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NBA Gambling News: Mavericks will play regular rotation vs. Grizzlies

04.16.2014     02:19 PM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Dallas at Memphis -3.5 O/U 190.5

Dallas plans on playing its regular rotation tonight against Memphis despite having a postseason spot locked up. The team feels reaching the 50-win plateau is worth fighting for. Not to mention if they win they avoid top seed San Antonio is the first round. All three potential opponents (Spurs, Thunder, or Clippers) are obviously quality ball clubs but the Mavs haven't had a lot of success of late against San Antonio having lost nine straight.


“I’m not even thinking about that kind of stuff,’’ Carlisle said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the FedEx Forum. “If you can get a higher seed, if you can get 50 wins, you do it.

“It’s more than just avoiding San Antonio,’’ center Samuel Dalembert said. “It’s more like we have pride and we have goals, and we’re trying to reach that 50-mark.



 


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NBA Handicapping: Toronto not concerned with first round matchup

04.16.2014     07:01 AM     Printer Friendly
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The Toronto Raptors claim not to care who they play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. They are currently tied with Chicago for the no. 3 seed. A win tonight over the Knicks means Toronto will face either Washington or Charlotte. If they lose and the Bulls win (at Charlotte), the Raptors would face Brooklyn in the first round. Head coach Dwane Casey has been resting his starters at times down the stretch of the regular season.


“I’m more worried about us moreso than who we play. It’s about us. About our health, rest, whatever we decide to do in that situation. If we play Brooklyn, we play Brooklyn, if we play Washington, we play Washington, there’s no easy teams left in the playoffs right now, all the teams are very capable,” Casey said.

“Brooklyn is probably more playoff-ready, but we can’t control that and we’re not going into this game trying to control that. I’m more worried about our guys’ health — rest if we rest them — and our rhythm. And it’s a fine line between the two.”

 


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NBA Handicapping: Bettors try to tackle tricky regular season finales

04.16.2014     11:28 AM     Printer Friendly
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A lot of tricky handicaps in the NBA with tonight the last game of the regular season. Below is a list of key players who are either questionable, doubtful, or out courtesy of Sports Options.

Atlanta 
Paul Millsap (rest) Doubtful

Milwaukee 
OJ Mayo (ankle) Questionable

Minnesota 
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) Doubtful 
Chase Budinger (ankle) Questionable

Houston 
Chandler Parsons (rest) Doubtful 
James Harden (rest) Doubtful

Detroit 
Josh Smith (knee) Questionable

Boston 
Rajon Rondo (shin) Questionable 
Jared Sullinger (ankle) Questionable

Brooklyn 
Deron Williams (rest) Doubtful 
Joe Johnson (rest) Doubtful

Cleveland 
Luol Deng (back) Out

Indiana 
David West (rest) Doubtful 
Paul George (rest) Doubtful 
Lance Stephenson (rest) Doubtful

New York 
Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) Out

Phoenix 
Goran Dragic (ankle) Out

Sacramento  
Rudy Gay (back) Questionable 
DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) Out

Golden State 
Klay Thompson (rest) Doubtful 
David Lee (rest) Doubtful 
Stephen Curry (rest) Doubtful 
Andrew Bogut (rib) Out

Denver 
Ty Lawson (ankle) Out

LA Clippers 
Chris Paul (rest) Questionable 
Blake Griffin (suspension) Out

Portland 
LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) Questionable

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Sports Betting Podcast 4-16-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Ian Cameron

04.16.2014     10:27 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Ian Cameron. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's MLB slate while Ian previewed the four NHL Eastern Conference playoff matchups.

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Ian Cameron - NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs

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

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NBA Handicapper Free Play: Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder

04.16.2014     10:14 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Detroit at Oklahoma City -14 O/U 211 
Recommendation: Over


The Pistons have been the #1 Over team in the NBA all season long; 55-26 (68%) to the Over through their first 81 games.  Against Western Conference foes like the Thunder – teams that tend to play more uptempo than their Eastern Conference counterparts – Detroit has cashed Overs at a 76% clip in their last 30 ballgames.

Recent Pistons defensive efforts can only be described as dismal or non-existent – hence their 8-1 run to the Over in their last nine ballgames.   They’ve allowed 100+ nine times in their last ten games; 110 or more on seven separate occasions during that span.  Toronto – not exactly an uptempo squad – just hung 116 on Detroit in their last game. 

OKC is coming off back-to-back sluggish losses against the Pacers and Pelicans, failing to reach the century mark in either ballgame following a streak of 20 games out of their previous 23 when the Thunder produced 100 points or more.  OKC has something to play for tonight, looking to clinch the #2 seed in the West (and crucial homecourt edge in the second round of the playoffs).  They’re a Top 5 offensive team, primed to put up points in bunches against the hapless Pistons this evening.  And OKC will have sparkplug point guard Russell Westbrook back on the floor after he sat out Monday’s loss to New Orleans.

But while the Pistons defense has little chance to slow down the Thunder, Detroit continues to produce points on a nightly basis, averaging more than 104 points per game over their last five contests.  With Josh Smith likely to sit again this evening, Detroit’s offensive efficiency numbers improve by leaps and bounds when he’s not on the floor.  That sets the stage for another high scoring affair tonight; just like the last time these two teams met; a game that produced 229 points and flew Over the total with ease. 

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Twitter bashes anti-online gambling crusade

04.16.2014     08:18 AM     Printer Friendly
If you have a Twitter account you've probably seen promoted Tweets – ones that companies pay for to ensure everyone sees. A few nights ago @StopNetGambling – old fart Sheldon Adelson's brainchild – had one of its "online gambling will cause the Apocalypse" Tweets promoted. The response was overwhelmingly "positive."

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NBA Gambling: Pacers plan on sitting three starters in regular season finale

04.15.2014     01:35 PM     Printer Friendly
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Note that for tomorrow's regular season finale vs. Orlando, the Indiana Pacers, who have already wrapped up the Eastern Conference's top seed, will sit Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and David West. Roy Hibbert and George Hill will play but limited minutes.

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MLB Betting Alert: Tampa's Odorizzi scratched for Gomes

04.15.2014     01:27 PM     Printer Friendly
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There has been a pithing change for tonight's Tampa-Baltimore game. Tampa's Jake Odorizzi (flu) was scratched and will be replaced by reliver Bradon Gomes. Gomes has never started a game during his four-year MLB career. He's pitched in 87 games with an ERA of 4.46. Oddsmakers reopend the game with the Orioles and Miguel Gonzalez a -115 favorite with a total of 9un-125.

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Sports Betting Podcast 4-15-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Ian Cameron

04.15.2014     11:06 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Ian Cameron. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down every game on the MLB slate while Ian previewed the four NHL Western Conference playoff matchups.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Rob Veno - MLB Every Game on the Board

Ian Cameron - NHL Western Conference Playoffs

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

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles

04.15.2014     10:09 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
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Tampa Bay (Odorizzi) at Baltimore -105 O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Over


Tampa Bay and Baltimore get together tonight for their second game of the series.  Last night saw the Orioles lay the lumber on young Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer.  The O's strung together 12 hits over his five innings and the result could have been much worse than the 7-1 final.  Baltimore has been swinging the bat well to start the season as they are second in the AL with 121 hits, but their main problem has been discipline at the plate.  They should be able to see plenty of pitches tonight from Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.  Odorizzi had a terrible outing in Kansas City last week giving up 10 hits and 7 earned runs in just 5 innings.  He's struggled to find the plate in both his starts averaging over 17 pitches per inning.  Baltimore counters with Miguel Gonzalez on the mound who hasn't been much better.  In fact Gonzalez has given up 10 earned runs already in just his 9.1 innings pitched.  The long ball has particularly hurt Gonzalez as he's given up 4 homers in both starts combined.  The total has gone Over in all four of their starts heading into tonight.  This total is sitting at a very generous 8.5 and despite the lack of offense Tampa has been producing, tonight seems like an offensive breakout night for both clubs.

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NBA Handicapping: Playoff picture clearer but a few matchups still yet to be determined

04.15.2014     08:47 AM     Printer Friendly
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All 16 NBA Playoffs teams are set but there are still a few series that have yet to be determined. Indiana is the top seed in the Eastern Conference and will face Atlanta in the first round. Miami is the no. 2 seed while Toronto and Chicago are still fighting for the no. 3 and no. 4 seeds. With a win over New York tonight, Brooklyn would lock up the no. 5 seed. Washington and Charlotte are still in play for the no. 6 and no. 7 seeds.

In the Western Conference, Memphis is in following last night's win over Phoenix. Whoever wins Wednesday's Grizzlies vs. Mavericks game will be the seventh seed. San Antonio is the top seed followed by a TBA between Oklahoma City and the LA Clippers for the no. 2 and no. 3 seeds. No. 4 Portland will play no. 5 Houston in the first round. Golden State is the no. 6 seed.

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Erin Rynning's NBA Playoffs 80-46 63% L6 Years

04.15.2014     07:18 AM     Printer Friendly
Professional bettor Erin Rynning owns an unprecedented track record in the NBA; particularly in the playoffs. With six straight winning postseasons, ER has netted 63% winners and over +32 units of profit on a 1, 1.5, and 2 unit scale. He’s also currently wrapping up a ninth straight profitable season overall with a rock solid documented record of 124-97 56% YTD. The NBA Playoffs starts Saturday so we encourage our clients to get on board with Erin’s Full Playoffs Service for only $299. You’ll receive every play from ER for the remainder of the campaign. Click here to purchase or call 1-800-575-3069.

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NHL Gambling: Current Stanley Cup Playoff series odds

04.15.2014     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly
Below are the Stanley Cup Playoff series prices according to Pinnacle Sports. Be sure to tune into the Sportsmemo Podcast today and Wednesday for our playoff previews.

Eastern Conference 
Atlantic #1 - Boston Bruins -283 
Wild Card - Detroit Red Wings +250

Atlantic #2 - Tampa Bay Lightning -110 
Atlantic #2 - Montreal Canadiens +100

Metro #1 - Pittsburgh Penguins -231 
Wild Card - Columbus Blue Jackets +206

Metro #2 - NY Rangers -145 
Metro #3 - Philadelphia Flyers +131

Western Conference 
Central #1 - Colorado Avalanche -134 
Wild Card - Minnesota Wild +121

Central #2 - St. Louis Blues -105 
Central #3 - Chicago Blackhawks -105

Pacific #1 - Anaheim Ducks -186 
Wild Card - Dallas Stars +167

Pacific #2 - San Jose Sharks -140 
Pacific #3 - Los Angeles Kings +127 


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Guess the St. Louis Rams' schedule and win six figures

04.15.2014     07:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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This isn't really gambling so much as guessing but with a little research and common logic someone can at least increase their odds. The St. Louis Rams are offering $100K to anyone who can accurately pick their regular season schedule – including any Monday or Thursday night affairs. Maybe this is a precursor to “contests” involving questions like Will Team A’s game vs. Team B Go Over/Under 47.5 Points?


"In anticipation of the Rams' 2014 regular-season schedule release, we are excited to offer fans the unique opportunity to win $100,000," team vice president of marketing Brian Killingsworth said in a statement. "We challenge our fans to accurately predict all 17 weeks of the team's regular-season schedule and win the cash prize."



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MLB Handicapping: Milwaukee Brewers off to a red hot start

04.15.2014     07:38 AM     Printer Friendly
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Good article from FanGraphs on Milwaukee's hot 10-3 start. They own an MLB-best +24 run differential and ridiculous 1.97 team ERA. Their "playoff odds" have jumped from 8% to over 19%.


According to our Playoff Odds page, when the Brewers were 0-0, they stood about a 7% chance of winning the division, and about a 7-8% chance of winning one of the Wild Cards. We gave them a 14.5% chance of postseason baseball. Look now. Now the Brewers have a 16% shot at the division, and a 17-18% shot at one of the Wild Cards. Their playoff odds are up to 33.7%, which is an increase of 19.2 percentage points.

 


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Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning NBA Playoffs Combo Package

04.11.2014     06:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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Gambling Update: How Phil Ivey beat baccarat

04.14.2014     02:24 PM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Deadspin provides and explanation on the details of how Phil Ivey took Atlantic City's Borgata Casino for nearly $10 million.




Atlantic City casino sues poker pro Phil Ivey

04.14.2014     06:55 AM     View Original Blog
Poker pro Phil Ivey is being accused of scamming Atlantic City's Borgata Casino during a very successful Baccarat run. Ivey won well into the millions but now the Borgata is suing Ivey for $9.3 million saying he took advantage of a manufacturer defect to the playing cards. Ivey had a similar run-in with a London casino last year.




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NBA Gambling Alert: Spurs expected to play starters vs. Rockets

04.14.2014     12:47 PM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
San Antonio at Houston -5 O/U 212

Despite having wrapped up the top seed in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs plan on playing their "regulars" tonight vs. Houston.


“Having all your horses going in the playoffs is huge I think that’s everybody’s major concern. And then hopefully you’re as sharp as you can be execution wise. Those two things I think are the top priorities. I want to keep everybody healthy and I want to keep everybody sharp. That means you can’t just sit people and expect them to roll out first playoff game and be sharp and ready to go. People have to play.”



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Sports Betting Podcast 4-14-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning

04.14.2014     11:11 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning. Teddy broke down every game on the NBA slate while ER did the same for the MLB.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

Erin Rynning - MLB Every Game on the Board

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

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

04.14.2014     11:01 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Atlanta -120 at Philadelphia O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Atlanta


Strong weekend for each of these clubs as they completed series sweeps at home yesterday. For Atlanta, the ramifications were significant since they decisively swept their main divisional competitor Washington by a cumulative score of 23-11. Atlanta’s offense ripped through the Nationals pitching posting a .306 BA, .398 OBP, and 1.000 OPS. Justin Upton has been red hot lately and Freedie Freeman is third in MLB with a .442 BA. Tonight they’ll face Philadelphia’s Roberto Hernandez whose propensity to cause hitters to swing and miss (had 20 in his last start vs. Milwaukee) could cause problems for Atlanta’s free swinging lineup. In the other dugout, the Phillies defeated Miami’s studs Jose Fernandez and Nate Eovaldi on Friday and Saturday before pounding out 12 hits vs. Henderson Alvarez yesterday. In all, the Marlins starters lasted a combined 16.1 IP while allowing 27 hits, 7 walks and 13 earned runs for an ERA of 7.16. MLB’s leading hitter Chase Utley (.500 BA) continues to lead the Philadelphia offense which also got a huge leadoff contribution out of reserve Tony Gwynn Jr. who had a .429 OBP in the series.

Tonight’s contest at Citizens Bank Ballpark figures to tame some of the hot offensive numbers as Roberto Hernandez and Atlanta’s Ervin Santana are flashing solid current form. Like Hernandez, this appears to be a good matchup for Santana who coasted through 8 innings of three hit shutout ball last Wednesday versus the Mets. The veteran RH’s out pitch is his breaking ball which happens to be a weakness of the Phils. Expect each starter to capitalize on their advantageous situations and throw quality starts but the difference will be in the bullpens where Atlanta is far more equipped to close the back third. Philadelphia’s bullpen was worked excessively in the setup and closer spots and they don’t figure to have Jonathan Papelbon available after being used the past three days (45 pitches). LH 8th inning man Antonio Bastardo also threw in every game of the Miami series (49 pitches) while currently dependable RH B.J. Rosenburg (0.00 ERA) worked Saturday & Sunday. There’s a real chance the Philadelphia bullpen will implode tonight so laying the short price with Atlanta is worth a look.  

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: Betting tips on early season MLB totals

04.14.2014     07:42 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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We’re two weeks into the marathon baseball season, but there hasn’t been a lot that stands out thusfar in the standings.  The Milwaukee Brewers are riding a nine-game winning streak into the new week, a surprise team with the best current record in baseball.  And the defending World Series champs, the Boston Red Sox, have slumped out of the gate, sitting in last place in the AL East. 

Frankly, we should expect these sorts of anomalies in early season play – in fact we should expect more of them than we’ve seen thusfar.  But there’s not much we can expect to accomplish from riding hot teams out of the gate and fading underachievers.  Based on two weeks’ worth of results, I wouldn’t recommend betting on the Brewers or against the Red Sox on a daily basis moving forward.  A hot or cold start is not necessarily a ‘leading indicator’ for a hot or cold season.

But MLB totals are a very different story.  I’ve written several previous articles about why I look to bet MLB totals – particularly Overs – all summer long.  To summarize three key points from those previous articles, the betting markets don’t notice streaks of Overs or Unders at anywhere near the level that the markets notice wins and losses, making streaks easier to ride without laying a hefty price. 

Secondly, Overs beget Overs and Unders beget Unders.  Hot lineups, struggling starters and worn down bullpens carry from one game to the next.  So do strong starters, rested and effective bullpens and slumping lineups.  One game legitimately affects the next game.  Bettors looking to capitalize on MLB streaks most assuredly have totals as a significant piece of their betting repertoires.

Thirdly, totals have very little wiggle room on the margins.  You don’t see MLB games totaled above 11 except in the most extreme circumstances, nor does the market offer anything lower than the occasional 6 even in expected pitcher duels with nearly ideal conditions for a low scoring game.  Sides can be priced from pick ‘em to -400 or higher, but totals are forced into a much more limited range.

When it comes to early season MLB totals trends, unlike the sides, there’s plenty that stands out.  Here’s a brief list:

Top Over Teams: 
San Francisco 11-2 
Minnesota Twins 10-2 
LA Angels 10-2 
Arizona Diamondbacks 11-4 
Chicago White Sox 9-4 
Colorado Rockies 9-3

Top Under Teams: 
Boston Red Sox 10-3 
San Diego Padres 9-3 
Milwaukee Brewers 8-4

The case of the Giants really stands out.  Normally, teams don’t fly Over the total every night when they have an elite bullpen.  For example, the Brewers have the best bullpen ERA in baseball thusfar, and they’ve been MLB’s top side money earner and a consistent Under squad.  Meanwhile, the White Sox have the worst bullpen ERA in the league thusfar, and they rank among the strongest Over teams.

And normally teams don’t fly Over the total every night when their top two bats are ice cold.  The Giants have been Over machines here in April despite the fact that key middle-of-the-order bats Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have only 17 hits combined in their 101 at-bats, while driving in only eight runs between them.

So, the Giants bullpen has been great and their lineup isn’t yet clicking on all cylinders.  Yet they’ve been cashing Over bet after Over bet, an emerging trend that unlike the Brewers and Red Sox sides that I wrote about earlier, is most assuredly worth riding for the next week, month – however long it takes until the markets catch up with the “new” Giants.

San Francisco came into the season with a baseline total at AT&T Park in the range of 7 or 7.5.  In 81 home games last year, the Giants didn’t have a single game totaled higher than 8 and 78 of those games were totaled at 7.5 or lower.  Given an average starting pitching matchup at AT&T Park, the total would be 7 or 7.5 without much variance.

But this year’s Giants team is a completely different squad from any recent version.   First of all, they can hit!  Angel Pagan, Michael Morse, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford are all off to solid starts, despite the early struggles from Panda Bear and Pence. 

A squad that ranked among the bottom ten in baseball in runs scored, total bases and home runs last year currently ranks among the top six in all three categories this year.  And frankly, there’s no reason to think their current level of offensive production is primed for any sort of immediate drop-off.  The Giants are hitting and I expect them to continue to hit.

But with that improved offensive production, the Giants new-look lineup is not as good defensively as recent versions. That’s clearly evidenced by their park adjusted defensive efficiency numbers ranking among the bottom third in baseball.

With that defensive decline, San Fran has seen their starting pitching underachieve thusfar, and there’s no reason to think that it’s going to improve by leaps and bounds in the weeks to come.  Both Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum have been lit up early and neither guy has a profile that indicates the situation is likely to improve anytime soon. 

Matt Cain has thrown for 200+ innings in six of the last seven seasons, and his strikeouts are down; an indication that last year’s modest decline could be a harbinger of things to come.  Tim Hudson and Madison Bumgarner have put up solid early season numbers, but even that duo is 5-1 to the Over through their first six starts thanks to the low totals in the markets and the Giants lineup hot bats.

Plain and simple – the Giants baseline total is priced wrong these days.  This squad has a very different feel than last year’s team – a much more potent lineup, with a weaker defense and a drop-off in their starting pitching.  Until we see that market routinely price San Francisco’s totals at home at 8 or higher, there’s no reason to expect the single strongest early season MLB betting trend to suddenly reverse itself!

Most of the eight other total trending teams on the list above are in similar spots.  The markets still value data from last year’s result, particularly when it comes to totals – those baseline numbers remain fairly static from one year to the next.  Those ‘slow-to-adjust’ numbers offer savvy bettors legitimate value riding some of these early season total trends moving forward!

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Sheldon Adelson remains hell-bent on gumming up the works

04.14.2014     07:29 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
One of the better articles we've come across regarding the online gambling vs. Sheldon Adelson saga courtesy of Slate.com. Lots of good links and reasons for you to despise Adelson and his cronies even more than you already do.


Adelson had already begun pressing for a ban through Las Vegas Sands, which spent $320,000 on lobbying in Washington last year. But his formation of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling signaled a new phase in the political influence game. The group hired former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb as national co-chairmen, and kicked off a national media campaign to convince the public of the ills of online gambling.

 


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MLB Gambling: Arizona puts Collmenter in starting rotation

04.14.2014     07:12 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
NY Mets (Wheeler) at Arizona (Collmenter) -125 O/U 9

Look who is back, bettors! Arizona's starting pitching has been so bad (7.18 ERA) that they've decided to place Josh Collmenter back in the rotation. Collmenter has thrived in the role of a reliever with a 2.49 ERA in 148 career innings. As a starter, after the league caught on to his delivery and deception, he posted a 5.11 ERA in 2012. He's been primarily a bullpen arm ever since.


"You still got to make the same pitches," Collmenter said. "Now I just know the exact day I'm going to pitch. That's really the only thing that changes."

"He's a guy who locates and that's kind of what we're having trouble doing is locating the ball when we get guys on base and we feel Josh is the guy to do that for us," Gibson said. "He's pretty efficient with his pitches. He doesn't walk a lot of guys."



 

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NBA Handicapping: Phoenix Suns in must-win situation vs. Memphis Grizzlies

04.14.2014     07:01 AM     Printer Friendly
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Memphis at Phoenix -2.5 O/U 195.5

A game behind Memphis and void of any tie-breakers in their favor, the Phoenix Suns need a lot of favorable bounces to reach the postseason. First, they'll need to beat Memphis tonight and Sacramento on Wednesday. They'll also need the Grizzlies to lose to Dallas in their season finale – the only problem is the Mavs are locked into the seventh seed and will have nothing to play for.

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Atlantic City casino sues poker pro Phil Ivey

04.14.2014     06:55 AM     Printer Friendly
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Poker pro Phil Ivey is being accused of scamming Atlantic City's Borgata Casino during a very successful Baccarat run. Ivey won well into the millions but now the Borgata is suing Ivey for $9.3 million saying he took advantage of a manufacturer defect to the playing cards. Ivey had a similar run-in with a London casino last year.

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