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Craig Davis

Today’s 10th free winner in 14 days is on the Boston Celtics. Forget the Kevin Garnett talk, this team has still been winning without him and it’s not like they’ve completely given up because KG can’t play. This is still a team full of professionals that has one goal in mind… REPEAT. Don’t forget that Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and a host of others haven’t forgotten how to play basketball just because they don’t have their main big man. They can still play defense and they still have their two best shooters on the floor. Chicago has had their struggles against the Celts recently, dropping seven of the last eight vs. the Vegas number, losing the last 7 SU by an average of over 16 PPG. That’s pure domination. Celtics roll today and I get FREE PLAY WINNER #10 in 14 days.

3♦ BOSTON

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LA Angels at MINNESOTA -130

We all know the Twins' Kevin Slowey is better than his current 7.94 ERA, and tonight he gets the perfect match up to prove it. After Friday's ugly 8th inning collapse by the Angels, not to mention the injury to Guerrero, one has to wonder about the Halos psyche right now. They've lost 3 of their last 4 (all on the road), and with a bonafide reliever forced to make the start tonight, all signs point to a solid Twins win in this one.

Speaking of bonafide relievers, southpaw Darren Oliver gets the start for the Angels tonight. While he's got the stuff, I'm not sure we can expect anything more than 5 innings out of Oliver tonight (he went 6 innings in the 2006 NLCS, but that was a long time ago). With the Angels bullpen struggling (8.19 ERA on the season), a relatively short start by Oliver could easily spell their doom.

Also, you have to like what we saw from this Twins offense yesterday, 11 runs on 13 hits, including Jason Kubel hitting for the cycle! Minnesota excelled vs lefties last season, ranking 4th in runs scored (252) and batting a solid .275 against them!

Bottom line, look for Slowey, who had an excellent Spring, to get back on track in this contest. Remember guys, Slowey was 7-4 with a solid 3.38 ERA at the Metrodome last season. We're getting solid value (based on the match up) thanks to his early season struggles, but rest-assured, he'll break out in this contest. While on the flip side, if you want to trust your money with Darren Oliver as the Angels starter, be my guest, but I sure as hell won't. Play on the Twinkies!

Take Minnesota behind Slowey over the LA Angels and Oliver in this MLB match up.

2♦ MINNESOTA


Chicago at BOSTON -8' 

You really think the oddsmakers haven't factored in the Kevin Garnett injury into this number? You really think Vegas is going to allow Joe Schmo to win big in tonight's Game 1 of this Eastern Conference series by betting the Bulls? Everyone in the world knows Garnett is not playing, and most average bettors are clamoring to jump aboard the Bulls at this "bargain" price... I couldn't disagree more and here's why:

First of all, make no mistake, this is a statement game for the Celtics. With the world basically giving up on them, the defending champs now finally have something to prove, and the Bulls get to be their measuring stick... Not a good spot to be in for a VERY average Eastern Conference team.

Second, this is not a good match up for Chicago, as they got crushed both times they played at TD Banknorth Garden this season, losing by 18 and 16 points respectively in those contests! In fact, the Bulls are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 meetings against Boston!

Also, let's not forget what happened last season, as the Celtics took the Hawks lightly, and ended up having to fight for their playoff lives because of it. The Celtics won't make the same mistake twice, as the Bulls aren't nearly as good as that Hawks team was, and quite frankly, they're just happy to be here.

Bottom line, against a superior foe, the absence of Garnett will be felt, but not against a much lesser foe like Chicago. In this case, Glen Davis will do just fine, as he's got the offensive skills, and enough knowledge of the system to hold down the defensive end against the Bulls. In the end, look for Boston to make a real statement here, blowing the doors off the Bulls in the process Saturday afternoon.

Take Boston over Chicago in Game 1 of this NBA Playoffs match up.

3♦ BOSTON

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Detroit at CLEVELAND -11' 

Got the FREE winner on Friday with the Padres as they beat the Phillies in Philadelphia and got us some nice plus-money. Today we're on the NBA hardwood with a play on the under in the Pistons-Cavaliers contest from Cleveland.

Forget the spread in this one, concentrate on the total as we have this matchup coming well under the posted number.

When these teams get together, it always seems like the under is the play. Detroit is on under runs of 18-7-1 as a playoff underdog and 24-9-1 when it gets two days off. Now that really tells us something about this veteran team. When they get a little relaxation time and can get the legs fresh, they come out and deliver a dynamic defensive effort.

Cleveland is on a huge run of under plays, inclding 22-8 after a spread-cover, 6-1-1 at home, 4-1 when they get two days off, 7-3-1 as a favorite and a huge 39-19-1 as a home favorite. The Cavs can play defense, no doubt, but can they score enough points, especially in the playoffs. We just don't see it happening today.

LeBron James and his team can shut a squad down when they focus, but if he goes cold and doesn't get some fastbreak, easy points, the Cavs will be tight in this one. Not saying they won't win, but it's going to be one of those classic, ugly Cleveland-Detroit games where the final ends up 85-79.

Definitely take the under in this opener of the seven-game series.

4♦ UNDER

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Detroit at CLEVELAND

The NBA postseason begins today, and one thing is for certain, Detroit and Cleveland are all set to play another slow it down, grind it out, drag it out affair, as Game One follows the emerging UNDER trend these teams have been posting when they get together.

ALL 4 of the teams regular season games stayed UNDER the total, as Detroit and Cleveland have now played UNDER (postseason included), in 8 straight meetings, and 14 of the last 18 meetings overall.

Obviously, the linesmakers know all about the LOW trend between the teams, but the adjusted total won't matter, as these teams play their 9th in a row UNDER the posted price.

G-Man going LOW in this one boys!

3♦ UNDER

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Chicago +8' at BOSTON 

Early playoff action this Saturday, and we like the Bulls plus the points to cover at Boston.

While Boston has performed well without the services of Kevin Garnett, winning 15 of 22 in his absence, the same cannot be said against the spread in that span, as the C's went just 9-13 against the spread in those 22.

Chicago was able to snap a 6-game series losing streak the last time they faced Boston in the middle of March, and that shot of confidence will help them stay competitive in this game in Beantown.

The Bulls did win 5 of their final 6 games to close the regular season, with that one loss coming in the season finale against Toronto to drop Chicago to the 7th spot in the East. Still, we give the Bulls a definite shot at staying inside the number in this one, especially with KG watching from the bench.

Play on Chicago.

2♦ CHICAGO

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Houston at Portland   
The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and face a Portland team that is 6-0 ATS in its last 6 home games.  The Blazers are the pick (-4) according to Dunkel, which has Portland favored by 6 1/2.  Dunkel Pick: Portland (-4). 

Game 701-702: Chicago at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 117.784; Boston 126.749
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 9; 199
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 8 1/2; 196 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-8 1/2); Over

Game 703-704: Detroit at Cleveland
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 117.552; Cleveland 130.023
Dunkel Line & Total: Cleveland by 12 1/2; 171
Vegas Line & Total: Cleveland by 12; 175
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-12); Under

Game 705-706: Dallas at San Antonio
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 120.285; San Antonio 123.736
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 3 1/2; 181
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 4 1/2; 185 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+4 1/2); Under

Game 707-708: Houston at Portland
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 123.749; Portland 130.265
Dunkel Line & Total: Portland by 6 1/2; 187
Vegas Line & Total: Portland by 4; 183
Dunkel Pick: Portland (-4); Over


MLB

LA Angels at Minnesota
The Twins are coming off a come-from-behind 11-9 win last night and look to build on their 7-1 record in Kevin Slowey's last 8 starts after scoring 5 or more runs in their previous game.  Minnesota is the pick (-130) according to Dunkel, which has the Twins favored by 1 1/2.   Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-130). 

Game 901-902: Atlanta at Pittsburgh
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Reyes) 15.260; Pittsburgh (Snell) 13.595
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-115); 9
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+105); Over

Game 903-904: Florida at Washington
Dunkel Ratings: Florida (Johnson) 15.187; Washington 15.518
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Florida (-155); 9
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+145); Over

Game 905-906: Milwaukee at NY Mets
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Gallardo) 14.304; NY Mets (Santana) 15.481
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-175); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-175); Under

Game 907-908: St. Louis at Chicago Cubs
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Lohse) 14.833; Cubs (Dempster) 16.462
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1 1/2; 11
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-130); No Total
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (-130); N/A

Game 909-910: Arizona at San Francisco
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Davis) 13.271; San Francisco (Lincecum) 14.474
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-150); 8
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-150); Over

Game 911-912: San Diego at Philadelphia
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Hill) 14.509; Philadelphia (Myers) 16.056
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-170); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-170); Under

Game 913-914: Cincinnati at Houston
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Harang) 14.429; Houston (Rodriguez) 15.635
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Houston (-125); 8
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-125); Over

Game 915-916: Colorado at LA Dodgers
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Cook) 15.405; LA Dodgers (Billingsley) 16.565
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1; 9
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-160); 8
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-160); Over

Game 917-918: Oakland at Toronto
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Cahill) 15.206; Toronto (Tallet) 16.363
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Toronto (-140); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-140); Over

Game 919-920: LA Angels at Minnesota
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Oliver) 14.066; Minnesota (Slowey) 15.456
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Minnesota (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-130); Under

Game 921-922: Cleveland at NY Yankees
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Carmona) 15.830; NY Yankees (Wang) 17.045
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-140); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-140); Under

Game 923-924: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Buehrle) 15.824; Tampa Bay (Kazmir) 16.851
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-160); 8
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-160); Over

Game 925-926: Baltimore at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Eaton) 14.471; Boston (Beckett) 16.226
Dunkel Line: Boston by 2; 9
Vegas Line: Boston (-230); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-230); Under

Game 927-928: Kansas City at Texas
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Greinke) 15.448; Texas (Millwood) 16.173
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1; 11
Vegas Line: Texas (-110); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-110); Over

Game 929-930: Detroit at Seattle
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Jackson) 16.470; Seattle (Bedard) 14.934
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Seattle (-130); 8
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+120); Over


NHL

Calgary at Chicago
The Flames look to bounce back from their overtime loss in Game One and take advantage of the fact that the road team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.  Calgary is the underdog pick (+135) according to Dunkel, which has the Flames favored by 1.  Dunkel Pick: Calgary (+135).   

Game 73-74: NY Rangers at Washington
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 11.278; Washington 12.546
Dunkel Line & Total: Washington by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Washington (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-200); Over

Game 75-76: Calgary at Chicago
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 12.008; Chicago 10.976
Dunkel Line & Total: Calgary by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-155); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Calgary (+135); Under

Game 77-78: Columbus at Detroit
Dunkel Ratings: Columbus 10.445; Detroit 12.434
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-270); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-270); Under

Game 79-80: Montreal at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 11.051; Boston 13.080
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-230); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-230); Over

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HOUSTON vs. PORTLAND

The Blazers host the Rockets at the Rose Garden and it will be up to Houston's physical tandem of Ron Artest and Shane Battier to stop Brandon Roy, Portland's top scorer and team leader in this playoff series. Roy, a two-time All-Star is averaging 22.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game this season. The Blazers, the youngest team in the playoffs, went 54-28 this season and claimed a share of the Northwest Division title with the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets, the West's fifth seed, finished 53-29, second to the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division. The Blazers have historically had trouble with Houston center Yao Ming, but centers Joel Przybilla and rookie Greg Oden could slow him if they don't get into foul trouble. Oden did not practice Friday because of a sinus infection and is considered a game-time decision for the playoff opener. Roy faces two players that are both considered among the best wing defenders in the league in Battier and Artest, and who are both taller and bigger than him. Artest outweighs Roy by 50 pounds but Portland will use their speed to match their physical play. In the first meeting this season between the two teams, Roy hit a 31-foot 3-pointer in overtime to give the Blazers a 101-99 victory at the Rose Garden but that was a very different Rockets team, with Rafter Alston and Tracy McGrady in the starting lineup. In the series' two games in Houston, Roy was held to 24-of-61 shooting from the field. The Rockets won the first 98-94, led by Artest with 21 points and they won the second 102-88, a night when Roy was 8-for-20 from the floor, which was on April 4th, the last time the Blazers lost. Portland won six straight to close the regular season and the Rockets lost their final regular-season game 95-84 to Dallas, dropping them from a shot at a second-place finish in the West to fifth.Portland hasn't been to the playoffs in six seasons and the Rockets haven't advanced in the playoffs since 1997, having lost six straight first-round series. This young Blazer team ended the season playing better than any team in the league. They are playing with extreme confidence the Rose garden is one of the toughest places to win ij the NBA, just ask the Lakers. Yao Ming has a nagging injury that could slow him down and this will be the start of a breakout playoff series for All-star Brandon Roy, one of the top rising superstars in the NBA. TAKE PORTLAND-4 1/2

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros    
Play: Cincinnati Reds

Ai Simulator 3* graded play on the Reds as they face Houston slated to start at 7:05 EST. Supporting this graded play is a strong system that has posted a 37-17 mark making 27.2 units since 2003. Play against home teams in April with a money line of -100 to -150 after 4 straight games where they committed no errors. Houston is just 118-143 (-42.3 Units) against the money line vs. teams whose hitters draw 4 walks or more/game since 1997; 7-18 (-13.1 Units) against the money line after a game without an extra base hit over the last 3 seasons. Reds are in several strong roles noting that they are 30-26 (+13.7 Units) against the money line in road games after 2 straight games where they committed no errors over the last 3 seasons; 10-3 (+10.0 Units) against the money line in road games after 5 straight games where they had less than 10 hits over the last 3 seasons. Harang is a solid 13-5 (+10.7 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +100 to +150 over the last 2 seasons.

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Pistons/Cavaliers Under 175

The Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers have a history of playing low scoring games against each other, and that should be even further amplified here in the playoffs.

First looking strictly at this season, these teams hooked up four times during the regular season, when teams play looser and thus games are generally higher scoring than playoff games. Despite this, the Under was a perfect 4-0 in those games, and an average combined total score of 171.1 points, which is already nearly four full points less than this posted total.

Secondly, remember that these teams met in a seven-game playoff series two years ago where the home team won every game. Besides the home dominance, the other thing that stood out in those games was defense, and beginning with that series, the last 14 meetings between these teams have averaged 171.2 points with the Under going 11-3.

The personalities of these teams have not changed in the last two years, as evidenced by the four meetings this season, so look for yet another slugfest today with the teams struggling to score more than 170 points again.

Pick: Pistons/Cavaliers Under 175

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Houston at Portland

Portland is 21-8 ATS their last 29 games as favorites and they 6-0 ATS their last 6 home games. The Trailblazers are 7-1 ATS when playing with two days of rest and they are 20-8 ATS off a Straight Up Win. Houston is 3-8 ATS their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and they are 0-5 ATS on the road vs. teams with a winning home record. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS their last 6 road games and they are 8-19 ATS in road games when playing their second game in five days. PLAY ON PORTLAND -

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Lenny Del Genio

Florida Marlins at Washington Nationals
Prediction: Florida Marlins

The Marlins are certainly swimming upstream at a fast pace, as the club is out to a 9-1 start this season. This afternoon's starter Josh Johnson is not only a sensational 2 for 2 this year with 0.57 ERA, but he also owns a career 11-0 team start record in division play! That includes a 5-0 mark vs. the Nationals after he threw 6.7 innings of scorless ball back on 4/7. Florida is killing lefties for 6.2 runs per game. You don't need us to tell you how horrible Washington is. Take Florida.

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Florida -148 over WASHINGTON: The Marlins are 10-2 in their last 12 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game and 19-5 in Johnsons last 24 starts vs. National League East, while the Nationals are 10-41 in their last 51 games following a loss and 2-17 in their last 19 games off a loss in which they left more than 10 team left on base. Last year Josh Johnson spent the first half of the year on the DL, but since he has come back boy has he been tough. Last year Josh had 14 starts in the second half and went 7-1 with a solid 3.61 ERA and that solid finish has carried over to this year as he has started 2-0 with an impressive 0.57 ERA in his first 2 starts. Josh is also a sparkling 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 6 starts vs the Nats. on the other side, Scott Olsen is off 2 tough years in which he went 18-26 with a 4.82 ERA and his slide continues as he has gone 0-2 with a very high 14.67 ERA in his 2 starts this year. Scott has faced the fish just once in his career (this year) abd he allowed 8 ER on 8 hits (2 of them HR's) and 3 walks in just 3 innings of work. Scott must now face the 6th ranked scoring offense (5.6 rpg) and 8th ranked hitting ofense (.280) in the league, so you can expect his bad pitching to continue here. The Nats are clearly the worst team in the league as they have no offense or pitching and they will have problems scoring today vs Josh, while the solid Marlins offense will have it's way vs a struggling Scott Olsen. Go Fish!!!   

POWER ANGLE For This Play--- Since October 7th 2007, the LEAGUE is 23-5 as a road favorite after scoring 3 runs or less and winning as a favorite.     

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1 Unit on Minnesota Twins -122

Love the Twins at home tonight where they are 38-17 their last 55 and 20-6 in their last 26 vs. a left-handed starter. Plus, you have to like that the Twins are 5-1 in Slowey's last 6 home starts and 10-4 in Slowey's last 14 starts as a favorite. The Angels are now 0-6 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series. Take the Twins!

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Undefeated's tools picks now on a 17 wins and 6 losses
fire ball run !!!   yikes

Today's pick is Portland -3.5 (buy one point)    8)

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Saturday's free selection: Angels/Twins over 9 1/2

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Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009

Game: Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs

Sport: NBA

Time: 7:05PM CST


(962) Dallas Mavericks +4


The Mavericks have been playing very well to finish the regular season,
but I don't like the way the Spurs have been playing. The loss of Ginobli
is big for San Antonio and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Mavericks
steal this game. Take the points.
 

2009 Free Selections Record  58-48  (54.7%)

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Houston @ Portland 
Play: Portland -4

Houston will still be without Tracy McGrady for this contest.  Portland is 21-9 ATS this year after a win by 10 points or more.  Portland is 34-7 SU at home this year.  Portland has won 6 in a row and 10 of their last 11 games overall.  Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog.  Rockets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games.  Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.  Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.  Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.  Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.  Trail Blazers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall.  Trail Blazers are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games as a favorite.  Trail Blazers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a SU win.  Trail Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games.  We'll recommend a small play on Portland tonight!

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Boston Celtics -8.5 over Chicago Bulls

The Celtics will be without Kevin Garnett for this series and most likely the entire playoffs, but he's been limited or out for awhile now and the team has done a good enough job without him to handle the Bulls.  Boston is 35-6 at home this year while Chicago is 13-28 away from home.  Sure the Bulls closed out the season on a high note, but if you look the majority of those wins came on their home floor.  Even though Boston is going to have to manage without Garnett, this team should be able to take care of business here early on against a weak Chicago squad.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Minnesota Twins
PICK: Minnesota Twins

We have been most surprised by the market action to this one, with the Twins now becoming available in the low 120’s, costing us less than a 5* investment to cash a 4* ticket. That works in this setting, as a troubled Angel team continues to get more respect than is warranted.

These Halo’s are a far cry from the team that won 100 games LY, and in truth, in 2008 they were a far cry from a team that won 100 games – their run distribution would have ordinarily called for them to win 10-12 fewer decisions than they came away with. So start with an over-rated item, take away John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Franky Rodriguez, Mark Teixera, Garrett Anderson and now Vladimir Guerrero and what do you have? A 4-6 team that really is a 4-6 team. And they are not positioned well at all for this evening.

While last night’s loss here was a devastating blow (they led 9-4 in the bottom of the 8th), it is more than a psychological issue going forward. Those injuries to the pitching staff, and the tragic loss of Nick Adenhart, have forced Mike Scioscia into a complete scramble. They moved Dustin Moseley into the starting rotation, but he was injured and could not go on after the third inning, and that is the last thing that the manager wanted to see in the series opener, with Darren Oliver ticketed to start tonight. Scioscia needed Moseley to eat some innings to set up the bullpen for this evening because that group will have to shoulder a big load, since the 37-year old Oliver has not started a game since 2004. And it is not as though he was being groomed for this, working only seven Cactus League innings, and then just two relief appearances since the regular season started. He may have a difficult time going beyond three innings here, and then what? Moseley was to have been the prime middle reliever. We do not expect Jose Arredondo to be available, having worked two straight games. And Justin Speier and Rafael Rodriguez each threw 27 pitches last night, which would ordinarily have them sidelined as well. It can be a long evening for a struggling team.

Meanwhile some of the morning market play to the Angels can be a reflection of Kevin Slowey’s lousy opening to the season, as his old nemesis of the gopher ball has come into play again. But Slowey does not have any health issues and will round into form, with his early struggles only opening the door for us in terms of line value. His control has been where he wants it to be (only one walk through two starts), and what better way to cure the home run blues than by facing a lineup that lacks the power to hit them? And with only Jesse Crain carrying a fatigue rating, the bullpen is much better set than their Angel counterparts to handle the latter stages of this one.

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Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates
Prediction: Atlanta Braves

Scott did it again Friday as the Cubs and Cardinals EASILY flew OVER the total. That takes his run on Chicago Cubs games to a PERFECT 8-0 (100%)! Scott adds to the PERFECTION with this EARLY match-up Saturday at Wrigley Field. With a good low number on this game the options are great! OV? UN? CHI? STL? Don't miss this!

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Steve Cantwell at Luiz Cane
Prediction: Luiz Cane

Steve Cantwell is a great young prospect but gets thrown to the wolves here as he faces destroyer Luiz Cane. Cantwell was WEC champ before that organization went to exclusively small. His lone loss was to Brian Stann who makes UFC debut on this card. Cantwell avenged that loss but again, just can't stress enough what a huge jump in class this is versus rugged Brazilian. Cane's only loss was by DQ for an illegal knee which was redeemed by demolitions of Jason Lambert and Sokoudjou. Cantwell has never faced this tough and has never gone the distance in any of his fights. Cane wears him down and wins by third round knockout.

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