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I’m not a rabid follower of the PGA Tour, but the Grand Slam events are compelling to watch and that prize money is hard to ignore. My picks, including Bubba Watson $11400 and Jason Day $11600, were posted here yesterday.
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There’s an 11-game slate, with at least three very high scores expected. The Thunder have lost two of three, but their playoff seed is locked in and they may take Denver lightly before playing in Portland tomorrow. The Warriors would love to win 73 games, which means taking four of five. The young Wolves are no match, but Karl-Anthony Towns $8300 could make it entertaining.
The Blazers are in Sacramento, with a chance to move into fifth place in the West for a slightly easier first-round matchup. DeMarcus Cousins $10200 is very well rested (he’s now playing only at home) but Rajon Rondo $7800 is tiring and Damian Lillard $8800 is a tough cover. C.J. McCollum $6900, Al-Farouq Aminu $5100 and Gerald Henderson $3400 are also playing well.
The Clippers are “home” to their co-tenants and will almost surely win, though Kobe Bryant $4400 dropped 34 on Sunday and wants to finish strong. The Lakers get the “home” designation in tomorrow’s rematch. Blake Griffin $7600 is getting his timing back after missing more than three months and there’’ no incentive to overwork Chris Paul $9500 or DeAndre Jordan $7800 with fourth place locked up.
In a “who cares?” tilt, the 76ers have locked up the coveted 30th spot by dropping 12 straight, while the Pelicans are playing surprisingly well despite missing their six best players. Former Sixer Tim Frazier $4200 is a nice price against Ish Smith $6100, while relative unknowns Alexis Ajinca $3900, Luke Babbitt $4400, Jordan Hamilton $3900 and James Ennis $3500 are also overachieving for New Orleans.
Several games in the East have playoff seeding implications. If the Bulls win in Memphis and Miami beats the Pistons, Chicago will be one game back of Detroit for eighth place. The Hornets have more at stake tonight than the Raptors. Atlanta is well-rested and at home against the setting Suns, but have no need to cover the 14.5-point spread.
In baseball, several expensive aces had their starts postponed on Monday. Dallas Keuchel $10100 and Masahiro Tanaka $10500 square off in New York, while David Price $11000 makes his Red Sox debut against Corey Kluber $10300 in Cleveland. My choices are slightly more affordable; Noah Syndergaard $9400 and Michael Wacha $8100 both looked great all spring. The best value play might be Aaron Sanchez $6400, in a possible pitcher’s duel with Jake Odorizzi $8500.
Rookie Trevor Story $3500 went deep twice off Zack Greinke as the Diamondbacks and Rockies combined for 15 runs. Nolan Arenado $4600, Carlos Gonzalez $4400, Charlie Blackmon $4400 and Gerardo Parra $3700 were all sharp. Shelby Miller $7500 will try to keep them in the yard. For the home team, Jake Lamb $3400 is better vs. RHP, and Socrates Brito $3200 could start in CF. Jean Segura $3700 and David Peralta $3700 are other bargains. The Giants trounced Milwaukee, with Denard Span $4400, Matt Duffy $4100, Joe Panik $4000 and Buster Posey $4600 all homering.
|PG||Stephen Curry $10400||Damian Lillard $8800||Tim Frazier $4200|
|SG||Jimmy Butler $7900||C.J. McCollum $6900||Kobe Bryant $4400|
|SF||LeBron James $10000||Kawhi Leonard $7800||Jerami Grant $5000|
|PF||DeMarcus Cousins $10200||Draymond Green $8500||Carl Landry $4700|
|C||Pau Gasol $7800||Jonas Valanciunas $5000||Alexis Ajinca $3900|
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