Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday, April 23

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NBA

Charlotte at Miami
The Bobcats look to bounce back from their 99-88 loss in Game 1 and come into tonight's contest with a 4-0 ATS record in their last 4 games following a SU defeat of more than 10 points. Charlotte is the pick (+10 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Heat favored by only 8 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Charlotte (+10 1/2).

Game 727-728: Charlotte at Miami (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 116.976; Miami 125.272
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 8 1/2; 181 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 10 1/2; 186
Dunkel Pick: Charlotte (+10 1/2); Under

Game 729-730: Dallas at San Antonio (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 121.499; San Antonio 131.155
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 9 1/2; 206
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 8; 198
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-8); Over

Game 731-732: Portland at Houston (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 119.798; Houston 127.318
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 7 1/2; 218
Vegas Line & Total: Houston by 6; 214 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-6); Over

NHL

Anaheim at Dallas
The Ducks look to bounce back from their 3-0 loss in Game 3 as they face a Stars team that is 0-5 in its last 5 games after allowing 2 goals or less in the previous game. Anaheim is the pick (+100) according to Dunkel, which has the Ducks favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+100).

Game 17-18: Pittsburgh at Columbus (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 12.859; Columbus 11.159
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-130); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-130); Under

Game 19-20: Anaheim at Dallas (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Anaheim 11.747; Dallas 10.856
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+100); Over

Game 21-22: St. Louis at Chicago (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis 11.365; Chicago 12.895
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-150); 5
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-150); Under

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Minnesota at Tampa Bay
The Twins (9-10) look to bounce back from last night's 7-3 loss as they face a Rays team that is 1-4 in Jake Odorizzi's last 5 starts against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is the pick (+170) according to Dunkel, which has the Twins favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+170).

Game 951-952: Miami at Atlanta (12:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Eovaldi) 14.999; Atlanta (Harang) 16.369
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-155); 7
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-155); Over

Game 953-954: Arizona at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Miley) 14.583; Cubs (Samardzija) 13.559
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-120); No Total
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (+100); N/A

Game 955-956: San Francisco at Colorado (3:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 14.757; Colorado (Chatwood) 15.839
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 11
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-115); 10
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (-105); Over

Game 957-958: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Simon) 15.172; Pittsburgh (Morton) 16.688
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-115); 7
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-115); Under

Game 959-960: St. Louis at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Wacha) 15.236; NY Mets (Niese) 16.326
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1; 7
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-145); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+125); Over

Game 961-962: San Diego at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Ross) 15.162; Milwaukee (Lohse) 16.880
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-145); 8
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-145); Under

Game 963-964: Philadelphia at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Hamels) 15.914; LA Dodgers (Greinke) 14.716
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 7
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-175); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+155); Over

Game 965-966: Texas at Oakland (3:35 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Perez) 15.950; Oakland (Gray) 17.450
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: Oakland (-155); 7
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-155); Under

Game 967-968: Houston at Seattle (3:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Cosart) 12.908; Seattle (Young) 14.525
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Seattle (-155); 8
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-155); Under

Game 969-970: Baltimore at Toronto (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Tillman) 15.759; Toronto (McGowan) 14.691
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Toronto (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+105); Under

Game 971-972: Kansas City at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Vargas) 14.166; Cleveland (Masterson) 15.581
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1 1/2;
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-140); 7
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-140); Under

Game 973-974: Chicago White Sox at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Rienzo) 15.588; Detroit (Smyly) 14.796
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Detroit (-200); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (+170); Over

Game 975-976: Minnesota at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Pelfrey) 15.858; Tampa Bay (Odorizzi) 14.816
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-200); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+170); Over

Game 977-978: NY Yankees at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Pineda) 14.707; Boston (Lackey) 16.133
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Boston (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-120); Under

Game 979-980: LA Angels at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Weaver) 16.134; Washington (Gonzalez) 15.226
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Washington (-120); 7
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (+100); Over

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Arizona has been much better on the road than at home and the offense is fine, 12th in baseball in runs scored. Lefty Wade Miley has been fine, with a 2-2 record. Miley cashed in a solid outing Friday, allowing just two hits and an earned run, but walking five batters over six innings. He added eight strikeouts on his way to a no-decision, though the team is 2-1 his last three starts. The Diamondbacks are 10-2 in Mileys last 12 starts during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Miley's last 7 road starts. He faces a pop-gun lineup for the Cubs, one ranked 28th in scoring, 23rd in on base percentage and 28th in slugging. Like last year, they can't hit. Chicago hasn't won a series since taking two of three from Cincinnati from Sept. 9-11. The Cubs missed out on a chance to match that over the weekend after falling 8-2 to the Reds on Sunday to drop two of three. On Sunday, Chicago's top four hitters went 8 for 16 but the team went 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs are 1-7 in Jeff Samardzija's last 8 starts, 2-9 in Samardzija's last 11 home starts. The Cubs are 13-31 in their last 44 home games.

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The Brewers and Padres close out a three-game set at Mille Park Wednesday evening where Kyle Lohse matches serves with Tyson Ross. Lohse toes the slab with four consecutive home team starts win over San Diego. He is also 14-4 in his last eighteen overall team starts during April. With Ross just 1-5 in his last six April efforts, and Lohse sporting super-sharp a 0.74 WHIP at home this campaign, we recommend a 1-unit play on Milwaukee.

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This is possibly the best series in round 1 due to the energy, intensity, and scoring. This game has the potential to coast a 60-50 halftime score. With the 1st half total hovering around 107½, we prefer to play this one over the 1st half number.

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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A's    
Play: Oakland A's -148

I think the home side offers some value here. The visiting Rangers will send Martin Perez (3-0, 1.86 ERA) to the hill in the final game of this series. To his credit, Perez has been better than expected to start this season as demonstrated by his record and ERA. Having said that, it is still no easy task to beat the A’s in Oakland and Perez has not been at his best against the green and yellow; Perez is just 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA versus the Athletics in 23 career innings. Oakland counters with Sonny Gray (3-0, 1.80 ERA) who has been outstanding all season and should have the advantage here with home field. Gray is 2-0 in front of the home town this season while giving up six runs (four earned) over 18 innings of work. The righty has given up just five earned runs in 25 innings this season. Gray has yet to face the Rangers in his career but but benefits greatly with slugger Adrian Beltre sitting this one out for the Rangers. The Athletics have been nearly unbeatable in day games so far this season, going 8-1 thus far. Texas in comparison is only 3-3 in day games. Oakland has been very good against divisional opponents this year with a 9-5 mark. I thing Gray gets the better of Perez and the home side salvages the finale of this series; how about you? Can the A’s get the job done?


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San Diego Padres vs. Milwaukee Brewers    
Play: Milwaukee Brewers -137

San Diego starter Tyson Ross has looked pretty darn good over his last two outings, but I think Kyle Lohse and company will bring home the bacon on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee’s starting pitching is second in the league with a collective 2.59 ERA. San Diego isn’t too far behind with a 2.70.

Lohse is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA this season and he’s looking for a fourth straight victory after allowing three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3’s innings in a 5-3 win at Pittsburgh last Friday.

If history is any precedence, then Lohse has to be loving his chances here; over his last four starts vs. the Friars he’s won three while posting a minuscule 1.73 ERA in the process.

Ross is 2-2 with a 2.13 ERA and has won two in a row. Before allowing just one run with 16 K’s and two walks over 15 innings in his last two starts, Ross gave up 11 runs and walked nine over 10 1/3’s frames in his first two. The book is still out on Ross in my opinion.

Note that the Padres are hitting a meager .212, while averaging just 2.4 runs on the road so far.

I had a play on the “under” in San Diego’s 2-1, 12-inning victory yesterday; I think Lohse and the home side offer some real value in this one though.

Consider a second look at the Milwaukee Brewers in this match-up.

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs    
Play: Chicago Cubs -125

The Cubs fit a solid system that has a 68-15 record. We want to play on home favorites off a home favored win by 5 or more runs in a game where the totals was 8 or less, if they had 10 or more hits, and their opponent is off a road dog loss and scored 2 or less runs with 5+ hits and both teams made no more than 1 error.. The Cubs have won 3 of the last 4 at home vs leftys. Arizona has lost 11 of 13 as a road dog off a road dog loss by 5 or more runs and is a dismal 5-18 this year including 0-6 vs teams under .500. W. Miley pitches today and he allowed 7 runs in 7 innings in his only start here. J. Samardjiza goes for the Cubs and he is off to a fast start this season with a 1.29 era. Look for the Cubs to take another from Arizona.


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San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers
Pick: San Diego Padres

A change in mechanics has resulted in some very good efforts lately from San Diego starter Tyson Ross, who goes against Milwaukee tonight at Miller Park. Consider that Ross shoots for his third straight win this evening, after allowing just one run with 16 strikeouts and two walks in 15 IP over his last two starts. Ross fanned nine and held San Francisco to four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 2-1 win on Friday. At this price, Ross and the Padres look good value to outduel Kyle Lohse and the Brewers.

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars    
Play: Dallas Stars -111

Dallas played Anaheim tough in the first two games of this series and despite of going down 2-0 in the post season, were able to come back and take game 3 at home on Monday thanks to Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen top tier effort. The stopper made 37 saves for the 2-0 shutout. When this goalie is hot, he is capable of stealing a game by himself. With the Ducks suddenly struggling on the power play , and not converting in 8 straight conversion attempts since game one , it looks very much like the tide is starting to turn in this series. Note: The Ducks are 16-36-2 in the last 54 meetings in Dallas  and the home team is 5-1 L/6 in head to head matchups.


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Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Pick: Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles have limped out the gate this season but may get some help in this game as JJ Hardy and Matt Wieters should return to the lineup. The Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the hill to slow down the Jays. Tillman is 2-1 this season with a 1.71 ERA in 26.1 IP. Tillman's only loss was to the Jays when he allowed 0 ER. Dustin McGowan will pitch for the Jays. Mc Gowan has a 4.85 ERA and a very high WHIP at 1.90. Dustin has allowed 19 hits and 6 walks in 13 IP. Mc Gowan also got shelled in his only start at home. The Orioles are hitting .275 vs righties which is .50 pts higher than when they face lefties. The Orioles are 17-7 L24 when Tillman starts on the road. Chris has turned into a big game pitcher and altho Baltimore has struggled north of the border take the Orioles here as small dogs.

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San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Play: San Francisco Giants -112

Although the Giants offense is struggling right now to score any runs, We won betting the Giants on Sunday and will do the same with the Giants Today at Colorado. Giants starting Pitcher Cain is more than capable being 1 of the best Pitchers in Baseball and this price is cheap for Cain. The last time the Rockies swept the Giants in a series of 3 games or more was 12 Years ago. No History Today Play the Giants ! Ps Note the Early start time


Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals
Play: Washington Nationals -115

Once again I'm playing that the Better team will Not get swept today. Plus Nats are at home, & have the better starting Pitcher and the Price is right. In fact I believe that Nats starter Gonzalez is better than teamate Strasberg, just not as famous. Keep in mind the Angels are on the East Coast road trip and with Pujols hitting HR's 499-500 Yesterday and the Angels already Winning the first 2 games of this series their minds could be on other things than Gonzalez curve ball. Would have to consider the Angels are partying and making plans for their day off on Thursday and the Angels then go to NY to play the Yankees for the weekend, while Washington stays Home to face the Padres.

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Dallas vs. San Antonio
Pick: San Antonio

I had the Mavs in Gm 1, and while they covered, you get the feeling that they blew their chance at stealing a game here in San Antonio.  The Spurs stormed back in the final 7:45 w/ a 19-4 run to take the game 90-85.  They did not cover though, but with the success of the Zig Zag Theory so far, they will in Game 2...

San Antonio has now won all five of its games versus Dallas this season. Game One marked the first time they didn't score at least 109 points. The Mavericks are not a strong defensive team, giving up an average of 102.3 PPG on the year, and the Spurs should continue to have their way the remainder of the series.  It's highly unlikely that they will shoot 3 for 17 from three-point range again.  During the regular season, they shot extraordinarily well from behind the arc against the Mavs, going 42 for 97.  They also had their way inside the paint, particularly early in the game.

Not only has Dallas not beaten San Antonio this year, they didn't beat them last year either.  That's nine straight losses and counting, if you're scoring at home.  The playoffs are all about adjustments and I expect Spurs HC Greg Popovich (just named Coach of the Year for a third time) to take advantage if the Mavs put Monta Ellis on Kawhi Leonard again.

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Kansas City Royals +120

We are all about value and there's lots of value tonight playing the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound, who has been sensational early this season going 2-0 with a 1.24 ERA, and he will be opposed by the Tribe's Justin Masterson, who hasn't gotten a decision yet and sports a 4.98 ERA. Cleveland's offense has been sputtering over the last five games, scoring just 14 runs in that time and a paltry .167 average with runners in scoring position. Masterson struggled last season against the Royals and KC appears to be swinging the bats well right now. We will gladly take the road doggie in this spot.

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CINCINNATI REDS  AT PITTSBURGH PIRATES
PLAY: CINCINNATI REDS +105

If you’d have told me prior to the start of the season that I’d have an opportunity to get Charlie Morton as a dirt cheap home favorite against Alfredo Simon, I’d have likely jumped at the opportunity to fire on the Pirates. But the early portion of the season has seen Simon emerge as a shockingly effective starting pitcher for the Reds, while Morton is really struggling for the Bucs.

The problem with Morton is simple enough to figure out. He’s a ground ball pitcher whose ground ball rate is way off what it’s supposed to be. Morton cannot survive without getting the bouncers. His 2013 breakout was fueled by a 62% ground ball rate. So far this season, he’s hovering around 50%. If you look at his annual charts, Morton at that rate is a run to the bat rack guy for hitters. Part of Morton’s problem appears to be tied to a velocity drop. Whether this a physical or mechanical issue doesn’t matter to me. The bottom line is that as long as the Pirates righty isn’t generating those ground balls, he’s a candidate to get hit pretty hard.

Simon is still throwing pretty much the same arsenal he’s always featured, but he’s throwing more two-seam fastballs and cutters than in the past. Roughly 60% of his offerings have been either of those two pitches. The main thing for Simon is that he’s throwing strikes, and when a pitcher isn’t beating himself, it’s far more of a challenge for the hitters. Simon is also getting a little lucky, as his BABIP is a very low .197. So there’s probably a regression of sorts coming for Simon, just hopefully not tonight.

I have to think I’ve got the more confident guy here with Simon pitching what amounts to the best baseball of his career, while Morton is trying to find the formula that worked so well for him last season.  One might argue those scenarios apply to the two teams as well. The Reds have warmed up with the sticks and they’re starting to win some games following a rough opening to April. But the Pirates are having some problems lately, and even their vaunted bullpen has been a little shaky of late. The Bucs might be succumbing a bit to the highest expectations they’ve had in a generation, and they aren’t playing well at all right now.

I think the price is about where it ought to be for this game, so it’s not a great value spot. But I’ve got go with pitcher vs. go against for the present time and the visitors are in better team form to boot. I’ll grab the small dog odds and tab the Reds to notch another win tonight.

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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox    
Play: New York Yankees +110

This is as much of a play against John Lackey as it is a play on New York.  The Boston right-hander is off to a rough start, losing his last two trips to the mound and getting smacked for 12 earned runs and 24 base runners in a total of 11 IP.  Lackey has offered little more than "batting practice" against AL East teams since joining the Sox and I expect more troubles tonight.  Lackey has been slammed for a 6.26 ERA in his last nine starts against the Yankees and has shown us nothing to believe he's ready to "right the ship."  The Sox, meanwhile, are just 3-9 in their last 12 against right-handed starters and they aren't hitting or scoring runs in 2014.  Michael Pineda is off to a red-hot start and already beat the Red Sox this season.  We expect more of the same (sans pine tar or "dirt") tonight at Fenway.  I'm recommending a play on the Yankees on Wednesday.

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Mavericks vs. Spurs
Play: Over 198

Expect the Mavs to push the pace and run it up and down all night and the Spurs will and can keep pace and no way they want to leave Dallas hanging around late so I expect a solid offensive performance out of both teams.  Spurs scoring 101 and allowing 101 in their last 5 games and Dallas will pull out all the stops tonight.

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New York Mets +135

The Mets are showing great value as a home underdog against the Cardinals. Even with last night's loss in Game 1 of the series, New York is a respectable 5-3 over their last 8 games.

The Mets will send out Jon Niese, who has pitched much better than his 0-2 record would indicate. Niese has a strong 2.84 ERA and 1.105 WHIP over his first three starts. In his two starts at home this season, Niese has allowed just 3 runs on 10 hits over 11 and 2/3 innings. That's not a huge surprise, as he had a solid 3.34 ERA over the previous three seasons at home (42 starts).  It's also worth noting that Niese is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA over 5 career starts versus the Cardinals.

St Louis counters with Michael Wacha, who I believe is getting a little too much love on the road. While Wacha is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA on the season and pitched well in his lone start away from home at Washington, he was not nearly as effective on the road as he was at home in 2013. Wacha had a 2.15 ERA in St Louis and a 4.34 ERA on the road.

Home underdogs who are a poor power teams, averaging less than 1 home run per game against a starting pitcher who has a 3.70 ERA or better and is allowing 0.5 or less Home runs per start (NL only), are 68-44 over the last 5 seasons. That's a 61% underdog system in favor of the Mets!

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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks    
Play: Chicago Blackhawks -146

The St. Louis Blues suffered their first defeat of the 2014 playoffs on Monday night in Chicago as the Hawks played a more defensive style of game and escaped with a 2-0 shutout victory that pulled the series within a game. The Blues were fortunate to leave St. Louis with a 2-0 series lead as they found themselves down and out in both of those contests and score a late tying goal to force overtime and ultimately claimed each contest in the extra session. The bottom line for St. Louis is that they were playing very poorly heading into the playoffs, responded with a couple of inspiring efforts late in the third period to claim two victories, and are now a loss away from having the series back on even terms without the services of one of their best players in David Backes. Ryan Miller was supposed to be the saviour of this team and push them over the edge as Cup contenders and while he has shown signs of brilliance, especially in game one he hasn’t stolen any games for the Blues as they thought he might.

The Blackhawks played very well in games one and two and ended up on the losing end of both games and then played mediocre at best in game three and came away victorious which is sometimes the case in the playoffs as teams take time to feel each other out. Chicago is a very well rounded team that can beat you at both ends of the rink and while Corey Crawford often gets pushed aside when talking about the best goalies in the league he showed on Monday that he can swim with the sharks and come away alive.

The Hawks need this one as they don’t want to head back to St. Louis down 3-1 and while the David Backes incident was an ugly one and now the Hawks are without Brent Seabrook because of it we think Chicago is in a better position than the Blues as the Hawks are very deep defensively and Backes is one of St. Louis’ best players. All of the games in this series so far have been close but as we said, the Hawks could very well be up 3-0 in this series and we expect a full on breakout in this one as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp take over. Hawks in a romp.

St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road. St. Louis is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games. Chicago is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against St. Louis and 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

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Arizona vs. Chicago
Play: Chicago -126

This game features the 5-18 Arizona at the 7-12 Cubs. Guys these are two of the worst teams in Baseball but we are getting great late info in from a source close to me telling me the Cubs are a easy win today. We have ace Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija going for the Cubs facing off with Wayne Miley who's been very mediocre as of late. Big time late money move from my source as turned me on to this game and I'm giving it to my clients free.


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