March 3, and is one of the first conference tournaments to begin play this month. Like the remaining conference tournaments, the Horizon plays a one-and-done, winner-take-all tournament with the league’s one and only bid to the NCAA Tournament at stake. NBA Odds and Predictions: Tuesday, March 3 Opening Line Report and Handicapping Did you happen to watch Friday's Oklahoma City game against Portland? Red-hot Russell Westbrook took a knee to the face from teammate Andre Roberson. It left Westbrook with a very freaky-looking dent in his face. He underwent surgery on Saturday to repair a fractured cheek bone, and the team will re-evaluate him this week to determine when Westbrook can return. Currently he is +450 to win the NBA MVP Award at but obviously more multiple games missed severely hurts his chances. Steph Curry remains the -220 favorite. Here's a look at Tuesday's schedule. NCAA Basketball Betting 3-Point Play: Three Interesting Opening Lines Tuesday It's time for your updated odds on whether Kentucky will run the table through the NCAA Tournament. An impressive win Saturday over ranked Arkansas has “yes” that UK will finish with a zero in the loss column at +150. “No” is -185. Tuesday is a big night because it's Kentucky's final true road game of the season as the Cats visit a good Georgia team. I'd argue this will be UK's toughest game until probably the Sweet 16. Here's a look at that matchup and two others that caught my eye. NHL Hockey Odds and Picks: Scouting the Week Ahead The biggest injury by far this NHL season occurred last Tuesday night in Chicago when Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was checked into the boards by Florida's Alex Petrovic. It clearly was a bad injury with the way Kane skated off the ice, and the Hawks got the bad news on Wednesday as Kane underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his left clavicle. He is expected to miss 12 weeks, which obviously means the rest of the regular season and at least the first two rounds of the playoffs should Chicago advance. Arizona Wildcats Odds to Win the 2015 NCAA Tournament with Picks and Predictions The Arizona Wildcats seem to have found their stride after slow start to the college basketball season and are now in a position to win the Pac-12 title and grab a No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats suddenly jumped near the top of the national title odds picture after a surprising loss by Wisconsin and a few lackluster performances from the other top schools in the nation. NBA Handicapping: Utah Jazz a Hot Bet The Utah Jazz are playing very well right now. I know, it’s hard to believe — I almost didn’t believe it, and I’m the one writing it. But it’s true. They have won six of their last eight games, and are 17-16 since Dec. 17. That’s hardly an incredible record, but for a team that was 6-19 up to that point it’s practically impossible. It’s hard to believe that a team that has seemed so directionless and, frankly, clueless, for too long has outperformed their incompetence, but that seems to be the case. Betting Odds and Tuesday’s Picks of the Day from the Odds Shopper Any expert handicapper with tell you that tracking line movement and shopping the odds is just as important as breaking down the matchup when it comes to picking winners. A half point here or there can oftentimes mean the difference between cashing in or paying out when it comes to wagering on the games. Betting with The Prop Machine and Free Monday Pick The madness of March is finally upon us in what should be another great month of wagering on the games. While most sports bettors turn their attention towards college hoops this time of the year, you could be missing a golden opportunity to cash in on the NBA with the help of The Prop Machine.