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MLB Odds at Bovada : Red Sox and Yankees in 3 game series this week

June 6th, 2017

There’s no greater rivalry in baseball than the New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox. They’ll play a three-game set at Yankee Stadium this week; the finale is Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN, with Michael Pineda (4.38 FIP) pitching for New York and David Price making his third start of the year for Boston.

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Price (3.60 FIP last year) suffered an elbow injury in spring training and wasn’t activated until May 29, when he gave up three runs to the Chicago White Sox (+143 at home) in five innings of a 5-4 loss. But Price looked like his old self on Saturday, holding the Baltimore Orioles (+103 at home) to one run on three hits over seven innings as the Red Sox prevailed 5-2.

Pineda has led the Yankees to an 8-3 record in his 11 starts, picking up 4.52 betting units in the process. However, the towering northpaw has also enjoyed 6.82 runs of support per game and a friendly .276 BABIP. The over is 7-4 for Pineda thus far.

Meanwhile, CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.771 OPS) has been shut down indefinitely for the Yankees with recurring concussion symptoms. He’s expected to see a neurologist this week.

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UK Sports Betting Action in June

June 1st, 2017

The domestic football season has come to an end on UK and Europe but Bet365 still has plenty of sporting events on site worth betting on.

Soccer – Champions League Final, WC Qualifiers and more
There’s some fantastic Soccer to look forward to in June including the Champions League final on the 3rd, plus fixtures from World Cup Qualifying and the Confederations Cup. Punters can take advantage of an extensive range of pre-match and In-Play markets, as well as Bet365‘s Bore Draw Money Back offer.

Horse Racing – The Oaks, The Derby and Royal Ascot
Bet365 have a superb range of Horse Racing promotions to players make the most of an action-packed month.

The Oaks and The Derby take centre stage on the 2nd and 3rd respectively, before attention turns to Royal Ascot from 20th-24th. The bet365 Price Promise and their ITV Racing 4/1 Offer will apply to every race televised live on ITV Racing, while Best Odds Guaranteed is available on every race, every day.

International Cricket and Rugby Union
A big summer of Cricket gets underway at the start of the month as England and Wales host the ICC Champions Trophy, whilst Rugby Union fans can enjoy the Lions Tour of New Zealand, with the first Test against the All Blacks on the 24th June.

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Champions League Final – Too close to Call ?

June 1st, 2017

Arguably,  the two best club football teams in the world will meet this Saturday in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

The defending champions Real Madrid will face Juventus in a rematch of the 1998 final with Real are slim favorites in this matchup, priced at +150 (2.50) on the moneyline with Juventus at +175 (2.75)  and the draw in regulation very much in play at +205 (3.05).

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Real Madrid have won the Champions League 11 times including recently in 2014 and 2016, and they come into Saturday’s final as Spanish La Liga champions, led by the incomparable four-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristian Ronaldo.

But Juventus are a good match, featuring legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal, having won Italy’s Serie A for the sixth straight year. Juve have allowed just one goal in their last seven matches combined.

Scoring could be even more difficult for Real Madrid if reports on Gareth Bale’s health are accurate. Bale suffered a right ankle tendon injury in November and had to leave last month’s Clasico against Barcelona after tweaking his calf. The Welsh national is still expected to play in front of what should be a pro-Real crowd in Cardiff.

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NBA Finals Odds: Golden State Warriors Big Favorites to Beat Cleveland

May 29th, 2017

This is the moment the Golden State Warriors have been waiting for all season.

After blowing that 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s NBA Finals, the Warriors are back, and they’re better than ever; Golden State has opened as a 7-point home favorite for Thursday’s opener (9 PM ET, ABC), and the Dubs are –240 on the NBA championship futures market.

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Last year’s Warriors may have won 73 games, but they didn’t win the only game that counts: the last one. So they added Kevin Durant in free agency, giving them yet another league MVP to join Stephen Curry in the starting lineup. Durant is +220 and Curry is +230 to be named Finals MVP at the end of this series.

LeBron James is also +220 to win MVP, which would be his fourth award. Even though the Cavs are +200 underdogs to defend their title, James is easily the best player on his team – Kyrie Irving is his closest MVP competition at +1000. James has played at an exceptionally high level in these playoffs, too, putting up 32-8-7 per game while hitting 42.1% of his 3-pointers.

But will James be enough firepower to stop the Warriors – we don’t think so.

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NHL Odds: Nashville’s Historic Playoff Run Continues

May 24th, 2017

After sealing the Anaheim Ducks’ fate on Monday night with a 6-3 victory, the Nashville Predators made team history by qualifying for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final, which is set to begin May 29.

The recipe for success in the playoffs has been two-fold for the Predators: a balanced offensive attack and all-world goaltending. The Predators have seven players on their roster with double-digit points, which leads all NHL clubs.

Their top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson has been an offensive powerhouse (38 points collectively), while their top four defensemen have contributed an astounding 39 points as a group.

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To understand the other half of Nashville’s success, look no further than their goaltender, Pekka Rinne. The Fin leads all playoff goaltenders in goals against average (1.70), save percentage (.941), wins (12), and is tied for the lead in shutouts (2).

There is no question that Rinne has been the league’s most valuable player thus far in the 2016-17 playoffs, and if he continues that pace, fans can expect not only a Stanley Cup, but also a Conn Smythe Trophy to be paraded down the streets of Nashville.

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MLB : New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox on Friday

April 29th, 2016

MLB Odds: Yankees, Red Sox Resume Ancient RivalryML Baseball picks

It’s one of the most ancient and enduring rivalries in US sports – the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

These two ballclubs have faced each other 2,137 times over the past 115 years, with the Yankees holding a 1,161-962 advantage heading into their latest series at Fenway Park. Game 1 of this three-game set takes place Friday night at 7:10 PM ET on the MLB Network.

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This will be the first meeting of the 2016 regular season between the Yankees (8-12, –5.90 betting units) and the Red Sox (12-9, +1.84 units).

Masahiro Tanaka (3.14 FIP) is scheduled to take the mound for New York, while he might never be the same pitcher he was before he tore his elbow during his 2014 “rookie” campaign, but he’s played at a high level this year, leading the Yankees to three wins in four starts for a profit of 2.05 units.

Boston is expected to respond with Henry Owens, one of the top prospects in the system. Owens has been pressed into service because of injuries to the Red Sox rotation; in his 2016 debut, the 6-foot-6 southpaw gave up three runs over 3.1 innings in a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros (–105 at home).

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NBA Betting : Resilient Raptors Take 3-2 Lead Into Indiana on Friday 4/29

April 27th, 2016

Image result for velociraptor imageThe Toronto Raptors were down by double-digits through most of Game 5, but they dominated the fourth quarter to win Game 5 by 102-99 on Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers.

From a betting standpoint, the Indiana Pacers still managed to cash in as 7-point road dogs, but they’ll be behind the 8-ball Friday night when they host Toronto in Game 6 on Friday night in Indianapolis.

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This Eastern Conference quarterfinal has seen each team make multiple adjustments to gain an advantage over the other. On Tuesday, the Raptors benched Luis Scola and started Patrick Patterson at power forward; it wasn’t effective, as Patterson posted a minus-20 after struggling at both ends. However, Indiana committed 14 turnovers to Toronto’s seven, handing the game and the series back to the Raptors.

Game 5 also saw the two teams go over the closing total of 194 points, up from 192 at the open. Unders had previously dominated 4-0 in this series, and 24-10 in the playoffs overall going into Tuesday’s action. Paul George helped change that with 39 points for Indiana, while Toronto’s DeMar Derozan finally broke out of his shooting slump, scoring 34 points on 10-of-22 from the floor and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line.

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NHL Odds: Game 7 for Predators at Ducks

April 26th, 2016

There’s one more game left in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It’s a “Game 7” decider as the Nashville Predators will visit the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night (10 PM ET, NBCSN) in their Western Conference quarterfinal; Nashville won Game 6 on Monday with a 3-1 victory, as Pekka Rinne made 26 of 27 saves for the Preds.

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The Ducks (46-25-11 during the regular season) were expected to make short work of Nashville (41-27-14) after winning their fourth straight Pacific Division title, all under head coach Bruce Boudreau. Anaheim was available at +800 on the Stanley Cup futures market going into the playoffs, compared to +2500 for the Predators. But Nashville has tied this series despite getting outscored 17-12.

The Preds might have already eliminated Anaheim had forward Craig Smith (21 goals, 37 points) not gotten injured early in Game 3, after Nashville won the first two games at the Honda Center. Smith returned Monday and played right wing on the second line with Calle Jarnkrok (16 goals, 30 points) on the left and Mike Ribeiro (seven goals, 50 points) in the middle; Smith also took his usual turn on the power play, logging 14:23 of total ice time.

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Atletico Madrid Hosts Bayern Munich in Champions League Semifinal

April 26th, 2016

After eliminating their fierce Spanish rivals Barcelona in the quarterfinals, Atletico Madrid have another big task in the Champions League as they host German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the first leg of the semifinals on Wednesday.

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Atletico has been on a roll since they edged Barcelona 3-2 over two legs in the quarterfinals, winning their last five games, including a 2-0 win over Barcelona in Game 2 of the quarter-finals at home. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in that game, sending Atletico to the semifinals for the second time in three years.

Bayern held on for a tough 3-2 aggregate win over Benfica, including a nail-biting 2-2 away draw in the second leg. Arturo Vidal scored in both legs and Thomas Muller added one in the second leg; Bayern has won three in a row since that game. They return to the semifinals – where they lost to Barcelona last season.

This is the third time that these two teams have met. They faced each other in two legs of the 1974 European Cup Final. The first leg resulted in a 1-1 draw, and Bayern scooped up a 4-0 win in the second leg.

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NBA Betting – Memphis Has To Win This Weekend

May 24th, 2013

Memphis Has To Answer The Bell This Weekend

After losing the first two games in the series, the Memphis Grizzlies must win four of the next five games to capture the Western Conference championship of the NBA.

The journey starts with a must-win game this Saturday night.

Saturday, May 25
Western Conference Finals, Game 3: San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies
Sport betting line: Memphis -5

Why San Antonio Might Win ?

There’s one particularly good reason to go with the Spurs: They will be rested. San Antonio has some high-energy players blessed with youthful vigor, such as Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

However, the core of the roster is still the Big Three, the trio of Hall of Fame players who lifted the organization to three world championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. These players are all nearing the end of their respective careers. They need time to rejuvenate amidst a punishing playoff schedule.

San Antonio finished a grueling West semifinal series against Golden State late Thursday night last week and then had to start this West final on Sunday afternoon. Coming right back and playing on Tuesday represented a grind for the Spurs, so having three full days off before Game 3 should provide a real boost for the old guys on the San Antonio roster, especially Parker, who had an MRI taken in the in-between time before this game.

Rest is exactly what the Spurs need in order to regroup and keep pace with the younger Grizzlies in this contest.

Why Memphis Might Win ?

At the end of the day, one needs to realize that even though San Antonio is the team leading this series by two games, the odds strongly back Memphis in this specific game. The odds suggest that Memphis will play with supreme focus, intensity and desperation in this spot.

The Grizzlies also have the knowledge that they fell behind the Los Angeles Clippers, 2-0, in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Memphis returned home for Game 3 and spanked the Clippers, engineering a turnaround that led to four straight wins.

Yes, it’s true that San Antonio’s older roster – especially its aging trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili – gets three full days of rest before Game 3. However, that seems like the kind of thing that will help San Antonio in the long run, not necessarily the short run.

Memphis has too much on the line, and will have too much emotion in this, its first Western Conference Finals home game as a franchise, to stumble. The Grizzlies are going to jump out of their shoes with energy, and that tidal wave of effort will wash over the Spurs, drowning San Antonio in what figures to be a decisive Game 3 victory for Memphis.

There should be some tough games ahead in this series, but Game 3 doesn’t figure to be one of them. A close game would have been much more likely if this series had shifted to Tennessee knotted at one game apiece.

Who Will Win?

The sense here is that Memphis, as was the case in its first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, will flourish.

Similarly, San Antonio – as was the case in 2012 in the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City – will go on the road and get blown out in a Game 3 situation when leading 2-0.

NBA Betting Pick: Memphis -5

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