|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|09-11-20||Celtics -2.5 v. Raptors||Top||92-87||Win||100||10 h 18 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Raptors TNT No-Brainer on Boston -2.5
The Toronto Raptors are very fortunate to still be alive in this series. They needed a buzzer-beater in Game 3 to avoid falling down 0-3, and they needed double-overtime to win Game 6. The Celtics have clearly been the better team in this series, and they will win Game 7 by being the better team tonight.
Boston hasn’t shot worse than 42.1% in any game in the series, and has shot 44% or better in five of the six games. Toronto has shot 43.6% or worse in five of six games, and 40% or worse in four of those. The Celtics are clearly the better defensive team.
Boston is 18-9 ATS when revenging a loss this season. The Celtics are 13-3 ATS when playing against a top level team that wins more than 70% of their games this season. Boston is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games following an ATS loss. Bet the Celtics Friday.
|09-11-20||Reds v. Cardinals +112||3-1||Loss||-100||9 h 22 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +112
Oddsmakers have the wrong team favored in this NL Central matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals still have a decent shot to win the NL Central as they are just three games behind the Cubs for first place. The Reds are now 6.5 games after losing three of their last four.
There’s no question the Cardinals have the advantage on the mound, which is why they should not be underdogs. Adam Wainwright has been revived this season, going 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 0.917 WHIP in six starts. He held the Reds to 2 earned runs in 7 innings of a 5-4 victory on August 20th in his lone start against them in 2020.
Luis Castillo has been a disappointment this season, going 1-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.477 WHIP in eight starts, including 1-4 with a 4.79 ERA and 1.595 WHIP in five road starts. Castillo is 1-1 with a 9.58 ERA in his last two starts against the Cardinals, allowing 11 earned runs and 4 homers in 10 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals are 21-8 in their last 29 vs. a team with a losing record. St. Louis is 95-46 in its last 141 home meetings with Cincinnati. The Cardinals are 36-17 in the last 53 meetings. Roll with the Cardinals Friday.
|09-11-20||Nuggets v. Clippers UNDER 216||111-105||Push||0||8 h 48 m||Show|
15* Nuggets/Clippers TNT Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 216
The Nuggets and Clippers are coming off a very low scoring Game 4 and oddsmakers haven set this total too high once again for Game 5. They just combined for 181 points in a 96-85 victory for the Clippers in Game 4.
Now they have the total at 216, which they have lowered, but it’s just not low enough. As a playoff series goes on, teams become more familiar with one another, which favors defense. And it leads to fewer fast breaks and a lot of half court offense.
The UNDER is 4-0-1 in Nuggets last five games overall. The UNDER is 4-0-1 in Clippers last five games overall. The UNDER is 40-18-1 in the last 59 meetings. Take the UNDER in this game Friday.
|09-10-20||Texans v. Chiefs -9||20-34||Win||100||9 h 38 m||Show|
15* Texans/Chiefs 2020 NFL Season Opener on Kansas City -9
The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs bring back pretty much everyone from last year’s team and have a legitimate shot to defend their crown. They gave Patrick Mahomes the big contract he deserved and he has all his weapons back, plus they drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of LSU in the first round. Their offense will be as explosive as any in the NFL again.
Defensively, the Chiefs held their own last year in giving up just 19.2 points per game, which was the 7th-best mark in the league. They were 11th in sacks (45) and 5th in interceptions (16). And they really didn’t lose anyone of significance defensively with 11 starters back. The only loss is CB Kendall Fuller, who only started four games for the Chiefs last year.
I just don’t like what Bill O’Brien is doing with the Texans. The trade of DeAndre Hopkins was the worst trade of the offseason. They got a washed up running back in David Johnson in return. And the offense is now severely lacking playmakers, especially if Brandon Cooks is unable to go with a quad injury tonight. He is listed as questionable.
While I do think Houston’s offense will be serviceable this year, the defense is going to be atrocious. The Texans finished 28th in total defense, 29th in passing defense and 25th in rushing defense last year. They didn’t do much to address their defense at all, and getting stops will be a problem again, which isn’t good news when facing the Chiefs.
We saw that last year in the playoffs as the Chiefs erased a 24-0 deficit with ease in the playoffs and ended up taking a 28-24 lead into halftime. They went on to win 51-31 as they moved the ball and scored points at will on Houston’s defense. And that was even with J.J. Watt returning from injury in time for the playoffs. There was little he or any other Texan could do to slow down Mahomes and company.
Kansas City went 15-4 SU & 14-5 ATS last year. They really have no problem winning by double-digits as 10 of their 15 wins last year came by 10 points or more. I think we see another here to open the 2020 season. Roll with the Chiefs Thursday.
|09-10-20||UAB +14.5 v. Miami-FL||14-31||Loss||-110||8 h 18 m||Show|
15* UAB/Miami CFB ANNIHILATOR on UAB +14.5
What Bill Clark has done at UAB has been remarkable. He took a team that didn’t even play football for two years to a bowl game in 2017. Then in 2018 the Blazers won the Conference USA title.
Last year, the Blazers only brought back seven starters and still started 9-3 and made the C-USA title game again. They would go on to lose to FAU and Appalachian State, but it was still a great season with such little experience.
Now the Blazers are one of the most experienced teams in the country again with 18 returning starters and should make the C-USA title game for the 3rd consecutive season. They are the favorites to win the conference, and for good reason.
UAB opened its season with a 45-35 victory over Central Arkansas as 19-point favorites. But that game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score showed. UAB outgained Central Arkansas 459-293 for the game. Central Arkansas scored one TD on a fumble recovery, and it was a 45-21 game before UAB pulled its starters, and they allowed two touchdowns in the final six minutes of garbage time.
Miami is a team that is hard to trust laying these kind of points. They showed that last year when they went 6-7 and were upset by two fellow Conference USA teams of UAB. They lost 24-30 to FIU as 20-point favorites and went on to lose 14-0 to Louisiana Tech as 7-point favorites in the Independence Bowl. UAB is better this year than both FIU and LA Tech were last year.
I know the Hurricanes have a great transfer QB in D’Eriq King coming in from Houston. He’s one of my favorite quarterbacks in the country, and it was about time they found a signal caller after averaging just 25.7 points per game last year. But King won’t be hitting on all cylinders in his first game, and I like the fact that UAB has a game under its belt already, which is a huge advantage.
The Hurricanes have consistently had a great defense the last three years, giving up 21 points per game in 2017, 19.5 in 2018 and 20.2 in 2019. But the gains they make up with King on offense could be made up for what they lose on defense. The Hurricanes only return five starters on D and lose five of their top seven tackles, including Shaquille QAuarterman and Michael Pinckney. Miami will certainly take a step back defensively in 2020. Take UAB Thursday.
|09-10-20||Lakers v. Rockets UNDER 219.5||Top||110-100||Win||100||7 h 28 m||Show|
20* Lakers/Rockets TNT No-Brainer on UNDER 219.5
Both the Lakers and Rockets shot really well in Game 3 and it still saw just 214 combined points. The Lakers shot 55.1% while the Rockets shot 46.9% from the field. I would have a hard time seeing either team shooting as well in Game 4.
As we’ve seen with the other 2nd round series thus far, the deeper it gets into the series, the harder it is to score points. That’s because teams become more familiar with one another, and it inevitably becomes a half-court game with few fast break opportunities.
The UNDER is 5-1 in Rockets last six games overall. The UNDER is 35-15-1 in Rockets last 51 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60%. The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|09-10-20||Royals v. Indians -1.5||11-1||Loss||-102||6 h 18 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-102)
The Cleveland Indians will be highly motivated for a victory Thursday after dropping their last two games to the Royals over the past two days. They won’t be losing three in a row here, and I have them winning by multiple runs tonight.
The Indians have a big advantage on the mound behind Aaron Civale, who is 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.135 WHIP in eight starts this season. He’ll be opposed by Brady Singer, who is 1-4 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.438 WHIP in eight starts this season.
Cleveland is 24-3 vs. AL teams scoring 3.9 runs per game or fewer over the last two seasons, winning by 3.5 runs per game in this spot. Bet the Indians on the Run Line Thursday.
|09-09-20||Clippers v. Nuggets +8||Top||96-85||Loss||-106||9 h 19 m||Show|
20* Clippers/Nuggets ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on Denver +8
The Denver Nuggets have really impressed since coming out flat in Game 1. That was expected as they were just coming off a 7-game series against the Jazz in which they put a lot into coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win that series.
But the Nuggets look rejuvenated in their last two games. They pulled the 110-101 upset in Game 2 as 8.5-point dogs, and led most the way over the Clippers in Game 3, only to fall short 107-113.
The Clippers even shot 54.7% as a team in Game 3 and still only won by 6 points. It’s going to take a lot for the Clippers to be able to put away the Nuggets by 8-point points tonight.
Denver is 8-0 ATS after two straight games where they attempted 10-plus fewer free throws than their opponent over the last three seasons. The Nuggets are coming back to win by 10.2 points per game in this spot. Bet the Nuggets Wednesday.
|09-09-20||White Sox -155 v. Pirates||Top||8-1||Win||100||7 h 9 m||Show|
20* Interleague GAME OF THE MONTH on Chicago White Sox -155
The White Sox cost us yesterday by blowing a 4-2 lead in the 8th inning to the Pirates. We’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves here against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have a big advantage on the mound and at the plate in this one.
The White Sox have gone 4-1 in their last five games overall while scoring a combined 35 runs during this stretch. Chicago starter Dane Dunning, who has a 3.86 ERA and 1.143 WHIP in three starts this season, will get plenty of run support to get him a win here.
The Pirates are just 14-26 on the season and only trying to play the role of spoiler at this point. They did a good job yesterday, but they won’t be winning two in a row against the White Sox with J.T Brubaker on the mound. He is 1-0 with a 4.95 ERA and 1.550 WHIP in five starts this season, including 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.667 WHIP in four home starts.
The White Sox are 16-5 in their last 21 games overall. Chicago is 39-17 in its last 56 games as a favorite. Pittsburgh is 18-37 in its last 55 games overall. The Pirates are 13-27 in their last 40 games as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 2-15 in its last 17 Interleague games. Bet the White Sox Wednesday.
|09-08-20||Lakers -4.5 v. Rockets||Top||112-102||Win||100||11 h 38 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Lakers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Los Angeles -4.5
The Los Angeles Lakers bounced back nicely in Game 2 with a 117-109 victory as 5.5-point favorites over the Houston Rockets. Now they go up 2-1 with another win and cover in Game 3 tonight.
The Lakers won despite the Rockets making 10 more 3-pointers (22) than they did (12). Los Angeles took advantage of its size and got easy bucket after easy bucket. The Lakers shot 47-of-83 (56.6%) from the field. Look for them to continue to be aggressive with Lebron and Anthony Davis both getting to the rim at will.
The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on one days’ rest. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on one days’ rest. Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games following a SU loss. Bet the Lakers Tuesday.
|09-08-20||White Sox -125 v. Pirates||4-5||Loss||-125||9 h 43 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Chicago White Sox -125
The Chicago White Sox have won four straight to improve to 26-15 and in a tie for first place in the AL Central. They are hitting the cover off the ball right now, scoring a combined 31 runs in their four-game sweep of the Royals. They have scored 5 or more runs in nine of their last 11 games overall.
Chicago starter Dylan Cease is 5-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.342 WHIP in eight starts this season for the White Sox. He’ll be opposed by Joe Musgrove, who is 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA and 1.641 WHIP in four starts for the Pirates this season.
The White Sox are 18-4 vs. teams whose hitters draw three or fewer walks per game this season. Chicago is 21-7 as a favorite of -110 or higher this season. The White Sox are 12-1 off a win by 4 runs or more this season. Chicago is 9-0 in road games off three straight road games this season. Take the White Sox Tuesday.
|09-07-20||BYU v. Navy +1.5||55-3||Loss||-105||9 h 53 m||Show|
15* BYU/Navy ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Navy +1.5
Navy is coming off a huge bounce-back season. After going 3-10 in 2018 in only the 2nd losing season ever for head coach Ken Niumatalolo, the Midshipmen put together an 11-2 campaign in 2019 that concluded with a win over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. Their only two losses came to Memphis and Notre Dame.
Now the Midshipmen have the most returning starters (13) that they’ve had since 2014. While they do have to replace QB Malcolm Perry, the offense always functions at a high level no matter who is under center in the triple-option. And the defense should be great again with seven returning starters from a unit that gave up just 22.3 points and 314 yards per game last year.
BYU has 14 returning starters from a 7-6 team that lost to Hawaii in their bowl last year. The Cougars are still a tough out every time they take the field. And I do think they’ll have a solid defense with seven starters back from a unit that gave up 25.5 points and 394 yards per game, but I would take Navy’s defense over theirs.
Offensively, the Cougars do get a healthy Zach Wilson back at QB and return everyone on the offensive line. My problem with their offense is that they lose each of their top four receivers from last year, so there could be some chemistry issues with Wilson and company early on. The big blow was when potential All-American TE Matt Bushman (47 receptions, 688 yards, 4 TD 2019) suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in camp.
BYU is 0-7 ATS as a favorite over the last two seasons. Navy is 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games. The Midshipmen are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. Take Navy Monday.
|09-07-20||Celtics -1.5 v. Raptors||Top||111-89||Win||100||7 h 28 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Raptors TNT No-Brainer on Boston -1.5
The Boston Celtics were one shot away from being up 3-0 in this series. They suffered a heartbreaker in Game 3 at the buzzer, and then in Game 4 they simply shot poorly while the Raptors shot lights out from 3-point range.
Indeed, the Celtics had their worst shooting game of the series, making just 7-of-35 (20%) from distance. The Raptors shot 17-of-44 (38.6%) in the same game, yet the Celtics still had a chance late and only lost 93-100. Look for a role reversal here.
Even though I cashed the Raptors the last two games, I still believe the Celtics are the better team in this series, so I have to side with them in this all-important Game 5. Boston is 12-2 ATS vs. teams that win more than 70% of their games this season. Bet the Celtics Monday.
|09-07-20||Phillies -115 v. Mets||9-8||Win||100||2 h 58 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday Early ANNIHILATOR on Philadelphia Phillies -115
The Philadelphia Phillies were on a 10-1 run before dropping their last two games to the New York Mets over the weekend. Look for them to bounce back and get right back int he win column today thanks to their advantage on the mound.
Zack Wheeler is one of my favorite starters to back in the big leagues. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.066 WHIP in seven starts this season, including 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 0.879 WHIP in his last three.
David Peterson has been solid as well for the Mets, but he’s no Wheeler. Peterson is 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.247 WHIP in his five starts this season. The youngster is averaging just 5.1 innings per start, so the Phillies should get into the Mets’ suspect bullpen early.
Philadelphia is 12-2 with a money line of +100 to -150 this season. New York is 1-7 off two or more consecutive wins this season. The Phillies are 7-0 in their last seven games as a favorite. Roll with the Phillies Monday.
|09-06-20||Rockets v. Lakers -5.5||Top||109-117||Win||100||10 h 29 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Lakers ABC Late-Night BAILOUT on Los Angeles -5.5
The Los Angeles Lakers showed some rust in Game 1 against the Blazers in the first round because they weren’t trying too hard in the bubble. But they rebounded to win the next four games, including a 111-88 blowout in Game 2.
The Lakers were rusty again coming into Game 1 against the Rockets in Round 2. They had six days off prior to Game 1 and the rust showed. The Lakers shot just 42.2% from the field and 28.9% from the 3-point line. Look for them to be much sharper in Game 2 tonight.
Now the Lakers go from being 6.5-point favorites in Game 1 down to 5.5-point favorites in Game 2. I don’t agree with the line adjustment, and there’s clearly value with the Lakers here as they’ll be the team playing with more of a sense of urgency than Houston. Bet the Lakers Sunday.
|09-06-20||Yankees -1.5 v. Orioles||Top||1-5||Loss||-130||3 h 54 m||Show|
20* MLB Sunday No-Doubt Rout on New York Yankees -1.5 (-130)
The Yankees have lost their last two games to the Orioles in this series and will be highly motivated for a victory here Sunday as a result. I expect them to get the job done in blowout fashion due to their advantage on the mound.
Masahiro Tanaka is 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.050 WHIP in six starts this season, including 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP in two road starts. Tanaka is also 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.230 WHIP in 15 career starts against Baltimore.
Asher Wojciechowski is 1-3 with a 5.17 ERA and 1.436 WHIP in seven starts this season, including 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in four home starts. Wojciechowski has never beaten the Yankees, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA and 1.667 WHIP in two career starts against them.
The Yankees are 21-4 against the Orioles over the past three seasons. Baltimore is 4-26 after allowing three runs or less in two straight games over the last three seasons. Bet the Yankees on the Run Line Sunday.
|09-05-20||Arkansas State +19 v. Memphis||Top||24-37||Win||100||10 h 8 m||Show|
20* Arkansas State/Memphis ESPN No-Brainer on Arkansas State +19
The Arkansas State Red Wolves now have nine consecutive winning seasons and have been the model of consistency in the Sun Belt. Of course, having a 7th-year head coach like Blake Anderson has helped stabilize the program, and he just got an extension through 2023 for good reason.
Now Arkansas State returns 15 starters and has the best QB situation in the Sun Belt. Logan Bonner had a 10-to-1 TD/INT ratio before suffering a season-ending injury after four starts and Layne Hatcher took over and finished with 65.8% completions and a 27-to-10 ratio. Bonner is expected to start the opener, but they’re in good hands if anything happens to him. And nine starters in all return offensively.
There’s a little too much hype surrounding Memphis heading into 2020 after winning the most games (12) in program history last year and making the Cotton Bowl against Penn State. But they were fortunate in close games last year going 4-1 in games decided by a TD or less.
While Memphis will be good again with 14 returning starters including QB Brady White, I simply believe they are being overvalued here. And they lost their head coach Mike Norvell to Florida State. New head coach Ryan Silverfield coached the Tigers in their 39-53 loss to Penn State in the Cotton Bowl. So there is some continuity with them, I just think it has to be a step down from Norvell.
Arkansas State did get to play another team from the AAC last year in SMU. Their 30-37 loss to the Mustangs aged well as SMU went on to have a 10-3 season and nearly beat Memphis on the road last year. And that was an inexperienced Arkansas State team with just 12 returning starters in their season opener at the time. I believe they’ll be able to hang with Memphis.
It’s also worth noting that Arkansas State got in 11 spring practices and two scrimmages, so they got in more practice than most heading into the fall. Bet Arkansas State Saturday.
|09-05-20||Blue Jays -130 v. Red Sox||8-9||Loss||-130||9 h 29 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays -130
I’m back on the Toronto Blue Jays today after their took Game 1 of the double-header yesterday against Boston for us. They went on to lose Game 2, and I like their chances of bouncing back here now in a full 9-inning game.
The Blue Jays are 14-6 in their last 20 games overall and fighting to make the playoffs. The Red Sox are 1-5 in their last six games to fall to 13-27 on the season with little to play for. I’ll gladly back the more motivated team here in the Blue Jays with a big advantage on the mound as well.
Chase Anderson is 0-0 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.220 WHIP in five starts for the Blue Jays this season. He’ll be opposed by Ryan Weber, who is 0-2 with a 3.36 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in four starts this season for the Red Sox. He has already allowed 13 earned runs, 6 homers and 28 base runners in 14 innings.
The Blue Jays are 8-1 in their last nine games as road favorites. The Red Sox are 17-41 in their last 58 games as underdogs. Boston is 8-23 in its last 31 home games. The Red Sox are 15-37 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with the Blue Jays Saturday.
|09-05-20||Raptors +1.5 v. Celtics||100-93||Win||100||8 h 29 m||Show|
15* Raptors/Celtics TNT ANNIHILATOR on Toronto +1.5
The Toronto Raptors are going to have a great mindset heading into Game 4 tonight. They saved their season with a 3-point buzzer beater in a 104-103 win over Boston in Game 3 after losing a 99-102 heartbreaker in Game 2. Now they have the belief they can get it done.
The Celtics have simply shot better than the Raptors from 3-point range in this series, which has really been the difference. The Celtics are 41-of-106 (38.7%) for the series while the Raptors are 34-of-120 (28.3%). The Raptors shot it better than the Celtics during the regular season so that should even itself out, and it did in Game 3.
Toronto is 14-3 ATS off a win by 6 points or less this season. The Raptors are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six playoff games as underdogs. Toronto is 45-22 ATS in its last 67 games playing on one days’ rest. Take the Raptors Saturday.
|09-04-20||Bucks -5 v. Heat||Top||100-115||Loss||-103||18 h 39 m||Show|
20* Bucks/Heat TNT No-Brainer on Milwaukee -5
The Milwaukee Bucks are basically in a must-win situation here now down 0-2 to the Miami Heat. While I knew the Heat would give them a series because they are gritty and have great shooting, I have to go against the Heat in this situation.
Miami will relax while Milwaukee will simply want it more. And I trust Mike Budenholzer to make the proper adjustments in this one. The Bucks shot poorly and still almost won Game 2, shooting 43.5% from the floor and 28% from 3-point range. I expect them to improve upon those numbers in Game 3 tonight.
Milwaukee is 45-25 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last two seasons. The Bucks are 25-11 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite over the last two seasons. Milwaukee is 32-15 ATS in its last 47 games following a loss. Bet the Bucks Friday.
|09-04-20||Blue Jays -114 v. Red Sox||8-7||Win||100||5 h 2 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays -114 (Game 1)
The Toronto Blue Jays are now 13-5 in their last 18 games overall. They are fighting to make the playoffs. The Boston Red Sox have lost four straight to fall to 12-26 on the season and clearly out of the playoff race. I’ll gladly back the more motivated Blue Jays in Game 1 of this double-header Friday.
Tanner Roark has been one of the most underrated starters in the big leagues for the past handful of seasons and has been a nice addition to Toronto’s rotation. The Blue Jays are 5-1 in games that Roark starts this season as he just keeps his team in games and has done so throughout his career.
Zack Godley has been a disaster for the Red Sox. He is 0-3 with a 9.14 ERA and 2.123 WHIP in six starts this season with 22 earned runs, 7 homers and 46 base runners allowed in 21 2/3 innings.
Godley is 0-8 (-8.9 units) against division opponents over the last two seasons. The Red Sox are 6-21 as underdogs of +100 or higher this season. Boston is 0-10 in home games off three or more consecutive home games this season. Toronto is 7-1 in its last eight games as a road favorite. Take the Blue Jays Friday.
|09-03-20||South Alabama +15 v. Southern Miss||Top||32-21||Win||100||11 h 6 m||Show|
20* USA/USM 2020 College Football Season Opener on South Alabama +15
South Alabama enters Year 3 under current head coach Steve Campbell. It’s Year 3 where coaches/teams make their biggest improvements usually, and I certainly see that being the case for the Jaguars. They would be double-digit favorites over the South Alabama teams of 2018 and 2019 this year.
The Jaguars return 15 starters this season. The offense is loaded with eight returning starters and a lot of talent at the skill positions. QB Desmond Trotter took over after eight games last year as a redshirt freshman. He impressed by throwing for 820 yards on 57.7% completions with an 8-to-2 TD/INT ratio.
It’s no coincidence the Jaguars went 3-1 ATS with Trotter as their QB down the stretch. They only lost by 28-30 to Texas State as 7-point dogs and missed a 28-yard field goal to win it. They outgunned Louisiana 467-391 in a 27-37 loss as 27-point dogs. They did lose 15-28 at Georgia State as 9-point dogs, but stuck with it and upset Arkansas State 34-30 as 11-point dogs in their season finale.
Trotter is now a sophomore and should continue making big improvements. He has all of his top receivers back. Campbell has brought in eight JUCO’s including three from national champion Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Campbell used to coach. And the defense returns seven starters and five of its top six tacklers from last year.
Certainly Southern Miss has done a good job under Jay Hopson as he has coached them to a winning record in each of his four seasons on the job. But they’ve been barely over a .500 team each year finishing with one more win than loss in three of four years. And I don’t think they should be two-touchdown favorites out of the gate here against what will be a vastly improved South Alabama team.
Southern Miss does have a good defense that gave up 26.2 points per game last year and six starters back on that side of the ball. But the offense just isn’t explosive enough, averaging just 26.6 points per game last year. So even thought they get QB Jack Abraham back this year, he only had a 19-to-15 TD/INT ratio last year and makes too many mistakes for my liking. Plus, he loses his top receiver from last year in Quez Watkins (64 receptions, 1,178 yards, 6 TD).
South Alabama went on the road in its opener last year and gave Nebraska all it wanted in a 21-35 loss as 35-point dogs. The Jaguars actually outgained the Huskers 314-276 in that game but gave up three non-offensive touchdowns, which was the difference. They can certainly compete with Southern Miss on the road in the 2020 opener. Bet South Alabama Thursday.
|09-03-20||Blue Jays -117 v. Red Sox||6-2||Win||100||9 h 23 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays -117
The Toronto Blue Jays are going for it. They are now 12-5 in their last 17 games overall and just traded for Taijuan Walker from the Mariners. It was a great move and one that is already starting to pay off.
Walker is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in six starts this season, including 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in his last three outings. He shut out Boston over five innings in his only career start against them.
The Blue Jays have a big advantage on the mound with Walker over Martin Perez, who is 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.273 WHIP in seven starts this season. Perez is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.431 WHIP in three home starts at Fenway Park. He was just rocked for 6 runs in 4 innings of a 2-10 loss to Washington in his last start.
The Red Sox are just 12-25 on the season with nothing to play for right now. They give up 6.3 runs per game and opponents hit .289 against them as a team. Boston is 0-9 in home games off three or more consecutive home games this season. Toronto is 6-1 in its last seven games as a road favorite. The Red Sox are 6-22 in their last 28 games as home underdogs. Roll with the Blue Jays Thursday.
|09-03-20||Raptors -112 v. Celtics||Top||104-103||Win||100||8 h 29 m||Show|
25* NBA 2nd Round GAME OF THE YEAR on Toronto Raptors ML -112
The Toronto Raptors blew a double-digit lead in the 2nd half over the Celtics in Game 2. It was all Marcus Smart as he went 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the 4th quarter alone and was unconscious. I don’t see that happening again.
Now down 0-2, the Raptors are in must-win mode, and I trust their championship pedigree to get the job done in Game 3 and get back into this series. They clearly have not played up to their potential in the first two games of this series.
Indeed, the Raptors shot just 36.9% in Game 1 and 10-of-40 (25%) from 3-point range. Then they shot just 40% in Game 2 and 11-of-40 (27.5%) from 3-point range. They are now 21-of-80 (26.3%) from distance in the series while Boston is 32-of-77 (41.6%). That discrepancy can’t continue. Toronto shoots 37.4% on the season while Boston shoots 36.5%.
The Raptors are 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS loss. Toronto is 45-21 ATS in its last 66 games playing on one days’ rest. Bet the Raptors Thursday.
|09-02-20||Indians -1.5 v. Royals||5-0||Win||100||9 h 8 m||Show|
15* AL PLAY OF THE DAY on Cleveland Indians -1.5 (+100)
The Cleveland Indians have split the first two games of this series. After dropping Game 1 by a final of 2-1, they bounced back with a 10-1 victory in Game 2. Look for them to stay hot at the plate tonight and win this game by multiple runs over the lowly Kansas City Royals.
Triston McKenzie is a big reason why the Indians could afford to trade Mike Clevinger. McKenzie is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 0.900 WHIP in two starts this season with 13 K’s in 10 innings. He isn’t getting the respect he deserves from oddsmakers.
Jake Junis is 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.579 WHIP in three starts this season for the Royals. Junis hates facing the Indians, going 3-6 with a 5.89 ERA and 1.404 WHIP in 11 career starts against them. That includes 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his last two, allowing 10 earned runs and 20 base runners in 10 innings.
The Indians are 7-1 in their last eight games after scoring five or more runs in their previous game. Cleveland is 11-2 in its last 13 road games. The Indians are 39-12 in their last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Royals are 28-74 in their last 102 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Cleveland is 47-23 in the last 70 meetings. Roll with the Indians on the Run Line Wednesday.
|09-02-20||Blue Jays -116 v. Marlins||2-1||Win||100||8 h 57 m||Show|
15* Interleague PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays -116
The Toronto Blue Jays are 18-16 this season and in the playoff race. They are coming off two straight losses by one run each and will be highly motivated for a win tonight. We are getting them at a great value here as short favorites over the Miami Marlins.
Hyun-Jin Ryu has been an excellent addition to the Toronto rotation this offseason. He is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.108 WHIP in seven starts, including 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and 0.871 WHIP in four road starts. Ryu is also 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA and 1.083 WHIP in five career starts against Miami.
The Blue Jays are 43-20 in their last 63 interleague games as favorites. The Marlins are 2-8 in their last 10 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter. Miami is 2-7 in its last nine games as home underdogs. The Marlins are 18-41 in their last 59 games vs. a team with a winning record. Take the Blue Jays Wednesday.
|09-02-20||Heat v. Bucks -5||Top||116-114||Loss||-106||8 h 22 m||Show|
20* Heat/Bucks ESPN No-Brainer on Milwaukee -5
The Milwaukee Bucks lost Game 1 to the Orlando Magic last series and promptly bounced back with four straight double-digit victories. While it won’t come as easily against the Miami Heat, I do expect the Bucks to bounce back with a win and cover in Game 2 tonight.
The Bucks shot just 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the free throw line in Game 1 while theHeat shot 25-of-27 (92.6%). That was the difference. Also, the Bucks only had one day to prepare for Miami, while the Heat had a whole week to prepare for Milwaukee after sweeping the Pacers. Look for Mike Budenholzer to make the proper adjustments leading into Game 2.
The Heat are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as underdogs. Miami is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games off a SU win by more than 10 points. Milwaukee is 35-17 ATS in its last 52 games following a SU loss, including 12-3 ATS in its last 15 following a SU loss by more than 10 points. Bet the Bucks Wednesday.
|09-01-20||Braves -1.5 v. Red Sox||10-3||Win||100||7 h 60 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-109)
The Atlanta Braves have scored a combined 18 runs the past two days and are hot at the plate. I’ll gladly back them on the Run Line again today against the hapless Boston Red Sox, who are already looking forward to next year.
Ian Anderson was great in his first start of the season, limiting the Yankees to one run and three base runners across 6 innings of a 5-1 victory on August 26th. He is a nice young talent that will shut down the Red Sox today.
Ryan Weber has been rocked in every start this season. He is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA and 2.400 WHIP in three starts, allowing 11 earned runs, 24 base runners and 5 homers in 10 innings of work.
Atlanta is 17-2 as a favorite of -110 or higher this season, winning by 2.8 runs per game on average. Take the Braves on the Run Line Tuesday.
|09-01-20||Celtics v. Raptors -120||Top||102-99||Loss||-120||5 h 14 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Raptors ESPN No-Brainer on Toronto ML -120
I cashed with the Celtics in Game 1, but I’m taking the Raptors to bounce back in Game 2. I do believe the Celtics are the better team in this series, but it has seven games written all over it.
Toronto shot very poorly in Game 1. They made just 36.9% from the field and 10-of-40 (25%) from 3-point range. The Celtics shot 47% from the field and 17-of-39 (43.6%) from distance. Look for those numbers to be a lot more in the Raptors’ favor tonight.
Toronto is 13-3 ATS off a blowout loss by 15 points or more over the last three seasons. The Raptors are 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 games off an ATS loss. Bet the Raptors Tuesday.
|08-31-20||Rockets v. Thunder +6||Top||100-104||Win||100||11 h 44 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Thunder TNT No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +6
The Oklahoma City Thunder showed some resiliency fighting back from an 0-2 deficit to tie this series. Now they will show it again after their worst performance of the series in Game 5 and come back with a much better effort in Game 6.
The Thunder shot just 31.5% as a team and 7-of-46 (15.2%) from 3-point range in Game 5. That’s not going to happen again. The Rockets aren’t a very good defensive team with their small ball lineup, so it was more of a case of the Thunder just missing good looks in Game 5 than Houston’s D.
Houston is 15-31 ATS in its last 46 games off a win by 30 points or more. The Rockets are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games when attempting to close out a playoff series. Oklahoma City is 26-11 ATS in its last 37 games as an underdog. The Thunder are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss by more than 10 points. Bet the Thunder Monday.
|08-31-20||Braves -1.5 v. Red Sox||6-3||Win||100||9 h 7 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-120)
The Atlanta Braves just hung 12 runs on the Phillies yesterday en route to victory and should stay hot at the plate today against the hapless Boston Red Sox. While the Braves are in 1st place in the NL East and playing for something, the Red Sox are already looking forward to next year.
Boston sits at just 12-22 on the season behind atrocious pitching as opponents are hitting .288 against them and scoring 6.1 runs per game. Boston starter Colton Brewer is 0-2 with a 5.22 ERA and 1.838 WHIP in three starts this season.
The Braves have a huge advantage on the mound in this one. Max Fried has been dominant this season, going 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 0.950 WHIP in seven starts. The Braves are a perfect 7-0 in Fried’s seven starts this season and improve to 8-0 with a win by two runs or more tonight. Take the Braves on the Run Line Monday.
|08-30-20||Celtics +2 v. Raptors||112-94||Win||100||2 h 58 m||Show|
15* Celtics/Raptors ESPN Early ANNIHILATOR on Boston +2
The Boston Celtics just swept the Philadelphia 76ers and are ready to try and take down the defending champs starting with Game 1 of this series Sunday. Give the Raptors some credit for what they’ve done this season, but they clearly aren’t as good without Kawhi Leonard.
Boston went 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS against Toronto in the regular season. That includes a 22-point win and a 16-point win as they were clearly the dominant team in the head-to-head matchup. And I expect that to carry over into the playoffs. The wrong team is favored in Game 1 here.
Boston is 9-1 ATS when playing with three or more days’ rest over the last two seasons. The Celtics are 9-1 ATS when playing against a top level team that wins 70% or more of their games this season. The Celtics are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games as underdogs. Take the Celtics Sunday.
|08-30-20||Twins -1.5 v. Tigers||Top||2-3||Loss||-126||2 h 6 m||Show|
20* MLB BLOWOUT GAME OF THE MONTH on Minnesota Twins -1.5 (-126)
The Minnesota Twins have now lost four straight coming in. It’s safe to say they’ll be highly motivated for a victory Sunday after getting swept in their double-header against the lowly Detroit Tigers yesterday.
Kenta Maeda has proven to be a great addition to the rotation this offseason after all the success he had with the Dodgers previously. Maeda is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.709 WHIP in six starts this season with 40 K’s and only three homers and seven walks allowed in 36 2/3 innings.
Casey Mize is a big prospect for the Tigers, but he has been a disappointment thus far. Mize is 0-1 with a 7.05 ERA and 1.828 WHIP in two starts this season, allowing 6 runs and 14 base runners in 7 2/3 innings.
Minnesota is 40-10 as a favorite of -175 to -250 over the last two seasons, winning by 2.6 runs per game on average in this spot. Detroit is 12-41 as a home dog of +125 or more over the last two seasons, losing by 3.2 runs per game. Bet the Twins on the Run Line Sunday.
|08-29-20||Thunder +5.5 v. Rockets||Top||80-114||Loss||-115||8 h 11 m||Show|
20* Thunder/Rockets TNT No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +5.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder are brimming with confidence after erasing an 0-2 deficit to win Games 3 and 4 and tie this series back up. Now they take control of it with another victory in Game 5 tonight.
The Thunder opened the series as 1-point favorites in Game 1, and are now 5.5-point underdogs in Game 5. That’s a 6.5-point adjustment, and I don’t agree with it. I believe the wrong team is favored once again in Game 5 tonight.
The Rockets have shot worse than 44% from the field in eight of their last 11 games overall. Shots just aren’t coming as easily for the Rockets, and I think too much is being made of Russell Westbrook coming back for this game. He isn’t going to be back to full strength and there will be some rust and chemistry issues.
The Thunder are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games as underdogs. Oklahoma City is 29-14 ATS in its last 43 games playing on one days’ rest. The Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss. Oklahoma City is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. Bet the Thunder Saturday.
|08-29-20||Braves v. Phillies -120||1-4||Win||100||2 h 29 m||Show|
15* NL PLAY OF THE DAY on Philadelphia Phillies -120
The Philadelphia Phillies picked up a huge win yesterday in extra innings over the Braves to cut into their deficit in the NL East. But it was all for not if they don’t win today, and I expect them to get the job done and win their 5th straight game overall.
Zach Eflin is the better starter in this matchup. He is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in eight career starts against Atlanta, including 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his last three starts against the Braves, allowing just three earned runs in 16 innings.
The washed up Josh Tomlin gets the ball for the Braves. He is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and 1.857 WHIP in two starts this season. One of those starts came against the Phillies on August 23rd where he allowed four earned runs and three homers in just 3 innings of work.
Tomlin is 2-10 (-11.6 units) against the money line in all starts over the last two seasons. The Braves are 3-13 in their last 16 games as road underdogs. Philadelphia is 4-0 in its last four home games. Roll with the Phillies Saturday.
|08-29-20||Indians v. Cardinals -125||2-1||Loss||-125||2 h 20 m||Show|
15* Interleague PLAY OF THE DAY on St. Louis Cardinals -125
The St. Louis Cardinals got embarrassed 14-2 by the Cleveland Indians yesterday in Game 1 of this series. Look for them to bounce back in a big way with ace Jack Flaherty on the mound.
Flaherty pitched like a Cy Young candidate last year when he went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 0.968 WHIP across 33 starts. He is back at it again in 2020 at 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 0.732 WHIP in three starts.
Carlos Carrasco is now 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.434 WHIP in six starts this season for the Indians. He has really struggled in his last three starts, going 0-2 with a 7.51 ERA and 2.085 WHIP. That’s really concerning when you consider he faces the Tigers, Pirates and Cubs.
The Indians are 3-15 in their last 18 games as underdogs. The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last seven interleague games as favorites. Take the Cardinals Saturday.
|08-28-20||Braves v. Phillies -138||Top||4-7||Win||100||7 h 12 m||Show|
20* NL East GAME OF THE MONTH on Philadelphia Phillies -138
The Philadelphia Phillies (12-14) have some ground to make up on the Atlanta Braves (18-12) in the NL East. It starts with Game 1 of this series Friday, and I like their chances to get a victory due to their huge edge on the mound.
Zack Wheeler has proven to be a great addition to Philadelphia’s rotation from New York. Wheeler is 3-0 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.102 WHIP in five starts this season. He is 6-5 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 career starts against Atlanta, holding them to two runs and five base runners in 7 innings on August 22nd in his lone start against them this season.
Robbie Erlin is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his two starts this season, but he is only averaging four innings per start, so the Phillies will get into Atlanta’s bullpen early in this one. Erlin is 13-20 with a 4.60 ERA in his seven seasons in the big leagues, and most of those were spent in pitcher-friendly San Diego.
The Braves are a woeful 1-12 in their last 13 games as road underdogs. The Phillies are 7-2 in their last nine vs. NL East opponents. Bet the Phillies Friday.
|08-27-20||Reds -129 v. Brewers||Top||6-1||Win||100||7 h 47 m||Show|
20* MLB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on Cincinnati Reds -129 (Game 1)
The Cincinnati Reds have lost four straight overall, including the first two games of this series to Milwaukee. They’ll be highly motivated for a victory as a result, and I expect them to get one with their ace on the mound in Game 1 of this series Thursday.
Sonny Gray was phenomenal in his first season in Cincinnati last year, and that has carried over into 2020. Gray is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.982 WHIP in in six starts this season, allowing just 9 earned runs in 36 2/3 innings with 51 K’s. Gray is 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA in seven career starts against Milwaukee.
Adrian Houser is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.241 WHIP in five starts this season, including 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA and 1.471 WHIP in his last three starts. Houser has never beaten the Reds, going 0-0 with a 5.00 ERA in two career starts against them, both of which came last season. Take the Reds in Game 1 Thursday.
|08-25-20||Rockies v. Diamondbacks -107||5-4||Loss||-107||10 h 52 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Arizona Diamondbacks -107
I was on the Rockies +151 yesterday and cashed as they ended their seven-game losing streak. Now I’m on the Diamondbacks today as they will end their six-game skid at a much more reasonable -107 price.
The Diamondbacks should be bigger favorites with Alex Young on the mound. He is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in two starts this season. Young has never lost to the Rockies, going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.750 WHIP in two career starts against them.
German Marquez is 2-4 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.270 WHIP in six starts this season, including 0-3 with a 7.00 ERA and 1.667 WHIP in his last three. Marquez is 3-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 14 career starts against Arizona, including 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his last two.
The Diamondbacks are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings, including 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Arizona. Take the Diamondbacks Tuesday.
|08-25-20||Jazz v. Nuggets +3||Top||107-117||Win||100||7 h 13 m||Show|
20* Jazz/Nuggets TNT No-Brainer on Denver +3
It’s now or never for the Denver Nuggets, who find themselves in a 1-3 hole to the Utah Jazz with their season on the line in Game 5 tonight. I expect them to get the job done and extend this series to a 6th game.
The Jazz only won 129-127 in Game 4 as 3.5-point favorites despite shooting 57.5% from the field and making 19 more free throws than Denver. Both of those things aren’t going to happen again, and thus the Nuggets should be able to win.
I was on the Nuggets in Game 4 and cashed, and I’m on them again for similar reasons. They were 4.5-point favorites over the Jazz in Game 1, and now they are 3-point underdogs in Game 5. That’s a 7.5-point adjustment and too much.
The Jazz are 4-16-2 ATS in their last 22 games as favorites. Utah is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games vs. a team with a winning record. Denver is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings. Bet the Nuggets Tuesday.
|08-24-20||Rockies +151 v. Diamondbacks||3-2||Win||151||12 h 53 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday Undervalued Underdog on Colorado Rockies +151
The Colorado Rockies have lost seven straight to the Astros and Dodgers, two of the best teams in baseball. They are now undervalued as a result and should not be this big of underdogs to Arizona, if underdogs at all.
It’s not like the Diamondbacks are playing any better. They are 0-5 in their last five games overall with all five losses coming by 3 runs or more, including three losses to the lowly Giants. They have scored a total of 6 runs in those five losses, averaging a paltry 1.2 runs per game.
Ryan Castellani is 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 0.976 WHIP in three starts for the Rockies this season. He’ll be opposed by Merrill Kelly, who is 1-2 with a 7.64 ERA and 1.471 WHIP in three career starts against Colorado, allowing 15 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings. Roll with the Rockies Monday.
|08-24-20||Lakers v. Blazers +7.5||135-115||Loss||-105||12 h 43 m||Show|
15* Lakers/Blazers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Portland +7.5
The Portland Trail Blazers are catching too many points in Game 4 tonight as they try and square this series. They upset the Lakers in Game 1, and the Lakers understandably came back with a big effort in Game 2.
But the Blazers gave the Lakers all they could handle in Game 3 and lost 108-116 as 8-point dogs. They will play an even better game here with their season essentially on the line.
It’s only a matter of time before the Blazers shoot the ball better in this series. They shot 39.2% in Game 1, 40% in Game 2 and 41.1% in Game 3. The Lakers shot 50% in Game 3 and they still only lost by 8. Only a slight improvement will have them covering this 7.5-point spread with ease.
The Lakers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Blazers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning record. Portland has just one loss by more than 8 points since the restart, which is a span of 12 games. Take the Blazers Monday.
|08-24-20||Rockets v. Thunder +3.5||Top||114-117||Win||100||7 h 43 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Thunder TNT No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +3.5
With their season essentially on the line, the Oklahoma City Thunder came through with a huge 119-107 (OT) victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 3. They had to battle adversity and poor officiating down the stretch of regulation to get the win.
The way they won that game will give the Thunder a lot of confidence heading into Game 4 tonight to try and square this series. And I expect it to pay dividends for them in the 4th quarter.
The Thunder are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They have shown that in their last two games, limiting the Rockets to just 41.8% shooting in Game 2 and 41.3% shooting in Game 3. It’s a Rockets team that just hasn’t shot it very well since the restart because they have such poor shot selection. They have been held to less than 44% in eight of their last 10 games overall.
Oklahoma City is 14-6 ATS as a dog of 3.5 to 9.5 points this season. The Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss. Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games following a SU loss by more than 10 points. The Thunder are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games as underdogs. Bet the Thunder Monday.
|08-23-20||Nuggets +3.5 v. Jazz||Top||127-129||Win||100||13 h 47 m||Show|
20* Nuggets/Jazz TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Denver +3.5
The Denver Nuggets were embarrassed in Games 2 and 3 and will come back with their biggest effort of the series in Game 4 to try and square it at 2-2.
From a line value prospective alone this is the play with the Nuggets as 3.5-point dogs when you consider they were 4.5-point favorites in Game 1, an 8-point adjustment.
Denver is 20-8 ATS after failing to cover four of their last five ATS over the last three seasons. Utah is 4-15-2 ATS in its last 21 games as a favorite. Bet the Nuggets Sunday.
|08-23-20||Phillies +110 v. Braves||5-4||Win||110||11 h 47 m||Show|
15* Phillies/Braves ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Philadelphia +110
Another blown lead by one of my baseball premium plays in the late innings. It’s getting old, but we will hop back on the Phillies today after they blew a 4-0 lead to the Braves in the 7th inning and lost 5-6.
Now the Phillies will be motivated to avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of this series. And I like their chances with Zach Eflin on the mound. He is 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA in seven career starts against the Braves, including 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA in his last two starts against them, allowing zero earned runs in 10 2/3 innings.
Josh Tomlin is a veteran, washed up starter who will be making just his 2nd start of the season for the Braves. The 35-year old has hardly pitched at all over the past couple seasons and should not be a favorite in this matchup.
Tomlin is 2-9 (-10.5 units) against the money line in all starts over the last three seasons. Tomlin is 0-7 (-8.8 units) against the money line vs. poor base running teams averaging 0.5 or fewer stolen bases per game over the last three seasons. Take the Phillies Sunday.
|08-22-20||Phillies -114 v. Braves||Top||5-6||Loss||-114||12 h 40 m||Show|
20* NL East GAME OF THE MONTH on Philadelphia Phillies -114
The Philadelphia Phillies have now dropped four straight games and will be highly motivated for a victory Saturday. Bryce Harper will return to the lineup today for a potent Phillies offense that is averaging 5.5 runs per game overall and 6.7 runs per game on the road.
Zack Wheeler has proven to be a great addition to Philadelphia’s rotation from the Mets. He is 3-0 with a 2.80 ERA and 1.208 WHIP through four starts this season. He just beat his former team in the Mets by holding them to only two earned runs over seven innings of a 6-2 victory on August 16th.
Robbie Erlin makes just his second start of the season for the Braves. He is 13-20 with a 4.60 ERA over 323 innings in seven seasons in the big leagues. And Erlin won’t have three of his best hitters in support as Ronald Acuna Jr, Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis are all on the 10-Day IL.
The Braves are 3-13 in their last 16 games as underdogs. Roll with the Phillies Saturday.
|08-22-20||Rockets v. Thunder +3.5||Top||107-119||Win||100||11 h 53 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Thunder ESPN No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +3.5
It’s now or never for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They blew a 59-53 halftime lead in Game 2 and got killed in the 2nd half. Look for them to respond in a big way today to take Game 3 and avoid falling in the dreaded 0-3 hole.
The Thunder haven’t shot the ball up to their potential in either game yet. They shot just 44% in Game 1 and 44.3% in Game 2. And it’s not like the Rockets are some defensive juggernaut with their small ball lineup, either. Scoring only 108 and 98 points, respectively, in the first two games of this series is unacceptable.
Oklahoma City is 14-6 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points this season. The Thunder are 24-10 ATS in their last 34 games as underdogs overall. OKC is 5-2 ATS in its last seven meetings with Houston, so it had covered five straight prior to the first two games of this series. Bet the Thunder Saturday.
|08-22-20||Pacers +5 v. Heat||115-124||Loss||-103||8 h 7 m||Show|
15* Pacers/Heat TNT Early ANNIHILATOR on Indiana +5
It’s now or never for the Indiana Pacers. They are down 0-2 to the Miami Heat while playing a couple of hard-fought games. They just couldn’t get the job done in the 4th quarter in either of the two games, but had their chances.
Look for the Pacers to come back with their best performance of the series today to avoid falling in the dreaded 0-3 hole. I think there’s great value with them here as 5-point underdogs after they were only 3.5-point dogs in Game 2. Victor Oladipo is back healthy after missing most of Game 1 with an eye contusion, and he means everything to their success.
Indiana is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight games following an ATS loss. The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a SU loss. Miami is 6-20-1 ATS in its last 27 games following a SU win. The Heat are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games following an ATS win. Take the Pacers Saturday.
|08-21-20||Clippers -5 v. Mavs||Top||130-122||Win||100||11 h 23 m||Show|
25* NBA 1st Round GAME OF THE YEAR on Los Angeles Clippers -5
The Los Angeles Clippers played what will prove to be their worst game of the series in Game 2. They shot just 29.4% from 3-point range compared to 44.8% for Dallas and committed six more turnovers than the Mavericks. For whatever reason, they just weren’t into it.
I have no doubt the Clippers will come back with the intensity they need to put the Mavericks away in Game 3. They have the two best players on the court in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and their role players are also much better than that of Dallas. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Clippers win the next three games in this series.
Los Angeles is 12-3 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this season. The Clippers are 14-4 ATS when revenging a loss as a favorite over the last two seasons. Los Angeles is 17-5 ATS following a loss this season. The Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win. Bet the Clippers Friday.
|08-21-20||Phillies +101 v. Braves||2-11||Loss||-100||9 h 13 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday Undervalued Underdog on Philadelphia Phillies +101
This is a big series for the Philadelphia Phillies (9-12) as they try and put a dent into Atlanta’s (14-11) lead in the NL East. The Phillies have a loaded offense that is averaging 5.5 runs per game overall and 6.7 runs per game on the road.
The Braves are without three of their best hitters right now in Ronald Acuna Jr, Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis. They are ripe for the picking in Game 1 of this series. And Atlanta starter Max Fried is 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA and 1.600 WHIP in four career starts against Philadelphia.
Phillies ace Aaron Nola has been dynamite this season, going 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.646 WHIP in four starts with 37 K’s in 26 1/3 innings. Nola is also 11-5 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.113 WHIP in 19 career starts against Atlanta. Roll with the Phillies Friday.
|08-21-20||Nuggets -1.5 v. Jazz||87-124||Loss||-104||6 h 19 m||Show|
15* Nuggets/Jazz TNT Early ANNIHILATOR on Denver -1.5
The Nuggets went from being 4.5-point favorites in Game 1 to 3.5-point favorites in Game 2. Now oddsmakers have listed them as only 1.5-point favorites in Game 3, which is a 3-point adjustment from the Game 1 line. I think the value is with the Nuggets in Game 3 as a result.
This adjustment is made from Utah playing a great Game 2 and shooting 51.7% in a 124-105 victory. They aren’t going to shoot that well again. It’s also adjusted for the expected return of Mike Conley, but he has been one of the most overrated players in the NBA this season as the Jazz have actually been just as good or better without him.
The Nuggets are 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 games following a loss. The Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. Utah is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. Denver is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Take the Nuggets Friday.
|08-20-20||Reds -137 v. Cardinals||Top||4-5||Loss||-137||10 h 49 m||Show|
|08-20-20||Thunder +3 v. Rockets||Top||98-111||Loss||-115||5 h 11 m||Show|
20* Thunder/Rockets ESPN No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +3
The Oklahoma City Thunder went from being favorites in Game 1 to 3-point underdogs in Game 2. This is too big of an adjustment just because the Rockets looked good in Game 1 in their 123-108 victory.
Look for the Thunder to play with more of a sense of urgency tonight. And I have a hard time believing the Rockets are going to shoot as well as they did in Game 1, which was 48.3% from the field with 20 made 3-pointers. The Thunder are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
Oklahoma City is 21-12 ATS when revenging a loss this season. The Thunder are 20-8 ATS when the line is +3 to -3 this season. Oklahoma City is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games following a SU loss by more than 10 points. The Thunder are 41-20 ATS in their last 61 games as underdogs. The Rockets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as favorites. Bet the Thunder Thursday.
|08-19-20||Mavs v. Clippers -6||Top||127-114||Loss||-104||10 h 13 m||Show|
20* Mavs/Clippers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Los Angeles -6
The Clippers are as healthy as they’ve been all season with the returns of Harrell, Beverly and Shamet for Game 1 of this series. They shook off their rust and came through with a 118-110 victory. They’re only going to continue to gel more with each passing game, and they are clearly the best team in the West in my opinion.
The Dallas Mavericks rely too much on Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. That’s because they lost key role players in Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Courtney Lee and Willie Cauley-Stein to season ending injuries.
After a poor 1st half defensively giving up 69 points, the Clippers showed what they could do when they get after it defensively in the 2nd half. They held the Mavericks to just 41 points after intermission, which was the key to their victory. With stoppers like Kawhi Leonard, Beverly and Paul George, the Clippers can match up with Doncic and Porzingis as well as anyone.
The Mavericks are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. Dallas is 1-5 ATS in its last six games following an ATS loss. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Los Angeles is 23-8 ATS in its last 31 games playing on one days’ rest. The Clippers are 5-0 SU & 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, winning by an average of 10 points pre game. Bet the Clippers Wednesday.
|08-19-20||Indians -1.5 v. Pirates||6-1||Win||100||8 h 4 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-111)
I’m back on the Cleveland Indians today after getting lucky yesterday, cashing them in the 10th innings on the Run Line in a 6-3 victory over the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. I’m expecting them to win by multiple runs within nine innings tonight.
The Pirates are one of the worst teams in baseball at 4-15 on the season. They are giving up 6.0 runs per game as they have a terrible staff, and they are hitting just .213 as a team offensively. Starter Steven Brault is averaging just 2.3 innings per start, so the Indians will get into the Pirates’ bullpen early, which has a 5.62 ERA on the season and a 6.47 ERA at home.
Aaron Civale has been impressive for the Indians thus far. He is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.120 WHIP in four starts with 26 K’s and only 3 walks in 25 innings. The Indians are now 9-3 in their last 12 games overall with eight of those wins coming by two runs or more.
The Indians are 39-12 in their last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Cleveland is 56-23 in its last 79 games as a favorite. Pittsburgh is 23-53 in its last 76 games as an underdog. The Pirates are 11-41 in their last 52 games vs. a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 1-11 in its last 12 Interleague games. Take the Indians on the Run Line Wednesday.
|08-18-20||Indians -1.5 v. Pirates||6-3||Win||100||8 h 53 m||Show|
15* MLB Run Line PLAY OF THE DAY on Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-110)
The Cleveland Indians have won three straight to improve to 8-3 in their last 11 games overall. Seven of those eight wins came by two runs or more, and I’ll back them on the Run Line here tonight against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates are one of the worst teams in baseball at 4-14 on the season. Their pitching staff has been atrocious as they are giving up 6.0 runs per game, and they are only hitting .211 and scoring 4.1 runs per game offensively.
Carlos Carrasco will shut down the Pirates tonight. Carrasco is back from cancer and 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.209 WHIP with 30 K’s in 22 1/3 innings over four starts this season. He is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in one career start against Pittsburgh.
The Indians are 5-0 in their last five road games. Cleveland is 5-1 in its last six games following an off day. The Indians are 38-13 in their last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Cleveland is 55-23 in its last 78 games as a favorite. The Pirates are 11-41 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning record. Take the Indians on the Run Line Tuesday.
|08-18-20||Heat -4.5 v. Pacers||Top||113-101||Win||100||5 h 19 m||Show|
20* Heat/Pacers TNT No-Brainer on Miami -4.5
The Miami Heat are a real threat in the Eastern Conference. And they are just getting healthy in time for the playoffs with Butler, Dragic, Adebayo, Iguodala and Crowder all listed as probable tonight. Look for them to handle their business against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 tonight.
The Heat are 3-1 SU against the Pacers this season, including a 114-92 win in the bubble when they were healthy. Their only loss came in their regular season finale when they had nothing to play for and rested everyone.
Give the Pacers credit for fighting through injuries of their own and still posting a 45-28 record this season. But it’s much easier to do that in the regular season than it is in the playoffs, and the fact of the matter is that they just aren’t talented enough to compete at this level, especially without All-Star Domantas Sabonis.
Miami is 27-14 ATS off two or more consecutive losses over the last two seasons. The Heat are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games following a loss. Miami is 37-18 ATS in its last 55 games playing on three or more days’ rest. The Heat are 31-15-2 ATS in their last 48 games following an ATS loss. Bet the Heat Tuesday.
|08-17-20||Padres -130 v. Rangers||Top||14-4||Win||100||9 h 30 m||Show|
20* MLB Monday No-Doubt Rout on San Diego Padres -130
The San Diego Padres have now lost five straight after blowing a 4-2 lead in the 8th inning last night and costing me and my clients a win against the Diamondbacks. I’m back on them again today against the Texas Rangers as this losing streak comes to an end.
Zach Davies has been one of the most underrated starters in baseball over the last several seasons. He is proving to be a great addition to the rotation in San Diego this season. He is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 0.838 WHIP in four starts in 2020.
Davies will be opposed by Jordan Lyles, who is 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA and 1.814 WHIP in three starts for Texas. Lyles is also 3-4 with a 5.05 ERA and 1.645 WHIP in 10 career starts against San Diego.
The Padres are 10-3 in their last 13 interleague games as a favorite. The Rangers are 3-10 in their last 13 during Game 1 of a series. Take the Padres Monday.
|08-17-20||Mavs v. Clippers -6||Top||110-118||Win||100||10 h 35 m||Show|
20* Mavs/Clippers ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on Los Angeles -6
The Los Angeles Clippers are more healthy now for the start of the playoffs than they were for the eight-game sample. They are expected to get back the guy that brings the infectious energy in Montrezl Harrell, and they could be getting back another guy in his same mold in Patrick Beverly. Landry Shamet also could return.
Either way, I think the Clippers have enough to take care of the Mavericks with room to spare in Game 1 of this series tonight. They won all three regular season meetings with the Mavericks, including two by 15 points each. They won 126-111 as 3.5-point favorites in the bubble on August 6th.
The Mavericks are just a shell of their former selves with the season-ending injuries to Dwight Powell, Courtney Lee and Willie Cauley-Stein. They don’t have near the depth that the Clippers do, and they rely too much on just two games in Doncic and Porzingis. Kawhi Leonard can shut down Doncic if Doc Rivers decides to go that route.
The Clippers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as favorites. Los Angeles is 4-0 ATS in its last four games vs. a team with a winning record. The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Bet the Clippers Monday.
|08-16-20||Padres -115 v. Diamondbacks||Top||4-5||Loss||-115||5 h 14 m||Show|
20* NL West GAME OF THE MONTH on San Diego Padres -115
The San Diego Padres will be highly motivated for a victory Sunday. They have lost four straight, including the first two games of this series to Arizona, and they desperately want to avoid the sweep this afternoon.
I like the Padres’ chances considering their huge advantage on the mound. Garrett Richards is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.246 WHIP in four starts this season despite having to face the Dodgers twice and pitch at Coors Field. Richards has never lost to the Diamondbacks, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in five career starts against them. He pitched five shutout innings against Arizona on July 26th.
Robbie Ray is 1-2 with a 10.58 ERA and 2.116 WHIP in four starts for the Diamondbacks in 2020. He is 5-6 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.315 WHIP in 17 career starts against San Diego. That includes 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA in his last three starts against them.
Ray is 4-14 (-14 units) in day games over the last three seasons. Bet the Padres Sunday.
|08-15-20||Indians -1.5 v. Tigers||3-1||Win||100||7 h 49 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-108)
The Detroit Tigers shockingly have a winning record (9-8) through 17 games despite being the worst team in baseball last year. But they didn’t do much to improve their team, and they are now getting too much respect from oddsmakers due to this start.
Shane Bieber went 15-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.054 WHIP in 33 starts for the Indians last year. He has picked up right where he left off, going 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA and 0.759 WHIP with 43 K’s in 27 2/3 innings thus far in 2020.
Spencer Turnbull is 5-19 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.380 WHIP in his three seasons in the big leagues. He is also getting too much respect after opening with a 2.00 ERA through three starts in 2020. He’s not as good as his numbers would indicate.
Turnbull is 2-14 (-11.9 units) in home games vs. teams whose hitters strike out 7 or more times per game over the last two seasons. The Tigers are losing by 3.7 runs per game in this spot. Bieber is 9-0 (+9.1 units) vs. poor speed teams that average 0.35 or fewer stolen bases per game over the last two years. The Indians are winning by 2.4 runs per game in this spot. Take the Indians on the Run Line Saturday.
|08-15-20||Grizzlies +6.5 v. Blazers||Top||122-126||Win||100||3 h 9 m||Show|
20* Grizzlies/Blazers Play-In No-Brainer on Memphis +6.5
The Portland Trail Blazers only need to win one game against Memphis to make the playoffs. The Grizzlies need to win two games, so look for them to be playing with more of a sense of urgency in this Game 1 than the Blazers will be.
Portland clearly cannot be trusted to lay this big of a number either. While the Blazers went 6-2 in the restart, all eight games were decided by 10 points or less, and they have only two wins by more than 5 points. They just don’t play enough defense to put teams away, and they are a terrible rebounding team.
Memphis lost 135-140 in overtime to Portland during he restart. But the Grizzlies won 111-104 in their previous meeting back in February. And I expect this one to go right down to the wire as well, meaning there’s a lot of value with the Grizzlies +6.5 here. Bet the Grizzlies Saturday.
|08-14-20||Brewers -111 v. Cubs||Top||4-3||Win||100||7 h 8 m||Show|
20* NL GAME OF THE WEEK on Milwaukee Brewers -111
The Milwaukee Brewers (7-10) already trail the Chicago Cubs (13-3) by 6.5 games in the NL Central. After losing Game 1 of this series to the Cubs, look for the Brewers to come back highly motivated for a victory in Game 2 so they don’t lose further ground within the division.
The Brewers will be sending ace Brandon Woodruff to the mound to get the job done. Woodruff is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 0.985 WHIP in four starts this season, including 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 0.618 WHIP in two road starts.
Tyler Chatwood was surprisingly dominant in his first two starts this season. But then he came back down to reality against the Royals, giving up 8 earned runs and 11 hits in just 2 2/3 innings lsat start. He now has a 5.40 ERA in three starts this season.
The Brewers are 6-1 in their last seven games after scoring two runs or less in their previous game. Milwaukee is 15-6 in its last 21 during Game 2 of a series. The Cubs are 1-4 in their last five games as home underdogs. Bet the Brewers Friday.
|08-13-20||Orioles v. Phillies -1.5||11-4||Loss||-105||8 h 33 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (-105)
The Philadelphia Phillies have lost each of their first two games in this series with Baltimore by one run each. They will be highly motivated for a victory in Game 3 tonight to avoid the sweep, and I expect them to win by multiple runs.
Jake Arrieta is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.000 WHIP through two starts this season against two very good lineups in the Yankees and Braves. Now Arrieta faces an Orioles team that he’s 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 0.878 WHIP against in two career starts.
Philadelphia is 4-1 in its last five games after losing the first two games of a series. Take the Phillies on the Run Line Thursday.
|08-13-20||Mavs v. Suns -7||Top||102-128||Win||100||6 h 11 m||Show|
20* NBA Thursday No-Doubt Rout on Phoenix Suns -7
The Phoenix Suns need a win and either a loss by Memphis or Portland to make the play-in series for the 8th seed in the West. They’ve made it this far, and they’re not about to let up now.
The Suns are 7-0 SU & 7-0 ATS since the restart, the only undefeated team in the bubble. And they’re not only winning, they are dominating. Four of those seven wins have come by double-digits. They have won those seven games by an average of 11.3 points per game.
The Dallas Mavericks are locked into the 7th seed and looking ahead to their series with the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. They won’t be too motivated to win this game, and they could rest their players with nicks and bruises.
The Suns are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 meetings with the Mavericks. Phoenix is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Suns Thursday.
|08-12-20||Heat -1 v. Thunder||Top||115-116||Loss||-110||9 h 45 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Miami Heat -1
The Miami Heat just got Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic back from injury and promptly ended a two-game losing streak with an emphatic 114-92 win over Indiana as 4-point favorites Monday. Now I look for them to take down the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday.
While the Heat are almost fully healthy, the same cannot be said for the Thunder. They are without Dennis Schroder, and Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are all questionable to play tonight. Don’t be surprised if the Thunder play it safe here with the playoffs just around the corner, and playoff positioning not really a priority compared to their health. Bet the Heat Wednesday.
|08-12-20||Royals v. Reds -107||5-4||Loss||-107||7 h 16 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Cincinnati Reds -107
The Cincinnati Reds should be much bigger favorites over the Kansas City Royals tonight. But the Royals are getting too much respect from oddsmakers now after winning four of their last five coming in to ‘improve’ to 7-11 on the year.
Wade Miley is 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.324 WHIP in seven career starts against Kansas City. Brad Keller is coming off a season in which he went 7-14 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.355 WHIP in 28 starts for the Royals last year.
Miley is 14-3 (+10.7 Units) against the money line with odds of -100 to -150 over the last three seasons. The Royals are 46-98 in their last 144 road games. The Reds are 5-0 in their last five games as favorites. Take the Reds Wednesday.
|08-11-20||White Sox -109 v. Tigers||Top||8-4||Win||100||9 h 33 m||Show|
20* AL GAME OF THE WEEK on Chicago White Sox -109
The Chicago White Sox have dropped five of their last six to fall back to 8-9 on the season. It’s safe to say they’ll be highly motivated for a win tonight, and we are getting them at a great value here at nearly even money against the lowly Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers are overvalued right now after winning four straight to improve to 9-5 on the season. This was the worst team in baseball last year, and they didn’t do much in the offseason to improve. Their start has been an aberration, and they will be good fade material moving forward.
Tyler Alexander will be making his first start of the season for the Tigers. Alexander has never beaten the White Sox, going 0-2 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.822 WHIP in four career starts against them. I’ll gladly side with veteran Gio Gonzalez over Alexander today.
Detroit is 6-24 in its last 30 home games off a win. Chicago is 6-1 in its last seven road games. The Tigers are 17-56 in their last 73 home games. Detroit is 22-69 in its last 91 games as underdogs. Roll with the White Sox Tuesday.
|08-11-20||Blazers -3.5 v. Mavs||Top||134-131||Loss||-110||8 h 12 m||Show|
25* NBA Restart GAME OF THE YEAR on Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
The Portland Trail Blazers are 4-2 SU & 4-1-1 ATS since the restart. They have been playing some great basketball and are closing in on making the play-in game in the West for the 8th and final seed. This is a much more important game for them than it is the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks are in 7th place in the West and one game back of the Jazz. They are basically locked into this spot with two games to go. It’s why they decided to sit Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis last game, and both of them are questionable to play again tonight. The Mavericks have a ton of injuries they are dealing with right now and would be wise to play it safe.
Given the situation of both teams, the Blazers should be much bigger than only 3.5-point favorites tonight. Bet the Blazers Tuesday.
|08-11-20||Rockets v. Spurs -2.5||105-123||Win||100||4 h 42 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Early ANNIHILATOR on San Antonio Spurs -2.5
The San Antonio Spurs are just 0.5 games back of the Portland Trail Blazers for 9th place in the West and tied with Phoenix for 10th place. Remember, the 8th seed will face the 9th seed in a play-in game to make the playoffs. This is a must-win for San Antonio with only two games remaining.
The Spurs have handled this pressure well in going 4-2 SU & 4-2 ATS to put themselves in this position. And they are much healthier than the Houston Rockets, who are almost certainly locked into the 4th seed in the West.
The Rockets will be without both James Harden and Eric Gordon tonight, and they could be without Russell Westbrook, who is dealing with a quad injury. Danuel House is also questionable with a toe injury. They just want to be healthy going into the playoffs, so they’d be wise to play it safe.
The Spurs are 38-12 ATS when revenging a road loss over the last two seasons. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a losing record. Take the Spurs Tuesday.
|08-10-20||Nuggets +5 v. Lakers||Top||121-124||Win||100||8 h 24 m||Show|
20* Nuggets/Lakers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Denver +5
The Los Angeles Lakers are already locked into the No. 1 seed in the West with nothing to play for. It has shown as the Lakers are 2-4 SU & 1-5 ATS since the restart. They’ve lost their last three games by a combined 40 points.
The Denver Nuggets still have something to play for as they are closing in on the No. 2 seed in the West, just one game behind the Clippers. They have played well in going 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS in their last four games overall. And the overall depth of their team helps them tremendously in this restart as they’ve been able to overcome some injuries.
The Lakers are 1-10 ATS when playing their 4th road games in 7 days over the last two seasons. Denver is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 Monday games. Bet the Nuggets Monday.
|08-10-20||Pacers v. Heat -3.5||92-114||Win||100||8 h 39 m||Show|
15* NBA Eastern Conference ANNIHILATOR on Miami Heat -3.5
The Miami Heat are expected to get back both Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic tonight. They still have a lot to play for in terms of playoff positioning and will be going hard for a win against the Indiana Pacers Monday.
These injuries have cost Miami in their last two games with losses to Milwaukee and Phoenix. Look for them to come back highly motivated for a victory. This is the only game they’ve been favored in since their 125-105 win over Denver in their opening game of the restart. They have played an absolutely brutal schedule, but it lightens up here against Indiana, a team they should handle.
The Heat have won both meetings with he Pacers this season. Miami is 21-7 ATS in its last 28 games following a loss. Take the Heat Monday.
|08-10-20||White Sox -136 v. Tigers||1-5||Loss||-136||7 h 44 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday PLAY OF THE DAY on Chicago White Sox -136
The Chicago White Sox have lost four of their last five to fall back to .500 on the season. They’ll be motivated for a win here in Game 1 of this series with the Detroit Tigers to get back on track.
The Tigers are overvalued right now after surprisingly starting 8-5 this season. They’ve done so against a very soft schedule of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Kansas City thus far. They take a big step up in competition in the coming weeks, and it’s time to fade them now.
Dallas Keuchel has proven to be a great addition to the staff this offseason for the White Sox. He is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 0.963 WHIP through three starts this year. Michael Fulmer is 0-0 with a 13.48 ERA and 2.247 WHIP through his lone start, giving up 4 earned runs and 3 homers in 2 2/3 innings to the Royals in a 6-14 loss.
Keuchel is 4-1 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.275 WHIP in seven career starts against Detroit, and his teams are 6-1 in those games. The Tigers are 5-20 in Fulmer’s last 25 starts. Detroit is 2-19 in its last 21 home games vs. an AL starting pitcher with a WHIP of 1.200 or better. Roll with the White Sox Monday.
|08-09-20||76ers v. Blazers -2.5||121-124||Win||100||11 h 40 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Portland Trail Blazers -2.5
The Portland Trail Blazers need to bounce back from a tough loss to the Clippers yesterday if they want to make the playoffs. This game means a lot more to them than it does the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers will be without Ben Simmons tonight, and they certainly aren’t nearly as good of a team without him. Philadelphia is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games following an ATS win. Portland is 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games overall. The Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss. Take the Blazers Sunday.
|08-09-20||Twins -1.5 v. Royals||Top||2-4||Loss||-104||7 h 33 m||Show|
20* MLB Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Minnesota Twins -1.5 (-104)
The Minnesota Twins have lost three straight and will be highly motivated for a victory Sunday. Look for them to get back in the win column in blowout fashion against the Kansas City Royals.
Ace Jose Berrios gets the ball for the Twins. He is 3-2 with a 4.29 ERA in 13 career starts against the Royals. Brady Singer is 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA in three starts this season for Kansas City. Bet the Twins on the Run Line Sunday.
|08-08-20||Suns -1.5 v. Heat||119-112||Win||100||9 h 37 m||Show|
15* NBA Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Phoenix Suns -1.5
The Phoenix Suns are doing everything in their power to make the playoffs. They are 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS since the restart with three outright victories. And now I expect them to take down the Miami Heat today.
While the Suns are healthy, the Heat have several injury concerns right now. Both Jimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn will sit out this game, and Goran Dragic is questionable. The Suns are simply the better team right now given their current form and these injuries for the Heat.
Phoenix is 9-1 ATS when playing its 3rd road game in 5 days this season. The Suns are 8-0 ATS in road games after. Having won four or five of their last six games over the last two seasons. Take the Suns Saturday.
|08-08-20||Twins -147 v. Royals||6-9||Loss||-147||8 h 7 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Minnesota Twins -147
The Minnesota Twins opened the season 10-2. But back-to-back losses by one run will have them highly motivated for a victory when they take on the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of this series Saturday.
Jake Odorizzi is coming off a great 2019 season for the AL Central champs. And he certainly doesn’t mind facing the Royals and will handle them tonight.
Danny Duffy is coming off a poor season in Kansas City and is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA through three starts in 2020. Duffy is 0-2 with an 8.19 ERA in his last three starts against Minnesota, giving up 17 earned runs and 8 homers in 18 2/3 innings.
The Twins are 49-24 in their last 73 road games. Minnesota is 42-16 in its last 58 games as a favorite. The Royals are 22-67 in their last 89 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60%. Kansas City is 14-40 in its last 56 games following a win. Roll with the Twins Saturday.
|08-08-20||Clippers v. Blazers -2.5||Top||122-117||Loss||-110||3 h 39 m||Show|
20* Clippers/Blazers TNT Early ANNIHILATOR on Portland -2.5
The Portland Trail Blazers have gotten healthy due to the break in action and are fully taking advantage. They are on track to make the playoffs after opening 3-1 SU & 3-0-1 ATS since the restart.
Now they face a Los Angeles Clippers team that is basically already locked into the No. 2 or No. 3 seed. The Clippers would actually like to see the Blazers get the 8th seed to make the 1st-round matchup for the Lakers the most difficult. They know the Blazers would be their toughest opponent given that they made the Western Conference Finals last year when healthy.
That could be why the Clippers are deciding to rest Kawhi Leonard today. Both Patrick Beverly and Montrezl Harrell are out for Los Angeles as well. The Blazers are 10-1 ATS when revenging a blowout road loss by 20 points or more over the lsat three seasons. Bet the Blazers Saturday.
|08-07-20||Reds -115 v. Brewers||8-3||Win||100||9 h 5 m||Show|
15* NL PLAY OF THE DAY on Cincinnati Reds -115
The Cincinnati Reds will be highly motivated to bounce back from three straight losses. Now they open this series with their division rival in the Milwaukee Brewers looking to gain ground on them in the NL Central.
I’ll gladly back Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer at this price. He is 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA and 0.525 WHIP in two starts this season, allowing just one earned run and seven base runners in 13 1/3 innings with a whopping 20 K’s.
Eric Lauer gets the start for the Brewers. He is 14-17 with a 4.36 ERA and 1.453 WHIP in his three years in the big leagues across 264 1/3 innings. Take the Reds Friday.
|08-07-20||Kings -4.5 v. Nets||Top||106-119||Loss||-110||6 h 1 m||Show|
20* NBA Friday No-Doubt Rout on Sacramento Kings -4.5
The Sacramento Kings finally got a taste of victory to remain alive in the Western Conference playoff race. They beat the Pelicans 140-125 outright as 4-point dogs. Look for them to build on that momentum and take down the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
The Nets are going to make the playoffs, it’s just whether they will be the 7th or 8th seed. They don’t have much to play for, and that showed in their 115-149 loss to the Celtics last time out. They are short-handed right now with all of their injuries, and this will be their 3rd game in 4 days.
The Kings love to push the tempo and will challenge Brooklyn’s conditioning tonight. I expect the Kings to break them. Sacramento is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games playing on zero rest. The Kings are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a losing record. Bet the Kings Friday.
|08-06-20||Blazers -4 v. Nuggets||Top||125-115||Win||100||9 h 40 m||Show|
20* NBA Thursday No-Doubt Rout on Portland Trail Blazers -4
The Portland Trail Blazers have a lot to play for right now and they are playing like it. They have opened 2-1 SU & 2-0-1 ATS since the restart. I’ll back them again here as short favorites over the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days. They still have a lot of injury questions with Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton all questionable to play tonight. Given the situation, don’t be surprised if they play it cautiously.
Denver is 7-17 ATS off two or more consecutive wins this season. The Nuggets are 19-37 ATS after scoring 120 points or more over the last three years. Portland is 13-3 ATS when revenging a road loss by 10 points or more over the last two seasons. The Blazers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Blazers Thursday.
|08-06-20||Reds +110 v. Indians||0-13||Loss||-100||7 h 45 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday Undervalued Underdog on Cincinnati Reds +110
The Cincinnati Reds will be motivated to bounce back from two straight losses to the Cleveland Indians the last two days. I like their chances with Luis Castillo on the mound tonight.
Castillo faced the Indians last year and held them to one run in six innings for a 1.50 ERA in his only career start against them. He went 15-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.143 WHIP with 10.7 K/9 over 32 starts for the Reds in 2019.
Carlos Carrascowent 6-7 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.350 WHIP in 80 innings last year. He is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts this season. Carrasco is 0-6 (-9.6 units) against the money line in night games over the last two seasons. Roll with the Reds Thursday.
|08-06-20||Pacers v. Suns +125||99-114||Win||125||5 h 41 m||Show|
15* NBA Thursday UPSET SHOCKER on Phoenix Suns ML +125
The Phoenix Suns have played as well as anyone since the restart. They are 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS with upset victories over both the Mavericks and Clippers, two of the best teams in the Western Conference. Now they’ll take down the Indiana Pacers tonight as they continue their push to try and make the 8th seed in the West.
The Pacers have opened 3-0 as well, but against a much softer schedule. Their only good win was a huge comeback against Philadelphia. The other two wins were against Washington and Orlando. I still question how good this team is going to be moving forward without both Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb. Plus, Malcolm Brogdon is questionable tonight.
Plays on underdogs (Phoenix) - revenging a loss by 10 points or more, off an upset win over a division opponent as an underdog of 6 points or more are 66-34 (66%) ATS since 1996.
Phoenix is 8-1 ATS in road games after scoring 115 points or more this season. The Suns are 8-1 ATS when playing their 3rd road game in 5 days this year. Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last six games overall. Take the Suns on the Money Line Thursday.
|08-05-20||Red Sox v. Rays -136||5-0||Loss||-136||8 h 9 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Tampa Bay Rays -136
I successfully backed the Rays yesterday to bounce back from five straight losses in their 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox behind a great outing from ace Charlie Morton. I’m back on the Rays again today and fading the struggling Red Sox.
Boston has lost four straight to fall to 3-8 on the season. They have failed to top two runs in three of those four losses. They are scoring just 3.5 runs per game on the road this season. Tampa Bay is 5-1 at home and scoring 6.3 runs per game at Tropicana Field.
The Rays have a huge advantage on the mound today with Ryan Yarbrough, who is 0-1 with a 1.54 ERA and 0.858 WHIP in two starts while allowing just two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings.
Martin Perez is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in two starts for the Red Sox and is washed up. Perez has never beaten the Rays, going 0-4 with a 7.62 ERA and 1.692 WHIP in eight career starts against them. Take the Rays Wednesday.
|08-05-20||Nuggets v. Spurs +3.5||Top||132-126||Loss||-110||6 h 56 m||Show|
20* NBA Western Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on San Antonio Spurs +3.5
The San Antonio Spurs trail the Memphis Grizzlies by two games for the 8th seed in the West. They are also 0.5 games back of the Blazers for the 9th seed, and the 8th will square off against the 9th to make the playoffs.
It’s safe to say the Spurs are highly motivated for wins right now. They are clearly playing with a sense of urgency as they are 2-1 SU & 3-0 ATS since the restart with upset wins over Sacramento and Memphis, as well as a 2-point loss to Philadelphia as 7-point dogs on the 2nd of a back-to-back.
The Nuggets are only playing for playoff positioning. They lost by 20 to Miami and beat Oklahoma City in overtime. They have some injuries they are dealing with right now with both Will Barton and Garry Harris out, and Jamal Murray is questionable tonight. All three have missed their first two games as the Nuggets are playing it cautiously with them.
San Antonio is 48-22 ATS when revenging a loss over the last two seasons. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win. The Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last four games as an underdog. Bet the Spurs Wednesday.
|08-04-20||Red Sox v. Rays -138||1-5||Win||100||8 h 33 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Tampa Bay Rays -138
The Tampa Bay Rays will be highly motivated for a victory tonight. They opened 4-1 before losing five straight games heading into this series with Boston. They had yesterday off to regroup, and now I expect them to take down Boston tonight.
Ace Charlie Morton gets the ball for the Rays. Morton is off to a shaky start this season, but the fact remains that he is still an elite starter, and he’s undervalued due to the poor start. Morton went 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 30 starts in 2018 and 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 33 starts in 2019.
Conversely, Nathan Eovaldi is off to a great start this season for the Red Sox at 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA. He is overvalued as a result. But he has faced two poor teams in the Mets and Orioles thus far. Eovaldi is 2-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six career starts against Tampa Bay.
The Rays are 35-16 in their last 51 home games, including 20-6 in their last 26 games as a home favorite. Tampa Bay is 7-1 in the last eight meetings. Roll with the Rays Tuesday.
|08-04-20||Magic -1.5 v. Pacers||109-120||Loss||-105||7 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Orlando Magic -1.5
Few teams have been more impressive than the Orlando Magic since the restart. They have put together two double-digit victories over Brooklyn and Sacramento, two other teams fighting for their playoff lives.
The Indians Pacers have also been impressive with an upset win over Philadelphia in comeback fashion and an 11-point win over Washington. But the Pacers are not healthy right now as they are missing Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb, plus Victor Oladipo is questionable with a knee injury.
The Magic are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Orlando is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games following a win. The Pacers will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back tonight. Indiana is 0-5 ATS in its last five games playing on zero rest. Take the Magic Tuesday.
|08-04-20||Suns +9 v. Clippers||Top||117-115||Win||100||5 h 58 m||Show|
20* NBA Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Phoenix Suns +9
The Phoenix Suns are making their run at the 8th seed in the West. They have opened 2-0 since the restart with a blowout win over Washington and an upset win over Dallas. Now I expect them to give the Los Angeles Clippers a run for their money tonight.
The Suns are almost fully healthy now and playing up to their potential. The Clippers are still missing some key pieces in Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. They will have a hard time putting away the Suns by double-digits, which is what it would take to cover this massive spread tonight.
Phoenix is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games when playing its 3rd road game in 5 days. The Suns are 11-3 ATS in road games when revenging a home loss this season. The Clippers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a win by more than 10 points. Bet the Suns Tuesday.
|08-03-20||Pirates v. Twins -1.5||4-5||Loss||-119||9 h 41 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday PLAY OF THE DAY on Minnesota Twins -1.5 (-119)
The Minnesota Twins have picked up right where they left off last season when they set a MLB record with 307 homers and won the AL Central. They are 7-2 this season and scoring 5.1 runs per game with 16 homers.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the worst teams in baseball. They sit at 2-7, hitting just .177 as a team and scoring 3.3 runs per game. Their starting rotation is terrible, and their bullpen has a 4.04 ERA and 1.536 WHIP. Minnesota’s rotation and bullpen have been solid. The bullpen has a 2.77 ERA and 1.128 WHIP on the season.
Derek Holland is 3-7 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.493 WHIP in 13 career starts against Minnesota. Holland went 2-5 with a 6.08 ERA and 1.506 WHIP in 84 1/3 innings last year between the Giants and Cubs. Take the Twins on the Run Line Monday.
|08-03-20||Raptors v. Heat +3.5||Top||107-103||Loss||-102||2 h 5 m||Show|
20* Raptors/Heat NBA TV Early ANNIHILATOR on Miami +3.5
The mindset of the Miami Heat for this restart is perfect. Erik Spoelstra has said all the right things, and his team delivered with a 125-105 win over the Denver Nuggets in their first game back. Now I expect them to take down the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors now essentially have the No. 2 seed locked up in the East after taking down the Los Angeles Lakers in their opener. They are 3.5 games ahead of the Celtics with seven games to play. And I think this is certainly a bit of a letdown spot off such a huge win over the Lakers.
Miami is 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS against Toronto this season. The Heat are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win. Toronto is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games following a win by more than 10 points. Bet the Heat Monday.
|08-02-20||Spurs +4.5 v. Grizzlies||Top||108-106||Win||100||5 h 25 m||Show|
20* NBA DOG OF THE WEEK on San Antonio Spurs +4.5
The San Antonio Spurs picked up a huge 129-120 upset win over the Kings as 3.5-point underdogs in their opener. Now this is their most important game of the restart facing off against the Memphis Grizzlies, who are the No. 8 seed in the West and the team they are trying to beat out for that final playoff spot.
The Spurs are missing some important players in this restart, but they clearly showed they have enough to be competitive. They shot 53% as a team and 44% from 3-point range against the Kings. Five players scored in double figures, including DeRozan (27), White (26) and Gay (19).
The Grizzlies are a young team that may not handle the pressure of trying to make the playoffs well at all. They blew a 4th quarter lead to the Blazers and lost in overtime in their first game back from the restart. And I don’t believe they should be 4.5-point favorites here given that the Spurs simply need this game more.
San Antonio is 32-11 ATS when revenging a loss where opponent scored 110 or more points over the last two seasons. Bet the Spurs Sunday.
|08-02-20||Padres v. Rockies UNDER 13||6-9||Loss||-105||4 h 30 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Padres/Rockies UNDER 13
Zach Davies and Antonio Senzatela are too good for a total this high in Colorado Sunday. Both have a 3.60 ERA through their lone starts of 2020 and both have had success against the opposition in the past.
Davies is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in four career starts against Colorado. Senzatela owns the Padres, going 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five career starts against them.
Davies is 10-2 UNDER when playing against a team with a winning record over the last two seasons. San Diego is 15-4 UNDER in road games vs. teams who outscore their opponents by 0.5 RPG or more over the last two years. Take the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|08-01-20||Heat +100 v. Nuggets||Top||125-105||Win||100||4 h 36 m||Show|
20* NBA GAME OF THE WEEK on Miami Heat ML +100
The Miami Heat are at full strength coming into the restart. The same cannot be said for the Denver Nuggets, who are going to be without Garry Harris, and they could be without both Jamal Murray and Will Barton, who are questionable. And I just love what I’m hearing from Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
“Our guys are competitors. They love this,” Spoelstra said. “They’re really enjoying this environment, having an opportunity to feel normal and get in between those four lines and compete. We’re excited about our team. We’ve had three really good weeks of practice, guys are ready.”
The Heat aren’t using these eight games to find a favorable matchup. They’re going to play the games and find out where they stand at the end.
“I don’t even need to explain it, we’re not going to lose games or play different to try to line up an opponent. That’s just not our language,” Spoelstra said. “We’re not going to Disney to waste each other’s times. We’re there for a reason. Competition, like I said, brings out a different quality in this group, individually and collectively. We’ll treat those games with great respect.” Bet the Heat on the Money Line Saturday.
|07-31-20||Reds -1.5 v. Tigers||2-7||Loss||-110||7 h 21 m||Show|
15* MLB PLAY OF THE DAY on Cincinnati Reds -1.5 (-110)
I’m back on the Reds today after their game with the Cubs got postponed yesterday. Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo are two aces on one staff for the Reds. I just backed Gray in victory, and now I’m on Castillo today.
Castillo went 15-8 with a 3.40 ERA, a 1.143 WHIP and 10.7 K/9 over 32 starts for the Reds in 2019. In his first and only start of 2020, Castillo held the Tigers to just one run in six innings with 11 K’s to boot. He will handle them again tonight as the Reds win in blowout fashion.
The Tigers are arguably the worst team in baseball but they are getting more respect than they deserve from oddsmakers after their surprising 4-3 start. They are hitting just .205 as a team with one of the worst lineups in baseball.
Spencer Turnbull is 1-12 (-11 units) as a home underdogs of +100 or higher over the last two seasons. The Tigers are losing by 4.4 runs per game on average in this spot. Roll with the Reds on the Run Line Friday.
|07-31-20||Celtics +5 v. Bucks||112-119||Loss||-110||7 h 41 m||Show|
15* Celtics/Bucks ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Boston +5
The Milwaukee Bucks have the No. 1 seed in the East locked up. They are going to find it hard to be motivated until the playoffs get here. We saw that with their 103-124 setback against New Orleans in Monday’s scrimmage. And making matters worse is they will be without both Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton, who both contracted COVID-19.
Boston is fighting for seeding and could get up to the No. 2 seed in the East as they trail the Raptors by three games. They are also just 2.5 games ahead of the Heat for 4th place. They for sure want either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed so they can avoid Milwaukee until the Eastern Conference Finals.
While the Bucks will be missing some key players, the Celtics come back fully healthy and ready to go. They have Kemba Walker (21.2 PPG), Jayson Tatum (23.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG), Jaylen Brown (20.4 PPG), Gordon Hayward (17.3 PPG) and Marcus Smart (13.5 PPG) all healthy and averaging double-digit points. Take the Celtics Friday.
|07-31-20||Grizzlies v. Blazers -2.5||Top||135-140||Win||100||4 h 11 m||Show|
20* NBA Friday No-Doubt Rout on Portland Trail Blazers -2.5
The Portland Trail Blazers are the biggest beneficiaries of the time off. It allowed them to get healthy as injuries decimated their roster. They now have Jusuf Nurkic, Hassan Whiteside and CJ McCollum back healthy. Damian Lillard is also good to go.
The Blazers would be the scariest No. 8 seed of all the teams vying for that spot due to their massive potential when healthy. As we saw, they made the Western Conference Finals last year when healthy.
And now the Blazers have a chance to really make a statement against Memphis tonight, which is the current No. 8 seed in the West. I think this young Grizzlies team is vulnerable here down the stretch and will have a hard time matching what they did in the first half of the season. The pressure is on, and I trust the veteran Blazers in this pressure-packed situation. Bet the Blazers Friday.
|07-30-20||Jazz v. Pelicans -2||Top||106-104||Loss||-105||6 h 25 m||Show|
20* Jazz/Pelicans TNT No-Brainer on New Orleans -2
The New Orleans Pelicans were playing great before the stoppage. They had gotten almost everyone back from injury, and they won eight of their final 13 games.
Now healthy again, the Pelicans were one of only two teams to win all of their scrimmages prior to the restart. Look for them to continue their solid play here tonight against the Utah Jazz as they try and chase down the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th and final playoff spot in the West.
The Jazz suffered a huge blow when second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic suffered a wrist injury that required season-ending surgery in May. He averaged 20.2 points per game and shot 41.4% from 3-point range this season. They simply cannot replace his shooting and scoring and will be much easier to defend now. Bet the Pelicans Thursday.
|07-29-20||Cubs v. Reds -105||Top||7-12||Win||100||8 h 22 m||Show|
20* MLB GAME OF THE MONTH on Cincinnati Reds -105
Yes, I’ve lost on the Reds the last two days against the Cubs. But I’m back on them again today in what has to feel like a must-win. The Cubs are now 4-1 with the Reds 1-4 and three games behind.
This is my strongest play of the season thus far. Ace Sonny Gray takes the ball for the Reds. Gray went 11-8 with a 2.87 ERA in 31 starts or the Reds last season. He pitched six innings of one-run ball with nine K’s against the Tigers in his debut.
While Gray is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 0.857 WHIP in six career starts against the Cubs, Kyle Hendricks has struggled against the Reds. The Cubs went 0-3 in Hendricks’ final three starts against the Reds in 2019. He went 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA while allowing 12 earned runs and 6 homers in 14 2/3 innings.
Gray is 11-0 against the money line when the total is 9 to 9.5 over the last two seasons. Bet the Reds Wednesday.
|07-28-20||Cubs v. Reds -109||Top||8-5||Loss||-109||9 h 44 m||Show|
20* MLB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Cincinnati Reds -109
The Cincinnati Reds have now dropped three straight by a combined 4 runs. It’s safe to say they’ll be highly motivated for a victory Tuesday, and I’ll back them at basically even money against the Chicago Cubs, who they already trail by two games in the division.
Tyler Mahle has had success against the Cubs in his career. He is 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.079 WHIP in five career starts against them. He gave up one or fewer runs in three of those starts and went at least six innings in four of them.
Alec Mills has just six career starts in the big leagues and is no match for Mahle. The Cubs are 2-9 in their last 11 games after scoring 7 or more runs in two straight games. Chicago is 4-10 in its last 14 games in Cincinnati. Bet the Reds Tuesday.
|07-27-20||Cubs v. Reds +107||Top||8-7||Loss||-100||12 h 9 m||Show|
20* NL GAME OF THE WEEK on Cincinnati Reds +107
The Cincinnati Reds are showing great value today as underdogs off back-to-back losses to the Tigers. They’ll come back highly motivated for a win Monday against division rival Chicago in Game 1 of this series.
Wade Miley is 6-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.057 WHIP in 10 career starts against the Cubs. That includes 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA against Chicago over the last two seasons. He went 14-6 with a 3.98 ERA for the Houston Astros in 2019.
I’ll gladly fade Jon Lester, who went 13-10 with a 4.46 ERA in 31 starts for the Cubs last season. He is clearly on the decline, but his name recognition continues to have him overvalued. Bet the Reds Monday.