Galaxy huge MLS odds favorites in 2012

So much for 2011 being the Los Angeles Galaxy’s swan song in the MLS.

The team is back after its championship season stronger than ever and oddsmakers at Bovada have stacked the odds high against any other Major League Soccer team competing with them.

In addition to retaining David Beckham, LA also brought back Juninho and Leonardo, added Marcelo Sarvas, re-signed Sean Franklin and got Edson Buddle to return from a year in Germany.

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UNC vs Maryland ACC Betting Preview

The sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels host Maryland on Wednesday, looking to build on their 25-4 mark against the 16-12 Terrapins in college hoops action at Dean Smith Center.

But bettors know UNC may be looking past Maryland to a meeting with Duke, which will settle the ACC title. That makes the 20-point Tar Heels vs Terrapins point spread interesting for underdog bettors.

Maryland is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road, but they are 6-1 ATS in their past 7 meetings with UNC. Of note, the OVER has prevailed in 7 straight meetings.

Supporters of the Terrapins have watched them go 16-12 and 11-12-1 ATS on the year, while the Tar Heels are at 25-4 and 15-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Tar Heels are 13-14-1, while the Terrapins have a 11-12-1 mark.

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Thunder road favorites vs 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers will get a visit from a tough opponent on Wednesday night as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA betting action.

The Sixers have lost five straight games against the Thunder, managing to cover the posted spread at the sportsbooks in just one of those contests. The OVER/UNDER went 4-1 in those games.

It`s the first game back for the Thunder since the All-Star break, while the 76ers snapped a losing skid with a win over Detroit last night.

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Chicago vs Toronto NHL Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks look for a seventh straight win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday and they will be favored to do so against the slumping Leafs.

They will do so without captain Jonathan Toews, who is expected to miss his sixth straight game.

The last Toronto win over Chicago was 2003 and they come off a loss last night and play on no rest. Chicago has been struggling as well, losing 12 of 16 games.

Check the opening NHL moneyline later this morning and click the matchup link below for trends and analysis.

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Duke vs Wake Forest Preview

Wake Forest bettors may benefit from a classic look-ahead situation as the overmatched Demon Deacons host the Duke Blue Devils Tuesday in college basketball action.

Duke has the far superior squad but will be looking ahead to the season finale against rival UNC. Will they expend a lot of energy to blow out Wake Forest, knowing a tougher test awaits with the ACC crown on the line?

Duke hammered Wake in the last meeting in January.

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Michigan State vs Indiana Preview

Michigan State travels to Indiana on Tuesday in a key Big Ten battle that sees two Top 25 ranked teams going at it.

Indiana battles the Spartans, knowing they have lost 6 in a row to MSU, a team that is 12-4 ATS in 16 conference games this year.
The No. 5 Spartans can win the Big Ten title with a road win over the No. 18 Hoosiers.

View Michigan State vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

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Flyers Road Underdogs vs Sharks

The San Jose Sharks look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the slumping  Flyers arrive at HP Pavilion on Tuesday.

And they do so knowing they have beaten the Flyers 10 straight.

Neither team was active at the trade deadline, signalling each team is ready to go to war with its current roster. But San Jose added TJ Galiardi and Daniel Winnik from Colorado, while the Flyers main moves were last week with veteran defenceman joining the blueline.

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Clippers 6 point chalk vs TWolves

Minnesota comes out of the All-Star break on the road and with a tough task as they take on the Clippers on Tuesday in pro hoops betting action.

The Clippers, led by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, hurt themselves with poor free throw shooting and this can be a reason for the point spread to crrep down from an open of 7 points to 5.5 points.

The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their past five meetings with the Clippers.

Of note, the total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers.

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NASCAR Betting: Daytona 500 Odds

Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened as the co-favorites on the NASCAR betting lines to win the 2012 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. both sit at 10/1 at Bovada to win the Daytona 500 on February 26, something they've both managed to do in the past – Johnson was the 2006 champion, and Earnhardt Jr. won it back in 2004.

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Kansas Road Chalk at Oklahoma State

Kansas can lock up yet another Big 12 title with a win at Oklahoma State Monday and it is favored by nine points to do just that.

The Jayhawks aim for a seventh straight win overall and a fourth straight victory over the Cowboys. The fourth-ranked Jayhawks face a team that has lost 12 of its past 14 games as an underdog.

Of note, the UNDER is 10-1-1 in Kansas's past 12 road games. The total opened around 136.5 at Bovada earlier Monday.

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