Atlanta +2½ at Indiana
It's now or never for Indiana, which trails Atlanta by three games with five to play for the eighth and final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams come in on a high. Indiana is 4-1 in its last five outings, while Atlanta is 6-1 in its last 7 including road wins at Philadelphia and Memphis.
The key here is desperation. The Pacers absolutely have to win this game to have any shot at the playoffs. The price is pretty cheap considering that the Hawks are just 11-27 overall on the road. Look for the Pacers to keep things interesting in the NBA Least a little longer. INDIANA.
The Par 3 Contest at the Masters takes place early Wednesday morning our time so here’s a previous day opportunity to get in on the action. The Las Vegas Hilton has Tiger Woods as a 20-1 favorite with Padraig Harrington next at 25-1. The winner of the Par 3 has never won the Masters so it’s a good bet Tiger won’t bring his A-game.
Harrington has won the Par 3 before and at those odds would definitely be worth a look. Others to consider are Jim Furyk (30-1), Luke Donald (25-1), Tiger’s good buddy Rory Sabbatini (50-1) and Fred Couples (50-1).
The Hilton also released a list 40 prop bets for the Masters, ranging from first round scores and making the cut to final finish position. Here are a couple we like:
Winning score: 282.5 (ov +110, un -130)
Par is 72 so your measuring point is 288. It would seem reasonable that 7-under par could be achieved at Augusta National. UNDER.
Lowest round: 66.5 (ov +110, un -130)
With the quality of the field, shooting 66 seems very possible. UNDER.
Finish for Ernie Els: 13.5 (ov -110, un -110)
A close call. Ernie has struggled for some time, but got a big monkey off his back winning the Honda Classic. He has carved his schedule out for the Masters. UNDER.
Finish for Tiger Woods: 2½ (ov +175, un -145)
Tiger is the man. But anyone who follows golf can’t turn down this price when third or worse is a winning ticket. OVER.