Vegas Sportsbook Picks: Bobcats vs. Celtics, Orioles vs. Rangers Odds

The top sports betting website has several betting tips Sunday. The first is from the real Matt Rivers and it is on the Charlotte Bobcats (+9) to Boston.

Reasoning: Yes I know, the Bobcats are the biggest mess in the NBA right now and it’s not even close. Michael Jordan’s franchise gets blown out routinely and has even done so a few times against quite possibly the second to worst team in the league in the Wizards.

So then with the above said how can I back them against one of the hotter teams in the NBA in the second half? Easy, the Celtics are getting longer in the tooth and are playing on the beyond tough back-to-back-to-back. Doc’s squad played in Toronto on Friday, New Jersey last night and now travels and plays for a third time in the past 48 hours. These guys have struggled on just playing two straight nights and tonight no matter how inept the opponent is, and these Bobcats are inept, winning by basically double digits just seems like too much. 

Garnett, Pierce, Allen and Rondo are a nucleus that with rest can make some noise in the playoffs. But after opening up a solid lead in the division thanks to the great play coupled with the 76ers slide this is the perfect spot for the men in green to somewhat mail it in and go through the motions. The best part about that is that Boston can play bad and still get away with it in a close win which is just fine with me.

Gerald Henderson, DJ Augustin and the Bobbies are an awful squad but they are still a professional squad and with the far more rested legs should compete until the end in this game.

Rivers pick: Charlotte

Now to the boy wonders of the Canadian Crew with the first of five premium play locks for Sunday.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Odds: Toronto -165/Baltimore +155; 9.5 o/u

Last season’s AL East basement dwellers are off to a good start and, if they’re hoping to flip the script from last year’s finish, racking up a few wins now could have big impact come August. Both teams are improving, but are loaded with young players and are very thin on pitching.

Taking the mound for the Blue Jay is Kyle Drabek (1-0), a three-year veteran who is expected to play an increasingly large role for the team. Drabek started out the season strong in a 7-3 win over the Red Sox. In that effort he played five innings and only gave up three hits, one run and three BBs. One thing to watch with Drabek is his performance in Toronto, he’s just 2-5 in his 13 starts in the Rogers Centre.

It’s early yet, but the Jays’ offensive efforts are dominated by 2B Kelly Johnson (.286). So far this season he’s put up eight hits, seven runs and two home runs. The veteran player is coming into his own as a Bluejay and seems more comfortable there than he ever was in Arizona.

After a horrible 2011 season, the Orioles are building up a young team that’s showing promise, but isn’t quite there yet. Starting the rotation for Baltimore is the very young Brian Matusz (0-1). He didn’t look at that impressive in his first start, a 4-inning effort against the Yankees that produced only one strikeout, four runs, four earned runs and six hits. He’s fighting hard to secure his spot in the rotation and should look better today than he did last week.

Orioles CF Adam Jones (.357) is leading the team’s hitting numbers and already has five runs on ten hits and two home runs. He knocked out 25 homers last season and is on track to blow that mark out of the water this year.

Baltimore struggled mightily on the road last with an awful 30-51 record but are off to a promising start. Given their productive offensive efforts and Drabek’s record at home, they’ve got a slight edge in this one.

The Pick: Baltimore +155 from the Canadian Crew

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About the Author

Matt Rivers has been a champion handicapper for years at a previous outlet and left for a new challenge once again proving he is the best in the business, bar none. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts from a top 20 college, Emory University in Atlanta, and has worked at two major television networks covering both pro and college sports. A thorough knowledge of the sports world combined with personal gambling experience along with years of professional handicapping has helped mold Mr. Rivers into the rock solid consistent winner that he is today.

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