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NBA: January's Best & Worst Bets

January was an eventful month in the NBA: The Cavaliers fired their coach, Blake Griffin broke his hand laying the smack down on the Clippers assistant equipment manager, and the 76ers won four games, which was more wins than they had to enter the month. Lots of things also stayed the same, as the Warriors and Spurs continued to dominate, but there were a few surprises at the betting window. Let’s take a look at the best and worst of NBA betting in January.

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NCAAB: OddsShark ATS Top 25

Every Monday, numerous polls are released that give us an indication as to who the best college basketball teams in the nation are. These polls are built through votes and opinions based on SU results, but what about a top 25 tailored toward bettors?

Every Monday, we compile a top 25 list with the bettor in mind. Nothing matters but cold hard facts with the numbers to back them up.

Here’s the top 25 ATS teams in college basketball:

February 1, 2016

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Campbell: Is SB 50 Underdog's Game?

Everything from line moves to timing your bets – Vegas Matty and Jon Campbell break down their best advice for Super Bowl 50 in the video above.

Or check out Campbell’s interview with Randall the Handle and Jorey Middlestadt on their popular betting show The Bottom Line on Sportsnet’s Fan590 to talk Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Jan. 31.

They cover why the books are worried this Super Bowl, how the proof is in the money that sports betting is more popular than ever, plus how to avoid mistakes rookies make when betting props.

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Super Bowl 50 Rushing Props

C.J. Anderson Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 NFL

The Carolina Panthers feature one of the most dangerous rushing attacks in the NFL, finishing second in the regular season with 2,282 yards (142.6 yards per game) off a league-high 526 attempts on the ground and finished tied for the league lead with 19 touchdowns.

That success has carried over into the postseason as the Panthers have scampered for 296 yards (3.8 yards per attempt) and five touchdowns en route to their Super Bowl appearance.

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Super Bowl 50 Receiving Props

Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 NFL

While Super Bowl 50 features one of the best quarterbacks of all time going up against one of the best in the game today, they still need to throw the ball to somebody to rack up all of those gaudy numbers as well as all the plaudits.

We’ve already taken a look at ways you can wager quarterback props in Sunday’s big game, so now let’s take a look at some of the receiving props that are available on the prop board.

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Nover: Sportsbooks in Danger for SB50?

Only twice have Nevada sportsbooks lost money on a Super Bowl game since the state gaming control board started tracking betting action in 1991.

It's estimated Nevada won more than $134 million from Super Bowls during this span with the only losing Super Bowls being in 2008 when the New York Giants upset New England and in 1995 when San Francisco covered an 18.5-point spread against San Diego.

But if the Carolina Panthers were to beat the Denver Broncos by five or six points, sportsbooks could be in danger of losing in Super Bowl 50.

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MLB Futures: Cubs are the Early Favorites

Chicago Cubs

For the first time this winter, a clear favorite has emerged as the favorite to win the 2016 World Series. The Chicago Cubs, who had been tied at the top of futures markets with the San Francisco Giants for most of the offseason, now stand alone at the top of the list.

According to online sportsbook Bovada, the Cubs’ odds of winning the World Series now stand at +400, well ahead of the Giants at +750, and the American League’s top contender, the Boston Red Sox at +1200.

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Pro-Line vs. Online Sportsbooks

Many Canadian bettors believe that the only legal way to bet on sports in the country is through Pro-Line. This is far from the truth; there are numerous legal online betting sites that are available to Canadian citizens like Bovada sportsbook and Bet365. What many don’t realize is that there are superior sports betting products in the market that bettors don’t even realize exist – that’s what we’re here for.

Thunder Cold ATS, Hot as OVER Wager

The Oklahoma City Thunder put together a great SU record in the month of January but couldn’t match that success at the betting window and really went lukewarm to close out the month. OKC backers will look for their first win at the sportsbook since January 20 when the Thunder host the Washington Wizards Monday night.

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  • The Wizards are 0-6 ATS in their last six games when they are an underdog of 9.5 or more.
  • The Thunder are 16-3 SU in their last 19 games against the Southeast Division.
  • The Wizards are 4-1 SU in their last five games on the road.

The Thunder, presently 9.5-point faves at online shop BetOnline, went 13-3 SU in January but went just 6-9-1 ATS over that span. To close out the month, they failed to cover the number in five straight contests, but managed a push versus the Houston Rockets in their last contest.

Totals bettors should note the OVER hitting in five-straight OKC games and with the team seemingly scoring at will, it will always be a good candidate for the OVER. The Thunder have scored triple digits in 15 of their 16 January games and have averaged 117 points in those previous five games that cashed OVER tickets. BetOnline is currently offering the total for Monday’s contest at 221 – the highest on the day’s board.

The Wizards head into Oklahoma City off a 123-122 win at the Houston Rockets Saturday. The fumbling Eastern Conference club has gone just 2-5 SU in their last seven games and are currently 2.5 games behind the Detroit Pistons for that final playoff position.

OVER has cashed in the Wizards’ previous two outings and with the team allowing opponents to score an average of 104.8 points per game (24th in the NBA), we could be in store for more offensive fireworks in Oklahoma.

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Louisville Struggling to Cover The Spread

It has been a season of irregularities with Louisville as the team has bounced back-and-forth between spectacular and awful. This sporadic play has led to the Cardinals losing bettors money, or making money if you have been fading Louisville, as they are 2-8 ATS in their past 10 games. Louisville will play host to No.2 UNC Tar Heels Monday at the KFC Yum! Center.

Louisville is coming off their worst performance of the season as the Cardinals scored just 47 points while shooting 32.7 percent from the floor. Louisville’s offensive production has been inconsistent as they have scored less than 70 points in two of their past five, but have also scored over 80 twice in that span. After six consecutive double-doubles, Chinanu Onuaku has scored a combined 10 points and five rebounds in the past two games.

UNC comes into Monday as winners of their past 12 games, but have gone just 5-7 ATS in that span. Brice Johnson has put up some phenomenal numbers recently as the senior has averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds over the past three games. 

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