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NHL Odds: Lucky Ducks Visit Battered Bruins March 25th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

They say it’s better to be lucky than good. The Anaheim Ducks have enjoyed some of both; as we go to press, they’re in first place in the Western Conference at 46-21-2-5, but that includes a ridiculously fortunate 29-1-2-5 record in games decided by one goal. The Ducks will test their luck Thursday night against the Boston Bruins, who need to go find some four-leaf clovers if they’re going to clinch a playoff spot in the East.

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At 36-25-3-9, the Bruins are clinging to the last Wild Card spot in their conference after losing five in a row. Their 28-45 record against the puck line is well below break-even at minus-11.50 units in earnings, but that’s nothing compared to the Ducks at 27-47 ATS record and minus-27.57 units. Only the last-place Arizona Coyotes (33-40 ATS, minus-30.78 units) have lost more money this year.
To emphasize how overvalued Anaheim is, Hockey Reference has the Ducks at plus-0.14 on the Simple Rating System, leaving them seventh overall in the West. Boston’s plus-0.02 SRS translates to ninth place in the East. Game time for this matchup at the Garden is 7:00 PM ET on the NHL Network.

Tennis Odds: France Tops Davis Cup Futures Market March 7th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

The first round of the 2015 Davis Cup “World Group” stage begins this Friday, and of the 16 teams who have made it this far, France is the 2/1 favorite at press time to win the most prestigious international team event in men’s tennis. Serbia is second at 9/4, followed by Canada and the Czech Republic at 11/2.

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France hasn’t won the Davis Cup since 2001, but after making it all the way to the final last year, hopes are high for this year’s team. Unfortunately, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (forearm) is unavailable for the first-round matchup with Germany (33/1). Gael Monfils will join Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut in Frankfurt, facing off against a German squad featuring World’s No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Canada has a relatively easy draw and the presence of both Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. They’ll also have home-court advantage this weekend in Vancouver when they face Japan (50/1), who eliminated Canada 4-1 last year when Raonic and Pospisil were unavailable. Canada’s path to the title got easier when Roger Federer decided not to join the defending champions from Switzerland (7/1), who project to meet Canada in the quarterfinals after taking on Belgium (50/1).

NBA Odds: The Western Conference Contender No One Talks About March 1st, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

The Memphis Grizzlies tend to get forgotten by much of the NBA betting community. They’re only 28-25-2 ATS, and they’re pretty well the Western Conference’s most underrated contender when it comes to futures betting.

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Sitting at No. 2 in the West, the Grizzlies are 9/1 to win the NBA Championship. Though there are other intriguing betting options, a line like that should be considered given the franchise’s recent track record.

In the past four years, the Grizzlies have qualified for every postseason and gone as far as the Conference Finals. They’ve beaten, in different seasons, all of the West’s most formidable gatekeepers like the Clippers, Thunder and even the Spurs. It’s getting harder to discredit them.

NBA Odds: Cleveland Finally Hitting Stride February 17th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

After a slow start to the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are finally starting to find their groove. Fortunately for bettors, thanks to the team’s early struggles, they now have compelling 13/4 odds in the NBA futures market.

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Betting on the NBA is fun and rewarding, but so often the dominant teams are often so heavily favored that it’s difficult to find a good price for them in the sportsbook. This season, LeBron James and the Cavs showed just enough weakness early on for experts to start questioning their ceiling, and that general sense of doubt has added a lot of value in the sportsbook.

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NHL Odds: Wings Without Howard Against Avs February 5th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

It’s been a solid season thus far for the Detroit Red Wings (29-12-2-7), but they’re only 24-26 ATS (minus-3.68 units) on the puck line. They’ll try to reverse course Thursday night in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche (21-18-7-4), who are plus-9.19 units at press time with a 31-19 ATS record.

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Detroit’s task has gotten tougher since Jimmy Howard (.920 save percentage) was shelved with a groin injury. Petr Mrazek (.907 SV%) is 7-2 this month since taking over the top job, but four of those victories were by just one goal. Game time is 9:00 PM ET on NBCSN.

NFL Odds: Seasoned Patriots Early Favorites in AFC Clash With Colts February 1st, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

The rivalry will go down as one of the greatest of this generation, but when the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship this Sunday, there will be little time for nostalgia. These days Peyton Manning is out and Andrew Luck is in, but that doesn’t help the 7-point underdogs in their matchup against New England.

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With an 11-5 regular season and a 10-5-1 record ATS, Indianapolis is a respectable team ready to handle lofty expectations. The Patriots started slowly, but grew dominant in the last three quarters of the regular season.

Tom Brady may have only thrown 257 yards per game and 33 touchdowns in 2014 (compared to Luck’s 298 yards per game and 40 touchdowns), but his 367 yards thrown against Baltimore last weekend serve as a testament to just how dangerous this squad can be.In addition to the explosive passing game, the Patriots have one of the league’s most impressive rush defenses.

Whether the AFC clash comes down to a battle of quarterbacks or a defensive battle, it will be a match to remember. Currently oddsmakers favor New England with a seven point spread, which makes the Colts all the more intriguing.

NFL Betting: Broncos Face Lofty Expectations Despite Shaky Playoff Track Record January 27th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

The Denver Broncos have been an offensive juggernaut for as long as they’ve had Peyton Manning under center, but they still haven’t gotten a Super Bowl title. This Sunday, the squad will get a chance to prove that they’re more than regular season wonders as they go up against the Indianapolis Colts. The sportsbook lists Denver as the 7-point favorite against Manning’s former team. The total is 54 as we go to press.

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While Manning has donned the orange for three years now, fans will always think about his 14 year-stint with the Colts. That, and the symbolic rivalry between himself and Andrew Luck, will make the clash one of the most anticipated of the divisional round weekend.

The Broncos are 6/1 to win the Super Bowl, and Indianapolis is 16/1. The Colts’ lofty potential payout is as intriguing as their young roster.

Though the Broncos finished with a 12-4 record, they were 8-8 ATS this season. The much-lauded team has struggled to meet expectations. The Colts, on the other hand, were 11-5 on the year and 10-5-1 ATS, suggesting they could be ready for whatever gets thrown at them. Game time is Sunday at 4:40 PM ET.

NBA Betting: Overlooked Grizzlies Upgrade in Wild Southwest January 25th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

While there’s no denying that the Boston Celtics have been the most active on the trade market this season, the Memphis Grizzlies have made recent moves that will have a bigger impact on the NBA betting landscape. The addition of perimeter threat Jeff Green has made Memphis all the more dangerous.

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Landlocked in the toughest NBA division (the reigning champion Spurs are over .600 and in fourth), the Grizzlies face an uphill battle to get in the postseason. As we go to press, they’re 16/1 to win the NBA Championship.

Coming off of four consecutive playoff berths, the 26-11 Grizzlies are serious threats. Now that the club will pair Green with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, this team is looking deeper than ever.Green may not be a perennial All-Star, but he’s a veteran with three seasons under his belt, averaging near 17 points per game. He could be the boost the franchise needs. Although deadly on a game-to-game basis, Memphis falls short at 18-19 ATS.

After years of consistency, the Grizzlies are ready to take their game to the next level. Considering Gasol is heading into free agency, scooping up Green couldn’t have come at a better time.

NHL Odds: Bruins Ring Out Old Year Versus Leafs January 6th, 2015 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

The Toronto Maple Leafs (20-14-2-1, plus-15.48 units) are the most profitable team in the NHL against the moneyline, but they’ll be tested this Wednesday when they visit the Boston Bruins (19-15-1-2, minus-5.29 units) in their last game of 2014.
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The Leafs have gotten away with some shoddy defensive play by leading the league in scoring at 3.30 goals per game. Meanwhile, the Bruins have been inconsistent this year, but they’ve won three of their last four games, while Toronto has lost five of six. Game time is 7:00 PM ET on NESN.

NHL Odds: Bankrupt Stars Visit Vancouver December 25th, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

The Vancouver Canucks (18-10-1-1, minus-4.18 units) have lost four games in a row. They’ve also lost five straight to the Dallas Stars (11-13-4-1, minus-17.67 units). Regardless, Vancouver is favoured by -170 for Wednesday night’s matchup at Rogers Arena.

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Dallas is the least profitable team in NHL betting, allowing a league-high 3.52 goals per game. Also, Stars right wing Ryan Garbutt (five goals, five assists) is suspended for this contest, and right wing Patrick Eaves (three goals, five assists) is out with a broken ankle. The puck drops at 10:00 PM ET.