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Raptors Need to Bounce Back in Game 2

Luol Deng Cory Joseph NBA

If Game 1 of the Toronto-Miami second-round series is any indication of how it’s going to play out, we’re in for a wild ride. Thanks to a miraculous halfcourt heave from Kyle Lowry, the game saw overtime but the Heat ran away with things in the extra frame and came out on top 102-96. Game 2 gets underway north of the border on Thursday.

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  • The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of 4.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Heat' last six games with one day off between games.

Despite the amazing shot, Lowry’s struggles in the postseason continue to worsen. The point guard is shooting 30.6 percent in the playoffs while continuing to pass up open looks. Lowry’s issues are at an all-time low – he currently has the worst field goal percentage of anyone in a single postseason in the last 50 years.

The Heat, meanwhile, have officially cleared the air regarding superstar power forward Chris Bosh. Bosh, who has not played since the All-Star break due to recurring blood clot issues, will not return in the playoffs, the team announced Wednesday.

Toronto has been doing an excellent job of bouncing back after a loss, going 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in that spot.

Here’s a trend that will appeal to Raptors backers: Teams with home court advantage that have dropped Game 1 have come back to win the series 11 times in the last decade. You can read our full piece here.

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Predators Finally Defending Home Ice

Brent Burns San Jose Sharks Filip Forsberg Nashville Predators NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

After dropping games three and four versus the Anaheim Ducks on home ice, the Nashville Predators are finally putting together strong performances at home. A win in Game 3 versus the San Jose Sharks injected a little hope into their series aspirations and a win in Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena Thursday would make them a real contender for another series upset.

Shark Bites
  • The Predators are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games after consecutive home wins.
  • The Sharks are 3-1 SU in their last four games with one day off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Sharks’ last four games on Thursday.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Preds at -115 in moneyline markets while the Sharks currently come in at -105. As far as the total is concerned, both sides of the 5-goal number are -110.

The Preds have won their last two games on home ice and will hope to extend that to three Thursday. The Sharks, who were the NHL’s best road team during the regular season (28-10-3), have really struggled in their travels to Tennessee, however. Entering Thursday’s crucial Game 4, the Sharks have gone just 1-7 SU in their last eight trips to Nashville.

Entering the series with the Preds, the Sharks had been dominant on the road. They took all three road games against the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round and have actually gone 6-1 in their last seven road games overall.

Nashville really turned on the special teams in Game 3, going two for five on the power play and killing each of San Jose’s four chances with the man advantage. Prior to that, the Preds were just two for 32 on the PP and had given up a whopping six goals on 18 PKs.

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729436
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Blues Making Sweet Music in Playoffs

Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The St. Louis Blues can take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win over the Dallas Stars on home ice Thursday night. If Game 3 was any indication, however, this series is already over.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against the Blues.
  • The Blues are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games as favorites.
  • The Blues are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.

The Blues torched Stars netminder Antti Niemi for three goals on 12 shots before making way for Kari Lehtonen, who also allowed three goals in the Blues’ 6-1 victory. Stars goalies have allowed 10 goals over the last two games with the OVER cashing in each instance after the two teams combined for just three goals in Game 1.

Despite allowing the opening goal in each game, Blues goaltender Brian Elliott has done an admirable job of remaining calm and giving his team the opportunity to fight back and, in the case for the last two games, win. Colton Sceviour scored 4:44 into Game 3, but Elliott shut the door after that – as he’s done all playoffs. He stopped the next 25 shots as the Blues skated to the easy 6-1 win.

The Blues are the third-highest scoring team in the playoffs with three goals per game and have been a good OVER wager in recent games with the O/U count now 5-2 in their last seven games.

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729399
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Game 1 NBA Home Losers Roaring Back

Kyle Lowry DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors

When examining NBA Conference Semifinal trends, one in particular stands out. Teams without home court advantage that win Game 1 on the road in the second-round have gone on to win the series 26 of 37 times in the history of the league. However, each of those 11 victories have come in the last decade.

Teams have also won the series after suffering a setback in the opening contest six times in the last seven years. That’s certainly going to appeal to fans and bettors of the Toronto Raptors in the wake of Miami’s series-opening road win at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

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Pimlico Race Course

This year will mark the 141st Preakness Stakes, which will occur at none other than the historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Opened in 1870, the second oldest thoroughbred race course was engineered by General John Ellicott and owned by the Maryland Jockey Club. The name Pimlico was derived from an old tavern in London, in which English settlers named the area after in the 1660’s.

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Profile on Derby Contender Mohaymen

Mohaymen Kentucky Derby

Oh, how things can change in just a couple of minutes.

Mohaymen went into the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on April 2 as the solid early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby, down to odds of 7-2 at Bovada. But after the dust settled the colt faded to finish fourth for his first career loss while Nyquist remained undefeated and recaptured the role as the betting favorite for the Run for the Roses.

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Profile on Derby Contender Exaggerator

Kentucky Derby Exaggerator

The brothers Desormeaux will team up on the first Saturday of May for the Kentucky Derby (G1) with Exaggerator, Keith doing the training and the Hall of Fame rider Kent the pilot.

The son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin is coming off an impressive victory in the Santa Anita Debry (G1), which has put him squarely in the mix as a top contender for the Run for the Roses. His current Derby betting odds are at Bovada at 8-1, good for second choice in the early betting

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Ezekiel Elliott Season Betting Props

Ezekiel Elliott could not have asked to be drafted into a better situation when the Dallas Cowboys called his name in the NFL Draft. The Cowboys offensive line has been amazing at leading the way for runners with the team rushing for a combined 4244 yards the past two seasons.

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CLE Aims To Continue Dominance of DET

The Cleveland Indians have continually trumped the Detroit Tigers with the Tribe winning seven of the past eight meetings between the AL Central clubs. Cleveland has averaged 5.6 runs per game in their last eight outings with Detroit, which has lead to the OVER cashing six times.

Corey Kluber will take to the mound for the Indians coming off back-to-back stellar performances. Kluber has gone a combined 15.0 innings in his last two games while allowing just seven hits and three earned runs. One of those two outings came against the Tigers, a game that saw Kluber go 8.0 innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

The Tigers will start Anibal Sanchez, who has been wildly inconsistent this season. In Sanchez’ three wins this season he has allowed just two runs per game, but the righty has allowed a combined 12 earned runs in his two losses.

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721923
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Top Three Las Vegas Pools

Summer is one of the most fun times of year to visit Las Vegas if you do not mind dealing with the heat, as temperatures average at least 100 degrees during the months of June, July and August. The summer days for many Vegas visitors are often spent poolside, so it is important to know what casino resorts have the best pools and outdoor accommodations for your enjoyment even if you are not staying there.

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