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Wayne Allyn Root - Preparing for College Football

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Las Vegas sportsbooks have realized that football fans will bet at any time of the year...even during the brutal heat of summer! And, let me tell you, we're experiencing one of the hottest June's on record already here in the sports betting capital of the world. At least it prepared us for July and August!A few sportsbooks have already posted many "Game of the Year" college football matchups for live betting. Depending on the store, you can bet as many as 100 games right now (at lower limits than you'll see during the regular season). You don't have to wait…

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

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2:19 PM

CAN THE COLORADO ROCKIES SLOW DOWN THE RED-HOT LOS ANGELES DODGERSThis was a series baseball fans had circled awhile ago. The Colorado Rockies have been playing excellent baseball all season, seemingly establishing their bona fides as a playoff caliber team. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been co-favorites to win the National League along with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, despite only starting the season 22-18.Well, the Dodgers are 26-8 since that slow start (including 13 of their last 14), and look to be playing on a whole different level than the rest of the senior circuit. Colorado is still…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Draft Likes and Dislikes - Rockiers Dodgers Weekend

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:56 AM

THE NBA DRAFT: WHAT WE LIKED, WHAT WE DON'T LIKE ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S ACTIVITIES ...THE MLB REPORT: ROCKIES-DODGERS IS WEEKEND'S NUMERO UNO SERIESLet all those other sports web sites and newspaper columnists declare who are the "winners" and "losers" when it comes to this NBA Draft ... how can anyone really know for sure until we're at least a couple of years beyond draft night, right?However, we will go on record in today's jam-packed Jim Sez column to state what we "liked" and "did not like" when it came to all the draft-related festivities at Barclays Center in Brooklyn ...…

Richie Baccellieri - MLB Markets Still Slow to React

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Richie Baccellieri: MLB Markets Still Slow to ReactI wanted to pop in to talk some baseball before the month of June got away from us. Thanks so much to all of you who read the NBA Playoff reports. To me, the biggest story right now in the baseball markets involves how slow oddsmakers and sharps have been to recognize new levels of performance.I'm currently on a 12-6 run in baseball. The team I've won most often with in that stretch is the Colorado Rockies. This is a very good team that has significantly improved its pitching staff. The market keeps…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:33 AM

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!Welcome to the modern-day world of the NBA where the "one-and-done" players continue to flood their way into the league ... in fact, most of the top 10 projected picks here were one-year collegians but will any/many of them be big hits right from the start?Now, our Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft lets you know who's going where and we've sprinkled in a couple of potential deals to further liven up the evening in Brooklyn:Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out loads of Side & Totals MLB winners all…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will 2017 World Series Champ Come From the NL West?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM

There's been more than the usual buzz in Las Vegas about baseball this summer. The regulars are still betting the sport like always. But, we have a lot of excitement right now regarding three relatively "local' teams.*The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing great, and winning in exciting fashion. Bettors really love POWER teams, and the Dodgers are able to overpower many opponents in their current form. I've always reminded you that Las Vegas is basically a suburb of Los Angeles for sports betting purposes. That's really coming into play with the Dodgers playing so well.*The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Draft Notes and Midweek Baseball Update

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10:54 AM

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS COMIN' YOUR WAY IN TOMORROW'S JIM SEZ!!! ...THERE'S LAST-MINUTE NBA DRAFT DAY CHAT, TRADE RUMORS AND MORE ...PLUS MLB MIDWEEK NEWS & NOTESOkay, so is this a case of "where there's smoke, there's fire" ... or not?The trade rumors are making their way 'round the NBA here in the lead-up to Thursday's NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - there was a semi-blockbuster deal on Tuesday where the Los Angeles Lakers traded G D'Angelo Russell and F/C Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for C Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in Thursday's draft --…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Diamondbacks/Rockies Series Preview

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

TWO CINDERELLA STORIES SQUARE OFF IN EXCITING NL WEST SHOWDOWNIt was assumed before the 2017 Major League Baseball season started that the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to run away with the NL West. San Francisco would have a chance to make things interesting. But, it's been so long since either the Colorado Rockies or Arizona Diamondbacks mattered, nobody was thinking about THOSE two teams as potential playoff threats.Heading into Tuesday's action...Colorado: 46-26...first place in the NL WestArizona: 44-26...just one game behind themColorado enters the series 20 games over .500 just 72 games into their season. Arizona can get that…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Baseball Report

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:56 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT - TESTING OUT SOME KEY HOME/AWAY NUMBERS THIS FATHERS' DAY WEEKEND ...NBA DRAFT NOTEBOOK: THREE PLAYERS LOOKING TO CLIMB THE FIRST-ROUND LADDERGive or take, we're about 40 percent or so through this here-and-now 2017 Major-League Baseball season ... that means there is still plenty of time for teams/players to "get their act together" but it's also a good enough time frame to examine what's happened so far:For example, did you realize that the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs are playing .400 ball on the road this year (that's 12 wins, 18 losses) after going a rock-solid…

Wayne Allyn Root - MLB Markets Not Catching Down to 2017 Disappointments

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2:57 PM

One of the best ways to make money as a sports bettor is to ride a hot team before the market "catches up" to how good they are. But, you can make just as much money fading disappointing teams before the market "catches down" to their new level of play.Wednesday's results in Major League Baseball are a great example of that. A few teams who have been burning money all season continued to do so at prices that shouldn't have discouraged any faders.*The Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year, but are having trouble staying above the .500 mark…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Red Sox/Astros Series Preview

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2:49 PM

RED SOX/ASTROS A TRUE SHOWCASE SERIES, BUT ELITE PITCHERS WILL BE MISSINGWhile this weekend's huge Major League Baseball series matching the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros could technically be a 2017 playoff preview, it's not going to FEEL like the playoffs because neither Dallas Keuchel, nor Lance McCullers, nor Chris Sale will be on the mound.Playoff offenses! In a ballpark that will surely host postseason games given Houston's big lead in the AL West. But, not a true sneak preview of the playoffs unless the back end of Houston's rotation takes a big step forward between now and October.Matchups…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The NBA Odds To Win it All Next Year - MLB Notebook

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:29 PM

NOW THAT THE NBA SEASON IS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, WHAT'S THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL IN 2017-18?THE MLB REPORT: WE CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE "OVER" UPDATES, PLUS THERE'S NEWS/NOTES TOOLet the Golden State Warriors have their non-stop party - heck, they deserve it even if many folks believe they truly sealed their championship deal way back last July 4th when the franchise famously inked megastar then-free agent Kevin Durant.And therein lies the rub when you take an early sneak peek at what's ahead for the 2017-18 NBA season ... are the Cleveland Cavaliers (or perhaps…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Warriors Grab NBA Title - Whats Next

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:51 AM

THE NBA FINALS - WARRIORS NAB THE TITLE IN 5 GAMES, BUT NOW WHAT'S NEXT FOR G-STATE AND CLEVELAND LOOKING AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 SEASON?So "Ol' Larry" is back home in the Bay Area.That's the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, that is.Maybe you didn't hear Golden State Warriors megastar G Stephen Curry following Monday night's king-sized 129-120 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he talked up "ol' Larry" ... sure seemed as if all the Warriors were uber-joyous upon capturing their second championship within the past three years while following that old axiom that "you don't know what you're missing until…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Can Cavs Stay Alive in Game 5

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:08 AM

CLEVELAND DODGED ELIMINATION IN GAME FOUR, BUT MUST NOW WIN IN OAKLAND TO EXTEND SERIESMany of you are surprised that Monday Night's fifth game of the 2017 NBA Finals is even being played! Golden State was in position to finish off a historic 16-0 sweep through the whole playoffs late last week. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had something so say about that. They spoke very emphatically with a 49-point first quarter on the way to a 137-116 win.But, that was just one game. An all-or-nothing "you're not winning this on our home court" explosion that caught Golden State…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Game 5

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:59 AM

So much for the sweep!A very interesting set of circumstances arose late in the day Friday. Sharp money started hitting the board hard on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the hours right before tip off of Game Four of the NBA Finals. That included a lot of very big bets on the Cavs to win the game outright.Then, it the first quarter of the game against the Golden State Warriors, the Cavs were sent to the free throw line an amazing 22 times! That would be about normal for a full game, not a first quarter. That helped launch the Cavaliers…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Report: Game 5 Preview

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:45 AM

THE NBA FINALS REPORT: IS THIS THE NIGHT GOLDEN STATE PULLS DOWN THE CURTAIN ON THE '16-'17 SEASON? ...OUR CAVS-WARRIORS GAME 5 PREVIEW IS STRAIGHT AHEAD ...THE BASEBALL WEEKEND IN REVIEWMake no mistake about it: The two full days off between last Friday night's Game 4 and tonight's Game 5 tilt in Oakland may have been good for the down-three-games-to-one Cleveland Cavaliers - those four starters that played 34-or-more minutes in the Game 4 victory got in some serious R&R - but it also allowed the Golden State Warriors ample time to digest (swallow?) everything the mass media threw their…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Update: Game 4 Recap

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:55 AM

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE: HEY, NOBODY'S PERFECT AS WARRIORS HAVE THEIR 16-AND-O POST-SEASON DREAM GO UP IN SMOKE AS CAVS ROAR IN 137-116 WIN IN GAME 4BASEBALL'S WEEKEND NEWS & NOTES Put away those king-sized brooms and all that bubbly champagne too - at least for now - as there will be no sweep in this year's NBA Finals but we do wonder aloud why the Golden State Warriors never did arrive for the Game 4 party on Friday night.Now, let's get something straight: The Warriors - who entered that Game 4 with that ridiculous 15-0 SU (straight-up) playoff record…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 4 Preview

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE: WARRIORS SHOOT FOR HISTORIC WIN TONIGHT IN GAME 4... IS THERE ANYTHING AT ALL LEFT IN THE CAVALIERS' TANK? ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS JUNE WEEKEND Let's really put things into pointspread perspective as we head into tonight's Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals:The Golden State Warriors - now ready/willing/quite able to complete their 16-and-oh SU (straight-up) post-season - are an electric 11-4 ATS (against the spread) during these playoffs, good for a spiffy .733 winning rate.Now consider that the Las Vegas oddsmakers seemingly might not be able to go high enough…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Game 4 of NBA Finals

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:12 PM

We may be hours away from the last game of the 2017 NBA Finals. The market is certainly reacting that way, as only Golden State support has shown so far. Money that had been interested in taking shots on the Cavaliers in this series may already be tapped out!Cavs bettors lost Game 1Cavs bettors lost Game 2Cavs bettors lost Game 3 (with a true punch to the gut late)Cavs series bettors have no chance, even if they got a great priceEven if somebody just picked a spot for one or two of those (a lot of spot pickers late in…

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 5:43 PM

SURPRISING ROCKIES CAN PROVE THEY'RE FOR REAL IN FOUR-GAME WEEKEND SERIES VS. CUBSBefore the season began, who would have thought baseball fans would be so intrigued by the Colorado Rockies visiting the Chicago Cubs for four games in Wrigley Field in early June?!It was assumed the Cubs would be running away with the National League by now...at least their easy-to-win division. Colorado? Maybe a .500 caliber team if their young talent produced...but only a Wildcard contender at best.Instead, it's the Rockies who've spent most of the 2017 season so far playing like they're the new Cubs. While, Chicago has been…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 3 Recap

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:59 AM

THE NBA FINALS - WE'RE HITTIN' THE REWIND BUTTON ON GOLDEN STATE'S DRAMATIC GAME 3 WIN IN CLEVELAND ...PLUS MLB'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT NEWSMAKERS/NOISEMAKERSYou hear it all the time: The NBA is a "make-or-miss" league and that was quite apparent in the final three-plus minutes of Golden State's 118-113 win/cover over Cleveland in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.The host Cavaliers - once-upon-a-time up 113-107 with just 3:08 remaining in the final quarter - missed their final nine field-goal attempts but it was that three-point corner miss by sharpshooter Kyle Korver (that would have put Cleveland up by…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:47 AM

CAVS ALREADY HAVE THEIR BACKS TO THE WALL IN THEIR HOME OPENER VS. GOLDEN STATEAll the margin for error is gone. Cleveland absolutely must win Game Three of the 2017 NBA Finals Wednesday night or their season is as good as over. Honestly, it already feels that way NOW! But, we all remember that it felt that way last year at this time too...and the Cavs mounted a historic comeback that will never be forgotten.The first two games this series? They can mostly be forgotten! Look at how poorly Cleveland played Sunday night in what was supposed to be a…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Game 3 of NBA Finals

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:42 AM

What are you going to believe? History, or your own eyes?That's the issue at the heart of handicapping Wednesday night's Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. We have two fairly obvious one-sided factors going head-to-head in a way that will challenge sharps and squares.*To the naked eye, the Golden State Warriors are obviously a lot better than the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs just don't have any workable defensive options other than hoping the Warriors go cold from the field. Golden State just won by 22 and 19 points at home, without it feeling like they were playing very far…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:37 AM

THE NBA FINALS - HERE'S THE GAME 3 PREVIEW AS CAVS LOOK TO REPEAT (2016) HISTORY ...PLUS SOME DIZZYING MLB POWER STATSMaybe the best thing the Golden State Warriors have going for 'em here in Wednesday night's Game 3 of the NBA Finals is the unpleasant memory of having blown a 2-0 (and 3-1) series lead in last year's NBA Finals.Wait a second. Who are we kidding?The best thing the Warriors have going for 'em is they have Kevin Durant playing at the highest possible level these days - he's the runaway Finals MVP after the first two games of…

Wayne Allyn Root - Golden State Crushing Cleveland So Far

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3:53 PM

We've talked for weeks about how dominant the Golden State Warriors can be when the key stars are healthy and everything is clicking. Even though WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is widely known as THE KING OF UNDERDOGS, my clients and I have been on the Warriors as favorites in the first two games of the 2017 NBA Finals. We've also swept the totals!Game OnePerfect Play: Golden State (-7) over Cleveland 113-91Millionaire's Club: Under 225 (wins by 21)Game TwoPerfect Play: Golden State (-9) over Cleveland 132-113No Limit Club: Over 221 (wins by 24)That's not just 4-0 against the spread, but 4-0 with…

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

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

TWO CURRENT NL FAVORITES SQUARE OFF WHEN NATIONALS VISIT DODGERSWith all due respect to Chicago Cubs fans, the two clear favorites right now to win the National League pennant are the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers.There's still plenty of time for the Cubs to right their ship and start playing championship caliber ball again. About a third of the way through the season, the Nats and Dodgers are already playing championship caliber ball. Plus, Washington's in such a horrible division that they can coast the rest of the summer and enter the postseason rarin' to go. The Dodgers…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Update: Game 2 Recap

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:47 AM

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE: THERE'S NO STOPPIN' THE WARRIORS AS 132-113 WIN IN GAME 2 KEEPS GOLDEN STATE PERFECTO THIS POST-SEASON ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: ALL HAIL MR. PUJOLS (AND HIS 600 HOME RUNS) BUT WHERE DOES HE RANK AMONG ALL-TIME GREATS?Okay, so what struck you the most about the Golden State Warriors' emphatic 132-113 win in Game 2 of Sunday night's NBA Finals?Was it the dribble-circles-'round LeBron James move by two-time league MVP Stephen Curry - maybe the single-most played highlight of this post-season, we might add - that occurred some five-plus minutes into the game-changing third quarter? ...Or perhaps…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Game 2 of NBA Finals

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Golden State's utter dominance of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals has created quite a conundrum for sharps and squares alike. Historically, there's been value on backing the loser of Game 1 in Game 2 because of the traditional bounce back tendency shown by teams who have to make adjustments against a potentially complacent component. But, in THIS case,*We may have an underdog with no true defensive options*We may have a favorite who's so dominant they can do whatever they want*We may have a point spread that hasn't yet captured those first two points!The line…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 12:16 PM

 THE NBA FINALS: NOW HERE'S OUR GAME 2 PREVIEW PLUS MLB & NFL NEWS/NOTESNo doubt following on the heels of the NBA Finals Game 1 that a whole lot was made of the fact the Golden State Warriors hurled up 20 more field-goal attempts than the Cleveland Cavaliers in that resounding 113-91 triumph by the "Dubs".Okay, that was significant as G-State canned 45-of-106 FG tries (.424 shooting) while Cleveland nailed just 30-of-86 floor shots (that's .349) - but it's worth noting that the quality of shots came into play too. The Warriors' underrated defense contested the majority of Cav shots…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Cavs Need a Solution for Game 2

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 4:55 PM

GOLDEN STATE PLAYING SO WELL THAT EVEN LEBRON MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THEM!As handicappers prepare for Sunday's second game of the 2017 NBA Finals, they'll have to deal with the stark possibility that nobody's going to get in the way of the Golden State Warriors...and the budding reality that Las Vegas just can't make pointspreads high enough to deal with the NBA's new superpower.Golden State keeps winning easily. Are we to the point that they should be -15 in their home games vs. other elite NBA squads, and -10 on the road? This is a team that just…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NBA Finals Game 1 Recap

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:41 AM

THE WARRIORS ROCK-N-ROLL TO EASY 113-91 WIN OVER THE CAVS IN GAME 1 OF THE NBA FINALS ...PLUS THE BASEBALL WEEKEND AHEAD AS CARDS-CUBS TANGLE AT WRIGLEYHey, after all it is the 2017 playoffs:So, of course, you should not be surprised that we had a Game 1 blowout last night in these NBA Finals!As we told you good folks in an earlier-week Jim Sez column, we entered this championship round having seen 44 of the 74 previous post-season games being decided by twin-figure margins and so why shouldn't Game 1 of these much-hyped Finals not follow that script?The Golden State…

Wayne Allyn Root - More on the Surging LA Dodgers

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:17 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I told you to keep an eye on the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had the pieces in place to make a statement in the National League pennant race. Since then, they've made a few statements!*The Dodgers swept the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs in a series that never even felt competitive. LA won by final scores of 4-0, 5-0, and 9-4! The Cubs are reeling of late, and the Dodgers are already in championship form.*The Dodgers impressed in two series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that's at least Wildcard caliber right now...and might…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Game One Preview

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:25 PM

IT'S HERE, IT'S FINALLY HERE - THE NBA FINALS TIPS OFF TONIGHT WITH CAVALIERS, WARRIORS IN THEIR LATEST ON-COURT SQUABBLE, AND WE HAVE A GAME 1 PREVIEWPLUS, THE MLB REPORT ASKS: CAN ANYONE OUT THERE BEAT THE ASTROS?When we last saw the NBA, it was way back on May 25th and the Cleveland Cavaliers were busy putting on the finishing touches of their Eastern Conference Playoff Series triumph against the Boston Celtics ... now, that was a long time ago, wasn't it?So, we welcome back the "association" beginning with tonight's series opener in the latest installment of Cleveland versus the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NBA Championship Preview

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:10 AM

BOTH CAVS AND WARRIORS HAVE IMPROVED FOR THIRD STRAIGHT FINALS MEETINGIt's the rubber match, as the defending World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals for the third straight year. But, in a sense, it's really just the "first" meeting between THESE respective collections of talent with so much on the line.*Golden State was already great, then added Kevin Durant!*Cleveland was already great, but tweaked their offense to include more dynamic three-point shooting.This year's Warriors team would beat last year's Warriors team...and that's not even accounting for the fact that Golden…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NBA Finals

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 3:11 PM

As promised, I'm back to take a look at how professional wagerers have been betting the 2017 NBA Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Game One is Thursday night on ABC. We could see some interesting developments in Nevada sportsbooks between now and then. This is a series people WANT to bet!To this point, sharp action is laying out this way:*Sharps who like GOLDEN STATE have already bet the Warriors to win the series (current price -250). Many did so earlier in the regular season or postseason at more affordable prices. Whether you're an old school guy…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Cavaliers Shock Warriors in NBA Finals - AGAIN

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Last year it seemed impossible...but then LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the 2016 NBA crown.This year, it seems just as impossible! Golden State is currently a -250 favorite to win the series. But, the Warriors are a perfect 12-0 so far in the playoffs, and are talking about making a 16-0 run at history. How can Cleveland score their second straight Final Round upset if they're going to be lucky to make it past five games?As you know, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS.…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Time to Start College Football Prep

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

LINES ARE GOING UP...SO IT'S TIME TO START YOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREP FOR 2017If you walked by a newsstand within the past few days, you probably noticed that the Athlon annual and other publications were already out. That's the signal for YOU to start getting ready for the 2017 college football season.And, with Las Vegas and offshore sportsbooks already posting early futures prices and Week One lines, you now have additional motivation! You can bet your edges now if you live in the right places. Or, you can at least use those lines to help you pin down your own…

Richie Baccellieri - Be Wary of Betting Streaks in Baseball

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:51 AM

You often run into gamblers in Las Vegas who say they love betting "streaks" in baseball. They remind you that if you're riding a streak, you only lose one time at the end. If you're trying to bet when a streak is going to end, you may lose a lot of times to win just once.While all that is true, and can be put to good use for smart wagerers, this kind of mindset typically makes some mistakes that hurt the bottom line.*First, these bettors really only want to bet a winning streak when one of the BEST teams is…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA Finals Preview

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:20 AM

CAVS VS. WARRIORS PLAY IT AGAIN BUT IT'S DEFENDING CHAMPS THAT ARE HEAVY-DUTY DOGS It's a fact: Even in the halcyon NBA days of Boston Celtics versus Los Angeles (seemingly) every year, we've never before experienced a "trilogy" when it comes to the NBA Finals.Lots of championship round repeat matchup series (there's actually been 13 in all!), including this here-and-now Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors rivalry the past two years but this is hoops history and - better yet - it's the "rubber match" with the defending champ Cavs actually a major underdog priced at + 220; the Warriors…

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…