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Wayne Root: Can Cavaliers Shock Warriors in NBA Finals…AGAIN?!

Last year it seemed impossible…but then LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the 2016 NBA crown.

This year, it seems just as impossible! Golden State is currently a -250 favorite to win the series. But, the Warriors are a perfect 12-0 so far in the playoffs, and are talking about making a 16-0 run at history. How can Cleveland score their second straight Final Round upset if they’re going to be lucky to make it past five games?

As you know, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS.…

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Richie Baccellieri: Be Wary of Betting Streaks in Baseball

You often run into gamblers in Las Vegas who say they love betting “streaks” in baseball. They remind you that if you’re riding a streak, you only lose one time at the end. If you’re trying to bet when a streak is going to end, you may lose a lot of times to win just once.

While all that is true, and can be put to good use for smart wagerers, this kind of mindset typically makes some mistakes that hurt the bottom line.

*First, these bettors really only want to bet a winning streak when one of the BEST teams is…

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Network Notebook: Yankees/Orioles Series Preview

Once again, the Baltimore Orioles were off to one of those hot runs that had everyone raving about Buck Showalter. But, a recent slump keyed by poor starting pitching has seen the O’s sinking fast in the AL East standings. Baltimore has lost seven straight, and is a woeful 3-13 its last 16 games. The first-place Yankees come to town for a three-game series that begins Monday afternoon. Great…struggling Baltimore had to fly in all the way from Houston for a DAY game!

Can the Orioles get things turned around against the surprising Yankees? Is it the Yanks turn to hit…

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Network Notebook: Time to Start College Football Prep

If you walked by a newsstand within the past few days, you probably noticed that the Athlon annual and other publications were already out. That’s the signal for YOU to start getting ready for the 2017 college football season.

And, with Las Vegas and offshore sportsbooks already posting early futures prices and Week One lines, you now have additional motivation! You can bet your edges now if you live in the right places. Or, you can at least use those lines to help you pin down your own ratings for all the board teams.

Where to start?

As much as we love Athlon,…

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Jim Sez Memorial Day Weekend Baseball Report

THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT - WE CHECK OUT PERSONAL WISH LISTS FOR ONE TEAM IN EACH OF THE SIX DIVISIONS

Check it out: The 2017 Major-League Baseball season is not even one-third through its 162-game-per-team schedule and yet there's major panic setting in all 'round the bigs as we'll soon point out.Sure, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals still sport bloated leads in the American League West and National League East, respectively, and it's been a renaissance season for the likes of the New York Yank Yankees, Minnesota Twins and the Colorado (just to name a few!) but…

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Wayne Root: Vegas Slow to React to NBA Over Trends

One of the big stories out here in Las Vegas this week involves the bath sportsbooks have been taking because “Favorite and Over” has been coming through so often in games involving the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs. Oddsmakers are calling it one of their worst months of May ever.

It’s not hard to see why:

*The public loves betting favorites

*The public REALLY loves betting dominant franchises

*The public loves betting Overs

But, it’s even worse than that makes it sound.

*The public loves betting PARLAYS with Favorite and Over

*The public loves sticking favorites together in parlays

*The public keeps betting…

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Network Notebook: Cubs/Dodgers Series Preview

Even though both the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs and resource-rich Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten off to relatively slow starts in 2017 compared to expectations…you know that this weekend’s three-game series matching the two will feature playoff caliber baseball. These teams met in the playoffs last year. Both are expected to shake off early divisional threats through the summer to line up again in October.

And, great news for baseball fans, we will have marquee names on the mound. This isn’t one of those three-game sets where Cy Young candidates are spectators just like the rest of us because it…

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An Early Look At The NFL Super Bowl Odds

It’s never too early to talk a little football and it’s never too early to think about betting football, with the futures market in swing as we move closer to the summer months. Below is a general outline of the NFL Super Bowl odds with pertinent thoughts on each group of teams.

Keep in mind that these prices tell us more than just what meets the eye—they’re also indicators of how teams will be treated by Las Vegas in the early weeks of the season and where value may lie on a game-to-game basis.

THE FAVORITENew England Patriots: 18-5In…

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Jim Sez: Cavs Bounce Back and Warriors 12-0

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT: CAVALIERS' COMEBACK GETS 'EM GAME 4 WIN PLUS ALL HAIL THE "PERFECT" WARRIORS AS WE BREAK DOWN THE 12-AND-OH RUN THIS POST-SEASON IN POINTSPREAD STYLE

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

If the Cleveland Cavaliers are gonna look back at a second consecutive NBA championship - we said "if" - then they'll happily look back at last night's 112-99 come-from-behind win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Boston Celtics were up 16 points; the Cavs were without star LeBron James for the final 6:45 of the first half because of four fouls; and all seemed doom-and-gloom inside "The…

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Baseball Bettors Don’t Chew Big Chalk

by Jim Feist

April and May means that many novice sports bettors may look at the matchups and lean toward ace pitchers and lay the big price. But let me give you three words of advice: Don't do it. Baseball is unique from football and basketball in that there is no point spread. Instead you bet merely on which team will win the game and this translates into a money-line wager.   When betting baseball, most professional handicappers look for prices that are close to even money (for example, -120, -135 favorites or +105, +130 underdogs).  Or bettors will play baseball totals…

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Network Notebook: Cardinals/Dodgers Series Preview

There are enough quality teams this season in Major League Baseball that there’s almost always a great series on the ledger for fans and handicappers to study. This week, that showcase series is obviously the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Futures prices to win the National League pennant currently have these two teams just behind the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.

Yes, St. Louis trails Milwaukee in the NL Central at the moment…and the Dodgers are behind the surprisingly hot starts of Colorado and Arizona. But, respected betting markets see these as two of the top four teams…

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Cleveland Cracks First

In the cross-country battle that’s being waged by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors as they head towards the NBA Finals, it was the Cavaliers who cracked first. With both teams having won their first ten games of the postseason, Golden State held serve on the road in Game 3 at San Antonio, but Cleveland could not do the same on their home floor against Boston last night. The Cavs coughed up a 21-point lead and lost 111-108, a game they were a (-16.5) favorite.

No one is under any illusion that this is going to slow Cleveland’s…

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Wayne Root: MLB Current Cinderella’s May be Pretenders

There are several interesting stories developing right now in the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Among them are the number of potential “Cinderella” stories across the divisions where surprise teams are in contention.

Will we see some darkhorses or Cinderellas in the postseason brackets come October? WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS because I know how to spot true value teams worth betting rather than short term flukes who are about to fall apart.

Let’s look at a few of these surprise contenders.

 

NL Central: MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The Brewers enter the new week with a 1.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals,…

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Jim Sez Conference Finals Previews

THERE'S LIFE IN THESE NBA PLAYOFFS AFTER ALL!!!

CELTICS SHOCK CAVS IN GAME 3 OF EASTERN FINALS (A BIG JIM HURLEY WINNER!) AND SO TUESDAY'S GAME 4 IS "MUST-SEE TV"

PLUS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS COULD BE FINIS TONIGHT IN THE ALAMO CITY AS WARRIORS SHOOT TO STAY PERFECT THIS POST-SEASON ...

BASEBALL'S "UNDER-THE-RADAR" TEAMS WHILE HEADING INTO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Here's something you might well have been wondering following Sunday night's uber-dramatic 111-108 last-second win by the Boston Celtics over the Cleveland Cavaliers ... was there even a "money line" made available to the wagering folks of the world?

Well, according to our sources, three…

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Kelso: The Colorado Rockies Are Crushing It

The Colorado Rockies are crushing it right now, on the field and more importantly, for bettors. If you simply bet the Rockies each game this season you’d be showing a profit of (+$1446), a figure that’s the best in the majors with more than a couple hundred bucks to spare.

Just as noteworthy is that Colorado has handled the favorite’s role, an important factor for betting this team as the surprise factor wears off and sportsbooks adjust to their 27-16 record and two-game lead in the NL West. The Rockies are 11-6 as a favorite. They’ve also handled the…

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Jim Sez Weekend NBA Previews

 IT'S A MONSTER NBA WEEKEND - WARRIORS, CAVS SHOOT TO STAY PERFECT IN THE POST-SEASON ...

PLUS PRE-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES

Just had to love that TNT animation of a cartoon figure of Cleveland's LeBron James spanking the Boston Celtics' famed leprechaun ... it was some levity following Friday's 130-86 Cavs' beat down of the C's and now the $64,000 question is should they even bother to play Games 3 and 4 of this Eastern Conference Finals?

Heck, you might be wondering the same out West where - heading into Saturday night - the Golden State Warriors were (just like Cleveland) looking…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sportsbooks Helped by Slow Starts for Cubs, Indians

There have been a few Major League Baseball teams in the 2017 season that have caught Las Vegas oddsmakers by surprise. But, sportsbooks are more than holding their own so far thanks to all of the following…

*The defending World Champion Chicago Cubs are off to a very slow start. Everyone loves betting the Cubs in this town. Chicago was down almost 10 units for the season before embarrassing an overmatched Cincinnati Reds team the past few days.

*The defending runner-up Cleveland Indians are almost down 10 units entering their weekend series with Houston despite having a winning record at 20-19. This…

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Network Notebook: Are the Houston Astros for Real?

So far, it’s been a fantastic 2017 season for the Houston Astros. They were a sharp choice to win the AL West before the campaign even began. They’ve become the sharp choice to represent the American League in the World Series based on their 29-12 record about a fourth of the way through the season.

Are the Astros for real? Or, an illusion waiting to be exposed?

JIM HURLEY’S most trusted indicator stats suggest the Astros are the real deal.

*They haven’t been lucky in one-run games. Their 6-4 record is in line with what you’d expect from a great team (maybe a…

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Wayne Root: Dodgers Could Surpass Cubs in NL Championship Chase

There’s a lot to like about how the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing at the moment. Sure, they’re not in first place in their own division thanks to Colorado’s hot start. But, when you look at the key stats that winning handicappers use, things look a lot better.

NL Run Differential

LA Dodgers +60

Washington +46

Arizona +34

Milwaukee +31

St. Louis +15

Colorado +13

Chicago Cubs +12

The Dodgers have the best run differential in the National League by a good bit, and enter the weekend only trailing the Houston Astros by one run across the whole Major Leagues. Most importantly to me, the Dodgers are WAY ahead…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps have been Betting NBA Conference Finals

Normally when “public” teams are involved, the sports betting marketplace shapes up very firmly in a “sharps vs. squares” divide that results in something resembling a “tug-of-war” once a number settles. Oddsmakers try to shade against what they expect the public to do, then hope to either be positioned against the public enjoying the right end of 11/10 odds, or enjoy split action that guarantees a profit in that one game.

So far in both the Western Conference Finals, and the Eastern Conference Finals, the marketplace is dealing with the reality that sharps don’t want to bet on these underdogs unless…

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NBA Playoffs: Beware of the Blowout
by Jim Feist     The NBA playoffs are in full swing, which means overall the better teams are battling each other. This is different from the regular season when many nights great teams are playing bad teams, and bad teams are playing worse teams! One thing astute sports bettors should pay very careful attention to is blowouts.    Blowout games are less expected this time of the year, but they still happen as one team can have a bad game on any night. The Celtics began the playoffs losing the first two games at home, including a 111-97 embarrassment to Chicago,…
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Network Notebook: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

If the Cleveland Cavaliers keep playing like they have been, then the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals are already over. It’s been so long since they played…it’s easy to forget that they swept a Toronto Raptors team that was better suited to compete with them than the surviving Boston Celtics are.

Cleveland beat Toronto by 11, 22, 21, and 7 points (the last two on the road). Toronto was a better offensive team than Cleveland in terms of per-possession efficiency during the regular season, a better defensive team, and a much better rebounding team. Boston will have to shoot lights out from…

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Wayne Root: Can Celtics Shock the Cavaliers in Eastern Finals?

You longtime readers know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is always looking to make a dramatic upset call. I have a real eye for sensing when a shocker is about to happen. And, of course, it makes my clients and I a fortune when I’m right. Furthermore…even though we can’t win ‘em all…being right with underdogs “most” of the time is the way professional wagerers make their living. It’s the best of all worlds. Focusing on underdogs helps you grind out a profit while also setting you up for occasional lottery payoffs.

But, the 2017 NBA Playoffs really haven’t been a great…

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Time For Cavs-Celtics to Get it On -- Plus Spurs-Warriors and More
THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE: HEY, THE CAVALIERS FINALLY GET BACK INTO ACTION AS #1 SEED CELTICS SET TO HOST ‘EM WEDNESDAY IN GAME 1 OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS…PLUS IT’S GAME 2 OUT WEST / SPURS VS. WARRIORS AND VEGAS HAS G-ST A FULL “2-TD” FAVORITE…THE BASEBALL REPORT: THE WORST PITCHING STAFFS IN THE BIGS

Maybe there are some “ghosts” still lingering around Boston Garden … in any event, the Celtics improved to 19-4 SU (straight-up) in playoff Game 7s at home and that includes (of course) the “old” and the “new” Garden in Beantown.

Now, should the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers have…

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Kelso: The Underachieving Boston Red Sox & Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox have several things in common—they’re big-market teams, they have passionate fan bases and both had high expectations coming into the 2017 baseball season. As of mid-May, they have something else in common—both are underachieving between the lines.

The Red Sox are 19-18 with the Cubs at 18-19, the very definition of mediocrity. It’s not what was expected from a Chicago team that was a top-heavy favorite to win another World Series and Boston, priced as a co-favorite with Cleveland in the American League.

Market belief in both teams is unshaken. The…

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Jim Sez Game 7 Eastern Preview and West Game 2

READY OR NOT, HERE COMES GAME 7 AS WIZARDS-CELTICS COLLIDE IN BOSTON TONIGHT ...

PLUS WE PREVIEW GAME 2 OF NBA'S WESTERN FINALS AS WARRIORS SHOOT FOR THE 2-0 SERIES LEAD ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHECKIN' OUT THE 10 GAMES-OVER-.500 SQUADS

Hey, let's hurry this thing up ... after all, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting for the winner of this now seven-game series between the Washington Wizards versus the Boston Celtics and we remind y'all that the Cavs have played just eight games in the past 30 calendar days!

First things first and that's tonight Game 7 in Beantown where the…

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Network Notebook: MLB Divisional Breakdowns

You longtime readers know we like to periodically check in on divisional breakdowns to see if we can find overrated or underrated divisions (or leagues!) in Major League Baseball.

This exercise has helped us for many years, largely because the sports betting marketplace remains very stubborn about accepting that the American League is much better than the National League. It’s been true for more than a decade. After a slow regression toward more equality, early results in 2017 are suggesting the sports is bouncing back more toward a stronger American League.

Let’s start by looking at the AL divisions, and you’ll see…

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Kelso: Betting The NBA Western Conference Finals

The NBA Western Conference Finals begin on Sunday (3:30 PM ET, ABC) when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Golden State Warriors. This is a matchup that’s been highly anticipated for several months, with these teams considered the two best in basketball.

Some of the gloss has come off the anticipation in light of the events of the past several weeks. It started on March 29 when the Warriors went into San Antonio and won 110-98—in spite of playing in Houston the previous night and in spite of spotting the Spurs the game’s first 15 points. It was a…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Weekend

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:

HOPE "MOM" LIKES HER PRO HOOPS 'CAUSE SPURS-WARRIORS ARE SET TO TANGLE IN GAME 1 OF WESTERN FINALS ON SUNDAY...PLUS WE REVIEW CELTICS-WIZARDS GAME 6

THE BASEBALL REPORT: YANKEES HOPING "DEREK JETER WEEKEND" ISN'T A LOST CAUSE

Got some sound/free advice for you good folks that are hoping to spend Mother's Day with your favorite mom ... make early plans or hold off till dinner hour 'cause odds are you're gonna be busy between 3:30 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.

Hey, it's Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals - and that's must-see TV as the Warriors look to…

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Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report - What Happened To Rockets

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE: SO, WHAT DID HAPPEN TO HOUSTON'S JAMES HARDEN IN THAT GAME 6 BLOWOUT LOSS TO THE SAN ANT SPURS? ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: SHOULD THE ROYALS REALLY BE THINKING ABOUT BREAKING UP THAT OLD GANG OF MINE?

If nothing else, it made for some great late-night talk show fodder on cable television as in ...What did happen in Game 6 to Houston Rockets' megastar James Harden?

No doubt the fact the Rockets were lambasted 114-75 by a banged-up San Antonio Spurs team (no Tony Parker, no Kawhi Leonard) was a major story in itself but Harden's mysterious disappearance in…

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Network Notebook: Western Conference Finals Preview

When news broke late Thursday that Kawhi Leonard would miss Game 6 of San Antonio’s second round series with the Houston Rockets, it was assumed that the Western Finals would be delayed until The Battle of Texas went the full seven games.

Not so fast!

The Spurs played great shorthanded, reminding everyone of the power of team basketball when it’s played by smart well-coached athletes. James Harden reminded everyone that carrying a team on your shoulders can be too exhausting to pull off vs. great opponents! It’s like head coach Mike D’Antoni had Harden run a marathon at a full sprint all…

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Wayne Root: Vegas Asks, Can Golden State Go 16-0?!

As big a fan as I am of the Golden State Warriors and how they play professional basketball, even WAYNE ALLYN ROOT isn’t ready to make the case that they’ll run the table for a perfect 16-0 record in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Stores in Las Vegas are putting up that prop. You can either bet the Warriors will do it…or that either the Warriors or Cavs will do it. Obviously Golden State has the best Power Rating in the league by a good bit right now. And, they’re already a double-digit favorite in Game One of the Western Finals against…

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Major Bounceback For NBA Betting Favorites - Wizards-Celtics Game 6

IT'S BEEN A MAJOR BOUNCEBACK FOR NBA PLAYOFF BETTING FAVORITES (AND WE'LL CLUE YOU IN!) ...PLUS IT'S CELTICS-WIZARDS IN A GAME 6 ...

BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES: CHECKING OUT THE MOST HOME RUN FRIENDLY PARKS

Do you recall way back when during the early stages of this year's NBA Playoffs when Betting Favorites stumbled out of the post-season gate at 4-9 ATS (against the spread)?

Sure you do, but talk about the winds of change!

Following Wednesday's action - see Boston (- 4) blasting Washington 123-101 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round - there were NBA Playoff Betting Favorites sittin' pretty overall at…

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Kelso: Orioles, Rockies, Yankees Winning Big Money

Orioles, Rockies, Yankees Winning Big Money For Bettors, Giants, Blue Jays Breaking ThemBookies On Winning Triple Crown...No -500, Yes +400What Else Is New?...Alabama 5-2 Favorite To Win 5th National Championship In Past 8 Years

By Kelso SturgeonI made my daily round of several Las Vegas sports books this morning and found the betting gentry quite out of sorts for whatever the reason (long ago learned not to ask "why"). Grumpy, eyes starring blankly at nothingness, obviously pissed off, mad at the world bettors - everything negative. I wanted to pull the fire alarm and send these people running for…

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The Jim Sez Midweek Update

THE JIM SEZ MID-WEEK UPDATE:

CAN SPURS CLOSE IT OUT IN HOUSTON WITH A DINGED-UP KAWHI LEONARD?

THE BASEBALL REPORT: DISASTROUS DAYS CONTINUE FOR THE LOWLY JINTS

Maybe it all is just a bit of NBA window dressing:

After all, while they battle it out in the playoff series involving San Antonio versus Houston (see our Game 6 preview below) and in the one pitting Boston versus Washington, there's the matter of the two major heavy-duty favorites expected to play in next month's NBA Finals who these days are merely just twiddling their thumbs.

The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers have tacked together back-to-back playoff sweeps…

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Kelso: Can The Cleveland Cavaliers Keep Covering?

The Cleveland Cavaliers might not have been impressive in their first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers (to the extent that a sweep can ever be unimpressive), covering only one spread in the four games. Facing a better opponent in the Toronto Raptors, one with playoff experience, the Cavs kicked it up a notch—the result was another four-game sweep and this one with a 3-0-1 ATS performance. What are we to make of this?

*Let’s start with the way Cleveland opened games in the Raptors series. The Cavs set the tone in Games 1 & 2 by getting out to…

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Network Notebook: Looking Ahead to Warriors/Cavs

Yes, there’s a lot of basketball yet to be played in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. But, that only involves teams who won’t have much of a chance to win in their conference finals!

Whoever survives Houston/San Antonio is clearly good enough to be “championship caliber” in most seasons based on their production and Power Ratings. But, that survivor will be a prohibitive underdog to a well-rested and healthy Golden State Warriors squad.

Whoever survives Boston/Washington will be a physically drained team that’s lucky to be in the inferior conference! Would Washington have even made the playoffs if they had…

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Wayne Root: The Yankees are No Longer a Secret

The last time we were together I talked about the issues that the New York Mets would likely be enduring through the rest of the season. Today, it’s time to move crosstown to talk about the red hot New York Yankees.

I had planned on holding off on the Yankees for a bit, hoping their improved play would set up some value spots for my clients. But, the team has taken the baseball world by storm the last several days, dashing any hopes of that. If anything, the team is likely to be overpriced moving forward because there’s no way any…

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NBA Playoffs: Keep Up on Adjustments

by Jim Feist

    Playoff basketball pits the best against the best, which gets even more heated the deeper we get to June. The star players and the better teams usually find themselves advancing. This is why it’s essential to keep close tabs on coaching adjustments and strategic shifts that take place from game to game.   Coaches can earn their money this time of the season – or hurt their team by doing nothing, or the wrong thing. The first round series between the Celtics and Bulls was a fascinating chess match of coaching strategy. Chicago stunned the green by winning…

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Wayne Root: Vegas Slow to React to NBA Over Trends

One of the big stories out here in Las Vegas this week involves the bath sportsbooks have been taking because “Favorite and Over” has been coming through so often in games involving the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs. Oddsmakers are calling it one of their worst months of May ever.

It’s not hard to see why:

*The public loves betting favorites

*The public REALLY loves betting dominant franchises

*The public loves betting Overs

But, it’s even worse than that makes it sound.

*The public loves betting PARLAYS with Favorite and Over

*The public loves sticking favorites together in parlays

*The public keeps betting…

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Network Notebook: Is the “Defense and Rebounding” Era Over?

We’ve been talking to you here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK pretty much since the internet was invented. And, one of our themes in terms of picking basketball winners during the postseason has always been “defense and rebounding wins championships.”

We told you that in the 1990’s…in the 2000’s…and every year up until this year. And, it was TRUE! Even the teams with great offensive weapons generally won championships (in both college and pro hoops) because they thrived defensively and on the glass as well as having a star scorer (or two). You couldn’t go the distance with a mediocre or…

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Richie Baccellieri: Oddsmakers Face New World in NBA Playoff Over/Unders

It’s been a long, long time since oddsmakers had to even think about NBA series all over the map scoring in the 220’s on a nightly basis. Maybe a series here or there involving a fast break team. And, even if you go back to that past era when less defense was played, the high point totals weren’t keyed by the fickle-ness of three-point shooting. How can oddsmakers balance the market around such an inconsistent stat?

Houston might score 125 one night with the help of 20 treys, but struggle to get past 100 the next time out when they make…

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Wayne Root: The Mets are in Trouble

You longtime readers know that I follow the New York sports teams very closely even though I’ve lived out here in Las Vegas for many years. I was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, and grew up a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I still have great sources in the Big Apple who find me winning information year-round in all sports.

Right now, those sources are convinced that the NY Mets are going to have a disappointing season. You know that the Mets are having trouble keeping pitchers healthy. That’s one of the dangers of trying to acquire flame throwers…

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NBA Playoff Previews

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE - WHAT ARE THE SPURS THINKING AFTER TAKING A POUNDING IN GAME 1?...PLUS IT'S A GAME 2 BASH FOR RAPTORS VS. CAVS ...

AND MLB NEWS/NOTES: ALL HAIL THE ORIOLES

It's one of the greatest questions in NBA handicapping history: What do you do after the road underdog pummeled the home favorite in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series?

Some folks will tell you that laying the price with the Game 2 home favorite is close to "automatic" and, of course, fans of the always-popular "zig-zag theory" which states you wager on the team that is coming off a…

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Jim Feist: Baseball Hot and Cold Starts

by Jim Feist

More than any other sport, baseball is a game of patience. It's not how you start, but where you finish, and with a 162-game regular season, there is a LOT of baseball left. Did your team get off to a bad start? Well don't panic. There is plenty of time to make adjustments and turn things around. Did your team get off to a hot start? Don't start making World Series reservations just yet.  A year ago this month the Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed a pair of four-game win streaks, each time giving them a winning record. But…

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The Jim Sez NBA Playoff Round Two Notebook

HEY, IT'S MAY, AND WE'VE GOT LOTS TO SAY ABOUT THE NBA PLAYOFFS / ROUND II-STYLE

We know what you're thinking: The NBA Playoffs have been fun so far but are we merely "killing time" till we get to what appears to be an inevitable NBA Finals showdown - Part III - between the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the heavy-duty-favorite-to-win-it-all Golden State Warriors?

Hey, that could be, but as we open up the merry month of May there's some NBA teams with an eye on the prize not named the Cavs and Warriors and they are part of the mix here…

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Network Notebook: NBA Second Round Previews

The first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs was basically a tune-up for the contenders. The only series upset was a #4 vs. #5 matchup in the West where #4 lost a key player to injury in the third game (Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers). Otherwise, the favorites all advanced. Every favorite who did advance did so in six games or less.

But, NOW, things could get really interesting. In fact, Monday Night’s doubleheader might feature two of the best second round series in recent memory if the teams involved can play to their best form.

Let’s look at Monday’s doubleheader,…

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Wayne Root: Will There be any Second Round NBA Upsets?

You all know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS. And, if you read my article last week, you know that I don’t think there’s any way that the Golden State Warriors are going to get upset in their second round series with the Utah Jazz. The big dog might make sense in a few individual game spots. But, a series upset? Not going to happen!

What about in the other three series? Frankly, I wouldn’t be shocked if the underdog won any of those. Even with Washington dropping Game One in Boston, we saw how shaky the Celtics…

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Jim Sez Sunday NBA Playoff Previews

NBA PLAYOFF WEEKEND - CHECKIN' OUT THE SUNDAY ACTION WITH A GAME 7 AT STAPLES CENTER

Maybe you happened to catch the moments after the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 in Hollywood the other night - Clips' head coach Doc Rivers was "miked up" and busy telling his players that "we'll be back here, don't worry" for a Game 7.

Darned if he turned out to be correct!

The Clippers indeed have forced a Game 7 - the only Game 7 among the opening-round playoff series in the NBA - slated for Sunday following Friday's hang-on-for-dear-life 98-93 win…

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Network Notebook: Evaluating Injury Impact in NBA Playoffs

We’ve already seen some very prominent injuries in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Rajon Rondo’s thumb fracture turned the Chicago/Boston series around. Blake Griffin’s foot injury has had a huge impact on the LA Clippers/Utah series. But, Kevin Durant missed a couple of games for the Warriors, and they barely lost a step.

How do you evaluate injuries in the NBA playoffs? You NEED to have a plan of attack because the physical nature of the game virtually guarantees that more starters will miss time from NEW injuries over the next several weeks.

The worst thing you can do is…

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