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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 21, 2024
White Sox vs Phillies
Phillies
-1½ -140 at circa
Won
$100
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Rotation #918: MLB Sunday Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 -145 vs Chicago White Sox @ 1:35 ET - Not going to change what is working just fine. The White Sox have the worst record in the league and are now 3-17 on the season and 1-8 on the road. The Phillies have won 5 straight games and are swinging hot bats at home. The White Sox have gotten some late runs in recent games but overall continue to slump at the plate. As for Philadelphia, they have now scored an average of 7 runs in their last 4 victories. Aaron Nola gets the ball here and he loves pitching at home. Also, he had a bad first start this season but has been strong ever since and is coming off his best start yet. Curve ball was lethal at home and he has allowed only 9 hits in his last 19 innings plus just 3 solo homers are the only 3 runs in his last 3 starts! Nick Nastrini gets the ball for the White Sox and the 24 year old was strong in his first career MLB start early this week but now he is making his first ever road start! Nastrini was struggling at the AAA level before being called up and he also walked too many batters in spring training so he appears to be prone to lapses in command of his pitches. Facing a hot Phillies team with a number of sluggers is a tough ask for the very first road start of your career. Look for the Phillies to again roll big at home in this one. We have a bit of a price to lay on the run line here but it should prove well worth it! PHILADELPHIA -1.5 -145

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 21, 2024
Pacers vs Bucks
Pacers
-117 at linepros
Lost
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Rotation #583 NBA Sunday Indiana Pacers -115 @ Milwaukee Bucks @ 7 ET - It is doubtful that  Antetokounmpo is going to play here. If he does, he will not be near to 100%. That said, this Pacers team is extremely hungry as they are finally back in the post-season. Indiana has such a prolific and fast-paced offense and I expect them to throw the Bucks, especially being without Antetokounmpo, out of rhythm in this one. Milwaukee has dealt with so many injuries over the latter portion of the season that their record is not impressive since Rivers took over as head coach. As for the Pacers, they have won 12 of 18 games and they are only missing Benedict Mathurin on the injury front. But he has been out since early March and was not on the floor for that 12-6 run over Indiana's last 18 games. Also, they have looked really strong with Siakam on the floor along with Haliburton and Turner. This team looks healthier and stronger and deeper than seen in quite some time! Unlike a Pacers team that finished the season strong, the Bucks have lost 8 of 11 games. Milwaukee did win their last 2 home games but this followed a 4-game home losing streak! The Bucks are trending the wrong way right now and the Antetokounmpo injury situation makes this a must play the way I see it! By the way, the current line is a -1 in most spots as of 10 hours before tipoff so I would suggest laying a slightly higher price and just grab the money line in this one. INDIANA -115

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 21, 2024
CS U Craiova vs Sepsi
OVER 2½ +104 Won
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Rotation #206937: Romania Liga 1: Sunday OVER 2.5 +105 in Sepsi vs Universitatea Craiova @ Noon ET - Sepsi is off a 1-0 win at Rapid. This low-scoring win followed Sepsi both scoring and conceding in 4 straight matches! Also, Sepsi has scored an average of 1.7 goals per match over their last 7 matches. They have been playing well and love playing at home but Universitatea Craiova is sure to give them trouble in this one. The visitors have been a goal-scoring machine and this includes matches away from home as well! In fact, before a rare 2-0 shutout loss at FCSB, note that Universitatea Craiova scored 2.3 goals per match in their last 8 ROAD matches! Overall, in all matches, 14 of last 16 Universitatea Craiova matches have totaled at least 3 goals! This one will too and you will see a strong push for the full 3 points in the table in this play-off battle and with both clubs very likely to score, that is why I am projecting at least a 2-1 final here. Note that Sepsi had only 7 draws in 30 matches in the regular season and, out of all 16 clubs in the league, note that Universitatea Craiova is the only club without a draw and I look for that streak to remain intact here with at least 3 goals in this one! OVER 2.5 +105 in Sepsi

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 21, 2024
Capitals vs Rangers
Rangers
-220 at linepros
Won
$100
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Rotation #54 NHL Sunday New York Rangers Money Line -220 vs Washington Capitals @ 3 ET - Long time followers know that I rarely ever play a favorite in this range but this is a unique situation. First off I like the Rangers a lot here and might normally play the puck line in a spot like this or perhaps take a look at the regulation line. However, here is a key stat that will help you feel more comfortable with laying the price here also. The Rangers were 30-11 on home ice this season and had ZERO losses after regulation time when on home ice. They also are the much better team on special teams. Also, the Capitals lost a couple 20-minute defensemen late this season and that has hurt the D-men depth for them and those guys are now question marks as to their health. Washington barely got the win at Philly and punched their ticket to the post-season at the very end of the season. Prior to that win on the road the Caps had lost 4 of last 5 road games. Yes, Washington won their final 3 regular season games (2 on home ice) but this followed losing 7 of 8 overall. They are not the same team they use to be when they made the post-season two years ago and had guys like Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Eller, Sheary, Orlov and Mantha. Yes, they still have Ovechkin and Oshie and Carlson and Wilson plus they now have Strome. However, this team has definitely regressed and barely snuck into the post-season through the backdoor. Give them credit for that but their goal differential compared to the Rangers is a 90-goal variance in favor of New York and the hosts are the healthier team here. The health of defensemen Jensen and Sandin is a big concern for the Caps here. Rare bigger money line price for me but worth an investment as one could argue it should be closer to -300! This Rangers team won 75% of home games this season! NEW YORK RANGERS -220

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 21, 2024
AFC Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
OVER 3 -123 Won
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Rotation #200009: English Premier League Sunday OVER 3 -123 in Aston Villa vs Bournemouth @ 10 AM ET - Aston Villa still pushing hard for a top four finish in the table. They are off a 2-1 loss to Lille but that was the 2nd leg and the 1 goal they got was a key one from Matty Cash. That knotted the aggregate at 3-3 and Aston Villa then prevailed on penalty kicks so they are coming into this match with momentum. I love the over here because Bournemouth will surely push the pace here and try to take advantage of possible weary Villa legs. However, Villa is so tough at home and will take advantage on the counterattack. Villa has scored 2.5 goals per match when at home this season in EPL action but also has allowed 1.4 goals per match at home. Bournemouth has allowed 2 goals per match when on the road this season but also is scoring 1.6 goals per match when away from home. The goals absolutely should fly here. Bournemouth, which might surprise many to hear, has scored exactly 2 goals in 5 of the last 6 meetings with Aston Villa. As for the hosts in this match-up, they have scored 5 goals in their last 2 matches versus Bournemouth. Also, Aston Villa has averaged scoring 2.8 goals per match in their last 4 home matches across all competitions. We have to lay a little juice to have the over 3 in this one but it is available in the marketplace and well worth it though I certainly am expecting 4 or more goals here. 12 of 15 Bournemouth road matches have totaled 3 or more goals this season. This one will too! OVER 3 -123 in Aston Villa

PICKS IN PROGRESS
Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 22, 2024
Golden Knights vs Stars
Stars
-135 at Mirage
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Rotation #66: NHL Monday Dallas Stars Money Line -135 vs Vegas Golden Knights @ 9:30 ET - Revenge from last year's post-season. Goaltending is so important in the post-season and Oettinger has been fantastic for the Stars down the stretch run and also has a league-best 24 wins since the 1st of January. Keep in mind, Vegas counted on Adin Hill in last year's post-season but he has been inconsistent this season so the Golden Knights might turn to Logan Thompson in this series and possibly even right out of the gate. However, Thompson is lacking something that is quite important this time of year and that is playoff experience. This Knights team battled injury issues this season and though some of those guys are now back, including Mark Stone, this team is just not on the level of last year's team. Vegas did win all 3 match-ups with the Stars this season. This included 2 in Dallas but the Golden Knights won just 16 of their other 39 road games this season. Also, the Stars won 26 of their other 39 home games! Vegas finished up the season with losses in 14 of last 27 games while Dallas wrapped the season with wins in 17 of their last 21 games and earned the top seed in the West. Now home ice, revenge, goalie edge, momentum edge, etc. are factors combining to put the Stars in a value spot for backing them to open this series with a big win and 1-0 series lead here. There is a reason the price is rising on this Stars team even with Vegas now returning to health plus being the defending champs. Don't hesitate to lay the price here! DALLAS -135

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 22, 2024
Phillies vs Reds
Phillies
-117 at linepros
Won
$100
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Rotation #953: MLB Monday Philadelphia Phillies -117 @ Cincinnati Reds @ 6:40 ET - I see no reason to stop riding the Phillies now. Just look at their lineup compared to the Reds lineup. There is no comparison. This Philadelphia team has a very dangerous lineup again this season while Cincinnati has been winning games mostly with pitching as this team is not impressive at the plate. In fact, the Reds .225 batting average ranks down near the bottom of the majors with teams like the Marlins and A's and White Sox and Twins and Cardinals. In fact those 5 teams are a combined 42 games under .500 so far this season! The Reds lack of hitting will catch up with them soon and it is likely right now against a Phillies team that finally got their sticks going. Philadelphia has won 6 straight games and has scored an average of 7.2 runs per game in their 5 most recent victories. The Reds have won 3 straight games but yesterday's game was the 4th time in last 6 games that has seen Cincinnati held to 3 or less runs. The Reds have averaged just 2 runs scored in those 4 games. Conversely, the Phillies have scored at least 4 runs in 8 of last 11 games including at least 5 runs in 5 straight games. The Reds Greene is a strong pitcher who has piled up strikeouts this season but he did allow 6 earned runs in most recent home start. Also, the Phillies Suarez has allowed just 16 hits in 26 innings plus has not allowed any runs in the 15 innings spanning his last two starts! Also, these lineups don't have much experience against these starting pitchers but the Phillies have 5 guys who have enjoyed success versus Greene and those 5 guys are a combined 10 for 21 which is huge! The Reds just have two guys who have had some success against Suarez and those guys are a combined mediocre 3 of 11. The more potent lineup plus a starting pitcher who has thrown 15 straight scoreless frames in his last two starts. Lay it with the road team in this one. PHILADELPHIA -117

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 22, 2024
76ers vs Knicks
76ers
+170 at linepros
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Rotation #503: NBA Monday Philadelphia 76ers +170 @ New York Knicks @ 7:30 ET - Amazingly, since the Lakers beat the Pelicans AT New Orleans Tuesday in the first post-season game (part of the play-in portion of the schedule), 13 STRAIGHT post-season games have seen the home team win straight-up! Yes, a 13-0 SU playoff run for the hosts! This is unusual and will not continue. Road wins are a part of every post-season and this looks like a great spot for one here. The Sixers were +14 with Joel Embiid on the floor in Game 1. The next game after this is Thursday at Philly. The 76ers know they will have multiple days to rest up after this game and they know that going into an 0-2 hole is going to be tough to overcome. Their bench let them down in Game 1 but not only would I expect them to be better in Game 2, I also expect them to be used even less in this one. This game is going to come down to a determined group of Sixers starters giving it their all after they let Game 1 slip away in the 4th quarter. The Knicks bench outscored the Philly bench by 35 points (42 to 7) and yet New York still trailed in the 4th quarter and only won the game by a single digit margin. The Knicks bench is NOT going to again shoot 8 of 13 from three point land! No way! The point is that there were some crazy stats in Game 1 that have swung the value in favor of the underdog in Game 2. I know we could grab the points here but I am going for the bigger payout with the money line. The 76ers will bring a relentless effort here. I am sure of it! 4 of the 5 Knicks starters combined for a 17 of 52 shooting performance from the field and the Sixers will again be hammered by the New York bench in Game 2. There will be adjustments here and Philly gets on top again and this time does not relinquish the lead. Huge, desperate, underdog effort here and finally another road team wins SU in this post-season! PHILADELPHIA +170

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 22, 2024
Bologna vs Roma
OVER 2 -121 Won
$100
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Rotation #201353: Italian Serie A: Monday OVER 2 -125 in Roma vs Bologna @ 12:30 ET - This is a contrarian play. As long-time followers know, I like to use contrarian angles. The recent history of meetings between these clubs is very few goals. Also, both clubs enter this match in current form that has been trending under for weeks now. However, if you look at some of the key statistics like overall shots as well as shots on goal, there is an indication something different is brewing right now for each club! I particularly like the aggressiveness I have seen from Bologna recently on the attack and, being the road club in this one, I look for a strong push from the visitors and this will illicit a response from Roma. Note that Roma has scored an average of 2 goals per match in league action as a host but is allowing 1 goal per match even at home. Though Bologna does not score as well on the road as they do at home, they are still averaging 1 goal scored on the road and also allowing 1 goal per match as a traveler in league action. Roma does have a game in hand on Bologna but the fact they are trailing them by 4 points in the table, I do not foresee them settling for a share of the spoils here. That said, the odds of a draw are slim as Roma only has 3 draws in 16 matches on their home pitch this season. I look for each club to make the net ripple and then eventually this match finds itself at 2-1. The value of the over being available at 2 goals strengthens this spot and I will not hesitate to get involved. OVER 2 -125 in Roma

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