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    Larry Hartstein

    The Maestro

    A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Larry combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach he honed working for Pro Football Focus. Larry tied for 52nd place (out of 1,598 entries) in the 2022 Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, going 53-34-3 ATS (61 percent). Larry's weekly Vegas contest selections form the basis of his NFL best bets column, which is 79-48-2 (62.2 percent, +25.95 units) since its inception in 2022. Entering the 2024 season, Larry is 739-599 all-time on NFL sides and props (plus $4,860 for $100 players, every bet 1 unit) at SportsLine, including 547-452 ATS (55 percent long-term). Larry also debuted an NFL officiating column in 2023, using refs' tendencies to help make informed bets. That collaboration with officiating guru Joe Gibbs finished 37-23 (+11.7 units) and returns for the 2024 season. For NFL Office Pool players, Larry picked every game straight-up in 2023, going 178-93 (66 percent). That mark would have ranked in the Top 15 among all experts nationwide tracked by NFLPickWatch. Larry also excels in college basketball. He has delivered profits in two straight CBB seasons and four of the past five, going 595-512 ATS (plus $2,983 for $100 players, every bet 1 unit) in that span. Larry appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ and Early Edge -- the daily betting show airing at 10 a.m. ET on SportsLine's YouTube page. For Larry Hartstein media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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    Larry's Past Picks

    May 27 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Minnesota
    107
    @ Dallas
    116
    Analysis:

    Mavs rookie Dereck Lively has cleared this prop total in four straight, and he's grabbed 20 rebounds in this series despite coming off the bench. His minutes are secure, as he played 27 in each of the first two games. Starter Daniel Gafford has played 21 or fewer minutes in three straight. Lively has been more effective so his minutes won't drop. Look for Lively to record at least nine combined rebounds and assists in Game 3.

    Pick Made: May 26, 4:26 am UTC
    May 26 2024, 8:07 pm UTC
    League
    Cleveland
    5
    @ L.A. Angels
    4
    +666
    11-4 in Last 15 MLB ML Picks
    +2623
    48-19 in Last 67 LAA ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Cleveland ranks second in OPS (.802) against left-handers and should fare well against Angels starter Reid Detmers, who owns a 10.53 ERA this month. Detmers was rocked May 4 at Progressive Field. Guardians starter Ben Lively has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all seven of his starts. Back Cleveland, which has a much better bullpen, to win its ninth straight.

    Pick Made: Sun 6:46 pm UTC
    May 25 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Dallas
    109
    @ Minnesota
    108
    Analysis:

    Jaden McDaniels isn't going to erupt for 24 points and six 3-pointers like he did in Game 1. But based on the way the Mavs are defending Minnesota, I like McDaniels to make at least two from beyond the arc. The defensive wizard played 39 minutes in Game 1 after playing 40 in the clincher against Denver. For the playoffs, McDaniels is shooting 41.5 percent from deep.

    Pick Made: May 24, 9:24 pm UTC
    May 24 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Indiana
    110
    @ Boston
    126
    Analysis:

    Jayson Tatum is coming off a monster performance, pouring in 36 points in 46 minutes while grabbing 12 rebounds. He added four assists and three steals. But he continues to struggle from beyond the arc, as he went 2 of 8. He's now hitting 27.8 percent from deep in the playoffs, and has made 3-plus treys just once in 11 tries.

    Pick Made: May 23, 6:03 pm UTC
    May 23 2024, 5:10 pm UTC
    League
    San Diego
    6
    @ Cincinnati
    4
    +666
    11-4 in Last 15 MLB ML Picks
    +1186
    57-38 in Last 95 CIN ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Padres are 16-10 on the road and I like them to take their sixth road series with a matinee win Thursday. Knuckleballer Matt Waldron is coming off strong outings versus the Braves and Dodgers; he's also been much better on the road. Look for Reds starter Frankie Montas to struggle against a Padres lineup that ranks fifth in OPS (.756) against right-handers.

    Pick Made: May 23, 3:11 pm UTC
    May 22 2024, 10:40 pm UTC
    League
    San Diego
    7
    @ Cincinnati
    3
    +666
    11-4 in Last 15 MLB ML Picks
    +1186
    57-38 in Last 95 CIN ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Look for the Padres to bounce back from Tuesday's 2-0 loss -- the second straight time they've been shut out -- as they face converted reliever Nick Martinez. He's been much worse as a starter than a reliever or long man. Current Padres own a collective .775 OPS against Martinez. San Diego ranks fifth in OPS (.752) against right-handed pitching. Padres starter Michael King should excel versus a Reds lineup that ranks 28th in OPS (.638) against right-handers.

    Pick Made: May 22, 6:39 pm UTC
    May 22 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Indiana
    128
    @ Boston
    133
    Analysis:

    The Pacers give up the most points to opposing shooting guards (24.1), just one reason that Game 1 sets up well for Derrick White. It should be played at a fast pace. White has opened each playoff series with 20-plus points, as it's natural for opponents to gameplan against Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. White is averaging 18.2 points in the postseason. He averaged 16.0 points against the Pacers in the regular season, but his minutes have gone up since then.

    Pick Made: May 21, 11:43 am UTC
    May 21 2024, 11:05 pm UTC
    League
    Seattle
    6
    @ N.Y. Yankees
    3
    Analysis:

    I like the Yankees to bounce back from their ninth-inning meltdown Monday, with Clarke Schmidt having an edge over Mariners starter Bryan Woo. Woo is much more vulnerable on the road and to left-handed hitters, and Tuesday he has to face Juan Soto, Anthony Rizzo and Alex Verdugo. Schmidt has allowed four earned runs over his last four starts and has 21 strikeouts against two walks this month.

    Pick Made: May 21, 6:37 pm UTC
    May 20 2024, 11:40 pm UTC
    League
    Detroit
    3
    @ Kansas City
    8
    Analysis:

    Reese Olson owns a 0.47 ERA this month and went seven innings the last time he faced the Royals, less than a month ago. He's inducing a lot of ground balls and should go Over this outs prop for the fifth time in his last seven outings.

    Pick Made: May 20, 1:22 pm UTC
    May 20 2024, 11:05 pm UTC
    League
    Seattle
    5
    @ N.Y. Yankees
    4
    +666
    11-4 in Last 15 MLB ML Picks
    +1539
    46-28 in Last 74 SEA ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Mariners starter Logan Gilbert is having a fine season (3.07 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), but he's been a bit more vulnerable on the road. Now he has to face a Yankees lineup that leads MLB in OPS (.797) against right-handed pitching. It should be an easier night for Marcus Stroman, who gets to face a Seattle lineup that ranks 24th in that same metric (.671). New York is fifth in runs scored per game, while Seattle is 26th. Back the Yanks to win their eighth straight as they continue to get big contributions up and down the lineup.

    Pick Made: May 20, 4:24 am UTC
    May 19 2024, 8:10 pm UTC
    League
    Detroit
    4
    @ Arizona
    6
    +666
    11-4 in Last 15 MLB ML Picks
    +843
    33-20 in Last 53 DET ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Tigers starter Matt Manning has been up and down from the minors this season. I like Arizona to get to Manning early and avoid the sweep behind Jordan Montgomery. Detroit has the fifth-lowest OPS (.624) against left-handed pitching.

    Pick Made: May 19, 7:20 pm UTC
    May 19 2024, 7:30 pm UTC
    League
    Indiana
    130
    @ New York
    109
    Analysis:

    Knicks guard Miles McBride has become an important player in this series, and he's gone Over this number in four straight. Even with the expected return of Josh Hart and OG Anunoby, McBride should get his shots. He's taken an average of eight 3-pointers in the past three games, and should make at least two Sunday.

    Pick Made: May 19, 6:37 pm UTC
    May 19 2024, 5:35 pm UTC
    League
    Seattle
    3
    @ Baltimore
    6
    Analysis:

    I like this spot for George Kirby who has surrendered 3 or fewer ER in five of his last six starts. Kirby will face an Orioles lineup that has been slumping against opposing right handed pitching recently. Look for Kirby to produce another quality outing today.

    Pick Made: May 19, 4:21 pm UTC
    May 18 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    New York
    103
    @ Indiana
    116
    Analysis:

    Like many role players, Aaron Nesmith shoots better at home: overall, from deep and at the foul line. That's one reason I bet him to score at least 10 points in Game 6. As long as Game 6 doesn't turn into another blowout, Nesmith will play 30-plus minutes as Jalen Brunson's primary defender. Nesmith torched the Knicks for 18.3 points per game in three regular-season meetings, though he's Over this number in only two of five playoff matchups. Look for him to be aggressive offensively and attack Brunson, who cannot afford to get into foul trouble.

    Pick Made: May 17, 5:24 pm UTC
    May 17 2024, 11:07 pm UTC
    League
    Tampa Bay
    4
    @ Toronto
    3
    Analysis:

    Rays lefty Tyler Alexander has been shaky over his last four starts, posting a 6.16 ERA with an alarming hard-hit rate. Right-handed batters own a .901 OPS against him; Toronto will have a mostly right-handed lineup Friday. Current Blue Jays own a collective .931 OPS against Alexander. Look for Toronto to score at least three earned runs off the 29-year-old southpaw.

    Pick Made: May 17, 6:09 pm UTC