The Good
So many good concerts this summer. My wife already got me tickets to see Rage Against the Machine but there’s a slew of shows I want to go to. Murder by Death in March. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats in May. Ministry and KMFDM in July. The Deftones are playing with Gojira. Primus is playing a Rush album in its entirety and joined by Wolfmother and The Sword. And now I’m seeing Korn and Faith No More touring. Damn, I hope I can win more at NBA to afford all of these shows. You can expect me to be hungover on a lot of episodes.

Speaking of, my homemade gin is pretty good. I’ll need to mess around with it some more next time since it’s a tad bit heavy on the clove taste, but still good for sipping gin and tonics.

Also good? Baseball is back! Kinda sorta. Was nice to see spring training games starting up. My Mets enthusiasm countdown starts now. It’ll be dead by May.

Mad Max may not show up for the episode after this show.

The Mad
Well, I already had a rant about the NFL playoff format. So I’ll refrain from that.

What about the Lakers cutting Boogie Cousins and he’s still allowed to hang out courtside and rehab with the team? It’s a smart move by the Lakers who will pick up Markieff Morris to join his brother on the other side of the Staples Center. But still irks me that he’s allowed to rehab with a team he’s not signed with.

Fucking Lakers…

The Ugly
How about that swat that Dwight Howard had on Ja Morant? Yikes. 

What about former NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson and wide receiver Quan Bray being arrested with 157 pounds of marijuana? Huh, where has Kyle been lately anyway.

I could also nominate John Beilein’s exit from the Cavs. Dude couldn’t even last a season there.

But my decision is Kyrie Irving who will miss the remainder of the year with a shoulder injury. Here’s a guy who definitely has talent but just can’t stay healthy and when he does play, he’s too much of a headcase to contribute. The Nets landed Durant because of Kyrie and maybe if and when both are healthy they can make a difference. But for this season, the Nets are paying $71 million to two players not on the court.

Sorry rookie.

Today’s Board
Celtics at Lakers
Kemba is out for Boston so line looks on par to me. I’ll still lean Boston. I think they can show up.

Timberwolves at Nuggets
The line is a tad high here. Denver is not great at covering but Minnesota is atrocious right now. I’ll lean Denver.

Pacers at Raptors
Both teams won in their first game back from the break. The Pacers are still trying to fit Oladipo into the mix but he might miss today’s game anyway. I’m liking Toronto here to cover. I’ll bet the Raptors.

Wizards at Bulls
I was wrong about the Bulls. I guess they can keep losing. Can they break their 8 game losing streak today? They should but I can’t trust them enough even to lean them. I’m off this game entirely.

Spurs at Thunder
The Thunder have statistically the best lineup in crunch time and in general, their three headed guard monster along with Steve Adams and Danilo Gallinari are the most efficient 5 players in the league this season. The Spurs are finalizing their annual 8 game road trip today after winning their last two – including a road win over the Thunder. But that ends today. I’ll bet the Thunder to cover this one.

Pelicans at Warriors
Curry is slated to be back in about a week. Not going to help Golden State today against the surging Pelicans. But this line seems a tad too high for the Pelicans. I’ll lean Golden State here.

Pistons at Trailblazers
The Blazers need some wins. They have lost 3 in a row and should get an easy one today against a Pistons team that has lost 5 straight. This line seems right to me. I’ll lean the Blazers.

Penguins at Capitals Two very good teams both on losing streaks. Both played and lost yesterday to surprisingly lesser trams. The value is on Pittsburgh and I’ll take a shot. I’ll bet the Penguins.

Jets at Sabres
The Sabres are a team of streaks this season. Right now they are playing solid hockey and got a big win in Pittsburgh yesterday. The Jets got handled by the Flyers yesterday. Public is all over Winnipeg but I’m following the money. I’ll bet the Sabres.

Blackhawks at Stars
The Blackhawks have a winning record on the road but the Stars are pretty good at home. Dallas should win this one but way too chalky.

Sharks at Islanders
Third game in 4 nights for the Sharks. They lost to the Devils on Thursday, the Rangers last night and now play the Islanders today. All of the money is on the Islanders today and they should win this game but they have not been stellar today so might be a nice value play on San Jose.

Flames at Red Wings
The Red Wings are officially eliminated from the playoffs. Calgary isn’t a great team and this is a chalky line. I can’t do it but I wouldn’t be mad if someone bet Detroit today.

Blues at Wild
Minnesota is 17-9-5 at home and host a Blues team that has won 3 in a row after being on a terrible losing streak. Money and public are on the Blues and line is getting better for them and worse for the Wild. I’ll lean Minnesota here.

Golden Knights at Ducks
Vegas beat the Panthers yesterday to win their 5th in a row and put them on top of the Pacific. I like them to win their 6th but it’s past my chalk threshold and it’s also trappy with all of the money on Vegas and line getting better.

Oilers at Kings
The Kings lost to the Avalanche yesterday and turn around to host the Oilers today. The Oilers are a better road team than they are home team. LA has been decent recently and the money is all over them. But the line is getting better for them. I’ll lean Edmonton here.

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