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Team OddsShark is back for the Wild Card Round of the 2016 NFL playoffs with picks on each of the four games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The two AFC games will kick off the weekend on Saturday, with the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) visiting the Houston Texans (9-7) in the first game followed by the Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) in the second.

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Memphis Has Been Awful On The Road

The Memphis Tigers enter a massive Saturday showdown with the UConn Huskies as a terrible bet on the road. In their last 18 games away from home, the Tigers are just 4-13-1 ATS including failing to cover in their one true road game this season.

Memphis won both games against UConn last season, but despite holding the Huskies to just 34 percent shooting, won by a mere four points combined. Memphis will welcome Shaq Goodwin back to the lineup after the senior was suspended one game for tripping an opponent.

UConn will need to fix some shooting problems from last game if they want to beat Memphis, who has the third-best defensive field goal percentage in the country. Four of the Huskies five starters shot less than 36 percent from the field in their loss to Temple as the team put up a sad 31.6 shooting percentage.

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714943
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Wizards Have Been A Great Play vs Magic

After an inconsistent start to the season for bettors, the Washington Wizards have steadied themselves and have gone 7-3 ATS in their past 10. Bettors will hope with Wizards can continue this upward trend when the visit the Orlando Magic Saturday, a team they have gone 12-5-1 ATS against in their last 18 meetings.

Washington has long dominated Orlando as the Wizards have won 11-straight matchups between the two teams. The Magic have had no solution for John Wall who has averaged 19.1 points and 10.5 assists while tallying nine double-doubles during the Wizards winning streak.

Offensively, the Magic have been struggling as of late with the team averaging just 85.6 points in 42.1 percent shooting in their last five games. Victor Oladipo will get the start at point for Orlando after scoring 20 points in each of the past two games.

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712715
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Steelers Look To Continue Success In CIN

Steelers Bengals Antonio Brown

AFC North rivals clash once again when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. Though anything can happen in an interdivisional contest, the Steelers have been fantastic in their trips to Cincinnati, as Pittsburgh is 13-2 SU in their last 15 games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games at Paul Brown Stadium.  

The Steelers offense has been heaving the ball this season with the passing game accounting for 73.7 percent of the team’s total offense. As dependent as the offense has been on Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, the team is more of a move the chains team than a big play threat. The Steelers rank in the bottom half in the league in plays of 20+ and 40+ yards.

The defense of the Steelers has been employing a bend-not-break strategy this season as they are 21st in yards allowed, but ninth in points allowed. Notably the Steelers secondary has been leaking like a sieve this season, as they are the third-worst team in the NFL (and the worst among playoff teams) at stopping the pass.

The offense of the Bengals rests on the injured wrist of A.J. McCarron for another week, as Andy Dalton is not expected to make a return for the team before a potential Divisional round playoff match. The Steelers were the team that injured Dalton in Week 14, thrusting McCarron into the starting spot. Since taking over under center, McCarron has led the Bengals to a 2-2 record (including that Steelers game), while throwing six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Cincy’s defense has allowed the second-fewest points per game this season and have held their opponents to under the 20 point plateau in seven of their last eight contests. The Bengals secondary has feasted on Ben Roethlisberger this season as they have intercepted the quarterback four times while notching five sacks in two games.

These rivals split their season series with an average scoring margin of +9.5 points for the winner. The Steelers opened as 2.5 point favorites despite the Bengals going 6-2 SU at home this season. The total for the game opened at 47 with the two matchups between the teams this season seeing combined scores of 26 and 53 points respectively.

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724021
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Kentucky Finding Success In Alabama

It has not exactly been a banner year for Kentucky by their standards as they have already notched three losses this season, three times as many as the entirety of last year. The Wildcats will be looking to bounce back after losing their last game to unranked LSU, when they visit the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday. Luckily for Kentucky, the team has faired well in Alabama, as they are 6-3 SU and ATS in their last nine games at Coleman Coliseum.

John Calipari has been in this position before as coach of Kentucky as he took the 2010-11 team to the Final Four after going just 7-8 on the road in the regular season. Tyler Ulis continues to put up some amazing numbers with the sophomore averaging 21.4 points and eight rebounds in the past three contests.

Alabama is the lowest scoring team in the SEC, averaging just 66.4 points per game, but their defense has been keeping them alive this season. Senior Retin Obasohan has been lighting it up for the Tide though, as he has scored a career-high 23 points in each of the past two games.

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714942
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Canadiens Unable To Stop Crosby, Pens

The Montreal Canadiens are seemingly starting to right the ship after one of their worst months in franchise history, but a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday may slow their progress. The Habs have lost 10 of their past 15 games against the Pens, including a 2-5 record at the Bell Centre.

Brendan Gallagher has proven to be one of the main pieces to the Canadiens offense as they immediately started scoring again once he came back into the lineup. The diminutive winger missed all of December, a month in which the Habs averaged less than two goals per game, but since his return the team has scored 10 goals in three games. Mike Condon will get the start in nets for the Habs as he will look to continue a three-game winning streak in which he has only allowed five goals.

Sidney Crosby has absolutely torched the Candiens in his career. Ever since Crosby played his first NHL game in Canada, a game in which he scored the shootout winner against the Habs, the superstar has tallied 40 points in 30 games against Montreal. Since returning from a concussion, Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-1-1 with a .934 save percentage.

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710848
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SEA Looking for Another Beatdown of MIN

Seahawks Vikings

Sunday’s slate of Wild Card action in the NFL pits a team loaded with playoff experience against the new kids on the block when the Seattle Seahawks invade TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks (10-6 SU) erased an ugly 2-4 start to the season by recapturing their old form and winning eight of their remaining 10 games, while the Vikings (11-5 SU) rattled off three straight wins to end the year. Minnesota’s Week 17 road conquest over the Green Bay Packers made them the NFC North champions for the first time since 2009.

To many NFL pundits, the third-seeded Vikings may have lost by winning that game. Seattle is the #6 seed, but they’re a team no one wanted to play heading into the postseason. If Minny fell to the green and gold, they would have returned to the frozen tundra this weekend to face a Packers team that’s looking out of sorts in many facets of the game, particularly offensively. Adrian Peterson and company are NFC North champs, but they certainly won’t be resting easily with the Seahawks coming to town.

You certainly can’t blame Vikings’ players if they’re looking a little nervous ahead of the game. Seattle pummelled Minnesota in Week 13 by a score of 38-7 in a game Vikings’ backers would like to forget. Seahawks’ signal-caller Russell Wilson continued his late season resurgence by tossing for three touchdowns and running for another, the third time in as many games that the quarterback threw at least three scores with zero interceptions. 

The point spread will rightfully garner significant action in this game, as both squads were very profitable on the season. Minnesota finished as the best spread bet in the league at 13-3 ATS, while Seattle’s second half tear saw them produce five covers in their last six games. Pete Carroll and company opened as 5.5-point road chalk at most sportsbooks. It’s a big sample size, but it’s worth noting Minnesota is 3-10 ATS as a playoff underdog since 1988.

Most shops opened the total for the playoff tilt at 42, which will likely appeal to trend seekers who like to bet on totals. The Norsemen were one of the top UNDER teams in the NFL this season, as the OVER/UNDER went 4-11-1 when the Vikes took the field. Seattle is entering the playoffs on a four-game UNDER streak.

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NFC Wild Card Odds: Redskins vs Packers

If you told the majority of NFL fans at the start of the season that the Washington Redskins would be hosting a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, you’d be looked at like you had three heads. But thanks to the emergence of Kirk Cousins combined with a total midseason implosion by the Packers, that’s exactly where we’re at as we enter Wild Card Weekend.

Make no mistake about it—these are not the same old Packers. Green Bay (10-6 SU) failed to win the NFC North for the first time since 2010 thanks to a 20-13 home loss to hated division rival Minnesota in Week 17, and as a result are forced to hit the road in the opening round, which is a rare occurrence for a team who’s gotten used to first-round byes in recent years. The green and gold looked like they were on cruise control to start the season by garnering victories in each of their first six games before falling off a cliff after the bye in Week 7.

In the wake of last year’s epic collapse to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, head coach Mike McCarthy decided to give up play-calling duties for the first time since he took over the position in 2006. The Packers’ offense hit a wall as the calendar turned to November, and McCarthy once again became the team’s play-caller. Can Aaron Rodgers and company once again recapture their high-flying offense? With so much on the line this late in the year, it’s asking an awful lot for a team that’s hardly resembled its former perennially dominant selves. 

Maybe it has to do with the weak division they play in, but there aren’t many people giving the NFC East champion Redskins (9-7 SU) their deserved credit with the playoffs on the horizon. Washington collected victories over division rivals Philadelphia and Dallas to close out the season and clinched home-field advantage in the first round. The ‘Skins were a scary team at FedExField in 2015, going 6-2 in front of their hometown fans. 

Cousins appeared unphased by the seemingly endless drama surrounding embattled quarterback Robert Griffin III and parlayed his newfound starting opportunity into a 29 touchdown, 4,166 passing yards season. Cousins also did a good job of protecting the ball, tossing just 11 picks in his 16 appearances. The 27-year-old threw 16 touchdowns for 2,170 yards with just two interceptions at home in the campaign, which could make for a long day for the Packers’ defense. 

Most sportsbooks opened the line for this game as a pick’em, but that line immediately moved to Redskins -1 shortly after. If Jay Gruden and company remain as the favorites, it could continue a very interesting trend if they’re successful this weekend. The Redskins have not lost as a playoff favorite since December 30th, 1984 against the Bears, going a sizzling 6-0 SU and ATS in that span.  Another interesting tidbit—Green Bay has not been an underdog to the Redskins since 1988.

In what’s likely a direct correlation to their bumbling offense, the Packers were a boon for bettors banking on low-scoring affairs in 2015. Green Bay ended the season with an OVER/UNDER record of 5-11. Meanwhile, the Redskins ended the season on an OVER tear, evidenced by the OVER going a perfect 4-0 in their last four games. Considering the majority of shops opened the matchup with a total of 46.5, if the Packers can jump start their offense and Cousins’ ‘Skins can keep up their high-scoring ways, the OVER will likely generate significant interest in this one. 

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724023
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Best College Basketball Betting Sites

With the NCAAB’s March Madness being second to the Super Bowl in betting volume, there is no question that NCAAB betting is becoming increasingly popular. College basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States, and with over 350 Division I teams, there are plenty of opportunities to get in on the sports betting action.

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Best NBA Betting Sites

As one of the more difficult sports to bet on due to its high scoring nature and rapid score fluctuation, it may surprise you that NBA betting is the second largest sport in the sports betting industry. Since online sports betting has been introduced, NBA betting has exploded and is now second in betting popularity to the NFL. With 82 regular season games per team, there are far more opportunities to bet on the NBA than on football. Though difficult, NBA betting is exhilarating and intense for bettors.

If you’re up for the challenge, check out this guide to NBA betting:

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