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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/17/2024

by Big Al Staff

Friday, May 17, 2024

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with one game on ESPN. The Indiana Pacers host the New York Knicks at 8:35 p.m. ET in the sixth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Knicks took a 3-2 lead in this series with their 121-91 victory as a 1-point favorite on Tuesday. Indiana is a 6-point favorite, with the total set at 215.5 (all odds from DraftKings). The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TNT and truTV. The Florida Panthers travel to Boston to play the Bruins at 7:10 p.m. ET in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Bruins pulled within a 3-2 margin in this series with a 2-1 victory on the road on Tuesday. The Panthers had won three games in a row before that loss. Florida is a -148 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5.The Colorado Avalanche play at home against the Dallas Stars at 10:10 p.m. ET in the sixth game of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Avalanche kept this series alive with their 5-3 victory on the road on Wednesday. The Stars had won three games in a row before that loss and still hold a 3-2 series lead. Colorado is a -120 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Friday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Pittsburgh Pirates play in Chicago against the Cubs at 2:20 p.m. ET as a -112 money-line road favorite. The Philadelphia Phillies are at home against the Washington Nationals at 6:40 p.m. ET as a -270 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Seattle Mariners are at Baltimore against the Orioles. The New York Yankees host the Chicago White Sox as a -270 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Toronto Blue Jays play at home against the Tampa Bay Rays on Apple TV+ at 7:07 p.m. ET. Two more MLB games start at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Guardians are at home against the Minnesota Twins as a -122 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The New York Mets are in Miami to play the Marlins as a -120 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Atlanta Braves host the San Diego Padres at 7:20 p.m. ET as a -218 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals play at home against the Oakland A’s at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Texas Rangers are at home against the Los Angeles Angels at 8:05 p.m. ET as a -180 money-line favor with an over/under of 9. The Milwaukee Brewers visit to Houston at 8:10 p.m. ET with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 8. The Boston Red Sox play in St. Louis against the Cardinals at 8:15 p.m. ET as a -112 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Detroit Tigers are at Arizona to play the Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds at 10:10 p.m. ET as a -218 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The San Francisco Giants play at home against the Colorado Rockies at 10:15 p.m. ET as a -166 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/16/2024

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with one game on ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. ET in the sixth game of the Western Conference semifinals series. The Nuggets took a 3-2 series lead with their 112-97 victory at home as a 3.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Timberwolves are a 2-point favorite, with the total set at 203 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TNT and truTV. The Carolina Hurricanes play at home against the New York Rangers at 7:10 p.m. ET in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Hurricanes have won two games in a row to pull within a 3-2 margin of the Rangers after their 4-1 victory on the road on Tuesday. Carolina is a -166 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.The Edmonton Oilers travel to Vancouver against the Canucks at 10:10 p.m. ET in the fifth game of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Oilers evened this series at two games apiece with their 3-2 win at home on Tuesday. Edmonton is a -148 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5.The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has six games on its schedule. The Minnesota Twins are at home against the New York Yankees at 1:10 p.m. ET. The Yankees are on a three-game winning streak after their 4-0 victory on the road against the Twins yesterday. The Twins have lost three of their last four games. New York sends out Clarke Schmidt to take the mound to pitch against Minnesota’s Joe Ryan. The Twins are a -122 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.The Philadelphia Phillies host the New York Mets at 6:40 p.m. ET. The Phillies are on a three-game winning streak after their 10-5 victory against the Mets on Wednesday. The Mets have lost five of their last six contests. Taijuan Walker gets the ball for Philadelphia to pitch against Jose Quintana for New York. The Phillies are a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Boston Red Sox play at home against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Red Sox lost for the second time in their last three games after their 4-3 loss at home to the Rays yesterday. Tampa Bay has won two of their last three games. Boston turns to Cooper Criswell to face the Rays’ Zack Littell. The Red Sox are a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs are at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Cubs ended a two-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. The Pirates have lost six of their last eight games after a 10-2 setback at Milwaukee yesterday. Justin Steele takes the hill for Chicago to battle against Jared Jones for Pittsburgh. The Cubs are a -142 money-line favorite. The Houston Astros host the Oakland A’s at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Astros have won four in a row and six of their last seven after their 3-0 victory at home against the A’s on Wednesday. Oakland is on a four-game losing streak. The Astros turn to Cristian Javier to duel against the A’s Joey Estes. Houston is a -218 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 10:10 p.m. ET. The Dodgers had won two games in a row before a 4-1 loss in San Francisco on Wednesday. The Reds lost for the fourth time in their last five games in a 2-1 loss at Arizona yesterday. Tyler Glasnow gets the ball for Los Angeles to pitch against Brent Suter for Cincinnati. The Dodgers are a -300 money-line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 8.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 05/15/2024

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Wednesday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on TNT and truTV. The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:05 p.m. ET in the fifth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Celtics took a 3-1 series lead with their 109-102 win as a 12-point road favorite on Monday. Boston is a 14.5-point favorite with the total set at 204 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Oklahoma City Thunder play a home against the Dallas Mavericks a 9:35 p.m. ET in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Thunder evened his this series at 2-2 with a 100-96 upset victory as a 1.5-point underdog on Sunday. Oklahoma City is a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 213.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with one game on ESPN. The Dallas Stars are at home against the Colorado Avalanche at 8:10 p.m. ET in the fifth game of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Stars took a 3-1 series lead with their 5-1 victory on the road on Sunday. Dallas is a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Wednesday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Baltimore Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays at 12:35 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. ET. The Detroit Tigers play at home against the Miami Marlins as a -166 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago White Sox host the Washington Nationals at 2:10 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks play at home against the Washington Nationals at 3:40 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two more MLB games start at 4:10 p.m. ET. The San Diego Padres are at home against the Colorado Rockies as a -250 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Seattle Mariners host the Kansas City Royals as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Philadelphia Phillies play at home against the New York Mets at 6:40 p.m. ET as a -192 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox are at home against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10  p.m. ET as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Atlanta Braves host the Chicago Cubs at 7:20 p.m. ET as a -166 money-line favorite at BetMGM with a total of 8.5. The Minnesota Twins play at home against the New York Yankees at 7:40 p.m. ET as a -118 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Texas Rangers are at home against the Cleveland Guardians at 8:05 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Houston Astros host the Oakland A’s at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -245 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:07 p.m. ET as a -122 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in San Francisco against the Giants at 9:45 p.m. ET. Matchweek 37 in the English Premier League concludes with two matches. Chelsea is at Brighton and Hove Albion at 2:45 p.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Newcastle United visits Manchester United on the USA Network at 3 p.m. ET in a pick ‘em match with a total of 3.5.

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WNBA GM Survey Poll Provides Insight For Futures Props

by Vegas Writer

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Anyone looking to invest in WNBA futures, perhaps the league's general managers can help provide some insight.Two-time WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces was selected as the player most likely to win the MVP award this upcoming season, per the 2024 GM Survey, which brought together votes from the league's 12 general managers to reveal the league’s best teams, players, coaches, offseason moves, and more in advance of the tip off of the league’s 28th season - in their minds.The 2024 regular season tipped off Tuesday with four games, but there is still time to jump on prop bets for certain awards.The league's GM's responded to 45 questions and were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages were based on the pool of respondents to that particular question.Wilson, who led Las Vegas to back-to-back championships in 2022 and 2023, received 67 percent of the MVP votes. The Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas was next with 25 percent and reigning MVP Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty was third with eight percent. Wilson, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year (2022, 2023), was selected as the league’s best defender, receiving 42 percent of the votes to finish ahead of Thomas, who was second with 25 percent.Also as part of the survey, Aces guard Chelsea Gray earned the top spot in six categories voted on by the GMs. The five-time WNBA All-Star and three-time WNBA champion gathered the most votes for best point guard (75 percent), best passer (67 percent), active player who would make the best coach (42 percent), player with the best basketball IQ (36 percent) and best leader (25 percent). Gray also tied with the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale as the player GMs would most want to take the shot with the game on the line (each received 25 percent).Stewart, a two-time WNBA champion and five-time all-WNBA First Team selection, received 58 percent of the vote as the most versatile player in the league, finishing ahead of second-place vote-getter Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx (17 percent). Stewart was also picked as the player who forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments (42 percent), while Wilson ranked second (25 percent) and Thomas third (17 percent). GMs also viewed Stewart as the best power forward (42 percent).After selecting Indiana rookie Caitlin Clark with the No.1 pick in the draft, the Fever finished ahead of Seattle as the GM’s pick for most improved team for the upcoming season with 58 percent of the votes to Seattle’s 33 percent. The Storm, which signed a pair of six-time All-WNBA performers in Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith as free agents, was viewed as the team that made the best overall moves this offseason through free agency and trades, receiving 67 percent of the votes.The Storm, based on longshot odds, might be a good bet to win the title, considering the price of the ticket and being able to hedge once they make the playoffs.Seattle’s signing of Ogwumike was voted as the player acquisition that will make the biggest impact in 2024, earning 58 percent of the votes. The Storm’s Jewell Loyd, who last season set the WNBA’s single-season scoring record with 939 points, received 75 percent of the votes as the league’s best shooting guard. Clark received 92 percent of the votes for preseason WNBA Rookie of the Year, with the Los Angeles Sparks’ Cameron Brink, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 Draft, getting the remaining eight percent. Clark also garnered 50 percent of the votes as the player the GMs would select if they were starting a franchise today and had the opportunity to sign any player, ahead of Wilson (42 percent) and 2023 Rookie of the Year and Fever teammate Aliyah Boston (eight percent).For me, I believe that alone could fuel Wilson's quest for an MVP title, considering she's still yapping about getting a fourth-place vote last season.Boston was also named as the player most likely to have a breakout season in 2024, earning 18 percent of the vote, while nine other players each received nine percent.Connecticut’s Thomas was tabbed as the player with the greatest hunger to win a championship this season (40 percent). Seattle’s Diggins-Smith was second (30 percent) and Phoenix’s Natasha Cloud and New York’s Stewart and Sabrina Ionescu all tied for third place (10 percent each).Among the highlights from the 2024 WNBA.com GM Survey were these: - Las Vegas is the team that is the most fun to watch (75 percent) and has the best homecourt advantage (42 percent), so make sure you keep an eye out for value with the Aces at home.- The Aces’ Becky Hammon is the best manager/motivator of people (45 percent) and the overall best head coach (42 percent), a good indicator for Coach of the Year props. - The trade of Kahleah Copper from Chicago to Phoenix was the most surprising move of the offseason (58 percent). - The Mercury’s addition of Rebecca Allen in a sign-and-trade deal with Connecticut was considered the most underrated player acquisition (33 percent).  - Washington’s Brittney Sykes was voted as the best perimeter defender (50 percent). She also was the top vote-getter for most athletic player (50 percent), edging out Copper (42 percent). Without Cloud and Elena Delle Donne, the Mystics will rely on a slower pace and tighter defense, which means potentially lower-scoring games. - Connecticut’s Thomas received the most votes as the league’s most versatile defender (33 percent), so watch for high totals with the Sun. - Angel Reese, selected by Chicago with seventh overall pick of the WNBA Draft 2024, was viewed as the biggest steal in terms of where she was selected in the draft (27 percent). She, too, could be a bargain for Rookie of the Year.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 05/14/2024

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Tuesday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on TNT and truTV. The New York Knicks host the Indiana Pacers at 8:05 p.m. ET in the fifth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Pacers evened this series at 2-2 with a 121-89 victory as a 6-point favorite at home on Sunday. New York is a 2.5-point favorite, with the total set at 215.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Denver Nuggets play at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:35 p.m. ET in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Nuggets made this a 2-2 series with their 115-107 upset victory as a 3-point underdog on Sunday. Denver is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 205. The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on ESPN. The Florida Panthers are at home against the Boston Bruins at 7:10 p.m. ET in the fifth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Panthers have won three straight games to take a 3-1 series lead with their 3-2 victory on the road on Sunday. Florida is a -218 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Edmonton Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks at 9:40 p.m. ET in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Canucks took a 2-1 series lead after their 4-3 victory on the road on Sunday. The Oilers are a -205 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The Tuesday card in Major League Baseball has 16 games on its schedule. The Philadelphia Phillies travel to New York to play the Mets at 1:10 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Washington Nationals play in Chicago against the White Sox in the first game of their doubleheader at 4:40 p.m. ET as a -120 money-line road favorite. The Baltimore Orioles play at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 6:35 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Detroit Tigers are at home against the Miami Marlins at 6:40 p.m. ET as a -180 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Boston Red Sox host the Tamp Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. ET as a -122 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The Atlanta Braves play at home against the Chicago Cubs at 7:20 p.m. ET as a -198 money-line favorite with a total of 8. Three MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Nationals battle the White Sox in the second game of their doubleheader, with both teams priced at -110 with an over/under of 8. The New York Yankees are in Minnesota against the Twins on TBS as a -135 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Texas Rangers host the Cleveland Guardians at 8:05 p.m. ET as a -112 money-line favorite with a total of 9. The Houston Astros play at home against the Oakland A’s at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -198 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The St. Louis Cardinals visit Los Angeles against the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Three more MLB games start at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Arizona Diamondbacks are at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -118 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The San Diego Padres host the Colorado Rockies as a -270 money-line favorite with a total of 7. The Seattle Mariners play at home against the Kansas City Royals as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in San Francisco against the Giants at 9:45 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Matchweek 37 in the English Premier League continues with one match. Manchester City is at Tottenham on the USA Network at 3:00 p.m. ET as a -1.5 goal-line road favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 3.5.

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WNBA Futures Wager – Chicago Sky Over 13.5 Wins

by ASA, Inc.

Monday, May 13, 2024

ASA WNBA FUTURE WAGER – OVER 13.5 WINS CHICAGO SKY This gritty Sky team won 18 games a year ago with 11 of those coming on the road. Chicago had the 6th best offensive Net Rating in the league at 101.3 and were 7th in defensive Net Rating at 103.4. They were the 3rd best EFG% team in the league at 50.1%. They were the 8th slowest paced team in the league which kept them competitive in most games with a lower possession rate. Despite their overall losing record they had an acceptable average loss margin of minus -1.6PPG. The Sky made some key additions through the draft with 6’7 Kamilla Cardoso from the National Champions South Carolina. Cardoso will have a huge impact in the WNBA this season, rebounding and as a rim protector. Unfortunately for the Sky she will miss the first few weeks of the season with a shoulder injury. Another top draft pick was Angel Reese, the Bayou Barbie from LSU, who lost in the Final Four this past season, but won a National Championship the year before. Those two players were Superstars in college hoops and will immediately provide the Sky with franchise type players to build a future around.   The Sky brought in an experienced coach in Teresa Weatherspoon who was one of the original WNBA players in 1997 and is currently in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Weatherspoon prides herself on cultivating relationships with her players and bringing energy to the team. She has 17 years of coaching experience, including 3 years on the New Orleans Pelicans staff. There has been some turnover on the roster with key departures of Kahleah Copper and Courtney Williams, but they do get Diamond DeShields back from injury after missing the 2023 season. Dana Evans has been with the Sky since their 2021 Championship season and will provide that veteran leadership the younger players will need at this stage of their careers. With some added depth in Elizabeth Williams and Isabelle Harrison we expect this Chicago Sky team to get to .500 or 20 wins this season. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 05/13/2024

by Big Al Staff

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Monday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on TNT and truTV. The Boston Celtics travel to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers at 7:05 p.m. ET in the fourth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Celtics took a 2-1 series lead with their 106-93 win on the road against the Cavaliers on Saturday. Boston is an 8.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 206 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Dallas Mavericks host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:35 p.m. ET in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Mavericks won Game 3, 105-101, on Saturday, which gave them a 2-1 lead in the series. Dallas is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 213.5. The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on ESPN. The Carolina Hurricanes play in New York to play the Rangers at 7:10 p.m. ET in the fifth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Hurricanes won their first game in this series with a 4-3 victory at home on Saturday. The Rangers hold a 3-1 series lead. Carolina is a -115 money-line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Colorado Avalanche play at home against the Dallas Stars at 9:40 p.m. ET in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Stars have a 2-1 lead in this series after their 4-1 victory on the road on Saturday. The Avalanche are a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Monday card in Major League Baseball has 14 games on its schedule. The Baltimore Orioles are at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 6:35 p.m. ET as a -166 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Detroit Tigers host the Miami Marlins at 6:40 p.m. ET as a -166 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia Phillies are in New York to play the Mets as a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox play at home against the Tampa Bay Rays as a -122 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Atlanta Braves are at home against the Chicago Cubs at 7:20 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line favorite with a total of 8. Two more MLB games start at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Washington Nationals visit the Chicago White Sox as a -130 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Milwaukee Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates as a -142 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Texas Rangers play at home against the Cleveland Guardians at 8:05 p.m. ET as a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Houston Astros are at home against the Oakland A’s at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -180 money-line favorite with a total of 9. The Los Angeles Angels host the St. Louis Cardinals at 9:38 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Three more MLB games begin at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Arizona Diamondbacks play at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -142 money-line favorite with a total of 9. The San Diego Padres are at home against the Colorado Rockies as a -205 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Seattle Mariners host the Kansas City as a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in San Francisco against the Giants at 9:45 p.m. ET as a -192 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Matchweek 37 in the English Premier League continues with one match. Liverpool is at Aston Villa on the USA Network at 3:00 p.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite at BetMGM with a total of 3.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 05/12/2024

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, May 12, 2024

The Sunday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on ABC. The Indiana Pacers host the New York Knicks at 3:35 p.m. ET in the fourth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Pacers won their first game in this series with a 111-106 victory as a 7-point favorite on Friday. Indiana is a 5.5-point favorite, with the total set at 218.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).The Minnesota Timberwolves play at home against the Denver Nuggets at 8:05 p.m. ET in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Nuggets got their first win of the series with their 117-90 upset victory as a 3.5-point underdog on Friday. The Timberwolves are a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 204.5. The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TBS. The Florida Panthers travel to Boston to play the Bruins at 6:40 p.m. ET in the fourth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Panthers took a 2-1 series lead after their 6-2 victory at home on Friday. Florida is a -148 money-line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 9:40 p.m. ET in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Oilers tied this series at a game apiece with their 4-3 victory on the road against the Canucks on Friday. Edmonton is a -205 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Sunday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Three MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:35 p.m. ET. The Boston Red Sox host the Washington Nationals as a -125 money-line favorite at BetOnline with a total of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs play in Pittsburgh against the Pirates as a -111 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Baltimore Orioles play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks as a -125 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Minnesota Twins are in Toronto to play the Blue Jays at 1:37 p.m. ET as a -135 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Three more MLB games start at 1:40 p.m. ET. The Houston Astros visit Detroit to play the Tigers as a -118 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Philadelphia Phillies play in Miami against the Marlins as a -230 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The New York Yankees are in Tampa Bay to play the Rays as a -125 money-line road favorite at BetOnline with a total of 8. Two more MLB games begin at 2:10 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Guardians are in Chicago to play the White Sox as a -170 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the St. Louis Cardinals as a -137 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Texas Rangers travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. ET. The San Francisco Giants host the Cincinnati Reds at 4:05 p.m. ET as a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The Kansas City Royals play in Los Angeles to play the Angels at 4:07 p.m. ET as a -135 money-line favorite with a total of 8. Two more MLB games begin at 4:10 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in San Diego to play the Padres as a -130 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Seattle Marines play at home against the Oakland A’s as a -230 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN features the Atlanta Braves playing in New York against the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Braves are a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5.Matchweek 37 in the English Premier League continues with one match. Arsenal is at Manchester United at 11:30 a.m. ET as a -1.5 goal-line road favorite with a total of 3.5.  

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 05/11/2024

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Saturday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on ABC. The Dallas Mavericks host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3:40 p.m. ET in the third game of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Mavericks evened this series at 1-1 after their 119-110 upset victory as a 5-point underdog on Thursday. Dallas is a 2.5-point favorite, with the total set at 218 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Boston Celtics travel to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers on ABC at 8:40 p.m. ET in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Cavaliers evened this series at one game apiece with their 118-94 upset victory as a 13-point underdog on Thursday. The Celtics are an 8-point road favorite with an over/under of 211.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TNT and truTV. The Carolina Hurricanes play at home against the New York Rangers at 7:10 p.m. ET in the fourth game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Rangers took a 3-0 series lead with their 3-2 victory on the road on Thursday. The Hurricanes are a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Colorado Avalanche are at home against the Dallas Stars at 10:10 p.m. ET in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Stars evened this series at a game apiece with their 5-3 victory at home on Thursday. The Avalanche are a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The Saturday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Toronto Blue Jays host the Minnesota Twins at 3:07 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line favorite with a total of 8. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:05 p.m. ET. The Baltimore Orioles play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks as a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs play in Pittsburgh against the Pirates, with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 7. Four MLB games start at 4:10 p.m. ET. The Boston Red Sox are home against the Washington Nationals as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Atlanta Braves are in New York to play the Mets on FS1 as a -155 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Philadelphia Phillies visit Miami to play the Marlins. The New York Yankees play in Tampa Bay against the Rays as a -122 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Detroit Tigers host the Houston Astros at 6:10 p.m. ET as a -135 money-line favorite with a total of 7. The Cleveland Guardians are in Chicago to play the White Sox at 7:10 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. Two more MLB games are on Fox’s regional coverage at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Milwaukee Brewers play at home against the St. Louis Cardinals as a -155 money-line favorite at BetOnline with a total of 7.5. The Cincinnati Reds travel to San Francisco to play the Giants as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Texas Rangers play in Colorado to play the Rockies at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line road favorite with a total of 10. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in San Diego to play the Padres at 8:40 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 9. The Kansas City Royals visit Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the Oakland A’s at 9:40 p.m. ET. Matchweek 37 in the English Premier League begins with eight matches. Manchester City plays at Fulham on the USA Network as a -2 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.5.  Six more EPL matches begin at 10:00 a.m. ET. Bournemouth hosts Brentford as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 3. Everton plays at home against Sheffield United as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. Newcastle United is at home against Brighton and Hove Albion as a -1 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.5. Tottenham hosts Burnley as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 4. West Ham United hosts Luton Town on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.5. Crystal Palace is at Wolverhampton as a pick ‘em with an over/under of 2.5. Chelsea travels to Wolverhampton with both teams priced as a pick ‘em with a total of 2.5. Chelsea plays at Nottingham Forest on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/10/2024

by Big Al Staff

Friday, May 10, 2024

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on ESPN. The Indiana Pacers host the New York Rangers at 7:05 p.m. ET in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Knicks own a 2-0 series lead after their 130-121 win at home as a 4.5-point favorite on Wednesday. The Pacers are a 7-point favorite with a total of 222.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Minnesota Timberwolves play at home against the Denver Nuggets at 9:35 p.m. ET in the third game of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Timberwolves took a 2-0 series lead with their 106-80 upset victory as a 6.5-point road underdog on Wednesday. Minnesota is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 204.5.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TNT and truTV. The Florida Panthers travel to Boston to play the Bruins at 7:10 p.m. ET in the third game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Panthers evened this series at one game apiece after their 6-1 victory at home on Wednesday. Florida is a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Edmonton Oilers play in Vancouver to play the Canucks at 10:10 p.m. ET in the second game of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Canucks took the first game of the series with a 5-4 victory on Wednesday. The Oilers are a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. 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 Pittsburgh Pirates are at home against the Chicago Cubs as a -130 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Houston Astros are at Detroit against the Tigers as a -135 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees visit Tampa Bay to play the Rays at 6:50 p.m. ET as a -135 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Baltimore Orioles host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Apple TV+ at 7:05 p.m. ET as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Toronto Blue Jays play at home against the Minnesota Twins at 7:07 p.m. ET as a -122 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. Three more MLB games start at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Atlanta Braves are in New York against the Mets as a -155 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Philadelphia Phillies travel to Miami to play the Marlins as a -205 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox are at home against the Washington Nationals as a -205 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Cleveland Guardians play in Chicago against the White Sox at 7:40 p.m. ET as a -112 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.The Milwaukee Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -140 money-line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 8. The Texas Rangers are in Colorado to play the Rockies at 8:40 p.m. ET as a -185 money-line road favorite. The Kansas City Royals visit Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET on Apple TV+ as a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two MLB games begin at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in San Diego to play the Padres as a -170 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The Seattle Mariners host the Oakland A’s as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The San Francisco Giants play at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 10:15 pm ET as a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/09/2024

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, May 09, 2024

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with two games on ESPN. The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:05 p.m. ET in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics took a 1-0 lead with a 120-95 victory at home as a 12.5-point favorite on Tuesday. Boston is a 13.5-point favorite, with the total set at 212 (all odds from DraftKings). The Oklahoma City Thunder play at home against the Dallas Mavericks at 9:35 p.m. ET in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Thunder have a 1-0 series lead after their 117-95 win at home as a 4-point favorite on Tuesday. Oklahoma City is a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 218.5.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TNT and truTV. The Carolina Hurricanes are at home against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in this series with a 4-3 victory on the road on Tuesday. The Hurricanes are a -175 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5.The Dallas Stars host the Colorado Avalanche at 9:40 p.m. ET in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Avalanche won the opening game of this series on the road, 4-3, on Tuesday. The Stars are a -130 money-line favor with an over/under of 6.5. The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has games on its schedule. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. ET. The Cincinnati Reds play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds send out Hunter Greene to take the ball against the Diamondbacks’ Slade Cecconi. Cincinnati is a -125 money-line favorite with a total of 9. The Minnesota Twins play at home against the Seattle Mariners. Pablo Lopez takes the mound for the hill for the Twins to pitch against Logan Gilbert for the Mariners. Minnesota is a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The San Francisco Giants travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. ET. The Giants tap Keaton Winn to take the hill to battle against the Rockies’ Cal Quantrill. San Francisco is a -155 money-line road favorite with a total of 9.5. The New York Yankees are at home against the Houston Astros at 5:05 p.m. ET. Marcus Stroman gets the ball for the Yankees to duel against the Astros’ Ronel Blanco. New York is a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two more MLB games start at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Guardians play in Chicago against the White Sox. The Guardians turn to Ben Lively to pitch against the White Sox’s Erick Fedde. Cleveland is a -148 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The St. Louis Cardinals are at Milwaukee to play the Brewers. Lance Lynn goes for the Cardinals against Tobias Myers for the Brewers. St. Louis is a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals visit Los Angeles to play the Angels on FS1 at 9:38 p.m. ET. The Royals send out Michael Wacha to face the Angels’ Reid Detmers. Kansas City is a -118 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5.

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NBA Playoffs System of the Week

by Al McMordie

Thursday, May 09, 2024

The second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs is underway, with the Celtics, Knicks, Timberwolves and Thunder in the lead in their respective series.  Certainly, Boston rates as the favorite, given its 64-18 regular season record.  But each of Oklahoma City (5-0) and Minnesota (6-0) has yet to taste defeat in the post-season.For our NBA Playoffs System of the Week, we are going to focus on #1-seeded teams.  The Celtics and Thunder each earned #1 seeds, and are up 1-game-to-none heading into tonight's action.Boston has been installed as a 13.5-point favorite vs. Cleveland, while Oklahoma City is a 5-point favorite vs. Dallas.One of the things I like to do is fade #1 seeds that are up 1-0 in a Playoff series.  Dating back to 1991, our top seeds have underperformed in Game 2 off a win in Game 1, going 62-82-7 ATS.And although there's nothing wrong with cashing 56.9%, we can improve our win percentage to 69.3% (34-15-1 ATS) by solely focusing on #1 seeds that are favored by double-digits.  Tonight, only one team fits this 69.3% tightener:  the Boston Celtics.Consider backing the Cavaliers on Thursday night.Good luck, as always,Al McMordie

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