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NIT Championship Betting Preview

The Baylor Bears will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in the championship game of the NIT on the college basketball betting lines at the sportsbooks.

Baylor knocked off BYU in the semifinals of the NIT on Tuesday night, winning 76-70 as a 3-point favorite on the betting lines in the contest. Iowa is coming off a 71-60 win over Maryland as a 3-point favorite in their semifinal matchup on Tuesday night.

The Bears bring a 22-14 record (16-15 ATS) to this tilt against the 25-12 Hawkeyes, who are 24-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Baylor go 16-13-1 so far and the Hawkeyes go 13-19-1.

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NHL Odds: Blackhawks face Blues

The Chicago Blackhawks are riding a four-game winning streak against the St. Louis Blues as those Central Division clubs meet once again in NHL betting action at the sportsbooks on Thursday.

Overall the Blackhawks are 8-2 over their past 10 games against the Blues, including a 3-0 shutout win for their supporters on the NHL odds when the teams last met on February 28. The UNDER has paid out for bettors in each of their last two matchups.

The Blackhawks bring a 27-5-3 record to the battle against the 18-14-2 Blues. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 14-19-2 so far and the Blues go 18-12-4.

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MLB Betting: Phillies face the Braves

Roy Halladay gets the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night as they continue their MLB betting series on the road against the division-rival Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies fell 7-5 to the Braves in their season opener on Monday before getting Tuesday off, giving them four losses in their past five games against Atlanta. As well, Philadelphia went just 1-3 in Halladay's outings against the Braves last season.

The match puts starter Roy Halladay for the Phillies on the hill facing Paul Maholm for the Braves. Halladay brings a 0-0 mark to the game, while Maholm is 0-0 to date on the season.

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Knicks battle Hawks on NBA odds

The New York Knicks are 5-1 SU over their past six games against the Atlanta Hawks, but they've managed to cover the posted spread in just one of their last three meetings heading into Wednesday.

The Knicks last faced the Hawks on January 27, winning 106-104 at home in that contest but failing to cover the 5.5-point spread on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Each of the last three Knicks vs. Hawks matchups have turned out to be OVER results.

The Hawks sit at 42-33 (35-38-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Knicks are currently 47-26 (39-33-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 38-36-1 OU, and New York is 36-35-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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George Mason vs. Santa Clara CBI Odds

Santa Clara will be looking to close out the championship series of the CBI Tournament on Wednesday night as they play on the road at George Mason in the second game of the three-game series.

The Broncos topped the Patriots 81-73 at home in the first game of the series on Monday night, with Kevin Foster scoring a team-high 28 points in the contest for Santa Clara. The Broncos covered the 7.5-point spread at the sportsbooks in that win.

George Mason will face the 24-11 Broncos, who own a 14-16 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Patriots are 20-12 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Broncos are 14-13 favoring the OVER.

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Penguins vs. Rangers NHL Betting

The Pittsburgh Penguins have picked up the win in each of their last seven games against the New York Rangers as those Atlantic Division teams meet in NHL betting action on Wednesday night.

The Penguins, who will be without Sidney Crosby on Wednesday, blanked the Rangers 3-0 at home as a -155 favorite on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks when the rivals last met on March 16. The UNDER paid out in each of the last two Pens vs. Rangers games.

New York battles the Penguins, currently with a 28-9 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 10-19-6 for the Rangers and 17-19-1 for the Penguins.

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MLB Odds: Giants take on Dodgers

The San Francisco Giants will send lefthander Madison Bumgarner to the mound on Tuesday night as they take on the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in marquee MLB betting action at the sportsbooks.

The Giants have gone 5-2 in Bumgarner's seven career starts against the Dodgers, including a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles last August in which the lefthander tossed eight scoreless innings. That 2012 contest was an easy UNDER result for totals bettors.

Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the call for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he will try to build on a 0-0 mark. In the other dugout, Madison Bumgarner brings a 0-0 ledger to the game for the Giants as he tries to quiet the Dodgers bats.

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Heat host Knicks NBA odds action

The New York Knicks will be looking to get back into the ATS win column against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night as those Eastern Conference teams take the hardwood at the American Airlines Arena.

The Knicks had been on a 3-0-1 ATS run against the Heat until Miami topped them 99-93 as a 4.5-point road favorite at Madison Square Garden back on March 3. The Heat are 7-3 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in their past 10 against the Knicks, with the OVER/UNDER 3-7.

The Heat sport records of 58-15 and 39-34 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Knicks sit at 46-26 and 38-33-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 37-36 for the Heat and 35-35-2 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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NIT Semifinal Odds: Baylor vs. BYU

The semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament will tip off on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden with the No. 3 BYU Cougars taking on the No. 2 Baylor Bears in the betting matchup.

BYU knocked off No. 1 Southern Miss in the quarterfinals of the NIT last time out, winning 79-62 as a 5.5-point underdog on the betting lines in the contest. Baylor is coming off a 79-68 win over No. 4 Providence in which they covered an 8-point spread.

The Bears sport records of 21-14 and 15-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 24-11 and 16-17-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-12-1 for the Bears and 12-15-2 for the Cougars.

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NIT Semifinal Odds: Iowa vs. Maryland

The No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes will take on the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins late on Tuesday night in the second semifinal of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Iowa bounced No. 1 Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NIT last time out, winning 75-64 despite being listed as a 4.5-point underdog for the contest at the sportsbooks. Maryland is coming off a slim 58-57 win over No. 1 Alabama in the quarterfinals.

Maryland battles the Hawkeyes, currently sitting with a 24-12 mark (23-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-14 for the Terrapins and 13-18-1 for the Hawkeyes.

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