Thunder favored in Game 3 vs Spurs

Winners of 20 games in a row, the San Antonio Spurs are small road underdogs at the sportsbooks for Thursday as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Spurs are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series after grabbing a 120-111 win and covering the posted spread on the NBA odds in Game 2 at home on Tuesday. Tony Parker had 34 points for San Antonio.

San Antonio is a rare underdog and they have excelled in the role, going 8-3 ATS in their past 11 tries as a dog. Interestingly, the OVER is 8-2 the past 10 games where the Spurs were underdogs, but the number opened high at 5Dimes yesterday.

Oklahoma City battles the Spurs, currently with a 50-16 mark (42-20-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 31-35 for the Thunder and 39-26-1 for the Spurs.


Stanley Cup Final Betting Preview

The Stanley Cup Final matchup nobody expected a month ago, the New Jersey Devils versus the Los Angeles Kings begins on Wednesday night in Jersey.

A month ago, a Devils-Kings final matchup was a 165/1 longshot bet at Bovada - it was one of the least likely Cup matchups.


Johnson favored at FedEx 400

Jimmie Johnson will be looking to make a move up the standings on Sunday afternoon as he hits the track at Dover as the favorite on the NASCAR odds to win the FedEx 400.

Johnson sits in fifth place in the current Sprint Cup Series standings, behind Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. However, he's won six Cup races at Dover in his career, including three victories over the past three seasons on the track.


Boxing Betting Odds: June Preview

June is offering boxing betting fans some great options on some current and former legends of the sport. Boxing odds are available on champs like Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as well as on veterans Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver.

On June 2 former undisputed World Light Middleweight champion Wright will be looking to right a ship that has produced two straight losses. Now 40 years old, Wright is past his prime and is currently handicapped at 5Dimes as a +450 underdog against undefeated up-and-comer Peter Quillin.


Heat Big Chalk: Game 2 Betting

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will continue the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night, with LeBron James and company looking to pay off on the posted NBA odds once again.

James scored 32 points in the opener of the series on Monday night as the Heat rolled to a 93-79 home win and easily covered the posted spread. Kevin Garnett scored 23 points for the Celtics and was laughed at by LeBron for his phony intensity in the loss.

The Heat currently sports a record of 46-20, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 32-34 ATS. The Celtics are 39-27 and 34-31-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Heat post a 25-39-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Celtics have gone 29-37 against the number.


Stanley Cup Final: Game 1 Betting

The Stanley Cup final will finally hit the ice in Newark on Wednesday night, with the New Jersey Devils listed as home underdogs in the opener against the Los Angeles Kings.

The sportsbooks also have the Kings pegged as the overall favorite to win the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final thanks to their impressive results through the first three rounds of the playoffs.

The Devils sit at 48-28-6 on the season; in comparison, the Kings are currently 40-27-15. Looking to wager on the totals? New Jersey is 37-34-11 OU, and Los Angeles is 23-43-16 OU.


Texas atop 2012 Miss USA odds

Can the oddsmakers get it right with the Miss USA pageant once again this year? The sportsbooks have Miss Texas Brittany Booker listed as the 11/2 favorite to walk away with the crown on Sunday.

Last year Miss California Alyssa Campanella was the 9/2 favorite at Bovada to win the pageant, and she did end up being crowned Miss USA 2011. That was California's sixth win at the event.


Heat vs Celtics Series Betting Preview

Can a Celtics team that barely beat the 76ers possibly handle the Miami Heat?

Can Boston even get a game off Miami, with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James dominating as they did in the Indiana series?

A Miami sweep pays only +450, a low figure for any recent NBA Eastern Conference championship odds. And the Heat opened as 8.5-point home chalk in Game 1.

Like the Celtics in a sweep? That's a +5000 payout (and highly unlikely).


Verlander vs Bard Betting Preview

MLB wagering interest swings to the Boston vs Detroit battle on Tuesday at Fenway Park as the Red Sox try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Detroit puts its faith in starter Justin Verlander to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 5-2. Getting the ball for the Red Sox is Daniel Bard, who owns a 3-5 record on the season with a 4.75 ERA.


Yankees vs Angels Betting Preview

The New York Yankees will look to grab a road win when they take on the Angels in Los Angeles at Angel Stadium on Monday in late baseball odds action.

The Angels will rely on Jered Weaver to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Philip Hughes will be his counterpart for the Yankees. Jered Weaver is 6-1 this season, and Philip Hughes is 4-5.



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