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Dodgers play host to the Diamondbacks

Dan Haren is the probable pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night as they take on the rival Arizona Diamondbacks to continue their NL West betting series.

Haren is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA on the season, and he held the D-Backs to three runs over 5 2-3 innings in a win in his most recent outing. Overall the righthander is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA over his four career appearances against Arizona.

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Pens seek a 2-0 series lead vs. Jackets

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get a chance to extend the lead in their NHL playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets to 2-0 when those teams hit the ice Saturday night.

Pittsburgh paid off on the NHL betting lines in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday night with a 4-3 home victory as a -190 favorite. That extended the Penguins' winning streak against the Blue Jackets to seven games.

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Bruins begin playoffs versus Red Wings

The Boston Bruins will begin their quest to return to the Stanley Cup final on Friday night as they take on the Detroit Red Wings in marquee NHL playoffs betting action.

The Bruins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, won just one of their four games against the Red Wings during the regular season, and they're just 2-8 in the last 10 games between the two teams.

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Red Sox host the Orioles at Fenway Park

The Baltimore Orioles will be turning to their ace on Friday night at Fenway Park as they open up an MLB betting series against the division-rival Boston Red Sox at the sportsbooks.

Chris Tillman is slated to get the ball for Baltimore on Friday, and he's 1-1 with an 0.84 ERA through his first three starts of the season. The righthander is also 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA over his 12 career starts against the Red Sox.

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California Chrome Solid Derby Favorite

The betting price on California Chrome continues to drop, with the talented colt now at 2/1 in Kentucky Derby futures odds released by Bovada. The colt has won his last four starts by a combined 24 lengths and is coming off a 5 ¼ length victory in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 5.

Back in February horse bettors could have received 60/1 after his win in the California Cup Derby. That win came against state breds and up until that point he had not shown he could handle open stakes company.

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NBA Playoffs Betting Odds: Heat Chalk

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are not the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the start of NBA playoffs betting action this weekend, but they remain the favorites at the sportsbooks to make it back to the NBA Finals once again this spring.

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Flyers open up series against Rangers

The Philadelphia Flyers have been tagged with a loss in each of their last eight games at Madison Square Garden as they open their playoff series against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

The Flyers and Rangers met four times during the regular season, with the Metropolitan Division teams splitting the contests at two wins apiece while the OVER/UNDER went 1-2-1. Overall the Flyers are 4-6 in their last 10 games against New York.

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668001
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Tigers and Verlander take on Indians

The Detroit Tigers will be sending Justin Verlander to the mound on Thursday afternoon as they take on the Cleveland Indians in home MLB betting action at the online sportsbooks.

Verlander is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA on the season, holding the Padres to two runs on eight hits over seven innings in his most recent trip to the mound. The righthander has made 35 career starts against Cleveland, going 17-14 with a 4.38 ERA.

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662305
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NHL playoff series odds set at books

St. Louis lost their final six games of the season and hit the Stanley Cup playoffs in a major slump but odds makers clearly believe in the Blues.

Despite the late swoon, NHL playoff series odds favor the Blues to take out the defending Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. That, according to online sportsbooks such as BetOnline which opened the Blues as -115 series favorites and Sports Interaction which had them at -140.

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NHL Betting Trends, First Round Odds

Before you go pencilling in the top seeds in the East and West to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, beware a couple of betting trends favoring the No. 8 seeds.

The Boston Bruins are the top seed in the East and favored to win the conference and the Cup, but they have faced the Detroit Red Wings eight times since 2009 and won just once.

With Henrik Zetterburg on the verge of returning to the Detroit lineup, are the Red Wings a tempting underdog pick as NHL playoff betting gets rolling?

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