Nearly 75 percent of public bettors backing Carolina as a three-point road favorite against the injury-crushed New York Giants. But laying points on the road with the Panthers does not fill me with confidence, but it beats the notion of picking the Giants to win and cover this game.
Bottomline - New York's wideout corps is an injury-ravaged mess, and the Giants offensive line is terrible. It's that last one that is the real dealbreaker—Carolina's pass rush should have little trouble harassing Danny Dimes today.
Taking Carolina - but this pick feels linear so treading lightly.
Cleveland pulled the big upset yesterday as +230 underdogs and I think they make it two in a row with Plesac on the hill. In two of Zach Plesac’s last three starts he has given up only two runs. In what should be a low scoring game the Indians are a live dog here.
People are talking about the FT discrepancy as the difference in game 1.
I'll point out this: Jae Crowder 0-5 from 3, Book 1-8 from 3 (combined 1-13). What are the chances those guys go 1 of 13 from 3 again? Very unlikely.
And what are the chances the Bucks shoot a playoff best 50% from behind the arc again? Also unlikely.
I like the Suns to cover -5.5
Call me crazy, but I don't think the Mavericks are going to continue shooting 57.7 percent on wide-open 3s or 42.5 percent on tightly covered ones. They've ridden some of their hottest shooting of the season into two wins. It's DEFCON 3 and the Clippers aren't going down 3-0 in this series. Only 6.3 percent of teams that fall down 2-0 in a series end up coming back, so it's do or die tonight.
Spats likes Carolina. Spats is a highly educated man with a superior mind. Spats is the foremost authority on hockey. Follow Spats commands and you'll no longer be a loser. Take Carolina minus the 115. Just lay it and play it, baby! And never forget, Spats is smarter than you.