NBA Odds: Lakers vs. Hornets

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers begin their bid for a NBA Championship three-peat today when they clash with the New Orleans Hornets in the opener of their first round playoff series.

Los Angeles has won their last four versis New Orleans and the last time they met up on March 27 the Lakers came away with a 102-84 win as a 9-point home favorite. Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, while Carl Landry netted 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the Hornets.

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MLB Odds: Mets vs. Braves

Sporting a 7-1 record in their last eight games against the Mets, the Atlanta Braves look to conitnue that dominance today when the NL East rivals matchup in Atlanta.

Mike Pelfry (0-1, 10.80) is set to start for the Mets, while Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to make his season debut for the Braves. Last time out Pelfry picked up a no decision against Colorado after allowing four runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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NBA Playoff betting: 76ers vs. Heat

The Miami Heat have won seven in a row against the Philadelphia 76ers heading into today's opener of their first round playoff series.

The last time the Heat and 76ers clashed on March 27 in Miami the Heat crushed Philadelphia 111-99 as an 8-point favorite. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Louis Williams had 24 points for the 76ers.

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NBA Playoff Betting: Western Conference

It took until the last day of the regular season to complete the Wild West playoff picture in the NBA and bettors have been scrambling to get the latest odds information ever since.

Portland and Dallas survived the season-long grind and will tip off in the lone Western Conference betting matchup on Saturday; the other series are slated to begin on Sunday.

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MLB Odds: Marlins vs. Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have won six straight versus the Florida Marlins as the NL East division foes kickoff a three-game series tonight in Philadelphia.

Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64) will get the start for Florida tonight, while Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) takes the mound for Philadelphia. In his last start Vazquez picked up a win over Houston after allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings, while Oswalt allowed one earned run on five hits in six innings in a win against Atlanta.

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Rangers, Caps on NHL lines

The New York Rangers fell 2-1 in overtime to the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their NHL playoff series on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist and company will be looking to bounce back as +140 road underdogs at Sportsbook.ag for Game 2 in Washington on Friday night in NHL betting action.

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MLB Odds: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

The St. Louis Cardinals carry a four-game winning streak against the Dodgers into tonight when they face off in Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series.

The story is a little different in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have won their last five against the Cardinals. On the mound for tonight's game will be Jaime Garcia (1-0, 0.60) for the Cardinals and Hiroki Kuroda (2-0, 1.72) for the Dodgers.

In his last start Garcia allowed one run on four hits while striking out nine over six innings in a no decision against the Giants. Kuroda picked up a win over the Padres in his last start after tossing 8 2-3 shutout innings.

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NBA Playoff Betting: Eastern Conference

It’s a new season where everyone has a clean slate and bettors get a chance to make up for past losses. The best of the East in the NBA tip off on Saturday, with the conference champion Chicago Bulls the favorite to come through for backers.

Sportsbook.ag doesn’t think much of the Pacers' chances against the Bulls in their opening-round series that starts Saturday afternoon at the United Center. Chicago will open the series at -4000 against Indiana (+2000) on the series betting lines.

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Aaron's 499 Betting Preview

Kevin Harvick has won two of the last three Sprint Cup Series races and is the defending champion at the Aaron's 499. As a result, Harvick is the odds-on favorite at +650 at Sportsbook.ag to repeat his performance at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

In addition to his victories Harvick has produced two other Top-10 finishes this season, and he will garner a ton of support for this race on the NASCAR betting lines. Harvick now sits in ninth in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

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NFL Lockout Betting Update

Tom Brady has drawn a lot of headlines lately. Unfortunately, those headlines have had nothing to do with the New England quarterback's arm or the fact that his Patriots are currently co-favorites to win Super Bowl XLVI.

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