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

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 GAMES

Colorado 7-0

Houston 3-0

Baltimore…

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Wayne Root: Golden State Looks Unstoppable

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…

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Jim Sez NFL Draft: QBs - NBA Wednesday Playoffs

OUR FINAL NFL DRAFT POSITION-BY-POSITION GLANCE TAKES A LOOK AT THE TOP QBs

NBA PLAYOFFS: HERE IS WEDNESDAY'S MENU WITH GAME 5 TILTS IN WASHINGTON & BOSTON

Just 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"…

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

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…

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Defense and Totals in the NBA Playoffs
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…
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The San Francisco Giants Look To Rebound In The NL West

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…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Update - NFL Draft: D Linemen

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 GARRETT

When 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…

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

NBA PLAYOFF NEWS/NOTES PLUS OUR LATEST NFL DRAFT REPORT AS WE CHECK OUT RBs, WRs and TEs

So, 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…

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Network Notebook: Reaction to First Week of NBA Playoffs

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 THEMSELVES

Regardless 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…

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Jim Sez Friday Sports Report - NFL Draft: Linebackers

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…

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Richie Baccellieri: Vegas Posts NFL Week One Openers

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…

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NBA Playoffs: The Best of the West
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…
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Network Notebook: NBA East Wide Open, West Not So Much!

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,…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report

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 AHEAD

It'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…

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Wayne Root: NBA Playoff Notes

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…

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Network Notebook: Stat Keys in NBA Playoff Openers

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 CHICAGO

The most extreme stat category discrepancy in the whole first round involves this matchup. And, it actually favors the UNDERDOG. Chicago…

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I 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,…

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The Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report - Saturday Previews

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…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Playoff Openers

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…

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The Jim Sez First Look at the NBA Playoffs

THE FIRST LOOK AT THE NBA PLAYOFFS - OUR QUICKIE OVERVIEW PLUS A REVIEW OF THE FINAL REGULAR-SEASON NITE

Funny 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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Closing Night in the NBA Plus Jim Sez Awards

NBA'S FINAL REGULAR-SEASON NITE - WHAT'S AT STAKE/WHAT TO WATCH, PLUS OUR YEAR-END AWARDS TOO

THE BASEBALL MID-WEEK UPDATE

It'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…

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NBA Stretch Run: The Best of the East

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…

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Network Notebook: Remember to Study MLB Home/Road Dynamics

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,…

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Wayne Root: Handicapping the NBA Playoffs

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…

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Jim Sez MLB Report and Key NBA Games

THE MLB REPORT: IT'S JUST ONE WEEK IN THE BOOKS BUT THE AMERICAN LEAGUE "POWERS" ARE SHOWING LOTS OF WARTS

THE NBA UPDATE: MONDAY/TUESDAY KEY TILTS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE

Hey, 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 ...…

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NBA Playoff Overview

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 YEAR

We 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…

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Network Notebook: Can Anyone Stop Golden State Out West?

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 Houston

Golden State then devoured the very soul of #2 seed San Antonio at San Antonio, on night two of a back-to-back

Oh, 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…

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

 

THE NBA REPORT:CHECKING OUT SOME “HOT-N-NOT” SPREAD SIDES PLUS KEY FRIDAY NIGHT TILTS

Here’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…

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Jim Sez NBA Notes for the Final Week

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 2017-18

The 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…

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The Search For An Eastern Conference Challenger Continues

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…

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Network Notebook: Basketball Focus Moves to NBA

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…

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Wayne Root: Finding Live Dogs in April Baseball

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…

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Jim Feist: Some NBA Teams Packing it In Down the Stretch
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…
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Jim Sez NCAA Championship Preview

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"…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the NCAA Championship

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…

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

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…

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

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 Sturgeon

The 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…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the Final Four

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…

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Jim Hurley NCAA Final Four Previews

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…

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

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!…

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

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…

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Jim Sez Final Four Team Capsules

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT'S FINAL FOUR - WE GET Y'ALL SOME QUICK-HITTER TEAM CAPSULES PLUS POINTSPREAD NEWS/NOTES TOO

One 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);…

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

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…

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Jim Feist: The 2017 Final Four!

by Jim Feist

It 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…

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Wayne Root: West Coast Theme Continues into Final Four

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…

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Jim Sez First Look at The Final Four Plus NIT
NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT

THE FINAL FOUR IS SET OUT WEST AND WE HAVE TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMARIES AS SOUTH CAROLINA, GONZAGA, OREGON & NORTH CAROLINA ALL HAVE THEIR TICKETS PUNCHED

PLUS OUR UP-TO-DATE TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHART AND THERE'S NIT SEMIFINAL ACTION COMIN' TOO

Hold 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…

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

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.…

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

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 CBS

Big 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…

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