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NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of Sunday's games
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Caesars Palace felt like it was shaking, probably because the noise was so disorienting in the way it traveled from so many different directions. ...
NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of Saturday's games
Saturday, March 17, 2018
As the only double-digit seeds to pull outright upsets on the initial full day of the NCAA Tournament, Buffalo and Loyola-Chicago could become the always-celebrated Sweet 16 party crashers with another victory today. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston vs. Michigan
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Because Michigan has won 10 in a row and covered in all but one of those games, bettors are showing a fear of going against the Wolverines. ...
For or against? Your path to March Madness profit begins here
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Last season, North Carolina and Gonzaga reached the national championship, but neither had a winning record against the spread in the five tournament games it took to get there.
NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of the South Region
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The doomsayers are already out in full force.
If it wasn’t enough that NCAA Tournament overall No. 1 seed Virginia fostered natural distrust from its recent struggles in March, it took another hit on Selection Sunday. ...
NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of the Midwest Region
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Bettors and bracket-poolers have boiled the Midwest Region down to a multiple-choice question.
“Which team will win the Midwest,” might as well be presented in SAT-format. ...
NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of the West Region
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
For this year’s tournament only, picking the Final Four representative out of the West Region should be worth double points in bracket pools.
That’s how difficult betting odds imply it is to pinpoint the team bound to survive the West. ...
NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of the East Region
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
No matter how often it’s stressed to evaluate teams on the largest sample possible, recency bias continues to get the best of bettors.
Bettors are notorious for basing their opinions too significantly on what they’ve seen last, which can go a long way in explaining the perception of the East Region heading into this year’s NCAA Tournament. ...
Virginia, Villanova are a strong pair of favorites in NCAA Tournament
No great teams this year? Las Vegas indicates otherwise
Monday, March 12, 2018
The award for Selection Sunday’s most appropriately dressed goes to Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller, who tweeted a picture of himself in a green ...
NCAA Tournament by the odds: Las Vegas’ opening betting lines
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Betting action on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament used to not pick up until Wednesday, the day before the round of 64 marathon begins. ...
For Vegas sports books, March Madness is ‘the most fun time of the year’
Sunday, March 11, 2018
It’s an event that’s constantly increasing locally, with a crowd as enveloping as ever expected again this year when the tournament gets underway in earnest with a full day of games Thursday. Last year, bettors wagered a record $439.5 million on basketball statewide in the month of March, with sports books posting …
Vegas Play of the Day: New Mexico vs. San Diego State
Saturday, March 10, 2018
All it’s taken is a recent winning streak to get bettors back playing on San Diego State like it’s the same team that won the league in five of six seasons before last year. ...
Rebels’ disappointing end to the season adds pressure for next year
UNLV can’t maintain lead in tournament quarterfinals, falls to UNR in second half
Thursday, March 8, 2018
The Rebels may want to consider channeling their nickname and officially submit to their northern neighbors.
UNR’s dominance of UNLV in the schools’ most prominent athletic teams has never felt more pronounced than in the last eight days. ...
Renegade spirit: NFL great Terrell Owens talks about the Hall of Fame and his Las Vegas show
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Terrell Owens is coming off of his most eventful month since his playing career ended eight years ago. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the induction of the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver (he ranks behind only Jerry Rice in yardage), after snubbing Owens in his first two years of eligibility. And that was only the start.
Vegas Play of the Day: Wake Forest vs. Syracuse
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
One team has particularly helped with my resurgence in the Play of the Day standings — Syracuse. ...
UFC 222 blog: Big things await Cris Cyborg, Brian Ortega after knockout wins
Sean O'Malley, Ketlen Vieira stay perfect on pay-per-view card
Saturday, March 3, 2018
The UFC came out of Saturday night’s pay-per-view card at T-Mobile Arena with a pair of 145-pound title fights to make immediately.
A superfight between women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes seems like a lock to come together. ....
UFC 222 breakdown, betting odds and picks
Saturday, March 3, 2018
The odds were stacked against UFC 222 from the beginning, and now the top of betting boards across the valley reflect as much. ...
Local Mike Pyle bids farewell to fighting career at UFC 222
UFC veteran among the most respected fighters in Las Vegas’ mixed martial arts community
Friday, March 2, 2018
Coming off two consecutive knockout losses for the first time in his career, Mike Pyle knew he had a decision to make. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Stanford at Arizona
Thursday, March 1, 2018
To get the obvious out of the way, things aren’t great at Arizona right now. ...
Doubling down: Las Vegas begins its first year as a two-weekend NASCAR town
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Every year during NASCAR race weekend, Las Vegas Motor Speedway President Chris Powell carves out some time in his schedule to mingle with attending fans. Every year, those fans ...
Analysis: So much for the Rebels rising when it matters
UNR blows out UNLV in disappointing home finale
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
In the middle of the late February fall from grace that has now officially sunk UNLV’s season, coach Marvin Menzies guaranteed he’d have his team playing their best in time for the postseason ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Syracuse at Boston College
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Take away the reputations of these two schools, and their seasons grade out incredibly similar. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas State at Oklahoma
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
With six consecutive losses both straight-up and against the spread, most bettors have moved on from Oklahoma for good. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Coming out of the All-Star break, there’s no team in the league that bettors are more excited about than the Cavaliers. ...
Las Vegas' Devin Short is living his dream on rugby pitch
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Devin Short was one of 90 athletes in four sports invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last July—and ultimately he became the lone male rugby player selected to train with the national team.
New-look Bishop Gorman seeks seventh straight title ‘to keep the legacy going’
How this year’s Gaels are different from past versions during dynastical run
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Shabazz Muhammad. Stephen Zimmerman. Zach Collins. Those are just a few of the legendary names — the NBA Draft contingent — that have contributed to the Bishop Gorman basketball team’s current streak of six straight state championships. ...
High School Basketball Picks: State Tournament
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
The four local boys high school basketball teams still in action head to Reno this week with a clear mission. ...
Bishop Gorman rises to the occasion, eliminates Clark to reach state
Noah Taitz shoots Gaels to their 10th straight regional title
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
They say shooting is the first thing to go when a team is shaken.
Bishop Gorman must not have been the least bit shaken despite a near-capacity crowd and overwhelming hype Saturday night at Legacy High for the Sunset Regional championship game against Clark. ...
Winner takes all in next matchup between basketball rivals Bishop Gorman, Clark
Clark pulls out tough win over Faith Lutheran in Sunset semis; Gorman blows out Desert Oasis
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
One half of the most anticipated high school basketball game of the year locked in without incident in the Sunset Region semifinals Thursday night at Legacy High. ...
Golden Knights get back to what they do best in win over Blackhawks
Vegas soars in third period to beat Chicago for the third time this year
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Golden Knights’ fans rose from their seats as Alex Tuch cut behind the net for a potential wraparound goal near the end of the second period against the Blackhawks Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. ...
Golden Knights continue to control home ice with win over Blackhawks
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Make it another milestone for the Vegas Golden Knights. The best expansion franchise in NHL history became the first Pacific Division team this season to reach 20 home victories with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. ...
High School Basketball Picks: Regional Playoffs
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
It’s the two weeks we’ve all been waiting for, the two weeks that will determine the local high school basketball season. ...
UFC 221 breakdown, betting odds and picks
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
The UFC stages a pay-per-view nearly 10,000 miles away from its local home base tonight in Perth, Australia. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
It’s fairly obvious which NHL team has proven the most profitable bet in the league this season — the Golden Knights, of course. But the Avalanche are a close second. ...
Five thoughts: The Killers at MGM Grand Garden Arena (February 3)
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
It felt like the type of Vegas night the hometown band was made to soundtrack.
Bettors gamble record amount on Super Bowl, cut down on sports books' hold
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
In addition to setting a handful of all-time highs on the field, the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night brought record ...
High School Basketball Picks: Entry 6
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Some high school basketball teams’ seasons will end this week. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Philadelphia has been a different team when Joel Embiid is on the floor this season. ...
Super Bowl by the odds: Vegas pick and preview of Eagles vs. Patriots
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
For indecisive sports bettors, the last 13 days have been a super bowl of second-guessing. There’s the risk of information overload, with so many sources analyzing the Super Bowl from so many different angles that it’s only natural to get turned around ...
Prop culture: Take our cheat sheet with you to the sports book before betting on the Super Bowl
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
With hundreds of options available at local sports books, the volume of Super Bowl props can paralyze gamblers looking for action on the big game. That’s why a cheat sheet can be useful ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Here are eight prop bets to consider ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Texas at Texas Tech
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Two weeks ago, Texas used its best offensive performance of the season to sink Texas Tech. ...
Super Bowl betting report: 10 observations from the sports books
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
South Point hasn’t finished populating its Super Bowl 52 prop board yet and has enforced a strict $1,000 limit so far. The property is still approaching a half-million dollars in handle on the props alone, and that’s with five days that traditionally account for ...
High School Basketball Picks: Entry 5
Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
For the first time this season, last week’s high school basketball slate undoubtedly got the best of both Ray Brewer and Case Keefer. ...
Six factors to consider before betting Super Bowl 52
Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
We put offense, defense, special teams, coaching, intangibles and the teams' betting trends under the microscope to predict the winner of the NFL's biggest game ...
Why the NBA’s legalized sports betting proposal is preposterous
An “integrity fee” would change the face of sports betting — and not for the better
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Much like the public reaction to its superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant when they joined super teams, the NBA itself has gone from hero to villain in Las Vegas circles over the past week. ...
Full list of Super Bowl 52 prop bets from Westgate Superbook, William Hill
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
The Super Bowl props are here. ...
Vince McMahon announces plans to relaunch XFL in 2020
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Dust off those old Las Vegas Outlaws jerseys. The XFL is back. WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon announced today in New York that he was reintroducing the football league he originally founded in 2001. The XFL will return in 2020. “The XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine America’s favorite sport,” McMahon said in a news release. “As we move towards kickoff, we look forward to listening and implementing innovative ideas from ...
Snap judgment: First impressions of the Super Bowl 52 betting line
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Bettors who zinged punchlines at Nick Foles at the end of the regular season must have felt a lot like Bill Belichick after he bear-hugged Matt Patricia on Sunday evening. ...
High School Basketball Picks: Entry 4
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Three weeks remain in the high school basketball regular season with much of the playoff picture still to be decided. ...
Underdogs again: Eagles get 6 points against Patriots on Super Bowl spread
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
The Philadelphia Eagles and their fans can sport the dog masks for two more weeks. ...

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