Friday Clash Between Chicago Blackhawks And Detroit Red Wings

April 7, 2011

This weekend the Detroit Red Wings will battle against the Chicago Blackhawks and the game will be played in Detroit.

In the Western conference the Blackhawks are in a tight race for the last playoff spot. In NHL Betting, The Red Wings are at 15-1 to win the Stanley Cup.

It seems that hockey does not have as firm of a rule while in most sports it seems that home field advantage is an extremely important advantage. There are several teams that are much better playing away from their home crowd while there are definitely teams that play better at home than on the road.

One of the teams that play better away than they do at home are the Detroit Red Wings. They are 21-13-6 while playing in Detroit even as they are 25-10-4 playing away from Detroit. By putting up a record of 19-12-9 on the season away from their home ice, the Blackhawks are a solid road team as well.

As the season closes out, the Blackhawks are in desperate need of victories. The Flames and Stars are the two teams that are hot on their tails. With 93 points the Blackhawks are in the 8th position in the Western Conference Standings. Both the Flames and Stars are at 91 points. If the Blackhawks are unable to finish things out the right way, they could lose their spot in the playoffs.

Having won their last two games the Red Wings will come into the game with some momentum. If the Blackhawks lose this game, they have lost 2 in a row and they are in serious danger of slipping out of the playoff picture for now. Blackhawks to come out with an inspired effort look for them in this game.


Phoenix Suns Will Take On San Antonio Spurs On Sunday

March 31, 2011

The San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are focused on finishing the season strong with the 2011 NBA playoffs just approaching. When it comes to the post-season race both teams are in completely different positions though.

In basketball betting odds while the Suns are at 40-1, San Antonio has slipped to 8-1 to win the NBA title

The Spurs will cruise to the playoffs as they have had the best record in the league for most of the season. When it comes to making the playoffs meanwhile, the Suns are hanging on thin ropes right now. It seemed that Phoenix would be a contender for the post-season, by the end of February. The Suns have dropped out of the top eight of the Western Conference recently as they had disappointing performances in March though.

The game will have different meanings for each team when the Suns and Spurs clash Sunday (1 pm ET, ABC). Every victory is precious and gets the Suns closer to the playoffs for Phoenix. Conversely, by the outcome of Sunday’s game the Spurs route to the playoffs will not be affected.

The Spurs will probably still want to impress the home crowd on Sunday, although they can afford to slack off. The Spurs will be confident playing at the AT&T Center, given the fact that San Antonio won both previous meetings against the Phoenix.

Both teams will clash once again in several weeks which will be the final regular season match for each team and it is quite interesting. The Spurs could potentially face the Suns in the playoffs, and these two games in April will give great previews on the potential post-season clashes with that in mind.

For the Suns in the last few games, Steve Nash hasn’t been a threatening offensive force and this is something that must change if Phoenix wants to leave the court with victories. For the first time this season the Spurs have recently suffered a 4 game losing streak and this has hurt the team’s confidence. On Sunday it is also something that the Suns can exploit.


Weekend Clash Between Atlanta Hawks And New Jersey Nets

March 22, 2011

This weekend, the New Jersey Nets will head to Atlanta Hawks to battle against the Hawks. In this game the Hawks will be the home team. By going 21-14 in games played in Atlanta, the Hawks have been a solid team at home this season. The New Jersey Nets will be heavily disadvantaged in this game as they are not much of a road team. While playing on the road this season they are 4-29.

In NBA Futures Betting the Hawks at 100-1 and the Nets at 5000-1, both teams are non-factors to win the 2011 NBA Championship.

As Deron Williams had the team on a solid winning streak the Nets looked like they were on their way up last week. The Nets have now lost 3 games in a row as they have since fallen again. As Deron Williams has been struggling through a wrist injury and may not be available for this game, the Nets could be in big trouble in this game.

Even though the Hawks will even more heavily favored if Williams is unable to play in this game, they will be the favorites in this game. The Nets will struggle to create good shots offensively without him as Williams helps the team in so many ways.

The Hawks may or may not have a sense of urgency in this game as they are probably set in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference. Either the Hawks could try to find some rest for their starters before the playoffs approach or they could either try to build some momentum entering the playoffs.

So long as the Hawks are able to play their normal game, they should be able to take home a victory in this game.


Miami Hurricanes Will Battle Against North Carolina Tar Heels In ACC Tournament

March 11, 2011

In the ACC Tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels enter their first game facing a sneaky Miami Hurricanes team that has the power to make some noise by taking down the resurgent Tar Heels. By beating a Duke team that is down, North Carolina is still coming off the high and if they can’t beat Miami, that regular season win will mean nothing.

NCCA Basketball Picks for this matchup will be available late Thursday.

Even though Miami is not a team to back down, North Carolina brings a stifling defense and a team that plays hard under the basket. Miami gave North Carolina all they could handle, in the only meeting between the two teams early in the season. North Carolina breathed a sigh of relief when they walked out with the win as the final score was 74-71.

By winning seven of their last eleven and only four of their last seven, Miami has struggled. Miami made a run to the finals against Duke before they met their match as last season they turned it on in the tournament.

In this game shooting guard Malcolm Grant is the one to watch, who is the key shooting threat for Miami. By leading the team in scoring, he is hitting 46 percent from the three point arc.

For the Tar Heels, seven feet Tyler Zeller is the big man and leading scorer. By averaging more than seven rebounds per game, he is averaging 14.6 points per game. By averaging more than 14 points per game, Harrison Barnes is also a force down low for North Carolina.


2011 WGC Cadillac Championship Will Take Place In Florida

March 5, 2011

In Doral, Florida, the WGC Cadillac Championship tees off the week of March 7 through March 13. Even though the event has quickly become a fan favorite and golfer favorite as well, this is relatively new on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods has captured the trophy, in the 13 years of play in the event.

Even though the event is sponsored by Ford, “Big Lefty’s” major sponsor, Phil Mickelson has only won the event once. Ernie Els is the only other golfer to win the WGC Cadillac Championship, aside from Tiger Woods’ six wins in the event.

Woods and Mickelson are the two favorites entering this event despite the fact that neither is expected to win, as is the case with most of the PGA events over the last five years. Mickelson is a 4-1 favorite to win whereas Tiger is a 3-1 favorite to win in Golf Odds.

The best golfers in the field will be Anthony Kim and Ricky Fowler though in the middle of the pack. Even though they are long ball hitters that will have a solid chance to bring home the hardware, both are 25-1.

Jhonnatan Vegas will be a fan favorite on the Doral Resort as he is one of the hottest golfers on the PGA Tour. Even though Vegas is a legitimate threat to take home the money in this event, he is still a good bet in Las Vegas at 20-1.

D.A. Points, Aaron Baddeley and Jonathan Byrd will be other notables making an appearance in the WGC.


Roger Federer Vs. Somdev Devvarman Match Analysis

February 26, 2011

Roger Federer faced Somdev Devvarman of India, who received a wildcard into the main draw, in the first round at the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The young Indian was heavily favored in this part of the world and that is not a surprising fact. At South Africa earlier in February, the 80th ranked Indian’s last match was a loss in the final. Between the two this was the first ever meeting.

Over Somdev Devvarman Roger Federer enjoyed a routine victory. In front of a packed Centre Court full of an evening crowd, it took Federer only 75 minutes to comfortably claim the match 6-3 6-3. while also holding serve and avoiding break points, Federer broke his opponent three times. By playing his idol, Devvarman was perhaps overwhelmed by the occasion. Federer expressed satisfaction and said that he didn’t want to underestimate his opponent, who is not well known on the tour yet, after the match.

The world’s top men are ready to play at the 2011Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the women’s competition ended last week. As the world’s number 1 Rafael Nadal is still recovering from a hamstring injury, Roger Federer, who is currently ranked number 2 in the world, is the first seed in Dubai. Since a complete beat down loss at the Australian Open semifinals, this was Federer’s first match.

Federer, who often takes several weeks a year to practice in the scorching sun of this oasis, Duabi is familiar territory for him. Federer has held the trophy in Dubai four times before which is also worth mentioning. The last time Fed claimed the title was back in 2007 though.

When Federer lost to Andy Murray in the second round of the 2008 tournament, as well, he doesn’t have a sweet memory of his last match in Dubai. As he arrived early and visited the new Dubai Fountain, from which he could take some inspiration, three years later, the Swiss Maestro is ready to make a statement.


Weekend Clash Between Colorado Avalanche And San Jose Sharks

February 17, 2011

This weekend in a game between two Western Conference teams, the San Jose Sharks will battle against the Colorado Avalanche. With a record of 31-21-6 on the season, the Sharks are the 7th best team in the league in terms of record this season. This season, the Avalanche are the 2nd worst team in the conference.

While Colorado is way back at 100-1, San Jose is at 16-1 in NHL betting lines Odds to win the Stanley Cup this season.

Despite the fact that they are near the cellar of the conference, interestingly enough, the Avalanche are not all that bad. On the season, they are actually just one game under .500 at 25-26-6. They have been outscored by their opponents by 24 goals this season while their record isn’t terrible.

Even though the Sharks are not very dominant in many aspects, they are a pretty solid team on all fronts. By limiting the Shark’s power play opportunities is the key to limiting the productivity of their offense. By converting 21.9 percent of the time, the 4th best average in the league, they are a very effective team on the power play.

As the Western Conference playoff picture is extremely crowded, the Sharks need to pull out wins against weaker teams like Colorado. Even though the Avalanche can definitely play the role of a spoiler this season, they may not be able to make a run for the playoffs with so many teams in contention.

Although the Avalanche are allowing 3.4 goals per game, they are excellent offensively. If the Sharks allow the Avalanche to set the pace of this game, this game could turn into a shootout.


Vancouver Canucks Will Clash With Calgary Flames This Weekend

February 9, 2011

This weekend the Vancouver Canucks will take on the Calgary Flames in Vancouver.  The Canucks have been the superior team even as both of these teams have had solid seasons to this point. With a 35-10-9 record this season the Canucks are atop the conference.

Closer to game time, at online sportsbooks, check out NHL Betting.

It seems the Canucks are solid in every aspect of the game. They allow just 2.3 goals per game on defense as averaging 3.4 goals a game they have the 2nd best offense in the NHL.  In the league, this is the 3rd best average. In terms of power play percentage and penalty kill percentage, they are also one of the best teams.

At Left Wing the Canucks are led by Daniel Sedin. He has been a key facilitator for the Canucks on offense as he has 69 points on the season.  In order to limit the impact that Sedin has on the game, the Flames will need to try to find a way. To stop up and make plays this will force another player.

Even though the Flames seem to find a way to win games they are pretty much a middle of the pack team in most statistical categories. For the Flames Jarome Iginla is the main offensive force. Having dished out the most assists of any player on his team, he is the leading scorer. To have a big game against the Canucks, the Flames will need him.

The Canucks are certainly favored in this game even as the Flames do have an opportunity.


NCAAB March Madness Betting

February 2, 2011

The college basketball season is already two thirds of the way through which means it’s time to look at picks for March Madness.

The last four years have seen a top seed in one of the brackets prevailing with the Duke Blue Devils in 2010, the North Caolina Tar Heels in 2009, the Kansas Jayhawks in 2008 and the Florida Gators in 2007 all entering the tournaments as top seeds in their respective brackets.

If you want to make any money on March Madness odds in the futures market, you need to pick teams that are in a good position to finish in one of the top seeds. With the college basketball betting season already two thirds of the way done, we’re in a good position to look at the March Madness futures for teams that are likely to finish as top teams. In particular, we look for teams that are in position now to qualify as a top team and teams in position to make a late charge and take top spot.

Top Teams Right Now

The Duke Blue Devils may not be the top team in the League, but at +320 they have the best odds. While the Blue Devils are the defending champions, it is hard to justify taking them at this number. The ACC is down this year and they really haven’t proven that much. They do have a win over a number two team Kansas State, but Kansas State has since fallen hard.

They don’t have any big tests on the horizon, so don’t be surprised to see them enter the tournament as one of the top seeded teams which means you can almost book them in the Elite Eight which is a big advantage, but their odds are just too low to justify spending any money in an event as unpredictable as March Madness.

The number one team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes, comes in next at +420. A good case can be made for the top team in the nation. They have overcome a number of tests including overcoming an 18-point deficit against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They have a number of big tests left, so don’t be surprised to see them lose a game or two, but the competition will be good for them once the spring tournament starts.

The Kansas Jayhawks look tempting at +1000 because of their one-loss record and strong play annually, but they haven’t faced a lot of tests and seem like the best candidate for falling off with three more games against ranked teams.

A better bet is the lone team to beat the Jayhawks, the Texas Longhorns at +2000. The Longhorns have faced more ranked teams and, in most cases, prevailed. They also don’t have any ranked teams left on their schedule which puts them in a pretty good position to take the Big 12.

Teams Making a Late Charge

The Pittsburgh Panthers +2000 are the strong bet to take a top seed from one of the four aforementioned teams. The Panthers have a win over Texas and have played well despite a fairly strong schedule. The biggest challenge for the Panthers will be the Villanova Wildcats who were one of the top teams for most of the season before falling off badly last week. If they get their game back together, they will be a big threat as these two teams have two meetings left.

A strong alternative to the Panthers, depending on how worried you are about Villanova, is the UConn Huskies at +2000 who have already proven themselves against a number of ranked teams, but their remaining schedule is full of pitfalls starting tomorrow with another team that has dropped precipitously, the Syracuse Orange.

Conclusion

Texas is by far the best college basketball bet based on risk and reward. Their path from here to the Elite Eight is the easiest and they have enough wins over quality opposition to believe they have a chance to go all the way once they get there.

UConn and Pittsburgh both pay the same as Texas, but Texas has a much easier path from here forward and represents a better value.

Duke and Ohio State are solid choices, but not worth the investment in my opinion while Kansas still has a lot to prove.


UFC 126: Preview – Forrest Griffin Vs. Rich Franklin

February 1, 2011

At this Saturday’s UFC 126 event, in a light heavyweight bout Forrest Griffin will fight with Rich Franklin.

In UFC betting odds Franklin is a -170 moneyline favorite.

They are still relevant in the sport, what both of these fighters are out to prove. Many people are questioning whether or not they are still truly contenders for the title as each of them has lost 2 fights recently.

Each managed to turn things around with wins in their most recent fights even as they have both lost 2 fights recently. Yet, Franklin’s fight was definitely more impressive than Griffin’s. By split decision over Tito Ortiz, Griffin won. Griffin still was unable to put him away as Ortiz is getting older.

Even though Franklin was able to knock out his opponent, he also fought against an aging fighter. Franklin pushed him closer to retirement with a knockout victory as Chuck Liddell was considering retirement already.

It is clear that Franklin has the advantage in most categories when looking at the stats from these two fighters. His skills appear to be more developed as he has the better career record at 28-5. He gets more takedowns than Griffin as he is rated as a better striker. Griffin’s age will be the biggest advantage. When a fighter will get pushed over the edge and will not perform at a high level anymore, you never know. Compare to Franklin, Griffin is 5 years younger.

While the loser likely to fall from the limelight, the winner of this fight will expected to jump back into fame.