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Wednesday, June 21

   by Larry Ness - 06/21/2006

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $250,000 on Tuesday afternoon by the league office and that was the best part of his day! Tuesday night, the Mavericks became just the third team (28 teams have led 2-0) in NBA history to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals and then lose the series, when they lost at home in Game 6 to the Heat, 95-92.

My free play for Wednesday is on the Atl Braves over the Tor Blue Jays at 7:35 ET. I've got a HUGE Wednesday in MLB, featuring my 20* 1st-Half IL Total of the Year as well as another exclusive Las Vegas Insider (16-6 72.7% winners since May 1!).

Dallas bettors were none to happy either, as the early number on Game 6 was Dallas minus-five but the Mavericks closed most places as 6 1/2-point favorites. Also, the adjusted series price after Game 5 was Dallas minus-$1.30 but that was bet up as high as minus-$1.60 at some places.

However, 'under' bettors did just fine, as Game 6 stayed under the closing total of 188. Since the beginning of the conference finals, 14 of the 18 games played stayed under. Followers of the "Zig-Zag" theory got buried in the Finals, going 1-4 ATS.

Dwyane Wade, in just his third season (and just 24-years-old), was the Finals MVP. He scored 36 points last night, while grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out five assists. He ended the series with averages of 34.7-7.8-3.8 and averaged 39.3 PPG in Miami's four straight wins.

Friday's notes (after a day of reflection) will wrap up coverage of the NBA playoffs (pointspread-wise), as well as offer commentary on the teams, players and coaches.

MLB notes

The Oakland A's went to Colorado on Monday with MLB's longest active winning streak (10 straight wins) and after two games, have yet to score. The Rockies have extended the A's scoreless streak to 22 consecutive innings, by winning 7-0 and 6-0. The back-to-back home shutouts, are the first in Colorado's 14-year history!

The Rockies have become a 'dead under' team this year, playing 40 unders and 26 overs (five pushes). It should also be noted that this year's biggest under team, the Detroit Tigers (25-44-3), also owns MLB's best record (48-24) as well as being the majors biggest "moneymaker." At $100/game, the Tigers are plus-$2,278, $1,066 better the second-best team in MLB (the White Sox at plus-$1,172.

A quick check of MLB's biggest 'over teams' shows this. Five teams have played at least 40 'over games' this year and only the LA Dodgers (at 36-34) own a winning record. However, none of the five teams (the others are Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland and Seattle), are plus-money against the moneyline, showing a collective loss of minus-$3,881!

Getting back to the Rockies, who are plus-$461 against the moneyline, their wins the last two days against the A's make them one of just two undefeated teams this year in interleague play. Colorado (5-0) joins Seattle (7-0) as the only teams with unblemished records.

The Braves and Diamondbacks are the only two teams still winless in interleague play (both are 0-4) but their problems run much deeper that that. The Braves have lost eight straight (longest active losing streak in MLB) and 18 of their 21, while the D'backs have dropped 13 of their last 15 games.

MLB's hottest teams are the Marlins (nine straight wins) and the Twins (eight straight wins). Florida is 19-6 since May 22, the best record of any team in either league. The Marlins have never won 10 straight games in their short history and will try to set a new franchise record with their 10th straight win tonight. For those of you who believe it omens, I will point out that Florida's last loss came on June 9th (a 3-2 loss to SD). Ricky Nolasco took the loss that night and he is Florida's starting pitcher tonight.

As for the Twins, they have not only won eight straight but the team has scored four or more runs in 12 straight games. The Twins may need plenty of runs tonight if they plan on extending their winning streak to nine. Starting for Minnesota is Carlos Silva, who owns MLB's highest ERA (7.07) and is allowing opponents to hit .352 against him (also a league-high!).

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