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Elliott Continues to Shine for Blues

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The St. Louis Blues leaned on the sensational goaltending of Brian Elliott to take a 1-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and will look to head out to California with a commanding 2-0 lead with a win in Game 2 Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 6-0 SU in their last six games on Tuesday.
  • The Sharks are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games as road underdogs.
  • The Sharks are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games after back-to-back losses on the road.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Blues at -130 in moneyline markets while the Sharks are +110. In puckline betting, the Blues are -1.5 (+230) while the Sharks are -270. As far as the total is concerned, both sides of the 5-goal total are -110.

Elliott stopped 31 of San Jose’s 32 shots in the series opener, continuing his strong performance between the pipes for the Blues during their current Stanley Cup run. Furthermore, the 31-year-old has been dominant versus the Sharks in five career playoff appearances as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.29 goals against average and .954 save percentage with Sunday’s performance.

This is the first time this postseason that the Sharks lost a Game 1, so it will be interesting to see how the team responds. Speaking of responses, head coach Peter DeBoer certainly had some words about a lack of calls in Sunday’s contest as he was frustrated with just three power play chances.

"St. Louis is one of the most-penalized teams in the league, regular season and playoffs," DeBoer said. "They need to call the game accordingly. Need to make them pay a price for being the most-penalized team in the power play, which we didn't last night."

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How Will Extra Rest Impact Cavs vs Raps?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are undoubtedly playing their best basketball of the season, and this is the best the team has meshed since LeBron James returned to Cleveland. After having their way with the Pistons and sweeping the Hawks for the second year in a row, the Cavaliers became the eighth team in the last 25 years to sweep their first and second round opponent in the same year.

Here’s a look at how those teams finished out the playoffs:


Upset? Gimme Raps, Not Thunder

The NBA conference finals odds are just silly right now. The favorites are favored by such huge numbers it suggests these two remaining series are mere formalities. 

That’s especially true for the Cleveland Cavaliers-Toronto Raptors series where the Cavs are favored by a ridiculous price of -1500 over the Raptors. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, are favored at -450 over the OKC Thunder. 


Thunder-Warriors Series Props

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With all due respect to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, the Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference finals series is the most exciting matchup of the 2016 NBA playoffs. If you’re looking for alternative betting options, you’ve come to the right place.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released a number of props for the heavyweight battle, ranging from total games played, series correct score and where the series will be decided.


NBA Playoffs Starting to Trend OVER

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If you've been paying attention to the NBA playoffs, you already know how hot of a bet the UNDER was throughout the majority of the first two rounds. But since last week things have taken a turn, and the OVER is starting to become the sharp play.


Big Streak Equals Big Price For Pens

There are a lot of trends out there that aren’t worth a hill of beans when it comes to sports betting. The biggie involving Pittsburgh Penguins isn’t one of those. 

The Pens are on a streak where they’ve won 15 straight games following a loss. And they lost last game. 


Euro 2016: England’s Top Goalscorer Odds

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As with any international tournament involving England's national team, there will be a lot of eyes paying attention to The Three Lions from both the international press as well as the English media. A slew of fresh, exciting talent is set to pull on the shirt this summer at Euro 2016 in France and many hope to see a strong performance to usher in a new era of English football on the global stage.


Home Clubs Paying Out Between OKC-GS

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On one side, you have the best player in the NBA and a championship team. On the other, you have two of the league’s top young superstars and a squad that’s hungry to get a taste of winning. Game 1 of the Western Conference finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder gets underway in California tonight, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 2-5 SU in their last seven games after consecutive wins on the road.
  • The total has gone over in seven of the Warriors' last 10 games as home favorites.
  • The Thunder are 1-11 SU and 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog of 7.0 or less.

For bettors, home court advantage has been massive in this matchup when it comes to cashing spread tickets. In the last eight meetings between the two clubs, home sides are 7-0-1 ATS. The Thunder are also 0-5 SU in their past five at Oracle Arena.

The Dubs won all three regular season contests with the Thunder on the way to their 73-win season, but this OKC team is rolling at the right time. The Thunder knocked off the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs in the second round thanks to some fantastic performances by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant shot 50 percent in the series.

Rebounding was the biggest difference maker against the Spurs, and it should figure to be massive again in the West finals. OKC was the top rebounding team in the Association in the season, outrebounding opponents by 8.4 boards per game – twice that of any other team.

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Nobody Bounces Back Like the Penguins

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Consol Energy Centre hosts an NHL battle on the odds menu between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins sport a record of 56-29-9 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at 55-33-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 41-36-17 for the Penguins and 37-44-12 for the Lightning.

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The Freeway Series Has Been One-Sided

The battle for baseball supremacy has been less a battle and more of a beating recently. The LA Angels have won eight of the past nine contests against the Dodgers in the Freeway Series. The Halos have outscored the Dodgers 42-24 in that span with all but two of those victories coming by two runs or more.

The Dodgers will try to take it to their rivals when they send Kenta Maeda to the mound Monday. After starting the season red-hot, Maeda has struggled to a 5.09 ERA in his past three outings.

The Angels will send their own struggling pitcher to the mound when Matt Shoe maker will make his second start since being called up from Triple A. Shoemaker – who has a 9.12 ERA in the majors this season – allowed seven hits and four earned runs in just 4.0 innings in his last start against the Cardinals.

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