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Soccer

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    MLS Odds: Portland and Seattle revisit their historic rivalry, which some may call the only true and real 'derby' in the United States. Of course the derby word is used all across European leagues, most commonly heard among English Premier League, but now it has spread all through Europe.For those unaware, there is a Cascadia Cup in effect here as these two teams, along with Vancouver, play for a trophy that depends on the results at the end of the season. Overall, the two played four times last season, with three MLS encounters and a U.S Cup clash where Seattle won 3 - 1 in extra time. Portland's midfield has certainly made the news on the injury front, as five players from the position now appear on the MLS injury list.  

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    MLS Odds:Toronto continues their seven game road trip to open the MLS season, as they head south to face Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl. The road trip has not started well for the Canadian side, although they did open the season with a win at Vancouver. They have since lost four straight and find themselves only a point away from the Eastern Conference basement, currently held by Montreal.Toronto has fallen behind in each of the four losses, the worst of which came last weekend in Dallas, as they were down 3 - 0 after only 27 minutes into the match. On the boots of Sabastian Giovinco's two goals, the club pulled it to within one, 3 – 2. They found the effort as to not be embarrassed, but it obviously wasn't enough.  

Basketball

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    NBA Betting Odds: The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday, April 26th in Game 4 of their NBA Playoff Series on ABC. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the first two games of this series at home and they are e  

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    NBA Playoff Lines: The Los Angeles Clippers visit the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, April 26th in Game 4 of their NBA Playoff Series on ABC. The teams split their first two games of the series in Los Angeles before the s  

Baseball

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    MLB Odds: The Washington Nationals visit the Atlanta Braves on Monday, April 27th in a game that can be seen on ESPN. The Washington Nationals got off to a slow start this season but they have played better of late while the At  

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    MLB Lines: The Toronto Blue Jays visit the Boston Red Sox on Monday, April 27th. Both teams are off to good starts this season as they are battling for the American League East lead. The Toronto Blue Jays have actually been better on the road this season than at home but they will still be road underdogs in this contest on Monday. The probable pitching matchup for this contest has Aaron Sanchez going for the Toronto Blue Jays while Joe Kelly goes for the Boston Red Sox.Here is a look at Monday’s game and free baseball picks.  

Hockey

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    NHL Lines: The St. Louis Blues visit the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, April 26th in Game 6 of their NHL Playoff Series. The teams split their first four games of this series as each team went 1-1 on the road. Even though both of these tea  

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    NHL Playoff Betting: The Anaheim Ducks are the first team to advance to the second round of the NHL Playoffs as they swept away the Winnipeg Jets. The Anaheim Ducks are the top seed in the Western Conference but they didn’t get a lot of respect as some people picked the Winnipeg Jets to win the series. The Anaheim Ducks came from behind to win each of the first three games of the series and then rolled in Game 4 by a score of 5-2. The Ducks will now face either Calgary or Vancouver in the second round.Let’s take a close look at the Anaheim Ducks  

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.  

Tennis

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    Tennis Betting: Andy Murray leads the field for the BMW Open which begins on Monday, April 27th in Munich, Germany. This ATP World Tour 250 event has a field of 28 players competing on the clay. Germans have won this event six times but  

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    Tennis Odds: Carla Suarez Navarro is the favorite to win the J&T Banka Prague Open which begins on Monday, April 27th. This event, also known as the Sparta Prague Open, runs through Saturday at the Sparta Prague Tennis Club in Prag  

Motor Racing

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    NASCAR Odds: Kevin Harvick is favored to win the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday, April 25th on FOX. Harvick is listed as the favorite with odds of just over 4-1 at Diamond sportsbook while Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson are co-second choices with NASCAR betting odds of 6-1. The only other driver listed at single-digit odds is Kurt Busch who is 7-1. Harvick won this race two years ago while Logano won it last season.Let’s look at the race and NASCAR picks.  

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    NASCAR Betting Odds: Kevin Harvick is the favorite to win Friday’s ToyotaCare 250 that can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Harvick has simply owned the races at Richmond in NASCAR’s second tier as he has 7 wins and 21 top 10 finishes in 26 career starts. Harvick is having a great season in the Sprint Cup and in the Xfinity Series so it is no surprise he is listed as the favorite. His toughest competition should come from Sprint Cup regulars Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin who are also pulling double duty.Here is a look at Friday’s race and NASCAR predictions.  

Football

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    NFL Betting: The toughest schedule in 2015 belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Based on the winning percentage of their opponents from 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers face teams with a winning percentage of .578. And if you think that schedule strength doesn’t matter you might want to think again as teams with the top 5 toughest schedules through the years make the playoffs only 24.1% of the time while teams with the five easiest schedules make the playoffs 50% of the time.Here is a look Strength of Schedule for the 2015 NFL season.  

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    NFL Odds: It is never too early to look at Super Bowl odds as just a day after Super Bowl XLIX; the odds were up for next year’s Super Bowl which will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The two teams from this past season’s Super Bowl are listed as the favorites with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at 5-1. The Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos are the only other two teams listed with single-digit odds at the online sportsbook. The darkhorse candidates to win the title would be the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts as they are listed at 12-1, 16-1 and 16-1 respectively.Let’s take a look at Super Bowl 50 odds.  

Golf

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    PGA Odds: Dustin Johnson is a slight favorite to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans which gets underway on Thursday, April 23rd. It is a top heavy field this week in this PGA Tour event with three main contenders to win in Johnson, Justin Rose and Jason Day. Only five of the Top 20 players in the latest World Rankings are in the field. Johnson is listed as the 9-1 top choice in golf betting odds followed by Justin Rose at 10-1 and Jason Day at 11-1.Here is a look at the tournament, PGA odds and PGA picks  

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    Golf Odds: The European Tour is in Shanghai, China this week for the Volvo China Open which begins on Thursday, April 23rd. It is expected to be a wide open event with no big names in the field and no real favorites. The top betting choice at BetDSI sportsbook is Tommy Fleetwood and he is listed with odds of 20-1. It is very rare in golf where the favorite to win an event is listed with odds so high. And only three other golfers have odds that are less than 30-1.Here is a look at the event including the odds and golf predictions.  

Others

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    NRL Odds: The North Queensland Cowboys visit the Newcastle Knights on Saturday, April 25th in NRL Round 8 action. It is a matchup between two teams that are each 4-3 and a game out of first place. It is a revenge game for the North Queensland Cowboys as their star player Johnathan Thurston was battered around in a 16-14 loss in Round 2. The Cowboys are talking revenge and oddsmakers have taken notice as the North Queensland Cowboys are listed as 4-point road favorites.Here is a look at all of the action for Round 8 and NRL picks.  

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    NRL Odds: The Sydney Roosters visit the Melbourne Storm on Saturday, April 18th in National Rugby League action for Round 7. The Roosters have struggled lately and need a big road win to get back into contention. They are listed as 1.5 point favorites at the Melbourne Storm on Saturday. The action in Round 7 begins on Friday with two games including the first place Brisbane Broncos at the St George Illawarra Dragons. There are three games on Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday.Here is a look at all eight matches and NRL picks.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Odds: Wladimir Klitschko is a big favorite to defend his heavyweight title on Saturday, April 25th as he takes on Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York. Klitschko has simply been the best heavyweight in the world for more than a decade as he has won his last 21 fights. This fight can be seen live on HBO in the United States and on Boxnation in the UK will be the first fight for Klitschko in the United States in seven years.Let’s look at the bout, boxing odds and boxing picks.  

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    Boxing Odds: Lucas Martin Matthysse is a slight favorite to defeat Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday, April 18th in Verona, New York. Although no title is on the line this has the potential to be a great fight as Provodnikov is very aggressive while Matthysse has a style of going right at his opponents with his big punching power. This fight will be shown on HBO as part of a split-site doubleheader with Terence Crawford taking on Thomas Dulorme in Arlington, Texas.Here is a look at the bout, boxing odds and boxing picks.  

Surfing

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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.  

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    Surfing Odds: Mick Fanning is favored to win the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach that begins on April 1st at Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia. Fanning has won this event in two of the past three seasons so it is no surprise he is listed as the surfing betting favorite. Fanning is listed with odds of about 6-1 with Kelly Slater the second choice in the betting at 6-1. The only other surfers listed with single-digit odds are John John Florence and Joel Parkinson who are each listed at 9-1.Here is a look at the second event of the World Surf League season including odds to win and the matchups in Round 1 Heats.  

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.