Cavaliers a good bet at home

June 12, 2007

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t really showed up for the NBA Finals yet, which is why they find themselves down two games to none in the best-of-seven series against the San Antonio Spurs.

But that may change over the next few nights, as the series shifts back to Cleveland. It’s hard to imagine any team being swept in the championship final of any sport, and I don’t expect that to happen to Cleveland. They will win one of, if not both, Games 3 and 4 tonight and Thursday. And since they’re the underdogs, that could mean easy money. The Cavaliers are 1-point underdogs at justbet.com

Cavs could beat Spurs

June 7, 2007

The San Antonio Spurs go into the NBA Finals as heavy favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Spurs deserve to be favored, but by as much as they are?

Cleveland is not getting much respect going into this series, and they probably deserve some. They did beat the favored Detroit Pistons rather soundly, and they have the hottest player in this year’s NBA playoffs, LeBron James. I think the series will go at least six games.

From a betting perspective, taking underdog Cleveland in at least one or two of these games — especially when they’re at home — could pay dividends. 

Senators done-in in Stanley Cup Final

June 6, 2007

Thanks for nothing, Ottawa. If the NHL is going to make hockey fans wait until June for the Stanley Cup final, the least the two teams could do is produce some entertaining — maybe even exciting — hockey. But, alas, that has not been the case in these 2007 finals, as the Ottawa Senators limp toward their inevitable demise, down 3 games to 1 to the Anaheim Ducks in the series.

What happened? This series had so much promise a mere 8 days ago. Going into the final, it looked like it would be a good old-fashioned barnburner! But the reality is, Ottawa has — once again — choked. They just haven’t raised their game a notch or two like any team wanting to win the Cup has to do.

Even with their backs against the wall in Game 5 Wednesday night in Anaheim, the Senators don’t look like a good bet to win. If they’d been playing better, with more fire, I would recommend putting money on them to win . A  good team, 3 games from its first Stanley Cup? You’d think they’d come out desperate and take the series back home for Game 6. But they won’t. Or can’t. And that’s just sad. 

Cycling: Giro enters its last week

May 27, 2007

Today’s stage of the 2007 Giro d’Italia was the toughest of this year’s edition so far. The finish was atop of a brutal climb Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The winner was a young Italian rider Riccardo Riccò

Riccò is a teamate of Gilberto Simon who is trying to win the Giro for a third time in his career. Gibo finished the stage 37 sec down on the current leader Danilo Di Luca, thus losing precious seconds in the GC once again. Simoni is now 3min 19sec behind Di Luca.

Another top GC contender and former Giro winner, Damiano Cunego, lost some time to The Killer as well and is now fifth overall at 3min 23sec. So far, neither Cunego nor Simoni were able to challenge Di Luca at all.

Tomorrow, the riders will take a deserved rest day. Then on Tuesday they will start the final brutal week of this year’s Giro with a 189km stage into the neighboring Austria. And then on the very next day the peloton will face arguably the hardest stage of any 2007 Grand Tours. With four tough climbs spread over 142km the stage will finish atop the fearsome Monte Zoncolan, known as one of the most difficult ascents in Europe. Monte Zoncolan has an average grade of 11.9% with the steepest pitches going straight up at over 20%.

Although, the time differences in the GC aren’t very big (first six riders are within four minutes), the top contenders for the 2007 Giro title are selected. And if The Killer can survive Simoni’s and Cunego’s attacks he is very likely to win his first Giro d’Italia.

Mets vs. Braves

May 23, 2007

The Mets had better bounce back against Atlanta tonight. Last night was a total embarassment. Eight hits and one run — pathetic. At least they’re still a slight favorite… totalodds