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Penguins vs Capitals

After the Penguins and Capitals split the first two games of their second round series in D.C., the series will shift to the Steel City as Pittsburgh will look to build on a home ice advantage trend that’s seen them win five of their last six and 15 of their last 20.

The Penguins opened as -139 favorites for the game, and they’ve been dominating the Caps in this spot. As faves against Washington, they’ve gone 9-2 in their last 11. As underdogs, it’s been an overall struggle for the Caps as they’ve gone just 4-9 in their last 13 games as dogs.

Washington has shown a consistent ability to bounce back this season, posting a 23-6 record in games after a loss. They did, however, lose two straight games in their first round series against the Flyers. Looking at the past seven weeks, the Penguins have lost two games in a three game span just once.

Caps goalie Braden Holtby has been kept busy by a Penguins offense that’s put 80 shots on net in the first two games of the series. The Pens have been unable to convert on any of those attempts while on the man advantage though, as they’ve gone 0 for 7 on the power play so far.

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Worst Pitchers You May Want to Bet on

Watching for the best pitching matchups is a key to finding profits in MLB betting, but pitching stats can only go so far. Sometimes mediocre, or downright bad pitchers are some of the most profitable.

Whether it is because of run support, inflated lines or a whole host of reasons, some pitchers are worth more than their ERA can tell you. With one month nearly done of the 2016 MLB season, we look at the worst pitchers you may want to be backing moving forward.


Do Raiders Have a Future in Las Vegas?

Mark Davis Raiders

With Las Vegas still waiting to find out if it will be awarded an expansion team in the NHL within the next few months, an NFL franchise is also becoming a bigger possibility for Sin City due to the current stadium status of the Oakland Raiders. A move to their former home of Los Angeles fell through earlier this year, with the St. Louis Rams going there instead. Now Vegas has emerged as the favorite to land the Raiders if financing is approved for a $1.3 billion domed stadium near the Strip by a government committee.


Will the Raptors Finally Step Up?

The Toronto Raptors’ history of playoff failures could rear its ugly head once again on Sunday. Toronto, who hosts Indiana in Game 7 on Sunday, has exited the first-round in each of the last two playoffs and has not won a postseason series since 2001 - the only victory in franchise history.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the Pacers last 8 overall.
  • The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Toronto is the three-time reigning Atlantic Division champion, but they haven’t played like their normal selves in this series. The Raps have been extremely hot and cold, which is a metaphor for the up and down play of backcourt combo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Facing elimination, Indiana did not look afraid in Game 6 and blew out Toronto 101-83 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George has stepped up his play in the series, averaging 27.5 points. DeRozan is at 15.8 - nearly eight below his season average - as he’s shot 32.1 percent from the field.

As a franchise, Toronto is 0-2 in Game 7s while the Pacers are 3-4 and most recently won on in the first-round against Atlanta in 2014.

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UNDER Hot Between Sharks-Predators

It was quite clear who had tired legs and who didn’t in the first game of San Jose’s second-round series with Nashville, but the Preds have an opportunity to knot the series at one game apiece with a win in the Golden State on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
  • The UNDER is 5-2-3 in the Predators last 10 overall.
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose.

San Jose erupted for five goals in the last 20 minutes of play for a 5-2 victory in that game. Nashville’s lack of success continues to be an issue for the club, as the Preds went 1-of-26 in the first-round against Anaheim.

Sharks forward Joel Ward has a history of coming up big in the clutch, and he collected an assist on the go-ahead goal on Friday. Ward scored seven goals in 12 playoff games for the Predators in 2010-11.

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Eovaldi Has Been a Road Warrior

There simply aren’t many rivalries like the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry in professional sports. Another chapter to the book will be written on Sunday when the two clubs square off at Fenway Park.

Shark Bites
  • The Yankees are 8-1 in Eovaldi's last 9 road starts.
  • The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Price's last 5 starts overall.

Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.38 ERA) and David Price (3-0, 5.76) are set to get the ball for the Yanks and Sox, respectively. Eovaldi has recorded 28 strikeouts in just over 24 innings of work this season, while Price matched a career-high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings of work in an 11-4 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday.

Price has historically struggled against Brian McCann (10-for-29, three home runs) and Chase Headley (8-for-19) but has fared much better against Alex Rodriguez, as A-Rod is hitting just 14-for-59 against Price with 24 strikeouts. Mark Teixeria is 13-for-64 against the lefty with three home runs.

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Thunder Cashing Tickets vs Spurs Lately

A pair of Western Conference heavyweights are set to collide on Saturday as Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Oklahoma City Thunder series tips off in the Lone Star State. At the betting window it’s OKC who has been the more profitable bet, as the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four against the Spurs.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Spurs last 4 home games.
  • The Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss.

AT&T Center has not been kind to the Thunder, however. Kevin Durant and company have an awful record against the Spurs in Texas, dropping six of their previous 30 at the stadium.

When the Thunder take the road, high-scoring games tend to follow. The total has gone OVER in six of the Thunder’s last seven games away from Oklahoma City.

This series is shaping up to be another clash of an elite offense against a top notch defense. The Thunder scored 112 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting against Dallas in the first round, while San Antonio held Memphis to 81 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting in a first-round sweep.

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Can the Penguins Slow Down the Capitals?

The Washington Capitals have been labeled as playoff chokers for quite some time, but they’re looking like the real deal this time around. Thanks to a hat trick by T.J. OSHA, the Capitals took Game 1 of the second-round series in overtime by a score of 4-3.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings.
  • The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games.
  • The Penguins are 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, who turned aside 89 shots in three contests to eliminate the New York Rangers in the opening round, looked very beatable in the setback. Murray’s four goals surrendered were the same amount he let in against the Rangers.

Lack of success on the power play was a big story for Washington. The Capitals scored eight times with the man advantage in their first round series, but went 0 for 4 in Game 1. Capitals netminder Braden Holtby’s workload received a major uptick, as the Vezina Trophy finalist saw 45 shots come his way on Thursday after facing just 36 in the final two matchups with the Flyers.

Stringing together wins has not been an easy task for Washington lately. The Caps are 1-6 SU in their last seven after collecting consecutive victories.

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Red-Hot Latos Aims to Keep up Pace

After suffering through a drama-filled Spring Training, the Chicago White Sox have raised a lot of eyebrows to start the 2016 MLB campaign. The Chi Sox will look to continue their hot start against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-1-1 in the White Sox's last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • The Orioles are 5-2 in Gausman's last 7 home starts.
  • The White Sox are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Baltimore.

White Sox left-hander Mat Latos has been sensational despite coming off injury-plagued seasons. Latos is a perfect 4-0 with a 0.74 ERA while pitching at least six innings for the fourth time in as many starts in his last time out. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 1.80 ERA) is set to counter for the O’s.

Gausman finally made his season debut at Tampa Bay on Monday due to a bout with tendinitis in his right shoulder. The former No. 4 overall draft pick struck out seven while allowing just one run and three hits in a 2-0 loss.

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Royals' Bats Have Gone Quiet

It’s certainly not time to panic yet, but the Kansas City Royals have been suffering through a major power outage lately. The Royals, losers of four in a row, haven’t gotten much contributions from their top players. Alex Gordon is batting .213 with five RBI and 29 strikeouts through 22 games, and Alcides Escobar is batting .223 in the leadoff spot.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals are 5-0 in Ventura's last 5 Saturday starts.
  • The UNDER is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in Seattle.
  • The Royals are 12-4 in their last 16 games following a loss.

The Mariners are in the opposite spot right now. Seattle has won 10 of its last 14 thanks to solid contributions throughout the lineup. The M’s have homered at least once in eight straight games.

Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.35 ERA) and Wade Miley (1-2, 7.04) are scheduled to get the start for the Royals and Mariners, respectively. Miley has allowed a total of 14 runs on 26 hits in 15 plus innings over his first three starts in Washington. Ventura is 11-1 with a 3.03 ERA over his last 18 outings and owns a 3.24 ERA in four career starts versus Seattle.

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