In Thursday wagering action, quite a bit going on because of afternoon baseball and injuries. Off last night’s 25 runs scored at Coors Field, it is no surprise the total on the Giants and Rockies has been raised from 9.5 to 10 based on public perception. The Rangers closer Joe Nathan has two blown saves and two losses, but baseball bettors are comfortable in making Texas a larger favorite. The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins open their defense of the Cup and have gone from -175 to -200 on the money line because Washington is expected to use their third string goalie Braden Holtby. The side and total on tonight’s Clippers and Minnesota has been changed with Kevin Love presumed out with a concussion for the Timberwolves. Here is a preview of the rest of the action and always review the tasty trend nuggets at the bottom of the page.
NBA – (701) DETROIT at (702) CHARLOTTE 7:05 EDT FSD, SSN
Detroit can have issues putting the orange into the basket, yet those betting on basketball like their chances tonight in Charlotte. The Pistons are 28th in points scored at 90.1 per contest, however, the Bobcats defense has permitted 107 per game in their last seven outings, giving reason to believe the oddsmakers release of 187 points was out of whack and juiced up the total like Barry Bonds used to be (allegedly) to 191. Detroit is 20-10 OVER against losing teams this season and Charlotte is 18-6 OVER at home games playing their sixth or more game in 10 days. 3DW Position – Play Over
NBA – (707) MEMPHIS at (708) SAN ANTONIO 8:35 EDT SSN, FSSW
After winning 11 in a row, San Antonio has dropped a pair, scoring 84 points in each contest. Tonight’s opponent Memphis, is not an offensive juggernaut in spite of how well they have been playing and crossed the century mark in points scored last evening for the first time in 10 tries. This has led those betting on sports to lower the total from 198 to 196.5. The Grizzlies support this theory with a 15-5 UNDER mark as a road underdog. 3DW Position – Play Under
MLB – (961) PITTSBURGH at (962) L.A. DODGERS 10:10 EDT RT, FSPT
The Los Angeles Dodgers might be off a quick 5-1 start in 2012, but every true baseball bettor who sees Chris Capuano as any team’s starting pitcher has to be nervous. The Dodgers have been in financial limbo with their ownership situation the past couple of years and had to make minor moves like signing Capuano for their pitching staff. With the much-traveled Capuano 4-7 with a 6.09 ERA against Pittsburgh, the Dodgers have been dumped from a high of -150 to -135. 3DW Position – Dodgers win
NHL – (61) SAN JOSE at (62) ST. LOUIS 7:30 EDT CNBC, TSN
Despite the frequent nuttiness of the NHL’s postseason, the impact of the regular season is playing a factor into Game 1 of this series. St. Louis had the best defense in the league this season and its two goaltenders posted 15 shutouts, the most since the expansion years of 1969-70, with Tony Esposito and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues were 30-11 SU on home ice and conquered San Jose all four times they met (11-3 in total score), which all leads to St. Louis being jettisoned from -135 to -165. 3DW Position – St. Louis wins
3Daily Winners Nuggets
NBA ATS Nugget
Memphis is 13-1 ATS playing against a team that wins 70 percent of more of their games, in the second half of the season since last year.
NHL Money Line Nugget
The N.Y. Rangers are 15-3 having lost three of their last four games the last two seasons.
MLB Money Line Nugget
The L.A. Dodgers are 20-5 in home games after allowing one run or less the last two seasons.