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    NCAA Football Spreads: The Third-Ranked Mississippi Rebels face a big test on Saturday night as they visit the LSU Tigers on ESPN. The Mississippi Rebels have done everything right this season both straight up and against the spread as they are perfect. They are 7-0 straight up and 6-0-1 against the number. They are finally starting to get some respect from the oddsmakers as they are listed at 3.5-point road favorites for this contest. The LSU Tigers looked really good last week in a win over Kentucky and it is never easy to win in Baton Rouge at night for visiting teams.Let’s look at the matchup and NCAA football picks.  

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    Week 8 NFL Odds: The Kansas City Chiefs are favored at home on Sunday as they host the St. Louis Rams in the Battle of Missouri. Both teams are coming off big wins last week as the St. Louis Rams upset the defending champion Seattle Seahawks while the Kansas City Chiefs went on the road and ended the San Diego Chargers winning streak. The question in this game is whether either team will have a letdown after their big wins last week?Here is a look at the matchup and Week 8 NFL picks.  

Golf

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    PGA Odds: Matt Kuchar is a slight favorite to win The McGladrey Classic which begins on Thursday. Kuchar is listed as a lukewarm top choice with odds of 14-1. Webb Simpson is the second choice with odds of 15-1. Three other golfers are listed at 20-1 or less with Chris Kirk at 16-1, Bill Haas at 18-1 and Zach Johnson at 20-1. The PGA Tour is using the wraparound schedule which means many of the top golfers in the world will not be in the field as they won’t play until January.Let’s look at this event that is held at Sea Island, Georgia on the Sea Island Golf Club and PGA picks.  

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    Golf Odds: Charl Schwartzel is the top choice to win the Perth International which begins on Thursday in Australia. Most of the world’s top players are not in the field because the Final Series begins next week but Schwartzel is playing and he is joined by Victor Dubuisson and Jason Dufner. It is an important week for Schwartzel who has not won a tournament in nearly a year. He did not play well recently in the Scotland event so he needs to find some good form heading into the Final Series.Here is a look at the tournament and golf picks.  

Hockey

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    NHL Odds: The Anaheim Ducks are favored at home on Friday as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Anaheim Ducks have looked like one of the top teams in the NHL this season as they won five of their first six games. They are getting balanced scoring and excellent goaltending from Frederik Andersen. This will be a tough spot for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they played on Thursday in San Jose. The one positive is that they have won 7 of the last 10 meetings in Anaheim.Here is a look at all of Friday’s games and free NHL picks.  

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    NHL Odds: The St. Louis Blues are favored at home on Thursday night as they host the Vancouver Canucks in a game that can be seen on NHL Network. Both teams are off to solid starts this season so this should be a very good matchup. The Vancouver Canucks have more than held their own in this series, winning six of the last ten including two of the last three in St. Louis. It has also been a low scoring series with five of the last six in St. Louis going under. There are eight games on the NHL schedule for Thursday night. Let’s look at the games and NHL predictions.  

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.  

Tennis

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    Tennis Betting Odds: The women wrap up their 2014 season with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals which start on Monday in Singapore. The top eight players in the world will compete for this prestigious title and for a prize pool that is $6.5 million dollars. Serena Williams is the favorite as she is the number one ranked players in the world. She has won this event in each of the past two years. Serena can be brilliant but also unpredictable as she is capable of running the table in this event or losing her first match.Here is a look at the tournament and the eight players.  

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    Tennis Odds: Many of the top men’s tennis players in the world will be in action in the Valencia Open 500 and Swiss Indoors Basel which begin on Monday. The Valencia Open 500 will feature four of the top ten players in the world as David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic are scheduled to play. The Swiss Indoors Basel also has a strong field with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka expected to be part of the field.Here is a look at both tournaments and tennis predictions.  

Soccer

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    Champions League Betting: Olympiacos managed to come up with a huge 3 points on Day 1 vs Atletico at home, and now look to rebound vs their loss to Malmo on Day 2.Home field has certainly had its advantages in Group A so far, with everyone grabbing 3 points in their home matches.Juventus looked terrible this weekend in their domestic Serie A match with bottom of the barrel Sassuolo, only being able to muster up a draw after going down 1 - 0 early.  

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    Champions League Betting: Atletico Madrid has all the confidence in the world coming into this match with Malmo FF, having taken out Juventus 1 - 0 last time out after losing 3 - 2 to Olympiacos on Match Day 1. Madrid loves home cookin’, as they have won 18 of their last 20 home matches against European clubs and have not lost at home since February in any competitions.Malmo is the first club from Sweden to even make an appearance in the Group Stage of the Champions League since the turn of the Century.They picked up their first-ever UEFA Club competition win at home vs Olympiacos on Match day 2 after a 2 - 0 loss to Juventus to open the Group Stage.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Odds: Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin is a huge favorite to defeat Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday night in a fight that can be seen on HBO. The middleweight bout scheduled for 12 rounds will take place in front of a sold out crowd at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Golovkin comes into this fight with a 30-0 record with 27 knockouts. Anything less than another knockout would be a surprise although Rubio could be the best opponent Golovkin has faced in his career.Here is a look at the fight and boxing odds.  

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    Boxing Odds: The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is the site for Saturday’s Welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana. This is a rematch of a fight won by Mayweather back in May by majority decision. Mayweather comes into the bout unbeaten with a record of 46-0 while Maidana is 35-4. This fight that can be seen on Showtime pay-per-view has Mayweather listed as a big favorite at Diamond sportsbook.Here is a look at the bout, the odds and boxing picks.  

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.  

Basketball

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    NBA Futures: The Brooklyn Nets begin the 2014-2015 season as the favorite to win the Atlantic Division. The team made a nice run last year as they beat the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs before losing to the Miami Heat. The team is still considered a longshot to win the NBA title but because they play in a weak Atlantic Division they should make the playoffs. The key for the team this season will be keeping key players like Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson healthy and getting production out of new addition Jarrett Jack.Here is a look at the team, NBA futures and NBA predictions.  

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    NBA Betting Lines: The New York Knicks are longshot to win the NBA title in 2014-2015 but they play in weak Atlantic Division which means they have a real chance to make the playoffs. The New York Knicks are a close second choice to win the division behind the Brooklyn Nets. The New York Knicks still have one of the top players in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony and they have a new direction under Phil Jackson. Whether Jackson did enough in the off-season to get Anthony and head coach Derek Fisher some help is the question.Let’s look at the New York Knicks, the NBA betting lines and NBA picks.  

Surfing

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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.  

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    Surfing Betting Odds: Kelly Slater is a slight favorite to win the Quiksilver Pro France which begins on Friday. Slater needs a win to pick up ground on Gabriel Medina in the overall standings. Medina is now the even money favorite to win the ASP championship with Slater a close second choice. Slater is the favorite to win this event in France at odds of 6-1 while Medina is the third choice in the betting at 8-1. The second choice in surfing odds is John John Florence at odds of 7-1.Here is a look at the 9th event of the WCT season.  

Other

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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.  

Entertainment

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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.  

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    World Series of Poker Betting Odds - The final event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is down to the final nine players who will return in early November to the Rio in Las Vegas to play for the title. Jorryt van Hoof is listed as the 3-1 favorite at BetDSI sportsbook with Felix Stephensen the second choice.In addition to odds on which player will win the final table, you can also wager on which player you think will be eliminated first, the nationality of the winner and you can pick the two players you think will finish first and second.  

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.