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Top Three Vegas Sportsbooks for UFC

Las Vegas is home to the UFC which has become one of the fastest growing sports organizations in the world, and MMA is also quickly becoming one of the most popular sports to bet on at sportsbooks. With boxing severely lacking the mainstream popularity it had enjoyed in its heyday, the UFC has used its marketing machine to sell its fighters to the masses, taking over as the premier combat sport and making oddsmakers pay closer attention than ever.

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Mets Enjoy Being Overlooked By Books

Bartolo Colon Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw New York Mets

Though it has been a rarity, the New York Mets have thrived when closing as an underdog. The Mets are 5-1 SU in their past six games as underdogs – including going 2-1 so far in that spot this season. The Mets will close out their four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers as dogs on Thursday.

The Mets will be underdogs because they will be facing off against Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers’ ace has been ridiculously good since the start of May with a 1.13 ERA and a 24-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his two starts this month. Kershaw could add to these impressive numbers against the Mets – a team that he has gone 6-0 with a 1.34 ERA in nine career starts against.

However, the Mets will start the ever-magical Bartolo Colon. The oldest player in the MLB has a 2.82 ERA while walking just four batters through his seven appearances this season. For anyone expecting Colon to hit his second-career home run after hitting his first during his last outing, the 18-year veteran is 0-for-2 lifetime against Kershaw.

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722051
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D-Backs Making Easy Work Of Giants

Johnny Cueto Zack Grienke Giants Diamondbacks

The AL West rivalry between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants has been pretty one-sided in recent memory. The D-Backs have won seven of the past eight meetings with the Giants while San Fran has averaged just two runs per game. The Giants and D-Backs kick off a four-game series in the desert Thursday.

Paid in the offseason to be an ace, Zack Grienke has been faltering for the Diamondbacks. Grienke has a 5.15 ERA – which would be his highest in a season since 2005 – while allowing opposing batters to hit .303. The plus side is Greinke has dominated the Giants throughout his career to the tune of an 8-0 record and a 2.12 ERA in 11 starts.

Not to be outdone, Johnny Cueto has owned the Diamondbacks in his career. The righty has faced the D-Backs nine times in his career with a 6-2 record and a 2.70 ERA. The Giants have also gone 6-1 in Cueto’s seven starts this season while supplying him with 4.14 runs of support per game.

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722050
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UNDER Trending in SA-OKC Game 6

Kevin Durant Kawhi Leonard

The Oklahoma City Thunder have risen to the occasion in the Western Conference semifinals, while the San Antonio Spurs are hardly looking like their normal selves. OKC can send the Spurs packing with a win in Game 6 on Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Spurs' last 17 games on the road.
  • The Thunder are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games as an underdog of 2.0 or less.
  • The Spurs are 14-3 SU in their last 17 games after a loss.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have taken turns lighting up the Spurs, and a certain San Antonio big man is starting to look his age for the first time. Durant scored 29 of his 41 points in the second half of Game 4, with Westbrook making 12 of 27 shots in Game 5 to finish with 35 points.

In Game 4, Tim Duncan went scoreless in 12 minutes, committed four fouls in the first half and sat out of the fourth quarter. In Game 5, the 15-time All-Star was 1 for 6 from the field and scored just five points in 28 minutes of play.

The total, which opened at 195, will appeal to UNDER bettors. The UNDER is 8-1 in the Thunder’s last nine with a closing total of 195 or less. The Spurs have gone below the total in five of their past six with an OVER/UNDER of 195.

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Preds-Sharks Series All About Home Ice

Nashville Predators San Jose Sharks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Home-ice advantage has proven to the biggest factor in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, which bodes well for the latter with Game 7 set to go at the SAP Center Thursday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 7-0 SU in their last seven games with two days off in between games.
  • The Sharks are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Sharks last five games on Thursday.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Sharks as lofty favorites in moneyline markets at -190 while the Preds come in at +165. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 and UNDER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds.

Through six games in the tightly contested series, the home team has gone 6-0 straight up putting to rest any notion that home-ice advantage is meaningless in the NHL postseason. Sharks backers haven’t had the most lucrative payouts in games in California as the Sharks have closed at -149, -164 and -160 in the three previous games and the line is currently -190 for Game 7.

The irony here is that the Sharks were not particular strong at home and closed the regular season as the league’s best road team. Of all the playoff teams, the Sharks were by far the worst on home ice during the regular season (18-20-3) while their 28-10-3 record away from home was tops.

"I know it was a big part of the story going into the postseason how our home record was,” Sharks center Joe Thornton said. “But I've loved our home game and I love the energy the crowd has been giving us. It's been great."

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729439
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Betting Questions From Outkick

Last Thursday (May 5) I was in Nashville to visit Clay Travis from FoxSports. We went Game 4 of the Sharks-Predators series (pic above) and I appeared on his show Outkick The Coverage to talk Kentucky Derby, NBA playoffs, Presidential odds and most other things under the betting sun. 

The questions flowed in on Periscope while we chatted and I didn't have time to get to them all so we gathered them up and my answers are below. Enjoy.  

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Pré-visualização de Futebol Olímpico

Faltando poucos meses para o início dos Jogos Olímpicos de Verão, as delegações vão se formando e a expectativa vai ficando cada vez maior. Uma das modalidades que mais chamam a atenção dos brasileiros, obviamente, é o futebol.

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PGA: Players Championship Odds

Rickie Fowler PGA

The Players Championship may not be classified as a major tournament, but don’t make any mistake: this is a high-profile event. TPC Sawgrass is one of the most renowned courses in the world, and when you take a look at the field for the 2016 renewal, it’s shaping up to be yet another exciting weekend in the Sunshine State.

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Dodgers Struggling at Chavez Ravine

Noah Syndergaard New York Mets Kenta Maeda Los Angeles Dodgers MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to bolster their win total and reward those moneyline betting when the New York Mets invade Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will turn to Kenta Maeda and his 3-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the New York Mets send Noah Syndergaard (2-2) to the hill.

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722041
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Nationals Are Rarely Upset This Season

The Washington Nationals have been one of the best teams in the National League this season and lesser opponents have rarely upset them. The Nats are 12-5 SU in their past 17 games against teams with losing records.

Jordan Zimmermann will take to the mound following his worst outing of the season – which was still pretty good. Zimmermann allowed three earned games in his last outing against Texas, which was one more than he allowed through his first five starts of the year. This will be the first time in Zimmermann’s career that he faces off against the Nats after he spent his first seven seasons in the nations capital.

Max Scherzer will be in a similar situation, as he faces the Tigers for the first time since leaving the team two year ago. The Nationals’ pitcher has struggled with keeping the ball in the yard this season with the righty allowing nine home runs in his first seven starts. At this rate, Scherzer would give up 42 home runs this season – only three less than his past two seasons combined.

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722021
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