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MLB Handicapping: Miami's Johnson makes positive adjustments

04.22.2012     06:53 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Miami (Johnson) -115 at Washington (Gonzalez) O/U 6.5

A positive article on Miami's Josh Johnson heading into this afternoon's game against Washington. Johnson was not sharp in his first two starts of the season (8.2 IP, 9 ERs) but allowed only two runs in seven innings last time vs. Chicago. He said that he spotted a flaw in his delivery and made the proper mechanical adjustment.


 “When my timing’s off everything the past month hasn’t really felt quite there,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t really sure what it was until we went back to look at the video and saw that my hands werent breaking at the correct time and doing what I’ve always done through my career,” Johnson said, adding that after the adjustment, “I felt like I could let it go.”






Tags: MLB Miami Marlins Washington Nationals




NBA Playoff Odds heading into Saturday's action

04.21.2012     07:52 AM     Printer Friendly
Update NBA Playoff Odds (playoffs, division, homecourt) from Basketball Prospectus. Utah and Phoenix are close to 50/50 to earn the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Suns currently own the tiebreaker over the Jazz but the two teams hook up in Utah next Tuesday. The Bulls have a better than 90% chance at earning the top seed in the East while San Antonio is nearly 97% to do so in the West.

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NBA Handicapping: Phoenix hoping to maintain playoff position with win over Denver

04.21.2012     07:34 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Denver at Phoenix -4.5 O/U 211.5

The Phoenix Suns will try to hold onto the eighth seed in the Western Conference as they play host to Denver this afternoon. The Nuggets won and covered the previous two meetings are a 1.5 games up on the Suns in the seventh spot. Utah is tiled with Phoenix record-wise and Houston is a game back but the Suns own the tiebreaker against both teams.


“We’ve been owing Denver one this entire season,” Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair said. “The last one, we let get away from us (in Denver) when we were winning the game (in the fourth quarter). They’re coming to our home court. Our fans know we are playing for the playoffs. It should be a great atmosphere.

“I like that feeling. That’s what it’s all about. I haven’t got an opportunity in my career to Read more



Tags: NBA Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets




NFL Week 1 Betting Lines at LVH Sportsbook

04.19.2012     07:36 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Here are LVH's Week 1 NFL opening lines and totals.

Game — Total

Cowboys at Giants (-3) — 47

Colts at Bears (-9.5) — 41.5

Eagles (-6.5) at Browns — 42

Bills at Jets (-6) — 42.5

Redskins at Saints (-11) — 51.5

Patriots (-6.5) at Titans — 48.5

Jaguars at Vikings (-3.5) — 39

Dolphins at Texans (-6) — 44.5

Rams at Lions (-9.5) — 44.5

Falcons (PK) at Chiefs — 42

49ers at Packers (-6.5) — 45

Panthers (-2.5) at Buccaneers — 47

Seahawks at Cardinals (-2.5) — 42

Steelers at Broncos (-2) — 45

Bengals at Ravens (-7) — 40.5

Chargers (PK) at Raiders — 48







Tags: NFL Las Vegas




NBA Gambling Notes: Phoenix Suns thrive at staying healthy

04.19.2012     06:58 AM     Printer Friendly
Interesting article from Basketball Prospectus on the incredible health the Phoenix Suns have been able to maintain this season. The Suns lost the fewest games to injury while New Jersey lost the most.

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NBA Betting News: Miami Heat favored to win NBA title

04.18.2012     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly
The Las Vegas Sun breaks down this year's contenders for the NBA Championship.

Odds to win the NBA Championship (Cantor Gaming)
Miami — Even
Oklahoma City — 3-to-1
Chicago — 9-to-2
San Antonio — 6-to-1
Los Angeles Lakers — 8-to-1
Los Angeles Clippers — 10-to-1
Boston — 15-to-1
New York — 20-to-1
Memphis — 20-to-1
Dallas — 20-to-1
Orlando — 40-to-1
Philadelphia — 50-to-1
Atlanta — 75-to-1
Denver — 100-to-1
Houston — 100-to-1



Tags: NBA Miam Heat




Betting against the Minnesota Timberwolves in April is not a bad idea

04.18.2012     06:09 AM     Printer Friendly
The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won a game in April was back in 2009 (0-27 SU). The against-the-spread results during that span are also awful (7-20). These outcomes aren't that shocking considering that Aprils in the NBA are notorious for bringing out the best in "tank mode" from bottom-tier teams. This year's Minnesota squad however was looking to reverse that trend but a brutal schedule following the All-Star break and various injuries made it too difficult to overcome. The T-wolves play at Detroit tonight, host fellow "tanker" Golden State on Sunday, and close out the year vs. Denver.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Results April 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Date
Opponent
Score
Minnesota ATS
4/17/2012
Memphis
L 84-91
Win +9.5
4/16/2012
at Indiana
L 88-111
Loss +10.5
4/14/2012
Oklahoma City
L 110-115
Win +11.5
4/12/2012
L.A. Clippers
L 82-95
Loss +7.5
4/11/2012
at Denver
L 107-113
Win+ 8
4/9/2012
Phoenix
L 90-114
Loss +2.5
4/7/2012
at New Orleans
L 90-99
Loss -3
4/4/2012
Golden State
L 94-97
Loss -6
4/2/2012
at Sacramento
L 108-116
Loss +3
4/1/2012
at Portland
L 106-119
Loss +3.5
4/13/2011
Houston
L 102-121
Loss +5.5
4/11/2011
at Phoenix
L 127-135 (OT)
Win +9
4/9/2011
at Denver
L 106-130
Loss +13.5
4/6/2011
Phoenix
L 98-108
Loss +4.5
4/5/2011
at New Jersey
L 105-107
Win +5.5
4/2/2011
at Memphis
L 89-106
Loss +14
4/1/2011
Miami
L 92-111
Loss +11
4/14/2010
Detroit
L 98-103
Loss -1
4/12/2010
at San Antonio
L 111-133
Loss +14.5
4/11/2010
at New Orleans
L 86-114
Loss +5.5
4/9/2010
L.A. Lakers
L 88-97
Loss +7.5
4/7/2010
Golden State
L 107-116
Loss +2
4/4/2010
at Oklahoma City
L 108-116
Win +13.5
4/3/2010
Miami
L 84-97
Loss +6.5
4/15/2009
Sacramento
L 90-97
Loss -7.5
4/13/2009
at Dallas
L 94-96
Win +11.5
4/11/2009
Phoenix
L 97-110
Loss +2
Results
 
0-27
7-20





Tags: NBA Minnesota Timberwolves




NBA Betting Notes and Quotes 4-6-2012

04.16.2012     01:46 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve offered some notes and quotes from around the NBA.  The end of this hurried and abbreviated regular season is looming – the playoffs start next weekend.  It’s time for a 1500 word tour around the league in an effort to identify some “bet-on” and “bet-against” teams between now and the beginning of the postseason.

The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the stretch run of the season on their longest losing streak since their 15 game skid to close out last year.  Leading scorer and rebounder Kevin Love has no current timetable to return from his lingering concussion.  Point guard Ricky Rubio has been out for months, and his replacement, Luke Ridnour, is dealing with a sprained right ankle that has caused him to miss their last six defeats.

Center Nikola Pekovic made it very clear what Minnesota’s biggest issue is right now: “We need some other players to step up.”  But even with 20+ point efforts from JJ Barea, Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph last Saturday against Oklahoma City, the T-wolves couldn’t snap their losing Read more


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NBA late-season situational handicapping

04.16.2012     10:20 AM         Printer Friendly
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I started a thread in the Sportsmemo posting forum about the late season playoff push and Western Conference teams playing for the final playoff spots. Here is a list of the teams battling for a playoff position and a top-8 spot along with their remaining schedules.

5. Memphis (35-25)... at Minn, NO, at Char, Port, Cleve, Orl
6. Dallas (34-27)...at Utah, Hou, GS, at Chic, at Atl
7. Denver (33-27)...at Hou, LAC, at Phoenix, Orl, at OKC, at Minn
8. Houston (32-28)...Denver, at Dallas, at NO, GS, at Miami, NO
9. Phoenix (31-29)...Port, OKC, LAC, Denver, at Utah, SA
10. Utah (31-30)...Dallas, at Port, Orl, Phoenix, Port


Phoenix holds the tiebreaker advantage over Utah while the Jazz have the tiebreaker edge over Houston and Denver.

The Nuggets beat the Rockets last night in Denver and play at Houston tonight in a home and away back-to-back. The Suns are a huge, adjusted favorite (-11) over the Trailblazers tonight after Portland saw their final outside chance at the playoffs slip away with a last second loss at Sacramento Sunday.

Utah has a huge game tonight at home against the defending champion Dallas Read more


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MLB Betting Update: Los Angeles Angels continue to struggle

04.16.2012     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Slow start for the hyped Los Angeles Angels (3-6, -5.50 units) who are set to begin a seven-game home stand against Oakland and Baltimore. One scout said he found it hard to believe the Angels won't be in the mix considering the team's starting pitching depth. But, the bullpen has been shaky as has the plate discipline (.315 OBP).


"They can be pitched to, because they have so many free swingers. They have a lot of guys who like to swing the bat."

Even after adding patient hitters Pujols and Chris Iannetta, the Angels went into Sunday having walked in 6.5 percent of their plate appearances, putting them 24th in the league in that category. Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and Morales still haven't taken a walk. Decline, obviously, could also be a factor. The average age of the Nos. 3 through 6 hitters Friday was nearly 35.







Read more


Tags: MLB Los Angeles Angels



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