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NE and SEA Faves in Conference Futures

Tom Brady Russell Wilson Patriots Seahawks

As the countdown to the 2016 NFL Draft continues and with the release of the NFL schedule, sportsbooks are busy putting odds together for the upcoming season. In addition to Super Bowl 51 odds, which have been available since Super Bowl 50 ended, conference futures are now available to wager on and there’s no surprises among the favorites.

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Buckeyes Have Plenty Of Holes To Fill

Be prepared to see a lot of new faces at The Shoe this upcoming season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have seen more than a dozen key contributors from last year’s squad either graduate or declare for the NFL Draft. The offense suffers the biggest hits with Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller Nick Vannett and Taylor Decker all leaving Columbus.

Despite facing a mass exodus of starters and quality players, with five Buckeyes-alum likely going in the first round of the draft, Ohio State is still tied for the best odds to win the NCAA Championship next season.

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What is in Store for Conte at Chelsea?

Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League

Earlier this month, Premier League giants Chelsea named former Juventus and current Italy (for now) manager Antonio Conte as the club’s coach for the 2016-17 season. It has been a season of turmoil at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho was sacked on December 17 after the Blues lost nine of 16 games to begin the season.

Dutchman Guus Hiddink replaced “The Special One” at the club and has guided Chelsea to much better results, but the Blues still sit 10th in the table with 44 points and just five matches remaining.

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Risers & Fallers in Kentucky Derby Odds

- Stay up to date with Kentucky Derby odds on the horses who are the favorites to race to a victory in the first Triple Crown event of the season.

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Pistons Just Can’t Solve Cavs in Playoffs

Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers can complete a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons in their opening round playoff matchup Sunday evening, but if you know the history between the two Central Division rivals, this shouldn’t come as a real surprise.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a SU win.
  • UNDER is 5-1 in the Pistons last six games at home.
  • UNDER is 6-2 in the Pistons last eight games versus the Central.

The Cavs are currently 6.5-point road favorites at online shop Bovada. The total is tabbed at 198 with OVER priced at -115 and UNDER at -105.

Dating back to the 2007 postseason, the Cavs have now won 11-straight games versus the Pistons when the two meet up in the playoffs. Just as distressing, for Pistons backers at least, is the fact that they’ve gone just 1-10 against the spread during their 11-game losing skid.

Lost in that, however, is the fact that the Pistons probably feel hard done by down 3-0. They’ve played very competitive basketball in the opening three games and have gotten balanced scoring from a slew of players with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leading the way at 17.3 points per game.

Kyrie Irving was excellent for the Cavs in Game 3 as he recorded 26 points in the 101-91 victory. The Cavs have been an excellent wager off of one day’s rest, as well, as they’ve gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in that spot.

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728508
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Will Astros Wake From Nightmare Start?

Colby Rasmus Houston Astros MLB

After a postseason appearance in 2015, plenty of folks tabbed the Houston Astros for big things in the 2016 season. The way they have started, however, has many thinking twice about those lofty expectations. The bats may have woken from a dormant start (by their standards) after a big win against the Boston Red Sox Saturday and they’ll look for that momentum to continue as the two wrap up a three-game set at Minute Maid Park Sunday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Sox are 2-5 SU in their last seven games overall.
  • The Astros are 0-4 SU in their last four games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • OVER was 5-0 in Owens’ last five road starts in 2015.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Astros as -120 in moneyline markets while the Sox come in at EVEN odds. The total is currently tabbed at 9 with both sides priced at -115.

The Astros won 8-3 Saturday to improve their surprising record to just 6-12. Colby Rasmus smacked his sixth home run of the season and drove in five runs to pace the Stros in the victory that also snapped a four-game losing skid.

Pitching has been a big issue for the Astros as they’ve given up the most runs in the American League entering Sunday’s action (89).

Scott Feldman is scheduled to toe the slab for the Astros Sunday night. In three starts this season, Feldman is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

Henry Owens looks set to get the start for the Red Sox after being called up from Pawtucket to replace the injured Joe Kelly. Owens was 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 11 starts in 2015 and is one of the more prized pitching possessions in the Sox’s system.

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721791
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Isles can Complete Upset with Home Win

Thomas Greiss New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The opening round series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders was always going to be an interesting one and while many expected a Panthers win, it is the Isles that can wrap things up in Brooklyn Sunday. Should the Isles win and finish the series, it will be the first time the franchise has advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 23 years.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 5-2 SU in their last seven road games.
  • OVER is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in New York.
  • OVER is 4-1 in the Islanders last five games on home ice.

Both the Panthers and Islanders are currently -110 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada. As for the total, OVER 5 goals is -115 while UNDER 5 goals is presently -105.

The Islanders took a 3-2 series lead thanks to an overtime winner from Alan Quine; a perfect time for the 23-year-old to record his first goal of the postseason.

Netminder Thomas Greiss has been excellent with regular No. 1 Jaroslav Halak out due to injury. The German stopped 47 of the 48 shots he faced in Friday’s double-overtime victory. In five games thus far, Greiss has stopped 180 of 192 shots and has posted a 2.09 goals against average and .938 save percentage.

Reports have surfaced that Nick Bjugstad did not travel with the team to Brooklyn for Game 6. Bjugstad suffered a head injury in Game 5 after falling and receiving treatment. He has recorded four points in the postseason thus far, which is tied for second most behind Reilly Smith’s eight.

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727865
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Celtics Desperate to Pull Even With ATL

Isaiah Thomas Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs

After just missing in Game 1 and then being thoroughly outplayed in Game 2 in the opening two games of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics put together a solid performance in Game 3 with a 111-103 victory on their own floor. The C’s will look to keep the momentum going and even things up in Game 4 at the TD Garden Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.
  • The home team is 6-2 ATS in the previous eight meetings.
  • UNDER is 10-1 in the Celtics last 11 games following an ATS win.

The Celtics are currently pegged as 2-point home favorites at online shop Bovada. The total is presently set at 204 with OVER -105 and UNDER -115.

Isaiah Thomas came out possessed and looked assured that the Celtics would not fall to 3-0. The diminutive point guard was 12-24 from the field and 13-15 from the charity stripe as he finished with an electric 42 points in the win.

The former Washington Husky is actually lucky to be playing in Game 4 after an altercation with Dennis Schroder, however. The two were slapped with double techs with Thomas having to be restrained. Thomas actually delivered a forearm to Schroder that was reviewed after the game and decided that further punishment was not warranted. If anything the heated battle between the two guards does add a spicy layer to an already-competitive series.

The C’s have covered the number in two of the three games thus far but it was the Hawks who dominated in the regular season. Atlanta had gone 3-1 straight up and against the spread in the four regular season meetings.

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728507
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Stars Hope to Finish Wild in Game 6

Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Dallas Stars were cruising through the opening two games of their Western Conference series versus the Minnesota Wild but things have taken an interesting turn. The Wild can force a Game 7 with a win on home ice Sunday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 4-1 SU in the previous five meetings in Minnesota.
  • OVER is 16-7-2 in Dallas last 25 road games.
  • The Wild are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games overall.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Stars at -130 in moneyline markets while the Wild are +110 on home ice. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 while UNDER 5 is presently EVEN odds.

The Stars were sharp in taking games one and two by scores of 4-0 and 2-1 respectively. They switched from Kari Lehtonen to Antti Niemi in the crease after losing Game 3 by a score of 5-3 and may contemplate another switch following the 5-4 loss in Game 5.

Mikko Koivu has really stepped things up with Zach Parise and Tomas Vanek out due to injury. Koivu scored the equalizer as well as the overtime winner in the Wild’s Game 5 victory.

OVER bettors will be thinking hard about about Sunday’s Game 6 contest. OVER has gone 5-0-1 in the previous six meetings between the Stars and Wild in Minnesota.

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