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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers

02.16.2017     10:44 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Washington at Indiana +3 O/U 215
Recommendation: Indiana


I haven’t bet against Washington since the calendar turned to 2017.  But this is the spot to fade the Wizards, and the markets seem to be convinced that the Pacers are going to go into the All-Star Break in the midst of a six-game skid.  That gives us ample value to back Indiana as a home dog this evening.

In theory, this is a great spot for Washington.  The Pacers have lost five straight, including a defensive no-show in Cleveland last night; the fifth straight game that Indiana has allowed at least 110 points.  Meanwhile, the Wizards are rested and ready – they’ve only played once since last Friday, a blowout win over OKC that was garbage time by the middle of the third quarter.

But as we clearly saw last night with the Houston-Miami game, an extended rest BEFORE the All-Star Break is not necessarily a good thing – teams lose their focus.  The Rockets were in the exact same spot at the Wizards – coming off a rare, extended rest, having played only one game since last week, a blowout win.  Washington has been as Read more



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College Basketball Betting Free Play: North Dakota Hawks at Idaho State Bengals

02.16.2017     09:16 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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North Dakota -4.5 at Idaho State O/U 153.5
Recommendation: Over


While doing research on today's college basketball card, I came across an article on Idaho State and its struggles against North Dakota which was referred to as a "nightmare matchup." The results certainly bear that out as UND has won the last four matchups by scores of 89-64, 84-76, 76-60, and 84-49. Now, the spot for Hawks tonight is not a good one. They've won six of seven, just wrapped up a three-game homestand, and have a showdown at first place Weber State on Saturday. Bad matchup but less than ideal spot has me more interested in the total. Idaho State sports one of the worst defenses in the Big Sky as it allows 57.2 eFG% and 1.14 points per possession. And when asked to face the three top offenses in the league, each team essentially scored at will. Eastern Washington hung 92 points on 74 possessions. Weber State scored 85 and 96 on two 73-possession games. And as previously mentioned, North Dakota needed only 71 possession to net 89 points. It's mid-February, you are 3-9 in league play, and guaranteed a berth to the conference tournament...a defensive renaissance Read more



Tags: College Basketball North Dakota Hawks Idaho State Bengals Big Sky Andrew Lange




College Basketball Handicapping: If you've been betting on SEC road teams, you're probably rich

02.14.2017     08:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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By this point in the season, you are probably aware that the SEC isn't very good. Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina are all solid and sure-fire tournament teams but beyond that, it's pretty messy. And by messy, we mean a lot of mediocre basketball. One interesting stat in the SEC this year is how bad home courts have been. Last season, the SEC ranked second out of 32 leagues with a home straight up winning percentage of 69.8%. This season has been the complete opposite. Heading into tonight's games, home teams have won 43 of 84 games which is barely over 50%. Compared to the rest of the power conference world -- ACC (68.1%), PAC-12 (61.5%), Big XII (61.3%), Big East (59.4%), Big Ten (58.6%) -- that's horrific. And let's not forget the automatic win when Missouri rolls into town. But where it really starts to get noteworthy is the spread records of those road teams. How about 51-32-1 ATS or 61.4%!



SEC SU/ATS Road Record
South Carolina (5-1 SU, 3-2-1 ATS)
Florida (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS)
Alabama (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Kentucky (4-2 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Arkansas (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Vanderbilt (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS)
Tennessee (3-3 SU, Read more



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Super Bowl LI Prop Bet Pick: Number of Atlanta Falcons With A Rush Attempt

02.03.2017     09:09 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Number of Atlanta Falcons With A Rush Attempt: Over 3.5 -135
The Atlanta Falcons had four different players with a rush attempt in each of their two playoff games and I think we will see that trend continue on Sunday. Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Matt Ryan (who is athletic enough to make plays and scored a rushing TD against Green Bay) are likely candidates to carry the ball at least once and I think there will be a fourth player to get an attempt. Receivers Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel are absolutely candidates to carry the ball on an end-around or double reverse type play. And trick plays certainly can't be ruled out of the equation especially with a creative offensive mind like Kyle Shanahan at the controls of the offense. Atlanta has a recent track record of 4+ players carrying the ball and it’s worth riding again on Sunday.

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Ian Cameron and his clients are ready to wrap up another dominating NFL campaign in which he has racked up +12.7 units of profit this Read more



Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Ian Cameron




Super Bowl LI Gambling: Atlanta Falcons saw little to no preseason futures action

01.30.2017     08:57 AM     Printer Friendly
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You would think sportsbooks would be exposed if the Atlanta Falcons win Super Bowl LI due to their big odds heading into the season (as high as 100-1). According to one Las Vegas sportsbook, Atlanta was the second-least bet team in terms of Super Bowl futures.


“We’d actually do better on the Falcons (winning) than the Patriots,” Simbal said. “In fact, before the season started, they were the second-least bet team. Only the Titans had less.”

“They’re not a real public team,” Esposito said. “Even after their hot start, there were still a lot of nonbelievers.”






Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Las Vegas




A Pefect Match: Gambling and the Super Bowl

01.24.2017     07:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Publicly, the NFL is among one of the staunchest opponents of legalized gambling. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and current commissioner Roger Goodell were instrumental in getting the anti gaming ‘Illegal Internet Gambling Prohibition Act’ attached to the Port Security Bill. The NFL has taken this stance despite the fact that its enormous popularity is, in no small part, due to the prevalence of betting on games.

The hypocrisy of the NFL in regards to betting is almost laughable. The facts, as you will see, clearly show that the league was founded by gamblers for gamblers. From the NFL’s first television appearance in 1939 through the current TV deal that pumps more than three billion dollars per year into the league coffers, the NFL’s popularity rests upon the shoulders of those who wager on the outcome of the games.

Here in the 21st century, the NFL is the most popular and profitable sport in the. NFL owners are among the richest men in the world; franchises are bought and sold for more than half a billion dollars. However, the league’s humble origins were anything but the extravagant bonanza that is the NFL today. Read more



Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI Teddy Covers




Bettors gear up for Super Bowl 51 Prop Bets

01.24.2017     06:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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When I talk with casual fans in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, they tend to be interested in my opinion about who is going to win the big game. But when I’m talking with bettors, not fans, the topic inevitably turns towards props; where sports betting and fantasy sports collide.

Props have been on the Las Vegas betting boards for thirty years. It all began when the juggernaut 1985 Chicago Bears were facing the Patriots in Super Bowl 20. Legendary Vegas oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro was a very creative bookmaker at the Mirage (at the time), looking for ways to increase their betting handle. Vaccaro posted odds on whether 350 pound defensive lineman William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry would score a touchdown in the big game. Vaccaro certainly didn’t think it was likely, offering attractive underdog odds for those who wanted to bet on The Fridge would hit paydirt in the end zone.

Vaccaro’s unique offering attracted all kinds of attention both from bettors and from media types. It also accomplished his goal of increasing betting handle, with money pouring in on the ‘Yes, Fridge will score a TD’ side of the prop at big (but Read more



Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI Las Vegas Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Miami Hurricanes at Syracuse Orange

01.04.2017     10:59 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Miami -2.5 at Syracuse O/U 135.5
Recommendation: Miami


Syracuse is a hot mess right now, worthy of fading at every reasonable opportunity!  And with the Orange priced near pick ‘em in a game against a superior foe, this certainly looks like a reasonable opportunity to bet against a squad in the midst of a pointspread free-fall.

To say that Syracuse hasn’t beaten anybody all year would not be an understatement.  Their signature victory in non-conference play came against Monmouth.  Their seven other wins?  Colgate, Holy Cross, South Carolina State, North Florida, Eastern Michigan, Boston University and Cornell, not exactly a group of ACC caliber foes.

What’s wrong with the Orange?  Let’s start with their defense.  Jim Boeheim’s legendary, trademark 2-3 matchup zone.  In years past, this defense has created turnovers in bunches and limited opponents open looks, particularly in the paint.  That hasn’t happened this year. Syracuse has allowed a 1.21 assist-to-turnover ratio overall – waaaaaaay above Boeheim’s historical norms – despite facing Read more



Tags: College Basketball Miami Hurricanes Syracuse Orange ACC Teddy Covers




Quick Lane Bowl Betting Preview: Maryland Terrapins at Boston College Eagles

12.23.2016     08:02 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Maryland vs. Boston College
Quick Lane Bowl - Detroit, Mich.
Thursday, 11:30 am PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Boston College pk O/U 45
CRIS Current: Maryland -2.5 O/U 43.5
Recommendation: Boston College/Under

Projected snooze fest as Maryland (88th) and Boston College (115th) boast well below average offensive capabilities. Passing has been a major problem for the Terps (174.0 ypg) and the Eagles (144.2 pypg) which has placed an extreme burden on their respective ground games. Maryland has shown flashes of being a strong rush team and if you remove its sack yardage, the ypc average comes out to a solid 5.59. Boston College hasn’t found any success on the ground and they only averaged 4.0 ypc or more in three of 12 games (Georgia Tech, Wagner and Syracuse). Defensively however, BC has the big edge with the 8th ranked total defense, 8th ranked rush defense, and 32nd ranked pass defense.  

While the overall statistical numbers do not show much separation between these teams, there is one fundamental aspect that could be a difference maker. Throughout the season it has been evident Read more



Tags: College Football Maryland Terrapins Big Ten Boston College Eagles ACC Rob Veno




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets

12.07.2016     02:40 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit at Charlotte -5 O/U 202
Recommendation: Charlotte


Let me start with the basic concept here.  Yes, Detroit got their starting point guard Reggie Jackson back on the floor for their last two games after Jackson missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury.  But while getting Jackson back running the point is a good thing for Stan Van Gundy’s squad in the long term, in the short term it does NOT make them a better squad.  For at least the next few games, while Jackson gets re-acclimated with his teammates, the Pistons base power rating number must be lowered, not raised.  Yet the markets have moved in the opposite direction.

Van Gundy, following Jackson’s first game back on the floor, a loss to Orlando: “We were terrible defensively, terrible. We didn’t put enough into it to win the game. They deserved to win. I think most nights we bring a decent effort. But we’ve been just too up and down defensively. We looked really slow tonight.”

Jackson’s quote: “It's going to take some time to get acclimated with my teammates again, but (the knee) felt good. I Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Charlotte Hornets Teddy Covers



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