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Cavs, Lue Look to Rebound After Loss

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Things can only get better for the Cleveland Cavs following their lackluster outing against the Chicago Bulls in Tyronn Lue’s first game as head coach on Saturday. The Cavs will look to get their new coach a notch in the win column when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 2-6 SU in their last eight visits to Cleveland.
  • The Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Cavs’ last eight games following an ATS loss in their last game.

At online shop Bovada, the Cavs are 13.5-point home favorites with the young Wolves in town. Cleveland is 1-2-1 ATS in its last four games, while the Wolves head in 2-2 ATS in their last four, but come in off a 106-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Despite sitting first in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs sacked David Blatt on Friday afternoon, replacing him with ex-player Tyronn Lue. The Cavs laid an egg when they hosted the Bulls in Lue's debut Saturday, losing outright 96-83 and, obviously, not even coming close to covering the 10.5 points they were favored by.

That performance could be seen as an anomaly, however, as the Cavs shot 4-24 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range and 9-22 (40.9 percent) from the free-throw line. You will not see the Cavs repeat those numbers with any frequency no matter who the coach is.

The Wolves have been especially cold when facing teams from the Eastern Conference, going 0-6 SU and ATS in their last six games. Included in there was a 125-99 beating that came courtesy of the Cavs, who were 10-point favorites on their home floor. If they want to put that Bulls loss behind them, and get a win for their new head coach, a repeat of that January 8 performance would be more than welcomed for the Cavs and their backers.

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Warriors are a Poor Bet as Home Faves

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NBA fans and bettors alike won’t be suffering from a case of the Mondays thanks to tonight’s San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors clash in California. The top contenders in the Western Conference will be meeting for the first time this season, as the Spurs will be tasked with giving the Dubs their first loss at Oracle Arena this year. Sportsbooks opened Stephen Curry and company in the 3-point ballpark for the affair.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Warriors' last six games with two days off between games.
  • The Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Spurs are 9-0 SU and ATS in their last nine games after an ATS loss.

Historically speaking, the Spurs have dominated this series. San Antonio is 8-1 SU in its last nine against the Dubs, and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between the clubs. It’s a huge sample size, but this trend speaks volumes about just how one sided this matchup has been: San Antonio is 55-9 against Golden State since Tim Duncan came into the league in 1997.

Tim Duncan will miss the contest with right knee soreness, but the absence of The Big Fundamental hasn’t hurt San Antonio this year. The Spurs are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in games when Duncan has been sidelined.

Steve Kerr’s squad simply aren’t getting the job done when it comes to covering the spread as home chalk. The Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last five when tabbed as home favorites.

San Antonio ranks as the top bet in the Association at 30-14 ATS. Looking for an in-depth feature of just how good the Spurs have been this year? Check out our San Antonio Spurs team focus piece.

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Bruins Offer Betting Value in Road Games

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The Boston Bruins will look for their recent run of success to continue when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Bruins are 16-5 SU in their last 21 games against the Flyers.
  • The Flyers are 6-2 SU in their last eight games at home.
  • The Bruins are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games versus the Metropolitan Division.

The Bruins, currently offered at -120 at Bodog, sit seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with 55 points and have won four of their last five games, including a 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their most recent game.

The Bruins add plenty of value for bettors when they are playing on the road. Heading into Monday’s NHL schedule, the Bruins own the fourth-best road record in the league at 14-5-2, only behind the Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Furthermore, the B’s currently own a +19 goal differential, which is staggeringly good (fifth in the NHL) for a team that is just seventh in its conference. Surely a sign that the Bruins have found their stride and are poised to climb even further up the standings as we get deeper into the season.

The Flyers have had a tough go of it all season long and their 13th position in the East shows just how tough its been. Philly has had a long wait to get back on the ice as well; their date with the New York Islanders on Saturday was cancelled due to the blizzard that ravaged the east coast.

Revenge could be a factor in this game as well as Philly has won each of the two meetings with Boston so far this season. There will be no doubt that the Bruins will have that fact in their back of their minds as they take the ice Monday night.

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NBA Midseason Betting Recap

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By now, NBA fans have likely read all kinds of midseason recaps recounting how every team in the Association has performed so far on the floor. But what about a guide laying out how they’ve done at the betting window? That’s where we at OddsShark come in.

Because we love hoops – and making money – as much as you do, here’s a look at the best and worst bets in the league as well as the top OVER and UNDER teams so far in 2015-16.


DEN-NE: OVER Trends Flying off the Page

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Here we go again. For the 17th, and quite possibly last time in their illustrious careers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will faceoff, and a trip to Super Bowl 50 is on the line. The Patriots come into Denver opening as 3-point favorites, but the real story might be the O/U total, as OVER trends are at an eye-popping level.

With the total sitting at 44, O/U bettors will want to give strong consideration to the OVER. The Patriots have posted a record of 8-3 O/U this season in games with a total of less than 50 points. Digging even deeper, over the past five seasons, the Patriots have gone 18-5 O/U when facing a total of 45 or lower, averaging 30 points in those games. The Patriots also tend to put up big numbers in revenge situations, as the total has gone OVER in an amazing 15 straight Pats games after they lost the previous game in a matchup. Even more—these teams have gone OVER in six of their last seven games against each other. As always when betting totals, keep an eye on the weather as the game approaches.

As for the 3-point spread—that’s a number the Patriots haven’t responded well to. New England has lost three straight games both SU and ATS as a favorite of 3-points or less, with each of those games being on the road. The 3-point mark might be a magic number for the Broncos, however, as they’re a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games as an underdog of 3-points or less.

The Broncos got the better of the Patriots in a Week 11 game in Denver—30-24. For better or worse though, the Broncos will look like a much different team this time around, as Brock Osweiler filled in for Manning under center in the game. Denver’s offensive attack was highlighted by 29 carries between C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman who rushed for a combined 172 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite being the top seed in the AFC, the Broncos have been a team to stay away from at the betting window, as they’ve now failed to cover the spread in five straight weeks, going 0-3-2. Unfortunately for Patriots backers, they also have an ATS trend working against them, as they’ve gone 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

Looking for an edge based on the history of Manning vs Brady? Brady’s gone 11-5 SU and 9-6-1 ATS vs Manning in their careers, while they’ve split four playoff games against each other, both SU and ATS. For more on Brady vs Manning, check out our breakdown of their head-to-head matchups.

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Team OddsShark Title Game Picks

The NFL’s Conference Championship Round of the playoffs is finally here, with the top two seeds in both the AFC and NFC set to battle it out on Sunday for the right to play in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Team OddsShark will have picks on the big game soon, but until then, most members like the second-seeded New England Patriots (13-4) and Arizona Cardinals (14-3) to cover the spread in the AFC and NFC, respectively.


NFL Title Games Super Computer Picks

After a Wild Card Round that saw each road team win, and a Divisional Round that saw the home teams sweep the weekend, we’ve finally reached the NFL’s version of the Final Four with the AFC and NFL title games on tap for Sunday. With small spreads favoring the Patriots and the Panthers, will the favorites move on, or will the dogs have their day?


Expert Picks: NFL Championship Sunday

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The 2016 NFL playoffs return for the Conference Championship Round this weekend. All four home teams advanced through the Divisional Dound, a week after all four road teams won in the Wild Card Round. This marks the first time since 2004 that the top two seeds in each conference advanced.


Super Bowl History

- Betting recaps, boxscores and play by play accounts for every game in Super Bowl history, all with a betting slant.


Nobody Better At Home Than Blackhawks

Teams travelling to the United Center this season have had their work cut out for them as the Chicago Blackhawks are a league best 20-5-1 on home ice. The ‘Hawks are a perfect 6-0-0 at home in the month of January while outscoring opponents 23-9 in that span. The Blackhakws will try and cap off a flawless month at home Sunday when they play host to the St. Louis Blues.

After winning a franchise record 12 consecutive games, the Blackhawks have dropped their past two by a score of 6-1. Their 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last game was the first time Chicago has been shutout since December 22.

Sniper Vladimir Tarasenko has excelled against the ‘Hawks as the 24-year old has three goals and one assist in two games against Chicago this season. Brian Elliott, who is expected to start Sunday, is 5-1-1 with a 1.86 goals against average and a .944 save percentage since Jake Allen was injured earlier this month. 

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