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Tigers, Rangers Sunday Night Baseball

The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers will close out the MLB betting schedule for the week on Sunday night as the teams meet in the fourth game of their series down at Rangers Ballpark.

And the Tigers are expected to turn to Doug Fister on Sunday night, with the team 6-2 over his first eight starts of the 2013 season. Fister has started seven times against Texas in his career, going 2-4 in those contests with a high 5.61 ERA.

The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with Derek Holland, who will be looking to improve on his 3-2 mark.

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Senators, Penguins hit ice in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators will be looking to dig out of an 0-2 series hole on Sunday night as they return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third game of their second-round playoff series.

Pittsburgh took the 2-0 series lead on Friday night with a 4-3 home victory as a -185 favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Sidney Crosby had a hat trick for the Pens in that win, with Kris Letang adding a pair of assists in the contest.

Ottawa battles the Penguins, currently with a 36-12 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 11-30-7 for the Senators and 23-24-1 for the Penguins.

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UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold Odds

Former elite Strikeforce fighters will be making their UFC debuts on May 18 on the UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold card, and sportsbooks are already offering some affordable lines on three main card fights.

Headlining the event will be two of the top Middleweight fighters in the world. Former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold looks to start his bid for a UFC Middleweight title shot with a win over “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort.

 

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Knicks seek to tie up series in Indiana

The New York Knicks will get the chance to tie up their best-of-seven second-round playoff series on Saturday night as they play Game 6 of the set against the Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks staved off elimination on Thursday night with an 85-75 victory as a 5-point home favorite at Madison Square Garden over the Pacers. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 28 points for New York, and J.R. Smith added 13 points.

Supporters of the Knicks have seen them go 54-28 and 46-35-1 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 49-32 and 42-39 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 39-42, while the Knicks are 40-40-2.

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Dodgers continue series in Atlanta

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves will be back on the diamond at Turner Field on Saturday night as the National League clubs continue their three-game MLB betting series.

And the Braves will be turning to Kris Medlen on Saturday, with the righthander looking to improve on his 1-5 mark to start the season. Atlanta has picked up the loss in each of Medlen's last five trips to the mound, and they're 2-6 over his eight outings.

Los Angeles counters with Chris Capuano, who will try to quiet the fans and the Braves bats at the same time.

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Sharks host Kings in Game 3 of set

The San Jose Sharks will be looking to avoid going into an 0-3 hole in their best-of-seven second-round series on Saturday night as they play host to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3.

Los Angeles ran its series lead to 2-0 on Thursday night with a 4-3 victory as a -150 home favorite on the NHL betting lines. Trevor Lewis had the winner for the Kings in that contest, while Jonathan Quick stopped 28 of 31 San Jose shots in the win.

The Sharks sit at 25-16-7 on the season; in comparison, the Kings are currently 27-16-5. Looking to wager on the totals? San Jose is 15-23-10 OU, and Los Angeles is 19-18-11 OU.

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Preakness Stakes Props; Orb vs Departing

Orb is favored to win the Preakness Stakes and favored in all three horse matchup betting props posted this week ahead of the big race.

Orb was 1-1 as of Thursday and a -500 bet to finish in the Top 3 of the 9-horse field.

Online racebook Bovada also set 1.5 lengths as the over-under for margin of victory and 155:30 as the over-under for the winning time.

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Orb even odds to win Preakness

With the draw set for Wednesday afternoon, Orb appears set to be an even odds favorite on most Preakness Stakes betting menus.

The Kentucky Derby winner was listed at 1-1 odds at several online racebooks, who seem to feel he can win easily with a small field missing some top talent.

New runner Departing was made the second betting choice at Bovada at 5-1. Departing didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby, but won the Illinois Derby on April 20 with a fast time.

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Mets turn to Harvey against the Cubs

Matt Harvey is the probable pitcher for Friday afternoon for the struggling New York Mets as they open up a three-game road MLB betting series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

Harvey has surrendered just nine earned runs on 27 hits over 56 1-3 innings so far this season, with the Mets managing to win six of his eight trips to the mound. The righthander gave up two runs over seven innings against the Pirates last time out.

The Cubs will counter with Edwin Jackson, who will be looking to improve on his 1-5 mark.

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Penguins, Senators meet for Game 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to stay on a roll on Friday night as they play host to the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of their best-of-seven second-round Stanley Cup betting series.

The Penguins knocked off the Senators 4-1 as a -175 home favorite on the NHL odds in Game 1 of the series on Tuesday night, with Tomas Vokoun stopping 35 of 36 Ottawa shots in that victory. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist on the night.

The Penguins bring a 36-12 record to the battle against the 25-17-6 Senators. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 23-24-1 so far and the Senators go 11-30-7.

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