NBA Odds: Hawks, Heat look to advance

It's a must-win situation for the Orlando Magic on the Tuesday NBA playoff betting board, as they face elimination down 3-1 to the Atlanta Hawks.

It's been a horrible postseason for the Magic so far. They've been favored on the NBA odds in every game in the series so far and failed to cover in all of them. Of course, it's pretty hard to cover when you keep losing straight-up.

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Sabres, Flyers in NHL playoff betting

Philadelphia tries to complete the comeback from a 3-2 series deficit and win Game 7 when they host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night in NHL betting action.

The Flyers are -160 home favorites at Bovada against the Sabres in what is turning out to be a feisty finish to their first-round Eastern Conference series.

Mike Richards' hard hit has likely sidelined the Sabres' Tim Connolly for the series finale. Buffalo has been pressed into bringing back Derek Roy, who led the team in scoring before being lost to injury early in the season.

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MLB Power Rankings: April 25

For the inaugural edition of the MLB Power Rankings the New York Yankees and their potent offense debut on top at No. 1.

The Yankees have come storming out of the gate with their bats this season and lead the majors in home runs early on. Curtis Granderson has hit a team-high seven home runs already after knocking out only 24 last season. Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, and Russell Martin are also off to powerful starts with six home runs each. New York begins the week leading the AL East at 12-6 after winning their last three games.

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April 30 Boxing Odds Preview

The upcoming weekend offers two anticipated boxing matchups to bet on. One looks like a safe-money bet, while the other has been handicapped close enough to have upset potential. First, on April 29, Rene Alvarado will face Eliecer Lanzas, then, on April 30, Domenico Spada takes on Darren Barker.

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MLB Odds: Blue Jays vs. Rangers

The Texas Rangers may own the best record in the American League, but they were only 3-7 against the Toronto Blue Jays last season as they begin a four-game series with Toronto on Monday.

Texas will send Colby Lewis (1-2, 5.82) to the mound today, while Toronto counters with Kyle Drabek (1-0, 3.00). Lewis allowed four runs on five hits in five innings in a loss to the Angels in his last start, while Drabek picked up a no decision against the Yankees last time out after giving up four runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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NBA Playoff Betting: Thunder vs. Nuggets

Holding a 3-0 series lead the Oklahoma City Thunder are one win away from eliminating the Denver Nuggets tonight when they clash in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

In Game 3 the Thunder edged the Nuggets 97-94 as a 5-point road underdog. Kevin Durant deposited 26 points for Oklahoma City in the win and Nene Hilario had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.

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Baseball Betting: Week Ahead Preview

Red-hot Colorado will be an underdog when it opens a series with the Cubs on Monday, while the rejuvenated Red Sox and Orioles do battle in an expected tight series that begins Tuesday in MLB betting action this week.

Matt Garza (0-2, 4.74 ERA) goes to the mound on Monday for the Cubs, who will be -130 favorites at Sportsbook.ag in Game 1 of the three-game set with Colorado. Esmil Rogers (2-1, 6.75 ERA) gets the ball for the Rockies.

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MLB Odds: Reds vs. Cardinals

National League Central rivals clash tonight when the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals finish off a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Sam LeClure (0-1, 4.15) is scheduled to start for the Reds, but after Friday's rain delay Cincinnati may choose to go with Edinson Volquez (2-0, 6.75) instead. Jake Westbrook (1-2, 9.82) is on tap for St. Louis. LeClure was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings in his last start against Arizona. Westbrook lasted only three innings in his last start after surrendering seven runs on seven his versus Washington.

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NBA odds: Heat vs. 76ers

The Miami Heat are one win away from moving on the next round when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

The Heat won Game 3 100-94 as a 4.5-point road favorite. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 32 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Elton Brand had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers.

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MLB Odds: Yankees vs. Orioles

The New York Yankees and their AL-best offense head to Baltimore today to face the Orioles in an AL East showdown.

CC Sabathia (0-1, 2.52) will get the start for the Yankees, while Brad Bergesen (0-2, 3.37) gets the ball for Baltimore. Sabathia allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings in his last start against Texas. Bergesen is coming off a loss against Cleveland in which he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings.

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