WagerTalk Podcast: Weekend Marquee Games in NBA and MLB, PLUS Best Bets!

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Nothing beats the thrill of winning and the WagerTalk Podcast prepares you to make the most educated bets possible. Listen to WagerTalk Marco D’Angelo @MarcoInVegas , Dave Cokin @davecokin and Ralph Michaels @CalSportsLV each and every Thursday night as they break down sports from a Las Vegas betting perspective.  WagerTalk Podcast: Weekend Marquee Games in NBA and MLB, PLUS Best Bets!

This week on WagerTalk we look at the weekend marquee games in the  NBA with playoff implications, biggest matchups in MLB and close out the show with Free Best Bets for the weekend from the WagerTalk Crew:

► Weekend Marquee NBA Games
-Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Friday)
-Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs (Saturday)
-Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers (Sunday)

►Weekend Marquee Baseball Games
-Los Angeles Dodgers (Madea) vs San Francisco Giants (Holland) (Friday)
-Arizona Diamondbacks (Greinke) vs St Louis Cardinals (Wacha) (Saturday)
-Oakland Athletics (Graveman) vs Los Angeles Angels (Ohtani) (Sunday)

► The Wagertalk Crew closes out the show with their Free Weekend Best Bets

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Major League Baseball Free Pick: Royals at Tigers

Detroit Tigers vs Texas Rangers Predictions

Kansas City squares off against Detroit in the Motor City today. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET at Comerica Park. Conditions for the game are much like Tuesday’s event. Temperature at first pitch is expected to be in the upper-forties with a 10 mph wind blowing in from right-center field. Major League Baseball Free Pick: Royals at Tigers.

The Royals have scored a total of two runs in the first two of the Comerica Park series. The Tigers (-123, 9) were shutout in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss but managed to push a half dozen across the plate in Game #1 of the series. The Tigers are capable of being more offensively productive than that of the Royals. However, in truth, neither of these two American League Central foes are going to be challenging for the division title. Nor are their pitching staffs going to be threatening to throw no-hitters this season.

Kansas City received seven strong innings from right-hander Jakob Junis and battled through the Lake Michigan elements to record their first victory of the young season.

Detroit earned its first win in the series opener but managed just three hits on Tuesday. It is the second time across their five games this season they have lost 1-0.

Royals southpaw Danny Duffy (0-1, 11.25 ERA) was good, then not so good, on Opening Day against the Chicago White Sox. Duffy was nearly untouchable in the first three innings last Thursday at “The K”. Duffy threw three scoreless innings to begin the came only to allow three home runs in a five-run fourth inning. The KC left-hander surrendered five runs and seven hits in four innings of work. The Royals ace allowed a mere 13 home runs across 147-plus innings a season ago. Duffy was 2-1 against the Tigers last season. A Detroit batting order that was a much better offensive lineup than this 2018 group. Duffy allowed 21 hits in 15 2/3 total innings spread across three starts versus Detroit in 2017.

Tigers lefty Daniel Norris (2017: 5-8, 5.31) threw a career-high 101 2/3 innings in 22 games – 18 starts – for the Tigers last season. He missed of July and August of the 2017 campaign to a groin injury. The young lefty was 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in three starts against the Royals last season. And for being just 24-years of age the Detroit southpaw has squared off against the Royals seven times in his career. Norris owns a 1-2 mark with a 4.14 ERA in those seven career starts against Kansas City.

Both of these two teams are scuffling for offensive consistency. The weather conditions in Detroit are currently more conducive to pitching, than hitting, as long as a pitcher has the experience of knowing how to execute a cold weather grip.

The Royals 1B Lucas Duda sat out Tuesday and isn’t likely to test his injured hamstring in the cold conditions of Comerica Park today. And KC’s City right-fielder Jorge Soler is 0-for-8 this season. Soler is expected to be one of the big bats on this light hitting Royals lineup. Soler closed the 2017 campaign 0-for-20. He is now 0-for-28 dating back to last season.

Much like yesterday in Detroit the crowd will be light in audience and both teams will struggle to get warm at the plate in the sub-50 degree temps. The breeze that is blowing in from right-center field will knockdown most fly balls. And for the second straight day in the Motor City runs will be at a premium.

Major League Baseball Free Pick is a play UNDER the TOTAL at Comerica Park 

 

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Saturday Night MLB Free Pick: San Francisco at LA Dodgers

Saturday Night MLB Free Pick: San Francisco at LA Dodgers

For those that are not watching the second game of the college basketball national championships on Saturday night there is a interesting matchup in Los Angeles. The Dodgers host the Giants with a scheduled first pitch at 9:10 p.m. ET at Chavez Ravine. Saturday Night MLB Free Pick: San Francisco at LA Dodgers.

The Dodgers (-210, 8) coaching staff, both of them while Kenta Maeda has been a part of the Dodgers organization, have done all they can to give the Japanese import a comfort zone. The Dodgers coaches and front office are saying all the right things. They state that they believe that Madea’s time in the bullpen a year ago will assist him in being a consistent and reliable starter moving forward.

“The confidence that Kenta has now, is where he feels like he can dominate when he goes out there,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the team’s official website, while assessing Maeda’s spring training. “I think the thing is he is learning and trusting the fact that he can go as hard as he can for a long as he can and right now there is really no pace or hold back in his game.”

The San Francisco Giants, sitting on a 2-0 record despite scoring just two runs in 2018, aim to win their third straight over their biggest rival.

The Giants send left-handed veteran Derek Holland (2017: 7-14, 6.20 ERA) to the mound tonight. Holland signed a minor league deal with the Giants last month and earned a roster spot after a mediocre spring training. The National League is a great fit for Holland after spending eight seasons in Texas. The lefty scuffled in hitter friendly Chicago late last season going 2-5 with an 8.93 ERA in his final 12 games (nine starts).

A move to the Senior Circuit and throwing more than half of his games in the NL West pitcher-friendly venues will be a plus for the San Fran lefty. Throw in the fact that while the Dodgers won the NL Pennant last season this is an offensive that has been everything but good against left-handed pitching. LA hit a mere .243 with an OBP of.315, slugged .397 and ended the season with a below average .712 OPS.

Something has to be different if the Dodgers starter is going to contain the Giants tonight. The surface number for Maeda versus the Giants is deceiving. He career mark against San Fran is 3-1. But that 3-1 is due to run support from the Dodgers offense. Maeda has not been successful against a patient Giants offense. The Dodgers righty has a lifetime 5.56 ERA against San Fran.

The money-line inflation on the Dodgers tonight is play-against. Holland faces a Dodgers lineup that has little to no career at bats against the lefty. And the current Giants lineup has destroyed Maeda nearly each and every time they have faced him.

Saturday Night Major League Baseball Free Pick is a play on Holland and the San Fran Giants at +190

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MLB Predictions for 2018 Season from Las Vegas

AL Preview and Free Pick: Mariners over Astros

MLB Predictions for 2018 Season from Vegas: WagerTalk.com TV host Marco D’Angelo @MarcoInVegas, Ralph Michaels @CalSportsLV and Bryan Leonard @BLeonardSports look at the upcoming baseball season and give their MLB Predictions for 2018 Season from Vegas perspective. The WagerTalk crew look at season win totals, MLB player props and breakdown the upcoming MLB season.  MLB Predictions for 2018 Season from Las Vegas.

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