NBA betting Heats up: UFC on Fuel, college basketball odds previews

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The UFC goes to Japan, the Miami Heat looks to extend a 12-game win streak and March Madness bracket teams come into sharper focus. This is the weekend sports betting preview.

The Miami Heat are a perfect 12-0 straight up and 8-4 ATS over their last 12 games, and will look to remain red-hot against two tough opponents coming up this weekend.

Miami (41-14 SU, 29-26 ATS) is running away with the Eastern Conference at this point, but will get a tough test from a Western Conference opponent Friday when the Heat host the Memphis Grizzlies (38-18 SU, 32-23-1 ATS).

Memphis is 7-3 SU and ATS in its last 10 games against the Heat including a 104-86 win earlier this season.

The Heat follow that test up with another on Sunday when they visit the New York Knicks (34-20 SU, 26-28 ATS). Miami is 6-3 SU and 5-3-1 ATS in its last nine games against the Knicks but has lost both games against the Knicks this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (42-15 SU, 33-21-3 ATS) will also be put to the test with two tough road games when they visit the Denver Nuggets (37-22 SU, 34-25 ATS) Friday night and the Los Angeles Clippers (41-18 SU, 33-26 ATS) Sunday night.

Both Denver (24-3 SU, 18-9 ATS at home) and Los Angeles (23-6 SU, 18-11 ATS) have been tough at home this season. Get lines at SBNation and also at

College basketball betting

We could be seeing some potential previews of big conference championship week games this weekend in college basketball. Saturday, the Duke Blue Devils (24-3 SU, 15-12 ATS heading into Thursday) host the Miami Hurricanes (23-4 SU, 15-7-2 ATS) and the Syracuse Orange (22-6 SU, 13-10-1 ATS) host the Louisville Cardinals (23-5 SU, 14-3-1 ATS).

Then Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans (22-6 SU, 11-13-1 ATS) visit the Michigan Wolverines (23-5 SU, 14-12-1 ATS). Syracuse is in the worst form of the bunch on a mediocre 4-5 SU and ATS run.

UFC on Fuel TV 8 Odds

Brian Stann needs a victory and he is favored against legend Wanderlei Silva as the UFC returns to Japan Saturday.

He has lost two of three, but was a -265 moneyline favorite earlier Friday, according to the UFC odds menu at Heavyweights Stefan Sruve and Mark Hunt do battle and a key middleweight clash between hometown hero Yushin Okami and Cuba's Hector Lombard is also on the card.

NHL wagering

Out on the ice, the Montreal Canadians (13-4-3) have taken over the Eastern Conference's top spot with a 7-0-2 run, but they'll face some stern competition this weekend in back-to-back games against two of the conference's top teams.

Saturday night the Canadians host the Pittsburgh Penguins (13-8-0) and then Sunday night Montreal visits the Boston Bruins (13-2-2), who went 8-1-1 in February.

Other big hockey games this weekend include the Los Angeles Kings (10-6-2) at the Vancouver Canucks (10-5-4) and the Chicago Blackhawks (17-0-3) at the Detroit Red Wings (9-8-3).

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