Soccer Betting OddsManchester United coach Alex Ferguson was convinced Friday that Liverpool will try their best to beat Chelsea on Sunday, though that helps the 'Red Devils' historic rival Anfield side in the struggle for the Premier League.

In the event of defeat or a draw of Londoners in Liverpool, United can move to lead the table to just one day to go, provided they do not fail in its commitment to Sunderland on Sunday.

If wins the title, Manchester United also get placed in solitary as the club with more crowns in the championship of England (19), leaving behind the 'Reds' (18).

"I have confidence that they will give it everything. Big clubs do not betray its history and traditions of a game, "said the veteran Scottish coach. "They have played eleven European finals, have won 18 titles. It is a fantastic story. No staining that, the fans know it, "he said.

United and Liverpool and were in a similar situation in 1995. As recalled by Ferguson, Liverpool beat Blackburn at the weekend, Manchester offering a chance to win the title, something that did not take advantage.

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NBA Betting OddsFor the second consecutive year, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA betting , according to Monday's Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

With this nomination, James will become the tenth player in NBA odds history and the second youngest to receive the trophy "Maurice Podoloff" in two consecutive seasons. The NBA will announce the official results of the vote on Sunday.

The forward, 25, joins Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone Chamberlain, Wilt, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to win this prestigious award at least two years in series . Of these, only Bird, Chamberlain and Russell did not win the award three consecutive years. Abdul-Jabbar won the double in 1972, with a few months younger than LeBron.

James had averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists per game.

The NBA commissioner, David Stern, expects to deliver the trophy to James formally before Monday's game when the Cavaliers face the Boston Celtics in their semifinal of the Western Conference playoffs.

The Cavaliers won 61 games this season and are favorites to win their first NBA title.

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NASCAR Odds – Five To Watch At Richmond

Nascar OddsGear up for Mayweather vs Mosley betting with some short-track racing at Richmond International Raceway under the lights on Saturday night when the green flag drops on the Crown Royal 400. Kyle Busch won last year’s race, and it will take a solid run to take the checkered flag from the No.18 Toyota.

Richmond Betting – Saturday, May 1, 7:30 PM ET

Denny Hamlin (+600): Hamlin is one of the best short-track racers in the series, and he led 148 laps in the spring race at Richmond before a bad pit stop relegated him to a 14th-place finish. But Hamlin responded with a third-place run in the summer race, and he’s on a roll right now with two wins in his last four races, which also includes a fourth-place result at Talladega.

Kyle Busch (+800): Busch led 53 laps in last year’s race, and in five spring races at Richmond, he’s finished in the top all five times, which leads to an outlandish finishing average of 2.8. He also managed to come in 15th in the summer race, and he has four top-10s in his last five races. The No.18 driver is on the cusp of a win.

Tony Stewart (+1200): Stewart has nine top-10s, including a pair of wins, in 11 spring races at Richmond, and he has three wins overall on the ¾-mile track. However, taking Stewart’s odds would be like taking Boston’s NBA championship odds as he hasn’t finished higher than 16th in his last four races. However, you know he has the talent to win, and he finished second in both Richmond races last year.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1500): Junior leads to another NBA comparison: taking his odds would be like taking Cleveland’s NBA odds, as they have the most popular player in the league, but he has yet to win a championship. However, Earnhardt has been more consistent this year, and he has three wins at Richmond, with all three coming in the spring race. But he has to take the next step: in his last seven races, Earnhardt hasn’t finished lower than 16th, but he also has just two top-10s. Will Richmond be his breakthrough?

Ryan Newman (+3500): Newman is surprisingly good at Richmond, particularly in the spring race with seven top-10s in eight starts, including a fourth-place run last year. He’ll just be happy to get away from Talladega after yet another wreck on the monster superspeedway.

Pick: We’re going with Kyle Busch to go back-to-back in the Richmond spring race, as Joe Gibbs Racing always brings good cars to this track. All three of Stewart’s wins came when he was with JGR, and they usually find their way to the front here. Busch hasn’t won since the summer race at Bristol, another short track, and with his aggressiveness, he loves coming to places like Richmond, which is why you should have him as your online betting pick.

Nascar OddsCrew chiefs and drivers will have to re-engage the short track mindset for this Saturday’s race at Richmond International Raceway, the first night race of the betting online NASCAR season. A 75-Mile D-Shaped oval that demands communication between chief and driver, RIR is an excellent test for the patience and communication between teams.

On the issue of patience and communication between teams, or teammates in some cases, perhaps the biggest storyline outside of hockey betting heading in to this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race will be the relationship between Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. The two were involved in an incident this past Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway that led to Gordon’s wrecking and subsequent 22nd place finish. Gordon was furious with Johnson after the race and told reporters that his patience with the 48-car was being tested. The four-time defending SCS champion responded by taking full accountability for the move that led to Gordon’s crash, noting that he was attempting to help his teammate out but miscalculated his timing. The 24-car has wrecked in consecutive races after placing in the top-five in two straight prior to that, and has been a lot more aggressive in recent weeks. That style of driving combined with this latest incident with Johnson could lead to fireworks when these two start their engines at a track known for tempers flaring, and player betting on boxing and not racing.

Contact is as inevitable as the NBA finals odds at RIR, something that comes naturally on a track that demands close driving and tons of rubbing, so it will be critical for drivers to maintain that balance of not being careless, but not being too careful either. Last year’s winners Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin did an excellent job of illustrating that, not only placing first but also each finishing in the top-three in laps led. Hamlin finished first, while Busch finished third. Who was the driver that split the two winners up in laps led? Jeff Gordon. Busch particularly has run well in Richmond, placing in the top-ten in all ten starts, and after closing the gap between him and Johnson for first spot in the standings to just 160 points with his third consecutive top-ten finish, the 18-car will be gunning for top spot once again.

In order to get there, Busch will have to leapfrog three other drivers, including Talladega Superspeedway winner Kevin Harvick. Harvick’s improbably slingshot move on the final turn at Talladega rocketed him past Jamie McMurray for his first win of the NASCAR season, and sixth top-ten finish in ten races to move in to second in the standings, only 26 points behind Johnson for the lead. In 18 races at Richmond, the RCR-driver does have one trip to victory lane, but a season ago placed 34th in May, and ninth in September with problems finding the rhythm of the track. Harvick will need to level out and solve this grinder once more to hold position in the standings as NASCAR battles for ratings with the Kentucky Derby Winners. Only 73 points separates him from Matt Kenseth in fourth place in the Sprint Cup Series, with Greg Biffle only 60 back.

Pick: Kyle Busch

NBA Playoffs BettingNBA playoff betting players watched a virtuoso performance by LeBron James in Cleveland’s rout of Chicago in Game 4 in the Windy City to take a 3-1 series lead, and there was nothing in the Bulls’ body language that suggests that they can stave off elimination in Tuesday’s Game 5 in Cleveland.

Bulls vs Cavaliers odds – Tuesday, April 27, 8:00 PM ET

James put up his fifth career postseason triple-double in a 121-98 romp on Sunday, posting 37 points, 12 boards and 11 assists, and he nailed six of his nine attempts from beyond the arc. Antawn Jamison was next with 24 points as the Cavaliers shot 53.2% from the field, and they hit 12 of their 25 three-point shots. The Cavaliers put the game away with a 37-24 edge in the third quarter, and it was James’ shot from just inside halfcourt at the buzzer. It wasn’t a heave, but more like a jumper, and it was essentially the dagger in this series.

Joakim Noah led the way with 21 points and 20 boards, while Derrick Rose also had 21 points for the Bulls, who shot a miserable 37.4% from the floor. In the second half, the Bulls started settling for jump shots, which isn’t really their game, and that’s a matter of poor coaching and a young team. However, if the Bulls want to take a couple of positives away from this game, they made 26 of their 32 free-throw attempts, and grabbed 17 offensive boards, but their failure to turn those second chances into points was their downfall. That, and playing against LeBron James.

NBA betting odds will definitely favor the Cavaliers to close out the series at home, and yes, Cleveland does depend on James too much, but when you have the best player on the planet, what do you do? James has averaged 35.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in this series, and while Luol Deng is doing everything he can to slow down the “King”, there is really and truly nothing he can do when James gets going, and when he is shooting from downtown like he did in Game 4, forget about it. The Cavaliers also got good contributions from Jamison and Mo Williams, although it was a bit worrying when James had to go back in the game with just over nine minutes remaining because the offense wasn’t getting good looks. The Bulls may have emptied all of their bullets out just trying to get to the playoffs, and they looked like a beaten team late in Game 4. Go with the Cavaliers in your online sportsbetting picks on Tuesday.

NBA Playoffs OddsWhile the Kentucky derby odds will be the story as the week plays out, for now, it’s all NBA.

The Heat vs. Celtics odds are not exactly 50-50 at this point in time. A lot of NBA betting considerations have to be carefully weighed and measured before a single-game prediction can be made, but not in this particular series. It shouldn’t be hard to come up with the winner when Miami makes one more plane flight to the Northeast and takes on the Boston Celtics.

Eastern Conference First Round: Miami @ Boston, Game 5

Tuesday, April 27

If sports betting is a science, it’s not a very complex one heading into Game 5 of this Eastern Conference clash. The Miami Heat defied NBA playoff odds by avoiding a four-game sweep on Sunday afternoon in South Florida, but this is definitely not the type of team that appears ready to prolong this series even further. It would be a huge shock if coach Erik Spoelstra coaxed one more victory from his ballclub. The Heat’s next plane flight home should be followed by an immediate cleaning of their lockers, not a practice session in preparation for a potential Game 6 on Thursday.

If you think the Cleveland Cavaliers are a one-man act under LeBron James, Miami is even more of a single-person team. Dwyane Wade had to max out (and that’s really saying something) in order for the Heat to win Game 4 and avoid a Boston broom. Wade scored 30 points in the second half and 19 in the fourth quarter on Sunday. After the Celtics turned an 18-point deficit into a six-point lead entering the final period, Wade simply took over. The Marquette star banged in four treys in the last 12 minutes of regulation while adding five free throws en route to a franchise-record 46 points. No Miami player had ever scored as many points in a postseason game. The Heat needed almost every one of those points in order to prevail.

How dominant was Wade in Game 4? The best player on the floor – who will enter free agency on July 1 – proved to be so prolific from three-point range that the Celtics and coach Doc Rivers had to shift their defensive strategy. As soon as No. 3 crossed the midcourt line, the Celtics double-teamed Wade and forced him to give up the ball. Sure enough, Wade stopped scoring, and his painfully limited Miami teammates couldn’t put the ball in the bucket. The only problem with Boston’s maneuver was that it came too late. The Heat – thanks to their superstar – built a double-digit lead and held on to win thanks to three straight missed foul shots by Celtic guard Ray Allen, a 90-percent free throw shooter.

Yes, a lot of improbable events carried Miami to victory on its home floor. Now that the series is back in Boston, and now that Dwyane Wade might be double-teamed a lot more frequently, it’s hard to expect the Heat to string together consecutive victories. The 2006 Miami Heat had multiple weapons on the floor at all times. This 2010 version of the Heat is extremely thin and is waiting to be blown up in the coming offseason. That offseason should arrive Tuesday night at the end of Game 5.

Online basketball betting pick: Boston

NASCAR Odds – Five To Watch At Talladega

Nascar BettingKentucky Derby odds are about to get hot, but the best thoroughbreds would have a tough time getting around 2.66 miles at Talladega Superspeedway, site of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499. Here are five drivers worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

Talladega Betting – Sunday, April 25, 1:00 PM ET

Jeff Gordon (+1100): Gordon’s six wins at Talladega is the most among active drivers, and four of them have come in the spring race. The No.24 driver has been on the cusp of winning all season, and he had the best car at Texas before he was caught in a wreck. It’s been 37 races since Gordon has visited Victory Lane, and he drove like a guy who hadn’t won in a while at Texas, but he knows as well as anyone that you have to be patient or Talladega will bite you.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1100): The No.88 driver is next with five wins here, half of his father’s record total of 10, but all five of those came in a seven-race span between the 2001 fall race and the 2004 fall race. Junior finished 11th here in the fall, and he’s been very consistent this season as he sits seventh in the standings, and if he’s going to win for the first time since Michigan 2008, this is as good a place as any to place a sportsbook bet on Junior.

Kevin Harvick (+1200): Harvick is still rolling after a seventh-place result at Texas, and he didn’t fare that well at Talladega last year, failing to break the top 20 in either race. Still, he has a 16.3 average in 18 races here, good for ninth, and he has seven top-10s. More importantly, the No.29 driver has brought his racecar home at the end of all 18 Talladega races he’s been in.

Kurt Busch (+1500): Taking the older Busch brother is like making Orlando your basketball betting pick; he’s overlooked at a lot of places, but we know he has the talent to do it. The No.2 driver has a 13.1 average in 18 races here, and the only two drivers ahead of him (Joey Logano and last year’s winner, Brad Keselowski) have raced at Talladega just twice. He’s probably the best driver left in the Sprint Cup series to never win a plate race, but he’s pushed plenty to a victory, notably former teammate Ryan Newman in the 2008 Daytona 500.

Joey Logano (+3000): This isn’t like taking Oklahoma City in the NBA’s Thunder vs Lakers odds; the reigning Rookie of the Year can actually win. Like the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, Logano has made a big jump this year, and he looks like he belongs in the Cup series now. He was also one of four drivers to finish in the top 10 of both Talladega races in 2009

Sports betting pick: Jeff Gordon

Nascar OddsThe NASCAR Sprint Cup Series speeds in to Talladega, Alabama for this weekend’s sportsbook race. After the spectacle at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to weather conditions, the drivers will have even less time to prepare for what has become known as one of the most dangerous tracks of the NASCAR season. Massive collisions marred last season’s pair of races at Talladega Superspeedway, and if Monday’s finish is any indication of what is to come this upcoming weekend, drivers will be wise to take the side of caution for this weekend’s race.

Denny Hamlin needed only 12 laps led to take the checkered flag at Texas the same night the NHL betting was on, his second win in three weeks after finishing first at Martinsville. A massive nine-car wreck provided Hamlin with enough room to make his move to the front of the pack after starting the 334-lap race in the 29th spot. Jimmie Johnson finished in the top-five for the second consecutive race, and although he couldn’t find a way past Hamlin for the lead, finished in the top-10 for the fifth time in his past six races.

Players looking to place their money on any single driver this race, like the Kentucky Derby betting, may find it difficult to predict just one sport betting favorite. The tracks on the schedule that require restrictor plates are both hard to predict, but Talladega may be the hardest. Often referred to as a, “high-speed chess match”, no one driver has dominated at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray captured the checkered flag in the two races here last season, and McMurray took the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the other restrictor plate course. However, McMurray has fallen off big time since his only win, with just one top-10 finish since, and three finishes 24th or worse to fall to 21st in the SCS standings.

Jeff Gordon is the all-time wins leader at Talladega Superspeedway among active drivers with six wins in 34 starts, and his performance at Texas was nothing short of impressive as his 124 laps led was the most of any driver on the day. Gordon looked as hungry as he has in years banging and bumping his way to the front of the pack before eventually colliding with Tony Stewart in that massive nine-car wreck that ended his day. Gordon’s teammate and perennial favorite Jimmie Johnson has just one win in 16 career runs at Talladega, but after failing to take the checkered flag in his last three starts after winning three of his first five, Johnson will be hungry to get back on top, as has been the case with Pittsburgh in the Senators vs Penguins odds series.

Perhaps the dark horse heading in to this weekend will be Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is third all-time in wins at Talladega behind only Gordon and father Dale Earnhardt with five wins in 20 races. Earnhardt Jr. had captured two of his three top-10 finishes over the past four weeks, and this would be a suitable track for NASCAR’s favorite son to finally break through for the win.

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NBA Betting oddsSports betting players didn’t give Oklahoma City much of a chance in Sunday’s opener, as the Thunder hasn’t won in Los Angeles against the Lakers in a very long time. The Lakers will try to go up two games on the Thunder when they meet for Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Thunder vs Lakers odds – Tuesday, April 20, 10:30 PM ET

The Thunder showed their youth and nerves early in an 87-79 loss, falling behind by 13 at the end of the first quarter, but to their credit, they did fight back. Kevin Durant had to battle for every inch of real estate he got as he was guarded closely by Ron Artest, and the youngest player to win the NBA’s scoring title was held to 24 points on 7-of-24 shooting, although he was 9-of-11 at the charity stripe. Russell Westbrook, a California native who went to UCLA, kept the Thunder in it with 23 points and eight assists as he constantly found his way to the hoop, but the Thunder as a team need to learn when to stop shooting as they were 2-of-16 from the thee-point line, which is something they’ll learn as the experience comes.

The Lakers got a huge impact from Andrew Bynum, who missed the last month of the season with an Achilles injury. The young center had 13 points, 12 boards and four blocks in 30 minutes of action for the Lakers, who have a distinct advantage in the post when it comes to size. Kobe Bryant had 21 points to pace the Lakers, who didn’t have their best offensive game, but they overcompensated by playing tremendous defense on the Thunder.

Los Angeles will be the NBA playoff betting favorite in this contest at home, and the Thunder have now lost 13 consecutive games at the Staples Center against the Lakers, dating back to March 2006. With that kind of track record, it’s tough to bet on the Thunder in this game and while they’ll end the streak at some point, it probably won’t happen in the playoffs. The nerves should be out of the way now, especially Durant, who was forcing shots in the first half as he tried to find his rhythm. The team did much better when Westbrook used his quickness to get into the lane and create shots for himself and others. The Lakers have had problems with quick point guards all season as Derek Fisher has lost a step or three, and Westbrook got into the lane at will against the veteran. The problem is that the Lakers have the length to alter shots, and with Bynum in the post, it’s even easier. Look for the Lakers to take a decisive hold on the series.

NBA betting pick: Los Angeles Laker

NBA Playoffs OddsThe current discussion involving Spurs vs. Mavericks odds is simple in some ways but much more complicated in others. There’s definitely reason to think that San Antonio just won’t be able to keep up with Dallas in the first round of the NBA postseason, but one could also find some legitimate reasons to think that the Spurs will rebound and tie this series at one game apiece. Which NBA betting perspective will win out on Wednesday night? We’ll find out soon enough.

Western Conference First Round: San Antonio @ Dallas, Game 2

Wednesday, April 21

Bookmaker Odds: No line (as of yet)

When people talk about sports betting, they have to take a larger view. There are many considerations to mull over after Game 1 of this all-Texas tussle. The Mavs’ 100-94 win wasn’t quite as close as the score indicated, but it definitely wasn’t a blowout, either. Dallas should be happy with the victory, but San Antonio shouldn’t be devastated about its inability to pull out a win. A different narrative in Game 2 would radically reshape the nature of this best-of-seven battle.

Sunday’s series opener was noteworthy for a number of reasons. First and foremost, San Antonio – as is often the case – had no answer for Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki. Sometimes, the big German went over the top of defenders, especially the smaller Matt Bonner. On other occasions, Nowitzki used pump fakes to draw defenders in the air and dribble around them before releasing mid-range jumpers without any problems whatsoever. When Game 1 was all over, Nowitzki hit 12 of 14 shots from the field and all 12 of his deliveries from the free-throw line. A 36-point masterpiece – a supremely clinical and efficient outing – enabled Nowitzki to produce a victory and increase the confidence level in the Dallas locker room. This is a newly-reconstituted team that owner Mark Cuban is depending on to make a deep run in the postseason. Dallas has a lot of work to do, but a Game 1 victory over a tough opponent might enable this team to flourish as the playoffs continue.

One reason to bet on the Mavericks in Game 2 is that they won Game 1 without any appreciable production from a few reliable sources. Shawn Marion scored only nine points; he’s going to have to do much better as the playoffs roll along. More conspicuously, sixth-man stud Jason Terry went just 2 of 9 from the field and scored only five points for coach Rick Carlisle’s crew. If Terry plays a solid game on Wednesday, San Antonio will have just as many problems defending the Mavs as it did in Game 1. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will not have enough answers for Dallas if Terry delivers the goods.

On the other hand, the NBA playoff odds will shift if San Antonio can get some production from a few people. The biggest concern for the Spurs is guard George Hill, one of the most improved players in the league this season. Hill injured his ankle on Wednesday in the regular-season finale, and he looked ineffective in 18 minutes in Sunday’s Game 1. If he can work through that injury and regain the form he displayed for much of 2010, the Spurs will become a very dangerous team.

How will Jason Terry shoot? How healthy will George Hill’s ankle be? The odds here suggest that Terry is likely to play better, while Hill is more of a question mark. Give the edge to Dallas in Game 2.

Online basketball betting pick: Dallas

NBA Betting – Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics Game One Preview

NBA PlayoffsThe Boston Celtics are a couple of seasons removed from their NBA Finals run in 2008, and with a core group of players that isn’t going to get any younger, the time is now if the Celtics want to make another run for the title. Ray Allen will be a free agent this summer, Kevin Garnett has struggled with injuries much more than he has in the past, and head coach Doc Rivers has cited personal family matters as the reason why he is leaning towards leaving the team after this season. Should Boston go on another run, it will need its big three of Allen, Garnett, and Paul Pierce to be healthy and consistent, while getting greater contributions from guard Rajon Rondo and center Rasheed Wallace. The first opponent in the way of the Celtics’ NBA championship odds title ambitions is the Miami Heat.

Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics

Saturday April 17, 2010

Best Online Sports Book Odds: Celtics -300

On the playoff bubble with just over a month to go in the NBA regular season, Miami heated up over its final 22 games, going 18-4 down the stretch to finish fifth in the Eastern conference. The Heat came together as a unit, and put forth a much more concerted effort as a defensive unit, which they feel is the biggest reason for the turnaround, although a soft schedule was also a big part of it. Still, Miami had to win the games, and that is something that the Celtics didn’t do much of down the stretch. After starting the season 18 games above .500, Boston went just 27-27 after the Christmas break to hold rank in the fourth playoff spot.

Home-court advantage all but disappeared during that time, and the Celtics finished with the 15th best home record in the association. Boston has won 18 of its past 22 at home however, and after sweeping the Heat with three wins in the season series, will look to continue its home dominance in the postseason. While Dwayne Wade was responsible for 40-percent of Miami’s points, the Celtics have the weapons to spread the ball around and play both down low, and shoot the long ball. With a bench that includes key weapons in Wallace and trade-acquisition Nate Robinson, Boston is a deeper sports betting team that has more playoff experience, and will re-establish home court advantage immediately with a Game One win.

Pick: Celtics – 300

Over/Under NBA Betting Lines: O/U – 190

For all of the offensive talent that they boast, the Celtics actually finished the season ranked 19 in points per game with an average of 99.22. Miami’s average number was actually less than that at 96.51, an indication of how these teams won games this season. While the playoffs are different, the number is a little high for teams that haven’t scored much during this season, which is why this game will stay under.

Pick: Under - 190

Nascar OddsEven with NHL playoff betting starting up, it doesn’t hurt to check out this week’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the first race for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup cars with the new spoilers designed to keep them from going airborne. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of who should challenge.

Hendrick – Jeff Gordon (+600) beat Jimmie Johnson (+500), but overall, Johnson is better at the fast 1.5-mile track with a 9.9 average in the spring race. Gordon should probably have at least two wins, but late-race cautions haven’t been kind to the No.24 driver. If you have to take a Hendrick driver, Johnson is the easy choice.

RCR – Jeff Burton (+1800) is the guy to take in your sports book here, as he won the first race at Texas in 1997, and then again in 2007. The No.31 driver has cooled off after a good start, but he hasn’t finished higher than 20th in three of his last four races. Kevin Harvick (+1500) and Clint Bowyer (+1800) haven’t fared that well here in the past, but the RCR cars are much better this year, so they could be in line for top-10s.

Roush-Fenway – You would think that Carl Edwards (+1200) would be the best choice here, as his three wins are the most at Texas (he won in his rookie year of 2005, and then he swept the 2008 races), but only one of those wins came in the spring. But we’re taking Matt Kenseth (+1000), who won here in 2002 and he has six top-10s in 10 spring races at Texas. Kenseth was a part of a thrilling duel with Johnson at the end of the 2007 fall race, when his two tires failed to hold up against Johnson’s four Goodyears in one of the best finishes in recent memory. Edwards hasn’t looked like winning for about a year now.

JGR – Kyle Busch (+800) has just one top-10 in five spring races at Texas, but maybe he can carry over some luck from the Nationwide Series on Saturday as he’ll be aiming for his fifth straight Texas win in that series. Denny Hamlin’s (+1500) 7.5 average is the best among active drivers, but he’s only had four spring races here, and with his knee bothering him, we’re skeptical to make him a sports betting pick. Joey Logano (+3000) improved from 30th in the spring race to 19th in the fall, and he’s been JGR’s best driver this year.

Other – Kurt Busch (+800), Tony Stewart (+1200) and Juan Pablo Montoya (+1500) are the top choices here, and Montoya’s 11.3 in three spring races is the best in this group. Stewart (2006) and Busch (2009) have both won races in the fall here.

Pick: This is one of Kenseth’s better tracks, and he’s been on the verge of a Texas win for years now. Go with the No.17 in your NASCAR betting picks.

Stanley Cup Betting – Could we see Penguins-Red Wings III?

NHL BettingIf you’re into Stanley Cup betting, you’re probably praying to avoid a third straight season of Pittsburgh and Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals. One of those teams should get back to the finals, but who will it be?

Washington is the overall favorite to lift the Stanley Cup at +200, but we can’t put any faith in their shaky goaltending situation. We know that the offense, led by Alex Ovchekin and friends, can light the lamp, but can they stop anyone consistently? Pittsburgh is next at +500 in your best online sportsbook, and the defending Stanley Cup champions are probably the best bet to represent the East. Sidney Crosby has been phenomenal all season, even taking out time to score the winning goal in the gold-medal game for Canada in the Olympics, but he needs help, and it appears as though Evgeni Malkin is finally healthy after a subpar season by his standards. If anyone is going to upset the top two, it would be New Jersey at +1000, and Buffalo at +1200. The Devils have Martin Brodeur in goal, and the duo of Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise can score with the best of them. Meanwhile, the Sabres have Miller, the probable Vezina Trophy winner who has had a brilliant season, along with the MVP award in the Olympics in a losing cause.

In the West, it’s okay for hockey betting players to be skeptical over San Jose, who has NHL odds of +500. The Sharks have built up a deserved reputation as an underachiever in the playoffs, and we’re not sure that the addition of Dany Heatley is enough to put San Jose over the top. Chicago is up there at +500 as well, but the young Blackhawks, like Washington, have questions at the back on defense and in goal. The Red Wings are listed at +600 after a torrid post-Olympic stretch, and with their veteran experience and leadership, it would be foolish to count them out. However, Vancouver is the most balanced of all these teams and with odds of +1000, the Canucks offer decent value. However, this isn’t just a value pick: the Canucks can really win it all. Roberto Luongo should be boosted by his gold-medal performance in the Olympics, and they have the NHL’s leading scorer in Henrik Sedin. Their defense was a bit banged up down the stretch, but all in all, the Canucks are in good shape.

In the finals, we’re taking Pittsburgh to reach the finals for a third consecutive year, and win their second straight Stanley Cup behind big performances from Crosby and Malkin, but the matchup of Marc-Andre Fleury and Luongo in goal will be the key. Fleury has been up and down during the stretch run, but he’ll show up in the postseason. Go with the Penguins in your sportsbetting picks.

NHL OddsStanley Cup odds are here as the NHL will drop the puck on playoff time on Wednesday, and Washington and San Jose are the favorites to meet in the finals. However, neither of these teams will make it that far.

Eastern Conference

The Penguins are listed with NHL odds of +500 to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, and Sidney Crosby will again lead his team into battle. The key for the Penguins, however, is Evgeni Malkin, who has been inconsistent all season while dealing with injuries, but he’s healthy now. Washington is actually the favorite at +200, but even with all of their offensive firepower, led by Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green on the blue line, the Capitals have questionable goaltending. New Jersey and Buffalo are rated at +1000 and +1200, respectively, but they’ll need goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller to stand on their heads.

Western Conference

San Jose and Chicago are both tied at +500 in your sportsbook to represent the West, but both have question marks. The Sharks are perennial underachievers, and the Blackhawks have shaky goaltending, but they could get Brian Campbell back for the playoffs. You can never count out Detroit at +600, and even though the Red Wings got off to a rough start, they came on after the Olympic break, and their experience of two straight appearances in the Stanley Cup finals (including a win two years ago) should help them out. However, the pick here is Vancouver at +1000, as they have the NHL’s leading scorer in Henrik Sedin, while brother Daniel and Alex Burrows round out one of the top lines in the league. All eyes will be on Roberto Luongo, who backstopped Canada to the gold medal in his home building, and that should give him some confidence as the Canucks goaltender had a reputation of shutting down in big games (see last year’s playoff series against Chicago for proof).

Stanley Cup Finals

Here, the edge has to go to the Penguins with their experience of last year’s win over Detroit. Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid in goal for the Penguins, and he was the No.3 goalie on the Canadian squad behind Luongo and Brodeur, so that must have been a good experience. The Penguins are deeper than the Canucks, and if you can slow down the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line, you have a good chance at stopping the Canucks. Take the Penguins in your sports betting picks for the NHL playoffs.

Chelsea at the Top of the Premier League Odds

Soccer OddsChelsea acquired today four points against Manchester United in the race for the Premier League odds title with an unconvincing 1-0 victory against Bolton.

A header from Nicolas Anelka in the 43rd minute in front of his Chelsea exclub allowed to secure their fourth consecutive win in the league betting.

It can afford to lose one of its remaining four games to play, which include receiving at Tottenham on Saturday and a trip to Liverpool, and still win his first local tournament crown since 2006.

Arsenal is in third place before the north London derby that will play against Tottenham tomorrow.

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Baseball Betting OddsTampa Bay Rays sign the Cuban prospect Leslie Anderson for four years and a minimum of $ 1,725,000.

Outfielder-first baseman hit .381 with 13 homers and 61 RBIs in Camaguey in the 2008-09 season of Cuban baseball. He played for Cuba in the World Classic in 2006 and 2009.

Anderson was sent to the team's training camps.

"Anderson is a professional hitter," said the director of international operations for the Rays, Carlos Alfonso. "We also drew attention for his athletic ability."

The left-handed hitter will receive a bonus of $ 500,000 to sign the contract and $ 125,000 in the minors this year or at least $ 400,000 in the majors odds. Wages will also have 200,000 in the minors or 450,000 in the majors in 2011, 400,000 in the minors or 500,000 in the majors in 2012 and 500,000 in 2013.

Anderson could earn another $ 350,000 per year in the majors according to how much you accumulate at-bats.

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Washington Hosts Atlanta Hawks on Saturday Night

NBA Betting OddsThe Washington Wizards will host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

The Wizards have not had a 2010 to remember. Coming off a loss to Orlando on Wednesday, the Wizards face the Celtics on Friday, before returning home to test themselves against the number two team in the Southeast. As their season winds down, coach Flip Saunders once again saw his team blow another chance for their first three game winning streak in two years. The Wizards’ last three-game winning streak came April 4-9, 2008. They will carry either a win over Boston or a two game losing skid into their bout with Atlanta.

The Hawks are another story entirely. Atlanta has been having a rough go as of late, disappointing sportsbook cappers and fans of NBA betting, playing below their expected level and feeling the effects of a long season. The Hawks are .500 in their last ten games going into their match with the Raptors on Friday. Failing some total failure on the part of the Hawks, they should pick up a win. The Hawks are a better team than the Raptors when the Raps are healthy, and the Raps are definitely not healthy at present.

Missing Chris Bosh, the Raptors will battle hard, but will ultimately be unable to do much against the Hawks. Looking at NBA odds, it should be noted that the Raps are also missing Hedeo Turkoglu, who took an unintentional head butt from Boston's Tony Allen on Wednesday. Indeed, the injury-weary Raptors should provide a confidence builder at home for Atlanta - the Hawks are 32-7 at Philips Arena.

Atlanta winning over Washington is certainly not a foregone conclusion, however. The Hawks have scored just 94.3 points per game over their last nine outings. This figure is well below their season average. They've topped 100 points just once in their last ten. Regardless, the Hawks continue to by dynamite at home, having won 10 straight at Philips Arena.

At the precipice of a 50-win season - their first since 1997-98, fans of sports betting know that Atlanta is also in a fierce race for the East's Number 3 seed. Wins against Toronto on Friday and Washington on Saturday could do wonders for the team. Given the points the Raptors and Wizards have allowed in recent outings, both teams present valuable opportunities for the Hawks to set things right. However, the Hawks will have to be wary they don't fall apart like they did against the Pistons earlier this week. Atlanta blew a nine point lead in that game, and were out-scored 25-16 in the fourth quarter. A loss to the Raptors on Friday would mean three straight losses for Atlanta since their season high four game skid at the beginning of January.

Nascar OddsSports betting players are well aware of the hold that Jimmie Johnson has the Sprint Cup series in as the four-time defending champion is great on a number of tracks, and Phoenix International Raceway is one of them. The Subway Fresh Fit 600 will take place on Saturday night, and Johnson has won four of the last five races here.

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Johnson will be the favorite heading into Friday’s qualifying, and in five spring races in the desert, the No.48 driver has a win, three top-fives, and his 6.2 average is the best among active drivers. However, if you were going to bet against Johnson, it would be in the spring race, as he’s won three straight in the fall.

Last year’s winner, and Hendrick teammate, Mark Martin should push Johnson as the 51-year-old led 157 laps from the pole en route to the checkered flag. This win last year got Martin going in the right direction, and he desperately needs a good run to stay near the top of the sportsbook odds as he hasn’t finished higher than 21st in his last three races.

Even Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who fill out the Hendrick stable, should be in the hunt this week. Gordon has two poles and two top-10s in five spring races here, and he won in 2007, before the Johnson domination began. Earnhardt Jr. went back-to-back here in 2003 and 2004 before Phoenix received a second race, and the No.88 team has improved this year. If they can just navigate pit road, they’ll be up front.

Outside of Hendrick, your best bets in your online sportsbook are the Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt, and the RCR duo of Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton. Kurt and Kyle split the 2005 races in Phoenix’s first year with two events, and Kurt finished third in last year’s spring race. If you had to pick on, it would probably be Kurt, who has been on a roll this year with a win at Atlanta, and he should have won at Bristol, as well. Harvick and Burton are fourth and fifth in the standings, just ahead of Kurt Busch, and both have a pair of wins in Phoenix as Burton went back-to-back in 2001 and 2002, while Harvick swept the 2006 races. We’re picking Harvick to take the checkered flag this week over Johnson, Martin and Gordon, as RCR has always fared well in the desert, and Phoenix is a flat track that takes a lot of skill, something that Harvick has in spades, and he’s been so close to a win this year. Take Kevin Harvick in your online sports betting picks.

Tennis Betting OddsHoracio Zeballos qualified to the quarterfinals of the Houston tennis tournament today by beating Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2.

Tomorrow, Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the other race, will face the former world number one, Lleyton Hewitt, with whom he had an altercation recalled in Australia opened in 2005, for the quarter-final odds.

Zeballos (54) won in less than 54 minutes to the Israeli (69). The Mar del Plata will rival the winner of the clash between Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, 11 in the world and top seed, and South African Kevin Anderson (108).

Chela (82) will be with Hewitt (now 27), in a new duel which grew under after round one match in Australia, where the Argentinean rival tired of the points he shouted in the face, threw a spit.

Hewitt had to work hard today to a tie break in the third set before the Indian Somdev Devvarman (116), who eventually won 1-6, 6-0, 7-6. Hewitt prevails 5-2 in the clash with Chela.

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Golf OddsTiger Woods Masters odds is all that anyone could talk about as soon as the world’s No.1 golfer said he was ending his five-month exile from the game at the most prestigious tournament in the world, and fittingly, he should take all the attention, which should suit this week’s winner just fine.

Masters Betting – Thursday, April 8

Tiger Woods (+250): This is probably the best place for Woods to come back, as Augusta’s strict policies will keep out the tabloids who don’t care about golf. Also, he’s been pretty good here with four wins, including his first major championship in 1997 when he set the course record, and he hasn’t finished lower than last year’s T-6 in five trips to Augusta. One stat to know: in his four wins here, Woods has finished either first or second in greens-in-regulation.

Ernie Els (+1100): Els has been playing the best golf of anyone on the PGA Tour this year, with back-to-back wins at Doral and Bay Hill, and his confidence is high. “The Big Easy” has three major championships, but between 2000 and 2004, he had five straight top-six finishes at Augusta. Since, he hasn’t finished higher than T-27, and he has missed the cut three straight years, which should change. Els gets the nod over Phil Mickelson at +1000 and Steve Stricker at +2000.

Anthony Kim (+2500): Kim gets the edge in your sportsbook, and he would be to golf betting players what the Oklahoma City Thunder are to NBA betting players: all the youth and talent in the world, and when he harnesses it, everyone will be in trouble. Kim won the Shell Houston Open last week, and he finished 20th in his first trip to Augusta last year. If he can find the fairway on a consistent basis off the tee, Kim will be around.

Retief Goosen (+2200): Outside of last year’s missed cut, “The Goose” hasn’t finished lower than T-17 at Augusta since 2002, and that includes four finishes in the top three. Goosen has been playing extremely well this year, even though he hasn’t won, with five top-six results in seven starts.

Angel Cabrera (+6500): Why not? The defending champion has won two majors as a sportsbook darkhorse, and even though he’s has just one top-10 in seven starts this season, if he’s within a sniff of the lead on Sunday, watch Cabrera closely. He doesn’t get rattled easily, as proven by last year’s playoff win over Kenny Perry.

Pick: We’re going with Goosen, who has experience at Augusta, he’s playing well right now, and the tougher the course, the better Goosen is, especially if the greens are fast. Take Retief Goosen in your sports betting picks.

Golf Betting OddsApril 8-11 will see the return of the world's finest golfer to his sport.

After being besieged by a sex scandal of almost Royal proportions, Tiger Woods returns to professional golf following a five month hiatus. While the scandal continues to draw headlines, the worst of it appears largely to have blown over. However, neither Masters odds makers nor media pundits expected a quiet return to Augusta for Tiger.

A perennial sportsbook favorite, Tiger Woods is expected to do big things at the tournament this year, despite the fact he is coming off such a long layoff. It is important to understand that such a long layoff is cryptonite for most golfers. Woods has been out of competition the nearly five months since the media firestorm erupted around his slow-motion car crash, and revealed his infidelities and marital woes.

While it is true that many are pointing to the time off and sex scandal as being nagging distractions that will keep Woods from dominating in his return, sports book pundits are largely pointing to his established history of dominance. In 2008, Woods won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines coming off a two-month layoff due to knee surgery. The golf prodigy played the tournament in obvious pain from a stress fracture, yet still managed to trounce his competition, and take the top spot overall. He spent the rest of the year recovering from his injury. However, in 2006, Woods took time to deal with the death of his father and earliest mentor in the sport that became his profession. Upon his return, he missed the cut to compete in the U.S. Open.

When you look at the reasons for the layoff, and the stress and uncertainty facing the man, sportsbooks couldn't be surprised by a stumble in his return performance at the Masters. Most onlookers, however, are prognosticating a more triumphant return. In the weeks leading up to the tournament, colleagues including Arjun Atwal, and vanguards of the sport like Jack Nicklaus have come out in support of Woods. Nicklaus once claimed that Woods would win ten green jackets, and, when recently asked, announced his confidence in Tiger's ability to shock the world.

Another vanguard of the sport and inventor of one of the finest beverages to ever be enjoyed on a golf course, Arnold Palmer, had some advice for Woods vis-a-vis the media: Open up. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the media has on Woods during actual tournament play.

Regardless of how Woods does in Augusta, most fans of sports betting believe that the top golfer will be able to return to his dominating form, regardless of what plays out in his personal life. The practice rounds, taking place this week, should give spectators some idea of what they can expect from Woods at Augusta this year.

Manchester United Champions League BettingCristiano Ronaldo wins in Madrid, Carlos Tevez at Manchester City and Wayne Rooney injured, one suffering starless Manchester United in the final stretch of the soccer betting season.

The defeats against Bayern and Chelsea have put before the uphill fight for the title of European Champions League Odds and Premier League Betting for the "Red Devils", who could recover the injured Rooney to go up against Bayern on Wednesday 2 -1 against the return of the quarter-finals of the top European competition.

A recovery could lead to lightning Rooney play against the Germans on the soccer betting odds game.

"Wayne Rooney believes he has a chance to play against Bayern," said today the newspaper "The Sunday Mirror."

Officially, the attacker will be three weeks sidelined by ankle injury that occurred on Tuesday in Munich.

The striker, author of 34 goals in 40 games and star of United, was on Saturday and without crutches stands and watching his team lose 2-1 at home by Chelsea in a duel core by the English League Betting title , for now the "blues" are favorites with two points ahead of missing only five games.

According to the "Mirror" Rooney "intensive treatment expected to allow him to play one time against the Germans, even as a substitute."

The newspaper quotes a source of United: "It is with the idea of 'bring me a bandage and send me to the field'."

Against Chelsea, Manchester showed that misses its star, especially after losing to other heavenly bodies in attack as Ronaldo and Tevez in the test, to which the manager, Alex Ferguson, not replaced.

Michael Owen, as usual, is injured, so the only reference in attack are the Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov and 18 years old Italian Federico Macheda.

Ferguson came to the defense of the controversial Berbatov in the United did not reach the level that was still at Tottenham, club to which the "Red Devils" was bought by a high price.

"I think that 80 percent of the fans is in your favor. Most who appreciate its quality, but everyone has their favorites. And if we sign someone for a lot of money and does not score 50 goals a season, then whenever is concerned voices. "

Ferguson also said the club's website the "great talent" Macheda, once overcome a serious injury, scored the goal unproductive United on Saturday.

The Scottish manager recognized the superiority of Chelsea, who led English title favorite, and then blamed the referee, who allowed the second goal of the "blues" in the clear offside.

Many analysts blame him having signed no substitute for Ronaldo or Tevez level and the lack of stars, which otherwise has opened the door to Rooney to operate after passing an initial focus that until last year occupied the Portuguese Ronaldo.

Now Rooney is the only "crack" and without him his team suffers, hence to accelerate their recovery for a final sprint uphill season for United.

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Red Sox vs. Yankees OddsThe 2010 baseball betting regular season start with the opening game between Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, fans and experts already predict that the two teams, will also face off in October in the semifinals.

"Ready for a long run" was the headline "The Boston Globe" the sports betting news page of Thursday.

As everyone, including the MLB odds addressed the issue of who will be the next champion on its website: "¨ Who else but the Yankees?" In addition to New Yorkers and the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies are also shuffled as candidates for the title. The team was champion in 2008 and lost last year against the Yankees in the World Series (final), 4-2.

"I think if not for injuries suffered casualties, with our talent and hopefully we can enter the World Series again," said manager Charlie Manuel said.

After winning last year's first championship since 2000, the Yankees do not want to wait again to walk victorious nine years by the "Big Apple."

"We want to win the title again and so the Sunday and we will take the first step. It's very exciting to play in Boston," said Yankees pitcher, CC Sabathia. In the past eight years, of 1,296 regular baseball betting season games, the Yankees were the winningest team (783) before the Red Sox (753), champions in 2004 and 2007.

New York Yankees had to replace two of its stars: Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, who was elected last year, "MVP" and went to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

However, the "Bronx Bombers", in reference to the neighborhood where the stadium is located in New York, still has several superstars. Among them, Alex Rodriguez, whose income is 30 million dollars is the highest in the league.

But the best deal I have Joe Mauer. The catcher with the Minnesota Twins extended for another eight years until 2018 for a total of $ 184 million.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the number 102 became the most important. These are the years they have been waiting for the Chicago Cubs to win a title again. But there is no indication that the fans can put an end to their suffering in October.

It also seems not to conclude this debate by doping. MLB Odds continues to refuse to perform the doping controls to the parameters of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and insists on carrying out their own tests.

The League returns Mark McGwire, who in January admitted to having doped during its golden age in the '90s. McGwire, who in 1998 recorded a world record with 70 home runs, is now a special coach in the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Final Four Betting OddsWest Virginia face off against a very tough Duke team in the upcoming Final Four odds competition.

The Dukies were a legitimate contender going in as a No.1 seed. Most people saw them losing somewhere down the road though. Purdue had shot. So did Baylor. But all the Blue Devils did was prove why they are always a force in the betting tournament.

Duke has several talented scorers in Kyle Singler, John Scheyer and Nolan Smith but as we’ve seen in previous games in the March Madness betting these guys are likely to have off nights if a team can apply the defensive pressure. And that’s something the Mounties can do in spades.

West Virginia is the best remaining defensive team in the NCAA basketball betting tournament and its unique 1-3-1 zone has shut down much more prolific scorers than any player Duke will throw at them.

Duke is a 2.5 point favorite with a total of 131 at Bodog Sportsbook.

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