NBA Betting – Any chance of an upset in Boston on Saturday?

Nets vs Celtics oddsSports betting players have been wagering on whether New Jersey will get to 10 wins this year, and right now, it’s looking like it will be close for the sad-sack Nets, who will face an uphill climb when they head to Boston on Saturday afternoon for a meeting with the Celtics.

Nets vs Celtics odds – Saturday, February 27, 1:00 PM ET

The Nets have lost four in a row since a rare win, at Charlotte of all places, and the Bobcats are one of the best home teams in the league, so anything is possible, to quote Kevin Garnett. The Nets fought hard to make it interesting in a 102-93 loss at home to Portland on Tuesday, and that’s one thing that you have to give New Jersey, is that they aren’t just rolling over and letting teams rout them. They are out there trying in what has been a very tough season. Courtney Lee and Devin Harris had 28 points for the Nets, and they also got 17 points and 10 boards from Brook Lopez, but no one else scored more than six points, and New Jersey allowed Portland to shoot 54.1% from the field.

The Celtics will first face Cleveland at home on Thursday, and they could be without Paul Pierce for that game as “The Truth” hurt his thumb last week against the Lakers. They didn’t need him in a 110-106 win over New York on Tuesday in the debut of Nate Robinson, suiting up against his former team after missing three games with the flu. Robinson scored four points in 16 minutes of action for the Celtics, who were led by Ray Allen’s 24 points and a big block late in the game. Allen had been averaging 21.8 points in his last five games ahead of the Cleveland game, and he looks more relaxed now that all of the trade talk that surrounded him is over. Allen is out to prove that he can still be productive on a playoff team, and he’ll get more shots with Pierce out.

You’d probably get better odds in a super casino than you would get for the Nets to win in Boston, where they’ve lost five in a row. Overall, the Celtics have won a whopping 12 straight over the Nets, including three games this year. Allen has averaged 17.7 points against the Nets this year, while Lopez has put up 20.0 points, and the Nets actually played the Celtics tough in a 96-87 loss in Boston on February 5th, powered by 26 points from Allen. The Nets just have no idea how to win this year, and the Celtics will have enough in the tank, even without Pierce.

NBA betting pick: Boston

NBA Betting – Saturday Triple-PlayHouston Rockets @ Utah Jazz

The Houston Rockets made a bold move to acquire Kevin Martin at the NBA trade deadline but the move has not worked out as first viewed.

The Rockets are mired in a big slump that has landed them in last place in the Southwest Division. Houston has lost three straight and seven of their last 10 games, which is not what they had in mind when they bolstered their roster with Martin.

Meanwhile, the Jazz have been heading in the opposite direction. They had a bad start to the season but have won 34 of their last 49 games and are one of the hottest teams in the league. During that time, they have climbed to third in the West and are just one game out of second.

This is a mismatch and the Jazz should take advantage.

NBA Odds Pick: Jazz

Portland Trail Blazers @ Minnesota Timberwolves

The Portland Trail Blazers have been snake-bitten by injuries this year but they still don’t give up. No matter who goes down, they still scrap and fight.

The Blazers have won two straight games and are sitting in eighth in the Western Conference playoff standings. They get an easy matchup on Saturday but playing on the road is never easy in the NBA.

Portland will face Minnesota, who is dead last in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have just 14 wins on the year and are just 9-20 at home.

It’s tough to bet against Portland in this matchup given the difference in caliber and given the difference in motivation. Minnesota is already playing for a high draft pick while the Blazers are aiming for the playoffs.

Sportsbook Reviews Pick: Trail Blazers

Detroit Pistons @ Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons are two of the more disappointing teams in the NBA this season as both have combined for just 36 wins and 77 losses.

While most people remember the Pistons as a proud franchise, the reality is that they have been an embarrassment this year considering their talent and they can’t be trusted in any betting scenario.

They have just seven road wins this year while the Warriors are somewhat decent at 12-18 at home. The Warriors like to run and gun at home and they should be able to outrun the Pistons as they venture out to the West Coast.

NBA Betting Pick: Warriors

Bet on Burton to end winless run at Las Vegas - Nascar Betting

Nascar OddsSports betting players should check out the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, because even though a familiar face won last week at California, there’s a team that has shown massive improvement from last year over the first two weeks of the season, and one of their drivers will snap a 43-race winless streak.

Las Vegas Odds – Sunday, February 28, 2:00 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson (+400) is proof of the old saying, “you have to be good to be lucky, and lucky to be good”, and the four-time defending champion showed why at California. Granted, he led a race-high 101 laps en route to the checkered flag, but he was in danger of going a lap down after he was caught in the pits on a yellow flag. He beat the timing line into the pits, and instead, came out the race leader. Johnson has been a force here, winning three straight years from 2005 to 2007, and he led 92 laps last year before fading to 24th.

It was Jeff Burton (+1500) who Johnson just beat out for the lead, and the No.31 driver has a pair of wins at Las Vegas, although they haven’t come since 1999 and 2000. However, Burton finished third here last year, and his 9.8 average in 12 races is the best among active drivers.

Kyle Busch (+700) won the pole here last year, and then won the race while starting at the back of his hometown track because of a changed engine. Bookmaker odds (bookmaker reviews) for the No.18 driver are usually pretty solid, as he may have the most pure talent in all of NASCAR, but he can be hit-and-miss, especially when he has a bad car. To his credit, Busch’s car was terrible in California, and he drove it to a 14th-place finish.

Two drivers to watch if you’re looking for some sportsbook value are Matt Kenseth (+2000) and Joey Logano (+3000). Kenseth won here in 2003 and 2004, and he’d like to avenge last year’s trip to Vegas, when he was a favorite in your gambling software to win after taking the checkered flag at Daytona and California, but a blown engine ruined his chances just seven laps in. Logano finished 13th here in his first trip to Vegas last year, and that was as a wide-eyed rookie. Logano has a year under his belt and his coming off a fifth-place run at California last week, two spots ahead of Kenseth.

Burton is the safe play here at +1500, and he was catching up to Johnson last week before Harvick got in the mix. Burton has a good track record here, and is one of just four drivers to have raced in all 12 of the races held here.

Bet on sports: Jeff Burton +1500

Nascar OddsNASCAR betting players have been waiting for a team to step up and consistently challenge Hendrick Motorsports, and over the first two weeks of the season, it looks like Richard Childress Racing is ready to step up after a terrible 2009 season. The Shelby American takes place this Sunday at Las Vegas, and one of their drivers will end a 43-race winless streak at a place he’s already won twice.

Las Vegas Odds – Sunday, February 28, 2:00 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson (+400)

Last week’s winner at California won this race three times from 2005 to 2007, and he probably would have won last year if not for wall contact late in the race which dropped him back into the pack.

Kyle Busch (+700)

Last year’s winner took the checkered flag from the pole, setting a track record in the process, but an engine change made him go to the back of the pack at the start. But Busch was determined to win at his hometown track, and he pulled out the victory. Busch seems more mature so far this year, as he got engaged, and he owns his own truck team. Last week, his car was terrible, but he willed it to a 14th-place finish.

Jeff Burton (+1500)

Burton won this race in 1999 and 2000, and bookmakers (sportsbook reviews) may have issues putting faith in the No.31 driver as he hasn’t won since October 2008, which was the second Charlotte race of the year. Burton’s 9.8 average is the best finishing average among active drivers, and he’s one of four racers (Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte are the others) to have driven in all 12 Las Vegas races. Burton finished third behind Johnson and RCR teammate Kevin Harvick at California last week.

Matt Kenseth (+2000)

The No.17 driver switched crew chiefs after just one race, but he got a seventh-place finish out of California as the defending champion after no one heard anything from him all day long. Kenseth won this race in 2003 and 2004, and he was going for three wins in a row last year before a blown engine sent him to the garage in just the seventh lap.

Joey Logano (+3000)

This is the guy you want to back if you like risks, and the No.20 driver finished 13th here in his first Las Vegas race last year. Logano finished fifth last week at California, and he carries himself with a confidence he didn’t have last year as a rookie. He could win a couple of races this season, and it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Pick: Jeff Burton is the play here after his performances in the first couple of weeks. He’s my sports handicapping pick of the weekend.

NBA Betting Lines and OddsMemphis showed bookmakers (sportsbook odds) that they were no joke with an upset of the Los Angeles Lakers at the beginning of the month, but there hasn’t been much to cheer about since. The Lakers will get another crack at the Grizzlies in Memphis on Tuesday night, and their star should be back in the lineup.

Lakers vs Grizzlies odds – Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 PM ET

The Lakers have been off since Thursday, but Kobe Bryant has been out since February 5th with an ankle injury. Bryant really needed the time off as he was also battling a bad back and a broken finger, but the Lakers have fared surprisingly well without their superstar, going 4-1 in the five games he missed, including impressive wins at Portland and Utah, and in those five games, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol (twice) Shannon Brown and Ron Artest all took turns leading the team in scoring. The Lakers can sometimes get sucked into “isolation time for Bryant” mode, and this has to give him even more confidence in his teammates, which was the key to last year’s run to the championship. Bryant has averaged an outlandish 42.5 points in two meetings with Memphis this year.

The Grizzlies beat the Lakers on February 1st, and not counting Sunday’s game in New Jersey, Memphis is 1-6 since, and that lone win came in an upset overtime win in Toronto. It’s almost like the Grizzlies have just decided to stop playing defense, allowing 104.9 points per game, which is more than their season average. The Grizzlies are reverting back to doing all the things that many thought they would be at the beginning of the season, as they’re not sharing the ball on offense, and they’re not helping out on defense, and that will get you nowhere in the sportsbook race in the Western Conference. Zach Randolph has put up 21.5 points and 16.0 boards against the Lakers this season.

The Grizzlies should be favored at home, but not by much, seeing as they’ve lost four in a row at FedEx Forum since beating the Lakers 95-93 behind 23 points from Rudy Gay, ending a five-game skid against the defending NBA champions. Bryant had 44 points as he set the franchise record for points scored, but a team approach should be the focus of Tuesday’s game, especially with Bryant just coming back into the fold. The Grizzlies have no confidence in themselves or each other, and this is the wrong team to go into a game with your head down, because the Lakers will smell blood and end it quickly. We’ll see what kind of team Memphis really is on Tuesday.

NBA betting pick: Lakers

NBA OddsAs the NBA season winds down, the games become more important as teams try to vie for playoff spots or seeding. This Tuesday we have an interesting matchup between two teams looking for different things. The Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped three straight for the first time this season and are trying to right the ship, while the New Orleans Hornets are trying to stay alive in the playoff race in the west without their star, Chris Paul.

New Orleans Hornets (30-26, 9th in Western Conference) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (43-14, 1st in Eastern Conference)


Spread: Cavaliers -5.5

Over/Under 198

Money Line: Cavaliers -200, New Orleans + 150

Key Matchups

Bronze Medal: Can the Cavs adjust to Antawn Jamison and no Illgauskas

  • Since the trade to get Antawn Jamison at the deadline, the Cavs have dropped three straight. Jamison has only played in two of those games and was terrible in the first (0-12) and very good in the second (19 points 8 rebounds). Jamison will be a great fit for this Cavs team, however without Big Z on the team, the Cavs will need to find away to replace his presence. LeBron looked a little out of sorts in the fourth quarter against the Magic Sunday. He was only 1-5 and settled for jump shots. Perhaps not having Big Z spreading the floor and hitting deep 2’s has inhibited LeBron’s usual driving to the lane ways. The Cavs expect to get Illgauskas back after the 30 day period is up for players traded, but they may be inconsistent offensively until then.

    Advantage: Hornets

Silver Medal: How can the Hornets win without Chris Paul leading the way?

  • Chris Paul has been sidelined after having arthroscopic knee surgery a couple weeks ago. Replacing a player of Paul’s caliber is impossible to do, however the Hornets have had an impressive fill in with rookie G Darren Collison. Collison is averaging 24 points and 9.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds and a whopping 3.4 steals over his last five games. Those are Paul like numbers. His 5.8 turnovers a game however, are not. The Hornets have been staying afloat without Paul, but the team just doesn’t runs as smoothly without him. The Cavs have no one that can guard Chris Paul, and Collison will likely have a great game, but this is still a road game against the best team in the NBA with a rookie PG.
  • Advantage: Cavs

Gold Medal: How do the Hornets stop LeBron?

  • They don’t. It’s not going to happen. The Hornets are not setup to defend against a player with James’ size or speed. Then again no one is, but New Orleans will really be up against it. What the Hornets will need to do is play real tight on the other players on the Cavs. Peja Stojakovic has no chance of guarding LeBron and Marcus Thornton and James Posey will not fair much better. Expect a 30+ point triple double out of the likely MVP.
  • Advantage: Cavs

Online Sportsbook Review: Prediction

  • LeBron isn’t going to lose four in a row. I refuse to believe that is going to happen. The Hornets have an interesting team but have not been able to matchup with the better squads in the league. This game will be more of the same.
  • Final: Cavs 105 - Hornets 93. Take the Cavs and beware of the Total.

Knicks acquired Tracy McGrady

NBA Betting NewsCleveland Cavaliers retaining LeBron James, but the New York Knicks are confident that improved their position to try to take it and also to acquire another superstar.

And they are the only teams to prepare their wallet to spend big in the summer.

The Knicks acquired Tracy McGrady yesterday in a three-team trade that also involved the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings, told The Associated Press a source aware of the negotiations.

The deal left to being able to offer two contracts with the maximum salary possible the group of free agents of 2010, which would be headed by James.

The Knicks will also receive the Spanish Sergio Rodriguez of the Kings, but the great attraction of the transaction is McGrady and his $ 23 million contract that expires at the end of the campaign.

The Rockets will guard Kevin Martin and forward Hilton Armstrong of Sacramento, in addition to the eaves Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and draft picks in 2011 and 2012 in New York.

Amare Stoudemire could be on the market if it decides to go to Phoenix, where once again conclude the tournament after his name was mentioned in the rumors of swaps in the weeks before the deadline transactions.

Both Bulls and Wizards and Kings reduced their payroll enough to get rid of some players to be able to pay a superstar.

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NBA betting LinesThe Washington Wizards may have had a fire sale at the NBA trade deadline but they aren’t necessarily worse off for it. The Wizards have traded away Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Deshawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood, four players who were a major part of their rotation at the beginning of the year, and now they are thin. They are also without point guard Gilbert Arenas, who is the franchise face (for now) and is currently suspended for the season.

But are the Wizards actually worse? Or more importantly, can they be any worse?

Overall, the Wizards are 18-33 and they have amassed a small win total with all of those players around. Can they be much worse?

Now a lot of their youth will start to get some minutes, including Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Randy Foye and Nick Young will get big minutes.

Meanwhile, the Raptors are in a different mindset as they are working towards the playoffs. They are coming off a tough home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and will look to bounce back on Saturday.

Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards

Bodog Odds (Bodog): Raptors -3

NBA betting fans know that the Raptors are 22-11 in their last 33 games and they have turned out to be a quality team after starting 7-13.

The Raptors may not be the best team in the East but they appear to be building good chemistry. They struggle on defense and they struggle to rebound, but they are a high-scoring outfit that is having fun playing together and is winning games. That’s a big key.

The Wizards know about this because they were at the opposite end of the spectrum prior to the trades. Now they are a young team once again searching for an identity.

This is a bit of a mismatch for Washington and they are going to struggle for a little bit while they find their feet. The good news for them is that they actually have five capable starters now who are going to grow into good players, but they aren’t there yet.

The Raptors are hungry for a win and they need one in a bad way to get back on track. After losing to Memphis, they’ll be focused and they’ll outrun Washington on the road with a healthy win.

NBA Betting Pick: Raptors

Gambling Advisor - NBA PicksAfter a wild NBA trade deadline and with the playoffs rapidly approaching, US Sportsbook Review odds are the hot topic for many NBA fans. There are several key match ups in the NBA this Saturday. Here is a preview of the Washington Wizards versus Toronto Raptors game.

Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors

Saturday, February 20, 7:00PM (ET)

Eastern Conference rivals meet as the red hot Raptors hit the hard court against the basement dwelling Washington Wizards. After remaining dormant on trade deadline day, the Toronto Raptors are hoping to continue their recent streak and close the gap between division leading Boston. Washington, who is well outside the playoff picture looking in, is in desperate need of a win against the Raptors.

What Toronto needs to do to win

Sportsbook Odds: NO LINE YET

Play Strong Defence: Throughout the 2009-2010 season, the Toronto Raptors have not struggled to score. What this team has struggled with, is defending against their opposition. Although the Raptors are averaging more than 104 points per game, they are allowing on average more than 105 points per game. One of their weakest defenders this game has been Jose Calderon. Calderon, along with Raptors big man Chris Bosh, must step up their defensive coverage in order for this team to succeed.

Get scoring from the bench: With three solid scoring threats from Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, and Hedo Turkoglu, the Raptors have a wealth of primary scoring. To continue their recent winning ways, the Toronto Raptors need secondary scoring from their bench. The Raptors need scoring from bench players including Jose Calderon, Sonny Weems, and Amir Johnson. If the Raptors can receive scoring from their bench, they will likely be too powerful for the Washington Wizards.

What Washington needs to do to win

Online Sportsbook Odds: NO LINE YET

Find a new team cohesion: Following a wild NBA trade deadline, the Washington Wizards are a brand new team. The trade deadline saw the Wizards ship out a half dozen players and welcome in many new faces. If the Wizards want to succeed against the Toronto Raptors, they will need to find some instant team cohesion. Playing with unfamiliar faces will cause confusion in both the offensive and defensive zone. Coach Flip Saunders must find a way to pull his team together if they want to have any chance of finishing the season strong.

Shut down the Raptors top scorers: For the first time in years, the Toronto Raptors are a legitimate offensive threat. With so many new faces on the Washington roster, defensive coverage might be an issue. Shutting down star Chris Bosh must be the top priority for new faces Josh Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. These two big men will have their hands full with Bosh, Bargnani, and Turkoglu. Bosh is averaging close to 25 points per game while Turkoglu is averaging almost 18 points per game.

With a completely new roster, it is hard to say what the new Washington Wizards will look like. The roster changes are definitely a step in the right direction and could make the difference against the surging Toronto Raptors.

NASCAR Betting – Edwards returns to Victory Lane in California

Nascar OddsUS sportsbook odds (US sportsbook review) had Carl Edwards as the main challenger to Jimmie Johnson’s fourth straight title last year, but Roush-Fenway’s best driver never even had a win in 2009. After an exciting Daytona 500 which was won by one of their former drivers, Roush-Fenway will look to show they can push Hendrick Motorsports this season, and Edwards will be their best shot.

Auto Club 500 Odds – Sunday, February 21, 2:00 PM ET

Edwards joins teammate Greg Biffle at +1000, while defending champion Matt Kenseth is rated at +1500. All three Roush-Fenway drivers finished in the top seven in this race last season, and all three have been a part of Roush-Fenway’s five-year streak in the spring race at Auto Club Speedway. Kenseth has three of those wins, with one going to Biffle and Edwards, and a win here would help erase the memory of last week’s win in the Daytona 500 by Jamie McMurray, who was dropped by Roush-Fenway in the offseason and even used a push from Biffle to do it.

Roush-Fenway will have to deal with the Hendrick stable of Jimmie Johnson at +450, Mark Martin at +750 and Jeff Gordon at +800. Johnson has a startling six top-fives in eight spring races here, but only one of his four wins at Fontana have come in the spring race, and that was back in 2002. Like Johnson, Gordon is a California boy and he has three wins in this race, the last of which came in 2004. The No.24 driver also finished second to Kenseth last year. Martin won the second race at Fontanta after Gordon’s win in 1997, and he has six top-10s in 13 spring races here, although he also has four DNFs, including last year’s blown engine, so he’s a risky sportsbook choice despite his solid record here.

Watch out for the Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt, at +900 and +1200, respectively. Kyle finished third in last year’s spring race here after winning the Trucks and Nationwide races, and he has four top-10s in five spring races at Fontana, not including a win in the 2005 fall race. Kurt has five top-10s in nine spring races, including a win in 2003, and his finishing average of 9.2 is just a little bit better than Kyle at 9.8.

Edwards is far past due for a win after failing to visit Victory Lane in 2009. If someone would have told you that Edwards would go winless after taking nine checkered flags in 2008, you would have had to slap them, but Roush-Fenway just didn’t have the horsepower to catch up to Hendrick, and then Edwards broke his foot in the second half of the season, which surely hampered his efforts in the Chase.

Internet betting pick: Carl Edwards +1000

Champions League Betting News - Bayern Munich beat Fiorentina 2-1

Champions League BettingBayern Munich beat Fiorentina 2-1 today with a goal from Miroslav Klose in the 89th minute in the first leg of the knockout stages of Champions League football, which also won its thirteenth consecutive victory.

The wards of Louis Van Gaal hits in recent weeks, it had very serious approach to the complicated defensive Italian rival, which came as a "victim" to the tie, after accumulating five defeats in six matches thus far.

The local first goal came in stoppage of the first half, in a move that ended in a local invalidated both Mario Gomez, who converted a penalty moments later before the Dutchman Arjen Robben in the 48 '.

Just after the restart, the Fiore reacted with both the Danish Per Kroldrup (50 '), the network headed in a corner after a Bavarian defensive error, but the local fair at the end got the victory thanks to Klose, who took area up the rebound after a shot by Robben.

The late both "saved" the night for Bavarians, who will play the return on Tuesday March 9 in Florence with advantage, though aware that the short range leaves open the tie.

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Rooney should be compared to Messi and Cristiano

Soccer Odds and LinesAlex Ferguson was delighted after his team's victory and praised the performance of Wayne Rooney, who scored twice. Ferguson spared no praise for the striker. "It should be compared to Messi and Cristiano," he said.

"He has great ability and has shown his level. He lacked nose for goal, but this soccer betting season he is finding. Therefore should be considered with these players," he said.

Regarding the clash, Ferguson criticized the performance of their own during the first 20 minutes. "That's when we could do a lot of goals but then we improved our image and it was just luck. From that moment we played well," said the coach.

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NBA Betting – All Star Skills Competition

NBA BettingBefore the All Star game can hit the court, the skills competitions to show off individual talents must be played. The events will be held at American Airlines Center; just a couple miles down the road from Cowboys Stadium where the All Star game will take place.

Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout

Contestants: Chauncey Billups(Denver), Daequan Cook(Miami), Stephen Curry(Golden State), Channing Frye(Phoenix), Danilo Gallinari(New York), Paul Pierce(Boston)

Those who do bets know Cook is returning as the defending champion and will have to deal with a whole new batch of shooters as he is the only returning contestant from last year. Billups has been in the competition twice already and is still looking for his first win. Gallinari is leading the league by hitting 2.6 shots from downtown while shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc. Pierce is a clutch performer that should perform well and the same can be said about Frye who is the only big-man in the competition. The wildcard will be Curry. An outstanding shooter in college with unlimited range, he is still shooting very well in the NBA as an undersized guard. With no defenders in the competition, he could put up a big score.

Pick: Stephen Curry

Taco Bell Skills Contest

Contestants: Brandon Jennings(Milwaukee), Steve Nash(Phoenix), Derrick Rose(Chicago), Deron Williams(Utah)

If doing NBA betting you should know rookie point guard Jennings will be in tough to advance in this year’s competition. Not only is he going up against three past champions, and the fastest time record holder, but his passing is not the strongest part of his game. While he and Rose are hovering around six assists a game, Williams and Nash are at 9.8 and 11.1 per contest. Defending champion Rose will have to hope his athleticism can help him the way it did last year if he wants to repeat however neither Williams nor Nash competed in that contest.

Pick: Steve Nash

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Contestants: Shannon Brown(L.A. Lakers), Nate Robinson(New York), Gerald Wallace(Charlotte) and either DeMar DeRozan(Toronto) or Eric Gordon(L.A. Clippers)

Dunk-In: Gordon and DeRozan will compete in a one round dunk-off during halftime of the Rookie Challenge to see who will move on to the Dunk Contest on Saturday. With Gordon playing in the actual game, he may be tired, and being a shorter contestant it might affect his dunking abilities. Those who bet college basketball will know DeRozan is an amazing athlete and should be able to come in and move on to the Dunk Contest.

Dunk-in Pick: DeMar DeRozan

Dunk Contest: Robinson will have a tough time winning the competition for the third time. At this point the judges know what he can do so he will have to really step up his game in order to get the big scores. Wallace is more of a slasher and in-game dunker and has not really shown that much finesse that will be needed to win the competition. He is also the tallest competitor which will hurt his scores. Brown and DeRozan are both incredible athletes and first time competitors. They have the explosiveness to really do some damage in this competition.

Dunk Contest Pick: Shannon Brown

Mayweather vs Mosley oddsUS sportsbooks (US sportsbook reviews) were banking on a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as being the biggest fight in the history of the sport. But that fight broke down, and Mayweather will take on Shane Mosley instead. Fight fans and online betting players alike will be treated to a match between two of the best welterweights on the planet, and this is a fight Mosley has wanted for a while.

Mayweather vs Mosley odds – Saturday, May 1, 2010

“Money” Mayweather (40-0-0, 25 KOs) was due to fight Pacquiao in a megafight, but Pacquiao wouldn’t agree to Mayweather’s demands for Olmypic-style testing. Mayweather returned to the ring after a 10th-round knockout of Ricky Hatton in December 2007, after which Mayweather decided to retire, but he then came back for what most people thought was a shot at Pacquiao. Mayweather destroyed Juan Manuel Marquez, who has drawn with Pacquiao as well as taken a loss in a highly controversial split decision, but to be fair to Marquez, he was really a lightweight moving up to fight Mayweather, who looked much bigger (and was indeed bigger after he failed to meet the official weight of 144 points, fighting instead at 146 points, for which he paid a $600,000 penalty) than Marquez.

Shane “Sugar” Mosley (46-5-1, 39 KOs) has won titles in three weight classes, and currently holds the WBA’s welterweight title, which he’s putting up in this fight. He’s bounced back since a pair of losses to “Winky” Wright, and even his loss to Miguel Cotto was a very good fight. Mosley still has his famous hand speed, although he’ll be pressed to show it off against the lightning-quick Mayweather. Mosley took the WBA belt from Antonio Margarito, dominating the former champion in January 2009 to show that he’s still one of the best.

Early sports betting odds are backing Mayweather at -130, and this fight got started when Mosley stormed the ring after Mayweather’s beating of Marquez and asked for a fight. Mosley has been looking to fight Mayweather for years, and there’s always been a stigma of Mayweather avoiding the world’s best welterweights so he can keep his perfect record. It’s not like Mayweather has been fighting bums, beating Oscar De La Hoya, Hatton and Marquez, but let’s be real: De La Hoya was on his way out of boxing, and Hatton and Marquez were well overmatched, while Mosley has gone to war with the Cottos, the Margaritos, and he also beat De La Hoya in his prime. People thinking that Mosley has no chance haven’t watched boxing, because he hasn’t lost that much hand speed, and he has enough experience to offset Mayweather’s defense. Mayweather may have to actually let his hands go, which will make for an exciting boxing betting experience.

Del Potro out of Davis Cup for Injury

Tennis Betting OddsJuan Martin del Potro did not integrate the Argentine Davis Cup team in the March series against Sweden, because of his injured wrist.

According to reports today , the persistence of a sore right wrist that affects him from the lobby of the Australia Open, will force the world number five to stay at least a month without playing.

The absence of Del Potro complicates planning of Argentine Davis Cup captain, Modesto Vazquez, who is left without its main letter to the challenging for the World Group clash against Sweden, to be played in Stockholm from 5 to 7 March.

In addition, the other usual singlista Argentine David Nalbandian, coming off a lengthy lay off after a hip operation and subsequent abdominal injury. Now is expected to number 140 on the scale to compete again next week at the ATP Buenos Aires.

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Arsenal Won and Continue on the Premier League

Premier League OddsArsenal is reluctant to abandon the fight for the Premier League. The whole 'gunner' got to suffering a victory by the minimum cut against Liverpool and Chelsea and United points, unable to win this time. A head of Diaby both proved that Wenger's gunpowder still have to do battle.

Precisely what you are required to Liverpool. The Rafa Benitez, who arrived after seven games chain without defeat, were presented at the Emirates with the intent to put Arsenal in the Champions
mess. However, following the results of this day, things are clear. Three of the four positions of privilege have, except a miracle, owner.

And that the whole 'red' did not complete a bad game. Gotta cancel much of combinative play Arsenal and disposed of their chances to take the match. Benitez took the shock to your site with the usual pair flanked by Leiva-Mascherano Gerrard's work and Maxi.

He did not play comfortably Wenger's team, this time chose to present a clear offensive reference to the input of Bendtner. Walcott was killed in an eleven who played with all the usual.

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NBA Betting OddsPhil Jackson reached a brand only in his resume by becoming the winningest coach in the history of the Lakers after he beat the Bobcats 99-97 in Charlotte.

The irony is that Jackson did it against the team that runs another legendary, and perhaps much better teacher than him, as is Larry Brown, the "wanderers" of the NBA Betting , which has dedicated itself to teaching the fundamentals of basketball both college and professional level.

But statistics are what count and Jackson, who first came to the Lakers in 1999, to leave in 2004 and returned a year later, in 2005, with 534 victories surpassed Pat Riley (533), His eternal rival both on and off the field.

Jackson, who has been fortunate to lead, first to the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan of the legendary figure, then the Lakers, with Shaquille O'Neal duo with Kobe Bryant, and now incorporated the Spanish power forward Pau Gasol, Shaq replacing veteran, acknowledged that leading this team is "special".

"The fact we had some great teams, like players, you always have to give credit to them." Jackson reiterated that his mind was the concept of an individual record of achievement but a team.

The coach of the Lakers, who already in the Hall of Fame, also won 545 games in six league titles in nine seasons he was with the Bulls, Jordan until he retired.

Jackson came after the Lakers to win three straight titles with O'Neal-Bryant partner and last year won the fourth to take the help of Gasol.

The mark of 10 league titles is the best in NBA betting history to overcome the nine that won the legendary Red Auberbach, with the Boston Celtics.

The Lakers coach also ranks fifth on the list of all-time wins (1,079) after overcoming the early season Brown himself, who has run no fewer than 10 professional teams, two in the defunct American Association Basketball (ABA).

However, Jackson is the winningest coach in the finals and the only coach to win more than 70% of the games of the regular league competition.

Jackson's new brand comes two days after Bryant also unseat the list of leaders of all time scorer for the Lakers to the legendary Jerry West, his mentor and protector since joining the team.

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College Basketball Betting – Purdue-Michigan State Preview

Purdue Boilermakers @ Michigan State Spartans OddsWith the football season finished, it’s time to focus on the hardwood as the spotlight now falls on college football and the build up to March Madness.

Two teams that could be a big factor when the tournament comes around are two Big Ten powerhouses: Michigan State and Purdue. Those two teams will get reacquainted on Tuesday in a Top 25 matchup that will take place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Home court advantage could be key for the Spartans as they are 13-0 on their own court to this year.

Purdue Boilermakers @ Michigan State Spartans

Online Betting Odds: Michigan State -3

The Purdue Boilermakers went through a rough stretch earlier this year and they will be very familiar with what the Michigan State Spartans are currently enduring.

The Spartans have lost two straight games and right now, the top team in the Big Ten is slipping. They started the year 9-0, which is the best start in school history, then they followed it up with two straight losses, which has provided a reality check.

Sparty lost to Wisconsin in blowout fashion and then fell to Illinois as well. Now they are back at home and have some questions to answer.

The Spartans may be without the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, Kalin Lucas, who has not coincidentally been injured in the last two games. Lucas sprained his ankle against Wisconsin and then didn’t play against Illinois. Those looking for betting tips should know that the Spartans head coach, Tom Izzo, suggested that Lucas will play on Tuesday, although he may not be 100%.

Meanwhile, Purdue also endured a rough stretch earlier this year but is playing very well right now. The Boilermaker lost three straight in early January but have bounced back with five straight wins. The trio of JaJuan Johnson, Robbie Hummel and E’Twaun Moore has been one of the best in the nation and they are always a load to deal with.

But there is a good reason to expect the Spartans to bounce back. First off, the Boilermakers haven’t won in East Lansing since 1998. Secondly, the Boilermakers tend to struggle when they lose the battle of the boards and Michigan State happens to be the best rebounding team in the Big Ten.

Look for the Spartans to bounce back with a big home win on Tuesday.

Bet College Basketball Pick: Michigan State -3

Illinois vs Wisconsin OddsWhen you think of March Madness betting, you don’t think much of Illinois, who hasn’t had much success in the Big Dance since winning it all in 2005. But the Fighting Illini has been showing signs of life this year, and are coming off a big win as they head to Wisconsin, another surprising team that just completed a Michigan sweep.

Illinois vs Wisconsin odds – Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM ET

The Illini (16-8, 8-3) took advantage of a short-handed Michigan State team to beat the Spartans 78-73 on Saturday, as the Spartans were missing star guard Kalin Lucas, who was out with a sprained ankle. Demetri McCamey took advantage of Lucas’ absence to lead the Illini with 22 points and 11 assists, while Mike Davis came off the bench with 16 points. The Illini shot 52.5% from the field, and they countered a 34-21 deficit on the glass with 18 forced turnovers out of the Spartans, compared to only nine of their own.

After beating Michigan State last Tuesday, the No.11 Badgers (18-5, 8-3) went wild in a 62-44 win at Michigan, hitting 11 of their 21 attempts from three-point land. Jason Bohannon led a balanced attack with 18 points, and Trevon Hughes had 14 points for the Badgers, who held a 28-16 edge on the boards. Wisconsin was deadly efficient against the Wolverines, jumping out a 14-point halftime lead, and they never took their foot off the gas. When it comes to sports betting darkhorses in the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin may be a good time to look at.

The odds in your offshore sportsbook (sportsbook reviews) should favor Wisconsin at home, where they are 13-0 this season. The Illini has lost seven of their last nine trips to Madison, and while they have a 4-3 record away from home, their last two road wins came at Penn State and Iowa, who are the worst two teams in the Big Ten, and they’ve already lost at Michigan State, their biggest test away from Assembly Hall. The Illini has a size advantage in the post with Mike Tisdale and Davis, so they would do well to go into their big men to slow the game down. McCamey had a field day against Michigan State without Lucas in the lineup, but how will he react with a full-strength Wisconsin team with Hughes and Bohannon in the backcourt? With both teams at 8-3 in the Big Ten, this is a huge, huge matchup. Go with Wisconsin due to the homecourt advantage.

Internet sports betting pick: Wisconsin

Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls Saturday NBA Betting Odds

MiamiSuper Bowl Sunday is now only two days away and everybody’s chiming in on the Super Bowl odds and their NFL picks. With all the hype surrounding the event, it’s easy to miss some fascinating matchups that possibly could be playoff previews in the NBA. This Saturday, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat travel to Chicago to face Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

Miami Heat (24-26, 8th in Eastern Conference) @ Chicago Bulls (23-24, 7th in Eastern Conference)

Betting Tips:

Spread: Bulls -3

Over/Under: 194

Money Line: Bulls -175, Heat + 145

Key Storylines

Bronze Medal: Who will stop Deng?

  • Bulls SF Luol Deng is having a great season, improving his three point shooting significantly (career: 30.9%, 2009-10: 42.6%) and his overall shot and shot selection. Deng is now crashing the boards more than he ever (7.7 rebounds per game) and has added a physical nature to his defensive game. The Heat start Quentin Richardson at small forward who is 6-5…maybe, and will have no chance guarding Deng. I expect Dwayne Wade to cover Deng a bit, but that means Derrick Rose gets to feast on Rafer Alston’s exceptionally poor defensive game if he does. Deng averages 17.7 points a game and has become a coveted player throughout the league.
  • Advantage: Bulls

Silver Medal: Who steps up for Joakim Noah?

  • Noah has been a big reason for the Bulls success of late with his defensive ability under the basket and his improved pick and roll game on offense. He will be out however up through the all-star break to rest his foot which has plantar fasciitis. Playing in his stead will be former All-Star C Brad Miller. Miller is a very different player than Noah as Miller is a good shooter and significantly less of a defensive threat. Miller plays away from the basket exceptionally well and can draw out bigs from under the basket allowing his skilled teammates to clean up on the offensive boards. Miller may be a better fit for Derrick Rose’s offensive game in much the same way Mehmet Okur compliments Deron Williams’. Expect Taj Gibson and Tyrus Thomas to split duties guarding the opposing big man threat on the Heat (which is the corpse of Jermaine O’Neal and the solid shooting PF, Udonis Haslem). The Bulls will play a more upbeat fast paced game without Noah and it may benefit them in this matchup.
  • Advantage: Bulls, Noah’s loss will force the Bulls to play a style that the Heat don’t play well against

Gold Medal: How do the Bulls stop Dwayne Wade?

  • The short answer is they don’t. Wade is one of the premier players in this league and the Heat would be a lottery team without him. Wade is one of the toughest competitors the game has ever seen and does not shy away from trying to stuff dunks down the throats of power forwards and centers as well as swat their dunk attempts away. Wade is an average jump shooter, but is one of the best finishers at the basket in the game and is electrifying when he cuts to the hole. Wade has supreme instincts and seems to always find the passing lane on both sides of the ball. The Bulls will throw double teams at him when he goes down low with Kirk Hinrich certainly not enough to cover Wade alone. Luol Deng will have to step up at some point in the game and help out on Wade and that matchup will be exciting to watch. Wade likely will end the game with over 30 points win or lose, but he is the type of player that can win a game all on his own. The Bulls will not be able to stop him, but they can try to contain his ability to get the rest of his team involved on the offense.
  • Advantage: Heat


  • The Bulls have been playing well of late and the Heat have stayed close against some of the top teams in the NBA including the Celtics and Cavaliers in the past week. I expect a back and forth game with two of the most exciting players the NBA has to offer in Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade stealing the show. I like the Bulls to win this game at home, but it will be awfully close and regulation may not be able to decide it.
  • Final: Bulls 115 - Heat 109 OT. Take the over and the Bulls (money line) at home.

Lakers vs. Trailblazers Odds - NBA Betting Saturday PreviewIt’s not quite as big as Super Bowl odds, but anytime the Los Angeles Lakers are involved in an NBA betting matchup, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. The defending NBA champions will head to Portland on Saturday night, and the jury is still out on whether their leader will be there.

Lakers vs Trailblazers odds – Saturday, February 6, 10:00 PM ET

The Lakers (38-12 as of Friday) still have to host Denver on Friday night at the Staples Center, and they may be without Kobe Bryant, who is finally considering taking a game or two off. This time it’s an ankle injury, but Bryant has been dealing with back and finger injuries all season, and that’s just what we know about. This has to mean more touches for the rest of the Lakers, and mainly Pau Gasol, who has grumbled from time to time about his role in the offense, and more to the point, Bryant’s domination of the triangle offense. In their lone meeting with the Trailblazers this year, Bryant lit Portland up for 33 points, while Lamar Odom had a stat-stuffing day with 15 points, 13.0 boards, five assists and four steals.

You don’t have to tell the Trailblazers (30-22) about injuries, as there are few teams in the NBA that could complain about that than Portland, who are still missing Brandon Roy. LaMarcus Aldridge is trying to step up in his absence, and he’s averaged 22.6 points and 8.8 rebounds over his last five games. Aldridge was thought by many to be a star coming out of Texas a few years ago, but he’s seemed happy to let Roy take over the offense. But Aldridge is very similar to another former Longhorn, Kevin Durant. Aldridge doesn’t have Durant’s explosiveness, but he can score in a lot of different ways, and he’s better on the glass. Roy had 32 points when the Trailblazers won 107-98 at home on January 8th, and Jerryd Bayless added 21.

The Trailblazers should be the favorites at home according to your gambling software, and the Lakers have lost a staggering nine in a row at the Rose Garden. The Lakers are a spectacular 9-3 in the second half of back-to-back games this season, but that’s with Bryant in the lineup, and he’s been known to take over when he feels the rest of the Lakers are tiring. They’ll be facing a tough Denver team on Friday, while the Trailblazers had a day off after beating San Antonio in a close game on Thursday night. Look for the Trailblazers to come out with more engery and try to push the pace on the Lakers from the opening tip-off. We’re also betting on Bryant not being in the lineup.

Free sports betting pick: Portland

Saints vs. Colts - SuperBowl Betting Odds

Saints vs. Colts - SuperBowl Betting OddsThe New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday, Febuary 7 when they meet at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV.

Bodog currently have the Colts listed as 5-point favorites versus the Saints, while the game's total is sitting at 56½.

The Saints defeated Minnesota 31-28 in overtime as a 4-point favorite in the NFC Championship Game. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under (54).

Drew Brees passed for 197 yards with three touchdowns for New Orleans in that win, and Pierre Thomas rushed for 61 yards on 14 carries with a TD.

The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17 as a 7.5-point favorite in the AFC Championship Game. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under (40).

Peyton Manning passed for 377 yards with three touchdowns for the Colts in that win, and Pierre Garcon caught 11 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown.

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Super Bowl OddsSuper Bowl XLIV odds are getting all the attention right now as Indianapolis and New Orleans prepare for the biggest game of the season in Miami, and while it would be a great story for the Saints to come away with the win, the all-business Colts will be on top Sunday night.

Saints vs Colts odds – Sunday, February 7, 6:20 PM ET

The Saints have been a tale of two teams during the playoffs. First, they destroyed Arizona thanks to the Cardinals’ awful secondary and a physical pass rush of Kurt Warner. This was also the same team for the first half of their game against Minnesota, but it was a different story in the second half as the Vikings were moving the ball at will, and the Saints couldn’t. The only thing that saved the Saints was five turnovers by the Vikings, and if you think that the Colts will make that many mistakes, head over to your online super casino and place your bets.

The Colts have looked the same all season long, outside of the last two games of the season in which they focused on resting their starters, which rookie head coach Jim Caldwell took a lot of heat for. But any time the Colts have went out to win a game with their first-stringers this year, they have, and it all starts with Peyton Manning, and with him, the Colts never feel like they’re out of it. The Colts are a bit worried by the ankle injury to defensive end Dwight Freeney, and it’s being reported that he won’t be effective if he plays. That said, the Colts have the depth and system in place that they can make up for the loss of Freeney.

The Colts have a 5.5-point edge in this contest, and you have to remember that the Colts have been here before, winning the Super Bowl over Chicago four years ago. The Colts haven’t blinked this year, whether they face one of the NFL’s elite, or a lower-tier team. The Colts prepare for everyone the same, and you can bet they have a gameplan for Drew Brees and his band of weapons. The Saints will be game, but when it comes down to the fourth quarter, give me Manning and the Colts.

NFL picks: Colts -5.5

Super Bowl Betting OddsThe Super Bowl betting odds are up for the big game, so here is a preview of Super Bowl XLIV:

Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans Saints @ Indianapolis Colts Odds ( reviews): Colts -5.5

Super Bowl betting is at a fever pitch as the game is only a few days away. One of the things driving this year’s betting activity is that the teams that reigned as the best two in football made it to the big game. There is not underdog, no Cinderella (although the Saints could be considered a Cinderella story) and there are really no surprises. The one surprise we do find is that the Saints are so heavily favored to win.

To me this game was a pick ‘em until the super bowl betting x-factor reared its head. Your x-factor for the outcome of this game is Colts’ defensive end Dwight Freeney. If Freeney plays in Super Bowl XLIV, he will do so on a limited basis and he will not be effective at all. His bad ankle is causing him to wear a protective boot, and he risks long-term injury if he plays on Sunday. When the Colts play without Freeney the games become a shootout because Freeney is the Colts pass rush. This time the QB on the other end of that shoot out is Drew Brees.

On the Saints side of the ball, they are clicking on all cylinders. The Saints are checking in with no injuries leading in to the Super Bowl, and they looked very impressive in remaining resilient enough to fend off Brett Favre and the Vikings in the NFC Championship game. The Saints defense can be dicey and unpredictable, but their offense is lethal if left unchecked.

Comparing the numbers the Saints defense in the regular season had 35 sacks while the Colts had 34 with Dwight Freeney having 13.5 of those sacks. On special teams both the Colts and the Saints have a kick-off return for a TD while the Saints add a punt return TD to their side of the ledger. As you would expect from teams with such great QBs neither team had a rusher go for over 1,000 yards during the season, however Colts’ RB Joseph Addai poses a threat as he scored 10 rushing TDs in 2009. Both Drew Brees and Peyton Manning threw for over 4,000 yards and 30 TDs in 2009 as well.

This game comes down to intangibles. The Saints are new to this kind of spotlight while the Colts are old hands at being champions. Drew Brees is a great leader and precision quarterback, but there is a reason that Peyton Manning is the 2009 NFL MVP. Manning knows how to get the most out of his offensive line and his receivers, and Peyton Manning has proven that he knows how to win in almost every circumstance. However the absence of Dwight Freeney turns Super Bowl XLIV into a shoot out, and the Colts secondary was only able to pick up 16 interceptions this season. There will not be nearly the needed pressure on Drew Brees, and the Saints receivers will be running the Colts’ secondary ragged. Peyton Manning, on the other hand, will have the full fury of the Saints pass rush in his face and a secondary that snagged 26 interceptions this year. Peyton is a warrior and a hall of famer, but even he has his limits.

NFL Picks: Saints 35 - 24