BlackJack’s Monday Plays: Happy Legalization Day!
Pictured: Kevin Durant. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox — USA TODAY Sports
What a day, brothers! The U.S. Supreme Court finally released its decision overturning PASPA, which will give states the right to legalize sports gambling should they choose to do so. Now, while this is a great day, we must continue to be great ourselves. We ran 4-1 last night, which was a step in the right direction, but now we must continue, and we must reload and fire away on a new day. Today we reclaim our destiny. Today we stand atop the mountain. Today we win.
Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox (-153)
7:10 p.m. ET
Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
We’ve got some matchup on our hands tonight at Fenway Park. Sean Manaea, who previously no-hit these Red Sox, faces off against Rick Porcello, who is having a very nice season, starting 5-0 with a 2.79 ERA. These pitchers have been absolutely fantastic this year and have shown they can handle these lineups. The total has my full attention here.
THE PICK: Under 9 runs
Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets (-150)
8 p.m. ET
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Look, you all know where I’m going here. It should be no surprise. The Golden Knights are bouncing back tonight in a big way. The Knights have been excellent and making adjustments all season long. They have been outstanding at rebounding from losses, and I expect that to happen tonight. They know the danger of falling 0-2 to this Winnipeg team. The Knights need to be faster tonight and have more control of the puck. Take the plus money here.
THE PICK: Vegas (+130)
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets (-1.5)
9 p.m. ET
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You’re going to give me the Golden State Warriors at a point and a half? Seriously? Both teams enter this series 8-2 in the playoffs, but if you’ve watched them there is a very clear difference between these teams. The Rockets have struggled at times and looked sluggish frequently in these first two rounds. The Warriors have been absolutely dominant. They rolled the Spurs in Round 1 without Steph Curry. Then had him return with virtually no signs of rust and crush the white-hot New Orleans Pelicans. This is simply the best team in the NBA: The Warriors can play in any environment, they can play against any team and they have a distinct coaching advantage as well. I’m rolling with the champs and the points.
THE PICK: Golden State +1.5
All right, brothers, rejoice and replenish as we celebrate and cash tickets today!
Pictured above: Kevin Durant