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Back-to-Back Losses Rare for Spurs

After a controversial 98-97 loss in Game 2 of their second round series against the Thunder, the Spurs will look to gain the upper hand in the series tonight in OKC. San Antonio isn’t an easy team to beat twice in a row, as evidenced by their 13-2 SU record following a loss, which includes a 10-0 SU record after losing as the favorite. The Thunder, meanwhile, haven’t been great at stringing wins together, posting a 2-6 record in their last eight games following a l.

Digging even deeper into the after a loss/after a win trend, the Spurs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after losing as the favorite, while OKC is 0-4 ATS in their last four games after winning as the underdog.

All of this sounds pretty good for the Spurs so far, but quite simply, they haven’t been good in OKC. In their last 13 road games against the Thunder, they’ve gone 2-11 SU and ATS.

Analyzing tonight’s total, which opened the day at an even 200, the teams have gone UNDER in four of their last five games against each other. Hitting the UNDER on the road has become the norm for the Spurs, as they’re 4-11 O/U in their last 15 road games.

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Cavs Continue to Own Hawks in Playoffs

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Even though the Golden State Warriors are getting things done without the services of all-world Stephen Curry, perhaps no team has looked as impressive in the 2016 NBA Playoffs as the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and Co. will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Atlanta Hawks continues with Game 3 in Georgia Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavs are 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three road games versus the Hawks.
  • The Cavs are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games with one day off between games.
  • The Hawks are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games as dogs of 3.0 or more.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Cavs as 3.5-point road favorites while the total is tabbed at 199 with both sides currently priced at -110.

Calling the Cavs’ shooting in Game 2 “hot” would be an understatement of epic proportions. Cleveland was ruthless in Game 2, hitting an NBA-record 25 three pointers on just 45 attempts (55.6 percent) as they crushed the Hawks 123-98 and moved to 2-0 both straight up and against the spread in the series. In fact, so good from downtown are the Cavs that they are now 40 of 76 from beyond the arc through the opening two games.

But this type of dominance is nothing foreign when the Cavs and Hawks tangle in the postseason. The two Eastern Conference foes have met for three series in their history and the Cavs have won all 10 contests.

That control translates to the betting window as well as Cleveland has gone an amazing 8-1-1 against the spread in those previous 10 playoff games versus Atlanta.

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Kentucky Oaks Betting Preview

A good 24 hours before the gate is loaded for the 142nd running of the Run for the Roses, the ladies will take to the racetrack at Churchill Downs in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1).

A full field of 14 three-year-old fillies will line up in the historic race which has been won in recent years by greats like Ashado, Rags to Riches and Rachel Alexandra.

Ashado, the 2004 winner, went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), earning nearly $4 million and entered racing’s Hall of Fame in 2014.


Big Favorites are Dominating NBA Playoffs

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The first-round of the 2016 NBA playoffs has mercifully come to an end. Let’s never speak of it again.

Hoops fans were treated to a lot of one-sided affairs in the opening round, and I’d be lying to you if I said the majority of the action had a true postseason feel. As of May 5, 15 playoff games have been decided by 20 or more points so far.

To put that into perspective, here’s a look at the number of playoff contests that finished in that 20-point margin since 2011:


OVERs Continue Thanks to Cubs Big Bats

The Chicago Cubs have scored more runs than anyone else in baseball so far this season and it’s those high-powered bats that have made them a boon for OVER bettors. The Cubs have gone OVER in 10 of their past 12 games and takes a streak of six consecutive OVERs into their weekend series with the Washington Nationals Thursday.If that trend is to continue then the Cubs will need to do something nobody has successfully done this season – hit Joe Ross. Ross has a 0.79 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through his first four starts of the season and has yet to allow a home run.

Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs following an eight-day layoff. Surprisingly, Hendricks has not been overly strong when well rested in his career, as the righty is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 career starts with six or more days rest.

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OVERs Galore When Phils, Cards Clash

Offense has been easy to come by when the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals meet with the OVER cashing in seven of the past nine meetings between the two clubs. The Phillies and Cardinals have averaged a combined 10.7 runs in those meeting, but just 7.7 runs in their current series.

The Phillies will send Jerad Eickhoff to the mound who is coming off his worst two outing span of the season. Eickhoff has given up 15 hits and 10 earned runs over his past 11.1 innings, though has 11 strikeouts and no walks.

The Cardinals will counter with their own struggling pitcher by sending Jaime Garcia to the bump. Garcia has allowed 16 hits and 10 earned runs in his past three outings while losing two decisions.

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Top Three Las Vegas Racebooks

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Along with March Madness and the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby is one of the most exciting sporting events to bet on and watch in Las Vegas. The build-up becomes even greater if a horse has a shot to win the Triple Crown like American Pharoah did last year for the first time since Affirmed in 1978. While that is obviously an extremely rare feat, the excitement in Vegas racebooks cannot be any higher for bettors than having the opportunity to wager on a potential Triple Crown winner heading into the third race.


Raptors Need to Bounce Back in Game 2

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If Game 1 of the Toronto-Miami second-round series is any indication of how it’s going to play out, we’re in for a wild ride. Thanks to a miraculous halfcourt heave from Kyle Lowry, the game saw overtime but the Heat ran away with things in the extra frame and came out on top 102-96. Game 2 gets underway north of the border on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of 4.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Heat' last six games with one day off between games.

Despite the amazing shot, Lowry’s struggles in the postseason continue to worsen. The point guard is shooting 30.6 percent in the playoffs while continuing to pass up open looks. Lowry’s issues are at an all-time low – he currently has the worst field goal percentage of anyone in a single postseason in the last 50 years.

The Heat, meanwhile, have officially cleared the air regarding superstar power forward Chris Bosh. Bosh, who has not played since the All-Star break due to recurring blood clot issues, will not return in the playoffs, the team announced Wednesday.

Toronto has been doing an excellent job of bouncing back after a loss, going 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in that spot.

Here’s a trend that will appeal to Raptors backers: Teams with home court advantage that have dropped Game 1 have come back to win the series 11 times in the last decade. You can read our full piece here.

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Predators Finally Defending Home Ice

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After dropping games three and four versus the Anaheim Ducks on home ice, the Nashville Predators are finally putting together strong performances at home. A win in Game 3 versus the San Jose Sharks injected a little hope into their series aspirations and a win in Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena Thursday would make them a real contender for another series upset.

Shark Bites
  • The Predators are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games after consecutive home wins.
  • The Sharks are 3-1 SU in their last four games with one day off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Sharks’ last four games on Thursday.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Preds at -115 in moneyline markets while the Sharks currently come in at -105. As far as the total is concerned, both sides of the 5-goal number are -110.

The Preds have won their last two games on home ice and will hope to extend that to three Thursday. The Sharks, who were the NHL’s best road team during the regular season (28-10-3), have really struggled in their travels to Tennessee, however. Entering Thursday’s crucial Game 4, the Sharks have gone just 1-7 SU in their last eight trips to Nashville.

Entering the series with the Preds, the Sharks had been dominant on the road. They took all three road games against the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round and have actually gone 6-1 in their last seven road games overall.

Nashville really turned on the special teams in Game 3, going two for five on the power play and killing each of San Jose’s four chances with the man advantage. Prior to that, the Preds were just two for 32 on the PP and had given up a whopping six goals on 18 PKs.

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Blues Making Sweet Music in Playoffs

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The St. Louis Blues can take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win over the Dallas Stars on home ice Thursday night. If Game 3 was any indication, however, this series is already over.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against the Blues.
  • The Blues are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games as favorites.
  • The Blues are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.

The Blues torched Stars netminder Antti Niemi for three goals on 12 shots before making way for Kari Lehtonen, who also allowed three goals in the Blues’ 6-1 victory. Stars goalies have allowed 10 goals over the last two games with the OVER cashing in each instance after the two teams combined for just three goals in Game 1.

Despite allowing the opening goal in each game, Blues goaltender Brian Elliott has done an admirable job of remaining calm and giving his team the opportunity to fight back and, in the case for the last two games, win. Colton Sceviour scored 4:44 into Game 3, but Elliott shut the door after that – as he’s done all playoffs. He stopped the next 25 shots as the Blues skated to the easy 6-1 win.

The Blues are the third-highest scoring team in the playoffs with three goals per game and have been a good OVER wager in recent games with the O/U count now 5-2 in their last seven games.

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