Mine That Bird is nearly even money on the 2009 Belmont Stakes morning line and virtually every sportsbook has head-to-head matchups including BetUs Sportsbook rated No. 1 by the OffshoreInsiders.com Network.
Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Stanley Cup final continues in
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA Finals are idle on Saturday, leaving the day’s hoops spotlight for the opening of the WNBA season. There are six games on the WNBA’s slate, including
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The Phillies and Dodgers will kick off the National League slate on Saturday afternoon with a contest in
Elsewhere around the National League in baseball betting on Saturday: San Francisco at Florida, the Mets at Washington, Pittsburgh at Houston, the Cubs at Cincinnati, Milwaukee at Atlanta, Colorado at St. Louis, and Arizona at San Diego. D-Backs starter Max Scherzer (2-4, 4.47 ERA) was pounded for eight runs in 3 2-3 innings in his last outing versus
Over in the American League on Saturday the Rays and Yankees continue their series in
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The Stanley Cup final is knotted up at two games apiece as the series heads back to
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Off yet another winning night last night, GodsTips has the win, place, show and fourth place finisher for the Belmont Stakes. Finally another Wise Guy and it’s an underdog winner plus a Major.Click
With Rachel Alexandra taking a pass on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes the favorite to win the third jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown is Mine That Bird. Jockey Calvin Borel will be back on Mine That Bird for the Belmont Stakes after he rode Rachel Alexandra to victory in the Preakness Stakes. Borel and Mine That Bird combined to win the
Here are the Vegas odds and the Belmont Stakes 2009 morning line. It’s a huge day in horse racing as Calvin Borel tries to prove Kent Desormeaux wrong and become the first jockey ever to win the Triple Crown on two different horses. GodsTips, anchor of OffshoreInsiders.com has the top four finishers.
Mine That Bird is the heavy favorite, with steam money comning in on Charitable Man, leapfrogging Dunkirk as the second favorite.
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Did the Penguins inspire French Open betting finalist Roger Federer? He fought back to win his semifinal match, perhaps inspired by
Penguins vs Red Wings odds – Game 5 Saturday, June 6 at 8:05 p.m. ET
As good as the Red Wings looked in Games 1 and 2, it looks like they’re really starting to tire. They’re not a ridiculously old team, but many of them have been around for a long time—Chris Osgood, Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby—you get the idea. The younger Penguins showed a real spring in their step in Games 3 and 4, feeding off the home crowd and doling out lots of big hits. The young Penguins checkers – Jordan Staal, Maxime Talbot, Tyler Kennedy—have really energized the team with their tenacious efforts.
The Wings simply have no answer for Evgeni Malkin. He’s dominating the series, using his size, strength and stride, and no Red Wing physically matches up to him. He has seven points in the series and 35 in the NHL betting playoffs—the highest total by any player other than Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux or Paul Coffey in one playoffs.
The Wings certainly have a shot to rebound going home, but they’re in trouble. The Penguins have their confidence back and seem way fresher and more physical. With Crosby and Malkin hitting their stride,
Best betting online pick: Penguins +135
The Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at
Dwight Howard poured in 40 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double as the Magic dominated the Cavaliers 103-90 to win the Eastern Conference title last time out.
The Magic covered the slight 2-point spread in that contest, while the combined score pushed the posted total of 193.
Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 35 points as the Lakers defeated the Nuggets 119-92 last Friday to win the Western Conference title.
The Lakers won that game as 5.5-point underdogs, while the combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (209.5).
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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The NBA Finals start in
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The oddsmakers have Kobe Bryant and company pegged as 6-point home favorites for Thursday night’s opening contest of the NBA Finals (with the total at 206 points at BetUs Sportsbook ). The Lakers dispatched the Nuggets in six games in the Western Conference Finals, with Bryant tossing in 35 points in the series clincher last week. The Magic, meanwhile, got past the Cavaliers in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, as Dwight Howard powered his way to 40 points in that set’s finale. Tipoff for Thursday night is ; Game 2 is set for Sunday night in
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Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will try to continue his impressive comeback on Thursday night when his team closes out their home series with the Reds. Righthander Carpenter has allowed just two earned runs over 29 innings of work so far this season, putting him at 3-0 with an 0.62 ERA. Taking to the mound for the Reds will be Aaron Harang, who is 5-5 with a 4.19 ERA on the season. Harang gave up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings in a loss to the Brewers last time out.
Also on the National League schedule for Thursday: the Mets at Pittsburgh, San Francisco at Washington, the Cubs at Atlanta, Milwaukee at Florida, Colorado at Houston, and Philadelphia at the Dodgers. Meanwhile, the American League offers up the Angels at
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The Penguins doubled up the Red Wings 4-2 on Tuesday night, and they now head into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at home on Thursday trailing just 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Max Talbot scored twice for the Pens in Game 3 (once into an empty net), while Kris Letang and Sergei Gonchar had singles. Evgeni Malkin had three assists in the win, and Sidney Crosby picked up his first point of the series. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen replied in the loss for the Wings, who were once again without the services of forward Pavel Datsyuk.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, Tiger Woods will be a part of the field at this week’s PGA Tour stop, The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield. Woods won this event three consecutive times from 1999 to 2001, and Vegas oddsmakers have him pegged as the 5/2 favorite to get a fourth title. Kenny Perry has also won the Memorial three times (including last year), but he’s back at 20/1 odds this time around. Paul Casey is behind Tiger at 12/1 odds, with both Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk at 15/1 odds. Zach Johnson and Ian Poulter are then tied with Perry at 20/1 odds to win.
The Belmont Stakes odds are just days away, yes, but don’t forget about MLB odds either! There are some very exciting National League pitching matchups between contending teams on Thursday, so let’s make some winning picks.
Reds vs Cardinals odds: Aaron Harang (5-5, 4.19) vs Chris Carpenter (3-0, 0.62)
Eat your heat our, Zack Greinke. Chris Carpenter obviously hasn’t pitched as many innings as his cross-state counterpart Greinke has, but the results have been extremely impressive so far. With just two earned runs in 29 innings pitched, he’s been the NL’s most dominant pitcher, albeit in limited action due to injury. Do the young Reds have a chance against him on Thursday? Hardly. He’s given up 0.0 runs in two home starts this MLB betting season and most current Reds hitters (a) have never faced him or (b) have done nothing against him. Aaron Harang seemed to have turned the page on his ugly 2008 when he posted a 3.09 ERA in April, but it’s been downhill since then. He got bombed in May (5.15 ERA), he gets bombed on the road (5.87 ERA) and he gets bombed in night games (5.81). You get the picture.
Best offshore sportsbook pick: Cardinals
Phillies vs Dodgers odds: Cole Hamels (3-2, 5.21) vs Clayton Kershaw (3-3, 4.34)
Even with young Clayton Kershaw on the mound, the first-overall Dodgers should be slight sportsbook favorites at home to the Phillies, so now’s your chance to win some money by picking the Phillies. Cole Hamels’ season stats still look ugly, but he’s slowly rounding into his All-Star form. In his last six starts, he’s allowed three earned runs or less five times. He also was masterful against the Dodgers his last time out against them, striking out nine and allowing one run over seven innings. He’s still having trouble keeping the ball in the park, so he’s a good bet to serve one up, but he should pitch well enough to win on Thursday. Kershaw’s stuff is nasty and he’s only really getting hurt by walking guys at a ridiculously high rate, but the patient, powerful Phillies lineup did a number on him last time and could repeat its success. The Phillies’ MLB odds look good.
Best offshore sportsbook pick: Phillies
The biggest Belmont Stakes odds news of the weekend: Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra isn’t running in the race. The filly’s co-owner Jess Jackson explained that the horse “needs a vacation” after a busy season that included four graded stakes races (all of which she won). What does that mean for the rest of the field? Let’s look at a few horses to consider in Belmont Stakes betting.
MINE THAT BIRD
The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes odds favorite from the start just got a whole lot more appealing. Not only does he not have to compete against Rachel Alexandra, he gets his jockey back. Calvin Borel rode Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby, then switched to Rachel Alexandra to win the Preakness. Now, he returns to Mine That Bird in his attempt to win the jockey’s Triple Crown. Given Mine That Bird’s style—running off the pace and making a late charge—the Belmont Stakes odds are perfectly suited to him, as the track is the longest of the three Triple Crown races.
Could he be the top alternative pick for anyone lacking confidence in Mine That Bird? His win at
Hall-of-Fame owner? Check. Hall-of-Fame trainer? Check. Owner/trainer tandem won the Belmont Stakes odds last year with their horse Da‘
Stanley Cup betting rages on and the Penguins are in trouble. After two games of bad bounces, screen shots, heckling and brawls, the Penguins left
Penguins vs Red Wings odds: Game 3 tonight, 8:00 p.m. at Mellon Arena
Looking at Games 1 and 2, the Penguins didn’t actually play horrible hockey; they outshot Detroit in both games and—excluding the last minute mini-brawl in Game 2 — the Pens took just one minor penalty in each game. The losses were thus more about what
After a fluky bankshot goal in game 1, the Wings seemed set to shoot from everywhere in Game 2; they terrorized Marc-Andre Fleury by (a) shooting from strange angles and (b) always having traffic in front of Fleury to set up screenshots. They even used the Penguin defensemen as screens when their own guys weren’t parked in front, as Justin Abdelkader did on his “knucklepuck” goal. While it’s hard to ask a defenseman to fully “get out of the way” and let his opponent take shots on his goalie, the Pens’ blueliners can at least help their cause tonight by clearing Wings forwards from the crease.
The Wings have also done an amazing job keeping Sidney Crosby (0 points) and Evgeni Malkin (2 points) off the scoresheet in the Stanley Cup Final odds so far. Henrik Zetterberg in particular has done a great job shadowing Sid the Kid and won’t let up.
So far in the series, the Red Wings are winning the goaltending battle; Conn Smythe candidate Chris Osgood has been rock-solid while Marc-Andre Fleury got spooked by fluky shots and may have let the
NHL betting pick: Penguins -145
Impatiently waiting for the French Open odds clash between Federer and Nadal? Don’t worry—there’s lots of fun boxing betting to do this weekend. Check out these intriguing matchups.
Andre Berto (24-0) vs Juan Urango (23-1-1)
Can tough guy Juan Urango take the next step forward in his boxing betting career? He’s certainly an exciting fighter—a street brawler type who walks forward and opts for flurries of heavy punches instead of calculated strikes. He may be biting off more than he can chew against the polished Berto, though. Berto is a disciplined, technically sound fighter who simply doesn’t make many mistakes. While he may not have faced anyone as aggressive as Urango before, he can adapt and wait for his openings. Urango has the power to catch Berto, but that probably won’t happen.
Sportsbook online pick: Berto -350
Nikolay Valuev (50-1-1) vs Ruslan Chagaev (25-0-1)
In a battle for the undisputed WBA heavyweight title, seven-footer Nikolay Valuev faces the only man to ever beat him, Ruslan Chagaev. Given the 11-inch height difference between the fighters, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out each guy’s strengths and weaknesses. Valuev has immense power and dominates when he corners smaller opponents, but he’s slow as molasses. Chagaev is quick and flashy and does have power, but he’ll be hard pressed to really hurt a man of Valuev’s stature. There’s one crucial difference from the first Valuev/Chagaev fight that could tip the boxing odds in the big guy’s favor; Chagaev is one fight removed from completely tearing his Achilles, so it remains to be seen if he’ll have the same quickness as before (and he didn’t look great in his first fight back).Valuev may capitalize and bludgeon Chagaev with body shots and uppercuts.
Sportsbook online pick: Valuev -115