I hope you guys are having a great day so far. For my first tip, I am going with the New York Mets. The Mets have not had a great start to the season and dropping the first game to the Miami Marlins was not the ideal start they were looking for. The Mets are looking to bounce back with their biggest surprise of the season who is pitcher Steven Matz. The Mets are 7-2 in Matz’s last nine starts, while also going 6-1 in Matz’s last seven division starts. Matz holds a season record of 3-2 and a 3.86 ERA.
The Miami Marlins have won their first game against the Mets this season last night by winning outright 8-6. The Marlins are going with Pablo Lopez who has a record of 2-5 with a 5.93 ERA. Miami has a terrible track record when Lopez starts as they went 3-14 in his last seventeen starts. The Mets have much better hitters. The Mets as a whole average .250, which is good for 14th in the league. On the other hand, the Marlins hitters average .220, which is only good for 28th. Even though the season is still, Mets manager Mickey Callaway is desperately looking for wins as he may be in danger of getting fired.
Pick: New York Mets ML (1.74/-135)
For my second tip, I am going with the Golden State Warriors. It may be an unpopular bet because the public is slowly fading the Warriors for this one. This might be the Portland Trailblazers best chance to win a game in this series. The Trailblazers look to win at home after a devastating defeat after being up 17 points in the third quarter in game two. They are hosting game three at home where they went 32-9 in the regular season. They will have to bring the energy to try to get a win because the Warriors can come back in a flash.
In order to get a win and not go down 3-0 in the series, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum must shoot the ball much better. The respected Trailblazer duo combined went 15-39 (38 percent) from the field. The Warriors are also very good at playing on the road because they are known for stealing must-win games for the opposing team at home. Even though Kevin Durant is most likely out for the rest of the series, Andre Iguodala has been very good averaging 10.6 while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Also, his defensive presence is huge as he stole the ball from Lillard in the last possession of the game to seal the deal and potentially avoiding OT. Although I do think the Warriors can win it outright, I recommend playing it safe with the points.
Pick: Golden State Warriors +2.5 (1.90/-111)