Baseball picksJuly 20, 2017

MLB Thursday Preview New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners

MLB Thursday Preview New York Yankees vs. Seattle MarinersMLB Thursday Preview

New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners

Thursday, July 20, 10:10 p.m. (ET)

Money Line: New York -112   Seattle +102

Total Line: 8

New York at Seattle Game Overview

New York comes into this extended four-game weekend series as part of its current 11-game road trip. The Yankees split four games against Boston last weekend before splitting the first two games of this week’s series against Minnesota. With Tuesday’s 6-3 win as -122 road favorites, the Yankees are now 48-44 and they remain 3.5 games back in the AL East heading into one final game against the Twins.

Look for right-hander Luis Severino to get the start in Thursday’s series opener in Seattle. While he failed to get the decision in his last two starts, he went a full seven innings in each outing and allowed a combined four earned runs on 10 hits in two New York victories. Severino is 5-4 on the year with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Also look for the newest Yankee to take his place in the lineup after New York pulled off a trade with the Chicago White Sox to bring power hitter Todd Frazier into the fold.

The Mariners will wrap up a three-game road trip to Houston on Wednesday after splitting the first two games against the Astros. They started the second half with a three-game sweep of the White Sox on the road as part of a 6-2 record in their last eight games. Seattle is 47-48 on the year and it returns home with a 27-22 record this year at Safeco Field. The total has stayed UNDER the closing line in five of its last seven games.

Felix Hernandez is expected to get the start for the Mariners on Thursday night. He is 5-3 this season through 10 previous starts after spending some time on the DL. His current ERA stands at 4.20 with a 1.44 WHIP after holding the White Sox to one earned run on six hits in a five-inning stint on July 15 to pick up the win. Seattle has generated some solid run support since the break with an average of 5.2 runs over its last five games.

Baseball picksJuly 3, 2017

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Game Matchup Preview

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New York Mets at Washington Nationals 

Monday, July 3, 6:05 p.m. (ET)

Money Line: New York +159   Washington -169

Total Line: 8.5

New York at Washington Game Overview

The Mets’ recent four-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday with a 7-1 loss to Philadelphia as -139 home favorites. The total stayed UNDER closing 9.5-run line in that game and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six contests. New York is 38-43 overall this year with an even 19-19 record on the road. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in four of their last five road games.

New York is expected to go with Steven Matz as its starter for Monday’s game. The left-hander will be making his fifth start of the year and he comes in at 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He held Miami scoreless through seven innings on June 28 to pick up the win; however he also got knocked around by the Nationals earlier that month with four earned runs on eight hits including three home runs.

Washington was able to snap a three-game skid on Sunday with a 7-2 victory against St. Louis as a -161 road favorite in the final game of that weekend series. The total went OVER the seven-run closing line after staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in six of the Nationals’ previous seven contests. They are 7.5 games up on Atlanta in the NL East at 48-34 with a 22-17 record at home and something to look at when making your MLB spread picks.

Look for Stephen Strasburg to be on the mound for Washington in Game 1 of this week’s three-game set. He has picked up the win in two of his last three starts to improve to 9-2 on the year. His ERA now stands at 3.51 and the right-hander’s WHIP is 1.10. Strasburg last faced the Mets on June 17 and he held them to two earned runs on six hits through 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win. In last week’s start against the Chicago Cubs, he struck out 13 batters on his way to victory No. 9.

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Baseball picksJune 26, 2017

Monday Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Matchup Preview

MLB Monday Matchup Preview

Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals

Monday, June 26, 7:05 p.m. (ET) MLB Network

Money Line: Chicago +134   Washington -144

Total Line: 9.5 

Chicago at Washington Game Matchup Overview 

The Cubs started their current 11-game road trip with a 2-2 series split against Miami. They won the first game 11-1 last Thursday night as -142 road favorites before dropping two of the next three games while scoring a grand total of seven runs. The total stayed UNDER closing line in all three of those contests. Chicago is now 38-37 on the year with a losing 16-21 record away from home.

Eddie Butler is scheduled to get the start for the Cubs on Monday night. The right-hander is 3-2 on the year with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP through eight previous starts. Last Wednesday against San Diego, he allowed just one earned run on five hits in four innings pitched. Butler has failed to pitch past the fifth inning in each of his last seven outings. Chicago’s lineup has averaged 4.7 runs through its first 75 games this season, which is currently ranked ninth in the National League.

Washington lost to Cincinnati 6-2 on Sunday as a -152 favorite at home after winning the first two games of this weekend series. This followed a 4-3 run through its recent seven-game stint on the road against Miami and the New York Mets. The Nationals’ lead in the NL East stands at nine games over Atlanta on the strength of an overall record of 45-30. When it comes to wins and losses at Nationals Park, they are 20-15 this season. The total has gone OVER closing line in 10 of their last 13 games overall and something to consider when making MLB baseball picks.

Look for Washington to turn to Gio Gonzalez as its starter in this series opener. The left-hander picked up his seventh win of the season against just one loss by holding the Marlins to three earned runs on six hits in a full seven innings of work. He benefitted from the 12 runs his team put on the board in that game. The Nationals continue to be the most prolific scoring team in the NL with an average of 5.7 runs in their first 75 games played.

Basketball picksMay 9, 2017

Game 5 Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs Wednesday Preview

Game 5 Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs Wednesday PreviewNBA Playoffs Wednesday Preview

Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics

Wednesday, May 10, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Pointspread: Boston -4.5

Total Line: 215

Washington at Boston Game Matchup Overview 

The Wizards won all three of their home games against Atlanta straight-up to take that opening round series in six games and it just hammered Boston two straight times at home by a combined 46 points to even this Eastern Conference Semifinal series at two games apiece. Unfortunately, they have to play this game on the road where they have gone 1-4 both SU and against the spread in five previous postseason contests.

To try and break this pattern, Washington is going to need another stellar effort from John Wall and Bradley Beal as the team’s top two scorers. After they each averaged 23.1 points in the regular season, Wall has bumped things up to 28.8 points per game in the playoffs with Beal adding 23.6 PPG. The Wizards ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring during the regular season with 109.2 points a game and through 10 postseason games this year they have been able to score at least 111 points in each of their last five outings.

Boston has also played night and day in this series starting with the lopsided victories at home in the first two games. Following two losses at home to Chicago (SU and ATS) in the opening round of the playoffs, The Celtics responded with six wins in a row both SU and ATS. The total has gone OVER in the two home games against the Wizards after staying UNDER in the final four games against the Bulls. The winning team in the first four games of this conference semifinals matchup has posted at least 116 points.

Much of Boston’s success in the postseason can be attributed to the elevated play of Isaiah Thomas, who has been dealing with the recent death of his sister. He put up 53 points in a 129-119 victory in Game 2 with the Celtics listed as five-point home favorites and his scoring average through 10 postseason games stands at 25.6 PPG. Boston was seventh in the NBA in scoring in the regular season with 108.0 PPG and it has averaged 120 points in its last three home games.

Basketball picksMay 3, 2017

Game 3 Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards NBA Playoff Preview

Game 3 Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards NBA Playoff PreviewNBA Playoffs Thursday Preview

Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards 

Thursday, May 4, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN

NBA Pointspread: Washington -5

Total Line: 219

Boston at Washington Game Matchup  Overview

Boston lost the first two games in its opening round playoff series against Chicago closing as a home favorite, but since then it has gone a perfect 6-0 both straight-up and against the spread to eliminate the Bulls in six games and take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 of this Eastern Conference Semifinals clash. The total went OVER the 218.5-point line in Tuesday’s 129-119 overtime victory against Washington in which the Celtics closed as five-point favorites at home. The total has gone OVER in the first two games after staying UNDER their previous four contests.

It was the ‘Isaiah Thomas Show’ in Game 2 that ended with Boston outscoring the Wizards 15-5 in overtime. He ended the game with 53 points while going 18-for-33 from the field. The Celtics shot 51.1 percent from the field and they connected on 13-of-36 shots from three-point range. Their scoring average through eight postseason contests now stands at 109.0 points per game.

The Wizards also needed six games to get past Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs after losing a pair of games on the road both SU and ATS. With the total going OVER closing line in Tuesday’s loss, it has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of their first eight postseason games. Washington brings a SU 7-1 record in its last eight home games into Thursday’s Game 3.

John Wall did his best to keep pace on the scoreboard with 40 points in Tuesday’s loss and the rest of Washington’s starters ended that game with at least 13 points apiece. The Wizards connected on 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, but they went just 10-for-34 from beyond the arc. Washington ended the regular season ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 109.2 PPG and it has now scored at least 111 points in its last three outings.

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Basketball picksApril 18, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets NBA Playoff Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston RocketsNBA Playoffs – Wednesday Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets

Wednesday, April 19, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Pointspread: Houston -7.5

Total Line: 224 

Oklahoma City at Houston Game Matchup Overview

The Thunder went an even 6-6 straight-up (5-7 against the spread) to close out the final 12 games of the regular season starting with a 137-125 road loss to Houston on March 26 as 5.5-point road underdogs on BetAnySports’ closing line. They started the postseason in the same fashion by losing Game 1 of this best-of-seven series 118-87 as 7.5-point underdogs on the road. The total went OVER 230.5 in that March loss; however it stayed UNDER the closing 228-point line in Sunday’s loss.

Russell Westbrook has been the story for Oklahoma City this season in his drive towards a probable league MVP award. He ended Sunday’s game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Andre Roberson was the only other starter in double figures with 18 points. The Thunder shot just 37 percent from the field while going 9-for-29 from three-point range. On the year, they averaged 106.6 points per game, which was the 11th-highest total in the NBA.

Houston has extended its current SU winning streak against the Thunder to four games after losing to them early in the season on the road. Game 1 of this series was the first time that the Rockets covered BetAnySports’ closing spread in their last 10 games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of those games during this costly ATS slide. Houston is now 31-11 SU at home this season with a 19-23 record ATS.

The Rockets also have a MVP candidate leading the way in James Harden and he definitely came out on top in his first postseason head-to-head matchup against Westbrook with 37 points in Sunday’s win. Houston shot 49.5 percent from the floor and it outrebounded the Thunder 56-41. The Rockets were the second-highest scoring team in the NBA this season with an average of 115.3 PPG, but it fell all the way to 26th at the other end of the court with a points-allowed average of 109.6 points a game.

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