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Week 17 NBA Trends: Pure Magic as Hornets Stung

Nikola VucevicIt’s NBA All-Star Weekend time, which means we are already around 70 percent done with the 2018-19 regular season. Teams have made their final trades of the season, yet some squads still have some shopping to do on the buyout market.

A lot of teams have solidified their identities this season. Others are more fickle and have had recent hot or more …

NBA Risers & Fallers for Week 16: Bucks The Trend

Eric BledsoeThe NBA trade deadline on Thursday had a tremendous impact on the league. It affected teams who made moves as well as others who may have attempted moves, but failed.

However, we are also coming to the end of another regular week of play in the NBA. Most teams played two, three or more …

NBA Latest Trends: Risers and Fallers for Week 15

Collin SextonThe trade deadline isn’t for another six days, but the past few days have been packed with updates on two very important situations.

First, Anthony Davis made a formal trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans. Second, the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster move that looks to more …

NBA Latest News & Form: Risers & Fallers for Week 14

D'Angelo RussellThere wasn’t too much movement in the standings this week in the NBA. For the most part, the good teams are continuing to prove their mettle and the bad teams are doing just the opposite.

Even still, some teams still stood out for their good and bad play since last Saturday. We have been closely paying attention to more …

NBA Week 13 Risers & Fallers Latest News: Jazz In Tune, Clippers Blunt

Ben SimmonsThe 13th week of this NBA season was mostly about very good teams flexing their muscles. Squads like the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz had great weeks.

Of course, many of their victims were the league’s lottery teams. So what we’re seeing right now is a more …

NBA Week 12 Risers & Fallers: Portland Hot, Detroit Not

Jusuf NurkicThe halfway point of the NBA season passed for most teams this week. The race for playoff seeding has started, as has the race for the bottom of the standings as teams look toward the elite prospects in this summer’s draft class.

If you are paying attention to the landscape of the league, especially for betting purposes, it’s important to more …

NBA Week 11 Risers & Fallers: Milwaukee Buck Up Ideas, Raptors’ Injury Bug

Khris MiddletonThe NBA standings are still tough to figure out, but some clear tiers are starting to form.

The East’s top five teams stand head and shoulders above everyone else in the conference. The next five are in a similar place and then the bottom five teams are all bad. In the West, the top three are close, the next five are tightly packed, the following six are more …

NBA Latest News: Risers and Fallers in Week 10

Jimmy ButlerMany people see Christmas as the real beginning of the NBA season. From that point, playoff races really start to heat up and we see the real identity of the league’s players and teams.

However, we have been tracking all 30 teams in the NBA ever since mid-October. All of the squads have gone through more …

NBA Form Guide & Latest News: The Ups and Downs at Week 9 of the Season

Devin BookerWeek 9 of the NBA season brought some regression to the mean in many ways. Several of the Western Conference’s early-season hot starts from supposed lottery teams have officially ended, with teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings falling in the playoff standings.

In the East, the Miami Heat and more …

NBA Week 8 News Update: Who’s On The Up & Trending Down?

Rudy GayIt’s the middle of December, but the 2018-19 NBA standings are still super unclear. Seeds two through five in the Eastern Conference are just one game apart, and the bottom four are just two games apart from each other.

The Western Conference is where chaos truly resides. Only 5.5 games separate seeds 1 through 14. All 14 of those more …

NBA Week 7 Form Guide: Which Teams Are Trending Up & Down?

Gordon HaywardWe are approaching the one-third point of this NBA season. A great sign for the league’s competitive balance is that 24 of the 30 teams are within two games of a playoff spot. That hasn’t been the case at all at this point in past seasons.

However, with so many teams performing close to an average level, there are a lot of squads checking the more …

NBA News: Risers & Fallers for Week 6 of the 2018-19 Season

Juancho HernangomezWe are close to the one-quarter mark of the NBA season. Many early-season trends have normalized by now, but there are still plenty of surprises every week on the individual and team level.

Let’s discuss some of the teams that have both boosted and dropped their stock in the past week. more …

NBA Risers & Fallers Reviewed: Week 5 Sees Chaos & Inconsistency

LeBron JamesThe 2018-19 NBA season continues to be one of the most unexpected campaigns in recent history.

The prohibitive favorites in their conferences (the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics) haven’t found a groove. Teams with mediocre expectations (LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and more …

NBA Movers News: Risers & Fallers for Week 4 of the 2018-19 Season

Montrezl HarrellHow has your favorite NBA team fared in the first four weeks of the season? Chances are, their performance has already seen many ups and downs. Pretty much the entire league has been quite inconsistent with its performance.

We have been tracking the league’s trends over the past week, so let’s discuss some of those teams that more …

NBA Week 3 Risers & Fallers: Cavs Calamity as Raptors, OKC & Nets On The Up

Kyle Lowry: NBA Week 3 Risers & FallersThe NBA’s first few weeks have been marked by lots of three-pointers, very fast-paced games and offenses generally having their way with defenses. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences.

One clearly positive thing from the early season is the competitive balance in the league. Seventeen of the 30 teams have a more …

NBA Review: Risers & Fallers for Week 2 of the 2018-19 Season

Marc GasolWith just over two weeks of NBA play over in the 2018-19 season, we are still at a point where teams are finding their identities. Even so, we can start to see where squads are trending.

Most teams have performed somewhat within the realm of reasonable expectations for them. A few teams in more …

NBA Form Review: Risers and Fallers for Week 1 of the 2018-19 Season

Anthony Davis: NBA Week 1 Risers & FallersWe are just over a week into the 2018-19 NBA season. So far this season, there have been lots of surprise players and teams. In some cases, they have been pleasant surprises. In other cases, they have been disappointments.

Even though sample sizes for most teams are small, it is not too early to check in with the state of the more …

Baffert’s Game Winner Scores in Del Mar Futurity

Mario GutierrezFollowing Bob Baffert trainees in Grade 1 contests for juveniles is generally a good policy but in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Stakes on September 4 most bettors picked the wrong one.

It was Baffert’s second string, the appropriately named Game Winner, the 8/5 second favorite, who gave his more …

Carrick Surprises at 38/1 in Secretariat Stakes

John VelazquezThe crowd cheered when Chad Brown’s 4/5 favorite Analyze It took the lead in the stretch in the Secretariat Stakes but the 38/1 shot Carrick managed to get his head in front in the final 100 yards and win by a neck at Arlington Park on August 11.

Trained by the UK-born Tom Morley for Donegal Racing, Carrick had been pushed along by John Velazquez for more …

Lady Aurelia Retires From Racetrack: Review Of Her Career

Wesley WardGlobetrotting sprint star Lady Aurelia is set for a new career as a broodmare. Trained by Wesley Ward, the four-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy dazzled at the highest level as far afield as the UK and France.

Ward knew from day one that Lady Aurelia was something special, her work at home was spectacular. She was more …

Justify Out Of Big-Race Targets: Will Triple Crown Winner Race Again?

Bob BaffertHall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has announced that his Triple Crown winner Justify has been ruled out of his August big-race targets, the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. A leg problem that is ‘under evaluation’ is the cause of the break in his schedule.

Justify broke every rule in more …

Catholic Boy Triumphs in Belmont Derby Thriller

Javier CastellanoNot many pace-setting horses battle back after being headed in the stretch but the 5/1 shot Catholic Boy dug deep to deny Chad Brown’s 2/1 favorite Analyze It on the wire in the 2018 $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1T) on July 7.

Owned by Robert LaPenta, Sol Kumin (Madaket Stables), Twin Creeks Racing and Siena Farm, Catholic Boy seems to more …

Belmont Stakes: Justify Cruises to Triple Crown Glory

Mike SmithBettors who believed Justify was set to continue his unbeaten record and sent him off as the 4/5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 9 were not only correct but they did not have a moment of anxiety.

Justify set the pace and kept on convincingly all the way to the wire under Mike Smith to become the 13th Triple Crown winner after more …

Belmont Stakes: Vibes Good But Can Justify Take Triple Crown?

Justify: Can He Win Triple Crown?Bettors seem to think so. Justify is the hot odds-on favorite to take the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9 and complete his claim for Triple Crown glory. He may well succeed but this stunning, unbeaten chestnut colt is not ideally bred to benefit from an additional two furlongs.

Trained by Bob Baffert, his sire Scat Daddy was more …

Kentucky Oaks Review 2018: Monomoy Girl Fights Back

Brad Cox: Kentucky Oaks ReviewNot many fillies will fight back after being headed but Monomoy Girl, the 13/5 second favorite, showed talent and tenacity to win the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4.

She was challenged and briefly headed in the stretch by Wonder Gadot (17/1) but responded to the more …

Kentucky Derby News: Pletcher Quartet, Justify & Mendelssohn On Song

Todd PletcherTodd Pletcher’s quartet of Kentucky Derby runners have arrived safely at Churchill Downs and have a big chance of providing him with his third winner. His Florida Derby victor Audible is the most popular with bettors and the second favorite in the Kentucky Derby betting.

Unlike some of his rivals this son of more …

Risen Star Stakes: Bravazo Shocks at 21/1

D Wayne LukasBravazo (21/1) showed he had guts as well as talent by getting his nose in front on the wire after a hard-fought battle in the stretch at Fair Grounds in the Grade 2 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes 2018 on February 17.

Trained by D Wayne Lukas, a photo was needed to confirm that Bravazo had beaten Steve Asmussen’s more …

Pegasus World Cup 2018 Review: Gun Runner Slays Pegasus Pack

Steve AsmussenGun Runner demonstrated his superiority over his rivals in the 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational by blasting clear of them on January 27 at Gulfstream Park. It was an emphatic end to his exploits on the racetrack prior to his new career at stud.

Trained by Steve Asmussen and partnered by Florent Geroux, the five-year-old star son of Candy Ride had been more …

Pegasus World Cup: Will Dettori Be Toast Of Gulfstream?

Frankie Dettori: Rides in Pegasus World Cup 2018The UK trainee, Toast Of New York, has made himself comfortable at Gulfstream Park and is in with a live chance of scoring in the planet’s richest horse race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday (January 27).

Previously owned by Michael Buckley who is better known in the UK for his interest in jumps horses, Toast Of more …