6/8 NBA: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Game Four of the NBA Finals kicks off our weekend on Friday night. The Larry O’Brien trophy will be in the building as the Golden State Warriors prepare to sweep the Lebron James led Cavaliers.
The Warriors sit as 4.5 point favorites with the over/under resting at 215.
This game seems to be an easy decision of looking to bet the Warriors or passing the game altogether. We all know LeBron James is the best player in this series. However, the Warriors are a better team from top to bottom and their overall top level talent supersedes James by wearing out the super star talent.
The fact of the matter is that the Warriors won game 3 on the road when Steph Curry shot 3-16 and 1-10 from three. To be able to win an NBA Finals game with a top 5 NBA talent playing so poorly speaks to the large margin for error that this team carries.
Curry is set on winning the Finals MVP this season. He missed his chance in the first year when Andre Iguodala stole the show with his defense of LeBron James. In their second title, it was Kevin Durant getting his first ring and Finals MVP. It feels as though it is time for Steph.
It showed when he broke the playoff record for three pointers made in Game 2 that this feat was on his mind, and after a poor game 3, an electric game 4 is all but expected. Look to the Warriors on Friday night and look to get exposure on Steph Curry having milestone moments.
6/10 MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
The weekend closes off with a baseball double header of two plus pitching matchups. First, at 4:05 EST, Sean Newcomb heads to the hill to take on Ross Stripling of the Dodgers.
Both pitchers have completely broken out in their first real big league chances. Newcomb made 19 starts to close last season, has made 12 so far in 2018. His ERA and FIP have dropped over a run from 2017 to 2018 and his xFIP has dropped from 4.52 to 4.02.
Stripling has been sensational in his seven starts so far this season. A 1.52 ERA is backed with a 1.99 FIP and 11.14 to 1.86 K to BB ratio. Stripling is absolutely dealing.
The Dodgers have been smart to limit the innings of Stripling, and he hardly ever goes into the sixth and will never go deeper into games. The Dodgers lineup has seen a lot of shuffling around in the past few weeks, and while the team is starting to find itself and get back into contention, a lot of that has to do with the revelation on the mound with names with Stripling and Walker Buehler.
Newcomb should see a lineup he can manage, and Stripling should be able to hold his ground for 5 innings. This could be a chance to go under in the first five innings and bet on two thriving young pitchers.
6/10 MLB: New York Yankees at New York Mets
The weekend closes out with Sunday Night Baseball featuring the Subway Series. The Bronx Bombers head to Citi Field to take on their cross town rival. We once again get a pitching delight with Noah Syndergaard squaring up with Luis Severino.
These are two pitchers with similar stat lines to the ones mentioned above, but with the name value to match the product. However, on the Yankees side, Syndergaard is going to have to deal with the big bats that have ramped up in New York.
The Yankees are leading the league in home runs by a wide margin and may compete with the season long record. So while Syndergaard is an ace, it does seem tough to go back to the first five under.
Especially considering Syndergaard is coming back from the DL after missing two starts in the previous week. If there is any rust, this lineup will take advantage. Unfortunately, he does not have the margin for error in this specific start knowing that Severino is on a Cy Young campaign on the other side. Look for the Yankees to have some success whether early or late.