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This Weekend in Sports: Super Bowl LVIII, Hoops Action, PGA WM Phoenix Open and More

It's Super Bowl week! But beyond that, there's plenty of action in pro and college basketball this weekend.

February 8, 2024

This Weekend in Sports previews the biggest games and events for the coming weekend.

The big one is upon us — Super Bowl LVIII between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. The rest of the weekend sports menu offers other tidbits, including intriguing NBA and NCAA games, great soccer and over 20,000 people surrounding one golf hole in Scottsdale.

NFL

San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs

Super Bowl 58, 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday

Tipico odds: 49ers -2; 49ers -130, Chiefs +110 (moneyline); O/U 47.5

The NFL title decider is a rematch of 2020’s, when Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill led KC to a 31-20 victory after trailing 20-10 several minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs are coming off road playoff wins at Buffalo and Baltimore, while the Niners escaped with come-from-behind wins at home over the Packers and Lions. KC has a better defense, a more accomplished head coach and a defensive coordinator (Steve Spagnuolo) who was largely responsible for derailing the 2007 Patriots’ chance at a perfect 19-0 season.

SF counters with a bevy of playmakers – second-year QB Brock Purdy, WR Deebo Samuel, TE George Kittle and RB Christian McCaffrey – and a defense that often bends but doesn’t often break. Can Kyle Shanahan win his first title in his seventh year at the helm in San Francisco?

We’ve got a lot more for you to peruse and get some great betting insights, such as Super Bowl LVIII Game Preview and Best Bets and our Tayor Swift specials and player props bets.

Make some bets, enjoy the game and grab some wings!

NBA

Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. ET Friday

As of Thursday, defending champion Denver is pretty much where we expected – first place in the Western Conference, tied with the Thunder and Timberwolves at 35-16. Nikola Jokic is 13th in the league in scoring (26.3 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and fourth in assists (9.0 mpg). Jamal Murray is adding 21 ppg. The Kings are again looking strong, with De’Aaron Fox scoring 26.9 ppg and Domantas Sabonis leading the NBA in rebounds (13.1) and adding 19.9 ppg.

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 2 p.m. ET Sunday

Boston’s Jayson Tatum is 12th in scoring (26.9 ppg), Jaylen Brown is 30th (22.2 ppg) and Kristaps Porzingis is contributing 19.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg. The Heat have several players averaging more than 20 ppg, including Jimmy Butler (21.4), Tyler Herro (20.9) and Bam Adebayo (20.2).

Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder, 3 p.m. ET Sunday

It’s a big Sacramento weekend. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is fourth in scoring (31.1) and first in steals (2.2) for OKC, which is already only a few games behind their win total from last season.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Gonzaga at No. 17 Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET Saturday

It’s highly unusual not to see the Zags in the Top 25, and they also are without a Quad 1 victory, which they may need to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. A win at UK would solve that.

No. 13 Baylor at No. 4 Kansas, 6 p.m. ET Saturday

Hunter Dickinson is sixth in the NCAA in rebounding at 11.1 rpg and is also scoring 18.9 ppg. Kevin McCullar adds 19.5 ppg. Ja’Kobe Walter leads the Bears at 14.2 ppg.

Indiana at No. 2 Purdue, 8 p.m. ET Saturday

The Boilermakers (21-2, 10-2 Big Ten) go for their eighth straight win. Zach Edey leads the team with 23.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg and is shooting 63.1% from the field. Malik Reneau leads the Hoosiers with 16.4 points per game.

PGA Tour

WM Phoenix Open, Thursday-Sunday

The tournament features world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who won this event the past two years, and four U.S. Ryder Cup team members—Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Sam Burns —are also playing, as are captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson.

The tourney’s main attraction might be the par-3 16th hole, where a temporary stadium is set up to hold 20,000 people to cheer at that one hole.

Premier League

Aston Villa vs Manchester United, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Tipico odds: Aston Villa +115, Manchester United +205, Draw +275

The Villans, currently fourth on the Premier League table, have lost three straight matches to the Red Devils. They are looking to rebound from a loss to Chelsea that knocked them out of the FA Cup.

Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich, 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday

Tipico odds: Bayer Leverkusen +155, Bayern Munich +145, Draw +285

Die Werkself has its best chance of winning the Bundesliga for the first time and is leading Bayern – league champions for 11 straight years – by two points. Leverkusen is the only undefeated club in Europe’s top five leagues, going unbeaten in 30 matches.

Alex Valdes
Alex Valdes is Web Content Manager at Tipico North America. He has written, edited and performed user and site analysis at MoneyTalksNews, NBC Sports, MSN, Bing, MSNBC, as well as newspapers and magazines.
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