<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/27/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/05/27/boston-celtics-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-5/27/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will advance to their fourth straight NBA Finals with a victory here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 33.9 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 13.9 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 2.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting…

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will advance to their fourth straight NBA Finals with a victory here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 33.9 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 13.9 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 2.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five of their last eight road games.

The Boston Celtics will advance to their first NBA Finals since the 2009-10 NBA season with a victory here. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 18.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 11 straight home games.

The Cavaliers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston, the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Some would say you’re nuts to bet against LeBron in a game seven, especially when he showed late in game six just how capable he is of closing a game. It’s tough to bet against the best player in the world when you tell him it’s do or die, as he can put it all on his shoulders and will himself to victory. However, the Celtics have beaten the Cavs like a drum at home this series, and no matter how great LeBron is, he still needs some sort of help to close the deal. The Cavaliers role players do almost nothing on the road and that’s the reason they’re playing a second seven-game series these playoffs. I don’t trust anybody on this Cavs roster besides No. 23, and on the road it’s simply not enough. Not to mention Kevin Love will be questionable due to him leaving game six due to dizziness. Give me the Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 03:17:22 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125155
<![CDATA[Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm - 5/27/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/05/27/las-vegas-aces-vs-seattle-storm-5/27/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Seattle Storm look for a third straight victory to get off to a solid 3-1 start to the season. The Seattle Storm are averaging 88 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Jewell Loyd is averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while Breanna Stewart is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing six assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond…

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The Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Seattle Storm look for a third straight victory to get off to a solid 3-1 start to the season. The Seattle Storm are averaging 88 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Jewell Loyd is averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while Breanna Stewart is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing six assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won four of their last six road games.

The Las Vegas Aces look to rebound from their slow 0-2 start to the season when they play their first home game in their new digs. The Las Vegas Aces are averaging 67.5 points on 32.9 percent shooting and allowing 88 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Tamera Young is averaging 18 points and 3.5 rebounds while A'ja Wilson is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds. Nia Coffey is the third double-digit scorer and Lindsay Allen is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Las Vegas Aces are shooting 12.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Las Vegas Aces are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Las Vegas Aces have won four of their last five home games.

The Storm are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Aces are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Storm are 23-11-1 ATS in the last 35 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 03:10:19 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125197
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury - 5/27/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/05/27/los-angeles-sparks-vs-phoenix-mercury-5/27/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The Phoenix Mercury look for their second road win of the season to build on their 2-1 start to the season. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 81.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 82.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.3 points and 1.3 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 4.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 38.2…

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The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The Phoenix Mercury look for their second road win of the season to build on their 2-1 start to the season. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 81.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 82.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.3 points and 1.3 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 4.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight road games.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for a statement victory here when they take their home court for the first time. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 82.7 points on 50.3 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 21 points and 7.7 rebounds while Odyssey Sims is averaging 19.3 points and four assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Essence Carson is grabbing three rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 42.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 24.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks haven’t lost a regular season home game since July 20.

The Mercury are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Sparks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Mercury are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 02:58:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125194
<![CDATA[Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx - 5/27/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/05/27/washington-mystics-vs-minnesota-lynx-5/27/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Minnesota Lynx look for their third straight victory to build on their 2-1 start to the WNBA season. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 76.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.3 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 17.7 points and 14.3 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 27.8…

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The Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Minnesota Lynx look for their third straight victory to build on their 2-1 start to the WNBA season. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 76.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.3 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 17.7 points and 14.3 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 23.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have split their last six road games. 

The Washington Mystics look for a statement victory here to build on their impressive 3-0 record. The Washington Mystics are averaging 83.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 76.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 12.3 points and 2.7 assists. Tianna Hawkins is the third double-digit scorer and Monique Currie is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.9 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won five of their last nine home games.

The Lynx are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mystics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Lynx are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Washington.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 02:48:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125191
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Football Club vs. D.C. United - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/los-angeles-football-club-vs-dc-united-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Los Angeles Football Club and D.C. United meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at Banc of California Stadium.

Los Angeles Football Club enters this match with an overall record of 6-3-2, a 2-0-2 record at home and a 4-3-0 record on the road. Los Angeles Football Club look to stay hot after earning points in six of their last seven matches and separating themselves early as a top team in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Football Club are an explosive offensive team that’s averaging 2.1 goals per game and have earned points in eight of the 10 matches in which they’ve…

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Los Angeles Football Club and D.C. United meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at Banc of California Stadium.

Los Angeles Football Club enters this match with an overall record of 6-3-2, a 2-0-2 record at home and a 4-3-0 record on the road. Los Angeles Football Club look to stay hot after earning points in six of their last seven matches and separating themselves early as a top team in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Football Club are an explosive offensive team that’s averaging 2.1 goals per game and have earned points in eight of the 10 matches in which they’ve scored at least once. At home is where Los Angeles Football Club shines defensively, allowing 0.8 goals and pitching two shutouts. Los Angeles Football Club has also scored at least once in all four of its home games so far this season. Carlos Vela leads LAFC with seven goals, Diego Rossi has six assists and Marco Urena has 18 shots.

D.C. United enters this match with an overall record of 2-5-2, a 1-0-1 record at home and a 1-5-1 record on the road. D.C. United could use a feel good performance here after losing four of their last six matches. D.C. United finds itself dead last in the Eastern Conference due to inconsistent offense and a defense that’s allowed two or more goals in five times in nine matches. On the road this season, D.C. United is being outscored by 0.7 and as allowed three goals four different times. The good news for D.C. United is that help may be on the way soon, as the club and Everton star Wayne Rooney continue to discuss a possible deal. Darren Mattocks leads D.C. United with four goals, Luciano Acosta has five assists and Yamil Asad has 12 shots.

There’s no history between these two clubs. 

D.C. United has been blitzed on the road defensively this season and there’s not much reason to think that’s going to change anytime soon. Los Angeles Football Club has proven to be one of the more offensive skilled teams within its conference and should get a lot of quality looks at the net in this game. D.C. United has played a ton on the road this season and has given u seven goals in its last three matches. Tired legs may be starting to become a factor. 

I’ll take the over three goals.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:08:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124999
<![CDATA[Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/orlando-city-sc-vs-chicago-fire-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Orlando City SC and Chicago Fire meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City SC enters this match with an overall record of 6-4-1, a 4-2-1 record at home and a 2-2-0 record on the road. Orlando City SC could use some points here to snap back-to-back losses and stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando City SC has been a really good offensive team at home this season, averaging 2.3 goals per match and not being shutout once in seven matches. Unfortunately, Orlando City SC hasn’t produced a shutout themselves at home…

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Orlando City SC and Chicago Fire meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City SC enters this match with an overall record of 6-4-1, a 4-2-1 record at home and a 2-2-0 record on the road. Orlando City SC could use some points here to snap back-to-back losses and stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando City SC has been a really good offensive team at home this season, averaging 2.3 goals per match and not being shutout once in seven matches. Unfortunately, Orlando City SC hasn’t produced a shutout themselves at home this season and lost a frustrating match against Atlanta the last time it played in front of its home fans. Orlando City SC has really good offensive depth and needs to pressure its opponent from start to finish. Dom Dwyer leads Orlando with six goals, Yoshimar Yotun has five assists and Justin Meram has 31 shots.

Chicago Fire enters this match with an overall record of 3-6-2, a 2-4-1 record at home and a 1-2-1 record on the road. Chicago Fire have been on the losing side in three of their last four matches and have given up a combined six goals in their last two tries. Chicago Fire aren’t good enough offensively for the struggles at the other end and have failed to earn points in five of the seven games this season in which its allowed more than one goal. Chicago Fire will benefit when they get some players back due to injury, but as of right now, this is a club struggling to find an identity and is losing ground rather quickly in the Eastern Conference.  Nemanja Nikolic leads Chicago with six goals, Bastian Schweinsteiger has four assists and Aleksandar Katai has 27 shots.

Three of the last five meetings between these clubs have resulted in draws. Chicago beat Orlando in the last meeting, 4-0, last June. Three of the five meetings have produced two or less goals. 

Draws are popular when these teams meet, but this season Orlando City SC is the better team and in much better form. Chicago Fire can’t keep the ball out of the back of the net recently and don’t have the offense to counter those issues. Orlando City SC has won four of its seven home games this season and knows it must beat lesser teams if its going to take that next step.

Give me the home team for the victory.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:07:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124990
<![CDATA[Minnesota United FC vs. Montreal Impact - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/minnesota-united-fc-vs-montreal-impact-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Minnesota United FC and Montreal Impact meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the TCF Bank Stadium. 

Minnesota United FC enters this match with an overall record of 4-7-1, a 3-2-1 record at home and a 1-5-0 record on the road. Minnesota United FC is hanging around in the Western Conference due to earning points in three of its last five matches. Minnesota United FC is a struggling offensive club that averages just 1.2 goals per match and that average doesn’t change when playing at home. However, the difference for Minnesota at home is a defense that allows just 1.2…

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Minnesota United FC and Montreal Impact meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the TCF Bank Stadium. 

Minnesota United FC enters this match with an overall record of 4-7-1, a 3-2-1 record at home and a 1-5-0 record on the road. Minnesota United FC is hanging around in the Western Conference due to earning points in three of its last five matches. Minnesota United FC is a struggling offensive club that averages just 1.2 goals per match and that average doesn’t change when playing at home. However, the difference for Minnesota at home is a defense that allows just 1.2 goals compared to 1.8 goals on the season. Minnesota United FC has to take advantage of home matches if this season is going to be a success, as the lack of offensive firepower doesn’t help them at all on the road. Darwin Quintero leads Minnesota with three goals, Miguel Ibarra has three assists and Sam Nicholson has 15 shots.

Montreal Impact enters this match with an overall record of 3-9-0, a 2-3-0 record at home and a 1-6-0 record on the road. Montreal Impact reached a new low in their home loss to the LA Galaxy despite having a man advantage with Zlatan Ibrahimovic receiving a red card. Montreal Impact simply aren’t a good team right now and are in danger of quickly becoming the worst club in the league with just nine points earned in 12 matches. The main issues for Montreal Impact start on the defensive end where this club is allowing an average of 2.2 goals per match and has allowed more than two goals five times. It’s just a mess and at some point the Montreal Impact have to consider trading key guys to rebuild from the ground up. Ignacio Piatti leads Montreal with five goals, Alejandro Silva has two assists and Saphir Taider has 31 shots.

Minnesota United FC won the only meeting between these two teams back in September, 3-2. 

If Minnesota United FC is going to be competitive this season and make a possible playoff push, they have to beat the bottom feeders and steal three points when they have the chance. Montreal Impact may be the worst team in the league and their last performance makes a strong case for that. There’s no backing Montreal this season.

Give me Minnesota for the victory.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:07:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124993
<![CDATA[Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/colorado-rapids-vs-portland-timbers-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado Rapids enters this match with an overall record of 2-6-2, a 2-2-1 record at home and a 0-4-1 record on the road. Colorado Rapids are getting desperate for a victory to snap a brutal five-game losing streak. Colorado Rapids haven’t earned points in a match since their April 14 match against Toronto FC. Colorado Rapids simply can’t find any consistent offense, as they’re averaging just 1.1 goals on the season and have scored just one combined goal in their…

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Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado Rapids enters this match with an overall record of 2-6-2, a 2-2-1 record at home and a 0-4-1 record on the road. Colorado Rapids are getting desperate for a victory to snap a brutal five-game losing streak. Colorado Rapids haven’t earned points in a match since their April 14 match against Toronto FC. Colorado Rapids simply can’t find any consistent offense, as they’re averaging just 1.1 goals on the season and have scored just one combined goal in their last three matches. Tim Howard has gotten lit up in net in his last three games, but there’s zero offensive punch to speak of for the Colorado Rapids, and that puts a ton of pressure on the defense regardless. Colorado Rapids need a shot in the arm before this season starts to get away from them rather quickly. Dominique Badji leads Colorado with five goals, Johan Blomberg has two assists and Enzo Martinez has 14 shots.

Portland Timbers enters this match with an overall record of 5-3-2, a 4-0-0 record at home and a 1-3-2 record on the road. Portland Timbers look to remain red hot, as they’ve won each of their last five matches and currently find themselves third in the Western Conference. Portland Timbers have gotten the job done on the defensive end during this stretch, allowing a combined one goal in their last four matches, which is a drastic improvement over how their season started. However, going on the road will be the ultimate test for the Portland Timbers, as they’re not the same team they’ve been at home. On the road this season, the Portland Timbers are being outscored by 0.8 goals and have allowed two or more goals in four of six matches. Sebastian Blanco leads Portland with five goals, Cristhian Paredes has three assists and Diego Valeri has 25 shots.

These two clubs have split the last four meetings with Portland winning the most recent match back in August, 2-1. Three of the last five matches between Colorado and Portland have produced one or less goals. 

Portland Timbers haven’t had the same success on the road as they have at home, but they’re still one of the hotter teams in the league, going up against one of the bottom feeders of the league. You take Portland’s recent defensive success and combine it with Colorado’s offensive issues, and this could get ugly for the home team.

I’ll back the Portland Timbers, as that winning streak has a decent chance to extend.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:07:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124996
<![CDATA[Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New England Revolution - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/vancouver-whitecaps-fc-vs-new-england-revolution-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New England Revolution meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the BC Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC enters this match with an overall record of 4-5-4, a 2-1-3 record at home and a 2-4-1 record on the road. Vancouver Whitecaps FC has produced a draw in each of its last three matches and has earned points in five of its six home matches overall this season. Vancouver Whitecaps FC need to take advantage of their home games given that this club is very challenged on the offensive end and is actually being outscored by 0.6 goals on average this…

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New England Revolution meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the BC Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC enters this match with an overall record of 4-5-4, a 2-1-3 record at home and a 2-4-1 record on the road. Vancouver Whitecaps FC has produced a draw in each of its last three matches and has earned points in five of its six home matches overall this season. Vancouver Whitecaps FC need to take advantage of their home games given that this club is very challenged on the offensive end and is actually being outscored by 0.6 goals on average this season. If it wasn’t for Kamara doing all of the heavy lifting and playing a great deal of minutes, Vancouver currently wouldn’t be sitting in a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Kei Kamara leads Vancouver with four goals, Felipe Martins has five assists and Anthony Blondell has 17 shots.

New England Revolution enters this match with an overall record of 5-4-2, a 2-4-1 record at home and a 1-2-1 record on the road. New England Revolution have earned points in three of their last five matches and now look for some success on the road where they’re being outscored by 0.5 goals on average. New England Revolution have proven to be one of the better defensive clubs in the East this season, allowing just 1.4 goals per game on average and pitching three shutouts. On the road, however, New England Revolution is allowing two goals per match and allowed four goals in a loss to Montreal in their last road game. New England has the scoring depth to be a very dangerous team down the stretch, it’s just a matter of consistency with this team. Teal Bunbury leads New England with five goals, Wilfried Zahibo has four assists and Cristian Penilla has 30 shots. 

The last five meetings between these clubs have been split at 2-1-2 with New England winning the most recent match 1-0 last August. New England has won the last two matches against Vancouver. Three of the five meetings have produced at lease three goals. 

Both of these teams have had consistency issues, as Vancouver lacks multiple players who can find the back of the net, while New England is a proven defensive team that usually shows up at that end regardless of where they play. Instead of picking which one of these teams can find a positive result, I’m leaning toward the under. Goals should be tough to come by for both sides.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:06:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124987
<![CDATA[New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/new-york-red-bulls-vs-philadelphia-union-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Red Bull Arena.

New York Red Bulls enters this match with an overall record of 7-3-0, a 4-1-0 record at home and a 3-2-0 record on the road. New York Red Bulls enter this match on fire with four straight victories, and they’ve done most of their work at home so far this season. New York Red Bulls are outscoring teams by 2.4 goals at home and have scored three or more goals in four of their first five home games. New York Red Bulls are currently tied with Atlanta United FC for the most…

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New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Red Bull Arena.

New York Red Bulls enters this match with an overall record of 7-3-0, a 4-1-0 record at home and a 3-2-0 record on the road. New York Red Bulls enter this match on fire with four straight victories, and they’ve done most of their work at home so far this season. New York Red Bulls are outscoring teams by 2.4 goals at home and have scored three or more goals in four of their first five home games. New York Red Bulls are currently tied with Atlanta United FC for the most goals scored in the MLS and are becoming quite the explosive team that keeps relentless offensive pressure. What’s more is the New York Red Bulls have allowed a combined two goals in their last three matches, resulting in a deadly balanced attack. Bradley Wright-Phillips leas New York with eight goals, Alejandro Romero Gamarra has nine assists and Daniel Royer has 29 shots.

Philadelphia Union enters this match with an overall record of 4-5-2, a 3-1-2 record at home and a 1-4-0 record on the road. Philadelphia Union hope to keep momentum going after winning their last two matches, but this club has struggled mightily on the road this season. Philadelphia Union have been shutout in four of their five road matches and are being outscored by an average of 1.4 goals per match. Philadelphia Union are currently the worst offensive club in the Eastern Conference with just 12 goals scored, and it’s hard to win like that regardless of how good the defense is. The good news is Philadelphia Union has scored six goals in its last two matches combined, so maybe this team has found something the last couple of weeks. Borek Dockal leads Philadelphia with two goals, Alejandro Bedoya has three assists and CJ Sapong has 26 shots.

New York Red Bulls have had the upper hand over the Philadelphia Union in the past five meetings, producing a 2-2-1 record. The most recent match was a 0-0 draw last September. Philadelphia’s last win over New York came in May of 2017. Four of the five meetings produced at least two goals.

Philadelphia Union has played well the last two matches, but this is still a team that’s done little to nothing on the road. New York Red Bulls are one of the hotter teams in the league currently and are lighting teams on fire offensively. 

Juice is steep, but the New York Red Bulls should win this match.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124969
<![CDATA[Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/seattle-sounders-fc-vs-real-salt-lake-5/26/18-mls-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders FC enters this match with an overall record of 2-5-2, a 1-2-1 record at home and a 1-3-1 record on the road. Seattle Sounders FC look to keep the momentum rolling after earning points in four of their last six matches. Seattle Sounders FC is off to a brutal start to the season due to an offense that’s scored just seven goals, by far the fewest in the league, but this recent stretch of positive results is a welcoming sign for the 2016 champions. Seattle…

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Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders FC enters this match with an overall record of 2-5-2, a 1-2-1 record at home and a 1-3-1 record on the road. Seattle Sounders FC look to keep the momentum rolling after earning points in four of their last six matches. Seattle Sounders FC is off to a brutal start to the season due to an offense that’s scored just seven goals, by far the fewest in the league, but this recent stretch of positive results is a welcoming sign for the 2016 champions. Seattle Sounders FC have allowed just three goals in their first four home games this season. Will Bruin leads Seattle with three goals, Cristian Roldan has three assists and Clint Dempsey has 16 shots.

Real Salt Lake enters this match with an overall record of 4-6-1, a 4-1-0 record at home and a 0-5-1 record on the road. Real Salt Lake have been a team of two different sides, as they’ve been great at home but have been downright awful on the road where they’re being outscored by 2.1 goals and have scored no more than one goal in five road matches. Real Salt Lake has had no problem piling up the offensive numbers at Rio Tinto Stadium, but they’ve scored just two goals in their last four road matches combined. It’s hard to make progress in the West when you’re getting nothing on the road. Albert Rusnak leads Real Salt Lake with three goals, Damir Kreilach has three assists and Jefferson Savarino has 31 shots.

Seattle Sounders FC is 3-1-1 against Real Salt Lake in the last three meetings, but the last meeting was a 0-2 loss back in September. Four of the last five meetings between these clubs have produced at least two goals.

Neither of these teams are playing well enough to confidently pick a side, but the Real Salt Lake have shown nothing on the road this season, and win or lose, the Seattle Sounders FC still have one of the better home crowds in the league. That should be enough to will the home team to victory against a Real Salt Lake club that just can’t get anything going on the road.

Give me the home team in a victory.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124984
<![CDATA[Liverpool vs. Real Madrid - 5/26/18 UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/05/26/liverpool-vs-real-madrid-5/26/18-uefa-champions-league-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Real Madrid and Liverpool meet Saturday in the UEFA Champions League Final at Kiev Olympic Stadium.

Real Madrid is making a habit of reaching the final, as they have a chance to produce their sixth title since 2000 and Zinedine Zidane has a chance to become the first coach to win three European Cups in a row. Real Madrid has been here done that more than any other team in the league and that experience should pay off in a big way. Guys know what it takes to win a monster game like this and they won’t get too high or too low regardless of how the first 15 minutes or…

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Real Madrid and Liverpool meet Saturday in the UEFA Champions League Final at Kiev Olympic Stadium.

Real Madrid is making a habit of reaching the final, as they have a chance to produce their sixth title since 2000 and Zinedine Zidane has a chance to become the first coach to win three European Cups in a row. Real Madrid has been here done that more than any other team in the league and that experience should pay off in a big way. Guys know what it takes to win a monster game like this and they won’t get too high or too low regardless of how the first 15 minutes or so play out and the jitters are gone. Real Madrid has a terrific attacking offense led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has simply been on a tear lately, and will have even more motivation for this match given his former Manchester United days. Gareth Bale is the other double-digit scorer for Real Madrid, and he comes into this match hot, scoring five goals in four La Liga matches. When Real Madrid is on this relentless offensive push and controlling the pace, they’re as tough a team to slowdown and can turn a match around as quickly as anyone.

Liverpool looks for its first title since 2005 and doesn’t have a single player on its roster with UEFA Champions League Final experience. That could be a good or bad thing, as the moment could certainly be too big for them, or it will allow them to play loose and maybe carefree. Either way, you’d like some experienced players who can calm players down if the team fails to get off to a slow start. Regardless, Liverpool has a fighting chance against anybody with a trio of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane leading the way. That trio combined for 57 goals and makes for the most explosive offense in the league when its on the attack. Salah is the engine that makes Liverpool go, and if he shows up in this match, history will be made for the Reds. We know what Liverpool is capable of offensively, but the key for them to win could be the recently improved defense since landing Virgil van Dijk earlier this year.

These teams have split the previous four meetings with Real Madrid winning the most recent match, 1-0, back in November of 2014. The last time Liverpool beat Real Madrid was in March of 2009. 

You can make a case for either side, as both of these teams are explosive offensively, led by some of the top players in the world and are constantly looking to attack. Real Madrid is obviously the safe bet due to the experience. It’s a huge feather in your cap when you’ve been in these big matches time and time again and know ho to react to the moment. However, I’m siding with Liverpool in the upset. This is a match that favors Liverpool’s aggressive style and they’re sure to catch Real Madrid in some counter opportunities. I also have a hard time betting against Salah in his current form. When he plays well, good things happen for Liverpool.

I’m siding with Liverpool for the victory at +130, which includes extra time and shootouts.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:04:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=124966
<![CDATA[Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors - Game 6 - 5/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/05/26/houston-rockets-at-golden-state-warriors-game-6-5/26/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors collide in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

The Houston Rockets are now just one win from advancing to the NBA Finals after edging out the Warriors in a critical 98-94 win in Game 5. James Harden had a rough shooting night as he finished with just 19 points in five of 21 shooting, Chris Paul added 20 points with six assists while Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench. As a team, the Rockets shot just 37 percent from the field and 13 of 43 from the three-point line…

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The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors collide in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

The Houston Rockets are now just one win from advancing to the NBA Finals after edging out the Warriors in a critical 98-94 win in Game 5. James Harden had a rough shooting night as he finished with just 19 points in five of 21 shooting, Chris Paul added 20 points with six assists while Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench. As a team, the Rockets shot just 37 percent from the field and 13 of 43 from the three-point line but just like in Game 4, they were desperate on the defensive end and they really set the tone by holding the Warriors to just 17 points in the first quarter. However, the win looks like it may have come at a cost as Paul left the game in the final minutes with a right hamstring injury that could keep him out of Game 6.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors will be heading back to the drawing board after missing out on a major chance to reclaim the series lead. Kevin Durant led the team with 29 points but shot just eight of 22 from the field, Klay Thompson added 23 points, Stephen Curry scored 22 points with six assists while Draymond Green racked up 12 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 44 percent from the field and 10 of 26 from the three-point line but they just kept shooting themselves in the foot with 18 turnovers which led to 18 points for the Rockets. Andre Iguodala sat out the game with a knee injury and his status for Game 6 is questionable which means that the Warriors starters may have to play heavy minutes again.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600 and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days rest. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games playing on one days rest and 10-24 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning record.

The Rockets faithful would have been very worried after the Warriors blew them out by 41 points in Game 3, but they’ve reeled off two impressive wins on the back of some stellar defense and are now just one win away from an NBA Finals berth. As for the Warriors, they’re suddenly facing elimination but they will be returning home where they had won 16 straight playoff games before their loss in Game 4. The Warriors aren’t playing their best basketball at the moment and the loss of Iguodala can’t be understated, but now their backs are against the wall so I like their chances to bounce back at home against a Rockets team who could be without Paul. I think the Warriors come out strong and force a Game 7, but I think the value is with the Rockets and the points here.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:03:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125128
<![CDATA[Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/05/26/oakland-athletics-vs-arizona-diamondbacks-5/26/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 6-8. The Diamondbacks have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 47 hits and 21 RBI while A.J. Pollock and Ketel Marte have combined for 83 hits and 44 RBI. Clay Buchholz gets the…

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 6-8. The Diamondbacks have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 47 hits and 21 RBI while A.J. Pollock and Ketel Marte have combined for 83 hits and 44 RBI. Clay Buchholz gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Buchholz is 4-2 with a 6.85 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Athletics have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jed Lowrie leads the A’s with 61 hits and 38 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olsen have combined for 103 hits and 43 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 3.30 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 6-16 in their last 22 overall. The Athletics are 5-17 in their last 22 interleague home games, 4-1 in Mengdens last 5 interleague starts and 6-2 in Mengdens last 8 starts. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Buchholz was solid in his debut for Arizona, but he's been a joke the last few years and has pitched just 12.1 innings the last two years. Mengden has been rather solid this season, which includes allowing four runs in his last 19.2 innings of work. Not to mention the Diamondbacks haven't won back-to-back games in about three weeks. The Oakland Athletics are big favorites for once, but I'm not putting money on Buchholz. Give me the A's to get a home victory.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:00:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125188
<![CDATA[Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets - 5/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/05/26/golden-state-warriors-vs-houston-rockets-5/26/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors meet Saturday in game six of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena.

The Houston Rockets can advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since the 1994-95 season with a victory here. The Houston Rockets are averaging 107.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.1 points and 6.7 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.5 rebounds. The…

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The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors meet Saturday in game six of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena.

The Houston Rockets can advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since the 1994-95 season with a victory here. The Houston Rockets are averaging 107.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.1 points and 6.7 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won four of their last five road games.

The Golden State Warriors need a victory here in order to save their season and force a game seven on Monday. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 109.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 43 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 24.1 points and 4.2 assists. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 11.7 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won 17 of their last 24 home games.

The Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings..

It's tough to pick this game without knowing the health of Chris Paul. If it were up to me, I'd rest him and try to get him close to completely healthy as possible for game seven. With that said, I can't bring myself to leave double-digit points on the table. The Rockets have figured out something defensively in these last two games and have managed to win without even shooting the ball well. The Rockets missed a billion threes in game five and still won. The Warriors have also failed to cover seven of their last nine games as a double-digit favorite. Rockets haven't been a double-digit underdog since December 1 of 2016. I'm not high on this spot mainly due to the concerns with CP3, but if forced to pick, I'm siding with the points.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 01:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125104
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/05/26/los-angeles-dodgers-vs-san-diego-padres-5/26/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The San Diego Padres look for a rebound victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The San Diego Padres have lost five of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 54 hits and 16 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 93 hits and 33 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.11…

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The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The San Diego Padres look for a rebound victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The San Diego Padres have lost five of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 54 hits and 16 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 93 hits and 33 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Dodgers have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won seven straight games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 51 hits and 25 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 91 hits and 40 RBI. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 3.32 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Wood is 4-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 61 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Dodgers are 26-11 in their last 37 Saturday games, 12-4 in Woods last 16 home starts and 5-2 in Woods last 7 starts. The Padres are 19-44 in the last 63 meetings in Los Angeles, 29-61 in the last 90 meetings and the over is 20-7-2 in the last 29 meetings.

The San Diego Padres continue to find ways to lose and simply can't string wins together to climb out of this hole. The Dodgers are on fire right now and playing their best ball of the season. Now the Dodgers throw out a pitcher in Wood who has allowed two or less runs in his last four starts and is allowing a .218 batting average at home. The Dodgers are still in the hole in terms of profit, but I'll ride the hot hand and take them with the RL here.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 00:49:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125185
<![CDATA[Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/05/26/texas-rangers-vs-kansas-city-royals-5/26/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers square off in game three of their four game MLB set from Arlington on Saturday. 

The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Friday by a final score of 8-4. Mike Moustakas led the Royals with two RBIs, going 1 for 4 with a home run, while Jorge solar added a solo homer and Ramon Torres went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for KC in the loss. Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier each had two hits with a double, while Abraham…

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The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers square off in game three of their four game MLB set from Arlington on Saturday. 

The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Friday by a final score of 8-4. Mike Moustakas led the Royals with two RBIs, going 1 for 4 with a home run, while Jorge solar added a solo homer and Ramon Torres went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for KC in the loss. Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier each had two hits with a double, while Abraham Almonte and Jon Jay each chipped in base hits as well to cap off the Royals’ offense in the loss. Eric Skoglund took the loss, falling to 1-5 on the year after giving up six runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings of work while striking out four. Ian Kennedy will start game three and is 1-5 with a 5.30 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kennedy is 0-2 with a 3.58 ERA and 33 strikeouts against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to earn a series split at the very worst after evening the series up at one win apiece with their victory on Friday. Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman each had a home run and there RBIs, with Guzman going 2 for 4 with a triple as well. Shin-Soo Choo added a solo homer and Delino DeShields went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a triple to round out the scoring for Texas in the win. Rougned Odor went 2 for 4 with a double and Jurickson Profar added a two-bagger of his own, while Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a base hit to cap off the Rangers’ offense in the victory. Mike Minor got the win to improve to 4-3 this season after giving up all four runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Keone Kela finished things off in the 9th for his 11th save of the year. Bartolo Colon will start game three and is 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Colon is 15-11 with a 5.04 ERA and 133 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City is 1-5 in Kennedy’s last 6 road starts and 1-5 in their last 6 games against the AL West while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against the AL West. Texas is 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL Central and 11-26 in their last 37 home games while the over is 5-0-2 in their last 7 home games. Kansas City is 2-12 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 9-23 in the last 32 meetings in Texas.

Kennedy has allowed five runs or more in each of his last three starts, totalling 19 earned in 15.2 innings of work. No thanks. I feel like on principle alone I should go with Texas based on that, but not so fast. Colon is fresh off of an outing in which he gave up six runs in 5.1 innings against the Yankees. Sure, Kansas City’s offense isn’t anywhere close to that of New York’s, but I’d rather side with the over as a safer play rather than rely on either of these starters to try to pick up the win for me here. There’s going to be lots of scoring on Saturday in this one.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 00:46:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125182
<![CDATA[Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/05/26/seattle-mariners-vs-minnesota-twins-5/26/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Minnesota Twins could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Twins have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 52 hits and 28 RBI while Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar have combined for 90 hits and 40 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.17…

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The Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Minnesota Twins could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Twins have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 52 hits and 28 RBI while Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar have combined for 90 hits and 40 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.17 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 1-3 with a 4.11 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Mariners have allowed five runs in their last three games and four or less runs in their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners have won seven of their last nine games when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 66 hits and 33 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 107 hits and 50 RBI. Wade LeBlanc gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. LeBlanc is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 4-0 in Odorizzis last 4 starts during game 2 of a series. The Mariners are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games, 8-0 in LeBlancs last 8 home starts and 8-1 in LeBlancs last 9 starts. The Twins are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Seattle and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Odorizzi has been really impressive this season, which includes allowing just two runs in his last 16.2 innings. LeBlanc has been one of the better pitchers this season who isn't talked about, and he's allowed just two runs in his last 11.1 innings. The difference for me is that the Seattle Mariners have been red hot since Robinson Cano has been handed an 80 game suspension and it's getting tough to bet against this club. The fact we're getting two hot pitchers and a cheap price, I give the edge to the Mariners at home.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 00:38:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125179
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/05/26/cleveland-indians-vs-houston-astros-5/26/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians square off in game three of their four game weekend MLB set from Progressive Field on Saturday.

The Houston Astros will look to win the series and push for the four game sweep on Sunday after taking game two by a final score of 11-2 on Friday by scoring all of their runs in the final two innings. George Springer led Houston by going 3 for 6 with a home run and a double along with a team-high three RBIs. Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis each had a double with a pair of RBIs, with Altuve notching two doubles. Carlos Correa added…

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The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians square off in game three of their four game weekend MLB set from Progressive Field on Saturday.

The Houston Astros will look to win the series and push for the four game sweep on Sunday after taking game two by a final score of 11-2 on Friday by scoring all of their runs in the final two innings. George Springer led Houston by going 3 for 6 with a home run and a double along with a team-high three RBIs. Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis each had a double with a pair of RBIs, with Altuve notching two doubles. Carlos Correa added a double and an RBI of ihis own, while Marwin Gonzalez, Max Stassi and Jake Marisnick all added RBIs as well in the win. Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 5 at the dish while Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp each had base hits as well in the winning effort. Dallas Keuchel gave up both runs on eight hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Smith picked up the win to improve to 2-1 on the year. Lance McCullers Jr. will start game three and is 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. In his career, McCullers Jr. is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound after their massive collapse in game two on Friday. Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis recorded an RBI each to round out the scoring for the Tribe in the loss, with Ramirez adding a double to the cause. Michael Brantley, Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez each had a double as well, with Brantley and Cabrera each having two hits, while Gonzalez did his damage in a pinch-hit appearance. Edwin Encarnacion had two hits of his own while Yan Gomes added a base knock as well in the losing effort. Corey Kluber threw 6.1 shutout innings, giving up just seven hits and matching that with seven strikeouts, not factoring in the decision. Andrew Miller took the loss, falling to 1-3 this season with his 3rd blown save of the year. Carlos Carrasco will start game three and is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 47 strikeouts against Houston. 

Houston is 5-2 in McCullers Jr.’s last 7 road starts and 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL Central while the under is 16-6-1 in their last 23 games overall. Cleveland is 12-4 in Carrasco’s last 16 home starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL West while the over is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games overall. Houston is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

It’s not often that you get Carrasco at home with a low line. However, I think that just goes to speak to how the Astros have dominated the scoreboard in the first two games of the series, winning by a combined total of 19-4. Sure, the Astros did their damage in the 8th and 9th innings on Friday, but last I checked, it doesn’t matter how you got the job done, as long as you did and the Astros did it in a big way. The fact is, Carrasco has given up three runs or more in four of his last five starts and that may be enough as Cleveland has only scored two runs in each of the first two games so far. All in all, I think Houston and the low line has to be the play considering how the first two games of the set have gone.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 00:13:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=125176
<![CDATA[Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/05/26/detroit-tigers-vs-chicago-white-sox-5/26/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers square off in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after dropping the series opener on Friday by a final score of 5-4. Tim Anderson led the White Sox with a pair of RBIs, going 3 for 4 with a home run. Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each had an RBI with Abreu going 2 for 5 with a double. Yoan Moncada added a double of his own, while Yolmer Sanchez, Daniel Palka, Adam Engel and Charlie Wilson each had base hits of their…

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The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers square off in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after dropping the series opener on Friday by a final score of 5-4. Tim Anderson led the White Sox with a pair of RBIs, going 3 for 4 with a home run. Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each had an RBI with Abreu going 2 for 5 with a double. Yoan Moncada added a double of his own, while Yolmer Sanchez, Daniel Palka, Adam Engel and Charlie Wilson each had base hits of their own in the losing effort. Reynaldo Lopez gave up two runs on five hits while striking out three over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Bruce Rondon notched his first blown save of the year while taking the loss to fall to 2-3 this season. Hector Santiago will start game two and is 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Santiago is 3-6 with a 3.42 ERA and 74 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to build some steam after their series opening win on Friday. Nick Castellanos led the way, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Leonys Martin went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jeimer Candelario and Victor Martinez each added RBIs as well in the win. Jose Iglesias went 2 for 2 with a double while John Hicks added a base hit as well in the victory. Mike Fiers went 5.2 innings, giving up all four runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Buck Farmer got the win to improve to 1-3 this season, while Shane Greene closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the year. Francisco Liriano will start game two and is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Liriano is 6-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 68 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago is 6-20 in Santiago’s last 26 starts and 17-41 in their last 58 road games while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games overall. Detroit is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 18-39 in their last 57 division matchups while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. Chicago is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Backing either of these teams long term is not a good strategy to build your bankroll if we’re being honest. However, the Tigers have been playing better as of late and while Liriano has had his bumps this year, you could argue that he’s been one of the top two arms in the Tigers’ rotation, including eight shutout innings in his last start. I still don’t really trust Santiago and the White Sox, so I’ll lay the juice with the Tigers to push for the sweep on Sunday.

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