Daily Sports Betting Preview 2/24/2021: Champions League, SEC Basketball, NHL

  • Manchester City have -345 odds to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach on the three-way moneyline.
  • The Alabama Crimson Tide are a 1.5 point underdog to the Arkansas Razorbacks in a battle at the top of the SEC.
  • The injured Philadelphia Flyers are -125 favorites over the New York Rangers.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to this Wednesday edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview!

First up, in the Champions League, Borussia Monchengladbach takes on Manchester City. Then, a surging Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Finally, in the NHL, the New York Rangers take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

UEFA Champions League Betting

Manchester City have roared into form, and have won their last 18 matches in a row at the competitive level. The Premier League leaders have surged to the top of the PL standings, and are looking like one of the best teams in Europe.

Today, they’re faced with the challenge of Borussia Monchengladbach, who currently sit in eighth place in the Bundesliga, having won just one of their last five Bundesliga matches.

Manchester City vs. Borussia Monchengladbach Three Way Moneyline

  • Manchester City -345
  • Borussia Monchenladbach +950
  • Draw +475

Manchester City are about as heavy a favorite as is possible during the Champions League Round of 16.

In fact, of all the remaining Round of 16 matches, Manchester City is more favored over Gladbach than any team is over any other team on the three-way moneyline.

Manchester City vs. Borussia Monchengladbach No Draw Moneyline

  • Manchester City -1400
  • Borussia Monchenladbach +800

The no draw moneyline sees Manchester City similarly favored, with their -1400 odds giving bettors a 7.14% rate of return on investment. This is contrasted with their -375 odds on the three-way moneyline, which yield a 26.7% return on investment.

Considering the gap in talent and form between City and Gladbach, many soccer bettors might opt for the three-way moneyline odds on City.

They are a fairly unique combination of relative safety and likely profit, and soccer betting fans should take notice.

NCAA SEC Basketball Betting

Alabama has quietly become one of the powerhouse teams in the entirety of NCAA Division 1 Basketball. The Crimson Tide are currently ranked 7th, and have a record of 18-5, leading the SEC. The only challenger to their position atop the conference is Arkansas, their opponent in Wednesday’s matchup.

Arkansas boasts a record of 17-5, meaning if they win this game, they’ll jump Alabama on the standings.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Spread

  • Alabama +1.5 (-110)
  • Arkansas -1.5 (-110)

The spread of +/- 1.5 points denotes that the sportsbooks expect a very close matchup, but the last time these two teams faced off, it wasn’t close.

In January, Alabama defeated Arkansas 90-59, although this 31 point rout did take place in Tuscaloosa.

A different atmosphere could be all Arkansas needs to make this game much more competitive.

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Alabama has only played seven games on the road this season, but they have won five of those seven games. It’s worth noting that those two road losses (to Oklahoma and Missouri) were Alabama’s only games this entire season in which they scored less than 70 points.

Arkansas, meanwhile, is a whopping 13-1 when playing at home, which is a big part of the reason why they’re favored against a team that beat them by 31 points.

The spread of 1.5 points is intriguing due to how small it is, and it’s worth noting that both teams have been positive ATS this season. Alabama has a 13-9-1 ATS record, while Arkansas has a 13-7-1 ATS record.

Notably, in Alabama’s last 12 games as underdogs, they have covered the spread nine times.

College basketball betting enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in this matchup, and it could be a potential SEC Tournament Finals preview.

NHL Betting

The East Division of the NHL features some very intriguing teams and matchups, and today, the New York Rangers face off against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Rangers enter this matchup with a 6-7-2-1 record, good for sixth place in the division, and the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres are hot on their heels.

The Flyers are only one spot ahead of the Rangers in the division, but with an 8-4-1-2 record, they’re relatively safe in that spot for now.

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Moneyline

  • New York Rangers +105
  • Philadelphia Flyers -125

The Flyers are favored over the Rangers, but minimally so, despite the fact that they have a better record and are the home team.

Why? Because the Flyers are currently going through serious injury issues, with about half of their forwards unable to play. The Flyers have only played two games since COVID-19 put them out of action for almost two weeks, and they have not performed well in those games.

A 7-3 loss to the Boston Bruins was the more embarrassing of them, but a 3-2 loss to this very Rangers team does not bode well either.

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Three Way Moneyline At End Of Regulation

  • New York Rangers +170
  • Draw +310
  • Philadelphia Flyers +120

Some sportsbooks offer odds in the form of three-way moneylines at the end of regulation, and they can be useful for seeing a bit more of a comprehensive breakdown, as well as for value comparisons.

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Puck Line

  • New York Rangers +1.5 (-235)
  • Philadelphia Flyers -1.5 (+195)

NHL betting fans have the choice between multiple moneylines and the puck line in this matchup.

Good luck!