Doc's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 05/07/2007
There's a natural letdown that occurs from all the hair-raising, blood-boiling, shock-inducing, gleeful dancing, and general mayhem that occurs through a weekend's worth of gambling action. And it's a scientific fact that Monday's are the most difficult day of the week for sports and gaming fans across the world, with Monday Sports Syndrome linked to illness and famine across the globe. OK, so I made that last part up. But it the start of a new week can be a cold splash of water to the face for Men of Action like you and I.
Fortunately, our team of handicappers at Doc's Sports Services has precisely the cure: DOC'S WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION. Each week we'll be bringing you a quick recap of the insanity that engulfed the industry over the weekend and a short preview of some key matchups in the week ahead. It's exactly what you need to keep your instincts heightened and your eyes firmly fixed on upcoming opportunities to keep your bankroll growing.
Here's the inside scoop from the guys who get it done over at Doc's Sports:
The Warriors did it! They knocked off the best team in the league, beating top-seeded Dallas. This was only the third time in league history that a No. 8 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed - and they did it with authority! They blew them out in three of their four wins and now have a very winnable series against Utah. It seems like all the best series are in the conference semi-finals instead of the conference finals. Maybe the NBA should take a page from the NHL and reseed the teams once the first round is completed. Speaking of the NHL, three of the final four teams are now set and it appears to be mostly chalk that made it through. Buffalo and Ottawa have a strong hatred toward each other and expect early fights in the first couple of games.
Milwaukee at New York Mets (Friday-Sunday)
The Brewers are the best team in the league and have been feasting on Pittsburgh and Washington the last week. Now they go on the road and into hostile NL East territory playing both the Mets and Phillies. The recent history shows the Crew has been a bad road team and they will need to fix that if they have visions of winning the NL Central. It will be important that they hold their own and not get swept off the East Coast.
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What a wild and wacky weekend in the world of sports. In baseball, we continue to roll while posting another monster week (+24 Units). In the Kentucky Derby we were oh so close to cashing in. I had both Street Sense and Hard Spun as winners, but we couldn't make the ticket pay because Street Sense was part of an exacta. After that, there was The Big Fight, and as I suggested in a column earlier in the week, it was a dud. There was very little action, some questionable scoring, and DLH just mailed it in for the last five rounds. Oh well. It was a great Cinco de Mayo and we're hoping the momentum and positive vibes roll through to this week. Here are a few series I will be monitoring closely:
Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets (Friday-Sunday)
I hate to be the one to break it to the Brew Crew, but this ain't the Pirates, or the Reds or any one of the other awful clubs in the league's worst division. This is the Mets, and even though the injury bug has taken a little bite out of the Big Apple Boys they're still the class of the National League. However, the Brewers have a huge advantage this weekend: the front end of their rotation (Suppan, Sheets, Capuano) will be matched up against the back end of the Mets'. As a result, you should expect a lot of runs and there's a good chance the Brewers could steal two of three.
Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres
If you have followed hockey at all this season you'll know that Ottawa vs. Buffalo has been the hottest rivalry on the ice. These two clubs detest one another and I expect nothing less than a classic, seven-game, step-on-the-throat series between two of the best teams in the league. I like the Sabres and will be rooting for them, but I'm not certain they advance.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
What a weekend to live and bet in Las Vegas! Not only was I in a book watching the favorite Street Sense win 133rd Kentucky Derby but I was also in the MGM Grand Garden watching the De La Hoya vs. Mayweather fight live. I had Oscar De La Hoya winning the fight 116-113. I'm hearing rematch in November. This weekend also started the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Of course my Bulls got booty wiped on Saturday, scoring only 28 points in the second half. And of course I had the over in the game. If you like blood in sports I'm sure everybody saw Steve Nash's vicious cut .I was looking for Burgess Meredith and I can here Steve Nash saying, "Cut me Mick, Cut me."
Here are some games that I have my eye on this week:
Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (Tuesday-Thursday)
Should be a great series with some fine pitching. Boston is in first place in the division and the Blue Jays are in third, but with the Yankees getting Roger Clemens the Blue Jays need to stay in striking distance if they want to compete in this division. Tuesday's match-up has Josh Beckett going for the Red Sox and Wednesday Dice-K goes. For the Blue Jays Roy Halladay goes on Wednesday.
Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets (Friday-Sunday)
Here is a big test for the Central Division leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew goes against the Mets this coming weekend and I'm hoping the Mets win this series just because I'm a Cub fan. This series should also be a high scoring one because both offenses are loaded.
Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz (Second Round Series)
Can the Warriors continue to win? That's the big question in the NBA. I believe that if the Warriors run on offense and play tough defense in the second half they can win this series. I'm predicting Golden State in six! The player to watch in this series is Golden State's Matt Barnes. He reminds me of Horace Grant of the Chicago Bulls when the Bulls were winning championships. Golden State is 22-6 ATS in their last 28 games.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
Oaktown is buzzing after the Warriors sent the West's top seed packing. A lot of noise was made about Golden State's chances but we consistently verbalized our take that they would indeed pull off the upset throughout the past couple NBA podcasts. Now hear this: They will be a part of the Western Conference Finals.
Here are several match-ups we'll be eyeing this week:
Milwaukee at New York (Friday-Sunday)
So far it's not the Mets that are the class of the NL. New York may have the league's top pitching numbers, but the Brewers' starters are getting done and they have the deeper lineup. Right now New York's offense is way too top heavy.
Detroit at Minnesota (Friday-Sunday)
Another nice little meeting takes place between two of the best in the AL, both from the Central Division. This time in the Metrodome, the Twins will look to find their way up to the top of the division, but the Tigers have been tough on their current winning streak.
Chicago at Philadelphia (Friday-Sunday)
No one's hotter right now than the Cubs. They are rolling and now are over .500 for the first time since the first week of the season. Philly, too, has rebounded from their slow start and they have been making some noise with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard now hitting like they are expected. Along with Alfonso Soriano and the white-hot Derrek Lee, this series could turn out to be a slugfest.