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NBA Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder Host San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of Western Semifinals

May 4th, 2016

The Oklahoma City Thunder turned things around quickly to even their Western Conference semifinal with the San Antonio Spurs at 1-1 Monday night, which means Oklahoma City now have home-court advantage for the rest of the series – starting with Game 3 Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip-off is at 9:30 PM ET on ESPN.

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After getting blown out in Game 1 as losing 92-124, the Thunder took advantage of some uncharacteristically poor shooting by San Antonio in Game 2. Then OKC withstood a late run by the Spurs to win 98-97 as 8.5-point road dogs on the closing line, up from +7.5 at the open. Despite the victory, Oklahoma City remains a +230 underdog to win this series and advance to the Western Final.

Both teams have their full rosters active for Game 3. Up to this point, the star of the show has been LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 79 points for San Antonio over the first two games, and even sank both his 3-point attempts – the only two he’s made all year after shooting 0-for-16 during the regular season.

Kevin Durant (44 points)  and Russell Westbrook (43 points) have combined to shoot 2-of-13 from long range for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Bye-bye Bayern Munich – Atletico Madrid reach Champions League Final

May 3rd, 2016

Bayern Munich pummelled Atletico Madrid in the return leg of their Champions League semi-final but conceded an away goal and were eliminated on away goals despite winning the match 2-1.

Xabi Alonso opened the scoring in the 31st minute via a deflected free-kick to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 lead on the night and level the aggregate scores a 1-1, and the German side poured on the pressure with  73% of possession and 33 shots to 7 over the course of the match.

Atletico Madrid “parked the bus” in front of goal for much of the match, but were always quick to counter-attack and a 53rd minute goal from Antoine Griezmann did the damage, as it meant that Bayern Munich needed to win by two clear goals in order to progress.

Robert Lewandoski scored from a header in the 74th minute to give the Germans a 2-1 lead on the night, but they still needed another goal to progress and they just could not find another way past Attletico keeper Jan Oblak.

Atletico Madrid will meet Manchester City or Real Madrid in the final in Milan on 28 May.

Tim Tebow released by New York Jets

April 30th, 2013

Tim Tebow has been released by the New York Jets after an poor first season.


The 25-year-old quarterback, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 was initially a cult figure with the Denver Broncos. Tebow became widely known – and impersonated – for his ‘Tebow Time’ touchdown celebrations, going down on one knee in prayer to celebrate touchdowns, joined the Jets 13 months ago.


Struggling badly, Tebow attempted only eight passes after his surprise trade from the Broncos in March 2012, throwing for only 39 yards, and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.


News of his departure had long been anticipated and became inevitable when the Jets selected former West Virginia star Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Bovada looks at NFL Season and SuperBowl XLVII

January 22nd, 2013

So, home advantage counted for absolutely nothing in the NFL conference playoffs, with the San Francisco 49ers winning 28-24 in Atlanta, and the Baltimore Ravens blowing out New England at Foxboro.

Kevin Bradley the Sports Book Manager at Bovada.lv says :
“Looking back at this NFL season, it has been very strange for the book.

We might have had our best start to an NFL season ever and then Week 9 was the worst NFL week for us that I have ever seen, so Baltimore winning twice as double digit underdogs against Manning and Brady does not surprise me.

However, Baltimore cost us on the weekend and are the only big loser for the book on our Super Bowl odds.

Despite the bettors being enamored with Kaepernick over his last five starts, the Ravens covering all three playoff games easily has 60% of the bettors siding with Baltimore early on in the week.”

SUPER BOWL XLVII BETTING LINE:

Baltimore Ravens +4
San Francisco -4

MVP Odds to Win MVP at Bovada.lv?

Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 7/4
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 5/2
Ray Lewis (BAL) LB 6/1
Frank Gore (SF) RB 17/2
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 12/1
Michael Crabtree (SF) WR 16/1
Anquan Boldin (BAL) WR 18/1
Torrey Smith (BAL) WR 20/1
Vernon Davis (SF) TE 22/1
Aldon Smith (SF) LB 25/1
Dennis Pitta (BAL) TE 33/1
Ed Reed (BAL) FS 33/1
Randy Moss (SF) WR 40/1
Terrell Suggs (BAL) LB 50/1
LaMichael James (SF) RB 50/1
Patrick Willis (SF) LB 66/1
NaVorro Bowman (SF) LB 66/1
Dashon Goldson (SF) FS 66/1
David Akers (SF) K 66/1
Bernard Pierce (BAL) RB 75/1
Justin Tucker (BAL) K 75/1
Delanie Walker (SF) TE 75/1
Ted Ginn Jr. (SF) WR 75/1
Alex Smith (SF) QB 100/1
Field (anyone else) 22/1

Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls Look to Take Series in Atlanta

May 11th, 2011

The Chicago Bulls broke the Eastern Conference semi-finals series split against the Atlanta Hawks with a 95-83 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night, sending the series back to Atlanta with a 3-2 lead.

The NBA’s 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 33 points in the game, knowing how important it was to take that pivotal game and swing momentum back Chicago’s way. Rose is averaging 32 points-per-game in the series, proving why he’s the NBA’s youngest MVP, and he’s hoping to carry that onto a NBA Finals MVP Award.

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This wasn’t Chicago’s easiest win. They trailed early in the fourth quarter when Rose and Taj Gibson caught fire and combined for 22 of the team’s 26 points to snatch the victory.

The Bulls are still looking for their first NBA championship in the post-Michael Jordan era, while the Hawks are looking for their first championship period since relocating from St. Louis.

Bodog has the Bulls with 7/2 odds of winning the NBA championship, while the Hawks have 100/1 odds overall, but the outcome of Thursday’s Game 6 will impact those numbers greatly.

Can Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, Al Horford and the Hawks rise above the overwhelming odds, or will Derrick Rose and Co. move to their first Eastern Conference Final since they won it all in 1998?

Get all your NBA odds at Bovada Sportsbook.

NBA Finals Favorites Square Off In Lakers vs. Heat

March 9th, 2011

At the beginning of the 2010-11 NBA season, there were two teams in the league who stood out as potential NBA champions – the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the star-stacked Miami Heat. 

Although the actual field of contenders was far deeper than a simple pair, the minds of the public were made up that the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat were at the top of the pile.

In mid-March, however, that same public is not so sure.

This Thursday the Miami Heat will host the Los Angeles Lakers less than three months after handing them a Christmas Day beating, but a second victory might not be as attainable as the first.

The Heat have struggled of late, dropping recent contests to a number of worthwhile opponents. Miami have lost four straight games heading into the week, and will be charged with the task of slowing down a Lakers squad that’s won seven consecutive of their own.

Will the Heat be able to bounce back in time for the big reunion? And at what point will the Heat (with 3/1 odds of winning the NBA championship, tied with LA for the league’s best) fall out of the top spot altogether?

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NHL All-Star Game – Bet on the draft

January 25th, 2011

The NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft will be held for the first time in NHL league history on Friday, January 28th 2011 in anticipation of the All-Star Game in Raleigh, Carolina two days later.

The fantasy draft is a new format for the NHL and one that has hockey fans excited about an All-Star game that has been growing stale for quite some time. The premise is simple and goes back to the schoolyard or backyard rink when teams were decided by two captains picking the players. The best player goes first, as captains pick players alternately.

Bodog have put together odds and betting lines on which player will be the first one taken and, also, who will be the last one drafted. Now, it is worth noting that the last selection must be a forward since all goalies and all defencemen have to be chosen before Round 15 of the draft.

The two team captains are Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, so they’re out of the running for both categories. In addition, two alternate captains for each team will be named later and will assist the captains in the selection process.

So let’s get to which player is likely to go first. There are two favourites, Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin, the reigning MVP of the league, and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, a fairly decent player himself. Both Sedin and Ovechkin are getting 4/1 odds to be selected first overall. After that it’s Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby at 5/1, followed by the Lightning’s star sniper, Steven Stamkos, at 7/1.

It will be interesting to see how the captains play this.

You have to think that if Lidstrom gets the first pick, which will be determined by a coin toss, that he might be tempted to look at his fellow Swedish countryman Sedin.

And if patriotism plays any part, Staal, a Canadian, might be pressured into picking Crosby first. Of course, Sid the Kid is widely considered the best player in the world, so it’s not like anyone would accuse Staal of favouritism.
As for Ovechkin, the Capitals’ sniper is suffering through a rather disappointing season to date. One of the most dangerous goal-scorers in the game today, the Russian superstar has failed to match the torrid pace of his previous campaigns.

Get all your 2011 NHL All-Star Game odds and make your hockey bets at Bovada.

NFC Divisional Playoffs Will Have Tough Act To Follow

January 13th, 2011

The NFL’s preliminary wild card round was a real doozy last weekend, taking a turn that nobody quite expected. Next up is the divisional playoffs, where those same first-week winners will try their luck on the road against the #1 and #2 conference seeded teams.

The Seattle Seahawks surprised the entire league with a 41-36 victory over the reigning champion New Orleans Saints just one week after becoming the first NFL team in league history to qualify for a playoff berth by leading their division with a losing record. Though they finished just 7-9 in regulation, the Seahawks now have 40/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl (but I don’t recommend it)

Pete Carroll and his team of overachievers will try to take the momentum of their historical wild card win and put it to good use against the Chicago Bears. The Bears finished the season with an 11-5 mark after getting out to a good start in 2010 and never looking back.

Chicago are 10 point favourites, just like the New Orleans Saints were last weekend, but this time the favourites are at home and I expect the Bear to win easily and cover the spread.

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Elsewhere in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers will look to try their luck against the first-place Atlanta Falcons. After downing the Philadelphia Eagles in an upset on Sunday, the team will hope that Aaron Rodgers’ recent return to health continues. Has Rodgers completely recovered from the two concussions he faced during the regular season?

Atlanta are slight favourites, not surprising given their 21-4 record SU in the last 25 home games, but this game is too close to call – especially if Green Bay bring their uncompromising defence to town. Atlanta won the regular season game between the two sides here by 20-17, and are giving up a -2.5 point start on the ATS betting line.

This time – it’s the playoffs – and this game is must-watch football !!

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NCAA Bowl Games that Matter

December 6th, 2010

The 2010 regular college football season is over, and the final BCS standings mean a national championship game that we’ve seen coming for weeks: No. 1 Auburn versus No. 2 Oregon.

TCU will try to make a non-AQ statement against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. Many believe Wisconsin, which won consecutive Rose Bowls after the 1998 and 1999 seasons, is the nation’s best one-loss team. If TCU could knock the Badgers off, it would be a major victory for the non-AQ conferences.

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
#5 Wisconsin vs. #3 TCU
at Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ESPN

In the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma will square off with Connecticut, who are unranked in the BCS standings but representing the Big East. The Huskies lost to Michigan by 20 and Louisville shut them out 26-0 but they’re the best that the Big East has got this year.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Connecticut vs. #7 Oklahoma
at Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3D

Stanford is headed to South Florida to play resurgent Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl. More than a few folks believe the Cardinal are the nation’s best one-loss team. And the Hokies are riding an 11-game winning streak.

Discover Orange Bowl
#4 Stanford vs. #13 Virginia Tech
at Miami
Sun Life Stadium Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Ohio State will try to reverse its luck versus the SEC in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. The Big Ten would really like to beat the SEC in a BCS bowl game, particularly the Buckeyes, who are winless in nine bowl games versus the SEC.

Allstate Sugar Bowl
#6 Ohio State vs. #8 Arkansas
at New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Jan. 4, 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Two seemingly unstoppable offenses headlined by leading Heisman Trophy candidates: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James. Just 37 days to wait for this one …

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
#2 Oregon vs. #1 Auburn
at Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium Jan. 10, 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3D

Paddy Power has Chelsea as favourites to win 2010/11 EPL title

July 14th, 2010

The latest English Premier League 2010/11 Outright Betting odds from Paddy Power have Chelsea as favourites to defend the title that they won last season.

Manchester United are second favourites despite a very quiet close season so far, and it’s the spending power of cross-town rivals Manchester City that has pushed the “citizens” into third spot despite only finishing 5th last season.

Arsenal are fourth favourites at 8.00 (7/1) with the bookmakers obviously still doubtful as to where the playing future of captain Cesc Fabregas lies, and as I think that Fabregas will be at Arsenal for this season at least – this price appeals.

Liverpool are in 5th after the departure of manager Rafa Benitez and the appointment of Roy Hodgson at a price of 13.00 (12/1) and that could represent a useful wager if Hodgson can hold on to his key players in Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Tottenham are not fancied at all this season, despite finishing 4th last season, with Spurs dropping to 6th in favourtism, with the general thinking that the inaugural season in the Champions League might distract the North London side from domestic duties.

Full list of odds of the top eight teams from 2009/10 – with their position and points from last season in brackets.

2.62 Chelsea  (Champions in 2009/10 with 86 points)
3.25 Man Utd (Runners-up – 85 points)
6.00 Man City (5th place – 67 points)
8.00 Arsenal  (3rd place – 75 points)
13.00 Liverpool (7th place – 63 points)
34.00 Tottenham (4th place – 70 points)
34.00 Aston Villa (6th place – 64 points)
201.00 Everton  (8th place – 61 points)

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