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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Blazers, Bucks Facing Elimination Tonight

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Can Jeff Teague and the Hawks gain a 3-1 advantage or will they head back to Atlanta tied at 2?

Atlanta (-4.5) at Brooklyn – The Nets came out flying in Game Three and then held on to beat the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks by eight to pull the series to 2-1 in favor of the Hawks. The win has to give Brooklyn some serious confidence heading into tonight’s Game Four because they played the Hawks tough in the first two games of the series in Atlanta.

While neither team was above 39% shooting from the field, the Hawks were absolutely abysmal from three-point range. They shot just 20% and top gunner Kyle Korver was 0 for 5 on the evening. Obviously that has to change dramatically because shooting the trey is such a big part of his and the Hawks’ overall offenisve game plan.

Oddly enough, Atlanta outscored the Nets 25-2 in fastbreak points and also held a 20-point advantage in points in the paint.

Trends: Atlanta is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games… Brooklyn is 8-2 straight in their last 10 games at home… The Hawks are 8-17 SU in their last 25 games at Brooklyn… The Nets are 1-7 SU in their last eight games against Atlanta.

The Pick: All signs make me think  Atlanta bounces back but I’ll take the Nets tonight getting the points.

Bulls

The Bulls need to bounce back and playing at home should help that.

Milwaukee (+8.5) at Chicago – When is the last time you saw a team win the rebounding battle with just 39 boards? That’s what happens when one team shoots almost 50% from the field and 56% from three-point territory. I guarantee you that Chicago Head Coach Tom Thibodeau will not allow his team to be so lazy on the defensive end in Game Five.

Conversely, look for the Bulls to take better care of the basketball as well. They turned the ball over 26 times in Milwaukee’s Game Four victory and I see both the defensive and offensive lapses as a result of being up 3-0.

Trends: Milwaukee is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Bulls… Chicago is 7-1 straight up in their last eight games… The Bucks are 0-5 ATS in their last five games at Chicago… The Bulls are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games versus the Bucks.

The Pick: I like the Bulls to cover at home to end the series.

Memphis (+3) at Portland – From most reports, Memphis guard Mike Conley is looking at facial surgery. His status for the coming games is questionable at best until any medical procedures are done. Credit the Grizzlies with taking Portland’s best shot after Conley went out in the third quarter of Game Three. Credit them even more for eventually putting the Blazers away.

Portland was dominated in the paint in Game Three by a total of 48-30. If Portland is going to even stay in this series that margin has to be narrowed significantly. If you’re looking for a piece of history that might help the Blazers come back and win this series then forget it. The last time Portland came back from a 2-0 deficit was the 1977 NBA Finals.

Trends: Portland is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games… Memphis is 6-1 straight up in their last seven games on the road in Portland… The Blazers are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games at home… The Blazers have made just 21 more three-pointers than the Grizzlies over their last ten games despite attempting 117 more threes then they have.

The Pick: Despite the loss of Conley, I like Memphis to cover tonight.

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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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Celtics, Raptors and Mavericks All Looking for Life

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Could this be it for Dirk Nowtizki and the Mavericks?

Three teams could be headed for the offseason if they don’t turn things around today in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Cleveland (-7.5) at Boston – I know it’s hard to swallow but if I’m a Boston Celtics’ fan and I’m down 0-3, there is actually something to be positive about. These Celtics under Brad Stevens have made tremendous strides this season and really have given the Cavaliers a lot more than most people thought they would.

If we stay in the present however, the Cavaliers are a win away from advancing to a huge showdown with Chicago and I guarantee if they get past the Bulls, they’ll be grateful they had the competition they did from Boston.

Trends: Cleveland is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games on the road… Boston is 6-3 straight up in their last nine games… The Cavaliers are 5-2 SU in their last seven games in Boston… The Celtics have won 17 of their last 23 games at home against the Cavs.

The Pick: Take the Celtics getting the points.

Rivers

Doc Rivers can only hope to be smiling after game four tonight.

LA Clippers (+6) at San Antonio – The Clippers were outrebounded by just nine and were dead-even in points in the paint with the Spurs at 40 apiece. At one point in game three however they trailed by 37 points. Hard to believe following the two excellent games the teams played in Los Angeles. When you’re held to 34% shooting and 26% in three-point shooting, it really doesn’t matter what else you may be even in with your opponent.

The Spurs turned up the defense and hit early shots to put the Clippers away before they even got their sneakers squeaky in game three. Obviously the Clips know they can’t go down 3-1 so I expect them to give every effort to make sure they are even going back to Cali. That said, if they should fall and go on to lose the series, questions will intensify about just how tough this Clippers team is.

We’ll see how they fare before we go there though.

Trends: The Clippers are 3-6 against the spread in their last nine games against the Spurs… San Antonio is 5-0 straight up in their last five games at home.

The Pick: I’ll take the Clips to bounce back.

Toronto (+5.5) at Washington – Done. Over. Get me the fork because the Toronto Raptors are fully cooked. Yes teams have come back from 0-3 deficits before but it’s not happening in this series and the biggest reason why happens to be 37 years old.

Paul Pierce isn’t ready to hit the rocking chair yet and he’s playing like it. I don’t see him letting this team fall.

Trends: Toronto is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games… Washington is 8-3 straight up in their last 11 games.

The Pick: Give me the Wizards to cover and close out the series.

Houston (-2.5) at Dallas – When you have one player who scores 42 points and another who grabs 26 rebounds I would say your chances of winning that game are pretty darn good. That was the case for Houston in game three as James Harden poured in 42 points and Dwight Howard recorded all those rebounds and they needed every one of both for the two-point win.

I give Dallas credit; I honestly thought between Chandler Parsons’ absence and Rajon Rondo’s ineffectiveness that the Mavs would just pack it in but they didn’t. That said, I don’t expect this series to return to Houston and that’s a shame. I thought this was going to be a classic.

Trends: Houston is 7-1 straight up in their last eight games against the Mavericks… Dallas is 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine games against the Rockets.

The Pick: I’ll take the Rockets to cover.

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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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As the First Round Goes On, the Games Get More Important

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James Harden and the Rockets head to Dallas up two games to none.

The first round of the NBA Playoffs are now in full swing. Only the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers are tied at one game apiece. The other seven series all have a team with a 2-0 lead. Don’t be surprised if some of those series become more competitive starting tonight.

Houston (+1) at Dallas – Chandler Parson is out. Rajon Rondo is out to lunch. Such are the problems with the Dallas Mavericks as they host the Rockets down 0-2. I really thought the Mavericks were primed to take this series thinking that getting to the playoffs is what they’ve been waiting for.

It hasn’t turned out that way. Dwight Howard and James Harden have been too much for them to handle and it’s going to be hard for Dallas to win four of six against these guys especially with the turmoil and injury issues.

Trends: Houston is 7-1 straight up in their last eight games against the Mavericks… Dallas is 6-16 against the spread in their last 22 games… The Rockets are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games in Dallas… The Mavs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against Houston.

The Pick: I see little life in these Mavericks so give me the Rockets and the point.

Lowry

Kyle Lowry needs to get his Raptors going if they are going to get back into the series in Washington.

Toronto (+4) at Washington – I was confident this would be a nice series but I didn’t see the Wizards going into Toronto and winning both games. Now the series shifts to Washington where the Wizards have all the confidence in the world while the Raptors are scrambling for their playoff lives.

The Raptors can help themselves out by hitting more of their three-pointers. In game two, they were just 7 of 18. If they aren’t going to dominate more in the paint, and right now that’s a wash, then they are going to struggle to even win a game in this series.

Trends: Toronto is 20-20-1 against the spread on the road this season… Washington is 17-23-1 ATS at home in the 2014-2015 season… Over their last ten games against each other, both teams are averaging exactly 7.2 steals per game.

The Pick: I think Toronto gets back in it. Take them with the points.

LA Clippers (+4) at San Antonio – The Spurs got a huge performance from the ageless wonder Tim Duncan in an overtime win in game two. His long-time teammate Tony Parker left in the fourth with an Achilles’ injury. What do the two have to do with each other? At their age, can they both recover in time for a quick turnaround to game three?

The Clippers really believe they gave game two away and I can’t disagree. They should have closed out the Spurs in the fourth quarter but let it get to overtime and now they are tied 1-1. The good news is that I get the feeling the Clips feel good about how they’ve played the Spurs and that might not bode well for the Spurs.

Where San Antonio gained an advantage though was in the point where they turned a game one deficit into a surplus of 10 in game two. As crucial as guard play is, the bigs will still settle this series.

Trends: The Clippers are 22-19 against the spread on the road this season… The Spurs are 21-18-2 ATS at home during the 2014-2015 season… In ten games against each other, both teams have each made 78 three-point shots.

The Pick: Give me the Clips and the points.

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Mayweather Jr. vs Pacquiao Will Be Biggest Boxing Handle …

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The highly anticipated fight featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is just nine days away. The two will meet on May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand for what many are calling the fight of the century.

Odds makers are preparing to set boxing betting history on this fight as between $60 million and $80 million is expected to be wagered just in the state of Nevada. Add to that all the offshore sites that will be taking bets and the total handle could be well over $100 million.

In Vegas the bout will be the biggest non-football betting event ever seen says a number of bookmakers on the strip.

Even though the fight is still nine days away, some accounts show that it already has drawn more action than any previous match has in the history of Las Vegas.

In order to put the huge $80 million possible handle into perspective, this past February’s Super Bowl had a handle of $115 million and the 2014 Super Bowl set the record with a handle of $119 million.

However, the handle for the Super Bowl is a bit skewed since all the futures money that is bet on the game throughout the entire season is included.

MGM Resorts, which is hosting the fight in its Garden Arena at the MGM Grand, operates 10 sports books on the strip in Vegas and as much as 50% of the entire volume for Vegas is expected to be placed with them.

While the exact figures will never be known since the gaming commission in Nevada does not release that date for boxing matches, it is safe to say Vegas sportsbooks are expecting to have a huge handle on Saturday May 2, which is coincidently the same day of the running of the Kentucky Derby.

Even though the event still has not reached the point of being the biggest ever betting handle that is non-football, it certainly will reach that point before the opening bell on May 2. Bookmakers have said they are expecting a dozen or so of six figure bets and likely a couple of bets that are in the seven figures for this fight. Sportsbooks are also expecting to take a large number of bets between $10,000 and $50,000 on the bout.

Last week one of the books took the largest bet to date on the fight for Pacquiao and moved Mayweather’s favorite odds to -170.

Mayweather’s odds dropped this week, which brought about heavy action on him. Most of the early money was on Pacquiao but the past week the vast majority has been all on Mayweather.

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