Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs

Degens Only: Friday Plays, June 18

Sad news in the basketball world as Rick Carlisle informed the Mavs that he would not be returning next season. Carlisle had two years left on his current deal, but informed owner Mark Cuban that he is ending his time with the Mavs. The Mavs also lost President Donnie Nelson on Wednesday, these moves ensuring that there will be new leadership in the Mavs front office and only time will tell how they will handle the upcoming Porzingis issue and if they can get Luka some more pieces and eventually lead the Mavs to a championship. No changes here though as we dive into Fridays top plays.

Flying High: Hawks +3
I don’t care how big the lead is or where the game is being played I have lost all faith in the Sixers. No lead is safe against this Hawks team. Now the Sixers are staring at being one game away from being eliminated, where they have to play on the road after blowing one of the biggest postseason leads ever talk about low morale. Atlanta giving points is kind of a red flag here and maybe this line will trend the other way but like I said I have no faith in this Sixers team and I think they’re cooked. It’s just too much to overcome dropping double digit leads in back-to-back games and now facing elimination on the road the Hawks will put them out of their misery. Take Atlanta +3.

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Oncour: Jazz ML
Were running this one back. I am not a believer in Paul George to lead this team. One game is not going to sway my mind. The Jazz looked horribly off in the last game and really sluggish on defense in the second half and that is what lead to the Clippers being able to squeak out the win. Had the Jazz played how they have all season this series would be 3-2 the other way. Expect the Jazz to bring the intensity and the Clippers without Leonard to not be able to handle it and this series to go to a game seven. Take the Jazz on the ML.

Little Cubs: Cubs Team Total under 4.5
The Cubs have been able to put together a decent season so far mainly due to their improved bullpen and starting pitching being better than expected. The Cubs will be traveling from New York to Chicago to take on the Marlins who are coming in after a day off. The Cubs offense has been lackluster so far this season, something that will catch up to them at some point. Chicago has scored four runs or less in 10 of their 15 games played so far this month. They head into this game after a long series with the Mets and on a travel day against one of the better pitching staffs in the league. The Cubs don’t score much on a normal day, but given all the additives I like the chances even more in this one. Take the Cubs team total under 4.5

Angels in the Outfield: Angels/Tigers over 9.5
The Angels have proven that even without their huge stars this offense can still produce at a high level. The Tigers are still well, the Tigers. Still a young team with a few veterans sprinkled in. Most of Detroit’s pitching has a long way to go and outside of a few bright spots so does the Angels. Urena takes the mound for Detroit and his June has not been so great allowing 11 runs already in his two starts. Opposite him will be Alex Cobb who has also had a tough June allowing five runs in each of his two starts this month. The real issues with these teams pitching staffs are the bullpens. Detroit’s pen comes in with a road ERA nearing six. The Angels is not much better with a home ERA of almost five. As we saw in last night’s game where the total exploded once we got to the bullpens, expect the same thing here and we might have some insurance with worse starting pitching so take the over 9.5.

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