MLB: AL and NL Pennant Futures

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With the exception of David Price’s mega-deal with the Boston Red Sox, it’s been National League clubs that have captured most of the headlines this offseason. With pitchers and catchers reporting as soon as February 18 for some teams, let’s take a look at pennant odds in each league and see what teams offer the best value.


Blue Devils Are Dominant As Underdogs

The Duke Blue Devils find themselves in the rare position of being an underdogs when they visit the Miami Hurricanes Monday. Duke has only been plus-points once this season, but they have been money in that spot as they are 7-1 ATS in their last eight as dogs.

Duke has been forced into a largely six-man rotation ever since Amile Jefferson fractured a bone in his foot in mid-December and it has been starting to show as of late. Since the senior went down, Duke is 7-4 SU including dropping three of their past four. The Blue Devils still have their top two options on offense though; as Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram are the only teammates in the ACC to both average more than 17 points per game.

Miami is happy to be at home for their game against Duke as they have gone 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games at BankUnited Center. The ‘Canes have held opponents to 62.9 points per game at home this season with only two teams scoring over 65 points.

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Heat Continue to be an Awful Bet

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The Miami Heat have been one of the worst teams in the NBA as of late but will be looking to right the ship Monday against the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City. The Heat have dropped seven of their last eight straight up and have covered the spread just two times during that span. The Heat have failed to reach the 100-point mark in six straight games.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Bulls' last nine games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Heat' last 17 games on the road in January.
  • The Bulls are 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three games at home.

As inconsistent as Chris Bosh and company have been as a spread bet, they’ve been dynamite for bettors banking on low totals. The UNDER has paid out in four of the Heat’s previous five matchups to bring their OVER/UNDER mark to 14-29 – good enough to make them the top UNDER team in the Association. The UNDER has also cashed in each of the last five times the Bulls and Heat have faced off.

The Bulls are coming off a big 96-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, where the wine and gold shot a measly 37 percent from the field. Stringing together solid efforts has also been a tall order for the Bulls, as Fred Hoiberg’s crew are 4-6 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. Chicago is the second worst team in the league against the spread at 17-26 ATS, just above the lowly Phoenix Suns.

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Williams Dominant Versus Sharapova

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If recent history is anything indication, then the women’s Australian Open quarterfinal matchup between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 5 Maria Sharapova is a foregone conclusion.

Serena, who is currently priced at -400 at online shop BetOnline, has recorded 17-straight victories against Sharapova (+320), a streak that dates back to 2004. In all, Williams owns an 18-2 edge in 20 all-time meetings between the two tennis stars.


Kansas Giving Bettors Headaches

Despite being one of the best teams in the country the Kansas Jayhawks have been pretty porous for bettors lately. Kansas is just 1-5 ATS in their past six, including dropping their past four for bettors. The Jayhawks will be taking on the Iowa State Cyclones Monday, a team they have only covered against once in their past four meetings.

Kansas has struggled on the road as they have dropped their past two games away from Allen Fieldhouse by a combined 30 points. These two teams last met in the Big 12 Championship last season and the Jayhawks offense stalled with three of their starters failing to score double-digit points including Perry Ellis.

Georges Naing is second in the Big 12 in points per game with the senior knocking down 19.3 points per game on 52.8 percent shooting. The Cyclones enter the game on a three-game winning streak that included a victory over the No.1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

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Cavs, Lue Look to Rebound After Loss

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Things can only get better for the Cleveland Cavs following their lackluster outing against the Chicago Bulls in Tyronn Lue’s first game as head coach on Saturday. The Cavs will look to get their new coach a notch in the win column when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 2-6 SU in their last eight visits to Cleveland.
  • The Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Cavs’ last eight games following an ATS loss in their last game.

At online shop Bovada, the Cavs are 13.5-point home favorites with the young Wolves in town. Cleveland is 1-2-1 ATS in its last four games, while the Wolves head in 2-2 ATS in their last four, but come in off a 106-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Despite sitting first in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs sacked David Blatt on Friday afternoon, replacing him with ex-player Tyronn Lue. The Cavs laid an egg when they hosted the Bulls in Lue's debut Saturday, losing outright 96-83 and, obviously, not even coming close to covering the 10.5 points they were favored by.

That performance could be seen as an anomaly, however, as the Cavs shot 4-24 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range and 9-22 (40.9 percent) from the free-throw line. You will not see the Cavs repeat those numbers with any frequency no matter who the coach is.

The Wolves have been especially cold when facing teams from the Eastern Conference, going 0-6 SU and ATS in their last six games. Included in there was a 125-99 beating that came courtesy of the Cavs, who were 10-point favorites on their home floor. If they want to put that Bulls loss behind them, and get a win for their new head coach, a repeat of that January 8 performance would be more than welcomed for the Cavs and their backers.

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Warriors are a Poor Bet as Home Faves

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NBA fans and bettors alike won’t be suffering from a case of the Mondays thanks to tonight’s San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors clash in California. The top contenders in the Western Conference will be meeting for the first time this season, as the Spurs will be tasked with giving the Dubs their first loss at Oracle Arena this year. Sportsbooks opened Stephen Curry and company in the 3-point ballpark for the affair.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Warriors' last six games with two days off between games.
  • The Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Spurs are 9-0 SU and ATS in their last nine games after an ATS loss.

Historically speaking, the Spurs have dominated this series. San Antonio is 8-1 SU in its last nine against the Dubs, and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between the clubs. It’s a huge sample size, but this trend speaks volumes about just how one sided this matchup has been: San Antonio is 55-9 against Golden State since Tim Duncan came into the league in 1997.

Tim Duncan will miss the contest with right knee soreness, but the absence of The Big Fundamental hasn’t hurt San Antonio this year. The Spurs are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in games when Duncan has been sidelined.

Steve Kerr’s squad simply aren’t getting the job done when it comes to covering the spread as home chalk. The Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last five when tabbed as home favorites.

San Antonio ranks as the top bet in the Association at 30-14 ATS. Looking for an in-depth feature of just how good the Spurs have been this year? Check out our San Antonio Spurs team focus piece.

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Bruins Offer Betting Value in Road Games

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The Boston Bruins will look for their recent run of success to continue when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Bruins are 16-5 SU in their last 21 games against the Flyers.
  • The Flyers are 6-2 SU in their last eight games at home.
  • The Bruins are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games versus the Metropolitan Division.

The Bruins, currently offered at -120 at Bodog, sit seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with 55 points and have won four of their last five games, including a 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their most recent game.

The Bruins add plenty of value for bettors when they are playing on the road. Heading into Monday’s NHL schedule, the Bruins own the fourth-best road record in the league at 14-5-2, only behind the Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Furthermore, the B’s currently own a +19 goal differential, which is staggeringly good (fifth in the NHL) for a team that is just seventh in its conference. Surely a sign that the Bruins have found their stride and are poised to climb even further up the standings as we get deeper into the season.

The Flyers have had a tough go of it all season long and their 13th position in the East shows just how tough its been. Philly has had a long wait to get back on the ice as well; their date with the New York Islanders on Saturday was cancelled due to the blizzard that ravaged the east coast.

Revenge could be a factor in this game as well as Philly has won each of the two meetings with Boston so far this season. There will be no doubt that the Bruins will have that fact in their back of their minds as they take the ice Monday night.

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NBA Midseason Betting Recap

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By now, NBA fans have likely read all kinds of midseason recaps recounting how every team in the Association has performed so far on the floor. But what about a guide laying out how they’ve done at the betting window? That’s where we at OddsShark come in.

Because we love hoops – and making money – as much as you do, here’s a look at the best and worst bets in the league as well as the top OVER and UNDER teams so far in 2015-16.


UFC 196: Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate Odds

After months of speculation, Holly Holm will make her first UFC title defense against Miesha Tate at UFC 196. Holm shocked the world by claiming the Woman’s Bantamweight title by decimating Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” has opened as a heavy -350 favorite against Tate according to Bovada. “Cupcake” is coming back at +265.



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