Alright let’s make some money folks. There are a few things that caught my eye this week and I wanted to spread the wealth a bit, it’s not fun getting rich by yourself. I am giving you these picks for free because that’s the kind of guy I am, no need to thank me when you stuff your bookie in a locker. I want to preface this by saying I will have weekly picks during football and hockey season, but in the mean time I will share my thoughts when I see some good opportunities. Let’s get to the picks:
Golden State -3.5 @ Cleveland
“Home Court is everything in the NBA playoffs.” Blah blah blah. The Golden State Warriors are just too much for the Cavs to handle. Cleveland simply cannot defend against KD and Co. (Yes, this is KD’s team now. Sorry Riley Curry) I am no NBA expert but I do have 20/20 vision and my eyeballs are telling me Golden State is a far better team. LeBron played great in game 2 until he ran out of gas. King James is going to go down as one of the best of all time but he can’t win this series alone. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have played pretty good, but they need a full team effort for any chance tonight at home. J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson have been nowhere to be found. J.R. Smith only has 3 points this series, which is an incredible feat, and Tristan Thompson only has 8 points and 8 rebounds thus far. If Smith can’t find any open looks and Tristan Thompson can’t get a board, it will be very difficult for Cleveland to steal one from Golden State.
Nashville Predators +120 (Updated Series Price)
After a shaky first 2 games in net from Pekka Rinne, it looks like he has returned to form in this incredible playoff run. Nashville has outplayed Pittsburgh all series and I think they will continue to do so. I have never seen a team play this well in the neutral zone (they completely embarrassed my Blackhawks by doing this in the first round). Nashville’s gritty style of play will continue to frustrate the Penguins up and down the ice. Yes, Pittsburgh has home ice advantage but this series hinges on Pekka Rinne. If you think he can push out a few more masterpieces, Nashville will be hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup in the near future.
Indians @ Rockies+110
Trevor Bauer stinks this year, plain and simple. On the other hand, Denver native Kyle Freeland is putting together a strong rookie campaign (Also, he has one of the most patriotic last names in Major League Baseball). Colorado is putting together a surprisingly strong 2017 season which has them atop the NL West. Cleveland however, is hovering around .500 and having a hard time getting back on track from their 2016 World Series run. I guess you really can’t blame the Indians, any team that blows a 3-1 series lead in the World Series is expected to have 2-3 down years before they can feel confident again.
Lock of the Week
Astros @ Royals Under 8.5 Runs
Keuchel vs. Vargas. These are 2 pitchers who have absolutely dominated this year. These guys are 1 and 2 in ERA so far this year and this game should turn out to be a classic pitcher’s duel. Dallas Keuchel is leading the majors in ERA(1.67), Wins(9) and WHIP(0.87) this year and is facing a Royals team who has scored the 2nd least amount of runs this year behind the Padres. I fully expect Keuchel to continue rolling his Cy Young caliber season tonight. On the other side, you have Jason Vargas who is quietly having a strong year. Vargas is coming off of a complete game shutout against the Indians, which moved his ERA down to an astonishing 2.08 ERA. Houston is on an absolute tear right now, winning 11 straight before yesterday’s loss to Kansas City. While KC has been poor on offense this year, Houston has scored the most runs thus far. They are tearing the cover off the ball but Vargas should be able to keep them in check tonight. Hammer the under. HAMMER IT.
P.S. I think I just convinced myself to take a small parlay with Houston and the under, aside from my under bet.
**In future Benny’s Bets blogs I will be keeping a running total of my record to date. Les and “ArtySauce” will be doing the same**