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    Bruce Marshall

    Gold Standard

    For years Vegas-based Bruce Marshall was synonymous with The Gold Sheet, the famed sports betting newsletter. With a background in play-by-play work and sports information while in college, Bruce joined TGS in 1981 when hired by the legendary Mort Olshan and served as executive editor for many years. Marshall now supplies his unique and colorful brand of football and basketball analysis to SportsLine members. An in-demand guest on numerous sports talk radio and TV shows across the country, Bruce's vast array of editorial work has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the New York Post and many other outlets. He has won various handicapping titles and also is working on several book projects. For Bruce Marshall media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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    Bruce's Pick (1 Live)

    Apr 22 2024, 2:00 am UTC
    League
    Nashville
    @ Vancouver
    Bruce's PickSubscribers Only
    Unit1.0
    +1610
    59-45-2 in Last 106 NHL Picks
    +1172
    29-20 in Last 49 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Home sides won both games in the Stanley Cup ...

    Pick Made: Sun 8:15 am UTC

    Bruce's Past Picks

    Apr 22 2024, 1:30 am UTC
    League
    New Orleans
    92
    @ Oklahoma City
    94
    +2525
    158-121-2 in Last 281 NBA Picks
    +2043
    83-57-1 in Last 141 NBA ATS Picks
    +290
    4-1 in Last 5 NO ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    Trendlines in Saturday in opening-round NBA playoff games were skewed sharply to the home sides, which won and covered all four opportunities. No surprise if OKC continues that pattern on Sunday against an NO side that the Thunder won and covered against in the last two regular-season meetings. Though we suspect the Pels can maintain competitiveness in this series, the absence of Zion does them no favors, and OKC was definitely able to make a fortress of its home court late in the season, winning and covering its last five at home, with a hefty win margin of 23 ppg. Play Thunder

    Pick Made: Sun 2:10 pm UTC
    Apr 21 2024, 8:10 pm UTC
    League
    N.Y. Mets
    0
    @ L.A. Dodgers
    10
    +1349
    27-16-1 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +758
    10-4 in Last 14 MLB ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    They are deviating from the script at Chavez Ravine, as the Dodgers are going to complete a losing homestand and at risk of getting swept out by the Mets. New York has done a bit of that lately while winning 12 of 15 (and six straight) since a slow 0-5 break from the gate. Ex-Brewer Adrian Houser has been serviceable on the mound, such as the solid 5 1/3 IP on Monday vs. the Bucs, and we are starting to have real questions on the LA side. Even Sunday starter Tyler Glasnow was knocked around on Monday by the Nats, who touched him for six runs and eight hits in just 5 IP of an eventual 5-4 LA loss. Play Mets on Run Line

    Pick Made: Sun 8:26 am UTC
    Apr 21 2024, 5:35 pm UTC
    League
    Chi. White Sox
    2
    @ Philadelphia
    8
    +1349
    27-16-1 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +758
    10-4 in Last 14 MLB ATS Picks
    +818
    8-1 in Last 9 CHW ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    Those five runs scored by the Chisox in the ninth inning on Saturday were roughly 15% of the entire scoring output for the Pale Hose this season...so pump the brakes! Remember, yesterday the Sox were down 9-0 into the top of the ninth after Zack Wheeler had carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning for the Phils, while Philly has scored 16 runs the past two nights in dominant wins. It's asking a lot of Sox rookie Nick Nastrini, in just his second MLB start on the mound, to outduel Aaron Nola, who has steadied since a tough opener vs. the Braves, allowing only three runs and nine hits across 19 IP since in three consecutive Phils wins. Play Phillies on Run Line

    Pick Made: Sun 7:56 am UTC
    Apr 21 2024, 5:00 pm UTC
    League
    Miami
    94
    @ Boston
    114
    +2525
    158-121-2 in Last 281 NBA Picks
    +1042
    73-57 in Last 130 NBA O/U Picks
    +490
    6-1 in Last 7 MIA O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    It's not as if the Heat have never played without Jimmy Butler before. Though Erik Spoelstra would much rather have Butler (and G Terry Rozier, nursing a sore neck and iffy for today) available, Miami has usually fared decently whenever without "Playoff Jimmy," as the case in the Friday play-in vs. the Bulls when rolling 112-91. UCLA rookie Jaime Jaquez, Jr (21 points) continues to impress, and Tyler Herro remains a true spark for the offense. Boston will be primed after getting KO'd by Miami in the East final last spring, but that's also built into the spread; the "total" appears more reasonable, especially as both have been going consistently "over" (Miami 10-2 last 12, Boston 13-4 last 17). Play Heat-Celtics "Over"

    Pick Made: Sun 8:08 am UTC
    Apr 21 2024, 4:30 pm UTC
    League
    Tampa Bay
    2
    @ Florida
    3
    +1610
    59-45-2 in Last 106 NHL Picks
    +1018
    14-3-2 in Last 19 NHL O/U Picks
    +265
    5-2 in Last 7 FLA O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    Another Sunshine State playoff showdown which hasn't worked too well for Florida in recent years. Though this Tampa Bay edition hasn't been functioning in quite the same way, with defensive issues continuing to recur for Jon Cooper, as the Lightning have missed key cog Mikhail Sergachev since he went down with injury later in the season. Still, there remains much firepower on the Lightning side, with established goal scorers like Nikita Kucherov (144 points...100 assists!), Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point all scoring 40 goals or more. Meanwhile, we saw what Sam Reinhart (career-best 52 goals this term), Matthew Tkachuk, and Carter Verhaeghe can do on the Panthers side last spring. Lots of scoring power on the ice! Play Lightning-Panthers "Over"

    Pick Made: Sun 2:23 pm UTC
    Apr 21 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    L.A. Lakers
    103
    @ Denver
    114
    +2525
    158-121-2 in Last 281 NBA Picks
    +2043
    83-57-1 in Last 141 NBA ATS Picks
    +860
    13-4 in Last 17 DEN ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    There is a reason Denver has beaten the Lake Show eight straight times...the matchups simply don't work for LA. Mostly because Nikola Jokic and his ability to work from the high post removes some of the effectiveness Anthony Davis might have on the stop end closer to the bucket. Jokic terrorizes the Lakers, and the Nuggets are one of the few teams that can match on LeBron, as Aaron Gordon is big enough and long enough to not get overwhelmed. LA's supporting cast must come up big to avoid the same fate as last season when the Nuggets swept in the West finals. Play Nuggets

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 6:37 am UTC
    Apr 21 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Toronto
    1
    @ Boston
    5
    +1610
    59-45-2 in Last 106 NHL Picks
    +1172
    29-20 in Last 49 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Now that Toronto has actually won a playoff series (never mind being hustled out of the postseason in the subsequent round last spring), matchups like this one vs. the Bruins no longer have to spook the Maple Leafs. Taking out Tampa Bay in the first round last year cleared a psychological barrier for Toronto, and we wonder about the Bruins, who have had to live with themselves for a year after their shock exit in the first round vs. the Panthers a year ago. Toronto certainly has the firepower required, with Auston Matthews off a record-breaking season, and the Leafs are 23-7-8 with Ilya Samsonov in goal this season. Play Maple Leafs on Money Line

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 2:57 pm UTC
    Apr 20 2024, 10:05 pm UTC
    League
    Chi. White Sox
    5
    @ Philadelphia
    9
    +1349
    27-16-1 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +758
    10-4 in Last 14 MLB ATS Picks
    +818
    8-1 in Last 9 CHW ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    Soon we might have to be laying 2.5 runs on the Run Line in games involving the Chisox, who were just blanked for the seventh time (sheesh!) in their first nineteen games (double sheesh!) last night by the Phils. Having bunched more than half of their runs (19) in three games, it is forcing starting pitchers to toss shutouts to even have a chance; Michael Soroka, on the mound Saturday and with a 6.98 ERA, appears unlikely to clear that high bar. Zack Wheeler is overdue for this first win of the year on the Phils side, and if this series is the mismatch we believe it to be, Wheeler won't get a better chance than tonight. Play Phillies on Run Line

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 6:32 am UTC
    Apr 20 2024, 10:00 pm UTC
    League
    Philadelphia
    104
    @ New York
    111
    +2525
    158-121-2 in Last 281 NBA Picks
    +2043
    83-57-1 in Last 141 NBA ATS Picks
    +1052
    16-5 in Last 21 NY ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    We beg to differ here with Charles Barkley, who pronounced Tuesday on TNT that the Sixers would be the winner of this series even before Philly survived the 7-8 play-in matchup vs. the Heat. Though Joel Embiid was good enough (23 & 15) to allow a Sixers escape vs. Miami, and only played in one of the four regular season meetings vs. the Knicks, he still seems a bit less than 100% after his late-season knee injury absence. Meanwhile, we would not sleep on New York, with Jalen Brunson scoring at a 35.9 ppg clip in April, and the Knicks a sparkling 20-3 in games with OG Anunoby on the floor after his addition from the Raptors during the holidays. Play Knicks

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 3:14 pm UTC
    Apr 20 2024, 9:00 pm UTC
    League
    N.Y. Islanders
    1
    @ Carolina
    3
    +1610
    59-45-2 in Last 106 NHL Picks
    +1172
    29-20 in Last 49 NHL ML Picks
    +451
    7-3 in Last 10 NYI ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Peculiar things can happen in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where home-ice edge often doesn't sustain. Perhaps Carolina will be the exception, but the Islanders come in looking very dangerous, having surged down the stretch to even get playoff-eligible by winning eight of their last nine, with Semyon Varmalov (8-1-1 his last ten starts) especially hot in goal. Thus, NY continues to ascend for HC Patrick Roy, who took over midstream from Lane Lambert. This series was no picnic a season ago for the Canes, who were pushed to six games in the first round by this same underdog, and doubt it gets any easier here. Play Islanders on Money Line

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 6:44 am UTC
    Apr 20 2024, 8:05 pm UTC
    League
    Arizona
    3
    @ San Francisco
    7
    +1349
    27-16-1 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +758
    10-4 in Last 14 MLB ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    There is always a wonder about going with a team that just scored 17 runs in its previous outing...maybe should have saved a few of those for the next game? But in the case of the D-backs, it signified nothing structurally wrong with the offense after being blanked by the Giants on Thursday. Blake Snell's ineffectiveness of the mound opened the door for the Arizona bats last night, but this matinee pitching matchup looks like an edge for the Snakes, too, as Kyle Harrison has been haunted by the long ball (5 homers in 23 IP) for Bob Melvin's rotation, while Zac Gallen is steaming along with a 1.64 ERA for the D-backs. Play Diamondbacks on Money Line

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 3:04 pm UTC
    Apr 20 2024, 2:15 am UTC
    League
    Arizona
    17
    @ San Francisco
    1
    +1349
    27-16-1 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +377
    5-2 in Last 7 MLB ML Picks
    Analysis:

    For Arizona's sake, the D-backs are going to need to do a bit more at the plate than in the series opener at Oracle Park last night, when they barely registered a threat in a 5-0 loss. Here's saying they should do more tonight, however, as Blake Snell's first two starts for the Giants are hardly befitting a defending Cy Young winner; perhaps his late signing and start this spring has had something to do with it, but he has hardly been Snell-like sharp (we'll say...10 runs and 9 hits across 7 IP...sheesh!) in two outings. Jordan Montgomery also makes his Arizona debut tonight, but we know Snell is badly out of form. We'll take a chance Montgomery is not. Play D-backs on Money Line

    Pick Made: Apr 19, 5:30 pm UTC
    Apr 20 2024, 1:30 am UTC
    League
    Sacramento
    98
    @ New Orleans
    105
    +2525
    158-121-2 in Last 281 NBA Picks
    +2043
    83-57-1 in Last 141 NBA ATS Picks
    +388
    5-1 in Last 6 SAC ATS Picks
    Analysis:

    Apparently the oddsmakers, upon directives from the wagering masses, are ready to downplay the Pelicans' chances in this play-in vs. the Kings at Smoothie King because of the absence of Zion Williamson (hamstring), who was admittedly the star (40 points) in the close Tuesday loss to the Lake Show. But consider the 5-0 Pels' SU mark vs. the Kings this season, which includes a 133-100 romp at Golden 1 Center on January 7 when Zion was absent...and Willie Green's side nonetheless piled up a 50-point lead (!) in the 3rd Q. The Pels have dominated Sacto this season because they have owned the glass (190-131 rebound edge across five games), and NO did recently get Brandon Ingram back to active duty. Play Pelicans

    Pick Made: Apr 18, 4:27 pm UTC
    Apr 19 2024, 11:10 pm UTC
    League
    Oakland
    2
    @ Cleveland
    10
    +1349
    27-16-1 in Last 44 MLB Picks
    +377
    5-2 in Last 7 MLB ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Unlike last season, we don't have to close our eyes and look away when taking a risk with the A's. Oakland has been quite competitive thus far, even fashioning a 4-2 SU mark on the road, thanks mostly to surprisingly good pitching. Across his last two starts, Joe Boyle has allowing 1 run and 7 hits while striking out 11 in 10 IP, before the bullpen has taken over. The oddsmakers appear to need more convincing on the A's, but we're willing to see where this goes with Oakland's improvement that has it very much in the AL West race. True, Cleveland is rolling along at 13-6, but Triston McKenzie looks untrustworthy on the mound with his 6.23 ERA. Play A's on Money Line

    Pick Made: Apr 19, 7:17 am UTC