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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. House Plays Baseball Club
RICHIE B’S HOUSE PLAYS BASEBALL CLUB. My One Standout Baseball Play of the Day!

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Jim Feist Jim Feist Interleague Game of the Month-Tue
Jim Feist has found another perfect situation on the baseball diamond, strong enough to be his Interleague Game of the Month

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Kelso Sturgeon 50-Unit Solid Gold Power Play
My baseball highrollers are set to take down all the money tonight on a solid gold power play game that appears to be a dead-even affair but in reality but in fact is anything but that.

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Jim Hurley Jim Hurley 3 Tuesday Baseball Value Blasters
Jim Hurley’s Upsets and Sure Shots Mean BIG Return On Investment. Get Tuesday’s Monster Plays. “DOGS” Money Line and more.

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B Baseball Blowout Play
The hottest hitter in baseball right now is me - I’ve cashed seven of my last ten bets and I’m ready to do it again on Tuesday with one dynamite play.

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Jim Feist Jim Feist MLB Inner Circle (-1) - Tue
Jim Fest is on a 21-11-1 run with High End Inner Circles, cashing with the +150 Twins Sunday and the Twins/Red Sox under yesterday

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Jim Feist Jim Feist’s 3-Team MLB Tripleheader - Tue
3 for One! Jim Feist likes three plays on the Tuesday card, a trio of winners (1 side, 2 totals) to play individually or parlay

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Hank Goldberg 4-Team Baseball Pack - Tuesday
Hank Goldberg’s 4-Team Baseball Pack - Tuesday

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Jim Hurley Network Tuesday Night Baseball Lock City
MLB Lock City! 95% Trend Play Going Tuesday Night. Jim Hurley’s Blue Ribbon Baseball Club routinely features games trending between 85-90%. But tonight we’ve got a play that’s WAY stronger!

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Dave Cokin Dave Cokin MLB High End Value Plus Play - Tues
Smokin’ Dave Cokin is set to roast the books with a blockbuster baseball release, his MLB High End Value Play!

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Jim Feist Jim Feist MLB High Roller Wise Guy Total -Tue
Jim Feist is unleashing a High Roller total on the diamond, a Baseball Wise Guy Total Dominator, a high end release.

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Baseball 7-0 Triple Crown
I found three teams on tonight’s schedule that graded out with better than a 95% chance to win and am taking advantage of the opportunity to win another Major League Baseball Triple Crown.

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Blog Headlines

Wayne Root: Dodgers, Angels Both Worth Watching

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels begin their annual four-game Interleague series Monday at Chavez Ravine. The first two games will be played there in Dodgers country. The final two Wednesday and Thursday will be played in Anaheim.

Everyone’s been talking about the Dodgers lately. Justifiably! For the past few weeks they’ve ruled the baseball world. They’re just crushing everybody night after night, with both great offense and great defense. The media used to talk about how the Dodgers were winning every time Kershaw took the mound. Now, it’s basically every time ANYBODY takes the mound. The team is…

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Jim Sez Baseball Notebook Plus NBA

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: "FREEWAY SERIES" WILL BE LOTS OF FUN IN LA-LA LAND ALL WEEK LONG (AND WE'LL HAVE PLENTY OF WINNERS!)

PLUS NBA FREE AGENCY CHATTER: PAUL, HAYWARD & LOWRY ALL LIKELY TO BE ON THE MOVE COME EARLY JULY

This doesn't exactly qualify as a news flash but the two Los Angeles-area Major-League Baseball teams have won a grand total of one World Series championship in the past 29 years (see then-Anaheim Angels, 2002) - but better believe it'll be a whole lot of fun all this week when the surging-hot LA Dodgers (51-26, won 10 in a row) battle…

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Network Notebook: Cubs/Nationals Series Preview

While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been grabbing all the headlines in recent weeks, the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are still intent on winning their own respective National League divisions and doing whatever it takes to reach the World Series from the National League.

The Cubs were there last year, and are long overdue this summer to “remember” what it takes to play championship caliber baseball. Washington is long overdue to play to its talent level in the postseason! Both are still market favorites with the Dodgers to win the NL. The guys behind “Futures” prices know that anything can…

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Network Notebook: Orioles Tie Dubious Record

Friday night the Baltimore Orioles got waxed by the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 15-5. You’ve probably heard by now that this was the twentieth straight time that the Orioles had allowed at least five runs in a game. That ties a Major League record that goes back decades.

In handicapping terms, that streak of woeful pitching up and down the rotation and bullpen has yielded:

*A 6-14 straight up record for the Orioles

*A 13-6-1 record to the OVER on totals bets

So, betting on Baltimore’s opponents and the Over is 27-12-1 during that 20-game stretch. A fairly simple strategy that…

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Wayne Root: Preparing for College Football

Las Vegas sportsbooks have realized that football fans will bet at any time of the year…even during the brutal heat of summer! And, let me tell you, we’re experiencing one of the hottest June’s on record already here in the sports betting capital of the world. At least it prepared us for July and August!

A few sportsbooks have already posted many “Game of the Year” college football matchups for live betting. Depending on the store, you can bet as many as 100 games right now (at lower limits than you’ll see during the regular season). You don’t have to wait…

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Network Notebook: Rockies/Dodgers Series Preview

This was a series baseball fans had circled awhile ago. The Colorado Rockies have been playing excellent baseball all season, seemingly establishing their bona fides as a playoff caliber team. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been co-favorites to win the National League along with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, despite only starting the season 22-18.

Well, the Dodgers are 26-8 since that slow start (including 13 of their last 14), and look to be playing on a whole different level than the rest of the senior circuit. Colorado is still in the driver’s seat to at least reach the playoffs…

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Jim Sez NBA Draft Likes and Dislikes

THE NBA DRAFT: WHAT WE LIKED, WHAT WE DON'T LIKE ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S ACTIVITIES ...

THE MLB REPORT: ROCKIES-DODGERS IS WEEKEND'S NUMERO UNO SERIES

Let all those other sports web sites and newspaper columnists declare who are the "winners" and "losers" when it comes to this NBA Draft ... how can anyone really know for sure until we're at least a couple of years beyond draft night, right?

However, we will go on record in today's jam-packed Jim Sez column to state what we "liked" and "did not like" when it came to all the draft-related festivities at Barclays Center in Brooklyn ...…

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Richie Baccellieri: MLB Markets Still Slow to React

I wanted to pop in to talk some baseball before the month of June got away from us. Thanks so much to all of you who read the NBA Playoff reports. To me, the biggest story right now in the baseball markets involves how slow oddsmakers and sharps have been to recognize new levels of performance.

I’m currently on a 12-6 run in baseball. The team I’ve won most often with in that stretch is the Colorado Rockies. This is a very good team that has significantly improved its pitching staff. The market keeps pricing them like a .500 caliber team…

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Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!

Welcome to the modern-day world of the NBA where the "one-and-done" players continue to flood their way into the league ... in fact, most of the top 10 projected picks here were one-year collegians but will any/many of them be big hits right from the start?

Now, our Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft lets you know who's going where and we've sprinkled in a couple of potential deals to further liven up the evening in Brooklyn:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out loads of Side & Totals MLB winners all…

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Wayne Root: Will 2017 World Series Champ Come From the NL West?

There’s been more than the usual buzz in Las Vegas about baseball this summer. The regulars are still betting the sport like always. But, we have a lot of excitement right now regarding three relatively “local’ teams.

*The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing great, and winning in exciting fashion. Bettors really love POWER teams, and the Dodgers are able to overpower many opponents in their current form. I’ve always reminded you that Las Vegas is basically a suburb of Los Angeles for sports betting purposes. That’s really coming into play with the Dodgers playing so well.

*The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to…

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NBA Draft Notes and Baseball Midweek Update

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS COMIN' YOUR WAY IN TOMORROW'S JIM SEZ!!! ...THERE'S LAST-MINUTE NBA DRAFT DAY CHAT, TRADE RUMORS AND MORE ...

PLUS MLB MIDWEEK NEWS & NOTES

Okay, so is this a case of "where there's smoke, there's fire" ... or not?

The trade rumors are making their way 'round the NBA here in the lead-up to Thursday's NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - there was a semi-blockbuster deal on Tuesday where the Los Angeles Lakers traded G D'Angelo Russell and F/C Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for C Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in Thursday's draft --…

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Baseball Injuries, Soft Lines and Biting Dogs!
Baseball has a long regular season, almost twice as many games as pro basketball, and ten times more games than the NFL regular season. Baseball athletes have to play just about every day and sometimes even have to play twice in a day during double-headers. This is why it's essential to keep up on injuries. In football, if a starting quarterback or star running back is injured and expected to miss a game, that injury will be reflected in the betting line.   NFL QBs Tom Manning and Drew Brees might be a 10-point home favorite over a below-average team, but…
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Network Notebook: Diamondbacks/Rockies Series Preview

It was assumed before the 2017 Major League Baseball season started that the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to run away with the NL West. San Francisco would have a chance to make things interesting. But, it’s been so long since either the Colorado Rockies or Arizona Diamondbacks mattered, nobody was thinking about THOSE two teams as potential playoff threats.

Heading into Tuesday’s action…

Colorado: 46-26…first place in the NL West

Arizona: 44-26…just one game behind them

Colorado enters the series 20 games over .500 just 72 games into their season. Arizona can get that high if they pull off a road sweep. So,…

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Alabama Football Aims High Again

Alabama has won 11 games or more every year since 2010 under the leadership of Nick Saban. The only other time they were below 11 was in Saban’s first year, way back in 2007. Why is this important? Because Las Vegas has posted Alabama’s Over/Under for wins at 10.5, and charges just a modest (-120) price if you bet the Over.

It isn’t that the market is down on Alabama—to the contrary, they’re a 4-1 favorite to win the national championship in Atlanta this coming January. No other team has an Over/Under higher and Ohio State is the only…

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Jim Sez Baseball Report

THE BASEBALL REPORT - TESTING OUT SOME KEY HOME/AWAY NUMBERS THIS FATHERS' DAY WEEKEND ...

NBA DRAFT NOTEBOOK: THREE PLAYERS LOOKING TO CLIMB THE FIRST-ROUND LADDER

Give or take, we're about 40 percent or so through this here-and-now 2017 Major-League Baseball season ... that means there is still plenty of time for teams/players to "get their act together" but it's also a good enough time frame to examine what's happened so far:

For example, did you realize that the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs are playing .400 ball on the road this year (that's 12 wins, 18 losses) after going a rock-solid…

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Network Notebook: Red Sox/Astros Series Preview

While this weekend’s huge Major League Baseball series matching the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros could technically be a 2017 playoff preview, it’s not going to FEEL like the playoffs because neither Dallas Keuchel, nor Lance McCullers, nor Chris Sale will be on the mound.

Playoff offenses! In a ballpark that will surely host postseason games given Houston’s big lead in the AL West. But, not a true sneak preview of the playoffs unless the back end of Houston’s rotation takes a big step forward between now and October.

Matchups this big are rare these days because there are so many…

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Wayne Root: MLB Markets Not “Catching Down” to 2017 Disappointments

One of the best ways to make money as a sports bettor is to ride a hot team before the market “catches up” to how good they are. But, you can make just as much money fading disappointing teams before the market “catches down” to their new level of play.

Wednesday’s results in Major League Baseball are a great example of that. A few teams who have been burning money all season continued to do so at prices that shouldn’t have discouraged any faders.

*The Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year, but are having trouble staying above the .500 mark…

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Jim Sez: NBA Odds To Win it All Next Year - MLB Notebook

NOW THAT THE NBA SEASON IS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, WHAT'S THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL IN 2017-18?

THE MLB REPORT: WE CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE "OVER" UPDATES, PLUS THERE'S NEWS/NOTES TOO

Let the Golden State Warriors have their non-stop party - heck, they deserve it even if many folks believe they truly sealed their championship deal way back last July 4th when the franchise famously inked megastar then-free agent Kevin Durant.

And therein lies the rub when you take an early sneak peek at what's ahead for the 2017-18 NBA season ... are the Cleveland Cavaliers (or perhaps…

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Jim Sez: Warriors Grab The NBA Title

THE NBA FINALS - WARRIORS NAB THE TITLE IN 5 GAMES, BUT NOW WHAT'S NEXT FOR G-STATE AND CLEVELAND LOOKING AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 SEASON?

So "Ol' Larry" is back home in the Bay Area.

That's the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, that is.

Maybe you didn't hear Golden State Warriors megastar G Stephen Curry following Monday night's king-sized 129-120 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he talked up "ol' Larry" ... sure seemed as if all the Warriors were uber-joyous upon capturing their second championship within the past three years while following that old axiom that "you don't know what you're missing until…

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Kelso: Youth Must Be Served With The Pitt Panthers

The Pitt Panthers were as interesting as any team in college football last year. On a good day they could be the only team to beat eventual national champion Clemson. Or to knock off Penn State, a game that ultimately cost the Nittany Lions a Playoff berth. On other days...well, they could lose to Northwestern in a bowl game and end up 8-5. What does 2017 hold for Pitt football?

A lot of change is where it starts. Third-year head coach Pat Narduzzi must replace quarterback Nathan Peterman, running back James Connor and an elite pass-rushing defensive end in…

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MLB Betting: Give Me Some Relief!

by Jim Feist

Starting pitchers in baseball get much of the attention (and money) thrown their way. The average starter is asked to go 6-7 innings, while aces are expected to give 7-8 quality innings. Many games are decided in the last three innings, however, making relief pitchers an extremely important, and often overlooked, element.  How valuable? Just look at the Cubs last season, loaded with pitching depth but still moving to add hard throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman at the trading deadline. Look at the Kansas City Royals the previous two years. A deep, dominant hard throwing relief staff helped them…

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Modest Expectations For Michigan Football

Michigan football comes into the 2017 season with expectations a bit tempered. The Wolverines lost their final two games of last year in crushing fashion—first the double-OT heartbreak at Ohio State that cost Jim Harbaugh’s team a shot at the College Football Playoff. Then a narrow Orange Bowl defeat at the hands of Florida State. More important for this season, the Wolverines also lost 17 starters.

Nevertheless, we know that college football is a coach’s game and we know that Harbaugh is a good coach. As such, whenever a chance to invest in a good coach at a potential…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Report: Game 5 Preview

THE NBA FINALS REPORT: IS THIS THE NIGHT GOLDEN STATE PULLS DOWN THE CURTAIN ON THE '16-'17 SEASON? ...OUR CAVS-WARRIORS GAME 5 PREVIEW IS STRAIGHT AHEAD ...

THE BASEBALL WEEKEND IN REVIEW

Make no mistake about it: The two full days off between last Friday night's Game 4 and tonight's Game 5 tilt in Oakland may have been good for the down-three-games-to-one Cleveland Cavaliers - those four starters that played 34-or-more minutes in the Game 4 victory got in some serious R&R - but it also allowed the Golden State Warriors ample time to digest (swallow?) everything the mass media threw their…

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Network Notebook: Can Cavs Stay Alive in Game 5?

Many of you are surprised that Monday Night’s fifth game of the 2017 NBA Finals is even being played! Golden State was in position to finish off a historic 16-0 sweep through the whole playoffs late last week. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had something so say about that. They spoke very emphatically with a 49-point first quarter on the way to a 137-116 win.

But, that was just one game. An all-or-nothing “you’re not winning this on our home court” explosion that caught Golden State flat-footed and unprepared to respond. In Oakland…in front of a huge Warriors crowd…and facing…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 5 of NBA Finals

So much for the sweep!

A very interesting set of circumstances arose late in the day Friday. Sharp money started hitting the board hard on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the hours right before tip off of Game Four of the NBA Finals. That included a lot of very big bets on the Cavs to win the game outright.

Then, it the first quarter of the game against the Golden State Warriors, the Cavs were sent to the free throw line an amazing 22 times! That would be about normal for a full game, not a first quarter. That helped launch the Cavaliers…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Update: Game 4 Recap

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE: HEY, NOBODY'S PERFECT AS WARRIORS HAVE THEIR 16-AND-O POST-SEASON DREAM GO UP IN SMOKE AS CAVS ROAR IN 137-116 WIN IN GAME 4

BASEBALL'S WEEKEND NEWS & NOTES

Put away those king-sized brooms and all that bubbly champagne too - at least for now - as there will be no sweep in this year's NBA Finals but we do wonder aloud why the Golden State Warriors never did arrive for the Game 4 party on Friday night.

Now, let's get something straight: The Warriors - who entered that Game 4 with that ridiculous 15-0 SU (straight-up) playoff record…

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Kelso: The Arizona Diamondbacks Take Aim In The NL West

In a sizzling NL West race, the Arizona Diamondbacks are the team you might be tempted to overlook. They’re not in first place, like the Colorado Rockies are. They’re not a preseason favorite with a load of high-priced talent like the Los Angeles Dodgers are. The Diamondbacks are just the team that’s gone 37-25 and is only two games out of the division lead.

Actually, for smart baseball bettors, Arizona has been a lot more than that. The market’s overlooking of the Diamondbacks has turned them into a cash cow. The (+$970) they’ve generated on game-by-game moneyline wagers is…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 4 Preview

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE: WARRIORS SHOOT FOR HISTORIC WIN TONIGHT IN GAME 4... IS THERE ANYTHING AT ALL LEFT IN THE CAVALIERS' TANK? ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS JUNE WEEKEND

Let's really put things into pointspread perspective as we head into tonight's Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals:

The Golden State Warriors - now ready/willing/quite able to complete their 16-and-oh SU (straight-up) post-season - are an electric 11-4 ATS (against the spread) during these playoffs, good for a spiffy .733 winning rate.

Now consider that the Las Vegas oddsmakers seemingly might not be able to go high enough…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 4 of NBA Finals

We may be hours away from the last game of the 2017 NBA Finals. The market is certainly reacting that way, as only Golden State support has shown so far. Money that had been interested in taking shots on the Cavaliers in this series may already be tapped out!

Cavs bettors lost Game 1

Cavs bettors lost Game 2

Cavs bettors lost Game 3 (with a true punch to the gut late)

Cavs series bettors have no chance, even if they got a great price

Even if somebody just picked a spot for one or two of those (a lot of spot pickers late in…

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Network Notebook: Rockies/Cubs Series Preview

Before the season began, who would have thought baseball fans would be so intrigued by the Colorado Rockies visiting the Chicago Cubs for four games in Wrigley Field in early June?!

It was assumed the Cubs would be running away with the National League by now…at least their easy-to-win division. Colorado? Maybe a .500 caliber team if their young talent produced…but only a Wildcard contender at best.

Instead, it’s the Rockies who’ve spent most of the 2017 season so far playing like they’re the new Cubs. While, Chicago has been stumbling around, kicking things over, only looking good when weak opponents come…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 3 Recap

THE NBA FINALS - WE'RE HITTIN' THE REWIND BUTTON ON GOLDEN STATE'S DRAMATIC GAME 3 WIN IN CLEVELAND ...

PLUS MLB'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT NEWSMAKERS/NOISEMAKERS

You hear it all the time: The NBA is a "make-or-miss" league and that was quite apparent in the final three-plus minutes of Golden State's 118-113 win/cover over Cleveland in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

The host Cavaliers - once-upon-a-time up 113-107 with just 3:08 remaining in the final quarter - missed their final nine field-goal attempts but it was that three-point corner miss by sharpshooter Kyle Korver (that would have put Cleveland up by…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

THE NBA FINALS - HERE'S THE GAME 3 PREVIEW AS CAVS LOOK TO REPEAT (2016) HISTORY ...PLUS SOME DIZZYING MLB POWER STATS

Maybe the best thing the Golden State Warriors have going for 'em here in Wednesday night's Game 3 of the NBA Finals is the unpleasant memory of having blown a 2-0 (and 3-1) series lead in last year's NBA Finals.

Wait a second. Who are we kidding?

The best thing the Warriors have going for 'em is they have Kevin Durant playing at the highest possible level these days - he's the runaway Finals MVP after the first two games of…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 3 of NBA Finals

What are you going to believe? History, or your own eyes?

That’s the issue at the heart of handicapping Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. We have two fairly obvious one-sided factors going head-to-head in a way that will challenge sharps and squares.

*To the naked eye, the Golden State Warriors are obviously a lot better than the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs just don’t have any workable defensive options other than hoping the Warriors go cold from the field. Golden State just won by 22 and 19 points at home, without it feeling like they were playing very far…

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Can The Cleveland Cavaliers Turn It Around?

If you say the Cleveland Cavaliers have underperformed in the first two games of the NBA Finals, you have a dramatic capability for understatement. Even with Las Vegas bettors flocking to Golden State, to the point that in this most hyped of Finals the pointspreads for Games 1 & 2 were (-8) and (-9) respectively—even given that, the Cavs still never came close to covering, much less winning. Now the question becomes if they’re still worth investing in as the series returns to Cleveland on Wednesday night (9 PM ET, ABC).

The market will make it worth your while…

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Network Notebook: NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

All the margin for error is gone. Cleveland absolutely must win Game Three of the 2017 NBA Finals Wednesday night or their season is as good as over. Honestly, it already feels that way NOW! But, we all remember that it felt that way last year at this time too…and the Cavs mounted a historic comeback that will never be forgotten.

The first two games this series? They can mostly be forgotten! Look at how poorly Cleveland played Sunday night in what was supposed to be a classic zig-zag bounce-back spot.

 

GOLDEN STATE 132, CLEVELAND 113

2-point shooting: Cleveland 52%, Golden State 61%

3-point…

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Baseball Pitchers: A Different Breed

Baseball Pitchers: A Different Breedby Jim Feist

Baseball is very much a thinking man's game, be it the battle between the pitcher and the hitter or managers making adjustments in the field and utilizing their bullpens, to sports bettors trying to beat the oddsmakers each day. This is an age of specialization for baseball pitchers. You have starters, closers, middle relievers, long relief, set-up men and lefty specialists. Some pitchers feel more comfortable and excel in the role of set-up man than closer, for example.   It can all seem overwhelming and even silly at times. I recall an interview with a…

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Wayne Root: Golden State Crushing Cleveland So Far

We’ve talked for weeks about how dominant the Golden State Warriors can be when the key stars are healthy and everything is clicking. Even though WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is widely known as THE KING OF UNDERDOGS, my clients and I have been on the Warriors as favorites in the first two games of the 2017 NBA Finals. We’ve also swept the totals!

 

Game One

Perfect Play: Golden State (-7) over Cleveland 113-91

Millionaire’s Club: Under 225 (wins by 21)

 

Game Two

Perfect Play: Golden State (-9) over Cleveland 132-113

No Limit Club: Over 221 (wins by 24)

That’s not just 4-0 against the spread, but 4-0 with…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Update: Game 2 Recap

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE: THERE'S NO STOPPIN' THE WARRIORS AS 132-113 WIN IN GAME 2 KEEPS GOLDEN STATE PERFECTO THIS POST-SEASON ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: ALL HAIL MR. PUJOLS (AND HIS 600 HOME RUNS) BUT WHERE DOES HE RANK AMONG ALL-TIME GREATS?

Okay, so what struck you the most about the Golden State Warriors' emphatic 132-113 win in Game 2 of Sunday night's NBA Finals?

Was it the dribble-circles-'round LeBron James move by two-time league MVP Stephen Curry - maybe the single-most played highlight of this post-season, we might add - that occurred some five-plus minutes into the game-changing third quarter? ...

Or perhaps…

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Network Notebook: Nationals/Dodgers Series Preview

With all due respect to Chicago Cubs fans, the two clear favorites right now to win the National League pennant are the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There’s still plenty of time for the Cubs to right their ship and start playing championship caliber ball again. About a third of the way through the season, the Nats and Dodgers are already playing championship caliber ball. Plus, Washington’s in such a horrible division that they can coast the rest of the summer and enter the postseason rarin’ to go. The Dodgers may have a tougher battle in the surprisingly competitive…

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Kelso: Examining The NFL Win Props

If you want to start betting football then the NFL win props require attention. Below are each team’s Over/Under, segmented by division with an area for further study noted...

NFC EASTDallas: 9.5NY Giants: 9Philadelphia: 8.5Washington: 7.5Comment: The number on the Redskins begs further investigation. If the losses of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson have a debilitating effect on the passing game, then even a modest 7.5 is going to be laughably optimistic. If, however, the coaching of Jay Gruden and the play of Kirk Cousins are the real keys than this number is terrific value for a team that’s…

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Kelso: Four World Series Darkhorses

With over two months of baseball under our belts, it’s no longer reasonable to dismiss surprise results, be they good or bad. But we’ve also watched enough baseball to know that over the next four months there’s still a lot that can change. That means there’s betting value on the futures market and there are four teams whose World Series betting odds are healthy enough to at least merit further investigation…

Arizona Diamondbacks (18-1): The Diamondbacks have a “Dodgers problem” in that winning the NL West over the long haul is going to be tough, especially with the bullpen…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 2 of NBA Finals

Golden State’s utter dominance of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals has created quite a conundrum for sharps and squares alike. Historically, there’s been value on backing the loser of Game 1 in Game 2 because of the traditional bounce back tendency shown by teams who have to make adjustments against a potentially complacent component. But, in THIS case,

*We may have an underdog with no true defensive options

*We may have a favorite who’s so dominant they can do whatever they want

*We may have a point spread that hasn’t yet captured those first two points!

The line…

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Jim Sez: NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

 THE NBA FINALS: NOW HERE'S OUR GAME 2 PREVIEW PLUS MLB & NFL NEWS/NOTES

No doubt following on the heels of the NBA Finals Game 1 that a whole lot was made of the fact the Golden State Warriors hurled up 20 more field-goal attempts than the Cleveland Cavaliers in that resounding 113-91 triumph by the "Dubs".

Okay, that was significant as G-State canned 45-of-106 FG tries (.424 shooting) while Cleveland nailed just 30-of-86 floor shots (that's .349) - but it's worth noting that the quality of shots came into play too. The Warriors' underrated defense contested the majority of Cav shots…

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Kelso: The College Football National Championship Odds

Summer is upon us and the opening of college football season on August 26 suddenly isn’t so far away. The prospect of football is enough to get any handicapper’s mouth watering. Why don’t we set the table with a look at the national championship futures market.

THE FAVORITESAlabama: 4-1Ohio State: 5-1Florida State: 15-2USC: 15-2Comment: Alabama and Ohio State are just the usual suspects, between their annual great recruiting classes and outstanding head coaches. There’s no reason to expect this season to be any different...and also no value to be found, at least not yet.

USC is drawing a lot…

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Jim Sez: NBA Finals Game 1 Recap

THE WARRIORS ROCK-N-ROLL TO EASY 113-91 WIN OVER THE CAVS IN GAME 1 OF THE NBA FINALS ...

PLUS THE BASEBALL WEEKEND AHEAD AS CARDS-CUBS TANGLE AT WRIGLEY

Hey, after all it is the 2017 playoffs:

So, of course, you should not be surprised that we had a Game 1 blowout last night in these NBA Finals!

As we told you good folks in an earlier-week Jim Sez column, we entered this championship round having seen 44 of the 74 previous post-season games being decided by twin-figure margins and so why shouldn't Game 1 of these much-hyped Finals not follow that script?

The Golden State…

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Network Notebook: Cavs Need a Solution for Game 2

As handicappers prepare for Sunday’s second game of the 2017 NBA Finals, they’ll have to deal with the stark possibility that nobody’s going to get in the way of the Golden State Warriors…and the budding reality that Las Vegas just can’t make pointspreads high enough to deal with the NBA’s new superpower.

Golden State keeps winning easily. Are we to the point that they should be -15 in their home games vs. other elite NBA squads, and -10 on the road? This is a team that just beat fresh, rested, and PEAKING Cleveland by 22 points Thursday in Game 1, after…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game One Preview

IT'S HERE, IT'S FINALLY HERE - THE NBA FINALS TIPS OFF TONIGHT WITH CAVALIERS, WARRIORS IN THEIR LATEST ON-COURT SQUABBLE, AND WE HAVE A GAME 1 PREVIEW

PLUS, THE MLB REPORT ASKS: CAN ANYONE OUT THERE BEAT THE ASTROS?

When we last saw the NBA, it was way back on May 25th and the Cleveland Cavaliers were busy putting on the finishing touches of their Eastern Conference Playoff Series triumph against the Boston Celtics ... now, that was a long time ago, wasn't it?

So, we welcome back the "association" beginning with tonight's series opener in the latest installment of Cleveland versus the…

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100-Unit NBA Championship Round Game Of Year Gets It All Underway Tonight

100-Unit NBA Championship Round Game Of Year Gets It All Underway Tonight

Cleveland And Golden State Meet For 3rd Straight Year For NBA Championship With Warriors So-So -260 Favorite To Win It All

Golden State 7-Point Favorite In Game #1 But The Cover Truly Remains Up In The Air

By Kelso Sturgeon

The two best teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA)—the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers (63-32) and the 2015-16 champion Golden State Warriors (79-15)—meet for the third-straight year in the championship series that most certainly will challenge bettors. Either team has the talent to win it all. The fact…

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Network Notebook: NBA Championship Preview

It’s the rubber match, as the defending World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals for the third straight year. But, in a sense, it’s really just the “first” meeting between THESE respective collections of talent with so much on the line.

*Golden State was already great, then added Kevin Durant!

*Cleveland was already great, but tweaked their offense to include more dynamic three-point shooting.

This year’s Warriors team would beat last year’s Warriors team…and that’s not even accounting for the fact that Golden State was banged up in the finals in a way…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Finals

As promised, I’m back to take a look at how professional wagerers have been betting the 2017 NBA Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Game One is Thursday night on ABC. We could see some interesting developments in Nevada sportsbooks between now and then. This is a series people WANT to bet!

To this point, sharp action is laying out this way:

*Sharps who like GOLDEN STATE have already bet the Warriors to win the series (current price -250). Many did so earlier in the regular season or postseason at more affordable prices. Whether you’re an old school guy…

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