|Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .
As we hit the NBA All-Star break, underdogs went 2-1 ATS with outright upsets by Knicks (+8, +300 on ML) over Hawks & Pelicans (+4.5, +170 on ML) over Thunder despite Anthony Davis injuring shoulder and Russell Westbrook’s 44-point, triple-double; Overs 2-1.
Both Top 25 teams won but didn’t cover as No. 4 Gonzaga beat Loyola (Marymount) 73-60, but was never close to covering as 21.5-point road fave & No. 9 Houston beat UConn 71-63 as 9.5-point road fave but UConn got in back door with 3 seconds to play.
NHL underdogs went 6-5 SU; Unders 7-3-1; 1st Period Overs 7-4 with games including #FollowtheMoney5 going 3-1 (Devils-Blackhawks Over, Lightning went Over — vs. Stars, the top Under team — and Sharks went Over while Blue Jackets stayed Under).
Auto racing . . .
Brendan Gaughan, whom you’ve seen and heard on VSiN as co-host of Gone Racin’, earned a spot in the Daytona 500 on Thursday.
Gaughan finished 15th to earn the final transfer spot in the No. 62 Chevrolet for Beard Motorsports in the second qualifying race.
It’s his fourth Daytona 500 start.
College basketball . . .
No NBA today, but don’t despair. The Ivy League is here to scratch your betting itch, Jeff Fogle says.
Ron Flatter on horse racing . . .
Two high-profile racing executives – Tim Ritvo and Keith Chamblin – are featured on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. In his role running the races for The Stronach Group, Ritvo discusses changes at Santa Anita, the future of the Preakness and Pimlico and even takes listener questions. And yes, he talks about post-time drag. As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s man in charge of the world’s biggest horseplayers tournament, Chamblin touches on the growth of contests like that, and he looks at the relationship between racing and the expansion of sports betting across the country. This long weekend’s Kentucky Derby preps – the Risen Star, the El Camino Real and the Southwest – are previewed, and the Racehorses by the Letters feature looks at the best horse starting with the letter “O.”
Complaints about race starts coming long after listed post times and questions about the future of the Preakness Stakes. The Stronach Group COO Tim Ritvo answers those and more in the weekly VSiN racing column.
Seen & Heard on VSiN . . .
On Follow The Money with Matt Youmans and Greg Peterson, Westgate SuperBook director John Murray thinks the Joe Flacco trade is essentially a lateral move for the Broncos.
On A Numbers Game with Sam Panayotovich, Josh Towers talks MLB win totals, projections, and predictions for who will be the 2019 Home Run King.
Kenny White takes Sammy P through the process of creating power ratings and setting lines and futures for a brand new sports league like the AAF.
Finally . . .
South Point sports book manager Chris Andrews tells a classic old-school Vegas story of Cryin’ Kenny.