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NHL Pro Hockey Sports Betting Odds Previews for Wednesday

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The NHL Stanley Cups Finals continue on Wednesday June 1st with a Game 2 scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of pro hockey bettors worldwide.

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It will be the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the San Jose Sharks, The Penguins and Sharks get Game 2 started from Pittsburgh at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC Sports Network has the coast to coast broadcast.

The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Pittsburgh Penguins favored by -135 odds with the return on the underdog San Jose Sharks at +115 odds. The goal total came in at five goals.

This Stanley Cup Finals is a battle between the speed of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the physical nature of the San Jose Sharks. Game 1 saw the Penguins speed lift them up to a 2-0 lead after one period. Then the Sharks responded with two unanswered goals in the second period to tie the game heading into the final period. Pittsburgh got the game winner late in the game at 17:27 as Nick Bonino was able to score at even strength. The Penguins outshot the Sharks by a 41-26 margin in the game. San Jose was 1 of 2 on the man advantage while the Pens go 0 of 3.

San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was concerned in the postgame press conference about how his team handled the speed of the Penguins. DeBoer felt that the Sharks did not play their game in defeat. It will be interesting to see if San Jose can radically change the playing style in this series and avoid giving up 41 shots per game. Most teams that are physical facing speed will look to hit at every opportunity. DeBoer commented how San Jose Sharks were spectators and couldn’t dictate their style. That could change should San Jose choose to flex their muscle in Game 2 like many pundits are expecting. Pittsburgh got a good performance from their rookie goaltender Matt Murry who kept the Sharks from scoring in the third period. Sharks goaltender Matt Jones was under constant pressure and was good to keep the Penguins within reach.

NHL Pro Hockey Sports Betting Matchup Odds Previews for Monday

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals begin on Monday May 30th as the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of their best of seven series. The Penguins and Sharks get things started from Pittsburgh at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC 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 Pittsburgh Penguins favored by -155 odds with the return on the road underdog San Jose Sharks at +135 odds. The goal total is lined at 5 ½ for the opener.

San Jose is an excellent road team with 33 wins coming on away ice this season. Pittsburgh has played well at home piling up 33 wins. The times these teams played each other they happened to win on the other’s home ice. The Sharks and Penguins last met in the regular season back on December 1st with Pittsburgh posing the 5-1 road victory.

This will be the first Stanley Cup Finals appearance for the San Jose Sharks. Their head coach Peter DeBoer led the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance back in 2012 where the team lost to the LA Kings in six games. New Jersey fell behind 3-0 in this series but won two games to give LA a scare before losing Game 6. The Sharks opened up the Stanley Cup playoffs with the LA Kings. They immediately took control by winning the first two games on the road. After dropping Game 3 the Sharks regrouped and finished the job by winning the next two games including the series clincher at Staples Center in Game 5. Then what followed were a seven game series win against Nashville and a six game series win against the St Louis Blues.

Pittsburgh in the Eastern conference semifinals was able to dispose of the Washington Capitals in six games as they earned the series clincher at home in overtime. Up next was the Eastern conference final where the Penguins met the Tampa Bay Lightning. Facing elimination down 3-2 in the series it was Pittsburgh picking up a key 5-2 road win at Tampa Bay to force a deciding Game 7 where the Penguins won 2-1.

NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Match Up Previews for Monday

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

The NBA playoffs have a deciding Game 7 scheduled from the Western conference finals on Monday May 30th to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors.

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The Golden St Warriors are home with a shot at a berth into the NBA Finals as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9PM Eastern Time on TNT TV.

The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Golden St Warriors favored by -7 points with the total lined at 219 points.

A game seven was made necessary after a dramatic win by the Warriors in Game 6 by the score of 108-101 as they cover as a +3 ½ point underdog with the total going under 221 ½ points. The Warriors were facing elimination and down by as much as 13 points in the second quarter. Golden St then cut the deficit to five points at the half but were down by eight heading into the fourth quarter. Then the defending NBA champions put on a clutch three point shooting clinic in the final period that saw them outscore the Thunder by 15 points as Golden St limited OKC to just 18 points to send the series back to the Bay Area for a winner take all scenarios on Memorial Day. The three point shooting discrepancy was just way too much to overcome by the Thunder. Golden St went 21 of 44 from beyond the arc as over half of their 87 attempts from the field came from three point range. Klay Thompson was on fire as he connected 11 of his 18 shots from three while Stephen Curry hit 6 of 13 shots. On the Oklahoma City side the team was ice cold from three as they go a miserable 3 of 23. Both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for just 1 of 13 from three point distance. Neither Durant nor Westbrook shot particularly well. Russell Westbrook was 10 of 27 from the field while Kevin Durant went 10 of 31. Free throw shooting was even poor for OKC as they team missed 10 of 32 from the charity stripe.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Odds Match Up Previews for Saturday

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

The Major League Baseball card will feature several games over national television on Saturday May 28th to the satisfaction of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The action on TV gets underway at 1PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Toronto Blue Jays are home to meet the Boston Red Sox. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Toronto Blue Jays favored by -120 odds with the return on the underdog Boston Red Sox at +110 odds. The total is lined at 8 ½ runs. Getting the start for Boston will be right hander Rick Porcello as he will oppose Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman. Porcello enters play at 7-2 in his nine starts. Stroman sits at 5-1 in ten starts.

At 4PM Eastern Time on MLB Network the Cleveland Indians will host the Baltimore Orioles. Cleveland is favored by -160 odds with the return on the Orioles at +145 odds. The total is set at 8 ½ runs. It will be right hander Ubaldo Jimenez on the hill for Baltimore as he will oppose Indians righty Danny Salazar. The Orioles starter Jimenez has been pounded as of late. The Baltimore right hander has allowed six earned runs in each of his past two starts working a total of ten innings. He had another outing on May 1st where he surrendered six earned runs. Salazar enters play with a mark of 4-3 with an ERA of 2.32.

In primetime at 7:15PM Eastern Time on FOX it will be the New York Mets at home to face the LA Dodgers. The Mets are favored by -170 odds with LA bringing back +150 odds. The total is set at 7 runs. Kenta Maeda takes the mound for the Dodgers as he will oppose Mets righty Noah Syndergaard. The New York right hander Syndergaard is in better form entering play with an ERA under 1 in his previous three starts working 22 innings. Maeda in his past three starts has an ERA of 7.71.

NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Match up Previews for Saturday

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Western Conference finals continue on Saturday May 28th with a single game set over national television to the satisfaction of NBA playoff bettors worldwide.

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It will be a huge Game 6 as the Golden St Warriors are out for survival as they travel to meet the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors and Thunder get things underway from Oklahoma City at 9PM Eastern Time and TNT has the coast to coast broadcast.

The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -2 points with the total set at 221 points.

The Golden St Warriors were able to force a Game 6 in this series as they move within 3-2 of OKC following the 120-111 home victory in Game 5 against the Thunder as a -7 point wagering favorite with the total going over 219 ½ points. The Warriors in their losses at OKC in Game’s 3 and 4 were not having success with their small lineup against Oklahoma City. The Thunder has the speed and wingspan to contest the Golden St outside shooters as we saw Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green struggle. Against most teams we saw open looks for the Warriors Big 3. But not so in the two losses at Oklahoma City for Golden St. The adjustment made by Golden St head coach Steve Kerr was to go with a bigger lineup as he inserted Andrew Bogut and Marreese Speights into the rotation for an extended period of time. As a result it was Bogus producing down low with 15 points and 14 rebounds going 7 of 9 from the floor. Speights in 8 ½ minutes of play contributed with 14 points and five trips to the free throw line. OKC shot poorly in the loss in Game 5 as they shot 42.9% from the floor. It was a poor shooting night for both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant who combined for 23 of 59 from the field. It has been all Oklahoma City in their two home games in this series winning by 28 in Game 3 and 24 in Game 4.

NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Match up Previews for Friday

Friday, May 27th, 2016

A single game is on tap from the NBA playoffs for Friday May 27th to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It will be Game 6 of the Eastern conference finals as the Toronto Raptors will look to remain alive as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors and Cavs get things started from Toronto at 8:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Cleveland Cavaliers the -6 point betting favorite with the over under line set at 197 points.

Cleveland continued their dominance at home against the Toronto Raptors as the Cavs earned the 116-78 home victory and cover as a -11 point favorite with the total staying under 196 ½ points. The Cavaliers have won all three home games by double digits against Toronto. Game 5 was put away early as Cleveland was up 37-19 after one and 65-34 at the half. The home team has dominated this series. The two games held in Toronto were won by the Raptors by scores of 99-84 and 105-99. The Raptors dominated the glass at home as Bismack Biyumbo was a monster grabbing rebounds for Toronto. That stopped in Game 5 at Cleveland as Biyumbo had four boards in the defeat. The Cavaliers grabbed 21 more rebounds than the Raptors in their win and shot over 57%. Kevin Love took a lot of heat for his lack or production in their road losses at Toronto. In the two games combined in the Cavaliers losses in this series it was Kevin Love going 5 of 23 from the floor. Love in the victory in Game 5 led the Cavaliers with 25 points and was aggressive in doing so. The average margin of victory by Cleveland in their three home games was 29 points. Good news for the Raptors as their big man Jonas Valanciunas returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a sprained ankle. Valanciunas in his first game in the Eastern conference finals saw 19 minutes of play and contributed with 9 points.

NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Match up Previews for Thursday

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The NBA Western Conference will continue on Thursday May 26th with Game 5 scheduled to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder is headed out to the west coast to meet the Golden St Warriors. The Thunder and Warriors get things started in Game 5 from Golden St at 9PM Eastern Time and TNT has the coast to coast broadcast. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Golden St Warriors the -7 ½ point wagering favorite with the total lined at 220 ½ points.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is just one win away from another NBA Finals appearance. They move to 3-1 in this Western conference finals after their 118-94 home victory to Golden St as a +1 ½ point underdog with the total going under 222 points. It appears that OKC has just too much strength near the basket for the small unit that Golden St puts on the court. The Warriors are forced to get their points outside the paint and when the shots aren’t falling they get in huge trouble. Facing elimination we will see if the Warriors can bring forth more points in the paint to open up shooters from beyond the arc. The teams split their two meetings in these playoffs at Golden St. OKC stole game one on the road winning 108-102. The Warriors bounced back by crushing the Thunder in Game 2 by the score of 118-91 and covering as a -9 point favorite.

In the Game 4 victory the Thunder was aided again by a huge first half performance that saw the team take a 72-53 lead into the half. Oklahoma City put up 42 points in the second quarter. They limited the desperate Warriors in the fourth quarter to just 12 points after they worked hard to move the deficit to single digits in the second half. Stephen Curry does not look 100% as he suffered a knee injury in the opening round against Houston that forced him to miss several games until he returned in Game 3 of the conference semifinals. Curry was 6 of 20 from the field in the Game 4 loss.

NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Sports Betting Odds Match up Previews for Wednesday

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The NBA playoffs will continue on Wednesday May 25th with a single game set for national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It will be Game 5 of the Eastern conference finals as the Cleveland Cavaliers will play host to the Toronto Raptors. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -10 ½ points with the over under set at 199 points.

The series is tied at 2-2. Many didn’t see this happening after Cleveland routed Toronto in their first two games on their home court by 19 and 31 points. After taking Game 3 at home by 15 points the Raptors evened it all up with the 105-99 home victory and cover as a +6 point underdog with the total going over 197 points. A lot of the pressure on the Toronto team in the playoffs is squarely on the shoulders of their guards. DeMar DeRozan has been the leader of the team since the departure of Chris Bosh long ago. Kyle Lowry has been the wild card because his play has been inconsistent with poor shooting at times. In Game 4 the combo of Lowry and DeRozan combined for 67 points with 28 of 43 from the floor and 7 of 8 conversions at the free throw line. Another strong element for the Raptors has been the play in Game 3 and 4 of center Bismack Biyombo. He has defended the rim very well and has been a rebounding machine. After a monster Game 3 on the glass it was Biyombo pulling down 14 boards in the Game 4 victory. The team did a good job of ball security by turning the ball over nine times. The Cavaliers got good performances by Kyrie Irving who scored 26 points and dished out six assists along with LeBron James who scored 29 points plus grabbed nine rebounds. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith had subpar games in defeat. Smith was 3 of 12 from the field with Love going 4 of 14. Love suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter and is listed as probable for Wednesday.

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Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The NBA Playoffs has a single game scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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Game 4 is scheduled for 9PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as the Oklahoma City Thunder is home to face the Golden St Warriors. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Golden St Warriors favored by -1 point with the over under line set at 221 ½ points.

The Thunder take the 2-1 series lead following the 133-105 home victory in Game 3 to Golden St as a +2 point wagering underdog. The game flew over the total of 219 ½ points. The Warriors could be without power forward Draymond Green who was called for a flagrant foul in Game 3 with a groin kick. The huge question on the play is intent as that may be hard to prove. It was the third time in three series that Golden St lost Game 3 on the road. Prior to losing to OKC in Game 3 the Warriors dropped games at Houston and Portland. The Thunder built a 72-47 lead at the half on a 34-9 run to close the second quarter. What was impressive is that Oklahoma City was able to extend their halftime lead to 37 points after three quarters on the strength of 45 third quarter points. The two Oklahoma City Thunder starters shined in the victory. Kevin Durant scored 33 points. He made all 12 of his free throw attempts as well as going 10 of 15 from the field. Russell Westbrook contributed with 30 points as well as dishing out 12 assists with eight boards. The OKC supporting cast came up huge with four other Thunder players scoring in double digits. Enes Kanter was a force on the glass in a reserve role with 12 rebounds as well as ten points. It helped the Thunder to a 14 rebounding edge in the game. It was an off night at the field for Golden St as they shot 41.1% with 10 of 33 coming from the three point line.

NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Match Up Previews for Monday

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The NBA playoffs continue in the Eastern conference finals on Monday May 23rd with a single game over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It will be Game 4 in the series between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors and Cavaliers get things started from Toronto at 8:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -6 points with the over under set at 197 points.

After Cleveland took the 2-0 series lead off two blowout home wins many were ready to expect a sweep by the Cavs in this Eastern conference finals. But Toronto had no quit in them as they get within 2-1 of Cleveland in their 99-84 home victory in Game 3 and covering as a +6 point underdog. The total went well under the closing line of 199 ½ points. There would be no comeback by the Cavs as they trailed by 10 entering the final period. The Raptors defense put on the clamps and limited Cleveland to just 14 fourth quarter points. Toronto got the scoring from DeMar DeRozan who finished with 32 points in the win. On the glass it was Bizmack Biyombo who went into beast mode by grabbing a team playoff high of 26 boards. Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue will be a bit disappointment in the film room. Cleveland who had plenty of easy opportunities near the basket in the first two games was not so aggressive in this road defeat. The team finished with only 20 points in the paint. The rebounding margin was huge in Toronto’s favor. Cleveland shot poorly hitting only 35% which allowed for many rebounding opportunities for Biyombo and the Raptors team. This marked the first time the Cavaliers dropped a game in these playoffs as they were a perfect 10-0 entering Game 3. Following their victory it was Toronto head coach Dwane Casey making it known he was not happy with the lack of foul calls against the Cavaliers. Casey claims that Biyombo is getting fouled and not getting calls.