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Bumgarner Has Had Edge Over Kershaw

Baseball will get to see its marquee pitching rivalry when Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw face off for the second time this young season Friday. The two aces have taken the mound to oppose one another eight times in their careers with MadBum and the San Francisco Giants going 5-3 against Kershaw and the LA Dodgers.

The two pitchers have put on impressive performances when challenging one another as Bumgarner and Kershaw have averaged a combined 14.9 strikeouts while allowing just 3.5 earned runs in their eight previous matchups.

Kershaw and the Dodgers got the best of MadBum and the Giants just six days ago when they last faced off, but Bumgarner hit his second career home run off his left-handed counterpart.

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Tigers Undefeated On The Road This Year

The Detroit Tigers have been road warriors in the early going of the season, with the squad going 4-0 away from home while outscoring opponents 29-17. The Tigers will travel to Minute Maid Park for a series against the Houston Astros this weekend, a team who is just 1-3 at home this season.

Detroit will send Mike Pelfrey to the mound Friday, after the pitcher got absolutely rocked in his first outing of the year. Pelfrey lasted just 3.2 innings while giving up eight hits and six earned runs in his season debut against the New York Yankees.

The Astros will counter with ace Dallas Keuchel who has not lost a start at home since July 25, 2014. Keuchel, who will be making his first start in Houston this season, went 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 18 starts at Minute Maid Park last season.

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CHC Cruising To Best Start In Team History

The Chicago Cubs have been just as good as advertised in the early goings this MLB season, as the Cubbies are 8-1, which ties the franchises best start through nine games. The Cubs are also a perfect 3-0 at Wrigley Field while outscoring the Cincinnati Reds 23-6 in their first series at home this year. The Chicago Cubs will host the middling Colorado Rockies Friday afternoon.

The Cubs, who sit inside the top 10 in pretty much every significant statistical category, will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound. Hendricks pitched 6.2 innings while allowing two earned runs in his first outing of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chad Bettis will be making his third start of the season for the Rockies Friday. Bettis has posted a 4.38 ERA through his first two starts, but was noticeably better in his last outing after going seven innings and giving up just one earned run against the San Diego Padres.

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2016 NBA Playoffs Betting Primer

LeBron James

The NBA Playoffs start on Saturday, and if you're thinking about placing a bet on futures, a series or individual games, don't even think about it without reading this first because you won't stand a chance otherwise. Well, that's probably an exaggeration, but here's some research we did that will help you make some educated decisions on what bets to make, and probably more importantly, what bets not to make.


Why the Warriors Won't Win the NBA Title

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

There’s no questioning the greatness of the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors. The Warriors made history on Wednesday by setting a new precedent of regular season performance, topping the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ win record thanks to a home win over the Memphis Grizzlies — their 73rd of the campaign.

They're deep, they possess one of the greatest shooters the NBA has ever seen and they’re incredibly well coached. But that doesn’t mean a second NBA championship is guaranteed for this group.


NBA Futures Markets Are Ruined

Let’s face it: NBA futures markets are ruined. 

The Golden State Warriors are -135 and mostly much worse than that to win it all at many books and you’re looking at -200 juice for them to win the West, give or take a handful. 

All of that would be just fine if the Warriors weren’t going to win. But, sorry Charles Barkley, that’s what they are going to do. Barring major injuries or an act of God, you are going to have a hard time convincing me this 73-win team is stoppable. 

So what do you do? 


Tigers, Pirates Scoring Runs, Going OVER

The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates have brought the big bats when they face one another, as the past six meetings between the two teams have gone OVER. The Tigers and Pirates have averaged a combined 10.7 runs per game in that span, which dates back to June 2015.

Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for the Tigers after he had a terrific debut with the club in his first start of the season. Zimmermann went seven innings strong while allowing just two hits and no runs in his against the New York Yankees last week. J.D. Martinez has been swinging a big bat against the Pirates this series, as the right fielder has gone 8-for-13 with one home run and four RBIs.

The Pirates will give the ball to Gerrit Cole after a rocky first start of the year. Cole, who admitted that he was a little rusty after the first game, went just 4.2 innings while allowing three runs in his first start against the Cincinnati Reds last Saturday.

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David vs. Goliath as Flyers Meet Caps

Braden Holtby Washington Capitals Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers NHL

After finishing the regular season with the most points and clinching the Presidents’ Trophy, it’s time for the Washington Capitals to put up or shut up as they open their Stanley Cup quest versus the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team has gone 5-12 SU in the last 17 games in this matchup.
  • The Flyers are 5-2 SU in their last seven games versus teams with winning records.
  • The Capitals have gone 22-8 in their last 30 games at home.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Caps at -240 in moneyline markets while the Flyers are being offered at +190. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently -120 while UNDER 5 goals is -110.

The Caps finished a stellar regular season with 120 points – 11 more than anyone else in the league and 24 more than their opening round opponent. The Capitals have won the Presidents’ Trophy before, but with less-than-stellar results. They captured the trophy in 2009-10 with a whopping 121 points, but were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round.

The Flyers won’t need any extra motivation but that little tidbit will certainly be good bulletin board material prior to the puck dropping. A second-half surge propelled the Flyers up the standings and enabled them to clinch the eighth seed in the East and a date with the Caps.

The clubs split four meetings during the regular season and it was the Flyers that took the most recent. Philly skated to a 2-1 shootout victory when the clubs last met on March 30 and have actually gone 8-3 SU the last 11 times these two have met.

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Huge Total When Rockies Host Giants

The highest of totals in the MLB are almost exclusively reserved for Coors Field with the thin Colorado air making home runs a frequent occurrence. Baseball bettors are used to seeing closing totals in the double-digits routinely in Colorado Rockies home games, but are these massive totals worth looking at?

Since the start of the 2012 MLB season, there have been 21 games with a closing total of 11.5 or higher. Those 21 games have seen the OVER cash on 14 occasions with teams combining for 13.7 runs per game.


Quick was Futile in Starts Versus Sharks

Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings NHL

Many feel like the Los Angeles Kings have a good shot at hoisting another Stanley Cup this season. While that might be true, netminder Jonathan Quick will have to step up his game against the San Jose Sharks if they hope to escape the first round. The puck drops on this all-California matchup Thursday night at Staples Center.

Shark Bites
  • The Kings are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games at home.
  • The Sharks are 7-2 SU in their last nine games versus teams with a winning record.
  • The Sharks are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games in Los Angeles.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Kings at -145 in moneyline markets for Game 1 while the Sharks come in at +115. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with both OVER and UNDER currently priced at -115.

Quick was lit up by the Sharks this season. In three starts, the Kings’ puck stopper went 0-3 with a 4.40 goals against average and paltry .845 save percentage. Those numbers pale in comparison to his 2.22 GAA and .918 save percentage overall this season.

Joe Pavelski, in particular, was a thorn in L.A.’s side this season. Pavelski scored four goals and had six assists for 10 points in five games versus the Kings during the regular season. The assists and points were his highest against any other team and the goal total was tied with the four he posted versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bizarrely, the underdog went 5-0 SU in five games during the regular season. Furthermore, the Sharks finished the regular season as a hot bet away from home. In their final eight road games, San Jose went 7-1 SU.

These two Pacific Division rivals have met in the postseason three times before. The Kings won in seven games after going down 3-0 in 2014 and seven games back in 2013. The Sharks eliminated the Kings in six games back in 2011.

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