Saturday Divisional Playoff Odds

The NFL's Divisional Playoffs rematches get started on Saturday afternoon with the rubber match between AFC North division rivals Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

The matchup truly is a rubber match as the Ravens and Steelers split the regular-season series with a win apiece. In Week 4, with Ben Roethlisberger sitting out to finish off his four-game suspension, the Steelers were a 2-point home favorite but lost to the Ravens 17-14. [ Steelers vs Ravens Matchup Report ]


Duke Blue Devils: NCAAB Odds

Duke will be anxious to hit the hardwood after getting shocked by Florida State earlier this week, and they will look to rebound when they tip off on Saturday as big home favorites against Virginia.

The Blue Devils (15-1 SU, 7-7 ATS) score nearly 20 points more per game than Virginia (10-6 SU, 6-4 ATS), and that alone will make them popular on the college basketball betting lines at books like Bovada. The only category in which the Cavaliers lead is in points allowed per game, and that edge is  minimal.


Canucks, Caps on NHL lines

The Canucks will get a huge test in their second game of a five-game road trip when they face the underachieving Capitals as road underdogs on NHL betting lines at the Verizon Center on Friday night.

Vancouver (+110 at Bovada) is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games - sitting tied with Detroit for the most goals per game at 3.5 and owning the league’s best power play. The Canucks allow the third-fewest amount of goals per game, and that also makes them a threat to beat any team on any night with their two-way play.


Auburn 50-1 to repeat BCS win

They looked good in beating Oregon in the BCS Championship game Monday but oddsmakers are making Auburn a huge 50/1 longshot to defend that title in 2011.

The Tigers, fresh off a 22-19 victory at the Fiesta Bowl, will likely lose Heisman Trophy winning QB Cam Newton to the draft, but that is just the start of the problems.

"They lose four seniors from their offensive line, which will be harder to replace than even a stud QB like Newton," said Mike Pickett. "Nick Fairley is also gone."


NBA Odds: Magic, Hornets

For all the hype the Miami Heat get, the Orlando Magic are almost as hot in basketball betting circles these days. They’ve won nine straight games and covered the spread in eight of those victories. Can they keep the momentum going at New Orleans on Wednesday night?


Ohio State vs. Michigan Odds

Second-ranked Ohio State (16-0 SU, 7-6 ATS) will have its work cut out for it to stay undefeated when they take on the Michigan Wolverines on NCAAB betting lines (11-5 SU, 6-4 ATS) at Crisler Arena on Wednesday.

The Buckeyes are listed as huge 10-point road favorites at sportsbooks like 5Dimes on the college basketball betting lines against the home underdog Wolverines.


Holyfield vs. Williams Odds

At the tender age of 48, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will return to action to defend his WBF Heavyweight title and continue his road towards a sixth world heavyweight championship.

Holyfield (43-10-2) continues to be one of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing for American fans in an era where all the real heavyweight belts are held by European fighters. Following his win over Frank Botha, where he won the WBF Heavyweight title, Holyfield has once again become a contender.


Divisional Playoffs Betting Trends

When the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers meet for the third time this season on Saturday, the best bet according to the NFL trends may be to go with the OVER.

The previous two meetings between the Ravens and Steelers this season both fell UNDER the posted total. If the trends hold up, though, that won't be the case this weekend.


Divisional Playoffs Opening Lines

Only eight teams remain in the quest for Super Bowl XLV and the NFL odds for the Divisional Playoffs are up already. On Saturday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will butt heads in what should be a smashmouth affair. Bovada and Bovada both have the hosting Steelers favored by 3 points with the over/under at a miniscule 36.5 for these defensively sound squads.


Canucks, Isles on NHL lines

Vancouver takes their league-best record into New York to face the Islanders as a -210 favorite on the NHL betting lines for Tuesday night’s tilt on Long Island.

The Islanders (+185) reeled off three wins over a recent five-game road trip before getting the top goal-scoring team in the Canucks. After a recent trade of backup goalie Dwayne Roloson - and an injury to Rick DiPietro - the Islanders will have to face adversity in net again and use one of two rookie goaltenders.



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