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NFL Gambling: New England-Atlanta to feature highest total in Super Bowl history

01.23.2017     12:59 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Baring a major injury or a broke retractable roof followed by a snowstorm, Super Bowl LI will mark the highest total in NFL history. There have been nine Super Bowls with a closing total of 50 or higher. Of those nine, only three went over (two of which by half a point). The highest previous total was 2010 with New Orleans and Indianapolis at 56.5.

2011: New York vs. New England 
Closing Total: 53 
Points, Result: 38, UNDER

2010: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis 
Closing Total: 56.5 
Points, Result: 48, UNDER

2008: New York vs. New England 
Closing Total: 54.5 
Points, Result: 31, UNDER

2002: New England vs. St. Louis 
Closing Total: 53 
Points, Result: 37, UNDER

1999: Denver vs. Atlanta 
Closing Total: 52.5 
Points, Result: 53, OVER

1996: Dallas vs. Pittsburgh 
Closing Total: 51 
Points, Result: 44, UNDER

1995: San Francisco vs. San Diego 
Closing Total: 53.5 
Points, Result: 75, OVER

1994: Dallas vs. Buffalo 
Closing Total: 50.5 
Points, Result: 43, UNDER

1985: San Francisco vs. Miami 
Closing Total: 53.5 
Points, Result: 54, OVER

Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI New England Patriots Atlanta Falcons



Super Bowl LI Handicapping: MVP Winners 1967-2016

01.23.2017     12:47 PM     Printer Friendly

Here's a list of all 50 Super Bowl MVP recipients. Quarterbacks have won 27 times. Denver's Terrell Davis was the last running back to win back in 1998. Linebackers Von Miller and Malcom Smith accounted for two of the last three awards. Tom Brady is currently -115 while Matt Ryan is +180 according to 5Dimes.

Super Bowl MVPs 1967-2016
Year
MVP
Team
Position
2016
Von Miller
Denver Broncos
Linebacker
2015
Tom Brady
New England Patriots
Quarterback
2014
Malcom Smith
Seattle Seahawks
Linebacker
2013
Joe Flacco
Baltimore Ravens
Quarterback
2012
Eli Manning
New York Giants
Quarterback
2011
Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers
Quarterback
2010
Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints
Quarterback
2009
Santonio Holmes
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide receiver
2008
Eli Manning
New York Giants
Quarterback
2007
Peyton Manning
Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback
2006
Hines Ward
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide receiver
2005
Deion Branch
New England Patriots
Wide receiver
2004
Tom Brady
New England Patriots
Quarterback
2003
Dexter Jackson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Safety
2002
Tom Brady
New England Patriots
Quarterback
2001
Ray Lewis
Baltimore Ravens
Linebacker
2000
Kurt Warner
St. Louis Rams
Quarterback
1999
John Elway
Denver Broncos
Quarterback
1998
Terrell Davis
Denver Broncos
Running back
1997
Desmond Howard
Green Bay Packers
Kick/Punt Returner
1996
Larry Brown
Dallas Cowboys
Cornerback
1995
Steve Young
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback
1994
Emmitt Smith
Dallas Cowboys
Running back
1993
Troy Aikman
Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback
1992
Mark Rypien
Washington Redskins
Quarterback
1991
Ottis Anderson
New York Giants
Running back
1990
Joe Montana
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback
1989
Jerry Rice
San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver
1988
Doug Williams
Washington Redskins
Quarterback
1987
Phil Simms
New York Giants
Quarterback
1986
Richard Dent
Chicago Bears
Defensive end
1985
Joe Montana
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback
1984
Marcus Allen
Los Angeles Raiders
Running back
1983
John Riggins
Washington Redskins
Running back
1982
Joe Montana
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback
1981
Jim Plunkett
Oakland Raiders
Quarterback
1980
Terry Bradshaw
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback
1979
Terry Bradshaw
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback
1978
Harvey Martin
Dallas Cowboys
Defensive end
1978
Randy White
Dallas Cowboys
Defensive tackle
1977
Fred Biletnikoff
Oakland Raiders
Wide receiver
1976
Lynn Swann
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide receiver
1975
Franco Harris
Pittsburgh Steelers
Running back
1974
Larry Csonka
Miami Dolphins
Running back
1973
Jake Scott
Miami Dolphins
Safety
1972
Roger Staubach
Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback
1971
Chuck Howley
Dallas Cowboys
Linebacker
1970
Len Dawson
Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback
1969
Joe Namath
New York Jets
Quarterback
1968
Bart Starr
Green Bay Packers
Quarterback
1967
Bart Starr
Green Bay Packers
Quarterback


Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI New England Patriots Atlanta Falcons



NFL Super Bowl LI Betting Podcast 1-23-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

01.23.2017     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy gave his famed opening line report on Super Bowl LI.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - NFL Opening Line Report Super Bowl LI

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: NFL Super Bowl LI Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



Super Bowl LI Gambling: New England Patriots open -3 vs. Atlanta Falcons

01.23.2017     09:27 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The matchup for Super Bowl LI is set with the New England Patriots taking on the Atlanta Falcons. The game will be held at Houston's NRG Stadium on February 5 at 3:30 pm PT. CRIS opened the game New England -3 with a total of 57.5. The Patriots remain -3 both offshore and in Las Vegas though the total now ranges from 58-59.

Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI New England Patriots Atlanta Falcons



All-Time Super Bowl Betting Results 1967-2016

01.23.2017     09:10 AM     Printer Friendly

Below are the all-time Super Bowl betting results dating back to 1967. Only six times have we seen the team to win fail to cover the pointspread. Overall, favorites are 27-22 against the spread (the 1982 Super Bowl was lined as a pick 'em) but underdogs have been the play of late with 11 of the last 15 taking the money. In terms of totals, the UNDER was the way to play it back in the late 60’s and early 70's. The 80's and 90's trended OVER the total but it then shifted back towards the UNDER with six of eight winning from 2005-12. Three of the last four Super Bowl's have gone over the total.

Super Bowl Betting Results 1967-2016
SB
Year
Winner
Loser
Total
Location
L
2016
Denver (+4.5) 24
Carolina 10
43, UNDER
Santa Clara, CA
XLIX
2015
New England (-1) 28
Seattle 24
47, OVER
Glendale, AZ
XLVIII
2014
Seattle (+1.5) 43
Denver 8
47, OVER
E. Rutherford, NJ
XLVII
2013
Baltimore (+4.5) 34
San Francisco 31
47.5, OVER
New Orleans, LA
XLVI
2012
NY Giants (+3) 21
New England 17
53, UNDER
Indianapolis, IN
XLV
2011
Green Bay (-3) 31
Pittsburgh 25
44.5, OVER
Dallas, TX
XLIV
2010
New Orleans (+4.5) 31
Indianapolis 17
56.5, UNDER
Miami, FL
XLIII
2009
Pittsburgh 27
Arizona (+6.5) 23
46.5, OVER
Tampa, FL
XLII
2008
NY Giants (+12.5) 17
New England 14
54.5, UNDER
Glendale, AZ
XLI
2007
Indianapolis (-7) 29
Chicago 17
48, UNDER
Miami, FL
XL
2006
Pittsburgh (-4) 21
Seattle 10
47, UNDER
Detroit, MI
XXXIX
2005
New England 24
Philadelphia (+7) 21
46.5, UNDER
Jacksonville, FL
XXXVIII
2004
New England 32
Carolina (+7) 29
37.5, OVER
Houston, TX
XXXVII
2003
Tampa Bay (+4) 48
Oakland 21
44, OVER
San Diego, CA
XXXVI
2002
New England (+14) 20
St. Louis 17
53, UNDER
New Orleans, LA
XXXV
2001
Baltimore (-3) 34
NY Giants 7
33, OVER
Tampa, FL
XXXIV
2000
St. Louis (-7) 23
Tennessee 16
47.5, UNDER
Atlanta, GA
XXXIII
1999
Denver (-7.5) 34
Atlanta 19
52.5, OVER
Miami, FL
XXXII
1998
Denver (+11) 31
Green Bay 24
49, OVER
San Diego, CA
XXXI
1997
Green Bay (-14) 35
New England 21
49, OVER
New Orleans, LA
XXX
1996
Dallas 27
Pittsburgh (+13.5) 17
51, UNDER
Tempe, AZ
XXIX
1995
San Francisco (-18) 49
San Diego 26
53.5, OVER
Miami, FL
XXVIII
1994
Dallas (-10.5) 30
Buffalo 13
50.5, UNDER
Atlanta, GA
XXVII
1993
Dallas (-6.5) 52
Buffalo 17
44.5, OVER
Pasadena, CA
XXVI
1992
Washington (-7) 37
Buffalo 24
49, OVER
Minneapolis, MN
XXV
1991
NY Giants (+7) 20
Buffalo 19
40.5, UNDER
Tampa, FL
XXIV
1990
San Francisco (-12) 55
Denver 10
48, OVER
New Orleans, LA
XXIII
1989
San Francisco 20
Cincinnati (+7) 16
48, UNDER
Miami, FL
XXII
1988
Washington (+3) 42
Denver 10
47, OVER
San Diego, CA
XXI
1987
NY Giants (-9.5) 39
Denver 20
40, OVER
Pasadena, CA
XX
1986
Chicago (-10) 46
New England 10
37.5, OVER
New Orleans, LA
XIX
1985
San Francisco (-3.5) 38
Miami 16
53.5, OVER
Stanford, CA
XVIII
1984
LA Raiders (+3) 38
Washington 9
48, UNDER
Tampa, FL
XVII
1983
Washington (+3) 27
Miami 17
36.5, OVER
Pasadena, CA
XVI
1982
San Francisco (PK) 26
Cincinnati 21
48, UNDER
Pontiac, MI
XV
1981
Oakland (+3) 27
Philadelphia 10
37.5, UNDER
New Orleans, LA
XIV
1980
Pittsburgh (-10.5) 31
Los Angeles 19
36, OVER
Pasadena, CA
XIII
1979
Pittsburgh (-3.5) 35
Dallas 31
37, OVER
Miami, FL
XII
1978
Dallas (-6) 27
Denver 10
39, UNDER
New Orleans, LA
XI
1977
Oakland (-4) 32
Minnesota 14
38, OVER
Pasadena, CA
X
1976
Pittsburgh 21
Dallas (+7) 17
36, OVER
Miami, FL
IX
1975
Pittsburgh (-3) 16
Minnesota 6
33, UNDER
New Orleans, LA
VIII
1974
Miami (-6.5) 24
Minnesota 7
33, UNDER
Houston, TX
VII
1973
Miami (+1.5) 14
Washington 7
33, UNDER
Los Angeles, CA
VI
1972
Dallas (-6) 24
Miami 3
34, UNDER
New Orleans, LA
V
1971
Baltimore (+2.5) 16
Dallas 13
36, UNDER
Miami, FL
IV
1970
Kansas City (+12) 23
Minnesota 7
39, UNDER
New Orleans, LA
III
1969
NY Jets (+18) 16
Baltimore 7
40, UNDER
Miami, FL
II
1968
Green Bay (-13.5) 33
Oakland 14
43, OVER
Miami, FL
I
1967
Green Bay (-14) 35
Kansas City 10
NL
Los Angeles, CA
Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI



Super Bowl LI Betting: The history of the Will There Be Three Straight Scores prop bet

01.23.2017     09:03 AM     Printer Friendly

One of many prop bets that always draws interest from bettors is Will There Be Three Straight Scores? We went back on got the results of every Super Bowl and found that three straight scores occurred 35 times (70%). There was a 22-year stretch where it occurred 20 times. It has also hit seven out of the last 10 years. Most sportsbooks offer anywhere from -180 to -200 on the "yes" and +150 to +160 on the "no" though with this year's game lined 58.5, the "yes" is likely to be higher.

Super Bowl Betting Results - Three Straight Scores? 1967-2016
Year
Winner
Loser
Three Straight Scores?
2016
Denver (+4.5) 24
Carolina 10
No
2015
New England (-1) 28
Seattle 24
Yes
2014
Seattle (+2) 48
Denver 6
Yes
2013
Baltimore (+4) 34
San Francisco 31
Yes
2012
NY Giants (+3) 21
New England 17
Yes
2011
Green Bay (-3) 31
Pittsburgh 25
No
2010
New Orleans (+4.5) 31
Indianapolis 17
Yes
2009
Pittsburgh 27
Arizona (+6.5) 23
Yes
2008
NY Giants (+12.5) 17
New England 14
No
2007
Indianapolis (-7) 29
Chicago 17
Yes
2006
Pittsburgh (-4) 21
Seattle 10
No
2005
New England 24
Philadelphia (+7) 21
No
2004
New England 32
Carolina (+7) 29
No
2003
Tampa Bay (+4) 48
Oakland 21
Yes
2002
New England (+14) 20
St. Louis 17
Yes
2001
Baltimore (-3) 34
NY Giants 7
Yes
2000
St. Louis (-7) 23
Tennessee 16
Yes
1999
Denver (-7.5) 34
Atlanta 19
Yes
1998
Denver (+11) 31
Green Bay 24
Yes
1997
Green Bay (-14) 35
New England 21
Yes
1996
Dallas 27
Pittsburgh (+13.5) 17
Yes
1995
San Francisco (-18) 49
San Diego 26
No
1994
Dallas (-10.5) 30
Buffalo 13
Yes
1993
Dallas (-6.5) 52
Buffalo 17
Yes
1992
Washington (-7) 37
Buffalo 24
Yes
1991
NY Giants (+7) 20
Buffalo 19
Yes
1990
San Francisco (-12) 55
Denver 10
Yes
1989
San Francisco 20
Cincinnati (+7) 16
No
1988
Washington (+3) 42
Denver 10
Yes
1987
NY Giants (-9.5) 39
Denver 20
Yes
1986
Chicago (-10) 46
New England 10
Yes
1985
San Francisco (-3.5) 38
Miami 16
Yes
1984
LA Raiders (+3) 38
Washington 9
Yes
1983
Washington (+3) 27
Miami 17
Yes
1982
San Francisco (PK) 26
Cincinnati 21
Yes
1981
Oakland (+3) 27
Philadelphia 10
No
1980
Pittsburgh (-10.5) 31
Los Angeles 19
No
1979
Pittsburgh (-3.5) 35
Dallas 31
No
1978
Dallas (-6) 27
Denver 10
Yes
1977
Oakland (-4) 32
Minnesota 14
Yes
1976
Pittsburgh 21
Dallas (+7) 17
Yes
1975
Pittsburgh (-3) 16
Minnesota 6
No
1974
Miami (-6.5) 24
Minnesota 7
Yes
1973
Miami (+1.5) 14
Washington 7
No
1972
Dallas (-6) 24
Miami 3
No
1971
Baltimore (+2.5) 16
Dallas 13
No
1970
Kansas City (+12) 23
Minnesota 7
Yes
1969
NY Jets (+18) 16
Baltimore 7
Yes
1968
Green Bay (-13.5) 33
Oakland 14
Yes
1967
Green Bay (-14) 35
Kansas City 10
Yes


Tags: NFL Super Bowl LI



Sports Betting Podcast 1-20-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning

01.20.2017     01:05 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down this weekend's NFL Conference Championships while Teddy talked NBA.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - NBA

Erin Rynning - NFL Conference Championships

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: NBA NFL Teddy Covers Erin Rynning Andrew Lange



NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

01.20.2017     10:23 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Golden State -5 at Houston O/U 239.5 
Recommendation: Golden State


When these teams met for the first time this season, the Warriors were laying -11 to the Rockets at home.  Golden State never led by more than four points at any point during that game, eventually losing outright in overtime.  The key to Golden State’s weakness that night?  Nothing more than a rare poor shooting game from their starting backcourt, as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to hit just 13-of-42 from the floor.  Meanwhile, Houston role player Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 29, including five backbreaking three pointers.

Anderson has missed the last two games with the flu, no sure thing to suit up or be effective this evening.  Here’s the quote from Rockets head coach Mike D’Antonio, following Houston’s loss in Miami earlier in the week with an injury depleted roster: “These are dog days. We're going to have to find some energy and see if we can sneak one out."

It’s been an impressive first half of the season for the Rockets, currently sitting at #3 in the West – this is not a desperate, hungry team, especially off their national TV win and cover against Milwaukee on Wednesday Night, taking the sting out of that previous loss at Miami.  But from a scheduling standpoint, the Rockets are really up against it right now.  This will be Houston’s seventh game in the last 11 nights (the first six all involved court changes and travel too).  And it’s the first night of back-to-backs – they’ll play their eighth game in 12 nights tomorrow at Memphis.

That stands in sharp contrast with the Warriors scheduling spot.  Golden State just completed an 11 day homestand in which they played only four games, allowing head coach Steve Kerr to get some much needed practice sessions in.  As a result, all of a sudden, the Warriors are playing championship level defense, ranked #4 in the NBA in defensive efficiency this month.  Their offense is playing at an extraordinarily high level as we’ve clearly seen in Golden State blowout wins over the likes of the Cavs and Thunder in their last two games.

When the Warriors are in rested and in sync, like they are right now, they’re as good as any NBA team in modern history.  Coming off those two impressive home blowouts, I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest if Golden State wins by margin again tonight, covering the spread with room to spare.

Tags: NBA Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets Teddy Covers



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres

01.20.2017     10:20 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alex Smith

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Detroit +100 at Buffalo O/U 5.5 
Recommendation: Detroit


The two cellar-dwellers in the Atlantic Division do battle tonight as the Buffalo Sabres host the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings have struggled with injuries to key players for most of the year but the loss of veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard has given way to the emergence of 25-year-old Jared Coreau. The rookie netminder has posted a 5-1-1 mark with a 3.04 gaa and a .901 save pct. While those marks aren't worthy of a Calder Trophy, Coreau seems to be a slight upgrade over Howard, who had lost his last four starts before going on IR back on December 20, and Petr Mrazek, who went 1-4 in his last five starts. Offensively, veteran Thomas Vanek has been picking up the slack left by injured forwards Niklas Kronwall and Darren Helm by scoring six goals and adding another six assists over his last 10 games. The 33-year-old who spent his first nine seasons in Buffalo leads Detroit in goals (12) and points (31). Buffalo has lost three of its last four games and has struggled over the years with Detroit, losing eight of the last 10 meetings, including 1-8 at home over the last three seasons. The young scoring duo of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart (5 goals and 10 assists L10 games) has been the only offensive production for the Sabres of late. Goalie Robin Lehner is expected to start as his backup Anders Nilsson is sick. The 25-year-old Swedish native is 2-3-1 with a 3.52 gaa against Detroit. With the Red Wings looking to expand upon their three-game win streak as clubs try to figure out how to beat their new rookie goalie, I'll back them as the short road underdog.

Tags: NHL Detroit Red Wings Buffalo Sabres Alex B. Smith



NBA Handicapping: Warriors-Rockets total highest since 2010

01.20.2017     09:15 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Some rarified air tonight with the Golden State-Houston total currently sitting at 238. It's the highest NBA total since 2010 when the Warriors and Suns closed 244 and landed 264. Totals of 235 or higher are 8-8-1 O/U since 1995. Interesting that totals in regulation are nearly dead even this season at 300-299 O/U.

Tags: NBA Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets



NFL Gambling Update: Ticket volume and money pour in on New England Patriots

01.20.2017     08:58 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tags: NFL New England Patriots



Raiders take another step towards Las Vegas

01.20.2017     08:45 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
So this Raiders to Las Vegas thing sounds like it's really going to happen.


"Today, the Oakland Raiders submitted an application to relocate their franchise to Las Vegas, as is provided for under the NFL policy and procedures for proposed franchise relocations," the NFL said. "The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the stadium and finance committees."



Tags: NFL Oakland Raiders Las Vegas



Sportsbook says even money that Trump will be impeached or resign

01.20.2017     08:40 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
If you are wondering whether or not sportsbooks are offering odds on how long this Donald Trump thing will last, we have good news. Ladbrokes has a ton right now including Trump being a huge underdog to serve two terms. There's also even money on him to be impeached or resign by the end of his first term. Even. Fucking. Money.

Tags: NFL Oakland Raiders Las Vegas



College Basketball Betting Podcast 1-19-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

01.19.2017     10:08 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron. Ian and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball slate.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - College Basketball

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 Ian Cameron Andrew Lange



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues

01.19.2017     10:08 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Washington at St. Louis +110 O/U 5 
Recommendation: St. Louis


I like to bet against a team that just saw an extended winning streak come to an end and that is what I’m doing here with the Capitals as they saw their nine-game win streak end in a wild, back and forth, high scoring loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. It’s hard for teams to avoid an emotional and mental letdown in their following game. A perfect example is Columbus who lost 5-4 to the Rangers after their massive 16-game winning streak was snapped. St. Louis is coming off a 6-4 home loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night but that was a tough spot for the Blues as they were playing their fourth game in sixth nights; all of them with travel between games. St. Louis has had issues with their goaltending of late with Jake Allen struggling and Carter Hutton hammered for five goals in that loss to the Senators. I’d expect the Blues to give Allen another chance tonight and I think he will be very motivated to deliver a strong performance. Allen notched a shutout against Washington in his lone previous appearance against the Capitals. Look for St. Louis to play with much greater energy tonight and it’s worth noting the Blues are 5-1 in their last six games following a loss. The Blues worth a look as a short home underdog.

Tags: NHL Washington Capitals St. Louis Blues Ian Cameron



NFL Gambling: Bettors gear up for Conference Championship weekend

01.16.2017     11:37 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The scoreboard operator at the Georgia Dome in expected to be busy at Sunday’s NFC title clash between the Packers and Falcons. Both offenses should be primed to light up the scoreboard as evidenced by the fact this game is currently lined at 60/60.5 at every major offshore and Las Vegas sportsbook. Aaron Rodgers continued his elite level play in Sunday’s thrilling 34-31 win over Dallas. He completed 28-of-43 passes for 356 yards and now has a spectacular 21-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio during the Packers’ current 8-0 SU, 7-1 ATS surge. The absence of Jordy Nelson was negated by “step up” efforts from Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison (each with three or more catches). Tight end Jared Cook also hauled in six passes including the all-important one that set up the game winning field goal. But Green Bay’s defense was exposed, especially in the secondary, where injuries remain plentiful. Dallas rolled up 429 total yards including 302 through the air. That doesn’t bode well for their matchup against Matt Ryan and an Atlanta offense that posted some of the league’s best offensive numbers. Note that the Falcons ranked tops in the league in yards per pass attempt at 8.8. And to make matter worse, the Packers lost another member of that depleted secondary when safety Morgan Burnett left the game in the first quarter with a quad injury. His status for Sunday’s game is currently questionable. With all the focus on Rogers, Ryan and two prolific offenses, it’s clear that whoever comes up with a timely turnover or red zone stop is going to have a significant edge. How about that 9-0 O/U record at the Georgia Dome this season? The average total during that span was 51. The highest total during that span was 58.5 (vs. New Orleans). And when these two teams met in the Georgia Dome back in Week 8, the closing total was 51! Of course that game went flying over as Atlanta won 33-32.

Amazingly, this is only the second time since 2005 the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots will square off in the postseason. New England’s strength of schedule this season was a well-documented league low. And not only did the Patriots routinely face weak teams but also weak quarterbacks -- the two generally go hand in hand. New England went up against Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler, Tyrod Taylor, Cody Kessler, Charlie Whitehurst, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jared Goff, Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Bryce Petty and Matt Moore. The "best" quarterback New England has faced was Seattle’s Russell Wilson who finished the season with the league's 14th-best QB Rating. And it should be noted that Wilson carved up the Pats for 348 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions. Ben Roethlisberger finished 11th with a 95.4 QB Rating but didn't play (hence Landry Jones) in New England's 27-16 Week 7 win over Pittsburgh. It’s not even debatable that New England’s defense faces its tough challenge of the season. But even for a resurgent Pittsburgh defense, which has improved by leaps and bounds since a healthy James Harrison, Bud Dupree and Ryan Shazier returned, can the Patriots be stopped? This past weekend they hung 34 points and approached 400 yards against a Texans defense that was metrically one of the best units in the league. Interesting trend to be aware of: New England is 1-6 ATS in their last seven AFC Championship games. They are currently -6 home favorites at most sportsbooks.

Tags: NFL Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Pittsburgh Steelers New England Patriots Ian Cameron



Basketball Betting Podcast 1-18-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning

01.18.2017     01:41 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball slate while ER talked NBA.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - College Basketball

Erin Rynning - NBA

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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Memphis Grizzlies at Washington Wizards

01.18.2017     10:32 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Memphis at Washington -2 O/U 207 
Recommendation: Washington


The markets haven’t come close to catching up with the Wizards in recent weeks, particularly on their home floor.  The Wizards are 15-7 SU since their 2-8 start.  At home, the numbers are even more impressive: 12-0 SU, 11-1 ATS ; a streak that dates back to early December.  Shooting guard Bradley Beal: “We have that extra urge here, that will to want to win. We want to be a great team here and home, we want to have home court when playoff time comes around."

Washington’s run of success is no fluke.  Point guard John Wall is playing at a superstar level, ranked #5 in the NBA (behind Westbrook, Curry, Lowry and Paul) in REAL plus/minus for point guards.  Small forward Otto Porter has come into his own as well, ranked #6 at his position in REAL plus/minus, behind the likes of LeBron, Kawhi, Greek Freak, Durant and Jimmy Butler.  Marcin Gortat is cleaning up in the low post, Beal is draining three’s, and despite a relatively weak bench, Scott Brooks has a surging, confident team right now.

The Wizards are rested and ready, playing only their third game in the last seven days, all at home.  The Grizzlies are on the other end of the ‘rested and ready’ spectrum.  This will be their 14th consecutive court change, a brutal scheduling stretch that has left them without back-2-back home games since the week before Christmas.  They’ve played in all four US time zones in their last six games; looking gassed and out of sync in a home loss to Chicago in their last contest.

Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, talking about how he’s trying to patch things through the Grizzlies rough scheduling stretch and their near constant battle with key injuries:  “We’re trying to feel our way through this thing and see what works and what doesn’t work as we get these guys back healthy and getting their legs under them. We’ve just got to figure it out...and be more consistent.”  That’s no bet-on quote!

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NBA Handicapping: Clippers lose Paul to injury, face daunting upcoming schedule

01.18.2017     09:26 AM     Printer Friendly

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It doesn't take a genius to know that Chris Paul has a massive impact. According to ESPN's stats, the Clippers are 20 points better per 100 possessions when Paul is on the floor. Well, he won't be on the floor for a while as Paul suffered a thumb injury and will miss 6-8 weeks. Making matters worse is LA's upcoming schedule. Eleven of their next 15 are on the road. Four of those games are back-to-back situations. And three are against Golden State.

vs. Minnesota 
at Denver 
at Atlanta 
at Philadelphia* 
at Golden State 
at Phoenix 
vs. Golden State* 
at Boston 
at Toronto* 
at New York 
at Charlotte 
at Utah 
vs. Atlanta 
at Golden State 
vs. San Antonio* 
*indicates second of back-to-backs

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders

01.18.2017     09:17 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

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TCU at Texas Tech -4.5 O/U 137 
Recommendation: Under


Off Saturday 84-75 loss at OKlahoma, I looked for maximum effort and focus from Texas Tech tonight as it plays host to TCU. The Red Raiders have fired back very strong following their three previous losses. After losing to Auburn they produced a 75-51 win over Utah State. They blew a 14-point second half lead in Ames but bounced back with an overtime win over West Virginia. And after being outclassed at Kansas, the Red Raiders grinded out a win over Kansas State, 66-65. The common themes in those three contests was great TTU defense, a slower pace, and all three going under the total in regulation. First-year head coach Chris Beard was extremely disappointed with his team's shot selection and transition defense against the Sooners. Expect those to be corrected tonight. I look for TCU to bounce the other way after having its best offensive showing of the year at home against Iowa State. The Horned Frogs shot out of their minds (1.24 ppp) en route to an 84-77 win. While they've played a handful of high scoring games, in watching TCU, they generally like to play at a moderate pace and work to get versatile big man Vladimir Brodziansky touches in the paint. Overall, this is a pretty even matchup and one that could very well come down to the last few possessions. We'll look to play it under the total.  


Tags: College Basketball TCU Horned Frogs Texas Tech Red Raiders Big XII Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Free Play: St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Saint Louis Billikens

01.17.2017     12:02 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

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St. Bonaventure -10 at Saint Louis O/U 141.5 
Recommendation: Under


Without starting point guard and leading scorer Jaylen Adams (22.2 ppg) in the lineup the past two games, St. Bonaventure’s high octane offense has been slowed considerably. This past Saturday at a neutral site in Rochester, NY, the Bonnies defeated Fordham 73-53 and prior to that they lost 78-61 at Richmond. Tonight in their third straight game away from home and their longest A-10 road trip, they may have to go without Adams again. And, for the second straight game St. Bonaventure is going to be faced with a methodical, patient, half court style team. St. Louis ranks #299 in the KenPom adjusted tempo ratings which mirrors the #302 position Fordham has. The Rams were able to contain the number of shot attempts in Saturday’s game vs. the Bonnies which led to only 262 potential points in that game. 48.2% of those points were scored which is solid offensive efficiency but the final score only totaled 126.

Saint Louis meanwhile has been without their starting PG and leading scorer Jermaine Bishop for the last eight games. The Billikens array of youth and injuries have been key cogs in a miserable offensive season (worst in A-10 61 ppg and 39.4 FG%) and before the season started, Travis Ford referred to his squad as limited offensively. Unable to truly implement his 94-foot style, Ford has tried to mask the team’s offensive deficiencies by retaining their style from recent years and it’s allowed them keep their first five A-10 game results to an average of 135.2 ppg. 

SLU has played a combination of quicker paced and highly efficient A-10 offenses in their last four games so seeing St. Bonaventure tonight will not be anything new. Even if Adams plays for the Bonnies tonight, must note that he played 40 minutes fully healthy in the pair of meetings last season and those games totaled 127 and 143. With the fundamentals and situationals presented to us here, the current game total of 141.5 seems a bit high which signals a look toward the under.

Tags: College Basketball St. Bonaventure Bonnies Saint Louis Billikens A-10 Rob Veno



NFL Betting Podcast 1-17-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

01.17.2017     10:26 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy gave his famed opening line report on this weekend's NFL Conference Championships.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - NFL Conference Championships

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Buffalo Bulls at Kent State Golden Flashes

01.17.2017     09:39 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports

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Buffalo at Kent State -3 O/U 154 
Recommendation: Kent State


Quietly, the Buffalo Bulls have represented the MAC in the last two NCAA Tournaments. Last year's team was at one point 14-12 and 7-6 in league play but won six out of its last eight games, including three in the MAC Tournament, only to lose to Miami in competitive fashion, 79-72, in the first round. This season hasn't gone nearly as smoothly as the Bulls enter tonight's game at Kent State with a 7-10 record and 1-3 mark in MAC play. Reports have surfaced that there is a negative vibe within the program and it showed last time out as Buffalo was hammered at home by Ball State, 92-77. Here's a snippet from a recap of the game.

After Saturday's second straight home loss, a 92-77 defeat to Ball State, Oats was questioning the mindset and toughness of virtually his entire squad. His team is in a crisis, and it was evident before the opening tip.

Perkins was benched for the first 10 minutes as punishment for his meltdown against Ohio. Oats benched senior guard Willie Conner for the first 6:40 for his technical in that game. Senior Blake Hamilton, UB's best player and last year's MAC title game hero, sat out the first two minutes for dogging it in practice.

Another report indicated that the team's starting lineup was changed due to off-the-court issues between two players as well as a player benched due to lack of effort in practice. All told, it doesn't sound like a good situation.

Meanwhile, Kent State showed capable with a road win over Texas and a 10-point win over Ball State to open up MAC play. But since then, the Golden Flashes have dropped three straight including back-to-back barnburners. They also haven't beaten Buffalo since 2013 which suggests a focused effort against what sounds like a team in disarray. We'll lay the short price with the home favorite tonight.

Tags: College Basketball Buffalo Bulls Kent State Golden Flashes MAC OTTO Sports



Sportsbooks love to talk about getting thrashed by the betting public

01.17.2017     09:22 AM     Printer Friendly

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Sportsbooks are a business and a lot of their profit is generated from casual bettors; the "betting public." So when the postseason hits you tend to read a lot of articles about the "betting public" getting the best of the sportsbooks. Last week, outright wins by the Steelers and Packers reportedly proved costly. The week prior it was Clemson's win over Alabama that "crushed the books." What you generally don't read is articles about games in which 80% of the tickets are on one side but 80% of the money is on the other; the old square/sharp divide. That wouldn't be good marketing.

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NFL Betting Trends: Packers-Falcons first game to be totaled 60 since 2000

01.17.2017     09:08 AM     Printer Friendly

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Well, what do we have here? An NFL total of 60? When was the last time that occurred? Good question and according to one database, it hasn't since October 29, 2000 when the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers closed 62 (and landed 59). Since then, there have been a handful of 59/59.5's but no 60's. What's interesting is that Packers and Falcons met during the regular season; Week 8 to be exact. That total closed 51. The game, however, went flying over as Rodgers and Ryan combined for 56-of-73, 534 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

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