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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

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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Wayne Root: Shocker Potential in the Final Four

Obviously THE KING OF UPSETS is thinking long and hard about upset potential in this Saturday’s NCAA Final Four matchups featuring Villanova vs. Oklahoma and North Carolina vs. Syracuse. I won both of my upset calls last week, on small favorites Oklahoma (+) over Oregon and Villanova (+) over Kansas. I was on the favorites in the other games…winning with North Carolina…but going into shock with the rest of the country when Virginia blew its huge lead vs. Syracuse.

Nothing wrong with a 75% weekend!

Here are the two questions for us now…

*Can Oklahoma (+2) take out Villanova?*Can Syracuse (+9) continue its…

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Jim Sez Final Four Notebook and NIT Final
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT - OUR FINAL FOUR NOTEBOOK ...

PLUS TONIGHT'S NIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW AS VALPO BATTLES GEORGE WASHINGTON AT MSG ...

AND OUR QUICK-HITTER MLB 2016 PREVIEW

Okay, so here is what we know - and what we don't know - while heading into Saturday's NCAA Tournament Final Four in Houston:

We know that there will be an ACC team playing for all the proverbial marbles come Monday night in the championship game with either heavy-duty favorite North Carolina or long-shot Syracuse making it into the title game and we also know neither Villanova nor Oklahoma has made it to the final…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NCAA Final Four

Time to start thinking about this Saturday’s Final Four matchups in Houston as the 2016 NCAA Tournament starts winding to a close. You regular readers know that I can’t post formal selections here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. That wouldn’t be fair to paying clients. I can work through the handicapping process for you though. Building on the fundamentals we’ve discussed through the season, let’s pin down some keys to each matchup.

 

NCAA SEMIFINAL #1: Villanova (-2) vs. Oklahoma

You’ve been hearing a lot already about how Oklahoma crushed Villanova earlier this season. Let’s jump into that immediately…

Monday…

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Network Notebook: NIT Championship Preview…Valpo vs. GW

It’s not exactly a clash of the titans Thursday night when Valparaiso takes on George Washington in Madison Square Garden for the NIT Championship. In fact, many casual fans are barely familiar with these teams at all! But, educated sports bettors are fully aware that we have a meeting between arguably the “best” mid-major not to get an at-large bid to the Big Dance in Valpo, and a red hot team playing great basketball in GW.

This could be a GREAT game! And it will feature talented teams who are going all out to win a championship.

Let’s review how each survived…

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Jim Sez Final Four Notes
NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORTHERE'S SOME FINAL 4 NEWS & NOTES (INCLUDING KEY POINTSPREAD GOODIES!)

Folks, it's always fun to look back before we take a sneak peek ahead - so let's take a moment to check out where this weekend's NCAA Tournament Final Four teams were placed to start this 2015-16 season (the rankings are listed next to the name below followed by the up-to-date records) according to the Associated Press Top 25:

#1 NORTH CAROLINA (32-6) - Hey, the Tar Heels were tagged to be the numero uno team in the land at the very start of this season and so Roy…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the NIT Final Four

Before gearing up for the NCAA Final Four that’s being held this weekend in Houston, college basketball fans and bettors will be watching the historic NIT Final Four from Madison Square Garden in New York. The semifinals will be played tonight, with the championship game set for Thursday.

I’m sure most of you have been so focused on the Big Dance that you haven’t been paying much attention to the NIT. Studying sharp betting will help give you a quick sense of team quality and form for these last four survivors.

Let’s take them in tip-off order.

 

IN NEW YORK

VALPARAISO vs. BYU: 7…

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Wayne Root: Handicapping Late Season NBA

Over the past several weeks, the majority of my service selections have been in college basketball. The tournaments were a lot of fun…and a 3-1 performance over the Elite 8 games suggests that a few more shining moments are still ahead for my clients and I in college hoops. But, it’s obviously time to turn our focus much more intently to the NBA. Everyone in the league has about 8-10 games left in the regular season. And, then the playoffs will run from late April all the way into June.

What’s the best way to pick winners in pro hoops at…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NIT Final Four

Before we worry about the NCAA Final Four coming up this weekend in Houston, there’s the matter of the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in New York to attend to. I can’t tell you who I’ll be picking in Tuesday’s semifinals (or later this week in Thursday’s championship game). But, I can at least get students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping caught up.

 

NIT SEMIFINAL #1: Valparaiso (-1) vs. BYU

It’s a shame Valparaiso didn’t get a bid to the Big Dance. They lost their conference tournament game at home to Wisconsin-Green Bay in a…

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The Jim Sez NCAA Tournament Update
THE JIM SEZ NCAA TOURNAMENT UPDATE

HEY, THE FINAL FOUR IS SET AND WE HAVE TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMARIES AS #2 SEEDS 'NOVA AND OKLAHOMA WILL DO BATTLE THIS SATURDAY, WHILE ACC FOES #10 SYRACUSE, #1 NORTH CAROLINA GET THE PRIME-TIME STAGE

Can we venture a guess and say neither you nor your best bracket buddy had this as your Final Four?

It's funny how in a year when more than an estimated 50 percent of the country had #2 seed Michigan State cutting down the nets in Houston, it's a different pair of #2 seeds - that's Villanova and Oklahoma - that will…

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Network Notebook: Elite 8 Review, Final 4 Preview

Entering the weekend, it looked like the NCAA Tournament was on track to have a battle of #1 seeds on Semifinal Saturday in the Final Four. But, one-by-one, those #1 seeds fell by the wayside. Oregon (a false #1 anyway based on computer ratings) was dominated by Oklahoma. Kansas, the official #1 seed in the whole event, couldn’t make it past talented and dangerous Villanova. Virginia blew a huge second half lead to get SHOCKED by Syracuse Sunday. North Carolina finally represented for the top seeds…manhandling a very soft Notre Dame defense.

Let’s review the key stats from those four games…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Sunday’s Elite 8 Action

The last two games in the Elite 8 Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament have some very interesting dynamics for bettors. First of all, all four teams are from the same league! What are the odds of that? The storied Atlantic Coast Conference is guaranteed to have at least two teams in the Final Four, and one team in the championship game because of the way the brackets are clustered.

It obviously follows that “conference” games like this will be rematches from the regular season. These teams have seen each other before. Notre Dame just played North Carolina a couple weeks…

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Network Notebook: Sunday’s Elite 8 "Stat" Previews

Oddskmakers, sportsbooks, and dog lovers everywhere were reeling from a Sweet 16 round that saw pointspread favorites go 7-1 straight up and against the spread. Only Gonzaga failed to win and cover as a favorite. Many sharps liked that side anyway, so it was small consolation.

Well, the prices FINALLY adjusted! North Carolina opened at a whopping -10 over Notre Dame, after being just -5.5 or so against Indiana Friday night. When the Heels played the Irish a couple of weeks ago in the ACC Tournament, the line was only -7. Big jump! Virginia opened at -8.5 against Syracuse in what’s…

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Wayne Root: Is Cavs Controversy Opening Door for Eastern Shocker?

The Cleveland Cavaliers may be going through a bit of a meltdown here on the eve of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. There are still 10 games left for them in the regular season heading into Saturday night’s matchup with the New York Knicks. And, they will still be heavy favorites to win the East even if they have a disastrous close to the campaign and fall to the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. But, these facts are undeniable…

*The team’s top players aren’t getting along very well

*The team was split by the decision to fire head coach David Blatt

*LeBron James…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Elite 8 Action

Only two games to talk about today…but two HUGE games because we have #1 seeds matched up against #2 seeds for the right to go to the Final Four. The schedule is a bit weird because the first game in the Nevada Rotation is actually the later start. I’m going to go in tipoff order to keep it simple. So, we head out West for the early evening (East Coast time, late afternoon on site and here in Las Vegas) matchup between the Oregon Ducks and Oklahoma Sooners.

 

IN ANAHEIM

OREGON vs. OKLAHOMA: 6:09 pm ET on CBS

This one has hovered near…

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Jim Sez: Saturday Elite-8 Previews & Notes

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT - SATURDAY'S ELITE 8 QUICKIE PREVIEWS

Ladies and gents, let's jump right into our Jim Sez previews for the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games on Saturday:

WEST REGIONAL FINAL - Honda Center, Anaheim (CA)#2 OKLAHOMA (28-7) vs. #1 OREGON (31-6) - 6:09 p.m. ET, CBS

"And a one, and a two …"Okay, so you get the theme for these NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games on Saturday with a pair of No. 1 seeds battling it out with a couple of No. 2 seeds and we start here on the left coast where the top-seeded Oregon Ducks just kicked Duke…

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Network Notebook: Saturday’s Elite 8 "Stat" Previews

No Cinderella’s in these brackets! The top two seeds have advanced to the regional championships being held Saturday in Louisville and Anaheim. All four survivors won impressively Thursday night with double digit victories that easily covered their Vegas pointspreads.

Let’s quickly review those Thursday results as we preview the NCAA Elite 8 doubleheader that you’ll be watching intently as we continue through MARCH MADNESS MAYHEM!

Because we’re previewing two games at once, we’ll go to a slightly condensed format. We’ll summarize Thursday with “Phantom Score,” a great secondary score that reflects two-point scoring plus rebounding (a longtime staple here in the NOTEBOOK)…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Elite 8

I’m pleased that my clients and I picked up 100 more units of profit Thursday on the opening night of Sweet 16 action. We had 50 unit winners on Oklahoma and Oregon, who both coasted to easy covers. It was very clear from the outset that neither of the opposing underdog defenses had answers for the PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS on the favored offenses. This why that’s such an important handicapping point for us here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting and Handicapping!

Of course, the Duke and A&M defenses aren’t around to bully any more…so picking winners in the Elite…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Friday’s Sweet 16 Action

All four favorites won and covered their spreads Thursday on night one of the Sweet 16. That’s generally bad news for sportsbooks (and many sharps), but good news for the general public. None of the four games were even close in the final minutes. The #1 and #2 seeds advance in both Louisville and Anaheim to set up some great Saturday action in the Elite Eight.

First, Friday brings the second half of the Sweet 16. Let’s see how sharps have been betting tonight’s action. As always, we go in tip-off order using the Nevada Rotation order of sites…

 

GAMES IN PHILADELPHIA

 

NOTRE…

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