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World Cup Betting – Analyzing Brazil’s Odds

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BetUS Sportsbook has a host of props up in 2010 World Cup betting action. Today, we’re going to analyze some of those props and prognosticate how well Brazil will do in 2010 in South Africa.

Top South American Team (-125) – It’s really hard to argue this prop at this point. South America seems to be a continent that is down coming into this year’s World Cup, as we’re not convinced that anyone outside of Argentina will even make it to the second round of this tournament, and even if others do, advancement beyond that seems to be unlikely at best. The Argentines, to their credit, do have a very strong team. However, manager Diego Maradona has come under a ton of criticism, and the truth of the matter is that this team could collapse under the weight of speculation and media pressure in South Africa if it isn’t careful.

To Win Group G (-175) – The ping pong balls didn’t do the Brazilians any favors this year at all! The top South American side in qualifying was placed in the “Group of Death” with both Portugal and Ivory Coast. The thing that Brazil really has going for it is that it will be the first side that will get to face North Korea, which should provide an easy three points and potentially even up to a +5 goal differential right off the bat. With that being the case, pressure is going to be heaped on its second foe, Ivory Coast, particularly if Les Elephants don’t take three points against the Portuguese on match day #1 in this group. A draw for Brazil in the last match against Portugal would almost certainly sew up the group, and odds have it, the Portuguese would be accepting of one point against the Brazilians because that would most likely be the ticket into the knockout round that they desire.

To Win the World Cup (+450) – We have a lot of issues with the Brazilian team right now, and a lot of it is absolutely not their fault whatsoever. They are fielding a team without stars such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho this year, which could prove to bite them in the end. However, it is the draw that has us concerned. Though it’s inconceivable for Spain to not come out of a very weak Group H as the winners, Brazil finishing second in Group G is a possibility, though unlikely. Regardless, the possibility is there to ultimately end up facing off with Spain, Italy, and Argentina just to reach the World Cup Final, where goodness knows who could await! The only good news for Brazil is that that draw would be just as difficult for fellow favorites, the Spanish. Unless a slip up occurs that pits Brazil and Spain against each other in Round 2, there’s little way that we can see the Brazilians not at least hanging around in the quarterfinals, and if that’s the case, the odds to win the World Cup at that point are certainly solid.


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World Cup Previous Winners



Year Host Country Winner Score
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay 4-2 Argentina
1934 Italy Italy Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia
1938 France Italy Italy 4-2 Hungary
1942 not held
1946 not held
1950 Brazil Uruguay Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
1954 Switzerland Germany Germany 3-2 Hungary
1958 Sweden Brazil Brazil 5-2 Sweden
1962 Chile Brazil Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia
1966 England England England 4-2 Germany
1970 Mexico Brazil Brazil 4-1 Italy
1974 Germany Germany Germany 2-1 Holland
1978 Argentina Argentina Argentina 3-1 Holland
1982 Spain Italy Italy 3-1 Germany
1986 Mexico Argentina Argentina 3-2 Germany
1990 Italy Germany Germany 1-0 Argentina
1994 US Brazil Brazil 3-2 Italy
1998 France France France 3-0 Brazil
2002 Japan / S. Korea Brazil Brazil 2-0 Germany
2006 Germany Italy Italy 1-1 (5-3) France
2010 South Africa

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Vegas Football Odds Favor Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East in 2010

2011 Super Bowl OddsOdds to win NFC in 2010-2011

1. Dallas Cowboys (+120 odds to win NFC East in 2010-11 season)

2009 Record: 11-5 (1st)

Dallas will be seeking its third division title in the last four years this season. The Cowboys captured the 2009 NFC East crown with a dominant effort against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. Dallas mirrored that performance the following week against Philly to gain its first playoff win since 1996. In 2009, the Cowboys were second in the league in total offense but were just 14th in scoring offense. Dallas is hoping that rookie wideout Dez Bryant will aid the Cowboys in the red zone in 2010. On defense, the Cowboys were second in the NFL in scoring defense a year ago. However, the unit struggled in the divisional playoffs against Minnesota. With the exception of the opener at Washington, the Cowboys won’t face a team away from home that had a losing record in 2009.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (+250 odds to win NFC East in 2010-11 season)

2009 Record: 11-5 (2nd)

It’s the end of an era in Philly. After leading the Eagles to five conference championship games in the last decade, quarterback Donovan McNabb is in a different locale in the NFC East. With only two career starts under his belt, fourth-year QB Kevin Kolb is now the starting signal-caller for Philadelphia. The Eagles have ranked sixth or higher in the NFL in scoring offense in three of the last four seasons. The running game will also be without a longtime standout. Brain Westbrook, who led the squad in rushing for six straight seasons from 2003-08, is no longer an Eagle. After ranking fourth in the NFL in scoring defense in 2008, the Eagles fell to 19th in this category in 2009. With only two games against 2009 playoff teams in its first 12 contests, Philadelphia has a chance to enter the final quarter of the year in good shape.

3. New York Giants (+250 odds to win NFC East in 2010-11 season)

2009 Record: 8-8 (3rd)

New York cruised to a 5-0 start in 2009 but stumbled to a .500 squad by the end of the year. The Giants were outscored 85-16 in the final two games of the 2009 campaign. The collapse of the defense was the main problem. The unit that shined during the 2007 postseason run was 30th in the league in scoring defense a year ago. The Giants signed All-Pro safety Antrel Rolle during the offseason to boost the secondary. Up front, rookie defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul should help the pass rush. The offense finished eighth in the NFL in scoring and total offense a year ago. Young wideout Steve Smith emerged to grab 107 catches in 2009. The road slate is daunting for New York in the 2010 NFL betting season. Five of its first seven away outings are against 2009 playoff squads.

4. Washington Redskins (+700 odds to win NFC East in 2010-11 season)

2009 Record: 4-12 (4th)

The arrivals of McNabb and new head coach Mike Shanahan have brought some cautious optimism to Washington. However, a mediocre group of receivers and some aging running backs could make it a challenge for McNabb in his debut season for the Redskins. A defense that has finished in the top 10 in total defense in eight of the last ten seasons is in a lot better shape. The Redskins could be in an early hole based on its schedule. Of its first six games, four are against 2009 playoff clubs.




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Green Bay Packers favored to Win NFC North Division in 2010-2011 Season

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1. Green Bay Packers (+120 odds to win NFC North Division)

2009 Record: 11-5 (2nd)

Green Bay’s inability to beat Minnesota left the Packers with a wild-card spot in 2009. A vastly improved defense was a key to the club’s resurgence last season. After ranking 20th in the league in total defense in 2008, Green Bay was 2nd in the NFL in this category a year ago. While the unit struggled in last year’s postseason matchup at Arizona, the nucleus of the defense is in place heading into this year. The offense is also basically intact from 2009. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made some fans forget about Brett Favre with his play in the last couple of years. The offense has a nice balance with running back Ryan Grant complimenting the air game. After a tough opener at Philadelphia, Green Bay will face five straight losing clubs from 2009 before a week 7 showdown at Lambeau Field against the Vikings.

2. Minnesota Vikings (+160 odds to win NFC North Division)

2009 Record: 12-4 (1st)

Minnesota isn’t the current favorite but that could change once Favre announces his plans for 2010. The legendary signal-caller had a magical season in 2009 with the exception of a critical interception in the NFC title game at New Orleans. While Minnesota won the NFC North without Favre in 2008, the team’s outlook is quite different without him. If Favre doesn’t come back, star running back Adrian Peterson could become a much bigger factor in 2010. The defense has ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense in each of the last two years. However, defensive linemen Pat and Kevin Williams could be suspended for the first four games of the year due to drug testing violations. With seven of its first ten games against 2009 playoff squads, the Vikings must be ready to go from the first snap of the 2010 NFL Betting season.

3. Chicago Bears (+275 odds to win NFC North Division)

2009 Record: 7-9 (3rd)

Since winning the NFC title four years ago, Chicago has been two games under .500 with a 23-25 mark. The arrival of quarterback Jay Cutler last season was supposed to spark a turnaround. While he did fire 27 TD strikes for the Bears, Cutler’s 26 interceptions were far too many for a franchise quarterback. With some key new free agents on board for 2010, the Bears are hoping that the offense will be a little more consistent this season. The defense has struggled since sparking a run to the Super Bowl but the return of linebacker Brian Urlacher from an injury and the signing of All-Pro lineman Julius Peppers could lead to a rebound season. In all of its final four games of 2010, the Bears will face 2009 playoff clubs.

4. Detroit Lions (+2000 odds to win NFC North Division)

2009 Record: 2-14 (4th)

With only two wins in the last two seasons, Detroit is still a long way from contending in a tough division. However, a couple of first-round draft choices should aid the rebuilding process in 2010. Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and running back Jahvid Best should enable the Lions to make some modest improvement this season. The schedule will likely put Detroit in an early hole. The Lions must face all three division rivals on the road within the first four weeks of the 2010 NFL regular season.

BetVega.com Best Bet To Win 2010-2011 NFC North:
Vikings +160




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NFL Week 1 Lines and Spreads for 2010 Season Kickoff

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Now that the NFL Draft is behind us and OTAs are underway, NFL betting fans can officially start to analyze the football spreads for Week 1 of the 2010 regular season! Here is a look at all of the lines for the games and a bit of analysis on a few of the juiciest matchups…

1. Minnesota Vikings (+5) @ New Orleans Saints, over/under 51.5… The defending champions open up their 2010 campaign the same way that their 2009 home slate came to an end: hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The question is whether or not QB Brett Favre will be back in purple next year or not. Whether he is or not, we have to think that laying five points on the opening night of the season with the momentum of raising the first Super Bowl banner in the history of the Crescent City is a great idea.

2. Denver Broncos (+1.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars, over/under 41.5… QB Tim Tebow ironically makes his debut as an NFL player in the city that made him one of the most sought out players at the collegiate level in the history of football. Knowing Jacksonville fans, this could be a very, very pro-Denver crowd. HC Josh McDaniels knows that he has to get off to a good start to the year, while the Jags just don’t look to have improved that much in the offseason. Take any points given to you as a bonus.

3. Green Bay Packers (+1) @ Philadelphia Eagles, over/under 45.5… The QB Kevin Kolb era will officially kick off in the City of Brotherly Love against one of the toughest teams in the NFL. The Packers had a tendency of playing high scoring games last year, and this one might not be much of an exception. Remember, when Kolb had to start in 2009 with QB Donovan McNabb injured, the Eagles scored a total of 56 points. Expect another shootout in Week 1.

4. Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) @ Washington Redskins, over/under 43.5… Speaking of Donovan McNabb… Would there be a better way to start your career as a Redskin than by beating the Cowboys? Though the oddsmakers don’t have a lot of faith in Washington pulling the upset, there’s reason to believe that Dallas could be overmatched in this one. Going into Landover is never fun, and owner Daniel Snyder may have finally found the coach that can take his team to the playoffs again in HC Mike Shanahan. Don’t discount the fact that his son, Kyle will be calling the plays either, as he is one of the most highly thought of offensive coordinators in the league.

And the rest of the 2010 Week 1 NFL betting lines


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- Carolina Panthers (+7) @ New York Giants, over/under 41

- Miami Dolphins (-1.5) @ Buffalo Bills, over/under 38

- Atlanta Falcons (+1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers, over/under 40.5

- Detroit Lions (+7) @ Chicago Bears, over/under 43

- Cincinnati Bengals (+6) @ New England Patriots, over/under 44

- Cleveland Browns (+1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, over/under 36.5

- Indianapolis Colts (-3) @ Houston Texans, over/under 47.5

- Oakland Raiders (+7.5) @ Tennessee Titans, over/under 41

- San Francisco 49ers (pk) @ Seattle Seahawks, over/under 38.5

- Arizona Cardinals (-3.5) @ St. Louis Rams, over/under 42

- Baltimore Ravens (+3) @ New York Jets, over/under 37.5

- San Diego Chargers (-5.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs, over/under 45

Duke, Purdue, Villanova are Vegas Odds Favorites to win 2011 March Madness


Even though the 2009-10 college basketball betting campaign is said and done, it’s never too early to take a look at next season’s odds! Check out some of the best looking lines that we’re focusing in on for futures for next season’s March Madness.

1. Duke Blue Devils (+800 odds to win 2011 Final 4) – Where else to start than with the defending champs? There is going to be a big question for Coach K, and that’s who is going to pick up the scoring slack. The only players on last season’s team that averaged more than 5.6 points per game were G Jon Scheyer, F Kyle Singler, and G Nolan Smith. Singler and Smith will both be seniors next season and will probably both be asked to score 20+ points in every single game. However, Scheyer has graduated, and he was the leading scorer of the bunch at 18.2 points per game. Those are some large shoes to fill. However, the Dookies are inevitably going to be dancing again, and if the ACC continues to be as down as it was a year ago, they should be able to capture another #1 or #2 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

2. Purdue Boilermakers (+1200 odds to win 2011 Final 4) – The Boilermakers got some great news when they learned that their entire “Big Three” from a year ago will be back and most likely better than ever. F Robbie Hummel ended up missing the NCAA Tournament with a torn ACL, but he should be back and 100% healthy by the time the season gets underway again in the winter. He, G E’Twaun Moore, and F JaJuan Johnson all declared that they were coming back to school and eschewing the 2010 NBA Draft, and HC Matt Painter couldn’t be happier. His trio of superstars each averaged over 15 points per game last year, which immediately makes the Boilers one of the top choices for next year’s championship.

3. Villanova Wildcats (+2000 odds to win 2011 Final 4) – There weren’t many more disappointing teams in the NCAA Tournament than the Wildcats, who needed overtime to take care of #15 Robert Morris and then were knocked out by #10 St. Mary’s in the very next round. HC Jay Wright and his returners will clearly be out for vengeance at the outset of next season. Even though G Scottie Reynolds has graduated as one of the top performers in school history, this is still one of the deepest teams in the Big East. Villanova will be back, and getting +2000 odds on it may be a steal for next season.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (+2500 odds to win 2011 Final 4) - Does anyone really believe that North Carolina is going to have yet another “rebuilding year” in the ACC? HC Roy Williams won’t stand for it. The Heels were just bitten by so many injuries last season, and even though that really hampered the 2009-10 campaign, nearly the entire team that lost in the NIT Final at Madison Square Garden is returning. That extra experience gained by winning four games in the NITs should start to right the ship, and goodness knows that if UNC starts to roll, Tobacco Road isn’t going to be a fun place for fellow ACC teams to visit in 2010-11.

Odds to win 2011 Final Four


Alabama
+10000

Arizona
+10000

Arizona St
+10000

Arkansas
+10000

Auburn
+10000

BYU
+7500

Baylor
+4000

Boston College
+10000

Butler
+2500

California
+10000

Cincinnati
+10000

Clemson
+10000

Creighton
+10000

Dayton
+10000

Duke
+800

Field (Any Other Team)
+5000

Florida
+2500

Florida St
+10000

Georgetown
+4000

Georgia
+10000

Georgia Tech
+10000

Gonzaga
+6000

Illinois
+2500

Illinois St
+10000

Indiana
+10000

Iowa
+10000

Kansas
+2000

Kansas St
+2500

Kentucky
+2000

LSU
+10000

Louisville
+4000

Marquette
+6000

Maryland
+10000

Memphis
+2500

Miami FL
+10000

Michigan
+10000

Michigan St
+1000

Minnesota
+10000

Mississippi
+10000

Mississippi St
+10000

Missouri
+6000

Missouri St
+10000

Murray St
+10000

Nevada
+10000

New Mexico
+10000

North Carolina
+2500

North Carolina St
+10000

Northern Iowa
+10000

Northwestern
+10000

Notre Dame
+10000

Ohio St
+2000

Oklahoma
+10000

Oklahoma St
+10000

Old Dominion
+10000

Oregon
+10000

Oregon St
+10000

Penn St
+10000

Pittsburgh
+2500

Providence
+10000

Purdue
+1200

Rhode Island
+10000

Richmond
+10000

San Diego St
+10000

Seton Hall
+10000

Siena
+10000

South Carolina
+10000

South Florida
+10000

Southern Illinois
+10000

St Johns
+10000

St Louis
+10000

St Marys
+10000

Stanford
+10000

Syracuse
+2500

Temple
+10000

Tennessee
+5000

Texas
+4000

Texas A&M
+10000

Texas Tech
+10000

U Conn
+4000

UAB
+10000

UCLA
+5000

UNLV
+10000

USC
+10000

USCB
+10000

UTEP
+10000

Utah
+10000

Utah St
+10000

VCU
+10000

Vanderbilt
+10000

Villanova
+2000

Virginia
+10000

Virginia Tech
+10000

Wake Forest
+10000

Washington
+7500

Washington St
+10000

West Virginia
+3000

Western Kentucky
+10000

Wichita St
+10000

Wisconsin
+4000

Xavier
+4000



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Vegas NFL Odds show Patriots and Jets favored to win AFC East in 2010

2011 Super Bowl OddsOdds to win AFC in 2010-2011

1. New England Patriots (+125 odds to win AFC East)

2009 Record: 10-6 (1st)

While New England has won six of the last seven AFC East titles, the club began to look a little vulnerable in 2009. Quarterback Tom Brady was solid in his return to the lineup a year ago but the offense was unable to recapture the magic from a dominant 2007 campaign. The Pats are hoping that wideout Wes Welker will be able to return as a force after a devastating knee injury in week 17 last season. On defense, the Patriots were able to maintain a capable unit in 2009 despite a significant turnover in personnel. After struggling to a 2-6 road mark last NFL Betting season, New England will face only a pair of 2009 postseason squads away from home in 2010. In contrast, six 2009 playoff clubs will visit the Patriots this season.

2. New York Jets (+140 odds to win AFC East)

2009 Record: 9-7 (2nd)

After it’s run to the AFC title game last season, the Jets could be poised to win its first AFC East crown since 2002. A dominant defense that led the league in total and scoring defense in 2009 could be even better this season. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie has been added to the secondary while defensive lineman Kris Jenkins is set to return after missing most of last season. On offense, former Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes will help in the development of second-year QB Mark Sanchez. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson will try to revitalize his career with the Jets in 2010. With Baltimore and New England set to visit the Jets in the first two weeks of the season, New York will be tested early.

3. Miami Dolphins (+300 odds to win AFC East)

2009 Record: 7-9 (3rd)

After being one of the biggest surprises in the league in 2008, Miami regressed in 2009. The collapse of the defense was one of the biggest problems a year ago. The Dolphins slipped to 25th in the league in scoring defense in 2009 after ranking 9th in this category in 2008. Miami is hoping that former Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby will aid a turnaround in 2010. On offense, the Dolphins made a bigger splash in the offseason with the acquisition of wideout Brandon Marshall from Denver. His arrival should help the progress of young signal-caller Chad Henne. The schedule is one of the most challenging in the NFL this season. After the opener in Buffalo, the Dolphins will play eight straight games against teams that were .500 or better in 2009.

4. Buffalo Bills (+2000 odds to win AFC East)

2009 Record: 6-10 (4th)

Buffalo produced only one winning campaign in the last decade and hasn’t won a division title since 1995. Even with a new head coach on board, things are unlikely to get much better in 2010. Rookie running back C.J. Spiller should be able to add some spark to the offense. However, a questionable group of candidates for the starting quarterback spot has left the offense with some issues heading into 2010. The unit has finished in the bottom eight in the league in total offense in each of the last seven years. The defense is respectable but not an overwhelming group. Buffalo must face six 2009 playoff teams on the road this season.

BetVega.com Best Bet To Win AFC East in 2010-2011 NFL Betting Season:

The NY Jets at +140 odds means you win $140 on a $100 wager. It may not be the biggest ROI potential, but the NY Jets look to be in a strong talent window that may last for a few seasons. How Vegas and the online bookmakers can still list the Patriots as the favorite to win the AFC East is a bit baffling.


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NBA Playoff Betting: Final Four Predictions

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The Eastern and Western Conference Finals got underway starting on Sunday afternoon with Game 1 between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, and continued on Monday night with a duel between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. With the C’s and Lakers up 1-0 in each of their series, we’re going to take a look at what we can expect from all four teams for the remainder of their best of seven sets.

Boston Celtics – The C’s really had everything going for them in Game 1 against Orlando. Two of the “Big 3″ were really clicking on all cylinders, as G Ray Allen and F Paul Pierce combined to shoot 14-of-24 from the field and scored a combined 47 points in the victory. Don’t look for much out of F Kevin Garnett the rest of the way in this one, as he has drawn a tough post matchup against the Orlando bigs. KG only shot 4-of-14 in Game 1, and though he’ll inevitably average more than the eight points he scored on Sunday, he won’t be a dominant player in this series.

Celtics 2010 NBA Championship Odds as of 5/18: +350


Orlando Magic – Things couldn’t have gotten much worse for Orlando than they did in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. C Dwight Howard only converted three of his 10 shots from the floor and turned the ball over seven times, while F Rashard Lewis went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. However, HC Stan Van Gundy can rest easily in knowing that his team nearly erased a deficit that was as large as 20 points late in the third quarter. Better things will come from the Magic Men, who are trying to avoid losing their first two game losing streak in a whopping 50 games tonight in Game 2.

Magic 2010 NBA Championship Odds as of 5/18: +300


Final Word: Orlando will most likely come out in Game 2 of this series and tie things up. Boston probably has the horses to win a game or two more in this set, but if it ultimately comes down to a Game 7 in the Sunshine State, the Magic will do to Boston what the C’s couldn’t do to Orlando last year: Close out a series on their home court.


Phoenix Suns: Phoenix hung tough with Los Angeles for a little while on Monday night, but it ultimately didn’t have the defensive strength to keep up with Kobe and the gang. Six different players did score in double digits though, which has to be a good sign for HC Alvin Gentry. Look for Phoenix to do a better job on the glass in this series, as 34 rebounds isn’t going to cut it if it hopes to survive.

Suns 2010 NBA Championship Odds as of 5/18: +1000


Los Angeles Lakers: So much for G Kobe Bryant being in bad shape with that bum knee! He went off for 40 points in a Game 1 victory, but he got plenty of help from his friends as well, as four others scored in double digits. C Andrew Bynum is very clearly going to be a non-factor in this series, as he only played 20 minutes and took just four shots for the game. Someone is going to have to step up off of the LA bench to continue pouring the pressure on the Suns, and it looks as though G Jordan Farmar has that ability. He scored ten points to go with five assists in 19 minutes on Monday, as LA romped by three touchdowns.

Lakers 2010 NBA Championship Odds as of 5/18: -150

Final Word: It’s only one game so far, but the Lakers really looked like a significantly better side in Game 1 than the Suns are. Unless Phoenix turns this around, it could be a very, very short series. Still, we’re expecting to see that patented run and gun style catch up with LA at some point, so don’t be surprised if the Suns still ultimately take down the purple and gold in six or seven games.



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NFL Odds to win NFC West for 2010-2011 Season

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- San Francisco 49ers (-125 Odds to win NFC West)

2009 Record: 8-8 (2nd)

The 49ers haven’t had a winning season since its last division title in 2002. However, San Francisco is the favorite in the NFC West heading into this season. In each of the last six years, the club has finished in the bottom ten in the league in total offense. Former top overall draft choice Alex Smith finally showed some promise in 2009. With tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore, the signal-caller has some weapons to work with. After ranking no higher than 20th in the NFL in scoring defense in the previous six seasons, the 49ers emerged to rank fourth in this category a year ago. Standout linebacker Patrick Willis led the league in tackles in 2009. In a brutal stretch beginning in Week 12 of the 2010-2011 NFL betting season, San Francisco must face Arizona, Green Bay and San Diego on the road over a four-game stretch.

- Arizona Cardinals (+250 Odds to win NFC West)

2009 Record: 10-6 (1st)

After winning no division crowns from 1976-2007, the Cardinals will be seeking a third straight NFC West title in 2010. However, the retirement of quarterback Kurt Warner has left some doubt about how good the Cards will be this season. In the last three years with Warner, Arizona had an average ranking of seventh in the league in scoring offense. Former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart hasn’t been able to match his collegiate success in his opportunities with the Cardinals so far. A defense that allowed 45 points in each of its playoff games last season isn’t likely to help the offense too much. Arizona has failed to rank in the top half of the NFL in total defense since 2005. In its final eight games of the season, the Cardinals will face only one team that made the playoffs in 2009.

- Seattle Seahawks (+300 odds to win NFC West)

2009 Record: 5-11 (3rd)

Since winning four straight NFC West titles from 2004-07, Seattle has been limited to just nine victories over the last two campaigns. After a stellar run at USC in the college ranks, new head coach Pete Carroll is back in the pro game for the first time in more than a decade. Seattle has finished 25th in the NFL in scoring offense and defense in each of the last two years. Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck could be entering his final year with the club. The running game has added LenDale White and Leon Washington during the offseason. In its final six games of the year, Seattle will face only one team that posted a winning record in 2009.


- St. Louis Rams (+1500 Odds to win NFC West)

2009 Record: 1-15 (4th)

With only six wins over the last three seasons, things can’t get much worse in St. Louis. Top draft pick Sam Bradford is on board to take over the quarterback reigns from veteran Marc Bulger. Star running back Steven Jackson will take some of the pressure off of Bradford. The defense has ranked 31st in the NFL in scoring defense in four of the last five seasons. After hosting Arizona to open the season, the Rams will face four straight opponents that won five or less games in 2009.


BetVega.com Best Bet to win the NFC West Division in 2010-2011:

The Seattle Seahawks at +300 or 3-1 odds is very tough to pass up. Obviously the 49ers are the favorite for a reason, but if we are talking about best potential for ROI on a NFL Futures bet, then I am going with the Seahawks +300.


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Updated odds to win 2010 World Series


Since we are a good 1.5 months in the 2010 Baseball Betting season, I thought it would be a good time check the fluctuation of the odds to win the 2010 world series.

I have to be honest, I did not expect to see so much movement, we are talking about 30-35 games played here folks. Guess what, as New Orleans Saints fans like to tell me, I was wrong again.

Noteable positive movement in odds to win 2010 MLB World Series:

1. SD Padres moved from +10000 to +3000
2. Minnesota Twins moved from +3000 to +800
3. SF Giants moved from +3000 to +1200
4. Texas Rangers moved from +3000 to +1500
5. TB Rays moved from +1500 to +700
Noteable negative movement in odds to win 2010 MLB World Series:

1. Chicago Cubs moved from +1500 to +5000
2. Chicago White Sox +2000 to +5000
3. Florida Marlins +3000 to +6000
4. Oakland A’s +3000 to +6000

(odds from Sportsbook.com Updated 5/14/2010)

The number listed with each team represents the payout a baseball bettor would receive if they wagered $100 on that team to win the 2010 World Series.

Team

Opening Odds

Current Odds

Trend

Bet

Arizona Diamondbacks +3000 +5000 Bet Today
Atlanta Braves +2000 +3000 Bet Today
Baltimore Orioles +10000 +10000 Bet Today
Boston Red Sox +1200 +1500 Bet Today
Chicago Cubs +1500 +5000 Bet Today
Chicago White Sox +2000 +5000 Bet Today
Cincinnati Reds +5000 +6000 Bet Today
Cleveland Indians +10000 +10000 Bet Today
Colorado Rockies +2000 +2000 Bet Today
Detroit Tigers +3000 +3000 Bet Today
Florida Marlins +3000 +6000 Bet Today
Houston Astros +10000 +10000 Bet Today
KC Royals +10000 +10000 Bet Today
LA Angels +1000 +3000 Bet Today
LA Dodgers +1200 +2500 Bet Today
Milwaukee Brewers +5000 +5000 Bet Today
Minnesota Twins +3000 +800 Bet Today
New York Mets +1500 +2000 Bet Today
New York Yankees +300 +250 Bet Today
Oakland A’s +3000 +6000 Bet Today
Philadelphia Phillies +1000 +600 Bet Today
Pittsburgh Pirates +10000 +10000 Bet Today
San Diego Padres +10000 +3000 Bet Today
SF Giants +3000 +1200 Bet Today
Seattle Mariners +10000 +3000 Bet Today
St. Louis Cardinals +1000 +700 Bet Today
Tampa Bay Rays +1500 +700 Bet Today
Texas Rangers +3000 +1500 Bet Today
Toronto Blue Jays +5000 +10000 Bet Today
Washington Nationals +10000 +10000 Bet Today

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