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Cavaliers Must Regain Their Scoring Touch

DeMar DeRozan Kyrie Irving Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers

When the Cleveland Cavaliers first travelled north of the border, they had a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and were brimming with confidence. Thanks to a pair of impressive showings from the Toronto Raptors, things are tied up at two as the series shifts back to Northeast Ohio. Game 5 is set for Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 0-4 SU in their last four games on the road against the Cavaliers.
  • The Cavaliers are 5-0 SU in their last five games after consecutive losses.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cavaliers' last six games with a closing total of 199.0 or more.

“They flipped the script on us,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after his team’s 105-99 loss in Game 4. That may be a bit of an understatement. The wine and gold were unable to contain Toronto’s all-star guard pairing of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, while Bismack Biyombo – one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 NBA playoffs – dominated them on the glass time and time again.

LeBron James maximized his minutes in Game 4, scoring 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting with nine boards and six assists. “The King” attempted just one shot in the final five minutes of the game as his team relinquished the lead.

After going 1-for-9 in Game 3, sweet-shooting power forward Kevin Love went 4-of-14 in Game 4. Lue opted to play reserve Channing Frye in Love’s place for the fourth quarter.

The Raptors have been failing to cover as huge underdogs, going 1-4 ATS in their last five as dogs of 10.5 or more. On the flip side, the Cavs are 3-0 ATS in their previous three as favorites of 10.5 or more.

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730645
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OVERS Cashing When Wilson Starts

Tyler Wilson will make his 11th start of his young career for the Baltimore Orioles when they take on the Houston Astros Wednesday, which – if history continues – could mean the OVER is worth a look. The OVER is 8-2 in Wilson’s 10 career starts thus far with the righty posting a 4.36 ERA in those outings.

The ‘Stros will send Collin McHugh to the mound in the hopes that the pitcher can stop surrendering so much contact. McHugh has given up 63 hits through his first nine starts – the fifth most of any AL pitcher this season.

Some of the Orioles best hitters have been struggling recently with both Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo faltering at the plate. Machado is just 5-for-37 with 13 strikeouts in the past 10 games while Trumbo has reached base just once in the past three games – a walk on May 21.

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722212
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Blues Have Been Great as Road Dogs

After combining for 18 goals in the last two games, the Blues and Sharks will hit the ice tonight in San Jose with the Sharks looking to book their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final. A win would mark the first ever conference championship for the long time underachieving Sharks who’ve won six division championships but have no playoff success to show for it.

The story of this series has been inconsistency. Over the last four games there’s been two shut outs, and two games where a team scored six goals. San Jose opened the day as a -159 home favorite, which is a spot they’ve performed well in during the playoffs, posting a 6-2 record. One of those losses was in the last game to St. Louis, however, as they were lit up in a 6-3 loss.

The Blues have actually fared extremely well as road underdogs, going 10-3 in their last 13 games in that spot. This includes winning three of their last four as road dogs in the playoffs where they outscored the opposition 14-10.

Brian Elliott will get the nod in net for the Blues after Jake Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in Monday’s loss. Elliott started the first three games of the series where he allowed seven goals on 69 shots. After recording shutouts in Game 2 and 3, Martin Jones will be tasked with keeping the door shut for the Sharks.

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730595
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Can Toronto Complete the Comeback?

Toronto Raptors Bismack Biyombo

Let’s be honest: the NBA has never led the charge in the parity department. The “Get into the playoffs and anything can happen” mentality just hasn’t seemed to translate to professional hoops, as superstar-laden teams tend to dominate year in and year out.

Except for the 2016 postseason, that is.

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Exaggerator Favored in Belmont Odds

Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator opened as the favorite for the $1.5-million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11, and the price went down even farther with the announcement that Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist is not headed to the Big Apple.

Nyquist suffered his first defeat in the Preakness and spiked a fever shortly after the race. His trainer Doug O’Neill announced on Tuesday morning that the colt had an elevated white blood cell count and was declared out of the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

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Simmons a Heavy Fave to be Drafted First

Ben Simmons LSU

Now that the NBA draft lottery is in the books, the attention of the basketball world will shift to the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The draft is indisputably one of the most important events on the hoops calendar, and this year’s edition is no different.

After the ping-pong balls finally bounced in their favor, the Philadelphia 76ers won the first overall pick, and Sixers Nation rejoiced. The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will select second and third, respectively. Here's a look at the full draft order:

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Indianapolis 500: Indy 500 Odds Preview

Will Power IndyCar

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 goes down this Sunday and things are very tight atop the odds board with five drivers listed in the +550 to +650 range.

Online sportsbook Bovada has 2014’s IndyCar Series champ Will Power listed as the favorite. Power will attempt to win the race after finishing second last year. He’s yet to win the race in eight attempts but he has four top-10 finishes.

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Vegas Sportsbooks Ready for Olympics

Back in February of 2015, the Nevada Gaming Commission decided to allow betting on the Olympic Games, more than a year ahead of the next scheduled events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With less than three months until the Summer Olympics officially commence in Rio, William Hill sportsbooks within the state have expanded the number of offerings from eight wagering options to 49, featuring a number of popular events.

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Lynx Emerge As Faves In WNBA Futures

After only a couple of weeks of action only two undefeated teams remain in the WNBA. The Minnesota Lynx opening the season 3-0 is not much of a surprise – considering they are the defending champions – but the Los Angeles Sparks have certainly turned some heads.

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NA LCS LoL Summer Split Betting Odds

It seems that the NA LCS is split into the best and everyone else. Immortals, Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming are the top teams in North America with everyone else playing catch up. It goes to stand that those three teams possess the top three odds to win the Summer Playoffs.

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