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Hockey

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, May 30th on NBC. The Anaheim Ducks had a chance to close out the series on Wednesday but they were soundly beaten in Chicago, losing 5-2. Now it all comes down to a Game 7 on Saturday night in Anaheim. No team has been able to win two straight games in what has been an extremely close series. The Anaheim Ducks are listed as -135 favorites to win on Saturday.Here is a look at the game and NHL Playoff picks.  

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    NHL Playoff Lines: It is Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday, May 29th as the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the New York Rangers with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning had a chance to win this series on Tuesday but they couldn’t close things out at home, losing 7-3. Now the Lightning will be road underdogs on Friday night as the New York Ranges are listed as -140 favorites with the total listed at 5.Here is a look at the matchup and NHL Playoff predictions.  

Soccer

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    MLS Odds: Chicago and Montreal will face off for the first of their three meetings in the 2015 season this weekend at Chicago’s Toyota Park. There have been three draws in the last four contests between the two teams who have played eight times in their respective histories. The second and third games in the series will each happen at Stade Saputo in Montreal in September.Chicago has played two strange games in their last two outings, each resulting in a 2 - 2 draw.The Fire was up 2 - 0 on NYCFC two weekends ago, while also playing most of the game up a man. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold the lead and surrendered two goals in the second half.  

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    MLS Odds: For the first time this season, we can finally say that the Orlando City Lions are not looking for their first win at the Citrus Bowl. The last time we were here, the Los Angeles Galaxy arrived with a depleted team, and Orlando City proceeded to hand them a 4 - 0 beat down. Now, Orlando City is seeking their first back-to-back wins at home, as they face a Columbus team who handed them a 3 - 0 loss at MAPFRE Stadium back in April. The third meeting between the two will happen onAugust 1, here again at the Citrus Bowl.Orlando City backed up their win against LA at home with a draw last weekend at Levi's Stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes made their second appearance at the home of the San Francisco 49ers in the last two seasons, and both teams were able to score on penalty kicks to draw 1 - 1.  

Tennis

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    French Open Betting Odds: Serena Williams is the favorite to win the French Open which begins on Sunday, May 24th. Serena is the world’s top-ranked player and listed with odds of just under 3-1 at BetDSI sportsbook. She is not the only contender to win the title as both Maria Sharpova and Simona Halep are listed with odds of just over 4-1. Everyone else in the field is listed with French Open odds of 10-1 or more.Here is a look at French Open odds and French Open predictions.  

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    French Open Odds: Novak Djokovic is favored to win the French Open which begins on Sunday, May 24th. The world’s #1 ranked player is the odds-on favorite with Rafael Nadal the second choice at odds of 3-1. Normally when it comes to winning on clay, and to winning the French Open, there is no one to consider but Nadal but he has not played well this season. The only other player listed at single-digit odds is Andy Murray who is listed at just over 9-1.Here is a look at French Open odds and French Open picks.  

Baseball

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    Baseball Betting Odds: The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, June 3rd in a game that can be seen on ESPN 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been leading the NL West for much of the season while the Colorado Rockies are in last place in the division. The Dodgers have owned this series of late, winning eight of the past ten and it hasn’t mattered where the games have been played as they have also won 7 of the past 10 in Colorado.Here is a look at the contest and baseball predictions.  

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    Baseball Lines: The Milwaukee Brewers visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, June 1st in a game that can be seen on ESPN. The home team will be favored in this matchup between the last place Brewers and the first place Cardinals. Not much has gone right this season for the Milwaukee Brewers and they don’t figure to have much success in this series against the St. Louis Cardinals as they have lost 7 of the past 10 meetings in St. Louis.Here is a look at Monday’s contest and baseball picks.  

Football

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    NCAA Football Lines: The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off a disappointing season a year ago as they were not contenders in the SEC. It won’t be easy for the team in 2015 as they have a difficult schedule and they will have a new quarterback. The South Carolina Gamecocks play 7 home games in 2015, 4 road games and 1 neutral site contest. The neutral site game is the opener on September 3rd as they take on North Carolina in Charlotte.Let’s look at the games and South Carolina predictions.  

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    College Football Odds: The Missouri Tigers should get off to a fast start in 2015 as they have three easy games before conference play begins. The Missouri Tigers will need to start fast because they face some tough games late in the seasons including games against Georgia, Mississippi State and BYU. The Tigers are expected to be a Top 25 team this season and contend again for the SEC title. How far they go will be determined by pivotal games in October against South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.Here is a look at the schedule and Missouri Tigers predictions.  

Basketball

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    NBA Finals Odds: The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals that begin on Thursday, June 4th. Since both teams won quickly in the conference finals they will each be off for more than a week before the NBA Finals begin. The Golden State Warriors have the better record and they will have the home court advantage in this best-of-seven game series. They are also listed as about a 2-1 favorite at Diamond sportsbook to win the series.Let’s look at the matchup, NBA Finals schedule, series price and Game 1 odds.  

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    NBA Playoff Lines: The Houston Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, May 27th in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on ESPN. The Golden State Warriors lead the series 3-1 and will look to close things out on Wednesday night. The Golden State Warriors had a chance to sweep the series but James Harden had a huge Game 4 to send the series back to Oakland for Game 5. The Golden State Warriors are listed as double-digit favorites on Wednesday.Here is a look at Game 5 and NBA Playoff predictions.  

Motor Racing

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    NASCAR Lines: NASCAR heads to Dover this weekend for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks on Sunday on Fox Sports 1. Jimmie Johnson will be looking for his 10th career win at the track and he is listed as the 3-1 favorite at the online sportsbook. Only three other drivers are listed with single-digit odds with Kevin Harvick at 9-2, Brad Keselowski at 6-1 and Kurt Busch at 7-1. It could be a good week to take a longshot if you don’t go with Johnson.Here is a look at Sunday’s race and NASCAR predictions.  

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    IndyCar Odds: The Verizon IndyCar Series has two races this weekend with the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. The two races will be the 7th and 8th races of the season and will be televised by ABC. IndyCar is coming off their premier race last week as Juan Pablo Montoya won the Indianapolis 500. He will be one of the contenders to win the races in Detroit along with last year’s winners, Helio Castroneves and Will Power.Here is a look at the races and IndyCar picks.  

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.  

Others

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    NRL Odds: The Melbourne Storm visit the Sydney Roosters in one of the matches in Round 12. The Melbourne Storm are 7-3 and two games in front of the Sydney Roosters so this is a huge game for the home team. The action in Round 12 begins on Friday with two games, continues on Saturday with four games and concludes on Monday with the Storm at the Roosters. There are two teams on bye as the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers have the week off.Here is a look at NRL Round 12, NRL odds and NRL picks.  

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    NRL Odds: It is a light week in the National Rugby League for Round 11 with just four matches scheduled with eight teams on byes. The action begins on Friday, May 22nd with the Parramatta Eels at the South Sydney Rabbitohs with the home team favored. There are two matches on Saturday with the Wests Tigers favored at home against the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders favored at home against the Canterbury Bulldogs. The week concludes on Monday with the Newcastle Knights favored at home against the Brisbane Broncos.Here is a look at the four games and NRL predictions.  

Golf

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    Golf Betting Odds: Rory McIlroy is favored to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation which begins on Thursday, May 28th. The world’s #1 player didn’t play well last week and missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship but you could almost see that coming as he playing in his fourth straight event. McIlroy is listed as a strong favorite to win the Irish Open with odds of just under 4-1 with Rickie Fowler the second choice at odds of 12-1.Here is a look at the tournament and golf picks.  

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    Golf Odds: Jordan Spieth is favored to win the AT&T Byron Nelson which begins on Thursday, May 28th at TPC Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. 10 of the world’s top 30 players are in the field but the spotlight will be on Spieth who plays in his hometown event. Spieth is listed with odds of about 4-1 and he is the only player who is listed with single-digit odds. Only two other players, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are listed with odds of less than 25-1.Here is a look at the tournament and golf predictions.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Odds: Evgeny Gradovich will defend his IBF featherweight title on Saturday, May 30th at the O2 Arena in London as the takes on Lee Selby in a 12-round bout. Gradovich comes into this bout with a record of 19-0-1 while Selby is 20-1 but it is the challenger who is listed as the 3-1 favorite in boxing betting odds at Diamond sportsbook. This fight fi  

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    Boxing Odds: James DeGale takes on Andre Dirrell on Saturday, May 23rd for the vacant IBF super middleweight title in a fight that can be seen as part of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. Each fighter has lost just once in his career as DeGale is 20-1 while Dirrell is 24-1. The two have combined for 30 knockouts in their careers. Oddsmakers at the online sportsbook believe this will be a very competitive fight as Dirrell is listed as just a -130 favorite.Here is a look at the fight and boxing predictions.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Odds: The Oi Rio Pro begins on Monday, May 11th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and runs through Friday, May 22nd. It is the fourth event of the 2015 WSL season. The event has a new sponsor this season as Telecom company Oi has signed up replacing Billabong. Oi is also the current sponsor of reigning WSL champion Gabriel Medina. The top contenders to win this event are the three leading Brazilians, Adriano de Souza, Medina and Felipe Toledo, along with Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and John John Florence.Let’s take a look at the Oi Rio Pro and surfing picks.  

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    Surfing Odds: It is a quick turnaround for the third event of the 2015 World Surf League season with the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro getting underway on Wednesday, April 15th. Surfers will have just completed the second event of the season, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach so they will only have a few days to get ready for event #3. The leading contenders to win this event in Margaret River, Australia are Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Gabriel Medina and the red-hot Filipe Toledo.Here is a look at the event and surfing picks.  

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.