Magic Time Equals Winning Money!

  • Thursday, May 6, 2010 9:11 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash

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Your "Bad Beat" for Wednesday is on:

Indians (minus 120) vs. Toronto.

Now this is bad. Bad as in good! The Indians led 4-2 in the top of the 9th inning with two outs and nobody on. One more out and the fans at the Jake are going home happy. Then it came down to one more strike as Fred Lewis has an 0-2 count. But he prolonged the game with a double. Then on the 0-2 pitch Aaron Hill grounded one into the hole at short and Luis Valbuena whiffed at it for an error allowing Lewis to score.

So the game was now 4-3 and wouldn't you know it on the 1-2 pitch Adam Lind went deep for the 5-4 lead and win.

Now that is dreadful for all of the Tribe backers, dreadful!



Your winner for Thursday is on:

3* Magic (minus 9 1/2) vs. Atlanta.

One play on Wednesday, a 3* loser on the Spurs.



One play again on Thursday as that's all the board merits. I can't say that I am in love with Orlando tonight because this is a lot of points and I can't see another blowout as the Hawks are too talented to be so pathetic again but Atlanta is lacking heart and the way they play on the road makes me fine with the home squad.

I expect Mike Woodson's team to come out and play hard after the game one embarassment but these Hawks have been dreaqdful on the road for the last three seasons with this same corps and I'm not so sure they truly have what it takes to stay in this thing for 48 minutes.

Dwight Howard is just too good for anybody down low and that includes Al Horford and Nelson, Lewis and the rest of Stan Van Gundy's squad is as rolling as a team can be rolling right now.

The Hawks have talented players with Horford, Smith, Johnson and Crawford and have enough potential to compete but I'm just not sure psychologically they have what it takes to regroup after that game one woodshed beating.

We're not looking at a repeat of game one but we are looking at the same end result!



J-Cash Continues To Dominate Day After Day!

  • Monday, April 26, 2010 8:53 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash

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Your "Bad Beat" for Sunday is on:

Phillies (minus 115, first 5 innings) at Arizona.

A consolation prize to any Braves backers as they watched their team lose 1-0 after only 5 1/2 innings thanks to rain and the run came in on an error. That is pretty freakin bad.

But the "Bad Beat" of the day goes to the Fightin' Phillies who didn't do much fighting in the fifth inning. Kyle Kendrick was cruising and the defending National League champions had the 3-0 lead into the bottom of that fifth inning. In a first five inning play three more outs before three runs equaled a win. That should have been easy money for sure, right?

Wrong.

The pitcher Rodrigo Lopez led off the inning with a single and then Kelly Johnson homered all of a sudden making the score 3-2. Three batters later the powerful Mark Reynolds belted a three run home run and just like that the Diamondbacks owned the 5-3 lead and won the first 5.

Ouch!



Your winner for Monday is on:

3* Bucks (plus 1 1/2) vs. Atlanta.

Another amazing winning day on Sunday as my biggest play ever, a 6* on the Jazz rolled!



I don't love this Monday slate at all and especially not on the diamond as there is little value there. But I'm fine with the Bucks at home on the hardwoods and will back them.

Mike Woodson's Hawks are clearly the more talented team when compared with the Bucks. Milwaukee is obviously once again without its big man in Andrew Bogut and that is huge. But I'm not sold on Atlanta winning a big road game as they just seem to fail a lot more than they succeed in this type of a spot.

The Hawks have been in the playoffs now for three straight seasons and continue to lose game after game on the road. They beat Dwyane Wade and the Heat in one last season but I am pretty sure that has been it in terms of wins away from Philips Arena in about 9 tries.

I'm not saying that Joe Johnson and his 50 win plus team can't win this game because they have the talent to do so with Horford, Smith and Crawford but these guys have not really stepped up on the road and I'm not so sure they can just do it today.

Brandon Jennings has the makings of a superstar and we saw just that in game one of this series. The kid is awesome and in the end I will gladly back the Bucks at home not laying anything.



The Hawks Will Take Flight Tonight in Milwaukee!

  • Monday, April 12, 2010 8:49 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash

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Your "Bad Beat" for Sunday is on:

Indians (plus 190) at Detroit.

It was 5-0 Cleveland before Justin Verlander's Tigers even came to the plate. The score was 7-1 in the 6th inning and 8-6 in the 9th.

But closer Chris Perez wet himself allowing two hits, three walks and a game losing wild pitch as Jim Leyland's squad came all the way back with three runs in the 9th inning for a 9-8 victory.



Your winners for Monday are on:

3* Hawks (plus one) at Milwaukee.

2* Rangers (pk) at Cleveland.

A 2-0 Sunday sweep for 5* of profit after the Yankees and Bulls both won going away!



The Hawks need to keep playing hard in order to wrap up the three seed in the East ahead of the Celtics. Atlanta is one game up with two to play but Mike Woodson's team loses the tiebreaker because Boston is a division champion which trumps the season series 4-0 victory for the Hawks.

Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford and Jamal Crawford form a team that is fun to watch and dangerous as heck. They already have 51 victories and getting this three seed is fairly important as they would avoide LeBron and the Cavaliers in the second round.

A few weeks back the Bucks beat the Hawks in Milwaukee but now with Andrew Bogut hurt the pendulum has swung in terms of the advantage and in revenge the visitors are going to come through. Milwaukee's Australian big man was playing great ball and is and will be severely missed and I mean severely.



Fausto Carmona could be alright as he was great a few years back with that sinker but Rich Harden at a pick is too good to pass up. Harden has a world of upside as we have seen in the past, his problem has always been injuries ala a Kerry Wood or Mark Prior. This kid can blow it past anybody when on. Throw in a lineup that boasts a ton of talent now led by a blossoming star in Nelson Cruz along with Michael Young and Josh Hamilton and a few others and the Rangers certainly can hit the ball.

Ron Washington's squad has not exactly been smashing it around the park like they are capable of but it's not like Cleveland is a team with superstars up and down the lineup.

The Indians are not terrible as Travis Hafner appears to have picked things up and Grady Sizemore along with Shin Soo Choo are quality ballplayers but even at home they are not as good as the Rangers. Plus Sizemore may not be able to play and that's fine with me.

Texas had a team win total of 84 in Vegas before the season and Cleveland was about 74. With both team's aces on the hill, even at the Jake, a pick is a total steal for us.



The Nets over the Suns? How Could I?

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2010 8:38 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash

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Your "Bad Beat" for Tuesday is on:

Coyotes (over 5 1/2) at Vancouver.

A consolation prize to any Pacific hoops backers as the Tigers were getting 5 1/2 and up by 6 at the break only to get drilled and watch Missouri State cover the game.

But the "Bad Beat" of the day comes on the ice where Phoenix was tangling in Vancouver. The over looked to be the play as this thing was 3-1 Canucks after just one period and 4-1 mid-way through the second. That means half of the game was remaining and just one measley goal needed for the over.

I guess it wasn't that measley.

There were only 16 combined shots in the third period and no more goals as this thing stayed 4-1 and a winner for the under players.



Your winners for Wednesday are on:

3* Nets (plus 7) vs. Phoenix.

2* Lakers (plus 1) at Atlanta.

One Tuesday play and it came through in the end. 4* North Carolina was a pick and needed overtime but did win by one. That was much much needed!



If you have been reading this blog for awhile then you more than likely know my feelings on the Nets. New Jersey may only have 10 victories on the season but they are not that bad. I love Lopez and Harris and feel that Kiki's team has solid enough complimentary players led by Lee and Yi. Finally the Nets' talent has translated into victories as they have now won three of the last four games and three straight at home.

The Nets just upset the Spurs as a similar dog a few nights ago and tonight have another semi daunting task with the very very good Phoenix Suns in town. Nash and Stoudemire are great but the Suns are playing for a second straight night after the victory in the Windy City yesterday. Maybe a little fatigue for the Suns? It's certainly a possibility.

There's no doubt we're backing the inferior team here, no matter my feelings for the Nets and in the end we should lose this game. But a full touchdown at home with the fresher team that is playing its best ball of the season is enough for me.



Mike Woodson's Hawks are very good and at home at times are great. Meanwhile Kobe and the Lakers have been struggling of late but I don't care, if I can get the defending champs plus something then it's a no-brainer.

Andrew Bynum is banged up and Los Angeles is not firing away on all cylinders but Phil Jackson's team is still great and boasts one of the top two players on the planet in Bryant. Look for the superstar of all superstars to take this thing over with some help from Gasol and for the champs to get back in the saddle and take care of business here.

Horford, Smith and Johnson are awesome but these are the Lakers we're talking about.