April 14, 2017
There are two picks including one in advance for Saturday's NBA Playoffs action.
Take Cincinnati Reds (-120) on the Money Line against Milwaukee Brewers risking 3.6% to win 3%.
(Milone and Feldman must start for wager to have action)
The Cincinnati Reds have been one of the most surprising teams to start the season. They are 7-3 and have been one of the most consistent teams in terms of offense in the league. They currently rank third in the league in overall offense, batting a combined .267 as a team which has helped them plate 49 runs in 337 at bats on the season. They also rank in the Top 5 in terms of runs, batting average, slugging percentage and are also top of the list in terms of lowest strike out rate. It's been quite the turnaround for a team that had lost 90 games just a season ago, so there is quite a bit of skepticism still surrounding this team which is why the market has been slow to adjust thus far. We see a tremendous amount of potential with this team and while we aren't completely sold as of yet, we do believe they are a much better team than a season ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers have made great strides themselves thus far, however, we don't believe they have the all the pieces together at this point in comparison to their opponents. A big disadvantage we believe they are going to have in this contest is the fact that Tom Milone will be taking the mound. The Brewers were able to acquire Milone on the cheap in the offseason and thus far they are getting exactly what they paid for as he has given up 6 runs in exactly 6 innings thus far this season. In the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, we are not expecting Milone to go deep in this contest.
When this game goes to the bullpen, that is another area where we feel the Reds will have the advantage. In 39.7 innings thus far this season, the Reds' pen has given up just 22 hits and 6 runs. They have yet to surrender a homerun to an opposing team and have struck out an impressive, 45 batters. At home, they have performed even better, giving up just 1 earned run in 15.3 innings of work! Meanwhile, the Brewers pen have given up nearly 3 times the amount of run as the Reds this season! In the later stages of the contest is where we expect the Reds to create separation on the scoreboard. These are solid odds to pay with a Cincinnati team that has been playing lights out recently.
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