Tuesday NBA: Atlanta at Milwakee

Atlanta Hawks +7.5 at Milwaukee Bucks Total: 208

Atlanta, fresh of a surprise win over the surging Detroit Pistons, head to Milwaukee on Tuesday to face off against the Bucks. Atlanta is currently a 7.5 underdog to Milwaukee. The Bucks return home after a 91-85 loss to the Miami Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpolis scored 23 points in the loss, with point guard Eric Bledsoe adding 19.

The Hawks are scoring 104 points per game so far this season, en route to a 18-39 record overall and a 29-26-2 record against the spread. Atlanta has given up 108.1 PPG, and are 27-29-1 on totals at this point in the season. On defense, the Hawks have held their opponents to a 47.3% field goal percentage, 37.6% from three point land. They are creating 15.3 turnovers per game , and blocking 5.3 shots per game. Their assist to turnover ratio is 1.61. The Hawks are shooting 45.1% from the field so far this season, with a 37% success rate from beyond the three point line. Their overall rebound percentage is 48.5%; its offense rebound rate is 22.2% with the defense collecting 75.1% of their opponent’s misses. The Hawks are shooting 79.7% at the free throw line this year.

Milwaukee is 31-24 on the season, averaging 104.4 points per game while giving up 104.3. They are 25-25-5 against the spread, with their over/under record 27-26-2. When their opponents have the ball, the Bucks are allowing 46.4% shooting from the field, including 36.2% from the three point line. Its defensive rebounding rate off those misses is 77%, and the team is averaging 6.9 steals and 4 blocks per game so far this season. On offense, the Bucks are shooting 47.8% from the field, including 35% from deep. Their free throw percentage so far this season is 77.3%, and they have gotten rebounds off their own misses 19.2% of the time. Milwaukee has turned the ball over 13 times per game this year, and have seen their shots blocked an average of 5.2 times per game.

Scott Boras’s Clients Remain Unsigned. Other Free Agents Heading Off to Spring Training

Heath Cummings, Fantasy Sports Writer for CBS Sports, had this interesting tweet this morning:

Boras has a history of waiting until the last minute before his clients sign. His patience typically pays off. However, this year has a different feel. Teams are showing they can be just as patient as Boras. Some are claiming collusion, others are saying it’s just the growing wisdom of MLB teams who now understand the dangers of signing elite athletes to long term contracts.

Unsigned free agents will be able to prepare for the season at a spring training camp set up by the MLB Players Association. The camp will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.

Boras’s clients will not appear, however.

Players represented by Boras include JD Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Gregg Holland.

Free Agents (updated February 12)

Catchers

A.J. Ellis (37)
Jonathan Lucroy (32)
Carlos Ruiz (39)
Geovany Soto (35)
Chris Stewart (36)

First Basemen

Chris Carter (31)
Lucas Duda (32)
Eric Hosmer (28)
John Jaso (34)
Adam Lind (34)
Tyler Moore (31)
Logan Morrison (30)
Mike Napoli (36)
Mark Reynolds (34)
Danny Valencia (33)

Second Basemen

Nick Franklin (27)
Cliff Pennington (34)
Brandon Phillips (37)
Chase Utley (39)
Neil Walker (32)

Shortstops

Erick Aybar (34)
Stephen Drew (35)
J.J. Hardy (35)
Eduardo Nunez (31)

Third Basemen

Yunel Escobar (35)
Conor Gillaspie (30)
Mike Moustakas (29)
Eduardo Nunez (31)
Cliff Pennington (34)
Jhonny Peralta (36)
Brandon Phillips (37)
Trevor Plouffe (32)

Left Fielders

Melky Cabrera (33)
Rajai Davis (37)
Jarrod Dyson (33)
Andre Ethier (36)
Franklin Gutierrez (35)
Chris Heisey (33)
Jon Jay (33)
Adam Lind (34)
Cameron Maybin (31)
Eduardo Nunez (31)
Alex Presley (32)
Colby Rasmus (31)
Ben Revere (30)
Michael Saunders (31)
Jayson Werth (39)
Chris B. Young (34)

Center Fielders

Rajai Davis (37)
Jarrod Dyson (33)
Carlos Gomez (32)
Jon Jay (33)
Cameron Maybin (31)
Alex Presley (32)

Right Fielders

Jose Bautista (37)
Melky Cabrera (33)
Carlos Gonzalez (32)
John Jaso (34)
Jon Jay (33)
J.D. Martinez (30)
Alex Presley (32)
Michael Saunders (31)
Seth Smith (35)
Ichiro Suzuki (44)
Jayson Werth (39)

Designated Hitters

Jose Bautista (37)
Chris Carter (31)
Matt Holliday (38)
Logan Morrison (30)
Mike Napoli (36)

Starting Pitchers

Brett Anderson (30)
Jake Arrieta (32)
Clay Buchholz (33)
Trevor Cahill (30)
Andrew Cashner (31)
Jesse Chavez (34)
Alex Cobb (30)
R.A. Dickey (43)
Scott Feldman (35)
Jaime Garcia (31)
Matt Garza (34)
A.J. Griffin (30)
Jeremy Hellickson (31)
Drew Hutchison (27)
Ubaldo Jimenez (34)
John Lackey (39)
Francisco Liriano (34)
Jeff Locke (30)
Lance Lynn (31)
Wade Miley (31)
Ricky Nolasco (35)
Jake Peavy (37)
Anibal Sanchez (34)
Hector Santiago (30)
Chris Smith (37)
Chris Tillman (30)
Jason Vargas (35)
Edinson Volquez (34)

Right-Handed Relievers

Matt Belisle (38)
Joaquin Benoit (40)
Trevor Cahill (30)
Jesse Chavez (34)
Josh Collmenter (32)
Tyler Clippard (33)
Jason Grilli (41)
Greg Holland (32)
Jason Motte (36)
Peter Moylan (39)
Tyler Pill (28)
Chad Qualls (39)
Trevor Rosenthal (28)
Shae Simmons (27)
Drew Storen (30)
Huston Street (34)
Carlos Torres (35)
Koji Uehara (43)

Left-Handed Relievers

Fernando Abad (32)
Jorge De La Rosa (37)
Francisco Liriano (34)
Eric O’Flaherty (33)
Oliver Perez (36)
Robbie Ross (29)
Kevin Siegrist (28)
Tony Watson (32)

Andrea Pirlo is now the face of 1xBet

Andrea Pirlo has a new gig.

https://twitter.com/Pirlo_official/status/959088248583835649

Not many people are excited about this news, however. 1xBet has one of the worst reputations in the world when it comes to bookmaking. The Italian Serie A suspended their sponsorship deal with 1xBEt last November. One gambler talked about his experience with 1xBet:

I registered with them two months ago depositing 100,00 EUR and and withrawing 602,00 EUR.

Last week I deposited 3.600,00 EUR which I built up to a bankroll of 6.702,20 EUR.

As I wanted to withdraw an amount a further verification process kicked in during which I fully complied by sending all required documents and responding to all questions.

Instead of completing the account verification process including allowing me to withdraw as usual, I received a vague email claiming I was doing fraud actions, saying they would stop any futher collaboration and allowing me only to withdraw the deposited sum. Also they were saying that their decision is final and every request regarding this topic will be ignored.

As a result all my placed wagers where voided (cashback) and my account had a new balance of 3002,20 EUR which I was able to withdraw. Normally the balance should have been 3600,00 EUR as I deposited this sum.

After getting back to them they apologizied and are “generously” adding another 95,80 EUR to my account which I can withdraw now.

Now they are not reacting to anything like they stated earlier.

Hence the total scam is 3.604,20 EUR.

I have not done any fraud actions. My only crime is that I got lucky and won big.

This is a lot of money and from what I am reading about them online here and in various other forums and platforms about refusing to pay out large sums and scamming and robbing their customers point blank without any reasons I am more than deeply concerned.

Users on Twitter showed no mercy to Pirlo:

https://twitter.com/GyimahKobg/status/960271955495718913

MLB Veteran Esteban Loaiza May Join California Penal League

Esteban Loaiza, 14 year major league veteran, is looking at playing in a new league. The 46 year old pitcher was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.

Bail has been set for $200,000.

Loazia played for eight different major league teams, ending his career with a 126-114 record and a 4.65 ERA. His best season was in 2003, where he finished second in Cy Young voting after going 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA. He made two All-Star teams, before ending his major league career with the Chicago White Sox in 2008.

Loaiza spend several seasons pitching in the Mexican League Winter League and Summer League. His last appearance on the mound was for Ciudad Del Carmon in 2013.

Career Transactions for Loaiza:

March 21, 1991: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent.

July 17, 1998: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Texas Rangers for Warren Morris and Todd Van Poppel.

July 19, 2000: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Toronto Blue Jays for Darwin Cubillan and Michael Young.

October 29, 2002: Granted Free Agency.

January 24, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.

July 31, 2004: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees for Jose Contreras and cash.

October 29, 2004: Granted Free Agency.

January 19, 2005: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.

October 28, 2005: Granted Free Agency.

November 29, 2005: Signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.

August 29, 2007: Selected off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Oakland Athletics.

June 3, 2008: Released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

June 4, 2008: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.

July 25, 2008: Released by the Chicago White Sox.