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Football

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    NFL Betting Odds: The Pittsburgh Steelers are laying a TD on Sunday as they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Pittsburgh Steelers gave away a win last week as they were beaten by Tampa Bay so they come into this game at 2-2 instead of 3-1. The Jacksonville Jaguars come into this game at 0-4 and one of just two teams in the NFL without a win. There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be a popular choice in this game but it is worth noting they are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 at Jacksonville.Here is a look at the contest and NFL predictions.  

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    NFL Spreads: It is a matchup of surprising division leaders on Sunday as the Houston Texans visit the Dallas Cowboys. The Houston Texans come into this game at 3-1 and leading the AFC South while the Dallas Cowboys are 3-1 and tied for first in the NFC East. Both teams have played much better defensively than expected and each team has benefited from playing a weak schedule so far. The Dallas Cowboys opened up as more than a field goal favorite at home.Here is a look at the matchup and NFL picks.  

Baseball

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    World Series Odds: The Los Angeles Dodgers are the 4-1 favorite to win the 2014 World Series. The Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels are the co-second choices with odds of 5-1. The Major League Baseball Playoffs began with the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday between the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals and the schedule will wrap up with the World Series which begins on Tuesday, October 21st on FOX.Here is a look at the World Series odds, Pennant odds and the MLB playoff schedule.  

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    MLB Playoff Odds: Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles takes place on Thursday on TBS. The Baltimore Orioles finished with the better record this season than the Detroit Tigers but they are actually a small underdog to take Game 1 of this best-of-five series. The Baltimore Orioles will be going with Chris Tillman as their starter on Thursday while the Detroit Tigers will be going with Max Scherzer.Here is a look at the matchup and MLB playoff predictions.  

Tennis

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    Tennis Odds: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal lead the field for the China Open which begins on Monday. Djokovic is ranked #1 in the world and will be the top seed while Nadal will be making his return after missing more than three months due to injury. Nadal has not played since Wimbledon because of a wrist injury. Djokovic and Nadal are joined in the China Open by 7th-ranked Tomas Berdych and by Andy Murray who received a late Wild Card entry into this tournament.Here is a look at the event and also a look at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.  

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    US Open Odds: Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the US Open with Roger Federer and Andy Murray the second and third choices in the betting. Since Rafael Nadal is not playing due to injury, there are no other players listed with single-digit odds. Djokovic is the #1 seed while Federer is the #2 seed. Murray is the third choice in the betting but he is actually the #8 seed at the US Open. The third seed is Stanislas Wawrinka while the number four seed is David Ferrer.Let’s look at the tournament and US Open predictions.  

Motor Racing

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    NASCAR Lines: Jimmie Johnson is the favorite to win the AAA 400 at Dover on Sunday which can be seen on ESPN. It is the third race in the Chase and the first of the elimination races. A total of four of the sixteen Chase drivers will be eliminated after this race is over. Johnson is the top choice to win this race with odds of just over 3-1 and he is a deserving favorite having won nine times in his career a Dover.Here is a look at the race and NASCAR picks.  

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    NASCAR Odds: Kyle Busch is the favorite to win this week’s Nationwide race at Dover International Speedway. The race on Saturday that can be seen on ESPN 2 has Busch and Joey Logano as the top betting choices. Those two Sprint Cup drivers are doing double duty this weekend along with Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola. There are five races remaining in the Nationwide season with Chase Elliott holding a 20 point lead over Regan Smith while Ty Dillon is 38 points behind.  

Soccer

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    MLS Soccer odds:The New York Red Bulls are holding on to the 5th and final playoff spot as we head to this week’s round of matches. Coming off a thorough 4-0 beat down by LA this past weekend, they will need to quickly regroup as they head home to take on a team that they have absolutely owned the last 6 years. Dating back to August of '08, Houston and NY have met 19 times and Houston has one win in that time span.Houston clings to the 5thspot at only 5 points back of NY, so the pressure is on them to get a result of any nature, and they have been doing just that of late.In their last 5 matches, they have not lost a game and have grabbed 11 much-needed points as a result (3 - 0 - 2).  

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    MLS Soccer odds: The Fire is not completely out of contention in the Eastern Conference just yet. They are 10 points back of the fifth spot, but will need every point they can get in their last five matches and a good bit of help from the teams above them to fall apart.With 3 points tonight, Philadelphia can find themselves right in the mix, tied with the New York Red Bulls for that 5th and final spot with 41 points, but the Union only has 3 games remaining to everyone's 4. Points are of the utmost importance with every remaining game and Philly should be treating the rest of the schedule as playoff games.  

Golf

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    Golf Betting Odds: Rory McIlroy is favored to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship that begins on Thursday. Four of the players from Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team are making the short trip from Gleneagles to the east coast of Scotland for this tournament. Joining Rory McIlroy in the field are captain Paul McGinley, Martin Kaymer, and Victor Dubuisson. Other top players in the field include Charl Schwartzel, Joost Luiten and Paul Casey.  

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    Golf Odds: The 40th Ryder Cup begins on Friday from the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. Europe is the current cup holders and they are favored to win again this year. Ryder Cup play will begin on Friday with 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches. There will be another 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches on Saturday and then on Sunday there are 12 singles matches. A total of 28 points are available so 14.5 points is needed to win the Ryder Cup although Europe needs just 14 to keep it.Here is a look at the 2014 Ryder Cup and golf predictions.  

Others

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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.  

Boxing

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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.  

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    Boxing Lines: Carl Frampton will fight in front of his home fans on Saturday in Northern Ireland as he takes on Kiko Martinez for the IBF Super Bantamweight title. Frampton comes into the bout unbeaten at 18-0 while Martinez is 31-4. This is a rematch of their fight from early 2013 that saw Frampton score a 9th round knockout. This fight on Saturday takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland where almost all of the 16,000 fans will be cheering for their hometown favorite, Frampton.Here is a look at the fight and boxing predictions.  

Surfing

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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.  

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    Surfing Betting:Kelly Slater needs a win at the Hurley Pro at Trestles that begins on Tuesday. Slater is well back of Gabriel Medina in the overall standings so with just four events remaining, time is running out. The Hurley Pro at Trestles is the perfect event for Slater to make up ground considering he has won this event in five of the last seven years. Odds are on the board at the online sportsbook for this 8th event of the season and odds are also available on who will win the overall championship.Here is a look at the event and updated odds on surfers to win the season championship.  

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.  

Basketball

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    WNBA Odds: The WNBA playoffs get underway this week with two best-of-three series starting on Thursday and two on Friday. The Thursday matchups have the Washington Mystics visiting the Indiana Fever while the San Antonio Silver Stars visit the Minnesota Lynx. Both of those games can be seen on ESPN 2. The two series that begin on Friday have the Chicago Sky at the Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks visiting the Phoenix Mercury. Both of those games can be seen on NBA TV.Here is a look at the first round schedule and WNBA picks.  

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    WNBA Odds: The WNBA regular season wraps up with eight games this weekend including the Los Angeles Sparks at the Phoenix Mercury on NBA TV. There is a lot on the line this weekend with playoff spots yet to be determined in both conferences. This game on Saturday between the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury could be a first round playoff preview and that would not be good for L.A. as they have dropped the last five meetings in the series.Here is a look at all of the weekend games and WNBA 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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    NHL Odds: The St. Louis Blues are one of the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup next season behind the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks and they helped themselves a lot in free agency getting Paul Statsny. It was a wild opening day of free agency in the NHL as more players changed teams than anytime in recent memory. Many teams made some definite upgrades that could impact their NHL odds on the board next season at Diamond sportsbook. Here is a look at some of the teams that really won in NHL free agency.  

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    NHL Betting: The 2014-2015 NHL schedule begins on October 8th with the Los Angeles Kings raising their Stanley Cup banner as they host the San Jose Sharks. It will be a great night for the Los Angeles Kings and a bitter night for the San Jose Sharks who led the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in a playoff series last season but then lost four straight. One of the highlights on the schedule is the Winter Classic which will have the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the Washington Capitals on January 1st. Here is a look at some of the key games and dates to remember for next season.  

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.