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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Penn State Nittany Lions at Wisconsin Badgers

01.24.2017     01:47 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Penn State at Wisconsin -15 O/U 134.5
Recommendation: Under


This 2016 up-tempo version of Penn State resulted in some higher scoring non-conference efforts but offensive production has settled down in Big Ten play. The conference road has especially stalled the Nittany Lions offense as they’ve only scored 112 points total in their first two games (60 at Rutgers and 52 at Purdue). Although it’s a small sample size, the usual grind of a Big Ten season is showing up as defenses take hold and pace slows down. In their last three games, Penn State has shot 31.2%, 38.3% and 30.4% from the field. Things don’t get any easier tonight against the Wisconsin defense which is again among the national Top 25 in multiple categories. For the season, Wisconsin is allowing just 61.2 points per game and at home that number goes down to 54.5.

On offense, the Badgers offense is again displaying its extreme, methodical style ranking #337 in adjusted tempo out of 351 DI teams. And, as usual UW has been an elite team in offensive efficiency but what is unusual is how effective Penn State’s defense has been. Currently they are Read more



Tags: College Basketball Penn State Nittany Lions Wisconsin Badgers Big Ten Rob Veno




A Pefect Match: Gambling and the Super Bowl

01.24.2017     07:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Publicly, the NFL is among one of the staunchest opponents of legalized gambling. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and current commissioner Roger Goodell were instrumental in getting the anti gaming ‘Illegal Internet Gambling Prohibition Act’ attached to the Port Security Bill. The NFL has taken this stance despite the fact that its enormous popularity is, in no small part, due to the prevalence of betting on games.

The hypocrisy of the NFL in regards to betting is almost laughable. The facts, as you will see, clearly show that the league was founded by gamblers for gamblers. From the NFL’s first television appearance in 1939 through the current TV deal that pumps more than three billion dollars per year into the league coffers, the NFL’s popularity rests upon the shoulders of those who wager on the outcome of the games.

Here in the 21st century, the NFL is the most popular and profitable sport in the. NFL owners are among the richest men in the world; franchises are bought and sold for more than half a billion dollars. However, the league’s humble origins were anything but the extravagant bonanza that is the NFL today. Read more



Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI Teddy Covers




Bettors gear up for Super Bowl 51 Prop Bets

01.24.2017     06:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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When I talk with casual fans in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, they tend to be interested in my opinion about who is going to win the big game. But when I’m talking with bettors, not fans, the topic inevitably turns towards props; where sports betting and fantasy sports collide.

Props have been on the Las Vegas betting boards for thirty years. It all began when the juggernaut 1985 Chicago Bears were facing the Patriots in Super Bowl 20. Legendary Vegas oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro was a very creative bookmaker at the Mirage (at the time), looking for ways to increase their betting handle. Vaccaro posted odds on whether 350 pound defensive lineman William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry would score a touchdown in the big game. Vaccaro certainly didn’t think it was likely, offering attractive underdog odds for those who wanted to bet on The Fridge would hit paydirt in the end zone.

Vaccaro’s unique offering attracted all kinds of attention both from bettors and from media types. It also accomplished his goal of increasing betting handle, with money pouring in on the ‘Yes, Fridge will score a TD’ side of the prop at big (but Read more



Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI Las Vegas Teddy Covers




NFL Handicapping: A look at this weekend's four Divisional Round matchups

01.09.2017     12:19 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Atlanta’s offense was both visually and statistically (33.8 ppg and 415.8 ypg) dominant for much of the season. They play host to a Seattle defense that obviously has a strong pedigree, particularly in the secondary. But that dominant secondary has been exposed at times this year and was recently dealt a key injury with Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas out. Detroit couldn’t take advantage of Thomas’ absence as it was clear Matthew Stafford was not 100 percent due to a dislocated finger. And the Lions’ offensive line was banged up and missing two starters. In the end, the Seahawks surrendered only 231 total yards. It will be a much more difficult task this weekend as Atlanta’s offense is in a far better position to successfully move the football. Matt Ryan (38 TDs, 7 INTs, 69.9% completion rate) has a host of skill position weapons and like we saw against Arizona and Green Bay, Seattle can be exposed through the air. There are questions about Atlanta’s defense which ranked in the bottom third of the league in a number of categories. After struggling to run the football for virtually the entire regular season, Thomas Rawls went for 161 yards against Read more



Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons Seattle Seahawks Houston Texans New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers Kansas City Chiefs Green Bay Packers Dallas Cowboys Ian Cameron




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Miami Hurricanes at Syracuse Orange

01.04.2017     10:59 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Miami -2.5 at Syracuse O/U 135.5
Recommendation: Miami


Syracuse is a hot mess right now, worthy of fading at every reasonable opportunity!  And with the Orange priced near pick ‘em in a game against a superior foe, this certainly looks like a reasonable opportunity to bet against a squad in the midst of a pointspread free-fall.

To say that Syracuse hasn’t beaten anybody all year would not be an understatement.  Their signature victory in non-conference play came against Monmouth.  Their seven other wins?  Colgate, Holy Cross, South Carolina State, North Florida, Eastern Michigan, Boston University and Cornell, not exactly a group of ACC caliber foes.

What’s wrong with the Orange?  Let’s start with their defense.  Jim Boeheim’s legendary, trademark 2-3 matchup zone.  In years past, this defense has created turnovers in bunches and limited opponents open looks, particularly in the paint.  That hasn’t happened this year. Syracuse has allowed a 1.21 assist-to-turnover ratio overall – waaaaaaay above Boeheim’s historical norms – despite facing Read more



Tags: College Basketball Miami Hurricanes Syracuse Orange ACC Teddy Covers




NFL Gambling: Previewing all four Wild Card round matchups

01.03.2017     12:21 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Saturday’s Oakland-Houston matchup is likely to be decided by which team can produce adequate quarterback play. Derek Carr suffered a season-ending injury in Week 16 against Indianapolis and in Sunday’s loss to Denver, Matt McGloin left the game with a left shoulder injury and is highly doubtful. That means bettors are likely to see rookie Connor Cook under center for a Raiders team playing in their first playoff game since 2002. Things aren’t much clearer for Houston with Tom Savage experiencing concussion symptoms and currently questionable. Savage’s status essentially forced Bill O’Brien into going back to the well with Brock Osweiler. Oakland had a noticeable lack of spirit in the loss to Denver despite having a with a chance to win the AFC West and earn a first round bye. The Raiders were physically manhandled by a Broncos team that was already eliminated from the playoffs. The biggest handicapping factor for this game is whether or not Oakland has the belief it can win a playoff game after seeing its top two quarterbacks go down with injuries. It makes sense why the total in this game is the lowest of the four games this weekend with most Read more



Tags: NFL Oakland Raiders Houston Texans Detroit Lions Seattle Seahawks Miami Dolphins Pittsburgh Steelers New York Giants Green Bay Packers Ian Cameron




Alamo Bowl Betting Preview: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Colorado Buffaloes

12.28.2016     10:47 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
Alamo Bowl - San Antonio
Thursday, 6 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Colorado -2.5 O/U 64
CRIS Current: Colorado -3 O/U 62.5
Recommendation: Oklahoma State

Let me start by giving Colorado credit, before I make the case for betting against the Buffs in the Alamo Bowl.  The Buffs had gone 11-38 SU over the previous four seasons heading into the 2016 campaign.  Their last bowl appearance came back in 2007 against Alabama, in Nick Saban’s first year on the job with the Crimson Tide. But head coach Mike MacIntyre – the architect of a significant program turnaround at San Jose State – did it again with the Buffs this season, guiding Colorado to a 10-3 record, both SU and ATS.  That 10-3 ATS mark was tied for the second best pointspread record in the country – for most of the season Colorado was an undervalued commodity.

That being said, no Colorado player has been to a bowl game before.  MacIntyre deserves serious ‘Coach of the Year’ consideration, but the biggest bowl game he’s coached at the collegiate level Read more



Tags: College Football Oklahoma State Cowboys Big XII Colorado Buffaloes PAC-12 Teddy Covers




Texas Bowl Betting Preview: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies

12.27.2016     01:07 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Texas Bowl - Houston
Wednesday, 6 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Texas A&M -2.5 O/U 58
CRIS Current: Texas A&M -2.5 O/U 57
Recommendation: Under

It's nearly impossible to get involved in a track meet or two playing in the Big XII. Kansas State was the slowest paced team in the league but when given the chance, the Wildcats were able to move the ball and put up big scores. KSU beat Baylor 42-21, Texas Tech 44-38, and lost to Oklahoma State 43-37. Those three teams however were three of the four worst in the Big XII in terms of yards per game allowed in conference play. And despite those three "big" offensive outputs, the Wildcats still averaged less than 400 ypg of total offense and 5.5 ypp in league play.

Texas A&M's defensive numbers aren't strong when compared to some of the elite teams of the SEC but this is still a capable stop unit. In fact, heading into October, the Aggies looked more than capable having held UCLA, Auburn, South Carolina and Arkansas to 19.3 ppg. A&M also held Tennessee to 14 points for three and a half quarters Read more



Tags: College Football Kansas State Wildcats Big XII Texas A&M Aggies SEC Andrew Lange




Holiday Bowl Betting Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Washington State Cougars

12.27.2016     08:40 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Minnesota at Washington State
Holiday Bowl - San Diego
Tuesday, 4 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Washington State -5.5 O/U 60
CRIS Current: Washington State -8 O/U 60.5
Recommendation: Washington State

The Minnesota Golden Gophers had to deal with a lot of non-football related issues in the lead up to tonight's Holiday Bowl against Washington State. First there was the suspension of 10 players. Then there was a team boycott that was eventually "lifted." Now you have a petition going around calling for the firing of head coach Tracy Claeys. It's been a month since the Gophers last played and one has to question how much actual game planning took place during that span.

A number of the suspensions came from the secondary which is obviously not where you want to be thin against Mike Leach's offense led by quarterback Luke Falk. Minnesota will be without two starting cornerbacks (Kiante Hardin and Antoine Winfield Jr.) and two key backups (Ray Buford and Antonio Shenault). Even at full strength, this was a unit that ranked 13th in the Big Ten against the pass. Falk completed 71% of his Read more



Tags: College Football Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten Washington State Cougars PAC-12 Ian Cameron




NFL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

12.24.2016     07:46 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Miami at Buffalo
Sunday, 10 am PT - CBS
CRIS Opener:
Buffalo -3 O/U 44
CRIS Current: Buffalo -4.5 O/U 43.5
Recommendation: Miami

The betting markets seem fixated by the series history here.  Yes, Rich Stadium has been a house of horrors in recent years for Miami.  The Dolphins lost by 16 on this field last year, by 19 in 2014 and by 19 in 2013, part of a 1-7 SU run here in Buffalo.  I couldn’t care less about the series history here.  This year’s Dolphins team is better than any recent version; not an apples to apples comparison.

And the markets are convinced that Miami won’t bring their ‘A’ game to this cold weather venue.  But gametime temperatures are expected to be above freezing, and Miami certainly didn’t look all that negatively affected by much nastier conditions in New Jersey against the Jets last Saturday.  It is worth noting that Miami played on Saturday last week – they’ve got a normal prep week, while the Bills are on a short week.

The markets focus on stats, and Buffalo has a solid statistical Read more



Tags: NFL Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills Teddy Covers



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