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Padres Just Can't Win At AT&T Park

The struggling San Diego Padres will look to end a four-game losing streak when they end their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants Wednesday. The Padres have been downright terrible when they travel to AT&T Park, as they have lost the past seven games in San Francisco while allowing 7.4 runs per game in that span.

Andrew Cashner will take to the mound for the Padres with the righty attempting to stave off a sweep at the hands of the Giants. The Padres have won each of Cashner’s past three starts with the pitcher has allowed just five earned runs in those outings. 

Giants’ starter Jeff Samardzija is coming off his best performance with his new team, as the Shark pitched 7.2 innings while giving up just one earned run and no walks. As obvious as it sounds, run support has been key for Samardzija with the Giants giving him 15 runs of support in his wins compared to just seven in his other two outings.

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Ducks Have Lost Last 3 Home Game 7’s

Ducks vs predators

The first round series between the Ducks and Predators shifts back to California tonight for Game 7. While the Predators franchise has never played in a Game 7 in their team’s history, the Ducks will look to end a trend that’s seen them eliminated from their last three playoffs in Game 7’s at home.

Working in the Ducks’ favor is a 13-5 record in their last 18 games when coming off a loss. As -170 favorites heading into the game, they haven’t exactly lit the world on fire as home favorites, going just 4-4 in their last eight games in the spot.

As road underdogs, the Predators record has been anything but impressive this season, as they’ve gone just 6-15 on the season. They do, of course, already have two wins in Anaheim during the series, but they lost three regular season games at the Honda Center this season.

The total for tonight’s game is set at 5 goals, which is a mark the teams have topped just four times in their last 10 games against each other.

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Islanders on a Roll on the Road

Lightning vs Islanders

Round two of the NHL playoffs gets underway tonight in Tampa at the Amalie Arena, with the Islanders in town looking to upset the Lightning. The Isles have enjoyed their time on the road recently, winning five of their last six road games, including two in their first round series against the Panthers. They’re also had the Lightning’s number, going 4-1 against them in their last five games against each other, outscoring them 20-14.

The Islanders come into Florida as +139 underdogs, which is also a spot they’ve been thriving in. In their last five games as road underdogs, they’ve gone 4-1.

Unfortunately for Islanders backers, being home favorite is a spot that’s suited the Lightning this season. At -154 tonight, the Lightning are 21-9 in their last 30 as home faves. Looking at a smaller sample size, they’re 6-2 as home favorites over the last month.

The Lightning could get a major shot in the arm as team captain Steven Stamkos took the ice to practice with teammates for the first time since being sidelined since undergoing vascular surgery. While there’s no timeline for a return, his return would make the team significantly better.

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History of NBA 1st Round Playoff Sweepers

By completing sweeps of their first round opponents, the Spurs and Cavaliers have bought themselves a few extra days of rest as they wait for their second round series’ to begin. Watching two of the top playoff contenders easily dispose of their first round opponents made me wonder how teams who sweep in the first round have performed historically and if the extra time off gives them an edge.

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NBA Playoffs First Round Could be Historic

Damian Lillard

The NBA is often labeled as a league that lacks parity. Before the postseason even started you likely heard the self-appointed NBA expert of your office ramble on about how the playoffs are pointless, claiming the commissioner may as well hand the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Golden State Warriors right away and save the time and effort of playing the games.

But in the midst of a wild first round, three teams are quietly on the verge of making history, and they’re far from the usual suspects.

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How Much is Brady Worth To The Odds?

By now you've heard. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s suspension was reinstated by the U.S. Court of appeals on Monday. 

“It was a very interesting and frustrating day for oddsmakers with the news of Stephen Curry potentially being really hurt and Tom Brady being suspended once again,” said Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at Bovada. “The Patriots were favorites before the news and if the suspension holds, they will most likely fall behind the Seahawks and Packers.” 

The question now is: How much is Brady worth? 

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Curry/Paul Injuries Shake Up Title Odds

So far the biggest story of the 2016 NBA playoffs hasn't been a particular team. Instead, it's been a single player - the best player on the planet, to be more precise. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had to leave Game 4 of his team's first-round series with the Houston Rockets due to a knee injury, and the immediate future of the sharpshooter was in doubt.

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NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Odds

Heading into the second weekend of the NBA playoffs, it's no surprise as to which club is favored in Eastern Conference futures.

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain heavy -275 faves at Bodog to represent the East in the NBA Finals. As of April 22, Cleveland owned a 2-0 stranglehold on their first-round series with the Detroit Pistons.

The second-seeded Toronto Raptors still have the next best chance to accomplish the feat at the shop, but they're far from the biggest movers this week. The Miami Heat have looked extremely impressive against the Charlotte hornets and oddsmakers have taken notice, as the Heat's odds have jumped from +1400 to +750 since the postseason began.

The Atlanta Hawks remain the only other likely candidates at the shop with +800 odds. Boston, Indiana, Charlotte and Detroit all have their work cut out for them to even advance to the next round, however, you can grab them at some extremely long odds if you think one of the squads will surprise.

Do you think the Cavs will have an easy path to the Finals, or do you believe there's value elsewhere? Let us know in the comment section.

2016 Eastern Conference Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Cavaliers-275
Toronto Raptors+650
Miami Heat+750
Atlanta Hawks+800
Boston Celtics+5000
Indiana Pacers+7000
Charlotte Hornets+10000
Detroit Pistons+15000

Odds as of April 22 at Bovada

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Post trade deadline, it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers then everyone else in the Eastern Conference as the Cavs are heavy favorites to win their second Eastern Conference title in as many years.

Online sportsbook bodog has the Cleveland tabbed as -400 favorites, with the team with the second best odds, the Toronto Raptors, well behind at +500. 

Considering the lack of playoff experience from other top Eastern Conference squads like the Raptors and Celtics, along with injury concerns to the Bulls and Heat, it really doesn’t look as if there’s a serious threat to the Cavs. Even with potential injuries to oft-injured Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, Cleveland proved last year, or should I say LeBron James proved last year, that they’re simply too much for other teams in the conference.

The Raptors are a few games back of the Cavs in the Eastern Conference standings and have split two games with them this season, but until the Lowry and DeRozan led team proves they can make it out of the first round, then it’s hard to consider them as a legit title contender. 

As for the upstart Celtics who sit in third place in the conference, their odds to represent the East in the Finals currently sit at +1400. The Celts have also split two games with Cleveland this season, but were swept by them in the first round of last year’s playoffs. 

Things are much tighter in the Western Conference with the Spurs and Thunder on the heels of the Warriors.

Here’s a look at the updated Eastern Conference odds:

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p>No, you're not living in Bizzaro World; the NBA's Eastern Conference is actually the superior conference so far in the 2015-16 campaign. The East, long perceived as the Association’s red-headed stepchild compared to the Western Conference, is head and shoulders above the West this season. Need proof? Check the standings.

 

As of Friday, Dec. 18, 10 of the East’s 15 teams were above .500 which has made it incredibly hard to predict what’s going to happen this year. To put that into perspective, the Western Conference, A.K.A. the Golden State Warriors’ playground, currently features only six teams with winning records.

In something that had become an unfortunate reality for the league, the Boston Celtics snagged the eighth and final playoff spot with a losing 40-42 record last season. The times, they are indeed a changin'.

Vastly improved teams like the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons are the main culprits for the mess that is the Eastern Conference standings right now. Thankfully for the NBA, this newfound parity has made the conference the most exciting it's been in quite some time.

So, who are oddsmakers expecting to take the crown? At Bovada, it’s unsurprisingly the powerhouse Cleveland Cavaliers who have been tabbed as the odds-on -250 favorites, but it gets quite interesting after that. The Heat (+1000), Chicago Bulls (+1000), Pacers (+1200), Toronto Raptors (+1200) and Atlanta Hawks (+1400) round out the top seven at the shop.

In the infamous words of Terrell Owens: getcha popcorn ready.

2016 Eastern Conference Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Cavaliers-250
Miami Heat+1000
Chicago Bulls+1000
Indiana Pacers+1200
Atlanta Hawks+1400
Boston Celtics+2500
Charlotte Hornets+3300
Washington Wizards+6600
Detroit Pistons+6600
Orlando Magic+10000
New York Knicks+10000
Milwaukee Bucks+10000
Brooklyn Nets+50000

Odds as of December 18 at Bovada

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Heading into the 2015/16 NBA campaign many pundits believed the Eastern Conference was a race between the Cleveland Cavaliers and everyone else. Cleveland has held its own atop of the standings a month into the season, but it won’t be the cakewalk back to the NBA Finals that many predicted.

The Chicago Bulls (+900), Miami Heat (+1100) and Atlanta Hawks (+1200) are the three teams that are most likely to challenge the Cavs for the conference title at online sportsbook Bovada.

When it comes to filling out the rest of the playoff bracket, it’s anyone’s guess at this point. The East has been a source for punch lines from hoops fans in recent seasons due to the imbalance in talent when compared to the competitive West. But this year’s edition of the Eastern Conference, led by improved teams like the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, is the tightest it’s been in quite some time.

Here’s a look at Bovada's updated Eastern Conference odds.

2016 Eastern Conference Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Cavaliers-300
Chicago Bulls+900
Miami Heat+1100
Atlanta Hawks+1200
Toronto Raptors+1600
Washington Wizards+2500
Boston Celtics+2500
Detroit Pistons+4000
Indiana Pacers+4000
New York Knicks+6600
Milwaukee Bucks+6600
Charlotte Hornets+10000
Orlando Magic+10000

Odds as of November 19 at Bovada

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Can anyone catch the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference this year? For a team that boasts a starting five of Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov that's not going to be an easy task, but there are a few clubs who could make a serious push.

The Cavs are -250 chalk to claim the East at online sportsbook Bovada, and it's a hefty drop off after that. The Chicago Bulls (+750), Miami Heat (+1200), Atlanta Hawks (+1600) and Washington Wizards (+1800) round out the top five.

It's interesting to note Miami's presence so high on that list considering it was just over a year ago that LeBron James took his talents back to Cleveland, but it's easy to understand why when you look at the Heat's roster on paper. If the Bulls can stay healthy (a big if) they should be in the mix, while the Atlanta Hawks aren't expected by oddsmakers to be a serious threat after a stellar regular season in 2014/15.

2015-16 Eastern Conference Champion Odds

Odds as of October 26 at Bovada

  • Cleveland Cavaliers -250
  • Chicago Bulls +750
  • Miami Heat +1200
  • Atlanta Hawks +1600
  • Washington Wizards +1800
  • Indiana Pacers +2500
  • Milwaukee Bucks +2500
  • Toronto Raptors +2500
  • Boston Celtics +4000
  • Brooklyn Nets +10000
  • Detroit Pistons +10000
  • New York Knicks +10000
  • Charlotte Hornets +10000
  • Orlando Magic +12500
  • Philadelphia 76ers +12500

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the clear favorites on the offseason odds to win the NBA Eastern Conference championship in the upcoming season, with online sportsbook Bovada setting them as the -300 favorites to claim the Eastern crown and make a return trip to the NBA Finals in 2016.

The Cavaliers are then followed by the Chicago Bulls at +800 on the odds to win the NBA Eastern Conference in the upcoming season, with the Miami Heat just behind them at +900, and the Atlanta Hawks a step back of the top contenders at +1800. The Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and Washington Wizards are all at +2500.

2016 NBA Eastern Conference Champion

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada

  • Cleveland Cavaliers -300
  • Chicago Bulls +800
  • Miami Heat +900
  • Atlanta Hawks +1800
  • Indiana Pacers +2500
  • Milwaukee Bucks +2500
  • Toronto Raptors +2500
  • Washington Wizards +2500
  • Boston Celtics +4000
  • Brooklyn Nets +7500
  • Detroit Pistons +7500
  • New York Knicks +7500
  • Charlotte Hornets +10000
  • Orlando Magic +12500
  • Philadelphia 76ers +12500

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Here are the updated odds to win the NBA Eastern Conference at the online sportsbooks.

2015 NBA Eastern Conference Champion

Odds as of May 5 at Bovada

  • Chicago Bulls 3/2
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 8/5
  • Atlanta Hawks 5/1
  • Washington Wizards 5/1

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the second seed on the Eastern Conference side of the NBA playoff bracket, but they're the top team on the odds to win the conference title this spring at Bovada.

At Bovada the Cavaliers are the 1/2 favorites on the odds to win the Eastern Conference, followed by the Atlanta Hawks at 13/4, the Chicago Bulls at 11/2, and the Toronto Raptors at 16/1. The Hawks are the top seed for the playoffs, with the Bulls the third seed, and the Raptors the fourth seed.

The Washington Wizards are then at 25/1, with the Boston Celtics at 66/1, the Brooklyn Nets at 75/1, and the Milwaukee Bucks at 100/1. Washington faces Toronto in the first round, while Boston takes on Cleveland, Brooklyn meets Atlanta, and Milwaukee goes up against Chicago.

Odds to Win 2014/15 NBA Eastern Conference at Bovada as of April 15

Cleveland Cavaliers 1/2
Atlanta Hawks 13/4
Chicago Bulls 11/2
Toronto Raptors 16/1
Washington Wizards 25/1
Boston Celtics 66/1
Brooklyn Nets 75/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites on the odds to win the 2014/15 NBA Eastern Conference late in March, with Bovada listing LeBron James and company as the 1/2 chalk on those NBA futures.

The Atlanta Hawks are then second at 13/5, with the Chicago Bulls at 8/1, the Toronto Raptors at 25/1, and the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat at 40/1. The Indiana Pacers are farther back on that list at Bovada at 66/1 odds, with the Boston Celtics pegged at 75/1 odds.

Odds to Win 2014/15 NBA Eastern Conference at Bovada as of March 28

Cleveland Cavaliers 1/2
Atlanta Hawks 13/5
Chicago Bulls 8/1
Toronto Raptors 25/1
Miami Heat 40/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Indiana Pacers 66/1
Boston Celtics 75/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Brooklyn Nets 250/1
Charlotte Hornets 250/1

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites and the Chicago Bulls are expected to be their closest competitor as the sportsbooks offer up their odds to win the NBA's Eastern Conference prior to the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

The Cavaliers are the clear 4/5 favorites on the Eastern Conference futures at Bovada heading into the season, with the Bulls behind them at 9/4 odds. From there there's a drop down to the Washington Wizards, who are listed at 12/1 odds. The Toronto Raptors are next at 20/1 odds at the sportsbook.

Odds to Win 2014/15 NBA Eastern Conference at Bovada as of October 20

Atlanta Hawks 40/1
Boston Celtics 75/1
Brooklyn Nets 28/1
Charlotte Hornets 25/1
Chicago Bulls 9/4
Cleveland Cavaliers 4/5
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Indiana Pacers 25/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Milwaukee Bucks 150/1
New York Knicks 25/1
Orlando Magic 100/1
Philadelphia 76ers 250/1
Toronto Raptors 20/1
Washington Wizards 12/1

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat were the Eastern Conference champions once again last season, and the sportsbooks don't see them getting dethroned this season - they're the favorites to repeat that feat in 2013/14.

At Bovada the Heat sit as the 1/1 favorites on the odds to win the East this season, after they knocked out the Indiana Pacers in the conference finals in seven games last year before taking care of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

The Chicago Bulls, who fell in five games to the Heat in last year's conference semifinals, are the second-favorites on that list at 7/2 odds. Chicago should be bolstered this season by the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose to the hardwood; Rose missed the entire 2012/13 season as he recovered from a knee injury.

The Pacers are then tied with the Brooklyn Nets at 11/2 odds, with Brooklyn falling in seven games to Chicago in the first round of last year's playoffs but adding both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a trade with the Boston Celtics over the offseason.

The New York Knicks round out the top tier of contenders on the odds to win the Eastern Conference this season at 9/1; New York fell in six games to the Pacers in last year's conference semifinals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons both then sit at 40/1 odds at Bovada, with the Washington Wizards at 50/1, and each of the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics at 66/1.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who were swept in the first round of last year's playoffs by the Heat, are at 100/1 on that NBA futures list, with the Philadelphia 76ers at 150/1, and both the Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic at 250/1.

Odds to Win 2013/14 NBA Eastern Conference at Bovada

Miami Heat 1/1
Chicago Bulls 7/2
Brooklyn Nets 11/2
Indiana Pacers 11/2
New York Knicks 9/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 40/1
Detroit Pistons 40/1
Washington Wizards 50/1
Atlanta Hawks 66/1
Boston Celtics 66/1
Toronto Raptors 66/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Philadelphia 76ers 150/1
Charlotte Bobcats 250/1
Orlando Magic 250/1

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The Miami Heat are the favorites at the online sportsbooks once again to claim the Eastern Conference title this year, with their biggest challenger missing their top player for a large chunk of the season.

The Heat are pegged at 5/8 at Bovada to get back to the NBA Finals once again in 2012/13, with the Chicago Bulls second on that list at 13/2 heading into the start of the regular season.

Miami lost just six games over their first three playoff series last season en route to a berth in the NBA Finals, and have the core of their team intact once again this time around. The Bulls, meanwhile, won't have star guard Derrick Rose in the lineup for months as he recovers from last year's knee injury.

The Boston Celtics are next at 7/1 on that odds list, with the Brooklyn Nets at 10/1, and both the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks at 14/1. The Knicks lost in the first round of last year's playoffs to Miami, while the Nets missed the playoffs in their final season in New Jersey.

The Philadelphia 76ers round out the second tier of contenders at 18/1 on the odds to win the NBA's Eastern Conference, and the Atlanta Hawks are back at 35/1 with Joe Johnson now in Brooklyn. Everyone else sits at 66/1 odds or higher to win the conference.

The complete Eastern Conference futures list at Bovada ...

Miami Heat 5/8
Chicago Bulls 13/2
Boston Celtics 7/1
Brooklyn Nets 10/1
Indiana Pacers 14/1
New York Knicks 14/1
Philadelphia 76ers 18/1
Atlanta Hawks 35/1
Milwaukee Bucks 66/1
Orlando Magic 66/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 100/1
Toronto Raptors 100/1
Washington Wizards 100/1
Detroit Pistons 125/1
Charlotte Bobcats 200/1

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The Miami Heat won the NBA's Eastern Conference last season, and they're the favorites at the sportsbooks at 1/1 odds to capture that title once again this year.

Derrick Rose is looking for another big season for the Bulls, who fell short against the Heat in a seven-game series in the playoffs last year. The Bulls are at 5/2 at Bovada to capture the Eastern Conference title. Many observers believe Chicago is well-rounded with a better coach, but so much star power in South Beach leaves them farther down on the futures betting list than the Heat.

Boston is a veteran-laden team and they could benefit the most from a shortened season. Bovada has the Celtics at 13/2 on the futures boards for a deep run at the conference championship. The Knicks will have a full season with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the roster, and that should boost that team's chances as they come in at 9/1 odds on the East's futures board.

Orlando fell hard in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season but are next at Bovada at 12/1 in East futures betting. Atlanta upset the Magic in the first round last year and expect better things in a tough Eastern Conference; the Hawks are at 30/1 odds on that futures board.

The Nets also come in at 30/1 odds, while the Indiana Pacers round out the second-tier teams on the futures board at 50/1 odds to claim the East title.

The complete Eastern Conference futures list at Bovada ...

Miami Heat 1/1
Chicago Bulls 5/2
Boston Celtics 13/2
New York Knicks 9/1
Orlando Magic 12/1
Atlanta Hawks 30/1
New Jersey Nets 30/1
Indiana Pacers 50/1
Milwaukee Bucks 60/1
Philadelphia 76ers 60/1
Charlotte Bobcats 80/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 80/1
Detroit Pistons 80/1
Toronto Raptors 80/1
Washington Wizards 80/1

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NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Odds

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When the NBA playoffs began, the four matchups in the Eastern Conference were considerably more anticipated than the West for the first time in over a decade. The East has indeed been more exciting, but it’s a sudden rash of injuries that have grabbed headlines out West.

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LoL Mid-Season Invitational Betting Odds

The best of the best meet in Shanghai, China for the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational. The winners of each region, as well as one wild card team, will play the Group Stage, which will be a double round robin for the first time in MSI history from May 4-8. Following those games, the bracket stage will take place between May 13-15.

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