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NBA Handicapper Free Play: New York Knicks at New Jersey Nets

04.18.2012     11:11 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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New York at New Jersey +8.5 O/U 193
Recommendation: New Jersey


It’s been another long, ugly season in New Jersey, but head coach Avery Johnson still has his team fighting hard down the stretch.  A matchup with their rivals from across the river isn’t likely to change that.  We saw the Nets take Miami down to the wire in their last game; a wire-to-wire pointspread cover as +8.5 underdogs.  Now the betting markets are trying to tell us that the Knicks – playing on the second night of back-to-backs, one night after hitting a whopping 19 three pointers in a national TV win over Boston – deserve the same market respect as Miami did two nights ago. 

Plain and simple: I’m not buying that argument.  If Miami was -8.5 at Jersey two days ago, the tired Knicks have no business laying the same spread.  Here’s a pertinent quote from Coach Johnson following the Nets loss to Miami.  “(Monday) was the first time Read more


Tags: NBA New York Knicks New Jersey Nets Teddy Covers




Sportsbook BetOnline shuts down poker room

04.18.2012     11:06 AM     Printer Friendly
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Sportsbook BetOnline has temporarily pulled the plug on its poker room, a move that reportedly caught players (some of which from the US) completely off guard. Other reports have surfaced that pro players were accused of cheating and had difficulty withdrawing funds.



Tags: Poker




Free MLB Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins

04.18.2012     10:03 AM         Printer Friendly
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Chicago (Garza) at Miami (Buehrle)
Recommendation: Chicago +110 1st 5 innings


We cashed a 5-inning wager this week on the Padres with underrated pitcher Cory Luebke at a plus-price over Colorado’s Jeremy Guthrie. San Diego led 5-1 after five innings on its way to a 7-1 win. Today we’ll fire with another strong starter on the road at a plus price.

Matt Garza is pitching in his prime and elevating himself among the games top pitchers. Garza is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two home starts this season. He has 14 strikeouts in 14+ innings with just three walks and eight hits allowed for a 0.75 WHIP. Opponents are hitting just .160 against Garza as his ground ball profile has improved and made him even tougher to hit. Last season was Garza’s first with the Cubs after coming over to the National League from Tampa Bay. Garza went just 10-10, but he was one of the stronger pitchers in the NL with a 197 Ks in 198 innings, a 1.26 WHIP, 3.32 ERA and .245 BAA. While his road ERA was over 4.50, note he allowed just three HRs in 81 innings and he’ll face an average Marlins lineup that’s hitting just .243.

Mark Buehrle has Read more


Tags: MLB Chicago Cubs Miami Marlins __




Sports Betting Podcast 4-18-2012 with Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning

04.18.2012     09:59 AM     Printer Friendly
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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning. Teddy broke down tonight's NBA games while Erin took care of the MLB card from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

Erin Rynning - MLB 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: NBA MLB Teddy Covers Erin Rynning




NBA Betting News: Miami Heat favored to win NBA title

04.18.2012     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly
The Las Vegas Sun breaks down this year's contenders for the NBA Championship.

Odds to win the NBA Championship (Cantor Gaming)
Miami — Even
Oklahoma City — 3-to-1
Chicago — 9-to-2
San Antonio — 6-to-1
Los Angeles Lakers — 8-to-1
Los Angeles Clippers — 10-to-1
Boston — 15-to-1
New York — 20-to-1
Memphis — 20-to-1
Dallas — 20-to-1
Orlando — 40-to-1
Philadelphia — 50-to-1
Atlanta — 75-to-1
Denver — 100-to-1
Houston — 100-to-1



Tags: NBA Miam Heat




LVH Sportsbook will post NFL Week 1 lines today

04.18.2012     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly
According to Sportsbook Director Jay Kornegay, LVH will be posting sides, totals and moneylines for Week 1 NFL at some point today.

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Tags: NFL




MLB Handicapping: Washington's starting rotation thrives with the fastball

04.18.2012     07:32 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Article on the Washington Nationals and they stellar starting rotation which is a combined 5-1 with a 1.69 ERA and .179 BA against. They've been getting the job done in large part by committing to the fastball. The group's average heater is 93.4 mph – the highest mark from a rotation since FanGraphs starting tracking the data in 2002. In 74.2 innings, the starting five has amassed 108 swinging strikes.


“Against these guys, it’s like you don’t get a chance to catch your breath,” Cincinnati Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs said. “You get done with one, it’s just on to the next one. We were here for four days. All four guys, and we missed Strasburg, can hit the mid-90s. That’s tough. It’s very rare. Usually, you only have one guy in the rotation who throws like that.”

“It does go along with my philosophy,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “The radar readings, per se, there’s no philosophy there. Read more



Tags: MLB Washington Nationals




NHL Playoffs Adjusted Series Betting Prices

04.18.2012     06:54 AM     Printer Friendly
Adjusted series prices for the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs courtesy of The Greek.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Adjusted Series Prices 4/18/2012
Matchup (Series Leader)
Odds
Philadelphia Flyers (3-0)
 -1250
Pittsburgh Penguins   
 +850
Los Angeles Kings (3-0)
 -1100
Vancouver Canucks   
 +700
Ottawa Senators   
 +320
New York Rangers (2-1)
 -400
Washington Capitals   
 +350
Boston Bruins (2-1)
 -450
San Jose Sharks   
 +300
St Louis Blues (2-1)
 -360
Chicago Blackhawks   
 +165
Phoenix Coyotes (2-1)   
 -185
New Jersey Devils   
 +125
Florida Panthers (2-1)   
 -145




Tags: NHL




NFL releases schedule, sportsbook hangs Week 1 lines

04.18.2012     06:26 AM     Printer Friendly
The NFL released the 2012-13 regular season schedule yesterday. Early reports indicate that the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants have the league's most difficult schedule (slow down ESPN pundits, it’s only April). Regardless, we're not worried about where the Detroit Lions play Week 8, we want to see some lines and BetOnline was kind enough to grant bettors that wish.

2012 NFL Week 1 Lines - BetOnline
Week 1 Matchup
Favorite
Dallas Cowboys
 
New York Giants
-3.5
Indianapolis Colts
 
Chicago Bears
-8.5
Jacksonville Jaguars
 
Minnesota Vikings
-3.5
Buffalo Bills
 
New York Jets
-5
Miami Dolphins
 
Houston Texans
-6
New England Patriots
-5
Tennessee Titans
 
St. Louis Rams
 
Detroit Lions
-7.5
Washington Redskins
 
New Orleans Saints
-6
Philadelphia Eagles
-6
Cleveland Browns
 
Atlanta Falcons
-1
Kansas City Chiefs
 
San Francisco 49ers
 
Green Bay Packers
-5
Seattle Seahawks
 
Arizona Cardinals
-1
Carolina Panthers
-1.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 
Cincinnati Bengals
 
Baltimore Ravens
-6
Pittsburgh Steelers
 
Denver Broncos
-1.5
San Diego Chargers
-2
Oakland Raiders
 




Tags: NFL




Betting against the Minnesota Timberwolves in April is not a bad idea

04.18.2012     06:09 AM     Printer Friendly
The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won a game in April was back in 2009 (0-27 SU). The against-the-spread results during that span are also awful (7-20). These outcomes aren't that shocking considering that Aprils in the NBA are notorious for bringing out the best in "tank mode" from bottom-tier teams. This year's Minnesota squad however was looking to reverse that trend but a brutal schedule following the All-Star break and various injuries made it too difficult to overcome. The T-wolves play at Detroit tonight, host fellow "tanker" Golden State on Sunday, and close out the year vs. Denver.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Results April 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Date
Opponent
Score
Minnesota ATS
4/17/2012
Memphis
L 84-91
Win +9.5
4/16/2012
at Indiana
L 88-111
Loss +10.5
4/14/2012
Oklahoma City
L 110-115
Win +11.5
4/12/2012
L.A. Clippers
L 82-95
Loss +7.5
4/11/2012
at Denver
L 107-113
Win+ 8
4/9/2012
Phoenix
L 90-114
Loss +2.5
4/7/2012
at New Orleans
L 90-99
Loss -3
4/4/2012
Golden State
L 94-97
Loss -6
4/2/2012
at Sacramento
L 108-116
Loss +3
4/1/2012
at Portland
L 106-119
Loss +3.5
4/13/2011
Houston
L 102-121
Loss +5.5
4/11/2011
at Phoenix
L 127-135 (OT)
Win +9
4/9/2011
at Denver
L 106-130
Loss +13.5
4/6/2011
Phoenix
L 98-108
Loss +4.5
4/5/2011
at New Jersey
L 105-107
Win +5.5
4/2/2011
at Memphis
L 89-106
Loss +14
4/1/2011
Miami
L 92-111
Loss +11
4/14/2010
Detroit
L 98-103
Loss -1
4/12/2010
at San Antonio
L 111-133
Loss +14.5
4/11/2010
at New Orleans
L 86-114
Loss +5.5
4/9/2010
L.A. Lakers
L 88-97
Loss +7.5
4/7/2010
Golden State
L 107-116
Loss +2
4/4/2010
at Oklahoma City
L 108-116
Win +13.5
4/3/2010
Miami
L 84-97
Loss +6.5
4/15/2009
Sacramento
L 90-97
Loss -7.5
4/13/2009
at Dallas
L 94-96
Win +11.5
4/11/2009
Phoenix
L 97-110
Loss +2
Results
 
0-27
7-20





Tags: NBA Minnesota Timberwolves



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MLB Handicapping: Bettors likely to maintain fade of Tim Lincecum

04.17.2012     02:07 PM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

FanGraphs tries to make the case that Tim Lincecum's rough start to the season may only be temporary. They use previous seasons to indicate dramatic drops in velocity early on followed by eventual turnarounds. We've talked a lot of about velocity in these pages of late and Lincecum isn't the only one currently in decline (not to mention his BAbip is an ungodly .435). Perhaps it is a small nagging injury and coming from a guy who rarely misses starts (and reportedly doesn't ice his arm) admitting as such would be embarrassing. That or maybe he is just wearing down after reaching 1,000 innings in just five years. Either way, while many have righted the ship before him, betting on Lincecum at this point remains difficult.





MLB Gambling Update: Lincecum tries to bounce back after back-to-back Read more



Tags: MLB San Francisco Giants




Free MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox

04.17.2012     11:51 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Baltimore (Chen) +115 at Chicago (Danks) O/U 8
Recommendation: Baltimore


John Danks is a notoriously slow starter, with a history of miserable early season results.  The numbers don’t lie.  Last year, Chicago went 1-10 in Danks’ first 11 trips to the hill, and he had an ERA above 5.00 heading into June.  His career splits show a 16-25 record for the first two months of the season, compared to seven games over .500 from June 1st onwards.  He struggled in both starts against this Orioles lineup last year: ten runs and 15 hits allowed in just 12.1 innings of work.  The White Sox bullpen behind him isn’t fresh, after short stints from Phil Humber and Chris Sale over the past two days.  And Chicago’s lineup isn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball with their bats, ranked 12th among 14 American League teams in runs scored this year while hitting just .237 as a team. While Chicago has lost two straight following its surprisingly hot start – coming back to earth – the Orioles remain alone in first place in the best division in baseball.  They are in excellent current form, Read more


Tags: MLB Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles Teddy Covers




NFL Gambling News: New York Jets wisely focus on improving run game

04.17.2012     11:23 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
New York Jets guard Matt Slauson did his best to hype up next year's offense with quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. According to Slauson, the team is set on returning to a "Ground and Pound" attack. In other words they don't want to rely on either quarterback's arm to win games. The Jets were 22nd in the league in rushing last year at 105.8 ypg after ranking first in 2009 (172.3 ypg) and fourth in 2010 (148.4 ypg).


"You guys will be really surprised by what Mark's going to do this year," Slauson said. "The way we're going to be running things plays right into Mark's strengths, running the ball. It'll be very similar to what we did in Rex's first two years, very much a style like that -- heavy run, heavy play action and whipping out a deep ball every now and again. That's all the stuff Mark does really well."

"There's no question about it. That's how we look at it, but we know that Tim can help us, too. There's no doubt. ... Mark is our starting quarterback," Ryan said Read more



Tags: NFL New York Jets




NBA Handicapping: Allen returns vs. Knicks, Celtics eye Atlantic Division title

04.17.2012     11:08 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Boston at New York -3 O/U 183

The Celtics can clinch the Atlantic Division title tonight with a win over New York and a Philadelphia loss (vs. Indiana). Ray Allen is expected to suit up after missing four games with swelling in his ankle. Paul Pierce remains "questionable" with a toe injury. Boston has won and covered two of the three meetings this season.




Tags: NBA Boston Celtics New York Knicks




Sports Betting Podcast 4-17-2012 with Handicapper Teddy Covers

04.17.2012     09:33 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy broke down tonight's MLB and NBA games from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - MLB and 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: NBA MLB Teddy Covers




Pay Per Head shops gain popularity among bookies and bettors

04.17.2012     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Article in the New York Times about the popularity of Pay Per Head sportsbooks.


“There is always going to be a huge market for local bookmakers because they are the ones who let players bet with credit, with money they don’t have to produce,” Steve Budin, a gambling expert who formerly operated an online sports book, said. “People don’t want to give out their credit cards or send money offshore someplace. They like dealing with real people and real cash. These sites just make it a whole lot easier for the bookies serving them.”

“Younger bettors are used to ease and quality — they don’t want busy signals or guys who don’t answer their phone,” Budin said. “They want Web sites. They want a number they can trust where someone says, ‘How can I help you?’ if they have to call.”










MLB Gambling Notes: Scout not impressed with Darvish, compares him to Dice-K

04.17.2012     08:13 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

One scout has not been impressed with Texas' Yu Darvish through two starts. Texas won both games but Darvish allowed 17 hits and eight walks in 11.1 innings. More importantly, he was a -235 home favorite and -155 road favorite – prices that are unlikely to change much given Texas' current place in the betting markets. Darvish is slated to start Friday in Detroit.


“He’s going to give up a ton of hits,” the scout said. “A lot of his fastballs are very straight. The guy is supposed to throw hard. But he basically pitched at 89 to 92, touching 93-94. That’s pretty good in Japan. It’s not very good here.

“He has a good cutter, a good curveball. But when he gets in trouble, he turns into a breaking-ball guy – nibble, nibble, he won’t let it go. He reminded me of Read more



Tags: MLB Texas Rangers




British bookmaker William Hill runs into trouble gaining US gaming license

04.17.2012     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

British bookmaker William Hill has run into some difficulty attaining a gaming license in the United States. Rumor has it some of Hill's higher-ups were involved in past shady dealings that Nevada regulators are thoroughly investigating.


"We said that this process would take between 12 to 18 months and we believe that a decision will be made in that timeframe. We are fully complying with the whole process and have no further comment to make."

"I've been through licensing processes before but, I have to say, nothing as extensive as this. And it's not only at a corporate level that we're investigated and scrutinised, but at the personal level too. I haven't felt this closely assessed since I met my prospective father-in-law for the first time!!"








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Of course there is a website for hedging wedding gifts

04.17.2012     07:52 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Going to wedding this summer that has little to no chance of working out? No worries thanks to a website that allows guests to hedge on the purchase of wedding gifts.


After buying a gift, guests simply register on the company's website, pay 8% of the gift's purchase price, and upload a copy of the receipt. If the marriage dissolves within three years, Wedding Gift Refund will reimburse the full price of the present.

For example, according to numbers compiled by The Wall Street Journal, Massachusetts has 1.8 divorces per thousand marriages, the lowest rate in the country, while Nevada has a staggering 6.6 divorces per thousand marriages. In other words, a Vegas marriage is nearly four times as likely to fail as a Boston one.











Full Tilt Poker updating website, hiring customer service reps

04.17.2012     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Appears to be some activity going on with Full Tilt Poker as reports are out that the website was up and running yesterday. According to Poker News Report, Full Tilt was testing out its latest version and is also hiring customer service reps.



Tags: Poker




MLB Betting Notes: Boston's Bard shows signs of promise

04.17.2012     07:32 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Boston's Daniel Bard is becoming an interesting case study after switching from the bullpen to starting rotation. Yesterday, Bard allowed one earned run in 6.2 innings against Tampa Bay but walked seven batters thanks to some spotty command with the fastball. He did however fan seven batters and had 13 swinging strikes. In his first start against Toronto he recorded an amazing 17 swinging strikes. Clearly, this kid has legit stuff even though it may take some time for him to put everything together.



Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox




MLB Handicapping Update: Molina, umpire help key Tampa Bay win

04.17.2012     07:22 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Yesterday, we posted a blog (see below) on the impact catchers can have in preventing runs. One of those highlighted was Tampa’s Jose Molina who has developed a reputation for being one of the better pitch framers in the game. Nowhere was this more apparent than during yesterday's infamous Cody Ross at-bat to end the game. Part of it may have had to do with umpire Larry Vanover but according to FanGraphs, Molina seemed aware of Vanover's tendencies and took advantage. That or Vanover had somewhere to be after the game.





MLB Handicapping Tips: The impact catchers have on preventing runs

04.16.2012     12:05 PM     Read more


Tags: MLB Tampa Bay Rays




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