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UNDER Hot Between Sharks-Predators

It was quite clear who had tired legs and who didn’t in the first game of San Jose’s second-round series with Nashville, but the Preds have an opportunity to knot the series at one game apiece with a win in the Golden State on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
  • The UNDER is 5-2-3 in the Predators last 10 overall.
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose.

San Jose erupted for five goals in the last 20 minutes of play for a 5-2 victory in that game. Nashville’s lack of success continues to be an issue for the club, as the Preds went 1-of-26 in the first-round against Anaheim.

Sharks forward Joel Ward has a history of coming up big in the clutch, and he collected an assist on the go-ahead goal on Friday. Ward scored seven goals in 12 playoff games for the Predators in 2010-11.

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Eovaldi Has Been a Road Warrior

There simply aren’t many rivalries like the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry in professional sports. Another chapter to the book will be written on Sunday when the two clubs square off at Fenway Park.

Shark Bites
  • The Yankees are 8-1 in Eovaldi's last 9 road starts.
  • The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Price's last 5 starts overall.

Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.38 ERA) and David Price (3-0, 5.76) are set to get the ball for the Yanks and Sox, respectively. Eovaldi has recorded 28 strikeouts in just over 24 innings of work this season, while Price matched a career-high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings of work in an 11-4 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday.

Price has historically struggled against Brian McCann (10-for-29, three home runs) and Chase Headley (8-for-19) but has fared much better against Alex Rodriguez, as A-Rod is hitting just 14-for-59 against Price with 24 strikeouts. Mark Teixeria is 13-for-64 against the lefty with three home runs.

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Thunder Cashing Tickets vs Spurs Lately

A pair of Western Conference heavyweights are set to collide on Saturday as Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Oklahoma City Thunder series tips off in the Lone Star State. At the betting window it’s OKC who has been the more profitable bet, as the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four against the Spurs.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Spurs last 4 home games.
  • The Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss.

AT&T Center has not been kind to the Thunder, however. Kevin Durant and company have an awful record against the Spurs in Texas, dropping six of their previous 30 at the stadium.

When the Thunder take the road, high-scoring games tend to follow. The total has gone OVER in six of the Thunder’s last seven games away from Oklahoma City.

This series is shaping up to be another clash of an elite offense against a top notch defense. The Thunder scored 112 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting against Dallas in the first round, while San Antonio held Memphis to 81 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting in a first-round sweep.

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Can the Penguins Slow Down the Capitals?

The Washington Capitals have been labeled as playoff chokers for quite some time, but they’re looking like the real deal this time around. Thanks to a hat trick by T.J. OSHA, the Capitals took Game 1 of the second-round series in overtime by a score of 4-3.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings.
  • The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games.
  • The Penguins are 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, who turned aside 89 shots in three contests to eliminate the New York Rangers in the opening round, looked very beatable in the setback. Murray’s four goals surrendered were the same amount he let in against the Rangers.

Lack of success on the power play was a big story for Washington. The Capitals scored eight times with the man advantage in their first round series, but went 0 for 4 in Game 1. Capitals netminder Braden Holtby’s workload received a major uptick, as the Vezina Trophy finalist saw 45 shots come his way on Thursday after facing just 36 in the final two matchups with the Flyers.

Stringing together wins has not been an easy task for Washington lately. The Caps are 1-6 SU in their last seven after collecting consecutive victories.

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Red-Hot Latos Aims to Keep up Pace

After suffering through a drama-filled Spring Training, the Chicago White Sox have raised a lot of eyebrows to start the 2016 MLB campaign. The Chi Sox will look to continue their hot start against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-1-1 in the White Sox's last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • The Orioles are 5-2 in Gausman's last 7 home starts.
  • The White Sox are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Baltimore.

White Sox left-hander Mat Latos has been sensational despite coming off injury-plagued seasons. Latos is a perfect 4-0 with a 0.74 ERA while pitching at least six innings for the fourth time in as many starts in his last time out. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 1.80 ERA) is set to counter for the O’s.

Gausman finally made his season debut at Tampa Bay on Monday due to a bout with tendinitis in his right shoulder. The former No. 4 overall draft pick struck out seven while allowing just one run and three hits in a 2-0 loss.

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Royals' Bats Have Gone Quiet

It’s certainly not time to panic yet, but the Kansas City Royals have been suffering through a major power outage lately. The Royals, losers of four in a row, haven’t gotten much contributions from their top players. Alex Gordon is batting .213 with five RBI and 29 strikeouts through 22 games, and Alcides Escobar is batting .223 in the leadoff spot.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals are 5-0 in Ventura's last 5 Saturday starts.
  • The UNDER is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in Seattle.
  • The Royals are 12-4 in their last 16 games following a loss.

The Mariners are in the opposite spot right now. Seattle has won 10 of its last 14 thanks to solid contributions throughout the lineup. The M’s have homered at least once in eight straight games.

Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.35 ERA) and Wade Miley (1-2, 7.04) are scheduled to get the start for the Royals and Mariners, respectively. Miley has allowed a total of 14 runs on 26 hits in 15 plus innings over his first three starts in Washington. Ventura is 11-1 with a 3.03 ERA over his last 18 outings and owns a 3.24 ERA in four career starts versus Seattle.

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Hornets Have Lost 16 of 18 in Miami

The first-round series between the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat has been a true battle of veteran experience with upstart youth, and it will be decided Sunday in Game 7. The UNDER continues to be be the best bet in this matchup, as each of the last four meetings between the squads have gone below the closing total.

Shark Bites
  • The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
  • The OVER is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Miami.
  • The OVER is 5-1 in the Hornets last 6 road games.

The Heat franchise has played in eight all-time Game 7’s, going 5-3 SU in those contests. Dwayne Wade has played in six of those, with the last win coming in 2013 when they beat San Antonio in the NBA Finals.

Miami, who went up 2-0 before letting the Hornets win three in a row, has been a tough club to figure out all year. The absence of Chris Bosh (blood clots) has been obvious at times for this bunch, but they’ve done better than expected without the dominant power forward.

Luol Deng has really turned it up a notch in the postseason, and he should factor into this game once again. Dang is averaging 19.7 points in this series - 7.4 more than in the regular season.

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Trends Pointing to UNDER in TOR-TB

The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t had the best start to the 2016 MLB campaign, but they’ll send their ace Marcus Stroman to the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday in an effort to right the ship. Tampa Bay is expected to counter with Jake Odorizzi.

Shark Bites
  • The Blue Jays are 5-0 in Stroman's last 5 road starts.
  • The UNDER is 13-2-1 in Blue Jays last 16 road games.
  • The UNDER is 12-3-2 in Rays last 17 home games.

Stroman (3-0, 4.37 ERA) allowed four runs in just over six innings of a no-decision versus the White Sox last Monday, while Odorizzi (0-1, 3.58) remains in search of his first victory of the season despite yielding two or fewer runs in three of his five outings.

Toronto catcher Russell Martin is dealing with lingering issues with neck spasms and has missed the last two games. Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar has turned it on as of late, going 10-for-255 with four RBI and four runs scored in his last seven contests.

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Curry-Less Dubs Host Blazers in Game 1

The Golden State Warriors survived without Stephen Curry in their first-round series with the Houston Rockets, but things are about to get a lot tougher in round two. Game 1 of the Dubs’ second-round playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers kicks off this afternoon in California.

Shark Bites
  • The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
  • The UNDER is 6-2 in the Trail Blazers last 8 overall.
  • The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Blazers handed Golden State their worst loss of the regular season (a 137-105 pounding on February 19). The Warriors committed 13 turnovers in the third quarter in the setback.

Golden State outscored Houston by 60 points in six quarters without Curry after the superstar suffered a knee injury in Game 4, so sports bettors shouldn’t assume the sky is falling in Oakland just yet.

The dynamic backcourt combo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will be key for Portland in challenging the Warriors. The two combined for 45.9 points per game in the regular season, and both can shoot from long-range with ease and make every other player on the court better with their excellent passing.

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Dallas Continuing to Cash at Home

The Dallas Stars squeezed out a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series and will be looking to take a 2-0 stranglehold with a win Sunday at American Airlines Center. Dallas is 8-0-1 in their last nine home games.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 0-7 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Stars last 5 home games.
  • The Blues are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Blues, however, have won four of the last five meetings with Dallas in the regular season, with three of those games going to overtime. St. Louis finished two points behind Dalls for the best record in the Western Conference.

St. Louis struggled to match the speed of Dallas in the series opener. These teams clearly do not like each other, as Stars captain Jamie Benn said “They hate us, and we hate them” prior to Game 1.

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has stopped 31-of-32 shots to improve to 7-1-0 in his last eight stars.

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