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    2014 NFL Draft Odds: The two questions people ask in most NFL Drafts is who will be the top pick and which quarterback will be taken first. Oftentimes the answer to that question is the same as a quarterback goes first overall. That may or may not be the case this season as the Houston Texans might bypass this year’s quarterbacks. Even if the Houston Texans don’t take a quarterback first overall, it won’t be long before another team in the top five picks a quarterback. Here is a look at the top ten quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft and a Top 10 Mock Draft.  

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    NFL Draft Odds: The NFL Draft will not be in the month of April this year as for the first time since 1984 it will be held in May. The 2014 NFL Draft takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from May 8th through May 10th. The Houston Texans have the number one pick and the big question that people are trying to answer is whether or not the team will take a quarterback with the first pick. It is not considered a great draft in terms of quarterbacks but that may not stop the Houston Texans from taking one with the first pick.Here is a look at the 2014 NFL Draft order and the top players available.  

Basketball

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    NBA Playoff Odds: The Houston Rockets have the home court advantage in their series against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Houston Rockets won three of the four meetings this season and seem to have the edge in the series. Both teams score a lot of points but the difference in the series could be that the Portland Trail Blazers have no one in the middle to handle Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard. It should be a high scoring series as the Houston Rockets were second in the league in points per game while the Portland Trail Blazers were third.Let’s look at the matchup and NBA playoff predictions.  

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    NBA Playoff Odds: The top team in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers are heavily favored against the number eight seed, the Atlanta Hawks. Looking at the standings this would seem to be a mismatch as the Indiana Pacers finished with the best record in the East and the best home mark while the Atlanta Hawks finished with a losing record. The series might be closer than expected though as the teams split their four meetings this season.Here is a look at the series and NBA playoff picks.  

Baseball

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    Baseball Betting Odds: The Detroit Tigers are expected to have Max Scherzer on the mound on Saturday as they host the Los Angeles Angels on Fox Sports 1. The Los Angeles Angels are expected to have C.J. Wilson on the mound so they are not without a chance on Saturday. The Los Angeles Angels have had a lot of success against the Detroit Tigers of late as they had taken 9 of the last 10 meetings before this series began and the last three in Detroit. Here is a look at the matchup and baseball predictions.  

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    MLB Odds: The Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night on ESPN. It has not been a good start to the season for the defending World Series champs. The team didn’t even start well at home as they dropped four of their first six games including three of four to their big rivals, the New York Yankees. The good news for the Boston Red Sox is that no teams in the American League East have started that well including the Baltimore Orioles who lost 7 of their first 12 games. Here is a look at Sunday’s matchup and MLB picks.  

Hockey

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    NHL bets: When it comes to Stanley Cup playoff hockey if you do not have goaltending you do not have a chance. That is countered by the fact that if you do have goaltending you have a bona fide chance to go all the way to the Final. That fact of life is what makes the New York Rangers a legitimate threat to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup come the end of June as netminder Henrik Lundqvist is as good as anyone in the game.  

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    NHL bets: Last year the Pittsburgh Penguins entered the Stanley Cup playoffs as the team to beat and heavy favorite on the BetDSI betting board but suffered an epic crisis and eventual collapse in the Eastern Conference Finals as the Boston Bruins brought out the broom to sweep the Penguins out of the post season as Pittsburgh goalie Marc Andre Fleury was benched after a horrific post season that had him on the couch getting counseling in the offseason. Although the Penguins had a solid regular season as the runaway winner of the Metropolitan Division the true test for Fleury and the Pens comes now.  

Soccer

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    EPL Odds: Chelsea is heavily favored to defeat Sunderland on Saturday in a game that can be seen on NBC. The Blues are still in the mix for the Premier League title but they need to keep winning to put the pressure on Liverpool. That should not be an issue on Saturday as they host Sunderland who is in last place in the league. There are six games on Saturday in the Premier League this week, three more on Sunday and there is one match set for Monday.Here is a look at all ten games and EPL predictions.  

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    Soccer Odds: The New England Revolution visits the Chicago Fire on Saturday in a game that will be shown on NBCSN. The Chicago Fire badly needs a home win as they are winless on the season. Four of the last five meetings in this series have gone to the home team so the Chicago Fire should have a good chance to get their first win of the season on Saturday. It is a busy Saturday in the MLS with nine games on the schedule including a battle of two teams off to hot starts as Toronto FC visits FC Dallas. Here is a look at all of Saturday’s matches and soccer predictions.  

Motor Racing

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    F1 Odds: It is expected to be all Mercedes again this week at the Chinese Grand Prix. They have won all three of the races so far this season with Nico Rosberg winning the first race while Lewis Hamilton has won the last two. Hamilton is the odds-on favorite to make it three straight on Sunday. The Mercedes domination has been so complete this season that the rest of the drivers are actually listed as part of the field this week. Hamilton is favored at -125 while Rosberg is +185. The field is listed at +375.Here is a look at the race and F1 predictions.  

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    IndyCar Betting: The favorite to win Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Will Power. In the first race of the IndyCar season it was Power winning in St. Petersburg. Oddsmakers have made Power a solid favorite this week with odds just over 2-1. The other top choice in IndyCar odds is Scott Dixon who is listed at 4-1. Other contenders are Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The rest of the drivers are listed at double-digit odds.Here is a look at Sunday’s race and IndyCar predictions.  

Tennis

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    Tennis Odds: Rafael Nadal is favored to win the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell which begins on Monday. Nadal is the master of clay and he has won this event eight times. He could get a tough test this year though as World number six David Ferrer is also in the field. This ATP World Tour 500 event in Barcelona, Spain begins on Monday and concludes on Sunday. Also taking place at the same time is the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy with Mikhail Youzhny the top seed.Let’s look at both tournaments and tennis predictions.  

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    Tennis Odds: The BMW Malaysian Open begins on Monday with Dominkia Cibulkova and Venus Williams the top players in the field. This event has only been staged since 2010 so it does not have a long history. The four previous winners of the event were Alisa Kleybanova, Jelena Dokic, Hsieh Su-Wei and Karoline Pliskova. This year’s field is led by Cibulkova who is the only top ranked player in the field. Cibulkova comes into the tourney ranked 10th in the world. Venus Williams enters the event ranked 32nd. Here is a look at the tournament and tennis picks.  

Golf

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    Golf Betting Odds: Lee Westwood is the favorite to win this week’s Malaysian Open which begins on Thursday. Westwood was really never in contention in last week’s Masters but he did finish strongly. Louis Oosthuizen is the second choice in the betting, followed by Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Westwood has not won a European Tour event since 2012 but he looks to be in good enough form to win this tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.Here is a look at the Malaysian Open and golf predictions.  

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    PGA Odds: Two of the contenders that fell short in last week’s Masters are right back in action this week with Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar listed as the favorites along with Jason Day. Spieth will try and put his runner-up finish behind him quickly as he tries to contend in the RBC Heritage which begins on Thursday. Nine of the top twenty-five in the latest world golf rankings are in the field this week including the defending champion Graeme McDowell. Here is a look at the RBC Heritage and PGA predictions.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Betting Odds: Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao will meet for the second time when they face each other at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 12th. They met the first time in 2012 and it was Bradley winning a decision that almost everyone except the judges thought should have gone to Pacquiao. Now the two are fighting in a long awaited rematch and it is Pacquiao again who is favored. He is listed at -220 at BetDSI sportsbook.Here is a look at the bout and boxing predictions.  

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    Boxing Odds: Danny Garcia will defend his WBC/WBA junior welterweight title on Saturday night as he takes on Mauricio Herrera in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Garcia is listed as a big favorite in this fight that can be seen on Showtime. Garcia comes in with a perfect record of 27-0 with 16 knockouts while Herrera is 20-3 with 7 knockouts. This bout will be part of the action in Puerto Rico on Saturday night which also includes the fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Daniel Ponce De Leon.  

Entertainment

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    Dancing With the Stars Betting: Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars will begin with Meryl Davis and Charlie White as the two favorites. Those two were an ice dancing pair at the 2014 Winter Olympics and won the gold medal. They have a huge edge against the rest of the field even though they will be competing against each other. Davis will be paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy while White is paired with Sharna Burgess. Davis will likely begin Season 18 as the favorite with White a close second choice.Let’s look at the full cast for Season 18 and Dancing With the Stars Betting odds at the online sportsbook.  

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    American Idol Odds: Three singers are listed as co-favorites to win American Idol 2014. A total of 13 singers will compete for the title with the main competition beginning in March. The three singers who begin as the top choices are Alex Preston, Sam Woolf and Majesty York. They are each listed with odds of just under 5-1. Emily Piriz and M.K. Nobilette are the darkhorse candidates with odds of about 10-1. Everyone else in the field is listed with odds of 14-1 or higher. Here is a look at Odds to Win American Idol 2014 at Diamond sportsbook.  

Cycling

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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.  

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    Tour de France Betting: Tour de France odds at Diamond sportsbook list Christopher Froome as the favorite to win the 100th Tour de France that begins on Saturday. The race begins in Corsica on Saturday and concludes three weeks later in Paris on July 21st. There will be some exciting stages in the next three weeks including the mountain stages in Pyrenees and the Alps and the three time trials. Let’s take a look at all of the Tour de France odds available at Diamond sportsbook and preview the race.  

Others

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    NRL Odds: Round 7 action in the National Rugby League begins with three games on Friday including the South Sydney Rabbitohs hosting the Canterbury Bulldogs. It has been a nice start to the season for the Canterbury Bulldogs who come into this contest at 4-2. The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been up and down and come into this one at 3-3. There are three matches on Friday in the NRL, two on Saturday, two on Sunday and the first place Gold Coast Titans visit the Penrith Panthers on Monday. It was a break even week in Round 6 so let’s get back to winning with Round 7 rugby picks.  

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    NRL Odds: This week’s NRL action includes the Gold Coast Titans hosting the Brisbane Broncos in a battle for first place. The Gold Coast Titans have been the surprise team in the league this season as they are off to a 4-1 start while the Brisbane Broncos are one of eight teams that have a record of 3-2. Somewhat surprisingly, the Brisbane Broncos are listed as road favorites for this game on Friday. It was another solid week in NRL predictions last week as we went 5-3. Let’s look at all of the matches for Round 6 and NRL predictions.  

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.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Betting: The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro begins on April 2nd and runs through April 13th. The second race on the ASP World Championship Tour schedule takes place in Western Australia. Kelly Slater is favored to win the race. He is followed in surfing odds by Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and John John Florence. The winner of the first event of the season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, was Gabriel Medina but he is not considered among the favorites as his odds are about 20-1. Here is a look at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro and surfing betting odds at the online sportsbook.  

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    Surfing Odds: The first event of the ASP 2014 World Championship is the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast which takes place from March 1st through March 12th in Queensland, Australia. Kelly Slater won this event last year and he is the favorite in surfing odds at BetDSI sportsbook to repeat. He will have to hold off a challenge from Mick Fanning who is the current world champion. Also expected to contend are Joel Parkinson, Jordy Smith, Julian Wilson and Jon John Florence. Here is a look at the event and the surfing betting odds available at BetDSI sportsbook.