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Tuesday Service Plays

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Game: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Prediction: San Francisco Giants

Reason: Both starting pitchers are off to very good starts. The Rockies cook is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA but he faces a team he's struggled against in the past. The Rockies are 2-7 in his last 9 starts vs. the Giants. Prior to last night's game the Rockies had dropped 7 of their last 8 games. Lincecum is 4-0 with a sparkling 1.23 ERA this season. The Giants have won 7 of his last 10 home starts. The Rockies are 25-52 in their last 77 trips to San Francisco. Play on the Giants -.

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NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(7) Philadelphia (42-44, 45-38-3 ATS) at (2) Detroit (61-25, 47-38-1 ATS)

Having alternated wins and losses in the first four games of this best-of-7 series, the Pistons and 76ers now head back to Motown for a critical Game 5 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit suffered an ugly 20-point loss in Philadelphia in Game 3, then came out in Sunday’s Game 4 and trailed by 10 points at halftime. But the heavily favored Pistons turned up the intensity in the second half and outscored the 76ers 67-38 en route to a 93-84 victory, cashing as a 5½-point road chalk.

The Pistons are now 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games, while Philadelphia is 2-6 SU and ATS in its last eight. However, Detroit’s last three losses have come against the 76ers, while each of Philly’s last three wins have come against the Pistons. Finally, the straight-up winner is 12-0 ATS in each of the teams’ last 12 games.

These squads have split their eight meetings this season, with Philly holding a slim 5-3 ATS edge (4-2 ATS in the last six). However, the winner has covered in each of the last seven head-to-head battles. Also, with Detroit’s Game 4 win, the favorite in this rivalry is on a 14-7-1 ATS roll, and the road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 matchups, with the Sixers cashing in four of their last five visits to Motown.

Detroit, which has lost six of its last eight playoff games, is in the midst of negative ATS trends of 7-12-1 in the playoffs (2-8 ATS last 10), 7-17-1 as a playoff chalk (2-8 last 10 as a playoff favorite) and 4-8 against the Atlantic Division. On the bright side, Flip Saunders’ squad 4-1 ATS in its last five home games and 4-1 ATS in its last five when playing on one day of rest.

Philadelphia remains on positive ATS runs of 15-8-1 as a pup, 7-3 as a road underdog, 10-4 on the road, 11-4-1 after a SU loss and 9-4 against the Central Division. However, the Sixers are just 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 playoff games as an underdog, 6-12-3 ATS in their last 21 in conference quarterfinal games and 2-6 against the Eastern Conference.

The under is 3-1 in this playoff series, 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall, 12-4 in Detroit’s last 16 overall (4-1 last four), 14-3 in Detroit’s last 17 against the Eastern Conference, 8-2 in Detroit’s last 10 as a favorite, 5-1 in Philadelphia’s last six against the Central Division and 5-1 in Philadelphia’s last six first-round playoff games. Conversely, the over is on streaks of 5-1 for the 76ers on the road, 4-0 for the 76ers on Tuesdays and 11-3 for the Pistons on Tuesdays.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


WESTERN CONFERENCE

(7) Dallas (52-34, 36-46-4 ATS) at (2) New Orleans (59-27, 52-32-2 ATS)

The Hornets attempt to put the finishing touches on their first-round playoff series against the Mavericks when this battle resumes back in the Big Easy.

New Orleans bounced back from a 10-point road loss in Game 3 with a 97-84 rout of the Mavericks on Sunday, cashing as a 4½-point underdog as the Hornets won in Dallas for the first time in more than 10 years. Now Byron Scott’s team returns home, where it is 4-0 against the Mavs this year, including a 104-92 win in Game 1 and a 127-103 beat-down in Game 2.

Dallas, which got outshot 50 percent to 36 percent in Sunday’s defeat, is now mired in slumps of 2-5 SU and 2-7 ATS going back to the regular season. Also, including the two losses at New Orleans in this series, Avery Johnson’s club has dropped four consecutive road games both SU and ATS. What’s more, since taking a 2-0 series lead in the 2006 NBA Finals against Miami, the Mavs are 2-11 SU in the playoffs (4-9 ATS), including eight straight road playoff defeats (2-6 ATS).

The home team had won the first seven head-to-head meetings this season, going 7-0 ATS, before the Hornets’ upset victory in Game 4. Still, the favorite is 16-6-1 ATS in the last 23 series clashes (6-1 ATS in the last seven). Finally, the past six battles between these division rivals have been double-digit routs.

The Hornets, who sported the league’s third-best ATS mark in the regular season, are on a multitude of positive pointspread streaks, including 41-19-1 overall, 7-2 in conference quarterfinal games, 10-4 against the Western Conference, 7-1-1 on Tuesdays, 45-22 at home, 19-7 as a home favorite and 19-9-1 when going on one day of rest. On the downside, New Orleans is just 2-6-1 ATS in its last nine following a spread-cover.

Dallas is 38-18-1 in its last 57 against Southwest Division rivals and 10-2 ATS in its last 12 as a playoff underdog. Conversely, the Mavs are stuck in ATS funks of 2-5 as an underdog (all on the road), 0-4 on the road, 0-5 on Tuesdays, 1-7 in first-round postseason action and 3-9 after a non-cover.

The under was the play in the last two contests in Dallas, but the over hit in the first two games of this series in New Orleans and is 4-0 in the four meetings in New Orleans this season. The over is also on runs of 11-1 for the Mavericks as an underdog, 9-4 for the Mavericks on the road, 17-6-2 for the Hornets as a home chalk and 11-4-2 for the Hornets on Tuesdays. However, the under is 4-1 in the Mavs’ last five on one day of rest and 4-0 in New Orleans’ last four on one day of rest.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NEW ORLEANS and OVER


(6) Phoenix (56-30, 41-42-3 ATS) at (3) San Antonio (59-27, 39-45-2)

Having staved off elimination with an impressive home victory on Sunday, the Suns once again face a win-or-go-home situation when they head back to Texas for Game 5 against the Spurs at the AT&T Center.

Phoenix opened the playoffs with a pair of heartbreaking losses in San Antonio, then came home on Friday night and got steamrolled 115-99 as a seven-point chalk, giving the team its first three-game losing streak of the season. But with their backs against the wall, the Suns came out swinging Sunday and scored a wire-to-wire 105-86 victory as a 3½-point home favorite. After watching the Spurs shoot 56 percent from the field in Game 3, Phoenix ratcheted up the defense and limited San Antonio to 39 percent shooting.

The Spurs, who saw a five-game overall winning streak and a nine-game playoff winning streak end with Sunday’s defeat, got 32 combined points from Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili after the trio went for 84 points in Game 3. Although San Antonio covered the spread in Games 1 and 3, it is still just 4-7 ATS in its last 11 contests (3-2 ATS at home).

On Sunday, the favorite cashed for just the second time in eight series meetings between these rivals this season. Overall, the teams have split the eight battles, with the winner going 7-1 ATS.

Despite their recent surge, the Spurs are in the midst of ATS funks of 2-5 against the Pacific Division, 2-7 after a SU defeat and 1-5 after a double-digit loss. On the positive end for San Antonio, it is on ATS streaks of 6-2 in first-round playoff games, 14-3-1 as a playoff chalk, 7-0 as a playoff favorite of five to 10½ points, 6-2 at home and 7-3 when playing on one day of rest.

The Suns are still on positive pointspread trends of 13-6-1 against the Western Conference and 7-2 on Tuesdays, but they’re 2-6 ATS in their last eight as a road underdog and 1-7 ATS in their past eight after a spread-cover.

The under cashed in all four regular-season meetings between these squads, but the over was the play in the first three games of this playoff series before Game 4 stayed under the total. However, the over is still on runs of 8-1 for the Suns as a road underdog, 12-4 for the Suns as an underdog of five to 10½ points, 5-1 for the Suns in first-round playoff action, 4-1 for the Suns on Tuesdays, 6-1 for the Spurs overall, 4-0 for the Spurs as a favorite, 5-1 for the Spurs against the Pacific Division and 5-2 for the Spurs at home.

Finally, the over is 4-1 in the last five head-to-head playoff meetings in San Antonio.

ATS ADVANTAGE: SAN ANTONIO and OVER


(4) Utah (57-29, 48-38 ATS) at (5) Houston (56-30, 49-35-2 ATS)

The Jazz head back to Houston looking to end the Rockets’ season for the second straight year when these teams clash at the Toyota Center in Game 5 of their first-round series.

Utah stole the first two games in Houston, then returned home for Game 3 on Thursday and suffered a last-second two-point loss. But the home team finally held serve on Saturday, with the Jazz pulling out an 86-82 victory despite going 0-for-14 from three-point range. However, the Rockets, who shot just 36.7 percent in Game 4, cashed as an 8½-point underdog, meaning the road team and underdog are both 4-0 ATS in this series.

When these two squared off in last year’s opening round of the postseason, the home team went 6-0 SU before the Jazz stole Game 7 in Houston. Including that Game 7 clincher, the road team is on 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS roll in this rivalry (all as an underdog). However, Utah is still on an 8-3 ATS run against the Rockets (7-4 SU), winning four straight games in the Toyota Center and going 5-0 ATS in the last five in Houston.

Utah is still 9-3 SU and ATS in its last 12 overall. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 2-5 SU (3-4 ATS) in their last seven overall, a downturn that comes on the heels of a 5-0 SU and ATS streak. Finally, the straight-up winner is 13-1 ATS in Houston’s last 14 contests, the lone exception coming Saturday.

The Rockets had failed to cover in seven straight playoff games (all against the Jazz) before getting the money in the last two. Still, Houston remains on pointspread slides of 0-4 as playoff favorite, 2-7 in first-round playoff games and 2-4 against the Northwest Division. On the bright side, Houston is on pointspread streaks of 27-12-1 overall, 16-6-1 at home, 20-6 after a spread-cover and 5-1 when playing on two days’ rest.

The Jazz remain on a bevy of positive ATS streaks, including 9-3 overall, 25-10 against the Western Conference, 8-3 against the Southwest Division, 38-18-1 against winning teams, 4-1 on the road, 6-1 as an underdog (all on the road) and 13-4 against the Southwest Division. However, they’re 7-16 ATS in their past 23 games played on two days’ rest.

The under is 3-1 in this playoff series, with the lone “over” barely hitting by 1½ points in Game 3. The under is also on runs for Houston of 7-2 overall, 12-3 against the Northwest Division, 9-4 in first-round playoff games, 6-0 at home and 4-0 on Tuesdays. Finally, for Utah, the under is on streaks of 12-4-1 against the Southwest Division, 4-1 on the road, 7-3 overall, 5-1 as an underdog and 16-7 in first-round playoff games.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UTAH and UNDER


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee (14-11) at Chicago Cubs (16-9)

The two teams expected to battle with each other for the N.L. Central crown this season kick off a three-game series at Wrigley Field under the lights. Tonight, the Brewers’ Ben Sheets (3-0, 0.96 ERA) is expected to return from a stint on the disabled list and pitch opposite the Cubs’ Jason Marquis (1-0, 3.47).

Chicago has followed up six-game winning streak by dropping three of its last four, including Sunday’s 2-0 shutout loss at Washington. However, the Cubs have won five straight home games and nine of their last 10 at Wrigley.

Milwaukee, which like Chicago was off on Monday, fell to 3-5 in its last eight games with Sunday’s 3-2, 10-inning home loss to Florida. The Brewers are just 8-10 since starting the season 6-1, and tonight they begin a nine-game road trip.

These teams opened up the 2008 season against one another in Wrigley, with the Brewers taking two of three as the teams have now split their last 12 meetings in the Windy City. On Opening Day on March 31, Sheets outdueled Carlos Zambrano in a battle of aces, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, but got a no-decision as the Brewers won 4-3 in 10 innings.

Sheets has been off since leaving his April 18 start at Cincinnati after giving up two hits in five scoreless innings. However, he got the win 5-2, as the Brewers are now 5-0 in his last five starts and 18-5 in his last 23. On the highway this season, Sheets is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three efforts.

Each of Sheets’ last four starts against the Cubs have come in Chicago going back exactly one year, and Milwaukee won three of the four, with Sheets posting a 1.93 ERA (five earned runs allowed in 23 1/3 innings). For his career, Sheets is 9-7 with a 3.70 ERA against Chicago, including 5-4 with a 3.87 ERA in 13 outings at Wrigley Field.

Marquis got a no-decision in Chicago’s 4-2 loss at Colorado on Thursday, even though the right-hander pitched well, allowing just two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Over his last three outings, Marquis is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA, and he’s also 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two home starts.

In his first season with the Cubs in 2007, Marquis made two starts against the Brewers, going 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA, and he’s 5-6 with a 3.97 ERA lifetime against Milwaukee

The under is 3-1 in Sheets’ four starts this year, but the over is 3-1 in Marquis’ four 2008 outings and 5-1 in his last six starts dating to September.

The Cubs have stayed under the total in four straight games, but the over is 8-1 in their last nine against Central Division rivals. Meanwhile, for Milwaukee, the under is on streaks of 4-0 overall, 4-0 on the road, 5-1 against the Central Division and 20-7-2 on the road against a right-handed starter.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto (11-15) at Boston (15-12)

Roy Halladay (2-3, 3.73) goes for his fifth straight complete game when he and the Blue Jays open up a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox and Jon Lester (1-2, 5.40).

Toronto was idle on Monday after halting a six-game losing streak with Sunday’s 5-2 victory at Kansas City. The Blue Jays are just 3-9 in their last 12 games, going 1-5 on their current road trip that ends Thursday in Boston.

The Red Sox have lost a season-high five straight games, including getting swept over the weekend in Tampa Bay, as they were outscored 10-5 in the three defeats. Prior to going to Tampa, Boston lost two home games to the Angels, ending a seven-game home winning streak.

Toronto swept a three-game set from the Red Sox back on April 4-6 in Canada, outscoring Boston 23-9. Going back to last September, the Jays are on a 7-0 run in this rivalry, but the home team is 7-1 in the last eight clashes.

Halladay has been an innings eater all season for Toronto, pitching seven or more in each of his five outings. However, despite finishing the last three, he’s just 1-2 with a 3.46 ERA, losing his last two starts to Texas at home (4-1) and at Tampa Bay (5-3), surrendering a total of nine runs on 20 hits in 17 innings in the two contests. On the road this year, Halladay is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA. Also, going back to last season, Toronto has dropped 13 of Halladay’s last 16 on the highway.

Halladay’s complete-game streak began with a 7-4 win at Boston on April 6, with the right-hander giving up all four runs on eight hits in eight innings. The former Cy Young winner is now 10-10 with a 4.81 ERA in 33 career games (30 starts) against the Red Sox, going 4-6 with a 4.96 ERA in 15 starts at Fenway. Last year in three starts in Beantown, Halladay was 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA.

Forced to pitch on three days’ rest because of an illness to scheduled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka on Wednesday, Lester lasted just five innings against the Angels, giving up four runs on nine hits and taking a no-decision in Boston’s 6-4 home loss. The southpaw has surrendered exactly four runs in four of his six starts, and he’s failed to pitch more than 5 1/3 innings in any of those outings.

Lester has made three home starts this year, going 0-1 with a 5.94 ERA. On the bright side, he was terrific in his one career start against the Blue Jays, allowing a run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings, but getting a no-decision in Boston’s 4-3 road loss.

The under is 4-1 in Halladay’s five starts this year, including 3-0 on the road, and the under is 6-1 in Lester’s last seven starts going back to last season (playoffs included), including 3-0 at home this season. However, the over is 6-3 in Halladay’s last nine outings against Boston, including 4-1 in the last five at Fenway.

The Red Sox stayed under the total in all three games over the weekend against the Rays, but the over is 4-1 in the last five in Fenway. Also, the over was 2-0-1 in the three meetings between these teams in Toronto earlier this month and is 6-2 in the last eight series clashes in Boston. Meanwhile, Toronto is on a 7-2 “under” streak, and the under is 10-4 in its 14 road games this season.

ATS ADVANTAGE: TORONTO

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Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians     
Play: Seattle Mariners 

1 Unit, Take Seattle ML, We are getting solid value here Tuesday night with Seattle who actually has the better overall pitcher on the mound. Fausto Carmona (3-1, 2.89 ERA) has pitched solid for Cleveland this season but he has been very lucky since he has walked 13 batters over just 17 innings at home while striking out just 7 batters. Carmona over his last 3 starts has an ERA of 4.80 while averaging just 5 innings per start. Carlos Silva (3-0, 2.83 ERA) has pitched very solid overall for the Mariners so far this season and he has walked just 8 batters over 35 innings while averaging 7 innings per start. Silva unlike Carmona has pitched solid over his last 3 starts with an ERA of just 2.57 over 21 innings. Silva comes into tonight’s match-up with an extra days rest over Carmona having not started since April 23 so I look for another strong outing by Silva tonight. Seattle's opponents are hitting just .230 against them over their last 7 games while averaging just 3.7 rpg and I look for the Mariners bats to come alive tonight against the Indians bullpen since Carmona will likely not last past the 5th inning. The Indians bullpen has and ERA of 4.35 and they have allowed 47 hits while walking 22 batters over just 40.7 innings at home before last nights game against the Yankees. Grab the value with Seattle as my MLB Free Play for Tuesday night and make sure you get on my NBA Playoff Slam Dunk for tonight.

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VEGAS SPORTS PICS

NBA

New Orleans Hornets - 6 over Dallas Mavericks
New Orleans up 3-1 in best-of-seven series is 4-0 (SU & ATS) over Dallas last 4 home meetings.
   
Utah Jazz + 2 over (at) Houston Rockets
Utah up 3-1 is 9-3 ATS last 12 meetings including winning and covering last 4 games at Houston.

MLB
   
Chicago Cubs +105* over Milwaukee  (action)
Chicago, 11-2 last 13 Marquis home starts, won both Marquis starts vs. Milwaukee last season.

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Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees
PICK: New York Yankees

REASON FOR PICK: Play On: NY Yankees vs. Rogers
Note: The Yankees return home to the Bronx when they host Kenny Rogers and the Tigers Tuesday night. Aside from having dominated the Bengals at home in this series (14-5 last 19 games), the Pinstripes have beat Rogers like a pulp, as evidenced by his 3-12 career team start mark with a 7.36 ERA.

With Rogers in horrid KW form with 11 walks and just 2 strikeouts in his last three starts, look for more of the same here this evening.

We recommend a 1-unit play on the Yankees.

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KC Royals and TEX Rangers.
Take KC Royals.

The Royals hit the road for a set with the Rangers in Texas, with both teams coming off needed series wins over the weekend. I like KC's chances of maintaining the momentum here. Brett Tomko has enjoyed quite a bit of success against the Rangers hitters he's faced. Texas has lost all five of the appearances by Jason Jennings, and he's now one of the weakest starters in the game. Jennings listed as chalk get me to the underdog, so the Royals are the choice.

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PHX Suns and SAN Spurs.
Take Under.

With so much at stake, look for the defensive intensity to be high. It was in Game 4, as the Spurs were held to 86 by the desperate Suns, who were facing elimination. The under is now 5-3 this season when these teams meet and San Antonio brings its best defensive effort at home, where they are 23-18 under the total. Play the Suns/Spurs under the total

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76ers

Suns

Brewers

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WINNING SPORTS

Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers -140

Today the Los Angeles Dodgers will be on the road as they take on the Florida Marlins. We will side with the Los Angeles Dodgers. One reason why we will side with the Los Angeles Dodgers is because they will be sending to the mound the much superior starting pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers will send to the mound Derek Lowe. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 4-1 this season which Derek Lowe starts which is most likely due to his solid 2.45 ERA. On the other hand, the Florida Marlins will send to the mound Andrew Miller. Andrew Miller has struggled this season. In fact, Andrew Miller has a 7.71 ERA on the season. As you can see, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be sending to the mound the much superior starting pitcher. To say the least, there is a lot of value with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight! Take the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Philadelphia +9 at DETROIT

There is a definite pattern that has developed in this Sixers-Pistons series, as neither team has been able to win 2 in a row thus far. That trend may change tonight as far as the outright is concerned, as #2 seed Detroit is clearly the better team, but we are not so sure the Pistons will be able to cover this big impost.

Philly is on a 6-3 spread run dating back to last season the last 9 times these teams have met, and the road team is on a 9-4 spread run the last 13 times these teams have tangled.

The series is now down to a best-of-three, and we feel Philadelphia has proven in this series that they are capable of giving the Pistons a tussle.

We will take the generous impost, and look for Game 5 to be hotly contested.

76ers the play.

2* PHILADELPHIA

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Pittsburgh +210 at NY METS

Ok, so the Buccos and Mets were rained out last night, but that's no reason to change my mind over this play.

Let's take the Pirates as the huge road dog tonight over the Mets.

Ian Snell will start for the Buccos and he's the ace of the staff.  He has good velocity and has shown the ability to keep the Pirates close while holding the opposition down, even when he doesn't have his good stuff.

Johan Santana will get the nod for the Mets, and he was booed off the field after making his home debut on April 12.  The left-hander allowed five runs and six hits, including three homers, in the Mets 5-3 loss to Milwaukee.

Santana would like to turn those boos into cheers after recording back-to-back road victories, but if the Buccos get to him at all, he'll likely get a rude reception again.

Let's take a chance at a big payout with the Buccos as they pull off the upset win.

2* PITTSBURGH

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Los Angeles -125 at FLORIDA

Baseball tonight, and surprise, surprise, Florida is your leader in the NL East after nearly a month of play. Going to go against the Marlins though tonight, as Andrew Miller may have great stuff, but he has yet to harness his talent, and does sport an ERA still over 7 despite coming off a 5-inning, 1-run win over Atlanta.

Derek Lowe is coming off a win, and his ERA for the year is just 2.45. His Dodgers come in fresh off a weekend sweep of Colorado, and they have won 4 of 5 overall.

The last 2 years in South Florida, the Dodgers are 5-2, and while they are just 3-8 on the road this year, this looks like a good spot for LA to continue their winning streak.

Take the Dodgers as the small road favorite.

3* LOS ANGELES

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Oakland at L.A. ANGELS -130

It's a battle of southpaws in this one, but we're siding with the home team and the better pitcher in this one as the Angels will take care of the A's tonight in Anaheim.

Los Angeles' lefty Joe Saunders (4-0, 2.55 ERA) goes up against the A's Greg Smith (2-0, 2.88). Saunders has not allowed more than four runs in any game this season and is coming off a solid Thursday start in Boston when he allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of a 7-5 win.

Smith has never faced the Angels and has had it pretty easy in his last two starts as the A's beat Kansas City and Minnesota.

The Angels came home off a six-game road trip Monday and had their bad game then. You know, the old adage of a team returning home always stumbles in the first game out. So let's play them in this one as the Angels have crushed left-handed pitching this season, batting .329 against southpaws.

Go ahead and lay the chalk as the Angels win this one.


3* L.A. ANGELS

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Matchup: Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers
Selection: Kansas City/Texas Over 10.5

Explanation: We expect a high-scoring game as the Kansas City Royals face-off against the Texas Rangers in Tuesday's MLB contest.

The Kansas City Royals will use starting pitcher by Brett Tomko. Brett Tomko is having a bad season. Brett Tomko is 1-3 with a 5.25 ERA. In addition, Brett Tomko has a 6.88 ERA in his last 3 starts. To say the least, we see Brett Tomko giving up many runs tonight.

The Texas Rangers will use starting pitcher Jason Jennings. Jason Jennings is also having a bad season. In fact, the Texas Rangers are 0-5 when Jason Jennings starts which is mainly due to his poor 7.46 ERA. It's clear that Jason Jennings will once again give up many runs.

With two very poor starting pitchers on the mound, it's clear we can expect a high-scoring game

Take the Kansas City Royals/Texas Rangers Over 10.5

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 5, best-of-7
DETROIT 95, Philadelphia 87

Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 5, best-of-7
SAN ANTONIO 104, Phoenix 100
HOUSTON 98, Utah 97
NEW ORLEANS 102, Dallas 94


Eastern Conference Semifinals
Game 3, best-of-7
Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. RANGERS: TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Western Conference Semifinals
Game 3, best-of-7
Detroit vs. COLORADO: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
DALLAS 3, San Jose 2

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Colorado (Morales) @ San Francisco (Cain)
Play On: San Francisco -110

The Colorado starter Morales enters the game in bad form off his last 3 starts posting an 8.40 ERA. In 2 road starts this season Morales has posted a whopping 11.00 ERA. The Rockies are ice cold right now going 1-7 in the last 8. Matt Cain has posted a stellar 1.83 ERA in 6 home team starts versus Colorado since the 2005 season. The Giants have had a good history versus left-handed starters when playing at home since the 2003 season especially when playing at night. Play on the San Francisco Giants

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Los Angeles Dodgers -130

Reason: The Marlins starter Andrew Miller (1-2, 7.94 ERA) is showing his age (22) and still learning on the job. He has looked very unsure of himself on occasion, with Motown in 2006 and 2007 garnering 6.10 and 5.63 ERAs and again this year with the Florida .In my humble opinion, this youngster should be honing his pitching skills down in the minors and not in the major leagues. Note: The Dodgers have hit lefties like Miller, for a hefty .296 BA this season. His pitching opponent , veteran hurler Derek Lowe (2-1, 2.45), has pitched well this year, and is ready to come back firing in this spot, despite of some elbow stiffness last time out. I expect the South Florida weather will, do his joints some good, and he will be running on all cylinders against a Marlins team that has lost 16 of their 21 against NL west opposition. Note: The Dodgers are 11-4 in Lowes L/15 starts as a favorite of -110 to -150. Play on the Dodgers

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THE POWER INDEX

NBA

New Orleans* 7.5 over Dallas
Detroit* 7.5 over Philadelphia
San Antonio* 5.5 over Phoenix
Houston* 1.5 over Utah

NHL

N.Y. Rangers* (-104) even with Pittsburgh (+104)
Dallas* (-153) .5 over San Jose (+153)
Colorado* (-105) even with Detroit (+105)

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TONY WESTON

Philly could have easily won Game 4, but folded in the second half at home to the Pistons. However, that win by Detroit was only its second against the Sixers in their last six meetings.

In that stretch Philadelphia is 4-2 SU and ATS, including two wins SU and ATS in Detroit. Over their last 10 meetings the Sixers are 6-4 ATS against the Pistons and are 4-1 ATS their last five games in Detroit.

Early lines had Philly installed as about a 9-point dog. That?s obviously subject to change, but the 76ers will keep it a lot closer than that.

Take the points and the Sixers in Detroit tonight.

2* SIXERS

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BRAD DIAMOND

Play on: New Orleans over Dallas

Clearly, the Mavericks are experiencing the end of a great franchise run. After dropping their round one affair last year to Golden State (2-4) it appears the franchise decline is underway. No doubt Dallas guard Jason Kidd is still capable, but he has peaks and valleys in his game that disallows floor continuity. In addition, the Mavs cant rely strictly on Dirk Nowitski to carry the offensive load, and his defense is becoming more questionable. NO has covered 4 straight at home in this series, while the home team is 6-1 ATS. Lastly, Dallas is now 1-7 ATS in Conference Quart Final battles. Back the Hornets as they raise the roof on Tuesday night.

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