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NHL Playoff Over/Under Trends After Rounds One and Two

by Hollywood Sports

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Once again, I want to return to assessing totals trends in the Stanley Cup playoffs. One of the data items I track is Over/Under results for each NHL game. I have found that there are certain games in a playoff series that are more likely to go Over the Total and other games in a series that is likely to finish Under the Total. Following these trends helps to inform my decisions regarding when to invest in a Total — and when to avoid investing in a Total I was leaning towards. These are not rules; it would be foolish to just zombie auto-bet the Over just because Game Threes in a playoff series have tended to be higher-scoring affairs. Data mining empirical trends like that — and then relying on them — is a good way to lose a bankroll. Instead, this data provides just another piece of evidence to consider when evaluating the case to play an Over, an Under, or to pass on the Totals situation. Game Ones had four Overs and four Unders in Round One of the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the second round, there was one Over and were three Unders in Game One. That leaves the running total for the 2022 NHL playoffs with five Overs and seven Unders. Last postseason, Game Ones had seven Overs and eight Unders. The grand total for Game Ones in the last two playoff seasons is now 12 Overs and 15 Unders.  Game Twos had four Overs and four Unders in the first round this postseason. There was then one Over and three Unders in the second round. That leaves the running totals for the 2022 postseason at five Overs and Seven Unders. In last year’s playoffs, there were four Overs and 11 Unders in Game Two. The grand total for Game Twos in the last two years in the postseason is nine Overs and 18 Unders. Game Threes had six Overs and two unders in Round One of the playoffs this year. In Round Two, there was one Over and three Unders in Game Threes. The running numbers in the 2022 playoffs for Game Threes at seven Overs and five Unders. The Over was 9-5-1 in last year’s 15 Game Threes. The grand total for Game Threes in the last two postseasons is 16 Overs, 10 Unders, and one push.Game Fours had five Overs and three Unders in Round one of this year’s playoffs. In Round Two, there were two Overs and two Unders this postseason. There have been seven Overs and five Unders in Game Four in these playoffs. Last year, the Over was 6-7-2 in Game Fours. For the last two playoffs, there have now been 13 Overs, 12 Unders, and one push. Game Fives had five Overs, one Under, and one push in the opening round of the playoffs this season. In Round Two, there were two Overs and one Under. Games Fives have seen seven Overs, two Unders, and one push in 2022. Last year, the Over was 4-9-1 in the 14 Game Fives that were played. Overall, there have been 11 Overs, 11 Unders, and one push in the last two playoffs for Game Fives. Game Sixes had five Overs and two Unders in Round One this postseason. In Round Two, there was one Over and one Under. So far this postseason, there have been six Overs and three Unders in Game Sixes. Last year, the Over was 4-3-2 in Game Sixes. In the last two playoffs, there have been 10 Overs, six Unders, and two pushes. Game Sevens had one Over, three Unders, and one push in the playoffs this season. The lone Game Seven in the second round went Over the Total. For 2022, there have been two Game Seven Overs, three Game Seven Unders, and one push. There was one Game Seven Over last postseason and two Game Seven Unders. Over the last two playoffs, there have been three Overs in Game Seven, five Game Seven Unders, and one push.This data over a couple of surprises. The Game Two and Game Three numbers continue to be of note. The sample sizes are small, so there is not much to conclude from just the first round. But this information continues to fine-tune the data I have been collecting. And trends may change over time. Perhaps this data would offer more value if the closing number is separated from the game number in the series, although that will make the sample sizes even smaller. By the semifinals of the NHL playoffs last year, both series were seeing consistent totals of 5s. A year later, there have been 44 playoff games in the first two rounds where the oddsmakers had the total set at 6.5. In Round One, there were 17 Overs and 13 Unders in the 30 games with the total at 6.5. In Round Two, there were seven Overs and seven Unders in the 14 games with the total at 6.5. That leaves the Over with a 24-20 mark in the 44 playoff games this year with a total of 6.5.I will keep looking at these trends in the second round of the playoffs. Assessing this data is just another tool in the toolbox.Best of luck — Frank.

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May National League Overachievers

by Nelly's Sports

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May National League Overachievers With two months of the Major League Baseball season underway there is sufficient pitching data to draw some early conclusions and offer some predictive analysis for the duration of the season. The marketplace has adjusted to the current season numbers more than history and reputation at this point even though most starters have made only eight-to-ten starts. There will be opportunities to fade some of these National League Overachievers in the coming weeks at favorable prices.   Miles Mikolas – St. Louis Cardinals: Among qualified NL starters Miles Mikolas has the third worst CSW% at just 25.8 percent. Mikolas did not pitch in 2020 and made only nine starts last season and his revival as a solid starter for the Cardinals has been a nice story. He had had some great fortune in the early going however, allowing only five home runs in more than 60 innings, well below his career HR/9 rate. Mikolas isn’t a great strikeout threat with a K/9 below 7.0 and he has had good fortune with a .263 BABIP and an 80 percent strand rate through 10 starts in 2022.  Zac Gallen – Arizona Diamondbacks: After three seasons of inconsistency, many are seeing this as the breakthrough season for Gallen, a third-round draft pick in 2016. Gallen is 4-0 in decisions with a 2.32 ERA for a terrific start as Arizona’s de facto ace. He has his lowest K/9 of his career so far and has gone from a 1.41 HR/9 last season to a 0.54 HR/9 rate so far through nine starts. His BABIP of .237 is also way below his career average as a lot has gone right in the first two months for Gallen. Gallen had three scoreless outings in his first five starts which will water down his numbers all season. Over his past three starts he has allowed nine runs while walking seven and his numbers are likely to worsen as the season goes on.  Carlos Carrasco – New York Mets: The 35-year-old Carrasco has been through a lot in his career and has been a great story so far in 2022 after it appeared his career might be over with disastrous results for the Mets last season. He has reversed last season’s 1-5 record at 5-1 already through nine starts this season but he has HR/9 that is a fourth of his rate last season and less than half of his career average. Carrasco is on pace to have his worst K/9 since 2013 and his success has come almost exclusively at Citi Field this season as his road ERA is 5.06. Carrasco has faced only two games this season vs. winning teams as the schedule will stiffen in the weeks ahead.  Walker Buehler – Los Angeles Dodgers: Considered one of the best pitchers in baseball Buehler will command significant pricing pitching for the Dodgers. He had a charmed 2021 season going 16-4 with a 2.47 ERA, next to a 3.57 xFIP and this season he is getting results that look truer to his averages. Buehler has just a 7.5 K/9 this season through 10 starts and his CSW% is just 26.3 percent, by far the worst of his career. In in past four starts heading into June Buehler has allowed 28 hits and 14 runs for a 5.32 ERA while his K/9 keeps dropping. Buehler remains a good starter on a great team, but it will be difficult to justify his upcoming valuations. 

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May American League Overachievers

by Nelly's Sports

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May American League OverachieversWith two months of the Major League Baseball season underway there is sufficient pitching data to draw some early conclusions and offer some predictive analysis for the duration of the season. The marketplace has adjusted to the current season numbers more than history and reputation at this point even though most starters have made only eight-to-ten starts. There will be opportunities to fade some of these American League Overachievers in the coming weeks at favorable prices.   Cal Quantrill – Cleveland Guardians: Cleveland has not received the caliber of starting pitching it expected so far through two months but Quantrill has done his part with a 3.42 ERA through eight starts. He has a 4.96 xFIP however for a huge gap between his ERA and most of his ERA estimators. His 5.3 K/9 is among the worst of any AL starter and he has had great luck with a low BABIP of .255 and a HR/9 of just 0.57. Quantrill beat some of his metrics last season in a nice 2021 campaign but he is doing so by a more severe margin this season and it is not likely to be sustained.   Justin Verlander – Houston Astros: The Astros again appear to be a serious AL contender and Verlander is 6-2 in nine starts even after pitching minimally the past two seasons. Verlander is not close to his previous numbers in his K/9 and CSW% figures however as he should not be valued like a perennial Cy Young contender of the past. Verlander has a .213 BABIP and an over 95 percent strand rate as even for a pitcher with his experience and past success, those are outrageous numbers that won’t hold up over time.  Logan Gilbert – Seattle Mariners: A 2018 1st round draft pick, Gilbert has always had great potential. He put together a strong rookie season in 2021, mostly skipping over AAA entirely. This season he looks like Seattle’s top starter on the surface. He had had some big breaks in the early season numbers compared to last season’s line however and it seems unlikely he’ll go through the 2022 season having halved his 2021 ERA of 4.68, currently with a 2.29 ERA through 10 starts. His K/9, BB/9, and CSW% are all worse this season compared with last season despite having more success in his conventional numbers so far.  Jameson Taillon – New York Yankees: From 2016 and 2021 Taillon was the epitome of a slightly above league-average starter, going 37-30 with a 3.82 ERA. His 8.2 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 are also right in line with that assessment as well. In the great two-month start for the Yankees, Taillon has a 5-1 record and a 2.49 ERA, even while his K/9 has fallen to just 6.9 while his CSW% is 25.8 percent, among the worst of any regular AL starter. Taillon has faced Baltimore in a third of his starts this season to help the cause and he has stranded over 83 percent of his base runners. Taillon didn’t suddenly develop into an elite starter as he remains a rather average option and should be considered a fade option given New York’s elevated pricing as the AL leader.   

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/31/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features NHL and MLB action.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series in the Western Conference finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche on TNT at 8:07 PM ET. Colorado has won three of their last four games with their 3-1 victory against St. Louis on Friday that ended that series in six games. The Oilers have won four in a row after their 5-4 victory against Calgary on the road on Thursday. Colorado is a -185 money line favorite, with the total set at 7.The Tuesday card in Major League Baseball has 16 games on the schedule. Minnesota travels to Detroit in the opening game of their doubleheader at 1:10 PM ET. Delvin Smeltzer pitches for the Twins against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Tigers. Minnesota is a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Cleveland hosts Kansas City at 6:10 PM ET. The Guardians pitch Cal Quantrill against the Royals' Daniel Lynch. Cleveland is a -140 money line favorite with a total of 9.5. Philadelphia plays at home against San Francisco at 6:45 PM ET. Ranger Suarez pitches for the Phillies against Jakob Junis of the Giants. Philadelphia is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET. The New York Yankees are at home against the Los Angeles Angeles with Jordan Montgomery pitching for the Yankees against Noah Syndergaard of the Angels. New York is a -135 money line favorite with a total of 9. Seattle visits Baltimore with George Kirby pitching against a starting pitcher yet to be named. Toronto plays at home against the Chicago White Sox at 7:07 PM ET. The Blue Jays pitch Kevin Gausman against the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito. Toronto is a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Three MLB games start at 7:10 PM ET. The second game of the doubleheader between the Twins and the Tigers has Joey Wentz pitching for Detroit against a starting pitcher yet to be determined. Cincinnati plays at Boston with Luis Castillo pitching for the Reds against the Red Sox’s Michael Wacha. The New York Mets host Washington with Trevor Williams pitching for the Mets against Patrick Corbin of the Nationals. New York is a -180 money line favorite with a total of 9. St. Louis plays at home against San Diego at 7:45 PM ET. The Cardinals pitch Adam Wainwright against the Padres Blake Snell. St. Louis is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two more MLB games start at 8:05 PM ET. Texas is at home against Tampa Bay, with Martin Perez pitching for the Rangers against Ryan Yarbrough of the Rays. The Chicago Cubs are at home against Milwaukee with Justin Steele pitching for the Cubs against Eric Lauer of the Brewers. Colorado hosts Miami at 8:40 PM ET with German Marquez pitching for the Rockies against a starting pitcher yet to be determined for the Marlins. Two MLB games begin at 9:40 PM ET. Atlanta visits Arizona with the Braves pitching Charlie Morton against the Diamondbacks' Humberto Castellanos. Atlanta is a -160 money line road favorite with a total of 9. Houston plays at Oakland with Cristian Javier pitching for the Astros against Frankie Montas of the A’s. Houston is a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Pittsburgh travels to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers at 10:10 PM ET, with the Dodgers pitching Julio Urias against a starting pitcher yet to be determined for the Pirates.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/30/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Monday Memorial Day sports card features NHL and MLB action.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with Game 7 of the best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference semifinals between the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes and on ESPN at 8:07 PM ET. The Rangers evened this series at 3-3 with their 5-2 victory at home against the Hurricanes on Saturday. New York got two goals from Flip Chytil and two assists from Adam Fox. Igor Shestkerkin stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced in the victory. Antti Raanta got pulled in the second period after giving up three goals on the 13 shots. Carolina hosts Game 7 back at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. They are a -145 money line favorite with the total set at 5.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).The Monday card in Major League Baseball has 13 games on its schedule. Milwaukee plays at Chicago against the Cubs in the opening game of their doubleheader at 1:05 PM ET. Minnesota visits Detroit at 1:10 PM ET. Dylan Bundy pitches for the Twins against Beau Brieske for the Tigers. Minnesota is a -165 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. San Diego is at St. Louis at 2:15 PM ET. The Padres pitch Nick Martinez against the Cardinals Packy Naughton. San Francisco travels to Philadelphia at 4:05 PM ET. Logan Webb pitches for the Giants against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Phillies. Houstons plays at Oakland at 4:07 PM ET. The Astros pitch Framber Valdez against the A’s Paul Blackburn. Miami is at Colorado at 4:10 PM ET. Pablo Lopez goes for the Marlins against Ryan Feltner of the Rockies. Miami is a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 10. Cleveland hosts Kansas City at 6:10 PM ET. The Guardians pitch Zach Plesac against the Royals Jonathan Heasley. Cleveland is a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:10 PM ET. The New York Mets are at home against Washington, with David Peterson pitching for the Mets against Erick Fedde of the Nationals. New York is a -185 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Boston hosts Baltimore, with the Red Sox tapping Rich Hill to start against the Orioles Tyler Wells. Boston is a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 10. The Brewers play the Cubs at Wrigley Field at 7:40 PM ET in the second game of their doubleheader. Tampa Bay visits Texas at 8:05 PM ET. Drew Rasmussen pitches for the Rays against Glenn Otto of the Rangers. Atlanta plays at Arizona at 8:10 PM ET. The Braves send out Spencer Strider as their starting pitcher against the Diamondbacks Zac Gallen. Atlanta is a -120 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Los Angeles Dodgers host Pittsburgh at 10:10 PM ET. Walker Buehler pitches for the Dodgers against Zach Thompson of the Pirates. Los Angeles is a -320 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/29/22

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Sunday sports card features NBA and MLB action.The National Basketball Association concludes the Eastern Conference finals with Game 7 of the best-of-seven game series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on ESPN at 8:30 PM ET. Miami forced this Game 7 with their 111-103 upset victory on the road against the Celtics on Friday. Boston is a 2.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 196.The Sunday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on the schedule. San Francisco visits Cincinnati on Peacock at 11:35 AM ET. Alex Cobb pitches for the Giants against Tyler Mahle of the Reds. San Francisco is a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Three more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:35 PM ET. Boston hosts Baltimore with the Red Sox pitching Nick Pivetta against the Orioles Bruce Zimmermann. Boston is a -190 money line favored with a total of 10. Washington plays at home against Colorado, with Josiah Gray pitching for the Nationals against Kyle Freeland of the Rockies. Washington is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Atlanta is at home against Miami, with the Braves pitching Max Fried against the Marlins Elieser Hernandez. Atlanta is a -225 money line favorite with a total of 8.Two MLB games start at 1:40 PM ET. Tampa Bay hosts the New York Yankees, with Shane McClanahan pitching for the Rays against Luis Severino for the Yankees. Tampa Bay is a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Cleveland visits Detroit with the Guardians pitching Triston McKenzie against the Tigers' Elvin Rodriguez. Cleveland is a -160 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. Two MLB games begin at 2:10 PM ET. Minnesota plays at home against Kansas City with Sonny Gray pitching for the Twins against Zack Greinke for the Royals. Minnesota is a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Chicago Cubs with the White Sox pitching Dylan Cease against the Cubs Marcus Stroman. The White Sox are a -165 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Milwaukee travels to St. Louis at 2:15 PM ET. Corbin Burnes pitches for the Brewers against Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals. Milwaukee is a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Two MLB games start at 4:07 PM ET. Texas is at Oakland with the Rangers pitching Dane Dunning against the A’s James Kaprielian. Texas is a -120 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Angels host Toronto with Patrick Sandoval pitching for the Angels against Jose Berrios of the Blue Jays. Los Angeles is a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Three MLB games begin at 4:10 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Arizona with Tyler Anderson pitching for the Dodgers against Zach Davies of the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles is a -210 money line road favorite with a total of 9.5. San Diego plays at home against Pittsburgh, with the Padres pitching Mackenzie Gore against the Pirates Roansy Contreras. Houston is at Seattle with Luis Garcia pitching for the Astros against Marco Gonzales of the Mariners. Houston is a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN2 has the New York Mets playing at home against Philadelphia at 7:08 PM ET. The Mets send Chris Bassitt to the mound against the Phillies Zack Wheeler. New York is a -115 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. 

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MLB Team Batting Average vs. Left-Handed Pitchers

by Wayne Root

Saturday, May 28, 2022

We’re often quizzed on why baseball may be the easiest sport to handicap. What are some of the trends to look at? This is the sport that probably has more angles and trends than the other major league sports combined.  Let’s look at a “must consider” situation when handicapping MLB. This is so important when finding added value which ultimately will increase your win percentages.  The top eight teams thru May 2022 against left handed pitching are: Tampa Bay .272Cleveland *Detroit *Colorado Milwaukee Texas *Kansas City*Pittsburgh .263 The rest all fall below .263. Let’s be somewhat amazed that of these eight teams, only Tampa Bay and Milwaukee are considered playoff teams. Detroit, Colorado, Kansas City and Pittsburgh are almost always mid to large underdogs. If there is exceptional value to extract, betting on these four teams in key spots is necessary.  Let’s also look at those that can’t hit a lefty. The bottom eight teams this season have some surprises for you: *Ny Mets .241*Toronto Washington Philadelphia *St LouisMiamiChicago CubsSeattle .227 I guarantee you that most fans would have little idea that the Mets, Toronto and St Louis are teams to zero in on and bet against when lefties are on the mound. The range shows that Seattle is almost always (yes there are other factors) a go-against wager.  Finally, if it’s lefty vs lefty involving Tampa vs Toronto for example, Tampa would have to be a huge play especially if Toronto was the home team. It’s easy to refer to charts on team batting averages when left handed pitchers are involved along with so many more points to look for.  This is just one bit of information that goes into the thinking and handicapping of a World Champion. This is another example why the best winning streaks are always in betting baseball. And speaking of streaks, we’re on a solid 14-4; 78% winners the past 10 days. That’ll pay some bills.  For mores winners more often, keep learning thru these articles or let Wayne Root pinch hit for you daily. Either way, we both win! Good Luck Betting,Wayne Allyn Root

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Betting NFL Futures 101

by Wayne Root

Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Los Angeles Rams are the reigning Super Bowl champions but are not the favorite to win it all next season. Buffalo is the betting favorite to win the top prize in the NFL as they are around +650 at most sportsbooks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Tom Brady back at quarterback for the third season in a row, and the Kansas City Chiefs are also near the top of the majority of Super Bowl odds boards. When is the right time to bet these? Take the Kansas City Chiefs for this example. At this time, we can bet them at +1000. So you need to go to their schedule and see if you might be able to get better odds by waiting.  Looking at this year’s schedule offers some real good reason why one might wait. They play 2021 playoff teams in 7 of their first 8 games. The one team of those eight not making last year’s playoffs was Indianapolis which lost to Jacksonville in week 18. And they have added QB Matt Ryan to an already talented squad.  Additionally and equally as important, this is the first time in NFL history a team opens their season with eight teams with winning records from the previous year. Maybe the NFL and the schedule makers are wanting to level the playing field.  Without handicapping the teams, I believe that playing the following will be very challenging to go thru these four teams early in the season unblemished. Let’s note these four:LA Chargers@ Indianapolis Colts@Tampa BayBuffalo  Kansas City plays these four in the first six weeks of the season. Surely one cannot imagine the Chiefs being 4-0 or 3-1 when having to play these four.The other four intermixed in the first eight weeks are:@Arizona in their first game.@ LA Raiders@ San Francisco Tennessee  If they are 5-3 or 4-4 and other teams begin 7-1, the betting odds on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl would go from 10/1 to 15/1. If they start out 3-3 in the first six weeks, the odds will certainly be worth waiting for that better opportunity to make your wager. They might be 5-3 after eight games. But hold on. It get harder for them.  Here’s another tip betting Kansas City over/under on total wins. The total wins is set at 10.5 -115.  Add the number of wins you think they’ll have from the eight above. Then look at this. From November 20 thru December 11; a four week stretch, the Chiefs also play:@ LA Chargers LA Rams@ Cincinnati @ Denver Someone in the Chiefs organization must have hit a nerve with the NFL. Their schedule is brutal.  I didn’t give you the other because my point was to make you think about the schedule before you make a bet and figure it out. If you want us to do that for you, get ahold of my General Manager for his help or keep coming back to our article page.  As the summer progresses, come back as these a solid tips to help. You’re getting your college degree in “futures” right here absolutely free.  Good Luck Wagering,Wayne Allyn Root

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL, MLB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 05/28/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Saturday sports card features NHL, MLB, and UEFA Champions League action.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with Game 6 of the best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers on ESPN at 8:07 PM ET. The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead in this series with a 3-1 victory at home on Thursday. The Rangers return home to host this sixth game at Madison Square Garden. Both teams are priced at -110 with the total set at 5.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).The Saturday card in Major League Baseball has 17 games on its schedule. Washington plays at home against Colorado in the opening game of their doubleheader at 12:05 PM ET. Aaron Sanchez pitches for the Nationals against Austin Gomber of the Rockies. Washington is a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Boston is at home against Baltimore in the first game of their doubleheader at 12:10 PM ET. The Red Sox send out Nathan Eovaldi to pitch against Jordan Lyles of the Orioles. Boston is a -210 money line favorite with a total of 9.5. Minnesota hosts Kansas City at 2:10 PM ET. Chris Archer pitches for the Twins against Brad Singer of the Royals. Minnesota is a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.5. Milwaukee visits St. Louis at 2:15 PM ET. The Brewers pitch Adrian Houser against the Cardinals’ Matthew Liberatore. Milwaukee is a -110 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Oakland plays at home against Texas at 4:07 PM ET. Zach Logue pitches for the A’s against Taylor Hearn of the Rangers. Oakland is a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Four MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:10 PM ET. San Francisco travels to Cincinnati with the Giants pitching Alex Wood against the Reds’ Vladimir Gutierrez. San Francisco is a -180 money line road favorite with a total of 10. Cleveland plays at Detroit on FS1 with Shane Bieber pitching for the Guardians against Alex Faedo of the Tigers. Cleveland is a -155 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Atlanta hosts Miami with the Braves tapping Tucker Davidson as their starting pitcher against Sandy Alcantara for the Marlins. Atlanta is a -120 money line favorite with a total of 9. The New York Yankees visit Tampa Bay with Gerrit Cole pitching for the Yankees against Corey Kluber of the Rays. New York is a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The Nationals play at home against the Rockies in the second game of their doubleheader at 6:05 PM ET. Washington pitches Joan Adon against Colorado’s Chad Kuhl. Washington is a -125 money line favorite with a total of 9.5. The Red Sox are at home against the Orioles in the second game of their doubleheader at 6:10 PM ET. Josh Winckowski pitches for Boston against Eayi Reyes for Baltimore. The Red Sox are a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 10.5. Three MLB games start at 7:15 PM ET with regional coverage on Fox. The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Arizona with the Dodgers pitching Tony Gonsolin against the Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly. Los Angeles is a -180 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The New York Mets host Philadelphia with Taijuan Walker pitching for the Mets against Zach Wheeler of the Phillies. New York is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Chicago Cubs with the White Sox pitching Johnny Cueto against the Cubs’ Keegan Thompson. The White Sox are a -140 money line favorite with a total of 8. Toronto travels to Los Angeles to play the Angels at 10:07 PM ET. Yusei Kikuchi pitches for the Blue Jays against Michael Lorenzen for the Angels. Both teams are priced at -110 with an over/under of 8.5. Two more games conclude the MLB card at 10:10 PM ET. San Diego plays at home against Pittsburgh with the Padres pitching Joe Musgrove against the Pirates’ J.T. Brubaker. San Diego is a -250 money line favorite with a total of 7. Houston visits Seattle with Jose Urquidy pitching for the Astros against Logan Gilbert for the Mariners. Houston is a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The UEFA Champions League final takes place on CBS at 3 PM ET. Liverpool is a -0.5 goal line favorite at PlayMGM against Real Madrid with a total of 2.5. The match takes place on a neutral field at the State de France in Saint-Denis, France.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NBA and NHL Previews and Odds - 05/27/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the Eastern Conference finals with Game 6 of the best-of-seven game series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics on ESPN at 8:30 PM ET. The Celtics took a 3-2 lead in this series with a 90-83 victory on the road as a 3-point favorite on Wednesday. Boston returns home as an 8.5-point favorite with the total set at 201 (all odds from DraftKings). The National Hockey League playoffs continue with Game 6 of the best-of-seven series in the Western Conference between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues on TNT at 8:07 PM ET. The Blues pulled within 3-2 in this series with a 5-4 victory on the road against the Avalanche on Wednesday. Colorado is a -175 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Friday card in Major League Baseball has 14 games on its schedule. San Francisco visits Cincinnati at 6:40 PM ET. Carlos Rodon pitches for the Giants against a starting pitcher yet to be determined for the Reds. Washington hosts Colorado at 7:05 PM ET. The Nationals pitch Aaron Sanchez against the Rockies Austin Gomber. Washington is a -120 money line favorite with a total of 9. Four MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:10 PM ET. Baltimore travels to Boston with Kyle Bradish of the Orioles pitching against Garrett Whitlock of the Red Sox. Cleveland plays at Detroit with Shane Bieber of the Guardians facing Alex Faedo of the Tigers. Cleveland is a -160 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The New York Mets are at home against Philadelphia, with the Mets pitching Carlos Carrasco against the Phillies’ Zach Eflin. New York is a -145 money line favorite. Tampa Bay plays at home against the New York Yankees with Jeffrey Springs on the mound for the Rays against Jameson Taillon of the Yankees. Tampa Bay is a -120 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Miami visits Atlanta at 7:20 PM ET with Trevor Rogers pitching for the Marlins against Ian Anderson of the Braves. Minnesota hosts Kansas City at 8:10 PM ET. The Twins pitches Bailey Ober against the Royals Brad Keller. Minnesota is a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Milwaukee travels to St. Louis at 8:15 PM ET. Brandon Woodruff pitches for the Brewers against Daniel Hudson of the Cardinals. Toronto plays at Los Angeles against the Angels at 9:38 PM ET. The Blue Jays pitch Alek Manoah against the Angels Chase Silseth. Toronto is a -115 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Four MLB games conclude the card at 9:40 PM ET. Texas visits Oakland with Jon Gray of the Rangers battling against Cole Irvin of the A’s. Texas is a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Arizona with the Diamondbacks pitching Madison Bumgarner against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Dodgers. San Diego hosts Pittsburgh, with Sean Manaea of the Padres dueling against Jose Quintana of the Pirates. San Diego is a -200 money line favorite with a total of 7. Houston travels to Seattle with the Astros pitching Justin Verlander against the Mariners Chris Flexen. Houston is a -200 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/26/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the Western Conference finals with Game 6 of the best-of-seven game series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors on TNT at 9 PM ET. The Mavericks won their first game of this series with a 119-109 victory against the Warriors as a 1.5-point favorite at home on Tuesday. Golden State holds a 3-1 lead in the series. The Warriors are a 7-point favorite with the total set at 215.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The conference semifinals in the National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on ESPN. Carolina hosts the New York Rangers at 7:07 PM ET. The Rangers evened this series at 2-2 with a 4-1 victory at home on Tuesday. Carolina returns home as a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 5. Calgary plays at home against Edmonton at 9:37 PM ET. The Oilers have won three straight games to take a 3-1 lead in this series with a 5-3 victory at home on Tuesday. The Flames are a -150 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has 11 games on the schedule. The Chicago Cubs visit Cincinnati at 12:35 PM ET. Justin Steele pitches for the Cubs against Hunter Greene of the Reds. Chicago is a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees play at Tampa Bay at 6:40 PM ET. The Yankees pitch Nestor Cortes against the Rays Ryan Yarbrough. New York is a -130 money line favorite at William Hill with a total of 7.5. Washington is at home against Colorado at 7:05 PM ET. Patrick Corbin pitches for the Nationals against German Marquez of the Rockies. Washington is a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Detroit hosts Cleveland at 7:10 PM ET. The Tigers pitch Tarik Skull against the Gladiators Konnor Pilkington. Detroit is a -143 money line favorite at William Hill with a total of 7.5. Atlanta plays at home against Philadelphia at 7:20 PM ET. Kyle Wright pitches for the Braves against Aaron Nola of the Phillies. Atlanta is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Minnesota is at home against Kansas City at 7:40 PM ET. Devin Smeltzer pitches for the Twins against Daniel Lynch of the Royals. Minnesota is a -180 money line favorite with a total of 8. St. Louis hosts Milwaukee at 7:45 PM ET. The Cardinals send out Adam Wainwright against the Brewers Eric Lauer. St. Louis is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Boston travels to Chicago to play the White Sox at 8:10 PM ET. Michael Wacha pitches for the Red Sox against Dallas Keuchel for Chicago. Boston is a -115 money line road favorite with a total of 9. The Los Angeles Angeles are at home against Toronto at 9:38 PM ET. Shohei Ohtani pitches for the Angels against Hyun Jin Ryu of the Blue Jays. Los Angeles is a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.Two MLB games conclude the card at 9:40 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Arizona with Mitch White pitching for the Dodgers against Humberto Castellanos of the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles is a -190 money line road favorite with a total of 9. Oakland hosts Texas with the A’s pitching Frankie Montas against the Rangers’ Martin Perez. Oakland is a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/25/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the Eastern Conference finals with Game 5 of the best-of-seven game series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on ESPN at 8:30 PM ET. The Celtics evened this series at 2-2 with their 102-82 victory as a 7-point favorite on Monday. Boston is a 1.5-point road favorite with the total set at 203.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).The conference semifinals in the National Hockey League playoffs continue with one game on TNT. The Colorado Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead with a 6-3 victory on the road against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Colorado hosts Game 5 at 8:07 PM ET as a -260 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Wednesday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Pittsburgh hosts Colorado at 12:35 PM ET.  Zach Thompson pitches for the Pirates against Ryan Feltner of the Rockies. Pittsburgh is a -130 money line favorite at BetRivers with a total of 7.5. Minnesota plays at home against Detroit at 1:10 PM ET. The Twins pitch Dylan Bundy versus the Tigers’ Rony Garcia. Minnesota is a -195 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. San Francisco is at home against the New York Mets at 3:45 PM ET. The Giants pitch Jakob Junis against a starting pitcher yet to be determined by the Mets. The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Washington at 4:05 PM ET. Julio Urias pitches for the Dodgers against Erick Fedde of the Nationals. Los Angeles is a -210 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:10 PM ET. San Diego hosts Milwaukee with Yu Darvish pitching for the Brewers against Aaron Ashby of the Brewers. The Padres is a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Seattle plays at home against Oakland, with the Mariners pitching Robbie Ray against the A’s Paul Blackburn. Seattle is a -165 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Two MLB games start at 6:40 PM ET. Cincinnati is at home against the Chicago Cubs with Luis Castillo pitching for the Reds against Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs. Cincinnati is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Tampa Bay hosts Miami with the Rays pitching Drew Rasmussen against the Marlins Cody Poteet. Tampa Bay is a -167 money line favorite at BetRivers with an over/under of 7.5. The New York Yankees are at home against Baltimore at 7:05 PM ET. J.P. Sears pitches for the Yankees against Alexander Wells of the Orioles. New York is a -200 money line favorite with a total of 8. Atlanta plays at home against Philadelphia at 7:20 PM ET. The Braves pitch Charlie Morton against the Phillies Ranger Suarez. Atlanta is a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two MLB games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox are at home against Boston, with Lucas Giolito pitching for the White Sox against Rich Hill of the Red Sox. Chicago is a -165 money line favorite with a total of 8. Houston hosts Cleveland with the Astros pitching Christian Javier against the Indians’ Cal Quantrill. Houston is a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against Texas at 9:38 PM ET. Reid Detmers is the starting pitcher for the Angels against Glenn Otto of the Rangers. Los Angeles is a -160 money line favorite with a total of 8.5.

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