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2016 Summer Olympics Mens Basketball Gold Medal Sports Betting Odds Preview

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics Men’s Basketball competition will begin on Saturday August 6th and conclude with the Gold Medal game on Sunday August 21st. Let’s take a look at the favorites in the wagering to win Gold.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Team USA the -1200 favorite to win the tournament. The news leading up to the tournament are the names missing in Rio. LeBron James did not commit to representing the US at the games as did Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. Notable cuts from the team were Dwight Howard, Rudy Gay and Kevin Love. New Golden St Warriors star Kevin Durant will play and figure to have an important role in regards to leadership on the team. The notable guards will be Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson. The three point shot in international play is located at a closer distance from the NBA. Thompson and Durant could lead the charge from beyond the arc. It will be interesting to see how Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will adapt to added minutes for Team USA. His game doesn’t fit the international style with the amount of three point shots attempted. Worry is he may become disinterested with few scoring and rebounding opportunities from the many perimeter shots taken. US were World Cup Champions in 2014.

The second favorite in the wagering is Spain who returns +1000 odds. Pau Gasol has confirmed that he will play in Rio despite worries about Zika Virus. His brother Marc is healing from a season ending injury in the NBA.

Host nation Brazil is third in the betting with a return of +2000 odds. They have had poor finishes in recent international competitions. Leonardo Barbosa, Nene and Anderson Varejao are the NBA talent leading the team.

Both Argentina and Lithuania will return +2500 odds. Team Argentina is long in the tooth with Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni leaders on the team. Lithuania was second place finishers in the past two European Championships.

A longshot is Australia as they return +5000 odds. Andrew Bogut suffered a knee injury late in the playoffs. NBA notables include Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova.

A bet on the field returns +2500 odds. Serbia is the best of this bunch having come off a second place finish in the 2014 World Cup.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Sunday

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Euro 2016 Final will take place on Sunday July 10th as Portugal will battle home nation France at 3PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has France favored by -1/2 goal with the over under set at two goals. On the three way line France is lined at -109 odds, Portugal +292 odds and the regulation tie returns +200 odds.

There have been some recent meetings between these nations the past two years. They had a home and home series in 2015 and 2014 in international friendly competition. Back last September it was France beating Portugal 1-0 on the road. Then at home in October 2014 it was France beating Portugal 2-1.

Portugal was winless after three group games as they played to a draw each time. They caught a break as Croatia defeated Spain and allowed and avoided the Spaniards in the Round of 16. The team was one of the four third place teams who advanced into the knockout round. In the quarterfinal round it was Portugal with a 1-1 tie with Poland that was decided by penalty kicks. Then it was Portugal facing Wales in the semifinals on July 6th. It was a scoreless 0-0 tie at the half and the game was very defensive as both teams kept many players in their back end. Cristiano Ronaldo had the game winner at the 50th minute with Nani scoring three minutes later for added insurance.

The host nation France was the winners of Group A with two wins and a draw. They earned victory in the Round of 16 to Ireland then beat Iceland in the quarterfinals. Then came the soccer power Germany in the semifinals and it was France earning the 2-0 victory. Antoine Griezmann provided all the scoring for the French in the victory. Griezmann scored in the 45th minute on a penalty shot then scored in the second half of play in the 72nd minute. France was winners of the 1984 and 2000 European Championships. They were 1998 World Cup champions as the host nation.

UFC 200 Hunt vs. Lesner Sports Betting Odds PPV Card Preview for Saturday

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

What was tagged as the biggest card in the history of the company took a major blow on Wednesday. Still UFC 200 is scheduled for Saturday July 9th from Las Vegas Nevada on Pay-Per-View at 10PM Eastern Time.

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The main event was supposed to be for the UFC light heavyweight title as Daniel Cormier would face Jon Jones. This match was cancelled as Jones failed a drug test and no opponent for Cormier has been mentioned at press time.

The new main event will feature Brock Lesner return to UFC and he will compete in a heavyweight match against the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt. The odds have Hunt favored by –170 odds with Lesner the underdog returning +140 odds. Brock Lesner returns to the company after leaving in 2011. He left UFC after losses to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 then a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in December of 2011. Hunt is 42 years old and has a two fight win streak. He defeated Antonio Silva at UFC 193 in November then followed up with a victory against Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night in March by knockout.

The woman’s bantamweight title is on the line as champion Miesha Tate will compete against the number four contender Amanda Nunes. Tate is favored by –260 odds with Nunes bringing back +200 odds. Tate is on a five fight win streak since her loss to Ronda Rousey in December of 2013. Tate defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196 to win the title. Nunes from Brazil has a three fight win streak and enters with a 12-4 MMA record.

An interim featherweight title match will feature Jose Aldo facing Frankie Edgar. Favored in the betting is Edgar by -120 odds with Aldo returning +110 odds. Edgar is winner of four straight and is coming off a KO win against Chad Mendes in December. Aldo is looking to rebound after a loss to Connor McGregor at UFC 194 breaking an 18 fight win streak.

From the heavyweight division the number two contender Cain Velasquez will face the number seven contender Travis Browne. Velasquez is favored in the betting by -320 odds with the underdog Browne returning +240 odds. Velasquez returns to the ring over a one year layoff following a loss to Fabricio Werdum that cost him his Heavyweight title. Browne rebounded after a loss to Andrei Arlovski with a win to Matt Mitrione in January.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Thursday

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The semifinals will conclude from the European Championships on Thursday July 7th as host nation France will meet Germany at 3PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has France favored by -120 odds with the return on Germany at +100 odds. The goal total is lined at two goals.

These two powerhouses from soccer met in a friendly in November of last year and it was France with the 2-0 home victory. In World Cup 2014 they met in the quarterfinal round with Germany earning the 1-0 victory with a goal coming early in the 13th minute. They followed that result with a 7-1 victory to Brazil in the semifinals and a 1-0 victory to Argentina in the final. Germany has competed in four straight World Cup semifinal games and it is a current record. In Euro 2016 the Germans have four wins and one draw thus far. In the Round of 16 the team defeated Slovakia 3-0. They then battled Italy in the quarterfinal round and Germany needed the penalty kick round to earn the win. The game ended at 1-1 after regulation and extra time. It was a scoreless tie at the half until Germany took the 1-0 lead in the 65th minute with a goal by Mesut Ozil. Italy got the equalizer in minute 78 on a penalty kick. After no further scoring the teams went into the penalty pick round. It was a crazy round as each team missed three of their first five attempts. In kick 9 Jonas Hector scored to make it 6-5 in favor of Germany and a miss by Italy’s Matteo Darmian sent the Italions back home.

France faced the surprise of the tournament in Iceland in the quarterfinals. The French dominated the game taking a 4-0 lead after the first 45 minutes that ended with a 5-2 final score. The host nation got two goals from Oliver Giroud in the victory. Iceland had a letdown in the quarterfinal round as the team upset England in the Round of 16 by a 2-1 score.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Wednesday

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The semifinal round of the 2016 European Championships begin at Wednesday July 6th as Portugal will meet Wales. The teams begin play from France at 12PM 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 has Portugal favored by -125 odds with the return on Wales at +105 odds. The goal total is lined at two goals.

Wales moved onto the semifinal round of Euro 2016 with the 3-1 victory against Belgium in the quarterfinals. The Welsh spotted a 1-0 deficit early in the 13th minute but scored three unanswered goals on the way to victory. The game winner came in the 55th minute by Hal Robson Kanu. There hasn’t been much history in competition between these squads. Wales only loss in this tournament came in their second group game in a 2-1 defeat to England. They earned victories to Slovakia and Russia to move into the knockout stages. Wales faced Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and were victories 1-0. The Welsh are playing in their first European Championship and last played in the World Cup way back in 1958. Wales has several players who compete in the English Premiere League. Their best player is 26 year old Gareth Bale who plays with Real Madrid. In 23 appearances last season Bale scored 19 goals.

Portugal met up with Poland and needed penalty kicks to advance. The score was tied at 1-1 after regulation and extra time. The Portuguese fell 1-0 early by allowing a goal in the second minute of play. The score was tied at 1-1 in the 33rd minute as Renato Sanches scored. No scoring the rest of the way and Portugal made all five of their penalties and Poland had one critical miss which decided the outcome. Portugal struggled through their group play as they failed to win a game. They drew with Iceland, Austria and Hungary. In the Round of 16 it was Portugal earning a 1-0 victory to Croatia which was their first win in Euro 2016.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Sunday

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The quarterfinal round of the 2016 European Championship will conclude on Sunday July 3rd as France will face Iceland. The teams will get things started from Paris France at 3PM 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 has France favored by -1 goal with the total set at 2 ½ goals.

There has been one recent meeting between these teams and it came in 2012 in a friendly with France earning the 2-1 home victory. Iceland has been the talk of the European Championship as the team has gone all the way to the quarterfinals playing their first Euro tournament and has not made a World Cup since way back in 1958. The shocker came in the Round of 16 as Iceland met England and came away with the 2-1 victory. The team has to come from behind as they surrendered a penalty kick goal to Wayne Rooney early on in the fourth minute of play. Iceland responded two minutes later with the equalizer then found the game winner in the 18th minute of the game to move into the quarterfinal round. Iceland started their Euro 2016 with 1-1 draws to semifinalist Portugal and Hungary. They qualified for knockout stages with the 2-1 victory to Austria. No player on the Iceland side has scored more than one goal or assisted in multiple goals in this tournament.

The host nation France began their tournament with group stage wins 2-1 to Romania and a 2-0 victory to Albania. Then there was a 0-0 tie with Switzerland prior to the knockout rounds. The team faced Ireland in the Round of 16 and it was France coming away with the 2-1 victory. Ireland went up 1-0 early on a penalty kick by Robbie Brady in the second minute. It was a nervous stadium as the home team was down 1-0 after the first 45 minutes. Then France got a pair of goals by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th and 61st minute and the team defended their net for the one goal win.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Saturday

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The marquee matchup of the 2016 European Championship quarterfinal round will be played on Saturday July 2nd as Germany will face Italy. The Germans and Italians will get things started from Bordeaux France at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 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 has Germany the -120 favorite with Italy returning +100 odds. The goal total is lined at 2 goals.

The teams last met in an International Friendly back on March 29th with Germany posting the 4-1 victory at home. Italy hosted Germany in a friendly in 2015 with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. Italy defeated Germany 2-1 in the 2012 European Championship.

Germany defeated Slovakia 3-0 in the Round of 16 back on June 26th. The Germans were dominating in the victory. It was 2-0 lead in the first half with goals by Jerome Boateng in the eighth minute and Mario Gomez found the net in the 43rd minute. The game was put away in the 43rd minute on a goal by Julian Draxler. Germany had two wins and a draw in their Group games. The victories came 1-0 to Northern Ireland and 2-0 to Ukraine. The team drew 0-0 with Poland. No player has more than one goal or one assist in this tournament for Germany.

Italy advanced into the quarterfinals as they faced a tough opponent in the Round of 16. It was a 2-0 victory by Italy against Spain back on June 27th. Giorgio Chiellini put the Italians ahead in the 33rd minute as the team went into the half up 1-0. They sealed the game in the 91st minute as Graziano Pelle found the net. In the group stages it was Italy winning after two matches with a 2-0 victory to Belgium and a 1-0 victory to Sweden. The team then rested players and used backups in a 1-0 defeat to Ireland in a game that meant nothing to the Italian side. Italy playing with their starters in three of the four games has not allowed a goal in this tournament.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Friday

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The 2016 European Championships quarterfinal knockout round continues on Friday July 1st as Wales will meet Belgium. The teams will begin play from France at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 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 has Belgium favored by -1/2 goal with the over under line set at two goals.

Wales and Belgium met in two Euro 2016 qualifying games with Wales posting the 1-0 victory with the other contest ending in a 0-0 tie. Belgium went 2-1 in their group stages with their lone loss coming 2-0 to Italy in their opener. The team stormed back with a 3-0 victory to Ireland and they defeated Sweden 1-0 to move into the knockout stages. On June 26th Belgium was in action against Hungary in the Round of 16 and came away winning 4-0. The team scored early in the 10th minute and took a 1-0 lead into the half. Their three goals came late in the final 12 minutes of the game as Belgium advances into the quarterfinals. Romelu Lukaku leads with two goals in the four games he has played. Lukaku had two goals in the victory against Ireland but has no assists thus far in the tournament. Lukaku has six goals in eight games with the National Team on the year.

Wales is led by Garth Bale as he has scored three goals in the Euro 2016 tournament. Bale started his professional career at age 16. The team began the tournament with a 2-1 victory to Slovakia then lost to England 2-1. In their final group game it was a 3-0 victory to Russia. Wales then faced Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and came away with the 1-0 victory. They were the benefit of an own goal by Northern Ireland as a Gareth Bale pass was struck into the net by Hal Robson Kanu. This is the first time Wales has qualified for the European Championships. They last played in a World Cup way back in 1958.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Thursday

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The 2016 European Championships enters the quarterfinals as Poland will battle Portugal on Thursday. The teams begin play from Marseille France at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 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 has Portugal favored by -120 odds with the return on Poland at +100 odds. The goal total came in at two. Portugal is +700 odds to win the tournament with Poland bringing back +1800 odds.

Portugal struggled through the group stages. It began with a 1-1 draw with Iceland which proved not to be such a bad recent result considering the team is in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 victory to England. Then it was a 0-0 draw with Austria and a 3-3 draw with Hungary for Portugal as they advanced with just three points in the group. They earned their first victory of Euro 2016 following the 1-0 victory to Croatia in the Round of 16 on June 25th. Portugal was on the verge of their fourth consecutive tie after regulation time until it was Ricardo Quaresma scoring in the 117th minute of the game. Croatia possessed the ball 59% of the time and outshot Portugal by 12 shots. Portugal and Poland last met back in 2012 with the game ending in a 0-0 tie. In 2007 in Euro 2008 qualifying the game also ended tied this time by a 2-2 score. Cristiano Ronaldo has two goals and an assist in the tournament. Nani has converted two goals in the tournament.

Poland had two victories and a draw in group play. They earned 1-0 victories to Ukraine and Northern Ireland. They drew 0-0 with the Germans. The defense has been solid for the team as they allowed no goals in the group stages. Then they moved on to the knockout stages and it was 1-1 tie with Switzerland after extra time. Poland advanced into the quarterfinals by winning the penalty kicks 5-4. No player for the Poles has scored more than one goal in this 2016 European Championship.

2016 COPA America Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Sunday

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The Final of the 2016 Copa America has been set as Chile will battle Argentina in a repeat of the 2015 Final. The Chileans and Argentinians will get things started from East Rutherford New Jersey at 8PM Eastern Time on Sunday June 26th with FOX Sports 1 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 has Argentina the -1/2 goal favorite with the over under set at 2 ½ goals.

A year ago the final was held in Chile with the home club producing a victory in a penalty round shoot-up. It was 4-1 Chile winning and celebrated a 2015 Copa America team. Chile punched their ticket into the finals after posing the 2-0 victory to Colombia in the semifinals. This game played in Soldier Field in Chicago saw the Chileans go up 2-0 in the first 11 minutes of the game with goals by Charles Aranguiz in the seventh minute and Jose Pedro Fuenzalida scoring the second goal of the game in the eleventh minute. The teams then had to sit through a 2 ½ hour rain delay at halftime and the playing field was drenched with water. Chile held Colombia scoreless in the second half and advanced to their second consecutive Copa America final. So far in the knockout stages its Chile with a +9 goal differential as they are powered by a 7-0 defeat of Mexico in the quarterfinal round.

Argentina faced the United States in the semifinals from Houston Texas and came away with a dominating effort in a 4-0 victory. The team scored a pair of goals in each of the two halves of play. Gonzalo Higuain for the second straight game scored two goals. Lionel Messi scored on a free kick in one of the prettiest goals of this tournament. The Argentineans outshot Team USA by a 10-0 margin and held possession of the ball 67% of the time. Chile and Argentina met way back in Group D play with Argentina earning the 2-1 victory behind goals by Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega in the second half.