Syracuse Favored at Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to hang a second straight loss on the top-ranked Syracuse Orange Monday in a key Big East betting battle.

Syracuse is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 meetings with the Bearcats and are the second-rated team in the nation when it comes to road scoring (nearly 80 PPG). But they were upset at Notre Dame Saturday and Cincy looks to pull the upset again.

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NFC Conference Odds: Giants vs 49ers

The New York Giants lost here in November but had been 4-0 ATS in four previous visits to face the San Francisco 49ers.

Their strong recent play and that history of west-coast wins has the Giants as just 2.5-point opening line underdogs on the NFC conference final odds menu. They finished the year on a 6-2 ATS run in road games and will need that trend to continue against a team that has been a point-spread covering machine at home. [ Best 49ers home spread? -1.5, -110 at TopBet earlier Sunday while the best Giants line was +3 at Bovada ]

The 49ers upset the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoff, scoring late in a see-saw battle. They are now 10-0-1 ATS in their past 11 home games, although they are just 1-3 ATS in their past four games as a favorite.

The Giants meanwhile are 4-0 ATS in their past 4 games as an NFL underdog, traditionally a spot you find the best dog lines is at Bovada.

Of note, the OVER is 10-2 in the past 12 conference title games, indicating the offenses pull out all the stops with a trip to Super Bowl 46 on the line.

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AFC Championship Odds: Pats Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have lost 7 of their past 8 meetings with the New England Patriots but that lone victory was a huge one two years ago.

The Ravens came to town and stomped the Pats 33-14 in a Wild Card game as a 4-point underdog. This time, they visit Foxboro opening as a 7.5-point playoff underdog on the AFC championship game odds menu. [ Best Pats line? -7, -102 at 5Dimes earllier Sunday. ]

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NFL Conference Betting Props

The least likely Super Bowl scenario is the Ravens vs the Giants, which would be a repeat of Super Bowl XLV when Baltimore crushed New York.

If you bet that today and both the Ravens and Giants win Sunday, it’s a 12/1 payout.

It’s just one of dozens of prop bets on the NFL conference final odds menu, according to Bovada. For the record, they made a Patriots vs 49ers Super Bowl as the top betting choice at 2/1 odds.

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Virginia vs Virginia Tech Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers, ranked 15th in the country and coming off a close loss to Duke, face state rivals Virginia Tech Sunday in a college basketball clash they should win.

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NBA Betting: Pacers at Lakers

The Lakers will look to close out their week with a win on Sunday night as they host the Pacers in an NBA betting matchup in L.A.

Indiana has only managed to win three of its past 10 games against the Lakers, although they were slightly better at 4-6 ATS in those contests. The OVER has paid off in five of the past six matchups.

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Sports Betting Databases

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Knicks Host Nuggets: NBA Odds

The Nuggets will take on an old teammate on Saturday as they play Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks in NBA betting action in New York.

The Knicks covered the posted spread in each of their last five games against the Nuggets, although they won only two of those games straight up. The OVER/UNDER in those contests went 3-2.

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Baylor vs Missouri in Top 5 Clash

Two of the top five teams in the nation clash Saturday when the No. 5 ranked Missouri Tigers face the Baylor Bears at Ferrell Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

Baylor looks to rebound in a Big 12 clash while coming off their first loss of the season. Bettors are favoring Baylor as 4.5-point home chalk in this one while roughly two thirds of bettors were playing OVER the total of 149.5.

The Bears currently sports a 17-1 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-4-1 ATS. The Tigers are 17-1 and 9-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bears produce a 7-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Tigers have gone 7-5-1 against the number.

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Rangers, Bruins on NHL lines

A matinee between the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins will lead off a busy Saturday of NHL betting action this weekend.

These are the two top teams in the Eastern Conference, but it’s the first head-to-head meeting this season between the clubs. Boston will likely be a home favorite in this contest at 5Dimes, but expect the Rangers to get lots of attention as well on the NHL betting lines.

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