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NBA Playoffs: Can anybody beat the Heat?

The NBA's “second season” tips off this weekend with the start of eight first-round, best-of-seven playoff series.

Here's a quick look at how things shake out for this first weekend of NBA playoff action, with betting odds to ponder.

Play begins Saturday in New York as the Knicks, the two seed in the East, host the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics (3 pm ET, ABC).

MLB Betting: Cardinals head for Pittsburgh as road chalk

With half the country seemingly still covered with snow, the baseball season moves into its third week of play. Here's a quick look at some of what's happening early this week, with some MLB series betting odds.

The Masters: Rejuvenated Tiger tops the betting board

They've been playing tournaments for three months now but the 2013 professional golf season really gets started this weekend, with the playing of the 77th edition of the Masters, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Before the field of 93 tees it up on Thursday golf bettors might want to check out the myriad ways they can bet on the Masters, outside of just getting in the pool down at the local watering hole.

Red Sox host Orioles as division rivalries heat up

Week 2 of this Major League Baseball season begins with several interesting divisional rivalry series matchups. Here's a quick look at some of this week's early action, including series betting odds.

Final Four: Louisville looms large as championship chalk

What was once a bulging field of 68 teams has been whittled down to the Final Four, and this Saturday they'll narrow it down to two before college basketball crowns its champion for this 2012-13 season on Monday night.

Play Ball! MLB Betting Sneaks Into Spring Spotlight

What with all the Madness of the last month the opening of this 2013 Major League Baseball betting season almost snuck up on us. The Astros, playing their first season in the American League, and Rangers led things off Sunday night and the action really gets rolling Monday.

Among some of this week's more interesting matchups:

NCAA Tournament Preview: An Elite Eight Weekend

What was once 68 teams full of hopes and dreams is now down to eight; by Saturday night we'll be down to six, and by Sunday night we'll know which Final Four teams will be headed on down to Georgia next weekend.

The NCAA tournament reaches crunch time this weekend with two regional finals Saturday and two more Sunday.

Sweet 16 set to hit the hardcourt Thursday night

The field for this NCAA tournament has been whittled down from 68 to 16. By Sunday evening we'll be down to the Final Four.

How do we get there? Well, we start with four games Thursday night and four more Friday night, before the regional finals this weekend.

NIT, CBI betting action whets appetite for Sweet 16

The NCAA tournament, down to its Sweet 16, takes a few days off before resuming play on Thursday. In the interim the NIT and CBI take over the college basketball betting boards, offering up action for early this week.

Opening weekend of March Madness sets stage for Sweet 16

Some of the Madness goes down on the opening Thursday and Friday of the NCAA tournament, but some of the really good stuff happens on the first Saturday and Sunday, as the field that was 68 and then 32 is whittled down to 16.

Here's a partial song list for this weekend at the Big Dance.

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