With four teams left in the NBA finals the first game of the NBA championship series is about three weeks away. Both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals are going into game three. So far the teams with home court advantage are up 2-0, and the championship series is likely to be between the Lakers and the Celtics.
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Steve Nash had a bruised eye which will hopefully heal by Sunday, but the Suns as a whole will have a difficult time coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the Lakers for the Western Conference Title. In Game Two the Lakers came out strongly and evidently the 7.5 point favorites which the odds makers pinned them. The Suns gave up a 36 point first quarter, and even though the Suns tightened their game, the Lakers ran away with it in the fourth quarter. The Lakers travel to Phoenix for Game Three of the Western Conference Finals Series.
The Mets look to breakthrough with their first Subway Series victory at Citi Field against the Bronx Bombers
New York Yankees at New York Mets
The New York Yankees picked up a 2-1 road victory over their Subway Series rivals on Friday night. In winning five straight over the Mets (+500), the Yankees have outscored them by a 35-4 margin. The starting rotation has led the charge during the current streak, posting a 5-0 record and 0.84 ERA. One key trend that ended with the opening series victory was the Yankees’ streak of winning games by more than a single run. They won each of their first 25 games by two runs or more. New York has compiled a 7-3 record in its last 10 road games in interleague play (+240).
Saturday MLB Handicapper Report – (Complete)
- Baltimore would capture its first road series victory of the year with a win today or tomorrow. The Orioles are 0-9-1 in road series since September 11-13, 2009.
- The Orioles are now 13-12 in the all-time series against Washington. They won the season series in 2009, 4-2, taking two of three in D.C.
- OF Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-53 and raising his average from .218 to .254.
- Baltimore is 10-20 this year against right-handed starters (-710). The team has compiled a .257 batting average against righties while scoring 3.7 runs per game.
- Pitching staff has allowed at least one run in the eighth inning or later in 24 of their 43 games this season. The Orioles have allowed the tying or go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning or later 10 times.
- SP Brad Bergesen has allowed just 22 runners in 19.1 innings in his last three starts, compared to 27 runners in 10.1 innings of work in his first three starts of the season.
- Bergesen is just 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA in his career away from Camden Yards.
The Angels and Cardinals prepare for Game 2 of an interleague clash, with both scheduled starters looking to turn around their season.
Los Angeles Angels at St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles struggled to shut down St. Louis’ offense in the first three innings on Friday night, ultimately falling, 9-5, in the first game of the series. The Angels started the year 4-2 on the road, but are now 4-11 in their last 15 road games (-320 overall). One of the main problems for the team offensively is producing extra-base hits, as the team has just 123 compared to 168 by their opponents this season. The starting rotation has been the team’s main barometer in the first 44 games this season, posting a 1.70 ERA in 20 wins and a 7.65 ERA in 24 losses. The Angels are in the middle of a stretch of playing 21 of 27 games on the road, as they will fly the most air miles of any team in 2010 (50,509).
The French Open fires up for another year of action on Sunday at Roland Garros in Paris. The second Grand Slam, and the only one played on clay, features 128 men and 128 women playing for the title. If you can get a handle on the field and pick out the contenders from the pretenders the tournament is a great chance to make a real profit. Here’s a preview of both draws to help get you started betting against the 2010 French Open Odds.
Bayern Munich vs. Inter Milan Preview
Bayern Munich and Internazionale – Europe’s top two soccer teams of the 2009/2010 season – face off in the UEFA Champions League Final Saturday, May 22. The game will be held on neutral ground at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.
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Interleague Facts of Note
- In 2009, AL clubs compiled a .263 batting average with 315 home runs, 1,206 runs scored and a 3.89 ERA. NL clubs batted .257 with 249 home runs, 1,061 runs scored and a 4.45 ERA.
- The New York Yankees hold the MLB’s best all-time Interleague record at 133-95 (.583), followed by Minnesota at 132-96 (.548). The Florida Marlins own the NL’s best all-time Interleague mark at 120-99.
- Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki led all batters with 33 hits during interleague play last season.
- St. Louis 1B Albert Pujols smashed an MLB-high nine home runs against the AL last year. He also leads all active players (400 AB min) with a .355 average during interleague play.
- Seven pitchers total posted a perfect 3-0 record, including Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who also managed a 0.84 ERA.
- Two of Friday’s starting pitchers check in with the lowest ERA during interleague play with a minimum of 150 innings. Boston SP John Lackey at 2.63 and Los Angeles Angels SP Joel Pineiro at 3.25.
Either you are at least a little bit surprised by what the Boston Celtics have accomplished so far in the playoffs or you weren’t paying attention during the regular season. They won 50 games to finish fourth in the Eastern Conference, but they didn’t earn a lot of style points doing it. Their older players looked really old, the team wasn’t playing with cohesion, and only Rajon Rondo seemed to have taken a step forward from the previous year. Yet here they are. They beat a pretty good Miami team easily, dominated what was widely seen as the best team in the league, and are now in very good shape against the Magic after two games. They’ve faced the toughest path of any team in the playoffs, and come out of it looking brilliant. They have been like a whole new team for bettors as well – they burned bettors’ money by going 33-47-2 ATS during the regular season, but have been a fantastic 10-3 ATS in the playoffs.
The French Open, which starts on Sunday, kicks off a busy season of tennis. Between ow and early September we see three Grand Slam events, with each one lasting two weeks. For casual tennis bettors there is no better time to get into the sport and make some money. If you aren’t a regular tennis bettor, though, betting on tennis can seem intimidating. Like any sport, it doesn’t have to be if you have even just a little bit of a sense of what to look for. Here are six different angles and approaches that you can use to spot potential plays in the Grand Slam tournaments that can lead to profit: