There’s just one game left in the regular season for the No. 1 team in college hoops, the Kentucky Wildcats (30-0 SU, 15-14-1 ATS). That game is Saturday’s matchup against the visiting Florida Gators (15-15 SU, 10-18-1 ATS), who are having a rough year after reaching the Final Four last March. Tip-off from Rupp Arena is 2:00 PM ET on CBS.
Kentucky’s undefeated streak nearly ended Tuesday night in Athens. The Wildcats had to claw their way back from a nine-point deficit in the second half to beat the Georgia Bulldogs (+9.5 at home) 72-64. Maybe this will inspire the ‘Cats to play harder Saturday; the last time they had a close shave, back on February 10 against LSU (+9.5 away), they went 4-0-1 ATS in their next five games.
Florida, on the other hand, is 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS in its last five. Three of those games were without junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith (24.3 PER), who was suspended for an undisclosed team violation. The Gators have won twice SU and split the cash since Finney-Smith was reinstated. He was their leading scorer with 16 points when they lost 68-61 to Kentucky (–8 away) on February 7.
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The first round of the 2015 Davis Cup “World Group” stage begins this Friday, and of the 16 teams who have made it this far, France is the 2/1 favorite at press time to win the most prestigious international team event in men’s tennis. Serbia is second at 9/4, followed by Canada and the Czech Republic at 11/2.
France hasn’t won the Davis Cup since 2001, but after making it all the way to the final last year, hopes are high for this year’s team. Unfortunately, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (forearm) is unavailable for the first-round matchup with Germany (33/1). Gael Monfils will join Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut in Frankfurt, facing off against a German squad featuring World’s No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Canada has a relatively easy draw and the presence of both Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. They’ll also have home-court advantage this weekend in Vancouver when they face Japan (50/1), who eliminated Canada 4-1 last year when Raonic and Pospisil were unavailable. Canada’s path to the title got easier when Roger Federer decided not to join the defending champions from Switzerland (7/1), who project to meet Canada in the quarterfinals after taking on Belgium (50/1).
The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and just about every team was involved, including the two teams who will be featured Thursday night on the NHL Network: the St. Louis Blues (40-18-2-3, 29-34 ATS for plus-2.61 units at press time), and the Philadelphia Flyers (27-25-4-7, 35-28 ATS for plus-0.99 units). Game time in Philly is 7:00 PM ET.
The Blues are in a fairly comfortable spot in the Western Conference, holding down second place in the Central Division. They acquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek from the Arizona Coyotes and forward Olli Jokinen from the Toronto Maple Leafs; Michalek is the key addition here, with his plus-2.5 Defensive Point Shares for Arizona.
The Flyers have a lot more work to do in the East. They’re in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and need to make a run to grab a Wild Card berth. But Philadelphia may have thrown in the towel after shipping out defensemen Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. The trades look promising for the Flyers in the long run, but they won’t help them beat St. Louis on Thursday. Philly was already No. 23 in the NHL at 2.79 goals allowed per game.
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The Kansas Jayhawks had a very bad week. They went 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS, capped off by Monday’s disastrous 70-63 loss to the rival Kansas State Wildcats (+5.5 at home). The Jayhawks hope Allen Fieldhouse will be kinder to them when they host the Texas Longhorns this Saturday (5:00 PM ET, ESPN).
Visiting Lawrence is never easy, and the Jayhawks (22-6 SU, 15-11-1 ATS) are undefeated at home this season at 13-0 SU. But the Longhorns (17-11 SU, 14-12 ATS) have been putting up a strong fight on the road; they’re 4-6 SU away from Frank Erwin Center, including a 61-57 victory over Kansas State (+1).
When these two Big 12 cornerstones met in Austin last month, Kansas came away with the 75-62 win as a 3-point favorite. The Longhorns were ranked No. 17 at the time, and while they’ve completely dropped off the AP poll, Ken Pomeroy still has them pegged at No. 21 (No. 38 offense, No. 34 defense) in terms of efficiency. The Jayhawks, still No. 8 in the AP rankings for now, are No. 10 in efficiency (No. 12 offense, No. 28 defense) in Division I.
It’s been three years since Caroline Wozniacki was the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world. But after switching her coaches and her brand of racket, the Danish superstar is making the long climb back to the top. As we go to press, Wozniacki is ranked No. 5 on the WTA Tour, and she’s the 7/2 co-favorite to win this week’s Qatar Open in Doha.
The other co-favorite in Qatar is World’s No. 4 Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion from 2011 and 2014. Kvitova is seeded first and Wozniacki third; World’s No. 3 Simona Halep was going to be the second seed after her win in Dubai, where she beat Wozniacki (+120) in the semifinals, but Halep withdrew because of fitness concerns – reportedly rib and ankle issues.
Wozniacki and Kvitova were both given first-round byes, as were Agnieszka Radwanska (8/1) and Ekaterina Makarova (12/1), thus putting them one step closer to the title. Third favorite Victoria Azarenka (5/1) didn’t get the same star treatment; the two-time Australian Open champion had to beat Angelique Kerber (+230) to reach the second round. We’ll see if that extra work helps or harms Azarenka this week.
The Memphis Grizzlies are the No. 3 seed in basketball. They’re second in the Western Conference only to the Golden State Warriors (43-10 SU, 32-20-1 ATS), but Memphis is only 9/1 to win the championship. This isn’t the first time the franchise has been underrated.
The Grizzlies haven’t lost back-to-back games since early January, and they’re heading into late February on a hot streak. But that record wavers against the spread (28-25-2). Oddsmakers know that this team is good, and have favored them in seven of the last nine matches, but we’ll see how they’ll fare in a seven-game series with an equally formidable opponent.
Over the course of the last four years, the franchise has become a consistent contender in the West, despite failing to grab the attention of casual hoops fans. The Grizzlies to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round last year, but made it as far as the Western Conference Finals the year prior.
Memphis stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol have been better than ever this year. Their ascent as homegrown powerhouses has kept this team moving in the right direction. That reliability makes their futures odds awfully intriguing.
It just might be the biggest individual rivalry in NHL history. And it’s every bit as relevant today as it was nine years ago, when Sidney Crosby was drafted No. 1 overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins – one year after the Washington Capitals did the same with Alex Ovechkin. These two supremely gifted players will reunite for the latest NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8:00 PM ET) in DC.
Crosby (19 goals, 42 assists) got the upper hand last year by claiming his second Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP, but Ovechkin (38 goals, 23 assists) could easily win the Hart for the fourth time. He leads the NHL in scoring as we go to press. In the meantime, the Penguins (34-17-9, 27-33 ATS for plus-3.21 units) have a very slim lead over the Capitals (33-18-10, 29-32 ATS for plus-6.44 units) in the Metropolitan standings.
That lead might not hold up. Washington has won all three of its games against Pittsburgh this year, including last week’s 3-1 victory over the Penguins (–149) in their own building. The other two wins were by a combined score of 7-0; Ovechkin has three goals thus far and Crosby has none.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – February 23, 2015 – It took America almost 4 years to realize a $1 million guaranteed online poker tournament. But it’ll only take another 7 weeks to see its second $1 million prize hit the felt. On the eve of the 4th anniversary of Black Friday, Americas Cardroom is hosting yet another $1 million guaranteed poker tournament. Million Dollar Sunday is set to get underway on Sunday, April 12th at 3pm ET.
It’s the last Sunday before the anniversary of Black Friday and the announcement comes the morning after Americas Cardroom held its first $1 million guaranteed tournament.
“It took a bit of time, but America has emerged from the shadows of Black Friday brighter than ever,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “With another $1 million now on the schedule, we’re inching closer to what everyone in the United States has been craving. Yes, that weekly Sunday million dollar tournament could happen sooner than you think.”
Americas Cardroom’s first $1 million guarantee, held on Sunday, February 22nd ran smoothly and saw 1,799 entries compete for a piece of the $1 million prize pool. ForTheNguyen lived true to the “win” in Winning Millions, besting the field to claim the $200,000 first place prize.
ForTheNguyen wasn’t the only big winner on Sunday. Poker player mschu1213 took first place in the $300,000 Second Chance tournament to claim $57,000. Plus, Americas Cardroom also handed out its first five WSOP packages through online qualifiers. Poker players ealFizhh, HpAsus, Pokemon Master, youareon, and duhbest each secured a $12,500 World Series of Poker prize package that includes the $10k buy-in and money for travel and accommodations.
The US-friendly site guaranteed a massive $1.5 million in tournament prize pools yesterday alone. Americas Cardroom has emerged as one of the fastest growing sites in the United States and continues to boast top marks for payment processing.
The $1 million guaranteed tournament is a testament to how big the community has grown. The announcement of another $1 million Sunday tournament just seven weeks after the first $1 million guarantee should boost the confidence of US poker players in a major way.
Satellites aren’t the only way to win a seat into the next Million Dollar Sunday Tournament. Through Americas Cardroom’s Spin To Get In feature, players can wager between $0.01 and $1 for a shot at winning a seat in the Millions. Only yesterday, 8 players spun into the $1 million GTD tournament and earned a seat for $1 or less. A total of 21 players were given a seat to the tournament since the new feature was launched.
Qualifiers for the next Million Dollar Sunday, scheduled for April 12th at 3pm ET, are now live in the Americas Cardroom tournament lobby.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – February 21, 2015 – After a very successful launch of the $2 Million OSS IV Rematch, Americas Cardroom is now preparing for the most anticipated tournament in the series. The $1 million guaranteed poker tournament set to get underway on February 22nd at 3:00pm ET. The historic online poker tournament will feature the single biggest online poker prize pool US players have seen in years for only $500+$40.
“We can’t wait to crown America’s first Sunday Million Dollar winner since 2011,” stated Americas Cardoom spokesperson Michael Harris. The $1 million guaranteed event features a life-changing $200,000 first place prize.
OSS IV Rematch kicked off on Friday February 13th with $2 million in guaranteed prizes across the entire series. The US-friendly site has been smashing every single guarantee and they seem to be on track to exceed the prize pool for their signature event, Winning Millions.
The Online Super Series also culminates with a $50,000 Guaranteed Warm Up Event at 1:00pm ET, a $300,000 Guaranteed Second Chance at 5:00pm ET and a 5-Package Guarantee for the WSOP for just $50+$5.
Americas Cardroom will continue to guarantee packages through various online satellites leading up to the Main Event, which gets underway in Las Vegas this July. Each package includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in plus $2,500 for travel and accommodations.
Satellites aren’t the only way to win a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event or any major tournament on the network. Through Americas Cardroom’s Spin To Get In feature, players can wager between $0.01 and $1 for a shot at winning a $12,500 WSOP package or a seat in the Millions.
The Big East Conference has been through some drastic changes the last few years. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the excellence of the Villanova Wildcats program. Not only do the No. 6-ranked Wildcats lead the Big East with a 24-2 record SU, they’re also the most profitable of the major conference teams at 18-7 ATS.
On the other side of the coin, you have Villanova’s opponents this Saturday (2:30 PM ET, FOX), the Marquette Golden Eagles. They’re near the bottom of the Big East standings at 11-14 SU (13-12 ATS), and the Eagles are in freefall right now at 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven games. The Wildcats are a perfect 7-0 SU and ATS during the same span.
Savvy college hoops bettors figured Villanova would excel this year, especially after guard Darrun Hilliard (22.8 PER) enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013-2014. It helps that Villanova is keeping a quiet profile in the shadow of the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. As for Marquette, this is Year One under rookie head coach and former Mike Krzyzewski disciple Steve Wojciechowski, so some growing pains should be expected with the program starting from scratch. Fade while the fading is good.
One week after taking down the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the No. 7 seed Stan Wawrinka is the 15/8 favorite to double up at the Open 13 event in Marseilles. The opposition will be a bit thinner this time out; the Open 13 is an ATP World Tour 250 stop, and one of three men’s tournaments taking place this week.
That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be smooth sailing for Wawrinka. World’s No. 6 and second favorite Milos Raonic (10/3) will also appearing in Marseilles, and he who has one of the most powerful serves in the game today. His serve should make even more of an impact on the indoor hard courts at the Palais des Sports.
Having said that, Wawrinka has a 4-0 lifetime record against Raonic, including a 7-6(3), 7-6(7) win in the semifinals at Rotterdam. That’s the main reason Wawrinka is considered the favorite in this event, even though Raonic has been seeded No. 1. Watch out as well for the third favorite and the 2007 Open 13 champion, Gilles Simon at 8/1. Simon is currently ranked No. 19 in the world and is coming off a major upset win over Andy Murray (–700) at Rotterdam.
This just might be the year the Montreal Canadiens (37-15-3-1, 30-26 ATS for plus-9.03 units) finally reclaim what they used to consider their personal property: the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens lead the Eastern Conference as we go to press, but the Ottawa Senators (22-23-5-5, 35-20 ATS for plus-11.57 units) lead the money standings against the puck line. They’ll meet Wednesday in Ottawa at 7:00 PM ET.
The Canadiens are coming off Monday night’s solid 2-0 victory of the Detroit Red Wings (–126 at home). That’s the fifth win in a row for Habs netminder Carey Price, who leads all regular goalies with a .934 save percentage. It’s also his fifth shutout of the season. Ottawa didn’t fare so well, losing 6-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes (+120 away) on Monday.
These two somewhat friendly rivals have split a pair of games home and away this year, but it was the back-up goalie in action for the losing team in both cases. That could be the case again for the Senators on Wednesday; Robin Lehner (.906 SV%) took the loss against Carolina while Craig Anderson (.927 SV%) sat out with a bruised right hand.
Six teams, from Charlotte to Indiana, are within two games of each other in the Eastern Conference, and they’ll be competing for the seventh and eighth playoff spots. Although the league has been unpredictable this season, plenty can be gleaned by taking a good look at the presiding NBA odds.
The Heat is 150/1 to win the NBA Championship, and they fall within that two game range competing for the seventh and eighth playoff spots. Their meager 22-30 record doesn’t impress, but it’s still hard to overlook the star tandem of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Although the Heat is only 23-27-2 ATS this season, the team could prove to be an intriguing NBA betting option heading forward. With the emergence of young center Hassan Whiteside, and his 28.46 Player Efficiency Rating, this team could qualify as an overachieving underdog. It’s hard not to like Miami’s firepower heading into the final stretch of the season, but it’s important to consider how different their outlook is now than it was in November. They’re 50/1 to win the Eastern Conference.
The Kentucky Wildcats are still undefeated, but after one too many close calls, the NCAAB odds are beginning to move in the other direction. Kentucky (24-0 SU, 11-13 ATS) has dropped from 1/1 to 6/5 on the March Madness futures market ahead of Saturday’s matchup (2:00 PM ET, ESPN) with the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks. The Wildcats are also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games, but the Gamecocks (12-11 SU, 8-13 ATS) have only covered once during the same span.
Tuesday’s 71-69 win over the LSU Tigers (+9.5 at home) may have been enough to wake up the Wildcats. They had to fight back from a 66-60 deficit after allowing LSU to go on a 21-2 run, following an ill-advised technical foul by Karl-Anthony Towns for hanging on the rim.
While Kentucky may still be carrying too much chalk, the Gamecocks have been awful at covering spreads. Tuesday’s 65-60 win over the shorthanded Missouri Tigers (+10.5 away) was almost derailed by another technical foul, but Laimonas Chatkevicius got away with throwing the ball hard to the floor, in front of an official. We’ll see which team wins the mental game on Saturday.
The ‘Box of Bonuses’ Promotion Delivers Sweet Surprises With Bi-Weekly Bonus Giveaways
(Press Release) TA XBIEX, MALTA–(Marketwired – February 08, 2015) – Valentine’s Day is the inspiration for the Jackpot Factory’s newest promotional event, Box of Bonuses, running at its casinos this February. This promotion reveals a new “bonus box” twice each week, including free spins on the casino’s most romantic slot games, luscious loyalty points, creamy cashback bonuses, and other rich rewards that players can win in the bi-weekly draws.
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The Virginia Cavaliers (20-1 SU, 13-6 ATS) have lost their undefeated status after dropping a 69-63 decision to Duke (+5.5 away) last week. But the Cavs are still in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference as we go to press, and this Saturday, they’ll try to fortify their position when the Louisville Cardinals (19-3 SU, 8-12 ATS) visit the John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN.
Only one game separates Virginia and Louisville in the ACC standings, but as you can tell by their ATS records, the “true” gap between the two teams is bigger than it may appear. Ken Pomeroy’s advanced stats have the Cavaliers ranked No. 2 overall (No. 6 offense, No. 3 defense) in Division I, while the Cardinals are ranked No. 10 (No. 46 offense, No. 6 defense).
The Cavs have already bounced back from that Duke loss with Monday’s impressive 75-64 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels (+1 at home). This is the same Tar Heels team that beat the Cards in January, and nearly beat them again last week before falling 78-68 in overtime as a 5-point road underdog.
Andy Murray was hoping to come away with his first ever Australian Open title. Instead, he lost to Novak Djokovic – again – in the final Down Under and will now try to get back to his winning ways at Rotterdam.
Close, but no cigar. That’s been the story of Murray’s career at the Australian Open. On February 1, he lost to Djokovic in the Aussie Open final for the third time but overall, that was his fourth loss in the final. For his career, he’s now 8-16 versus Djokovic.
Murray will try to regroup at Rotterdam at the 2015 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament next week, an event he’s conquered once previously. Back in 2009, he topped Rafael Nadal in the final to earn his 11th career title. However, he lost in the quarter-final last year to Marin Cilic. Cilic is back, as is defending champ Tomas Berdych in what should be a fairly challenging field. Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ernests Gulbis have also confirmed for the hard court tournament in Netherlands and the action gets underway on February 9.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – February 5, 2015 – Expect to see a lot of poker players wearing the iconic red, white, and blue Americas Cardroom patch at this year’s world’s richest poker tournament. The US-facing online poker site today announced that it’s guaranteeing 50 World Series of Poker packages worth $12,500 apiece through online qualifiers, and players can win one for as little as a penny.
“We’d love to see Americas Cardroom players sitting at the final table of the WSOP Main Event,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “So we’re going all in with $625,000 worth of WSOP packages. It’s been a long times since US players have been able to easily win their way to the WSOP through an online qualifier and we’re happy to make that happen in a big way.”
The first 5 WSOP packages will be guaranteed on February 22nd, the same day as Winning Millions, which is the first $1 million online poker tournament to hit US shores in almost four years. With a $300,000 Second Chance tournament thrown into the mix, February 22nd promises to be very lucrative for online poker players.
Americas Cardroom will continue to guarantee packages through various online satellites leading up to the Main Event, which gets underway in Las Vegas this July. Each package includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in plus $2,500 for travel and accommodations.
Satellites aren’t the only way to win a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Through Americas Cardroom’s Spin To Get In feature, players can wager $0.01 for a shot at winning a $12,500 WSOP package.
“No other US poker site offers players the chance to turn a penny into a final table dream in Las Vegas,” continued Harris. “This is a game changer.”