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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA Summer League Previews and Odds - 07/18/2024

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Jul 18, 2024

The Thursday sports card features NBA Summer League action. Seven games are on the National Basketball League schedule in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Indiana Pacers play against the Denver Nuggets at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN2 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Pacers ended a two-game losing streak with a 98-94 victory against Phoenix on Tuesday. They have a 1-2 record so far in the Summer League. The Nuggets are winless in their first three games after their 80-66 loss to Charlotte two days ago. Indiana is a 5.5-point favorite with the total set at 177.5 (all odds from DraftKings). The Memphis Grizzlies face the New Orleans Pelicans at the Pavilion on NBA TV at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Grizzlies have won their first three games this summer after a 104-85 victory against Orlando on Wednesday. The Pelicans have lost their first three games in the Summer League after a 90-85 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday. Memphis is an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 180.5.The Sacramento Kings battle the Washington Wizards at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN at 4:00 p.m. ET. The Kings have lost two of their first three games after a 106-105 upset loss to New York as a 3.5-point favorite yesterday. The Wizards have lost two games in a row after an 82-80 loss to Portland on Tuesday. They have a 1-2 record this summer. Sacramento is a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 179.5.The Orlando Magic go against the Brooklyn Nets at the Pavilion on NBA TV at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Magic had their two-game winning streak end to start the Summer League in their loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Nets raised the summer record to 2-1 with a 92-85 victory against New York on Tuesday. Orlando is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 179.5.The Cleveland Cavaliers challenge the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers dropped to 1-2 so far this summer after a 96-85 loss to Golden State yesterday. The Lakers ended a two-game losing streak with an 87-86 victory against Atlanta on Wednesday. Cleveland is a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 178.5.The Los Angeles Clippers face the Utah Jazz at the Pavilion on NBA TV at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Clippers won their third straight game to begin the summer with their 112-97 victory against Milwaukee on Tuesday. The Jazz improved their summer record to 2-1 with an 86-76 upset win against Toronto as a 2.5-point underdog yesterday. Los Angeles is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 181.5. The Minnesota Timberwolves play the Houston Rockets at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Timberwolves' two-game winning streak to start the Summer League ended in a 92-90 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday. The Rockets fell to 2-1 this summer with their 87-73 loss to Portland on Monday. Minnesota is a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 179.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: WNBA and NBA Summer League Previews and Odds - 07/17/2024

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2024

The Wednesday sports card features WNBA and NBA Summer League action.The Women’s National Basketball Association has two games on its schedule. The Minnesota Lynx host the Atlanta Dream at 1:00 p.m. ET. The Lynx have lost two games in a row after their 81-74 upset loss at home to Indiana as a 5-point favorite on Sunday. They have a 16-8 record that places them in third place in the Western Conference. The Dream are on a seven-game losing streak after their 81-70 loss at Seattle as a 14-point underdog on Sunday. They are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-16 record. Minnesota is a 7.5-point favorite with the total set at 152.5 (all odds from DraftKings). The Indiana Fever travel to Dallas to play the Wings on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Fever are on a two-game winning streak after an 81-74 upset victory as a 5-point underdog on Sunday. Their 11-14 record puts them in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Wings are on a three-game losing streak after an 87-81 upset loss to Los Angeles as a 3.5-point favorite on Saturday. They have the worst record in the WNBA with a 5-19 mark that puts them in last place in the Western Conference. Indiana is a 4.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 176.5.The National Basketball Association’s Summer League has eight games on the schedule in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Miami Heat play against the Dallas Mavericks at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Heat have a 2-0 record in the Summer League while the Mavericks are 0-2. Miami is a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 183.5.The Sacramento Kings battle the New York Knicks at the Pavilion at  3:30 p.m. ET. The Kings are 1-1 so far this summer. The Knicks are 1-1. Sacramento is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 173.5. The Toronto Raptors face the Utah Jazz at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN2 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Raptors are unbeaten in their first two Summer League games. The Jazz have split their first two games. Toronto is a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 172.5. The Boston Celtics go against the Charlotte Hornets at the Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Celtics have a 1-1 record while the Hornets are 2-0. Boston is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 178.5. The Memphis Grizzlies challenge the Orlando Magic at the Thomas & Mack Center at 7:00 p.m. ET. Both teams have won their first two Summer League games. The Grizzlies are a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 185.5.The Phoenix Suns play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pavilion at 8:00 p.m. ET. Both teams are winless in their first two Summer League contests. Phoenix is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 172.5. The Atlanta Hawks face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET. Neither team has yet to win one of their first two Summer League games. Atlanta is a 3-point favorite with a total of 172.5.The Golden State Warriors battle the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Pavilion at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Warriors have won their first two Summer League games. The Cavaliers are 1-1. Golden State is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 180.5.

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UFC Fight Night Preview And Picks

by Will Rogers

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2024

UFC Fight NightLemos vs. Jandiroba Saturday, July 20th UFC Apex - Las Vegas, NVFight Night returns to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on July 20th. The event doesn't feature the big names that will be on display at the upcoming UFC 304 in London. Yet, there are still some exciting matches. I've taken a closer look at a few of the more interesting ones. The Main Event Lemos vs. JandirobaJandiroba -135 For the second straight week, the ladies will take center stage. That says a lot about how far the women's game has come. This one should be both more competitive and more exciting than last week's 5-round decision win by Namajunas over Cortez. At 37 years old, Amanda Lemos (14-3-1) is still competing at a high level. Lemos is off a decision victory in her last fight and she's won eight of her last 10. The Brazilian has been fighting tough competition. Her only loss in the last 2 years came against Welie Zhang, one of the best in the world. Off three straight wins, 36-year old Virna Jandiroba, also of Brazil, has a 20-3 record. Jandiroba has 12 submission victories on her resume. She's never been knocked and she's never been submitted.  This should be a great battle between two quality fighters from the same country. Jandiroba is a small favorite. The total for the 5-round fight is 2.5 over -188. Lemos is tough but Jandiroba's exemplary grappling skills are likely to make the difference. The Co-Main Event Tavares vs. ParkPark -166 Jun Yong "The Iron Turtle" Park (17-6)  is off a split decision loss. The 33-year old Korean fighter had won his previous four rights. Brad Tavares (20-9) is 36-years old. He's off a loss and has dropped 3 of his past 4 fights. He's just 3-5 his past eight. To be fair, he's fought some very tough opposition. Losses came against guys like Adesanya and Du Plessis. He beat Chris Weidman less than a year ago.  The Iron Turtle would like to get this fight to the ground but Tavares typically has a pretty good takedown defense. Tavares would prefer to stay standing but Park also lands more significant strikes per minute and has a higher striking accuracy. Park is a mid-sized favorite. A look at the o/u line reveals that there is considerable juice on the over 2.5 rounds. Park's last fight was the 9th decision of his career. Considering that 17 or Tavares' 29 fights have gone the distance, you might want to lay the wood with the over 2.5 rounds. Fight Of The Night? Durden vs. SilvaDurden -118As the line suggests, this fight between a pair of promising flyweights could go either way. A native of Covington Georgia, Cody Durden (16-5) checks in off a 2nd round submission loss to Tagir Ulanbekov in December. Prior to that, he was on a four-fight winning streak. Brazilian Bruno "Bulldog" Silva (13-5-2) submitted Tyson Nam in the second frame at UFC Fight Night 221. It marked his 3rd straight victory.  Durden (33) has the grappling advantage but Silva (34) is the superior striker. Durden, who has a 4-inch height advantage, will be attempting numerous takedowns. However, Silva is quite adept with his takedown defense. Silva has had 2 previous draws and Durden has also had 1. Could this be another?  Battle Of The BigsPetersen vs. UsmanUsman -135 Mohammed Usman (10-3) doesn't possess the skills that his older brother does but he's got enough to have his way with an out of shape Thomas Petersen (8-2). Usman, 237 pounds, lost a decision in his last fight. He'd won 3 straight before that and he's never lost 2 in a row. Petersen has never won by decision and he's only won once by submission. When Petersen, 257 pounds, wins the victories almost always come by KO/TKO. But Usman has never been knocked out. Petersen seems to be another hand-picked opponent. Take Usman.

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