Yeah, it’s Super Bowl Sunday but the sports world doesn’t stop spinning just for the NFL. Well, OK, it does a little.
Most leagues are getting their schedule out of the way before the Big Game hogs the Sunday spotlight. Here’s a look at the best from the rest of the sports betting options:
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics (+1, 184)
The Los Angeles Clippers are among the league's best home teams, but they are not finding life on the road to their liking. Of course, the absence of All-Star point guard Chris Paul could have a lot to do with the Clippers' recent struggles. Paul is expected to miss his seventh consecutive game when Los Angeles visits the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. It is the third stop of an eight-game road trip for the Clippers, who have lost five of seven and are coming off their most lopsided defeat of the season in a 98-73 drubbing at Toronto on Friday night.
Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons (+2.5, 200)
Los Angeles has won four of its last five games and dispatched the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday to break an eight-game road losing streak. The Lakers are just 6-16 in away games and the contest against Detroit is the third of a seven-game road excursion. The Pistons are hoping newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon will energize a late run at a playoff berth. Veteran forward Tayshaun Prince was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the three-team trade that brought Calderon to Detroit. Lakers center Dwight Howard flew to Detroit on Saturday after receiving treatment in Los Angeles for his ailing right shoulder and is listed as a game-time decision.
Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors (+4.5, 195.5)
The reigning NBA champions have not had a ton of success on the road this season, but they certainly have made themselves feel at home when they visit Toronto. The Miami Heat will have a chance to climb above .500 away from home when they square off with the Raptors on Sunday. The Heat have won the last nine meetings with Toronto, including a 123-116 overtime victory in Miami on Jan. 23. That game featured monster performances from Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. James posted a triple-double and Wade scored a season-high 35 points.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals (+125, 5.5)
The Pittsburgh Penguins finally proved they could win at home on Saturday. The Penguins will look to continue their early-season road success on Sunday when they travel to the nation's capital to face the Washington Capitals. Captain Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz recorded a goal and two assists apiece as Pittsburgh breezed to a 5-1 triumph over Atlantic Division rival New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.
Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (-129, 5.5)
The Montreal Canadiens recovered from a 5-1 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory over Buffalo at home three days later. On Sunday, the Canadiens will host the Senators with momentum on their side and defenseman P.K. Subban on their roster. Subban had an assist on the power play in the third period on Saturday and led Montreal with three hits in his season debut as the Canadiens set the tone early, outshooting the Sabres 15-1 in the first period. Montreal was 2-for-8 with the man advantage and has 11 goals on 41 opportunities this season. The Canadiens were 1-for-6 in their loss to Ottawa.
Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres (-154, 5.5)
The Florida Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak with their second home win of the season on Thursday. The Panthers will try to earn their first road victory of the season on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Alex Kovalev scored in Florida’s 6-3 win over Winnipeg on Thursday and only has points in the Panthers’ two victories this season. Tomas Fleischmann, who leads Florida with seven points, notched three assists against Winnipeg but finished minus-2. The Panthers are 6-for-12 on the power play in their two wins, but 2-for-24 in their five losses. They have not allowed fewer than three goals in a game since their season-opening 5-1 win over Carolina.
New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders (-115, 5.5)
Although they've collected at least a point in all but one contest this season, the New Jersey Devils find themselves in the midst of a four-game losing skid. The visiting Devils will look to right the ship on Sunday when the face the Atlantic Division rival New York Islanders for the third time in this abbreviated campaign. New Jersey scratched for a 2-1 triumph over New York in the season opener before suffering a 5-4 overtime setback on Thursday.
Iowa Hawkeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers (-9.5, 138)
This year’s Gophers appeared to be a lock for the “Big Dance” with a 15-1 start until they dropped four straight, but they turned it around in Tuesday's 84-65 defeat of Nebraska. With another win on Sunday, Minnesota would improve to 12-1 at home and help erase last year’s struggles against the Hawkeyes, who had lost five of their first seven conference games prior to Thursday’s 76-67 victory over Penn State.
Marquette Golden Eagles at Louisville Cardinals (-11, 132.5)
The Golden Eagles are winners of eight of their last nine games, most recently beating South Florida 63-50 on Monday. Marquette’s only loss in that span came to No. 23 Cincinnati, a 71-69 overtime loss on Jan. 19. While the Cardinals are ranked lower than the Golden Eagles, Marquette is alone atop the Big East standings at 6-1 after No. 6 Syracuse’s 65-55 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Louisville beat the Golden Eagles in their last contest, 84-71 in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.
West Bromwich at Tottenham (12/5, 12/5 draw, 11/10)
Manchester City at Liverpool (5/6, 11/4 draw, 16/5)