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Soccer

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    MLS Odds: FC Dallas looks to equal their team record sixth straight win when they lace up the boots at Toyota Park in Chicagothis Sundayto take on the Fire.The Texas-based club accomplished the six-game win streak back in 1999, by beating none other than the Chicago Fire to set the team record. Dallas has outscored their opponents 13 - 2 during their five game win streak, and neither of the two goals scored against them should have ever happened. In the DC United game in which Dallas won 2 - 1, it was an own goal that was scored against them when defender Matt Hedges put the ball in to his net. Last weekend, with a 4 - 0 lead as time was winding down, Portland scored on a penalty kick in the 93rd minute, which could easily have been avoided.  

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    MLS Odds: Portland and Seattle revisit one of the oldest rivalries in American soccer, when the two face off at Avaya Stadiumthis Sundayafternoon. The rivalry between Portland and San Jose can be traced back to their NASL days in the 1970s, and there is no love lost between the two clubs as they enter this weekend's match in San Jose, California.However, Portland has dominated San Jose in MLS action, as the two teams have met 12 times since 2011 and San Jose has only one win in the series. The Timbers took the 2014 series with two wins and a draw in the three-game set and, with their win in the first meeting this year, Portland has now won three straight against the Earthquakes dating back to last season.  

Baseball

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    MLB Betting Odds: The Kansas City Royals visit the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, August 4th. The Kansas City Royals lead the American League Central while the Detroit Tigers are in fourth place in the division. The Kansas City Royals could decide to give struggling starter Jeremy Guthrie another start on Monday or they may pull him out of the rota  

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    Baseball Betting Lines: The Chicago Cubs visit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, August 3rd in a game that can be seen on ESPN. The Chicago Cubs are in third place in the NL Central while the Pittsburgh Pirates are in second place in the division. It should be a good pitching matchup on Monday night as Jon Lester is scheduled to go for the Chic  

Football

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    NFL Odds: Many people believe that 2015 will be the last season for future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He leads a Denver Broncos team that is one of the top contenders to win Super Bowl 50. The Denver Broncos are favored to win the AFC West again this season and oddsmakers have a high opinion of Denver as they set the win total for the Bronco  

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    NFL Lines: The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a very good season as they went 12-4 to win the NFC East. The team is considered a top contender in the NFC again this season as they are listed behind only Seattle and Green Bay in odds to win the NFC at BetDSI sportsbook. The Cowboys feature a potent offense that was 5th in the league in scoring a  

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.  

Motor Racing

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    IndyCar Odds: There are just three races left in the IndyCar season beginning with the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, August 2nd on CNBC. Juan Pablo Montoya leads the point’s race but there are four other drivers still within 55 points including Will Power who is listed as the favorite to win on Sunday. Power is listed as the 3-1 favorite withScott Dixon the second choice at odds of 3.5-1. Also listed with single-digit odds are Simon Pagenaud, Montoya and Helio Castroneves.Here is a look at the race and IndyCar picks.  

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    NASCAR Odds: Kevin Harvick is favored to win the Windows 10 400 on Sunday, August 2nd that can be seen on NBCSN. Harvick is favored even though he has never won a race at Pocono in his career. He did, however, finish 2nd in each of the last two races at the track. Harvick is listed as the 4-1 favorite with the red-hot Kyle Busch the seco  

Basketball

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    WNBA Betting Odds: The San Antonio Stars visit the Washington Mystics on Wednesday, August 5th in a game that can be seen on NBA TV. The San Antonio Stars are in fourth place in the West while the Washington Mystics are in second place in the East. This is not a home and home although these teams should be familiar with each other having pl  

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    WNBA Odds: The Minnesota Lynx visit the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, August 4th in a game that can be seen on ESPN 2. The teams just played on Wednesday and it was the Minnesota Lynx pulling out an 82-76 home win although they did not cover the point spread. The other three games on Tuesday have the San Antonio Stars at the Connecticut Su  

Tennis

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    Tennis Odds: The Citi Open gets underway on Monday, August 3rd at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. The event will feature two of the top five players in the world in #3 Andy Murray and #5 Kei Nishikori. The Citi Open is one of only 13 ATP World Tour 500 events this season and the only one held in the United States. It is part of the five-week summer tennis season that prepares players for the U.S. Open which gets underway in late August.Here is a look at the Citi Open and a glance at the Generali Open and tennis picks.  

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    Tennis Betting Lines: Serena Williams is the favorite to win the Bank of the West Classic which starts on Monday, August 3rd at Stanford University. This will be the first tournament of the season in the Emirates Airline US Open Series as players start preparing for the US Open which begins late in August. Serena Williams leads a field that include  

Others

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    NRL Betting Odds: The Sydney Roosters are home favorites in Round 21 of the National Rugby League as they host the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday, July 31st. The Roosters come into the game at 12-6 while the Bulldogs are 9-9. There are three games on Friday in NRL Round 21 action including the one between the Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters and four games on Saturday and the week concludes on Monday with the Parramatta Eels at the Gold Coast Titans.Here is a look at all of the games and NRL picks.  

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    NRL Odds: The Melbourne Storm are favored on Saturday, July 25th as they host the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 20 action in the National Rugby League. The Dragons come into the game at 8-9 while the Storm are 9-8. The action for Round 20 begins on Friday with three games, continues on Saturday with four games including the Dragons at the Storm and wraps up on Monday night with the Parramatta Eels visiting the North Queensland Cowboys.Here is a look at all 8 matches and NRL picks.  

Golf

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    Golf Odds: The inaugural edition of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament gets underway on Thursday in Aberdeen, Scotland at Murcar Links Golf Club. A field of 64 players will tee it up on Thursday with 32 matches taking place. The field will be narrowed to 16 players after Friday and then there will be two sessions on Saturday as the field gets do  

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    Golf Betting Odds: Justin Rose is the favorite to win the Quicken Loans National which begins on Thursday, July 30th in Gainesville, Virginia which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. The event will be played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club for the first time. The tournament benefits The Tiger Woods Foundation and Woods will be playing as the tourney  

Boxing

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    Boxing Betting Odds: ESPN will be showing the fight between Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday, August 1st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia comes into the bout unbeaten at 30-0 while Malignaggi is 33-6. Garcia is not expected to have much trouble with Malignaggi who has not fought in more than a year. Oddsmakers have Garcia listed as about a 10-1 favorite to win this bout that will be part of ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday night.Here is a look at the fight and boxing betting picks.  

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    Boxing Odds: Sergey Kovalev will look to remain unbeaten as he defends his light heavyweight title against Nadjib Mohammedi on Saturday, July 25th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Kovalev is 27-0-1 in his career with 24 knockouts while Mohammedi is 37-3 with 22 knockouts. This will be the second fight this year for Kovalev who defeated Jean Pascal back in March. Mohammedi is also coming off a win in March as he defeated Lee Campbell.Here is a look at the bout and boxing 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.  

Hockey

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are favored to win the Stanley Cup again in 2016. The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup in three of the last six seasons so it is no surprise to see them listed as the favorite at odds of 7-1. They have a lot of young talented players who are in their prime including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. The New York Rangers are the second choice in Stanley Cup futures at 8-1.Here is a look at all of the odds including a big surprise.  

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    Stanley Cup Odds: Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals takes place on Saturday, June 13th as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on NBC. The Chicago Blackhawks won Game 4 at home to even this best-of-seven game series at 2-2. Now the series shifts to Tampa for Game 5 on Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning are slight favorites to win on Saturday with the total listed at 5.5 under. The question for the Lightning will be whether or not goaltender Ben Bishop will be available.Here is a look at Game 5 and Stanley Cup picks.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Betting Odds: The J-Bay Open takes place from July 8th through July 19th with Mick Fanning listed as the 7-1 favorite. Fanning is the defending champion at Jeffreys Bay and he has moved up to 4th in the WSL standings. Kelly Slater is listed as the second choice in the betting at odds of 8-1 while Jordy Smith is 9-1. Owen Wright who won in Fiji with two perfect heats is next in the betting odds at 10-1 while Julian Wilson is listed at odds of 11-1.Let’s look at the event, J-Bay Open odds and surfing predictions.  

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    Surfing Odds: The fifth event of the WSL season is the Fiji Pro which gets underway on Sunday, June 7th in Namotu, Tavarua, Fiji. Kelly Slater is the favorite to win this event with defending champion Gabriel Medina the second choice. Other contenders to win this event that runs from June 7th through June 19th are Mick Fanning, Owen Wright and Joel Parkinson. Two surfers who will not be listed on the odds-board are John John Florence and Michel Bourez who are out due to injury.Here is a look at the event and surfing picks.  

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.