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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

There's a whole lot brewin' in the sports world as we slide into the first full weekend of summer, so let's get to it all ...

NBA
There's no doubt that many NBA teams drafted the way they did with free agency on their minds - for example, the NBA Draft "host" Brooklyn Nets traded away two different first-round Picks (#17 and #27) in order to clear additional cap space so the franchise could make a major run at both injured F Kevin Durant and PG Kyrie Irving - but if you're just basing a team's success on how they drafted then we gotta say the Atlanta Hawks were the "biggest winners" with Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, Duke's Cam Reddish and second-rounder C Bruno Fernando of Maryland all getting gobbled up by Hot-lanta. Still, the Hawks are + 18000 (based on a $100 play) to win it all next year while the Utah Jazz made the biggest dent in the Odds to Win it All - now at + 4200 - following the pre-draft acquisition of veteran PG Michael Conley ...

Meanwhile, if you happen to be looking ahead at the 2019-2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, then here's two folks not named Zion Williamson (New Orleans) and Ja Morant (Memphis) that could be worth a wager: Phoenix's Cameron Johnson (North Carolina) wasn't even invited to the NBA Draft "green room" and most "experts" claimed he was a major reach but we say his smooth-as-silk shooting skills gets 'em close to 20 ppg and a legit shot to win Rookie of the Year while there should be long odds for Boston draftee F Grant Williams who should be a neat fit into this oft-dysfunctional lineup. Williams has a "mature" game and was a steal for the C's at pick #22. Hey, the NBA Rookie of the Year isn't always the numero uno pick, you know!

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MLB

If you've got "action" on a Major-League Baseball team's "over/under" wins total for this here-and-now 2019 season, then you're likely sweating bullets if you happened to go "over" 89.5 wins with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Following Friday night's 2-1 home loss to the Miami Marlins (note the Phils were a - 250 betting favorite for that clash), Philadelphia is just 39-36 overall for a rather meek .520 win percentage - they need to play .586 ball the rest of the way to cash the bet. The Philies added RF Bryce Harper and fine-tuned their offense further with the likes of C J.T. Realmuto but the bottom line is this National League East club ranks 15th or lower in the key team stat categories such as home runs (89 dingers / ranks 23rd in the bigs) and ERA (4.48 ERA / ranks 15th among 30 MLB teams).
On the flip side, if you happened to go "under" 96.5 wins with the Houston Astros, then you need a lengthy losing streak somewhere along the line or else the 'Stros need to play at Yankee Stadium more!

Houston's lost the first two games of this weekend's four-game set in The Bronx - 10-6 on Thursday night and then Friday's 4-1 defeat at the hands of the blistering-hot Yankees - and the American League West leaders enter Saturday's play at 48-29 near the midway point of this 162-game season. Maybe "under" Astros players will get some more help from the Yanks this weekend plus keep in mind that there are seven upcoming games against the in-state rival Texas Rangers who had beaten the 'Stros in five of their first seven meetings this year before Houston swept 'em four in a row in early May ...

Finally, here's some stats that jump off the page as we continue to check out the "boys of summer":

Talk about consistency - the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins are 15-8 vs. the AL East, 17-8 against divisional foes and 14-6 vs. the AL West and did you know the Twinkies are the only junior circuit team with a run differential of + 100-or-more (see + 108). May we remind you that Minnesota's win total projection at the start of the year was 84.5 and so that means Minny needs to go only 36-51 to cash - cha-ching!

NOTE: More MLB News / Notes in the next Jim Sez.

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