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American League Weekend Wild Card Talk

THE BASEBALL UPDATE - HERE'S WHAT TO CHECK OUT IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE THIS WEEKEND ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL GRAB BAG PART II - GOING 'ROUND THE LAND FOR MORE GOOD & BAD POINTSPREAD DITTIES

In the Friday edition of Jim Sez, we highlighted the wild, wild race for the National League's two Wild Card teams - depending on how deep you wish to count, there are actually 11 teams in all that are chasing those two post-season berths (yes, we're counting both the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds who exited Friday's action some 6.5 games back of the second wild…

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NL Wild Card Race Gets Our Attention

 

THE MLB REPORT –

HERE’S WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL GRAB BAG –

WE GO ‘ROUND THE LAND FOR SOME

REAL POINTSPREAD GOODIES

 

Hey, just when you thought that most of the divisions in Major-League Baseball were gonna be wrapped up by mid-August (and they might be!) – we present to you the National League wild card picture:

If you stayed up through 16 innings of the San Francisco Giants’ dramatic 3-2 win against the New York Mets on Thursday night – a game that consumed 4 hours and 47 minutes – then you know the Giants (now just one game below .500)…

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2019 NFL AFC East Preview

The New England Patriots are virtually a lock to win the AFC East this season, not because they are exceptionally good but because they play in a division that has been void of quality opposition for almost two decades.  I don't want to beat up on anyone, but the fact is, it has been a cakewalk most years for the Patriots.  The Jets, Dolphins and the Bills, have rarely shown up as a consistent treat to the Patriots for as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been in New England. 

The Patriots have lost some players and they are…

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Minny, Houston Down-and-Out Lately

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK - TWINS, 'STROS STARTING TO STAGGER ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: WHICH YOUNG COACHES HAVE THRIVED VERSUS THE VEGAS ODDS?

Okay, so nobody in Minnesota or Houston press that panic button ... yet!

The Minnesota Twins (58-36) and the Houston Astros (59-37) once upon a time sported very comfy leads in the American League Central and AL West, respectively, but times they are a'changin.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Twins were beaten 14-4 by the New York Mets and it marked the first time this season that Minny had lost three consecutive games. Folks, the Mets' TV announcing team of Gary Cohen and…

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MLB Notebook: Blown Saves

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK - TALKIN' BLOWN SAVES ...

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: POINTSPREAD HISTORY (THE LAST 4 YEARS) FOR BOTH ALABAMA & CLEMSON

Hey, nobody's perfect. We all know that. But on Monday night there was New York Yankees' closer LHP Aroldis Chapman surrendering an opposite-field, three-run home run with two outs and two strikes against Tampa Bay catcher Travis d'Arnaud to propel the Rays to a 5-4 win in The Bronx.

Forget the "big picture" look here: The fact the Rays trimmed the Yankees' lead in the American League East to just five games ... what grabbed us is it actually…

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MLB’s Bustin’ Out of the Break Squads
THE MLB REPORT - FOUR TEAMS THAT WERE BUSTIN' OUT OF THE BREAK ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: DON'T SLEEP ON NATIONAL TITLE LONG-SHOTS LSU, NOTRE DAME AND WASHINGTON

As we like to say here at Jim Sez ... "hats off" to the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A's for charging right outta the post-All-Star Game break with clean three-game sweeps over their respective opponents.

In fact, you'll note that all three series that were played in the great state of California this past weekend all resulted in clean sweeps (see Braves over the host San Diego Padres, Angels over…

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NFL Preseason Handicapping

THE NFL PRESEASON REPORT - SOME QUICKIE INSIGHTS ON THESE SUMMER-TIME GAMES

Okay, so here's the reality, folks:

We're now just 17 or 18 days away from the start of the 2019 NFL Preseason with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton set for Thursday, August 1st between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons … and be sure there will be plenty of "bettable" preseason games on this summertime gridiron docket.

If you've read all the opinions over the years, you know that many folks like to wager on teams with new head coaches / new coaching staffs in these exhibition games…

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MLB’’s Out-of-the-Break Key Series

THE MLB REPORT: HERE'S SOME KEY WEEKEND SERIES

Hey, everyone, Baseball's Back! The All-Star Game break is in the rear-view mirror for all 30 Major-League Baseball teams as of today, Friday, July 12th and so we're gonna take a few minutes to examine a batch of key weekend series but first this important reminder:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep winning big with MLB action each and every day. Get the winners here at 1-800-323-4453 and remember that the NFL Hall of Fame Game is set for Thursday, August 1st as the Denver Broncos battle the Atlanta Falcons…

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Our AL Report Card Grades

NOW, HERE'S OUR AMERICAN LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES! ...

PLUS, THERE'S NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES: IT'S THE COLTS, RAIDERS & EAGLES

Ladies and gents, let's round out our All-Star break with a look at the American League Report Card Grades ... so here goes:

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Grade: A+

MINNESOTA (56-33) - Let's remind one-and-all that the Twins' win projection this year was 84.5 games, so Minny cashes if it goes just 29-44 the rest of the way! Wow, Minnesota's been bashing the long ball right from season's start and so no shocker that the Twins have 166 round-trippers this year and are "on pace"…

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NL Report Card Grades Are In!

OUR NATIONAL LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES ARE IN! ...

MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES: IT'S THE BILLS, LIONS & SAINTS

School may be out for summer ... But Major-League Baseball's Report Card Grades are in and so we'll get you the National League's team-by-team grades in today's Jim Sez and our next column will feature the American League team grades:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Grade: A+ LOS ANGELES DODGERS (60-32) - Baseball's best team at the break, the Dodgers have won a batch of "walk-offs" and every night there's a different hero. MVP frontrunner OF Cody Bellinger (.336 batting average, 30 HR, 71 RBI and 107…

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MLB’s All-Star Game Break
MLB ALL-STAR GAME BREAK - THE FIRST HALF''S BIGGEST MONEY-MAKERS ... NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES: IT''S THE RAVENS, CHIEFS & RAMS

Next stop ... Cleveland.

Tuesday night''s Major-League Baseball All-Star Game steals the spotlight even if the great sport continues to feature "too many" home runs and way "too many" strikeouts. If you''re into All-Star Game prop plays, you might consider National League All-Star 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado) as the first player to hit a home run; we''ll take C Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees) as the player to hit the first homer for the American League.

And - just for…

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Baseball’s Diff-Makers Plus More NFL Coverage

THE BASEBALL REPORT: TOP THREE UNSUNG POSITION PLAYERS (SO FAR) IN '19 ...

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES - CHECKIN' OUT THE TEXANS AND VIKINGS

The 2019 Major-League Baseball season will take a little hiatus next week - Tuesday's All-Game Game in Cleveland allows 28 of the 30 MLB teams a four-day break from the regular-season grind (Houston at Texas begins a four-game set on Thursday) - and so let's take a few moments to uncover our Jim Hurley Top 3 Unsung Positional Players as they've been real difference-makers for their teams.

Folks, these are a trio of guys that have swung the won/loss pendulum…

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MLB’s 4th of July Key Winners

 

 

EXTRA, EXTRA:

THE POST-4TH OF JULY MLB NOTEBOOK …

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES –

HERE’S THE PATRIOTS, BUCS & COWBOYS

 

In case you were wondering, the Oakland A’s – who have won seven of their last 10 games and now have climbed to within one full game back of Cleveland for that second wild-card berth in the American League – were the only real significant underdog to cash on the Fourth of July with a 7-2 triumph over the visiting Minnesota Twins (- 130).

Otherwise, most of the other fireworks on this festive holiday were reserved for betting favorites such as the Los Angeles Dodgers (-…

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Happy 4th of July, Baseball Fans!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

NOW, HERE'S THE HOLIDAY MENU IN MLB PLUS MORE NFL TEAM ACCOUNTS AS WE TACKLE THE BENGALS & 49ERS

Happy 4th of July to one and all ... and make sure to go "over" 73.5 hot dogs eaten by Nathan's champ Joey Chestnut (we're kidding, we're kidding!).

It's the summertime's best holiday and all the Major-League Baseball action gets cranked up good and early with the now-traditional 11 a.m. Eastern time start in the nation's capital - today it's the Miami Marlins at the Washington Nationals (44-41) and, don't look now, but the Nats are 25-10 since May 24th…

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MLB Report: Red Sox in Need of Pre-Break Wins

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

WHY THIS WEEK-BEFORE-THE-ALL-STAR GAME

IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO THE RED SOX …

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS:

WE TRACK THE DOLPHINS, TITANS & GIANTS …

 

Let’s set the record straight:

The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox (44-40) didn’t exactly enjoy their time last weekend in jolly old England as the Bosox were trashed by the archrival New York Yankees 17-13 and then 12-8.

The setbacks dropped the Red Sox a whopping 11 games back of the front-running Yankees in the American League East and – for all of you thinking about those AL wild cards – note that Boston is running behind Tampa Bay,…

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Durant, Irving Take the $$$ and Run ... to Brooklyn!

NBA FREE AGENCY OFF-AND-RUNNIN' ...

MLB NEWS & NOTES ...

MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES

Who knew? Brooklyn - at least for right now - has become the epicenter of the NBA world, thanks to yesterday's free-agent signings of Kevin Durant (said to be four years for $164 million, but could be bit less) and Kyrie Irving (said to be for $142 million) and three cheers for the Nets for adding C De'Andre Jordan ($10 million a year for the next four years) to the mix.

But don't expect us to pile on the praise for the Nets - a/k/a New York City's "other team"…

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NFL Team-by-Team Reports: Steelers, Cards & Bears

THE JIM HURLEY WEEKEND UPDATE: MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS

Hey, what's the buzz? There's NBA Free Agency hitting the fan this weekend plus a whole lot of key Major-League Baseball - all eyes on London for New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox but don't sleep on the Texas Rangers versus Tampa Bay series either! In today's quickie Jim Sez column, it's more from the NFL ranks.

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are winning big with Major League Baseball action each and every day. So, make sure you cash in big at 1-800-323-4453. Pile up the profits as…

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MLB’s Top 5 Managing Jobs This Season

THE MLB REPORT: TOP 5 MANAGERIAL JOBS DONE SO FAR - AND WHAT THEY''VE BEEN WORTH HERE IN THIS 2019 SEASON ...

NFL NOTEBOOK: MORE TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS AS WE BRING YOU THE JAGUARS AND ''SKINS

Okay, so it seems that everyone is into "rankings" these days ... so let''s get into the mix and get you our Top 5 Managerial Jobs done so far here in the 2019 season and we''ll let y''all know what these skippers have been worth in terms of wins:

5 - BUD BLACK, Colorado Rockies (42-39, second place in the National League West) ... Remember back…

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MLB 2019: Things We’ve Learned So Far

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK - WE'RE (MORE OR LESS) AT THE MIDWAY POINT OF THIS 2019 SEASON AND HERE'S THREE BIG THINGS WE'VE LEARNED ...

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORT: CHECKIN' OUT THE JETS, PACKERS & FALCONS

Come Monday, we'll be flipping the calendar forward to read July ... and so that means right here / right now pretty much all of the 30 Major-League Baseball teams have played one-half of their 2019 schedule.

Sure, nobody expected the Minnesota Twins (52-27) to be playing .658 ball this late into a season and - on the flip side - who amongst us hard-core baseball fans believed that…

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Our NFL Team-by-Team Looks Starts Today!

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES ...

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

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

MADISON BUMGARNER, San Francisco ... Keep hearing…

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

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

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

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

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

Now, go ahead and think about it: The…

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NBA Draft and MLB Notes This First Summer Weekend

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

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

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NBA Draft Stuff Plus Baseball Notes

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

THE BASEBALL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy…

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NBA Draft Talk Plus MLB’s Home Losers

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

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

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

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

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MLB Teams to Watch in the next Few Weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hats Off To The Raptors!
THE NBA FINALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will Raptors Win the NBA Crown Tonight?

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

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

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

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

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

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NBA Finals: Raptors Bang Out Game 4 Upset Win

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

OUR NBA DRAFT REPORT - KEEP YOUR EYES ON THESE RISERS

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

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

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

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Our NBA Finals Game 4 Preview ... and More

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

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

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

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Raptors Rock On With Game 3 Win in Oakland

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

HERE'S TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S MLB STARS

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

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

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

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Game 3 Preview: NBA Finals Heatin’ Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: THE WEEKEND'S REALLY BIG WINNER

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

Say the same for the Golden State Warriors.

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

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Here’s the NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

 

 

THE NBA FINALS GAME 2 –

CAN THE WARRIORS BEAT A

RAPTORS TEAM THAT’S COVERING

73 PERCENT OF THE TIME

AT HOME THIS POST-SEASON? …

BASEBALL’S WEEKEND NOTEBOOK

 

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

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

Was it the 16 turnovers?

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

Or, perhaps, all of the above.

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

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

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

Oh, Canada!

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

Hey, who needs pucks, anyway?

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

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It’s NBA Finals Game 1 Preview Plus MLB Notes

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

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

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

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

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NBA Finals Chatter Plus Holiday Baseball Too

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

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

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

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MLB’s Memorial Day Divisional Updates

 

 

IT’S MEMORIAL DAY

AND SO, IT’S TIME TO WEIGH

IN ON ALL SIX DIVISIONAL “RACES” …

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT –

RAPTORS ARE NEW BEASTS OF THE EAST

(AND KINGS OF THE NORTH, FOR THAT MATTER)

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

 

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

Case in point, Memorial Day.

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

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NBA Playoff Update Plus MLB Notebook Too on Memorial Day Weekend

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

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

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

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

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Raptors Pull Off Stunning Game 5 Upset

 

 

RAPTORS STUN BUCKS 105-99

IN A PIVOTAL GAME 5 OF NBA’S

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS,

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

PLUS, HIGHLIGHTING THE MEMORIAL DAY

WEEKEND’S BEST MLB SERIES

 

Fear the Deer?

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

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

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

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

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

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

A PRE-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

LOOK AT TWO OF MLB’S BEST BETS SO FAR

 

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

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

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

 

 

NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –

CAN RAPTORS “GET EVEN” TONIGHT

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

WE SALUTE THE WARRIORS FOLLOWING

THEIR SPECTACULAR FOUR-GAME SWEEP VERSUS THE T-BLAZERS

 

Funny how the NBA universe works:

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

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

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Warriors in Line for Clean Sweep Tonight?

 

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

PUT THE BROOMS AWAY IN

THE EAST AS RAPTORS SNAG GAME 3

IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME

PLUS, HERE’S A LOOK AT TONIGHT’S

POSSIBLE CLINCHER OUT WEST FOR THE WARRIORS …

MLB’S TOP 10 TEAMS RIGHT NOW

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NBA PLAYOFFS –

WE PREVIEW RAPTORS VS. BUCKS

IN TONIGHT’S GAME 2 OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

PLUS, THE WARRIORS GALLOP OUT TO 2-O SERIES

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

THE MLB WEEKEND AHEAD –

SHOWDOWN IN FENWAY AS THE ASTROS-SOX COLLIDE

 

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

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

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

 

 

THE NBA LOTTERY –

HERE’S THE FALLOUT FROM

N’ORLEANS SNAGGING THE TOP PICK …

PLUS, NBA CONFERENCE FINALS ACTION

 

Don’t even think twice about it …

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

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

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NBA Conference Finals Swing into Action

 

 

IT’S TIME FOR THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –

BLAZERS-WARRIORS IN GAME 1 OF THE

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS TONITE

AND RAPTORS-BUCKS IN EASTERN FINALS TOMORROW …

OUR UP-TO-DATE NBA PLAYOFF POINTSREAD CHART …

AND A FEW WORDS ON TONIGHT’S NBA LOTTERY

 

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

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

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