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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 

 

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT –

SHOULD AL CENTRAL DIVISION-LEADING TWINS

BE GETTING MORE RESPECT FROM ODDSMAKERS? …

MORE NBA PLAYOFFS –

WILL THERE BE LIFE AFTER GAME 3

IN THIS WARRIORS-ROCKETS SERIES?

 

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

Okay, so even hard-core MLB fans might have a difficult time naming more than five or six Twins these days but the proverbial bottom line is Minnesota (19-11) continues to be treated as a second-class citizen when it comes to the Las Vegas price tags even though they entered this series in The Bronx with the best record in the big leagues.

Note the Twins just come off a four-game home series against the AL West-leading Houston Astros and – while we know the likes of ace RHPs Justin Verlander and Gerritt Cole threw in two of those games – note that Minny was a wagering pup in three of the four home games versus the ‘Stros while taking + 155, + 150 and + 137 … plus the Twins were a – 115 betting favorite in the finale of that four-game set and let us remind you Minny won three-of-four games including wins over Verlander 1-0 at the plus 155 price and a 6-2 when going against righty Colin McHugh who was laying the – 147 price.

Now, here’s a Twins team that exited Friday night’s game at Yankee Stadium with an 8-6 road mark gobbling up medium-to-big prices again – the Twins were +124 for the Saturday matinee between RHP Jake Odorizzi and Yanks’ LHP JA Happ – and gotta believe Minny will be a betting bargain until further notice … and we’ll let y’all know when that is!

 

Note -- Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers get you all the NBA Playoff winners plus there’s Major-League Baseball too at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Get in the winner’s circle today and remember the Kentucky Derby is Saturday afternoon from Churchill Downs!

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

On Saturday, it’s …

GOLDEN STATE at HOUSTON – 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT / Warriors lead series 2-0

The Houston Rockets are your conventional 3.5-point betting favorite for this Game 3 showdown in Space City – that’s what home court is generally valued at in these playoffs (okay, 3.5 or 4 points really) – but the really big question is will there be anything to talk about in this series should Golden State bash out a Game 3 win?

The Warriors – to be honest – were fortunate to come away with a pointspread split in these first two games at Oracle Arena as it took a pair of late/late-game FTs by Kevin Durant to deliver the 115-109 win as 5-point favorites but here’s the first time this post-season that Steve Kerr’s club is taking points and Durant (averaging 34.3 ppg these playoffs) is playing loosey-goosey while Houston’s James Harden (29.0 ppg this post-season) is having enough trouble seeing out of a pair of blurry/blood-shot eyeballs. If the Rockets are gonna make a series of this, then Harden’s gotta get some downtown help from the likes of Chris Paul and Eric Gordon and they need to board better as Golden State’s snared 26 offensive boards so far in the first two games.

 

Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Warriors and the Rockets. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-28                        GOLDEN ST            -6.5                 Houston                 104-100

4-30                        GOLDEN ST            - 5                   Houston                 115-109

 

On Sunday, it’s …

TORONTO at PHILADELPHIA – 3:35 p.m. ET, ABC / 76ers lead series 2-1

Remember the Raptors entered this Eastern Conference semifinal set as a huge betting favorite at – 310 and so this would be shock city if/when the host Philly 76ers dash out to a three-games-to-one advantage – and the Sixers could do it again providing C Joel Embiid (33 points / 10 rebs / 5 blocked shots) keeps playing with that kid-like enthusiasm. Toronto – a 1.5-point betting fav here in Game 4 -- shot a woeful 7-of-27 from beyond the three-point arc in that 21-point loss in Game 3.

 

Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Raptors and the 76ers. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-27                        TORONTO             - 6.5                Philadelphia          108-95

4-29                        Philadelphia          + 7                   TORONTO             94-89

5-2                          PHILADELPHIA     + 1.5               Toronto                  116-95

 

DENVER at PORTLAND – 7:05 p.m. ET, TNT / Nuggets Blazers lead series 2-1

The NBA hadn’t had an overtime affair in the first 51 games of this year’s playoffs – so the league did it up big with Friday’s four-OT tilt in Rip City where the home team won but didn’t cover the 5-point price. Still, it’s a game Denver kicked away (see four-point lead late before back-to-back uncontested Damian Lillard layups) and now gotta wonder whether the Nuggets have enough juice to bounce back here. Remember that Denver C Nikola Jokic played 65 minutes in Game 3 – and that’s just two minutes shot of an NBA post-season record.

 

Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-29                        DENVER                 - 4                   Portland                 121-113

5-1                          Portland                 + 4                   DENVER                 97-90

5-3                          PORTLAND            - 5                   Denver   (4 ot)        140-137

 

 

NOTE: There’s MLB, NBA and NFL News & Notes all this week right here in the Jim Sez columns.

 

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