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New York at Boston
The Celtics look to bounce back from their 87-71 loss in Game 2 and take advantage of a New York team that is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games after allowing less than 75 points in their previous game. Boston is the pick (-3) according to Dunkel, which has the Celtics favored by 3. Dunkel Pick: Boston (-3)

Game 739-740: New York at Boston (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 118.584; Boston 123.580
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 5; 178
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 3; 183
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-3); Under

Game 741-742: San Antonio at LA Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 119.341; LA Lakers 120.739
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Lakers by 1 1/2; 190
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 5; 187 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+5); Over

Game 743-744: Denver at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Denver 124.657; Golden State 122.735
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 2; 218
Vegas Line & Total: Golden State by 1 1/2; 212 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Denver (+1 1/2); Over

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NY Islanders at Buffalo 
The Sabres look to follow up their 4-2 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday and build on their 6-2 record in their last 8 games after allowing 2 goals or less in the previous game. Buffalo is the pick (+105) according to Dunkel, which has the Sabres favored by 1/2 a goal. Dunkel Pick: Buffalo (+105)

Game 51-52: NY Islanders at Buffalo (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Islanders 11.563; Buffalo 12.017
Dunkel Line & Total: Buffalo by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: NY Islanders (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Islanders (+105); Over

Game 53-54: Edmonton at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Edmonton 9.808; Minnesota 11.124
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota (-210); 5
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-210); Under

Game 55-56: Calgary at Chicago (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 11.509; Chicago 11.005
Dunkel Line & Total: Calgary by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-230); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Calgary (+190); Over

Game 57-58: Colorado at Phoenix (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado 10.632; Phoenix 11.941
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-165); Under

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Colorado at Arizona
The Rockies look to take advantage of an Arizona team that is 2-5 in its last 7 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150. Colorado is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Rockies favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+110)

Game 951-952: Cincinnati at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Bailey) 14.405; Washington (Zimmermann) 15.519
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Washington (-130); 7
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-130); Over

Game 953-954: Chicago Cubs at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Feldman) 14.454; Miami (LeBlanc) 14.712
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-120); 8
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+100); Under

Game 955-956: Philadelphia at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Kendrick) 15.020; NY Mets (Gee) 14.597
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-105); Over

Game 957-958: Pittsburgh at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Sanchez) 16.203; St. Louis (Lynn) 16.544
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-200); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-200); Under

Game 959-960: Colorado at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Nicasio) 16.692; Arizona (McCarthy) 15.612
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona (-130); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+110); Under

Game 961-962: Milwaukee at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Burgos) 15.171; LA Dodgers (Beckett) 15.674
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-160); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-160); Over

Game 963-964: San Francisco at San Diego (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Lincecum) 15.881; San Diego (Cashner) 14.697
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1; 8
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-120); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-120); Over

Game 965-966: Toronto at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Johnson) 15.627; NY Yankees (Nova) 15.388
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+105); Under

Game 967-968: Houston at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Bedard) 13.369; Boston (Dempster) 15.703
Dunkel Line: Boston by 2 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-260); 9
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-260); Over

Game 969-970: Texas at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Grimm) 15.156; Minnesota (Diamond) 15.425
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Texas (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+105); Under

Game 971-972: Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Hernandez) 15.722; White Sox (Peavy) 15.181
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-145); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+125); Under

Game 973-974: Cleveland at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Kazmir) 14.435; Kansas City (Santana) 16.267
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-165); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (-165); Over

Game 975-976: Baltimore at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Chen) 14.697; Oakland (Milone) 15.591
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Oakland (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-125); Under

Game 977-978: LA Angels at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Wilson) 14.045; Seattle (Harang) 14.707
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-155); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+135); Over

Game 979-980: Atlanta at Detroit (7:08 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Maholm) 15.560; Detroit (Sanchez); 15.961
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Detroit (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-125); Under

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Knicks +3 over Celtics

The Knicks are better in every stage of the game and the only way they lose is if they come out and play like the Clippers did last night. This team will only beat themselves against this older Boston team. This is always a tough building to play in, but I don't think the Knicks get enough credit for being one of the elite teams in the NBA. Take New York


Spurs -5 over Lakers

The Lakers have run out of gas. No Kobe means no shot. A lot of their role players are out or limited tonight and they just don't have the offense to play in this game. The Spurs have weapons from every single position and I think it would take a game in the low 80's for the Lakers to have a shot. I just don't see it happening. Take the Spurs.


Warriors -1.5 over Nuggets

The biggest loss of the entire playoffs was the other night when the Nuggets lost at home to the Warriors. Denver banks on their home games and not being up 2-0 is a big blow going into play Golden State. The Warriors live by the 3 point shot and they are not going to die by it any time soon. They were very impressive the other night and are getting confident. This is a team that can make a lot of noise in the playoffs. Take Golden State.


Angels/Mariners Over 7.5

The Mariners are starting to hit the ball with this new line up and CJ Wilson has not pitched well this year giving up about a hit every inning. Harang has been brutal in his action this year. This is a good day for the Angels to get their bats going. I think we are going to see both teams swinging the bat well tonight. Take the Over.

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Arizona's Brandon McCarthy has had a rough go of it in his return after getting hit in the head with a line drive late last season. In four starts McCarthy has allowed 36 hits and 17 earned runs while posting only 11 strikeouts. No question he's been a bit on the unlucky side (.391 BABIP, 7.06 ERA vs. 4.13 xFIP) but he simply hasn't shown the type of stuff that can consistently miss bats and/or get people out. Right now, I see McCarthy's ceiling as a 5- or 6-inning, 3 or 4 earned run type of pitcher. Unlike Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chacin, Juan Nicasio has never come off as a guy who can have prolonged success at the MLB level. In 20.1 innings of work, the righty has allowed 12 runs, 12 walks, and only 12 strikeouts. And there is nothing fluky about his numbers with a .262 BABIP and nearly identical ERA (5.31) and xFIP (5.34). These two pitchers squared off last week in Coors Field with Arizona winning 5-4. There were a slew of scoring opportunities as both teams combined for 17 hits and the D-Backs' bullpen got through three innings unscathed which is a rarity. Last night's total was 9 with two above average starters in De La Rosa and Cahill. Tonight, we get the same total but with two far more hittable arms. Play it over.

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The A's and Orioles resume in the second of a four-game series in Oakland Friday night where Tom Milone toes the slab for the Athletics. Milone has been money in the bank at home for the A's, going 15-4 in his MLB career team starts. He is also is strong KW form with 17 strikeouts and 4 walks this season. With the A's having won 16 of the last 19 games in this park in this series, look for more of the same this evening. We recommend a 1-unit play on Oakland.

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After a great start to the season, the A's have stumbled. They started 12-4, which included a nine-game winning streak, but they are just 1-6 over their last seven games including a 10-2 blowout loss last night to open this series. Four of the losses have come by three or more runs and despite the one victory being 13-0, Oakland has been outscored by 12 runs overall during this stretch. The A's are hoping Tom Milone can turn things around but I'm not counting on it. He has a 4.26 ERA through four starts including a poor effort at Tampa Bay last time out, allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6.2 innings. He has tossed two quality starts are home, posting a 2.63 ERA in the process but those games were against Seattle and Houston and he takes a big step up in class here. Baltimore is off to a 13-9 start including wins in three of its last four and six of its last eight games. The Orioles are 6-4 on the road and the offense has been leading the way. Baltimore is averaging 6.0 rpg during this eight-game stretch and it is hitting .309 against left-handed pitching on the road. It may not even need a great effort tonight behind Wei-Yin Chen who is off to a great start this year following a solid 2012 campaign. He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through four starts with three of those being quality outings. The one non-quality effort missed by just a third of an inning at Tampa Bay and his last three gems have come against the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers. He faced Oakland twice last season and won both games while posting a 0.71 ERA over 12.2 innings.

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The Mets fit a solid system here tonight that plays on home favorites with a total that is less than 9 that are off a home dog loss and scored 3 or less runs, vs an opponent, like the Phillies that come in off a home favored loss and scored 4 or less runs. This system is cashing 88% since 2004. The Mets are top rated in scoring and are averaging 6.6 runs in night games and 5.5 runs at home. The Phillies are scoring just 2.1 runs on the road and hitting just .223, so its no wonder they have dropped 6 of 9 away from home. Kendrick goes for the Phils and he will have his work cut out for him against this lineup. He will oppose Dillion Gee, who has been solid at home with a 0.75 era allowing just 1 run in 12 innings. In his only 2 home starts vs the Phillies he had quality starts and allowed 4 runs in 12 innings. Look for the Mets to get back on track here at home tonight. Take the Mets.

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Cinncy got creamed last night by a 8-1 count, but have had the ability to bounce back after a set back as they are 22-9 in their last 31 games following a loss. The Reds starter tonight vs the Washington Nationals , Baily has seen his team win 5 straight starts on the road in the underdog role. Additionally , take this anomaly/trend for what its worth, but it must be noted that the Nationals don't like to play on the gateway day to the weekend(Friday) losing 8 straight tilts.

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Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
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Colorado is clearly improved, but the Rockies are in a little slump right now and Chase remains pretty much of a horror show for this team. The Rockies are now 8-20 in the last last 28 at this site after last night's narrow loss, and they're also an improbable rally against Craig Kimbrel away from a five-game losing streak.
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As far as tonight's matchup is concerned, I can see bettors eagerly firing against Brandon McCarthy, who has struggled for the Diamondbacks. But in spite of the bloated 7.06 ERA, I actually have McCarthy as better guy tonight. At least McCarthy is making the opposition beat him, as the control has been okay. He's had awful luck on BABIP, sitting at a grotesque .391. League average is about .290, so there should be a correction coming for McCarthy. Part of his problem has been an effort to increase the usage of his changeup, and that has not worked at all. Last start, McCarthy got back to normal in terms of his pitch selection, and while he wasn't nails by any means, he was at least a little better.
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I'm not buying Juan Nicasio at all. 5.3/5/3 is a really bad BB/K, and he's actually gotten slightly fortunate on BABIP. In other words, he's pitching even worse than his 5.31 ERA. The bullpens figure to get involved here, and if that's the case, Arizona has the advantage. They're about one run better than the Rockies pen overall, and the split gets even wider when the home/road numbers get factored in. I made the Snakes close to -145 tonight, so laying around a quarter with the Diamondbacks is a decent value.

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Arizona is a good offensive park and a pair of good offense and struggling starters square off. Colorado comes to town with the No. 2 offense in runs scored, tops in slugging and batting average. But starter Juan Nicasio (5.31 ERA) is walking too many batters (12 in 20 innings) despite that 2-0 record. The over is 18-8 in the Rockies last 26 vs. a team with a winning record and 6-2 over the total in Nicasio's last 8 starts. Arizona has plenty of offensive punch, 9th in baseball in runs scored. Starter Brandon McCarthy (7.06 ERA) is 0-2 getting lit up for 36 hits in 21+ innings! He has a career ERA against Colorado of 6.00, so look for plenty of offense. Play the Rockies/Diamondbacks Over the total.

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We've been riding Pittsburgh lately, and why not? The Pirates just won the final three games of a midweek set in Philadelphia for their first-ever series win at Citizens Bank Park, have won 12 of their last 16, and their staff has posted an airtight 1.89 ERA over the past seven games. And with a bullpen that has posted an ERA of less than 2.00 over the past ten games, Clint Hurdle has plenty of options in case starter Jonathan Sanchez continues to struggle. Not sold on Cards starter Lance Lynn just because of his strong start in his last outing, when allowing just one hit against the Phils last weekend; Lynn has a 4.88 career ERA vs. the Bucs, and Cardinal bats are not exactly on fire, with a .216 BA over the past eight games. Pittsburgh has also won 5 of its last 7 at Busch Stadium.

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I honestly think the Knicks could sweep this series, Boston does match up well against them and NY has dominated the first 2 games with some kick ass defense.  If home court with worth 2 to 3 points in the NBA they are calling this game even from an oddsmakers standpoint.  I do not see it.  I will drink the Koolaid here and grab the points with the better team, and the Knicks DEFENSE is the key.  Also Mello has pumped in 70 points in the first 2 games and is in total sync, and Boston has no answer on offense against a defense who has shut them completley down in the 2nd half of both games.

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We will take the big number here with the Astros on the road in Boston as the Red Sox are 47-62 SU when playing at home coming off a home contest the previous outing. Playing against the Red Sox in this situation has produced a profit of +3262 Units. Take Houston

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The A's were hammered last night, 10-2 by the Orioles, their sixth loss in seven games following a hot start. Baltimore, meanwhile, continues to defy logic.  After last season's run flew in the face of those who believe in analytics, the O's are back at it again in 2013. They had won five straight games decided by two runs or less before losing 6-5 to Toronto on Wednesday, 1 of just 2 losses for the team in the last 8 games.
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1.  A's vs. lefties - One area that Oakland has really excelled in this season is facing left-handed starters.  They average a whopping 7.5 runs per game against southpaws in 2013. They face Wei-Yin Chen Friday.  Chen had some control issues in his last start, walking four batters.
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2.  Tom Milone - The A's starter was getting a lot of run support prior to losing his last start.  Here at home, he's 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA. He won his only career start vs. Baltimore, last September where he allowed just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. He has an 18-6 TSR in night games.
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3.  X-Factor - Oakland is 2-0 this season after allowing nine or more runs their previous game.

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I feel the intensity in which the Wild will be playing with tonight and the overall ineptitude that this injured Oilers team has been performing at of late definitely justifies in laying the 1.5 goals for the plus-money return. If history is any precedence, then the Wild have to be loving their chances this evening as they've taken all three in this series so far this year. The Oilers are 17-22-7 overall and 9-11-3 on the road. They've lost two straight, and I've been against them each time as Anaheim won 3-1 on Monday, before Chicago got the job done with a 4-1 victory for me on Wednesday. The Oilers were eliminated from playoff contention by the Ducks the night before their second straight loss in the series and come into this contest with four starting forwards on the injured list. The Wild are 25-18-3 overall and 14-7-2 at home. Simply put, this is a do-or-die game for the home side in my estimation. All Minnesota has to do is either win tonight or at Colorado on Saturday to secure a playoff berth. Coming off a momentum building 2-1 win over the defending champions on Tuesday, I fully expect the Wild to come out with a highly concerted effort on both ends of the ice this evening and to take care of business tonight and to not let fate ride on an all deciding effort in the final game of the year. This has been a bad matchup for the Oilers all season and with a lineup that's been devastated by injury, all signs once again point to an epic beatdown. As mentioned above, you may want to consider a second look at laying the 1.5 goals for the plus-money return in this situation.

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Houston / Boston Under 9

This is my projected total, as I see the oddsmakers underestimating both of these veteran starters. Ryan Dempster is on the hill for the Red Sox, and he has gotten off to a better start than I expected. I thought Dempster was really just collecting paychecks, but he still has plenty left in the tank and has 33 strikeouts in his four starts this year (to just 11 walks). Erik Bedard takes the ball for the Astros. He is still building up arm strength and hasn't gone longer than four innings in any of his starts. But his 6.17 ERA is really misleading, since six of the eight runs he gave up this year came in one disastrous start against Oakland where he didn't make it out of the first inning. The Red Sox are not hitting left-handed pitching at all right now, and the Astros just don't hit, period. This is also a letdown series for Boston. They have been on such an emotional roller coaster in these l! ast two weeks that eventually they are going to hit an emotional wall. I think that a weekend series against the lowly Astros is just the spot. I think the pitchers will keep the batters off-balance here, and this one is going to sneak under an inflated total. I would play under at 8.5 or higher.

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Boston opened last night with an easy 7-2 win over Houston, and while Ryan Dempster is not pitching as well as last night's hurler Clay Buchholz, I do believe he will be in line for his first win of the 2013 season when he toes the slab at home against the 7-15 Astros.

Dempster's ERA is a respectable 3.38 for the season, while his counterpart Erik Bedard has worked just under 12 frames this spring and has an ERA over 6.

No need to overthink this one, go ahead once again and play Boston on the Run Line to get another 2 runs or better win over the struggling 'Stros.

4* BOSTON -1.5

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Tonight's free play is on the NY Knicks as they travel to Boston to face off with the veteran Celtics without Rajon Rondo.

I realize Boston is very tough to beat at home, but it looks to me like they are sluggish and tired. I don't remember see them play with this little passion and energy in a long time.

I know they are aging, but even with that being said they haven't played this "tired" in a long time.

New York won the first two game of this series even playing at Boston's pace. They are averaging 86 PPG in the first two games of this series, and that's well below their season average.

I guess that's good news and bad news. The bad news is that it's well below their average and that means they are playing Boston's style of basketball.

The good news is that they are still winning despite not scoring like they are used to. Could their defense be coming around?

Let's also not forget the Knicks still feature the league's leading scorer... Carmelo Anthony. Even in Boston's defensive style of play, the Knicks can't forget they have a shooter and a scorer.

Anthony has done his part by pouring in 70 points in the first two games, but I've been most amazed at his defensive intensity, though I first noticed his ability to play defense in his freshman year at Syracuse.

Boston will give it everything they have, but in the end the Knicks will be simply too strong. Take the Knicks to not only cover the number, but also win the game SU and take a 3-0 lead.

4* NEW YORK

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Tonight another free play total, this time in the NBA, as I look for New York and Boston to stay low in their Game 3 battle from Beantown.

The first 2 games in this series have stayed well Under the total, as the teams have run their Under series streak to 5 straight games dating back to the month of January.

New York has become quite an Under machine, as their last 3 games dating back to the regular season and 5 of their last 6 games overall have played low. Throw in the fact that 5 of the last 6 series meetings between these division-rivals played at the TD Garden have held low, and I think we will be seeing another game between the Knicks and the Celtics that will stay Under the total.

New York-Boston Under on Friday night.

3* NEW YORK-BOSTON UNDER

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Pick: Cincinnati +115

Washington has not enjoyed the type of start they had hoped to achieve. Despite a breakout night at the plate last night, the bats produced a grand total of 4 runs in their previous four games. The Nats are just .500 through 22 games, and have scored 3 or fewer runs in more than half their games, having been shutout four times already. The Reds have fared extremely well in Bailey's last five starts as a road dog where they have been 5-0. Overall, they have been stellar after a loss by going 22-9 in their next game. The Nationals have struggled at home vs. winning teams where they are just 1-6 in their last seven.  This is a good spot for the dog here, so play on Cincinnati.

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