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NBA Pick: Jazz vs. Clippers Over-Under Odds & Pick from Scott Rickenbach: April 18th 2017

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers
NBA Over-Under Pick: Over 196 points (April 18th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NBA Tuesday Free Pick OVER the total in Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz @ 10:30 ET – After losing Game 1 of this series and managing only 95 points, the Clippers know they must control the tempo in Game 2 and make sure this match-up tonight has a faster pace. At home, I expect them to be successful in achieving that. Even though the Jazz are known for their defense and playing at a slower pace, Utah has averaged 103 points per game in their last 13 games. The Clippers average 109 points per game at home on the season. The over is 4-1 this season when Utah is off of an upset win as an underdog. Also, when the Jazz enter a game on a winning streak of 3 games or more, the over has gone 12-5 this season.

The over is 10-6 this season in Clippers games when they are off of an upset loss as a favorite. Look for the over in LA games to improve to a perfect 5-0 in Tuesday games on the season. The Clips force the tempo but the Jazz continue the hot shooting that has been a key in their current 8-2 run their last 10 games. Keep in mind, the Clippers had shot at least 50% from the field in 7 straight games before the loss to the Jazz in Game One. They respond here. Free Pick on OVER the total in the Los Angeles Clippers game Tuesday. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

NHL Pick: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Over-Under Odds & Pick: April 17th 2017

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Over-Under Pick: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (April 17th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NHL Monday Free Pick UNDER 5.5. goals in Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals @ 7:05 ET – This total has moved from an opener of 5 to a 5.5 and, of course, this is opening up some line value on the under in this match-up. The Capitals are fired up after losing in OT to the Maple Leafs Saturday and the under is 4-1 in recent seasons (and 14-7 long-term) when the Capitals are in a playoff series that is tied up. Overall, in first round playoff games, the under is 10-4 in Caps games in recent seasons and 46-25 long-term. Saturday’s game went over the total but that was the first over that Washington has had in 7 games this month. Also, it was just the 2nd over in the Maple Leafs last 6 games. Toronto had been held to 2 goals or less in 4 of their last 5 games prior to Saturday’s marathon OT win.

After that long game in game two, I look for game three to play out with both teams looking to be willing to play more of a tight low-scoring game and conserve energy in this one for the late game stages as a result of Saturday’s exhausting efforts. Even though there have been 12 goals in this series, the long OT game means the teams have played more than 2 and a half games already. Also, over the last 2 and a half periods, there have been only 2 goals. Washington’s equalizer in the 3rd period and then the Maple Leafs game winner more than halfway through the 2nd OT. This series is surprisingly settling into a tight, fierce battle and the result should be a lower scoring match-up in game three. Free Pick on UNDER the total in Toronto early Monday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds & Prediction: April 17th 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Betting Prediction: Pirates +122 odds (April 17th 2017)

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored a total of 18 runs while sweeping a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. I like them to open this three-game series at St. Louis with a win Monday night.

Ivan Nova (1-1, 2.25 ERA) takes the ball for Pittsburgh. He will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career, and note that the 3-9 St. Louis is averaging only 3.17 runs per game home at Busch Stadium so far this season.

The Cardinals hand the ball to Lance Lynn (0-1, 5.23 ERA) who conceded six runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks while serving up three homers in an 8-3 loss to Washington his last time out. Lynn is 5-5 with a 4.74 ERA in previous meetings with the Pirates, and note that Pittsburgh has averaged a healthy 4.00 runs per game in six contests on the road this season.

The Cardinals have dropped six of their last seven games, and the value is clearly on Pittsburgh in this matchup.

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