The Best-of-7 is now a Best-of-3 in both the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals after the Celtics and Thunder rallied from two-nothing holes to even their respective series at two games apiece.
Home teams in the Conference Finals are a perfect 8-0 straight up and a salty 6-2 against the spread.
The Boston Celtics are the postseason poster boys for playing well at home while struggling to win on the road.
The C’s are 8-1 at home in the playoffs, posting an impressive point differential (+7.7) in nine games at TD Garden, but Doc’s veteran team with a pair of aging 36-year-old veterans in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen is only 2-6 away from the parquet floor in Boston.
RADIO ROUNDUP…..The EOG Sports Hour, a one-hour radio program dedicated to the hearts and minds of sports bettors everywhere, enters the first full week of June with an outstanding lineup of guests scheduled to appear over the next five nights.
Eye On Gaming’s popular show, which airs weekday evenings at 10:00 Pacific on KLAV-AM 1230 in Las Vegas, features yours truly along with David Glisan as hosts addressing issues and posing questions to respected oddsmakers, bookmakers and newsmakers on a variety of topics related to sports and specifically sports betting.
Past editions of The EOG Sports Hour, dating to the show’s inaugural broadcast in early August of 2011, are available for download at www.eogradio.com.
Previous guests on the show included bookmakers Jimmy Vaccaro (Lucky’s) and Mike Colbert (Cantor Gaming), MLB handicapping experts PalmTree and Tim Patterson, Showtime boxing analyst Al Bernstein and disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy.
Here’s a look at this week’s guest list: MONDAY — Ron Miller, boxing writer and World Series of Poker correspondent; TUESDAY — Beth Raymer, Columbia University product and author of Lay The Favorite; WEDNESDAY — Alan Dinkenson, NHL aficionado and professional wrestling insider; THURSDAY — Bill Krackomberger, Las Vegas-based professional sports bettor; and FRIDAY — Willy Loman, respected oddsmaker, accomplished actor and Costa Rican gigolo.
BETTING THE BASES…..Not many handicappers, if any, follow Major League Baseball more closely than Eric Strasser, better known as “PalmTree” on various Internet sports betting message boards.
The one-time college baseball player combines a numerical approach to the sport along with good old-fashioned daily observation (the man has a scout’s eye) to gain his edge over the baseball market.
This past weekend, PalmTree predicted the Angels would overtake the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers to not only win the division but also capture the pennant and eventually the World Series.
“I projected the Halos would win 95 games before the season started,” said PalmTree during a breakfast date yesterday at New York-New York Hotel and Casino.
“The Angels have better pitching than the Rangers and Scioscia’s lineup, when healthy, is equal to or better than what Ron Washington fields every day.”
PalmTree continued, “And here’s the kicker: the Angels feature the best defensive outfield in all of baseball and it’s one of the best, if not the best, in the history of the game with Trout in left, Bourjos in center and Hunter in right.”
PalmTree posted some impressive results with his MLB selections in the 2010 regular season and 2011 postseason, but his year-to-date results in 2012 are a lesson in frustration.
Over the past two months, PalmTree has made more than 200 baseball wagers with a won-loss record of 102-109 and a total loss of 0.25 units.
That’s the definition of “trading money.”
MONDAY’S BEST BET…..Play 904 San Francisco Giants -137 over the Chicago Cubs.
Pitiful Cubbies are 0-10 in their last 10 road games, hitting .236 over the miserable span with a .136 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Top of the Giants’ batting order appears solid with Blanco, Theriot, the red-hot Cabrera and Posey.
Frisco rarely homers at AT&T Park so the team is accustomed to manufacturing runs in close games.
The Giants are 12-9 in games decided by a single run while the Cubs are a major league-worst 6-13.
COMING TUESDAY…..More notes and quotes from baseball devotee PalmTree.
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