NBA Odds — Jazz Looks to Extend Home Streak vs. Spurs

NBA Odds -- Jazz Looks to Extend Home Streak vs. Spurs

If the season ended today, the Utah Jazz would be in the playoffs, as they occupy the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff queue. They have won seven consecutive games at home, and beat the San Antonio Spurs the last two times they played in Salt Lake City. On Thursday night they will try to keep their good fortune on the home floor going, and at the same time get some payback for two losses they suffered at the hands of the Spurs, with game time at 10:35 PM ET at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Even after the opening tipoff, BetAnySports customers can take advantage of the chance to challenge the NBA odds in real-time through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.

Utah has a 28-28 straight-of record, and during this seven-game home winning streak, they have allowed only 88 points per game. But San Antonio soared well above that in the last two meetings between these two squads. Granted, both of those were at AT&T Center, but the 118-81 and 123-98 victories were decisive, to say the least. Collectively, the Spurs shot 58.4% in those games, so if there was a better opportunity for some payback, or the occasion to get it for the Jazz, we couldn’t come up with one.

A couple of notes about those two previous meetings, however; San Antonio was missing LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker in the second game, while Rudy Gobert, the artful shot blocker for the Jazz, has had to sit out both of the previous encounters. Derrick Favors, the power forward, missed the last.

In the NBA odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Spurs are laying points on the road:

San Antonio Spurs -3 Utah Jazz +3

Over 193 points -110 Under 193 points -110

The presence of Gobert is critical for Utah, considering that the Jazz are going to be relying on their defense to get them to the playoffs. The “French Rejection” has averaged 2.5 blocks per game. And speaking of defense, San Antonio, which sports a 48-9 record, leaving them only 3.5 games behind Golden State Warriors, has it in droves. To begin with, they have allowed only 92.7 points per game, which best figure in the NBA, and they have no less than seven players in the top 15 in the category of “Defensive Rating.”

One of those players his Kawhi Leonard, the reigning NBA Defensive player of the Year, but he has been bothered lately with a calf injury, and getting on the floor tonight constitute back-to-back games for him. We know how judicious coach Gregg Popovich is when it comes to allocating minutes, especially with players who can use some rest, so BetAnySports patrons would want to keep an eye on that situation. His presence is just as critical to San Antonio as Gobert’s is to Utah, as he would be responsible for Gordon Hayward, the high-scoring forward for the Jazz who has shot 34% against the Spurs over the last nine.

San Antonio is currently in the midst of its “rodeo road trip,” and they have won five of their six games so far of his extended “journey.” On Wednesday night, they beat Sacramento 108-92, with Leonard scoring 18 points.

Keep in mind that San Antonio lost both of the games they played in Salt Lake City last season, so laying points in this hostile venue, with the possibility that Leonard is not 100%, could fall into the category of “risky business.”

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College Basketball Betting – Gonzaga vs. San Diego: Who Bounces Back Better?

College Basketball Betting – Gonzaga vs. San Diego: Who Bounces Back Better?

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are going to have a hard time of it making the NCAA tournament as an-large contestant if they cannot capture the tournament title in the West Coast Conference. Currently they are tied for the lead with the Saint Mary’s Gaels, who beat them on Saturday, completing a sweep for the first time in 21 years. Poor shooting did Gonzaga in, and they hope to remedy that against a rather punchless San Diego Toreros squad which is coming off a supreme humiliation. Game time at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego is 10 PM ET, and BetAnySports customers love the opportunity to place wagers on the game even after the opening tipoff, as they take advantage of state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.

Gonzaga has 21-7 straight-up record, and they have been a perennial participant in the Big Dance, but that is in danger this season. The funny thing is, this was supposed to be one of the better teams Mark Few has had in Spokane. Here is a club that has so much size up front, but they managed to shoot just 36% against Saint Mary’s. This club does not have a strong non-conference resume, so it goes without saying that if they want to have any chance to make it to the post-season, they will either have to win the conference tournament or, at the very least, get to the finals there and, of course, win these last couple of regular-season games, noting that a trip to BYU is on the horizon.

In the college basketball betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Gonzaga is favored by more than “two touchdowns”:

Gonzaga Bulldogs -14.5 San Diego Toreros +14.5

Over 133 points -110 Under 133 points -110

Certainly Gonzaga is not a lock to make it into the tournament, and if they don’t, it will spoil the storyline for their reality show that is currently on the premium channel Showtime. But that’s the way it has gone for a team that was ranked in the Top 10 at the season’s start, but has been something of a disappointment. It is unusual that a team can put three players on the floor at the same time who are 6-10 or taller, but the Bulldogs can do exactly that, We could certainly expect more in this game from twin towers Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, who both offered letdowns last Saturday.

The word “disappointing” is not enough to describe the way San Diego played on Saturday against BYU. They scored only 11 points in the first half on the way to a 91-33 loss, which constituted their worst the since joining Division I basketball. They were an incredible 0-for-20 from three-point range. The awful thing was that this was just two nights after taking BYU right down to the wire and losing by two points, so obviously BetAnySports patrons know that they are capable of better efforts.

Still, this is a team that is right near the bottom when it comes to scoring. And they are shooting just 39% as a team. Their leading point-getter is Duda Sanadze, who has averaged only 11.7 per contest.

Gonzaga has won 36 out of the last 39 meetings between these two squads, including a thorough beatdown on January 16 in Spokane, where they cruised to an 88-52 victory. They were dominant on the boards, with a 46-29 edge. if it’s technical trends you are looking for, San Diego has dropped five of its last six games against the basketball pointspread after a straight-up loss of more than 20 points. The only worry you would have the Bulldogs is whether they are focused here, but last weekend’s loss seems to ensure an honest effort.

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NBA Betting — Suns See No Light on Dismal Season

NBA Betting -- Suns See No Light on Dismal Season

The Phoenix Suns are coming off a humiliation, but then again, that has been something commonplace for them. They are on their way to challenging for the second worst record in the NBA, that is, unless the Brooklyn Nets beat them to it. These teams will meet up at 9:05 PM ET at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. Remember that BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity to place wagers on the game during breaks, as they use the “Live Betting” apparatus located in their sportsbook interface.

Phoenix (14-43) has lost 12 straight games, including a 124-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last time out. They are now on a 2-27 run, which got Jeff Hornacek fired. The interim mentor, Earl Watson, is 0-8 in his place. Yes, they will probably exceed the 16 wins this franchise had in its maiden season of 1968-69, but it won;t be a whole lot better.

The Nets are team that has also been in the doldrums this season; they come into this game with a record of 15-42, but there won’t be a “reward” for them in the end, as their first-round draft pick has already been dealt to the Boston Celtics, a move that got them veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, veterans who have both since departed.

In the NBA betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Suns are the slight favorite at home:

Phoenix Suns -1 Brooklyn Nets +1

Over 207 points -110 Under 207 points -110

Brooklyn is to be commended for an honest effort last time out, as they lost to the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers 112-104 two nights ago. In that one, they came back from 19 points down to actually gain the lead in the fourth quarter, and they were in a tie ballgame with two minutes left. Still, it was a rather heart-breaking start to what will be a nine-game road trip for them, and that’s the longest in the NBA this season.

Meanwhile, Phoenix has had enough trouble at home, recently going 0-7 straight-up on a homestand, which is the worst in the NBA since the 1964-65 San Francisco Warriors. It has been a disaster in many ways in the Valley of the Sun this season, and that includes malcontent Markieff Morris, who got into hassles with management and was traded off at the deadline. And as BetAnySports patrons know, injuries to backcourt people like Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight obviously have not helped the situation. Maybe some good news comes their way tonight, as center Tyson Chandler returnes to the lineup set out the last two games with a shoulder injury.

The last 21 times the Nets have scored less than 100 points they have lost. But Tony Brown, interim coach took over when Lionel Hollins was fired, has committed to stepping up tempo. As a result, this team has gone “over” in 11 of its last 14 games. For a twelve-game stretch, this was the best team in the NBA at shooting three-pointers, which was quite a departure, considering that under Hollins, they were only 31.5% accurate from beyond the arc. But there long-range shooting taken a downturn over the last two games, as they have gone only 8-34.

The last time these teams met was on December 1, and Brooklyn had a 50-34 rebounding edge on the way to a 94-91 victory. Neither team pulls off many stops, as they both allow 47% shooting. Brooklyn has not only increased the pace at which it plays, they also have struggled defensively, yielding 50% or better from the floor in five of the last eight contests. We’re inclined to continue moving with the “over” in Brooklyn games, espcially when they involve a poor defensive opponent.

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Before the Madness – Betting Baseball Futures

Before the Madness - Betting Baseball Futures

Before the word “bracket” even enters your head for another two weeks or so, there is some valued time to be invested thinking about another sports future outcome. Yup, it happens every Spring, along with buds on the trees and hay fever. Time to break out the bats & balls, forecasting who wins more MLB baseball games than odds makers think this season and who doesn’t. It certainly is a better bet than say, a Pirates-White Sox pre-season game from Sarasota this Saturday afternoon. Because if you’re starved for Florida wagering action, consider golf this month.

On the baseball diamond they tweak the rules every year but the betting formula remains basically intact. Over the course of the marathon 162 game season it’s highly unlikely that the best teams will win more than 60% of their games (98), nor the worst teams will will lose more than 60% (64 wins). But don’t think you’re going to get an easy, guaranteed score. Only the record 40-8 stretch the Dodgers accomplished in 2013 assured bettors of cashing their Over the Win Total ticket early. It was the greatest 50 game ride since the Cardinals in 1942. What is forgotten about that feat is the Dodgers were a dismal 30-42 before it occurred. Proof that many were thinking their future “Under” bet was looking good in early June.

The MLB Over/Under season is only for the patient bettor. With a six month season filled with many twists and turns, injuries and statistical proof that you cannot either count your money or give up on any bet until at least September 1st, Contrasting the situation to the 16 game NFL season, where every football game is huge and every win or loss significant.

For example, the Minnesota Vikings proved to be every bit the “wise-guy bet” they were before the season started. I noted the red flag of opportunity when Diamond Sports, BetOnline and other leading sportsbooks marked the Vikes over win total at 7 but at alarming odds of -180. Everybody seemed to have gotten the word. They didn’t disappoint and won their clinching 8th game before December 1st.

Baseball offers a very different scenario. You can count on perennial favorite teams like the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers with slightly inflated win totals similar to the Cowboys and Steelers in the NFL. But for the rest of the NL and AL many teams offer a trickier option. As always, the heart of the numbers and confidence is based on starting pitching. Without that solid 4 to 5-man rotation you aren’t going to get past .500 no matter how solid your starting position player eight is, defense on the field or bullpen.

The following are a few suggestions to pursue before we all begin carefully filling out our NCAA brackets and worrying about #3 seeds tanking early. The lines are courtesy of Elite-rated online sportsbook Bovada, the first online to post the MLB Over/Under Win Totals for the regular season. Be sure to check other premium offshore sportsbooks in March for competitive comparison.

Chicago Cubs Over 92.5 Wins (-130) Under 92.5 Wins (Even)

One of my favorite axioms is “the line tells you something” and here we go again. Can you believe the beloved Cubbies lead the majors this year with highest projected team win total at Bovada with 92.5? This stands out as baseball’s betting version of the Vikings and a major league endorsement following up their strong finish last year into the playoffs.

Maybe the best pitching in baseball with Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey. Add on an exceptional starting line-up with Anthony Rizzo on down, no doubt the young Cubs only concern is staying healthy. Will this finally be the year to break Billy goat curses and watch a World Series at Wrigley? That remains to be seen but breaking OVER 90 wins toward maybe a hundred looks like a solid bet. The only downside might be the intimidating -130 price.

Los Angeles Angels Over 81.5 Wins (-115) Under 81.5 Wins (-115)

One thing you can say for the LA Angels is they have experience. But maybe that is not a good thing these days where many teams opt for younger, hungrier players looking for more incentive dollars.

Long-time manager Mike Scioscia is back at the helm this year to lead the Angels. I’m looking for future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols to bounce back this season with Mike Trout to lead the majors in home runs. That backbone should get any team past a .500 season with decent pitching and the Angels are a qualifier. Garrett Richards is a potential 20-game winner with proven starters Jered Weaver and C.J Wilson backing him up. Their bullpen is so-so and that might be part of the reason for the betting value. If all goes right this season, I like the Angels experience in a very competitive division to get past a soft number and OVER the total here as well.

Kansas City Royals Over 85.5 Wins (-115) Under 85.5 Wins (-115)

Again, another “the line is telling you something” candidate. Why hasn’t the World Series winner bolstered a bit more confidence in the odds maker’s pen? Wouldn’t we expect at least a totals number in the 90’s here with two great seasons in a row?

The answer might be in the Royals lack of marquee stars and small market appeal. A more logical answer would be that they’ve been fortunate to have been injury free while cultivating young talented players simultaneously over the past three or four years. Credit goes to their scouts and drafting system after many miserable years of losing so many games and being at the bottom.

Despite fine pitching from Edison Volquez and solid everyday contribution from starters like first baseman Eric Hosmer and all-star catcher Salvator Perez, I look for a few wheels to fall off this season. Maybe a few sore arms or a key injury to even out the odds. Search for the highest win total you can secure here and go UNDER the total on the Royals.

Bettor Beware

Like all investments, it’s wise to shop around. The leading offshore sportsbooks mostly offer generous opportunities to bet larger amounts on this type of future wager. Similar to a half point in a single game, one win either way on the full season totals could make the difference. Therefore, it’s a smart move to secure the best deal on the team of your choice. On the first day of Fall 2016, that could potentially seem like a really smart move.

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Dutch regulator reinforces ban on online gambling ads

Dutch regulator reinforces ban on online gambling ads

Advertiseing promoting unregulated gambling services in Netherland is prohibited.

Dutch regulator reinforces ban on online gambling adsThe Netherlands’ gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published a guidance note that warns gambling operators that advertising can only promote regulated gambling services to Dutch residents.

And since the Dutch government’s plans to regulate the online gambling market are unlikely to come into effect until 2017, it means that ads for online gambling are illegal. For now, the rules greatly benefit land-based operators, pending the opening of the online gambling market.

“Since advertising has to lead to legal offers, it is now illegal to advertise online gambling,” KSA said in the note. “Advertising that serves to generate a favorable impression of a particular online gaming business is also not permitted.”

The note reiterated the standards and practices for the internet betting industry in the Netherlands, which were announced in June 2015. The standards, described as critical to protecting Dutch consumers ahead of the introduction of the Netherlands new online gambling bill, were implemented throughout all Dutch media channels including digital, print, radio and television.

The Dutch government has spent a great deal of effort blocking their citizens from betting on international sites. It blacklisted a host of sites and insisted that the country’s banks shouldn’t deal with them at all, but the banks refused. At the moment, many online gambling operators treat the Netherlands as a grey market: one in which they still operate because Dutch gaming laws do not sufficiently address online gambling one way or another.

According to State Secretary for Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff, online gambling sites will be able to obtain five-year licenses. In most cases, licensees would have to be based within the European Union or the European Economic Area. More than 200 online gambling businesses have already inquired about the possibility of getting licensed, according to KSA.

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Virginia first state to approve DFS legislation

Virginia first state to approve DFS legislation

Daily fantasy sports operators got a rare opportunity to celebrate on Wednesday as Virginia legislators approved a bill to regulate DFS.

On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly approved SB 646, aka the Fantasy Contests Act, which now requires only Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature to become law. The vote marks the first time a pro-DFS bill has progressed to this stage since the industry imploded last October.

SB 646 requires DFS operators to pay a $50k registration fee, while registered DFS sites must ensure that all their players are over 18 years of age and that player funds are segregated from operating capital. Operators must also submit to an annual audit by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

SB 646 exempts DFS from the state’s list of illegal gambling no-no’s, but the bill’s language arguably authorizes other types of ‘skill-based’ contests involving sporting events – such as prop bets – that could lead the federal government to conclude that the state is in violation of the 1992 PASPA sports betting prohibition. But for the moment, anyway, it’s progress.

NEW YORK DFS BILL SETS HIGH HURDLE FOR ENTRY This week saw DFS operators DraftKings and FanDuel file their latest paperwork in their legal fight for survival with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who ordered both companies to cease & desist operations in his state last November based on his belief that they’re illegal gambling operators under state law.

This week also saw New York state Sen. John Bonacic throw DFS a lifeline by introducing a new bill to regulate the activity. Bonacic’s S 6793 (read it here) would exempt DFS from the state’s definition of gambling activities and establish a Fantasy Sports Contests Division within the Financial Frauds and Consumer Protection Unit.

Unlike other DFS ‘consumer protection’ bills, S 6793 establishes a tax rate on DFS revenue. New York-approved operators would pay 15% of revenue derived from New York players and operators would need to submit a $500k deposit against future tax obligations, a hurdle that could preclude smaller DFS operators from horning in on DraftKings and FanDuel’s turf.

S 6793 would bar DFS operators from offering contests on college sports or horseracing events. Players would have to be 18 years of age or older to play, and operators would have to establish an undetermined maximum number of entries any DFS player could enter into a single contest.

Operators would have to segregate player funds from operating capital and shield player funds from being swallowed up by operator bankruptcy, financial risk and criminal or civil damage claims.

S 6793 stands a much better chance of progressing than the state’s other DFS bills, in part because Bonacic chairs the state Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. Bonacic is also backing a new online poker bill that received a favorable vote from his committee earlier this month.

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Fantasy sports sites support Illinois regulation plan

Fantasy sports sites support Illinois regulation plan

Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel are expected to announce their support of a proposal sponsored by Illinois Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) at the Capitol on Thursday.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion in December saying the sites were illegal. The companies argued the opinion could destroy a “legitimate industry” allowed by state law.

New York and Texas have also issued opinions challenging the legality of the industry.

The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation regulating the sites. Virginia is the first state in the country to establish a legal framework for fantasy sports. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe can sign or veto the plan.

The sites have been banned in six states.

New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings filed separate lawsuits against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday, a day after she declared daily fantasy sports betting illegal in the state.

The companies argue that their contests are games of skill allowed by state law. They’re seeking to stop Madigan from enforcing her interpretation of the law and putting them out of business in Illinois.

Madigan’s action “has set off a chain of events that — if unchecked — will unjustly destroy a legitimate industry,” the lawsuit filed by DraftKings in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago contends. The Illinois decree followed decisions in New York and Nevada to ban the online sites as illegal gambling.

Attorney Randy Mastro, who represents DraftKings, said the company took legal action “so that the hundreds of thousands of Illinois fans who have played openly and honestly for nearly a decade will know they can continue to enjoy the fantasy sports games they love.”

Illinois residents make up 10 percent of DraftKings customers, according to the court filing.

FanDuel filed its lawsuit in Illinois’ Sangamon County along with Arizona-based Head2Head Sports LLC, a season-long fantasy contest operator. The state capital of Springfield is located in Sangamon County, and state lawmakers there will consider a measure to regulate the contests.

A Madigan spokeswoman said the attorney general’s office would have no comment on the companies’ lawsuits outside of Wednesday’s opinion.

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