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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles at Cincinnati Reds

04.19.2017     07:20 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Baltimore (Jimenez) at Cincinnati (Garrett) -105 O/U 9
Recommendation: Over

Baltimore's Ubaldo Jimenez in theory gets a reprieve tonight by facing a National League team on the road. Unfortunately, that team, the Cincinnati Reds, having one of the hottest offenses in MLB. The Reds have pounded out six runs or more in half of their games including nine in last night's series opening win. The home run has played a big part with at least one in all but two contests. Jimenez continues to trend in the wrong direction with 10 earned runs allowed in two starts. He also flashes an alarming 23-11 GB-to-FB ratio. Not a good sign pitching in Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati counters with rookie Amir Garrett who has looked unhittable thus far with two earned runs allowed in two starts. Garrett's two opponents were favorable as Pittsburgh and St. Louis rank near the bottom of the NL in nearly every offensive category. His stuff is solid but not overpowering and he's also been fortunate with a .182 BABIP and 93% LOB rate. Tonight likely serves as a step up in class at Baltimore's lineup features a handful of capable right-handed bats. Don't Read more



Tags: MLB Baltimore Orioles Cincinnati Reds Andrew Lange




NBA Handicapping: Players resting and big line moves highlight final day of regular season

04.12.2017     11:44 AM     Printer Friendly
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It's the final day of the NBA regular season and while nearly every playoff seed and matchup has been determined the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference is still up go grabs. Chicago, who plays host to Brooklyn, own the tiebreaker over Miami, who plays host to Washington. Unlike most lottery teams, the Nets haven't been in tank mode due to their draft pick being sent elsewhere. However, they decided tonight would be a good opportunity to rest some of their key players. This pushed the Bulls up from -9 to -14.5 favorites. The Wizards are sitting a bunch of guys as well but even if the Heat win (-8.5 to -11.5), a Bulls victory means Miami is out. Indiana sits a game ahead of both Chicago and Miami and should have any easy go of it against an Atlanta squad that is resting its starters. The Pacers were bet up from -7.5 to -14.5. 




Tags: NBA Miami Heat Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers




MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

04.05.2017     09:00 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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San Francisco (Moore) -120 at Arizona (Walker) O/U 9.5
Recommendation: Under

Good move by the Arizona Diamondbacks in acquiring underachieving Taijuan Walker this past offseason. Walker, who is still only 24 years old, never lived up to his top billing in Seattle. The stuff is there but he's had mechanical issues as well as having dealt with bone spurs in his ankle much of last year. Now healthy and moving to the National League, it's a good opportunity for Walker to hit the ground running. San Francisco's Matt Moore enjoyed his own switch from the AL East to the NL West. While Moore's ERA remained the same, nearly all his peripherals improved including strikeouts (9.1 Ks per 9 IP) and FIP (3.53) during his 12 starts for the Giants. The first two games in the series, which were lined at 8.5 and 9 respectively, went over thanks to a few "big" innings. Even with the Chase Field roof open, I see two capable and perhaps underrated starters on the mound. We'll look to play under the key number of 9.5.




Tags: MLB San Francisco Giants Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Lange




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators

03.31.2017     07:21 PM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Minnesota at Nashville -125 O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Nashville

Two Central Division foes face-off for a Saturday matinee as the Nashville Predators host the Minnesota Wild in a potential first round playoff preview. The Wild had a five-point lead in the Central Division back on February 28 before losing 12 of their last 16 games. It dropped them down to second place as they now trail Chicago by (7-8-9) points entering this contest. A facial injury to winger Zach Parise will sideline him for this game. Parise has scored 17 goals and 20 assists on the year and is one of the main leaders for this Minnesota club. Nashville is looking to get out of the Wild Card range and grab the third spot in the Central which would pit them in a match-up against the Wild. The Preds have won seven of their last 10 games and have earned at least a point in six of the last 10 meetings versus Minnesota. Nashville has played division opponents tough this year, with a 12-7 record as a favorite vs. Central foes. Forward Filip Forsberg leads the club with 30 goals; his third consecutive season with 25 or more goals with the Predators. This game is big for Read more



Tags: NHL Minnesota Wild Nashville Predators Alex B. Smith




NCAA Tournament Handicapper Free Betting Pick: UCLA Bruins vs. Kentucky Wildcats

03.23.2017     08:14 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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UCLA -1 vs. Kentucky O/U 165.5
Recommendation: Under

When Kentucky and UCLA met in non-conference play back in December, the game was an instant classic; a 97-92 Bruins victory in a high octane shootout. Both teams played fast – a frenetic tempo from a pair of teams that were struggling mightily on defense at the time. And both teams shot the ball well, combining for 47% shooting from the floor, including 18 made three-pointers. No surprise, then, that the rematch is the single highest totaled game in the NCAA Tournament so far.
But there’s little reason to expect the high stakes rematch to be played in similar fashion. That was then. This is now.

John Calipari spent the back half of the season coaching up the Kentucky defense. It’s worked! The lengthy, athletic Wildcats are wreaking havoc on the defensive end of the court in recent weeks. Only one of their last nine opponents has scored more than 70 points against them, with Kentucky holding foes under 40% from the floor during that span. No surprise, then, that the Wildcats are 8-1 to the Under in those last nine ballgames, including a snail’s Read more



Tags: College Basketball UCLA Bruins Kentucky Wildcats Teddy Covers




NCAA Tournament Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Princeton Tigers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

03.16.2017     05:58 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Princeton vs. Notre Dame -6.5 O/U 135
Recommendation: Notre Dame


Pointspreads tend to be very accurate by this time of the year.  Both the oddsmakers and the broader betting markets have a full seasons worth of data to punch into their computers.  The end result is that the numbers -- both sides and total -- are consistently right where they are supposed to be.

So when bettors are looking for an edge at this time of the year, they’re going to have to dig for information that is not factored into the numbers.  Given the full season results and stats for Princeton and Notre Dame, this pointspread is as accurate as it gets.  But when it comes to key tidbits of info?  Well, that’s where we can find an edge.

Princeton was forced to leave New Jersey on Monday due to the East Coast blizzard; more than 24 hours ahead of schedule.  That wouldn’t necessarily be a big deal, except for the fact that the Tigers played in the first ever Ivy League Championship Game on Sunday, creating a mad scramble for a team from a conference that has never had a conference tourney Read more



Tags: College Basketball Princeton Tigers Notre Dame Fighting Irish Teddy Covers




NCAA Tournament Gambling: Using Power Ratings to reseed the matchups

03.13.2017     11:16 AM     Printer Friendly
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Here's a different way to look at the NCAA Tournament. We took the 68 teams that made the Big Dance and listed tournament style matchups (1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc.) based on Ken Pomeroy's power ratings. Looks just a tad different that what the selection committee chucked out there, no?

1. Gonzaga vs. 16. UC Davis/Mount St. Mary's
1. Villanova vs. 16. Texas Southern/South Dakota State
1. North Carolina vs. 16. New Orleans/North Dakota
1. Kentucky vs. 16. NC Central/Jacksonville State

2. West Virginia vs. 15. Northern Kentucky
2. Louisville vs. 15. Kent State
2. Virginia vs. 15. Troy
2. Wichita State vs. 15. Iona

3. Florida vs. 14. Winthrop
3. Kansas vs. 14. Florida Gulf Coast
3. SMU vs. 14. New Mexico State
3. Duke vs. 14. Bucknell

4. Baylor vs. 13. East Tennessee State
4. St. Mary's vs. 13. Vermont
4. Purdue vs. 13. USC
4. Oregon vs. 13. UNC Wilmington

5. Iowa State vs. 12. Princeton
5. UCLA vs. 12. Providence
5. Florida State vs. 12. Nevada
5. Arizona vs. 12. Seton Hall

6. Michigan vs. 11. VCU
6. Cincinnati vs. 11. Middle Read more



Tags: College Basketball




College Basketball Gambling: Who Has What It Takes to Win the Big Dance Part I

03.08.2017     01:03 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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History shows us many things about what it takes to be a champion.  I write this article every year, and in every year except for two, I have been able to identify the eventual NCAA National Champion among my elite level teams. Both exceptions were the same team – UConn – making miracle runs to win the title as prohibitive longshots.

Three years ago, Kevin Ollie’s Huskies were on the ropes in their tourney opener against St Joe’s, needing a late rally just to send the game to overtime.  Three weeks later, they cut down the nets as national champs at Jerry’s World in Arlington.  I didn’t see it coming.  Neither did the betting markets, with UConn priced in the 100:1 longshot range prior to the tournament.  And if a longshot like that wins every coinflip game in the tourney this year, I’m not likely to get it right either.

Here is a list of the last 19 NCAA champions and the teams they beat in the title game: Kentucky over Utah in ’98, UConn over Duke in ’99, Michigan St over Florida in 2000, Duke over Arizona in ’01, Maryland over Indiana in ’02, Syracuse over Kansas in Read more



Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers




College Basketball Gambling: How to bet Match Madness

03.06.2017     11:58 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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College Basketball conference tournaments heat up this week with the power conferences getting underway. It’s the the perfect time to look at some of the key handicapping factors that can assist in bettors profiting during the postseason.

While everyone is obviously motivated during the postseason, there are situations where teams may be looking towards bigger and better things. Earning one of the four no. 1 seeds is something most teams seek but it isn’t always worth the emotional and physical drain of winning three games in three days. Then there are those teams who aren’t in the hunt for a top seed but also comfortably in the Big Dance. Their performance in the conference tournament has the ability to impact their seed but this profile is very vulnerable to upsets against lesser teams desperate for wins.

Depth and injuries is another key factor when handicapping March. Teams that make a run in the conference tournaments can play as many as four games in four days. There are going to be a handful of first round upsets in these conference tournaments and the first thing I’m looking at with the winner is how many minutes the starters Read more



Tags: College Basketball Ian Cameron




College Basketball Handicapping: Power conference tournament odds

03.06.2017     09:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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Power conference tournaments get underway this week. Let’s take a quick look at each league’s future odds.

ACC - This year's tourney takes place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. All 13 teams are in the first with the top four seeds (North Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Louisville) receiving byes to the quarterfinals. Top seed UNC is the betting favorite at +145 followed by Louisville (+270) and fifth seed Duke (+280).

PAC-12 - The league returns to Las Vegas but will play in the new T-Mobile Arena. Oregon is the top seed and the betting favorite at +125 followed by third seed UCLA (+140) and second seed Arizona (+210). The last three title games have featured a 1 vs. 2 matchup.

Big Ten - Oddly, the conference tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Top seed Purdue is the favorite at +145 followed by Wisconsin at +190. Perhaps a good league to take a shot with an underdog as half the league finished 12-6, 11-7 or 10-8.

Big XII - Per usual, the tournament will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City and Kansas is the top seed and favorite at even money. Third seed Baylor appears to have Read more



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