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NBA Playoff Update Plus MLB Notebook Too on Memorial Day Weekend

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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 DIAMONDThere'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 1995, remember)…

Raptors Pull Off Stunning Game 5 Upset

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  RAPTORS STUN BUCKS 105-99IN A PIVOTAL GAME 5 OF NBA’SEASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS,BUT IS THIS SERIES NOW A “DONE DEAL”? …PLUS, HIGHLIGHTING THE MEMORIAL DAYWEEKEND’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’…

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 THE NBA PLAYOFFS –IT’S RAPTORS-BUCKS IN A MONSTROUS GAME 5 …THE BASEBALL REPORT:A PRE-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDLOOK 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…

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –CAN RAPTORS “GET EVEN” TONIGHTIN THIS NORTH-OF-THE-BORDER GAME 4 TILT? …WE SALUTE THE WARRIORS FOLLOWINGTHEIR 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…

Warriors in Line for Clean Sweep Tonight?

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NBA PLAYOFFS –PUT THE BROOMS AWAY INTHE EAST AS RAPTORS SNAG GAME 3IN DOUBLE-OVERTIMEPLUS, HERE’S A LOOK AT TONIGHT’SPOSSIBLE 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…

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

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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

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

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 NBA PLAYOFFS –WE PREVIEW RAPTORS VS. BUCKSIN TONIGHT’S GAME 2 OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALSPLUS, THE WARRIORS GALLOP OUT TO 2-O SERIESLEAD 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…

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NBA LOTTERY –HERE’S THE FALLOUT FROMN’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…

NBA Conference Finals Swing into Action

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  IT’S TIME FOR THE NBA CONFERENCE FINALS –BLAZERS-WARRIORS IN GAME 1 OF THEWESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS TONITEAND 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…

NBA’s Game 7 Recaps Plus MLB Too

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS - CONFERENCE FINALS ARE SET FOLLOWING A PAIR OF EPIC GAME 7's THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHISOX'S GIOLITO A SUNDAY STARDon'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…

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

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFSWARRIORS 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 & TORONTOGo 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…

Can No-Durant Warriors Win in Houston Tonite?

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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 SPLITSThe 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 6 home…

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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 STARTERSThe 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…

More NBA Second-Round Playoff Goodies

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 NBA PLAYOFFS –THE FAVS VS. DOGS UPDATE PLUSHERE’S A LOOK AHEADAT CELTICS-BUCKS, ROCKETS-WARRIORSIN 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…

NBA Playoffs: Checkin’ Out All 4 Series

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  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…

MLB Notes Plus Warriors-Rockets Preview for Game 3

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT –SHOULD AL CENTRAL DIVISION-LEADING TWINSBE GETTING MORE RESPECT FROM ODDSMAKERS? …MORE NBA PLAYOFFS –WILL THERE BE LIFE AFTER GAME 3IN 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…

Bucks, Nuggets Gun For Game 3 Road Wins Tonite

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE –THERE’S A PAIR OF GAME 3’S TONITEPLUS, HERE’S A LOOK BACKAT 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…

It’s Game 3 for Raptors-76ers Tonite

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NBA PLAYOFFS –RAPTORS-SIXERS IN PIVOTAL GAME 3TONITE 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…

NBA Playoffs: Rockets Shoot For Game 2 Upset in GS

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 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…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Western NBA Matchups

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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 DENVERThis 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…

NBA Playoff Report -- Second Round in Full Bloom

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NBA PLAYOFFS –SECOND-ROUND SLUGFESTSON 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…

NBA’s Second Rounds in Action

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Eastern NBA Matchups

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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 TORONTOAn 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…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NBA Second Round

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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…

NFL Draft; Warriors-Clips Tonight

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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…

Our NFL Mock Draft is Here!

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

OUR 2019 NFL MOCK DRAFTGET READY FOR A REALLY WILD RIDE THROUGHOUT ROUND I WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT DEALS ON TAPWe'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…

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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.…

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 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…

Richie Baccellieri: NBA Playoff Point Spreads Very Volatile

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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…

Road Teams Rev it Up in NBA Playoffs

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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 '19NBA 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…

Holiday Weekend Hoops -- The NBA Playoffs in Full Swing

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 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 2-1No 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 –…

Richie Baccellieri: Oddsmakers Challenged by NBA “Fourth Games”

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:00 PM

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…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Motivation!

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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…

NBA Playoff Chalk Killin’ It So Far

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM

NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE - GUESS WHAT? MORE CHALK LAST NIGHT AS SIXERS, SPURS & WARRIORS ROLL ...OUR NFL DRAFT REPORT: LBs AND EDGE RUSHERS ON THE MENUExactly 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,…

Checkin’ Out Tonight’s Key Game 3’s in Brooklyn and LA

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE - CAN 76ERS, WARRIORS GRAB BACK THE HOME-COURT "ADVANTAGE" TONIGHT?OUR NFL DRAFT REPORT: HERE'S THE BEST O-LINEMENThe 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…

Network Notebook: Inconsistency Plaguing NBA Powers

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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…

Here’s Some NBA Playoff Game 2 Showdowns

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NBA PLAYOFFS –CHECKING OUT SOME GAME #2 TILTSBOTH 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…

Richie Baccellieri: NBA Markets Adjust to Game One Unders

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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 ConferenceIndiana/Boston stayed Under by 52 pointsBrooklyn/Philadelphia stayed Under by 16 pointsDetroit/Milwaukee stayed Under by 12 pointsOrlando/Toronto stayed Under by 8 points Western ConferenceOklahoma City/Portland stayed Under by 20 pointsSan Antonio/Denver stayed Under by 14 pointsLA Clippers/Golden State stayed Under by 7 pointsUtah/Houston stayed Under by 0.5 pointsOne close call…but five double digits misses including that whopper in Boston. What happened? Is this just a…

NBA Playoffs Plus First Look at the NFL Draft

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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/TEIt 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 champ…

More NBA Playoff First-Round Previews

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM

HERE'S THE NBA PLAYOFFS - SUNDAY'S GAMESThe 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…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NBA Playoffs

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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…

NBA Playoffs: Saturday’s Sked

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS - THE TWO-MONTH GRIND TOWARDS A CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS HERE WITH FOUR SERIES OPENING ON SATURDAYGo 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…

How three bookies produced Las Vegas’ fastest NCAA spreads

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM

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 the same…

NBA Playoffs Comin’ Your Way

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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 & NOTESAs 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…

Network Notebook: Tips for the NBA Playoffs

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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 EFFICIENCYYou 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…

We Hit the Rewind Button on Virginia’s OT Win

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAP –VIRGINIA WINS 85-77 IN OTAS THE CAVS COME FULL CIRCLE …PLUS, WE’RE CHECKING OUT THE NBA’S FINALTWO 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…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the National Championship

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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…

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

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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…

The NCAA Hoops Crown Is on the Line Tonight!

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME –IT’S TEXAS TECH VS. VIRGINIAFOR 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…

Final Four Plus Whole Lot More This Weekend

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the Final 4

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM

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…

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

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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…

Final Four Previews Ahead

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 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…

Inside the Final Four Plus Tonight’s NIT Title Tilt

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FINAL FOUR ASWE TRACK THE GAME-BY-GAME BIG DANCE JOURNEY …PLUS, OUR NIT TITLE GAME PREVIEWAS 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…

Network Notebook: Handicapping the Final Four

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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…

More Final Four Talk and Bad Baseball Too

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 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 TOYANKEES, 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…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Baseball

Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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…

The Final Four!!!

Monday, April 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 THE NCAA TOURNAMENT’SFINAL FOUR IS SET –AUBURN VS. VIRGINIA,TEXAS TECH VS. MICHIGAN STATEMAKE UP A REAL LUNCH-PAILQUARTET 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…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Elite 8

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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 GAMESIN ANAHEIM6:09 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…

NCAA Tourney: Elite 8 Takes Center Stage

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  IT’S THE ELITE 8 WEEKEND – HOOPS HEAVENThe 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 8On Saturday, it’s … WEST – at…

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

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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…

Tonight’s Sweet 16 Previews

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 HERE’S THE FRIDAY NCAA TOURNAMENTSWEET 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…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Sweet 16

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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 GAMESLOUISVILLE7:29 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…

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 WOW! WHATTA SPORTS DAY ASMLB 2019 SEASON OFFICIALLY OPENS UPPLUS, 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…

Network Notebook: Who’s Due for a Letdown?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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…

Catch More NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 Goodies

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NCAA TOURNAMENT’S SWEET 16 –WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL TOURNEY BREAKDOWN CHARTPLUS, QUICK-HITTER SKETCHES OF ALL THE TEAMSSTILL 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…

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

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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…

NCAA Tournament Update: Duke Headlines the Sweet 16

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Second Round

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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 GAMESJACKSONVILLE12:10 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.…

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

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  NCAA TOURNAMENT –WE HIT THE WEEKEND’S ROUND OF 32 ANDAND – BELIEVE IT OR NOT –ONE-FOURTH OF THE STILL-ALIVETEAMS 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…

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

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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…

Here’s Friday’s NCAA Tournament Games

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA First Round

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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…

NCAA Tournament: Thursday Games

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 12:00 AM

HERE'S A SAMPLING OF THURSDAY'S ACTION PLUS, KEY NEWS & NOTESOkay, 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…

Network Notebook: Challenge of Majors vs. Mid-Majors

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NCAA Play-in Games

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM

As promised, I’m back for March Madness with my sharp reports. Today I’ll look at how pro’s have been betting the Tuesday and Wednesday play-in games. Thursday morning I’ll have a rundown of key moves for the “Round of 64.” Saturday morning, I’ll report what I can of sharp action in the “Round of 32.”Some good preliminaries this year. I know a lot of you are anxious to get a look at Belmont tonight. Wednesday’s St. John’s/Arizona State feature could be one of the most heavily bet play-in games ever with the New York audience having a vested interest so…

NCAA Tournament Overview

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  OUR JIM SEZ NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –WE GO ‘ROUND THE COUNTRY WITHOUR REGION-BY-REGION SKETCHES PLUSLET YOU KNOW WHAT TEAMS SPORTTHE “BEST VALUE” TO WIN IT ALL Go right ahead and compile all the statistical data you’d like when it comes to this year’s NCAA Tournament … and then we’ll tell you this factoid:Since 2000, #1 seeds have copped 13 of the last 19 national championships while #2 and #3 seeds have combined to snatch up five titles and then 7th-seeded UConn won all the marbles back in 2014.In other words, everyone likes to be “cute” with their brackets out there but…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Handicap the NCAA’s

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM

I have to say that I was fairly impressed with the job done by the selection committee this season. Sure, there are a few head scratchers in the brackets. Villanova won the Big East regular season and tournament, but is seeded at #6 while Marquette is a #4 seed. That doesn’t make any sense. But, compared to the gross errors of past seasons, big improvement!Of course the style of handicapping I’ve been teaching for years here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping doesn’t concern itself much with seeds. You focus on the skills of key players and…

The NCAA Tournament: Getting a Grip on the 68-Team Field

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN AS THE NCAA TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF TUESDAY NIGHT IN DAYTON - AND WE'RE CHOCK FULL OF OPINIONS ON THIS YEAR'S BIG DANCEGeez, please allow us to get something off our chest as we start off this NCAA Tournament-filled column:If you watched ESPN's two-hour Selection Show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time last night then you had a few yucks with Kentucky head coach / comedian John Calipari and you learned a little something about the sport's young stars (see Duke's Zion Williamson and Murray State's Ja Morant) but, when it was time for "experts"…

Selection Sunday Can Be a Heart-Breaker

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –SELECTION SUNDAY GONNA BE A REAL BUMMERFOR A BUNCH OF BUBBLE TEAMS …WE FORECAST WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUTAND PLENTY OF OTHER GOODIES TOO …SOME EARLY-BIRD NCAA TOURNEY TIPS Now, it’s all about the madness … as in what college basketball teams come Sunday night are gonna be really mad they didn’t make this year’s “Big Dance” but let us go on record to state that none of the teams we list below that are gonna get “snubbed” really have a leg to stand on:The fact of the matter is – at least the way we see it…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Betting Over/Unders in Tournaments

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM

We don’t talk very often about handicapping Over/Unders here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. It’s a niche in this field that doesn’t appeal to everyone. Virtually ALL bettors want to bet teams sides in games. A relative handful like the additional challenge of playing totals.That relative handful can make a killing in college basketball tournaments!Now, I’m not suggesting that you go out and start betting every Over/Under willy nilly. Just be aware that you can find edges because of the complexity of tournament dynamics.Generally speaking, you should be thinking about UNDERS rather than Overs. Oddsmakers know…

College Basketball’s Surprise Squads this Mini-Tourney Week

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  THE NCAA TOURNAMENT IS RIGHT ‘ROUNDTHE CORNER AND THERE’S SOME SURPRISING SQUADSLURKING AS THEY LOOK TO STEAL “BIG DANCE” BERTHS –WHAT COULD BE A REAL DILEMMA COME SUNDAYFOR THE KNOW-IT-ALL COMMITTEE FOLKS …DON’T FORGET WEEK 6 OF ALLIANCE FOOTBALL IS THIS WEEKEND Okay, so we’re not gonna sit here and tell you that this week’s College Basketball Conference Tournaments have been chock full of upsets despite the fact that West Virginia (14-19) is still very much alive-n-kickin’ in the Big 12 Tournament and that Nebraska (18-15) is hoping to make it three in a row in the mighty Big 10 Tournament…

The College Mini-Tourneys are in Full Bloom

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM

  MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL MINI-TOURNEY ACTION –WE TACKLE THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC AND BIG WESTPLUS, KEY SPREAD NOTES TOO …NFL FREE AGENCY OFF AND RUNNIN’ Remember what we said here at Jim Hurley’s Network prior to the start of this week?There were gonna be a whole slew of opportunities to cash in on this week’s wall-to-wall College Basketball Conference Tournaments – otherwise known as the Mini Tourneys – as we informed y’all that there were 168 games in all from Monday-thru-Selection Sunday. Well, here’s a little update as we head into the uber-busy Thursday menu that features 54 games including action from all…

Network Notebook: If Gonzaga Can Lose, Anyone Can Lose!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM

You would be hard-pressed to find many who thought Gonzaga would lose outright to St. Mary’s Tuesday night in the West Coast Conference championship game. Sure, “betting” St. Mary’s could be justified, either plus the points or on the money line as a long shot paying 10/1. That’s not the same thing as BELIEVING they WOULD win.But, that’s the nature of conference tourneys. Elite teams who are locked into Big Dance bids have nothing to play for. They’re all looking ahead to next week when results really matter. Plus, they have trouble getting up to face teams they’ve already crushed.…

Get on Board For More NCAA Conference Tournies

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT: WE'RE ROLLIN' WITH MORE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEWS!Okay, let's not skip a beat - it's time for more of this week's College Basketball Conference Tournaments - a/k/a, the mini tourneys:First, this key reminder that Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the books with more College Basketball and NBA winners plus don't forget it's Week 6 straight ahead in the AAF (Alliance of American Football), so, let's cash in big all this week right here online or 1-800-323-4453. Keep in mind when there's day-time hoops, we'll have our selections bright and early! Keep in…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Major Conference Tournaments

Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Major Conference Tournament action begins Tuesday with the ACC. The other power conferences get underway Wednesday. Though, some of these leagues are so big now that most of the top teams in the nation won’t be on the floor until Thursday.The single best tip I can give students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping for analyzing major tournaments is to focus on THE MOTIVATION FACTOR. This is a great equalizer on neutral floors because…*Many of the best teams really don’t have anything to play for this week. They’re already locks to get in the Dance. You’ve…

It’s Mini-Tourney Week ’Round the Land

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 12:00 AM

HERE'S MORE COLLEGE B-BALL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT GOODIES -WE GET YOU QUICK-HITTER COMMENTS ON FIVE DIFFERENT MINI-TOURNIES THIS WEEKAre you in the mood for some real-live March Madness?Good, 'cause between now and this coming Sunday -a/k/a Selection Sunday - there are a whopping total of 168 College Basketball Conference Tournament games on tap and they include everything from the ACC to the Atlantic-10 to the Big 12 to the Sun Belt Conference ... and everything in between.Hey, there's gonna be a whole of movin' and shakin' when it comes to next week's NCAA Tournament bids based on these aforementioned 168 games…

Blockbuster Weekend in College Hoops World

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT - THE WEEKEND'S BLOCKBUSTER GAMES PLUS, HERE'S THE TEAMS NEEDING TWO-OR-MORE WINS TO GET INTO NCAA TOURNEY CONVERSATION News flash: This final regular-season weekend for a bunch of College Basketball "name" teams will be a real litmus test of what's straight ahead when the NCAA Tournament begins later this month ... the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State and Houston all play in high-profile games this weekend and should we at all be surprised if one or more of 'em appear in next month's Final Four in Minneapolis?Of course not, should be your response!There's…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Understanding a Key Dichotomy

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM

I haven’t talked much about this in the past here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. But, it’s an important theme for students to understand as they continue to handicap mid-major tournaments this weekend, and then major events beginning next week.There are two types of teams that can make you money in tournaments.*For individual games, you can score easy winners by recognizing the highs and lows of INCONSISTENT teams. This characteristic rarely wins a conference tournament because teams can’t win games in their “down” performances. Tough to string together three or four straight victories if you’re up…

Get on Board with College B-Ball Mini-Tournament Goodies

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

COLLEGE HOOP TALK - THERE'S MORE MINI-TOURNEY ACTION PLUS, LAST NIGHT'S BIG WINNERS ...IT'S WEEK 5 OF THE AAF It's March and there's sure to be a whole lot of "Madness" straight ahead on the road to Minneapolis (see Final Four on Saturday, April 6th and National Championship Game on Monday, April 8th):Heck, the College Basketball Conference Tournaments are just now swinging into action - there are five different leagues that are busy today with their mini-tournies on this second Friday of the month (see the Missouri Valley, West Coast, Southern, MAAC and Ohio Valley) and we know you're all…

More NCAA Tournament Talk & NBA Matchups Tonight

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT - HERE'S OUR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE PROJECTED TOP 8 SEEDS IN EACH REGION OF THIS MONTH'S NCAA TOURNAMENT ...NBA THURSDAY NITE TNT SHOWDOWNS FROM MILWAUKEE & PORTLANDOkay, so maybe you're of the mind that NCAA Tournament seedings don't matter all that much - after all, last year's #16 seed UMBC knocked off mighty #1 Virginia and thus wrecked the notion that a #16 seed "would never" beat a No. 1 and certainly we've seen loads of double-digit seeds survive-and-advance a round or two (or three) many years in tourney play. Still, let's not kid ourselves: It's better to…

Network Notebook: What’s on Duke’s Horizon without Zion?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Until a certain Duke player blew out a shoe and injured his knee, the Blue Devils were at the top of the college basketball futures board. Zion Williamson was so dominant on a talented roster, that even other legitimate powers like Gonzaga and Virginia weren’t seen as likely to derail Duke.As of publication deadlines, whether or not Zion will return this season is a big question mark. Many NBA advisors are suggesting it’s a dumb risk with so many millions at stake in the very near future. Old school college voices want him to return to prove his loyalty and…

College Basketball’s Mini Tournies Are up and Runnin’

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ REPORT: HERE'S THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE AS WE'RE TRACKING THIS WEEK'S MINI-TOURNIESForgive us if you've seen us write this once (or more) before: This year's College Basketball Conference Tournaments - a/k/a the mini-tourneys, as we'd like to say - likely will KO a batch of NCAA Tournament "deserving" teams and put forth a handful-or-more teams that come from nowhere to cop their wild / often wacky league tournaments.Sure, you can say it happens each and every year but if you've truly been following the college hoops universe this 2018-19 campaign then you know that parity is widespread…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Mid-Major Tournaments

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM

I’m as excited as anybody that March Madness officially begins Tuesday night with the first postseason tournament of the 2018-19 college basketball campaign. That’s the quarterfinal round of the Horizon League event that begins at conference sites. More mid-major tournaments get going this week, before everyone else across the land plays next week.Handicapping these mid-major tourneys can be different than handicapping the bigger conferences. Many of these leagues will only get ONE spot in the Big Dance. So, the best team in the conference has THE MOTIVATION FACTOR on its side in addition to the most dynamic PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERS.…

College B-Ball’s Desperate Teams This Final Week of Play

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE: HERE'S A BATCH OF TEAMS IN "GOTTA-HAVE-IT" MODE THIS WEEK ...THE ALLIANCE FOOTBALL: HERE'S THE WEEK 4 RUNDOWN AS DOGS RULE THE ROOSTOkay, so if you've been paying real close attention to the world of College Basketball this year - and especially these past couple of weeks - than you know that more than a dozen teams have popped up on various "on-the-bubble" lists and so needless to say there are a batch of hoop squads that face what we'll call "gotta-have-it" games this week.We'll concentrate here in today's Jim Sez column on a quartet of…

NCAA Tourney Win it All Odds ... and More!

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S ODDS TO WIN IT ALL: WE WEIGH IN WITH SOME KEY COMMENTS AS WE NEAR THE CONFERENCE MINI-TOURNEY ACTION ...NFL DRAFT ODDS & ENDS: WE'RE TALKING FIRST-ROUND DRAFT TRADESGotta admit we're really looking forward to this year's various conference tournaments - a/k/a the mini-tournies - because our contention is there will be a handful of teams that are gonna make a run from the middle of the standings pack to nab an automatic bid to this month's NCAA Tournament.In case you're wondering, here's the teams that are not in or near first place in their respective conferences /…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Familiarize Yourself with “Outsiders”

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM

We have a very unique situation in college basketball this season where several relatively small schools that don’t belong to major conferences are likely to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament even if they don’t win their conference events.Now, I’m not talking about Gonzaga. That’s a strong program with a great history. They will deservedly be a #1 seed. You should already be familiar with the head coach, their veteran stars, and hopefully you watched them beat Duke in Maui early in the season. That was a great, well-executed game.Wofford? Do you know anything about Wofford? You might remember that…

Alliance Week 4 Plus Key College B-Ball Notes

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 THE ALLIANCE FOOTBALL –TRACKING THE WEEK 4 ACTION …COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S WEEKEND NOTES The Alliance of American Football – a/k/a the AAF – heads into Week 4 of this 10-game regular season and there’s still a couple of teams that are perfect SU (straight-up):The Birmingham Iron and the Orlando Apollos each are 3-and-oh while zooming into Saturday / Sunday action and here’s the lowdown when it comes to Week 4: On Saturday, it’s …SAN DIEGO (2-1) at MEMPHIS (0-3) – 4 p.m. ET, Bleacher Report Live … The switch to QB Philip Nelson has powered up the 6.5-point road favorite San Diego Fleet…

Bubble Teams on Tonight’s College Sked

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT - CHECKING OUT THE "BUBBLE TEAMS" ON THIS VERY BUSY THURSDAY NITE SKED ...NBA'S WHO'S HOT / WHO'S NOT TEAMSIn yesterday's edition of Jim Sez, we analyzed how the nationally-ranked College Basketball teams failed to cover six of the seven games played on Tuesday's docket - the Las Vegas prices might have been a tad bloated in a couple of cases (see 11-point favorite North Carolina over Syracuse 93-85) - as we asked the question whether the ranked teams were feeling any pressure as we headed towards next month's NCAA Tournament and thus they caved underneath…

Network Notebook: Ranked College Teams Flat Again Tuesday

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM

It’s a point that JIM HURLEY tries to drive home for you every college basketball season. Even the best teams have trouble playing well late in February knowing that March Madness is just around the corner.We saw several great examples of that in Tuesday night action. Ranked teams either started slowly…finished poorly…or barely showed up at all. Here’s an all-inclusive list of results. You’ll see that only one team covered its spread!#3 Duke (-3) lost outright at Virginia Tech 77-72. This was a natural flat spot off the emotional “rally around the flag” road win at Syracuse this past weekend.…

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