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Hawks open as NBA underdog vs 76ers

Atlanta opened as 6-point road underdogs against the league's best defensive team and a team they have truggled against in recent years.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 6-1 ATS in their past 7 aggainst the Hawks and they tip off Saturday in pro hoops betting action. The teams are jockeying for position in the East playoff race and many feel Atlanta can win outright here.

The 76ers bring a 28-23 record (27-24 ATS) to the battle against the 31-22 Hawks, who are 27-23-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Philadelphia go 20-31 so far and the Hawks go 21-30-2.

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Bellator 63 Betting Preview

MMA betting fans have been looking forward to the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight tournament that gets underway this weekend at Bellator 63 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 

Action will be available on four quarterfinal fights. So far, odds on three of the fights are closely handicapped with only last season’s finalist Ben Saunders as a heavy favorite to advance to the semifinals.

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Magic vs Mavericks Betting Preview

The Magic will look to break a home losing skid against the Dallas Mavericks at Amway Center Friday in NBA betting action.

The Mavs are 5-0 ATS in their past five visits, but overall, Dallas has been struggling on the road (2-9 SU past 11 away from home). Of note for totals bettors, the OVER has prevailed in 10 of Dallas's last 13 games when playing Orlando.

Dallas looks for revenge for losing at home to the Magic in January.

Orlando will face the 29-23 Mavericks, who own a 26-26 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Magic are 26-24-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Mavericks are 25-27 favoring the OVER.

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CBI Final Game 3 Odds

The deciding game on the CBI Tournament odds list goes Friday as the Pittsburgh Panthers battle the Washington State Cougars at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt played without senior leader and top scorer Ashton Gibbs for the first time this year but still rallied past the Cougars Wednesday in Game 2.

Washington State opened as 7.5 point underdogs for this Game 3 battle at TopBet.

Pittsburgh will face the 18-16 Cougars, who own a 16-15-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 16-15 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cougars are 14-18 favoring the OVER.

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Thunder vs Lakers Game Preview

Derek Fisher returns to LA as a member of the Thunder as Oklahoma City tries to extend its lead in the West at the expense of the Lakers in NBA betting action Thursday night.

The Lakers have won three of four and eight of 11 to pull into third place in the West, seven games behind the Thunder. Kevin Durant and company has lost 11 of 12 recent trips to face the Lakers.

The Lakers sit at 31-19 (21-29 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Thunder are currently 38-12 (28-22 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 28-22 OU, and Oklahoma City is 26-24 OU.

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Bill Parcells New Orleans Saints odds

It started out as a weird joke: Sean Payton was chatting with Bill Parcells about coaching the New Orleans Saints in 2012.

Slow news day or the fanciful musings of some bored blogger in the Bayou, probably.

Then it quickly became a serious topic of conversation to the point where sportsbooks made Tuna the favorite to become the next head coach while Payton sits out his suspension in the wake of Bounty-Gate.

“Even as the NFL stated that Payton is welcome to appeal his one-year suspension, the groundswell of betting support has been behind Parcells,” said Mike Pickett

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Montreal GM odds heat up

They posted odds just this week on whether Patrick Roy would become the next coach or GM of the Montreal Canadiens.

And now those Habs GM odds are heating up with today’s announcement that Pierre Gauthier has been fired.

Bovada posted odds earlier this week and their timing seems prescient today. With Gauthier out, the odds on Roy – the Hall of Fame goalie who led the team to a pair of Stanley Cups – coming ‘home’ are all the rage.

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Bulls favored vs Hawks: NBA Pick

The visiting Chicago Bulls come off an upset loss and hope to send their backers to the pay window Wednesday as they look to take out the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bulls were stomped by the Pacers, while the Hawks were losing in Milwaukee. The point spread opened at +4.5 for the home side, despite the fact they have dominated the Bulls at home (8-3 SU past 11).

Atlanta battles the Bulls, currently with a 40-11 mark (29-21-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 20-29-2 for the Hawks and 28-23 for the Bulls.

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Bautista leads home run odds list

Jose Bautista has won two straight AL homer titles and Albert Pujols has won two of the past three NL homer titles.

Small wonder they top the list of who will hit the most home runs in 2012 odds lists at most sportsbooks.

Bautista, the Toronto slugger who hit 43 in 2011 after clubbing 54 in 2010, is the 13/2 favorite. He came out of nowhere two years ago and proved is power was no fluke.

Now oddsmakers have to respect him and they give him the ultimate respect by topping this list at Bovada.

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Mariners vs Athletics Odds Preview

The Oakland Athletics look to rebound from an opening game loss to Seattle when they battle at Tokyo Dome on Thursday.

A 3-1 Wednesday night result saw hometown hero Ichiro Suzuki pound out four hits for Seattle.

Thursday's match pegs starter Jason Vargas for the Mariners on the hill facing Bartolo Colon for the Athletics. Vargas brings a 10-13 mark from last year into the game, while Colon was 8-9 last season.

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