The 2017 MLB season is creeping towards the mid-way point. The Astros, Dodgers & Nationals have been crushing it so far. But the biggest news this season? The dominating individual performances by previously unheralded players.
Scooter Gennett knocking out four homers in one game.
30 year-old Eric Thames is in the hunt for the HR crown with 20 so far.
Is the new face of the New York Yankees Aaron Judge the next coming of the Babe?
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Boxing purists may be livid about the upcoming bout between future Hall of Fame legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor, but if you’re thinking about betting on the highly-anticipated matchup, then you should be jumping for joy.
Mayweather vs McGregor Odds & Betting Analysis
What: Floyd Mayweather (49-0-0) vs Conor McGregor (0-0-0)
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: T-Mobile Arena
Moneyline: Mayweather -750 vs McGregor +525
Watch: Showtime PPV
The two superstars in their own respective sports are set to square off on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather is currently a concrete, -750 favorite to beat McGregor who is a +525 pick to pull off the upset.
Now, let’s find out if McGregor actually has a chance to beat Mayweather.
Why Bet on Conor McGregor Odds at +525
The most obvious reason to bet on Conor McGregor in this matchup is the stunning +700 return should he pull off the win.
Another great reason to back the Irishman is that the 28-year-old brawler has youth on his side, being over a decade younger than Mayweather Jr. McGregor stands 5’9″ and has a 74-inch reach, but more importantly, the reigning welterweight champion has a ton of punching power and has recorded a whopping 18 knockouts in 21 career victories.
McGregor also is about as fearless as they come in either boxing or mixed martial arts, so I certainly don’t expect him to have an ounce of fear heading into this massively huge bout. McGregor has recorded six TKO finishes via punches in his last eight UFC bouts and could ‘get lucky’ if he can find an opening against the defensive-minded Mayweather.
Why Bet on Floyd Mayweather Odds at -750
Why should you bet on Floyd Mayweather?
He is a seasoned boxer and McGregor is just getting his feet wet.
Of course, an even better reason to back the five-division champion is that he’s never been beaten in the ring, even by a handful of likely Hall of Fame opponents.
The 5’8″, 154-pound champion has a reach of 72 inches and will have a decisive advantage when he comes to both, hand and foot speed, not to mention, an even bigger advantage when it comes to boxing IQ. The only negatives that anyone can point to about Mayweather Jr. in this bout is that, at 40-years-old, he’s a dozen years older than his opponent and that he could suffer from ring rust since he hasn’t been in the ring in almost two years since retiring in September of 2015.
Mayweather vs McGregor Betting Analysis
As much as I dislike Floyd Mayweather Jr. and would love to see him lose against Conor McGregor, I just don’t see the undefeated future Hall of Famer putting himself in harm’s way, which, unfortunately, has been his calling card for the better part of the last decade.
Mayweather is also the far more experienced boxer and is so good defensively that I believe it’s going to take a minor miracle for McGregor to land any sort of shot that could really damage the boxing champ. While both fighters are basically taking this fight for money, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a whole lot more to lose than Connor McGregor seeing as how he’s been a lifelong boxer and wants to desperately keep his perfect record intact against a fighter in McGregor that is s likely going to be a one-and-done boxer.
Mayweather may no longer have the punching power that helped him record 26 KO’s in his career, but he’ll also avoid getting in McGregor’s wheelhouse, which means this one will go the distance.
I can see it now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins via unanimous decision, only for Conor McGregor to tell everyone how he was robbed by some scandalous boxing judges and wants a rematch.
For the most part, you should expect Mayweather to get a lead on points by the midway mark, before concentrating on defense to get the simple win on points.
There are some hot nationally televised baseball games that should grab your attention this week. They definitely have me intrigued.
Who wins when the Mets travel to Chavez-Ravine to battle the Dodgers? I also have my sights set on the Angels versus Red Sox battle this Saturday. Will Boston’s David Price pitch well enough for the Red Sox to win? The final game I like is on Sunday when Pittsburgh battles St. Louis in a classic NL Central matchup. Who gets the “W” at Busch Stadium on June 25?
MLB Top Games June 19 – 25
NY Mets at L.A. Dodgers When: Wednesday, June 12, 2017 Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA TV: ESPN Listed Pitchers: NYM-Steven Matz, LAD-Rich Hill
Analysis: Steve Matz has pitched in only 2 games this season. He was terrific versus Atlanta.Matz allowed 1 earned run from 5 hits. In his second game, versus Washington, Matz imploded. He got through 7 innings. The problem is he allowed 4 earned runs off 8 hits.
The Dodgers counter with Rich Hill. Hill’s got a 5.14 ERA. His WHIP is 1.57. He’s won 3. He’s lost 3. The problem with Hill is that he hasn’t pitched more than 5 innings in a single start this season. Dodger manager Dave Roberts knows this. The Dodgers are 4-4 in the games that Hill has started.
Matz should bounce back from his terrible performance. I have some faith in Hill. I have more faith in Matz. We know Roberts pulls Hill before inning 5. Heck, Roberts might pull Hill before the end of inning 4.
The Dodgers have a great bullpen. But, you never know what’s going to happen the day before. I know Matz pitches well. I’m not sure about Hill. Plus, I don’t know how fresh the Dodgers’ relievers are going to be.
L.A. Angels at Boston When: Saturday, June 24 at 7:15 pm ET Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA TV: FOX Listed Pitchers: LAA-J.C. Ramirez, BOS-David Price
Analysis: David Price is 1 and 1 so far not counting his start on June 18. His ERA is 5.25. His WHIP is 1.29. In the past, Price has been great versus the Angels. The L.A. Angels bat .221 against Price.
The Red Sox have limited bats versus J.C. Ramirez. They have 5 hits from 16 at-bats versus Boston’s listed starter. Ramirez could be great on Saturday. He could be terrible.
Both pitchers could be terrible. That means it comes down to the bullpens. I like Boston’s bullpen better than I like the Angels. Red Sox relievers allow a 2.77 batting average. Boston’s bullpen is 13-5 on the season.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis When: Sunday, June 25 at 8:05 pm ET Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO TV: ESPN Listed Pitchers: PIT-Chad Kuhl, STL-Mike Leake
Analysis: Kuhl’s 5.61 ERA, 1-6 record, and 1.53 WHIP aren’t good. The last time he faced St. Louis, though, Kuhl pitched well. He allowed 2 earned runs from 3 hits in 6 innings. That was way back on April 18.
St. Louis’s Mike Leake has the overall better stats. But, Leake has allowed 4 runs, 5 runs, and 6 runs in 3 of his last 4starts. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Cardinals’ pitcher.
Pittsburgh has a .293 batting average. They’ve faced him 304 times. I think Kuhl’s been throwing well enough for the look.
The Golden State Warriors are champions for the second time in three years.
The Pittsburg Penguins are back-to-back Stanley Cup winners.
How do you follow that up?
The U.S. Open…of course!
The 2017 U.S. Open getting underway on June 15th, live from at Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin. The oddsmakers at 5Dimes have installed enigmatic Dustin Johson as the 7-1 favorite. Following him are Rory (9-1), Spieth (10-1), Day (12-1) & Rose (15-1).
With the start of the 2017 U.S. Open taking place in just over 48 hours, the big question heading into the second major of the year is whether or not anyone can beat out World No. 1 and prohibitive favorite Dustin Johnson to keep him from winning back-to-back U.S. Open championships.
If you’re getting set to place a few betting bucks on the 2017 U.S. Open and you want to know which golfers look like they’re offering some solid value against their odds to win this year’s title as either a top contender or longer shot selection, then let’s find out now!
2017 US Open Golf Odds & Picks
The 2017 U.S. Open gets underway on Thursday, June 15, live from at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. The complete odds to win the 2017 U.S. Open are at the end of the post.
The Las Vegas Oddsmakers’ Pick – Dustin Johnson 7/1
Dustin Johnson is the prohibitive favorite heading into the 2017 U.S. Open and for good reason. Not only did the World No. 1 win last year’s championship, but he also finished second in 2015 and fourth in 2014. In 10 events this year, Johnson has made the cut nine times, while recording three wins and a half-dozen top 10 finishes.
Johnson won the Genesis Open in February and the World Golf Championships in Mexico a month later but missed his opportunity to challenge for his first win at the Masters in April because of an injury he suffered just before the start of the world’s most coveted golf tournament.
Johnson will be plenty motivated after finishing 12th at The Players Championship and 13th at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic. Johnson leads the PGA Tour in driving distance (312.02 ypd) and will have a better than average chance of winning his second career major.
The Sharp Pick – Jason Day 12/1
I love the value that World No. 44 Jason Day is offering heading into the U.S. Open despite his erratic year so far. While Day finished tied for 15th at the Memorial but managed to finish second to Billy Horschel at the AT&T Byron Nelson. More importantly, the sweet-swinging Australian has recorded an impressive four, top 10 finishes in the last five U.S. Opens including his second place finish in 2013, fourth place finish in 2014 and eighth-place finish a year ago.
The Longshot Pick – Daniel Berger 60/1
You many not have heard of Daniel Berger, but I have and I’m fully expect him to challenge for the title seeing as how he’s ranked 10th in the world and will enter the U.S. Open coming off his second straight win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this past weekend and has recorded three other top 10 finishes this year including a pair of top-five finishes.
The first fight between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward ended in drama. Kovalev had no doubt that he won the fight while Ward remained undefeated. The rematch takes place this weekend on Nov. 17. Fight time is scheduled for around 11:00 pm ET, depending on what happens in the preliminary bouts. The fight takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Andre Ward is undefeated at 31-0-0. He has 15 knockouts. Sergey Kovalev is 30-1-1. Kovalev has knocked out 26 opponents. His only loss was to Andre Ward in the last fight.
Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward 2 Odds
Ward is the -153 favorite to beat Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev is at +135 to beat Andre Ward. The over/under on rounds is 9.5.
Can Sergey Kovalev Beat Ward?
Kovalev believes that he won the last fight. Kovalev isn’t the only one who believes it. So, do many boxing analysts and fans. The stats bear out Kovalev’s argument. He landed 126 of 474 punches. Ward landed 116 of 337 punches. Kovalev landed 78 of 232 power punches. Ward landed 61 of 161 power punches. Kovalev won the fight.
Can Andre Ward Beat Kovalev?
Ward controlled the fight. Ward didn’t hit Kovalev as often as Kovalev hit him. It doesn’t matter. Ward’s punches were cleaner. He landed the higher percentage of punches. He controlled the fight from Round 4 on. There is such a thing as ring generalship. That’s what Ward showed.
Kovalev vs Ward 2 Analysis
Sergey Kovalev has only himself to blame. After knocking Ward down in Round 2, Kovalev continued to force the matter only until Round 4. He appeared to take it easy on Ward after Round 4.
I don’t expect Kovalev to do the same this time around. Kovalev knows that if he leaves it in the hands of the judges, he’ll lose yet again. He must go right after Andre Ward this time. He must be more aggressive than he was in the first fight.
The question is whether that helps Kovalev. I don’t believe it does. I’m a huge fan of Sergey Kovalev. But, Andre Ward is unbeatable if you play into his hands. Ward feeds off his opponent’s mistakes.
Going right after the crafty Ward should leave Kovalev much more vulnerable than he was in the first fight. Ward hadn’t fought in two years. He still showed that he’s a master boxer.
2017 Belmont Stakes odds and post-positions are out. Because Classic Empire’s connection have decided to not run in the Test of Champions, favoritism should fall to Irish War Cry. Irish War Cry is a tepid favorite at best. So which runners are you smart, value, and dark horse plays for the 2017 Belmont Stakes?
What: 2017 Belmont Stakes
When: June 10, 2017
Post Time: 6:48 PM ET
Where: Elmont, New York
Track: Belmont Park
Stream: NBC Sports Live
The Favorite To Win The 2017 Belmont: Irish War Cry 7/2
He was one of the favorites before Classic Empire left the race. Irish War Cry is the most accomplished three-year-old in the race outside of Epicharis, the horse from Japan. Irish War Cry should get the perfect trip tracking Meantime, who figures to get the lead.
That makes Irish War Cry difficult to beat. With that being written, it must be noted that favorites don’t always perform well in the Test of Champions. I’m looking elsewhere for my smart, value, and dark horse plays.
The Sharp Pick To Win The Belmont: Gormley 8/1
Gormley never quits. He’s one of the hardest trying horses I’ve ever seen run. That’s the first reason I like Gormley. The second reason, the main reason, is because his trainer John Shirreffs, conditioned one of the greatest racehorses to ever live, Zenyatta. Shirreffs is known for taking time with his horses. The fact that Gormley enters the starting gate means that Shirreffs believes his Belmont runner has a shot. Who am I to argue with John Shirreffs?
The Value Choice To Win The 2017 Belmont: Lookin At Lee 5/1
When looking for a value Belmont Stakes bet, professional horseplayers study odds and compare those odds to a horse’s true odds of winning a race. To me, Lookin At Lee represents value in this race. Sure, 5 to 1 odds aren’t overly generous. But, 5 to 1 on Lookin At Lee represents value. Lookin At Lee finished second in the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later he finished fourth in the Preakness Stakes.
Irad Ortiz Jr., one of the top riders at Belmont Park, takes the call. Irad wouldn’t jump on board Lookin At Lee unless he felt he could get a Top 3 placing. One of these days, a race is going to set up for Lookin At Lee’s excellent middle move. It could be on Saturday. In any case, he’s almost a must use in all exotics.
The Dark Horse Pick To Win The Belmont Stakes: Patch 12/1
The only bad thing about betting on Patch is that his odds would be closer to 20 to 1 if Classic Empire had remained in the race. Other than that, there’s not a lot to dislike about Patch. Up until his terrible race in the Kentucky Derby, he had shown up each time trainer Todd Pletcher had put the saddle on him. Patch can get it done.
One thing to note is that his odds should suffer. Patch is so highly-regarded by professional horseplayers that it’s doubtful he holds his 12 to 1 morning line. No worries. If the money chases down his odds, it means he’s got a big shot to win.
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The Golden State Warriors head to Cleveland up 2 to 0 in the 2017 NBA Finals best of seven series. In Game 2, Golden State rocked Cleveland 132 to 113. It’s do or die time for the Cavaliers. The game takes place at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, May 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 pm ET.
The Golden State Warriors remain perfect in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Golden State has not only won 14 straight games, but they’ve also covered in 10 of the 14. The Warriors have covered in 5 straight.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games during the playoffs. The Cavaliers have lost 3 out of their last 5 straight up after winning their first 10 games during the NBA Playoffs.
Warriors Vs Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Odds
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Spread: Golden State -2.5
Moneyline: Golden State -140 vs Cleveland +130
Why The Warriors Will Win
Golden State might be unbeatable. The Warriors have dominated the first two games in every fashion. In Game 1, Golden State’s defense showed up. It held the Cavaliers to 34.9% shooting from the field. The Cavs shot 35.5% from three. Cleveland scored 91 points.
In Game 2, Golden State’s offense showed up. Cleveland pushed the pace. All the Warriors did was match Cleveland’s offensive intensity with 132 points from 51.7% shooting from the field. The Warriors also shot 41.9% from three.
Also in Game 2, Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.
Why The Cavs Will Win
There were moments in Game 2 where it appeared Cleveland could stick with Golden State. After the first quarter, Golden State was only up 40 to 34. Cleveland outscored Golden State by 3 points, 30 to 27. On their home court this Wednesday, the Cavs figure to bring it.
Don’t forget, this was the same scenario the Cavs were facing last year after going down 3-1 in the series until they won three straight to take the title.
NBA Finals Game 3 Analysis
So far, it doesn’t appear that Cleveland belongs on the same court as Golden State. But, the light switch went off last season for the Cavaliers. Could it go off this season?
I’m not positive it will. Still, it is never a smart bet to go against LeBron James at the Quicken Loans Arena in Believeland. He understands what must be done for the Cavaliers to beat the Warriors. A couple of wins and Cleveland’s right back in this thing.
There are two things the Cavs must do. First, they must get points from starter J.R. Smith. He has three points in the two losses and shot 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. Smith must start driving to the hoop, not get aggressive with his jump shot.
Second, LeBron must start posting up. Nobody can take him on the blocks. Right now, he’s playing at the top of the key or on the wing. The Cavs must take it to Golden State inside.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are set to play their third straight NBA Finals showdown. With one title a piece, this is the mother of all rubber matches.
There are a few unanswered questions…
Will Kevin Durant and the Warriors avenge last season’s defeat at the hands Cleveland’s Big Three? Or will LeBron’s seventh straight Finals appearance deliver a second consecutive title to Believeland?