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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 20, 2024
76ers vs Knicks
76ers
+140 at linepros
Lost
$100.0
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Rotation #571: Saturday NBA Philadelphia 76ers +140 @ New York Knicks @ 6 ET - When Julius Randle (out for the season - shoulder surgery) first went down in late January, the Knicks had a few easy opponents lined up next. But then, after facing Memphis in early February, New York then went 17-14 the rest of the season without Randle. New York is still a solid team but they don't have the dual star power they had when they had Jalen Brunson in tandem with Randle. Yes, the Knicks still have solid players and are well-coached and play solid defense. However, the Sixers will have Joel Embiid for this game. They have their dual star power with Embiid and Tyrese Maxey! After that, similar to the Knicks, Philly has plenty of solid players and strong role players as well. With Embiid the 76ers have won 31 of 38 games! Yes, a 31-7 run in games he has played. Remember the stat I just told you about the Knicks last 31 games without Randle (17-14). We are getting phenomenal line value here considering the above. Yes, the Knicks are at home and have a solid team but being without Randle makes a huge difference. Also, Embiid only played in one game against New York this season. Yes the Sixers got blasted in that game (36 point differential tied to variance in 3-pointers) but the point is, Philly is now the healthier team. Losing 3 of the 4 regular season meetings is leading to line value here. Maxey and Embiid were both out when the Sixers beat the Knicks here in New York last month. Maxey did score 26 ppg in the other 3 games against the Knicks. This is where coach Nurse earns his contract with the Sixers. Remember he was also in his first year with the Raptors when he led them to a title. Philly will be playing at a different level now that playoff time is here and playoff time means being without a star like Randle can quickly become a killer. Embiid is not 100% but he has shown he can pace himself and then raise to his highest level come crunch time when needed. That said, no points needed here and we take advantage of the plus money on the money line in this one. PHILADELPHIA +140

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 20, 2024
Maple Leafs vs Bruins
OVER 5½ -121 Won
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Rotation #43: NHL Saturday OVER 5.5 -120 in Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs @ 8 ET - Some books have had - and some (as of 7 AM ET gameday) still have - this total at 6 goals! I agree with this and feel we have solid line value with the over with this total at 5.5 goals. Yes, it is playoff hockey and yes this is not only a divisional rivalry but also an Original Six match-up! However, the Maple Leafs have recently resumed their concerning tendency of allowing too many goals and they are going to have to lean heavily on their skill up front. That said, I like the value with the low total here. Toronto has had 5 straight games total at least 7 goals! Also, 14 of last 18 have totaled at least 6 goals! Again, it is playoff hockey now but the Leafs have conceded 5 goals per game in their last 4 games and you can not just "flip a switch" on that. Also, Boston has scored 4 goals in each of the last two meetings with Toronto and the one before was also a 4-3 Bruins win in OT. With having won all 4 games in the regular season series, the Bruins have plenty of confidence here but the Leafs will be aggressive and try to put Boston on their heels early in this one. Don't be surprised if each club gets to 3 goals in this one! OVER 5.5 -120 in Boston

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 20, 2024
White Sox vs Phillies
Phillies
-1½ -130 at linepros
Won
$100
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Rotation #972: MLB Saturday Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 -130 vs Chicago White Sox @ 6:05 ET - Of course we are not going to be on the Phillies every day of the season but we are riding with them again today because they are matched up with the team with the worst record in MLB this season! Of course this is why the Phillies are the biggest money line favorite on the board today but there is still value to be had as we can grab the run line at -1.5 runs and get a very fair price. Chicago is now 3-16 on the season. This White Sox team has 4 games where they scored decently (or at least respectable) but in the other 15 games they have averaged only 1 run scored per game! That is incredible! Yes, 15 of 19 games this season have aggregated to just 15 runs - 1 per game! If they have that type of "normal" result for them there, we - in theory - just need 3 runs from the Phillies to win this bet. The fact is Philadelphia's lineup is starting to heat up and they have averaged 6.3 runs in their last 3 games at home! Bohm was the star yesterday. Schwarber and Turner the day before. Harper and Realmuto the day before. All those guys are solid hitters and though Castellanos has slumped so far this season, he and Stott and Marsh in the bottom half of the lineup show just how stacked this team is with hitters compared to a team like the White Sox. Also, Wheeler is 0-3 this season but has pitched very well. Tough luck losses so far. Soroka is 0-2 this season and has struggled with command and has a 6.98 ERA. This game is a complete mismatch again. Lay it! PHILADELPHIA -1.5 -130

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 20, 2024
Chelsea vs Manchester City
OVER 3 -110 Lost
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Rotation #200401: English FA Cup: Saturday OVER 3 -110 in Manchester City vs Chelsea @ 12:15 ET - Manchester City will bounce back after the frustrating loss to Real Madrid in Champions League action. After being eliminated from competing for that title, City views this one as even more important now and will be looking to keep their hopes alive of winning some hardware. Chelsea, however, will have something to say about that and has been scoring plenty of goals. I look for a high-scoring affair here as City will be aggressively attacking after the 1-1 result with Real Madrid. Couple that with Chelsea continuing to pile up goals - Palmer now has scored as many as Haaland in EPL action - and I look for a 3-2 type match here! The last meeting between these clubs was 1-1 but this followed a 4-4 thriller which marked the 2nd time in 3 meetings that City had reached the 4-goal mark. Entering this one Chelsea has seen 8 straight matches total at least 4 goals and those 8 have actually averaged 5 goals apiece! We get some line value here because there is a chance that City could rotate some players after that long battle with Real Madrid but, even if they do, they have plenty of firepower and will bounce back strong at home even if Chelsea matches them goal for goal. I expect 2 goals for each club in this one given all of the above! OVER 3 -110 in Manchester City

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 20, 2024
Rapid Bucuresti vs Steaua Bucharesti
OVER 2½ -104 Won
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Rotation #206933: Romania Liga 1: Saturday OVER 2.5 -105 in FCSB vs Rapid Bucuresti @ 1:30 ET - Not only have these clubs gone over the total in 3 straight meetings overall. The over is also a perfect 4-0 the L4 times that FCSB has hosted. Yes, both clubs play in Bucuresti but the value of a club being in their home stadium where they are most comfortable does matter. FCSB has scored at least 1 goal in 8 straight home matches and has averaged 2.1 goals scored during this stretch. The last 4 times they have hosted Rapid, those matches have all totaled at least 3 goals and the matches have averaged 4.3 goals apiece! FCSB has been perfect in the play-off portion of the schedule thus far with a 4-0 record. However, Rapid beat them 4-0 in the final match of the regular season so you know FCSB is out for revenge here. The hosts have a comfortable lead at the top of the table so they can go all out here on the attack in an effort to get their revenge. That said I expect an attack-filled affair to be the story in this one. Rapid will be looking to respond off a 1-0 home loss and 6 of 7 Rapid matches prior to that one went over the total and those 6 averaged 4 goals apiece. The over improves to 5-0 L5 times FCSB has hosted Rapid! OVER 2.5 -105 in FCSB

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Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 21, 2024
White Sox vs Phillies
Phillies
-1½ -140 at circa
Won
$100
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Rotation #918: MLB Sunday Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 -145 vs Chicago White Sox @ 1:35 ET - Not going to change what is working just fine. The White Sox have the worst record in the league and are now 3-17 on the season and 1-8 on the road. The Phillies have won 5 straight games and are swinging hot bats at home. The White Sox have gotten some late runs in recent games but overall continue to slump at the plate. As for Philadelphia, they have now scored an average of 7 runs in their last 4 victories. Aaron Nola gets the ball here and he loves pitching at home. Also, he had a bad first start this season but has been strong ever since and is coming off his best start yet. Curve ball was lethal at home and he has allowed only 9 hits in his last 19 innings plus just 3 solo homers are the only 3 runs in his last 3 starts! Nick Nastrini gets the ball for the White Sox and the 24 year old was strong in his first career MLB start early this week but now he is making his first ever road start! Nastrini was struggling at the AAA level before being called up and he also walked too many batters in spring training so he appears to be prone to lapses in command of his pitches. Facing a hot Phillies team with a number of sluggers is a tough ask for the very first road start of your career. Look for the Phillies to again roll big at home in this one. We have a bit of a price to lay on the run line here but it should prove well worth it! PHILADELPHIA -1.5 -145

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 21, 2024
Pacers vs Bucks
Pacers
-117 at linepros
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Rotation #583 NBA Sunday Indiana Pacers -115 @ Milwaukee Bucks @ 7 ET - It is doubtful that  Antetokounmpo is going to play here. If he does, he will not be near to 100%. That said, this Pacers team is extremely hungry as they are finally back in the post-season. Indiana has such a prolific and fast-paced offense and I expect them to throw the Bucks, especially being without Antetokounmpo, out of rhythm in this one. Milwaukee has dealt with so many injuries over the latter portion of the season that their record is not impressive since Rivers took over as head coach. As for the Pacers, they have won 12 of 18 games and they are only missing Benedict Mathurin on the injury front. But he has been out since early March and was not on the floor for that 12-6 run over Indiana's last 18 games. Also, they have looked really strong with Siakam on the floor along with Haliburton and Turner. This team looks healthier and stronger and deeper than seen in quite some time! Unlike a Pacers team that finished the season strong, the Bucks have lost 8 of 11 games. Milwaukee did win their last 2 home games but this followed a 4-game home losing streak! The Bucks are trending the wrong way right now and the Antetokounmpo injury situation makes this a must play the way I see it! By the way, the current line is a -1 in most spots as of 10 hours before tipoff so I would suggest laying a slightly higher price and just grab the money line in this one. INDIANA -115

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 21, 2024
CS U Craiova vs Sepsi
OVER 2½ +104 Won
$104
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Rotation #206937: Romania Liga 1: Sunday OVER 2.5 +105 in Sepsi vs Universitatea Craiova @ Noon ET - Sepsi is off a 1-0 win at Rapid. This low-scoring win followed Sepsi both scoring and conceding in 4 straight matches! Also, Sepsi has scored an average of 1.7 goals per match over their last 7 matches. They have been playing well and love playing at home but Universitatea Craiova is sure to give them trouble in this one. The visitors have been a goal-scoring machine and this includes matches away from home as well! In fact, before a rare 2-0 shutout loss at FCSB, note that Universitatea Craiova scored 2.3 goals per match in their last 8 ROAD matches! Overall, in all matches, 14 of last 16 Universitatea Craiova matches have totaled at least 3 goals! This one will too and you will see a strong push for the full 3 points in the table in this play-off battle and with both clubs very likely to score, that is why I am projecting at least a 2-1 final here. Note that Sepsi had only 7 draws in 30 matches in the regular season and, out of all 16 clubs in the league, note that Universitatea Craiova is the only club without a draw and I look for that streak to remain intact here with at least 3 goals in this one! OVER 2.5 +105 in Sepsi

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 21, 2024
Capitals vs Rangers
Rangers
-220 at linepros
Won
$100
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Rotation #54 NHL Sunday New York Rangers Money Line -220 vs Washington Capitals @ 3 ET - Long time followers know that I rarely ever play a favorite in this range but this is a unique situation. First off I like the Rangers a lot here and might normally play the puck line in a spot like this or perhaps take a look at the regulation line. However, here is a key stat that will help you feel more comfortable with laying the price here also. The Rangers were 30-11 on home ice this season and had ZERO losses after regulation time when on home ice. They also are the much better team on special teams. Also, the Capitals lost a couple 20-minute defensemen late this season and that has hurt the D-men depth for them and those guys are now question marks as to their health. Washington barely got the win at Philly and punched their ticket to the post-season at the very end of the season. Prior to that win on the road the Caps had lost 4 of last 5 road games. Yes, Washington won their final 3 regular season games (2 on home ice) but this followed losing 7 of 8 overall. They are not the same team they use to be when they made the post-season two years ago and had guys like Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Eller, Sheary, Orlov and Mantha. Yes, they still have Ovechkin and Oshie and Carlson and Wilson plus they now have Strome. However, this team has definitely regressed and barely snuck into the post-season through the backdoor. Give them credit for that but their goal differential compared to the Rangers is a 90-goal variance in favor of New York and the hosts are the healthier team here. The health of defensemen Jensen and Sandin is a big concern for the Caps here. Rare bigger money line price for me but worth an investment as one could argue it should be closer to -300! This Rangers team won 75% of home games this season! NEW YORK RANGERS -220

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 21, 2024
AFC Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
OVER 3 -123 Won
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Rotation #200009: English Premier League Sunday OVER 3 -123 in Aston Villa vs Bournemouth @ 10 AM ET - Aston Villa still pushing hard for a top four finish in the table. They are off a 2-1 loss to Lille but that was the 2nd leg and the 1 goal they got was a key one from Matty Cash. That knotted the aggregate at 3-3 and Aston Villa then prevailed on penalty kicks so they are coming into this match with momentum. I love the over here because Bournemouth will surely push the pace here and try to take advantage of possible weary Villa legs. However, Villa is so tough at home and will take advantage on the counterattack. Villa has scored 2.5 goals per match when at home this season in EPL action but also has allowed 1.4 goals per match at home. Bournemouth has allowed 2 goals per match when on the road this season but also is scoring 1.6 goals per match when away from home. The goals absolutely should fly here. Bournemouth, which might surprise many to hear, has scored exactly 2 goals in 5 of the last 6 meetings with Aston Villa. As for the hosts in this match-up, they have scored 5 goals in their last 2 matches versus Bournemouth. Also, Aston Villa has averaged scoring 2.8 goals per match in their last 4 home matches across all competitions. We have to lay a little juice to have the over 3 in this one but it is available in the marketplace and well worth it though I certainly am expecting 4 or more goals here. 12 of 15 Bournemouth road matches have totaled 3 or more goals this season. This one will too! OVER 3 -123 in Aston Villa

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