NFL Playoff picture gets more muddled

Same old Lions. Same old Ravens.

It’s been an unpredictable NFL season as many teams have been through wild ups and downs, but some things seem to remain constant. The Detroit Lions find ways to lose, and the Baltimore Ravens find ways to win. Last night’s Ravens victory over the Lions included a 61-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. We also saw Magatron drop several key passes. So the Lions seemed poised to make the post-season and earlier this season the Ravens were toast, but now things are changing. There’s a ton of football left to be played before fans and sharps try to place a winning bet on Super Bowl 2014, and there will be chaos with the NFL playoff picture with two games left.

This NFL weekend started out on Thursday night with the Denver Broncos getting shocked by San Diego. All of a sudden, the New England Patriots, who got a miracle win the previous week courtesy of the Cleveland Browns and the officials, were now in the driver’s seat. But then reality kicked in as the Gronk-less Patriots couldn’t beat the Dolphins. Yes, that’s the same Dolphins team that everyone thought was dead with the hzing fiasco.

Meanwhile, the Bengals now had a great opportunity to solidify their playoff position and possibly get the second seed, but they were literally beaten up by the Pitsburgh Steelers, another team we all left for dead. The AFC playoff picture is a muddled mess at this point, with a bunch of mediocre teams fight for a spot. Meanwhile, the question remains as to whether Broncos peaked too soon. The Chiefs are upping their game, so they still might have a say in things. Also, all the Joe Flacco bashers might have to watch him in the playoffs again.

On the NFC side, Seattle is king, and the Saints are suddenly struggling. Pathetic teams like the Cowboys still have a chance, and Green Bay might sneak in just in time for a healthy Aaron Rodgers to make another run.

This is just how the NFL likes it, though at some point the unredictable nature of the game and the subpar quality of play might start having an effect on fans. Some love it, others see a sub-par product. But betters will always love it.

  

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Heat versus Spurs in NBA Finals

While the San Antonio Spurs cruised through the Western Conference Finals against Memphis, the Miami Heat had everything they could handle against the size and youth of the Indiana Pacers. Naturally, throughout that seven-game marathon, the storyline seemed to change over and over again. We had the inevitable drama as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh took some heat for their play, but as usual (since their choke job two years ago against Dallas), the Heat delivered in crunch time. So now we have a pretty evenly matched NBA Finals, and serious betters will be doing a ton of research and then checking out online gambling site reviews to make their picks and get the latest and best odds, though in the end this one really comes down to your gut.

We have one dynasty led by Tim Duncan, and one potential dynasty led by Lebron James. With Duncan, he’s basically ceded the leadership of the team to Tony Parker, and their “Big Three” with Manu Ginobili have more to do with legacy. The Spurs are a deep team, with these veterans supported by some excellent young talent. The professionalism and experience of the Spurs sets them apart from some of the other teams the Heat have played, so many think they have a shot here.

In Miami, Lebron was ridiculed for being “Robin” to Wade’s “Batman” several years ago, and while we can all mock him for pairing up with superstars to win, there’s no doubt today that he has emerged as the leader of this team, as he matured quite a bit after the humiliation of the Dallas series. Meanwhile, the inconsistency of Wade and Bosh has to worry Heat fans, though like I said earlier, they always seem to rise up. Lebron also has revenge on his mind, so the motivation is definitely there against the Spurs.

So sit back and enjoy what should be a great series.

  

Sports Betting Secrets Everyone Should Know

In 2012, more than half of the adult population wagered on the Super Bowl. From sports books to casual office pools, fans bet an estimated $10 billion on this single game. Rapper Birdman placed $5 million on a Patriot win and lost it all. Losses are inevitable in sports betting, but a few tips can make sure you win more often.

Sports analysts spend a lot of time studying the statistics and numbers throughout the season so that they can accurately predict the outcome of future games. The industry’s top experts rarely meet an accuracy rate of more than 50%. Even computer betting systems fall short of perfection. AccuScore, for instance, is the system that powers many prediction forecasts including ESPN, CBS Sports, and Yahoo Sports and it is one of the most accurate with a success rate of about 55%. Expert picks are great guidelines but you shouldn’t rely completely on an educated guess when you make your wagers.

#1: The Underdog May Come Out on Top

Analysts and handicappers examine player abilities, recent game trends, and similar facts to decide which team has the best odds of winning. Other factors, such as the team’s drive or new play developments, affects the outcome of the game as well. It’s not very likely that the lowest ranked team will beat the team in the number one spot, but with a good point spread, underdog bets have great potential.

#2: Parlay Cards Aren’t the Answer

A reputable Sports Book allows players to wager on sporting events, political campaigns, awards shows, and more. There are also a variety of betting options available for each event. Parlay cards are popular with many sports games because of their attractive payouts. With a parlay card, a better can wager on multiple games with a single bet. If all the selections win, the payout is rather impressive. If just one team loses their game, however, the player wins nothing.

#3: Several Bets Are Better than One

It is tempting to put your entire bankroll on a ‘sure thing’, but there are no definite wins in sports betting. The best way to make sure you walk away with a profit is to place several small bets and not one large one. Payouts on smaller bets are less, but the odds of winning continue to improve with each wager.

Whether you’re new to sports betting or a seasoned sports book player, wagering on your favorite events and matches is fun and exciting. If you pay attention to the secrets above, it can also be profitable.

  

How to KO the Bookmakers

Out of all of the sports that you can bet on, it would be fair to say that boxing grabs much less attention than others. This could be for a number of reasons – with the biggest probably being that fights between the elite are simply few and far between. Nevertheless, everyone knows that there is a huge amount of money involved in the sport and thus, it’s possible for you to make large sums if you can get your boxing betting offers strategy correct.

We’ll now take a look at some key tips that could help improve your profits from boxing drastically.

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How to Find the Best Sportsbook Bonuses

There are a lot of reasons why online sportsbooks have a nice edge over casinos; convenience of location (you can bet in your sweatpants from your La-Z-Boy!), time to peruse your options before deciding where to put your money down and a quieter atmosphere where you’re the only one in the queue on Sunday morning without the shouting or crowds. But perhaps the biggest draws for first-time online sports bettors are the handsome, and in some cases spectacular, bonuses deposited into accounts after initial sign-up. They’re generous and intended to both lure prospective bettors to that particular site, while also giving you, the customer, the means to make the most out of online sports betting.

However, with so many options, it can be difficult to find the best sportsbook bonus you can get and even where to start your search. You also want to be wary of bonuses that look too good to be true—in some cases, they are, and your experience can turn into a nightmare. So how do you find the best bonuses? And how can you maximize the benefit so every game turns into a payout? All it takes is a little know-how.

Do Your Homework
If school wasn’t your thing and you got by on as little homework as possible, take heart: this is the kind of at-home research and studying that literally pays off. Look for sports betting forums and online sports betting reviews to see what everyone is saying about the insane offers they’ve found. The more you learn, the better your odds are of finding the best bonus. Search for betting sites and advance the search settings to sort the results based on bonuses or click here to skip the search and start betting.

Types of Bonuses
The two most common bonuses are percentage bonuses and flat bonuses.

- Percentage bonuses match your initial deposit and range from 10-100%. For example: if you sign up for a sports betting site that offers a 50% sign-up bonus, and you play with $200 of your own money, your account will read $300—reflecting your $200 deposit plus $100 (or 50%). Of course, the best options are the sites offering a 100% match; however, keep in mind that most sites will place a ceiling (or limit) on your initial deposit amount. Some of the most competitive sites even offer “rollover” on bonuses up to five or six times.

- A flat bonus is a specific dollar amount offered upon sign-up, regardless of your initial deposit. If you’re new to sports betting, this is the better option, as you can keep your deposit low and use the bonus toward a bet. In order to stay competitive with all the other sites, flat bonuses are at least $100.
The bottom line is that sports bonuses are great for both the betting sites and you, as the competition for your business is high and you will always have options. If you find one that doesn’t look good…on to the next!

Last Thoughts
You can sign up for one sports betting site and faithfully keep to it, but consider taking advantage of as many different sign-up bonuses as possible. You’re not limited on the number of sites you sign up for, though you should be cautious and be careful that you don’t strain your finances.

Samantha Knight is a contributing writer and online sports bettor who also enjoys casino gambling in her spare time. She and her husband regularly host poker nights at their home for friends and family.

  

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