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Premier League Odds: Manchester City, Manchester United Favorites

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The way Manchester City have been steady scoring goals at Etihad Stadium should lead bettors to look around for value this weekend.

Manchester City are the -200 favorite with Chelsea coming back at +575, while the draw pays +360 and there is a 3.0-goals total on the Premier League odds for Sunday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Manchester City have scored at least two goals in 14 consecutive home games, winning 13 of them, and eight of the last nine ended with OVER 2.5 goals. With the likes of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne pushing the ball ahead to forward Sergio Aguero (+320 first scorer, -118 anytime), there’s a good chance of a fairly open game that increases the chances of both teams to score props such as Man City / Yes (+200) hitting.

Man City will not need to overexert itself since first-place rival Liverpool plays the day prior, and it would not come as a shock if some late goals bring the OVER 3.5 (+155) into play at sports betting sites.

Fulham (+450) face containment issues against Manchester United (-160, draw +330) having allowed two or more goals in five consecutive league games. Manchester United have Champions League play next week against (the albeit Neymar-less) Paris Saint-Germain, which means bettors should wait until they know manager Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting lineup before looking at the both teams to score market or being aggressive and looking at lines such Manchester United minus-1.5 goals (+150) or minus-2.5 (+370).

Neither Watford (+130) nor Everton (+220, draw +245) are rolling, but the Hornets are undefeated in their last three home matchups against the Toffees. Each team’s inconsistency lends itself to exploring the both teams to score market, with Yes / Over 2.5 (+140) being the percentage play while Watford win / yes (+375) offers more value. Everton are expected to have Richarlison (+450 first scorer, +140 anytime) featuring in their forward line.

Brighton & Hove Albion (+110) and Burnley (+295, draw +230) have gone UNDER in seven of their last eight matchups (all competitions), with Brighton having failed to score in the last three. Burnley are not far enough away from the relegation zone that it simply cannot be satisfied with taking one point with a draw and that might give Brighton and Glenn Murray (+300 first scorer, +110 anytime) the opening they need. Either Team 1-0 (+250) in correct score props is a way to be covered for both the chalk pick and the upset.

Tottenham Hotspur (-145), battling injuries, host Leicester (+450, draw +280) in Sunday action. The Foxes have been resolute on the road – seven of their last eight away matches have gone UNDER 2.5 goals – and Spurs will likely be counting on Son Heung-Min (+350 first scorer, +105 anytime) to carry the offense. Bettors should look at props that accommodate the 2-1 scoreline that has been recurring for Spurs lately, including Tottenham win / Yes (+220).in both teams to score props.

And Wolverhampton (-140) host Newcastle United (+425, draw +270) in a Monday matchup that has the 2.0-goals total, a tip-off that Newcastle will drop defenders deep against a more potent team. Newcastle United / Draw (+115) is still plus money on the double chance.

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Daytona 500 Odds: Betting Preview for Great American Race

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Winning the Great American Race once might generate confidence with bettors, but recent history shows that it means little once the race begins.

Joey Logano, one of the eight past champions in the field, is the +800 co-favorite on the Daytona 500 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Brad Keselowski (+800) and Kevin Harvick (+850) join Logano at the top of the board.

The favorites for the NASCAR Cup season opener at Daytona International Speedway also include Kyle Busch (+1200), who won in 2017, as well as Ryan Blaney (+1100), Clint Bowyer (+1100), Chase Elliott (+1100) and Denny Hamlin (+1100).

A chalk pick with Logano, who will start fourth, is justifiable, but the wide-open nature of motorsports means the value is farther down on the board and higher in the grid. Ten of the last 13 champions, including the last four, have been first-time winners. Five of the last six winners have started eighth or higher on the grid.

Picking Keselowski would mean being comfortable with a racer who has failed to finish in the last four runnings at Daytona International Speedway. Elliott is a big name bettors probably should fade, based on the fact he has also fared poorly on this track. Likewise, Harvick has failed to finish in four of his last five runnings on the track, while Kyle Busch has finished outside of the top five in each of the last two years.

Aric Almirola (+1100), who had the lead in the 2018 race until he crashed with a mile to go, still holds of a lot of value as bettors try to gauge whether he has put that misfortune in this showcase event behind him or it becomes some sort of mental millstone. Jimmie Johnson (+1800), who won the rain-shortened Advance Auto Parts Clash last Sunday, is one former champion who might worth taking a flier on.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+1500) has fared well in his recent restrictor-plate races and would fit the first-time winner trend. A darkhorse whose NASCAR odds for Sunday have dropped without killing his value, though, is Daniel Suarez (+2200), who ran well during the aforementioned Clash before getting stuck behind a wreck and ultimately finishing 10th.

It is tough enough to win Daytona twice in a lifetime, let alone twice in a row, so defending champion Austin Dillon (+3000) is well down the board at online sports betting sites. No driver has won the race twice in a row since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995.

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Smith Jr., Curry, Team LeBron favorites on All-Star weekend NBA odds

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Overdoing it in the Slam Dunk Contest last year has given Dennis Smith Jr.’s odds a little more vertical, so to speak, entering NBA All-Star weekend.

Smith is the +200 favorite on the Slam Dunk Contest odds for Saturday in Charlotte at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The New York Knicks point guard was the favorite in the 2018 edition but a miss in the first round brought him back to earth, helping the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell – who’s not competing this time around – win the title.

The aesthetics of the dunk contest tend to favor players around the size of the six-foot-three Smith, who may have learned some lessons about the procedure of the event.

Miles Bridges (+225) of the host Charlotte Hornets is an explosive leaper who has the hometown advantage. The Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins (+225), as the tallest player competing, might be at a judging disadvantage.

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (+175) is the favorite on the Three-Point Contest odds, followed by defending champion Devin Booker (+450), Buddy Hield (+450), Seth Curry (+550), Kemba Walker (+900), Joe Harris (+900) and Damian Lillard (+900).

The fact that 10 players have won in the last 10 years highlights the randomness of the event. Beyond Stephen Curry, Booker offers excellent value in an event that is overdue for someone to win back-to-back, and Walker will be competing on his home floor, although no host-team player has won in the event’s 32-year history.

De’Aaron Fox (+250) has top odds in the Skills Challenge at betting sites, followed by Luka Doncic (+325), Trae Young (+375), Mike Conley (+550), Nikola Jokic (+600), Jayson Tatum (+600) and Kyle Kuzma (+700). International players comprise four of the last nine winners and Doncic might offer more upside than the favored Fox. The last three winners of this timed event have all been six-six or taller, so a skilled big such as the six-nine Kuzma poses a darkhorse threat.

As for the game on Sunday, Team LeBron is a 6-point betting favorite against Team Giannis. The higher value resides in the game MVP props, where superlative scorer Kevin Durant (+600) is co-favorite to win MVP with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Team LeBron is loaded with three-point threats such as Durant, James himself (+650), James Harden (+1000), Klay Thompson (+4000), Damian Lillard (+4000) and Bradley Beal (+4000). Harden’s historic streak of 30-point games makes him an intriguing pick.

On the Team Giannis side, the Greek Freak himself would seem to pose the best chance; the game MVP always comes from the winning side and he would stand to play a major role in the betting-line underdog winning on these NBA odds.

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