John Avello, Wynn Las Vegas sports book director, is so convinced about the Chicago Cubs’ future that he is predicting they will win a World Series in the next five years, and he was inspired to post a proposition on it.
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A majority of bettors backed the Chicago Bulls in their must-win spot against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who dominated in a 94-73 win. Favorite bettors also got burned with the Los Angeles Clippers, who blew a 19-point lead with 14 minutes left in a 119-107 loss to the Houston Rockets.
After rolling an ankle, LeBron James overcame the pain. That was the easy part. His toughest challenge was to find a way to win the game while his supporting cast was collapsing and his coach was rendered clueless.
A one-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes a significant statement, because it’s the Pittsburgh-New England showcase game to kick off the season, and forcing Brady to miss it would be a big deal. The line on the game is now off the board at most Las Vegas books.
The Westgate Las Vegas posted NFL regular-season win totals Sunday, one day after the conclusion of the draft. With quarterback Peyton Manning returning for another season, the Denver Broncos’ total opened at 10, and the first sharp bet drove the “over” price from minus-120 to minus-140.
The biggest betting event in boxing history never came close to matching the hype. But for Las Vegas bookmakers and those who bet on Floyd Mayweather Jr. — and the sharp money was on the favorite — it might as well be remembered as a classic.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao finally trade punches tonight at the MGM Grand Garden. The wagering handle in Nevada is expected to approach $75 million, a heavyweight figure that is an educated and realistic estimate.
In a high-stakes poker game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pushed their chips to the middle of the table and went all-in on Jameis Winston. But the odds are Winston will turn out to be a joker in the deck.
It could be a 12-round slugfest, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao trading staggering shots to whip the crowd into a frenzy. It could be one of the most memorable battles in boxing history.
A week from now, Philip Rivers might be the former quarterback of the Chargers. Everything is up in the air regarding his future, and the skies above San Diego are not powder blue. As the world turns and the NFL Draft approaches, this is the most intriguing storyline of the soap opera.
In about five months, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots open the NFL regular season by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. That bit of news generated a buzz on a Tuesday in April.
While boring, low-scoring games and ugly basketball continue to pollute the planet, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors represent the antithesis. The Warriors are entertainment.
A wager on a golf major typically means four days of lead changes and nail-biting suspense. It’s rarely a leisurely Sunday stroll to the window. The exception was Jordan Spieth, who ignored a tradition unlike any other.
If golf tournaments ended after 18 holes, this would be a popular result. Jordan Spieth, the betting public’s pick to win the Masters, threatened to run away from the pack during Thursday’s first round and walked into the Augusta National clubhouse with a three-stroke lead.
Under normal circumstances, Rory McIlroy would be the top story. He’s the No. 1 player in the world, he won the past two majors and he’s the favorite in the Masters. But for the first time in two months, Tiger Woods is playing, and guess who is getting all the attention?
Two days after getting rid of Kentucky — and good riddance to those sore losers — a tougher opponent is awaiting Wisconsin. And it’s not the letdown factor. It’s just never easy to beat Mike Krzyzewski.
A handful of aces is always a good feeling, and that’s what the Washington Nationals are holding after signing Max Scherzer to a big deal. Scherzer is followed to the mound by Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.
Bo Ryan knows how to win basketball games these days, and winning always is cool. The misconception about the Badgers is they win ugly. Those were the old days. This team is different. Wisconsin has run the nation’s most efficient offense this season.
It was April 2, 1990. Jerry Tarkanian, chewing a towel, was on one bench, with Mike Krzyzewski on the other. The UNLV-Duke showdown in the NCAA championship game in Denver was the headline show on the Strip. But Nevada sports books were banned from posting lines and taking action on the Rebels.
It’s not a miracle, because anything Tom Izzo does in March is believable. It’s not really an underdog story, either, because Michigan State was the favorite in its past two games.
With the cover on the line, Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky calmly sank two free throws. Obviously, the 7-footer had no clue what the second shot meant, but he put the money ball in the bank, the Badgers walked off with a 79-72 victory over North Carolina and underdog players were left with a worthless ticket and a ridiculous bad-beat story.
It’s all about matchups at this point, and Kentucky has the edge mostly because of its size. Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson are 7-footers, Karl-Anthony Towns is 6-11 and Trey Lyles is 6-10. Wildcats coach John Calipari, like him or loathe him, has done a great job of putting it all together.
Everyone is entertained by the Cinderella stories. This was not one of them. Jahlil Okafor is too big and skilled, and the 6-foot-11-inch freshman slaughtered San Diego State in a game that played out as expected.
Underdogs covered the first six games Thursday in the NCAA Tournament. Three Big 12 Conference teams were knocked out by midafternoon, including Iowa State as a 14½-point favorite. This opening day of the tournament seemed to top them all.
If any one player epitomizes what the NCAA Tournament means to bettors and the sports books, it’s Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7-foot-6-inch, 300-pound mountain of a man for UC Irvine.
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