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Free NBA Pick: Miami Heat vs LA Lakers

What's killing the Heat is the fact that the Lakers have turned 25 offensive rebounds into 37 second-chance points during the first two games of the series. That alone is way too much to overcome. The Heat just couldn't get a stop defensively or get a rebound and a lot of that had to do with Bam Adebayo being out. I think the Heat gets Bam Adebayo back for this game. But I doubt starting guard Goran Dragic can come back from that fasciatis tear. I personally had the same and couldn't even walk. Even with a cortisone shot he will be ineffective. Miami outscored Los Angeles by 17 points in the eight minutes that the trio of Jimmy Butler, Adebayo and Dragic played together in Game 1 of the Finals before Adebayo and Dragic went down with injuries during that contest and missed Game 2.

Even without Adebayo and Dragic, the Heat turned in its most efficient offensive performance of the playoffs in Friday’s Game 2 loss. Miami scored 114 points on an efficient 50.7 percent shooting from the field and 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) shooting on threes, and also finished 31 of 34 (91.2 percent) from the foul line.

The Miami Heat had their chances to win game two. If Bam plays, that's a major boost to this Heat lineup at both ends of the court. The Heat are 0-2 and this game is a must win to get back in the series. Miami will put forth their best effort, especially on defense and the boards. The Heat are very hungry and will attack the Lakers like a junkyard dog on a XMAS ham. I'll take the 10 points with the Heat here, assuming Bam is in the lineup.
Dennis Stagliano | 4/10/2020

Free MLB Pick: Miami vs Chicago Cubs

Sixto Sanchez vs. Yu Darvish: Interestingly, the superior pitching matchup might come in Game 2 when these two talented hurlers go at it.
Darvish, of course, crafted a sensational 2020, even being one of the frontrunners for this year’s NL Cy Young Award. He led the league in wins with eight and finished in the top five in ERA (2.01) and WHIP (0.96). His usual excellent strikeout rate (11.0 K/9) wasn’t too shabby, either.
Miami will likely counter with their young starter in Sanchez. The 22-year-old rookie can actually match Darvish’s heat, firing up an eye-opening average fastball velocity of 99 mph. Although he struggled a bit after his outstanding first five starts in the big leagues, Sanchez looks like he can handle this Cubs lineup. TAKE: UNDER TOTAL RUNS as soon as line is posted.
Dennis Stagliano | 1/10/2020

Free MLB Pick St Louis vs Pittsburgh

St. Louis is going to be in a dogfight to make the playoffs with the Brewers and Reds, among others, so they need all the wins they can get. The Pirates have had the Cardinals number so far, taking 3 of the 5 matchups, but I like St. Louis here. Carlos Martinez is still trying to find his groove as a starter, but he showed signs by striking out 8 Reds over 4 innings his last time out. Trevor Williams has been really bad this year, and his offense hasn’t helped him much as the Pirates have lost eight of the nine games Williams has started this season. St. Louis wins this one. Lay the lumber.
Dennis Stagliano | 18/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Kansas City vs Detroit

The Royals had won six in a row until losing to the Tigers on Tuesday. The price certainly is reasonable to back the Royals in a pitching matchup of Brady Singer versus Tarik Skubal. Royals Brady Singer is coming off his best outing wen he shut out the Indians on one hit in eight innings with eight strikeouts last Thursday. Singer is fresh after five restful dayss. The Tigers main threat, injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was leading the team in homers is out. Furthermore, their starter Skubal has been throwing up gopher balls this season with a 7.27 ERA. TAKE: KANSAS CITY - 125
Dennis Stagliano | 16/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati

The starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been terrible in five starts this season, Joe Musgrove lost four of those starts.The Reds is not even close to intimidating. but the Pirates are even worse. Pirates just simply find it very hard to score on anyone.

Mike Lorenzen who has been primarily used as a reliver this season gets the start tonight. Lorenzen is a good enough pitcher to beat the Bucs. Take the Reds on the moneyline - 130.
Dennis Stagliano | 15/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Milwaukee at Detroit

Free MLB Pick: Milwaukee at Detroit (1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9)
The Milwaukee Brewers send Corbin Burnes to the hill for this game. Burnes went back to the Milwaukee starting rotation three weeks ago, and he's been excellent since then. In fact, the hard throwing right-hander is coming off back-to-back 6 inning performances where he posted no earned runs allowed in the two outings combined.
Dennis Stagliano | 9/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Arizona vs San Francisco

Arizona has been playing better baseball as of late, and they need Robbie Ray to pitch better with some of the other injuries they have had to their pitching staff. Ray walked 6 his last time out but showed he had good stuff as he didn’t allow a hit over 5 innings in a 5-4 win over the Padres. Logan Webb is scheduled to be on the mound for the Giants, and the bullpen will be needed because he hasn’t lasted more than 5 innings in any outing this year. David Peralta (.321), Ketel Marte (.337), and Starling Marte (.351) are leading the way offensively, and I think they will help the Diamondbacks get the win.
Dennis Stagliano | 21/8/2020

Free MLB Pick Texas Rangers vs Colorado Rockies

The Texas Rangers go with starter Lance Lynn in this one. Lynn has been fantastic to start the 2020 season, posting a 1.11 ERA thus far. Lynn has not only been striking out lots of guys, but when he does give up contact it's usually not hard contact as evidenced by the fact he's just 1 of 4 starters that's is averaging more than 1 strikeout per inning and less than 86.0 miles per hour in exit velocity. Lynn is coming off an outstanding complete game performance in his last outing, allowing only 2 hits and no walks, and even more impressive is he did so in hitter friendly Coors Field and
Dennis Stagliano | 19/8/2020
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