NBA Playoff Scores and Odds, Baseball Picks Top Sunday

Several of the nation’s best NBA handicappers and baseball betting experts have gambling picks for Sunday. First to the big bank rollers of the Canadian Crew on the New York Mets vs Colorado Rockies

Odds: NYM +150/CR -170; 9.5 o/u

The oldest pitcher in the league is set to lead the Colorado Rockies in their quest to stay on the right side of a winning record as they face off against the Mets in Denver today. 

Much has been made about Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer (2-1), but opponents should not look past the 49-year-old wonder. He’s got 24 MLB seasons under his belt, 268 wins, and is the only Rockies starter who has gone five innings in each of his starts. So far this season he’s pulling a 2.28 ERA and is likely feeling confident after becoming the oldest winning pitcher in MLB history last week.

Moyer is definitely not a strikeout artist, but he does have the ability to keep a game under control. At the end of the day his biggest problem isn’t age, it’s the very weak Rockies bullpen.

Expect Moyer and the rest of the team to get a big boost from the Rockies faithful at Coors Field. They’re at the beginning of a nine-game home stand that could give them a good chance to turn their fortunes around.

Taking the mound for the Mets is Venezuelan Johan Santana (0-2). Though he’s yet to put up a win this season, the veteran pitcher has already thrown 24 K’s and only 14 hits. Last week he threw 11 strikeouts against the Marlins and is a big obstacle to the Rockies’ offense.

New York is fresh off of a home sweep of the Marlins, but there weren’t a lot of offensive fireworks throughout most of that series. The Mets have struggled when faced with top teams (Washington and Atlanta) but the Rockies definitely aren’t a top team. Still, the Mets are only 3-3 on the road this season and after three nights in Denver, they could be feeling a bit fatigued. Look for Moyer to keep the Mets in line and the Rockies to walk away with the win.

The Pick: Colorado -170

The best baseball handicapper ever, going back to the scorephone handicapper days, is Joe Duffy of GodsTips. BOSTON (BECKETT -122) White Sox (Floyd)

Here come the Sox, the darker ones that is. They have now won six straight, while the lighter ones have lost five in a row. Boston 72-35 when they are playing a team that scored two or less last game. Chicago is 3-14 at home to teams with a winning record.

Boston has a slugging percentage .77 points higher for the year than Chicago, .194 points higher their last five games and .141 last 10.

Josh Beckett has 2.57 ERA and 1.048 WHIP in his last three. Since last year, Gavin Floyd has a 1-6 team mark his last seven starts.

Now to NBA scores, Matt Rivers picks the Clippers (+5.5) to Memphis.

Reasoning: Memphis is a very good team that is big and extremely dangerous after the solid run in the playoffs a season ago. The Grizzlies are somewhat loaded with Gasol, Gay, Randolph, Conley and others but to get a full handful with a superstar in Chris Paul and a big body who will man up in Blake Griffin along with other competent enough parts is fine with me.

Los Angeles did underachieve mightily at times this season. In fact a few months ago there were those rumblings on how the team quit on Vinny Del Negro. Who knows what was actually the case all I know is that Paul can lead this team to a win here and I would not bat an eye.

Yesterday the Magic went into Indiana and stole game one. If you think Paul and the visiting Clips can’t do the same thing then you are somewhat crazy. Therefore to get this number back is a play that just has to be made in some capacity, win, lose or draw.

 

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Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of OffshoreInsiders.com, the top sports betting site in the world. Email: contact@joeduffy.net

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