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Sportsmemo's MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs

03.09.2015     06:26 AM     Printer Friendly
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Epstein, Maddon, Lester...it's an AL East reunion! But while the Chicago Cubs have big names as the faces of the organization it's the young talent and smart roster moves that has oddsmakers and bettors projecting better things on the North Side.

Chicago Cubs
2014 W-L:
73-89
2014 O/U: 82-73-7
2014 Profits: -4.5
2015 O/U Wins: 82.5
2015 NL Central Odds: +320
Projected Starting Rotation: Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood
Key Departures: Luis Valbuena
Key Additions: Manager Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Dexter Fowler

Handicapper's Take: "Few teams have had endured as much failure from a betting perspective as the Chicago Cubs. Over the last 16 seasons they've averaged around -16 units a season. Since 2008, they’ve churned out exactly one profitable campaign. This year feels different as rather than going the quick-fix route, the organization took its time to rebuild the right way. The offseason Read more



Tags: MLB Chicago Cubs Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Memphis Tigers at UConn Huskies

03.05.2015     12:03 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Memphis at UConn -7 O/U 128
Recommendation: UConn


Memphis’s track record is very clear.  When the Tigers step down in class, their athleticism and talent can carry them to victory; hence their 7-2 ATS mark in games where they’ve been favored by 7.5 or more points.  But as an underdog on any floor, the Tigers are 1-7 ATS, consistently failing to step up against quality foes.

Josh Pastner ranks among the Top 10 winningest coaches in the history of college basketball for his first six years on the job, with 147 career victories since he took over for John Calipari as an untested 31 year old.  Yet despite all of that success, Pastner is in real danger of getting fired this offseason.  Despite their talent, Memphis hasn’t survived past the opening weekend of the Big Dance in his tenure.  The Tigers are just 5-20 SU in 25 tries against nationally ranked foes under Pastner.  And Memphis isn’t developing NBA talent under his tutelage, recruiting only two players who were drafted during his tenure, one of whom was Duke transfer Elliot Williams.

Memphis has already matched their highest Read more



Tags: College Basketball Memphis Tigers UConn Huskies AAC Teddy Covers




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Who has what it takes to win the Big Dance Part I

03.02.2015     08:50 AM     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.

Last year, the 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.

I write this article every year before the regular season is over, before the conference tournaments, before the tourney seedings are announced and before a single March Madness game has been played. And I’ve nailed the winner of the NCAA tournament four times in the last eight Read more



Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers Las Vegas




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Betting against the Washington Wizards

02.23.2015     11:45 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Last week in this space, I highlighted a pair of NBA teams that had all the makings of being strong bet-on squads over the final two months of the regular season.  Those two teams – the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder – combined to go 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their first five games coming out of the All Star break.  I don’t think either one of those squads has even approached their peak yet, still offering tremendous bet-on potential moving forward.  In particular, OKC even without Durant in the lineup is capable of very big things, both SU and ATS.

This week I’m going to look at a single team on the other end of the spectrum – a dead nuts bet-against squad over the final two months of the campaign.  With sincere apologies to the Denver Nuggets, my #1 fade team in the NBA right now is the Washington Wizards.  While Denver is a lottery team that is being priced like a lottery team, Washington is still being priced as a strong playoff contender in the Read more



Tags: NBA Washington Wizards Teddy Covers Las Vegas




NBA Handicapping: Dragic to Miami highlights trade deadline

02.20.2015     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly
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Rather that sift through a Twitter timeline, fifty different articles, or Simmons' Members Only Grantland conversation that was neither informative or funny, Deadspin made it easy and broke down all of yesterday's NBA trades. Yeah, it's snarky, but in three minutes, you'll be up to speed. The biggest trade was Phoenix's Goran Dragic getting shipped to Miami. That instantly made the Heat a contender in the Eastern Conference. But not 24 hours after it went down, the team announced Chris Both may have a blood clot in his lung and could miss the rest of the season. We'll be talking more about the trading deadline as well as all of Friday night's game on the Sportsmemo Podcast this afternoon.





Tags: NBA Miami Heat Phoenix Suns




College Basketball Gambling: Seton Hall tries to weather storm

02.16.2015     07:25 AM     Printer Friendly
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Things have gotten -- and still may be -- messy for Seton Hall after a player quit and rumors surfaced about a troubled locker room. The Pirates were 15-6, 5-4 but have dropped four straight and play the second of three straight road games at Villanova this evening. Head coach Kevin Willard commended his team for their effort in a spread covering 69-62 loss at Providence on Saturday.


"It's tough coming on the road after having to deal with a lot of B.S. over the last week," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said after the loss. "We came on the road to a packed house and I thought we did a good job of battling. (I'm) really proud of this team."









Tags: College Basketball Seton Hall Pirates Villanova Wildcats Big East




College Basketball Betting Free Play: West Virginia Mountaineers at Iowa State Cyclones

02.14.2015     08:55 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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West Virginia at Iowa State -7 O/U 158.5
Recommendation: Under


They'll no doubt be a lot of pace and points in this afternoon's West Virginia-Iowa State game but oddsmakers aren't messing around by opening this game 160. It's since been bet down slightly to 158.5 but I see a few factors that make playing the under worth a bet. For starters, Iowa State talked all week about shoring up its leaky defense. That doesn't mean they're going to start holding teams in the 60's as their games are way too fast for that. But at home off of allowing 94 points to Oklahoma, I expect a much better effort. Next, West Virginia doesn't have a very efficient offense. In fact, the Mountaineers are averaging less than a point per possession in Big XII play. And it's important to note that not one WVU Big XII game has topped 158 in regulation. In the first meeting between these two squads there was a fair amount of pace (144 possession) and points 146 but it went under the closing total of 150. Neither team has changed much of all since that game back in mid-January and yet today's total is eight points higher. In order for this game to go over the total you'll need close Read more



Tags: College Basketball West Virginia Mountaineers Iowa State Cyclones Big XII Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Michigan Wolverines at Illinois Fighting Illini

02.12.2015     08:28 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Michigan at Illinois -6.5 O/U 121
Recommendation: Illinois


Michigan is an injury riddled mess right now; a team that I’m looking to bet against in hostile environments both tonight and moving forward.  The Wolverines are coming off another tight, deflating loss at Indiana over the weekend, their fourth defeat in the last five games.  Two of those losses (Michigan State and Wisconsin) were overtime affairs.  And it’s not going to get any easier for John Beilein’s squad tonight as they travel to Assembly Hall in Champaign to take on the Illini.

Michigan’s injury woes are getting worse, not better.  Four of their five starters played at least 34 minutes at Indiana, and at least part of the reason why the Wolverines have been struggling so much in close games is because they are short-handed, running out of gas in the latter stages of tight contests.  Let’s not forget that this team lost FIVE underclassmen to the NBA over the last three drafts.  Last month, star guard and leading scorer Caris LeVert was lost to a season ending foot injury.  Since then, they’ve lost third Read more



Tags: College Basketball Michigan Wolverines Illinois Fighting Illini Big Ten Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Alert: Huge steam has Georgetown -3 at Seton Hall

02.10.2015     02:07 PM     Printer Friendly
This is a pretty big line move for a February power conference game, no? No documented injuries or suspensions either. Seton Hall opened -1.5 with Georgetown now a 3-point favorite. Ken Pom has the Pirates -1 while Sagarin shows a pick 'em when accounting for a normal 3-point home court advantage. 

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Tags: College Basketball Seton Hall Pirates Georgetown Hoyas Big East




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Xavier Musketeers at Marquette Golden Eagles

02.10.2015     10:40 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Xavier -3 at Marquette O/U 137
Recommendation: Under 


Xavier has been one of the tougher teams in the country to handicap from a totals perspective. The pace of their games is typically fairly quick but their offense and defense comes and goes on a weekly basis. Tonight, they head to Marquette for a critical game as the Musketeers sit 15-9 and 6-6 in Big East play. The Golden Eagles meanwhile continue to fight despite being short on depth and talent. They've lost five Big East games that came down to the final two minutes of play. Veteran guard Matt Carlino missed Marquette's last game and while they managed to win at Seton Hall, the team shot 1-of-10 from three and netted only 57 points. Carlino (concussion) is questionable tonight and if he is ruled out, expect the market to knock this total down a point or two. But even if he does suit up, Marquette is far more comfortable grinding out games and trying to keep things close. They simply can't match Xavier from an offensive perspective if this game is played in transition. I think the first meeting is very indicative of what we'll see tonight: 124 possessions and 120 points -- and that was Read more



Tags: College Basketball Xavier Musketeers Marquette Golden Eagles Big East Andrew Lange



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