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Camellia Bowl Betting Preview: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets

12.13.2016     09:33 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Appalachian State vs. Toledon
Camellia Bowl - Montgomery, Ala.
Saturday, 2:30 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Toledo -1.5 O/U 56
CRIS Current: Toledo -1 O/U 57.5
Recommendation: Appalachian State

Appalachian State won the Camellia Bowl last year with a narrow 31-28 triumph over Ohio. It was the Mountaineers’ first ever bowl appearance at the FBS level. Toledo are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game having won the previous three. Both clubs enter this game with identical 9-3 records. Two of Appalachian State’s losses coming against power five clubs; Tennessee and Miami (FL). The Mountaineers nearly pulled off a big upset in Knoxville, eventually losing in overtime. After the home blowout to the Hurricanes, the Mountaineers ripped off six consecutive wins and eight of their last nine to clinch a share of the Sun Belt title. Toledo finished second in the MAC West just behind undefeated Western Michigan. They played a relatively easy schedule with their toughest non-conference opponent being BYU on the road (55-53 loss). Both teams are led by strong running backs; Kareem Hunt for Toledo, Read more



Tags: College Football Appalachian State Mountaineers Sun Belt Toledo Rockets MAC Alex B. Smith




College Football Betting: Tennessee says it's motivated to play in postseason

12.13.2016     06:49 AM     Printer Friendly
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 For most bowl games, motivation is a key factor. And for most teams, it's common to claim they are motivated. Tennessee is one of those squads as they take on Nebraska in the Music City Bowl. The Volunteers had their sights set on bigger things, most recently the SEC Championship. But an embarrassing loss to rival Vanderbilt in the regular season finale ended that hope. UT will play a Big Ten squad for the third straight year. In 2014 they blew out Iowa 45-28 and last season hammered Northwestern 45-6.


“Some of them don’t want to be here,” Nutt observed. “They want to be someplace else. They’re not mentally focused on this game, this week, playing the University of Minnesota.

“The result was we got beat.”

“Obviously, we did not finish the way we wanted to finish and that’s unacceptable in our program and I take responsibility for that

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Tags: College Football Tennessee Volunteers SEC Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten




NFL Gambling News: Kansas City Chiefs may be a good late season fade

12.12.2016     12:34 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to look like that scary team nobody wants to see in the playoffs. They’ve won and covered four straight and have surged ahead of Baltimore for top spot in the AFC North. The health of Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell has played a role in the team’s recent run but the real storyline has been the defense. Pittsburgh has held each of its last two opponents (NY Giants and Buffalo Bills) to below 300 total yards and surrendered 20 or fewer points in all four victories. The Steelers have a very favorable schedule to wrap up the regular season with three very winnable divisional games. They’re currently -3 road favorites at near-dead Cincinnati on Sunday followed by two straight home games against Baltimore and Cleveland. Baltimore will likely be the toughest test of those three. Roethlisberger was very rusty in his first game back from injury (67.3 QB rating) when the Steelers fell to the Ravens in Baltimore, 21-14, back in Week 9. Pittsburgh has been a “bet on” team in both the public and sharp betting communities and they’ve rewarded both groups with an 8-5 ATS mark. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Read more



Tags: NFL Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers Ian Cameron




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets

12.07.2016     02:40 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit at Charlotte -5 O/U 202
Recommendation: Charlotte


Let me start with the basic concept here.  Yes, Detroit got their starting point guard Reggie Jackson back on the floor for their last two games after Jackson missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury.  But while getting Jackson back running the point is a good thing for Stan Van Gundy’s squad in the long term, in the short term it does NOT make them a better squad.  For at least the next few games, while Jackson gets re-acclimated with his teammates, the Pistons base power rating number must be lowered, not raised.  Yet the markets have moved in the opposite direction.

Van Gundy, following Jackson’s first game back on the floor, a loss to Orlando: “We were terrible defensively, terrible. We didn’t put enough into it to win the game. They deserved to win. I think most nights we bring a decent effort. But we’ve been just too up and down defensively. We looked really slow tonight.”

Jackson’s quote: “It's going to take some time to get acclimated with my teammates again, but (the knee) felt good. I Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Charlotte Hornets Teddy Covers




NFL Gambling: Buffalo and Carolina appear headed in the wrong direction following Week 13 losses

12.05.2016     11:35 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Up 24-9 and seemingly on their way to an impressive road win at Oakland, the Buffalo Bills melted down in a big way as the Raiders closed the game with four unanswered touchdowns. The end result was a 38-24 loss which dropped the Bills to 6-6 and put the team in the position of likely needing to “win out” in order to reach the playoffs. As for Sunday’s game, Buffalo led by 15 points midway through the third quarter behind a bend-but-don’t-break defense that held Oakland to three field goals. But the defense wilted and Oakland started moving the football with ease as Derek Carr hit on multiple big plays to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Buffalo’s 24-9 lead turned into a 30-24 deficit with the nail in the coffin coming when Tyrod Taylor was hit as he threw the football from his own end zone and the ball was picked off giving Oakland instant field position en route to yet another touchdown. The Bills are now two games behind the final Wild Card spot in the AFC. Their schedule to finish the season is manageable with three home games in a row as they host Pittsburgh this week followed by Cleveland and Miami. They close out the regular season Read more



Tags: NFL Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers Ian Cameron




College Football Gambling: Alabama heavy favorites against the field

11.30.2016     06:36 AM     Printer Friendly
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It's logical to assume that no matter what the matchup, Alabama would be favored over any team in the country. Bovada and Las Vegas' South Point and sportsbooks offered their opinions on mythical matchups involving the Crimson Tide. Only Bovada priced Alabama below a touchdown (-4 vs. Ohio State, -6 vs. Washington). The Westgate hung the most pro-Bama line in six of the eight matchups.




Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Washington Huskies PAC-12




College Football Betting: Baylor's dumpster fire continues to burn

11.29.2016     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly
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Obviously a lot going on with the Baylor Bears these days including five consecutive losses both straight up and against the spread. Of those five losses, four came by 19 points or more. Head coach Jim Grobe recently announced that he will step aside after the season. Recruits have been bailing left and right. Yet despite all that, Baylor AD Mack Rhoades said that the team intends on participating in the postseason. Before they get there, the Bears must travel to Morgantown. West Virginia was quickly bet up from -16 to -17.


"Our intent, at this time, is to accept a bowl bid for our student-athletes who have worked so hard to earn it over the course of this season," Rhoades said in a statement provided to ESPN. "Our focus, as it has been throughout

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Tags: College Football West Virginia Mountaineers Baylor Bears Big XII




NFL Gambling News: New Orleans quietly cashes tickets, Arizona shows no signs of improvement

11.28.2016     11:44 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Last week, we discussed one team on the rise and one team on the decline and their trajectory played out as such this past Sunday. Tampa Bay won its third straight game; beating Seattle outright as +6 home underdogs. Meanwhile, Cincinnati lost yet another contest both straight up and against the spread to division rival Baltimore. This week, I’ll target two more teams that should offer good “bet on” and “bet against” opportunities in the coming weeks.

The New Orleans Saints are 5-6 but still just two games back of first place Atlanta in the NFC South. And despite that losing record, the Saints have posted a profit-producing 8-3 mark against the spread. Thanks to an 0-3 start, New Orleans has spent the better part of the season as an undervalued commodity. Quarterback Drew Brees, who had another huge game in Sunday’s blowout win against Los Angeles, is putting up MVP-type numbers. And the offense as a whole has piled up at least 20 points in all but one game. But the storyline has been the improvement of the defense. New Orleans was historically bad last season but under the watch of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, the unit has gone Read more



Tags: NFL New Orleans Saints Arizona Cardinals Ian Cameron




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild

11.25.2016     09:31 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Pittsburgh -120 at Minnesota O/U 5
Recommendation: Pittsburgh


My clients and I cashed a winning ticket on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday as they snapped a two-game losing streak in decisive fashion with a dominant 6-1 blowout over the New York Rangers. I think the Pens are worth backing once again today as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild in late afternoon action here on Black Friday. Pittsburgh had struggled offensively scoring two goals or less in three of its last four games prior to the outburst against the Rangers. Sidney Crosby score twice and Phil Kessel score as well to end what had been a recent offensive funk. When the big guns start finding the back of the net for the Penguins, they are a tough team to beat and I expect them to have an added bit of focus and intensity for this game. Note that Minnesota defeated the Penguins 4-2 just a couple weeks ago in Pittsburgh. Minnesota has been horrific offensively as they’ve scored a combined 12 goals in their last seven games. They are relying almost exclusively right now on their defense, penalty kill and goaltender Devan Dubnyk to win them games but shutting down the Read more



Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Minnesota Wild Ian Cameron




College Basketball Betting Free Play: San Francisco Dons at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

11.16.2016     10:40 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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San Francisco at UC Santa Barbara -8.5 O/U 143
Recommendation: Under


San Francisco first-year head coach Kyle Smith, who came over from Columbia, vowed to shore up the Dons' defense and play a more control brand of basketball. That didn't exactly play out in their first game as a wave of early hot shooting led to a fast-paced 82-80 win over run-and-gun UIC. Far different opponent for USF tonight as its travels to UC Santa Barbara. Under longtime head coach Bob Williams, the Gauchos have consistently been one of the better defensive and slower teams in the Big West. In their first game, UCSB suffered a 74-60 loss to up-tempo Nebraska-Omaha. Netting only 60 points on your home floor in perhaps a bit alarming considering Omaha coughed up 80+ against USC and Kansas State. Last season, these two teams hooked up for a slow paced (62 possession) 68-61 game. That was with Rex Walters at the helm for USF; a coach whose teams generally play fast. And the total in that game closed 140.5. As mentioned, Smith's Columbia teams were among the slowest in the country. Some of that had to do with playing in the Ivy League but even in non-conference play, the Lions Read more



Tags: College Basketball San Francisco Dons UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Andrew Lange



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