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Las Vegas Expert Picks: Game of Thrones, MLB, NBA & NHL Playoffs

"Game Of Thrones" Iron Throne Appears In Rockefeller Center Ahead Of Premiere at Rockefeller Plaza on April 02, 2019 in New York City.

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.

LAS VEGAS — Ecks & Bacon not only delivers the most amazing info in cyberspace, but we also do PROPHECIES!!! Coming up to the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, we gotta throw some DEATH at you. And if you’re wondering, didn’t even have to look up penultimate.

Game of Thrones picks

So, everyone is anxiously awaiting the battle of The Hound vs The Mountain. Initially, we had The Hound winning and lopping off the head of his brother, but some new information has come to light so we are gonna reverse course and make The Mountain a +200 favorite. However, and this is what we call DELICIOUS, after Mr. Mountain kills his bruh, Arya jumps out of the shadows and DESTROYS him!!!

More death, baby!!!

We have created our own “death parlay,” actually a “Lannister Death Parlay.” Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion all die in episode 5 at odds of +2500. Or, Cersei & Jaime do a Romeo & Juliet and die together at +800.

Got plenty more DEATH if you need it. Just hit my email, ben@americasline.com.

NBA playoffs pick

Bouncing onto the NBA hardwood, we know how much Kevin Durant is worth. Make it 6.5 or 7.5 points. In Game 4 at Houston, the line closed Rockets -1 or pick’em depending on where you shop. That was WITH KD. With KD out, the line for tonight’s game is sitting at Houston -7.5. KD also has an effect on the OVER/UNDER total. In Game 4, the total closed at 219.5 with Durant. Tonight, the number without KD opened at 211.5, but has been bet up to 214.5. So, now, in a strange way, the pressure is REALLY on the Rocks.

They GOTTA beat the depleted Warriors and force a Game 7 or the season turns into a big fat ZERO! We know that when teams lose a key piece, their BEST piece, the “next man up” mentality usually works pretty well. However, Golden State is gonna need the “next THREE MEN up” to try to make up for the loss of Durant’s 33-plus points per game average in this series.

The Dubs also lose five rebounds per game and four-plus assists with KD on the bench. Will Steph, Klay and Draymond be able to all stay on the court for 40-plus minutes again? Hmmmmmm. Thinking Houston wins this game, not thrilled laying seven and a hook, but will look at the total.

Both games in Houston went OVER, and thinking the total goes high again. Just saw the referees that will be working, starting with Marc Davis. There have been 41 OVERs and 31 UNDERs with Davis on the whistle. Eric Lewis has whistled 36 OVERs and 34 UNDERs, while Pat Fraher’s work resulted in 35 OVERs and 36 UNDERs.

MLB pick

One baseball play tonight and it’s the Dodgers with Kenta Maeda over the Nationals.

NHL pick

On the ice tomorrow, we’ll drop some love on the Sharks as they continue the quest to “WIN ONE FOR JUMBO!”

PLZ hit me on Twitter over the weekend, @vegasvigorish, just in case anything pops in the NBA, NHL or MLB.

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his Email...ben@americasline.com.

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