A little game called the Super Bowl will dominate the week’s action in your sportsbook. But don’t forget about the NBA and college hoops, as well as the NHL and UFC.
Super Bowl XLVIII will go down at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday as the big game is held in a cold-weather venue for the first time. Denver and Seattle both have experience playing in cold weather, so it isn’t supposed to play that big of a factor, but it is definitely something you should keep an eye out for.
Kevin Durant hasn’t stopped his relentless tear, even with an ailing shoulder, and he will lead Oklahoma City into Miami on Wednesday for a meeting with the two-time defending champs. The next night in the TNT nightcap, the Los Angeles Clippers take on Golden State.
There will be a few college basketball matchups worth watching this week, but the marquee game will be on Saturday, as Syracuse hosts Duke for the first time since coming to the ACC. The Orangemen go into the week undefeated.
It is always fun when rivals go at it, and you will get your fill in the NHL this week, starting on Wednesday when Chicago visits Vancouver. On Thursday, Montreal and Boston clash in an Original Six rivalry where the temperature is always high.
The UFC always has a card on Super Bowl weekend, and Saturday’s UFC 169 features a pair of championship tilts for fight fans. Renan Barao will aim to defend his 135-pound title when he meets Urijah Faber for the second time; Barao beat Faber for the interim bantamweight belt at UFC 149. In the featherweight division, Jose Aldo aims to continue his reign when he takes on Ricardo Lamas.