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Raptors Have Been an Awful Bet vs Knicks

The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks have been on opposite ends of the spectrum in the Eastern Conference standings this season, however it’s been a different story at the betting window when these teams collide. The Raptors are a paltry 1-7 ATS in their last eight clashes with their division rivals, but will be looking to improve on that mark Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games with no days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Raptors' last five games against the Knicks.
  • The Knicks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after an ATS win.

Betting on the Knicks is a scary thought right now, though. New York is 1-7 SU and 1-6-1 ATS in their previous eight heading into this one. The Knickerbockers opened as 4-point home dogs for the affair at most sportsbooks.

Totals bettors will want to pay attention to the opening number of 199. In the Knicks’ previous 10 when facing a closing total of 200.5 or less, the OVER is 7-3.

Toronto is coming off a 98-85 home victory over Memphis and will be playing in the second portion of back-to-back games. The Raps held the Grizzlies to just 36.8 percent shooting, with the Grizz going 3 for 20 from 3-point range.

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Therrien on His Way Out as Habs Slump?

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Last month, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin held a press conference to let everybody know that he stood by head coach Michel Therrien.

“It’s been a hard time for all of us, but I believe in Michel Therrien and his coaching staff. Nobody is going anywhere.”

Those were the words uttered by Bergevin during the presser as the Habs had recently fallen out of playoff contention.


Kimbo-Dada fight sees "shady" odds moves

Something smells fishy about tonight’s Bellator 149 fight between Kimbo Slice and Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris. 

Yesterday Bovada had Slice pegged as a -450 favorite and by this morning action had smashed it down all the way to -175. 

“It’s a shady mess of a fight,” says Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at Bovada. 

Other books reported similar moves and several others took the fight off the board. Reputed MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa said on Twitter that he yanked the fight last night at the first sign of trouble.


Thunder have Owned Pacers in OKC

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be hoping to carry over some pre all-star break success on their home court when they welcome the Pacers to town on Friday night. The Thunder currently have a nine game winning streak at home which includes covering seven spreads during that span. They’ll have a good chance to continue their run vs a Pacers team that they’ve dominated when they come to town, going 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against them in OKC.

It’s been an up and down season for the Pacers, but mainly down lately at the betting window as they’re just 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games, which includes going 2-6 ATS in eight road games.  Shoddy defense has played a role in the team’s struggles on the road as they’ve now allowed an average of 110 points in their last eight road games. The Pacers enter the game as 9-point underdogs which is an area where they’ve struggled, going just 1-5 ATS in their last six games in that situation.  

The Pacers might be in for more than they can handle with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook tonight. Kevin Durant has averaged 31.2 points vs the Pacers in his career, while Westbrook blew up the Pacers D in his last game against them, scoring 54 points to go along with nine boards and eight assists.

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Lakers are Suddenly a Hot Bet

Spurs vs Lakers

There haven’t been many headlines about the Lakers being good at anything this season, but they’re currently on a 5-0 ATS run with five straight covers prior to the all-star break. They’ve of course been helped by being an underdog in each of the five games with two of those in the 16-point range, and they’ll face another double-digit (13.0-points) spread when they host the Spurs.

The Spurs are coming off a disappointing 105-86 loss to the Clippers last night, but they’re a perfect 9-0 SU in their last nine games with no days off between games. Unfortunately for Spurs backers though, the team has been unable to cover the spread in the second game of back-to-backs in their last three opportunities.

Another trend working in the Lakers favor is that the Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs teams with losing records. Don’t expect any major upset tonight though, as the Lakers are 0-11 SU in their last 11 games vs teams with winning records. 

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Door Closing on Canucks’ Playoff Hopes

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The 2015-16 NHL season hasn’t been a banner year for Canadian franchises and while the Vancouver Canucks seemed like the best bet of the bunch to make the playoffs, a three-game losing streak has essentially shut the door on that idea. They’ll look to end that recent slump with a visit to the Calgary Flames Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 4-1 in the Flames’ last five games.
  • The Canucks are 3-0 SU in their last three games with zero days off after their previous game.
  • The Flames are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games as favorites.

At online shop Bovada, the Flames are -160 in moneyline markets while the Canucks are +130. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5.5 goals is presently +120 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -150.

The Canucks have gone just 2-5 SU in the month of February and have been on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night – all on home ice – in their last three games.

Strangely, the Canucks will be happy to get on the road, where they’ve gone 2-0 SU since the All-Star break compared to 0-5 on home ice. They will not be excited to be in Calgary however.

Calgary has been a thorn in the Canucks’ side recently and although Vancouver won the only other meeting in Calgary this season (5-1 on October 7), the Flames have gone 4-1 SU in the last five meetings at home and 8-3 SU in the last 11 meetings overall, including wins in the past two head-to-head contests.

The Canucks are still alive in the playoff hunt and a win over their Pacific Division rivals could be the rallying point they need to make a last season push.

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Home Team Hot When Flyers-Habs Meet

PK Subban Claude Giroux Montreal Canadiens Philadelphia Flyers NHL

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

The Montreal Canadiens bring a 27-27-4 record to the battle against the 25-21-10 Flyers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Montreal go 29-21-8 so far and the Flyers go 21-21-14.

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NBA Team Focus: Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies

Words like afterthought and gatekeeper usually come to mind when thinking about the consistently consistent Memphis Grizzlies. At 31-22 SU on the season, the Grizzlies sit in fifth place in the Western Conference and look poised for a sixth straight playoff appearance. Even though the Grizz aren’t a good candidate for any type of long-term futures bet, there are a few areas where they've been quite profitable for bettors this season.


NBA Trade Deadline: Green Joins Clippers

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Another edition of the NBA Trade Deadline comes and goes and the 2016 installment leaves with a whimper, if anything at all.


Clippers Host Spurs in Key West Matchup

Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers NBA

The Western Conference has been mostly a two-team show with the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs running away at the top since the season began. But while the Los Angeles Clippers are still a long way away from reaching those heights, they did a great job of making their presence felt in the next tier out west.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games versus the Western Conference.
  • OVER has cashed in six of the Spurs’ last eight road games.
  • The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games versus the Western Conference.

At online book Bovada, the Spurs are tabbed as 5-point favorites for the first meeting between the two clubs at STAPLES Center this season.

The Spurs defeated the Clippers 115-107 as 7.5-point faves when the pair met in Texas back on December 18. That loss started a three-game losing skid that dropped the Clippers’ record to 16-13, but since then, the Clippers have gone 19-5 SU and have been a profitable venture at the betting window as well, going 15-9 ATS during that span.

The Spurs, however, have been the best bet in the NBA this season, taking a 34-19 ATS record into STAPLES Center as the NBA returns from it’s All-Star break. They have had the edge in recent head-to-head meetings with the Clippers as well, posting a 5-2 ATS mark in the last seven meetings (including last year’s playoff series).

The Clippers will continue to be without Blake Griffin, but that doesn’t seem to matter matter. The team has played it’s best basketball of the season without the forward and considering they’re doing everything they can to secure a top-four playoff spot in the west, it’s tough to bet against them.

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