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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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SportsMasters Consensus

In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.

Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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Blog Headlines

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: When to Take +1.5 Runs in Baseball

The last time we were together here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, we talked about the best times to lay -1.5 runs on the baseball run line. Today, we’re going to turn it around and talk about the best times to take +1.5 runs.

For too many of you, this never even occurs to you! It’s human nature for too many “square” bettors to try to “justify” betting on the most dominant teams. If they can’t “afford” laying -240 because that seems to high, they lay -1.5 runs at lower juice even though the percentages might make…

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Wayne Root: How to Find “Surprise” Teams in the 2015 NFL Season

The past two weeks we’ve talked about preparing for the 2015 college football season here in my web articles. This time, we move to the NFL. I’m not going to get specific about which teams WAYNE ALLYN ROOT believes might take the league by storm this season. I need to protect that information for my paying clients! But, I will outline strategies YOU should be using to find big money teams who may catch oddsmakers napping.

First, the most successful “surprise” teams invariably involve an “us against the world” mentality that is either driven by a head coach or a cast…

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Jim Sez Update

Meet the Matz!

Okay, so forgive us for the little takeoff on the 50-plus year-old theme song called "Meet the Mets" but, wow, what a debut for the new left-handed hurler for the New York Mets.

The 24-year-old Matz - born and raised on Long Island approximately an hour from Citi Field -- wheezed into Gotham City this past weekend and promptly got the call to start Sunday's regularly-scheduled game and he quickly surrendered a home run to the first Major-League batter he ever faced…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Kansas City at Houston

As we get deeper into the 2015 Major League Baseball season, it’s becoming pretty clear that the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros aren’t going anywhere. Defending AL champion Kansas City is the betting favorite to win the league again because they have balance from top to bottom and an amazing bullpen. The time for Houston to “fall back to earth” has long passed. The team is actually improving in some key areas as the season progresses.

That means this week’s Royals/Astros series could be a playoff preview. It’s at least a current look at two of the best “first half”…

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Richie Baccellieri: Quick Thoughts on 2015 College Football “Game of the Year” Lines

The Golden Nugget posted their “Game of the Year” lines for showcase college football matchups earlier this week. That created a lot of buzz in sports betting media because football is king! It was a busy day at the Golden Nugget. Just remember to keep things in perspective when looking at those numbers.

*The openers represent team perceptions held by oddsmakers at the Golden Nugget rather than a composite of all oddsmakers across Nevada and the offshore world.

*Betting limits are still smaller than you’ll see during the regular season. That means it doesn’t take much money to move the number. (And,…

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Network Notebook: Mountain West “West” Division Preview

Things are looking bleak this year for what used to be a decent “darkhorse” division of a mid-major conference. The respected Athlon Preseason publication doesn’t have any teams from the “West” Division of the Mountain West Conference in the top 60 nationally. Four of the six teams don’t even crack the top 100!



San Diego State #68

Nevada #91

Fresno State #101

San Jose State #110

Hawaii #114

UNLV #122

The TV networks aren’t going to publicize this much in early-season TV games. You’ll keep hearing about how these programs have great histories of stepping up when playing big-name opponents. Well…Colin Kaepernick is long gone…

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Network Notebook: Mountain West “Mountain” Division Preview

We begin our summer series of college football conference previews today with the Mountain West Conference. Momentarily we’ll look at the Mountain Division featuring Boise State and Utah State. Tomorrow we head West to look at a wide-open division where San Diego State is the early favorite to lead the pack.

This is one of our favorite parts of the summer! Let’s jump right in.


Boise State

2014 Record: 12-2

2014 Rankings: 14 on offense, 48 on defense

Returning Starters: 9 on offense, 8 on defense

Head Coach: Bryan Harsin

Notebook: Boise State returns more starters than anyone else in the league (both divisions). But, they lost…

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NBA Draft Recap

Let's get something completely clear regarding last night's 2015 NBA Draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn ...There are gonna be a whole lot of teams "answering" to their fans/critics in the days ahead as this 2015 draft is analyzed/dissected and discussed backwards and forwards and in a moment we'll weigh in on - as the headline says - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

First, a little piece of housekeeping as our Jim Sez Mock Draft this week did nail 27 of the 30 first-round picks - not bad…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Chicago Cubs at St. Louis

TV networks have been waiting YEARS for the Chicago Cubs to get good again. The team can be an attraction even when mediocre because of America’s fondness for the franchise. Now that they’re a contender…and facing off against their own division leader…the Cubs are must-see TV!



Friday: 8:15 p.m. ET on the MLB Network

Saturday: 7:15 p.m. ET on FOX

Sunday: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

That’s prime time across the board for a classic rivalry renewal and a potential playoff preview. Before jumping into JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats, we want to note that the most dominant force…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: When to Lay -1.5 Runs in Baseball

We’ve reached the point in the 2015 Major League Baseball season where gamblers are starting to be confronted with really big favorites on a daily basis. The Philadelphia Phillies are playing like a glorified minor league team at this point. A few others franchises haven’t been particularly competitive in recent weeks. Any contender throwing its best pitcher(s) will be prohibitive favorites when hosting the worst teams in the sport.

And, THAT dynamic usually brings some very dumb betting strategies out of the woodwork. Ever since the betting markets first offered run line alternatives, SQUARE…LOSING… DEGENERATE bettors have decided that laying -1.5…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…NY Yankees at Houston

This should be a lot of fun! There’s great baseball energy in Houston again as the Astros are very much in the thick of championship discussions after suffering through years of collapse. Nothing gets a city excited like rising from the ashes! Golden State and Cleveland both showed that in the NBA in recent weeks. Coming to visit…the hated New York Yankees. Fans across the baseball landscape loving rooting against the Bronx Bombers. The fact that this could be a playoff preview only intensifies the four-game attraction.

Before looking at the offensive stats and the probable pitchers, let’s run through where…

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The Jim Sez 2015 NBA Mock Draft

One of the major sidelights of NBA Draft Night are the trades - or rumors of deals - that carry on throughout the evening and we'll enter tonight's Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with word that the Boston Celtics wish to deal away overall picks #16 and #28 for a top-10 choice while the likes of the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls are also quite interested in getting inside the top 10 (and,…

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Network Notebook: MLB Preview…Braves at Nationals

When we were studying “Wins Minus Home Games Played” last week in an MLB Notes article, we noticed that the Atlanta Braves were grading out as a more serious threat than the New York Mets in terms of contending with the Washington Nationals in the National League East. Then the Braves swept the Mets!

Now the Braves have a chance to do damage against the best in the division in a three-game series with the Nats that began Tuesday night in Washington. Is Atlanta a real contender in this division? Or, is that just a temporary illusion because Washington has been…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Padres at Giants

Before the 2015 Major League Baseball season began, the betting markets were having serious trouble separating the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants. That was a bit odd considering that San Francisco just won a World Championship…while the Padres are perennial doormats! But…

*San Diego was finally getting serious about purchasing talent and making a run at respectability. (They were supposed to be the Cubs of the NL West as a “team to watch”!)

*San Francisco was in an obvious letdown spot off the postseason, as a team that tends to alternate strong seasons with disappointments.

Regular Season Win estimates in…

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Wayne Root: Vegas Buzzing as Sportsbooks Release College Football Lines

If you’re paying attention to sports betting media, you know that this is the week that Las Vegas sportsbooks start to post bettable college football propositions for the coming season.

*Regular Season Win Totals went up Monday, which are Over/Unders for how many games each team will win during the “regular” season (bowls aren’t counted, nor are conference championship games)

*Early “Game of the Year” lines for marquee matchups and other high profile games will go up very soon.

Sportsbooks discovered a few years ago that they can drive a lot more traffic during the summer by offering college football props like this.…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Fantasy Baseball Making Inroads on Sports Betting

I’ve never devoted any time here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping to a discussion of what’s now called “Fantasy Baseball.” In the old days, it was called “Rotisserie” Baseball. I didn’t want to talk about it then either!

But, I feel I have to now because the mainstream media is starting to devote time and space to daily Fantasy developments. ESPN just purchased a piece of a big player in the field…and has expanded its coverage to include segments on SportsCenter as well as an expanded online presence. If YOU are trying to properly handicap Major League…

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Jim Sez: MLB Phony Contenders - NBA Draft: The Best Shooters

What's the word the "kids" use to describe someone or something that's fake or phony? Fugazi.

And that's what the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels are nearly three months through this here-and-now 2015 Major-League Baseball season as they continue to fool some folks (but not us!) when it comes to talk about winning their division or even nabbing one of the two wild…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

It’s great that the Chicago Cubs are a relevant team again. Major League Baseball is always more fun when the Cubs matter…even though that’s way too rare an occurrence! You’ve probably noticed that the Cubs are well-positioned to contend for a Wildcard this season. But, you may NOT be aware heading into their four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers…that…

*If the Cubs and Dodgers were in the same division, the Cubs would be right on LA’s heels! The Cubs are way behind super-hot St. Louis in the NL Central. They’re not way behind the Dodgers in overall league standings.

*If the…

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Network Notebook: MLB Notes on Recent Form

We had a chance to check in the other day on one of our pet stats, Wins Minus Home Games. Today, we want to take a look at another of our favorites…30-game records. As we’ve discussed often over the years here in the online NOTEBOOK, recent form is often a better indicator for what’s going to happen on a given day than anything that happened back in April or early May.

With that in mind, let’s check on the 30-game records through Friday night’s action as posted at the Baseball-Reference website. We strongly encourage you serious handicappers to visit that website…

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Jim Sez Weekend Report

Oh, daddy! There are some real great series this Father's Day weekend in Major-League Baseball and here's some of what we'll be watching ...

In the National League, it's ...PITTSBURGH (38-27) at WASHINGTON (34-32) - Fri, Sat & SunIf the 2015 season ended today, the Pirates would be in the playoffs, the Nationals would not ... but is there anyone…

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Network Notebook: MLB Big Game Preview…Tigers at Yankees

Both the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are still thinking BIG for the 2015 championship chase as they head into a high profile prime time TV meeting Saturday night in the Bronx. Neither leads its division right now. The Yankees trail the suddenly hot Tampa Bay Rays, though they have a chance to get back on top once an unlucky schedule quirk evens out their home/road split. Detroit doesn’t yet have the production of a playoff team, but certainly has the talent to get the job done from this point forward.

A look at current offshore odds to win the…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…S. Francisco at LA Dodgers

Once again, it looks like we’re in for a two-team race in the National League’s West Division. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are the only two teams in that group over the .500 mark as we head into the weekend. Those two longtime rivals square off in a three-game set this weekend that will be prominently covered by network TV cameras.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the market pick to win the West…and one of three tri-favorites to win the NL along with Washington and St. Louis. On one hand, you can see why they might even be…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: American Still the Dominant League in MLB

Back when Major League Baseball used to jam all the Interleague games into a few weeks midseason, it usually became clear quickly that the American League was better than the National League. Often MUCH better. This dominance goes back years now.

It’s funny, in the earliest days of Interleague, the National League was much more successful. Pundits kept say that’s because it was easier for NL teams to switch to adding a Designated Hitter when they travelled. Supposedly IL play was UNFAIR to the American League! Then, the AL powers started spending money hand over fist and buying up talent. The…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, June 18...


The Golden State Warriors are still busy kissin'-and-huggin' their brand-new Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy – and who can really blame them! – but the league's numero uno team is also directing its attention to next Thursday's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Can Steve Kerr's club add a real diamond-in-the-rough type player here with pick #30 or could we even see unsung GM Bob Myers getting creative here and packaging this end-of-the-first-round pick along…

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Network Notebook: MLB Report Card

All the site switches from Tuesday to Wednesday in this week’s cavalcade of Interleague action in Major League Baseball was a helpful reminder that it’s been awhile since we checked in on one of our pet stats. This particular measure is a great way to take pollution out of the standings that can be caused by unbalanced home/road splits at any point in a season. And, RIGHT NOW, we have A LOT of unbalanced splits that are helping to wreak havoc with the standings!

There’s no greater example of that than in the American League East division. So, we’ll start there.…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, June 17 …


"Strength in Numbers" was the Golden State Warriors' motto all year long – when they won 67 regular-season games and then those 16 post-season games that culminated in last night's 105-97 win/cover against the 3-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers in the title-clinching game of this year's NBA Finals.Now, the only number G-State wants to hear about is #1, of course.But you better believe…

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Network Notebook: MLB Marquee Matchup…Rays at Nationals

We’ve had our eyes on this week’s Interleague smorgasbord for a few weeks…because we always plan ahead here in the NOTEBOOK! But, we have to admit that we’re a bit surprised that midweek action saw the Tampa Bay Rays in first place in the A.L. East, and the New York Mets in first place in the NL East.

The Rays had an unimpressive start to the season…and didn’t seem well-positioned at all to get hot. Even though the Toronto Blue Jays have been making headlines for their recent hot streak, the resurgent Rays were sitting on top of their division entering…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game Six of the NBA Finals

There’s a sense of finality heading into Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals that may be putting a damper on Las Vegas betting. Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers no long believe their Cinderella story is going to have a happy ending. They’re not all that motivated to bet the team as a show of support when they just lost money doing so the last two games. Fans of the Golden State Warriors are on top of the world because they think a championship is imminent…and because they’re positioned to win their “series” bets on the heels of cashing the…

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Network Notebook: NBA Game 6 Preview…Golden State at Cleveland

Though…we’ve seemingly been here before (before the series started, after Game One, after Game Four, and now after Game Five), it looks like the Golden State Warriors are a virtual lock to win the 2015 NBA Championship. Even if Steph Curry got hurt…this team would still be favored to finish off their best-of-seven series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As it stands, the Warriors are healthier, hungrier, and already in command with a 3-2 series lead.

The legal betting markets will have Golden State as a 4-5 point favorite Tuesday…and then probably a 9-10 point favorite at home in Game Seven if…

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Wayne Root: Get to Work NOW Finding College Football Surprise Teams

If you’ve been paying attention to your local newsstand, bookstore, or grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that the college football annuals are already out. Many of them anyway. Even though we’re still more than two months away from game action…you should already be at work trying to find surprise teams in the 2015 college football season.

I can assure you that THE KING OF UPSETS is already doing that! I was actually on the case before those publications came out. I’m always a few steps ahead of the curve! But, even if you don’t have my vast resources in terms of…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: A Few MLB Teams on Fire

Let’s talk about baseball today. No reason for another NBA Finals report right now. Golden State is in its expected position in terms of wrapping things up. They’ll either finish the job Tuesday in Cleveland, or Friday at home in a seventh game. Barring a major injury or other surprise, there’s not much to add to what we’ve already discussed.

In BASEBALL, there are a few interesting developments…

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have caught fire, winning 11 in a row heading into a four-game series with the New York Mets that begins Monday. Students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting…

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Jim Sez for Monday, June 15 …


You have to turn the clock back to May 25, 1975 to find the last time the Golden State Warriors won an NBA championship – this here-and-now Warriors squad could be within mere hours of winning it all some 40 years later but nobody better be in a rush to engrave the team name on the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy just yet.

Okay, so Golden State's somewhat deceiving 104-91 win/cover against the 9.5-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday evening in Game…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…LA Dodgers vs. Texas

If you haven’t been paying much attention to Major League Baseball, it’s time to start! The pennant races are heating up…in part because some slow starters are putting together some very good recent results.

There’s no better example of that than the resurgent Texas Rangers…

*After the action of Sunday May 3, the Rangers were 8-16, and looked to all the world like a doormat. Their state rivals down in Houston were developing into a surprise contender, while the Rangers were becoming “the new Astros.” Locals were assuming the worst because there hadn’t been much enthusiasm to start the season anyway (Vegas…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game Five of the NBA Finals

Actually, this could be the shortest article I’ve ever written. THEY’RE NOT! As of midday Sunday, sharps aren’t involved very much at all in Game Five of the NBA Finals matching the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. The opening Vegas line hasn’t budged. Even with two days off between games, there hasn’t yet been a flood of interest here in Nevada for betting this game.

But, as we learned back in Game Four on Thursday, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything about sharp intentions. In that discussion, I mentioned “you never know for sure how game day ‘bandwagon’ betting will…

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Jim Sez: NBA Finals Game 5 Bonus Notes

Maybe that was a dose of "reality TV" this past Thursday night when the Golden State Warriors - the NBA's far-and-away best team in regular-season play - crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 in Game 4 of this year's NBA Finals.

The reality of the situation is that these Finals are now knotted at two games apiece but gotta believe the aforementioned Warriors are looking at the "glass half full" what with Sunday's Game 5 and a potential Game 7 come Friday night both at the always-rowdy Oracle Arena in Oakland.

P.S., the Warriors…

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

This racecourse has such dramatic turns! The Golden State Warriors had gone from a -700 series favorite to a virtual pick-em in very short order three games into their 2015 NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. A slow start Thursday night brought the very real possibility of a series loss into play.

A couple of hours later, Golden State was finishing off a 103-82 rout in Cleveland…and the betting markets were re-installing them as heavy favorites to lift the trophy next week. Some stores have them higher than -400, which means better than 80% to seal the deal.

Was that the…

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Wayne Root: Are Cleveland Cavaliers Out of It After Game Four Loss?

Cinderella’s coach may have turned into a pumpkin Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers lost at home to the Golden State Warriors 103-82. The market sure thinks this series is over!

Before Game Four: Golden State was a -115 series favorite

After Game Four: Golden State is a -400 series favorite!

That went from a near coin-flip when the Cavaliers led the series 2-1, to what appears to be a pending rout now that it’s tied at 2-2.

Hey…we’ve seen this before! Golden State was a staggering -700 after winning the opener as Kyrie Irving was lost for the series to an injury. Cleveland…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NBA Finals Now a Best-of-Three

We’ve split games at both sites so far in the 2015 NBA Championship round featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Cleveland stole a game in Oakland as an 8-point underdog. Golden State finally rose up and played like champions as 4-point favorites Thursday night in Cleveland to even the series.

Before talking about handicapping the rest of the Finals, I want to quickly review the points I made in our last coursework. Hopefully you had that report in the back of your minds as you watched Games 3 and 4. Here’s what I wrote would be the key factors…

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Jim Sez for Friday, June 12 …


Been there, done that … again!The Golden State Warriors let experience be their teacher last night when they

Followed up a two-game losing streak with a win, as Thursday's 103-82 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of this year's NBA Finals elevated G-State's mark to 6-and-oh this year when following on the heels of a two-game losing skid andCopped a Game 4 road win after finding itself…
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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Kansas City at St. Louis

It’s not just a potential World Series preview…or even World Series rematch. This weekend’s high profile Interleague series between the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals matches teams with the best records in their respective leagues right now.

*Kansas City is best in the AL, thanks to a 3-game road sweep of the Minnesota Twins that took them from one game back to two games ahead in the AL Central. Betting markets also have the Royals as the current favorite to win the American League (though the Yankees are making a run).

*St. Louis is best in the NL, cruising along…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game Four of the NBA Finals

Oddsmakers were well aware that “the whole world” would be looking to bet that pre-series favorite Golden State Warriors would bounce back strong in Game Four of the 2015 NBA Finals. The trick was finding a price that would make sure that bettors were paying a premium for one of the most obvious “must-win” situations of all time.

So…even though:

*Golden State was -6 in a series opener that was tied after 48 minutes

*Golden State was -8 in the second game that was also tied after 48 minutes

*Golden State was -2 on the road in a game they lost by five

The Warriors…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, June 11 …


Here's the really strange part of this year's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors – a better-than-2-to-1 betting favorite prior to the start of this best-of-seven series – and the Cleveland Cavaliers:

The better the underdog Cavs play, it seems the less they are respected by the all-knowing Las Vegas oddsmakers.Go figure, right?

The truth is Cleveland should have covered all three of this year's NBA Finals games – that eight-point overtime loss in Game 1 as 5.5-point pups…

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

That may have been the most dramatic turnaround we’ve ever seen in an NBA Finals. Cleveland was metaphorically dead and buried after losing Game One and Kyrie Irving. Golden State was priced at -700 to win the series! Two straight Cavaliers victories…and now we have a pick-em series that has many pundits wondering if the wrong team has been favored all along.

Well…given that we’ve had two overtime ties and one Cleveland victory, the wrong team HAS been favored all along!

Golden State’s faithful are no longer sure of themselves. Instead of wondering where they’ll park when attending the celebration parade, they’re…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, June 10 …


Can you imagine what East 4th Street in Cleveland will look like when/if the Cavaliers go on and win this year's NBA Finals!Last night there was some serious partying in the streets following Cleveland's 96-91 win over the 2-point favorite Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of this best-of-seven set – okay, so maybe the frenzied fan base knew the stat that in past NBA Finals that were tied at…

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Network Notebook: MLB Marquee Matchup…Cubs at Tigers

It’s been many years since baseball fans and analysts thought of the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers as similar teams. The Cubs have been a disappointing doormat for years. Detroit’s been a perennial AL Championship threat because they’ve done a good job of acquiring talent and putting it to good use.

Yet, entering the 2015 Major League Baseball season:

Chicago was projected to win about 82-83 games by the betting markets

Detroit was projected to win about 84-85 games by the betting markets

The Cubs were the hot new thing thanks to a change in management philosophy and some smart franchise-building moves. Detroit was…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game Three of the NBA Finals

It’s always interesting to track the market when an NBA playoff series switches sites for the first time. The line adjustment gives you a sense of how much oddsmakers and sharps are valuing home court advantage at the respective sites. You also have in the added dynamic of bounce-backs off whatever happened in Game Two…and what the mainstream media perceives as must-win situations for the series underdog.

In the case of the NBA Finals, Golden State’s playoff tendencies for strong road results are also complicating matters. Back in the Houston series…the Warriors were installed as short underdogs in Game Three, before…

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

Late Thursday night…many pro basketball fans (as well as many in the sports betting realm) assumed that the NBA Finals were already over. NO WAY Cleveland had a chance to win four of the last six games against Golden State with Kyrie Irving joining Kevin Love in street clothes. The rest of the series was just a formality.

LeBron James and company had other ideas!

After an inspirational 95-93 overtime victory, the shorthanded Cavs have now wrested home court advantage for what amounts to a best-3-out-of-5-series for the O’Brien trophy. But, there’s no room to relax…as Cleveland must defend home turf immediately…

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Wayne Root: Cavs Now Even at 1-1, Trying to Score Historic Shocker

Before the NBA Finals began, some in the media were suggesting that a Cleveland Cavaliers upset would be one of the biggest championship surprises of all time. It’s not that the Cavs were a pretender. But, Western superpower Golden State was a whopping -240 favorite to win the title on the moneyline…and this just isn’t a sport where big underdogs make headlines. It’s one thing for a college Cinderella to score an NCAA Tournament shocker in a quick 40 minutes. Dogs winning a best-of-seven when the other team has home court advantage…MUCH TOUGHER!

Well, all of a sudden, the underdog Cavs…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Market Befuddled by NBA Finals!

It’s hard to imagine a bigger market misread than we’ve had so far in the 2015 NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors were favored by six points at home in the first game, and then eight points in Game Two after Kyrie Irving was lost to the Cleveland Warriors for the postseason. Yet, each game ended in a regulation tie. And, the posted totals overshot the mark by 8 and 26 points!

This was a series where all relevant influences had more than a week to get things figured out!

Just goes to show you…it is possible to beat the Vegas number…

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Network Notebook: MLB Series Preview…Kansas City at Minnesota

Very few people in the world of baseball would have spent the Preseason pointing to an early June series between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins as being meaningful in the championship chase. KC was supposed to fall back to earth this year…and Minnesota wasn’t even supposed to get up off the ground. Yet, here we are with two “small market” contenders doing battle at the top of the AL Central in a surprisingly important three-game set that begins Monday night in the Twin Cities.

The nature of the crowded, convoluted, and parity-riddled American League is such that both teams…

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Astros beat Royals to open series between AL leaders

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance McCullers threw seven strong innings, Chris Carter and Jose Altuve hit solo home runs and the Houston Astros rolled to a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the top teams in the American League.

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National League Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Lucroy snapped out of his slump with four hits on Monday, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series. Lucroy entered the game mired in a 3-for-23 slump, but a series with Philadelphia, the worst team in the majors and one he has hit well over his career, was just what he needed. Lucroy, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez all drove in two runs in the win, and Lucroy scored twice. Milwaukee's offense made a winner out of Jimmy Nelson (5-8), who allowed four runs on six hits over five innings of work.

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American League Game Capsules

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Mitch Moreland homered twice, rookie Joey Gallo knocked in three runs with his first career triple and the Texas Rangers routed the Baltimore Orioles 8-1 in the opener of a four-game series. Moreland, Carlos Corporan and Shin-Soo Choo all homered off Orioles starter Bud Norris as the Rangers beat the Orioles for just the second time in the teams' last 13 meetings. They picked up their second victory in their last nine games overall to avoid falling below .500 for the first time since May 29. Wandy Rodriguez (5-3) struck out seven and picked up the win despite pitching just five-plus innings. The left-hander surrendered one run on eight hits and two walks. Norris (2-7) lost a third straight start after giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings.

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Hamilton, Reds hold off Twins

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Hamilton was the catalyst atop Cincinnati's lineup, and the Reds' bullpen held off the Minnesota Twins in taking the opener of a three-game series 11-7 on Monday.

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Extra Points: A 'Battle' worth fighting?

(SportsNetwork.com) - Talented Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle is set to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft next month, and plenty of teams could show some interest.

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Brady's appeal hearing concludes

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - After nearly 11 hours, Tom Brady had his appeal hearing conclude Tuesday evening, as the star quarterback made his case over his suspension.

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Browns claim Pryor

Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns have claimed quarterback- turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Lions sign Taylor Mays

Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions have signed safety Taylor Mays.

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Big Sky trio schedule matchups with Oregon State

(SportsNetwork.com) - Oregon State lost to Eastern Washington to open the 2013 season, so a trio of Big Sky Conference programs must draw hope for their newly announced matchups.

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Lafayette football player dies after car crash

Easton, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lafayette College football player Brian Keller died Thursday as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident two days earlier in New Jersey.

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James Madison dismisses three football players

Harrisonburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - James Madison football coach Everett Withers dismissed three players from the program Wednesday following their offseason suspensions. Two were starters last season.

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Drake nixes 12th game in 2015

Des Moines, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - One day after announcing the addition of a 12th game for the upcoming football season, Drake University removed the matchup from its schedule on Wednesday.

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Wisconsin's Ryan: 'One more season'

Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Wisconsin head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan announced on Monday that he plans on retiring after next season.

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Williams' late jumper gives Shock 8th straight win

Tulsa, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Riquna Williams' jumper with 10.7 seconds remaining lifted the red-hot Tulsa Shock over the Seattle Storm 93-89 on Sunday.

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Mystics top Sky behind Dolson's double-double

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Stefanie Dolson had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics to an 86-71 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday.

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McBride leads Stars over Storm

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kayla McBride's driving jumper with 22.7 seconds to play -- the last of her game-best 23 points -- was the difference as San Antonio edged Seattle 73-71 on Saturday.

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Williams, Cheeks hired as Thunder assistants

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have plenty of experience working under him as he prepares for his first season in the NBA.

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Report: Wade opts out of contract with Heat

(SportsNetwork.com) - Dwyane Wade declined the $16.1 million player option he has with the Miami Heat next season and will become a free agent, according to a report by ESPN on Monday.

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Magic first-rounder Hezonja bought out by Euro team

Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mario Hezonja has reached an agreement with his Spanish League team to release him from his contract, paving the way for the 2015 lottery pick to play for the Orlando Magic next season.

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Bulls' Hinrich picks up option

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season, the team announced Monday.

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Wayne Root wins PERFECT PLAY SATURDAY and has his strongest play of all, the PINNACLE PLAY ready to win Sunday, .

Tony Salinas 2-2 in baseball Saturday, and has his Totals Tripleheader ready to sweep Sunday.

Jim Hurley keeps winning with his Blue Ribbon Baseball Now 6-1 for the week after cashing again on Saturday



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