We split our four picks yesterday but still turned a small profit as the Flames won as +120 home underdogs. There are ten games on the NHL hockey betting docket tonight, including the Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks and Jets in action. Here are betting previews, offshore betting odds and Proline betting odds for all the action (Proline odds are from Ontario):
Hurricanes at Sabres
Offshore betting odds: Hurricanes -111, O/U 5
Proline betting odds: V+ 2.40/V 1.70/T 6.00/H 1.80/H+ 2.50, O/U 5
The Sabres look to avoid their fifth consecutive 4-3 loss when they host the Hurricanes. Carolina wouldn’t mind another one-goal game, since it is 15-3-9 in contests decided by a single marker. The Canes, coming off a 3-2 win last night in Philadelphia, are 17-36 in their last 53 games playing on 0 days rest. But the Sabres are 15-37 in their last 52 overall.
Our pick: Under 5
Blues at Rangers
Offshore betting odds: Blues -117, O/U 5
Proline betting odds: V+ 2.20/V 1.60/T 6.00/H 1.90/H+ 2.70, O/U 5.5
St. Louis …
A nice night for us last night, cashing 6 of our 9 bets for +3.1 units including comfortable underdog wins with the Devils, Senators and Blue Jackets.
Let’s see if we can keep it rolling tonight with four games available on the NHL hockey betting docket, including the Canadiens and Flames in action. Here are betting previews, offshore betting odds and Proline betting odds for all the action (Proline odds are from Ontario).
Hurricanes at Flyers
Offshore betting odds: not listed as of 9 am eastern
Proline betting odds: not listed as of 9 am eastern
A night after their originally scheduled game was postponed due to a snowstorm, the Hurricanes and Flyers will try to get this one in. Carolina’s probably not happy to be spending any more time in Philly than it has to, considering the Canes are 5-17-2 in their last 24 visits to the Flyers. The Hurricanes have cooled off of late, losing three of four after a five-game winning streak. Philadelphia has earned points in four straight games, averaging four …
Ten games on the NHL hockey betting docket tonight, including the Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Oilers and Jets in action. Here are betting previews, offshore betting odds and Proline betting odds for all the action (Proline odds are from Ontario):
Panthers at Sabres
Offshore betting odds: Sabres-118, O/U 5
Proline betting odds: V+ 2.50/V 1.80/T 6.00/H 1.70/H+ 2.40, O/U 5
The line on this game opened at pick ‘em but early money quickly came in on the Sabres. Buffalo is showing a lot of fight under Ted Nolan, with each of its last six games being decided by one goal — four of them in shootouts. Second game in as many nights for the Panthers, who stunned the Penguins 5-1 last night and could let down against Sabres. Florida is 17-39 in its last 56 games on the road, but the Sabres are 15-36 in their last 51 overall. Plug your nose, no matter who you’re taking in this one.
Our pick: Regulation tie
Remember a year ago when the Blue Jays were the talk of baseball going into spring training?
Toronto was even listed at one time as the betting favourites to win the 2013 World Series, ranking shortly ahead of the Dodgers, Angels and Nationals. (For the record, the Jays, Angels and Nationals all went on to miss the playoffs.)
We all know how that worked out. Even after adopting half the Marlins roster and acquiring defending NL Cy Young champion R.A. Dickey, the Jays went on to crash, burn and finish dead last in the A.L. East. (For the record, the Angels and Nationals missed the playoffs as well.)
So maybe it’s a good thing people aren’t talking too much about the Jays as the 2014 season approaches. Oddsmakers don’t seem too impressed, either, listing Toronto as a +1800 darkhorse to win its first World Series since glory years that feel so much longer ago than 1992-93.
Bet365 ranks the Dodgers, Nationals and Tigers as the top three betting favourites to win the World Series in …
Three weeks before the Sochi Games begin, Pinnacle Sports is listing Canada as the favourite to win men’s hockey gold.
Canada pays +198 on the moneyline to win it all. Russia, the host country which was previously listed as the favourite, isn’t far behind at +216.
Other notables include Sweden (+420), United States (+740), Czech Republic (+864) and Finland (+980).
Canada has won men’s hockey gold in two of the last three Olympics, including 2010 in Vancouver. Sweden has won twice in the past five Games (1994 and 2006) while Czech Republic claimed gold in 1998. Russia has not been the Olympic men’s hockey champion since 1988, when it was part of the Soviet Union.
Women’s hockey is dominated so much by two countries that Pinnacle Sports is hanging futures odds on only two countries — Canada and the United States.
Canada is a -119 favourite to win women’s hockey gold, followed closely by the U.S. at +105.
Canada was the women’s hockey champion in the past three Games, while the U.S. captured …
Timing is everything, particularly when it comes to NFL betting on the final weekend.
Point spreads on a lot of games are determined by teams’ perceived motivations to win. Some need victories to keep their playoff hopes alive, while others have nothing to gain in the standings and might not be as hungry as their opponents.
Not all the games on Sunday are played at once, however. Circumstances surrounding the later games will change based on the results of the early games. And this is where you can get an edge.
The San Diego Chargers, for example, are listed as 9.5-point favourites at home to Kansas City. San
Diego needs a win and some help in order to make the playoffs, while the Chiefs are locked into the fifth spot in the AFC and may rest a lot of their starters. That explains the high point spread in this o
ne. However, if Miami or Baltimore win their 1 p.m. (eastern) games, the Chargers will be eliminated by the time they kick off against the …
Two of the three most profitable teams to bet on this NBA season still remain longshots to win the NBA championship.
The league-leading Portland Trailblazers (24-5) are 18-11 against the spread this year, yet are tied with the Golden State Warriors as the seventh-most likely team to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy (+1600 odds at Bodog).
The Phoenix Suns, who are 17-10 overall but a sweet 20-6-1 against the spread, are much further down the NBA futures list at +6600.
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat (22-6 overall, 13-15 ATS) are the favourites to win a third straight title, listed at +190.
The Heat is followed by the Indiana Pacers (23-5 overall, 20-8 ATS) at +400; the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-5 overall, 16-12 ATS) at +600; and the San Antonio Spurs (23-7 overall, 16-14 ATS) at +750.
Other notables include the LA Clippers (+1200), Houston Rockets (+1400), Brooklyn Nets (+4000), Chicago Bulls (+4000) and Dallas Mavericks (+5000).
The Toronto Raptors are listed at +20000.…
The final week of the NFL betting season can often be a tough one for handicappers to tackle, and this year appears to be no exception.
Rather than picking games based on which team is better against the run or which team might struggle because of a key injury, we are left to determine which teams “want it more” and which teams are just looking forward to the end of the season.
Before you start making picks against the spread this week, it’s important to know what teams have to gain, which teams might be motivated to spoil their opponents’ chances, which teams are just trying to stay healthy for the playoffs and which teams are prepared to just mail it in.
Here’s a quick look at this weekend’s slate:
Carolina at Atlanta (Panthers -5.5)
The Panthers have a ton to gain, needing a victory to clinch the NFC South title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. But the Falcons aren’t just going to roll over and let their division rivals …
With more than a quarter of NHL games this season going to overtime (145 of 556, or 25.6 per cent), the Proline tie odds of 6.00 or higher may seem pretty appealing.
If Proline graded all overtime games as ties, 6.00 odds would be more than fair. A 5:1 return (6.00 is 5:1 odds, since the payout includes your original bet) on something that happens once every four games would be a smart bet every day of the week.
Unfortunately, Proline only grades games as ties when they go to a shootout. If a game is decided in the five-minute overtime session, it is not graded as a tie.
In the NHL this season, only 89 of the 145 games that went to OT were eventually decided in a shootout. That drops the overall percentage of NHL games graded by Proline as ‘ties’ to 16 per cent.
A 5:1 return implies a 20 per cent likelihood of something happening. So by offering 6.00 odds on a tie, Proline is still not quite offering you …
More than a quarter of National Hockey League games this season have gone to overtime or a shootout.
Of 566 games the NHL has played before the Christmas break, 145 (25.6 per cent) were unresolved through three periods of regulation time.
These numbers are up a bit from the long-time average of 22.5 percent, according to a 2012 Bleacher Report article.
They’re also enough to drive you nuts if you’re a hockey bettor. Because, as much as you can try to handicap a game, it’s damn near impossible to predict the outcome of a shootout.
For me, there’s nothing more frustrating than betting on a big underdog, having them take the favourite to overtime, then lose in a shootout. The underdog is happy, having earned a point, but you lost your money.
In theory, the shootout wins and the shootout losses all even out over time. But in the short term, when you lose six or seven straight hockey bets because of shootout losses, it can create some real volatility with your bankroll.
After losing …