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Wayne Allyn Root - Texas A&M Arizona State Preview

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Wayne Root: All Eyes on the A&M Defense Versus Arizona StateI'll be writing a lot about the Pac 12 this season. The South Division in particular is loaded with FOUR teams ranked in the Top 25 to start off the 2015 campaign (and a fifth team in Utah just missed!). Here's a look at those rankings and who the Pac 12 South standouts play this week...#8 USC (-27 vs. Arkansas State)#13 UCLA (-19.5 vs. Virginia)#15 Arizona State (+3 or +3.5 vs. Texas A&M in Houston)#22 Arizona (played UTSA Thursday)Up in the North Division, two more ranked teams reside with #7…

Tony Salinas - Notre Dame - Texas Preview

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Tony Salinas: Volatile Scenarios in Play when Texas visits Notre DameOver my long career as a sports bettor and poker player, I've probably talked more about, and written more articles about the Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish than any other football teams. I was raised in West Texas...and was part of the influx of gamblers who turned Las Vegas into an extension of West Texas back in the day. Naturally, I follow the Longhorns closely as "the national team of Texas." And, Notre Dame was "America's Team" in college football long before the Cowboys started making that claim…

Rocky Atkinson - College Football Returning Starter Angle Plays Week 1

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 1 Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Wayne Allyn Root - I’m Really Looking Forward to the Michigan/Utah Game

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Wayne Root: I'm Really Looking Forward to the Michigan/Utah Game!In know everyone's excited about the start of the 2015 College Football season Thursday night. WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is particularly interested in the nationally televised intersectional battle featuring the Michigan Wolverines and the Utah Utes.Given the histories of the programs, that's a nice matchup to begin with. But, this particular meeting is FASCINATING because it's the Michigan head coaching debut for Jim Harbaugh. The volatile leader has had success wherever he's coached...particularly at the Stanford program that he re-built into a Pac 12 power.Can Harbaugh have immediate success at Michigan? We're…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding NFL Dress Rehearsal Upsets

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Wayne Root: Finding NFL Dress Rehearsal UpsetsIf you're like most of the wagering public, you're chomping at the bit to bet those cheap home favorites during dress rehearsal weekend. The games are being played at regular season intensity...and all of those short favorites seem irresistible. You just KNOW the home teams are going to show up and play well because they don't want to be embarrassed in front of their home fans.Well there surely are a few great bets out there on cheap home favorites. I've won a few of those already this month. But, THE KING OF UPSETS wants…

Wayne Allyn Root - Could We Have a Surprise Super Bowl Champion?

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Wayne Root: Could We Have a Surprise Super Bowl Champion?As I've been studying the dynamics of the 2015 NFL season, it's becoming clear to me that the stage is set for a surprise champion. There are just a handful of clear favorites to go the distance. Each of those favorites has a vulnerability that could knock them out of the picture. Then, the class of teams just below that is RICH with potential.Let's start with the favorites...SEATTLE (4-1)The Seahawks are in danger of losing (or may have already lost) that "chip on the shoulder" that took them to the Super…

Wayne Allyn Root - Tips from THE KING OF UPSETS for Finding NFLX Dogs

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Wayne Root: Tips from THE KING OF UPSETS for Finding NFLX DogsEarlier this week, I mentioned to you that I'm 67% so far in the NFL Preseason...with winners on Minnesota -3.5 over Pittsburgh 14-3 in the Hall of Fame Game, San Diego -3.5 over Dallas 17-7, Houston -2.5 over San Francisco 23-10, and Philadelphia -4 over Indianapolis 36-10. You longtime readers may have been wondering...why hasn't THE KING OF UPSETS been picking many upsets?!Did you see how few dogs won their games last week? It was clear that the best betting value was on teams who were positioned to perform…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can the NY Giants Catch the NFL Napping in 2015?

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Wayne Root: Can the NY Giants Catch the NFL Napping in 2015?Last week I talked about the outlook for the New York Jets entering the new pro football season. As promised, I'm back this week to talk about the New York Giants. You longtime readers know I'm a New Yorker at heart...having been born in Mt. Vernon as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!)At the moment...it seems the whole world has forgotten about the Giants as any sort of contender. The only excitement being generated has to do with Odell Beckham. He's a human highlight reel. The growing influence…

Wayne Allyn Root - The Jets Got Even More Interesting. So Did Buffalo!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Wayne Root: The Jets Got Even More Interesting...So Did Buffalo!Earlier this week I talked about the interesting potential for the New York Jets in this Preseason. Not a day later, starting quarterback Geno Smith was knocked out of action for 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw. He was sucker punched by former teammate IK Enemkpali, who was released from the team immediately thereafter.Unfortunately for the sake of Preseason betting...that might have limited the Jets potential to get really good results. I thought the projected quarterback rotation of Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Bryce Petty had the potential to put 3-4…

Wayne Allyn Root - Preseason QB depth charts for 32 teams:

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Preseason QB depth charts for 32 teams:ARIZONA — Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas, Phillip SimsATLANTA — Matt Ryan, T.J. Yates, Sean RenfreeBALTIMORE — Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Bryn RennerBUFFALO — Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, Matt SimmsCAROLINA — Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe WebbCHICAGO — Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, Shane Carden, David FalesCINCINNATI — Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron, Josh Johnson, Keith WenningCLEVELAND — Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Thad LewisDALLAS — Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Dustin Vaughn, Jameill ShowersDENVER — Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Zac Dysert, Trevor SiemianDETROIT — Matthew Stafford, Kellen Moore, Dan Orlovsky, Garrett GilbertGREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien, Brett Hundley, Matt BlanchardHOUSTON — Brian Hoyer,…

Wayne Allyn Root - Preseason QB depth charts for 32 teams:

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Preseason QB depth charts for 32 teams:ARIZONA — Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas, Phillip SimsATLANTA — Matt Ryan, T.J. Yates, Sean RenfreeBALTIMORE — Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Bryn RennerBUFFALO — Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, Matt SimmsCAROLINA — Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe WebbCHICAGO — Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, Shane Carden, David FalesCINCINNATI — Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron, Josh Johnson, Keith WenningCLEVELAND — Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Thad LewisDALLAS — Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Dustin Vaughn, Jameill ShowersDENVER — Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Zac Dysert, Trevor SiemianDETROIT — Matthew Stafford, Kellen Moore, Dan Orlovsky, Garrett GilbertGREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien, Brett Hundley, Matt BlanchardHOUSTON — Brian Hoyer,…

Tony George - NFL Season Win Totals – Best Bets

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

While I have speculated on my national radio show on Yahoo Sports Radio about numerous opportunities on the futures market on Over or Under posted Season Win Totals against the CG Technology Las Vegas Line in the NFL, it is time to buckle down and post my Top 4 Best Bets including my Top Rated 2 Unit Selection for the 2015 NFL Season and make it official.  Last Year I went 4-1 with those futures bets with the Buffalo Bills busting out the Over 6 wins nailing my Top Play last Season. With the NFL Preseason underway, and tons of news…

Wayne Allyn Root - New York Jets Could be Very Interesting Preseason Team

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Wayne Root: New York Jets Could be Very Interesting Preseason TeamYou longtime readers know that I follow the New York sports scene very closely. Even though I've been THE KING OF LAS VEGAS for many years now...I was born in Mt. Vernon, New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I can assure you that I'm watching the New York Jets very closely this month. Even if the team isn't destined to compete for the AFC East title just yet...they might be a value play in August.Why is that? Several reasons to consider as the team gets ready…

Tony George - Your NFL Preseason Primer – Tread Lightly

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM

By Tony George Yes, a sports handicapper who says to take it easy and not trying to jam picks down your throat in the NFL Preseason is rare, but I am also a realist and like to keep the bankroll intact headed into the regular season of the NFL and College Football.  I am going to stress a couple of things about the Preseason when it comes to looking at the Las Vegas Line and the NFL in the Preseason that will help you navigate the minefield somewhat. Less is more – plain and simple.  Last year I managed a 9-2 ATS Preseason…

Tony George - One AFC West Team is a Solid Longshot

Monday, August 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Living in Kansas City and being a Chiefs fan, in turn means the AFC West is always a highlighted division on my radar screen, I have deducted this to a great 3 horse race and one to watch out for, especially with a possibly surprising season ending result.  Denver, Kansas City and San Diego will all be in the mix in this division. When I say longshot, I am talking about the San Diego Chargers, who very well may contend for the division crown over hyped up Denver and Peyton Manning, and Andy Reid’s always dangerous Kansas City team with a…

Wayne Allyn Root - MLB Trades May Set Up Overpriced Pitchers

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Wayne Root: MLB Trades May Set Up Overpriced PitchersThis past weekend, the Kansas City Royals acquired ace pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds to bolster their starting rotation in advance of the pennant race and playoffs. More big name pitchers will be changing teams in short order. It's just a matter of the details being worked out regarding which prospects will be going where in the transaction. There may be a big trade between the time I write this and the time you read this!There's already talk of Cole Hamels ending up with the Los Angeles Dodgers after he…

Tony George - Tony George’s College Football Season Win Totals Best Bets

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

By Tony George The 2015 College Football Season is set to start late August and I have spent the vast majority of the summer, taking MLB off this year to concentrate on this upcoming football season, and especially the season win totals, and while many concentrate on the big boys and or sexy picks with big named teams, I tend to look at “also rans” and then study local sportswriters takes, spring game film, and tap my sources to see who may surprise this season and gain an edge on the books. I will post 5 of my Best Bets this Season…

Wayne Allyn Root - Checking in on the New York Mets

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Wayne Root: Checking in on the New York MetsThe New York Mets begin a four-game gut-check series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night that could make or break their season. It's been awhile since I've checked in on the Mets on these pages. You regulars know I follow the New York sports very closely since I grew up there as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher in Mt. Vernon, NY!)Earlier this season, I expressed some hope, but more skepticism about the Mets making a playoff run. Since then, they've mostly been treading water. That's better than sinking! But,…

Wayne Allyn Root - Exploiting Letdowns and Lookaheads in Baseball

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Wayne Root: Exploiting Letdowns and Lookaheads in BaseballWe may just have seen the biggest upset in baseball history! There were TWO rainouts in Southern California on the same day!! Both the San Diego Padres (Sunday afternoon) and Los Angeles Angels (Sunday night) had to postpone home games because of bad weather. Who says it never rains in Southern California?The news headlines grabbed by that fluke of nature helped obscure what was actually a really big upset in Major League Baseball this past weekend. What had been the hottest team in baseball...the Pittsburgh Pirates...were SWEPT in a three-game series by the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Big Ten East Preview

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM

LOADED OHIO STATE FAVORED TO WIN BIG 10 "EAST," BIG 10 TITLE, AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPThe Ohio State Buckeyes peaked at the right time last season...surging to a National Championship in dominating fashion despite having to play backup quarterbacks! In the Fall of 2015, they arguably have THREE star quarterbacks who would all be Heisman Trophy candidates if they weren't on the same squad.Does that mean they'll run up the score every game just because they can't avoid it?! It will be tough for oddsmakers to pin down what the "right" number will be for the Buckeyes in garbage games. Against…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Dodgers-Nationals Preview

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

DODGERS, NATIONALS IGNITE "SECOND HALF" OF THE MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON FRIDAY IN WASHINGTONIt's fairly unanimous in analytical circles that the "big four" of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Washington, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to represent 80% of the final National League playoff brackets. (It will be those four plus an additional Wildcard.) The "first half" of the 2015 Major League Baseball season wrapped up before the All-Star Break with the Cardinals visiting the Pirates. The "second half" begins Friday with the Nationals and Dodgers going head-to-head in the nation's capital. Great to have these potential playoff previews!We should note…

Wayne Allyn Root - Ignore Media During SEC Media Days

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 5:28 PM

Wayne Root: Ignore Media During "SEC Media Days"Desperate to find something worth covering during the All-Star Break, the mainstream media has been devoting a lot of space to this week's "SEC Media Days" as they gear up for the 2015 College Football Season.You've known me for years as THE KING OF LAS VEGAS. But, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT actually started his TV career for the SCORE network back in the early days of cable. Imagine an ESPN SportsCenter anchor who covered things from a handicapping perspective. I learned very quickly that most mainstream TV sports personalities and writers would have trouble…

Jim Hurley’s Network - MLB 2nd Half Money Earners and Burners

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM

THE MLB REPORT: WHO WILL BE THE SECOND-HALF MONEY-MAKERS & MONEY-BURNERS?MORE MLB NEWS & NOTES INCLUDING A PLEA FOR MORE OFFENSEBy Jim Hurley:Folks, it's absolutely one of our favorite sports times of the year ...The Major-League Baseball post-All-Star Game break - remember there's no games till tomorrow (Friday) -- provides us all a few moments to take in a deep breath and think of what lies ahead in terms of which MLB teams are gonna pile up the profits and which ones will bury their backers.Okay, so we're not always right on these things - but then who is? The…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez: All Star Game Recap - Big Ten Football

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:02 AM

THE ALL-STAR GAME REPORT: THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WINS (AGAIN)PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: WHO'S THE BIG 10'S BIGGEST CHALLENGER TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?By Jim Hurley:The bottom line when it comes to these Baseball All-Star Games is that the American League has Mike Trout in its lineup these days ... and the National League does not.Trout's leadoff home run jet-powered the AL to its 10th All-Star Game win in the past 10 years - the AL is 15-3-1 overall in the past 19 years and is 21-6-1 the past 28 years - and the aforementioned Trout wound up winning a second…

Wayne Allyn Root - The Baseball Markets Biggest Mistakes

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Wayne Root: The Baseball Market's Biggest MistakesIt's not often that the Las Vegas betting markets completely miss out on major developments in the world of sports. But, that's definitely happened this season in Major League Baseball. Though, to be fair, the issues I'm talking about didn't just begin in 2015. They've arguably taken over the sport this year in a way that's had oddsmakers and longtime bettors scratching their heads.Luckily, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is always ahead of the game! I'm the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the "Walk of Fame" here in Las Vegas.…

Jim Hurley’s Network - All Star Game Notes and Trivia

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

THE BASEBALL UPDATE: IT'S ALL-STAR GAME TIME IN CINCINNATI AND WE GET YOU A.S.G. TRIVIA PLUS MUCH, MUCH MOREBy Jim Hurley:We've come upon the notion that these days you either love the Major-League Baseball All-Star Game and all its trimmings ... or you hate it.Call us purists or traditionalists - what have you - but we preferred the All-Star Games of old where there was a serious will to win by both the National League and the American League and people worried less about "Home Run Hitting Contests" and "home field advantages".And for many folks, these next few days have…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Great MLB Dogs This Weekend

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Great MLB Dogs This WeekendThe weekend before the All-Star Break can be very tricky for sports bettors. Motivation is far from a sure thing from a few hundred exhausted players who can't wait for a few days off. Yet, there are obviously a few teams and individual pitchers who will be giving it everything this weekend because of the pennant races or some rivalry scenarios.You regulars know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the documented KING OF UPSETS in this industry because of my career success at finding live dogs in all sports. In baseball, the dogs have…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Hurley Sez: Advice For Future All Star Games

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10:42 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT: HERE'S OUR ADVICE FOR ALL FUTURE ALL-STAR GAMESAND THERE'S MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES AS WE FOCUS ON THE BRONCOS, STEELERS, CARDINALS AND LIONSBy Jim Hurley:Memo to Major-League Baseball: It's time to revamp this whole All-Star Game business - once and for all!Please, we were doing our very best to ignore the whole situation between the out-of-control fan voting in Kansas City to the fact that managers continue to take their players over/above more deserving All Stars from other teams to this now "vote in one more player" junk - and we didn't even mention the fact that…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Yankees Go the Distance in 2015?

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Wayne Root: Can Yankees Go the Distance in 2015?You longtime readers know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT was born and raised in New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I still follow the New York sports teams very closely even though I've lived out here in Las Vegas for many years now. I have great connections back in the Big Apple that help me find great bets in all sports. One reason I'm a year-round winner is because I have some great information coming to me from New York...and New York is important year-round!I have to tell you…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Are The Bucs The Best Team In Baseball?

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 9:17 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT: ARE THE BUCCOS THE "BEST TEAM NOBODY TALKS ABOUT?"IT'S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE BROWNS, FALCONS & THE 49ERSDo you happen to be old enough to remember that old rent-a-car commercial that claimed "We're No. 2, so we try harder"?Well, that little ditty somehow found its way into our head last night when thinking about the 2015 version of the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-34):The Bucs head into this week's three-game home series against the San Diego Padres (and then a monumental four-game home series against St. Louis) in a rollickingly good mood having won five-of-six games last week…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Giants Nationals Weekend Preview

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:06 AM

AS ALWAYS, JULY FOURTH WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTED BY FIREWORKS IN NATION'S CAPITAL...GIANTS/NATS!What could be more appealing for baseball fans than a July Fourth weekend starring the defending World Champions playing a huge series in the nation's capital? And the champion San Francisco Giants just might be visiting the next World Champion when they take on the Washington Nationals!This three-game fireworks show (and potential playoff preview) will be nationally televised...with ESPN doing the honors for both the series opener and the series finale.SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AT WASHINGTON NATIONALSFriday: 6 p.m. ET on ESPNSaturday: 11 a.m. ET on the MLB NetworkSunday: 8 p.m.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Biggest MLB Surprises

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Wayne Root: Biggest MLB Surprises Entering July Fourth WeekendJuly Fourth is historically a time where baseball handicappers take a few seconds to review the first half of the season. Teams are just now reaching the 81-game mark (half of the 162 they will play in the 2015 campaign). So, this holiday weekend better represents the "first half" than the upcoming All-Star Break.There are different ways to measure surprises. If you just look at the market, then the St. Louis Cardinals are the biggest "good" surprise of the season. Backers are up about 20 units this season because the Redbirds have…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Find Surprise Teams in the 2015 NFL Season

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Wayne Root: How to Find "Surprise" Teams in the 2015 NFL SeasonThe past two weeks we've talked about preparing for the 2015 college football season here in my web articles. This time, we move to the NFL. I'm not going to get specific about which teams WAYNE ALLYN ROOT believes might take the league by storm this season. I need to protect that information for my paying clients! But, I will outline strategies YOU should be using to find big money teams who may catch oddsmakers napping.First, the most successful "surprise" teams invariably involve an "us against the world" mentality…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The Jim Sez Update

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

THE JIM SEZ UPDATE:THERE'S BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES, NBA FREE AGENCY AND THE VERY START OF OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTSMeet the Matz!Okay, so forgive us for the little takeoff on the 50-plus year-old theme song called "Meet the Mets" but, wow, what a debut for the new left-handed hurler for the New York Mets.The 24-year-old Matz - born and raised on Long Island approximately an hour from Citi Field -- wheezed into Gotham City this past weekend and promptly got the call to start Sunday's regularly-scheduled game and he quickly surrendered a home run to the first Major-League batter he ever faced…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Cubs-Cardinals Weekend Showdown

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM

TV NETWORKS WILL BE ALL OVER CUBS/CARDS NL CENTRAL SHOWDOWN THIS WEEKENDTV networks have been waiting YEARS for the Chicago Cubs to get good again. The team can be an attraction even when mediocre because of America's fondness for the franchise. Now that they're a contender...and facing off against their own division leader...the Cubs are must-see TV!CHICAGO CUBS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALSFriday: 8:15 p.m. ET on the MLB NetworkSaturday: 7:15 p.m. ET on FOXSunday: 8 p.m. ET on ESPNThat's prime time across the board for a classic rivalry renewal and a potential playoff preview. Before jumping into JIM HURLEY'S key…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The Jim Sez 2015 NBA Mock Draft

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT!Go ask any NBA scout or general manager and they'll likely tell you the following: This may be your prototypical young man's draft (lots of "one-and-done" players again) but it's probably the deepest/richest draft we've had in years and so it's with great anticipation that we look forward to Thursday's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.In today's edition of Jim Sez, we offer up our NBA Mock Draft for the first round action only and - as usual - we've tossed a couple of hand grenades into the mix in terms…

Wayne Allyn Root - Vegas Buzzing as Sportsbooks Release College Football Lines

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Wayne Root: Vegas Buzzing as Sportsbooks Release College Football LinesIf you're paying attention to sports betting media, you know that this is the week that Las Vegas sportsbooks start to post bettable college football propositions for the coming season.*Regular Season Win Totals went up Monday, which are Over/Unders for how many games each team will win during the "regular" season (bowls aren't counted, nor are conference championship games)*Early "Game of the Year" lines for marquee matchups and other high profile games will go up very soon.Sportsbooks discovered a few years ago that they can drive a lot more traffic during…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez: Phony MLB Contenders - NBA Draft: The Best Shooters

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT: TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT A COUPLE OF "PHONY" CONTENDERS ...NBA DRAFT UPDATE: WHERE ARE THE BEST SHOOTERS? ...THE NFL ODDS TO WIN IT ALL FOR SIX OF LAST YEAR'S PLAYOFF TEAMSWhat's the word the "kids" use to describe someone or something that's fake or phony? Fugazi.And that's what the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels are nearly three months through this here-and-now 2015 Major-League Baseball season as they continue to fool some folks (but not us!) when it comes to talk about winning their division or even nabbing one of the two wild…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Weekend Report

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT: WE'RE TRACKIN' THE TOP SERIES THIS FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND INCLUDING GIANTS-DODGERS & CUBS-TWINSTHE NBA DRAFT IS LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY AND WE'LL LET YOU WHO ARE THE "SLEEPERS"NFL NEWS & NOTES: YOUNG WIDE RECEIVERS GET OUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTIONOh, daddy! There are some real great series this Father's Day weekend in Major-League Baseball and here's some of what we'll be watching ...In the National League, it's ...PITTSBURGH (38-27) at WASHINGTON (34-32) - Fri, Sat & SunIf the 2015 season ended today, the Pirates would be in the playoffs, the Nationals would not ... but is there anyone…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Thursday, June 18 …

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Jim Sez for Thursday, June 18 …THE COUNTDOWN IS ON –THE NBA DRAFT NOW IS JUST A WEEK AWAY …WE OFFICIALLY RE-CAP THE WARRIORS'TITLE-WINNING SEASON …PLUS OUR BASEBALL NEWS & NOTESThe Golden State Warriors are still busy kissin'-and-huggin' their brand-new Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy – and who can really blame them! – but the league's numero uno team is also directing its attention to next Thursday's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Can Steve Kerr's club add a real diamond-in-the-rough type player here with pick #30 or could we even see unsung GM Bob Myers getting creative here…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Wednesday, June 17 …

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ MID-WEEK UPDATE:WARRIORS WIN NBA TITLEWITH A 105-97 TRIUMPH OVERLEBRON & THE CAVS …WE TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NBA ODDSTO WIN IT ALL NEXT YEAR (AND G-STATE'S NOT THE FAVORITE!) …PLUS MORE NBA DRAFT NEWS/NOTES"Strength in Numbers" was the Golden State Warriors' motto all year long – when they won 67 regular-season games and then those 16 post-season games that culminated in last night's 105-97 win/cover against the 3-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers in the title-clinching game of this year's NBA Finals.Now, the only number G-State wants to hear about is #1, of course.But you better believe…

Wayne Allyn Root - Get to Work NOW Finding College Football Surprise Teams

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Wayne Root: Get to Work NOW Finding College Football Surprise TeamsIf you've been paying attention to your local newsstand, bookstore, or grocery store, you've probably noticed that the college football annuals are already out. Many of them anyway. Even though we're still more than two months away from game action...you should already be at work trying to find surprise teams in the 2015 college football season.I can assure you that THE KING OF UPSETS is already doing that! I was actually on the case before those publications came out. I'm always a few steps ahead of the curve! But, even…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, June 15 …

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

 THE NBA FINALS REPORT:WARRIORS CLIP CAVS 104-91TO MOVE ONE WIN AWAY FROM THE TITLE …THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:SCHERZER SHINES WITH 16 KsYou have to turn the clock back to May 25, 1975 to find the last time the Golden State Warriors won an NBA championship – this here-and-now Warriors squad could be within mere hours of winning it all some 40 years later but nobody better be in a rush to engrave the team name on the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy just yet.Okay, so Golden State's somewhat deceiving 104-91 win/cover against the 9.5-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday evening in Game…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Warriors Back in Drivers Seat

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

WARRIORS BACK ON TRACK, AND IN DRIVER'S SEAT AS SERIES RETURNS TO OAKLAND SUNDAYThis racecourse has such dramatic turns! The Golden State Warriors had gone from a -700 series favorite to a virtual pick-em in very short order three games into their 2015 NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. A slow start Thursday night brought the very real possibility of a series loss into play.A couple of hours later, Golden State was finishing off a 103-82 rout in Cleveland...and the betting markets were re-installing them as heavy favorites to lift the trophy next week. Some stores have them higher…

Wayne Allyn Root - Are Cleveland Cavaliers Out of It After Game Four Loss

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Wayne Root: Are Cleveland Cavaliers Out of It After Game Four Loss?Cinderella's coach may have turned into a pumpkin Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers lost at home to the Golden State Warriors 103-82. The market sure thinks this series is over!Before Game Four: Golden State was a -115 series favoriteAfter Game Four: Golden State is a -400 series favorite!That went from a near coin-flip when the Cavaliers led the series 2-1, to what appears to be a pending rout now that it's tied at 2-2.Hey...we've seen this before! Golden State was a staggering -700 after winning the opener as…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Friday, June 12 …

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

OUR NBA FINALS UPDATE:WARRIORS DO "GET EVEN" IN GAME 4WITH A COMMANDING 103-82 WIN OVER THE TIRED CAVS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:THE "I-70 SERIES" TAKES CENTER STAGETHIS WEEKEND AS ROYALS-CARDINALS DUEL IN ST. LOOBeen there, done that … again!The Golden State Warriors let experience be their teacher last night when theyFollowed up a two-game losing streak with a win, as Thursday's 103-82 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of this year's NBA Finals elevated G-State's mark to 6-and-oh this year when following on the heels of a two-game losing skid andCopped a Game 4 road win after finding itself…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Thursday, June 11 …

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA FINALS REPORT:HERE'S YOUR GAME 4 PREVIEW AS THE WARRIORS LOOK TO"GET EVEN" WITH THE FRISKY CAVS…PLUS NFL NEWS & NOTES Here's the really strange part of this year's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors – a better-than-2-to-1 betting favorite prior to the start of this best-of-seven series – and the Cleveland Cavaliers:The better the underdog Cavs play, it seems the less they are respected by the all-knowing Las Vegas oddsmakers.Go figure, right?The truth is Cleveland should have covered all three of this year's NBA Finals games – that eight-point overtime loss in Game 1 as 5.5-point pups…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Wednesday, June 10 …

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE:CAVALIERS GRAB 2-1 SERIES LEADWITH HANG-ON-FOR-DEAR-LIFE 96-91 WIN …THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:HOW ABOUT A NO-HITTER AND A 3-HR NIGHT TOO? …PLUS HERE'S THE BEST"UNDER-THE-RADAR"STARTING PITCHERS SO FAR IN '15Can you imagine what East 4th Street in Cleveland will look like when/if the Cavaliers go on and win this year's NBA Finals!Last night there was some serious partying in the streets following Cleveland's 96-91 win over the 2-point favorite Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of this best-of-seven set – okay, so maybe the frenzied fan base knew the stat that in past NBA Finals that were tied at…

Wayne Allyn Root - Cavs Now Even at 1-1, Trying to Score Historic Shocker

Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Wayne Root: Cavs Now Even at 1-1, Trying to Score Historic ShockerBefore the NBA Finals began, some in the media were suggesting that a Cleveland Cavaliers upset would be one of the biggest championship surprises of all time. It's not that the Cavs were a pretender. But, Western superpower Golden State was a whopping -240 favorite to win the title on the moneyline...and this just isn't a sport where big underdogs make headlines. It's one thing for a college Cinderella to score an NCAA Tournament shocker in a quick 40 minutes. Dogs winning a best-of-seven when the other team has…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, June 8 …

Monday, June 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA FINALS REPORT –CAVS SCRATCH OUT A GAME 2OVERTIME WIN AS SERIES SHIFTS TO OHIO …THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:THE AL EAST (FINALLY) FLEXESITS MUSCLES AS YANKEES, JAYSAND RED SOX ENJOY WEEKEND SWEEPSGee, what's gonna be on the NBA Finals agenda for Tuesday's Game 3?Will we be headed for a third consecutive overtime affair between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers … or is somebody gonna simply take this series by the horns and make it theirs to win?In Sunday night's wild 95-93 OT win by 7.5-point road underdog Cleveland, the Cavaliers shot a meager 29-of-89 from the floor…

Wayne Allyn Root - What’s Up with the Minnesota Twins?

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Wayne Root: What's Up with the Minnesota Twins?!The biggest surprise so far in the Major League Baseball season is easily the performance of the Minnesota Twins. They were supposed to be the worst team in the American League by at least 4-5 games based on the "Regular Season Victory" propositions that were available for Las Vegas betting back in March. Instead, they enter their weekend series at home against the Milwaukee Brewers as one of the most successful teams in baseball.How can the market miss a team by that much?Well, THE KING OF UPSETS is here to tell you that…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Game 2 Preview and NBA Draft Top Ten

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:43 AM

THE NBA FINALS - HERE'S OUR GAME 2 PREVIEW AS CAVS LOOK TO "GET EVEN" WITH THE WARRIORS WITHOUT STAR GUARD IRVING ...PLUS NBA DRAFT NOTES ...AND MORE MLB FUN FACTSThe city of Cleveland - as we all know - has lost some very tough games on the championship level stage whether it be Game 7 of the 1997 World Series when the beloved Indians fell to the then-Florida Marlins in extra innings, then there was the back-to-back AFC Championship Games losses by the Browns to the Denver Broncos in the 1986 and '87 seasons and now you can add…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Friday, June 5 …

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA FINALS – GAME 1WARRIORS WIN OUT (AND IN MORE WAYSTHAN ONE!) IN A THRILLING OVERTIME BASHIs it possible to lose a Game 1 – and an NBA Finals series – all on the very same night?No doubt that's what the Cleveland Cavaliers might well be thinking this morning after last night's 108-100 overtime win by the 5.5-point home favorite Golden State Warriors.Okay, so it's the "one-that-got-away" game that no underdog side can truly afford to have happen in a best-of-seven championship series but then toss into the mix the fact that Cavs' star point guard Kyrie Irving exited…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Thursday, June 4 …

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA FINALS –HERE’S A GAME 1 PREVIEW OF CAVALIERS-WARRIORSPLUS LOTS MORE! …NFL POINTSPREAD NEWS/NOTES …MLB FUN FACTSOkay, so you’ve heard all the comments regarding this year’s long-awaited/long-delayed NBA Finals – lots of snarky remarks from folks who believe the seven full days between the end of the Western Conference and the start of this ultimate round were way too much.And we agree!But the fact of the matter is the NBA Finals – the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors – is finally here and our ensuing Game 1 Jim Sez preview will show that it’s far from an…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Wednesday, June 3 …

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

OUR NBA FINALS PREVIEW IS HERE ASCAVALIERS–WARRIORS COLLIDEFOR THE 2015 HOOPS CROWN …PLUS BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES FEATURESTHE BEST OFFENSIVE FANTASY PLAYERS NOT NAMED BRYCE HARPER OR NELSON CRUZAmerica, your long, long, long wait is over …The NBA Finals will tip off Thursday night in Oakland after a full seven–day hiatus and we’re here to tell you this whole shebang will be worth the wait!The Golden State Warriors — a better–than–2–to–1 betting favorite for this best–of–seven series against the Cleveland Cavaliers (note the current price has G–State at minus 210 and Cleveland taking back plus 170 per a $100 wager) — are…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, June 1 …

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

BASEBALL’S BIGGEST MONEY–BURNER“NAME” STARTING PITCHERS PLUS WHAT’SSTRAIGHT AHEAD THIS WEEK IN MLB …AND MORE NBA FINALS NEWS/NOTES/STATSThe calendar now reads June — and so one big question we want to chuck in your general direction is when exactly are some of Major–League Baseball’s biggest star pitchers gonna start producing profits for the guys/gals in the wagering world?In a 2015 season in which 42–year–old New York Mets RHP Bartolo Colon is the National League’s biggest winner — he’s now 8–3 following a series–salvaging 4–3 home win on Sunday afternoon against the beleaguered Miami Marlins — we keep waiting for a batch…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Friday, May 29 …

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

IT’S A BASKETBALL-FREE SPORTS WEEKENDON THE COURT, SO LET’S CRANK UPTHE BASEBALL RUMOR MILL PLUS THERE’S MORE MLB NEWS & NOTES …OKAY, SO WE KEEP THE UPCOMING NBA FINALSON THE BACK-BURNER WITH FUN FACTS/FIGURES If you happened to believe that the Houston Astros (30-18) were going to enter the last weekend in May with the largest lead among all first-place teams in Major-League Baseball, then bully for you!The fact of the matter is the ‘Stros – sporting a solid 6-game lead over the Seattle Mariners while heading into last night’s action – have been the numero uno story in the…

Tony Salinas - Jim Sez for Thursday, May 28 …

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

EXTRA, EXTRA –IT’S YOUR FIRST LOOK ATTHIS YEAR’S NBA FINALSAS THE HYPE BEGINS FORCAVS-WARRIORSHear ye, hear ye …According to the Las Vegas experts, we’re right where we should be heading into next week’s NBA Finals:The Golden State Warriors – fresh off last night’s 104-90 win/cover against 9.5-point underdog Houston in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals – entered this year’s playoffs listed as a 5-to-2 betting favorite to win the championship while the Cleveland Cavaliers were a tad closer to a 3-to-1 price to win it all … so no major surprise that both of these megastar-driven teams made…

Wayne Allyn Root - Cincinnati Reds in a Free Fall

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Wayne Root: Cincinnati Reds in a Free FallThe KING OF UPSETS is always on the lookout for live dog situations in all Las Vegas betting sports. But, there's a big difference between how WAYNE ALLYN ROOT does things when compared to other "focus on underdog" approaches. I don't care about line value per se (though that's obviously important). I want an underdog that has a real chance to win the game.And, THAT means I try to avoid underdogs who are dealing with internal chemistry issues, or may have tuned out their manager (or head coach).The Cincinnati Reds are a great…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Wednesday, May 27 …

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:IS IT PARTY TIME FOR THE G-STATE WARRIORS?…PLUS MLB KEY STATS …AND NFL NEWS & NOTESIt’s been 40 long years since the last time the Golden State Warriors played in an NBA Finals … guess the feeling is they could afford to wait another couple of days then to wrap up their Western Conference Finals after getting whacked 128-115 by the 4.5-point home underdog Houston Rockets this past Monday Night in a Game 4 bash.No doubt the Warriors are breathing a sigh of relief after the nasty fall-to-the-floor by MVP Stephen Curry wasn’t as bad as it appeared…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, May 25 …

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:WARRIORS LOOK TO BRINGOUT THE BROOMS IN HOUSTON;WHILE THE CAVALIERS ARE THINKING SWEEPTOO COME TUESDAY NITE …THE BASEBALL REPORT:HOLIDAY WEEKEND NOISEMAKERSOkay, so sweeps are rarer than you might think come these NBA Conference Finals – we looked it up and there’s been just a pair of sweeperoos in this round since the 2001 post-season:The San Antonio Spurs put the brooms to the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA’s Western Finals back in 2013 and go all the way back to the 2003 season and you’ll recall the then-New Jersey Nets swept the Detroit Pistons 4-zip in an Eastern Finals…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Friday, May 22 …

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THERE’S MORE NBA PLAYOFF GOODIES!WARRIORS GO UP TWO-ZIP IN THE WEST BUT THEY SUREARE COSTING THEIR BACKERS LOTS OF $$$ …PLUS A CAVS-HAWKS GAME 2 PREVIEW …THE BASEBALL REPORT:WHAT-TO-WATCH ON THIS HOLIDAY WEEKENDINCLUDING A KEY CARDS-ROYALS SHOWDOWNA not-so-funny thing is happening to the Golden State Warriors seemingly now on their way to the NBA Finals … they’re costing their “financial backers” lots of cool, hard cash!Last night’s thrill-a-minute Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals – a 99-98 non-cover win by the 10-point favorite Warriors over the Houston Rockets – wound up being the fifth time in seven home…

Wayne Allyn Root - Early MLB Surprises

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Wayne Root: Early MLB SurprisesYou know that THE KING OF UPSETS is always looking for teams who have surprised the market in one way or another. If you can catch a surprise team on the way up, you can make a lot of money against stubborn oddsmakers. That's particularly true in baseball because nobody trusts small sample sizes. Of course, you can also make a lot of money fading teams on the way down. We have several teams this season who haven't been nearly as good as expected.Heading into Memorial Day Weekend seems like a great time to get caught…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Thursday, May 21 …

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE:CAVS COP THE GAME 1 WIN IN EASTERN FINALS OVER THE HAWKS PLUS WE PREVIEW TONIGHT’S GAME 2 OFROCKETS-WARRIORS IN WESTERN FINALS …POST-LOTTERY NEWS/NOTES/RUMORS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:QUICK-HITTER NOTES FROM WEDNESDAY’S GAMESRemember way back when in TV-land when the question was this …“Who shot J.R.?”Hey, we’ve got a new take when it comes to the here-and-now NBA Playoffs – and this J.R. has nothing to do with Dallas or actor Larry Hagman or any of those 1980s television folks.J.R. Smith – the former goofball guard of the New York Knicks (the same guy that untied opponent shoelaces at…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Wednesday, May 20 …

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY –THE T-WOLVES NAB THE TOP CHOICEWHILE LUCKY LAKERS GRAB THE #2 PICK …PLUS OUR EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS PREVIEWAS CAVS-HAWKS COLLIDE WITH GAME 1 TONIGHT …AND WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTONON G-STATE’S 110-106 NON-COVER WIN VERSUS HOUSTON IN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS OPENER They were celebrating in the Twin Cities and in the City of Angels too – not so much in New York and Philadelphia, however.The 31st Annual NBA Draft Lottery was chock full of fun if you happen to root, root, root for the perennially-poor Minnesota Timberwolves who – with a team-high 25 percent chance to…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will We See Any Shockers in the NBA Conference Finals

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Wayne Root: Will We See Any Shockers in the NBA Conference Finals?The series prices are already up in Las Vegas for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals...and it's clear that we have heavy favorites in the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.Cleveland -200, vs. Atlanta +170Golden State -800, vs. Houston +600Normally, when you see a baseball favorite of -200, you think of that as an absolute mismatch. But, Cleveland's -200 over the Hawks is dwarfed by that -800 for Golden State over the Rockets!Should everyone just ignore the Conference Finals and wait for the inevitable Warriors/Cavaliers championship showdown?NOT SO…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, May 18 …

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

IT’S NBA CONFERENCE FINALS TIME!HOUSTON AT GOLDEN STATEHITS THE HARDWOOD FIRST ON TUESDAYNITE PLUS WE HAVE SOME “FORECAST FUN”WITH THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY …THE BASEBALL REPORTGee, wonder how many times the famous Rudy Tomjanovich line – “Don’t ever – ever – underestimate the heart of a champion” has been played and replayed on Houston-area TV and radio the past 24 hours?No doubt the Houston Rockets – now the ninth NBA team to overcome a three games-to-one series deficit in a playoff round – earned all the kudos following their 113-100 win in Sunday’s Game 7 bash against the visiting Los…

Tony Salinas - Jim Sez for Friday, May 15 …

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS REPORT:CAN THE HAWKS AND/OR WARRIORSCLINCH THEIR ROUND II SERIES ON THE ROADTONIGHT AFTER THE CAVS CLINCHED A BERTHIN THE EASTERN FINALS (WHILE THE CLIPPERSGAG BIG-TIME IN GAME 6 VERSUS THE ROCKETS) …PLUS KEY NBA SPREAD NEWS/NOTES ON ALL FOUR OF TONIGHT’S TEAMS …THE MLB UPDATE:BEST WEEKEND SERIES AHEADStunning. Shocking. And downright unbelievable.Okay, use your own English to describe what happened to the Los Angeles Clippers late last night when Doc Rivers’ still-immature team blew a 19-point second-half lead and simply blew a series clincher in that 119-107 loss to the 8.5-point underdog Houston Rockets.We shall be having…

Tony Salinas - Jim Sez for Thursday, May 14 …

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE –CAVS & CLIPS LOOK TO WRAPUP THINGS TONIGHT IN A PAIR OFGAME 6 HOEDOWNS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:THE FIVE-BEST “UNDER THE RADAR”STORIES IN THE BIGS SO FARThe Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers – two franchises that have never/ever won an NBA Championship – both have the confetti and balloons ready this evening as they both look to close out their respective series in six games a piece.The funny thing is Cleveland’s been tangled up with Chicago for a batch of close games this Eastern Conference semifinal round series – back-to-back buzzer-beaters in Games 3 and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Wednesday May !3

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

NFL NEWS & NOTES –WHAT TOM BRADY’S BEEN “REALLY WORTH”TO PATS BACKERS THESE LAST FEW YEARS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:KEY LEFTY/RIGHTY STATS …PLUS THE NBA PLAYOFFSROCK ON IN ATLANTA & GOLDEN STATEWITH GAME 5 TILTS TONIGHTHow deflating for the fans of the NFL’s New England Patriots:The news that was announced shortly after 5:30 p.m. ET this past Monday that QB Tom Brady would be suspended for a total of four regular-season games (plus the lost #1 draft pick in 2016, the fourth-round draft pick in 2017 and a million bucks too) for his role in “DeflateGate” was harsher than we ever…

Wayne Allyn Root - I Told You NBA Surprises Were in Store!

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:24 PM

Wayne Root: I Told You NBA Surprises Were in Store!As a disappointingly boring first round of the NBA Playoffs was wrapping up, I alerted you that the stage was set for a bunch of surprises in Round Two. But, even THE KING OF UPSETS was a bit surprised when all the pre-series favorites fell behind 2-1 in their matchups.*Top seed in the East Atlanta fell behind 2-1 to underdog Washington even though Wizards star John Wall suffered a fractured wrist! The Hawks were favored by four points this past Saturday, yet trailed by 21 in the fourth quarter before rallying…

Tony Salinas - Jim Sez for Monday, May 11

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS REALLY HEAT UP!!!Say it with us, ladies and gents –This past weekend the NBA Playoffs gave us not one, not two but three buzzer-beater games in all (just none of them in Los Angeles, okay?) and so last-second thrillers – all in the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round, as a matter of fact – has pro hoop fans clamoring for more – wouldn’t you say?We head into this new work week with Washington up on Atlanta two games-to-one while Cleveland and Chicago’s knotted up two games apiece; plenty of drama in the West where Memphis looks to garner…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Friday, May 8 …

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HERE ARE TONIGHT’SNBA PLAYOFF PREVIEWSAS CAVS-BULLS, ROCKETS-CLIPS COLLIDE …THE BASEBALL REPORT:WE CHECK OUT THE TIGERS-ROYALSMARQUEE MATCHUP (AND MORE!)Round One of this year’s NBA Playoffs brought us just one seven-game series (see Los Angeles Clippers over the San Antonio Spurs in a real beauty!) – but are we possibly headed to a few “go-the-distance” series here in this conference semifinal round?The NBA took a rare night off Thursday but you can’t help but to see the symmetry here as we “daydream” about seven-game sets all around as all four on-going series currently are knotted at a game apiece while heading into…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Thursday, May 7 …

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE —THE WEDNESDAY NITE GAME #2 RE-CAPS …THE BASEBALL REPORT:A RUNDOWN OF THE STARS NOT HITTINGSO FAR THIS 2015 SEASONAND MORE “FUN FACTS”The NBA Playoffs will take a one-night “break in the action” here on this Thursday evening — it’s the first night off since the post-season started back on Saturday, April 18 — but let’s review what happened in last night’s Game 2 tilts from Cleveland and Houston:WESTERN CONFERENCE —HOUSTON 115, LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 109 — Series tied 1-1It sure was looking as if the two-game absence of Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) wasn’t gonna…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Wednesday 6 …

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ REPORT –WE TACKLE SOME HOT TOPICS ASBULLS, CLIPPERS SWIPE GAME 1ROAD WINS BUT HAVE NBA PLAYOFFVISITING SIDES BEEN REAL MONEY-MAKERSTHIS SPRING? …OUR QUICKIE GAME #2 WEDNESDAY PREVIEWS …PLUS SCORING’S DOWN IN MLBBUT EVEN YOU’LL BE SURPRISED WHAT TEAMS HAVE “MINUS” RUN DIFFERENTIALS THESE DAYSThe theory is as old as dirt – if you’re an NBA playoff team that fashions itself as a potential champion, you had better win on the road.And cover too.Right?As we’ve seen in these ongoing NBA Eastern and Western Conference Semifinal Round series this week, road teams won outright as underdogs of 4.5-or-more points…

Wayne Allyn Root - Mets and Yankees Off To GREAT Starts!

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Wayne Root: Mets and Yankees Off To GREAT Starts!You longtime readers know that I'm a New Yorker at heart, even though I've lived out here in Las Vegas for many years now. As I've told you in the past, I was born in Mt. Vernon, New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I still follow the teams of my youth very closely. And, as a Las Vegas bettor, I still have great information pipelines back to and from the Big Apple.From that perspective, it's great to see how well the Mets and Yankees have been playing so…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, May 4 …

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT:HEY, ARE THE WIZARDS EVERGONNA LOSE A GAME?PLUS ALL THE SECOND-ROUND UPDATES AND OUR NBA PLAYOFF POINTSPREAD CHART …BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES:“NO BLOOD” AS TIGERS-ROYALSSPLIT THEIR FOUR-GAME SET IN KC(AND WE CHECK OUT WHAT’S STRAIGHTAHEAD FOR BOTH AL CENTRAL SQUADS)So, what did you think about the “Saturday Sports Spectacular” that just went down this past weekend?No doubt the really big winners included Floyd Mayweather, American Pharoah and … a drum roll, please … the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.The boxer and the pony were truly front-and-center in last Saturday’s feverish sports world but you unquestionably snatched up more for your…

Wayne Allyn Root - Behind the Numbers: Why Football Might be bettor

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Is it possible football owes its popularity to television and gambling?Baseball was the undisputed national pastime until the 1960s, when televisions popped up in everyone's living rooms and football head-butted its way into the hearts of Americans."You could watch your 'investment' run for touchdown or sack the QB," said Wayne Allyn Root, a professional sports handicapper and Las Vegas odds maker. "The synergy of TV and gambling made and makes football."Sports betting may be behind some of football's popularity. Here, the Westgate Superbook Race & Sportsbook in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/John Locher) Associated PressSports betting may be behind some of football's…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Friday, May 1 …

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL DRAFT:OUR FIRST-ROUND ANALYSES AS MANY TEAMS DON’T, IN FACT,“GET THEIR MAN”…PLUS HAWKS-NETS SQUARE OFFIN TONIGHT’S GAME 6 AS NBA PLAYOFFS OPENING-ROUND CONTINUESOkay, so Round I of this year’s 2015 NFL Draft has been put to bed – and we’ll weigh in with some keen Jim Sez analyses for all 32 opening-round selections in just a second but first this observation …What the folks on ESPN and the NFL Network didn’t tell you about Round I of this 2015 NFL Draft is that many of the teams selecting in the top half of the draft “settled” for their picks…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Over/Under Shockers in NBA Playoffs

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Over/Under "Shockers" in NBA PlayoffsMost of the space in my web articles is devoted to finding upsets or shockers from a team side perspective in the major betting sports. This transition time between the end of the first round and the beginning of the second round in the 2015 NBA Playoffs seemed like the ideal spot to talk about "shockers" of another kind.Sometimes the best betting value in an NBA game is on the Over/Under. We've seen several examples already of "outlier" games that ended up very far away from the market expectation. In fact, we've seen…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Thursday, April 30 …

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL DRAFT:WE GO ‘ROUND THE LEAGUEAND CHECK OUT THE HOT RUMORS …PLUS THE NBA PLAYOFFS REPORT:BULLS, SPURS LOOK TO CLINCH TONITEAFTER GRIZZLIES CLINCH THEIR SERIES LAST NITEWhen it comes to tonight’s NFL Draft in Chicago, the most popular question of the week has been …“Have you heard the one (trade) about so-and-so?”Hey, let’s face it – in the past few days we’ve heard lots of rumblings about big names getting traded here on the first night of the NFL Draft from new Philadelphia QB Sam Bradford going to Cleveland, to Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson getting shipped to either Arizona…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM

OUR NFL MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!!Give the National Football League plenty of props ... there's been more intrigue surrounding this year's Draft than we can ever remember with major "names" at the very top of this draft.Now, it's our turn to weigh in and deliver our 2015 NFL Mock Draft and we'll do it Jim Sez style as we bring you the way we see Round I turning out Thursday night (8 p.m. ET on ESPN and NFL Network) from the great city of Chicago.Hey - as usual - we've jazzed up the Draft even further with a couple of…

Wayne Allyn Root - Doors Opening for Potential NBA Cinderellas

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Wayne Root: Doors Opening for Potential NBA CinderellasThe 2015 NBA Playoffs have been fairly disappointing so far in terms of excitement and drama. There have been a few great games. There have been some exhilarating moments scattered across the brackets. But, for the most part...the series have been ending in workmanlike fashion. The only series upset was a 4-0 sweep for Washington!What's most interesting to me as THE KING OF UPSETS is how the door may be opening for potential Cinderella stories later in the proceedings. It was initially believed that the Conference Finals and Championship round were going to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez for Monday, April 27 …

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Jim Sez for Monday, April 27 …THE NFL DRAFT REPORT:IT’S TIME TO CHECK OUTTHE TOP QUARTERBACKS …NBA DRAFT UPDATE:THE CLIPPERS STEAL THEWEEKEND HEADLINES(BUT CAN THEY “HOLD SERVE” in GAME 5IN L.A. ON TUESDAY NIGHT?)PLUS MORE PLAYOFF GOODIES …MLB NEWS & NOTES:PUIG, WAINWRIGHT ARE DL-BOUNDDrum roll, please.Our NFL Draft position-by-position analyses have filled these Jim Sez pages in recent weeks but we’ve come to the final installment … The Quarterbacks.Heck, there have been more words printed (and verbalized over the airwaves) regarding both Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to fill a thick bound book and so…

Wayne Allyn Root - Where Have All The Upsets Gone?

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Wayne Root: Where Have all the Upsets Gone?!If you've been watching the 2015 NBA Playoffs, you know that upsets have been few and far between. Instead of having a bunch of matchups that are knotted up at one apiece through two games, we're seeing SEVEN of the eight with a 2-0 series advantage!The only real surprise is Washington winning twice as an underdog in Toronto. That's a pair of upsets likely leading to a series upset. Other than those two, the only other game upset was San Antonio over the LA Clippers in that late overtime thriller Wednesday Night.  That's…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can KC Royals Extend Their Cinderella Story

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Wayne Root: Can KC Royals Extend Their Cinderella Story?Last year the Kansas City Royals were one of the biggest surprise entries in the World Series EVER. Nobody gave them a shot before the season started. Nobody gave them a shot when the playoffs started. Nobody believed their eyes as the team kept right on winning the American League. Then, in the offseason, they were a popular "Under" pick against regular season victory totals in Las Vegas even though oddsmakers had only projected a .500 season.But, two weeks into the 2015 campaign, the Royals are still winning! They're off to a…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Upsets in the NBA’s First Round

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Upsets in the NBA's First RoundThe NBA Playoffs begin Saturday, so you know that THE KING OF UPSETS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is already hard at work trying to find potential upset calls in any of the eight first round series and on a game-by-game basis. Today I'm going to talk to you about general principles for finding shockers in the first round of the NBA's postseason.First, it's important to remember is that it's much harder for a team to score an upset in a full series than it is in an individual game. The best-of-seven format strongly…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Thursday 4-2-15

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Thursday 4-2-15Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Wednesday 4-1-15

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Wednesday 4-1-15Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Tuesday 3-31-15

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Tuesday 3-31-15Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Monday 3-30-15

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Monday 3-30-15Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for…

Tony George - Handicapping the NCAA - NIT Tourneys

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Ah yes, Bracket Madness is here, and office pools are buzzing already on Monday, and of course Las Vegas is bracing for the biggest wagering event of the year.  The only hetero-sexual males not having some sort of action in March Madness this week and weekend are in the cemetery.    Yes indeed it is Kentucky and everyone else this year, but they will have to side step some landmines here as they will face teams vastly better than the weak SEC offered them in the regular season in this tourney.  They have Kansas (who will be out early), potential rematch with Wichita State and…

Ross Benjamin - Carroll takes Belichik off the Hook

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

By Ross Benjamin It doesn’t take a football aficionado in order to comprehend the much publicized play call by Seattle, resulting in a game saving interception by New England, was a blunder of epic proportions. The subject has been beaten to death over the last couple days by every media source possible in addition to social media. What I’m totally baffled by was the time management gaffe committed by Bill Belichick during Seattle’s final offensive possession. As a matter of fact, I’ve read little if any references made in regards to that exact subject. The Patriots had two timeouts left and chose…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Tuesday 2-3-15

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Tuesday 2-3-15Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root 2014 Season Wrap-Up

Monday, February 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Wayne Root 2014 Season Wrap-Up   By Wayne Allyn Root This was a great season. I hit big game winners from beginning to end. We cleaned up versus the Sportsbooks. But the Seattle Super Bowl loss was perhaps THE toughest loss I've ever seen in any game in my 30 years picking point spread winners. What a lousy way to end a great season- with a SURE THING victory 1 yard away…and they never get in. That pass play was the worst call in Super Bowl history. You have only 2 choices there…either run the ball 3 times with "The Beast" to gain 1 yard… Or roll out QB Russell Wilson with the…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Tuesday 1-27-15

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for Tuesday 1-27-15!  Beside the team you…

Ross Benjamin - NHL Special Teams Efficiency Ratings

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM

One of the key components that I’ve incorporated when evaluating NHL teams is using what I refer to as the special teams rating. The equation is quite simple. I take the percentage of time that a team converts on their power play attempts, and then add that number to the percentage in which that same team kills off power play chances by the opposition. I’ve illustrated an example below. Example: The Boston Bruins have been successful in scoring a goal on 17.4% of their power play attempts this season, and they’ve also denied the opposition from scoring on 82.8% of their…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Thursday 1-22-15

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES: OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25 Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for Thursday 1-22-15!  Beside the team you…

Wayne Allyn Root - BETTING COLLEGE BASKETBALL WITH-IN THEIR CONFERENCE; OBSERVING THE RE-MATCH GAME

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

BETTING COLLEGE BASKETBALL WITH-IN THEIR CONFERENCE;OBSERVING THE RE-MATCH GAME by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT Game 1One of the beauties of college basketball is added information...make that current information. In football, if Ohio St get defeated by Wisconsin, it's one year until they have a re-match. Many things change with-in a year's time. But in college basketball, if Ohio St get embarrassed and blown out by Wisconsin, they may meet again in 2 to 3 weeks. These factor must be weighed and measured. Game 1 needs to by analyzed and studied with questions asked if there was a valid reason for the blowout. Were they…

Wayne Allyn Root - NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 16

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 16by Wayne Allyn Root No the Green Bay loss to the Buffalo Bills was not a surprising loss. I had that pegged as my NFL Shocker Game of the Year. When your team has 3 great pass rushers lead by Mario Williams, look out! Peyton Manning went deep all day against San Diego and then balanced the game finding a late season running game. The Seahawks are peaking at the right time and are prepared to make their defense known to all! And then there's New England and Tom Brady. It seems like 14 weeks ago…