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Manchester United Desperate to Keep Pace

Wayne Rooney Manchester United Premier League

We are 24 games into the Premier League season and both Manchester United and Chelsea are outside of the Champions League spots. The two storied clubs meet up at Stamford Bridge in one of two Premier League contests Sunday.

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Leicester Visits City as Race Heats Up

Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Premier League

Manchester City trails first-placed Leicester by just three points in the Barclays Premier League table and can pull even with a win as the top two clubs in the league meet at the Etihad Stadium in early soccer action Saturday.

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Pistons Covering With Ease in Motown

Kristaps Porzingis Andre Drummond

The Detroit Pistons are holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will host the team that’s right behind them in the standings on Thursday: the New York Knicks. Bettors who have backed the Pistons at home over the course of the last calendar year are profiting in a big way, as Stan Van Gundy’s club are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Shark Bites
  • The Knicks are 0-5 SU in their last five games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Pistons' last four games with no days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Knicks' last eight games after an ATS loss.

Oddsmakers opened the Pistons as 5.5-point faves for the tilt, which hasn’t been an issue for them when it comes to covering the spread. Detroit is 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS in their prior nine as chalk of 5.5 points or more.

It’s been a much tougher go for the Knicks, however. New York is spiralling down the Eastern Conference standings, dropping six of their last seven to sit 3.5 games behind the Pistons. The Knickerbockers haven’t been able to keep things close, as the squad has suffered four double-digit defeats in the skid.

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712909
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Pels are a Fantastic OVER Bet at Home

Kobe Bryant Anthony Davis

NBA fans may question why Thursday night’s Los Angeles Lakers-New Orleans Pelicans contest is getting the nationally televised treatment – a fair quip – however hoops bettors will be paying attention to one main stat. In the Pelicans’ 24 matchups at the Smoothie King Center, the OVER/UNDER is 18-6.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Lakers' last six games after winning as an underdog.
  • The Pelicans are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Pelicans' last 10 games with no days off between games.

The Lakers, who opened as 10.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks, have been traditionally awful in this spot. The Lakers are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their previous seven when tabbed as underdogs of 10.5 points or less. Future Hall of Famer/ornery NBA veteran Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for the affair with a sore shoulder after lighting up the Minnesota Timberwolves for 38 points on Tuesday.

Stringing wins together has been a monumental task for the Lakeshow as of late, as Byron Scott’s club are 2-13 SU and 4-11 ATS in games coming off a win.

The Pelicans (18-30 SU) have been far from a safe bet this season at 20-28 ATS, however they have turned things around as of late. The Pellies have won seven of their previous 11 games to keep their faint postseason hopes alive in a surprisingly weak Western Conference.

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712910
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Trojans Struggling To Top The Bruins

USC is on the outside of the Top 25 with two losses in their past four, but picking up their second win against UCLA on Thursday could certainly help the team get ranked once again. The Trojans have historically struggled against the Bruins, as they are just 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in the past seven games between the two teams.

After struggling to get the offense going in two road losses, USC has averaged 89.5 points while nearly shooting 50 percent from the floor in their past two outings. The difference maker for USC when they defeated UCLA earlier this season was the bench play, specifically Chimezie Metu. The freshman went 8-for-10 with 21 points and eight rebounds while UCLA’s bench combined for two points and two rebounds.

If the Bruins want to win this game they will need to win on the defensive end of the floor as USC has averaged more than seven points less in their losses than their wins this season. Tony Parker had his best game of the season against USC as the senior scored 27 points while bringing in 12 rebounds and only turning the ball over once. 

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716353
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Home Court Vital Between ORE, COL

Oregon will have revenge on their mind when they host Colorado Thursday, as the Ducks' lone loss in the past four weeks came by way of the Buffaloes. Home court advantage has been massive in this Pac-12 rivalry as the home team is 5-0 SU and ATS in the past five between Oregon and Colorado.

Since losing that game to Colorado, Oregon is 4-0 SU and ATS with an average scoring margin of +9.8 points per game. Dillon Brooks has been his usual dominant self in that four game span (20.1 points), but senior Chris Boucher’s paint presence has been a big factor. The Canadian has averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds with two double-doubles in the past four games and is coming off his best offensive performance of the season.

The Buffaloes defense has been a big part of their current three-game winning streak as they have held opponents to 69 points per game. Colorado’s depth was showcased when they beat Oregon in their last meeting as five players scored double-digits with the bench chipping in 42 percent of the offense. Sophomore George King has tallied 20 points or more on five occasions this season including two of the past three games.

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716352
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Ducks Struggle Mightily in Underdog Role

Ryan Getzlaf Ducks Drew Doughty Kings NHL

p>The Anaheim Ducks are playing their best hockey of the season, but must break a nasty trend that has plagued their backers when they visit the Los Angeles Kings in a Pacific Division matchup Thursday evening.

 

Shark Bites
  • The Kings are 1-5 in their last six games after a win in their previous game.
  • The Ducks are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against the Kings in Los Angeles.
  • UNDER has cashed in five of Anaheim’s last seven games versus the Pacific Division.

The Ducks, presently +120 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada, hope to extend their winning streak to five games but have been terrible when tabbed as underdogs. This season alone, the Ducks are just 1-11 SU in games when they are tabbed as pups. Dating back to last season, the Ducks are 1-13 SU in such spots.

The Kings (-150) are still on top of the division with a comfortable nine-point margin over the second-placed San Jose Sharks and head into Thursday’s contest with a 12 point lead over the Ducks. Los Angeles looked as sharp as ever with the puck in their first game out of the All-Star break, potting a season-high six goals at the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night. Furthermore, the Kings won the only other meeting between the two California rivals this season, skating to a 3-2 victory in Anaheim back on January 16.

Digging back a little further into the head-to-head matchup reveals that the Ducks have been pretty successful versus the Kings, winning four of the five contests last season. The Ducks defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-2 behind backup netminder Frederik Anderson in their first game back and a win in L.A. will go a long way for both their quest to win the division and their confidence.

Either the Ducks end a nasty streak and keep their winning ways going, or a glaring trend tells a lot about where this Ducks team actually stands against the best of the best. Regardless of the outcome, we should be store for a great game at STAPLES Center Thursday.

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Stars Hope to Snap Slump Versus Avs

Jame Benn Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars NHL

The Dallas Stars hope to put a dismal January behind them but face a team that has really had their number in recent meetings when they visit the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 1-8 SU in their last nine games on the road.
  • The Avalanche are 6-2 in their last eight games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Avs' last 10 games.

At online shop Bovada, the Stars are priced as -130 favorites while the Avalanche are currently EVEN odds in moneyline markets. The total is presently 5.5 with OVER -120 and UNDER -110.

The Stars’ brilliant start to the season feels like an eternity ago as they slumped to a 3-8 SU record in January. They beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 in the first contest out of the All-Star break Tuesday night, but are winless in their last eight head-to-head meetings with the Avs and are winless in their last seven trips to Colorado. Two of those defeats to the Avs have come this season in a 6-3 loss at the Pepsi Center on October 10 and a 3-1 loss to the Avalanche on home ice on January 23.

Dallas still has as sizable 12-point lead over the Avs in the Central Division but the home team will look to cut into that and extend their dominant streak to nine games Thursday night. The Avalanche entered the break winners of five of their previous six games, but began the unofficial second half of the season with a 2-1 setback against the Chicago Blackhawks.

While goaltender Semyon Varlamov is back with the team, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has reported that it will be Calvin Pickard who will man the crease for the Avs. Pickard was a hard-luck loser in Tuesday’s game, stopping 40 of 42 shots in the 2-1 defeat.

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710998
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College Football Championship Futures

With National Signing Day upon us, there has been a huge amount of moves in the NCAAF Championship futures for the upcoming season. The opening odds had Alabama and Clemson as 1A and 1B according to the odds, but they have both since been jumped by Ohio State.

Another team that has made a jump on the futures market is the Michigan Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh’s team opened at +1200 and has since shifted to +900 with the team signing several top talents to fill out the roster in the coming years.

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Super Bowl National Anthem Prop Odds

*Update - We timed Lady Gaga's anthem at approximately 2 minutes, 21 seconds. This unofficial time is OVER the total set by most sportsbooks.

From Barry Manilow to Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks to Renee Fleming, over the years The Star-Spangled Banner has been performed at the Super Bowl by a wide range of artists covering all musical genres.

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