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Submitted by Jim Hurley on 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 SPLITS

The 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 tilts and - you guessed it - Jim Hurley's Network cashed in both games with the 76ers (+1) smothering the Toronto Raptors 112-101 - and it was never that close, folks - while the Denver Nuggets versus T-Blazers game easily went "over" the 213.5-point price tag in Portland's 119-108 win/cover as 4-point favs.

Tonight, it's ...
GOLDEN STATE at HOUSTON - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN / Warriors lead series 3-2
Okay, so no Durant for the "Dubs" here but might that mean the likes of Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will rise up and remind everyone they're still very much elite players despite some mixed results in this best-of-seven series? Gotta believe that the Rockets are counting on - bare minimum here - 35 points from Mr. James Harden in this Game 6 bash but this could be really close if PG Chris Paul doesn't attack the hoop more and put up a 20-point / 10-assist type stat line ... you heard it here first!

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
5-4                          HOUSTON             - 3.5                Golden St        (ot)  126-121
5-6                          HOUSTON             + 1                   Golden St               112-108
5-8                          GOLDEN ST            - 6                   Houston                 104-99

 

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Last night, it was ...
PHILADELPHIA 112, TORONTO 101 - Series tied 3-3
It has not always been the case in this series but Sixer stars Jimmy Butler (25 points / 8 assists) and Ben Simmons (21 points / 8 rebounds / 6 assists) were downright sensational in this gotta-have-it Game 6 win ... the question was why no sense of urgency at all from a Raptors' squad that shot 9-of-36 from deep?

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
5-5                          Toronto                  + 2                   PHILADELPHIA        101-96
5-7                          TORONTO             - 6                   Philadelphia          125-89
5-9                          PHILADELPHIA     + 1                   Toronto                  112-101

 

PORTLAND 119, DENVER 108 - Series tied 3-3
Maybe Trail Blazers' guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (a combined 62 points in Game 6) get all the love in Rip City but better believe the Portland bench was the real story here as lefty Rodney Hood was a far-and-away game-best + 21 (see 25 points in 31 minutes).

Here's the game-by-game playoff update between the Nuggets and the Trail Blazers. 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
5-5                          Denver                   + 3                   PORTLAND            116-112
5-7                          DENVER                 - 5.5                Portland                 124-98
5-9                          PORTLAND            - 4                   Denver                   119-108

 

This past Wednesday, it was ...
MILWAUKEE 116, BOSTON 91 - Bucks win series 4-1

Here's a look back at the game-by-game playoff results between the Celtics and the Bucks that ended in five games. Note home teams are in CAPS below:
DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE
4-28                        Boston                   + 8                   MILWAUKEE         112-90
4-30                        MILWAUKEE         - 8                   Boston                   123-102
5-3                          Milwaukee            + 2                   BOSTON                 123-116
5-6                          Milwaukee            + 1                   BOSTON                 113-101
5-8                          MILWAUKEE         - 8.5                Boston                   116-91
                               

THE BASEBALL REPORT

We head into this Mother's Day weekend and - boy, oh, boy - there's a batch of high-quality series on tap featuring the Milwaukee Brewers at the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees at the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays and a fun all-state-of-Texas affair between the Rangers at the Houston Astros that actually started last night with a 4-2 win by host Houston. We thought it was a good time to examine some of MLB's "splits" in terms of home and away play and so let's dip into a few of 'em right here:

In the National League ...

MILWAUKEE - The Brewers are a resounding 16-8 at home this year while a mediocre 7-8 on the road and - as we said - they head into Wrigley Field for a three-game set starting this afternoon ... does that spell trouble for Craig Counsell's crew? No doubt the home-run friendly confines helps the likes of NL dinger leader Christian Yelich.

COLORADO - Isn't Coors Field supposed to be a huge home-field advantage for the hometown Rockies? Hmm, that hasn't been the case thus far as Colorado's an NL West-worst 7-10 at home while sporting a decent 10-10 road record. Maybe Colorado's so-so outfield defense is part of the problem in this rather spacious Coors Field outfield.

In the American League ...

HOUSTON - The 'Stros have been spectacular at home (now 13-4) and that's best in the junior circuit but the 2017 World Series champs are only 10-11 on the road and you could make the case that some of those long fly balls hit in H-town just ain't getting out of the park on the road.

SEATTLE - Suffice to say, it's been a very strange start to this 2019 season for the Mariners who scooted out to a 13-3 start and exited last night's game at Yankee Stadium at just 20 up. 20 down. But even stranger is the fact the M's are a dreary 7-11 at home and 13-9 away ... go figure.

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