As always, brothers, welcome to Friday. It’s always a spectacular day, but I may be a little more excited than usual because in a few short hours I’ll be boarding a plane and heading to the greatest city of Earth for people of our kind, Las Vegas. As great as that is, being in Vegas is all about momentum, it’s all about mojo, it’s all about energy. We have to start this trip out right. We have to start this weekend out right. When I look over today’s card, I love what I’m seeing, brother. All I’m seeing is gold. All I’m seeing is winners. I can see these so clearly thanks to the great people at Oddsshark. Their in-depth analysis, information, simulations, trends and more are invaluable to gamblers of any level. Before you make a wager, visit Oddsshark.
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (NYM-140)–The Mets got absolutely shelled by the Braves last night, falling 12-4. Matt Harvey was utterly atrocious from the very first batter of the game. The Mets had some troubles with the Nationals’ series, now the struggle against the Braves to open that series. I think the Mets look to bounce back tonight with their ace on the mound. Additionally a lot of their struggles come with their bullpen, excepting Harvey of course, so I’m counting on Thor to deliver a solid effort this evening in Atlanta. I’m going to play this one with some better value and avoid the risk of the bullpen. THE PICK: Mets -.5 1st 5 Innings (-110)
Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies (COL -112)–Tonight in Coors’ Field we have Kyle Hendricks taking the mound for the Cubs and going up against Jon Gray for the Rockies. Hendricks has been solid, if not spectacular, early in the season; while Gray has been pretty tough to watch, going 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA. The Rockies in a strange turn for them, are only 2-4 at home to start the year. The Cubs have a healthy Anthony Rizzo back and are going against a weak starter in the thin air of Colorado. Their offense seems to be waking up of late as well. I’m going to catch the value with the better starter tonight. THE PICK: Cubs +102
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks (MIL-5)–There is simply no reason the Bucks should be favored by this many points in this series. The Bucks have more talent on the court on paper right now, and yet they are less than the sum of their parts. The Celtics on the other hand are playing above their talent on the court. These situations are a direct reflection of the coaching jobs done by Joe Prunty and Brad Stevens, respectively. Prunty simply doesn’t belong on an NBA sideline as a head coach. Brad Stevens is one of, if not the, best coaches in the NBA. I’m going to take the better defensive team, the better coach, and the points here. THE PICK: Celtics +5
Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers (LA -143)–Clayton Kershaw v. Max Scherzer. They are both pitching fantastically well, each giving up a combined two runs in their last two starts. I simply don’t expect anything different from these two. Runs are going to be at an absolute premium, which is reflected by the incredibly low total of 6. I think facing each other only amps these two up even more, as they know one run could be the difference tonight. It should be a lot of fun to watch. I think the only play here is on the total, no matter how low it is, I’m going under with these two aces. THE PICK: Under 6
Alright everybody, I’m off to beautiful Las Vegas, I’ll have more plays throughout the day and updates from Vegas on twitter @BlackJackFletch.