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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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Richie Baccellieri: NBA Playoff Point Spreads Very Volatile

Last Friday we talked about the challenges oddsmakers face when putting a number on Game Four of an NBA Playoff series. Then you saw some truly wild extremes.

*Boston was +2.5 at Indiana in Game Three of their series, but -3.5 in Game Four! That’s a six-point adjustment with the same teams playing at the exact same location. Clearly, smart oddsmakers and informed money knew that Indiana would draw a lot of interest in a “must-win” spot in their home opener…but then Boston would be the preferred side once Indiana had dropped further into throw-in-the-towel territory. Boston won by four against…

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Road Teams Rev it Up in NBA Playoffs
THE NBA PLAYOFFS - CHECKIN' IN ON THE BUCKS, ROCKETS AS THEY LOOK FOR SERIES SWEEPS...OUR NFL DRAFT REPORT: IT'S THE QB CLASS OF '19

NBA road teams registered a perfect 8-and-oh SU (straight-up) record this past Saturday / Sunday - okay, so they "only" went 7-1 ATS (against the spread) - and now we're getting closer and closer to a batch of teams bringing down the curtain on their first-round series.

In fact, by the time the clock strikes 1am in the East come early Wednesday morning, there conceivably could be six opening-round series in these NBA Playoffs that'll be over…

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Holiday Weekend Hoops -- The NBA Playoffs in Full Swing

 

THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND’S NBA SHOWDOWNS –

WE EXAMINE ALL EIGHT MATCHUPS …

MORE NFL DRAFT COVERAGE:

THE TOP DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

 

Here’s the holiday weekend menu when it comes to the ongoing first round of these NBA Playoffs – get a load of these stats:

 

On Saturday, it’s …

PHILADELPHIA at BROOKLYN 3 p.m. ET, TNT / 76ers leads series 2-1

No way the host Nets are gonna even this series if shooting just 8-of-39 from beyond the three-point arc, right? Plus, toss into the mix the fact Philly’s Game 3 numbers featured 26 assists (including nine by do-it-all star Ben Simmons). Spiffy stuff!

 

DENVER at SAN ANTONIO –…

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Richie Baccellieri: Oddsmakers Challenged by NBA “Fourth Games”

One of the trickiest challenges for oddsmakers is figuring out how to price the fourth game of an NBA playoff series.

Everyone knows that the market is going to respect the home team in Game Three, particularly if that squad is down 2-0. Sharps that emphasize historical trends know this is often a peak outing for the host. Recreational bettors like taking teams in a must-win situation as long as they can walk and chew gum (squares will avoid home dogs in a 1-8 type matchup, but they like taking “cheap favorites” who should be fired up).

That Game Three phenomenon is…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Motivation!

You longtime students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping have heard me talk about THE MOTIVATION FACTOR for years. There’s been no greater evidence of its importance than in the first week of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Just remember to keep your mind open to ALL the causes of motivation.

Case in point…Golden State didn’t just beat the LA Clippers 132-105 in Thursday night’s third game of that Western Conference series. The Warriors…in their mind… beat the Clippers AND the refs. Golden State, particularly Kevin Durant, had such a big chip on their shoulder that they weren’t…

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NBA Playoff Chalk Killin’ It So Far
NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE - GUESS WHAT? MORE CHALK LAST NIGHT AS SIXERS, SPURS & WARRIORS ROLL ...OUR NFL DRAFT REPORT: LBs AND EDGE RUSHERS ON THE MENU

Exactly what is going on here with this year's NBA Playoffs?

Rewind to the first full day of the post-season - that was Saturday, April 13th - and there were three outright upsets among the four games on that menu:Brooklyn (+ 8) downed Philadelphia 111-102;Orlando (+ 9.5) toppled Toronto 104-101;And San Antonio (+ 6) downed Denver 101-96.

Surely, this was gonna be a boon post-season for the underdog sides based on this opening day, right?

Ever since,…

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Checkin’ Out Tonight’s Key Game 3’s in Brooklyn and LA
THE NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE - CAN 76ERS, WARRIORS GRAB BACK THE HOME-COURT "ADVANTAGE" TONIGHT?OUR NFL DRAFT REPORT: HERE'S THE BEST O-LINEMEN

The NBA Playoffs have been downright chalky so far with Betting Favorites at 11-4-1 (against the spread) for a sizzling .733 winning percentage through Wednesday night's action - even though we witnessed outright upsets by Brooklyn, Orlando and San Antonio (in their Game 1's) and the Los Angeles Clippers (in Game 2).

The bottom line is both Milwaukee - while laying 15 and then 15.5 points and Houston (favs of 6.5 points twice) -- have bagged easy covers so far in…

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Network Notebook: Inconsistency Plaguing NBA Powers

Is anybody ready to win the NBA Championship? Milwaukee is unblemished, but they’ve only played one game…and it came against a Detroit team that was nowhere near playoff caliber over the past few weeks. For other media-hyped contenders…

*Golden State is bothered my chemistry issues and arrogance. It’s like they already started partying at their championship parade before bothering to win a series. The Warriors still have the best collection of talent in the league, even after the injury to DeMarcus Cousins. No longer hungry, are they going to play to that potential? Particularly when faced with tougher opposition than the…

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Here’s Some NBA Playoff Game 2 Showdowns

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

CHECKING OUT SOME GAME #2 TILTS

BOTH TONIGHT & TOMORROW …

NFL DRAFT REPORT:

HERE’S THE BEST CORNERS & SAFETIES

 

Among the past weekend’s bigger Game #1 surprises in the NBA Playoffs were Orlando’s stunning win North of the Border along with San Antonio’s stirring upset win in the Mile High City and so now the $64,000 question is this …

Will the Toronto Raptors and/or Denver Nuggets “get even” tonight?

We’ll examine those best-of-seven series along with Wednesday’s Utah at Houston Game #2 showdown but first this key reminder …

 

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are revving things up with this…

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Richie Baccellieri: NBA Markets Adjust to Game One Unders

It’s not often you see a postseason start with EIGHT STRAIGHT UNDERS. That’s what happened Saturday and Sunday in the NBA Playoffs. Every single game went Under. Some by a lot. One by more than 50 points.

 

Eastern Conference

Indiana/Boston stayed Under by 52 points

Brooklyn/Philadelphia stayed Under by 16 points

Detroit/Milwaukee stayed Under by 12 points

Orlando/Toronto stayed Under by 8 points

 

Western Conference

Oklahoma City/Portland stayed Under by 20 points

San Antonio/Denver stayed Under by 14 points

LA Clippers/Golden State stayed Under by 7 points

Utah/Houston stayed Under by 0.5 points

One close call…but five double digits misses including that whopper in Boston. What happened? Is this just a…

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NBA Playoffs Plus First Look at the NFL Draft
NETWORK TIPS OFF THE PLAYOFFS 4-1!!Nets (+5.5) upset 76ers 111-102 WWarriors (-13.5) beat Clippers 121-104 WSpurs / Nuggets (UNDER 211) WPistons (+13) Bucks 86-121 LPacers / Celtics (UNDER 209) W

PLAYOFFS UPDATE - BETTING FAVORITES CRANK OUT 4-AND-0 SPREAD SUNDAYOUR 2019 NFL DRAFT REPORT STARTS OFF WITH A LOOK AT THE TOP WR/RB/TE

It sure seemed as if this year's NBA Playoffs were gonna be a point-grabbing party the way things started out this past Saturday:

Brooklyn (+8), Orlando (+9.5) and San Antonio (+6) all won outright in their respective Game #1's versus Philadelphia, Toronto and Denver as only two-time defending…

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More NBA Playoff First-Round Previews
HERE'S THE NBA PLAYOFFS - SUNDAY'S GAMES

The first round of the NBA Playoffs is just startin' this April weekend in Boston, in Milwaukee, in Portland and in Houston ... there are Game #1s all around the Sunday schedule.

Our quick-hitter previews along with "Series Price" and regular-season "game-by-game" notes are also included right below but first this key reminder ....

Editor's Note -- Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are revving things up with this year's NBA Playoffs - as we said, they tip off Saturday / Sunday this weekend with all eight post-season series on tap and make sure you're…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NBA Playoffs

I would argue that the most extreme adjustment for handicappers between any sport’s regular season and its playoff occurs in the NBA. It’s not a totally different game. Players still have to throw a ball through a hoop. But, the strategies and energy behind how that gets accomplished are much different.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been winning Super Bowls forever. Big money franchises still rule Major League Baseball by accumulating all the pitching and hitting talent. College basketball teams don’t coast through their conference schedules to save themselves for postseason tournaments.

The NBA goes from being a travelling circus to…

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NBA Playoffs: Saturday’s Sked
THE NBA PLAYOFFS - THE TWO-MONTH GRIND TOWARDS A CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS HERE WITH FOUR SERIES OPENING ON SATURDAY

Go ahead and raise your hand if you think the Golden State Warriors are NOT going to win the NBA championship.

Hmmm, the back-to-back defending champs - and winners of three of the last four NBA crowns - remain the odds-on betting favorites to win it all in June even though the Warriors have resembled a dysfunctional family for much of this 2018-19 campaign.

Now it's up to everyone else standing in G-State's way to take their best shot at Steve Kerr's club ... go…

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How three bookies produced Las Vegas’ fastest NCAA spreads

ODDSFELLOWS!

LINES IN THE SAND: Quick work by Vinny Magliulo (left), Richie Baccellieri (center) and Chris Andrews enabled the South Point to be the first sportsbook in Las Vegas to post point spreads on the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

LAS VEGAS - Three wise men huddled in the back room of a casino. There were countless numbers to crunch and the clock was ticking. None of the three men cared that Tom Izzo was ticked off.

Izzo had a right to be irritated Sunday after the NCAA Tournament bracket was unveiled. Michigan State drew the second seed in…

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NBA Playoffs Comin’ Your Way

THE NBA PLAYOFFS ARE SET - THUMB-NAIL SKETCHES ON ALL 8 SERIES ...

WE PUT A FINAL WRAP ON THE COLLEGE B-BALL SEASON WITH KEY SPREAD STATS AND MORE ...

PLUS, MLB NEWS & NOTES

As they say in the business, the dust has settled ... finally.

And we have eight truly interesting NBA Playoff matchups that begin this Saturday after a rather wild final night of regular-season play that saw icons Dwyane Wade (Miami) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) say their final goodbyes while the final post-season berth was gobbled up by Detroit in the East.

Here's a batch of one-liners on what's to come…

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Network Notebook: Tips for the NBA Playoffs

With March Madness behind us, it’s time to focus on the NBA Playoffs that begin this weekend across the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Here are the key stats you should be looking at throughout the postseason according to the statheads at JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK.

 

*DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY

You just saw how important defense was in the NCAA Tournament. Playing great defense always gives you a chance to win…a chance to rally from behind…a chance to win the final seconds of a close game.

Defensive efficiency is points allowed per possession rather than just a raw total of points allowed per game. This is important because…

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We Hit the Rewind Button on Virginia’s OT Win

 

 

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAP –

VIRGINIA WINS 85-77 IN OT

AS THE CAVS COME FULL CIRCLE …

PLUS, WE’RE CHECKING OUT THE NBA’S FINAL

TWO REGULAR-SEASON EVENINGS

 

It’s official.

We have our first-ever College B-ball national champ from the great state of Virginia … but who could ever have predicted the Cavaliers would need four consecutive skin-of-their-teeth wins to garner the hoops title?

Last night’s classic – and we do mean classic – 85-77 overtime win by 2-point betting favorite Virginia (35-3) over Texas Tech not only erased those NCAA Tourney demons from a year ago but set up the Wahoos as one of the greatest stories…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the National Championship

It’s our final college basketball report of the season, as Virginia and Texas Tech play for the National Championship Monday night in Minneapolis.

Sharps aren’t particularly excited about the matchup, except for the quants betting the Under. Everybody’s Power Ratings have lined up…so that odddsmakers and the Wise Guys are in agreement about there the team side number should be.

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (in Minneapolis)

9 p.m. ET: Texas Tech vs. Virginia (-1)

The first number up offshore was Virginia -1.5. That drew interest from sharps on underdog Texas Tech. Later stores opened at Virginia -1. We’ve been see-sawing back and forth ever since. Differing…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Virginia/Texas Tech

It wasn’t the most exciting action in terms of up-and-down-the-floor basketball. But, Saturday’s compelling Final Four games showed you why the two finalists deserve to be playing for the college basketball national championship Monday Night in Minneapolis.

Virginia and Texas Tech both…

*Play great DEFENSE. You really have to work hard to good looks against these teams. Occasionally you can beat them down court, or sneak through the maze for a layup. But, Tech held Michigan State to just 51 points while allowing less than 40% shooting and forcing 11 turnovers in a very slow game. Virginia held explosive Auburn to 62…

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The NCAA Hoops Crown Is on the Line Tonight!

 

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME –

IT’S TEXAS TECH VS. VIRGINIA

FOR THE COVETED COLLEGE HOOPS CROWN

(AND, FOLKS, IT’S A REAL TOSS-UP AFFAIR!) …

PLUS, THERE’S KEY TITLE GAME-RELATED CHARTS

 

Let’s dial things back a bit before we go forward with a look at tonight’s NCAA Championship Game between Texas Tech versus Virginia:

The preseason Associated Press Top 25 listed the Virginia Cavaliers as the #8 team in the country (behind Kansas, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke, Villanova, Nevada and Tennessee … and none of them made it to this year’s Final Four in Minneapolis!) – while Texas Tech was nowhere to be found in the original AP Top…

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Final Four Plus Whole Lot More This Weekend

THE FINAL FOUR TAKES CENTER STAGE THIS SPRING WEEKEND BUT THERE'S A WHOLE LOT MORE GOIN' ON IN THE NBA, MLB & NFL

Make no mistake about it: The center of the sports universe this weekend is in Minneapolis where a Final Four -- that none of you had in your brackets, by the way! - takes place that could crown an unlikely champion and one that shows defense is still king in a sport where high-flying / high-octane offenses are the norm.

In any event, let's repeat one bit of news we've presented to you good folks during the course of…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the Final 4

Back as promised to look at how sharps (professional bettors) have been attacking the Final Four. Before getting into that, a quick review of the tournament so far.

*Sharps have done VERY well this year, building a large profit by riding value bets on underdogs through the event. Even when favorites were winning a lot of games straight up back in the round of 32…enough “sharp” dogs were cashing to keep the Wise Guys afloat. Then, underdogs then went 8-4 against the spread during the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, and it would have been 9-3 if not for Purdue backers…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Thoughts on the Final Four

College basketball fans and bettors have been treated to a terrific championship tournament this season. Maybe there weren’t as many upsets as you wanted early in the event. But, when it was all said and done, only one out of four #1 seeds was able to make it to Minneapolis. And, that was a Virginia team that many pundits had ruled out because they supposedly lacked “tournament toughness.”

Handicappers are left with a challenging Final Four featuring teams with varying levels of talent, experience, and coaching moxy. Nothing that happens Saturday and Monday would truly surprise me.

*Auburn is a relative longshot…

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Final Four Previews Ahead

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –

HERE’S THE FINAL FOUR PREVIEWS

 

Here’s the lowdown when it comes to some Final Four history:

Since 2000, the ACC has copped a grand total of seven national championships in men’s basketball (Duke in 2001, 2010 and 2015, North Carolina in 2005, ’09 and 2017 and Maryland in 2002);

The Southeastern Conference has gobbled up three national championships (Florida in 2006 and ’07, Kentucky in 2012);

The Big 12 has nabbed one national crown (Kansas in 2008);

And the Big 10 owns one national title since 2000 (that was Michigan State in ’00).

Heck, Michigan State’s a regular in Final Fours but…

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Inside the Final Four Plus Tonight’s NIT Title Tilt

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FINAL FOUR AS

WE TRACK THE GAME-BY-GAME BIG DANCE JOURNEY …

PLUS, OUR NIT TITLE GAME PREVIEW

AS LIPSCOMB VS. TEXAS TAKES NYC BY STORM

 

The Final Four’s set – and the power conferences are well-represented once again with Virginia (ACC), Michigan State (Big 10), Texas Tech (Big 12) and Auburn (SEC) the betting favorites listed in exact order here. Heck, that’s par-for-the-course stuff considering that 17 of the last 20 teams that have been part of the Final Four these past five years have hailed from the power conferences.

The $64,000 question this year in a…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping the Final Four

And, then there were four!

After a few weeks of basketball warfare, only Virginia, Auburn, Michigan State, and Texas Tech have a shot to win the 2019 college basketball national championship.

You can make a case that each of them are lucky to be there. That’s not a slam. There were so many dead even teams in the upper half of the brackets this season that it was going to take some lucky breaks to survive and advance. In the four games last weekend comprising the Elite Eight, two games went overtime…while another was decided by one point! A couple of calls…

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More Final Four Talk and Bad Baseball Too

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR UPDATE –

WIN-IT-ALL ODDS, POINTSPREAD CHART PLUS MORE …

NIT SEMIFINALS IN NYC TONIGHT …

THE MLB’S OPENING WEEK SENDING SHOCK WAVES TO

YANKEES, RED SOX & CUBS BETTORS

 

Here’s a little conversation held a week or so prior to the start of this year’s NCAA Tournament:

We asked a long-time friend (and a big-time bettor) whether he would take Duke (at + 225) or “The Field” if he was gonna make a win-it-all play in this year’s tourney.

Our friend said he’d take “The Field” … and he turned out to be right after the Dookies lost their Elite 8 tilt against…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Baseball

I have to admit that many traditional betting strategies in Major League Baseball don’t really apply any more. Though all sports are seeing evolution during this era of analytics, it’s arguably more extreme in baseball than anywhere else:

*Managers are pulling starting pitchers faster than ever, and are even finding success using relief pitchers as starters.

*More pitchers are throwing HARD. There have always been a few flamethrowers across the Majors…but now franchises are looking for heat at the expense of anything else. Pitch speeds you used to see only from closers in the ninth inning are now common throughout a game.

*Hitters…

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The Final Four!!!

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT’S

FINAL FOUR IS SET –

AUBURN VS. VIRGINIA,

TEXAS TECH VS. MICHIGAN STATE

MAKE UP A REAL LUNCH-PAIL

QUARTET IN MINNESOTA

 

Let’s take this whole NCAA Tournament Final 4 thing from a completely different angle:

Consider the monster name programs that were knocked out of this year’s tourney the past four days … they include the likes of Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Duke.

Wowie – no wonder this rather strange blend of teams that will be making up this week’s Final Four in Minneapolis can’t be found on anyone’s original bracket.

Hey, it’s not as if Texas Tech, Virginia, Auburn and Michigan State…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Elite 8

Sweet 16 action Thursday and Friday nights had hearts racing and hearts breaking. Eight survivors will battle for a spot in the Final Four today and Sunday. Let’s see how sharps (professional bettors) have been attacking these marquee matchups that all of you will be watching on TV.

 

SATURDAY’S GAMES

IN ANAHEIM

6:09 p.m. ET: Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga (-4.5)

The first number up offshore was Gonzaga -4.5. That was quickly bet down to a solid four. You regulars know that’s a huge half-point because it went AGAINST the #1 seed, and against the public’s tendency to bet great teams at affordable prices. Sharps…

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NCAA Tourney: Elite 8 Takes Center Stage

 

 

IT’S THE ELITE 8 WEEKEND – HOOPS HEAVEN

The NCAA Tournament’s down to the regional finals – just eight teams left to fight it out for the right to cut down the nets in Minneapolis on the evening of April 8th.

 

And now hear this …

Jim Hurley’s Network brings you all the winners in the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 this weekend along with all the other College Basketball Tournies, the NBA, MLB and the AAF … get all the winners right here at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT – ELITE 8

On Saturday, it’s …

 

WEST – at…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Don’t Listen to Announcers on Pace!

During this long week of NCAA Tournament chatter, one thing has become very clear to me. There are a lot of pundits who think they’re experts on basketball “pace” who have no idea what they’re talking about.

Friday night’s schedule features a game that many are expecting to be a track meet. North Carolina loves to run the ball. Auburn’s first step on offense is always to try to race down for a basket. What’s less well-understood is:

*If the break isn’t there, Auburn then pulls the ball back out and runs a very slow, methodical attack.

*Auburn’s defense does a great job…

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Tonight’s Sweet 16 Previews

 

HERE’S THE FRIDAY NCAA TOURNAMENT

SWEET 16 MENU … SO, ENJOY!

 

Okay, so much of last night’s NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 action wasn’t very pretty but the proverbial bottom line is #1 seeds Gonzaga and Virginia survived and advanced (#2 seeds Tennessee and Michigan weren’t so fortunate!) … now will #1 seeds North Carolina and Duke get into Sunday’s Elite 8 games?

We’ll all be checking it out this evening.

Now hear this …

Jim Hurley’s Network brings you all the winners in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite 8 this week/ weekend along with all the other College Basketball Tournies, the NBA and…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Sweet 16

Sharps have had several days to make their intentions known in Sweet 16 showdowns scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Let’s run through all eight marquee matchups. Games are presented in order of tipoffs at each site.

 

THURSDAY’S GAMES

LOUISVILLE

7:29 p.m. ET: Purdue vs. Tennessee (-1.5)

9:57 p.m. ET: Oregon vs. Virginia (-8.5)

There’s not much love for either side in the opener. Generally speaking, some sharps like Tennessee at -1, particularly the math-based quants. Others like Purdue when +2 comes into play, particularly those who don’t trust Tennessee head coach Rich Barnes in the NCAA Tournament. The line spent much of the week at…

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Monster Sports Day Ahead -- MLB Openers & Sweet 16 Games Too

 

WOW! WHATTA SPORTS DAY AS

MLB 2019 SEASON OFFICIALLY OPENS UP

PLUS, IT’S NCAA TOURNAMENT SWEET 16 ACTION TOO

 

There are some days on the country’s sports calendar that deserve your extra-special attention … today, Thursday, March 28th, is surely one of ‘em:

Heck, it’s the “real” Opening Day in Major-League Baseball with 15 big tilts on the docket including a marquee matchup series right outta the starting gate between the defending National League East Division champion Atlanta Braves at the Bryce Harper-led Philadelphia Phillies plus there’s the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 with four monster games on the menu this evening with #1 seeds…

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Network Notebook: Who’s Due for a Letdown?

Last weekend was a amazing. Every single betting favorite in the NCAA tournament won straight up. Cinderella didn’t even get to her horse-driven coach before it turned into a pumpkin. She’ll be watching this week’s action on TV with the rest of us.

The challenge now for handicappers is to figure out where the long overdue betting surprises are going to happen. JIM HURLEY won’t post his official opinions here in the HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. That information is for paying clients only. But, he will give you some guidelines for determining which teams may “fall back to earth” after playing over their…

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Catch More NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 Goodies

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT’S SWEET 16 –

WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL TOURNEY BREAKDOWN CHART

PLUS, QUICK-HITTER SKETCHES OF ALL THE TEAMS

STILL STANDING IN THIS YEAR’S “BIG DANCE”

 

The NCAA Tournament’s first full week of play produced a grand total of only seven outright upsets – and one almost giant upset (see UCF vs. Duke) – but as we gather the troops for the Sweet 16 beginning Thursday night in Louisville and Anaheim ‘ya do gotta wonder if any of these eight regional semifinal games will deliver a big upset or two and do keep in mind that right now there are five games with…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Favorites Win All 16 Weekend Games!

The Dean of Sports Handicapping sure wasn’t expecting to write about something like THIS in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. This past weekend in the NCAA Tournament, favorites went a stunning 16-0 straight up in the second round.

That’s never happened before. It rarely comes close to handicapping. This is the event famous for shocking upsets and Cinderella stories. We came inches away from ONE such event happening when Central Florida’s tip-in at the buzzer rolled off the rim vs. Duke. Otherwise, it was win after win for the favorites.

Near-misses for Tennessee and LSU came against Iowa and…

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NCAA Tournament Update: Duke Headlines the Sweet 16

WE'RE DOWN TO THE SWEET 16 BUT COULD WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THE TOURNEY'S BIGGEST MOMENT?

The odds-on favorites to win it all in this man's NCAA Tournament - the Duke Blue Devils (+ 225) - sure got scared silly in Sunday's epic 77-76 non-cover victory against 13-point underdog UCF. Folks, never has a basketball rolled off a rim in the "Big Dance" with more on the line than when the UCF Knights had its final tip-in attempt slide halfway 'round the cylinder and fall out as it not only kept the Dookies alive but, in essence, likely sabotaged the championship…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Second Round

We’ve had some time for weekend lines to settle. Here’s a look at how sharps (professional bettors) have been attacking Saturday and Sunday action. Many did VERY well with underdog bets Thursday and Friday. In retrospect, openers were shaded too much against anticipated public action on favorites. Some very good dogs this season.

Games are presented in order of tipoffs at each site.

 

SATURDAY’S GAMES

JACKSONVILLE

12:10 p.m. ET: Maryland vs. LSU (-2.5)

2:40 p.m. ET: Wofford vs. Kentucky (-5.5)

LSU was bet up from an opener of -1 to -2 on Friday. Then it blew up to -2.5 Saturday morning with many stores testing -3.…

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NCAA Tourney -- Round of 32 Winners Comin’ Your Way

 

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT –

WE HIT THE WEEKEND’S ROUND OF 32 AND

AND – BELIEVE IT OR NOT –

ONE-FOURTH OF THE STILL-ALIVE

TEAMS ARE TWIN-DIGIT SEEDS

 

We looked it up:

Last year entering the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32 games, there were a half-dozen teams that sported double-digit seeds and we were busy going gaga over that factoid.

Now, here in March 2019 there are even more … eight of the still-alive teams sport #10-or-lower seeds and so no wonder the NCAA Tourney Underdogs covered 20 of the 32 games played this past Thursday / Friday with the updated spread figure through Friday night’s action reading like…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Reactions to the NCAA Tourney

There were some misguided concerns in the sports wagering world that Las Vegas would lose its appeal during March Madness if betting was legal in other parts of the country. Let me assure you, betting on the NCAA Tournament is bigger and better than ever based on energetic crowds jamming sports books all across the city Thursday.

Even with many tourists downloading apps that allowed them to avoid standing in lines, lines were STILL long throughout the day and night Thursday. That’s going to continue today as the “round of 64” concludes, and this weekend in the second round.

I wanted to…

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Here’s Friday’s NCAA Tournament Games

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT UPDATE: LOOKIN' BACK AT THURSDAY WINNERS AND LOOKIN' AHEAD TO FRIDAY'S GAMES

Gee, the way yesterday's NCAA Tournament was going through the afternoon session you would have thought underdog bettors were gonna be able to hit their local department stores and buy one of everything ... seven-of-eight dogs covered the price tags on Thursday afternoon and that featured the prerequisite #12 seed (Murray State) beating a #5 seed (Marquette) plus mild upsets by #10 seeds Minnesota and Florda.

But hang on.

The tourney took a took last evening when night-time favs Villanova, Purdue, Wofford, Kentucky, Michigan and Gonzaga all cashed…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA First Round

Normally in this spot, I’d run game-by-game through the schedule to let you know how sharps are betting each matchup. That would be redundant this season because the Wise Guys are hitting most of the underdogs. Lines have dropped from openers up and down the Thursday and Friday schedules with only a few exceptions.

Among the reasons for this:

*Oddsmakers posted openers that slightly shaded against anticipated public interest. Squares (recreational bettors) tend to bet favorites. They know a lot more about those teams than they do all the underdogs from mid-major or small conferences. Your typical bettor is terrified of putting…

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NCAA Tournament: Thursday Games
HERE'S A SAMPLING OF THURSDAY'S ACTION PLUS, KEY NEWS & NOTES

Okay, so we all listened to the TV talking heads the past few days ramble on about the sport's heavyweight teams - Duke and North Carolina and Virginia and Kentucky, etc. but the $64,000 question is how will these bluebloods now fare spreadwise in their opening-round games of this here-and-now NCAA Tournament that really swings into high gear shortly after 12 p.m. Eastern time here on this Thursday, March 21st?

Well, check out the following Las Vegas price tags ...Kentucky is a 22-point favorite against Abilene Christian on Thursday night and…

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Network Notebook: Challenge of Majors vs. Mid-Majors

Recreational bettors often have huge troubles making smart picks in first round NCAA Tournament games matching “teams they’ve heard of” vs. “teams they haven’t.” They know that upsets are common in the Big Dance. But, those point spreads seem so low when a team like LSU (who earned the #1 seed in the SEC) is laying single digits to a team like Yale (does the Ivy League still play basketball?).

Here are the mistakes they commonly make:

*Betting all the bigger-name favorites

*Betting way too much on favorites assuming blowouts are coming

*Randomly choosing dogs because they’re “supposed to.”

*Trusting something they heard some guy…

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