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Ryan Murphy began his love affair with sports journalism at the age of nine when he wrote his first article about his little league baseball team. He has since authored his own weekly column for Fox Sports and AskMen, and has created successful campaigns for the WWE, the NHL, the NFL, and the Kentucky Derby. Ryan's critically acclaimed stories have also been published in 20 books and have been featured on more than 170 radio stations and 40 newspapers across North America.

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Sport to bet on: NBA
Sports movie: Bull Durham
Sports snack: Wings
Covers feature: League Trends
I’d be lying if I told you I jumped on Blake Snell’s 2018 Cy Young odds when they were parked at +28,000. I’d be writing this passage from my own private island if I had. However, I did recognize his value early on when he got off to a 4-1 start and nabbed him at +5,000. By the time Snell picked up his hardware in November, most books had the lefty listed at -400.
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I hate to admit it, but I was one of the few people in Canada that picked the Philadelphia 76ers to win Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals straight-up over the Toronto Raptors. The betting gods punished me for my lack of patriotism that evening when Kawhi Leonard’s game-winner bounced off the rim an excruciating four times before settling into the basket. I’m still recovering from the heart attack.
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Golden State of Mind: Warriors Favored to Repeat in 2023 NBA Championship Odds

Jun 17, 2022 - 1:57 PM ET

The Warriors may need to make a little more room in the rafters at Chase Center. Golden State is now favored to win its eighth NBA championship in franchise history after dispatching the Boston Celtics in six games in the 2022 NBA Finals.

NBA Finals 2022 Game 6 Steph Curry Player Props: Just Keep Shooting

Jun 16, 2022 - 5:59 PM ET

Steph Curry’s epic performance from Game 4 failed to roll, as the two-time scoring champ missed all nine of his 3-point attempts in Game 5. It was a shocking turn of events, but don’t expect that setback to deter him from gunning early and often Thursday.

NBA Finals 2022 Game 4 Steph Curry Player Props: Watered-Down Curry

Jun 10, 2022 - 5:51 PM ET

A lasting scene from Game 3 was Steph Curry in pain after suffering a lower leg injury. Despite that, NBA oddsmakers are still counting on a big game from Steph — is he ready? We explore that with our Curry player prop picks for Game 4.

NBA Finals 2022 Game 3 Klay Thompson Player Props: Thompson's Scoring Woes Continue

Jun 8, 2022 - 6:00 PM ET

Klay Thompson looked like a shadow of his former self in Game 2, shooting the Warriors out of the game. Will he find a new gear on Wednesday on the Celtics' floor? We break it down with the best Thompson prop picks for Game 3.

NBA Finals 2022 Game 2 Jayson Tatum Player Props: Tatum Ultimatum

Jun 5, 2022 - 12:04 PM ET

Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum missed the mark early and often in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. Find out why we believe he’ll bounce back in a big way on Sunday.

NBA Finals 2022 Game 1 Steph Curry Player Props: Lukewarm Curry

Jun 2, 2022 - 5:56 PM ET

Steph Curry is favored to win his first NBA Finals MVP this June, but he'll have to get past Marcus Smart and the Celtics' hellacious D to accomplish the feat. Discover why we expect Steph to struggle at times in Game 1.

NBA Finals: Celtics vs Warriors Odds and Staff Picks

May 31, 2022 - 1:04 PM ET

The NBA’s latest dynasty will go head-to-head against the league's greatest dynasty on June 2, when the Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Our experts weigh in on which team will win the best-of-seven series.

Justin Verlander Has Taken Command of the AL Cy Young Race

May 27, 2022 - 1:45 PM ET

It took a torn UCL to knock Houston Astros hurler Justin Verlander out of the game. It’s taken two years of grueling rehab and a commitment to excellence to get him back to the top.

Padres’ Manny Machado slides into first in NL MVP odds race

May 26, 2022 - 10:17 AM ET

No Fernando Tatis Jr.? No problem. The San Diego Padres are cruising this season thanks to an MVP-caliber performance from third baseman Manny Machado.

Curry Favored to Win NBA Finals MVP After Game 4 Heroics

May 10, 2022 - 2:28 PM ET

Steph Curry has won a pair of NBA MVP awards and All-Star Game MVP honors, but the NBA Finals MVP is the one accolade that has eluded him. Will that finally change in 2022?

Yankees and Mets Neck-and-Neck in World Series Odds

May 9, 2022 - 3:43 PM ET

Start spreading the news! The New York Yankees and New York Mets are World Series contenders yet again thanks to great pitching and plenty of pop.

Cubs’ Suzuki odds-on favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year

May 5, 2022 - 10:46 AM ET

It’s safe to say that Seiya Suzuki’s transition to America is going smoothly. The Chicago Cubs outfielder has rocketed atop the National League Rookie of the Year odds board thanks to a historic start in the Windy City.

Suns Reclaim Top Spot on NBA Championship Odds Board After Mauling Mavs

May 3, 2022 - 1:39 PM ET

The Suns have risen to the top of the NBA Championship odds board after a convincing wire-to-wire win over the Mavs in Game 1 of their semifinal series. Is Phoenix truly the team to beat?

NBA Playoff Odds: Celtics Open as Heavy Favorites Over Bucks in Eastern Conference Semifinals

Apr 28, 2022 - 2:50 PM ET

The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t getting much respect from oddsmakers ahead of their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Find out why the smart money is on Jayson Tatum & Co. with our Eastern Conference semifinal preview.

Celtics vs Nets Game 4 Picks and Predictions: Disaster Strikes One Last Time

Apr 25, 2022 - 4:55 PM ET

Down 0-3 in their first-round series against the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets are facing another early playoff elimination tonight at Barclays Center. Find out if the Nets can live to fight another day in our NBA betting picks and predictions.

Heat vs Hawks Game 3 Picks and Predictions: Hawks Hoping to Soar at Home

Apr 22, 2022 - 3:31 PM ET

Down 0-2 to Miami in its best-of-seven first-round series, Atlanta's hoping a little home cooking will make all the difference when Game 3 shifts to ATL Friday night. Find out why Trae Young will shine, win or lose, with our Heat vs. Hawks picks.

Jazz vs Mavericks Game 2 Picks and Predictions: Jazz Hit All the Right Notes in G2

Apr 18, 2022 - 5:30 PM ET

The Mavericks will have their work cut out for them tonight as they'll likely be without All-NBA sensation Luka Doncic. Can the remaining role players step up and prevent the Mavs from falling into an 0-2 hole to the Jazz? Find out in our NBA picks below.

Hawks vs Cavaliers Picks and Predictions: Hawks Soar Against Cavs

Apr 15, 2022 - 11:58 AM ET

No John Collins? No problem. The Hawks thrashed the Hornets on Wednesday night and are poised to crush the Cavs on Friday in their second play-in game in three days. Find out more in our Hawks vs. Cavaliers betting picks.

Hornets vs Hawks Picks and Predictions: Young and the Rest (less Collins)

Apr 13, 2022 - 4:12 PM ET

When you think of the Hawks and the Hornets, the first thing that comes to mind is "offense." However, our NBA betting picks for Wednesday's play-in game explain why you shouldn't bank on a high-scoring affair in the ATL.

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