Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Pittsburgh Pirates Picks, MLB Baseball Odds

MLB Betting: Dodgers at Pirates Odds

By Steven Wisner

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The featured game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball should be interesting to watch with Clayton Kershaw on the mound against a team that’s seen a huge offensive drop off of late.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Dodgers have won six straight games and eight of their last nine and will have a chance to rest with an off-day on Thursday before kicking off a four game series against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has now lost five series in a row and 12 of 14 games overall. They’re finding new ways to lose every night and are quickly seeing their slim playoff dreams slide away.

Heading into Thursday, the Dodgers had pulled nearly even in total money at -$59 while the Pirates recent stretch of losses have cost stubborn bettors who’ve refused to abandon ship. The Bucs’ total moneyline now sits at -$786.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

The Dodgers haven’t announced Sunday night’s starter, but Clayton Kershaw is lined up to make the start.

The ace southpaw is having his best season to date, which is scary for a pitcher that’s finished in the top three in NL Cy Young voting each of the last five seasons—winning three times.

In his league leading 15 starts and 115 innings of work, Kershaw is tops in wins (11), ERA (1.57), shut outs (three), and strikeouts (141).

As impressive as all of those standard metrics and numbers are, his ratios are even better. He’s walked only seven batters all season long, giving him a historically dominant 20.14 strikeout to walk ratio. With nearly no free passes and a league leading 5.5 hits per nine innings, his WHIP all the way down to 0.670.

Kershaw has pitched fewer than seven innings in a start just once all season and has allowed more than two runs in only one occasion as well. He’s now thrown 10 straight quality starts and has struck out at least 10 batters in nine of his last 12 games.

Over his career, the 28-year old southpaw is 2-2 against Pittsburgh with a 2.90 ERA in 10 starts.

The Pirates have yet to point to the starter getting the dubious task of going against Kershaw.

It would be Juan Nicasio’s turn in the rotation, but his status is uncertain as he’s been out on administrative leave dealing with a family issue. Wilfredo Boscan made the start in his place last time around, but he’s already off the roster again, getting sent to Indianapolis for Kyle Lobstein.

Lobstein could get the start. He’s pitched only in relief for the Pirates this year, but did make a couple starts at Triple-A.

Nicasio may be back by Sunday, but Clint Hurdle already alluded to the idea that Nicasio may be worked back into things in relief.

Pirates fans continue to clamor for a promotion for top-prospect Tyler Glasnow given his 1.61 ERA, but he wouldn’t be on rotation. Justin Masterson, however, would be on normal rest. The former Indians’ ace was signed to a minor league deal earlier this year, but hasn’t stood out in Triple-A. In fact, he walked four batters in his last start.

LIVE BETTING

The Pirates’ offense has gone cold and a matchup against Kershaw is not the way to get back on track.

Andrew McCutchen, however, has looked lost at the plate against mediocre arms, maybe playing up to the competition will help. He’s actually done well against Kershaw in his career, going 9-for-24 with a home run, giving him a 1.006 OPS.

Outside of McCutchen, neither Gregory Polanco nor David Freese have looked overmatched against Kershaw. The former is 3-for-8 with a homer against him while Freese is 6-for-21 with a pair of doubles.

Still, an offense is more than just three bats and Kershaw is even better this year than he’s even been in his career.

All in all, the Pirates’ bats need to get going, but that’s a tough task against Kershaw. Look for another low scoring affair out of the guys in yellow in black.

As for the Dodgers, their offense has been the definition of average.

QUICK PICK

The Dodgers may be lacking, particularly for a team with such a bloated payroll, but Los Angeles is the best team in baseball whenever Kershaw takes the hill. They can rely on him to hold the opposition down, go deep in the game and allow the offense to win it with just a couple of runs.

L.A.’s offense may not be great. The team’s .235 average is concerning, but overall, they’re still in the middle of the pack in runs scored. They’re also going against a team that’s struggled to find ways to win games of late and are unsure of who’ll even be making the start on Sunday night.

Power is another advantage for the Dodgers. The Pirates are led in homers by Jung Ho Kang who missed the first month of the season.

MLB Odds: Dodgers 5, Pirates 2

Pittsburgh Pirates Vs Chicago Cubs Odds, MLB Baseball Picks

MLB Betting: Pirates at Cubs Odds

Written by Mike Rose

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Division rivals are set to collide under the lights of historic Wrigley Field on Saturday night when the Cubs and Pirates partake in the second of three in front of a nationally televised audience.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

It’s been a rough go of it for Clint Hurdle’s Buccos in the month of June with the club just 4-9 and down $650 overall. This June swoon allowed St. Louis to leap them in the division standings. As it is, they sit 11.5 games in back of the Cubs for the division lead, and check in as 20-1 underdogs to win the division. If unable to do much of anything on the Northside of Chicago this weekend, those odds are sure to get a bit longer. Making matters worse for doing so is the fact that Andrew McCutchen and company currently sit a game under .500 as visitors (-$80).

There are only four 40 game winners in the Bigs heading into Wednesday’s diamond action. The Cubs are one of them and find themselves at the top of the heap at 44 up and only 19 down. Joe Maddon’s squad is the only not to have lost 20 overall games thus far. It’s also been dominant at home where it’s played .733 ball heading into Friday’s series opener with the Pirates. Even as such, they’ve only made their betting backers $414 due to going off the board heavy favorites every time they hit the field.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

With Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke struggling mightily and Gerrit Cole recently placed on the disabled list, Jonathon Niese was a godsend pickup in the offseason for this franchise. Owners of the No. 18 pitching staff in terms of ERA, Niese hasn’t done much to soften the blow in pitching to a 4.60 ERA, but he’s 6-3 and been an innings eater having reached the sixth inning in four of his last six starts. That said, he’s allowing 10.2 hits per nine innings and not striking nearly enough batters out to consistently go deeper into games. Chicago’s been better against righties to date, but Niese has already been tattooed for six earned over five innings by Chicago once this season.

Since getting peppered for 5 ERs over just 2.2 innings at San Francisco back on May 21, Jon Lester has been in beast mode since in tossing four straight quality starts and allowing a grand total of 2 ER over his last 30.1 innings of work. He’s simply been brilliant over his last two in dominating the Phillies and Braves en route to logging his seventh and eighth wins of the season, but this will likely be a tougher task against a peeved divisional opponent. That said, the southpaw has had his way with the Buccos this season in allowing just 10 hits and 1 ER over 12.1 combined innings of two starts. Chicago’s won five of his seven Wrigley starts with the under 4-2-1 in those contests.

LIVE BETTING

Dating back to last season, Chicago has thoroughly enjoyed taking it to their division rivals. Over the last 10 meetings, the Cubs have come out on top seven times which includes the play-in game when they shut the Pirates out 4-0 at PNC Park.

They’ve already taken five of the six meetings in 2016 with the over cashing in five of those games. Chicago averaged 6.3 runs per game while Pittsburgh only pushed an average of 2.2 runs per game across the plate.

QUICK PICK

The Pirates window of opportunity to run roughshod upon the NL Central has been slammed shut. Not by the Cardinals who dominated the division for so long, but by the Cubs. Chicago is playing a much higher caliber level of ball than that of Pittsburgh, and it will once again show over these next three days on the corner of Clark and Addison.

Chicago hasn’t dropped a series at home since shockingly doing so to the Padres of all teams in early May. Since then, they’ve won each of their next four series and could return home for this one off a confidence building series win over Washington if they’re able to solve the riddle that’s been Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday night.

While Pittsburgh sits 8-6 and up $160 versus southpaws to date, the Cubs are simply on a mission and I don’t foresee them going down in this letdown spot in front of a nationally televised audience.

MLB Odds: Cubs 7, Pirates 3

Detroit Tigers Vs New York Yankees Betting Picks, MLB Baseball Odds

MLB Betting: Tigers at Yankees Odds

Written by Mike Rose

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MLB Betting Odds

Masahiro Tanaka will attempt to churn out his fifth straight quality start on Saturday night at home under the lights against Detroit. The Tigers will have a different idea with the resurgent Justin Verlander leading their charge.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

While the Tigers are in the midst of playing some of their best ball of the season in winning six of their last eight to propel themselves back into the AL Central race, Brad Ausmus’s squad has been a disappointment for baseball bettors in dropping 16 of 29 on the road (-$24). That record will be put to the test over the weekend against a NY side also playing some decent ball of late.

Save for Tampa Bay, nobody gives the Yankees a realistic shot of making any kind of noise come October. Currently, Joe Girardi’s squad checks in as 18-1 underdogs to win the American League and 40-1 dogs to win the World Series. Heck, they’re currently 12-1 underdogs to win their own division! The team has however been at its best at home where it’s won 16 of 28 and logged a $236 return on investment for investors.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

If you could simply just take out the first month of Justin Verlander’s 2016 resume, he just might be a Top 10 pitcher in fantasy baseball leagues. Unfortunately, we can’t do that but just know JV has really turned it around ever since he and Kate Upton got engaged. Since May 8, five of his six starts were of quality and he averaged going 7.4 innings in each outing. Detroit has won three of his last four trips to the bump, and he’s logged an impressive 35:6 K/BB ratio during that stretch.

Masahiro Tanaka has performed admirably this season amidst concern that his right arm will fall off any given moment. He’s the team leader in both ERA (2.76) and wins (6), and will take to the bump for the thirteenth time looking to churn out his fifth straight quality start. Over his last three starts, he’s conceded just 15 hits and 3 ER over 20 innings of work. He has however been at his worst at home where his ERA jumps up to 4.19 and WHIP to 1.11. Righties are batting .236 against him as opposed to lefties batting .203. He’s going to have his work cut out for him against the Tigers’ righty-heavy batting order.

LIVE BETTING

New York has dominated this rivalry of late in taking seven of the last 10 overall meetings. They won the season series 5-2 a year ago and have already taken two of three from the Tigers this season after going into Comerica and coming out victorious.

The over holds a slim 5-4-1 advantage and cashed at a 1-1-1 clip in the teams previously played series to date.

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Tanaka is most definitely in solid form right now, but he attained those stats against some of the worst offenses in baseball. The A’s, Rays and Angels lineups would never be confused with that of the Tigers who’ve put an average of 6.0 runs per game on the board over their last seven games.

Verlander hasn’t taken on the stiffest of opposition either over the course of his comeback. Over the last three weeks, he’s opposed the Twins, Phillies, Angels and tanking White Sox – certainly not a murderer’s row. However, NY owns the league’s No. 23 ranked scoring offense, so that falls right in line with whom he’s excelled against of late.

Still, I like this matchup for the visitors much more than the hosts. The Tigers have a real shot of making some noise in the AL Central while NY is severely up against it in challenging the Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays for division honors. Look for Detroit to get to Tanaka early and then pull away once their long relief arms are called upon to avoid the nastiness of the Yanks trio.

MLB Odds: Tigers 7, Yankees 3

Copa America Soccer Predictions, Brazil vs Ecuador Odds

Soccer Odds – Brazil vs. Ecuador Match Preview

By Andrew Ryan

At BookMaker Sportsbook, our team of writers breaks down every betting matchup on the wagering board. Cash in on some serious Copa America lines by identifying the latest trends, statistics and injuries in each betting preview at BookMaker.eu. The fixture between Brazil and Ecuador is scheduled forSaturday, June 4, 2016at8:00 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl.The match will be televised live on FOX Sports.

Soccer Odds

Brazil is the most decorated international team in the world and is always a favorite to win whatever tournament it’s playing in. However, this time around the Brazilians will face a unique challenge with their best player Neymar taking the tournament off to instead focus on bringing Brazil the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in two months. Brazil still has plenty of talent without Neymar, but faces a tough test in its first match against Ecuador.

Soccer Odds at BookMaker.eu
Brazil -125
Ecuador +390
Draw +255
Over/Under 2.5 (Under 2.5 -135)

ODDS ANALYSIS

The Brazilians are a sizeable favorite in this match and their reputation tends to make them larger favorites than they actually should be much of the time. Brazil got bounced by Paraguay in the quarterfinals of the last two Copa Americas and are still the second leading favorite to win the tournament taking this into account.

Ecuador hasn’t seen much action this year with only three international matches to date, but there hasn’t been much to smile about. Ecuador has failed to win any of those three matches and didn’t look good against the United States in its one friendly prior to Copa America.

KEY PLAYERS

Without Neymar, Brazil will need goals to come from other places and one of the most obvious choices is Willian. Chelsea had an abysmal Premier League campaign, but Willian was one of the few bright spots and seemed to finally live up to some of his promise. He tallied 11 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea across all competitions and will be even more determined to win Copa America for Brazil after his club team barred him from participating in the Olympics.

Antonio Valencia has been the face of Ecuadorean soccer for years now, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. He struggled a bit with Manchester United this season, but his play rallied and he ended up contributing to the Red Devils winning the FA Cup. Valencia missed the last Copa America due to injury, but he is healthy this time around and looking to make an impact.

LIVE BETTING

Unsurprisingly, Brazil is showing an ability to score in international competition. The Selecaohave scored at least two goals in four straight matches and controlled the run of play against Panama in Sunday’s friendly. Brazil has a spoil of riches to play with in addition to Willian, with other notable attackers such as Gabriel and Hulk along with midfielders like Kaka, Philippe Coutinho, and defenders Dani Alves and Marquinhos. Every player on the pitch for Brazil, including defenders, has a penchant to score goals and this team is known for constantly running defenders into the opposing side’s box.

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Ecuador doesn’t have nearly the amount of firepower as Brazil has, but this small country has looked solid in World Cup qualifying to date, and is tied for first place in COMNEBOL. The Ecuadoreans will likely pick their spots carefully against Brazil and wait for opportune moments to counterattack in the hope of catching Brazil’s back line on the wrong foot.

Brazil has had a knack of massively underachieving as of late and if the Brazilians fail to meet expectations again, there’s a chance that Dunga will be forced out as manager before the Summer Olympics. He should easily win this group and anything less than a finals appearance for Brazil will be considered a failure.

At the end of the day, this Brazilian side has too much talent to falter early in the tournament. Brazil is well aware of its recent failures and will not take anyone in this tournament lightly. Ecuador will have its chances, but Brazil will do enough to win the match.

Copa America Odds: Brazil 2, Ecuador 1

Baltimore Orioles Vs Cleveland Indians Odds, MLB Baseabll Lines

MLB Betting: Orioles at Indians Odds

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

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Plenty of offense is on deck for the middle game of three on Saturday between a power laden Orioles roster and a Cleveland squad with a great matchup.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Orioles are just a game back of the AL East lead and AL best record as of Wednesday.

Thanks to a boom or bust offense and shaky rotation, the O’s are prone to a swoon here and there. Having lost back-to-back games, the Birds have dropped out of the division top spot, but still have had a strong year overall with a total moneyline of $842, the second best in the league.

The Indians, meanwhile, are four games over-.500 and just barely in the black at $45.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

The Indians have yet to announce their starting staff for the Orioles series, including their starter for Saturday.

Based on the rotation order last time through, Mike Clevinger could get the nod. The 25-year old rookie right-hander has just two big league starts under his belt and the last one was a struggle as he lasted five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while allowing a pair of home runs.

The long ball is a real threat against the Orioles who are stacked with power bats top-to-bottom and boast three hitters already in double-digits in HRs.

While Clevinger’s been hittable at the big league level, his time in Triple-A shows a guy capable of keeping the ball in the yard, though control outside of the zone was worrisome with a 4.3 walk per nine inning rate at Columbus.

Fortunately for Clevinger, his offense should give him some leeway as they face former Indian Ubaldo Jimenez.

Jimenez has been the epitome of inconsistency. The right-hander has a complex delivery that’s often out of whack, leading to plenty of walks. His WHIP is sky-high right now at 1.776 and his ERA is 6.04 through nine starts.

The veteran is lost on the mound right now as he’s walking the ballpark and when he does throw in the zone, he’s grooving it so hitters get a great look at it as evidenced by his 11.2 hits per nine ratio.

LIVE BETTING

The Orioles offense has been reliant on the home run for the past several years. Once again, they’re at the top of the heap in total home runs, slamming 65 of them. That’s 18 more than the Indians so far.

Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo are tied for the team lead with 13 homers a piece while Chris Davis has hit 10. That’s 36 between three players, no other team can claim that at this point in the year.

Even outside of those three, the rest of the roster can hit the ball out. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop already has eight bombs while Adam Jones and Pedro Alvarez each have 30 homer seasons on their resumes.

For the Birds, it’s all about trying to score without the home run. That’s been a problem. When the opposition has been able to keep the ball in the yard, they’ve had a hard time winning.

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The Indians are at home and facing a familiar face in Jimenez who has been one of the worst starters in baseball through the season’s first two months.

Of course, Cleveland’s starting picture isn’t the clearest for Saturday and Clevinger hasn’t been able to establish himself at the big league level. The Birds should get a number of pitches they can drive to help them stay in what figures to be a bit of a shootout.

Given all of that, this game could come down to the defense and the bullpen. If so, the Orioles have the advantage in both categories.

Baltimore’s defense—even with Mark Trumbo getting most of the innings in right-field—is the best in the American League based on total errors with only 18. The infield defense, in particular, is quite strong.

The O’s pen is another strength. Buck Showalter is one of the best at managing a pen and he’s got a number of weapons at his disposal. Including Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Darren O’Day and Vance Worley all with ERAs no higher than 2.19.

MLB Odds: Orioles 7, Indians 6

NBA Playoff Predictions, Warriors Vs Thunder Game 3 Betting Lines

NBA Betting: Warriors at Thunder Game 3 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

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It’ll be interesting to see how both the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder take to the floor on Sunday night after having three-plus days to rest up and get back to it. Will rust set in, or will it be just the perfect amount of time off for both teams to play to the high scorer oddsmakers have expected with sky high totals the first two games?

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Warriors have been the decided favorite in all five of their match-ups with the Thunder this season, and they’re 3-1-1 ATS to show for their work. After shockingly getting upset in Game 1 as 7.5-point chalk, oddsmakers laid a trap in Game 2 boosting the pointspread up a point and a half.

Golden State had absolutely no issue disposing of the Thunder Wednesday night en route to securing the 118-91 home win and cover to move to 7-1 SU and ATS when in the comforts of their own arena this postseason.
The road has been where the defending champs have been most susceptible in these playoffs however with Coach Kerr’s squad dropping a game in both Houston and Portland and getting pushed to the brink once again in Game 4 versus the Blazers.

Oklahoma City has been defeated on its own floor twice in the second season, but it’s road prowess got it to this point. The Thunder pushed and covered the two times they hosted the Dubs in the regular season.

SERIES RECAP

The stars have come out to play for the winning team in the first two games of this series.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 53 of the Thunder’s 108 points scored in Game 1, but the duo also got solid contributions from Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams and Deion Waiters both offensively and defensively to steal home court advantage.
It was the Steph Curry show in Game 2 as he put the Dubs on his back en route to logging 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting which included a 5-of-8 showing from downtown that for all intents and purposes crushed the Thunder’s will to fight.

LIVE BETTING

Though Kevin Durant went for a game-high 29 points in Game 2 following his 26 point performance in the series opener, he looked tired out there. The proof was in the pudding as the All-Star forward tallied a team-high eight turnovers and was sloppy throughout.

With 72 hours to rest up for this one, make it a point to see what his shooting stroke looks like in this one. Golden State allowed the Trail Blazers to go bonkers from long range in Games 3 & 4 in Portland last round, and if the time off gives KD the time he needs to have the energy for one of those 40+ point performances, there likely won’t be a total set high enough on the live betting lines not to continue hitting the over.

QUICK PICK

The under cashed in two of these rival’s three regular season meetings. However, the lone over occurred in the “Thunderdome” where the Warriors escaped with a 121-118 win and push on the closing pointspread. The combined total soared past the closing number of 233.5 to move it to 4-0-1 the last five times these teams squared off in Oklahoma City.

For all intents and purposes, this series has grossly failed to live up to oddsmakers expectations with both games combining to go under the closing total by an average of 14.5 points per game. The total will likely be suppressed a bit because of it adding more value to the line for over bettors chasing losses in the first two games.

NBA Odds: Warriors 120, Thunder 118

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Washington Capitals Picks, NHL Betting Lines

NHL Betting: Penguins at Capitals Game 5 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

If your favorite hockey team didn’t make the playoffs this season, make the games more interesting by betting on the NHL odds at BookMaker Sportsbook! This is the only online wagering outlet that offers early NHL spreads and totals. The matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will start at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Verizon Center. Game 5 of this series will be televised live on NBC.

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The President’s Trophy winners are down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and now need three straight wins in order to move to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s a tall order for any team, but if there is a team that can do it in the East, it’s the Washington Capitals.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Washington will be favored in this game since it is back in DC and because it’s do or die.
The Capitals don’t want to join the list of teams that posted the top regular season record only to completely fizzle out in the playoffs. Every game so far has been decided by just one goal which highlights how close these two teams are in terms of overall skill.

GOALIE REPORT

Matt Murray has been absolutely phenomenal in net for Pittsburgh this series and his play this postseason has kept the highly compensated Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench. Although he’s just a rookie, he hasn’t shown any of the jitters one might expect from a young player in the playoffs.

After giving up four goals in the series opener, Murray bounced back to suffocate the high-powered Capitals offense in the next three. Murray is 6-1 with a .944 save percentage in the playoffs and his play has been fabulous backstopping a Pens team that allows numerous shots on net.

Braden Holtby dominated against the toothless Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, allowing just six goals in the series’ six games. However, the script has been flipped in the first four games against the Penguins. Holtby has let in 11 goals heading into Game 5 and although he hasn’t made any boneheaded decisions that have led to goals, Pittsburgh’s aggressive style has gotten to him.

The Penguins are putting pucks on net at a rate Philadelphia couldn’t and now Holtby looks much more beatable because of it.

LIVE BETTING

Pittsburgh and Washington have played each other extremely close thus far this series with one goal deciding every game to this point. All of those but Game 3 saw a game that was tied for the most part, but one team scored late to win it.

Betting on the over in the first period is probably a good move. Capitals’ head coach Barry Trotz will likely shake things up a bit and have Washington playing an ultra-aggressive style to try to jump out to an early lead on the Pens. For their part, with Kris Letang back in the line-up, Pittsburgh’s offense and power play will get a kick and will have more chances.

QUICK PICK

This has been the physical, fast paced series that the NHL wants in order to expand its audience. However that physicality led to two crucial suspensions, one of which has been killing the Capitals. Brooks Orpik’s hit on Olli Maatta led to a three game suspension for Orpik and Washington has been greatly missing his absence. Orpik is a big physical defender that knows how to use his body to ride wings into the boards and is capable of bone-crushing checks, but his head shot on Maatta that was completely outside the area of play was uncalled for.

Pittsburgh had a somewhat similar situation happen in Game 3 with Kris Letang, but Letang’s hit was much more in the line of play and led to just a one game suspension. Now Letang is back for Game 5 and ready to lead the Pens to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Without Orpik, Washington has been struggling to stop the Pens but he’ll be unavailable in Game 5 due to the suspension. Many will expect the Caps to come back in Game 5 and send the series back to Pittsburgh, but without Orpik they might not be able to do that.

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NHL Odds: Penguins 3, Capitals 1

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Portland Trail Blazers Game 6 Odds, NBA Picks

NBA Betting: Clippers at Trail Blazers Game 6 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

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Like many of the other series so far this postseason, home court advantage was of the utmost importance through the first four games. However, the Trail Blazers got a big win in Game 5 against a Clippers team that is now without its two best players. Can the Trail Blazers take advantage and close the series out in Portland on Friday night?

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INJURIES

Game 4 went the worst possible way for the Clippers. Chris Paul broke his hand late in the game and he is expected to miss the rest of the postseason as a result. CP3 had scored at least 25 points in the first three games of the series and was having his way with Portland’s backcourt.
To make matters worse, Blake Griffin got hurt yet again in Game 4 and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs as well with a quad injury. Griffin had just started to play himself back into shape and the Clips had a legitimate shot at knocking off the Warriors without Stephen Curry. Now the Clippers will likely see their postseason end much sooner than it would with Paul and Griffin healthy.
Where the Clippers are rocked by injuries, the Trail Blazers are injury free at this point.

KEY MATCHUP

C.J.McCollum shined in Game 5, while his backcourt mate Damian Lillard struggled. McCollum went 9-18 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line for a game high 27 points. McCollum has been amazing this season en route to being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and his emergence was a big reason why Portland coach Terry Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting.

Without Paul to harass him, he should continue to have big games.
Lillard wasn’t great for the Blazers, but he did play a big part in putting the game away for Portland in the fourth. Lillard hit his first six shots of the quarter and ended up sinking five threes allowing Portland to put the game away. Now Lillard and the Blazers are on the cusp of reaching the conference semi-finals.

It’s no surprise that the Clippers found offense hard to come by in Game 5 without Paul and Griffin. LA was hoping to get big games from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick but while Redick delivered, Crawford came up short.
Redick went 7-17 from the floor and was the only Clipper to consistently hit three pointers all night long. He hit 50 percent of his shots from deep and the Clippers hope is that he can keep hitting three pointers at that clip.
Crawford is usually a super sub off the bench, but in 44 minutes of action his efficacy was put to the test. Crawford kept chucking up shots, but wasn’t able to hit anything and made just over a quarter of his field goal attempts. The Clippers aren’t in a great position, but Crawford needs to shoot better for LA to win.

LIVE BETTING

The Clippers are stretched thin already and when the bench takes the floor, some of these players are now guys that never would have seen the floor when Blake and CP3 were healthy. Jump on Portland when the benches take the court late in the first and early in the second.

QUICK PICK

LA put up a valiant effort on Wednesday and was tied with Portland heading into the fourth quarter before Lillard and the Blazers ran away. It’s really hard to see a way that the Clippers can win this game being so shorthanded though.

Grab Portland and lay the points.

NBA Odds: Portland 102, Los Angeles 94

Chicago Bulls Vs Houston Rockets Picks, NBA Betting Odds

NBA Odds – Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets Live Betting Preview

By FairwayJay of North Shore Sports, INC

If you’re not wagering with BookMaker Sportsbook then you’re just another square bettor. Shop for NBA spreads where the pros do so register for your own betting account at BookMaker now! The contest pitting the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets will take place Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Toyota Center. The game will be televised on TNT.

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A pair of teams battling for the final playoff spot in each conference will meet Thursday when the Rockets host the Bulls. BookMaker is the place to be for live betting with back-and-forth action and plenty of opportunities to wager and win.
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WHEN THE CHICAGO BULLS HAVE THE BALL
The Bulls are 36-37 following their home loss to Atlanta Tuesday in a game they shot just 38 percent from the floor. Chicago sits 2.5 games behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with nine games remaining, and Chicago hosts Detroit April 2nd.
The Bulls season has been a disappointment under first year coach Fred Hoiberg, as the offense has not been consistent or healthy. Recent losses to the Knicks twice, a 22-point defeat at Orlando and then the home loss to Atlanta tells us the Bulls are going backwards towards the finish.
The locker room comments are negative and six of their next seven games are against probable playoff teams.
Jimmy Butler has scored less than 20 points in six straight games, and the back court with Derrick Rose is struggling with their shooting and scoring production. Aaron Brooks can add some pop from the perimeter, but the Bulls have been without guard E’Twaun Moore for the last six games due to a hamstring injury.
Center Pau Gasol has been limited some in the last five games with an ankle injury after missing four previous games. They’ll need him against Dwight Howard inside if they plan on snapping their four-game losing streak.
WHEN THE HOUSTON ROCKETS HAVE THE BALL
The Rockets are 36-38 and holding onto the final playoff spot in the West by a half game over Dallas. James Harden should go off in this match-up against a Bulls defense that has allowed an average of 108 points per game per 100 possessions over their last 17 contests. Only three teams have a worse net scoring margin over that time than the Bulls minus-7.
Houston is No. 4 in league scoring at 106 points per game and the Rockets lead the league with over 10 steals per game and opponent turnovers per game at more than 16 per contest. The Rockets are No. 2 in the league in 3-pointers attempted per game at 30 and their 10 made three-pointers per contest are also No. 2 in the league.
The Bulls defend the 3-ball well ranking No. 6 in the league, but the Rockets can also go strong inside with Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza along with newly acquired Michael Beasley who is scoring 14 points per game in 12 contests since suiting up for the Rockets.
Howard’s near 12 rebounds per game and the Rockets ability to go small with more versatility makes them a preferred play in live betting.

LIVE BETTING SCENARIO
This could turn into a high-paced back and forth game with lots of live betting opportunities in adjusted prices and totals. The fast pace and transition basketball could potentially produce plenty of scoring, but the posted total will be fairly high along with adjusted prices in live betting.
Perimeter play will be highlighted with Jimmy Butler and James Harden providing the outside sharp shooting.
Houston ranks top-10 in offensive efficiency, but its defense remains an issue and the Bulls may be willing to play at the Rockets preferred pace. But it’s tough to trust the Bulls in this live betting match-up and the Rockets at home should provide live betting interest despite their own inconsistency while losing four of their last five games.
With a Tuesday game at Cleveland and game against Oklahoma City and Dallas following this contest, the Rockets should bring full focus and max energy against the Bulls making them a live betting preference as they extend the margin.

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Golden State Warriors Picks, NBA Betting Odds

NBA Odds – Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors Live Betting Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

With the earliest spreads, totals and moneylines for every NBA game there is no reason to not join BookMaker Sportsbook! Our writers provide all the injuries, line movements and analysis to handicap every NBA odds matchup. Bet on the NBA today as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors square off Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 10:30 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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With 12 games remaining, the Warriors need 10 wins to best the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ record for best in NBA history. Golden State’s quest for history continues when it returns home on Wednesday to host the Clippers.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Golden State is undefeated at home and, surprisingly for a team that’s played with such large spreads, they’re above .500 at home ATS, going 18-14. Overall, they’re 39-29-2 ATS.

On the other hand, the Clippers are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games and just 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 against the best of the best – teams with a .600 or better winning percentage.

WHEN THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ARE ON OFFENSE

Cleveland and San Antonio slowed down the Clippers’ offense last week, but games against Houston, Memphis and New Orleans saw Los Angeles’s point total bounce back into triple-digits, even on the road. The Clippers average 104.6 PPG and a 46.2 percent shooting mark on field goals.

Playing against the Warriors could lead to that percentage taking a dip as Golden State ranks No. 3 allowing a 43.4 field goal percentage. On the other hand, Golden State’s fast-pace game allows for points to be scored at both ends of the court.

Blake Griffin is still on the sidelines so DeAndre Jordan will be the primary force inside. Watch to see how he handles Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. If he can control the inside, that’ll open things up for Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford on the perimeter.

On the season, Jordan is averaging just 12.7 PPG as one of five active players scoring at least 10 PPG, but it’s his defense that’s key. He’s recording 2.3 BPG and has 13.9 RPG, as the nation’s second most prolific rebounder.

Paul is the leading scorer amongst active players with 20 PPG while Redick and Crawford provide 16.8 and 13.6 PPG respectively. Paul also has 9.9 APG, fourth most in the NBA.

WHEN THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ARE ON OFFENSE

Saturday was a tough day for the Warriors, losing to San Antonio in a un-Warriors-like fashion, scoring 79-points. Outside of that game, Golden State was only held below 90-points once, scoring 89 against Cleveland on Christmas Day.

The Warriors were able to rebound from the loss to beat Minnesota on the road on Monday, 109-104. Still, they failed to cover the spread in that game, winning by only five against a team with a .314 winning percentage.

The 109 points was also still below their 115.3 point average for the year. That figure, of course, ranks first in the NBA; as does Golden State’s 48.8 field goal percentage and its 41.4 percent mark behind the arc.

Typically, this team is dominated on the outside by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry is a king of the outside shot and is leading the league with 30.1 PPG, though has failed to break 20-points in back-to-back games. He did, however, have 11 assists against Minnesota.

Against the Timberwolves, Draymond Green was the team’s scoring leader with 24-points. The forward took care of business inside, shooting 10-for-13 from the floor to lead Golden State to a 49.4 percent shooting mark.

It’s not often you can refer to 19-points and 11-assists as a down game, but for Curry it was—at least on the scoring end. Thompson, too, hasn’t broken 20-points in his last two games despite averaging over 22 for the year.

You can count on Curry and Thompson to get back to their torrid pace, but watch to see if Green can maintain his high-level of performance. If so, back Golden State and the over as the Warriors offense returns to its otherworldly levels.

BETTING TRENDS AND MATCHUPS

One important thing to watch is who pulls down the boards.

Don’t let Jordan’s rebounding dominance fool you, the Clippers aren’t a great rebounding team overall, instead, they look to Jordan to collect most of the boards. Golden State, meanwhile, spreads the love and ranks No. 3 in the NBA in RPG with 46.2.

Watch to see how Jordan is able to perform on the glass. If he’s unable to pull down the big rebounds early, the Clippers don’t stand a chance.