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Sharp-shooting guard prepares for Bishop Gorman for another title chase
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
While several of Gorman’s leaders through the years garnered NBA buzz from the time they were in middle school, Noah Taitz ascended more slowly.
Desert Pines breaks out to clinch state tournament, regional title berths
Arbor View awaits Desert Pines in Thursday’s Mountain Region championship game
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Centennial deflected an in-bounds pass towards a couple of its own defenders for what looked like a certain second-quarter turnover until Desert Pines’ Darnell Washington somehow got his hands on the ball. Washington batted it towards teammate Milos Uzan waiting in the corner behind the 3-point line. ...

High School Basketball Picks: Regional Playoffs
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Las Vegas Sun is jumping back into its high school basketball picks competition right as the action heats up. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
I don’t think this line can be high enough. Arizona appears to be the class off the new Alliance of American Football league, while Memphis looks like the opposite. ...

Alliance of American Football makes right play by embracing sports betting
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
While the NFL is still fumbling with the best way to handle betting on its product after nearly 100 years, the Alliance league appears to have a firm grasp immediately ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
Christian Hackenberg is a punch line. The former second-round pick was a bust in the NFL, leading him to the Memphis team in the new Alliance of American Football where many expect a similar result. ...

Rare off night from Marc-Andre Fleury results in loss to Blue Jackets
Columbus’ Cam Atkinson beats Vegas’ goalie for two scores in final six minutes
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Cam Atkinson fired another puck past Fleury last than three minutes later on a power play to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 win in the Golden Knights’ first home game in more than two weeks. ...
Live blog: Golden Knights surrender late lead, fall to Blue Jackets
Cam Atkinson scores two goals in the final six minutes for visitors
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Those who subscribe to the old theory of a team not being at their best when they return home from a road trip surely weren’t surprised by the action Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans
Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
UNLV football adds more potential impact players on national signing day
Graduate-transfer receiver from South Alabama among five signees
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
Gamon Howard’s phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. While the City College of San Francisco safety was on a local recruiting trip two weekends ago, UNLV coach Tony Sanchez couldn’t help but notice how many other college coaches were reaching out to the playmaking safety. That’s typically a cue for ...
High School Basketball Picks: Week 6
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
Two games remain on each local high school basketball team’s regular-season schedule. ...

Nevada sports books net more than $10 million win on Super Bowl
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
Nevada sports books banked an eight-figure win on Super Bowl 53 but fell short of setting a record for overall betting handle on the Patriots’ 13-3 win against the Rams ...

Uneventful Super Bowl leaves bettors at a loss to local sports books once again
Casinos clean up on prop bets, under in Patriots' 13-3 win over Rams
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
The loudest the M Resort sports book got all day on Super Bowl Sunday might have been during the opening coin toss. ...

Super Bowl by the odds: Vegas pick and perspective on Patriots vs. Rams
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
If Talking Points’ Super Bowl point-spread pick were a poker hand, the blog has been playing with its cards face-up. There was no concealing which side we fell on in the column ...

Vegas Play of the Day: James Harden vs. Rob Gronkowski Super Bowl prop
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Betting the Super Bowl? It’s important to look beyond the quarterbacks
Patriots continue to command all the action on the back of Tom Brady
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
Based on recent Super Bowls, blindly backing the team with the better quarterback is a bad strategy. It’s likely contributed significantly to Nevada gamblers’ perennial problems ...

Analysis: UFC 235 headliner Jon Jones running out of worthy opponents
Light heavyweight championship is as high as a 14-to-1 favorite against Anthony Smith
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
For the last several years, the greatest threat to Jon Jones’ career was considered the fighter himself. Over the last few months, that’s flipped to others or, more accurately ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
The Bucks have the best record in the NBA, but they’ve had some setbacks against other top teams. ...

Visualize how Super Bowl 53 might play out — on the field and at the window
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
To maximize Super Bowl gambling opportunities, it helps for sports bettors to piece together exactly how they see the action playing out. Here’s one view of how this year’s game will play out ...
Ranking the 10 most important players on the Golden Knights' roster
Vegas Golden Podcast debates who's most important over the rest of the season
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019
On the third episode of Vegas Golden Podcast, Justin Emerson and Case Keefer each present their top 10 list of most-important Golden Knights’ players for the second half of the season. There’s a lot of overlap in terms of which players they choose, but none in terms of their positioning. Not even at the top, where ...
High School Basketball Picks: Week 5
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
The high school basketball regular season is winding down, meaning every remaining game takes on extra significance with teams jockeying for playoff positioning. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Full list of Super Bowl 53 props from Superbook, William Hill
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
Journeying to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook to unload a bankroll on Super Bowl propositional wagers is an annual rite of passage for local sports bettors. A congregation consisting mostly of the world’s top football gamblers was the first to take part in the ritual ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona State at UCLA
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Home sweet Henderson: Raiders include fans, alumni in their plans for new practice facility
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
NFL teams are notoriously secretive, and the Raiders haven’t typically done much to refute the reputation. That could be changing when the team moves to Las Vegas, starting with the 2020 season. The Raiders recently broke ground on their 323,000-square-foot Henderson headquarters and practice facility off St. Rose Parkway on Executive Airport Drive, and some of the construction plans were made with fans in mind.

Analysis: Predators add to Golden Knights' struggles against top teams
Vegas will need to improve against contenders after All-Star break
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
Advanced metrics and betting odds agree on the Stanley Cup picture as the NHL heads into its All-Star break: There are nine primary contenders. The good news is ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Patriots settle as small Super Bowl favorite over Rams in sports books
New England dominates early action to separate from Los Angeles by the odds
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
The Super Bowl matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots looks so competitive that local oddsmakers couldn’t agree on which team should ...
NFL Playoffs by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of conference championships
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
Regardless of what happens in Sunday’s conference championship games, this year’s Super Bowl is set up to be one of the most evenly matched of all-time. ...

Vegas Golden Podcast: Talking Schmidt, Pirri and Pacific Division rivals
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
The Las Vegas Sun’s newest podcast covers everything regarding the city’s most popular team — the Vegas Golden Knights. The first episode is now available with a preview ...

High School Basketball Picks: Week 4
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
It’s Big City Showdown week. ...

Construction begins on Raiders' headquarters in Henderson
City officials say Raiders' facility, set to open next spring, will transform area
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
They’ll be known as the Las Vegas Raiders on the field but based on the incoming NFL team’s latest local event, the Henderson Raiders in spirit. The Raiders officially planted roots Monday afternoon in a ceremonial groundbreaking of their new headquarters ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Analysis: Golden Knights’ streaks end but not before transforming season
Vegas' fortunes looking up despite Martin Jones-led defeat to San Jose
Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
The Golden Knights sat or stood frozen along their bench in the seconds after their 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena, as if they didn’t know how to respond. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
The Celtics have looked like the NBA Finals contender everyone expected at the beginning of the year over the last week, blowing out four straight opponents. ....
NFL Playoffs by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of the divisional round
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
In the category of inflicting the worst NFL beat of the season, Todd Gurley now has company. ...

College football by the odds: No end in sight to Clemson, Alabama reigns
Pinpointing two teams with potential value in the 2019-2020 futures market
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
Fatigue has set in for college football fans as it pertains to Clemson and Alabama with the two programs having claimed four straight College Football Playoff national championships ...

High School Basketball Picks: Week 3
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Winter break is over, which means it's time to get into back into basketball season. ...

National championship by the odds: Vegas preview of Alabama vs. Clemson
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
The favorite has never covered in the College Football Playoff national championship game. ...

Futures Rewind: Looking back on NFL win totals and making a Super Bowl pick
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Talking Points’ initial Futures Rewind column, which graded preseason college football win total bets, revealed somewhat of a mixed bag. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Vegas pick'em: NFL wild-card weekend winners against the spread
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Six years have passed since a team that played on wild-card weekend won — or even advanced to — the Super Bowl. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Vancouver Canucks at Ottawa Senators
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Bowl Pick'em Against The Spread: Part 4
Monday, Dec. 31, 2018
The most scrutinized point spread of the year has made its way to betting boards. ...

Week 17 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
A win-and-in, glorified playoff game has consistently ended the NFL regular season in recent years, with NBC flexing a high-stakes divisional showdown into its final Sunday Night Football slot. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 17 winners against the spread
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Everyone’s heard the warnings. Don’t bet Week 17, they say. The games are too unpredictable, the personnel too fluid and the desire too undetermined. It's all rubbish ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Belk Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. I’ve loved Virginia all season, and felt it was undervalued. I’ve loathed South Carolina all season, and felt it was overvalued. ...

Bowl Pick'em Against The Spread: College Football Playoff Edition
Friday, Dec. 28, 2018
Army exploded for 70 points in a Lockheed Armed Forces Bowl victory over Houston. TCU and California labored to combine for 17 points in an all-time lethargic Cheez-It Bowl. ...

What's in store for 2019 in Las Vegas' world of sports
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018
The past 12 months will forever be remembered fondly in local sports circles, as they brought a Stanley Cup Final appearance, the debut of two new professional teams and a handful of big fights. What’s in store for Las Vegas’ sports franchises in 2019? Here are ...

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