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NBA Playoff Update Plus MLB Notebook Too on Memorial Day Weekend

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

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

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

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

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Raptors Pull Off Stunning Game 5 Upset

 

 

RAPTORS STUN BUCKS 105-99

IN A PIVOTAL GAME 5 OF NBA’S

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS,

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

PLUS, HIGHLIGHTING THE MEMORIAL DAY

WEEKEND’S BEST MLB SERIES

 

Fear the Deer?

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

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

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

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

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

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

A PRE-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

LOOK AT TWO OF MLB’S BEST BETS SO FAR

 

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

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

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

 

 

NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –

CAN RAPTORS “GET EVEN” TONIGHT

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

WE SALUTE THE WARRIORS FOLLOWING

THEIR SPECTACULAR FOUR-GAME SWEEP VERSUS THE T-BLAZERS

 

Funny how the NBA universe works:

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

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

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Warriors in Line for Clean Sweep Tonight?

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

PUT THE BROOMS AWAY IN

THE EAST AS RAPTORS SNAG GAME 3

IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME

PLUS, HERE’S A LOOK AT TONIGHT’S

POSSIBLE CLINCHER OUT WEST FOR THE WARRIORS …

MLB’S TOP 10 TEAMS RIGHT NOW

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NBA PLAYOFFS –

WE PREVIEW RAPTORS VS. BUCKS

IN TONIGHT’S GAME 2 OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

PLUS, THE WARRIORS GALLOP OUT TO 2-O SERIES

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

THE MLB WEEKEND AHEAD –

SHOWDOWN IN FENWAY AS THE ASTROS-SOX COLLIDE

 

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

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

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

 

 

THE NBA LOTTERY –

HERE’S THE FALLOUT FROM

N’ORLEANS SNAGGING THE TOP PICK …

PLUS, NBA CONFERENCE FINALS ACTION

 

Don’t even think twice about it …

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

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

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NBA Conference Finals Swing into Action

 

 

IT’S TIME FOR THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –

BLAZERS-WARRIORS IN GAME 1 OF THE

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS TONITE

AND RAPTORS-BUCKS IN EASTERN FINALS TOMORROW …

OUR UP-TO-DATE NBA PLAYOFF POINTSREAD CHART …

AND A FEW WORDS ON TONIGHT’S NBA LOTTERY

 

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

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

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

THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHISOX'S GIOLITO A SUNDAY STAR

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

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

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

THE NBA PLAYOFFS

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

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

Go ahead and say it …

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

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

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Can No-Durant Warriors Win in Houston Tonite?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More NBA Second-Round Playoff Goodies

 

NBA PLAYOFFS –

THE FAVS VS. DOGS UPDATE PLUS

HERE’S A LOOK AHEAD

AT CELTICS-BUCKS, ROCKETS-WARRIORS

IN WEDNESDAY’S GAME 5’s

 

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

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

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NBA Playoffs: Checkin’ Out All 4 Series

 

 

HERE’S YOUR NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE –

WE SIZE UP THE FOUR SERIES …

THE MLB REPORT –

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

 

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

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

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

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MLB Notes Plus Warriors-Rockets Preview for Game 3

 

 

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT –

SHOULD AL CENTRAL DIVISION-LEADING TWINS

BE GETTING MORE RESPECT FROM ODDSMAKERS? …

MORE NBA PLAYOFFS –

WILL THERE BE LIFE AFTER GAME 3

IN THIS WARRIORS-ROCKETS SERIES?

 

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

Okay, so even…

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Bucks, Nuggets Gun For Game 3 Road Wins Tonite

 

 

NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE –

THERE’S A PAIR OF GAME 3’S TONITE

PLUS, HERE’S A LOOK BACK

AT RAPTORS-76ERS LAST NITE

 

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

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

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

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It’s Game 3 for Raptors-76ers Tonite

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

RAPTORS-SIXERS IN PIVOTAL GAME 3

TONITE PLUS BLAZERS-NUGGETS GAME 2 IN REVIEW …

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:

BIGGEST SURPRISE TEAM /

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR

 

Here’s the straight facts:

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

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NBA Playoffs: Rockets Shoot For Game 2 Upset in GS

 

NBA PLAYOFF REPORT –

WILL BUCKS, ROCKETS GET EVEN TONIGHT? …

OUR NBA PLAYOFF POINTSREAD CHART …

PLUS, MLB NOTEBOOK

 

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

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Western NBA Matchups

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

 

MONDAY: PORTLAND AT DENVER

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

Monday night’s game went up…

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NBA Playoff Report -- Second Round in Full Bloom

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

SECOND-ROUND SLUGFESTS

ON TAP ALL WEEK LONG …

THE BASEBALL UPDATE:

YANKEES WRITING A REAL DOOZY SCRIPT

 

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

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

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NBA’s Second Rounds in Action

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

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

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

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Eastern NBA Matchups

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

 

SATURDAY: PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO

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

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NBA Second Round

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

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

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NFL Draft; Warriors-Clips Tonight

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

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

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

And there were between 10-to-12…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think about that for a second.…

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

 

THE NFL UPDATE –

WHO’S LOOKING TO MOVE UP

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

NBA NEWS / NOTES:

WE CHECK IN ON TONIGHT’S SPURS-NUGGETS TILT

 

Okay, so we’ll admit:

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

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

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

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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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NBA PLAYOFFS OFF TO A BIG WINNING START

On opening day of the NBA Playoffs 3 Road Dogs Won Outright and Hammerin Hank Goldberg HAD ALL 3 as the Magic won at Raptors, Nets won at Sixers and Spurs won at Nuggets. Hank does it again Sunday. Check out his NBA Playoff Offer on this page.

Not to be left out, Jim Hurley also went 3-0 with the Nets and Warriors blowout of the Clippers plus Total of the day, Spurs/Nuggets Under, while Jim Feist cashed his Side-Total Parlay with Spurs and Under.

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