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NCAA Tournament Free Betting Pick: Kansas State Wildcats Creighton Bluejays

03.14.2018     09:51 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Kansas State +1.5 vs. Creighton O/U 144.5
Recommendation: Kansas State

Creighton’s backstory entering the NCAA Tournament this season follows a similar script as last season. The Bluejays lost arguably their best player midseason a year ago when senior PG Maurice Watson Jr. went out and Greg McDermott’s squad was never quite the same from that point on. They limped to the finish line of the regular season and were bounced by Rhode Island in their first NCAA Tournament game by a score of 84-72. This season, Creighton suffered another harmful midseason injury in January when their best frontcourt player Martin Krampelj who averaged 11.9 points and 8.1 boards per game for the Bluejays suffered a season ending torn ACL. It’s no surprise to see their rebounding rate (which is at 50.5% on the season) fall downward into the mid to high 40% range since that injury. From the time in which Krampelj went out, Creighton again sputtered down the stretch to the tune of 5-7 SU, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games inside the Big East and much like last season, I think Creighton could be poised for another ‘one and done’ Read more

Tags: College Basketball Kansas State Wildcats Creighton Bluejays Ian Cameron

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

03.07.2018     01:39 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Toronto -5 at Detroit O/U 212.5
Recommendation: Toronto

The call the Pistons the biggest disappointment in the East since the Blake Griffin trade would not be an overstatement.  And yes, that includes the ‘pointspread freefaller’ Cleveland Cavaliers; a team that just annihilated the Pistons by 20 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate – a complete blowout after halftime.

The results do not lie.  Detroit is now 2-9 SU in their last 11 ballgames, including three SU and ATS losses – all by double digit margins -- right here at Little Caesars Arena.  They’ve dropped 4.5 games out of the playoff picture in the East.  They’re also in the midst of a brutal scheduling run, playing their eighth game in 14 days with a pair of back-2-backs in the mix.  This is a tired team, lacking in confidence and lacking much of a home court edge these Read more

Tags: NBA Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons Teddy Covers

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Creighton Bluejays at DePaul Blue Demons

02.07.2018     10:52 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports blog entry.
Creighton -6.5 at DePaul O/U 155
Recommendation: Creighton

Since winning at St. John's, 91-74, as +7.5 underdogs, DePaul hasn't played very good basketball. They've dropped five of six both straight up and ATS; never coming close to a cover in any of the five defeats. This is a squad that is trying to compete in the Big East with arguably its best player, Max Strus, a DII transfer. Strus is solid but after averaging 23.5 ppg his first four Big East games, he's dropped off considerably including 9- and 7-point efforts his last two contests; both of which blowout losses. Creighton has a huge home game vs. Xavier on deck but I don't think they'll get caught looking ahead, especially after losing by 20 to Villanova last week. The Bluejays have had nearly a full week to rest and prepare and have had no trouble with the Blue Demons in recent meetings with wins by 11, 22, 17, and 35. Last season, DePaul's defecincies led to pointspread covers in six of its final seven regular season Big East games. The average price in those six games, however, was +13. The same deficiencies are present this season but because of two road wins against Read more

Tags: College Basketball Creighton Bluejays DePaul Blue Demons OTTO Sports

Super Bowl LII Gambling: Las Vegas bettors continue to load up on the Eagles

01.31.2018     12:19 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Sometimes, handicapping the Super Bowl is requires nothing more than checking out Twitter and the mainstream media. Thus far, the storyline has been multiple "big" bets taken by Las Vegas sportsbooks on the Philadelphia Eagles. When you see numbers like "80%" on one side of the biggest and most wagered on sporting event of the year, it makes it really difficult to not be at least somewhat interested in the other side.

"He's one of the guys who was floating around betting all that money on the World Series," veteran Las Vegas bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro, now of the South Point, told the Associated Press. "I don't think he lost a bet then, we'll see how he does now."

"Yeah, I've got him, too," Avello said Monday of the return of the World Series bettor.

Nearly 80 percent of the money bet on the point spread was on the Eagles at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, including some wagers placed by respected bettors Monday. The Westgate SuperBook trimmed the point spread to Patriots -4

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Tags: NFL Super Bowl LII New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles Las Vegas

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Georgetown Hoyas at St. John's Red Storm

01.09.2018     11:09 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Georgetown at St. John's -6.5 O/U 148.5
Recommendation: St. John's

Georgetown and St. John’s are a combined 1-7 SU in Big East conference play. I think the spot, the price, and matchup works in favor of the Red Storm. St. John’s has struggled to adapt to life without Marcus LoVett who has missed several games due to a knee injury. LoVett is one of the team's better perimeter defenders and it's shown up in the stats as Big East teams are shooting 48% from three against the Red Storm. Georgetown, who beat up on an extremely soft non-conference slate, are one of the few Big East teams that are offensively challenge. Through four games, the Hoyas rank near the bottom in nearly every offensive category despite playing the likes of DePaul, Marquette and Butler who grade out as below average on the defensive end. Georgetown senior point guard Jonathan Mulmore is having a very rough go of it with just 13 points in four Big East games and a negative 12 assists to 13 turnovers ratio. That is the key aspect of this game for St. John’s. The Red Storm are 6th in the country in turnovers forced per game while the Hoyas have been Read more

Tags: College Basketball Georgetown Hoyas St. John's Red Storm Ian Cameron

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Georgetown Hoyas at DePaul Blue Demons

01.02.2018     09:16 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Georgetown at DePaul -4 O/U 145.5
Recommendation: Over

DePaul has played a daunting schedule thus far including back-to-back games against the Big East's top two teams, Villanova and Xavier. Once again, head coach Dave Leitao has failed to assemble a roster talented enough to compete on a nightly basis. Two of the Blue Demons' more effective offensive players, Max Strus and Marin Maric, are mid-major transfers. Veterans Eli Cain and Tre’Darius McCallum would be role players nearly every other team in the league. And freshman point guard Justin Roberts has a bright future but will undoubtedly struggle against better competition. Georgetown has drawn a lot of attention for its super-soft non-conference schedule but there are perhaps signs of potential. The Hoyas lost to Syracuse and Butler in overtime and lost by nine at Marquette this past weekend. Turnovers, not scoring, were the main problem with 62 miscues in those three games. What's noticeable with both squads is the uptick in tempo. With methodical point guard Billy Garrett gone, the Blue Demons have shown far more willingness to play with pace. And first-year head coach Read more

Tags: College Basketball Georgetown Hoyas DePaul Blue Demons Andrew Lange

Music City Bowl Betting Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Northwestern Wildcats

12.20.2017     10:20 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Music City Bowl - Nashville, Tenn.
Kentucky vs. Northwestern
Friday, December 29, 1:30 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener: Northwestern -7 O/U 51
CRIS Current: Northwestern -7.5 O/U 51
Recommendation: Kentucky

There is little to nothing to like about Kentucky's body of work this season. Schedule-wise, the Wildcats played in the watered down SEC East, drew both Mississippi schools from the SEC West, and were unimpressive in non-conference wins over Southern Miss, Eastern Michigan, and Eastern Kentucky. They were outgained (6.26 ypp to 5.56 ypp) and outscored by nearly a field goal per game this season. And to close the year, totally outclassed by Georgia and Louisville by a combined score of 86-20.

Meanwhile, Northwestern rallied from a 2-3 start and finished the regular season on a seven-game winning streak. None of the seven victories were "monumental" and it should be noted three came via overtime. The Wildcats were also no doubt the benefactors of a +9 turnover margin during that span. And unlike Kentucky, they closed the year strong by Read more

Tags: College Football Kentucky Wildcats SEC Northwestern Wildcats Big Ten Andrew Lange

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Morehead State Eagles at Butler Bulldogs

12.19.2017     07:30 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Morehead State at Butler -22 O/U 140
Recommendation: Over

Heading into the season, Butler first-year head coach LaVall Jordan had talked about wanting to play a more up-tempo brand of basketball. Last year, under Chris Holtmann, the Bulldogs played in only seven games that featured 70 possessions or more. Under Jordan, they've matched that mark through only 11 games. In watching Butler play, scoring isn't going to come easy in Big East play. But the Bulldogs have proven capable against lesser competition. In games against teams outside Ken Pom's top 100, Butler has averaged 81.6 ppg. The game scores of those six contests were 162, 146, 147, 160, 140, and 120. The chance for points continues tonight with Morehead State in town. The Eagles haven't shown much of an ability to stop the opposition. Xavier scored 101 points on 72 possessions and Virginia Tech netted 96 on 77. They currently rank first nationally in defensive time of possession meaning opposing teams don't need to work much to get a clean look. The concern is whether or not Morehead can get to 60 points. Against Xavier and Northern Kentucky, they failed to top 50. Butler's Read more

Tags: College Basketball Morehead State Eagles Butler Bulldogs Andrew Lange

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at Florida Gators

12.06.2017     12:22 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Loyola-Chicago at Florida -16.5 O/U 151
Recommendation: Under

After running up and down the floor and hanging 100+ three out of its four games, Florida finds itself losers of two straight. The main culprit was defense as Duke and Florida State netted 1.13 and 1.12 points per possession, respectively. And despite winning, Florida's two opponents prior to that, Stanford and Gonzaga, also posted 1.1 ppp or more. Not having John Egbunu patrolling the paint hurts, but he missed time last year and the Gators still finished fifth in the country in defensive efficiency. The bottom line is Florida fell in love with trying to outscore foes and head coach Mike White was quick to call them on it.

“You guys have heard me use the word soft with this team,” White said late Monday night. “And we use the word with our team every day and it reared its ugly head tonight. Tonight was the epitome of soft.”

Ironically, nearly the exact same thing occurred last season when the Gators dropped two straight to both Duke and Florida State. The key however was they were able to fire back in a big way the next Read more

Tags: College Basketball Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Florida Gators Andrew Lange

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns

11.10.2017     12:09 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Orlando -3.5 at Phoenix O/U 226
Recommendation: Orlando

Here’s the key quote, from Suns veteran big man Jared Dudley, after Phoenix lost their fourth straight game earlier in the week: "We are going to have a problem with consistency throughout the year... Since Jay took over, we might have had one or one-and-a-half practices. We've had a lot of games, and there is only so much you can go over, so much film you can do. I think he's a done great job so far. I just think that we need to ride this stretch before next week beginning a couple practices and going over certain things that we need to go through on the defensive end."

The Suns have gotten a little bit better since Jay Triano took over for Earl Watson following their dismal start, at least from an effort standpoint. But from a defensive standpoint, the Suns remain a bottom five team. It’s the same story on offense, no surprise for a team that suspended, then traded their starting point guard, leaving D-League veteran (but undrafted NBA rookie) Mike James as the starter at the point. This is not a strong homecourt either, as clearly evidenced by the Suns Read more

Tags: NBA Orlando Magic Phoenix Suns Teddy Covers


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