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Nover: Teaser Betting Paid Big at Books

When it comes to the NFL, oddsmakers have hurt themselves by actually doing too good of a job. This is most evident when it comes to teaser betting. A teaser bet being a parlay of at least two straight bets where each individual line is stretched by six, 6.5 or seven points laying added juice.


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Even with a loyal and passionate hockey following in Canada, the NHL struggles to compete with leagues like the NFL and MLB for viewership. The Northeastern United States and Canada make up for a large portion of NHL viewers along with a few European markets who, despite having their own leagues, still follow the NHL closely. With 82 regular season games and 30 teams, much like the NBA; the NHL is still a great option when it comes to sports betting.


Day Favored in Farmers Insurance Open

Jason Day

As the PGA season rolls along, the eyes of the golfing world will be on San Diego this weekend when the 64th staging of the Farmers Insurance Open gets underway (formerly called the San Diego Open and Buick Invitational).

Topping the odds list at Bovada is last year’s winner, Jason Day (+650). Day has been one of the best players on the tour as of late, as the Aussie ended 2015 winning four of his last six events, including the PGA Championship—his first career major victory.


Raonic Goes for First Win Versus Monfils

Milos Raonic Australian Open ATP Tennis

In what promises to be an exciting matchup in Melbourne, Canada’s Milos Raonic will need to record his first career win against France’s Gael Monfils if he hopes to advance to the semifinal round of the Australian Open.

In moneyline markets, Raonic is tabbed at -275 while Monfils is currently +230 at online shop BetOnline.


MSG Has Not Been Kind to Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a shocking loss in their last appearance – a 116-106 setback to the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Sunday – and will be looking to get back to their winning ways against the New York Knicks tonight. Trends aren’t favoring the Thunder in this game, however. OKC has failed to cover the spread in five of their previous six meetings with the Knicks in NYC. The Thunder are also an ugly 1-9 ATS in their prior 10 after losing as favorites.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Thunder' last 15 games against the Eastern Conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Knicks' last seven games.
  • The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Western conference.

In the midst of a bounce back season, the Knickerbockers are clearly enjoying life at the world’s most famous arena. New York is a sizzling 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in its last seven at Madison Square Garden.

Smart bettors should pay attention to Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony’s playing status before placing their wagers. Anthony left Saturday’s contest against the Charlotte Hornets with knee pain, but has since stated he hopes to be on the floor versus the Thunder.

‘Melo was limited in Monday’s practice to free-throw shooting and is officially listed as questionable for the affair. New York has sorely missed the Syracuse product this year, going 0-4 SU when the Syracuse product has been sidelined.

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Red-Hot Raps Keep Cashing Tickets

The Toronto Raptors are elevating themselves to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference and have become a fantastic bet in the process. Heading into Tuesday night’s home matchup with the Washington Wizards, the Raps have won eight in a row and have covered the spread seven times during that span.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Wizards' last five games with no days off between games.
  • The Raptors are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games at home.
  • The Wizards are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games after a loss.

Led by the dynamic backcourt combo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Toronto is averaging a fantastic 105 points per game during its streak. The Dinos, who sit in second place in the Eastern Conference at 29-15 SU, are 26-18 ATS on the year – the fourth best mark in the Association.

The Wizards are playing in the second half of back-to-back games after falling 116-91 to the Boston Celtics on Monday. The Atlantic Division has been giving Washington fits recently, as the Wizards are just 1-8 SU in their last nine versus Atlantic Division opponents.

Totals bettors will be interested to know both teams are trending OVER ahead of this one. Nine of the Wizards’ last 10 road tilts have gone above the closing total, while the Raptors have cashed OVER tickets in five of their last six at the Air Canada Centre. At the time of writing, the total was sitting at 205.

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Friars Hold Betting Edge Over Musketeers

The Big East is, arguably, the best conference in college hoops right now and that will be on full display when the No.10 Providence Friars host the No.7 Xavier Musketeers Tuesday. Xavier and Providence have met four times in the new look Big East, with the Musketeers covering just once in those affairs.

Providence has one of the best 1-2 punches in basketball with Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn leading the attack. Bentil is first in the Big East in scoring while also averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, good for fifth in the conference. Dunn is on-pace to average 17 points, seven assists and six boards per game, something that has not been accomplished in more than two decades.

Xavier is much more reliant on a platoon of scorers with six different players averaging 8.5 points or more. The Musketeers are one of the most well rounded teams in basketball as they rank in the top 50 in the nation in scoring, rebounds and assists while also holding opponents under 68 points per game.

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Sharks Try to Snap Avs’ Winning Streak

Avalanche Sharks NHL

Two of the hottest teams in the Western Conference square off in California when the Colorado Avalanche visit the San Jose Sharks Tuesday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Avalanche are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games on the road against the Sharks.
  • The Avalanche are 2-5 SU in their last seven games with two days off between games.
  • The Sharks are 7-1 SU in their last eight games with one day off.

The Sharks have used a 7-1-2 run in their last 10 games to climb up the Pacific Division standings and close the gap with the leading Los Angeles Kings. They could have used a win against the Kings in their last contest but lost 3-2 in overtime, still capturing a single point in defeat.

The Sharks haven’t been the best team on home ice this season, but it looks like they might be starting to come around. The team is just 9-12-2 at home this season (16-6-2 on the road), but have won four of their past six games at the SAP Center.

The Avs are really starting to find their stride and are another team climbing up the standings. Fighting in the middle of the tough Central Division, the Avs have won four-straight games and seven of their last 10.

Furthermore, Colorado has been an UNDER bettors’ dream recently as scores have stayed UNDER the total in seven-straight games.Recent head-to-head meetings might dictate otherwise, however, as both contests were high-scoring affairs. The Avs wons 6-3 back on December 28 while the Sharks triumphed 4-3 on November 1.

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Sooners Not Profitable As Home Favorites

The Oklahoma Sooners have been nearly untouchable in Norman, as they have won 16 consecutive games with an average scoring margin of plus-17.4 points at the Lloyd Noble Center. Despite that, the team has been terrible at covering at home as favorites with the team going 0-5 ATS in their past five in that spot. The Sooners will be faves in Norman once again when they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders Tuesday. 

The Sooners are the best 3-point shooting team in the nation with Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard both shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc. Hield has arguably been the best player in the nation this season as the senior is averaging 25.7 points per game and has only scored less than 19 points twice in the past 14 games.

Texas Tech have been struggling to beat the best in the nation as they have lost 11 consecutive games against ranked opponents, but the last eight of those have come by 10 points or less. The Red Raiders attack is one of balance with seven players averaging at least 18 minutes played and six members of the squad averaging more than eight points per game. 

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Panthers Heating Up After Losing Skid

Nick Bjugstad Florida Panthers NHL

The Florida Panthers ended a four-game losing skid with a couple of wins against some league heavyweights and will look for that dominance to continue against the floundering Toronto Maple Leafs in Sunrise Tuesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 home games.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-5 SU in their last six games against the Panthers.
  • UNDER is 5-2 in the Panthers’ last seven games against the Atlantic Division.

Florida, currently a -180 favorite at online shop Bovada, enjoyed a 12-game winning streak from December 15 through January 10 but promptly dropped four consecutive games immediately after. They have bounced back in spectacular fashion with a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and a 5-2 thumping of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Maple Leafs own the dubious distinction of being the only club in the league that hasn’t recorded a win against a team from within its division. The Buds have gone 0-5-6 against teams from the Atlantic Division, including a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens in their last game Saturday. This will be their first meeting with the division-leading Panthers, but the Panthers had the 3-1 edge in last season’s four meetings.

The Leafs don’t have much to play for save for fending off the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The Panthers, on the other hand, are a team that will look to head into the All-Star break on a high note and keep their sensational play going.

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