I love it when a plan comes together, and everything goes exactly the way I want it to. All west coast games were concluded without the need for extra innings, and I cashed both my plays as well. I especially enjoy it when it's easy too. And thanks the offensive support given them, Verlander and Hudson were a breeze last night. It's another full baseball schedule tonight, and we have 3 NBA games also. So, let's get crackin'.
THE NBA (0-2 ATS/1-1 SU/ 1-1 TOTALS last night and 4-5/5-4/4-5 so far for the week)
BUTTA (no play last night or for the week so far)
PARLAY: PACERS (-360) over Hawks and THUNDER (-535) over Rockets - The Pacers restored order in their series on Monday night after getting blown out on Saturday in Atlanta. They move back home in a close-out game. They're the better team, and I'm not sure the Hawks can do anything to stop them. With nothing to lose, though, laying the Pacers (-7) is more than I want to do. The Rocks are another team with nothing to lose, and that's why Thunder (-8 1/2) might be a bit of a stretch. Even if OkC builds a nice lead and has the number, I expect Houston will just let it all hang out and could shoot their way back into it for a backdoor cover. I'm much more convinced that this will be the Rocks last game of the season than I am that they'll get blown out.
ALL THE REST
1. KNICKS (-9, U180 1/2) 78, Celtics 64
2. PACERS (-7, O187 1/2) 113, Hawks 98
3. THUNDER (-8 1/2, O207 1/2) 118, Rockets 93
THE SHOW (5-1 last night and 9-7 so far for the week)
BUTTA (2-0 last night and 3-2 so far for the week)
There's nothing to see here tonight.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. CARDINALS (LYNN -130) over Reds (Bailey) - There's just something about Lance Lynn that I can't get behind. When he's "on", he's one of the best out there, but he can be very erratic and hittable also. Lynn is 16-1 over the last 2 years against division opponents, and the Reds aren't generating much offense anyway, so the Redbirds are the way to look in the rubber game of this series.
2. Nationals (Zimmerman +105) over BRAVES (MAHOLM) - They haven't been able to do it yet this season, but if the Nats are going to get a win over the Bravos, this will most likely be the spot. Zimmerman doesn't get the pub that Strasburg and Gio receive, but he's been the most consistent of the Nats starters so far this year.
3. Red Sox (Buchholz -145) over BLUE JAYS (BUEHRLE) - Buchholz is April's Cy Young in the A.L., and he's 8-4 lifetime against the Jays. Let's see how he does now that the calendar has flipped over to May. He has some stiff competition tonight in Buehrle, who, while he's only 7-8 lifetime against the Sox, is 43-22 in his career in May starts.
RUN-(NING) LINES (9-6 ATS/7-8 SU/8-7 TOTALS last night and 18-25/21-21/25-18 so far for the week)
1. YANKEES (-1 1/2, O8 1/2) over Astros
2. TIGERS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Twins
3. Angels (+1 1/2, O8 1/2) at ATHLETICS
4. Orioles (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) at MARINERS
5. ROYALS (+1 1/2, O8) vs. Rays
6. RANGERS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over White Sox
7. Red Sox (-1 1/2, O8 1/2) over BLUE JAYS
8. INDIANS (+1 1/2, U 8) vs. Phillies
9. BRAVES (-1 1/2, U7) over Nationals
10. MARLINS (+1 1/2, U8) vs. Mets
11. CUBS (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) vs. Padres
12. BREWERS (-1 1/2, O9) over Pirates
13. Reds (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at CARDINALS
14. Giants (+1 1/2, U9) at D-BACKS
15. Rockies (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at DODGERS
BROOMOLOGY (3-5 ATS & SU so far for the week)
Road Dogs (2-2 ATS & 1-3 SU so far for the week)
Twins (+1 1/2) at TIGERS
Angels (+1 1/2) at ATHLETICS
Pirates (+1 1/2) at BREWERS
Road Favorite (0-1 ATS & SU so far for the week)
Mets (-1 1/2) over MARLINS
Home Dog (1-1 ATS & SU so far for the week)
D-BACKS (+1 1/2) vs. Giants
Obviously, at this "late hour" the ceremonial turning of the Hooter's calendar has already occurred in these parts, and I'll have you know that, because of that, it's been a little hard concentrating on this post. HOLY CANNOLI! And how appropriate that flipping the calendar corresponds with Hump Day! See what I mean about plans coming together just right? Have a great day. I'll talk to you tomorrow.