NHL Playoffs: Round 1 Odds

The puck drops on the NHL playoffs on Wednesday night, with the Vancouver Canucks favored by the books to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

In the Western Conference the top-seeded Canucks begin the first round against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Vancouver and Chicago met up in the second round of the postseason last year, with the Blackhawks eliminating the Canucks in six games.

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NBA Power Rankings: April 11

The Lakers' recent slump has finally cost them in the NBA Power Rankings, as Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls have ended their long reign and taken over the top spot.

The Bulls deserve the top spot right now; they've won their last seven games and clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Their seven-game streak includes big wins over Boston and Orlando, and they've only lost twice in their last 21 games.

The only thing Rose and the Bulls haven't been doing well lately is covering the spread, with a 4-6 ATS record in their last 10.

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April 16 Boxing Odds Preview

Two exciting fight cards are scheduled for Saturday night, and fans have six different betting options to choose from if they want to bet on boxing.

All six fights have a heavy favorite handicapped, and a couple of them are expensive safe-money bets that will require some investment for the payout.

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NBA Odds: Miami vs. Atlanta

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are 5-1 both SU and ATS in their last six games against the Atlanta Hawks and they'll try to continue that domination Monday night when they square off in Atlanta.

The Last time the Heat and Hawks met up on March 18 it wasn't even close as Miami rolled to a 106-85 win as a 6-point road favorite. James poured in a game-high 43 points for the Heat, while Marvin Williams led Atlanta with 15 points.

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MLB Weekly Betting Preview

Cleveland has jumped out as a good early wager on the MLB betting lines with two series sweeps in a row. The Indians next start a set with the Angels on Monday. The Indians will be +170 underdogs at Sportsbook.ag in the opener against Dan Haren (2-0), who gets the ball for the Angels.

Cleveland swept the struggling Red Sox before disposing of Seattle in three straight. Mitch Talbot (0-0) goes to the mound for the Indians on Monday; he had a no-decision in his only outing this season.

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Royal Wedding Betting Odds

The wedding of the century between Prince William and Kate Middleton is coming up in Britain at the end of the month, and the oddsmakers are all over it with prop bet opportunities.

Yes, believe it or not, you can bet on royal wedding props right now at Bovada. If your significant other is going to tie up the television for hours for the fairy tale theatrics on April 29, at least you can try and make some money on it.

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CFL Odds: Grey Cup Futures

The Montreal Alouettes have been to three straight Grey Cup games, winning the last two. Even after some roster turnover they're the favorites on the Grey Cup futures to deliver a three-peat heading into the new CFL season.

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NBA odds preview: Celtics vs. Heat

Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference square off in Miami on Sunday, as the Boston Celtics try to maintain their current dominance over the Miami Heat.

The Celtics are 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against the Heat and the last time they met up in Boston on February 13 the Celtics escaped with an 85-82 win as a 3-point underdog. Rajon Rondo produced a triple-double for the Celtics with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while LeBron James led the HEat with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

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NBA betting: Utah at San Antonio

The San Antonio Spurs have already defeated the Utah Jazz twice this season and they'll look to add another notch in the win column on Saturday when the Jazz travel to San Antonio.

The Spurs and Jazz last met up on January 26 in Utah when the Spurs picked up a 112-105 win as a 3.5-point road favorite. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 26 points and seven assists, while Al Jefferson had 22 points and and nine rebounds for Utah.

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NBA betting: Lakers at Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers drop in on the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night looking to extend their three-game winning streak versus Portland.

The Lakers and Blazers last clashed on March 20 when Los Angeles picked up an 84-80 win as a 6.5-point favorite. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 22 points, while Nicolas Bastum netted a game-high 26 points for Portland. After failing to cover the spread in the win the Lakers dropped to 3-5 ATS in their last eight versus Portland.

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