Surging Colts look to stay hot against slumping Jags
Sports bettors can't complain about the volume or frequency of wagering opportunities, with football and basketball games being played almost on a nightly basis. Here's a quick look at what's happening on sports betting boards over the next 48 hours or so.
Wednesday night in college football gives us a key game in the MAC as the Ohio Bobcats and Bowling Green Falcons, both 4-1 and a game out of first place in the East Division, square off in Athens (8 pm ET, ESPN2). As of Wednesday morning most online sportsbooks were listing the Bobcats at right around -2 for this game, down from the opening line of -3.5.
Wednesday night in the NBA gives us a full board of action. Among the more interesting matchups, the Miami Heat were favored by 10 points at home over the Brooklyn Nets (7:35 pm ET); the Atlanta Hawks were favored by 3.5 points at home over the Indiana Pacers (7:35 pm ET); the Utah Jazz were favored by three points at home over the Los Angeles Lakers (9 pm ET); and the San Antonio Spurs were favored by 1.5 points at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:35 pm ET).
Moving on to Thursday our midweek NFL fix comes when the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts, winners of three games in a row, visit the 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars (8:25 pm ET, NFL Network) who have lost five consecutive games. Indy, which if the playoffs started today would be the fifth seed in the AFC, was an early 3.5-point favorite over the Jags, who will be without injured RB Maurice Jones-Drew (pictured).
In Thursday night college football the Florida State Seminoles, tied for first place in the ACC's Atlantic Division, were favored by 14 points at the struggling Virginia Tech Hokies (7:30 pm ET, ESPN). And in a big game in the Sun Belt Conference Arkansas State was favored by seven points over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (7 pm ET).
Finally, for the NBA's Thursday night national TV doubleheader the Chicago Bulls host the Oklahoma City Thunder (8 pm ET, TNT); and the Portland Trailblazers host the Clippers (10:35 pm ET, TNT).