If you love stringing wagers together as part of what could be a seriously bankroll-boosting parlay wager and you’re looking to cash in on the quickly approaching round of Sweet 16 contests, then you’re in luck.
You’re going to get the inside scoop on three Sweet 16 betting matchups that all have the look of virtual locks. Now, let’s get started with my three-game parlay!
Trio of March Madness Sweet 16 Parlay Betting Picks
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 1 Oregon
When: 10:07 PM ET, Thursday, March 24, 2016
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Line: Oregon -3
Analysis: I’m firmly on record as saying that the Oregon Ducks (30-6 SU, 20-13 ATS) are going to dispatch the Duke Blue Devils (25-10 SU, 14-18 ATS) in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday.
I like the Oregon duo of forwards, Dillon Brooks (16.8 ppg) and Elgin Cook (14.5 ppg) to narrowly outplay Duke’s Brandon Ingram (17.1 ppg) and Grayson Allen(21.8 ppg) while the Ducks slew of lengthy athletic players dominates the glass and the paint.
Oregon has four players that average at least 12.1 points per game and has gone 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games versus a team with a winning straight up record.
Duke, on the other hand, is just 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning straight up record and 1-6 ATS in their L/7 games overall. Oregon wins outright while covering the spread with just a bit of room to spare!
The Pick: Oregon 80 Duke 74
No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 Syracuse
When: 9:40 PM ET, Friday, March 25, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Line: Gonzaga -5.5
Analysis: This is another game that I believe is a virtual lock, seeing as how Gonzaga (28-7 SU, 17-15 ATS) has played recently.
I know Syracuse (21-13 SU, 18-15 ATS) has looked like a defensive juggernaut in holding Dayton to just 51 points and Middle Tennessee to just 50 points, but Gonzaga is a heady team with great shooters and an even better head coach.
Sweet-shooting forward Kyle Wiltjer (20.4 ppg) and center Domantas Sabonis (17.5 ppg) will almost assuredly be the best two players on the floor in this contest and they’ll lead the Bulldogs to the win and ATS cover, although Syracuse does have a legitimate star of their own in forward Michael Gbinije (17.8 pg).
The Bulldogs are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall and 5-0 ATS in their L/5 neutral site games.
The Pick: Gonzaga -5.5
No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 1 North Carolina
When: 9:57 PM ET, Friday, March 25, 2016
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Line: North Carolina -5.5
Analysis: While I didn’t have the Indiana Hoosiers (27-5 SU, 19-16 ATS) knocking off Kentucky in their round of 32 matchup last weekend, I won’t make the same mistake twice and can see Indiana covering the spread against North Carolina (30-6 SU, 17-18 ATS) in their Sweet 16 showdown.
I love Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell (17.1 ppg) and have been pretty slack-jawed at the play of bruising center Thomas Bryant through two games (16.0 ppg). Once I look past North Carolina’s Brice Johnson (16.8 ppg) I’m just not very scared of the Tar Heels despite the fact that they have three more players besides Johnson that all average at least 12.0 points per game.
Indiana has the statistical edge in scoring, defense, field goal and three-point shooting and steals, not to mention they’ve got the better head coach in this pairing.
The Hoosiers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games overall while North Carolina has gone 2-6 ATS in their last eightNCAA Tournament games and 0-4 against Indiana in the last four meetings.
The Pick: Indiana +5.5 Points