Monday is a changing of the seasons in a way as the NCAA basketball season comes to a close as North Carolina faces Michigan St. for the national title, while Major League Baseball starts its season with opening days around the country (OK, so the season technically opened Sunday night in Philadelphia, but I'm sticking to the theme here!!!).
North Carolina is favored by 7.5 points at most Las Vegas sports books as of Sunday night with the Leroy's chain of books holding the line at 7. The total ranges from 152 to 153 depending on where you shop. I have no opinion on the total. Most readers of mine know I love underdogs, but I can't see the Spartans staying with the Tar Heels the entire game. However, I do think Michigan St. can stay close early with the help of what could be a pretty good home-court advantage (despite the fact these teams played earlier in the year on this same court and NC romped 98-63), so I think the best play of the night is Michigan St. +4 in the first half
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If you had been on the site Sunday, you would have seen I gave out the Braves +120 to upset the Phillies in the first game of the baseball season. Here's my picks for some of Monday's games as I think you have to look for the dogs to bark early as the oddsmakers don't always know which teams are going to jell at the start of the season:
Dodgers +120 vs. Padres
Rockies +155 vs. Diamondbacks
Rays +135 vs. Red Sox
A's +135 vs. Angels
We have a bunch of other handicappers looking at baseball every day in the Forums, too, so be sure to check out the other threads, as well as our upcoming coverage of the Masters (the odds are already posted, and we're going to have our very own Mr.OutsideVegas filing a report from Augusta this week).
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