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NFL Playoff Gambling: Sportsbooks drop Baltimore-New England line to 6.5

01.18.2012     01:39 PM     Printer Friendly
Earlier this afternoon we saw offshore sportsbooks CRIS and Grande drop the line to 6.5 for Sunday's Baltimore-New England game. The number didn't last but about 20 minutes before bouncing back New England's way to -7. We didn't notice any major Las Vegas books budge off of 7/7.5. Below is CRIS's line history since late Sunday.


Tags: NFL New England Patriots Baltimore Ravens

NBA Handicapping: Single-digit home favorites cashing in at 64% clip

01.18.2012     01:27 PM         Printer Friendly
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The NBA season is already 20% complete and I’ve been tracking scores, stats and ATS results with the condensed schedule having an impact on team’s energy and effort on a nightly basis. We see more teams playing reserves in the fourth quarter as a game becomes out of reach. With that, home teams are covering more pointspreads and especially as single-digit favorites.

Last night, single-digit home favs went 4-1 ATS and tonight there are seven home teams in the same role. For the season, single-digit home favorites are 59-34 ATS (64%), and following tonight’s results we’ll have a 100-game sample showing at least 60% success.

One hot team in that role tonight is Philadelphia (-5.5). The 76ers (10-3) are leading the Easter Conference Atlantic division by 4.0 games and remain one of four teams perfect at home. They are performing well under head coach Doug Collins and outscore opponents 102-80 at the Wells Fargo Arena while going 6-0 SU/ATS. They are also a league-best 10-2-1 ATS this season.

A closer look at their schedule shows that four of those home wins were against Washington (1-12), Detroit (3-11), Toronto (4-10) and Sacramento Read more

Tags: NBA Philadelphia 76ers Denver Nuggets __

College Basketball Handicapper Game Previews 1-18-2012

01.18.2012     11:59 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Games that just missed the cut for tonight’s college basketball card. To purchase official selections, click here.

Mississippi State at Mississippi OVER 130.5
Looks as if we’ll see contrasting philosophies in this game where the overall tempo is concerned. MSU head coach Rick Stansbury would prefer to get his electric PG Dee Bost and athletic running post man Arnett Moultrie out on the break as much as possible to avoid down low infighting with Ole Miss brawlers Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner. Meanwhile, Andy Kennedy would like is Rebels to feature more offensive ball movement and good shot selection. Mississippi is not without its desire to push pace when the opportunity exists and they’ll certainly look for quick outlet and easy bucket transition opportunities. Free throws could be in abundance here because of the intense post play and the potential for aggressive late game fouling. Mississippi State’s 78.3% from the line in conference play (4 regulars 72% or better) is strong enough to negate Mississippi’s weak 64.2% SEC Read more

Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno

NFL Playoff Gambling Notes: New England TE Hernandez upgraded to probable

01.18.2012     11:48 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
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Baltimore at New England -6.5 O/U 50

With news trickling out today that Aaron Hernandez is expected to suit up this weekend it looks like New England will feature its ultra tough, two tight end attack. Hernandez was a question mark heading into the week due to concussion concerns but was recently upgraded to probable.

The former Florida Gators standout has combined with Rob Gronkowski for 169 receptions this season – 24 of which went for touchdowns. Just how impressive have these guys been this year? Gronkowski finished fifth in the league in total receptions and slipped past Calvin “Megatron” Johnson for the league lead in touchdowns. Hernandez, despite being the second option in terms of tight ends and third option overall, managed to record more receptions than stud receiver Hakeem Nicks and was tied with the explosive Steve Smith (who had a monster year for Carolina) for both receptions and touchdown grabs.

Not many teams have slowed the Read more

Tags: NFL Baltimore Ravens New England Patriots

NCAA Basketball Betting Alert: Rice's leading scorer may be out for season

01.18.2012     11:38 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
UAB at Rice -4 O/U 123

Reports have surfaced that Rice's leader scorer (14.3 ppg) and rebounder (12.0 rpg) Arsalan Kazemi may be done for the year with a knee injury. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Kazemi posted the news on his Twitter account. He's currently listed as doubtful for tonight's game against UAB.

Tags: College Basketball Rice Owls UAB Blazers Arsalan Kazemi

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Rhode Island Rams at Fordham Rams

01.18.2012     10:18 AM     Alatex Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alatex Sports blog entry.
Rhode Island at Fordham -3.5 O/U 135
Recommendation: Fordham

Rhode Island has been a complete disaster this year as it limps into this road contest with a 3-15 record. Head coach Jim Baron is taking heat and grasping at straws to turn this season around, but none of his lineup changes have worked. The Rams’ wins thus far came against Boston College, James Madison and Hofstra. They kicked their best player, Jamal Wilson, off the team in December and added transfers Andre Malone and Baron’s son Billy who have had little to no impact. RI’s defense has been atrocious allowing 48.9 % from the field and 49.9% on the road. Fordham has made some improvements under head coach Tom Pecora, including home wins against Georgia Tech and Harvard. The Rams are coming off an 80-62 loss at St. Joe's and should be ready for a nice effort at home against an opponent that they should be able to beat. Take the home side. 

Tags: College Basketball Fordham Rams Rhode Island Rams Brent Crow

Sports Betting Podcast 1-18-2012 with Brent Crow and Erin Rynning

01.18.2012     10:11 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Brent Crow and Erin Rynning. Brent covered tonight's College Basketball while Erin tackled every game on the NBA card.

Today's segments
Brent Crow - 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 Brent Crow Erin Rynning

College Basketball Betting Trends: Marshall looks to maintain ATS success vs. WVU

01.18.2012     07:12 AM     Printer Friendly
West Virginia -3.5 vs. Marshall O/U 135

Marshall and West Virginia renew their rivalry tonight in Charleston, WV. The Thundering Herd have owned the series from a pointspread perspective but tonight's matchup has seen a massive adjustment in the line compared to previous meetings.

West Virginia vs. Marshall Series History 2005-11
SU Winner
ATS Winner
Marshall +10
West Virginia
Marshall +12.5
West Virginia
Marshall +15.5
West Virginia
Marshall +15.5
West Virginia
West Virginia -10
Marshall +16
Marshall +13.5

Tags: College Basketball West Virginia Mountaineers Marshall Thudering Herd

NFL Playoff Gambling: California bettors show support for 49ers at Reno sportsbooks

01.18.2012     07:02 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
-NY Giants- at San Francisco -2.5 O/U 42

Reno's Peppermill and Cal Vena sportsbooks have seen a lot of betting support for the San Francisco 49ers.

"Are you putting your money on the 49ers this weekend?" asked reporter Andrew Del Greco.

"Of course," said Reyes.

"Good luck," said Del Greco.

"I'm going to bet my whole check if I have to," said Reyes. "The 49ers are going to the Super Bowl!"

"Our ticket counts are up about 20 percent, it's mostly 49er fans," said Cox.

Tags: NFL San Francisco 49ers New York Giants

College Basketball Betting: Oklahoma State has trouble lasting 40 minutes

01.18.2012     06:48 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Oklahoma State at Iowa State -8 O/U 137

Oklahoma State's youth and lack of depth really showed in last week's 106-65 loss at Baylor. But it wasn't the first time those shortcomings were exposed. The Cowboys are 2-2 in Big XII play, but have been outscored in the second half in all four games by a combined 45 points. Fatigue obviously could be a favor tonight with Iowa State looking to push the tempo. The Cyclones aren’t an ideal mid-range favorite, but perhaps we'll have a halftime opportunity with a cheaper adjusted price. Following the loss to Baylor, OSU head coach Travis Ford dropped this gem of a quote...

“I told our guys and I want them to understand this, ‘It’s not about winning and losing at this point, it’s about how you are playing,’” Ford said. “Because we can play

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Tags: College Basketball Oklahoma State Cowboys Iowa State Cyclones

NBA Handicapping: Clippers blasted in Utah sans Paul, return home to face Dallas

01.18.2012     06:20 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Dallas at LA Clippers

Without Chris Paul, or any real desire to put forth an effort, this happened to the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Head coach Vinny Del Negro wasn't shy about voicing his disappointment. The Clips still trail a majority of the team in terms of games played but will be facing the third game of a back-to-back-to-back tonight against Dallas. As of this morning, Paul (hamstring) was listed as questionable.


"I didn’t like our approach," Del Negro said. "I didn’t like our focus. I didn’t like our toughness. I didn’t like our energy to start the game. We dug ourselves a hole.

"We’re not going to win a lot of games playing with that type of effort. I don’t

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Tags: NBA Los Angeles Clippers Dallas Mavericks

NCAA Basketball Gambling: Indiana exposed on defense in Big Ten play

01.18.2012     05:58 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Indiana -4.5 at Nebraska O/U 131

Despite dropping back-to-back games, Indiana isn't going into panic mode as it travels to face Nebraska tonight. Despite some impressive wins this season, the Hoosiers continue to be exposed on the defensive end of the floor. Through six games in league play, IU ranks 12th in points per possession allowed (1.12), 11th in effective FG% (54.9) and 10th in 2-point FG% defense (55.3). The numbers should improve with their next three games against offensive challenged Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin. But the Hoosiers have built a rep in the betting markets and if they want to continue to win games (and cover pointspreads) they'll need to improve on the stopping the opposition.

“I think this is an important game because it’s the next game,” said

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Tags: College Basketball Indiana Hoosiers Nebraska Cornhuskers

NFL Playoff Betting News: High-octane offenses drop like flies

01.18.2012     05:46 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Baltimore at New England -7.5 O/U 50.5

Despite all of the offense that took place during the regular season, the postseason has already weeded out two of the top three offenses (Green Bay and New Orleans). The Patriots are the only team remaining but are they on borrowed time or will their situational defense be enough to survive? Don't forget that the Saints, Patriots and Packers ranked 30th, 31st and 32nd respectively against the pass this season. Also note that the New England is just 1-6 ATS in its last seven postseason contests (the lone cover last week vs. Denver).

Tags: NFL New England Patriots Baltimore Ravens





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