NHL Playoffs Handicapper Free Play: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
|Submitted by ICC|Tags: NHL San Jose Sharks Los Angeles Kings Ian Cameron San Jose at Los Angeles -110 O/U 5
This series is 3-0 to the Over so far and it’s not by accident. Los Angeles has been unable to keep San Jose’s speed through the neutral zone in check which normally isn’t an issue for the Kings’ historically strong defense. LA has been running around in its own zone for minutes on end in this series and that has resulted in a lot more quality scoring chances and goals. A venue shift to their home ice at the Staples Center in Game 3 didn’t change things and I’m not expecting any sort of drastically different result tonight either. The Kings have yielded 33, 40 and 40 shots on goal in the three games and have made goaltender Jonathan Quick look rather ordinary. On the flip side, Los Angeles has been drawn into playing a more up and down game and has seen its scoring chances increase with 34, 26 and 31 shots on net in the first three games. The physical nature of this series has also resulted in a penalty parade with San Jose scoring a power play goal in every game and LA netting a pair of PP goals in Game 3. This total of 5 with minimal juice has been the baseline for the majority of LA’s games this season so let’s take advantage and bet the Over.
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Tim Donaghy rips officiating in Houston-Portland series
Tags: NBA Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy
weighs in on his former co-workers who are currently working the Portland-Houston series.
"Here's what you were seeing --- Bennett Salvatore is a guy on the downslope of his career. They're trying to phase him out. He's trying to have everyone think he's the crew chief because he's older and he has the gray hair. Meanwhile, Foster is the league's Golden Boy. So you have Bennett making mistakes on one end of the floor, trying too hard, and you have Foster on the other end, trying to make up for it by blowing a call."
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Non-New Jersey residents take advantage of online poker
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One of the perks of New Jersey's online poker is that out-of-state gamblers
can play so long as they are within the Garden State's borders.
"Folks are going through the effort to sign up for this activity, either while visiting the Garden State or when they know they have future plans to be in the state and thus want to give themselves the option," Caesars spokesman Seth Palansky said. "For Atlantic City to rebound, we need to attract players from outside the state to have reason to come visit again. To get them to sign up for our Total Rewards program and start gaining loyalty points will pay off for both our land-based and online businesses over the long term."
NFL Handicapping: LVH posts Week 1 lines
All business at LVH Sportsbook with NFL Week 1 lines and totals posted following the league's official schedule release.
Green Bay at Seattle -5 O/U 45
New Orleans at Atlanta -2 O/U 52
Minnesota at St. Louis-5 O/U 46
Cleveland at Pittsburgh -5 O/U 41
Jacksonville at Philadelphia -11 O/U 52.5
Oakland at NY Jets -4.5 O/U 39.5
Cincinnati at Baltimore -2.5 O/U 43.5
Buffalo at Chicago -6.5 O/U 49
Houston at Washington N/L
Tennessee at Kansas City -5.5 O/U 44
Miami at New England -3.5 O/U 47
Tampa Bay at Carolina -2.5 O/U 40.5
Dallas at San Francisco -3.5 O/U 48.5
Indianapolis at Denver -7 O/U 55.5
NY Giants at Detroit -4 O/U 45.5
San Diego at Arizona -3.5 O/U 44.5
NBA Gambling: Spurs and Popovich continue to exceed expectations
Tags: NBA San Antonio Spurs
Nate Silver's FiveThityEight
blog tackles the topic of Gregg Popovich's success against the spread.
If Popovich were just a .500 coach against the point spread, the probability that he’d achieve a 843-728 record or better against it is just 0.17 percent. In other words, this is an awful lot of games, and Pop has done awfully well. It’s likely that there’s something going on — something the betting public has been missing. (And it’s something that it has been missing continually; Popovich’s edge has not abated recently. The Spurs’ record against the point spread over the past five seasons is 54.5 percent.)
Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning talks NBA Playoffs on ESPN's Behind the Bets
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Here is a link
to Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning's ESPN Behind the Bets Podcast from earlier today. Host Chad Millman talked with ER about the NBA Playoffs.
Sports Betting Podcast 4-23-2014 with Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning
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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke the MLB slate and Erin discussed tonight's NBA Playoffs.
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MLB Handicapper Free Play: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
|Submitted by Teddy Covers|Tags: MLB New York Yankees Boston Red Sox Teddy Covers NY Yankees (Pineda) at Boston (Lackey) -120 O/U 9
The Red Sox bullpen is completely spent. Boston hasn’t had a day off since last Monday. They’ve gotten very short stints from each of their last two starters, needing eleven innings of bullpen work over the last two games alone. Manager John Farrell: “This turn through the rotation (our starting pitching has) been less than we've shown in the past. It's been less than expected. For us to play with consistency, we need our starting rotation to lead us through that. Right now we're not getting that.” Boston’s bullpen issues are likely to be on full display tonight with John Lackey taking the hill for the Red Sox. The Yankees have owned Lackey – he’s got a 6.26 ERA against them in six starts since 2011. Lackey certainly isn’t in good form, battered for 20 hits and 12 earned runs in just eleven innings of work over his last two outings. And the Yankees lineup has finally woken up; pounding out 30 runs over their last five ballgames. But there’s little reason to think that Boston won’t be able to trade runs with New York at Fenway tonight. Yankees starter Michael Pineda won’t get away with any ‘pine tar pitching’ tonight like he probably did when he faced the Red Sox two weeks ago, and a short turnaround second look for Boston’s lineup against him is an advantage for Boston. The Red Sox are 4-1 to the Over on this home stand; with all four Overs cashing by at least three runs or more. Expect more of the same here!
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MLB Betting News: Cleveland's defense has been beyond bad
Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians
Good article from FanGraphs
on Cleveland's porous defense thus far. Opposing teams have a ridiculously high BABIP of .331 which has offset the pitching staff's high strikeout and low home run rates.
The problem for the Indians is that they’re not making the hard plays or the easy plays. 11 missed easy plays might not seem like much, but were they to keep up that pace over the entire season, that’s 92 easy plays — plays that other teams are getting at a close-to-perfect rate — that turn into hits or runs or extra pitches.
MLB Handicapping: Cincinnati's bullpen has been awful, should improve
Tags: MLB Cincinnati Reds
It's been a rough start to the year for Cincinnati's bullpen
(5.77 ERA, 4.87 xFIP) but things should start to improve moving forward. Sean Marshall just returned from a bum shoulder. Jonathan Broxton is also working his way back from a forearm injury. And Aroldis Chapman is expected to face live hitters today after getting hit with a line drive during spring training.
"When you don't have your traditional closer, like Chapman," Reds manager Bryan Price said, "it elevates everyone up in the different positions. We certainly need to perform. We've got guys that have a history of performing. Logan and J.J. have been very, very accomplished pitchers with us the last couple of years.
"And we know they're certainly capable of pitching better than they have. I'm very confident they will."
Pro-online gambling lawmakers say let states decide
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: Let individual states decide whether or not they want to offer legalized online gambling.
New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, said in a press release that online gaming “is clearly an issue best left for the states to decide and regulate.”
"It is disappointing that certain elements are working to dismantle New Jersey's landmark internet gambling law," said Sweeney. “We have quickly become a national leader in the world of internet gambling, and we simply cannot afford to have all our hard work and effort undone by the whims of a few down in Washington."
MLB Handicapping: Philadelphia's Hamels set to make first start
Tags: MLB Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia (Hamels) at LA Dodgers (Greinke) -160 O/U 6.5
Philadelphia's Cole Hamels (tendinitis) will make his seasonal debut
tonight against the Dodgers. According to manager Ryne Sandberg, Hamels will have no restrictions.
“He’s [Hamels] stretched out as a normal starter would out of Spring Training, so he’s pitched up to 90 pitches so he won’t have any restrictions,” Sandberg told Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show. “We’ll just watch him pitch and take a look at him and see how he does, but it’s great to have him in the rotation with the other guys we have.
MLB Handicapping: Milwaukee's bullpen has been great but worked very hard
Tags: MLB Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee's bullpen has long been a running joke in the posting forum even though it finished with the fifth-best ERA in MLB (3.19) in 2013 – a number that would have been significantly better if not for John Axford's circus-like 54.2 innings (4.45 ERA). This year's group, sans Axford, has been even better (2.55 ERA) and one of the key reasons why the Brew Crew are a league-best 15-5. But after playing 14 consecutive days and involved in a number of close, tight ball games, the appearances and innings have started to mount
"It's hard when you go extra innings, and already because we've been winning, we've been using certain guys a lot," said manager Ron Roenicke to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. "I was looking at the sheet today, (pitching coach Rick Kranitz) and I were going over it, and certain guys have pitched a lot."
NBA Playoff Betting Consensus: Gamblers expect Game 1 losers to bounce back
Here are the top consensus bets for tonight's three NBA Playoff games courtesy of Bookmaker. Note that the percentages are based on the number of bets made not total handle.
Chicago -5 (66.2%) vs. Washington
Indiana -7 (58.0%) vs. Atlanta
Toronto -5 (56.0%) vs. Brooklyn
Brooklyn-Toronto OVER 190.5 (71.3%)
Washington-Chicago OVER 180 (59.3%)
Atlanta-Indiana OVER 186.5 (54.6%)
College Football Gambling: Texas' Strong says it'll take time to build a contender
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Before you plunk down $100 to win $6,000 (available at 5Dimes) on Texas to win the 2015 BCS National Championship, you may want to read first-year head coach Charlie Strong's take on his team's chances
. Success? Probably. Title game berth? Umm, no.
"We have everything available, and I don't know why we can't be successful," Strong told fans in Fort Worth during the first stop on his bus tour, according to the Austin American-Statesman. "There's no reason for us not to be. Now, I can't tell you how soon it's going to be. Don't hold me to that. Don't say, 'Ooh, coach said next year we'll be in the national ...' We will not be in the national championship game."
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NHL Playoffs Handicapper Free Play: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings
|Submitted by Sammy P Sports|Tags: NHL Boston Bruins Detroit Red Wings Sammy P Boston -140 at Detroit O/U 5
Boston heads to Detroit tonight with the series knotted up at one game apiece. The Bruins played their typical grind it out game throughout Game 1, but couldn't seem to break through offensively. It took a great individual effort from Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk late in the third period to get the Red Wings the 1-0 win. Game 2 was much different as Boston was able to take advantage of its chances and put some goals on the board. They went to the net hard and they were rewarded. They didn't deviate from their plan and they stifled Detroit's offense once again allowing just one goal in a 4-1 win. Detroit's home ice advantage has been virtually nonexistent the past two seasons as they were a meager 18-13-10 at Joe Louis this regular season and just 4-4 over the past two postseason. Boston owned the best road record in the Eastern Conference this season at 23-12-6 and in the past three postseason the Bruins are 6-3 away from home in the first round. Going into Detroit will be just another day at the job for the big bad Bruins. Boston has the confidence and swagger back after Game 2’s win and they won't be looking back this series. I'm expecting a low scoring grinding type of game which favors the road side. Expect the Bruins to get the job done at the reasonable price.
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MLB Handicapping: Dickey struggles vs. American League continue
Tags: MLB Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays Baltimore (Gonzalez) at Toronto (Dickey) -135 O/U 8.5
With the exception of a quality start vs. the Yankees – a team he has historically fared very well against – RA Dickey has really struggled. In three outings against Minnesota, Houston, and Tampa, Dickey allowed 16 earned runs and an alarming 14 walks. He claims he's healthy and his stuff is fine
but it appears that teams are taking a more patient approach against the knuckleballer and forcing him to come in the zone. In three starts vs. the Orioles last season, Dickey allowed 16 earned runs (7.71 ERA) and five home runs.
“It’s amazing that he can keep that thing in the zone period,” manager John Gibbons said of the number of walks that Dickey has amassed this season.
“To be able to throw that thing in the strike zone is pretty tough as it is, but there’s no question it has been hurting him.”
NBA Gambling Trends: Chicago Bulls have strong track record off poor defensive performance
Tags: NBA Washington Wizards Chicago Bulls Washington at Chicago -5.5 O/U 181.5
Fairly strong trend in play for tonight's Washington-Chicago
Game 2. Under Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls are 39-20 SU and 36-22-1 ATS off a loss in which they allowed 100+ points. In those 59 games, Chicago allowed an average of 92.1 points per game. This season, under those same parameters, they are 8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS including a current run of 5-1 SU, 6-0 ATS.
“Our defense wasn’t very good,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You have to adjust to how the game is being called. We can’t allow it to take away from our aggressiveness. We have to play hard without fouling. We have to be disciplined.
NBA Playoff Handicapping: Indiana Pacers try to fix offense on the fly
Tags: NBA Atlanta Hawks Indiana Pacers Atlanta at Indiana -7.5 O/U 187
Never a shortage of issues with the Indiana Pacers these days. Here we have the simple act of sharing
– something the team addressed and obviously didn’t solve three weeks ago
"I think the offensive change is simple: Share the ball more," Vogel said. "We gotta be effective and go inside more, and we gotta be effective when we go inside."
"We need to pound the ball a little more, (we've been) hesitant on our passes," Hill said. "We feed off our two bigs. Roy and David (West) are some of the best bigs in the league. The more damage they can do inside to open up the outside, the better we're going to be. I think we're relying on jump shots a little bit too much and not pounding it inside and not playing good, physical basketball."
MLB Handicapping: Pirates already struggling to duplicate magical 2013
|Submitted by Andrew Lange|Tags: MLB Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew Lange
Pittsburgh's starting rotation hasn't been particularly sharp
the first three weeks of the season with a collective ERA of 4.27 (4.62 FIP). Probably not time to panic just yet but bettors are already aware that it is going to be very difficult for this unit to match last year's output. AJ Burnett's near 400 innings over the last two years are gone. Jeff Locke is the poster child for regression if and when he returns. Francisco Lirano's velocity is down which isn't a good sign for a guy with past arm problems. Wandy Rodriguez's velocity is also down and he’s now on the DL. Charlie Morton is off a career-year but has only one quality start in four tries. And Edison Volquez has looked great but you wonder how long he can keep it together both mentally and physically. As if currently stands, Pittsburgh's rotation is still on better footing that most of the National League but off a year in which everything broke right, an injury or two sprinkled in with some regression could spell doom for a team that struggles mightily to score runs. Of their current rotation, Gerrit Cole is arguably the only one who can outperform last year's numbers. If Volquez stays healthy he can certainly improve on 2013's disaster but again, his track record is spotty. I love what pitching coach Ray Searage has done – particularly the emphasis on getting groundballs – but I’ll have a close eye on this group moving forward.
"We are addressing some problems right now," Searage said. "Sometimes we're getting some hiccups, there is no doubt about that. We're not the sharpest that we can be, and that's going to take some time, but the [bullpen sessions] were addressed. We are having conversations on hitters and stuff and execution of pitches and what we have to do in order to be successful and be consistent. There's a lot of things that we're addressing."
NBA Playoff Betting Consensus: Gamblers like Monday's games OVER the total
Tags: NBA Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers
Here are the top consensus bets for tonight's two NBA Playoff games courtesy of Bookmaker. Note that the percentages are based on the number of bets made not total handle. Also note that Bookmaker/CRIS is the only major sportsbook offshore or in Las Vegas to currently have Oklahoma City -6.5. The rest of the market has -7.
Oklahoma City -6.5 (51.0%) vs. Memphis
Golden State +8 (62.9%) at LA Clippers
Memphis-Oklahoma City OVER 190.5 (73.1%)
Golden State-LA Clippers OVER 212.5 (77.2%)
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MLB Handicapper: San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers
|Submitted by Andrew Lange|Tags: MLB San Diego Padres Milwaukee Brewers Andrew Lange San Diego (Cashner) at Milwaukee (Peralta) -115 O/U 8
Two premium arms on the hill in Milwaukee with San Diego’s Andrew Cashner taking on the Brewers' Wily Peralta. Cashner has been nothing short of perfect through four starts with a 1.27 ERA. He's posted 27 strikeouts in 28.1 innings and perhaps more importantly a sweet 46-30 groundball-to-fly ball ratio. He'll be challenged by this Milwaukee's lineup but should have an advantage coming from the right-handed side. Like Cashner, Peralta has swing-and-miss stuff but has also garnered a lot groundballs (36-21 ratio). Offensively, the Padres have scored three or fewer runs in 13 of their 19 games and getting away from Petco has hardly been the cure with 2.3 runs per game in six games on the highway. Milwaukee's offense has feasted on the likes of sub-par starters Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, Wandy Rodriguez, and Clay Buchholz (prior to his spike in velocity). Hard-throwing right-handers like Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, and Garrett Cole kept them under wraps and I expect Cashner to do the same. Both bullpens have performed well thus far and with rain in the forecast we're likely to see the roof closed. Play this game under.
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