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Food City 500 Odds
BRISTOL, TN (TheSpread) – The 2014 NASCAR Season heads to the short track at Bristol for the Food City 500. Here is a look at the odds to win this race.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kyle Busch is the favorite to win the race, as he has 6/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick, who each have 7/1 odds.
Busch is 10th in the standings, 38 points out of first. He has just one top 10 in three races this year. Busch has been dominant at Bristol, winning five times with an average finish of 9.9. His driver rating at this track is 101.8, which is best of any driver.
Johnson is third in the standings, 16 points out of first. Johnson has one top 5 and no wins this year. Johnson has one win at Bristol with an average finish of 15.3. Johnson has a driver rating of 91.4 at the track, which ranks seventh in the series.
Keselowski is second in the standings, one point out of first. He has one win and three top 5s in three races. Keselowski has won twice at this track and has an average finish of 14.4. His driver rating at this track is 94.9, which puts him fourth amongst current drivers.
Kenseth is sixth in the standings, 28 points out of first. KensethCardinals sign Cuban Aledmys Diaz
JUPITER, FL (The Spread) – The St. Louis Cardinals, the current favorites to win the NL Central, have signed Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals’ deal with Diaz is for four years at $8 million, which is significantly less what some media members speculated that the Cuban would sign for. Some estimated that Diaz would sign from anywhere between $15 and $30 million, but clearly those figures were exaggerated. Either that, or with the Yankees and Twins backing off in their pursuit of Diaz, his market value crashed.
Diaz batted .315 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases over 313 plate appearances in his final year in Cuba and sat out last season while serving a suspension from MLB for falsifying his age. With the Cardinals currently have Jhonny Peralta at shortstop and the combination of Kolten Wong and Mark Ellis at second, Diaz is expected to start his career in the minors.
As previously mentioned, the Cardinals remain favored to win the NL Central in 2014 at -175 odds. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Reds and Pirates both have +375 odds to win the division, while the Brewers are +1400 and the Cubs have the longest odds at +2500.
The Cardinals also have the second-best odds to win the 2014 World Series atSeahawks re-sign Michael Bennett
SEATTLE, WA (The Spread) – In a somewhat surprising move, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a new contract with free agent Michael Bennett.
We use the term “surprising” because for all intents and purposes it looked like Bennett would be signing with the Chicago Bears when the free agency period begins on Tuesday in the NFL. But Bennett ultimately decided to take less money and play for the defending Super Bowl champions instead of joining his brother Martellus in Chicago.
According to Profootballtalk.com, the deal is a four-year contract worth $34 million and includes $16 million guaranteed. Bennett racked up 8.5 sacks last year for Seattle and forced a fumble as the Seahawks went on to beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl. With Bennett off the market, the Bears may turn their attention to Michael Johnson, a free agent pass rusher that has played his entire career in Cincinnati.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Seahawks remain 11/2 favorites to win the 2015 Super Bowl after opening as Super Bowl favorites. The 49ers, meanwhile, have the next-best odds at 13/2 while the Patriots are 9/1 and the Broncos are 10/1. The Bears, for what it’s worth, are 25/1, which give them the same odds as the Chiefs and Eagles.
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ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Gonzaga as a 6.5-point favorite over St. Mary’s, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 132.5 points. The Gaels enter play with a 22-10 record and went 2-2 on neutral floors this season, while the Bulldogs are 26-6 overall and 4-2 on neutral floors.
LINE MOVEMENT: Gonzaga opened as 6-point favorites but the spread has climbed to either 6.5 or 7 at most sports books, while the over/under total opened at 130 and has climbed to 132.5 or 133 depending on the book.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 83% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Gonzaga. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Gonzaga. According to the latest college basketball trends, the Gaels are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games versus the Bulldogs and 2-10 ATS in theirWizards vs. Heat Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Heat as 6.5-point favorites over the Wizards, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 204 points. Washington is 33-29 overall and 17-14 on the road, while Miami is 43-17 overall and 24-4 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Heat opened as 6-point favorites but the spread has jumped to 6.5 or 7 depending on which sports book you view. As for the total, it opened at 204 and that’s where it currently sits.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 76% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Heat. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Washington. According to latest NBA trends, the Wizards are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven meetings in Miami while the road team is 25-10-1 ATS in the last 36 meetings between these two teams. The Wizards are also 20-7-3 agianst the spread in their last 30 games versus Southeast opponents, 22-8 in their last 30 road games and 4-1-1Penguins vs. Capitals Free Pick
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Penguins are -117 money line favorites over the Capitals, who are +108 on the ML. Pittsburgh enters play with a 42-17-4 record and is 19-13-2 on the road, while Washington is 30-25-10 overall and 18-10-5 at home. The total for tonight’s game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Penguins opened as -130 money line favorites but their odds have dropped to -117, while the Capitals’ odds opened at +120 and have been bet down to +108. The total for tonight’s game has stayed at 5.5 after opening at that same number.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 74% of bettors favor the Penguins. This information is subject to change, however, so click on the link provided for the most updated public betting stats.
NHL FREE PICK: Take Pittsburgh. According to latest NHL trends, the Penguins are 6-0 in theirValspar Championship Odds
PALM HARBOR, FL (TheSpread) – The PGA Tour continues this week with the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor. Here is a look at the odds to win this event.
Kuchar is 11th in the world rankings and he has been his usual steady self to start 2014, finishing in the top 10 in three of his five events with one 13th-place finish. He placed 14th in this event a year ago and 10th in 2012.
Spieth has been as strong as anyone over the last calendar year. He now finds himself 13th in the world rankings after nearly being off the radar to enter 2013. He has two top 5s this year already and finished seventh in this event a year ago.
Dufner is 17th in the world rankings. He has placed ninth in his last two events and has another top 5 in 2014. He finished 21st in this tournament a year ago and was 10th in the 2012 event.
The PGA Valspar Championship takes place March 13-16 from Innisbrook-Copperhead Course. For a look at the odds to win this golf tournament, see below.
2014 PGA Valspar Championship Odds To Win
Jason Dufner 16/1
Jordan Spieth 16/1
Matt Kuchar 16/1
Harris English 18/1
Justin Rose 18/1
Luke Donald 20/1
Webb Simpson 22/1
GrahamMAC Tournament Odds
CLEVELAND, OH (TheSpread) – The 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament begins tonight and will be a long road for the higher seeds. Here is a look at the odds to win this tournament.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Toledo is the favorite to win this tournament, as it has 9/5 odds. Other short odds to win are Western Michigan (7/2) and Buffalo (15/4).
This is a 12-team tournament, but in a staggered format, with higher seeds getting more and more byes. The top two seeds have byes into the semifinals while the third and four seed are in the quarters. After four opening round games today at campus sites, the next three rounds feature just two games each until the title game is played on Saturday from Quicken Loans Arena.
Toledo is the No. 2 seed as it went 14-4 in MAC play and is 26-5 overall. The Rockets have only won this tournament one time, and that was back in 1980.
Western Michigan is the top seed in the tournament. It went 14-4 in conference play and is 21-9 on the season. Western Michigan won this tournament one time, which was back in 2004.
Buffalo has the No. 3 seed. It went 13-5 in conference play and 19-9 overall this year. Buffalo has never won this tournament in 14 appearances.
For a complete look at each team’s odds to win the 2014 Mid-AmericanMonday's NHL Odds
(TheSpread) – The NHL schedule for Monday features eight games. Here is a breakdown of the action taking place today.
The marquee game on Monday has the Washington Capitals hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7PM ET. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Penguins are favored on the road, as they have odds of -135 to win, while the Capitals have a money line of +115 to prevail. Pittsburgh has won two of its last three while Washington has lost three of its last four. The Penguins have dominated the recent series, winning six straight over Washington, including the two meetings this year.
Another featured game today has the Dallas Stars hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8:30PM ET. The Stars are favored at home, as they have odds of -130, while the Blue Jackets have odds of +110. Columbus has won four of its last five games while Dallas has prevailed in three of its last four. The Blue Jackets won the first meeting this season and have won three of their last four against Dallas.
The third featured game today has the Ottawa Senators hosting the Nashville Predators at 7:30PM ET. Oddsmakers have made the Senators the favorite at home, as they have odds of -150 to win, while the Predators have a money line of +130 to win. Ottawa comes in having lost four of its last six, while NashvilleMonday's NBA Odds
(TheSpread) – The NBA Schedule for Monday features a total of seven games. Here is a breakdown of today’s action.
The featured game of the day has the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Toronto Raptors at 7:30PM ET. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Nets are the favorite at home, as they have odds of -3 points against the Raptors. The over/under for the game has been set at 194.5 points. Toronto has won and covered in three of its last four against the Nets and Toronto comes in having won five of its last six.
Another featured game today has the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Phoenix Suns at 10:30PM ET. Oddsmakers have the Clippers as a 10-point favorite at home against the Suns. The over/under has been set at 220 points. Phoenix comes in 3-1 overall and against the spread in its last four while the Clippers have won seven straight, going 6-1 ATS in that stretch. The Clippers have won and covered in four of their last six against the Suns.
Another marquee game tonight has the Miami Heat hosting the Washington Wizards at 7:30PM ET. Oddsmakers have yet to release odds for this game due to injury questions. Washington comes in having won eight of its last nine, but is 1-2 ATS in its last three. Miami has lost and failed to cover in its last two games. Miami