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Chris Sale Going for Nine Straight Wins

Tonight at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, it’s a battle between the American League’s most dominant pitcher and the American League’s most disappointing team. In eight starts this season, Chris Sale is a perfect 8-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a minuscule 0.76 WHIP. The last place Astros have gotten the better of the White Sox in the series so far, winning the first two games. It’s the only time this season they’ve won two straight on the road.

Colin McHugh will take the mound for the Astros and will try to improve of some abysmal road numbers. In three starts outside of Houston this season, he has an 8.74 ERA with only 11.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts.

It was smooth sailing for Sale in his lone outing against the Astros last season. He allowed just one run in eight innings pitched while punching out 14 batters. In 38 combined at-bats against Sale, Astros batters have no home runs and 11 strikeouts.

The underperforming Astros are yet to win three games in a row all season, while the White Sox — losers of four straight — might be coming back down to earth after a hot start to the season. A Chi Sox loss would mark the first time they’ve been swept all season.

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Harvey has History of Dominance vs Nats

A primetime pitching matchup in the Big Apple highlights today’s MLB schedule with Matt Harvey and the Mets hosting the Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals at Citi Field. The teams have split the first two games of the series, but the Mets’ bats have been quiet, only being able to score three runs in the two games.

It’s been an ugly start to the season for Matt Harvey, but he performed well in six starts against the Nats last season. He went 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA in those games and has owned Bryce Harper. In 20 at-bats against Harvey, Harper is yet to record a hit and has 7 K’s. Harvey has a good track record of mowing down Washington batters. In 144 combined at-bats, they have just one home run and 48 strikeouts.

Strasburg is on one of the best runs of his career, and his best work has been done on the road. In four road starts, he’s a perfect 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 30 strikeouts. He faced the Mets three times last season, but wasn’t exactly sharp. He went 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA.

Strasburg’s strong start combined with Harvey’s struggled means the Nats come into New York as slim -112 favorites. They’ve been good in this spot, going 10-4 in their last 14 games as road favorites.

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Raps Bettors Shouldn't Fret Game 1 Loss

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If you backed the Toronto Raptors’ series price prior to the start of the Eastern Conference finals, chances are you’re thinking it may have been better to set your money on fire after Game 1’s 115-84 rout at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But before you panic, keep this in mind: losing Game 1 is commonplace for Canada’s lone NBA club.


This Week in Sports Betting

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In case you weren’t aware, May is full-blown degenerate season.

It’s that time of year where a quick peek at your betting history makes you swear someone had hacked your account.

World Hockey Championship pucklines. In-game dirt ball tennis OVER/UNDERs by set. Three-ball golf match betting. (Because two balls just isn’t enough sometimes.)

And that’s all before noon.

After that it’s afternoon baseball, maybe a fixed soccer match or two – which is all really just the undercard. The main event comes in the evening when playoff puck and hoops action gets rolling.


Thunder are Becoming Road Warriors

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing the unthinkable in this year’s playoffs. Fresh off a massive 108-102 Game 1 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, the Thunder will be seeking to head back to Oklahoma with a 2-0 series lead when Game 2 gets underway on Wednesday.

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  • The total has gone UNDER in the Thunder's last four games as underdogs.
  • The visiting team is 1-7-1 ATS in its last nine games in this matchup.
  • The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six games after winning as an underdog.

After knocking off the San Antonio Spurs in the second round, OKC continues to come up huge on the road. In the regular season, the Spurs and Warriors combined for a 79-3 home record. So far in the postseason, they’re 1-3 at home against the Thunder. That’s pretty damn impressive.

The Thunder franchise hasn’t won four straight away from home in the playoffs since the 1995-96 Seattle SuperSonics did so in an NBA Finals appearance. Overall, Oklahoma City is 5-1 on the road in this year’s playoffs.

Normally the Warriors play their best when the game is on the line, but that wasn’t the case in the series opener. The dynamic backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson missed nine of 10 shots in the final period in which Golden State went 6-for-23 from the field.

Bouncing back after a loss has become commonplace for the Dubs. In Golden State's last 12 games coming off a loss, they're a perfect 12-0 SU.

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OVER Trending Between SEA/BAL

The OVER continues to be profitable for both the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles after the M’s went off for 10 runs in the first game of the series between the two clubs. Seattle has gone OVER in five of their past six – with a combined average of 10.5 runs per game – while Baltimore has topped the closing total in seven of their past eight – with 10 runners touching home plate per game.

Taijuan Walker was dealing during the first month, but has cooled off considerably for the Mariners. Walker has a 4.97 ERA in his three starts during the month of May while lasting just 12.2 innings in those outings. Though he has only faced the Orioles twice in his career – Walker has faltered to a 5.59 ERA.

The O’s will send Chris Tillman to the bump with the righty looking to continue a hot stretch. Tillman has recorded the victory in each of his past four starts and has allowed just four earned runs in that span.

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Lightning Tough at Home in Playoffs

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The Eastern Conference finals series shifts gears to Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay as the Lightning host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 Wednesday night. The Bolts will be happy to return home with the series even at one-game apiece because they’ve been at their very best during their Cup run in front of their home fans.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games versus the Lightning.
  • The Lightning are 4-0 SU in their last four games after a loss.
  • The Penguins are 6-0 SU in their last six games as road favorites.

The Lightning are slight underdogs at +110 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while the Penguins are priced at -130. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently -135 while UNDER 5 goals is +115.

In six home games during the playoffs, the Lightning have posted a record of 5-1 straight up and have actually gone 6-1 on home ice dating back to their final regular season home game.

Goals have been hard to come by for the visiting team during the playoffs as the Lightning have surrendered just 10 goals in those six home games and have posted a pair of shutouts in the process.

Sidney Crosby scored 40 seconds into overtime to give the Pens the 3-2 win in Game 2 Monday, splitting the two contests in Pittsburgh. The goal was the captain’s first in eight games during Pittsburgh’s postseason.

While the Lightning are hopeful that No. 1-netminder Ben Bishop will return from his lower-body injury suffered in the opener at some point this series, Andrei Vasilevskiy has performed exceptionally well in his stead. The Russian did everything he could in Game 2, stopping 38 of 41 shots and has stopped 63 of 67 shots he’s faced since replacing Bishop.

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Offense A Rarity When Brewers Play

If you are looking for runs galore and balls leaving the park with more regularity than a disgruntled fan then you should probably not be watching the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew’s past eight games have seen an average of 6.5 runs per game, but that has made the UNDER profitable – with the UNDER cashing in six of those eight contests. The Brewers will continue their weekday series with the Chicago Cubs Wednesday – after shocking the ChiCubs in the first game.

Milwaukee will send Jimmy Nelson to the mound – who has been the best starter on the team. Nelson has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his eight starts this season with batters hitting just .222 against the righty. Nelson has put up solid career numbers against the Cubs – a 3.35 ERA in eight appearances – but is winless thanks to lack of run support.

John Lackey has been stellar during May with the veteran posting a 1.96 ERA and 20 strikeouts in three starts, but all those came at Wrigley Field. Lackey has been poor away from Chicago this season with the 37-year old holding a 5.79 ERA while allowing five more earned runs than in his home appearances – despite starting one fewer game while travelling.

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MMA Betting Lines: Venator FC Odds

Venator FC is far from an established MMA property, but their perchant for grabbing some notable – though over-the-hill – fighters and grandiose claims from Frank Merenda have gotten a few people looking. Though Venator is not going to be a rival to the UFC or Bellator any time soon, the company has managed to make enough noise to draw some eyes.

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Europa League Preview: Liverpool-Sevilla

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While the Europa League lacks the star quality of the more prestigious Champions League, the football can still be of the highest order and this season was certainly no different. On Wednesday, Premier League club Liverpool and La Liga side Sevilla will meet at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland for a final which promises to be an excellent contest with some intriguing betting value on the board.



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