NBA Playoff Odds: Celtics vs. Knicks

Holding a 2-0 series lead the Boston Celtics visit Madison Square Gardens tonight looking for another win over the New York Knicks.

In Game 2 the Celtics posted a 96-93 win as a 6.5-point favorite. Rajon Rondo led Boston with 30 points and seven assists, while Carmelo Anthony exploded for 42 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the Knicks in the losing effort.

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Sabres, Flyers on NHL lines

Philadelphia struggled down the stretch in the regular season and now they face the hot goaltending of Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, who are +140 road underdogs at Bovada for Game 5 of their first-round series on Friday night in NHL playoff betting action.

Miller stopped 35 shots in blanking the Flyers 1-0 in the series opener, while turning away 32 shots in Game 4 for his second shutout of the series, which helped the Sabres knot the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round set at two games apiece.

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NBA Betting: Celtics, Spurs look for wins

After dropping two games in Boston the New York Knicks will be desperate for a win Friday night when they host the Celtics in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series.

If there's one comfort the Knicks can take from their first two losses in the series it's that both games were at least close; that gives New York something to build on in Game 3. Unfortunately for the Knicks, injuries may wipe out that small positive.

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MLB Odds: Red Sox vs. Angels

The Red sox were a near perfect 9-1 versus the Los Angeles Angels last season and the start of a four-game series with Los Angeles on Thursday may be just what Boston needs to turn their season around.

The Red Sox will send Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.80) to the mound tonight, while the Angeles hand the ball to rookie Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 3.75). Beckett sytmied the Blue Jays last time out, allowing one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings. Chatwood recorded his first career win in his last start after holding the White Sox to one run on five hits in seven innings.

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NBA Playoff Betting: Bulls vs. Pacers

Will a change of venue mean a change in the win column for the Indiana Pacers, as they head home down 2-0 to the Chicago Bulls in their opening round playoff series?

The Bulls took Game 2 on Tuesday night by a score of 96-90, but failed to cover the 11-point spread. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Danny Granger had 19 points for the Pacers.

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Crown Royal 400 Betting Preview

Kyle Busch sits sixth overall in the NASCAR driver standings, but he could catapult himself up the ladder with a win in the Crown Royal 400 on April 30 in Virginia.

Busch is the two-time defending champion of the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, and could be a good betting favorite for a three-peat in this year’s race. In addition to last year’s victory, Busch won the Nationwide Series race that weekend.

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Aldo vs. Hominick Betting Preview

Mark Hominick will have 55,000 local fans cheering for him to become the next UFC Featherweight title holder when he steps into the Octagon at UFC 129, but he’s got to beat one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world to do it.

The co-main event on the UFC 129 fight card will feature UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against scrappy Ontario native Hominick. MMA oddsmakers at 5Dimes have the cheapest line on the favored Aldo at -410, while some other books have him as expensive as -500.

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St-Pierre vs. Shields Betting Preview

If Jake Shields is such a threat to take Georges St-Pierre’s UFC Welterweight title at UFC 129, can someone tell us why the cheapest MMA odds on the champ to successfully defend are -440 at 5Dimes?

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MLB Betting: Braves vs. Dodgers

Derek Lowe faces his former team tonight when he leads the Atlanta Braves up against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lowe (2-2, 1.82) picked up a win against the Mets in his last start after surrendering two runs on five his in six innings. Opposing him for the Dodgers will be Jon Garland (0-1, 11.25). In his season debut last time out Garland was ripped for five runs on nine hits in four innings in a loss against St. Louis.

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NBA Odds: Hornets look to sting Lakers

After shocking the Los Angeles Lakers in their series opener on Sunday, what will Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets do for an encore tonight when they clash in Game 2?

The Hornets were a 11-point road underdog in Game 2 and delivered a 109-100 victory. Paul led New Orleans with 33 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists, while Kobe Bryant netted 34 points for the Lakers.

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