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Cubs Dominating Pirates This Season

In baseball’s lone afternoon game today, the Cubs will look to remain perfect against the Pirates after already sweeping them in a three game series earlier this month. Chicago has lost two games into a row coming into action today, which is their longest losing streak of the season. The two straight losses is rare for the Cubs who are 7-1 in their last eight games after a loss.

The Cubs will give the ball to Jason Hammel who has been lights out so far this season with a 4-0 record and 1.85 ERA in six starts. This includes a win over the Pirates where he pitched five innings, recording three K’s and two earned runs. Considering the 33-year-old has a career 4.43 ERA in 224 starts, it’s fair to assume that he’ll eventually come back down to earth.

The Pirates will counter with Francisco Liriano who’s done his worst work on the road this season. In four road starts he has a 5.24 ERA while giving up five home runs. He did, however, have success against the Cubs in his only start at Wrigley Field last season when he pitched 7.2 innings, allowing zero runs while striking out nine.

In the three game sweep at the start of May, the Cubs outscored the Pirates 20-5.

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722052
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Is Raptors-Heat a Stay Away Game?

Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors

If you’re looking at past stats and trends, you’d think the Toronto Raptors are a shoo-in to knock the Miami Heat out of the playoffs on Friday. But if you’re even somewhat familiar with the Raptors, you know they never make things easy on themselves. That’s what makes tonight’s Game 6 such a toss up for sports bettors.

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UNDER Looks Appealing in Raptors-Heat

Goran Dragic Terrence Ross

Somehow, some way the Toronto Raptors hold a 3-2 series lead and can advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a win over the Miami Heat tonight. The Raps haven’t made it easy on themselves, but they’ve done just enough to get to this point. Toronto has never made it past the second round in franchise history, and has won just a single seven-game playoff series, which came against Indiana in this year’s postseason.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games.
  • The Heat are 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games with a closing total of 189.0 or less.
  • The Raptors are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games on Friday.

UNDER bettors will want to take note of this matchup. In Miami’s last 10 games, the UNDER has gone 7-3. The Raptors have also gone below the closing total in seven of their last eight games away from Canada. The total for the contest opened at 189.

Injuries have dominated this series for both sides, but the clubs got good news on Thursday. Toronto’s DeMarre Carroll and Miami’s Luol Deng had to leave Game 5 with bruises, however, they’re upgraded to questionable for Game 6. Each player is expected to play.

Injuries to Jonas Valanciunas and Hassan Whiteside has completely changed the outlook of this series, and the big men are still out with ailments. Valanciunas was ruled out for the remainder of the series, while Whiteside is still listed as day-to-day but it’s becoming more apparent he is unlikely to return.

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729691
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Fave Dominating in Pens-Bolts Matchups

Tampa Bay Lightning Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

While it might not be the Eastern Conference final matchup that many of us predicted, the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning promises to be an exciting one featuring a pair of teams that deserve to be here. One thing is certain, however: There is a betting trend that has dominated the narrative when these two teams meet and it’s been so hot that it should not be taken lightly.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home.
  • The Lightning are 1-6 SU in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Pens’ last eight games as home faves.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -180 in moneyline markets for Game 1 while the Lightning are sitting there at +160. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -130 while UNDER 5 goals is currently priced at +110.

The favorite has dominated this matchup to the tune of a 14-1 straight up record in the past 15 meetings. The dog did triumph in the last meeting, however, as the Bolts skated to a 4-2 victory as moneyline pups priced at -103 back on February 20.

Also of note here is the fact that the OVER has cashed at a furious rate, going 7-0 in the past seven meetings.

The two clubs met three times during the regular season with the Lightning winning all three contests by scores of 5-4, 6-3 and 4-2.

The Pens and Lightning have met in the playoffs once before. Back in 2011, the Lightning needed seven games to eliminate Pittsburgh in the conference quarterfinals.

Steven Stamkos, the injured Bolts sniper who remains out indefinitely, tallied five points in the three regular season games against the Pens. It was his second-highest scoring output against any team this season behind the six points he recorded in three games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. While he'll be sorely missed, players like Tyler Johnson (13 points) and Nikita Kucherov (11 poitns) have really filled the scoring void that the injured Stamkos leaves.

Keep an eye on Patrick Hornqvist of the Pens in this series. In three games versus the Lightning during the regular season, the Swede scored two goals and added three assists and was the most effective skater in the head-to-head meetings.

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730564
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Chi Sox Look to Bounce Back in the Bronx

Yankees White Sox

Coming off two straight losses, the White Sox head to New York to take on a Yankees team that’s had their number in recent seasons. The Chi Sox are just 2-10 in their last 12 games against the Yanks, but three losses in a row isn’t something we see often from Chicago, as they’re 12-2 in their last 14 games after consecutive losses.

It’ll be a best possible scenario on the mound for the Sox with Chris Sale, owner of a perfect 7-0 record, set to start the game. Sale has earned the W in each of his appearances this season, allowing just 10 earned runs in 50.1 innings pitched with 47 K’s. He’s done his best work on the road, where he has a 1.53 ERA while allowing just 4.5 hits per start.

Luis Severino gets the ball for the Yankees, and he’ll be looking to improve on an awful 0-5 record and 6.12 ERA. The Yankeers have lost each of the 22-year-old’s six starts this season, but he is coming off a game where the struck out a season high nine batters against Boston.

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722054
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MLB’s Best Favorite & Underdog O/U Bets

Diamondbacks

Yesterday we did some digging and found a spot where bettors might be able to cash in when we discovered a handful of teams that have become very profitable OVER or UNDER bets on either the road or at home. With eight teams hitting at over 70% in one of those situations, we thought to take a look at some teams that are standout totals bets in another situation — as a favorite or underdog.

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This Week In Sports Betting

An analysis of the Silver State’s gaming revenue numbers show that sports betting is on track to become a $5 billion business in the state of Nevada this year for the first time ever. 

Pretty cool. 

It’s a clear sign that sports betting is more popular than ever and we can reasonably infer the numbers in Nevada are a reflection of what’s happening to sports betting everywhere. 

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UFC 198: Method Of Victory Props

An event the magnitude of UFC 198 can’t be limited to simple moneyline bets. Tons of props have been released for the UFC’s biggest event in Brazil. Here we take a look at the method of victory props and which ones could be worth a look.

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Red Sox Destroying At Fenway Park

Astros Red Sox Dallas Keuchel David Price

The Boston Red Sox offense has been staggeringly good during their current six-game winning streak at home. The BoSox have scored 60 runs in their past six games at Fenway while allowing just 24. The Red Sox start a four-game series with the Houston Astros in front of the Fenway faithful Thursday.

David Price enters the start on potentially the worst stretch of his career. Price has a 6.75 ERA through his first seven starts and has surrendered at least five earned runs on four occasions. Even with the hindrance the Red Sox are winning, as they have supplied Price with 6.6 runs of support per game.

Dallas Keuchel – who will get the start for the Astros Thursday – has been in a similar slump to Price. The reigning AL Cy Young winner is 0-3 with a 6.94 ERA in his past four starts. Keuchel has allowed 34 hits in those four starts while opposing batters are hitting .351.

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722044
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Top Three Vegas Sportsbooks for UFC

Las Vegas is home to the UFC which has become one of the fastest growing sports organizations in the world, and MMA is also quickly becoming one of the most popular sports to bet on at sportsbooks. With boxing severely lacking the mainstream popularity it had enjoyed in its heyday, the UFC has used its marketing machine to sell its fighters to the masses, taking over as the premier combat sport and making oddsmakers pay closer attention than ever.

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