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.

Shark Bites
  • 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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Raptors Aim for 12 in a Row vs Nuggets

The Toronto Raptors are the hottest team in the NBA and will be looking to extend their franchise best winning streak to 12 when they tangle with the Denver Nuggets in Colorado on Monday. Led by the dynamic backcourt duo of All-Stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raps are 8-3 ATS during the streak but have failed to cover the spread in their last two matchups against New York and Detroit. With a win tonight, the Dinos can establish the longest winning streak in Toronto pro sports history.

Shark Bites
  • The Nuggets are 5-2 SU and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Raptors' last nine games on the road.
  • The Raptors are 6-17 SU in their last 23 games against the Nuggets.

Despite floundering in the basement of the Western Conference, the Nuggets have quietly become a very solid bet as of late. Denver, who opened as 5-point underdogs, are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 affairs. Mike Malone’s crew are 25-21-2 ATS on the season when tabbed as dogs.

Here’s another trend that will appeal to Nuggets bettors: in the last eight matchups between these clubs, underdogs are 7-1 ATS. Denver (18-30 SU) won’t be competing for a playoff spot this season, but they are a team to watch when it comes to seeking underdog value over the second half of the NBA campaign.

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Road Team Cashing in Big 12 Battle

After a mediocre start to the season, the Texas Longhorns have grasped Shaka Smart’s system and are now looking like they belong in the bracket. History says that bettors may want to follow Texas when they visit the Baylor Bears Monday, as the visiting team is 8-3 ATS in the past 11 games between the two teams.

Baylor’s ability to bully teams down low is evident as they have the top rebound margin in the Big 12 this season, thanks largely to the dominant play of Rico Gathers. The senior is averaging 12.7 points and 10.5 rebounds this season while shooting over 55 percent from the field. The Bears have been struggling to pull away from their opponents lately as their past four victories have come by an average of six points per game.

After limping into conference play, Texas has gone 5-1 SU in their past six games with victories over Iowa State and West Virginia. Since losing to Kansas, it has been the unlikely duo of Prince Ibeh and Kerwin Roach Jr. that has lifted the Longhorns to back-to-back victories. Ibeh has a double-double in each of the past two games, averaging 15 points and 10.5 rebounds, while Roach has tallied 22 and 15 points respectively. 

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Magic Visit Spurs to Start New Month

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The Orlando Magic, as well as dedicated Magic backers, will be eager to move on to a new month as the team produced woeful 2-12 SU and 3-11 ATS records in January. Their first challenge in February is not an ideal one, however, as they visit the San Antonio Spurs Monday evening.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 4-1 in the Spurs’ last five games.
  • The Magic are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games versus the Spurs.
  • The Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games.

The Magic’s blistering start to the season seems like a distant memory after their horrific month. Orlando, currently 16-point road dogs at Bovada for Monday’s meeting, was the hottest wager in the league to start the campaign, going 7-0 ATS (3-4 SU), and head into Monday’s contest with a 25-21 ATS mark season to date. They did conclude the month on a high note, defeating the Boston Celtics 119-114 and covering as 4-point dogs Sunday.

The Spurs head into Monday’s contest somewhat chilly SU and ATS. They are coming off a 117-103 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last effort and have lost two of their last three games SU and three of their last four ATS. Granted, the two SU losses came against the Cavs and Golden State Warriors, but it’s the first time all season that the Spurs have lost two games in a three game stretch.

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Cavs are an Unreliable Bet vs Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are turning the corner under newly appointed head coach Tyronne Lue, however tonight they’ll be tasked with covering the spread against a team that’s traditionally given them fits: the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland is 0-4 ATS in its last four against Indy.

Shark Bites
  • The Pacers are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Cavaliers are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games after winning as an underdog.
  • The Cavaliers are 5-17 SU in their last 22 games against the Pacers.

On January 23, Lue told reporters his team was out of shape after a sloppy loss to the Chicago Bulls in his debut. Since then, the wine and gold have rattled off four straight while averaging 115 points per game, with a 117-103 victory over Western Conference heavyweight San Antonio solidifying the belief that the Cavs look considerably better in the wake of the coaching change. The Cavs have covered in three straight heading into the tilt.

The Pacers have earned back-to-back wins after dropping six of their previous seven but haven’t done anything to inspire any confidence in their backers. Indiana has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the Association this season despite Paul George playing some of the best basketball of his life.

When the Cavs and Pacers collide, UNDER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank. The UNDER has paid out in 12 of the last 15 clashes between the Eastern Conference foes.

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UFC: 2016 Underdogs vs Favorites Record

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2015 was a historic year for upsets in the UFC. Seven titles changed hands during the year, and no upset was bigger than Holly Holm’s over the once-invincible Ronda Rousey. For the year, underdogs posted a 180-288 record vs favorites, earning the W in 38.5% of fights. Will 2016 once again be a big year for the underdog, or will the favorites simply do what they’re supposed to do?


Novak Wins Aussie, Favored to Win French

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Novak Djokovic won his sixth Australian Open championship - a men’s record – and his 11th Grand Slam title, but now turns his attention to the one that has eluded him throughout his illustrious career, the French Open.

Online shop Bovada currently has Djokovic as the -110 favorite to win the tournament, which gets started in May. The Serb has been to three finals at Roland Garros, including back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015, but his 81.36 winning percentage is his lowest at any slam event.


Books Love Peyton Manning Super Bowls

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There are few things sports books love seeing more in a Super Bowl than Peyton Manning pulling his helmet over his ears. The 39-year-old Broncos QB not only played in the most bet-on Super Bowl of all-time, but he’s also played in three of the four Super Bowls with the best winning percentages for the House over the past 10 years.


NHL All-Star Break Betting Recap

While the majority of NHL teams have played around 50 games – give or take – or so this season, it doesn’t take Pythagoras to figure out that we are beyond the actual midway point of the season.

That said, there is no better time to take a look back and find out which teams were the most profitable at the betting window and which teams could be worth looking at in the “second half” of the NHL season.

Be sure to visit Bovada for all of your hockey betting needs.



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