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Red Sox open set against White Sox

The Boston Red Sox will remain on the road early this week as they open up a three-game series on the MLB betting lines against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.

The Red Sox and White Sox have yet to meet on the diamond so far this season, but MLB betting trends show that Boston has dominated this matchup recently. Overall the Red Sox are 8-2 in their past 10 against the White Sox, with the OVER/UNDER 4-5-1.

Chicago hands the ball to starter Dylan Axelrod in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-3 mark on the year. Boston counters with Jon Lester, who will try to quiet the fans and the White Sox bats at the same time.

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Hawks, Red Wings take ice in Game 3

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings will return to the ice on Monday night as the Original Six rivals battle in Game 3 of their best-of-seven second-round playoff series.

The Red Wings tied up the series at 1-1 on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 road victory as a +190 underdog on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Detroit had lost Game 1 as a +175 road underdog against the Blackhawks back on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings bring a 24-16-8 record to the battle against the 36-7-5 Blackhawks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Detroit go 17-25-6 so far and the Blackhawks go 18-26-4.

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Grizzlies, Spurs open up third round

The Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs will tip off the third round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday afternoon as the teams meet down in Texas in the opener of the best-of-seven set.

The Grizzlies upset the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the second round of the playoffs, while the Spurs needed six games to get past the Golden State Warriors in the second round. The teams split their games 2-2 SU and ATS this season.

The Spurs bring a 58-24 record (39-41-2 ATS) to the battle against the 56-26 Grizzlies, who are 46-34-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 36-45-1 so far and the Grizzlies go 33-48-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Tigers, Rangers Sunday Night Baseball

The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers will close out the MLB betting schedule for the week on Sunday night as the teams meet in the fourth game of their series down at Rangers Ballpark.

And the Tigers are expected to turn to Doug Fister on Sunday night, with the team 6-2 over his first eight starts of the 2013 season. Fister has started seven times against Texas in his career, going 2-4 in those contests with a high 5.61 ERA.

The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with Derek Holland, who will be looking to improve on his 3-2 mark.

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Senators, Penguins hit ice in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators will be looking to dig out of an 0-2 series hole on Sunday night as they return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third game of their second-round playoff series.

Pittsburgh took the 2-0 series lead on Friday night with a 4-3 home victory as a -185 favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Sidney Crosby had a hat trick for the Pens in that win, with Kris Letang adding a pair of assists in the contest.

Ottawa battles the Penguins, currently with a 36-12 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 11-30-7 for the Senators and 23-24-1 for the Penguins.

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UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold Odds

Former elite Strikeforce fighters will be making their UFC debuts on May 18 on the UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold card, and sportsbooks are already offering some affordable lines on three main card fights.

Headlining the event will be two of the top Middleweight fighters in the world. Former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold looks to start his bid for a UFC Middleweight title shot with a win over “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort.

 

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Knicks seek to tie up series in Indiana

The New York Knicks will get the chance to tie up their best-of-seven second-round playoff series on Saturday night as they play Game 6 of the set against the Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks staved off elimination on Thursday night with an 85-75 victory as a 5-point home favorite at Madison Square Garden over the Pacers. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 28 points for New York, and J.R. Smith added 13 points.

Supporters of the Knicks have seen them go 54-28 and 46-35-1 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 49-32 and 42-39 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 39-42, while the Knicks are 40-40-2.

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Dodgers continue series in Atlanta

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves will be back on the diamond at Turner Field on Saturday night as the National League clubs continue their three-game MLB betting series.

And the Braves will be turning to Kris Medlen on Saturday, with the righthander looking to improve on his 1-5 mark to start the season. Atlanta has picked up the loss in each of Medlen's last five trips to the mound, and they're 2-6 over his eight outings.

Los Angeles counters with Chris Capuano, who will try to quiet the fans and the Braves bats at the same time.

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Sharks host Kings in Game 3 of set

The San Jose Sharks will be looking to avoid going into an 0-3 hole in their best-of-seven second-round series on Saturday night as they play host to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3.

Los Angeles ran its series lead to 2-0 on Thursday night with a 4-3 victory as a -150 home favorite on the NHL betting lines. Trevor Lewis had the winner for the Kings in that contest, while Jonathan Quick stopped 28 of 31 San Jose shots in the win.

The Sharks sit at 25-16-7 on the season; in comparison, the Kings are currently 27-16-5. Looking to wager on the totals? San Jose is 15-23-10 OU, and Los Angeles is 19-18-11 OU.

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Preakness Stakes Props; Orb vs Departing

Orb is favored to win the Preakness Stakes and favored in all three horse matchup betting props posted this week ahead of the big race.

Orb was 1-1 as of Thursday and a -500 bet to finish in the Top 3 of the 9-horse field.

Online racebook Bovada also set 1.5 lengths as the over-under for margin of victory and 155:30 as the over-under for the winning time.

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