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Why the Penguins Win the Stanley Cup

On Monday night in Pittsburgh, the 2016 Stanley Cup Final gets underway and the Penguins will look to win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Penguins opened as -120 favorites over the San Jose Sharks to win the series, and I think they’ll get it done.

Here’s why:

They’ve already beaten the best

The Penguins have had the toughest road to the Stanley Cup Final in recent memory.

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Best Non-Casino Hotels on the Vegas Strip

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With Las Vegas tourism continuing to boom and more and more visitors coming to Sin City for the first time, not all of them are looking to gamble and party like rock stars. A growing number simply want to stay at a respected luxury hotel without dealing with the drama that often surrounds casinos featuring the hottest nightclubs and pools.

Yes, Vegas has slot machines at laundromats and gas stations. But Vegas also has hotels without casinos for those who want to experience a comfortable and enjoyable vacation sans gambling.

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2016 CFL Season Win Totals

The CFL season is quickly approaching with only a few weeks until the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts kick off the season on June 23. With three-down football about to hit the airwaves once again, Bovada has opened win totals for every CFL team.

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UFC Fight Night 88: Betting Odds Preview

The bantamweights take center stage when the UFC invades the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 29. Two undefeated prospects meet in the main event as Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt clash in a battle for the future of the 135-lbs division.

The present of the bantamweight division is also up for grabs when Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway meet on the Fight Pass main event. The winner of the bout will put himself in good position to challenge for the bantamweight title in 2017.

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Kershaw Has Never Lost To The Mets

Clayton Kershaw is having one of the best pitching months in recent memory – 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA in five starts during May – and he aims to close out his perfect month when he takes on the New York Mets Sunday. Kershaw has absolutely dominated the Mets in his career with a 7-0 record and a 1.17 ERA while averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Mets will counter Kershaw with the one and only Bartolo Colon. The 18-year veteran has been especially solid at Citi Field this season with a 2.66 ERA, but the Mets have supplied him with just 2.75 runs of support in those outings.

The Dodgers enter the deciding game of the series with wins in five of their past six outings while limiting opponents to two runs or less on four occasions. Chase Utley has been one of the best batters in the Dodgers’ lineup during that span, as he has gone 9-for-23 with five RBIs.

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D-Backs: The Hottest Over Team In MLB

If you are looking for runs and OVERS galore than you should be tuning in to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs enter their rubber match with the San Diego Padres on Sunday with a streak of eight-straight OVERS. During that eight game span, Arizona and their opponents have scored an average of 12.0 runs per game.  

The D-Backs will send Archie Bradley to the mound to take Shelby Miller’s spot in the lineup as Miller deals with a finger sprain. Bradley has made just two starts in the majors this season while allowing nine earned runs and notching more walks than strikeouts.

Drew Pomeranz – who will take to the bump for the Padres – is having an absolutely fantastic season. Pomeranz has a 1.70 ERA – with a phenomenal 0.87 ERA in his past five starts – with opponents hitting just .164. However, the lefties play has been a waste with the Padres giving him two or fewer runs of support in each of his past five outings.

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Sale Looks To Extend Perfect Road Record

Chris Sale may have registered his first loss of the season in his last outing, but the lefty is still perfect on the road this season. Sale is 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in five road starts this season while pitching a complete game twice. The Chicago White Sox will hope Sale can remain perfect on the road when they finish off their weekend series with the Kansas City Royals Sunday.

The Royals will send veteran Edinson Volquez to the mound to counter Sale. Volquez has been especially effective at Kauffman Stadium this season with a 2.06 ERA in six home starts.

The White Sox are proving that no lead is safe as they continue to fumble late in games. The first game of the series saw the ChiSox lose despite holding a four-run lead, but they outdid themselves by allowing seven ninth inning runs Saturday to lose 8-7 to the Royals.

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722268
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Turns Out, Bettors Are The Best Pundits

When it comes to the predictions of political pundits, sports bettors kicked the butts of everyone this U.S. presidential election. 

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Thunder Simply Don’t Lose Two In A Row

The Oklahoma City Thunder missed out on their first opportunity to knock off the Golden State Warriors, but will get a second chance Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder have been automatic when coming off a loss with OKC going 6-0 SU and ATS in their past six following a defeat.

The Thunder have won both games this series on home court and have done so handily with an average scoring margin of +26 points. Russell Westbrook has excelled in OKC this series – with the point guard averaging 33 points, 11.5 assists and 9.5 rebounds on home court this round.

Steph Curry continues to score – averaging 25.6 ppg this series – but has registered at least five turnovers in three of the five games this series. Curry has struggled in OKC during the series with the NBA MVP scoring 21.5 ppg while shooting just 23.8 percent from beyond the arc.

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Astros Struggling Mightily On The Road

The Houston Astros have been a major disappointment this season. After making it to the ALDS last year, hopes were high for the ‘Stros but the team currently sits last in the AL West and has been downright terrible on the road. The Astros are 7-16 this season away from Minute Maid Park - the third-worst record in the MLB - which includes a loss in their first game against the LA Angels Friday.

Dallas Keuchel has completely fallen apart after his Cy Young winning campaign last season. Keuchel – who has always been a groundball pitcher – has been given up the second-most hits in the MLB this season with opponents registering an average of 7.3 hits per game. The lefty has surrendered five or more runs in four of his past six starts.

The Angels will be hoping that Jered Weaver can put together back-to-back solid outings, as the right-hander has been wildly inconsistent during May. Weaver has gone six-plus innings in three starts this month while allowing a combined six runs in those outings compared to 15 runs in the two starts he failed to reach the sixth.

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