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Lightning Look to Extend Home Streak

Dylan Larkin Steven Stamkos Red WIngs Lightning NHL

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning enjoyed an extra day of rest when the NHL resumed its post-All-Star schedule Tuesday night, but the two Atlantic Division foes, dead even with 58 points apiece, square off at Amalie Arena Wednesday night.

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  • The Red Wings are 2-6 SU in their last eight versus the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
  • Total has gone OVER in eight of the Lightning’s last 10 games versus the Eastern Conference.
  • The Lightning are 6-1 SU in their last seven games after a win in their previous game.

The Bolts, presently -160 in moneyline markets at Bovada, have strung together a six-game winning streak on home ice, including a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last home contest prior to the break. Tampa was dynamite in January, winning nine of its 11 games in the month.

The Red Wings entered the All-Star Break rather tepid as they won just three of their final seven games. They did, however, defeat the New York Islanders 4-2 in their final contest and for as strong as Tampa has been at home, the Wings have been every bit their equal in their travels winning seven of their last eight games on the road.

The division rivals have already played twice this season with the Wings winning 3-1 on October 13 and 2-1 on November 3 - both games in the Motor City.

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, head coach Jon Cooper has already stated that Ben Bishop will get the start in the crease with the Wings in town. The Lighting’s netminder started both of those aforementioned games and played well, giving up four goals on 52 shots en route to a tough pair of losses.

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Kansas Has Dominated In-State Rivalry

The Kansas Jayhawks have been inconsistent this season and their past five games is a microcosm of this, as they have alternated wins and losses with their offense streaky at best. Kansas will look to collect their first back-to-back wins in three weeks when they take on the Kansas State Wildcats Wednesday. The in-state rivalry has been pretty one-sided as Kansas is 25-5 SU in the last 30 against Kansas State and 12-5 ATS in the past 17.

Offense has been hard to project for Kansas lately as they have averaged 67.3 points in their past three losses and 78.7 in their past three wins. Perry Ellis continues to lead the Kansas attack as the senior has averaged 16.3 points per game this season and has tallied double-digit points in the past 16 games.

Kansas State has lost their past 11 road games within the Big 12, including being outscored by an average of 8.9 points in those affairs. Wesley Iwundu has been the top scorer for Kansas State this season (12.2 ppg), but has averaged just 5.3 points in his career against the Jayhawks. 

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Clock Ticking on Habs' Playoff Chances

Alex Galchenyuk Montreal Canadiens NHL

The Montreal Canadiens began life after the All-Star break the same way as they entered it: by losing. They’ve now got to put Tuesday’s loss behind them as they entertain the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 1-6 SU in their last seven games following a loss in their previous game.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Montreal’s last nine games at home.
  • The Sabres are 1-4 SU in their last five games against teams from the Atlantic Division.

Wayne Simmonds notched a pair of goals and Jakub Voracek tallied three assists as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Habs 4-2 Tuesday. To add insult to injury, the Flyers leapfrogged the Canadiens in the Eastern standings. Montreal now sits 12th in the standings and is in danger of being passed by the Ottawa Senators.

The Sabres could be the team that fuels a resurgence in Montreal, however. The two have met once this season and the Canadiens put up their best offensive effort of the season, winning 7-2 back on October 23. Defenseman Andrei Makrov recorded one goal and four assists in that game and it was actually one of Mike Condon’s rare starts while Carey Price was healthy, though early reports name Ben Scrivens as Montreal’s starter between the pipes Wednesday.

In addition to that loss back in October, the Sabres have gone just 3-7 SU in their 10 games against the Canadiens.

The clock is ticking on the Canadiens’ season, so if they want the playoffs to be a real possibility, they’ll have to get results sooner rather than later and the Sabres could be the team that is the opponent they need to face to their turnaround.

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UNDER Hot When Cavs and Hornets Meet

The Cleveland Cavaliers-Charlotte Hornets tilt may not be the most attractive matchup on Wednesday’s NBA slate, however it’s going to be appealing to totals bettors. The UNDER has been a sizzling hot bet when the Eastern Conference foes collide, evidenced by seven of the previous eight meetings between the clubs going below the closing total.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games against the Southeast Division.
  • The Hornets are 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Cavaliers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games on the road.

The Cavs (35-12 SU, 21-23-3 ATS) kept their five-game winning streak alive on Monday thanks to a 116-106 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland has gone 3-1-1 ATS during the streak, and are also a solid 3-0 ATS in their previous three versus the Hornets.

The Hornets (23-25 SU, 23-24-1 ATS) are starting to get it together after having an up and down start to the campaign. Charlotte has won four of its last six despite getting some poor performances from its top player, Kemba Walker, who’s shooting 29.5 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from deep in his last five contests.

Another trend that will appeal to UNDER bettors is the Hornets have cashed UNDER bets in four of their last five at home. On the season, the OVER/UNDER is 9-15 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Will this be the Most Bet Super Bowl Ever?

Las Vegas

Last year during the weekend of Super Bowl XLIX as I ambled through a parlay of sportsbooks from one end of Las Vegas to the other, I noticed something was a little different than in my past visits there.

Pony tails. Lots of ‘em. And I don’t mean man buns either.


NHL: January's Best & Worst Bets

Avalanche NHL

January was an interesting month in the NHL. Sidney Crosby didn’t make the all-star team, but John Scott did (and won MVP), a big trade went down between the Blue Jackets and Predators, and the Canadiens joined the Maple Leafs as one of the worst teams in the league. It was also an eventful month at the betting window with some surprises and disappointments. Here’s January’s best and worst bets in the NHL.


UFC Fight Night 82: Betting Odds Preview

The former UFC 196 turned Fight Night 82 takes place this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A card that once featured a UFC heavyweight title fight has been relegated from PPV status after the cancellation of that bout. Instead, the card features Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson clashing with major welterweight division implications hanging in the balance. The co-main event is Roy Nelson vs Jared Rosholt (and yes, that pains me to say).


Everton Frantic for Points at Goodison Park

Ross Barkley Everton

Everton could be in danger of finding itself in the bottom quarter of the table if it doesn’t start bagging three points at home regularly. Newcastle United, already there and franticly attempting to climb up the table, is up next for the Toffees at Goodison Park Wednesday.


WVU Has Been Owned By Cyclones

West Virginia is in need of a win after going 2-3 SU in their past five games, but history is not in their corner when they face the Iowa State Cyclones Tuesday. The Mountaineers are 0-3 SU and ATS in the past three matchups against the Cyclones while being outscored by 13 points per game in that span.

Iowa State faltered late in their loss against Texas A&M Saturday as they were outscored 16-4 over the final four minutes of the game. The Cyclones offense scored a season-low 62 points in that game, but heading back to home court could reinvigorate their scoring touch as they have averaged 86.7 points at Hilton Coliseum this year. Georges Naing continues to be one of the premier offensive talents in the nation as he has scored double-digit points in 30 consecutive games with the his last single-digit outing coming on February 18, 2015.

West Virginia is still acclimating to life without Jonathan Holton, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules this past week. Holton’s defensive presence was sorely missed in WVU’s 88-71 loss to Florida when the Mountaineers allowed the Gators to shoot 53.1 percent from the field. West Virginia’s offense has been struggling recently as they have averaged just 67.9 points per game over their past five outings.

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Leicester Still the Top Dog in EPL Fight

Jamie Vardy Leicester City Premier League

Most pundits and so-called experts have been expecting a drop both in Leicester’s form and position in the league table. Yet here we are 23 games into the season and the Foxes are in the driver’s seat in the Premier League standings. They face a stern test with Liverpool visiting the King Power Stadium as Premier League action returns Tuesday.



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