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Betting Numbers For The Final Four

Here's a look at some numbers, betting trends and key statistics to help you quickly handicap the Final Four: 

-Oklahoma’s “Core Four” — seniors Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler and junior Jordan Woodard— are starting their 105th consecutive game together on Saturday.

-Villanova has faced the highest possible seed in every round—a No. 15 (UNC Asheville), a No. 7 (Iowa), a No. 3 (Miami) and the No. 1 overall seed (Kansas


Possible Finals Preview in San Antonio

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A potential NBA Finals preview is on display when the San Antonio Spurs host the Toronto Raptors Saturday night. In the wake of the Golden State Warriors losing their first home game of the season Friday, all eyes will be on the Spurs to see if they can improve their pristine home record to 39-0.

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  • Home team is 4-0 ATS in the previous four meetings.
  • Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the Western Conference.
  • OVER is 4-1 in the previous five meetings.

The Raptors enter Saturday’s slate 2.5 games back of the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. They played a hard-fought game Friday night, escaping the Memphis Grizzlies with a 99-95 win, but just missed covering the number as 5.5-point chalk.

Don’t let the second of back-to-backs scare you, though. The Raps have gone 6-0 straight up and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games with zero days off and have covered the spread in four straight in that situation.

The Spurs enter Saturday’s game off of back-to-back wins but failed to cover the whopping 19-point chalk in their 100-92 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans their last time out. The Spurs currently have 63 wins and one more would establish a new franchise record.

The two played back on December 9 and it was the Raptors who came out on top with a 97-94 win as 6-point home dogs.

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Pistons Cashing Bets in Trips to Chicago

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Two teams fighting for a postseason ticket in the Eastern Conference meet as the Detroit Pistons visit the Chicago Bulls Saturday evening. The Pistons, currently No. 7 in the East, are just one game up on the Bulls, who enter Saturday’s game in the No. 9 spot. When it comes to betting numbers, the Pistons have had the edge in recent meetings.

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  • Underdog is 13-3 ATS in the previous 16 meetings.
  • The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last five games versus the Central Division.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Bulls’ last five games.

Detroit has gone 6-1 against the spread in its previous seven trips to Chicago and has gone 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings with the Bulls overall. The Pistons won the first two meetings this season 98-94 and 147-144, covering the spread in both, but dropped the most recent contest 111-101 as 3-point faves.

The Pistons have posted just a 1-2 SU record since they had a five-game winning streak snapped on March 26. They lost 98-89 to the Dallas Mavericks in their last contest and have four of their last six regular season games away from home starting tonight in Chicago.

The Bulls rebounded from a four-game losing skid with back-to-back wins entering Saturday’s action. They have an edge in that they have seven games remaining compared to Detroit’s six, but a win versus their Central Division rival will go a long way toward playoff hopes.

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Wings Awful in Second of Back-to-Backs

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With just four games left in the NHL’s regular season, the pressure is mounting for teams battling for precious playoff spots. The Detroit Red Wings are one such team and will look to strengthen their case for a ticket to the postseason with a win at the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. Trouble is, the Wings find themselves in a spot where they haven’t exactly excelled this season.

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  • UNDER is 9-1-1 in the previous 11 meetings between these two teams.
  • Red Wings are 4-11 SU in their last 15 road games.
  • OVER is 5-0-1 in the Red Wings’ last 6 games overall.

At online shop Bovada, the Wings are priced at -150 for their visit to Toronto while the home team is +120. The total is tabbed at 5.5 with OVER priced at +115 and UNDER at -145.

The Wings posted a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild Friday night but have been abysmal in the second game of back-to-back situations. Detroit has gone just 1-10 in its previous 11 games in this spot and has lost nine-straight in their last nine games with zero days of rest in between contests.

Detroit is just one point back of the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division and are even with the Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff spot, but the nod for that currently goes to the Flyers.

These two teams have played three times thus far with the Wings holding a 2-1 SU edge. The Buds prevailed the last time the two met as they skated to a 1-0 victory back on March 13.

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Panthers Battle for Top of the Atlantic

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Four teams are competing for the No. 1 position in the Atlantic Division and none of them have yet to clinch a playoff spot. The Florida Panthers are currently in the driver’s seat and can get closer to the Atlantic crown with a win over the Montreal Canadiens in Sunrise Saturday evening.

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  • The Panthers are 13-5 SU in their last 18 versus the Atlantic Division.
  • OVER is 4-1 in Montreal’s last five games overall.
  • Canadiens are 4-1 SU in their last fives visits to Florida.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Panthers at -210 in moneyline markets while the Habs come in at +170. OVER 5.5 goals is currently priced at +115 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -145.

The Panthers actually received a little bit of help from the Canadiens Thursday. While the Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2, the Habs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 and the Panthers were able to reclaim the top spot in the division.

The Panthers and Canadiens have played twice this season and it is the Panthers that have had the decided edge. Florida has skated to victories of 3-1 and 4-1 in the previous two meetings and Saturday’s matchup is the first of two remaining on the regular season schedule.

With the return of the plastic rats as well as some great hockey, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the team and deservedly so. A win Saturday would set a franchise record as well as tighten the grip on the top spot in a highly competitive division.

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Why Each Team Remaining Can Win

The Final Four is set and it features four teams that couldn't be any more different. Villanova’s defense-first approach will clash with Oklahoma’s shoot-the-lights-out offense while an incredibly well rounded UNC will take on this year’s Cinderella, Syracuse.

These four teams offer unique schemes and attacks, but each looks to win their games their way. With that in mind, we look at how each remaining team in the Final Four can become the last team standing.


Rare Final Four Appearance for OU, Nova

Villanova and Oklahoma have long standing histories of making the NCAA Tournament and then sort of fizzling out, which makes their Final Four matchup Saturday even more critical to both programs. This will be just the second appearance in the Final Four for either team since 1990 with both the Sooners and Wildcats losing their previous outings SU and ATS.

Though it was very early in the season, Oklahoma did beat Villanova 78-55 in the Pearl Harbor Classic in their lone meeting this season. It was a typical game for OU with their starters combing for 77 percent of their offense while shooting 53.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Wildcats struggled mightily in that game with their shooting as the team went just 31.7 percent from the floor and 12.5 percent from three.

You can’t talk about Oklahoma without first talking about Buddy Hield. The senior is the best pure scorer in the nation and has proven that he loves the bright lights, as Hield has averaged 29.2 points per game while shooting 70 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc during March Madness. Though Buddy Buckets gets most of the attention, the Sooners feature a veteran-laden lineup that has shot an impressive 48.5 percent during the tournament. The key will be protecting the ball as OU can be turnover prone.

If there is any defense left in March Madness that can stop Oklahoma, it is Villanova. The Wildcats have held their opponents, which include both Kansas and Miami, to an average of 63 ppg during the tournament with none breaking the 70-point mark. Offensively, Villanova is balanced with four players averaging double-digit points in the tourney. ‘Nova has struggled against potent backcourts throughout the season and they will need to rectify that against OU.

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Mohaymen Battles Nyquist in Florida Derby

Horseplayers will get an early preview of this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, with the top two betting choices for this year’s Run for the Roses squaring off in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Mohaymen is the early betting choice at Bovada for the Kentucky Derby at 4-1 and was installed as the 1-1 morning line favorite for the Florida Derby.


Long Road Ahead for Rebuilding Phillies

While 2016 presents a clean slate for the majority of teams across Major League Baseball, fans of some of the league’s bottom feeders will not exactly be jumping for joy come Opening Day. You can include the Philadelphia Phillies faithful in that department.

If you’re looking for on-field optimism, you’ve come to the wrong place. Philly is coming off a 63-99 season – a seemingly inconceivable feat considering this team was celebrating an NL East title just a few years ago. Philadelphia is in a total rebuild, which means they will very likely be downright unwatchable this season.


Liverpool Has Owned Tottenham Recently

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Thankfully, the Premier League season resumes after the international break that saw some of Tottenham Hotspur’s star players feature in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Germany. Those players will continue their quest for Premier League glory with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool Saturday afternoon.



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