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(The Spread) - There's actually value in taking the Pirates against the 18-12 Nationals? Believe it.

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05PM ET

The Pirates are 4-0 in their last four games with Phil Cuzzi behind home plate while the Nationals are 1-5 in their last six games with Cuzzi behind the dish. The home team is also 6-1 in Cuzzi's last seven games behind home plate when Washington is playing and 7-3 in his last 10 Thursday games when he's behind home plate. The Nationals have really struggled on the road of late, going 0-5 in their last five games away from D.C.

MLB VALUE PLAY: PITTSBURGH PIRATES +150

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees, 7:05PM ET

The Rays are 5-0 in their last five games when David Price faces CC Sabathia, and they're 7-1 in their last eight games versus the Yankees. Tampa Bay is also 6-2 in Price's last eight starts against New York, while the Yankees are just 2-6 in Sabathia's last eight starts versus the Rays.

MLB VALUE PLAY: TAMPA BAY RAYS +142

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Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00PM ET

The favorite is 6-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams while the home squad is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 1-4 against the number in their last five games in Philadelphia, 0-4 ATS in their last four playoff games as an underdog and 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a road underdog.

NBA PLAYOFFS VALUE PLAY: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS -3

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, 10:30PM ET

The under is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Denver and 22-7 in the last 29 meetings overall. The under is also 6-2 in the Lakers' last eight playoff games as an underdog and 6-1 in their last seven games following an ATS loss. On the other side, the under is 4-1 in the Nuggets' last five home games, 4-1 in their last five games as a favorite and 5-1 in their last six games following an ATS victory.

NBA VALUE PLAY: UNDER 197.5

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