Mavs Thunder: Game 4 Preview

After an awful shooting in Game 3, the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to turn things around and even the Western Conference Finals on Monday night when they host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 (9:05 pm ET, ESPN).

The Thunder started very poorly on Saturday in Game 3 and although they made a late run, they couldn’t get the win and lost 93-87 as 3-point home favorites. Now trailing 2-1, Oklahoma City faces what is almost a must-win game on Monday night.

The Thunder are listed as 4-point home favorites at and the total is set at 195.5. One the moneyline, the Thunder are -175; the Mavs are +155.

Although the Mavericks did win on Saturday night, it was not pretty. Dirk Nowitzki had one of his worst shooting games for the Mavericks but the difference was OKC’s horrible start and its pathetic 3-point shooting.

The Thunder were they were 0-for-16 from 3-point range until Russell Westbrook threw one up late that finally went in. OKC superstar Kevin Durant ended the night 0-for-8 from long range. The struggles beyond contributed to a 36.5 shooting percent from the field

While the Dallas defense was good, Oklahoma City missed a lot of open shots and inexplicably continued to shoot from the outside.

Despite the Thunder’s atrocious shooting, the Mavericks somehow found a way to let a 23-point lead slip away before holding on for the six-point win.

Here are some key NBA Playoff betting stats for Monday’s game:

The Mavericks are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven road games. The Mavericks are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Oklahoma City and the road team in this series is 19-7-2 ATS in the last 28 meetings.

The Thunder are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Monday games.

The over is 4-1 in the Mavericks’ last five overall. The over is 8-3 in the Mavericks’ last 11 games as a road underdog.

In this series, the under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings at Oklahoma City.

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2011 Preakness Betting Preview

The 136th running of the Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday with Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom the 2-1 morning line favorite (6:25 p.m. ET, NBC). The three-year-old colt will race against 13 other horses in what is a full field.

Animal Kingdom will start from post position No. 11 and will run next to the race’s second choice, Dialed In, who opened at 9-2 on the morning line odds board. Dialed In will be racing from post position No. 10.

Check out the current Preakness odds at

With John Velazquez at the reigns, Animal Kingdom will be looking to capture the middle leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The sport has not had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 but if Animal Kingdom can win the Preakness he would have a good shot in the Belmont on June 11. [Read more...]

Thunder Mavs: Game 1 Preview

NBA Western Conference Finals logoThe NBA’s Western Conference finals begin on Tuesday night in Dallas where the No. 3 Mavericks host the No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder (9:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Mavericks have been off for more than a week since sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers so there could be some rest rust. Oklahoma City has the opposite problem as they could be a little weary after a brutal seven game series against Memphis.

Dallas is listed as a 6-point home favorite at and the total is set at 193. On the moneyline, the Mavs are -260; the Thunder are +220. [Read more...]

Baseball Betting Preview: Phillies at Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals logoCliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies get the national spotlight on Monday night as they visit the St. Louis Cardinals for the first installment of a brief two-game series (7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Lee (2-3, 3.78 ERA) has pitched pretty well this season but hasn’t gotten much run support. That may change on Monday night as the Phillies face St. Louis pitcher Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92 ERA), who has struggled for much of the season.

The Phillies, who have the best record in the National League (25-14), are listed as -146 at and the total is set at 7.5 (under -120). On the runline, the Phils are -1.5 (+110). [Read more...]

Thunder at Grizzlies: Game 6 Betting Preview

Thunder Grizzlies logosThe Oklahoma City Thunder will try to finish off the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night when the teams tip off in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series (9:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).

In Game 5 on Wednesday night, the Thunder routed the Grizzlies 99-72 as 6-point home favorites to take a 3-2 lead in the series. It was OK City’s second-straight win in the series.

Despite that loss, Memphis is listed as a 1.5-point home favorite at and the total is set at 195.5. On the moneyline, the Grizzlies are -125; the Thunder are +105.

After being down 2-1, the series turned around for the Thunder when they won that classic triple overtime game 133-123 in Memphis as 2-point road dgos on Monday. The Grizzlies had no energy after losing that game and they were blown off the court in Game 5. [Read more...]