Gentlemen, start your engines: The Inside Word’s mail for May 13

Updated: May 12, 2017

The inaugural race of the World Driver’s Championship was run on this day (May 13) in 1950 at the Silverstone circuit in England. The Alfa Romeo team dominated that British Grand Prix, locking out the four-car front row of the grid. Giuseppe “Nino” Farina won the race from pole position. He would go on to win three of the seven Grands Prix to win the championship ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio. Formula 1 remains the dominant brand of motorsport across the globe, with the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix scheduled to be run tomorrow (Sunday).


MLB betting (May 13)

On this day two years ago, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins hit a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers that completely cleared the left field bleachers at Dodger Stadium. Stanton became just the fifth player ever to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium and the first since Mark McGwire in 1999. The ball travelled a total of 467 feet; overall record: 43-4-42, +4.66 units

Confirmed bets

Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays +8.5 (one unit @ $1.93)
Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins +9 (one unit @ $1.97)
Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians -8.5 (one unit @ $1.93)
New York Mets @ Milwaukee Brewers WIN (one unit @ $2.09)
Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels -8.5 (one unit @ $1.88)
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers -9.5 (one unit @ $1.91)
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Colorado Rockies +1.5 (one unit @ $2.04)

Today’s other games

Houston Astros @ New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
San Diego Padres @ Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals

Yesterday’s results: 1-1-3, -1.98 units

Houston Astros @ New York Yankees +7.5 (one unit @ $1.92) LOSE (3-2)
Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants +8 (one unit @ $1.93) LOSE (3-2)
Baltimore Orioles WIN @ Washington Nationals (one unit @ $2.05) POSTPONED
Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox -8.5 (one unit @ $2.00) LOSE (7-6)
Detroit Tigers WIN @ Los Angeles Angels (one unit @ $2.06) WIN (7-1)
Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays +9 (one unit @ $2.08) PUSH (7-2)


NHL playoffs betting (May 13)

Having exorcised their Game 7 demons, the Anaheim Ducks look to exact revenge against the team that ended their postseason run a year ago. The Nashville Predators roll into Honda Center rested and riding high after venturing further in the Stanley Cup playoffs than any team in franchise history. Anaheim and Nashville meet in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals with the winner advancing to play for the Stanley Cup. The series is a rematch of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup last season that the Predators won 4-3. The Ducks snapped a four-season Game 7 losing streak on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers; playoff record: 12-5-19, -2.65 units; overall record: 248-26-203, +54.53 units

Western Conference Finals, game 1: Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
When: Saturday, May 13, noon (AET)
Prices: Nashville $2.02, Anaheim $1.88
Confirmed bet: +5 (two units @ $1.85)

Wednesday’s results: 0-0-2, -2.0 units

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington Capitals WIN NT (one unit @ $1.80) LOSE (2-0)
Edmonton Oilers WIN @ Anaheim Ducks (one unit @ $2.10) LOSE (1-2)


NBA playoffs betting (May 13)

Both the Celtics and Wizards are perfect on their home floor against one another this season, but there’s no given that will continue in Game 6 where Boston are on the cusp of a spot in Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. Shooting guard Avery Bradley poured in 25 of his career postseason-high 29 points in the first half as Boston raced out to a big lead on the way to a 123-101 in Game 5. Washington had all the momentum after winning the previous two games by a total of 46 points but ended up shooting 38.5 per cent from the floor while allowing Boston to go off at 52.9 per cent; playoff record: 17-0-17, +1.93 units, overall record: 259-7-220, +46.17 units

Eastern Conference semifinals, game 6: Boston Celtics @ Washington Wizards (Boston lead 3-2)
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
When: Saturday, May 13, 10am (AET)
Line: Washington -5, O/U 216.5
Confirmed bet: Boston +5 (three units @ $1.95)

Yesterday’s result: 0-0-1, -2.0 units

San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets +211 (two units @ $1.95) LOSE (114-75)



• 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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