BallinChad’s Best Sports Bet May 23rd 2013
Talk about being dead wrong in yesterday’s baseball game. Everything I said about the game and the starting pitchers happened; except in reverse. Hahah. Really all you can do is laugh it off and realize this is why it’s gambling. Sometimes all the stats in the world and situations that would appear to make perfect sense & logic behind a wager just do not come to fruition. Anyway my min rant is over. My record goes back below .500 to 22-23 -2.45 Units.
Today we head over the ice for my top pick coming out of the playoffs. NHL: LA Kings -144 vs. San Jose Sharks
Yes the juice is over the standard amount I usually limit myself to which is usually around -130, but I am willing to make a rare exception based on the circumstance. First off, it’s the playoffs. Which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s more predictable as a matter of fact usually not; rather it guarantee’s maximum effort on both teams, or at the very least the team favored that I will be wagering on. Something that you often times do not get in the regular season therefore making it way more risky to lay a big price.
I picked the Kings to win this series before it all started, and still stand by that as they are still the superior hockey team. Yes the Sharks played well in game 3 & 4 and were deserving of their victories, but for every game that passes by the Kings style of play continues to wear them down even more. Now going back to Staples where the Kings are a perfect 5-0 in the post season and 24-5 for the entire year this is a relatively cheap price against a team that has been below average on the road all year long at 10-18. Even if you want to point at the 2 victories they had in Vancouver in games 1 & 2 they were far from dominating and games that really could have gone either way as they were tied late in the 3rd. LA is a much better team then Vancouver and will finish off the Sharks when the opportunities present itself.
I love playing on the Kings after two consecutive losses which will cause maximum desperation from them. We saw this in round one versus St. Louis in which they fell behind 2-0 only to win 4 straight, the streak started at home. Even dating back to last year’s playoffs they only lost two in a row once which never turned into a three game losing streak which was also halted at Staples Centre. Even dating back to the regular season in San Jose’s two trips to Staples they went 0-2. They simply do not play the same away from HP Pavillion.
I said LA would win this series and it would be dominated by the home team. I will continue using that logic as it will stand true this evening. Take the Kings now before the price continues to get driven up.
Additional Strong Leans
UNDER 8 -115 Chicago Cubs (Edwin Jackson)/Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeanmar Gomez)
Cleveland Indians +140 (Zack McAllister) @ Boston Red Sox (Ryan Dempster)
Kansas City Royals -128 (Ervin Santana) vs. LA Angels (Joe Blanton)