We closed the week out strong with a 2-1 day and missed the 3-0 day by 1 run.
Celtics (+105) – Both of these teams are coming off dominant sweeps against bad teams but the Celtics played the better team. The healthy trio of Tatum, Brown, and Walker has been lethal. The Celtics went 3-1 against the Raptors in the regular season with the most recent win coming with a final score of 122-100. This game was during the final regular season games in the NBA bubble since the restart. The Celtics team defense has looked good and they held the Sixers to 101 or less points in 3 of the 4 games in the first round. Kyle Lowry is listed as probable and is dealing with a sprained ankle. The Raptors lit up the scoreboard in the first round against the Nets scoring 134, 117, and 150 in 3 of the 4 games. The Celtics defense will present more of a challenge for this Raptors offense than the Nets did. The Celtics held the Raptors to 106, 102, and 100 in the 3 wins against them in the regular season. I’m expecting the Celtics to get the win in Game 1 as “underdogs.”
Result – Win – Celtics 112 Raptors – 94 – This game was over right from the start. The Celtics came out hot and stayed hot. They also played tough defense and held the Raptors to 42 points in the first half. Padcal Siakam also got in early foul trouble which helped us in this one but the Celts grabbed control and didn’t let go. Csssssssss!!!
Twins (Maeda) ML / Dodgers (Gonsolin) ML (+109)
The Twins let us down yesterday but they have a good looking matchup today. 4-0 Kenta Maeda will pitch for them and he has dominated this season. He’s allowed 2 or less runs in 5 of his 6 starts this season. The Twins lineup will face Casey Mize who has allowed 7 runs in 7.2 this season. The Tigers have lost Mize’s 2 starts by a combined 8 runs.
Gonsolin will pitch for the Dodgers and he has only allowed 6 hits in 14.2 innings this season. The Dodgers will face Kyle Gibson who is 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA. Gibson is coming off his worst start of the season where he allowed 7 runs in 6.1 innings. Look for this Dodgers offense to jump Gibson early and jump out to an early lead that they won’t give up.
Result – Loss – Dodgers run line was the original play but then I added Twins ML to make it more of a high percentage play. Should have just stuck with the Dodgers run line. The Twins came up 1 run short and let us down. That bad Tigers team has played spoiler on us a few times over the last couple of weeks.
Islanders (-125) – Going into this series, we really thought this was going to be a close tight fought matchup. These two teams played great hockey right when they got to Toronto, and they’ve seemed to embrace the “bubble life.” So far in this series however, we have seen domination on the part of the Islanders for the majority of the series. I’ve watched every second of this series, and it is clear that the Islanders have been better in every facet of the game, and really should be up 3-0 in this series if it weren’t for the first period in Game 2. Islanders have road their hot goalie Varlamov, and he has been nothing short of stellar in these playoffs. The pressure that the Islanders can apply with their forwards, along with the net presence of Anders Lee has proven to be the difference so far. We look for Islanders to ride the momentum and take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Result – Win – Islanders 3 Flyer 2 – More domination from the Islanders in last night’s game. The Flyers played a strong second period but the Islanders outplayed them in the first and of course the 3rd. There were some close calls but it seemed like time and time again the Islanders had another scoring opportunity. GREAT win for us here!
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