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Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Monday

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

The schedule for Monday June 1st from Major League Baseball features eleven games scheduled with one over national television to greatly satisfy the appetites of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The lone game over national television gets started at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the St Louis Cardinals will host the Milwaukee Brewers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side St Louis Cardinals the -155 favorite with the return on the underdog Milwaukee Brewers at +140 odds. The run total came in at 7 ½ runs. In their six meetings this season the Cardinals have won four of the games. Matt Garza a right hander throws for St Louis as he goes up against Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia. Garza has been crushed of late by allowing 19 earned runs over his past three starts working 14 2/3rd innings.

On MLB Extra Innings channel at 7PM Eastern Time it’s the Boston Red Sox at home to the surprising Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox are favored by -170 odds with the return on the underdog Twins at +150 odds. The run total is lined at 8 ½ runs. The teams met last week for a three game series at Minnesota with the Twins pulling off the sweep. Right hander Mike Pelfrey throws for Minnesota against Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox. Buchholz has put up some good numbers in his past three starts but the Red Sox have just scored one run in each of those games.

A late night game goes off at 10:10PM Eastern Time on MLB Extra Innings channel as the Seattle Mariners will host the New York Yankees. The home standing Seattle Mariners are favored by -160 odds with the return on the New York Yankees at +145 odds. The run total is set at six runs. Michael Pineda goes for the Yankees as he faces Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Pineda has bounced back from two bad outings with a good one on Wednesday where he allowed just one earned run over 6 2/3rd innings at home to Kansas City which resulted in a win.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

There will be two games scheduled over national television from Major League Baseball for Sunday May 31st to greatly satisfy the appetites of sports bettors worldwide.

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Its regional action set for 2PM Eastern Time on MLB Network. Most of the nation will get a National League encounter between division leaders as the St Louis Cardinals will host the LA Dodgers. The scheduled starters feature left hander Brett Anderson going for LA to meet Cardinals right hander Carlos Martinez. The Dodgers continued their inability to score on the road as they get shutout in a loss on Friday in Game 1 of this series. Carlos Martinez has pitched well of late with an ERA under 1 over his past three games. Brett Anderson has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his past five games.

Others will receive an AL affair as the Houston Astros will play host to the Chicago White Sox at 2PM Eastern Time on MLB Network. John Danks a left hander is on the hill facing Astros right hander Roberto Hernandez. Both pitchers have been crushed of late with ERA’s approaching 7 for each starter for Saturday’s game. It has been a tough year at the plate for the White Sox as they rank near the bottom of baseball in most of the key offensive categories season to date. Houston is the top home run team in baseball with 66 homers season to date. But the Astros are 29th and second to last in team batting average at .235.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 8PM Eastern Time features the LA Angels playing host to the Detroit Tigers. It will be left hander David Price throwing for the Tigers to meet Angels right hander Matt Shoemaker. The Angels have had success with Detroit with wins in five straight after a win on Friday night against the Tigers. David Price is coming off a nice outing on Tuesday by shutting out Oakland over seven innings in a victory. Shoemaker shut out the Padres for seven innings but got a no decision in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Betting Preview

Friday, May 29th, 2015

A dramatic Game 7 is necessary in the Western conference finals series between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. The teams will meet in Anaheim Saturday May 30th at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC Sports Network has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Anaheim Ducks the -135 betting favorite with the return on the road underdog Chicago Blackhawks at +115 odds. The goal total is lined at five goals. Those who bet the puck line with Anaheim and lays the -1 ½ goals will get back +230 odds. Those choosing the +1 ½ goal head start with the Chicago Blackhawks will have to lay -270 odds for their puck line bet.

This has been an exciting series with three of the six games ending in overtime. Chicago appeared to be cruising in Game 6 as they were up 3-0 after three second period goals in the first 12 minutes. They the Ducks chipped away scoring the next two goals with the latter coming at 1:57 of the third period. It became nervous time in Chicago as the Blackhawks were down 3-2 in their series and another Anaheim goal could produce yet another overtime period. A monster goal at 16:28 by Andrew Shaw at even strength gave the Blackhawks much needed insurance as they took the 4-2 lead. An empty net goal by Shaw with 49 seconds remaining sealed the victory and sent this series to Anaheim for a deciding Game 7.

This will be the fourth game of this series played in Anaheim. The Ducks won 4-1 in Game 1 then lost in Game 2 in overtime by a 3-2 score as Chicago evened it up at 1-1. It was a 2-2 series in Game 5 where the Ducks won 5-4 in overtime. The Blackhawks overcame a 3-0 first period deficit and a two goal deficit in the final two minutes to force overtime. But at 45 seconds over overtime it was Matt Beleskey scoring the Game 5 winner and giving Anaheim two cracks to win one more game and head into the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Betting Preview

Friday, May 29th, 2015

It will be a series deciding Game 7 of the Eastern conference finals in the NHL playoffs as the New York Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Rangers and Lightning will get Game 7 started from Madison Square Garden in New York at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC Sports Network has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side New York Rangers the -155 betting favorite with the return on the road underdog Tampa Bay Lightning at +135 odds. The goal total is set at five goals. Puck line bettors who decide to lay the -1 ½ goals with the New York Rangers will get back +195 odds. Those who choose the +1 ½ goal head start with the Tampa Bay Lightning will have to lay -235 odds for their puck line bet.

After getting shut out in Game 5 the New York Rangers responded with a seven goal outburst in Game 6 to earn the 7-3 victory and forced the deciding game. After struggling for goals in the first two series the Rangers have found some offensive punch in this series with a total of 21 goals in 6 games. New York was led to victory in Game 6 by Derick Brassard who had a hat trick with three goals. He had two assists so he finished with five points in the win. Entering Game 6 Brassard had just a goal and two assists in the series. Rick Nash has been very quiet in the post season. He has waked up with three goals and four assists over his past three games. Nash had a four point night in Game 6. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was ran out of Game 6 after allowing five goals. Bishop has struggled of late by allowing five goals in three of the past four games. The goaltender advantage is clearly Rangers goalie Henrick Lundqvist who has been brilliant in his career in deciding Game 7’s. He is 14-3 when his team is facing elimination.

Houston Rockets versus Golden St Warriors Game 5 NBA Pro Basketball Playoffs Betting Preview

Friday, May 29th, 2015

The Golden St Warriors will go for the home closeout victory in their Western conference finals series with Game 5 against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets and Warriors will get things started from Golden St on Wednesday May 27th at 9PM Eastern Time with TNT TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Golden St Warriors the -10 ½ point wagering favorite with the total lined at 216 points.

Houston was facing elimination in Game 4. The team returned home down 0-2 and faced a must win situation in Game 3 on Saturday. The Rockets were embarrassed losing badly in front of their home crowd by the score of 115-80. Houston facing elimination responded strongly on Monday enroot to their 128-115 victory to the Warriors. It was the fourth time in the playoffs that the Rockets were facing elimination. They were down 3-1 to the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs and came all the way back with three straight wins. With the win on Monday that means the Rockets at 4-0 against the spread facing elimination in the playoffs. By covering the spread in Game 1 and 2 in this series the Rockets are on a 6-1 ATS run in the post season.

Houston tried to put this game away in the first twelve minutes as they were up 45-22 after one period. The Warriors chipped away some and were down just 69-59 at the half and were in range for a tremendous comeback victory with a strong second half. Houston was able to extend their lead to 15 points after three periods and was able to win big at the end. Golden St up 3-0 entering Game 4 showed no defensive intensity when the game began. The Warriors allowed the Rockets to shoot 56% in victory. The game saw Golden St point guard Stephen Curry miss part of the second period with a head contusion. He returned to the game in the third period but the question is will there be any soreness after a night of sleep that could impact his performance on Wednesday.

Atlanta Hawks versus Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4 NBA Pro Basketball Playoffs Betting Preview

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from the NBA Finals as they take the court in Game 4 to host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday May 26th. The Hawks and Cavaliers will get things started from Cleveland at 8:30PM Eastern Time and TNT has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Cleveland Cavaliers the -8 ½ point favorite with an over under line set at 193 ½ points.

The top seed Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern conference is facing elimination as they fell behind 3-0 to Cleveland after suffering a 114-111 road overtime defeat. Those who bet the Hawks with the +8 ½ points won the bet. In regulation and in the overtime period Atlanta held late leads and failed to make the critical stops on the defensive end of the court. The reason for that is LeBron James simply made plays late and finished the game with 37 points with 18 rebounds. James was bothered by cramps but still played nearly 47 minutes and will have just one day of rest before the start of Game 4 at home on Tuesday. The Cavaliers for the second straight game played without the services of Kyrie Irving who has been bothered by a bad knee. With Kevin Love out for the playoffs it’s LeBron James and the supporting cast just one win away from the NBA Finals. J.R. Smith has historically been a poor shooter in the playoffs. Smith to his credit has played very well in the post season and had 17 points in the win. With Irving out it was youngster Matthew Dellavedova delivering 17 points in his 45 minutes of play. The Hawks for much of game was without center Al Horford who was ejected from the game in elbowing Dellavedova after the Cavaliers guard fell onto Horford’s leg. The Hawks will be without Kyle Korver once again in Game 4 as he was sidelined on Sunday with a high ankle sprain. Korver has been ineffective in this series.

Golden St Warriors versus Houston Rockets Game 4 NBA Pro Basketball Playoffs Betting Preview

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The champagne will be on ice on Monday May 25th as the Golden St Warriors will look to punch their ticket into the NBA Finals as they meet the Houston Rockets. Game 4 will be played in Houston at 9PM Eastern Time with ESPN providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the road side Golden St Warriors the -5 point favorite with the total lined at 189 ½ points.

Down 0-2 in their Western conference finals series and their backs against the wall the Houston Rockets lose Game 3 in front of their home folks in embarrassing fashion by the score of 115-80. The Rockets went into the locker room at the half down by 25 points. Houston instead of showing fight in the third period saw a 25 point deficit turn to 31 after three periods. Since losing Nick Beverly the Rockets lost a point guard who can defend. As a result Houston has no answer for Stephen Curry as he lit up the Rockets for 40 points in Game 3. In this Western conference finals Curry has scored a total of 107 points in three games which figures into an average of nearly 36 points per game. The Golden St All Star point guard has scored no less than 33 points in any of these three games. In the victory the Warriors bench contributed with 31 points. An embarrassing stat for Rockets head coach Kevin McHale to have a couple of sleepless nights was the fact the Warriors grabbed 21 more rebounds than his team on Houston’s home court. Dwight Howard has been bothered by a knee problem after Game 1 and has been playing through this ailment since. Golden St did a great job of containing the Memphis Grizzlies big men in the previous series by limiting their amount of shots. In a huge Game 3 for the Houston Rockets the Warriors defense was tremendous by limiting Howard to just ten shot attempts. James Harden had an awful night missing 13 of 16 shots.

Atlanta Hawks versus Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 NBA Pro Basketball Playoffs Betting Preview

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

It will be Game 3 of the Eastern conference finals on Sunday May 24th as the Cleveland Cavaliers return home to host the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks and Cavaliers get things started in Cleveland at 8:30PM Eastern Time and TNT has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home team Cleveland Cavaliers the -8 ½ point favorite with the total lined at 190 points.

The Cavaliers are up in this series at 2-0 after two very good defensive performances. Cleveland has allowed 89 and 82 points to the Hawks in this series with both games being in Atlanta. In their 12 point win in Game 2 the Cavaliers played without the services of Kyrie Irving who missed the game due to a knee injury. It was another monster game for LeBron James who poured in 30 points and dished 11 points in victory. With DeMarre Carroll playing through an injury there was no Atlanta Hawk player who could contain LeBron James. The King was simply having his way on the court and Atlanta showed very little resistance to James’ penetration to the goal. In Game 1 it was J.R. Smith with the offense to support Lebron. In Game 2 it was Iman Shumpert who had 16 points and made 4 of 6 three pointers to greatly help Cleveland to the win. The next two games will be played in Cleveland. A Lebron James team has never lost a series when up 2-0 in a series. The Atlanta Hawks shooting slump just gets worse and worst. It was another horrid night shooting the three point shot as the team finished 6 of 26 from the three point line. A more troubling stat for Game 2 was the fact in this must win game for Atlanta they had a mere 13 trips to the free throw line to the Cavaliers 26 foul shot attempts. Kyle Korver continued his shooting slump hitting 2 of 6 from three point distance. Much was expected from Korver in the playoffs and his shooting percentage has been nearly 10 points lower than his regular season mark.

Golden St Warriors versus Houston Rockets Game 3 NBA Pro Basketball Playoffs Betting Preview

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Western conference finals moves to Houston on Saturday May 23rd for Game 3 as the Rockets will be hosting the Golden St Warriors. The Warriors and Rockets get things started at 9PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the road side Golden St Warriors the -1 ½ point favorite with the total lined at 216 points.

The Warriors are up 2-0 in this series and take a stranglehold in the Western conference finals with a win in Game 3. Houston got close to stealing Game 2 with a late run. They chipped a Warriors lead down to 99-98. They made a defensive stop and had the ball down one with six seconds left. One of the Rockets major weakness is they have no point guard they can trust in this series. That meant that James Harden had to bring up the ball and face a double team for the game winning shot. The six foot five inch guard had his pocket picked as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scuffed at Harden’s dribble as he was attempting to spot for a shot and the Warriors fly to Houston up 2-0 in this series. After being getting blown out by the Clippers in their early road games in their previous series the Rockets showed some fight losing close games and covering the spread for underdog bettors in both road games in this series. Golden St shot the ball very well in Game 2 hitting 53% from the floor and needed a game winning stop late to preserve victory. Their issue last year was turnovers and the Warriors were in the gift giving mode by turning the ball over 17 times. Stephen Curry has lit up the Rockets in the regular season. In the playoffs Curry scored 34 in Game 1 and 33 in Game 2 because Houston lacks perimeter defense. The Golden St point guard is 26 of 43 from the field in the Western conference finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers versus Atlanta Hawks Game 2 NBA Pro Basketball Playoffs Betting Preview

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Atlanta Hawks will look to avoid a deep hole in their Eastern conference playoff series as they host Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers and Hawks get things started from Atlanta at 8:30PM Eastern Time and TNT has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home team Atlanta Hawks the -1 point favorite with a total lined at 197 points.

The Cavaliers in two regular season games had been unable to beat the Hawks losing by margin in both meetings. In Game 1 it was Cleveland breaking through and coming away with a 97-89 victory and covering the point spread as a +2 ½ point underdog. The Cavs shut down the Hawks defensively in the second half by allowing just 38 points to the top seed in the East. Atlanta had a miserable night hitting their three points shot as they finished the game just 17% from beyond the arc. Kyle Korver has been in a shooting slump during the playoffs. In Game 1 Korver took a total of just five shots with four coming from three the entire game. Kyle Korver has averaged just over five points per game over his past five games. He is hitting a miserable 39% from the field and 35% from the three point line in the playoffs. Outside shots are always tough to take in the playoffs as teams have plenty of time to diagram thorough game plants to defend team’s strength. If players have no other dynamic ways of scoring they are exposed come playoff time. With Kyrie Iving banged up and playing through it LeBron James and J.R. Smith took control of Game 1 as they combined for 59 of the Cavaliers points. J. R. Smith seemed to be hitting everything outside as he finished 8 of 12 from the three point line greatly helping the Cavaliers to victory. On the injury front Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll went down with a knee injury and was helped off the court. Carroll was diagnosed with a knee sprain and is questionable.