Archive for May, 2008

Do or Die!

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons will get right back at it Friday night as they lock horns for the sixth game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Detroit let a golden opportunity to take a lead in the series slip through its fingers Wednesday night after it fell by a 106-102 final count.

They trailed by six at the break, 52-46, but got outscored 32-25 in the third quarter allowing the Celtics to take a 13-point lead into the final frame. The veteran group chipped away at the Celtics lead, and at one point trailed by just one-point, 100-99. Boston did a tremendous job of hitting its free-throws down the stretch, and ultimately pulled out the four-point win. Even though Boston won, Detroit grabbed the money cashing as six-point road underdogs, and the combined score of 208 shattered the closing ‘total’ of 174.

With the win, the Celtics are now 5-3 SU against their Eastern Conference rivals this season with each club securing four pointspread victories apiece.

This series has been dominated by the road team/underdog of late evidenced by the underdogs 13-5 ATS mark the L/18 meetings and the road teams 10-3 ATS mark the L/13. The under has been betting gold as well as its cashed in 7 of the L/9 overall meetings, and in 5 of the L/6 times these teams have squared off in Detroit.

The Pistons opened up 6-point home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 175.5 for the sixth game of this series. OddsMaker.com offers every basketball wager imaginable, so be sure to login to your account before tip off to get your action down.

“Buy me some Peanuts and Crackerjacks”

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

A couple of first place teams will butt heads over the weekend when the Chicago White Sox pay a visit to Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays for the remainder of their four-game set. The White Sox are coming off a series win at Cleveland where they took two of three overall to improve its road mark to 16-14 and they come into this series winners in nine of their L/13 on the road. At 29-23, the White Sox sit two games in front of the Minnesota Twins for the top spot in the AL Central.

The Tampa Bay Rays own the best record in the American League at 32-21, which is also tied with the Chicago Cubs for the best record in all of baseball. Needless to say, this is the best start Tampa has gotten off to in the history of the franchise. With a home record of 21-9, the Rays have been one of the sharpest bets anyone could make as they’ve currently brought in a lofty $1106.00 in profits if wagered upon in every home game.

Friday night’s match-up will pit (5-3) Jose Contreras against (4-3) James Shields in a game that should be dominated by the starting pitching. Both teams’ aces, (5-3) Javier Vazquez for Chicago and (4-1) Scott Kazmir for the Rays, will go toe-to-toe in Saturday evening’s online betting affair. (2-6) Mark Buehrle and (6-3) Andy Sonnanstine will get the starting nods in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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The Indoor War: Week 14

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Week 14 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weekends slate as teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning.

The (10-2) Dallas Desperados travel to the Quicken Loans Arena to face the (7-5) Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 ET. Dallas can become the second team in AFL history to record three consecutive seasons with 11 regular-season wins with a victory. The Desperados have the best road record in the AFL (5-1) and can sweep their second division opponent of the season (Columbus) with a win. Dallas has won the last two meetings to tie the all-time series at 2-2. Cleveland is in a three-way tie for fourth place and can stay ahead of both New Orleans and Georgia with a win. Cleveland leads both teams by record versus common opponents. The Gladiators hold the third-best home record in the AFL at 4-1 and can notch their fifth home win for the first time since 2004 with a victory.

For the first time in its six-year history, the (4-8) Colorado Crush welcome the (6-6) New York Dragons (6-6) to the Pepsi Center in a game that will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 HD at 10:30 ET on Monday night. The Crush is currently tied with Los Angeles for fourth place in the American Conference playoff standings and need a win to keep pace. New York is 3-1 against the American Conference and sits one game out of the sixth and final playoff position. The Dragons lead the all-time series 3-1, having won each contest by an average of 15 points.

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The Indoor War

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Week 13 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weekends slate as teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning.

The (9-2) Dallas Desperados pay a visit to Amway Arena, otherwise known as “The Jungle”, to lock horns with the (8-4) Orlando Predators. Dallas has won 37 of its last 43 regular-season contests and can establish its fourth 10-win season in the team’s seven-year history with a win. A victory, coupled with losses by New York and Tampa Bay, will clinch the Desperados third consecutive playoff berth. Orlando is 4-1 SU and ATS at home this season and can maintain a one-half game lead ahead of New Orleans for first place in the Southern Division with a win. The Predators are in first place after Week 12 for the first time since 2006, when they advanced to ArenaBowl XX. The all-time series is tied 3-3 with Dallas having won the last three.

The (7-4) New Orleans VooDoo fresh off their “bye” week will host the (6-5) Georgia Force for a crucial Southern Division match-up that will be aired live Monday night on ESPN2 HD at 8 ET. A Georgia victory would tie the Force with New Orleans for second place within the division, and it would also mark the Force’s first four game winning streak of their 2008 campaign. The VooDoo is one of only two teams undefeated at home (5-0 SU & ATS), and can stay within one-half game of Orlando for the division lead with a victory. Georgia leads the all-time series 5-2 and can sweep the VooDoo for the third consecutive season with a victory Monday night.

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Take me out to the ballgame

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

After getting our first taste of Interleague play last weekend, MLB is back to normal for Memorial Day Weekend with the schedule boasting a number of must see match-ups.

For starters, a couple of division leaders will go at it as the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox go toe-to-toe for a three game set starting Friday evening. Both clubs met last week in Anaheim for a four game set, and each club escaped the series with a pair of victories. Joe Saunders and his 7-1 mark and 2.48 ERA is set to get the start in the series opener against Gavin Floyd whose already flirted with no-hitters on a couple of occasions this season, while Game 2 squares Jered Weaver and John Danks off against one another for the second time in 10 days. The series finale will be aired live for ESPN’s Sunday night telecast, and it to will see a rematch of last weeks battle between John Lackey and Jose Contreras won by the White Sox, 6-1. Look for a playoff type atmosphere at US Cellular Field as both clubs come in playing some excellent ball.

In the National League, the AL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks will head north from Florida to Atlanta, GA to take on the red-hot Braves for a four game extended weekend set. Arizona enters the series 5-5 their L/10, but the surging Braves have won 7 of their L/10 after just taking it to the NY Mets in their four-game set.

Memorial Day Weekend allows us all to sit back, hang out with family, and watch a ton of baseball. Be sure to login to your OddsMaker.com account all weekend long to get your MLB fix!!!

Trouble in Tinsletown?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers will get right back at it Friday night as they lock horns for the second game of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs have to be kicking themselves for letting Game 1 get away from them after holding an eight-point lead at the half and limiting LA superstar Kobe Bryant to just two points.

The second half was a completely different story however as the Lakers youngsters jumpstarted the offense in the third quarter to cut the lead to seven after three quarters of play. Kobe took over late and the Lakers outscored the Spurs 24-13 in the final quarter to pull out the 89-85 home victory. San Antonio cashed their backers tickets as 7.5-point road underdogs, and the combined score of 174 fell comfortably under the closing ‘total’ of 195.

With the win, the Lakers are now 3-2 SU against their Western Conference rivals this season, but the Spurs hold a decisive advantage ATS winning four of the five match-ups overall.

These teams have combined to win seven of the last nine championships, with the Spurs prevailing in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 and the Lakers doing so from 2000-02. So, the NBA’s most dominant teams of the past decade meet again, with the winner taking a giant step toward another possible championship.

The Lakers opened up 6.5-point home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 193.5 for the second game of this series. OddsMaker.com offers every basketball wager imaginable, so be sure to login to your account before tip off to get your action down.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers 9:05PM ET

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

NBA bettors get to sink their teeth into another online betting affair in tonight’s Western Conference Finals match-up between the San Antonio Spurs and the LA Lakers. The teams have combined to win seven of the last nine championships, with the Spurs prevailing in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 and the Lakers doing so from 2000-02. They lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA finals back in 2004. So, the NBA’s most dominant teams of the past decade meet again, with the winner taking a giant step toward another possible championship.

“As far as the playoffs go, it’s San Antonio,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday when asked if the Spurs were his team’s biggest rival.

“We’ve had our battles. We’ve had some great match-ups,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said. “It feels great to be back at that level, matching up with San Antonio.”

Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is set to take place Wednesday night at the Staples Center, where the Lakers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the postseason and winners of 12 straight overall including a 106-85 home win and cover over the Spurs in their next-to-last game of the regular season. The Lakers have a 7-3 record against the Spurs in the postseason, including 3-0 in the conference finals. They last met at this stage of the playoffs seven years ago, when the Lakers swept the Spurs on their way to a best ever 15-1 postseason record. The teams went 2-2 this season winning their games at home, but the Spurs hold a 3-1 advantage against the spread. That said the Lakers have been tremendous in the comfy confines of the Staples Center this year compiling records of 35-11 SU and 24-21-1 ATS. San Antonio struggled on the road throughout most of their regular season schedule, but their Game 7 Western conference semi-final win at New Orleans now has them one game over .500 at 24-23 SU but a woeful 17-30 ATS.

Oddsmakers opened the Lakers up seven-point home favorites in tonight’s basketball betting affair with the ‘total’ set at 196. OddsMaker.com offers all NBA betting odds be it side, total, or $$$-line, so be sure to login to your account and get your wagers down before the late tip.

The Lakers went a solid 38-29 ATS as a favorite, while the Spurs struggled in the underdog role cashing their backers tickets on just 8 of 22 occasions this season. Los Angeles went 7-2 ATS this season on 3+ days rest, while the Spurs managed a winning mark of 27-23-3 ATS on one days rest. The home team is 4-1 ATS the L/5 overall meetings, and the Lakers managed to carry the momentum off big road wins as an underdog to go 9-2 ATS this season.

Will San Antonio be able to pony up and ignore the fatigue like Boston did against the Pistons in their Game 1 match-up after going seven games in their prior series, or will the Lakers run roughshod and take advantage of the Spurs tired legs? Tune to TNT HD at 9:05 ET to find out!!!

Big Brown heavy favorite for Preakness

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown is the prohibitive 1-2 favorite for Saturday’s 133rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. The colt will face 12 other three-year-olds in the $1 million, 1 3/16 mile race. Owned by IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr., Big Brown is undefeated in four career starts, having won the races by a total of nearly 34 lengths. The three-year-old will again be ridden by Kent Desormeaux and the pair will start from post seven. Desormeaux won the 1998 Preakness aboard Real Quiet.

Arkansas Derby champ Gayego is the only other Kentucky Derby horse to be entered in the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown.

A victory on Saturday would put Big Brown just one win, the Belmont Stakes, away from becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed did it back in 1978.

Catch the race Saturday, May 17, 2008. Post-time is 6:15 PM ET on NBC.

The Indoor War

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Week 12 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weeks slate as teams jockey for playoff positioning.

The (6-4) New York Dragons welcome in the (5-5) Georgia Force to the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. ET in a National Conference match-up. The Dragons have been installed one-point home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 108. This match-up pits Georgia’s 3rd ranked offense averaging 58 PPG against NY’s 3rd ranked defensive unit only allowing its opponents to score a shade under 48 PPG. New York can extend its winning streak to six games for the first time since 1996 with a win.

The (8-2) Chicago Rush hosts the (4-7) Los Angeles Avengers at Allstate Arena in an American Conference match-up on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Monday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Chicago became the first team to clinch a playoff berth for the 2008 postseason with San Jose’s victory over Arizona in Week 11 and can secure its second consecutive Mitsubishi Motors Central Division title with a win coupled with a loss by Colorado on Saturday. Chicago has been installed lofty 17-point home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 110 for their fourth meeting with the Avengers in the last two seasons.

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Potential World Series match-up in May?

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

They might not be tearing their respective divisions up right now, but both the NY Yankees and NY Mets are expected to be in the thick of the Playoff race come October. The Yankees have struggled throughout the first two and a half months of the season. They currently sit one game under .500 at 20-21 overall, and find themselves 3.5-games in back of the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays. That’s right, Tampa Bay! As for the Mets, they’ve churned out a winning record thus far compiling a 20-18 SU mark and sit two-games in back of the surprising Florida Marlins for the top spot in the NL East.

Game one of their series pits Mets prized off-season acquisition Johan Santana and his 4-2 mark against the Yankees Darrell Rasner who’ll be making his third start for the pinstripes this season. It was almost a year ago to the day that Rasner took a comebacker off his hand from the Mets Endy Chavez that broke his finger and ended his 2007 campaign. Expect him to be very sharp if any balls come flying back at him this time around.

Game two pairs a couple of lefthanders against one another in the Mets Oliver Perez and the Yankees Andy Pettitte. Perez comes into this start 3-3 with a 4.61 ERA while Pettite counters with a 3-4 record and 4.40 ERA. With each club struggling to hit lefties this season, the under might be a fantastic option in this match-up.

ESPN has decided to broadcast the final match-up of the series when the Mets John Maine looks to improve his 5-2 record against the Yankees Chien-Ming Wang who lost his first Yankee Stadium start of the year back on May 7th.

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