The line moves did find in the NBA San Antonio moving from -17 to -18.5, which reminds us of Alabama playing UL-Monroe at Tuscaloosa and is favored by -38. Don’t the Spurs (Crimson Tide) cover if they want to? Otherwise, the MLB line moves have an AL flavor along with one Stanley Cup affair. Take a minute to review all the betting trends and our free picks, which are warming up again at 17-11, to see what we are thinking. See you back here on tomorrow.
MLB – (923) DETROIT at (924) KANSAS CITY 7:15 ET FSD,FSKC
Kansas City starts today alone in first place, is the defending World Series champion and has made two straight trips to the Fall Classic, yet is still not commanding respect. Not sure of the exact number of games, but to my knowledge this is at least the sixth time in 12 games the Royals are a falling favorite or rising underdog of at least 11 cents on the money line, now down from -160 to under -145 at home against Detroit. After a horrible spring training, Yordano Ventura (0-0, 2.45 ERA) has quickly found a groove. Granted, the K.C. offense has not swung the bats well (3.6 runs per game) and they lost last two at Oakland, yet they are 41-20 after two or more consecutive losses since last season.
Betting Trend – 95% backing Kansas City
Doug’s VPID Take – Kansas City wins
MLB – (925) HOUSTON at (926) TEXAS 8:05 ET ROOT-SW, FSSW
The first of 19 rodeos in the Lone Star State takes place tonight in Arlington, with what is considered the two best clubs again in the AL West. Derek Holland (2.31 ERA) starts for Texas and while there is still some discussion about if he is all the way back, it is hard to fathom the Rangers have gone from -120 to +100 home underdogs against Houston’s Scott Feldman. The Astros righty is fill-in until Lance McCullers is ready. Texas has won 13 of 19 at home versus Houston the past two years and Feldman is 21-40 vs. an AL team with a team batting average of .255 or worse in his career. (Team’s Record)
Betting Trend – 69% backing Houston
Doug’s VPID Take - Texas wins
MLB – (927) L.A. ANGELS at (928) CHIC. WHITE SOX 8:10 ET FSW, WPWR
After an embarrassing three-game sweep to Minnesota team which started 0-9, the Angels look to further distance themselves from that nightmare with a second straight victory over Chicago. The Halos white-washed the White Sox 7-0 on Monday and are diminishing underdogs from +120 to under +110. Last night was Anaheim’s biggest outburst of the season for runs and hits, which only raised them to 3.3 RPG. After looking in the spring like Chicago was going to score more runs than last year’s worst AL offense, the Pale Hose offense is at 3.0, with too many key player hovering just above or below the Mendoza Line (.200). Sox pick up Mat Latos has pitched way better already than anyone expected with 0.75 ERA in two starts and with Chicago 13-3 on the South Side after a loss by four runs or more, a lean with the home team.
Betting Trend – 83% backing Chicago
Doug’s VPID Take - Lean Chicago
NHL – (13) ANAHEIM at (14) NASHVILLE 9:35 ET USA
Shockingly, Pacific Division champion Anaheim is down 0-2 to Nashville and has to play next two contests in Tennessee. The Predators have been the aggressors and if you watched the games, it’s not like the Ducks are being severely outplayed, rather they have not made the plays at important intervals like Nashville has. Like Los Angeles last evening, Anaheim is essentially in do or die spot and opened as +100 underdogs and are now -110 or higher faves. The Kings came through and with the Ducks 13-3 in road games revenging a one goal loss, look for them to waddle to victory.
Betting Trend – 89% backing Anaheim
Doug’s VPID Take – Anaheim wins
Public Consensus Record – 51% to 79% – 67-74
Public Consensus Record – 80% or Higher – 43-38-1
Line Movement Direction Record – 110-106-1