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Red-Hot Raps Keep Cashing Tickets

The Toronto Raptors are elevating themselves to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference and have become a fantastic bet in the process. Heading into Tuesday night’s home matchup with the Washington Wizards, the Raps have won eight in a row and have covered the spread seven times during that span.

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  • The total has gone OVER in the Wizards' last five games with no days off between games.
  • The Raptors are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games at home.
  • The Wizards are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games after a loss.

Led by the dynamic backcourt combo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Toronto is averaging a fantastic 105 points per game during its streak. The Dinos, who sit in second place in the Eastern Conference at 29-15 SU, are 26-18 ATS on the year – the fourth best mark in the Association.

The Wizards are playing in the second half of back-to-back games after falling 116-91 to the Boston Celtics on Monday. The Atlantic Division has been giving Washington fits recently, as the Wizards are just 1-8 SU in their last nine versus Atlantic Division opponents.

Totals bettors will be interested to know both teams are trending OVER ahead of this one. Nine of the Wizards’ last 10 road tilts have gone above the closing total, while the Raptors have cashed OVER tickets in five of their last six at the Air Canada Centre. At the time of writing, the total was sitting at 205.

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Friars Hold Betting Edge Over Musketeers

The Big East is, arguably, the best conference in college hoops right now and that will be on full display when the No.10 Providence Friars host the No.7 Xavier Musketeers Tuesday. Xavier and Providence have met four times in the new look Big East, with the Musketeers covering just once in those affairs.

Providence has one of the best 1-2 punches in basketball with Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn leading the attack. Bentil is first in the Big East in scoring while also averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, good for fifth in the conference. Dunn is on-pace to average 17 points, seven assists and six boards per game, something that has not been accomplished in more than two decades.

Xavier is much more reliant on a platoon of scorers with six different players averaging 8.5 points or more. The Musketeers are one of the most well rounded teams in basketball as they rank in the top 50 in the nation in scoring, rebounds and assists while also holding opponents under 68 points per game.

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Sharks Try to Snap Avs’ Winning Streak

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Two of the hottest teams in the Western Conference square off in California when the Colorado Avalanche visit the San Jose Sharks Tuesday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Avalanche are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games on the road against the Sharks.
  • The Avalanche are 2-5 SU in their last seven games with two days off between games.
  • The Sharks are 7-1 SU in their last eight games with one day off.

The Sharks have used a 7-1-2 run in their last 10 games to climb up the Pacific Division standings and close the gap with the leading Los Angeles Kings. They could have used a win against the Kings in their last contest but lost 3-2 in overtime, still capturing a single point in defeat.

The Sharks haven’t been the best team on home ice this season, but it looks like they might be starting to come around. The team is just 9-12-2 at home this season (16-6-2 on the road), but have won four of their past six games at the SAP Center.

The Avs are really starting to find their stride and are another team climbing up the standings. Fighting in the middle of the tough Central Division, the Avs have won four-straight games and seven of their last 10.

Furthermore, Colorado has been an UNDER bettors’ dream recently as scores have stayed UNDER the total in seven-straight games.Recent head-to-head meetings might dictate otherwise, however, as both contests were high-scoring affairs. The Avs wons 6-3 back on December 28 while the Sharks triumphed 4-3 on November 1.

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Sooners Not Profitable As Home Favorites

The Oklahoma Sooners have been nearly untouchable in Norman, as they have won 16 consecutive games with an average scoring margin of plus-17.4 points at the Lloyd Noble Center. Despite that, the team has been terrible at covering at home as favorites with the team going 0-5 ATS in their past five in that spot. The Sooners will be faves in Norman once again when they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders Tuesday. 

The Sooners are the best 3-point shooting team in the nation with Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard both shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc. Hield has arguably been the best player in the nation this season as the senior is averaging 25.7 points per game and has only scored less than 19 points twice in the past 14 games.

Texas Tech have been struggling to beat the best in the nation as they have lost 11 consecutive games against ranked opponents, but the last eight of those have come by 10 points or less. The Red Raiders attack is one of balance with seven players averaging at least 18 minutes played and six members of the squad averaging more than eight points per game. 

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Panthers Heating Up After Losing Skid

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The Florida Panthers ended a four-game losing skid with a couple of wins against some league heavyweights and will look for that dominance to continue against the floundering Toronto Maple Leafs in Sunrise Tuesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 home games.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-5 SU in their last six games against the Panthers.
  • UNDER is 5-2 in the Panthers’ last seven games against the Atlantic Division.

Florida, currently a -180 favorite at online shop Bovada, enjoyed a 12-game winning streak from December 15 through January 10 but promptly dropped four consecutive games immediately after. They have bounced back in spectacular fashion with a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and a 5-2 thumping of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Maple Leafs own the dubious distinction of being the only club in the league that hasn’t recorded a win against a team from within its division. The Buds have gone 0-5-6 against teams from the Atlantic Division, including a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens in their last game Saturday. This will be their first meeting with the division-leading Panthers, but the Panthers had the 3-1 edge in last season’s four meetings.

The Leafs don’t have much to play for save for fending off the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The Panthers, on the other hand, are a team that will look to head into the All-Star break on a high note and keep their sensational play going.

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Blue Devils Are Dominant As Underdogs

The Duke Blue Devils find themselves in the rare position of being an underdogs when they visit the Miami Hurricanes Monday. Duke has only been plus-points once this season, but they have been money in that spot as they are 7-1 ATS in their last eight as dogs.

Duke has been forced into a largely six-man rotation ever since Amile Jefferson fractured a bone in his foot in mid-December and it has been starting to show as of late. Since the senior went down, Duke is 7-4 SU including dropping three of their past four. The Blue Devils still have their top two options on offense though; as Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram are the only teammates in the ACC to both average more than 17 points per game.

Miami is happy to be at home for their game against Duke as they have gone 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games at BankUnited Center. The ‘Canes have held opponents to 62.9 points per game at home this season with only two teams scoring over 65 points.

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Heat Continue to be an Awful Bet

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The Miami Heat have been one of the worst teams in the NBA as of late but will be looking to right the ship Monday against the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City. The Heat have dropped seven of their last eight straight up and have covered the spread just two times during that span. The Heat have failed to reach the 100-point mark in six straight games.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Bulls' last nine games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Heat' last 17 games on the road in January.
  • The Bulls are 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three games at home.

As inconsistent as Chris Bosh and company have been as a spread bet, they’ve been dynamite for bettors banking on low totals. The UNDER has paid out in four of the Heat’s previous five matchups to bring their OVER/UNDER mark to 14-29 – good enough to make them the top UNDER team in the Association. The UNDER has also cashed in each of the last five times the Bulls and Heat have faced off.

The Bulls are coming off a big 96-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, where the wine and gold shot a measly 37 percent from the field. Stringing together solid efforts has also been a tall order for the Bulls, as Fred Hoiberg’s crew are 4-6 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. Chicago is the second worst team in the league against the spread at 17-26 ATS, just above the lowly Phoenix Suns.

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Williams Dominant Versus Sharapova

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If recent history is anything indication, then the women’s Australian Open quarterfinal matchup between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 5 Maria Sharapova is a foregone conclusion.

Serena, who is currently priced at -400 at online shop BetOnline, has recorded 17-straight victories against Sharapova (+320), a streak that dates back to 2004. In all, Williams owns an 18-2 edge in 20 all-time meetings between the two tennis stars.


Kansas Giving Bettors Headaches

Despite being one of the best teams in the country the Kansas Jayhawks have been pretty porous for bettors lately. Kansas is just 1-5 ATS in their past six, including dropping their past four for bettors. The Jayhawks will be taking on the Iowa State Cyclones Monday, a team they have only covered against once in their past four meetings.

Kansas has struggled on the road as they have dropped their past two games away from Allen Fieldhouse by a combined 30 points. These two teams last met in the Big 12 Championship last season and the Jayhawks offense stalled with three of their starters failing to score double-digit points including Perry Ellis.

Georges Naing is second in the Big 12 in points per game with the senior knocking down 19.3 points per game on 52.8 percent shooting. The Cyclones enter the game on a three-game winning streak that included a victory over the No.1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

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Cavs, Lue Look to Rebound After Loss

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Things can only get better for the Cleveland Cavs following their lackluster outing against the Chicago Bulls in Tyronn Lue’s first game as head coach on Saturday. The Cavs will look to get their new coach a notch in the win column when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 2-6 SU in their last eight visits to Cleveland.
  • The Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Cavs’ last eight games following an ATS loss in their last game.

At online shop Bovada, the Cavs are 13.5-point home favorites with the young Wolves in town. Cleveland is 1-2-1 ATS in its last four games, while the Wolves head in 2-2 ATS in their last four, but come in off a 106-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Despite sitting first in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs sacked David Blatt on Friday afternoon, replacing him with ex-player Tyronn Lue. The Cavs laid an egg when they hosted the Bulls in Lue's debut Saturday, losing outright 96-83 and, obviously, not even coming close to covering the 10.5 points they were favored by.

That performance could be seen as an anomaly, however, as the Cavs shot 4-24 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range and 9-22 (40.9 percent) from the free-throw line. You will not see the Cavs repeat those numbers with any frequency no matter who the coach is.

The Wolves have been especially cold when facing teams from the Eastern Conference, going 0-6 SU and ATS in their last six games. Included in there was a 125-99 beating that came courtesy of the Cavs, who were 10-point favorites on their home floor. If they want to put that Bulls loss behind them, and get a win for their new head coach, a repeat of that January 8 performance would be more than welcomed for the Cavs and their backers.

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