The Bet: MLB Detroit Tigers (2.60) (T2.85) @ Texas Rangers (2.25)
Two very good baseball teams each sending their best pitcher to the mound, is an MLB game I can get behind. Even with NHL and NBA playoffs every night. Yu Darvish (6-1, 2.73 ERA) gets the start for the home side, while Justin Verlander (4-3, 1.93 ERA) takes to the mound for the visiting Tigers. Texas comes in the hotter team (7-3 in their last 10) and look to add to their wonderful 11-4 record at home, but will be in tough against a good Tigers team with a great pitching staff. Detroit has been average on the road (9-9 away record) so I expect Texas to win, but only by a run tonight.
NBA Indiana Pacers (4.00) (T2.70) @ New York Knicks (1.90)
Defence is the new fad sweeping the NBA. The league that has long been criticized for its lack of defensive intensity has taken a full swing towards stopping instead of scoring. That’s why the Indian Pacers, like the Memphis Grizzlies last night, will eliminate their higher ranked opponent in the 5th game of the series. Memphis stymied Oklahoma City last night and I expect the equally stingy Pacers to do the same tonight. Don’t expect the Knicks to roll over and die, but I still believe Indiana wins by more than 6 pts.
NHL San Jose Sharks (2.10) @ Los Angeles Kings (1.50)
You gotta be tough and gritty to beat the L.A. Kings. Raffi Torres accounts for most the the Sharks grit and toughness. He’s their “fuck you” guy. He’s the guy who’s most likely to challenge any King physically. He’s suspended for the rest of the series. I’m not trying to say that Raffi Torres is the only hope the Sharks had of beating the Kings, they had no hope anyway. The Kings have created a very quick brand of hockey for giants. Their roster is massive yet surprisingly athletic group of individuals who love playoff hockey. Like my good friend Brad always says “Dustin Penner ain’t worth shit until the playoffs”. This is a team that tries harder in the second season and are potentially the most dangerous team in the NHL. That’s right Chicago, I said it. Kings win.
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