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Wayne Allyn Root - Vegas Slow to React to NBA Over Trends

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:12 PM

One of the big stories out here in Las Vegas this week involves the bath sportsbooks have been taking because "Favorite and Over" has been coming through so often in games involving the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs. Oddsmakers are calling it one of their worst months of May ever.It's not hard to see why:*The public loves betting favorites*The public REALLY loves betting dominant franchises*The public loves betting OversBut, it's even worse than that makes it sound.*The public loves betting PARLAYS with Favorite and Over*The public loves sticking favorites together in parlays*The public keeps betting…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Cubs/Dodgers Series Preview

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:07 PM

DODGERS TAKE 2 OF 3 FROM CARDS, NOW MUST BATTLE THE CUBSEven though both the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs and resource-rich Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten off to relatively slow starts in 2017 compared to expectations...you know that this weekend's three-game series matching the two will feature playoff caliber baseball. These teams met in the playoffs last year. Both are expected to shake off early divisional threats through the summer to line up again in October.And, great news for baseball fans, we will have marquee names on the mound. This isn't one of those three-game sets where Cy Young…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Memorial Day Weekend Baseball Report

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:02 PM

THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT - WE CHECK OUT PERSONAL WISH LISTS FOR ONE TEAM IN EACH OF THE SIX DIVISIONSCheck it out: The 2017 Major-League Baseball season is not even one-third through its 162-game-per-team schedule and yet there's major panic setting in all 'round the bigs as we'll soon point out.Sure, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals still sport bloated leads in the American League West and National League East, respectively, and it's been a renaissance season for the likes of the New York Yank Yankees, Minnesota Twins and the Colorado (just to name a few!) but…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Cavaliers Bounce Back an Warriors 12-0

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT: CAVALIERS' COMEBACK GETS 'EM GAME 4 WIN PLUS ALL HAIL THE "PERFECT" WARRIORS AS WE BREAK DOWN THE 12-AND-OH RUN THIS POST-SEASON IN POINTSPREAD STYLEBASEBALL NEWS & NOTESIf the Cleveland Cavaliers are gonna look back at a second consecutive NBA championship - we said "if" - then they'll happily look back at last night's 112-99 come-from-behind win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.The Boston Celtics were up 16 points; the Cavs were without star LeBron James for the final 6:45 of the first half because of four fouls; and all seemed doom-and-gloom inside "The…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Cardinals/Dodgers Series Preview

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:14 PM

DODGERS HOST CARDS IN 3-GAME SET THAT COULD BE A PLAYOFF PREVIEWThere are enough quality teams this season in Major League Baseball that there's almost always a great series on the ledger for fans and handicappers to study. This week, that showcase series is obviously the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Futures prices to win the National League pennant currently have these two teams just behind the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.Yes, St. Louis trails Milwaukee in the NL Central at the moment...and the Dodgers are behind the surprisingly hot starts of Colorado and Arizona. But, respected…

Wayne Allyn Root - MLB Current Cinderellas May be Pretenders

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:06 PM

There are several interesting stories developing right now in the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Among them are the number of potential "Cinderella" stories across the divisions where surprise teams are in contention.Will we see some darkhorses or Cinderellas in the postseason brackets come October? WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS because I know how to spot true value teams worth betting rather than short term flukes who are about to fall apart.Let's look at a few of these surprise contenders.NL Central: MILWAUKEE BREWERSThe Brewers enter the new week with a 1.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Conference Finals Preview

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM

THERE'S LIFE IN THESE NBA PLAYOFFS AFTER ALL!!!CELTICS SHOCK CAVS IN GAME 3 OF EASTERN FINALS (A BIG JIM HURLEY WINNER!) AND SO TUESDAY'S GAME 4 IS "MUST-SEE TV"PLUS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS COULD BE FINIS TONIGHT IN THE ALAMO CITY AS WARRIORS SHOOT TO STAY PERFECT THIS POST-SEASON ...BASEBALL'S "UNDER-THE-RADAR" TEAMS WHILE HEADING INTO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDHere's something you might well have been wondering following Sunday night's uber-dramatic 111-108 last-second win by the Boston Celtics over the Cleveland Cavaliers ... was there even a "money line" made available to the wagering folks of the world?Well, according to our sources, three…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Weekend NBA Previews

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:39 PM

 IT'S A MONSTER NBA WEEKEND - WARRIORS, CAVS SHOOT TO STAY PERFECT IN THE POST-SEASON ...PLUS PRE-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BASEBALL NEWS/NOTESJust had to love that TNT animation of a cartoon figure of Cleveland's LeBron James spanking the Boston Celtics' famed leprechaun ... it was some levity following Friday's 130-86 Cavs' beat down of the C's and now the $64,000 question is should they even bother to play Games 3 and 4 of this Eastern Conference Finals?Heck, you might be wondering the same out West where - heading into Saturday night - the Golden State Warriors were (just like Cleveland) looking…

Wayne Allyn Root - Dodgers Could Surpass Cubs in NL Championship Chase

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:25 PM

There's a lot to like about how the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing at the moment. Sure, they're not in first place in their own division thanks to Colorado's hot start. But, when you look at the key stats that winning handicappers use, things look a lot better.NL Run DifferentialLA Dodgers +60Washington +46Arizona +34Milwaukee +31St. Louis +15Colorado +13Chicago Cubs +12The Dodgers have the best run differential in the National League by a good bit, and enter the weekend only trailing the Houston Astros by one run across the whole Major Leagues. Most importantly to me, the Dodgers are WAY ahead…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Are the Houston Astros for Real

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:20 PM

HOUSTON ASTROS OFF TO GREAT START AS DEFENDING AL CHAMP CLEVELAND COMES TO VISITSo far, it's been a fantastic 2017 season for the Houston Astros. They were a sharp choice to win the AL West before the campaign even began. They've become the sharp choice to represent the American League in the World Series based on their 29-12 record about a fourth of the way through the season.Are the Astros for real? Or, an illusion waiting to be exposed?JIM HURLEY'S most trusted indicator stats suggest the Astros are the real deal.*They haven't been lucky in one-run games. Their 6-4 record…

Richie Baccellieri - Sportsbooks Helped by Slow Starts for Cubs, Indians

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:15 PM

There have been a few Major League Baseball teams in the 2017 season that have caught Las Vegas oddsmakers by surprise. But, sportsbooks are more than holding their own so far thanks to all of the following...*The defending World Champion Chicago Cubs are off to a very slow start. Everyone loves betting the Cubs in this town. Chicago was down almost 10 units for the season before embarrassing an overmatched Cincinnati Reds team the past few days.*The defending runner-up Cleveland Indians are almost down 10 units entering their weekend series with Houston despite having a winning record at 20-19. This…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps have been Betting NBA Conference Finals

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps have been Betting NBA Conference FinalsNormally when "public" teams are involved, the sports betting marketplace shapes up very firmly in a "sharps vs. squares" divide that results in something resembling a "tug-of-war" once a number settles. Oddsmakers try to shade against what they expect the public to do, then hope to either be positioned against the public enjoying the right end of 11/10 odds, or enjoy split action that guarantees a profit in that one game.So far in both the Western Conference Finals, and the Eastern Conference Finals, the marketplace is dealing with the reality that…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:51 AM

CELTICS MUST LIFT THEIR GAME TO COMPETE WITH RECENT CAVALIERS JUGGERNAUTIf the Cleveland Cavaliers keep playing like they have been, then the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals are already over. It's been so long since they played…it's easy to forget that they swept a Toronto Raptors team that was better suited to compete with them than the surviving Boston Celtics are.Cleveland beat Toronto by 11, 22, 21, and 7 points (the last two on the road). Toronto was a better offensive team than Cleveland in terms of per-possession efficiency during the regular season, a better defensive team, and a much better…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Celtics Shock the Cavaliers in Eastern Finals

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Wayne Root: Can Celtics Shock the Cavaliers in Eastern Finals?You longtime readers know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is always looking to make a dramatic upset call. I have a real eye for sensing when a shocker is about to happen. And, of course, it makes my clients and I a fortune when I'm right. Furthermore...even though we can't win 'em all...being right with underdogs "most" of the time is the way professional wagerers make their living. It's the best of all worlds. Focusing on underdogs helps you grind out a profit while also setting you up for occasional lottery payoffs.But,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: MLB Divisional Breakdowns

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:37 AM

AL EAST DOMINATING THE MAJORS SIX WEEKS INTO THE 2017 SEASONYou longtime readers know we like to periodically check in on divisional breakdowns to see if we can find overrated or underrated divisions (or leagues!) in Major League Baseball.This exercise has helped us for many years, largely because the sports betting marketplace remains very stubborn about accepting that the American League is much better than the National League. It's been true for more than a decade. After a slow regression toward more equality, early results in 2017 are suggesting the sports is bouncing back more toward a stronger American League.Let's…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Game 7 East and NBA Game 2 West Previews

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM

READY OR NOT, HERE COMES GAME 7 AS WIZARDS-CELTICS COLLIDE IN BOSTON TONIGHT ...PLUS WE PREVIEW GAME 2 OF NBA'S WESTERN FINALS AS WARRIORS SHOOT FOR THE 2-0 SERIES LEAD ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHECKIN' OUT THE 10 GAMES-OVER-.500 SQUADSHey, let's hurry this thing up ... after all, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting for the winner of this now seven-game series between the Washington Wizards versus the Boston Celtics and we remind y'all that the Cavs have played just eight games in the past 30 calendar days!First things first and that's tonight Game 7 in Beantown where the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Playoff Previews

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12:14 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS:HOPE "MOM" LIKES HER PRO HOOPS 'CAUSE SPURS-WARRIORS ARE SET TO TANGLE IN GAME 1 OF WESTERN FINALS ON SUNDAY...PLUS WE REVIEW CELTICS-WIZARDS GAME 6THE BASEBALL REPORT: YANKEES HOPING "DEREK JETER WEEKEND" ISN'T A LOST CAUSEGot some sound/free advice for you good folks that are hoping to spend Mother's Day with your favorite mom ... make early plans or hold off till dinner hour 'cause odds are you're gonna be busy between 3:30 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.Hey, it's Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals - and that's must-see TV as the Warriors look to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - What Happened To Rockets in Game 6

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:45 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE: SO, WHAT DID HAPPEN TO HOUSTON'S JAMES HARDEN IN THAT GAME 6 BLOWOUT LOSS TO THE SAN ANT SPURS? ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: SHOULD THE ROYALS REALLY BE THINKING ABOUT BREAKING UP THAT OLD GANG OF MINE?If nothing else, it made for some great late-night talk show fodder on cable television as in ...What did happen in Game 6 to Houston Rockets' megastar James Harden?No doubt the fact the Rockets were lambasted 114-75 by a banged-up San Antonio Spurs team (no Tony Parker, no Kawhi Leonard) was a major story in itself but Harden's mysterious disappearance in…

Wayne Allyn Root - Vegas Asks, Can Golden State Go 16-0

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Wayne Root: Vegas Asks, Can Golden State Go 16-0?!As big a fan as I am of the Golden State Warriors and how they play professional basketball, even WAYNE ALLYN ROOT isn't ready to make the case that they'll run the table for a perfect 16-0 record in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.Stores in Las Vegas are putting up that prop. You can either bet the Warriors will do it...or that either the Warriors or Cavs will do it. Obviously Golden State has the best Power Rating in the league by a good bit right now. And, they're already a double-digit favorite…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Western Conference Finals Preview

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:21 PM

CAN THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS MAKE THINGS INTERESTING IN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS VS. GOLDEN STATE?When news broke late Thursday that Kawhi Leonard would miss Game 6 of San Antonio's second round series with the Houston Rockets, it was assumed that the Western Finals would be delayed until The Battle of Texas went the full seven games.Not so fast!The Spurs played great shorthanded, reminding everyone of the power of team basketball when it's played by smart well-coached athletes. James Harden reminded everyone that carrying a team on your shoulders can be too exhausting to pull off vs. great opponents! It's like…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Major Bounceback For NBA Betting Favorites - Wizards-Celtics Game 6

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3:21 PM

IT'S BEEN A MAJOR BOUNCEBACK FOR NBA PLAYOFF BETTING FAVORITES (AND WE'LL CLUE YOU IN!) ...PLUS IT'S CELTICS-WIZARDS IN A GAME 6 ...BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES: CHECKING OUT THE MOST HOME RUN FRIENDLY PARKSDo you recall way back when during the early stages of this year's NBA Playoffs when Betting Favorites stumbled out of the post-season gate at 4-9 ATS (against the spread)?Sure you do, but talk about the winds of change!Following Wednesday's action - see Boston (- 4) blasting Washington 123-101 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round - there were NBA Playoff Betting Favorites sittin' pretty overall at…

Wayne Allyn Root - The Yankees are No Longer a Secret

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:22 PM

The last time we were together I talked about the issues that the New York Mets would likely be enduring through the rest of the season. Today, it's time to move crosstown to talk about the red hot New York Yankees.I had planned on holding off on the Yankees for a bit, hoping their improved play would set up some value spots for my clients. But, the team has taken the baseball world by storm the last several days, dashing any hopes of that. If anything, the team is likely to be overpriced moving forward because there's no way any…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Looking Ahead to Warriors - Cavs

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:57 PM

IT SEEMS INEVITABLE, SO LET'S HANDICAP PROJECTED CLEVELAND/GOLDEN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPYes, there's a lot of basketball yet to be played in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. But, that only involves teams who won't have much of a chance to win in their conference finals!Whoever survives Houston/San Antonio is clearly good enough to be "championship caliber" in most seasons based on their production and Power Ratings. But, that survivor will be a prohibitive underdog to a well-rested and healthy Golden State Warriors squad.Whoever survives Boston/Washington will be a physically drained team that's lucky to be in the inferior conference! Would…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The Jim Sez Midweek Update

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 1:12 PM

THE JIM SEZ MID-WEEK UPDATE:CAN SPURS CLOSE IT OUT IN HOUSTON WITH A DINGED-UP KAWHI LEONARD?THE BASEBALL REPORT: DISASTROUS DAYS CONTINUE FOR THE LOWLY JINTSMaybe it all is just a bit of NBA window dressing:After all, while they battle it out in the playoff series involving San Antonio versus Houston (see our Game 6 preview below) and in the one pitting Boston versus Washington, there's the matter of the two major heavy-duty favorites expected to play in next month's NBA Finals who these days are merely just twiddling their thumbs.The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers have tacked together back-to-back playoff sweeps…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: Oddsmakers Face New World in NBA Playoff Over/Unders

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:05 PM

 It's been a long, long time since oddsmakers had to even think about NBA series all over the map scoring in the 220's on a nightly basis. Maybe a series here or there involving a fast break team. And, even if you go back to that past era when less defense was played, the high point totals weren't keyed by the fickle-ness of three-point shooting. How can oddsmakers balance the market around such an inconsistent stat?Houston might score 125 one night with the help of 20 treys, but struggle to get past 100 the next time out when they make…

Wayne Allyn Root - The Mets are in Trouble

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:54 PM

Wayne Root: The Mets are in TroubleYou longtime readers know that I follow the New York sports teams very closely even though I've lived out here in Las Vegas for many years. I was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, and grew up a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I still have great sources in the Big Apple who find me winning information year-round in all sports.Right now, those sources are convinced that the NY Mets are going to have a disappointing season. You know that the Mets are having trouble keeping pitchers healthy. That's one of the dangers…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Is the Defense and Rebounding Era Over

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Network Notebook: Is the "Defense and Rebounding" Era Over?We've been talking to you here in JIM HURLEY'S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK pretty much since the internet was invented. And, one of our themes in terms of picking basketball winners during the postseason has always been "defense and rebounding wins championships."We told you that in the 1990's...in the 2000's...and every year up until this year. And, it was TRUE! Even the teams with great offensive weapons generally won championships (in both college and pro hoops) because they thrived defensively and on the glass as well as having a star scorer (or two). You…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Playoff Previews

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:51 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE - WHAT ARE THE SPURS THINKING AFTER TAKING A POUNDING IN GAME 1?...PLUS IT'S A GAME 2 BASH FOR RAPTORS VS. CAVS ...AND MLB NEWS/NOTES: ALL HAIL THE ORIOLESIt's one of the greatest questions in NBA handicapping history: What do you do after the road underdog pummeled the home favorite in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series?Some folks will tell you that laying the price with the Game 2 home favorite is close to "automatic" and, of course, fans of the always-popular "zig-zag theory" which states you wager on the team that is coming off a…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will There be any Second Round NBA Upsets?

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:32 PM

You all know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS. And, if you read my article last week, you know that I don't think there's any way that the Golden State Warriors are going to get upset in their second round series with the Utah Jazz. The big dog might make sense in a few individual game spots. But, a series upset? Not going to happen!What about in the other three series? Frankly, I wouldn't be shocked if the underdog won any of those. Even with Washington dropping Game One in Boston, we saw how shaky the Celtics…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NBA Second Round Previews

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:15 PM

IT'S ABOUT TO GET INTENSE IN THE NBA PLAYOFFSThe first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs was basically a tune-up for the contenders. The only series upset was a #4 vs. #5 matchup in the West where #4 lost a key player to injury in the third game (Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers). Otherwise, the favorites all advanced. Every favorite who did advance did so in six games or less.But, NOW, things could get really interesting. In fact, Monday Night's doubleheader might feature two of the best second round series in recent memory if the teams involved can play…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Playoff Notebook: Round Two

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM

HEY, IT'S MAY, AND WE'VE GOT LOTS TO SAY ABOUT THE NBA PLAYOFFS / ROUND II-STYLEWe know what you're thinking: The NBA Playoffs have been fun so far but are we merely "killing time" till we get to what appears to be an inevitable NBA Finals showdown - Part III - between the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the heavy-duty-favorite-to-win-it-all Golden State Warriors?Hey, that could be, but as we open up the merry month of May there's some NBA teams with an eye on the prize not named the Cavs and Warriors and they are part of the mix here…

Richie Baccellieri - What Sharps are Thinking about NBA Second Round

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:14 PM

Richie Baccellieri: What Sharps are Thinking about NBA Second RoundThough there's still some work to do finishing up the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, professional wagerers (sharps) are already mapping out their betting plans for Round Two. They want to be ready to pounce on series prices as soon as the go up! And they will also hit Game One lines hard if they believe oddsmakers have posted soft openers.From my discussions with sharps here in Nevada, I believe I have a pretty clear view of what they're thinking.GOLDEN STATE WILL COAST THROUGH SECOND ROUNDThe Warriors are the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Injuries in the NBA Playoffs

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:08 PM

HOW TO EVALUATE INJURY IMPACT THROUGHOUT THE NBA PLAYOFFSWe've already seen some very prominent injuries in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Rajon Rondo's thumb fracture turned the Chicago/Boston series around. Blake Griffin's foot injury has had a huge impact on the LA Clippers/Utah series. But, Kevin Durant missed a couple of games for the Warriors, and they barely lost a step.How do you evaluate injuries in the NBA playoffs? You NEED to have a plan of attack because the physical nature of the game virtually guarantees that more starters will miss time from NEW injuries over the next…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Draft Day One - NBA Friday Previews

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:58 AM

NFL DRAFT NOTES - ROUND ONE ALL ABOUT THE QB TRADES BUT WHAT ELSE DID WE ALL LEARN? ...PLUS FRIDAY'S NBA LINEUP WITH GAME 6 SHOWDOWNS IN ATLANTA, CHICAGO & UTAHMaybe it's high time that the NFL general managers and those TV talking heads at ESPN, Fox and the NFL Network all got on the "same page".Here's what we mean: Last night was Round I of this year's draft - from a very lively city of Philadelphia, we might add - and it was preceded by days and days of analyses from media folks that insisted this year's quarterback class…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The 2017 Jim Sez NFL Mock Draft

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3:47 PM

 OUR JIM SEZ 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!!The time for talking is over ...Let's get to our Jim Sez NFL Mock Draft and - we'll warn you - there's plenty of twists and turns in our opening round with bombshell trades all throughout our fun forecast:CLEVELAND - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: The Browns won't flinch here as this pass-rush fiend is their numero uno target all along even though we have some questions about his stamina/strength. No question the overworked Cleveland defense must get off the field more and Brownies are keeping fingers crossed that Garrett will pile…

Wayne Allyn Root - Golden State Looks Unstoppable

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:04 PM

One of the great things about living in Las Vegas is that all West Coast basketball happens in "prime time" on our local TVs whether it's in our living rooms or on the walls at our favorite sportsbook. The mainstream media has an East Coast bias (whether it's sports or politics!). Too many prominent writers and announcers don't have a full appreciation for all the stuff that happens after they go to bed.That's part of why it took the media so long to recognize what was happening with the Golden State Warriors when they started revolutionizing the NBA a few…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Draft: QB’s - NBA Wednesday Playoffs

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:56 PM

OUR FINAL NFL DRAFT POSITION-BY-POSITION GLANCE TAKES A LOOK AT THE TOP QBsNBA PLAYOFFS: HERE IS WEDNESDAY'S MENU WITH GAME 5 TILTS IN WASHINGTON & BOSTONJust in case you didn't get the news flash ...There's no John Elway or Peyton Manning walking through the door of this year's NFL Draft when it comes to the top available quarterbacks on the big board.Okay, one might make the case that North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky or maybe even Clemson's Deshaun Watson could change around the fortunes of a sagging team but truth be told this is not exactly a year where "franchise QBs"…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Playoff Update - NFL Draft: D Linemen

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE - CELTICS DON'T GET MAD BUT DO GET EVEN, PLUS WESTERN CONFERENCE CHIT-CHAT ...AND THERE'S MORE NFL DRAFT ANALYSES AS WE EXAMINE THE TOP INCOMING DEFENSIVE LINEMEN INCLUDING THE VERY LIKELY TOP PICK MYLES GARRETTWhen this April sports weekend was finally put to bed - and that was following Utah's rollicking 105-98 win/cover against the 5-point road underdog Los Angeles Clippers in a series-evening Game #4 late Sunday night - the NBA Playoffs had a quartet of series knotted at two games apiece and a Cleveland sweep over Indiana (although the Cavaliers won the four games…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Sunday NBA Notes and NFL Draft RBs, WRs and TEs

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:51 PM

NBA PLAYOFF NEWS/NOTES PLUS OUR LATEST NFL DRAFT REPORT AS WE CHECK OUT RBs, WRs and TEsSo, who has the best shot to "shock the world" here in these NBA Playoff Round I series?Well, if you checked out the series odds prior to the start of this post-season, you noticed the Milwaukee Bucks were listed as a + 350 (to $100) underdog against the Toronto Raptors while the Chicago Bulls were priced at + 375 against the East's top seed Boston Celtics. Both of these best-of-seven series stood at two-games-to-one in favor of the series dogs - the Bucks and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Reaction to First Week of NBA Playoffs

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Network Notebook: Reaction to First Week of NBA PlayoffsThe 2017 NBA Playoffs started last Saturday. As we enter the second weekend, it's time to take stock as we consider what's likely to happen round-by-round in the weeks ahead.Some quick thoughts.GOLDEN STATE IS IN A CLASS BY THEMSELVESRegardless of what happens this weekend in Portland, we do have confirmation that the Warriors are well clear of the NBA field in Power Ratings. With or without Kevin Durant, they have more potent and varied offensive weaponry than everyone else. And, they also have a great defense that's hidden by high scoring games…

Richie Baccellieri - Vegas Posts NFL Week One Openers

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Richie Baccellieri: Vegas Posts NFL Week One OpenersYou already know that pro football is king in Las Vegas. When the NFL announced its regular season schedule Thursday night, Vegas sportsbooks were ready to put up numbers for Week One and start taking action!Is it smart to bet the NFL in April? Shouldn't gamblers wait until they know which star players were drafted out of the colleges? Shouldn't they make sure their starting quarterback didn't get hurt in exhibition action? Why would you let a sportsbook hold onto YOUR money for so long?Let me tell you. Some sharps DO bet these…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Friday Sports Report

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:43 PM

THE JIM SEZ FRIDAY SPORTS REPORT: MLB NEWS/NOTES PLUS TONIGHT'S NBA PLAYOFFS...AND 2017 NFL SKED STUFF ...OUR LATEST NFL DRAFT REPORT EXAMINES THE TOP LINEBACKERS The National Football League schedule-maker had everyone sitting up and paying attention last night when the 2017 sked hit the airwaves - there's the usual Kickoff Game to start things with the champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs but can't the league give us a break with these season-opening New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys games? Enough!Meanwhile, the Super Bowl rematch pitting the aforementioned Pats versus the Atlanta Falcons will take place…

Wayne Allyn Root - NBA Playoff Notes

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Wayne Root: NBA Playoff NotesI'm very happy with my 67% start to the 2017 NBA Playoffs. I realize there's a long way to go...and several potential potholes that sharp handicappers must avoid stepping into. But, for now, we've picked up right where we left off from the NCAA Tournament. Nobody handicaps postseason sports like THE KING OF LAS VEGAS, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!I was expecting more parity in the East than the West, which is what we saw right out of the gate. I had underdog winners on #8 seed Chicago (+) over #1 Boston (outright) and #7 seed Indiana (+)…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA East Wide Open, West Not So Much!

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 2:29 PM

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN NOW IN NBA EAST, BUT WEST IS LOCKED INTO THE "BIG THREE"The suspense is already all but gone in the Western Conference of the NBA. Golden State is even better this year than they were last year....and they're currently healthy! Throw in a friendlier path to the finals...and one half of the league Finals seems already set. Sure, San Antonio and Houston are good enough to play for the title in most seasons. But, they have to get through each other AND Golden State! Brutal.In the East, however, things are even more wide open than many had…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The Jim Sez NBA Playoff Report

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 2:19 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT:CAVALIERS, WARRIORS GET WINS BUT NOT THE CASH AS POST-SEASON GETS ROLLIN' PLUS THERE'S MONDAY/TUESDAY QUICK- HITTER PREVIEWS AHEADIt's always good to do a little research when it comes to NBA Playoff time ... last year in this exact column space we detailed how the 2015 and '16 NBA finalists each won their Game 1 tilts to tip off the post-season but one year the Cavs didn't cover their opener and the other year the Warriors failed to cash the bet.Fast forward to the here-and-now NBA Playoffs and there's the Cavs and Warriors each snagging a SU…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting the NBA Playoff Openers

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Playoff OpenersI had hoped to provide a lengthy report for you today about how sharps (professional wagerers) had been betting this weekend's action in the NBA Playoffs. But, as I prepare this for you Friday morning Las Vegas time, the story is "how sharps are WAITING to bet the NBA openers." Not much action yet because there's a general preference up and down the card for underdogs at value prices...and the public hasn't had time to hit the favorites yet.As we go game-by-game in schedule order, I'll include some notes on early…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Keys To the NBA First Round Series

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM

HANDICAPPERS SHOULD FOCUS ON THESE KEYS WHEN ANALYZING EACH NBA FIRST ROUND SERIESWith the 2017 NBA Playoffs now imminent, we're going to quickly run through all eight matchups for you with an eye on the key stats that should shape each series. In some cases we have good offenses running into bad defenses. In others we have elite rebounding sides as series underdogs to poor rebounders. It's very tough to make intelligent picks if you don't know the strengths and weaknesses of each team.We'll start in the East...#1 BOSTON vs. #8 CHICAGOThe most extreme stat category discrepancy in the whole…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Saturday Playoff Previews

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 2:39 PM

HERE'S THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT - YES, THE POST-SEASON HAS ARRIVED AND WE GET ALL REVVED UP BEGINNING WITH SATURDAY'S FOUR SERIES OPENERS It's the question that - truthfully - has been on everyone's minds since Day One of this 2016-17 NBA season ...Are we all headed to a Golden State Warriors versus Cleveland Cavaliers Part III showdown in the NBA Finals?Gotta say that right here/right now it would come as a surprise if it's not Warriors v. Cavs come early June but there's a handful of teams that sincerely have championship aspirations (see the NBA Odds to Win it…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez First Look at NBA Playoffs

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:38 PM

THE FIRST LOOK AT THE NBA PLAYOFFS - OUR QUICKIE OVERVIEW PLUS A REVIEW OF THE FINAL REGULAR-SEASON NITEFunny how it all worked out last night in the final evening of NBA regular-season play: There were six teams that really needed to win to get what they were after - that was Boston, Indiana, Chicago and Miami in the East and the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah in the West - and the six-pack wound up going a cool 6-and-oh SU (straight-up) and 4-1-1 ATS (against the spread) with only the Heat failing to cover the 11-point price in its…

Wayne Allyn Root - Handicapping the NBA Playoffs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Wayne Root: Handicapping the NBA PlayoffsNow that the NCAA Tournament is over, it's time to focus on the NBA Playoffs. We certainly saw a West Coast flair throughout the Big Dance this past season. That played right into my hands here in Las Vegas. Will the same thing happen in the NBA?Of course...Golden State is the betting favorite to win the title!That only got them to the Finals last season before they ran out of gas. But, they purchased more gas (and insurance) in the offseason in the form of Kevin Durant. Golden State proved in recent action that they…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Major League Baseball Home Road Dynamics

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM

REMEMBER TO STUDY HOME/ROAD DYNAMICS IN EARLY SEASON MLB HANDICAPPINGIt's very easy for casual sports bettors to overreact to what they see in the first week of Major League Baseball action. That's a big mistake anyway because a 6-7 game sample size doesn't tell you much. But, it's even worse if you're not accounting for the home/road split of that first week!Some teams have started the 2017 season slowly. But, they did so while playing nothing but road games in that first week. They can bounce back right to where they should be by playing well at home this week…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Closing Night and Year End Awards

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:14 PM

NBA'S FINAL REGULAR-SEASON NITE - WHAT'S AT STAKE/WHAT TO WATCH, PLUS OUR YEAR-END AWARDS TOOTHE BASEBALL MID-WEEK UPDATEIt's (finally) true! The curtain comes down on this 2016-17 NBA regular season with this Wednesday night card - 14 games in all with the usual 8 p.m. ET and 10:35 p.m. ET game starts - and there's some juicy subplots brewing 'round the league:The NBA Western Conference Playoff matchups are set - it's gonna be #1 Golden State vs. #8 Portland, #2 San Antonio vs. #7 Memphis and #3 Houston vs. #6 Oklahoma City - and all we'll left to discover is…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez MLB Notebook and Key NBA Games

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 3:13 PM

THE MLB REPORT: IT'S JUST ONE WEEK IN THE BOOKS BUT THE AMERICAN LEAGUE "POWERS" ARE SHOWING LOTS OF WARTSTHE NBA UPDATE: MONDAY/TUESDAY KEY TILTS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCEHey, MLB fans, weren't the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers supposed to be world-beaters in the American League this year?Hmm, that's not exactly been the case just one full week into this here-and-now baseball season as the Jays/Indians/Rangers troika exited Sunday's action a combined 6-12 and the fact of the matter is things could get even worse before they get better for all three AL squads ...…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Playoff Overview

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:45 PM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER - AND HERE'S OUR SNEAK-PEEK PLAYOFF OVERVIEW WITH THE FAVORITES, THE SLEEPERS AND REAL LONG-SHOTS TO WIN IT ALL THIS YEARWe know that you've already circled Saturday, April 15th on your little desk calendar ... it may be Tax Day and all but, more importantly, it's the start of this year's NBA Playoffs!Hey, finally time to get down to the business of crowning a pro hoops king for this 2016-17 campaign.In today's weekend edition of Jim Sez - always one of our favorite columns of the whole sports year -- we'll break…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Live Dogs in April Baseball

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Live Dogs in April BaseballWe've just started a new baseball season. So, you know the man with more documented upset calls than anyone else in handicapping history is trying to find live dogs in MLB. I have to admit that this could be trickier out of the gate in 2017 than in other seasons. You already saw that Monday when favorites won almost all the games.Why is 2017 different?There may be less parity right now than there has been in DECADES in this sport. Somehow, we've drifted back to the era where a handful of teams are…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Basketball Focus Moves to NBA

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:45 PM

WITH COLLEGE HOOPS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, IT'S TIME TO TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE NBACongratulations to the North Carolina Tar Heels, the 2017 National Champions of college basketball. Now it's time for sports fans and bettors to focus on who's going to be the 2017 NBA Champion. We'll devote our efforts this week to getting you up to speed on who the most dangerous threats are in each conference.We start today in the East, where there are now serious doubts about whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers can repeat. It was considered almost automatic much of the season. But,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Notes for the Final Week

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:36 AM

THERE'S JUST ONE WEEK LEFT IN THIS NBA REGULAR SEASON AND WE BREAK DOWN WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR THE PLAYOFF-BOUND (OR PLAYOFF-HOPEFUL) TEAMS ...A FINAL FAREWELL TO THE COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON AND LOOK AHEAD TO 2017-18The NBA will slam shut its (sometimes never-ending) 2016-17 regular season come Wednesday, April 12th and so that means there's a full week remaining to decide a whole batch of things including who gets the numero uno playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and who fills out the final couple of post-season berths in the East and that final slot out West.We'll examine some key…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting the NCAA Championship

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the NCAA ChampionshipWe're down to the final game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. What's been the most heavily bet Big Dance in Vegas history is going to finish with a BANG because the two survivors have strong betting constituencies.*Favored North Carolina is always a public betting favorite. This year, in particular, some deep-pocketed public bettors have been making some very big bets on the Tar Heels on a round-by-round basis. It's unlikely that's going to stop for the championship game!*Gonzaga has a lot of "locals" support in Nevada as a West Coast team, particularly…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NCAA Championship Preview

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:30 AM

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - IT'S GONZAGA VS. NORTH CAROLINA IN A BATTLE OF #1 SEEDS BUT WHO REALLY HAS THE ADVANTAGE TONIGHT?PLUS WE GETCHA MAJOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING DAY NEWS/NOTES They have been playing the NCAA Tournament every year since 1939 and there's a slew of teams that have been champions on multiple occasions as UCLA (11), Kentucky (8), Duke (5), Indiana (5) and - yes - North Carolina (5) have loads of experience cutting down the nets at the end of a hoops season.Gonzaga, not so much.Okay, so the West Coast Conference champions have been regulars at the "Big Dance"…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting the Final Four

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the Final FourOnly three games left now in the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament. I'll talk about sharp betting in Saturday's Final Four with you on this report. Then, I'll come back early Monday to see how the Wise Guys have been betting the championship.The lines have been up for Saturday's semifinals all week. So, we've had time to settle into "tug-of-war" positions on both games. Sharps, as always, are getting the best number for their preferred side when it's available. It is possible that square action from the public will hit the board…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Gonzaga and Oregon Win for the West in Final Four

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Wayne Root: Can Gonzaga and Oregon Win for the West in Final FourYou regular readers know I can't post official selections here in my web articles. That wouldn't be fair to my paying customers. But, I would like to outline the possibilities for either of the two West Coast teams to win their national semifinals Saturday...and then maybe even be crowned 2017 National Champions on Monday night.GONZAGA obviously has the best chance to win two games this weekend. They're the biggest favorite on Saturday in their matchup against Cinderella South Carolina. If both favorites win Saturday, Gonzaga would be a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NCAA Final Four Previews

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:32 PM

OUR JIM SEZ FINAL FOUR PREVIEWS - SO, WHO WINS THE DESERT DUELS THIS SATURDAY?No matter what happens this April Fool's Day (that's Saturday) in sunny Glendale, the college basketball universe is en route to crowning a sixth different champion is as many years.Villanova, Duke, UConn, Louisville and Kentucky have snagged the past five college hoop titles (in that order) but none of 'em are around this weekend for this year's NCAA Tournament Final Four.The money's poured in the past few days on overall betting favorite North Carolina (- 115) but Gonzaga's priced at even money to win it all…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The Final Four - Team By Team

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:05 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT'S FINAL FOUR - WE GET Y'ALL SOME QUICK-HITTER TEAM CAPSULES PLUS POINTSPREAD NEWS/NOTES TOOOne thing you can say about this quartet of college basketball teams that comprise this year's rather unique Final Four:They each have a delicious "back-story" whether it's favorite North Carolina looking to make up for last year's championship game loss to Villanova; there's Gonzaga looking to validate its longstanding presence as a non-power conference championship-type team; there's Oregon looking to prove that the Pac-12 is back (the league has not won a national championship in 20 years since Arizona knocked off then-defending champ Kentucky);…

Wayne Allyn Root - West Coast Theme Continues into Final Four

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 4:03 PM

I'm glad I've been emphasizing West Coast basketball to you here at the website in recent weeks. Two powers from the Pacific Northwest have made it all the way to the Final Four. But, on the other hand, two other powers failed to play to expectations in fairly dramatic fashion.First, the good news for West Coast basketball...*Gonzaga fulfilled its hype as the #1 seed in the West region. Sure, they were lucky to survive against West Virginia, and didn't really look like national championship material against either West Virginia or Northwestern. They did play great when demolishing Xavier this past…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook Final 4 Preview - Gonzaga vs. South Carolina

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 3:56 PM

CINDERELLA TAKES THE DANCE FLOOR FIRST WHEN SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYS GONZAGA SATURDAYThis was supposed to be the game where Gonzaga (or Arizona) played Villanova...or Duke...or maybe a darkhorse like SMU. There's a darkhorse alright...but a darkhorse that's the hottest team in the tournament!South Carolina is the only team in the Final Four that hasn't had to sweat a tight ending. They beat Marquette by 20, Duke by 7, Baylor by 20, and Florida by 7. Watch out Gonzaga...bad news if that pattern holds!The Zags trailed West Virginia in the final minute before pulling out a win. We'll talk about North…

Jim Hurley’s Network - A First Look at the Final Four

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:33 AM

NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORTTHE FINAL FOUR IS SET OUT WEST AND WE HAVE TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMARIES AS SOUTH CAROLINA, GONZAGA, OREGON & NORTH CAROLINA ALL HAVE THEIR TICKETS PUNCHEDPLUS OUR UP-TO-DATE TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHART AND THERE'S NIT SEMIFINAL ACTION COMIN' TOOHold on, you say, someone you know actually nailed this NCAA Tournament Final Four on the head ... yeah, right!It's more like you probably are sporting a bracket sheet without a single Final Four team still alive (hey, we had Duke, Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky and even that rather-chalky quartet all fell short of the promised land in Glendale!) but that's okay…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Sunday Elite 8 Preview: North Carolina Kentucky

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:46 AM

WILL NORTH CAROLINA/KENTUCKY BE THE DREAM MATCHUP THAT KENTUCKY/UCLA WASN'T?!It turned out that UCLA didn't have the horses to run with Kentucky for a full 40 minutes in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins faded down the stretch Friday night in a double digit loss. North Carolina is better than UCLA (allegedly), which gives fans a shot for an Elite 8 thrill ride Sunday afternoon when the Tar Heels and Wildcats meet in Memphis.You're going to watch. You want to know who's going to win and cover! Before getting to JIM HURLEY'S key indicator stats, let's run through Friday night's boxscores...North…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Sunday Elite 8 Previews

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 12:27 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT - SUNDAY'S ELITE 8 GAME PREVIEWSIt's time to round out this year's NCAA Tournament Final Four teams - so let the fun-n-games roll on in Sunday's Elite 8 hoops action from New York City and Memphis:NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru the games of Friday, March 24th)Note that below we've updated our chart but here we only include any/all conferences that have played at least two NCAA Tournament games:CONF/LGWONLOSTTIEPCTNortheast2001.000Atlantic-10310.750SEC831.727Big 12851.615Pac-12750.583Big 10861.571Big West110.500C-USA110.500Missouri Valley110.500Big East570.417American120.333West Coast131.250ACC3130.188NCAA TOURNAMENT - ELITE 8EAST REGIONAL - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY#7 SOUTH CAROLINA (25-10) vs. #3 FLORIDA (27-8)…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Elite 8

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday's Elite 8Two games to discuss on Saturday. I'll come back about 24 hours from now to evaluate sharp betting for Sunday's final two games in the Elite 8. Thanks to all of you who have been reading these Wise Guy reports throughout the full NCAA tournament.We go in tipoff order today. That means starting way out West for the Gonzaga/Xavier showdown in San Jose. The winner of both of these games heads to the Final Four.IN SAN JOSE(1) GONZAGA vs. (11) XAVIER: 6:05 pm ET on TBSGonzaga was power-rated higher than Arizona entering…

Wayne Allyn Root - Arizona Finally Exposed, Who’s Next

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Wayne Root: Arizona Finally Exposed, Who's Next?!The only game I didn't have a selection in this past Thursday night in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament was the Arizona/Xavier matchup. As skeptical as I was about Arizona laying a price as high as -7.5 points...it was very tough to pull the trigger on a Xavier team that was due to fall back to earth after playing so far over its head.I should have pulled the trigger. Xavier exemplified that "us against the world" chip on their shoulder mentality that underdogs have to have in this big event. I…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Saturday NCAA Elite 8 Previews

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: SATURDAY'S ELITE 8 GAMES ARE HERE!There's still a "pair of aces" - a/k/a No. 1 seeds - left in the Midwest and West brackets but will either Kansas and/or Gonzaga still be standing come next week's Final Four?Get the winners in these NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games when you check with Jim Hurley's Network online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and also cash in with the other post-season tournaments such as the NIT, CBI and CIT. Plus don't forget we're banging out lots of NBA Winners too!NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Friday Sweet 16 Previews

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:05 PM

HERE'S THE FRIDAY SWEET 16 DANCE CARDIt's time for us here at Jim Sez to dribble, dribble, dribble-drive our way through the remaining NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games on this first Friday of spring ... and there's plenty of questions that soon will find answers such as:Will the East Regional feature any more upsets after the likes of #1 seed Villanova and #2 seed Duke were exterminated last weekend in second-round play?And will the winner of the much-anticipated Kentucky versus UCLA showdown in Memphis then be able to catapult itself to an eventual berth in next weekend's Final Four?Ahhh, lots…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Thursday Sweet 16 Previews

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:37 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: THURSDAY'S SWEET 16 MATCHUPS PLUS OUR TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHARTOkay, so it's hard to find a bigger story in Thursday's pair of NCAA Tournament doubleheaders than this still-scorching Michigan Wolverines' team - the Big 10 Tournament champs already have dunked Oklahoma State and Louisville in this "Big Dance" and now they're actually a slight betting favorite over mighty Oregon - but might a couple of other teams in action here on this first night of Sweet 16 play be ultra-dangerous as they operate under the proverbial radar?Take West Virginia, who have a shot to bop #1 West seed…

Jim Hurley’s Network - A Look at the Sweet 16

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM

HERE'S OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT'S SWEET 16 TEAMSFYI, there will be no repeat national champion this year. Okay, so that's not exactly "breaking news".Defending champ Villanova exited this here-and-now NCAA Tournament with last Saturday's loss to 5.5-point underdog Wisconsin but - as it turns out - that wasn't even the weekend's biggest surprise as 6.5-point favorite Duke took a powder against hungrier (and "host") South Carolina and let's not forget other brutal losses suffered by ACC members Louisville, Virginia and Notre Dame as the conference deemed the best in the land this year wound up winning seven…

Wayne Allyn Root - 17-4 Since Wednesday in the Big Dance!

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:23 PM

Wayne Root: I'm 17-4 Since Wednesday in the Big Dance!I told you I was looking forward to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Now you know why!Since this past Wednesday, my Big Dance selections are an incredible 17-4 against the pointspread, with an undefeated 4-0 record on my vaunted PINNACLE plays. Nobody in the country is on that kind of tear. Bettors celebrate records like 6-4 (60%) or 8-4 (67%)...but 17-4 is on a whole different level.This is why WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the "Walk of Fame" in Las Vegas!Here's…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting The Sunday Dance Card

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:29 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Sunday's Dance CardMore great matchups Sunday because there so few upsets in first round action. Cinderella rarely no-shows a Big Dance. So, maybe we'll have some shockers on this eight-game card.Let's see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far. As we've been doing this week, we'll use the Nevada rotation order for the regions, but then tipoff order at each region so it's easier for you to follow along throughout the day. Note that first up on the card is a pair of LATE starts. Be sure you're paying attention to these…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Dance Card

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday's Dance CardThere were so few outright upsets in Thursday's first round action that lines solidified very quickly for Saturday's second round matchups. Oddsmakers knew where the lines should open because so many pairings featured known TV programs. Almost every game is within a bucket or two from pick-em because there's so much parity amongst the major conference contenders this season. Let's go game by game to see if sharps have been able to find a way to shave of some edges. As we've been doing all weekend, we'll go in schedule order of the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Round of 32 Upsets in the NCAAs

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Wayne Root: Finding "Round of 32" Upsets in the NCAA'sIt's easy to get exhausted over the first two days of NCAA Tournament action. The first TV game isn't even to halftime and the next one has begun! That happens all day, then all night. When do you come up for air?Figure out a way!There's a whole new slate of games to handicap and bet on both Saturday and Sunday. As THE KING OF UPSETS, its' my job to help you find some live dogs who are capable of winning straight up. Frankly, with so many low and medium lines, ANY…

Jim Hurley’s Network - St Mary’s vs. Arizona Saturday Preview

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM

IS ST. MARY'S A CINDERELLA? IS ARIZONA AS GOOD AS ITS RECENT HYPE? ANSWERS SATURDAY!One of the most compelling games on the Saturday "Round of 32" card in the 2017 NCAA Tournament is the St. Mary's/Arizona showdown in the West Region brackets. Not only could the game loom very large over the whole event. But, both teams played their conference tournaments in Las Vegas...which means the BETTING handle could be huge.The locals want to get involved after watching both last week. Each team has a meaningful following in terms of market support this season (Arizona always does, St. Mary's does…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The NBA is Back

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM

THE NBA IS BACK - WE WEIGH IN ON THE "VALUES" OUT THERE AND THE "OVERPRICED" TEAMS TOOCOLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: THURSDAY'S MARQUEE MATCHUPWelcome back, NBA!The All-Star Game break is in everyone's rear-view mirror by now and so we immediately hit the hoops ground runnin' with Trade Deadline talk - what teams are really gonna be beefing up their roster by 3 p.m. ET today? - and chatter about what's gonna happen in these final seven weeks or so of regular-season play.One thing we've always liked to do is examine what NBA teams may or may not present good "value" from…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: Can You Beat Vegas Fading Bad Teams

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:08 PM

The last time we were together I talked about how difficult it is to anticipate which teams are going to be great against the pointspread. Even if you find an early surprise, the market will typically adjust fairly quickly.What about the other end of the spectrum? Does it make sense to fade bad teams all through a season? Unfortunately, many of the same issues apply.*Not all teams who are projected to be bad turn out to be bad.*Many of those ugly teams are already on people's "bet against" list anyway*If you're ahead of the curve at first, the line should…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Mid Week Update

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:52 PM

THE COLLEGE B-BALL MID-WEEK UPDATE:THE "GOTTA-HAVE-A-WIN TONIGHT" TEAMS ...NFL DRAFT NEWS & NOTES: HOW MANY QUARTERBACKS ARE 1ST-ROUND BOUND?No doubt we're getting your vibes - everyone's getting all hot-and-bothered over the upcoming "brackets" and, sure enough, NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday is just around the corner on March 12th. So just chill!The fact of the matter is the 68-team NCAA Tournament field may already have 40-plus "definites" as we pointed out in our earlier-week Jim Sez column but you better believe there's some real jostling for a handful-plus at-large bids and keeping with this late-season theme we'll concentrate here on a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebiook: South Carolina Florida Preview

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM

SOUTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA TUESDAY IS A HUGE GAME IN TIGHT SEC RACECollege basketball fans have gotten used to thinking of the SEC as "Kentucky and a Bunch of Dwarfs." But, Florida and South Carolina are definitely threats to make headlines in March. Florida already did that in February with a huge home win over Kentucky!Heading into Tuesday Night's huge TV matchup featuring South Carolina at Florida...the Gators hold a tie-breaker lead over Kentucky at the top of the SEC standings (both 12-2). South Carolina is in third place, just two games back. Can the Gamecocks make it a three-way…

Wayne Allyn Root - Feast Or Famine for the PAC 12

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Wayne Root: Feast or Famine for the Pac 12?Since this is the week that UCLA plays Arizona again (this coming Saturday night on ESPN), let's check in on what's been happening in the Pac 12 as we prepare for the coming postseason. You regulars know I pay particular attention to the only major conference with proximity to Las Vegas. It's been so great having the Pac 12 postseason tournament here in Las Vegas in recent years!March Madness was a relative disaster for the Pac 12 back in 2016. We talked about it a lot at the time. Here's a quick…

Richie Baccellieri - Tough to Beat Vegas Riding Hot Horses

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Richie Baccellieri: Tough to Beat Vegas "Riding Hot Horses"Every season there are a relative handful of teams who post excellent records against the Nevada pointspreads. It can be easy for gamblers, after the fact, to start thinking "if only I had been riding those teams since the beginning of the season, I'd have made a fortune."While technically true, it's virtually impossible to anticipate in advance who those teams are going to be. First, nobody's psychic. Second, oddsmakers and sharps tend to react quickly to teams who consistently play better than expected out of the gate. So, the strategy of "riding…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez College Hoops Report and NBA Notes

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:49 AM

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORTIT'S THE QUESTION EVERYONE'S ASKING: HOW MANY POWER CONFERENCE CLUBS WILL BE GETTING INTO THIS YEAR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT?PLUS NBA POST-ALL STAR GAME NEWS/NOTESTune in to a College Basketball pre-game, in-game or post-game event these day and just about all the broadcasters are touching on the very same topic: How many teams from each conference/league will make it to this year's NCAA Tournament that tips off for real on Tuesday, March 14th?Now keep in mind that there are 32 automatic bids - many of which are the non-power conferences - and then another 36 at-large bids that comprise…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez First Half NBA Report Cards - West

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM

NBA REPORTS CARDS - HERE'S THE WESTERN CONFERENCEOne thing about the unofficial first half of this 2016-17 NBA season ... there are lots of teams that haven't exactly "stepped up to the plate" as our Jim Sez NBA Eastern Conference Report Cards included a half-dozen squads with marks of C- or worse. Ugh!Now, as you'll see in today's column space where we have graded the NBA's Western Conference clubs, there are another six teams that get what we'd call inferior marks.The NBA has superstar power on display this weekend in New Orleans but there's some real dreg teams out there…

Kelso Sturgeon - Understanding And Winning With Bounce Factor

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:51 PM

There Are Just Five Basic Rules To Being A Successful College And NBA Basketball HandicapperUnderstanding And Winning With Bounce Factor50-Unit Triple Power Play Game Of Week Wins TonightBy Kelso SturgeonI have spent so much time handicapping over the past two months I have neglected the one thing I love to do and that is to write articles and columns that teach others how to be better/sharper handicappers. That is what I will be doing over the rest of the basketball season.It goes without saying I am very opinionated about how to successfully handicap and win money and make no apology…

Richie Baccellieri - Get Ready for A Lot of Pick-em Games

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Richie Baccellieri: Get Ready for A Lot of Pick-em Games!One thing that's become crystal clear within the past few weeks is that late season college basketball and the postseason tournaments are going to feature a lot of toss-ups. There are no obvious superpowers this season. Members of the elite tier of teams are hard to differentiate. In fact, you still see a lot of disagreement between the various computers, the polls, the selection committee, and betting market Power Ratings even though we're past mid-February!Things are supposed to be sorted out by now. But...that's the deal. Things HAVE sorted out and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA First Half Report Card - East

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:41 AM

IT'S OUR NBA FIRST-HALF REPORT CARD GRADES - TODAY'S THE EASTERN CONFERENCEWanna have a little fun?Add up the first-half-of-the-season records for the last two NBA champions - the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors - and you get a composite won/loss mark of 86-25 (a sizzling .775 winning rate).Needless to say, the Cavs and "Dubs" once again appear to be on a collision course to meet in this year's NBA Finals for a third consecutive June but does that mean they're the only ones getting "straight A's" from the staff here at Jim Sez?Hey, we'll answer that beginning with…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Stage Set for an Off-the-Radar Dance Shocker

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Because all of the current powers in college basketball have at least one exploitable weakness, 2017 could be a year where an off-the-radar team gets hot in March and pulls off a SHOCK THE NATION championship run.If the tournament were being held right now, a team like Oklahoma State would seem to be the ideal candidate. The Cowboys won for me as a PERFECT PLAY Wednesday night on the road at TCU. You could make the case that nobody's playing better basketball over the past few weeks than Okie State. In their last 8 games…Oklahoma State (+6.5) won at Texas…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Another Great Superpower Showcase

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

ANOTHER GREAT HOOPS SHOWCASE WITH #3 KANSAS AT #4 BAYLOR, #14 VIRGINA AT #10 NCThe buzz has really started to build for what's shaping up as very exciting MARCH MADNESS melodrama in 2017. This Saturday's schedule features two more head-to-head TV showcases involving teams that are expected to be serious championship contenders next month. Last Saturday, Gonzaga and Villanova passed what were expected to be challenging road tests (didn't turn out that way!). They stay high atop the short list. What about these next four powers…#3 Kansas at #4 Baylor, 1 p.m. ET on CBS,#14 Virginia at #10 North Carolina…

Jim Hurley’s Network - All Hail the Clemson Tigers!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:25 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S NEW KINGS SHOW GUTS, GET THE GLORY …WHAT’S AHEAD FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2017 …NFL, NCAA HOOP NEWS & NOTESJust don’t call it “business as usual”.The Clemson Tigers – who started off the season the #2 team in the country – not only beat the team that started off the season #1 in the country but it truly changed college football history on Monday night:Clemson’s thrilling 35-31 victory against 6-point favorite Alabama in the National Championship Game produced the school’s first title since 1981 but it also marked the first time ever that a Nick Saban-coached team lost a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - NFL Week 6 Sunday Nighter and More...

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 6 – FALCONS-SEAHAWKS, COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEWS…PLUS THE NLCS PREVIEW AS HEAVY-DUTY DOG DODGERS CHALLENGE THE CUBBIESSo, what’s going on here, NFL?Your two Super Bowl teams from a year ago – the champion Denver Broncos and the runner-up Carolina – have combined to lose their last five games (the Panthers enter Sunday’s tilt at New Orleans without a “W” since Sept. 18th!) and there’s a growing sense that teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys could indeed be “for real”.All makes for an uber-interesting NFL Week 6 menu that features a handful of 4-1 SU (straight-up)…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - Best and Worst Colleges Spread Sides

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

College Football’s “Other” Key Saturday Showdowns Plus There’s Important Spread Stats Too…NFL Week 6 News and NotesOkay, so as we (usually) inform you throughout a football season, the Betting Favorites and the Underdogs normally are close to a 50-50 split. In fact, off the top of our head and dating back the past 8-to-10 years, we can only recall one or two seasons where either the Fav or the Dog won at a 55 percent-or-better rate.As you see below, though six weeks of this NCAA Football Season, the Betting Favorites have covered .497 percent of the time, the Underdogs therefore…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - College Moment of Truth Weekend

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

It’s “Moment of Truth” Weekend for a Couple of College Football Squads (We’re Talking to You, Tennessee & Wisconsin)…NFL Week 6 Swings Into Action with Thursday’s Broncos-Chargers ClashIn case you were wondering, the first official FBS Rankings won’t be made public until November 1<sup>st</sup> and – while the College Football world at large expects some combination of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan to round out most/all of the “top four” – there’s plenty of reason to think things will be shaken up a bit between now and then.Consider this a “moment of truth” weekend for a couple of high-profile…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - NFL Week 5 Wrap-Up

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 5 WRAPS UPTONIGHT WITH BUCS-PANTHERSPLUS WE TELL EAGLES AND BRONCOS THAT “NOBODY’S PERFECT”(OKAY, SO THE VIKINGS STILL ARE!)…COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND RUNDOWNOkay, so maybe we were just getting a little cranky late Sunday night while watching our gazillionith hour of football this past Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, but gotta pick a quickie bone here with NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth when it comes to Green Bay’s 23-16 win against the 7-point underdog New York Giants:Sure, the boys correctly pointed out how tough it was to run on that Packers’ defense and how the Giants’ well-paid D-line provided next-to-no pass rush…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Hurley Sez - Brady’s Back

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM

BRADY’S BACK PLUS WECHECK OUT GIANTS-PACKERS SUNDAY NITEOkay, America, your long national nightmare is over… QB Tom Brady is back in the saddle for the New England Patriots (3-1 straight-up) and may we remind you that the Pats covered three of their first four games this 2016 season and that happened to be better than – get this – how 20 other NFL teams fared versus the vig!Brady’s return here in Week 5 with a road game at the winless Cleveland Browns is expected to include some rust and maybe even a turnover or two but just take a peek…

Rocky Atkinson - Rocketman Sports CFB Returning Starter Angle plays Week 3

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 3Many 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…

Rocky Atkinson - Rocketman Sports College Football Returning Starter Angle plays Week 1

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 1Many 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…