Hockey BettingWhile most are focusing on Blackhawks Flyers betting, it would be a good thing to start looking ahead for a few times, and here’s a look at three teams who could be going through some big chances, including the top two teams in the NHL during the regular season.

Los Angeles

The Kings emerged on the scene this year, but some were even surprised that they ended up with a sixth seed. Los Angeles fell to Vancouver in six games in the first round of the Western Conference finals, but the duo of Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson served notice that they could be the best defensive duo in the league in the next few years, and offensively, they may be next year as they quarterbacked the Kings’ No.1-rated power play that ripped through the Canucks. They’re still a little young: half of their top-six forwards are 25 or younger led by captain Dustin Brown, while Johnson and Doughty are 23 and 20, respectively, and goalie Jon Quick is 24. See what Chicago is doing? That could be the Kings very, very soon.

Washington

The Capitals let a lot of Stanley Cup betting players down when they were upset by Montreal in the first round, as they were the first No.1 seed to fall to a No.8 seed after leading the series three games to one. The Capitals don’t need to make wholesale changes, but the defense could stand to use one more defensive-minded player. The Capitals’ big players will have to think about their efforts. Even though Alex Ovechkin had 10 points, he often appeared frustrated and out of ideas. Alex Semin didn’t score a single goal in 44 shots, and Mike Green had another poor postseason. Also, is Semyon Varlamov a No.1 goaltender in the NHL?

San Jose

If the Sharks were a World Cup betting option, they would be Spain: all the talent to be considered the favorites, but instead, they’re known as the underachievers of the NHL. They did manage to make it to the Western Conference finals before getting swept by Chicago, and it may be time to blow it up. The line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau would good in spots, but were outplayed by the second line for most of the playoffs. Heatley just finished his first year in San Jose, and even though he may be the worst of the trio for shying away in big games, the Sharks will probably hang on to Thornton, which leaves Marleau, their former captain. If Rob Blake doesn’t play next year, the Sharks will have to replace him as well. Also, after this year and his performance for Russia against Canada in the Olympics, is Evgeni Nabokov a big-game goaltender? The Sharks could be a different team by the time next season’s online betting odds are released.

NHL OddsThe 2010 NHL betting in the playoffs is as interesting as the 2010 World Cup betting. The teams that are supposed to win cannot get the job done, and we are left wondering how some of the elite teams will figure into next year’s Stanley Cup betting. Let’s take a look at the three biggest disappointments for the 2010 NHL playoffs, and what these teams have to do to redeem themselves in 2010-2011.

Washington Capitals

As you bet on Blackhawks Flyers games in this year’s Stanley Cup finals, you have to wonder why the Washington Capitals are not there. The Capitals got side-tracked by a lot of things in the 2010 playoffs, but fixing their problems can be complicated.

One of the Capitals biggest assets is fiery forward Alex Ovechkin, and one of the Capitals biggest liabilities is fiery forward Alex Ovechkin. As it gets down to crunch time, the entire Capitals team is constantly looking to get Ovechkin the puck, or they stand around trying to see what Ovechkin will do next. Ovechkin is the polar opposite of a team player, and until he starts believing in the talent of his teammates the Capitals will be in trouble.

The other problem for the Capitals is in net. Jose Theodore is a good goalie, but if he was a playoff caliber goalie then the Canadiens may have kept him. Theodore was awful in the playoffs, and was pulled in lieu of Semyon Varlamov in game two of the first round. Varlamov got the team rolling in the playoffs, and then the Capitals just could not score on the Canadiens. In order for the Capitals to win in 2010-2011, Varlamov needs to be healthy all season long and be in the nets for the beginning of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins

How much longer are the Penguins going to cling to the illusion that Marc-Andre Fleury is a playoff goaltender? With a roster that includes players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, you would expect the Penguins to win their second Stanley Cup in two years. But when the team needed the goaltender to close the door, he could not.

All of the Crosby nay-sayers need to wake up and look at the games that were played between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Crosby had 19 points in the playoffs, better than a point a game, and did everything he could to push the team into the next round. The Penguins were undone by terrible goaltending, and until they fix that problem they will have trouble getting their championship back.

San Jose Sharks

What keeps happening to the Sharks in the playoffs after they consistently have one of the best regular season records in hockey? The problem for the Sharks is that they cannot score in the playoffs. When the crunch was on in the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, top San Jose guns Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley were nowhere to be found. Joe Thornton was neutralized by being double-teamed wherever he was on the ice, and he was powerless to help the Sharks win.

Marleau’s contract is up this season and the Sharks would do well to let him go. The Sharks need to surround Joe Thornton with young talent that has size and speed just like Thornton has. Thornton does not have many years left, so if the Sharks want to win the Stanley Cup they need to make some changes and bring in some new offensively-capable players now.

World Cup Betting – Spain Head List Of Favorites In South Africa

World Cup BettingAnyone playing a World Cup bracket contest will obviously look to the favorites heading into the tournament in a couple of weeks, and each team on this event’s list of favorites has a definite chance of winning the biggest tournament in soccer.

Spain (+425): The Spanish won at Euro 2008, but they’ve never finished higher than fourth in the World Cup, and that was way back in 1950. Heading into the tournament, there are fitness concerns over a host of players like Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, but Spain still has enough weapons who are healthy, such as David Villa and Xabi Alonso.

Brazil (+450): The big news was Ronaldinho being left out of the squad, but five-time champion Brazil will still be a threat, led by Kaka, Robinho and Luis Fabiano. Under Dunga, Brazil has been less adventurous going forward, but they have one of their best defenses in a long time, and keeper Julio Cesar had a great year in goal for Inter Milan. They’re favored in World Cup Group G betting
in the “Group of Death” with Portugal and the Ivory Coast, which is a good warm-up for the later stages of the tournament.

England (+650): England will be led by Wayne Rooney, who had an amazing season with Manchester United, and the midfield duo of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. The defense isn’t that quick in the middle with Rio Ferdinand and John Terry, but they’re solid positionally, although Ferdinand is prone to mental lapses, and many are wondering if the burden of the captaincy will change his game. The biggest question for manager Fabio Capello is in goal, where Robert Green, David James and Joe Hart are still battling for the No.1 spot.

Argentina (+675): Diego Maradona led the team to glory in 1986 as a player, and now he’ll aim to do so as a manager, and he has arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, although Messi hasn’t played as well for Argentina as he has for Barcelona. He should have plenty of help as Diego Milito Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez all had brilliant seasons for their clubs. Many 2010 World Cup betting picks will include Argentina when it’s all said and done.

The Netherlands (+1200): The Dutch are the darkhorses in this group, and it’s strange to think that they have never won the World Cup, although their philosophy of “total football” lives on today. Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel all played in the Champions League final, and they’ll be counted on in South Africa. However, unless the Dutch can sort out their problems at the back, they won’t get past the top four.

Online sports betting pick: Argentina +675

World Cup OddsWhen placing a World Cup bet, it’s good to spread your wings and not put all your eggs in one basketball. This list of five teams to watch at the World Cup in South Africa when the tournament starts on June 11th includes a few favorites, and a couple of darkhorses who will be looking to make it interesting.

Spain (+425): The underachieving Spanish come into this tournament as the favorites after their 2008 win in the European championships, but they have a few injuries to worry about, like Fernando Torres, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. Spain will hope to have Torres healthy, because with David Villa, the Spanish could have the best strike pairing in the tournament. But injuries could be their downfall, so beware of Spain.

Brazil (+450): Everyone is saying how Brazil isn’t an exciting attacking threat anymore, and maybe they’re not. But Dunga has the Brazilians playing excellent counterattacking soccer, and if it brings them a sixth World Cup, there will be few complaints. Kaka will be counted on to play better than he did in his first year at Real Madrid, while Luis Fabiano is their most dangerous striker.

Argentina (+675): The Argentineans struggled during qualification, and some of the decisions made by manager Diego Maradona haven’t been as sound as the decisions he made when he was leading Argentina to the World Cup in 1986. But he has a wealth of talent at his disposal, especially up front as Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Diego Milito are the deepest group of strikers in the tournament. They are the World Cup Group B betting
favorites to get to the second round, and Argentina could ride the wave all the way to the final.

Germany (+1400): The Germans have made it to the quarterfinals in each World Cup since 1978, but they were dealt a couple of severe blows as captain Michael Ballack and No.1 keeper Rene Adler will miss the tournament through injury. Now, the pressure is on Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger to carry the flag, as they were supposed to lead the country when Ballack retired after this tournament. Germany is still a serious threat when you bet soccer online.

Portugal (+2600): The odds are long, and like Argentina they struggled in qualification, but Portugal has as much talent as anyone in the World Cup, led by captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a brilliant debut at Real Madrid. The man who replaced him at Manchester United, Nani, is another player who will be counted on in South Africa along with Simao, while Portugal’s defense is underrated. They’re in the “Group of Death” with Brazil and the Ivory Coast, but that will only strengthen them for a long World Cup run.

Online betting picks: Argentina +675, Portugal +2600

Indy 500 OddsThose looking to bet on Indy 500 odds will have a difficult time deciding between the favorites for the 94th running of the biggest race in American open-wheel motorsports. The top three favorites have all drank the milk in Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while the last two will be aiming to join an elite group of drivers.

Indy 500 Odds – Sunday, May 30, 1:00 PM ET

Scott Dixon (+300): The 2008 winner (as well as 2003 and 2008 series champion) is coming off a win at Kansas, and he has finished in the top five in five of his seven trips to the Brickyard. Dixon has led laps in all five of those races, and he’ll probably be up near the front at some point again on May 30th. He led a race-high 73 laps last year.

Helio Castroneves (+400): Castroneves won in his first two Indy 500s in 2000 and 2001, but his win last year was probably the most satisfying when you consider that he was acquitted on tax-evasion charges the week before the race. He’ll be aiming to join A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr. as the only drivers to win the Indy 500 four times, and Castroneves has finished in the top four in six of his nine races at the Brickyard. Essentially, he’s the equivalent of Brazil in World Cup betting.

Dario Franchitti (+450): Franchitti’s Indy win came in the rain-shortened 2007 edition, but he backed up his credentials by winning his second IRL title last year. He’s hit-and-miss at the Brickyard, finishing in the top 10 in four of his six races here, but the only time he finished in the top five was the year he won. He did manage to lead 50 laps before fading to seventh in 2009.

Ryan Briscoe (+500): Briscoe has struggled in the Indy 500 with one top-10 in four appearances here, and while he has started third and second in the last two years, respectively, they have turned into 23rd and 15th-place finishes. Briscoe isn’t off to the best start this season, failing to crack the top 10 in the first five races.

Tony Kanaan (+1000): Kanaan isn’t the favorite that his native Brazil is in the soccer betting
world, but his experience always gives him a chance at Indy, where he’s raced eight times. The problem is luck: Kanaan has three finishes worse than 27th here, including the last two years. In the remaining five races, he has four top-10s, including three inside the top five. If Kanaan can stay out of trouble and avoid any mechanical defects, he has all the tools and talent to scoop up a famous Brickyard win.

Sports Betting pick: Tony Kanaan

Gambling NewsThe top sports betting IndyCar racing teams in the world have converged on Indianapolis this week in anticipation of the upcoming Indianapolis 500, as the field was established for the 94th installment of the epic race. The 500-mile race is scheduled for May 30th, but there has been significant build up to the event since practice runs opened at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past Saturday, with last year’s winner Helio Castroneves the first to make his way on to the track just weeks before the World Cup betting.

Castroneves drove his Team Penske car to a 226.603 mile per hour finish in his opening practice run, setting the pace for the day with the best time, a feat that he would repeat on Sunday driving to a 227.046 time. The 35-year old opened in the inside position in the front row a year ago and was able to convert it in to a trip to victory lane. A three-time Indy 500 winner, Castroneves can put himself in excellent position to win in consecutive years for the second time in his career, and be just the fourth racer to become a four-time champion at Indianapolis, if he can finish the time trial week strong.

The Brazilian soccer betting fan will need to out-wheel one of the most competitive projected classes in the history of the race in order to win, with five different teams represented in the top five in the speed chart as of Wednesday. The top 21 drivers were separated by just .5755 of a second, and after the 2009 Indy 500 was the closest finishing field of all-time, this year may be the quickest turnover between the record ever.

A big part of that competition will be from five female racers, who will look to establish the largest starting field of female racers in the history of the Indy 500. Rookies Brazilian Ana Beatriz and Switzerland’s Simona De Silvestro, Milka Duno, the first female to secure the pole position at an Indy Car Sarah Fisher, and the first female to ever win an Indy Car race, Danica Patrick. Never before have women played such a prominent role in race-car driving, and with the influx of new talent and the level of competition at which they are able to drive, this race could make its mark in history for its diversity.

Scott Dixon has followed up his outstanding performance at the IZOD IndyCar Series at Kansas with excellent lap times in the opening Indy 500 betting practice sessions. Dixon finished ninth a year ago, despite leading for 73 laps. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver finished with a top time trial run of 226.549 MPH during Tuesday’s run. Will Power finished twelfth at Kansas, the first time this season that he has failed to either finish first or clinch the pole position in any of the first five races. The number-12 car will need a much better performance to have any chance of clinching a victory at Indianapolis, especially after another top performer, Dario Franchitti, captured the third spot pole position at Kansas, and ended up placing second in an excellent lead up to this weekend’s race.

NASCAR Dover Betting – Go With The Older Busch at Dover

After you bet on Preakness Stakes on Saturday, check out the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway, also known as the “Monster Mile”. Jimmie Johnson romped to a Dover sweep last year, and he’ll be one of the contenders again, but another driver will get his first win at the concrete jungle.

NASCAR Dover Betting – Sunday, May 16, 1:00 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson (+400): Johnson led 569 of 800 laps at Dover in his dominating sweep of last year, but he’s going to have to find something soon as the No.48 team has struggled since the spoiler replaced the rear wing on the Sprint Cup car at Martinsville, and he’s finished outside the top 30 in two of his last three races.

Denny Hamlin (+800): Someone who isn’t complaining about the spoiler is Hamlin, who has won three of the six races since the spoiler came into play, including last week at Darlington. Hamlin doesn’t have a good track record at Dover with two top-10s in eight trips here, but the No.20 team seems to have the spoiler figured out.

Kurt Busch (+1200): Busch has three top-10s in his last four starts, and he already has a win from Atlanta earlier this year. The No.2 driver has six top-10s in 19 trips to Dover, but he also has five DNFs, which is risky. His younger brother Kyle has better odds (and arguably a better car under him as he is a teammate of Hamlin’s at Joe Gibbs Racing), but Kurt is the play here.

Matt Kenseth (+1500): Taking Kenseth’s odds is like taking Germany’s soccer betting odds in the World Cup: he’s won a championship before, and he’s consistent enough that you can’t count him out. He has two straight 13th-place finishes, he finished in the top five of both Dover races in 2009, and he has 14 top-10s in 22 trips here, including a win in the 2006 spring race.

Ryan Newman (+2500): Newman picked up his second top-10 in a row last week at Darlington, and he has 10 top-10s in 16 Dover races, including eighth and 10th-place results last year. Newman also swept the 2003 races at the “Monster Mile”, and he took the checkered flag in the 2004 fall race, so he knows how to get around this track.

Pick: The spoiler has changed things in the Sprint Cup series, and a handful of teams have found an edge. Kurt Busch started off slow with the change, but they’re catching on, and the No.2 team was a weekly threat to win prior to the spoiler being added to the car. With a pair of top-5s under his belt from last year’s Dover races, so with Kurt Busch in your betting picks.

If there is one driver that deserves the title of being the most dominant so far since NASCAR betting made the move from using the rear wing on the back of its car back to the traditional spoiler, it would be Denny Hamlin. Following Jimmie Johnson’s three wins in four races to close out the rear wing era, Hamlin has won three of six races to move all the way up to sixth in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Wins at Martinsville, Texas, and Darlington have lifted the 11-car to within 14 points of the top five, right on the tail of Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth will need to be better heading in to this weekend’s online betting race at Dover International Speedway if he is going to have any chance of maintaining or improving his position in the SCS standings. Kenseth hasn’t placed in the top-ten in any of his past four starts, with a sixth place finish at the Subway Fresh Fit 600 the last of his six top-tens this season. While Hamlin has excelled since the move to the spoiler, the 17-car’s numbers before and after the move are the most clear indication of his struggles since the adjustment was made. Consider that each of Kenseth’s top-ten finishes came in six of the first seven races of the season, and that consecutive 13th place results are his best finishes since, and it becomes clear that he and crew chief Drew Blickensderfer will need to make adjustments to the new feel of the car.

One driver who can’t seem to figure out what adjustments must be made in order to elevate him to his first win of the 2010 season is Jeff Gordon. Gordon has finished in the top-five in the SCS standings in consecutive weeks, and five times overall, but has failed to capture the checkered flag in any of the first 11 races. One year after finishing third in the standings, Gordon finds himself in a similar situation early on in the season, and will need to get over the hump of finishing good and not great at the NASCAR Dover betting race in order to avoid being a runner-up again in 2010.

One of the men that Gordon is chasing is the same one he has chased for nearly half a decade in the points standings, in Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. The four-time defending SCS champion is another driver that has struggled since the move to the rear spoiler, but remains in second only to points leader Kevin Harvick. Harvick holds a 110-point lead over Johnson atop the standings after four straight top-five finishes, including an outstanding effort at Darlington most recently, in which he came all the way from his starting position in 35th place to finish sixth overall. Harvick has undoubtedly been the most consistent driver this season, finishing in the top-ten in eight of 11 starts, and will look to continue his dominance this weekend at Dover, ahead of the World Cup predictions.

NASCAR Betting – Smartest Plays Under The Lights At Darlington

Nascar OddsPlacing a bet on Machida in this weekend’s light-heavyweight UFC title fight is similar to taking Jimmie Johnson, the four-time defending NASCAR champion: you always have a pretty good shot to win. However, like Machida with Shogun Rua, Johnson is going to have his hands full this Saturday night as the Sprint Cup series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Showtime Southern 500, and his main challenger and co-favorite are his teammates.

NASCAR Betting – Saturday, May 8, 7:30 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson is listed at +600 with a couple of wins and the best finishing average among active drivers at Darlington, at 6.9 in 11 races. Johnson finished second to teammate Mark Martin here last year, and he swept the 2004 races, which was the final year that Darlington held two races. He’s been solid this year as usual, and outside of the restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega, he has yet to finish worse than 12th in a race.

Jeff Gordon is up there at +600 as well, and he has seven wins in 29 trips to Darlington, most recently in 2007. He came in fifth here last year, and he’s just about due to snap a winless streak that has gone on since last year’s spring race at Texas. The No.24 driver has finished in the top three in three of the last five races, but they still have to work on setting their car up for the short runs that are inevitably popping up at the end of races.

Martin comes in at +1200, and the 51-year-old has 43 races at the “Track Too Tough To Tame” under his belt, notching 26 top-10s and a pair of wins. He’ll be aiming to bounce back from a 25th-place run at Richmond that ended a streak of top-six finishes at three.

Like the Preakness betting odds of any horse ridden by Calvin Borel, you have to check out Greg Biffle at +2000. “The Biff” has led laps in four of the last five races at Darlington, including 117 in last year’s eighth-place run, and he has a pair of wins in nine races here, which came in back-to-back years of 2005 and 2006, although he may be looking for Kasey Kahne to win the pole. In both of Biffle’s wins here, Kahne (who has odds of +2500) took the pole position.

A darkhorse to watch is Juan Pablo Montoya at +2500, even though he’s never cracked the top 10 in three trips to Darlington, including last year’s 20th-place run. Montoya has finished in the top six in three of his last four races, and his 18th-place position in the standings is more down to bad luck, not bad cars. Look for him to be a factor here.

Sports betting pick: Jeff Gordon (+600)

Nascar BettingPreakness Stakes betting players are always looking for longer odds, only if they have a decent shot at winning, and NASCAR betting players will be doing the same for the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. Even though the smart play is seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon, here are a few drivers to consider if you’re feeling risky.

NASCAR Betting – Saturday, May 8, 7:30 PM ET

Greg Biffle (+2000): Biffle is the only driver on this list who has won in Darlington, in fact, he has two checkered flags from this race in 2005 and 2006 under his belt. The No.16 driver has led laps in four of the last five races at Darlington, including a race-high 117 laps in last year’s race, although he faded to eighth by the end, and his starting average of 8.2 is second only to Jeff Gordon, which gives him a good start.

Juan Pablo Montoya (+2500): In three trips to Darlington, Montoya has never finished in the top 10, but he has three top-six finishes in his last four starts overall, and he knows that he needs to keep this run going if he wants any shot at making the Chase. Montoya is like Phoenix in Spurs Suns betting: wildly talented, and not defensive enough sometimes, but getting closer to a win.

Kasey Kahne (+2500): Kahne has won the pole three times in seven trips to Darlington, which he has converted into a pair of top-10 finishes, although he led 45 laps in last year’s 23rd-place result. The No.9 driver is coming off two straight 21st-place finishes, but Darlington is one of his best tracks, so expect a breakout day from Kahne.

Joey Logano (+3000): Rookies aren’t supposed to do well at Darlington, but Logano credits this race as the time when he started to put it all together in 2009. Logano started fifth here last year, and held on for a ninth-place finish even leading 19 laps along the way. After a couple of tough runs at Texas and Talladega, the No.20 driver had a decent 16th-place run at Richmond last week, and all he needs to do is be consistent to put himself in a position for his second Sprint Cup win.

Ryan Newman (+3000): Newman racked up another top-10 at Richmond, one of his favorite tracks, and he’s also a fan of Darlington, where he has six top-fives and an average of 12.5 in 11 races here. Newman, like all of these drivers except for Biffle, is racing hard for a spot in the Chase, and he needs to build off his solid run at Richmond if he wants to have an online betting chance of winning the title.

NBA Betting – Hawks try to take advantage of rusty Magic

NBA OddsNBA championship odds saw this matchup coming a mile away, but Atlanta and Orlando took two different routes to the second round of the playoffs. The Southeast Division rivals will square off in Game 1 in Orlando on Tuesday night.

Hawks vs Magic odds – Tuesday, May 4, 8:00 PM ET

The Hawks needed seven games to get rid of pesky Milwaukee, winning the last two games by an average of 17.5 points. Joe Johnson led the way with 20.9 points, while Al Horford put up 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds. The difference, however, was Jamal Crawford, who had 22 points in the clinching game. Crawford, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, struggled to get hot in his playoff debut, but he came around and lifted the Hawks later in the series, when it was most needed. Johnson is going to need help if the Hawks are going to overcome the NBA odds in this contest, and in this series as he averaged 16.3 points in four games against the Magic this year.

The Magic will have been off for eight days by the time Game 1 tips off on Tuesday, after they swept Charlotte in four games. Jameer Nelson showed that he may have been the missing link in Orlando’s run to the Finals last year with 23.8 points, while shooting 42.9% from three-point land. Rashard Lewis had 15.8 points, but the Magic got a disappointing series from Dwight Howard. “Superman” averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, along with 5.5 fouls, fouling out of the last two games of the series. A few of the foul calls may have been wrong, but Howard has to be more disciplined and control the fouls that he can because if he’s in the lineup, the Hawks can’t stop him. Howard notched 21.0 points, 16.8 boards and 3.5 blocks against Atlanta this season.

NBA playoff odds will favor the Magic at home, where they have beaten the Hawks in seven of their last 10 meetings, including three in a row. Only a two-point win on March 24th at home saved the Hawks from being swept at the hands of the Magic, and we have to take the Game 6 win in Milwaukee with a grain of salt. The Bucks shouldn’t have even been in that series without Andrew Bogut, and the fact that it went to seven games raises some questions about the Hawks. The Magic rolled through their first-round series like they were supposed to, and we’re banking on Howard not having a series like he did against Charlotte. The Magic will be a little rusty from their eight-day layoff, but their home crowd will pick them up, and the Hawks aren’t a great road team anyway.

Sports betting pick: Orlando

NBA OddsNBA playoff betting players know that some teams just struggle against other teams, especially on the road, and Tuesday’s matchups will be prime examples of this concept as Atlanta and Orlando kick off their second-round series, while the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz will square off for Game 2 of their Western series.

Hawks vs Magic odds – Tuesday, May 4, 8:00 PM ET

The Magic will be the favorites in this contest against their Southeast Division rivals, who have a quick turnaround after a seven-game win over Milwaukee in their first-round series. The Magic have been off for eight days after sweeping Charlotte, despite a poor series from Dwight Howard. The Magic won three of four against the Hawks this season, and Atlanta has lost seven of their last 10 in Orlando. Howard dominated the Hawks during the regular season, and the Magic need him on the floor if they’re going to get back to the Eastern Conference finals. The Magic may be worried about rust, but they should be more worries about the duo of Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, who shook out of his shooting slump late in the Milwaukee series. On the other hand, the Hawks will have to deal with Jameer Nelson, who torched Charlotte. We’re taking the Magic at home in our sportsbetting book, because Atlanta just isn’t a good team away from home.

Jazz vs Lakers odds – Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 PM ET

The Lakers survived a fourth-quarter Utah run in their 104-99 win over the Jazz at home in Game 1, and now the Jazz have lost 15 in a row at the Staples Center (against the Lakers, anyway). Kobe Bryant had 11 of his 31 points in the final 12 minutes, while the Jazz got 24 points and eight assists from Deron Williams. The Lakers’ bench played terrible in Game 1, and NBA betting players know crucial they were to last year’s run to the championship. The Los Angeles subs actually lost the Lakers’ fourth-quarter lead before Bryant and Pau Gasol, who had 25 points and 12 boards, took over. Phil Jackson’s decision to put Ron Artest on Williams worked at times, but he may be better off putting Bryant, who played extremely well defensively on Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in the later parts of the first-round series, on the Utah point guard who has lit up the postseason so far. Artest keeps Willams from posting up, which he likes to do with smaller guards like the Lakers’ Derek Fisher, but he also exploited his quickness advantage against Artest, and that’s something that the Lakers will have to watch for. The Jazz just don’t seem to have any luck when visiting the Lakers, and it’s tough to think that their streak will end in the playoffs, especially as the Lakers are 4-0 so far in the postseason. Go with the NBA championship betting favorites, the Lakers, on Tuesday.

Barcelona Betting NewsWith their respective victories against Parma and Villarreal, Roma and Barcelona managed to go one step further in finding the title and also pressure the Inter Milan and Real Madrid to win or winning their respective matches in the date.

Roma managed to regain the top of the online football betting Serie A after the victory over visiting Parma 2-1 in one of the two parties developed in the penultimate date in Italy.

The Romans arrived in 74 points, while Inter Milan, who play today against the visiting Lazio, with one point less, so you're bound to win.

Despite not playing well and being dominated by Parma, the capital's pure managed backlash annotations, through their captain Francesco Totti to 5 'and Rodrigo Taddei to 75 minutes. For discounted Jonathan Biabiany Parma 81 '.

Inter are now required to defeat a Lazio still has not quite clear their stay in Serie A, so it will not be delivered easily in your field.

In the last two dates, Cagliari and Roma will visit close to the Chiveo Verona, for its part, the Inter Milan will face Chievo at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium and will close on a visit to the Siena, the penultimate in the table.

Revenge. For its part, Spain, Barcelona leader managed to forget his setback on Wednesday when he was out of the online sports betting Champions League against Inter, and yesterday as visitors Villarreal thrashed 1-4.

The Catalans downloaded all his fury at a Villarreal that seemed to come at a better time, but a double from Argentine Lionel Messi (19 ', 88'), plus entries by Xavi Hernandez (34 ') and Bojan Krkic (42 ') helped him to strengthen his lead.

With three dates for closure of the tournament, the club is now expanding the lead in the table to four points (90), which requires the Real Madrid (86) to win their meeting today at home to Osasuna, if you want keep intact the option of lifting the title in Spain.

Something similar exists in England, where the absence of two dates for the end of the Premier League, Chelsea leads with a point ahead of Manchester United.

Both teams now have a difficult journey. Chelsea face Liverpool, looking for a ticket to the Champions League, while ManU is measured at West Ham, relegation-threatened.

The only one that smiles is Bayern Munich, who yesterday beat Bochum 3-1 and secured the championship vituale as Schalke lost and left with three points and a goal difference for 17, failing a date.

Soccer BetttingChelsea took a big step towards the title in a brilliant way to solve the complicated field visit Liverpool, where he won 2-0, which was very close to the title of the English football betting League, on Sunday in the 37th and penultimate day of the championship.

That goal could even be a mathematician this weekend if his pursuer live, Manchester United, distanced provisionally to four points, lost in their meeting in Sunderland.

Although the 'Red Devils' adding up the three points, Chelsea has it all with a view to celebrate in their stadium, next weekend against Wigan, the national championship.

The goals of the triumph of the 'Blues' came through two of his figures, the Ivorian Didier Drogba (minute 33) and Frank Lampard (54), who sealed the scoring rule in London on the lawn, where they played with an air of champions and were able to realize their superiority.

"We have taken an important step towards the title. We played very well and deserved this victory. We are very happy because playing against Liverpool is complicated, but we did very well tactically," said Italy coach Carlo Ancelotti.

His victory at Anfield also settled the last hope for Liverpool to play the online sports betting Champions League, a competition that had always come from its presence in the 2004-2005 edition, and closes one weeks horrible for the 'Reds', eliminated on Thursday in the semifinals of the European League.

As a symbol of the descent into the hell of the team, Steven Gerrard reluctantly starred in Chelsea's first goal when a poor pass to his goalkeeper Pepe Reina was used by Drogba, very attentive, to open the account in 33 .

Without ability to react, the pupils of Rafael Benitez, who could have directed their last home match at Anfield, returned to show their worst side and Chelsea scored in 54, through pass from Lampard to Frenchman Nicolas Anelka, and played the rest of the game with confidence.

During the game, both Gallo and the Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou were given good opportunities to extend the lead, but both the Queen and Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who saved a little bit before it crossed the line, prevented the scoring.

In Sunderland, Manchester United will be forced to keep track to keep options on the last day, where in any case will depend on a slip of Chelsea against Wigan at Stamford Bridge and his good result at home to Stoke.

Throughout the week, from Old Trafford had relied on the professionalism of the players of Liverpool to give the maximum in the game this Sunday, despite the deep historical rivalries that keep the two big clubs of northern England.

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