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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/25/2024

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Saturday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Boston Celtics travel to Indiana to play the Pacers on ABC at 8:40 p.m. ET. The Celtics took a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series with a 126-110 victory at home as an 8.5-point favorite on Thursday. They have won nine of their last ten games. The Pacers had won two games in a row before dropping Games 1 and 2 in this series. Boston is a 7-point road favorite, with the total set at 222.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The National Hockey League playoffs continue with Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Dallas Stars host the Edmonton Oilers on TNT and truTV at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Oilers took the opening game of this series with a 3-2 victory in double overtime on Thursday. They have won three games in a row. The Stars have lost two of their last three games. Dallas is a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.The Saturday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Toronto Blue Jays play in Detroit against the Tigers at 1:10 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line road favorite at BetMGM with a total of 8. The New York Mets play at home against the San Francisco Giants as a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 2:10 p.m. ET. The New York Mets are at home against the Texas Rangers as a -125 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Baltimore Orioles visit the Chicago White Sox as a -192 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two MLB games start at 4:05 p.m. ET. The Seattle Mariners play at Washington against the Nationals as a -175 money-line road favorite at BetMGM with a total of 9. The Atlanta Braves are in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates as a -155 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Houston Astros visit the Oakland A’s at 4:07 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Two more MLB games begin at 4:10 p.m. ET. The Boston Red Sox host the Milwaukee Brewers as a -148 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The Tampa Bay Rays play at home against the Kansas City Royals as a -122 money-line favorite with a total of 8. Two MLB games are on regional coverage on Fox at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Chicago Cubs play in St. Louis. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Cincinnati to play the Reds as a -155 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 9. The Philadelphia Phillies travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 9:10 p.m. ET as a -238 money-line road favorite with a total of 10.5. The Cleveland Guardians play in Los Angeles against the Angels as a -130 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The San Diego Padres are at home against the New York Yankees as a -118 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Miami Marlins on FS1 at 10:10 p.m. ET as a -180 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9.

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2024 Roland Garros (French Open) Preview:

by William Burns

Friday, May 24, 2024

It's already been a grueling 2024 season for all of the players and it's only just getting into the busy time of the year. Fully into the "Clay Court" season after a very intriguing start to the year on the "Hard Court." Injury/Fatigue Woes:  Entering this year's French Open plenty of the top players have been dealing with issues with their bodies. World #1 Novak Djokovic might not be dealing with an injury, but he's dealing with something. As a matter of fact, he's yet to win a single tournament in 2024. #2 Carlos Alcaraz enters the big one "concerned" of his forearm still. Yes, they say he's "pain-free," coming in. However, there have been reports that he is still worried about hitting his forehand with full power. #3 in the world, Jannik Sinner also arrives in Paris with a lingering hip injury. After winning the Australian Open, fans were expecting him to play in Rome (his home country.) He wasn't able to play and everyone is eager to see if he can win another slam despite the setback. Many more players have been forced to withdraw from tournaments and not play due to injuries as well. Hopefully there's nothing to worry about for this tournament, but time will tell.   Giant Opening Round Matchups:  Kicking things off with an epic showdown, tennis fans have already been talking anxiously about the #4 Alexander Zverev/Rafael Nadal match. In what could very well be Nadal's last French Open of his career, he will have to go through one of today's best players in order to make a run at glory once again. Zverev knows that this match will not be easy, even considering Nadal's current form and health. This one is MUST-WATCH TV. (Zverev is -400) In a battle of the so-called veteran, we will get to watch the 39 & 37 year old's Stan Wawrinka/Andy Murray showdown in the opening round. Yes, it might not be as exciting of a match than the first one that I mentioned. However, this is a match that long time Tennis fans will be tuning into. Stan has won 16 tournaments (three grand slams) in his time in the tennis world including one in this very tournament back in 2015. On the other hand, the Brit has won 46 titles (three grand slams) over the course of his career. No, he's never won the French. But, he has featured in a final back in 2016. (Wawrinka is -200) On the women's side, a very good matchup will be #23 Anna Kalinskaya/Clara Burel. Both of these women are extremely talented and enter the tournament in the top 50 in the world. Kalinskaya hasn't really been all that impressive on Clay so far. But, she's coming off an excellent Quarter-Final finish in Australia and she's already beaten world #1 Iga Swiatek this season. For Clara Burel, she's not as well known in the tennis world. She made it to the Rof32 in the Australian Open, and will continue to push each and every one of her opponents. This should be a fascinating watch.  (Kalinskaya is -145) Potential Look-Ahead Matchups:Hopeful of yet another Grand-Slam win to his name, Novak Djokovic will have probably the easiest path to the final with #3 Sinner and #2 Alcaraz on the other side. If Rafa Nadal somehow manages to make it that far, a Semi Final matchup with Djokovic would be epic. Looking at the women's draw, #2 Aryna Sabalenka & #4 Elena Rybakina are on the same side. A match between former #1 Naomi Osaka and current #1 Iga Swiatek could very well happen in the second round. Overall many very interesting matchups could play out over the course of this tournament.  Odds to Win (via. DraftKings:) Men's: Carlos Alcaraz +260Novak Djokovic +330 Jannik Sinner +450Alexander Zverev +700Stefanos Tsitsipas +850 Casper Ruud +1200Andrey Rublev +2500Rafael Nadal +2500Daniil Medvedev +3000 Holger Rune +4000Women's: Iga Swiatek -165 Aryna Sabalenka +550 Coco Gauff +900 Elena Rybakina +1000Danielle Collins +2000 Jalena Ostapenko +4000 Maria Sakkari +5000 Qinwen Zheng +5000 Mirra Andreeva +6000 Ons Jabeur +6500  Burns' French Open 2024 Projections:  It's very hard to go against the two favorite's to win the whole thing. That being said, I do expect both Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek to come away with the French Open this year. They are both just way too talented on clay and I don't see them losing. A couple of players that could also win are Novak Djokovic (of course,) Jannik Sinner and Rafael Nadal (if he's playing his best) on the Men's side. For the women, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina could also win with a bit of luck. The top four women at the moment are simply much better than the rest of the field. Therefore, I believe that it's almost a guarantee that one of them wins. Best Bets: Carlos Alcaraz +260 to Win & Iga Swiatek -165 to Win. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/24/2024

by Big Al Staff

Friday, May 24, 2024

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Dallas Mavericks on TNT and truTV at 8:35 p.m. ET. The Mavericks took Game 1 of this series with their 108-105 upset victory as a 4.5-point underdog on Wednesday. They have won five of their last six games. The Timberwolves have lost four of six games. Minnesota is a 5.5-point favorite, with the total set at 207.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The National Hockey League playoffs continue with Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Florida Panthers travel to New York to play the Rangers on ESPN at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Panthers took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-0 shutout victory at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. They have won five of their last six games. The Rangers have lost three of their last four games. Florida is a -112 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The Friday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 p.m. ET. The Toronto Blue Jays play in Detroit against the Tigers as a -122 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Atlanta Braves are in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates. The Seattle Mariners visit Washington to play the Nationals at 6:45 p.m. ET as a -138 money-line road favorite at BetOnline with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals play in Tampa Bay against the Rays at 6:50 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Four MLB games start at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Cincinnati to play the Reds as a -162 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 10. The New York Mets play at home against the San Francisco Giants as a -135 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox are home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Apple TV+ as a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9.5. The Minnesota Twins host the Texas Rangers as a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Baltimore Orioles travel to Chicago to play the White Sox on Apple TV+ at 7:40 p.m. ET as a -258 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Chicago Cubs play in St. Louis against the Cardinals at 8:15 p.m. ET as a -135 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Philadelphia Phillies are in Colorado to play the Rockies at 8:40 p.m. ET as a -205 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 11. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against the Cleveland Guardians at 9:38 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 8. Three more games close out the MLB card at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Houston Astros visit Oakland to play the A’s as a -170 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks are at home against the Miami Marlins as a -198 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The New York Yankees play in San Diego against the Padres as a -155 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5.

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