Blues are Ice-Cold on Offense

Have the St. Louis Blues finally met their match? Thanks to a pair of lopsided defeats to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues aren’t done yet but find themselves down 2-1 in the Western Conference series. Game 4 is Saturday night in California.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games after a loss.
  • The Sharks have scored over half of the posted total in six of their last seven games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Blues' last three games.

The Blues haven’t scored a goal in 7.5 period and must try and take one in an arena where San Jose has won six in a row in the playoffs, including the past three by an amazing 13-1 margin.

The Blues’ suffering power-play can be attributed to San Jose’s smother penalty kill. The Sharks have killed off 18 of 19 short handed situations over the past seven games.

The UNDER continues to be the hot bet in this series, as each West finals game has gone below the closing total so far.

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UNDER Looks Appealing in Cubs-Giants

Two National League powerhouses are set to square off on Saturday when the Chicago Cubs invade AT&T Park for a date with the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs, which has won 25 of its first 31 games, had dropped three of its last four and five of eight before winning on Friday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Cubs last 5 games.
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the Giants last 8 games.
  • The Cubs are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Giants recently saw its season-high eight-game winning streak snapped, and a power outage on offense isn’t doing the team any favors. San Fran has scored 33 runs in its last 13 contests.

Jon Lester and Matt Cain will get the ball for the Cubbies and Giants, respectively. Lester (4-2, 1.88 ERA) has not allowed more than three runs in any of his eight starts this season, while Cain (0-5, 5.87) is winless in his last 17 appearances but has recorded quality starts in his last two outings.

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Tribe are Scoring in Bunches Right Now

The Cleveland Indians are on a torrid pace right now and will look to keep the good times in Boston on Saturday. The Indians have received major contributions from Jason Kipnis and Jackie Bradley Jr., as Kipnis is 16-for-44 with three home runs, 10 RBI and seven run scored in his last 10 games. Bradley Jr. extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games on Friday.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-1 in the Indians last 5 games.
  • The UNDER is 8-2 in Bauer's last 10 starts overall.
  • The Indians are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Trevor Bauer and Joe Kelly will take the mound for the Indians and Sox, respectively. Bauer (3-1, 3.89 ERA) has struck out a season-high eight batters and 15 in his last two starts, while Kelly is making an appearance after spending some time in Triple-A Pawtucket. Kelly initial three performances of the season were ugly, as the 27-year-old allowed nine runs on 14 hits en route to walking 10 batters in 8.5 innings.

Kelly has looked much better in his last rehabilitation outing on Monday, striking out 10 over 6.5 innings with Pawtucket. Kelly is 1-0 with a minuscule 0.82 ERA in two career starts in Cleveland.

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Strong Pitching Making Royals a Good Bet

The Kansas City Royals are getting by thanks to some strong pitching right now, and Royals backers will be hoping that trend continues when they go for a sweep of their three-game set against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
  • The UNDER is 3-0-1 in the Royals last 4 games.
  • The Royals are 4-0 in Ventura's last 4 starts vs. the White Sox.

K.C. is slated to send Yordano Ventura to the bump, while the ChiSox will counter with Carlos Rodon. Ventura (4-2, 4.85 ERA) aims for his third straight triumph, but he’s allowed seven runs and 13 hits in his last two games against the Yankees and Red Sox. Rodon (1-4, 4.73) is 0-3 in his last six starts after settling for a no-decision against Houston Tuesday. Rodon’s lone win this year came on April 13 against the lowry Minnesota Twins.

The White Sox have not been able to get the job done at the plate. Chicago has scored three runs or fewer in each of their last four games. As a result, the Pale Hose have lost eight of their last 10.

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UNDER Hot in Marlins-Nats Meetings

The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins know each other very well, and a new chapter of their rivalry will be written on Sunday when the clubs collide in the Sunshine State.

Shark Bites
  • The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • The UNDER is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Marlins last 4 games.

The Nats are scheduled to send Max Scherzer to the bump, while the Fish will counter with Adam Conley. Scherzer (4-3, 4.01 ERA) has struck out 76 batters - third-most in the bigs - but has given up 13 home runs, the most in the majors. Scherzer has give up eight of those in his last three outings while giving up multiple shots in four of his nine starts. Conley (3-2, 3.40) has won three of his last four starts and hasn’t allowed a homer in any of the four outings.

One man who will need to step up for Miami is Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is 0-for-17 with 15 strikeouts over his last five games, and is 4-for-48 with 26 strikeouts in his last 14 contests.

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Nyquist Looks Ready for Triple Crown Bid

Nyquist Preakness

He is your undefeated Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and a heavy favorite in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, seeking to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive.

Nyquist is currently at Preakness betting odds of 4-7 at Bovada and it is tough to find any knocks on the talented colt other than the puny price.

In 10 of the last 19 years the Derby winner has gone on and won the Preakness Stakes including three of the last four years.


Preakness Stakes Betting Trends & Facts

The Preakness Stakes goes down this Saturday, and while Nyquist is the favorite, bettors should take any edge they can get before placing a wager. With history often being the best indicator for what to expect in the future, here's some Preakness facts and trends you should be aware of before making your picks.


Pivotal Game 5 in Bolts-Pens Series

The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to get the job done without their star forward in the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bolts rebounded from their worst performance of the postseason in Game 4 and scored the first four goals of game, holding on for a 4-3 victory. Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday in Pennsylvania.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
  • The Lightning are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
  • The Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Pittsburgh faces some big questions in between the pipes. Regular starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returned to the fold from injury in Game 4 and made seven saves in the third period after replacing Matt Murray. Fleury had not seen the ice since March 31 due to injury, and Pens head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters he would make a goaltending decision on Sunday.

The Penguins will have to make due without key defensemen Trevor Daley after the blueliner left Game 4 with a leg injury. Daley is out indefinitely.

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How Will Cavaliers' Historic Run End?

Are you taking the Cavaliers seriously yet? After being looked at as the third-best team in basketball for most of the season, they’ve become just the third team in the last 25 years to win the first 10 games of the playoffs.


NASCAR: Sprint All-Star Race Odds

The Sprint All-Star race goes down this Saturday night from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the top of the odds board is about as tight as the finish at this year’s Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch — the drivers with the most Sprint Cup points — are tied as favorites as +600 at online sportsbook Bovada, with Jimmie Johnson a hair away at +650.



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