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Bats Come Out When BoSox Meet Royals

Pitchers have not exactly loved taking to the mound when the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals clash. The OVER has gone 7-1-1 in the past nine meetings between the two clubs with an average combined score of 10.3 runs per game.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Sox have won 10 of the past 14 games against the Royals.
  • The UNDER is 12-4 in the Royals' past 16 games with a closing total of 8.0 or more.
  • The Red Sox have hit at least one home run in 17 consecutive games.

Rick Porcello – who will take to the bump Tuesday – has been the Red Sox' most reliable pitcher this season. Porcello has pitched at least 6.0 innings in each of his seven starts this season while posting a 3.11 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. The Sox have also given Porcello plenty of run support, as the team has averaged 6.3 runs per game when the righty starts.

The Royals have yet to lose a game at Kauffman Stadium this season when Yordano Ventura gets the start. Ventura has a 2.65 ERA while allowing batters to hit just .177 at home this season.

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722102
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Aces Take Bump As NYM Trend UNDER

The New York Mets have been an UNDER machine with seven of their past eight games failing to top the closing total - with those games averaging a combined of 6.9 runs per game. The total when the New York Mets and Washington Nationals start their series Tuesday will be low, as Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard take the mound.

After a spectacular opening month, Noah Syndergaard has come back to earth. ‘Thor’ has allowed eight earned runs and three homers in his three starts in May; this is in stark contrast to allowing just five earned runs and no home runs during his first five outings. Much has been made in the media of Syndergaard’s velocity – he even underwent preliminary elbow testing in April – but is still averaging 98.9 miles per hour on his fastball.

Max Scherzer is coming off a ridiculous outing in which he became just the fourth pitcher to ever record 20 strikeouts in a game. ‘Mad Max’ has recorded 36 strikeouts and just three walks in his past three games. Scherzer has been given up a lot of home runs though, as he has surrendered 11 homers this season.

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722111
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Stroman Goes for Third Win Versus Rays

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The reeling Toronto Blue Jays will be desperate to snap a three-game losing skid as they tangle with the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a three-game set at Rogers Centre. Considering who they’ve got toeing the rubber Tuesday night, the Jays’ chances look pretty good.

Shark Bites
  • The favorite is 2-7 SU in the last nine games in this matchup.
  • The Rays are 5-2 SU in their last seven games versus teams with a losing record.
  • OVER has cashed in five of the Rays’ last six games

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Jays at -145 in moneyline markets while the Rays are +125. As far as the total is concerned, both OVER and UNDER 8 runs is -115.

Marcus Stroman is slated to get the ball for the Jays and will make is third start of the season versus the Rays. The 25-year-old has been at his best versus Tampa and boasts a 2-0 record, 2.25 ERA and microscopic 0.71 WHIP in those two starts.

Scheduled to get the ball for the Rays is Chris Archer, who is attempting to put a horrifying start to the 2016 campaign behind him. The righty has gone 2-0 in his last four starts (Rays are 3-1) and like Stroman, will be making his third start versus Tuesday’s opponent. Archer has gone 0-1 with a very respectable 3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in those starts.

Game ID: 
722109
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Is Total Too Low for Mad Max vs Thor?

Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard face off in a pitching battle of epic proportions Tuesday. Mad Max and Thor have given up a combined 2.5 runs per outing this season while both are averaging near eight strikeouts per game. It makes sense that the Washington Nationals and New York Mets will be facing a low total for the game – a total that opened at 6.5.

But is a 6.5 too low?

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Cavs and Raptors are Strikingly Similar

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Maybe it's the LeBron James effect, but a large number of pundits and fans across the NBA have already written off the Toronto Raptors before the Eastern Conference finals have even begun.

The Cavs entered the postseason as the No. 1 team in the East with a 57-28 record, and the Raptors weren't far off at 56-28. At BetOnline the Cavaliers have a staggeringly high series price of -1500, with Toronto coming in as a +950 long shot. The wine and gold were 11-point favorites in Game 1 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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2016 NBA Draft Lottery Odds

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The NBA Draft, a.k.a. the Philadelphia 76ers’ Super Bowl, is set to get underway on June 23, and hoops fans that cheer for underperforming teams are gearing up for the affair. But before we get there, the all-important draft lottery takes place on May 17.

Last year, the Minnesota Timberwolves became the first team since 2004 to win the draft lottery while having the best odds to do so (25 percent). Since the weighted lottery system was introduced in 1990, only four teams with the worst record went on to win while only four squads with the second-worst record have won.

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Tuesday’s Ref Crew Very Raptors Friendly

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The Toronto Raptors are about to make history when they take floor in the franchise’s first ever Eastern Conference finals game Tuesday night. Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers are heavy favorites in series prices (-1200) and even get the double-digit fave treatment in the series opener, but the Raps might have a bit of an advantage with the officiating crew that is slated to work Game 1.

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Raptors-Cavaliers are Cashing OVER Bets

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors have proven they’re the cream of the crop in the Eastern Conference, and now they’ll battle it out for the right to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Game 1 tips off Tuesday evening in Ohio.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games as an underdog of 10.0 or less.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-0 SU in their last four games at home.
  • The Raptors are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games on the road.

Cleveland has yet to lose in the postseason after dispatching Detroit and Atlanta in dominating fashion, while the Raptors have been on the brink of elimination twice but outlasted Indiana and Miami to get this far.

LeBron James has been dismantling opposing defenses in the playoffs, averaging 23.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Unlike last year when Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving caught the injury bug, James is not alone this time around. That means Toronto should rightfully be worried about the Cavs’ healthy big three.

When the Cavs and Raps collide, high-scoring affairs are the story. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five matchups between the clubs.

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730641
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Elliott Continues to Shine for Blues

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The St. Louis Blues leaned on the sensational goaltending of Brian Elliott to take a 1-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and will look to head out to California with a commanding 2-0 lead with a win in Game 2 Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 6-0 SU in their last six games on Tuesday.
  • The Sharks are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games as road underdogs.
  • The Sharks are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games after back-to-back losses on the road.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Blues at -130 in moneyline markets while the Sharks are +110. In puckline betting, the Blues are -1.5 (+230) while the Sharks are -270. As far as the total is concerned, both sides of the 5-goal total are -110.

Elliott stopped 31 of San Jose’s 32 shots in the series opener, continuing his strong performance between the pipes for the Blues during their current Stanley Cup run. Furthermore, the 31-year-old has been dominant versus the Sharks in five career playoff appearances as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.29 goals against average and .954 save percentage with Sunday’s performance.

This is the first time this postseason that the Sharks lost a Game 1, so it will be interesting to see how the team responds. Speaking of responses, head coach Peter DeBoer certainly had some words about a lack of calls in Sunday’s contest as he was frustrated with just three power play chances.

"St. Louis is one of the most-penalized teams in the league, regular season and playoffs," DeBoer said. "They need to call the game accordingly. Need to make them pay a price for being the most-penalized team in the power play, which we didn't last night."

Game ID: 
730580
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How Will Extra Rest Impact Cavs vs Raps?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are undoubtedly playing their best basketball of the season, and this is the best the team has meshed since LeBron James returned to Cleveland. After having their way with the Pistons and sweeping the Hawks for the second year in a row, the Cavaliers became the eighth team in the last 25 years to sweep their first and second round opponent in the same year.

Here’s a look at how those teams finished out the playoffs:

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