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UFC 198: Jacare vs Belfort Betting Odds

The co-main event for UFC 198 – possibly the biggest card card in Brazil’s history – will feature a middleweight bout with massive title implications. Submission specialist Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza will square off against knockout artist Vitor Belfort with the winner in prime position to get a shot at the 185 lbs title.

Jacare opened as a massive -305 favorite for the fight with Belfort coming back at +235 at Bovada.


UFC 198: Maia vs Brown Betting Odds

The prelims of UFC 198 will feature a huge matchups between Demian Maia and Matt Brown – a fight that would easily be the co-main event on almost any other card. The welterweight division is so deep and talent-laden in the UFC that a win in this bout will likely be nothing more than a stepping-stone for either fighter.

Maia has opened as a sizable -300 favorite with Brown coming back at +230 per Bovada.


Big Faves Coming Through In NHL Playoffs

Wagering on the NHL can be more brutal than a two-hander to the back of the legs.

Call it parity due to the salary cap. Call it the grind of the marathon schedule. Whatever reason you like — it can leave some black eyes and cut up bankrolls. 

But there’s a trend unfolding in these playoffs that could be showing it’s getting a little easier – although you might not like the price tag. 


Dodgers Struggling In La-La Land

The Los Angeles Dodgers have not been giving their home fans much reason to come out to the ballpark with the team dropping six of their past seven games at Dodgers Stadium. Those seven games have seen the Dodgers average an abysmal 1.7 runs per game and have not score more than three runs once. If the Dodgers want to stay above the .500 mark they will need to start winning in LA when they host the New York Mets Monday.

The Dodgers will hope to get some sort of magic out of Scott Kazmir when he takes to the mound – despite the lefty being their worst starter of the season statistically. Kazmir has a 5.68 ERA in six starts and has allowed four earned runs or more in four of his past five starts.

Steven Matz – who will start for the Mets – has been one of the best pitchers in baseball recent. After getting rocked in his first start of the season, Matz is 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA while posting a 29-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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Slumping Tigers May Be In Deep Monday

The 2016 Detroit Tigers have started to look a lot like the 2015 Detroit Tigers lately. The Tigers allowed 7.2 runs per game and have lost by at least four runs in each game during a six game losing streak. Detroit travels to Washington to begin a series with the Nationals Monday.

The Tigers will be forced to face Stephen Strasburg to kick off the series. Strasburg is 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA through his first six starts this season while posting a staggering 47-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Strasburg has had his worse – if you can call them that – starts at home as he has allowed one more run in two fewer starts than on the road.

Anibal Sanchez will take to the mound for the Tigers following his first seven-inning start of the season. Sanchez has struggled this year with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while allowing four or more earned runs three times.

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UFC 198: Werdum vs Miocic Betting Odds

Fabricio Werdum will defend his UFC Heavyweight title for the first time when he takes on challenger Stipe Miocic at UFC 198. Werdum, who will be fighting in his native Brazil, was originally scheduled to defend the belt against Cain Velasquez in February, but injuries forced Cain out of that bout.

Miocic actually stepped in and agreed to fight Werdum on that card on less than two weeks notice, but ‘Vai Cavalo’ pulled out of that bout following his own injury.


Raptors Performing Terribly Without JV

The Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat semifinal series was originally an intriguing battle of dominant big men, but the tone has changed significantly thanks to injuries to Jonas Valanciunas and Hassan Whiteside. Valanciunas suffered a sprained ankle in Game 3 and will miss the rest of the series, while Whiteside is day-to-day with a sprained medical collateral ligament in his right knee.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 6-0 SU in their last six games with a closing total of 190.0 or less.
  • The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games with a closing total of 190.0 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Raptors' last 10 games with one day off between games.

Whiteside is listed as questionable for Monday night’s Game 4. Toronto leads 2-1 after coming out on top 95-91 on Saturday. The re-emergence of Kyle Lowry fuelled the Raptors’ win, going 11-for-19 from the field en route to a 33-point performance. Before the game, Lowry was making history for his poor shooting percentage in the postseason.

The loss of Valanciunas is a significant one for Toronto. The Raps outscored Miami by 41 points when the Lithuanian was on the floor in the first three games of the series, but the Heat have outscored the Dinos by 39 when he’s been on the bench.

The Raptors, who opened as 5.5-point underdogs, have been a fantastic play in this spot. Toronto is 8-1 in its last nine when tabbed as dogs of 5.5 points or more.

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Dubs Haven't Lost Two Straight All Year

It’s rare to see losing streaks happen to the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs are 10-0 in games coming off losses in the season, winning by an average of 15.8 points. We’ll see if that trend continues tonight when the Warriors take on the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their second-round series Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Warriors are 13-0 SU in their last 13 games on Monday.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Trail Blazers' last eight games with a closing total of 214.0 or more.
  • The visiting team is 0-6 SU and ATS in its last six games in this matchup.

Portland took Game 3 by a score of 120-108 on Saturday, and the absence of superstar point guard Stephen Curry is starting to show. The reigning MVP has missed six of Golden State’s eight postseason games, including the last four after suffering a sprained knee ligament Game 4 against the Houston Rockets in the first round.

Draymond Green finished with 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Klay Thompson had 35 points, but only one other player (Leandro Barbosa) finished was the only other Warrior in double-figures.

When the Warriors hit the road, low-scoring games tend to follow. The UNDER is 7-1 in the Warriors' last eight away from California.

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Hosts Dominating in Sharks-Preds Series

San Jose Sharks Nashville Predators NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The San Jose Sharks dominated the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-1 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series Saturday. The Sharks’ win kept alive a trend that has been dominant in this series and if the Preds even the series up Monday, the trend will still be alive and well.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games after consecutive road losses.
  • The Predators are 4-1 SU in their last five games on Monday.
  • The Predators are 5-2 SU in their last seven home games.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Predators at EVEN odds in moneyline markets while the Sharks come in at -120. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is currently -115 while UNDER 5 goals is -105.

San Jose’s win at the SAP Center in Game 5 improved the home team’s record to 5-0 SU in the series. Furthermore, OVERS have also been the way to wager as it has gone 3-0-2 OVER/UNDER through the opening five games.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski tallied a pair of goals in the big Game 5 win as goaltender Martin Jones stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced on home ice.

At the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots making way for Carter Hutton. Rinne has now allowed 13 goals through five games and has a save percentage of .919.

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Blues Big Faves to Finish Things Monday

Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

After defeating the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-1 in Game 5 Saturday, the St. Louis Blues now find themselves just one win away from a trip to the Western Conference final. They can wrap things up with a victory on home ice at the Scottrade Center in Game 6 Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 9-3 SU in their last 12 against the Stars.
  • The Stars are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the Stars’ last 11 games after a loss.

At online shop Bovada, the Blues are currently -165 in moneyline markets while the Stars come in at +145. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -140 while UNDER 5 goals is currently +120.

As good as the Blues have played during the postseason, they have been just lukewarm on home ice. Entering Monday’s Game 6 showdown, the Blues have gone just 3-3 SU in six home games while posting a 4-2 SU record away from the Scottrade Center.

Brian Elliott was his usual, dominant self in the postseason and was in prime form Saturday. The 31-year-old stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, pacing the Blues to the 3-2 series lead and building on his excellent series numbers. Elliott has allowed just 10 goals through five games and brings a .937 save percentage into Monday’s contest.

Jamie Benn has been somewhat quiet (by his high standards) in the series, notching just one goal and three assists through five games. But he’s not the only star that has struggled to find the back of the net. Patrick Sharp has also recorded just one goal while Jason Spezza has been held goalless.

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