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    Zack Cimini

    Contrarian with Chutzpah

    A Las Vegas handicapper who's never afraid to buck conventional wisdom, Zack excels in multiple sports. Entering the 2024-25 college basketball season, Zack is 514- 444, returning $2,782 to $100 players. He's coming off a dominant 2023-24 season in which he went 91-69 (plus $1,451). Entering the 2024 MLB season, Zack was 690-604 all-time, returning $3,327 to $100 bettors. Zack appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ and "The Early Edge," SportsLine's popular daily betting show. Catch "The Early Edge" live at 10 a.m. ET on SportsLine's YouTube page. For Zack Cimini media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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    RECORD: 18-9-1
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    18-9-1 IN LAST 28 NBA PICKS

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    Zack's Past Picks

    May 29 2024, 1:40 am UTC
    League
    Houston
    2
    @ Seattle
    4
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +520
    41-33 in Last 74 HOU ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Monday, the Seattle Mariners used a big first inning against Framber Valdez to score three runs. That would be the last of their scoring as they went the final six innings without a hit. In five straight games the Astros have kept the opposition at three runs or less. Additionally, the second game back from a long road trip tends to be an issue for the home team. Look for the Astros capitalize tonight as the Mariners work their way back from a lengthy nine game East coast road trip.

    Pick Made: Tue 3:30 pm UTC
    May 29 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Minnesota
    105
    @ Dallas
    100
    +805
    18-9-1 in Last 28 NBA Picks
    +705
    17-9-1 in Last 27 NBA ATS Picks
    +1069
    25-13-1 in Last 39 DAL ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    Minnesota may be down three games to nothing to the Dallas Mavericks, but the market continues to be on their side. In games one and two they were the bigger home favorite then what we have seen in Dallas’s home series spreads. The market has also bought down the opening line to the Timberwolves side. The only difference in games one through three has been execution down the stretch. Look for the Timberwolves to play with enough aggression that avoids that window for Dallas. Tail Minnesota

    Pick Made: Tue 3:28 am UTC
    May 27 2024, 9:05 pm UTC
    League
    Philadelphia
    4
    @ San Francisco
    8
    Analysis:

    The Philadelphia Phillies lost two of their three road matchups against the Colorado Rockies. If not for an insane six run ninth inning Saturday, they would be on a three game losing streak. With Blake Snell getting his second start since coming back from the injured list, expect progression for last year’s Cy Young winner. Additionally, the San Francisco Giants are traveling in from an east coast road trip. Take the under on total runs.

    Pick Made: Mon 5:48 pm UTC
    May 27 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Minnesota
    107
    @ Dallas
    116
    Analysis:

    With the Timberwolves being down two games to nothing, a lot of the blame is being put on the shoulders of Anthony Edwards and Karl Anthony Towns. They may get going in game three, but also look for Rudy Gobert to continue to be consistent. He has had six free throw attempts in both games and is going to continue to get effective paint touches. Look for Gobert to go over his points prop and not be effected by the game two ending.

    Pick Made: Sun 9:40 pm UTC
    May 26 2024, 7:10 pm UTC
    League
    Philadelphia
    2
    @ Colorado
    5
    Analysis:

    Kyle Schwarzer has not let his longest streak of the season without a home run effect his at bats. In yesterday’s come from behind win he went 3 for 3 at the plate, with an RBI and a run. Lifetime he does have three hits against Rockies starter Cal Quantrill with all three being home runs. Don’t be surprised if he ends his fifteen game streak without a home run today. Play his total bases over.

    Pick Made: Sun 4:33 pm UTC
    May 26 2024, 5:40 pm UTC
    League
    Kansas City
    1
    @ Tampa Bay
    4
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +1095
    22-11 in Last 33 KC ML Picks
    Analysis:

    It’s been an ugly stretch for the Tampa Bay Rays who have lost six straight games. The downfall has been their pitching as they have conceded five runs or more in each game during the downturn. Furthermore, their opponent happens to be red hot as the Royals have won eight straight games. Today, look for the Rays to deliver with Michael Wacha coming off his most innings pitched over his last eight outings. Take Tampa to end their six game slide

    Pick Made: Sun 4:28 pm UTC
    May 25 2024, 8:07 pm UTC
    League
    Houston
    1
    @ Oakland
    3
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +656
    45-35 in Last 80 OAK ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Astros starter Spencer Arrighetti is a given he is going to give up runs. On the season he has an ERA north of 7 which is worse on the road at 12.34. Yet, in three of his last four starts the Astros have scored eight runs or more. Arrighetti also noticed his first win of the season against the As on May 13th. Take the Astros to start their road series with consecutive wins over Oakland.

    Pick Made: May 25, 7:21 pm UTC
    May 25 2024, 6:10 pm UTC
    League
    Baltimore
    5
    @ Chi. White Sox
    3
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +663
    44-30 in Last 74 CHW ML Picks
    Analysis:

    In consecutive games the Chicago White Sox have flirted with a comeback against Baltimore. Thursday, they had a big ninth inning rally fall short, and yesterday they came back to tie from a four run deficit. Today, the White Sox will get to see pitcher Albert Suarez who has mainly worked out of the bullpen this month, and only has a few starts under his belt. Take the White Sox as the big home underdog.

    Pick Made: May 25, 4:08 pm UTC
    May 25 2024, 5:10 pm UTC
    League
    Toronto
    1
    @ Detroit
    2
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +1338
    34-19 in Last 53 DET ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Detroit Tigers finally ended their losing streak yesterday, and have a chance to end another today. Starting pitcher Reese Olson is winless on the season with an 0-5 record. He drew the money his last start but lasted just 2 2/3 innings against Kansas City. Look for a better outing today, and for the Tigers to win their second consecutive game.

    Pick Made: May 25, 4:08 pm UTC
    May 25 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Dallas
    109
    @ Minnesota
    108
    +805
    18-9-1 in Last 28 NBA Picks
    +705
    17-9-1 in Last 27 NBA ATS Picks
    +1069
    25-13-1 in Last 39 DAL ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    It’s going to take rapid adjustments from the Minnesota Timberwolves to even the series after losing game one to the Dallas Mavericks. Offensively they had a couple of surges to begin the fourth quarter and erasing a 97-89 deficit, but could not put it together. Look for Minnesota’s adjustments to come on the defensive end, in particular on Luka Doncic who looks as healthy as he has been in the postseason. Take the Timberwolves to respond in game two.

    Pick Made: May 24, 4:49 pm UTC
    May 24 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Indiana
    110
    @ Boston
    126
    +805
    18-9-1 in Last 28 NBA Picks
    +705
    17-9-1 in Last 27 NBA ATS Picks
    +771
    33-23-1 in Last 57 BOS ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    Just like their past series against the Knicks, the Indiana Pacers squandered game one on the road. Even in the loss they have put pressure on the Celtics, especially on the defensive end of the floor. From a depth stand point Indiana has the legs to erase deficits as they did in game one multiple times down double digits. Look for the Pacers to maybe not play as fluid as they did in game one, but to do enough to cover the full nine here. Take the Pacers.

    Pick Made: May 23, 9:13 pm UTC
    May 23 2024, 6:20 pm UTC
    League
    Atlanta
    3
    @ Chi. Cubs
    0
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +1730
    44-27 in Last 71 ATL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Braves ignited for a huge game at the plate yesterday with a 9-2 win. Most of their run production came against the Chicago Cubs bullpen with six runs in the seventh inning. Expect the Cubs to be better prepared with their bullpen arms today, as Ben Brown will likely not go more than four innings. Take the Cubs as the small home favorite.

    Pick Made: May 23, 5:11 pm UTC
    May 23 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Dallas
    108
    @ Minnesota
    105
    +805
    18-9-1 in Last 28 NBA Picks
    +705
    17-9-1 in Last 27 NBA ATS Picks
    +1069
    25-13-1 in Last 39 DAL ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    A weakness for the Dallas Mavericks in the postseason has been their performances in game ones. They lost decisively by twelve points in both game ones to the Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Clippers. The stage is different now and I believe they will be ready for the road challenge against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Take the value on the underdog with the Timberwolves coming off a series win over the defending NBA champions.

    Pick Made: May 22, 8:22 pm UTC
    May 22 2024, 10:50 pm UTC
    League
    Boston
    8
    @ Tampa Bay
    5
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +423
    20-15 in Last 35 BOS ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox will aim to complete a three-game road sweep over their division rivals in the Tampa Bay Rays. For the Rays their main issue has been at the plate where they have scored two runs or less in three straight games. That’s a tough area to adjust against a divisional opponent, and one that you’re facing for the seventh time in the last ten days. Take the Red Sox to complete the road sweep.

    Pick Made: May 22, 8:20 pm UTC
    May 21 2024, 10:40 pm UTC
    League
    Milwaukee
    7
    @ Miami
    5
    +472
    25-19 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +372
    24-19 in Last 43 MLB ML Picks
    +1085
    28-15 in Last 43 MIL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    In last week’s road start against the Detroit Tigers, Marlin’s starter Trevor Rogers finally picked up his first win of the season. A solid outing has not been the issue in a handful of Rogers starts, but rather the Marlin’s lack of run support. Expect that to be the main issue today as Brewer’s rookie pitcher Robert Gasser has allowed just two runs in his two combined starts. Take the Brewers.

    Pick Made: May 21, 5:53 pm UTC