Best Bets Today: Top Picks, Predictions from Sunday's Sports Slate
We've shopped the odds and lines at our best sportsbooks in search of today's best bets for Sunday, March 26. Our top picks include offerings from March Madness, the NBA and NHL.
It's an incredible time in the sports calendar, with March Madness getting down to the Elite Eight and playoff races in both the NBA and NHL.
Read on for today's best bets for Sunday, March 26, based on the odds from our best sportsbooks.
Sunday's best bets
- College basketball: Miami +4 vs. Texas (-110 via DraftKings Sportsbook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- NBA: Wendell Carter Jr. to record a double-double vs. Nets (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- NHL: Canucks -1.5 (+140 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐
Sunday's college basketball best bet
Spread: Miami +4 vs. Texas (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Miami has been a bettor's dream during the postseason while covering in six of its last seven NCAA Tournament games. Additionally, the Hurricanes relish the underdog role, going 33-12 against the spread as underdogs over the previous three seasons.
Conversely, Texas is 3-10-2 ATS in the NCAA Tournament since 2010. Between that and forward Dylan Disu likely out for this contest after being spotted in a walking boot on Friday, we're making the Hurricanes a solid four-star play.
If Disu can't play, Miami forward Norchad Omier should feast on the glass. Omier recorded 17 rebounds (eight offensively) against Indiana's talented frontcourt, and the Hurricanes outrebounded the Hoosiers by 17 as a team.
In addition, there hasn't been a more impressive offensive performance in the tournament than what Miami did against Houston. The Hurricanes scored 1.27 points per possession against a Cougars defense that ranks in the top five nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, effective field-goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage allowed, and 2-point percentage allowed, according to KenPom.
Miami is a battle-tested team (27th in Division I experience) and can lean on its experience from last year's Elite Eight run. Also, while head coach Rodney Terry is more than worthy of being named Texas' long-term HC, a significant coaching edge goes to Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga and his 696 wins across 37 years of experience.
Texas is 24-0 when holding opponents to 44% or under, but only eight teams were able to do that to Miami. Back the Hurricanes as long as you're getting at least 4 points.
Sunday's March Madness best bets made by Mike Spector.
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Sunday's NBA best bet
Double-Double: Wendell Carter Jr. vs. Nets (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a great bet for Sunday’s action, as Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. has been balling lately. In 12 games since the All-Star break, WCJ upped his scoring from 15.4 points to 16.1, and his rebounds from 8.5 to 10.1. He’s double-doubled in seven of those and provided double-digit rebounds in eight.
This season, he’s failed to reach double-digit points just five times in 51 appearances, so don’t be concerned about his scoring. Focus on the rebounds, but he’s in a favorable spot, as the Nets allow the fifth most boards to opponents at 53.4. Carter Jr.’s Pts+Reb prop sits at 26.5, and his Pts+Reb+Ast prop is up at 28.5. Rather than bet on him hitting those lofty totals, take the safer bet for the same odds. This is a no-brainer.
NBA best best for Sunday made by Zachary Hanshew
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Sunday's NHL best bet
Canucks -1.5 (+140 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐
While both the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are playing their second games in consecutive nights, I actually value the schedule spot for the away team in this contest. Chicago returns home following a five-game road trip, and the Blackhawks were outscored 18-4 across their final four stops on the highway.
I don’t expect the Hawks to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and ready to go right back to work Sunday.
Additionally, the Canucks are in the midst of a late-season surge and coming off an upset win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Vancouver is rolling along during a 9-2 run while allowing the fourth-fewest goals per 60 minutes (2.04) at five-on-five.
The Canucks are also up to a rock-solid 15-9-2 record since Rick Tocchet took over behind the bench. I anticipate Vancouver continuing its strong play against the basement-dwelling Blackhawks on Sunday.
One of the worst lineups in recent memory jumps the boards for Chicago, so I’m confident in Vancouver winning. The three-star nod aligns with the Canucks needing to cover the number. Additionally, we’re only landing a positive expected value of 2% while backing the widely available +140 odds over the +134 through FanDuel.
Sunday's NHL best bets made by Neil Parker.
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