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  1. #481
    NBA
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Monday, April 19


    Cleveland @ Detroit
    Cavaliers (20-36)
    — Cleveland lost four of its last five games SU.
    — Cavaliers are 3-1 ATS in last four road games.
    — Last three Cleveland games stayed under the total.

    Pistons (17-40)
    — Detroit lost 11 of its last 16 games
    — Pistons are 12-8-1 ATS since the All-Star break.
    — Under is 5-1 in Detroit’s last six games.

    — Cleveland won last four series games.
    — Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in last five visits to Detroit.
    — Last nine series games went over.

    Chicago @ Boston
    Bulls (23-33)
    — Chicago lost five of its last six games SU (1-5 ATS).
    — Bulls are 0-3 ATS in their last three road games.
    — Over is 5-2 in their last seven games.

    Celtics (31-26)
    — Boston won eight of its last nine games.
    — Celtics are 5-7 ATS in their last 12 home games.
    — Under is 8-4 in their last 12 games

    — Celtics won eight of last nine series games.
    — Bulls are 0-4 ATS in last four visits to Boston.
    — Under is 4-2 in last six series games.

    Golden State @ Philadelphia
    Warriors (28-29)
    — Golden State won five of its last seven games SU.
    — Warriors are 2-6 ATS in last eight road games.
    — Under is 12-5 in their last 17 road games.

    76ers (39-17)
    — 76ers won 11 of their last 15 games.
    — Sixers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
    — Under is 13-4 in Philly’s last 17 games.

    — Teams split last six series games.
    — Warriors are 1-3 ATS in last four visits to Philly.
    — Under is 6-4 in last ten series games.

    San Antonio @ Indiana
    Spurs (27-28)
    — San Antonio won four of its last six games.
    — Spurs are 8-2 ATS in last ten road games.
    — Over is 12-6 in Spurs’ last 18 games.

    Pacers (26-30)
    — Indiana lost three of its last four games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Pacers are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 home games.
    — Over is 5-2 in Indiana’s last seven games.

    — Pacers won five of last six series games.
    — Spurs are 1-3 ATS in last four visits to Indiana.
    — Last four series games went over the total.

    Houston @ Miami
    Rockets (15-42)
    — Houston lost 32 of its last 36 games (9-27 ATS).
    — Rockets are 4-3 ATS in last seven road games.
    — Over is 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

    Heat (29-28)
    — Miami lost three of its last four games SU.
    — Heat is 3-6 ATS in last nine home games.
    — Over is 5-1 in their last six home games.

    — Teams split last ten series games.
    — Rockets are 1-3 ATS in last four visits to Miami.
    — Four of last five series games stayed under.

    Oklahoma City @ Washington
    Thunder (20-37)
    — Thunder lost 10 in row, 13 of last 14 games.
    — OKC is 5-9 ATS in their last 14 road games.
    — Under is 11-2 in their last 13 road games.

    Wizards (23-33)
    — Wizards won six of last eight games SU (6-2 ATS).
    — Wizards are 5-2 ATS in last seven home games.
    — Under is 10-4 in their last 14 games

    — Teams split last eight series games.
    — Thunder is 2-2 ATS in last four visits to Washington.
    — Over is 5-3 in last eight series games.

    Phoenix @ Milwaukee
    Suns (40-16)
    — Phoenix won 32 of its last 40 games (4-6 ATS last ten).
    — Suns are 7-4 ATS in their last 11 home games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Over is 8-3 in their last 11 games.

    Bucks (35-21)
    — Milwaukee won three of its last four games SU.
    — Bucks are 1-6 ATS in last seven home games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Over is 13-7 in Milwaukee’s last 20 games.

    — Phoenix won four of last five series games.
    — Suns are 3-2 ATS in last five visits to Milwaukee.
    — Last three series games went over the total.

    Memphis @ Denver
    Grizzlies (29-26)
    — Memphis won three of its last four games SU.
    — Grizzlies are 14-3 ATS in last 17 games overall.
    — Over is 7-1 in last eight Memphis games.

    Nuggets (36-20)
    — Denver won 10 of its last 12 games.
    — Jamal Murray tore his ACL, is done for the year.
    — Nuggets are 5-3 ATS in last eight home games.
    — Over is 4-2 in Denver’s last six home games.

    — Nuggets won five of last six series games.
    — Memphis is 0-2-1 ATS in last three visits to Denver.
    — Under is 7-3 in last ten series games.

    Utah @ LA Lakers
    Jazz (42-15)
    — Utah won four of its last six games.
    — Jazz is 1-6 ATS in its last seven road games.
    — Under is 4-2 in Utah’s last six road games.

    Lakers (35-22)
    — Lakers are 7-5 SU in their last dozen games.
    — Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games at Staples.
    — Over is 6-1 in their six games overall.

    — Lakers won five of last six series games.
    — Utah is 1-4 ATS in last five road series games.
    — Three of last four series games went over.

  2. #482
    NBA

    Monday, April 19


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    Trend Report
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    Cleveland @ Detroit
    Cleveland
    Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Detroit
    Detroit
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games

    Chicago @ Boston
    Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 14 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
    Boston
    Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
    Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago

    Golden State @ Philadelphia
    Golden State
    Golden State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
    Philadelphia is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Golden State

    Oklahoma City @ Washington
    Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Oklahoma City's last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
    Washington
    Washington is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

    Houston @ Miami
    Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
    Miami
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

    San Antonio @ Indiana
    San Antonio
    San Antonio is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Indiana
    Indiana is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing San Antonio
    Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Antonio

    Phoenix @ Milwaukee
    Phoenix
    Phoenix is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
    Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 8 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix

    Memphis @ Denver
    Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Memphis's last 8 games
    Denver
    Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
    Denver is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games

    Utah @ LA Lakers
    Utah
    Utah is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
    Utah is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing LA Lakers
    LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Lakers's last 7 games
    LA Lakers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Utah


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    Last edited by Udog; 04-19-2021 at 11:35 AM.

  3. #483
    Hoop Trends for Monday April 19
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Memphis at Denver (9:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Grizzlies are 10-0 ATS (12.60 ppg) after they scored at least 18 fast break points.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day
    Matchup: San Antonio at Indiana (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Pacers are 0-13 ATS (-5.77 ppg) at home after they has at least twice as many assists as turnovers last game.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Houston at Miami (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Heat are 13-0-1 OU (12.64 ppg) at home after they had fewer than 15 fouls last game.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Oklahoma City at Washington (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Wizards are 0-12-2 OU (-8.29 ppg) at home with less than two days rest coming off a home win in which they never trailed.

    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  4. #484
    Tuesday’s 6-pack
    NBA leaders in scoring:

    31.1— Bradley Beal, Wash
    31.0— Steph Curry, GSt
    28.7— Damian Lillard, Port
    28.6— Luka Doncic, Dal
    28.4— Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milw
    27.5— Zach LaVine, Chi
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 567,557
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Although I would have rather won, tonight we rejoice in our democracy, we rejoice in the freedom of a wonderful people, and we accept their verdict. I thank the people of America for hearing my case.”
    Walter Mondale, after losing the 1984 Presidential election.
    Mr Mondale passed away Monday, at age 93. RIP, sir.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Rick Pitino has had a long, very successful coaching career; where did he have his first head coaching job?

    Monday’s quiz
    Since 2008, Jay Bruce is the lefty batter who has hit the most home runs (319)

    Sunday’s quiz
    When Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly played in the USFL, he played for the Houston Gamblers.

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    Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but…….

    13) QB Alex Smith retired Monday, ending a 16-year career; he suffered a severely broken leg in 2018, wound up having 17 surgeries, had his life threatened by infection, but fought back and wound up starting six games for Washington LY, winning five of them.

    All in all, Smith had a 99-67-1 record as a QB; he was the first player taken in the 2005 draft, after playing for Urban Meyer at Utah. He’s also the answer to a future trivia question; he was the Chiefs’ QB before Patrick Mahomes.

    If you get a chance to see the film ESPN did on Smith’s recovery (Project 11) it is worth your time. It is stunning, all he went through so he could play football again. Very tough guy, this Alex Smith. I am hoping he goes on TV so we can learn from him.

    12) There isn’t enough “nice” in the world these days, but CNN’s Wolf Blitzer did a nice thing Monday night. This week is the 20th anniversary of Dr Sanjay Gupta working for CNN- they put together a highlight reel from the past 20 years of Dr Gupta on TV, and CNN showed it while Wolf Blitzer had him on the air Monday. It was pretty cool.

    Dr Gupta is an accomplished neurosurgeon; over the past year, I’ve learned a lot from listening to him on TV. He didn’t get a haircut until he got his vaccine; I haven’t had a haircut since last summer because of that— now I look like Albert Einstein 🙂

    Good news is my first vaccine shot is Sunday. Then, thanks to Dr Gupta, I can get my haircut.

    11) Tampa Bay Rays went 90-72 in 2018, then made the playoffs the last two years, so they’re doing great stuff with a very limited payroll- they made the World Series last year.

    But they do some unusual things; they firmly believe that the starting pitcher shouldn’t face the opponents’ lineup more than twice. Last year, they took Blake Snell out of a World Series game when he was rolling; it went against the grain, it didn’t work and they got ripped for it.

    Monday night in Kansas City, Josh Fleming had a 2-0 lead in the 6th inning- he had allowed only two baserunners, but when Whit Merrifield came up for his third AB, out came Kavin Cash and Fleming went to the showers. They have their philosophy, and they stick to it.

    Tampa Bay’s bullpen held the lead last night, they improved to 9-8. Can’t argue with their results, but their tactics can make you shake your head.

    10) In his first two starts, Washington’s Joe Ross threw 11 shutout innings, and one of those starts was against the Dodgers, so I sat down to watch him pitch last night, to see if I wanted to pick him up for my fantasy team. It didn’t go well.

    Cardinals attacked Ross’s pitches like they were smashng a pińata; he gave up ten runs in 4.1 IP, as St Louis hammered the Nationals 12-5. Go figure.

    9) Warriors 107, 76ers 96— Steph Curry made 10-17 3-pointers, scored 49 points, as he tries to carry the Warriors on his back to the playoffs.

    8) Nuggets 139, Grizzlies 137, 2OT— Nikola Jokic scored 41 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, also had eight assists, as Denver improved to 37-20.

    7) San Jose Sharks’ F Patrick Marleau played in his 1,768th career NHL game Monday night in Las Vegas, breaking the previous record, held by Gordie Howe. Anytime you break a record held by Gordie Howe, thats impressive.

    6) Former Michigan quarterback Joe Milton will transfer to Tennessee; he’s going to graduate from Michigan next month, so he should be eligible to play this fall. Milton will have three years of eligibility left; he started five games LY, but was replaced near the end of the season.

    5) Kind of an alarming stat: Roughly 40% of all college basketball players who enter Division I directly out of high school leave their initial school by the end of their sophomore year. This is a chaotic time for college coaches; you have to re-recruit all your players, every year.

    I’m going to need a vacation in October to try and sort out who is playing where in college basketball next winter. Sounds like a good excuse to visit Las Vegas for the first time in two years.

    4) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
    NL: Mets-Reds-Dodgers. Wild Card: Giants-Brewers
    AL: Red Sox-Royals-Mariners, Wild Card: Angels-A’s

    3) Texas Rangers’ new ballpark appears to be a pitchers’ park; under is 7-2 in first nine games there this season. My question is this: did they make it a pitcher’s park on purpose?

    Keep hearing how baseball wants more offense, then they build a pitchers’ park. Go figure.

    2) Red Sox 11, White Sox 4— Patriots’ Day is a holiday in Boston; Red Sox have played at home every Patriots’ Day since 1959— the Boston Marathon is usually run that day (it’ll be in October this year). Red Sox play their annual Patriots’ Day game at 11am.

    This year’s game was over by 11:30; first six Boston batters got hits, they all scored and they cruised to an 11-4 win over White Sox ace Lucas Giolito, who had an awful hour on the mound- he threw 46 pitches in the first inning.

    All in all, the Red Sox are 71-53 on Patriots’ Day.

    1) White Sox’ DH Yermin Mercedes pitched the 8th inning, making him the first White Sox player to DH and pitch in the same game since Adam LaRoche, on July 31, 2015.

    Here’s the thing: in both of those games, games played six years apart, the opposing starting pitcher was Nathan Eovaldi.

  5. #485
    519ORLANDO -520 ATLANTA
    ORLANDO is 12-3 ATS (8.7 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - shooting pct defense of >=46% - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    521BROOKLYN -522 NEW ORLEANS
    BROOKLYN is 10-2 ATS (7.8 Units) in road games in non-conference games in the current season.

    523CHARLOTTE -524 NEW YORK
    NEW YORK is 10-1 ATS (8.9 Units) revenging a road blowout loss vs opponent of 20 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    525MINNESOTA -526 SACRAMENTO
    MINNESOTA is 16-36 ATS (-23.6 Units) versus poor foul drawing teams - attempting <=24 free throws/game - 2nd half of the season in the last 3 seasons.

    527LA CLIPPERS -528 PORTLAND
    LA CLIPPERS are 9-1 ATS (7.9 Units) versus explosive offensive teams - scoring 110+ points/game - 2nd half of the season in the current season.




    NBA
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, April 20







    NBA

    Tuesday, April 20


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    Trend Report
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    Orlando @ Atlanta
    Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games
    Atlanta
    Atlanta is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home
    Atlanta is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home

    Charlotte @ New York
    Charlotte
    Charlotte is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York
    New York is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

    Brooklyn @ New Orleans
    Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Brooklyn's last 13 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of New Orleans's last 13 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans's last 8 games when playing Brooklyn

    LA Clippers @ Portland
    LA Clippers
    LA Clippers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Portland
    LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
    Portland
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland's last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games

    Minnesota @ Sacramento
    Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
    Sacramento
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing Minnesota


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    NBA
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Tuesday, April 20


    Orlando @ Atlanta
    Magic (18-39)
    — Orlando lost 21 of its last 26 games.
    — Magic is 5-2 ATS in last seven road games.
    — Over is 8-2 in their last ten games overall.

    Hawks (31-26)
    — Hawks is 17-6 SU since they changed coaches.
    — Hawks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games.
    — Under is 5-3 in their last eight games.

    — Magic won six of last nine series games.
    — Orlando is 3-2 ATS in last five visits to Atlanta.
    — Last three series games went over the total.

    Charlotte @ New York
    Hornets (28-28)
    — Charlotte lost four of its last five games SU.
    — Hornets are 6-3 ATS in their last nine road games.
    — Under is 16-5 in Charlotte’s last 21 games.

    Knicks (31-27)
    — New York won/covered its last six games.
    — Knicks are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games.
    — Over is 7-2 in New York’s last eight games.

    — Charlotte won seven of last eight series games.
    — Hornets are 2-1 ATS in last three visits to Manhattan.
    — Under is 4-1 in last five series games.

    Brooklyn @ New Orleans
    Nets (38-19)
    — Brooklyn is 4-4 SU its last eight games.
    — Nets are 2-4 ATS in last six road games.
    — Over is 5-2 in last seven Brooklyn games.

    Pelicans (25-32)
    — New Orleans lost its last three games, the last two in OT.
    — Pelicans are 6-4 ATS in their last ten home games.
    — Over is 7-4 in their last 11 games.

    — Nets won/covered last four series games.
    — Brooklyn is 3-1 ATS in last four visits to New Orleans.
    — Over is 7-1 in last eight series games.

    LA Clippers @ Portland
    Clippers (40-19)
    — Clippers won 14 of their last 17 games.
    — Clippers are 4-1 ATS in last five road games.
    — Last three Clipper games stayed under the total.

    Trailblazers (32-24)
    — Portland lost five of its last seven games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Blazers are 2-5 ATS in last seven home games.
    — Under is 7-2 in Portland’s last nine games.

    — Clippers won/covered last five series games.
    — LA is 2-2 ATS in last four visits to Portland.
    — Last three series games went over the total.

    Minnesota @ Sacramento
    Timberwolves (15-43)
    — Minnesota lost 12 of its last 17 games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Wolves are 3-6 ATS in last nine road games.
    — Over is 6-3 in their last nine games.

    Kings (23-34)
    — Sacramento lost nine of its last ten games.
    — Kings are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
    — Under is 5-2 in Sacramento’s last seven games.

    — Timberwolves won four of last six series games.
    — Minnesota is 2-3 ATS in last five visits to Sacramento.
    — Four of last five series games stayed under the total.

  6. #486
    Hoop Trends for Tuesday April 20
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Charlotte at New York (7:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Knicks are 14-0 ATS (15.36 ppg) after allowing 50-plus points in the paint last game.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Minnesota at Sacramento (10:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Timberwolves are 0-11 ATS (-7.45 ppg) with rest off a game as a dog in which they had assists on at least 70 percent of their field goals.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Orlando at Atlanta (7:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Hawks are 9-0-2 OU (13.23 ppg) after Kevin Huerter shot better than 66 percent from the field last game.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Charlotte at New York (7:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Knicks are 0-10 OU (-11.25 ppg) at home off a home win where they were outscored by double digits in the paint.

    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  7. #487
    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the PGA’s Zurich Open (team event) this weekend:

    7-1— Rahm/Palmer, Schauffele/Cantlay
    9-1— Smith/Leishman
    14-1— Finau/Champ, Morikawa/Wolff, Watson/Scheffler
    20-1— Horschel/Burns, Kirk/Todd
    27-1— Willett/Hatton
    29-1— Bradley/Steele, Grace/Varner III
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 567,557
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Two totally different basketball players. Jordan was a guy that he was going to make big shots. He’s going to take the ball every time and shoot it every time he has to. I think LeBron is an all-around basketball player.

    If you ask me who’s a better all-around basketball player… LeBron James by far. He does everything. He passes the ball better than Jordan, He can dribble it a little bit better than Jordan… shooting-wise, I don’t think so, rebounding I think he did but Jordan did rebound; but they’re two different basketball players.”
    Gary Payton

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Peyton Manning was the first pick of the 1998 NFL Draft; what other QB was the #2 pick?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Rick Pitino has had a long, very successful coaching career; his first head coaching job was at Boston University, from 1978-83

    Monday’s quiz
    Since 2008, Jay Bruce is the lefty batter who has hit the most home runs (319)

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    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……..

    13) Now that transferring is all the rage in college basketball, I’m curious; how does it work?
    — Does the player reach out to the school, or the school to the player?
    — Is it legal for a coach to call a player at another school and try to poach him?
    — Are third parties involved?
    — Do players call other guys they know and try to get them to bolt to their school?

    Last time I heard, there were over 1,300 names in the transfer portal for next year. Chaotic times in college basketball; would be a good Hard Knocks-type show to see how it all works.

    12) Some of the more impactful basketball transfers this spring:
    — Kid from Davidson jumped to Kentucky; he is a shooter
    — Utah to Texas (Chris Beard is good at poaching)
    — Georgetown to Maryland (lot of people bolting from the Hoyas)
    — North Carolina to Auburn
    — Rutgers to UCLA

    11) Penguins 7, Devils 6:
    — Pittsburgh led this game 6-0 after two periods.
    — If you took the Devils +1.5 goals, hope you didn’t rip the ticket up.
    — Penguins are first NHL team EVER to win a game, when they were outscored by 5+ goals in the third period. NHL teams are now 1-279 when outscored by 5+ goals in third period.

    10) New York Knicks have won seven games in a row, covered ten in a row; Tom Thibodeau may be Coach of the Year in the NBA this year, as the Knicks figure to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

    9) Last year, Atlanta Braves were 24-6 when they scored first; this year, they’re 3-5.

    8) Guy named Brad Spielberger posted info on whether NFL GM’s tend to trade up or down in NFL Drafts. Some interesting stuff……..
    — Bill Belichick, Patriots 13 Up, 23 Down
    — Les Snead, Rams 9 Up, 15 Down
    — Rick Spielman, Vikings 9 Up, 24 Down

    — Mickey Loomis, Saints 10 Up, 0 Down
    — Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons 12 Up, 3 Down
    — Dave Gettleman, Giants 5 Up, 0 Down

    7) NFL schedule is usually out by now; think it isn’t being released for a couple more weeks, at least. Three things have to happen before I schedule my next vacation:
    — get my two vaccine shots
    — get my enhanced drivers’ license, so I can fly after October 1
    — see the NFL schedule, so I can pick the right weekend to go.

    Halloween is a Sunday this year; that weekend is the early favorite for a visit.

    6) NBA teams that go over the total the most:
    64.3%— Pelicans
    59.6%— Pacers, Nets, Bucks
    58.9%— Nuggets
    55.4%— Kings

    5) Last four times Giants’ backup catcher Curt Casali started, San Francisco pitchers tossed a shutout. Maybe he should play more.

    4) This is Austin Barnes’ 7th year on the Los Angeles Dodgers; he has a secure job as the backup catcher- he also plays some other positions. Barnes has never batted more than 262 times in a season, but LA made the playoffs in all six of his major league seasons, so could be they see him as a good luck charm.

    3) Weird fact of the day: Remember the old TV series Columbo, with Peter Falk? He wore a scruffy overcoat all the time, and didn’t seem all that smart, until the last 20 minutes of the show, when he solved the crime every week.

    Anyway, in Budapest, Romania, there is a statue of Falk’s Columbo character on a street corner. No idea why, but saw a picture of it yesterday.

    2) Washington DC has more people living there than live in either Vermont or Wyoming.

    1) Got a message the other day that I’ve been on Twitter for 12 years; time flies when you’re having fun. I spend a ridiculous amount of time scrolling thru Twitter, but I’ve learned a lot there and much like this site, it is free. You can’t beat free.

  8. #488
    529PHOENIX -530 PHILADELPHIA
    PHOENIX is 13-1 ATS (11.9 Units) in road games when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 60% to 70%) over the last 2 seasons.

    531GOLDEN STATE -532 WASHINGTON
    GOLDEN STATE is 43-62 ATS (-25.2 Units) versus good shooting teams - making >=46% of their shots in the last 3 seasons.

    533OKLAHOMA CITY -534 INDIANA
    INDIANA is 0-12 ATS (-13.2 Units) in home games versus poor pressure defensive teams - forcing <=14 turnovers/game in the current season.

    535CHICAGO -536 CLEVELAND
    CLEVELAND is 37-58 ATS (-26.8 Units) after playing a road game in the last 3 seasons.

    537BROOKLYN -538 TORONTO
    TORONTO is 23-39 ATS (-19.9 Units) after covering 3 of their last 4 against the spread in the last 3 seasons.

    539UTAH -540 HOUSTON
    HOUSTON is 24-54 ATS (-35.4 Units) after a non-conference game in the last 3 seasons.

    541ATLANTA -542 NEW YORK
    NEW YORK is 14-1 ATS (12.9 Units) in home games when the line is +3 to -3 in the current season.

    543MIAMI -544 SAN ANTONIO
    SAN ANTONIO is 11-25 ATS (-16.5 Units) in home games after having won 2 of their last 3 games in the last 3 seasons.

    545DETROIT -546 DALLAS
    DALLAS are 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 25% to 40%) in the current season.

    547MEMPHIS -548 LA CLIPPERS
    LA CLIPPERS are 9-1 ATS (7.9 Units) versus explosive offensive teams - scoring 110+ points/game - 2nd half of the season in the current season.

  9. #489
    NBA

    Wednesday, April 21


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    Trend Report
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    Chicago @ Cleveland
    Chicago
    Chicago is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
    Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games at home

    Golden State @ Washington
    Golden State
    Golden State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games at home
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

    Brooklyn @ Toronto
    Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Brooklyn's last 8 games
    Toronto
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn

    Oklahoma City @ Indiana
    Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
    Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

    Phoenix @ Philadelphia
    Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix's last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Phoenix is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing at home against Phoenix

    Utah @ Houston
    Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah's last 7 games when playing Houston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
    Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Utah

    Atlanta @ New York
    Atlanta
    Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    New York
    New York is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Miami @ San Antonio
    Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Miami's last 13 games on the road
    Miami is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
    San Antonio
    San Antonio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Miami
    San Antonio is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games when playing Miami

    Detroit @ Dallas
    Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
    Detroit is 16-7-1 ATS in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Dallas's last 13 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Dallas's last 11 games

    Memphis @ LA Clippers
    Memphis
    Memphis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games on the road
    LA Clippers
    LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    LA Clippers is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

    Denver @ Portland
    Denver
    Denver is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland
    Denver is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
    Portland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games when playing at home against Denver
    Portland is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Denver

    Minnesota @ Sacramento
    Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games
    Sacramento
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 6 games when playing Minnesota


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  10. #490
    NBA
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Wednesday, April 21


    Chicago @ Cleveland
    Bulls (24-33)
    — Chicago lost five of its last seven games SU (2-5 ATS).
    — Bulls are 1-3 ATS in their last four road games.
    — Over is 5-3 in their last eight games.

    Cavaliers (20-37)
    — Cleveland lost five of its last six games SU.
    — Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in last five home games.
    — Three of last four Cleveland games stayed under the total.

    — Chicago won four of last five series games.
    — Bulls are 3-1 ATS in last four visits to Cleveland.
    — Last three series games stayed under the total.

    Oklahoma City @ Indiana
    Thunder (20-38)
    — Thunder lost 11 in row, 14 of last 15 games.
    — OKC is 6-9 ATS in their last 15 road games.
    — Under is 12-2 in their last 14 road games.

    Pacers (26-31)
    — Indiana lost four of its last five games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Pacers are 1-12 ATS in their last 12 home games.
    — Over is 5-3 in Indiana’s last eight games.

    — Pacers won three of last four series games.
    — Thunder is 3-2 ATS in its last five trips to Indiana.
    — Last seven series games stayed under the total.

    Phoenix @ Philadelphia
    Suns (41-16)
    — Phoenix won 33 of its last 41 games (5-6 ATS last 11).
    — Suns are 3-5 ATS in their last eight road games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Over is 9-3 in their last 12 games.

    76ers (39-18)
    — 76ers won 11 of their last 16 games.
    — Sixers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
    — Under is 14-4 in Philly’s last 18 games.

    — Phoenix won/covered last three series games.
    — Suns are 3-2 ATS in last five visits to Philly.
    — Over is 9-1 in last ten series games.

    Golden State @ Washington
    Warriors (29-29)
    — Golden State won five of its last six games SU.
    — Warriors are 3-6 ATS in last nine road games.
    — Under is 13-5 in their last 18 road games.

    Wizards (24-33)
    — Wizards won seven of last nine games SU (7-2 ATS).
    — Wizards are 5-3 ATS in last eight home games.
    — Under is 11-4 in their last 15 games

    — Golden State won six of last eight series games.
    — Warriors are 1-3 ATS in last four visits here.
    — Over is 6-2 in last eight series games.

    Brooklyn @ Toronto
    Nets (39-19)
    — Brooklyn is 5-4 SU its last nine games.
    — Nets are 3-4 ATS in last seven road games.
    — Over is 6-2 in last eight Brooklyn games.

    Raptors (24-34)
    — Toronto won/covered its last three games.
    — Raptors won/covered their last three home games.
    — Over is 5-3 in their last eight games.

    — Toronto won last five series games.
    — Nets are 2-2 ATS in last four road series games.
    — Over is 5-3 in last eight series games.

    Atlanta @ New York
    Hawks (32-26)
    — Hawks is 18-6 SU since they changed coaches.
    — Hawks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games.
    — Under is 6-3 in their last nine games.

    Knicks (32-27)
    — New York won its last seven games, covered last ten.
    — Knicks are 8-2 ATS in their last ten home games.
    — Over is 7-3 in New York’s last ten games.

    — Knicks won five of last six series games.
    — Hawks are 2-3 ATS in last five visits to Manhattan.
    — Over is 4-1 in last five series games.

    Utah @ Houston
    Jazz (43-15)
    — Utah won five of its last seven games.
    — Jazz is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games.
    — Under is 5-2 in Utah’s last seven road games.

    Rockets (15-43)
    — Houston lost 33 of its last 37 games (9-27 ATS).
    — Rockets are 4-4 ATS in last eight road games.
    — Over is 7-2-1 in their last ten games.

    — Teams split last six series games.
    — Jazz is 2-2 ATS in last four visits to Houston.
    — Under is 6-1 in last seven series games.

    Detroit @ Dallas
    Pistons (18-40)
    — Detroit lost 11 of its last 17 games
    — Pistons are 13-8-1 ATS since the All-Star break.
    — Under is 5-2 in Detroit’s last seven games.

    Mavericks (30-26)
    — Mavericks lost four of their last five games.
    — Mavericks are 3-6 ATS in last nine home games.
    — Under is 20-8 in last 28 Dallas games.

    — Teams split last eight series games.
    — Pistons are 3-1-1 ATS in last five visits to Dallas.
    — Under is 7-3 in last ten series games.

    Miami @ San Antonio
    Heat (30-28)
    — Miami split its last eight games SU.
    — Heat is 3-6 ATS in last nine road games.
    — Under is 10-3 in their last 13 road games.

    Spurs (28-28)
    — San Antonio won four of its last six games.
    — Spurs are 9-2 ATS in last ten road games.
    — Under is 3-0 in Spurs’ last three games.

    — Miami won three of last four series games.
    — Heat is 2-3 ATS in last five visits to the Alamo.
    — Three of last four series games stayed under.

    Memphis @ LA Clippers
    Grizzlies (29-27)
    — Memphis is 7-4 in its last 11 games SU.
    — Grizzlies are 15-3 ATS in last 18 games overall.
    — Over is 8-1 in last nine Memphis games.

    Clippers (41-19)
    — Clippers won 15 of their last 18 games.
    — Clippers are 5-1 ATS in last six home games.
    — Three of last four Clipper games stayed under the total.

    — Clippers won five of last seven series games.
    — Memphis is 1-3 ATS in last four series games played here.
    — Last three series games stayed under the total.

    Denver @ Portland
    Nuggets (36-20)
    — Denver won 11 of its last 13 games.
    — Nuggets are 3-1 ATS in last four road games.
    — Under is 7-1-1 in Denver’s last nine road games.

    Trailblazers (32-24)
    — Portland lost six of its last eight games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Blazers are 3-5 ATS in last eight home games.
    — Under is 7-3 in Portland’s last ten games.

    — Denver won four of last five series games.
    — Nuggets covered three of last four visits to Portland.
    — Four of last six series games stayed under.

    Minnesota @ Sacramento
    Timberwolves (16-43)
    — Minnesota split its last six games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Wolves are 4-6 ATS in last ten road games.
    — Over is 7-3 in their last ten games.

    Kings (23-35)
    — Sacramento lost 10 of its last 11 games.
    — Kings are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
    — Under is 5-3 in Sacramento’s last eight games.

    — Timberwolves won four of last six series games.
    — Minnesota is 2-3 ATS in last five visits to Sacramento.
    — Four of last five series games stayed under the total.

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  11. #491
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, April 21



  12. #492
    Hoop Trends for Wednesday April 21
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Atlanta at New York (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Knicks are 12-0 ATS (10.38 ppg) after being outscored in the paint by double digits last game.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Utah at Houston (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Rockets are 0-17 ATS (-9.71 ppg) at home with less than two days rest off a 10+ point loss.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Minnesota at Sacramento (10:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Kings are 10-0 OU (17.95 ppg) at home off a home game where DeAaron Fox was not their high scorer.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Miami at San Antonio (8:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Heat are 0-10 OU (-21.50 ppg) on the road coming off a win.

    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  13. #493
    Thursday’s 6-pack
    Active leaders in career games pitched:

    790— Joe Smith
    777— Tyler Clippard
    738— Sergio Romo
    733— Joakim Soria
    695— Oliver Perez
    639— Kenley Jansen
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 567,557
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Put a tent on that circus.”
    Mets’ TV guy Gary Cohen, after the Cubs scored seven runs in the 4th inning Wednesday, helped by a couple errors by the Mets.

    Thursday’s quiz
    When the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, who did they beat?

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Peyton Manning was the first pick of the 1998 NFL Draft; Ryan Leaf was the #2 pick.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Rick Pitino has had a long, very successful coaching career; his first head coaching job was at Boston University, from 1978-83

    ************************************************** *******

    Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

    13) Braves 4, Bronx 1— Atlanta starter Ian Anderson blanked New York for 6.2 innings last night; he went to Shenendehowa HS in Clifton Park, NY, about 15 miles north of Armadillo World HQ. Pretty strong performance 160 miles south of home.

    Knicks 137, Hawks 127 OT— 10-15 miles away at Madison Square Garden, Kevin Huerter scored 17 points for Atlanta; he also went to Shenendehowa, before going to Maryland.

    Pretty cool coincidence for two high school friends/teammates.

    12) Knicks, by the way, have now won eight games in a row, covered 11 in a row; they’re the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Going to be an interesting vote between Tom Thibodeau and the Suns’ Monty Williams, for NBA Coach of the Year.

    11) Arizona 8, Cincinnati 5:
    — Strong candidate for Bad Beat of the Week, if you had Reds/under. Cincinnati led this game 3-0 in ninth inning, but Josh VanMeter hit a 3-run tater to tie the game, then the Snakes scored five runs in the 10th inning.
    — Reds gets Castellano back from suspension Thursday, a big deal for their lineup.

    10) Marlins 3, Orioles 0:
    — Trevor Rogers is 2-1, 1.64 in four starts; he’s looking pretty good.

    9) A’s 13, Twins 12 (10):
    — Weird game; after not scoring a run in a doubleheader Tuesday, Minnesota scored 12 runs here and still loses— their defense fell apart in the last inning.
    — Hector Cruz homered twice for the Twins.

    — Minnesota had 18 hits, but they pinch-ran for Josh Donaldson in the 10th inning and it badly compromised their infield defense, which cost them the game.

    8) Cubs 16, Mets 4:
    — Things got so bad that 3B Luis Guillorme pitched the bottom of the 8th inning.
    — When Javier Baez batted in against Guillorme, he hit lefty for only the third time in his career, so as not to screw up his righty swing against a position player.
    — When the home team announcer says “Put a tent on this circus” after a bad half-inning, you know the team’s defense needs some work.

    7) From 2000-09, 95 position players pitched in big league games. Since 2010, 310 position players have toed the rubber. White Sox used two position players to pitch in Monday’s loss.

    6) Pacers 122, Thunder 116— Oklahoma City lost its last 12 games; their last win was way back on March 31. Thunder has a boatload of draft picks coming up over the next few years; they’re going to need them.

    5) Braves 4, Bronx 1— New York has scored 3 or fewer runs in 11 of 17 games; they’re 6-11. Not sure how the batting coach keeps his job— you can’t fire the players.

    4) Bad news for the Padres; P Dinelson Lamet left Wednesday’s start after 29 pitches with tightness in his forearm, a bad omen as he tries to recover from last year’s injury issues.

    San Diego gets talked up a lot as a viable rival for the world champion Dodgers but they’re 10-10 and looking very average.

    3) Evil bastard alert: Hong Kong police arrested a 19-year old guy who bilked a 90-year old woman out of $32M. The woman lives in Hong Kong’s most expensive neighborhood; the evil bastard has obviously never heard of the term “karma” before.

    2) Genius alert: Houston Rockets’ guard Kevin Porter Jr will miss time because of a violation of the NBA’s health/safety protocols after he visited a Miami strip club with teammate Sterling Brown- Brown was assaulted in a fracas at the club.

    1) NFL schedule gets released May 12 at 8pm; its not so much who you play as when you play them. That would be a great reality show, how they make the schedule, how they pick which games are in primetime.

  14. #494
    553NEW ORLEANS -554 ORLANDO
    NEW ORLEANS are 17-5 ATS (11.5 Units) in road games off a home loss in the last 3 seasons.

    555PHOENIX -556 BOSTON
    BOSTON is 11-2 ATS (8.8 Units) versus very good teams - outscoring their opponents by 6+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    557PHILADELPHIA -558 MILWAUKEE
    PHILADELPHIA is 38-21 ATS (14.9 Units) after failing to cover 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread in the last 3 seasons.

    559DETROIT -560 SAN ANTONIO
    SAN ANTONIO is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) when playing only their 2nd game in 5 days in the current season.

    561CHARLOTTE -562 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO is 10-2 ATS (7.8 Units) after having lost 5 or 6 of their last 7 games in the current season.

    563LA LAKERS -564 DALLAS
    LA LAKERS are 17-6 ATS (10.4 Units) in road games after playing a home game over the last 2 seasons.




    NBA
    Dunkel

    Thursday, April 22







    NBA

    Thursday, April 22


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    Trend Report
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    Phoenix @ Boston
    Phoenix
    Phoenix is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Boston
    Phoenix is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games

    New Orleans @ Orlando
    New Orleans
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of New Orleans's last 14 games when playing Orlando
    Orlando
    Orlando is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
    Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans

    Philadelphia @ Milwaukee
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games on the road
    Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 9 games at home
    Milwaukee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

    Detroit @ San Antonio
    Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing San Antonio
    San Antonio
    San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
    San Antonio is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Detroit

    Charlotte @ Chicago
    Charlotte
    Charlotte is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games
    Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chicago's last 14 games when playing Charlotte

    LA Lakers @ Dallas
    LA Lakers
    LA Lakers is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Dallas
    LA Lakers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Dallas's last 14 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Dallas's last 12 games


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    NBA
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Thursday, April 22


    Phoenix @ Boston
    Suns (42-16)
    — Phoenix won 34 of its last 42 games (5-6-1 ATS last 12).
    — Suns are 3-5-1 ATS in their last nine road games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Over is 10-3 in their last 13 games.

    Celtics (31-27)
    — Boston won six of its last seven games.
    — Celtics are 5-8 ATS in their last 13 home games.
    — Under is 9-4 in their last 13 games

    — Phoenix won three of last four series games.
    — Suns covered their last four visits to Boston.
    — Under is 3-1 in last four series games.

    New Orleans @ Orlando
    Pelicans (25-33)
    — New Orleans lost its last four games, two in OT.
    — Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.
    — Over is 8-4 in their last 12 games.

    Magic (18-40)
    — Orlando lost nine of its last ten games.
    — Magic is 1-4 ATS in last five home games.
    — Over is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.

    — Magic won last five series games.
    — Pelicans are 2-3 ATS in last five visits to Orlando.
    — Last three series games went over the total.

    Philadelphia @ Milwaukee
    76ers (39-19)
    — 76ers lost their last two games, after a 7-2 run.
    — Sixers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games.
    — Under is 14-5 in Philly’s last 19 games.

    Bucks (35-22)
    — Milwaukee is 3-5 in its last eight games SU.
    — Bucks are 0-6 ATS in last six home games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Over is 14-7 in Milwaukee’s last 21 games.

    — Bucks won five of last seven series games.
    — 76ers are 1-5 ATS in last six visits to Wisconsin.
    — Last three series games went under the total.

    Detroit @ San Antonio
    Pistons (18-41)
    — Detroit lost 12 of its last 18 games
    — Pistons are 14-8-1 ATS since the All-Star break.
    — Under is 7-5 in Detroit’s last dozen road games.

    Spurs (28-29)
    — San Antonio lost eight of its last 12 games.
    — Spurs are 2-9 ATS in last 11 home games.
    — Under is 4-0 in Spurs’ last four games.

    — Spurs won eight of last ten series games.
    — Detroit is 1-4 ATS in last five visits to the Alamo.
    — Under is 7-3 in last ten series games.

    Charlotte @ Chicago
    Hornets (28-29)
    — Charlotte lost five of its last six games SU.
    — Hornets are 3-4 ATS in their last seven road games.
    — Under is 17-5 in Charlotte’s last 22 games.

    Bulls (24-34)
    — Chicago lost six of its last eight games SU.
    — Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
    — Over is 6-3 in their last nine games.

    — Charlotte won five of last seven series games.
    — Hornets are 2-2 ATS in last four trips to Chicago.
    — Over is 7-3 in last ten series games.

    LA Lakers @ Dallas
    Lakers (35-23)
    — Lakers split their last dozen games SU.
    — Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
    — Over is 6-3 in their nine games overall.
    — Anthony Davis returns here, on a minutes limit.

    Mavericks (31-26)
    — Mavericks lost four of their last six games.
    — Mavericks are 3-7 ATS in last ten home games.
    — Over is 3-1 in last four Dallas games.

    — Lakers won/covered six of last seven series games.
    — LA covered its last three visits to Dallas.
    — Under is 6-3 in last nine series games.

  15. #495
    Hoop Trends for Thursday April 22
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Charlotte at Chicago (9:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Bulls are 12-0-1 ATS (10.23 ppg) coming off a loss as a road favorite where they allowed at least 15 points more than projected.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Detroit at San Antonio (8:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Pistons are 0-12 ATS (-8.12 ppg) as a dog with no rest after they had 30+ assists last game.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Detroit at San Antonio (8:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Pistons are 16-0 OU (15.09 ppg) as a 8+ point dog after allowed at least 45 points in the paint and being outscored in the paint last game.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day:
    Matchup: Charlotte at Chicago (9:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Hornets are 0-11 OU (-10.00 ppg) with less than two days rest off a game as a dog.

    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  16. #496
    Friday’s 6-pack
    Major league leaders in run differential:

    +37— Dodgers
    +24— Milwaukee
    +23— Boston
    +17— Cincinnati
    +14— White Sox
    +10— Toronto, San Francisco
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 569,438
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Every GOAT I’ve trained is driven more by failure than success. They wouldn’t trade their failures for anything.”
    Tom House

    Friday’s quiz
    Who led the major leagues in hits from 1990-99?
    Hint: He isn’t a Hall of Famer.

    Thursday’s quiz
    When the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, they beat Cleveland.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Peyton Manning was the first pick of the 1998 NFL Draft; Ryan Leaf was the #2 pick.

    ************************************************** *************

    Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here…….

    13) Cleveland pitcher Aaron Civale is on my fantasy baseball team; turned the Indians’ game on last night to watch him pitch against New York, thought he got squeezed by the home plate umpire in the first inning. Strike zone seemed to widen some when Cleveland batted.

    I can be paranoid now and then, so checked at the boxscore to see who the home plate umpire was; as long as I didn’t see one name, it would be no big deal. But then I saw it……..

    Sure enough, Will Bleepin’ Little was umpiring home plate; Cleveland wasn’t going to win.

    12) Since the start of the 2015 season, Bronx Bombers are 12-1 when Little calls balls/strikes in their games; in the one loss, the last out was a fly ball to the fence that would’ve won the game.

    Back in 2017, I was sitting at a bar having lunch, watching the A’s play in the Bronx; they lost 3-2, the only game A’s 2B Jed Lowrie has ever been thrown out of, that’s how bad Little was.

    Sure enough, Indians lost 6-3 last night, though Civale did OK. Little shouldn’t be allowed to ump behind the plate when the Bronx Bombers are playing.

    11) The new thing in baseball is having players who can play several positions; it helps if guys get hurt and makes teams more flexible, but I’m thinking it also hurts a team’s defense— if a guy is playing several positions, he has to practice lot of different throws, hard to excel at any one of the positions.

    Watching lot of games every night, between the shifts putting fielders in unusual places, and guys playing several positions, think infield defense has suffered some so far this season.

    10) St Louis Cardinals scored 44 runs in Jack Flaherty’s first four starts, winning all four.

    Cardinals scored 7 runs in Carlos Martinez’s first four starts, losing all four.

    9) Giants 3, Marlins 0— This is a genuinely weird stat; Giants’ backup C Curt Casali started this game, and for his 5th straight start, the Giants threw a shutout.

    8) Arizona 14, Cincinnati 11 (10):
    — Game was 2-1 Arizona after the 5th inning.
    — David Peralta was 5-6 with seven RBI for Arizona.
    — Cincinnati hit six home runs and still lost.

    7) Padres 3, Dodgers 2— San Diego 2B Jake Cronenworth made two great defensive plays to help save this game, starting an 8th inning double play after fielding a vicious smash hit by Sheldon Neuse. He doesn’t field the ball, and the Dodgers tie the game, at least.

    6) Blake Snell has started four games for San Diego, but pitched a total of only 15.1 innings; that isn’t enough, especially with Dinelson Lamet now out with another arm injury. In four starts, Snell hasn’t gotten an out after the 5th inning.

    Aces on a pitching staff have to give the bullpens a breather, or else the bullpens will get worn out as the summer goes on.

    5) College football teams will have to try 2-point conversions after TD’s in the second overtime period of games rather than the third, according to a change approved Thursday by the NCAA.

    If the game is still tied after the second OT, then they’ll do 2-point conversion shootouts, kind of the way the NHL does their shootouts.

    4) If the NBA regular season ended today, the Knicks would have home court edge in the first round of the playoffs— didn’t see that coming.

    3) Baseball injuries:

    — Cubs put OF Joc Pederson (wrist) on IL
    — Padres put P Dinelson Lamet (arm) on IL
    — Giants put SS Donovan Solano (calf) on IL
    — Marlins put 3B Brian Anderson (oblique) on IL.

    2) I’m not fond of mock drafts; there are too many of them. I’m interesting in what a guy like Mel Kiper or Daniel Jeremiah on NFL Network, but when the same person does four of them, then throws in a bunch of trades, they’re just making stuff up for clickbait.

    It becomes a waste of time.

    Plus I root for the Rams, who haven’t made a first round pick since 2016, so it doesn’t matter as much to me as it does to other fans.

    1) NL East standings:
    7-7: Mets
    9-9: Phillies
    8-10: Marlins, Braves
    7-9: Nationals

    Going to be an interesting summer in that division.

  17. #497
    567MIAMI -568 ATLANTA
    MIAMI is 29-15 ATS (12.5 Units) in road games versus good ball handling teams - committing <=14 turnovers/game - 2nd half of the season in the last 3 seasons.

    571WASHINGTON -572 OKLAHOMA CITY
    WASHINGTON is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season in the current season.

    573LA CLIPPERS -574 HOUSTON
    HOUSTON is 0-12 ATS (-13.2 Units) in home games after 2 straight losses by 10 points or more in the last 3 seasons.

    575MEMPHIS -576 PORTLAND
    MEMPHIS are 9-1 ATS (7.9 Units) versus terrible defensive teams - allowing 110+ points/game - 2nd half of the season in the current season.

    577DENVER -578 GOLDEN STATE
    DENVER is 14-29 ATS (-17.9 Units) in road games after having won 6 or 7 of their last 8 games in the last 3 seasons.

  18. #498
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Friday, April 23



  19. #499
    NBA

    Friday, April 23


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    Trend Report
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    Miami @ Atlanta
    Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Miami's last 14 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games
    Atlanta
    Atlanta is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Atlanta is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home

    Boston @ Brooklyn
    Boston
    Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
    Brooklyn is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

    Cleveland @ Charlotte
    Cleveland
    Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    Charlotte
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games

    LA Clippers @ Houston
    LA Clippers
    LA Clippers is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
    LA Clippers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing LA Clippers

    Washington @ Oklahoma City
    Washington
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games
    Oklahoma City
    Oklahoma City is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games at home

    Denver @ Golden State
    Denver
    Denver is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
    Denver is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
    Golden State
    Golden State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Denver
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing Denver

    Memphis @ Portland
    Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games on the road
    Memphis is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Portland
    Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Portland's last 9 games at home


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  20. #500
    NBA
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Friday, April 23


    Miami @ Atlanta
    Heat (31-28)
    — Miami won/covered its last three games.
    — Heat is 4-6 ATS in last ten road games.
    — Under is 11-3 in their last 14 road games.

    Hawks (32-27)
    — Hawks is 18-7 SU since they changed coaches.
    — Hawks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games.
    — Under is 7-3 in their last ten home games.

    — Miami won five of last seven series games.
    — Heat are 1-3 ATS in last four visits to Atlanta.
    — Under is 4-2 in last six series games.

    Boston @ Brooklyn
    Celtics (32-27)
    — Boston won seven of its last eight games.
    — Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games.
    — Under is 10-4 in their last 14 games

    Nets (39-20)
    — Brooklyn is 3-4 SU its last seven games.
    — Nets are 3-7 ATS in last ten home games.
    — Over is 6-3 in last nine Brooklyn games.

    — Nets won four of last five series games.
    — Celtics are 0-4 ATS in last four visits to Brooklyn.
    — Four of last six series games went over.

    Cleveland @ Charlotte
    Cavaliers (21-37)
    — Cleveland lost five of its last seven games SU.
    — Cavaliers are 5-8 ATS in last 13 road games.
    — Over is 7-3 in last ten Cleveland games.

    Hornets (28-30)
    — Charlotte lost six of its last seven games SU.
    — Hornets are 1-3 ATS in their last four home games.
    — Under is 18-5 in Charlotte’s last 23 games.

    — Cleveland won three of last four series games.
    — Cavaliers are 3-1 ATS in last four visits to Charlotte.
    — Under is 7-3 in last ten series games.

    LA Clippers @ Houston
    Clippers (42-19)
    — Clippers won 16 of their last 19 games.
    — Clippers are 5-3 ATS in last eight road games.
    — Four of last five Clipper games stayed under the total.

    Rockets (15-44)
    — Houston lost 34 of its last 38 games (9-29 ATS).
    — Rockets are 2-7 ATS in last nine home games.
    — Over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games.

    — Clippers won three of last four series games.
    — LA covered three of last four visits to Houston.
    — Over is 6-2 in last eight series games.

    Washington @ Oklahoma City
    Wizards (25-33)
    — Wizards won seven of last nine games SU (7-2 ATS).
    — Wizards are 5-1 ATS in last six road games.
    — Under is 12-4 in their last 16 games

    Thunder (20-39)
    — Thunder lost 12 in row, 15 of last 16 games.
    — OKC is 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games.
    — Under is 5-2 in their last seven games.

    — Wizards won three of last four series games.
    — Washington is 2-4 ATS in last six visits to OKC.
    — Three of last four series games stayed under.

    Denver @ Golden State
    Nuggets (38-20)
    — Denver won 12 of its last 14 games.
    — Nuggets are 3-2 ATS in last five road games.
    — Under is 8-1-1 in Denver’s last ten road games.

    Warriors (29-30)
    — Golden State won five of its last seven games SU.
    — Warriors are 4-1 ATS in last five home games.
    — Under is 7-4 in their last 11 games.

    — Golden State won five of last seven series games.
    — Nuggets are 0-4-1 ATS in last five trips to the Bay Area.
    — Under is 7-2 in last nine series games.

    Memphis @ Portland
    Grizzlies (29-28)
    — Memphis is 3-5 in its last eight games SU.
    — Grizzlies are 15-4 ATS in last 19 games overall.
    — Over is 8-2 in last ten Memphis games.

    Trailblazers (32-26)
    — Portland lost last three games, last two by one point each.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Blazers are 4-2 ATS in last six home games.
    — Under is 8-3 in Portland’s last 11 games.

    — Home team won last nine series games.
    — Grizzlies are 2-3 ATS in last five road series games.
    — Over is 3-2 in last five series games.

  21. #501
    Hoop Trends for Friday April 23
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day
    Matchup: LA Clippers at Houston (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Clippers are 10-0 ATS (8.60 ppg) as a favorite with less than two days rest after a win in which they trailed by at least 15 points.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day
    Matchup: LA Clippers at Houston (8:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Rockets are 0-18 ATS (-9.81 ppg) at home with less than two days rest coming off a 10+ point loss.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Miami at Atlanta (7:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Hawks are 13-0 OU (17.96 ppg) after their opponent shot 50% or better from beyond the arc last game.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Miami at Atlanta (7:40 p.m. ET)

    -- The Heat are 0-11 OU (-21.45 ppg) on the road coming off a win.

    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  22. #502
    Saturday’s 6-pack
    Major league leaders in batting average (minimum 30 AB’s):

    .429— Yermin Mercedes, CWS
    .408— Brandon Nimmo, NYM
    .394— Ronald Acuna Jr, Atl
    .393— Mike Trout, LAA
    .382— Jesse Winker, Cin
    .381— Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Tor
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 570,987
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “I get frustrated. I feel like there are a lot of people in the draft [where] some guys get a pass and some guys don’t. Certainly people have taken shots at Justin.”
    Ohio State coach Ryan Day, talking about Justin Fields’ draft status with the media

    Saturday’s quiz
    In the history of major league baseball, who has pitched in the most games?
    Hint: He was a reliever; not in the Hall of Fame, no longer active

    Friday’s quiz
    Mark Grace led the major leagues in hits from 1990-99.

    Thursday’s quiz
    When the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, they beat Cleveland.

    *************************************************

    Saturday’s Den: Clearing out a cluttered mind…….

    — Got my first vaccine shot Friday morning. Allow me to preach for a few minutes:

    Left my house at 9:15am; walked back in the house at 10:17am.

    Drove to a mall, walked into the clearly marked area; military people were all over to guide me to the right place.

    Gave the people my information, waited on line for a few minutes, got my shot, sat in a waiting area for 15 minutes and decompressed, then I went home.

    Second shot is in three weeks; very simple process. Very well-organized site.

    I encourage EVERYONE to get vaccinated, so our lives can get back to normal.

    — One of the amusing things about being old(ER) is how young people sometimes talk to me.

    I gave the guy my phone number to put in the computer; “Is that a landline or a cellphone?”
    “Sir, do you have E. MAIL?” Like it is a foreign language or something.

    Oy.

    — Over the last four seasons, Jacob deGrom has 33 no-decisions in 80 starts; his ERA in those 33 no-decisions is 1.74, which is pretty remarkable.

    — Los Angeles Dodger pinch hitters are 0-18 this season, with two walks.

    — Dodgers’ SS Corey Seager is 11-20 against Colorado this season.
    Corey Seager is 1-21 against San Diego this season.

    — Dodgers have been favored to win their last 99 games, the longest-such streak in the last five years.

    — Friday night. Tampa Bay P Tyler Glasnow became the first big league pitcher since 1902 (1902!!!) to give up 4+ runs in the first inning of a game, while also striking out four batters in that same inning.

    — Thursday night, Seattle Mariners scored 7 runs on 3 hits; they’re the first team since 1994 to score 7+ runs on 3 or fewer hits.

    — Houston Astros’ SS Carlos Correa is a free agent this winter; he’s already turned down a deal worth $125M over five years, figured he’ll make more than that in free agency.

    Here’s the thing: Correa has played more than 110 games in a season ONCE in his career, and that was way back in 2016. One of the best abilities is availability; Correa has been productive in playoff games, but if you want to bank $30M a year, you need to be productive most every day.

    — Kansas City Chiefs/Baltimore Ravens made a trade Friday:
    Chiefs get:
    — Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown
    — A 2021 2nd-round pick (# 58)
    — A 2022 6th-round pick.

    Ravens get:
    — KC’s 2021 1st-round pick (#31 overall),
    — KC’s 3rd-round pick (#94)
    — KC’s 4th-round pick (#136)
    — A 2022 5th-round pick

    — Memphis 130, Portland 128— These teams are playing each other three times in six days, which is very weird scheduling by the NBA.

    — Random trivia: actor George Clooney is the nephew of the famous singer Rosemary Clooney; apparently, I’m the only person in America who didn’t know this.

    — When I was a kid, people were always saying how you should aspire to be a doctor or a lawyer, jobs where you make a lot of money. Sound advice.

    If I was advising a young person, I’d tell him to become a beer distributor; you still make a lot of money, and you ain’t ever going to run out of customers. Plus, it doesn’t require graduate school.

    When I was a kid, two guys in my neighborhood drove Cadillacs:
    — Mr Reilly, who owned two funeral homes
    — Mr Oliver, the beer distributor

  23. #503
    501TORONTO -502 NEW YORK
    NEW YORK is 12-2 ATS (9.8 Units) in home games versus up-tempo teams averaging 88 or more shots/game in the current season.

    503PHILADELPHIA -504 MILWAUKEE
    PHILADELPHIA is 12-31 ATS (-22.1 Units) in road games after scoring 110 points or more 2 straight games in the last 3 seasons.

    505DETROIT -506 INDIANA
    INDIANA is 0-13 ATS (-14.3 Units) in home games versus poor pressure defensive teams - forcing <=14 turnovers/game in the current season.

    509CHICAGO -510 MIAMI
    CHICAGO is 11-1 ATS (9.9 Units) in road games as a dog of 3.5 to 9.5 in the current season.

    511LA LAKERS -512 DALLAS
    DALLAS are 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) in home games when playing 8 or more games in 14 days in the last 3 seasons.

    513MINNESOTA -514 UTAH
    UTAH is 12-4 ATS (7.6 Units) in home games versus explosive offensive teams - scoring 110+ points/game in the current season.

    515HOUSTON -516 DENVER
    HOUSTON is 36-52 ATS (-21.2 Units) after failing to cover 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread in the last 3 seasons.

  24. #504
    NBA

    Saturday, April 24


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    Trend Report
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    Toronto @ New York
    Toronto
    Toronto is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing New York
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York
    New York is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

    Philadelphia @ Milwaukee
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games on the road
    Philadelphia is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 10 games at home
    Milwaukee is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

    Detroit @ Indiana
    Detroit
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Detroit is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
    Indiana is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Detroit

    Chicago @ Miami
    Chicago
    Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
    Miami
    Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

    San Antonio @ New Orleans
    San Antonio
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
    San Antonio is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans
    New Orleans
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing San Antonio
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games

    LA Lakers @ Dallas
    LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 6 games on the road
    LA Lakers is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Dallas
    Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers

    Minnesota @ Utah
    Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
    Utah
    Utah is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota

    Houston @ Denver
    Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Denver
    Denver
    Denver is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
    Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


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  25. #505
    NBA
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Saturday, April 24


    Toronto @ New York
    Raptors (25-34)
    — Toronto won/covered its last four games.
    — Raptors re 1-8 ATS in last nine road games.
    — Under is 4-2 in their last six games.

    Knicks (33-27)
    — New York won its last eight games, covered last 11.
    — Knicks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games.
    — Over is 8-3 in New York’s last 11 games.

    — Toronto won nine of last ten series games.
    — Raptors are 2-3 ATS in last five visits to Manhattan.
    — Under is 3-2 in last five series games.

    Philadelphia @ Milwaukee
    76ers (39-20)
    — 76ers lost their last three games, after a 7-2 run.
    — Sixers are 4-2 ATS in their last six road games.
    — Under is 14-6 in Philly’s last 20 games.

    Bucks (36-22)
    — Milwaukee is 4-5 in its last nine games SU.
    — Bucks are 1-6 ATS in last seven home games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Over is 15-7 in Milwaukee’s last 22 games.

    — 76ers lost 124-117 here on Thursday.
    — Bucks won last four series games.
    — 76ers are 1-5 ATS in last six visits to Wisconsin.
    — Under is 3-1 in last four series games.

    Detroit @ Indiana
    Pistons (18-42)
    — Detroit lost 13 of its last 19 games
    — Pistons are 14-9-1 ATS since the All-Star break.
    — Under is 8-5 in Detroit’s last 13 road games.

    Pacers (27-31)
    — Indiana lost four of its last six games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Pacers are 1-13 ATS in their last 14 home games.
    — Over is 6-3 in Indiana’s last nine games.

    — Pacers won three of last four series games.
    — Detroit is 2-2-1 ATS in last five visits to Indiana.
    — Over is 6-4 in last ten series games.

    Chicago @ Miami
    Bulls (25-34)
    — Chicago lost six of its last nine games SU.
    — Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
    — Over is 4-2 in their last six road games.

    Heat (31-29)
    — Miami won/covered three of its last four games.
    — Heat is 4-7 ATS in last 11 road games.
    — Under is 11-4 in their last 15 road games.

    — Heat won nine of last ten series games.
    — Bulls are 2-2 ATS in last four visits to Miami.
    — Under is 6-4 in last ten series games.

    San Antonio @ New Orleans
    Spurs (29-29)
    — San Antonio won three of its last four games.
    — Spurs are 5-1 ATS in last six road games.
    — Under is 5-0 in Spurs’ last five games.

    Pelicans (26-33)
    — New Orleans lost four of its last five games.
    — Pelicans are 2-4 ATS in their last six home games.
    — Over is 9-4 in their last 13 games.

    — San Antonio won five of last six series games.
    — Spurs covered last four visits to Bourbon Street.
    — Over is 5-5 in last ten series games.

    LA Lakers @ Dallas
    Lakers (35-24)
    — Lakers are 6-7 SU in their last 13 games.
    — Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
    — Over is 7-3 in their ten games overall.

    Mavericks (32-26)
    — Mavericks won last two games, after a 1-4 skid.
    — Mavericks are 4-7 ATS in last 11 home games.
    — Over is 4-1 in last five Dallas games.

    — LA lost 115-110 here on Thursday.
    — Lakers won eight of last ten series games.
    — Lakers are 3-1 ATS in last four visits to Dallas.
    — Last three series games went over the total.

    Minnesota @ Utah
    Timberwolves (16-44)
    — Minnesota is 3-4 SU in its last seven games.
    — You’re reading armadillosports.com
    — Wolves are 4-6-1 ATS in last 11 road games.
    — Over is 8-3 in their last 11 games.

    Jazz (44-15)
    — Utah won six of its last eight games.
    — Jazz is 0-3 ATS in its last three home games.
    — Under is 4-1 in Utah’s last five games.

    — Minnesota won three of last four series games.
    — Wolves are 3-2 ATS in last five visits to Utah.
    — Under is 4-1 in last five series games.

    Houston @ Denver
    Rockets (15-45)
    — Houston lost 35 of its last 39 games (10-29 ATS).
    — Rockets are 2-4 ATS in last six road games.
    — Under is 3-0 in their last three games.

    Nuggets (38-21)
    — Denver won 12 of its last 15 games.
    — Nuggets are 1-3 ATS in last four home games.
    — Under is 4-2-1 in Denver’s last seven games.

    — Nuggets won/covered last three series games.
    — Rockets are 0-4 ATS in last four visits to Denver.
    — Over is 5-5 in last ten series games.

  26. #506
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Saturday, April 24



  27. #507
    Hoop Trends for Saturday April 24
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Toronto at New York (1:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Knicks are 15-0 ATS (14.77 ppg) after allowing at least 50 points in the paint last game.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Detroit at Indiana (7:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Pacers are 0-15 ATS (-5.90 ppg) at home after they has at least twice as many assists as turnovers last game.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Minnesota at Utah (9:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Jazz are 11-0 OU (14.23 ppg) when they are off two consecutive games in which they had at least six double figure scorers.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day
    Matchup: Toronto at New York (1:10 p.m. ET)

    -- The Raptors are 0-10-1 OU (-15.50 ppg) as a dog off a win in which Pascal Siakam was their high scorer.

    Trends are verified using Sports Data Query Language (SDQL)

  28. #508
    Sunday’s 6-pack
    Major league leaders in on-base %age (minimum 30 AB’s):

    .521— Mike Trout, LAA
    .492— Brandon Nimmo, NYM
    .482— Vladimir Guerrero, Tor
    .469— Bryce Harper, Phil
    .465— Yermin Mercedes, CWS
    .461— Ronald Acuna, Atl
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 570,987
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “We knew as a team, especially after the first week, we were way better than that. Big shoutout to the coaches and the manager to have no panicking, It would only take one game to get us going on. That’s what happened. Everybody started feeling better, everybody started to relax a little bit. The pitchers have been amazing. I think they’re a big reason why we started the winning streak. It’s a lot of fun. We’ll go day by day and see how long we can stretch this streak.”
    A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus

    Sunday’s quiz
    Who is the only active NFL quarterback who has thrown 7 TD’s in a game?

    Saturday’s quiz
    In the history of major league baseball, Jesse Orosco has pitched in the most games, 1,252.

    Friday’s quiz
    Mark Grace led the major leagues in hits from 1990-99.

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    Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

    13) College football teams are having their spring practices now, which traditionally end with an intrasquad game- the question is this:

    Will coaches be hesitant to name a starting QB for the fall, for fear that the guy who isn’t named the starter will transfer? Naming a starter on August 25 instead of April 25 makes it more likely that you’ll have both guys for this coming season.

    12) Jacob deGrom has started four games this season; opponents swung at 225 of his pitches, whiffing on 100 of them. He’s given up 13 hits, 80 foul balls, had 32 outs on batted balls.

    11) Astros 16, Angels 2— Houston starter Jake Odorizzi left this game after 5 pitches with an arm problem; they brought Kent Emanuel to make his major league debut. Little did they know that Emanuel would finish the game, giving up five hits, two runs, throwing 90 pitches.

    28-year old rookies aren’t generally big prospects; he’s the first pitcher to throw 8.2+ innings in his MLB debut since Jesse Litsch in 2007.

    10) As of 9pm Saturday, there were 184 major leaguers on the IL, 6.1 guys per team.

    9) Mariners 8, Red Sox 2— Couple guys on Seattle hit balls 410-415 feet to centerfield, but that is the deepest part of Fenway Park- they got doubles instead.

    Long time ago, some radio wise guys snuck into Fenway and and measured 287 feet from home plate to the left field foul pole on the Green Monster. Unusual ballpark.

    8) Orel Hershiser was telling a story on TV last night about when the Dodgers started using videos to study trends of opponents, 30-35 years ago. Dodgers gave them $10,000 to put together a video room, with two 24-inch TV’s and two VCR’s.

    Technology has come a very long way since then; everyone has I-Pads in the dugout now to study what just happened.

    7) Dodgers 5, Padres 4:
    — Season series is now 3-3 between these division rivals.
    — 26th straight start that Blake Snell pitched less than six innings.
    — Fernando Tatis Jr hit two homers, has four in his last two games. I’m playing against his team in fantasy this week- no bueno.

    6) Phillies 7, Rockies 5— Good night to have Rhys Hoskins on your fantasy team; he hit a couple homers, knocked in five runs.

    5) Cardinals 2, Reds 0— Cincinnati has lost six in a row since starting season 8-5.

    4) Minnesota 101, Utah 96:
    — In each of their last three games, Timberwolves allowed 40+ points in the first quarter.
    — Jazz scored 40 points in first quarter, a combined 34 in 2nd/3rd quarters.

    3) Only 34% of active NFL players last year were picked in rounds 1-3 of the draft; thats how important a team’s GM/scouts are. It is also a big part of why the NFL Draft is so interesting.

    2) Cleveland Browns re-joined the NFL in 1999, after the original Browns bolted to Baltimore; this fall, Baker Mayfield will be the first Browns QB to start in Week 1, three years in a row.

    1) I’ll finish today with a quick story; long time ago, maybe 1985-86, something like that, I was on the first down chain gang at a semi-pro football game at Bleecker Stadium in Albany— Metro Mallers were hosting a team from Massachusetts.

    Some of the Mallers had played college football at UAlbany, where I had been the basketball manager; we go on the field for a measurement, one of the linebackers says to me, “What the hell are you doing here?” We just laughed.

    Chains were on the visiting team’s sideline; they had the ball around midfield and it turns out I am standing next to the head coach, who is calling plays.

    He has his play chart in his left hand, studying it carefully; he has an open can of Pabst Blue Ribbon in his right hand, taking a swig now and then. Welcome to semi-pro football!!

  29. #509
    517BOSTON -518 CHARLOTTE
    BOSTON is 36-17 ATS (17.3 Units) after 2 or more consecutive unders in the last 3 seasons.

    519PHOENIX -520 BROOKLYN
    PHOENIX is 13-1 ATS (11.9 Units) in road games when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 60% to 70%) over the last 2 seasons.

    521MEMPHIS -522 PORTLAND
    MEMPHIS are 10-1 ATS (8.9 Units) versus terrible defensive teams - allowing 110+ points/game - 2nd half of the season in the current season.

    523CLEVELAND -524 WASHINGTON
    WASHINGTON is 9-1 ATS (7.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season in the current season.

    525MILWAUKEE -526 ATLANTA
    MILWAUKEE is 232-288 ATS (-84.8 Units) when playing only their 2nd game in 5 days since 1996.

    527INDIANA -528 ORLANDO
    ORLANDO is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in home games versus good shooting teams - making >=46% of their shots - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    529SACRAMENTO -530 GOLDEN STATE
    SACRAMENTO is 9-1 ATS (7.9 Units) in road games after a win by 6 points or less over the last 2 seasons.

  30. #510
    NBA
    Dunkel

    Sunday, April 25



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