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Celtics fall to third on NBA championship odds

Celtics fall to third on NBA championship odds

Two of the Eastern Conference's best teams will square off at TD Garden on Friday when the Boston Celtics (8-6) host the Toronto Raptors (12-3) as opening 2.5-point home favorites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

This will be the second meeting between the teams this season, with Toronto winning the first 113-101 on October 19.

The Raptors closed as three-point home favorites in that game and covered the game easily behind 31 points and 10 rebounds from Kawhi Leonard. They have beaten the number in three of the past four meetings with the Celtics and 10 of the last 13 dating back to 2015 , according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Boston had actually jumped out to a 25-18 lead after the first quarter in the first meeting and led 53-49 at halftime before getting outscored 64-48 following the intermission.

The Celtics did a much better job of finishing off their opponent in their most recent game on Wednesday, outscoring the Chicago Bulls 60-47 in the last two quarters en route to a 111-82 victory. Chicago led Boston 24-19 after the first but was outscored 32-11 in the second, failing to cover as a 13-point road underdog. The Celtics ended a five-game skid against the spread.

Meanwhile, Toronto has dropped two games in a row both straight up and ATS following an incredible 12-1 start, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 126-110 on Monday and the Detroit Pistons 106-104 on Wednesday. Both of those losses took place at Scotiabank Arena, where the Raptors have gone 7-2 SU but just 4-5 ATS. On the road, they are 5-1 SU and 3-2-1 ATS.

Due to some early struggles, Boston has fallen to the third choice on the NBA championship odds at +950 (wager $100 to win $950), behind only Toronto (+850) and the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors (-150). The Celtics are also the +270 second choice to win the Atlantic Division behind the Raptors, who are -145 favorites (wager $145 to win $100).

Boston and Toronto are listed as +200 co-favorites to win the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers (+325) and Milwaukee Bucks (+600).

 

Patriots sitting fourth on latest Super Bowl 53 odds

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Patriots sitting fourth on latest Super Bowl 53 odds

The New England Patriots (7-3) are attempting to make their third straight Super Bowl appearance this season and win their third Vince Lombardi Trophy in five years. However, their betting futures have dropped a bit since losing to the Tennessee Titans 34-10 last week.

That rout on the road at Nashville gave oddsmakers a lot to think about, as New England fell to 2-3 away from home, with all three losses decided by double digits. The Patriots are now sitting at +650 (wager $100 to win $650) on the Super Bowl 53 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, behind the favored Los Angeles Rams (+325), New Orleans Saints (+400) and Kansas City Chiefs (+500).

When assessing the chances of the top contenders on the betting board to win the Super Bowl this season, home-field advantage is obviously a key factor. In the AFC, home field seems to be more important than in the NFC, where playing in warm weather or a dome likely will not affect the teams as much. But for Kansas City or New England, serving as a playoff host could be critical to each team's chances of advancing to the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots trail the Chiefs (9-1) by two games right now for the conference's No. 1 seed and home field throughout the postseason heading into their bye week, but they do hold a tiebreaker based on their head-to-head victory in Week 6.

New England also has a large road showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) looming in Week 15, which could knock the defending AFC champions out of the top two seeds altogether with a loss.

The Steelers have become even stronger as a team without disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell, who will not be playing at all this year after failing to report on Tuesday. Bell will get even more rest before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the offseason while his former team hopes to finally get past the Patriots and back to the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh already holds the NFL record for Super Bowl wins with six and is listed at +1000 to earn a seventh in February. The Steelers are 6-point road favorites on the NFL Week 11 odds against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Kansas City is a 3.5-point road underdog against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

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Bruins begin road trip with pick 'em matchup against Avalanche

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Bruins begin road trip with pick 'em matchup against Avalanche

The Boston Bruins (10-5-2) bring a two-game winning streak to Denver on Wednesday night, when goaltender Jaroslav Halak will also go for his third straight victory in net as they visit the Avalanche (8-6-3) in what is a pick 'em matchup on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Boston will be kicking off a four-game road trip at Colorado after winning its last two games at home as a solid favorite.

Halak (6-1-2, 1.77 goals-against average) has seemingly been reborn so far this season while filling in for Tuukka Rask, who just returned from a brief leave of absence to tend to a family matter and is expected to start either Friday or Saturday. But against the Avalanche, it will be Halak again between the pipes after he stopped 77 of 79 shots versus the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights last Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, Colorado is looking to string two straight wins together here after ending a season-high five-game losing streak with a 4-1 road victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The Avalanche had gotten off to a 7-2-2 start prior to their losing streak and beat the Oilers as small underdogs. They were also underdogs in four of the other games during their skid, with three of them coming on the road.

Some good news for Colorado in trying to win consecutive games is that the team has won the past three meetings with Boston along with six of the last eight, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. Two of the previous three wins for the Avalanche in the series have taken place on the road, and the last one was a 6-3 victory at the Pepsi Center on October 11, 2017. The Bruins were favored in all three games.

Boston is currently listed at +1200 (wager $100 to win $1,200) on the odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2019, tied for the fourth choice on the betting board with the San Jose Sharks. Colorado is further down the board at +3300 but may have some value if the team can go on another run.

The Bruins were tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with the Toronto Maple Leafs going into Tuesday's action with 22 points, and the Avalanche were fifth in the Central Division with 19 points.

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