UFC Betting Odds Explained

Much like betting on boxing, MMA wagering pits one fighter against the other. Typically, moneyline odds are assigned to the favorite and underdog.

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A big favorite like Anderson Silva might see him at -500 (meaning you need to risk $500 just to make $100 in profit). However, if Forrest Griffin is a big underdog, he might be +350 odds (meaning a $100 wager would put $350 profit in your pocket).

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MLB Odds: Yankees at Rays

The American League East leading Tampa Bay Rays close out a short two-game series with the New York Yankees tonight at Tropicana Field.

Ivan Nova (3-3, 4.70) will get the start for the Yankees tonight, while James Shields (4-1, 2.08) is on tap for Tampa Bay. Nova was ripped for eight runs on 10 hits over three innings in his last start against Kansas City. Shields earned a win over the Indians last time out after allowing two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

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NBA Playoff Odds: Western Conference Finals

The Dallas Mavericks were 2-1 SU and ATS against the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Can they carry that success into Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tonight?

The last time the Mavericks and Thunder met up on January 6 Oklahoma City recorded a 99-95 win as a 3-point road favorite. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points, while Shawn Marion netted 25 points for Dallas who was missing Dirk Nowitzki.

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NHL Betting: Bolts, Canucks hold leads

The Tampa Bay Lightning struck hard and fast in Game 1, and they can take a 2-0 lead on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night when they clash in the second game of the NHL's Eastern Conference final.

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MLB Power Rankings: May 16

Another week means another new No.1 on the MLB Power Rankings, as the Atlanta Braves have taken over the top spot.

The Braves were right behind St. Louis on last week's rankings chart, and thanks to their strength of schedule they have overtaken the Cardinals this week. Atlanta has also been getting it done on the field with three wins in their last four games, which includes two victories over NL East rival Philadelphia.

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MLB Odds: Giants at Rockies

The San Francisco Giants head to Colorado today to kickoff a short two-game series with the Rockies look to continue their solid 5-1 record versus Coloado so far this season.

Giants' ace Tim Lincecum (3-3, 2.11) gets the start tonight, while Clayton Mortenson gets a rare start for the Rockies. Lincecum pitched eight shutout innings against Arizona last time out but had to settle for a no decision. Mortenson came out of the bullpen versus the Mets last week and pitched 2 1-3 shutout innings.

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MLB Betting: Yankees vs. Red Sox

The Red Sox and Yankees close out a three-game set at Yankee Stadium tonight, adding another chapter to their storied rivalry.

Jon Lester (4-1, 2.96) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox tonight, while Freddy Garica (2-2, 2.61) will get the ball for New York. Lester is coming off a no decision against Toronto in which he allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Garcia allowed only one run on six hits in six innings in a win over Kansas City in his last outing.

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NBA Playoff Betting: Heats vs. Bulls

The Eastern conference Finals tips off tonight in Chicago as the Bulls play host to the Miami Heat in Game 1.

The Bulls were 3-0 versus the Heat this season and they posted a 87-86 upset win as a 5.5-point road underdog the last time they met up on March 6. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 27 points in the win, while LeBron James netted 26 points for Miami.

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MLB Odds: Phillies vs. Braves

The first place Philadelphia Phillies will try to increase their lead in the NL East today when they battle division rivals the Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies will send Joe Blanton (1-1, 5.83) to the hill today, while the Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens (4-0, 1.50). Blanton earned a won over Florida in his last start after allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings. Jurrjens faced the Phillies in his last start and held them to one run on eight his in 6 1-3 innings.

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MLB Odds: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Baseball's biggest rivals clash at Yankee Stadium tonight as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox kickoff a three-game series in the Bronx.

Clay Buchholz (3-3, 4.19) will get the start for Boston tonight and Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.86) will go for New York. Buchholz pitched five shutout innings in a win over Minnesota in his last start. Colon is coming off a no decision against Texas in which he allowed five runs on nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.

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