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Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Get ready for an exciting Game two as the Dallas Mavericks will look to steal a win in their best of seven series against the Oklahoma City Thunder from the NBA playoffs on Monday night. The action gets underway from Oklahoma City at 9:30PM Eastern Time and TNT is where you can watch this game.

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The current betting odds at Oddsmaker has the Dallas Mavericks lined as a -6 ½ point favorite with this NBA total set at 194 ½ points. An Oklahoma City money line wager will return -285 odds back to bettors. If you believe the road squad Dallas Mavericks can deliver the upset win in game two your return is +245 odds for your money line wager.

Game one of this best of seven series opened up in Oklahoma City and it went right down to the wire as Thunder All Star Kevin Durant hit the jumper via help from a friendly roll to overcome a one point deficit and give his team the 99-98 win as a -7 ½ point home favorite. With no timeouts and very little time left on the clock the Dallas counter attack was a desperate measure and failed.

One thing bettors can take from game one is the fact the Dallas Mavericks were able to match the intensity on the court of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks the NBA champions of a year ago showed great poise on the court and will prove to be a tough out in this series. In their Western Conference Finals playoff series a year ago Dallas beat Oklahoma City in five games and won both games played at Oklahoma City.

Saturday marked the second time this season that Oklahoma City needed a buzzer beating shot from Kevin Durant to beat the Mavericks as they accomplished this feat back in a regular season game played at OKC on December 29th.

Dallas is trending well on the Oklahoma City home court. The Mavericks have now covered the pointspread in five straight of their head to head meetings played at OKC. In the three games between these clubs played at Oklahoma City the margin of victory by the Thunder has been no greater than four points.

LA Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

It will be a #4 seed facing the #5 seed as the NBA playoffs kick off from the Western conference quarterfinal round as Chris Paul and his LA Clippers are on the road in game one as they face the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers and Grizzlies will tip off from Memphis at 9:30PM Eastern time and you can watch this NBA game over TNT.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker has the home team Memphis Grizzlies favored by -5 ½ points with the over under coming in at 184 points. A money line wager on the home club Memphis Grizzlies will return -225 odds. If you believe the LA Clippers can go into Memphis and steal game one with an outright victory your return on the money line is a healthy +185 odds for your wager.

The home team has dominated the three regular season meetings between the LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. Two games were played at Staples Center and one in Memphis with all home teams winnings and covering the spread. Each game was decided by seven or more points.

LA Clippers lost home court advantage in this best of 7 NBA playoff series with Memphis based on back to back losses to Atlanta and the New York Knicks to conclude the regular season. Point guard Chris Paul was held out of the Knicks game with a groin injury he suffered the night before at Atlanta. Paul missed practice leading up to game one but is probable for the start tonight with all the rest he has had. A major concern for the LA Clippers tonight has been the play of their defense. They have allowed 99 points and 48% shooting to their past five opponents.

Memphis really rallied down the stretch as the team got Zach Randolph into good form as he missed much of the season due to injury. The Grizzlies earned home court in this series off a six game winning streak to close the season. Ironically they beat only one playoff team in that stretch and that game came in the final regular season game to Orlando who rested all their starters with nothing to play for. The Grizzlies has covered just one pointspread over their past nine games.

NBA Playoff Match Up Previews for Saturday and Sunday

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The NBA playoffs have now arrived and this weekend scheduled are 8 games from the first round featuring outstanding watch and wagering opportunities for pro basketball betting enthusiasts.

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Four games are scheduled to go on Saturday as the action begins at 1PM Eastern Time as the Philadelphia 76ers travels to take on the Chicago Bulls on TNT TV. After a great start to the season the 76ers played poorly to close out the year as they struggled scoring points.

ABC Television at 3:30PM Eastern Time will air Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks as they begin their best of 7 series against Lebron James and the Miami Heat in South Beach. Miami won all three regular season meetings against New York. Jeremy Lin is listed as out but had a light practice with the team this week to signal a possible return later in the playoffs if New York can advance here.

At 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN the Orlando Magic minus Dwight Howard will be on the road to face the surging Indiana Pacers in their game one of their best of seven series. Orlando won the season series three games to one against Indiana but will have their backs up against the wall without Dwight Howard.

The nightcap on Saturday will tip off at 9:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks hit the road to battle Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden has been upgraded to probable on Saturday for OKC.

Four NBA playoff games go on Sunday as well.

The Sunday action begins at 1PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Utah Jazz hit the road to battle the number one seed in the west the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio won three of four against Utah this season.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Staples Center with a game one date against Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers at 3:30PM Eastern Time over ABC TV. Metta World Peace will serve the second game of his seven game suspension. The Nuggets will be without Rudy Fernandez and Wilson Chandler who are both out with season ending injuries.

At 7PM Eastern Time over TNT the Boston Celtics will be on the road as they battle the streaking Atlanta Hawks in their game one of their best of seven series. No Al Horford in the middle for the Hawks this series due to injury.

The finale of the weekend is set to go off at 9:30PM Eastern Time over TNT as the fifth seeded LA Clippers are on the road to battle the fourth seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Clips surrendered home court to Memphis in this series as they opted to rest Chris Paul in the regular season finale which resulted in a loss at New York. The Clips won two of three versus Memphis this season.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

MLB bettors will have a watch and wagering opportunity on Saturday afternoon as FOX TV presents three Major League Baseball games offered on a regional television broadcast. The action begins at 1PM Eastern Time over FOX so check your local listings for the game in your area.

Some parts of the country will get an American League battle as the LA Angels travels to face the Cleveland Indians. Scheduled to start for the Angels on Saturday will be veteran right hander Dan Haren as he faces off with Jeanmar Gomez for the Tribe. Haren started slowly allowing eight earned runs in his first two games working just 10 1/3rd innings. He had pitched better allowing three earned runs combined in his past two starts in 14 innings of work. Gomez has worked three games this season and started two of them and the righty sits with an ERA of 1.93 working 9 1/3rds innings this season.

Others will receive and National League Central divisional match up as the Milwaukee Brewers travels to face the defending World Series champions the St Louis Cardinals. Veteran Yovani Gallardo is on the hill for Milwaukee as he will face Kyle Lohse for St Louis. After a bad first start this year Gallardo has turned it around by allowing just four earned runs over his past three starts working 21 innings. In his first start of the 2012 season Gallardo gave up six earned runs and seven hits with four homers in 3 2/3rd innings pitched. Lohse has been solid in 2012 as the veteran right hander is 3-0 in four starts with an ERA of 0.99 and WHIP of 0.66. Lohse has allowed no more than one earned run in any of his four starts this season.

A small audience will receive and an American League Central contest as the Kansas City Royals travels to face the Minnesota Twins. Bruce Chen will start for Kansas City as he will oppose Jason Marquis for the Twins. Chen has been a hard luck pitcher in the 2012 year as the righty starter is 0-2 with an ERA of 2.52 and WHIP of 0.92. Teams bat just .211 against Chen this season. Chen gets no run support as Kansas City has scored a combined six runs in his four mound appearances. Marquis has not been sharp in 2012 as the veteran right hander has allowed nine earned runs and 18 hits with two home runs over 11 1/3rd innings. Opponents are batting .391 against Marquis.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Baseball betting enthusiasts on Friday night will receive a national television broadcast giving them a watch and wagering opportunity. The action gets started at 7PM Eastern Time over the MLB Network.

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Most of the nation will be treated to an outstanding American League clash as the Detroit Tigers will travel to face the New York Yankees for the first time this young season.

A good pitching matchup is scheduled for Friday night as Detroit 2011 Cy Young Award winner Dustin Verlander will battle Ivan Nova from the Yankees. Verlander in four starts in the 2012 year is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.72 and WHIP of 0.80. Nova will face the Tigers batters carrying a 3-0 record in three starts in 2012 with an ERA of 3.79 and WHIP of 1.42. Verlander in two starts against the Yankees last season was 0-0 with an ERA of 4.50 with six walks allowed. Nova had no appearances versus Detroit last year.

Viewers in the New York and Detroit areas will see a National League affair as the Chicago Cubs travels to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

On the hill for the Cubs will be Paul Maholm and he battles Phillies ace Roy Halladay. Maholm has been roughed up in 2012 as the former Pittsburgh Pirate is 1-2 in three starts with an ERA of 8.36 and WHIP of 1.57. Halladay will pitch with a record of 3-1 in four starts with an ERA of 1.50 and WHIP of 0.90. Halladay was off his form in his last start as he took the loss to San Diego on Sunday. He allowed four walks and struggled for most of the game with control issues. The big right hander faced the Cubs twice in the 2011 campaign and went 1-1 with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.27. The Cubs batted .295 against Halladay last season. Only the Dodgers were higher last year. After two rough outings to start the season Maholm settled down in his last start on Saturday where he allowed just one earned run and four hits over six innings of work against the Reds. The Cubs right hander did not square off in 2011 against the Philadelphia Phillies hitters.

TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

We have reached the final day of the NBA regular season on Thursday and TNT television provides two pro basketball contests for betting enthusiasts to partake into with a watch and wagering opportunity.

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Game 1 on TNT TV will tip off at 8PM Eastern Time as the New York Knicks will tune up their playoff form as they battle the Charlotte Bobcats. The Knicks will be on a back to back in this spot having hosted the LA Clippers the night before. Heading into their Wednesday matchup against the Clips the New York Knicks were sitting in a tie with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 7th and 8th spot in the Eastern conference. Should the Knicks hold the seventh seed they will face Lebron James and the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Should New York slip to the eighth seed they will open up the first round of the playoffs with a best of seven series against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. The Charlotte Bobcats have a shot at being the worst basketball team ever in the NBA. If they lose to Orlando on Wednesday and then the Knicks on TNT on Thursday the Charlotte Bobcats will finish with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA.

The second game of the TNT TV doubleheader will feature the San Antonio Spurs traveling to the Bay Area to battle the Golden St Warriors at 10:30PM Eastern Time. The San Antonio Spurs have clinched the best record in the Western conference following their 124-89 home win against Portland on Monday. They will be playing the back end of a back to back having played at Phoenix the night before. Heading into Tuesday’s action the Spurs were tied with the Chicago Bulls with the best record in the NBA but held a two game lead over the Miami Heat. It’s greatly possible that once the Spurs clinched best record in the west on Monday they could rest many of their starters in the regular season finale. Since trading Monta Ellis the Golden St Warriors has seen their season crumble. Rookie Klay Thompson has had good moments in his rookie campaign but he doesn’t rebound or dish enough assists to be really impactful in the NBA.

New York Yankees at Texas Rangers MLB Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ESPN Monday Night Baseball will be a good one as the New York Yankees will travel to play the red hot Texas Rangers. The Yankees and Rangers will begin from Texas at 7PM Eastern Time and you can watch this Major League Baseball game live over ESPN TV.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker have the home team Texas Rangers favored by -113 odds with the Yankees the underdog returning +103 odds. The run total is lined at 9 ½ runs. Bettors who lay the -1 ½ runs with a run line wager on Texas will take back +165 odds. Those who take the +1 ½ runs on the run line with the New York Yankees will lay -195 odds for their wager.

The New York Yankees will send their ace C.C. Sabathia to the mound on Monday to battle the hot Rangers bats. Sabathia has had a rocky beginning in the 2012 season as he sits with an ERA of 5.59 and WHIP of 1.34. The Yankees starter in three starts versus Texas last year allowed 11 earned runs in 19 1/3rd innings pitched.

Left hander Derek Holland will get the start for Texas. Holland has an ERA in 2012 of 3.01 and a low WHIP of 0.89 with a record of 2-0 in three starts. Holland has struggled mightily against the Yankees as the Rangers lefty is 0-4 lifetime in four starts with an ERA of 8.77 and WHIP nearly at two.

Both the Yankees and Rangers bats have crushed left handed pitching in the 2012 year. New York averages nearly seven runs a game and hitting .299 against lefty pitchers. The Rangers push across nearly eight runs and bats .339 against left handers.

Texas enters play tonight with a 13-3 record have won nine of their past ten games. They took three of four games last weekend against the Detroit Tigers.

New York has won three straight games. They were rained out on Sunday but went 2-0 in the two games last series against the hated rival Boston Red Sox. The Yankees pounded Red Sox pitching with 24 runs in the two games.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox MLB Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

The New York Yankees will be looking for the series sweep as they take the field to face the struggling Boston Red Sox on ESPN Sunday night baseball. The Yankees and Red Sox will begin play at 8PM Eastern Time from Fenway Park in Boston and ESPN TV provides the live national television coverage.

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The current odds posted at Oddsmaker have the road team New York Yankees favored by -135 odds with the take back on the home club Boston Red Sox at +125 odds. The run total is set at 9 runs. Those who place a run line wager on the New York Yankees laying -1 ½ runs will get back +115 odds. Bettors taking +1 ½ runs with a run line wager on the Boston Red Sox will get back -135 odds.

The New York Yankees will send their ace C.C. Sabathia on the hill on Sunday night baseball. Sabathia carries a record of 1-0 in three starts with an ERA of 5.59 and WHIP of 1.34. Last time out the Yankees ace allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3rd innings with four hits in an 8-3 win against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

The last place Boston Red Sox possesses a record of 4-10 and has lost their past five games in this young season. They send right hander Daniel Bard to the hill on Sunday night baseball to try and right the ship. Bard is 0-2 in the 2012 season with an ERA of 4.63 and WHIP of 1.71. He started the year with a rough outing by allowing five earned runs in five innings in a loss at Toronto earlier in the month. He was a hard luck loser this past Monday in a 1-0 loss by the Red Sox to the Tampa Bay Rays as a -110 betting favorite. The Red Sox starter threw 6 2/3rd innings and gave up just one earned run with four hits with seven walks.

New York has taken both games of this three game weekend series. The Yankees overcame a 9-0 deficit after five innings by scoring 15 straight runs in a 15-9 victory on Saturday over national television as a -118 betting favorite.

LA Lakers at San Antonio Spurs NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

Friday, April 20th, 2012

As we head into the final Friday of the NBA regular season we have an outstanding matchup over national television for betting enthusiasts as Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers will travel to play the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers and Spurs will tip off from San Antonio at 9:30PM Eastern Time and you can watch this game nationally over ESPN.

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The current pointspread at Oddsmaker sportsbook has the home team San Antonio Spurs favored by -6 ½ points with the total coming in at 203 points. Those who bet the home favored San Antonio Spurs on the money line will lay -280 odds. If you think that Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers can head into San Antonio and come away with a straight up victory the return are +240 odds for the wager on the money line.

On the injury front the LA Lakers are reporting that Kobe Bryant is likely to return to the starting lineup on Friday night after being sidelined for six games with a shin injury. The Lakers have just three games left on their regular season schedule and the Spurs have five games to be played.

The LA Lakers playoff situation will likely see the team qualify as the third seed in the Western conference. They hold a one game lead over the LA Clippers and hold the tiebreaker against the Clips so one more Lakers win or one Clippers loss gives the LA Lakers the Pacific division title and third seed.

The San Antonio Spurs holds a one game advantage in the loss column against the Oklahoma City Thunder for best record in the Western conference. San Antonio won the season series against the Thunder so the Spurs own the tiebreaker advantage.

The Spurs and LA Lakers last met on Tuesday at Staples Center where San Antonio earned the 112-91 road blowout win as a -3 point road favorite. The Spurs had a tremendous shooting night in the win as the club made 59.5% of their shots in victory. The Lakers had a forgettable game as the team was very sloppy with 20 turnovers in the home loss.

ABC, ESPN and NBA TV Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Friday, April 20th, 2012

As we enter the final weekend of the NBA regular season betting enthusiasts will have four outstanding watch and wagering opportunities from Sunday’s action on the hardwood.

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The NBA quadruple header gets underway at 1PM Eastern Time as the New York Knicks travels to play the Atlanta Hawks on ESPN TV. The Knicks clinched a playoff berth on Thursday night and entering play on Friday held a one game lead over the 76ers for the seventh seed. If New York remains as a #7 seed they likely get Miami in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta won’t catch Indiana for the third seed and will be either a fifth seed or sixth seed and will be on the road in the first round.

ABC TV will feature an outstanding matchup at 3:30PM Eastern Time as Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on the road to battle Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers from Staples Center. Oklahoma City is in a dogfight with San Antonio for the best record in the Western conference entering the final week of the season. LA Lakers appears headed into the playoffs as the number three seed in the west and will likely face either Dallas or Denver in the first round.

The action then shifts to NBA TV as at 6PM Eastern Time the Houston Rockets visit South Beach to battle Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Houston is fighting for a playoff spot as they sit one game behind the eighth seeded Phoenix Suns entering Friday’s action. After beating Chicago on Thursday that send Miami one game in the loss column behind the Bulls for best record in the East.

The final game on the four NBA TV games on Sunday will feature the hard trying New Orleans Hornets as they travel west to face Chris Paul and the LA Clippers. The Hornets and Clips tip off at Staples Center at 9:30PM Eastern Time and NBA TV provide the live national television telecast. New Orleans is out of the playoffs but is riding a 7-1 ATS run entering Sunday’s game. The LA Clippers enter with great motivation as they are trying to hold onto the fourth seed as Memphis is challenging them for home court advantage for the first round of their probable playoff series.