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Monday, September 25, 2017

MLB Odds: Red Sox, Blue Jays Go Head-To-Head in Boston

The Boston Red Sox are trying to lock up the top spot in the American League East, but the Toronto Blue Jays would like to throw a wrench in their rivals’ plans. They’ll meet on Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET in Boston in the second of a three-game series.

JA Happ (9-11, 3.64 ERA) was unlucky to take a loss in his last outing when Toronto fell 1-0 at home to the Kansas City Royals. Over 6.2 innings, he allowed a run on seven hits, struck out six and walked two. The 34-year-old is 1-0 in three starts against the Red Sox this season, posting a 2.16 ERA. He’s also 5-4 in 11 road starts with a 3.95 ERA.

Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) dominated in Baltimore in his last start. He scattered four hits over eight innings, striking out 13 with no walks. The Red Sox won 9-0. Sale, who reached the 300-strikeout mark, is 2-0 in three starts against Toronto this year. He hasn’t allowed a run in 22.0 innings against the Blue Jays. The 28-year-old is 7-2 in 12 home starts with a 2.81 ERA.

Going into this series, the Red Sox had won seven of their last 10 meetings with the Blue Jays.

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MLB Odds: Postseason-Bound Red Sox Host Toronto Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox are going to the playoffs, but for now, they’re trying to lock up the American League East title. They’ll try to get one step closer when they host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) reached the 300-strikeout mark with 13 strikeouts in his last start against Baltimore. He hasn’t allowed a single run in 22.0 innings against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto will counter with JA Happ, who has allowed just one run in four of his last five starts. This will likely be Happ’s final start of the season for the Blue Jays.

MLB Odds: Sale Aims to Dominate Blue Jays at Home - Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) of the Boston Red Sox hasn’t allowed a run against the Toronto Blue Jays in three starts this season, spanning 22.0 innings of work. He’ll try to keep that going on Tuesday when the Blue Jays visit Boston. JA Happ will be on the mound for Toronto.

MLB Odds: Jays Play Out the String in Boston

The Toronto Blue Jays (73-83, –20.12 betting units) finish up their 2017 regular season on the road this week, starting with a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox (91-64, +9.12 units). Game 2 of this series is Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet and NESN.

JA Happ (3.92 FIP) is scheduled to pitch for Toronto against fellow southpaw and AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale (2.22 FIP). It’s been an unfortunate season for Happ, who has the Under at 15-7-2 in his 24 starts after receiving just 3.67 runs of support per game, leaving him 7.06 units in the red on a team record of 10-14. Sale is up 5.98 units on a record of 22-9, allowing just seven earned runs in his last five starts combined.

While the Jays have been victimized by injuries this year, the Red Sox come into this series almost completely healthy. They expect to have 3B Eduardo Nunez (.798 OPS with two teams) back in action sometime this week; Nunez has been out since September 10 with a PCL injury, but ran the bases Sunday and hopes to return in time to help Boston clinch the AL East division.

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MLB Odds: Last Dance for Jays at Fenway

With just one week left in the 2017 regular season, the Toronto Blue Jays (73-83, –20.12 betting units) will play out the string on the road, starting with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (91-64, +9.12 units). Game 2 is Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet and NESN.

Two southpaws are expected to take the mound when JA Happ (3.92 FIP) throws for Toronto against AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale (2.22 FIP). The Jays are only 10-14 behind Happ after providing him with just 3.67 runs per game in support, leaving the Under at 15-7-2.

Politics Odds: US Senate Specials f. Kid Rock (w. Caitlyn Jenner)

Anything can happen in American politics – including Kid Rock running for Senate. The rap-rock musician and former husband to Pamela Anderson is an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump, and he’s voiced his interest in running as a Republican in 2018 for his native state of Michigan. Will he do it? No is the –180 favorite, with Yes priced at +150.

Kid Rock is definitely playing up his interest. He even had “Kid Rock for US Senate” T-shirts on sale during last week’s venue-opening concert at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. However, a poll released Wednesday shows him trailing Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) by 18 points in a potential head-to-head matchup. If Mr. Rock (birth name: Robert Richie) does decide to run, he’s a +450 underdog to unseat the three-term incumbent.

Also pondering a Senate run: Caitlyn Jenner. The former gold-medal Olympic decathlete (as Bruce Jenner), who’s also a staunch Republican, has floated the idea of running in California, where she maintains a residence in Malibu. However, Jenner hasn’t had much to say about a possible campaign in recent weeks, and she’s listed at +240 to make a run for Senate in 2018.

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Politics Odds: Will Kid Rock Run for Senate? And Will He Win?

Is Kid Rock serious about running for US Senate in 2018? He’s milking a potential run for all its worth, selling “Kid Rock for US Senate” T-shirts at his concerts. But at press time, Kid Rock (born Robert Richie) is a +150 underdog to mount an official campaign.

If Kid Rock does run in his native state of Michigan, he’ll be hard-pressed to defeat the three-term incumbent, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D). Recent polls have Stabenow ahead by 18 points in a possible one-on-one showdown. That leaves Kid Rock as a +450 underdog to win a Senate seat in 2018.

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.

NFL Odds: Patriots Still Super Bowl LII Favorites
NFL Odds: Patriots Still Super Bowl LII Favorites

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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 ?

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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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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MLB Odds – Division Leaders Meet in Houston

Barring a complete meltdown, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, should win their divisions. The two meet on Tuesday in Houston to kick off a three-game interleague set.

Washington’s Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.70 ERA) took a loss in his last outing, as the Nationals fell 3-2 at home to the Los Angeles Angels. Roark allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two. The 30-year-old righty has met Houston just once, taking a win back in June 2014. He gave up a run on seven hits over five innings. Roark is 6-2 in 11 road starts with a 4.19 ERA.

Houston’s Charlie Morton (10-5, 3.69 ERA) got the win in a 9-5 home victory over Arizona, giving up a run on three hits over 6.1 innings, while striking out nine and walking four. Morton has eight starts against the Nationals, going 2-4 with an ERA of 6.27. At home this season, the 33-year-old right-hander is 7-2 in 12 starts with a 3.45 ERA.

These two haven’t met since June 2014. Washington has won nine of their last 10 meetings with Houston, with six falling under the posted total.

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MLB Odds: Astros, Nationals Clash in Houston

A potential World Series preview goes down on Tuesday with the Houston Astros hosting the Washington Nationals. This will be the first of a three-game series between these two division leaders. The Nationals top the National League East, and the Astros lead the American League West.

The Nationals will put Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.70 ERA) on the mound against Charlie Morton (10-5, 3.69 ERA) of the Astros. It has been a long time since these two teams have met; since June 2014, to be exact. The Nationals have the upper hand with nine wins in their last 10 meetings with the Astros.

MLB Odds: Wounded Jays Stumble into Tampa

Just when it looked like the Toronto Blue Jays were getting back in the American League playoff race, they got swept by the defending champion Chicago Cubs, leaving them at 59-65 and 14.81 betting units in the red. Toronto will try to get back on track with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (60-65, –7.91 units), starting Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet.

At least the Jays may have found a keeper in Chris Rowley (3.72 FIP in 10.1 innings), the first official West Point graduate ever to make the majors. Rowley pitched very well in his August 12 MLB debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, then followed up with five strong innings in Thursday’s 5-3 win over the Rays (–166 away).

Chris Archer (3.20 FIP) pitched for Tampa in that game and had a quality start with 10 strikeouts, but the Rays’ bullpen coughed it up, dropping Archer’s team record to 14-12 for a loss of 1.91 units. It was the 11th “no decision” for Archer this year; the Rays and their middling relief corps (4.10 FIP, No. 13 in the majors) went 6-5 in those games.

MLB Odds: Wounded Jays Stumble into Tampa

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MLB Odds: Jays Hope for More Rowley Magic in Tampa

After dropping three straight to the Chicago Cubs, the Toronto Blue Jays (59-65, 14.81 betting units) send Chris Rowley to the mound Tuesday night as they open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays (60-65, –7.91 units) at Tropicana Field. Sportsnet has the coverage beginning at 7:10 PM ET.

In his second MLB start, Rowley (3.72 FIP in 10.1 innings) allowed two runs to the Rays in five innings; Chris Archer (3.20 FIP) gave up three runs and struck out 10 in seven innings, but took the no-decision as Toronto won 5-3 to cash in as +143 home dogs.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Boxing Odds: McGregor Remains Popular Pick vs. Mayweather

At some point, the big money will come in on Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his August 26 boxing match with UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor. But for now, the popular Irishman is pulling in most of the action; his odds have tightened another notch to +325 at press time, leaving the undefeated Mayweather at –450.

The last time Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) was in the squared circle, he was a –3000 favorite in the days leading up to his September 2015 match with Andre Berto, the former two-time welterweight champion. Mayweather dominated that contest and won by unanimous decision, landing 232 punches to Berto’s 83. McGregor has never fought professionally as a boxer, although he did grow up practicing the sport before switching full-time to MMA by age 16.

Interest in Mayweather vs. McGregor is being driven mostly by UFC fans, who are naturally inclined to bet on their champion. The full card for August 26 is being presented like a UFC event, with four preliminary bouts shown for free on FOX (7 PM ET), and four fights on the Showtime PPV (9 PM ET). The total for PPV buys is 4.99 million with the over pegged at –210.

Boxing Odds: McGregor Remains Popular Pick vs. Mayweather

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Boxing Odds: McGregor Still the Preferred Pick vs. Mayweather

How low can Conor McGregor’s odds go? At press time, the UFC Lightweight champion is available at +325 for his August 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr., down from +375 last week and +900 when speculative odds first hit the board back in May 2016. Mayweather is –450 at press time.

Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) was a –3000 favorite leading up to his September 2015 title fight with former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto. McGregor has never fought professionally in the squared circle; he’s 21-3 in mixed martial arts (9-1 in the UFC) with 18 knockouts.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boxing Odds: McGregor’s Odds vs. Mayweather Get Even Shorter

The action is still rolling in on Conor McGregor for his August 26 superfight in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather Jr. At press time, the UFC Lightweight champion is available at +350, down from +375 last week and +950 when the odds first hit the board at Bodog Sports. Mayweather, the former boxing champion in five different divisions, is priced at –500.

The props market for Mayweather vs. McGregor has also picked up steam with 34 more ways to bet on the big fight. You can now wager on either fighter scoring a knockdown in any of the 12 rounds; McGregor is +1700 to knock down Mayweather in Round 1, and his odds get longer from there, while Mayweather peaks at +450 to score a knockdown in Round 5, Round 6, and Round 7. Do you have any prediction on how long the McGregor vs Mayweather fight will last ?

You’ll also find fresh totals on how many knockdowns there will be on August 26, and how many punches McGregor will land on the night; the Irish superstar is looking at an over/under of 29.5 punches, with the over favored at –130. According to the CompuBox stats, Andre Berto landed 83 punches when he lost a 12-round decision to Mayweather in the latter’s 2015 “retirement” fight.

Boxing Odds: McGregor’s Odds vs. Mayweather Get Even Shorter

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Boxing Odds: McGregor Moves to +350 vs. Mayweather

Conor McGregor is still the underdog for his August 26 superfight in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but his odds are improving. McGregor has shortened from +375 last week to +350 at press time, with Mayweather moving from –550 to –500.

There are also 34 new ways to bet on the Mayweather vs. McGregor props market. How many punches will McGregor land in Las Vegas? The total is pegged at 29.5, with over the slight favorite at –130. Andre Berto managed to connect 83 times in his 12-round decision loss to Mayweather back in 2015.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MLB Odds: Time Running out as Jays Host Yankees

After going 4-2 last week, the Toronto Blue Jays (56-61, –14.26 betting units) still have a chance to win the World Series. It isn’t much of a chance at +15000, but the Jays can improve their odds with a strong performance in their four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (59-60, –2.79 units). Game 2 of this series is Tuesday night at Rogers Centre; first pitch is at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet.

Marco Estrada (4.35 FIP) is due on the mound for Toronto, and while he’s down 2.05 betting units this year on a team record of 11-13, the Jays are 3-1 in Estrada’s last four starts. He allowed just six earned runs in 26 innings over that span. Estrada still has an unfortunate .305 BABIP on the season, so there might be room for some more positive regression.

For the Rays, it’ll be lefty Blake Snell (4.87 FIP), who’s delivered mixed results since making his major-league debut in 2016. Snell has Tampa Bay at 5-10 this year for a loss of 5.14 units, splitting a pair of games against Toronto back in April; the Rays are also 2-9 in their last 11 games following a spate of injuries.

MLB Odds: Time Running out as Jays Host Yankees

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MLB Odds: Yankees-Jays at Rogers Centre

The Toronto Blue Jays (56-61, –14.26 betting units) are moving slowly up the AL Wild Card standings, and they can get closer to the Promised Land by beating up on the injury-plagued Tampa Bay Rays (59-60, –2.79 units). Game 2 of their four-game series is Tuesday at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet.

Marco Estrada (4.35 FIP) is projected to start for the Jays; Tampa responds with lefty Blake Snell (4.87 FIP). Toronto is 3-1 in Estrada’s last four starts, including back-to-back upsets over the Houston Astros (–180 at home) and New York Yankees (–155 away).

MLB Odds – Indians Visit Twins in Minnesota

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are battling at the top of the American League Central. The two go toe-to-toe on Tuesday in Minnesota in the second contest of a huge four-game series.

Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.15 ERA) gets the call for Cleveland. He took a no-decision in his last outing, which was a 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old righty went 5.1 innings, allowing a run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and four walks. Salazar is 3-2 in his last nine starts against Minnesota with a 4.63 ERA. On the road this season, Salazar is 3-2 in nine games (eight starts) with a 4.85 ERA.

Minnesota will respond with Bartolo Colon (4-9, 6.77 ERA), who tossed seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball in a 4-0 shutout of Milwaukee in his last start. Colon struck out five and walked one in his fifth start (in which he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.02) with the Twins since coming from Atlanta. He won his last start against Cleveland, which came last April as a member of the New York Mets. The 44-year-old spent the first 5.5 years of his career in Cleveland.

Coming into this series, the two had split their last 10 meetings, with eight games falling under the total.

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MLB Odds: Indians Looking to Hold Off Twins

The Cleveland Indians are in the driver’s seat in the American League Central, but the Minnesota Twins are hot on their heels. The Twins host the Indians in the second of a four-game set on Tuesday.

The Indians will have 27-year-old Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.15) on the mound against 44-year-old Bartolo Colon (4-9, 6.77 ERA) for the Twins. Colon began his 20-year career in Cleveland in 1997 and stayed there for 5.5 years; Salazar was just seven years old. The two have each won five of their last 10 meetings coming into this series.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Boxing Odds: How Long Will Mayweather-McGregor Last?

It seems unlikely that the upcoming August 26 superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor will go the distance. At press time, there are more than 30 different ways you can bet on the round total at Bovada Sports; if this fight does go the full 12 rounds, it will pay off at +160.

The Mayweather vs. McGregor props market also has totals on the board for each possible number up to 11.5 rounds, where the under is favored at –210. Any stoppage before Round 8 has the over ahead on the odds board, all the way up to –5000 for Round 1. During the promotional tour, McGregor said he would knock Mayweather out inside four rounds, but the over is priced at –400 for Round 4. Do you think McGregor can knockout Mayweather ?

McGregor (21-3, 18 KOs in MMA) is still available at +600 on the “Inside 4 Rounds” special, which will pay out if the UFC Lightweight champ scores any kind of victory within that timeframe. The popular Irishman is +1600 to win in Round 4 exactly. Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) is +400 to win inside the first four rounds, compared to +275 in Round 5-8 and +350 for a later stoppage.

Boxing Odds: How Long Will Mayweather-McGregor Last?
Boxing Odds: How Long Will Mayweather-McGregor Last?

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Boxing Odds: Mayweather-McGregor Round Betting

How long will the August 26 superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor last? It’s hard to say. There are over 30 different ways to bet on the rounds at Bovada; at press time, a victory by either fighter in Round 1-6 is priced at +150, the same as a win in Round 7-12. This fight will pay out at +160 if it goes the distance. 

A Mayweather stoppage in the middle rounds could be in the cards. He’s listed at +400 to win inside four rounds, compared to +275 in Round 5-8 and +350 for a later stoppage. Anyway, let's wait for this superfight which is the Super Bowl of Boxing !

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Boxing Odds: McGregor’s Odds Improve vs. Mayweather

When the odds first hit the board for the August 26 superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight champion was a heavy +950 underdog. It didn’t take long for McGregor to move down to +400; at press time, the Irish sensation is even shorter at +375, with Mayweather available at –550.

McGregor fans appear to be delighted with how his training camp has unfolded. Former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi was brought in to spar with McGregor, and just as quickly left camp after an intense 12-round session that saw Malignaggi either knocked down or pushed to the ground. Clips from that session may have been carefully selected to make McGregor look stronger, though. Anyway, could McGregor knowkout Mayweather in this superfight ?

There hasn’t been as much news coming out of the Mayweather camp, but he did recently show off a lean physique while relaxing at the REHAB Beach Club in Las Vegas. Rumor has it that MMA star Nate Diaz could be part of Mayweather’s entourage on August 26; Diaz is the last and only person to defeat McGregor (9-1 UFC, seven KOs) inside the Octagon, although he lost their 2016 rematch by majority decision.

Boxing Odds: McGregor’s Odds Improve vs. Mayweather
Boxing Odds: McGregor’s Odds Improve vs. Mayweather

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Boxing Odds: More Underdog Action for Mayweather-McGregor

After opening as a +950 underdog for his August 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr., UFC Lightweight champ Conor McGregor was available at +400 last week. At press time, McGregor is even shorter at +375, with Mayweather at –550. The odds has changed since the first article posted in this site and this superfight sometimes is treated as the fight of the century, the Superbowl of boxing.

McGregor recently engaged in a 12-round sparring match with former two-time boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi, and that session was so intense that Malignaggi decided to leave camp. Mayweather, meanwhile, was looking slim and trim at the REHAB Beach Club in Las Vegas. He told reporters last week that he expects to make at least $300 million fighting McGregor.

Monday, August 7, 2017

MLB Odds - Sale Leads Red Sox Against Rays in Tampa Bay

Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox is one of the leading Cy Young candidates in the American League. However, he’s coming off his worst start of the season and will try to turn things around when he pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

Sale (13-4, 2.70 ERA) took a no-decision in his last start, which was a 12-10 home win over Cleveland. He was tagged for seven runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked one, snapping a 20.2-inning scoreless streak. This will be Sale’s fourth start of the year against the Rays and he is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA against them with his loss coming in Tampa Bay.

The Rays will go with Austin Pruitt (6-2, 5.65), who tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in his last outing to get the win in a 3-0 victory in Houston. Pruitt allowed five hits with three strikeouts and a walk in his third start of the season. The rookie has made two relief appearances against the Red Sox, giving up five runs in 3.1 innings of work.

Going into this series, these two had met 10 times this season. They’ve split those games with six going over the posted total.

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MLB Odds: Red Sox Try to Stay Ahead of Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have been a nice surprise this season as they continue to make a playoff push. They’re trying to catch up to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The two meet in the second of three-game series in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

The Red Sox give the ball to Chris Sale (13-4, 2.70 ERA), who is 2-1 in three starts against the Rays this season. The Rays counter with rookie Austin Pruitt (6-2, 5.65 ERA), who’s being worked into the rotation, but he has already worked 3.1 relief innings against the Red Sox. The two teams had split their 10 meetings coming into this series.

MLB Odds: Time Running out as Jays Host Yankees

Despite everything that has gone wrong this season, the Toronto Blue Jays (52-59, –16.49 betting units) are only five games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League. They’ll try to cut into that lead with a crucial three-game series at home against the top AL Wild Card team, the New York Yankees (59-51, –6.32 units). Game 1 is Tuesday night at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet and YES.

For the most part, JA Happ (4.40 FIP) has pitched reasonably well since coming off the DL in late May, providing seven quality starts in his past 10 outings. But the Jays keep finding new ways to lose; they’re 5-10 behind Happ this year for a loss of 7.28 units, with the under checking in at 9-4-2. Toronto’s lineup is also riddled with injuries, catcher Miguel Montero (groin) being the latest victim.

Veteran CC Sabathia (4.40 FIP) will represent New York in this lefty-on-lefty battle, and while he shares the same FIP as his Toronto counterpart, the Yankees are 13-5 behind Sabathia for 8.07 units in profit, with the under once again prevailing at 12-7. That includes a 2-1 record (1.40 units) versus the Jays.

MLB Odds: Time Running out as Jays Host Yankees

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MLB Odds: Snakebitten Jays Host Yankees

Time is running out on the Toronto Blue Jays (52-59, –16.49 betting units). They’re five games out of a Wild Card spot in the American League, and they need a win this Tuesday as they open a three-game series at home versus the New York Yankees (59-51, –6.32 units). First pitch is at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet and YES.

Toronto will send JA Happ to the mound opposite CC Sabathia in a battle of veteran southpaws. Each has a 4.40 FIP on the season, but the Jays are 5-10 behind Happ, while Sabathia has a team record of 13-5.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Boxing Odds: Will McGregor Knock Out Mayweather?

Conor McGregor has the proverbial “puncher’s chance” of knocking out Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they meet August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor is a +400 underdog at press time to win this fight, and +500 to win by KO/TKO or disqualification. In the unlikely event of a decision win for McGregor, he’ll pay out at a hefty +1000.

While it’s true that McGregor has never fought an officially recognized match inside the squared circle, his knockout power has been put on display multiple times inside the Octagon. The charismatic Irishman has won 18 of his 24 lifetime MMA fights by knockout, going to the judges’ score cards just twice. McGregor has also never been knocked out himself, suffering all three of his losses via submission.

Knocking out Mayweather will be a bit more difficult with 10-ounce boxing gloves instead of the four-ounce MMA gloves McGregor is used to wearing. Both fighters have stated their preference for wearing eight-ounce gloves when they meet August 26, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission is sticking with their rule that fighters above 135 pounds must use the 10-ounce gloves. Mayweather vs. McGregor is being fought at junior middleweight (154 pounds).

Boxing Odds: Will McGregor Knock Out Mayweather?

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Boxing Odds: McGregor Has Puncher’s Chance vs. Mayweather

Conor McGregor has 18 knockout wins in his 24 MMA fights. If he’s going to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26, that’s probably how it’ll happen; McGregor is +500 to win by KO/TKO/DQ, and +1000 to win by decision.

As if Mayweather weren’t a difficult enough opponent, McGregor will be wearing 10-ounce boxing gloves for this fight instead of his usual four-ounce MMA gloves. Both fighters have requested eight-ounce gloves instead, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission won’t allow it; this superfight is being held at 154 pounds, well above the NSAC’s 135-pound limit for wearing eight-ounce gloves.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Boxing Odds: Is Mayweather-McGregor the Super Bowl of Boxing?

On August 26, the biggest boxing match of all time will take place between a formerly retired 40-year-old and a man who’s never stepped foot inside the squared circle. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0 lifetime, 26 KOs) will face UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. At press time, Mayweather is the –600 favourite, while McGregor is available at +400.

They’re calling it The Money Fight, and for good reason: The over/under for PPV buys is 4.99 million, with the over pegged at –260 on the boxing props market. Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, The Fight of the Century, drew a reported 4.6 million buys. So many people want to see Mayweather vs. McGregor – and bet on it – that it could rival the Super Bowl in terms of popularity.

There are currently 49 different ways you can bet on Mayweather-McGregor, including the “Inside 4 Rounds” special, based on McGregor’s prediction that he’ll knock Mayweather out before the start of the fifth round. The odds on McGregor winning by any means inside four rounds are +600, while any other result is the prohibitive favourite at –1200. McGregor is also +600 to KO Mayweather at any point.

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Boxing Odds: Five Million PPV Buys for Mayweather-McGregor?

It’s officially called The Money Fight, but the August 26 match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0 lifetime, 26 KOs) and UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor (0-0, 0 KOs) has also been dubbed the Super Bowl of Boxing. The over/under for PPV buys is a record 4.99 million, with the overpriced at –260.

A lot of those would-be viewers are MMA fans, and they’ve put enough money on McGregor to make him a +400 at press time, down from +950 at the open. There are 47 other ways you can bet on this superfight right now at Bodog Sports.