Monday Best Bets: One College Basketball Pick, One NHL Prop

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) reacts after a play against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half during the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four semifinals at Caesars Superdome.
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Quality over quantity is the theme of Monday’s Best Bets. At least that’s the goal.

The NBA is taking the night off, so our red-hot NBA Props (15-5) will have to wait. Hey, we don’t make the schedule!

However, we hear there’s a pretty big game on the college hoops docket, with Kansas and North Carolina battling for all the gumbo in New Orleans.

We have one pick from that NCAA Basketball Championship Game and an NHL Prop to nibble on, so let’s dive into Monday’s Best Bets!

Best Bets Track Record

Friday: 2-2
Year-To-Date: 43-34-1

Bostonian vs. The Book: 12-11-1
BetPrep Prop of the Day: 10-14
NBA Props: 15-5
NHL Props: 6-4

College Basketball Total: North Carolina Tar Heels Vs Kansas Jayhawks

David McCormack #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 22, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas.
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The bet: North Carolina-Kansas Over 151
The odds: -110
Where to bet: Caesars Sportsbook
From: Matt Perrault via The Bostonian Vs. The Book Podcast

The Bostonian vs. The Book crew pieced together another winning week (3-2) thanks to the underdog Grizzlies covering 7 points (and winning outright) against the Suns on Friday.

For Monday, Podcast host Matt Perrault looks to keep that momentum going, taking North Carolina-Kansas Over 151 in the National Championship Game.

“Both teams have the capability and the firepower to go to the Over,” Perrault said. “I like the pace [of this game].”

Podcast co-host Dave Sharapan was quick to give his stamp of approval on this bet.

“I think it plays out like the North Carolina-Duke game,” Sharapan said, referring to North Carolina’s 81-77 Final Four victory on Saturday. “Both of these teams want to win an Over game.”

Perrault also mentioned how neither team needs to be exceptional to go Over 151 total points. In other words, if North Carolina and Kansas play typical games, then there’s a good chance this game sails over the number.

If you’re looking to tail this best bet, you can find North Carolina-Kansas Over 151 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook.

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Perrault listed three other bets he likes during Monday’s Bostonian vs. The Book podcast — one college basketball side and two NHL totals. You can listen to the replay on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

NHL Prop: LW Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames)

Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames plays against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 12, 2022 in Calgary, Alberta
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The bet: Over 0.5 assists (at Los Angeles)
The odds: -112
Where to bet: FanDuel
From: BetPrep Prop of the Day via

The BetPrep crew hit both Prop of the Day wagers on Saturday and Sunday, which is another reason to follow @BetProps on Instagram and/or TikTok.

With the NBA on hiatus Monday, the folks at BetPrep turn their attention to the NHL, betting Matthew Tkachuk of the Flames to go Over 0.5 assists.

Here’s the rationale for this BetPrep Best Bet:

  • Tkachuk has recorded 1+ assist in 6 of his last 7 games overall (85.71%).
  • Tkachuk has recorded 1+ assist in 7 of his last 8 games (87.5%) after a loss.
  • Tkachuk has recorded 1+ assist in 11 of his last 14 games (78.57%) against a team with a winning record.

The best place to bet this prop is FanDuel, where you can still grab Tkachuk Over 14.5 points at -112.