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Padres Just Can't Win At AT&T Park

The struggling San Diego Padres will look to end a four-game losing streak when they end their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants Wednesday. The Padres have been downright terrible when they travel to AT&T Park, as they have lost the past seven games in San Francisco while allowing 7.4 runs per game in that span.

Andrew Cashner will take to the mound for the Padres with the righty attempting to stave off a sweep at the hands of the Giants. The Padres have won each of Cashner’s past three starts with the pitcher has allowed just five earned runs in those outings. 

Giants’ starter Jeff Samardzija is coming off his best performance with his new team, as the Shark pitched 7.2 innings while giving up just one earned run and no walks. As obvious as it sounds, run support has been key for Samardzija with the Giants giving him 15 runs of support in his wins compared to just seven in his other two outings.

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Ducks Have Lost Last 3 Home Game 7’s

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The first round series between the Ducks and Predators shifts back to California tonight for Game 7. While the Predators franchise has never played in a Game 7 in their team’s history, the Ducks will look to end a trend that’s seen them eliminated from their last three playoffs in Game 7’s at home.

Working in the Ducks’ favor is a 13-5 record in their last 18 games when coming off a loss. As -170 favorites heading into the game, they haven’t exactly lit the world on fire as home favorites, going just 4-4 in their last eight games in the spot.

As road underdogs, the Predators record has been anything but impressive this season, as they’ve gone just 6-15 on the season. They do, of course, already have two wins in Anaheim during the series, but they lost three regular season games at the Honda Center this season.

The total for tonight’s game is set at 5 goals, which is a mark the teams have topped just four times in their last 10 games against each other.

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Islanders on a Roll on the Road

Lightning vs Islanders

Round two of the NHL playoffs gets underway tonight in Tampa at the Amalie Arena, with the Islanders in town looking to upset the Lightning. The Isles have enjoyed their time on the road recently, winning five of their last six road games, including two in their first round series against the Panthers. They’re also had the Lightning’s number, going 4-1 against them in their last five games against each other, outscoring them 20-14.

The Islanders come into Florida as +139 underdogs, which is also a spot they’ve been thriving in. In their last five games as road underdogs, they’ve gone 4-1.

Unfortunately for Islanders backers, being home favorite is a spot that’s suited the Lightning this season. At -154 tonight, the Lightning are 21-9 in their last 30 as home faves. Looking at a smaller sample size, they’re 6-2 as home favorites over the last month.

The Lightning could get a major shot in the arm as team captain Steven Stamkos took the ice to practice with teammates for the first time since being sidelined since undergoing vascular surgery. While there’s no timeline for a return, his return would make the team significantly better.

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NBA Playoffs First Round Could be Historic

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The NBA is often labeled as a league that lacks parity. Before the postseason even started you likely heard the self-appointed NBA expert of your office ramble on about how the playoffs are pointless, claiming the commissioner may as well hand the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Golden State Warriors right away and save the time and effort of playing the games.

But in the midst of a wild first round, three teams are quietly on the verge of making history, and they’re far from the usual suspects.


How Much is Brady Worth To The Odds?

By now you've heard. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s suspension was reinstated by the U.S. Court of appeals on Monday. 

“It was a very interesting and frustrating day for oddsmakers with the news of Stephen Curry potentially being really hurt and Tom Brady being suspended once again,” said Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at Bovada. “The Patriots were favorites before the news and if the suspension holds, they will most likely fall behind the Seahawks and Packers.” 

The question now is: How much is Brady worth? 


Manchester City Standing in Madrid’s Way

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League

The Champions League semifinal round begins Tuesday in England as Manchester City plays in its first ever semifinal matchup. The task is not an easy one as Spanish giants Real Madrid invade the Etihad Stadium.


Raps Must Exorcise Postseason Demons

As the Toronto Raptors-Indiana Pacers first-round Eastern Conference series shifts back to Canada, you’d think the Raptors would have the edge in the series due to home court advantage. But in light of Game 4’s awful performance by the Dinos, it’s the Pacers who are riding a high right now. If the Raps are going to have any shot of winning the series, they’ll need a better performance from their big guns.

The All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been complete non-factors through five games. Lowry is averaging 15.5 points on 32.2 percent shooting while DeRozan is at 13.3 points and 29.6 percent in the series. The duo were a combined 8 for 27 from the field and 0 for 7 on three-pointers for a total of 20 points in Game 5.

Indy head coach Frank Vogel is widely regarded as one of the brighter minds in the Association, and it showed on Saturday. Vogel opted to insert big man Myles Turner into the starting lineup in place of Lavoy Allen and the decision paid massive dividends for his club. Indiana had a rebounding edge for the first time in the series at 43-30. Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas totalled just six boards after collecting 48 in the first three games.

Despite the loss, Toronto has been a historically solid bet versus Indiana, evidenced by the Raps going 12-3 ATS in their last 15 versus their Eastern Conference foes.

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Comeback in Store in Celtics-Hawks?

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The Boston Celtics looked like they were dead in the water the last time they were in Atlanta, but they’re in a much different position as the series shifts back to Georgia tied at two games apiece. Thanks to two huge victories in Beantown, the Celtics have launched themselves back into things and are riding a serious high right now.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games after consecutive losses.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of the Celtics' last 14 games with one day off between games.
  • The Celtics are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games on the road.

C’s head coach Brad Stevens opted to mix things up in Game 3, shifting Jonas Jerebko and Evan Turner into the starting lineup. Boston responded by shooting 44.3 percent since the switch after being held to 34.2 percent in Games 1 and 2. Jerebko, who averaged just 4.4 points and 15.1 minutes in the regular season, has totalled 27 points and 22 rebounds in the two home wins.

Don’t fault Paul Millsap for his team’s recent losses, however. The power forward amassed 26 first-half points in Game 4 before finishing with a playoff career-high 45 along with 13 rebounds.

Betting on the Hawks has been a fruitless endeavor as of late, as Atlanta is a measly 1-5 ATS in its last six games.

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OVER Bettors Loving Padres Recently

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Following a string of six-straight games that finished UNDER the closing total, the OVER has been the hot wager in San Diego Padres games. OVER bettors will have a chance to cash yet another ticket when the Friars visit the San Francisco Giants for the second of a three-game set at AT&T Park Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Giants are 1-5 SU in their last six games against the division.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Giants’ last five games.
  • The Padres are 2-7 SU in their last seven games versus the Giants.

At online book Bovada, the Padres are currently +170 in moneyline markets while the Giants are -200. As for the total, OVER 7 comes in at -125 while UNDER 7 is currently -105.

OVER has cashed in three-straight Padres games and scores have surpassed the closing number in eight of the previous nine. There were nine combined runs scored in Monday’s 5-4 Giants’ victory, easily going OVER the closing 6.5 total to keep the trend alive and well.

The Padres’ pitching staff ranks 12th in the National League with a 4.80 ERA as they’ve given up 96 earned runs in 20 games thus far. The offense has been lukewarm for the majority of the season as they enter Tuesday with just 76 runs scored.

James Shields is expected to get the start for the Padres and is 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in four starts. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to get the ball for the Giants and is 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in four starts.

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Dodger Stadium Cashing UNDER Tickets

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With the way the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff has begun the season, it should not come as a surprise that their scorelines skew toward the UNDER more often than not. When it comes to home games, however, UNDER bettors have been reaping the rewards of low scoring contests on a consisten basis at Dodger Stadium.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between the Dogers and Marlins.
  • The Dodgers are 4-0 SU in their last four games after a loss.
  • UNDER has cashed in five of the Marlin’s last six games when tabbed as underdogs.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Dodgers at the lofty price of -330 while the Marlins come in at +270 in moneyline markets. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 6.5 runs is priced at -115 while UNDER 6.5 runs is also -115.

In seven games at Dodger Stadium so far this season, UNDER has gone 6-1 and with Clayton Kershaw scheduled to take the bump Tuesday, the UNDER is in play once again. In those games at Dodger Stadium, there has been an average of 6.14 runs scored.

Kershaw is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in four starts so far and the UNDER has gone 2-2 in those four games. The Dodgers’ ace allowed just one run on 10 hits in a 2-1 over the Atlanta Braves in his last turn.

Like just about any opponent around the bigs, Kershaw has dominated the Marlins throughout his career. In eight starts, the southpaw is 5-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

Scheduled to counter for the Marlins is Tom Koehler. The 29-year-old is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA and massive 1.73 WHIP.

Nobody from the Marlins roster has a particularly strong history versus Kershaw, but slugger Giancarlo Stanton has four hits in 15 at bats including one dinger.

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