Tennessee Titans NFL 2014 Season Preview


The Tennessee Titans come into 2014 with a new Head Coach as Ken Whisenhunt will be looking to right the ship and have the Titans competing in the AFC South and to make a surprise run at the Playoffs.

The Titans went and got OL Taylor Lewan in the 1st round of the Draft this season to bolster the line along with OL Chance Warmack in last year’s draft. The Titan’s had increased production in the running game last year, and I look for a bigger increase this season with a solid offensive line. Expectations are high for rookie RB Bishop Sankey as he is expected to fill the hole for CJ2K who went to the Jets in the off-season.

Dexter McCluster was also an acquisition for the Titans and I look for a good amount of touches to go McAlister’s way. Whisenhunt was the OC for the Chargers last season and he made great use of Danny Woodhead out of the backfield and McCLuster is the same kind of player. If Shonn Greene stays healthy, this gives the Titans a versatile backfield with a ‘Thunder & Lightning’ combo with Greene a Power Back in the Red Zone and Goaline situations. The biggest question this season is, “Can Jake Locker can stay healthy?” If he can avoid injury, then I see the Titans winning at least 6 or 7 of their 8 home games, and 1 or 2 road wins is not out of the question to get them at a possible 9-7 record and at least a shot at the Playoffs. The receiver core is solid with veteran Nate Washington, then youngsters Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright with another year under their belt. Tight End Delaney Walker is also a quality TE that came from San Francisco and I’ve seen this guy make some key catches in games and he is also an excellent blocker.


On defense, the Titans improved last year from allowing 29 ppg to only allowing 24 ppg and trimmed 36 yards ppg of their total defense allowed. I like the front 7 of the Titans this year, but the secondary might be a bit weaker but should still be competitive. Overall, the Titans have the 2nd softest schedule in the league and I like them to be a good ‘PLAY ON’ team early in the season as amateur bettors will not be giving the Titans any respect.

*** Brandon’s Power Play: *** ***Week 1 Sept. 7th Tennessee @ Kansas City*** Play on : Tennessee as an Underdog*** The Titans will travel to Kansas City looking for revenge from last year’s 26-17 loss they suffered at home. I fully expect the Titans to put forth a better effort in this game than last year. The Titans got off to a slow start in this game down 13-0 as Ryan Fitzpatrick was playing in his first game as Locker was injured. The result was three-and-out on the first 5 series for the Titans and they could never establish a running game. Fitzpatrick was 0-for-8 with an INT on passes 15+ yards down the field. This year, they will have Locker under center and I look for the Titans to take some shots deep down the field early in this one. Expectations are high for the Chiefs this season, but I am expecting a sub-par season under HC Andy Reid. The Chiefs were fortunate last season to benefit from a +18 turnovers. I don’t think they will be as lucky this year to have the ball bounce in their direction.

The Chiefs do not have a strong passing game as it’s more dink and dunk passes from Alex Smith, so I don’t see the secondary of the Titans getting exposed in this game. I would also like to note that the Chiefs actually only outgained 5 opponents this year and this is a major red flag as they somehow won 11 games. A lot of their wins came from the fortunate bounces of the ball going their way and I got the feeling that the Titans win the turnover battle in this game. McCLuster will also be eager to make some plays against his former team and I also feel he can help out with the scouting report as he knows the Chiefs offense very well. The last note is that the Chiefs have a road game @ Denver in week 2 and I think it’s safe to assume that the Chiefs will be ‘looking ahead’ to this game as they will be playing with double revenge from last season and actually had the 21-7 lead on Denver before Peyton Manning went on a tear en route to a 35-28 victory.

*** Closing thoughts:*** Like I said, the Titans are not expected to be competitive this season by many, but all indicators tell me they will present some very good value for us bettors and should be a profitable team to bet on in 2014. If Locker stays healthy, and if they can win some of the close games they will be in, I expect the Titans to be a sleeper team in the AFC.

Written by Brandon Shively of VegasTopDogs.com

The Best NBA Playoff teams out West

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Milwaukee Bucks

Start your engines! The NBA playoffs have started, time for endless full court action every night as the league crowns another champion. Let’s take a look at the best of the West, the conference that has won nine of the last 14 NBA titles.

Oklahoma City: The team no one wants to play! The Thunder gave us a hint of their young talent two years ago, putting it all together in 2012 – at least until they imploded in the NBA Finals against the veteran Heat. It was a bitter pill, favored to win while taking a 1-0 lead before losing 4 straight. They have a dynamite offense, No. 5, 2, 1 and 5  in the NBA in points scored the last four seasons, led by the 25-year old duo of Kevin Durant (32 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Russell Westbrook (21.7 ppg).
6-10 Serge Ibaka (15 ppg, 8.6 rpg) has emerged from role play to star with over 2.5 blocks per contest. They aren’t all offense, either, 11th in the league in points allowed and third in field goal shooting defense (tops in the West) allowing .435% shooting.
They have it all, it seems – except experience. Three years ago after getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder blew Game 4 at home to Dallas, 112-105 in OT, blowing a 15-point lead with five minutes to play in regulation. Dallas closed it out the next game. The 2012 NBA Finals was a failure and injuries derailed them last year.
At what point does all this painful postseason experience bear fruit?

Spurs: A juggernaut down the stretch with a 19-game win streak that wrapped up everything in the West. Last year’s Western Conference champs have not slipped despite injuries and they are healthy at the right time. Long known for defense under Gregg Popovich, the Spurs used an awesome array of depth to blitz opponents, ranking 7th in the NBA in scoring, tops in assists and 5th in points allowed.
San Antonio still has the Big Three of 37-year old Tim Duncan (15 ppg, 9.8 rpg), 36-year old Manu Ginobili (12 ppg) and 31-year old Tony Parker (16.8 ppg). Popovich has done a great job in limiting the minutes of the Big 3.  The Spurs have won 50 or more games in an astonishing 15 straight seasons, breaking the longest streak in league history behind the Lakers, who won 50 12 times in a row from 1979 to 1991.
The Spurs rely heavily on their bench, which leads the league in scoring for the fourth straight season, with Danny Green, Patty Mills and role players in 7-foot Matt Bonner, 6-11 Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard and Boris Diaw.
Coach Gregg Popovich and Duncan have 4 NBA title rings and they know defense is essential in the postseason. After ranking 17th in points allowed and 21st in field goal shooting percentage defense two years ago, the Spurs have improved to 9th and 8th in field goal defense the last two seasons. The Spurs are 27-11 ATS on the road.

LA Clippers: The new Beasts of the West? Adding guard Chris Paul (19 ppg) with Blake Griffin (24 ppg, 9.6 rpg) is certainly a nice one-two punch to upgrade any franchise, especially on offense. This team is tops in scoring. But the depth and talent is exceptional for first-year Coach Doc Rivers, who has really helped to upgrade the defense, 14th in points scored, 5th in field goal defense, tops against the three-pointer.
Jamal Crawford, Darren Collison and Matt Barnes are fine role players and Rivers got  DeAndre Jordan to focus on defense and he’s responded with 13.8 boards and 2.46 blocks per game. They will be fun to watch in the playoffs but here’s one warning: The Clippers rank 26th in free throw shooting. Well that hurt in close playoff games?

Rockets: Houston felt it needing one missing piece and added Dwight Howard last offseason. So far, so good. Howard (18.5 ppg, 12 rpg) handles the low post and has improved the defense, ranking 7th in field goal shooting defense.
That clears the way for James Harden (25 ppg), Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin to strut their stuff on offense, second in the NBA in points scored and on a 19-7 run over the total. Howard and point guard Pat Beverely rested down the stretch to get healthy for the postseason. It’s a tough all around team but, like the Clippers they can’t shoot free throws, ranked 26th at the charity stripe. In Game 7 do you want Howard and his 55% free throw shooting at the line down by one?

Written by Jim Fiest for VegasTopDogs.com

2014 Masters Picks with Betting Odds and Expert Predictions


I’m going to quickly recap last week’s picks at the Shell Houston Open instead of a more in-depth look back as usual because there are so many Masters props that I could write at least five stories alone on the season’s first major championship that begins Thursday at historic Augusta National.

For the first time I will head into the Masters having not picked a season’s winner yet. We had another first-time winner last week in Matt Jones, who beat Matt Kuchar in a playoff to earn the final spot in this week’s Masters field. Needless to say, I didn’t even mention Jones in my preview. I went with Hunter Mahan at 28/1 to win as he had previous success in Houston, but he finished T31. It’s the second time Mahan has let me down in the early season. I’m sure he’s crushed about that. It was a terrible tournament overall that wasn’t helped by Dustin Johnson, a guy I expected a lot from, withdrawing after a first-round 80.

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Frankly, the most interesting things to happen in Houston last week had nothing to do with Jones winning. Seeing Rory McIlroy shoot a final-round 65 to bring momentum into Augusta is a huge story line this week. That matched the low round of the week in Houston. Sergio Garcia looks ready to contend this week as well after his third-place finish, continuing his worldwide success since late last year. Phil Mickelson, whom I didn’t like at all last week because of his 2014 struggles and back issues, has to feel better about his game after a T12.

The Masters is by far the most-wagered golf tournament of every season at the sportsbooks. I doubt the absence of Tiger Woods will change that, although it could affect TV ratings a bit (unless Mickelson is in contention).

There are a few things to watch in picking a winner this week. One is previous success during that calendar year. According to the Golf Channel, in the past 23 years only one player who won the Masters didn’t have a Top-10 finish on the PGA Tour or European Tour in the current season before arriving at Augusta: Angel Cabrera in 2009. Having a previous Top-10 finish in the Masters is big, too. Don’t think the first round is important? No winner in the past nine years has been outside the Top 10 after his first round (the last winner to be leading after 18 holes was Trevor Immelman in 2008). You also have to be long off the tee, kill the par 5s and rank high in greens in regulation.

Three players have a chance to replace Woods at No. 1 in the world this week, and it would be a first for all three: defending champion and No. 2 Adam Scott, No. 3 Henrik Stenson and No. 4 Jason Day. A win would do it for each. The worst Scott could finish to get No. 1, which he has stated is a goal, would be a two-way tie for third.

Golf Odds: Masters Favorites

Scott and McIlroy are the co-10/1 favorites at Bovada . I’ll say flat out I give Scott, who served surf-and-turf off the barbie at the champions dinner, little chance because only three players have ever repeated at Augusta. He did fit all the criteria listed above for winning last year: Top 10s in 2013 heading in (two), previous success at the Masters (runner-up in 2011, eighth in 2012), a strong first round (T10), long off the tee (18th in distance at Augusta), hitting greens (No. 1 in GIR) and playing the par 5s well (5 under).

It’s fairly amazing that McIlroy still doesn’t have a Top-10 finish at Augusta. Of course, he dominated the 2011 tournament until he stepped on the 10th tee Sunday and ballooned to a final-round 80 and a 15th-place finish. He actually has more rounds of 76 or worse (five) than he does in the 60s (four) at Augusta. McIlroy seems over all his equipment problems that plagued him much of last year.

Mickelson is 12/1 to win his fourth green jacket to tie Woods. He needed a confidence boost last week and got it, but one wrong swing could re-aggravate that oblique muscle issue. Day is 14/1 and Kuchar 18/1 to each win their first major. Day won the WGC-Match Play earlier this year for his biggest win yet on the PGA Tour, but he’s been bothered by a thumb problem and hasn’t played a competitive round since. Scott was the first Aussie to win this tournament last year; could it happen twice in a row? Day was co-runner-up in 2011 and third last year. Kuchar didn’t start playing well at Augusta until 2012 when he finished third. He followed that with an eighth last year.

Golf Odds: Masters Picks and Expert Predictions

So many props to choose from. On the top debutant, I like Harris English at 7/1. What’s not to like? He’s long off the tee and leads the PGA Tour this season in GIR and ranks second in par-5 performance. Top American: Kuchar at 7/1. Top Englishman: Lee Westwood at 3/1. Top European: Garcia at 6/1. Top Australian: Marc Leishman at 12/1 (he was fourth last year).

I’m taking the field at -500 against the Big 3 of Scott, McIlroy and Mickelson (+330). I’m also rolling the dice on Kuchar/Garcia at 17/2 on two chances to win. I really wish Garcia was part of a “selected four” of Day, Johnson, Bubba Watson and Kuchar (+500) against the field (-900). I’d probably take that if Garcia was in it instead of Day, whom I think will be very rusty because of that thumb sidelining him. I don’t like the “selected five” of Garcia, Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley and Graham DeLaet at +650 nearly as much against the field (-1400) as I would that previous selected four were Sergio in it.

Each of the past three Masters winners and 15 of the past 19 major champions were first-time major winners. So I’m going that route. I probably would have taken Johnson at 22/1 to win (and thus 8/1 as top American) if not for last week’s W/D, which he blamed on his troublesome back. He otherwise has been playing tremendously. My guy is Sergio at 20/1. It also seems perfect karma that he wins the year Tiger, his disliked rival, isn’t in Augusta. Garcia has improved his finish each of the past three years up to eighth last year. He would have been in the mix Sunday if not for a second-round 76.

Written by Doc Sports for VegasTopDogs.com

2014 MLB Fantasy player predictions for your season


In fantasy baseball, surprises happen every year, just like in every fantasy sport. but of course, we know not every surprise is always a good one to have. Some are bad surprises, and we will take a look at the guys who will not disappoint you in your league this year.

Of course, it’s one thing to use numbers from last season to work out a collection of top end performers for your draft this season, but there are other things to look at also. What fantasy owners need are players who produce, each and every year. And this year we will give you your best choices at each position. As we take a five step lead off of 2nd base closer to Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, the exhilaration is certainly building. Remember every single team in the league is knotted for first place right now. Let’s get you the heads up on who you will want to pick up. It’s the consummate time to make predictions.


1st base

1-Prince Fielder Texas Rangers

2-Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds

3-Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks

4-Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles

5-Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves

6-Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals

7-Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays

8-Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers

9-Buster Posey San Francisco Giants

10-Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians


2nd base

1-Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners

2-Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers

3-Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians

4-Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox

5-Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays

6-Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds

7-Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals

8-Jedd Gyorko San Diego Padres

9-Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals

10-Daniel Murphy New York Mets



3rd base

1-Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers

2-Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays

3-Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers

4-David Wright New York Mets

5-Josh Donaldson Oakland As

6-Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals

7-Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners

8-Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles

9-Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies

10-Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers




1-Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies

2-Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers

3-Hanley Ramirez LA Dodgers

4-Ian Desmond Washington Nationals

5-Jose Reyes Toronto Bluejays

6-Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox

7-Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers

8-Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres

9-Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs

10-Jed Lowrie Oakland As



1-Yadier Molina St Louis Cardinals

2-Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins

3-Jonathan Lucroy Milwaukee Brewers

4-Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals

5-Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies

6-Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles

7-Yan Gomes Cleveland Indians

8-Jason Castro Houston Astros

9-Wilson Ramos Washington Nationals

10-Brian McCann New York Yankees



1-Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

2-Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles

3-Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates

4-Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies

5-Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees

6-Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

7-Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers

8-Justin Upton Atlanta Braves

9-Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins

10-Alex Rios Texas Rangers

11-Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers

12-Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds

13-Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers

14-Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers

15-Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates

16-Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves

17-Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants

18-Yoenis Cespedes Oakland As

19-Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers

20-Jayson Werth Washington Nationals


Starting pitchers

1-Yu Darvish Texas Rangers

2-Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

3-Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners

4-Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

5-Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

6-David Price Tampa Rays

7-Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers

8-Chris Sale Chicago White Sox

9-Yordano Ventura Kansas City Royals

10-Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers


Relief pitchers

1-Greg Holland Kansas City Royals

2-Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves

3-Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins

4-Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers

5-Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers

6-Addison Reed Arizona Diamondbacks

7-Koji Uehara Boston Red Sox

8-Sergio Romo San Francisco Giants

9-David Robertson New York Yankees

10-Nate Jones Chicago White Sox

This information was written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com



Well the weather is getting warmer which could only mean two things…One, you should have started your diet earlier and two, BASEBALL has arrived. Say what you want about the popularity of football, and the personality of basketball but baseball is still the national past time. Each spring we look at our fantasy leagues, we open our season tickets, and we look to see how our favorite team will finish. But for the real, true bettors, baseball is the sport in which you can make your most green. If you take 100 sports players in a room, all 100 will bet football, 80 will wager on hoops, and about 50 will play baseball. But it is this 50% that are not just fans but are “in the know.” They have the discipline and the sense to understand that betting isn’t about winning but about value. And baseball offers just that.

You can be 1-4 and still be in the plus column in MLB. It’s about weather conditions, starting pitchers, bullpens, and trends and streaks. MLB is the streakiest of all major sports. You see the thing in football is 99% of your games are played on Saturday and Sunday so you are forced to play those days even if you aren’t crazy about them. Then there is nothing to watch but one Monday Night game so you must play that. Baseball has at least a dozen games 6 days a week and a half dozen or more the 7th day. A disciplined player can do very well in baseball. As I have stated before many times, I am not into future bets because I would rather play more money on one game then tie my cash up for six months but future plays are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. Below are the ODDS TO WIN THE 2014 WORLD SERIES:

Dodgers 4/1

Yankees 6/1

Tigers 7/1

Nationals 8/1

Cardinals 8/1

Angels 10/1

Red Sox 10/1

Rays 10/1

A’s 12/1

Reds 12/1

Rangers 15/1

Braves 15/1

Giants 15/1

Mariners 18/1

Indians 18/1

Royals 18/1

Orioles 20/1

Blue Jays 20/1

Pirates 25/1

I am not going to break down each team by team and remember we are looking at value. At 4/1 the Dodgers offer no value whatsoever. The Yankees are 6/1 but are getting that respect because they are the Yankees. They are getting old and just aren’t the Bronx Bombers they were for so long. The Tigers have a great shot because they have both pitching and hitting but is 8/1 enough return for six months. The Nationals have no heart so forget them and the Cardinals always have a chance due to the fact that they have great coaching, hitters, pitching, and pride. The Rays have a very talented team but lack the overall leadership to bring them a championship. Not because I am a Red Sox hater but twice in back-to-back years just ain’t gonna’ happen especially with the losses and trades that occurred. The A’s, Reds, and Rangers all offer value but I feel will fall short of the mark. Now Atlanta, they have value. Pitching, offense, coaching, bullpen, etc…They are a solid team. The Giants have the pitching staff but averaging so few runs per game just ain’t gonna’ get you a Title. The Mariners, Indians, and Royals will all at some point lead their perspective Divisions but just don’t have what it takes to win it all. Baltimore, despite being in the most-competitive Division in baseball still has an outside shot and offers tremendous value at 20/1. Toronto will get lost in the AL East shuffle. Now Pittsburgh, to me is interesting. Not a big salary. But they have quality players and offer both veteran leadership and fresh, young studs. It’s a shame but forget about Arizona. You will always have the Cubs faithful betting, swearing, and praying for a post-season win but it just won’t happen in my lifetime. You can take the Phillies, Brewers, Padres, Rockies, White Sox, Twins, Marlins, and Astros and put them all together and still you wouldn’t be able to field a championship team. Well, sports fans, there you have the breakdown of the MLB ODDS to win it all. Now, as the best MLB handicapper alive, if you want a winning season, just follow me right here. I don’t play every day and I don’t go above a certain price even if the ’27 Yankees came back. Remember one thing… This is about making money and having fun. But for me it is always more fun when I am making money. So be smart, pick your spots, and by no means play every day. Good Luck on this upcoming MLB season. Joe D’Amico of VegasTopDogs.com.

The 3 Best NCAA Tournament Games to watch this week


The coming midweek section in the world of sports will be one in which college basketball will remain the hub of activity. The NCAA Tournament will be on everybody’s mind.

NCAA Tournament Second Round – Manhattan Jaspers vs. Louisville Cardinals (Thursday)

 Louisville is the hot team that nobody wants to play in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals breezed through the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, winning three games by an average of over 30 points. Louisville is getting balanced contributions from its roster, but what’s particularly noticeable is that the best players are all getting better.  Russ Smith is at his best right now, and teammates Chris Jones and Montrezl Harrell are rapidly improving. Everyone in college basketball is taking Louisville seriously as a Final Four threat. This begins the Cardinals’ journey.

NCAA Tournament Second Round – Wofford Terriers vs. Michigan Wolverines (Thursday)

The Michigan Wolverines made the national championship game last season. They lost star guard Trey Burke to the NBA draft, and they also lost Tim Hardaway, Jr., to the pros as well. Early in the season, big man Mitch McGary was taken out of the lineup due to an injury that has never fully healed. This has been a shorthanded team throughout the Big Ten season, but the Wolverines have simply adjusted. They are tenacious, and they contest rebounds really well despite a lack of quality size in the paint. The three-point shooting of Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert makes Michigan hard to defend on the perimeter. The Wolverines can spread the court. They’ll be hard to beat in March.

NCAA Tournament Second Round – North Carolina State or Xavier vs. Saint Louis Billikens (Thursday)

Saint Louis was headed for a very high seed in the NCAA tournament, and then everything fell apart for the team that still managed to win the Atlantic 10’s regular season championship. Saint Louis had only two losses heading into its final game in the month of February. The Billikens were the owners of a 19-game winning streak and had everything going their way. Suddenly, though, they have lost energy. They appear to be tired and worn down as a result of all the hard work they did in the middle of the season. Saint Louis has lost four of five games and crashed out of the quarterfinals in the Atlantic 10 Tournament against Saint Bonaventure. Will this team bounce back?

2014 College Basketball March Madness Contest


The field for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday March 16th, as March Madness is about to take center stage for the next 3 weeks.  When you look for some extra excitement this time of the year, its best to visit VegasTopDogs.com.  College basketball frenzy will be crazy this week with the brackets and office pools.  There will be a huge amount of games to wager on starting this week which makes this a favorite time of year for casual fans, office workers and . . . sports bettors.

The top experts at VTD (VegasTopDogs.com) search across the Web for Basketball news stories about teams, players, injuries, or game results, and makes them available on the site. “VegasTopDogs” is a great idea for both the die-hard and casual sports bettor,” says Las Vegas expert, TonyK. “There is no question that VegasTopDogs.com is the hottest spot in the world for College & NBA action. In order to win you have to bet using their head and not their heart…  Let VegasTopDogs be your sports financial consultant and sports guide.

According to figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, sports bettors annually wager $2 billion in Vegas. For the 2014 Super Bowl, $91.7 million was wagered (up from $71.6 million in 2001, $73 million in 2003 and $81.2 million in 2013) and average $85 million on the NCAA College Basketball Tournament (“ March Madness ”). These two events alone account for nearly 10% of the legal sports gambling action throughout the entire year.

The Gaming Control Board also estimates that more than $3.5 billion is illegally wagered on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament alone.

VegasTopDogs will help to better understand and increase your chances of winning on sports and in college basketball wagers during March Madness  They feature some of the Nation’s best handicappers from New York to Las Vegas. The gentlemen featured on this site were hand-picked professionals that have made a career in the sports gambling industry.
A recent study conducted by Directions Research, found that of the people who bet on sports, 78% said they gambled on the NFL, 45% on horse racing , 36% on NCAA football , 36% on NCAA basketball , 22% on Major League Baseball and 20% on the NBA.

“With so many major events tempting the sports bettor between now and the end of March Madness in April, it’s only fitting to declare this time period as ‘Gambling Season,’” said expert veteran handicapper at VegasTopDogs, Tony Karpinski, who also serves as Director of Operations. “The casual bettor is easily seduced by the opportunity to bet on the college football bowl games, Super Bowl or their favorite college hoops team. It’s important for any bettor to ‘know before you go,’ that VegasTopDogs is a great tool to learn how to play smartly without risking any mortgage payments.”

And, this is also the final shot that many players take at their favorite gambling outlet until next football season. It is also a last gasp for online sportsbooks who often suffer through the doldrums of summer and baseball. Thus, sportsbooks offshore offer March Madness bonuses and bracket contests galore so make sure you take advantage. VegasTopDogs.com has your answers with plenty of recommendations and college basketball game previews.

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3 Great Sporting Events On The Menu This Week


The coming week in the world of sports will feature lots of great college basketball, as the sport prepares to go into overdrive for the next few weeks of March mayhem and insanity.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina Tar Heels @ Duke Blue Devils (Saturday)

This is an all-time college basketball rivalry, and it’s one in which North Carolina was able to land the first blow, winning in Chapel Hill two short weeks ago. Now, Duke gets to host the rematch in Durham, and the Blue Devils will not want to live in a world where they get swept by the Tar Heels. Duke likes to shoot the three-point shot, but it did not shoot well against North Carolina. This game will be a test of the Blue Devils’ ability to block out the memory of that loss.

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown Hoyas @ Villanova Wildcats (Saturday)

This is a game Georgetown will need to win in order to feel at least somewhat confident about its chances of making the NCAA tournament. Georgetown has lost a lot of games, but the Hoyas have also scored some really impressive wins (VCU, Kansas State, Michigan State). A win over Villanova would make it much harder for the selection committee to leave Georgetown out. Heading into the Big East Tournament, the Hoyas need to make a statement or two – they’ll get a chance here.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas Jayhawks @ West Virginia Mountaineers (Saturday)

This is a big game for West Virginia, a team with even more losses than Georgetown but not as many really big wins. Getting a victory over Kansas – a team that’s currently projected as a number one seed by a lot of publications and analysts – would give West Virginia the very thing it needs more than anything else. If the Mountaineers beat Kansas here, a few victories in the Big 12’s conference tournament might still be able to lift West Virginia into the NCAA tournament.

March Madness $10,000 Contest is almost here

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SportsBettingOnline  has announced its Bracket Buster competition, this is a NCAA contest that will reward players with a piece of $10,000 for correctly predicting the outcome of March Madness, from the original 64 all the way until Championship game.

The more a player deposits, the more free entries they’ll earn. If you make a deposit of $500 this earns new members 3  free contest entries and a $1,000 first deposit earns members 7 free contest entries.

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After members have made their deposit, they’ll be able to make their picks for the 64-team bracket competition and predict how March Madness will play out. Members will earn points, specified inside the betting portal, for each correct team they predict in every stage of the NCAA bracket competition.

The Top 10 Sports Betting Online members in the competition will earn cash. A total of $10,000 is being given away, with $3,000 being handed to the member who earns the highest number of points.

Giving sportsbook members more than they’d expect is common practice at SportsBettingOnline. Instead of running unrealistic promotions with ridiculous rollover requirements, Sports Betting Online features a single cash back promotion. Members of the online sportsbook receive 10% cash back, every week, win or lose. The 10% cash back offer is also offered at the sports book’s online casino and racebook.

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Are we convinced Blake Griffin is going to the next level?


When we watch highlights and –Sportscenter– there are likely going to be highlights from the LA Clippers power forward, Blake Griffin. Dazzling fans with his ridiculous dunks, and big time power play moves on the court. His athleticism has never been a question. He has always been a very good rebounder, with a career 10.3 avg off the glass, who is fast heading up the court, and he’s very strong. But the question I have had for a long time, which could be answered finally is. How limited he is on offense?

It has appeared for quite some time that most of Griffin’s points come on lightening fast break dunks and alley-oops from the back door screen. And for years he has struggled with an inconsistent jump shot. I mean I have seen some real bricks.

But, there are a lot of things going on in LA. Blake is starting to finally develop a dependable post game. Which was something he seemed to have missed in his game before, lacking what power forwards are typically supposed to have. Griffin has had a lethargic game down low, playing back to the basket. And at times, his ball handling has been awful, where as so bad, the basketball almost looked foreign in his hands. And he still seems to struggle with the ball at times. But Griffin and his inside presence is a vital component to the complete package of the LA Clippers.

Griffin has established himself this year, by being more aggressive. He has picked up the scoring, taking the team on his back, when needed. He is getting to the line more than he did before. Getting more attempts a game than he has in the last 2 years. He has also improved his free throw shooting greatly, now hitting 70% from the charity stripe.

When he was struggling at the line, it makes a player think twice before playing aggressively, but this is the new Blake Griffin, a new player. Who seems to no longer be shook when he needs to score points. He drives to the basket, off the one or two power dribble, and gets to the line with authority. Some can argue who the best power forwards are in the game, and many may feel Griffin is one of them. His numbers certainly are in comparison with the best PFs in the game. He is 3rd in scoring, 5th in rebounding with 10/game, and even 3rd in apg at 3.5, which is excellent.

And with all of it being said and done, the Clips are a real deal team, playing great and making teams shake. They are easily on their way to 50 or more wins, and playoffs again. So Griffin’s numbers are backed up by winning games as well, which makes them that much more sensational. They aren’t empty statistics.

Blake is facing up more and taking his man off the dribble, to the left and to the right. And has improved to get himself a respectable 12-15 foot jumper as well, which keeps defenders off balance. His rookie year he came in and we were all admiring his skills, and enjoyed the power game, But he is elevating his game to another place now.

Blake is demanding the ball more, made sure his team didn’t slip out of contention because of the loss of their court general. At this time now in the season, Blake has become the robust backbone of the Clips, and I think that everyone knows it now. Blake Griffin has lead his team to a winning record even without the best PG in the game. Griffin has a great future, he has reached superstar status. He can now rightfully claim that he has become an all around better player, playing the best ball of his career now. And is quickly climbing the charts as one of the top players in the NBA right now.

They can matchup with anyone, including the high scoring Thunder. I expect nothing but CP3 to keep Griffin involved and keep the Clips rolling. As the new “kings of LA.” As long as Blake continues to play like this, as well as the role players continue to knock down their shots, I can’t see anyone in the West beating the Clips 4 times in 7 games.

Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com