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Thursday, September 21, 2017

MLB Odds: NL’s Top Teams and Their Odds to Win it All

A month ago, this wouldn’t have been worthy of conversation. In mid-August, the Dodgers were dominating the Major Leagues and were on pace to set a new record for wins in a single season (116). Fast forward a month, and Los Angeles has crashed back to earth, hard. They suffered a streak that saw them lose 16 out of 17 games. As fast as the Dodgers sank, the Washington Nationals climbed. Over that same period, the Nats went 12-5 and narrowed the Dodgers’ NL lead to only four games.

Now with two weeks remaining in the season, the Dodgers (96-53) lead the Nats (90-59) by six games. The final 12 games of the season will prove whether the Dodgers are truly back to form. They’re still favored to win the World Series at +300, but will be challenged by a schedule that takes them to Colorado to face a hot Rockies team. Washington, conversely, is +800 to win it all and have an easy schedule to finish the season. Momentum will be key heading into October, so be sure to watch the final two weeks closely, as it may tell how each team will do entering the postseason.

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MLB Odds: Nationals and Dodgers NL Favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers are +300 favorites to win the World Series. However, those odds may lean too heavily on their past performance. The last month saw LA lose 16 of 17 games and squander an enormous lead in the National League. Luckily, the Dodgers (96-53) dominated early in the season, and maintain a six-game advantage over the Washington Nationals (90-59).

Washington (+250 to win the pennant) was only four games behind the NL leaders in mid-September, but following two series losses, including one against the Dodgers, they’ll need to play impressive ball if they hope to capture home field advantage throughout the postseason.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Player won the jackpot on A Night With Cleo slot machine

A lucky casino Player from Texas Triggers Massive Payday on A Night With Cleo slot game.

When random jackpots hit, they make headlines. On Saturday, September 16, a Bovada Casino player was playing the right slot at the right time, managing to scoop up a $283,675 win.

It was Joe P. from Pasadena, Texas. He was playing A Night With Cleo slot at Bovada Casino.  The game is a 5-reel slot with a tantalizing Double Up feature. After failing to line up matching icons on the reels, Joe P. triggered the jackpot, turning what seemed like a loss into the win of a lifetime.

A Night With Cleo slot machine game  is one of those slot games that always has a big jackpot on the line. Lots of people play it, so the jackpot builds faster than most slots. It was back up to $9,000 the Monday after the big win, and continues to get bigger all the time.

Read here the review of A Night with Cleo slot machine. You can also check my Youtube video playing the game.

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New Tri Card Poker with Smarter Design

A classic casino game has been refreshed and is now being released at online casinos. Tri Card Poker is immensely popular because of the speed of gameplay. You put down your Ante, get three cards, and then choose to raise or fold. If you raise and beat the dealer’s qualifying hand, you win. It’s a quick and easy way to get in a few rounds of poker.

New Tri Card Poker with Smarter Design

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Since there are no opponents, you’re against a dealer, who follows a set of rules. To commit to the round, the dealer needs a qualifying hand, which is a minimum threshold that the dealer must meet in order to play the round. You wouldn't raise on a Jack high, and neither should the dealer. But the dealer does go in on a hand with a Queen or better in Tri Card Poker.

Without seeing any of the dealer’s cards, each round you’ll choose between two actions: Fold or Raise. These two options lead to four scenarios.

Scenario No. 1

You fold, forfeit your Ante and end the round.

Scenario No. 2

You Raise, the dealer qualifies, and you beat the dealer, winning a payout for your Ante bet and Raise bet.

Scenario No. 3

You Raise, the dealer doesn't qualify. You get paid for your Ante bet, and your Raise bet is returned as a push.

Scenario No. 4

You Raise, and end up tying the dealer. Your bet is returned as a push.

If you’ve already played Tri Card Poker, or Three Card Poker, you’ll appreciate that the new version has the same rules as the classic game. The upgrades are all about design and function, including a new, simple and intuitive user interface. Playing older versions of Tri Card Poker on your phone can be challenging. The buttons are often small, the win chart is hard to read, and the screen doesn’t adapt to the different stages of the round. This new version has rectified these issues. It has a responsive design that’s ideal for desktop, mobile, and tablet. A swipe upward makes the game full screen. There’s no longer a bar with chip denominations needlessly taking up space at the bottom of the screen. It’s just smart design for players who expect more out their table game experience.

Find out for yourself how superior this new version is by testing it out at your favorite online casino.

MLB Odds: Indians Try to Hold Off Angels in Los Angeles

While the Cleveland Indians’ American League record win streak ended at 22 games, they’re still playing very good baseball. On Tuesday, they’ll be on the road taking on the Los Angeles Angels, who are in the hunt for a wild card spot.

Mike Clevinger (10-5, 3.21 ERA) won in his last outing, a 5-3 victory over Detroit at home. Over 5.2 innings, he allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits, striking out six and walking two. The 26-year-old righthander is 1-0 in two career starts against the Angels with an ERA of 5.40. He’s 6-3 in 11 road games (10 starts) this season with an ERA of 2.56.

Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37 ERA) threw seven scoreless innings in his last start, a 9-1 home win for the Angels over Houston. He struck out five and walked one along the way. The 26-year-old southpaw is 0-1 in two career starts against the Indians, posting an ERA of 7.50. He’s 2-2 in six home starts this season with an ERA of 4.86.

Coming into this four-game series, the Indians had won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Angels, with six of the games going over the posted total.

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MLB Odds: Clevinger Tries to Keep Indians Rolling in Los Angeles

Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians has been red-hot of late and he’ll try to remain that way on Tuesday. The Indians will visit the Los Angeles Angels in the second of a four-game series.

Clevinger (10-5, 3.21 ERA) has won his last four starts, allowing four runs during that span, with only one earned run.

The Angels, meanwhile, are trying to stay in the wild card hunt in the American League. They’ll go with Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37 ERA), who’s coming off his best start of the season against Houston when he threw seven scoreless innings to beat the Astros.

MLB Odds: Stroman Gets the Nod Against Royals

The last home stand for the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays (70-80, –20.18 betting units) begins this Tuesday when the Kansas City Royals (73-76, +2.56 units) play Game 1 of a three-game set at Rogers Centre. First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Sportsnet.

Marcus Stroman (3.81 FIP) expects to make his 31st start of the year for Toronto. He’s enjoyed another solid season for the Jays, but they’re still –1.60 units in the hole on a team record of 17-13, despite giving him 5.20 runs of support per game while allowing just 3.80 runs. Stroman threw six shutout innings in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles; the Jays lost 2-1 as –132 home faves.

The Royals have yet to officially announced a projected starter at press time, but rookie northpaw Sam Gaviglio (5.82 FIP) is in line to make his third appearance for Kansas City after coming over from the Seattle Mariners on the waiver wire. Gaviglio allowed just three earned runs in 10 combined innings during his first two K.C. starts after struggling with the Mariners. Catcher Salvador Perez (.782 OPS) will likely join him after missing three games with an intercostal strain.

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MLB Odds: Blue Jays Make Last Stand Versus Royals

The Toronto Blue Jays (70-80, –20.18 betting units) begin their final home stand of the 2017 campaign this Tuesday when they welcome the Kansas City Royals (73-76, +2.56 units) to Rogers Centre. Sportsnet has the coverage at 7:07 p.m. Eastern.

Marcus Stroman (3.81 FIP) is expected to take the mound for Toronto. The Royals rotation isn’t set, but rookie Sam Gaviglio (5.82 FIP) could end up making his third start for Kansas City on Tuesday. Gaviglio was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on September 1; the Royals split his first two starts, both in K.C.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Boxing Odds: Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez

Boxing fans have been waiting for this matchup for quite some time. Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will meet this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to unify all the major titles in the middleweight division. Golvkin is a –145 favorite at press time after opening at –175.

Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) is the more popular fighter of the two, and he’s coming off a fairly impressive win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., although Chavez didn’t put up much of a fight after cutting down below 164.5 pounds. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) had to settle for a rare decision in his most recent win over Daniel Jacobs, a much closer match than expected.

Saturday’s bout might not challenge the recent Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. superfight at the box office, but it’s still a marquee matchup. There are 45 different ways to bet on this fight at press time; the Method of Victory prop has Golovkin pegged at +160 to win by KO/TKO/DQ, while Canelo is +190 to win by decision. Don’t expect a short fight, either, as the decision is priced at –130 compared to +265 for any ending before Round 7 and +220 for a later stoppage.

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Boxing Odds: Can Golovkin Stay Undefeated Versus Canelo?

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has yet to lose a professional fight. That streak could end Saturday night at the hands of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) after they unify the top middleweight titles at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo is a slim +115 underdog for Saturday’s bout after opening at +145. Golovkin had a surprisingly close shave in his most recent fight against Daniel Jacobs, winning by unanimous decision and seeing the end of the 12th round for the first time in his illustrious career. Each of Golovkin’s previous 23 wins was by KO/TKO or retirement.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NFL Odds: Bengals Need “Good Andy” Versus Texans

The Cincinnati Bengals will go only as far as QB Andy Dalton will take them. The three-time Pro Bowler had an awful opening week; he’ll need to recover quickly if the Bengals are going to handle the visiting Houston Texans this Thursday. Kick-off is at 8:25 PM ET on the NFL Network.

Dalton had one of the worst Week 1 games in NFL history this past Sunday, committing five turnovers (four picks and a fumble) as the Bengals were shut out 20-0 by the Baltimore Ravens, coughing up the cash as 3-point home favourites. However, Cincinnati is a 6.5-point chalk against the Texans at press time after opening at –4. The total for Thursday’s game has dropped from 38.5 to 38.

Houston is coming off a nightmare game of its own, losing 29-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars as 6-point home favourites. QB Tom Savage didn’t even make it past halftime before getting replaced by rookie Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, Watson didn’t do much better, and he suffered a minor ankle injury after eating four sacks behind Houston’s porous offensive line. It’s believed that Watson will get the start against Cincinnati after putting in a limited practice on Monday.

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NFL Odds: Texans-Bengals on Thursday Night Football

The Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals were both put through the wringer in Week 1. They’ll meet at Paul Brown Stadium this Thursday (8:25 PM ET, NFLN); the Bengals are 6.5-point favourites at press time after opening at –4, and the total has dipped from 38.5 to 38.

Andy Dalton (five turnovers) had an awful game this past Sunday against Baltimore, but the Texans are in even worse shape after both Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson were steamrolled by Jacksonville. Watson is expected to start against the Bengals despite being limited by a minor ankle injury during Monday’s practice.

MLB Odds: Astros Visit Angels in AL West Showdown

The Houston Astros bring their 45-26 road record to Angel Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Angels in a battle between AL West Rivals this Wednesday. In the second game of a three-game set, the Astros will send right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound. In 20 starts this season, McCullers has put together a respectable 7-3 record with a 3.97 ERA, 122 strikeouts and 1.27 WHIP over 111.0 innings pitched. McCullers has made one start since coming off of the disabled list on September 6 against the Seattle Mariners, where he gave up three runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings. With less than 20 games to go in the regular season, the Astros are +550 to win the World Series.

The Angels counter on Wednesday with lefty Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs has had a mediocre 2017 season for the Angels; he owns a 1-5 record with a 4.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 63.0 innings pitched. He’ll be in tough against a Houston club that leads the Majors in runs scored (788) and OPS (.828) this season. The Angels are in a battle for the final AL Wildcard spot and are one game back of the Minnesota Twins for the coveted position. Catch the action at 10:07 PM ET on FSW.

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MLB Odds: Angels and Astros Gear Up for Playoffs

Every game counts for the Los Angeles Angels (73-70) as they make a push for the final AL Wildcard spot. Currently, LA sites one game out of the last playoff position in the AL, so every one of their final 19 games will be critical. They’ll face the Houston Astros (86-57) this Wednesday in the second game of a three-game set at Angels Stadium.

After making several significant acquisitions at the August 31 trade deadline, the Astros won six straight games, but have since lost their last four games in a sweep to the Oakland Athletics. The stretch drive will be important for both of these clubs, so expect the series to be intense and filled with excitement.

Monday, September 11, 2017

MLB Odds: Kluber Leads Indians Out Against Tigers

Corey Kluber, of the Cleveland Indians, won the Cy Young Award in 2014 and he’s making another run this year. On Tuesday, he’ll lead the Indians against the Detroit Tigers in the second of a three-game set at home.

Tigers pitcher Myles Jaye (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first career start after previously pitching 5.2 innings of relief. His MLB debut came against Cleveland on September 2 when he allowed no runs on two hits over 3.1 innings in a 5-2 home loss.

 Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) was on the hill for that game, and allowed a run on eight hits over eight innings. In his last start, Kluber tallied another win as the Indians thumped the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on the road; he scattered two runs and three hits over seven innings, while striking out 13 and walking one. Kluber is 2-1 in four starts against the Tigers this season with a 5.24 ERA. He is 8-2 in 13 home starts with a 2.11 ERA.

Entering this series, the Indians won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Tigers, with four of those games going over the posted total combined with two pushes.

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MLB Odds: Kluber, Indians Host Tigers on Tuesday

After winning the Cy Young in 2014, Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber has been making a case for winning a second. He’ll take the hill Tuesday when the Indians host the Detroit Tigers.

Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) is tied for the American League lead in wins, he leads the AL in ERA and is second in strikeouts. He’ll be up against the Tigers’ Myles Jaye (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who’s making just his third MLB appearance and first career start. His debut came against the Indians on September 2 in a relief effort which saw Kluber collect the win for Cleveland.

MLB Odds: Biagini Starts for Blue Jays vs. O’s

The Toronto Blue Jays (66-77, –21.19 betting units) have just three series left to play at Rogers Centre this year. Next up: the Baltimore Orioles, who are still in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the American League. Game 2 of their three-game set is Tuesday at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet.

On the surface, it’s been a disappointing season for projected Jays’ starter Joe Biagini. The sophomore northpaw has taken a step back from his promising rookie campaign, and Toronto is 4-10 in his 14 starts for a loss of 9.44 units. However, Biagini (3.93 FIP) has been saddled with a .314 BABIP, and the Jays have given him just 3.50 runs of support per game, leaving the under at 10-4.

Kevin Gausman (4.74 FIP) has been even less fortunate with his .345 BABIP, but he’s been gifted with 4.60 runs per game, allowing the Orioles to split his 30 starts for a minimal loss of 1.93 units. The over is slightly ahead at 15-14-1 with Gausman on the mound. On September 1, he pitched six shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the Jays (+175 away), spoiling Biagini’s 10-strikeout effort over seven scoreless innings.

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MLB Odds: Jays Hope to Spoil Orioles’ Visit

The 2017 season is just about over for the Toronto Blue Jays (66-77, –21.19 betting units), but they can play spoiler in Tuesday’s game against the visiting Baltimore Orioles, starting at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet.

Joe Biagini (3.93 FIP) will take the mound for the Jays as they try to put a dent in Baltimore’s AL Wild Card hopes. Kevin Gausman (4.74 FIP) responds for the O’s. When these same pitchers met on September 1, Baltimore escaped with a 1-0 victory as –205 home favourites despite 10 strikeouts by Biagini over seven innings.

Friday, September 8, 2017

UFC Odds: Can Anyone Stop Mighty Mouse?

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But as a Flyweight, he doesn’t get the attention his skills merit. Johnson (26-2-1 lifetime, 14-1-1 UFC) will defend his title for the 11th time this Saturday when he faces Ray Borg (12-2 lifetime, 6-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC 215, live from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Johnson has only lost once since making his UFC debut in 2011, and that was in his very first fight against Dominick Cruz, which was for the Bantamweight title. Few people expect Mighty Mouse to lose this one, either; he’s a –1000 favorite at press time, up from –900 at the open. Borg, aka “The Tazmexican Devil,” is a rising star with the Jackson Wink team, but he also missed weight twice in his last three fights, and dropped a clear unanimous decision to Justin Scoggins (+147) in the third.

Saturday’s co-main event is a Women’s Bantamweight title match between champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko (–135). This match was supposed to be the main event at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out mere hours before the fight, citing a sinus issue.

UFC Odds: Can Anyone Stop Mighty Mouse?

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UFC Odds: Mighty Mouse vs. Borg at UFC 215

The top pound-for-pound fighter in the world will be in action when Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defends his Flyweight title against Ray Borg in the main event of UFC 215, touching down this Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta. Johnson (–1000) is aiming for his 11th straight successful title defense.

Saturday’s co-main event is for the Women’s Bantamweight title; champion Amanda Nunes is a +105 underdog against challenger Valentina Shevchenko (–135), who barely lost to Nunes in their first meeting back in March 2016. They were supposed to main event UFC 213 before Nunes pulled out with a sinus problem.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NFL Odds: Patriots 9-Point Home Favourites Versus Chiefs

The 2017 NFL regular season kicks off this Thursday (8:30 PM ET, NBC) in Foxborough with a game between the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots are 9-point favourites at press time, up from –7.5 at the open; the over/under is 49 points after dipping as low as 47.5.

The Patriots (14-2 SU, 13-3 ATS last year) are coming off one of the better seasons in NFL history, and they’re expected to do big things this year as +325 favourites for Super Bowl LII. New England’s defensive line is a bit suspect, and DT Vincent Valentine (knee) expects to miss Thursday’s opener, but the Pats did add DE Cassius Marsh over the weekend in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.

While Kansas City (12-4 SU, 9-7 ATS) has one of the best pass rushes in football, the focus Thursday will be on rookie RB Kareem Hunt, who is being thrust into the spotlight after Spencer Ware was lost for the season to a torn right knee. Hunt was first-team All-MAC for the Toledo Rockets in 2014 and 2016 before the Chiefs drafted him in the third round.

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NFL Odds: Patriots Big Favourites Over Chiefs for Opener

The New England Patriots start defending their Super Bowl title this Thursday (8:30 PM ET, NBC) when they host the Kansas City Chiefs in the first game of the 2017 NFL regular season. New England is a 9-point favourite, up from –7.5 at the open, with a total of 49 points at press time.

The Chiefs will put their trust in rookie RB Kareem Hunt, a third-round draft pick out of Toledo who earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2014 and 2016. RB Spencer Ware (4.3 yards per carry last year) is out for the season with a torn right knee.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MLB Odds: National League West the Class of the MLB

With less than 25 games remaining in MLB’s regular season, the playoff picture is becoming clearer. Within the National League, the West has emerged as the toast of baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies all currently sit in a playoff spot, and the West is the only division in baseball to have three teams currently qualified for the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers sit atop the NL West and all of the MLB with 92 wins. They’ve broken out in a big way with the emergence of rookie 1B Cody Bellinger; the 22-year-old currently leads the Dodgers with 36 homeruns and 82 RBI, and is the resounding favorite to win the NL’s Rookie of the Year award. Combined with career years by 3B Justin Turner, who leads the team with a .332 batting average, SS Corey Seager (19 HR, 65 RBI), and Yasiel Puig (24 HR, 62 RBI), the Dodgers have a core of young, productive players that seem to get better with every game.

Los Angeles had been without their Ace, Clayton Kershaw, who was out with a back injury since July 23, but the lefty returned on September 1 and performed well against the San Diego Padres. He struck out seven and surrendered only two hits over six innings without giving up a single run. Kershaw looked to be in fine form and ready for a playoff push in L.A. With a gamut of offensive talent and a shutdown starter, the Dodgers are the favorites to win the World Series in 2017 (+210).

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MLB Odds: Dodgers Pace the League

With the return of starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw on Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to put a stop to their recent struggles in preparation for the playoffs. Although they’ve won only 1 of their last 10 games, the Dodgers amassed a large lead and currently sit atop the MLB.

Their success can be attributed to a top-to-bottom breakout. Several players in L.A. are in the midst of career years. Rookie Cody Bellinger leads the team with 36 homeruns and 82 RBI, and has stabilized the middle of the lineup. Kenley Jansen sits second in the MLB with 36 saves, and 3B Justin Turner is third in all of baseball with a .332 batting average. With a healthy Kershaw back in the lineup, the Dodgers look poised to make a long run this postseason.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Entertainment Odds: LeBron James vs. Malcolm Gladwell

They laughed when Conor McGregor challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a boxing match, but it turned out to be one of the best fights Mayweather’s had in years. Now journalist and airport book writer Malcolm Gladwell has challenged Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to a one-mile race. And it could be another great matchup; James is the prospective –130 favorite, with Gladwell close behind at –110.

While it might seem like a mismatch, Gladwell won the 1500-meters at the 1978 Ontario High School Championships, completing it in 4:05.20. He was 14 at the time; he’s 53 now, but has been an obsessive runner ever since. Gladwell broke the 5-minute barrier in 2013 at the 5th Avenue Mile.

James is obviously the superior athlete, even if he’s lost a step at age 32. But he was a wide receiver in high school as well as a basketball player, and his forte is in covering short distances very quickly. Gladwell tweeted out his challenge August 23, insisting he was serious, and that all proceeds would go to charity. There’s been no word yet from the James camp at press time; this race has to happen in 2017 for bets to have any action.

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Entertainment Odds: Can Malcolm Gladwell Outrun LeBron?

LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes in sports. But is he faster than Malcolm Gladwell? The Canadian journalist/author has challenged King James to a one-mile race, with all proceeds going to charity; at press time, James is only slightly ahead at –130 to Gladwell’s –110.

The key element in this prospective race is the distance. Gladwell was an Ontario high-school champion in the 1500m, and remains an obsessive middle-distance runner at age 53. James, who turns 33 in December, does most of his running in quick, short bursts. Will he accept Gladwell’s one-mile challenge? Stay tuned.

NFL Odds: Patriots Still Super Bowl LII Favorites

They may have lost their top wide receiver, but the New England Patriots haven’t budged on the Super Bowl LII futures market. They’re still the +325 favourites at press time despite losing WR Julian Edelman (98 catches, 1106 yards last year) to a torn ACL. Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season, which starts September 7 when the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs (8:30 PM ET, NBC).

Without Edelman’s services, the defending Super Bowl champions will be relying on newcomer Brandin Cooks (78 catches, 1173 yards for New Orleans) to be their top wideout. Cooks came over from the Saints in March; he was sixth among NFL receivers last year at 10.0 yards per target. Chris Hogan (38 catches, 680 yards) should also see some more playing time with Edelman on injured reserve.

The Green Bay Packers (+800) and Oakland Raiders (+1000) are the top contenders to New England’s crown, at least according to the NFL futures. The Atlanta Falcons, who nearly beat the Patriots at Super Bowl LI, are available at +1200. The Falcons have almost all their key players coming back for 2017, and they’ll be playing in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year.

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NFL Odds: No Edelman, No Problem for Patriots

The New England Patriots may have lost WR Julian Edelman for the season, but they’re still +325 favorites at press time to defend their title at Super Bowl LII. The Green Bay Packers (+800) and Oakland Raiders (+1000) are next on the NFL futures market.

The Patriots still have plenty of targets for QB Tom Brady to throw at. Edelman’s spot will be taken by WR Brandin Cooks, who came to New England in March in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. Cooks led the Saints last year with 1173 receiving yards (78 catches, eight TDs).

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

MLB Odds: Stanton and the Marlins Take on NL Central-Leading Nats

In a battle of two National League Central clubs, both teams have the playoffs in their sights. The third game of the three-set series features the Marlins’ LHP Adam Conley against Washington’s RHP Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton currently sits atop the MLB leaderboard in both homeruns and RBI’s (with 50 homeruns and 108 RBIs). He’s been the offensive heartbeat of the Marlins since opening day. And despite his team’s struggles, he’ll receive many votes in the NL MVP race. The Marlins currently sit 4.5 games back of the second wildcard spot in the National League.

Stanton and the Marlins, however, have had great success against the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. Over 33 career at bats against the righty, Stanton has hit to a clip of .424 average to go along with 3 homeruns, and 11 RBI.

The Nationals currently sit atop the NL Central and have a 13-game lead over the second-place Marlins. For this matchup, they’ll be without their star rightfielder, Bryce Harper, who’s on the 10-day disabled list with a knee bone bruise. The Nationals will insert outfielder Jayson Werth, who has recently come off of the disabled list himself, to take Harper’s spot in the lineup.

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MLB Odds: Marlins Visit DC to Take on the Nationals

In a push for a playoff berth, every game counts for the Miami Marlins (66-64). Currently 4.5 games back of the second wildcard spot in the National League, the Marlins turn to left-handed pitcher Adam Conley to get them one game closer. They’ll be in tough against the central-leading Washing Nationals (79-51), but will have the MLB’s leading homerun man, Giancarlo Stanton, in the lineup to bolster their offense.

The Nats will send RHP Stephen Strasburg to the mound. He’s performed well so far in 2017 with a 10-4 record and a 3.10 ERA, but Giancarlo has given the righty fits throughout their respective careers. Through 33 at bats, Stanton has hit Strasburg hard. He’s averaged .424, while adding 3 homeruns and 11 RBI. Look for this matchup to be the difference in the game.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

MLB Odds – Yankees Host Indians in American League Showdown

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians are both setting their sights on the postseason in the American League. The two meet in New York for the second of a three-game set on Tuesday.

Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) took the win in his last outing, a 13-6 victory at home against Boston. He gave up four runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings, striking out eight and walking three. The 26-year-old is 5-5 in 12 games (11 starts) on the road this season with an ERA of 5.50. Against the Yankees, Bauer is 2-4 in seven starts with an ERA of 4.62.

In his last outing, Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.52 ERA) took a no-decision as the Yankees fell 10-6 in Detroit. Garcia allowed four runs on five hits in four innings, striking out two and walking three. The 31-year-old’s Yankees debut came against the Indians where he was tagged for six runs on five hits over 4.2 innings.

The Yankees have won six of their last 10 with Cleveland, splitting four games this season. Five of the last 10 have gone over the posted total with a push. As for 2017, two games have gone under, along with a push.

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MLB Odds: Garcia Tries to Get on Track Against Indians

The New York Yankees’ Jaime Garcia has struggled since coming to the Big Apple. His first loss was against the Cleveland Indians but he’ll look for revenge on Tuesday in the second of three games in New York.

Garcia (5-8, 4.52 ERA) has taken three no-decisions in four starts since joining the Yankees, but he lost to Cleveland in his New York debut. He failed to make it out of the fifth inning. The Indians will have Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) on the hill. He took the win in that game against Garcia. The two teams have split four games this season.

MLB Odds: Jays Host Red Sox at Just the Right Time

The Toronto Blue Jays (61-68, –16.62 betting units) need to start winning right now if they want to stay in the American League Wild Card race. The Boston Red Sox (73-56, +0.99 units), meanwhile, come out of the weekend after three straight losses. It’s as good a time as any to host the AL East leaders; Game 2 of their three-game series goes Tuesday at 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Sportsnet and NESN.

Unfortunately for the Jays, they’ll be facing Chris Sale (2.07 FIP) on Tuesday. He’s a top Cy Young candidate for the Red Sox, but again, Sale was one of the pitchers who got lit up for Boston last week, giving up six earned runs over three innings in Thursday’s 13-6 loss to Cleveland (+149 at home). Despite the loss, the Sox are still 18-8 behind Sale this year for 3.05 units in earnings, with the UNDER at 16-10.

Tom Koehler (6.59 FIP) will be making his second start for Toronto after being acquired from the Miami Marlins earlier this month. The 31-year-old righty from The Bronx pitched five strong innings last Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Jays lost 2-0 as +143 road dogs.

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MLB Odds: Sale, Red Sox Visit Jays

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox (73-56, +0.99 betting units) will be at Rogers Centre Tuesday night to face recently-acquired right-hander Tom Koehler and the Toronto Blue Jays (61-68, –16.62 units). First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Sportsnet and NESN.

Sale (2.07 FIP) got lit up in his last start, dropping a 13-6 decision to Cleveland (+149 at home) after coughing up six earned runs in three innings. Koehler (6.59 FIP) is making his second appearance for the Jays after eating the loss in Thursday’s 2-0 final versus the Tampa Bay Rays (–166 at home).

Friday, August 25, 2017

Boxing Odds: Even More Ways to Bet McGregor-Mayweather

Can Conor McGregor pull off the impossible? The reigning UFC Lightweight champion will be in his first professional boxing match this Saturday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs), and at press time, McGregor’s odds are all the way down to +300. Mayweather is a –400 favorite, as he was for his victories over Shane Mosley and Arturo Gatti.

With so many people interested in Saturday’s fight, the props market is treating it like the Super Bowl, giving us 115 different ways to bet on McGregor vs. Mayweather. Will there be a point deducted? ‘Yes’ is available at +165. Will McGregor throw a kick during this match? ‘Yes’ is an even bigger underdog at +700; the kick has to lead to a point deduction or a disqualification for it to count.

Meanwhile, McGregor’s odds for the popular “Inside 4 Rounds” special have improved. The Irish sensation has moved from +600 to +500 to beat Mayweather before the end of Round 4, as he predicted – and his chances at an early knockout may have improved after the Nevada State Athletic Commission allowed the fighters to wear 8-ounce gloves for this match, instead of the regulation 10 ounces for light middleweight. Who knows how long McGregor vs Mayweather fight will last ? 
Can McGregor knockout Mayweather before the end of Round 4 ?

Boxing Odds: Even More Ways to Bet McGregor-Mayweather

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Boxing Odds: McGregor-Mayweather on Pace to Shatter Records

Saturday’s hotly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (–400) and UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor (+300) looks like it will indeed become the biggest fight of all-time. The ‘over’ is still favored on the total of 4.99 million PPV buys, although the line has moved down to –175.

Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) said at Wednesday’s news conference that there was a “100% chance” this mega-fight won’t go the distance, reiterating his claim that he’ll knock McGregor out. Now that they’ll be wearing 8-ounce gloves, McGregor says he’ll knock out Mayweather within two rounds instead of four.

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