San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Free Picks

The call him "The Freak" for a reason some of the things that Tim Lincecum does on the mound are just downright scary, and now, he can flash a World Series ring to boot. Lincecum has won 49 games over the course of the last three seasons, and last year was his worst ERA of the bunch... merely 3.43... However, you know that Lincecum is going to give you innings and give you a ton of strikeouts. He has at least 231 Ks in each of his last three seasons, and he has averaged over 250 per year in that stretch. Still, he's not going to be the only man to watch in this game. Keep a really close eye on Buster Posey behind the plate. Posey came on strong last year and was a key in the playoffs, and he came back in Spring Training this year and batted over .400 and helped lead the G-Men to one of the best preseason marks in the game. He could be the missing link for a team that frankly wasn't all that great offensively last season. It'll also hurt that Brian Wilson, the team's closer, isn't available for this MLB Opening Day tussle.

This is a big time statement game for the Dodgers. It's their home opener off of a season in which just didn't go all that well, their arch rivals are in town, and they are flashing their new World Series rings. No, one game doesn't nearly make an entire season, but it is also the first game in the first full season for Manager Don Mattingly, and he would love to win this series to get the fans in Tinseltown on his side. The San Francisco Giants start their defense of their World Series crown on Thursday night on the road against their arch rivals, as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB free picks action. The youthful Clayton Kershaw is the man that he is sending to the bump in MLB Opening Day betting action, and for good reason. Sure, Kershaw has only won 21 games over the course of his 62 starts in the last two seasons, but his ERA has stayed below 3.00 in those starts. He's thrown over 370 innings as well, and he struck out 212 batters last season. It also helps that the last game that he pitched against these Giants was a complete game shutout, the first and only complete game of his entire career. Kershaw allowed four hits in the complete game 1-0 victory, and he didn't walk a batter. Still, when push comes to shove, Lincecum is 7-1 over the course of his last eight starts against the Dodgers, something that cannot be ignored. Kershaw might be improving, but he's not an MLB Opening Day starter. Back the champs. MLB Free Picks: San Francisco Giants For Great MLB Picks and MLB Betting Discussions, Check Out The MLB Forums At Bang The Book!

The Lakers Can Not Find an Antidote Against Chris Paul

With 23 second-half points the Hornet's point guard led his team to victory and now the series is tied to two.

Controlling the paint was going to be the key factor to win game four in the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets, which had the defending champions on the lead 2-1. Playing at home and with the support of their people, Sunday night was a great opportunity for the Hornets to square the series at two games apiece. Chris Paul and company were going to make it happen.

With 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds for his first triple double of the season, Chris Paul was simply unstoppable for the Lakers that still can't find an antidote for the cause of their headaches. Not even their franchise player Kobe Bryant was capable or outshining the Hornets' top performer, and LA's No. 24 had nothing but praises towards him at the end of the game, stating that: "you're dealing with one of the best point guards in this game."

Paul's 23 second-half points were crucial for the Hornets' 88-93 victory over Los Angeles, a performance that perfectly backs up Bryant's comment about him. He saved the best for last after a very discrete first half, accounting for 58% of New Orleans' points in the decisive fourth quarter, which also included aborting a shot to assist Jarrett Jack with 9.3 seconds to go to put things 90-86.

That decision of aborting the shot was a great sign of Paul's comradeship, a virtue that many Lakers accuse Bryant of lacking, as he usually takes all the decisive shots despite having teammates open to take those shots, and him not being in the best position to do so.

Questioned about his decision to abort that shot, Paul was brief and concise in his response as he explained that: "I was about to take one of the worst shots I'd taken all game," and saw Jack better positioned.

It was definitely a bad night for Bryant, as he not only lost his second of four showdowns against Paul, but also finished the game with an injured left ankle that forced him to leave the New Orleans Arena in crutches.

His 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds were insufficient to guide his team to a victory that would have left them in a pretty favorable situation: a 3-1 lead with game five to be disputed on Tuesday 26 at home, where everything could have been decided on their favor.

Despite this and having missed a 3-point attempt with two minutes to go which could have evened the score to 83, Bryant wasn't the only player responsible for the defeat. Like we said earlier, controlling the paint was the key for winning this game. And here is where the Lakers failed, in great part due to the low performances from players like Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol that together reported just 13 rebounds, in contrast with Paul, who had the same number of rebounds all by himself.

The Lakers have two great problems to face now: number one is stopping Paul of course, and number two is having more presence in the paint. If they manage to solve these problems they shouldn't experience no more counteracts in the series, but it they fail to do so the underdog might end up upsetting the defending champions with an early elimination from the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

More Fantasy Basketball Tips To Help You Be On Top

Here are tips you can use to boost your ranking in your fantasy basketball league.

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow....

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 1 When it comes to picking your draft know your league setting. Research and memorize your league's settings. The best way you can have the best draft is to know what your league is looking for. Your league dictates who will win the fantasy basketball league so you will be good to play on the terms of your league.

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 2 Know what your league requires so you spend less time and headache forming your draft. You know how to make an uncomplicated decision and narrow your choices for draft? Well the best way is to know what you are looking for in NBA players and what the league prefers. If they give more points to NBA gurads with a lot of assists well check the stats and see who is number 1.

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 3 Less emotion and more analysis. Forget your favorite player or at least do not give so much importance to him on the first few rounds. Get all the player ranking and statistics and always base your draft on those numbers rather than on emotion or good vibe, you want to be number one do you not?

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 4 The first four round in your fantasy basketball draft is important. So do not pick quirky players. Pick quality and good raking players instead. On the last few rounds you can play and ease up a little and put the underdog or your favorite NBA players in your fantasy basketball draft.

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 5 Make sure you have a super stars NBA player in the first four rounds of your fantasy basketball draft. The only way to win the fantasy basketball league is to perform well and the reason why players become superstar is they play well so make a logical decision and grab as much star (superstar!) player as you can.

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 6 Prepare for drafting picks well. Do not go choosing your players winging it. In order to have a good draft you must have done a lot of research. Research the web, magazine, watch news, read blogs because the more insider information you have the better equip you are in choosing a strong fantasy basketball team.

Fantasy Basketball Tips To Follow # 7 Again as a form of preparation when it comes to picking a fantasy basketball draft already have a prepared list which is bloated with player. Rank those players from best to average and keep the list bloated so that if other players choose the names of your list you have more names to call and give out. Listing the players by rank just makes it more smart and logical.