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Kelso Sturgeon

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

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

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Wayne Root

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

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Jim Hurley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Richie Baccellieri

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

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

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Tony Salinas

Tony Salinas arrived in Las Vegas over two decades ago fresh from the family ranch in Texas, looking for the next winning thing. After all, he'd always been a winner back home... captain of the football team, State Champion tennis player, point guard for the district-winning basketball team, and Texas Calf Roping Champion in both high school & College.

Tony was an immediate hit, winning the $85,000 Castaways Challenge of 1980, and has never looked back. Tony is the proud winner of over a dozen handicapping contests, including two years ago when he beat out 226 other rivals to take the title in the $135,000 Hilton Superbook Handicapping Championship.

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Jim Feist

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

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Kansas City at Chicago Cubs

For years, it would have been hard to imagine anyone but team loyalists getting excited about a three-game Interleague series featuring the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago Cubs. In terms of pure baseball excitement, that might have been near the bottom of the list.

Now…it’s a SHOWCASE series because the Kansas City Royals are the defending American League champions who are still young and hungry enough to be chomping at the bit to get back to the Fall Classic and WIN. And, the Chicago Cubs are now a resurgent franchise that’s already in great shape to earn a Wildcard berth…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: The AL Central is Secretly Strong

The mainstream media has done a very poor job in recent years in terms of keeping fans really up-to-day with what’s happening in Major League Baseball. The emphasis is still too much on the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. If neither of those teams is particularly great, then ESPN and their competitors just move onto something else. Baseball only MATTERS in their minds if the Yankees or Red Sox are doing something…or if there’s some dramatic soap opera involving key players on those teams.

As a result, many casual fans…and too many of you regulars here in my College…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, May 28 …

EXTRA, EXTRA –IT’S YOUR FIRST LOOK ATTHIS YEAR’S NBA FINALSAS THE HYPE BEGINS FORCAVS-WARRIORS

Hear ye, hear ye …According to the Las Vegas experts, we’re right where we should be heading into next week’s NBA Finals:The Golden State Warriors – fresh off last night’s 104-90 win/cover against 9.5-point underdog Houston in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals – entered this year’s playoffs listed as a 5-to-2 betting favorite to win the championship while the Cleveland Cavaliers were a tad closer to a 3-to-1 price to win it all … so no major surprise that both of these megastar-driven teams made…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Detroit at LA Angels

Time for some Major League Baseball previews! We have the first night off from the NBA Playoffs in awhile. We’ll have plenty of time to delve into the diamonds between now and when the NBA Finals begin on Thursday June 2. The ideal place to re-ignite our baseball coverage Thursday is with a huge 4-game series featuring two of the preseason favorites to win the American League.

The Detroit Tigers visit the Los Angeles Angels in a series that’s fairly critical for BOTH teams right now. Even though both were popular picks to win their respective divisions before the season began,…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 5 Preview…Houston at Golden State

It largely went unnoticed in all the post-game hoopla regarding Steph Curry’s head injury and the flooding that kept people in the Houston Rockets’ arena overnight. But, we had a very interesting coincidence in play when comparing Game Three to Game Four of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.

Game Three: Golden State scored 115 points in a 35-point win

Game Four: Golden State scored 115 points in a 12-point loss

The Warriors shot 45% in both games…on the way to exactly 115 points. Yet, there was a 47-point reversal in the result! Golden State was getting more media run as one of the…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, May 27 …

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:IS IT PARTY TIME FOR THE G-STATE WARRIORS?…PLUS MLB KEY STATS …AND NFL NEWS & NOTES

It’s been 40 long years since the last time the Golden State Warriors played in an NBA Finals … guess the feeling is they could afford to wait another couple of days then to wrap up their Western Conference Finals after getting whacked 128-115 by the 4.5-point home underdog Houston Rockets this past Monday Night in a Game 4 bash.No doubt the Warriors are breathing a sigh of relief after the nasty fall-to-the-floor by MVP Stephen Curry wasn’t as bad as it appeared…

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Wayne Root: Cincinnati Reds in a Free Fall

The KING OF UPSETS is always on the lookout for live dog situations in all Las Vegas betting sports. But, there’s a big difference between how WAYNE ALLYN ROOT does things when compared to other “focus on underdog” approaches. I don’t care about line value per se (though that’s obviously important). I want an underdog that has a real chance to win the game.

And, THAT means I try to avoid underdogs who are dealing with internal chemistry issues, or may have tuned out their manager (or head coach).

The Cincinnati Reds are a great example of this right now. A team…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Nats On a Roll, Despite Strasburg’s Struggles

I hope all of you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, and are ready to get back to the grindstone handicapping the busy sports schedule. There’s not much compelling right now from a sports betting perspective going on in the NBA Playoffs. So, I’m going to spend some more time today in the bases. I’ll definitely have a “How to Handicap the NBA Finals” class discussion for you next week before the championship series begins on June 4.

It struck me as very interesting that the Washington Nationals have surged back to the top of the NL East in recent days…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 4 Preview…Atlanta at Cleveland

It took forever for the Atlanta Hawks to get mad about something. After weeks of struggling to get past Brooklyn and Washington in a way that should have embarrassed them…and then after two HOME losses to Cleveland….it took little Mathew Dellavedova diving on the floor to light a fire under the Eastern Conference’s top seed!

Atlanta apparently decided Dellavedova made a dirty play on the collision that put Kyle Korver on the shelf for the rest of the playoffs (looked like your standard loose ball dive to most eyes!). Then, after things got chippy in Game Three with Al Horford…the gloves…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 4 of the Conference Finals

Could we have two sweeps in the 2015 Conference Finals?! The market certainly has that as a strong possibility, given that both 3-0 series leaders are favored in Game Four. But, either the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers could stub their toes over the next two nights. In fact, that’s the next nagging injury due to happen to LeBron James!

I’ll take the games in schedule order. Sharps are still trying to get a read on both series. Most syndicates are dealing with choppy waters right now because of misreads on either side or total action.

Houston at Golden State…

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Jim Sez for Monday, May 25 …

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:WARRIORS LOOK TO BRINGOUT THE BROOMS IN HOUSTON;WHILE THE CAVALIERS ARE THINKING SWEEPTOO COME TUESDAY NITE …THE BASEBALL REPORT:HOLIDAY WEEKEND NOISEMAKERS

Okay, so sweeps are rarer than you might think come these NBA Conference Finals – we looked it up and there’s been just a pair of sweeperoos in this round since the 2001 post-season:

The San Antonio Spurs put the brooms to the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA’s Western Finals back in 2013 and go all the way back to the 2003 season and you’ll recall the then-New Jersey Nets swept the Detroit Pistons 4-zip in an Eastern Finals…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 4 Preview…Golden State at Houston

The Western Conference Finals may not come to an end Monday night in Houston. The Golden State Warriors could conceivably get so complacent with a 3-0 series lead that they lose focus before then wrapping things up Wednesday night in Oakland. But, it’s virtually impossible to imagine the Houston Rockets coming back to win the series…or to even make things interesting. They fired their two best bullets in the first two games, before getting obliterated 115-80 Saturday night in Game Three.

The Rockets did rally from 3-1 down to the Los Angeles Clippers back in the second round. But, the Clippers…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 3 Preview…Atlanta at Cleveland

The only thing worse than looking helpless on your home court in an NBA series opener is looking helpless in the first TWO games on your home court! Things couldn’t possibly be bleaker right now for the top seeded Atlanta Hawks in their Eastern Conference Championship series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not only are they down 2-0 heading to Cleveland…but they’re not even playing competitive basketball in their losses.

But…now that the Houston Rockets have shown that a three-point shooting team can come back from a 99% loss potential in a series…we know that nothing is over until the final buzzer…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 3 of the Conference Finals

Sharps are off to a sluggish start so far in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs. They generally supported Atlanta in both games against Cleveland. You saw late steam in both cases. As you know, the Hawks lost both of those games, looking horrible in the process. Many sharps also had Golden State in Game One of the West on the assumption that Houston would come in tired. The Rockets have been anything but tired in covering the first two games as big road underdogs.

Let’s see what early betting is showing after the site switches.…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 3 Preview…Golden State at Houston

Even though the Houston Rockets have been much more competitive than the market expected so far in the Western Conference Finals against the top seeded Golden State Warriors…they will get swept in this series if they don’t win at least one of two home games over the Memorial Day Weekend.

They certainly seem capable of getting a home win…

*Houston (+10.5) almost stole a win in a 110-106 loss in Game One

*Houston (+9.5) then REALLY almost stole a win in a 99-98 loss in Game Two

Put those on neutral courts, and we may have a split. Put them in Houston…and who knows?

The…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game Two Preview…Cleveland vs. Atlanta

If the Atlanta Hawks were ever going to make a statement about being a serious threat to win the 2015 NBA Championship, it would have been Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference series opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everything was lined up perfectly for a big result.

*The Atlanta offense is well designed to exploit Cleveland’s defense

*Kyrie Irving showed up hobbling, and will only be a shadow of his normal self

*The hometown crowd was rabid

*LeBron James teams are known for starting slow before surging late

Smart money was hitting the Hawks late in the day…and a hot start to the game made…

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Jim Sez for Friday, May 22 …

THERE’S MORE NBA PLAYOFF GOODIES!WARRIORS GO UP TWO-ZIP IN THE WEST BUT THEY SUREARE COSTING THEIR BACKERS LOTS OF $$$ …PLUS A CAVS-HAWKS GAME 2 PREVIEW …THE BASEBALL REPORT:WHAT-TO-WATCH ON THIS HOLIDAY WEEKENDINCLUDING A KEY CARDS-ROYALS SHOWDOWN

A not-so-funny thing is happening to the Golden State Warriors seemingly now on their way to the NBA Finals … they’re costing their “financial backers” lots of cool, hard cash!

Last night’s thrill-a-minute Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals – a 99-98 non-cover win by the 10-point favorite Warriors over the Houston Rockets – wound up being the fifth time in seven home…

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Wayne Root: Early MLB Surprises

You know that THE KING OF UPSETS is always looking for teams who have surprised the market in one way or another. If you can catch a surprise team on the way up, you can make a lot of money against stubborn oddsmakers. That’s particularly true in baseball because nobody trusts small sample sizes. Of course, you can also make a lot of money fading teams on the way down. We have several teams this season who haven’t been nearly as good as expected.

Heading into Memorial Day Weekend seems like a great time to get caught up on those good…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Bullpens Vital to Modern MLB Handicapping

I wanted to do a baseball report this week because it’s becoming very clear that bullpens are a huge part of the story in the 2015 season…and because it’s not as widely understood as I should be why some teams are having such great success.

I’m about to show you an amazing statistic. Through Wednesday night’s action, the Kansas City Royals bullpen led the Major Leagues with an ERA of 1.61. We’re deep into the season now…so that’s not some sort of one week or one month fluke. And, that’s not the best guy in their bullpen…that’s the entire bullpen!

Imagine if…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 2 of the Conference Finals

Back as promised to look at sharp action for tonight’s second game of the Western Conference Finals matching Houston and Golden State, as well as Friday’s second game in the East featuring Cleveland and Atlanta. I’ll come back every other day to cover Wise Guy betting in this format through this round.

It was Houston getting the money in the first game out West, even though Golden State took a 1-0 series lead with a 110-106 victory. Sharps who thought Houston would be exhausted from its seven-game survival against the Los Angeles Clippers were surprised by the competitiveness of that opener.…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, May 21 …

THE NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE:CAVS COP THE GAME 1 WIN IN EASTERN FINALS OVER THE HAWKS PLUS WE PREVIEW TONIGHT’S GAME 2 OFROCKETS-WARRIORS IN WESTERN FINALS …POST-LOTTERY NEWS/NOTES/RUMORS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:QUICK-HITTER NOTES FROM WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Remember way back when in TV-land when the question was this …“Who shot J.R.?”Hey, we’ve got a new take when it comes to the here-and-now NBA Playoffs – and this J.R. has nothing to do with Dallas or actor Larry Hagman or any of those 1980s television folks.

J.R. Smith – the former goofball guard of the New York Knicks (the same guy that untied opponent shoelaces at…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 2 Preview…Houston at Golden State

As you watched Game One of the NBA’s Western Conference Championship series matching the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets this past Tuesday night, you got the sense that Houston had better steal a game before the Warriors went to their extra gear. So much of the series opener felt like Golden State’s half-speed efforts vs. New Orleans (parts of G2, most of G2 and G3) and Memphis (the losses in G2 and G3). Houston better win before the beast wakes up!

Golden State woke up enough in the second half to secure a 110-106 victory. But, the boxscore shows…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, May 20 …

THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY –THE T-WOLVES NAB THE TOP CHOICEWHILE LUCKY LAKERS GRAB THE #2 PICK …PLUS OUR EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS PREVIEWAS CAVS-HAWKS COLLIDE WITH GAME 1 TONIGHT …AND WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTONON G-STATE’S 110-106 NON-COVER WIN VERSUS HOUSTON IN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS OPENER

They were celebrating in the Twin Cities and in the City of Angels too – not so much in New York and Philadelphia, however.The 31st Annual NBA Draft Lottery was chock full of fun if you happen to root, root, root for the perennially-poor Minnesota Timberwolves who – with a team-high 25 percent chance to…

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Network Notebook: NBA Series Preview…Cleveland vs. Atlanta

The betting markets currently see the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 2-1 favorite to win their Eastern Conference Championship series against the Atlanta Hawks. But, the Cavs must win at least one game on the road to advance to the league finals. And, it’s conceivable that they won’t be favored in any particular game to get that done!

Will Cleveland go for the jugular right out of the gate? Or, will LeBron James bide his time early in this series (as he did vs. Chicago) to get a feel for how best to handle the Hawks? Handicappers have a lot to think…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Conference Championships

The NBA Western and Eastern Conference Championships get under way Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively. Today I’ll talk about how sharps are betting those series openers…as well as the series prices overall. I’ll also include a look at Futures prices to win the NBA Championship. There’s been a HUGE move in that realm in recent days.

Let’s go in order. Houston/Golden State starts tonight. I’ll begin there…first with a look at the overall series.

Houston vs. Golden State (Series)

Golden State –850

Houston +600

Golden State is a prohibitive favorite to win this series because they’re far and away the best team in the league…

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Wayne Root: Will We See Any Shockers in the NBA Conference Finals?

The series prices are already up in Las Vegas for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals…and it’s clear that we have heavy favorites in the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

Cleveland -200, vs. Atlanta +170

Golden State -800, vs. Houston +600

Normally, when you see a baseball favorite of -200, you think of that as an absolute mismatch. But, Cleveland’s -200 over the Hawks is dwarfed by that -800 for Golden State over the Rockets!

Should everyone just ignore the Conference Finals and wait for the inevitable Warriors/Cavaliers championship showdown?

NOT SO FAST!

There’s certainly a chance for Atlanta to win that Eastern Conference…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NBA Conference Finals

Even though the prominent seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferences of the NBA had to sweat some second round challenges…all the #1’s and #2’s have survived to play in the Final Four that begins Tuesday Night.

#2 Houston faces #1 Golden State (beginning Tuesday Night)

#2 Cleveland faces #1 Atlanta (beginning Wednesday Night)

Amazingly, all four of those teams trailed 2-1 in their prior series. It’s a miracle that Houston is still around after facing a 99% elimination prospect late in the third quarter of Game Six vs. the LA Clippers. Golden State is really the only series favorite that flat…

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Network Notebook: NBA Series Preview…Houston vs. Golden State

Golden State enters the Western Conference Finals well-rested, after dispatching with the Memphis Grizzlies late last week. Their opponent had to survive a high energy Game Seven Sunday, then come back just two nights later to play on what might currently be the toughest home floor in the NBA!

Great spot for the Warriors…horrible scenario for the Houston Rockets.

But, the betting markets know it’s a great spot, and have priced Game One accordingly. Before you make any final decisions on how Tuesday’s flow may go…let’s take a look together at JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats for this matchup. Remember, all numbers…

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Jim Sez for Monday, May 18 …

IT’S NBA CONFERENCE FINALS TIME!HOUSTON AT GOLDEN STATEHITS THE HARDWOOD FIRST ON TUESDAYNITE PLUS WE HAVE SOME “FORECAST FUN”WITH THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY …THE BASEBALL REPORT

Gee, wonder how many times the famous Rudy Tomjanovich line – “Don’t ever – ever – underestimate the heart of a champion” has been played and replayed on Houston-area TV and radio the past 24 hours?

No doubt the Houston Rockets – now the ninth NBA team to overcome a three games-to-one series deficit in a playoff round – earned all the kudos following their 113-100 win in Sunday’s Game 7 bash against the visiting Los…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 7 of Clippers/Rockets

I’ll also talk about early betting action in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals matching the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. That series doesn’t start until Wednesday, but series and Game One prices were up and bettable all weekend.

We begin with today’s final second round game…as the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets battle to see who will take on the Golden State Warriors in the Western Finals that begin Tuesday.

Los Angeles Clippers at Houston (Today at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC): Las Vegas was shocked like the rest of the world this past Thursday night when the Houston…

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Weekend Update
THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATEWE CHECK OUT GAME 7 OF CLIPPERS VS. ROCKETS PLUS MORE NBA NEWS & NOTES ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT OTHER MANAGERS COULD BE FEARING THE AXE IN THE COMING DAYS?

Okay, so maybe it was appropriate that just the other day baseball icon Yogi Berra celebrated his 90th birthday - after all, wasn't he the guy that once famously said, "It ain't over till it's over"?

Well, this past Thursday night everyone inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles believed it was "over" when it came to the best-of-seven NBA Western Conference semifinal round series between the host…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 7 Preview…LA Clippers at Houston

It was one of the most amazing scenes in the history of sports. The Houston Rockets were all but dead and buried late in the third quarter Thursday Night in Game Six of their Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Computers had it better than 99% that the Clips would win and advance to the Western Finals.

A few players on the Houston Rockets had another thought in mind!

With James Harden sitting on the bench amidst a 5 of 20 shooting night (a man they team had been touting as league MVP all season), Josh Smith, Corey Brewer,…

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Jim Sez for Friday, May 15 …

THE NBA PLAYOFFS REPORT:CAN THE HAWKS AND/OR WARRIORSCLINCH THEIR ROUND II SERIES ON THE ROADTONIGHT AFTER THE CAVS CLINCHED A BERTHIN THE EASTERN FINALS (WHILE THE CLIPPERSGAG BIG-TIME IN GAME 6 VERSUS THE ROCKETS) …PLUS KEY NBA SPREAD NEWS/NOTES ON ALL FOUR OF TONIGHT’S TEAMS …THE MLB UPDATE:BEST WEEKEND SERIES AHEAD

Stunning. Shocking. And downright unbelievable.Okay, use your own English to describe what happened to the Los Angeles Clippers late last night when Doc Rivers’ still-immature team blew a 19-point second-half lead and simply blew a series clincher in that 119-107 loss to the 8.5-point underdog Houston Rockets.

We shall be having…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 6 Preview…Atlanta at Washington

The top seeded Atlanta Hawks are now one game away from playing in the Eastern Finals. But, they’ve yet to show much evidence in either their first round series with Brooklyn, or their second round series with Washington that they are really championship material.

They almost lost Game Five at home!

Give the Hawks credit for rallying from nine points down in the fourth quarter…and then rallying from one point down in the final seconds to “steal” a game they were favored to win by about seven or eight. But…how are you going to win the East and compete with the West…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 6’s

All four second round NBA Playoff series will see Game 6 action either Thursday or Friday Night. It’s possible that all will finish before the weekend, or that we could have a few dramatic Game Seven’s coming up Sunday and Monday (no games set for Saturday…enjoy the Preakness!)

Let’s see how sharps have been betting those sixth games. Matchups are presented in tip off order.

Cleveland at Chicago (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN): An opener of Chicago -1 has been bet up to -2. I’ve seen some stores testing Chicago -2.5. Cleveland money starts to come in with the hook…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, May 14 …

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE –CAVS & CLIPS LOOK TO WRAPUP THINGS TONIGHT IN A PAIR OFGAME 6 HOEDOWNS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:THE FIVE-BEST “UNDER THE RADAR”STORIES IN THE BIGS SO FAR

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers – two franchises that have never/ever won an NBA Championship – both have the confetti and balloons ready this evening as they both look to close out their respective series in six games apiece.

The funny thing is Cleveland’s been tangled up with Chicago for a batch of close games this Eastern Conference semifinal round series – back-to-back buzzer-beaters in Games 3 and 4…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 6 Preview…Cleveland at Chicago

Yesterday, we talked about how the Golden State Warriors finally put together a stretch that made them look like champions back on Game Four of their series with the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, it’s time to talk about how LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers finally did the same against the Chicago Bulls.

That was the story of Game Five. We saw vintage LeBron for the first time. He attacked the basket to go a stunning 13 of 19 on two-point shots. He carried his team on his back in their most important game of the season. He even had one of…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, May 13 …

NFL NEWS & NOTES –WHAT TOM BRADY’S BEEN “REALLY WORTH”TO PATS BACKERS THESE LAST FEW YEARS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:KEY LEFTY/RIGHTY STATS …PLUS THE NBA PLAYOFFSROCK ON IN ATLANTA & GOLDEN STATEWITH GAME 5 TILTS TONIGHT

How deflating for the fans of the NFL’s New England Patriots:The news that was announced shortly after 5:30 p.m. ET this past Monday that QB Tom Brady would be suspended for a total of four regular-season games (plus the lost #1 draft pick in 2016, the fourth-round draft pick in 2017 and a million bucks too) for his role in “DeflateGate” was harsher than we ever…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 5 Preview…Memphis at Golden State

We finally saw the best of the Golden State Warriors this past Monday Night when they throttled Memphis 101-84 to even up their Western Conference second round playoff series at two games apiece. Many expected that in the bounce back spot in Game Three. The stubborn Warriors waited to get embarrassed a second time before finally making some adjustments.

After those adjustments…

*Much more intensity on defense

*Much better ball movement on offense

*Much better concentration from key contributors

*A realization that you can’t just show up against top Western opposition!

If you look over the key boxscore stats, the differences jump right out at you.…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the Pivotal Game 5’s

The next two nights of NBA Playoff action bring pivotal Game 5’s in both the Eastern and Western Conference second rounds. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting the games sent for Tuesday and Wednesday Night on the TV schedule. I’ll go over the games in tipoff order…

Chicago at Cleveland (Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on TNT): Looks like a tug-of-war developing between Cleveland -5 and Chicago +5.5. Though, it’s possible that late day sentiment will be more weighted toward the underdog. The public is less likely to lay a number in a series that just saw two…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 5 Preview…Chicago at Cleveland

You can’t get much closer than back to back buzzer-beaters! Though, the fact that both of those games were in Chicago suggests that Cleveland is the slightly better team in their Eastern Conference second round playoff series. Home court is worth something. The composite score through four games favors Cleveland 380-373. That’s seven points over four games split between the cities…suggesting very little difference between the contenders.

Of course…injuries to Pau Gasol (out the last game) and Kyrie Irving (playing, but not contributing) are mucking up the handicapping process even more. This has truly been a battle of attrition, and picking…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Live by the Three, Die by the Missed Three!

We’ve already talked a lot in recent weeks about how to handicap NBA Playoff basketball. What’s become clear in recent days is that teams who are over-reliant on the three-pointer are in deep trouble in playoff basketball when those treys aren’t falling. We already knew that of course. But, this year was supposed to be different because many of the “trey-heavy” teams had shown some semblance of balance during the regular season.

I’m talking mostly about:

Golden State

Atlanta

Houston

Those were the three teams that supposedly were revolutionizing basketball with their ability to pass the ball around to create open looks on treys. That’s…

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Wayne Root: I Told You NBA Surprises Were in Store!

As a disappointingly boring first round of the NBA Playoffs was wrapping up, I alerted you that the stage was set for a bunch of surprises in Round Two. But, even THE KING OF UPSETS was a bit surprised when all the pre-series favorites fell behind 2-1 in their matchups.

*Top seed in the East Atlanta fell behind 2-1 to underdog Washington even though Wizards star John Wall suffered a fractured wrist! The Hawks were favored by four points this past Saturday, yet trailed by 21 in the fourth quarter before rallying to suffer a buzzer beater loss. Would the Hawks…

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Jim Sez for Monday, May 11

THE NBA PLAYOFFS REALLY HEAT UP!!!

Say it with us, ladies and gents –This past weekend the NBA Playoffs gave us not one, not two but three buzzer-beater games in all (just none of them in Los Angeles, okay?) and so last-second thrillers – all in the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round, as a matter of fact – has pro hoop fans clamoring for more – wouldn’t you say?We head into this new work week with Washington up on Atlanta two games-to-one while Cleveland and Chicago’s knotted up two games apiece; plenty of drama in the West where Memphis looks to garner…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 4 Preview…Atlanta at Washington

John Wall sat out Saturday’s third game of the Eastern Conference series matching the Washington Wizards and the number one seeded Atlanta Hawks. Washington won anyway! And, now Atlanta’s backs are against a wall down 2-to-1 in the series…even if they’re not facing the best player on the opposing team!

Could Atlanta lose in the Eastern semi’s? Can you believe that the question is being asked about BOTH number one seeds right now? Atlanta and Golden State seemed so dominant during the regular season. Playoff basketball is a whole different animal.

To get ready for Game Four of Hawks/Wizards, let’s take a…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 4 Preview…Houston at LA Clippers

Three games into the second round Western Conference series between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers…it’s pretty clear that the Clips are the much superior team when there’s gas in their tank. And, that’s true even if Chris Paul can’t play! But, when the shorthanded Clippers run out of gas because their starters can’t keep carrying a full load all the time, THEN the Rockets are capable of winning.

Houston’s played one good half so far! That was the second half of Game Two, when Blake Griffin and the other overworked LAC starters just flat lost it. Otherwise…blowout city for…

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Weekend Report
THE NBA PLAYOFF WEEKEND UPDATE: CAN WIZARDS WIN WITHOUT WALL AND HOW DOES G-STATE RESPOND OFF A RARE HOME LOSS?THE BASEBALL REPORT: A-ROD'S #661PLUS OUR JIM SEZ TAKE ON "DEFLATEGATE"

The Washington Wizards were one of two NBA teams that snagged Round I playoff wins as underdog sides - the D.C. gang was + 160 in that four-game sweeperoo against Toronto (the Los Angeles Clippers were + 150 in their epic seven-game series win against San Antonio) - and following a Game 1 win in Atlanta in these here-and-now Eastern Conference Semifinals it sure seemed that the Wizards (a + 200…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…Golden State at Memphis

The Golden State Warriors were favored by many in the handicapping community (particularly quants) to win the title when the 2015 NBA Playoffs began. Then, their chances seemed to get better day by day as other teams suffered injuries or were upset. The most dangerous team from the East...Cleveland…lost Kevin Love to a shoulder injury. The most dangerous team in the West…San Antonio…was eliminated in an epic first round battle to the LA Clippers…as Chris Paul of the Clips was injuring his hamstring! The Road to the Championship in front of the Warriors was losing its speed bumps.

Until Tuesday night!

That’s…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 3’s Friday and Saturday

Great time to check in on the NBA Playoffs. We had a day off Thursday for the market to settle in on all the Game Three’s that will be played Friday and Saturday. I’ll run through the matchups for you in tip-off order beginning with tonight’s doubleheader.

Cleveland at Chicago (Friday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN): Looks like we have a tug-of-war developing between Chicago -1.5 and Cleveland +2. The public likes betting on LeBron, which puts them in the rare position of taking a road underdog. But, there is a lot of Chicago money that often finds its way…

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Jim Sez for Friday, May 8 …

HERE ARE TONIGHT’SNBA PLAYOFF PREVIEWSAS CAVS-BULLS, ROCKETS-CLIPS COLLIDE …THE BASEBALL REPORT:WE CHECK OUT THE TIGERS-ROYALSMARQUEE MATCHUP (AND MORE!)

Round One of this year’s NBA Playoffs brought us just one seven-game series (see Los Angeles Clippers over the San Antonio Spurs in a real beauty!) – but are we possibly headed to a few “go-the-distance” series here in this conference semifinal round?The NBA took a rare night off Thursday but you can’t help but to see the symmetry here as we “daydream” about seven-game sets all around as all four on-going series currently are knotted at a game apiece while heading into…

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May
Bulls fire Thibodeau

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28
May
Nothin' but Net: Loving the Warriors

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28
May
Get to know Emmanuel Mudiay

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28
May
Barnes, Curry lead Warriors to NBA Finals

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - It was 40 years in the making.

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29
May
A's pull out win over Yankees

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer, Billy Burns added a solo shot, and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the New York Yankees 5-4 on Thursday.

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29
May
Heston, Giants shut out Braves

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Belt's solo homer coupled with a six-run eighth inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 7-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

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29
May
Kluber, Indians down Mariners

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber struck out 13 batters in seven solid innings of work and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-3 in the opener of a four-game set.

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29
May
Iannetta, Angels pound Tigers

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Iannetta hit a grand slam as the LA Angels of Anaheim routed the Detroit Tigers, 12-2, to open a four-game series.

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28
May
Broncos' Clady tears ACL

Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning will have to make do without his blind-side protector for the 2015 season, as the Denver Broncos announced that Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Wednesday's OTA session.

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27
May
Ray McDonald arrested again

Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Former 49ers and Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested Wednesday for violating a restraining order that was issued as a result of his domestic violence and child endangerment arrest that occurred Monday.

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27
May
Browns waive Nick McDonald

Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns waived offensive lineman Nick McDonald with an injury designation (knee), the team announced on Wednesday.

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27
May
Redskins release Chester, Porter

Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have parted ways with a pair of veterans, terminating the contracts of guard Chris Chester and cornerback Tracy Porter Wednesday.

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28
May
AAC introduces football championship game

Key Biscayne, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The American Athletic Conference announced on Thursday the addition of a conference championship game in football.

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26
May
In the FCS Huddle: Best games by FCS conference

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22
May
Rhode Island sets future FBS matchups

Kingston, RI (SportsNetwork.com) - Rhode Island football is preparing to open the 2015 season at Syracuse.

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22
May
In the FCS Huddle: Illinois State needs to send a message

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The most telling comment at Marshaun Coprich's court appearance on Friday came from the judge while the plea hearing wrapped up:

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26
May
Northwestern rewards Collins with extension

Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Northwestern rewarded head men's basketball coach Chris Collins with a contract extension on Tuesday.

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18
May
Louisiana Tech names Konkol head coach

Ruston, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisiana Tech named Eric Konkol head men's basketball coach on Monday.

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16
May
Ex-Seton Hall guard Gibbs transfers to UConn

Storrs, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Sterling Gibbs, the leading scorer for Seton Hall last season, announced he will transfer to the University of Connecticut.

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15
May
NCAA to reduce shot clock in men's basketball

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The NCAA men's basketball rules committee has recommended a package of changes that would include the reduction of the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds.

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Wayne Root finishes the Conference Finals by winning his 5th straight game on the Warriors over the Rockets. Wayne is 3-0 in baseball after Tuesday with the Twins over the Red Sox, and 2-0 Wednesday with Orioles and Mariners.

Tony Salinas 4-0 in baseball Wednesday, 3-0 with Cardinals, Mets and Giants, and the Total of the Day with Tigers / A's UNDER 7.5.

Richie B. wins with the Warriors in game 5, loses the total and sweeps 3-0 in MLB with White Sox, Mets and Orioles.

Jim Hurley 4-1 overall on Wednesday as the Warriors cover in game 5, Blue Ribbon Baseball splits 1-1, and Hit & Run Club is 2-0 with Cards and Twins.

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