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Warriors are an ATS Gold Mine vs Blazers

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Many experts around the NBA thought the Golden State Warriors would struggle in the absence of Stephen Curry. The Warriors obviously had something to say about that. Without their superstar point guard, the Warriors dispatched the Houston Rockets in the first-round and hammered Portland 118-106 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series.

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  • The Trail Blazers are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games against the Warriors.
  • The Warriors are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite of 10 or less.
  • The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 10 points or more.

Game 2, which gets underway tonight in Oakland, presents Portland with another opportunity to step up against the Curry-less Warriors. The Blazers will need a better performance from their backcourt, as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to shoot 13 for 43 in the loss.

Another area where Portland will have to improve is on the glass. The Blazers got outrebounded 55-40 in the tilt and gave up 16 offensive boards. It’s a classic case of experience vs. inexperience, and the Dubs capitalized.

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Blues Have Been Beating Up on the Stars

After losing Game 2 in OT to St. Louis, Dallas fans might be starting to think that it’s not in the stars for their team to win the series as they’re just 2-7 in their last nine games against the Blues. Even worse, the series is moving to St. Louis where the Blues beat Dallas three times this season, outscoring them 8-3.

The Blues opened the day as -135 favorites — a spot they’ve been fairly reliable in. In their last 12 games as favorites, they’ve gone 8-4. Dallas hasn’t been underdogs often this season, but they’ve responded well to the role. They’ve recently gone 4-1 in their last five games as dogs, and 7-3 in their last 10.

With the total for the game set at five goals, bettors will be interested to know that the total has gone OVER in eight of the Stars’ last nine games after a loss, however, in their last ten games between these teams, the total has gone UNDER seven times.

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Islanders Owning Lightning in New York

After splitting two games in Tampa Bay, the Islanders and their backers will be happy to see the series shift to the Barclays Center as the Islanders have won eight of the last nine times they’ve hosted the Lightning. They last met in New York on April 4, where the Islanders easily won 5-2.

Another positive trend developing for the Isles is their ability to bounce back after a loss, as they’re 3-0 in their last three games following a loss. The Lightning, meanwhile, haven’t exactly been great at stringing wins together, as they’re 2-6 in their last eight games after a win.

Working in Tampa’s favor is how well they’re played with a few days of rest between games. They’re currently on a run that’s seen them go 9-3 in their last 12 games with two days off between games, while the Islanders have struggled in that spot, going 3-7 in their last 10 games with two days off between games.

The total for the game is set at 5 goals — a mark they’ve topped in five of their last eight games against each other.

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2016 Indiana Primary Betting Odds

Indiana stands at one of the last bastions of hope for many potential presidential nominees with the number of primaries dwindling every week. This is especially true for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who have seen their chance of catching Donald Trump becoming worse and worse.


Royals Limping Into Series With Nats

The Kansas City Royals have not exactly been looking like defending World Series champions as of late with the team dropping five of their last six games. Those six games have seen the Royals outscored 27-11 while being held scoreless twice. Kauffman Stadium will play host a three-game series that kicks off Monday between the Royals and Washington Nationals.

Edinson Volquez will take to the mound for the Royals Monday following his worst outing of the season. Volquez allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs through just 5.0 innings when he took on the LA Angels last time out. Outside of that game, Volquez has only allowed three earned runs through 24.2 innings.

The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the bump Monday with the lefty coming off an incredibly hot first month. Through his first four starts this season, Gonzalez has posted a 1.42 ERA with a 25-to-7 strikeout-to-walks ratio.

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Cole Has Been Dealing Against the Cubs

Gerrit Cole will take to the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates when they start a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs Monday. Cole has dominated the Cubs in his career, as the pitcher has posted a 7-1 record with a 2.88 ERA in nine career starts against Chicago.

The Cubbies will counter with Jason Hammel, who has been lights out this season. Hammel is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and has only allowed two runs in his four starts. However, Hammel has struggled at PNC Park, with a 5.14 ERA in six appearances in Pittsburgh.

Andrew McCutchen, who has been held hitless in his past 12 at bats, has teed off against Hammel in his career. McCutchen has a career .300/.323/.567 slashline with two home runs and four RBIs vs the righty.

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LoL Mid-Season Invitational Betting Odds

The best of the best meet in Shanghai, China for the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational. The winners of each region, as well as one wild card team, will play the Group Stage, which will be a double round robin for the first time in MSI history from May 4-8. Following those games, the bracket stage will take place between May 13-15.


UNDER Hot When Cavs and Hawks Collide

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks know each other very well, but last year’s Eastern Conference Finals series was far from a competitive one. LeBron James and company completely dominated the Hawks en route to a four-game sweep to advance to the NBA Finals. They’ll clash once again tonight when the second-round gets underway out East.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games after a win.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cavaliers' last seven games after an ATS loss.
  • The Cavaliers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 7.5 or more.

James overwhelmed the Hawks in that series, averaging nearly a triple-double (30.3 points, 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists) in the four games, the highest statistical line in postseason history. Cleveland will be well-rested, coming off a weeklong break following a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons.

If there’s one big change about the Hawks this season, it’s been on defense. Atlanta held opponents to a league-low 43 percent field goal percentage and 99.2 points per game.

Cleveland’s dominance of Atlanta goes back much further, though. The Cavs have won seven straight against the Hawks. The UNDER is a hot bet when these teams collide, evidenced by seven of the last eight matchups between the sides going UNDER the closing total.

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Bettors Beware: OKC are Awful as Dogs

The San Antonio Spurs rolled the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their second-round series to the tune of a 124-92 beat down, but the Thunder will be looking to even things up tonight in the Lone Star State. That loss saw a recurring trend resurface, as the Thunder are now 0-9 SU in their last nine games as underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after an ATS win.
  • The Thunder are 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog of 8.0 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Spurs' last four games with one day off between games.

In fact, the three worst playoff losses of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s time together in OKC have all happened against San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge dominated the opposition in Game 1, scoring 38 points in less than 30 minutes of time on the floor.

San Antonio did a great job sharing the ball in the series opener, finishing with 39 assists while all but one of their players who received minutes had at least one (Andre Miller was the lone exception). The Spurs are 43-1 at home this saeason and 34-0 SU when Tim Duncan is in the lineup.

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Penguins Crushing Caps as Favorites

Penguins vs Capitals

After the Penguins and Capitals split the first two games of their second round series in D.C., the series will shift to the Steel City as Pittsburgh will look to build on a home ice advantage trend that’s seen them win five of their last six and 15 of their last 20.

The Penguins opened as -139 favorites for the game, and they’ve been dominating the Caps in this spot. As faves against Washington, they’ve gone 9-2 in their last 11. As underdogs, it’s been an overall struggle for the Caps as they’ve gone just 4-9 in their last 13 games as dogs.

Washington has shown a consistent ability to bounce back this season, posting a 23-6 record in games after a loss. They did, however, lose two straight games in their first round series against the Flyers. Looking at the past seven weeks, the Penguins have lost two games in a three game span just once.

Caps goalie Braden Holtby has been kept busy by a Penguins offense that’s put 80 shots on net in the first two games of the series. The Pens have been unable to convert on any of those attempts while on the man advantage though, as they’ve gone 0 for 7 on the power play so far.

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