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Sports Betting Podcast 3-10-2014 with Handicappers Rob Veno and Teddy Covers
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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Bowling Green Falcons at Northern Illinois Huskies
|Submitted by Rob Veno|Tags: College Basketball Bowling Green Falcons Northern Illinois Huskies Bowling Green at Northern Illinois -3 O/U 114.5
Recommendation: Northern Illinois
Amazing transformation by the Northern Illinois Huskies as they’ve become massive money makers going 10-0-2 ATS since late January. NIU has only been cast in the role of a favorite just twice during that span but those games resulted in easy 25 and 14 point wins and covers as -3.5 versus Central Michigan (88-63 Feb 12) and -7 against Ball State (70-56 2 days ago). It’s somewhat difficult to understand the reasoning behind the Huskies sudden ability to cash tickets since statistically there is little to no difference between last season and this season where offensive and defensive numbers are concerned. What really shows up under a close examination is the tremendous fall off at the top of the MAC which in my opinion has allowed NIU to become more competitive and cover games they couldn’t last year.
Power ratings show a steep drop by last year’s league kingpins Akron, Ohio, and Kent State which has turned this conference into a pile of mediocrity. Northern Illinois showed back on January 12 at Bowling Green that in this contest of style similarities, their methodical, defensive identity was better than the Falcons as they won 45-36. BG was held to a season low 29% from the floor in that contest. They may shoot a bit better tonight, but see no reason why the outcome would change tonight since the Huskies are now on their home court where they’ve gone 6-0 ATS in their last six tries. Compound that with Bowling Green’s season ending 0-3 pointspread stumble where all of the losses were by double digits and their recent 0-4 road ATS mark and you find team’s heading in drastically different directions. Not real sure the oddsmakers have caught up with NIU yet as my power ratings call for them to be -5.5 which creates some value in this number. They’re totally unproven in this situation, but riding with the hot host seems worth a look tonight.
Check out Rob's Power Ratings on tonight's conference tournaments.
MAAC Tournament Championship Betting Preview: Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers
Tags: College Basketball Iona Gaels Manhattan Jaspers MAAC Tournament Championship
Manhattan vs. Iona
4 pm PT, Springfield, Mass.
Manhattan pk O/U 157
Manhattan -1.5 O/U 157
Rob Veno Power Rating:
A rematch of last year's title game that saw Iona prevail, 60-57. Offense vs. defense is the main theme; the Gaels rank tops in the conference in virtually every offensive category including efficiency (1.19 points per possession). Meanwhile the same can be said for the Jaspers defensively. They allowed only 0.95 ppp while the Gaels surrendered 1.06. Iona won the first meeting at home 85-73 after trailing by six in the second half. Manhattan returned the favor with an 80-77 OT win on its home floor.
Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello on the level of play
in the MAAC...
"Iona's a very dangerous team, and it says how good this league is," Masiello said. "Iona is the defending league champ. It's been fun, and I blame you guys [the media] a lot. Iona is one of the best offensive teams in the country. Quinnipiac is one of the best rebounding teams in the country. Manhattan, we're one of the best defensive teams. Why is it a one bid league? You mean to tell me all these teams aren't going to give a five seed or a four seed heck of a night? I think because you get labeled 'they're in the MAAC.' These guys, across the board, could play at a very high level. I haven't seen the top this good in a while, even going back to my days as an assistant."
So-Con Tournament Championship Betting Preview: Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Wofford Terriers
Tags: College Basketball Western Carolina Catamounts Wofford Terriers Southern Conference Tournament Championship
Western Carolina vs. Wofford
6 pm PT, Asheville, NC
Wofford -3 O/U 131
Wofford -3 O/U 131
Rob Veno Power Rating:
Wofford was at one point 7-10 overall and 2-3 in So-Con play but finished 11-5 and earned the no. 3 seed. The Terriers ranked second in both offensive (1.10 points per possession) and defensive (1.00 ppp allowed) efficiency. Western Carolina was the fifth seed and beat both Elon and Davidson by 2. Wofford won the only regular season meeting, 71-60 at home. Turnovers could be the key to the game. Wofford has the lowest offensive TO rate in the league whereas WCU has the best defensive TO rate. During the regular season matchup, Wofford won the turnover battle 11-14. As a conference, the quality of play of the So-Con has diminished each of the past four seasons. According to Ken Pomery’s rankings, the league ranked 19th out of 33 in 2011, 24th in 2012, 28th in 2013, and 30th this season.
Western Carolina on upending top seed Davidson
“Davidson was the big man in the Southern Conference,” Western Carolina’s Sinclair said. “To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.”
Colonial Tournament Championship Betting Preview: William & Mary Tribe vs. Delaware Blue Hens
Tags: College Basketball William & Mary Tribe Delaware Blue Hens Colonial Tournament Championship
William & Mary vs. Delaware
4 pm PT, Baltimore, MD
Delaware -4.5 O/U 152
Delaware -4.5 O/U 153
Rob Veno Power Rating:
Both squads met twice during the regular season with Delaware winning both games, 89-72 and 76-71. Statistically, William & Mary ranks no. 1 in the CAA in offensive efficiency (1.14 points per possession) but dead last in defensive efficiency (1.12 ppp allowed). Delaware ranks third in both categories. The Blue Hens are also the fastest team in the league at nearly 70 possessions per game.
Tribe head coach Tony Shaver on Delaware
"Delaware is one of the best offensive teams I've seen in this league since I've been here," said Shaver, in his 11th season at William & Mary. "They have so many explosive players. I would normally sit here and tell you it's going to be the defensive side of the ball [that'll make the difference]. Off the top of my head, I'm going to tell you we're going to have to score the ball. We're going to have to make shots and, just like every other game this weekend, we have to rebound the ball. We're not the biggest, strongest most powerful team."
Blue Hens head coach Monte Ross on his team's offensive ability
“These guys were born to score,” Ross said. “Davon’s been scoring the ball since he came out of the womb. Saddler’s been doing the same thing. He was probably scoring at conception. Once these guys get going, I pretty much just stay out of the way.”
Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: Betting Conference Tournaments
|Submitted by Teddy Covers|Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers
The Big Dance gets all the headlines; all the media attention. And it makes sense why that happens. College basketball is way too big for the average fan. More than 350 teams in more than 30 conferences are simply too much for non-hardcore hoops aficionados to handle.
And then there’s the bracket factor. The entire country fills out brackets. They’re easy to fill out, the seedings make sense to Joe Public, and after the first round, most of the obscure teams are gone. Those obscure teams that survive are now public darlings, Cinderella stories that casual fans can understand and follow.
Forget fans – I’m no casual fan, and if you’re reading this, you probably aren’t either. We’re sports bettors. And for serious college basketball bettors, there’s absolutely no comparison between this week and next week. This week, we’ve got dozens of Little Dances, the conference tournaments that are a sports bettors dream. Next week, for the Big Dance, it’s still a betting bonanza, but not quite as good. Here are my Top 6 reasons why.
The Big Dance, start to finish, consists of 67 games. Once the opening weekend is done and we’ve got a three day break before the Sweet 16, only 15 NCAA Tournament games still remain. Serious bettors always want more betting options, not fewer ones.
This week, with all of the Little Dances, on Wednesday and Thursday alone there will be 84 games to bet on from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Conference USA, PAC-12, Mountain West, MAC, Big East, Atlantic-10, American, SEC, Big 12, Southland, MEAC, Patriot League, SWAC, Sun Belt, Big Sky and Big West Conferences. More games to bet on equals more chances for good betting opportunities, plain and simple.
Coaches That Don’t Care
Roy Williams is the poster child for a head coach who simply doesn’t care about winning (or even advancing) in the ACC Tournament. The running joke in Chapel Hill is that Williams sets a tee time on the golf course for Saturday every year, when the ACC semi-finals are played.
Williams quote from 2009 still resonates today: “It's what it is. I said it's for money, said it's the biggest cocktail party. It's still a party, I don't care what anybody says. It's a party to make money. ... I loved it as a fan, I don't love it as much as a coach with the attention the other tournament gets and the emphasis we try and put on it.”
My numbers show Williams with a 4-16-2 ATS mark in the ACC tourney since he returned to Chapel Hill. And he’s certainly not alone in that regard – his ACC counterpart Coach K hasn’t covered a spread in the ACC tourney since 2011! And, quite frankly, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but hey, I’m not going to give my entire list of fade-only head coaches in this article. A little bit of homework goes a long way towards turning profits!
You rarely, if ever, see weak lines in the NCAA Tournament. The oddsmakers have plenty of time to post their numbers. Every team can be expected to bring their A-game. And the enormous amounts wagered in the Big Dance ensures that the betting markets will pay full attention on each and every game.
In the Little Dances, none of the above rings true. There are numerous matchups that seem to fall through the cracks. The oddsmakers have limited time to go through the box scores from the previous day’s games. Unlike the Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday Big Dance schedule, the conference tourney’s don’t get days off. Teams often tip off less than 24 hours after their previous game ended. Everything is rushed, and that means that you can and will find weaker numbers to bet into.
And, as I mentioned above, there are more than a handful of quality teams that cannot be expected to bring their A-games to the conference tournaments. In addition, conference tournaments also have their fair share of ‘dead’ teams that you can fade in the first round. Bottom tier squads that run out of gas down the stretch have been bet-againsts for weeks, even if their power rating numbers haven’t bottomed out, still reflecting some early season successes. That gives bettors one more chance to fade these sorry squads before their long, miserable season is finally over.
Momentum is Real
It happens every year, in multiple conferences. Some mid-level (or worse) team wins their first tourney game and suddenly goes on a run. Look at Loyola-Marymount last year. The Lions went 1-15 in WCC regular season play, then won three straight in the conference tournament before losing in the Finals to Gonzaga; going 4-0 ATS in a four day span.
In the Big Dance, most Cinderella squads get bounced after a single upset win. That’s not always the case in the conference tourney’s, where you can make A LOT of money riding a squad that has suddenly found their mojo over a three or four game span, especially if you’re making moneyline bets as well as standard pointspread wagers.
Fatigue and Depth Issues
In the Big Dance, teams play two games (at most, assuming they survive and advance) in a week. In the Little Dances, teams can play as many as five games in five days. Obviously, this helps bettors who put the work in. A nine man rotation trumps a seven man rotation on the third night of back-to-backs. But many bettors have no idea about depth concerns – they don’t know the teams well enough. Plain and simple, that factor alone offers a huge edge for savvy ‘cappers.
It’s not just overall depth either. Teams with balanced attacks seem to be able to handle major minutes better than teams that rely on one or two stars. Teams that rely on jump shots are likely to struggle more with fatigue issues (tired legs equals jumpers falling short) than do teams that pound the ball into the paint, getting high percentage looks or free throw attempts.
Again, this helps savvy bettors who actually know these teams. Meanwhile, the pointspreads are still beings set largely based on long term aggregate numbers using mathematical algorithms. These fatigue and depth issues are very real, something that Little Dance bettors can take advantage of, while Big Dance bettors cannot.
When a team from the ACC matches up against a team from the Big 12 (or the Mountain West or any other conference), we can guesstimate which conferences are going to be bet-on or bet-against, but that’s all it is – an educated guess. But in conference tournaments, we know how these teams match up against one another because they’ve played each other before, often twice.
If you’re a game watcher, you’ve probably seen many of these matchups already at least once this year. Even if you haven’t seen them, you’ve got box score and play-by-play data to help you understand what happened in previous meetings, and there’s no guessing game in regards to relative conference strength. Taking out those x-factors is a benefit for bettors – the more we actually know about the matchups, the more likely we’ll be able to predict winners and margins of victory.
Again, I’m not saying for a moment that the NCAA Tournament won’t offer numerous solid wagering opportunities. But I firmly believe there’s more moneymaking potential this week compared to next week, even though the workload between now and Selection Sunday is positively brutal, with games tipping off every day by 9 AM here in Vegas; often lasting until midnight. Now that’s wall-to-wall action!
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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Penn State Nittany Lions at Minnesota Golden Gophers
|Submitted by Brian Edwards|Tags: College Basketball Penn State Nittany Lions Minnesota Golden Gophers Brian Edwards Penn State +7 at Minnesota O/U 136.5
Recommendation: Penn State
Is Minnesota downright desperate for a victory today against Penn State? You damn right it is. Does desperation translate into success? Negative. Minnesota is going in the wrong direction. Richard Pitino's team has lost seven of its last 10 games, making a victory at The Barn tonight vs. PSU an absolute must. Not only that, but then the Gophers are going to most likely need a pair of wins at next week's Big Ten Tournament in order to feel good about their chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Penn State is playing solid basketball right now, covering the number in each of its last three games. The Nittany Lions have won outright in three of their last five road assignments, including a 59-32 win at Northwestern on Thursday night. PSU probably has the most underrated backcourt in the country. Coming off a torn ACL last season, senior point guard Tim Frazier has enjoyed another stellar campaign to cap off what has been an outstanding collegiate career. Frazier has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games. The fifth-year senior is averaging 15.6 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. D.J. Newbill is Frazier's partner in the backcourt and one of the Big Ten's top shooting guards. He averages a team-best 17.6 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest. PSU has won outright in three of its last five road outings, including wins at Indiana and at Ohio St. The Lions have taken the cash in four of their last six road assignments.
As for Minnesota, it has been atrocious in 'chalky' spots like the one it faces tonight as a seven-point favorite. When laying seven points or more, the Gophers are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven such spots. I'm not even sure Minnesota wins this game. I'm all over PSU catching the points and certainly not against getting a taste of the Lions on the money line for a sweet +270 payout.
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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Northwestern Wildcats at Purdue Boilermakers
|Submitted by Andrew Lange|Tags: College Basketball Northwestern Wildcats Purdue Boilermakers Andrew Lange Northwestern at Purdue -9 O/U 123
Purdue has played a brutal slate down the stretch facing what could very well be five NCAA Tournament bound squads – three of those five contests on the road. The Boilers haven't quit either, losing to Michigan in overtime, Iowa by single digits in Iowa City, and by six up in Madison on Wednesday. No question Matt Painter and the team are frustrated but today marks a great opportunity to feel good for a change. Not much of any motivation for the Northwestern side as it limps into this contest short on bodies and scoring ability. We saw the fatigue of the season and the loss of JerShon Cobb really play out in Thursday's embarrassing 59-32 loss to Penn State. Today is a situation that if the Wildcats get down there is simply no reason to put up much of a fight with the Big Ten Tournament just around the corner. Also note that in the first meeting between these teams, Purdue had the game won not once, but twice, but managed to lose in double OT. It's been that kind of season for the Boilermakers but I feel that they are sitting on a solid showing today. As with all Northwestern games, the under should be considered. But the focus here is on the favorite.
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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Arizona Wildcats at Oregon Ducks
|Submitted by Alatex Sports|Tags: College Basketball Arizona Wildcats Oregon Ducks Brent Crow Arizona at Oregon +3 O/U 139.5
This season ending matchup looks like an interesting one, and has completely different levels of importance to its competitors. For Arizona the result here means very little. At 28-2 the Wildcats are a likely #1 seed in the NCAA tournament and long ago wrapped up the regular season PAC-12 title. There is very little for them to gain or lose today. For Oregon, however, this could be a huge win for the revitalized Ducks. After opening the conference slate with a win over Utah back in January, Oregon dropped 8 of its next 10 games and looked like they were going to miss the Big Dance. However, they have turned it around and won their past six games, putting them at 9-8 in conference play and 21-8 overall. They could very easily be 13-4 in conference play as four losses were by exactly two points, including a 67-65 loss at Arizona on February 6th. A win here would solidify their position in the NCAA tourney and move them in contention for a 6th seed or better depending on how they fare in the PAC-12 Tournament. Three points here could be huge given Oregon's history of close losses, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them win this one outright. Take the Ducks!
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College Basketball Handicapping: Injury Report 3-7-2014
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Syracuse has lost four of its last five games and don’t forget, it nearly lost the two games preceding this five-game slump. The Orange needed miracle plays in the waning seconds to win at Pitt (on Tyler Ennis's buzzer beater) and at home vs. NC State. Jim Boeheim's team travels to Tallahassee on Sunday to face a Florida State team that's on the bubble and in dire need of a victory. Will starting power forward Jerami Grant be able to go against the Seminoles? As of late Friday afternoon, Grant remained 'questionable' due to a back injury. He was unable to play in this week's home loss to Georgia Tech. Grant averages 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Kansas will play without freshman center Joel Embiid for a second straight game Saturday at West Virginia. Embiid is resting back and knee injuries in hopes of getting back to 100 percent before next week's Big 12 Tournament. Embiid averages 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game. The Jayhawks covered the spread without their shot blocker in Wednesday's blowout win over Texas Tech.
Texas center Jonathan Holmes (13.2 PPG) rested a sore knee during Wednesday's 66-54 non-covering win over TCU. Holmes is expected to return (probable) for Saturday's game at Texas Tech.
Indiana center Noah Vonleh has missed back-to-back games due to a foot injury. Vonleh, who averages 11.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, is a question mark Saturday at Michigan.
UNLV junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has been suspended for Saturday's regular-season finale at Nevada for conduct detrimental to the team. Jones averages team-highs in points (13.4 PPG) and assists (3.0 APG). The Runnin' Rebels will also be without Roscoe Smith (11.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG) for a second straight game due to a concussion.
Texas A&M might be without two players for Saturday's home game vs. Auburn. Shawn Smith (5.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG) will be 'out' for a third straight game due to a personal matter. Fabyon Harris (6.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG) has also missed back-to-back games and is 'questionable' against the Tigers due to an illness.
After missing 13 consecutive games with a knee injury, Colorado freshman Tre'Shaun Fletcher (3.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG) is close to returning. In fact, Fletcher might be able to play Saturday at California. He is listed as 'questionable.'
Fresno State guard Cezar Guerrero (13.3 PPG, 3.9 APG) is 'questionable' Saturday against San Jose St. due to a knee injury.
Illinois forward Joseph Bertrand has a sore knee but is 'probable' for Saturday's game at Iowa. Bertrand averages 9.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per contests. Reserve guard Jaylon Tate (2.0 PPG, 2.0 APG) is a question mark with a sprained ankle.
TCU's Amric Fields (13.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG) has missed four consecutive games and is most likely out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.
Clemson reserve guard Adonis Filer(4.2 PPG) is 'doubtful' for Saturday's home game vs. Pitt due to a hamstring injury.
With absolutely nothing better to do, Florida police look to crack down on golf course gambling
Yeah, we said WTF too. But we're dealing with Florida
where logic and reason have notoriously struggled.
"But for the Tarpon Springs Police Department to make any type of argument that it's a gambling house is patently absurd. The absurdity of it is, are we really going to have law enforcement out there looking at the letter of the law instead of the spirit of the law? The more ridicule presented about it, I think, will help tilt the State Attorneys Office to do the right thing. This is absurd."
NBA Handicapper Free Play: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
|Submitted by ER Sports|Tags: NBA Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics Erin Rynning Brooklyn -4 at Boston O/U 197.5
The Nets have officially turned the corner, as they’re playing closer to the potential of their bloated payroll. They’ve won four straight games, including two impressive performances against the Grizzlies and Bulls earlier this week. In fact, they manhandled two of the toughest teams in basketball as they make a push towards the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Nets are currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, which is really the goal, in order to avoid the Heat and Pacers early in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the 20-41 Celtics are officially going through the motions. They’ve dropped 7 of their last 8 games, including a troubling blowout loss to the Warriors in their last contest. The Celtics are an undersized team right now with little resistance at the rim. Well, that’s the exact kind of team this Nets tend to thrive against with their size across the floor. Look for the Nets to continue their winning ways against a tanking Boston team tonight.
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Sports Betting Podcast 3-7-2014 with Handicappers Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning
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College Basketball Betting: Bubble teams wrap up regular season play
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Quick look at some of the NCAA Tournament "bubble teams" and where they are playing this weekend.
Oregon (21-8, 9-8) vs. Arizona
BYU (21-10, 13-5) WCC Tournament TBA
Xavier (20-11, 10-8) Big East Tournament TBA
Saint Joe's (21-8, 11-4) vs. LaSalle
Arkansas (21-9, 10-7) at Alabama
Tennessee (19-11, 10-7) vs. Missouri
Dayton (21-9, 9-6) vs. Richmond
Nebraska (18-11, 10-7) vs. Wisconsin
California (18-12, 9-8) vs. Colorado
Providence (20-10, 10-7) at Creighton
Minnesota (18-12, 7-10) vs. Penn State
Florida State (18-11, 9-8) vs. Syracuse
Missouri (21-9, 9-8) at Tennessee
St. John's (19-11, 9-8) at Marquette
Georgetown (17-12, 8-9) at Villanova
Louisiana Tech (25-6, 13-3) C-USA Tournament TBA
Utah (20-9, 9-8) at Stanford
College Basketball Gambling Update: Three tournament spots up for grabs in Big Sky
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Update on all of the Big Sky Conference Tournament scenarios for Saturday. As mentioned, seven teams will make it, and four are already in (Weber State, Montana, North Dakota, and Northern Arizona). That leaves three spots available for the five teams currently 10-9 or 9-10. Here's a link
to what each team needs to do to get in. Also, we have to make mention of how crazy the conference slate is: 20 games in a low budget league that is spread out over three time zones. Seems a little ridiculous.
College Basketball Gambling: Thursday's Big Sky games have huge postseason implications
Keep an eye on tomorrow's Big Sky slate as nearly every matchup has postseason implications. Of the league's 11 teams, only seven make the conference tournament. And as of Wednesday, seven of the 11 teams are 10-8, 10-9, 9-9, or 8-10. Weber State clinched the top seed and a first round bye. North Dakota is also in following last night's win over Northern Colorado.
Standings (Thursday game)
Weber State 13-5 (at Portland State)
North Dakota 12-7 (at Southern Utah)
Montana 11-7 (at Sacramento State)
Northern Arizona 10-8 (vs. Montana State)
Northern Colorado 10-9 (at Southern Utah on Sat.)
Portland State 9-9 (vs. Weber State)
Eastern Washington 9-9 (vs. Idaho State)
Montana State 9-9 (at Northern Arizona)
Sacramento State 9-9 (vs. Montana)
Idaho State 8-10 (at Eastern Washington)
Southern Utah 0-18 (vs. North Dakota)
NBA Handicapping: Crucial five-game swing for Dallas Mavericks
Tags: NBA Dallas Mavericks Portland Trail Blazers Portland at Dallas -2.5 O/U 215.5
We've mentioned a couple of times that Dallas' post-All-Star break schedule
was tough and thus far they haven't exactly responded well having dropped three straight. The Mavs' next five games could very well define their season: vs. Portland, vs. Indiana, at Golden State, at Utah, and at Oklahoma City. Dallas is currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference; a half game behind Phoenix and a game ahead of Memphis.
“I know we’re tougher than what we showed,” he said of their 115-110 loss at Denver on Wednesday. “And, yeah, this is the first time we’ve dropped three in a row all year, so it’s a time of great urgency.
“And we’ve got to step up, and we’ve got to respond. This is good. We need it. We need to step up and do better and play harder and play more together. We’ve got to be better.”
Gambling Update: More details on drunk gambler who lost $500K
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At 52 years old, you should have experienced the following stages of drunkenness: buzzing, tipsy, drunk, hammered, and someone should probably call a doctor. And yet the gambler who lost $500K claims it was the responsibility of the casino
to monitor his intake and eventually cut him off. Oh, and he takes prescription meds that enhance the effects of alcohol – something the casino was allegedly aware of.
"This is about you almost killing me," Johnston said. "What if I had gone to bed that night, with all those drinks in me, and I threw up on myself and I choked and died?"
"To her shock, after sleeping for seven to eight hours, (Johnston's female friend) found Mr. Johnston still gambling at the blackjack table, and still heavily intoxicated, late in the afternoon of January 31, 2014," the suit said.
Drunk gambler attempting to sue casino over losses
Dude walks into a Las Vegas casino. Dude gets hammered on comped drinks. Dude proceeds to lose $500K. Dude sues casino
"It's certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I've ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn't read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers," Lyttle said. "It's a very heavy-handed and unusual approach that we haven't seen in this town in a long time."
MLB Handicapping: Offseason starting pitcher acquisitions
We'll be ramping up our MLB coverage in the blog over the next few weeks as college basketball winds down. Here's a quick list of some of the more significant offseason starting pitcher acquisitions. For a full listing of all of this past offseason's player movement, click here
Bronson Arroyo - Arizona
AJ Burnett - Philadelphia
Scott Feldman - Houston
Doug Fister - Washington
Gavin Floyd - Atlanta
Matt Garza - Milwaukee
Jason Hammel - Chicago Cubs
Tommy Hanson - Texas
Dan Haren - LA Dodgers
Robert Hernandez - Philadelphia
Tim Hudson - San Francisco
Phil Hughes - Minnesota
Ubaldo Jimenez - Baltimore
Josh Johnson - San Diego
Scott Kazmir - Oakland
Jordan Lyles - Colorado
Paul Maholm - LA Dodgers
James McDonald - Chicago Cubs
Ricky Nolasco - Minnesota
Drew Pomeranz - Oakland
Jonathan Sanchez - Chicago Cubs
Joe Saunders - Texas
Tyler Skaggs - LA Angels
Jason Vargas - Kansas City
Edison Volquez - Pittsburgh
Chien-Ming Wang - Cincinnati
NBA Gambling: Betting on or against the Philadelphia 76ers just got more interesting
Tags: NBA Philadelphia 76ers
Well, this is somewhat embarrassing/hilarious.
College Basketball Gambling: Mid-major conference tournament champion probabilities
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Here are Ken Pomeroy's conference tournament champion probabilities for some of the boarded mid-major conferences. We listed the top three in each league. For all the numbers, click here
Saint Mary's 11.3%
Wichita State 78.0%
Northern Iowa 8.1%
Indiana State 6.4%
Murray State 20.1%
Eastern Kentucky 16.6%
Green Bay 68.7%
Cleveland State 22.7%
Wright State 4.7%
Legalized sports betting would have little impact on mob bookies
Tags: College Basketball
Here's what an ex-mobster had to say about the potential impact legalized sports betting
in New Jersey would have on mob bookmaking.
"Because the guy that has no money in his pocket ... is still going to call the local bookmaker to bet" because it requires no money, he said.
"You want the degenerate gamblers to bet with you. You're not looking for John and Nancy Adams to walk in and order champagne cocktails and pomegranate martinis," he said. "That ain't what you do. That ain't your weed. That ain't where you draw your money from."
College Basketball Betting Free Play: Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. Bradley Braves
|Submitted by ICC|Tags: College Basketball Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Bradley Braves Ian Cameron Loyola-Chicago vs. Bradley
The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament tips off tonight with a pair of first round matchups and this one stands out like a sore thumb. Bradley dominated Loyola-Chicago in both regular season meetings with wins by 17 at home and by 9 on the road. The Ramblers won only four conference games and that is a hard track record to trust in this type of price range. Porter Moser's squad lost six games in a row to close out the regular season while struggling on both ends of the floor: 63.9 ppg and allowed 68.4 ppg. The problem for Loyola most of the season is they heavily rely on the duo of freshman guard Milton Doyle (15.1 ppg, 3.5 apg) and junior Christian Thomas (13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Doyle unfortunately has hit on only one of his last 12 attempts from beyond the arc. Loyola's lack of depth at the forward position has hurt them on the glass where they rank second last in MVC play in rebounding margin (-2.2) and have the worst turnover margin (-2.78) in conference games. On the flip side, Bradley wasn’t much better but the Braves have arguably the best player on the court in senior guard Walt Lemon Jr. who averages 17.8 ppg . He’s the type of player is capable of taking over the game in the latter stages. Senior forward Tyshon Pickett has posted 11.7 ppg this season and pulled down an average of 9.8 rebounds per game over his last five games and he should have an edge over a very thin Loyola Chicago front line. Bradley easily defeated Loyola Chicago by margin in both meetings this season and I expect more of the same tonight.
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