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NFL Betting News: Sportsbooks in fear of a New York Giants Super Bowl run

01.17.2012     10:27 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Both offshore and Las Vegas sportsbooks are facing some hefty payouts if the New York Giants continue to win.

The Giants right now are our biggest loser if they were to win the Super Bowl,” Kevin Bradley, Bovada sportsbook manager told the New York Post last week.

“Before the first Cowboys-Giants game (in Week 14), we actually had a big customer put down a large bet on the Giants to win both the NFC crown and the Super Bowl,” Chris Andrews, assistant director of Club Cal Neva Sports Books, said. “This customer took 60-1 for the Super Bowl and 30-1 for the conference."

“If the Giants win the Super Bowl, it will be a very nice score for the betting public,” says David Mason, spokesperson for Panama-based “It seems like no matter the sport, there is just so much public money coming out of the Big Apple, we are more often than not exposed a bit. This year is no different. Even a season like this one, when the Giants had to go down to the wire to even make the

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Tags: NFL New York Giants

Sports Betting Podcast 1-17-2012 with Rob Veno and Erin Rynning

01.17.2012     10:22 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob covered tonight's College Basketball while Erin tackled every game on the NBA card.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - College Basketball Every Game on the Board

Erin Rynning - NBA Every Game on the Board

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Basketball NBA Rob Veno Erin Rynning

Gambling on the NFL Playoffs: San Francisco well aware of different Giants team

01.17.2012     10:09 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The red hot Giants, led by quarterback Eli Manning, look to be a different bunch than the ones that traveled to San Francisco earlier in the year. The 49ers have taken notice. Some quotes and notes here from the Mercury News:

"Eli's not throwing many interceptions," said 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, who had one of the 49ers' two interceptions against Drew Brees in Saturday's 36-32 divisional win over the New Orleans Saints.

Manning tallied nine touchdown passes, one interception and 953 yards as the Giants won their past three elimination games: A 31-14 victory over Dallas to clinch the NFC East, a 24-2 rout of the Atlanta Falcons in the wild-card round and Sunday's dethroning of the Packers.

Manning had two passes intercepted in the Nov. 13 loss. His fateful 40th attempt was knocked down by lineman Justin Smith's right hand on fourth down with 34 seconds left.

"Eli has been money all year," Smith said Monday. "(When) we played him, he was dropping balls in there that only the receiver could get to. It's going to be a tough

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Tags: NFL New York Giants San Francisco 49ers

NBA Handicapping: Phoenix Suns continue to struggle on offense

01.17.2012     07:19 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Phoenix at Chicago

Article of Phoenix's struggles on offense this year. The Suns are averaging 11.2 ppg below last year's mark and don't feature a player in the top 50 in scoring.

“I think everyone is going to score more,” said Nash, who posted 20 points and 10 assists despite a sore quadriceps. “There’s going to be more cohesion. We’ll see more balance, and we’ll see more guys scoring. It’ll get better.”

“We’ve got to have Channing shoot the ball better than he is,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. “JD (Dudley) is starting to come into his own, shoot better and make plays. We’ve just got to get ourselves running and get easy layups. The history of our team and how it has shot well came from how we would get layups and dunks. To be in a half-court situation so often is not

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Tags: NBA Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls

College Basketball Betting: Analyzing close against the spread results

01.17.2012     07:14 AM         Printer Friendly
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This is Part I of a series of articles to be posted on college basketball results and the impact against the spread (ATS). I’m often asked about close results and usually emailed, tweeted or text a message about a close win or loss (usually loss). It’s important to understand some of the random variances that can take place in betting sports, and in this case college basketball. Over the course of a college basketball season the average margin of a final score will fall with 8-9 points from the betting line.

Over the past few weeks we have suffered our share of close ATS losses, including 0-5 the past three days for results that landed within five points of the betting line. Along with some service selections, my personal wagering has resulted in a 0-5 recent run for games that landed within one point of the betting line.  Yet despite some recent less than desired results, we’ve been on quite a run on our top-rated Big Drive plays. Since late November the record stands 25-7.

Through the winning run and full season, I spend many hours logging and tracking scores, stats and lines. I’ve been tracking scores and documenting the results Read more

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NBA Betting Trends: Chicago Bulls fit strong profile for matchup vs. Phoenix

01.17.2012     07:00 AM     Printer Friendly
Pretty impressive betting trend in action tonight in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls off a game in which they allowed more than 100 points* (102-86 loss at Memphis). Over the last two seasons, the Bulls are an amazing 14-3 ATS and 4-13 O/U in this profile. The two 64-point performances came this season. The rest during the 2010-11 season. No line yet on tonight's game against Phoenix – Derrick Rose currently listed as doubtful. *In regulation

Chicago Bulls Betting Results Last Two Season After Allowing 100 points
Points Allowed
Bulls ATS
92 (OT)
Oklahoma City
110 (OT)
86.2 pgg
14-3 ATS
4-13 O/U

Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns

NCAA Basketball Gambling: Michigan looks for three straight over rival Michigan State

01.17.2012     06:25 AM     Printer Friendly
Michigan State -1 at Michigan O/U 131.5

Notes on tonight's Michigan State-Michigan matchup in Ann Arbor. Both teams come in off of losses –MSU fell at Northwestern 81-74 and UM was blown out at Iowa, 75-59. The Wolverines has some pretty strong ATS trends in their favor: 15-4 ATS run vs. Big Ten, 27-8 ATS run as an underdog, 15-6 ATS run at home. Michigan won both meetings last season, 70-63 (-1) and 61-57 (+11).

Tags: College Basketball Michigan Wolverines Michigan State Spartans

College Basketball Free Play: Maryland Terrapins at Florida State Seminoles

01.17.2012     06:08 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Maryland at Florida State
Recommendation: Maryland +6.5 1st half

Beating North Carolina at home wasn't that monumental of an achievement for Florida State – despite what the Seminoles’ student body showcased after the buzzer. However, hanging 90 on the Tar Heels in route to a 33-point victory is no doubt going to make FSU's players feel good about themselves. Letdowns happen all of the time in college hoops and the odds of that occurring to the Seminoles – for at least parts of tonight's game – are pretty good. I will say that of all of the potential letdown victims, it is the teams with elite level defenses which are typically the least susceptible – something that FSU without question has. The one thing the Seminoles don't have though is the ability to consistently knock down shots. Against a majority of the better teams on their schedule, the Seminoles failed to top 1.0 point per possession. Maryland is a different squad Read more

Tags: College Basketball Maryland Terrapins Florida State Seminoles Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting: Kentucky Wildcats struggle to cover pointspreads

01.16.2012     02:17 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Typically, the best teams in college basketball post against the spread records around the .500 mark. They obviously win a lot which is correlated with covering spreads but on the same token, the extra "tax" and attraction to bettors often keeps them from putting up great ATS numbers. Take last year from example. North Carolina (16-17 ATS), Duke (20-16 ATS), Kansas (18-17 ATS), Pittsburgh (15-14 ATS), Syracuse (15-18 ATS), Ohio State (18-16 ATS) and Kentucky (16-16 ATS) were all right around the .500 mark. There were some expectations, most notably UConn (23-12 ATS), but the Huskies came from way off the grid to go 10-1 ATS during the postseason.

But this year, something odd is taking place. Kentucky, which is considered to be one of the best teams in the country, is a horrific 3-13-1/4-12-1/4-13 ATS (depending on what numbers you go by). Based on one set of numbers I saw, the Wildcats haven't covered a game since November 19 – after starting the season 3-0 ATS. So why has Kentucky been such a poor spread team? No question, there is a tax tacked onto the Cats – but the same can be said about a lot teams. But unlike those teams, Kentucky is young, Read more

Tags: College Basketball Kentucky Wildcats Andrew Lange

NCAA Basketball Betting Trends: 71% of Missouri Valley games have gone OVER the total

01.16.2012     01:12 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Building on the blog we posted the other day about the increase in scoring in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. The MVC has long been known as a grind-it-out league that on occasion sees a team or two willing to play up-tempo. Below is a chart of the team-by-team yearly pace rankings according to Ken Pom. As you can see, from 2008-10, the MVC's average rank was between 233 and 241. This season however, we've seen that number climb to 173 as half the league ranks 143 or higher. I think we'll see the overall pace numbers dip once these teams play more conference games which brings us to our next point. Amazingly, 25 of the MVC's 35 league games have gone over the total thus far. The only two teams to not trend towards the OVER in league play are ironically the league's two top offense, Creighton and Wichita State. And only one team (Drake, 6-9 O/U) has trended UNDER from a season long perspective. Read more

Tags: College Basketball Andrew Lange

NBA Betting Alert: Bogut slated to return for Milwaukee Bucks today

01.16.2012     10:46 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports blog entry.
Milwaukee at Philadelphia -9 O/U 185

Andrew Bogut returns to the lineup on MLK day for the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering from concussion symptoms. The starting center is so important to the Bucks from a defensive standpoint, something head coach Scott Skiles has discussed on more than one occasion during the season. Note the Bucks are 0-5 without Bogut to date. Here’s a quote from Skiles in a recent article:

"In some of our better defensive stretches, it's because Andrew has erased some mistakes," Skiles said of Bogut. "And not just with a shot block but with his presence around the painted area. It brings out some of the flaws in our overall team defense when he's not out there."

His return along with an increased effort on the defensive end after an embarrassing loss to Dallas last Read more

Tags: NBA Milwaukee Bucks Philadelphia 76ers Otto Sports

NBA Betting News and Notes 1-16-2012

01.16.2012     10:00 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
We're only three weeks into the young NBA season, yet we're already seeing teams morph away from how they looked earlier in the campaign. Let's take a look around the league, concentrating on key notes and quotes, the type of information that has the potential to make us some money in the weeks to come.

Detroit – Pistons starting forward Tayshaun Prince has had a fascinating career arc. He’s been on a championship team in 2004 and returned to the Finals again in 2005. Prince has helped his team reach the Eastern Conference Finals six times. He’s also played for six different head coaches in Detroit, including their current head honcho, Lawrence Frank. But with a 3-10 record to open the season including four consecutive non-competitive home losses, Prince has been vocal about his frustrations, just weeks after inking an extension to stay with Detroit for the next four years.

Prince: “We got to figure out a way to get in the paint a lot more. Right now, we’re confused on both ends and we’re settling for jump shots. I know myself in general, I’ve taken shots that really haven’t come in the Read more

Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Golden State Warriors New York Knicks Philadelphia 76ers Teddy Covers

College Basketball Gambling Preview: Baylor Bears at Kansas Jayhawks

01.16.2012     09:47 AM         Printer Friendly
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Kansas and Baylor battle in a key Big Xll game Monday night with both teams 4-0 in conference play. They should put on a great show at raucous Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas is 60-1 SU the last 3+ years. Baylor’s collection of big men may be the best in the nation with a long, athletic group of forwards and some top NBA prospects including sophomore Perry Jones lll and freshman Quincy Miller. Kansas counters with a 7-foot center and the league’s No. 1 rebounder, junior Thomas Robinson.

I saw Baylor (17-0) play West Virginia in December at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Bears’ athleticism and length is impressive and they remain one of just three undefeated teams in the country.

Here is a statistical profile of tonight’s top game on ESPN.

League stats show the following.

• Baylor leads the league in scoring at 79 ppg while Kansas has the league’s No. 1 scoring defense allowing just 57 ppp
• Baylor is No. 2 in scoring defense at 62 Read more

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Sports Betting Podcast 1-16-2012 with Brent Crow and Teddy Covers

01.16.2012     09:27 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Brent Crow and Teddy Covers. Brent covered tonight's College Basketball while Teddy tackled every game on the NBA card.

Today's segments
Brent Crow - College Basketball Every Game on the Board

Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Basketball NBA Brent Crow Teddy Covers

NBA Handicapping: Bobcats go small ball with Augustine and Walker

01.16.2012     07:34 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Cleveland at Charlotte -2 O/U 194

The Bobcats saw positive results in Saturday's 112-100 win over Golden State when they put DJ Augustine and Kemba Walker in the backcourt and moved Boris Diaw to the bench. Head coach Paul Silas noted the team played much faster and with more energy. Obviously it was just one performance (against the Warriors) and the Augustine-Walker duo could cause issues on the defensive end, but it was a rare bright spot in what has been a dismal season for the Bobcats.

"We weren't just standing around with no energy level," Silas described. "(Saturday) we weren't just settling for jump shots. We were really passing it inside."

"Defense can be an issue. We'll be dealing with larger" shooting guards, Silas said of his new lineup, which faces the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday in a 2 p.m. Martin

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Tags: NBA Charlotte Bobcats Cleveland Cavliers

Super Bowl XLVI Betting Odds: New England Patriots now favored

01.16.2012     06:53 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The AFC and NFC Championships are set with San Francisco playing host to New York and Baltimore traveling to New England. The 49ers opened as 2-point favorites but were bet up to -2.5 (-115)/-3 (+105). New England opened -6.5 but hammered up to -7.5. The Patriots remain the favorite to win Super Bowl XLVI.

Super Bowl XLVI Odds (Pinnacle)
New England +111
San Francisco +302
NY Giants +367
Baltimore +613

Tags: NFL New England Patriots Baltimore Ravens San Francisco 49ers New York Giants

NCAA Basketball Gambling: Fairfield looks to bounce back after three straight losses

01.16.2012     06:36 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Rider at Fairfield -10 O/U 142.5

After starting 3-0 in MAAC play, Fairfield has dropped three straight – the last two by a combined five points. The Stags will try to bounce back as a double-digit favorite over a Rider squad which has won five of seven after starting the year 1-10.

"We have the talent to go into the tournament and win three games, four games, no matter how many we have to win to win the MAAC championship," the Fairfield junior said. "We've had our ups and downs on the road this season, but we'll bounce back."

"We just stayed together as a team," Wade said. "Always talked to each other and said `we know we have the talent,' which this team has the talent here

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Tags: College Basketball Fairfield Stags Rider Broncos

College Basketball Betting: BYU plays rare Monday tilt at San Diego

01.16.2012     06:27 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
BYU -15 at San Diego O/U 149

BYU obviously doesn't practice on Sundays which made the preparation for tonight's uniquely scheduled game at San Diego difficult.

“This feels a little different, that in January you are playing a Monday game and a Thursday game [vs. Loyola Marymount] against teams that you have already played in league,” coach Dave Rose said. “But I have said all along: They all count the same. You count them up at the end and see who has got the most.”

To avoid traveling on Sunday, the Cougars headed for the airport immediately after Saturday night’s game in Provo. The plan Sunday was to attend church and conduct a fireside for members of the LDS Church in the San Diego area, but stay away from basketball.

“We will be able to relax and get ready for Monday,” Rose

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Tags: College Basketball BYU Cougars San Diego Toreros





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