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Our NFL Team-by-Team Looks Starts Today!

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES ...

OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMERTIME LOOKS BEGINS TODAY WITH THE BROWNS, CHARGERS & SEAHAWKS

Okay, so we've all been hearing the same names in terms of "trade chips" when it comes to pitchers in Major-League Baseball: Everywhere you turn there's talk that San Francisco's LHP Madison Bumgarner, Toronto's RHP Marcus Stroman and New York Mets' RHP Zack Wheeler will be dealt to contenders and so they all could be getting sent "change-of-address" slips any day now. Let's list the names /odds on them getting dealt prior to the July 31st trade deadline:

MADISON BUMGARNER, San Francisco ... Keep hearing…

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MLB Notebook: Can Dodgers, Rangers Keep Reeling in the Profits?

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: ARE "BETTER-THAN-YOU-THINK" DODGERS AND RANGERS STILL GONNA BE MONEY-MAKERS THE REST OF THE WAY? ...

NFL '19 - THE FIRST LOOK AT THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL IN SUPER BOWL LIV

Go ahead ...Tell us that this doesn't "feel" like it's the Los Angeles Dodgers' year?

The National League West leaders are fresh off back-to-back-to-back ninth-inning walk-off wins against Colorado - and with three different rookies delivering the game-winning home runs - and so Davey Roberts' crew comes into tonight's game in Arizona with a resounding 54-25 record (a .684 winning percentage).

Now, go ahead and think about it: The…

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NBA Draft and MLB Notes This First Summer Weekend

There's a whole lot brewin' in the sports world as we slide into the first full weekend of summer, so let's get to it all ...

NBAThere's no doubt that many NBA teams drafted the way they did with free agency on their minds - for example, the NBA Draft "host" Brooklyn Nets traded away two different first-round Picks (#17 and #27) in order to clear additional cap space so the franchise could make a major run at both injured F Kevin Durant and PG Kyrie Irving - but if you're just basing a team's success on how they drafted then…

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NBA Draft Stuff Plus Baseball Notes

NBA DRAFT RE-CAPS - ZION GETS ALL THE LOVE AND WHO CAN KEEP UP WITH ALL THOSE TRADES? ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT

Folks, if you didn't know any better than you might have thought last night's NBA Draft was a paid informercial for #1 pick Zion Williamson:

Okay, so the one-and-done Duke megastar surely captivated the country this past 2018-19 campaign - even though he missed a batch of games after "blowing out" his Nike shoe against North Carolina - but the lovefest ESPN displayed toward Williamson was way over the top. Geez, the all-sports network practically followed his every move and we…

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NBA Mock Draft -- Jim Hurley Network Style
NBA MOCK DRAFT!

Okay, so by now you've seen all the names splashed across your big-screen TV or you've eyeballed 'em on the internet:

In any event, everyone seems to know the 1-2-3 order when it comes to tonight's NBA Draft being held in Brooklyn but something's telling us this is gonna be one crazy night soon after the New Orleans Pelicans select Duke's 6-foot-6, 272-pound Zion Williamson with the numero uno pick in this year's draft, Memphis grabs Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the second overall pick and the New York Knicks grab Duke's RJ Barrett at number three.

Enjoy…

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NBA Draft Talk Plus MLB’s Home Losers

NBA DRAFT NEWS & NOTES: IS NEW ORLEANS GONNA MAKE MORE SWAPS? ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT - AMERICAN LEAGUE'S WORST HOME BETS IN 2019

Let's face it ... The city of New Orleans remains the epicenter of this week's NBA Draft. After all, we've already seen the blockbuster deal involving one-time Pelicans' star Anthony Davis headed to the Los Angeles Lakers with N'Orleans nabbing three different first-round draft picks as part of that huge haul.

Now, the Pels are set to select Duke's Zion Williamson with the first pick in this year's draft come Thursday night in Brooklyn plus they could be movers-and-shakers…

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MLB Teams to Watch in the next Few Weeks

THE BASEBALL REPORT -  IS THERE ANYONE FROM "BACK-IN-THE-PACK" THAT CAN MAKE SOME NOISE BEFORE WE GET TO THE ALL-STAR GAME? ...

NBA NEWS & NOTES: THE WAGERING POINT OF VIEW FROM THE ANTHONY DAVIS-TO-LA LAKERS DEAL

Here's the lowdown, we're three weeks out from this year's Major-League Baseball All-Star Game (in Cleveland) and the thought has crossed our minds as to what teams from "back-in-the-pack" might be able to make up some significant ground between now and July 8th.

If you digested all the weekend results, you saw that Boston and Cleveland swept weekend sets on the road at Baltimore and at…

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Baseball’s Key Stats Plus NBA Win it All Odds Too

THE MLB REPORT - HERE'S SOME "CATCH-YOUR-EYE" STATS ...

THE NBA UPDATE: RAPTORS REIGN SUPREME BUT WHO'S THE EARLY-BIRD FAVORITE TO WIN IT ALL IN 2019-2020? ...

NBA DRAFT NEWS / NOTES INCLUDES A FORECAST OF MANY 1ST-ROUND DEALS

In another 10 days-or-so, we'll have reached the halfway point of this here-and-now 2019 Major-League Baseball season - really, time is flying by - and so it's a good time to catch up on some of what we'll call "catch-your-eye" stats:

In the American League ...The Tampa Bay Rays are an AL-best 23-10 away this year - that's a sizzling .697 winning rate -…

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Hats Off To The Raptors!
THE NBA FINALS

HISTORY-MAKING RAPTORS WIN FIRST-EVER TITLE (AND THEY FINISH THE YEAR ON A SPIFFY 8-2 POINTSPREAD RUN!) ...

THE BASEBALL UPDATE: DODGERS, RED SOX ON DIFFERENT MONEY TRAILS THIS YEAR

Go figure. The NBA's one-and-only team that hails from Canada now is in possession of the "LOB" - as in Larry O'Brien Trophy - and nobody's talkin' about dynasties today.

The Golden State Warriors - who may or may not be finished in terms of runs to the NBA Finals after making five straight trips to the ultimate playoff round - were worn out, short-handed and generally beaten down by the time…

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NBA Finals -- Dubs Try to Stay Alive in Oracle Finale
THE NBA FINALS - ARE WE HEADED TOWARDS A GAME 7 OR WILL THE RAPTORS WRAP IT UP TONITE? ...THE BASEBALL REPORT - TRACKING A TRIO OF BIG-TIME 4-GAME SERIES THAT BEGIN THIS EVENING

This 2019 NBA Finals has been full of major twists and turns ... and it ain't over yet!

In tonight's Game 6 in soon-to-be finished Oracle Arena we'll find out whether there's more bounce in the legs of the Toronto Raptors or the host Golden State Warriors - both teams comin' off "bounce-back games" (if you will) as Toronto attempts to bounce back from that painful 106-105 loss…

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Warriors Still Have a Pulse with Game 5 Win
THE NBA FINALS REPORT - WARRIORS STAY ALIVE WITH GUTTY 106-105 GAME 5 WIN

Go ahead ... tell us an NBA Finals game in your lifetime that's been dissected more than this Game 5 clash between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.

Heck, this one's a "Monday morning quarterback" special for sure considering the season-ending injury to G-State's Kevin Durant - we told you it was an Achilles Heel injury for weeks now, right? - the faux time out called in the game's final three-plus minutes by Toronto's first-year head coach Nick Nurse and the epic comeback by the two-time…

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Will Raptors Win the NBA Crown Tonight?

THE NBA FINALS - WILL RAPTORS BE CROWNED THE NEW CHAMPS (AND WILL THEY COVER THE 2-POINT PRICE TONIGHT)? ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: THE BLUE JAYS - YES, THAT OTHER TEAM IN TORONTO PLAYING THESE DAYS - ARE REAL MONEY BURNERS IN 2019

It's been one of the really great sports stories in years, even if it's happened outside the continental U.S.A.:

A Toronto Raptors' franchise - one that's in its 24th year of existence, no less - is sitting here just one win away from its first-ever NBA championship.

Better yet, the Raptors have overcome being down in all of their Eastern Conference…

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NBA Finals: Raptors Bang Out Game 4 Upset Win

NBA FINALS - RAPTORS WHIP WARRIORS 105-92 TO SNAG THREE-GAMES-TO-ONE SERIES LEAD ... Jim Hurley Wins with Raptors, loses the OVER.

OUR NBA DRAFT REPORT - KEEP YOUR EYES ON THESE RISERS

There's a new "D" word in / around the Bay Area ... and it ain't "Dynasty"!

Nope, following Friday night's rock-solid 105-92 win by the 5-point underdog Toronto Raptors over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, the "D" word in these parts stands for "disaster".

Remember the Warriors entered this best-of-seven NBA Finals as a monster betting favorite - most books had the Dubs at - 300 (you took back +…

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Our NBA Finals Game 4 Preview ... and More

NBA FINALS GAME 4 PREVIEW – NO K.D. TONITE BUT WARRIORS SAY THOMPSON'S GOOD-TO-GO ...

Okay, so are you thinking that the Golden State Warriors are a "lock" to win / cover here in tonight's Game 4 of the NBA Finals just because the two-time defending champions are coming off a Game 3 SU (straight-up) loss?

True, Golden State bounced back from a Game 1 loss in this year's NBA Finals to beat Toronto 109-104 as 2-point road underdogs – all hail the famed zig-zag theory there – but the bottom line is the Warriors are just 3-2 ATS (against the spread)…

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Raptors Rock On With Game 3 Win in Oakland

NBA FINALS GAME 3 RE-CAP - RAPTORS RIP SHORT-HANDED DUBS 123-109 ... ANOTHER WINNER FOR JIM HURLEY!

HERE'S TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S MLB STARS

Want to know one of the real dangers in making a series play? We'll spell it out for you:

The Golden State Warriors entered this year's NBA Finals as - 300 betting favorites ... gotta lay $300 to every $100 you're gonna win with the Dubs; the Toronto Raptors were + 280 for these NBA Finals, win $280 for every $100 you risk with the North-of-the-Border crew.

So, you go in hoping that the Warriors will return injured megastar Kevin Durant…

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Game 3 Preview: NBA Finals Heatin’ Up

THE NBA FINALS - IT'S RAPTORS VS. WARRIORS IN GAME 3 BUT WHO'S GONNA PLAY FOR G-STATE? ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: KEY STATS FROM SOME RELATIVE "UNKNOWN" STARTING PITCHERS

It's interesting to see that the Las Vegas numbers-posters all - for now, at least - have the Golden State Warriors as either 5.5-point or 6-point home betting favorites for Wednesday's Game 3 tilt of these NBA Finals.

Do they know whether or not Kevin Durant (calf strain or Achilles) is gonna play for the Dubs?

How about smooth-shooting Klay Thompson (hamstring) who missed the final several minutes of Golden State's 109-104 win in Game…

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Warriors Even Up NBA Finals -- Jim Hurley Cashed in!

NBA FINALS REPORT - THE WARRIORS GET EVEN WITH "HEART OF A CHAMPION" 109-104 GAME 2 WIN NORTH OF THE BORDER ...

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: THE WEEKEND'S REALLY BIG WINNER

Forgive us for often dragging out the 20-plus-year quote by then-Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich as he proclaimed his two-time NBA Finals winners (see 1994 and '95) had the "heart of a champion".

Say the same for the Golden State Warriors.

No Kevin Durant - for a seventh consecutive post-season game - with a calf sprain (or maybe it is an Achilles injury?) - for starters plus in-game injuries suffered by F Kevon…

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Here’s the NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

 

 

THE NBA FINALS GAME 2 –

CAN THE WARRIORS BEAT A

RAPTORS TEAM THAT’S COVERING

73 PERCENT OF THE TIME

AT HOME THIS POST-SEASON? …

BASEBALL’S WEEKEND NOTEBOOK

 

Okay, Golden State Warriors’ fans / backers, what was the most distressing part of Thursday’s 118-109 loss in Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals in Toronto?

Was it the shabby transition defense that truly irked Dubs’ head coach Steve Kerr?

Was it the 16 turnovers?

Or maybe it was the fourth-quarter hamstring re-injury suffered by “glue guy” Andre Iguodala?

Or, perhaps, all of the above.

It’s 99.9 percent certain that Kevin Durant won’t be part of this Warriors’ lineup here in Sunday…

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Raptors Score Game 1 Win / Cover in NBA Finals
THE 2019 NBA FINALS

RAPTORS ROCK-N-ROLL TO GAME 1 WIN AS 118-109 TRIUMPH MARKS TORONTO'S FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN /COVER THIS POST-SEASON

Oh, Canada!

Okay, so hockey will always be the national sport North of the Border but a whole country tuned in and was turned on by Game 1 of the NBA Finals with last night's electrifying 118-109 win / cover by the Toronto Raptors (- 1.5) over the two-time defending league champion Golden State Warriors.

Hey, who needs pucks, anyway?

The bottom line is the Raptors - who entered this best-of-seven series at + 240 to win it all (the Warriors were - 300)…

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It’s NBA Finals Game 1 Preview Plus MLB Notes

THE NBA FINALS - IT'S WARRIORS VS. RAPTORS IN GAME 1 NORTH OF THE BORDER ...

MLB NEWS & NOTES: BULLPEN BLOWUPS AND WHY 'CAPPING RELIEVERS IS KEY THESE DAYS

Let's first dial things back to June of 2018: The Golden State Warriors were coming off a second straight NBA championship (three in the past four years) and the oddsmakers had 'em priced at Even Money (some folks had 'em at 4-to-5) for the 2018-19 campaign; the early price tag on the Toronto Raptors was 40-to-1.

In case you were wondering, the likes of Philadelphia (7-2), Boston (8-1), Miami (20-1) and Cleveland (30-1)…

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NBA Finals Chatter Plus Holiday Baseball Too

THE NBA FINALS PREVIEW - WARRIORS GO FOR THREE IN A ROW BUT CAN UNDERDOG RAPTORS PULL ANOTHER POST-SEASON SHOCKER? ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: HITS AND MISSES FROM A BUSY MEMORIAL DAY

Imagine that. The Golden State Warriors - NBA champions for the past two straight years and in three of the last four years - are nearly a 3-to-1 betting favorite to win the NBA Finals that begin Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors even though A) megastar Kevin Durant isn't likely to play either of the first two games of this series for the Dubs (and they're being played in…

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MLB’s Memorial Day Divisional Updates

 

 

IT’S MEMORIAL DAY

AND SO, IT’S TIME TO WEIGH

IN ON ALL SIX DIVISIONAL “RACES” …

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT –

RAPTORS ARE NEW BEASTS OF THE EAST

(AND KINGS OF THE NORTH, FOR THAT MATTER)

AS WE PUT A WRAP ON THE SERIES WIN VS THE BUCKS

 

Major-League Baseball historians love to find date/time landmarks in the schedule to take inventory of things.

Case in point, Memorial Day.

It’s always been fun to examine how MLB divisional races are shaping up when we get to the final Monday in May and so this holiday gives folks a time to check in on all three divisions in the National…

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NBA Playoff Update Plus MLB Notebook Too on Memorial Day Weekend

THE NBA PLAYOFFS - BUCKS NEED TO WIN HERE TO FORCE A GAME 7 COME MONDAY, BUT HOW DO THEY TURN THIS THING AROUND? ...

THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: ODDS & ENDS FROM THE DIAMOND

There's gonna be some hoops history served up on this Memorial Day weekend, one way or the other:

Either the Toronto Raptors - up three games-to-two in their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks - are gonna win in either Saturday's Game 6 or Monday's Game 7 and thus make it to the franchise's first NBA Finals (the Raptors were born in…

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Raptors Pull Off Stunning Game 5 Upset

 

 

RAPTORS STUN BUCKS 105-99

IN A PIVOTAL GAME 5 OF NBA’S

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS,

BUT IS THIS SERIES NOW A “DONE DEAL”? …

PLUS, HIGHLIGHTING THE MEMORIAL DAY

WEEKEND’S BEST MLB SERIES

 

Fear the Deer?

Heck no, the Toronto Raptors showed zero fear last night en route to a come-from-way-behind 105-99 win as 7.5-point road underdogs and thus here’s the North-of-the-Border crew in need of just one more win to nail down a berth in next week’s NBA Finals.

Toronto’s now won/covered three in a row in this Eastern Conference Finals after Milwaukee scratched out “W’s” in Games 1 and 2 and so “Jurassic Park” will be rockin’…

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It’s a Key Game 5 in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals -- and Jim Hurley Will be Cashin’

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

IT’S RAPTORS-BUCKS IN A MONSTROUS GAME 5 …

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

A PRE-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

LOOK AT TWO OF MLB’S BEST BETS SO FAR

 

Well, the NBA is super-happy ‘cause there is gonna be hoops this Memorial Day Weekend, after all.

We know that a Game 6 is now guaranteed for Saturday night in Toronto and we could even get a winner-take-all Game 7 come Memorial Day evening in Milwaukee and who saw that coming when you consider the Bucks (a – 280 betting favorite for this Eastern Conference Finals series prior to Game 1) dashed out to a 2-zip series lead…

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It’s Bucks vs. Raptors in Pivotal Game 4 Tonite

 

 

NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –

CAN RAPTORS “GET EVEN” TONIGHT

IN THIS NORTH-OF-THE-BORDER GAME 4 TILT? …

WE SALUTE THE WARRIORS FOLLOWING

THEIR SPECTACULAR FOUR-GAME SWEEP VERSUS THE T-BLAZERS

 

Funny how the NBA universe works:

The Golden State Warriors – fresh off Monday night’s 119-117 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers – now are headed to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

On the other hand, the Milwaukee Bucks – up two games-to-one against Toronto while going into this evening’s game in Canada – have not been to an NBA Finals since 1974 (where they lost a Game 7 to Boston, we might add) and the Raptors…

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Warriors in Line for Clean Sweep Tonight?

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

PUT THE BROOMS AWAY IN

THE EAST AS RAPTORS SNAG GAME 3

IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME

PLUS, HERE’S A LOOK AT TONIGHT’S

POSSIBLE CLINCHER OUT WEST FOR THE WARRIORS …

MLB’S TOP 10 TEAMS RIGHT NOW

 

In TV parlance, the NBA partners sure needed some “inventory” – after all, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors are looking to go clean sweep tonight in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers and it was entirely possible that the Milwaukee Bucks were gonna make short work of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals too prior to last night’s twin-overtime win by the…

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NBA’s Conference Finals -- Are Sweeps Ahead for Warriors, Bucks?

THE NBA PLAYOFF WEEKEND UPDATE -BOTH WARRIORS, BUCKS ARE SHOOTIN' TO GO UP THREE GAMES-TO-NONE IN THEIR CONFERENCE FINALS

Here's a little statistical ditty we'll be happy to lay on you: Since 2003, there's only been three sweeps in NBA Conference Finals - that's three broom jobs in 32 conference finals overall - and yet we enter this May weekend with both the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks seeking three-games-to-none leads in their respective Western /Eastern Conference Finals?Will they be needing their dust pans in a couple of days?

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers get you all the…

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It’s Raptors vs. Bucks Tonight Plus a Warriors’ Game 2 Recap

 

NBA PLAYOFFS –

WE PREVIEW RAPTORS VS. BUCKS

IN TONIGHT’S GAME 2 OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

PLUS, THE WARRIORS GALLOP OUT TO 2-O SERIES

LEAD AGAINST THE T-BLAZERS (AND JIM HURLEY CASHES THE “OVER”!) …

THE MLB WEEKEND AHEAD –

SHOWDOWN IN FENWAY AS THE ASTROS-SOX COLLIDE

 

No ands, ifs or buts about it … this year’s Milwaukee Bucks have been a real “margin” team when it comes to this here-and-now post-season.

In Round I, the Bucks smothered the overmatched Detroit Pistons four straight while smashing out victories by 35, 21, 16 and 23 points and while carving out a perfect 4-and-oh ATS (against the spread) record. We’ll…

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It’s Game 2 of Blazers-Warriors Plus More NBA Lottery Stuff

 

 

THE NBA LOTTERY –

HERE’S THE FALLOUT FROM

N’ORLEANS SNAGGING THE TOP PICK …

PLUS, NBA CONFERENCE FINALS ACTION

 

Don’t even think twice about it …

The truth is the NBA is none too happy with the results of Tuesday’s Lottery in which New Orleans and Memphis grabbed the first two picks while New York – picking third -- fell out of the Zion Williamson Sweepstakes.

Okay, so maybe it was a case of “message sent” for any/all future NBA teams not to “tank” their seasons as New York, Cleveland and Phoenix – the league’s worst three teams in 2018-19 – were all excluded from grabbing…

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NBA Conference Finals Swing into Action

 

 

IT’S TIME FOR THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –

BLAZERS-WARRIORS IN GAME 1 OF THE

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS TONITE

AND RAPTORS-BUCKS IN EASTERN FINALS TOMORROW …

OUR UP-TO-DATE NBA PLAYOFF POINTSREAD CHART …

AND A FEW WORDS ON TONIGHT’S NBA LOTTERY

 

Here’s the lowdown on these here-and-now NBA Playoffs:

There’s been 66 post-season games played so far – they started back on April 13th and figure to go another month (or more) – and the Betting Favorites sport a modest 34-31-1 ATS (against the spread) mark for a .523 winning rate. Funny thing is the four remaining teams – that’s Portland, Golden State, Toronto and Milwaukee – own…

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NBA’s Game 7 Recaps Plus MLB Too
THE NBA PLAYOFFS - CONFERENCE FINALS ARE SET FOLLOWING A PAIR OF EPIC GAME 7's

THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHISOX'S GIOLITO A SUNDAY STAR

Don't you just love when folks talk about the "bounce of the ball" in terms of hoops luck? Well, the real bounce of the ball - to be exact, four bounces off the rim before going in - is all that separated the Eastern Conference Finals-bound Toronto Raptors from the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night that capped off a wild Mother's Day in the NBA.

Say what you will about Toronto megastar Kawhi Leonard hoisting up a grand total…

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All Hail the Warriors (Again) Plus a Couple of Game 7’s

THE NBA PLAYOFFS

WARRIORS STUN ROCKETS 118-113 TO WRAP UP WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI SERIES IN 6 …

PLUS, THERE’S A PAIR OF GAME 7’s ON SUNDAY FROM DENVER & TORONTO

Go ahead and say it …

The Golden State Warriors are one bad-ass team, right?

In Friday night’s epic 118-113 outright upset win at 7.5-point favorite Houston – a monster winner by Jim Hurley’s Network!!! -- not only did the Warriors charge back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to get “mission accomplished” but they did so without injured megastar Kevin Durant who has averaged a rollicking 34.2 points per game this post-season (that’s in 11…

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Can No-Durant Warriors Win in Houston Tonite?

CAN KEVIN DURANT-LESS WARRIORS WRAP IT UP ON THE ROAD TONITE? ...MEANWHILE, SIXERS, BLAZERS FORCE A PAIR OF GAME 7'S ...

THE MLB REPORT: CHECKIN' OUT SOME HOME / AWAY SPLITS

The first round of this year's NBA Playoffs featured only one seven-game series (see Denver over San Antonio) but we could have three different go-the-distance sets this weekend providing the Houston Rockets (a 7-point favorite this evening) can KO the Kevin Durant-less Golden State Warriors and thus force a Game 7 in that emotional series.

Last night both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers "held serve" in Game…

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NBA Update: Durant Hurt Plus Tonight’s Big Game 6 Tilts

THE NBA PLAYOFFS - WARRIORS' DURANT HURT IN 104-99 NON-COVER WIN PLUS, HERE ARE TONIGHT'S DO-OR-DIE SHOWDOWNS AS PHILLY, PORTLAND FACE ELIMINATION TIME ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: A SHORT LIST OF POTENTIAL ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS

The NBA Playoffs - more than likely - will be entering new territory today:

And that's because Golden State megastar Kevin Durant (a two-time NBA Finals MVP) - more than likely - will be gone for the remainder of the post-season as that sure looked like a blown Achilles suffered with two-plus minutes remaining in the third quarter of last night's Game 5 bash between the Warriors and…

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More NBA Second-Round Playoff Goodies

 

NBA PLAYOFFS –

THE FAVS VS. DOGS UPDATE PLUS

HERE’S A LOOK AHEAD

AT CELTICS-BUCKS, ROCKETS-WARRIORS

IN WEDNESDAY’S GAME 5’s

 

Have you been paying close attention to the Favorites vs. Underdogs “battle” in this year’s NBA Playoffs?

Well, entering play here on this Tuesday, May 7th, NBA Playoff Betting Favs are 30-26-1 ATS (against the spread) overall for a .536 winning rate … but dig a little bit deeper and you’ll discover that Underdogs are a nifty 11-5 versus the vig in this “second round” of play and that included dog wins in both of Monday night’s games as Milwaukee (+ 1) crushed Boston 113-101 and…

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NBA Playoffs: Checkin’ Out All 4 Series

 

 

HERE’S YOUR NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE –

WE SIZE UP THE FOUR SERIES …

THE MLB REPORT –

THAT’S A LUCKY 7 WINS IN A ROW FOR THE CUBBIES

 

Folks, think back to the first round of this year’s NBA Playoffs … and then remember there was only one best-of-seven series that “went the distance” (see Denver over San Antonio).

Now, if the pro hoops world and its fans get lucky, we might get all four of the on-going playoff series go a full seven games – and wouldn’t that be a blast!

We’ll lay it all out for you in today’s edition of Jim Sez as…

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MLB Notes Plus Warriors-Rockets Preview for Game 3

 

 

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT –

SHOULD AL CENTRAL DIVISION-LEADING TWINS

BE GETTING MORE RESPECT FROM ODDSMAKERS? …

MORE NBA PLAYOFFS –

WILL THERE BE LIFE AFTER GAME 3

IN THIS WARRIORS-ROCKETS SERIES?

 

This first weekend in May is chock full of solid head-to-head matchups in Major-League Baseball whether you’re checking out the National League and the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs or the NL West set between the Los Angeles Dodgers at the San Diego Padres (sellouts in all three games there!) or in the American League where the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins are at the New York Yankees.

Okay, so even…

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Bucks, Nuggets Gun For Game 3 Road Wins Tonite

 

 

NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE –

THERE’S A PAIR OF GAME 3’S TONITE

PLUS, HERE’S A LOOK BACK

AT RAPTORS-76ERS LAST NITE

 

Here’s the real $64,000 question when it comes to the here-and-now NBA:

Is everyone out there chasing some silly dream when it appears the two-time defending champion Golden State are all set to three-peat this June?

No question that Golden State – up already two games-to-love heading into Saturday night’s Game 3 tilt in Houston – is in the proverbial driver’s seat to win that best-of-seven series and undoubtedly the “Dubs” will be heavy-duty betting favorites when/if they make it the NBA Western Conference Finals and…

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It’s Game 3 for Raptors-76ers Tonite

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

RAPTORS-SIXERS IN PIVOTAL GAME 3

TONITE PLUS BLAZERS-NUGGETS GAME 2 IN REVIEW …

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:

BIGGEST SURPRISE TEAM /

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR

 

Here’s the straight facts:

You have to go all the way back to the spring of 2001 to find the last time the Philadelphia 76ers played in an Eastern Conference Finals – remember the Allen Iverson-led Sixers bested the Milwaukee Bucks in a seven-game series way back when – and you can look all you want but the Toronto Raptors have never won an Eastern Conference Finals (they lost in the 2016 Eastern Finals to the LeBron James-led Cleveland…

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NBA Playoffs: Rockets Shoot For Game 2 Upset in GS

 

NBA PLAYOFF REPORT –

WILL BUCKS, ROCKETS GET EVEN TONIGHT? …

OUR NBA PLAYOFF POINTSREAD CHART …

PLUS, MLB NOTEBOOK

 

If you happen to be a long-time proponent of the famed “zig-zag theory” where you wager on the team that lost the previous game SU (straight-up) in the NBA Playoffs, then take note that in Game #2’s in Round I of this year’s post-season the first-game loser bagged a 4-3-1 ATS (against the spread) mark … okay, good but nothing to write home about. Chuck in last night’s result in Toronto and you can add another “W” as Game 1 loser Philadelphia roared back…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Western NBA Matchups

Last Friday, I talked about how sharps (professional bettors) had been attacking the matchups in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA Playoffs. Today, I’ll look at the West.

 

MONDAY: PORTLAND AT DENVER

This is the last series to get started because the Nuggets had to go seven games to take out the San Antonio Spurs. (And, no, I have no idea why the Spurs didn’t call a time out at the end of Game Seven! High school kids know they’re supposed to do that.) Portland is well-rested after eliminating the disappointing Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.

Monday night’s game went up…

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NBA Playoff Report -- Second Round in Full Bloom

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

SECOND-ROUND SLUGFESTS

ON TAP ALL WEEK LONG …

THE BASEBALL UPDATE:

YANKEES WRITING A REAL DOOZY SCRIPT

 

You had better believe this is a different type of NBA Playoffs than any we’ve seen the past decade or so:

After all, LeBron James is nowhere to be found after he marched his way to eight consecutive NBA Finals as a member of the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers – that’s four NBA Finals appearances with each team and three total titles for The King – and so these days it’s a mad scramble to win the Eastern Conference while it could well…

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NBA’s Second Rounds in Action

NBA PLAYOFFS - GEARING UP FOR ROUND II IN TORONTO, MILWAUKEE & OAKLAND PLUS, A GAME 7 IN DENVER

It''s getting down to the nitty-gritty in these NBA Playoffs - second-round series set to begin in three locales this weekend - and a footnote that NBA Playoff Betting Favorites are 25-14-1 ATS (against the spread) overall for a shiny .641 winning rate.

Jim Hurley''s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep banging out loads of winners in this year''s NBA Playoffs with action each/every night this week, so make sure you''re cashin'' all post-season long plus get all the daily Major-League Baseball action…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Eastern NBA Matchups

Sharps have made their intent clear in the NBA Eastern Conference second round matchups that begin this weekend. Let’s take them in the order they tip off.

 

SATURDAY: PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO

An opener of Toronto -5 was quickly bet up to -5.5 or -6 depending on where you shop. That’s a lot of respect for the Raptors considering it’s a #2 vs. #3 matchup. Home court advantage is usually worth at least three points in the NBA Playoffs. Sometimes four in certain situations. Clearly the sharps think Toronto is the much superior “neutral court” side, even with Joel Embiid of the Sixers…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NBA Second Round

The first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs isn’t quite complete as we meet today in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. Golden State plays the LA Clippers tonight in the sixth game of their series. San Antonio and Denver play their seventh game Saturday. But, the second round begins in the East Saturday…and I wanted to make sure all of you were ready to go for what’s shaping up as a tough handicapping challenge.

Once we’re in the second round, there are no more pretenders left in the brackets. Everyone from Indiana down in the East looked like…

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NFL Draft; Warriors-Clips Tonight

NFL DRAFT ROUND I WRAPUP ... PLUS, WARRIORS LOOK TO (FINALLY) KO THE CLIPS TONIGHT ...

Gotta hand it to the National Football League - year-after-year the NFL Draft produces some of the wildest drama around even though the whole world knew that QB Kyler Murray (to the Arizona Cardinals) and DE Nick Bosa (headed to the San Francisco 49ers) would be the top two selections as they were lead-pipe cinch picks.

But Duke QB Daniel Jones to the New York Giants at #6? Keep in mind he was rated the 39th best prospect in this man's draft.

And there were between 10-to-12…

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Our NFL Mock Draft is Here!
OUR 2019 NFL MOCK DRAFTGET READY FOR A REALLY WILD RIDE THROUGHOUT ROUND I WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT DEALS ON TAP

We'll dust off our crystal ball and take you right throughout the first round of tonight's draft from beautiful Nashville.

1. ARIZONA - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma ... Play it again, Sam, as for a second consecutive year a Heisman Trophy-winning slinger from the Oklahoma Sooners goes first in the NFL Draft and, yes, the Cardinals will reject any/all offers for this pick coming their way via Oakland/Las Vegas.

2. SAN FRANCISCO - Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State ... True, this cat-quick pass rusher…

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Network Notebook: Who Will Be the Beast of the East?

Though the Western Conference still has some work to do, the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs is complete in the East.

There were no surprises, beyond the fact that Toronto and Philadelphia suffered massive brain farts in their series openers vs. Orlando and Brooklyn respectively. Toronto would win its next four games by margins of 29, 5, 22, and 19 points. Philadelphia would win by margins of 22, 16, 4, and 22. The “big four” (which also includes Milwaukee and Boston) would go 16-2 straight up in the first round, 15-3 against the spread.

Think about that for a second.…

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NFL Draft: Could Round I Be Chock Full of Big Trades?

 

THE NFL UPDATE –

WHO’S LOOKING TO MOVE UP

(OR ELSE TRADE DOWN) IN THURSDAY’S DRAFT …

NBA NEWS / NOTES:

WE CHECK IN ON TONIGHT’S SPURS-NUGGETS TILT

 

Okay, so we’ll admit:

When it comes to the NFL Draft – and this goes for each and every year – we pray for absolute chaos.

Lots of first-round trades, lots of names both rising and falling on the big draft board and such.

The thing is this year – come Thursday night – we believe there’s a real good chance that chaos might well reign supreme. Nope, we agree with the general premise that Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray…

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