Kent Maeda couldn't get to the fourth inning in his last start, but it was on nearly two weeks between starts thanks to the lovely spring weather much of the nation has experienced. He should hold his own against a Padres offense that has hit .215 against RHPs, fourth-worst in the majors. The Dodgers' offense hasn't come alive yet, but its lineup has a career average of .337 against Luis Perdomo. Tonight isn't likely the night for Perdomo -- who has a 4.91 ERA and troubling 2.09 WHIP -- to get out of his slump. Take the Dodgers.
20-12 IN LAST 32 MLB PICKS | +605
Houston barely won Game 1 after Chris Paul made a critical mistake late in the game with an ugly turnover. Things will be different tonight. The Wolves don't have an answer for James Harden, and as soon as Chris Paul plays better, this game will be a blowout. I'm laying the large number.
79-58-3 IN LAST 140 NBA PICKS | +1762
This Jazz team has flown under the radar all season. Finishing off the regular season winning 29 of their last 35 games, I have now bought into Utah. It's a well-coached, gritty team peaking at the perfect time. Sure the Thunder have three veteran superstars, but just as the Spurs have proven these past two decades, a well-balanced scoring team with a top-tier defense is the recipe for success in the playoffs. Look for Quin Snyder to make appropriate adjustments to have the Jazz in position to steal a game on the road tonight.
5-1 IN LAST 6 NBA O/U PICKS | +398
In the past five matchups, these teams have combined to hit an average of more 10 runs a game, and without either club sending an ace to the mound Wednesday, I am expecting this trend to continue. Helping our cause is home-plate umpire Tom Woodring, who has a career Over clip of 63 percent.
3-1 IN LAST 4 MLB ML PICKS | +284
My advanced computer projects an outright Jazz victory in OKC. Taking the points is a safer bet, but at a money line price of +160, that's too good a value to pass up. Take the Jazz straight up.
14-7 IN LAST 21 NBA O/U PICKS | +638
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