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Tuesday Service Plays

SPORTS ADVISORS

(4) Atlanta (4-3 SU and ATS) at (1) Cleveland (4-0 SU and ATS)

The Cavaliers, who have been resting up the past eight days after breezing through the first round, return to action at Quicken Loans Arena against the lightly rested Hawks.

Cleveland plowed through Detroit in four games, winning and covering each time, including a 99-78 series-clinching road rout as an 8½-point chalk in Game 4 on April 26. In that contest, LeBron James posted a double-double of 36 points and 13 rebounds, while adding eight assists, and Mo Williams chipped in 24 points. The Cavs are on a 22-3 SU tear (14-11 ATS), dating to March 7.

The Cavaliers won all four games against Detroit by double digits, averaging 93.5 ppg while allowing a suffocating 78 ppg – 13 points below the 91.4 ppg they allowed in the regular season. James leads all playoff scorers, averaging 32 ppg on 50.6 percent shooting, and the newly named MVP is also averaging 11.2 rebounds (fifth) and 7.5 assists (fourth). Mo Williams is averaging 14.8 ppg.

Atlanta needed all seven games to put away Dwyane Wade and the fifth-seeded Heat, finishing it off with Sunday’s 91-78 win as a 5½-point home chalk. Joe Johnson scored 27 points, hitting 6 of 8 from three-point range, and Josh Smith had 21 points and nine rebounds. The Hawks shot 47.8 percent from long distance in Game 7 (11 of 23) and held Miami to just 4 of 19 (21.1 percent), and they won the turnover battle decisively (19-9).

The Hawks averaged 87.2 ppg in the first round, well off their regular-season average of 98.1. In fact, despite winning the series, they were actually outscored by about a point per game, as Miami put up 88.1 ppg. Johnson led a balanced scoring attack with 17.1 ppg, and Smith averaged 16.3 points and 8.9 rebounds. All seven games against Miami were double-digit routs, with the SU winner going 7-0 ATS.

Cleveland went 3-1 SU in the season series with Atlanta, but the Hawks went 3-1 ATS, covering in the last three clashes. Their last regular-season meeting was on March 21, when the Cavs won 102-96, but the Hawks cashed as an eight-point road pup. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS on their last seven trips to Cleveland, and the underdog is on a 4-1 ATS run in this rivalry.

Cleveland is an NBA-best 41-2 SU (30-13 ATS) at home this season, while Atlanta is just 17-27 SU (22-22 ATS) on the highway.

The Cavaliers, who went a league-leading 50-32 ATS in the regular season, are on pointspread rolls of 8-0 overall, 36-16 at home, 7-0 after a SU win, 5-0 in second-round playoff games, 7-1 after three or more days of rest and 14-3 as a playoff chalk.

The Hawks have gone 12-2 ATS in their last 14 starts against Central Division foes, and they’re on an 11-5-1 ATS run playing on one day’s rest, but they carry negative pointspread streaks of 1-5 after a SU win, 1-6 as an underdog and 0-5 catching 11 points or more.

The under for Cleveland is on a bundle of runs, including 14-4 in conference semifinal games, 5-1 with the Cavs a playoff favorite and 7-2-1 at Quicken Loans Arena. Likewise, the under for Atlanta is on tears of 7-2 overall, 4-0 on the road, 9-2 against winning teams and 4-0 with the Hawks as a playoff pup.

On the flip side, the over for Atlanta is on a 20-8-1 stretch against the Central Division, and in this rivalry, the total has gone high in four of the last five clashes overall and four of the last five in Cleveland.

ATS ADVANTAGE: CLEVELAND


WESTERN CONFERENCE

(6) Dallas (4-2 SU and ATS) at (2) Denver (5-1 SU, 6-0 ATS)

The red-hot Nuggets aim to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series when they once again host the Mavericks at the Pepsi Center.

Coming off a dominating 4-1 series win over New Orleans, Denver kept rolling with Sunday’s 109-95 Game 1 victory over Dallas as a 6½-point home chalk. Point guard Chauncey Billups (six points, six assists) was kept under wraps, and leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (23 points) didn’t get going until the fourth quarter, but center Nene scored 24 points, and the Nuggets got big bench contributions from J.R. Smith (15 points, six assists), Chris Andersen (11 points, six blocks) and Anthony Carter (12 points).

The Mavericks got 28 points and 10 boards from Dirk Nowitzki, but star guard Jason Kidd (15 points) tied a playoff high with eight turnovers against just four assists, and Dallas finished with 20 turnovers to Denver’s 15. The Mavs also had 11 shots blocked, including a few during Denver’s game-clinching 15-4 fourth-quarter run that turned an 82-80 lead into a 97-84 bulge. Dallas, which held San Antonio to just 90.4 ppg in the first round, allowed Denver to post its 21st 100-point effort in its last 23 games.

The Mavs shot a respectable 48.8 percent in Game 1, but it paled in comparison to Denver’s 54.8 percent shooting effort. Also, the Nuggets enjoyed a huge advantage at the free-throw line, hitting 25 of 36 while Dallas went only 9-for-13.

Denver is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last nine meetings with Dallas, including 5-0 SU (4-1 ATS) this season. The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in the last eight clashes at the Pepsi Center, but the underdog is still on a 6-2 ATS run in this rivalry.

Overall this season, Denver is 37-8 SU (27-17-1 ATS) at home, and Dallas is 20-25 SU (23-22 ATS) on the road.

The Nuggets have gone 19-4 SU (15-8 ATS) in their last 23 games and are on additional ATS tears of 14-4 overall, 14-3 against the Western Conference, 13-3 against winning teams, 8-1 as a favorite, 8-0 against the Southwest Division and 5-0 at home. The Mavericks are on ATS upswings of 5-2 overall, 17-6 as a playoff pup and 10-3 after a SU loss, but they are just 8-17 ATS in their last 25 starts against Northwest Division teams.

The over is on streaks of 8-4 for Denver at home (all as a chalk), 5-1 for Dallas on the road, 7-2 with the Mavs as a playoff pup and 20-9 for Dallas in second-round playoff games. However, the under is 6-2 in Denver’s last eight games overall (4-0 in the last four), and the under for Dallas is 13-5 in its last 18 contests as a ‘dog and 62-29 in its last 91 games against Northwest Division opponents.

Finally, the under is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings in this rivalry, with the last four battles in a row staying low.

ATS ADVANTAGE: DENVER and UNDER


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia (13-10) at St. Louis (17-9)

Adam Wainwright (3-0, 2.76 ERA) looks to keep his perfect record in tact when he leads the Cardinals against the Phillies and Brett Myers (1-2, 4.38) in the finale of a brief two-game series at Busch Stadium.

Philadelphia got a grand slam from Ryan Howard and cruised to a 6-1 victory in Monday’s series opener. The Phillies have won seven of their last nine overall and seven of their last eight on the road, including the last four in a row as a visitor. Additionally, the defending world champs are on runs of 37-16 overall, 7-0 as an underdog, 11-3 against the N.L. Central and 29-14 on Tuesday.

Despite last night’s loss, the Cardinals still lead the N.L. Central and have the second-best record in the National League. They’ve done most of their damage at home, where they’re 10-4 on the season. Going back to last season, St. Louis is on hot streaks of 23-9 overall, 20-8 at Busch Stadium and 9-3 against the N.L. East, and it is also 9-3 in its last 12 as a favorite.

The Phillies have owned this rivalry of late, going 5-1 in the last six meetings overall, 13-5 in their last 18 at Busch Stadium, 7-3 in Myers’ last 10 starts versus the Cardinals and 5-1 in his last six pitching in St. Louis.

Myers has barely produced three straight quality starts, giving up three earned runs in each outing while lasting six innings twice and 6 2/3 innings once. During this three-start stretch, he beat the Marlins 7-3 on the road, but the Phillies lost his two home starts to the Padres (8-5) and Nationals (4-1). Philly is 2-0 this season with Myers working on the road, but it has still dropped 15 of the right-hander’s last 22 starts on the highway.

Wainwright has allowed six runs (three earned) over 13 innings in his last two outings, picking up a 5-3 victory at Atlanta on Thursday after getting a no decision in a 4-3 Cardinals home win over the Cubs on April 24. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA in three home starts in 2009, and with Wainwright on the hill, the Redbirds are on runs of 35-17 overall, 21-8 at home, 17-5 as a favorite and 4-0 when playing on Tuesday.

Myers is 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA in 12 career games (10 starts) against the Cardinals, and in his last three starts against them he’s surrendered 14 runs in 18 innings (7.00 ERA). On the flip side, Wainwright has dominated the Phillies in five career appearances, going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA. In three starts against Philadelphia – all in 2007 – he allowed three runs in 21 innings (1.28 ERA).

The under is 5-1-1 in St. Louis’ last seven games overall, but otherwise the Redbirds are on “over” stretches of 11-6-1 at home, 4-1 when playing on Tuesday and 9-3-2 with Wainwright pitching. Philadelphia carries “over” trends of 13-6-2 overall, 7-1-1 on the road, 5-1 as an underdog and 4-1-1 when Myers faces the Cardinals. However, the under is 5-1-1 in the last seven clashes between these squads.

ATS ADVANTAGE: ST. LOUIS


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston (16-10) at N.Y. Yankees (13-12)

After back-to-back horrific starts, Red Sox ace Josh Beckett will try to get back on track when he opposes the Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain as these rivals complete a brief two-game set at new Yankee Stadium.

Boston waited out a lengthy rain delay Monday then went out and held on for a 6-4 victory in its first-ever game at new Yankee Stadium. Although the Red Sox are only 3-4 in their last seven games, they remain on a solid 14-4 overall run. Additionally, they’re on positive stretches of 9-3 against the A.L. East, 10-4 versus right-handed starters, 13-1 on grass and 7-0 against teams with a winning record

New York is just 6-4 threw 10 games in its new home, scoring five runs or more in each of the six wins. The Yankees are on hot streaks of 4-2 overall, 5-2 at home, 4-0 on Tuesday and 6-3 as a favorite.

The Red Sox have won the first four meetings against their hated rivals this season, outscoring the Yankees 31-20 in the process.

Beckett gave up eight runs (all earned) on 10 hits in five innings against the Yankees back on April 25, but got bailed out as Boston rallied for a 16-11 home win. But he wasn’t so fortunate in his ensuing start Friday at Tampa Bay, yielding seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 13-0 loss. Beckett has seen his ERA balloon from 3.79 to 7.22 because of those two poor outings, and he’s 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA in two road starts.

Beckett is now 7-4 with a 5.90 ERA in 13 career regular-season starts against the Yankees. However, prior last month’s ugly effort at home, the right-hander had delivered five straight quality stats against New York, posting a 2.86 ERA. Boston has won five of Beckett’s last six starts against the Yanks.

Chamberlain gave up just one run on three hits over seven innings at Detroit on Thursday, earning an 8-6 victory. The hard-throwing right-hander has given up exactly one earned run in three of his last four starts, however in his lone start in the Bronx, he got tagged for five runs in 4 2/3 innings, but New York rallied for a 6-5 win over the Indians, improving to 4-0 in Chamberlain’s last four starts at home.

Chamberlain pitched in Boston on April 24 and allowed 13 baserunners (nine hits, four walks) in 5 1/3 innings, but gave up just two runs (one earned). He left with a 4-2 lead, but his bullpen couldn’t hold it and the Yankees eventually fell 5-4 in 11 innings. In seven appearances (three starts) covering 22 2/3 innings against the BoSox, Chamberlain is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA.

The Red Sox are on a plethora of “over” streaks, including 15-6-1 overall, 9-3-1 on the road, 13-4-1 on grass, 9-2-1 on Tuesday, 4-0 in Beckett’s last four outings overall and 9-4 in Beckett’s last 13 efforts versus New York. The Yankees are on “over” runs of 5-0-1 overall, 4-0-1 at home, 8-3-1 after a loss and 5-1 with Chamberlain on the mound.

Finally, the over is 6-4-1 in the last 10 Red Sox-Yankees clashes (2-1-1 this season)

ATS ADVANTAGE: BOSTON and OVER

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Atlanta at Cleveland   
The Hawks are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and face a Cleveland team that is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 playoff games as a favorite.  The Cavaliers are the pick (-11 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has Cleveland favored by 15.  Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-11 1/2). 

Game 707-708: Atlanta at Cleveland
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 115.955; Cleveland 130.893
Dunkel Line & Total: Cleveland by 15; 175
Vegas Line & Total: Cleveland by 11 1/2; 179 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-11 1/2); Under

Game 709-710: Dallas at Denver
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 122.683; Denver 127.983
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 5 1/2; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 6 1/2; 206
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+6 1/2); Under


MLB

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City
The Royals come off a 3-0 win last night, but are just 2-5 in Kyle Davies' last 7 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game, while the White Sox are 7-1 in Gavin Floyd's last 8 starts as an underdog between +110 and +150.  Chicago is the underdog pick (+125) according to Dunkel, which has the White Sox favored by 1/2 a run.  Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (+125).   

Game 951-952: Houston at Washington
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Oswalt) 15.998; Washington (Olsen) 14.731
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Houston (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-135); Under

Game 953-954: San Francisco at Chicago Cubs
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Lincecum) 15.606; Cubs (Marshall) 14.225
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-110); No Run Line
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-110); N/A

Game 955-956: Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Suppan) 14.537; Pittsburgh (Snell) 15.315
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (+110); Over

Game 957-958: Cincinnati at Florida
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Volquez) 14.412; Florida (Volstad) 15.014
Dunkel Line: Florida by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Florida (-120); 8
Dunkel Pick: Florida (-120); Over

Game 959-960: NY Mets at Atlanta
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Hernandez) 13.814; Atlanta (Kawakami) 15.452
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1 1/2; 11
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-120); 10
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-120); Over

Game 961-962: Philadelphia at St. Louis
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Myers) 14.475; St. Louis (Wainwright) 15.883
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-140); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-140); Over

Game 963-964: Colorado at San Diego
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Cook) 13.870; San Diego (Geer) 14.098
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Colorado (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+100); Over

Game 965-966: Arizona at LA Dodgers
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Scherzer) 15.755; LA Dodgers (Weaver) 14.576
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 10
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-140); 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (+130); Over


Game 967-968: Cleveland at Toronto
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Reyes) 15.288; Toronto (Cecil) 16.362
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Toronto (-120); 10
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-120); Over

Game 969-970: Baltimore at Tampa Bay
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Uehara) 14.263; Tampa Bay (Garza) 15.606
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-200); 9
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-200); Over

Game 971-972: Texas at Seattle
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Padilla) 14.940; Seattle (Bedard) 16.415
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Seattle (-165); 8
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-165); Under

Game 973-974: Minnesota at Detroit
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Blackburn) 15.372; Detroit (Porcello) 15.709
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Detroit (-120); 10
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-120); Under

Game 975-976: Boston at NY Yankees
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Beckett) 14.897; NY Yankees (Chamberlain) 16.345
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1 1/2; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-125); 10
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-125); Over

Game 977-978: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Floyd) 15.467; Kansas City (Davies) 15.245
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-135); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (+125); Under

Game 979-980: LA Angels at Oakland
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Loux) 15.289; Oakland (Braden) 16.165
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Oakland (-140); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-140); Over


NHL

Vancouver at Chicago
The Canucks try to bounce back from their 6-3 loss in Game Two, but are just 1-7 in their last 8 games after allowing 5 or more goals in their previous game.  Chicago is the pick (-145) according to Dunkel, which has the Blackhawks favored by 1 1/2.  Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-145).   

Game 17-18: Vancouver at Chicago
Dunkel Ratings: Vancouver 11.499; Chicago 12.758
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-145); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-145); Over

Game 19-20: Detroit at Anaheim
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.535; Anaheim 11.779
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-150); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+130); Under

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Philadelphia at St Louis
Play: St Louis

I'm playing the Cards with Wainwright over Myers. The opening price on this one dropped dramatically...anywhere from 15-to-20 cents across the board. This gives us serious value on the home team. Adam Wainwright is off to a strong start this season, owns terrific numbers at Busch, and a 1.17 ERA against the Phils. He's backed by a team that was crushing opposing righthanders heading into this week's action. The Cards were averaging 6.3 rpg in 16 outings against righties, including 3-0 and 6.0 rpg when those matchups came in home night affairs. They didn't fare so well last night, but I expect a return to form, even without Ankiel in this one. After all, they're facing a hurler they can handle in Brett Myers. The Philly righty owns a 5.19 career ERA against the Redbirds, including a hefty 6.97 ERA in five appearances (three starts) at the new Busch. Look for the Cardinals to tag Myers tonight in a quick revenge opportunity for last night's loss. I'm laying the price with St. Louis on Tuesday night.

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Frank Jordan

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers     
Play: Cleveland Cavaliers -11.5
         
Atlanta played an ugly 7 game set against Miami and was lucky to beat them. Cleveland cruised past Detroit in the first round. With LeBron James getting his MVP trophy look for the Cavs to do what Boston and LA failed to do win at home in game one. Play Cleveland


Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets     
Play: Denver Nuggets -6.5

Denver was mentally and physically tougher than Dallas in every part of the game and it showed as the Nuggets took game on at home 109-95. Dallas will need to step up the intensity and bravado on the team if they want to avoid being down 0-2 heading home. The problem is they don't have a real vocal get in your face leader like Denver has in Chauncey Billups and even in the coach George Carl. Look for another game one all be it closer but still the same with Denver winning by 8-12 points and taking a 2-0 series lead. Play Denver

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Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners     
Play: Texas Rangers   

Safeco Field will be the site of today’s American League clash between the host Seattle Mariners and the visiting Texas Rangers. This will be an afternoon start and the second and final game of this series. The Mariners will send left-hander Erik Bedard to the bump with his 2-1 W/L record and ERA of 2.61 on the season he is 1-1 W/L his last three outings with an ERA of 3.06. Seattle is 2-3 W/L on the year when Bedard takes the hill, 2-5 W/L their last seven when he is working on five days rest and 1-4 W/L their last five when he starts in game two of a series. The Mariners are 16-33 W/L their last forty-nine when installed as a favorite. The Rangers will counter with right-handed starter Vicente Padilla who is 1-2 W/L on the season with an ERA of 7.42. Over his last three trips to the bump he is 0-1 W/L with an ERA of 6.11. Texas has managed a winning record overall when Padilla starts going 3-2 W/L this season. The total in this contest is set at 8 and that is a key number for this Rangers team as they are 16-5 W/L their last twenty-one games when the total is set between 7 and 8.5, they are 15-3 W/L when playing away from home with the same total range. This total range is a key number for Rangers starter Padilla as well; he is 9-0 W/L (+12.1 Units) when the total is 7 to 8.5 the last 2 seasons and 8-0 W/L (+11.0 Units) on the road when the total is 7 to 8.5 the last 2 seasons. Padilla is 7-1 W/L (+8.4 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record the last 2 seasons, 20-8 W/L (+17.3 Units) in road games vs. teams whose batters strike out 6 or less times per game since 1997 and 10-1 W/L (+10.5 Units) vs. teams whose batters draw 3 walks or less per game the last 2 seasons. The Rangers have won two out of the last three times Padilla has taken the hill while Seattle is only 1-2 W/L their last three when Bedard is on the mound. With solid technical support and for both Texas and Padilla we will back the visitor here as the Rangers grab the win and cash a nice underdog ticket on Tuesday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest.

Graded Selection: 2* Texas Rangers 4 Seattle Mariners 3

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers    
Play: Atlanta Hawks +11.5

OK well we learned our lesson from the NBA yesterday. Today Handicapper Craig Trapp will give you the free winner, breakdown, records, and trends for Game 1 in the Hawks/Cavs series.

Records

Cleveland Cavaliers 70-16 overall 54-32 ATS 41-2 home 29-14 away

Atlanta Hawks 51-38 overall 47-41-1 ATS 34-11 home 17-27 away

Betting Trends

-ATL is 3-1 in last 4 plays vs CLE

-Hawks are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Central.

-Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 11.0 or greater.

Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games.

Hawks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

If you watched the NBA round 1 on Monday you saw that the road teams are hear to play this year. Also you witness what happens when a team sits for a week plus as the Lakers did. The Cavs will struggle knocking down open jump shots early and fall behind early. They will pull even late in third as Lebron gets to the hoop at will on this ATL team. Cavs shooters will make just enough late to get a win but the rust early will cost them ATS cover here. Don't sleep on Joe Johnson as he is the one player with an advantage over his defender on the CAVS. SCORE CLE 89 - ATL 85

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New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
Prediction: Over

The over is 3-1-1 in the Mets last 5 games. The Braves have played over the total in 3 of their last 4 games. NY sends Hernandez to the mound and he has an ERA of 6.33 on the season The Mets have played the over in 3 of his 4 starts. Kawakami pitches for the Braves and his ERA for the year is 7.06. The team's have played over the total in 4 of the last 5 meetings and will do so again tonight. Play the over.

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Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays
Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

The Indians are 0-9 THIS season after scoring 6+ runs.The Blue Jays are 12-0 as a favorite after allowing 6+ runs. Take Toronto.

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Stephen Nover

Houston Astros @ Washington Nationals
PICK: Houston Astros

I'll lay this short price with Astros ace Roy Oswalt against the Nationals' Scott Olsen.

The southpaw Olsen has a 6.08 ERA this season. He's never fulfilled his early promise he showed with Florida. The Nationals are a sloppy fielding team and have one of the worst bullpens in baseball. Right now their co-closers are journeymen Julian Taverez and Kip Wells.

The Astros have the right-handed bats to take advantage of the erratic Olsen and get into the Nationals' sad sack bullpen. Washington is 5-11 in its last 16 as a home 'dog.

Houston has won 14 of the past 19 games Oswalt has started. Oswalt is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 10 career games versus the Nationals, including 1-0 with a 0.55 ERA in four games at Washington D.C.

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Nick Parsons

Vancouver Canucks +120 @ Chicago Blackhawks

The Canucks fell in their second game to the Blackhawks at home; with that loss, books now have the 'Hawks as the favored team to win this series; however I still believe the Canucks are the better overall team and believe we're getting great value on them tonight as they play the first of two in Chicago. The Blackhawks are a streaky team, however they are a poor 6-7 (-2.1 units) after playing 3 consecutive road games while the Canucks are 11-7 (+3.8 units) when revenging a home loss vs. an opponent. Great value, strong trends, better team; play on the CANUCKS!

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JIM FEIST

BOSTON RED SOX / NEW YORK YANKEES
Take NEW YORK YANKEES

Boston is not a great road team, not last season and that's been the case in 2009. They just went to struggling Tampa Bay and lost 3 of 4 games and now it's on to homer happy New York. Starter Joba Chamberlain keeps improving, with a 3.71 ERA his last three starts. Boston starter Josh Beckett struggled down the stretch last season and in the playoffs as his velocity dropped. Rumors were that he was battling an injury. Well, now he is off to a poor start in 2009 with a 6.00 ERA, with control trouble (13 walks in 24 innings). You can't walk anyone in this small park. While Beckett has the reputation of being a NY killer because of the 2003 World Series, note that he has a 5.90 ERA against them in a Red Sox uniform. Play the Yankees.

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DAVE COKIN

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES / ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Take ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Brett Myers is getting closer to where he wants to be, but the Phillies righty isn't there yet. He's had troubles keeping the ball in the park and is walking too many hitters. Adam Wainwright has also been a little off with his control, but he's looking sharper. Big edge in the numbers vs, opponent catagory for Wainwright, so I'll look for the Cardinals to even up this series with the win tonight.

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Jeff Benton

Hope you enjoyed that easy free-play winner with the Magic over the Celtics on Monday night, a result that brings my free-play run to 24-14 with my last 38 selections. For Tuesday, we’ll go back to baseball – where I’m on a 13-4 roll with free plays! – and back the Cardinals against Philadelphia.

This is all about Redbirds starter Adam Wainwright. Not only is the St. Louis right-hander coming off back-to-back quality starts, but he’s one of the few hurlers in the National League that’s tamed this potent Phillies lineup. Wainwright has faced the Phillies five times in his career (three starts, two relief appearances) and given up just three runs in 23 innings. That’s a 1.17 ERA. In those 23 innings, Wainwright has held the Phillies to a .229 team batting average, and St. Louis is 3-0 in his three starts against Philadelphia, winning by scores of 2-1, 10-2 and 8-3.

By comparison, Phillies starter Brett Myers is 3-2 all-time against the Cardinals, but that comes with a 5.19 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP and a .308 batting-average against. Oh, and a certain Albert Pujols is hitting .346 against Myers with two home runs in 26 at-bats.

Throw in the fact that even with last night’s 6-1 loss to the Phillies, the Cardinals are still 10-4 at home this season and 23-9 in their last 32 overall going back to last season, and I’ll lay this small price, especially since we’ve got the vastly superior starting pitcher in Wainwright.

4♦ ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

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Matt Rivers

For Tuesday take the number with the Hawks.

Sure LeBron and the Cavaliers could come out and completely smoke Mike Woodson's Hawks but to get around a dozen points in the second round of the playoffs is a bit too much for me to pass up in this game one spot.

Atlanta has the potential to not show up and lay a big fat egg on the road, Gosh knows we have seen that a time or two recently, but there is also enough talent there with Johnson, Bibby, Smith, Horford and a few others to compete enough to stay within single digits when all is said and done. The team is talented, that we at least know. Yes mentally the Hawks are not always all there but there is definitely an upside.

It's possible that Mike Brown's boys will be a little flat after clinching the first round against Detroit so long ago. I don't think they can be flat enough to lose the game but the first game is never easy for a big chalk, just ask the Magic and Celtics about their opener in the first round as similar big favorites and in the end here I'll grab the hefty price for sure.

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Craig Davis

Tonight's free play is on the Dallas Mavericks plus the points in Denver. Despite four losses in the regular season and a blowout loss in game one of this series, I still believe the Mavs have enough firepower in the tank to hang with Denver, and if it weren't for a fourth quarter meltdown in Game 1, we'd be talking about a great finish instead of what transpired. Remember, three of the four regular season meetings between these two were decided by three points or less, and two of those were in Denver. After the beatdown in Game 1, wouldn't you expect Vegas to put out a number a little closer to 9 rather than 6.5? The game didn't end up being close, but the line hasn't moved from game 1's line. Interesting. It tells me they are wanting people to load up on Denver and watch Dallas cash in. Not me. The underdog has covered six of the last eight in this series, and with Josh Howard playing better and Jason Kidd not expected to turn the ball over as much as he did in game 1, I like Dallas to not only cover this game, but win it SU.

4♦ DALLAS

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NY Mets at ATLANTA

We are 4-1 the last 5 days with our comp plays!

Last night's Mets-Braves game featured 4 homers, as the teams played OVER the total in the series opener.

Both teams have now played OVER the total in their last pair of games, and we feel that we are staring at another HIGH-SCORING game tonight with Hernandez, and Kawakami on the hill.

Livan Hernandez has made 4 starts for the Mets, and 3 of the 4 have landed OVER the total. For the season Hernandez sports an ERA of 6.33, and the last 2 times he has faced the Braves he has allowed 12 runs to score in just 8 innings of work.

Kenshin Kawakami counters, and he has allowed 14 runs his last 16 innings of work to balloon his ERA to just over 7 for the year.

The bats will be salivating this evening, as we play OVER the total once again.

Play the HIGH.

4♦ OVER

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Bobby Maxwell

Boston +115 at N.Y. YANKEES 

Got the FREE winner on the diamond Monday when the Phillies went to St. Louis and scored a nice plus-money victory. Today we've got another 'dog that will come in as we play the Red Sox in New York against the Yankees.

The Red Sox won the rain-delayed game on Monday night and have now won four straight over their rivals this season. We're going to get the plus-money while we can with them tonight to make it five in a row.

Josh Beckett (2-2, 7.22 ERA) is on the mound for Boston and he was the starter in the April 25 matchup with the Yankees that finished 16-11 in favor of the Red Sox. He's had back-to-back rough outings but this guy is a true professional and you know he would love nothing more than to right the ship against the Bronx Bombers.

Boston has won five of Beckett's last six starts against the Yankees and he's allowed three runs or less in five of thos six.

Joba Chamberlain is going for the Yankees and he allowed just two runs in 5.1 innings of work against the Red Sox on April 24 but Boston rallied to win 5-4.

Boston is 18-8 in Beckett's last 26 starts in the second game of a series and they are 13-4 in thei alst 17 overall. We're going to grab the plus money and play them to get this one in New York.

2♦ BOSTON

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Vernon Croy

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays    
Play: Under 9   

This pick falls into one of my top MLB systems and the O/U is just 2-7 for the Rays in day games this season. The Orioles are hitting just .243 in day games this season while averaging just 3.8 rpg and the Rays are hitting just .233 as a team in day games while averaging just 3.4 rpg. Garza looked solid in his last start allowing just 1 hit over 7.7 innings while striking out 10 batters and Uehara has pitched solid for the Orioles over his last 3 starts with an ERA of just 3.15 while lasting an average of 6.7 innings per start. Take the Under as my MLB Free Play for Tuesday afternoon.

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Canucks vs. Blackhawks

Game #3 in this Playoff match up and the action will be intense as one mistake could turn the series around for one of these teams. We'll take our Tuesday NHL complimentary selection is Chicago Blackhawks in their series home opener as they are 4-0 at home and on a 11-4 run of late.

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Vancouver at Chicago
Play Chicago -140

Chicago has won 8 of their last 10 home games and beat Calgary 5-1, 3-2 and 3-2 at home earlier in the playoffs. And beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 before that. Vancouver has played well at Chicago but look for the Black Hawks to win 3-2 on Tuesday night!

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