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Can Arrieta Stop The Streaking Giants?

One of the best pitchers in baseball – if not the best – takes on the hottest team in the majors when Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs kickoff a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park Friday. The Giants enter the series riding an eight-game winning streak, but Arreita has allowed a combined nine runs in his eight starts this season.

Opponents have been struggling to score against the Giants during their winning streak – with the Giants allowing a combined 14 runs in those eight contests. The UNDER has been just as hot in those games – not surprisingly – as the Giants and their opponents have failed to top the closing total in their past seven outings.

We all know Jake Arrieta is good, but he has been downright ridiculous in night games this season. The bearded wonder has not allowed a single earned run while holding opponents to a .058 batting average in three night starts this season.

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722164
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D-Backs Can’t Get It Done in St. Louis

If the Arizona Diamondbacks want to claw their way towards .500, they will need to do something they have struggled with during their weekend series with the Cardinals – win in St. Louis. The D-Backs have dropped their past seven outings in The Gateway to the West and haven’t won a series at Busch Stadium since 2003.

Patrick Corbin will take the bump for the D-Backs, which is a good sign considering his play on the road this season. Corbin has a 1.80 ERA while giving up just five earned runs through 25.0 innings pitched away from home this year.

After a stellar first month of the season, Carlos Martinez has hit the skids in May. The youngster has a 5.40 ERA while registering a loss in each of his three starts this month.

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722162
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Warriors Failing to Cover in OKC

We knew the Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference final series was going to be a rollercoaster, and that’s exactly what’s transpired through two games. Game 3 gets underway on Sunday as the action shifts back to Oklahoma.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in the Thunder's last 7 games.
  • The Warriors are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder were the top rebounding team in the regular season, while the Warriors topped the Association in just about every statistical shooting category. Golden State did its best to combat the Thunder on the glass in Game 2, and that effort resulted in a huge 118-91 victory. The Dubs finished with 15 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points, outrebounding OKC by a 62-32 margin.

At this point it’s looking like the Dubs’ big men might be more important than its sharpshooters in this series. Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can light it up from anywhere, but it’s looking like the matchup will be decided in the paint.

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730586
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OVER Trending When Tribe/BoSox Clash

If you’re a big fan of high-scoring games on the diamond than you may want to watch the series opener between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox Friday. The Tribe has gone OVER is six of their past seven while the BoSox have topped the closing total in eight of their past 10. To top if off, the OVER is 6-2 in the past eight meetings between the two clubs.

Cleveland will send Corey Kluber to the mound with the righty trying to find some consistency this season. When Kluber is on he is dominant – with a 0.53 ERA and a 17-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in wins – but is terrible when off – 6.99 ERA in five losses.

Clay Buchholz will get the start for the Red Sox despite some recent struggles. The righty has a 5.50 ERA while giving up four home runs in his past three starts, but the BoSox have gone 3-0 in those outings thanks to the team averaging 8.3 runs of support.

Game ID: 
722151
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AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Odds

Jordan Spieth PGA

The PGA Tour season continues this weekend when the AT&T Byron Nelson gets underway at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, Texas. Ten of the top 30 golfers in the world will be participating in the event, and the most recognizable name in the field happens to be a hometown boy.

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Can the Raptors Bounce Back in Game 2?

Kyle Lowry LeBron James Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers hammered the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals and barely broke a sweat in doing so. The Raps will have an opportunity to even things up when Game 2 gets underway in Ohio tonight.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after a loss.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Raptors' last 12 games as an underdog of 12.0 or more.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-3 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 12.0 or more.

Cleveland has yet to drop a game in the postseason after collecting nine straight victories. Toronto didn’t get much help from its best player Kyle Lowry in the series opener, as the point guard shot 4-of-14 from the field and spent the majority of the second half on the bench.

The Raptors would surely benefit from the return of star big man Jonas Valanciunas, but it’s looking like the Lithuanian will not return this week. Valanciunas injured his ankle in Game 3 of his team’s second round series with the Miami Heat and remains out indefinitely.

There was some concern that the Cavs would be rusty in Game 1 since they’re coming off back-to-back sweeps, but perhaps the extra rest has served them well. Cleveland played just eight games in the first 33 days of the playoffs, while the Raptors were stretched to 14.

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730642
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Sharks Hope to Extend Home Win Streak

St. Louis Blues San Jose Sharks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The regular season’s best road team has really started to find its feet on home ice during an impressive postseason run. The San Jose Sharks will look to take a 2-1 series lead and extend a nice winning streak at the SAP Center with a win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 7-2 SU in their last nine games in San Jose.
  • The Sharks are 0-3 SU following a win.
  • The Blues are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games as an underdog.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Sharks at -155 in moneyline markets on home ice while the Blues come in at +135. As for the spread, San Jose is -1.5 (+205) while the Blues are +1.5 (-245). As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is even odds while UNDER 5 goals is -120.

The Sharks lost their first home game of this postseason by a score of 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series, but they have rattled off five-consecutive home wins since. In six playoff games at the SAP Center, the Sharks have allowed just nine goals.

San Jose was the NHL’s best team on the road during the regular season, posting an impressive record of 28-10-3. After taking all three games against the Kings in the opening round, they dropped all three visits to the Nashville Predators in the conference semifinal but managed to split the opening two games in St. Louis.

Despite a valiant effort in Game 2, the Blues were trumped by Sharks’ netminder Martin Jones, who turned away all 26 shots in the 4-0 victory. Brent Burns keyed the offense for the Sharks as he netted a pair of power play goals, sending the Sharks back home even at one-game apiece.

Game ID: 
730581
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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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722130
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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.

Game ID: 
722139
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Raps Bettors Shouldn't Fret Game 1 Loss

Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry

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.

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