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MLB Handicapping Preview: Tampa Bay Rays boast top-tier pitching staff

03.26.2012     12:52 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tampa Bay Rays
2011 Record: 91-71
2011 Profits: +8.7 units
2011 O/U: 65-88-9
Pinnacle's 2012 AL East Odds: +503
Pinnacle's 2012 Season O/U Wins: 86.5ov-126

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Wade Davis looks to be the odd man out of the Rays' rotation to start the season with James Shields, David Price, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and Jeff Niemann occupying the top five spots.

Tampa's pitching staff is being called the deepest in baseball. Alex Cobb was sent down to the minors after showing well during last season's call up. Some scouts say Cobb could be a No. 3 or No. 4 on other teams. There is also no room for top pitching prospects Alex Torres and Chris Archer. In the bullpen, the Rays acquired Fernando Rodney and get JP Howell back from Read more

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MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox adjust to manager Bobby Valentine

03.26.2012     11:42 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Boston Red Sox
2011 Record: 90-72
2011 Profits: -12.7 units
2011 O/U: 80-72-10
Pinnacle's 2012 AL East Odds: +292
Pinnacle's 2012 Season O/U Wins: 90.5un-130

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Pretty much sums of the change going on in Boston with Bobby Valentine now in charge.

"One of the manager's jobs is to make those who are uncomfortable comfortable," Valentine said under those blue skies. "And the other job is to make those who are too comfortable uncomfortable."

The Red Sox are grooming former middle reliever Daniel Bard to be a starter. It is a move some scouts question.

One scout said he can't imagine how the Sox don't put Bard in the rotation. "That was their major offseason project, and then you

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Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers' NCAA Tournament Final Four Betting Preview

03.26.2012     10:26 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Over the last two weeks we’ve seen 64 NCAA Tournament teams get eliminated from the field, leaving only the Final Four remaining with a chance to cut down the nets in New Orleans next Monday.

College hoops statistical guru Ken Pomeroy breaks down the four teams chances to win the title as follows: Kentucky 42%, Ohio State 34%, Kansas 17% and Louisville 7%. From my perspective, if John Calipari’s Wildcats play as well next weekend as they did this past weekend, that 42% chance of a title looks pretty darn low.

That being said, it’s going to be very hard for Kentucky to match their near flawless offensive performances in wins over Baylor and Indiana. The Wildcats have scored a ridiculous 220 points in their last 163 possessions; a 1.35 points per possession ratio. Those are not sustainable numbers, even for a team that closed out the weekend ranked #2 in the country (behind only Missouri) with 1.17 points per possession average.

Both Final Four games are rematches of non-conference affairs from earlier in the season. The talking heads on TV are sure to bring up this angle ad nauseum, but the bottom line is that neither affair had a Read more

Tags: College Basketball Kentucky Wildcats Louisville Cardinals Kansas Jayhawks Ohio State Buckeyes Teddy Covers

Sports Betting Podcast 3-26-2012 with Handicapper Erin Rynning

03.26.2012     09:53 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Erin Rynning. ER took care of the entire NBA card from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Erin Rynning - NBA Every Game on the Board

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

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MLB Gambling Preview: Starting pitching a strength for New York Yankees

03.26.2012     08:48 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
New York Yankees
2011 Record: 97-65
2011 Profits: +9.0 units
2011 O/U: 71-78-13
Pinnacle's 2012 AL East Odds: -137
Pinnacle's 2012 Season O/U Wins: 93.5ov-111

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Newly acquired starting pitcher Michael Pineda worked more on control rather than velocity during spring training.

Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Michael Pineda and Freddy Garcia are competing for three spots behind opening day starter CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

New York's lineup will be virtually the same as last year with the exception of Raul Ibanez who takes over for the recently retired Jorge Read more

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NBA Handicapping: Utah plays second of back-to-back after four OT loss

03.26.2012     08:08 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Unique back-to-back situation for the Utah Jazz after losing at Atlanta last night in quadruple overtime. The loss snapped Utah's six-game winning streak. Tonight, the Jazz are 1.5-point underdogs at New Jersey. Atlanta meanwhile was playing its third game in three nights and has tonight off before traveling to Milwaukee Tuesday. The last quadruple OT game in the NBA was back in 1997 when Phoenix defeated Portland 140-139. The Suns has the next day off but Portland managed to win and cover the following night against Golden State.

Utah's minutes last night
Devin Harris 54:51
CJ Miles 49:33
Al Jefferson 51:19
Gordon Hayward 57:28
Paul Millsap 52:56

Tags: NBA Utah Jazz New Jersey Nets Atlanta Hawks

Tiger Woods early favorite to win Masters Tournament

03.26.2012     07:53 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Fresh off of his win at this past weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods is the early betting favorite for the Masters Tournament (April 5-8).

Odds to win the Masters (5Dimes)
Tiger Woods +350
Rory McIlroy +400
Phil Mickelson +900
Lee Westwood +1400
Luke Donald +1400
Adam Scott +2800
Charl Schwartzel +3000
Justin Rose +3300
Jason Day +3300

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NCAA Tournament Odds: Kentucky a -128 favorite to win championship

03.26.2012     07:36 AM     Printer Friendly
Saturday's Final Four in New Orleans is set and not surprising, Kentucky is the betting favorite to win it all.

Current Lines
Louisville vs. Kentucky -8.5 O/U 138.5
Ohio State -2.5 vs. Kansas O/U 136.5

Pinnacle Championship Futures
Kentucky -128
Ohio State +281
Kansas +499
Louisville +1150

Tags: College Basketball Kentucky Wildcats Kansas Jayhawks Ohio State Buckeyes Louisville Cardinals

Los Angeles to Las Vegas high-speed train project in the works

03.26.2012     07:25 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
DesertXpress, a high-speed train that is expected to lure visitors from California to Las Vegas, is close to receiving a massive $4.9 billion loan from the federal government. There are questions though as to whether or not the project makes financial sense (they rarely do). For starters, it is a park-and-ride, meaning residents of Los Angeles will have to drive to about an hour outside the city and then jump aboard the train, which would take about an hour and a half. Once passengers get to Las Vegas, they must then find transportation to a hotel/casino. You can also fly roundtrip from LA to Vegas for about $100.

"It's insanity," says Thomas Finkbiner of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. "People won't drive to a train to go someplace. If you are going to drive, why not drive all the way and leave when you want?" 

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CIT Semifinal Betting Preview: Oakland Grizzlies at Utah State Aggies

03.25.2012     10:37 AM         Printer Friendly
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Oakland at Utah State -5 O/U 150

We’re off a 3-0 college basketball sweep Saturday and we’ll fire at the tournament on Sunday. Utah State (20-15) hosts high-scoring Oakland (20-15) in semifinal action. The Aggies have won all three of their home games in CIT action and head coach Stew Morrill is one of the best; especially at the Spectrum in Logan, Utah. The Aggies are 16-4 on their home court this season and 67-5 the past four regular seasons. And in the favorite role up to -13, Utah State has covered over 60% of its last 110 games at home.

Big contrast in styles and the Aggies will face a tough challenge slowing down the nation’s leading scorer, Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton (26 ppg). The high-scoring Grizzlies push the pace and launch the three-balls while scoring over 79 ppg. Hamilton is the key as his dribble-drives create plenty of scoring for himself and teammates and he also hits 42% from the arch and 88% from Read more

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NBA Handicapping: Scouts chime in on current league topics

03.25.2012     07:48 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good article from ESPN with various unnamed NBA scouts offering their opinions.

They seem to be pretty high on up-and-coming Lakers guard Ramon Sessions.

"He's going to allow Kobe [Bryant] to really play the 2 [guard]. And because of the way Mike Brown runs sets to get Kobe catches, this is going to be huge for [Bryant]. It's not a read-and-react offense anymore. They run several things directly to set up Kobe for a catch in certain spots. There's no question that Sessions will do that for them and do it well. I think they can absolutely play together."

Oklahoma City should benefit from the acquisition on Derek Fisher – if not on the court then certainly from a leadership standpoint.

"He's got the rings, baby. The ring's the thing. All the stuff [OKC's young stars are] trying to get, Fisher's already got. So I think they'll listen to what he has to say. And from a competitive standpoint, Fisher going there kind of gets back at the Lakers.

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Elite Eight Gambling Notes: UNC's Marshall still questionable vs. Kansas

03.25.2012     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Kansas -2 vs. North Carolina O/U 143

Transcribed interview with North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall discussing the status of his surgically repaired wrist. According to Sports Options, he is currently questionable for this afternoon's Elite Eight matchup vs. Kansas. With Marshall, the Tar Heels committed 24 turnovers in their 73-65 overtime win over Ohio on Friday.

On believing he could make enough progress in 24 hours to play ...

KM: "I do. I've gotten better every single day, which is a positive. Not just for the game, but for my health in general. If I were to make a huge jump and be healthy enough to contribute to my team, then there's a chance I could play tomorrow."

Tags: College Basketball North Carolina Tar Heels Kansas Jayhawks

NCAA Tournament Betting Notes: Kentucky playing up-tempo in postseason

03.25.2012     07:27 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Baylor vs. Kentucky -8 O/U 147.5

Article discussing how both Baylor and Kentucky prefer to play at a fast pace. After averaging only 62 possessions per game in SEC play, the Wildcats have played to 70, 67and 73 possessions in the NCAA Tournament.

"Do you want to play slow or fast?'' he asked them on the podium during Saturday's news conference.

"Fast,'' Kentucky senior guard Darius Miller said.

"Huh. If they play the way they enjoy playing, they're going to play better,'' Calipari said. "They just are. They're going to be more comfortable. I trust these players. We had six turnovers and we scored 102 points. I know they're going to make good decisions. The only time they don't is when I leave them on the court too long.''

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Tags: College Basketball Kentucky Wildcats Baylor Bears





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