Seattle vs Oakland Betting Preview

Felix Hernandez is getting sick of facing Oakland already this year and he will try for his third win of the season against the A's when he takes the mound for Seattle.

He faces Bartolo Colon, who gets the ball for Oakland.

Hernandez has made 20 career starts against Oakland and the Mariners have won 16 of them.


NBA Betting: Kobe doubtful vs Nuggets

The Lakers will hit the floor against the visiting Denver Nuggets on Friday, possibly without Kobe Bryant again, in a key Western Conference battle.

Bryant has missed four games with a sore shin, but even if he plays, he has performed poorly against the Nuggets this year, shooting less than 28% from the field.

Surprisingly, given that Denver is the league's highest-scoring team, the past five meetings with LA have gone UNDER the total.

Watch for the opening point spread and total this morning at shops such as Bovada after Bryant's status becomes clear.

The Lakers are 37-22 so far on the season, and 23-36 ATS vs. the number. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are 32-26 and 30-28 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 32-27 and the Nuggets go 29-29 on the totals.


Flyers Penguins Game 2 playoff preview

Despite choking away a lead in Game 1 of their first-round series on Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins are still big home favorites for Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

A 3-0 lead wasn't enough for Pittsburgh in the opener on Wednesday, as they frustrated their supporters on the NHL betting lines by allowing four unanswered goals in 4-3 overtime defeat.

Jakub Voracek had the OT winner for the Flyers on Wednesday as they won as +155 underdogs and continued their run as the league's best road team.

The Flyers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 47-26-9 this season, while the Penguins are 51-25-6. Philadelphia is 43-37-2 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 43-31-8 versus the number.


Devils Panthers Playoff Odds

Through an interesting turn of events a coach goes up against the team that fired him last year when Pete DeBoer and his New Jersey Devils hook up with the Florida Panthers for an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series starting Friday.

Ladbrokes is listing New Jersey as a -120 road favorite for Friday's series opener (7 pm Eastern, NHLN, TSN), with Florida “getting” +100 as the home-ice underdog.


Blackhawks Coyotes Playoff Odds

The Stanley Cup champions of two seasons ago, the Chicago Black Hawks, begin this year's playoffs against a first-time division champion, the Phoenix Coyotes.

As of Tuesday evening is listing Phoenix as -125 chalk for Thursday's series opener (10 pm Eastern, NBCS, TSN), with Chicago getting +105. And the 'over/under' sits at five (O -135/U +115).


Blues Sharks Playoff Odds

In what looks to be a bit of a mismatch on paper the St. Louis Blues, the two seed in the Western Conference, skate with the seventh-seeded San Jose Sharks in a first-round NHL playoff series beginning Thursday.

But bettor beware - the Sharks are a veteran team capable of the upset here.


Bruins Capitals Playoff Odds

The Boston Bruins begin the second-season defense of their Stanley Cup championship of last year when they meet the Washington Capitals in an NHL first-round Eastern Conference playoff series starting Thursday.

For Thursday's Game 1 (7:30 pm Eastern, NBCS, CBC) is listing Boston as a -180 favorite, with Washington getting +160. And the 'over/under' is pegged at five (O -130/U +110).


Rangers Senators Playoff Odds

The New York Rangers may have missed out on winning the President's Trophy, but they'll still begin  the NHL playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference when they take on the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in a first-round series starting Thursday.


Canucks vs Kings Playoff Odds

The two-time defending President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks begin their quest for a Stanley Cup when they meet up with the Los Angeles Kings for a Western Conference first-round playoff series. is listing Vancouver as a -175 favorite for Wednesday night's series opener (10:30 pm Eastern, CBC, NBCS), with LA getting +155 as the underdog. And the 'over/under' is posted at five (O +125/U -145).


Lincecum favored over Colorado

The Colorado Rockies will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors as underdogs when the San Francisco Giants invade Coors Field on Wednesday.
Jeremy Guthrie gets the call for the Colorado Rockies and he will try to build on a 1-0 mark. In the other dugout, Tim Lincecum brings a 0-1 ledger to the game for the Giants as he tries to quiet the Rockies bats.

The Giants have won eight of nine meetings including the last game in this series.



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