Fourth straight winning day in the books, as the Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the final three innings to score the 4-3 walk-off victory over the Yankees.
Not gonna lie — I thought we were doomed when Tampa Bay starter Charlie Morton was forced to leave the game in the top of the third inning with an injury and the Rays trailing 1-0. When New York boosted that lead to 3-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh, I really thought we were screwed.
But that’s one thing you need to understand about the exhilarating (yet maddening) world of sports betting: When you’re running hot — and I’m running hot right now — breaks like the Rays’ rally on Sunday tend to fall your way.
Time to keep that positive mojo going Monday with my 30 Dime Winner # 4 in a Row. Once again, we’re going back to the baseball diamond for my Cheap Chalk Game of the Week. Put simply, there’s a seriously undervalued favorite on the MLB betting board today, and I’m jumping all over it.
You see the numbers: 24-14-2 run with all 30 Dime plays (including 3 in a row) … 4 straight winning days for a net profit of 130 Dimes. Jump on the D-Train now and enjoy the smooth ride to Profit Town!
Sunday’s comp play on the Orioles ended up being a no-play, as the game was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain (sucks, too, because Baltimore was leading 5-2 and set to cash as a +210 dog). Still on a 15-8 run with these freebies, hitting four of the last five overall, including three straight in the NBA.
For Monday, it’s back to the pro hardwood as we’ll grab the points with the Nuggets against the Lakers. As you may recall, I’ve faded the Lakers twice since the NBA restarted its season and cashed easily both times, as LA got blown out by both Toronto (107-92) and Houston (113-97).
The Lakers followed up Thursday’s loss to the Rockets with another defeat Saturday, falling 116-111 to Indiana as a 5½-point favorite. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Co. have now dropped three in a row and four of their last five and — most importantly from a betting perspective — they’ve cashed just once in six games in Orlando. And even that spread-cover was shaky (8-point win over Utah as a 6-point chalk).
Conversely, the Nuggets enter this one on a 3-1 SU and ATS roll. Granted, Denver needed overtime to secure two of those wins and covers (134-132 over Utah as a 1-point dog and 121-113 over Oklahoma City as a 5½-point dog), but Nuggets backers still got paid.
These teams met three times in nine weeks between Dec. 3 and Feb. 12, with the visitor getting the win and cover in all three (LA beat the Nuggets in Denver by scores of 105-96 and 120-116 in overtime, while the Nuggets prevailed 128-104 in Hollywood). So while the Lakers own the advantage in the win column, Denver owns the most impressive victory — in other words, these squads are pretty even to me, making the handful of points we’re getting tonight quite enticing.
Keep in mind, too, that since a scintillating 9-2 ATS run from Feb. 10-March 8, the Lakers have cashed just one time (the Utah game) in their last seven contests. They also have just two outright wins in those seven games.
As I noted the other day, something’s not right with this Lakers squad. And until I see signs of them turning things around, I see no reason not fade them when they’re laying points against a quality opponent, one that’s 22 games over .500 with a 46-24 record.