White Sox Clash With Royals Wednesday Night

Baseball BettingAfter winning 11 straight games during the opening of the World Cup betting tournament, to close the gap between them and the Minnesota Twins for top spot in the American League Central, the Chicago White Sox will look to continue their climb to the top of the standings Wednesday night by taking the finale of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals.

Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals

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White Sox

With the big bat of Paul Konerko swinging for the baseball betting fences, the White Sox offense has made an impact in the month of June, and is a big reason why Chicago has climbed to within two games of the division-leading Minnesota Twins. Konerko’s 20 home runs are good for first in the Majors, tied with Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and. The White Sox are 8-2 over their past ten games, which has improved their record in the month of June to 50-31 over the past three seasons. Over that span, Chicago has not only played well on offense, but improved their fielding as well, and in the past 14 games, the White Sox have committed just three errors combined as a team. Playing solid baseball on the road as well as at home, as evidenced by their 20-17 away record, Chicago now turns to Jake Peavy once again to help close the gap between them and first place Minnesota even further.

Royals

Despite being tied with the Texas Rangers for best bet on baseball team batting average in the major leagues, an item that was a big weakness for Kansas City only one year ago, the Royals have not competed in the American League Central as expected this season. Currently 13 games below .500, the Royals are 9.5 back of division-leading Minnesota, and have struggled mightily both at home and on the road. Now, they put the ball in the hand of ace Zach Grienke, whose pitching struggles serve as an appropriate representation of just how bad the Royals have been this year. The clock is ticking for both Grienke and the Royals, and it is only a matter of time before it is too late for Kansas City once again.

The Game

The White Sox took the second of the three-game set between these teams Tuesday night in Kansas City 4-3, just 24 hours after dropping the opener in a 3-1 loss. Losers of two of their past three after winning an incredible 11 straight, Chicago is looking to get back on track against a Royals team that has struggled this season, but it could be tougher than it looks, especially given the capabilities of starting pitcher Zach Grienke, and the disappointing season that he has had so far.

World Cup Round of 16 – Paraguay versus Japan

Online sports betting has been given an exciting boost this summer, as the World Cup is taking place in South Africa. The biggest sports attraction there is has brought in 32 top football teams to vie for supremacy, and World Cup betting offers exciting matchups once every four years. Check out the World Cup blog for more tips and advice. And if soccer is not your thing, there is MLB betting offered on a daily basis to satisfy your needs.

In South Africa, meanwhile, only eight teams remain as Friday kicks off the quarterfinals; those competing only have three more games, and three more wins to achieve greatness.

What looks to be one of the most competitive and close matches of the tournament starts the round in beautiful Port Elizabeth at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium between Netherlands and Brazil.

While Italy, the United States, and England have all faltered and failed to meet expectations, two teams thought to win their respective groups and make their way to the finals have done just that. Both Netherlands and Brazil were destined to meet in the quarterfinals should they top the group stage, and they did just that. Among the top teams in the world, the winner is likely to compete for the trophy on July 11th.

The Oranje have yet to lose in the tournament, and have yet to concede a goal during normal play. The Dutch beat Denmark 2-0 to open the competition, edged Japan 1-0, and beat Cameroon 2-1 in a virtually meaningless final game. To advance to the quarterfinal, Netherlands beat surprise Slovakia, a team simply happy to be in the round of 16, quite handily. The final score, 2-1, was not indicative of a team that allowed only two genuine goal scoring opportunities, both to the Slovakia star Robert Vittek.

After earning nine points in the group stage the Dutch seemed to improve in the knock out round as Arjen Robben started the match and notched an impressive goal, cutting back to centre after taking a pass on the side, and delivering a low strike inside the post past the diving keeper.

As good as the Oranje have been, Brazil has been too. They beat a passionate and defensive North Korea team to open the competition, dominated Ivory Coast 3-1, and then drew Portugal in a half hearted effort by both clubs. To move to the quarters, Brazil manhandled fellow South Americans Chile, by a score of 3-0.

Juan and Fabiano strike within three minutes of one another to take a 2-0 lead into the half, and Robinho scored in the second for the decisive victory.

Betting lines: Brazil will be favoured slightly, but the game is indeed a toss -up. Netherlands have historically underachieved at this point in the tournament despite dominating the group stage. Brazil too have looked strong, but some thought their hearts would not be in it as they look to the games in 2014 as the host nation. The stars on both sides are performing to expectations and between Robben, Van Persie, and Snjieder for the Dutch, and Kaka, Fabiano, and Robinho for Brazil, this will be the most exciting game yet. History goes to Brazil, and they will edge the Dutch in a very close game that will likely see extra time.

World Cup OddsOnline sports betting has been given an exciting boost this summer, as the World Cup is taking place in South Africa. The biggest sports attraction there is has brought in 32 top football teams to vie for supremacy, and World Cup betting offers exciting matchups once every four years. Check out the World Cup blog for more tips and advice. And if soccer is not your thing, there is MLB betting offered on a daily basis to satisfy your needs.

In South Africa, meanwhile, only eight teams remain as Friday kicks off the quarterfinals; those competing only have three more games, and three more wins to achieve greatness.

What looks to be one of the most competitive and close matches of the tournament starts the round in beautiful Port Elizabeth at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium between Netherlands and Brazil.

While Italy, the United States, and England have all faltered and failed to meet expectations, two teams thought to win their respective groups and make their way to the finals have done just that. Both Netherlands and Brazil were destined to meet in the quarterfinals should they top the group stage, and they did just that. Among the top teams in the world, the winner is likely to compete for the trophy on July 11th.

The Oranje have yet to lose in the tournament, and have yet to concede a goal during normal play. The Dutch beat Denmark 2-0 to open the competition, edged Japan 1-0, and beat Cameroon 2-1 in a virtually meaningless final game. To advance to the quarterfinal, Netherlands beat surprise Slovakia, a team simply happy to be in the round of 16, quite handily. The final score, 2-1, was not indicative of a team that allowed only two genuine goal scoring opportunities, both to the Slovakia star Robert Vittek.

After earning nine points in the group stage the Dutch seemed to improve in the knock out round as Arjen Robben started the match and notched an impressive goal, cutting back to centre after taking a pass on the side, and delivering a low strike inside the post past the diving keeper.

As good as the Oranje have been, Brazil has been too. They beat a passionate and defensive North Korea team to open the competition, dominated Ivory Coast 3-1, and then drew Portugal in a half hearted effort by both clubs. To move to the quarters, Brazil manhandled fellow South Americans Chile, by a score of 3-0.

Juan and Fabiano strike within three minutes of one another to take a 2-0 lead into the half, and Robinho scored in the second for the decisive victory.

Betting lines: Brazil will be favoured slightly, but the game is indeed a toss -up. Netherlands have historically underachieved at this point in the tournament despite dominating the group stage. Brazil too have looked strong, but some thought their hearts would not be in it as they look to the games in 2014 as the host nation. The stars on both sides are performing to expectations and between Robben, Van Persie, and Snjieder for the Dutch, and Kaka, Fabiano, and Robinho for Brazil, this will be the most exciting game yet. History goes to Brazil, and they will edge the Dutch in a very close game that will likely see extra time.

Betting lines: Brazil will be favoured slightly, but the game is indeed a toss -up. Netherlands have historically underachieved at this point in the tournament despite dominating the group stage. Brazil too have looked strong, but some thought their hearts would not be in it as they look to the games in 2014 as the host nation. The stars on both sides are performing to expectations and between Robben, Van Persie, and Snjieder for the Dutch, and Kaka, Fabiano, and Robinho for Brazil, this will be the most exciting game yet. History goes to Brazil, and they will edge the Dutch in a very close game that will likely see extra time.

World Cup Betting OddsThe early bird deletions of Italians and French have alerted the selection of Spain, the last thing you want is to join in the black list of failures.

The defeat against Switzerland (0-1) in the first game of the World Cup betting had changed the plans of Fury, which was classified for this match and even speculated that against the South Americans would only be a game to choose his opponent in round.

But the story was over and now Spain has to go out to "kill or be killed, without even afford to choose between Portugal and Brazil, potential rivals if they make the ticket.

"We are preparing for battle on Friday (today), which is the most important," said the Spanish tactician, Vicente del Bosque, aware that the Red will have to play a pass to round to the rival "in theory" more strong.

Spain's victory can only afford to not have to depend on a positive outcome of Honduras against Switzerland in the other game of the key, while to the South American Red tie is enough to lead his group.

To achieve a victory over European champions, Chile won three consecutive games, something unprecedented for this country that still stands the disastrous earthquake in February.

Airtight. During the course of the week, the importance of play made the teams were too tight and did not give any clue to his rival on what appear today in the Pretoria Loftus Versfeld.

From the little that is known is that Spain will come out with David Villa and Fernando Torres El NiƱo on the offense, where they are most criticized the actions of the Spanish.

The most important novelty will be the entry of retrieved Andres Iniesta instead of Jesus Navas, to give greater support and capacity to the area of gestation.

For the Chileans could affect absences Matias Fernandez and midfielder Carlos Carmona, yellow-accumulating. Substitutes will be Jorge Valdivia and Arturo Vidal.

If anything is certain is that both Chile and Spain do not speculate and seek rate, so expect a good show.

"They're two different styles but two good choices. We face a Chilean team very good, "analyzed the Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque.

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World Cup Betting – Group A Picks For Tuesday

World Cup OddsWorld Cup betting is about to gear up a notch as the group finales will kick off on Tuesday with Group A, where the group leaders will battle each other.

Mexico Uruguay Betting – Tuesday, 10:00 AM ET

A draw is favored at -130 as these two are atop Group A with four points each, three ahead of France and South Africa. Mexico is coming off a comprehensive 2-0 win over France, but they’re going have to find a way to deal with Uruguay’s Diego Forlan, who spearheaded a 3-0 win over South Africa, and he may be the best player in the World Cup so far. These two countries have met 17 times, with Mexico winning seven and drawing seven while outscoring Uruguay 25-21. The Mexicans could also be going into this match without forward Carlos Vela, who hurt his leg against France and will probably sit this one out, but that could mean a starting role for Javier Hernandez, who scored as a substitute against France. The matchup to watch if you write a World Cup blog is Forlan against Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, and these two are familiar with each other after playing in La Liga. If Marquez can nullify Forlan, the Mexicans can grab a point, and first place is important as the runner-up will likely face Argentina.

Betting pick: Draw -130

France South Africa Betting – Tuesday, 10:00 AM ET

France is a +110 favorite in this World Cup contest, and are on the verge of going out in the first round for the second time in four World Cups. Les Bleus have been, easily, the biggest disappointments thus far, and it may not even due to their on-field play. After the Mexico loss, forward Nicolas Anelka was sent away from the team for arguing with manager Raymond Domenech, and then the team refused to train in protest of Anelka’s expulsion. South Africa will be aiming for an upset to give their fans something to cheer about, as they will likely be the first host country to be eliminated in the first round of the World Cup. It’s not a matter of work ethic, but the gulf in class was highlighted in the loss to Uruguay. France has won two and drawn one of their three meetings with South Africa, outscoring them 5-1, but Bafana Bafana definely has a chance to pull out the soccer betting upset in this one. The French camp is in disarray and are playing without pride, which is something that you can’t say about the South Africans. The host team needs to go at the defensive pairing of William Gallas and Eric Abidal, who has had a horror tournament playing out of position in the middle of the defense.

Gambling Advisor blog pick: South Africa +230

World Cup BettingIf you’re going to bet World Cup odds, you’re in for a busy Tuesday as the first round of the World Cup in South Africa comes to an end, and it all begins with Groups A and B, where there is still a lot to play for.

Mexico Uruguay Betting – Tuesday, 10:00 AM ET

Neither team is favored as a draw is rated at -130 for the Group A leaders, and both need only a draw to go through to the next round. This will be the 18th meeting for these two countries, and the Mexicans have won seven and drawn seven of them. But Uruguay’s Diego Forlan has been devastating so far, and they’ll have to stop him. Will the motivation to avoid Argentina in the next round be enough to spark one of these two to go for a win? (Sports betting pick: Draw -130)

France South Africa Betting – Tuesday, 10:00 AM ET

The French are favored at +110, but Les Bleus have had more problems off the pitch than on it with Nicolas Anelka being sent home after a 2-0 loss to Uruguay, team directors quitting, and ex-legends bashing the team. South Africa will likely be the first home team to be eliminated in the first round, but if you’re going to bet soccer online and get an upset, this is the game. South Africa has a draw and two losses in three meetings with France, but we’re taking the hosts to play for their pride. (Sports betting pick: South Africa +230)

Nigeria South Korea Betting – Tuesday, 2:30 PM ET

South Korea are favored at +145, and despite a 4-1 loss to Argentina, they’re still in it, which is more than we can say for Nigeria. The Super Eagles are out of the World Cup, and will be aiming to just earn a point. This should be an open match as South Korea needs to improve their goal difference, but Nigeria won’t roll over for them. South Korea has won two and drawn one of their three matches against Nigeria, but like South Africa, the Super Eagles are playing for national pride. (Sports betting pick: Draw +230)

Argentina Greece Betting – Tuesday, 2:30 PM ET

Many who write a soccer blog have Argentina picked to win it all, and La Albiceleste may have had the best World Cup of anyone so far. Lionel Messi has been in thrilling form, and that’s danger for the Greeks, who are tied with South Korea on three points. Greece would love to avenge a 4-0 loss to Argentina in their lone meeting, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they attack the Group B favorites. However, we’re expecting Argentina to continue their great form.

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Soccer Betting pick: Argentina -170)

World Cup BettingSpain choked with bitter Swiss chocolate. Brazil won with just enough against a team almost from the factory. Germany threatens to derail. For examples: the great suffering in this start of the 2010 World Cup Odds.

England left the court twice and both bored. They allow mediocre draws into question what brings Capello's team. But it is not the only candidates who looks lost.

Except Argentina, candidates to be crowned in the Soccer City began to stumble. Germany feasted against innocent Australia, competing in featherweight, and then went to the losing side when he threw a middleweight, Serbia.

Even when they win they are wrong. The triumphs of the Netherlands should be welcomed but generate more criticism for the lack of firepower orange team.

Combined the six major contenders for the crown (Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain and Holland), the balance is six victories in nine games. They tied one and lost two. Sounds ok. But on the court the balance is negative: they are the best in the world, not enough to win, they have to raise admiration. And so far heard tune.

If we add the host, the statistics are going down. When the giants no carbides and the host country lives shortages, the World Cup costs a lot of hot.

France is a special case: a computer is broken inside and out and is on its way to a cliff.

South Korea, Greece and Slovenia, among others, won some games, but people just found out. Fans ask the marker to write it down in the calendar of pocket. Nothing more. None of these choices will save the low-profile tournament, need to wake up the big ones.

Fatigue. Maybe the stars get tired after a fire season. Arjen Robben broke his back in the final of the Champions League with Bayern, ten days after he broke a muscle.

Lukas Podolski is staying her shirt large Germanic figure. Cristiano Ronaldo has to forget the bad years at Real Madrid and salvage the season with the Portuguese.

Only Argentina can go these days with their heads up, thanks to the oxygen of his four goals against South Korea. But beware, that in the World Cup betting just one stumbling block to go into the ravine. So he went to Germany: nobody talks about the beating to Australia, but the presentation loose against Serbia.

Brazil and Spain face their next commitments with many obligations. The measured Canarinha Ivory Coast today in order to secure your ticket and dispel the doubts. Beat North Korea 2-1 in the previous game was almost a moral defeat against players who earn a hundredth of the Brazilians.

Spain disappointed against Switzerland, if the matter falls back becomes tragedy. Les touches the easiest opponent in Group Theory, Honduras. If the Red Fury does not win, and it qualifies, will become the laughing stock of South Africa 2010.

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Lakers win 2010 NBA Championship Title

NBA BettingAfter a great game, the Lakers won 83-79 against the Celtics in the NBA finals betting game 7.

Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 Thursday night in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Pau Gasol won with much suffering its second consecutive championship ring in the NBA. The Celtics got to go ahead by 12 points but the Lakers were able to suffer and drove around a historic match, full of emotion. Pau was instrumental in the fourth quarter with nine points and finished the game with 19 points and 18 rebounds.

Results in NBA championship series in which the Celtics and Lakers have met:

1958-59 - Boston Celtics def. Minneapolis Lakers, 4-0

1961-62 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3

1962-63 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2

1964-65 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1

1965-66 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3

1967-68 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2

1968-69 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3

1983-84 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3

1984-85 - Los Angeles Lakers def. Boston Celtics, 4-2

1986-87 - Los Angeles Lakers def. Boston Celtics, 4-2

2007-08 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2

2009-10 - Los Angeles Lakers def. Boston Celtics, 4-3

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NBA Betting – Lakers, Celtics Down To Game 7 For All The Marbles

NBA Finals OddsWorld Cup betting players know the pressure of a Game 7, because after the group stages, every game is a Game 7, where it’s win or go home. The two most storied franchises in the history of the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, will square off Thursday night with everything on the line, and for commissioner David Stern, this is probably the only thing better than the Cavaliers/Lakers Finals matchup we all expected.

Celtics Lakers Betting – Thursday, June 17, 9:00 PM ET

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 26 points, but this time he got more help than he did in Game 5 when he scored 44% of the Lakers’ points. But with the defense the Lakers were playing in their 89-67 win over the Celtics on Tuesday, they really didn’t need much scoring help for Bryant as they held Boston to 33.3% from the field, and only 10 free-throw attempts. Pau Gasol had a massive game, coming up just short of a triple-double with 17 points, 13 boards and nine assists, while Ron Artest had 15 points and was a game-high +26 for the Lakers as he was all over Paul Pierce.

Ray Allen was the high man with 19 points for the Celtics, while Pierce was next with 13 points, and the Celtics looked out-of-sorts from the opening period, when they were down by 10. It didn’t get better as they were down by 20 at the half, and the lead was as high as 25 in the second half. This was not a team prepared to play, which is strange when you consider their veteran leadership in the team, and now matters are made worse as Kendrick Perkins played just seven minutes before suffering a knee injury that will probably keep him out of this critical affair.

The Lakers are a 7-point NBA betting favorite in this clash, and they also have an injury worry as Andrew Bynum left in the third quarter of Game 6 and didn’t return as a precaution, and there was no need for him to push it with the Lakers up by so much. The Lakers have been dealing with this during this whole postseason, so it’s not as big a deal to them as it is to the Celtics to not have Perkins in the post. The Lakers are going to need another team effort to put the Celtics away, because Boston is going to come out with more fight than they did in the last game, but the onus will be Bryant and Gasol to be at their best. We’re banking on a big night from Bryant as the Lakers get revenge for the 2008 Finals.

Online betting pick: Lakers -7

World Cup OddsThe pressure is already on both Greece and Nigeria heading in to Thursday’s contest between the two nations, both losers of their Group B opening matches. With another loss meaning an early exit from the 2010 World Cup betting tournament, Free State Stadium will be submerged in the pressure that comes with facing elimination, as both teams play for the pride of their respective nations, and while Greece has made an impact just by getting back to the tournament after a six year absence from international competition on such a grand stage, Nigeria surely does not want to be the first team from the host continent to be disqualified.

6/17/10 – 16: 00

Free State Stadium – Mangaung/ Bloemfontein

Group B

Team Greece: Betting Preview

This is only the second World Cup soccer betting appearance that Greece has made in its history, and with four matches played combined, they have yet to get on the score sheet with a single tally. That will be the first task for the Euro Cup 2004 winners, with the second being to secure at least one point to potentially remain alive as the biggest underdog in Group B. Greece was easily dismissed by the Korean Republic in their opening game, and will need a much better effort if they are going to compete with a Nigerian squad that held the powerful favorites Argentina to a one-goal win.

Team Nigeria: Betting Preview

While all the talk surrounding Nigeria has been on goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who was elected the Man of the Match despite being the losing netminder in Nigeria’s opening 1-0 loss to Argentina because of the incredible performance that he put on, the African side feels as though they still have much to prove in the World Cup predictions tournament. Though Enyeama’s brilliant performance was a big reason they were able to remain competitive with the chance to draw until the final whistle, Nigeria should be playing with tons of confidence give the close result, and that could translate them in to an even more dangerous team. The fact that they won’t be burdened with having to defend against such a lethal attack as that boasted by Argentina could translate in to more pressure at the offensive end

Who Will Win It?

Not much can be said about the performance that Greece put forth against the Korean Republic, who controlled play for the better part of the 90 minutes played. What their opening loss reminded sports betting fans was that this team is a shadow of the one that won it all at the 2004 Euro Cup. Despite the loss, Nigeria still has to play the two teams it was predicted to have the better team than on paper, and with the host nation behind them, should be playing with incredible confidence when they take to the pitch for the opening kick off, and their tournament hopes on the line.

Greece Nigeria Betting Pick: Nigeria

World Cup BettingWorld Cup betting players are always aware in an international tournament that the “Group of Death” lurks like a shadow over the draw, and this is the second straight “Group of Death” for the Ivory Coast, who were matched up with Argentina and the Netherlands at Germany 2006. This time, it’s Brazil and Portugal who stand in their way, and the Portuguese will face the Ivory Coast on Tuesday morning.

Portugal Ivory Coast Betting – Tuesday, June 15, 10:00 AM ET

The Portuguese struggled in qualifying, particularly at the offensive end, which is strange when you consider that they’re led by captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a brilliant first season at Real Madrid when he got healthy. Ronaldo failed to score during qualification, and you can bet that he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder. He may have to carry more of a load as the man who replaced him at Manchester United, Nani, had to withdrawal because of a collarbone injury. The Portuguese are actually very stout defensively, but they’re going to have to find the back of the net to win this World Cup contest.

The Ivory Coast are sweating the fitness of captain Didier Drogba, who broke his arm in a friendly before the World Cup. Drogba is coming off a marvelous season at Chelsea and is the target man for the Ivorians, supported by Chelsea teammate Salomon Kolou, but how effective is the physical Drogba going to be with a cast on his arm, if he even plays at all? If Drogba can’t go, that puts pressure on the Ivorian defense to be strong, powered by the brother duo of Yaya and Kolo Toure.

This will be one of the toughest World Cup predictions to make, and Portugal comes at as the favorite at +110, while the Ivory Coast is listed at +245, and a draw is rated at +225. Les Elephants really need Drogba on the field for a number of reasons, and we can see the captain doing everything he can to get on the field, but we’re not sure if he can boss around the Portugal defense with just one arm. Ronaldo is going to need some help in the attacking third, most likely from Simao and Deco, and the Ivorian fullbacks are going to have to keep Ronaldo in front of them, although he has license to float around the pitch. This is going to be an open match, so expect it to go over the posted total of 2. It’s a shame that Drogba is hurt, or the Ivory Coast would have a much better shot at taking something from this match.

Online sports betting pick: Portugal +110

World Cup OddsThose who bet on World Cup odds easily identified Group G as the “Group Of Death” as soon as the draw was made, as Brazil, the Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea were put together in South Africa. The group kicks off on Tuesday morning, and while the first match will be difficult to pick, the second one is a shoo-in.

Portugal Ivory Coast Betting – Tuesday, 10:00 AM ET

Portugal is favored at +110 in this 2010 World Cup contest, while the Ivorians are listed at +245, and a draw is rated at +225. This match is all about the captains, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and the Ivorians’ Didier Drogba, and all eyes are on Drogba as he tries to come back from a broken arm suffered on the eve of the World Cup. Drogba has been doing non-contact drills with a cast on his arm, but with his physical and barreling style of play, it’s going to affect the way Drogba carries himself. Portugal has their own injury worry as Nani will miss the World Cup because of a collarbone bruise, and even though they still have Deco and Simao, the Portuguese would have loved to see Ronaldo and Nani, former teammates at Manchester United, rampaging on either wing. This is the first meeting for these two countries, and you have to give the edge to Portugal, as an ineffective Drogba playing for the Ivorians is like the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant being hurt in their NBA championship betting match.

Brazil North Korean Betting – Tuesday, 2:30 PM ET

Soccer betting odds are backing Brazil as a massive -1100 favorite in this match, while the North Koreans are rated at +2500, and a draw is listed at +750 in the first-meeting between these two. In their lone World Cup appearance at England 1966, North Korea shocked Italy 1-0 to make it to the knockout stages, but a win over Brazil would be much, much bigger than that. The Samba Kings are the only country to play in every World Cup, and they’ve won the most with five victories in the big tournament. Brazil manager Dunga has taken some criticism from fans and media alike who say that the Selecao aren’t as flashy and entertaining under him, but Dunga is one of two managers in this tournament (Argentina’s Diego Maradona is the other) aiming to join German legend Franz Beckenbauer as the only players to win the World Cup as a manager and a captain. It’s not a matter of if Brazil will win this match, it’s about how many, and even though they’re going to have to deal with a very defensive North Korean team, it would be the betting upset of the century if North Korean even managed to tie Brazil.

2010 World Cup Odds has Spain as a Favorite to Win the Title

World Cup OddsThe selection of Spain has not played its first game at the newly opened 2010 World Cup odds, but to the bookmakers in Las Vegas is the favorite to win the title of champion. Spain is placed in the betting with 3.5 to 1 as the top contender for the title of new world champion, while Brazil placed second with 4-1.

The selection of Argentina, with its star midfielder Lionel Messi, appears far from the favorite in the gaming world to have a chance of 11-2. Although the sport of football (soccer) in the United States is still very popular, the arrival of 2010 World Cup betting has taken another major impetus for further growth throughout the country as well as the bookmakers in Las Vegas.

Several reports offered by companies that coordinate betting books that are set through all the casinos and hotels in Las Vegas, show that there is no type of confidence in what we can make the U.S. team itself, which give some opportunities to win 40-1. Despite the lack of confidence they have in the United States national team, who played his sixth consecutive world, we recognize that progress has been made and why it has fallen from 60-1 as it was to begin to open their books to bet.

Neither party as a favorite to get the win on his debut against the England team that exceeds possibilities 2-1 and 6-1 also give the team coached by Italian Fabio Capello in their struggle for winning the championship. Although the bets made during the World Cup betting do not exceed those recorded for normal college basketball game or the National Football League (NFL), the shops that specialize in Las Vegas have confirmed to have increased by 20 30 percent compared to 2006. Another positive factor for the global football gambling houses of Las Vegas is that more and more television channels offered in the United States daily transmission of the matches.

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World betting oddsWith a goal from the defender Gabriel Heinze after an excellent collection of corner kick from Juan Sebastian Veron, Argentina go to break with the advantage on the scoreboard of the world cup betting.

In a game that began with a selection albiceleste at full throttle, with the expectation of the African box, the Argentines were quickly opened the scoring with a goal from Heinz to 6 '.

The Nigerian goalkeeper, Vincet Enyeama was the great protagonist of the first half to get three plays to score from the superstar Lionel Messi.

Despite the Argentine domain, Nigerians are betting on the counterattack and have threatened to Diego Armando Maradona led by more than one occasion.

For the second time is expected to increase the impact of gambling in the world cup odds.

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Betting Results of the ATP Tennis Tournament in London

Tennis Betting newsRafael Nadal, seeded No. 1, beat Brazilian Marcos Daniel today for a double round went from 6-2 in the ATP tennis tournament betting in London, like his compatriot Feliciano Lopez, seeded eight, won against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Another Spanish, Marcel Granollers, was also out of round by winning the Frenchman Marc Gicquel 6-1, 6-4 while Colombian Santiago Giraldo leaned against American Mardy Fish 7-6 (7 / 5), 6-2 .

Results of the ATP tennis tournament in London

Second Round:

Rafael Nadal (ESP/N.1) beat Marcos Daniel (BRA) 6-2, 6-2

Denis Istomin (UZB) Dustin Brown (JAM) 7-6 (9 / 7), 6-4

Julien Benneteau (FRA) Kevin Anderson (RSA) 7-5, 6-3

Feliciano Lopez (ESP/N.8) to Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-2, 6-4

Mardy Fish (USA) Santiago Giraldo (COL) 7-6 (7 / 5), 6-2

Dudi Sela (ISR/N.14) Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-5, 6-2

Sam Querrey (USA) Robby Ginepri (USA) 7-6 (7 / 4), 6-2

Marcel Granollers (ESP) Marc Gicquel (FRA) 6-1, 6-4

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World Cup BettingIf you’re betting on World Cup odds for the big tournament, you’ll see that there are at least nine teams with a chance of making it to the final in the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on July 11th. Here’s how it’ll all shake out in South Africa.

The Favorites

Spain (+400) and Brazil (+450) lead the way into 2010 World Cup betting, and if you’re going on history, Brazil wins easily: they’re the only team to participate in every World Cup, and their five wins in the most of any country. Spain won Euro 2008, but they’ve underachieved at the World Cup, as a fourth-place result in 1950 is their best. Both can trot out an impressive array of stars, but Spain gets the edge because of their midfield: can anyone else field a lineup of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, and Fabregas doesn’t even start most of the time? Also for Brazil, can Kaka carry the attacking load?

The Second Tier

Argentina (+600), England (+700) and the Netherlands round out the best in this group, and La Albiceleste has all the tools to win, including FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, who leads an impressive group of forwards. But all eyes will be on the bench, where manager Diego Maradona will try to spark his country from the sidelines as he did as captain of the 1986 Cup-winning side. England is powered by Wayne Rooney, and USA World Cup betting players will be keeping an eye on him when the Americans face England on Saturday. But like Argentina, the focus will be on manager Fabio Capello, who has brought a no-nonsense approach to the side. Finally, the Dutch are still looking for their first World Cup win, and they need to make their “total football” style count when the chips are down after years of disappointment for the Flying Dutchmen.

The Darkhorses

Germany (+1400) lost captain Michael Ballack, among others, but the squad known as The Team haven’t lost in the first round since 1938, and without Ballack, they still have the dynamic duo of Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger, so you can’t count the three-time champion Germans out. Portugal’s (+2600) World Cup contest against the Ivory Coast to open Group G (aka the “Group of Death”) could decide who goes onto the next round, and even though they had a disappointing qualification campaign, they still have Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the 2008 World Player of the Year award and finished behind Messi last year. Despite Nani’s injury, Portugal is going to be a factor in this tournament.

Online sports betting pick: Argentina (+600) over Portugal (+2600) in the World Cup finals in Johannesburg on July 11th.

NBA Betting – A Look At The Matchups

NBA Finals Odds2010 World Cup betting players have to look at all the matchups before making their picks, and the same goes in the NBA Finals, where Boston and Los Angeles will meet for Game 3 in Boston on Tuesday.

NBA Championship Betting – Tuesday, June 8, 9:00 PM ET

Frontcourt

The Lakers’ frontcourt have had the edge in the first two games of the series, and Pau Gasol has put up 24.0 points and 11.0 boards, while Andrew Bynum had 21 points in Game 2 and played a playoff-high 39 minutes. The two combined for 13 of the Lakers’ NBA Finals-record 14 blocks, and Bynum’s knee looked fine on Sunday, but will it hold up over a tough series? Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins have dealt with foul problems over the first two games, while Paul Pierce has been locked in a fierce battle with Ron Artest, managing to shoot 33.3% from the field.

Backcourt

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher romped over their Boston counterparts in Game 1, but Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo stormed back in Game 2, setting a Finals record with eight three-pointers and posting a triple-double, respectively. Allen dominated the first half, while Rondo took over in the second, and the Lakers looked like they had no idea who they wanted Bryant to guard, not to mention, Bryant was battling foul trouble and played just 34 minutes. Bryant and Fisher have too much championship experience to allow themselves to be outplayed like that, and even though Allen and Rondo were a big part of the 2008 title team in Boston, Bryant and Fisher have four rings apiece. Look for a much better game from them in Game 3.

Bench

However, Rasheed Wallace has badly outplayed Lamar Odom in a battle of the bench players, and that has helped offset the play of Garnett and Perkins. There will be at least one World Cup contest
decided by a sub, and Odom needs to be the super-sub that he has been all season. Nate Robinson has provided a spark off the bench in both games, while Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown haven’t been that great for the Lakers, and the Celtics’ bench will play a major role if Boston wants to upset the Lakers in this series.

Preview

The Celtics are a 2.5-point favorite on Tuesday, and they’ve won seven of their nine games at home in the playoffs. The Lakers won 90-89 in Boston on January 31, but they’re going to have to keep either Allen or Rondo from going off like they did in Game 2. Odom is also going to have bring his “A” game off the pine because we don’t think Bynum will have another 39-minute game. We’re making the Lakers our online sports betting pick on Tuesday night, led by a strong game from their backcourt.

NBA Finals BettingWorld Cup betting players can gear up for the big tournament by doing some NBA betting in the Finals, which are knotted at one game apiece after a spectacular performance by Boston in Game 2. The Celtics will host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 on Tuesday night, but the Lakers already have a win in Boston under their belt this season.

Celtics Lakers Betting – Tuesday, June 8, 9:00 PM ET

Ray Allen set a Finals record with eight three-pointers, going 7-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first half of a 103-94 win in the Staples Center. Allen led the way with a game-high 32 points, while Rajon Rondo had his fifth career playoff triple-double with 19 points, 12 boards and 10 assists for the Celtics. Boston was embarrassed by their Game 1 effort and came out with fire from the beginning, jumping out to a seven-point lead after the first 12 minutes, and Allen was at the heart of their best play with his long-range shooting, but it was Rondo who took over in the second half for the Celtics.

Pau Gasol had 25 points, eight boards and six blocks, while Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant had 21 points each for the Lakers, who set their own Finals record with 14 blocks. Bynum added seven swats of his own, but that didn’t stop the Celtics from attacking the lane. The Lakers shot 40.8% from the field, including 5-of-22 from beyond the arc, and the Celtics outscored them 36-26 in the paint. The Lakers also wasted a big advantage at the foul line, going 31-of-41 from the charity stripe, while the Celtics were only 20-of-26.

NBA betting odds are favoring the Celtics by 2.5 points at home, where they are 7-2 in the playoffs this season. The Lakers are 4-4 in eight road games in this postseason run, but they can take some encouragement from their 90-89 win in Boston on January 31 thanks to a jumper from Bryant with 7.3 seconds remaining. The Lakers are going to have to figure out a way to keep Allen under wraps without letting Rondo dominate the game as he did in the second half of Game 2. Lamar Odom also has to step up his game as he’s been awful in the Finals so far, averaging 4.0 points and 4.5 boards in 18.0 minutes over the first two games of the series. Odom provides a boost off the bench, and even though Bynum played 39 minutes on Sunday, that was his high of the playoffs and we’re not certain that his knee will hold up for another game like that. But we’re betting on a Lakers’ comeback after their showing in Game 2, as we don’t think the Celtics will get another game like that from Allen.

Betting pick: Lakers +2.5

2010 World Cup Odds for Group B to Win

Odds to Win the World CupArgentina, Greece, Nigeria and South Korea are on the World Cup Betting Odds for the Group B.

Argentina: are certainly favourites to win the World Cup Brackets in their group, as they contain a host of world class talent from Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to Javier Mascherano and Esteban Cambiasso.

Nigeria: The country’s football history has links with Britain. Nigeria played their first unofficial game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team played games in England against various teams such as Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Auckland and South Liverpool.

Greece: Greece was seeded in the first pot for the draw of the European qualification zone and their campaign began and ended with matches against Luxembourg.

South Korea: The Korean players demonstrated the potency of its attacking play, pinning the opponents in their own half, but failing to extend their lead.

Odds To Win Group B in the World Cup Soccer picks.

Argentina 1/2

Nigeria 4/1

Greece 11/2

South Korea 10/1

World Cup OddsThe World Cup Betting Odds are ready for the Group A,this group seems certain to go down to the last day and possibly even decided by tiebreakers.

France is the favorite in this group, the team arrived to South Africa on June 1st.

France will spend 4 days on Reunion Island. Where they will play their third and final friendly against China.

Uruguay is the next on the list of the World Cup Soccer picks
and odds.

They have been competing internationally since 1901, far longer than many of the more developed international countries that compete in the World Cup.

Their success came almost immediately on the international stage for the Uruguayans, winning the South American Championships three of their first four tournaments beginning in 1916.

Mexico is the number 3 on the odds but they are on the World Cup Brackets as a favorites.

Mexico will play against Italy in the opening day.

FIFA World Cup champions Italy lock horns with Mexico this evening in a tuneup before heading to South Africa.

Last but not least... South Africa.. in the group A. The odds are not in favor but they have too much to do on this world cup.

The world wants South Africa to do well but current form suggests they will do well to progress from the group stage.

Here are the odds to win for the Group A in the world cup:

France 19/20

Uruguay 15/4

Mexico 7/2

South Africa 6/1

NBA Finals Odds and PicksWorld Cup betting players have never seen two countries battle for the glory as much as NBA betting fans have had the pleasure of watching Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers go head-to-head for the title, as this will be the 12th time these rivals meet for the league crown. They just met two years ago with the Celtics taking out the Lakers in six games, will it happen again?

Celtics Lakers Betting – Game 1 is on Thursday, June 3 in Los Angeles

The Celtics were an afterthought coming into the playoffs, and no one even paid them much attention after they beat Miami in five games, and it would have been a sweep if not for one out-of-this-world game by Dwyane Wade. Boston then went on to eliminate two-time MVP LeBron James and Cleveland, the team with the league’s best record in the regular season, and followed that up by defeating Orlando in six after the Magic had steamrolled Charlotte and Atlanta. They’re doing it with defense as the Celtics are holding the opposition to 91.4 points on 43.8% shooting, but they may be meeting their most complete opponent.

The Lakers had a tough time dispatching of Oklahoma City in six games after emerging with the best record in the Western Conference, then they swept Utah before eliminating Phoenix in six. The defending NBA champions had a tough time matching up against Oklahoma City and their athleticism before they made some changes, and the Utah sweep wasn’t nearly as easy as it sounded, but that’s when Kobe Bryant started to heat up. After notching 23.5 points on 40.8% shooting against the Thunder, Bryant had his right knee drained and blazed the Jazz for 32.0 points on 52.3% shooting. Against the Suns, the former MVP had 33.7 points on 52.1% shooting.

The Lakers are a -185 favorite in this series according to NBA betting odds, and they’ve lost nine of their 11 Finals meetings with the Celtics in their history, including the 2008 loss that was stamped with a 39-point loss in Boston in Game 6. That sparked the Lakers to their title last season, but you know that they wished that it was the Celtics they faced and not Orlando, who they romped through in five games. This is all about revenge: Pau Gasol was pushed all over the place by Kevin Garnett and company in 2008, and he won’t let that happen again. Bryant will be up for another meeting with rival Ray Allen, as the two haven’t gotten along since Allen was in Seattle. The most important part of this series may be the acquisition of Ron Artest by the Lakers, as he’s going to make Paul Pierce work for every single point he gets. The Lakers are the better and more motivated team this time around.

BSN Sports Betting Pick: Lakers -185

NBA Finals Betting PicksWorld Cup betting players know that France would love a chance to avenge their controversial loss to Italy in the 2006 final in Germany, and the Los Angeles Lakers will have a chance to get their revenge on Boston for their loss in 2008.

Celtics Lakers Betting – Game 1: Thursday, June 3, 9:00 PM ET

The “Big Three” were on a mission in their first year together in 2008, as they were the only three Celtics to average more than 10 points in the six-game win over Los Angeles. Paul Pierce led the way with 21.8 points, while Ray Allen was next with 20.3 points, shooting 52.4% from three-point land. Kevin Garnett chipped in with 18.2 points and 13.0 rebounds, and he was the heart of a stifling defense that held the Lakers to 93.8 points on 44.1% from the field. Rajon Rondo steered the offense with 9.3 points and 6.7 assists, but he wasn’t nearly the impact player that he is right now. The Celtics also had James Posey as a veteran defender on the perimeter.

The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant with 25.7 points, but he shot just 40.5% from the field, and 32.1% from beyond the arc. Pau Gasol was next with 14.7 points and 10.2 boards, but he wasn’t aggressive at the offensive end as Garnett bullied him in the post. Like a World Cup contest with a 5-0 scoreline, the humiliation came for the Lakers in the sixth game, where they were blown out by 39 points in Boston in one of the poorest performances of any team facing an elimination, and the Lakers won’t give up like that again. Like the Celtics had with Posey, the Lakers have Ron Artest to defend the best perimeter player on the other time, and unlike Posey who came off the bench, Artest is a starter who plays big minutes.

NBA Final betting have the Lakers as a -185 favorite to not only defend their NBA title, but avenge their loss to the Celtics two years ago. This is a different Los Angeles team than the one the Celtics faced in 2008, and they’re a tougher team after what they experienced in Boston in that Game 6 rout. They had to go through a lot to win the championship last year, and now they have the added motivation of revenge. No one expected the Celtics to get to this point after an inconsistent regular season, but we’re wondering how healthy Garnett is after it looked like he was struggling in the Celtics’ six-game win over Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals.

Online sports betting pick: Lakers -185

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