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Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon
Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He’s worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama’s Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He’s been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.
Baseball Betting Way Up
Betting handle is WAY up this year in Las Vegas for Major League Baseball. That’s a bit of a surprise because TV ratings are down, and in-game attendance is down. The media is writing “baseball is slowly dying” stories at a time when gamblers are embracing the sport like never before.
From my spot out here in the sports betting capital of the world, I think the answers are pretty obvious.
NBA DRAFT TALK
There's loads of trade talk making the rounds in NBA-land - in fact, not all of it involves San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard - but we'll get to him in a moment after we tackle the topic of the top three picks ... folks, we just don't see #1 Phoenix, #2 Sacramento nor #3 Atlanta dealing out of those premier draft spots although anything's possible. Word is that the Suns, the Kings and the Hawks have latched onto "their guy" and hard to believe anything's gonna shake up the #1-2-3 draft order but we'll go on record to state #4 Memphis and/or #5 Dallas could be in the market for a swap.
The Los Angeles Clippers have the #12 and #13 draft picks and there's some chatter that LA's "other team" could deal away one of those picks and some warm bodies to move into either the #4 or #5 spot with the Clips allegedly eyeballing Texas C/F Mo Bamba - if this scenario takes place then the Clippers are "live" to get their hands on free agent LeBron James. We could see Dallas trading down from #5 with the Clippers and revamping its Mavericks' team quickly.
There's also a possibility - however small - that the Los Angeles Lakers could be looking to move last year's #2 overall pick PG Lonzo Ball to accommodate King James and so don't sleep on the shot that Ball along with the #25 overall pick could get moved to New York Knicks at pick #9. Fact is the Knicks have a batch of point guards but - get this - they don't really like any of 'em from last year's rookie flop Frank Ntilikina to one-time first-rounder of the Denver Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay to former Utah Jazz cast-off Trey Burke. If Ball were to come to NYC and be the on-court leader for new head coach David Fizdale, it could bring Madison Square Garden back to life (even if Ball shoots his usual 5-of-15 or thereabouts from the floor!).
Okay, so what about Mr. Leonard? The specter of where he goes next is casting a major shadow over this entire NBA Draft and we've heard him going anywhere from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Lakers to the aforementioned Knicks ... but if James stays put in Cleveland then it's very possible that Leonard will join 'em with the Cavaliers. So maybe that doesn't instantly make Cleveland a so-called "super-team" but how would a James-Leonard-DeAndre Jordan triumvirate strike you if that could eventually play itself out? Va-va-va voom!
Scherzer looks to end rare skid as Nats face Orioles
WASHINGTON -- Their winning streak against the Baltimore Orioles ended, the Washington Nationals will turn to Max Scherzer on Thursday night as they look to win the three-game series against the team with the worst record in baseball.
Ed Croke, New York Giants' former PR director, dies at 86
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Ed Croke, the New York Giants' former public relations director, died Wednesday. He was 86.