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Will Gray Pitch for A"s Versus Jays?

by Bovada - 7/24/2017 6:07 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays (44-54, -18.55 betting units) know they'll be hosting the Oakland Athletics (44-54, -7.27 units) this Tuesday night. But who will pitch for the A's? Sonny Gray is penciled in to start for Oakland, but he's been the subject of trade rumors heading towards the July 31 deadline. If Gray (3.38 FIP) does take the hill at Rogers Centre, the Jays could be in for a...

 

MLB Odds: Visiting Brewers Travel to Washington

by Bovada - 7/24/2017 6:06 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the biggest surprises of the season so far. With a 53-48 straight up record, they're sitting second in the National League Central. On Tuesday, they'll head to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Nationals, one of the World Series favorites. This will be the second of a four-game series. The Brewers will go with Zach Davies (11-4...

 

MLB Odds: Jays, Yanks in Midseason Funk

by Bovada - 7/3/2017 3:55 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays (37-44, -16.17 betting units) have lost eight of their last 10 games, falling back into last place in the American League East. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees (43-37, -3.68 units) were on top of the division standings before going into a 5-14 tailspin. They'll try to sort things out Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium; first pitch is a...

 

Cycling Odds: Froome Favored at Tour de France

by Bovada - 6/29/2017 3:12 PM

The 104th running of the Tour de France starts this Saturday, July 1st, and while this marquee event has been riddled by scandal over the past 20 years, it remains an international spectacle and the most important event on the cycling calendar. Kenyan-born Chris Froome, now competing for Britain and Team Sky, is the +125 favorite at press time, followed by Australia's Richie Porte at +180. ...

 

Can Strasburg Keep Cool Versus Cubs?

by Bovada - 6/26/2017 3:57 PM

Are the Chicago Cubs back on the winning track? They've won three straight series to get over .500 at 38-37; that still leaves the Cubs 16.15 betting units in the red for 2017, but it also puts Chicago within 1.5 games of first in the National League Central. They'll try to close that gap this week at the expense of the Washington Nationals (45-30, +0.84 units), who are miles ahead of the pack...

 

MLB Odds: Brewers, Cardinals Tangle in Wide-Open NL Central

by Bovada - 6/13/2017 2:47 PM

The National League Central division wasn't supposed to be in play this year. But with the Chicago Cubs experiencing a World Series hangover, it's the Milwaukee Brewers who sit atop the Central standings at 33-31, 8.53 betting units in the black. The Brew Crew visit the St. Louis Cardinals (29-32, -8.17 units) this Thursday in the finale of a four-game series, beginning at 7:15 PM ET. ...

 

Warriors Down Cavs in Game 5, Reclaim Title

by Bovada - 6/13/2017 2:46 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't go down without a fight. But down they went, losing 129-120 to the Golden State Warriors Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It was only a push for the Warriors as 9-point home favorites; however, the victory was enough to eliminate the Cavs and reclaim the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy for Oakland. Golden State started the 2016-17 camp...

 

MLB Odds: Red Sox, Yankees Renew Eternal Rivalry

by Bovada - 6/6/2017 5:10 PM

There's no greater rivalry in baseball than the New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox. They'll play a three-game set at Yankee Stadium this week; the finale is Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN, with Michael Pineda (4.38 FIP) pitching for New York and David Price making his third start of the year for Boston. Price (3.60 FIP last year) suffered an elbow injury in spring training and was...

 

NHL Odds: Home Ice Proves Critical in Leadup to Game 5 of Stanley Cup Finals

by Bovada - 6/6/2017 5:08 PM

After dropping the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals on the road, PK Subban predicted a Game 3 victory at home in Nashville. Fast forward two games, and the Predators have tied the series at two games apiece. As the host, the Predators scored a total of nine goals and gave up only two to the offensively-gifted Pittsburgh Penguins. Preds goaltender, Pekka Rinne, became a cause for conce...

 

NBA Odds: Cavaliers-Warriors Series Shifts to Cleveland

by Bovada - 6/5/2017 3:24 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been able to hang with the Golden State Warriors in Games 1 and 2. However, that was the case in last year's NBA Finals too before they came back and won it. The Cavaliers have been run off the court in Games 1 and 2, losing both by 22 and 19 points. LeBron James has played about as well as they could have asked, putting up 29 points, 14 assists a...

 

Soccer Odds: Champions League Final a Toss-Up

by Bovada - 5/31/2017 4:53 PM

The two best soccer clubs in the world will meet this Saturday (2:45 PM ET, FOX) in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, live from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The defending champions from Real Madrid will face Juventus in a rematch of the 1998 final; Real are slim favorites in this matchup, priced at +150 on the moneyline with Juventus at +175 and the draw in regulation very muc...

 

MLB Odds: Cards Host Dodgers in Finale of Four-Game Set

by Bovada - 5/30/2017 5:16 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in second place in the National League West. The St. Louis Cardinals are second in the NL Central. But there's a big gulf in talent between these two teams, and the Dodgers should be road favorites in at least three of their four games against St. Louis this week - including Thursday's finale at 1:45 PM ET on ESPN. The Cardinals might have some bett...

 

NBA Odds: Cavaliers, Warriors Kick Off NBA Finals Trilogy

by Bovada - 5/29/2017 4:01 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have met in the last two NBA Finals, with both teams winning a title. This season's version kicks off on Thursday at 9 PM ET in Oakland. The Cavaliers are 12-1 in the postseason, with their sole loss coming from the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James has averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 a...

 

NBA Odds: Warriors Win the West; NBA Finals Next

by Bovada - 5/23/2017 2:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors are one step closer to reclaiming their NBA championship. The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 Monday night, cashing in as 12-point road favourites and sweeping San Antonio out of the Western Conference Finals. Golden State came into the 2016-17 season as -250 favorites to win the West. Their chances against the Spurs weren't looking too go...

 

MLB Odds: Rangers-Red Sox at Fenway Park

by Bovada - 5/23/2017 2:29 PM

The Boston Red Sox had designs on winning another World Series this year. They're still among the top contenders at +800 on the MLB futures market, but the Red Sox have started off slowly at 22-21, shedding 3.62 betting units in the process. They'll host the Texas Rangers (24-21, +3.09 units) this week for a three-game set at Fenway Park, with Thursday's finale beginning at 7:10 PM ET on NES...

 

Horse Racing Odds: Always Dreaming Favored at Preakness

by Bovada - 5/17/2017 2:14 PM

Always Dreaming already has the first jewel on the Triple Crown trail: the 2017 Kentucky Derby. At press time, he's the 10/11 favorite to earn the second at Saturday's Preakness Stakes, with Classic Empire at 15/4 and nobody else better than 10/1. Post time at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is 7:35 PM ET on NBC. The Preakness odds will change somewhat after Wednesday's post-po...

 

Will Cavaliers Be Rusty in Game 1?

by Bovada - 5/16/2017 4:41 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't played since eliminating the Toronto Raptors on May 7. They'll get their first taste of action in 10 days when they visit the Boston Celtics this Wednesday, tipping off at 8:30 PM ET on TNT. Will the Cavaliers be too rusty to compete at a high level? Or will this extended vacation help them? It didn't seem to bother them in the first round. The Ca...

 

NHL Odds: Predators Make Team History with First Ever Conference Finals Appearance

by Bovada - 5/11/2017 1:40 PM

Following a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on May 7, the Nashville Predators officially entered uncharted territory: the NHL Conference Finals. It seems as though the gutsy moves that General Manager David Poile made over the past two seasons, namely trading away prized young defenseman Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Center Ryan Johansen and trading team captain Shea Weber to th...

 

MLB Odds: Best of the Best Collide in Astros-Yankees Tilt

by Bovada - 5/9/2017 4:41 PM

The Houston Astros (21-11, +6.05 betting units) were expected to do big things this season, and the New York Yankees (20-9, +10.06 units) were supposed to be a year or two away from contending. But it's the Yankees who lead the American League at press time, and they can build on their momentum when they welcome Houston to the Bronx for a four-game series, starting Thursday at 7:05 PM ET on YE...

 

NBA Odds: Wizards, Celtics Face Off in Crucial Game 5 in Boston

by Bovada - 5/8/2017 2:13 PM

The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have been led by their point guards all season long, and the guards should have a major say in Game 5's result in Boston on Wednesday. John Wall has steered the ship for the Wizards throughout the playoffs and has been excellent against Boston. Through the first four games of the series, Wall put up 27.8 points, 12.3 assists, 2.8 steals...

 

MLB Odds: Baltimore-Boston at Fenway Park

by Bovada - 5/2/2017 1:59 PM

The Baltimore Orioles are off to another hot start in the American League East. But they'll be tested this week when they take on the Boston Red Sox in a four-game series at Fenway Park. The finale is Thursday night at 7:10 PM ET on NESN and the MLB Network. Ubaldo Jimenez (6.98 FIP) is scheduled to throw for Baltimore against knuckleballer Steven Wright (7.69 FIP). Both of thes...

 

NBA Odds: Cavaliers Too Chalky for Toronto?

by Bovada - 5/1/2017 4:22 PM

Just like last year, the Toronto Raptors are facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs. But they're meeting in the second round this time, and the Raptors look like they'll be much more competitive. Game 2 in this best-of-seven series is Wednesday night (7 PM ET, TNT) in Cleveland; Toronto hit the board as a 7-point underdog for Monday's opener. Which vers...

 

NHL Odds: Pacific Division Rivals Face Off in Semifinal Round

by Bovada - 4/26/2017 9:24 PM

After sweeping the Calgary Flames in Round One, the Anaheim Ducks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Honda Center for the second game of a best-of-seven series on Friday at 10 :30 PM ET on NBCSN . The Ducks benefitted from a balanced offensive attack throughout the first round, with eight players scoring at least one goal, and team captain Ryan Getzlaf leading the way with 3 goals and 2 assi...

 

MLB Odds: Houston Has No Problems Heading Into Cleveland

by Bovada - 4/25/2017 4:11 PM

The Houston Astros were a fashionable pick to win the AL West, and compelling +1400 third-tier contenders for the World Series. So far, so good: The Astros are off to a 13-6 start (+4.41 betting units), and they've lowered their World Series odds to +800 at press time. We could see a preview of the ALCS when Houston visits Cleveland for a three-game set. Game 3 is Thursday at 6:10 PM ET on the...

 

NBA Odds: Celtics Host Bulls, All Tied at 2-2

by Bovada - 4/25/2017 4:10 PM

Are the Chicago Bulls toast without Rajon Rondo? Just when it looked like Chicago was ready to bounce the Boston Celtics from the first round, Rondo broke his thumb, and the Celtics won twice in Chicago to knot their series at two games apiece. Game 5 is back at the Garden this Wednesday on TNT, tip-off time to be determined. The Bulls have rarely been at full strength this seas...

 

NHL Odds: Leafs Look to Keep Pressure on Caps in Game 5

by Bovada - 4/19/2017 4:28 PM

Round One between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals was touted as the most lopsided head-to-head matchup leading into the 2016-17 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Leafs, however, have proven that despite their inexperience, they have the desire to push the Caps to the brink. Each of the first three games of the series went to overtime, with the Leafs winning two of three. Heroes for the...

 

NBA Odds: Chalk-Heavy Warriors Host Portland for Game 2

by Bovada - 4/18/2017 5:07 PM

The Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of their first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers, but it wasn't easy. They were all tied at the half and after three quarters, before Golden State hit the gas and won 121-109 - still not enough to cover as 15-point home favorites. Game 2 is Wednesday at the Oracle; TNT has the coverage starting at 10:30 PM ET. Bet on basket...

 

NHL Odds: First Round Tilt in Edmonton

by Bovada - 4/13/2017 12:54 PM

In the second game of a best-of-seven series, the San Jose Sharks (46-29-7) will face the Edmonton Oilers (47-26-9) at the Rogers Centre. After finishing second in the Pacific Division, and making the playoffs for the first time since 2006, the Oilers have the offensive power and dependable goaltending that they've sorely missed over the last decade. Edmonton was a symbol of consistency in 201...

 

Thursday Preview Cubs vs. Dodgers

by Bovada - 4/11/2017 3:40 PM

The last time the Chicago Cubs faced the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was for the National League pennant. The stakes aren't quite as high for Thursday's matchup (2:20 PM ET, MLBN) at Wrigley Field, but once October rolls around, don't be surprised if the same two teams wind up in the NL Championship Series once again. The Cubs are expected to give southpaw Brett Anderson (3.94 FIP i...

 

NBA Odds: Possible Playoff Series Preview with Cavaliers-Raptors Showdown

by Bovada - 4/10/2017 4:03 PM

The Raptors are known for their offense, which is led by SG DeMar DeRozan and PG Kyle Lowry, but it's their defense that might take them deep into the playoffs. Toronto is seventh in points allowed and tied for fifth in opposing field-goal percentage. The Cavaliers are fourth in points scored. SF LeBron James is having another massive season. PG Kyrie Irving is suffering from a...

 

NBA Odds: Hawks-Pacers in Regular-Season Finale

by Bovada - 4/10/2017 4:02 PM

Wednesday's matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers will be the last game of the regular season for both clubs - and possibly the last game of the whole year for Indiana. They're in seventh place in the Eastern Conference at press time, one game ahead of the pack with two remaining. The Hawks are safely in, but they could fall from fifth to seventh if Indiana beats them Wednesday...

 

MLB Odds: Nationals Host Miami to Start 2017 Campaign

by Bovada - 4/4/2017 3:20 PM

Is the window of opportunity closing on the Washington Nationals? They've been to the MLB playoffs three times in the last five years, but the Nats have yet to win a series, let alone the World Series. Washington (95-67, +0.27 betting units last year) begins the 2017 campaign at home with a three-game set versus the Miami Marlins. MLB Network has Thursday's finale starting at 4:05 PM ET. ...

 

NBA Odds: Cavaliers, Celtics Set for Wednesday Showdown

by Bovada - 4/3/2017 3:25 PM

With the top spot in the Eastern Conference on the line, The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will square off on Wednesday at the TD Garden in Boston. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET. The Cavaliers have struggled on the road as of late, going 4-8 away from home since March 1. Their defense has been the culprit. Cleveland has slipped to 20 th in points allowed (107 per game aver...

 

NBA Odds: Cavs, Celtics Battle for First in the East

by Bovada - 4/3/2017 3:24 PM

Could the Boston Celtics steal the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference? They've got a leg up on the Cleveland Cavaliers with just a handful of games left in the regular season - including Wednesday's matchup at the Garden with the defending champions. ESPN has the coverage beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. After spending most of the year chasing down Cleveland, the Celtics finally caugh...

 

NHL Odds: Lightning go for Season Sweep Over Red Wings

by Bovada - 3/29/2017 1:47 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning (37-29-9) have dominated the Detroit Red Wings this season. The Bolts defeated Detroit in each of their previous four matchups, and will attempt to complete the sweep this Thursday in Tampa (7:30 PM ET on FS-D). The Lightning are 7-3 over their last 10 games and sit one point behind the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Right winger Nikit...

 

NBA Odds: Will Spurs, Warriors Play Full Teams on Wednesday?

by Bovada - 3/27/2017 3:54 PM

Two teams known for resting key players, the Golden State Warriors (59-14) and the San Antonio Spurs (56-16), meet Wednesday at 9:30 PM ET in San Antonio. Hopefully, the stars will come out to play. After a three-game slump earlier this month, the Warriors went on to win seven-straight games. Now they're hitting the road for a brief Texas trip. Golden State's efficiency is mind-...

 

NBA Odds: Hawks Visit Wizards in Meeting of Eastern Playoff Contenders

by Bovada - 3/20/2017 6:10 PM

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both seem to have a grip on a playoff spot. The two will meet on Wednesday at 8PM ET in the nation's capital. The Hawks aren't a flashy team by any means, but they're balanced offensively. They have six players, including Paul Millsap, averaging double digits for points. Unfortunately for them, their All-Star is expected to miss Wednesday...

 

NBA Odds: Anything Can Happen With Hawks-Wizards

by Bovada - 3/20/2017 6:06 PM

Who will challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference playoffs? It could be either participant in Wednesday's matchup (8 PM ET, ESPN) between the Washington Wizards and the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards lead the Southeast Division at 42-27 SU and 36-32-1 ATS; the Hawks are five games back at 37-32 SU and 31-38 ATS. This will be the fourth time the Hawks and...

 

NCAAB Odds: Providence-USC in First Four

by Bovada - 3/13/2017 5:02 PM

Wednesday's First Four matchup in Dayton between the Providence Friars and the USC Trojans might be one of the most competitive games in the entire NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The winner will advance as the No. 11 seed in the East Region. Tip-off is at 9:10 ET on truTV. The Friars (20-12 SU and ATS) come out of the Big East as one of the most profitable teams in college ba...

 

NBA Odds: Clippers Try to Slow Down Bucks in LA

by Bovada - 3/13/2017 5:00 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have been playing very well. They're trying to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have won their last six games in the process. On Wednesday, they'll take on the Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tip-off is at 10:30 PM ET. Everyone thought the Bucks were in trouble when power forward Jabari Parker went down with a knee injury. But gu...

 

NCAAB Odds: Hurricanes-Orange in ACC Tourney

by Bovada - 3/6/2017 5:05 PM

The Syracuse Orange and the No. 25 Miami Hurricanes have already made it to the second round of the ACC Tournament. They earned a direct bye into Wednesday's game (noon ET, ESPN), with Syracuse as the No. 8 seed and Miami at No. 9 on the ACC bracket; the winner will go on to face the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday. Syracuse (18-13 SU, 13-13 ATS) may have the better s...

 

NBA Odds: Warriors Welcome Celtics to Oakland on Wednesday

by Bovada - 3/6/2017 5:04 PM

The Golden State Warriors are the first 50-win team in the NBA and are still the -130 favorites to win the title, but they suffered a blow when superstar Kevin Durant sprained his MCL on February 28. The Warriors will host the Boston Celtics without Durant on Wednesday at 10:30 PM ET. The Celtics, who are second in the Eastern Conference, have had their hands full trying to stay...

 

NHL Odds: Original Six Showdown in New York

by Bovada - 3/1/2017 2:41 PM

The Boston Bruins (33-24-6 SU, 31-32 ATS) march into Madison Square Garden as one of the hottest teams in the NHL; they've won 10 of their last 13 games, and have pulled into third place in the Atlantic Division. After starting the season barely above .500, the Bruins have come alive. They fired head coach Claude Julien and are now under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. Since t...

 

NCAAB Odds: SMU Hosts Tulsa With AAC Title on the Line

by Bovada - 3/1/2017 1:29 AM

The No. 14 SMU Mustangs can lock down at least a share of the AAC regular-season title this Thursday (8 PM ET, CBSSN) when they welcome the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The Mustangs (25-4 SU, 18-5-1 ATS) are one game up on the Cincinnati Bearcats with two games left to go. It's been a remarkable run for the Mustangs in their first year under head coach...

 

NBA Odds: Cavaliers Head to Boston for Eastern Conference Showdown

by Bovada - 3/1/2017 1:27 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on top of the Eastern Conference standings, but the Boston Celtics have closed the gap. They're won 12 of their last 16 games and are now just four games back. They'll have another chance to cut into that lead when they host Cleveland Wednesday night. For the Cavs, this is the first of three back-to-back road games. They've hosted the Celtics twice al...

 

Entertainment Odds: And the Oscar Goes to...

by Bovada - 2/24/2017 2:41 PM

Millions of people will be tuning in this Sunday (8:30 PM ET, ABC) to see what the world's biggest movie stars have to say about the current state of affairs - and to see who takes home the hardware at the 89th Academy Awards. It's widely assumed that La La Land will win the Oscar for Best Picture; the Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling musical is a -700 chalk at press time. There's a chanc...

 

NHL Odds: Canadiens Welcome Islanders on Thursday

by Bovada - 2/22/2017 6:34 PM

After winning only their second game in the past eight on Tuesday versus the Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens (32-20-8) hope to build on their recent victory against the other New York hockey club. Since firing head coach Michel Therrien and hiring Claude Julien, the Habs are 1-1. Carey Price (2.44 goals against average, .918 save percentage), who had been in slump since mid-December...

 

NBA Odds: New-Look Pelicans Host Rockets on Thursday

by Bovada - 2/21/2017 3:41 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans just hosted the All-Star Game and saw their very own Anthony Davis win the MVP. But the celebration was brief because the next day, the Pelicans made a huge trade, acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings. Cousins is expected to play his first game on Thursday when the Pelicans host the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are sitting fourth in the W...

 

NBA Odds: Warriors Host Clippers in "Second Half" Tip-Off

by Bovada - 2/21/2017 3:40 PM

The Golden State Warriors went into the All-Star break as -170 favorites to regain the NBA championship. They'll start the unofficial second half of the regular season this Thursday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers, tipping off at 10:30 PM ET. This year's Warriors team (47-9 SU, 27-27-2 ATS) is performing at an even higher level than last year's 73-game winners. Adding Ke...

 

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