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Sports Betting News March 25

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Posted Monday, March 25, 2013 08:42 AM   0 comments
Garnett injured ankle sidelines him for two weeks

The Boston Celtics expect forward Kevin Garnett to be out another two weeks to with inflammation in his injured left ankle according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

"I'll guess two weeks, just because we want to make sure he's really ready," said president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

The 36-year-old Garnett has missed three of the past five games. He's averaging 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds this year.

The Celtics next take the court on Tuesday at home against the New York Knicks. There currently is no line on the game.

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Warriors are scoring less and allowing less

The under is 8-2 in Golden State's last 10 games.

Before this streak, the over was 39-21 on the Warriors' season.

During the past 10 games Golden State is scoring 95.5 points and allowing 89.9, well below their season averages of 105.5 and 100.1.

The Warriors are 1-point favorites at home against the Lakers tonight and the total is 204.

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Michigan State's Appling will play against Duke

Michigan State junior point guard Keith Appling should be "fine" and will play Friday against Duke in the Sweet 16 according to head coach Tom Izzo.

The Spartans are currently 2-point underdogs to the Blue Devils and the total is 134.5.

Appling had tendonitis flare up in his left knee against Valparaiso on Thursday. His right shoulder also popped out of place briefly on Saturday and he missed the last 8:35 of the Sparans' game against Memphis.

"I think he's gonna be fine, I think he'll be a little sore and maybe we'll keep him out of some drills this week that are maybe more physical," Izzo said during a press conference.

Appling averages 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season.

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Sharks go from under team to over team 


The over is 6-1-1 in the San Jose Sharks' last eight games. That's a big change from last month when San Jose went under 5.5 six games in a row in late February.

From Feb, 2 to 23, San Jose averaged 1.7 goals in 10 games. But since the total dropped to 5 on March 2, the Sharks have bumped their scoring to 2.5 goals per game.

San Jose is +122 tonight at Anaheim. The total opened at 5 goals.

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Kings on scoring drought

The Los Angeles Kings haven't scored in 126 mins and 14 seconds. That means getting blanked at home their past two games and the under is 3-0-1 in the team's last four.

The Kings are +123 tonight on the road against Chicago and the total is 5.

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Special teams helping Nashville topple totals

The over is 7-2-1 in the Nashville Predators' last 10 games. Nashville has gone 10-for-30 (33 percent) on the power play during the streak and have allowed a power play goal five games in a row

The Predators have averaged 3.4 goals per game during the 10-game streak, a full goal over their season average of 2.44 goals per game.

The Preds opened at -150 against the Oilers tonight and the total is set at 5. 

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Arizona's Jerrett probable for Ohio State; X-rays negative

Arizona Wildcats freshman forward Grant Jerrett is likely to play Thursday vs. Ohio State, according to a statement from the university. The Buckeyes are currently four-point favorites.

X-rays were negative on his right elbow, which he fell on during the Wildcats' third round game against Harvard in Salt Lake City and didn't play the rest of the game.

UA trainer Justin Kokoskie "is confident that Grant will regain full strength and sensation over the next 24 hours and should be ready to play Thursday vs. Ohio State," according to a statement from the university.

Jerrett is averaging 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds on the year. He is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc in the past 12 games.

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Horford no picnic for Hibbert 

Hawks forward Al Horford has averaged 17 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games against Indiana this season.

Meanwhile, Pacers center Hibbert has averaged 7 points and 5.3 rebounds against Atlanta this year. Both are below his season averages of 10.9 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Horford is a problem for Hibbert because of his ability to consistently make midrange jumpers and dribble to the hoop as noted by Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers are 7.5-point favorites at home against Atlanta.

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Bruins' scoring has gone cold while under is now hot


The under is 7-0-2 in the Bruins' last nine games.

The last time Boston went over was the last time they played the Maple Leafs at home on March 7. The Bruins have scored six goals in their last four games, and have averaged 2.33 goals in the nine-game streak, below the team's season average of 2.77.

The total has been at 5 for the Bruins' last two games, but was at 5.5 in six of their previous seven games, which included three games with five goals. The total is currently at 5.5 for the game in Boston against Toronto.

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Miami faces seventh back-to-back situation during 'The Streak' 

The Heat look to continue their 26-game win streak tonight but are struggling with no days off.

During the streak, Miami has played six times on zero days rest. The Heat are 5-7 ATS on the season with zero days rest and 2-4 ATS during the streak.

Miami has been a double-digit favorite twice in the six games on zero days rest during the streak and has lost both games ATS.

The Heat are 12.5-point favorites tonight against Orlando. The Heat are 15-11 ATS during their 26-game winning streak.

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Detroit and Phoenix going in different directions

The Red Wings are red hot going 4-1 in their last five and scoring a goal on the power play in each of their last seven games. The over is 4-1-1 in Detroit's last six.

The Coyotes have scored three goals in their past five games, losing all of them. The under is 4-0-1 during that span and all of the totals were 5. The total is currently at 5.

Jonas Gustavsson is firm to start in nets for Detroit, while Jason Labarbera is probable according to goaliepost.com. Phoenix's starting goalie Mike Smith is day-to-day according to Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic.

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Trends from the first weekend of March Madness 
Favorites against the spread 26-22
Over/Under 23-25

Conference records:
ACC: 5-2 Straight Up, 3-4 ATS, 2-5 O/U
Big Ten: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 5-8 O/U
Big 12: 3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS, 2-5 O/U
Big East: 6-5 SU, 4-7 ATS, 8-3 O/U
Pac 12: 5-3 SU, 6-2 ATS, 3-5 O/U
SEC: 3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U
Mid Majors: 16-28 SU, 20-24 ATS, 21-23 O/U

Region by region favorite records:
Midwest: 8-4 ATS, 5-7 O/U
West: 4-8 ATS, 7-5 O/U
South: 9-3 ATS, 5-7 O/U
East: 5-7 ATS, 5-7 O/U

Double-digit favorites:
13-2 SU, 8-7 ATS, 8-7 O/U
Southern vs. Gonzaga (-22.5) L U
North Carolina A&T vs. Louisville (-26.5) W O
South Dakota State vs. Michigan (-11.5) W U
Harvard vs. New Mexico (-10.5) L O
Montana vs. Syracuse (-13) W U
Albany vs. Duke (-20.5) L O
Pacific vs. Miami FL (-14) W O
James Madison vs. Indiana (-21.5) L O
Florida Gulf Coast vs. Georgetown (-13) L O
Iona vs. Ohio State (-15) W O
Northwestern State vs. Florida (-19.5) W U
Western Kentucky vs. Kansas (-20.5) L U
Colorado State vs. Louisville (-10) W O
Harvard vs. Arizona (-10.5) W U
Temple vs. Indiana (-12) L U

Remaining teams:
Louisville: 2-0 ATS, 2-0 O/U
Oregon: 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Michigan State: 2-0 ATS, 0-2 O/U
Duke: 1-1 ATS, 0-2 O/U
Wichita State: 2-0 ATS, 2-0 O/U
La Salle: 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Arizona: 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Ohio State: 1-1 ATS, 2-0 O/U
Kansas: 1-1 ATS, 0-2 O/U
Michigan: 2-0 ATS, 0-2 O/U
Florida: 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Florida Gulf Coast: 2-0 ATS, 2-0 O/U
Indiana: 0-2 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Syracuse: 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Marquette: 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U
Miami FL: 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U

Heading into the Sweet 16, none of the 8.15 million brackets on ESPN.com's bracket challenge have all 16 teams and only four brackets got 15 correct according to a tweet from ESPN's John Buccigross.

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Tiger set as a huge fave to retake world's No. 1 ranking


Tiger Woods has a three-stroke lead over Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke, John Huh and Rickie Fowler in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club in Orlando. Woods is -12 through two holes, which is when play was halted Sunday due to thunderstorms and heavy rains. Woods is in the final pairing with Huh and Fowler.

The tournament is scheduled to restart on Monday at 10 a.m. ET.

The Weather Network is reporting no rain in the forecast, but is expecting wind gusts of up to 31 km/h.

Woods is 41-2 on the PGA Tour when he has the outright lead going into the final round. He is currently at -500 to win the tournament at William Hill.

Fowler is +800, Bradley is +1400, Huh is +2500 and Rose is +2500 at William Hill.

You can also bet without Tiger in the field at bet365. Fowler is favored at +225 and Bradley is +275. Huh is +800 and Duke is +1600. 
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