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The time is here! We waited all season long to get down to the 4 playoff teams. Mix that in with Bowl season and the NFL season coming to a close and this time will easily dictate what your yearly numbers look like. Be careful, as motivation is something we have to factor when handicapping. Play smart and pick your spots.

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710

Niners/Hawks

Over 47 5U MAX bomb


Niners TT over 23.5 5U MAX

842 CST

DALLAS MAVERICKS @ GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

2nd half over 108.5 5U MAX

12/28 1208

Bolivia

Always Ready vs Potosi

Over 3 MAX BOMB

Previous Plays

Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons over 228.5 5U MAX BOMB

First Q Over 59 1U

FH over 117.5 2U

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder

First Q over 55 4U

FH over 109 4U

Game over 224 5U MAX

Parlay 2u

Wash/Det over 228.5

Mem/OKC over 224

NCAAF Pitt TT over 30.5

12/25

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors Rockets first Q -3.5

2U First Q TT over 31.5

2U First Q over 59.5 4U

Rockets TT over 119 5U MAX

338 12/23

Central Florida-7 2nd half 5U MAX

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Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Josh Jordan on ESPN 97.5. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling. Also, be sure to follow us @Moneyline975 on Twitter.

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Following Houston's 6-4 road trip, the Astros returned home to finish the first "half" of the season before the All Star break hosting Florida and Texas. Houston's road trip was filled with clutch performances in New York, dominance in taking 3 of 4 in Toronto, and a dose of close calls and tough realities with a short-handed team against Minnesota.

Now the Astros hope to take care of business against the lowly Marlins and division rival Rangers. The Texas series, in particular gives Houston the opportunity to reassert their hold on the #2 spot ahead of the Rangers who have won their last 5 games in a row (as of the time this was published). Both teams have won 7 of their last 10 games and hope to catch a free-falling Seattle team to overtake the division lead.

Dana Brown told the media last week he expects both Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker to be reactivated following the All-Star break but Tucker's updates continue to be more promising than Verlander's and MUCH more promising than Lance McCullers. Astros manager informed the media this week that McCullers has been shut down from throwing after his arm did not respond well to his recent bullpen sessions and the team is formulating the plan for what's next for the embattled pitcher. McCullers hasn't pitched since the 2022 postseason and underwent season-ending flexor tendon surgery last June. McCullers is under contract with Houston until 2026.

An eventual return for Kyle Tucker would spur a juggling act from Joe Espada to find a proper balance of time for all his outfielders, none of which have separated themselves offensively. Chas McCormick had a great month of June recording an .804 OPS but that run looks more like an anomaly as his scuffles have continued over the past 2.5 weeks, recording just 4 hits over his last 32 plate appearances.

While Jake Meyers has wowed fans and teammates with his glove this season, his offense has hit a skid, hitting just .184 with a .565 OPS over the past month. After rookie Joey Loperfido's torrid debut, he too has struggled with the bat, hitting just .216 with .599 OPS over the same time period.

An unexpected bright spot has been the recent play of first baseman Jon Singleton. Over the last 4 weeks, "Big Jon" is batting .302 with an .802 OPS. It's worth mentioning that Singleton's season numbers are better than Florida's Josh Bell, who drew interest from Astros fans over the past several seasons as a potential answer at first base. Bell has 135 more ABs this season so its not quite an apples-to-apples comparison but there's no doubt Singleton's contributions were sorely needed following the release of Jose Abreu.

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