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Cavaliers Must Regain Their Scoring Touch

DeMar DeRozan Kyrie Irving Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers

When the Cleveland Cavaliers first travelled north of the border, they had a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and were brimming with confidence. Thanks to a pair of impressive showings from the Toronto Raptors, things are tied up at two as the series shifts back to Northeast Ohio. Game 5 is set for Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 0-4 SU in their last four games on the road against the Cavaliers.
  • The Cavaliers are 5-0 SU in their last five games after consecutive losses.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cavaliers' last six games with a closing total of 199.0 or more.

“They flipped the script on us,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after his team’s 105-99 loss in Game 4. That may be a bit of an understatement. The wine and gold were unable to contain Toronto’s all-star guard pairing of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, while Bismack Biyombo – one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 NBA playoffs – dominated them on the glass time and time again.

LeBron James maximized his minutes in Game 4, scoring 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting with nine boards and six assists. “The King” attempted just one shot in the final five minutes of the game as his team relinquished the lead.

After going 1-for-9 in Game 3, sweet-shooting power forward Kevin Love went 4-of-14 in Game 4. Lue opted to play reserve Channing Frye in Love’s place for the fourth quarter.

The Raptors have been failing to cover as huge underdogs, going 1-4 ATS in their last five as dogs of 10.5 or more. On the flip side, the Cavs are 3-0 ATS in their previous three as favorites of 10.5 or more.

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OVERS Cashing When Wilson Starts

Tyler Wilson will make his 11th start of his young career for the Baltimore Orioles when they take on the Houston Astros Wednesday, which – if history continues – could mean the OVER is worth a look. The OVER is 8-2 in Wilson’s 10 career starts thus far with the righty posting a 4.36 ERA in those outings.

The ‘Stros will send Collin McHugh to the mound in the hopes that the pitcher can stop surrendering so much contact. McHugh has given up 63 hits through his first nine starts – the fifth most of any AL pitcher this season.

Some of the Orioles best hitters have been struggling recently with both Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo faltering at the plate. Machado is just 5-for-37 with 13 strikeouts in the past 10 games while Trumbo has reached base just once in the past three games – a walk on May 21.

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Blues Have Been Great as Road Dogs

After combining for 18 goals in the last two games, the Blues and Sharks will hit the ice tonight in San Jose with the Sharks looking to book their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final. A win would mark the first ever conference championship for the long time underachieving Sharks who’ve won six division championships but have no playoff success to show for it.

The story of this series has been inconsistency. Over the last four games there’s been two shut outs, and two games where a team scored six goals. San Jose opened the day as a -159 home favorite, which is a spot they’ve performed well in during the playoffs, posting a 6-2 record. One of those losses was in the last game to St. Louis, however, as they were lit up in a 6-3 loss.

The Blues have actually fared extremely well as road underdogs, going 10-3 in their last 13 games in that spot. This includes winning three of their last four as road dogs in the playoffs where they outscored the opposition 14-10.

Brian Elliott will get the nod in net for the Blues after Jake Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in Monday’s loss. Elliott started the first three games of the series where he allowed seven goals on 69 shots. After recording shutouts in Game 2 and 3, Martin Jones will be tasked with keeping the door shut for the Sharks.

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Can Toronto Complete the Comeback?

Toronto Raptors Bismack Biyombo

Let’s be honest: the NBA has never led the charge in the parity department. The “Get into the playoffs and anything can happen” mentality just hasn’t seemed to translate to professional hoops, as superstar-laden teams tend to dominate year in and year out.

Except for the 2016 postseason, that is.


Vegas Sportsbooks Ready for Olympics

Back in February of 2015, the Nevada Gaming Commission decided to allow betting on the Olympic Games, more than a year ahead of the next scheduled events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With less than three months until the Summer Olympics officially commence in Rio, William Hill sportsbooks within the state have expanded the number of offerings from eight wagering options to 49, featuring a number of popular events.


Home Court Cashing Tickets in GS-OKC

Stephen Curry Russell Westbrook Golden State Oklahoma City

The NBA’s Western Conference finals have been a rollercoaster ride so far, but it hasn’t exactly been competitive. Oklahoma City, which leads 2-1, will be looking to take a stranglehold on the series when Game 4 gets underway in Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday.

Shark Bites
  • The Warriors are 1-3 ATS in their last four games.
  • The Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games after winning as an underdog.
  • The Warriors are 13-0 SU in their last 13 games after a loss.

The biggest talking point so far has been Draymond Green. After getting fouled in Game 3, Green kicked Thunder big man Steven Adams in the groin, causing the referees to hand him a flagrant one. Green insisted the move was not intentional, and it appears the league agrees with him. The Michigan State product was not suspended for his actions, but received a $25,000 fine from the front office as the foul was upgraded to a flagrant two.

The contest was one to forget for Green, who finished with six points on 1-of-9 shooting. The Warriors were outscored by 43 points with him on the floor.

This is not the first time the Dubs have been in this position within the last few playoffs, yet it feels strange to see the squad in this point considering they recently set a new record for regular season wins. The Thunder aren’t messing around, however, and they’ve clearly reached another gear in the postseason.

Home court advantage continues to be huge when it comes to cashing spread tickets. In the last 11 meetings between the Western Conference foes, the visiting team is 1-9-1 ATS.

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Almost Nine Months Since Strasburg Lost

Stephen Strasburg will look to remain among the few undefeated pitchers in baseball when the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets Tuesday. The Nats will be looking to win their 14th consecutive game with Strasburg on the mound – the last time the team lost when Strasburg started was September 9. Strasburg has allowed a combined 22 earned runs in his past 13 starts while registering 84 strikeouts.

The Mets will counter with the struggling Matt Harvey. Harvey is 0-2 in his past two outings while allowing 11 earned runs across 8.1 innings. In his last start – which actually came against the Nationals on May 19 – Harvey allowed eight hits and nine runs while failing to make it out of the third inning.

The Nats have lost their past three games at home while scoring just one run each outing. Those three games have seen the Nationals hit a collective .185 with only two extra base hits.

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Consider the OVER in Pens-Bolts Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to finish the Eastern Conference final with a win on home ice in Game 6 Tuesday night. While the Bolts have certainly been a great home team during the postseason (6-2 SU), there has been no real home-ice advantage per se in this series, but there is one trend bettors should be taking note of when these two teams play.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 2-6 SU in their last eight games against the Lightning.
  • The Lightning are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games as underdogs.
  • The Lightning are 5-1 SU in their last six games with one day off between games.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Lightning at +120 in moneyline markets while the Pens come in at -140. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5.5 goals is priced at +120 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -140. In puckline markets, the Pens are +205 as -1.5 faves while the Bolts are -245 as puckline dogs.

OVER wagers have cashed in three-straight contests in the series with the OVER/UNDER record now sitting at 3-1-1 entering Game 6. As a matter of fact, this trend isn’t really anything new when it comes down to the Penguins and Lightning as 17 of the previous 20 meetings between these two have cashed for OVER bettors.

The debate has been raging over who should start in the crease for the Pens - Matt Murray or Marc-Andre Fleury – and, as of Tuesday afternoon, it looks like head coach Mike Sullivan is going back to Murray, who had performed admirably throughout the postseason until the change. Fleury got the start in Game 5 after replacing Murray in Game 4.

Still, it doesn’t seem to matter who is in the blue paint for the Pens as Nikita Kucherov is taking the postseason by storm. The 22-year-old leads the playoffs with 11 goals including a clutch game-tying goal with just over three minutes on the clock in Game 5, before Tyler Johnson, who is also coming up with timely goals, scored the winner.

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Blue Jays Loving Trips To Big Apple

The Toronto Blue Jays have had little to fear when they visit the New York Yankees, as the Jays have taken seven of the past eight meetings at Yankees Stadium. Those eight games – which date back to the beginning series of last season – have seen the Jays outscore the Yanks 46-26.

R.A. Dickey will look to continue his stellar play this month, as the 41 year old has a 2.30 ERA through four May starts. Dickey has allowed just seven earned runs through those four starts, but he has surrendered five home runs in that span.

Nathan Eovaldi will be looking for his fourth consecutive victory when he takes to the bump Tuesday. Eovaldi has allowed 15 hits and six runs in his past three starts while posting a 14-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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Dean & Deluca Invitational Odds

Adam Scott PGA

The Dean & Deluca Invitational is the first non-major tournament of its type on the 2016 PGA Tour season. One hundred and twenty-two players have been selected to participate in this year’s edition, with nine of the top 30 golfers in the world rankings in the field.

The event, which is commonly referred to as the Colonial due to its setting at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the oldest and most historical venues on the Tour. Play started in 1946, making the Colonial the longest-running host site on the circuit.



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