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Stars Continue Ugly Road Slide in Cali

The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars are trending in opposite directions ahead of Saturday night’s clash in California. The Stars recently relinquished first place in the Central Division to Chicago and have lost five out of six games in January, while the Sharks have won four-straight.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • The home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between the Stars and Sharks.
  • The Sharks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. the Central Division.

For some reason, the Sharks simply can’t get the job done in front of their hometown fans. San Jose is a paltry 7-12-0-0 in at home this year despite going a phenomenal 15-6-2-0. Needless to say, the Sharks rank as one of the worst home squads in the NHL. The good news for Sharks bettors is Dallas is winless in its last six road contests.

When the Sharks and Stars collide, high-scoring games have become the norm. The OVER has paid out in each of the previous four meetings between the clubs. The OVER is also 8-3-1 in the Sharks’ last 12.

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710899
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Chelsea Hosts Everton in Revenge Spot

Willian Chelsea EPL

In moneyline markets, Chelsea is being offered at -130 in front of its home fans while Everton is +345 and the Draw presently +280. In spread markets, Chelsea is -1 (+135) with Everton +1 (-165). As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.5 is priced at -125 while UNDER 2.5 is +105.

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Sens are Faltering on the Road

Craig Anderson

The Ottawa Senators may have gotten a little too comfortable in the Canadian Tire Centre, but they’ll be looking to solve their road woes Saturday in the Golden State. Ottawa has been outscored by an 11-2 margin in the first two contests of their five-game road trip.

Shark Bites
  • The Senators are 13-3 in their last 16 vs. the Pacific Division.
  • The Senators are 1-6 in their last 7 meetings with the Kings in Los Angeles.
  • The Kings are 9-3 in their last 12 Saturday games.

In fact, the Sens’ offensive woes aren’t exactly breaking news. Ottawa has found the back of the net just 18 times during its last 11 games, going 3-7-1 over that span.

After a down year last season, Los Angeles has begun to look like their normal selves in the 2015-16 campaign, especially on home ice. The Kings are a sizzling 14-3-1 in their last 18 matchups in front of their hometown fans.

L.A. has been a fantastic play for bettors banking on low-scoring affairs lately, as the UNDER has gone 5-1 in the last six times the Kings have hit the ice.

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710891
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GB-ARI: Cards on an ATS Skid at Home

Rodgers Packers

The well-rested Arizona Cardinals are back at in the NFL Divisional Round, as a date with the Green Bay Packers awaits them at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona ended the 2015 season with a glimmering 13-3 SU record and earned themselves a first-round bye, while the Packers (10-6) were forced to hit the road in Wild Card Weekend and prevailed in the form of a 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins.

You’ll have to forgive casual football fans if it appears to them like these teams have traded places, but that’s exactly what’s transpired this year. The Packers have been the class of the NFC for quite some time and aren’t used to playing the underdog role, while the Cardinals have been competitive but have failed to get over the hump in the postseason in order to establish themselves in the upper echelon of the league. 

To say Green Bay’s season has been a rollercoaster ride would be a massive understatement. The Pack started off the campaign riding a high en route to a perfect 6-0 record, but things fell apart after their bye week. Four losses in their next five games off the bye put them into a dog fight for the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings (which they eventually lost in Week 17). 

Is there anyone in the playoffs who has more to prove than Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer? Palmer, 36, has channelled his inner Kurt Warner and found new life in the desert but has yet to taste real playoff success. Warner was flying high in 2014 before a knee injury ended his season, and with it, any chance of the Cardinals making a deep playoff run. 

Palmer is coming off a fantastic 2015 in which he threw 35 touchdowns for 4,671 yards with just 11 interceptions. Palmer has never won a playoff game, losing in 2005 and 2009 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.  That’s where Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers has the real edge, as the Cal alum has prove time and time again he’s able to shine when it matters most. Considering Rodgers has the Packers looking like the Packers again, this game could come down to a good old fashioned shootout between Palmer and Rodgers, something football fans would love to see after a rather dry Wild Card Weekend.

Most sportsbooks opened the Cards in the 7-point ballpark, which would make the Packers the biggest underdogs they’ve been all season. If you’re looking to back the home chalk in this one you won’t face much resistance from anyone who believes history repeats itself. These teams met on December 27, where Arizona hammered Green Bay 38-8, easily covering the -6 spread. 

The total opened at 50, making it the highest of any playoff game so far. In a stat that’s likely a direct correlation to the Packers’ midseason offensive woes, the OVER/UNDER went 5-11 in Green Bay’s tilts this year. Despite that record, OVER bettors will be glad to know four of those OVERs came when Mike McCarthy’s squad played on the road. 

Arizona finished the season with a 9-7 O/U mark but was particularly profitable for bettors banking on low totals to end the year, as the UNDER paid out in five of Arizona’s six last six contests.  

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724313
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Stars Hope to End January Slump

Jamie Benn Dallas Stars

Remember when the Dallas Stars began the season on an absolute tear, seemingly scoring at will and leaving overwhelmed goaltenders in their wake? Well, thanks to just one win in five January games and the Chicago Blackhawks now equal with 62 points atop the Central Division, that seems like a distant memory.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 19-7 SU in their last 26 games against the Pacific division.
  • The Stars are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games after a loss.
  • The visiting team is 4-1 SU in its last five games in this matchup.

The Stars pay a visit to the Anaheim Ducks in a huge contest for both teams Friday night. As mentioned, the Stars will be desperate to keep up with the Blackhawks, who have soared up the standings courtesy a nine-game winning streak, while the Ducks will look to make a second-half charge in the Western Conference after an absolutely nightmarish start to the season.

The Ducks ended December with three-straight wins – including two shutouts – and have rotated wins and losses in January. Anaheim, on the other hand, completely outplayed the Ottawa Senators in a 4-1 win at the Honda Center in its last time on the ice Wednesday night.

Historically speaking, January has been a kind month when the Ducks hit the ice at home as they have gone 23-7 SU in their last 30 games at the Honda Center in the month.

This game is poised to be an exciting contest with the offensive-minded Stars eager to light the lamp and keep up with the Hawks, and the defensive-oriented Ducks looking to climb up the standings.

There’s value to be had on the moneyline here, but be prepared for a tight contest no matter which side you’re on.

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710889
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Cavs Have Awful Track Record in Houston

James Harden Kevin Love

The Houston Rockets appear to have finally figured it out after a rocky start to the season and will put their five-game winning streak on the line Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It won’t be an easy task, as the Cavs recently saw their eight-game streak come to an end on Thursday in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs but entered that game winners of each of their previous eight contests.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 16-1 SU and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games in January.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Cavaliers' last four games with no days off.

Houston has fared well against the wine and gold, garnering victories in each of the last six meetings between the clubs. Cleveland has been an awful play at the Toyota Center, going 0-10 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the clubs in Houston.

If you’ve been backing LeBron James and company in bounce back scenarios lately, your pockets have been taking a hit. The Cavs are 0-5 ATS in their last five after failing to cover the spread in their previous outing.

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712764
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Butler Looks To Continue Ridiculous Play

What the hell can Jimmy Butler possibly do for an encore after putting up 53 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a Chicago Bulls overtime victory over Philadelphia Thursday? Butler has been the Bulls best player and has been stepping up without Derrick Rose in the lineup as the All-Star has averaged 34.3 points while shooting 51.9 percent when Rose doesn’t suit up. However, Rose is expected to be back leading the Bulls attack Friday when they host the Dallas Mavericks.

The Bulls have been a great value for bettors when facing off against the Mavs as they have gone 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings between the two teams, despite posting a 7-8 SU record. High scoring affairs have become a regular occurrence for the Bulls as the OVER has hit in six of their past seven with a combined average score of those games tallying 216.5 points.

The Mavericks are coming off a 108-89 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the team rested all of their regular starters, as it was the second game of a back-to-back. Dirk Nowitzki has enjoyed facing off against the Bulls as the Mavs star player has averaged 21 points and six rebounds per game against Chicago in the past five seasons.

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712760
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Flyers Have Been Money vs Colonials

Two teams on the fringe of being ranked meet Friday when the George Washington Colonials and the Dayton Flyers clash in Ohio. Dayton has proven to be profitable for bettors against George Washington with the Flyers going 6-0 ATS in the last six between the teams while going 4-2 SU.

Dayton has been a hard team to figure out this season. The Flyers have wins over teams like Iowa and Vanderbilt, but have lost to Chattanooga and La Salle. Dayton seems determined to play to the level of their competition, but they have also yet to really put a complete lineup on the floor. Dyshawn Pierre has missed time due to suspension, Kendall Pollard missed a couple games with an Achilles injury and Charles Cooke didn’t play against Davidson Tuesday due to an oblique strain.

The Colonials offense has run through Tyler Cavanaugh all season long as the junior has averaged 17.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. In George Washington’s past two games specifically, both of which were wins SU and ATS, Cavanaugh has averaged 28 points while shooting 62.9 percent.

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715002
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Thunder are the Worst Bet in the NBA

Kevin Durant Andrew Wiggins

If there’s one NBA betting trend you should make yourself aware of, let it be this: the Oklahoma City Thunder are simply awful at cashing spread tickets. The Thunder boast a sparkling 28-12 SU record, good enough for third place in the Western Conference, but are a terrible 16-24 ATS – bad enough to make them the worst bet in the Association.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in this matchup.
  • The Thunder are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against their division.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Timberwolves' last five games on the road.

The good news for Thunder backers is they’re facing a team that isn’t exactly lighting it up at the betting window either when the Minnesota Timberwolves invade Chesapeake Energy Arena Friday. Minny has dropped eight in a row to sink to 12-28 SU and are 16-23-1 ATS on the year.

The Thunder, who opened as 13-point favorites, have been particularly poor in that spot. Billy Donovan's squad is 0-4 ATS when favored by 13 points or more in their last four games, while Minnesota is 3-1 ATS as underdogs of 13 or higher in their past four.

Considering how poorly the Wolves have played and how solid the Thunder have been over the past few seasons, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn the T-Wolves are winless in their last 11 in OKC.

While the Thunder aren’t much of a spread play, they have been a profitable OVER wager as of late. The OVER has paid out in seven of Oklahoma City’s prior 10 matchups.

Game ID: 
712757
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Brown's Injury Causes Two-Point Line Move

Antonio Brown Steelers

With the announcement that Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is officially inactive for Sunday’s game against the Broncos due to a concussion, the Steelers have become even bigger underdogs in the contest, going from +7 to +9 as of late morning on Friday.

The news is likely well received by the Broncos, as Brown lit their secondary on fire for 16 catches, 189 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 15 game.

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