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.

QUICK PICK

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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MLB Baseball Picks

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.

QUICK PICK

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

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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.

Grab the Pens on the moneyline here.

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