Interesting game, can't separate the two teams, needs lots of scoring to win, move on to the next game. Simple? No, but what else can be said about two evenly matched teams who are throttling each other and meet an equally confusing Penguins-Flyers winner and then on to Boston or Tampa. Not exactly an appealing prospect for the survivor of this series and the next. Take the Over 5.5 and watch with a high degree of curiosity.
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The Yankees may be a disappointing 9-9, but it isn't due to the offense. They score runs, and they give up runs -- 11 straight Yankees games have totaled nine-plus runs. That streak isn't likely to end Saturday against the Blue Jays, whose offense ranks second in the AL in runs scored, and puts the struggling Marcus Stroman (7.98 ERA) on the mound. New York's Jordan Montomery is sporting a 6.30 ERA in his last two starts. To make matters more run-friendly, Toronto is batting .297 in day games, New Tork is .265. Take the Over.
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With Joel Embiid back in the lineup, the Sixers are the best team in the East. This young, athletic team will continue to run up and down the court getting a lot of easy looks inside the paint. Plus, now having the defense and rebounding that Embiid brings with his ever-growing offensive game, I have Philadelphia by seven.
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The Heat have been completely outplayed in two of three games to start this series and it's clear one team is supremely more talented. Philly looks like the most talented team in the entire East and now they've got their best player back in Joel Embiid. Philly is 18-1 in its last 19 games and has covered the spread in 13 of its last 17. Sixers get another lopsided win and cover.
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Jordan Montgomery has gone Over the total in all three of his starts and the last two were aided by allowing seven total runs -- losing one at home to Baltimore. Marcus Stroman has given up at least four runs in each of his three starts, including April 1 at home to the Yankees, but the Blue Jays got the 7-4 win. There's a slight 7-mph wind blowing towards right field. I'm looking for a high-scoring game with the Jays hitting the ball extremely well as they've won eight of their last 10. Over is the top play.
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