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May

Today’s Hot Plays

The Vegas Sports Masters

Kelso
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Richie
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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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Blog Headlines

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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Injuries Fatal For Clippers In NBA Playoffs - Not So Warriors

Going For 4th-Straight 150-Unit Baseball Parlay Winner Tonight - Highrollers Up $6,067 With 1st Three

Pacers Take Down Money Last Night With 50-Unit Cover At Boston...Tonight It's 25-Unit Winner Plus 25-Unit Total Of The Week

Injuries Fatal For Clippers In NBA Playoffs - Not So WarriorsBetting Big Baseball Favorites Road To Doom

By Kelso Sturgeon

It's always easier to get out of bed when you're winning. It matters not whether one is a hardened veteran of the battles of the sports betting arena. It's simple - winning is good, losing is bad and that means I was all smiles when the…

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Jim Sez NFL Draft: The QBs - NBA Playoff Notes
OUR FINAL JIM SEZ NFL DRAFT POSITION-BY-POSITION REPORT - IT'S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE TOP QUARTERBACKS ...PLUS OUR NBA PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK INCLUDING COACH TALK

The deals are done. The Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles have traded away the proverbial "arm-and-a-leg" to get into the #1 and #2 draft slots, respectively, and now the only real drama is who goes where ...Is Cal's Jared Goff gonna stay on the left coast or will the Rams instead select North Dakota State's Carson Wentz with that numero uno selection?

Hey, sit tight and we'll have our own Jim Sez Mock Draft forecast…

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Jim Sez Playoff Update - NFL Draft: Top LBs
NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE - CELTICS STEAL THE WEEKEND HEADLINES WITH A PAIR OF HOME WINSTHE NFL DRAFT REPORT: IT'S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE TOP LINEBACKERS

There's no doubt this year's NBA Playoffs - at least so far - haven't displayed a whole bunch of real-life drama and so maybe it's only appropriate that the "hottest" series around as we enter the new work week just so happens to involve the league's most decorated team.

Hold on, you say, the Boston Celtics may own a league-best 17 NBA championships - just consider this franchise is a rather ridiculous 17-4 SU (straight-up) all-time…

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Jim Sez Weekend Update
THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE: NBA PLAYOFF NOTES, MLB NEWS, AND OUR LATEST NFL DRAFT REPORT

Now here's the facts, jack:

We headed into Friday night's NBA Playoff action with Betting Favorites a dizzying 13-5-0 ATS (against the spread) with one pick 'em game tossed into the mix ... folks, that's a .722 winning percentage for the chalk sides and far better than anything we've seen a week into the post-season in a long, long time.

Will it stand up?

Probably not but, then again, what were the odds at the start of the playoffs that Betting Favorites would be cashing nearly three-quarters of…

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Jim Sez Hot Topics
JIM SEZ TACKLES SOME "HOT TOPICS" TO GO ALONG WITH NFL DRAFT, NBA PLAYOFF NEWS

C'mon, now, you don't really believe that the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the #2 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft without knowing whom they're gonna select ... do you?

There has been plenty of talk over the air waves and on the internet claiming the Eagles - who are now set to select right after the Los Angeles Rams to open Thursday's NFL Draft in Chicago - will be "happy" to land whichever quarterback is still there whether it be California QB Jared Goff or…

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NBA Playoff Update and NFL Draft: DL and Safeties
OUR NBA PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK - THREE MORE SERIES RESUME TONIGHT ...PLUS THE NFL DRAFT UPDATE FEATURES THE TOP DEFENSIVE LINEMEN, BEST SAFETIES

Is the NBA's opening round of the playoffs shaping up to be more a matter of men versus mice? After all, the heavy-hitters - a/k/a big betting favorites - rolled through the first four days/nights of post-season play with chalk-eaters going 9-4 ATS (against the spread) following Tuesday's action.

Hey, we advised you days ago that there could be a plethora of sweeps in Round I and so nobody should really be surprised if half the best-of-seven series are over-and-out…

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Jim Sez Wednesday Hoop Menu and NFL Draft: OTs
NBA PLAYOFF REPORT - HERE IS WEDNESDAY'S HOOP MENUTHE NFL DRAFT: WE ANALYZE THE TOP OTs

You won't hear the TV "talking heads" saying too much about first-round NBA playoff sweeps because mainly they don't wish to scare off any potential viewers - well, that is unless you're talking about TNT's studio analyst Charles Barkley who's already gone on record to state San Antonio will put the brooms to injury-riddled Memphis and the fact of the matter is we could see a batch of opening-round sweeperoos in the opening round of this post-season.

Heck, in Game 1's alone this past weekend we…

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Jim Sez Playoff Update - NFL Draft: CB’s
THE JIM SEZ NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATEHEY, WE HAD THE SAME HEADLINE A YEAR AGO HERE AS WARRIORS, CAVS SNAG GAME 1 WINS (BUT ONLY ONE OF 'EM COVERS THE PRICE TAG!) PLUS MORE HOOP NEWS/NOTES NFL DRAFT REPORT: HERE'S THE TOP CORNERBACKS

"Conventional wisdom" says the defending champion Golden State Warriors are gonna battle the Cleveland Cavaliers once again in this June's NBA Finals ... yes, we know it's a long way till we get to that point in time but it's funny how this year's NBA Playoffs began for these two squads:

Once again the Warriors and Cavaliers copped Game 1…

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Jim Sez NBA Sunday Playoff Previews
HERE'S MORE JIM SEZ NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SERIES PREVIEWS - THE SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS

Let's get right to it with a look at the NBA Playoffs first-round series that begin on Sunday:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#8 DETROIT (44-38) vs. #1 CLEVELAND (57-25) - 3 p.m. ET, ABCIn case you missed it, the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers are a 7-to-1 betting favorite to cop this best-of-seven series against the Pistons even though the Motowners snagged three-of-four wins in regular-season play. Okay, so forget about those four showdowns - the last of which occurred this past Wednesday night with Detroit swiping an overtime triumph - and…

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Jim Sez Saturday NBA Playoff Previews
THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT - THE POST-SEASON HAS ARRIVED AND WE GET ALL REVVED UP BEGINNING WITH SATURDAY'S FOUR SERIES OPENERS

Okay, so here' a quick primer when it comes to the 2016 NBA Playoffs:

The defending champion Golden State Warriors are the heavy-duty betting favorites to repeat (see our chart below) following that electric and record-breaking 73-win regular season;In all, five teams that won 55-or-more regular-season games - that's Cleveland and Toronto in the Eastern Conference; Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City in the Western Conference - are pretty much considered the only teams that can win this year's…

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The Jim Sez NBA Report - NBA Playoffs
THE JIM SEZ NBA REPORT

WHAT A "WOW" NIGHT INDEED AS THE WARRIORS MAKE HISTORY WITH WIN #73, KOBE KILLS IT WITH 60 POINTS IN HIS FAREWELL GAME

PLUS THE PLAYOFFS ARE ALL SET AND WE DELIVER QUICK-HITTER COMMENTS ON ALL 16 POST-SEASON TEAMS

The Golden State Warriors just re-wrote history ... too bad for them they had to share the regular-season finale stage with Mr. Kobe Bryant.

In one of the great NBA nights ever - and we mean that - there were the Warriors swishing their way to a 125-104 triumph over 17-point pup Memphis en route to the NBA…

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Final Night NBA and Awards
IT'S THE NBA'S FINAL NIGHT OF REGULAR-SEASON PLAY - AND WHATTA NIGHT AS GOLDEN STATE GOES FOR RECORD 73RD WIN AND KOBE SAYS FAREWELL PLUS SOME IMPORTANT POST-SEASON RELATED GAMES TOO

HEY, THERE'S NBA AWARDS TIME TO HAND OUT!

Hey, we didn't mean to be coming off sounding peeved at the Golden State Warriors in our most recent Jim Sez column.

True, G-State's 44-35-2 ATS (against the spread) log heading into tonight's potential record-breaking game against the Memphis Grizzlies ain't as good as one would have liked for a team that's sitting here at 72-9 SU (straight-up) but we wanted to "balance the…

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100-Unit NBA Grand Finale Winner Tonight
100-Unit NBA Grand Finale Winner TonightFree If You Sign Up For NBA Playoff Package For Just $199

Feeling Lucky - You Will Have To Lay $10,000 To Win $1 On Warriors As They Go For Record Against Grizzlies Tonight

Two Dynamite Race Horses Not Named Nyquist

50-Unit National League Wins Tonight...Underdog Angels Took Down Money Last Night For AL

By Kelso Sturgeon

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors (72-9) tonight have the opportunity to put their names in the record book as the team that turned in the best regular-season won-lost record in league history. They are as close to…

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Jim Sez NBA and MLB Updates
THE NBA UPDATE: WARRIORS ZOOM IN ON "THE RECORD" BUT IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE CASHING LATELYMLB REPORT: ONE WEEK IN THE BOOKS AND THE CUBS STATING THEIR CASE FOR "BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL"

It was a truly amazing weekend for the now 72-win Golden State Warriors: Not only did Steve Kerr's crew roar back in the fourth quarter to cop last Saturday's 100-99 verdict against 13-point home underdog Memphis but the Warriors on Sunday evening knotted up the 20-year-old season-single win record held by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and those legendary Chicago Bulls, thanks to that rousing 92-86 win at 3.5-point…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Overview
THE NBA UPDATE - OUR SNEAK-PEEK PLAYOFF OVERVIEW BREAKS DOWN THE FAVORITES, SLEEPERS AND REAL LONG-SHOTS TO WIN IT ALL THIS YEAR

Hope you've circled Saturday, April 16th on your handy-dandy calendar ... hey, the NBA Playoffs (finally) swing into gear on the day-after-Tax Day and we can all get down to the matter of crowning a pro hoops king.

In today's weekend edition of Jim Sez - always one of our favorites - we'll break down the playoff-bound teams (or, in some cases, what we believe to be the playoff-bound teams) and categorize them in terms of who has the best-to-worst…

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Jim Sez Friday Night NBA and Baseball
THE NBA REPORT: WE'RE CHECKING OUT A BUSY FRIDAY NITE MENUTHE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: THE PADRES' PLIGHT, PLUS THE CARDINALS IN NEED OF A "W"

Say this about the NBA: There's always some sort of drama as we head down the home stretch of the regular season and this 2015-16 campaign is no exception.

In fact, tonight's uber-busy card - there's 10 games in all - includes only a couple of games without any real post-season significance in terms of playoff seeds, home court advantage, etc. and so let's zip 'round the league and get you some quick-hitter previews/comments from some of the…

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Jim Sez Spurs Warriors Preview Plus NFL Draft: RBs
THE NBA REPORT - IT'S SPURS-WARRIORS TONIGHT IN MONSTER MATCHUP OUT WESTPLUS OUR JIM SEZ NFL DRAFT REPORT GETS ALL REVVED UP WITH A LOOK AT THE TOP RUNNING BACKS

Let's face it ...There's really only been one major story in the NBA this whole 2015-16 campaign and that's whether or not the defending champion Golden State Warriors are gonna tie or beat the record of the 72-10 Chicago Bulls from back in 1995-96.

Well, following Tuesday's 124-117 overtime home loss versus 14.5-point underdog Minnesota - say what! - the 69-and-9 Warriors now have very little wiggle room with the final four…

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The Jim Sez Midweek Report
THE JIM SEZ MID-WEEK REPORTWE WRAP UP THE COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON WITH ONE LAST LOOK AT CHAMPION VILLANOVA ... PLUS QUICK-HITTER NBA & MLB NOTES

Think there wasn't a whole lotta folks caught up in Villanova's thrilling 77-74 win against 2-point favorite North Carolina in Monday's NCAA Championship Game?

Heck, some 12 hours after Villanova G Kris Jenkins canned his 28-footer to hand the Wildcats their second NCAA Tournament title (and some 31 years after that first one in Lexington on April Fool's Day in 1985) there were some 313,000 "views" of the game-winning shot on YouTube and - all of a…

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Network Notebook: Understanding the Impact of Pace in the NBA

We’re in the midst of a very interesting era in professional basketball right now. Nothing less than “how the game SHOULD be played” is being argued on a nightly basis across the league. We’re definitely seeing a trend away from one style toward another. If you’re trying to pick winners every night through the regular season and playoffs, you need to be positioned intellectually on the frontline of this battle!

The two styles in question are:

*Play FAST to get off good looks and maximize your advantages over other teams

*Play SLOW to create good looks and keep your opponents from getting any…

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Wayne Root: How to Pick Upsets in the NBA

With college basketball now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on how to pick upsets in the NBA. I’ve put together some notes you can use all the way through the end of the regular season and the playoffs. Here are the keys from THE KING OF UPSETS for picking shockers in pro basketball!

First, you have to realize that the NBA Playoffs are designed to help the favorites advance. Talent wins out over a best-of-seven series as a general rule. And, the superior seeds have home court advantage if needed. It’s much easier to isolate spots for a…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What Matters to Me Most in the NBA

I’m about to take a little hiatus from the day-to-day grind of running my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. I wanted this last class discussion before the break to cover the NBA, since the championship chase will be front and center in very short order.

What matters most to KELSO STURGEON when handicapping the games that matter most in the NBA? Obviously we start with PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS. This category often cancels out in the later rounds when the great teams start playing each other. But, in early playoff action…particularly in a best-of-seven format that really makes it difficult…

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Jim Sez NCAA Championship Preview

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – IT’S VILLANOVA VS. NORTH CAROLINA FOR ALL THE MARBLES TONITE … PLUS MORE MLB 2016 PREDICTIONS

“Party like it’s 1985” … or get ready to hang yet another banner inside the Dean Dome:

What’s it gonna be at 11:40 p.m. ET (or so) this evening in Houston when the Villanova Wildcats battle the North Carolina Tar Heels in College Basketball’s NCAA Championship Game?

No doubt the 2.5-point underdog ‘Cats were the real story this past Saturday with that rousing 95-51 win against the Oklahoma Sooners in the front half of a not-so-thrilling Final Four as Jay Wright’s…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the NCAA Championship Game

A long and thrilling college basketball season comes to an end Monday night in Houston when the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Villanova Wildcats for the National Championship. It’s a battle of a #1 seed vs. a #2 seed. But Villanova has played so much like a #1 throughout this event that you should really see it as a battle of two #1’s. Frankly…two #1’s who have played so consistently great in the Dance that it’s impossible to envision any other matchup.

Check this out…

*Villanova is 5-0 straight up, 5-0 ATS in the tournament

*Villanova has won by a combined…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Championship Preview…NC vs. Villanova

It’s hard to imagine two teams playing better basketball than what we’re seeing in the 2016 NCAA College Basketball Tournament from the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Villanova Wildcats. It’s true that only Carolina is a #1 seed in that tandem. But Villanova should have been…and they’ve channeled that snub into a string of truly amazing performances.

As great as Carolina has been running the table, Villanova is doing things we’ve never seen before…repeatedly! We’re talking about a team that shot 61% on two’s and 10 of 15 on treys vs. Miami in the Sweet 16…then shot 77% on two’s…

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Network Notebook: Checking up on Golden State

The Golden State Warriors took a big hit to their hopes to set an all-time NBA record with 73 victories here in the 2015-16 season Friday night when they lost at home to the Boston Celtics.

That left the Warriors 68-8 on the way to what they hope will be at least a 73-9 finish. They can only afford one more loss! With two games left against the San Antonio Spurs, the margin for error is basically now non-existent heading into Sunday night’s nationally televised meeting with the Portland Trailblazers on the NBA Network. If GS loses to the Blazers…it will…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the NCAA Final Four

It’s been a great tournament so far, with the right mix of surprises and quality teams advancing round-by-round. Only one #1 seed is still alive as we approach the Final Four of the 2016 Big Dance in Houston. But, another team “should” have been a #1…and both of Saturday’s underdogs are fully capable of scoring upsets and advancing to Monday night’s final.

Let’s see how sharps have been betting the semifinals through the week. I’ll discuss the games in tip-off order. Don’t forget that the games are being televised by TBS! Don’t be the guy who misses the first few minutes…

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The Jim Sez Final Four Previews
THE FINAL FOUR PREVIEWS ARE HERE ...WE GET YOU SATURDAY'S MONSTER MATCHUPS!

Let us ask you the following three-pronged question: Is the best player in the land gonna win this year's college basketball national championship? Or the best team gonna win it all? Or neither?

Ahh, that's what everyone wants to know as we head into Saturday's epic Final Four in the great Lone Star State ...

The best player in the land - that's Oklahoma senior shiny star Buddy Hield -- is averaging a haughty 29.3 ppg in this year's NCAA Tournament and there's a growing belief that he can carry the…

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Network Notebook: Saturday’s Final 4 Stat Previews

The four teams remaining in the 2016 NCAA College Basketball Tournament have had a week to get ready for the task at hand. Win Saturday…win Monday…and you’re the National Champs! North Carolina is the favorite to cut down the nets. But, pesky Syracuse will certainly have something to say about that Saturday. And the survivor of Villanova/Oklahoma definitely has the talent to outscore Carolina in a 40-minute sprint.

Let’s first review how each of the four survivors made it past the Elite 8 round last weekend. Then, we’ll look at JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats for offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, and…

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Steelers moving forward without suspended WR Martavis Bryant

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Marshall patiently awaits payday, return to playing field

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May
Brandon Browner back with Seahawks but in a different role

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Ravens forfeit 1 week of workouts

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Briles' daughter calls Baylor case a 'media witch hunt'

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May
The Latest: US says it's aware of Baylor announcement

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May
The Latest: Starr apologizes to Baylor sex assault victims

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Miami QB Brad Kaaya forging quick bond with Mark Richt

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Utah to play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017

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May
Clemson signs another transfer, ex-Valparaiso F David Skara

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Maryland guard Melo Trimble to return for junior season

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Jim Hurley on a 16-9 run in baseball. Check out the Blue Ribbon for the day's #1 play, and Hit & Run for 2-3 daily best bets.

Kelso Sturgeon just won 100-Unit Upset Play on the Thunder (+2) over the Warriors 118-94 for his third straight NBA conference Final winner. Baseball Best Bets Club on an 11-3 run with 5 underdog winners.

Richie B's Right Number nails  Thunder (+2) over Warriors 118-94, and Baseball is flying high, winning 11 of last 14!

 

 

 

 

 

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