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Kelso Sturgeon

Kelso Sturgeon is not a shadow or a mirage. I am a real person, a man who has been handicapping football for more than 4 decades, and I bring to the table a set of credentials you can't find anywhere else in this business.

And so there is no misunderstanding, Kelso Sturgeon is my real name and I make my home in Las Vegas, the betting capital of the world.

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Wayne Root

Wayne Allyn Root is the only man to create a multi-million dollar empire out of nothing but picking winners! Long-time host of his own shows on Fox and USA Network, he has been celebrated in the business press and by all the TV pundits. He set the record for most outright upset winners in football in three different seasons and has enjoyed another winning and profitable basketball season. Wayne is the only oddsmaker/handicapper with his own Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Jim Hurley

JIM HURLEY is the founder and president of the most unusual organization in sports wagering.

Created as a small handicapping service back in 1985, Jim's NETWORK has evolved into a nationwide TASK FORCE of, handicappers, scouts, number crunchers, draftniks and former pro players who study and analyze every team and every game to develop BETTER information, make SMARTER picks and win MORE money!

In simple words, Jim's system approach to handicapping picks more winners and makes more money for their customers. And they are able to do this not because they are a one-man band, but because of the "TEAM" approach that utilizes a huge information gathering system to fine tune every selection.

But because they truly are a "Network" and cover the colleges and pros wall-to-wall, they know what's going on inside the locker rooms and dugouts. They know who's hot, who's hurt and who's ready to kick butt. NETWORK’s computer department analyzes upcoming matchups like it was the Dow Jones. They dig beneath surface factors to find out how two teams really compare. Who needs it more? Who's tapped out? Who's out for revenge? NETWORK finds those answers.

So when they run NETWORK'S number up against Vegas', we can immediately spot whether a game is off, and how much, and just cherrypick the contests that are giving us the most points

That's why JIM has racked up twentyone consecutive money making season for his customers.

Now what about YOU? Wouldn't you like to know who the big winners are going to be this week? NETWORK can tell you. Want to make money off that knowledge? Jim's NETWORK can help you there, too.

Want the best shot at the most money? There are dozens of ways to get you there, no matter what your wagering patterns or budget. So, why not get started NOW!

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Richie Baccellieri

In case you don't know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker's linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... "NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!"

I took a position. I didn't just put up a "betting middle" where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I'd put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, "Come and get me! Prove me wrong!"

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist for decades has been the leader in the sports wagering information field. Beginning in the 1970s Jim has been ahead of the curve with Proline, the longest running sports football handicapping show on USA Cable Network and the Internet. Also, National Sports Services, utilizing the first telephone line services (Jim Feist’s Personal Line Service), former publisher of the Official Nevada Rotation, creator of Sports Tracker, Internet Web Sites (Jim Feist.com; DonBest.com)

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SportsMasters Consensus

In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.
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YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE!

Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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Jim Sez Weekend Update

Could make the case that all of the best series this last weekend in June come from the American League what with Boston at Texas, Houston at Kansas City and Cleveland at Detroit and what interests us most here is - you can chuck Baltimore into the mix - these may well be the seven teams vying for the five playoff spots in the junior circuit this year ... think anyone's starting rotation is better than the Indians?

Cleveland sends RHP Carlos Carrasco (1.21 WHIP) and RHP Josh Tomlin (8-1, 53-to-7 K-to-BB ratio) to the hill for its Saturday/Sunday starts against…

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Florida State Football Preview

Florida State is a 14-1 shot to win college football's national championship. If they can beat Ole Miss in a home-neutral game at Orlando to open the season, the schedule is set up for the Seminoles to be undefeated when Clemson comes to Tallahassee on October 29. That means 14-1 might be the best price you can get if FSU proves to be title-worthy. And that means there's no time to lose for college football bettors in making assessments on how good this Florida State team can be.

The Seminoles haven't gotten a lot of respect in Las Vegas since their…

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Jim Sez Baseball Report and NBA Draft Analysis
THE BASEBALL REPORT: WE'RE HUNTING AROUND FOR THE "WHO-CAN-GET-HOT" TEAMSPLUS OUR NBA DRAFT ANALYSES (AND WHAT TEAMS "BLEW IT" BY NOT MAKING DEALS)

A long, long time ago a good friend of ours explained something that's well worth revisiting here in today's edition of Jim Sez ...

And that's every Major-League Baseball team - all 30 of 'em - will go on some sort of lengthy winning streak at one point or another during the course of this 162-game season.

Case in point: The woe-be-gone Atlanta Braves won six games in a row between last Wednesday and this past Monday and so somebody…

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The Jim Sez 2016 NBA Mock Draft
EXTRA, EXTRA - IT'S OUR JIM SEZ NBA MOCK DRAFT!

The word is out: This is likely one of the deepest and richest drafts we've had in many a year - the first round will be a talent gold mine -- and so it's with great anticipation that we look forward to tonight's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In today's edition of Jim Sez, we offer up our NBA Mock Draft for the first round action only and - as we usually do in these web pages - we've tossed a couple of draft night trades into the mix…

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The Jim Sez Midweek Update
WE GO AHEAD AND TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NBA ODDS TO WIN IT ALL NEXT YEAR… PLUS MORE NBA DRAFT NEWS/NOTES

THE BASEBALL REPORT: TUESDAY’S HERO

It’s not every day that a Major-League Baseball player gets four hits in a game - especially if he happens to play for the San Diego Padres! But Padres’ OF Matt Kemp went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored in last night’s wild 10-7 at Baltimore (note San Diego cashed as + 165 dogs) as his double ignited a four-run seventh inning for a San Diego squad that now has scored 28…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Recap
Jim Hurley Wins Game 7 With Cavaliers to cap off another winning basketball season!IT'S PARTY TIME IN CLEVELAND - A/K/A TITLE TOWN, USA - PLUS OUR BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

Hold on just a second:

You're meaning to tell us the Cleveland Cavaliers just ended a city's 52-year championship drought by becoming the first team in NBA history to rally from a three games-to-one deficit in the Finals to snag the crown ... after the first 32 teams put in that very same position all went down for the count.

And you're telling us that LeBron James - forevermore known as the real…

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NBA Finals Game 7 Preview

There's one chance left to make money betting basketball and it's with one of the most anticipated games the NBA has ever seen. Golden State looks to close its record-setting season with a championship on Sunday night. Cleveland looks to complete the greatest comeback in Finals history. Game 7 goes at 8 PM ET on ABC. The Warriors are installed as a (-5) favorite and (-200) on the moneyline. You can get the Cavs at (+170) to win straight up. The total is 206.5. Which way do you play it?

We have to protect the final decision on what to do…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 7 Preview
NBA FINALS: GAME 7 IS HERE AND THE WARRIORS ARE HURTIN' ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: TRACKING THE AL EAST LEADERS THIS WEEKEND

The weekend sports menu is loaded but let's start off with the one-and-only "Game 7":

On Sunday, it's the NBA FINALSCLEVELAND at GOLDEN STATE - Series tied 3-3; 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Go back the past 30 years in NBA Finals history and you'll discover there's only been five occasions where we've played a Game 7 - 1988, '94, 2005, 2010 and '13.That's it!

Now you want to find the last time an NBA road team won a Game 7 in the NBA…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Report
CAVALIERS CRUSH WARRIORS 115-101 TO FORCE SUNDAY'S GAME 7 (AND THAT'LL BE ONLY THE THIRD GAME 7 IN NBA FINALS HISTORY IN THE PAST DECADE!) ... PLUS NBA FINALS KEY SPREAD STATS TOO

In case you were wondering, the last time we experienced an NBA Finals Game 7 clash - back in June 2013 - there was LeBron James and the Miami Heat snagging a 95-88 home win against the San Antonio Spurs behind a whopping 37 points by "The King".

Now, James is back for another Game 7 Finals appearance after tantalizing the national TV audience and some 20,000-or-so folks inside…

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Jim Sez NBA Game 6 Preview and Draft Report
THE NBA FINALS - DOES THE HOOP SEASON END TONIGHT IN A GAME 6 OR DO THE CAVS HAVE MORE FIGHT IN 'EM AS HOME COUR ADVANTAGE NO REAL FACTOR LATELY ...THE NBA DRAFT REPORT: WHAT TEAMS WITHOUT A CURRENT 1ST-ROUND PICK ARE IN MOVER-AND-SHAKER MODE TO GET INTO THE TOP FIVE?

It's safe to say this year's NBA Finals has been somewhat streaky when it comes to the so-called home-court advantage:

The home sides won/covered the first three games of this series; the road teams won/covered the last two games of this NBA Finals set and now you wonder what's in…

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Texas Rangers Are MLB’S Biggest Moneymakers

Baseball bettors have every reason to love the Texas Rangers right now. The Rangers are the biggest moneymaker in baseball. Based on $100 bets for each game, Texas is (+$1,989) against the moneyline this year. The futures market has caught up with the game-to-game results. Texas is now posted at 11-1 to win the World Series, the best of any American League team, moving past the Boston Red Sox.

The game-to-game moneylines will follow the futures market, meaning there won't be nearly as many days of Texas being available at a great price - there's a reason the Chicago Cubs aren't…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 5 Recap
'BRON, KYRIE SPARK CAVS TO 112-97 GAME 5 WIN AS "GREEN FACTOR" IS KEYTHE BASEBALL REPORT: THE SINGLE-MOST UNDERRATED AL/NL STARTING PITCHERS AT THIS POINT OF 2016

Hold off that celebratory parade, "Dub Nation".

The Cleveland Cavaliers scratched and clawed their way back into these here-and-now NBA Finals with a rock-solid 112-97 victory in Game 5 this past Monday night and so the series now not only shifts back to Ohio with the Golden State Warriors (up three games-to-two) still needing that one "W" to win it all - again - but with the Cavs seemingly energized by their dynamic duo.

Yes, LeBron…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 5 Preview
IT'S GAME 5 OF THE NBA FINALS - WILL WARRIORS WEAR THE CROWN AGAIN TONIGHT OR CAN CAVS CASH IN ON THE GREEN SUSPENSION?THE BASEBALL UPDATE: IT'S GETTING "LATE" REAL EARLY FOR METS, ASTROS

Do you happen to agree with TNT voice Reggie Miller?

The former Indiana Pacers' great claims if this here-and-now NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was knotted up at two games apiece, there's no way the league would have suspended G-State F Draymond Green for tonight's Game 5 tilt?

Guess ole Reg believes that the NBA might want to give LeBron James and…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Update
THE NBA FINALS UPDATE - "THE KING" LOSES HIS COOL AND GAME 4 TOO AS WARRIORS NOW JUST ONE "W" AWAY FROM THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT CROWN

Curses!

Well, there are a well-documented 52 years' worth of pro sports curses festering in Cleveland - yes, see 1964 and the Cleveland Browns for the last time this city won a title of any kind - and that dreaded topic really figures to hit home hard and haunt the Cavaliers sometime in the next few days now that they are down three games-to-one and heading back to Oakland for Monday night's possible balloons-and-confetti game for…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 4 Preview
IT'S GAME 4 TONIGHT IN NBA FINALS - WILL THE CAVS EVEN UP THE SERIES OR ARE THE WARRIORS GONNA HEAD BACK WEST WITH A SHOT TO WRAP IT ALL UP? THE BASEBALL REPORT: DRAFT TALK

Contrary to what you may be hearing/reading, the biggest story heading into tonight's NBA Finals Game 4 tilt between the visiting Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers isn't whether or not Cavs' F Kevin Love starts here after sitting out Game 3 with a concussion - by late last night it seemed pretty certain Love was gonna get cleared and play here but we…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Alert - Cavs Not Dead Yet
NBA FINALS ALERT - CAVS AIN'T DEAD-AND-BURIED JUST YET; ROCK-N-ROLL THEIR WAY TO 120-90 WIN IN GAME 3

Did you believe the stat that the good folks at ABC displayed late in last night's 120-90 Game 3 win by the 2-point home favorite Cleveland Cavaliers over the Golden State Warriors?It stated that we've now had 20 NBA Playoff games decided by 25-or-more points this year (far-and-away a league record) ... now let's put that into proper perspective as we head towards Friday's Game 4 between Warriors-Cavs:

In all, there have been 82 games in this year's NBA post-season and so that means…

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JIM SEZ: WARRIORS GO FOR THE JUGULAR IN GAME 3
THE NBA FINALS: WARRIORS GO FOR THE JUGULAR IN GAME 3THE TOP 5 SPORTS PEOPLE IN THE PAST 50 YEARS

You tell us: Is it beginning to feel a whole lot like 2007?

You remember that year's NBA Finals when the mighty San Antonio Spurs squished the Cleveland Cavaliers in four straight ... in fact, that was the last time we had a clean sweep in this championship round of play and it sure feels as if the Cavs could get "broomed" again here some nine years later.

Keep in mind as we head into Wednesday's Game 3, the Golden State Warriors are…

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The Jim Sez NBA Finals Report
THE NBA FINALS REPORT - WARRIORS SHOWING HOOPS WORLD THEY'RE "THE GREATEST"...BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES: WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD THIS WEEK

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Sure, the late/great Muhammad Ali owned that catchy phrase during his brilliant boxing career and anyone that watched TV or read the newspapers/internet this past weekend came upon that brilliant line more than a few times following Ali's death late last Friday night.

But on the hardwood this past Sunday night, well, the NBA's Golden State Warriors did their own bit of bobbing-and-weaving en route to a non-competitive 110-77 Game 2 win over the 6-point underdog Cleveland…

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The Orioles Can Still Get Better

For a team that started the season 8-0 and has been sitting at or near the top of the AL East all season, the Baltimore Orioles haven't captured the love of the betting markets. They're 3-1 odds to win the division lag behind favored Boston. The Orioles' 7-1 odds to take the American League pennant trail both Boston and Texas. And Baltimore sits at a nice 18-1 to win the World Series. The good news if you're an Oriole backer? There's reason to think this team can still play better.

Only two Baltimore regulars are having truly outstanding years thus far.…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 2 Preview
THE NBA FINALS - HERE'S OUR GAME 2 PREVIEW AS THE CAVS LOOK TO "GET EVEN"

So, what was the most discouraging thing about Cleveland's Game 1 loss to Golden State this past Thursday night?

For us, it was the fact that the Cavaliers didn't "push the ball" and actually had a few 24-second clock violations in that 104-89 setback but there were surely other reasons to fret if you happened to root (or wager on) the Eastern Conference champs:

For example, the Cavs turned the ball over 15 times (and sported only 17 assists) while the Warriors whipped out 29 assists…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 1 Recap
NBA FINALS - WARRIORS DRAW FIRST BLOOD WITH 104-89 WIN IN GAME 1THE BASEBALL REPORT: M'S-RANGERS IS WEEKEND'S BEST SET (BUT NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT IT!)

Low blow? Okay, so here's your Game 1 payback, Cleveland!

THE NBA FINALS : GOLDEN STATE 104, CLEVELAND 89 - Warriors lead series 1-0

Go ahead and analyze Golden State's stirring, bench-flavored 104-89 win/cover against 6-point road underdog Cleveland last night all you want ... the game really took a major turn when bad-boy Cavaliers' G Matthew Dellavedova landed a shot to the groin of Warriors' do-it-all man Andre Iguodala with 34 seconds left in the third quarter…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game One Preview
THE NBA FINALS - IT'S CAVS-WARRIORS PART II AND WE BREAK IT ALL DOWN ...

PLUS THE BASEBALL UPDATE: THE KERSHAW EFFECT

The last time we had an NBA Finals rematch?

Heck, you don't have to travel back in time very far 'cause the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat bucked heads back-to-back years in the championship round in 2014 and 2013 with the Spurs getting revenge for that seven-game series loss in the spring of '13.

Will we be saying the same thing about the Cleveland Cavaliers in a couple of weeks from now? Can they get revenge for losing last year's…

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Betting Baseball Futures

This time of the baseball season, as we come around the Memorial Day turn, is always a good time for baseball bettors to make money. The prerequisite though is a willingness to think long-term and challenge conventional thinking.

There have been enough games played that the market's impressions of teams are starting to harden. Yet there's still four months to go and if history teaches us anything it's that slow starters will turn around - and that means there will be some futures investments that will pay a good dividend come October.

What we'll do here is outline several betting opportunities that…

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The College Football Futures Betting Market

The calendar turns to the summer months and the anticipation of college football begins. The pointspreads for the first games are on the board and more important for our purposes here, the preseason futures market has taken shape. Here's the outline of how it looks and what some moneymaking opportunities may be:

THE FAVORITESAlabama: 8-1Clemson: 8-1Ohio State: 8-1

Comment: Nick Saban and Urban Meyer having their programs on the top line is just par for the course and if any bettors wanted to just bet Alabama and Ohio State, ignore everyone else and hope one of the two wins it all we…

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Its the Cavialiers and Warriors in the Finals Again
PLAY IT AGAIN, THE NBA FINALS PIT THE CAVS VS. WARRIORS ONE MO' TIME AND WE'VE GOT THE HOOP SCOOP AS SERIES STARTS THURSDAY NIGHTTHE BASEBALL REPORT: WHEN IT'S TIME TO JUMP ON (OR AGAINST) A STARTING PITCHER

Okay, so everyone pretty much was looking to put the exact period (or exclamation point, if you will) on just how the Golden State Warriors roared back to a second consecutive NBA Finals appearance after surging from down three games-to-one to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the just-completed Western Conference Finals:

Simply put, the Warriors followed a similar formula in both their Game…

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Jim Sez West Finals Game 7 Preview
THE NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: THE STAGE IS SET, GAME 7 TONIGHT AS THUNDER-WARRIORS CLASHTHE BASEBALL REPORT: TRACKING SOME "OVER" WINS TOTALS ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Here's some NBA history - take it as you'd like:

Only nine teams have ever climbed out of three games-to-one holes to win a playoff series ... the other 223 teams that were down 3-1 wound up losing those series.

Now, the Golden State Warriors -- a team that we wondered aloud if they had the grit, the heart and the strength to win a gotta-have-it Game 6 on the road this past Saturday night - aim…

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NBA CONFERENCE FINALS - CAN WARRIORS FORCE A GAME 7?
NBA CONFERENCE FINALS - CAN WARRIORS FORCE A GAME 7? CAVS WHACK RAPTORS, HEAD BACK TO NBA FINALS

Ladies and gents, we're all about to find out what kind of "stomach" the Golden State Warriors have in this Game 6 (and maybe even in a Game 7 if we get there Monday night) 'cause any team that wins a league-record 73 regular-season victories and doesn't win it all just ain't gonna get treated like royalty in the future ... right?

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS - GOLDEN STATE at OKLAHOMA CITY Thunder leads series 3-2; Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, TNT

Let's cut right to…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report: Holiday Weekend Baseball
WARRIORS FORCE A GAME 6 WITH TOUGHER-THAN-IT-LOOKED 120-111 WIN/COVER AGAINST GRITTY OKC IN NBA WESTERN FINALSCAVALIERS-RAPTORS ON TONIGHT'S GAME 6 MENU AS EASTERN FINALS HEAD BACK TO CANADA

THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT TO WATCH THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ON THE DIAMOND (AND WHERE WE'RE GONNA CASH!)

Not so fast, Okie City!

Sure, Billy Donovan's gang was a major pest right to the very end of last night's 120-111 road loss at 7.5-point favorite Golden State but when the dust settled the defending champion Warriors had the answers ... a strong dose of Stephen Curry (31 points), an uber-special night for C Andrew Bogut…

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Jim Sez NBA Previews and Baseball Good Bad and Ugly
THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS:

CAN THE WARRIORS STAY ALIVE OR IS THE "FAT LADY" ABOUT TO START SINGING? PLUS CLEVELAND'S RESOUNDING GAME 5 WIN/COVER

BASEBALL'S GOOD, BAD & UGLY

Might it be true ... the Golden State Warriors' record-setting season could be over even before we get to Memorial Day Weekend?

We know, perish the thought, Warrior Nation, but that's the deal heading into this evening's Game 5 bash of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder - just maybe the most athletic NBA team we've eyeballed since the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers (circa early-to-mid 1980s) - and the defending league…

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Jim Sez NBA Conference Finals Report
THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS REPORT

WARRIORS ON THE ROPES AS THUNDER GOES UP 3-1 WITH ROLLICKING 24-POINT WIN ... AND IT'S GAME 5 BETWEEN RAPTORS-CAVS TONIGHT

BASEBALL'S MID-WEEK UPDATE - TOO EARLY FOR CONTENDERS TO MAKE TRADES?

Going, going ... gone? The Golden State Warriors - once-upon-a-time the next great NBA dynasty - will be facing an elimination game come Thursday night in a home Game 5 of these Western Conference Finals and when did anyone out there in hoop-land think that would be the case when these playoffs started?

Lots to say about these Eastern and Western Finals but first, let's get…

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Jim Sez NBA Conference Finals Report
THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS:

A MUST-WIN GAME IS LOOMING FOR THE WARRIORS IN GAME 4 TUESDAY, WHILE THE CAVS HAVE PAYBACK IN MIND NORTH OF THE BORDER ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: DID WE ALL BURY THE YANKEES TOO SOON? (YOU KNOW THE ANSWER!)

Let's face it ... it's not every weekend that the likes of Cleveland's LeBron James and Golden State's Stephen Curry (six league MVP's between 'em) lose their two respective playoff games by a combined 43 points.

Egads is right!

No doubt that King James and Company had history in mind when they entered this past Saturday's tilt in Toronto as the Cavaliers…

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Jim Sez Weekend Report
THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT

WE CHECK OUT NBA'S CONFERENCE FINALS PLUS OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK INCLUDES METS' HARVEY AND OTHER EARLY-SEASON DUDS

It's getting to be a real bragging rights deal in the NBA:

Hey, we just came off a 2015-16 regular season in which the Golden State Warriors nabbed a league-record 73 wins and now we're deep into the post-season and here's the Cleveland Cavaliers sitting pretty with a 10-and-oh SU (straight-up) mark in playoff action.

Hot diggity-dog!

The Cavs were a whopping - 1500 (to $100) betting favorite when they entered this now ongoing NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with the Toronto Raptors…

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Jim Sez Playoff and Draft Lottery Notes
CAVS RIP RAPTORS (AGAIN) WITH 108-89 TRIUMPH IN GAME 2 OF NBA EASTERN FINALS...MORE DRAFT LOTTERY NOTES

In case you're wondering, tonight marks just the second calendar day that there isn't NBA Playoff action since all the way back on April 16th (nobody played on May 14th either) but the way the Cleveland Cavaliers are demolishing the Toronto Raptors so far in the Eastern Conference Finals, you could make the case we all could use a little break in the action there ... and please don't ask why the NBA head honchos are right now putting four days between games in…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Update
THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE:

WARRIORS DO "GET EVEN" WITH 118-91 WIN AGAINST OKC...PLUS A PEEK AT TONIGHT'S RAPTORS-CAVS GAME 2

If you're looking for any sweeps in this NBA playoff round - a/ka/ the conference finals - then consider the goings-on in that Toronto versus Cleveland series 'cause any wild/crazy thought that Oklahoma City was gonna "broom" defending champ Golden State is out the window!

Now, we know none of you sharp hoop fans ever thought Okie City was gonna batter G-State four straight but, following that electric 108-102 comeback win in Game 1 this past Monday night, Golden State put its…

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Jim Sez NBA Conference Finals Notebook
THE NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS - WARRIORS OUT TO "GET EVEN" TONIGHT WITH THE THUNDER

PLUS WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON CLEVELAND'S EASY-AS-PIE 115-84 WIN VERSUS TORONTO IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS OPENER

THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY - THE SIXERS NAB THE TOP CHOICE

Here's something that didn't escape the in-the-know NBA bettors while heading into Game 1 of this year's Western Conference Finals the other night ...

The defending champion Golden State Warriors were a spiffy 7-1 ATS (against the spread) when laying 6-or-more points in post-season games this spring and then came Monday's home tilt against Oklahoma City.

Not only did…

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Jim Sez It’s NBA Conference Finals Time
IT'S NBA CONFERENCE FINALS TIME!

SO, WE CHECK OUT THE ACTION IN THE WEST BETWEEN THE THUNDER AND THE WARRIORS; AND IT'S RAPTORS-CAVALIERS IN THE EAST

THE BASEBALL REPORT: HERE'S THE "10-OVER-.500" CLUB

Paging the NBA cream of the crop: Okay, so we're (finally) down to the final four teams in this year's NBA Playoffs and all the remaining teams -- that's Oklahoma City, Golden State, Toronto and Cleveland -- won 55-or-more games this past regular season ... nice!

The only plus-55 win team not to make it to these appointed rounds ... the San Antonio Spurs.

Maybe the other teams can send 'em a…

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Jim Sez Weekend Report
THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE: WE PREVIEW SUNDAY'S GAME 7 OF HEAT VS. RAPTORS ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: INTERLEAGUE WINNERS & LOSERS

Oh, Canada!

So, Game 7 is on the menu for Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) as the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors square off for the all-or-nothing deciding game in this NBA Eastern Conference playoff series that determines who makes it to the conference finals and there's plenty of questions each team must answer ... here's a couple:

Can the visiting Heat win again with its "small-ball" lineup that pulled off the 103-91 triumph in Game 6?

No doubt that the…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report
THE NBA PLAYOFFS: THUNDER NABS SERIES WIN VERSUS SPURS PLUS IT'S GAME 6 TONIGHT FOR RAPTORS-HEAT

TALKIN' BASEBALL WITH SOME GUESS WORK ON WHO MIGHT BE THE NEXT HURLER TO STRIKE OUT 20 (OR MORE) BATTERS IN A GAME

Talk about a playoff series that's had a little bit of everything ... and a whole lotta drama:

The Toronto Raptors and the 4.5-point favored Miami Heat duke it out this evening in South Beach in a Game 6 of this Eastern Conference semifinal round set and - Oh, Canada - the North-of-the-Border troops could make it to a conference finals for the first…

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Is It Time To Say Bye To The Spurs?
THE NBA PLAYOFFS: IS IT FINALLY TIME TO SAY BYE-BYE TO TIM DUNCAN AND THE SPURS? THE BASEBALL UPDATE: THREE CHEERS FOR THE PHILLIES

Just for the record, the San Antonio Spurs - one of the model franchises at this or any time in professional sports history - own five NBA titles (see 1999, 2003, '05, '07 and 2014) but in order for them to add another trophy to the case, the Spurs must win Game 6 and Game 7 of this Western Conference Semifinal round series, then beat defending champ Golden State and then win in the NBA Finals.

Not happening,…

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The Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing their best basketball of the season at the right time. They're peaking on both sides of the floor and they've swept through the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs with an 8-0 record. But has that translated into pointspread success?

The answer is "yes but". The Cavs are 5-3 ATS in their games against the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, but one of those covers was very tight. The oddsmakers have shown a reasonably good read on Cleveland to this point and handicappers will have to work to find the edges necessary to cash in…

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What Can MVP Curry Do For An Encore
NOW, WHAT CAN MVP CURRY DO FOR AN ENCORE?

WE HEADLINE THE NBA PLAYOFFS WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT GOLDEN STATE'S GOLDEN GUY AND THE POTENTIAL CLOSE-OUT GAME VS. PORTLAND

PLUS BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES TRACKS DOWN STRASBURG AND SALE STATS

Golden State Warriors megastar G Stephen Curry believes that he is up for an encore.Well, another encore, actually.

Just one day after the Warriors' 30.1 ppg scorer nabbed his second straight NBA Most Valuable Player trophy - by bagging each/every of the 131 first-place votes - Curry and Company look to KO yet another post-season opponent as G-State heads into tonight's home game with a…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Update
THE NBA PLAYOFFS WARM UP WITH SPURS-THUNDER A REAL BLAST AS THEY HEAD INTO TUESDAY'S GAME 5 KNOTTED AT TWO WINS APIECE PLUS WE CHECK OUT WARRIORS-BLAZERS AND RAPTORS-HEAT TOO

Talk about the "mother of all second halves" ...

When the Oklahoma City Thunder poured in a whopping 66 points following intermission in the rollicking 111-97 Mother's Day win/cover against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of that best-of-seven NBA Western Conference Semifinal round series, gotta admit we sat up and said yes, indeed, we have a blockbuster series on our hands, hoop fans!

Make no mistake about it, right now…

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Jim Sez Weekend Baseball Report
OUR WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: WHEN (IF EVER) IS IT A "GOOD TIME" TO WAGER AGAINST THE BLAZING HOT CHICAGO CUBS?THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE: WHO EXITS MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND SMILING?

Okay, so we did the math for y'all and this is what it says: Following Friday afternoon's latest Chicago Cubs win - a stirring 8-6 home triumph over the National League East-leading Washington Nationals - the Cubs were sitting there with a 22-6 record (a scintillating .786 winning rate) and they also were plus $1130 in all based on $100 per-play wagers in every game thus far.

Hmmm.

Maybe you thought playing the Cubs…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Preview and Weekend MLB
HERE ARE TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEWS AS CAVS-HAWKS, SPURS-THUNDER COLLIDE… THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT

Did TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley have a point there the other night following Cleveland’s 123-98 romp win against Atlanta in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Semifinal Round series?

In case you missed it, Barkley advised his mates on the panel – from left to right, that’s Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith – and the viewing television audience that if he was a member of the Hawks than someone on the Cavaliers would have been decked.

The reason for Sir Charles’ angst: The Cavs…

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Jim Sez - Mid-Week Report

JIM SEZ MID-WEEK REPORTHOOPS, HARDBALL AND MORE LOOKS INTO THE FUTUREOkay, so we’re still relatively early into NBA Playoffs second-round action these days but there have definitely been some raise-your-eyebrows pointspread stats that we’ve noticed… here’s some of ’em:18-11That’s the ATS (against the spread) mark of NBA Playoff Betting Favorites of 6-or-more points through the games of Monday, May 2nd. Folks, that’s a nifty .621 winning mark for what we’d call “prohibitive betting favorites” and just to put things into perspective we’ll add that the defending champion Golden State Warriors entered Tuesday night’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers…

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Yankee Bettors Are Suckers
What Do You Call A Yankees Bettor: A Sucker! And Things Are Not Going To Get Better50-Unit NBA Playoffs Blowout Stuns Tonight4-1 In 150-Unit Baseball Parlays As Another Wins Tonight With Teams That Have 90% RatingAvalanche Of Best Bet Club Underdogs Continues To Bury Bookmakers… 2 More Tonight

If you are one of the tens of thousands of die-hard New York Yankees fans you have to be a bit despondent over their current 8-15 start, the fact they are riding a 5-game losing streak and the reality that finds them in last place in the American League East. While long-time Yankees…

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IT’S MAY - AND THE NBA PLAYOFFS ARE IN HIGH GEAR WITH CONFERENCE SEMIS ON OUR NIGHTLY MENU
IT'S MAY - AND THE NBA PLAYOFFS ARE IN HIGH GEAR WITH CONFERENCE SEMIS ON OUR NIGHTLY MENU

And you didn't think we'd ever get here!

The NBA Conference Semifinals finally got rollin' this past Saturday night and everyone out there is wondering whether or not we're gonna get something other than the long-awaited/much-anticipated Western Conference Finals matchup pitting defending champion Golden State versus San Antonio while "the world" thinks it's gonna be Cleveland movin' on to the Eastern Conference Finals ... but are we headed for any surprises these next couple of weeks?

Hey, be patient, make sure you're getting your nightly/daily…

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Jim Sez Weekend Report
THE NBA PLAYOFFS WEEKEND REPORTTHE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Hey, what do you know?

We're getting a pair of NBA Eastern Conference Game 7s for the price of one on Sunday afternoon ... but good luck trying to figure out who has the momentum in these two series!The Miami Heat forced its Game 7 against 2point favorite Charlotte with Friday night's 9790 road win - Dwayne Wade answered the bell with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists - and thus the Heat snapped an inseries threegame losing skid. Don't see that a whole lot, eh?

Meanwhile, just when you thought the Indiana Pacers were…

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Jim Sez NFL Draft First ound Analysis
THE NFL DRAFT: OUR ROUND 1 ANALYSIS ...PLUS NBA PLAYOFFS ROCK ON WITH THREE BIG GAME 6 DUELS THIS EVENING IN CHARLOTTE, INDIANAPOLIS AND "RIP CITY"

You tell us: Was the "least favorite" part of watching last night's first round of the NFL Draft the down-the-board slide of Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil all the way to the 13th pick - and no "Bong Show" jokes here! - or all those damn hugs that clueless NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave to the draftees in attendance.

Betcha he wouldn't be giving New England QB Tom Brady such a hug if he ran into…

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The Jim Sez 2016 NFL Mock Draft
IT'S OUR JIM SEZ NFL MOCK DRAFT '16

 

1. LOS ANGELES RAMS (trade with Tennessee) - Jared Goff, QB, California: Maybe head coach Jeff Fisher thinks it's cute not revealing this pick just yet but new/old Hollywood team reaches for biggest name here (though we still have doubts he's a true "franchise QB"!).

2. PHILADELPHIA (trade with Cleveland) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: As one cynic pointed out, this guy sure got a whole lot better after last season ended. Again, major rush to establish that "franchise QB" more likely a mistake considering what Eagles gave up in the deal.

3.…

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25
Jun
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25
Jun
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25
Jun
Mets-Braves preview

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Jun
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24
Jun
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Jun
Text: Lawyer seeks plea deal, doubts Manziel can stay clean

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Jun
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Jun
Briles officially out at Baylor after sexual assault scandal

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24
Jun
Defense Department says Air Force Academy lax in reporting

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24
Jun
North Dakota, Sam Houston set future games

(STATS) - North Dakota and Sam Houston State announced a home-and-home series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons on Friday.

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23
Jun
Lawyer says he told Penn State official to report Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State's former top lawyer said in a deposition made public Thursday he advised the university's vice president in 2001 to notify a state agency of a complaint from an assistant football coach about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in a team locker room.

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24
Jun
Fields set for 39th annual Great Alaska Shootout

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24
Jun
NC State adds forward Ted Kapita to recruiting class

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Jun
Richmond hoping Europe trip helps build unity with newcomers

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22
Jun
Utah forward Brekkott Chapman transfers to Weber State

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25
Jun
Wizards' Beal is latest to decline Rio Olympics invite

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24
Jun
Former No. 5 pick Exum, Hill to compete for minutes on Jazz

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Jun
Phoenix Suns accelerate rebuilding process with 2016 draft

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Jun
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Jim Hurley ends another winning basketball season with the game 7 winner, as Cavaliers (+5) beat Warriors outright 93-89 for the NBA Title. Blue Ribbon Baseball wins for the ninth time in ten games Friday as Orioles top Rays 6-3. Hit & Run Club Winning at 67% this week, goes 1-1-1 Friday Night

Kelso Sturgeon wins game 7 with Cavaliers to cap off another winning basketball season. Chairmans Club cashes 25 units Friday with Orioles over Rays 6-3, that's FIVE 25-Unit winners in a row. , Friday Best Bets Club 1-2 but on a 35-25 run..

Wayne Root wins with Cavaliers in game 7 to finish the Finals 5-2 and complete another winning year in basketball

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