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Thunder, Warriors Playing to the OVER

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors played in the game of the season last Saturday where Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry broke the hearts of the Thunder faithful in the form of a last-second three-pointer from way downtown. The Western Conference foes will square off once again in Oakland tonight, but Curry’s status is in question.

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  • The Thunder are 3-1 SU in their last four games with no days off between games.
  • The Warriors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Thunder' last four games with a closing total of 225.5 or more.

Curry is dealing a nagging ankle injury and sat out of Tuesday’s game, a 109-105 overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks. OVER bettors love when these clubs collide, as the OVER is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between the Thunder and Warriors.

Oklahoma City (42-19 SU) is in dire straits right now despite that solid record. The Thunder, who are 9.5 games back of San Antonio for second place, collapsed against the Clippers last night. OKC was up 22 by the third, up 17 to start the fourth and still leading by 16 with 7:25 remaining but spiralled out of control in the final minutes, falling 103-98.

The Thunder are a particularly poor bet as underdogs. In their previous 10 when tabbed as dog, OKC is a paltry 1-9 SU and 1-8-1 ATS.

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Pelicans are a Fantastic Play vs Spurs

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It’s fairly obvious that the San Antonio Spurs are a much better basketball team than the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Pels own the series when it comes to cashing spread tickets. Anthony Davis and company have covered in five of their last six matchups with the Spurs, and they’ll have another opportunity Thursday when they welcome San Antonio to Louisiana.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games after a loss.
  • The Spurs are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six games against their division.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Spurs' last four games after an ATS win.

The Spurs’ defense sagged terribly without standout small forward Kawhi Leonard, however it’s looking much better now that he’s back in the fold. In three games without Leonard last week, the Spurs surrendered 109.7 points per game while Leonard was plagued by a calf injury. San Antonio has the best points allowed per game margin in the Association (92.3) over the course of the season.

One area where the Pelicans have been particularly profitable is producing to the OVER. The Pels have gone above the closing total in 15 of their last 21 games. New Orleans is a measly 25-34 ATS – the fourth-worst mark in the league.

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Can Anyone Stop Streaking Golden Bears?

The California Golden Bears are playing as well as any team in the nation right now entering Thursday’s Pac-12 contest against the Arizona Wildcats. Cal has won seven consecutive games, but has also covered in each of those games with the team winning by an average of 14.6 points per game.

Cal has been dominant on both ends of the floor, as they have averaged 80.3 points per game while allowing just 65.7 points during their streak. Jordan Matthews had his best game of the season in Cal's previous outing against Arizona with the sophomore coming off the bench to score 28 points while draining six trays.

Arizona is looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since February 2010 after dropping their past two games against Colorado and Utah last week. Arizona’s offense was stagnant in those outings with the team averaging just 68 points per game, compared to their season average of 81.1. Allonzo Trier has been a menace to opposing teams since returning from a broken hand, as the freshman has averaged 18 points in his past five games.

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UConn Struggling At Moody Coliseum

The Connecticut Huskies are trying to claw their way into March Madness and a win against the SMU Mustangs Thursday could go a long way. However, UConn has historically struggled at Moody Colisuem as they are 0-3 SU and ATS in their past three games visiting SMU.

This will be the last game SMU seniors will be playing at Moody Coliseum and that emotion may be compounded with the Mustangs banned from postseason play. The only championship SMU has a chance at winning is the AAC regular season championship, which they are currently in a tie with Temple for. Nic Moore will be playing his last game in front of the Mustangs faithful, but the point guard is coming off a terrible five point outing in which he shot just 1-for-9.

UConn will be in desperate search of a win with the Huskies sitting firmly on the bubble right now. The team is just 1-2 SU against ranked teams this season, but the lone victory did come against SMU a few weeks back. UConn will be looking to make the tournament on the back of their 11th ranked defense that is holding teams to just 62.1 points per game.

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Rangers Revive Road Record in February

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The New York Rangers have been almost unbeatable at Madison Square Garden all season long but their performance on the road has not been quite as formidable. They have started to come around in their travels and have a chance to improve on a very promising road record in February with a trip to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 7-1 SU in their last eight games versus the Eastern Conference.
  • OVER has gone 1-4 in the Rangers’ last five games against the Metropolitan Division.
  • The Penguins are 12-28 SU in their last 40 games against the Metropolitan Division.

Online sportsbook Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -140 in moneyline markets while the Rangers are currently +110. The total is tabbed at 5 with OVER at -130 and UNDER at Even odds.

The Rangers head into Thursday’s contest with a 14-14-3 record on the road this season but used a 5-2 SU mark in seven February road games to dramatically improve their record. One of the opponents that they defeated on the road were, coincidentally, the Penguins. The Blueshirts skated to a 3-0 victory while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots en route the shutout.

The Penguins had a two-game losing skid snapped by the Washington Capitals in a 3-2 defeat in their last game on Tuesday. They are well back of the Capitals at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings and are eight points behind the second-placed Rangers entering Thursday’s action.

The Rangers have won three-straight games overall and capped an exceptional February with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Rangers, and their backers, will no doubt be hoping that their success continues into March.

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Blackhawks Dominant Vs Atlantic Division

The Chicago Blackhawks are a solid wager no matter the circumstance, but their value increases exponentially when they get to face a team from the Atlantic Division. That is the spot the Hawks are in when they visit the Boston Bruins Thursday evening.

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  • The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last seven games against the Bruins.
  • The Bruins are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games with one day off in between games.
  • The Bruins are 2-6 SU in their last eight games against teams with a winning record..

The Blackhawks have gone 10-2-1 versus the Atlantic this season and have actually posted a record of 13-3 SU in the previous 16 meetings dating back to last season. They enter Thursday’s contest on a bit of a high as they’ve won back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings.

The Central Division is becoming an absolute dog fight but Wednesday’s win over the Wings gave the Hawks a two-point lead over both the struggling Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues; both of whom are idle tonight.

The Bruins are trying to keep up with the division-leading Florida Panthers as well as the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic, but they head in off a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames and have actually won three of their last four overall.

If you are thinking of fading the Blackhawks because they played Wednesday, do so at your own peril. The Hawks have gone 4-1 SU in their last five games with zero days off in between.

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Plenty of Value on Atlantic Odds Board

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With the exception of the Metropolitan, there is value to be had betting NHL division futures and the tightly contested Atlantic Division is leading the charge.

The Florida Panthers lead the group with 80 points as of Wednesday morning and are currently tabbed as +130 favorites to win division at online shop Bovada.


Curling: 2016 Tim Hortons Brier Odds

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The 2016 Tim Hortons Brier begins Saturday with arguably the strongest field in the history of the tournament. Of the 15 team field (reduced to 12 after a March Madness like play-in round consisting of non-ranking Nova Scotia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), nine are in the Top 20 World Curling Tour Order of Merit rankings, with five in the top 10.


PGA: WGC-Cadillac Championship Odds

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The PGA Tour’s Florida swing continues this weekend as the WGC-Cadillac Championship gets underway in Miami. When it comes to odds lists, it’s Northern Ireland export Rory McIlroy leading the way. Only two of the top 50 golfers in the world will not be in the field, meaning there’s plenty of value to go around for bettors.


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