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A.L. East Predictions 2011: Red Sox are favored, but the division is wide open

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees took the division crown and AL Wild Card respectively a year ago, but it’s the Boston Red Sox that baseball odds have favored to conquer the AL East in 2011. With the improvements both the Blue Jays and Orioles made this past off-season, the AL East once again looks to be the cream of the crop in terms of overall division prowess heading into the MLB betting season.

(the number listed next to each team is the payout on a $100 wager if that team wins the A.L. East)

1. Boston Red Sox (-150) – Though the Red Sox churned out 89 wins a year ago, Manager Terry Francona’s team was down all year as injuries prevented the club from ultimately competing with the big boys. The Beantown faithful hope the experience gained by some of the bench players will only help aid the BoSox into qualifying for the second season this time around. With the hometown faithful disinterested a year ago, GM Theo Epstein went out and made sure Red Sox Nation is ready for the new season. The acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford only add to Boston’s impressive arsenal, and the bullpen added a couple huge pieces in Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler. If both Josh Beckett and John Lackey return to form, the Red Sox should once again earn 90+ wins if not surpass the century mark. Get ready to lay a ton of chalk with this outfit in 2011!

2. New York Yankees (+190) – Only a year removed from winning it all, the Bronx Bombers enter the 2011 season with a bunch of question marks. GM Brian Cashman was unable to land either Cliff Lee or Zach Greinke this past off-season, but instead, offered up one heck of a sweet deal to Rafael Soriano who had no choice but to sign as the team’s setup man. The starting rotation still consists of C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett, but Andy Pettitte’s retirement leaves a number of problem areas in the 4th and 5th spots. The offense is still stacked so this club looks almost certain to win 90 or more games, but one has to wonder how good the Yankees have to feel about owning a sub $200 million dollar payroll with no major moves made.

3. Tampa Bay Rays (+800) – Losing the franchise’s most notable player in Carl Crawford to the Boston Red Sox hurts; so does the departure of clubhouse favorite Carlos Pena. However, in shipping Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs as well as receiving compensation for Crawford and Rafael Soriano, the Rays will have a bevy of draft picks to work with in the coming years. A tip of the cap must go to VP Andrew Friedman and company for coming out well after getting rid of the cornerstones of the franchise. That said, the immediate future hardly looks good for Manager Joe Maddon’s outfit; especially with the recent signings of the aging Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. The bullpen also took a mighty tumble. I don’t see the Rays competing within the rugged AL East in any way, shape or form.

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4. Toronto Blue Jays (+1500) – The Blue Jays were one of the four members of this division that finished with a +.500 record a season ago; it was also the third best bet in all of baseball having churned out a $1437 profit for MLB bettors overall. Now they enter the 2011 season amidst a fabulous offseason that saw them unload the ridiculous contract it gave to Vernon Wells and continued to stockpile its heap of untapped raw talent. Still with a rock solid starting staff and an everyday line-up that still consists of Jose Bautista and Adam Lind, Toronto will certainly remain in the thick of the AL East battle for the better part of the season. If some of their up and comers also make an impact, the Blue Jays could be the surprise team of this division.

5. Baltimore Orioles (+1800) – Buck Showalter completely changed the fortunes of this defunct franchise when he took over at the tail end of last season. Orioles’ fans must take solace in the fact that the club went 34-23 under his watch to close out the year. This squad is still inexperienced and green all over, but GM Andy MacPhail brought in some veteran leadership with the signings of Derrek Lee and J.J Hardy, and also reeled in some extra pop with the acquisition of 3B Mark Reynolds. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are some exceptional talents that could flourish with some veteran leadership. The young pitching staff took some beatings a year ago, but that should only prove to serve a purpose this time around. The O’s won’t compete for the division title, but they will be much improved, and should be played more times than not when in the comfy confines of Camden Yards; especially as dogs.

Also see the lastest odds to win the 2011 World Series and odds to win the 2011 American League Pennant.

Betting on the NFL Combine: Wager on 40 yard dash times, vertical jump, bench press

Earlier this week we talked about the availability of 2011 NFL Combine Prop Bets and how some player match-ups for the 2011 NFL Draft could provide some easier winners.

Here is a list of a few more player vs. player NFL combine betting props that allow you to wager on 40 yard dash time, bench press repetitions and vertical jumps.

Who will have the fastest 40 Yard Dash Time
– Christian Ponder (QB FSU) -120
– Jake Locker (QB Washington) -120

Who will have the fastest 40 Yard Dash Time
– Mark Ingram (RB Alabama) -120
– Ryan Williams (RB Virginia Tech) -120

Who will have the fastest 40 Yard Dash Time
– Julio Jones (WR Alabama) Even
– Jon Baldwin (WR Pittsburgh) -130

Who will the most bench press repetitions?
– Nate Solder (OT Colorado) -130
– Gabe Carimi (OT Wisconsin) Even

Who will have the highest vertical jump?
– A.J. Green (WR Georgia) -130
– Patrick Peterson (CB LSU) Even

A.L. West Predictions 2011: Rangers, Angels, A’s Will Fight it Out

A look at the 2010 final standings in the AL West showed a changing of the guard for the first time in many seasons. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were not atop the heap for the first time in three years, but instead, finished under .500 for the first time since the 2003 season.

Instead, it was the year of the Rangers who punched their ticket to the post-season for the first time in 11 years and made it to the franchise’s first ever World Series. Will it be back to normal in this division for 2011, or will someone else come out of nowhere? Here’s my take…

(the number listed next to each team is the payout on a $100 wager if that team wins the A.L. West)

1. Texas Rangers (+120) – I really don’t like how the Rangers handled their off-season. Losing out on Cliff Lee at the final gun was devastating; no longer can they expect to come out a winner every 4-5 days with the lefty once again donning a Philly uniform. On top of that, their starters really failed to go deep into games a year ago forcing the bullpen to get severely taxed. Can Brandon Webb, a starter that tossed a total of four innings the last two seasons, be counted on to take his place? Also gone from the mix are Vladimir Guerrero, and Bengie Molina; the franchise’s longest tenured player, Michael Young, is also not happy with his current situation. I simply don’t like the negative vibes coming out of Arlington, but if any team can overcome those obstacles, it would be this young ball club; it however remains to be seen.

2. Los Angeles Angels (+200) – The Angels missed out on the playoffs for the first time in three seasons a year ago, but the franchise didn’t do much to improve itself this past offseason. Sure, the pick-up of Vernon Wells was nice, even though they had to take on a terrible contract, but there are still numerous holes all over the place; mainly third base. The return of a healthy Kendry Morales will do wonders for the team’s power numbers. The starting pitching rotation looks real solid with Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana the center pieces, but the bullpen still leaves plenty to be desired. Manager Mike Scioscia will have to push all the right buttons for the Halos and the “Rally Monkey” to return to the second season.

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3. Oakland A’s (+240) – Billy Beane was at it again this past off-season sticking to his “Moneyball” philosophies and putting together a roster that can certainly compete for the 2011 AL West pennant. The A’s split their 2010 season right down the middle going 81-81 overall while costing MLB bettors $81 overall. However, the pieces certainly look to be in place for the A’s to catapult themselves to the top of the division. The starting quartet of Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson all boasted ERA’s of 3.50 or less and the bullpen, which only blew 13 saves, was improved with the additions of Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour. The pitching is certainly there, so if this team can find its offensive stroke, the A’s will make their betting backers a boatload of coin in 2011!

4. Seattle Mariners (+1000) – The Mariners will take to the field with heavy hearts in 2011 after Dave Niehaus, the organization’s longest tenured employee, passed away of a heart attack right after the Fall Classic. While he doesn’t suit up for the Mariners on a gamely basis, he was a cornerstone of the organization and will be sorely missed; especially with the Mariners continuing to stink it up on a daily basis. The Mariners were many talking heads’ picks to make some noise the last couple seasons with rosters that looked loaded on paper, but it just never took shape on the field of play. Not much was done to improve the worst team in the AL that cost baseball bettors upwards of $3650 a year ago, so I don’t see much in the way of getting better in 2011. The return offered up with the M’s here is a pipe dream; they ain’t competing for nothing this season!

Also see the lastest odds to win the 2011 World Series and odds to win the 2011 American League Pennant.

March Madness Betting: 5 Schools You Need To Bet On ASAP

March Madness betting action is just around the corner, and this season, we are making the quest to figure out who this year’s version of the Butler Bulldogs will be.

Check out these five schools that can make or break your brackets in 2011!

BYU Cougars – Sure, we know that the Cougs are going to be a No. 2 seed or so in the dance, but there won’t be a more dangerous team in the country. We’ve all learned that Jimmer Fredette is the real deal, and as he proved last year against the Florida Gators in the dance, he can do absolutely anything and beat any team all by himself. In fact, it’s not just BYU, but the rest of these Mountain West schools that are all dangerous this year, but this is the one that is most likely to win it all.

Cleveland State VikingsNorris Cole is the real deal, and he is the complete package for the Vikings. Remember watching those Davidson teams with Stephen Curry taking on the biggest boys in the dance? This is the same sort of thing that Cole could do for Cleveland State. The problem here is that the Vikings might not be able to get into the tourney without winning the Horizon League crown, but if Butler can do it out of this conference, so can Cleveland State.

Also see March Madness Expert Picks & Odds to win the NCAA Tournament

George Mason Patriots – Before there was Butler, there was George Mason. This was the last team that made it to the Final Four out of absolutely nowhere, as the members of the Colonial Athletic Association were made an at large bid to the dance a few seasons back and ended up dominating all the way through to the last four teams standing. Don’t be shocked if the leaders of the pack in the CAA can take down a ton of scalps again this year.

Belmont Bears – Okay, so Belmont is probably a bit of a reach this year, but there’s a reason that the Bears have 26 wins in a conference that is definitely underrated this year in the A-Sun. Remember that Jacksonville knocked off the Florida Gators earlier this season on the road, and Belmont has the potential to really wipe the floor with the Dolphins and the rest of the field this year. This is a team that is crushing its foes by 17 points per game this year, something that few teams in the land can say.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies – The world got a first glance at the Golden Grizzlies last year in the NCAA Tournament, and they are going to see them again this season assuming they survive the Summit League Tournament. Remember that this is a team that went into Rocky Top and took care of the Tennessee Volunteers. Keep a real close eye on Keith Benson, who has double-double potential every single night against virtually any other team in the land.

March Madness Conference Tournament Betting Tips

The NCAA Tournament is still about four weeks away, but the conference tournaments that kick off in a week or so do make for a hearty appetizer.

Perhaps the most important piece of betting advice we can give regarding conference tournaments is not only do the better teams not always win, but they are usually terrible bets. This is because the favorite is often times already assured of an NCAA bid, especially in major conference tournaments, so those favorites could be better served by saving their energies for when it really counts.

The notable exception to this rule is if teams are fighting for a number one seed in the Big Dance, as these teams want to at a minimum win enough games to lock up that one seed. We feel there are seven teams in that position this season with two of them probably being good bets right up until their conference final.

Bet Top Teams Early – Fade Late

Our Big Five teams that need to win at least a game or two to be considered for the one seed are Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Texas. You do not need to be a math wiz to figure out that five does not go into four evenly, so check the rankings on these five teams before their tournaments start.

The two highest ranked teams may only need to win a game, while the other three may need to play hard all the way through. Thus, there is a direct correlation between the performances of these teams, so pay close attention.

There are also two teams that need to win their tournament to be considered if two of the Big Five falter early and we are talking about two teams from the same tournament in BYU and San Diego State. Thus the Mountain West should be one tournament that goes according to form, so do not be afraid to bet those two teams right until the end.

Look at the Conference Tournament ‘Dogs

Beyond the seven teams just mentioned, look to play underdogs early and often in other major conference games that involve favorites that are probably in. Also pay close attention to underdogs that are close to home. Two great bets throughout the conference tournaments could be Illinois and St. John’s.

The Illini are on the bubble, so they would be motivated as it is, but playing in Chicago makes them even more dangerous. The only downside for Illinois is if they get matched up with Ohio State in either of its first two games. If they can avoid that, they have a great upset chance, as a later meeting with the Buckeyes would probably mean Ohio State has a one seed already sewn up.

As for St. John’s, it is 7-1 at Madison Square Garden this season including beating some Top 10 teams. The downside for the Red Storm is that Pittsburgh may be one of the teams needing to win its tournament to lock up a one seed, so again, pay close attention to the other four teams of the Big Five.

Potential Mid-Major Fades

While we have only discussed major conferences so far, mid-major teams that are basically assured of a tournament bid are also great fades in their tournaments vs. hungrier underdogs that are looking to make the field. Prime fades from this category look to be George Mason, Utah State and Temple.

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Odds To Win The 2012 Super Bowl

The 2011 NFL betting season could be marred by a lockout, and we are still up in the air with how the new collective bargaining agreement is going to look, but regardless, we’re already set to look at the Super Bowl 46 odds.

Here is how some of the teams stack up next season:

Defending Champs: Green Bay Packers (7-1 odds) – The Pack are going to be an incredibly talented team this year once again, as they are only going to be better thanks to the fact that they should have both Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley back in the fold this coming season. Aaron Rodgers has proven that he is one of the brightest young signal callers in the league, and he is sure to be able to move this team to the next level once again. Definitely don’t count out the idea of this becoming a dynasty.

The Forgotten Team: San Diego Chargers (10-1 odds) – My, how quickly we have forgotten about the Chargers! The Bolts had one of the top offenses and one of the top defenses in the league over the course of these last few seasons, and you know that there is no lack of talent with Philip Rivers slinging the ball all over the place. This is a make or break year for Head Coach Norv Turner and General Manager AJ Smith. San Diego will be back in the playoffs and should some real noise this coming year.

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The Likely Suspects: New England Patriots (6-1 odds) – The Patriots are the favorites to win it all again this coming season, and for good reason. You know that they are going to go out and find a receiver for Tom Brady to throw to, which is only going to make the league’s MVP all the more important next year. This should also be a better season for a New England which did lead the league in turnovers forced, but was also very iffy in terms of yardage and points against. Head Coach Bill Belichick won’t let this team stay down for long, and back to back opening game losses in the playoffs at home won’t sit well.

The Team You Don’t See Coming: Arizona Cardinals (65-1 odds) – Why not, right? After all, we’re still in a position where some team has to win the NFC West just like the Seattle Seahawks did last year, and if there is a team that is remotely close to getting to a championship type of level, it is Arizona. We have proof that the Cards are just one player away, as Kurt Warner was really the only major change from a team that went to the Super Bowl and the one that barely found its way to respectability this year. Arizona has a high draft choice this year as well, and it could find itself doing something similar to what the St. Louis Rams did last season with Sam Bradford transforming that franchise.

2012 Super Bowl Team Odds:

(Super Bowl Odds from BoDog)

(the number below each team is the payout on a $100 wager)

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Diego Chargers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

St Louis Rams

Tampa Bay Buccanneers

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

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UFC 127 Odds and Fight Predictions

The next big Ultimate Fighting Championship event is just around the corner. On February 26th, the UFC will return down under to Sydney, Australia. Last year, UFC 110 was a rousing success in Sydney.

For UFC 127 Odds, there are seven preliminary bouts on tap prior to the main card of five fights. The event will be held at Sydney’s Acer Arena. The impressive venue has a capacity of 21,000.

Welterweight bout: B.J. Penn (+160) vs. Jon Fitch (-200)

This matchup is the headline attraction on the card. In a battle of American fighters, Penn (16-7-1 MMA record) will try to regain some past glory in the underdog role. The 32-year-old has held UFC title belts at the Lightweight and Welterweight level. However, Penn is just 3-3 in his last six fights. Two of those setbacks came to Frankie Edgar in Lightweight championship battles last year. The 32-year-old Fitch (23-3 MMA record) has been an emerging fighter in the Welterweight ranks. While he dropped a title bout to Georges St. Pierre in 2008, Fitch has won his other 20 matches since the middle of 2003. The former Purdue wrestler also has some Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu elements to his fighting style. In a mild upset, look for Penn to come out on top in this one.

Middleweight bout: Jorge Rivera (+275) vs. Michael Bisping (-375)

The 38-year-old Rivera (19-7 MMA record) has won his last three fights heading into this contest. His last bout was nearly a year ago in a victory over Nate Quarry. The American uses elements of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his MMA fighting style. Rivera will have to contend with the younger Bisping (20-3 MMA record) in this matchup. The 31-year-old Englishman has captured his last two fights heading into this bout. Bisping’s MMA approach is influenced by Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. The favorite rolls in this battle.

Lightweight bout: Dennis Siver (+250) vs. George Sotiropoulos (-350)

Siver (17-7 MMA record) brings some momentum into this bout. The 32-year-old Russian has won six of his last seven fights. Siver uses a wide variety of fighting styles against his MMA opponents. He is influenced by elements of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Sambo and Taekwondo. Sotiropoulos (14-2 MMA record) will certainly have the crowd support at UFC 127. The 33-year-old Australian has won his last seven fights heading into this matchup. His main fighting influences are based in Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu. In his home country, Sotiropoulos prevails in this bout.

Middleweight bout: Chris Camozzi (+155) vs. Kyle Noke (-190)

Camozzi (14-3 MMA record) just recently joined the UFC circuit. The 24-year-old American will be facing his fourth UFC outing against Noke. His fighting style features elements of Muay Thai, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The 30-year-old Noke (18-4-1 MMA record) has won his last four bouts heading into this contest. The Englishman will also be appearing in his fourth UFC bout at UFC 127. Noke has a basic style that is based on elements of Boxing and Wrestling. The favorite gains a close victory in this match.

Lakers Are Still Favored Over Spurs To Win NBA Western Conference

While the Los Angeles Lakers are still the favorite in the West, it appears that LA will have to win at least one series on the road to win its fourth straight conference title.

Here’s a look at the top four favorites and a viable long shot to reach the NBA Finals from the Western Conference.

1. Los Angeles Lakers (-140)

While the Lakers have an opportunity to become the first team since the Boston Celtics of the sixties to win four consecutive conference championships, Los Angeles is limping into the All-Star break with three straight losses. Since posting a 30-11 record in the first half of the season, the Lakers have gone 8-8 in the second half. Despite some concerns heading into the home stretch of the regular season, the club is certainly capable of getting things together again in the postseason. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have combined to average 44 points per game this season to pace the Lakers.

2. San Antonio Spurs (+220)

The rejuvenated Spurs enter the break with an NBA-best 46-10 record. With a six-game cushion in the conference standings, the road to the NBA Finals in the West will probably go through San Antonio. The club’s star trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still going strong for the Spurs. With three NBA titles in the last decade, San Antonio won’t be intimated by the Lakers when the postseason rolls around.

3. Dallas Mavericks (+700)

While Dallas is on track to win 50 or more games for an 11th straight season, the Mavericks have underachieved in the postseason over the last decade. However, the club could finally be ready to come through in the playoffs this time around. With the exception of a brief 3-10 stretch in the middle of the season, Dallas has posted a record of 37-6 this year. An injury to Dirk Nowitzki hurt the Mavericks during its rough period. The main difference this season has been the addition of center Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt. His defensive presence could pay some big dividends this postseason.


4. Oklahoma City Thunder (+1000)

With NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant pacing the squad, the Thunder are hoping to make some noise in this year’s playoffs. With a 35-19 record, Oklahoma City has the same number of losses as the Lakers at the All-Star break. While Durant is the club’s headline attraction, the continued emergence of guard Russell Westbrook (22.2 points per game this season) has given the Thunder one of the most dynamic duos in the league.


Utah Jazz (+4000)

While Utah is trying to adjust to the recent departure of longtime head coach Jerry Sloan, the team could still be a dangerous squad to face in the postseason. Guard Deron Williams is one of the top backcourt performers in the NBA. In the frontcourt, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are each averaging 17 points per game to compliment Williams. With one of the strongest home court advantages in the league, Utah won’t be an easy out in the playoffs.

Odds to win Western Conference at 2011 All-Star break

– Dallas Mavericks +600
– Denver Nuggets +4500
– Golden State Warriors +20000
– Houston Rockets +10000
– Los Angeles Clippers +20000
– Los Angeles Lakers -120
– Memphis Grizzlies +10000
– New Orleans Hornets +3000
– Oklahoma City Thunder +1000
– Phoenix Suns +8000
– Portland Blazers +5000
– San Antonio Spurs +170
– Utah Jazz +4000

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Updated Odds to win NBA Eastern Conference 2011

At the All-Star break, the race for the top record in the Eastern Conference is a tight battle. The top three squads are separated by a total of just two games.

Here’s a look at the top four favorites and a live long shot to reach the 2011 NBA Finals from the East.

1. Miami Heat (-120)

After a slow start, Miami is starting to put things together with its talented trio of stars. The Heat have gone 32-7 since a 9-8 mark to open the season. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both in the top four in the league in scoring. After the break, Miami will try to secure the home court advantage for the conference playoffs. The Heat are tied with Boston for the top record in the East. The club will get to play 16 of its final 26 contests at home.

2. Boston Celtics (+200)

A veteran Celtics squad has registered a 40-14 record entering the break. Boston’s star trio of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett have combined to average 51 points per game this season. With two conference titles in the last three years, this group is used to winning in the postseason. This could be an advantage against Miami in the playoffs. Boston is 3-0 against the Heat so far this season. While Miami will get to play most of its remaining games at home, the Celtics will have to play 17 of its last 28 outings on the road.


3. Orlando Magic (+550)

After losing just 23 games in each of the last two regular seasons, Orlando has already dropped 21 contests this year in 57 efforts. A huge trade earlier in the year has yet to pay any real dividends for the team heading into the All-Star break. While star center Dwight Howard is averaging a career-high 22.8 points per game this season, his supporting cast has lacked overall consistency.

4. Chicago Bulls (+800)

Under new head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls are 38-16 at the break. After posting .500 records in each of the last two years, Chicago has made some significant strides this season. If it were not for a couple of key injuries, the club would probably have the top record in the conference. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah have missed a combined 54 games in the 2010-11 campaign. With a couple of key frontcourt players on the shelf, guard Derrick Rose has stepped up in the backcourt to play at an MVP level for the squad.


New York Knicks (+3500)

After being limited to 33 or fewer victories in each of the last six years, New York has already won 28 games this season in 54 contests. Free agents Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton have brought some excitement back for long suffering Knicks fans. The duo have combined to average 43 points per game this season. New York is also getting some strong production from a couple of emerging young players. Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari are each averaging 16 points per outing this season.

Odds to win Eastern Conference at All-Star break

– Atlanta Hawks +3000
– Boston Celtics +200
– Charlotte Bobcats +15000
– Chicago Bulls +800
– Detroit Pistons +20000
– Indiana Pacers +10000
– Miami Heat -125
– Milwaukee Bucks +10000
– New York Knicks +3000
– Orlando Magic +550
– Philadelphia 76ers +15000

Pujols, Cabrera, Fielder Are Top 3 Favorites To Be 2011 Home Run Champ

Last season, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays came out of nowhere to easily lead Major League Baseball in home runs with 54. Since 2004, six different hitters have lead the majors in homers.

Here’s a look at the top four favorites and a live long shot to capture the 2011 MLB home run crown:

Albert Pujols (+700)

After leading the majors with 47 homers in 2009, Pujols paced the National League with 42 home runs a year ago. He has averaged 41 homers per season in his career and has slugged more than 40 home runs on six different occasions. With Pujols set to become a free agent at the end of this season, it will be interesting to see how he deals with the speculation regarding his long term future. The 31-year-old has displayed some remarkable consistency over the last decade.

Miguel Cabrera (+800)

Cabrera hit a career-high 38 home runs last season. He has hit at least 33 homers in six of his seven full major league campaigns. While the 27-year-old Detroit Tigers first baseman is one the great hitters in the game, there are a couple of factors that could hurt him in the home run chase. Cabrera’s DUI arrest in spring training could turn into a distraction. Also, Detroit’s Comerica Park isn’t a great stadium for power hitters.


Prince Fielder (+800)

Like Pujols, Fielder will be a free agent at the end of the season. While Pujols may very well end up staying with the St. Louis Cardinals, it is unlikely that Fielder will remain with the Milwaukee Brewers beyond this season. The 26-year-old first baseman has been a little inconsistent with his power stroke over the last four seasons. After leading the NL with 50 homers in 2007, Fielder regressed to 34 bombs in 2008. He rebounded to slug 46 home runs in 2009 but slipped again to just 32 homers last season.

Ryan Howard (+800)

Howard led the majors in home runs in 2006 and 2008. From 2006-09, he averaged 49 homers per season. During this stretch, Howard hit at least 45 home runs in each year. However, the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman production declined to just 31 homers in 2010. At the age of 31, Howard will be looking to rebound in 2011. With a chance to play in one of the most favorable hitting stadiums for half of his games, he has a solid opportunity to bounce back this year.


Troy Tulowitzki (+7500)

Tulowitzki could be ready for a breakout season in 2011. In the last couple of years, he has established himself as one of the rising stars in the game. In 2009, the Colorado Rockies shortstop clubbed 32 homers. Last season, Tulowitzki pounded 27 home runs despite missing 40 games due to injuries. He put on an amazing power display last September with 15 homers in the month. At the age of 26, Tulowitzki has a good opportunity to build on his hot finish to close out the 2010 campaign.

All Players Odds To Lead MLB In Home Runs In 2011:

(the number listed next to each player is the payout on a $100 wager if they lead MLB in HR’s)

Adam Dunn

Adam Lind

Adrian Beltre

Adrian Gonzalez

Albert Pujols

Alex Rodriguez

Andre Ethier

Buster Posey

Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Lee

Carlos Pena

Carlos Quentin

Chase Utley

Chris Young

Colby Rasmus

Dan Uggla

David Ortiz

David Wright

Evan Longoria

Hanley Ramirez

Ian Kinsler

Jason Heyward

Jay Bruce

Jayson Werth

Joey Votto

Jose Bautista

Josh Hamilton

Justin Morneau

Justin Upton

Kendry Morales

Kevin Youkilis

Mark Reynolds

Mark Teixeira

Matt Holliday

Matt Kemp

Miguel Cabrera

Mike Stanton

Nelson Cruz

Paul Konerko

Pedro Alvarez

Prince Fielder

Robinson Cano

Ryan Braun

Ryan Howard

Ryan Zimmerman

Shin-Soo Choo

Travis Snider

Troy Tulowitzki

Tyler Colvin

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Also see the lastest odds to win the 2011 World Series ,odds to win the 2011 National League Pennant and odds to win the 2011 American League Pennant.