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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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NHL Odds: Ducks Face Blues in Thursday Night Matchup

When the puck drops at 8 PM ET in St. Louis this Thursday, both the Ducks and Blues will be without prominent players in their respective lineups. Will the depth of each team keep them afloat, or will the personnel losses be too much to overcome?

Entering game day, the St. Louis Blues (21-9-2) sit first in the Western Conference’s Central Division. They haven’t cooled off since the first game of the season. They rank sixth in team offense, fourth in team defense, and have two players who occupy top-ten positions in the league in points. But on Saturday, they were dealt two significant blows; their second leading scorer, Jaden Schwartz, and their top defenseman, Alex Peitrangelo, were placed on the injured reserve list with lower body injuries.

Of all teams, Anaheim will take no pity on the Blues. Just when it seemed the Ducks were getting healthy with the return of their captain, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim lost their leading scorer, Corey Perry, to a long-term injury. Now sitting only two games above .500 and underperforming thus far this season, the Ducks will look to strike while the opportunity presents itself, and upset the injured Blues on the road.

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NHL Odds: Getzlaf Looks to Step in for Perry

After losing their leading scorer, Corey Perry, to injury last Friday, Anaheim will turn to team captain Ryan Getzlaf to carry the load. Getzlaf is just returning from his own injury, so he’ll need support from secondary scorers if the Ducks hope to take advantage of the injury-riddled Blues.

Sitting in first in the Central Division, the Blues haven’t faced much adversity this season. But they were dealt a blow last week and will be forced to play without offensive standout Jaden Schwartz, and their top minute-logger, Alex Pietrangelo, as both went down with lower body injuries and are expected to miss time. This game will be a matchup of injured squads and will test the depth of both clubs.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NHL Odds: Predators Ready to Invade Vancouver

After barely missing out on their first Stanley Cup, the Nashville Predators haven’t skipped a beat. They have one of the best records in the NHL at 18-7-4, and they’ve won eight of their last 11 games heading into Wednesday’s West-Coast date with the Vancouver Canucks (14-13-4), beginning at 10 PM ET.

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Nashville got off to a slow start this year, but everything fell into place when they acquired center Kyle Turris from the Ottawa Senators on November 5. Turris has three goals and 10 assists in 14 games for the Preds, playing on the No. 2 line between LW Kevin Fiala and RW Craig Smith; top center Ryan Johansen (three goals, 14 assists in 23 games) may be able to play Wednesday after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

The Canucks were expected to be bottom-feeders this year in the Pacific Division, but while their level of play is still sub-standard, it hasn’t been a total disaster in Year One under rookie head coach Travis Green. Unfortunately for Vancouver, two of their top three scorers will miss Wednesday’s game and might not return until February: center Bo Horvat (broken ankle) and LW Sven Baertschi (broken jaw).

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NHL Odds: Predators Visit Short-Handed Canucks

They lost in six games last year, but the Nashville Predators (18-7-4) look like they’re ready to make another run at the Stanley Cup. Their quest continues Wednesday night at 10 PM ET when they play the Vancouver Canucks (14-13-4) at Rogers Arena.
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While the Predators have been red-hot since adding center Kyle Turris (three goals, 10 assists in 14 games for Nashville) in early November, the Canucks will be without two of their top scorers for the next month or so; center Bo Horvat is out with a broken ankle, and LW Sven Baertschi has a fractured jaw.

Monday, December 11, 2017

NBA Odds: Will George Make Indiana Return in Thunder-Pacers Game?

Paul George was the star attraction at the Fieldhouse for five years. He returns Wednesday night (7 PM ET, ESPN) for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder – but will George suit up against his former team, the Indiana Pacers? He missed the past two games with a right calf contusion and is considered day-to-day at press time.

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So far, it looks like the Pacers (15-11 SU, 16-10 ATS) have “won” the offseason trade that sent George to Oklahoma City (12-13 SU, 8-17 ATS) in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. But it was the Thunder beating Indiana 114-96 as 13-point favorites when they met October 25 in OKC. Sabonis started at center and shot 1-for-9; he’s been moved into a reserve role at power forward, and the Pacers are 10-5 SU and ATS with Sabonis at the 4-spot.

The Thunder have had disappointing results this year with George and Carmelo Anthony alongside reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook. Neither addition is playing like an All-Star, especially Anthony, and the wheels may be coming off: Oklahoma City has dropped the cash in eight straight games, going 4-4 SU as medium favorites on the NBA lines.

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NBA Odds: George, Thunder Visit Pacers

This Wednesday night in Indianapolis, Paul George is due to play his first game at the Fieldhouse as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13 SU, 8-17 ATS). But George might not face the Indiana Pacers (15-11 SU, 16-10 ATS); he’s listed as day-to-day with a right calf contusion. Tip-off is at 7 PM ET on ESPN.

Both teams were healthy when the Thunder (–13 at home) beat Indiana 114-96 on October 25. The Pacers adjusted; they’re 10-5 SU and ATS with Domantas Sabonis as a reserve 4, while Oklahoma City is on an eight-game ATS losing streak.

NBA Odds: 76ers Travel to Minnesota to Face Timberwolves

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Minnesota Timberwolves have some of the best young talent in the NBA. That talent will be on display Tuesday night in Minnesota.

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The 76ers have had a relatively positive start to the season, but they’re slumping as they enter Tuesday’s affair. Their once efficient defense has let them down, leading to four back to back losses. They’ve allowed an average of 114.5 points per game during this losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have won three of their last four games. Karl-Anthony Towns leads the team with a 20.1 PPG average, along with 11.6 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is putting up 18.2 points, and Jimmy Butler adds a veteran presence with a 19.0 PPG in addition to 5.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists. However, the Timberwolves are still just 25th in defensive efficiency.
The 76ers are 6-4 SU and ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Timberwolves, with six going under the posted total along with a push.

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NBA Odds: Young Stars Look to Shine in Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers are loaded with former early picks that are blossoming into All-Stars. The two teams will meet in Minnesota Tuesday night at 9:30 PM ET.

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The 76ers and Timberwolves have been heading in opposite directions over the last couple of weeks. The 76ers have lost four straight games, while the Timberwolves have won three of their last four. The T-Wolves are 9-4 SU at home, while the 76ers have lost three straight on the road.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Soccer Odds: Toronto-Seattle in MLS Cup Rematch

One year ago at BMO Field in Toronto, the Seattle Sounders beat Toronto 5-4 on penalties to win the MLS Cup, after playing to a scoreless draw. The same two teams will meet again this Saturday at BMO Field, beginning at 4 PM ET on ESPN; Toronto FC are –125 favorites at press time, with the Sounders at +345 and the draw in regulation at +245.

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Both sides are considerably stronger than they were last year. Toronto FC (20 wins, nine draws and five losses) were easily the best team in Major League Soccer during the regular season, while Seattle (14W, 11D, 9L) finished second in the Western Conference, tied with the Portland Timbers at 53 points. The Sounders swept the Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo to reach the MLS Cup final, while Toronto had a bit more trouble getting past the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC in the East.

Toronto FC supporters are waiting with bated breath to see if striker Jozy Altidore will recover in time for Saturday’s game after aggravating a right ankle injury during the second leg of their series against Columbus. The Sounders, meanwhile, are relatively healthy going into this contest.

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Soccer Odds: Seattle Defends MLS Cup in Toronto

Saturday’s MLS Cup final (4 PM ET, ESPN) in Toronto is a rematch of last year’s final between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC. The Sounders won that match 5-4 on penalties, but they’re +345 underdogs on Saturday, with Toronto at –125 and the draw in regulation priced at +245.

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Toronto (20W, 9D, 5L) had the best record in the MLS during the regular season, but they’re waiting to see if striker Jozy Altidore will face the Sounders (14W, 11D, 9L) after aggravating an ankle injury during the Eastern Conference finals against Columbus Crew SC.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NHL Odds: Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers on Thursday

On Thursday, the second-best team in the league, the Winnipeg Jets, will try to pick up a couple of easy points against the struggling Florida Panthers.

Not many teams in the NHL are hotter than the Jets right now. They’ve won nine of their last 13 games, and are No. 4 in the league with 38 points. The Jets have two players that rank in the top five in the league in points, and Winnipeg sits fifth in goals scored per game (3.36). They’ll look to continue that output against the defensively-challenged Florida Panthers this Thursday.

Florida has let in the third-most goals in the league so far this season, with 91. Needless to say, they’re a defensive nightmare, and their record reflects that. They’re 10-13-4 through 27 games and are a -14 in goal differential. Somehow their goaltender, Roberto Luongo, has maintained decent stats (2.62 goals against average, .928 save percentage), but after suffering an apparent injury on Monday against the Islanders, Florida may have to turn to their second-string netminder, James Reimer.

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NHL Odds: Wheeler and the Jets fly to Florida to take on the Panthers

Jets’ Captain, Blake Wheeler, has been as dangerous as they come in the NHL this season. He ranks third in points (7 goals, 29 assists), and sits only four points behind Nikita Kucherov for first in the league. He’ll look to pad those stats against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

The Panthers have struggled mightily this season. They’re currently third last in the NHL with 24 points, and have lost six of their last 10 games. The lone bright spot on the team has been the strong play of their veteran goalie, Roberto Luongo. Unfortunately, Luongo had to be helped off the ice in Monday’s game against the Islanders, and may miss Thursday’s matchup.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NFL Odds: New Coach for Giants With Cowboys in Town

The New York Giants (2-10 SU, 5-7 ATS) have fired head coach Ben McAdoo – and GM Jerry Reese, too. But will it help them beat the visiting Dallas Cowboys (6-6 SU and ATS) this Sunday? New York can help spoil the Cowboys’ playoff chances with a win; kick-off is at 1 PM ET on FOX, and the NFL lines are locked at press time with Dallas laying six points.

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Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has been named interim head coach for the Giants, and with this promotion, QB Eli Manning is expected to get his starting job back after McAdoo went with Geno Smith in last week’s loss to the Oakland Raiders. However, there are a number of other personnel questions for both teams that have the lines for Sunday’s game in lockdown.

The most important of these questions: Will QB Dak Prescott start for the Cowboys? It’s believed Prescott will play Sunday after injuring his throwing hand during last week’s win over Washington; that was a Thursday nighter, so Prescott has extra time to heal before facing the G-Men. Thursday’s victory was Dallas’ first in four games since RB Ezekiel Elliott began serving his six-game suspension.

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NFL Odds: Who Will QB Sunday’s Cowboys-Giants Game?

Now that the New York Giants (2-10 SU, 5-7 ATS) have fired head coach Ben McAdoo, it looks like Eli Manning will start Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys (6-6 SU and ATS), kicking off at 1 PM ET on FOX. But will Dak Prescott start for Dallas? The NFL lines are locked with the Cowboys at –6 until more is known about Prescott’s status.

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Prescott injured his throwing hand during last Thursday’s victory over Washington – their first in four games since RB Ezekiel Elliott went on suspension. It’s believed Prescott will start Sunday after X-rays came up negative.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

NBA Odds: Warriors at Charlotte on Wednesday

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the defending champions this year. The Golden State Warriors (18-6 SU, 11-13 ATS) find themselves second overall in the NBA standings, but they’ve won five of their last six games at 4-2 ATS, and they’ll visit the slumping Charlotte Hornets (8-13 SU, 9-11-1 ATS) on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

After some early-season injury concerns with Kevin Durant, the Dubs have all their players back in action – although at varying levels of health. Rest days are being handed out liberally; Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) was given Sunday off, while Shaun Livingston (rest) was expected to sit out Monday in a back-to-back situation.

The Hornets should also be at full capacity once Kemba Walker (bruised left shoulder) returns Monday from a two-game absence. However, this team has deeper issues. Dwight Howard can still play defense, but the former eight-time NBA All-Star has become a black hole on offense as he prepares to turn 32 on Friday. This problem is compounded by having Howard and defensive specialist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor together. Second-round pick Dwyane Bacon has also played heavy, yet ineffective minutes for Charlotte.

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NBA Odds: Hornets Welcome Dubs to The Hive

The Charlotte Hornets (8-13 SU, 9-11-1 ATS) can’t seem to get their engines going. They’ll need  some kind of boost heading into Wednesday’s home game against the Golden State Warriors (18-6 SU, 11-13 ATS), tipping off at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

That boost could come from Kemba Walker, who was due back in action Monday after missing two games with a bruised left shoulder. But even with Walker, Charlotte’s offense has been mediocre at best. And Dwight Howard, who turns 32 Friday, is having arguably the worst season of his career at both ends of the court.

NBA Odds: Thunder Aim to Get on Track Against Jazz

The struggles of the Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the biggest storylines in the NBA this season. On Tuesday, they’ll host the Utah Jazz as they try to put something together.

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The Jazz play Monday night at home against the Washington Wizards. Going into that game, Utah had won five in a row, averaging 115.4 points per game. This surge in production has boosted them to 23rd in points per game (103.1 points per game on the season). A portion of the production is coming from rookie Donovan Mitchell, who put up an average of 21.8 points per game over his last five games.

The Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, and were perceived to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. It hasn’t played out that way as they are below .500. They are 24th in the NBA in points per game at 102.7 as the team is still working out how to mesh Russell Westbrook, George and Anthony together.

The Thunder are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings, with seven going under the posted total. The Jazz won 96-87 at home on October 21.

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NBA Odds: Can Thunder Cool Off Streaking Jazz?

The Utah Jazz had won five in a row before Monday’s game against Washington. On Tuesday, they’ll be on the road in Oklahoma City facing a Thunder team that hasn’t really figured out how to get their Big Three to mesh just yet.

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The Jazz’ five-game winning streak has been fueled by rookie Donovan Mitchell, who has been incredible of late. He had a 41-point outing on Saturday and is leading the team in scoring over the last 10 games. Overall, the Thunder have won seven of their last 10 against the Jazz.

Friday, December 1, 2017

UFC 218 Odds: Holloway-Aldo 2 at UFC 218

When they last met in June, Max Holloway (ic) defeated Jose Aldo (c) to unify the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 212. Holloway was a +120 underdog in that bout; at press time, he’s a heavy –305 favorite for the Saturday main-event rematch at UFC 218, live on pay-per-view from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Aldo is now in the underdog role at +235.

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It wasn’t that long ago when Aldo (26-3 lifetime, 8-2 UFC) was considered one of the best fighters in the sport. Nothing was the same after Conor McGregor knocked him out in 13 seconds at UFC 194 and took the Featherweight title Aldo had held since it was created in 2010. Aldo beat Frankie Edgar (–145) for the interim title last year, then was promoted to undisputed champion after McGregor won the Lightweight belt and left the division.

Holloway (18-3 lifetime, 14-3 UFC) earned the interim Featherweight title after scoring a third-round TKO win over Anthony Pettis (+200) at UFC 206, then did the same to Aldo (–195) after appearing to lose the first two rounds. Volume striking was the key to Holloway’s success, eventually wearing down Aldo’s once-impregnable defense and landing with power.
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UFC Odds: Will Aldo Get His Revenge at UFC 218?

Jose Aldo will try to recapture the Featherweight title this Saturday in Detroit when he faces Max Holloway (–305) in the main event of UFC 218. Aldo lost the title to Holloway (+120) via third-round TKO last June at UFC 212.

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Aldo is a late replacement for Frankie Edgar, who pulled out of this fight on November 11 citing injury. In his title unification bout with Holloway, the interim champion at the time, Aldo appeared to win the first two rounds before Holloway’s volume striking finally broke down his defenses in the third.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NHL Odds: Lightning-Bruins on NBCSN

After rocketing to the top of the Stanley Cup futures market, the 16-5-2 Tampa Bay Lightning (+700) wrap up a four-game road trip this Wednesday against the 10-8-4 Boston Bruins (+3300). NBCSN has the coverage from the Garden beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

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The Lightning missed the playoffs last year, but having All-Star center Steven Stamkos (10 goals, 26 assists in 23 games) back in the lineup has made a world of difference. Tampa Bay has been blessed by good health thus far; the Bruins, on the other hand, have six players on the shelf at press time, including last year’s top scorer, LW Brad Marchand (eight goals, seven assists in 14 games). He’s iffy for Wednesday after missing over two weeks with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Boston will have the advantage of rest in this matchup, as the Lightning also have to play Tuesday in Buffalo. Andrei Vasilevskiy (.930 save percentage) is projected to play both games for Tampa Bay, while veteran netminder Tuukka Rask (.899 SV%) is expected to suit up for the Bruins. Rask, a former Vezina winner, is having the worst season of his career, and could lose his job to Anton Khudobin (.932 SV%).

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NHL Odds: Will Lightning Crash in Boston?

The 16-5-2 Tampa Bay Lightning might be the best team in the NHL right now. But they’ve lost the first two games of their current four-game road trip, which ends Wednesday night (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN) at the Garden against the 10-8-4 Boston Bruins.

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While the Lightning have enjoyed good health this year, the Bruins have six players who could miss Wednesday’s game, including LW Brad Marchand, their leading scorer in 2016-17. Marchand (eight goals, seven assists in 14 games) has missed the last two weeks with an upper-body injury; his status for Wednesday remains uncertain at press time.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NBA Odds: Heat Meet LeBron in Cleveland

The Miami Heat (9-9 SU, 7-9-2 ATS) just haven’t been the same since LeBron James went back to Cleveland. But they can gain a little revenge this Tuesday when they visit James and the Cavaliers (12-7 SU, 6-12-1 ATS), beginning at 7 PM ET on NBA-TV. The Heat are 7-4 SU and 6-5 ATS in this series since James returned to the Cavs in 2014.

This is easily the worst the Cavaliers have looked during that span. Although they’ve won seven straight games, Cleveland is only 3-4 ATS during this streak, beating up on inferior competition along the way. They’re very thin at point guard with both Isaiah Thomas (hip) and Derrick Rose (ankle) on the shelf, and big man Tristan Thompson (calf) isn’t due back until December.

Miami, meanwhile, will be at close to full strength after Hassan Whiteside shook off a sore left knee and played in Sunday’s 100-93 win over the Chicago Bulls – not quite enough to cash in as 7.5-point road favorites, though. Whiteside and the Heat are idle Monday, while James and the Cavs visit the Philadelphia 76ers. Cleveland is 0-9-1 ATS at home this year and 0-3 ATS on zero days of rest.

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NBA Odds: Heat Can Burn Cavaliers in Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7 SU, 6-12-1 ATS) may have turned their season around, but they’ve got a challenging matchup this Tuesday against the Miami Heat (9-9 SU, 7-9-2 ATS), tipping off at 7 PM ET on NBA-TV. Miami is 7-4 SU and 6-5 ATS against the Cavs since LeBron James went back to Cleveland in 2014.

The Cavs are also 0-9-1 ATS at home this year. Point guards Isaiah Thomas (hip) and Derrick Rose (ankle) are both injured, as is center Tristan Thompson (calf). And this is the second of back-to-back games for Cleveland, while the Heat are off Monday.

NBA Odds: Heat Travel to Cleveland to Face Cavaliers on Tuesday

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade played four years together for the Miami Heat, winning two championships in the process. Tuesday night, the two will play against Miami for the first time since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tip-off is at 7 PM ET in Cleveland.

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For the Miami Heat, this will be their third game of a four-game road trip. The first two contests on that trip have resulted in wins, including a 109-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and a 100-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. The Heat have won three straight overall and four of their last five.

The Cavaliers, who’ve been red-hot of late, are 12-7 going into a Monday road game in Philadelphia. Their winning streak was extended to seven games when they edged the Charlotte Hornets 100-99 at home on Friday. James posted a triple-double with 27 points, 16 boards and 13 assists, while Wade put up 10 points off the bench for the Cavaliers.

The Heat are 6-4 SU (including three wins in a row) and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Cavaliers, with half of the games going over the posted total.

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NBA Odds: Red-Hot Cleveland Hosts Miami on Tuesday

The Cleveland Cavaliers were riding a seven-game winning streak into a Monday game in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, they’ll welcome the Miami Heat to town.

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LeBron James is having another MVP-type season for the Cavaliers, ranking third in points and fourth in assists. However, the Heat have outplayed Cleveland lately, winning six of their last 10 meetings and covering in half those games. The Heat have won three straight and four of their last five overall. They’re eighth in the NBA in points allowed as they like to slow things down. The Cavs, meanwhile, like to run and gun, and their 110.8 points per game is the third-best mark in the NBA.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Entertainment Odds: Miss Universe 2017

Beauty pageants have been big business for over 60 years now, and one of the industry’s “Big Four” will be on display this Sunday when Miss Universe 2017 is crowned at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. A record 92 women are competing in this year’s contest; at press time, Miss Thailand is the +400 favorite to win, just ahead of Miss South Africa (+450) and Miss Colombia (+500).

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As history has shown, anything can happen at Miss Universe, and the field is favored over any one participant on the odds list at +300. Miss United States (+1200) has won this contest a record eight times, followed by Miss Venezuela (+1000). The pageant has changed formats multiple times over the years; a panel of six judges will decide who wins Miss Universe 2017.

Miss Thailand in this case is Maria Lynn Ehren, a 25-year-old Swedish-Thai model and singer who stands six feet tall and earned her master’s degree in international business commerce at Stockholm University. Ehren has advocated for gender equality and care for the homeless; her presentation on Sunday is expected to feature traditional Thai dance and Hun Kra Bok puppetry.

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Entertainment Odds: Thailand Favored at Miss Universe 2017

The Miss Universe 2017 pageant is this Sunday at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and Miss Thailand, Maria Lynn Ehren, is the +400 favorite at press time. Ehren is a 6-foot tall, 25-year-old Swedish-Thai model and singer with a master’s degree in international business commerce.

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The second favorite to win Miss Universe 2017 is Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, representing South Africa (+450). Nel-Peters is 21 years old and a business management student. Miss Colombia, 22-year-old Laura Gonzalez, is the third favorite at +500; she’s a model and actress who appeared in the 2017 telenovela La Cacica, which aired in Venezuela.

NHL Odds: Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings Today

The Los Angeles Kings welcome the high-flying Winnipeg Jets to town today (10:30 PM ET on TSN3) in a battle between top-tier Western Conference clubs. Winnipeg has put together a 12-3-3 record over their past 18 games, and has climbed to second place in the West. For the first time since returning to Winnipeg in 2011, fans feel they have a team that could do damage come the post-season.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been the primary driver of the Jets’ success. He has outperformed projected number one, Steve Mason, to overtake the starter’s job, and has paced the Jets with an 11-2-2 record with a 2.45 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Look for the netminder to be a difference maker in LA tonight.

The Los Angeles Kings (12-7-2) are having a rebound season in their own right. After finishing fifth in a Pacific and failing to make the playoffs last season, the Kings shed their defense-first mentality and have elevated their offensive production to 3.00 goals scored per game. While they’ve struggled of late, losing six of their last eight games, the Kings are an experienced team and should challenge the Jets.

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NHL Odds: Kings Welcome Jets Tonight

Centre Mark Scheifele and right wing Blake Wheeler make up two-thirds of one of the best lines in hockey of late. The two offensive stars have combined for 50 points through 20 games played, and are a threat every time they step on the ice. They’ll be looking to give Kings’ goaltender, Jonathan Quick, all he can handle this Friday.

The Kings have struggled of late. After losing six of their last eight games, they’ll be looking to rebound at home against a Winnipeg Jets squad that they’ve owned historically. Since the Jets re-entered the league in 2011, the Kings have a 14-5-7 record against them, so the Kings have history on their side in this one.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NFL Odds: Cowboys Host Chargers on Turkey Day

The Dallas Cowboys (5-5 SU and ATS) will resume their traditional role as Thanksgiving Day hosts when they welcome the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) to Arlington this Thursday, kicking off at 4:30 PM ET on CBS. The game opened as a pick ‘em with a total of 48 points.

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Dallas has lost back-to-back games SU and ATS in ugly fashion since RB Ezekiel Elliott began serving his six-game suspension. Running hasn’t been a problem, though; without LT Tyron Smith (groin), Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has taken a lot of punishment, with zero touchdown passes to show for it. Smith is listed as week-to-week, as is LB Sean Lee (hamstring), although Lee is expected to miss the next two games.

The Chargers are scrambling to stay relevant in the AFC, winning four of their last six games at 5-1 ATS despite suffering multiple injuries on the offensive line. RT Joe Barksdale (foot) is considered week-to-week, while LG Matt Slauson (biceps), OT Chris Hairston (blood clots) and RG Forrest Lamp (knee) are out for the season. QB Philip Rivers has only been sacked 12 times this year; Prescott was sacked 12 times the past two games for Dallas.

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NFL Odds: Chargers-Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day

As is tradition, the Dallas Cowboys (5-5 SU and ATS) will host a Thanksgiving Day game this Thursday, with the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) supplying the opposition. CBS has the coverage starting at 4:30 PM ET; this game is a pick ‘em with a total of 48.

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The Cowboys are on the ropes after dropping back-to-back games SU and ATS. Injuries to LT Tyron Smith (groin) and LB Sean Lee (hamstring) have been problematic for Dallas. The Chargers, meanwhile, are on something of a roll at 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games.

NBA Odds: Enigmatic Warriors in Oklahoma City

One month into the regular season, and the Golden State Warriors (13-4 SU, 7-10 ATS) are playing at an even higher level than last year’s championship team. But the Warriors haven’t been consistent with their greatness. They ride a 0-4 ATS losing streak against the NBA lines into Wednesday’s marquee matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8 SU and ATS), live on ESPN at 8 PM ET.

Although Golden State has largely figured things out after starting the year at 4-3 SU and 1-6 ATS, they find themselves vulnerable with Kevin Durant hobbled by a sprained left ankle. It’s believed Durant hurt himself during Saturday’s win in Philadelphia; the reigning league MVP sat out Sunday’s victory in Brooklyn, and remains listed as day-to-day.

The Thunder hope they’re on the right track after winning three of their last four games straight up and against the spread. Carmelo Anthony is scoring 20.1 points per game, but at age 33, his level of play has regressed to where it was during his least impressive seasons with the Denver Nuggets. And while they’re healthy, the Thunder have issues when it comes to bench strength – due in part to the Anthony trade with the New York Knicks.

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NBA Odds: Warriors Without Durant in OKC?

The Golden State Warriors (13-4 SU, 7-10 ATS) take a 0-4 ATS losing streak into Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8 SU and ATS), tipping off from the Thunderdome at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Oklahoma City have won three of their last four SU and ATS.

Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) may have to sit this one out for Golden State. Durant appeared to hurt himself Saturday in Philadelphia, then took the night off in Sunday’s win over Brooklyn. He’ll have two more days to heal; the Thunder play in New Orleans Monday night before returning home.

NBA Odds: Lakers Host Bulls on Tuesday

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls are storied NBA franchises, but both have fallen on hard times. The two will meet in Los Angeles on Tuesday at 10:30 PM ET in the lone NBA game on the schedule.

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The Bulls are 3-11 following a loss in Phoenix Sunday night. This season, they’ve struggled at both ends of the court, ranking 29th in points per game, 13th in points allowed per game and 29th in point differential. They’re the only team in the Eastern Conference scoring fewer than 103 points per game (95.5).

The Lakers, meanwhile, played the third game of a four-game home stretch Sunday night, beating the Denver Nuggets 127-109. The Lakers have been much better at home, going 5-5 at the Staples Center compared to 2-5 on the road.

The Bulls are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Lakers, and five of the games went over the posted total; there was one push.

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NBA Odds: Young Teams Meet in Los Angeles on Tuesday

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls are two of the younger teams in the NBA, averaging around 25 years old in age as a team. They’ll meet in Los Angeles on Tuesday in the only game on the NBA slate.

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The Lakers and Bulls both rank in the bottom third of the NBA in point differential at 21st and 29th, respectively. As young teams, they make a lot of mistakes. Home court advantage figures to be a big factor here, as the Lakers are 5-5 at home while the Bulls are just 1-7 on the road.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Boxing Odds: Ancajas-Conlan for IBF Gold

Saturday’s big boxing card in Belfast is being hailed as the return of local hero Carl Frampton, but he’s an overwhelming –10000 favorite over Horacio Garcia. The co-main event promises to be a lot more competitive; Jamie Conlan, also from Belfast, will challenge Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas for the IBF Super Flyweight title. Ancajas is the –650 favorite at press time after opening at –360.

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Conlan (19-0, 11 KOs) has won a number of secondary belts at 115 pounds, but he’ll be facing his toughest opponent yet in Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 KOs), the No. 6-ranked super flyweight at The Ring. The Filipino southpaw is six years younger at age 25, and has successfully defended this belt twice as a heavy favorite.

There are currently five different ways to bet Saturday’s fight at Bovada, including the total of 9.5 rounds, where the Under is priced at –170 on the boxing props board. The most likely Method of Victory is Ancajas by KO/TKO/DQ at –275. If you want to bet on Conlan to win, he’s the +425 underdog for a straight bet; you can also get him at +600 to win by decision or +1000 to win via stoppage.

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Boxing Odds: Ancajas Takes on Conlan in Belfast

Boxing fans are looking forward to Saturday’s big card in Belfast, which includes an intriguing title fight in the co-main event: Local hero Jamie Conlan (+425) will try to take the IBF Super Flyweight strap from Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas.

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After opening at –360, Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 KOs) has moved up to –650 on the boxing lines at press time. He’s the No. 6-ranked fighter at 115 pounds according to The Ring. Conlan (19-0, 11 KOs) holds two secondary belts in this division; he’s available at +600 to win by decision and +1000 to win by KO/TKO/DQ.