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Raps Have Lost 7 Straight Playoff Games

Paul George DeMar DeRozan

With Game 2 of the Toronto Raptors-Indiana Pacers series set to get underway on Monday, one team will be looking for a much better effort while the other will be attempting to keep the train rolling. The No. 7 seeded Pacers, who took Game 1 by a score of 100-90, completely dominated the second seeded Raptors in nearly every facet of the game.

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  • The Raptors are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of 7.0 or more.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Pacers' last 10 games with a closing total of 193.0 or less.
  • The Raptors are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games after an ATS loss.

A big reason for the Pacers’ triumph was the play of Paul George. Tasked with guarding Raps’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan, George embarrassed DeRozan to the tune of 33 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals. DeRozan could not get anything going on the offensive end either, finishing five-for-19 from the field in his team’s underwhelming performance.

If Toronto is going to even up the series tonight, they’ll need a considerably better performance from their star players. Kyle Lowry also had an off game, going three-for-13 from the field and four-for-nine from the free throw line. It’s going to be interesting to see if Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will lift the minutes restriction of small forward DeMarre Carroll, who’s recovering from a knee injury. If he does, expect the Dinos’ defense to improve tenfold.

The Pacers have traditionally been solid in this spot. In their last nine, Indiana is 8-1 SU after winning as an underdog.

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Must-Win Game for Flyers in Philly

Braden Holtby Washington Capitals Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia Flyers NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL hockey betting odds menu sees a clash between Philadelphia and Washington Capitals on Monday, with the host Flyers trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who back them on the moneyline.

The Philadelphia Flyers are 41-29-14 so far on the season. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are 58-18-8. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Philadelphia go 32-31-21 and the Capitals go 33-33-18 on the totals.

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Gonzalez Favored to be 1st Manager Fired

Fredi Gonzalez Atlanta Braves MLB

The baseball season is a long, grueling one but the lifespan of a baseball manager can be the exact opposite: short and not-so-sweet. We are just 10 games (give or take) into the regular season and you can already place a wager on who you think will be the first manager to get the axe.

Online shop Bovada has introduced a prop on just that and it is Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves that leads the way at EVEN odds.

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Summer Olympics 100M Betting Odds

Every four years the world becomes enamoured with the Summer Olympics and no event captured attention like the 100-meter dash. That will be no different this year when the world gathers in Rio de Janeiro and the globe watches, with baited breath, the most entertaining 10 seconds in sports.

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Premier League: Player of the Year Odds

Riyad Mahrez Jamie Vardy Harry Kane Dimitri Payet Ngolo Kante Mesut Ozil

The shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year was announced earlier this week and it is dominated by members of one club in particular.

Leicester City, they of the storybook season and improbable run to a Premier League title, features three players on the list of six and deservedly so as the Foxes have captured the imagination of Premier League fans world wide with the way they’ve played this season.

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NHL Stanley Cup Betting Odds Tracker

After a combined 2460 games during the regular season, the NHL field has been dwindled from 30 to 16. Almost half the teams are hitting the greens while the remaining get ready for playoff hockey. Though some of the playoff field was expected to be here all season long, there's a few clubs that had some ridiculous lines in the futures market throughout the season.

Keep an eye on the NHL futures market in our always-updated Stanley Cup futures page.

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Can The Giants Solve Kenta Maeda?

Kenta Maeda

I don’t think even the Los Angeles Dodgers expected to see their eight-year, $25 million investment in Kenta Maeda this offseason pay off so quickly. In his first two career starts in the MLB, the Japanese-import has pitched 12.0 innings while allowing zero runs. The San Francisco Giants look to be the first team to solve Maeda when they face the Dodgers Sunday night.

The Giants will counter with Jeff Samardzija, who will be making his third start of the season. The Shark is coming off an impressive start in Colorado in which he allowed just two earned runs across eight innings. However, Samardzija has been inconsistent in his few opportunities against the Dodgers with a lifetime 4.91 ERA in four appearances against LA (two starts).

After the first few games, it seemed that the Dodgers had to hope for their starters to go deep into games with their bullpen struggling, but those worries may be a thing of the past. LA’s bullpen has not allowed a run in 12 consecutive innings and has surrendered just two hits over the past four games.

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Pistons Enjoying Success In Cleveland

Though it is easy to ride off the eighth seeded Detroit Pistons in their opening round series against the powerhouse Cleveland Cavaliers, their success at Quicken Loans Arena should not be overlooked. The Pistons have won in seven of their past nine trips to Cleveland, including both this season.

Detroit offers a difficult challenge for any team in the NBA to limit offensively, as their starting five all scored double-digit points a league leading 27 this season. The issue for the Pistons will be stopping LeBron James, but they have managed to contain the best player on the planet somewhat, allowing James to average 20.7 points in the three games they faced him.

Though the Cavs are not just a one-man unit, there is no denying LeBron’s ability to step up in the playoffs. James has averaged 28.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists in his postseason career. In addition, a LeBron-led team has never lost a first round series in his entire career.

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Could Playing In Chicago Favor the Blues?

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice at the United Center for the first time in their series following two closely contested games Sunday afternoon. This could actually worry the ‘Hawks, as the Blues are a stellar 13-3-0 in their past 16 road games entering the playoffs.

The Blues ended the regular season with the second-best road record in the Western conference, but have won just five of their past 20 trips to the United Center. Vladimir Taresenko has been a force against the Blackhawks as the winger has six goals and two assists in seven games against Chicago this season (including playoffs).

Chicago was the second-best home team in the Western Conference this season with a 26-11-4 record at the United Center, however, since the start of February the team is just 5-9-0 in front of their home fans.

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The Heat are a Hot Bet at Home

The Miami Heat enter their first round series with Charlotte on a 6-0 SU and ATS roll at American Airlines Arena. They’re likely pleased with the way things shook out in Eastern Conference seeding as they’ve dominated the Hornets over the last few seasons, going 24-4 in the last 28 games between the teams.

The teams split their four games this season, with each covering in their SU wins. Those games saw an average total of 196.5, with only one of the games seeing both teams reach triple digits.

In their last meeting a month ago, Charlotte won by three points and are currently riding a trend that’s seen them go 6-1 SU in their last seven games after winning the previous game in a matchup. Kemba Walker filled the stat sheet when the teams last met, scoring 21 points with seven boards and seven assists.

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