It’s been a pretty terrible start to my season so far. 0-2 last week with hitting only 3 of my 6 bets correctly. Pretty soft I gotta say. However, this is a new week and the sun is shining, summer is upon us and I’m feeling good. Let’s see if I can turn these wins into a winning ticket!
The Bet: NHL Montreal Canadiens (1.10) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2.60) (-1.5 HS)
I hate to say that tonight I am betting against my own team. Here’s the thing, since Montreal lost Alexei Emelin to a knee injury and Colby Armstrong to a concussion, they just haven’t been the same team. Both players brought a certain grit to the lineup that Montreal can’t replace when they are out. Ryan White replaces Armstrong’s minutes and does nothing but take dumb penalties. Andrei Markov is a better defensemen when Emelin is on the ice. Peter Budaj gets the start for Montreal tonight. He’s been a great backup goalie this season, but Montreal isn’t playing well enough as a team to be saved by goaltending. Oh yeah, and their playing Pittsburgh. These guys have been awesome all season and this veteran squad is tuning up for a long playoff run. Two really fun teams to watch; can’t wait to check this one out.
MLB Chicago White Sox (2.80) (T2.85) @ Toronto Blue Jays (2.15)
J.A. Happ (2-0) takes to the mound tonight vs. Jose Quintana (0-0). This has been a very well played series so far by both teams and I expect more of the same tonight. The Jay’s defence got a boost yesterday with the return of 3B Brett Lawrie. I expect Lawrie, who didn’t have a hit in his first start of the season, to get his bat going tonight and propel the Jays to at least a 2 run victory for the Moneyline win. No news yet on whether or not Jose Bautista will be in the lineup tonight but with several Blue Jay bats heating up I fully expect them to have a good outing at the Rogers Centre tonight.
NBA Houston Rockets (1.75) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1.65) (-2.5 HS)
Win and you’re in, Lakers fans. This one will be close but I think the Lakers edge the Rockets by at least 3. The Lakers offence without Kobe Bryant has shifted it’s focus to the 2 towers technique. Two very capable offensive big men working together down low for rebounds, second chances, and trips to the charity stripe. Only problem facing the Lakers tonight is the fact that they are missing a couple of the best guards in the league and will struggle to get the ball to Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol. The Rockets run and gun offence and may have a tough time getting things moving this evening against a very big Lakers lineup. I think it comes down to free throws at the end of the game and the Lakers come out on top. James Harden will go off tonight. If you feel like making a side bet take Harden. L.A’s guards can’t touch his athleticism and mentality to take over a game offensively.
Total bet: $5 pays @42.10
That’s all for today.