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Wings Awful in Second of Back-to-Backs

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With just four games left in the NHL’s regular season, the pressure is mounting for teams battling for precious playoff spots. The Detroit Red Wings are one such team and will look to strengthen their case for a ticket to the postseason with a win at the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. Trouble is, the Wings find themselves in a spot where they haven’t exactly excelled this season.

Shark Bites
  • UNDER is 9-1-1 in the previous 11 meetings between these two teams.
  • Red Wings are 4-11 SU in their last 15 road games.
  • OVER is 5-0-1 in the Red Wings’ last 6 games overall.

At online shop Bovada, the Wings are priced at -150 for their visit to Toronto while the home team is +120. The total is tabbed at 5.5 with OVER priced at +115 and UNDER at -145.

The Wings posted a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild Friday night but have been abysmal in the second game of back-to-back situations. Detroit has gone just 1-10 in its previous 11 games in this spot and has lost nine-straight in their last nine games with zero days of rest in between contests.

Detroit is just one point back of the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division and are even with the Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff spot, but the nod for that currently goes to the Flyers.

These two teams have played three times thus far with the Wings holding a 2-1 SU edge. The Buds prevailed the last time the two met as they skated to a 1-0 victory back on March 13.

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Panthers Battle for Top of the Atlantic

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Four teams are competing for the No. 1 position in the Atlantic Division and none of them have yet to clinch a playoff spot. The Florida Panthers are currently in the driver’s seat and can get closer to the Atlantic crown with a win over the Montreal Canadiens in Sunrise Saturday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 13-5 SU in their last 18 versus the Atlantic Division.
  • OVER is 4-1 in Montreal’s last five games overall.
  • Canadiens are 4-1 SU in their last fives visits to Florida.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Panthers at -210 in moneyline markets while the Habs come in at +170. OVER 5.5 goals is currently priced at +115 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -145.

The Panthers actually received a little bit of help from the Canadiens Thursday. While the Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2, the Habs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 and the Panthers were able to reclaim the top spot in the division.

The Panthers and Canadiens have played twice this season and it is the Panthers that have had the decided edge. Florida has skated to victories of 3-1 and 4-1 in the previous two meetings and Saturday’s matchup is the first of two remaining on the regular season schedule.

With the return of the plastic rats as well as some great hockey, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the team and deservedly so. A win Saturday would set a franchise record as well as tighten the grip on the top spot in a highly competitive division.

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Why Each Team Remaining Can Win

The Final Four is set and it features four teams that couldn't be any more different. Villanova’s defense-first approach will clash with Oklahoma’s shoot-the-lights-out offense while an incredibly well rounded UNC will take on this year’s Cinderella, Syracuse.

These four teams offer unique schemes and attacks, but each looks to win their games their way. With that in mind, we look at how each remaining team in the Final Four can become the last team standing.


Rare Final Four Appearance for OU, Nova

Villanova and Oklahoma have long standing histories of making the NCAA Tournament and then sort of fizzling out, which makes their Final Four matchup Saturday even more critical to both programs. This will be just the second appearance in the Final Four for either team since 1990 with both the Sooners and Wildcats losing their previous outings SU and ATS.

Though it was very early in the season, Oklahoma did beat Villanova 78-55 in the Pearl Harbor Classic in their lone meeting this season. It was a typical game for OU with their starters combing for 77 percent of their offense while shooting 53.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Wildcats struggled mightily in that game with their shooting as the team went just 31.7 percent from the floor and 12.5 percent from three.

You can’t talk about Oklahoma without first talking about Buddy Hield. The senior is the best pure scorer in the nation and has proven that he loves the bright lights, as Hield has averaged 29.2 points per game while shooting 70 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc during March Madness. Though Buddy Buckets gets most of the attention, the Sooners feature a veteran-laden lineup that has shot an impressive 48.5 percent during the tournament. The key will be protecting the ball as OU can be turnover prone.

If there is any defense left in March Madness that can stop Oklahoma, it is Villanova. The Wildcats have held their opponents, which include both Kansas and Miami, to an average of 63 ppg during the tournament with none breaking the 70-point mark. Offensively, Villanova is balanced with four players averaging double-digit points in the tourney. ‘Nova has struggled against potent backcourts throughout the season and they will need to rectify that against OU.

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Mohaymen Battles Nyquist in Florida Derby

Horseplayers will get an early preview of this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, with the top two betting choices for this year’s Run for the Roses squaring off in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Mohaymen is the early betting choice at Bovada for the Kentucky Derby at 4-1 and was installed as the 1-1 morning line favorite for the Florida Derby.


Long Road Ahead for Rebuilding Phillies

While 2016 presents a clean slate for the majority of teams across Major League Baseball, fans of some of the league’s bottom feeders will not exactly be jumping for joy come Opening Day. You can include the Philadelphia Phillies faithful in that department.

If you’re looking for on-field optimism, you’ve come to the wrong place. Philly is coming off a 63-99 season – a seemingly inconceivable feat considering this team was celebrating an NL East title just a few years ago. Philadelphia is in a total rebuild, which means they will very likely be downright unwatchable this season.


Liverpool Has Owned Tottenham Recently

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Thankfully, the Premier League season resumes after the international break that saw some of Tottenham Hotspur’s star players feature in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Germany. Those players will continue their quest for Premier League glory with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool Saturday afternoon.


Cavs Have Great ATS Record vs Hawks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks could very likely meet in the postseason, but before they get there they’ll face off at Philips Arena tonight. The Cavs have held a major edge in this series, going 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the Eastern Conference foes.

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  • The Hawks are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games.
  • The favored team is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games.

In a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals, the Hawks will surely be zeroing in on LeBron James. James totalled 61 points, 17 assists and 17 rebounds in the first two games on the road in that postseason matchup. While hoops bettors who are betting on playoff contenders will worry about coaches resting players, Cavs bench boss Tyronn Lue has stated he will not rest any of his starters tonight.

The Cavaliers, who are playing in the second half of a back to back after topping the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, have been a terrible play in this spot. Cleveland has dropped its last three on the second nights of back to backs while failing to cover the spread in each tilt.

Atlanta has been doing its fair share of going OVER totals as of late. The Hawks have scored over half of the posted total in seven of their last 10 games.

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Grizz Continue to Go UNDER Low Totals

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With a franchise record for victories and the Atlantic Division title in their back pocket, the Toronto Raptors. But don’t expect the Raps to be content with that. Franchise point guard Kyle Lowry told reporters the team is not satisfied with 50 wins, which will provide some relief to Toronto backers who are banking on them covering the spread versus the lowly Memphis Grizzlies tonight.

Shark Bites
  • The Grizzlies are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games after a loss.
  • The Raptors are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against teams with winning records.
  • The Grizzlies are 18-7 SU in their last 25 games at home.

Totals bettors will notice the opening number of 197 is relatively low, but the Grizz have still been a consistent source of UNDERs in this spot. The UNDER is 3-1 in the Grizzlies’ last four with a closing total of 197 or less.

The Grizzlies have suffered from a plethora of injuries, which means bettors should approach this team with caution. Memphis has fallen to sixth place in the West as a result of a 2-8 stretch that most recently saw them lose to Denver.

With a victory, Toronto can sweet the Grizzlies for the second time in three seasons. DeMar DeRozan scored 21 while Lowry added 18 in Toronto’s 98-95 home win on February 21. The Raps held Memphis to 3 of 20 from downtown in that matchup.

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Wild on the Verge of a Playoff Berth

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Minnesota pays a visit to Detroit on Friday, hoping to shut down the Red Wings snipers in hockey action at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit will face the 38-29-11 Wild. In totals betting, the Red Wings are 29-34-13 in over under betting so far this season while the Minnesota Wild are 28-32-18.

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