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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NHL Odds: Lightning Host Caps for Eastern Supremacy

Who will face the Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup? We’ll find out when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Washington Capitals this Wednesday in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Final. NBCSN has the coverage from Amalie Arena beginning at 8 PM ET; Tampa Bay is —1.5 on the spread.

Washington forced Game 7 by beating the Bolts 3-0 Monday night as –140 favorites on the Stanley Cup odds board, thanks to a power-play and an empty-net goal from TJ Oshie. It’s the first home win of the series for the Caps; on the puck line, they’re 7.69 units in the black during these playoffs in road games, winning seven of nine straight-up. The Lightning are plus-0.65 units with a 6-3 SU record at home.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was strong for Tampa Bay Monday night, making 31 saves, but the Capitals dominated Game 6 at both ends of the ice. Braden Holtby earned his first shutout of these playoffs with 24 saves, bouncing back from poor performances in three straight defeats for Washington. Both goalies are expected to get the nod for Game 7. Both teams are also relatively healthy despite a very physical Game 6.

NHL Odds: Capitals-Lightning in Eastern Final Game 7

The Eastern Conference will be decided Wednesday night (8 PM ET, NBCSN) when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Washington Capitals. The Capitals forced Game 7 by beating Tampa Bay 3-0 Monday night as –140 home favorites.

After three straight wins by the Lightning, Braden Holtby held the fort in Game 6, stopping all 24 Tampa shots for his first shutout of these playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves for the Bolts, but TJ Oshie scored for Washington on the power play and again on the empty net. Holtby and Vasilevskiy are both expected to start Game 7 on Wednesday.

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify Draws Lucky No. 7 Again

Post No. 7 worked out quite well for Justify at the Kentucky Derby. He’ll break from the same post at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (6:20 PM ET post time on NBC), and it doesn’t look like he’ll get much competition as the 1/2 favorite on the Morning Line. Good Magic will break from the 5-hole as the 3/1 second favorite in this eight-horse race; Quip, who skipped the Kentucky Derby after finishing second at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, is next on the inside rail at 12/1.

Justify arrived at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Wednesday with trainer Bob Baffert, about 90 minutes before the post position draw. Baffert led the chestnut colt to Stall 28, avoiding the potential media circus around Stall 40, the usual destination for Kentucky Derby winners. Quip and Lone Sailor (15/2, post No. 2) arrived on the same flight.

Baffert is 4-0 at the Preakness when bringing in Derby winners – including American Pharoah, who claimed the Triple Crown in 2015. At press time, Justify is available at 6/4 on the horse racing props market to complete the Triple Crown by winning both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9.

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify Returns to Post No. 7

Just like he did at the Kentucky Derby, Justify will break from post No. 7 at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The Triple Crown hopeful is a heavy 1/2 favorite on the Morning Line, ahead of Good Magic (post No. 5) at 3/1.

Quip, the most likely “shooter” to challenge Justify at the Preakness, is the third favorite at 12/1 after drawing the inside rail. Both Quip and Justify are co-owned by WinStar Farms; Quip is trained by Rodolphe Brisset, while Justify’s trainer is six-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert, who led American Pharoah to the Triple Crown in 2015.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NHL Odds: Caps on the Cusp Versus Lightning

Is this finally the year for the Washington Capitals? They were +165 underdogs heading into their Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the Capitals have taken the first two games of this series in Tampa, leaving them as –370 favorites to finish the job – which could happen as soon as this Thursday. NBCSN has Game 4 starting at 8 PM ET.

Washington got the jump on the Bolts by outshooting them 69-56 in Games 1 and 2 and outscoring Tampa Bay 10-4, including three power-play goals on seven chances. And they did it without second-line center Nicklas Backstrom (21 goals, 50 assists), who injured his hand in Game 5 of the previous series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Backstrom remains listed as day-to-day; in his place, Lars Eller already has two goals and two assists against the Lightning.
Tampa Bay have confirmed they’ll be sticking with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (.920 save percentage) for Tuesday’s Game 3, despite his struggles in the first two games. No other changes are expected for the Lightning, who have now fallen to plus-1.94 betting units on the playoff puck line, with Washington taking the league lead at plus-7.41 units.
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NHL Odds: Caps Stun Bolts, Setting up Pivotal Game 4

After winning the first two games on the road, the Washington Capitals can put their stamp on the Eastern Conference final with a win Thursday night (8 PM ET, NCBSN) in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Caps are –370 series favorites at press time as they prepare for Game 3 on Tuesday.

Despite allowing 10 goals over the first two games, Andrei Vasilevskiy (.920 save percentage) is expected to start Game 3 for the Bolts. Washington center Nicklas Backstrom (21 goals, 50 assists) remains day-to-day after injuring his hand in the previous round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL Odds: Game 4 of Eastern Conference Finals this Thursday

The Tampa Bay Lightning will have the chance to pull even with the Washington Capitals this Thursday, as the teams face off in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With Washington still holding home ice advantage, the pressure will be on to capitalize at home.

Heading into Game 4, the Tampa Bay Lightning remain in a must-win situation. While they managed to scratch out a win in Game 3 to pull within one game of the Washington Capitals, falling 3-1 in the series is something the Bolts want to avoid. The first two games were utterly dominated by the Caps. Alex Ovechkin continued his brilliant postseason, posting a goal and an assist in each of the first two matchups, while Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal and four assists.

In Game 3, it was the Lightning’s stars that showed up. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman got Tampa out to a 3-0 lead by the second period, and that proved to be the difference in what was a critical victory for the Bolts. They’ll need more of that production from their top players this Thursday, as a win in Game 4 would draw the Lightning even in the series. Game time is 8 PM ET on NBCSN.

NHL Odds: Stamkos Leads the Way in Washington

With their backs against the wall, Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning came to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Captain has been the only point of consistency in the series for Tampa, scoring in each of the first three games and adding an assist. He’ll be called on again this Thursday, as the Lightning attempt to even up the series before heading back home for Game 5.

After carrying the play in all areas of the ice in the first two games, Washington came back down to earth in Game 3. Despite recording 38 shots on net, they weren’t able to capitalize on their chances and managed just two goals against Andrei Vasilevskiy. They’ll be back on the attack again Thursday night, as they try to put a stranglehold on the series.

Monday, May 14, 2018

NBA Odds: Can Cavaliers Rebound in Game 2?

The Boston Celtics drew first blood in their Eastern Conference final, blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 25-point win. The Celtics will go for a 2-0 lead when they host the Cavs Tuesday night. Tip-off is at 8:30 PM ET.

The Cavaliers shot a meager 36% from the field in a 108-83 loss in Game 1 on Sunday. Kevin Love had 17 points and eight rebounds, while LeBron James added 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers. Cleveland was down 36-18 by the end of the first quarter and never recovered.  A much better start is needed from the Cavaliers in Game 2 if they’re to tie the series.

SG Jaylen Brown paced the Celtics with 23 points, while PF Marcus Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics shot 51.2% from the field and made 11 of their 30 three-point attempts. However, the Celtics’ defense was the story, as they never let James and the Cavaliers get comfortable. Boston held Cleveland to under 20 points in three of the four quarters.

The Cavaliers are 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Celtics.  Five of the 10 games so far have come in over the posted total.

NBA Odds: Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back on Tuesday against Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers got off to a poor start in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Can they recover when they face the Boston Celtics on the road on Tuesday night?

The Celtics jumped out to a massive 36-18 lead in Game 1 and rode it to a 108-83 rout at home. Jaylen Brown had 23 points, while Marcus Morris chipped in with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics. It was Kevin Love who led the way for the Cavs, with 17 points. With 15 just points, seven rebounds and nine assists, LeBron James didn’t have his best game.

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify In, Bolt d’Oro Out

The field for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (NBC, 6:20 PM ET post time) is starting to take shape – and it’s looking good for Justify. The reigning Kentucky Derby champion is a heavy 2/5 favorite at press time, and his odds are likely to shorten now that Bolt d’Oro, the third favorite at 10/1, has been taken out of the hunt. Trainer Mick Ruis confirmed Sunday morning that Bolt d’Oro will compete in the Grade 1 Met Mile instead.

That doesn’t leave much in the way of proven competition for Justify. Good Magic, who finished second at the Kentucky Derby, has been confirmed for the Preakness; he’s 7/2 for now, followed by a pair of “shooters” in Diamond King (14/1) and Quip (16/1) who come to Pimlico fresh after skipping the Derby. Also confirmed are Bravazo (20/1), Sporting Chance (22/1) and Lone Sailor (25/1).

The post position draw for the Preakness is Wednesday, with a maximum of 14 horses allowed to compete. Justify has been galloping with energy at Churchill Downs since his impressive Derby run; reports indicate that the “minor” bruise on his foot has healed, and he’s expected to fly into Baltimore on Wednesday with trainer Bob Baffert.

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify Galloping Towards Preakness

With yet another familiar name dropping from contention, it looks like Justify might have an easy go of it at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The Kentucky Derby winner is the 2/5 favorite at press time, and likely to improve now that Bolt d’Oro has just been taken out of the running.

That leaves Good Magic (7/2) as the only proven competition for Justify. But there’s always a chance that a shooter like Diamond King (14/1) or Quip (16/1) will pull off the upset after skipping the Derby. We’ll see who else joins the field at Wednesday’s post position draw.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify Heavily Favored at Pimlico

It’s not unusual to see the Kentucky Derby winner open as the favorite at the Preakness Stakes. However, Justify is a massive 2/5 favorite on the Preakness futures market at press time, moving up from 5/8 following his impressive performance in the slop at Churchill Downs. Good Magic, who finished second at the Derby, is the only horse within shouting distance at 7/2.

Justify certainly deserves to be the favorite for the 2018 Preakness Stakes, which takes place Saturday, May 19 (6:20 PM ET post time on NBC) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. But his odds got even shorter when a number of horses who ran at the Derby were pulled out of contention for the Preakness. It’s believed that Audible, who finished third in Louisville, will be saved for the Belmont Stakes; the Todd Pletcher-trained colt opened as the second favorite for the Preakness at 5/1 before being taken off the list.

Among the fresh horses expected to chase down Justify at Pimlico are Diamond King and Quip, each available at 16/1. Diamond King is coming off a victory at the Federico Tesio Stakes, while Quip finished second to Magnum Moon at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify in the Clear at Pimlico?

With almost all his competitors from the Kentucky Derby deciding to pull out, Justify is a heavy 2/5 favorite to continue his Triple Crown quest by winning the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19 at Pimlico Race Course. Good Magic is the second favorite at 7/2 after finishing second at Churchill Downs.

At press time, the only other Derby horses considered possible for the Preakness are Bravazo (20/1), who finished sixth, and Lone Sailor (25/1), who came in eighth. Among the horses who skipped the Derby, Diamond King and Quip are the top Preakness contenders at 16/1.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

NHL Odds: Game 7 Between Nashville and Winnipeg Thursday

The Western Conference Semifinals will go the distance as the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators face off in a do-or-die Game 7 this Thursday. After failing to close out the series at home, the Jets will be forced to bounce back on the road and attempt to upset Nashville in their home arena.

PK Subban guaranteed a Predators’ victory in Game 6 and his team responded with their best effort of the season. From the drop of the puck that opened the game, Nashville dominated Winnipeg and frustrated Jets players and fans in the process. Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals apiece, while Pekka Rinne bounced back after being pulled in Game 5 with a 29-save shutout. The series turns back to Nashville for the deciding Game 7 and the Preds will look to close it out on their home ice.

Although no team likes to miss an opportunity to close out a series, this series has been anything but predictable. Neither team has won two games in a row during this Semifinal matchup, and that trend favours Winnipeg. They’ve already won two games at Bridgestone Arena, and if they can make it a third, the Jets will book a ticket to the Western Conference Finals. Don’t miss the action starting at 8 PM ET.

NHL Odds: Forsberg Leads the Preds Back Home

The Nashville Predators’ Filip Forsberg has continued to show the hockey world that he’s not just an elite scorer, he’s a big game player as well. With Nashville’s season on the line, the Swede scored two beautiful goals and put the game out of reach in the third period. He’ll be counted on again in a critical Game 7 matchup versus the Jets on Thursday.

Winnipeg will need to find a way to slow down the combination of Forsberg, Johansen and Arvidsson if they hope to make it to Vegas. The trio torched the Jets for 8 points in Game 6 and were the difference in the game. That’ll be a tough task, but the Jets’ season depends on it, so look for Big Buff and co. to shut down the Preds’ top line.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NHL Odds: Predators Host Jets for Game 7

In a series featuring two of the NHL’s very best teams, it’s only fitting that there will be a Game 7. The Nashville Predators staved off elimination Monday night, beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 as +135 road dogs to set up Thursday’s deciding game in their second-round series. NBCSN will have the coverage at 9:30 PM ET.

While this series is tied at 3-3, Winnipeg has been the better team thus far, outscoring the Predators 22-18 over the first six games. Two of Nashville’s wins were by a single goal: Game 2, which they won 5-4 in overtime as –220 home favorites, and Game 4, a 2-1 victory as +120 underdogs in Winnipeg. All three Jets wins were of the blowout variety.

There was some good news for Winnipeg on Monday: Center Bryan Little (16 goals, 27 assists) played 13:07 and went 12-of-16 on face-offs, where he led the team during the regular season at 56.0%. Little’s status for Game 6 was uncertain after he missed Monday’s morning skate. Otherwise, the Jets are healthy for Game 7, as are the Predators, who went into the playoffs as +400 favorites to win their first Stanley Cup.

NHL Odds: Predators Take Jets to Game 7

The Nashville Predators are still alive in the quest for their first Stanley Cup. Game 7 of their second-round series with the Winnipeg Jets will be Thursday night at 9:30 PM ET on NBCSN, after Nashville beat Winnipeg 4-0 on Monday as +135 road dogs.

The Predators were +400 favorites to win the Cup when the playoffs began, but they’ve been outscored 22-18 by the Jets (+600) in this series. All three Winnipeg wins were blowouts, while two of Nashville’s three victories were by a single goal, including a 5-4 overtime win in Game 2 as –220 home favorites.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify Favoured Over the Field

After an impressive victory in the muddiest Kentucky Derby in history, Justify is an early 1/2 favourite on the horse racing futures market for the 2018 Preakness Stakes. Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will host the 143rd Run for the Black-Eyed Susans on Saturday, May 19; coverage on NBC begins at 5 PM ET, with a scheduled post time of 6:20 PM.

Justify was the 3/1 Morning-Line favourite for the Kentucky Derby, and he didn’t disappoint despite the heaviest rainfall ever recorded on Derby Day. The Bob Baffert-trained colt won by 2 ½ lengths over Good Magic (12/1), followed by Audible (8/1) and pace-setter Instilled Regard (50/1). This superfecta paid out a healthy $19,618.20 on a $1 ticket.

Baffert has already confirmed that Justify will race in the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of North American horse racing’s Triple Crown. At press time, the Derby winner is available at 7/5 to sweep the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Audible and Good Magic are Justify’s top threats at Pimlico, although neither has been confirmed to appear. Notables on the Preakness futures market include May Boy Jack (16/1), Diamond King (16/1), Runaway Ghost (18/1) and Hofburg (18/1).

Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify Gunning for Triple Crown

After winning Saturday’s Kentucky Derby as the 3/1 Morning-Line favourite, Justify is 1/2 at press time for the 143rd Preakness Stakes on May 19 (NBC, 6:20 PM ET post time). He’s also available at 7/5 on the props market to complete the Triple Crown.

Bob Baffert, now a five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer, has already confirmed that Justify will race at Pimlico. Good Magic is second on the Preakness futures market at 9/2, followed by My Boy Jack and new contender Diamond King (both at 16/1). My Boy Jack finished fifth at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify Favored in Post No. 7
The Kentucky Derby betting action has been hot and heavy since Tuesday’s post position draw. Justify has regained his status as the sole favorite for Saturday’s race, but his odds dipped from 13/4 after the draw to 7/2 at press time. Mendelssohn, the former co-favorite, has improved to 4/1. He’ll break from the far end of the main gate at post No. 14, while Justify has a more comfortable draw with post No. 7.

Audible, the third favorite, is closing in on the leaders at 13/2, up from 7/1 after drawing post No. 5. Of the four Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Kentucky Derby, Audible is the only one breaking from the main gate; Magnum Moon, who drew post No. 16, has slipped from 7/1 to 15/2.
It’s been a see-saw ride for Bolt d’Oro (post No. 11) on the Kentucky Derby futures, and he’s on his way back down at 17/2 after checking in at 8/1. Good Magic (post No. 6) has overtaken Bolt d’Oro as the fifth favorite; the reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion was 11/1 before Tuesday’s draw, then moved up to 9/1 after the draw and again to 8/1 at press time.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify Draws Lucky No. 7
The 20-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby has gotten even more competitive, thanks to Tuesday’s post position draw. Justify (7/2) is the favorite in post No. 7, followed closely by Mendelssohn (4/1) in post No. 14 and Audible (13/2) in post No. 5.

Magnum Moon, who drew post No. 16 in the auxiliary gate, is next on the odds list at 15/2. Good Magic (8/1) is on the rise in post No. 6, overtaking Bolt d’Oro (17/2) for fifth place. The early Derby favorite will break from post No. 11 on what should be a sunny Saturday in Louisville.

After drawing post No. 7, Justify remains the favorite to win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, although his odds slipped from 13/4 after Tuesday’s draw to 7/2 at press time. Mendelssohn is next at 5/1; he’s at the end of the main gate in post No. 14.

NBA Odds: Warriors Aim to Eliminate Pelicans on Tuesday

The Golden State Warriors are a game away from the Western Conference Finals after a dominant Game 4 win. Can they put the New Orleans Pelicans away with a win Tuesday night? Tip-off is at 10:30 PM ET.

PF Anthony Davis led the Pelicans in Game 4 with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but he also had six turnovers in New Orleans’ 118-92 loss on Sunday. SF E’Twaun Moore added 20 points for the Pelicans, who shot just 4-of-26 from three-point land and had 19 turnovers. PG Jrue Holiday had put up 19 points and seven rebounds for the Pelicans. As a team, they made just 36.4% from the field and that will have to improve.

For the Warriors, Kevin Durant poured in 38 points along with nine rebounds and five assists. They outscored New Orleans 33-19 in the third quarter, where they took control of the game. PG Steph Curry netted 23 points for the Warriors, who also got a near-triple double out of Draymond Green. The Golden State forward had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists. The Warriors are aiming to get to the Western Conference Final for the fourth straight year. The Warriors are 9-1 SU in their last 10 meetings against the Pelicans.

NBA Odds: Warriors Try for Sweep of Pelicans

The Golden State Warriors lost Game 3, but they stormed back for a big Game 4 win Sunday night over the New Orleans Pelicans. Can they close out Anthony Davis and company Tuesday night?

The Warriors got 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists from SF Kevin Durant in a 118-92 win over the Pelicans Sunday night. Davis responded with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who shot a poor percentage from three-point land. But New Orleans hope to get back to their best in Game 5 on Tuesday. The odds are against the Pelicans for this game.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

NHL Odds: Nashville Attempts to Draw Even in Game 4

The Western Conference Semifinal matchup between the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets has come as advertised. The top two teams in the NHL have treated fans to back-and-forth offense, riveting comebacks and overtime heroics. With Winnipeg up 2-1 in the series, the pressure is on Nashville to return the favour and even up the series.

Despite having two Vezina nominees in net, the goaltending in this series has suffered. Connor Hellebuyck and Pekka Rinne posted some of the best statistical seasons in the league during the regular season, but come Round 2 of the playoffs, both netminders are struggling to keep the puck out of the net. Winnipeg has scored 15 goals through three games, while the Predators have netted 10. Those are some ugly numbers for the Vezina hopefuls.

While some soft goals have been let in at both ends of the ice, there’s no question that Nashville and Winnipeg ice two of the best offenses in the league. From lines one to four, both teams can score at will. Filip Forsberg (5 goals, 6 assists) leads the way for Nashville, while Mark Scheifele (8 goals, 4 assists) has carried the load for the Jets. Game 4 is a critical one for the Preds; if they lose, they’ll be on the brink of elimination. Win, and the series becomes a best-of-three. The puck drops at 9:30 PM ET.

NHL Odds: Winnipeg Has Chance to Put Nashville on the Brink in Game 4

In a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Game 3, the Winnipeg Jets defended their home ice advantage and defeated the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Tuesday. Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler each had two goals and an assist in the game, and the Jets are now in a position to take a stranglehold over the series.

Nashville will need better goaltending from their star netminder Pekka Rinne if they hope to even up the series on Thursday. Rinne has surrendered four goals in each of the first three games of the series. Although the Peds have an elite offensive team, scoring five goals every game is not likely over the course of a series.

NHL Odds: Pens-Caps in Another Heated Battle

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won five Stanley Cups. Each time, they eliminated the Washington Capitals along the way. They’re at it again in the Second Round of the 2018 NHL playoffs. Pittsburgh split the first two games in DC, and they’ll host Game 4 this Thursday at 7 PM ET on NBCSN. Game odds are pending at press time, but the Penguins are –135 favourites to win the series, and sixth-favorites at +600 to win their third straight Cup, while the Capitals are +115 to win the series, and seventh out of the eight remaining teams at +750.

After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period of the series opener, Washington came back to take Game 2 on Sunday, winning 4-1 as –145 home favourites. Braden Holtby made 32 saves for the Caps in one of his better performances since re-gaining the starting job from Philipp Grubauer two weeks ago.
The Penguins didn’t have leading scorer Evgeni Malkin (42 goals, 56 assists) in either of the first two games, due to an undisclosed leg injury. Malkin is considered possible for Game 3 after taking in a full practice on Monday. Carl Hagelin (face) and Brian Dumoulin (concussion) are listed as day-to-day. All three will be game-time decisions.

NHL Odds: Caps-Pens in Familiar Playoff Pairing

As usual for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the road to the Stanley Cup goes through the Washington Capitals. These rivals meet once again in the Second Round of the playoffs, with the series tied 1-1; Game 4 is Thursday night (7 PM ET, NBCSN) at PPG Paints Arena.

The Capitals earned home-ice advantage after winning the Metropolitan Division by five points over Pittsburgh, but at press time, the Penguins are +550 to win their third Cup in a row, ahead of Washington at +750. Evgeni Malkin (leg) could be a game-time decision for Pittsburgh after missing the first two contests.

Monday, April 30, 2018

NBA Odds: Warriors Aim to Advance 2-0 on Pelicans

The Golden State Warriors got off to a flying start in their second-round Western Conference series with the New Orleans Pelicans, winning 123-101. The two will meet for Game 2 in Oakland on Tuesday. Tip-off is at 10:30 PM ET.

PF Anthony Davis had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans Saturday night in Game 1. They were outplayed on a number of fronts, making only 8-of-25 from the three-point line and went to the foul line just 11 times, making nine of them. The Pelicans were also outscored 41-21 in the second quarter.

The Warriors got 27 points from SG Klay Thompson, while SF Kevin Durant had 26 points and 13 rebounds. PF Draymond Green notched a triple-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for the Warriors, who shot 11-of-27 from three-point land and 24-of-32 from the foul line. The Warriors were without PG Stephen Curry, who’s out with a knee injury. According to coach Steve Kerr, Curry will “very likely play Tuesday.”

The Warriors are 9-1 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Pelicans. Eight of those 10 games have gone over the posted total.

NBA Odds: Pelicans Try to Avoid 0-2 Start to Warriors

The New Orleans Pelicans couldn’t keep up with the Golden State Warriors on the road in Game 1 of their playoff series. On Tuesday (10:30 PM ET), they’ll get a chance to try to even things up in Oakland for Game 2.

The Warriors outscored the Pelicans 41-21 in the second quarter of their 123-101 win at home Saturday night. SG Klay Thompson and SF Kevin Durant combined for 53 points, while Draymond Green put up a triple-double with 16 points, 15 boards and 11 assists. PF Anthony Davis had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who need a massive effort to turn things around on Tuesday.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify Can’t Shake Mendelssohn

It’s anything but clear sailing for Justify at this year’s Kentucky Derby. After briefly taking the lead at 3/1 on the horse racing futures market, Justify has slipped back to 4/1, once again making him the co-favorite with Mendelssohn. Audible has improved from 13/2 to 6/1; Magnum Moon (8/1), Bolt d’Oro (9/1) and Good Magic (11/1) round out the top contenders for Saturday’s big race.

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Justify was the talk of the town after an impressive 7-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park, but with so many horses putting in quality performances on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Bob Baffert-trained colt is anything but a sure bet. Mendelssohn is something of an enigma; he’s been preparing in Ireland with trainer Aidan O’Brien, and might not work at Churchill Downs until Thursday – provided the horse clears quarantine first.
Meanwhile, bettors looking for a dark horse have flocked towards Hofburg (16/1), who put in his final workout Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. The son of three-time leading sire Tapit only has one graded stakes under his saddle, finishing second to Audible at the Grade 1 Florida Derby, but Hofburg has the earmarks of a must-add for Kentucky Derby trifectas and superfectas.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify, Mendelssohn Still on Top

After a short stay at 3/1 atop the Kentucky Derby futures odds, Justify has slipped back into a tie with Mendelssohn at 4/1. Audible (6/1), Magnum Moon (8/1), Bolt d’Oro (9/1) and Good Magic (11/1) are also in the mix for Saturday’s Run for the Roses.

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Justify and Magnum Moon are both trying to become the first horse since Apollo (1882) to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old. Mendelssohn, Kentucky-bred but based in Ireland, won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last year at Del Mar; Good Magic took down the Juvenile on the dirt track.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify Overtakes Mendelssohn

The more bettors see from Justify, the more they like him to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby on May 5. Saturday’s six-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park was impressive enough to put Justify alone at 3/1 on top of the horse racing futures market, leaving former co-favorite Mendelssohn in second place at 4/1; Mendelssohn is working with trainer Aidan O’Brien at the Ballydoyle facility in Ireland, and is expected to ship out on April 30.

While Justify has taken sole possession of favorite status for Churchill Downs, Audible has slipped further behind in third place at 13/2, down from 5/1 last week. One of four viable Derby contenders trained by Todd Pletcher, Audible put in a solid workout last Friday at Palm Beach Downs, but that was quickly forgotten after Justify’s performance. Pletcher will also bring fourth favorite Magnum Moon (8/1) to Louisville, along with Vino Rosso (16/1) and Noble Indy (20/1).
Bolt d’Oro (9/1) and Good Magic (11/1) are holding firm in fifth and sixth place on the Kentucky Derby futures odds at press time. Hofburg, who finished three lengths behind Audible at the G1 Florida Derby, moved up to 18/1 after Sunday’s workout at Payson Park.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify Re-Takes the Lead

It’s shaping up to be a very competitive Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs, but it looks like Justify is the consensus favorite after Saturday’s workout at Santa Anita Park. The Bob Baffert-trained colt moved to 3/1, leaving former co-favorite Mendelssohn in second place at 4/1.

Audible remains the third favorite for the Derby at 13/2, down slightly from 5/1, while Magnum Moon (8/1), Bolt d’Oro (9/1) and Good Magic (11/1) are all holding steady. Hofburg (18/1) has picked up some steam after working out at Payson Park on Sunday and arriving in Louisville on Monday.

NHL Odds: Predators Face Jets in Western Conference Semi-Finals

In what could have easily been a Western Conference Finals matchup, the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators clash in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two top teams in the NHL during regular season will be the undoubted favourites to represent the West for the Cup, so don’t miss the most anticipated matchup of the postseason.

In Round 1, the Winnipeg Jets (+600) showed that old time hockey is alive and well. Led by Dustin Byfuglien, the Jets used brute force and sound defensive play to overwhelm the Minnesota Wild offense and dominated in all areas of the ice. This Friday, Winnipeg will kick off their next series against the top team during the regular season.

Though the Nashville Predators (+400) came away victorious over the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 in their quarterfinal matchup, the Aves were a surprising challenge for the heavily favoured Preds. Winnipeg presents new challenges for Nashville and they’ll need more than third liners Colton Sissons and Austin Watson, who led the team in points in the First Round, to show up against the Jets. Game 1 has the Predators as 1.5-goal favourites at home, but anything could change with the drop of the puck.

NHL Odds: Favoured Predators Open Series Against Jets

Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets steamrolled the Minnesota Wild in their First-Round matchup and now have their sights set on the NHL’s top team, the Nashville Predators. Though the Preds are favoured to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup this spring (+400), Hellebuyck and the Jets (+600) have the firepower and physicality to challenge any team in the league.

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Nashville has home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that may prove to be the difference in this series. The Predators won their season series against Winnipeg 3-1-1, but only two goals separated the teams over those five games. Though the Preds are favoured by 1.5 goals in Game 1, this quarterfinal should be close throughout.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Multiplier Man slot game at Café Casino

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane... It’s Multiplier Man - If you could have any superpower, what would it be? In the case of the brand-new slot machine game, Multiplier Man, it’s the ability to boost payouts through multiplier action. This 5-reel, 20-line slot game checks all the boxes for a classic superhero theme; there’s a villain, people in distress, and an inconspicuous man by the name of Ken Cash who can transform into Multiplier Man at the drop of a hat.

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Multiplier Man is equipped with two unique bonus rounds and a free spins mode. One bonus round is triggered randomly. At any point, an on-screen bonus can appear with three closed vaults. Each vault contains a unique multiplier (up to 12X). Pick the vault that you think contains the biggest multiplier, and Multiplier Man will appear on the scene ready to use his x-ray vision to reveal your selection and boost your bankroll.

The game’s second bonus round is triggered by landing three Quick Change Bonus scatters anywhere on the reels. The bonus comprises three rounds of Hi-Lo card selections. To start off, you’ll be shown one card, and you must guess if the next card in line will be higher or lower than the face up one. The more guesses you get right, the bigger your payout multiplier. To cheer you on, Multiplier Man will be there, flipping the cards over with his superhero strength.

In addition to the bonus rounds, you can also collect free cash by triggering the game’s free spins mode. Three Free Spin scatters anywhere on the reels will activate free spins and call for the services of our multiplying hero. The most spins you can get are 20, and these are no ordinary spins.

Throughout free spins, Multiplier Man shows up, intent on making you money. He acts as a stacked wild on all five reels, creating more opportunities to land payouts. With the ability to take the form of any icon (other than scatters), Multiplier Man turns free spins mode into a veritable cash grab.

There’s something charming about a slot game super hero flying through the air, increasing payouts at will, and Multiplier Man has captured it perfectly. The villains and sidekicks help round out the story, which essentially revolves around increasing your bankroll. When you need that extra boost, call Multiplier Man.

Robin Hood slot machine game at Café Casino

New Robin Hood-Themed Slot Game Hits the Market - Explore Sherwood Forest by spinning the reels of a new slot game based on the legendary Robin Hood. Free spins and two different bonus rounds are included in this 5-reel, 20-line slot, with big payouts available to the first hooded player to display extraordinary archery skill.

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As Robin Hood, you never know when your skills will be tested. The game has an “On The Mark” bonus round, which can commence at any time, and you’re the star archer. When it does happen, three bull’s eyes appear; you must shoot an arrow at one of the three bull’s eyes to claim your prize. Choose carefully because each bull’s eye contains a unique multiplier that will earn you cash that you can give to the poor – if that’s what you choose.

As a wanted man, you can never be too careful – even in Sherwood Forest where your merry men stand by your side. Land three or more scatter symbols and you’ll see why. Five “Wanted” posters – some with your face on them – will be plastered on trees. With Maid Marian peering down from the treetop, you must select the poster that conceals the wanted man, while avoiding the sheriff of Nottingham. Pass all five levels and you’ll be reunited with the lovely Maid Marian.

There’s a way to fast-track Robin Hood’s quest to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Land three or more Free Spin symbols to trigger the game’s lucrative free spins mode. A random number of spins will be allocated, with a maximum of 20. As you spin for free, you’ll notice that payouts happen more frequently. This is because the Robin Hood wild becomes a stacked wild that’s capable of taking up an entire reel.

It’s not every day that we get a chance to walk in the shoes of a legendary outlaw known for his heroics. Put on the green hood and channel your inner Robin Hood as you spin through this age-old story. Marian and your Merry Men will be rooting for you.

NHL Odds: Leafs-Bruins in Climactic Game 7

It was never going to be easy for the Boston Bruins. They blew away the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first two games of their opening-round series, but the spirited Leafs have forced Game 7, which will be played at the Garden this Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET on NESN. Odds are pending at press time.

The Maple Leafs, who finished fifth overall in the league this year with a plus-45 goal differential, have roared back to life with victories in Games 3, 5 and 6. Goaltender Frederik Andersen stood on his head for the Leafs in all three of those wins, making up for his poor performance earlier in the series. Tuukka Rask was strong in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Toronto (+105 at home), but the Bruins, who tied for third overall in goal differential at plus-56, couldn’t solve Andersen at the other end.
On the injury front, forward Leo Komarov (seven goals, 12 assists) took the pre-game skate for Toronto on Monday, but didn’t play in Game 6 and doesn’t appear to be in the plans for Wednesday. Otherwise, the Leafs are healthy for the most part, as are the Bruins heading into Game 7.

NHL Odds: Bruins, Leafs Headed for Game 7

After dominating the first two games of their opening-round series, the Boston Bruins are coming back to the Garden for Wednesday’s Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. NESN has the television coverage at 7:30 PM ET; odds are pending at press time.

The Leafs staved off elimination Monday night by beating Boston 3-1 as +105 home dogs. Frederik Anderson made 32 saves for Toronto while out-dueling Tuukka Rask (27 saves), and Tomas Plekanec put things out of reach with an empty-netter, setting up Wednesday’s climactic Game 7. The winner will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the next round.