Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cubs and Red Sox Square off on FOX Sports 1

Chicago Cubs

Lackey, Lester and Francona Return to Fenway with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox will meet on Saturday at Fenway Park in an interleague contest. The game will be broadcast by FOX Sports 1 and first pitch will be at 4:05 EST.

Pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey were in the middle of the mess  of downing fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse during games. This led to a sign that Terry Francona had lost his handle of the Red Sox. While Lester will not face the Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend, Lackey will be on the mound for the Chicago Cubs today.

Lackey will make his first regular-season start against Boston since Sept. of 2009. He is 1-3 with 4.88 ERA and has lost his last three starts. Lackey has gave up 23 hits and 13 earned runs in 24 innings. He has also walking nine and striking out 16.

Starting this game for the Red Sox will be Steven Wright. The right hander has a 8.66 ERA to go along with a 1-2 record this season.

Both right-handers have done well in interleague play. Lackey is 22-16 with a 3.24 ERA in 48 games (47 starts). Wright 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in four games (three starts) and a .207 opponents' batting average.

Oddsmakers opened the Red Sox as -101-moneyline favorites versus the Cubs, while the game's total opened at 9. The line is now Chicago as a -115 moneyline favorite and the total is at 10.5.

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Chicago at Boston Sunday, April 30

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Friday, April 28, 2017

NHL Playoffs: Pacific Division Rivals Face Off in Semifinal Round

2017 NHL Playoffs Maple Leafs

Oilers Making Noise in NHL Playoffs

After sweeping the Calgary Flames in Round One, the Anaheim Ducks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Honda Center. This is the second game of a best-of-seven series. The puck drops Friday at 10:30 PM ET on NBCSN. The Ducks benefitted from a balanced offensive attack throughout the first round. The team had eight players scoring at least one goal. Team captain Ryan Getzlaf led the way with 3 goals and 2 assists. Goaltender John Gibson was solid in Round One as well. He posted a 2.60 goals against average with a .926 save percentage. The Ducks will need a similar team performance as they face the high-octane Oilers.

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In their first playoff appearance since 2005-06, the Edmonton Oilers looked like a veteran team who had been there before. They finished only two points out of first place in the Pacific Division behind the Ducks, and continued their strong play from first puck drop of Round One. They eliminated the San Jose Sharks in six games, a team that many had repeating as the West’s representative at the Stanley Cup Final. Led by phenom Connor McDavid (2 goals, 2 assists), the Oilers will attempt to knock off another veteran squad in the Ducks.


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Bulls Look to Force Game 7 at Home Against Celtics

2017 NBA Playoffs Bulls

Bulls Have Dropped 3 in a Row

The Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls meet in Game 3 of their NBA Playoff Series on Friday when they meet at United Center. The Celtics have stormed back to win three straight games. The Celtics look to keep the momentum tonight when they battle the Bulls.

Oddsmakers opened the Celtics as 0-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game's total opened at 204.

Chicago was a 108-97 loser in its last match on the road against the Celtics in Game 5. They failed to cover the +7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 205 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago has been rudderless since losing veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. He fractured his thumb in Game 2. That was the last time the Bulls won. Rondo won't play in Game 6 either. There had been speculation that he could be back at some point soon.

Boston surged to victory Wednesday. They ended the game on a 20-4 run. The run happened even with its leading scorer, guard Isaiah Thomas, shooting 6-for-17 from the field and 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

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Boston home to Chicago Sunday, April 30

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Day 100 for Donald Trump

Trump 100 Days

Trump's First 100 Days Has Been Mixed Bag

April 29th Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office as President of the United States. Trump has been downplaying the importance of this milestone. The talking heads in the media typically use this date to evaluate how the presidency has fared thus far. Will he be more reserved than usual on Twitter? Will he unleash an epic tweetstorm? At press time, the over/under for April 29 tweets sent from @RealDonaldTrump is pegged at 6.5 tweets. The OVER is the solid favorite at –150.

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You can also bet on what Trump’s approval rating will be on April 29 – specifically, how his numbers will look on the Gallup Daily Job Approval Poll at 2 PM ET. The total is a historically low 38.5% for Day 100, although the OVER is once again favored at –200. Gallup had Trump at 40% approval Tuesday afternoon.

Odds are still available on how long Trump will last in office, but instead of betting on whether he’ll complete his first term, you now have a choice of four possible exit dates: 2017 (+350), 2018 (+400), 2019 (+450), or anytime thereafter (–120). Backlash against his incumbency has also bumped the Democratic Party up to –155 for the 2020 US presidential election.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Legalized Sports Betting in the U.S. Could Soon Be a Reality

In 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act banned sports betting everywhere in the U.S. except in the state of Nevada. This led to an increase in illegal yet lucrative sports betting operations in the United States. In fact, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA), roughly $150 billion is wagered on sports annually but only $4.5 billion of these bets were legally made in Nevada last year.

Sports betting in the United States could soon be legal In the next four months, many sports betting websites and sports betting software companies expect the Supreme Court to decide whether to hear an appeal by Governor Chris Christie and the State of New Jersey that would allow states to make their own decision on whether or not sports betting would be legal within their borders.

The AGA’s main initiative over the past two year has been to the regulation of sports betting. This week however, they took it one step further when the AGA’s board of director outlined the industry’s approach to sports betting legalization which would amongst other things:

  • Give each states the ability to decided whether to make sports betting and casino wagering legal within their borders

  • Ensure the integrity of sports wagering and sports with state licensing and regulation;

  • Make all sports betting transactions and businesses transparent to law enforcement

  • Ensure proper taxation so that state licensed and regulated sportsbooks are compete against illegal offshore operators.

What the court will do is not certain as the debate will mostly be about state vs. federal regulations. Major US pro sports leagues are either against legalizing sports betting or want it to be legalized at a federal level. This is a debate of states’ rights versus intrusive and economically harmful federal overreach. On the other hand, the regulation of gambling in the United States has always been a decision of each state.

Legal Sports Betting could be a reality in the Trump Presidency

Several experts in the sports betting industry believe that legal sports betting will come before the year 2020 or before the end of Trump’s first term in office.

With the rise of fantasy sports and the increasing number of states that are interested in legal sports betting due to the added tax, infrastructure and tourist revenues, makes it more likely that the Sports Protection Act will either be repealed.

And then we have President Trump who at one time or another owned three casino in Atlantic City and is in favor of legalizing sports betting.

"I'm OK with it because it's happening anyway," Trump told Fox Sports in November 2015. "Whether you have it or you don't have it, you have it."

For the offshore sportsbook, does this mean that this is the beginning of the end of a profitable era for them? Or will this be the beginning of a mass migration of sportsbook moving their office to the United States?

NHL Playoffs: Pens and Caps Square off in Semifinals

2017 NHL Playoffs

Defending Champs Face Tough Caps Team

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Thursday to open their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup in the NHL Playoffs. The top two teams left in the postseason are meeting in the conference semis for the second straight year. Pittsburgh defeated top-seeded Washington in six games in last year. They went on to capture the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Oddsmakers opened the Capitals as -140-moneyline favorites versus the Penguins, while the game's total opened at 5.5.

The Penguins are 8-1 in playoff series vs. the Capitals, and have won both meetings during the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin era. The Penguins finished second behind the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division this season. They went 50-21-11 with 111 points. The Pens ousted the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the first round. Washington went 55-19-8 with 118 points during the regular season. They bested the Toronto Maple Leafs in six.

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Spurs Look to Close out Grizzlies on Road in Game 6

2017 NBA Playoffs Spurs

Spurs Look to Reverse Road Team Losing Trend

The San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies will meet at FedExForum on Thursday night in Game 6 of their NBA Playoff Series. The home team is undefeated in nine overall meetings this season between these two teams.

Oddsmakers opened the Spurs as -4.5-point favorites versus the Grizzlies. The game's total opened at 190. The line now has the Spurs as 5.5-point favorites and the total has dropped to 189.5.

Memphis was a 116-103 loser in Game 5. They failed to cover the +10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 219 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Memphis point guard Mike Conley is averaging 27.3 points and 7.5 assists over the past four games.

To force a seventh game in this series, Memphis must find an answer to slowing down Kawhi Leonard. Leonard has averaged 30.5 points in the two games in Memphis. Leonard is shooting 48.8 percent from the field in Memphis. He is nearly 60 percent at home. He has missed only one of his 48 free-throw attempts.

San Antonio:
Team record: 64-23 SU,44-41-2 ATS
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Antonio's last 7 games
San Antonio is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Team record: 45-42 SU,43-44 ATS
Memphis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Memphis is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games

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Next up:
San Antonio at Memphis Thursday, April 27

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MLB Network: Houston Has No Problems Heading Into Cleveland

MLB Network Astros

Astros as Good as Billed Early On

The Houston Astros were a fashionable pick to win the AL West, and compelling +1400 third-tier contenders for the World Series. So far, so good: The Astros are off to a 13-6 start (+4.41 betting units), and they’ve lowered their World Series odds to +800 at press time. We could see a preview of the ALCS when Houston visits Cleveland for a three-game set. Game 3 is Thursday at 6:10 PM ET on the MLB Network.

Oddsmakers have the Indians as -175 moneyline favorites on MLB Network. The total is at 8.5.

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The Tribe (10-8, –4.02 units) have also seen their championship odds narrow from +900 to +650, but they’ve done all their damage against weak competition in the AL Central. That’s one reason why Cleveland leads the majors in pitching at 3.02 FIP. However, Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (4.18 FIP) has been up-and-down in his four starts thus far. He’s scheduled to take the mound for Thursday’s game opposite Charlie Morton (3.14 FIP).

Houston has one of the best pitching staffs in the big leagues, but Morton has been snakebitten somewhat; he’s allowed a .353 BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) since coming over from the National League in the offseason. Kluber has allowed a career-low .261 BABIP thus far.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Bulls, Celtics Return to Boston

2017 NBA Playoffs

Celtics Look to Take Series First Home Win

The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics on the road in the first two games of their Eastern Conference playoff series. The Celtics returned the favor in Chicago. Now, the two teams head back to Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday, with the series tied 2-2.

Oddsmakers have the Celtics as 8-point favorites. The total is sitting at 203.

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The Bulls had a great chance to go 3-0 in the series in Game 3. Chicago was thumped 104-87 by the Cletics. The Bulls missed the injured Rajon Rondo. Rondo was great in Games 1 and 2. Chicago guard Rajon Rondo dominated his old team in Game 2. He had a decent performance in the opener as well. But his freak injury broken right thumb in the second victory, instantly changed the series. The Celtics won the two games that he missed.

With Rondo sidelined, Isaiah Canaan will make his first start of the season at point guard in Game 5. He had 13 points in 34 minutes in Game 4.

The Celtics continued a disturbing trend by being dominated 52-37 on the glass in Game 3. The Celtics were no better rebounding in Game 4 either. Boston was out-rebounded again in Game 4, but they made a much better effort The difference was only 44-41. The rest of the team stepped up to help Isaiah Thomas. Al Horford has averaged 16.5 points per game over the last two games. Gerald Green had a career playoff high 18 points in Game 4.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NBA Playoffs Tuesday Free Pick- Memphis at San Antonio Game 5

2017 NBA Playoffs San Antonio

Memphis Has Evened Series at Two Each

Game 5 of the best-of-seven Western Conference matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs is set for Tuesday night at the AT&T Center in a 9 p.m. (ET) tip on NBA TV. BetAnySports has opened the Spurs as 9.5-point home favorites with the total set at 186.5 points. The line has crept up to the Spurs -10 and the total has risen to 187.5.

Memphis was able to climb right back into this series after losing the first two games on the road both straight-up and against the spread with a pair of victories at home. It has closed as an underdog in all four games and the total has gone OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in three of the four contests. The Grizzlies go back to the AT&T Center with a 2-6 record ATS in their last eight road games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of those games.

Mike Conley continues to lead the way for the Grizzlies in this series when it comes to scoring with an average of 24.0 points per game after scoring a team-high 20.5 points during the regular season. He posted 35 points in this past Saturday’s tight 110-108 victory while going 13-of-23 from the field. Memphis has averaged just 94.8 PPG through the first four games of this series after ending the regular season ranked 29th in the league in scoring with 100.5 PPG.

The Spurs will need to quickly return to the form that led to an early 2-0 series lead while outscoring their Southwest Division rivals by a combined 43 points to easily cover as double-digit favorites in both of those home games. Going back to a late-March 97-90 victory against Memphis as a 7.5-point favorite with BetAnySports, San Antonio is 6-9-1 ATS over its last 16 games. The total has now gone OVER in six of its last eight outings.

Kawhi Leonard did everything he could to try and help his team win Game 4 with 43 points and eight rebounds. He connected on 14 of his 30 shots from the field while going 7-for-10 from three-point range. He is averaging 32.5 PPG in this series after leading the team in scoring this season with 25.5 PPG. The Spurs were 14th in the league in scoring with 105.3 PPG, but this average is down to 102.3 points in this series.

Both of these teams have been able to use home court to its full advantage and that should be the case again this Tuesday night with San Antonio taking Game 5 both SU and ATS.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The unstoppable rise of online gaming

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Online Gaming Is Feuled by Thirty-Somethings

Online gaming has been hitting headlines recently with the introduction of innovations such as the Oculus Rift. This is further escalated by next-generation console titles like The Dark Souls III among other titles. And if this trend is anything to go by in 2017, then it means that online gaming will still dominate the future of gaming trends.

Statistics give us a clue on where the industry is headed.

We pulled out some major figures from the Entertainment Software Association concerning gaming trends in the industry. The survey took into consideration some 4000 households in America. The aim of the survey was to find out how many Americans, on average, played games frequently. It also focused on what kinds of games they played. In addition to this, the survey sought to find out who these gamers really were.

These findings were interested in identifying key trends in the computer and video game industry in 2016. The survey indicated that 63% of American households had at least one frequent gamer. 65% of American households owned at least one video game device. Another 48% owned a dedicated device for playing games.

The most interesting fact was that most of these players fell between the ages of 18 and 49. Young adults fall in this age group. It’s easy to see why a big part of the population is getting involved in gaming.

Their buying habits

This research echoed some of the things that happen in the gambling industry as well. For instance, those who frequently purchased online games were 38 years of age. This is a prime age where people get to be financially-stable in their various walks of careers. This makes it easy for them to afford various forms of gaming.  No matter if it was PC video games or casino games.

Accessing a casino online is now easier than ever. Restrictions have been practically eliminated except in a few countries which are proving to give the industry a real pain.

And if these stats are anything to go by, then we can also conclude that online gaming is attracting more than just the stereotype teenage player. If guys as old as 49 years are playing games through PCs, gaming consoles or smart phones, then the same thing could be said about the online casino players in general, thanks to the fact that online games have since been gamified to reflect the exact thing that other online games are giving.

The type of games that are preferred by the population

While slot machines are very popular due to their attractiveness and potential incentives of getting engaged with them, other popular game types like first-person-shooter games are not showing any signs of slowing down. The same thing can be said about role-playing games as well as basic types such as puzzle games. All these games are now considered popular on the web.

Finally, studies now show that an increasing number of individuals are using mobile devices to play casino games online. It therefore remains that citizens who reside in countries that don’t allow it are the ones on the receiving end of these oppressive laws. Otherwise, everyone else stands to gain from the rising trend.


Friday, April 21, 2017

E-Sports Odds: SKT-KT in LoL Champions Korea Final

League of Legends E-Sports

League of Legends Korea Championship in E-Sports

SK Telecom T1 is already the best League of Legends team in the universe. The three-time and reigning champions are testing their mettle at the LoL Champions Korea. They’ll face KT Rolster in the tournament final, scheduled for Saturday morning at 4 AM ET, and it’s SK Telecom T1 leading the way at –200 on the moneyline.

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These two South Korean stalwarts will be playing a best-of-five series for the title. SKT are the No. 1 seeds, and they’ve already enjoyed success in 2017, winning the LCK Spring Split in a cakewalk. The No. 3 seeds from KT has been something of an enigma, but a recent shift toward “carry champions” has them in Saturday’s final after sweeping aside No. 4 MVP and No. 2 Samsung Galaxy.

Aside from the moneyline, you can bet on who will win each of the five maps in this contest, with SKT favored in all five. The defending champs are also available at –1.5 (+130) against the spread. When they met at the Spring Split, it was SKT taking down both their matches against KT, winning 2-0 and 2-1. SKT would go on to win 16 of their 18 matches in that tournament.

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Giants Bumgarner Looks to Get in Win Column in KC

BumGarner Faces Royals

Bumgarber Winless in First Three Starts

The San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals will battle on Wednesday when they meet at Royals Stadium in an interleague contest. The Royals could not beat them Tuesday, falling 2-1 in 11 innings. Joe Panik's single to center proving to be the game-winner. The Royals went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

The Giants will trot Madison Bumgarner out to the mound in this one. Left hander Bumgarner has a 0-2 record and a 3.43 ERA this season. The 26-year-old left-hander was named the 2014 World Series Most Valuable Player last time he was in this stadium. He went 2-0 with a save and a 0.43 ERA in against the Royals.

Meanwhile, it'll be Jason Vargas who starts for the Royals. Left hander Vargas is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA so far this season. Pitching has been the key for the Royals so far this season. Jason Hammel surrendered just one run in six innings in the loss on Tuesday. The Royals' starters have now allowed just 20 runs in 80 innings with a scant 2.25 ERA.

Kansas City is batting .149 (13-for-87) with runners in scoring position this season.

Oddsmakers opened the Giants as -139-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game's total opened at 7.5. The line now sees Bumgarner at -130 on the moneyline and the total is now at 8.

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Thunder are Look for Improved Play Against Rockets in Game 2

2017 NBA Playoffs Rockets

Rockets Look to Keep Inside Dominance

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets battle Wednesday in Game 2 of their playoffs series when they meet at Toyota Center. In their 118-87 win, the Rockets found plenty of space to move and score at the rim. They produced 62 points in the paint and 31 second-chance points against the bigger Thunder.

Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -7.5-point favorites versus the Thunder, while the game's total opened at 224. The line is now Houston as an 8-point favorite and the total has been bet up to 225.

The Rockets covered in the game as a -7.5-point favorite, while 205 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Thunder pressed Rockets shooters on the perimeter hard. They limited Houston to 10-of-33 shooting on 3-pointers. The great outside defensive strategy allowed a layup line to form for Houston.

James Harden converted 9 of 12 shots at the rim, while scoring 37-points. He repeatedly victimized the Thunder off the dribble.

Oklahoma City, NBA MVP front-runner, Russell Westbrook shot just 6 of 23 from the floor. He committed nine turnovers as well.  Oklahoma City struggled on offense in the second half. The Rockets threw several bodies at Westbrook and gave him a taste of his own physical style.

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Oklahoma City home to Houston Friday, April 21

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Hawks Look to Slow Down Wizards Wall in Game 2

2017 NBA Playoffs Wizards

Wizards Wall Decided Game 1

The Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards square off in Game 2 of the NBA Playoff Series on Wednesday when they battle at Verizon Center. John Wall of the Wizards single-handedly beat the Hawks in Game #1 on Sunday. If Atlanta doesn't find some defense tonight the results could be eerily similar.

Wall scored 15 of his 32 points in the third quarter. He finished with 14 assists in the Wizards' 114-107 win Sunday on their home court. The third period was when Washington found their second half of the regular season form. Their good play led to a 49-33 regular-season record.

Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as -6-point favorites versus the Hawks, while the game's total opened at 212.

Washington covered the -5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (221) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Washington trailed 48-45 at halftime in Game 1. The Wizards outscored Atlanta 38-28 in the third quarter and led by as many as 15 points in the fourth.

The Hawks spent the past two days of practice focusing on slowing down Wall. At Tuesday's practice, Tim Hardaway and rookie Taurean Prince mentioned the idea of building a "wall" of defenders to prevent Wall from once destroying them on the fastbreak. Dennis Schroder had 25 points for the Hawks. They shot 43.6 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers.

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Atlanta home to Washington Saturday, April 22

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Can Trail Blazers Push Warriors on Wednesday?

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Trail Blazers Need Four Quarters in Game 2

In Game 1, the Portland Trail Blazers played an even match against the Golden State Warriors for the first three quarters, but unraveled in the fourth quarter, losing by 12 points. They’ll need a better effort in the fourth quarter on Wednesday if they’re to tie the series.

Oddsmakers have the Warriors listed as 12-point favorites and the total is now up to 220.

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After scoring at least 27 points in each of the first three quarters, the Trail Blazers managed just 21 in the fourth. The final score was 121-109 for Golden State. Portland will need more from their supporting cast, as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 75 points, while the rest of the team contributed 34.

Golden State had a far more balanced team effort. Four of their five starters scored at least 15 points. Kevin Durant led the way with 32 points, and Draymond Green had an incredibly productive game with 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals.

The Warriors have now won nine straight times as the host in this series and 15 of the last 17 matchups overall. Game 2 is Wednesday at 10:30 PM ET in Oracle Arena, Oakland.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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Nationals Open 3-Game Set at Suntrust Park in Atlanta

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Braves Unbeaten at Suntrust Park

The Atlanta Braves battle the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on Tuesday Night. Rookie of the Year candidate Dansby Swanson had a walk-off single last night to give the Braves a come from behind win 5-4. The Braves swept 4-games from the San Diego Padres.

Max Scherzer will be the starting pitcher for the Nationals on this day. Right hander Scherzer is 1-1 this season with a 2.13 ERA. Scherzer has pitched well in both of his starts this season. He has a win at Philadelphia and a loss against St. Louis. In his most recent outing on April 12 against the Cardinals, Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings. He allowed three runs, only one of them earned.

Mike Foltynewicz will start for the Braves. Right hander Foltynewicz is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA so far this season. Foltynewicz was skipped when his last turn in the rotation came up. The schedule provided additional off days and the team didn't require a fifth starter. He did not pitch well in his first start. It was in occasionally snowy conditions in Pittsburgh.

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -172-moneyline favorites versus the Braves, while the game's total opened at 7.5. The Nationals are now -190 on the moneline and the total has climbed to 8.

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Next up:
Washington at Atlanta Wednesday, April 19

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NBA Playoffs: Bulls Look to Go Up 2-0 on Celtics

2017 NBA Playoffs

Thomas to Play Again Tuesday Night

The Chicago Bulls will look to shock the Celtics and go up 2-0 in their first round NBA Playoffs Series. They take on the Boston Celtics at TD Garden Tuesday Night. Guard Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics will fly to Tacoma  on Wednesday to join his grieving family following the death of his younger sister.

Oddsmakers opened the Celtics as -7-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game's total opened at 206.5.

Boston was a 106-102 loser in the first game of this first round NBA Playoffs Series. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 208 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Thomas scored 33 points in the game. The eighth-seeded Bulls took care of business on the boards the entire night against the Celtics to get the win.

Chicago won its opening round matchup by outrebounding the Celtics by 20 on the offensive glass. Bobby Portis was outstanding in his first playoffs game. He finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 29 minutes off the Chicago bench.

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Next up:
Chicago home to Boston Friday, April 21

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NBA Playoffs Tuesday Free Pick- Milwaukee at Toronto Game 2

2017 NBA Playoffs

Bucks Looking to Take Control Tuesday

The Milwaukee Bucks are in position to take a 2-0 series lead against the favored Toronto Raptors when these two Eastern Conference foes square off against one another this Tuesday night in Game 2 of this opening round best-of-seven matchup in the playoffs. BetAnySports has opened Toronto as a 7.5-point home favorite for this 7 p.m. (ET) tip on NBA TV. The total line for the game has been set at 192.5. The total has edged up to 193.5 and the side still sees Toronto as 7.5 point favorites.

The Bucks stunned Toronto 97-83 in the series opener as 7.5-point road underdogs and the total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 197.5-point closing line. Milwaukee is now 3-1 both straight-up and against the spread in its last four games after failing to cover in eight of its previous 12 contests. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in its last six games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way in Saturday’s win with 28 points and he has been the Bucks’ leading scorer all season long with an average of 22.9 points per game. Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and he went 4-for-7 from three-point range. Milwaukee is averaging 103.6 PPG, but it has not been able to reach that total in its last six games.

Raptors Look to Even NBA Playoffs Series at One

The Raptors closed out the regular season with a SU four-game winning streak while going 2-1-1 ATS after knocking off Cleveland 98-83 as four-point road favorites in their final game. With the total staying UNDER in Saturday’s loss, it has now stayed UNDER four of their last six contests. The Raptors went a SU 28-13 at home in the regular season, but they have failed to cover in four of their last five home games.

Toronto was able to open up a five-point lead on the Bucks at halftime of Game 1, but it was only able to post 32 points in the second half. DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 19 points in the losing cause, but the rest of the team only managed to produce a total of 37 points. The Raptors were 10th in the NBA in scoring during the regular season with an average of 106.9 PPG, but they have failed to hit that number in five of their last six games.

I like Toronto’s chances to even up this series at a game a piece with the SU win on Tuesday night, but my “best bet” pick is the UNDER on BetAnySports’ 193.5-point total line in another defensive battle.


Monday, April 17, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Spurs Look to Go up 2-0 on Grizzlies

2017 NBA Playoffs

Grizzlies Routed Game #1 in NBA Playoffs Series

The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs meet in Game #2 of their opening round NBA Playoffs on Monday when they meet at AT&T Center. The Spurs rode a 19-0 surge over a five-minute span in the third and fourth quarters to turn a tight contest into a 111-82 rout.

Oddsmakers opened the Spurs as -10.5-point favorites versus the Grizzlies, while the game's total opened at 190. The Spurs have settled in as 11-point favorites and the total is at 189.

The Spurs were a 111-82 winner in their Game #1 matchup against the Grizzlies. They covered the -9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (193) made winners of OVER bettors. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with a career-playoff-high-tying 32 points. 15 of those came in the third quarter when he matched the Grizzlies' entire offensive output.

The Grizzlies failed to cover the +9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (193) made winners of OVER bettors. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 32 points. 25 of those came in the first half when he outscored the rest of his teammates combined. Gasol said the Spurs defended better as a team, especially in the paint, in the second half.

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Next up:
Memphis home to San Antonio Thursday, April 20

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NBA Playoffs: Pacers and Cavs Game 2 Monday Night

2017 NBA Playoffs

Lebron is 45-7 Lifetime in First Round of NBA Playoffs

The Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 2 of their opening round NBA Playoffs Series. LeBron James has never lost a first-round series. He is 45-7 lifetime in opening-round games. His teams have won the last 18 in row.

Oddsmakers opened the Cavaliers as -7.5-point favorites versus the Pacers, while the game's total opened at 212. Bettors have moved Cleveland to -8.5 and the total is now settled at 208.

Cleveland was a 109-108 winner in Game #1. The Cavaliers failed to cover as a -9-point favorite. The 217 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. James was brilliant in Game 1. He had 32 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in 43 minutes. He needs only 37 points to pass Kobe Bryant (5,640 points) for third place in NBA playoff scoring history. King James needs two more rebounds to pass Robert Parish (1,765 rebounds) for eighth in postseason history.

Indiana lost Game 1 of the series 109-108. The Pacers covered in that game as a +9-point underdog. The 217 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Pacers lost when C.J. Miles missed an open 14-footer at the buzzer. They also went scoreless for nearly three minutes toward the end of the fourth quarter. This was after Jeff Teague's 3-pointer put Indiana ahead 105-103 with 3:31 left.

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Next up:
Indiana home to Cleveland Thursday, April 20

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