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Home Team Hot When Flyers-Habs Meet

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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

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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.

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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.

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Clippers Host Spurs in Key West Matchup

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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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Bulls Have Been Awful on the Road

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The NBA is back in action tonight, and the Chicago Bulls will hope to leave their struggles behind them as the team went 1-6 both SU and ATS prior to the All-Star break. Unfortunately, they’ll have to attempt to turn the page on their recent skid in Cleveland against a Cavs team who’s 22-4 on their home court this season.

Chicago’s recent struggles have mainly come on the road where the team is just 1-5 SU and ATS in its last six road games. In the five road losses they’ve been outscored by an average of 13 points and have allowed their opponent to score an average of 112 points in those games.

The Cavaliers opened as 11.5-point favorites in this one, and luckily for anyone backing the Bulls, the Cavs are just 1-3 ATS in their last four games when favored by 11.5 or less. Despite being a tough beat on their home court, Cleveland is a middling 13-13 ATS at Quicken Loans Arena.

The game opened with a total of 207, and both teams are trending OVER. Cleveland has gone OVER in six of their last eight games, while Chicago has gone OVER in 12 of their last 15 road games.

The team last met on January 23 in Tyronn Lue’s coaching debut for the Cavs. Cleveland was booed off the court in a 96-83 loss, which also saw the Bulls cover as 10.5-point underdogs. With Jimmy Butler out of the Bulls lineup for a few weeks, the Cavs will have a good shot at redemption tonight. 

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NCAAB: Kentucky has Owned Tennessee

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There’s no need to sugar coat this one —Kentucky has been as close as it gets to being a lock when they host Tennessee. The last nine times that the teams have met in Kentucky, the Wildcats have gone 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS. To add more fuel to the tire fire, Kentucky has won seven straight overall at home while Tennessee is just 1-11 in its last 12 road games.

If Tennessee backers are looking for something to lean on, however, look no further than tonight’s massive 17-point spread. Kentucky has been a poor bet when favored by 17 or more points, going 1-5 ATS in their last six games in that situation. During their current run against the Volunteers, Kentucky has covered two double-digit spreads — -15.5 and -13.5.

The total opened at 150, and the teams have had a tendency to go OVER against each other, as they’ve gone OVER the total in four of their last five matchups. Also of note regarding the total, Kentucky has gone OVER in nine of their last 10 games after consecutive ATS wins.

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PIT vs DET: Penguins are Hot at Home

Two teams jockeying for position in the tight Eastern Conference standings meet tonight in Pittsburgh when the Red Wings will try to put an end to a recent three game slide on the road. The Penguins, meanwhile, will look to build upon strong play at home, as the team is now 6-1 in its last seven games at the Consol Energy Center. 

At 14-9-3 on the road this season, the Wings have generally been pretty good as a visitor, but that’s not the case recently, as they’ve been outscored 13-5 during their three game road losing streak. They’re also struggling in Pittsburgh, winning just two of their last nine games in the Steel City. 

The Pens are coming off a 2-1 loss in Florida against the Panthers, but they’ve been strong at bouncing back lately, going 4-0 in their last four games after a loss.

The teams last met on New Year’s Eve — a 5-2 Penguins win in Detroit. The Wings jumped out to a quick 2-0 first period lead, but Pittsburgh showed a fortitude that the team has lacked in recent years by scoring five unanswered goals.

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Michigan State, Wisconsin Heating Up ATS

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The Michigan State Spartans will have revenge on their minds when they host the Wisconsin Badgers in Big Ten action from East Lansing Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 4-0 in Michigan State’s last four games.
  • Wisconsin is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 meetings with Michigan State.
  • Michigan State is 3-1 ATS in its last four games when favored by 9.5 or more points.

Wisconsin defeated Michigan State 77-76 thanks to a late basket by Ethan Happ back on January 17. That win sparked the Badgers’ recent seven-game SU and ATS winning streak which has also seen them move up to fourth in the Big Ten standings (8-4).

Not to be outdone, the Spartans will be going for their sixth win in seven contests, but they have cashed ATS in each of those last six efforts. Michigan State defeated Indiana, the Big Ten’s leader, 88-69 as 7-point favorites in their last game back on February 14.

With both teams piping hot at the betting window, something’s gotta give Thursday night. Wisconsin has won three-straight meetings and four of the last five SU versus Michigan State, but for such an important game in the hyper-competitive Big Ten, we should be in store for another close one.

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Rangers Have Been a Good Bet Off a Loss

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The New York Rangers will look to rebound from a tough loss to the Chicago Blackhawks when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs - the NHL’s worst team - at the Air Canada Centre Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Maple Leafs are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Maple Leafs last five games.
  • The Rangers are 5-13 SU in their last 18 games on the road.

Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 19 shots as the Blueshirts fell 5-3 to the Hawks at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. It was just their second loss in seven games and the firlst time they failed to collect a point in as many contests. On the bright side, the Rangers have had a penchant for following up a loss with a win as they’ve won the last nine times they’ve been in that spot.

The Leafs are now at the bottom of the NHL with 49 points and are just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games heading into Thursday evening. The Buds were hammered by the Blackhawks by a score of 7-2 their last time, but have had a couple of days off in between.

The Rangers have had the better of the Leafs (as have the rest of the league) this season, winning both meetings thus far. Early reports indicate that Antti Raanta will get the start for the Rangers with Thursday's game being the second of a back-to-back spot. Raanta will be hungry for a good performance, however, as he has not posted a win since November 15.

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Scoring Way Up in NHL in February

If you bet puck, you may have noticed the NHL picked up a big dose of scoring since the All-Star break.

Since the All-Star break ended, the OVER is mopping up in February to the tune of 61-35-15, a winning rate for the OVER of 63.5 percent. That’s a mammoth increase for the OVER of nearly 15 percent following a season O/U of 349-369-133 (48.6 percent).

The windfall for OVER bettors comes as NHL games have seen a somewhat shocking rise in scoring of 5.94 goals per game in February from the season average of 5.35 goals.

That’s massive by NHL standards. 

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