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MLB Top Games June 19 - 25

MLB Top Games June 19 – 25

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.

2017 Belmont Stakes Odds & Picks

2017 Belmont Stakes Odds: Irish War Cry, Gormley & Patch Are The Top Picks

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?

2017 Belmont Stakes Odds & Picks

What: 2017 Belmont Stakes
When: June 10, 2017
Post Time: 6:48 PM ET
Where: Elmont, New York
Track: Belmont Park
Watch: NBC
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.

In-Game Betting Available For More Games

Baseball is in full swing. The NBA Finals are shifting to Believeland with the Cavs down 2-0. The Stanley Cup is down to a best-of-three with the Preds and Pens tied at 2 games a piece.

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Build Your Own Bets This March Madness

With March Madness tipping-off this week, 5Dimes is proud to unveil Bet Buidler.

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Saint Patty’s Day Bingo Special

St Patrick’s Day is around the corner, in between Hulk colored Jameson Irish Whiskey cocktails, bingo fans can win big.

The fun starts at on Friday March 17th at 7pm ET in the Spring Bingo room as we play the first of three great St. Patrick’s Day Guaranteed Pot bingo games, Top of the Hour games with each game played for a guaranteed prize pot of $1,000. Cards cost just $2.00 each and with a fabulous $3,000 in cash to be won, there’s no better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

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Academy Awards + Daytona 500 = Sunday Funday Doubleheader

The Oscars are always an exciting night and this year is no exception. Some nominees are dancing in the clouds a la La La Land and others are jerking tears like Amazon’s Manchester by the Sea. Both define Oscar bait. There are a couple of pictures setting the historical record straight, Hacksaw Ridge & Hidden Figures. Rounding out the nominees for Best Picture are: Arrival, Fences, Hell or Highwater, Lion & Moonlight.

So who’s going to win Sunday at the 89th Academy Awards (ABC, 7 p.m. ET/4 ET)?

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Academy Awards Odds

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea – 1/2
  • Denzel Washington, Fences – 7/4
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land – 14/1
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge – 33/1
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic – 100/1

Best Actress

  • Emma Stone, La La Land – 1/6
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie – 6/1
  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle – 10/1
  • Ruth Negga, Loving – 33/1
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins – 33/1

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land – 1/20
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight – 12/1
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea – 16/1
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge – 33/1
  • Denes Villeneuve, Arrival – 66/1

Best Picture

  • La La Land – 1/10
  • Moonlight – 8/1
  • Manchester By The Sea – 20/1
  • Hidden Figures – 25/1
  • Lion – 50/1
  • Fences – 100/1
  • Hacksaw Ridge – 100/1
  • Arrival – 150/1
  • Hell Or High Water – 150/1

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight – 1/6
  • Dev Patel, Lion – 7/1
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water – 16/1
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea – 25/1
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animal – 33/1

Best Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis, Fences – 1/50
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea – 16/1
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight – 20/1
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion – 25/1
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures – 33/1

Daytona 500

With qualifying for the 2017 Daytona 500 in the rear view mirror, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott find themselves to start in the lead. The flag drops on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30PM ET from Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt Jr. is a 5/1 favorite to win. Other short odds are Brad Keselowski (7/1) while Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. each have 10/1 odds. The pole-winner, Elliott, is listed with 14/1 odds.

NASCAR royalty, Earnhardt Jr. is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, last winning in 2014. He has finished in the top 3 four of the last five years, but is coming off missing big chunk of 2016 due to concussion issues. Can he complete the comeback with a win at the biggest race of the year? Or will a challenger come from behind and be crowned this year’s Daytona 500 champ.

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Odds To Win 2017 Daytona 500

Driver Odds
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5/1
Brad Keselowski 7/1
Jimmie Johnson 10/1
Kevin Harvick 10/1
Martin Truex Jr. 10/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Joey Logano 12/1
Kyle Busch 12/1
Matt Kenseth 12/1
Chase Elliott 14/1
Clint Bowyer 20/1
Kyle Larson 20/1
Daniel Suarez 25/1
Kurt Busch 25/1
Jamie McMurray 30/1
Kasey Kahne 30/1
Austin Dillon 35/1
Erik Jones 35/1
Paul Menard 50/1
Ricky Stenhouse 50/1
Ryan Blaney 50/1
Ryan Newman 50/1
Trevor Bayne 50/1
Elliott Sadler 75/1
AJ Allmendinger 100/1
Aric Almirola 100/1
Danica Patrick 100/1
Ty Dillon 100/1
Casey Mears 150/1
Chris Buescher 180/1

NFL Playoffs are in full swing!

After one of the most uncompetitive yet entertaining Wild Card weekends in recent memory, the NFL Divisional Round features 3 1/2 highly entertaining tilts this weekend. The 1/2 depends on if you are a Pats fan or not.

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Apart from a single game, the NFL Divisional round of the playoffs this week will feature a bevy of down to the wire contests as the Atlanta Falcons (4.5-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks), Kansas City Chiefs (1.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers) and Dallas Cowboys (four-point favorites over the Green Bay Packers) have only slight NFL point-spread edges. The New England Patriots vs. the Houston Texans is the lone exception, with the Patriots listed as 16-point favorites.

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NFL Conference Championship and Super Bowl Odds
Team Conference Championship Odds Super Bowl 51 Odds
AFC  
1. New England Patriots -180 +165
2. Kansas City Chiefs +400 +850
3. Pittsburgh Steelers +350 +650
4. Houston Texans +2500 +5000
NFC  
1. Dallas Cowboys +150 +450
2. Atlanta Falcons +250 +700
3. Seattle Seahawks +450 +1200
4. Green Bay Packers +275 +700

Celebrate The Chinese New Year With Fucanglong Slots

On January 28th, the Chinese New Year will ring in the year of the Rooster. In addition, 2017 will be the year of the Fire Rooster, the first of it’s kind in sixty years.  In celebration of such a momentous occasion, 5Dimes invites you to play the fabled Fucanglong slot machine.

The Fucanglong is the Chinese dragon of “hidden treasure”. Deep in the earth, it waits atop a mountain of jewels and rare mineral deposits. You will only see it when you are on the hunt for these worldly treasures deep in the bowels of the earth or when the dragon is called upon to testify to the gods. That is when the Fucanglong spreads it’s wings and erupts from the bowels of the earth in the form of a volcano to soar to the heavens leaving it’s earthly treasures behind.

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A Horse, Elephant & Donkey Walk Into A Bar

With the 2016 football season just passing the midway point, its time to turn our attention to the never ending election and the Breeders’ Cup.

The 2016 Presidential Election is less than a week away and Clinton remains a substantial favorite, with odds hovering around -300 – if you bet $300 on Hillary, then you win $100. Meanwhile, Trump is in the range of a +275 underdog – meaning a $100 bet will win you $275.

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How Does The Presidential Election Work?

Each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, has a certain amount of electoral college votes to award a candidate, based on the number of members of Congress it has. This is roughly in line with each area’s population. Except in Maine and Nebraska, the votes are given on a winner-takes-all basis.

Bet The 2016 Breeders’ Cup

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic is this Saturday, Nov. 5th from the storied Santa Anita Park in California. The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is the race to watch. There will be 10 runners going to the gate at Santa Anita on Saturday evening. Post time for the race, which will be broadcast on NBC, is 8:35 Eastern Time.

Word came out last week that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist would not run due to a swollen ankle was a big blow to horse racing handicappers. But never fear California Chrome is the heavy betting favorite to win the 2016 Breeders’ Cup.

Even-money favorite California Chrome is the horse to beat, but he will have to beat a handful of Grade I winners to be crowned the Breeders’ Cup Classic champion, several of which are come to the Classic to finish out their own impressive years.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Entries and Odds
Horse Trainer Odds
California Chrome Art Sherman -110
Arrogate Bob Baffert +300
Frosted Kiaran McLaughlin +800
Found Aidan O’Brien +1200
Highland Reel Aidan O’Brien +1600
Shamam Ghost Jimmy Jerkens +2500
Melatonin David Hofmans +2500
Hoppertunity Bob Baffert +2800
Gun Runner Steve Asmussen +2800
Keen Ice Todd Pletcher +3300
Effinex Jimmy Jerkens +4000
War Story Mario Serey Jr. +6600
Win the Space George Papaprodromou +6600

 

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UFC 204 From Manchester

Michael Bisping returns home to defend his UFC middleweight title against old rival and yankee Dan Henderson at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. Click here to bet on UFC 204 at 5dimes.

UFC 204 Main Even Odds

  • Bisping +185
  • Henderson -225

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Other main card event odds include Manuwa at 11/8 to come out on top against Ovince Saint Preux while Pickett is at 11/8 to beat Luri Alcantara who is backed 4/7.

UFC 204 takes place this Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 PM ET.

UFC 2014 Main Event

Michael Bisping (29-7-KO16) v Dan Henderson (32-14-KO16) – middleweight
Vitor Belfort (25-12-KO18) v Gegard Mousasi (39-6-2-KO20) – middleweight
Jimi Manuwa (15-2-KO13) v Ovince Saint Preux (19-8-KO9) – middleweight
Daniel Omielanczuk (19-5-1-KO3) v Stefan Struve (27-8-KO8) – heavyweight

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Don’t Miss Out On Hockey And Tennis

Eight teams to compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey takes place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America – will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship.

The two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final and you can bet every game at 5Dimes.

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Here are the latest betting odds to win the tournament.

  • Canada -105
  • Russia +500
  • Sweden +600
  • USA +600
  • Finland +1100
  • North America U23 +1200
  • Czech Republic +2500
  • Team Europe +3300

Davis Cup

Tennis superstar Andy Murray will face former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the opening match of defending champions Great Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina in Glasgow on Friday.

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College Football Week 1 Kicks Off Now

The first week of college football kicks-off earlier than you think and it’s going to be a 10-day gridiron campaign. The California Golden Bears and the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors kick off the college football season on Friday, August 26 in Sydney, Australia. A day shy of a week later, 126 other colligate squads open their seasons with a Labor Day weekend college football marathon, spanning from Thursday, September 1 to Monday, September 5.

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College Football Week 1 Odds

Saturday, August 27, 2016

California -22 at Hawai’i  (Game played at Sydney Olympic Park – New South Wales)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Indiana -4 at Florida International

Charlotte at Louisville -37

Tulane at Wake Forest -14

Rice at Western Kentucky -14

South Carolina at Vanderbilt -2

Oregon State at Minnesota -7

Appalachian State at Tennessee -24

Friday, September 2, 2016

Ball State -1 at Georgia State

Army at Temple -19

Colorado State at Colorado -8½ (Game played at Sports Authority Field – Denver, Colorado)

Kansas State at Stanford -16

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Georgia Tech -4 vs. Boston College (Game played at Aviva Stadium – Dublin, Ireland)

Miami (OH) at Iowa -28

Western Michigan at Northwestern -4½

Bowling Green at Ohio State -27

Kent at Penn State -17

Missouri at West Virginia -13

New Mexico State at  UTEP -3

SMU -10 at North Texas

South Alabama at Mississippi State -32

Texas State at Ohio -20

Southern Mississippi at Kentucky -8

Louisiana Tech at Arkansas -20

Toledo at Arkansas State -1½

UMASS at Florida -34

Clemson -7 at Auburn

UCLA at Texas A&M -2½f

San Jose State at Tulsa -8

Rutgers at Washington -21

LSU -8 at Wisconsin ( Game played at Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin)

North Carolina at Georgia -3 (Game played at Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia)

Oklahoma -8½ at Houston ( Game played at NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas)

Fresno State at Nebraska -28

USC at Alabama -10 (Game played at AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)

Boise State -17 at UL-Lafayette

BYU at Arizona -2½ (Game played at University of Phoenix Stadium — Glendale, Arizona)

Northern Illinois -10 at Wyoming

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Notre Dame -3 at Texas

Monday, September 5, 2016

Mississippi at Florida State -6 (Game played at Camping World Stadium – Orlando Florida)

That’s not all this week. The PGA playoffs are finally here. The 2015-16 FedEx Cup Playoffs start at Bethpage Black this week with The Barclays.

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