Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MLB Betting: The Midsummer Classic - American League vs. National League

American League vs. National League MLB Betting @Sportsbook: We’re into the All-Star break for the 2010 Major League Baseball regular season with the All-Star game tonight in Anaheim.

Currently, the American League (AL) All-Star squad is the betting favorite at -122 and in Run Line betting while the National League (NL) is a +102 underdog and +1.5 on the Run Line — the Over/Under is set at 8.5.

The Colorado Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez will start for the NL and the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price will counter for the AL.

Home-field advantage for the World Series is once again on the line and since the concept was introduced in 2003 the Junior Circuit (AL) has capitalized every year, going 7-0 straight up.

In fact, besides the infamous tie game of 2002, the AL is 12-0 SU in the past 13 MLB All-Star games — the Senior Circuit (NL) hasn’t won since 1996.

In terms of the Over/Under, the past seven Midsummer Classics have been rather high-scoring with the 2003 Total at 13 (7-6 final for the AL), 2004 at 13 (9-4 AL), 2005 at 12 (7-5 AL), 2006 a seven-year low of 5 (3-2 AL), 2007 at 9 (5-4 AL), 2008’s Total at 7 (4-3 for AL in extra innings) and last year’s game ending with a Total of 7 as well, with the AL winning 4-3 for a second-straight year.

There are also All-Star game-related prop bets.

Amongst the offerings, back to back homers paying out at +335 and a player stealing home at +945.

The Home Run Derby went Monday with Boston Red Sox DH David “Big Papi” Ortiz winning.

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NBA Playoffs: Knicks Eying Their Own Big Three?

Maybe this Big Three thing is going to become a fad. NBA betting fans have been taken on a roller coaster ride throughout the historic 2010 NBA free agent period and just days after LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh united in Miami to form a powerhouse, there could be another one in the works.
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If you’re a betting many, at this point you’d probably start to put some weight into it.

This past week, Carmelo Anthony got married and it just so happened that superstar point guard Chris Paul and newly signed New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire were there to attend. Their plan? To unite in New York in the coming years – allegedly.

When you do the math, it is quite possible. Anthony is a pending free agent after this year and while the Denver Nuggets will do everything possible to re-sign him, there is the chance that he walks to become an even bigger star in New York. Especially with James, Wade and Bosh – more specifically the first two – concentrating on South Beach, Anthony could become the games most marketable superstar in New York, which would be very enticing to him. He also played at Syracuse, which is near by.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Hornets have already been rumored to be listening to Paul trade requests. As ludicrous as it sounds, they might start to believe that the parts are worth the sum if they don’t improve in the next year or so, and they take the package.

So how would a Knicks squad of Stoudemire, Paul and Anthony compare to Wade, James and Bosh? Basketball betting fans can only hope it happens as it would make for some pretty exciting Eastern Conference playoff series.

NBA Futures Betting: Fisher Won’t Take Heat

NBA Betting Odds and Picks: Well, as surprising as it seems an NBA player actually said “No thanks” to the Miami Heat.

While the Heat were able to re-sign Dwyane Wade and add Chris Bosh and LeBron James, guard Derek Fisher decided against joining Miami in favor of his old team, the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

“My free agency was a time for me to re-evaluate my position in the league, reflect on my accomplishments individually and as a teammate, and determine what new goals I want to achieve in the future,” Fisher said on his official website.

“I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles. While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this off season, it is the most valuable.”

“I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin…”

According to ESPN, Fisher’s deal is for three years for $10.5 million with an option in year three and also reports that Fisher met with Miami Heat brass on Saturday in Miami.

With or without Fisher, the Over/Under on the total amount of championships the Miami Heat will win in the next five seasons is 1.5.

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