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Nover: Falcons to Pull Off a Rare Feat?

No NFL team has started 5-0 and finished below .500 since the leagues merged in 1970. That string could be broken by the 6-7 Atlanta Falcons.

Since averaging 29.8 points during their first five games - all victories - the Falcons have averaged a puny 14.6 points during their last eight games going 1-7. The Falcons have been burying bettors since the second Sunday of October going 0-9 against the spread. Atlanta is plus three at Jacksonville Sunday.

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NFL Week 15 Betting Trends Analysis

Be it Lucas Oil Stadium or the RCA Dome, the Houston Texans have never beaten the Colts in Indianapolis. The Texans try to end their 0-13 mark there Sunday with first place in the AFC South at stake.

The quarterback situation is less than ideal for both teams. The Texans' Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion versus New England this past Sunday and has been ruled out for this week; T.J. Yates will start in his place. The Colts' Andrew Luck (kidney) is out for Sunday as well, while Matt Hasselbeck (ribs, back spasms) is banged up but is expected to start.

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NFL MVP Odds: Newton's to Lose

Cam Newton

With three weeks remaining in the NFL season, Cam Newton has taken a commanding lead in the MVP odds at Bovada, and with good reason. Newton has been the catalyst for the Carolina Panthers’ perfect season, having already set a career high with 28 touchdown passes along with a career best 96.9 quarterback rating.

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MSG Showdown: Bulls at Knicks

New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis

You’ll have to forgive the Chicago Bulls if they’re looking a little tired tonight against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Chicago is coming off a 147-144 loss to Detroit that took four overtimes – just the longest game of that length since 1976 – ending a solid homestand that saw them take four of five games at the United Center.

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  • The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Eastern Conference.
  • The OVER is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings between the Bulls and Knicks in New York.
  • The Knicks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.

Chicago hasn’t hit the road in 10 days, but playing in back-to-backs hasn’t been a problem for them this season. The Bulls are 2-0 in the second game of back-to-back contests this season, but then again, they weren’t in this spot with the aforementioned marathon game the night before.

When the Bulls and Knicks get together, high-scoring games tend to follow. The OVER is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the Eastern Conference squads.

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712563
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UNDER Trending Between Hornets, Wiz

Washington Wizards Bradley Beal

The Washington Wizards, losers of four of their last five games, will be seeking to right the ship Saturday when they welcome the Charlotte Hornets to town. A leaky defense can be pointed to as the reason for Washington’s struggles, as the Wiz have allowed over 100 points in eight straight contests.

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  • The OVER is 4-0 in the Wizards last 4 overall.
  • The UNDER is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between the Wizards and Hornets.
  • The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the Wizards and Hornets.

Charlotte has historically fared well against Washington, taking six of their previous eight meetings with the Wizards.

As bad as the Wizards’ defense has been lately, the Hornets have been on the other side of the fence. Charlotte has held nine of their last 11 opponents to under 100 points, including a 101-87 victory over Washington in the last meeting between the clubs on Nov. 25.

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712562
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NHL Odds: Montreal vs Dallas

Dallas Stars Tyler Seguin

Two of the NHL’s best teams are set to tangle Saturday when they Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars do battle at American Airlines Arena Saturday evening. The Habs are slumping at the wrong time, losing six of their last seven games. Tonight’s tilt marks the first of an eight-game road trip with the Stars presenting arguably their toughest matchup during that span.

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  • The home team is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings between the Canadiens and Stars.
  • The Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
  • The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning record.

The Habs have had a severe power outage on the offensive end of the rink as of late. Montreal has only scored 11 goals during its 1-6-0 slump, a trend that could spell disaster versus the NHL’s best offensive team.

The Canadiens and Stars have met four times in the last, which has seen Montreal emerge triumphant three times during that span. Stars backup netminder Antti Niemi is expected to get the start – Niemi is 3-2-0 with two shutouts in five career starts against Montreal.

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710715
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Wild On a Hot Streak Lately

Minnesota Wild Ryan Suter

The Minnesota Wild have been riding the heels of some solid goaltending lately and will be attempting to keep the good times rolling Saturday versus the Nashville Predators. Minny is currently on a nine-game point streak that’s seen them go 6-0-3 during that span. The Wild have only surrendered nine goals in eight games in December, while lighting the lamp 11 times in victories over Vancouver and the New York Rangers.

Shark Bites
  • The Wild are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the Wild and Predators in Nashville.
  • The Wild are 3-9 in their last 12 road games.
  • The Predators are 0-7 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Home ice advantage hasn’t meant much in this series. Road sides are 7-1 in the last eight meetings between the Wild and Rangers, while Minnesota is also 4-1 in the previous five matchups between the clubs.

UNDER bettors are loving the Preds lately due to their penchant for participating in a lot of low-scoring affairs. The UNDER has gone 4-1-1 in Nashville’s last six games.

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dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2 Odds Preview

How about a little hair of the dog after your UFC 194 hangover? The UFC takes a trip to Orlando for a free and underappreciated event Saturday. The card features Rafael dos Anjos defending his lightweight title for the first time against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. The co-main event is a fight years in the making for MMA fans with Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem facing off.

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Odds to Win 64th Annual Miss Universe

Monika Radulovic

The countdown is on to see who will be crowned as Miss Universe with the beauty pageant taking place this Sunday in Las Vegas. For some, the event is the premier beauty competition in the world, while others will argue that Miss World is the truest measure of greatest in the pageant circuit. Either way, both casual and hardcore observers will tune in to see which woman will be named as the universe’s representative.

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Louisiana Tech Dominating the Sun Belt

Louisiana Tech football NCAA

Louisiana Tech was just one win away from competing for the C-USA Championship, but instead will face the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the New Orleans Bowl on December 19. The Bulldogs should enjoy seeing a Sun Belt opponent as they are 9-0 SU in their past nine against the conference. 

Former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has found success at Louisiana Tech, as the senior completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and just eight interceptions this season. However, he had his worst outing of the season in his last game, throwing three interceptions in a rout to Southern Mississippi.

The Red Wolves have been dominating to close out the season as the team has averaged 42.6 points in eight consecutive wins. Arkansas State averaged 5.0 yards per carry (28th in the nation) while finding the endzone 33 times on the ground (11th in the nation).

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