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Celtics are Excelling as Road Dogs

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Friday’s slate of NBA action pits the Boston Celtics against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Ohio, where King James and company are beginning the longest homestand of the season. The Celtics, who opened as 7-point underdogs, have been a reliable play in this spot, as they’ve gone 17-6 ATS in their last 23 as road dogs.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Celtics' last seven games in February.
  • The Cavaliers are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference.
  • The visiting team is 4-0 ATS in its last four games in this matchup.

Tonight’s contest marks the second time these teams have met this season, and Brad Stevens will be hoping his bunch can vastly improve off the first underwhelming effort (a 89-77 Cavaliers win). The C’s shot a season-low 32 percent from the field in that game in their lowest offensive output of the campaign.

The Celtics are on quite a roll as of late, claiming seven of their last eight in the wake of a 102-95 win over Detroit on Wednesday. Boston has managed to cover the spread in six of those affairs while being tabbed as an underdog just once during that span.

The Cavs, fresh off a 106-97 setback at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets, are just 1-6-1 ATS after a loss.

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Coyotes Feasting on Pacific Division Foes

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The Arizona Coyotes have been flirting with a playoff spot in the Western Confernece this season, but if they could play the Pacific Division every night, they’d be one of the top teams in the league. The Yotes get another shot versus a division rival when they visit the Anaheim Ducks Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Ducks’ last four games.
  • The Coyotes are 1-5 SU in their last six games after a loss in their previous game.
  • The Ducks are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games versus teams from the Western Conference.

At online sportsbook BetOnline, the Coyotoes are big dogs at +169 while the Ducks are presently -188 in moneyline markets. OVER 5.5 goals is tabbed at +118 with UNDER -130.

Arizona has put together a stellar 11-3-2 record in 16 games versus teams from the Pacific - easily the best mark of the seven team division. The Ducks will be a stiff test for the Yotes, however, as they’ve won five straight games after Thursday’s 4-2 win at the Los Angeles Kings.

The Coyotes have hit the skids a little bit having lost three straight games, including both of their post-All-Star break games. Goaltender Louis Domingue, steady through the majority of his starts, has been shelled in his last two starts, allowing 10 goals on 65 shots in both games since the break.

The Ducks have a lot of work to do to challenge the Kings for the division crown, but a win over a club that has beaten them in all three meetings so far this season would be a great place to start.

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Penguins March Into Tampa Without Malkin

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to adapt to life without the services of superstar Evgeni Malkin for the next couple of games, beginning with a visit to the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 0-3 SU in their last three games on the road.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in Tampa’s last four games versus the Metropolitan Division.
  • The Penguins are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games versus the Lightning.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Lightning at -150 in moneyline markets while the Pens are +120. OVER 5 goals is presently -145 and UNDER is +115.

Malkin will miss the Penguins’ tour of sunny Florida as he has been ruled out for Friday’s contest in Tampa as well as Saturday’s visit to the red-hot Florida Panthers with what is being called a lower-body injury. Still, the Pens head into Friday's contest on fire of late and bring a four-game win streak to Amalie Arena. In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Pens scored at will in a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.

The Pens have been lighting the lamp in their recent streak, averaging 4.25 goals scored per game in those wins. While Malkin’s punch will be missed – he’s scored four goals in that stretch – captain Sidney Crosby has really found his touch of late, tallying six goals in the Pens’ streak.

The Bolts extended their winning streak on home ice to seven games with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday evening. Furthermore, they’ve won nine of their last 10 games and sit just seven back of the equally-hot Panthers in the Atlantic Division.

The teams have met once this season with the Bolts skating to a 5-4 win in overtime courtesy a Vladislav Namestnikov winner.

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NCAAB Betting: Kansas at TCU

The Kansas Jayhawks have not traditionally performed well in Fort Worth and will be looking to end a three-game losing streak at Ed and Rae Schollimaier Arena when they face off against Big 12 cellar dweller TCU on Saturday. The sixth-ranked Jayhawks have not lost four straight conference road games since 2003-04, the year Bill Self became head coach at the school.

Shark Bites
  • The Horned Frogs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Big 12.
  • The Underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between Kansas and TCU.
  • The UNDER is 12-4-1 in the Jayhawks last 17 games following an ATS win.

Unsurprisingly for KU, they’re 0-4 ATS in their last four with the Horned Frogs. The Big 12 has give Kansas fits as of late, with the team going 1-5 ATS in their previous six conference matchups.

As poorly as that record looks on paper, Kansas has been doing a much better job of dispatching teams they should beat this season. The Jayhawks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 against teams with losing records.

It’s been hard to trust TCU this year (10-12 SU, 7-9) ATS, however totals bettors have found some value in the team. The Horned Frogs have been a profitable UNDER play, with the UNDER cashing in five out of the team’s 16 contests so far.

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Thunder are the Worst Bet in the NBA

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been far from a safe bet this season but have been especially poor as of late. Ahead of tonight’s road matchup with the high-flying Golden State Warriors, the Thunder have failed to cover the spread in six of their last seven to sink to 20-31 ATS — bad enough to tie them with the abysmal Phoenix Suns to become the worst bet in the NBA. Books opened OKC in the +8.5 ballpark for the tilt.

Shark Bites
  • The Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the Thunder's last 4 vs. the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings with the Warriors.

Golden State has been phenomenal at home this season and will be looking to improve to a perfect 23-0 SU at Oracle Arena on the year. That’s a trend that will once again favor Dubs backers, as home court advantage has been huge in this series. In the last five clashes between the Western Conference foes, home sides are 5-0 ATS.

As bad as the Thunder have been as a spread play, they have been good in one regard at the betting window: cashing OVER tickets. The OVER is 6-1 in the Thunder’s last seven games. Seven of OKC’s past nine contests with Stephen Curry and company have also gone above the closing total.

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Printable Super Bowl 50 Party Game

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The Super Bowl is about so much more than just football. It’s an excuse for people to get together and eat shameful amounts of food and to bet on what color of Gatorade the winning team will dump on their coach. As far as parties go, the Super Bowl party falls just below bachelor/bachelorette parties, and several tiers above your local community center’s Valentine’s Day singles party.


Pelicans are a Fantastic OVER Play

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The New Orleans Pelicans are finally getting it together after a rough first few months of the season and appear to be primed for a playoff push after All-Star Weekend. But sharp sports bettors have followed the Pels as of late for a different reason. New Orleans has been the best OVER bet in the NBA over the last few weeks, evidenced by the OVER/UNDER going 9-2 during that span. They’ll travel to Cleveland Saturday to take on King James and the Cavaliers. The total for the matchup opened at 211 at most shops.

Shark Bites
  • The Ov is 4-1 in the Cavaliers last 5 overall.
  • The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the Cavaliers and Pelicans.
  • The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Central Division.

When these teams get together, high-scoring affairs are the story. The OVER is 6-1 in the last seven meetings between the Cavs and Pels.

Cleveland is coming off back-to-back setbacks to the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets and will be playing in its second game in as many nights in the wake of Friday’s 104-103 nail biter to the Celtics. The Cavs are just 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine following a straight up loss.

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Spurs Have Owned Mavericks This Season

The San Antonio Spurs have hammered the Dallas Mavericks this season and will be looking to improve to 3-0 against their Western Conference foes when they collide at American Airlines Center on Friday. San Antonio limited their state rivals to 83 points in both of the previous meetings. Sportsbooks opened Tony Parker and company in the -6.5 ballpark, which will certainly appeal to bettors. The Spurs are 18-5 ATS in their previous 23 when favored by 6.5 points or more.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 5-2 SU in their last seven games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Mavericks' last 20 games against the Western Conference.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Spurs' last 10 games on the road in February.

San Antonio will be without backup guard Manu Ginobli, who will be sidelined from four to six weeks after undergoing surgery for a testicular injury. Luckily, the Spurs are one of the deepest teams in the league and will undoubedtly employ a “next man up” strategy, so don’t expect to see the absence of the Argentinian have a big affect on the perennial contenders.

The Mavs expect to have starting point guard Deron Williams back in the fold after the veteran missed Wednesday’s 93-90 loss to the Miami Heat. The Mavs could use the offensive boost, as they’ve averaged just 92.3 points over their last four games.

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Friday's Ivy League Betting Preview

Friday means Ivy League basketball for college bettors. Today features a full slate of action, highlighted by Yale vs Columbia to kick off the day. Though the disparity in the Ivy League is prominent, keeping tabs on the betting trends for the top teams is important with the best team in the league getting an automatic bid into March Madness.


Is Cam Newton a Big Game QB?

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Everyone knows Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton boasts an abundance of talent, but how does he stack up when the stakes are at their highest? We at OddsShark decided to dive into how the signal-caller has performed in big game situations ahead of the biggest matchup of his life, Super Bowl 50.



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