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Steelers Looking for an Upset in Denver

Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos clashed less than a month ago, but you should expect this game to be much different. The Broncos scored 27 points in the first half before being outscored 21-0 in the second half when these two teams met on December 20. Brock Osweiler was at the helm in that unseasonably warm day at Heinz Field, but Peyton Manning will take back the mantle of starter for the Broncos this time around.

Manning saw game action in Week 17 for the first time since November 15. Before patrolling the sidelines for over a month, Manning was going through the worst year of his career with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions through 10 games. Hell, despite not playing six games, Manning still finished with the second most interceptions in the league. 

The Steelers could be dealing with quarterback issues themselves heading into the divisional round game. Ben Roethlisberger missed most of the fourth quarter of the Steelers Wild Card round win over the Cincinnati Bengals and backup Landry Jones pretty much sucked in his limited time on the field. 

Despite marquee names on offense, this game could easily turn into a defensive struggle (especially if ineffectiveness or health limits quarterbacks). The Broncos were the best defense in the NFL this season as they allowed the fewest yards per game and the second fewest points. The Steelers secondary has struggled most of the season as they entered the playoffs as one of the worst in the league, but they did hold the Bengals to just 279 yards. These two teams also finished the season first and third in sacks, respectively. 

For all the empirical data that can be applied, you need to wonder what the Steelers have left in their tanks following their Wild Card game. The fourth quarter of that game was ridiculous and it saw both Big Ben and Antonio Brown get hurt. 

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UFC Fight Night 81 Betting Odds Preview

The first free fights of 2016 take place at the TD Garden on January 17 and it will feature a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz. The headlining fight is a pseudo-title unification belt after Cruz never lost the belt but surrendered it after dealing with a cavalcade of injuries. The co-main event features Anthony Pettis making his return to the Octagon after losing his lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos when he faces Eddie Alvarez.


Dogs Had Good 2015 in Corrente’s Games

Tony Corrente Panthers Seahawks NFL

According to FootballZebras.com, Tony Corrente’s crew will be officiating Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. If capping referees is part of your weekly practice when it comes to NFL betting, you’ll know that dogs have had a good year in Corrente’s games in 2015.


UNDER a Hot Bet Between Thunder, Heat

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat don’t get together often, but when they do, UNDER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank. In the last four meetings between the clubs, the UNDER is a perfect 4-0.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games.
  • The Heat are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings with the Thunder.
  • The Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.

The Thunder (29-12) aren’t grabbing as much attention in the Western Conference thanks to the successes of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors but have quietly won 18 of their last 22 games. In the big picture, OKC has been awful against the spread (17-24 ATS) but have been better as of late, covering twice in a row heading into tonight’s contest.

You’ll have to forgive the Heat if they’re looking a little fatigued ahead of the game. Miami is playing out the sixth portion of a six-game road trip and will have a brief stop at home to play Milwaukee on Tuesday before heading out for eight of its next nine on the road.

Hassan Whiteside and company are 8-9 SU away from its own arena.

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Spurs are the Best Bet in the NBA

The San Antonio Spurs are perfect at home on paper (23-0 SU) but have looked beatable in recent games. The Spurs barely edged the New York Knicks 100-99 last week while bouncing back against the Cleveland Cavaliers and coming out on top 99-95. Dating back to last season, San Antonio has not lost on home court since March.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 8-1 in the Mavericks' last 9 games vs. the Western Conference.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the Spurs' last 7 overall.
  • The Mavericks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.

It’s a big sample size, but anyone betting on this game will need to take note of this particular trend: the underdog is a sizzling 12-2 ATS in the last 14 times these teams have gotten together.

UNDER bettors are also loving this series, and for good reason. The UNDER is 5-0 in the last five tilts between the clubs.

The perennially competitive Spurs are always reliable on the court, however that hasn’t always translated to the betting window. It’s been a much different story this season, though. Tim Duncan and company are a phenomenal 28-13 ATS — good enough to make them the best bet in the Association.

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UNDER Trending Between Noles-Cavaliers

The 11th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers continue their surge for March Madness Sunday in Tallahassee when they take on the Florida State Seminoles. If you’re a college hoops totals bettor, don’t sleep on this stat: the UNDER is a perfect 9-0 in the last nine times the schools have gotten together in Florida.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Seminoles last 5 Sunday games.
  • The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the Seminoles and Cavaliers.
  • The Seminoles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

The Cavs also hold the edge in this series at the betting window, covering the closing spread in four of their last five against the ‘Noles.

Virginia snapped its two-game slide against Miami on Tuesday, which was notable only because it was the first time in over three years the Cavaliers lost two-in-a-row to Atlantic Coast Conference opponents prior to the contest.

Tonight’s game will likely be a matchup of offense vs. defense, as Florida State ranks third in conference games in scoring (77.3) while Virginia is giving up just 65.5 points per game, the third fewest mark in the ACC.

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NHL Odds: Flyers at Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have been road warriors in recent weeks and will look to continue that success at home Sunday with the Philadelphia Flyers in town. The Wings ended their six-game road swing with a solid 5-1-0 record but have been far from a safe bet at home. Detroit has dropped four of their last five in Motown.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the Red Wings last 4 home games.
  • The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
  • The Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 games when playing on 0 days rest.

Joe Louis Arena has not been friendly territory for the Flyers over the years. Philadelphia has left Detroit with a victory just twice in their last 13 trips there. In fact, home teams are completely dominating this series, with home squads going 21-2 in the previous 23 matchups between the clubs.

The OVER is also a hot bet when the Wings and Flyers get together, evidenced by the OVER/UNDER going 5-1 in their prior six clashes.

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Manchester United Visits Anfield Sunday

Liverpool Manchester United EPL

If you’re looking to get some action in on the Barclays Premier League this weekend, look no further than LIverpool vs Manchester United. At present, Liverpool is +125 on home soil, while United is +230 and the Draw is +220. In spread markets, the game is presently a Pick with Liverpool -160 and Manchester United +135. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.0 goals is -150 and the UNDER 2.0 goals is +125.


Seahawks in Revenge Spot vs Panthers

The Seattle Seahawks will have revenge on their minds when they visit the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday afternoon. In a Week 6 game in Seattle, the Panthers beat the Seahawks 27-23. It was roughly at that point that bettors – and pundits – began to take the Panthers a bit more serious as they went on to flirt with a perfect regular season before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16.


While both teams lay claim to defenses that have terrorized the rest of the NFL throughout the season, the focus will be on a pair of MVP candidates as Cam Newton squares off against Russell Wilson in the quarterback matchup.


Wilson is easily the more experienced of the two and has the Super Bowl win on his resume, but it was Cam Newton who entered the postseason as the NFL MVP fave at -500 (Wilson was +1200 at Bodog). The Auburn product threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while throwing a career-low 10 interceptions en route to leading the Panthers to a sparkling 15-1 straight up (11-5 against the spread) record.


As far as wins and losses, and cashing bet slips in the postseason is concerned, it’s not a surprise that Wilson has the slight edge over Newton. The Seahawks signal caller has gone 7-2 SU in nine career postseason starts, while posting a 5-4 ATS mark and a 5-4 OVER/UNDER clip in those games. Newton, on the other hand, has made just three career playoff starts, going 1-2 SU, 1-1-1 ATS and 2-1 OVER/UNDER. As far as head-to-head matchups are concerned, the Seahawks have gone 3-1 vs the Panthers with Wilson at the helm, and have gone a middling 2-2 ATS in the process.


Let us not forget, however, that the Seahawks are somewhat lucky to be in this situation come Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings were on the verge of punching their ticket to the Divisional Round with seconds left on the clock as the two teams battled in frigid conditions in the Wild Card Round. As we all know, kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal, which would have iced the game for the Vikes.


Still, with that miraculous recovery of a botched snap and subsequent completion to Tyler Lockett being a perfect example, you have to expect a bit of the unexpected when it comes to capping Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.


And Newton for that matter.


In that aforementioned Week 6 contest, the Seahawks carried a commanding 23-14 lead in the fourth quarter before Newton orchestrated two drives of 80 yards resulting in a pair of touchdowns and a 27-23 win.


With that revenge spot in mind, we could very well be in store for a little more magic come Sunday.

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Short Rest is Killing Warriors Backers

Stephen Curry Andre Drummond

The Golden State Warriors are preparing for the toughest stretch of their schedule, as Eastern Conference contenders Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago will present them with quite a challenge on the road before they go home to face Indiana, San Antonio and Dallas.

Shark Bites
  • The Pistons are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 home games.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the Warriors' last 4 games following a ATS win.
  • The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the teams.

The Dubs (37-3 SU) fell to the lowly Denver Nuggets earlier in the week (with Draymond Green sitting) before bouncing back and topping the Lakers at home. While many NBA fans and experts were dreaming of the Warriors beating the 1995-96 Bulls’ record for most wins in a season (72), it’s becoming apparent the Warriors are more focused on the long goal instead of regular season records — garnering a second championship in as many years.

Playing on short rest has not been kind to Golden State backers as of late. In Stephen Curry and company’s last seven tilts, the Warriors are an ugly 0-7 ATS.

OVER bettors have fallen in love with this team when it hits the road, however, as the OVER is a sizzling 14-3 in the Warriors’ prior 17 road games. The OVER is also 4-0 in Detroit’s last four games against Western Conference opponents.

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