Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:49 PM
THE NBA UPDATE: WARRIORS ZOOM IN ON "THE RECORD" BUT IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE CASHING LATELY
MLB REPORT: ONE WEEK IN THE BOOKS AND THE CUBS STATING THEIR CASE FOR "BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL"
It was a truly amazing weekend for the now 72-win Golden State Warriors: Not only did Steve Kerr's crew roar back in the fourth quarter to cop last Saturday's 100-99 verdict against 13-point home underdog Memphis but the Warriors on Sunday evening knotted up the 20-year-old season-single win record held by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and those legendary Chicago Bulls, thanks to that rousing 92-86 win at 3.5-point home fav San Antonio.
Still, it's not as if anyone's pro-Golden State wagers would be making you any money at this particular time ... in fact, take note that Golden State is a rather meek 5-8 ATS (against the spread) since March 19th and so we're wondering whether pursuit of this record has put undue pressure on Stephen Curry and friends or might it simply be a case that G-State's been a tad overpriced in recent weeks?
The proverbial "bottom line" says that for this entire 2015-16 hoops season, the Warriors are 44-35-2 spreadwise for decent-if-unspectacular .557 winning rate which means $100 per-play wagers on this year's Warriors would have netted you some $550 while heading into Wednesday's regular-season finale against the aforementioned Memphis Grizzlies.
That's all well-and-good, as folks say, but for a 72-win team that number-crunchers claim have a "94 percent" chance to get that record 73rd win come Wednesday night ... guess we expected better from a pointspread standpoint.
True, on Sunday night Golden State rallied 'round Curry's magical 37-point game that included several fancy-dan lay-ups (some from 12-to-15 feet out!) and beat a Spurs bunch that "rested" Tim Duncan and bench star Boris Diaw and that did mark the second win/cover for the Warriors over the Spurs within a four-day period (see 112-101 as 6-point home favorites last Thursday night) but lost amidst all the hoopla in terms of going for 73 SU (straightup) wins this year is the fact there are some NBA teams out there with equal or close-to-equal better pointspread success ... here's a few of 'em:
The Orlando Magic is also 44-35-1 ATS this year (a .557 winning rate) with two games remaining on its hoop schedule ...
The Dallas Mavericks are 43-36-1 ATS this year, good for a .544 winning rate with remaining games at Utah and home to San Antonio ...
And the New York Knicks - believe it or not - are a composite 44-37 ATS while heading into Tuesday's finale in Indiana (a .543 winning rate).
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers/Bloggers are hitting their stride these days in pro hoops and we'll be cashing in big with the NBA and with Major-League Baseball too each and every day this month. Just go online right here or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and we'll send you straight into the winner's circle. Remember: The NBA Playoffs will begin on Saturday.
THE BASEBALL REPORT
We know, we know. All through the winter and early part of spring, Major-League Baseball fans were absolutely inundated with Chicago Cubs talk ... heck, it had gotten so out of whack that MLB Network talk-show host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo (see High Heat) claimed he was gonna root against the Cubs because all the hype had become too much.
Memo to Mr. Russo and the rest of the baseball world ... the Cubs are 5-1 and quite possibly better than advertised even with the apparent season-long injury to slugger Kyle Schwarber (knee).
If you checked out the standings late Sunday night/Monday morning than you saw that the Cubs are tied with surprising Cincinnati for the top record in the National League Central (and the best record in the whole senior circuit) with a + 27 runs differential - that's 42 runs scored and 15 runs allowed.
Wow ... the next closest in terms of runs differential is San Francisco at a plus 18 but it's the Cubs who entered this baseball story as the numero uno story in the land and the Cubs who exited Week One of this season as the numero uno story (apologies go out to the 5-and-oh Baltimore Orioles) and just now the Cubbies are coming back to Wrigley Field for their home opener on Monday night with LHP Jon Lester on the hill.
How about a look at the first week of Cubs' starting pitching?
The Cubs' "starting five" have thrown 39.2 innings through six games and own a 31-to-6 K-to-BB ratio - hey what team, especially in April, wouldn't take a 5-to-1 K-to-BB ratio, right? Even better, Joe Maddon's club is averaging seven runs a game and RHP Jake Arrieta - the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner - whacked a home run in Sunday's 7-3 win in Arizona that gave the Cubs three wins in four shots in the desert.
The Schwarber injury? Well, no doubt the North Siders are gonna feel his absence sometime this '16 season but between OF Jorge Soler (who crushed his first home run of the season on Sunday) and SS Addison Russell - who's surely gonna hit better than .136 - you wonder if the Chitowners are gonna feel the Schwarber loss all that much.
World Series or bust?
Yes sir/ma'am, that's the motto 'round Wrigleyville one week in - can it get any better Second City fans?
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