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Islanders in Must-Win Spot Friday

Tampa Bay Lightning New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Desperate to avoid a three-game losing skid and slumping to a 3-1 hole in the series, the New York Islanders are facing a must-win game in Brooklyn against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night. The Isles will certainly hope for a strong performance like in Game 3 compared to the dismal play in Game 2 and the players are fully aware.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 3-7 SU in the last games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in five the Islanders’ last seven home games.
  • The Lightning are 7-1 SU in their last eight games on Friday.

The Isles get the slight edge as home favorites and are currently priced at -115 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Lightning are -105. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals comes in at -125 while UNDER 5 goals is presently +105.

A late equalizer from Nikita Kucherov helped prevent the Isles from taking a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series as they were just 39 seconds from the horn before the Russian tallied his seventh of the postseason. Still, the Isles stepped their game up after a disappointing 4-1 loss in Florida in Game 2.

"It was our best game so far," center Frans Nielsen said. "Just have to come out and try to be even better next game."

The Isles will be hungry after back-to-back losses in the series, but have played quite well in that spot. They have gone 9-3 straight up in their last 12 games in such spots.

The last time the Isles have lost three or more games was a four-game skid from March 15 through March 21.

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Arsenal-City in Huge Top 4 Clash Sunday

Arsenal Manchester City Premier League

In what could be the biggest match of the weekend and potentially the biggest of the season for either club involved, Manchester City hosts Arsenal in a game with massive top-four implications.


Sunderland in Must-Win Game Vs Chelsea

Duncan Watmore Sunderland Premier League

Now that Leicester City has taken the Premier League crown, the eyes of most footy fans will be turned to the relegation fight at the bottom of the table. Sunderland can make a rather huge statement with a full three-point haul against Chelsea as the London club travels to the Stadium of Light Saturday.


Back-to-Back Losses Rare for Spurs

After a controversial 98-97 loss in Game 2 of their second round series against the Thunder, the Spurs will look to gain the upper hand in the series tonight in OKC. San Antonio isn’t an easy team to beat twice in a row, as evidenced by their 13-2 SU record following a loss, which includes a 10-0 SU record after losing as the favorite. The Thunder, meanwhile, haven’t been great at stringing wins together, posting a 2-6 record in their last eight games following a l.

Digging even deeper into the after a loss/after a win trend, the Spurs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after losing as the favorite, while OKC is 0-4 ATS in their last four games after winning as the underdog.

All of this sounds pretty good for the Spurs so far, but quite simply, they haven’t been good in OKC. In their last 13 road games against the Thunder, they’ve gone 2-11 SU and ATS.

Analyzing tonight’s total, which opened the day at an even 200, the teams have gone UNDER in four of their last five games against each other. Hitting the UNDER on the road has become the norm for the Spurs, as they’re 4-11 O/U in their last 15 road games.

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Cavs Continue to Own Hawks in Playoffs

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks NBA Playoffs

Even though the Golden State Warriors are getting things done without the services of all-world Stephen Curry, perhaps no team has looked as impressive in the 2016 NBA Playoffs as the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and Co. will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Atlanta Hawks continues with Game 3 in Georgia Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavs are 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three road games versus the Hawks.
  • The Cavs are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games with one day off between games.
  • The Hawks are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games as dogs of 3.0 or more.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Cavs as 3.5-point road favorites while the total is tabbed at 199 with both sides currently priced at -110.

Calling the Cavs’ shooting in Game 2 “hot” would be an understatement of epic proportions. Cleveland was ruthless in Game 2, hitting an NBA-record 25 three pointers on just 45 attempts (55.6 percent) as they crushed the Hawks 123-98 and moved to 2-0 both straight up and against the spread in the series. In fact, so good from downtown are the Cavs that they are now 40 of 76 from beyond the arc through the opening two games.

But this type of dominance is nothing foreign when the Cavs and Hawks tangle in the postseason. The two Eastern Conference foes have met for three series in their history and the Cavs have won all 10 contests.

That control translates to the betting window as well as Cleveland has gone an amazing 8-1-1 against the spread in those previous 10 playoff games versus Atlanta.

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Kentucky Oaks Betting Preview

A good 24 hours before the gate is loaded for the 142nd running of the Run for the Roses, the ladies will take to the racetrack at Churchill Downs in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1).

A full field of 14 three-year-old fillies will line up in the historic race which has been won in recent years by greats like Ashado, Rags to Riches and Rachel Alexandra.

Ashado, the 2004 winner, went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), earning nearly $4 million and entered racing’s Hall of Fame in 2014.


Big Favorites are Dominating NBA Playoffs

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

The first-round of the 2016 NBA playoffs has mercifully come to an end. Let’s never speak of it again.

Hoops fans were treated to a lot of one-sided affairs in the opening round, and I’d be lying to you if I said the majority of the action had a true postseason feel. As of May 5, 15 playoff games have been decided by 20 or more points so far.

To put that into perspective, here’s a look at the number of playoff contests that finished in that 20-point margin since 2011:


OVERs Continue Thanks to Cubs Big Bats

The Chicago Cubs have scored more runs than anyone else in baseball so far this season and it’s those high-powered bats that have made them a boon for OVER bettors. The Cubs have gone OVER in 10 of their past 12 games and takes a streak of six consecutive OVERs into their weekend series with the Washington Nationals Thursday.If that trend is to continue then the Cubs will need to do something nobody has successfully done this season – hit Joe Ross. Ross has a 0.79 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through his first four starts of the season and has yet to allow a home run.

Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs following an eight-day layoff. Surprisingly, Hendricks has not been overly strong when well rested in his career, as the righty is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 career starts with six or more days rest.

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OVERs Galore When Phils, Cards Clash

Offense has been easy to come by when the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals meet with the OVER cashing in seven of the past nine meetings between the two clubs. The Phillies and Cardinals have averaged a combined 10.7 runs in those meeting, but just 7.7 runs in their current series.

The Phillies will send Jerad Eickhoff to the mound who is coming off his worst two outing span of the season. Eickhoff has given up 15 hits and 10 earned runs over his past 11.1 innings, though has 11 strikeouts and no walks.

The Cardinals will counter with their own struggling pitcher by sending Jaime Garcia to the bump. Garcia has allowed 16 hits and 10 earned runs in his past three outings while losing two decisions.

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Top Three Las Vegas Racebooks

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Along with March Madness and the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby is one of the most exciting sporting events to bet on and watch in Las Vegas. The build-up becomes even greater if a horse has a shot to win the Triple Crown like American Pharoah did last year for the first time since Affirmed in 1978. While that is obviously an extremely rare feat, the excitement in Vegas racebooks cannot be any higher for bettors than having the opportunity to wager on a potential Triple Crown winner heading into the third race.



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