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2016 East Region March Madness Odds

The East Region looks like it may hold one of the most difficult paths to the Final Four this year, as it will feature several powerhouse conferences and several teams with a legitimate chance to pull off an upset.

UNC opened as the favorite to win the East Region, with the Tar Heels listed at +160 per Bet365. UNC was not overly great against the best team’s in the nation as they are just 3-3 SU in their past six games against ranked teams.

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Odds in Canada’s Favor if Trump Wins

The idea of Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States was first met by laughs, then sighs, then sadness, then desperation for many Americans.

Trump was once a 150-to-1 longshot to become the next POTUS. To put that into perspective that is the same odds the Cleveland Browns have of winning Super Bowl 51.

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Raptors are a Terrible Bet vs Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have had a season to forget this year, but Monday presents a matchup against a team they've traditionally dominated: the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls can sweep the season series with a win tonight, however their excellent play against the Dinos goes back much further. Chicago is 8-0 SU and ATS in their last eight versus Canada’s lone NBA club.

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  • The Bulls are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams with winning records.
  • The Raptors are 15-1 SU in their last 16 games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Raptors' last seven games.

Thanks to a long list of injuries, the Bulls have been in a massive free fall over the past few months. Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler is expected to return tonight, which would give the depleted squad a huge shot in the arm. Butler is averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the 2015-16 campaign.

OVER bettors love seeing these Eastern Conference foes collide, as each of the previous six meetings between the Bulls and Raptors have resulted in cashed OVER bets.

Chicago, who hasn’t lost in Toronto since April of 2013, will be looking to avoid their first nine-game road skid since the 2003-04 season.

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Blazers are ATS Road Warriors

A potential first-round playoff preview kicks off on Monday when the surprising Portland Trail Blazers travel to Oklahoma City to face off against the slumping Thunder. The Blazers continue to play well outside of Oregon and have been a profitable bet as of late, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road contests.

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  • The Thunder are 1-3 ATS in their last four games as home favorites.
  • The Trail Blazers are 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against the Western Conference.
  • The Trail Blazers are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games on the road against the Thunder.

What is going on with the Thunder right now? Despite possessing some of the best talent in the Association, OKC has dropped eight out of their last 12 and five of their previous home games to sit at 44-22 SU.

While the Thunder haven’t been a reliable spread play this season, they are continuing to be a fantastic source of UNDERs. The UNDER is 5-1 in Oklahoma City’s last six, and is 29-37 O/U on the campaign. The UNDER is also 10-4 in the last 14 matchups between the Western Conference clubs.

Portland’s standout point guard Damian Lillard is a major reason for his team’s success this season. Lillard has totalled 36 points in his last two games, but is coming off a three-game stretch where he averaged 39.

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Kings Have Not Fared Well in Chicago

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Not too long ago, a Western Conference final between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks looked like a certainty. While that has not fallen out of the realm of possibility, the Blackhawks have been slipping of late and find themselves in third in the competitive Central Division.

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  • The Blackhawks are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games versus the Pacific Division.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Kings’ last 11 games versus the Blackhawks.
  • The Kings are 1-4 SU in their last five road games.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Blackhawks at -130 in moneyline markets while the Kings are at Even odds. The total is currently tabbed at 5 with both OVER and UNDER at -115 as of Monday morning.

A two-game losing skid has the Blackhawks below both the Dallas Stars and sizzling-hot St. Louis Blues entering Monday’s schedule. More troubling for the Hawks is that those two losses came on the road versus each of those teams.

Now the Hawks return home for four of their next five games and host a Kings team that has had real problems winning in the Windy City. L.A. has gone just 2-9 SU in its last 11 visits to the United Center including a 4-2 loss there earlier this season.

The Kings have cooled off a bit as they’ve gone 3-3 SU in their last six games and enter Monday’s action off a 2-1 overtime loss against the New Jersey Devils. With both of these teams in a dog fight for division supremacy and playoff positioning, Monday’s meeting looks to be a hotly contested one between two teams that are eager to return to the win column.

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City on the Brink of Quarterfinals Spot

Yaya Toure Manchester City Champions League

A draw away to Norwich at the weekend was more than likely the final nail in the coffin for Manchester City’s Premier League title chances, but the Citizens are on the brink of advancing to the quarterfinal stages of the Champions League. They host Dynamo Kiev in the return leg of their Round of 16 matchup as the quest for European football’s biggest prize continues Tuesday.

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Unpredictable Season Looming in Anaheim

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Despite an 85-77 record and the eighth-highest payroll in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels failed to make the playoffs last season. In all honesty, this lineup could have used some reworking over the offseason, but remained largely untouched. The Angels entered Spring Training at +4000 to win the World Series, but first it will be about making the playoffs in the brutal AL West.

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2016 MLB Season Specials Odds

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The baseball season is a long, grueling one. It is going to take a while to see if those futures bets you made are going to cash, so if you are looking to spice up your MLB betting in 2016, why not take a look at season specials?

Online shop BetOnline has introduced a comprehensive season specials board with lots of interesting baseball wagers to make that will keep you glued to some of the potential headline-grabbing events throughout the 2016 season.

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Leicester’s Title Run Continues vs. NUFC

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Leicester City’s title quest resumes Monday as the Foxes will look to collect all three points against a Newcastle side that is struggling to fight off relegation but will be debuting a high-profile manager to help the cause.

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Bettman & Why the NHL is so Tough to Bet

Listening to the 1-on-1 panel with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at the Sloan Sports Analytics  Conference in Boston on Friday, it was easy to get the impression this guy suffers fools worse than most. 

“This is incredibly annoying,” he said, clearly agitated by an issue with feedback to his mic, which wasn’t audible to the audience. 

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