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Monday, January 15, 2018

NBA Odds: Lakers Visit Inconsistent Thunder

Maybe LaVar Ball just wanted to light a fire under the Los Angeles Lakers. Since Ball told ESPN that head coach Luke Walton had lost control of the team, the Lakers (15-27 SU, 21-21 ATS) have won four straight games SU and ATS. Their odyssey continues Wednesday with a road game against the wayward Oklahoma City Thunder (23-20 SU, 17-26 ATS), beginning at 8 PM ET.

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LA’s improved level of play might have more to do with the return to health of several players – including Ball’s son, Lonzo Ball. The hotshot rookie is already one of his team’s best performers, although his shooting touch isn’t nearly as good as his passing and defense. Brook Lopez recently returned from an eight-game layoff, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now allowed to play basketball outside the state of California after missing games due to a violation of his probation terms.

The Thunder looked like they’d sorted out some of their earlier issues distributing the workload among their Big Three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but OKC have lost five of their last eight games SU and ATS. Defensive stopper Andre Roberson is also day-to-day with patellar tendinitis.

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NBA Odds: Lakers in a Groove Heading to OKC

The Los Angeles Lakers (15-27 SU, 21-21 ATS) have won four straight SU and ATS since LaVar Ball said that head coach Luke Walton had lost control of the team. The new-look Lakers continue their journey Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-20 SU, 17-26 ATS), tipping off at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

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While the Lakers are on the rise after getting healthy again, the Thunder have dropped five of their last eight SU and ATS. They’ve missed the presence of defensive stopper Andre Roberson, who remains day-to-day for OKC with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

NBA Odds: Rested Celtics Host Pelicans on Tuesday

After playing in London England on Thursday, the Boston Celtics have received five days off to recover from jet lag. They’ll be at home on Tuesday, when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

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The Pelicans are coming off a win in New York on Sunday afternoon, moving to 22-20 on the season (22-19-1 ATS). They have some momentum right now as they’ve won two straight games and seven of their last 11. Although they’re just 11-11 on the road this season, they’ve won four of their last six away games.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are 34-10 (27-15-2 ATS) after a 114-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in London where they came back from a 22-point deficit. Shooting guard Jaylen Brown put up 21 points, while point guard Kyrie Irving added 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Celtics. Boston is on a roll again, entering Tuesday’s game on a seven-game winning streak. They look like legitimate title contenders (+800 futures), even without the injured Gordon Hayward.

The two teams have split their last 10 meetings straight up, with Boston winning five of the last six. The Celtics covered in six of those games. As for the total, six of the games went under.

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NBA Odds: Celtics Host Pelicans After Trip to London

After a win over the Philadelphia 76ers in London, England, the Boston Celtics are on a seven-game winning streak. They’ll enjoy five days of rest before hosting the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night at 7:30 PM ET.

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The Pelicans have won two games in a row and seven of their last 11 straight up, including a 112-109 win over the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics will be a greater challenge for New Orleans, as they’ve won five of their last six meetings with the Pelicans, covering the spread in four of those games.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Politics Odds: Will Oprah Run for President?

Oprah Winfrey gave an impassioned speech at last week’s Golden Globes Awards show, promising that a “new day is on the horizon.” Does this mean the media giant is going to run for President in 2020? Winfrey is a slight +120 underdog to throw her hat in the ring, but she’s certainly getting a strong push from her supporters. “Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” NBC tweeted after Winfrey’s speech.

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Winfrey has reportedly told friends that she’s seriously thinking about a presidential bid – presumably for the Democratic Party, in an effort to oust Donald Trump in 2020. In theory, Winfrey could run for any party; the bet will pay out as long as she’s a listed candidate on the voting ballot. But Winfrey is a registered Democrat, and was a strong supporter of President Barack Obama.

There will be less incentive for Winfrey to run if Trump leaves the Oval Office first. Despite the ongoing Russia investigation, Trump is an even-money pick to remain in office until 2020. Trump is also available at +250 to exit the White House sometime in 2018, which could happen if the Democrats prevail in the mid-terms and speed up the impeachment process.
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Politics Odds: Oprah Winfrey +120 to Run for President

After her speech at last week’s Golden Globes, everyone wants to know if Oprah Winfrey’s going to run for president in 2020. She’s reportedly giving it serious thought; at press time, Winfrey is a +120 underdog to have her name on the ballot.

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While there’s been a wave of support for Oprah since her speech, there’s also been some backlash over the idea of having a media figure challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, rather than someone with political gravitas. But that didn’t stop NBC from tweeting “Nothing but respect for OUR future president” before deleting that message.

NHL Odds: Flames visit Lightning in Tampa Bay Thursday Night

The NHL’s top team welcomes the Calgary Flames to town this Thursday for a showdown between premier offensive forwards. Watch as Kucherov and Stamkos take on Calgary’s Johnny Hockey and Sean Monahan.

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Great things were expected of the Calgary Flames (22-16-4) this season. After making the playoffs with one of the youngest rosters in the league last year, Calgary was expected to build off of their 94-point 2016-17 campaign, and push deeper into the playoffs. They’re +3300 on the futures board to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup, but to date, sit out of a playoff spot. Calgary will be looking for their young stars to step up against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and put themselves back into playoff contention.

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Tampa Bay (31-9-3) enters Thursday night’s contest with a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference. They’ve amassed an incredible +53 goal differential and have treated bettors to 21.98 units on the puckline. Their success has been buttressed by the standout play of their dynamic offensive duo of Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Kucherov leads the NHL in points (60), while Stamkos is tied at third (52). At +600 to win it all this year, there have been few surer things than the Lightning this season.

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NHL Odds: Johnny Hockey Visits Tampa to take on the Lightning

The Calgary Flames’ offensive phenom, Johnny Gaudreau, will make his way to Florida to try to best the league’s highest scoring team. Currently on pace for 92 points, Gaudreau is looking to set a new career high offensively, while also leading the Flames to new heights in the postseason.

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At the other end of the ice stands the best team in the NHL. Tampa Bay has dominated the league this season, losing only nine regulation games through 43 games played. Tampa has benefitted from a standout season from their goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is making a case for the Hart and Vezina Trophies. See if the netminder can stifle the Flames’ gifted offense.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NHL Odds: Wild-Blackhawks in Upside-Down Central

One year ago, the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild finished first and second in the Western Conference standings. Things have changed. These same two teams are at the bottom of the Central Division heading into Wednesday’s showdown at the United Center; the puck drops at 8 PM ET live on NBCSN.

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It hasn’t been a total disaster for either club. The Central happens to be the dominant division in hockey right now, with zero teams posting a negative goal differential. The last-place Hawks (20-15-6) have a plus-11 differential, while the Wild (22-17-3) have scored exactly as many goals this year as they’ve given up. There’s plenty of time for both to make a playoff run during the second half of the regular season.

Good health will be imperative as always. Minnesota doesn’t have anyone on the injured list, but the Hawks are without four players, including No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford (.929 save percentage), who’s out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Wednesday will be the second of back-to-back games for both clubs; Devan Dubnyk (.916 SV%) is projected to start in net for the Wild opposite either Anton Forsberg (.909 SV%) or Jeff Glass (.908 SV%).
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NHL Odds: Wild-Hawks at United Center

The top two teams in the West last year will collide Wednesday night (8 PM ET, NBCSN) when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild. It’s been a somewhat difficult first half for both clubs this year; Chicago (20-15-6) is dead last in the Central, one point behind Minnesota (22-17-3) with a game in hand.

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The Hawks also have to do without injured goaltender Corey Crawford (.929 save percentage), leaving either Anton Forsberg (.909 SV%) or Jeff Glass (.908 SV%) to face the Wild on zero days of rest. Devan Dubnyk (.916 SV%) is projected to start for Minnesota.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Entertainment Odds: 75th Golden Globe Awards

The second-most important awards show for the film and television industry will take place this Sunday (8 PM ET, NBC) when the 75th edition of the Golden Globe Awards airs live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The nominees were announced on December 11; at press time, The Shape of Water (+180) and The Post (+210) are almost neck-and-neck for Best Motion Picture Drama.

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There’s another battle brewing for Best Director, where Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) is a –120 favorite over Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) at +125. And it’s a dead heat at +125 for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama between Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

In addition to the Golden Globe odds, you’ll also find a “Cousin Sal” special, pitting The Shape of Water against the HBO series Big Little Lies to see which one will win more Golden Globes. Big Little Lies is a –700 chalk to win its own category for TV, and it’s the favorite for this wager at –1.5 (–120). You can find this and all the Cousin Sal bets under the Specials menu at Bovada Sports.
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Entertainment Odds: Will The Shape of Water Rule the Golden Globes?

The 75th Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday (8 PM ET, NBC) in Beverly Hills, and it’s going to be a close battle for Best Motion Picture Drama, where The Shape of Water (+180) is a slight favorite over The Post (+210).

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Guillermo del Toro is a –120 chalk for Best Director after the success of The Shape of Water, but he’ll be challenged by Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) at +125. And Sally Hawkins, who stars in The Shape of Water, is tied at +125 with Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

NFL Lines & Odds: Panthers-Saints in Wild Card Showdown

They finished with the same record in the NFC South. On Sunday, they’ll meet again to decide who moves on to the Divisional Round. The New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers, kicking off from the Superdome at 4:40 PM ET on FOX; at press time, the Saints are 7-point home favorites, up from –6 at the open.

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While both teams shared a record of 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS, it was the Saints winning the NFC South after taking both regular-season games from Carolina. Improved running has helped turn the Saints into one of the best teams in the league this season. When they met at the Superdome in Week 13, New Orleans prevailed 31-21 as a 6-point chalk, getting rushing touchdowns from both their Pro Bowl tailbacks: Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Getting their defense sorted out has been even more important to New Orleans. The Panthers’ offense, however, has been mediocre at best the past couple of seasons; QB Cam Newton hasn’t played like the man who was named league MVP in 2015, and one of his top targets from last year, WR Ted Ginn Jr. (54 catches), is now a member of the Saints.

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NFL Odds: Saints Seek Trifecta Versus Panthers

They both finished the regular season at 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS, but the New Orleans Saints won the NFC South after sweeping the Carolina Panthers. New Orleans will try to make it three straight this Sunday (4:40 PM ET, FOX) when they host the Panthers in the Wild Card round. The Saints are 7-point favorites at press time after opening at –6.

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Carolina has bounced back after missing the playoffs last year, but this still isn’t the same team that made it all the way to Super Bowl 50. The Saints, meanwhile, have made big improvements in running and defense.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

NHL Lines & Odds: Hurricanes visit Penguins in Pittsburgh Thursday Night

With Carolina playing its best hockey of the season, and Pittsburgh trying to find consistency in its game, Thursday night is setting up to be a good divisional showdown.

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Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are all on pace for 80-plus point seasons, yet Pittsburgh is fighting for their playoff lives. The reason for their mediocrity? Look to the other end of the ice. They rank ninth-last in goals allowed per game (3.12), and defenseman Justin Schultz stands as one of two players on the Pens with a plus rating (+2). Add the fact that Matt Murray’s save percentage is hovering just over .900, and the result is a team that can’t keep the puck out of its net.

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Carolina, on the other hand, prides itself in being a defensively-sound team. The Hurricanes have surrendered more than two goals in just four of their last 10 games, and have won seven of those contests. Veteran netminder, Cam Ward, has taken over as the Hurricane’s No. 1 goalie, and has flourished in the role, going 10-2-1 with a save percentage of .911. If Ward continues to roll, the Canes will be a team to reckon with in the second half of the season and will give the Pens trouble on Thursday.

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NHL Odds: Phil the Thrill Takes on the ‘Canes

Phil Kessel has continued to produce offensively this season, notching 17 goals and 26 assists through 41 games played. The 30-year-old is coming off of a 70-point season last year, but should challenge his career-best 82-point total this year. Kessel and the Pens welcome the youthful Carolina Hurricanes to town this Thursday in a Metropolitan Division clash.

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The Hurricanes come to Pittsburgh flying high. They’ve won seven of their last 10 games, and have clawed their way back into playoff contention. With a youth-infused lineup that scores by committee, Carolina is a team that’s looking to win now. Don’t miss the action at 7 PM ET on FS-SE.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Soccer Odds: Liverpool Get Ready for Leicester – and Beyond

Liverpool F.C. have seen their fortunes rise and fall in the English Premier League, but everything looks rosy heading into Saturday’s match with Leicester City. The Reds (10W, 8D, 2L) are fourth on the EPL table at press time, and they’re –350 home favorites to beat eighth-place Leicester, with the Foxes (7W, 6D, 7L) at +850 and the draw in regulation at +475.

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Supporters at Anfield have been spoiled by the high-flying LFC offense, second in the Premiership with 46 goals after 20 matches. Now the Reds are looking to shore up their back end and secure their spot in the Top 4; Liverpool have signed CB Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton, although van Dijk won’t officially join the squad until the transfer window opens on New Year’s Day.

Leicester haven’t been nearly as productive as the side that came from nowhere to win the Premier League two years ago. But they’ve stabilized their place in the Premiership after finishing 12th last year, and they’ve still got striker Jamie Vardy, who’s tied for ninth in the league with eight goals. Saturday’s total of 3.5 goals (UNDER –130) is the biggest on the betting board for this weekend’s matches.

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Soccer Odds: Goals Aplenty in Liverpool-Leicester

Offense will be on display this Saturday at Anfield when Liverpool F.C. (10W, 8D, 2L) meet Leicester City (7W, 6D, 7L) in the English Premier League. The fourth-place Reds are –350 favorites, with the No. 8 Foxes at +850 and the draw pegged at +475.

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There’s also a total of 3.5 goals (UNDER –130) on the board for this matchup – the biggest total for the weekend. Three of the league’s Top-10 scorers will be in action: Mohamed Salah (15 goals) and Roberto Firmino (nine goals) for Liverpool, plus Jamie Vardy (eight goals) for Leicester.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

NHL Odds: Chicago Visits Vancouver Thursday Night

Only four points separate the Vancouver Canucks (15-17-5) and the Chicago Blackhawks (17-13-5) coming out of the Christmas break. Both teams will have an opportunity to bolster their positions in the Western Conference standings Thursday night (10 PM ET on SN360) when the Blackhawks visit Vancouver.

At only two games below .500 nearly half-way through the season, most Canucks fans have to be pleasantly surprised with their team’s success. They’re only five points out of the final Wildcard spot in the West, and have Calder Trophy candidate, Brock Boeser, firing on all cylinders. The rookie has proven to be among the league’s best shooters, averaging a point per game through 34 contests (20 goals, 14 assists). Look for him to lead the Canucks once again against a veteran Blackhawks club.

Chicago, though only one point back of the Anaheim Ducks for the final Wildcard spot in the West, expects to be in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks are in one of the most competitive divisions in the NHL this season, and they’ve struggled against their division foes. Now in the midst of a mini two-game losing streak, Chicago enters Thursday’s contest in need of a win against a team that they should beat. Don’t miss the drama of this Western Conference showdown.

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NHL Odds: Boeser faces Kane in Vancouver

Thursday night’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks pits two of the league’s most dangerous scorers against one another. The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane has once again set a point per game pace through 35 games (15 goals, 20 assists) to lead his team in both categories.

The Canucks’ Brock Boeser, in his first year in the league, has proven that he belongs in the NHL. The 20-year-old is averaging a point per game (20 goals, 14 assists), and ranks fifth in the league in goals scored. These two snipers should entertain fans of both teams with their slick hands and deadly shots.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

NHL Odds: Metropolitan Division Rivals Face Off in New Jersey

The New York Rangers will take the short trip south to Newark to take on the division-leading New Jersey Devils this Thursday (7 PM ET on MSG).

The New York Rangers have struggled to find consistency through the first 34 games of the regular season. They’ve been streaky throughout, putting up several good games back-to-back, only to lose three or four games in a row the following week. The result has been an 19-12-3 record to start the season. They’ve played much better of late, however, going 6-2-1 in their last nine games. With Rangers’ RW Mats Zuccarello putting together a near point-per-game pace so far this season (8 goals, 20 assists), including three game-winning-goals, he has quickly become a fan favourite in the Big Apple, and a threat every time he’s on the ice.

The New Jersey Devils (19-9-5) will look to keep Zuccarello off the scoresheet, as they attempt to keep the momentum from their strong start to the season going on home ice. Opening the year with the reputation of a young team looking to build for success in years to come, not much was expected of the 2017-18 Devils. But with emergence of LW Taylor Hall (11 goals, 20 assists), and a solid core of supporting scorers, including first overall pick Nico Hischier (5 goals, 15 assists), the Devils have proven to be more than a team on the rebuild.

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NHL Odds: Schneider Faces Lundqvist in Goaltending Battle

When the Devils and Rangers hit the ice on Thursday (7 PM ET on MSG), so too will two of the league’s top netminders. After a slow start to the season, Henrik Lundqvist has returned to his form of old. Through 29 games, he’s posted a 2.59 goals against average, and a .920 save percentage.

Corey Schneider has posted an impressive 2.60 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 2017-18. He’s the backbone of the Devils, and as he goes, so do the Devils. It’ll be critical for both ‘tenders to be on their game if they hope to come away with a win against a division rival.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

NFL Odds: Season on the Line in Seahawks-Cowboys Tilt

The 2017 NFL season is coming down to an end for both the Seattle Seahawks (8-6 SU, 5-8-1 ATS) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-6 SU, 7-6-1 ATS). Sunday’s matchup in Arlington should decide who stays in the NFC Wild Card hunt and who gets eliminated from playoff contention. At press time, it’s the Cowboys looking good as 5-point home favorites. Kick-off is at 4:25 PM ET on FOX.

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Sunday also marks the return of Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott from his six-game suspension. The Cowboys’ running game hasn’t suffered that much during Elliott’s absence, with Alfred Morris (4.8 yards per carry) picking up the slack; the greater concern might be the health of LT Tyron Smith, who left last week’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a sprained right knee. His chances of playing Sunday are iffy at best.

The Seahawks are teetering on the verge of collapse after losing back-to-back games SU and ATS, including last week’s 42-7 pasting at the horns of the Los Angeles Rams (PK away). Linebacker KJ Wright missed that game with a concussion, but should be able to play against Dallas this week; LB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) is also likely to face the Cowboys.

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NFL Odds: Seahawks-Cowboys in Must-Win

Someone’s playoff hopes will likely end this Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys (8-6 SU, 7-6-1 ATS) host the Seattle Seahawks (8-6 SU, 5-8-1 ATS), beginning at 4:25 PM ET on FOX. Dallas appears more likely to stay in the Wild Card hunt as 5-point home favorites.

The Cowboys will also welcome RB Ezekiel Elliott back into the fold now that he’s finished serving his six-game suspension. However, LT Tyron Smith is questionable for Dallas after spraining his right knee in last week’s win over the Oakland Raiders. The Cowboys got smoked in both games Smith sat out earlier this year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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NBA Odds: Lakers Visit Streaking Rockets in Houston

Is there any stopping the Houston Rockets (24-4 SU, 15-12-1 ATS)? They’ve won 13 straight games at 7-5-1 ATS since Chris Paul made his return to the lineup, and the Rockets have another winnable game coming up Wednesday night against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers (10-17 SU, 13-14 ATS), tipping off at 8 PM ET on NBA-TV.

Paul and the Rockets have already defeated Los Angeles once during this hot streak. Back at Staples Center on December 3, Paul (21 points and six assists) was one of three Houston players to top the 20-point mark as they beat the Lakers 118-95, easily covering the 12.5-point spread. James Harden led all scorers with 36 points, while reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon contributed 22 points off the bench.

The Lakers were close to full strength for that game, but they’ll be missing one of their key starters for the rematch. SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope isn’t allowed to leave the state of California because of a legal matter; the 3-and-D specialist has been one of LA’s better players this year, and he scored 16 points in the first game against Houston, connecting on four of his seven 3-point attempts.

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NBA Odds: No KCP for Lakers in Houston

A tough rebuilding year for the Los Angeles Lakers (10-17 SU, 13-14 ATS) is about to get a lot tougher. The Lakers will visit the Houston Rockets (24-4 SU, 15-12-1 ATS) on Wednesday, beginning at 8 PM ET on NBA-TV, and they’ll be without one of their most important players.

SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope won’t be in Houston this week; the 3-and-D stalwart isn’t allowed to leave the state of California for 25 days after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense. Even with Caldwell-Pope in the lineup, LA lost 118-95 to the Rockets earlier this month as 12.5-point home dogs.

NBA Odds: Bucks Host Cavaliers Tuesday

After some early season troubles, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten their act together and are rolling. They’ll be on the road Tuesday to take on the Milwaukee Bucks, one of their toughest division rivals.

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Including their win in Washington Sunday night, the Cavaliers have won 18 of their last 19 games. LeBron James had 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season and the 61st of his career, which puts him sixth on the all-time list. Going into Monday’s games, Cleveland is second in the East, two games behind Boston.

The Bucks, meanwhile, lost 115-111 Saturday night in Houston, making it their third loss in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bucks to victory. They’re now just two games above .500.

The Cavaliers are 8-2 SU (including five straight wins) and 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Bucks, with eight games going over the posted total. Cleveland has won both meetings this season, covering in one game and coming up with a push in the other.

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NBA Odds: Cavaliers Look to Continue Dominance Over Bucks on Tuesday

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won both meetings with the Milwaukee Bucks so far this season. The Bucks will look to snap that streak when they host the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

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The Cavaliers have won five in a row over the Bucks overall, with LeBron James averaging 27.0 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in two wins. Giannis Antetokounmpo has countered with 37.0 points, 8.5 boards and 5.5 assists in two losing efforts for the Bucks, who have lost three in a row coming into this game. The Cavaliers have won 18 of their last 19 games overall.

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.