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Todd Dewey

Defense will determine whether UNLV goes over win total

With UNLV set to hand the reins this season to highly touted redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers, its win total is 5 at the Golden Nugget and CG Technology, which opened it at 5½ before it was quickly bet down.

Bulls biggest losers, Timberwolves surprise winners in NBA draft

After Minnesota’s steal of Chicago All-Star guard Jimmy Butler on Thursday, the Westgate sports book moved the Timberwolves’ odds to win the 2018 NBA title from 100-1 to 60-1 while bumping the Bulls from 100-1 to 200-1.

Bad beat with Cavaliers conjures up memories of Cryin’ Kenny

Cleveland, getting two to four points Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, led by six with 3:09 left before Golden State ended the game on an 11-0 run to not only win 118-113 but also cover and send the number over the total of 227.

LeBron James-led Cavaliers are definition of a live ’dog

After blowing a 3-1 lead last year and adding a former MVP, the pressure is squarely on the Warriors. As an underdog after finally bringing a banner home to Cleveland, LeBron James is playing with house money.

Waning interest in horse racing seen at betting window

Nevada’s sports betting handle has increased from $2.6 billion in 2007 to $4.5 billion in 2016, while the state’s horse racing handle has dropped from $596.5 million in 2007 to $310.3 million in 2016.

Bettors back Raiders in big way to win Super Bowl LII

More tickets have been wagered on Las Vegas’ future NFL franchise to win Super Bowl LII than on any other team at the South Point sports book, which has the Raiders at 15-1 odds to win their fourth Lombardi Trophy next season.

Cavaliers struggling, but still should advance to NBA Finals

The Westgate sports book has a prop pitting the Warriors (minus-200) versus the field (plus-175), and manager Jeff Sherman expects Golden State to cash as the heaviest favorite he can recall since the late 1990s Bulls title teams led by Michael Jordan.

Charley Hoffman goes from 125-1 odds to 13-2 at Masters

Charley Hoffman — one of only two players to break 70, along with William McGirt (69) — closed at 125-1 odds to win the Masters after opening at 150-1 odds in August.