2015 NFL Draft Props

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The NFL will take center stage on Thursday April 30 in Chicago when the NFL Draft begins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 1 overall pick and are almost certain to select former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Bookmakers are so certain of this that many offshore books have already stopped taking action on whom the No. 1 pick will be in the draft.

The odds makers feel why take any more money on what already looks to be a certainty.

However, while the intrigue over who will be chosen No. 1 is now gone, there is still much debate over who the rest of the picks will be. Because of that, there is an array of NFL Draft props available to the bettor.

Marcus Mariota the winner of the Heisman Trophy has been picked by many to be the No. 2 overall draft pick on Thursday by the Tennessee Titans. Nevertheless, many suitors exist in the league for Mariota and that means he very well could be traded by the Titans to a host of different teams. Amongst the teams showing a great deal of interest in the quarterback are the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns.

While running backs are no longer fashionable with a high pick, two backs are expected to be selected in the first round. Todd Gurley from Georgia and Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin both should factor in the first round. Gurley torn his ACL last November, but that has not kept teams from being interested in his services. Gordon broken the single game rushing yards record this past season, only to see his record broken the following week.

The following are a few examples of the different props that are available to NFL bettors during the NFL Draft this week. Offshore sportsbooks Bovada, betonline, topbet and sportsbook.com have these and more to choose from.

Who will be chosen No. 2 overall

Marcus Mariota -550

Kevin White 7 to 1

Leonard Williams 8 to 1

Dante Fowler 10 to 1

The Field 6 to 1

Which NFL team on Sunday at the conclusion of the NFL Draft will have the rights to Mariota?

Titans +125

Browns 5 to 2

Jets 7 to 2

Eagles 4 to 1

Chargers 10 to 1

Rams 30 to 1

Texans 60 to 1.

Draft Position for Amari Copper

Over 5.5 (+190), Under 5.5 (-220)

Draft Position for Kevin White

Over 7 (-120)

Under 7 (-120)

Draft Position for Todd Gurley

Over 14.5 (-150)

Under 14.5 (+125)

Draft Position for Melvin Gordon

Over 22 (-120)

Under 22 (+125)

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Odds for 20 NFL Teams to Make the 2015-16 Playoffs

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The NFL season will not start for another four plus months, but that does not stop bookmakers from releasing odds for futures betting.

One sportsbook in Las Vegas and others offshore have opened the wagering for the playoff prospects of 20 NFL teams during the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Indianapolis and Seattle are the two teams with the shortest odds to make the NFL postseason, with their Yes side at -350. Those two teams are followed by defending NFL Champions the New England Patriots at -320 to enter the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Eagles are -130 to reach the postseason this NFL season after not making the playoffs this past season when the team lost three of its final four games and finished just 10-6.

New Orleans also did not reach the playoffs last season, but are at even money to reach the postseason this season.

Four teams from last year that made the playoffs – Carolina, Cincinnati, Detroit and Arizona are underdogs the return the postseason. Of the four, the one with the longest odds is Arizona at +155.

These odds reflect trades that took place during the signing of free agents. However, the NFL Draft is Thursday and that could help change this board, as teams look for the best group of draftees they can acquire.

The New England Patriots were listed as the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season after winning the Vince Lombardi trophy this season. This season Seattle is also expected to be strong in the NFC, battling with the Packers, Cowboys and Eagles for a spot in the postseason.

New England in this poll is No. 2 to reach the playoffs, with Indianapolis at the top.

2015-16 NFL Playoff Prop

Colts: Yes -350, No +275
Seahawks: Yes -350, No +275
Patriots: Yes -320, No +250
Packers: Yes -280, No +230
Broncos: Yes -230, No +185
Cowboys: Yes -140, No +110
Eagles: -130, No +100
Ravens: Yes -120, No -110
Steelers: Yes -115, No -115
Saints: Yes +100, No -130
Panthers: Yes +120, No -150
Bengals: Yes +120, No -150
Texans: Yes +120, No -150
Lions: Yes +130, No -170
Chiefs: Yes +135, No -165
Bills: Yes +140, No -170
Chargers: Yes +145, No -175
Cardinals: Yes +155, No -185
Dolphins: Yes +155, No -185
49ers Yes +175, No -210

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American Pharoah Odds on Favorite at 141st Kentucky Derby

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On May 2, horsing fans and bettors will be focused on Churchill Downs for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert one of the best trainers in horseracing should saddle the top two favorites in the race.

American Pharoah is currently listed as the favorite at 3 to 1, on most sportsbooks, while Dortmund a stablemate is currently 4 to 1. Trainer Richard Violette has Upstart next in line at 9 to 2.

The morning line odds are to be posted upon the postposition draw at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.

Since 1978, horseracing has waited for a Triple Crown winner. That year Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

However, this year, American Pharoah is being showered with superlatives. The horse is just 10 to 1 to win the three races. One sportsbook is offering odds of 7 to 1 for any horse to win the Triple Crown in 2015.

One horse agent that has been in the business for over 35 years says American Pharoah is the best horse he has ever seen.

He called American Pharoah the Michael Jordan of horseracing. He stays in the air for so long and its seems he does not have just one gear remaining but possibly two or more, added the agent.

Of course, the veteran Baffert is holding back on his excitement. Baffert said the horse surprises him each time he runs and that he was looking forward to everything going well. However, he will still need a bit of racing luck, like getting a decent post, will have to break well and get the trip. Baffert added that a great deal could happen around the track so nothing will be taken for granted.

Here are the current odds for the 141st Kentucky Derby along with a few props.

American Pharoah    3/1

Dortmund                4/1

Carpe Diem             12/1

Upstart                                9/2

Mubtaahji                 12/1

Materiality               12/1

Frosted                       14/1

Firing Line               15/1

International Star 15/1

El Kabeir                   22/1

One Lucky Dane        25/1

Keen Ice                    25/1

War Story                 30/1

Itsaknockout              30/1

Bolo                        30/1

Danzig Moon              35/1

Frammento             40/1

Madefromlucky          50/1

Stanford                    50/1

Tencendur                60/1

Ocho Ocho Ocho        60/1

Mr. Z                       60/1

Bold Conquest             75/1

St Joe Bay                125/1

Pain and Misery         150/1

Firespike                   150/1

Metaboss                  150/1

The Truth or Else   250/1

Task from glory          150/1

Props

Will American Pharoah win – Yes +310, No -380

Will a Horse win the Triple Crown – Yes +700, No -380

Will a horse win two of the three races in the Triple Crown Yes +140, No -160

Kentucky Derby Official Winning Time – Over/Under 202.2

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Bookmakers Offering an Array of Props for Mayweather Jr …

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The highly anticipated “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is just five days away. The two will meet on May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

Bookmakers sense a big opportunity with the upcoming bout as bettors are eager to bet on the bout and bookmakers have obliged by offering a number of props that will help make the overall betting handle much bigger.

Props that are not typically seen are now being offered by sportsbooks online and in Las Vegas. The new props have started to attract attention at many of the sites and in casinos.

The traditional way most bet on boxing is the moneyline or the over/under with regard to how many rounds the fight will go. For this bout however, the books have gone outside the box to offer a number of different options.

Bettors can choose from knockdown props, the number of rounds each fighter will win and the over/under on the scorecards of the judges.

One casino is even offering an OVER of 4.5 rounds as well as the conventional one of 11.5 rounds. However, the OVER on that is -800 meaning you need to bet $800 to win $100.

Another drawing a great deal of action is based on a yes/no. The prop is will there be a knockdown in the fight. The No opened as the favorite at -180. The Yes has attracted interest.

Bettors can also place a bet on whether both the fighters will be knocked to the canvas. The No opened at -2500 and is now at -2000, while the Yes opened at +1600 and is down to +1300.

At the MGM Grand where the fight will be held, the total for the judge’s scorecards opened at Mayweather 346.5 and Pacquiao 336.5, with the 10-point must system in boxing, the maximum points one fighter can have after 12 rounds is 360.

There have been a large number of small tickets on the props with betting ranging from $10 to $50. There have been some over $100 and a handful over $1000.

Some smaller bettors get tempted to go for a home run with a long shot prop such as selecting the round that a knockout will take place. However, those types of bets have very little value.

The props for exact round are not that good of an idea. They look attractive to the eye with 50 to 1 on a knockout in round 10, but they have very little value. However, betting on the fight’s outcome has its value and the odds might by lower, but the value is there.

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Previews of Two of Four NBA Playoff Games on Sunday

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The NBA playoffs continue on Sunday with the possibility of the broom coming out as three teams look to sweep their series. Three of the four games played on Sunday could end with sweeps and in the other. San Antonio took a 2-1 lead on Friday over the Clippers. Here is a look at two of the four games.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics

Cleveland leads the series 3-0. The current line has Cleveland favored by 7.5 points with the point total sitting on 203. Even though the Celtics do not have any wins so far for their effort, the team has played well in this series.

Cleveland wants to win to get additional rest before the next series begins.

If Cleveland is able to bottle up guard Isaiah Thomas in this game as they did in Game 3, the Cavaliers will likely win and cover the 7.5-point spread. Thomas only hit 2 of his 9 shots in the game and scored only 5 points. After Thomas shot 18 times from the free throw in Games 1 and 2, he only attempted two free throws in Game 3.

After a game that was high scoring in Game 1, the past two games have cashed on the UNDER, with both games staying under 200.

Despite the Celtics being all but eliminated, Boston will continue fighting to the end. The line opened at Cleveland -5 and is up to -7.5 making it a tough call. However, the play here is the UNDER.

Clippers vs. San Antonio

The Spurs lead the series 2-1. The current line has San Antonio favored by 6.5 points with the point total on 200.

The best series thus far in the first round has been this one between the Spurs and Clippers. On Friday, the Spurs behind Kawhi Leonard routed the Clippers 100-73. Leonard scored 32 points on the night.

The Clippers scored their fewest points for the entire season and a record low for the franchise in the postseason. The series has cashed on the UNDER in 2 of 3 games. The OVER was in Game 2, which went to overtime.

The 6.5-point chalk for San Antonio is the biggest spread of this series. Los Angeles on the season was 22-19 against the spread on the road, but is now 0-1 in the postseason.

With a win, San Antonio would be on the verge of elimination the Clippers. However, the Clippers are a very talented team under the leadership of Doc Rivers.

The play her is Clippers +6.5. Off course, my thought is San Antonio will win straight up.

In the other two games, Washington can close out its series against Toronto. The Wizards lead the series 3-0. In the fourth game of the day, the Houston Rockets can eliminate the Dallas Mavericks.

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Two Early NBA Playoff Games on Saturday

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Saturday’s slate of NBA playoffs game is big with four on tap. The first two feature the Atlanta Hawks traveling to play the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls visiting the Milwaukee Bucks.

 Atlanta vs. Brooklyn

The current line has Atlanta favored by 2.5 points with the point total on 201. The Hawks lead the series 2-0 but did not cover the spread in Games 1 and 2. The Hawks in Game 1 were 11-.5 point chalk and won by 7. In Game 2, Atlanta was favored by 9.5 points and won by 5. The total cashed on the UNDER in both games.

Atlanta started the season strong on the road, but ended 8-11 straight up and 6-12-1 against the spread.

Brooklyn proved in Games 1 and 2 it can stay with the No. 1 seed Atlanta, although they must have more consistency from Deron Williams their point guard, who scored just two points in Game 2. Brook Lopez must neutralize the strong inside game of the Hawks.

Brooklyn in its past 9 home games is 7-2 SU while 6-2-1 ATS.

Even though the series is 2-0 in the favor of Atlanta, the Hawks have not dominated either game. However, the Hawks could put it together today and blow out the Nets. The total continues to move downward.

The points should remain UNDER and the Hawks should cover.

Chicago vs. Milwaukee

The current line on this game is Chicago -4.5, with the point total on 188.5. Chicago leads this series 3-0.

Chicago has brought its brooms for Game 4 with a sweep well within the realm of possibilities. The Bulls defeated the Bucks in Game 3 in Thursday in double overtime 113-106 as 2.5-point chalk. The Bulls have covered each of the first three games of the series and this season is a strong 6-1 ATS versus the Bucks.

The 190 points scored between the two teams was enough to cash the OVER. The OVER has cashed in two of the three games thus far in the series.

Chicago has become much more dangerous as Derrick Rose has returned and is playing superbly. Rose scored 34 points in Game 3 while handing out 8 assists.

The Bucks played valiantly on Thursday but came up short. The young team is very inexperienced and it is unknown how they will react in Game 4 being down 3-0 in the series.

The play on this is the UNDER and a lean toward the Bucks and the points.

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Kevin Harvick Odds on Favorite at Richmond on Saturday

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Richmond International Raceway for the Saturday night running of the Toyota Owners 400 under the lights. This 3.4-mile flat track layout will allow for speeds that are just fast enough to keep the fans happy and slow enough for drivers to send messages to fellow competitors during the race.

When trying to find a winner in the race on Saturday you must look back to March 15 and the Phoenix race as the tracks are very similar in layout and set up.

The raceway at Richmond is similar to both Phoenix and New Hampshire and drivers with success on those tracks the past few years will be the favorites on Saturday night.

Kevin Harvick, at Phoenix, led for 224 of the 312 laps, winning for the fourth consecutive time at that track. Brad Keselowski finished sixth but led for 52 laps. Joey Logano finished eighth after leading for 35 laps. Jamie McMurray led the only other lap and finished second. Only four drivers led the entire race, which is a rarity.

Due to how he raced in Phoenix and has raced in the first eight races this season, Harvick is the odds on favorite to win on Saturday. He might have finished in 38th at Bristol, but still led six times and for 184 laps in the race. He was hit with bad luck in that race, but has 6 finishes in the top two this season in just eight starts, which is not bad.

On two occasions, Harvick has won during the same season at Phoenix and Richmond. In 2006 as well as 2013, he won both at Phoenix and both at Richmond.

He has won three times in his 28 starts in Richmond compared to winning seven times in Phoenix. Even though he races better in Phoenix, he is still a notch or two above the rest that do well on these tracks including Logano and Keselowski.

Last season Keselowski took the checkered flag during the spring in Richmond and Logano followed up with a win in the fall.

Two solid long shots on this track to look at are McMurray and Ganassi teammate Kyle Larson. McMurray was second in Phoenix and fourth in two of the last three races at Richmond.

Jeff Gordon has not won since 2000 at Richmond and has only two wins there over his entire career, but he finished second each time last season at Richmond. He should have good value with odds of 14 to 1 in this one.

Harvick is 9 to 2 to win. He has only won twice this season but has led for 950 laps through eight races. If he reaches 1,000, he will become the ninth driver in NASCAR history to lead 1,000 laps over nine races.

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