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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Northwestern Wildcats at Illinois Fighting Illini

02.21.2017     11:43 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

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Northwestern -1.5 at Illinois O/U 135 
Recommendation: Northwestern


Second meeting of this in-state battle between Northwestern and Illinois. In the previous contest, two weeks ago in Evanston, the Illini walked out with a 68-61 victory so expect the NU group to be revenge-minded tonight. The Wildcats were minus star guard Scottie Lindsey in the initial matchup but he returned to the starting lineup Saturday and played 24 minutes. With Lindsay back, not only does Northwestern have the leading scorer (15.0 ppg) on the floor tonight but his presence also boosts their defense significantly. Lindsay combined with Vic Law gives NU arguably the best set of wing defenders in the Big Ten which should make life a bit tougher on the Fighting Illini’s perimeter shooting this time around.

Northwestern kept Illinois interior threat Maverick Morgan pretty quiet in the initial meeting holding him to 5-of-12 shooting and only two free throw attempts but the Illini nailed 42% (8-of-21) from three-point land. Have to believe Lindsay’s presence will help quiet the Illinois guards and wing players who accounted for 56 points last time.        

While the defense should be in better position to allow a more season like FG% (Northwestern allows just 39.5% from the field this year), the offense is likely to benefit as well with a third scoring threat on the floor. Game #1 saw Vic Law and Brian McIntosh forced to carry the burden but Lindsay will loosen things up since he’ll demand defensive attention as well. Saturday’s home scare versus Rutgers which ended in a Northwestern 69-65 late come from behind win, probably worked out the kinks of reintegrating Lindsay so look for the offense to be more fluid tonight. 

We’re at that stage of the season where teams that are unsure of the NCAA Tournament status must win their winnable games. This is one of those for Chris Collins’ crew which is staring right down the barrel of a three game regular season finish that includes at Indiana plus home vs. Michigan and Purdue. Winning this one is ultra-important for the ‘Cats and the situation suggests they’ll be focused. That plus the return of Lindsay is enough to lay the short favorite price. 

Tags: College Basketball Northwestern Wildcats Illinois Fighting Illini Big Ten Rob Veno



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings

02.21.2017     10:17 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alex Smith

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NY Islanders -110 at Detroit O/U 5.5 
Recommendation: New York


Two Eastern Conference clubs heading in different directions as Detroit hosts the New York Islanders. These two clubs met in Motown back on February 3 with the Wings picking up the 5-4 victory and giving Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight his first regulation loss since taking over the job. Since that contest, the Isles have gone 5-3-1 overall, including a 3-1-1 run as favorites, while Detroit is 3-5-1 in its last nine games and have lost seven of their last nine at Joe Louis Arena. In addition, this time around, the Red Wings are missing scoring winger Gustav Nyquist, who is still serving his six-game suspension for a high stick. The 27-year-old Swedish native picked up an assist in 18 minutes of playing time last meeting. And defensemen Mike Green and Johnathan Ericsson, who both log in solid minutes on the blue-line, are now out with injuries; the latter, Ericsson, is done for the year with a broken wrist. New York is still very much alive in the Wild Card race in the Eastern Conference while the Red Wings will miss the postseason for the first time in a quarter-century as they will most likely finish the season as the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Good price to step in with the road squad.

Tags: NHL New York Islanders Detroit Red Wings Alex B. Smith



College Basketball Handicapping: Bettors need to know mid-major conference tournaments

02.21.2017     10:11 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Many mid-major college basketball conferences will tip off their respective tournaments next week. Understanding the format of these tournaments is imperative to betting the final week of the regular season. You optimally want to find teams with something to play for in terms of seeding, especially if the opponent has little to nothing to play for. I will examine several leagues and how the race for seeding currently stands.

Colonial  - The CAA Tournament will be held in Charleston, South Carolina. The top six seeds will go straight through to the quarterfinals. Prior to that, there will be two first round games pitting the no. 7 vs. no. 10 and no. 8 vs. no. 9 with the two winners advancing.  UNC Wilmington, Charleston, Towson, Elon, William & Mary and Northeastern are currently make up the top six. Northeastern has a slim one-game lead over James Madison and a two-game lead over Hofstra and Delaware. Northeastern has a tough final two games as they face Elon and UNC Wilmington on the road while James Madison plays the more manageable slate hosting Drexel and Hofstra. The race for the final first round bye is very much alive.

Horizon - This year’s tournament will be played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Same format as the CAA with first round 7 vs. 10 and 8 vs. 9 matchups. The top six seeds are nearly set with Valparaiso, Oakland, Wright State, Green Bay, Northern Kentucky and UIC. Valpo and Oakland are still in a tight battle for the top seed. Note that last year was the first time since 2002 the Horizon went with a neutral site tournament. The league got the no. 1 vs. no. 4 and no. 2 vs. no 3 semifinal matchups but upsets in all three games sent no. 4 seed Green Bay to the dance.

MAAC - As usual, the Tournament will be held at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY which is the home court of the Siena Saints. All 11 teams are in the tournament but the top five seeds get first round byes. There will be a trio of first round games with no. 6 vs. no. 11, no. 7 vs. no. 10 and no. 8 vs. no. 9. The winners of those games respectively will face top seed Monmouth, and whoever earns the second and third seeds. Monmouth, St. Peter’s, Iona, Siena and Canisius hold the top five seeds right now with a major battle on tap for the fifth and final bye. Fairfield is currently in sixth and trails Canisius by just a half game. The Stags have a game in hand as they play three games the final week: vs. Monmouth (already clinched top seed), at Canisius on Friday and then at Niagara on Sunday.

Missouri Valley - The tournament will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri starting on March 2. Same format as the Horizon League and CAA with the top six seeds going straight to the quarterfinals. Wichita State and Illinois State are tied for the top seed going into this week’s action so the Shockers and Redbirds should have full motivation to win in their remaining two games. Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Loyola Chicago and Missouri State have the third through sixth seeds right now. Two games separate that grouping and the remaining four teams.

Ohio Valley - Tournament will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. The format here is a bit different as only the top eight teams qualify. The top two seeds receive double byes to the semifinals. The third and fourth seeds get a single bye. The remaining four teams play first round games. Belmont, Morehead State, Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, Murray State, Southeast Missouri and Tennessee State appear locked in as the top eight with only seeding left to be determined. However, five teams are currently tied with 8-6 conference records so the race for at least a single bye is still TBA.

So-Con - Asheville, North Carolina will host the Southern Conference tournament. The no. 1 through no. 6 seeds automatically move to the quarterfinals format with no. 7 through no. 10 playing in the first round. Samford and Mercer are tied for that sixth and final bye slot. Samford plays fourth place Chattanooga followed by ninth place The Citadel at home. Mercer hosts third place UNC Greensboro and then goes on the road to face Chattanooga.

Summit - The top eight teams qualify for the Summit League tournament being played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Oral Roberts appears to be team on the outside looking in as the ninth and last place team. North Dakota State and South Dakota are locked in a heated battle for the top seed with identical 10-4 conference records heading into their final two games.

WCC - The WCC Tournament is once again at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Same format as the So-Con with 1-6 on a bye and 7-10 playing first round contests. Gonzaga and St. Mary’s have locked up the top two seeds. The fiercest competition is a three-way battle between Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Pepperdine for the sixth seed. The Lions have a one-game edge over the Toreros and Waves for that position entering the final two games of the regular season.

Tags: College Basketball Ian Cameron



College Basketball Betting Podcast 2-21-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

02.21.2017     09:09 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Tuesday'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



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders

02.20.2017     07:25 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Iowa State at Texas Tech -1.5 O/U 144 
Recommendation: Under


On Saturday, we came in with a free play on Texas Tech-West Virginia under 143. It played out just as projected but double overtime kept us from cashing an easy ticket. At the end of regulation it was tied 64-64. And at the end of the first overtime it was tied 70-70. I'll attempt to win some of my money back today with another play on the Red Raiders under the total as they play host to Iowa State. The Big XII is very well respected this year but at 5-9 with four games to go, TTU has a lot more work to do. In the first meeting between these two teams in Ames, the Red Raiders were able to control the game and more importantly the pace for nearly a full 40 minutes. They led by as many as 14 in the second half but went cold late as Iowa State came from behind to win 63-56. It was ISU's slowest game of the season (61 possessions) and I think Tech will employ a similar type of approach tonight. First meeting closed 140.5 and not much of anything has changed. Feel like the importance of this one for the home side helps in keeping the pace and hopefully scoring lower than expected.

Tags: College Basketball Iowa State Cyclones Texas Tech Red Raiders Big XII Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Texas Tech Red Raiders at West Virginia Mountaineers

02.18.2017     08:33 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Texas Tech at West Virginia -11.5 O/U 143 
Recommendation: Under


Texas Tech and West Virginia hook up for the second time after the Red Raiders won in Lubbock, 77-76 in overtime. Worth noting that even with the extra frame, TTU turned the ball over only 14 times and the game featured a relatively slow 70 possessions. Speaking of overtime, Huggy's bunch limps into this one after melting down in Lawrence. The Mountaineers were up 15 with three minutes to go and found a way to lose. Rather than focus on the three minutes of bad basketball, I came away impressed as WVU completely outplayed Kansas for nearly the entire game -- and did so too from start to finish in the first meeting. This is a good squad and one that is poised to come with a big effort today. Texas Tech has shown a very strong home/road dichotomy when it comes to scoring and pace. In six league road games, the Red Raiders are averaging only 63.1 ppg. Four of those six went under the total. And Tech's last three road games averaged only 123 points. First-year head coach Chris Beard is noted for playing it tight and controlling tempo. Also note that the Red Raiders are second in the Big XII in turnover rate -- a bunch of upperclassmen who have faced "Press Virginia" multiple times. West Virginia games that go over generally feature a lot of turnovers, fouls, and free throws. I think we'll see a more controlled environment today. Play it under.

Tags: College Basketball Texas Tech Red Raiders West Virginia Mountaineers Andrew Lange



MLB Handicapping: 2017 Regular Season Over/Under Wins - Atlantis Sportsbook

02.17.2017     10:50 AM     Printer Friendly

Reno's Atlantis sportsbook is locked and loaded with its MLB Regular Season Over/Under Win totals for the upcoming 2017 season. The biggest "gainers" are: Minnesota (+11.5 wins), Arizona (+9.5), Pittsburgh (+7.5) and Tampa Bay (+7.5). The biggest "decliners" are: Texas (-8.5 wins) and the Chicago Cubs (-7.5).

2017 MLB Regular Season O/U Wins - Atlantis
Team
2016 Wins
Atlantis
Difference
Arizona
69
78.5
+9.5
Atlanta
68
71.5
+2.5
Baltimore
89
84.5
-4.5
Boston
93
90.5
-2.5
Chicago Cubs
103
95.5
-7.5
Chicago White Sox
78
73.5
-4.5
Cincinnati
68
73.5
+5.5
Cleveland
94
92.5
-1.5
Colorado
75
79.5
+4.5
Detroit
86
85.5
-0.5
Houston
84
87.5
+3.5
Kansas City
81
80.5
-0.5
LA Angels
74
76.5
+2.5
LA Dodgers
91
91.5
+0.5
Miami
79
77.5
-1.5
Milwaukee
73
72.5
-0.5
Minnesota
59
70.5
+11.5
NY Mets
87
89.5
+2.5
NY Yankees
84
83.5
-0.5
Oakland
69
66.5
-2.5
Philadelphia
71
72.5
+1.5
Pittsburgh
78
85.5
+7.5
San Diego
68
64.5
-3.5
San Francisco
87
87.5
+0.5
Seattle
86
85.5
-0.5
St. Louis
86
87.5
+1.5
Tampa Bay
68
75.5
+7.5
Texas
95
86.5
-8.5
Toronto
89
86.5
-2.5
Washington
95
90.5
-4.5


Tags: MLB



NBA Handicapping: Regular Season Over/Under Wins Update

02.17.2017     10:29 AM     Printer Friendly

Let's take a quick look at the NBA's regular season over/under wins. We projected each team's outcome based on current winning percentage. Per usual, they are a few teams that are really close to officially cashing tickets. Houston is four wins from going over. Last year, Portland had 27 wins at the break which was where it was lined headed into the season. This year, with a record of 23-33, the Trail Blazers are a lock to go under 45.5. Similar situation for Minnesota who at 22-35 has no shot at topping 42 victories.

2016-17 NBA Season Over/Under Wins Mid-Season Update and Projections
Team
2016-17 O/U Wins
Current Record
Projected
Atlanta Hawks
43.5
32-24
Over
Boston Celtics
51.5
37-20
Over
Brooklyn Nets
20.5
9-47
Under
Charlotte Hornets
41
24-32
Under
Chicago Bulls
40
28-29
Push
Cleveland Cavaliers
57
39-16
Over
Dallas Mavericks
39
22-34
Under
Denver Nuggets
37
25-31
Under
Detroit Pistons
44
27-30
Under
Golden State Warriors
66
47-9
Over
Houston Rockets
43.5
40-18
Over
Indiana Pacers
45
29-28
Under
LA Clippers
54
35-21
Under
LA Lakers
25.5
19-39
Over
Memphis Grizzlies
44
34-24
Over
Miami Heat
35.5
25-32
Over
Milwaukee Bucks
36
25-30
Over
Minnesota Timberwolves
42
22-35
Under
New Orleans Pelicans
36.5
23-34
Under
New York Knicks
40.5
23-34
Under
Oklahoma City Thunder
45
32-25
Over
Orlando Magic
36.5
21-37
Under
Philadelphia 76ers
25
21-35
Over
Phoenix Suns
28.5
18-39
Under
Portland Trail Blazers
45.5
23-33
Under
Sacramento Kings
32.5
24-33
Over
San Antonio Spurs
57
43-13
Over
Toronto Raptors
50
33-24
Under
Utah Jazz
46
35-22
Over
Washington Wizards
42.5
34-21
Over


Tags: NBA



College Basketball Betting Podcast 2-17-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

02.17.2017     10:08 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange previewed Saturday's college basketball slate.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - College Basketball Saturday

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



NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers

02.16.2017     10:44 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Washington at Indiana +3 O/U 215 
Recommendation: Indiana


I haven’t bet against Washington since the calendar turned to 2017.  But this is the spot to fade the Wizards, and the markets seem to be convinced that the Pacers are going to go into the All-Star Break in the midst of a six-game skid.  That gives us ample value to back Indiana as a home dog this evening.

In theory, this is a great spot for Washington.  The Pacers have lost five straight, including a defensive no-show in Cleveland last night; the fifth straight game that Indiana has allowed at least 110 points.  Meanwhile, the Wizards are rested and ready – they’ve only played once since last Friday, a blowout win over OKC that was garbage time by the middle of the third quarter.

But as we clearly saw last night with the Houston-Miami game, an extended rest BEFORE the All-Star Break is not necessarily a good thing – teams lose their focus.  The Rockets were in the exact same spot at the Wizards – coming off a rare, extended rest, having played only one game since last week, a blowout win.  Washington has been as focused as any team in the league for the better part of the last two months.  I’m not convinced in the slightest that this layoff is going to help them bring their A-game tonight.

The Pacers should get Lavoy Allen back in the lineup tonight, a big return addition considering he’s been starting since Thaddeus Young got hurt at the start of this losing streak.  And much of the losing streak can be blamed on quality opposition – they’ve lost twice to Cleveland, once to San Antonio and once on the Wizards powerful home floor, no shame in any of those defeats.  The only ‘bad’ loss during this entire stretch came at home against Milwaukee, and that can only be described as one of those nights – the Bucks hit 55% from three point range, nailing 17 shots from downtown.

When these two teams played at the Verizon Center in DC last week there was no separation whatsoever, a tight game throughout.  Indiana covered the spread despite a dismal 4-21 shooting effort from three point range.  In fact, all three previous meetings between these two teams this year were tight, down-to-the-wire affairs; a series where we’re better off taking points, not laying them! 

Tags: NBA Washington Wizards Indiana Pacers Teddy Covers



College Basketball Betting Podcast 2-16-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

02.16.2017     10:39 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



College Basketball Betting Free Play: North Dakota Hawks at Idaho State Bengals

02.16.2017     09:16 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

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North Dakota -4.5 at Idaho State O/U 153.5 
Recommendation: Over


While doing research on today's college basketball card, I came across an article on Idaho State and its struggles against North Dakota which was referred to as a "nightmare matchup." The results certainly bear that out as UND has won the last four matchups by scores of 89-64, 84-76, 76-60, and 84-49. Now, the spot for Hawks tonight is not a good one. They've won six of seven, just wrapped up a three-game homestand, and have a showdown at first place Weber State on Saturday. Bad matchup but less than ideal spot has me more interested in the total. Idaho State sports one of the worst defenses in the Big Sky as it allows 57.2 eFG% and 1.14 points per possession. And when asked to face the three top offenses in the league, each team essentially scored at will. Eastern Washington hung 92 points on 74 possessions. Weber State scored 85 and 96 on two 73-possession games. And as previously mentioned, North Dakota needed only 71 possession to net 89 points. It's mid-February, you are 3-9 in league play, and guaranteed a berth to the conference tournament...a defensive renaissance seems unlikely. The good news is, the Bengals have found way to score on their home court with an average of just shy of 80 ppg in five games in Pocatello. And like a lot of Big Sky schools, North Dakota shows a big home/road split defensively: 69.8 ppg allowed at home, 81.5 ppg allowed on the highway. Price is decent enough to come in with a play on the over.

Tags: College Basketball North Dakota Hawks Idaho State Bengals Big Sky Andrew Lange



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres

02.16.2017     09:27 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Colorado at Buffalo -170 O/U 5 
Recommendation: Over


The Colorado Avalanche are dead last in the NHL in goals allowed. Over their last four games, they’ve surrendered 3+ goals in each contest and 16 total during that span. There is no rhyme or reason for any game involving this team and their woeful defense and goaltending to have a total as low as 5. Colorado does however have the offensive weapons to find the back of the net even though those players, namely Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, continue to be talked about in trade rumors as the league's trade deadline looms. Of course on the other side, Buffalo is far from an offensive juggernaut, ranking 25th in the league at 2.5 gpg. But there's been a recent uptick in production as the Sabres have netted three or more goals in four of their last seven games. In the last three games in which Buffalo had a lined total of 5, the final scores ended up 5-4, 5-2 and 4-2. Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly has been a major catalyst in the team’s recent offensive surge with three goals in his last seven games. The recent series history between the Avalanche and Sabres has been relatively high scoring: 7-1-1 O/U overall and 4-1-1 O/U in Buffalo. Value outweighs the juice as we fire on the over.

Tags: NHL Colorado Avalanche Buffalo Sabres Ian Cameron



NBA Betting Podcast 2-15-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

02.15.2017     02:13 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's NBA slate.

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



NBA Betting News: Miami Heat vow to fix leaky defense

02.15.2017     09:57 AM     Printer Friendly

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Throughout Miami's incredible 13-game winning streak, the offense averaged a well-oiled 109.3 ppg. The Heat though enter tonight having dropped two straight and while the offense continued to roll (109 and 107 points), the team's defense regressed. Philadelphia and Orlando hung 117 and 116 respectively and the challenge stiffens tonight as the Heat head to Houston.

 

“The last three games we’ve played against opponents who like to run,” guard Goran Dragic said. “…First of all, we need to get back on defense. We allowed too many points in transition. We just need to communicate. We’ve already proven that we can play good defense.”



Tags: NBA Miami Heat Houston Rockets



Chuck Barkley lost big on the Atlanta Falcons

02.15.2017     09:42 AM     Printer Friendly

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Charles Barkley, our favorite loveable sports betting loser, reportedly lost $100K betting on the Atlanta Falcons.


“Charles is down there and we’re having fun,” White recalled, according to Brad Rowland of UPROXX. “He’s like ‘I just bet $100K on the Falcons.’ I was like, ‘Don’t worry, just get your chips ready. Everything’s gonna be great.’”



Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI



College Basketball Handicapping: Indiana's Crean calls out players

02.15.2017     09:36 AM     Printer Friendly

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It's a fine line between constructive criticism and throwing your team under the bus. Indiana's Tom Crean appears to have accomplished a little of both following Sunday's home loss to Michigan. The Hoosiers have been hurt by injuries but it doesn't excuse the offense from failing to top 65 points in five of its last six games. IU heads to Minnesota tonight. They are currently +5 underdogs.


“I’ve never coach a team with this lack of maturity when it comes to being able to respond and rebound from when things aren’t going well for them personally. That includes the teams that have won six or eight games.” – Tom Crean, Indiana head coach

“Immaturity in the backcourt. We don’t play both ends of the floor with the same purpose that we have to play [with] when shots are not going down. That has to change” – Tom Crean, Indiana head coach



Tags: College Basketball Indiana Hoosiers Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten



College Basketball Gambling: NC State situation somehow turning even more toxic

02.15.2017     09:09 AM     Printer Friendly

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Currently residing on the front page of ESPN.com is an article titled, "Sources: Mark Gottfried likely out at NC State, barring late surge." Awkward timing considering the Wolf Pack have a game tonight against rival North Carolina. Gottfried's days are without a doubt numbered as his team enters tonight of a five-game losing streak (0-5 ATS). And it's never a good thing when an unnamed coach within your league calls your team out for not playing hard. Despite having a sure-fire first round draft pick in Dennis Smith, NC State has suffered conference losses of 18, 51 (!!!), 25, 24, and 30.


"They have more than enough talent to get to the NCAA tourney," one ACC coach told ESPN. "They just don't play hard at all."



Tags: College Basketball NC State Wolf Pack North Carolina Tar Heels ACC



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

02.15.2017     09:23 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alex Smith

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St. Louis -110 at Detroit O/U 5.5 
Recommendation: St. Louis


Two former Central Division rivals clash in the Motor City tonight as the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues. Detroit has fallen on hard times as of late, dropping nine of its last 11 contests. They currently sit dead last in the Eastern Conference with 54 points and could be skating without two of their best forwards as veteran Thomas Vanek is out indefinitely with a lower body injury and Gustav Nyquist could miss a few games after a high-sticking incident in Sunday's 6-3 loss at Minnesota. The 27-year-old winger hit Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face, drawing blood with the blade of his stick and served a 4-minute double minor. Nyquist will have an in-person hearing in New York soon, which suggests he could miss as many as six games. As for Vanek, the club's leading goal-scorer with 14 and second in points with 36, this further handcuffs a Detroit offense that has scored three goals or fewer in 10 of its last 11 games. The Blues have started to get back on the right track under new coach Mike Yeo with wins in five of their last six. Wingers Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each had six goals in their last 10 games while goaltender Jake Allen has won four of his last six starts after being a healthy scratch just a month ago due to poor play. St. Louis is 5-1 in its last road contests while the Red Wings has lost four of their last five at Joe Louis Arena. At a pick ‘em price, we’ll back the road side in this one.

Tags: NHL St. Louis Blues Detroit Red Wings Alex B. Smith



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Penn State Nittany Lions at Nebraska Cornhuskers

02.14.2017     11:25 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Penn State at Nebraska -4.5 O/U 141 
Recommendation: Nebraska


Teams in this contest are on even footing from an overall talent standpoint but willing to take a stance with the home team Huskers tonight for a pair of reasons. Penn State has risen up the Big Ten power ratings ladder over the last couple of games registering an upset home win over Maryland followed an 83-70 win at Illinois on Saturday. However, their current 3-2 SU/ATS stretch could be more a product of a weak schedule rather than massive improvement. A close look shows four of the five recent Nittany Lions games have been against teams in the Big Ten’s bottom five. Maryland is the only team during this span with a record above .500 in league play. Contrary to that, Nebraska enters off of a difficult five game schedule where they faced four teams above .500 in conference action. Included in those contests are a home win over second place Purdue and a 70-69 OT loss at league kingpin Wisconsin. Tonight they get a very young Penn State team inside a sold out Pinnacle Bank Arena so figure Nebraska to play with extreme energy.     

Fundamentally, the Cornhuskers received a huge boost this past Saturday when leading rebounder Ed Morrow Jr. returned to the lineup and grabbed 13 boards. His presence gives Nebraska a size advantage inside against Penn State tonight which could be significant. Aside from top rebounder 6’9” freshman Mike Watkins, PSU looks to their frosh swingman Lamar Stevens and their guards to rebound. Nebraska will counter with Morrow, Forward Michael Jacobsen (6’9” 230) & 6’11” freshman reserve Jordy Tshimanga. Nebraska’s backcourt is more than capable of negating and even outplaying Penn State’s very talented guards so the paint could be the deciding factor.

The price here is more than what my power ratings indicate it should be but the situation and matchups are favorable enough to overcome that. Last year in this building, Nebraska whacked Penn State 70-54 and can’t say that these teams are all that different strength wise than those were. Look for the Huskers to be fueled up for this one after that tough one-point loss in Madison. Like the setup here for a Nebraska win and cover.   

Tags: College Basketball Penn State Nittany Lions Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten Rob Veno



MLB Handicapping: Chicago Cubs could be good team to fade during spring training

02.14.2017     10:55 AM     Printer Friendly

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MLB spring training starts next week which means plenty of betting opportunities. One team that should draw a lot of interest is the Chicago Cubs who are off of last year's historic World Series title. The Cubs are obviously in position to contend again in 2017 and Joe Maddon has already made it clear that they won't attempt to hit the ground running. Note that in Maddon's first season in Chicago, the Cubs went 15-17 in spring training and only 11-19 in 2016.


“I’m going to be really aware of resting people,” Maddon said at the winter fan convention. “I am. You hear me say it all the time. There are natural reasons built in to rest people. I really want to be cognizant from the beginning of not stepping on anyone too hard.”



 

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Ball State Cardinals at Northern Illinois Huskies

02.14.2017     10:22 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

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Ball State at Northern Illinois -2.5 O/U 141.5 
Recommendation: Over


Ball State has been a dead nuts "over" team for much of the MAC season. On the year the Cardinals are 10-2 O/U in league play with the lowest closing total coming in at 146. Tonight, they travel to Northern Illinois who has also played "over" basketball with a record of 9-3 O/U vs. the MAC. The Huskies however don't play at a particularly fast pace and currently own the league's top defensive efficiency mark. But dig a little and you'll notice that NIU's defense, while solid, is far from elite thanks to a very favorable schedule. In games against the top five offenses in the MAC, Northern Illinois allowed 72, 76, 83, 76, and 78. All five of those games topped tonight's total of 141.5. Ball State has the sixth-ranked offense but also averages nearly 75 possessions per game. And they've been very consistent with that pace. Of BSU's 12 league games, all but two had 72 possessions or more. On the flip side, NIU should be sitting on a solid offensive performance after two clunkers on the road. Ball State grades out as average at best defensively. The Cardinals have allowed 83, 79, 80, 78, 80, 96, 65, and 79 over their last eight games. Both teams also rank near the top of the MAC in free throw attempts at over 23 per game. We played NIU-Akron over a similar number to success two weeks ago and will make the same play for tonight's matchup.

Tags: College Basketball Ball State Cardinals Northern Illinois Huskies MAC OTTO Sports



College Basketball Betting Podcast 2-14-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

02.14.2017     09:54 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball slate.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - College Basketball

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

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Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno Andrew Lange



College Basketball Handicapping: If you've been betting on SEC road teams, you're probably rich

02.14.2017     08:53 AM     Printer Friendly

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By this point in the season, you are probably aware that the SEC isn't very good. Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina are all solid and sure-fire tournament teams but beyond that, it's pretty messy. And by messy, we mean a lot of mediocre basketball. One interesting stat in the SEC this year is how bad home courts have been. Last season, the SEC ranked second out of 32 leagues with a home straight up winning percentage of 69.8%. This season has been the complete opposite. Heading into tonight's games, home teams have won 43 of 84 games which is barely over 50%. Compared to the rest of the power conference world -- ACC (68.1%), PAC-12 (61.5%), Big XII (61.3%), Big East (59.4%), Big Ten (58.6%) -- that's horrific. And let's not forget the automatic win when Missouri rolls into town. But where it really starts to get noteworthy is the spread records of those road teams. How about 51-32-1 ATS or 61.4%!

 
 
SEC SU/ATS Road Record 
South Carolina (5-1 SU, 3-2-1 ATS) 
Florida (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS) 
Alabama (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) 
Kentucky (4-2 SU, 2-4 ATS) 
Arkansas (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) 
Vanderbilt (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS) 
Tennessee (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) 
Ole Miss (3-3 SU, 4-1-1 ATS) 
Georgia (3-4 SU, 7-0 ATS) 
Auburn (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) 
Texas A&M (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) 
Mississippi State (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) 
LSU (1-4 SU, 4-1 ATS) 
Missouri (0-6 SU, 3-3 ATS) 
Total: 41-43 SU, 51-32-1 ATS

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NHL Handicapping: Recent rule change results in more games going over the total

02.13.2017     11:11 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Earlier this month, the NHL introduced a mandatory equipment change for goalies. They now must wear streamlined pants which are tighter, rounder, and more form-fitting. It supposed to be more comfortable for goalies but also opens up the possibility for more goals. The league's overall totals record this season is currently 362-361 O/U. But since the equipment change was implemented last Saturday, games have gone 32-25-6 O/U which comes out to 56% "overs." It’s not a jaw dropping number by any stretch but it does point to the NHL’s attempt to give fans more offense. More changes are reportedly on the horizon and expected to be introduced prior to the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The recent trend towards the “over” is something worth monitoring in the weeks to come as goalies around the league continue to adjust.

Let's also discuss a trio of teams that have been strong to "over" in recent weeks. The Minnesota Wild have been on one of the longest running totals streaks I’ve seen during my near decade run of betting the NHL. Since December 13, the Wild have gone a remarkable 21-4-3 O/U. This is a talented offensive group that has been aided by the fact that their front line has remained incredibly healthy thus far. The Winnipeg Jets have also been quite an "over" tear with a 16-4-1 O/U run. Winnipeg has a very capable scoring lineup led by the likes of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Nikolaj Ehlers and rookie sensation Patrik Laine but they also have a subpar defense and very weak goaltending unit. They have turned into the the league's quintessential "over" team. The Chicago Blackhawks have quietly cashed "over" tickets in eight of their last nine games. During that span they have either scored and/or allowed 3+ goals. Chicago is 8th in the league in scoring averaging (2.9 gpg) and are as healthy as they’ve been in a long time with their forwards after the recent return of Artem Anisimov. Chicago’s goaltending hasn’t been nearly as reliable this season with Corey Crawford going through various struggles. Scott Darling is serviceable but not necessarily a goalie that produces on a consistent basis. The blue line has also really suffered as it ranks a below average 22nd in the NHL in shots on goal allowed per game. Keep your eye on Minnesota, Winnipeg and Chicago moving forward as oddsmakers have yet to make significant adjustments regarding their respective pricing when it comes to totals.

The NHL has always been looking to create more offense, much like the NFL has done in recent years. The equipment change is likely just the beginning of what projects to be moves that should produce more scoring. Today's betting markets are typically sophisticated enough to pick up on league-wide changes but savvy bettors should still be able to swoop in and make some healthy profits.

Tags: NHL Ian Cameron






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