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    College Football Odds: This year’s Egg Bowl between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Mississippi Rebels is more important than ever with both teams ranked in the Top 20. The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into the game with only one loss and they have a chance to play in the College Football Playoffs if they win this game. To stay in contention they will have to win on the road against their bitter rivals, the Mississippi Rebels who come into the game at 8-3.Let’s look at this matchup on Saturday on CBS and college football predictions.  

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    NCAA Football Betting Lines: The Oregon Ducks are favored on Saturday night to win the “Civil War” against the rival Oregon State Beavers in a game that can be seen on ABC. Most people believe that the Oregon Ducks are two wins away from playing in the College Football Playoffs as they need to win this game on Saturday and then the Pac-12 Championship. Oddsmakers don’t think the Oregon Ducks will have any trouble on Saturday night as they list them as more than two touchdown favorites.Here is a look at the matchup and NCAA football picks.  

Hockey

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    NHL Betting Odds: The San Jose Sharks badly need a home win on Saturday night as they host the Anaheim Ducks. The San Jose Sharks have struggled this season, especially at home and the pressure is building on head coach Todd McLellan to turn things around. It won’t be easy on Saturday night as the Anaheim Ducks have one of the top records in the NHL and they have been really good on the road, winning 7 of their first 11 road contests.Here is a look at the matchup and NHL predictions.  

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    NHL Betting Odds: NBC will be televising the game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. The game is being billed as the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown game on Black Friday. The game will get more attention because it is on NBC and it helps that the game has an afternoon start time before the big college football games later in the day on Friday. The New York Rangers come into the game with the better record but since this game is on the road the odds on the game will likely be near a pick.Here is a look at the matchup and NHL betting picks.  

Basketball

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    NBA Betting Odds: The Washington Wizards are home favorites on Saturday night as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans in a game that can be seen on NBA TV. Both teams have played better than expected this season so this should be a good matchup. The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the top scoring teams in the NBA as they are in the Top 10 in points per game while the Washington Wizards are a Top 10 team in terms of fewest points allowed so something has to give.Here is a look at the game and NBA predictions.  

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    NCAA Basketball Odds: ESPN 2 will be televising the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Rhode Island Rams on Thursday. This game is part of the Orlando Classic with eight teams competing in the tournament. The other teams in the event are Georgia Tech, Marquette, Michigan State, Rider, Santa Clara and Tennessee. All four of the games on Thanksgiving Day will be shown on ESPN 2. The Kansas Jayhawks are favored in this contest against the Rhode Island Rams.Here is a look at the matchup and NCAA basketball picks.  

Entertainment

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    Entertainment Odds: The biggest movie in 2015 is expected to be Avengers: Age of Ultron. This second movie follows up the first Avengers movie in 2012 that was a huge hit. You can bet on how big you think the movie will be as odds are on the board at Diamond sportsbook for the worldwide gross after six months and odds are available on the opening weekend box office numbers in the United States. The movie will open up in the U.S. in early May.Let’s look at the odds, boxing office numbers from the first movie and some other Avengers information.  

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    Emmy Odds: The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night on NBC will be highlighted by the competition between the AMC series Breaking Bad that wrapped up its final season last year and HBO’s True Detective which wrapped up its first season in March. Emmy odds are available at Diamond sportsbook on a number of the categories including Outstanding Drama Series which has Breaking Bad heavily favored, lead actor, lead actress, Outstanding Comedy Series and much more.  

Soccer

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    Champions League Betting: Real Madrid has already secured a spot in the round of 16, and now all that is left to do is secure the top spot in Group B. With a 5 - 1 victory over Basel on match day 1 onSeptember 16, Basel can only surpass Madrid with a similar scoreline in their favor, and even more help on match day 6.Basel sits 6 points back of Madrid, but also has to watch their back with both Ludogrets and Liverpool only 3 points behind them. Unfortunately for Basel, Madrid only knows one speed and, until they are securely in the top spot, there is concern that Madrid will still put out a strong lineup to finish the job as soon as they can.  

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    Champions League Betting: Ludogrets has to be loving the fact that Liverpool is in total disarray right now. We all knew that the Mario Balotelli move would create a stir, and it has certainly been the story behind Liverpool's demise.Both clubs sit with three points at the bottom of Group B, and only one of them will be able to hope to catch Basel, who are three points ahead of them.Ludogrets has never hosted an English side in European competition. They already made their own history by being the first Bulgarian side to win a Champions League match when they beat Basel 1 - 0 at home.  

Golf

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    Golf Betting Odds: Rory McIlroy is favored to win the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai which wraps up the European Tour season. In terms of the money race the season is already over as McIlroy has clinched the Race to Dubai title already. That doesn’t mean he won’t want to end the season on a high note and he may end up playing great with no pressure on him to win. He is listed as the 5-1 choice in golf odds with Henrik Stenson the second choice at 8-1.Here is a look at the tournament and golf picks.  

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    Golf Betting Odds: Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia are the top choices to win the Turkish Airlines Open which begins on Thursday. Both players are listed with odds of about 12-1 with Martin Kaymer the third choice at about 14-1. Five players are listed with golf betting odds of less than 20-1 with Jamie Donaldson at 18-1 and Victor Dubuisson at 19-1. This event is the last one before the season ending DP World Tour Championship in the Race to Dubai.Here is a look at the tournament and golf picks.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Odds: Tyson Fury is a solid favorite to defeat Dereck Chisora on Saturday in London, England. This heavyweight bout that is set for 12 rounds is a heavyweight eliminator with the winner in line to face world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next summer. Chisora and Fury fought each other back in July of 2011 and it was Fury getting the unanimous decision. Fury is listed as almost a 3-1 favorite to win the rematch with the rounds option set at 9.5.Here is a look at the fight and the boxing odds available at Diamond sportsbook and boxing predictions.  

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    Boxing Odds: Manny Pacquiao is a big favorite to defeat Chris Algieri on Saturday, November 22nd at the Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Pacquiao comes into this fight with a record of 56-5-2 while Algieri is unbeaten in his career at 20-0. Oddsmakers have made Pacquiao a huge favorite in this fight even though Pacquiao has lost two of his last four fights. This might end up being a competitive fight which is something that didn’t use to be the case with Pacquiao bouts.Here is a look at the fight and boxing predictions.  

Tennis

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    Tennis Odds: France will host Switzerland in the Davis Cup final which begins on Friday. This will be the 13th all-time meeting between the countries in Davis Cup action and it has been almost all France in the past as they have won 10 of the 12 previous meetings. That may not be the outcome this time though as Switzerland is listed as about a 2-1 favorite. The key for Switzerland will be the health of Roger Federer who pulled out of last week’s ATP World Tour Finals with a back injury.Let’s look at the Davis Cup final and tennis predictions.  

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    Tennis Odds: Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the ATP World Tour Finals which wraps up the season. The eight best men’s tennis players in the world are in the field with Djokovic the top seed. Djokovic is ranked number one in the world and he is the hottest player on indoor surfaces having won his last 27 matches. Djokovic is looking to win this event for the fourth time and if he does he will end the season ranked No. 1 in the world rankings.Here is a look at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and tennis picks.  

Motor Racing

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    F1 Odds: Lewis Hamilton is the odds-on favorite to win the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday that can be seen on NBCSN. Hamilton has pulled out to a 10 point lead over teammate Nico Rosberg in the driver’s championship with four races remaining. Mercedes is going to win the constructors championship and they could officially wrap it up this week. There are only three drivers given much of a chance to win this week, Hamilton, Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo. The rest of the drivers are part of the field.Here is a look at the race, F1 odds and F1 predictions.  

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    NASCAR Betting Odds: Kevin Harvick is favored to win Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 on ABC. The race is the second of three in the Contender Round with 12 drivers still alive to win the Chase. Joey Logano won last week so he is already into the next round. A win this week or next week at Talladega would clinch a spot for another two drivers. The other five drivers will have to hope they can pick up points this week and next week. A number of high profile drivers badly need a good night on Saturday including Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.Here is a look at Bank of America 500 race and NASCAR picks.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Odds: The 2014 ASP World Tour title will be decided in Oahu, Hawaii with the Billabong Pipe Masters that begins on December 8th. Gabriel Medina is in the driver’s seat as he leads the standings with 56,550 points. The only two men that can catch Medina and win the title are Mick Fanning who is in second place with 53,100 points and Kelly Slater who has 50,050 points. Fanning and Slater are among the favorites to win in Hawaii along with John John Florence.Here is a look at the event and surfing betting odds at Diamond sportsbook.  

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    Surfing Betting: Just two events remain in the ASP season with the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal beginning on Monday and the Billabong Pipe Masters in early December. Gabriel Medina leads the standings with Kelly Slater in second place. Slater is one of the favorites to win the event in Portugal along with John John Florence. Those two are listed with surfing odds of about 6-1 while Medina is the third choice in the betting with odds of about 7-1. The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal runs from October 12th-23rd.Here is a look at the event including Round 1 Heats.  

Baseball

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    World Series Odds: The San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series with the Kansas City Royals holding home field advantage in the best-of-seven series. Neither team was expected to get this far but each team pulled off upsets in the playoffs to reach the 2014 World Series. Both teams have very good pitching staffs and offenses that find ways to scratch out runs. Game 1 of the series is on Tuesday night in Kansas City.Here is a look at the matchup and World Series Predictions.  

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    MLB Playoff Odds: The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals face each other again in the NLCS. They met two years ago with the San Francisco Giants winning. One of these two teams has played in the World Series in each of the past four years with the San Francisco Giants winning the title in 2010 and 2012 while the St. Louis Cardinals won in 2011 and lost to Boston last year. The St. Louis Cardinals have the home field advantage in this best-of-seven series and they are a slight favorite to advance.Here is a look at the matchup, the NLCS schedule, the series price and Game 1 odds.  

Others

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    Rugby Betting Odds: The South Sydney Rabbitohs are favored on Sunday in the Grand Final as they play the Canterbury Bulldogs. The South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated the Sydney Roosters last week to reach the Grand Final for the first time in 43 years. They will be facing a Canterbury Bulldogs team that defeated the Penrith Panthers last week. Both teams could be without key players on Sunday as the South Sydney Rabbitohs will probably be without Issac Luke while the Canterbury Bulldogs will likely be without Michael Ennis.Here is a look at Sunday’s Grand Final and rugby predictions.  

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    NRL Odds: The two Preliminary Finals games this week have the Sydney Roosters playing the South Sydney Rabbitohs while the Canterbury Bulldogs play the Penrith Panthers. It is the first time in NRL history that all four of the remaining teams are from Sydney. The winners of these two games will play in next week’s Grand Final. Both games should be excellent as the South Sydney Rabbitohs are slight favorites vs. the Sydney Roosters while the Canterbury Bulldogs are slight favorites vs. the Penrith Panthers.Here is a look at both matches and NRL predictions.  

Cycling

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    Tour de France Odds: The 2014 Tour de France gets started on Saturday with the first stage taking place in Leeds, England. Defending champion Christopher Froome is the favorite to win the Tour de France which begins on July 5th with the first stage and concludes on July 27th with Stage 21 in Paris, France. Froome is a slight favorite to win the race with Alberto Contador a close second choice. The only other rider given much of a chance is Vincenzo Nibali who is listed with odds of 9-1. Let’s take a look at the main contenders and a few longshots that might surprise in the 2014 Tour de France.  

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    Cycling Betting: The third and final Grand Tour of the cycling season is the Vuelta a Espana which begins on Saturday. The race takes place over three weeks and has a number of tough mountain stages. There will be 11 summit finishes including the Alto de L’Angliru in Stage 20. The race appears to be wide open with Vincenzo Nibali a slight favorite in cycling odds at Diamond sportsbook. This race begins on Saturday, August 24th and concludes on Sunday, September 15th. Let’s look at the race, some of the contenders and cycling odds available at Diamond sportsbook.  

Olympics

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    2014 Olympic Hockey Odds: The United States takes on Slovenia while Russia plays Slovakia in Group A action on Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The USA and Russia are the top teams in Group A and they will be favored in their respective games on Sunday. The Russian team might have the tougher game as Slovakia has some talent and could surprise. The Unites States is not expected to get much of a test against a week Slovenia squad. Here is a look at both of the games in Group A for Sunday and Olympic hockey picks.  

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    2014 Winter Olympic Odds: Finland takes on Canada in one of the two games in Group B action for Sunday. Canada isn’t expected to get tested until at least the quarterfinal round but this game against Finland could be their toughest in Group B. At least Finland has some really good goaltenders who could keep them in this game. The other game on Sunday in Group B should have Austria listed as the favorite in Olympic hockey odds against Norway. Here is a look at both of the games in Group B for Sunday and Olympic hockey predictions.