As the NFL celebrates its 100 anniversary, the league welcomes the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. The Chiefs, 1.5-point favorites in Super Bowl 54, won Super Bowl 4 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings as 12-point underdogs. Their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers have won five of six Super Bowl appearances but none since a 1995 victory in Super Bowl 29.
Clippers vs Warriors Closes Out NBA Christmas Day Feast
Golden State Warriors: NBA doormats no more
Largely an afterthought since they joined the crowded California roundball market as the San Francisco Warriors in 1962, Golden State is currently the top team in the NBA. Sprinting out of the starting gate with a 23-4 record, the Warriors are at least three wins ahead of every other team in the league. Led by PG Stephen Curry (23.4 PPG) and SG Klay Thompson (21.6 PPG) Golden State is the third highest scoring squad in the Association as they average 108.1 points per game. In the first of four meetings this season, the Warriors crushed the Clippers 121-104 in Oakland back on November 5, 2014.
Los Angeles Clippers: Playoff contenders in the Western Conference
Following back-to-back titles, the Clippers (19-10) are currently second and sit five games behind the Warriors in the Pacific Division race. Los Angeles is sixth overall in the competitive Western Conference where the top eight teams own a combined 160-70 record - compared to a 137-87 mark posted by the elite eight in the East. Led by PF Blake Griffin (23.1 PPG) and PG Chris Paul (18.1 PPG) the Clippers are right behind the Warriors with a 106.8 PPG average. In what is now a heated in-state rivalry, Los Angeles took out Golden State 4-3 during their high scoring first round NBA playoff battle back in May.
Warriors vs Clippers Game Day Call: NBA schedule makers saved the best for last on the 2014 Christmas Day dance card. TopBet bookmakers probably struggled some with this line as the Clippers are razor thin home chalk in this contest tonight. Both teams are coming off a road loss on Tuesday as the Warriors dropped a 115-105 decision to the Lakers at the Staples Center while the Clippers were clipped 107-104 by the Hawks in Atlanta. We are siding with the better defence here as we wager 500 units on the Golden State slim spread price posted on the TopBet online betting board.
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Over the years, the NHL All-Star Game has gone through many format changes but in the past few years, the league appears to have hit on a formula that works via its division vs division three-on-three tournament. Pitting the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific Divisions in a quick free-for-all, 20-minute mini-games has created an exciting tournament for fans and TV viewers, and a much better wagering environment for sports bettors.
It's been a half century since the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. In fact, it's been 50 years since the Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. But Kansas City is favored to get there this year. The Chiefs go into the AFC Championship Game as 7.5-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are seven-point favorites over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
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