Free Picks: Service Plays for Friday, May 10

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NBA

Miami at Chicago
The Heat look to follow up their 115-78 win in Game 2 and take advantage of a Chicago team that is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. Miami is the pick (-7) according to Dunkel, which has the Heat favored by 9. Dunkel Pick: Miami (-7)

Game 717-718: Miami at Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 124.707; Chicago 115.485
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 9; 191
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 7; 187
Dunkel Pick: Miami (-7); Over

Game 719-720: San Antonio at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 122.329; Golden State 128.928
Dunkel Line & Total: Golden State by 6 1/2; 199
Vegas Line & Total: Golden State by 2; 203
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (-2); Under

NHL

Anaheim at Detroit 
The Ducks look to close out the series and take advantage of a Detroit team that is 1-4 in its last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record. Anaheim is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Ducks favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+110)

Game 51-52: Toronto at Boston (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 10.215; Boston 11.417
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-220); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-220); Under

Game 53-54: NY Rangers at Washington (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 12.834; Washington 11.984
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Washington (-140); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (+120); Over

Game 55-56: Anaheim at Detroit (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Anaheim 12.169; Detroit 11.330
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-130); 5
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+110); Over

Game 57-58: St. Louis at Los Angeles (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis 11.479; Los Angeles 13.000
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1 1/2; 3 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-155); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-155); Under

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Milwaukee at Cincinnati
The Brewers look to build on their 6-1 record in Yovani Gallardo's last 7 road starts. Milwaukee is the pick (+135) according to Dunkel, which has the Brewers favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+135)

Game 951-952: Chicago Cubs at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Samardzija) 15.323; Washington (Detwiler) 16.673
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Washington (-140); 7
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-140); Over

Game 953-954: Pittsburgh at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Rodriguez) 13.814; NY Mets (Marcum) 15.058
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+125); Under

Game 955-956: Milwaukee at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Gallardo) 15.332; Cincinnati (Cingrani) 14.456
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-155); 8
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+135); Over

Game 957-958: Colorado at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Garland) 14.798; St. Louis (Miller) 16.548
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-170); 8
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-170); Under

Game 959-960: Philadelphia at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Cloyd) 15.250; Arizona (Kennedy) 16.999
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona (-160); 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-160); Under

Game 961-962: Miami at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Fernandez) 15.393; LA Dodgers (Magill) 14.528
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-150); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+130); Over

Game 963-964: Atlanta at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Hudson) 14.952; San Francisco (Cain) 15.575
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-125); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-125); Under

Game 965-966: Cleveland at Detroit (7:08 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Kluber) 16.908; Detroit (Scherzer) 16.615
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-200); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+170); Over

Game 967-968: Toronto at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Ortiz) 14.725; Boston (Lester) 16.272
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 969-970: Baltimore at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Hammel) 14.781; Minnesota (Pelfrey) 16.844
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+105); Over

Game 971-972: NY Yankees at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Hughes) 16.210; Kansas City (Davis) 15.815
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-115); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-105); Under

Game 973-974: LA Angels at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (No Starter); White Sox (Axelrod)
Dunkel Line: No Line
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 975-976: Texas at Houston (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Ogando) 15.022; Houston (Keuchel) 12.952
Dunkel Line: Texas by 2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Texas (-210); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-210); Under

Game 977-978: Oakland at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Straily) 15.193; Seattle (Iwakuma) 15.002
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Seattle (-150); 7
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (+130); Over

Game 979-980: San Diego at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Volquez) 15.969; Tampa Bay (Cobb) 16.830
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-175); 8
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-175); Over

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When the Mets meet Pittsburgh in Game Two of this four-game series at Citi Field they will take on a struggling Wandy Rodriguez and the Pirates. Rodriguez enters the fray just 7-13 his last 20 team starts during May, including 3-8 his last 11 away. With the Bucs just 3-12 their last 12 games as visitor in this series, look for Wandy's woes to continue tonight. We recommend a 1-unit play on the Mets.

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The Washington Nationals are a dismal 0-7 this season versus National League opponents that have an on-base-percentage of .325 or less on the season. The Cubs starter Pete Samardzia has established himself as the ace of the staff and rightfully so. The Notre Dame product has 2 career starts versus the Nationals with both coming in 2012. In those 2 outings Samardzia was excellent in posting a 1.15 ERA, a 0.77 WHIP, and struck out 16 while walking only 1. The Washington starter Ross Detwiller has struggled a bit over his last 3 starts as evidenced by his very lofty 1.87 WHIP in those outings. Play on the Chicago Cubs as a money line underdog selection.

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Chicago White Sox over L.A. Angels

Here we just have two bad teams, playing bad baseball, facing off in an under-the-radar game. But I like the home team here because, at the very least, they have a hot pitcher on the mound. Dylan Axelrod has notched four straight quality starts, giving up just eight runs in the 26 innings. The White Sox have lost three of those four starts, but that hasn't been his fault. The Angels are going with Tommy Hanson, who has been decent in adjusting to the American League. But Hanson's problem is that he isn't going deep into games. He hasn't gone past the sixth in any of his five starts. That is going to give Chicago a crack at Los Angeles' terrible bullpen. He can be victimized by the home run ball against a Chicago lineup that swings for the fences. The White Sox are a pretty good home team. But they have played 19 of their last 27 games on the road, which has kind of muted their value. I think Chicago will play ! with a little urgency this weekend as they are already sagging in the Central standings. I'll go with the sharper pitcher and the motivated home team as the White Sox will steal this game with some late runs.

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This game fits a system that has won every time since 2009 and plays to the under for home favorites like the Mariners, that are off a road favored loss and scored 2 or less runs, vs an opponent off a road favored loss that also scored 2 or less runs. Seattle as a team has played under 9 straight times in a game where they scored 2 or less runs and had 3 or less hits. Oakland after a hot start with the bat has gone cold scoring just 2.7 runs on .220 hitting the past week. They do have a solid road bullpen era at 2.66 and a serviceable D. Straily on the mound. Seattle has Iwakuma and he has pitched under in all 3 home starts with a 0.48 era here. The Mariners have stayed under in 6 of 8 at home when the total is 7 or less and are scoring just 3 runs per game vs right handed pitchers. Take the under here.

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The Dodgers have been a bust again this year, with the additions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford doing little to help their struggling offense. All three of those players could miss tonight's game with lingering injuries, as they host the Marlins.
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Los Angeles has lost seven straight overall, and they are coming off a three game sweep at home versus Arizona. It won't get any easier tonight, sending a struggling rookie pitcher to the mound, as Matt Magill gets the nod.
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Magill (0-0, 7.88 ERA) has failed to impress in his first two big league starts, allowing five runs on six hits, while walking four in just 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the Giants his last time out. He was better in his previous start, but despite turning in a decent performance, he got little run support and the bullpen cost him any chance at the win. Given what we have seen from the Dodgers, he can't expect any favors from his teammates tonight.
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The Fish hand the ball to 20 year old Jose Fernandez, and he's coming off the best start of his young career. Fernandez (1-2, 3.48 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing a single hit and striking out nine in a 2-0 win over the Phillies his last time out.
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While that was his first win after six starts, it wasn't his first dominant performance. He's allowed two runs or less, on fewer than five hits in four of his six starts, and the Fish have won the last two times he's taken the mound. This kid is just getting things figured out, and he's going to be tough to beat when he does.

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Corey Kluber (2-1, 3.06 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Kluber is coming off his first loss of the year vs. the Twins on Sunday, giving up three runs off five hits with four walks over 5 2/3's frames of work; he struck out five as well (Kluber was 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA on the road last year). The 27-year old will be opposed by the 28-year old Max Scherzer (4-0, 3.43 ERA) who gave up one run off three hits over eight frames in his team's eventual 17-2 destruction of the Astros on Sunday; he struck out eight and walked two (Scherzer was 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA last season). Scherzer continues to get the job done and throw deep into games and there's absolutely no reason to believe he won't again today. Kluber is one to keep your eyes on and has been consistent thus far. Recent performance plays a part in my handicapping repertoire and in this case I believe the table is set for a lower-scoring pitchers-duel.

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A succession of fluky plays in combination conspired to deny the D-backs a deserved Run Line win on Thursday vs. the Phils, who were able to benefit from a blown safe call by the first base umpire and a couple of scratch hits in the 7th inning to score their only run of the night. Still, it couldn't deny the D-backs a 2-1 win, their 4th in a row, and ascent to the top of the NL West for the first time in over a year. Tonight Arizona takes swings against Phils starter Tyler Cloyd, taking the place of the injured Roy Halladay in the rotation; the problem for Cloyd is that he had hardly impressed at AAA Lehigh Valley with a 5.40 ERA, and made little impression a year ago with a 4.91 ERA in a handful of starts for the big club. Meanwhile, Arizona starter Ian Kennedy has struggled with control issues lately but has posted a 1.06 ERA in winning his last two starts vs. the Phils.

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Toronto at Boston
Pick: Under

Last place Toronto stumbled into Fenway Park with a weak offense, 18th in baseball in runs scored, 25th in on-base percentage. Boston is a team with a weak bottom part of the order. Boston also has ace lefty Jon LEster on the hill with a 4-0 record and a 3.30 ERA, fanning 40 in 43+ innings. The under is 7-3-1 in the Red Sox's last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 7-1 under the total in Lester's last 8 home starts.

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Matt Cain finally broke into the win column in his last start. That has to be a pressure breaker for the Giants righty, but he's far from out of the woods as far as his mysteriously slow start is concerned. That win came against the feeble Dodgers, and while Cain certainly appeared to have okay stuff, he's going to face a much stiffer challenge tonight against Atlanta.
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The big issue for Cain this season has been his spectacular vulnerability to the home run. That's a red flag against the free swinging Braves. This team has a lineup loaded with threats to go deep. Cain is likely to ring up some serious K's tonight. But the fly ball rate remains high and that could get him into some trouble this evening.
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Old pro Tim Hudson throws for Atlanta tonight, and he just keeps rolling along. There isn't anything especially sensational about Hudson anymore. Most of his numbers are fairly pedestrian, and he's certainly no longer a top of the line starter. But when it comes to mound savvy, Hudson is as good as it gets. His walk rate remains impressive, and he gets a good number of ground balls. What it really boils down to with Hudson is that hitters will have to find a way to beat him, as he's unlikely to do it to himself.
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The Braves and Giants have nearly identical records, but a check of the run differential clearly indicates that Atlanta has been more dominant. Right now, I have to give Hudson a very slight edge over Cain. That might seem like a stretch. But until Cain shows me he's really over the gopheritis, I don't have a huge problem going against him, and I like Hudson's consistency. I'm looking to take the plus money with the underdog Braves tonight.

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Runs, runs, runs. Expect the 2nd game of this series to go over the total just as the first did. The over is 9-0 in the Braves' last 9 road games, and they're currently on an 8-3 over run over their last 11 overall. The Giants are 4-1-1 to the over in their last 6 games. Hudson is 3-0 to the over in his last 3 starts while Cain is 2-0 to the over in his last 3 starts. Play Braves-Giants over.

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Jose Fernandez has superstar potential. He displayed it again this past Saturday throwing seven shutout innings on the road against the Phillies with nine strikeouts.
Contrast this with Dodgers starter Matt Magill, who is a desperate fill-in starter. Magill was shelled in his second big league start this past Saturday giving up five runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings against the Giants.
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Not only do the Marlins have a huge edge in starting pitching, but I also like the backend of their bullpen better. Dodgers closer Brandon League is struggling and could be in danger of being removed as the closer.
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The key question here is are the Dodgers good enough at the rest of the spots to overcome their pitching disadvantage? I'd say yes - if the Dodgers were playing much better and were healthy. But they are not on either count.
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The Dodgers have lost seven in a row. They've scored three runs or fewer in six of those seven defeats. While Florida is last in runs scored, the Dodgers are second from the bottom in that important category.
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The Dodgers' starting middle infield is out, star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez isn't likely to play due to a sore neck and Carl Crawford is questionable with a hamstring injury.

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All things considered, this seems like a pretty fair price on the Reds at home in the opener of a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers....
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The Reds will go with Tony Cingrani here as he looks to stay unbeaten in five starts. Cingrani is off what was easily the weakest of his four outings so far, lasting only six innings while giving up four runs. But in his three starts before that, he'd allowed just 3 ER in 18 IP while striking out 28 batters against only four walks.  Those numbers are much better than what Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo has produced (4.50 ERA in 7 starts).  Plus, Cingrani hasn't been arrested this season.
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Milwaukee is not playing well right now.  They've lost six of seven and all those games were at home.  Having played a MLB-low 11 road games total so far, the Brew Crew look to be in trouble this season as they are below .500. They are also just 14-33 as a road underdog since the start of last season.

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NY Mets +105

Going to back this Mets team as a home dog after a close Thursday W against the Pirates. Wandy Rodriguez of the Pirates comes into this game with a 4.02 era on the year but on the road has been a different story where he has an 8.48 era through 3 road starts where he has allowed 5 HRs on 6 BBs and 7 Ks through 11 innings. Rodriguez made 1 start in 2012 at Citi Field where he allowed 3 runs through 6 innings on 2 HRs, 2 BBs and 3 Ks in a 10-6 W. A trend to keep in mind with Rodriguez is that this will be a start for him on 4 days rest and in 2012, he saw his era rise to a 4.04 on 4 days of rest. Through 96 combined ABs, this Mets team has a .260 average with 5 HRs off of Rodriguez. Shaun Marcum of the Mets comes into this game looking to make his 3rd start of the season and will be pitching with a little extra in mind as he is auditioning for a spot in this rotation. Marcum's two starts this season have come against the above average offenses of the Phillies and Mets where he allowed a combined 6 runs through 8 innings but the numbers that are encouraging for Marcum is that he is yet to allow a HR and his control seems to be in check. Marcum will be pitching this game with 6 days of rest and in 2012, when he had 5 or more days of rest between starts, he logged a 4-1 record with a 2.66 era through 61 innings. Marcum faced the Pirates twice in 2012 where he allowed a combined 1 run through 12 innings on 1 HR, 1 BB & 13 Ks. Through 90 combined ABs, this Pirates team has a .211 average with 3 HRs off of Marcum. Offensively, the Mets have turned in 4 Ws in their last 6 games while the Pirates have 4 Ls in their last 5 games. This Mets pen will be the key in this game as they have gotten hot at the right time lately and with Marcum not being extended yet in this season, the Mets pen will come into play. Look for the Mets to make it 5 out of their last 7 games and make some noise in an open NL East.

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Not big on laying big numbers on the road in the Playoffs, but Miami after screwing off in game 1 of this series, imposed their will and talent on Chicago on Wednesday and no doubt want at least a split if not a sweep on the road.  James and many starters rested in the last game and again will come in here focused.  Miami can win by 10 here if they play their "A" Game.  Chicago is a fighter whose time has come but will go down swinging and are well coached, but Miami just has to many man to man mis matches for Chicago on defense to overcome, especially when short handed.

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The Mets got a late-inning victory over the Pirates on Thursday. Shaun Marcum makes his third start of the season for the Mets. He has allowed 6 runs and 11 hits in his first two starts against the Braves and Phillies. Marcum is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in six career starts against Pittsburgh going 1-1 against them last season. Pedro Alvarez (4-14), Garrett Jones (4-10) and Jose Tabata (4-11) hit the righty hard. The Pirates are hitting right around .250 in their last eight games and they’ve gone Over the total in 11 of their 17 road games this season. The Mets’ bullpen did pick up the win on Thursday, but they have an ERA over 4.50 as a unit. Wandy Rodriguez has continued his road struggles. He has allowed 12 runs and 17 hits in his three starts away from Pittsburgh. Ruben Tejada (5-7), John Buck (3-9) and David Wright (7-24) hit the southpaw well. The Mets have gone Over the total in 20 of their 31 games this season. They are putting up 4.4 runs per game against lefties. These two teams have played five Overs in their last eight games played in New York, and we expect that trend to continue on Friday.

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Chicago Bulls +7½

You won’t find the Bulls as a 7.5 points home underdog very often and that kind of value is just too much to pass up today. Chicago’s defense has held opponents to 91.6 points per game when they are on their home court. While Miami may be the best team in the league, 12 of their 17 losses this season have come on the road. I am not saying the Bulls will win this game, but they should certainly not have a problem keeping this game closer than the 7.5 points they are receiving.

This matchup falls into a system to play against road favorites like Miami when they have covered 4 or more of their last 6 games and they are winning 75% or more of their games this season playing a team that has a winning record. This system is 100-54 (65%) ATS. The fact that Miami beat Chicago so easily in game two of this series has inflated this line much higher than it should be. The Heat shot 60% from the field in that game which is extremely unlikely to take place again, especially since they will be on the road today.

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Friday, May 10

BRAD WILTON

Gave you a free play on the Jays-Rays Over the total in baseball last night.
For Friday, have to play the Spurs-Warriors Under the total in hoops.

Yeah, yeah, I know all about the shooting prowess of Curry and Thompson, but the Warriors "only" netted 100 points on Wednesday, and Game 2 did indeed stay Under by double-digits. So, that makes it 4 of the 6 meetings this year between these Western rivals having stayed Under the posted total.

The Spurs have played Under in 2 of their last 3 this postseason, while the Warriors are now Under in 3 of their last 4, and 5 of their last 9 overall dating back to the regular season.

The linemakers know the public is enamored with the three-point shooting of Golden State, that is reflected in the big total they have slapped on this game.

I say San Antonio and Golden State fall just shy of this big total on Friday night.

3* SAN ANTONIO-GOLDEN STATE UNDER

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Friday, May 10

JEFF BENTON

No issue coming again on Friday with another freebie on the Yankees to stay Under in their game at Kansas City.

New York hits Kaufman Stadium having played 3 straight Unders, and 5 of their last 6 overall Under the total.

Kansas City comes back home on a 4-1-1 Under run of their own.
Series history shows 6 of the past 8 meetings having stayed Under the total, and right now Phil Hughes is about as stingy as they get on the hill for New York. Hughes sports a 1.71 ERA his last 3 starts.

The Royals go with Wade Davis who will look to build off a solid effort his last time out, allowing just one run in his 6 frames of work versus the White Sox.

Play the weekend opener Under the total between the Yanks and Royals.

2* N.Y. YANKEES-KANSAS CITY UNDER

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