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

12.02.2016     11:18 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



Sports Betting Podcast 11-28-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Teddy Covers

11.28.2016     10:54 AM     Printer Friendly

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Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Teddy Covers. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball while Teddy gave his famed Opening Line Report for Week 13 of the NFL.

Today's segments 
Full Show - CBB and NFL

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: CBB NFL Rob Veno Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



College Football Handicapping: Alabama now chalk to win National Championship

11.28.2016     08:44 AM     Printer Friendly

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Below are top 10 rankings for the College Football Playoffs, this week's opponent, and their odds to win the National Championship courtesy of 5Dimes.

1. Alabama (12-0, vs. Florida) -140  
2. Ohio State (11-0, bye) +200 
3. Clemson (11-1, vs. Virginia Tech) +600 
4. Washington (11-1, vs. Colorado) +800 
5. Michigan (10-2, bye) +2000 
6. Wisconsin (10-2, vs. Penn State) +2000 
7. Oklahoma (9-2, vs. Oklahoma State) +3000 
8. Penn State (10-2, vs. Wisconsin) +5000 
9. Colorado (10-2, vs. Washington) +6600 
10. USC (9-3, bye) N/A

Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide



NFL Betting News: Lack of upsets continues to hurt sportsbooks

11.28.2016     08:35 AM     Printer Friendly

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It's been a tough two weeks for Las Vegas sportsbooks in the NFL. From an ATS perspective, favorites are 16-11-1. But straight up, 24-4 which means moneyline parlays and various teasers where cashing like crazy. 


“We’re not getting a lot of upsets right now. The teasers and money-line parlays seem to continue to beat us. You need a couple of upsets every week. Luckily, the Buccaneers came through and upset somebody.”



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NFL Gambling Update: SuperContest consensus goes 5-0 ATS

11.28.2016     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Westgate SuperContest consensus plays swept the board last week with a 5-0 ATS mark. That improved the YTD record to 23-32-2 ATS. The top weekly play is now 4-8 ATS. The least picked Sunday side is 7-5 ATS.

1. TENNESSEE -4.5 at Chicago - WIN 
2. ATLANTA -4 vs. Arizona - WIN 
3. WASHINGTON +7 at Dallas - WIN 
4. BALTIMORE -4 vs. Cincinnati - WIN 
5. KANSAS CITY +3.5 at Denver - 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




NFL Gambling: Titans and Falcons top SuperContest consensus for Week 12

11.27.2016     08:06 AM     View Original Blog
Below are the top five consensus plays for Week 12 from the Westgate SuperBook's famed SuperContest.

1. TENNESSEE -4.5 at Chicago 
2. ATLANTA -4 vs. Arizona 
3. WASHINGTON +7 at Dallas - WIN 
4. BALTIMORE -4 vs. Cincinnati 
5. KANSAS CITY +3.5 at Denver

Least picked Sunday side: CHICAGO +4.5 vs. Tennessee




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NFL Gambling: Titans and Falcons top SuperContest consensus for Week 12

11.27.2016     08:06 AM     Printer Friendly

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Below are the top five consensus plays for Week 12 from the Westgate SuperBook's famed SuperContest.

1. TENNESSEE -4.5 at Chicago 
2. ATLANTA -4 vs. Arizona 
3. WASHINGTON +7 at Dallas - WIN 
4. BALTIMORE -4 vs. Cincinnati 
5. KANSAS CITY +3.5 at Denver

Least picked Sunday side: CHICAGO +4.5 vs. Tennessee

Tags: NFL Tennessee Titans Atlanta Falcons SuperContest



NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild

11.25.2016     09:31 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Pittsburgh -120 at Minnesota O/U 5 
Recommendation: Pittsburgh


My clients and I cashed a winning ticket on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday as they snapped a two-game losing streak in decisive fashion with a dominant 6-1 blowout over the New York Rangers. I think the Pens are worth backing once again today as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild in late afternoon action here on Black Friday. Pittsburgh had struggled offensively scoring two goals or less in three of its last four games prior to the outburst against the Rangers. Sidney Crosby score twice and Phil Kessel score as well to end what had been a recent offensive funk. When the big guns start finding the back of the net for the Penguins, they are a tough team to beat and I expect them to have an added bit of focus and intensity for this game. Note that Minnesota defeated the Penguins 4-2 just a couple weeks ago in Pittsburgh. Minnesota has been horrific offensively as they’ve scored a combined 12 goals in their last seven games. They are relying almost exclusively right now on their defense, penalty kill and goaltender Devan Dubnyk to win them games but shutting down the Penguins' high powered attack will be a difficult task. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in the last five meetings against Minnesota and have have won two straight in Minnesota since 2014. I expect a Pittsburgh victory and recommend laying the short road chalk price.

Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Minnesota Wild Ian Cameron



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

11.25.2016     09:24 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Texas A&M vs. Virginia Tech +2.5 O/U 144.5 
Recommendation: Virginia Tech


Texas A&M lost a ton of experience from last year's group that won 28 games and reached the Sweet Sixteen. It was one of the most "together" teams in the country last year with clearly defined roles throughout the roster. This year's group has talent and the one constant under head coach Billy Kennedy is defense so I'm not expecting 2016-17 to be a total rebuild job. But there are going to be bumps in the road and we saw it first hand in A&M's recent home loss to USC in which they coughed up a lead late and lost 65-63. Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams did a masterful job last season as he took an ultra-young roster and produced 20 wins and a 10-8 record in ACC play. He was forced to play a number of kids who weren't ready to compete at such a high level but much of that group is back. Now you have a coach who is noted for getting kids to buy in and play hard in his second season. The Hokies' talent was on full display yesterday as they hung 92 points in a blowout win over New Mexico. It's a pretty big step up in class tonight as the Aggies will mark the first opponent to put up significant resistance on the defensive end of the floor. This line and the move seem to be based more on reputation than what each team can put on the floor. Intriguing matchup and one worth taking a shot with the high ceiling underdog. Take Virginia Tech.

Tags: College Basketball Texas A&M Aggies Virginia Tech Hokies OTTO Sports



Sportsmemo's NFL Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 11-23-2016

11.23.2016     01:19 PM     Printer Friendly

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Here is Sportsmemo's NFL Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 12. Handicappers Erin Rynning and Rob Veno 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 Erin Rynning Rob Veno



College Football Betting Preview: LSU Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies

11.23.2016     09:02 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
LSU at Texas A&M 
Thursday, 4:30 pm PT - ESPN 
CRIS Opener:
LSU -5.5 O/U 43 
CRIS Current: LSU -6.5 O/U 48.5 
Recommendation: LSU

Texas A&M has two wins in the last six weeks.  They beat New Mexico State.  And they beat Texas- San Antonio; two games where they were favored by -43.5 and -26.5 points.  It’s surely worth noting that they didn’t cover either pointspread – the Aggies last pointspread cover came all the way back in September in a ‘closer than the final score would indicate’ win over Arkansas.

The Aggies offense has been broken since starting QB Trevor Knight got hurt against Mississippi State earlier this month.  Backup QB Jake Hubenak is a statue in the pocket and he doesn’t have a huge arm.  That’s very bad news against the powerful LSU pass rush; a stop unit that has held every single opponent they’ve faced this year to 21 points or less.  All four of LSU’s losses this season have come despite the defense largely controlling the flow.

The Aggies defense, like LSU’s D, has a great pass rush with Myles Garrett a potential #1 overall NFL draft choice next spring.  But the Aggies stop unit has one major Achilles heel, likely to doom them in this matchup – an inability to shut down power rushing attacks.   
The results don’t lie.  A&M gave up 278 on the ground to Alabama and 365 on the ground against Mississippi State.  Tennessee and Auburn both gained more than 200 yards on the ground against this stop unit as well.  There’s a world of difference between the Florida front seven that LSU struggled to run the ball against last week and the A&M front seven that they’ll face this week!

The Tigers dominated Florida for extended stretches last Saturday.  But with five 1st-and-goal opportunities, LSU garnered only ten points.  The loss wasn’t a season killer for a squad that had already suffered three previous defeats.  Their defense is primed to dominate a backup quarterback once again.  And this week, we can expect the two headed RB duo of Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice to rip off yardage in chunks.

The Aggies have allowed at least 29 points in each of their last for SEC games.  If LSU approaches or exceeds that number – and I expect that they will – the Aggies will be hard pressed to stay competitive against the Tigers elite stop unit. 

Tags: College Football LSU Tigers Texas A&M Aggies SEC Teddy Covers



College Football Betting Preview: Boston College Eagles at Wake Forest Demon Deacons

11.23.2016     08:59 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

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Boston College at Wake Forest 
Saturday, Noon PT 
CRIS Opener:
Wake Forest -4 O/U 36 
CRIS Current: Wake Forest -3 O/U 36.5 
Recommendation: Wake Forest

The obvious reaction to this game is a situational one which would suggest Boston College plus the points because a win will make them bowl eligible. After blowing out Connecticut 30-0 last Saturday, the Eagles find themselves 5-6 which will have them motivated and focused this weekend. The question is, are they good enough to get the job done? Last week once again I outlined their Jekyl and Hyde defensive efforts which totally coincide with the style of opposing offense. This week again favors success rather than failure for the BC stop unit since Wake Forest is a methodical offense sans dual threat quarterback and high powered spread scheme. After stifling the pedestrian UConn offense last week BC has now allowed nine first downs per game, 42 ypg rushing on 1.6 per carry, 133.5 ypg passing, and 175.5 ypg on only 3.3 per play against methodical/traditional systems. The average score of those games is 28-8.5 in favor of the Eagles. Sure, Boston College played a Huskies team with a true freshman quarterback in his second start, but they still dominated. Wake Forest’s offensive identity is one Boston College has had success against all season.

However, the Eagles offense remained mediocre at best last week gaining just 337 total yards and scoring 10 of their points off pick six and field goal producing drive after a takeaway set them up at the Connecticut 29-yard line. After seeing Louisville and Clemson the past couple of weeks and covering each of those games, Wake Forest will be elated to see this BC offense. The Demon Deacons defense has been strong all season long allowing just 22.3 ppg and should also have success in this contest. Offensively with quarterback John Woolford the offense has been spotty at best gaining more than 369 total yards just once and throwing for 200 yards only twice.

Despite their offensive struggles, Wake Forest has been in this role of single digit home favorite three times this season and they’ve gone 2-1. Each team has a strong pass rush with BC recording 35 sacks and WF 32 but partly because of quarterback Patrick Towles' mobility, the Eagles have allowed only 17 while Wake has given up 32.  Wake Forest already has its bowl bid locked up but this is the team's home finale which figures to have them cranked up. Last year, Wake Forest went up to Chestnut Hill and beat Boston College 3-0 in a game where they only managed five first downs and 142 total yards. My power ratings suggest Wake should be -4.5. Not sure Boston College is good enough to win just because they need to and I feel like Wake will close their regular season with a solid home performance.

Tags: College Football Boston College Eagles Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC Rob Veno






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