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Don’t Panic, Gamblers — There are Still Sports to Bet on as NBA, NHL, and NCAA Postpone Play

The coronavirus has led to the majority of American pro sports to postpone competition for the foreseeable future. The NBA, NHL, and NCAA, among others, have halted play in light of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease.

As much as the stoppage will disappoint the players and their fans for weeks to come, sports bettors across the country will also be forced to take a hiatus from their favorite leagues. The first week of March Madness is usually a sports gamblers’ paradise. This year, it will be filled with barren afternoons of no basketball and no brackets to update.

So, what are us degenerates to do with no major sports in action? Don’t panic just yet. There are still a few events to win money on while we wait for the main events to return.

Golf

So far, the PGA Tour hasn’t canceled any events in the near or distant future. The Players Championship will continue this weekend with no fans. With no NBA games or NCAA conference tournaments being played this weekend, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka might be our only safe haven.

The Players Championship is already in progress, so the pre-tournament odds are long gone. However, sportsbooks offer live odds on players to win the tournament or place in the top-five or top-10. You can make 100 times your investment picking a longshot to win, making golf one of the most fun sports to bet on. You can also bet on a certain golfer to beat another golfer on a specific day.

Selection Sunday won’t be the same this year, but golf can help us get through this difficult time. So grab a beer, find the comfiest spot on the couch, put a couple of bucks on your favorite golfer, and watch the drama unfold Sunday afternoon at TPC Sawgrass.

Premier League soccer

The MLS, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Serie A all suspended play in the past week, but the Premier League in England plans to go forward with most of this weekend’s matches. The slate of matches begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET, as Watford takes on Leicester City. Leicester City is currently a +125 favorite on the 3-way-Moneyline.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can take Burnley FC to beat Machester City on Saturday at 18-1 odds. Burnley FC is the biggest underdog of the weekend.

Games continue through Sunday and into Monday as well. The Premier League is scheduled to play every weekend until May 17, supplying gamblers with at least one steady sports league to bet on moving forward.

Australian basketball

If you need to get your March Madness or NBA fix in some form, the NBL is here for you. The National Basketball League is the professional basketball league of Australia and New Zealand, and it happens to be in the midst of its Grand Finals.

The Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings are one game into the Grand Finals, with Perth holding a 1-0 series lead. Both teams even have former NBA players on their rosters. Andrew Bogut, who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors, plays for Sydney and Miles Plumlee is a center for Perth.

If you’re willing to set that alarm early, the Wildcats can close out the series Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET. They are a 5-point favorite over the Kings with the total set at 172.