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Lightning Continue Push Without Stamkos

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The news that Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos would be out for the foreseeable future was a devastating blow for both player and team, but it didn’t stop the Bolts from producing a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday. The Lightning will continue their push for the Atlantic Division crown with a visit to Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders Monday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Lightning are 5-2 SU in their last seven games overall.
  • UNDER has cashed in each of the Lightning’s last three games versus the East.
  • The Islanders are 0-4 SU in their last four games versus teams with a winning record.

The Lightning are two points back of the of the Florida Panthers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division but all four of their remaining games are away from home. They have fared quite well in their travels recently, however, as they have posted a record of 8-3 SU in their last 11 road games.

That road success has not carried over to visits to the Islanders. The Isles have gone 7-1 SU in their last eight games versus the Bolts on home ice but this will be Tampa’s first visit to Brooklyn this season.

The teams have split the two previous meetings this season with the Isles winning 3-2 back on November 28 and the Bolts returning the favor by a score of 7-4 on March 25.

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Buy/Sell Money Pitchers for MLB Season

One of the most important positions in all of sports to cap for bettors is starting pitchers. However, guys like Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer will be laying so much chalk that betting them provides next to no value. It’s important to find the pitchers that are good, but go relatively unnoticed by books and the general populace in order to find the optimal value.


Who’s Hot, Who’s Not in April MLB Totals

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Major League Baseball returns this weekend and while it is sometimes difficult to cap the opening weekend as well as those early games of the season, there are some trends that you can potentially latch on to.


Watch Rockies for Value in April Games

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The 2016 Major League Baseball season begins this weekend and while it’s tough to cap the early days of the campaign, history might be able to tell you which teams to back and which to avoid when you’re looking at straight-up wagers or teams to build your parlay cards with.


Opening Day Team-By-Team Breakdown

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates open the 2016 Major League Baseball season Sunday afternoon. Opening Day is the best time of the year for some franchises as it will be the closest they come to sniffing a division title before the wheels fall off.

It’s tough to cap Opening Day. You have no barometer, save for maybe the way the team played last season or the head-to-head record between a pair of old rivals and/or pitchers who know the opposition inside and out. Spring Training isn’t a real gauge, so Opening Day is a fresh start.


OddsShark Staff 2016 MLB Predictions

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The 2016 Major League Baseball season opens on Sunday, and if you haven’t been paying attention, we’ve been all over every MLB betting angle this offseason. We have betting previews for every team, analysis of Cy Young and MVP odds, and of course, our World Series and Pennant odds breakdowns.


Mets-Royals Highlights Opening Day Sked

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It took five games for the Kansas City Royals to cast aside the New York Mets in last season’s World Series and the Major League Baseball schedule makers took no time to pit the two against one another in 2016.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals were 13-7 in 20 interleague games in 2015 while the Mets were 9-11.
  • Harvey was 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in four interleague starts last season.
  • Current Mets hitters are a combined .226 versus Volquez in the regular season.

Online hop Bovada currently has the Royals at -105 in moneyline markets while the Mets are currently -115. The total is tabbed at 7.5 with either side presently priced at -115.

Sunday’s pitching matchup features Matt Harvey for the Mets and Edinson Volquez for the home team. Harvey started Game 5 at Citi Field and pitched eight scoreless innings before convincing manager Terry Collins to leave him in.

Things did not go well in that ninth inning as Lorenzo Cain walked and Eric Hosmer doubled him home leading to Harvey finally getting yanked. The damage was done, however, as the Royals eventually went on to win Game 5 7-2 and clinch the World Series.

Kansas City’s starter for that memorable November 1 game? Volquez. Volquez made two starts in the World Series, throwing 12 innings and allowing just four earned runs. He did not factor in the decision in either contest but the Royals did defeat the Mets both time.

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Wrestlemania 32 Predictions and Picks

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The WWE rolls into Arlington, Texas for Wrestlemania 32 at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. The biggest event of the wrestling year has come together nicely despite the company dealing with several major injuries to their top talent.

The card looks like it could be filled with some exciting matches, even though this year’s go-home show on RAW was pretty subpar.


Expect High Scores as Blazers Visit Dubs

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One of the more memorable games this season was Damian Lillard’s 51-point explosion in the Portland Trail Blazers' 137-105 win over the Golden State Warriors back on February 19. As OVER bettors will know, high scores are the norm when these two Western Conference foes lock horns.

Shark Bites
  • OVER has cashed in seven of Portland’s last eight road games.
  • Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on zero days rest.
  • Warriors are 0-4 ATS in their previous four home games.

OVER has cashed in five-straight meetings between these two teams and has gone 7-1 in the past eight meetings. The pair have met three times this season and there has been an average of 239.3 combined points scored in each of those three games.

The Warriors will be down after losing their first home game this season in a 109-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics Friday night, but are still chasing the best record in this history of the NBA. The Dubs have six games remaining and must go 5-1 SU down the stretch to eclipse the 72-10 mark of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

The Warriors have been almost toxic at the betting window of late as they have covered the spread in two of their previous eight games entering Sunday’s contest. They have had the edge in head-to-head meetings with the Blazers, however, as they have gone 6-1 ATS (5-2 SU) in the previous seven meetings.

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Thunder Rounding into Playoff Form

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Momentum can play a large factor in a team’s success in the early rounds of the NBA postseason and there is no hotter team than the Oklahoma City Thunder. Five of OKC’s final six games come on the road and that begins with a visit to the Houston Rockets Sunday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 4-1 SU in their last five road games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of Houston’s last seven games.
  • UNDER is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

The Thunder have won nine of their past 10 games entering Sunday’s action and have covered the number in six of those contests. The only slip up was an 88-82 loss at the Detroit Pistons back on March 29.

That game was the only time the Thunder failed to post a score in the 100s as they have averaged a whopping 117.4 points per game in their previous nine wins.

Tasked with stopping the Thunder’s fantastic run is the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoff picture as they sit one-game back of the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 seed.

The Rockets have lost two of their previous six games heading into Sunday, including a 111-107 loss at OKC back on March 22.

From a betting perspective, this is a series that has been dominated by the Rockets of late. Houston heads into Sunday’s meeting with a five-game ATS winning streak versus OKC.

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