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Caps’ California Trip Continues in L.A.

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Six of the Washington Capitals’ next eight games come on the road, including a possible Stanley Cup preview when they visit the Los Angeles Kings as their California road trip continues at Staples Center Wednesday night.

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  • The Kings are 6-2 SU in their last eight games overall.
  • The Capitals are 7-2 SU in their last nine road games.
  • The Capitals are 20-6 in their last 26 games win one day off between games.

At online shop Bovada, the Kings are offered at -125 in moneyline markets with the Caps at -105. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER at -120 and UNDER at -110.

The Capitals began their California trip with a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks Monday night. After visiting the Kings Wednesday, they travel up the Pacific coast and stop in San Jose to face the Sharks. No team in the Metropolitan Division has swept its way through California yet this season, but the Caps got off to a promising start.

Despite a 3-1 loss in Washington back on February 16, the Kings have had a decided edge in head-to-head meetings with the Capitals. Los Angeles has gone 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with Caps and has won five-straight meetings with the Caps in L.A. In fact, Washington’s last win in Los Angeles came way back on December 14, 2005.

One thing to note when it comes to betting the Caps: One-goal games are becoming the norm with this team. Entering Wednesday’s tilt with the Kings, the Capitals have played in 11-consecutive one-goal games and 13 of their last 14 have been decided by a single goal. That is a glaring number, especially considering the Caps are normally -1.5 in puckline markets.

Tonight looks to be different as they will be puckline dogs and there is certainly not a ton of value backing the puckline, but the Caps at +1.5 might be a strong candidate for parlay cards Wednesday.

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Duke, NC State Habitually Going OVER

Duke and NC State will meet for the third time this year as both teams aim to advance in the ACC Conference tournament Wednesday. A surplus of offense has been one of the biggest constants between the Blue Devils and Wolfpack as the OVER is 17-4 in their past 21 meetings.

Duke got past NC State fairly easily both times the teams met in the regular season, with the Blue Devils winning by 10 and eight points respectively. Grayson Allen put up 28 points in each of those two games while shooting a combined 60.7 percent. The game will feature the two top scorers in the ACC this season as Allen and Anthony Barber clash one last time this year.

Duke limped their way into the postseason with the team going just 2-3 SU and 1-3-1 ATS in their final five games. The Blue Devils’ offense averaged just 71.4 points in those five games, nearly 10 points less than their season average.

NC State has been an awful bet as of late, with the Wolfpack covering just once in their past seven outings. Barber has been one of the most underrated players in the country this season as the junior has averaged 23.3 points per game and has scored 30-plus points in five of his past 11 games.

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Clips, Thunder Love Going UNDER Totals

The Oklahoma City Thunder have stumbled to a 3-6 SU record since the All-Star break, and things won’t get any easier Wednesday with the Los Angeles Clippers in town. Both clubs are known for their high-octane offenses, but despite that the UNDER has been red-hot when they’ve met. The UNDER is 6-2 in the Clippers’ last eight against OKC. Oddsmakers opened the total at 215.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Clippers are 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Clippers' last six games with a closing total of 215.5 or less.
  • The Thunder are 0-3 SU in their last three games against teams with winning records.

A major reason for the Thunder’s recent struggles has been their ugly habit of blowing leads – including last week’s 103-98 loss to the Clips. Kevin Durant and company led by as many as 22 points in that game and by 16 with only eight minutes left, but fell apart in the final frame. OKC also wasted an 11-point lead in a 121-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors last week.

Bettors seeking underdog value will want to pay attention to this matchup. In the previous eight matchups between these clubs, dogs have gone 8-1 ATS against the favorites.

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GT Is An ATS Machine When Rested

Georgia Tech enters their ACC Conference Tournament game with Clemson well rested, which has been a great sign for the Yellow Jackets and their ATS record. Georgia Tech is 11-2-1 ATS in their past 14 games coming off three days rest, which is the same spot they enter Wednesday’s game in.

Georgia Tech and Clemson split their regular season series SU, but the Tigers went 2-0 ATS in those contests. Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame paced the team in both outings with the junior scoring 22 and 17 points respectively. Marcus Georges-Hunt had one of his best games of the season in the past game against Clemson when his 25 points and 80 percent shooting led the Yellow Jackets to victory.

The Tigers limped their way into the ACC Tournament with just three wins in their final eight games, with two of those victories coming against winless Boston College. Clemson will need to tighten up a defense that ranked inside the top 20 in the nation, as they have allowed 73 points per game in their past five losses.

The Yellow Jackets are streaking with a 6-2 SU (4-4 ATS) record in their final eight games of the regular season. Those six wins were all extremely close though, as Georgia Tech won each of those games by an average of 3.8 points. 

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Home Court Huge When Cavs, Kings Meet

A pair of the NBA’s most dramatic franchises square off on Wednesday when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers invade Sleep Train Arena for a date with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Home court advantage has been huge in this series, as visiting clubs are 0-6 SU in the last six matchups between the Cavs and Kings.

Shark Bites
  • The Kings are 0-4 SU and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games after losing as favorite.
  • The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Western Conference.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Cavaliers' last 10 games after a loss.

Cleveland, who’s kicking off a four-game road trip, will be looking for a much better effort compared to their last outing. The wine and gold fell 106-103 to Memphis on Tuesday despite the Grizzlies only dressing eight players. While the players keep brushing off the rumored discord in the locker room, there’s no debating this team is not operating at 100 percent.

The Kings (25-37 SU, 27-35 ATS) have been far from a reliable spread bet this year, however they have been profitable in one area: cashing OVER tickets. Sacramento has gone above the closing total in 12 of its last 17 games.

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Huge Division Battle as Blues Host Hawks

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With the exception of the Metropolitan, the races for division supremacy in the NHL are becoming more intriguing with each passing day. The battle for the Central Division is front and center as four teams are now in the hunt for the crown. Two of those clubs are set to tangle as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Blackhawks are 3-7 SU in their last 10 road games against the Blues.
  • The total has gone OVER the Blackhawks’ last seven games on the road.
  • The Blues are 6-1 SU in their last seven games after a win in their previous effort.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Blues at -120 on home ice in moneyline markets while the Blackhawks are offered at -110. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently -120 while UNDER 5 is at -110.

The Dallas Stars lead the Central with 88 points with the Hawks at 87 and the Blues at 85. The Nashville Predators have been sizzling since mid February and have joined the party with 80 points.

The Blues own the league’s second-longest current winning streak at three games (New York Islanders have a four-game streak) but will have to snap a two-game drought versus the Blackhawks. The Blues scored a 6-5 win in the clubs’ first meeting but the Hawks triumphed 4-2 and 2-0 in the next two contests.

The Blackhawks come in with three wins in their last four and skated to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their last game Sunday. Starting tonight, five of their next seven games are against division foes so they have a great opportunity to distance themselves from the rest of the pack.

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Can Dodgers Finally Get Over the Hump?

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In the wake of a disappointing first-round playoff exit last October, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a different looking ball team heading into 2016. But are they better? That’s up for debate.


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