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Welcome to 20/20 Vision: Betting, Banter, and Baffling Brilliance (03/29/23)

Today, we've got many betting tips from veteran sports handicapper Ron Raymond. But don't worry; we won't bore you with dry statistics and analysis. We're here to have fun and make you laugh while giving you some great advice on where to place your bets.

First, we've got the Blue Jays as a -116 favorite against the Cardinals on opening day. The Cardinals are 5-12 Straight Up as a home underdog 1st game of the series the last two years, so if you're a betting man, you should steer clear of this one. But if you're feeling lucky, put your money where your mouth is. Just don't come crying to us when you lose.

Moving on to hockey, the Florida Panthers are 1 and 9 in their last ten trips to Toronto when they face the Maple Leafs. And to make matters worse, they're currently riding a 4-game losing streak. Yikes! They should stick to playing in the Sunshine State.

Now, let's talk about the NBA. Frank the Tank Time for you Old School guys, the Magic are on a 7 ATS Win streak, and Memphis is riding a 7-game high, while the UNDER is on a 6-game slide for the Nuggets. If you don't understand what any of that means, don't worry. Neither do we.

But here's something we understand: the Over is 11-1-0 for the Timberwolves when they've played as an Away Team, Coming off a 2 Away Stand the Last 2 Years (that's a mouthful). So if you want to make some big bucks, you should bet the over on their next game.

Okay, Grizzlies fans, we know you're excited that your team is 7-0 in their last seven games. But let's face it, your strength of schedule in those games was only 36.7%. So you should play somebody who's not a total pushover.

When I say Money, You say Max; Money Max!

Speaking of betting, the rumor is that Money Max is sitting on all that gold. Hey, you're sitting on a gold mine! Wait, that's the Coventry Direct commercial stuck in my head again. But seriously, Money Max did buy a futures ticket on the Guardians to win the AL Central at +122. You should follow his lead and put your money on the line.

Now, let's talk about the Knicks. Today, they've taken the Top Crown away from the Atlanta Hawks as the top sports betting option as a -4.5 favorite vs. the Heat. New York has a winning record of 65% vs. teams with a 50% to 59.9% this season. That is not bad for a team that used to be a laughingstock.

And how about those Kansas City Royals at +120 vs. Minnesota on opening day? The Royals were 6-6 Straight up as a home underdog when the total was 8.5 in 2022. So you're saying there's a chance!

Moving on to the Lakers, the Raymond Report Value Index has them as a -2.9 favorite tonight. And the books are in a giving mood by giving you +2.0. Those nice bookies! But be careful; sometimes, when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves; you own the right to be the biggest favorite on opening day at -250 vs. Washington. And let's not forget, the UNDER is 15-6-2 for the Braves as a home favorite of -240 to -260, 1st game of a series since 1996. That's a trend so strong it could convince even the most stubborn over-bettors to take a second look at the under. But hey, if you're feeling risky, go ahead and take the over. Just make sure to send me a postcard from the poor house.

Moving on to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers game tonight in the big smoke at the Scotiabank Arena. The Panthers are riding a four-game losing streak, and to make matters worse, they have a dismal 1-9 straight-up record in their last ten trips to Toronto when facing the Maple Leafs. Talk about a tough crowd. The Panthers have to win some time. It could be tonight. Or it'll never be. Either way, watching the Leafs win, and the Panthers lose is always fun; even Sens fans are Leaf fans tonight!

And speaking of going against the grain, let's talk about Oakland A's rotation. With pitchers like Paul Blackburn (C+), Ken Waldichuk (B-), and Drew Rucinski (C+), it's no wonder people are scratching their heads and wondering if the A's are serious about competing this season. Crazier things have happened in sports. This rotation may turn out to be a stroke of genius. Or it'll be a disaster. Who knows? It's like trying to predict the weather in Florida. It's a crapshoot.

I fought the Law and the Law Won

Now, let's move on to today's ATS Law of Average picks. The theory is simple: play on a team who lost against the spread last game vs. a team that won against the spread. It's like finding money on the street and or winning a bet. Either way, it's a win. And today, we like the Grizzlies, Thunder, and Heat, who fit the mold.

And finally, let's talk about Matt Kuchar. He's 44 with nine career wins and +2550 to win this weekend's Valero Open. But let's be real, who even knows who he is anymore? He's like the Dick Clark of golf. But hey, if he wins, it'll make for a great underdog story. And if he loses, we can always make fun of him for being old and irrelevant. It's a win-win situation, just saying, wow, tough crowd!

Finally, betting on sports is a wild ride. You never know what's going to happen. But you can at least have a fighting chance with the Raymond Report at ATS Stats. So go ahead and subscribe, and remember: when in doubt, always go against the grain.

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