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Sportsmemo's MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

03.11.2015     02:09 PM     Printer Friendly
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Kirk Gibson may be gone but the Arizona Diamondbacks remain an organization stuck in the mud. Their shortcomings though won't fool many bettors after dropping north of -31 units last season.

Arizona Diamondbacks
2014 W-L:
64-98
2014 O/U: 74-82-6
2014 Profits: -31.6
2015 O/U Wins: 72.5
2015 NL West Odds: +4250
Projected Starting Rotation: Josh Collmenter, Jeremy Hellickson, Chase Anderson, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster
Key Departures: Miguel Montero
Key Additions: Jeremy Hellickson

Handicapper’s Take: “Arizona has nowhere to go but up following a dismal 64-98 record in 2014. New manager Chip Hale takes over from the often times bewildered and overwhelmed Kirk Gibson. The organization is still behind the times with a lot of their decision making on and off the field and they’re currently paying dearly for it. Offensively they possess a number of power bats from the right side with Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo and Read more



Tags: MLB Arizona Diamondbacks Ian Cameron




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Creighton Bluejays vs. DePaul Blue Demons

03.11.2015     10:52 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Creighton -3.5 vs. DePaul O/U 135
Recommendation: Creighton


Near impossible to make a case for the Blue Demons right now as their play down the stretch led to an 0-7 straight up mark and a 1-4 ATS record in their final five games. The root cause of this spiral has been the offensive demise of top scorer Billy Garrett Jr. who has scored 8, 8, 7, and 2 points over his last four games while going 9-of-36, 25% from the field and 1-of-14, 7% from 3-point range. The potential loss of sophomore starting C Tommy Hamilton IV for this contest is also a concern. Without him and his 10 ppg and 5.2 rpg, DePaul was held to 48 points by Marquette in a 1- point loss. Conversely, things are on the upswing for Greg McDermott’s Creighton squad which came within an eyelash of knocking of conference kingpin Villanova and upper tier Xavier in their final two games. The offense has picked up tremendously for the Bluejays who after entering the season with five new starters have seemingly found a groove. They’ve scored 66 points or more in seven of their last eight games while getting 72+ in five of those. Their three point shooting has been the catalyst as Read more



Tags: College Basketball Creighton Bluejays DePaul Blue Demons Big East Rob Veno




College Basketball Betting Podcast 3-11-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Rob Veno

03.11.2015     10:21 AM     Printer Friendly
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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Rob Veno. Both cappers and host Andrew Lange broke down today's college basketball conference tournaments.

Today's segments
Full Show

Brent Crow - ACC, Big XII, PAC-12

Rob Veno - Big Ten, Big East, SEC

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 Brent Crow Rob Veno Andrew Lange




Sportsmemo's MLB Betting Preview: Chicago White Sox

03.11.2015     08:12 AM     Printer Friendly
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After back-to-back losing seasons, the Chicago White Sox made a number of offseason acquisitions that put them in contention in an up-for-grabs AL Central.

Chicago White Sox
2014 W-L:
73-89
2014 O/U: 80-75-7
2014 Profits: -1.5
2015 O/U Wins: 81.5
2015 AL Cenral Odds: +240
Projected Starting Rotation: Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana, John Danks, Hector Noesi
Key Departures: None
Key Additions: Melky Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, David Robertson, Jeff Samardzija, Adam LaRoche

Handicapper's Take: "The White Sox have lost 188 games over the past two seasons, disappointing both fans and backers  There’s at least modest upside with the South Siders heading into 2015 after management wrote a bunch of fat checks in the offseason to shore up their bullpen with David Robertson, Zack Duke and Dan Jennings, along with acquiring starter Jeff Samardzjia and veteran hitters Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera.  None of Read more



Tags: MLB Chicago White Sox Teddy Covers




Sportsmemo's MLB Betting Preview: Atlanta Braves

03.09.2015     01:44 PM     Printer Friendly
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It’s been a long time since the Atlanta Braves weren’t at least in the conversation of NL East contenders but various offseason moves suggest 2015 to be that of rebuilding.

Atlanta Braves
2014 W-L:
79-83
2014 O/U: 63-86-13
2014 Profits: -18.0
2015 O/U Wins: 73.5
2015 NL East Odds: +3300
Projected Starting Rotation: Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Shelby Miller, Alex Wood, Michael Foltynewicz
Key Departures: Evan Gattis, Justin Upton, David Carpenter
Key Additions: Jason Grilli, Nick Markakis

Handicapper’s Take: “It is very strange to see the Braves head into the season as a team in transition but that’s exactly what they are in 2015. The offseason overhaul in the outfield was all inclusive as all three positions will have a new starter. Gone is last season’s power laden but strikeout heavy group of Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Evan Gattis, and Jason Heyward and in are ex-Orioles RF Nick Read more



Tags: MLB Atlanta Braves Rob Veno




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




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

03.09.2015     06:12 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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In Part I of this article last week, I took a basic look at the profile of the past 16 NCAA champions.  From that profile, I was able to make a short list of potential champs in 2015, consisting of the following 12 teams:  Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, Kansas, Baylor, Villanova, Wisconsin, Maryland, Arizona, Utah and Kentucky.

However, since that article was written last week, one of those 12 teams has been bounced from consideration, with Baylor suffering their eighth loss of the season at Texas in overtime.  I don’t think the Bears were serious contenders to win the title, but now that they are above the seven loss cut-off line, we can eliminate Scott Drew’s squad from the discussion entirely.

The next step in the elimination process is to look at the team’s records away from home.

The NCAA championship is not won on a team’s home floor.  Even with a favorable location one weekend, a team is still going to have to win Read more



Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers Las Vegas




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes

03.08.2015     08:35 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Wisconsin at Ohio State
Recommendation: Ohio State +1.5 First Half


I don't buy into team's playing "extra hard" to earn a certain seed in the conference tournament or in the case of Wisconsin, the Big Dance. The Badgers already have the Big Ten regular season crown wrapped up and as a result there is talk about them earning a No. 1 seed come next week's Selection Sunday. I'm sure they'd take it but it'll have no bearing on the outcome of today's game at Ohio State. Visually, Wisconsin was the best team in the Big Ten but I go back to their favorable schedule with getting to play Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue, and today's opponent, Ohio State, only once. A few weeks ago, against a rested and ready Maryland squad, the Badgers were outplayed throughout as the Terrapins won 59-53 in College Park. Not getting as juicy of a price (Maryland was as high as +6) but still catching points with a reputable home team and home court. Should be a great environment with the game being televised nationally on CBS as well as OSU honoring its seniors. We'll look to use that positive energy on a first half play with the home side.




Tags: College Basketball Wisconsin Badgers Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Stanford Cardinal at Arizona Wildcats

03.07.2015     08:24 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Stanford at Arizona
Recommendation: First Half Over 66


Arizona looked like a well-oiled machine in Thursday's PAC-10 regular season title clinching win over Cal. The Wildcats fell one point short of 100 in the 99-60 route. There's no reason to think that UA's desire to push pace and score won't continue against a reeling Stanford squad playing its second road game in three days. The Cardinal had two chances to pick up much-needed resume building wins against Oregon and Arizona State and faltered both times. The inability to step up when needed has been a staple throughout Johnny Dawkins’ tenure. A win here, though very unlikely, would put them back in the NCAA Tournament picture so perhaps we see some fight. In the first meeting, there was plenty of pace (146 possessions) and points (171). While it'll be tough to top that offensive output, I project the pace to be fairly quick throughout. With perhaps less intensity, both teams playing on short rest, this has all the makings of a loose, up-and-down affair. The concern is should Arizona lead big late, the game has the potential to bog down. To avoid that, I think the best angle here is to step Read more



Tags: College Basketball Stanford Cardinal Arizona Wildcats PAC-12 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



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