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Washington Hasn't Been Kind to Panthers

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The NHL returns from a successful All-Star break with the two top teams in the Eastern Conference squaring off as the Washington Capitals host the Florida Panthers Tuesday evening.

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  • The Panthers are 3-12 SU in their last 15 games versus the Capitals.
  • The Panthers are 4-1 SU in their last five games as underdogs.
  • The Capitals are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Caps at -160 on home ice with the visitors - who haven't won there since 2010 - priced at +130. The total is sitting at 5 goals with OVER -120 and UNDER -110.

The Caps were the best team in the league prior to All-Star Weekend as they won 35 games and tallied a whopping 74 points. Barry Trotz has the team playing great two-way hockey as the team leads the league with 3.32 goals scored per game and are second in the league allowing just 2.19 goals per game. That said, reports indicate that backup netminder Philipp Grubauer will be the one to start between the pipes for the Caps Tuesday.

The Panthers are the one team that has achieved a lower goals against average this season, allowing just 2.18 per contest. The Panthers don’t score with the frequency that the Caps do, tallying just 2.65 per game, but are in the driver's seat in the Atlantic Division with 63 points.

The two teams have played twice this season – both in Sunrise – and each team has won one. The Panthers have had a tough time in their travels to the Nation’s capital, however, having lost their last 10 contests at the Verizon Center.

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Gamecocks Have Been Awful vs Bulldogs

South Carolina has just two losses this season and the team is currently ranked inside the Top 25, but the Gamecocks face some demons when they visit the Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday. South Carolina is just 3-9 SU in their past 12 games against the Bulldogs and an even worse 2-11 ATS in their past 13 between the two teams.

It has been hard for opponents to hold down the Gamecocks this season as each of their starting five has averaged double-digit points on the year. Michael Carrera has been taking his game to another level lately as the senior has averaged 27 points and 13 rebounds in South Carolina's past two games.

Georgia is entering Tuesday’s game coming off two consecutive losses, which was largely caused by foul trouble. The Bulldogs gave up 65 points from the charity strip in those two games while sending their opponents to the line a combined 91 times. Diminutive point guard J.J. Frazier has stepped up his game this season as the junior has averaged 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game for Georgia.

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Knicks Love Covering at MSG vs Celtics

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The New York Knicks have looked like a vastly improved team this season and will host a division rival on Tuesday they’ve traditionally had success against: the Boston Celtics. New York has cashed spread bets in three of their last four against the Celtics at Madison Square Garden. The Knickerbockers are also a solid 7-3 SU and ATS in their previous 10 at home.

Shark Bites
  • The Celtics are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games against their division.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Knicks' last seven games after an ATS loss.
  • The Knicks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games with one day off between games.

The Celts are a team more often known for their defense, however it’s been the offense that has stood out as of late. Brad Stevens’ crew have scored over 100 points in 11 consecutive games heading into the tilt . As a result of that offensive explosion, the OVER has gone 7-4 during that span.

The OVER is also trending for the C’s in this spot. Boston has gone above the closing total in seven of their last nine with one day off between games. Most books opened the total for the game at 206.5.

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Rockets are a Risky Play as Favorites

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When sportsbooks tab the Houston Rockets as favorites, bettors are getting mixed results. Houston, who opened as a 5.5-point favorite for tonight’s clash with the Miami Heat, is a team to be wary of in this spot, as James Harden and company are a measly 4-12 ATS in their last 16 when favored by five points or more.

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  • The Heat are 6-16 SU and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games against the Southwest Division.
  • The Rockets are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games at home.
  • The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the Rockets.

To say the Rockets’ defense has sprung a leak lately would be a massive understatement. In Houston’s prior three matchups, they’ve allowed an average of a whopping 120 points per game. Not great, Bob.

Totals bettors may feel a bit conflicted when handicapping this game, and it’s pretty evident why. Houston (29-21 O/U) is the best OVER team in the NBA, while the Heat (16-31 O/U) rank as the most profitable UNDER play in the Association. The UNDER has paid out in six of Miami’s last eight, with the OVER going a perfect 5-0 in the Rockets’ last five heading into the contest.

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Bruins Have Owned Leafs This Season

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The Boston Bruins will look to extend their win streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs to five games when the two Original Six clubs meet at the TD Garden in Boston Tuesday evening.

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  • The Bruins are 5-2 SU in their last seven games.
  • UNDER has hit in 15 of Toronto’s last 21 games in January.
  • The Leafs are winless in 13 games versus the Atlantic Division this season.

The Bruins have won all three meetings with the Leafs so far this season and won their final contest last season by a score of 2-1 via a shootout. Online shop Bovada presently has the Bruins as gaudy -185 faves on home ice with the Leafs at +155. The total is sitting at 5 goals with OVER -135 and UNDER +105.

The B’s sit seventh in the East with 57 points but posted a 6-2 loss to the surging Anaheim Ducks in their last game before the All-Star break. Special teams have been the name of the game in Boston as the Bruins own the league’s best power play unit (25.9 percent) and fifth-best penalty killing unit (84.4 percent).

The Leafs aren’t good in either of those categories and don’t particularly excel in any stat as the team is even with the Columbus Blue Jackets with 43 points at the bottom of the East. The Leafs lost four-straight games and nine of 10 heading into the break.

With the Leafs in rebuild mode and seemingly content in gunning for one of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi in the draft, they remain instant fade material night in, night out.

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Super Bowl 50 Cross Sport Props

Sportsbooks are always upping their game when it comes to Super Bowl props, and this year’s version of the big game is no different. Among the long list of other options, online shop Bovada is offering a selection of cross sport props that will surely interest bettors who are looking to mix and match outside football’s biggest contest.

The list varies from the NHL to the NBA to the PGA to the Barclays Premier League to the United States Presidential election. Needless to say, your bases are covered.


NBA: January's Best & Worst Bets

January was an eventful month in the NBA: The Cavaliers fired their coach, Blake Griffin broke his hand laying the smack down on the Clippers assistant equipment manager, and the 76ers won four games, which was more wins than they had to enter the month. Lots of things also stayed the same, as the Warriors and Spurs continued to dominate, but there were a few surprises at the betting window. Let’s take a look at the best and worst of NBA betting in January.


Campbell: Is SB 50 Underdog's Game?

Everything from line moves to timing your bets – Vegas Matty and Jon Campbell break down their best advice for Super Bowl 50 in the video above.

Or check out Campbell’s interview with Randall the Handle and Jorey Middlestadt on their popular betting show The Bottom Line on Sportsnet’s Fan590 to talk Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Jan. 31.

They cover why the books are worried this Super Bowl, how the proof is in the money that sports betting is more popular than ever, plus how to avoid mistakes rookies make when betting props.


Super Bowl 50 Rushing Props

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The Carolina Panthers feature one of the most dangerous rushing attacks in the NFL, finishing second in the regular season with 2,282 yards (142.6 yards per game) off a league-high 526 attempts on the ground and finished tied for the league lead with 19 touchdowns.

That success has carried over into the postseason as the Panthers have scampered for 296 yards (3.8 yards per attempt) and five touchdowns en route to their Super Bowl appearance.


Super Bowl 50 Receiving Props

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While Super Bowl 50 features one of the best quarterbacks of all time going up against one of the best in the game today, they still need to throw the ball to somebody to rack up all of those gaudy numbers as well as all the plaudits.

We’ve already taken a look at ways you can wager quarterback props in Sunday’s big game, so now let’s take a look at some of the receiving props that are available on the prop board.



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