Hey sports bettors, we have finally arrived to the NBA Finals. There is finally a new king in the East and it is Kawhi Leonard (The Claw) leading the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Finals. Surprisingly, the Drake Curse has not worked on the Raptors this year. The funny thing is the curse claimed another victim yesterday because Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang and his team Arsenal lost in the Europa Cup Final to Chelsea.
Kevin Durant is out for game one. There is some speculation that we may return for game two, but that is still up in the air. Draymond Green will have the ball in his hands more which could mean a faster pace offense. He averaged 8.8 assists against the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Demarcus Cousins is playing limited minutes as of right now. I have so much respect for the Raptors because they played great basketball. Yes, Leonard may leave this offseason, but if they do beat the Warriors, he will most likely stay. Without Durant on the court, Leonard will be on Thompson and this may lead to easy baskets for the Raptors. I like the over for this one.
Pick: Over 213.5 (1.90/-111)
Going to the MLB for this play. The Cleveland Indians are facing the Chicago White Sox. The Indians are 28-27, while the White Sox are 26-29. The White Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games; however, the Indians are struggling during that stretch going 3-7. Carlos Carrasco has a record of 4-5 with a 4.60 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. On the other hand, his opponent is Manny Banuelos who has a record of 2-4 with a 7.71 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season.
In his career, Carrasco is 10-10 with a 3.67 ERA and 170 strikeouts against the White Sox. Banuelos has a smaller sample size but he is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA with 10 strikeouts. The Indians have a great track record when Carrasco makes a start against a division opponent. They are 35-16 in his last 51 starts. He has also thrown 12 shutout innings against the Indians this season. Even though Carrasco is coming off his worse start of the season, I see him bouncing back tonight. I would take the run line in this case.
Pick: Cleveland Indians -1.5 (1.83/-120)