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Jim Sez Sunday NBA Playoff Previews

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1:54 PM

NBA PLAYOFF WEEKEND - CHECKIN' OUT THE SUNDAY ACTION WITH A GAME 7 AT STAPLES CENTERMaybe you happened to catch the moments after the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 in Hollywood the other night - Clips' head coach Doc Rivers was "miked up" and busy telling his players that "we'll be back here, don't worry" for a Game 7.Darned if he turned out to be correct!The Clippers indeed have forced a Game 7 - the only Game 7 among the opening-round playoff series in the NBA - slated for Sunday following Friday's hang-on-for-dear-life 98-93 win…

Network Notebook: Evaluating Injury Impact in NBA Playoffs

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM

We’ve already seen some very prominent injuries in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Rajon Rondo’s thumb fracture turned the Chicago/Boston series around. Blake Griffin’s foot injury has had a huge impact on the LA Clippers/Utah series. But, Kevin Durant missed a couple of games for the Warriors, and they barely lost a step.How do you evaluate injuries in the NBA playoffs? You NEED to have a plan of attack because the physical nature of the game virtually guarantees that more starters will miss time from NEW injuries over the next several weeks.The worst thing you can do is…

Richie Baccellieri: What Sharps are Thinking about NBA Second Round

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Though there’s still some work to do finishing up the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, professional wagerers (sharps) are already mapping out their betting plans for Round Two. They want to be ready to pounce on series prices as soon as the go up! And they will also hit Game One lines hard if they believe oddsmakers have posted soft openers.From my discussions with sharps here in Nevada, I believe I have a pretty clear view of what they’re thinking. GOLDEN STATE WILL COAST THROUGH SECOND ROUNDThe Warriors are the best team in basketball by at least a few…

NFL Draft Day One - NBA Friday Previews

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:56 AM

NFL DRAFT NOTES - ROUND ONE ALL ABOUT THE QB TRADES BUT WHAT ELSE DID WE ALL LEARN? ...PLUS FRIDAY'S NBA LINEUP WITH GAME 6 SHOWDOWNS IN ATLANTA, CHICAGO & UTAHMaybe it's high time that the NFL general managers and those TV talking heads at ESPN, Fox and the NFL Network all got on the "same page".Here's what we mean: Last night was Round I of this year's draft - from a very lively city of Philadelphia, we might add - and it was preceded by days and days of analyses from media folks that insisted this year's quarterback class…

The 2017 Jim Sez NFL Mock Draft

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3:45 PM

 OUR JIM SEZ 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!!The time for talking is over ...Let's get to our Jim Sez NFL Mock Draft and - we'll warn you - there's plenty of twists and turns in our opening round with bombshell trades all throughout our fun forecast:CLEVELAND - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: The Browns won't flinch here as this pass-rush fiend is their numero uno target all along even though we have some questions about his stamina/strength. No question the overworked Cleveland defense must get off the field more and Brownies are keeping fingers crossed that Garrett will pile…

Network Notebook: Who’s Been Lucky in 1-Run Games?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM

You always have to take April records in Major League Baseball with a grain of salt anyway. But, you REALLY have to do that if a team has a one-sided record (either good or bad) in one-run games. It’s very hard to prove that there’s any sort of “skill set” involved in winning nailbiters. Typically it involves who happens to get a hit at the right time…which is something that is hard to do “on purpose” through a whole season.With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the early season extremes. BEST RECORDS IN 1-RUN GAMESColorado 7-0Houston 3-0Baltimore…

Wayne Root: Golden State Looks Unstoppable

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM

One of the great things about living in Las Vegas is that all West Coast basketball happens in “prime time” on our local TVs whether it’s in our living rooms or on the walls at our favorite sportsbook. The mainstream media has an East Coast bias (whether it’s sports or politics!). Too many prominent writers and announcers don’t have a full appreciation for all the stuff that happens after they go to bed.That’s part of why it took the media so long to recognize what was happening with the Golden State Warriors when they started revolutionizing the NBA a few…

Jim Sez NFL Draft: QBs - NBA Wednesday Playoffs

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:54 PM

OUR FINAL NFL DRAFT POSITION-BY-POSITION GLANCE TAKES A LOOK AT THE TOP QBsNBA PLAYOFFS: HERE IS WEDNESDAY'S MENU WITH GAME 5 TILTS IN WASHINGTON & BOSTONJust in case you didn't get the news flash ...There's no John Elway or Peyton Manning walking through the door of this year's NFL Draft when it comes to the top available quarterbacks on the big board.Okay, one might make the case that North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky or maybe even Clemson's Deshaun Watson could change around the fortunes of a sagging team but truth be told this is not exactly a year where "franchise QBs"…

A Tale Of Two Sweeps: Warriors Roll; Cavs Not So Much

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:11 PM

To a lot of media observers, the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs are just about waiting for Golden State and Cleveland to meet in the Finals for a third straight year. Both teams validated that confidence with first-round sweeps, but from a betting perspective, they each looked different in doing so.I noted after Cleveland’s first two games against Indiana that they had failed to cover the number and delved into the reasons why. Things improved a bit in Games 3 & 4, but not by much. The Cavs got their only clean ATS win of the series in…

Defense and Totals in the NBA Playoffs

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist     Defense still wins championships. This old sports adage is very accurate. The Warriors stormed to the NBA title in 2016 with an incredible display of long range shooting from MVP Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. But don't forget they were No. 1 in the NBA in field goal shooting defense (.428%) and No. 5 at defending the three-pointer.  This season? The Warriors are No. 1 field goal shooting defense and defending beyond the arc. Yes, they have been a powerhouse offense and defense.    In the 2014 NBA Finals, San Antonio held Miami under 100 points in…

The San Francisco Giants Look To Rebound In The NL West

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 2:54 PM

The news has been all bad for the San Francisco Giants, whether it’s on the field, off the field or at the betting window. The Giants have lost 13 of their first 19 games and bring up the rear in the National League’s Western Division.Anyone that’s bet on them in each game has lost (-$811), marking San Francisco the biggest money-burner in the National League and second in all of baseball to Toronto. That’s not the NL pennant anyone in San Francisco had in mind.Off the field came the crowning blow—Madison Bumgarner was injured in a dirt bike accident and…

Jim Sez NBA Playoff Update - NFL Draft: D Linemen

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:58 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE - CELTICS DON'T GET MAD BUT DO GET EVEN, PLUS WESTERN CONFERENCE CHIT-CHAT ...AND THERE'S MORE NFL DRAFT ANALYSES AS WE EXAMINE THE TOP INCOMING DEFENSIVE LINEMEN INCLUDING THE VERY LIKELY TOP PICK MYLES GARRETTWhen this April sports weekend was finally put to bed - and that was following Utah's rollicking 105-98 win/cover against the 5-point road underdog Los Angeles Clippers in a series-evening Game #4 late Sunday night - the NBA Playoffs had a quartet of series knotted at two games apiece and a Cleveland sweep over Indiana (although the Cavaliers won the four games…

Jim Sez Sunday NBA Notes and NFL Draft RBs, WRs and TEs

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:49 PM

NBA PLAYOFF NEWS/NOTES PLUS OUR LATEST NFL DRAFT REPORT AS WE CHECK OUT RBs, WRs and TEsSo, who has the best shot to "shock the world" here in these NBA Playoff Round I series?Well, if you checked out the series odds prior to the start of this post-season, you noticed the Milwaukee Bucks were listed as a + 350 (to $100) underdog against the Toronto Raptors while the Chicago Bulls were priced at + 375 against the East's top seed Boston Celtics. Both of these best-of-seven series stood at two-games-to-one in favor of the series dogs - the Bucks and…

Network Notebook: Reaction to First Week of NBA Playoffs

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The 2017 NBA Playoffs started last Saturday. As we enter the second weekend, it’s time to take stock as we consider what’s likely to happen round-by-round in the weeks ahead.Some quick thoughts. GOLDEN STATE IS IN A CLASS BY THEMSELVESRegardless of what happens this weekend in Portland, we do have confirmation that the Warriors are well clear of the NBA field in Power Ratings. With or without Kevin Durant, they have more potent and varied offensive weaponry than everyone else. And, they also have a great defense that’s hidden by high scoring games in up-tempo basketball. Golden State’s defense is very…

Jim Sez Friday Sports Report - NFL Draft: Linebackers

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:41 PM

THE JIM SEZ FRIDAY SPORTS REPORT: MLB NEWS/NOTES PLUS TONIGHT'S NBA PLAYOFFS...AND 2017 NFL SKED STUFF ...OUR LATEST NFL DRAFT REPORT EXAMINES THE TOP LINEBACKERS The National Football League schedule-maker had everyone sitting up and paying attention last night when the 2017 sked hit the airwaves - there's the usual Kickoff Game to start things with the champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs but can't the league give us a break with these season-opening New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys games? Enough!Meanwhile, the Super Bowl rematch pitting the aforementioned Pats versus the Atlanta Falcons will take place…

Richie Baccellieri: Vegas Posts NFL Week One Openers

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM

You already know that pro football is king in Las Vegas. When the NFL announced its regular season schedule Thursday night, Vegas sportsbooks were ready to put up numbers for Week One and start taking action!Is it smart to bet the NFL in April? Shouldn’t gamblers wait until they know which star players were drafted out of the colleges? Shouldn’t they make sure their starting quarterback didn’t get hurt in exhibition action? Why would you let a sportsbook hold onto YOUR money for so long?Let me tell you. Some sharps DO bet these early lines because they’re confident that they’re…

NBA Playoffs: The Best of the West

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist    Start your engines! The NBA playoffs have started, time for endless full court action every night as the league crowns another champion. Let's take a look at the best of the West, the conference that has won 12 of the last 18 NBA title – and they would be working on three In a row if Golden State hadn’t let a 3-1 NBA Finals series lead slip away.  Warriors: The Warriors added star Kevin Durant to a star-studded roster, then lost him for a spell down the stretch. It didn’t matter much, as they went back to their deadly…

Network Notebook: NBA East Wide Open, West Not So Much!

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The suspense is already all but gone in the Western Conference of the NBA. Golden State is even better this year than they were last year….and they’re currently healthy! Throw in a friendlier path to the finals…and one half of the league Finals seems already set. Sure, San Antonio and Houston are good enough to play for the title in most seasons. But, they have to get through each other AND Golden State! Brutal.In the East, however, things are even more wide open than many had been thinking.#1 seed Boston was already recognized as weak for a top seed. But,…

Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 2:17 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT:CAVALIERS, WARRIORS GET WINS BUT NOT THE CASH AS POST-SEASON GETS ROLLIN' PLUS THERE'S MONDAY/TUESDAY QUICK- HITTER PREVIEWS AHEADIt's always good to do a little research when it comes to NBA Playoff time ... last year in this exact column space we detailed how the 2015 and '16 NBA finalists each won their Game 1 tilts to tip off the post-season but one year the Cavs didn't cover their opener and the other year the Warriors failed to cash the bet.Fast forward to the here-and-now NBA Playoffs and there's the Cavs and Warriors each snagging a SU…

Wayne Root: NBA Playoff Notes

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

I’m very happy with my 67% start to the 2017 NBA Playoffs. I realize there’s a long way to go…and several potential potholes that sharp handicappers must avoid stepping into. But, for now, we’ve picked up right where we left off from the NCAA Tournament. Nobody handicaps postseason sports like THE KING OF LAS VEGAS, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!I was expecting more parity in the East than the West, which is what we saw right out of the gate. I had underdog winners on #8 seed Chicago (+) over #1 Boston (outright) and #7 seed Indiana (+) over #2 Cleveland (lost…

Network Notebook: Stat Keys in NBA Playoff Openers

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM

With the 2017 NBA Playoffs now imminent, we’re going to quickly run through all eight matchups for you with an eye on the key stats that should shape each series. In some cases we have good offenses running into bad defenses. In others we have elite rebounding sides as series underdogs to poor rebounders. It’s very tough to make intelligent picks if you don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of each team.We’ll start in the East…#1 BOSTON vs. #8 CHICAGOThe most extreme stat category discrepancy in the whole first round involves this matchup. And, it actually favors the UNDERDOG. Chicago…

NBA Playoffs Begin Saturday With 50-Unit Winner

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 3:11 PM

NBA Playoffs Begin Saturday With 50-Unit WinnerSign Up For 7 Weeks Of Post-Season And Save A Fortune#1 Overall Seed Golden State 1-2 Favorite To Win It All, Trail Blazers Longest Price At 300-1 Baseball Parlay Goes 3-0 Last Night With $100 Bettors Showing Profit Of $493 And It's Right Back Tonight Wither Another One 100-Unit Baseball Game Of Month Wins Saturday My Biggest Play Thus Far This SeasonBy Kelso SturgeonI wrapped up the NBA regular season with two straight 50-unit blowout winners - the Chicago Bulls (-13.5) with their 39-point, 112-73, win over the Brooklyn Nets, and two days earlier…

The Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report - Saturday Previews

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 2:38 PM

HERE'S THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT - YES, THE POST-SEASON HAS ARRIVED AND WE GET ALL REVVED UP BEGINNING WITH SATURDAY'S FOUR SERIES OPENERS It's the question that - truthfully - has been on everyone's minds since Day One of this 2016-17 NBA season ...Are we all headed to a Golden State Warriors versus Cleveland Cavaliers Part III showdown in the NBA Finals?Gotta say that right here/right now it would come as a surprise if it's not Warriors v. Cavs come early June but there's a handful of teams that sincerely have championship aspirations (see the NBA Odds to Win it…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Playoff Openers

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM

I had hoped to provide a lengthy report for you today about how sharps (professional wagerers) had been betting this weekend’s action in the NBA Playoffs. But, as I prepare this for you Friday morning Las Vegas time, the story is “how sharps are WAITING to bet the NBA openers.” Not much action yet because there’s a general preference up and down the card for underdogs at value prices…and the public hasn’t had time to hit the favorites yet.As we go game-by-game in schedule order, I’ll include some notes on early betting on the series prices. We begin with Saturday’s…

The Jim Sez First Look at the NBA Playoffs

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:35 PM

THE FIRST LOOK AT THE NBA PLAYOFFS - OUR QUICKIE OVERVIEW PLUS A REVIEW OF THE FINAL REGULAR-SEASON NITEFunny how it all worked out last night in the final evening of NBA regular-season play: There were six teams that really needed to win to get what they were after - that was Boston, Indiana, Chicago and Miami in the East and the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah in the West - and the six-pack wound up going a cool 6-and-oh SU (straight-up) and 4-1-1 ATS (against the spread) with only the Heat failing to cover the 11-point price in its…

NBA Playoffs: The 1st-Round Matchups In The East

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Is the Eastern Conference going to see a seventh straight trip to the Finals for LeBron James? Or did the Cleveland Cavaliers late-season fade and loss of the 1-seed open the door to challengers? Wherever you stand, this is a wide-open conference and it starts right out the gate. Here’s an outline of how the first round of this side of the bracket shapes up in the NBA playoffs...Boston-Chicago: Has there been a more intriguing matchup on the 1-8 seed lines in recent years? Chicago may be the 8-seed, but they’re also the sixth-best defensive team in the NBA. In…

NBA Playoffs: The 1st-Round Matchups In The West

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:17 AM

The NBA playoff matchups are set and what follows are the key factors I’m looking in handicapping the four first-round series in the Western Conference...Houston-Oklahoma City: It’s too bad the MVP votes will already be cast (though not publicly announced) when James Harden and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head. But NBA bettors can’t get hung up in the media circus that will surround this most entertaining of first-round matchups. Because it’s issues away from the stars that will likely determine who covers pointspreads and wins basketball games.For all of Westbrook’s electricity and his astonishing 32 points/11 rebounds/10 assists per-game average, Oklahoma…

Closing Night in the NBA Plus Jim Sez Awards

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:12 PM

NBA'S FINAL REGULAR-SEASON NITE - WHAT'S AT STAKE/WHAT TO WATCH, PLUS OUR YEAR-END AWARDS TOOTHE BASEBALL MID-WEEK UPDATEIt's (finally) true! The curtain comes down on this 2016-17 NBA regular season with this Wednesday night card - 14 games in all with the usual 8 p.m. ET and 10:35 p.m. ET game starts - and there's some juicy subplots brewing 'round the league:The NBA Western Conference Playoff matchups are set - it's gonna be #1 Golden State vs. #8 Portland, #2 San Antonio vs. #7 Memphis and #3 Houston vs. #6 Oklahoma City - and all we'll left to discover is…

NBA Stretch Run: The Best of the East

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist   It's been a long haul, this NBA regular season, but the playoffs are just around the corner. So who wins the NBA title?  We all know the favorites don't waltz to the NBA Finals.  Last year eventual champion Cleveland won its first 10 playoff games, but that’s not the norm. Golden State, the defending champ, had that record-setting regular season, then started 9-5 straight up in the playoffs, even falling behind Oklahoma City 3-games-to-1.     Three years ago San Antonio had to go 7 games with Dallas in the first round, then six with Oklahoma City. Four…

Network Notebook: Remember to Study MLB Home/Road Dynamics

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM

It’s very easy for casual sports bettors to overreact to what they see in the first week of Major League Baseball action. That’s a big mistake anyway because a 6-7 game sample size doesn’t tell you much. But, it’s even worse if you’re not accounting for the home/road split of that first week!Some teams have started the 2017 season slowly. But, they did so while playing nothing but road games in that first week. They can bounce back right to where they should be by playing well at home this week when the schedule evens out. Other teams started well,…

Wayne Root: Handicapping the NBA Playoffs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Now that the NCAA Tournament is over, it’s time to focus on the NBA Playoffs. We certainly saw a West Coast flair throughout the Big Dance this past season. That played right into my hands here in Las Vegas. Will the same thing happen in the NBA?Of course…Golden State is the betting favorite to win the title!That only got them to the Finals last season before they ran out of gas. But, they purchased more gas (and insurance) in the offseason in the form of Kevin Durant. Golden State proved in recent action that they clearly are best in the…

Jim Sez MLB Report and Key NBA Games

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 3:12 PM

THE MLB REPORT: IT'S JUST ONE WEEK IN THE BOOKS BUT THE AMERICAN LEAGUE "POWERS" ARE SHOWING LOTS OF WARTSTHE NBA UPDATE: MONDAY/TUESDAY KEY TILTS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCEHey, MLB fans, weren't the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers supposed to be world-beaters in the American League this year?Hmm, that's not exactly been the case just one full week into this here-and-now baseball season as the Jays/Indians/Rangers troika exited Sunday's action a combined 6-12 and the fact of the matter is things could get even worse before they get better for all three AL squads ...…

NBA Playoff Overview

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:43 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER - AND HERE'S OUR SNEAK-PEEK PLAYOFF OVERVIEW WITH THE FAVORITES, THE SLEEPERS AND REAL LONG-SHOTS TO WIN IT ALL THIS YEARWe know that you've already circled Saturday, April 15th on your little desk calendar ... it may be Tax Day and all but, more importantly, it's the start of this year's NBA Playoffs!Hey, finally time to get down to the business of crowning a pro hoops king for this 2016-17 campaign.In today's weekend edition of Jim Sez - always one of our favorite columns of the whole sports year -- we'll break…

Network Notebook: Can Anyone Stop Golden State Out West?

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we looked at offensive and defensive efficiency for teams trying to make the Eastern conference playoffs. Today, we’ll do the same thing in the West…though it’s possible the West has already been decided!Golden State just owned #3 seed Houston at HoustonGolden State then devoured the very soul of #2 seed San Antonio at San Antonio, on night two of a back-to-backOh, they did that without superstar Kevin Durant, who’s due to return to the lineup this weekend. A year ago at this time, a Golden State championship seemed a virtual sure thing. But, injuries in the playoffs…

NBA’s Hot-and-Not Pointspread Sides Plus Friday Previews

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 THE NBA REPORT:CHECKING OUT SOME “HOT-N-NOT” SPREAD SIDES PLUS KEY FRIDAY NIGHT TILTSHere’s the cold/hard fact about wagering on the NBA during this 2016-17 regular season… it’s been murder if, for no other reason, you never really know what players are “resting” and what teams are just “mailing it in”.Trust us, the NBA Playoffs will be a real challenge (as usual) but way more conventional from a handicapping standpoint and Jim Hurley and his all-star crew will be striking up winning tunes all spring long!And now hear this…Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers/Bloggers are hitting their stride these days…

Jim Sez NBA Notes for the Final Week

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:34 AM

THERE'S JUST ONE WEEK LEFT IN THIS NBA REGULAR SEASON AND WE BREAK DOWN WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR THE PLAYOFF-BOUND (OR PLAYOFF-HOPEFUL) TEAMS ...A FINAL FAREWELL TO THE COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON AND LOOK AHEAD TO 2017-18The NBA will slam shut its (sometimes never-ending) 2016-17 regular season come Wednesday, April 12th and so that means there's a full week remaining to decide a whole batch of things including who gets the numero uno playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and who fills out the final couple of post-season berths in the East and that final slot out West.We'll examine some key…

The Search For An Eastern Conference Challenger Continues

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM

There were at least rumblings that the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs might have some drama in them. The Boston Celtics had moved past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 1-seed and when the teams met in a highly anticipated game last night in Boston Garden, the Celtics were installed as a (-4) favorite. By night’s end, it was apparent that if LeBron James and the Cavs are going to be challenged for supremacy in the East, it will have to come from somewhere else.Boston lost 114-91 and was never in the game from the second quarter on. Defensively, the Celtics were…

Network Notebook: Basketball Focus Moves to NBA

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Congratulations to the North Carolina Tar Heels, the 2017 National Champions of college basketball. Now it’s time for sports fans and bettors to focus on who’s going to be the 2017 NBA Champion. We’ll devote our efforts this week to getting you up to speed on who the most dangerous threats are in each conference.We start today in the East, where there are now serious doubts about whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers can repeat. It was considered almost automatic much of the season. But, recent issues regarding chemistry, coaching, and DEFENSE have cropped up to perhaps prevent the Cavs…

Wayne Root: Finding Live Dogs in April Baseball

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM

We’ve just started a new baseball season. So, you know the man with more documented upset calls than anyone else in handicapping history is trying to find live dogs in MLB. I have to admit that this could be trickier out of the gate in 2017 than in other seasons. You already saw that Monday when favorites won almost all the games.Why is 2017 different?There may be less parity right now than there has been in DECADES in this sport. Somehow, we’ve drifted back to the era where a handful of teams are very clearly head and shoulders above the…

Jim Feist: Some NBA Teams Packing it In Down the Stretch

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist    There is a week to go in the NBA regular season. This means there are professional athletes in the NBA who will be going on vacation in a month, and other players who will be working hard, huffing and puffing 40 minutes per game, right on through until June.   Now let me ask you - Will the majority of the players on the Magic, 76ers, Knicks,  Nets and Kings be working as hard as those teams on the NBA playoff bubble, like the Packer, Heat, Pelicans and Nuggets?    In addition, coaches down the stretch may give rest…

Jim Sez NCAA Championship Preview

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:28 AM

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - IT'S GONZAGA VS. NORTH CAROLINA IN A BATTLE OF #1 SEEDS BUT WHO REALLY HAS THE ADVANTAGE TONIGHT?PLUS WE GETCHA MAJOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING DAY NEWS/NOTES They have been playing the NCAA Tournament every year since 1939 and there's a slew of teams that have been champions on multiple occasions as UCLA (11), Kentucky (8), Duke (5), Indiana (5) and - yes - North Carolina (5) have loads of experience cutting down the nets at the end of a hoops season.Gonzaga, not so much.Okay, so the West Coast Conference champions have been regulars at the "Big Dance"…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the NCAA Championship

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM

We’re down to the final game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. What’s been the most heavily bet Big Dance in Vegas history is going to finish with a BANG because the two survivors have strong betting constituencies.*Favored North Carolina is always a public betting favorite. This year, in particular, some deep-pocketed public bettors have been making some very big bets on the Tar Heels on a round-by-round basis. It’s unlikely that’s going to stop for the championship game!*Gonzaga has a lot of “locals” support in Nevada as a West Coast team, particularly in a year like this where the program…

Network Notebook: Championship Preview…Gonzaga vs. N. Carolina

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Back when the 2017 NCAA Tournament began, there was talk  from some pundits that we might not have any #1 seeds make it to Final Four weekend. And, if anyone was a “lock” to get there…it was Kansas because they basically got to “host” Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action.Well, Kansas didn’t get here. Villanova didn’t get here. But, pre-tournament betting favorite (in the futures prices) North Carolina has made it all the way to the finals. And, virtual betting co-favorite Gonzaga is still around as well. Neither could cover the spread in this past Saturday’s semifinals…winning by just 1…

There Won’t Be Any Blowouts In Most Competitive Final Four In Years

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:34 PM

Bet On It - There Won't Be Any Blowouts In Most Competitive Final Four In Years And Any Of The Teams, Favorite Or Dog Can Win It All Matchups Say Oregon Will Go Small To Try To Beat Tar Heels While Gonzaga Must Overcome South Carolina's Shutdown Defense To Get It Done Baseball Begins Sunday With Three TV Games And With Cubs 7-2 Favorites To Again Win It All By Kelso SturgeonThe world of sports betting can sometimes play with your mind, regardless of how long one has been handicapping and betting, and for me that is for more than four…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the Final Four

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Only three games left now in the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament. I’ll talk about sharp betting in Saturday’s Final Four with you on this report. Then, I’ll come back early Monday to see how the Wise Guys have been betting the championship.The lines have been up for Saturday’s semifinals all week. So, we’ve had time to settle into “tug-of-war” positions on both games. Sharps, as always, are getting the best number for their preferred side when it’s available. It is possible that square action from the public will hit the board hard Saturday in a way that moves the…

Jim Hurley NCAA Final Four Previews

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:33 PM

OUR JIM SEZ FINAL FOUR PREVIEWS - SO, WHO WINS THE DESERT DUELS THIS SATURDAY?No matter what happens this April Fool's Day (that's Saturday) in sunny Glendale, the college basketball universe is en route to crowning a sixth different champion is as many years.Villanova, Duke, UConn, Louisville and Kentucky have snagged the past five college hoop titles (in that order) but none of 'em are around this weekend for this year's NCAA Tournament Final Four.The money's poured in the past few days on overall betting favorite North Carolina (- 115) but Gonzaga's priced at even money to win it all…

Wayne Root: Can Gonzaga and Oregon Win for the West in Final Four

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

You regular readers know I can’t post official selections here in my web articles. That wouldn’t be fair to my paying customers. But, I would like to outline the possibilities for either of the two West Coast teams to win their national semifinals Saturday…and then maybe even be crowned 2017 National Champions on Monday night.GONZAGA obviously has the best chance to win two games this weekend. They’re the biggest favorite on Saturday in their matchup against Cinderella South Carolina. If both favorites win Saturday, Gonzaga would be a short underdog to North Carolina. (Oregon isn’t a short dog to Carolina!…

Network Notebook: Final 4 Preview…N. Carolina vs. Oregon

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

When things are clicking for North Carolina, they seem pretty clearly to be the best college basketball team in the country. The catch is…things don’t necessarily click for very long when they’re clicking!*North Carolina looked great in the first half vs. Kentucky in last week’s Elite 8 showcase. They still needed a buzzer shot to win the game.*North Carolina had long stretches of dominance vs. Arkansas the weekend before, but found themselves trailing relatively late in the second half anyway.*North Carolina’s late season loss to Virginia, and ACC tournament loss to Duke look worse now than they did at the…

Jim Sez Final Four Team Capsules

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:09 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT'S FINAL FOUR - WE GET Y'ALL SOME QUICK-HITTER TEAM CAPSULES PLUS POINTSPREAD NEWS/NOTES TOOOne thing you can say about this quartet of college basketball teams that comprise this year's rather unique Final Four:They each have a delicious "back-story" whether it's favorite North Carolina looking to make up for last year's championship game loss to Villanova; there's Gonzaga looking to validate its longstanding presence as a non-power conference championship-type team; there's Oregon looking to prove that the Pac-12 is back (the league has not won a national championship in 20 years since Arizona knocked off then-defending champ Kentucky);…

Network Notebook: Final 4 Preview…Gonzaga vs. S. Carolina

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

This was supposed to be the game where Gonzaga (or Arizona) played Villanova…or Duke…or maybe a darkhorse like SMU. There’s a darkhorse alright…but a darkhorse that’s the hottest team in the tournament!South Carolina is the only team in the Final Four that hasn’t had to sweat a tight ending. They beat Marquette by 20, Duke by 7, Baylor by 20, and Florida by 7. Watch out Gonzaga…bad news if that pattern holds!The Zags trailed West Virginia in the final minute before pulling out a win. We’ll talk about North Carolina and Oregon next time. Both of those teams survived last…

Jim Feist: The 2017 Final Four!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim FeistIt is a great week for sports fans with the start of baseball, the NBA stretch run, the Final Four and the culmination of the college basketball season next Monday in Phoenix for the national championship. It's clear that it's not the teams the start the season hot, but the ones that get hot when it really matters -- March and April!   Many things happen over the course of a long season. Some teams play great basketball in December and January, only to break down from injuries or run out of steam down the stretch. A year ago…

Wayne Root: West Coast Theme Continues into Final Four

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

I’m glad I’ve been emphasizing West Coast basketball to you here at the website in recent weeks. Two powers from the Pacific Northwest have made it all the way to the Final Four. But, on the other hand, two other powers failed to play to expectations in fairly dramatic fashion.First, the good news for West Coast basketball…*Gonzaga fulfilled its hype as the #1 seed in the West region. Sure, they were lucky to survive against West Virginia, and didn’t really look like national championship material against either West Virginia or Northwestern. They did play great when demolishing Xavier this past…

Jim Sez First Look at The Final Four Plus NIT

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:32 AM

NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORTTHE FINAL FOUR IS SET OUT WEST AND WE HAVE TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMARIES AS SOUTH CAROLINA, GONZAGA, OREGON & NORTH CAROLINA ALL HAVE THEIR TICKETS PUNCHEDPLUS OUR UP-TO-DATE TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHART AND THERE'S NIT SEMIFINAL ACTION COMIN' TOOHold on, you say, someone you know actually nailed this NCAA Tournament Final Four on the head ... yeah, right!It's more like you probably are sporting a bracket sheet without a single Final Four team still alive (hey, we had Duke, Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky and even that rather-chalky quartet all fell short of the promised land in Glendale!) but that's okay…

Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…N. Carolina vs. Kentucky

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM

It turned out that UCLA didn’t have the horses to run with Kentucky for a full 40 minutes in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins faded down the stretch Friday night in a double digit loss. North Carolina is better than UCLA (allegedly), which gives fans a shot for an Elite 8 thrill ride Sunday afternoon when the Tar Heels and Wildcats meet in Memphis.You’re going to watch. You want to know who’s going to win and cover! Before getting to JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats, let’s run through Friday night’s boxscores… North Carolina 92, Butler 80 2-point Shooting: Butler 56%, N.…

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Two games left in the Elite 8. We know for sure that the SEC will send at least one team to the Final Four since Florida and South Carolina are playing each other. Might it be two? Let’s see who the sharps are betting on to reach the final weekend of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. We’ll take the games in tipoff order. IN NEW YORK(4) FLORIDA vs. (7) SOUTH CAROLINA: 2:20 pm ET on CBSBig move here right off the bat, as an opener of Florida -4.5 was bet all the way down to South Carolina +3. Sharps have really been…

Jim Sez Sunday Elite 8 Previews

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 12:26 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT - SUNDAY'S ELITE 8 GAME PREVIEWSIt's time to round out this year's NCAA Tournament Final Four teams - so let the fun-n-games roll on in Sunday's Elite 8 hoops action from New York City and Memphis:NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru the games of Friday, March 24th)Note that below we've updated our chart but here we only include any/all conferences that have played at least two NCAA Tournament games:CONF/LGWONLOSTTIEPCTNortheast2001.000Atlantic-10310.750SEC831.727Big 12851.615Pac-12750.583Big 10861.571Big West110.500C-USA110.500Missouri Valley110.500Big East570.417American120.333West Coast131.250ACC3130.188NCAA TOURNAMENT - ELITE 8EAST REGIONAL - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY#7 SOUTH CAROLINA (25-10) vs. #3 FLORIDA (27-8)…

Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Kansas vs. Oregon

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM

The Kansas Jayhawks sure picked the right time to peak. After a disappointing “one-and-out” in the Big 12 tournament two weeks ago, the Jayhawks truly hit the ground running in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Thursday night’s win over Purdue featured one of the most impressive stretches of basketball ever. Kansas closed the game on a 73-33 spring against a #4 seed. Hard to find stuff like that in the history books!Now Kansas must come back two days later ready to win again. And, this time, they’re not facing a Big 10 foe (Michigan State and Purdue were the last two…

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

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Two games to discuss on Saturday. I’ll come back about 24 hours from now to evaluate sharp betting for Sunday’s final two games in the Elite 8. Thanks to all of you who have been reading these Wise Guy reports throughout the full NCAA tournament.We go in tipoff order today. That means starting way out West for the Gonzaga/Xavier showdown in San Jose. The winner of both of these games heads to the Final Four. IN SAN JOSE(1) GONZAGA vs. (11) XAVIER: 6:05 pm ET on TBSGonzaga was power-rated higher than Arizona entering the weekend. So, the opener here of Gonzaga…

Jim Sez: Saturday Elite 8 Previews

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:23 AM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: SATURDAY'S ELITE 8 GAMES ARE HERE!There's still a "pair of aces" - a/k/a No. 1 seeds - left in the Midwest and West brackets but will either Kansas and/or Gonzaga still be standing come next week's Final Four?Get the winners in these NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games when you check with Jim Hurley's Network online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and also cash in with the other post-season tournaments such as the NIT, CBI and CIT. Plus don't forget we're banging out lots of NBA Winners too!NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru…

Wayne Root: Arizona Finally Exposed, Who’s Next?!

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The only game I didn’t have a selection in this past Thursday night in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament was the Arizona/Xavier matchup. As skeptical as I was about Arizona laying a price as high as -7.5 points….it was very tough to pull the trigger on a Xavier team that was due to fall back to earth after playing so far over its head.I should have pulled the trigger. Xavier exemplified that “us against the world” chip on their shoulder mentality that underdogs have to have in this big event. I can’t say I was shocked that…

Jim Sez: Friday Sweet 16 Previews

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:07 PM

HERE'S THE FRIDAY SWEET 16 DANCE CARDIt's time for us here at Jim Sez to dribble, dribble, dribble-drive our way through the remaining NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games on this first Friday of spring ... and there's plenty of questions that soon will find answers such as:Will the East Regional feature any more upsets after the likes of #1 seed Villanova and #2 seed Duke were exterminated last weekend in second-round play?And will the winner of the much-anticipated Kentucky versus UCLA showdown in Memphis then be able to catapult itself to an eventual berth in next weekend's Final Four?Ahhh, lots…

North Carolina 4-1 Favorite To Win NCAA Championship

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Tar Heels Head Into Sweet 16 as 4-1 Favorites to Win NCAA Tournament, Kansas & Arizona Both 9-2Five Handicapping Hints to Win During Sweet-16Win Surprising 50-Unit Bet on 3-0 NCAA ThursdayBy Kelso SturgeonThere are 32 teams competing in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday and Friday and while some teams have a better chance to win than do others, every remaining team has what it takes to win and/or cover the number. Las Vegas bookmakers have made #1 seeded North Carolina the 4-1 favorite to win it all.Bookmakers have said the first two rounds of the tournament…

Sweet 16: The Value of Senior Leadership

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist It's important to understand and closely examine the schedule and the roster of college hoop teams. Some teams start off the season playing a bunch of cream puffs, while others face a mixture of good and bad teams.   Some schools want to get a few cheap victories over smaller schools and fatten up their won/lost record early in the season, while others want to test their teams early to toughen them up for conference play. Now it's the final stretch run for the title. This is where the weak links drop off, while the better teams advance, though…

Thursday Sweet 16 Previews

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: THURSDAY'S SWEET 16 MATCHUPS PLUS OUR TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHARTOkay, so it's hard to find a bigger story in Thursday's pair of NCAA Tournament doubleheaders than this still-scorching Michigan Wolverines' team - the Big 10 Tournament champs already have dunked Oklahoma State and Louisville in this "Big Dance" and now they're actually a slight betting favorite over mighty Oregon - but might a couple of other teams in action here on this first night of Sweet 16 play be ultra-dangerous as they operate under the proverbial radar?Take West Virginia, who have a shot to bop #1 West seed…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the Sweet 16

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM

I hope you’re all rested and recuperated from having a few days off during the NCAA Tournament. Now it’s time to get back into action for the Sweet 16. I’ll cover all eight matchups for Thursday and Friday on this report. I’ll be back over the weekend to look at how sharps are betting the Elite Eight pairings.Using the same format as last week…I’ll go in Nevada rotation order for the host cities, but then tipoff order at each site so it’s easier for you to follow along as the games are being played. THURSDAY IN KANSAS CITY(3) OREGON vs. (7)…

Network Notebook: Sweet 16 Preview…UCLA vs. Kentucky

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

When the brackets for the 2017 NCAA Tournament were first announced, many eyes were looking ahead to a potential Sweet 16 matchup between historical hoop powers UCLA and Kentucky. Sure, we all know that upsets can wreak havoc with Dance plans. And, both UCLA and Kentucky were capable of getting taken out by dangerous second round foes. Now that the dust has settled…IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!Wichita State couldn’t get in the way Sunday afternoon. Cincinnati couldn’t derail destiny in the final game played Sunday night. We get the Bruins and the Wildcats battling for survival (and a possible date with…

Wayne Root: I’m 17-4 Since Wednesday in the Big Dance!

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM

I told you I was looking forward to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Now you know why!Since this past Wednesday, my Big Dance selections are an incredible 17-4 against the pointspread, with an undefeated 4-0 record on my vaunted PINNACLE plays. Nobody in the country is on that kind of tear. Bettors celebrate records like 6-4 (60%) or 8-4 (67%)…but 17-4 is on a whole different level.This is why WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the “Walk of Fame” in Las Vegas!Here’s a quick recap…Cal-Davis +3 beat NC Central outright 67-63Middle…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Sunday’s Dance Card

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM

More great matchups Sunday because there so few upsets in first round action. Cinderella rarely no-shows a Big Dance. So, maybe we’ll have some shockers on this eight-game card.Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far. As we’ve been doing this week, we’ll use the Nevada rotation order for the regions, but then tipoff order at each region so it’s easier for you to follow along throughout the day. Note that first up on the card is a pair of LATE starts. Be sure you’re paying attention to these starting times. The earliest tips are in the…

Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…UCLA vs. Cincinnati

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Cincinnati might be the LAST team the UCLA Bruins wanted to face in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And, the kids from the City of Angels already had an unlucky draw getting stuck up front in the same region with North Carolina and Kentucky!Cincinnati plays very slow, UCLA likes it very fastCincinnati plays tough physical defense, UCLA wants to put on a showCincinnati has improved its offense, which matches up well vs. UCLA’s soft defenseIt’s not quite Kryptonite across the board. UCLA is still a market betting favorite after all. But, the Bruins must shine in a style…

Hurley Sez: NCAA 2nd Round News and Notes

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

HERE’S OUR “WEEKEND WATCH LIST”Okay, NCAA Tournament, where’s all the drama?The first two “full days” of the tourney (that’s this past Thursday/Friday) brought us zero buzzer-beaters and some 20 games decided by twin-figure margins… maybe this second round of games on this last-weekend-of-winter will bring forth a batch of nail-biters, so stay tuned!All we know so far is the top four seeds in every region won and the twin-figure seeds that did snag victories were actually betting favorites, save for #11 USC and #11 Xavier (see wins by #10 Wichita State, #11 Rhode Island and #12 Middle Tennessee State –…

100-Unit NCAA 2nd Round Game Of The Year Keys Winning Saturday

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:41 AM

100-Unit NCAA 2nd Round Game Of The YearPlus 3-0 Package Topped By Another Upset Winner Get It Done SaturdayComplain All You Want But Most NCAA Seeds Right #1 NCAA Seeds Now 135-0 Against #16 Seeds By Kelso Sturgeon After more than four decades in the universe of sports betting I am hardened to all the moaning and groaning for those belonging to the Bad Beat Club. It's a shame because the so-called "bad beat" does not exist, except for one who loses when he believes he had a win and cover all wrapped but did not.This situation surfaced in the NCAA Tournament…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Dance Card

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM

There were so few outright upsets in Thursday’s first round action that lines solidified very quickly for Saturday’s second round matchups. Oddsmakers knew where the lines should open because so many pairings featured known TV programs. Almost every game is within a bucket or two from pick-em because there’s so much parity amongst the major conference contenders this season. Let’s go game by game to see if sharps have been able to find a way to shave of some edges. As we’ve been doing all weekend, we’ll go in schedule order of the locations, but tipoff order at each location.   IN…

Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Arizona vs. St. Mary’s

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM

One of the most compelling games on the Saturday “Round of 32” card in the 2017 NCAA Tournament is the St. Mary’s/Arizona showdown in the West Region brackets. Not only could the game loom very large over the whole event. But, both teams played their conference tournaments in Las Vegas…which means the BETTING handle could be huge.The locals want to get involved after watching both last week. Each team has a meaningful following in terms of market support this season (Arizona always does, St. Mary’s does THIS YEAR because they’re playing so well and cashing tickets).And, we can’t leave out…

Wayne Root: Finding “Round of 32” Upsets in the NCAA’s

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

It’s easy to get exhausted over the first two days of NCAA Tournament action. The first TV game isn’t even to halftime and the next one has begun! That happens all day, then all night. When do you come up for air?Figure out a way!There’s a whole new slate of games to handicap and bet on both Saturday and Sunday. As THE KING OF UPSETS, its’ my job to help you find some live dogs who are capable of winning straight up. Frankly, with so many low and medium lines, ANY underdog from this point forward is capable of winning…

Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Wichita State vs. Dayton

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

It’s truly one of the most interesting stories of the modern sports era. We have a consistently successful mid-major college basketball program that proves itself time and time again, yet the NCAA selection committee thinks they’re chopped liver!A year ago, Wichita State was seeded #11 in the Big Dance. It was kind of a co-crime of the century along with Gonzaga getting the same seed. Both teams were market FAVORITES over their sixth-seeded opponents when they first took the floor. After winning, both teams were market FAVORITES over the third-seeded teams they took on next.Did the selection committee learn anything?…

Jim Sez Friday NCAA Previews

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:51 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT - HERE IS "WHAT'S UP" ON THE FRIDAY DANCE CARDIf it's "marquee names" that get you all juiced up in this year's NCAA Tournament, then Friday's 16-game card is just for you:How about looking down the list of games and seeing the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State all in hard-court action?No wonder it feels like a hoops party of sorts here with a great array of first-round tourney games.Go ahead ... now get dancin'!Remember that Jim Hurley has all the NCAA Tournament winners right through the championship game on the night…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Friday’s Dance Card

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Back as promised to look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Friday’s games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Sixteen more matchups to talk about today. I’ll be back with you tomorrow to report on Wise Guy money for all the Thursday’s survivors paired up in Saturday showdowns.As was the case yesterday, we’ll use the Nevada rotation order for the regions, but then tipoff order at each region so it’s easier for you to follow along throughout the day. IN GREENVILLE(9) SETON HALL vs. (8) ARKANSAS: 1:30 pm ET on TNTNot a lot of betting interest here from any direction. These…

Hurley Sez: NCAA Tournament Thursday Menu

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: HERE'S A SAMPLING OF THE THURSDAY "BIG DANCE" MENU PLUS THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL FOR ALL THE TOP TEAMSIt's time to dance, dance, dance! The NCAA Tournament's "down" to 64 teams come Thursday morning and here we present eight different matchups on the first full day of this year's NCAA Tournament.Remember that Jim Hurley has all the NCAA Tournament winners right through the championship game on the night of April 3rd and you can get it either right here online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - plus don't forget we're banging…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Thursday’s Dance Card

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Today marks the first of four straight expanded reports studying how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. I’ll look at the 16 games on tap for Thursday in this report. I’ll be back in about 24 hours to do the say for all the Friday action.To make it easy for you to take notes, I’ll go in Nevada rotation order of the regions, but then tipoff order at each region. We start the day in Buffalo, with one of the most anticipated first round matchups… IN BUFFALO(12) PRINCETON vs. (5) NOTRE DAME: 12:15 pm ET on CBSPrinceton…

Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Nevada vs. Iowa State

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The TV networks seemed to stack the Day One schedule with daytime Cinderella possibilities. They may find out that the most exciting game of the whole card will be in prime time when Mountain West tournament winner (and regular season champ) Nevada tries to upset Big 12 tournament winner Iowa State.Both teams are obviously in great form. But, Iowa State may be due to let down because winning the Big 12 tournament is so hard! A great run from the Cyclones last weekend included wins over late-charging Oklahoma State, and computer favorite West Virginia. Nevada got to stay in its…

Hurley Sez: Breaking Down the Four NCAA Regions

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM

The NCAA Tournament – Breaking Down The Four Regions Plus Lots More Notes/ForecastsAre your brackets all filled out … or are you still working on ‘em?Well today it’s all NCAA Tournament/all the time as we break down the East, West, Midwest and South Regions and so maybe we can help, but first this important reminder …Jim Hurley has all the NCAA Tournament winners right through the championship game on the night of April 3rd and you can get it either right here at www.JimHurley.com or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155 – plus don’t forget we’re banging out…

Network Notebook: Wednesday’s Play-in Games

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM

A year ago this week they met in a #8 vs. #9 matchup in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This year they draw each other in a play-in game as a pair of #11 seeds. It’s USC vs. Providence highlighting night two of the 2017 Big Dance!Here’s the schedule, which…for the second night in a row…features a pair of #16’s followed by a pair of #11’s.6:40 p.m. ET: NC Central vs. Cal Davis (winner plays Kansas)9:10 p.m. ET: USC vs. Providence (winner plays SMU)You know the drill…let’s crunch some numbers! Computer RankingsUSC: #61 at Kenpom, #55 at SagarinProvidence: #56 at Kenpom, #58…

Wayne Root: How Will Pac 12 Fare in the Big Dance?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM

What a difference a week makes! Heading into the semifinals of the Pac 12 tournament last weekend here in Las Vegas…*Oregon fans (and many in the local media) were thinking a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament was within reach for the Ducks. If they won the Pac 12 tourney, their resume would certainly measure up with the best in the nation. Teams who watch a lot of basketball out West believed Oregon is better than Gonzaga.*UCLA fans (and many in the local media) were thinking the Bruins would be in line for a #2 seed in the West if…

Tourney Wagering Tips: Goliaths and Guard Play

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim FeistMarch basketball is one of the most exciting times of the sports betting calendar. A seemingly endless stream of games, at times running morning, noon and night, will test the nerves and cognitive powers of fans and bettors. It can be a time of highs and lows, with streaks, exciting finishes and surprising upsets.    What has taken shape the last few months, though, is largely conference play. Since conferences are purposely made up of schools with a similar level of talent, you need to pay attention to how teams start the season and what their schedule has…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the Tuesday/Wednesday Play-ins

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM

We begin what’s going to be a true basketball blitz of sharp reports this week with a look today at how the Wise Guys have been betting the Tuesday and Wednesday play-in games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.Beginning Wednesday, look for DAILY coverage of sharp betting action through the Round of 64 and Round of 32. Then, we’ll pick up again next week with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.Let’s take them in tip-off order. All four games are being played in Dayton, Ohio. TUESDAY Mt. St. Mary’s vs. New Orleans (both #16 seeds, winner faces Villanova)New Orleans opened at…

Network Notebook: Tuesday Play-In Previews

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

There’s hardly any time to complain about who got hosed or who caught a huge break in the brackets of the 2017 NCAA Championship Tournament. The games are about to begin!Today we’ll preview Tuesday night’s pair of play in games featuring a couple of #16 seeds and a couple of #11 seeds fighting for survival…6:40 p.m. ET: Mt. St. Mary’s vs. New Orleans (winner plays Villanova)9:10 p.m. ET: Kansas State vs. Wake Forest (winner plays Cincinnati)We’ll be back in about 24 hours to do the same for Wednesday night’s matchups. The same seeding scenario will feature North Carolina Central facing…

Wayne Root: Finding Cinderellas in the 2017 Big Dance

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Every year at this time, I outline strategies for you in terms of finding Cinderella possibilities in the NCAA Tournament. The 2017 Dance is set up to launch a relative surprise all the way to the Finial Four because there’s so much relative parity in the upper echelons this year.Now, I’m not going to tell you right here that we’re going to have a replay of somebody like George Mason or VCU reaching the Final Four this year (though that’s possible!). Brad Stevens is coaching in the NBA…so the back-to-back greatness of Butler from not too long ago won’t likely…

Network Notebook: SEC Preview…Kentucky vs. Arkansas

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

It seems like everyone’s forgotten the Kentucky Wildcats. They’re usually on the short list of national championship hopefuls. Some years you get the idea they’re the ONLY team on the media’s short list! This season, though, Kentucky has dropped into a kind of purgatory…they’re not good enough to be a #1 seed, but they’re not disappointing enough to be labelled a bust.Sunday’s SEC Championship matchup with Arkansas will give us one last look at John Calipari’s team heading into the Big Dance. Some pundits were suggesting that Kentucky had a shot to storm to a #1 seed after both Kansas…

Network Notebook: Big 10 Preview…Michigan vs. Minnesota

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The Big 10 has come under a lot of fire this season for mediocre basketball. But, two teams who appear to be peaking at the right time will meet Saturday in the semifinals in Washington, DC. If the nation’s sports media and statheads only focused on the second half of conference seasons, everyone would be RAVING about Michigan and Minnesota!Both are in the Final Four of the Big 10 tournament…and either could make big headlines next week in the Dance. Let’s start our preview of this showcase semifinal with a quick review of Friday’s boxscore statistics… Michigan 74, Purdue 70 (in…

Richie Baccellieri: Use Caution With Powers From Weak Conferences

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

I’ve compiled some bonus Power Ratings for you for teams who won automatic bids in some of the lesser conferences. Before I run through those, I wanted to let you know about something I do with my personal ratings just before the Big Dance starts.For teams who ran roughshod over a weak conference all season, particularly if they won their conference tournament in impressive fashion, I pull the rating back at least a half a point. Great examples this year are Gonzaga and Wichita State. It was easy to keep lifting their rating during strong stretches. Then, they both won…

Wayne Root: Dogs Rule Quarterfinals of Power Tournaments

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

For years I’ve been telling you to focus on underdogs in the strongest conference tournaments because the best teams will likely get caught looking ahead to the Big Dance. Thursday’s results bore that out in fairly dramatic fashion. Not only did projected #1 national seed Kansas lose in a shocker to TCU…but:*Underdogs in the Big 12 went 4-0 against the spread, including other outright upsets by Kansas State (a millionaire play on my Root Trust) over Baylor and Iowa State over Oklahoma State.*Underdogs in the ACC went 3-1 against the spread, including outright upsets by Duke over Louisville and Notre…

Network Notebook: Championship Week Notes

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Earlier this week, we provided in-depth statistical looks at the two strongest college basketball conferences in the nation. We hope you’ll refer often to those ACC and Big 12 tournament previews.Today, we’re going to discuss the other for “major” conferences that will be all over your TV screen this week, and all over the Big Dance brackets next week. That of course means the three other “Power 5” football conferences (Big 10, Pac 10, and SEC), and the oft-overlooked Big East (home of the defending champs Villanova!)Big 10: This league has made a lot of headlines for NOT having anybody…

Richie Baccellieri: Reviewing How Sharps Time the Market

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

With the conference tournaments upon us, and the NCAA Tournament less than a week away, I wanted to spend some time reviewing for you how sharps (professional wagerers) time the market with their bets.New lines will be popping up at a relatively random but furious pace these next few days in particular. A result today sets up a new matchup tomorrow…and that new matchup needs a pointspread!Here’s what you need to remember.*If sharps like a favorite, they bet EARLY. They know the general public prefers betting favorites to an extreme degree. The best line you’re going to get on a…

Wayne Root: Vegas Buzzed About Pac 12 Tourney

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Las Vegas has hosted the Pac 12 postseason college basketball tournament for a few years now. But, there’s never been quite this amount of buzz. Don’t get me wrong, the city is always electric for this event. This season, though, avid fans of three teams who travel well are all very confident they have the best team. And they’re not being shy about expressing it!*Oregon is the top seed, and their fans are convinced that they’ll earn the #1 seed in the West in the NCAA’s if they win this tournament. Don’t tell Oregon fans they’re not as good as…

Network Notebook: Big 12 Tournament Preview

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The Kansas Jayhawks have already celebrated a well-hyped regular season championship. They’ve already congratulated their point guard on his “Player of the Year” award. They’re already a lock for a #1 seed because they were so impressive in a power conference. Will that leave them complacent for this week’s Big 12 tournament?It should help that the event is being held in Kansas City, a virtual home-away-from-home for the Jayhawks. But, this is a talented conference, and KU had to sweat a few regular season games even back when they were motivated! We hope you enjoyed our ACC preview yesterday. Let’s…

Jim Feist: Big 12 Title Contenders

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist    The Big 12 is loaded with rebounders, fast-pace attacks and teams capable of making runs to the Final Four. However, there has only been two national championships out of the conference in the last 40 years: Kansas (1988, 2008).  Several will be knocking on the door again, though.Kansas: Bill Self's team is loaded with balance and experience behind 5-11 senior Frank Mason (20 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg), 6-8 freshman Josh Jackson (16.5 ppg, 7 rpg) and junior G Deonte Graham (13 ppg, 4.5 apg).  They've already taken down Duke (77-75) as a dog and has run…

Network Notebook: ACC Tournament Preview

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Though there was some debate midseason about whether the ACC or the Big 12 was the nation’s strongest conference…it now seems pretty clear that the ACC is well clear of the field. They are currently projected to get 10 teams into the Big Dance. There are only 10 teams in the entire Big 12! It’s possible that more from the ACC will be added if bubble teams like Clemson and Georgia Tech get good results this week in the league tournament.We’re going to preview the ACC today, and the Big 12 tomorrow here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. We’ll start…

Wayne Root: How to Find PINNACLE Plays in Tourneys

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Last time, I talked about general handicapping principals for the tournaments. If you missed that article, go back and read it! Today I’m going to talk about how to narrow down your options to find the very best choices that are worthy of PINNACLE caliber bets.I hope you won with me this past Saturday night when North Carolina got the money at -6.5 at home against Duke. Yeah, we had to sweat that one. But, you know what? We had to sweat that one because the refs kept sending Duke to the free throw line all night! That’s not supposed…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Profit From Futures

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM

One of the biggest misconceptions about betting Futures prices is that you have to win your bet to win money. It’s true that…IF THAT’S YOUR ONLY BET…then you have to win it to cash. But, sharps don’t bet Futures that way. Sharps bet futures to position themselves to guarantee profits with later bets.Let’s say you have your eye on an “off-the-radar” team that you believe has a good chance to reach at least the Sweet 16. Maybe they’re playing great of late and the media hasn’t noticed. Maybe they’re a veteran team with a solid point guard who’s just been…

Network Notebook: Colonial Championship Preview

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM

March Madness has barely begun, and already several prominent seeds from lesser conferences have suffered heartbreak. Teams Joe Lunardi had been penciling into the brackets for weeks WON’T be going to the Dance. Sorry Belmont, Oakland, and Monmouth! But, in the Colonial Conference, form has prevailed so far. Championship Week kicks off Monday night with #1 seed NC Wilmington battling #2 seed College of Charleston for the only CAA bid.We won’t have a chance to spend too much time in the mid-majors this week here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. But, the light Monday schedule lets us check in on…

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