Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2012 2014-04-16T08:05:16-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opening Line Report 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. NBA Odds: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opening Line Report and Handicapping 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). MLB Totals Betting Trends Report The Major League Baseball season is two weeks old. According to some people, the Milwaukee Brewers should practically be crowned World Series Champions. Those same people believe the Boston Red Sox are no longer a threat to even make the playoffs. The people spewing this kind of nonsense are the types of people you should pay no attention to this time of the year. Baseball is the longest season of any of the major sports, and two weeks isnít even close to enough time to judge how a teamís season will go. NHL Playoffs Picks: First-Round Series Odds and Predictions The NHL has just finished up what might be one of its most competitive seasons in recent memory. Heading into the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday, there are no less than eight teams will legitimate hopes of hoisting the Stanley Cup in June, and there are a few others that have the talent to make a deep postseason run. The most intriguing part of the 2014 NHL Playoffs, however, will be how the division realignments and new playoff formant will affect each team. Wagering on the Los Angeles Dodgers: What Bettors Need to Know The Los Angeles Dodgers immediately put their high-priced roster to work during the beginning 2014 Major League Baseball season. Los Angeles started the year by winning nine of its first 14 matchups and producing excellent betting numbers on both the moneyline and runline. Savvy baseball bettors have probably been salivating at how well the Dodgers have been playing recently and will continue to ride the team until those numbers show signs of turning. This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z A. Atlanta. Atlanta sports franchises rarely win championships, but Falconsí owner Arthur Blank sure isnít giving up. Blank and Major League Soccer are expected to announce on Wednesday that Atlanta will be the home of the MLSí 22nd franchise. The team would begin play in 2017, when the Falconsí new $1.2 billion stadium opens. Bovada Sportsbook has L.A. and Kansas City as +600 co-favorites to win the 2014 MLS Cup. Weekly Q&A with Docís Sports Expert Handicapper Raphael Esparza Docís Sports: The NBA Playoffs get underway this weekend, and while Indiana has finally locked up that coveted home-court advantage in the East through the conference finals, do you have the Pacers finally advancing to the NBA Finals? Back to the Futures: Quest for the Cup About to Begin Itís not a bad time of year to be a sports fan. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin, and the NBAís postseason will not be far behind. Weíre two weeks into the Major League Baseball season, so excitement predominates prior to the dog days of summer. The 2014 PGA Tour unofficially kicked off last week in Augusta, where Bubba Watsonís driver made people forget Tiger Woods wasnít at the Masters. Okay, not really, but Bubba was impressive. 2014 San Diego Chargers Opponents and Schedule Highlights The San Diego Chargers won their last four games last season to unexpectedly make the playoffs in their first go-around under new head coach Mike McCoy. They then won a road playoff game at Cincinnati, before falling at rival Denver in the divisional round. Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Opening Line Report 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.