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Struggling Stars Must End Slumping Ways

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With around 25 percent of the NHL season left to play, division races are heating up (save for the Metropolitan). The Dallas Stars are jockeying for the lead in the Central Division but a two-game losing skid has them going in the wrong direction. The high-scoring Stars will look to snap that drought when they host the Detroit Red Wings Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Wings are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games against the Stars.
  • The Red Wings are 0-5 SU in their last five games as underdogs.
  • The Stars are 21-9 SU in their last 30 games after a loss in their previous effort.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Stars as -150 favorites in moneyline markets while the Red Wings are +120. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5.5 goals is priced at -105 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -125.

The Stars sit second in the competitive Central – one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks and one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues; both of whom are idle Monday. They are coming off a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers Saturday and have lost five of their last six contests overall.

The Wings have been trending the other direction compared to Dallas as they’ve won back-to-back contests and sit fourth in the Atlantic Division with 73 points. Their last outing was a 5-3 win at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday and the club has gone 9-2 SU in their last 11 games with one day off in between.

With a 1-6 SU record in their last seven games against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Stars will need to reverse that crummy trend Monday if they hope to keep up with the Hawks and Blues in their competitive division.

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Jazz are Suddenly Ice-Cold ATS

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The Boston Celtics are a perfect example of a team that doesn’t need a superstar to excel. A roster that features a plethora of role players, the Celts are doing a great job of sharing the ball and spreading the scoring around. The Utah Jazz will try and stop the streaking Eastern Conference club Monday evening, but trends are favoring Boston in this one. Boston, who opened as 6-point chalk, is 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight when tabbed as faves of six or more.

Shark Bites
  • The Jazz are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against the Celtics.
  • The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams with losing records.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Jazz's last eight games on the road.

The Jazz dominated the Celtics in the form of an 18-point victory in the first game back after the All-Star break, which prompted C’s head coach Brad Stevens to say Utah “hit us in the mouth.” The squads have gone in different directions since, however, as Boston has responded with three wins in four games while Utah has looked awful in its last two appearances.

Isaiah Thomas and company have averaged 118.3 points in their last three, and they’ve been especially dominant at home. The Celtics can extend their home winning streak to 11 games with a win tonight. Since January 12, they rank just behind the high-flying Golden State Warriors when it comes to putting points on the board, averaging 112.2 during that span.

Oddsmakers opened the total for the affair at 202.5, which will appeal to OVER backers. In Boston’s previous seven when facing a closing total of 202.5 or more, the OVER is 6-1.

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Different Faves Emerging in U.S. Elections

For the first time in a while, we are seeing a variety of favorites when it comes to the regional votes in the U.S. presidential election. 


NBA Team Focus: Time to Fade the Suns

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Is there a bigger train wreck in today’s NBA than the Phoenix Suns? Considering the current depressing state of the team you’d be hard pressed to argue otherwise. But when you look beneath the surface, things in the desert may be even worse than they appear, and that should translate into fade material for bettors in the stretch run of the regular season.


2016 Oscars Odds and Betting Preview

The Oscars are less than one week away and there has been some movement in a few of the notable categories. While Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson still dominate their respective categories at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, there is a new favorite at the top of the Best Picture board.

Spice up Oscar night with our Oscars Party Game. Click here to download the PDF.

Here are a list of updated odds and analysis leading into the Oscars.


Trail Blazers Have Had Indy's Number

In a year where many predicted them to dwell in the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the Portland Trail Blazers continue to raise eyebrows and will be looking to collect their 13th win in their last 15 games when they take on the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Pacers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Trail Blazers last 5 road games
  • The Trail Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest

The Trail Blazers have traditionally been a very reliable bet when they face Indy, as Damian Lillard and company are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between the squads. The underdog is 4-1 ATS during that span as well.

A big reason for Portland’s success this year has been their dominancy from beyond the arc. The Blazers are one of just three teams in the Association who have made 600 3-pointers. They’ve drained at least 10 in eight of their last 10 entering tonight’s tilt.

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NCAAB Betting: USC vs Cal

An all Golden State matchup presents itself for Sunday’s slate of college hoops as Southern California takes on Cal at Haas Pavillion. USC, which looked like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament a month ago, are feeling the heat now thanks to losses in four of its last five games.

Shark Bites
  • The Trojans are 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings
  • The underdog is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in the Golden Bears last 7 overall.

It won’t get any easier today due to the Golden Bears’ penchant for coming through at home. Cal is 17-0 SU at Berkeley this season. The Bears are cashing tickets at a rapid pace as of late, going 6-0 ATS in their last six heading into this one.

As risky as USC has been to trust, they have been profitable in one department: going OVER totals on the road. The OVER is 7-1 in the Trojans’ previous eight away from home.

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OVER Hot When Raps, Pistons Meet

Toronto Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan was hindered by flu-like symptoms on Friday night’s 99-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Kyle Lowry stepped up in a big way. Lowry sunk a game-winning two with just seconds left in the fourth quarter, giving him a career-high 43 in the process. The Raps will look to keep that momentum going when they travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings
  • The OVER is 7-3-1 in the Raptors last 11 overall
  • The Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record

OVER bettors will want to pay attention to this matchup. In the last seven clashes between the Eastern Conference clubs, the OVER is a sizzling 6-1. The Raps are 6-1 in their previous seven at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons, who were recently on an ugly five=game skid (a season worst), have responded with their first three-game winning streak since early January.

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OVERs Aplenty in TB-BOS Series

As all-world centre Steven Stamkos goes, so do the Tampa Bay Lightning. That trend has been extremely obvious as of late, as Stamkos has put together his longest goal-scoring run of the NHL campaign (six) which has seen the Bolts go a perfect 6-0 during that span. Tampa will put that on the line Sunday as they travel to Beantown for a date with the Boston Bruins.

Shark Bites
  • The Bruins are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record
  • The OVER is 7-3 in the Bruins last 10 overall
  • Lightning are 16-5 in their last 21 overall

Tonight’s affair is a big one as it will snap a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division. Bettors banking on high-scoring tilts have been loving these teams recently. The Bruins have gone OVER in seven of their last 10, while the Lightning are 8-3 O/U in their previous 11.

One area the squads are struggling immensely in is on the power play. Tampa is just 2-for-36 on the power play in their last 10 contests, while the Bruins have conveted on only four of 45 chances with the extra man over the past 14.

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Betting on Curling

Over the past decade or so, placing a wager on a Curling match has become immensely popular in not just Canada, but around the world. Sportsbooks have found ways to make betting on Curling as quick and easy for bettors as any other sport. With access to smartphones, tablets and iPads, bettors have access to bet on curling from almost anywhere.



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