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Flames Struggle in Visits to Toronto

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It’s difficult to back one of the seven Canadian NHL franchises with any confidence this season, but when one team has a completely one-sided trend in its favor, you begin to take notice. That’s the situation we are looking at when the Calgary Flames visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-15 SU in their last 21 games.
  • The Flames are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games as underdogs.
  • UNDER is 5-2 in the Flames’ last seven games.

You do not see the Leafs tabbed as faves too frequently, but they are in that spot Monday. Online book Bovada has the Buds at -135 in moneyline markets while the Flames come in at +105. The total is slated at 5.5 goals with OVER at EVEN odds and UNDER at -130.

The Flames have been instant fade material when they take the ice at the Air Canada Centre. They’ve gone 3-17 SU in their previous 20 visits with their last win coming in a 2-1 game back on January 15, 2011.

The last time the Flames visited Toronto, the Leafs skated to an easy 4-1 win (December 9, 2014). That said, Calgary has lit the lamp at a furious rate the last two times these clubs have played. The Flames have scored 10 goals in the previous two meetings, which were both Flames wins on home ice.

The Flames have played fairly well of late and have won three of their last four games overall entering Monday’s action. They skated to a 4-1 in at the Montreal Canadiens Sunday to begin a stretch of eight games where seven are on the road.

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OVER a Hot Bet Between Pelicans, Heat

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The New Orleans Pelicans have thrown in the towel on a lost season, and Monday’s decision to sit injury-riddled star Anthony Davis for the remainder of the campaign shows they’re trying to bottom out as much as possible to obtain a higher draft pick in the lottery. The Pellies play host to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, which has traditionally been a profitable series for OVER bettors. The OVER is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between the squads.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 0-4 SU in their last four games after winning as an underdog.
  • The Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last four games after a win.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Pelicans' last 10 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

The Heat are getting the job done against weaker squads as of late, a big reason why they’ve rocketed up the Eastern Conference standings. Miami is 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 versus teams with losing records. They haven’t been a safe bet coming off a win, however, going 0-4 ATS in their previous four after triumphing in the previous contest. Miami topped Cleveland 122-101 on Saturday.

Do you own a pair of basketball shoes? If so, you may be able to play for the Pelicans right now. Here’s a look at New Orleans’ injury report tonight: Anthony Davis, Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Eric Gordon are officially ruled out for the tilt. Norris Cole is listed as questionable. This could be a long night for the Pels.

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Offense Rare When Wings, Bolts Meet

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning clash in a battle for Atlantic Division positioning Tuesday. Offense has been at a premium when these two teams meet, as the UNDER has hit in six of their past eight contests between the Wings and Bolts. The two teams have combined for an average of four goals per game with one team being held to a single goal or less on six occasions in those eight games.

The Red Wings will send Jimmy Howard to the crease as regular starter Petr Mrazek is still recovering from a high fever, though the Czech will be on the bench in a backup capacity. Howard has been in the net for the past two games with the goalie posting a 2.00 GAA and a .926 save percentage while registering the win in both.

The Lightning begin a six-game homestand Tuesday, but they will need to put on better performances at the Amalie Arena to ensure their playoff spot. Tampa is just 2-3-2 in their past seven games at home, following a nine-game winning streak on friendly ice, with their victories coming against the Winnipeg Jets and Arizona Coyotes.

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Sens Struggling Against Top Competition

If the Ottawa Senators want to make a late run at a playoff spot they will need to play better against the more difficult competition. The Sens have dropped five consecutive games against teams with winning records while allowing four goals per game in that span. Ottawa will play host to the top team in the NHL when the Washington Capitals come to town Tuesday.

After thumping the Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Saturday, lines remain unchanged for the Senators heading into Tuesday’s contest. The Sens were propelled to their most goals in their past 10 games thanks to three shorthanded tallies against the Habs. Craig Anderson will get the start in nets for Ottawa with the Park Ridge, Illinois-native posting a 1.67 GAA and a .943 save percentage in his past three outings.

The Caps will have a chance to cinch the Metropolitan Division with a victory Tuesday following their first attempt resulting in a 6-2 loss Saturday. Washington has historically fared well against Ottawa as they have won four of the past five against the Senators, featuring a 7-1 beatdown in their pervious meeting in January. That game was highlighted by a two-goal performance from Alex Ovechkin, which had the sniper scoring the 500th goal in his career.

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Spurs are a Consistent Source of UNDERs

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If there’s one team in the NBA you never have to worry about getting too high on themselves, it’s the San Antonio Spurs. The perennial contenders are fresh off a 87-79 home victory over the mighty Golden State Warriors – their biggest win of the season – but will have their hands full once again Monday versus the streaking Charlotte Hornets. Backing the Hornets as home underdogs has been extremely profitable as of late, as Kemba Walker and company are 3-0 ATS in their past three as home dogs. Books opened Charlotte in as 6-point underdogs for the tilt.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 5-0 SU in their last five games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Hornets' last three games with a closing total of 199.5 or less.
  • The Hornets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog of 6.0 or less.

The Spurs possess the best defense in the NBA, so it’s no surprise they’ve become a boon for UNDER bettors. Ten of San Antonio’s previous 13 matchups have gone below the closing total. Oddsmakers opened the total for tonight’s contest at 198.5. Gregg Popovich’s crew lead the Association with 92.3 points allowed per game.

Charlotte is no slouch, however. The Hornets are one of the hottest teams in the league, whose 17-5 SU record since January 31 is the NBA’s third best behind San Antonio (20-2) and Golden State (19-3).

One player to keep an eye on in the tilt is Kemba Walker. The Hornets’ point guard has totalled 56 points in the last two meetings between the squads.

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Streaking Hawks are Worth the Chalk

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How much of a difference does a month make? For the Atlanta Hawks it’s quite a stark contrast. The Hawks, whose season was trending downwards 30 days ago, are now one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta goes after its ninth win in 10 games Monday in the opener of a home-and-home set with the Washington Wizards.

Shark Bites
  • The Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their division.
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of the Wizards' last 19 games against the Hawks.
  • The Wizards are 2-16 SU in their last 18 games on the road against the Hawks.

Atlanta opened as 6.5-point favorites at most shops, which will definitely appeal to their backers. The Hawks are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five when labeled as faves of 6.5 points or more.

If the Wizards are going to escape Georgia with a W, they’ll need to bring a much better effort than they did in recent clashes. Atlanta has averaged 113 points while limiting the Wiz to 94.7 during a three-game winning streak in the series. The Hawks’ dominance dates back much further, as Atlanta has won 14 of the past 15 home meetings with Washington since the 2008-09 season.

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Panthers Struggling Versus Rangers

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Two of the Eastern Conference’s heavyweights tangle at Madison Square Garden when the New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers Monday evening. Despite an even 1-1 SU in two meetings so far this season, one side of this matchup has had the decided edge in recent contests.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 21-9 SU in their last 30 home games.
  • The Rangersa re 1-4 SU in their last five games versus teams with a winning record.
  • The Panthers are 19-7 SU in their last 26 games versus the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers are presently priced at -140 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while the Panthers are +110. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER -130 and UNDER currently EVEN odds.

The Blueshirts have posted a record of 7-1 SU in the previous eight meetings with the Panthers, a run that dates back to to the 2013-14 season. The one Panthers win in in that span came on January 2 of this season when they won 3-0.

The Rangers have gone lukewarm of late and sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division entering Monday’s action. They’re returning home after a three-game California road trip that proved tough as they dropped games at the Los Angeles Kings and, most recently, the San Jose Sharks.

The Panthers remain on top of the Atlantic but are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. They’ve also struggled in sports where they have had one day off in between games, posting a record of just 2-5 SU the last seven times they’ve played in such situations.

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Rockets are a Sizzling Play vs OKC

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The Houston Rockets are clinging to a playoff spot in the Western Conference, which means every game from now until the end of the season is huge. It won’t be easy on Tuesday, as James Harden and company are set to tangle with the high-flying Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets have traditionally fared well in this series, winning five of their last six versus the Thunder.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games after an ATS win.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Thunder's last seven games with two days off between games.

Houston, who is tied with the Dallas Mavericks for seventh place in the West, are a fantastic source of OVERs in this spot. In the Rockets’ last nine with two days off between games, the OVER is 8-1.

Oklahoma City has already clinched its playoff spot and owns a 4.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 3 spot in the conference. Russell Westbrook hasn’t been his normal self lately, as the dynamic point guard went 4-of-17 from the field in Saturday’s 115-111 win over Indiana.

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New-Look Diamondbacks are Going for it

Thanks to an extremely aggressive offseason, the Arizona Diamondbacks are officially in win-now mode. That means 2016 is going to be an interesting one in the desert.

The D-Backs shocked the baseball world by shelling out a whopping $207 million to ex-Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and traded for Shelby Miller to help bolster the starting rotation. The addition of Tyler Clippard helps strengthen the bullpen, while the team is hoping a change of scenery is going to help get Jean Segura back on track.


Comparing 1996 Bulls to 2016 Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are underdogs to go undefeated at home this season, and that looks like a safe bet to make, based on some comparative analysis of the 2016 Warriors and the 1996 Chicago Bulls, whose record they are chasing.

Stephen Curry and his band of merry three-point bombers also appear to be a safe bet to break that 20-year record of 72 wins, orchestrated by his NBA MVP predecessor Michael Jordan.



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