19Aug

NBA Odds: Ballmer Officially Takes Reins, Clippers Back in Contention

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While Donald Sterling has been on his way out as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for the better part of the past few months, the news is official now. Incoming owner Steve Ballmer has taken reins of the team. The move bodes well for L.A.’s NBA odds heading forward.

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Make no mistake, the Clippers were legitimate title contenders in 2013-2014. They were 46-35-1 against the spread and made up one of the most intimidating clubs in the Western Conference. However, the distractions at playoff time derailed them.

The team had an unproductive offseason with more focus on transitioning to Ballmer than signing a key free agent. The team, once a short list threat to win the championship, is now 12/1. That’s worth a second look.

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15Aug

Tennis Betting: Action-Packed August Heats Up at Cincinnati Open

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Half way through one of the busiest months of the ATP season, tennis betting fans are gearing up for the masters-level Cincinnati Open. The perennial tournament comes just after the conclusion of the Rogers Cup and two weeks prior to the US Open.

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With a plethora of major names on the draw, the tournament serves as an interesting measuring tool for those looking to bet on tennis during the final stretch of the summer. In each of the past seven years, a member of the so-called Big Four has walked away victorious.

Household name Novak Djokovic can keep the trend alive in Ohio. The Serb is the early favorite (6/5 to win the Cincinnati Open).

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14Aug

NBA Betting: Love and Wiggins Trades Affect More Than Just Futures

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Though still not official, a trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves has been agreed upon by executives looking for a mid-summer shakeup. The move will put superstar power forward Kevin Love alongside newly acquired LeBron James; there will no doubt be implications on the NBA betting landscape.

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The deal makes betting on the NBA’s Rookie of the Year race more compelling. Duke alum and No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker has established himself as the most NBA-ready out of the first year players. He averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.7 RPG in college, and he has the greatest odds of winning Rookie of the Year (7/2). That being said, Wiggins, the No. 1 pick, will provide solid competition.

In Cleveland, it seemed a given that Wiggins would blend in as a role player on a team with plenty of weapons. However, he’ll be the only star in Minnesota.

The Timberwolves are a negligible NBA futures option, but Wiggins’ Rookie of the Year race will give the beleaguered fans something to get behind.

It may pain Minnesotans to see Love on board with a team that is 5/2 to win the NBA championship, but at least they got to watch the prized rookie develop over the past half decade.

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31Jul

NBA Odds: Dominant Clippers Embrace Sterling-Free Life

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The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is official, and with that fans of the club can say goodbye to damaging owner Donald Sterling once and for all. If the Clippers have been legitimate NBA betting options with Sterling, imagine what they can be without him.

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The Clippers were 46-35-1 against the spread last season and a genuine contender in the West, but they faltered in the postseason and haven’t made much of an impact this summer. Whether these shortcomings can be attributed to the Sterling distractions is something that the basketball betting community will have to decide.

In Chris Paul (19.1 PPG, 10.7 APG) and Blake Griffin (24.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG) the team has two of the league’s most valuable assets. Now it’s time to pick up where they left off before the media circus took hold of their last three months.

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25Jul

NBA Betting: Wayward Pacers Face Pivotal Moment in 2014-2015

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The Miami Heat regressed from perennial playoff contenders to a fringe Eastern Conference power shrouded in mystery, but they’re not the only team whose NBA odds took a hit during the offseason.

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This time last year it looked as though the Indiana Pacers were the NBA’s answer to the Miami Heat dynasty. While the Big Three may no longer be a threat, they weren’t exactly dethroned by Indy.

After a disappointing collapse in 2013-2014, the Pacers are just 18/1 to win the NBA championship in 2015. Only time will tell if Roy Hibbert will be as ineffective as he looked last season, and if the loss of Lance Stepenson will hurt as much as some suggest.

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21Jul

Milwaukee Brewers Bank on Break to Quell Losing Streak

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Well rested and ready to power through the final stretch, the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to bounce back in their first series after the All-Star Break. Prior to the hiatus, things went from bad to worse for the NL Central leader. They’re still 16/1 to win the World Series, but can Ryan Braun and company fortify their division lead before it’s too late?

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The Brewers emerged as unlikely contenders in the beginning of the 2014 campaign. As months passed, they refused to let up. The team has high expectations to live up to after their temporary foray as this season’s best team.

It’s quite possible that Milwaukee is a legitimate contender but is simply experiencing a dry spell. It’s also possible that their initial success was a flash of luck. Either way, their MLB odds are bound to shift depending on their weekend series against the NL East leading Washington Nationals.

Pull up a seat as the rag tag group of Jonathan Lucroy, Scooter Gennett and Carlos Gomez push the limits of this franchise’s capabilities.

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19Jul

Golf Odds: British Open Returns with Star-Studded Field

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The Open Championship is one of the most popular and highly anticipated tournaments on the calendar, but betting on it won’t be easy. A plethora of legitimate contenders will battle for bragging rights in the third major Championship of the season.

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While Adam Scott leads all contestants (12/1 to win the British Open), he’ll have his work cut out for him. He’ll go up against high profile opponents like Tiger Woods (18/1) and Rory McIlroy (14/1).

Other foes, like reigning champion Phil Mickelson (20/1) and FedExCup point leader Jimmy Walker (80/1) are just as fearsome.

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18Jul

NBA Betting: Rockets Reel from Lousy Summer

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The NBA offseason has been a joyous occasion for some teams (we’re looking at you, Cleveland), but not all teams have fared well. Remember the Houston Rockets and their passionate bid for a third superstar? Well, they missed out on LeBron James, and then they missed out on Chris Bosh. To make things worse, the Mavericks coaxed Chandler Parsons away. The Rockets are back where they started. They are 10/1 to win the 2015 NBA championship, but those odds may be too generous.

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18Jul

NBA Betting: Cleveland is Not the Only Team to Improve

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LeBron James is going back to Cleveland. As the King goes, so does the sportsbook. Cleveland, 15/4 to win the NBA championship, is now the team to beat. James’ return is the driving force, but the addition of Kyrie Irving and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins certainly improves the team’s position too.

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Still, as excited as we are to see the Cavaliers’ new look, it’s not the only team to make headlines this summer. The Chicago Bulls have established themselves as a legitimate contender, and they share the Central Division with Cleveland.

Will the additions of Pau Gasol and Euroleague sensation Nikola Mirotic resonate more in the Windy City than people are expecting? The Bulls are 13/2 to win the championship, and those odds could climb further if Derrick Rose returns in tip-top shape.

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13Jul

World Cup Odds: Germany Awaits Final Opponent

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They played without Neymar, but don’t think that the goal scorer’s presence would have quelled Germany’s relentless offensive attack in the semifinals this week. Falling in dramatic fashion by a 7-1 score line, the host nation stepped aside as the Germans took the lead. Germany is -150 to win the World Cup.

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Now charged with the task of handling either Argentina or the Netherlands, Germany has to figure out how to thrive down the stretch. Every World Cup, the German squad winds up on the contending shortlist, but they haven’t managed to win since 1990.

Their drought could end this year. Can Thomas Müeller, with five goals and three assists to his name, continue to pace the German juggernaut program? Those are questions the soccer betting community must answer.

Germany pushed ahead of Brazil early in their semifinal showing and never looked back. Can they replicate the feat against a team that isn’t reeling from the loss of their superstar?

There’s only one way to find out.

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