Jordan playoff record remains an unscaled summit: The Inside Word’s mail for April 21

Updated: April 20, 2017

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s 63-point game for the Chicago Bulls against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the 1986 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The 63 points scored by Jordan in that game remain the most scored in a single postseason game in NBA history, and he did so at the age of 23. Jordan attempted 41 field goals against the Celtics and virtually all of them came with a hand in his face. Only three of his 41 shots were uncontested. The Celtics won the game 135-131 in double overtime, and swept the series 3-0. The Celtics won the other two games by a combined 37 points.


NBA betting preview for April 21

The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t won a playoff series since 2000-01 and can take another step toward ending their drought when they host the Toronto Raptors in tonight’s Game 3 of this Eastern Conference series. Milwaukee wrestled homecourt advantage away by winning the opener in Toronto but the Raptors regained momentum with a solid 106-100 victory in Game 2. We like the Bucks to take a 2-1 lead here; playoff record: 4-0-4, +3.71 units, overall record: 246-7-207, +47.95 units

Eastern Conference first round, game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers (Cleveland lead 2-0)
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: Friday, April 21, 9am (AET)
Line: Cleveland -2.0, O/U 211.5
Lean: Indiana +2

Eastern Conference first round, game 3: Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks (series tied 1-1)
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
When: Friday, April 21, 10am (AET)
Line: Milwaukee -1.5, O/U 196.5
Confirmed bet: Milwaukee WIN (one unit @ $1.91)

Western Conference first round, game 3: San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies (San Antonio lead 2-0)
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Friday, April 21, 11.30am (AET)
Line: San Antonio -3.5, O/U 185
Confirmed bet: San Antonio -3.5

Yesterday’s results: 0-0-2, -3.0 units

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets -7.5 (two units @ $1.95) LOSE (111-115)
Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors +219 (one unit @ $1.94) LOSE (81-110)


NHL playoffs for April 21

After finally breaking through with a strong performance at home, the New York Rangers have their sights set on maintaining that effort where they’ve been more comfortable all season long – on the road. Game 4 was one of New York’s most complete efforts of the series thus far, limiting Montreal to just 24 shots. But the Rangers are 5-14 in the past 19 meetings in Montreal and just 1-6 in their past seven games following a win. Take the Canadiens for the ‘W’ here; playoff record: 4-2-7, -3.16 units; overall record: 240-23-191, +54.02 units

Eastern Conference first round, game 5: New York Rangers @ Montreal Canadiens (series tied 2-2)
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada
When: Friday, April 21, 9.05am (AET)
Prices: New York $2.32, Montreal $1.69
Confirmed bet: Montreal WIN (two units @ $1.69)

Eastern Conference first round, game 5: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Pittsburgh Penguins (Pittsburgh lead 3-1)
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Friday, April 21, 9.05am (AET)
Prices: Columbus $2.75, Pittsburgh $1.51
Lean: None

Eastern Conference first round, game 4: Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators (Nashville lead 3-0)
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
When: Friday, April 21, 10.05am (AET)
Prices: Chicago $1.95, Nashville $1.95
Confirmed bet: Chicago WIN (one unit @ $1.95)

Eastern Conference first round, game 5: San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers (series tied 2-2)
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB, Canada
When: Friday, April 21, 12.35pm (AET)
Prices: San Jose $2.22, Edmonton $1.74
Lean: San Jose WIN

Yesterday’s results: 1-0-2, -0.62 units

Washington Capitals WIN @ Toronto Maple Leafs (two units @ $1.69) WIN (5-4)
Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins +5 (one unit @ $2.00) LOSE (1-0)
Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames +5.5/total (one unit @ $2.20) LOSE (3-1)


Racing preview for April 21

Running a racing stable without foreign workers is an impossibility for most Australian trainers. Trainer Chris Waller is one of many who fear the repercussions of reforms to the 457 visas many foreign workers use. As the prime minister argues it is about keeping jobs for Australians, the types of jobs that need filling in the racing industry are those Australians don’t want or are not qualified to perform. Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings, who is in partnership with his son Edward, says around 80 per cent of the stable’s workforce is from overseas, also mostly from England and Ireland where the training in thoroughbreds is superior; overall record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 520-75-839, +192.6 units

Today’s racing: Canberra (ACT), Muswellbrook (NSW), Townsville (Qld), Hamilton (Vic), Cranbourne (Vic). Harness racing: Albion Park (Qld), Horsham (Vic), Bankstown (NSW), Kilmore (Vic), Hobart (Tas), Port Pirie (SA), Gloucester Park (WA), Wagin (WA). Greyhound racing: Mount Gambier (SA), Healesville (Vic), Casino (NSW), Wagga (NSW), Traralgon (Vic), Ipswich (Qld), The Gardens (NSW), Dubbo (NSW), Warragul (Vic), Geelong (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Mandurah (WA).

Confirmed betting

Canberra R4 #4 Travancore (win)
Canberra R8 #13 Myint (E/W)
Hamilton R3 #11 Deecember (win)
Muswellbrook R4 #1 Chosen Prince (win)
Townsville R1 #4 Capitanear (E/W 1×2)
Cranbourne R1 #2 Font Magica (win)
Cranbourne R6 #4 Mandee (win)
Cranbourne R9 #6 Bugle Call (E/W 1×2)

Yesterday’s results: 3-0-3, -0.05 units

Seymour R4 #10 Memory Bank (win) 1st ($2.00)
Seymour R9 #11 Laker’s Lass (win) 1st ($2.20)
Pakenham R3 #7 Zamboanga (win) 1st ($1.75)
Newcastle R4 #4 Mount Panorama (win) LOSE (2nd)
Newcastle R8 #5 Mr Tickets (win) LOSE (2nd)
Mackay R5 #2 Sunbury LOSE (4th)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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