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Basketball

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    NCAA Basketball Odds: The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will be heavily favored on Saturday, March 7th as they host the Florida Gators. The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to finish the regular season unbeaten and then go on to win the SEC Conference Tournament and then the NCAA Championship. They are not expected to have too much trouble at home on Saturday against the Florida Gators in a contest that can be seen on CBS television.Here is a look at the matchup and NCAA basketball picks.  

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    NBA Betting Odds: Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference meet on Friday, March 6th as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Atlanta Hawks. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the current favorites to win the NBA Championship but the Atlanta Hawks come into this game with the better record. These teams have met three times this season with the Atlanta Hawks winning all three games with each of the three matchups going over the total at the online sportsbook.Here is a look at Friday’s game and NBA predictions.  

Soccer

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    Soccer Betting: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scored two goals this past weekend in a 2 - 0 win against Sunderland, which now sets him apart from all who have ever worn a uniform in Premier League. Finally finding the score sheet after an 8-match goal-less drought in Premier League competition, Rooney became the first player to have 11 consecutive 10+ goal seasons.His club takes on Newcastle at St. James' Parkon Wednesday, which is also when we will see our featured match of the weekend, Swansea vs Tottenham.  

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    Soccer Betting: Jose Mourinho took center stage after last weekend's round of matches, and the attention turned to Sky Sports and their interview with the Chelsea headman that took part on Monday.He was offered the opportunity to openly state his concerns, and speak freely without fine or suspension for anything said on the air, and that is an article in and of itself. The interview can be seen at Sky Sports website and anyone following Premier League will likely listen to it. You would also imagine it is probably also on YouTube or Twitter, or your favorite social media outlet by now. Getting back to the pitch, Manchester City has closed the gap to five points on Chelsea atop the Premier League table as we enter Round 27.  

Motor Racing

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    NASCAR Odds: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin are the top choices to win the Xfinity Boyd Gaming 300 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, March 7th on Fox Sports 1. It is no surprise to see the Sprint Cup regulars favored in NASCAR betting odds to win this Xfinity Series race as that is the case on a weekly basis. Last week it was Kevin Harvick getting the win in Atlanta and this week in Las Vegas the likely winner will be one of the Sprint Cup regulars who are crossing over and pulling double duty.Here is a look at Saturday’s race and NASCAR picks.  

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    NASCAR Odds: The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 takes place in Atlanta on Sunday, March 1st with Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick listed as co-favorites. Six drivers are listed with single-digit odds to win this race that can be seen on FOX. Gordon and Harvick are listed at 6-1 with Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson at 7-1 while Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth are 8-1. All of the other drivers in the field are listed at double-digit odds.Here is a look at Sunday’s race and NASCAR picks.  

Golf

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    PGA Odds: Ryo Ishikawa leads the field for the Puerto Rico Open which begins on Thursday, March 5th at the Trump International Golf Course in Puerto Rico. This tournament is a PGA Tour event but none of the world’s top players are in the field as they are competing in the WGC Cadillac Championship. Ishikawa is one of the best known players in Puerto Rico along with defending champion Chesson Hadley, Brendon de Jonge and Daniel Berger who lost in a playoff at the Honda Classic.Here is a look at the Puerto Rico Open and PGA picks.  

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    Golf Betting Odds: Andy Sullivan will look to stay hot and win the Africa Open which begins on Thursday, March 5th. Sullivan won the South African Open Championship back in January and last week he won the Joburg Open. With all of the top players in the world in Florida for the WGC Cadillac Championship, Sullivan is definitely a standout in Africa. Three other players who are expected to challenge Sullivan for the title are George Coetzee, Jaco Van Zyl and Byeong-Hun An.Here is a look at the event and golf picks.  

Hockey

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    Hockey Odds: The Detroit Red Wings are favored on Friday, March 6th as they host the Calgary Flames. These teams used to meet on a regular basis when the Detroit Red Wings were in the Western Conference but now they only meet once or twice per season. This will be the second meeting this season as the Detroit Red Wings won 3-2 in Calgary in early January. These teams normally play low scoring games with seven of the past ten meetings going under.Here is a look at Friday’s matchup and hockey predictions.  

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    NHL Betting Odds: It is a matchup of Stanley Cup contenders on Friday, March 6th as the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Anaheim Ducks. The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently listed at 9-1 to win the Stanley Cup while the Anaheim Ducks are listed at 8-1. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a solid road team this season while the Anaheim Ducks have been very good at home so this should be a great matchup. These teams met early in the season in Pittsburgh and it was the home team winning 6-4.Here is a look at the contest and NHL picks.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Lines: Keith Thurman defends his WBA Welterweight title on Saturday, March 7th as the takes on Robert Guerrero. Thurman comes into the fight unbeaten at 24-0 and he is heavily favored to defeat Guerrero even though the challenger comes into the fight with a record of 32-2-1. This fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada will be televised on NBC as the network gets back into boxing with their Premier Boxing Champions telecasts. The first of those telecasts will have this fight between Thurman and Guerrero and the bout between Adrien Broner and John Molina Jr.Let’s look at the fight between Thurman and Guerrero and boxing picks.  

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    Boxing Odds: Tyson Fury takes on Christian Hammer on Saturday, February 28th in a heavyweight bout in London. Fury is a huge favorite to defeat Hammer in a fight that seems unlikely to go the scheduled 12 rounds. Both fighters are talking about getting a knockout so the rounds total of 9.5 at the online sportsbook may be too high. Fury is unbeaten in his career and in line for a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko but he has to avoid looking past Hammer on Saturday.Here is a look at the fight and boxing predictions.  

Entertainment

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    Oscars Odds: You can bet on who you think will win the Oscar in a number of different categories at Diamond sportsbook including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. The 87th Academy Awards will be announced on February 22nd in Los Angeles on ABC. “Boyhood” is the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” is the odds-on favorite to win Best Actor while Julianne Moore is a heavy favorite to win Best Actress for her performance in “Still Alice.”Let’s take a look at all of the categories on the board at Diamond sportsbook and Oscars odds.  

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    Miss Universe Preview:This year’s edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be the 63rd in its illustrious history, but for technicality’s sake, this will be to crown the 2014 champion as it was decided the event would be delayed until January. It will be held in the suburban Miami neighborhood of Doral, and 88 contestants from around the world will compete for the title of Miss Universe, which is currently held by Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.Sunday, January 25th is the date of the event, and the actual location is the FIU (Florida International University) Arena.  

Tennis

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    Davis Cup Betting Odds: The first round of the 2015 Davis Cup includes the USA taking on Great Britain. The eight World Group first round matchups take place from March 6th through March 8th. The Great Britain team will be led by World #3 Andy Murray while the United States team is led by John Isner who is ranked 20th in the world. The #1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic will be in action as he leads Serbia in their matchup against Croatia.Here is a look at all eight World Group first round matchups, the rosters for each of the team and Davis Cup betting odds at the sportsbook.  

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    Tennis Odds: The two WTA tennis tournaments that get underway on Monday, March 2nd are the BMW Malaysian Open and the Abierto Monterrey Afirme. Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed for the event in Malaysia with her toughest competition likely to come from Carla Suarez Navarro while the top seed for the Abierto Monterrey Afirme in Mexico is Ana Ivanovic with her toughest foes expected to be Eugenie Bouchard and Sarra Errani.Here is a look at both events and tennis picks.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Odds: Current world champion Gabriel Medina will look to begin the new season with a win in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast that begins on Saturday, February 28th in Australia. A total of 34 surfers will be competing to win the first event on the 2015 World Championship Tour. Medina won this event last season as he kicked off the year in style while Kelly Slater won the event two years ago. Medina and Slater are the top two choices to win the 2015 Quiksilver Pro.Here is a look at the event including Round 1 heats.  

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    Surfing Odds: The 2015 WSL season begins later this month with the Quiksilver Pro in Australia. Kelly Slater and John John Florence begin the season as the favorites to win the 2015 WSL Championship. Both men are already in strong form as Florence is coming off a win at the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro while Slater finished third. Three other men are listed with single-digit odds to win the 2015 WSL Championship with last year’s champion Gabriel Media and Mick Fanning at 7-1 while Joel Parkinson is 8-1.Here is a look at the latest WSL surfing odds and the 2015 WSL Schedule.  

Others

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    National Rugby League Odds: The Sydney Roosters are slight favorites to win the 2015 Grand Final. They begin the season as the 6-1 favorite with last year’s winners, the South Sydney Rabbitohs the second choice at odds of 6.5-1. Other teams who might be in contention this season are the Canterbury Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles. All of the other teams are listed with odds of 20-1 or more.Let’s look at the current 2015 Grand Final odds and the Week 1 NRL schedule and NRL odds.  

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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.  

Football

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    NFL Odds: It is never too early to look at Super Bowl odds as just a day after Super Bowl XLIX; the odds were up for next year’s Super Bowl which will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The two teams from this past season’s Super Bowl are listed as the favorites with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at 5-1. The Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos are the only other two teams listed with single-digit odds at the online sportsbook. The darkhorse candidates to win the title would be the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts as they are listed at 12-1, 16-1 and 16-1 respectively.Let’s take a look at Super Bowl 50 odds.  

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    Super Bowl Odds: The New England Patriots are slight favorites against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in a game that can be seen on NBC. The New England Patriots feature an offense that ranked 4th in the NFL, scoring just over 29 points per game while the Seattle Seahawks feature the league’s best defense that allows just 15.9 points per game. It is a matchup between the two top seeds in the NFL as the New England Patriots were the top seed in the AFC while the Seattle Seahawks were the top seed in the NFC.Here is a look at the matchup and Super Bowl picks.  

Baseball

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    MLB Odds: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals are the favorites to win the National League in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the unquestioned favorite to win the National League until the Washington Nationals added Max Scherzer. Now it appears to be a two-team race to win the National League this season. Both teams are loaded in terms of pitching so it may be the team that scores the most runs will win the NL in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals are listed at 3-1 while the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are each listed at 7-1.Here is a look at the Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB odds.  

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    Baseball Odds: The Los Angeles Angels are favored to win the American League in 2015 and play in the World Series. The Los Angeles Angels begin as the 4-1 favorite in World Series odds with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners the second choices with odds of 6-1. Also in contention should be the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.Let’s look at the Los Angeles Angels and baseball odds at the sportsbook.  

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.