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Alan Matthews Writer Bio and Archives

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Alan Matthews is a University of Miami graduate and former small-college basketball player before moving on to the "U". He was a sports journalist, covering most major professional team beats at one point or another, at a several newspapers throughout the Northeast for nearly 20 years. Alan has been a full-time freelance writer for the past five-plus years. His favorite sporting memory -- participatory version -- is playing in pickup games against several ex-NBA players at an adult fantasy camp and fairly holding his own. From a fan perspective, the top memory was attending Super Bowl XX when the Super Bowl Shuffle Chicago Bears of the Punky QB, Sweetness and the Fridge took New Orleans by storm and still had enough in the tank to pummel the New England Patriots for what remains the franchise's only Super Bowl title.


Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/15/2014

Afternoon baseball fans -- or those of us who work from home and hate not having sports on during the day -- can rejoice Wednesday as there are a handful of matinee games with a few teams on getaway days. Here's a look at five interesting matchups from the schedule.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opening Line Report.

John Wall of the Washington Wizards

NBA Odds: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/15/2014

It seems just yesterday that the 2013-14 NBA season tipped off with Chicago visiting Miami on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Derrick Rose's long-awaited (and short-lived) return from injury. Now the regular season comes to a close Wednesday with every team in action but not much drama remaining. The playoffs should be another story. Here's a look at all of Wednesday's action (as expected many TBAs because of the possibility of so many players being held out).
Read more about NBA Odds: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) of the Washington Nationals.

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/14/2014

We will call Tuesday's interleague matchup between the Cubs and Yankees the Masahiro Tanaka Bowl. They were the two most aggressive bidders for the Japanese star, with the Yankees trumping the Cubs bid by about $30 million while also including a no-trade clause, something that Cubs boss Theo Epstein doesn't believe in.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Opening Line Report.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony

NBA Odds: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/14/2014

This game frankly doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. New York was eliminated from the playoff chase over the weekend, and big changes will be coming to that franchise. Mike Woodson? Goner. Carmelo Anthony? Maybe gone too, at least if he cares about winning more than money.
Read more about NBA Odds: Tuesday, April 15 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday April 11, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/10/2014

What's unique about Friday's full schedule? It's the first day of the 2014 season where there are no matinees when there has been a full slate. In my opinion there should be at least one matinee every day so MLB could have the spotlight to itself for those who work odd hours and want to watch live sports at a pub or something during the day, but what do I know? Here's a look at five interesting matchups to kickoff the weekend.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday April 11, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Kevin Durant of the OKC Thunder

NBA Odds: Friday, April 11, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/10/2014

Pacers at Heat on Friday will probably be for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so might we actually see all the regulars play in a late-season game? It hasn't been happening much around the league. Here's a look at every game on Friday's schedule, with Pacers-Heat and Warriors-Lakers on national TV (NBATV).
Read more about NBA Odds: Friday, April 11, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

PGA golfer Sergio Garcia

2014 Masters Picks with Betting Odds and Expert Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/9/2014

I'm going to quickly recap last week's picks at the Shell Houston Open instead of a more in-depth look back as usual because there are so many Masters props that I could write at least five stories alone on the season's first major championship that begins Thursday at historic Augusta National.
Read more about 2014 Masters Picks with Betting Odds and Expert Predictions.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.

NBA Odds: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/9/2014

It's the final Thursday of the regular season with just two games on the schedule, both on national TV (TNT) and thus up for live betting at the sportsbooks. Here's a look at both matchups, and each is vital for the home side.
Read more about NBA Odds: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday April 10, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/9/2014

Let the ESPN hype machine begin: the Red Sox and Yankees face off for the first time this season on Thursday, and most books will have live betting on all four games this weekend because, well, it's Red Sox-Yankees and they are almost always on national TV. Here's a look at that and four other interesting matchups on Thursday.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday April 10, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving

NBA Odds: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/8/2014

Things could really melt down in Cleveland this week. Already you have Kyrie Irving and Browns receiver Josh Gordon trading barbs in the media. It's so clear that Irving doesn't want to play in Cleveland that the team almost has to consider trading him this offseason. The Cavs' loss in Atlanta on Friday all but ended their season, and they predictably followed it up with a home overtime loss to Charlotte (as projected here).
Read more about NBA Odds: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

The Kansas City Royals Jeremy Guthrie

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/8/2014

The New York Yankees had to be thrilled with Masahiro Tanaka's big-league debut last week in Toronto. He passed that first test and now has another one in his first-ever start at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Here's a look at five interesting matchups on the schedule.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday April 9, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook

NBA Odds: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/7/2014

Think the Heat will be just slightly motivated on Tuesday night against Brooklyn? The Nets are going for the four-game sweep and would be full of confidence in a potential conference semifinals matchup with Miami. The Heat will want to put the Nets in their place. Here is a look at all of Tuesday's action in order of tipoff.
Read more about NBA Odds: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/7/2014

By the end of Tuesday night every team in the majors will have played at least one home game (barring rainouts) with Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia and San Francisco staging their home openers. Here is a look at five interesting matchups on the schedule.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love

NBA Odds: Saturday, April 5, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/4/2014

Here's an interesting twist on Saturday's NBA schedule: All six games feature both teams that will be playing in the second of a back-to-back. That should even the odds somewhat in terms of fatigue, but it's still an advantage for the six home clubs. Here's a look at all of Saturday's action in order of tipoff.
Read more about NBA Odds: Saturday, April 5, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday, April 5, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/4/2014

The first Saturday of the season in the majors will be the first time many pitchers make their second starts of the season and where we can start drawing some conclusions on them. Here is a look at five interesting matchups on the schedule.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday, April 5, 2014 Opening Line Report.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday April 4, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/3/2014

Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka left his native country to pitch in America. Well, he's going to have to wait until his second start for that. Tanaka will make his big-league debut on Friday night in Toronto in a game that will draw a lot of attention around the majors. Here's a look at that and four other interesting matchups on Friday's schedule.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday April 4, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Odds: Friday, April 4, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/3/2014

Memphis was totally gassed on Wednesday, clearly, in getting blown out at Minnesota in its fifth game in seven days, all on the road. Zach Randolph was essentially invisible against the Wolves. Denver, meanwhile, played one of its best games of the year Wednesday, beating New Orleans 137-107 to end a four-game skid. Kenneth Faried had a career-high 34 points. Wilson Chandler missed yet another game for Denver and is probably done. Memphis leads the season series 2-1 and won 94-92 in Denver on Monday.
Read more about NBA Odds: Friday, April 4, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

homer bailey

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday April 3, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 4/2/2014

Most of the first series of the season come to a close in Thursday's baseball action, and it's getaway day for a handful of teams -- there's always value to be found in those day after night games. Here's a look at five interesting matchups on the MLB schedule for Thursday.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday April 3, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA Odds: Thursday, April 3, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
by Alan Matthews - 4/2/2014

The TNT doubleheader is back this Thursday, and it's a good one featuring two potential Western Conference playoff matchups in Spurs-Thunder and Mavericks-Clippers. Dallas, however, still has some work to do to reach the postseason. Here's a look at the only two games on Thursday's schedule. No early lines on each with so much up in the air.
Read more about NBA Odds: Thursday, April 3, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping.

PGA golfer Hunter Mahan

PGA Tour Picks: Shell Houston Open Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/2/2014

What would a Masters be like without both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson? The huge news this week was that Tiger would be forced to skip Augusta after undergoing back surgery. It's fair to say his availability for the U.S. Open also is in jeopardy, and maybe he decides to just take the rest of the year off to get fully healthy.
Read more about PGA Tour Picks: Shell Houston Open Odds and Predictions.


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