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Weekend Notebook from MLB / NFL / NBA

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT - MLB, NFL & NBA QUICK-HITTER NOTES

It's officially the first full weekend of summer - but we'll put down the ice-cold beverage long enough to get you up to speed on some big happenings in MLB, NFL and the NBA too!

MLB

Looking for an under-the-radar type team to make a little run here in the next few days? Then try the Minnesota Twins (33-38) on for size. The American League Central squad - a major underachiever the first half of this here-and-now Major-League Baseball season - is in the midst of a three-game home series against…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Bet Prices, Not Teams

I’ve mentioned this periodically through my time posting articles here at this website. But, I don’t think I’ve ever devoted a full article to it. This is very important to remember if you’re a day-to-day baseball handicapper, or just devoting the summer to getting ready for football.

Sharps bet PRICES, not teams. You’ll often hear the mainstream media talking about “the so-called sharps” who keep betting on certain bad teams and losing. This was true with the Cleveland Browns last season. Somebody was saying about the Cincinnati Reds a few days ago (then the Reds started winning).

It can also happen on…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Team Won-Lost Records by Pitcher

In past years, I wouldn’t have recommended the strategy I’m going to outline for you today here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. It didn’t work then, though some people swore by it as they threw their money away. In certain situations, it’s going to work very well in 2018.

What’s the strategy?

Focus on team won-lost records by pitcher. What’s the team’s record with their best starting pitcher on the mound. What’s the team’s record with the second-best, and so on down the line. In past years, this record was way too polluted by run support. An average…

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NBA Draft Re-Caps

THE NBA DRAFT REPORT - HERE'S THE REAL STORYLINES FROM LAST NIGHT'S BASH IN BROOKLYN ...

THE MLB UPDATE: IT'S MARINERS AT RED SOX AS WEEKEND'S BEST SET

Go ahead and raise your hand if you've fully digested all the trades and all the picks made last night at the 2018 NBA Draft .... yeah, right! Now, go ahead and raise your hand if you believe that ESPN analysts Jay Bilas and Chauncey Billups - and we happen to like both of these gents - made it sound as if every single dude selected inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday…

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Our NBA Mock Draft

HERE'S OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT AS A SLEW OF ONE-AND-DONES WILL DOMINATE ROUND ONE

Everybody's heading to Brooklyn for tonight's NBA Draft - but are we gonna get some shockers along the way and will there be some deals sprinkled in involving veteran/name players? Will we see any of the "power teams" move up into the top five picks of this year's draft ... and what teams holding more than one first-round choice are gonna be active in trying to trade up? Ahh, plenty of answers are ahead as here's our Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft:

1. PHOENIX - Deandre Ayton, C,…

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Network Notebook: Orioles Reach the Minus 30-Unit Threshold

IT SHOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE IN MODERN MARKETS, BUT ORIOLES ARE DOWN 30 UNITS BEFORE ALL-STAR BREAK

You've often heard that point spreads and money lines are "the great equalizer." In betting terms, it doesn't matter what a team's won-lost record is because the markets will find an equilibrium. Betting all the good teams won't make money because high lines will counter-act any advantages. Fading bad teams won't make money because it will be too expensive to lay high point spreads or money lines against them.

Let us introduce you to the 2018 Baltimore Orioles!

After Tuesday night's "fall from ahead" loss to the…

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The NBA Draft Is Coming!

THE NBA DRAFT - TRADE TALK ALL AROUND PLUS ARE THERE ANY REAL "FRANCHISE PLAYERS" ON THIS YEAR'S BIG BOARD? ...

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: THE BEST THREE POSITION PLAYERS YOU'RE NOT HEARING ANYTHING ABOUT

Hey, before you even ask ...Our Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft is ready to roll come Thursday morning, so don't miss out on that "must read" column and remember we'll follow it all up on Friday with a draft re-cap!

Now, let's get down to business here in the immediate hours leading up to Thursday night's NBA Draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:

There's loads of trade…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Baseball Betting Way Up

Betting handle is WAY up this year in Las Vegas for Major League Baseball. That’s a bit of a surprise because TV ratings are down, and in-game attendance is down. The media is writing “baseball is slowly dying” stories at a time when gamblers are embracing the sport like never before.

What gives?

From my spot out here in the sports betting capital of the world, I think the answers are pretty obvious.

*First, sports books have really upgraded their experience for bettors. Competition drove them all to put up much larger TV screens and install more comfortable seating. It was no longer…

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Richie Baccellieri: Don’t Bet the Due Theory

Word was making the rounds in sports books this past weekend that the Yankees had played a bunch of Unders in a row. Many gamblers couldn’t believe it…because the team has a great offense, and many of its starting pitchers ae just kind of there rather than being all-star material (Severino is all-star material, the others inconsistent). Of course, we’ve all seen games where home runs fly out of Yankee Stadium too…and the Yanks were at home against Tampa Bay.

Final Scores

Thursday: New York Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3

Friday: New York Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 0

Saturday: New York Yankees 4, Tampa…

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The Astros Playing Out-of-Orbit Baseball Lately

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT –

WHAT’S STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR THE STREAKING ‘STROS …

NFL NEWS & NOTES:

THINK WORST-TO-FIRST TEAMS …

PLUS, NBA DRAFT BREAKDOWN:

WHO’S RISING, WHO’S FALLING AS WE

HEAD TOWARDS THURSDAY NIGHT

 

Hey, don’t look now but the defending World Series champion Houston Astros are just now “hitting their stride” on this here-and-now 2018 Major-League Baseball season.

The ‘Stros zoom into the new week riding an MLB-best 11-game winning streak and how about the fact they just swept a weekend series in Kansas City -- and Houston was a better-than-2-to-1 betting favorite in each of those games!

 

Here’s how last weekend’s action looked (home team in CAPS)…

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Don’t Forget these MLB All-Stars Next Month

 

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE –

MLB & NFL NEWS/NOTES

 

True, the Major-League Baseball All-Star Game is still a month away (July 17th at National Park in Washington) but we’re sure hoping that the powers-that-be in the bigs find a place on the respective National League and American League rosters for the following under-the-radar and oft-underappreciated players/pitchers:

 

NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS, OF, Detroit – The Tigers may wind up being happy with a near-.500 record this year but their star rightfielder is putting up superior numbers: Castellanos is hitting .305 with 34 RBI and 32 runs scored and this dude just “gets it” as we…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: You Don’t Get Rich Betting Losing Teams

You’ll still hear old-timers in Las Vegas saying things that were said back in the 1980’s, during the first big “media boom” in sports betting coverage. They’ll say you can’t make money betting favorites in Major League Baseball. You have to focus on grinding out money with “value” bets on underdogs. Wrong!

While, it IS possible to find occasional value with teams the public doesn’t want to touch. Generally speaking, you won’t make money, let alone get rich by betting on losing teams.

So far in the 2018 Major League season, there are quite a few teams with losing straight up records.…

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Richie Baccellieri: Will Legalized Betting Change the Markets?

Since the last time we were together, the state of New Jersey has started taking legal sports bets. Quite the crowd showed up Thursday at the locales that had been approved to write tickets. Imagine what a mess it’s going to be once football seasons starts! They had long lines for soccer, golf, and baseball. Of course, the addition of online access and apps will help alleviate congestion by then.

Many have been asking me if the markets are going to change at all now that more people will be betting legally. Will lines become “easier” to beat because more squares…

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Yankees Fans, Red Sox Backers Fearful of a Wild Card game

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: TACKLING ALL THE HOT TOPICS OF THE DAY

THE NFL REPORT: SHOULD WE EXPECT BOUNCE BACK SEASONS FROM THE NY GIANTS AND OAKLAND RAIDERS?

Folks, if we've heard it once, then we've heard it a thousand times already: The New York Yankees (44-20) and the Boston Red Sox (48-22) figure to be engaged in a monster head-to-head battle all year long for first place in the American League East. But all fans - of both teams - seem to talk about lately is the fear factor of finishing in second place with 100-plus wins and then having to…

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Batters Up: Three Hitters that Could Be Changing Places

In an earlier-week column right here at Jim Sez, we mentioned three Major-League Baseball starting pitchers who could really shake up the scene if dealt away - they were Tampa Bay RHP Chris Archer, Texas LHP Cole Hamels and San Diego RHP Tyson Ross - and so in keeping with this "trade" theme we'll now take a look at three MLB hitters that could well shake things up if dealt away in the coming weeks. Here's the lowdown ...

MIKE MOUSTAKAS, 3B, Kansas City - At this very moment, "The Moose" leads the woe-be-gone Royals in home runs (13), RBI (42),…

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Network Notebook: Remember When NY Mets were 11-1?!

It took a long time for betting markets to figure out the New York Mets. It was assumed that they wouldn't compete for a divisional title, given their uncertain roster containing many injury prone players. Yet, they started the season like gangbusters.

*2-1 against St. Louis, who's turned out to be pretty good*2-0 against Philadelphia, who's been surprisingly good*3-0 at Washington, sweeping a projected league power*3-0 at Miami, another sweep, though against a loser*2-1 against Milwaukee, who's been playoff caliber thus far

That adds up to 12-2, as the Mets 11-1 start ran into a split in the last two games of…

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MLB’s Starting Pitchers on the Trade Mart

 

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT –

THE THREE STARTING PITCHERS

THAT ALL THE CONTENDERS ARE CHASIN’ AFTER …

NFL NEWS & NOTES:

TAKING A POINTSPREAD LOOK BACK

AND A LOOK AHEAD AT LAST YEAR’S SUPER BOWL TEAMS

 

Folks, it wasn’t all that long ago that the Major-League Baseball Trade Deadline fell on June 15th of each year – imagine the onslaught of big deals we’d have this week if that was still the case!

Nowadays – as everyone knows – the MLB Trade Deadline is July 31st but as we’ve been saying in recent Jim Sez columns the fact of the matter is there figures to be a slew…

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Richie Baccellieri: Do Sharps Lay -1.5 on the Run Line?

Whenever we have a big difference between have’s and have not’s in Major League Baseball, which is true again this year and evolving even into a wider split, many bettors start to look at laying -1.5 runs on the run line with big favorites.

They do that because:

*It feels “cheaper” because the juice is much lower

*The favorite is going to “kill” the dog anyway, so one run won’t matter

*They HAVE to bet favorites, you can’t make them stop betting favorites!

Unfortunately, taking big money line favorites down to what seem like more reasonable prices is often a trap. Sometimes it works out…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Time to Focus on Interleague Play

I haven’t talked yet about Interleague Play this season. The schedule has been light. And, frankly, in recent seasons the betting markets have caught up to reality. Several years back, you could make a fortune simply betting all the AL teams over the NL teams. Oddsmakers (many of who were stubborn veterans even then) just couldn’t accept that the AL was not only superior, but VASTLY superior at the time.  The NL was basically “quadruple A” while the AL was Major League caliber for a few seasons.

The line eventually did catch up. Even though the AL continues to win the…

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Betting Baseball the Only Game in Town Now

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK - AMERICA'S PASTIME HAS CENTER STAGE ALL TO ITSELF THESE DAYS ...

NBA ODDS TO WIN IT ALL, 2018-19 SEASON ...

NFL QUICK-HITTER ITEMS: CAN WE EXPECT SOME BIG DEALS?

Hey, Major-League Baseball ... it's your ball game!

The NBA Playoffs are in the rear-view mirror - happy, happy, joy-joy for the Golden State Warriors and their three championships the past four years - and the NHL's Stanley Cup is the property of the wild-partying Washington Capitals ... and horse racing has its second Triple Crown winner in the past four years with a super-duper pony named Justify.

So, MLB has the…

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Game/Set/Match for the Warriors

 

THE NBA FINALS REPORT –

WARRIORS DELIVER KO BLOW

WITH RESOUNDING GAME 4 SWEEPEROO WIN …

WEEKEND EDITION OF BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

 

Folks, this here hoops dynasty is far from over and done with!

The Golden State Warriors – who put a bold-faced exclamation point on this year’s NBA Finals (and this 2017-18 season) with Friday night’s easy-as-pie 108-85 win/cover against the 4.5-point home underdog Cleveland Cavaliers – may just be in the middle of one of the great championship runs in league history. The Dubs have won back-to-back and three of the last four NBA crowns and – get this – right now…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Still Adjusting to Current-Day MLB

We haven’t had a chance to talk too much about baseball yet in these articles. The one thing that jumps out to me so far in the 2018 season is how much everyone in Las Vegas is complaining! Major League baseball really has changed dramatically these past couple of seasons. As a result:

*Bettors are mad starting pitchers are getting pulled so early

*Bettors are mad most hitters are just swinging for the fences

*Bettors are mad the games are so boring to watch

If you sit in a sports book, you’ll hear public bettors complaining about this stuff around the clock (day games…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Use Run Differential to Evaluate MLB Teams

If you’ve been following the divisional races lately, you may have inadvertently gotten too excited about some new contenders. In terms of pure entertainment, it’s great to have some surprising faces in the mix for awhile. But, as sports bettors, you need to have a clear read on true talent. With that in mind, memorize the following.

It’s a lot easier to create a misleading won-lost record than it is to create a misleading run differential.

History has shown that run differential is better correlated to performance in the immediate future than won-lost record is (leaving out cases where a major injury…

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The NBA Finals: Dubs Go For Clean Sweep

 

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE –

WARRIORS SHOOT FOR SWEEP TONIGHT

PLUS, WE GETCHA IMPORTANT POINTSPREAD INFO …

THE BASEBALL WEEKEND:

BREWERS-PHILLIES HEADLINES

THE DIAMOND ACTION

 

Okay, so they’ve been playing for NBA championships since the all the way back to 1947 – that’s 71 years now, folks -- and yet we’ve only had eight sweeps in the NBA Finals … and here they are:

 

NBA FINALS SWEEPS –

YEAR                               WINNING TEAM                           LOSING TEAM

1959                               Boston Celtics                               Minneapolis Lakers

1971                               Milwaukee Bucks                         Baltimore Bullets

1975                               Golden State Warriors                Washington Bullets

1983                               Philadelphia 76ers                       Los Angeles Lakers

1989                               Detroit Pistons                             Los Angeles Lakers

1995                               Houston Rockets                          Orlando Magic

2002                               Los Angeles Lakers                      New Jersey Nets

2007                               San…

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Warriors Inch Closer to Another Crown With Game 3 Win

THE NBA FINALS GAME 3 RE-CAP: WARRIORS GO UP 3-ZIP AFTER 110-102 WIN IN CLEVELANDTHE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: OVERACHIEVERS & UNDERACHIEVERS

Think about it: In the past three years of NBA Finals play, the Golden State Warriors have owned 3-1, 3-0 and (again) 3-0 series leads against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Okay, so everyone remembers the "Dubs" blew it back in 2016 as the Cavs stormed back to win Games 5, 6 and 7 in that set and then last year G-State stubbed its toe in Game 4 while searching out a sweep and thus needed a Game 5 to wrap up the…

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Network Notebook: AL West is Baseball’s Best Division

Now that we’re deep enough into the 2018 season to get a meaningful sample size, it’s time to check in on divisional strength in Major League Baseball. You longtime regulars know this is an angle JIM HURLEY has been studying for fun and profit for years. Focusing on divisional records helps you find some hidden gems worth betting on, and some money-burners that should be avoided or faded.

This year, it’s the AL West that’s been the big winner against outsiders. That’s a bit of a surprise, because this was supposed to be Houston and the Four Dwarfs entering the season,…

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Its’ Warriors-Cavs in NBA Finals Game 3

 

 

NBA FINALS –

HERE’S THE GAME 3 PREVIEW …

MID-WEEK BASEBALL UPDATE:

THE CURRENT WIN-IT-ALL ODDS

 

If you’re a believer in this here-and-now Cleveland Cavaliers team than it’s a glass-half-full approach to Wednesday night’s Game 3 of this year’s NBA Finals:

True, the Cavs are down two games-to-none but – you might reason – all the Golden State Warriors have done so far is “hold serve” with Game 1 and Game 2 wins at home and there’s little debate that Cleveland was the superior team for most of Game 1. Also, Cleveland did manage to get within six points of the Warriors in the second…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What’s Happening With the Seattle Mariners?

You students here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting and Handicapping have surely noticed that the Seattle Mariners have been on a tear lately. The mainstream media has mostly been oblivious to this run. As we speak, Seattle leads defending World Champion Houston in the AL West. I would guess that it was a 100% consensus that there was NO WAY something like this would happen 60 games into the 2018 season.

It’s not like Houston has fallen apart! The Astros are still a popular choice to defend their title. Justin Verlander is having a historic season. Yet, somehow, SEATTLE…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Not Giving Up on Cleveland Yet

Though the mainstream media is already acting like Golden State sweeping Cleveland is very likely, and another championship for the Warriors is almost 100% certain…sharps (professional wagerers) are still looking for ways to bet the Cavs.

Why is that?

Because betting value on point spreads comes from how many points you’re getting, not whether you can win straight up. Cleveland will be getting about 5 points (maybe more by tip off) in Wednesday’s Game Three…and possibly six in Friday’s fourth game.

And, it’s obviously possible for Cleveland to win a game at home straight up to extend the series. Five-point underdogs do that…

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Warriors Hold Serve With NBA Finals Game 2 Win

 

THE NBA FINALS GAME 2 RE-CAP –

WARRIORS CRUSH CAVS 122-103

AS CURRY’S 3’s LIGHT UP THE SKY …

CHECKIN’ OUT THE NL WEST

WHERE DODGERS, GIANTS VERY MUCH ALIVE

FOLLOWING WEEKEND SWEEPS

 

Two wins down, two wins to go for yet another NBA championship for the Golden State Warriors.

Surprised?

Hardly, as Golden State followed up the uber-controversial Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals with a slick 122-103 never-in-doubt win/cover on Sunday night against the 11.5-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers and so Game 2 was easy money for anyone that backed the “Dubs” … but who out there thought Golden State would drain 10 of its first…

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Cavs-Warriors Slug it Out in Game 2

Hey, the NBA big-wigs really know how to kick someone when they're already down, eh?

The latest to come from that NBA Finals Game 1 fiasco - see Golden State 124, Cleveland 114 in overtime - is now the league's head honchos say there should have been a "lane violation" assessed to Warriors' F Draymond Green on that missed free throw by Cavaliers' G George Hill with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation play (we just watched the replay again and sure enough Green stepped into the lane prematurely) but a whole lot of good that's gonna do the Cavs right now!

Let's…

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NBA Finals Game 1 -- Warriors Win in OT But That Ain’t the Story

THE NBA FINALS GAME 1 REPORT - CAVS GET SCREWED ROYALLY IN  124-114 OVERTIME LOSS TO WARRIORS ...

MLB'S WHAT-TO-WATCH WEEKEND

Shame on you, NBA.

Shame on the fact that - straight up - the league "punked" the heavy underdog Cleveland Cavaliers in more ways than one in last night's Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors' eventual 124-114 overtime non-cover win - and talk about what would have been one of the worst "beats" in major sports history had the Dubs won this game by more than the 13-point betting line! - came after one of the worst calls/worst…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Analyze the NBA Finals

While the Golden State Warriors are heavy favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2018 NBA Championship, sports bettors like you and me are more worried about who's going to be covering point spreads...whether it's a four-game laugher or a seven-game thriller.

How do we go about doing that? You students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping have already done intensive work throughout the regular season and playoffs to get ready. I'm sure you have some ideas about Game One. What I want to talk to you today about involves the ability to read and react…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Finals

As promised, I’m back on Thursday instead of Friday because the NBA Finals matching the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers begins Thursday Night in Oracle Arena. I wanted to report to all of you how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting Thursday’s Game One and the full series thus far.

Unfortunately, the status of Kevin Love is dampening enthusiasm for early bettors. At least for those who are looking to bet Cleveland. Love suffered a concussion in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston, and still hasn’t been cleared from protocol as I write this early Thursday morning Las Vegas time.…

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It’s Cavs vs. Warriors in NBA Finals ... Again!

THE NBA FINALS - WARRIORS ARE MONSTROUS FAVORITES TO REPEAT BUT HERE WE TRY TO MAKE A CASE FOR THE CAVS ...

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: TRIBE'S ON THE RISE (FINALLY!)

You heard right: The Golden State Warriors - the NBA's defending champion and winners of two of the last three crowns - are a - 1200 favorite to cop this here-and-now NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers (+ 750) and the fact of the matter is the price tag's been going up, up, up and away since the matchup was established this past Monday night (we reported the Warriors as -1000…

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Network Notebook: Garbage Time Might be Key in NBA Finals

Normally, in the hours leading up to a major sporting event like the NBA Finals matching the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers that begins Thursday night, JIM HURLEY'S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK would provide a comprehensive stat preview.

This time around, there's not much point!

*Golden State has the much better offense, with a variety of weapons that can score inside or out. Cleveland has LeBron James, and a bunch of guys who blow hot and cold…mostly cold when the pressure is on. One guy has to carry the Cavs. Any of a few can carry the Warriors.

*Golden State has the much better…

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NBA Finals Are Set -- Play it Again, Sam!

THE NBA FINALS - GUESS WHAT, IT'S CAVS-WARRIORS ONE MO' TIME AFTER GOLDEN STATE OVERPOWERS NO-PAUL ROCKETS IN GAME 7 ...

PLUS, IT'S OUR BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: THE BEST/WORST IN RUN DIFFERENTIAL

Just think about it: The Golden State Warriors - owners of two of the last three NBA championships and seemingly headed to yet another crown sometime in these next two weeks - actually outscored the Houston Rockets by 59 points in the second halves of Game 6 / Game 7.

Yes, the cream really did rise to the top in those 115-86 and 101-92 win/covers the last two games of…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Pay Attention to Current Form in Baseball

Last time we were talking about the importance of avoiding old perceptions when handicapping. That’s an important theme to think about right now in Major League Baseball for those of you here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting and Handicapping. There are a handful of teams on both ends of the spectrum who have “changed their stripes” over the past month. Too many of you aren’t noticing!

Let’s start at the top. Here are won-lost records over the last 30 games for the hottest teams in baseball right now. Most of the list isn’t all that surprising compared to pre-season…

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

There’s not much mystery to how the Wise Guys are betting Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals Monday Night, nor much mystery about who they expect to win the NBA Finals that begin Thursday.

Ever since Chris Paul limped off the floor with a hamstring injury last Thursday night, it was assumed by serious bettors that the series was over. Even though Houston led 3-2 at the time…the Rockets were going to be huge dogs on the road in Game Six without Paul. No expectation yet that Paul will be able to return and contribute much in Game Seven.

*The opener…

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The Cavs Are NBA Finals-Bound ... Who’s Gonna Join ’Em?

THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS REPORT - THE KING AND THE CAVALIERS ARE MOVIN' ON (AGAIN) TO ANOTHER NBA FINALS ...PLUS, WE PREVIEW TONIGHT'S GAME 7 OF THE WESTERN FINALS BETWEEN WARRIORS VS. ROCKETS ...

BASEBALL'S MEMORIAL DAY NOTEBOOK: IT'S ASTROS-YANKEES IN CENTER STAGE

Been there, done that?

Heck, as everyone knows, LeBron James has made it his personal rite of spring to play in the NBA Finals and so maybe it doesn't come as any great surprise that "The King" is headed back to a fourth consecutive championship round after going to four straight NBA Finals while wearing the uniform colors of the…

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NBA Conference Monster Matchups Galore

THE JIM SEZ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND UPDATE:

NBA CONFERENCE FINALS REPORT FEATURES GAME 6 PREVIEW OF ROCKETS-WARRIORS ... PLUS, IT'S ON TO GAME 7 AS CAVS-CELTICS GO THE DISTANCE IN THE EAST

In what's known in the business, the Houston Rockets are playing with "house money" in their Game 6 bash at Golden State on this Saturday night of Memorial Day Weekend: No point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) for the Rockets and thus the defending champion Warriors are heavy-duty 12-point betting favorites here and everyone expects there's gonna be a decisive Game 7 come Monday night in Houston ... right?

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALSHOUSTON…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Beware Falling Victim to Old Perceptions

As we get together for this edition of coursework in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, two recent NBA dynasties are both trailing three games to two in their respective conference championship series, even though both were big favorites before the battles started. The defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers have cost their backers a fortune this season. No projected divisional winners in the Senior Circuit currently lead their divisions. And, an expansion team is getting ready to play a longshot from the other conference for the NHL Championship.

Assumptions that Cleveland and Golden State would breeze through…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Many Points is Chris Paul Worth?

If you saw Chris Paul walk gingerly off the court Thursday night after his Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Finals, you knew that evaluating his true worth was going to become very important for Saturday’s Game Six, and then again in Game Seven if he can’t go the rest of the way.

Oddsmakers and sharps immediately assumed he would either miss Game Six, or play at such a reduced level of effectiveness that it was going to hurt the Rockets badly. Golden State opened at -10.5 and was bet…

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Cavs, Warriors Both in Deep Trouble

THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS UPDATE:ROCKETS PUSH DUBS TO BRINK OF ELIMINATION IN THE WEST; CELTICS LOOK TO CLOSE OUT CAVS IN THE EAST TONIGHT

Just consider this factoid for just a moment: If we are to have a Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors Part IV in this year's NBA Finals, then the Cavs and Dubs must go a combined 4-and-oh SU (straight-up) the rest of this way in these ongoing NBA Conference Finals.

Impossible? Nah.

But gotta say it's a major hurdle for the two teams that have combined to win the league's last three titles and so desperation time has hit…

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Warriors-Rockets Get it On in Game 5 Tonight

THE NBA POST-SEASON REPORT:

CELTICS CRUSH CAVS 96-83 IN GAME 5 TILT (AND JIM HURLEY WINS THE SIDE AND ANOTHER "UNDER" PLAY!) ...

PLUS, WE PEEK AHEAD AT TONIGHT'S MONSTROUS GAME 5 IN HOUSTON AS WARRIORS-ROCKETS COLLIDE

Let's get this straight as we head into Thursday's Game 5 bash between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the NBA's Western Conference Finals:

It's the Rockets that come off a dizzying defensive display the other night when holding G-State to just a mere dozen points in the fourth/final quarter and Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni - and not know-it-all Warriors' boss-man Steve Kerr…

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Network Notebook: Will 75% Under Trend in NBA Continue?

Lost in the shuffle amidst all the media complaining about blowouts, and how some teams look great one night but horrible the next...is the reality that the market has been overpricing Over/Unders so far in both the Eastern and Western Conference championships in the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCEGame One stayed Under 204 with a scoring sum of 191Game Two stayed Under 205.5 with a scoring sum of 201Game Three stayed Under 207 with a scoring sum of 202Game Four went Over 204 with a scoring sum of 213

WESTERN CONFERENCEGame One stayed Under 225.5 with a scoring sum of 225Game Two went Over…

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The Rockets Rev Up the Defense in Game 4 Shocker

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT: ROCKETS STUN WARRIORS WITH 95-92 WIN ON TUESDAY NIGHT TO EVEN WESTERN SET AT 2 GAMES APIECE ...

AND IT'S GAME 5 IN BOSTON TONIGHT BETWEEN CAVS-CELTICS BUT WILL HOME COURT BE THE DIFFERENCE (AGAIN)? ...

MLB NEWS & NOTES: STAT STUFF AHEAD

Don't even dare say that you "saw this one coming"! Jim Hurley DID, taking the Rockets plus the points!

The Houston Rockets' come-from-behind 95-92 victory at 8-point favorite Golden State last night was a hoop shocker for the ages - whether it's the fact the Warriors blew a third-quarter/double-digit lead or because G-State really panicked late with…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Are Tampa Bay Rays Crazy or Brilliant?

You’ve probably heard that the Tampa Bay Rays did something bizarre this past weekend in Anaheim. They started relief pitcher Sergio Romo both Saturday and Sunday. Even with all the cutting-edge stuff going on in baseball right now involving pitch counts, bullpen usage, defensive shifts, and adjusted swing planes, THAT seemed borderline crazy.

Maybe crazy like a fox.

You see, what Tampa Bay was doing just might be the next big thing in major league baseball strategy. At least for mid-level teams who can’t afford to stockpile ace-caliber starting pitchers. It’s the new money-ball. Maybe you can call it “lineup ball.”

What Tampa…

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Richie Baccellieri: Some Expensive MLB Favorites do Offer Value

I’m always surprised by how many public bettors never really noticed that the most expensive money line prices in Major League Baseball come in games with low Over/Unders. You almost never see a -300 favorite in a game that’s expected to see 9.5 runs or more. Why is that?

The most obvious reason is that high prices are usually tagged to an elite starting pitcher. And, any game involving an elite starting pitcher isn’t going to have a high total. But, it’s also because it’s much harder for any team to dominate a game that’s projected to be high scoring compared…

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NBA Playoffs: Where Are the Close Games?

THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS UPDATE: CAVS LOOK TO GET EVEN TONIGHT IN GAME 4 WHILE DUBS NATION WHIPS THE ROCKETS IN GAME 3 ... BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES:

Don't look now but the first three games in the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals and first three games in the league's Western Conference Finals have been won by a per-game average of -- get this - 24 points! Jim Hurley is 3-1 in the Eastern Finals and 2-1 in the West after winning with the Warriors Sunday.

Geez, we've had a pair of 13-point games (see Game 1 in Houston and Game 2 in…

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