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College Basketball Betting Free Pick: UT-Arlington Mavericks at Georgia State Panthers

02.06.2016     08:57 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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UT-Arlington at Georgia State -1 O/U 139.5 
Recommendation: Over


Georgia State has talked a lot about finding easier ways to score including the occasional fast break opportunity. It's no doubt been a grind as the Panthers rank 11th in the Sun Belt in offensive efficiency (0.96 ppp). Last time out, they beat Texas State despite failing to crack 60 and prior to that were held to 53 in a road loss at Arkansas-Little Rock. Tonight's opponent, however, serves as an opportunity for GSU to run a little bit and also score some points. UT-Arlington is one of the fastest teams in the country and routinely plays games in the 150's and above. Eight out of their 10 Sun Belt games topped 140 including the first meeting between the two schools as UTA won 85-70 (76 possessions). Thing are a little different this time around as UTA lost Kevin Hervey (18.1 ppg) for the year back in late January. The Mavericks had a "hump up" effort the first game without Hervey as they crushed Arkansas State 91-64. But since then, UTA has dropped four straight and allowed 84.8 ppg in the process. Keep in mind this was a squad that earlier this year held Ohio State to 68 and Memphis to 64 on the road. Now they're coughing up 90+ to mediocre Sun Belt squads. Georgia State has played a lot of "under" type teams this season but has the rare opportunity of playing host to an up-tempo squad that struggles to defend. Look for GSU to take advantage as we look towards the over.

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Sportsmemo Podcast Super Bowl 50 Betting Preview with Handicappers Teddy Covers and Rob Veno

02.05.2016     10:37 AM     Printer Friendly

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Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Rob Veno. Both cappers and host Andrew Lange broke down Super Bowl 50 as well as provided various prop bet recommendations.

Today's segments 
Full Show - Super Bowl 50 Preview

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets

02.05.2016     10:32 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Miami at Charlotte -3.5 O/U 192.5 
Recommendation: Charlotte


To call this a flat spot for Miami is something of an understatement.  No team in the NBA has faced a more brutal scheduling stretch this season than what the Heat have just gone through.  Since their four game homestand ended with a win over New Orleans on Christmas Day, the Heat have played 22 games.  21 of those games involved a court change from the previous contest.  This will be their 14th road game in their last 16 contests overall.

The Heat have been riddled with key injuries throughout this stretch.  Four of their five starters have missed at least one game over the last month; and backcourt mates Dwayne Wade and Goran Dragic have both been dealing with a barrage of injury related concerns.  An ancient, creaking Amare Stoudamire sat on the end of the bench for the first two months of the season.  Over the past two weeks, he’s played at least 17 minutes in eight straight games, forced into action because Eric Spoelstra has very limited frontcourt depth these days.

This is the last game of the extended – seemingly endless – road heavy portion of Miami’s schedule.  The Heat have huge statement games at home against the Clippers and Spurs after this one, just prior to the All-Star break.  Miami is coming off a very satisfying outright upset win at Dallas on Wednesday; their fifth win in six games at the tail end of this brutal scheduling stretch.  I do NOT expect the Heat to bring their A-game tonight, or anything close!

Charlotte beat Miami in both home games against them last year and they won by 18 over the Heat in their lone previous matchup against them on this floor this year.  The Hornets have gone through their own brutal scheduling stretch, playing 11 out of 15 on the road over a four week span in January, with court changes between 18 of their last 19 games!  But they’re in the midst of a legitimate homestand now.  They’ve had some time to rest and recuperate, playing only their second game in February.

Charlotte blew out the Cavs in the second half in their last outing, after blowing out the Lakers in their previous game.  They should have leading scorer Kemba Walker back on the floor here, after missing the win over Cleveland.  They’ve gotten key contributors Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lin back on the court in recent games after all three missed time with injuries.  This is a very reasonable pointspread, worth laying with Steve Clifford’s squad this evening. 

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Sports Betting Podcast 2-4-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Alex B. Smith and Drew Martin

02.04.2016     11:02 AM     Printer Friendly

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Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Alex B. Smith and Drew Martin. Drew and host Andrew Lange broke down college hoosp while Alex talked hockey.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Alex B. Smith - NHL

Drew Martin - College Basketball

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NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues

02.04.2016     08:18 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alex Smith

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San Jose +105 at St. Louis O/U 5 
Recommendation: San Jose


The San Jose Sharks continue their post-All-Star Break, four-game road trip with a matchup against the St. Louis Blues tonight. The Sharks are in second place in the Pacific Division with 56 points and have won eight of their last 11 games. St. Louis is close to getting their full roster back from injury with only goaltender Jake Allen (knee) and Jaden Schwartz (ankle) out indefinitely. Schwartz has been out since mid-October but could be ready to join the club in a couple of weeks after showing positive signs during recent practices. The Blues have done well in the Central despite fighting the injury bug all season. They’ve won six of their last nine and trail second place Dallas by only three points with two games in hand. The Sharks have been a much better road team this season than at home, with a 16-7-2 record overall including three of their last four. Balanced scoring has been a strong spot for the Sharks with 15 different players scoring at least one goal over their last 10 games. Goaltender Martin Jones has won six of his last eight starts with a 2.37 goals against and a .916 save percentage within that stretch. St. Louis dominated the Sharks in last season’s two meetings; blowout wins by the same score of 7-2 within five days of each other. Usually regular season revenge isn't much of a factor in the NHL but to to lose in that manner, it will certainly be on the minds of veteran leaders Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. I think the spot and the plus price warrants a play on the Sharks.

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Super Bowl 50 Prop Bet Pick: Carolina Panthers Player Rushing Attempts

02.04.2016     07:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Carolina Over 4.5 players to get a Rush Attempt  (+140 Superbook) 
Jonathan Stewart will be the starting running back.  Cam Newton had at least three rushing attempts in every game, averaging just shy of eight per contest.  Fullback Mike Tolbert had at least one rush in 17 of the Panthers 18 games; at least two rushes in 16 of those games.  Those three are virtual ‘locks’ to get a carry.

But at least four other Panthers have a decent shot to get a carry on Sunday, making the Over 4.5 a worthy wager at this attractive plus price.  I wrote up my rational for Ted Ginn above.  Corey Brown is another speedster, with six rushing attempts during the regular season, five of which gained seven yards or more.  Backup RB Cameron Artis Payne had 36 carries in four games down the stretch, and he’s certainly could to see the field here after missing the NFC Championship Game.  And third down back Fozzy Whittaker, banged up down the stretch, is ‘live’ to get a carry (or two, or three) as well.  Whittaker had 16 carries in their final four regular season games and two more in the NFC title game.

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Sports Betting Podcast 2-3-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Erin Rynning

02.03.2016     01:39 PM     Printer Friendly

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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Erin Rynning. Brent and host Andrew Lange broke down college hoops while ER talked NBA.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Brent Crow - College Basketball

Erin Rynning - NBA

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.

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Super Bowl 50 Gambling: Sportsbooks may become desperate for money on Denver Broncos

02.03.2016     08:36 AM     Printer Friendly

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According to various Las Vegas sportsbooks, "no one" is betting the Denver Broncos. Sports Options lists the public money to be 76% on the Carolina Panthers. Offshore, Carolina sits -5.5 while -6 is the prevailing number in Vegas.


"This year is really rare in that nobody is betting on the Broncos. For whatever reason, we just don't seem to see any money coming in on Denver, and floods of money coming in on the Carolina Panthers," said Matt Holt, sports wagering expert with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Race and Sports Book and CG Technology.



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College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Boston College Eagles at Virginia Cavaliers

02.03.2016     08:31 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

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Boston College at Virginia -24 O/U 123.5 
Recommendation: Under


The 9th ranked Virginia Cavaliers welcome the last place Boston College Eagles to Charlottesville tonight in what projects to be one of the more lopsided matchups of the year in ACC conference play. Tonight’s matchup pins a top-tier defense vs. an inept offense that statistically is among the worst offenses in the nation. The Cavaliers are on a four-game winning streak thanks to a return to the defensive form that's been a staple throughout Tony Bennett's tenure. "I think defense is a hard one to figure out for us. It just takes such a commitment to it. We've had a lot of teaching moments because of the defense this year to be honest." Virginia is still stingy at home where it's 10-0 and allowing 60 points per contest. That does not bode well for Boston College (7-14, 0-8) who has failed to score more than 64 or shoot better than 46.9% while losing all its ACC games by an average of 21 points. The Eagles' closest margin of defeat in the league came in a 72-62 loss to Florida State last Tuesday. The Eagles have averaged over 70 possessions their last three games vs. teams that run and still have averaged only 57 points. The Eagles offense is 338th in the nation in tempo and the Virginia defense is 349th in the nation for average possession length. Boston College will not get anywhere near 70 possessions tonight, therefore likely fall well short of their season average points per game.  A 24-point spread diminishes the odds of a foul fest and UVA will be looking to end this one early with a key conference game on Saturday at Pitt. Tonight’s game projects to be a very slow paced, conservative, and non-competitive which puts us on the under.

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Polls indicate sports betting should be legalized

02.03.2016     08:23 AM     Printer Friendly

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News flash: Most Americans feel that sports betting should be legalized and regulated.

 

"America's passion for football is rivaled only by its enthusiasm for sports betting," AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman said in a statement coinciding with the release of the research. "Fans believe regulated sports betting enhances the game experience, deepens their engagement with their favorite athletes and teams and protects the integrity of games."



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College Basketball Handicapping: Big East home courts amongst weakest in the country

02.03.2016     08:19 AM     Printer Friendly

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On yesterday's Sportsmemo Podcast we spoke about the overall balance of the Big East as well as the lack of home court strength. On the season, Big East home teams are 21-26 SU -- the second lowest winning percentage of any conference in the country. The posterchild for this dichotomy has been the Providence Friars who have three Big East home losses (Marquette, Seton Hall, and Xavier) and four impressive road victories (Creighton, Butler, Villanova, and Georgetown). The results thus far are probably an outlier as home teams won at a 60% clip the previous two seasons. Three Big East games on the docket for tonight: St. John's at Xavier (-22), Creighton at Villanova (-12), and Marquette at Seton Hall (-7.5).


"It's been an unusual year in college basketball overall. Traditional theories don't seem to be holding true this season, so I guess it stands to reason that the home court hasn't been such a home-court advantage for pretty much everyone in our conference."



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NFL Gambling: Former Cowboys running back accused of betting on sports

02.02.2016     08:39 AM     Printer Friendly

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Better dust out the pointspread archives to find out whether or not there was anything fishy going on with the Dallas Cowboys. Reports have come out that former running back Joseph Randle was waived in part because of his affinity of sports betting. Randle denies any involvement.


"There are certain types of gambling that you can't do as a player," he said. "Obviously you can't be involved in ... anything that we're competing in, and I've never heard of anything like that."



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Sports Betting Podcast 2-2-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Ian Cameron

02.02.2016     10:44 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Ian Cameron. Brent and host Andrew Lange broke down college hoops while Ian talked NHL.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Brent Crow - College Basketball

Ian Cameron - NHL

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.

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NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers

02.02.2016     10:41 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Columbus at Edmonton -130 O/U 5.5 
Recommendation: Edmonton


The Edmonton Oilers are rewarded with a nice “return from the All-Star Break” gift tonight with the return of their #1 overall draft pick from last year in Connor McDavid. McDavid returns for the first time since November 3rd after suffering a broken clavicle. McDavid had 12 points in 13 games before the injury and I think he’ll provide an emotional boost and also help offset the recent injury to top center Ryan Hugent-Hopkins. Columbus pulled off a two-game home-and-home sweep against the reeling Montreal Canadiens before the break but it’s still a Blue Jackets team that is currently tied with Toronto as the worst team in the Eastern Conference. It’s a beatable foe for Edmonton and even though the Jackets put two wins together, often times we do not see positive momentum prior to the break carry over. Columbus is forced to ride Joonas Korpisalo in net as both Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney remain out long-term due to injury. Edmonton has enough firepower to take advantage this shortcoming. It’s worth noting the Oilers’ goaltending has been better of late with Cam Talbot currently playing his best hockey of the season. He grades out as having the edge in between the pipes over Korpisalo. Despite Edmonton’s overall losing record, they’ve played well on home ice with a 13-10-1 record at Rexall Place. I like the situation and the current price of -130 to fire on the home favorite. 


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Super Bowl 50 Gambling: Las Vegas casino and sportsbook parties

02.02.2016     09:06 AM     Printer Friendly

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Great info from The Vegas Parlay on all of the casino and sportsbook parties for Sunday's Super Bowl 50. There's a wide range of options, most including drink and food specials.

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Super Bowl 50 Gambling: Westgate SuperBook expects seats to fill up early

02.02.2016     08:56 AM     Printer Friendly

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The newly revamped Westgate SuperBook appears to be the "it" place for Sunday's Super Bowl 50. Director Jay Kornegay said if you want to get one of the first-come, first-served seats for the big game, you had better set your alarm.

 

“I don’t want to tell people 8 a.m. and they’re all filled up.” Kornegay said. “I’m saying the earlier, the better. That’s all I can tell you. I know people will be here at the crack of dawn in their seats.”



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NBA Handicapping: Phoenix Suns cut bait with Hornacek

02.02.2016     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly

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Losers of...wow, a ton of games of late, the Phoenix Suns finally parted ways with head coach Jeff Hornacek. In his place will be assistant Earl Watson who was last seen hoisting jump shots for the Portland Trail Blazers two years ago. The Suns opened the season 7-5 SU and 8-4 ATS but have since gone a mind-blowing 7-30 SU and 10-27 ATS. The good news is they play nine of their next 10 at home. The bad news is every opponent is likely playoff bound including Oklahoma City, Golden State, and San Antonio. Phoenix is catching +9.5 for tonight’s home game vs. Toronto.

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Sports Betting Podcast 2-1-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

02.01.2016     11:19 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down some of the games on tonight's college basketball and NBA slates.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - College Basketball and NBA

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 NBA Rob Veno Andrew Lange



NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

02.01.2016     11:18 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

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Dallas +6 at Atlanta O/U 200 
Recommendation: Dallas


Rick Carlisle took an opposite approach to his resting Dirk Nowitzki by sitting him last night in the first of a back-to-back situation. The thought process is a logical one as Dallas had what on the schedule appeared to be and subsequently turned out to be a walk through spot versus hapless Phoenix. Carlisle’s decision that playing Nowitzki wouldn’t be necessary to defeat Phoenix was correct and now figures to pay dividends as Dallas will be at full strength on the road against a more difficult opponent in Atlanta. The Hawks have been mired in an offensive slump lately failing to exceed 95 points or 41.8% FG shooting in five of their last six games. The recent 1-5 SU/ATS downswing seems to be having a negative effect on the team mindset as indicated by starting Kent Bazemore who said, "We're trying to find ourselves right now and there isn't really much going our way, it is just a tough time right now.” “We just got to stick with it. It's just not our time right now, and we got to deal with it." Certainly those words seem to suggest that the Hawks are only in the process of trying to get a grasp on what’s wrong. There are other significant factors including a recent injury to starting Paul Milsap which has either kept him out of the lineup or hindered his effectiveness the past few games. Starting point guard Jeff Teague is dealing with trade rumors which have been swirling like hurricane winds and could possibly be a distraction for him. Conversely, the Mavericks enter this game seeking atonement for their 98-95 loss back on December 9 which was a game that starting small forward Wesley Matthews feels they could’ve won had their play not been so lax. Tonight Dallas seems ready to bring full focus and energy to Phillips Arena and with last night’s non-taxing effort against Phoenix, they have the fresh legs and depth necessary to give a strong 48 minutes here. Price opened at +7 and has since come down to +6 but feel that’s enough to cash tonight with a motivated Dallas team.    


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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Bettors gear up for Super Bowl 50 Prop Bets

02.01.2016     09:00 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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

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

Vaccaro’s unique offering attracted all kinds of attention both from bettors and from media types. It also accomplished his goal of increasing betting handle, with money pouring in on the ‘Yes, Fridge will score a TD’ side of the prop at big (but quickly declining) plus price odds. From a short term, bottom line standpoint, the first prop bet in Vegas history was a disaster for the books. Fridge famously did score a TD, stealing a goalline carry away from Hall of Famer Walter Payton in the process. Vaccaro: "We lost our ass on that bet. But we won in the long run."

That was the beginning of the deluge of prop bets for the Super Bowl, the forerunner of Over/Under yardage numbers for quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers that are now widely available for every Sunday, Monday and Thursday Night Football game during the regular season. But Super Bowl prop betting didn’t get to the next level until Jay Kornegay took over as the sportsbook director at the Imperial Palace.

I’m being kind when I call the late 90’s Imperial Palace a dump, an aging center Strip property right in the middle of an area that was in the process of getting completely revitalized through a massive building boom. The worst parking garage in town flooded every time it rained. The Sportsbook itself was tucked away in a back corner on the third floor, requiring a ride on one of the longest, slowest escalators in the history of escalators to pay a visit.

But there was only one thing that kept the Imperial Palace or IP (now The Linq following a sale and a $230 million makeover that didn’t touch the parking garage) relevant for locals and sports bettors. That thing? The sportsbook, of course! By the mid to late 90’s, Kornegay was doing a number of fairly unique things to increase handle at his book. The IP would post the following week’s NFL pointspreads at halftime of the 1 PM (Pacific Time) games, something no one else in town was doing, beating the legendary Stardust Sportsbook (with the slogan ‘Where the Line Originates’) in the process.

When I first moved to Las Vegas in time for the 1998 football season, it was already well established that the IP was THE sportsbook for Super Bowl props; a venue that seemed intent on drawing sharp traffic away from the Stardust. My first Super Bowl in Vegas was John Elway’s last game; a Broncos win and cover over the Falcons in Super Bowl 33 that is also known as the ‘Eugene Robinson game’ after Robinson got arrested for soliciting a prostitute on the night before the game.

I watched that game with some buddies at the IP. We all had bets on Denver; there wasn’t much of a sweat there, with the exception of when Tim Dwight ran a kickoff back for a TD in the fourth quarter just to make things a little interesting, opening up a backdoor cover possibility. The real excitement came from the props, not the actual game being played on the field.

At that point – in the late 90’s – Kornegay and his staff at the IP were well ahead of the rest of the world when it came to props. Here in Vegas, the vast majority of other sportsbooks were far too risk averse to offer the bevy of options that Kornegay had posted. You’d see some books in town copy the simple stuff – this is where the tradition of Kornegay NOT offering printed sheets until a couple of days after the props were released began. The IP was at the forefront of the Super Bowl prop betting world, with everyone else trailing behind. Even the offshore books, which were proliferating wildly at the time, couldn’t match the depth and breadth of the IP Sportsbook’s Super Bowl proposition wagers.

When Kornegay moved over to the Hilton Superbook in 2004, which became the LVH Superbook, which became the Westgate Superbook, he brought the focus on Super Bowl props with him. Since that time, the Superbook has become the world leader for Super Bowl props. CG Technology (formerly Cantor) posts a significant array of proposition wagers to choose from as well. Just about every other sportsbook in town offers prop bets as well, although the vast majority of those betting menus aren’t nearly as deep.

The offshore world has gotten more heavily involved with their menu of prop bet offerings over the past decade as well. Those with access to the offshore numbers can take advantage of the handful of solid arbitrage opportunities as the global numbers are posted. When one book has Peyton Manning’s total passing yardage posted at 235.5 and another book has it at 246.5, savvy bettors take advantage with Under 246.5 yards bets or Over 233.5 yards bets; sometimes both (offering the possibility of a middle, cashing both sides of the wager).

The professional bettors here in Vegas do not go nuts betting the Super Bowl side and/or total. It’s just one game at the tail end of a long season; a game where both the pointspread and the total are priced right around where they should be. Many wiseguys will not have a wager on side or total when Super Bowl 50 kicks off.

But the prop betting menu is a different story entirely. When the Westgate Superbook posted their opening numbers last Thursday night, the line stretched all the way to the back of the book. There was at least a half hour wait to get a bet down, yet bettors waited patiently for their turn to fire away at the openers with $2000 limits. Guys who take this seriously can get half a million dollars into play without a hitch, in $1000 and $2000 increments. When the best bettors in the world go ‘all in’ betting these props for Super Bowl Sunday, recreational and casual bettors should take notice!

Best of luck betting the Big Game on Sunday!

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College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Austin Peay Governors at Southeast Missouri RedHawks

01.30.2016     08:49 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Austin Peay -6 at Southeast Missouri State O/U 142 
Recommendation: Under


Southeast Missouri first-year head coach Rick Ray has been through a lot this season. The RedHawks opened 0-10 and then 0-6 in OVC play. He's had to kick a few guys off the team and experiment both offensively and defensively in order to give his kids a chance to compete. Something appears to have clicked as Ray has his squad back to playing man-to-man defense and it's resulted in three straight wins and 61, 60 (OT), and 51 points allowed. The competition of a D2 and two lower-tier OVC squads helped, but it's a lot better than their four previous games in which they allowed 87.3 ppg and were blown out each time. Austin Peay classifies as lower-tier OVC with a 2-6 conference record and the 11th-ranked offensive efficiency. The Governors do defend a little as they held the two best offenses in the OVC, Tennessee Tech and Belmont, to 72 and 76 respectively. That suggests APSU should be able to handle a SEMO offense that ranks 341 nationally in offensive efficiency. In the end, if SEMO plays close to the type of defense it has in its last three games vs. its season-long numbers, there's a good chance the under cashes. 

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Sports Betting Podcast 1-29-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning

01.29.2016     01:07 PM     Printer Friendly

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Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob and host Andrew Lange previewed Saturday's marquee college basketball matchups while ER discussed NBA.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Rob Veno - College Basketball Saturday

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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics

01.29.2016     12:37 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Orlando at Boston -8 O/U 205.5 
Recommendation: Boston


This is a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions right now.  On January 1st, the Magic had a one game lead over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Playoff race, sitting in fifth place in the East.  Since that time, Orlando has gone into a 1-11 SU, 2-10 ATS tailspin, falling into a tie at #12 in the East.  Meanwhile, the Celtics have won four straight and seven of their last nine, a surging team here in January.

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Magic of late, a team finding ways to lose.  They dropped back-2-back overtime games, then blew a 16 point lead and watched a one point deficit turn into a seven point final margin of defeat in the final 15 seconds at Milwaukee on Tuesday.

The quotes coming out of the Orlando locker room during this skid have been universally negative, with players and staff appearing to prod each other through the media.  Tobias Harris, following a crushing OT defeat at home to Charlotte last weekend: "In difficult times you have to fight your way through and you've got to come with a positive attitude every single day. If we just sit around and mope and pout, that's going to affect us in the next game. We have to have a clear mindset and get back to where we want to be."  Read between the lines and you can practically hear him ripping his teammates.”

Head coach Scott Skiles, following their previous loss, at home to lowly Philadelphia: "Our lack of competitiveness is frightening, really. They were pushing us all around on both ends of the floor and we basically capitulated.  If that's all we can muster mentally, it's not going to look good for us the rest of the year. Our goal right now should be just simply to win a game."

Guard Victor Oladipo following the loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday "It's almost like a repetitive thing, almost like a bad dream. It’s tough, but (at) the end of the day our confidence can't waver because once that happens, it's over.”  It’s surely worth noting that Orlando failed to win or cover despite a red hot night from three point range, connecting on 13-24 from beyond the arc.  For a 35% three point shooting team, they’ll be hard pressed to match that level of long range efficiency tonight.

Boston’s offense has been productive all year, but it’s their defense that has keyed their recent surge, bad news for a struggling offense like that of the Magic.  Celtics forward Amir Johnson following Wednesday’s win over Denver: “Really our main focus is defense. Once we get stops on defense we're able to get out and get finishes and points. Defense these last four games has been huge for us. Just lock down and stop our opponents."

Brad Stevens squad has hung 110+ on each of their last four opponents, winning every game by eight points or more during that span.  Anything close to that level of production here and we can expect a comfortable win and cover for the home favorite.

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Super Bowl 50 Gambling: Westgate SuperBook releases famed prop bets

01.29.2016     10:00 AM     Printer Friendly

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Here's a full listing of the Westgate SuperBook's famed NFL Super Bowl prop bets.

 

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NBA Handicapping: Brutal schedule likely to prolong Orlando's current misery

01.29.2016     07:33 AM     Printer Friendly

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It's been a rough stretch for the Orlando Magic who have lost 11 of their last 12 (2-10 ATS) including three in overtime. As of right now, it's hardly a death sentence to be four games under .500 in the Eastern Conference but eight or nine games is a different story. Check out Orlando's upcoming schedule: at Boston, vs. Boston, at San Antonio, at Oklahoma City, vs. LA Clippers, vs. Atlanta, at Atlanta, vs. San Antonio, and vs. Dallas. Yikes!


“If anything, we might be too young at times, which obviously produces inconsistent play,” Hennigan said. “So the blame for that lands squarely on my shoulders, and maybe I haven’t stabilized the roster well enough to help support both our players and our coaches as we’re continuing to build. So these are questions I ask myself on a daily and nightly basis.”



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