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College Football Teams with Something to Prove
07/22/2015
College football is approaching! Betting lines are already out in Las Vegas, so here's a look at some teams with a chip on their shoulder.... Read this article
New Coaches Hope to Upgrade College Football Programs in 2015
07/18/2015
Football is approaching! Jim Feist looks at some college football coaching changes for 2015 that will change how some programs look and help you with your handicapping heading into the season.... Read this article
Cardinals, Royals on Track for World Series Rematch 30 Years Later?
07/14/2015
The St. Louis Cardinals may have baseball's best record, but the Kansas City Royals are favored to win the World Series. Could they be on a collision course to meet for the first time since 1985?... Read this article
Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks Face Tough Offseason Challenges
07/12/2015
The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three of the past six years, but this offseason will be very difficult for them as they try to get under the salary cap and stay competitive.... Read this article
Are the Cavaliers the Team to Beat in the NBA Next Season?
07/12/2015
A healthy Cleveland Cavaliers team may be able to win their first NBA title in 2016, but the Western Conference is again filled with top contenders, including the improved San Antonio Spurs.... Read this article
Pirates Hope to Earn Series Win Against Cardinals on Sunday Night
07/12/2015
The Pittsburgh Pirates have the second-most wins in MLB, but they are chasing the team with the most in the St. Louis Cardinals. They complete a key NL Central series on Sunday Night Baseball.... Read this article
Second-Half Surge or Sell-Off for MLB Teams After All-Star Break?
07/08/2015
Baseball has reached the halfway point of the 2015 season. Late July also means the trading deadline is coming soon, so who might be ready for a second-half surge or sell-off?... Read this article
McGregor Meets Mendes for Interim Featherweight Title at UFC 189
07/05/2015
A rib injury forced featherweight champ Jose Aldo out of his highly-anticipated title fight against Conor McGregor. But are bettors sleeping on Chad Mendes as an underdog at UFC 189?... Read this article
Hot Cubs Hope Home Cooking Can Help Them Beat Cardinals
07/05/2015
The Chicago Cubs are 22-16 at Wrigley Field this season and will try to win for the sixth time in seven games when they host the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series Monday.... Read this article
Nationals Attempt Sweep Giants in Sunday Night Baseball Matchup
07/04/2015
The Washington Nationals have been playing some of their best baseball of the season lately and will try to complete a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday Night Baseball.... Read this article
Orioles Look to Extend Winning Streak to Five Against Rangers
06/28/2015
For the second straight day, a divison-leading MLB team will be trying to extend a winning streak on ESPN. The St. Louis Cardinals did it on Sunday, so will the Baltimore Orioles follow suit?... Read this article
Cubs Hope to Halt Hot Cardinals in Sunday Night Baseball Matchup
06/27/2015
The Chicago Cubs looked like the darlings of baseball early on, but they have lost four straight games and will try to hand the St. Louis Cardinals their first loss in six games Sunday night.... Read this article
Golden Nugget Releases 2015 College Football Games of the Year
06/26/2015
The Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas was the first to unveil college football odds on more than 150 Games of the Year, and bettors are fading SEC teams in early wagering action.... Read this article
MLB Betting: Give Me Some Relief!
06/23/2015
Baseball is not about starters, although that's where oddsmakers begin their betting lines. Bullpen depth continues to be  a huge factor in winning baseball... Read this article
Spieth Takes Second Straight Major With Johnson Falling Short Again
06/21/2015
Jordan Spieth has officially taken over the title of golf's best young talent from Rory McIlroy after his second consecutive Major victory this year. But did Dustin Johnson make it easy for him?... Read this article
Giants Looking for Sweep of Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball
06/20/2015
The San Francisco Giants have won the last five meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers and nine of 11 this season. They can also take over first place in the NL West with another win Sunday.... Read this article
Getting Injured Players Back Can Be as Important as a Trade
06/16/2015
The MLB trade deadline is coming soon, but there are other ways teams can improve as summer heats up. Learn more with valuable baseball betting tips from Don Best handicapper Jim Feist.... Read this article
Cavs Look to Extend NBA Finals as Home Underdogs in Game 6
06/15/2015
The Golden State Warriors are favored to win their first NBA championship since 1975 with a road win in Game 6 on Tuesday while the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to force a Game 7 in Oakland.... Read this article
Blackhawks Favored to Win 2015 Stanley Cup at Home on Monday
06/14/2015
The Chicago Blackhawks hope to accomplish something they have not done since 1938 - win the Stanley Cup at home. But can the Tampa Bay Lightning pull off the upset and force a Game 7?... Read this article
Velasquez, Werdum Look to Unify Heavyweight Title at UFC 188
06/12/2015
Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez will return to the Octagon on Saturday night in Mexico City for the first time in nearly two years when he meets interim title holder Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188.... Read this article
Can LeBron James Lead Cavaliers to Another NBA Finals Victory?
06/08/2015
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has played like the MVP of the NBA Finals so far, but can he give his team the series lead with another victory against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3?... Read this article
NBA Finals: Warriors/Cavs Showdown
06/08/2015
The NBA Finals shifts to the middle of the country this week as the Cavaliers host Games 3 and 4. Jim Feist examines history and team defense.... Read this article
Blackhawks Look to Regain Edge in Stanley Cup Final at Home
06/07/2015
The Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday to even the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1. Now the Blackhawks hope to use home ice as an advantage in Game 3 on Monday.... Read this article
Lightning Face Must-Win Against Blackhawks in Stanley Cup Final?
06/05/2015
The Tampa Bay Lightning lost the series opener of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks but have made a habit of bouncing back. Will Tampa rebound in Game 2 Saturday?... Read this article
Cleveland's NBA Title Odds Take Big Hit With Kyrie Irving Out
06/05/2015
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals and more when point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a fractured kneecap. The loss of Irving makes the Golden State Warriors bigger favorites.... Read this article
Cavs/Warriors: 2015 NBA Finals Fever!
06/01/2015
LeBron James is in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year, while the Warriors are the talented new kids on the block. Who has the edge? Jim Feist examines, both straight up and against the spread.... Read this article
Preseason Favorite Cavs Underdogs Against Warriors in NBA Finals
05/31/2015
The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the 2014-15 regular season as the favorites to win their first championship, but the Golden State Warriors will find them as underdogs in the NBA Finals.... Read this article
Blackhawks Favored to Beat Lightning for 2015 Stanley Cup
05/31/2015
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning both earned Game 7 wins on the road to advance to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final and begin the NHL championship series on Wednesday.... Read this article
Is Home Ice Really an Advantage for Rangers, Ducks in Game 7s?
05/28/2015
The stage is set for two epic Game 7s in the NHL on Friday and Saturday, with the Rangers hosting the Lightning and the Blackhawks visiting the Ducks. So who will play for the Stanley Cup?... Read this article
Baseball Bettors Beware of 'Chief Big Chalk'
05/26/2015
Is it OK to bet big favorites in baseball? Jim Feist offers some baseball betting advice -- with the reasons why.... Read this article
Warriors, Cavaliers Headed for 2015 NBA Finals Matchup
05/24/2015
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers each took commanding 3-0 series leads in the conference finals over the weekend, putting them on track to meet in the 2015 NBA Finals.... Read this article
Middleweight, Light Heavyweight Titles Up for Grabs at UFC 187
05/22/2015
A new light heavyweight champion will be crowed at UFC 187 on Saturday when Anthony Johnson battles Daniel Cormier for the belt after middleweight champ Chris Weidman faces Vitor Belfort.... Read this article
MLB First 7 Weeks - Handicapping the Futures
05/20/2015

7 weeks into the MLB season, Scott Sprietzer takes a look at the current future odds of the top contenders in the league and also provides an overview of some match-ups for this weekend. 


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Are Cavaliers a Good Bet Against Hawks in Eastern Conference Finals?
05/19/2015
The Cleveland Cavaliers are not at full strength but still have star LeBron James heading into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks. Which team is the better bet?... Read this article
Postseason Basketball and Earlier Meetings
05/18/2015
The NBA Conference Finals begins, down to the Final 4 in the NBA. Is it worth looking at the regular season meetings between the Cavs/Hawks and Rockets/Warriors? Jim Feist provides some wgering insight.... Read this article
Golden State Opens NBA Western Conference Finals as Big Favorite
05/17/2015
The Warriors were tested by the Grizzlies in the second round while the Rockets rallied to beat the Clippers in seven games. They meet Tuesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.... Read this article
Tigers Try for Sweep of Cardinals on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball
05/16/2015
The AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers are road underdogs as they look to complete a rare three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball.... Read this article
Rangers Slight Favorites to Win 2015 Stanley Cup at SuperBook
05/15/2015
The New York Rangers battled back from a 3-1 deficit to knock out the Washington Capitals and start the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday as the 2/1 favorites to win the Stanley Cup.... Read this article
NBA Playoffs: Be Cautious of Blowouts
05/12/2015
We've seen blowouts and buzzer beaters so far in the 2015 NBA playoffs. What does that mean for bounce-back situations for bettors? Don Best handicapper Jim Feist examines.... Read this article
Wizards, Grizzlies Look for Commanding 3-1 Series Leads on Monday
05/10/2015
The Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies are both unlikely series leaders heading into Monday's action. But can they each win Game 4 at home to move closer to the conference finals?... Read this article
Can Tigers Overtake Royals for Division Lead on Sunday Night?
05/09/2015
The Kansas City Royals have picked up where they left off last year when they went to the World Series as a Wild Card and look to stay atop the AL Central with a win against the Detroit Tigers.... Read this article
Heavyweights Collide in Australia with Miocic-Hunt at UFC Fight Night
05/08/2015
UFC Fight Night 65 takes place in Adelaide this Saturday with a pair of top heavyweight contenders squaring off in the main event, as Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt both hope to rebound from losses.... Read this article
Baseball Hot and Cold Starts
05/05/2015
Baseball is rolling each day, with soft totals, sides and hot and cold clubs. So what is a bettor to do when their team is slumping?... Read this article
Cavaliers, Rockets Favored in Monday's NBA Playoff Matchups
05/04/2015
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets enter their second-round playoff series as favorites but will be tested by a couple of dangerous teams in the Chicago Bulls and LA Clippers.... Read this article
Mayweather Stays Perfect With UD Victory Against Pacquiao
05/02/2015
It may not have lived up to the hype as Fight of the Century, but Floyd Mayweather took care of business to unify the welterweight titles with a unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao.... Read this article
When is the Best Time to Bet Saturday's Fight of the Century?
05/01/2015
Tracking betting line movement on Saturday's welterweight title unification bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao with Don Best can help you get the best odds available.... Read this article
How to Handicap the Fight of the Century
04/27/2015
Undecided on who to take in Saturday's Fight of the Century? Well, let handicapper Scott Spreitzer show you how he is breaking down Mayweather-Pacquiao with an informed betting decision.... Read this article
Defense and Totals in the NBA Playoffs
04/27/2015
Defense often excels come playoff time in any sport and that includes the NBA playoffs, which move into the second round this week. Jim Feist examines defense, point spreads and NBA totals.... Read this article
Mets Look for Series Win Against Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball
04/25/2015
The amazing New York Mets will try to beat the New York Yankees for the second straight game and add to their MLB-best win total when they square off in the Bronx on Sunday Night Baseball.... Read this article
How Much Will Kevin Love's Injury Hurt Cleveland's NBA Title Odds?
04/25/2015
The Cleveland Cavs have been favored to win the NBA title but will be without Kevin Love for a while due to a separated shoulder. Will the Chicago Bulls be able to take advantage of that injury?... Read this article
 
 
 
 
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