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Submitted by Jim Hurley on 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 to even that Eastern Conference series with a gritty 94-89 hang-on-for-dear-life win against the 7-point favored Raptors.

So, make that 5-3 ATS for Game 1 losers in their Game #2’s.

The question here this evening is do the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets square up their respective Eastern and Western Conference best-of-seven series here – and do keep in mind the Rockets did cover Game 1 in that already-spirited Western Conference set against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Hey, if Houston’s gonna put all those “bad whistles” from Game 1 behind ‘em and square this series at a game apiece, they’re gonna have to do a better job on the boards where Golden State won the glass battle handily (see 38-to-26) and the Rockets’ James Harden must do better than 4-of-16 from behind the three-point arc.

Okay, so that’s easy analyses: The fact of the matter is Houston needs someone to come off its bench and put up meaningful stats as reserves Ian Shumpert and Danuel House were silent with 6 total points in 40 man-minutes of play … what’s up with that? Meanwhile, Golden State – a 5.5-point betting favorite this evening – needs G Stephen Curry to steer clear of those ticky-tacky fouls as he played Game 1’s final five-plus minutes with five fouls.

Back to the Celtics versus Bucks showdown tonight in Game 2, no doubt that Boston put on a defensive clinic in Game 1 as Brad Stevens’ crew scored a 112-90 triumph over the league’s top offensive squad – how is it possible that Milwaukee G Eric Bledsoe scored just one FG in 25 minutes of action and star-of-stars Giannis Antetokoumnpo missed 14-of-21 FG tries and finished a minus 24 in the series opener? Egads!

Interesting to note that the Bucks were 8-point favs in Game 1 and they are a still-bloated 7.5-point favs here but you can forget any zig-zag theory if Boston wins the rebounds battle again (51-to-44 in Game 1), sports the overall advantage in steals and blocks (15-to-7) and shoots it better than 54 percent from the floor (see 47-of-87 in Game 1).

It’s surely put-up or shut-up time for the Bucks and their boss Mike Budenholzer – the team’s first real pressurized game of the year will let us know a whole lot about the East’s to seed.

 

And now hear this …

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2019 NBA PLAYOFFS POINTSPREAD CHART

(thru Monday, April 29th)

 

TEAM                     WON              LOST               TIE                   PCT

Boston                   4                      0                      1                      1.000

Milwaukee            4                      1                      0                      .800

Philadelphia          5                      2                      0                      .714

Houston                 4                      2                      0                      .667

San Antonio          4                      3                      0                      .571

Toronto                  4                      3                      0                      .571

Denver                   4                      4                      0                      .500

LA Clippers            3                      3                      0                      .500

Portland                 3                      3                      0                      .500

Golden State         3                      4                      0                      .429

Oklahoma City      2                      3                      0                      .400

Orlando                 2                      3                      0                      .400

Utah                       2                      3                      0                      .400

Brooklyn                1                      4                      0                      .200

Indiana                   0                      3                      1                      .000

Detroit                   0                      4                      0                      .000

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT

Hey, glad to see Boston Red Sox LHP Chris Sale – the starter for the American League in each of the last two MLB All-Star Games – admit that he’s “sucked” so far this year.

You sure have, Mr. Sale!

The Bosox southpaw slinger is six starts into this 2019 campaign and he’s 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in 30 total innings. Remember last year – when Boston won its fourth championship in the past 15 years (see 2004, ’07, 2013 and ’18) – Sale registered a 12-4 mark with a 2.11 ERA in 158 innings plus he closed out the team’s World Series-clinching win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

So far, if you happened to wager on Sale in all his starts, this is the bottom line with the Boston price tag listed below:

 

Home teams in CAPS below:

DATE              OPP                        LINE                        RESULT

3-26                SEATTLE                 - 210                       SEATTLE 12-4

4-2                  OAKLAND              - 170                       OAKLAND 1-0

4-9                  Toronto                  - 255                       Toronto 7-5

4-16                NY YANKEES          + 103                      NY YANKEES 8-0

4-23                Detroit                   - 220                       Detroit 7-4

4-28                Tampa Bay            - 130                       Tampa Bay 5-2

 

Add it all up and if you’ve backed Sale in his first six starts this year. Then you’re down $1,085 bananas … next start is Friday night at his old Chicago White Sox.

When – exactly – is it panic time for the Sawx with this $145 million hurler?

 

NOTE: More NBA Playoffs and MLB all this week right here at Jim Sez.

 

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