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All Eyes on Rockets-Warriors in Game 3

HERE'S THE GAME 3 SUNDAY NITE PREVIEW OF ROCKETS AT WARRIORS ...

PLUS, MORE WEEKEND MLB NEWS/NOTES

Folks, there are three major questions being asked when it comes to this NBA Western Conference Finals best-of-seven series between the wanna-be champion Houston Rockets and the defending champion Golden State Warriors:

Number one ... Did Houston's resounding 127-105 win/cover in Game 2 versus the 2-point road underdog Warriors restore the Rockets' own confidence and maybe even erode some of G-State's overall confidence?

Number two ... Has Golden State's superstar guard Stephen Curry actually become a "liability" between his poor shooting (see 7-of-19 field-goal shooting in Game…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Will Likely Bet Weekend NBA

We’ve come to the annual spot in the NBA Playoff schedule where the league gives championship contenders extra time off to set up a blockbuster TV weekend. The Boston/Cleveland series resumes Saturday night in Ohio with the pre-series underdog Celtics leading 2-0. The Houston/Golden State series gets back on the floor Sunday night in California all tied at one apiece.

Lines for those matchups have already settled after initial betting. We may not see any dramatic changes until game day. Here’s how I expect the sharps to bet those games this weekend.

BOSTON AT CLEVELAND (Saturday night): An opener of Cleveland -5.5…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Isolating Indicator Stats in NBA Playoffs

As promised, I'm back at the end of the week to talk about the NBA Playoffs. Our normal schedule was disrupted this past Monday by the most important news in the sports betting industry for decades! It will be months before all that works itself out. Hopefully many of you will be betting legally in your home state by the time football season rolls around. I've been doing that since before many of you were even born right here in Las Vegas.

Today, our coursework is going to focus on "indicator" stats. To me, that means the numbers in the key…

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NBA East Game 3 - Top Baseball Weekend Series and More!

NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE:LET'S LOOK AHEAD TO SATURDAY'S GAME 3 BASH BETWEEN BOSTON AT CLEVELAND ...PLUS, BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES WITH KEY NL AND AL WEEKEND SERIES

Say what you will about these here-and-now Boston Celtics, but the fact remains they've been a bit Jekyl-and-Hyde-ish when it comes to home and away play this playoff season. The Celtics are 9-0 both SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) at home this post-season while the green gang is just 1-4 SU and 2-3 versus the vig away in prior playoff series against Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

So, should that "comfort" a desperate Cavaliers team as…

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Blastoff! The Rockets Get Even

THE NBA PLAYOFFS: ROCKETS BLAST WARRIORS 127-105 TO SQUARE WESTERN FINALS AT A GAME APIECE

PLUS, THE NEXT BATCH OF NBA LOTTERY PICKS

For most of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Houston Rockets kept everyone at "arm's length" while winni

ng a league-best 65 games.In Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals last night, "arm's length" was the key phrase again:

After all, the Rockets - who displayed superior ball movement and didn't allow the shot clock to get whittled down before hurling up their shots (as was the case for much of Game 1) - led by 14 points at intermission while…

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Network Notebook: Celtics are a Horrible Matchup for Cavaliers

It’s not just that the Cleveland Cavaliers are trailing 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Championship series against the Boston Celtics. That’s not the end of the world. Boston has only “held serve” to this point, meaning Cleveland can still win its home games and win one of two remaining market coin flips in Boston to reach the NBA Finals. The problem for LeBron James and company is that Boston is a HORRIBLE matchup them.

Among the reasons…

*Boston is younger and much more energetic. Though Cleveland did a good job of pacing themselves to be fresh for the playoffs, that only worked…

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Call it a Must Win Game 2 for Houston

THE NBA PLAYOFFS: CAN ROCKETS BOUNCE BACK TO EVEN SERIES WITH THE DUBS? ... PLUS, WE RE-CAP BOSTON'S 107-94 GAME 2 WIN OVER CLEVELAND ... PLUS NBA LOTTERY NEWS ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: IS HISTORY ON THE YANKEES' SIDE IN 2018?

Hey Houston, you do have a problem.

The NBA's best regular-season team in the 2017-18 season - 65 wins in all - kissed away (at least for now) the home-court advantage in this best-of-seven set against the defending champion Golden State Warriors with a 119-106 loss in Game 1. Safe to say if the Rockets - a 1.5-point betting favorite here in…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps will Attack “Legal” Sports Betting

Las Vegas woke up to news that rocked its world Monday. Remember that a 10 a.m. announcement on the East Coast from the Supreme Court is a 7 a.m. announcement out here. Our world just got a whole lot more complicated. If you LIVE in Nevada, you already had it pretty good. Now, Las Vegas sports books must ponder the possibilities of:

*Offering phone our app accounts nationally

*Partnering with companies in other states to run their sports books

*Advertising nationally during live sports events to promote their enterprises

Running a sports book was already complicated enough. Then, who knows what will happen if…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Federal Ban on Sports Betting Lifted

Huge news Monday morning in the world of sports betting. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the federal ban on the activity is unconstitutional. Congress or individual states are now free to legalize sports betting and offer it through local entities.

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this day to arrive. Many decades ago, I thought it was just a matter of time. After years (and YEARS) of waiting, I gave up hope. Our government, regardless of whichever party is in charge, has never been accused of having common sense. The 1992 law that barred…

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Finally, It’s Warriors vs. Rockets in Best-of-West Series

IT'S FINALLY HERE: NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS MOVES CENTER STAGE AS WARRIORS-ROCKETS COLLIDE IN MONSTER MATCHUP PLUS, WE RE-CAP BOSTON'S BLOWOUT WIN IN GAME 1 OF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ... JIM HURLEY WINS SIDE & TOTAL IN GAME ONE!

BASEBALL'S 10+ GAMES-OVER-.500 SQUADS

Now, who says that "you can't always get what you want"?

Everybody in hoops-land wanted a Golden State Warriors versus Houston Rockets showdown - and wanted it badly! -- in the NBA's Western Conference Finals and it's finally here and you just know the good folks at TNT want a go-the-distance set. After all, in that last round of…

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Cavs-Celtics Get It On in NBA Eastern Finals

THE NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS PREVIEW - THE KING AND HIS CAVS ARE MONSTER-SIZED FAVORITES (- 285) ...

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

It's true. You have to go all the way back to the 2009-2010 season to find the last time a LeBron James-led team didn't make it to an NBA Finals and now here's "The King" and his court buddies a whopping nearly 3-to-1 betting favorite (- 285) for this year's NBA Eastern Conference Finals duel against the Boston Celtics beginning Sunday afternoon in Beantown.

In each of the last three years, James' Cavs have marched their way straight to the NBA…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Conference Finals

We’re down to the final four in the NBA Playoffs. In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Boston Celtics Sunday afternoon in Game One. In the West, the Golden State Cavaliers visit the Houston Rockets Monday night to tip that one off.

We have a unique circumstance in that the ROAD teams, meaning the two teams that enter the matchups without home court advantage, are the favorites to advance. That’s could create some interesting betting opportunities. Both Cleveland and Golden State HAVE to win a road game to advance…and both will likely be near pick-em in road games. Yet, both…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What Happened to Home Field Advantage in MLB?

We’re approaching 40 games for all Major League Baseball teams this season here in the second week of May. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something quite like this before. All of the following teams have better ROAD records than home records

Boston

Kansas City

Chicago White Sox (3-15 at home!)

LA Angels

Houston

Seattle

Texas

Atlanta

Washington

NY Mets

Milwaukee

Cincinnati

Colorado

A couple of other teams are right near break-even. That means HALF THE MAJORS hasn’t been enjoying home field advantage this season?

Sure, you expect it with a handful of teams over a small sample size. But, it’s becoming NORMAL. How can this many teams be playing better on the road than…

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NBA Playoffs -- Key Spread Stats and More

NBA PLAYOFFS - LET'S JUST SIT TIGHT TILL SUNDAY WHEN CAVS-CELTICS TIP OFF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT - WHAT'S ON TAP THIS MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND FOR RED SOX AND YANKEES

Ladies and gentlemen, the oddsmakers have spoken:

The experts in the desert say the Cleveland Cavaliers are nearly a 3-to-1 betting favorite (- 290) over the Boston Celtics (+ 240) in the upcoming NBA Eastern Conference Finals that will begin this Sunday;

In the uber-anticipated NBA Western Conference Finals, the defending champion Golden State Warriors are nearly a 2-to-1 betting fav (- 190) over the conference's top-seeded Houston Rockets (+…

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Celtics are Movin On With Thriller Win over Phila

NBA POST-SEASON UPDATES: CELTICS (+ 320 SERIES UNDERDOG) CLOSE OUT THE SIXERS IN FIVE, PLUS, IT'S TIME TO GEAR UP FOR WARRIORS-ROCKETS

THE BASEBALL REPORT: IT'S STAT CENTRAL

The good folks at TNT didn't say a thing about the Boston Celtics cashing as a better-than-3-to-1 underdog for their just-completed five-game series win against the Philadelphia 76ers but now hear this: Last night's rousing 114-112 win/cover by the 1.5-point favored Celtics over the Sixers was the single-biggest series upset we've had in this year's NBA Playoffs – note that prior to the start of the series Philadelphia was priced at – 400 and…

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Network Notebook: Golden State is NOT Who You Think They Are

Impressions tend to linger with fans (and the media) much longer than is reasonable. Once a narrative sticks to a professional or college sports team…THAT’S their narrative regardless of what’s actually happening on the football field, baseball field, or basketball court.

We’ve talked often in the past about how the Golden State Warriors don’t get enough credit for their defense. They play at a fast pace, which makes it hard to hold teams in the 70’s or 80’s on the scoreboard because there are too many possessions. But, when you account for pace, Golden State always has one of the best…

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Cavs Get Their Sweep; Rockets, Warriors in Action in Game 5’s

THE NBA PLAYOFF PICTURE - ROCKETS, WARRIORS ARE BIG-TIME BETTING FAVORITES IN CLOSE-OUT GAME 5'S TONIGHT PLUS, A LOOK BACK AT CAVS' SIXERS' STAY-ALIVE WIN ...

MLB NOTEBOOK: THE BEST THREE STARTING PITCHERS THAT MEDIA FOLKS AIN'T TALKIN' ABOUT!

It will come as absolutely no surprise at all when - not if - the Houston Rockets (the NBA's top seed in the Western Conference) squares off with the #2 seed Golden State Warriors after those two superpowers get past their second-round playoff foes.

And - in case you had not noticed - at last check both the Rockets and the Warriors were priced…

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Richie Baccellieri: The Power of Betting Early

Sports results from this past weekend really emphasize how important it is to bet EARLY when you believe you’ve spotted an edge. The longer you wait, the lower your payoff.

Las Vegas is really buzzing right now about the Vegas Golden Knights’ run in the NHL Playoffs. If you’ve ever been in a city “the first time” it’s going deep in the playoffs, you know how exciting it is. That’s never happened in this town to a pro team. UNLV generated high energy in the Jerry Tarkanian years. But, that was a LONG time ago, and it was in the colleges.

Sportsbooks…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: A Head Start on NBA Conference Finals

As I write this, none of the second round series in the 2018 NBA Playoffs have come to an end. But, it’s a virtual lock who the four advancing teams will be. Golden State and Houston will play for the Western crown. Both have 3-1 series leads, and were prohibitive favorites to survive their battles with New Orleans and Utah before they even started. Cleveland and Boston enjoy 3-0 series leads over Toronto and Philadelphia respectively, and no NBA team has ever rallied from 3-0 down to win a series.

That means, it’s fairly safe to start handicapping the final four.…

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Celtics, Cavs Look for KO Wins Tonight

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:

IS IT BROOM TIME TONIGHT

IN PHILLY, CLEVELAND? …

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

GEARING UP FOR MONSTER-SIZED

RED SOX AT YANKEES SET IN THE BRONX

 

If truth be told, the first round of this year’s NBA Playoffs really featured just one big-time upset – see New Orleans (+ 180) dusting off Portland in four straight games – while Utah’s six-game series win against dysfunctional Oklahoma City (a -135 betting favorite) was a mild surprise but here we head into Monday’s NBA Playoff Eastern Conference action on the hardwood and both the #2 seed Boston Celtics and #4 seed Cleveland Cavaliers each are a mere…

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Weekend News/Notes from NBA, MLB and NFL Too

 

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT –

NBA, MLB & NFL NOTES GALORE!

 

Better believe it’s a super-busy sports weekend from the Kentucky Derby to the NBA Playoffs to some great Major-League Baseball action to some NFL chatter just one week after the completion of the ’18 draft.

But let’s get started with some off-the-court NBA news where the New York Knicks – not exactly the most stable hoops franchise the past 15-or-so years – just hired one-time Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale as their new court general.

Hey, we fully realize the Knicks’ management folks believe hiring Fizdale will be an “in” to…

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Weekend Notes from NBA, MLB and NFL

 

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT –

NBA, MLB & NFL NOTES GALORE!

 

Better believe it’s a super-busy sports weekend from the Kentucky Derby to the NBA Playoffs to some great Major-League Baseball action to some NFL chatter just one week after the completion of the ’18 draft.

But let’s get started with some off-the-court NBA news where the New York Knicks – not exactly the most stable hoops franchise the past 15-or-so years – just hired one-time Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale as their new court general.

Hey, we fully realize the Knicks’ management folks believe hiring Fizdale will be an “in” to…

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NBA Playoffs, Major-League Baseball What to Watch Items This Weekend

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT -NBA, MLB & NFL NOTES GALORE!

Better believe it's a super-busy sports weekend from the Kentucky Derby to the NBA Playoffs to some great Major-League Baseball action to some NFL chatter just one week after the completion of the '18 draft.

But let's get started with some off-the-court NBA news where the New York Knicks - not exactly the most stable hoops franchise the past 15-or-so years - just hired one-time Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale as their new court general.

Hey, we fully realize the Knicks' management folks believe hiring Fizdale will be an "in" to…

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Richie Baccellieri: Biggest MLB Money Makers and Money Losers One Month Into the Season

We’re about one month into the 2018 Major League Baseball season, which makes this a great time to check in on the biggest market surprises. Several teams have performed much better than expected, including a couple who were thought to have little chance to compete for their divisions. We’ve had some surprising collapses as well, with one projected World Championship contender costing its fans a fortune in Las Vegas.

Let’s start with the good news. Here’s a list of the biggest money makers so far as we head into the first weekend of May (oh, good luck in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby!)

Biggest…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Market Mis-reading the NBA East

Even though I’ve been handicapping sports for decades, The Dean of Sports Handicapping still runs into things I’ve never seen before on a regular basis. That’s certainly the case right now in the NBA Playoffs, particularly the Eastern Conference. Oddsmakers, many so-called “sharps,” many math guys, and many in the general wagering public have completely misread the second round series featuring Cleveland vs. Toronto and Boston vs. Philadelphia.

*Toronto was favored by anywhere from -200 to -240 to advance past Cleveland. The Raptors were around -7 at home in the first two games of that series. Cleveland won them both OUTRIGHT,…

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Is it Panic Time for Raptors, Sixers? Plus Tonight’s NBA West Games

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE: CAVALIERS, CELTICS SNAG 2-AND-OH SERIES LEADS IN THE EAST WHILE THE WEST TAKES CENTER STAGE THIS EVENING AS N'ORLEANS, UTAH HOST GAME 3 TILTS ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: WEEKEND'S BEST SERIES TO WATCH

So much for the "getting even" in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoff picture!

Right, TNT's Charles Barkley "guaranteed" wins by both the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers last night and ole "Chuckster" fell flat on his chubby face with both guarantees - okay, so everyone had a good laugh about that - but wake up this morning and "We The North" and "Trust The Process"…

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Analyzing the NFL Draft, Part 1 by Jim Feist

Arizona Cardinals:  They did not do much to give me hope as this does not look to be a good season for the Cards. HC Bruce Arians is gone and replaced by Steve Wilks. QB Carson Palmer has departed as well. Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen will be under center. The Cardinals drafted Rosen, who is a top prospect, but Bradford will be under center as long as he stays healthy.  Rosen is a big QB at 6’4” and 226, but he does bring some off-field baggage with him.  I give the Cardinals a “B+” in their draft.  John Brown…

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Raptors, Sixers in Heap of Trouble Heading to Game 2 Tilts

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT - SURPRISE, SURPRISE AS BOTH EASTERN CONFERENCE FAVS IN A HOLE HEADING INTO THURSDAY'S GAME 2'S ...

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: WHY "HAVE-NOT" TEAMS WILL BE BUSY TRADING THEIR STARS EARLY THIS SEASON

It's one of our favorite all-time quotes used in a sports setting and it goes back two-plus decades to when then-Houston Rockets' head coach Rudy Tomjanovich stated, "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion".

Ole' "Rudy T" was getting emotional right after his Rockets had just wrapped up their second consecutive NBA crown with a clean sweep of the Orlando Magic (remember?) and now fast forward…

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Network Notebook: Can LeBron’s Cavs Win East From #4 Seed?

Many in the sports world were shocked Tuesday night when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Toronto Raptors to win Game One of their second round Eastern Conference series. Now, James and his teams have been winning playoff games forever. It’s not the victory that was a shock…but rather the inability for up-and-coming challengers to maintain their composure when it’s time to take the torch.

Toronto had double digit leads on multiple occasions, and never actually trailed in regulation. Yet, the Raptors clearly shrunk in the moment, seemingly TERRIFIED of having to execute when the game was on the…

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The NBA Report: Raptors, 76ers Gotta Win Their Game 2’s

 

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT –

SURPRISE, SURPRISE AS BOTH

EASTERN CONFERENCE FAVS IN

A HOLE HEADING INTO THURSDAY’S GAME 2’S …

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:

WHY “HAVE-NOT” TEAMS WILL BE BUSY

TRADING THEIR STARS EARLY THIS SEASON

 

It’s one of our favorite all-time quotes used in a sports setting and it goes back two-plus decades to when then-Houston Rockets’ head coach Rudy Tomjanovich stated, “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”.

Ole’ “Rudy T” was getting emotional right after his Rockets had just wrapped up their second consecutive NBA crown with a clean sweep of the Orlando Magic (remember?) and now fast forward to this past Tuesday night…

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NBA Second-Round Playoff Gigs

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT - A SERIES-BY-SERIES LOOK AT WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD ...

PLUS, IT'S OUR UP-TO-DATE NBA PLAYOFF POINTSPREAD CHART AND THE THE MLB UPDATE

Just so happened to check in with one off-shore source at the very start of this week and we learned the Golden State Warriors were priced at "even money" to repeat as NBA champions while the Houston Rockets were listed at + 150 to win it all ... in case you were wondering, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers were + 1100. Hmmm.In fact, the shortest-priced squad from the Eastern Conference is the Toronto…

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Richie Baccellieri: What Sharps Think About the Second Round of NBA Playoffs

We’re down to the final eight teams in the NBA Playoffs. Frankly, sharps see it more like the final four or five. There are three underdogs that aren’t being given much of a chance to advance past the second round. Let’s take a quick look at what sharps are thinking about each of the current matchups.

 

NEW ORLEANS VS. GOLDEN STATE

This was the first second round series to get started because both teams advanced quickly. New Orleans swept Portland. Golden State took five games to send San Antonio home. The market priced Golden State at -9 or -9.5 in Saturday’s first…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What’s Wrong With the Dodgers?

That’s your homework assignment for today. Do your best to find out what’s wrong with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year’s National League champions are down almost 15 units one month into the new season. That’s with a record of 12-15, which shows you how overpriced the team has been from the get-go. The Dodgers were supposed to be so dominant in 2018, that being three games under .500 in the standings is the same as being almost 15 games Under on the money line.

Obviously being three games under .500 in late April isn’t the end of the world in…

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NBA Eastern Conference 2nd Round Series Ready to Roll

HERE'S YOUR NBA PLAYOFF REPORT: SIXERS-CELTICS, CAVS-RAPTORS GET EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIS JUMP-STARTED ...

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: IT'S A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY AS BOMBERS WIN NINTH STRAIGHT

Okay, we know it's early but from the look of things the NBA Western Conference Finals might be all set faster than you can say "jump ball".

This past weekend both the West's #1 seed Houston and #2 seed Golden State spanked their overmatched opponents by a grand total of 36 points.

Heck, the Rockets' 110-96 win/cover on Sunday afternoon against 11.5-point underdog Utah was never/ever close as MVP-to-be G James Harden poured in a game-high 41…

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It’s a Wall-to-Wall Great NBA Playoff Weekend

THE NBA WEEKEND REPORT - PELICANS-WARRIORS, JAZZ-ROCKETS OPEN UP ROUND II PLAY, PLUS THERE'S A PAIR OF GAME 7'S TOO

Just call it a case of NBA "seventh heaven" ... times two!

But there's even more: This end-of-April, wall-to-wall pro hoops card features a pair of Game 7 duels with Milwaukee at 4.5-point favorite Boston (that's Saturday at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time) and Indiana at 5.5-point fav Cleveland (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET) in a couple of gritty survive-and-advance battles and we also have Western Conference series openers between New Orleans at Golden State (Saturday at 10:35 p.m.) and then it's Utah…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Using the “Motivation Factor” in the NBA Playoffs

While it’s true that all teams should be motivated in the playoffs. It’s not hard at all to find situations where one team is more motivated than the other to win THAT night. Often that’s tied to a “bounce back” situation…where the previous loser is going to find peak intensity while the previous winner takes its foot off the gas (the key to why the zig-zag worked for so many years). But, the later you get in an early-round series, it could also be because the superior team is ready to close things out why the lesser team is ready…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Playoffs

We have five big NBA Playoff games Friday and Saturday. Studying the market in those matchups will help get you in the right mindset for evaluating the second round. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting these so far.

 

FRIDAY

Toronto at Washington: Washington opened at -2 in most spots. It’s either sitting there, or at Washington -1.5 right now depending on where you shop. That sets up a likely tug-of-war between now and tip-off between Washington -1.5 and Toronto +2. In the past, Washington would be an auto-pick for bettors who like zig-zagging in the NBA Playoffs. But, in…

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NFL Draft Round I ReCap

THE NFL DRAFT - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THEN THE TRULY AWFUL MOVES FROM A WILD & WACKY FIRST ROUND ... NBA'S FRIDAY NITE LITES - THREE BIG PLAYOFF GAMES ON TAP

The National Football League Draft's opening round was high on drama ... but, if you ask us, rather low on gridiron IQ.

Sure, as we forecasted in our JMock Draft, there were plenty of first-round/draft-night trades (five of 'em in all) and we had the predictable run on quarterbacks as a record four slingers went in the top 10 selections and overall there were five signal-callers picked in Round…

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It’s the NFL Mock Draft -- And There are Surprises Galore

THE 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT - JIM HURLEY FORECASTS ROUND I

Ladies and gents, it's finally here: The 2018 NFL Draft - yes, the most anticipated draft in the last three-and-a-half decades - has arrived and we'll take you through a wild Round I with trades, shockers and all the rest in this jam-packed edition of Jim Sez.

Hey, don't forget that many online sites allow you to wager on some first-round prop plays - such as over/under on how many quarterbacks or offensive linemen, etc. get selected or how many players from the SEC or Pac-12 get picked; you may wish…

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Network Notebook: Personnel Matchups Matter in NBA Playoffs

KEY TO ADVANCING IN NBA PLAYOFFS: CAN YOU STOP WHAT THE OTHER GUY DOES WELL?

Early in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, it's clear that the fundamentals still hold true. Yes, three-point shooting is more important than ever. And, defensive rotations are evolving to stop more aggressive ball movement strategies on offense. But, the most basic fundamental is still ruling these opening round matchups.

Can you stop what the other guy does well?

Handicappers who focus on THAT will pick more winners than losers. Bettors who get distracted by other issues may run into some trouble. Here are some on-the-fly examples.

*Portland could not. Even…

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Jim Hurley Position-by-Position NFL Draft Preview
NFL DRAFT PREVIEWIt's our annual position-by-position look at the top players as we close in on the NFL Draft set for Thursday, April 26.

Quarterbacks:

SAM DARNOLD, QB, USC - Truth of the matter is this 6-foot-3, 222-pounder played better in 2016 than he did a year ago as last year the Trojans' slinger committed 22 turnovers while throwing for 4,143 yards and 26 TDs. Cerebral type player who throws well on the run - and apparently in bad weather too as evidenced by his pro workout day in the rain - and throwing on the run and in bad weather may…

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The NFL Draft: Ranking the Top Rookie QBs

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How close are we finally getting to the NFL Draft?

Well, let's just say we know there's plenty of folks in the Dallas area that have been warming up their vocal chords getting ready to boo NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ...and we hear they're in top form!

Yes, the 2018 NFL Draft - no doubt the most anticipated draft in the past 35 years (see that quarterback-driven 1983 draft) - has…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Have Their Eyes on Sixers

Everybody knew that the Philadelphia 76ers were a team of the future in the NBA. Many sharps I’m talking to are now seeing them as a team of the present. The Wise Guys have been confidently backing Philadelphia in its series with Miami (2-1-1 ATS so far). Philadelphia is also getting respect in futures prices (though sharps tend not to bet those preferring to roll over parlays at series prices for a bigger return).

How far can Philadelphia go this season?

*They’re already up 3-1 on Miami, and a virtual lock to advance with two more home games if needed. Philadelphia had…

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Though many handicappers and professional bettors were bracing for this, it’s still amazing how quickly bad teams have sunk to the bottom of the standings just a few weeks into the 2018 season.

Through the weekend…

Cincinnati 3-18

Miami 5-16

Baltimore 6-16

Kansas City 6-15

Chicago White Sox 4-14

Texas 8-15

San Diego 8-15

There has been some talk of “tanking” in baseball. That’s not the right word in terms of the players. It’s not like they’re going out trying to lose. Pitchers want to get outs. Hitters want to post good numbers so they can stay in the league and make big money. But, at the team level…franchises…

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NBA’s Eastern Playoff Series Just Getting Wilder

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Let us ask you this important NBA Playoffs-related question:

Are you beginning to see a pattern developing in three of the four Eastern Conference first-round playoff sets where we'll head to Game 5's with series tied at two games apiece? It has to do with getting out to big leads in these games - and whether or not clubs can hang on right to the finish line.

Naturally, the most spell-binding of them all continues to…

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The Cavs & LeBron Facing Round I Troubles

 

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE –

NBA PLAYOFF NOTES PLUS

NFL DRAFT REPORT AS WE

CHECK OUT THE TOP O-LINEMEN

 

Wait a second …

Is this actually gonna be the year that LeBron James doesn’t make it to an NBA Finals?

Heck, “The King” has been part of the championship round for the past eight consecutive post-seasons but right now his Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a first-round problem of sorts following Friday night’s 92-90 meltdown loss to the 1.5-point home favorite Indiana Pacers. The Cavs – as you’re all well aware by now – blew a 57-40 halftime lead in the important “swing game” and so…

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Cavs, LeBron in Major Round One Tussle
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Richie Baccellieri: Why Sharps are Usually on Dogs in NBA Playoffs

If you’ve been paying attention to early betting in the NBA Playoffs so far, you’ve already noticed a continuation of the general “Pros vs. Joes” tendency in other sports. The public loves betting favorites. Sharps prefer backing underdogs.

While it’s obviously true that a big part of the reason for that is that public money drives lines higher than they should be…creating an additional half-point to a point (or more) of value, there are other reasons why sharps prefer fading the chalk. I wanted to discuss those with you today.

First of all, it’s a common phenomenon in ALL sports for dominant…

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NBA Playoffs: Cavs-Pacers Game 3 Plus NFL Draft Talk

 

OUR FRIDAY JIM SEZ

IS CHOCK FULL O’GOODIES

WITH THE NBA PLAYOFFS / NFL DRAFT / MLB

 

Step aside, NBA Western Conference:

Tonight’s all about the folks in the East as there are three NBA playoff series on this Friday night and the games are being played in Indiana, Washington and Milwaukee.

Obviously, the most intriguing game of the night is that Cleveland Cavaliers versus Indiana Pacers Game 3 showdown with that series even at a game apiece and you see that the gritty Pacers are the 1-point betting favorites at last check … hmm.

Consider that Cleveland – fresh off Wednesday night’s 100-97 non-cover win…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What’s Home Court Worth in NBA Playoffs?

If you watch a lot of NBA Playoff action on TV, you’ll often here TV announcers and the talking heads in studios talk about the enormous power of home court advantage in the playoffs. Loud, boisterous fans are the “sixth man” that intimidate opponents and officials. They’ll tell you home court is worth a lot more in the playoffs than in the regular season because houses are packed and the action is so intense.

While you will occasionally find teams who overachieve on their home floors, most of what those TV announcers are telling you is just hype. Home court advantage…

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