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Villanova Has Been A Safe Road Bet

Two ranked teams square off at Hinkle Fieldhouse Sunday when the Butler Bulldogs host the Villanova Wildcats. ‘Nova enters this game as a slight road favorite, but the Wildcats have been a steady bet when travelling as they are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games.

The Big East is no joke, which has led to Butler starting conference play 1-2 with losses to Providence and Xavier. Butler has averaged 73 points per game in Big East games, which is more than 13 points less than their season average. The Bulldogs may be facing even more adversity in this affair as it seems like senior Roosevelt Jones will miss the game with an injured wrist, the same wrist that caused him to miss the entire 2013-14 season.

Villanova enters Sunday’s tilt leading the Big East in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense as they have yet to allow a conference opponent to score more than 71 points. Senior Daniel Ochefu has been on the best run of his college career as the forward has averaged 15.8 points and 11.3 rebounds in his past four outings.

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Is OKC vs POR A Perfect OVER Storm?

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers will meet for the second time this season at the Moda Center Sunday. The OVER has been cashing for both the Thunder and the Blazers recently as each of the teams enter this Northwest Division matchup with the OVER hitting in six of their past seven respectively. The Thunder have been averaging 115 points per game in their last seven while the Blazers have been allowing nearly 106 points in each of their past seven.

It is likely the charity strip is going to play a big role in this game for these teams. The Thunder are one of the best teams in the league at getting into the lane, which has them ranked near the top of the NBA in free throw attempts per game and paint points per game. The Blazers have been bad at defending the lane as they have sent opponents to the strip more times then any other team in the Western Conference.

When these teams met earlier this season it was Steven Adams, of all people, who had a big game. Adams recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds in that affair, one of his two double-doubles on the season.

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Panthers Are The Hottest Team In Hockey

The Florida Panthers will look to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games when they visit the Edmonton Oilers Sunday. The Panthers winning streak has seen them climb from 11th to second in the Eastern conference and they now possess a five-point lead in the Atlantic Division

Backup netminder Al Montoya will take the crease for the Panthers against the Oilers. The Chicago-native has allowed just one goal in each of his past four starts while registering a .956 save percentage. Jaromir Jagr, who has nine points in his last 10 games, has loved facing the Oilers in his storied career with the future Hall-of-Famer registering 39 points and a +13 rating in 34 career games against Edmonton.

The Oilers have been surprisingly solid at home this season with a 12-8-1 record at the Rexall Place. However, if the Oilers want to put an end to the Panthers streak they will need better play from Taylor Hall. Edmonton’s star player has just two points in the last seven games.

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NFL Wild Card Round Trends & Facts

The NFL Wild Card weekend is quickly approaching kick-off and with it comes some of the most exciting betting you can find. Eight teams will take to the field in the first true do-or-die games of this NFL postseason.

The game changes between the regular season and the playoffs, so you can’t just base your bets on how these teams ended Week 17. These are the hottest trends for the first weekend of playoff action, spanning the past 20 seasons.


Expert Picks: NFL Wild Card Round

The 2016 NFL playoffs get underway this weekend, and it is all about the road favorites. All four games feature the road team favored, with Green Bay the smallest at one-point, and Seattle the biggest at four points. I think we see a split of the road favorites. Over the last 30 years, playoff home underdogs are 17-14 ATS, but just 6-25 SU, according to the OddsShark database.


NFL Wild Card Weekend Player Props

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There are always players that step up in the big games and with the NFL postseason here it's time for some historic performances. These memorable games will inspire audiences for generations, but it could also pad your bank account now.

Here's a complete list of props for which players will lead the NFL in passing, rushing and receiving on Wild Card weekend.


Team OddsShark Wild Card Picks


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.


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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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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Steelers Look To Continue Success In CIN

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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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