Baseball Betting: Week Ahead Preview

Red-hot Colorado will be an underdog when it opens a series with the Cubs on Monday, while the rejuvenated Red Sox and Orioles do battle in an expected tight series that begins Tuesday in MLB betting action this week.

Matt Garza (0-2, 4.74 ERA) goes to the mound on Monday for the Cubs, who will be -130 favorites at in Game 1 of the three-game set with Colorado. Esmil Rogers (2-1, 6.75 ERA) gets the ball for the Rockies.


MLB Odds: Reds vs. Cardinals

National League Central rivals clash tonight when the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals finish off a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Sam LeClure (0-1, 4.15) is scheduled to start for the Reds, but after Friday's rain delay Cincinnati may choose to go with Edinson Volquez (2-0, 6.75) instead. Jake Westbrook (1-2, 9.82) is on tap for St. Louis. LeClure was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings in his last start against Arizona. Westbrook lasted only three innings in his last start after surrendering seven runs on seven his versus Washington.


NBA odds: Heat vs. 76ers

The Miami Heat are one win away from moving on the next round when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

The Heat won Game 3 100-94 as a 4.5-point road favorite. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 32 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Elton Brand had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers.


MLB Odds: Yankees vs. Orioles

The New York Yankees and their AL-best offense head to Baltimore today to face the Orioles in an AL East showdown.

CC Sabathia (0-1, 2.52) will get the start for the Yankees, while Brad Bergesen (0-2, 3.37) gets the ball for Baltimore. Sabathia allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings in his last start against Texas. Bergesen is coming off a loss against Cleveland in which he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings.


NBA Playoff Betting: Thunder vs. Nuggets

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder take a 2-0 series lead into tonight's Game 3 matchup with the Denver Nuggets.

The Thunder won Game 2 106-89 and covered the 4.5-point spread. Durant led Oklahoma City with 23 points and Ty Lawson netted 20 points for Denver.


Bellator 42 Fight Card Preview

Season Four of the Bellator Fighting Championships is nearing an end as the promotion takes the action to Concho, Oklahoma for Bellator 42. Two semifinal Light Heavyweight tournament matches are scheduled, as well as the Bellator debut of Sengoku veteran and Sharkfights Featherweight title holder Ronnie Mann.


MLB Odds: Phillies visit Padres

Cole Hamels takes the mound tonight to lead the Philadelphia Phillies against the San Diego Padres in the second game of a four-game set.

Hamels (1-1, 4.32) recorded a no decision in his last start against Florida after allowing two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Schedule for start for the Padres is Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50). The southpaw was roughed up for six runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings versus Houston in his last start but escpaed with a no decision.


NBA Playoff Odds: Celtics vs. Knicks

Holding a 2-0 series lead the Boston Celtics visit Madison Square Gardens tonight looking for another win over the New York Knicks.

In Game 2 the Celtics posted a 96-93 win as a 6.5-point favorite. Rajon Rondo led Boston with 30 points and seven assists, while Carmelo Anthony exploded for 42 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the Knicks in the losing effort.


Sabres, Flyers on NHL lines

Philadelphia struggled down the stretch in the regular season and now they face the hot goaltending of Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, who are +140 road underdogs at Bovada for Game 5 of their first-round series on Friday night in NHL playoff betting action.

Miller stopped 35 shots in blanking the Flyers 1-0 in the series opener, while turning away 32 shots in Game 4 for his second shutout of the series, which helped the Sabres knot the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round set at two games apiece.


NBA Betting: Celtics, Spurs look for wins

After dropping two games in Boston the New York Knicks will be desperate for a win Friday night when they host the Celtics in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series.

If there's one comfort the Knicks can take from their first two losses in the series it's that both games were at least close; that gives New York something to build on in Game 3. Unfortunately for the Knicks, injuries may wipe out that small positive.



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