I love the Winter Olympics so the fact that it’s been cramming my television this entire time has been fantastic for me, but if you’re not a big fan of skiing or figure skating then you’re probably looking for some alternative betting picks for this weekend. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. There’s tons of basketball on tap and even a UFC event for the bloodthirsty bunch of you.
By the way, Team USA and Team Russia are playing Saturday at 7:30am in Men’s Ice Hockey action at Sochi. It should be absolutely tantalizing, but if the winter games aren’t your cup of tea, I have some other alternative betting picks for you to sip on.
NBA All-Star Weekend
Who wants to see some slam dunks?! Now who wants to win some damn money on those dunks? NBA All-Star Saturday is the non-Olympic main event of the weekend. The Skills Competition and Three Point Contest will also take place this Saturday, but everyone will stop whatever it is they’re doing to take in the dunk contest. With big names like Paul George, Damian Lillard, John Wall and defending champion Terrence Ross waging war on the rim, this is one of the best alternative betting sports to enjoy if you’re need a break from the Sochi Winter Olympics.
My collegue’s betting pick on this one is Harrison Barnes at +500, but he is notorious for chasing underdogs in whacky events like this.
Get to the book to check out all the odds on NBA All-Star Weekend, which includes the yearly battle between East and West on Sunday night.
College Basketball Betting
#3 Florida vs. #14 Kentucky (Saturday – 9pm EST)
Kentucky will host the surging Florida Gators who have lost just two games this season. The Wildcats, who began the season with a porous start have pulled up their sock lately going a promising 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 games. However, most of those games have come against non-ranked opponents in the brutal SEC.
Beating Florida is a whole different ballgame for the Kentucky Wildcats. Patric Young leads a balanced and refined frontcourt attack for the Gators that will give freshman sensation Julius Randle all that he can handle. Florida has fallen in to the crosshairs of the oddsmakers, but with the whole world watching, they’ll be able to capitalize on a favorable road line as one of the weekend’s best alternative betting picks if you want to skip the Sochi Winter Olympics this weekend.
#6 Villanova at #17 Creighton (Sunday – 5pm EST)
The Big East isn’t what it used to be in NCAAB betting, but this game should be an all out war. The last time these two faced off, Creighton hit 21 3-pointers to bury the Wildcats. Despite that loss, Villanova has been crushing it for the bier backers with a marvelous 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS record in their last 10 games. I love Doug McDermott, but with Villanova seeking revenge I think the home bound Blue Jays are in serious trouble here. Take Villanova.
UFC Fight Night 35 – Machida (-240) vs. Mousasi (+190)
For those of you that want to see some real action, the UFC is staging a fun card on Saturday Night live from Brazil. In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is favored against Gegard Mousasi. Machida has been floating around lately since losing to Jon Jones in an epic fight at UFC 140 in 2011. He’s 3-1 SU since that bout, losing only Phil Davis while triumphing over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson. His recent debut at middleweight was a resounding success as he knocked Mark Munoz out with an epic head kick in the first round.
Mousasi isn’t as well known as he should be, and he’s not a new guy on the scene. He’s just relatively fresh to UFC viewers. The Dutch Dreamcatcher is 34-3-2 SU at the tender age of 28 years old. He could be a nice find for the UFC but he’ll have his hands full in this fight. My alternative betting picks to Sochi this weekend include a soft lean on Machida at -240.