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Tiger Woods is 7/4 to win more Majors in 2012 than Honda Classic winner Rory McIlroy. bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said “McIlroy managed to hold off Tiger’s impressive late charge in Florida and there could be plenty more battles between the pair during the year.”
Daily betting cards are once again loaded with baseball games as MLB’s spring training is back in full swing. With about a week of action in the books, here’s a look at the top bets and fades of spring training so far, as well as a look at the upcoming division races in the regular season.
With the NBA schedule shortened to 66 games this season and due to conclude on April 26, the window of opportunity for making money on the NBA odds has been accordingly condensed.
As a general rule there are two groups of gamblers – those who hope to win and those who plan to win. The vast majority of punters belong to the first group, and always will, because their betting strategy contradicts their intentions. There is no simple secret to attaining long-term betting profitability, all professional bettors serve a long apprenticeship, but if you aspire to join this elite group there is some basic betting strategy that you need to understand to make the transition from ‘square’ to ‘sharp', starting with understanding how bookmakers work.
Arbitrage betting is a system for exploiting differentials in odds for a specific market at two or more bookmakers. It guarantees the bettor a profit, as the combined odds produce a negative margin – a margin in the bettor's favour.
This can occur when bookmakers make mistakes, but generally results from differences in opinion or variations in margins that produce a wide spectrum of odds.
The Houston Texans and the New York Jets will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Meadowlands Stadium
Daniel Alves believes that Lionel Messi will struggle to replicate his club form at the World Cup because the Argentina squad is inferior to Barcelona's.
FIFA World Player of the Year Messi was the top scorer in Spain last season and an inspirational force behind them retaining their Primera Division crown.
South Korea captain Park Ji-sung has set his sights on upsetting Argentina after scoring in his side's 2-0 win over Greece.
Diego Maradona has appealed to FIFA to implement the virtues of their Fair Play campaign during the World Cup as Argentina prepare to get their campaign under way.
Maradona, whose infamous 'hand of God' goal knocked England out of the 1986 World Cup, has urged referees to "understand what fair play is" in a bid to get protection for players.
But they will meet tonight. That's actually not a lie. It just won't be in the squared circle under the Vegas lights. It will be on the red carpet in Los Angeles for the 2010 ESPY Awards. Both are nominated for the "Fighter of the Year" award and both fighters are expected to show up. If only they were wearing trunks and gloves.
The New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers will both be trying to pick up a playoff win on Sunday when they battle at Qualcomm Stadium.
Oddsmakers currently have the Chargers listed as 8-point favorites versus the Jets, while the game\'s total is sitting at 42.
There is a difference of opinion amongst football fans and media on whether or not the Saints & Colts should start pulling Peyton, Drew & the other starters, after a quarter or half of their remaining games, to avoid possible injury. The strategy make sense to many, but has history shown this to be a viable tact?
When Troy Aikman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the honor of presenting him was given to Norv Turner, the coach who turned him into a different quarterback. Turner was the Dallas offensive coordinator in the 90's, and his influence can still be found in the Cowboy's offense, as their offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, is a Turner "disciple," dating back to his days as a Cowboy QB backup. Besides Aikman's being turned into a star QB by Norv, his offensive genius helped Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin lead the league in rushing and receiving.
Week 13 and lots of teams in play for wild card spots and byes. While betting lines do attempt to take into consideration all factors, those teams in the hunt have that extra incentive to succeed and it can be difficult for odds makers to factor that into their deliberations, especially if one team is out of play.
Let's take a look at some examples. Denver is in both the AFC west division race and a possible wild card. KC is completely out of any chances of making the playoffs, and they are only underdogs by 5. Can just playing for KC pride overcome the incentives of the Denver team. I can just imagine Denver bettors salivating over this one.
After Monday night's beat down of the Patriots, the Saints seem to be the best team in the NFC. The AFC favorite to play them in the Super Bowl are the undefeated Coltsl. There is a lot of football to play, but these two undefeated teams are the definite favorites, slowly separating themselves from the pack.
But wait a moment now! The story of the year might be developing over in Tennessee, where the once 0-6 Titans, now 5-6, have been rejuvenated by an unlikely savior, Vince Young, and the emergence of one of the most exciting running backs seen in many a year, Chris Johnson. Young, Johnson and their once again dominating defense gives Titan fans reason to believe that their favorite team is capable of getting back in the play-off picture, and accomplish the biggest comeback in league history.
The Saints continue their march toward perfection Monday night at home while the Patriots try to make sure New Orleans does not duplicate their unprecedented 16-0 season in 2007.
Oddsmakers currently have the Saints listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Patriots, while the game's total is sitting at 56½.
The Patriots defeated the Jets 31-14 as an 11-point favorite in Week 11. The combined score caused this game to be a PUSH on the posted over/under total (45).
The AFC West division, which was written off in pre-season as the weakest in the entire NFL, has become arguably the toughest to figure out this 2009 NFL season.
Oakland beats the Bengals last Sunday and get taken to the woodshed by the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day. They also upset the Eagles earlier in the season in the midst of losing to everyone else. Beating 2 of the better teams in the NFL could never have been predicted.
The fans at INVESCO Field at Mile High will be treated to a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos when they take their seats on Sunday.
Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.
The Chargers defeated Philadelphia 31-23 as a 1.5-point favorite in Week 10. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (47).
When was the last time a coach's decision has created so much controversy, and what affect will it have on his team? The state of media today resulted in Belichick's gamble in Sunday's Patriot-Colt's games final minutes taking up as much conversation on TV and radio as a Mid East crisis.
Cedric Benson, Michael Turner, Ronnie Brown and Brian Westbrook went down in Week 10, and all of us who want to get in on the "action" are going to have to wait for a report on their availability for next week' games, before deciding on what decisions to make; not only whether or not an important player is available, but whether or not there is a talented player to take his place
If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys meet at Cowboys Stadium.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cowboys listed as 11-point favorites versus the Redskins, while the game's total has not yet been posted.
The Redskins defeated Denver 27-17 as a 4-point underdog in Week 10. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (36.5).
Ladell Betts rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for Washington, while Jason Campbell passed for 193 yards with a touchdown in the win.
Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing NY Giants
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Giants
The Portland Trail Blazers and the Atlanta Hawks will both be trying to pick up a win on Monday when they battle at Philips Arena.
Oddsmakers currently have the Hawks listed as 4-point favorites versus the Trail Blazers, while the game's total is sitting at 188.
The Trail Blazers edged the Bobcats 80-74 at Time Warner Cable Arena Saturday night.
Portland covered as a 2.5-point road favorite while the final score played under the 171.5-point total.
The Hawks took advantage of a reeling Hornets squad, winning 121-98 at Philips Arena Saturday.
When the New England Patriots went up to the line last night on 4th and 2 from inside their 30 yard line, I thought for sure that they were trying to draw the Colts offside and could not believe when they snapped the ball. I told my son and wife that it was the worst coaching decision in history -- in any sport!
Most of the sports analysts I have heard last night and this morning seem to agree, although when I look at it today from an analytical perspective, perhaps it wasn't such a bad decision after all. In poker, which I play quite a bit, we often apply math to various scenarios. The math is only one factor that must be taken into consideration when making a poker decision, but it helps establish a base decision making criteria.
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet on the gridiron at Heinz Field on Sunday in a battle of division rivals.
Oddsmakers currently have the Steelers listed as 7-point favorites versus the Bengals, while the game's total is sitting at 41½.
The Bengals defeated Baltimore 17-7 as a 3-point underdog in Week 9. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (45).
The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Oddsmakers currently have the Colts listed as 3-point favorites versus the Patriots, while the game\'s total is sitting at 50.
The NFL is a tough place to make a living, and age and injuries to two 30 year olds, have helped to change the face and direction of their teams. Remember when Brian Westbrook and LaDanian Tomlinson terrorized opposing defenses on a weekly basis? Most of the talk coming into this weeks confrontation between the Eagles and Chargers would have concentrated on the running backs a few years back, but the problem of "age" has switched attention to their QB's.
The NFL draft's purpose is to keep the league balanced. Every year the planned scenario was that the yearly college draft would enable the worst teams to pick up the cream of the crop of the entering college players. So why does the league have so many very, very bad teams...St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City and Oakland to name only a few...and they have been bad for a few years now, with not much upside in sight,and they have been getting high draft choices for these last years.
NOVEMBER 12, 8:00 PM
CLEVELAND vs. MIAMI
- Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- Cleveland is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games on the road
- Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
- Miami is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Here are some NFL Trends for the upcoming Week 10 Matchups:
NOVEMBER 12, 8:20 PM
CHICAGO vs. SAN FRANCISCO
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
- Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- San Francisco is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
- San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
The Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Lambeau Field.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cowboys listed as 3-point favorites versus the Packers, while the game's total is sitting at 47½.
The Cowboys defeated Philadelphia 20-16 as a 3-point underdog in Week 9. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (50).
- Rory or Tiger - Who will win most Majors?
- MLB Betting Feature: Spring Training Update
- NBA Betting Stat Check: Bulls Surging to Top of Team Betting Trends
- How Do Bookmakers Work?
- What Is Arbitrage Betting?
- NFL Week 11 Matchup: Houston Texans vs. New York Jets
- Betting Roundup - MLB/NBA/NHL
- Messi will struggle - Alves
- Word Cup - South Korea captain Park Ji-sung has set his sights on upsetting Argentina
- Maradona calls for fair play