Thursday, January 31, 2019

Slumping Blue Jackets Take on Jets

Winnipeg Jets Hockey

Jets get Blue Jackets at Right Time





It looked like the Columbus Blue Jackets were going to put an end to their losing streak Tuesday Night. They surged back from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game against the Buffalo Sabers. Once again the team was let down by spotty defensive play and ultimately fell 5-4. The Jets, on the other hand, managed to end a two-game slide of their own with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.





TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN-Plus, FS Ohio (Columbus), TSN3 (Winnipeg); Line: Jets -140; O/U: 6.5 Over -115.





As Winnipeg’s first line goes, so do the Jets. Tuesday night’s victory was no different. The combination of Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor put up two goals and three assists on the night. Together they’ve registered an astounding 163 points on the season. The trio will be a tremendous challenge for the slumping Blue Jackets. After failing to pick up a single point three games in a row, the Blue Jackets now have a slim one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They’ll need to bounce back on Thursday if they hope to maintain their playoff positioning in the Metropolitan Division 





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The Blue Jackets are 28-18-3 on the season. All-Star forward Cam Atkinson is on pace to shatter his career high of 35 goals. He set that in 2016-17 season. Atkinson scored for the fourth time in six games to boost his season total to 28. Linemates Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin matched him with two points apiece. Despite the three-game slide, Columbus is receiving stellar work from its penalty-killing units. They have smashed 25 straight short-handed situations. The killer play has let them not allow a power-play goal in 11 games.





The Jets are 32-16-2 on the season. Patrik Laine is tied for the team lead with 25 goals despite being mired in a slump. The slump has seen him produce one tally and two assists over the past dozen games. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Laine amassed 80 goals over his first two seasons and erupted for 18 tallies in the month of November before hitting a wall, managing only four goals over the past 26 games and bottoming out in Tuesday's win in Boston. Coach Paul Maurice had Laine on the bench for much of the second period and the third-year forward wound up playing a career-low 10:55 while failing to register a shot on goal.





PREDICTION: Jets 4, Blue Jackets 3





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Bucks and Raptors for Eastern Supremacy

Toronto Raptors Basketball

Bucks Lead Season Series 2-1 Against Raptors





The Milwaukee Bucks (36-13 SU, 27-19-3 ATS) are mere percentage points ahead of the Toronto Raptors (37-15 SU, 22-29-1 ATS) for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks go into the meeting with a half-game lead in the East. The Bucks have taken two of the first three matchups against the Raptors, including a win at Toronto on Dec. 9.





TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, TSN 1/4/5 (Toronto) LINE: Raptors -2.5; O/U: 232.





They may be in a virtual tie in the Eastern standings, but Milwaukee has played the better basketball thus far. The Bucks have a league-best point differential of plus-9.7. That is well ahead of the Raptors, who are fifth overall, at plus-5.4. They also lead Toronto 2-1 SU and ATS in their season series. Milwaukee has superior stats on both offense and defense. Throw in they have a top MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo, then it is real. The "Greek Freak" is putting up 26.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

The Raptors have been scraping by without center Jonas Valanciunas. He’s been out since mid-December with a dislocated thumb. They’re 14-8 SU and 8-14 ATS since Valanciunas went on the shelf. The Bucks are relatively healthy, but Toronto will have a rest advantage in this matchup. They have been idle since Sunday after playing four games in six nights. Milwaukee visited the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.





Milwaukee began its five-game road trip with a loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday. The Deer managed to maintain its record as the lone team in the league without back-to-back setbacks by knocking off the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo flirted with a triple-double and finished with 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in the victory. The Raptors avoided a third consecutive setback on Sunday. They closed a three-game road trip by edging the Dallas Mavericks 123-120. Now they get two at home before hitting the road again for three more. Toronto is enjoying a 10-game winning streak at home. The streak began after that 104-99 setback against the Bucks on Dec. 9.





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Even though they have had relatively few injury issues, injuries are getting to the Bucks backcourt. Seldom-used reserve Pat Connaughton is making the most of the opportunity and sprang for 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes Tuesday. It was a welcome site as he had not gotten off the bench in three of the previous four contests. Connaughton could be a key player again on Thursday with shooting guards Malcolm Brogdon (chest), Sterling Brown (wrist) and Donte DiVincenzo (heel) all day-to-day. C Brook Lopez is averaging 3.4 blocks over the last five contests. Antetokounmpo is averaging 31 points and 18.5 rebounds in two games against Toronto this season.





Toronto has its own superstar forward in Kawhi Leonard. He has scored at least 20 points in each of the last 22 games. Leonard, who sat out four straight as part of an injury maintenance program, averaged 32.5 points in two games since his return. He recorded a double-double, with 33 points and 10 rebound,s in Sunday's triumph at Dallas. Center Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double in the win as well. That was his season-best fourth straight. PG Kyle Lowry is 7-of-23 from the floor over the last two games.





PREDICTION: Raptors 121, Bucks 115





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Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Milwaukee is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games
The Bucks are 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 14 games on the road
Milwaukee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
The Bucks are 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Toronto
Milwaukee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The Bucks are 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto

Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
The Raptors are 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
The Raptors are 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The Raptors are 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

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The Gambling Capital of the World

Macau is the Gambling Capital of the World

Macau is a top Destination for Gambling Around the World





Jan 31, 2019





Lying on the south coast, Macau is one of the
special administrative regions (SAR) of China. Once a Portuguese colony, Macau
has Portuguese taste in almost everything from architecture to daily lifestyle.
The place is well renowned as a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. Here
at Macau, the past meets the present. Raised inside the big skyscrapers are the
big casinos which are a big hit in this region.





Macau - The Gamblers Joint





Macau is a hidden gem in the world of casinos and gambling. Housing a great number of high-class casinos, the place has been an ideal travel destination for the gamblers worldwide.





A rich cultured lifestyle and picturesque
beauty of the region calls out for gamblers who are looking to bet on their
luck and prove their skills among the many others. Every year, a lot of
international and native tourists are reported to hit the casinos in Macau and
this figure keeps on increasing year by year.





Gambler’s Attractions in Macau





Macau has a total of 38 casinos, out of which 23 casinos lie on peninsula Macau. 10 casinos lie on the Taipa island. The Venetian Casino Resort, The Sands, Wynn and The Grand Lisboa are the few among the biggest casinos in Macau and the world. Different casinos have different themes and games in them. Some of the most famous casinos in Macau are the Las Vegas-styled Casinos. It also hosts bingo sites that are some of the best online bingo sites UK.





Gambling Attractions in Macau

Games offered





From the classic casino games to the modern-day video slots, Macau has games for everyone’s liking. The most demanded games in casinos are Blackjack, Baccarat, Rummy, Keno, Mahjong, Roulette, Tan, Poker, video slots and the best online bingo. Texas hold’em variant of poker is widely played here in Macau





Poker is played widely here in Macau with many
competition held annually. A live poker competition is held here frequently.
The place has some of the unique variants of the popular games that are quite
popular among the players. Bingo is another favourite here in Macau
with exciting winning prizes.





Must Visit Casinos in Macau





Besides exquisite food and picturesque natural beauty, the region is home to some of the finest casinos in the world. These casinos provide a once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience that no one should miss out at. Here is a look at some of the best casinos in Macau.





  • The
    Venetian
    :It is a high-end casino
    resort with a 39 story building and world-class facilities. This is the world’s
    biggest casino with a whopping number of 3400 slot machines and 800 live casino
    tables.
  • The
    Grand Lisboa
    : Another big glamorous building standing at
    261 metres tall, this place is one of the best casinos in the world. This is
    the tallest building in Macau and is well renowned for its live Texas hold’em
    poker tables.
  • Wynn
    Macau
    : Spread over a huge 25400 sq metres, this high-end casino resort has
    close to 1000 luxury suites in it. The place also provides high-quality spas
    and restaurants. Wynn is known to house the best collection of slot games.
Top Casinos in Macau

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Latest Super Bowl LIII MVP Odds: Tom Brady still betting favorite

Super Bowl LIII

Tom Brady is the frontrunner to win the award





Jazz Sports has betting odds on the Super Bowl LIII MVP and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the front-runner to win the award yet again.





Brady has won the Super Bowl MVP award four times and it's obvious
that sportsbooks expect him or Jared Goff to win, which isn't surprising since
quarterbacks have been named Super Bowl MVP 29 times and only two non-QBs have
won it since the 2010 season and both were defensive players, Malcolm Smith of
the Seahawks in 2014 and Von Miller of the Broncos in 2016.





Recent history suggests that a quarterback will win the award,
most likely from the winning team. Chuck Howley was the only player to win
Super Bowl MVP from a losing team (he was also the first defensive player to
win the honor), when the Cowboys fell 16-13 against the Baltimore Colts in
Super Bowl V in a game with little to no offense. Howley's two interceptions
gave the Cowboys a chance to win and there were no significant numbers from any
other players.





Tom Brady always shines on the biggest stage and although the
Patriots lost the Super Bowl last year, he broke his own record after passing
for 505 yards. Brady has 2,576 passing yards and 18 touchdowns in eight career
Super Bowls and it's hard to deny his talent.





Unlike the Patriots, the Rams lack experience in big games but that doesn't mean they can't win their first Super Bowl with the team in Los Angeles.





Jared Goff and Todd Gurley are second and third favorites on the odds board. Goff had a strong season and he played well in the NFC Championship Game in New Orleans, so his surrounding won't faze him. At +800, Todd Gurley is an intriguing alternative, he was having a monster season but he ran for just 10 yards on four carries against the Saints, although he did score a touchdown but many people wonder if his knee issues are bothering him.





A value NFL pick to consider is Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel at +800. Michel has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and he has five touchdowns in those games.





Aaron Donald is the favorite among defensive players at +1000. Players on that side of the ball usually don't put up big stats but Donald is known for making big plays and the Rams need him at his best to have a chance in this game, so it wouldn't surprise me if he's the first defensive lineman to win the award since Richard Dent in Super Bowl XX.





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Super Bowl LIII MVP Odds at Jazz Sports





Tom Brady -125





Jared Goff +200





Todd Gurley +800





Sony Michel +800





Aaron Donald +1000





C.J. Anderson +1500





Julian Edelman +1800





James White +2000





Rob Gronkowski +2000





Brandin Cooks +2500





Robert Woods +2500





Ndamukong Suh +4500





Josh Reynolds +5000





Aqib Talib +5000





Dante Fowler +5000





Rex Burkhead +5000





Marcus Peters +5000





Cory Littleton +5000





Trey Flowers +5000





Chris Hogan +5000





John Johnson +5000





Kyle Van Noy +5000





Cordarelle Patterson +5000





Michael Brockers +5000





Field (any other player) +500





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Lakers favored to land Anthony Davis before 2019-20 season

Lakers and Anthony Davis Trade Rumors

The Anthony Davis Sweepstakes Have Begun





On Monday morning, Anthony Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. Agent Rich Paul informed the Pelicans that Davis will decline his inevitable super-max extension offer from the organization this summer and that he wants to be traded to another team.





Jazz Sports posted betting odds on where Anthony Davis will play next season. Oddsmakers have the Lakers (+125) and Celtics (+200) as the favorites. Teams are already starting to line up to try to get Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and it's not difficult to see why.





Davis is set to make his sixth straight All-Star appearance and
fourth All-NBA First Team. He's averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in 41
games while playing high-level defense with 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals per game.





There's time for a deal to be made before this year's trade deadline
but the Pelicans are apparently not taking calls for Davis. The Celtics have
the necessary assets and potential desire to make something happen but they
can't trade for him until July 1, unless Kyrie Irving is involved in the trade.





A deal without Irving would fall into "The Rose Rule" (a
player finishing his rookie contract can make 30 percent of a team's salary cap
— up from 25 percent — if he's twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been
voted All-NBA or won an MVP award and you can't trade for a second Rose Rule
player while there's someone on the roster already contracted under these
terms), so, unless Irving is involved in the trade, the Celtics are out of the
running until the summer.





The Lakers are among the NBA teams that can put together a decent offer before the trade deadline and they're likely the frontrunners in the summer because Davis and Rich Paul reportedly plan to tell teams that the Lakers are his No. 1 choice and that he doesn't plan to sign an extension with any other team before the summer of 2020, when he will become a free agent.





Odds and News

Where will Anthony Davis play in Game 1 of the 2019-20 season?





Odds provided by Jazz Sports





Los Angeles Lakers +125





Boston Celtics +200





New Orleans Pelicans +500





Toronto Raptors +600





New York Knicks +800





Philadelphia 76ers +1200





Golden State Warriors +1500





Houston Rockets +2000





Oklahoma City Thunder +2500





San Antonio Spurs +2500





Field (All others) +2500





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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Anthony Davis Asks for Trade from Pelicans

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner, and it looks like Anthony Davis wants to be in a new team before that date arrives. The Pelicans superstar asked for a trade from the team. NBA analysts are expecting many teams to submit their offers in the next couple of days.





While most people are looking forward to the upcoming Super Bowl, NBA fans are anticipating which team Davis will be playing for the rest of the season. Most sports betting software experts think that the LA Lakers will add him to their roster.





Although the Celtics have been pursuing the player for a long time, they can’t trade for him as long as they have Kyrie Irving in their roster. Both Davis and Irving signed Rose Rule extensions. As a result, they can’t be on the same roster at the same time.





Where Will Anthony Davis Go?





The Los Angeles Lakers is the most logical choice for Anthony Davis. The team has a great amount of young talented players who can complement Davis’ playing style. In addition, Rich Paul represents Davis and LeBron.





Lonzo Ball




According to the sports news grapevine, the Lakers can offer Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Ivica Zubac, and a first round pick for Davis. However, the Pelicans are not in the position to dictate offers. As a result, the Lakers are most likely to keep Kuzma. Instead, the Lakers might consider giving up Brandon Ingram and Caldwell-Pope.





There are talks that the Knicks might also try to get Davis. The best bookie pay per head predicts that they might give Kristaps Porzingis for the Pelican big man. With Davis on board, the team hopes that they can lure big-name free agents in the summer, including Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker, or Kyrie Irving.





At present, the Pelicans are not making any moves to trade him. Only time can tell where Anthony Davis will be playing for the rest of the season.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Texas Tech Hosts TCU in Big 12 Hoops

Texas Tech Athletics

Texas Tech Faces Dangerous TCU Squad





The TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet on Monday at United Supermarkets Arena. Texas Tech has struggled some of late and face a very dangerous TCU team in Big 12 action.





TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN LINE: Texas Tech -5.5; O/U: 132.





After losing its third straight game, and scoring the fewest points since the 2014-15 season, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard expressed his desire for finding options to help leading scorer Jarrett Culver. Davide Moretti answered the call Saturday. The Italian scored a career-high 21 points in a win over Arkansas. The 6'-3" guard will try to continue increasing his production as the 13th-ranked Red Raiders battles visiting TCU on Monday night Big 12 basketball action.





Moretti averaged 12.3 minutes in 37 games last season, is averaging 10.4 points this season in 29.8 minutes. He has averaged 13.3 points in his last eight games and connecting on 39.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc overall. TCU is coming off a 55-50 win over Florida in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday. They held the Gators to three points in the first 11:35 of the game to build an 18-3 lead. Texas Tech has been exceptional at home this season. They have posted an 11-1 record and limited its opponents to 52 points per game and a 32.8 shooting percentage. TCU is 1-3 in true road games this season.





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The TCU Horned Frogs are 15-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12. Forward Kouat Noi scored 22 points and guard Desmond Bane added 17 against Florida as the Horned Frogs improved to 10-1 at home this season. Bane ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 15 points per game. Noi, who has drained a 3-pointer in 18 straight contests, ranks ninth at 14.7 ppg. Guard Alex Robinson is third in the nation at 7.7 assists per game. His dishes this season has left him 10 away from matching Corey Santee's school record of 575 assists. The Horned Frogs are averaging 76.9 points. That ranks third in the Big 12, and are top 50 in both offensive (40th) and defensive efficiency (18th) in the nation.





The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 16-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12. Culver had 15 points, four assists, three steals along with four 3-pointers against Arkansas. He leads the Red Raiders with 18.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Guard Matt Mooney added 12 points in the victory and is third in scoring at 10.3 ppg. Tariq Owens has chipped in eight points per game and is one of the nation's blocked shot leaders at 2.5 bpg. The Red Raiders have limited opponents to a nations best 35.7% from the field. They also rank second in the country in scoring defense at 56.3%, and are third in 3-point shooting defense 26.1%





PREDICTION: Texas Tech 67, TCU 63





Big 12 Basketball Betting Odds & Trends






TCU Horned Frogs
TCU is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
TCU is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of TCU's last 6 games
TCU is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of TCU's last 6 games on the road
TCU is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas Tech
TCU is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas Tech
The total has gone OVER in 6 of TCU's last 8 games when playing Texas Tech
TCU is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
TCU is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
The total has gone OVER in 6 of TCU's last 9 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech

Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Texas Tech is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Texas Tech's last 21 games
Texas Tech is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Texas Tech is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas Tech's last 5 games at home
Texas Tech is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing TCU
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas Tech's last 8 games when playing TCU
Texas Tech is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against TCU
Texas Tech is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against TCU
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas Tech's last 9 games when playing at home against TCU

Next up:
TCU at Baylor Saturday, February 2
Texas Tech at Kansas Saturday, February 2





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Jets and Flyers Square off Following the All-Star Break

Philadelphia Flyers Hockey

Flyers Look to Slow Down High Octane Jets





In their first game back since the All-Star break, the Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets will look start the final leg of the season strong. With just 34 games remaining in each of their schedules, every point counts.





TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, TSN3 (Winnipeg), NBCS Philadelphia; Line: Jets -145; O/U: 6.5 Over -115.





The Winnipeg Jets are in a good position past the halfway point of the season. They own a two-point advantage over the Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division, with three games in hand. They’re third in the NHL with a plus 33 goal differential and sit in the top ten in nearly every major category. As the most important games in the schedule approach, coach Paul Maurice will look for his players to buckle down and take two points against a Flyers team that has struggled so far this season. Philadelphia had high hopes entering 2018-19. With proven offensive stars up and down the lineup, Flyers’ ownership expected more than the 44 points the team has mustered thus far. But when a team has seven starting goalies on the books due to injury and poor performance, it’s not surprising Philly has struggled. Since putting their newest goaltender, Carter Hart, between the pipes, they’ve received reliable goaltending for the first time all year. With that, the Flyers will look to turn the season around beginning with a big game against the Jets.





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The Jets are 31-15-2 on the season. Captain Blake Wheeler boosted his team-leading totals in assists (52) and points (61) by collecting eight and 11, respectively, over his last eight games before the Break. He then punctuated his All-Star experience by scoring once and setting up three others. While Wheeler scored in the first encounter with Philadelphia, Mark Scheifele notched three assists in the second period of that contest. He enters Monday's tilt with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) this month, while his 25 goals ties him for the team lead. Patrik Laine, who also has 25 goals, has been limited to just four points (two goals, two assists) in his last 15 games. The Jets' fourth-ranked power play converted on three of six opportunities in the previous encounter against the Flyers' 28th-ranked penalty kill.





The Flyers are 19-23-6 overall. James van Riemsdyk and Nolan Patrick have broken out of their respective slumps to start the season. The former has scored six times in his last five games. It was needed as he provided little in the means of dividends since signing a five-year, $35 million contract. Patrick, who was the second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, scored four goals and set up two others in his last three contests. He had mustered just five tallies and six assists in his previous 38. Jakub Voracek, who scored Philadelphia's lone goal versus Winnipeg, is riding a four-game assist streak. C Sean Couturier (team-leading 19 goals) has four goals and six assists during his six-game point streak. F Claude Giroux, who leads the club in assists (38) and points (52), has scored one goal and set up five others in his last six games.





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Winnipeg Jets
The Jets are 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Winnipeg is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The Jets are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Winnipeg is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The Jets are 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
Winnipeg is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia

Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The Flyers are 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
Philadelphia is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games at home
The Flyers are 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Winnipeg

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Kansas vs. Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats Athletics

College Basketball Blue-Blood Programs Battle Again





Saturday afternoon we have a epic battle of College Basketball Royalty, Blue-Blood programs, if you will. Kentucky's 22-9 record against Kansas accounts for the bulk of the 14-game difference that exists between the two college basketball programs with the most all-time victories. The Jayhawks' recent success in the series has helped to close the gap. The Wildcats lead college basketball with 2,278 victories, while Kansas is second with 2,264.





The ninth-ranked Wildcats attempt to end their recent woes against Kansas when they host the 10th-ranked Jayhawks as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Jayhawks have won 13 consecutive regular-season games against AP top-10 opponents. The last such setback was the 32-point loss to Kentucky in 2014.





TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN LINE: Kentucky -5.5; O/U: 144.5.





Since crushing the Jayhawks 72-40 at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis in 2014, Kentucky has dropped three straight to Kansas. Every single one of the games have been decided by no more than six points, including a 65-61 loss in Chicago early last season. Jayhawks coach Bill Self is the only Kansas coach to own a winning record against the Wildcats. He is 6-3. Kentucky enters this contest on a five-game winning streak. They are coming off consecutive wins versus ranked opponents. They have beaten No. 15 Auburn and No. 22 Mississippi State. The Jayhawks avenged an earlier loss to 25th-ranked Iowa State on Monday. They have struggled away from home so far this season. They have fallen to 1-3 in true road games following last Saturday's 65-64 defeat at West Virginia.





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The Kansas Jayhawks are 16-3 overall this season. Traditionally Bill Self's teams get better as the season wears on as they build towards March Madness. That may be a scary thing for the rest of the nation this season. Dedric Lawson ranks second in the conference in scoring at 19.5 points per game. He is eighth in the country in rebounding, which is a Big 12-best 10.9 rpg. Lawson posted his second straight double-double Monday with 29 points and 15 rebounds. That gives him 13 for the season, which is tied for second in Division I. Lagerald Vick is seventh in the league in scoring at 15.0 ppg, leads the Big 12 in 3-point field-goal percentage at 47.1%, and has knocked down at least two triples in every conference game. Guard Marcus Garrett (7.7 points) has emerged as a key third offensive contributor over the last three contests. He has averaging 17 points, by providing at least 15 in each outing. He never scored more than 13 in any of his first 54 career games.





The Kentucky Wildcats are 15-3 on the season. After a slow start, John Calipari has this team looking at a national title run if they continue to improve. Forward P.J. Washington is averaging 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game. He enjoyed his first 20-point game in over a month with 21 against the Bulldogs. He also tied a season high with four blocks. Guard Tyler Herro, who averages 13.7 ppg, shot only 2-of-7 inside the arc Tuesday. He did convert all three of his 3-point tries and each of his five free-throw attempts to finish with 18 points. That helped to send the Wildcats to 10-0 when he scores at least 15. Ashton Hagans managed only two steals against the Bulldogs. That put an end to a seven-game streak with at least three pocket picks. That is the longest streak for a freshman in a major conference since Chris Paul in 2003-04. He did tally a season-high nine assists.





PREDICTION: Kentucky 72, Kansas 69





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Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Kansas is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Kansas's last 23 games
Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Kansas is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Kansas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Kansas's last 24 games on the road
Kansas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky
Kansas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas's last 6 games when playing Kentucky
Kansas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 7 games at home
Kentucky is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kansas
Kentucky is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Kansas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 6 games when playing Kansas
Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas

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Friday, January 25, 2019

NBA Preview: Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets Basketball

Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Preview





Friday, January 25 at 8:00 PM ET





Toyota Center





Coverage: ESPN; Line: Raptors 3.5; O/U: 229.





The Toronto Raptors visit the Houston Rockets on Friday night in a
potential NBA Finals preview.





Raptors get Leonard and Anunoby back





The Raptors lost 110-106 to the Pacers last Wednesday but they
were without Kawhi Leonard (rest), OG Anunoby (personal) and Jonas Valanciunas
(thumb). The Raptors were 8-1 in their nine games before that defeat and they're
9-3 in January despite using constant rotation changes.





The defeat still proved that the Raptors have incredible depth as they were on the second night of a back-to-back and still erased almost all of a 15-point deficit. OG Anunoby will return against the Rockets. He can be a difference-maker on defense because of his wingspan and quickness. This is especially formidable when combined with Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam or Serge Ibaka.





Harden has career night





James Harden scored a career-high 61 points while adding 15
rebounds, five steals and four assists in Wednesday's 114-110 win against the
Knicks. Harden's 61 points matched Kobe Bryant for the most scored by a
visiting player since Madison Square Garden was renovated.





The Rockets are now 6-5 in January. Harden became the first player in NBA history to attempt 20 free-throws and 20 3-pointers in the same game. He is also the first player with 60 points and 15 rebounds in the same game since Shaquille O'Neal on March 6, 2000.





Harden has five 50-point games this season, three over his last five and he's averaging 52.2 points per game in those contests. Despite this the Rockets are struggling as Chris Paul and Clint Capela are still out. Paul (15.6 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 26 games) practiced yesterday and he's questionable for this game.





Odds and News

NBA Trends:





The Under is:





4-0 in Toronto's last four games overall





4-0 in Toronto's last four games after scoring 100 points or more
in their previous game





7-3 in Toronto's last 10 games following a straight up loss





17-7 in Houston's last 24 games against a team with a winning
percentage above .600





7-3 in Houston's last 10 games following an ATS loss





The Raptors have one of the deepest teams in the NBA. Tonight they have a rested Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, and the returning OG Anunoby can try to slow down James Harden. There's a significant talent discrepancy between these two teams and the Rockets don't have many weapons on offense besides Harden.





Team rankings based on defensive efficiency:





Raptors – 6th (104.4 points allowed per 100 possessions)





Team rankings based on pace:





Rockets – 27th (99.9 possessions per game)





Toronto's high defensive efficiency + Houston's slow pace = a game
that will go Under a high total.





NBA Pick: Under 229 (-110) at
Jazz Sports





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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Timberwolves vs. Lakers NBA Preview

LA Lakers

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Preview & Pick





Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 PM
ET





STAPLES Center





Coverage: TNT: Line: Lakers -2; O/U: 229.5.





The Minnesota Timberwolves visit
a Los Angeles Lakers team that could have Rajon Rondo back. 





The Timberwolves are coming off
back-to-back wins over the Suns; first in a tight 116-114 contest at Minnesota
on Sunday and then with a 118-91 beating at Phoenix on Tuesday while the Lakers
have lost four of their last six games, including Monday's 130-111 setback
against the Warriors, when they witnessed Klay Thompson set an NBA record by
making his first 10 3-point attempts.





Towns can't be stopped





The Timberwolves are 2-1 against the Lakers this season and 4-3 under interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over for Tom Thibodeau when the team fired him after a 108-86 win against the Lakers on January 6. 





Karl-Anthony Towns is playing at
a high level, scoring at least 20 points in 13 of his last 14 games while
averaging 26.1 points over that stretch. Towns scored a combined 55 points in
the two games against the Suns while rookie Josh Okogie finished with a
career-high 21 points at Phoenix last Tuesday and he's averaging 11.7 points in
seven games this month.





Rondo on his way back





Rajon Rondo will be a game-time
decision tonight as he recovers from a torn ligament in his right ring finger
and when he returns the Lakers will have a true point guard on the floor, as
Lonzo Ball will miss at least a month after spraining his ankle against the
Rockets last Saturday.





The Lakers employed a point-guard-by-committee approach in Monday's loss against the Warriors and they had just 20 assists while the Warriors finished with 41. LeBron James, who averages team-bests with 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists, could have assumed ball-handling duties today but he's still out with a groin injury, although he could come back against the Suns next Sunday.





James and Rondo haven't played
since Christmas Day, when the Lakers beat the Warriors 127-101 at ORACLE Arena
and the team is just 5-9 since, with wins at Dallas and Oklahoma City but also
with a home loss to the Cavaliers.





NBA Trends:





The Under is:





9-3-1 in Minnesota's last 13
games against a team with a winning straight up record





8-3 in Minnesota's last 11 games
against Pacific Division opponents





23-8 in Los Angeles' last 31 home
games against a team with a losing road record





28-13 in Los Angeles' last 41
overall





The Lakers won' have James and
Ball while Timberwolves guards Jeff Teague (foot) and Tyus Jones (ankle) are
day-to-day and forward Robert Covington (knee) is out indefinitely. If Teague
is out, Derrick Rose could get another start.





Rose was quiet on Tuesday,
scoring just six points on 3 of 9 shooting in 23 minutes but he recorded five
assists and he's averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 33.0
minutes over two games against the Lakers this season. 





The Lakers couldn't stop
Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in the last meeting and their 21
turnovers led to 27 points for the Timberwolves but this is a very high total.
If Rondo comes back he will push the pace and create for his teammates and the
Timberwolves love to run up and down the court but that won't necessarily
translate into enough points to get Over this total.  





Team rankings based on offensive
efficiency:





Timberwolves - 14th (107.7 points
scored per 100 possessions)





Lakers - 21st (105.3 points
scored per 100 possessions)





NBA Pick: Under 229.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports





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Iowa Hawkeyes Host Michigan State Spartans

Iowa Hawkeyes Big Ten

Michigan State Going for 13th Straight Win





The Michigan State Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes will meet on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State looks to extend its winning streak to 13 tonight. The No. 5 Spartans have won a school-record 20 straight regular-season Big Ten contests. They are coming off a 69-55 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Monday. The No. 21 Hawkeyes are winners of five in a row after they routed Illinois 95-71 on Sunday.





TV: 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1 LINE: Michigan State -5.5; O/U: 156.5.





Michigan State won the first matchup this season 90-68 in December. Forward Nick Ward, who was shut out in the win over Maryland for the first time in his career, leading the way with a 10-for-10 shooting effort and 26 points. Guard Cassius Winston is the leader for the Spartans in scoring (18 points) and assists (7.3). He is helping to fill the void of third-leading scorer Joshua Langford's absence with an ankle injury for the last six contests.





The Hawkeyes' top two scorers are forwards Tyler Cook (16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds) and Luka Garza (13.9, 4.9). They would like a little payback against the Spartans after they combined for 22 points, 17 rebounds and seven fouls in the last contest. That is compared to Ward and Kenny Goins' combined 45 points and 23 rebounds. Revenge could depend on the outside shooting of Joe Wieskamp (11.9 points, 34 3-pointers) and Jordan Bohannon (11.2, 43). It will be tough up against the tough Michigan State defense, which held Iowa to 32.8 percent shooting in the first matchup.





This, That, and a Dart Throw





The Spartans are 17-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. Every good team needs a "glue guy". That is the player on the court who does all the little things. Goins is becoming known for more than just those attributes as he has big game after big game. Iowa knows about that after the senior went for 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the earlier meeting. Goins is coming off a 14-point, 12-rebound, three-steal and two-block effort in the win over Maryland. Goins' feel for the Spartans' scheme on both ends of the floor gives coach Tom Izzo another leader on the floor who makes plays in every contest.





The http://handicappershideaway.com/?s=Iowa+HawkeyesHawkeyes are 16-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. Wieskamp has caught fire lately. He has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 contests. That definitely makes Iowa a much more dangerous team to Big Ten foes. The 6-6 guard was perfect against Illinois on Sunday. He matched his career high of 24 points, by hitting 8-of-8 from the field. He was 6-of-6 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. That kind of accuracy has helped open things up inside for Cook and Garza. It also has to make defenders think twice about leaving him to cover Iowa's other shooters. Iowa ranked first in the country in free throws made (395) entering Wednesday.





PREDICTION: Michigan State 88, Iowa 84





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Big Ten Basketball Betting Odds & Trends






Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan State's last 7 games
Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Michigan State is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Iowa
Michigan State is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing Iowa
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan State's last 7 games when playing Iowa
Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa

Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games
Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa's last 7 games at home
Iowa is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Michigan State
Iowa is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing Michigan State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 7 games when playing Michigan State
Iowa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State at Purdue Sunday, January 27
Iowa at Minnesota Sunday, January 27





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Gambling Sponsorships in NASCAR – Zooms into Sports Betting

It looks like the top stock car racing circuit in the US is jumping into the sports betting bandwagon. While there are no official announcements yet, teams and drivers can sign gambling sponsorships in NASCAR.





The France family privately owns NASCAR, unlike the other sports leagues in the US. Whatever the owner says is the law. After the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting, NASCAR signed a deal with Sportradar, a sports data provider. The firm is responsible to look for suspicious patterns in betting activities.





The 2019 NASCAR season starts on February 17 with Daytona 500 in Florida. While it enjoys its good share of fans, it is lagging behind other sports leagues with regards to sports betting. According to sportsbook pph reviews, bookies made $94 million on football, $102 million on basketball, and $47 million on baseball. The gaming revenue report bundled NASCAR with boxing, tennis, golf, and soccer in “Other” category with a total of $27 million





Gambling Sponsorship in NASCAR





At present, there’s a lot of interest in sports betting throughout the US. NASCAR wants to be part of the hype before it is too late. In 2019, Las Vegas hosts the Pennzoil 400 in March. PPH sportsbook also names Las Vegas as the host of the South Point 400 in September.





NASCAR 2019




Aside from Nevada, two other states with legalized sports betting host NASCAR. They are Pennsylvania and Delaware. In addition, other states that host a race have introduced legislation to make sports betting legal.





Some companies already expressed interest in providing gambling sponsorship in NASCAR. One of them is South Point Hotel and Casino, which is the title sponsor for last year’s playoff race. The son of the casino owner drove for South Point Racing in NASCAR West Series and Craftsman Truck Series.





According to NASCAR news, another potential sponsor is MGM Resorts. The company has already signed deals with the NBA, WNBA, NHL, and MLB.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Maple Leafs Host Capitals in Last Game Before Break

Washington Capitals

Reeling Maple Leafs & Capitals Need a Win





The Toronto Maple Leafs need the All-Star break more than just about anyone. They’ve lost seven of their last 10 games, falling well behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Atlantic Division lead. Toronto’s last game before the break will be Wednesday at home versus the Washington Capitals.





TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, TVA, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360, (Toronto): LINE: Maple Leafs -185; O/U: 6.5 Over -121.





Things started going sour for the Maple Leafs (29-17-2) in early December, after they signed hold-out center William Nylander to a new contract. Nylander has struggled since his debut. He has scored just one goal and has three assists in 20 games. He has earned himself a demotion to Toronto’s fourth line. The Leafs are 9-9-2 this year with Nylander on the ice. F Mitch Marner has four goals and two assists in his last six games. G Frederik Andersen (21-11-1) is just 9-7-0 at home this season. This is despite sporting a 2.28 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.





Washington (27-16-6) have played a bit better than they did during the 2017-18 regular season. They’re third in the Metropolitan Division with 59 points, one fewer than the Maple Leafs. Toronto has the superior goal differential at plus-31 to plus-13 for the defending Stanley Cup champions. LW Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 33 goals, but the Capitals don’t have strong puck possession stats. They’re worst in the league in face-offs at 46.4%. The Leafs are second in that department at 52.5%. The Capitals have lost a season-high six in a row (0-4-2) and has surrendered at least seven goals in three of their last four contests. G Pheonix Copley likely will get the nod on Wednesday and bid for his first win since Jan. 8, when he turned aside 37 shots in a 5-3 victory versus Philadelphia.





PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 5, Capitals 3





NHL Betting Odds & Trends






Washington Capitals
The Capitals are 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The Capitals are 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The Capitals are 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Toronto
Washington is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Toronto
The Capitals are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing on the road against Toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games
The Maple Leafs are 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The Maple Leafs are 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Washington
Toronto is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Washington
The Maple Leafs are 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing at home against Washington

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NBA Preview: Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Bets Basketball

Magic Travel to Nets in Revenge Game





Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 PM ET





Barclays Center





TV: FS Florida (Orlando), YES (Brooklyn) LINE: Nets -5.5; O/U: 218.5.





The Orlando Magic looks for revenge when they visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Magic blew a 21-point lead in last Friday's 117-115 home loss against the surging Nets, when Aaron Gordon left the game for the final 9:19 with a stiff back.





Gordon has missed the last two games and his status for tonight remains questionable. The Orlando offense was balanced in Monday's 122-103 win in Atlanta. Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier scored 29 points apiece, stepping up in Gordon's absence. Terrence Ross (16) and D.J. Augustin (15) also scored in double figures to help the Magic put up their biggest offensive output since scoring 131 points against the Knicks on November 18.





The Nets are on a roll. They have won their last four games, including an easy 123-94 home beat-down against the Kings last Monday (their largest margin of victory of the season). D'Angelo Russell finished with a career-high 40 points against the Magic last Friday. He also scored 31 points against the Kings, including seven 3-pointers to give him 15 in his last two games. With Russell leading the way, the Nets have won their last six home games and they're 8-2 in January and 17-5 since December 7.





NBA Trends:





The Under is:





6-2 in Orlando's last eight games against Atlantic Division
opponents





36-17 in Orlando's last 53 games playing on 1 days rest





5-2 in Brooklyn's last seven home games against a team with a losing
road record





8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Brooklyn





Offense hasn't been an issue for the Magic, even without Aaron Gordon, as they hit 50 percent of their shots against the Nets and 50.5 percent against the Hawks. They need to get their defense going again in order to have a chance against the Nets. That said, I'm looking at the Under here. Aaron Gordon might miss the game and the Nets and Magic rank 18th and 26th in pace, averaging 101.8 and 100.0 possessions per game respectively. Orlando needs to slow the tempo as part of their defensive plan.  





NBA Pick: Under 218.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports





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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Kentucky Hosts Mississippi State in SEC Action

Kentucky Wildcats Athletics

Kentucky Has Turned it up Lately





Ninth-ranked Kentucky has rebounded from a loss in its SEC opener to win four straight contests. The team looks to continue the run when No. 22 Mississippi State pays a visit for an SEC showdown Tuesday night.





The Wildcats rolled through Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Georgia before taking a big lead at 15th-ranked Auburn on Saturday. They held on for a confidence-building 82-80 victory.






TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN LINE: Kentucky -7.5; O/U: 145.





The Wildcats will need the same type of effort to extend their winning streak to 12 games against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 week that included an impressive 71-55 victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Bulldogs lost their first two league games before knocking off Florida 71-68 at home last Tuesday. They then held Vanderbilt to 36.7 percent from the field while senior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon poured in 17 points four days later.





This, That and a Dart Throw





Mississippi State is 14-3 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. Weatherspoon leads the team in scoring (16.6) on 48 percent shooting. Point guard Lamar Peters (13.4 points) tops the Bulldogs in assists (5.8) and made 3-pointers (51). Forward Aric Holman is also a threat at 12.4 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the floor. He also boasts team highs of 8.1 rebounds along with 2.2 blocks. Guard Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary's younger brother, is the fourth player averaging double figures in scoring (10.2) and has drained 19-of-41 from behind the arc (46.3 percent).





Kentucky is 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. Guard Keldon Johnson leads the team in scoring (14.9) and has recovered from being shut out against Georgia on Jan. 15. He poured in 20 points to match Herro against Auburn. Herro is second on the team in scoring (13.5), just ahead of senior forward Reid Travis (13.0), who had 17 points and seven rebounds Saturday.





PREDICTION: Kentucky 76, Mississippi State 68





SEC Basketball Betting Odds & Trends






Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Mississippi State is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games
Mississippi State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Mississippi State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Mississippi State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games on the road
Mississippi State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Mississippi State's last 7 games when playing Kentucky
Mississippi State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Mississippi State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Kentucky is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 6 games at home
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Mississippi State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kentucky's last 7 games when playing Mississippi State
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Mississippi State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against Mississippi State

Next up:
Mississippi State home to Auburn Saturday, January 26
Kentucky home to Kansas Saturday, January 26





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Monday, January 21, 2019

NBA Monday Betting Pick- Rockets at 76ers

76ers NBA Basketball

76ers Take on Struggling Rockets





Monday night’s NBA action on TNT gets underway at 8 p.m. with an inter-conference clash between the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Philly is favored by 4.5 points at home and BetAnySports has set the total line at 234.5 points.





Houston has been struggling with consistency over its past eight games. They have a straight-up record of 4-4 while going 3-5 against the spread. Six of those games were played on its home court heading into this week’s brief two-game road trip. The Rockets are 9-12 SU on the road this season with an 8-13 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of its last seven games overall.





James Harden scored 48 points and Eric Gordon put up 30 more in Saturday’s 138-134 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets failed to cover as seven-point home favorites. Harden is averaging 35.7 points per game and he also leads the team in assists (8.5). Houston is 10th in the league in scoring with 112.6 PPG and it slips to 15th when it comes to points allowed (110.5).





76ers Look to Rebound After Rare Home Loss





The 76ers are coming off a rare loss at home with Saturday’s 117-115 setback against Oklahoma City as 3.5-point favorites on BetAnySports’ closing line. They are 7-3 SU over their last 10 games while going an even 5-5 ATS. The total stayed UNDER 235 points against the Thunder and it has stayed UNDER in three of their last four games. Philadelphia is 19-5 SU at home this season with a 13-11 record ATS.





Joel Embiid put
up a team-high 31 points in Saturday’s loss along with eight rebounds and six
assists. Ben Simmons was one assist shy (9) of a triple-double to go with his
20 points and 15 rebounds. Embiid is the team’s leader in points (27.0) and
Simmons is averaging a team-high 8.2 assists a game. Philadelphia is scoring an
average of 115.4 PPG while allowing 112.2 points on defense.





Beating Philly on its home court is a tough task for any NBA team. My lean is towards the Sixers covering the 4.5 points on Monday night at home, but my ‘best bet’ is the OVER 234.5 on the total line.





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Houston Rockets
The Rockets are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The Rockets are 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
The Rockets are 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games on the road
The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The 76ers are 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home
Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Houston
The 76ers are 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Houston
The 76ers are 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Houston
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

NHL Thursday: Lightning Takes on Maple Leafs

Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey

Leafs Look to Catch NHL Leading Lightning





The top team in the NHL gets set to take on their Atlantic Division rivals. The Tampa Bay Lightning welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to town Thursday night.  The Leafs have gone through some recent struggles that has led to a .500 record over their past 10 games. Meanwhile, the Lightning have continued with dominant play, and now have a sizable 16-point lead in the Atlantic Division.





TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TVA, Sportsnet Ontario (Toronto), FS Sun (Tampa Bay); Line: Lightning -138; O/U: 6.5 Over -141.





Toronto’s recent struggles have largely been due to inconsistent play from their forwards. It may seem strange to target an offense that scores an average of 3.58 goals per game. Some of Toronto’s key contributors are in significant funks. The most pronounced is star winger, William Nylander. After missing the majority of the first half of the season due to a lockout, has managed just one goal and two assists in 17 games played. They’ll need more from Nylander and several other forwards to pull themselves out of this slump.  





The Lightning, however, are torching their NHL oppositions to a tune of 4.00 goals scored per game. This is tops in the league. Game after game, Nikita Kucherov is leading the Bolts at the offensive side of the ice. They’ll be keen to extend their lead against a Leafs team that needs a win badly.





This, That and a Dart Throw





The Maple Leafs are 28-15-2 on the season. While point leader Mitch Marner (59) continues to post impressive numbers with goals in three straight games, many of the other top offensive threats have cooled off. John Tavares has a team-high 29 goals, but has been kept off the scoresheet in three of the last four games. Fellow center Austin Matthews managed one goal in the past 10 games, despite recording nine points in that span. Toronto is also looking for more from speedy forward William Nylander, who has one goal and two assists while a minus-6 in 17 games since holding out and signing a six-year, $45 million contract.





The Lightning are 36-9-2 on the season. All-Star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 7-0-0 with a .975 save percentage. He has three shutouts after losses this season. He had a 35-save performance at Dallas recently. Right wing Nikita Kucherov, the league leader with 75 points, has been kept off the scoresheet in consecutive games for the third time this season.





PREDICTION: Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3





NHL Betting Odds & Trends






Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs are 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
The Maple Leafs are 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
The Maple Leafs are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The Maple Leafs are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Toronto is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 11 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The Lightning are 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The Lightning are 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
The Lightning are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
Tampa Bay is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games when playing at home against Toronto

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