Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Tuesday October 21

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Over 22 (Total Game Score)

Simone Bolelli vs Rafael Nadal (3:40 AM AEDT)

Nadal has won each of the three match ups between these two but two of those matches have gone over, stretching into a 3rd set. Nadal is coming off a first round loss at the Shanghai Masters and is battling injury.  He should win but it will be a stretch.

3) David Goffin 2-1 Sets

David Goffin vs Dominic Thiem (5:10 AM AEDT)

David Goffin comes here after taking out the Metz and the Mons Challenger and is a rightful favourite here.  He has also won all three games played between these two.  Thiem is coming off two tough loses, one that went to three sets in Vienna, while he was bundled out by Novak Djokovic at Shanghai.  Recently he has taken sets of Gilles Simon and Thomas Berdych and the last meeting between these two went to a third.

3) Draw

West Brom vs Man Utd (6:00 AM AEDT)

 The Baggies have only lost one of their five home games this season in all competitions and United are without a win in their past five away league games – their worst run since 2001.  It’s been a stage of rebuilding for Manchester lately but this is one game where a slip up is definitely possible.

4) Steelers -3.5

Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers (11:30 AM AEDT)

The Steelers were blown off the park by their divisional rivals Cleveland last start and will be looking to bounce back when the Texans come to town.The Texans have been playing some good football but still have issues with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is clearly not the answer.Both teams can run the ball and the battle between Le’Veon Bell and Arian Foster could go a long way to deciding this clash.Expecting a bounce back performance from Big Ben and his Steelers. Take them at the line.

5) Chicago Bulls

Charlotte Hornets @ Chicago Bulls  (11:05 AM AEDT)

The Bulls put out a good showing when these teams faced off earlier in the week, holding a strong lead into the half.  They can back up and look a better play here with superior depth.

6) Sydney FC

Sydney FC vs Adelaide United (7:30 PM AEDT)

Adelaide United are running low on troops and will not be able to call on their young squad who have made appearances for Adelaide City earlier in the tournament.  Sydney FC should be running on a high after their win in the Derby and could welcome back Shane Smeltz for this game.

 

 

 

 

NBA Top 10: Shot Blockers

 

In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 11 days to go, we look at the Top 10 shot blockers in the League.

10.Pau Gasol
New Bulls big man Pau Gasol joins Chicago averaging 1.6 blocks per game over the course of his decorated career. He ranked 11th in the NBA in 2013-14.

9.John Henson
Second-year Milwaukee Buck John Henson emerged as one of the top shot blockers in the NBA last year, averaging 1.7 blocks per game in just 26.5 minutes.

8.Joakim Noah
Chicago Bulls centre Joakim Noah averages only 1.5 career blocks per game but the fierceness of his defence and his ability to get a key block has been central to the success of the Bulls in recent years.

7.Andrew Bogut
Oft-injured Australian big man Andrew Bogut has seen his blocks per game drop with his minutes in Golden State but his final three seasons with Milwaukee saw him average over two blocks per game while he finished sixth in blocks last year.

6.Dwight Howard
With 2.2 blocks a game over the course of his decade-long career, Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard ranks 20th on the all-time list of blocked shots. His 1.8 blocks per game last season was his lowest number since 2005-06.

NBA Rim Protector Odds

5.Roy Hibbert
At 7 foot 2 inches Hibbert is a mighty anchor in the middle of arguably the best defensive team in the NBA in the Indiana Pacers. Hibbert was one of four players to average more than two blocks a game last year and has achieved the feat for three straight seasons despite averaging less than 30 minutes per game over that time.

4.Tim Duncan
‘The Big Fundamental’ Tim Duncan sits seventh all-time in blocks, averaging 2.2 per game, and ranked fifth in 2013-14 at the age of 38. Duncan has long been the heart of the Spurs’ rabid defence.

3.DeAndre Jordan
Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan is part of a formidable one-two defensive punch with Blake Griffin. Girffin gets the headlines but Jordan is the better shot blocker, ranking third last season with 2.5 per game.

2.Serge Ibaka
Ranking eighth all-time with 2.6 blocks per game, Oklahoma City big man Serge Ibaka is a defensive force whose star sometimes goes unnoticed in a team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

1.Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis led the NBA in blocks with 2.8 per game in just his second year in the League. His average of 2.3 blocks per game has him tied for 15th all-time with Shaquille O’Neal.

 NBA Rim Protector Odds

Melbourne Cup Market

JAPANESE STAYER ADMIRE RAKTI NEW MELBOURNE CUP FAVOURITE AFTER CAULFIELD CUP WIN

Japanese horse Admire Rakti has stormed into Melbourne Cup favouritism after an outstanding performance to win today’s Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup.

Admire Rakti shortened from $9 into $5.50 at Sportingbet.com.au and tops Melbourne Cup betting ahead of Lucia Valentina ($11 -> $6.50) and Protectionist ($6 -> $6.50).

For Sportingbet’s full Melbourne Cup market visit https://www.sportingbet.com.au/horse-racing-features

2014 Melbourne Cup

Odds from Sportingbet.com.au

Admire Rakti $5 (was $9)

Lucia Valentina $6.50 (was $11)

Protectionist $6.50 (was $6)

Fawkner $15 (was $13)

Bande $15 (was $13)

Who Shot Thebarman $17 (was $13)

The Offer $19 (was $17)

Mutual Regard $19 (was $19)

Red Cadeaux $21 (was $21)

Seismos $21 (was $21)

Contributer $21 (was $51)

Willing Foe $23 (was $23)

Cavalryman $23 (was $23)

Brambles $26 (was $28)

Junoob $26 (was $28)

Noble Protector $31 (was $41)

Others $34+

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Monday October 20

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Stoke

Stoke vs Swansea (2:00 AM AEDT)

Swansea have mixed their form with a win over Man City at Etihad combined with losses at home to Villa and Leicester.  The away side have never won when these two have met in the top flight and if Stoke show up, they should be too good.

 

2) Lions -2.5

Detroit Tigers @ New Orleans Saints (4:00 AM AEDT)

The Saints travel to Detroit coming off the bye and will need to have a plan to break down the Lions defence. The Lions should welcome back running back Reggie Bush to face his old club, while Calvin Johnson could miss another week.

The Saints could be without tight end Jimmy Graham and needs to be monitored.New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has had a disappointing start to the season and a match-up against the Lions defence won’t help his cause.

Sticking with the home side in a close one against a desperate Saints outfit.

 

3) Dallas Cowboys -6.5

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys (7:25 AM AEDT)

The Giants were held scoreless by the Eagles in Sunday Night Football, while the Cowboys travelled to Seattle and upset the Seahawks and the 12th man. It’s hard to tip against the 5-1 Cowboys and the Giants will be coming to town missing two of their key attacking weapons in Rashad Jennings and Victor Cruz.

 

4) Denver Broncos -6.5

San Francisco 49ers @ Denver Broncos (11:30 AM AEDT)

The Broncos have been the benchmark in the early part of the season, while the 49ers had to overcome a 14-point deficit to get the job done over the Rams. The 49ers are too inconsistent to trust and the Broncos should have too many points in them at home.

 

5) West Lad

Geelong Race 8 (6:09 PM AEDT)

West Lad is always in contention and drops down in grade here. Much prefers the inside draw, with his weaker finishes usually coming from boxes 6,7 & 8 and hasn’t been unplaced from box 2.

 

6) Mindbender

QPR vs Liverpool (6:49 PM AEDT)

Another strong runner that does his best work when drawn on the inside.  Draws the rails here where her is already a two time winner.  A winner at this distance here earlier in the year and if it can hold out Schmoo early, it should be able to get a forward position early.

 

 

 

 

Racing Tip Sheet For Randwick

Oracle’s Tips for Randwick

Race 1 – No.11 Tempt Me Not

Race 2 – No.2 Excess Knowledge

Race 3 – No.4 Kermadec

Race 4 – No.2 Kuro

Race 5 – No.9 Deep Field

Race 6 – No.2 Disclaimer 

Race 7 – No.5 Mahara

Race 8 – No.3 Avoid Lightning

Best Bet – Kuro

Racing Tip Sheet For Caulfield

Oracle’s Tips for Caulfield Cup Day

Race 1 – No.2 Azkadellia

Race 2 – No.2 Stratum Star

Race 3 – No.3 Maastricht

Race 4 – No.13 Crafty

Race 5 – No.6 Leebaz 

Race 6 – No.3 Sweet Idea 

Race 7 – No.9 Signoff

Race 8 – No.3 Unpretentious

Race 9 – No.15 Lucia Valentina

Race 10 – No.3 Anatina

Best Bet – Maastricht

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Sunday October 19

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Jorge Lorenzo

Australian Moto GP (10:55 AM AEDT)

Jorge Lorenzo was the winner last year and was also runner up in 2012 and 2010. He obviously likes the circuit and we think he can upset Marc Marquez. Marquez has made 6 starts at the track for only one win and that was in the old 125cc category in 2010. In his only MotoGP start last year he failed to finish and fell twice in practice. Phillip Island is a tricky circuit and it would seem that he is yet to master it.

2) Melbourne City 

Melbourne City vs Newcastle Jets (3:00 PM AEDT)

The focus will once again be on Spanish star David Villa. He scored on debut against Sydney FC and will be looking for another big performance in front of his home fans this week. City were impressive against Sydney FC with Aaron Mooy and Damien Duff dominant through midfield and could be tough to contain. The Jets were disappointing against the Mariners and could be up against it when they travel to Melbourne. City should be taking maximum points.

3) Our Hand Of Faith  

Race 7 Seymour (4:00 PM AEDT)

Racing well this campaign and ran into the smart Trust In A Gust three runs back. Reaching peak fitness and is well suited here. Gets the nice draw and you always need to respect the Weir stable. Big chance.

4) The Quarterback  

Race 8 Seymour (4:37 PM AEDT)

Resumed last start with an eye-catching second to Al Aneed at Sale. He flashed home on that occasion and the step up to 1300m will suit. He’s a winner second-up and should be fighting out the finish.

5) Over 2.5 Goals 

Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar (5:00 PM AEDT)

Brisbane will be without the suspended Matt Mckay after he was sent off last week and Thomas Broich will once again have to step up for the Roar. The Glory will be high on confidence after their win away from home against the Phoenix last week. Expecting an open contest with both sides capable of finding the back of the net. 

6) Liverpool

QPR vs Liverpool (11:30 PM AEDT)

There may finally be some good news for Liverpool fans with Daniel Sturridge back in training this week and likely to feature in this one. QPR are glued to the bottom of the ladder with Harry Redknapp’s side showing few signs of improvement. If the Reds have aspirations of a Top 4 finish they need to be leaving Loftus Road with the 3 points.   

 

 

 

 

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The Sportingbet team brings you the early big bets for Caulfield this weekend.

Race 3 Caulfield$1,500 Maastricht @ $2.25

Race 4 Caulfield$2,000 EW Magicool @ $6

Race 4 Caulfield$3,000 EW Merion @ $6

Race 7 Caulfield$2,000 Contributer @ $6

Caulfield Cup - $3,000 EW Who Shot Thebarman @ $16

Caulfield Cup - $2,500 EW Lidari @ $15

Caulfield Cup - $2,000 Lucia Valentina @ $3.80

NBA Top 10: Active Playoff Streaks

 

In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 12 days to go, we look at the Top 10 active playoff streaks in the League.

9.Golden State Warriors (2 Seasons)
The emergence of Steph Curry has seen the Golden State Warriors return to the playoffs the last two seasons after missing the playoffs the previous five years and 17 of the previous 18. The Warriors have won just one series – in the opening round of 2012-13 against Denver – during their streak.

9.Houston Rockets (2 Seasons)
Kevin McHale returned the Rockets to the playoffs after a three-year absence in 2012-13 but Houston have lost in the opening round of the playoffs both seasons. The Rockets last won a playoff series in 2008-09, when they won the opening round series against Portland.

9.Brooklyn Nets (2 Seasons)
Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets have made the NBA playoffs both seasons after failing to make the post-season in their final five years in New Jersey. The Nets lost in the first round to the Bulls in 2012-13 but downed Toronto last year before losing to Miami.

8.Los Angeles Clippers (3 Seasons)
The 2013-14 season saw the Clippers make the playoffs for three straight seasons, just the second time in their long and maligned history they achieved such a feat. The Clippers have won two opening round series in seven games but have not gone beyond the conference semi-finals in their history.

6.Indiana Pacers (4 Seasons)
A typical powerhouse who missed just one playoff series between 1989 and 2006, the Pacers missed the playoffs four straight seasons but under Frank Vogel Indiana have made the playoffs all four seasons. After failing in the opening round of 2010-11, they have won a series the last three seasons, reaching the conference finals the last two. In their last three playoffs, Indiana were eliminated by the Miami Heat.

6.Memphis Grizzlies (4 Seasons)
Led by Marc Gasol and Zack Randolph, the Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the NBA’s most consistent teams of recent years, making the playoffs for four straight seasons despite never finishing top of the Southwest Division. The Grizzlies’ best ever result came in 2012-13 when they reached the conference finals before being swept by San Antonio.

NBA Title Odds

5.Oklahoma City Thunder (5 Seasons)
Kevin Durant has meant playoffs for Oklahoma City, who have made the playoffs for five straight seasons. The Thunder have made the NBA finals once and the conference finals three times but have not won a title during that run. They have had the best record in the Northwest for four straight years.

3.Chicago Bulls (6 Seasons)
The Chicago Bulls have made the playoffs for six straight seasons and nine of the last 10 years though have a poor 3-6 record in the opening round of the playoffs. Drafting Derrick Rose has made the Bulls regular playoff attendees though Rose has hardly played thanks to injury over the last two years.

3.Miami Heat (6 Seasons)
Miami have made the playoffs for six straight seasons under coach Erik Spoelstra dating back to 2008-09. After consecutive first round exits, the Heat signed LeBron James and the side made four straight NBA finals, winning two in between losses to the Mavericks and Spurs. James quit the Heat heading into the 2014-15 season.

2.Atlanta Hawks (7 Seasons)
The Atlanta Hawks have not been past the conference semi-finals in the last seven seasons but have made the playoffs in each of those years. The Hawks have three first rounds wins but have lost in the opening round of the finals in each of the last three years to Boston and Indiana twice.

1.San Antonio Spurs (17 Seasons)
Without question the most consistent franchise in the NBA, San Antonio have the playoffs an incredible 17 straight seasons, 10 more than their nearest rivals. Every full season Greg Popovich has coached, the Spurs have made the playoffs, winning an incredible five NBA titles.

 NBA Title Odds

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Saturday October 18

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Maastricht

Race 3 Caulfield (2:00 PM AEDT)

She was running on strongly over the mile in the G2 Edward Manifold and the step up to 2000m suits. Looks well suited here after tackling G2 company last start. With any luck from the gate, she’s the one to beat.

2) Kuro

Race 4 Randwick (2:55 PM AEDT)

Promising colt from the Pride stable who will be aiming for four wins on the trot. He’s trialled nicely leading into this and the winner of the trial (Greco) won earlier in the week. Sure to have plenty of supporters.

3) Sweet Idea

Race 6 Caulfield (3:45 PM AEDT)

She’s raced in Group 1 company in her last two starts and looks better suited back to mares grade. The form lines around Trust In A Gust from the Group 1 Rupert Clarke lines up well for this. If she goes to the lead, she’ll take plenty of catching. 

4) Anatina

Race 10 Caulfield (6:15 PM AEDT)

Looked the winner when resuming until Fast ‘N’ Rocking stormed up along her inside. Strips fitter for this and should get a nice run from the good draw. Huge threat in the closer on Caulfield Cup Day.

5) Draw

Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers (7:30 PM AEDT)

The Wanderers were flying high after making the ACL Final but Melbourne Victory handed them a football lesson last week, thumping them 4-1. It was a reality that the Wanderers may have needed and prompted coach Popovic to go shopping. He did just that picking up Socceroo Nikita Rukavytsya. Sydney FC will welcome back some big names to their line up, including Ali Abbas, Shane Smeltz, Bernie Ibini and Marc Janko. It’s hard to see anything but a close battle with only one of their 6 matches having 3 or more goals. Draw is the play here.

6) Manchester City

Manchester City vs Tottenham (10:45 PM AEDT)

The defending champions are starting to hit their straps and should be too strong for Spurs. They have been dominant against the North Londoners including a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane last year. The hosts to win and keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table.

 

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Tuesday October 21

The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport. 1) Over 22 (Total Game Score) Simone Bolelli vs Rafael Nadal (3:40 AM AEDT) Nadal has won each of the three …

NBA Top 10: Shot Blockers

  In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 11 days to go, we look at the Top 10 shot blockers in the League. 10.Pau …

Melbourne Cup Market

JAPANESE STAYER ADMIRE RAKTI NEW MELBOURNE CUP FAVOURITE AFTER CAULFIELD CUP WIN Japanese horse Admire Rakti has stormed into Melbourne Cup favouritism after an outstanding performance to win today’s Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup. Admire Rakti shortened from …

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Monday October 20

The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport. 1) Stoke Stoke vs Swansea (2:00 AM AEDT) Swansea have mixed their form with a win over Man City at Etihad …

Racing Tip Sheet For Randwick

Oracle’s Tips for Randwick Race 1 – No.11 Tempt Me Not Race 2 – No.2 Excess Knowledge Race 3 – No.4 Kermadec Race 4 – No.2 Kuro Race 5 – No.9 Deep Field Race 6 – No.2 Disclaimer  Race 7 – No.5 Mahara Race 8 – No.3 Avoid …

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