Nice night for underdogs overall on Friday, primarily due to a number of decent-sized dogs cashing on the diamond.
The Winnipeg Jets also hit as a +145 healthy underdog, taking down the Nashville Predators, 4-1, in Game 1 of their series. The Jets stole one on the road, despite getting outshot 48-19 and having three fewer power plays than the Preds.
Call of the Night
The Pacers drilled the Cavs, 121-87, to force a Game 7 on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. That 34-point win marked the largest playoff margin of victory in Pacers franchise history. Believe it or not, that wasn’t the worst postseason defeat of LeBron James’ career, as he lost by 36 in both 2008 and 2013.
Tonight’s 34-point loss was the 3rd-worst postseason loss of LeBron James’ career. pic.twitter.com/fyC8AOQ7aJ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 28, 2018
Reds-Twins Under 9.5
If you bet this under, all you can do is laugh it off. The over hit in the third inning in a game that featured 34 total hits and 24 combined runs. All nine Reds starters had at least one RBI, the first time Cincinnati accomplished that since 1975. More on this game later.
First two-HR day for José and a career-high four hits. 💣💣
By the way, he’s hitting .328/.362/.516 in his last 16 games. pic.twitter.com/r3ze6cO97U
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 28, 2018
Honorable mention: Rockies-Marlins Over 9 in a game that ended 1-0.
Oakland Athletics +163
Sean Manaea backed up his no-hitter in impressive fashion, allowing 0 earned runs over 7.0 innings against the defending World Series champions. His ERA now sits at 1.03 for the year. The kid can pitch.
Former Sycamore Sean Manaea tonight improved to 4-2 on season with another solid outing. A’s lefty went 7 IP, allowed 4 hits, one run. He leads the American League with a 1.03 ERA. (Courtesy: AT&T SPORTSNET) pic.twitter.com/TTzGgI8v20
— Rick Semmler (@Rick_Sports10) April 28, 2018
Unfortunately for all of those who owned the Jazz guard, he left and didn’t return with an injury. As a result, the Spaniard played only seven total minutes, tallying 0 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists.
Even without Rubio for most of the game, the Jazz still closed out the Thunder — thanks to a herculean effort from Donovan Mitchell. The Louisville rookie scored 38 points on an uber-efficient 14-of-26 shooting.
We did see a number of widely owned chalk also disappoint in DFS on Friday, as Kelly Oubre, LeBron and Kyle Korver all put up huge duds.
Oladipo did whatever he wanted on Friday night en route to his first career playoff triple double (28 points, 13, rebounds, 10 assists.) He clearly headlined the DFS slate, totaling 73.8 DK points — the second-most so far in the playoffs, trailing only Russell Westbrook’s 75.8 in Game 5. Pretty impressive, especially considering he didn’t even hit value in games 2-5
“Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.” — Oladipo, Infinity War pic.twitter.com/BrytPdc7ej
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 28, 2018
Critical errors. Blown calls. Improbable rallies.
Thunder 2H +3.5: The NBA apparently changed its foul policy but forgot to tell anybody. Most people will talk about the missed foul call on the Paul George 3-point attempt late trailing by 3 — and rightfully so — but don’t forget about the other foul in the final few minutes that was curiously called non-shooting. Utah eventually won the game (and 2H) by five. Those two missed calls certainly helped.
This is a Foul. Every time. WTF pic.twitter.com/Mh7mEGY0ht
— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) April 28, 2018
Cardinals ML and Under 8.5: The Cardinals took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Greg Holland came in to record the save. A clean inning gets him his first save of the year, while ensuring all of those who bet the under and/or the Cardinals get to the window. Well, that was the plan.
Holland gave up three runs without recording an out, but an error also didn’t help his cause. The Pirates eventually won it in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Twins First 5 ML -105: Minny makes the list for the second consecutive day. The Twins led, 8-4, after four innings, which meant those who backed them for the first five innings, needed the Twins to allow three runs or fewer. This is how the inning played out:
- Solo homer (8-5)
- Single (8-7)
- Reached on an error
- Sac Fly (8-8)
- Triple (9-8)
- Wild pitch (10-8)
- Infield single
- Infield single
Count ’em up. In an inning when Twins F5 bettors needed to allow fewer than four runs, the Twins managed to give up six runs on eight hits, a wild pitch and an error — to arguably the worst team in baseball.
Indians -1.5: The Tribe led, 6-2, in the ninth with two outs and nobody on. They won by a final score of 6-5, thanks to a single, double, home-run sequence from the Mariners — all with two outs.
The five biggest public sides of the night (all MLB once again) finished 3-2, netting 0.68 units — thanks to an Angels blown save that allowed the Yankees to win it in extra innings.
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