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Wednesday’s Lead: England-Croatia Mega Preview, Ronaldo’s Transfer, LeBron’s Lakers Odds, More

Jul 11, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

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SOCCER: Ronaldo And The World Cup

If there’s one thing Ronaldo hates, it’s not being in the spotlight, which makes the timing of his €100m ($117 million) transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus anything but surprising. Also not surprising: Ronaldo’s decision caused odds for the Champions League, Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga to shift like the stock market after an Elon Musk tweet

Oh, Yeah. The World Cup.
The betting market suggests Wednesday’s England-Croatia match (2 p.m. ET) will be low-scoring. And like Intern Steve taking his mid-afternoon bathroom break, will probably need extra time

Does Croatia Have Much Left?
After back-to-back 120-minute matches, do the Croatian Jell-O legs stand a chance? Our experts make their picks


NBA: Will LeBron Win A Title In LA?

Man, that’s a loaded question. Westgate puts James’ chances of bringing a title to LA by 2022 at +200, which seems aggressive considering the presence of that team in Northern California. The Lakers’ season win total this season (52.5 games) seems like a safer bet. They’re going to win exactly 48 games. You heard it here first. Matt Moore breaks down the new-look Lakers, and the intriguing props inflated by LeBron’s new LA fan base …

Houston Favored To Land Melo
Don’t get too excited, Rockets fans. An over-the-hill small forward with a bloated ego might want to suit up for you next season. The betting market for Carmelo Anthony’s services is taking shape, with Houston and this Eastern Conference team in the early lead


ACTION ITEMS

Gambling Olympics: FantasyLabs co-founder Jonathan Bales won the inaugural Gambling Olympics and a cool $10,000. But he did lose a little of his winnings on some crazy side action 

Quarter For Your Thoughts: All the biggest names on the men’s side are alive and well at Wimbledon, but half of them are going home today. Here’s where the betting value lies in Wednesday’s quarterfinal matches, according to Scotti on the Rocks …

Tale of the Scotch Tape: The Scottish Open takes precedence over the John Deere Classic this week, but Jason Sobel has picks for both. Joshua Perry is targeting the mid-tier at the Deere …

France: In case you missed yesterday’s match, France shut down Belgium 1-0 to advance to the World Cup final 

Double Moose: The Indians entered the ninth inning with a 4-0 lead against the Reds. The game didn’t end that way 

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