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Ovechkin, Capitals open vs. Rangers

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will play their first game of the postseason on Thursday night as they get a visit from the New York Rangers to start the best-of-seven set.

The Capitals won just one of three games against the Rangers during the regular season, but it was a 3-2 victory as a road underdog when the teams last met on March 24. Totals bettors have seen the OVER/UNDER go 0-5-5 in their last 10 matchups.

The Capitals currently sports a record of 27-18-3. The Rangers are 26-18-4. Betting totals have seen the Capitals post a 21-24-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Rangers have gone 16-22-10 against the number.

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Warriors look to close out Nuggets

The Golden State Warriors hold a 3-2 advantage in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets with those teams meeting in Game 6 on Thursday night.

Denver came up with a big 107-100 victory as a 7.5-point home favorite on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks in Game 5 on Tuesday, with Andre Iguodala pouring in 25 points in that contest for the Nuggets. Golden State is 5-0 ATS in the playoffs.

The Warriors bring a 47-35 record (42-38-2 ATS) to the battle against the 57-25 Nuggets, who are 49-33 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Golden State go 46-35-1 so far and the Nuggets go 46-36. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Bulls try again to bounce the Nets

The Chicago Bulls will be trying again to knock the Brooklyn Nets out the playoffs on Thursday night as those teams meet in Game 6 of their best-of-seven first-round postseason series.

*Editor Note: Check line moves, Kirk Hinrich out again, Luol Deng gametime decision for Bulls.

The Nets cut the Bulls' series lead to 3-2 on Monday night with a 110-91 home win as a 6.5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Brook Lopez had a team-high 28 points for the Nets in that win, while Deron Williams scored 23 points.

The Nets will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 39-41-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 36-46 ATS. Brooklyn is 41-41 against the total, while Chicago is 37-45 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Knicks head home with 3-1 series lead

The New York Knicks will try again to close out their best-of-seven first-round series with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night as they play Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

The Celtics cut the Knicks' lead in the series down to 3-1 with a 97-90 home win as a 1.5-point underdog in Game 4 of the set on Sunday afternoon. Paul Pierce scored 29 points for Boston in that win, while Carmelo Anthony had 36 points for New York.

New York battles the Celtics, currently with a 41-40 mark (37-41-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 40-40-2 for the Knicks and 42-38-1 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Can Rockets get a victory in Oklahoma?

After winning their first game of the series on Monday night the Houston Rockets will try to stay alive against the Oklahoma City Thunder once again on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the set.

The Thunder failed to sweep the Rockets on Monday in a 105-103 Houston home win as a 1-point underdog on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Kevin Durant scored 38 points for the Thunder that game; James Harden had just 15 points for Houston.

The Thunder sit at 60-22 (48-31-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Rockets are currently 45-37 (41-40-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oklahoma City is 36-43-3 OU, and Houston is 41-41 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Hawks and Pacers all square for Game 5

The Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers will break a 2-2 series deadlock on Wednesday night as those two teams meet in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round NBA betting series in Indiana.

The Hawks evened the series at 2-2 with a 102-91 home win as a 1.5-point favorite on the NBA odds in Game 4 of the set on Monday night. Josh Smith scored 29 points for Atlanta in that victory, with Paul George tossing in 21 points for the Pacers.

This season the Pacers are 49-32 overall and 42-39 ATS against the number, while the Hawks are 44-38 and 37-43-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Indiana is 39-42 on the OU, and Atlanta is 42-39-1.

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Lincecum takes mound for the Giants

The San Francisco Giants are expected to send Tim Lincecum to the mound on Wednesday night as they continue their MLB betting series on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Giants are 4-1 in Lincecum's starts so far this season, and the righthander was tagged with a hard-luck loss last time out as he allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings of work against the Padres. Lincecum has fanned 32 in 29 2-3 innings.

The match puts starter Tim Lincecum for the Giants on the hill facing Brandon McCarthy for the Diamondbacks. Lincecum brings a 2-1 mark to the game, while McCarthy is 0-3 to date on the season.

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Maple Leafs open playoffs vs. Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs will make their long-awaited return to the playoffs on Wednesday night as they take the ice in Boston to open up their best-of-seven series against the Bruins.

The Maple Leafs went just 1-3 against the Bruins during the regular season, including a 3-2 Boston home win at -185 on the NHL odds when the teams last met on March 25. Overall the Bruins are 9-1 over their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins are 28-14-6 so far on the season. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are 26-17-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 16-28-4 and the Maple Leafs go 23-20-5 on the totals.

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Kentucky Derby Contenders: Verrazano

Kentucky Derby contenders are settling into Churchill Downs with their trainers and it looks like undefeated Verrazano will be the morning line favorite.

Why is the son of More Than Ready the top betting pick? Who are behind him in the Kentucky Derby odds menu as horse racing's biggest race gets set? Check out information on the top Derby hopefuls below:

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Grizzlies and Clippers to break tie

With their best-of-seven first-round NBA betting series all tied up at two wins apiece the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers will play Game 5 of the series on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies closed the gap on the Clippers in Game 4 on Saturday with a 104-83 home victory as a 3-point favorite on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each tossed in 24 points for Memphis in that victory in Game 4.

The Clippers sit at 56-26 (44-36-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Grizzlies are currently 56-26 (46-34-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 45-37 OU, and Memphis is 33-48-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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