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College Basketball Betting Podcast 12-6-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

12.06.2016     10:08 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down a few of tonight's college basketball games.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - 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 Rob Veno Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Texas Longhorns at Michigan Wolverines

12.06.2016     06:55 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports

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Texas at Michigan -11 O/U 130 
Recommendation: Michigan


Not an ideal matchup for the Texas Longhorns as they travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan tonight. These two squads hooked up last season in the Bahamas with the Wolverines winning 78-72. UT's starting lineup in the game featured four seniors and junior -- all of which are no longer on the team. This year's edition is littered with underclassmen who will likely struggle against Michigan's methodical brand of basketball. We've already witnessed multiple instances of UT's youth being exposed. Against veteran and fundamentally sound teams Northwestern, Colorado, and UT-Arlington, the Longhorns lost by margins of 19, 14, and 11. Those three squads, who aren't overly athletic, outrebounded Texas by a combined margin of 122-98. Texas fired back last Friday with a 77-68 win over Alabama; a game that was deadlocked heading into the final five minutes before UT pulled away. With such a young squad, one that has struggled on the offensive end (27% 3-pt, 65% FT), forcing turnovers and thus creating high percentage looks would go a long way. In those four games, the turnover battle was nearly dead even. Now they go on the road and face a team that prides itself on taking care of the basketball and keeping opposing teams out of transition. The Wolverines already have two impressive blowout wins over Marquette and SMU. They ran into a buzzsaw against South Carolina -- the Gamecocks boast one of the best stop units in the country. And Virginia Tech got the better of the Wolverines thanks to a 21-7 free throw attempt advantage. Not many if any advantages for the road side here as we fire with the home chalk. 

Tags: College Basketball Texas Longhorns Michigan State Wolverines OTTO Sports



NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers

12.05.2016     11:45 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Utah -3 at Los Angeles O/U 196.5 
Recommendation: Utah


Kudos to the Lakers for overachieving thus far but things are beginning to slip away some due to key injuries. Their recent four-game road trip produced a 1-3 ATS mark and if we push back to November 18, the number becomes 3-7 ATS. That date is significant because it was their first game without starting point guard D’Angelo Russell. From there, LA has dealt with a three-game span in which they were without starting forward Julius Randle due to a hip injury. And three games ago they lost starting guard Nick Young for a month (strained calf). Jose Calderon is also out leaving sixth man Lou Williams as the team's main scorer. Clarkson, Williams and Marcelo Huertas can divide up the minutes at point guard but the cluster of injuries to the backcourt can be preyed upon by opponents. Utah should be able to not only exploit the backcourt but also the small forward spot. Lakers starter Luol Deng and rookie Brandon Graham figure to have their hand full with top scorer Gordon Heyward. LA has no other small forwards since Larry Nance Jr. is nursing a knee injury which is just another shorthanded problem.  Utah doesn’t enter this one at full strength either because of George Hill’s absence but they are far more stable for this contest than the Lakers. Head coach Luke Walton said a few days ago that they’d just have to be creative with their lineup combinations and losing Calderon makes things that more complicated. Four of their last five losses have been by 17+ which indicates that they can lose touch on the scoreboard easily, especially with how fast they play pace-wise. Expect the rested Jazz team to come in and use their reliable defense as well as matchup and depth advantages to cover this short number.

Tags: NBA Utah Jazz Los Angeles Lakers Rob Veno



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

12.05.2016     11:35 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Up 24-9 and seemingly on their way to an impressive road win at Oakland, the Buffalo Bills melted down in a big way as the Raiders closed the game with four unanswered touchdowns. The end result was a 38-24 loss which dropped the Bills to 6-6 and put the team in the position of likely needing to “win out” in order to reach the playoffs. As for Sunday’s game, Buffalo led by 15 points midway through the third quarter behind a bend-but-don’t-break defense that held Oakland to three field goals. But the defense wilted and Oakland started moving the football with ease as Derek Carr hit on multiple big plays to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Buffalo’s 24-9 lead turned into a 30-24 deficit with the nail in the coffin coming when Tyrod Taylor was hit as he threw the football from his own end zone and the ball was picked off giving Oakland instant field position en route to yet another touchdown. The Bills are now two games behind the final Wild Card spot in the AFC. Their schedule to finish the season is manageable with three home games in a row as they host Pittsburgh this week followed by Cleveland and Miami. They close out the regular season on the road against the NY Jets. Despite the loss, the team in theory should be able to rally behind the favorable remaining slate. However, there’s also a chance the defeat lingers and Buffalo hasn’t exactly been a hot commodity in the betting markets with just one pointspread cover in its last six tries. Their inability to live up to market expectations coupled with the potential to “pack in the season” suggests this team remain “bet against” rather than “bet on.”

The Carolina Panthers dropped to 4-8 after their 40-7 blowout loss at Seattle on Sunday. If Carolina wasn’t already out of the playoff chase, they most assuredly are now. The Panthers have been dealt significant injuries along the offensive line which only has one healthy Week 1 starter. The defense lost its leader in Luke Kuechly a few weeks ago and they’ve allowed 75 points in two games without him on the field. It was a very quiet, pale faced sideline in the second half of the loss to the Seahawks and every bettor should question whether or not this team has any fight left. This is a squad that has been to the playoffs three straight times including last year’s Super Bowl run. Now, at 4-8, you have a high exception team essentially playing for exercise. And let's not forget that prior to Sunday's game, the Panthers felt they still had a shot at the postseason. Out of the bye, they beat Arizona and fired right back with a road win at Los Angeles. They outplayed Kansas City but gave up the game winning field goal as time experience. And then on a short week, beat division rival New Orleans by three and suffered a close 35-32 loss at Oakland the following week. All told, Carolina played four straight games decided by less than a field goal and then obviously fell flat in a big way against the Seahawks. Physically and emotionally spent, it's hard to envision much in the way of effort the remainder of the way. And three of their next four opponents -- Washington, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay -- are all currently in the thick of the playoff race. Proceed with serious caution with the Carolina Panthers.

Tags: NFL Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers Ian Cameron



NFL Betting Podcast 12-5-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

12.05.2016     10:40 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy gave his famed Opening Line Report for Week 14 of the NFL.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - NFL Opening Line Report - Week 14

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 Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



College Football Handicapping: Bowl Game Strength of Schedule

12.05.2016     09:36 AM     Printer Friendly

A longstanding handicapping tool for college football bowl games has been strength of schedule. Below is a list of all 41 matchups and each team's SOS from Sagarin.

2016 College Football Bowl Games - Strength of Schedule
Bowl
Location
Team (SOS)
Team SOS)
New Mexico
Albuquerque
UTSA (117)
New Mexico (109)
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Houston (74)
San Diego State (103)
Cure
Orlando
Arkansas State (115)
Central Florida (75)
Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
Appalachian State (108)
Toledo (107)
New Orleans
New Orleans
Southern Miss (125)
UL-Lafayette (106)
Miami
Miami
Central Michigan (94)
Tulsa (83)
Boca Raton
Boca Raton
Memphis (73)
Western Kentucky (120)
Poinsettia
San Diego
BYU (72)
Wyoming (81)
Potato
Boise
Colorado State (79)
Idaho (122)
Bahamas
Bahamas
Eastern Michigan (98)
Old Dominion (138)
Armed Forces
Fort Worth
Louisiana Tech (110)
Navy (63)
Dollar General
Mobile, Ala.
Ohio (129)
Troy (131)
Hawaii
Honolulu
MTSU (130)
Hawaii (87)
St. Petersburg
St Petersburg
Miami-OH (124)
Mississippi State (31)
Quick Lane
Detroit
Maryland (50)
Boston College (67)
Independence
Shreveport, La.
Vanderbilt (47)
NC State (44)
Heart of Dallas
Dallas
Army (137)
North Texas (111)
Military
Annapolis, Md.
Wake Forest (69)
Temple (85)
Holiday
San Diego
Washington State (26)
Minnesota (58)
Cactus
Phoenix
Baylor (66)
Boise State (77)
Pinstripe
Bronx
Northwestern (23)
Pittsburgh (25)
Russell Athletic
Orlando
West Virginia (43)
Miami (48)
Foster Farms
Santa Clara
Indiana (64)
Utah (33)
Texas
Houston
Kansas State (59)
Texas A&M (51)
Birmingham
Birmingham
South Florida (78)
South Carolina (56)
Belk
Charlotte
Arkansas (24)
Virginia Tech (53)
Alamo
San Antonio
Oklahoma State (62)
Colorado (8)
Liberty
Memphis
TCU (42)
Georgia (52)
Sun
El Paso
North Carolina (37)
Stanford (10)
Arizona
Tucson
South Alabama (123)
Air Force (97)
Music City
Nashville
Nebraska (46)
Tennessee (36)
Orange
Miami
Florida State (18)
Michigan (22)
Citrus
Orlando
LSU (11)
Louisville (70)
Taxslayer
Jacksonville
Kentucky (61)
Georgia Tech (45)
Peach
Atlanta
Washington (41)
Alabama (12)
Fiesta
Glendale
Ohio State (7)
Clemson (34)
Outback
Tampa
Iowa (28)
Florida (29)
Cotton
Arlington
Western Michigan (118)
Wisconsin (9)
Rose
Pasadena
USC (14)
Penn State (16)
Sugar
New Orleans
Auburn (21)
Oklahoma (27)


Tags: College Football



College Football Handicapping: CRIS posts lines on CFB Playoff games

12.05.2016     08:54 AM     Printer Friendly

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The college football bowl season is upon us with 41 games starting December 17 and concluding January 9 with the National Championship in Tampa. Most games have yet to be lined but CRIS posted sides on some of the more high-profile matchups. Let's take a quick look at the opening numbers and the early market moves.

Orange Bowl - Florida State vs. Michigan 
CRIS Opener: Michigan -7 
CRIS Current: Michigan -6

Peach Bowl - Washington vs. Alabama 
CRIS Opener: Alabama -14.5 
CRIS Current: Alabama -16.5

 
 
Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State vs. Clemson 
CRIS Opener: Ohio State -3.5 
CRIS Current: Ohio State -3

Cotton Bowl - Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin 
CRIS Opener: Wisconsin -7.5 
CRIS Current: Wisconsin -7.5

Rose Bowl - USC vs. Penn State 
CRIS Opener: USC -6.5  
CRIS Current: USC -7

Sugar Bowl - Auburn vs. Oklahoma 
CRIS Opener: Oklahoma -6 
CRIS Current:  Oklahoma -5

Tags: College Football



NFL Gambling Update: SuperContest consensus goes 3-2 ATS in Week 13

12.05.2016     08:35 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Westgate SuperContest consensus plays finished 3-2 against the spread last week. That improved the YTD record to 26-34-2 ATS. The top weekly play is now 5-8 ATS. The least picked Sunday side improved to 8-5 ATS following New England's (-13.5) win and cover over hapless Los Angeles. 

1. DETROIT +6 at New Orleans - WIN 
2. ATLANTA -4 vs. Kansas City - LOSS 
3. NY GIANTS +6.5 at Pittsburgh - LOSS 
4. GREEN BAY -6.5 vs. Houston - WIN 
5. SEATTLE -6.5 vs. Carolina - WIN

Year-to-date results 
Week 1: 3-2 
Week 2: 0-5 
Week 3: 0-5  
Week 4: 1-4 
Week 5: 3-2 
Week 6: 1-3-1 
Week 7: 3-2 
Week 8: 3-2 
Week 9: 1-3-1 
Week 10: 0-5 
Week 11: 3-2 
Week 12: 5-0 
Week 13: 3-2




NFL Gambling: Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons top SuperContest consensus plays for Week 13

12.04.2016     08:00 AM     View Original Blog
Below are the top five consensus plays for Week 13 from the Westgate SuperBook's famed SuperContest.

1. DETROIT +6 at New Orleans 
2. ATLANTA -4 vs. Kansas City 
3. NY GIANTS +6.5 at Pittsburgh 
4. GREEN BAY -6.5 vs. Houston 
5. SEATTLE -6.5 vs. Carolina

Least Picked Sunday side: NEW ENGLAND -13.5 vs. Los Angeles




Tags: NFL SuperContest



NFL Gambling Preview: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

12.04.2016     08:04 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Carolina at Seattle 
Sunday, 5:30 pm PT - NBC 
CRIS Opener:
Seattle -6.5 O/U 45 
CRIS Current: Seattle -7.5 O/U 44 
Recommendation: Under

Great quarterbacks can only play like great quarterbacks when they have some semblance of an offensive line to protect them.  When these two teams met twice last year, both offensive lines were in good shape.  Russell Wilson and Cam Newton had a running game that balanced their downfield passing attack.  Seattle scored 23 and 24 points in those two games, but they lost them both in SU fashion, cashing a pair of Over tickets in the process. 

That was then.  This is now.  The Seahawks offensive line is in complete disarray right now.  Three rookies started on that OL last week.  They’ll be starting their fifth different combo of offensive linemen this week.  Offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell, talking about the struggles of his OL:“We are just trying to find the best five guys. If it changes every week, then it changes every week.” 

Russell Wilson got sacked six times last week, but it was far worse than that – Wilson was running for his life, quite literally, on just about every snap.  That game marked the THIRD time this year in which the Seahawks offense didn’t reach the end zone even once.  Expecting an offensive explosion from the Seahawks this week is an exercise in optimism!

But the Panthers offensive line is in even worse shape than the Seahawks OL!  Four of their five starters have been officially ruled ‘Out’ for Sunday Night’s affair.  Michael Oher didn’t make the trip out West.  Ryan Kalil and Gino Gradkowski got hurt last week against the Raiders.  The Panthers were forced to make a signing from the Cleveland Browns practice squad just to have enough healthy bodies here.  I don’t care how you spin it --  you don’t want to be bringing guys in from the Browns practice squad in Week 13 at Seattle!

Ron Rivera knows what’s coming; talking about his offensive line woes: “It’s about as catastrophe as you can get. I mean, when you look at the losses we’ve had this year. But our coaches will coach up the guys that are available to us.”  Against the Seahawks elite stop unit, playing in front of that 12th man crowd, expect Carolina, like Seattle, to struggle to score touchdowns. 

Tags: NFL Carolina Panthers Seattle Seahawks Teddy Covers



NFL Gambling: Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons top SuperContest consensus plays for Week 13

12.04.2016     08:00 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Below are the top five consensus plays for Week 13 from the Westgate SuperBook's famed SuperContest.

1. DETROIT +6 at New Orleans 
2. ATLANTA -4 vs. Kansas City 
3. NY GIANTS +6.5 at Pittsburgh 
4. GREEN BAY -6.5 vs. Houston 
5. SEATTLE -6.5 vs. Carolina

Least Picked Sunday side: NEW ENGLAND -13.5 vs. Los Angeles

Tags: NFL



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks

12.02.2016     11:18 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Montreal at San Jose -135 O/U 5 
Recommendation: San Jose


The Montreal Canadiens have made an annual habit of great early season starts but then regress some once December hits. I think they may follow a similar pattern this season with a very difficult West Coast trip currently taking place. It started on Tuesday with a tough 2-1 loss to the Ducks. Montreal has to rely on strong defense and the tremendous goaltending by star Carey Price to win games but this squad is developing some bad habits in terms of allowing too many quality chances and shots. They’ve allowed 30+ shots on goal in three of their last four games and it’s tough to win hockey games when the opposition is shooting that much rubber at the net. And Montreal’s usually strong penalty killing unit has struggled more of late allowing a power play goal in three of their last five games. San Jose enters this game on a roll winning five of six including victories against quality foes such as Chicago and Los Angeles. The Sharks have seemingly rectified their home ice struggles from last season with an 8-3 mark entering tonight’s game. The Sharks are getting strong offensive contributions from Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns who all have posted double-digits points. San Jose goalie Martin Jones has been stellar during this recent surge allowing a goal or less in four of his last five starts. Here is his head coach Peter DeBoer talking about Jones: “He’s one of the top goalies in the league. He’s just getting better. You’re just seeing the tip of what he’s capable of.” There is a solid under-the-radar betting angle in our favor here. Montreal is a woeful 0-9 in their last nine trips to San Jose and altogether the Canadiens are 0-7 in their last seven games on the road against the trifecta of California teams (San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles) since the start of the 2014-15 season. Those are trends worth riding tonight as I lay the moderate price with the home side.

Tags: NHL Montreal Canadiens San Jose Sharks Ian Cameron



Sportsmemo's December 2 Remember SPECIAL

12.02.2016     11:08 AM     Printer Friendly

Tags: NHL Montreal Canadiens San Jose Sharks Ian Cameron



Sportsmemo's NFL Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 12-2-2016

12.02.2016     11:07 AM     Printer Friendly

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Here is Sportsmemo's NFL Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 13. Handicapper Teddy Covers joined host Andrew Lange to break down Sunday's slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments 
Full Show - NFL Every Game on the Board

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 Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 12-1-2016

12.01.2016     10:46 AM     Printer Friendly

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Here is Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 14. Handicappers Ian Cameron and Drew Martin joined host Andrew Lange to break down this weekend's slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments 
Full Show - College Football Every Game on the Board

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 Football Ian Cameron Drew Martin



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Oregon State Beavers at Mississippi State Bulldogs

12.01.2016     08:46 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Oregon State at Mississippi State -8 O/U 130.5 
Recommendation: Under


Points could be at a premium tonight in Starkville as Oregon State and Mississippi State will each be without their top offensive weapons. Tres Tinkle is the only player on the Beavers with an offensive rating north of 100. He's out indefinitely with a wrist injury. Even with Tinkle on the floor, OSU's offense has been a mess with one of the nation's highest turnover rates (25.8%), lowest three-point percentages (26.4%), and less than a point per possession despite an ultra-soft schedule. Center Drew Eubanks now becomes Oregon State's top option as evident by the 21 shots he took in Monday's win over NAIA Southern Oregon. Two years ago, Oregon State was able to compete by slowing down the tempo and playing various zone defenses. I expect that head coach Wayne Tinkle will attempt to shorten games moving forward due to the lack of weapons and experience. Mississippi State played a bunch of high scoring affairs early on thanks to Quinndary Weatherspoon's 18.8 ppg. He's missed the last two games and the Bulldogs netted only 73 points on 74 possessions vs. Lehigh and 65 points on 66 possessions vs. 304th-ranked Northwestern State. A lot of the value on the under was taken out earlier today. I played under 134 but still feel 130.5 is playable in this particular matchup.

Tags: College Basketball Oregon State Beavers Mississippi State Bulldogs Andrew Lange



NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers

11.30.2016     11:16 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Indiana at Portland -7.5 O/U 209.5 
Recommendation: Portland


The Blazers have been a major early season disappointment.  After finishing with the #5 seed in the West last year, Portland is just 9-10 SU, 6-13 ATS to open the new campaign.  That includes six losses in their last eight games.  Twice in their last three contests, the Blazers have allowed their opponent to score 130+ against them! 

Less than 12 hours following the latest loss – at home against Houston on Sunday – head coach Terry Stotts had his team back on the practice floor.  All Star point guard Damian Lillard: “This is the first time we've had a real practice in what seems like forever. It was good for us to try to sharpen up, (to have) coaches challenge us. It's to the point now where our pride has to kick in. We have to show how much we actually care about ... being better defensively."

Lillard continued: "We scored 125 points against Cleveland. That's a lot of points to score and not win a game. Right now, we're not getting it done on the defensive end. That's what it comes down to.”

Shooting guard Allen Crabbe concurred: “We keep preaching it, but it's getting old. At some point, it has to click. We keep telling ourselves we have to get better, but at some point, we have to get it going."

This is clearly a maximum intensity game for the home favorite.  That’s not the case for the road underdog.  Indiana is coming off back-to-back very satisfying home wins over the Clippers and Nets, holding LA to a season low 70 points in a 21 point blowout on Sunday.  They’re playing without their All-Star, Paul George, and key role player CJ Miles, both listed as out for tonight.  They don’t play again after tonight until Sunday in LA – they’ve got a much needed break on deck; rarely a good thing for an NBA underdog.

The kicker here is Indiana’s own defensive issues.  The Pacers have had one consistent bugaboo in early season play – an inability to stop quicker guards from dribble penetration, getting good looks in the paint for themselves and their teammates.  The likes of Monte Ellis, Ron Stuckey and Aaron Brooks are not defensive stoppers.  The Blazers backcourt duo of Lillard and CJ McCollum are as good a dribble penetrating duo as you’ll find in the league.  That gives the Blazers a matchup edge to go along with their situational edge in a game they’re primed to win by margin! 

Tags: NBA Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers Teddy Covers



NBA Betting Podcast 11-30-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

11.30.2016     08:38 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down a handful of games on tonight's NBA card.

Today's segments 
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.

Tags: NBA Erin Rynning Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Free Play: North Carolina Tar Heels at Indiana Hoosiers

11.30.2016     07:06 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
North Carolina at Indiana +4 O/U 163 
Recommendation: Indiana


With James Blackmon upgraded to probable and NCAA Tournament revenge in effect, I'll take a look at supporting Indiana as a home underdog against North Carolina this evening. The Hoosiers aren't without deficiencies, most notably on the defensive end. A big key to tonight's game is how Indiana handles UNC on the interior. If Thomas Bryant gets into foul trouble, it really puts pressure on the Hoosiers' offense to perform at an ultra-high level. North Carolina looked impressive in its run to the Maui Invitational title. They however had a rather easy path by drawing Chaminade in the first round, and undersized Oklahoma State team in the semifinals and offensively challenged Wisconsin in the title game. Loaded with athletes and depth (no player is currently averaging more than 30 minutes per game) it was the perfect set up and they obviously took advantage. Now, UNC must go on the road to face a top-tier offense at a very tough venue. Last season, in their only two non-conference road games, North Carolina lost outright to Northern Iowa and Texas. In last year's tournament, the Tar Heels played nearly the perfect game against IU: 1.42 points per possession, 11-of-20 from three, and 26-of-33 from the charity stripe. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige -- who have since graduated -- combined or 41 points. UNC closed that game as a -5 favorite and is now laying -4. They deserve to be favorites but I think there's enough value here to take a shot with the live home underdog in what should be an excellent, tightly contested game.

Tags: College Basketball North Carolina Tar Heels Indiana Hoosiers OTTO Sports



College Football Gambling: Alabama heavy favorites against the field

11.30.2016     06:36 AM     Printer Friendly

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

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



NFL Handicapping: Arizona's Bruce Arians calls out veterans

11.29.2016     09:45 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Five games, one win, zero pointspread covers is the streak for the Arizona Cardinals heading into Sunday's home game against Washington. Head coach Bruce Arians felt it time to start ruffling some feathers by calling out his veterans and hint that it may be time to play some of his younger guys.


“I’m very surprised,” Arians said, via ArizonaSports.com. “We’ve been talking about it for four weeks and the veterans obviously haven’t done anything about it, so maybe young guys will step up and make the opportunity they need.”



Tags: NFL Arizona Cardinals Washington Redskins



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche

11.29.2016     09:16 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alex Smith

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Nashville -135 at Colorado O/U 5 
Recommendation: Nashville


Two Central Division foes face off tonight in the Mile High City as the Colorado Avalanche host the Nashville Predators. Both clubs are sitting near the bottom of the division with the home team Avs dead-last at 19 points; four points behind Nashville. The Predators however are a team that is trending upwards as of late winning seven of their last 10 contests after a slow start to the season. Veteran netminder Pekka Rinne has been hot between the pipes winning seven of his last eight starts and posting a 1.98 goals-against on the short season. Rinne also holds a 16-7-2 lifetime record versus Colorado with a 2.28 gaa and .914 save percentage. The Avalanche are last in the division for several reasons, most notably a lack of consistent offense along with allowing opponents to take a ton of shots on goal. Colorado has scored just 44 goals in 20 contests thus far which is second-worst in the NHL. Defensively, the Avs have yielded 30 or more shots in six of their last seven games overall including 40+ in three of their last four. This price is should be a lot higher based on my power ratings which means Nashville holds value as the moderately price road chalk.

Tags: NHL Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche Alex B. Smith



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Muray State Racers at Southern Illinois Salukis

11.29.2016     07:33 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Murray State at Southern Illinois -3 O/U 146.5 
Recommendation: Over


Two years ago, Murray State boasted one of most efficient offenses in the country thanks to a host of veterans and point guard Cameron Payne who is currently in the NBA. The Racers played an up-tempo game and routinely produced 80+ points against comparable competition. Following the departure of the aforementioned talent and head coach Steve Prohm, Murray suffered through a rebuilding year where they finished 17-14. New head coach Matt McMahon was forced to adjust the team's philosophers, most notably a much slower offense. Through six games, it looks as if the Racers have returned to a faster brand of basketball as their offensive possessions are over two seconds faster compared to last season. It's resulted in a number of high scoring games: 143, 168, 170, 159, 155, and 145. Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson has been vocal about his guard-heavy team playing at a faster clip this season. The Salukis ran up and down against Wright State, Arkansas, and SIU Edwardsville but head into tonight have played back-to-back lower scoring games against Mount St. Mary's and Minnesota. Back at home against a willing opponent, I'd look for SIU to return to a more up-tempo attack. Note that last year's meeting featured 75 possessions with SIU winning at Murray, 88-73. The total of that game closed 141 so there's been an obvious adjustment. That said, expect 72+ possessions with a good chance to hit 150+.

Tags: College Basketball Murray State Racers Southern Illinois Salukis Andrew Lange



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

11.29.2016     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly

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


"Our intent, at this time, is to accept a bowl bid for our student-athletes who have worked so hard to earn it over the course of this season," Rhoades said in a statement provided to ESPN. "Our focus, as it has been throughout the season, is on our student-athletes and trying to finish strong against a great West Virginia team this weekend in Morgantown."



Tags: College Football West Virginia Mountaineers Baylor Bears Big XII



College Football Gambling: SEC Championship has produced seven straight overs

11.29.2016     06:50 AM     Printer Friendly

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Couple of short term trends to be aware of with the SEC Championship . Obviously the West Division has dominated of late having won seven straight and covered five of the seven. All seven games also went over the total. Alabama is currently a -24 favorite over Florida with a total of 40.

2015: Alabama 29, Florida (+16.5) 15 - OVER 38 
2014: Alabama (-14.5) 42, Missouri 13 - OVER 49 
2013: Auburn (+2) 59, Missouri 42 - OVER 59.5 
2012: Alabama 32, Georgia (+8) 28 - OVER 49.5 
2011: LSU (-11.5) 42, Georgia 10 - OVER 46.5 
2010: Auburn (-4) 56, South Carolina 17 - OVER 61 
2009: Alabama (+4.5) 32, Florida 13 - OVER 41

Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide Florida Gators SEC



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

11.28.2016     11:44 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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

The New Orleans Saints are 5-6 but still just two games back of first place Atlanta in the NFC South. And despite that losing record, the Saints have posted a profit-producing 8-3 mark against the spread. Thanks to an 0-3 start, New Orleans has spent the better part of the season as an undervalued commodity. Quarterback Drew Brees, who had another huge game in Sunday’s blowout win against Los Angeles, is putting up MVP-type numbers. And the offense as a whole has piled up at least 20 points in all but one game. But the storyline has been the improvement of the defense. New Orleans was historically bad last season but under the watch of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, the unit has gone from miserable to adequate. The Saints are currently surrendering 370 ypg compared to 413 ypg last year. Dig a little bit deeper and you’ll notice that their yards per play allowed has dropped from 6.6 to 5.8 and yards per carry down a full yard from 4.9 to 3.9. The Saints finish the regular season vs. Detroit, at Tampa Bay, at Arizona, vs. Tampa Bay and at Atlanta. All currently playoff contenders but still manageable. New Orleans, who is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games including a 6-0 ATS mark as an underdog, is likely to remain on my betting radar the final third of the campaign.

Arizona has enjoyed a great resurgence under head coach Bruce Arians including back-to-back playoff appearances and last year’s run to the NFC Championship. This season hasn’t gone nearly as smooth as the Cardinals sit 4-6-1 SU and 3-8 ATS. Quarterback Carson Palmer has regressed in a big way. His decision making has been miserable and the offensive line has done a poor job in protection. Last season, Arizona allowed 27 sacks. This season, already 33, which is the third-worst mark in the league. You simply can’t ask an aging and immobile quarterback to play at a high level behind a suspect offensive line; especially when your team is constantly playing from behind. The defensive is also starting to erode with 30+ points allowed in three of their last four games including last week’s 39-18 loss at Atlanta. Off the field, Arians has had multiple hospital visits due to recurring chest pains; one of many distractions for a team desperately trying to right the ship. And General Manager Steve Keim recently voiced his frustration to the media. Mathematically, the Cardinals are still alive for the postseason but considering all of the negativity surrounding this squad, a turnaround seems unlikely. Over the last month, some of the worst pointspread performances have come from teams that the betting markets remain reluctant to peg as “dead.” Yes, there’s still time but bettors should remain very pessimistic about Green Bay, Cincinnati, and the aforementioned Arizona Cardinals.

Tags: NFL New Orleans Saints Arizona Cardinals Ian Cameron






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