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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa SenatorsNHL Sportsbook Preview: Sharks, Senators Turn Attention To Second Round

The San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators weren’t the favorites in either of their opening round playoff series’, yet each team was the first to advance to the second round in its respective conference. Not only is that an impressive statement that should help the confidence of both teams moving forward, it also provides them with the chance to rest up in preparation for who they will meet in the next round. With the other six series’ still undetermined heading in to this weekend neither the Sharks nor the Senators will find out who they will play next at least until this weekend’s games are finished, giving both teams the chance to reset in the midst of what they are hoping will be extended playoff runs.

NBA Sports Betting Preview: Parity Rules In Second Round Of NBA Playoffs

The first round of the NBA playoffs went according to expectations for the most part, with the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies scoring the only upsets. That could change in the second round, with all four series’ tied at one with the underdogs now holding home court advantage heading in to game three. The Miami Heat are up against a tough Chicago Bulls’ team that ended their franchise-record win-streak at 27 during the regular season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are in tough against the Memphis Grizzlies without Russell Westbrook. The Golden State Warriors looked like the better team in earning a split against the San Antonio Spurs on the road through two games, while the Indiana Pacers have yet to lose at home heading in to game three against the New York Knicks.

MLB Live Betting Preview: Blue Jays, Angels Continue To Look For Answers

It may be too early to consider John Gibbons and Mike Scioscia on the hot seat, but it sure can’t be comfortable for the managers of the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels respectively. The Blue Jays have won just 13 of their first 36 games, one more than the Angels through their first 34 games, and both teams are barely treading water ahead of the Houston Astros for the worst record in the American League. The excuses are running short for both clubs, and it isn’t about to get much easier. Toronto plays the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees this week, while Los Angeles battles the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

PGA Online Sports Betting Preview: Tour Heads To Texas For Byron Nelson Championship

After watching the best in the world compete in the PLAYERS Championship this past weekend, the setting will shift to Texas for two tournaments in as many weeks. Jason Dufner will be the defending champion at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving this weekend, before heading to Fort Werth for the Crowne Plaza Invitational the following week. For all of the latest PGA Tour news and betting odds for the complete list of tournaments, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.