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NHL Team Focus: San Jose Sharks

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With the NHL All-Star Game fast approaching and the first half of the season in the rearview mirror, it has been somewhat of a bizarre season for fans and bettors of the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks have had a serious identity crisis this season which has culminated in one of the best road records up to this point (16-6-2), but also one of the worst home records in the league (8-12-1).


Warriors Struggling in Trips to Windy City

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The Golden State Warriors looked like a shell of their usual selves at times in the past week but they’re firing on all cylinders now. The Dubs (38-4 SU) dropped two of three against Denver and Detroit but rebounded in a big way by hammering LeBron James’ Cavaliers 132-98 in Ohio on Monday. Next up on the docket is another road date with an Eastern Conference heavyweight, the Chicago Bulls, on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Bulls' last 14 games against the Western Conference.
  • The Warriors are 17-2 SU in their last 19 games against the Eastern Conference.
  • The visiting team is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games in this matchup.

When Golden State and Chicago get together, OVER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank. The OVER has cashed in five of the last seven meetings between the squads. The Windy City has not been friendly territory for Golden State, as Stephen Curry and company are a paltry 2-11 SU in their previous 13 trips to the United Center.

The Bulls, who opened as 6-point underdogs, have been one of the worst bets in the league as of late, failing to cover the closing spread in five of their last six matchups. Fred Hoiberg’s crew has managed the fourth fewest covers in the Association at 16-24 ATS despite winning 24 games outright.

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Cavs Out for Blood vs Nets Wednesday

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to put an embarrassing loss to the Golden State Warriors behind them when they visit the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday evening. The Cavs, who were thumped 132-98 by the Warriors on Monday, are currently 12.5-point road favorites in Brooklyn.

Shark Bites
  • The Nets are 1-8 SU and ATS in their last nine games.
  • UNDER has gone 10-3 in the Cavaliers’ last 13 road games.
  • The Cavs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games versus the Atlantic Division.

Brooklyn has been bad all season long but has been especially atrocious recently. Since changing the calendar to January, the Nets have gone 2-8 SU and ATS and take a three-game SU and ATS losing streak into Wednesday’s meeting with the Cavs.

The Nets have been regularly losing by double-digits as well, dropping six of those eight January defeats by at least 10 points, including an average margin of defeat of 17.3 points in their last three games.

The two teams have met once already this season with Cleveland winning 90-88 but failing to cover the spread as 9-point home faves back on November 28.

Despite the fact that the Cavs are just 6-4 SU and 4-6 ATS in games coming off a loss this season, don’t be surprised to see LeBron James and Co. look to make a statement after a humiliating loss to the Warriors.

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OVER Bettors Excited for Raps-Celtics Tilt

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The Toronto Raptors have an opportunity to establish their longest winning streak of the season with a win over the visiting Boston Celtics Wednesday evening. Winners of five straight, the Raps are adapting to life without injured defensive stopper and prized offseason signing DeMarre Carroll due largely in part to the fantastic backcourt combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Celtics' last 10 games against the Eastern Conference.
  • The Celtics are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 games when underdog of 3.5 or less.

If you’re looking for an edge in handicapping this game, look no further than the total. Both teams head into this one soaring above totals with ease, as the OVER has paid out in nine of Toronto’s previous 12 contests and five of the Celtics’ prior six. The OVER is also 4-1 in the Dinos’ last five home tilts.

Stringing back-to-back covers together has been a tall order for Toronto. The Raptors, who barely covered the -11 spread in Monday’s 112-100 victory over Brooklyn, are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 after an ATS win.

What more can be said about Lowry that hasn’t been said already? The 29-year-old is averaging 21 points, 6.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in what will very likely result in his second All-Star Game appearance in as many years. Lowry has been especially hot at the Air Canada Centre, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc in front of the Raptors faithful.

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UNC Is The Best OVER Bet In The Nation

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The staggering offense of the North Carolina Tar Heels have been a boon for total bettors as they have gone OVER in 13 of their 17 games this season, including nine of their past 10 contests. UNC has the second-ranked offense in the nation (86.4 points per game) and has six players averaging double-digit points this season. The Tar Heels will look to continue their ridiculous offensive play when they visit the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wednesday.

UNC is currently riding a nine-game winning streak and has won those games by an average of 16.9 points. Despite huge point differentials during their winning streak laying a lot of points should be approahced with caution, as UNC is just 1-4 ATS in their last five games when favored by 16.0 points or more.

Wake Forest comes into Wednesday’s game coming off their worst performance of the season. The Demon Deacons lost 83-55 to Syracuse Saturday while shooting a season-low 32.6 percent from the field. Devin Thomas has been the real bright spot for Wake Forest as the senior is averaging 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

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Villanova Has Been Ruling The Big East

The Villanova Wildcats sit atop the Big East standings with a 6-0 SU conference record and a 16-2 mark overall this season. ‘Nova has been the force of the Big East as they have won 21 consecutive games within the conference while going 16-5 ATS in that span. Villanova continues Big East play when they take on the Seton Hall Pirates at the Prudential Center Wednesday.

Villanova's offens sits outside the top 130 in the nation, but continue to climb in the rankings thanks to a dominant defense. ‘Nova is holding opponents to just 60.0 points per game and only once during their current eight game winning streak have they allowed 70 or more.  The Wildcats starting five are all a equal threats to score however, with each of them averaging double-digit points per game.

Seton Hall shares a lot of similarities to Villanova. The Pirates have a struggling offense, but have vaulted themselves to a 13-4 SU record thanks to a defense that holds opponents under 66 points per game. Compared to Villanova's balanced attack, Seton Hall’s offense is more heavily reliant on the duo of Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington who both average more than 14 points per game.

Whitehead and Carrington carried the load for Seton Hall when they visited Villanova back on January 6, with the two sophomores combining for 34 points. However, ‘Nova limited the other eight Seton Hall players to a combined 29 points on 29 percent shooting.

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Red Wings Have Given St. Louis the Blues

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The Detroit Red Wings will be reacquainted with an old foe when they host the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday evening. The Wings, who have won four-straight meetings with the Blues, are -125 moneyline favorites against their old Central Division rival while the visitors are -105.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 7-1 SU in the last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Red Wings are 16-5 SU in their last 21 games versus the Central Division.
  • The Blues are 2-6 SU in their last eight games with one days’ rest.

The Wings performed incredibly well during a six-game road trip to begin January, winning five games and losing just one. The Philadelphia Flyers spoiled their return home with a 2-1 shootout victory in their last game Saturday.

As mentioned, it’s been all Red Wings when these two teams take the ice in recent contests. Over the course of those four meetings, Detroit has outscored St. Louis 12-6 while the UNDER has cashed in three of the four. The Wings skated to a 4-3 win in the last meeting back on November 21.

The Blues are doing all that they can to keep up with the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division. As Chicago grabs the headlines with a franchise record 12-game winning streak, the Blues sit seven points back and take a modest two-game streak of their own into Joe Louis.

According to the Red Wings’ official twitter account, it will be Petr Mrazek who gets the start in the crease. Mrazek has been lights out versus the Blues in his career, winning three games in four appearances and can boast a 1.12 goals against average and .956 save percentage heading into Wednesday's contest.

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NFC/AFC Title Game Facts & Trends

The four best teams in the NFL are set to clash with a trip to Levi’s Stadium and Super Bowl 50 on the line this weekend. The AFC Championship Game will feature a heavyweight bout between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, while the NFC Championship features the two teams that sat atop the conference all season long.

With a trip to the big game on the line, we take a look at the hottest trends and stats of how the Conference Championship games have gone for bettors over the past 20 seasons.


NBA Focus: Spurs are an ATS Gold Mine

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The high-flying Golden State Warriors may be hogging the spotlight in the NBA Western Conference this season, but the San Antonio Spurs have been quietly flying under the radar in what’s been a phenomenal year so far in the Lone Star State. In other words, it’s business as usual for the most consistent and well-run organization in pro sports over the last two decades.


NFL Conf. Championships Betting Trends

The New England Patriots are bucking several trends/angles being a road favorite against Denver in the AFC Championship Game.

Away teams have lost 10 of 14 times in the conference championship games during the last seven years. The Patriots are 1-5 against the spread (ATS) during their last six road matchups, losing straight-up to the New York Jets and Miami in their last two. New England also is 1-5 ATS during its last six conference championship finals.



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