Free Picks, Belmont Stakes Odds, Eastern Conference Game 7 Spread, Stanley Cup Line, Boxing Odds

What a huge sports day. The Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics play for the right to face the Oklahoma Thunder in the NBA Finals. Bradley vs. Pacquiao battle in the squared circle, while the Jersey Devils try to keep their Stanley Cup Championship hopes alive against the Los Angeles Kings.

The real Matt Rivers of check in with a free pick for Saturday on the Seattle Mariners (+118) to Los Angeles.

Clayton Kershaw is a superstar for sure but his last two starts haven’t been as good and now in interleague action I’ll back the home dog Mariners and take my chances.

Seattle’s offense is far from being good and overall is mediocre at best. Jason Vargas, though, has been a very good story early on with his seven wins and solid era and I can see him here at Safeco continue to run. The guy is a quality start machine and should do the usual seven innings and two or three runs here. If Kershaw is on his game that may not be good enough but after the recent struggles and being in this abnormal spot I’ll fade the lefty. 

Don Mattingly’s Dodgers continue to impress without Matt Kemp but they are still not the most talented team out there. They just swept the Phillies on the road and now stay outside of Los Angeles on this trip while having to play by American League rules which is not easy.

The Dodgers are a bit overvalued these days and a decent fade as they will come back down to Earth in the near future.

Rivers pick: Seattle

The wunderkinds of the Canadian Crew agree. Los Angeles Dodgers vs Seattle Mariners

Odds: LAD -130/SEA +120; 9.5 o/u

Los Angeles appears to be back to their winning ways after sweeping the Phillies and helping undo the damage from their five-game losing streak in late May. Now with three games in Seattle, they’ve got a chance to put even more room between them and their arch rivals, the San Franciso Giants.

The biggest challenge LA is facing today comes from their own starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.55 ERA). Kershaw’s been suffering from planta fasciitis recently and really hasn’t been playing up to his own high standards. He did look very good across 7 innings against the hapless Phillies. Still, he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5. Prior to that, he gave up losses to both Milwaukee and Houston.

LA’s current road trip didn’t get off to a good start when they gave up 2 of 3 to the, then red-hot, Colorado Rockies. But after sweeping the Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love (and aggressive sports fans) they’ve got to be feeling pretty confident.

Offensively, the LA bats shouldn’t have much to worry about in Seattle. They outscored the Phillies 20-12 and could expect similar results against the Mariners.

For Seattle, the Dodgers are a challenge they don’t necessarily need. They just enjoyed a nice 2-of-3 run against the other Los Angeles team. While they did put up the wins, they didn’t exactly blow out the Angels. It’s tough to picture teams that struggle against the Angels grabbing too many from the Dodgers.

The Mariners are starting off with Jason Vargas (7-4, 3.64). Vargas is playing pretty consistently and is giving Seattle an opportunity to stay ahead of the competition. In his last start, on Monday against the Angels, he gave up 4 runs, including 2 home runs, and 4 runs. Over the course of 5.2 innings he also struck out 8 and walked just 2.

Seattle has the ability produce a large amount of runs when given the opportunity, and Vargas may well give them that opportunity. Across their last 5 games they’ve scored a total of 28 runs. But thanks to some mediocre pitching, they’ve given up 30.

The Dodgers still aren’t back to dominating teams, despite their performance in Philly and we like the Mariners chances of putting up a lot of runs and scraping out the upset.

The Pick: Seattle +120

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Now for the latest odds on the Belmont Stakes.

5102 Dullahan +198
5103 Union Rags +226
5104 Paynter +438
5105 Street Life +805
5106 Atigun +2546
5107 Optimizer +1771
5108 Unstoppable U +2393
5109 My Adonis +2138
5110 Five Sixteen +6965
5111 Ravelo’s Boy +4368
5112 Guyana Star Dweej +6965

The Miami Heat are eight-point favorites to the Boston Celtics.

Boston Celtics +8 -101 +381 Over 178 -111
Miami Heat -8 -107 -445 Under 178 +101

In NHL, it’s as close to a pick ‘em as a game can get.

Los Angeles Kings +1.5 -355 -111 Over 5 +184
New Jersey Devils -1.5 +318 +103 Under 5 -201

Also Manny Pacquiao is -436 to defeat Timothy Bradley.


About the Author

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, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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