A pair of National League pillars will square off against one another this week when the San Francisco Giants play host to the Atlanta Braves in a four-game set. Each lead their respective divisions and have some of the best odds of winning the World Series in baseball.
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Just because the two clubs have leapt out of the gates winning ball games however, doesn’t mean they’re on a guaranteed path to the postseason. This is Major League Baseball, after all, in all of its unpredictable glory.
The Braves, for example, may have 17/2 odds on the MLB futures but haven’t won a playoff series since 2001, well before even their streak of 11-straight division titles ended in 2005. The Giants, in contrast, have thrived in recent memory, especially when the calendar flips to October.
With 11/1 odds of winning the World Series (and 11/2 odds of winning the pennant), one has to think that San Francisco is a relative bargain. They have won two of the past three championships, after all, and have largely the same roster intact.
In this series, both the Braves and the betting community alike will look to gauge just how far Atlanta has come after their busy offseason and whether they’re a legitimate threat to live up to their lofty odds. There are few better opportunities to do so than against the reigning champs.
The Memphis Grizzlies exacted their revenge against the Los Angeles Clippers last week, coming back from two losses in their Western Conference quarterfinal series to win it in six. The victory comes on the heels of a first-round loss to that same Clippers team back in 2012. With the NBA odds against them in Round 2, can they strike again?
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While it may appear that the Grizz are overmatched in this round as well against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the developing theme of their postseason has been one of redemption. If Memphis’ victory over L.A. was revenge for their 2012 exit, then a win over a Russell Westbrook-less Thunder squad could be redemption for their 2011 exit at the hands of OKC.
With 16/1 odds on the NBA futures, the Grizzlies aren’t exactly favorites to win the championship, but they’ve done nothing but overachieve for the past four seasons. Perhaps it’s time we give them their due respect.
That may not be what Oklahoma City wants to hear, as they have to be at least a little bit nervous heading into the best-of-seven series, but it’s what makes betting on the NBA so fascinating.
The Boston Bruins drew first blood in their best-of-seven series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by scoring a 4-1 win in Game 1. The Leafs were outscored, outshot and outhustled, and the oddsmakers are expecting more of the same in Game 2 where the Bruins are again a big favorite.
The Maple Leafs have had a tough time with Boston recently as they have now lost 12 of the last 17 meetings between the teams. They’ve particularly struggled with the matchups in Boston where the Bruins have won seven of the last nine get-togethers.
The Bruins are a tough team to beat at home as their 16-5-3 record at the TD Garden rated second best in the Eastern Conference this season. That spells even more trouble for Toronto, who has now lost five of their last seven overall.
Making matters worse for the Leafs is that their track record against winning teams this season isn’t particularly strong. They have just seven wins in 21 tries against teams above .500. Their 22nd such matchup is set for Saturday but they’ll have to buck a number of trends to get the win.
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It’s called the fastest two minutes in sports, and it always run on the first Saturday in May. This weekend’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is the 139th Run for the Roses as the thoroughbred racing world continues its search for the next Triple Crown winner.
The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. There have been several close calls since then. Last year, I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but was retired on the eve of the Belmont Stakes.
The morning-line favorite this year is Verrazano (7/2), who has won all four career races. He beat a strong field as the favorite at the Wood Memorial, but no horse has won the Wood and Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.
Verrazano is trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the Derby for the only time in 2010 with Super Saver. Verrazano will be ridden by John Velazquez, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom.
Orb is the 5/1 second-favorite. He has won four-straight starts, including the Grade I Florida Derby in March. Velazquez rode Orb in the Florida Derby but chose to ride Verrazano in Louisville. Joel Rosario will be aboard Orb at Churchill. He has never ridden a Derby winner.
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Don’t look now, but the Boston Red Sox are one of the hottest teams in baseball. In fact, with rapidly improving 12/1 odds of winning the World Series, they are the hottest team in baseball, the winningest too. Can the success continue in the apparently unpredictable American League East?
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Thanks to an impressive streak of wins, fueled by a stellar pitching rotation and Mike Napoli’s rampant RBI addiction, the Red Sox have rallied at a time when the city of Boston needed something to collectively rally behind.
Clay Bucholz has wowed with five-consecutive victories to start the season, complemented by the nearly as successful Jon Lester. Their respective opponent batting averages of .192 and .214 over the course of a full month’s workload have put the franchise on pace to reach its first postseason berth since 2009.
This weekend the Red Sox will look to test just how far they can push their early-season success with a three-game set against former Bostonian Adrian Beltre, Lance Berkman and the Texas Rangers. The Rangers, don’t forget, are something of a contender in their own division.
The Detroit Tigers may have had a rough past weekend, including a series sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels in particular that bumped them down into the middle of the American League Central pack. However they still have the greatest MLB odds in baseball. Is this the year Detroit finally cashes in on their potential?
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Sitting at just around the .500 mark, the Tigers haven’t exactly proven themselves to be any more capable than they have been over the course of the past few seasons. Fortunately for them, that still leaves them as one of the most capable teams in baseball.
Back-to-back seasons of 88-plus wins, coupled with three postseason series victories, reflect just how close Detroit has been to their first championship since 1984. No wonder that, despite their relative mediocrity thus far in 2013, they still have 15/2 odds of winning the World Series.
In order to convince fans that this year is anything special, however, the Tigers will have to start acting like favorites. It starts Friday when Miguel Cabrera and company line up against a red-hot Atlanta Braves team that sits a notch lower than them on the MLB futures.
Although Game 1 may have lacked the drama that fans and the NBA betting community were hoping for, the first-round clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets still stands to be among the most entertaining of the conference quarterfinals: The series marks the reunion of Rockets guard James Harden and his former OKC teammates.
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In Harden’s first postseason appearance since departing OKC, the shots weren’t exactly falling – at least not at the prolific rate they seemed to be over the course of the majority of the 2012-13 NBA campaign when the bearded one made Houston basketball relevant again. However that’s not to say that they won’t heading forward.
It was Harden’s hot hand that gave the Rockets 250/1 odds of winning the NBA championship in the first place, after all.
Limited by the defensively gifted Thunder on Sunday night, Harden will have to find new ways to keep his club in contention over the course of the seven-game series. After averaging 29.3 points per game in three games against Oklahoma City, he managed just 20 points on 6-19 shooting in the 29-point loss.
Believe it or not, the Oakland Athletics are the most prolific team in baseball. If we’re not careful, it won’t be long before they start winning games, turning heads and improving their otherwise uninspiring and forgettable MLB odds. Oh wait, we’re too late.
With no disrespect to the Billy Bean-helmed franchise, the A’s haven’t exactly been must-watch TV lately. That’s not to say that they haven’t fielded successful ball clubs – they’ve averaged 83 wins a year over the past three years, including 94 and a playoff berth in 2012, to say nothing of their outright dominance last decade.
They’ve just never been the sexy World Series betting option.
These days, halfway through the first month of the 2013 campaign, things may be changing. Not only has Oakland erupted in the run column, they have 8/1 MLB futures to show for their efforts. They’ve been going yard at an American League-leading rate, filling the stat sheet in virtually any respect and all-in-all gliding along at the top of the AL West division.
This weekend, Oakland will get the opportunity to strut their stuff against Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays. Seeing as both seem poised to factor into the playoff picture come fall, it’s an early test of mettle.
Is this the year we stop writing off the A’s?
A dozen players are guaranteed to walk away with $3,500 packages for Latin Series of Poker in Lima, Peru this Sunday.
(Press Release) Lima, Peru – April 12, 2013 – If you thought last Sunday’s $200,000 Guarantee at Americas Cardroom was big, get ready for another whopper of a tournament. On Sunday, April 14th at 6pm ET, Americas Cardroom is holding a 12-package guaranteed tournament for the Latin Series of Poker. The event costs just $50+5 to get into and awards at least 12 packages for the LSOP Main Event. The land-based tournament runs from May 20th through 25th in Lima, Peru at Casino Atlantic City.
“We’re thrilled to head back to Lima this May for the second year in a row and party with Americas Cardroom community of amazing poker players,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “We expect to overshadow the 72 players we sent to the tournament last year in a big way. With this Sunday’s 12-package guarantee, that should be pretty easy.”
Americas Cardroom is guaranteeing 12 Latin Series of Poker prize packages on Sunday, April 14th at 6:00pm ET through a $50+5 Texas Hold’em tournament. Each package includes: the $1,500+150 buy-in for the $500,000 3-day Main Event; 6-night hotel accommodation with breakfast and Wi-Fi access; airport-hotel-airport ground transportation in Lima; a player’s welcome gift bag; exclusive access to the welcome party; and a direct connection to a 24/7 VIP helpline.
Players who are unable to play on Sunday should take note of additional weekly guaranteed events. Americas Cardroom is holding 1-package guarantees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm ET.
The first annual Latin Series of Poker took place in June 2012 at Casino Atlantic City in Lima, Peru. Canadian poker player Michael “The Punter” Nugent took the first place prize of $157,520 US, outlasting a field of 451 players. The total prize pool of $678,000 in 2012 eclipsed the $500,000 that had been guaranteed.
Qualifiers for this Sunday’s $50+5 12-package Guarantee and the Wednesday and Saturday events are now live at Americas Cardroom and start from as low as $0.50.
(Press Release) All new first depositors at RedKings.com in April will play for free in the $7,500 FishMarket Tournament on the April 22nd.
This regular Fish fest gives newbies and recreational players the chance to participate in a big MTT for the first time at no cost and with no risk.
Commented Paul King, Promotion Manager at RedKings.com, “the FishMarket has a great reputation and is a hugely successful promotion. It attracts loads of new depositing players, conversion of fun players goes through the roof and many lapsed players come back to play. We started issuing free tickets from 1st April”
The 22nd April Fishmarket has $2,500 in amazing prizes in addition to the $5000 added cash. And in support of the RedKings Android poker app three lucky players will also get a fantastic top of the range Nexus 7 Android Tablet – the overall winner, the player on the bubble and the player who knocks out the RedKings bounty player.
The top 50 players in the money will also get a RedKings t-shirt with three lucky players winning an exclusive RedKings Cap!
Added King, “To make sure this $7,500 online poker tournament has even more fish than usual we are giving an $11 free ticket to all first depositors at BetRedKings.com and CasinoRedKings.com.”
All new first depositing players in April at RedKings.com will get one free ticket up until one hour before the start of the poker tournament. The $7,500 FishMarket will be on 22nd April at 18.15 CET.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens both appear to be heading to the playoffs. What’s more is that the bitter Canadian rivals could very well face-off in the first round and we could see a preview of what’s to come when the two sides meet on Saturday night.
The Maple Leafs have the upper hand in this series so far this season as they have taken two of three meetings from the Habs. They’ve kept the Habs in line, holding them to just six goals in the three meetings.
Toronto comes into this contest with some momentum as they are 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. They’ve been particularly hard to beat at home as they have won five of their last six at the Air Canada Centre. Their offense has been cooking with the Leafs averaging 3.4 goals per outing in their last 12. Only two teams in the East have scored more goals than them this season and the Habs will have to slow that offense down if they are to earn the road win.
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Americas Cardroom to Host 12 Package Guaranteed Satellite to Lima Peru on Sunday April 14th.
(Press Release) Lima, Peru – April 10, 2013 – Americas Cardroom will be hosting a 12-package guaranteed mega satellite to the Latin Series of Poker Peru (LSOP) this Sunday April 14th at 6:00pm ET. The $50+$5 buy-in online poker satellite will guarantee that at least 12 lucky players will walk away with a $3,500 package to play in the $500,000 guaranteed land based Texas hold’em tournament in Lima, Peru from May 20th to 25th.
“This mega satellite will give players an opportunity to travel to an exotic Latin American destination and compete for life changing money”, commented ACR spokesperson Michael Harris. “For just $55 players can secure their $1,500+$150 buy-in and transportation and accommodations in Peru”. Players who win their 2013 Lima poker package worth $3,500 will receive:
• $1,500 + $150 buy-in to the main tournament, with $500,000 Guaranteed
• $800 airfare credit
• 6 Nights at Sol de Oro Hotel with a guest
• Hotel taxes
• Breakfast included
• WiFi internet access at the hotel
• Roundtrip airport transportation for two
• 24/7 VIP Support Line
• Gift Bag
• Welcome party access for two
“Players from ACR look forward to the LSOP tourneys in Peru and Punta Cana Poker Classic each year as it gives them an opportunity to meet and play with players they’ve competed against over the years online”, continued Harris. The LSOP offers poker players a great tournament with a huge prize pool along with a poker vacation in an exotic destination.
Americas Cardroom has been a proud sponsor of the LSOP since it hosted its inaugural event in Lima, Peru in 2012. ACR has qualified hundreds of players over the years via their online satellites to events like the Punta Cana Poker Classic and Latin Series of Poker in Peru.
Additional satellites for the event will be running twice weekly on ACR for $140+$12 on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm Eastern Time. Players may also buy their package directly by visiting www.lsop.com. Players can receive their $55 satellite entry for a fraction of the cost by qualifying via one of the super satellites for as little as $0.50 that run daily under the qualifier section tab in the tournament section.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers unveiled their post-trade deadline rosters to each other on Wednesday night and the Rangers won Round 1. Now the two teams will finish up their home-and-home series on Friday as the Penguins look for some revenge.
Both teams made notable deadline transactions as the Penguins added Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. Meanwhile, the Rangers acquired Ryane Clowe and Derick Brassard while shipping away Marian Gaborik.
The Rangers moves paid off immediately as Clowe and Brassard combined for seven points in the Blueshirts 6-1 win over Pittsburgh. They’ll be looking to duplicate their success on the road at the Igloo on Friday where they haven’t fared well recently. The Penguins had dominated this series, beating the boys from Broadway seven-straight times. They’ve now followed up their 15-game winning streak with back-to-back losses.
The good news is the Pens have won 12 of their last 13 games at home, which includes a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers in that stretch. Even with Sidney Crosby out of the lineup, the NHL oddsmakers favor the Pens to get back on track on Friday.
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Lebron James is the most dominant player in the NBA. Dwyane Wade is pretty good too. With both James and Wade out for a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night, the Miami Heat rallied for an improbable 88-86 win as a number of their secondary scorers stepped up to make a major statement. Chris Bosh led the way with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, while Norris Cole, Mike Miller, and Ray Allen combined for 39 points, with each of those three players hitting double-digit scoring totals. The win over the Spurs in what many considered a potential NBA Finals preview before it was learned that Lebron and Wade wouldn’t play is particularly impressive, and another online betting reason to believe the Heat have the best group of secondary scorers in the association.
The online sports betting numbers are ridiculous. An NBA-best 58 wins including a string of 27-straight that set a franchise record. The fifth-highest scoring average in the NBA and the sixth-best points per game allowed as one of the best pure illustrations of his team’s ability at both ends of the floor. Three future Hall of Fame players, and that is not including Chris Bosh. Championship or no championship, what we are witnessing with this year’s Heat is one of the best teams in the history of the game, and beyond the guys that get all of the attention this team is also very deep.
With Lebron and Wade dominating the basketball, it isn’t like those secondary scorers have had the chance to steal the sports betting headlines with their play. Bosh is averaging 16.6 points per game and 6.7 rebounds, and while his scoring average is enough that he would lead some other teams in scoring, it doesn’t get much attention. Allen isn’t the player he once was, but he is still a future Hall of Fame scorer that can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor, and he will have something to prove come playoff time. Shane Battier has been the consummate leader and a tough defender all over the floor, while Mario Chalmers has really stepped up his play while sharing the floor with some of the best players in the NBA. The addition of Chris Anderson will help when Miami has to go big, while Rashard Lewis and Cole can contribute when called upon.
The online sportsbook stage is set for Miami to make another deep playoff run and defend its title. However, while Lebron and Wade continue to dominate, it’s important to recognize and remember that this Heat team also has one of the best groups of secondary scorers and bench players in the NBA, and that those players will play a big role as Miami takes aim at a second-consecutive championship trophy. For all of the latest NBA news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.
MLB Sports Betting Preview: Injury Concerns Linger For Yankees As Regular Season Underway
The New York Yankees open the regular season against the rival Boston Red Sox this week, but many of the familiar faces won’t be in the lineup. Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez are all hurt for the Yankees, which means they will have a tough time on the road at Boston to open the season. With all 30 teams in action there will be no shortage of games to bet on, with live in-game betting available, as well as a ton of props to look forward to.
NHL Online Betting Preview: Penguins Look To Extend Streak Without Crosby As Trade Deadline Approaches
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their win streak to 16 games when they hit the ice for a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. For the first time during this incredible run, the Penguins will be without their captain Sidney Crosby. Crosby leads the NHL with 56 points, including 41 assists this season, but is out indefinitely with a broken jaw after taking a puck to the face. Pittsburgh has a tough schedule with back-to-back games against the Sabres and then the New York Rangers the following night, and all of this excitement has overshadowed the arrival of Jarome Iginla. The rumors are that the Penguins are still not done making moves, and they should be in the action with the NHL trade deadline this Wednesday.
NBA Sportsbook Preview: Lakers Have To Bear Down In Tough Week
The Los Angeles Lakers have already been through so much as a team this season. It isn’t about to get any easier either. Through all of the injuries and all of the negative media attention, the Lakers enter this week tied with the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles will play a Dallas Mavericks’ team that is just two games back of them in the standings on Tuesday, before hosting a tough Memphis Grizzlies’ team on Friday. How the Lakers fare this week could determine whether they make the playoffs, as every game is a must-win the rest of the way.
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Final Four Online Sports Betting Preview: Stage Is Set For Epic Conclusion
Now that a wild March Madness bracket has been cut down to the Final Four, the focus has shifted to an unlikely bracket that features Louisville, Wichita State, Michigan, and Syracuse. The Shockers are the biggest shock in the Final Four, making it all the way as a No. 9 seed and getting a pretty tough matchup against a Cardinals’ team that will be without Kevin Ware after he suffered a gruesome leg break. Meanwhile, the Wolverines are back in the Final Four for the first time in 20 years, and they are playing a team few thought would even get there in the Orange. For all of the latest Final Four news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.
Nobody ever said betting on March Madness would be a walk in the park, so if you’re one of the many whose brackets were obliterated by the second weekend, fear not. This year’s Final Four pits a collection of contenders at odds against one another. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
The sole remaining No. 1 seed is the favorite in the sportsbook with -150 odds on the March Madness futures. The Louisville Cardinals will have particular motivation to finish the tournament on a strong note in wake of teammate Kevin Ware’s leg injury that shocked the nation in their Elite Eight matchup.
The Cards will be joined by a pair of No. 4 seeds in Syracuse and Michigan, as well as the Cinderella of the tournament, No. 9 Wichita State.
Although the Shockers have upset both No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Ohio State already, they’re the underdogs on the NCAA moneyline with just +1200 odds of winning March Madness.
Get odds for the tournament as Wichita State collides with Louisville and Syracuse meets Michigan this Saturday.
The San Antonio Spurs might have the slight edge over Oklahoma City Thunder when it comes to the Western Conference standings, but their NBA odds say the advantage points the other way. This Thursday when Kevin Durant and company play host to their veteran rivals, we’ll see once and for all just who’s in the driver’s seat.
With 9/2 odds of winning the NBA championship, the Thunder trail only the Miami Heat when it comes to the league’s grand prize. The Spurs trail them with 7/1 NBA futures of their own.
That hasn’t stopped Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker from putting forth one of their most competitive seasons to date – and when you’re a franchise as decorated as the San Antonio Spurs, that says a lot.
If the playoffs were to start today it would be San Antonio in the No. 1 spot while OKC settles in at No. 2. It should be noted, however, that that’s exactly how the playoffs shaped up in 2012, when shortly thereafter the Thunder dismissed San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals.
Have the Thunder improved enough to last longer than five games in an NBA Finals ring with the Miami Heat? Have the Spurs found a way to combat OKC’s youth long enough to squeeze past them into a championship appearance of their own?
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – March 7, 2013 – With the sheer magnitude of the Online Super Series still fresh in the minds of poker players across the country, Americas Cardroom is supersizing its Sunday tournament this April. The US-facing online poker site today confirmed a $200,000 Guaranteed Texas Hold’em tournament is scheduled to take place on April 7th at 7:00pm ET.
The event costs $200+15 to get into, but new depositors and existing depositing players are invited to win their seat for free through a special Depositors Freeroll promotion.
“After a successful first two months of big guarantees, we’re bringing our players exactly what they’ve been asking for—another big weekend guarantee,” said Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “And because we want to see more players in this one, we’re handing out spots in special freerolls for seats in the $200k to any player who makes a new deposit.”
The $200,000 Guaranteed tournament takes place on April 7, 2013 at 7:00pm ET. The Texas Hold’em tournament with 10,000 starting chips and unlimited re-entries during the first 12 levels costs $200+15 to get into. But poker players can win their seat for free.
Beginning March 9th and running every Saturday through to the end of the month, Americas Cardroom is holding a Depositors Freeroll at 12:00pm ET. Each tournament pays out four seats in the $200,000 Guaranteed event.
New depositors who make their first deposit will earn a spot in every Saturday freeroll remaining on the schedule. Existing players who have already deposited can earn a spot in the next scheduled Saturday freeroll by reloading cash into their Americas Cardroom account.
Players who miss out on the freerolls can work their way into the $200,000 tournament for as little as $0.55. Americas Cardroom is running hourly qualifiers at 20 past the hour that feed into a $25+2 nightly event. Each nightly event at 6:15pm ET pays out at least one spot in the April 7th tournament.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have slipped into the No. 1 spot in the national AP rankings and now sit patiently waiting for the opponent they’ll face in the West Coast Conference semifinals. Can the Zags continue to improve upon their already impressive March Madness odds?
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With 17/2 odds of winning the NCAA National Tournament, Gonzaga has not only established themselves as the team to beat in their mid-major conference, but also one of the elite programs in the country.
They may have benefited from a slightly easier schedule than their peers in the relentless Big Ten, but it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve proven an intangible ability to contend with their blue chip competition.
Before the Zags can look to make noise during March Madness, they’ll await the victors of the early rounds of their WCC tournament. Expected to line up against either Santa Clara or San Francisco in the semis, before either Saint Mary’s or BYU in the finals, the Bulldogs’ path to conference supremacy won’t go unchallenged.
Saint Mary’s, it’s worth noting, hasn’t lost a single conference matchup with the exception of their two to Gonzaga.
One of the NBA’s more modern rivalries will be on full display this Friday when the Eastern Conference contender Boston Celtics play host to Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks. The two clubs have beaten the NBA odds for different reasons this season and now will get the opportunity to square off.
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Ever since Rajon Rondo went down with a season-ending injury in January, all eyes have been on how their futures odds would be affected by their performance without their star point guard. Over a month in now and all is well.
With 30/1 odds of winning the NBA championship, they’re as much a title threat as they’ve been all season – even more so, perhaps.
Against the Hawks, however, they’ll have their work cut out for them. After defying expectations and holding onto star forward Smith at the trade deadline, the Hawks are gearing up for one more charge at Eastern Conference supremacy.
They may sit further down the NBA futures with 75/1 odds, but anything can happen in the sportsbook. Get an idea of what to expect from the two clubs, who’ve clashed in two of the last five postseasons.