|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|01-27-22||Wolves v. Warriors OVER 228.5||Top||115-124||Win||100||11 h 37 m||Show|
20* Timberwolves/Warriors TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on OVER 228.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves are an offensive juggernaut when De'Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have all been on the court at the same time. It's no wonder they are playing their best basketball of the season right now with these players all healthy for several weeks now.
Indeed, the Timberwolves are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games overall. They have been winning with offense, scoring at least 108 points in nine consecutive games while averaging 123.0 points per game in those nine games. They have allowed 107 or more points in seven of their last eight games, so they are not doing it with defense. The OVER is 7-2 in their last nine games overall.
The Warriors are missing their two best defenders in Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. They have had to play more small ball, and they got their offense going last time out by scoring 132 points against Dallas. With an lineup that boasts Curry, Thompson, Poole and Wiggins, the Warriors are definitely a potent offensive team that cannot be held back for long.
The OVER is 5-0 in the last five meetings in this series with combined scores of 233 or more points in four of those five. The OVER is 6-0 in Timberwolves last six games vs. a team with a winning record. The OVER is 9-1 in Timberwolves last 10 games following an ATS loss. The OVER is 40-19 in Timberwolves last 59 games as road underdogs. Roll with the OVER in this game Thursday.
|01-27-22||California +16.5 v. UCLA||Top||57-81||Loss||-110||10 h 37 m||Show|
20* Pac-12 GAME OF THE MONTH on California +16.5
The UCLA Bruins are in a huge letdown spot tonight. They are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 75-59 home victory over Arizona on Tuesday. Now they have just one day to get ready for California, and they won't be that motivated to beat a Golden Bears team they have already beaten once on the road.
That's going to make it hard for the Bruins to cover this 16.5-point spread when they're lacking the motivation to do so. Meanwhile, California wants revenge from that 52-60 home loss as 8.5-point underdogs. Now this number has been adjusted 8 points for home-court advantage, which is way too much given the spot.
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Golden Bears after going 0-5 SU & 2-3 ATS in their last five games overall. They have faced a brutal schedule during this stretch with three of the losses coming to USC, UCLA and Arizona at home and Washington and Washington State on the road. Only one of the five losses came by more than 14 points. California is rested and ready to go having last played on Sunday, so they have had three days off to get ready for the Bruins.
The Golden Bears are a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. California is 6-0 ATS in its last six games following a double-digit home loss. The Golden Bears are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU loss. California is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games overall. UCLA is 0-3-1 ATS in its last four games as a home favorite. Six of the last seven meetings in this series were decided by 15 points or less. Bet California Thursday.
|01-27-22||Purdue v. Iowa +2.5||Top||83-73||Loss||-110||10 h 37 m||Show|
20* Purdue/Iowa Big Ten No-Brainer on Iowa +2.5
Iowa wants revenge from a 77-70 road loss at Purdue in their first meeting this season. The Hawkeyes didn't have their best player in Keegan Murray (22.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.2 BPG) for that contest, so having him healthy for the rematch will make all the difference. It was actually impressive they kept that game competitive without him.
Iowa is 11-1 at home this season with its only loss coming to Illinois. The Hawkeyes are stomping teams at home this season, outscoring them by 22.5 points per game. Purdue is just 2-2 SU in true road games this season with upset losses to Indiana and Rutgers. Winning on the road in the Big Ten is tougher than any other conference in the country.
Purdue is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games. The Boilermakers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as favorites. Iowa is 33-15-3 ATS in its last 51 home games, including 5-1 ATS in its last six games as a home underdog. The home team is 16-6 ATS in the last 22 meetings. Take Iowa Thursday.
|01-26-22||Texas A&M +10 v. LSU||Top||64-70||Win||100||10 h 40 m||Show|
20* CBB DOG OF THE WEEK on Texas A&M +10
Buzz Williams is turning around this Texas A&M program just as he has done in his previous stops at Marquette and Virginia Tech. He is easily one of the most underrated head coaches in the country. He has the Aggies sitting at 15-4 this season with three losses by 6 points or less and an 11-point loss to Wisconsin.
The Aggies should not be catching double-digits against LSU, which is 0-3 SU & 1-2 ATS in its last three games overall, including a 14-point loss at Tennessee and an upset home loss by 7 to Arkansas as a 6.5-point favorite. Two of LSU's top three scorers in Xavier Pinson (10.9 PPG, 4.6 APG) and Darius Days (13.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG) are both questionable tonight. I like the Aggies to stay within this number even if both guys play.
LSU is 11-27 ATS in its last 38 games as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points. The Aggies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss. Texas A&M is 4-0 ATS in its last four games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet Texas A&M Wednesday.
|01-26-22||Raptors v. Bulls -3.5||105-111||Win||100||8 h 27 m||Show|
15* NBA Eastern Conference ANNIHILATOR on Chicago Bulls -3.5
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Chicago Bulls. They have been banged up and have gone just 2-6 SU & 3-5 ATS in their last eight games overall. But they are getting healthier now as Zach LaVine just returned last game, and DeMar DeRozan will be back after resting last game against the Thunder.
While the Bulls had yesterday off, the Raptors will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a 125-113 home win over the Hornets last night. It will also be the 8th game in 13 days for the Raptors, which is a very difficult spot. The fatigue is stating to show as the Raptors are 3-5 SU in their last eight games overall. They could be without two of their best players in Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes, who are both questionable and they may be wise to rest them.
The Bulls are 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings with the Raptors. Chicago is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings. Toronto is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games following a win by more than 10 points. Take the Bulls Wednesday.
|01-26-22||Oklahoma v. West Virginia -1.5||Top||72-62||Loss||-113||9 h 40 m||Show|
20* CBB Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on West Virginia -1.5
I love the spot for the West Virginia Mountaineers tonight. They are coming off three straight losses to the three best teams in the Big 12 in Kansas, Baylor and Texas Tech. They will be highly motivated for a victory at home tonight, and they take a big step down in class against Oklahoma.
The Sooners continue to get too much respect from the books. They have gone 0-4 SU & 1-3 ATS in their last four games overall. They are just 2-5 in Big 12 play this season with both wins coming at home against Kansas State and Iowa State in which they needed late surges to put those games away. They are 1-3 SU in true road games this season with their lone win coming at UCF by 3.
West Virginia is 10-1 SU at home this season and has one of the best home-court advantages in the country. The only loss came to Baylor and they were competitive for 40 minutes in that game. The Mountaineers are 19-4 ATS in their last 23 home games after going over the total in three or more consecutive games. West Virginia is 8-1 ATS in its last nine home games following two or more consecutive ATS losses. The Sooners are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. Roll with West Virginia Wednesday.
|01-26-22||Clippers v. Magic -105||Top||111-102||Loss||-105||8 h 46 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Orlando Magic ML -105
This is a great spot for the Orlando Magic and a terrible one for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Magic will be playing on two days' rest after last seen beating the Bulls 114-95 at home on Sunday. They will be rested and ready to go tonight against the Clippers.
The Clippers just completed a remarkable comeback last night down 30 at halftime to the Wizards and won 116-115 after a 3-pointer at the buzzer on an And-1. They will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 11th game in 18 days.
Making the spot even more difficult for the Clippers is it will be their 5th straight road game, so there has been a lot of travel involved. It will be their 8th different city since January 13th as well. The Clippers are already short-handed missing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and could be without Marcus Morris. This is a spot they will fall flat on their faces.
Los Angeles is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games following an upset win as an underdog. The Clippers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games vs. poor teams that are outscored by 3-plus points per game. Los Angeles is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games following an ATS win. Bet the Magic Wednesday.
|01-26-22||Providence +8.5 v. Xavier||65-62||Win||100||7 h 10 m||Show|
15* Big East PLAY OF THE DAY on Providence +8.5
The Providence Friars have been one of the most underrated teams in the country this season. They have gone 16-2 this season which includes outright upset road wins at Wisconsin, at Connecticut and at DePaul. So they have proven they can travel and beat great teams.
Now the Friars are catching 8.5 points against a Xavier team that has been overvalued for weeks. The Musketeers are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall with their lone cover coming in a road win at lowly Butler.
Providence is 6-4 SU & 8-2 ATS in its last 10 meetings with Xavier with only two losses by more than 6 points. The Friars are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as underdogs. Providence is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games following an ATS loss. The Friars are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. Take Providence Wednesday.
|01-25-22||Auburn v. Missouri +13.5||55-54||Win||100||10 h 44 m||Show|
15* SEC PLAY OF THE DAY on Missouri +13.5
This is a great time to 'sell high' on the Auburn Tigers. I cashed in Auburn in their 80-71 victory over Kentucky on Saturday for their 8th consecutive ATS cover. But now the Tigers are in a massive letdown spot today off that Kentucky win as they travel to face one of the worst teams in the SEC in the Missouri Tigers.
Well, Missouri was one of the worst teams, but they are as improved as anyone in the conference over the last couple weeks. Missouri is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall with a 92-86 upset home win over Alabama as 14-point dogs, a 3-point loss to Texas A&M as 5-point home dogs, a 78-53 win at Ole Miss as 7.5-point dogs and only a 10-point loss at Alabama as 18-point dogs.
Plays against any team (Auburn) - an explosive offensive team scoring 78 PPG or more against a poor offensive team (63-67 PPG) after 15-plus games, after scoring 75 points or more in four straight games are 40-15 (72.7%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Missouri is 5-0 ATS in its last five home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. The Tigers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games as home underdogs. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Don't be surprised to see Auburn fall flat on its face tonight and lose this game outright. Bet Missouri Tuesday.
|01-25-22||Kansas State +14.5 v. Baylor||Top||49-74||Loss||-110||9 h 15 m||Show|
20* Big 12 GAME OF THE WEEK on Kansas State +14.5
The Baylor Bears have been overvalued to open Big 12 play this year due to winning the title last year and coming into conference play unbeaten. They have gone 5-2 SU but 3-4 ATS with all five of their wins coming by 14 points or less. They even lost outright to Texas Tech as an 11.5-point home favorite and outright to Oklahoma State as a 14-point home favorite.
Conversely, Kansas State has been grossly undervalued in conference play. The Wildcats are just 2-5 SU but 5-2 ATS. Amazingly, all five of their losses have come by 13 points or less with four of those losses by 3 points or fewer. They have been extremely competitive in conference play. They upset Texas Tech by 11, went on the road and upset Texas as 10.5-point dogs and nearly upset Kansas in a 3-point loss as 6-point home dogs. They only lost by 2 at Oklahoma as 7.5-point dogs and by 3 at West Virginia as 9-point dogs.
Kansas State is 7-1 ATS as an underdog this season. The Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games. Baylor is 0-4 ATS in its last four home games. The road team is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. This is simply too many points tonight. Bet Kansas State Tuesday.
|01-25-22||Southern Illinois +12.5 v. Loyola-Chicago||47-59||Win||100||9 h 15 m||Show|
15* CBB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Southern Illinois +12.5
Southern Illinois is much better than its 10-9 record would indicate and should not be catching 12.5 points against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers tonight. In fact, all nine of their losses have come by 12 points or fewer this season. All four of their conference losses have come by 8 points or fewer, including three by 5 points or less to Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Drake, three of the top teams in the conference.
Loyola-Chicago has been grossly overvalued of late. They are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall. They needed OT to beat Bradley as a 13-point home favorite and needed OT to beat Valpo as a 15.5-point home favorite. They needed a 15-point comeback to win at Indiana State, and they lost outright as an 8-point home favorite to Missouri State. Their lone blowout win during this stretch came against lowly Evansville, which is getting blown out by everyone.
The Ramblers are 0-8 ATS in their last eight home games after having won eight or more of their last 10 games. The Salukis are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss. Roll with Southern Illinois Tuesday.
|01-25-22||Kings +9 v. Celtics||75-128||Loss||-110||9 h 34 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Sacramento Kings +9
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Boston Celtics coming off their 116-87 road win over the Washington Wizards thanks to a 50-point game from Jayson Tatum. Now they come back as 9-point home favorites against the Sacramento Kings tonight.
The Kings are playing to well to be catching 9 points, and asking the Celtics to beat them by double-digits to beat us is asking too much. The Kings have played six straight games where they haven't lost once by more than 6 points. That includes a 6-point road loss at Milwaukee, and upset win over the Lakers and a 1-point home loss to the Cavaliers.
The Kings simply have the Celtics' number. The Kings are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings with three outright wins and their two losses coming by 1 and 6 points. IN fact, they haven't lost any of their last six meetings with the Celtics by more than 6 points.
Sacramento is rested and ready to go playing just its 2nd game in 6 days. The Kings are 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on two days' rest. The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Boston is 6-20-1 ATS in its last 27 games following a win by more than 10 points. Take the Kings Tuesday.
|01-25-22||Nuggets v. Pistons +7.5||Top||110-105||Win||100||8 h 4 m||Show|
20* NBA Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Detroit Pistons +7.5
I love the spot for the Detroit Pistons tonight. They will be out for revenge from a 111-117 road loss at Denver on Sunday. Now they get to face the Nuggets at home here just two days later. Look for them to easily cover this 7.5-point spread and possibly win outright.
The Pistons have been very good here of late in going 3-0 ATS in their last three games overall with an upset win at Sacramento, a 10-point loss as 13-point dogs at Utah and a 6-point loss at 12-point dogs at Denver. Now they are back home here where they have gone 4-1 SU & 4-1 ATS in their last five home games with upset wins over the Spurs as 7-point dogs, the Jazz as 11-point dogs and the Raptors as 9-point dogs.
While the Pistons will be motivated for revenge, the Nuggets won't be all that interested in beating them for a 2nd time in 3 days. And motivation is everything in the NBA. Plus, the Nuggets have a huge game on deck tomorrow night at Brooklyn. They will be looking ahead to that game and overlooking the Pistons.
Plays against road teams (Denver) - after failing to cover the spread in three or more consecutive games against an opponent that has covered the spread in three or more consecutive games are 57-27 (67.9%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the Pistons Tuesday.
|01-25-22||Hornets v. Raptors OVER 222.5||113-125||Win||100||8 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Total DOMINATOR on Hornets/Raptors OVER 222.5
This total has been set too low tonight due to recent low-scoring games by both the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets. The under is 7-1 in Raptors last eight games overall. The under is also 7-1 in Hornets last eight games overall.
Charlotte has been a great OVER team all season until recently and so have the Raptors. Now the oddsmakers have been forced to set this total lower than it should be, and we will take advantage here and back the OVER in a game between two teams with great offenses and suspect defenses.
The Hornets rank 2nd in the NBA in pace, 6th in offensive efficiency and 24th in defensive efficiency, which is why they are such a great OVER team. The Raptors rank just 17th in defensive efficiency and have been a much more efficient offensive team since they have gotten healthy.
The OVER is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings. The OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Toronto. The OVER is 11-1 in Hornets last 12 games following a loss by more than 10 points. The OVER is 7-1 in Raptors last eight games as home favorites. The OVER is 8-2 in Raptors last 10 home games. Roll with the OVER in this game Tuesday.
|01-25-22||Missouri State v. Indiana State +6||72-76||Win||100||8 h 41 m||Show|
15* MVC PLAY OF THE DAY on Indiana State +6
The Missouri State Bears are in a massive letdown spot tonight. They are coming off a 79-69 upset win at Loyola-Chicago as 8-point underdogs to hand the Ramblers their first conference loss of the season. They are their biggest competition to win the Missouri Valley.
Indiana State is no pushover. It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Sycamores, who have lost four straight coming in all by 8 points or less. Three of those came to three of the top teams in the conference in Northern Iowa, Loyola-Chicago and Southern Illinois. They will be competitive with the Bears tonight as well.
The underdog is 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The Sycamores are 6-2 SU & 3-1-1 ATS at home this season. Take Indiana State Tuesday.
|01-24-22||Bulls v. Thunder +2||111-110||Win||100||9 h 53 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday PLAY OF THE DAY on Oklahoma City Thunder +2
The Chicago Bulls are banged up right now and missing six key players. It's a big reason they have gone just 1-6 SU in their last seven games overall. They should not be favored on the road over the Oklahoma City Thunder given the terrible spot for them.
The Bulls will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a 95-114 loss in Orlando last night. They will also be playing their 9th game in 14 days and in their 6th different city in 10 days. The injuries, lack of rest and travel is really catching up to this team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be highly motivated for a victory after dropping five straight coming in including three losses by 7 points or fewer to Cleveland (twice) and Dallas. They had yesterday off and are back home now after playing six of their last seven on the road. Look for a big effort from them tonight as they are fully healthy while the Bulls remain short-handed.
Oklahoma City is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games after a combined score of 185 points or less. The Thunder are 10-1 ATS after allowing 100 points or less this season. Oklahoma City is 7-1-1 ATS in its last nine games as home underdogs. Take the Thunder Monday.
|01-24-22||Virginia Tech v. North Carolina -4||Top||68-78||Win||100||9 h 55 m||Show|
20* CBB Monday No-Doubt Rout on North Carolina -4
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be highly motivated for a victory tonight following two straight blowout road losses at Miami and at Wake Forest. Look for them to play with a chip on their shoulder tonight as they return home where they have been dominant all season.
Indeed, the Tar Heels are 9-0 SU & 5-4 ATS at home this season and outscoring opponents by 16.9 points per game. They have opened ACC play by crushing Virginia by 16 and Georgia Tech by 23 at home. Look for them to easily cover this 4-point spread against Virginia Tech.
The Hokies are struggling right now. They have gone just 2-4 SU & 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. They are coming off an upset loss at Boston College. The Hokies are now 1-4 SU & 1-4 ATS in their last five true road games with their only win coming by 3 at lowly NC State.
North Carolina is 7-0 SU in its last seven home meetings with Virginia Tech with six of those wins coming by double-digits. The Hokies are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games when playing their 3rd game in 7 days. The Tar Heels are 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games vs. good teams that outscore their opponents by 4-plus points per game. Bet North Carolina Monday.
|01-23-22||Hawks v. Hornets -3||Top||113-91||Loss||-110||9 h 43 m||Show|
20* NBA Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Charlotte Hornets -3
The Charlotte Hornets are fully healthy and rolling right now. They are 7-1 SU & 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall with si wins coming by 8 points or more.
The Atlanta Hawks are struggling in going 6-11 SU & 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. They have been terrible on the road all season in going 9-14 SU & 8-15 ATS away from home.
Charlotte is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 home games with a total of 230 or higher. Atlanta is 0-8 ATS in its last eight road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Hornets are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Hawks are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 trips to Charlotte. Bet the Hornets Sunday.
|01-23-22||Bills v. Chiefs OVER 54||Top||36-42||Win||100||92 h 2 m||Show|
20* Bills/Chiefs AFC No-Brainer on OVER 54
Two of the best offenses in the NFL square off Sunday when the Buffalo Bills visit the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills are putting up 29.4 points per game while the Chiefs are averaging 29.0 points per game this season. Both offenses have been hitting on all cylinders here down the stretch with even better numbers.
Indeed, the Chiefs are scoring 36.5 points per game in their last six games. The Bills are putting up 33.4 points per game in their last five games and just hung 47 on a very good New England defense. Both teams will get their points, and which ever team is trailing is more than capable of catching up with a quick-strike offense.
The Bills do have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but they haven't faced many good offenses especially here down the stretch. Their last five games have come against the Panthers, Patriots (twice), Falcons and Jets. In the game prior they gave up 33 points and 488 total yards in a 33-27 loss to the Bucs. Andy Reid and company can figure out their defense. After all, Patrick Mahomes has averaged 32.2 points per game as a starter in the playoffs throughout his career.
The Bills will get their points against a soft Kansas City defense that ranks 28th in allowing 5.8 yards per play this season. This is one of the most overrated defenses in the NFL. The Bills shredded them in their first meeting this season in a 38-20 win for 58 combined points. The Chiefs were held to 20 because they committed four turnovers, which won't happen again. The previous meeting in the AFC Championship last year saw 62 combined points as well. The books have set this number too low at 54 here.
The forecast looks great for a January game in Kansas City. Indeed, temperatures will be in the 40's with less than 5 MPH winds and zero chance of precipitation. The OVER is 8-0 in Bills last eight games as underdogs. The OVER is 6-0 in Chiefs last six games overall. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Kansas City. Take the OVER in this game Sunday.
|01-23-22||Celtics v. Wizards +109||116-87||Loss||-100||5 h 13 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Washington Wizards ML +109
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Washington Wizards today hosting the Boston Celtics. The Wizards are just 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall and now find themselves as home underdogs to the Celtics.
Well, the Wizards haven't been healthy for most of this run, but now they are back to full strength. They should be a profitable bet moving forward starting with an upset home win over the Celtics today.
Boston is coming off two straight upset home losses to the Hornets and Blazers and they haven't been playing well for weeks. The Celtics are just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall despite being mostly healthy.
The Celtics are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as favorites. Boston is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games. The Wizards are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as home underdogs. Washington is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings. Take the Wizards Sunday.
|01-23-22||Massachusetts v. St. Louis -9||59-90||Win||100||4 h 4 m||Show|
15* Atlantic 10 PLAY OF THE DAY on Saint Louis -9
I love the spot for Saint Louis today. The Billikens will be out for revenge from an 85-91 upset road loss at UMass on Thursday. Now they get to host the Minutemen here just three days later.
Saint Louis is 8-3 SU & 7-3 ATS at home this season and outscoring opponents by 17.3 points per game. Their three losses came to Auburn by 4, Belmont by 5 and UAB by 5. Those are three great teams.
UMass is 0-4 SU & 2-2 ATS in true road games this season with multiple losses by double-digits. I think the Billikens get them by double-digits today given the revenge spot.
Saint Louis is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 home games after losing two of its last three games coming in. The Minutemen are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Billikens are 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 games as home favorites. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Roll with Saint Louis Sunday.
|01-23-22||Northwestern +13 v. Purdue||60-80||Loss||-108||3 h 34 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Northwestern +13
The Northwestern Wildcats have been competitive despite going just 1-5 SU in their last six games overall. All five losses came by 8 points or fewer. In fact, they haven't a single game by more than 8 points all season.
They won't start today as they keep this game against Purdue competitive for 40 minutes. The Boilermakers have been consistently overvalued since Big Ten play started. They are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Northwestern has played Purdue tough in two straight meetings the last two seasons. The Wildcats only lost by 5 as 8-point road dogs last year and by 3 as 5.5-point home dogs two years ago. Purdue could be without its best player in Jaden Ivey (16.7 PPG), who is questionable with a hip injury. Take Northwestern Sunday.
|01-22-22||49ers +6 v. Packers||13-10||Win||100||70 h 47 m||Show|
15* 49ers/Packers FOX Saturday Night BAILOUT on San Francisco +6
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most underrated playoff teams in the history of the NFL. Their stats are elite, they are a lot healthier going into the playoffs than they were in the first half of the season, and they are a nightmare matchup for the Green Bay Packers just as they were against the Dallas Cowboys. They are also 8-2 SU in their last 10 games overall, outgained both opponents they lost to, and have outgained nine of their last 10 opponents during this streak.
The 49ers already have playoff experience because their Week 18 game was a playoff game as they had to win to get into the postseason. After trailing 17-0 in the first half, the 49ers stormed back and beat the Rams 27-24 (OT). They trailed by 7 with under two minutes remaining and no timeouts, and drove the field to tie it and force OT. They outgained the Rams by 184 yards and deserved to win. They came into the playoffs with a ton of confidence and it carried over into their 23-17 upset win at Dallas as 3-point dogs in which they were in control of the game the entire way.
Yards per play is arguably the most important stat in the NFL, and the 49ers are elite on both offense and defense. Indeed, the 49ers rank 1st in the NFL at 6.1 yards per play on offense and 6th in the NFL at 5.1 yards per play allowed on defense. They are +1.0 yards per play, which is the second-best mark in the entire league behind the Buffalo Bills (+1.1 YPP). They are also 4th in defensive success rate against the run and 4th in defensive success rate against the pass.
The 49ers have really gotten their running game going in recent weeks, rushing for at least 100 yards in five of their last six games. That rushing attack consistently gives the Packers fits in the playoffs, which is a big reason Aaron Rodgers is 0-3 all-time against the 49ers in the postseason. And the Packers rank 30th in defensive success rate against the run, making this a nightmare matchup for them. Green Bay is also 31st in the NFL in allowing 4.7 yards per carry.
The 49ers can take the same game plan they had against the Cowboys, which is control the game with their running game and play keep away from a potent Dallas defense. And holding the Cowboys to just 17 points is no small feat as Dallas was the highest-scoring team in the NFL this season. This defense can hold Aaron Rodgers and company in check as well, while the offense can control the ball with their running game and timely passes from Jimmy G.
Injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa and Fred Warner are a big reason this line is as high as it is. But Jimmy G just said Wednesday he is good to go, the 49ers certainly expect to have Bosa available, and Warner was seen jumping around on the sidelines late in that Dallas game so he will probably be a go as well. I think as the injury report looks better for the 49ers late in the week, this line will drop as +6 is not the right line.
These teams are pretty evenly matched and the Packers should be closer to a 3-point favorite given the bye week and the home-field advantage. Consider the 49ers were 3-point home favorites in their first meeting this season, so this is a 9-point adjustment and clearly shows there's value on the road dog.
The 49ers are 8-0 ATS in their last eight January games. San Francisco is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games as an underdog. Everyone is making too big a deal of the Packers playing at home at Lambeau Field in the cold. But the 49ers are actually built for cold outdoor games with the better running game and defense than the Packers. They have been a much better bet on the road than they have been at home in recent years, and they just went on the road and beat the Rams and Cowboys both. They are getting disrespected again here and will continue playing with that chip on their shoulder, making them dangerous road warriors. Roll with the 49ers Saturday.
|01-22-22||North Carolina v. Wake Forest -1.5||76-98||Win||100||13 h 35 m||Show|
15* UNC/Wake Forest ACC ANNIHILATOR on Wake Forest -1.5
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are one of the most underrated teams in the country. Steve Forbes has this program on the rise as the Demon Deacons are 15-4 SU & 11-8 ATS this season.
Wake Forest has been particularly tough to tame at home, going 10-1 SU while outscoring opponents by 15.5 points per game. Their lone home loss came to Duke. They are coming off two straight impressive road wins at Virginia and Georgia Tech.
North Carolina has been dominant at home as well, but terrible on the road. The Tar Heels are 3-5 SU & 2-6 ATS in all games played away from home with their three wins coming against Charleston, Georgia Tech and Boston College. They lost badly to Purdue, Tennessee and Kentucky on neutrals. They also were upset at Notre Dame and at Miami by 28 last time out.
The Tar Heels are 0-9 ATS in their last nine road games vs. good offensive teams that average 77 or more points per game. North Carolina is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 road games. Roll with Wake Forest Saturday.
|01-22-22||Kings v. Bucks OVER 230.5||127-133||Win||100||12 h 47 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Kings/Bucks OVER 230.5
The Sacramento Kings have been a great OVER team all season because they play at a fast pace, can score and play no defense. The Kings rank 3rd in pace and 27th in defensive efficiency this season.
We've seen a ton of high-scoring Kings' games here of late. They have played four straight games that have seen 230 or more combined points including 240 or more in three of them. Now they take on a Bucks team that ranks 9th in pace and 8th in offensive efficiency, and those numbers would be even higher if they were healthy all season.
Now the Bucks are fully healthy with the exception of Brook Lopez. They should continue their trend of playing high-scoring games against the Kings. Amazingly, the OVER is 17-0 in the last 17 meetings. They have combined for 233 or more points in six consecutive meetings. Bet the OVER in this game Saturday.
|01-22-22||East Carolina +19.5 v. Houston||36-79||Loss||-108||11 h 36 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on East Carolina +19.5
East Carolina is one of the most underrated teams in the American Athletic Conference this season. The Pirates are 11-6 SU & 10-7 ATS with all six losses coming by 10 points or less.
Now the Pirates are catching a whopping 19.5 points to Houston and should stay within this number with ease. The Cougars are overrated due to an eight-game winning streak against very weak competition. And note that seven of those eight wins came by 19 points or less with the lone exception being a non-conference home game against Texas State.
Lafayette only lost by 15 at Houston, Temple only lost by 5, South Florida lost by 17, Wichita State lost by 10, Tulsa lost by 2 and South Florida lost by 19 in the rematch. That's a very soft schedule, and you could argue that East Carolina is the best team Houston has faced since losing to Alabama prior to this eight-game winning streak.
Much worse ECU teams have given Houston problems the last two seasons. ECU won outright 82-73 as a 16.5-point home dog last season and only lost by 10 as a 13-point dog in 2020. The Pirates are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. Take East Carolina Saturday.
|01-22-22||Bengals v. Titans OVER 47||Top||19-16||Loss||-107||66 h 3 m||Show|
25* NFL Playoffs TOTAL OF THE YEAR on Bengals/Titans OVER 47
It's going to be pretty perfect scoring conditions in Nashville for the month of January Saturday. Temperatures will be in the mid-30's with less than 5 MPH winds. These are two of the better offenses in the NFL, and both defenses are susceptible to the opposing offense's strengths.
Joe Burrow has this Cincinnati offense humming. He has led their offense to 33.7 points per game in his last three starts while throwing for 1,215 yards with a 10-to-0 TD/INT ratio. The Bengals should be able to pass all over a Tennessee defense that is stout against the run, but ranks 25th against the pass in allowing 245.2 yards per game. They gave up 306 passing yards to the 49ers and 289 more to the Texans in two of their last three games down the stretch.
The Titans are a dangerous offense when they have Derrick Henry, AJ Brown and Julio Jones all healthy. Well, they haven't been healthy together for much of the season. But they are entering the playoffs as Henry is expected to make his return. And the Titans should be able to run all over a Cincinnati defense that ranks 17th in allowing 4.4 yards per carry.
But this Cincinnati defense just got even thinner and lost their best run stuffer in DT Larry Ogunjobi to a season-ending injury in the win over the Raiders last week. They will also be without DT Mike Daniels, and they could be without DE Trey Hendrickson and DT Josh Tupou, who are both questionable. The Titans should be able to run the football at will against this banged-up front seven, and that will set up big plays off play-action to Brown and Jones.
Tennessee is 13-2 OVER in its last 15 games after winning three of its last four games. The Titans are 6-0 OVER in their last six games after leading their previous game by 14 points or more at halftime. The OVER is 5-0 in Bengals last five games after allowing more than 350 yards in their previous game. The OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Tennessee. Bet the OVER in this game Saturday.
|01-22-22||Florida State v. Miami-FL -2.5||Top||61-60||Loss||-110||7 h 36 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE WEEK on Miami -2.5
The Miami Hurricanes are one of the most underrated teams in the country. They have gone 10-1 SU in their last 11 games overall with their lone loss coming at Florida State by a final of 64-65.
Now the Hurricanes will be out for revenge from that defeat. They are coming off one of their best performances of the season, an 85-57 home win over North Carolina as 2.5-point dogs. They also recently beat Duke outright as 15-point road underdogs.
Florida State is 2-3 SU in true road games this season with narrow wins over Syracuse by 5 and NC State by 2, and blowout losses at Florida by 16, at Purdue by 28 and at Wake Forest by 22. This is a huge letdown spot for the Seminoles off an upset win over Duke at home and having already beaten Miami once this season.
Florida State is 0-8 ATS in its last eight games after going over the total in its previous game. Miami is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games when the line is +3 to -3. The Seminoles are 1-8 ATS in their last nine road games. Bet Miami Saturday.
|01-22-22||Kentucky v. Auburn -3.5||Top||71-80||Win||100||6 h 36 m||Show|
20* Kentucky/Auburn SEC No-Brainer on Auburn -3.5
The Auburn Tigers may be the best team in the country. They are 17-1 SU & 14-4 ATS this season with their only loss coming to UConn in double-overtime. They have won and covered seven straight games coming into this matchup with Kentucky.
It's going to be a tremendous atmosphere at Auburn with the Wildcats coming to town today. The Tigers are 9-0 SU & 8-1 ATS at home this season and outscoring opponents by 20 points per game.
Kentucky has been great at home as well but mediocre on the road. The Wildcats are 2-2 SU & 1-3 ATS in true road games this season with losses to Notre Dame and LSU and their two wins coming against Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
Auburn has won its last two home meetings with Kentucky as short favorites by 7 and 9 points. They are a short favorite again here and this may be the best team in Auburn history. Kentucky is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 road games following three consecutive conference games. The Wildcats are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as underdogs. The Tigers are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games. Auburn is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games overall. Roll with Auburn Saturday.
|01-21-22||Rockets +11 v. Warriors||Top||103-105||Win||100||12 h 35 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Warriors NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Houston +11
This is a terrible spot for the Golden State Warriors tonight. They will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a 117-121 (OT) loss to the Indiana Pacers last night. It will also be the 6th game in 9 days for the Warriors, which is about as tough a spot as there is in the NBA.
This spot has made the Warriors decide to rest both Klay Thompson and Otto Porter Jr. tonight. They are already without Draymond Green and could decide to rest more. Stephen Curry played nearly 44 minutes last night and Andrew Wiggins over 38 minutes.
The Rockets are rested and ready to go playing just their 2nd game in 5 days. They are also playing some of their best basketball of the season in going 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS in their last four games all coming on the road. They upset the Spurs as 7-point road dogs, the Kings as 4.5-point road dogs and the Jazz as 13.5-point road dogs.
Plays on road underdogs (Houston) - an average 3-point shooting teams (33-36.5%) against an average 3-point defense (33-36.5%) after 42-plus games, after two straight games making 16 or more 3-pointers are 24-6 (80%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the Rockets Friday.
|01-21-22||Nets v. Spurs +110||117-102||Loss||-100||10 h 5 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday UPSET SHOCKER on San Antonio Spurs ML +110
The San Antonio Spurs want revenge from a recent 119-121 (OT) loss at Brooklyn in which they were short-handed and the Nets were pretty healthy with Kevin Durant. Now the Nets don't have Durant tonight, and the Spurs are almost fully healthy.
That return to health showed in their 118-96 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last time out. The Spurs are pretty rested right now as this will be their 6th straight home games. This is simply a great spot for them to win outright in revenge mode.
The Nets have been struggling for weeks in going 5-7 SU & 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. This will be their 8th game in 13 days so they are a tired team right now as well as missing their best player in Durant.
San Antonio is 22-11 ATS in its last 33 games when revenging a road loss. Brooklyn is 7-19 ATS in its last 26 games as a favorite. The Nets are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win. The Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. San Antonio is 7-2 ATS in its last nine home meetings with Brooklyn. Roll with the Spurs on the Money Line Friday.
|01-21-22||Blazers +8.5 v. Celtics||109-105||Win||100||9 h 5 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday Undervalued Underdog on Portland Trail Blazers +8.5
Anfernee Simons is playing like an All Star in the absence of Damian Lillard to keep the Blazers competitive. They have gone 4-2 SU & 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall with three outright upsets as underdogs.
Now Simons has the luxury of having CJ McCollum back, who just returned a few games ago. He is going to continue to get stronger and better and get back to his old self with each passing game. And I fully expect the Blazers to give the Celtics a run for their money tonight.
The Celtics aren't playing well enough to warrant being an 8.5-point favorite here. They are 7-7 SU & 5-9 ATS in their last 14 games overall. They are coming off an upset home loss to the Charlotte Hornets and will now be playing their 10th game in 16 days.
Boston is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games as a favorite. Take the Blazers Friday.
|01-20-22||Pelicans v. Knicks -2.5||Top||102-91||Loss||-110||18 h 4 m||Show|
20* NBA Thursday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on New York Knicks -2.5
The New York Knicks will be highly motivated for a victory following two straight home losses against two teams that are surging in Charlotte and Minnesota. Now they take a big step down in competition here against the New Orleans Pelicans and should handle their business.
The Pelicans are just 16-28 this season, including 6-17 SU & 7-16 ATS on the road this season and getting outscored by 8.4 points per game. We are getting the Knicks at a great value as only 2.5-point home favorites. They had won five of their previous six games prior to these two losses in a back-to-back situation against the Hornets and Timberwolves.
New Orleans is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 road games when revenging a loss where opponnent scores 100 points or more. The Pelicans are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games after covering the spread in four or five of their last six games. New York is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following a loss. The Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Bet the Knicks Thursday.
|01-20-22||Suns -2.5 v. Mavs||109-101||Win||100||18 h 58 m||Show|
15* Suns/Mavs TNT ANNIHILATOR on Phoenix -2.5
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Dallas Mavericks after going 10-1 SU & 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. This is where they fall flat on their faces as it's a terrible spot for them.
Indeed, the Mavericks will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back following a 102-98 home win over the Toronto Raptors last night. It gets even worse as it will be the 5th game in 7 days for the Mavericks. Doncic played 42 minutes last night, Finney-Smith 35 and Porzingis and Brunson 33 each.
The Mavericks won't have much left in the tank for the Phoenix Suns, who come in on two days' rest and playing some oof their best basketball of the season. The Suns are 7-1 SU & 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games overall with six wins by 13 points or more. Teams haven't even been competitive with them, and the Mavericks won't either given the spot.
The Suns simply own the Mavericks, going 8-0 SU & 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings. The Suns are 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings, including 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Dallas. The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. Take the Suns Thursday.
|01-20-22||SMU +6 v. Memphis||Top||70-62||Win||100||17 h 19 m||Show|
20* AAC GAME OF THE WEEK on SMU +6
The Memphis Tigers are one of the most overrated teams in the country. They are just 4-7 SU & 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. That includes upset losses to Iowa State as an 11.5-point favorite, Georgia as an 11.5-point favorite, Ole Miss as a 1.5-point favorite, Ole Miss as a 10-point favorite, Tulane as a 6-point favorite, UCF as a 1-point favorite and ECU as a 7-point favorite.
A big reason for the Tigers' struggles is they are short-handed right now with seven players listed as questionable, doubtful or out on the injury report. They should not be 6-point favorites over SMU, which is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games overall and playing as well as anyone in the American Athletic Conference right now.
Recent head-to-head history also shows there's value with SMU +6 tonight. In fact, each of the last four meetings and five of the last six have been decided by 5 points or less. The Mustangs are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win. The Tigers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games as home favorites. Bet SMU Thursday.
|01-19-22||Rockets v. Jazz UNDER 231||116-111||Win||100||10 h 53 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday Total DOMINATOR on Rockets/Jazz UNDER 231
The Utah Jazz just got the best defensive player in the NBA back in Rudy Gobert. They were struggling mightily on defense without him, losing four straight games while allowing 111 or more points in all four.
Since his return, the Jazz held the Nuggets to 102 points and the Lakers to 101 points in his first two games back. Now the Jazz take a huge hit on offense losing their best scorer in Donovan Mitchell (25.5 PPG). They will be without him due to a concussion tonight, and I think the oddsmakers have set this total way too high.
The Rockets are definitely an over team with their lack of defense and decent offense. But even this is too high of a total for them. The UNDER is 5-1 in the last six meetings in this series with combined scores of 230 or fewer points in five of them. That includes the 213 combined points in their first and only meeting this season.
The UNDER is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Utah. The UNDER is 5-1 in Rockets last six vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 4-1 in Jazz last five games vs. a team with a losing record. Plays on the UNDER on any team (Utah) - a good team (+7 PPG or better) against a bad team (-7 PPG or worse) after 42-plus games are 24-5 (82.8%) over the last five seasons. Roll with the UNDER in this game Wednesday.
|01-19-22||Georgia +22 v. Auburn||Top||60-83||Loss||-110||10 h 42 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on Georgia +22
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Georgia Bulldogs. They have lost six straight while going 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. But one of their best performances was a 77-92 loss at Kentucky as similar 22.5-point dogs, and I fully expect them to cover this 22-point spread at Auburn.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Tigers. They have gone 13-0 SU & 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall with six straight covers. That includes big wins over LSU, Florida and Alabama during this stretch. Now the Tigers have a huge game on deck against Kentucky on Saturday and will be looking ahead. They won't be giving Georgia their full attention, making it very difficult to cover this 22-point spread as a result.
Georgia is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games as a road underdog. That includes an outright win as a 9-point dog at Auburn last season. Bet Georgia Wednesday.
|01-19-22||Nets v. Wizards -105||Top||119-118||Loss||-105||8 h 53 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Washington Wizards ML -105
The Brooklyn Nets are 4-7 SU & 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Things just got worse with the loss of their best player in Kevin Durant and they are already without several other key players. This team continues to get too much respect tonight as a PK at Washington.
The Wizards just got Bradley Beal back from injury last time out and crushed the 76ers 117-98 as 2-point home underdogs. They are fully healthy for basically the first time all season and will be a dangerous team moving forward. They will take down the Nets tonight.
Washington is 9-1 ATS at home when the line is +3 to -3 this season. The Wizards are 17-2 ATS in their last 19 games following a win by 10 points or more. Washington is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 home meetings with Brooklyn. Bet the Wizards on the Money Line Wednesday.
|01-19-22||Magic +12 v. 76ers||110-123||Loss||-104||8 h 52 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on Orlando Magic +12
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Philadelphia 76ers. They have gone 9-2 SU & 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. They won't be very motivated to beat an Orlando Magic team for a 3rd time this season. They won 101-96 as 14-point home favorites on November 29th and 116-106 as 8.5-point road favorites on January 5th after a late surge in the final two minutes.
The Magic will be out for revenge and they have been getting healthier by the day. The Magic have been very competitive of late, losing just once by more than 10 points in their last nine games. They have Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs and Mo Bamba back healthy and could get Wendell Carter Jr. back from injury tonight.
Orlando is 7-0 ATS in road games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. The Magic are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games. The 76ers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games. Take the Magic Wednesday.
|01-19-22||St. John's v. Creighton -3.5||64-87||Win||100||8 h 42 m||Show|
15* Big East PLAY OF THE DAY on Creighton -3.5
The Creighton Blue Jays are highly motivated for a victory after two straight road losses against arguably the two best teams in the Big East in Villanova and Xavier. They have played three straight on the road while also upsetting Marquette.
The Bluejays were last seen at home throttling Villanova 79-59 on December 17th, so they haven't played at home in over a month. It's safe to say they will be excited to be back home in front of their fans and one of the best home-court advantages in the country.
St. John's is 0-4 in all games played away from home this season compared to 10-1 at home. Creighton is 7-1 SU in its last eight home meetings with the Red Storm and only has to cover a short 3.5-point spread here.
The Red Storm are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games vs. teams who are called for 17 or fewer fouls per game. St. John's is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games following a win. The favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings. Take Creighton Wednesday.
|01-18-22||Iowa State +8.5 v. Texas Tech||Top||60-72||Loss||-110||10 h 40 m||Show|
20* Big 12 GAME OF THE WEEK on Iowa State +8.5
What more does Iowa State have to do to get some respect from oddsmakers? Until they do, we'll keep cashing tickets on them. They are 14-3 this season with the three losses coming to Baylor by 5 as 7.5-point dogs, Kansas by 1 as 13-point road dogs and Oklahoma as 6-point road dogs after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half.
The losses are impressive, and the upset wins keep stacking up. They upset Xavier as 9-point dogs, Memphis as 11.5-point dogs, Creighton as 5.5-point dogs, Iowa as 5-point dogs and Texas as 2.5-point dogs. They also beat Texas Tech 51-47 in the first meeting as 5-point home favorites, and now the oddsmakers have made a 13.5-point adjustment by making the Red Raiders an 8.5-point home favorite.
Texas Tech is getting a lot of respect in the betting markets due to recent upset wins over Kansas as 7-point dogs and Baylor as 11.5-point dogs. But they fell flat on their faces last time in in a 51-62 road loss at Kansas State as 4.5-point favorites, handing the Wildcats their first Big 12 win of the season. They should maybe be favored in the rematch with the Cyclones at home, but they should not be this big of favorites.
The Cyclones are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games as underdogs. Iowa State is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games vs. a team with a winning record. Texas Tech is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games after covering four or five of its last six games ATS. Bet Iowa State Tuesday.
|01-18-22||Wisconsin v. Northwestern UNDER 140.5||82-76||Loss||-110||10 h 40 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Wisconsin/Northwestern UNDER 140.5
Two great defensive teams that play at slow paces square off Tuesday night in Big Ten action. This should be yet another defensive battle between Wisconsin and Northwestern, and the recent head-to-head history tells the story as to why there is value with the UNDER tonight.
Indeed, each of the last 16 meetings between Northwestern and Wisconsin have seen 139 or fewer combined points. That makes for a 16-0 system backing the UNDER pertaining to this 140.5-point total. Enough said. Roll with the UNDER In this game Tuesday.
|01-18-22||Wolves -2.5 v. Knicks||Top||112-110||Loss||-110||9 h 59 m||Show|
20* Timberwolves/Knicks NBA TV No-Brainer on Minnesota -2.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing their best basketball of the season with De'Angelo Russell, Karl Anthony-Towns and Anthony Edwards all healthy. They have gone 5-2 SU in their last seven games overall with the five wins coming by an average of 18.8 points per game. Their only losses coming on the road to the Pelicans at the buzzer and the Grizzlies by 8.
The Timberwolves are rested and ready to go tonight playing just their 2nd game in 5 days. The same cannot be said for the Knicks, who will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days after an 87-97 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.
While the Timberwolves are basically at full strength, the Knicks are missing four key players in Solomon Hill, Derrick Rose, Cameron Reddish and Nerlens Noel and could be without Kemba Walker, who is questionable. That makes the spot even worse for the Knicks tonight behind short-handed.
Plays against underdogs (New York) - off a home loss by 10 points or more with a winning percentage between 45% and 55% on the season are 70-37 (65.4%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Timberwolves are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as road favorites. Minnesota is 7-1-1 ATS in its last nine road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Knicks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as underdogs. Bet the Timberwolves Tuesday.
|01-18-22||Davidson v. VCU -2||Top||63-61||Loss||-110||8 h 58 m||Show|
20* Atlantic 10 GAME OF THE WEEK on VCU -2
Davidson has won 13 straight games coming into this showdown with VCU. But I think VCU is favored for good reason tonight and that streak comes to an end in what will be Davidson's stiffest challenge during this winning streak.
Davidson has played just four true road games during this streak with wins against overmatched competition in Charlotte, Northeastern, St. Joseph's and Richmond. The win over Richmond was decent and came by only 3 points, but VCU is better than that overrated Richmond squad.
The Rams are 8-3 SU & 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. They upset Syracuse, only lost to Baylor by 8 as 13.5-point dogs, only lost to UConn by 7 as 8-point dogs and lost at St. Bonaventure. So all of their losses have come on the road during this stretch against very good teams in Baylor, UConn & St. Bonaventure.
Home-court advantage has been huge in this series as the home team is 7-1 SU in the last eight meetings. The Rams are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss. VCU is 5-0 ATS in its last five games as a favorite. The favorite is 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Take VCU Tuesday.
|01-17-22||Thunder +11.5 v. Mavs||Top||102-104||Win||100||10 h 29 m||Show|
20* NBA Monday Undervalued Underdog on Oklahoma City Thunder +11.5
It's time to 'sell high' on the Dallas Mavericks. They have gone 8-1 SU & 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. Now they find themselves laying double-digits against an Oklahoma City Thunder team that has been feisty all season.
Indeed, the Thunder are 27-11-1 ATS in their last 39 games overall, including 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games. They have only lost by double-digits once in their last eight games. They are as healthy as they have been all season and more than capable of giving the Dallas Mavericks a run for their money tonight.
The Thunder are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games following two consecutive non-conference games. Dallas is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points. Bet the Thunder Monday.
|01-17-22||Cardinals v. Rams -4||11-34||Win||100||98 h 1 m||Show|
15* Cardinals/Rams ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Los Angeles -4
The Los Angeles Rams simply own the Arizona Cardinals, and Sean McVay owns Kliff Kingsbury. The Rams are 9-1 SU & 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Cardinals with all nine wins coming by 7 points or more. The one loss came this season when the Rams were coming off a huge win over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs the previous week and were in a letdown spot early in the season.
That was back when Arizona was playing well. The Cardinals have fallen flat on their faces since, and it has been yet another late-season collapse under Kingsbury. He has been knowing for this dating back to his time at Texas Tech, and as you can tell he is one of my least favorite head coaches in the NFL.
The Cardinals are just 1-4 SU & 1-4 ATS in their last five gams overall. That includs an upset loss to Seattle as a 5.5-point home favorite, an upset loss to a short-handed Colts team as a 3-point favorite, an upset loss at Detroit by 18 as 13-point favorites and an upset home loss to the Rams by 7 as 3-point favorites. The Rams made the proper adjustments in that 2nd meeting in a 30-23 win, and I trust McVay to have the right game plan to beat Arizona again.
It's not all Kingsbury's fault, though. Injuries have played a big factor as they have been without DeAndre Hopkins and JJ Watt. The defense has really taken a hit without Watt, and the offense is not close to how explosive it was when Hopkins was healthy. Both James Conner and Chase Edmunds are banged up going into the playoffs, as is WR Rondale Moore with two of those three questionable.
The Rams have finished the season strong by going 5-1 SU in their final six games. They won four of those five games by 7 points or more. The lone loss came in OT to the 49ers in Week 18, which was predictable as there was a lot more at stake for the 49ers than there was for the Rams, and the 49ers are one of the most underrated teams in the NFL. A big reason the Rams are playing so well down the stretch is because they are one of the healthiest teams in these playoffs, unlike Arizona.
Yards per play is one of the most important stats in predicting NFL games. The Rams are elite in this aspect, ranking 4th at 6.0 yards per play on offense and 10th at 5.2 yards per play allowed on defense. They are outgaining teams by 0.8 yards per play, which is one of the best marks in the league. The Cardinals are 18th at 5.4 yards per play allowed on defense and 15th at 5.6 yards per play on offense, only outgaining teams by 0.2 yards per play.
The Rams don't always have the biggest home-field advantage in the regular season, but it will be a much bigger advantage in these playoffs. Los Angeles is 10-2 ATS off a division game over the last two seasons. Kingsbury is 2-9 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record in the 2nd half of the season as the coach of Arizona. Arizona is 1-8 ATS vs. good offensive teams that average 350 or more yards per game in the 2nd half of the season over the last two seasons. Los Angeles is 11-4-1 ATS in its last 16 games following a loss. The Rams are 28-13-1 ATS in their last 42 vs. NFC opponents. Roll with the Rams Monday.
|01-17-22||Blazers v. Magic OVER 216||98-88||Loss||-110||9 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Total DOMINATOR on Blazers/Magic OVER 216
The Portland Trail Blazers have been a good OVER team no matter who has been on the court. In fact, nine of their last 10 games have seen 215 or more combined points, with eight of those seeing 222 or more combined points. So there's value with the OVER 216 here.
Andernee Simons has averaged 24.3 points per game in his last seven games in the absence of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. But now McCollum (20.6 PPG) is expected to make his much anticipated return to the lineup tonight after being out since December 4th. So the offense gets an added punch, and Portland's defense ranks 29th in efficiency giving up 112.6 points per 100 possessions.
The Magic have gotten both Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs back healthy recently and are a much better offensive team. They have scored at least 100 points in 11 of their last 15 games and can hang with the Blazers on the offensive end.
The OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings with combined scores of 217 or more points in five of the six. The OVER Is 24-9 in Blazers last 33 Monday games. The OVER Is 8-1 in Magic last eight games playing on one days' rest. The OVER is 5-1 in Magic last six home games. Take the OVER In this game Monday.
|01-17-22||Nets v. Cavs -3||107-114||Win||100||5 h 59 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Cleveland Cavaliers -3
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the most underrated teams in the NBA all season. They are 26-18 SU & 28-14-2 ATS. As long as they have had Darius Garland (19.7 PPG, 7.8 APG), Jarrett Allen (16.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG) and Evan Mobley (15.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG) healthy they have been dangerous.
Now the Cavaliers will take down a Brooklyn Nets tam that is missing their best player in Kevin Durant (29.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 5.8 APG). They will have James Harden and Kyrie Irving, but they aren't as good of a team on defense with those two in the lineup, and the loss of Durant hurts them quite a bit on that end too.
The Nets have been grossly overvalued for weeks even with Durant in the lineup. They have gone 4-6 SU & 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nets are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a win by 10 points or more. Brooklyn is 3-15 ATS in its last 18 games following an ATS win. Cleveland is 9-2-1 ATS in its last 12 home games. Take the Cavaliers Monday.
|01-17-22||Purdue v. Illinois -111||Top||96-88||Loss||-111||2 h 49 m||Show|
20* Purdue/Illinois Big Ten No-Brainer on Illinois ML -111
Illinois is 11-1 in its last 12 games with its only loss coming to Arizona, which may be the best team in the country. I look for the Fighting Illini to continue rolling this afternoon at home against the Purdue Boilermakers on MLK Day.
While the Fighting Illini have been dominant in going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, the Boilermakers have been exposed by going just 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. They have played only two true road games during this stretch and lost outright at Rutgers as 13.5-point favorites and only beat Penn State by 7 as 9.5-point favorites. They were also upset at home by Wisconsin as 12.5-point favorites.
Brad Underwood has Matt Painter's number. The Fighting Illini are 3-0 SU & 2-0-1 ATS in the last three meetings winning by 26 as 1.5-point home favorites, by 17 as 6-point road underdogs and by 8 as 8-point home favorites. We are getting the Fighting Illini cheap today as just a PK at home.
The Boilermakers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning record. The Fighting Illini are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as home favorites. The home team is 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings. Illinois is 9-0 ATS vs. good 3-point shooting teams that make 37% or better over the last two seasons. Bet Illinois Monday.
|01-16-22||Steelers v. Chiefs -12.5||21-42||Win||100||74 h 2 m||Show|
15* Steelers/Chiefs NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on Kansas City -12.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers are gassed. They have played essentially six straight playoffs games. They beat the Ravens by 1, lost by 8 at the Vikings after trailing 23-0 at halftime, beat the Titans by 6 after trailing 10-0 at halftime, lost 10-36 at Kansas City after trailing 36-3, beat the Browns 26-14 on Monday Night Football and beat the Ravens 16-13 in OT last week.
Those wins over the Titans, Browns and Ravens all come with asterisks and they barely won all three. The Titans were missing AJ Brown and Julio Jones, the Browns had just been eliminated from playoff contention and it was Big Ben's final home game, and the Ravens were ravaged by injuries and playing with a backup QB. The Steelers are one of the worst playoff teams in recent memory. Give them credit for winning these games, but they're not very good. That's indicated by the fact that they have been outgained in seven of their last eight games overall.
Of course, the one blowout loss during this stretch came in that 10-36 road loss to the Chiefs. And keep in mind the Chiefs didn't have Travis Kelce plus Tyreke Hill was limited due to injury and only had two receptions for 19 yards. Now Kelce and Hill are both back healthy and this is going to be another blowout.
We saw the Chiefs crush the Raiders 41-14 on the road and come back home and beat the Raiders 48-9. Sometimes, it's just a bad matchup for the opponent like it is for the Raiders. And this is a terrible matchup for the Steelers. Big Ben is only good at checking the ball down with his weak arm and cannot match Patrick Mahomes score for score. In fact, Big Ben is averaging just 5.0 yards per attempt in his last six games.
This Kansas City offense has hit its stride down the stretch en route to going 9-1 SU in its last 10 games overall with its only loss coming at Cincinnati after blowing a double-digit lead. Unlike Big Ben, the Bengals have the firepower with Joe Burrow and company to match the Chiefs score for score. The Chiefs are averaging 35.4 points per game in their last five games.
This is an underrated Kansas City defense as well that has allowed 17 or fewer points in seven of their 10 games during this 9-1 run. The Chiefs are also the fresher team having played on Saturday last week while the Steelers played on Sunday. Again, the Steelers just don't have much left in the tank after going to overtime with the Ravens and playing so many tight playoff games here down the stretch. The Chiefs are one of the healthiest teams in these playoffs as well.
Double-digit favorites are a perfect 5-0 ATS in the wild card round since 2003. Pittsburgh is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games following an ATS win. The Steelers are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 playoff games. The Chiefs are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games. Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in its last seven trips to Kansas City. We get a playoff-motivated Chiefs team here that will dominate from pillar to post this weekend. Take the Chiefs Sunday.
|01-16-22||49ers +3 v. Cowboys||Top||23-17||Win||103||70 h 17 m||Show|
25* NFL Wild Card GAME OF THE YEAR on San Francisco 49ers +3
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most underrated wild card teams in the history of the NFL. Their stats are elite, they are a lot healthier going into the playoffs than they were in the first half of the season, and they are a nightmare matchup for the Dallas Cowboys. They are also 7-2 SU in their last nine games overall, outgained both opponents they lost to, and have outgained eight of their last nine opponents during this streak.
The 49ers already have playoff experience because their Week 18 game was a playoff game as they had to win to get into the postseason. After trailing 17-0 in the first half, the 49ers stormed back and beat the Rams 27-24 (OT). They trailed by 7 with under two minutes remaining and no timeouts, and drove the field to tie it and force OT. They outgained the Rams by 184 yards and deserved to win. It's safe to say the 49ers come into the playoffs now with a ton of confidence feeling like they can win under any circumstance.
Yards per play is arguably the most important stat in the NFL, and the 49ers are elite on both offense and defense. Indeed, the 49ers rank 1st in the NFL at 6.1 yards per play on offense and 6th in the NFL at 5.1 yards per play allowed on defense. They are +1.0 yards per play, which is the second-best mark in the entire league behind the Buffalo Bills (+1.1 YPP).
While the 49ers are one of the most underrated playoffs teams, the Cowboys are one of the most overrated. It's a great time to 'sell high' on them after going 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Their five wins came against Washington (twice), Philadelphia's backups, a Giants team that has quit and a Saints team ravaged by COVID.
The loss came at home to the Arizona Cardinals 22-25 as 6.5-point favorites in which they were outgained by 98 yards. That's a fellow NFC West team. The Cowboys also have upset home losses to the Broncos as 10.5-point favorites and the Raiders as 7-point favorites in their last 10 games. They just can't be trusted to lay a number at home against a team as good as the 49ers.
The 49ers are expected to get LT Trent Williams back this week and he is one of the best tackles in the game. He helps a 49ers offensive line that ranks 1st in the NFL in run blocking according to pro football focus. Dallas ranks 22nd against the run according to pro football focus. That's why this is a nightmare matchup for the Cowboys. The 49ers will be able to run the ball and control the game. Jimmy G likes to throw the ball over the middle, which is Dallas' weakness against the pass whereas they are great at defending the pass outside the numbers.
Jimmy G will have Kittle and Deebo Samuel open across the middle when he needs to throw. These are two of the most underrated weapons in the game. Kittle has 71 receptions for 910 yards and six touchdowns this season in just 14 games. Samuel has 77 receptions, 1,405 yards and six scores while also rushing for 365 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. RB Elijah Mitchell (963 yards, 4.7 YPC, 5 TD) is also healthy now after playing in just 11 games this season.
The 49ers feel like they are free rolling after last week's comeback, while all the pressure is on the Cowboys to try and win a playoff game. Dallas is just 3-10 SU & 3-10 ATS in the playoffs dating back to 1996, including 1-6 SU & 1-6 ATS as favorites. The Cowboys are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games with a line of +3 to -3. The 49ers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven January games. San Francisco is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog. Dallas is 1-7 ATS in its last eight January games. Bet the 49ers Sunday.
|01-16-22||Suns v. Pistons UNDER 215.5||135-108||Loss||-110||3 h 50 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Suns/Pistons UNDER 215.5
Early afternoon Sunday UNDERS have been a great bet in the NBA for years. The number is right to pull the trigger on this UNDER today between the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons. This game will be played at a snail's pace and both teams will be getting after it defensively.
The Suns just got back DeAndre Ayton and JaVale McGee. It's no surprise their defense has picked up their play with these two in the lineup. The Suns allowed 95 points to the Raptors and 94 points to the Pacers in their last two games. They rank 2nd in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season.
Now they take on a Detroit Pistons team that ranks dead last (30th) in offensive efficiency this season. The Pistons have been held to 103 or fewer points in four of their last five games. But they are playing better defensively, holding two of their last four opponents to 92 points or fewer.
Cameron Johnson has missed the last couple games for the Suns and is questionable to return, which is a big reason their offense has struggled in scoring 106 points or fewer in three of their last four. The Pistons will be without three guards in Jerami Grant, Frank Jackson and Rodney McGruder today.
The UNDER is 7-2-1 in Suns last 10 road games. The UNDER is 4-1 in Pistons last five games overall. Bet the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|01-16-22||Penn State +9.5 v. Ohio State||56-61||Win||100||2 h 40 m||Show|
15* CBB Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Penn State +9.5
The Penn State Nittany Lions have been grossly undervalued in Big Ten play of late. They are 3-1 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall with their only loss coming by 7 to Purdue as 9.5-point underdogs. They upset Indiana as 5-point home dogs, upset Northwestern as 8-point road dogs and crushed Rutgers by 17 as 2-point home favorites.
Now I love the spot for the Nittany Lions as they won't be having a letdown. Instead, they will be out for revenge from a 64-76 home loss to Ohio State as 5-point underdogs in their first meeting this season. Now they are catching 9.5 points in the rematch. Ohio State isn't going to shoot as well as it did in the first meeting, making 50.9% overall and 12-of-27 (44.4%) from 3-point range.
The Buckeyes aren't playing well enough to justify being 9.5-point favorites here. They are 1-3 ATS in their last four games overall. They needed OT to beat Nebraska as a 9.5-point road favorite, got crushed by 16 at Indiana, only won by 8 at home over Northwestern as 7.5-point favorites and lost by 10 at Wisconsin as 3.5-point dogs. Asking them to win by double-digits to beat us is asking to much here.
Penn State is 8-1 ATS in its last nine road games vs. teams that shoot 45% or better and allow 42% or worse. The Nittany Lions are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games as road underdogs. The road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Buckeyes are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as home favorites. Roll with Penn State Sunday.
|01-15-22||Oregon State +16.5 v. UCLA||65-81||Win||100||13 h 8 m||Show|
15* Pac-12 Late-Night BAILOUT on Oregon State +16.5
UCLA has not been sharp since returning from a COVID pause. They were off from December 11th until January 6th. They have returned and gone 0-3 ATS, winning by 18 over Long Beach State as a 26-point favorite and winning by 8 at California as an 8.5-point favorite.
Then on Thursday the Bruins lost outright as 9.5-point home favorites to Oregon. The Bruins are playing without any home fans right now, so they have almost zero home-court advantage. That isn't being factored into their lines enough.
It's a great time to 'buy low' on Oregon State after a disastrous start to the season after making the Elite 8 last year. The Beavers have been consistently undervalued in recent weeks, going 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. They beat Utah by 12 as 4.5-point home dogs, only lost by 2 to Oregon as 4.5-point home dogs and only lost by 10 at USC as 14.5-point road dogs. If they can hang with those teams, they can certainly hang with UCLA tonight.
Each of the last four meetings in this series were decided by 5 points or less. In fact, UCLA hasn't beaten Oregon State by more than 7 points in any of the last seven meetings. The Beavers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Roll with Oregon State Saturday.
|01-15-22||Magic +10.5 v. Mavs||92-108||Loss||-110||12 h 18 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Orlando Magic +10.5
I cashed in the Magic last night as 11-point underdogs in a 116-109 outright win at Charlotte. I'm back on them again tonight as this team is getting healthier now and has covered three straight as a result.
In fact, the Magic have been extremely competitive of late against good teams as each of their last seven games have been decided by 10 points or fewer. They just got both Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs back from injuries and could get a couple more big men back tonight.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Mavericks, who have won seven of their last eight including a win at Memphis last night to put an end to the Grizzlies' 11-game winning streak. But Memphis was playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and it was a bad spot for them. Now the Mavericks will have their letdown after ending the Grizzlies' winning streak.
Dallas is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points. Orlando is 7-0 ATS in its last seven road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Magic are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games overall.
Plays against home favorites (Dallas) - off a win by 10 points or more over a division opponent, with a winning percentage between 45% and 55% on the season are 36-11 (76.6%) ATS over the last five seasons. Take the Magic Saturday.
|01-15-22||Patriots v. Bills -4||Top||17-47||Win||100||50 h 2 m||Show|
20* Patriots/Bills CBS Saturday Night BAILOUT on Buffalo -4
The Buffalo Bills have elite stats that would suggest they are the best team in the NFL. Yards per play is arguably the most important stat in handicapping NFL teams. Well, the Bills rank 1st in the NFL in allowing just 4.6 yards per play on defense and 14th in averaging 5.7 yards per play on offense. Their +1.1 YPP differential is the best mark in the entire NFL.
The Bills also average 28.4 points per game and 381.7 yards per game on offense and give up just 17.0 points per game and 272.8 yards per game on defense. They are outscoring teams by 11.4 points per game and outgaining them by 108.9 yards per game on the season. Simply put, they are an elite team and should be more than 4-point favorites over the Patriots.
The first meeting in Buffalo this season was fluky as it was hurricane winds and the Patriots won 14-10 while throwing the ball just three times. The Bills took that loss personally and have been a different team since. After losing 27-33 (OT) at Tampa Bay against the healthy defending champs at that time, they have since gone 4-0 SU & 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games while outgaining all four opponents, including the Jets by 371 yards last game in a misleading 27-10 win.
That also included a 33-21 win at New England in which they got their revenge and outgained the Patriots by 140 yards. Wind wasn't a factor in that game, and the Patriots had to try and do more than just run the ball. Josh Allen threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Conversely, Mac Jones went just 14-of-32 passing for 145 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Jones is going to have to try and do more than he did in that first meeting in Buffalo. Yes, it will be cold, but winds will be in single-digits which favors the Bills drastically. The last rookie quarterback to win a playoff game was Russell Wilson clear back in 2012. Jones is still a rookie, and just because he plays for the Patriots doesn't mean he is going to overcome this trend.
The Patriots are reeling having gone 1-3 SU & 1-3 ATS in their last four games overall with their lone win coming against the Jaguars. Jones and the offense are a problem, but is a defense that has now allowed an average of 164 rushing yards per game in their last six games. The Bills have rushed for 161.8 yards per game in their last five games, so they can also run the ball at will on the Patriots if they so choose instead of relying on Allen's arm. They have so many ways to beat the Patriots and are better everywhere.
The Bills are legit Super Bowl contenders with their elite stats and playoff experience gained the last couple seasons. Last year, they made the AFC Championship Game. That's important because home teams coming off a loss in last year's conference championship are 44-8 SU & 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 tries. The Bills are ready to take that next step, and the Patriots aren't good enough to do anything about is, especially with a rookie QB up against a veteran stud like Josh Allen.
Buffalo is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games after allowing 99 or fewer rushing yards in two consecutive games. The Bills are 6-0 ATS in their last six games after outrushing their last opponent by 75 or more yards. Buffalo is 9-4-2 ATS in its last 15 home games. The Bills are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight vs. AFC East opponents. Take the Bills Saturday.
|01-15-22||Cavs v. Thunder +5.5||Top||107-102||Win||100||11 h 48 m||Show|
20* NBA Non-Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on Oklahoma City Thunder +5.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the most underrated teams in the NBA this season. They have gone 27-11 ATS in their last 38 games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games. They had yesterday off and are fully healthy and ready to go tonight.
The same cannot be said for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 5th road game in 7 days after a 114-109 win in San Antonio last night. I really like this Cleveland team and have backed them with success all season, but this is a terrible spot for them and they need faded tonight because of it.
The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games. Bet the Thunder Saturday.
|01-15-22||Houston v. Tulsa +11||66-64||Win||100||11 h 39 m||Show|
15* AAC PLAY OF THE DAY on Tulsa +11
Houston should not be a double-digit favorite at Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane have one of the most underrated home-court advantages in the country. They consistently exceed expectations at home, and I fully expect them to give the Cougars a run for their money tonight.
Tulsa comes in highly motivated for a victory as it is coming off three straight losses to very good SMU, Memphis and Temple teams all by 5 points or less. In fact, seven of their eight losses this season have come by 7 points or fewer, so they are undervalued just based on their record.
Houston is overvalued after winning six straight coming in, but three of those wins came by 11 points or fewer and the others were against overmatched Lafayette, Texas State and South Florida teams. Tulsa is 9-4 SU & 8-5 ATS in its last 13 home meetings with Houston. That includes outright upsets as 9.5-point dogs and 6-point dogs in their last two home meetings.
The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. The Golden Hurricane are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games as home underdogs. Tulsa is 5-0 ATS in its last five games following an ATS loss. The Golden Hurricane are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games vs. good rebounding teams that average 4 or more boards per game than their opponents. Take Tulsa Saturday.
|01-15-22||Loyola-Chicago v. Indiana State +9.5||64-56||Win||100||10 h 39 m||Show|
15* Missouri Valley PLAY OF THE DAY on Indiana State +9.5
Loyola-Chicago is grossly overvalued right now due to their eight-game winning streak. That includes a 12-point home win over Indiana State as 18-point favorites. Now the Sycamores will be out for revenge, and asking the Ramblers to go on the road and beat them by double-digits to beat us is asking too much.
Loyola-Chicago has had some very good luck in close games recently. They beat San Francisco by 5, needed OT to beat Bradley as a 13-point home favorite and needed OT to beat Valparaiso as a 15.5-point home favorite in their last three games coming in. Their luck runs out today, and at the very least the Sycamores cover.
I have been very impressed with Indiana State in MVC play this season. They played Loyola-Chicago tough in that first meeting, upset Bradley 76-71 as 3.5-point home underdogs and took Northern Iowa to OT as 12-point road underdogs. Those are three of the best teams in MVC this season and arguably the two best in UNI and Loyola, so they have proven they belong.
Indiana State is 6-0 at home this season and winning by 22.7 points per game. The Sycamores are 6-0 ATS in Saturday home games over the last three seasons. Indiana State is 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 games overall, including 8-2 ATS in its last 10 home games. Bet Indiana State Saturday.
|01-15-22||Raiders v. Bengals -5||Top||19-26||Win||100||46 h 18 m||Show|
20* Raiders/Bengals NFL Wild Card Opener on Cincinnati -5
The Cincinnati Bengals are rested and ready to pick up where they left off when they went 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in their three games prior to Week 18 to seal the AFC North title. They beat the Broncos 15-10 as 3-point road underdogs, the Ravens 41-21 as 7.5-point home favorites and the Chiefs 34-31 as 3.5-point home dogs to clinch the title.
The Bengals decided to rest their starters in a 16-21 loss at Cleveland in Week 18. That was a wise move by Zac Taylor, who is among the favorites to win Coach of the Year. Of course, franchise QB Joe Burrow was banged up against the Chiefs and Joe Mixon was out with COVID, so it was an easy decision. But now the Bengals come back fresh and primed for a big effort at home against the Raiders on Saturday.
Conversely, this couldn't be a worse spot for the Raiders. They had to win four straight games to close the season which were all basically playoff games. All four wins came by 4 points or less as they were simply good at winning coin flips. But they needed OT to beat the Chargers on Sunday Night Football, and now the NFL has done them no favors by making them play the first wild card game Saturday afternoon. They are gassed and have nothing left in the tank for the Bengals here.
The Raiders were in a similarly tough situation when they hosted the Bengals earlier this season. They were coming off a Sunday night game against the Chiefs and they had a Thursday game on deck against the Cowboys. Predictably, they fell flat and were crushed 32-13 by the Bengals in Las Vegas. I think they get crushed again here in what is actually an even worse spot for them.
The Raiders have the worst run defense of all the playoff teams according to pro football focus. Joe Mixon rushed for 123 yards and two scores against the Raiders in that first meeting. And you know Joe Burrow is going to have another great game as he has been on fire down the stretch and has that big game experience by leading LSU to a national title. This playoff atmosphere won't phase him.
Burrow threw for 525 yards and four touchdowns without a pick against the Ravens in Week 16 and followed it up with 446 yards and four scores without a pick against the Chiefs in Week 17. He now has an 11-to-0 TD/INT ratio in his last four games while completing at least 68% of his passes in all four games. He is probably the single-most underrated quarterback in the NFL right now.
Las Vegas is 1-12 ATS in its last 13 games off an upset win as a home underdog over a division opponent. The Raiders are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game. The Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the Bengals Saturday.
|01-15-22||Louisville v. Pittsburgh +5||Top||53-65||Win||100||7 h 40 m||Show|
20* Louisville/Pittsburgh ACC No-Brainer on Pittsburgh +5
The Pittsburgh Panthers have been grossly undervalued for over a month. They are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall with eight games decided by 4 points or fewer. So that fact alone says there's value with the Panthers catching 5 points at home today.
I backed Pittsburgh as a double-digit dog at Louisville in their 72-75 loss on January 5th. Now I'm back on them again in this great revenge spot here just 10 days later and at home this time around. Louisville is one of the most overrated teams in the country. The Cardinals are just 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
They lost outright to DePaul as 7.5-point home favorites, outright to Western Kentucky by 10 as favorites, and by 16 as 6-point home favorites to NC State last time out among some of their worst performances. It really shows how bad this team really is, and each of their last three wins came by 4 points or less.
The Cardinals are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last six games following a loss. Take Pittsburgh Saturday.
|01-15-22||Oklahoma v. TCU +107||58-59||Win||107||7 h 39 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday UPSET SHOCKER on TCU ML +107
TCU is 11-2 this season including 6-1 at home with its only loss to Baylor. The wrong team is favored in this game as the Horned Frogs host Oklahoma today. It's a Sooners team that is 1-2 SU in true road games with its lone win coming by 3 points and both losses by double-digits.
Oklahoma is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 road games off a road loss by 10 points or more. The Sooners are 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 games as road favorites. Oklahoma is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games as a favorite overall. The Horned Frogs are 5-1-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. Roll with TCU on the Money Line Saturday.
|01-15-22||Texas v. Iowa State +2.5||Top||70-79||Win||100||5 h 40 m||Show|
20* Texas/Iowa State Big 12 No-Brainer on Iowa State +2.5
The Iowa State Cyclones have been grossly underrated all season. And they are getting disrespected again here as home underdogs to the Texas Longhorns. This is a game I fully expect them to win outright.
The Cyclones opened 12-0 with several outright upsets as underdogs. They have opened 1-3 SU in Big 12 play but are 2-2 ATS. They only lost by 5 to Baylor as 7.5-point dogs and by 1 at Kansas as 13-point dogs, which are arguably the two best teams in the Big 12 and shows what they are capable of. They also beat Texas Tech at home. Now they are highly motivated for a win after opening 1-3 in conference.
Texas is 3-1 in conference but has played a much softer schedule. Their only road win came at Kansas State and the Wildcats were missing a ton of players due to COVID. They are also one of the worst teams in the Big 12. The Longhorns lost by 13 at Oklahoma State, another team that isn't very good. And they beat short-handed West Virginia and Oklahoma at home.
Texas is 0-8 ATS in its last eight vs. teams that average 9 or more steals per game. Iowa State is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 vs. teams that win more than 80% of their games. The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. The Cyclones are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games as underdogs. Bet Iowa State Saturday.
|01-15-22||Northwestern +8 v. Michigan State||Top||64-62||Win||100||3 h 39 m||Show|
20* Northwestern/Michigan State Big Ten Early ANNIHILATOR on Northwestern +8
I love the spot for the Northwestern Wildcats today. They will be out for revenge from a 67-73 home loss to Michigan State on January 2nd. Now they get to face the Spartans less than two weeks later and are catching 8 points this time around after catching only 3 points at home.
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Wildcats, who have lost four straight coming in but all four losses have come by 8 points or fewer. It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Spartans, who have won nine straight coming in.
But the Spartans are starting to get a little lazy and failing to meeting expectations. They are just 1-3 ATS in their last four games with their only cover coming in that 6-point win at Northwestern as 3-point favorites. They only beat High Point by 13 as 22.5-point home favorites, Nebraska by 12 as 14.5-point home favorites and Minnesota by 2 as 11.5-point home favorites.
The Spartans are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Michigan State is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games. Roll with Northwestern Saturday.
|01-14-22||Mavs v. Grizzlies UNDER 216.5||112-85||Win||100||13 h 11 m||Show|
15* Mavs/Grizzlies ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on UNDER 216.5
The UNDER is 7-1 in Mavericks last eight games overall. They have combined with their opponents for 212 or fewer points in seven of those eight games, including 193 or fewer in five of those. The lone exception came against Houston which is an over team.
Memphis is tired playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and its 5th game in 7 days. That will affect them more on offense than it will on defense. They won't be looking to push the tempo tonight, and the Mavericks will gladly play at a snail's pace with them.
This will already be the 3rd meeting between these teams this season, and familiarity favors defense and low scoring games. They combined for just 187 points in their first meeting and 200 points in their second meeting. It should be more of the same tonight as the books have set this number way too high.
Memphis is 10-1 UNDER in its last 11 home games following four or more consecutive wins. The UNDER is 16-5 in Mavericks last 21 games overall. The UNDER is 32-14 in Mavericks last 46 games as underdogs. The UNDER is 6-1 in Grizzlies last seven home games. The UNDER is 6-0 in Grizzlies last six games as home favorites. Take the UNDER in this game Friday.
|01-14-22||Michigan +10 v. Illinois||53-68||Loss||-110||12 h 44 m||Show|
15* Michigan/Illinois Big Ten ANNIHILATOR on Michigan +10
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Michigan Wolverines. They are off to a disappointing 7-6 start this season and coming off upset road losses to both UCF and Rutgers. But they have had the last nine days off to get healthy, rested and ready to take on Illinois tonight.
I fully expect a big effort from the Wolverines, which should be enough to cover this inflated 10-point spread. Michigan has been favored in all 13 games this season, and now they are not only an underdog for the first time, but a double-digit underdog at that. This fact alone shows you there's value with Michigan and we are getting them at their best price of the season.
Conversely, it's a great time to 'sell high' on Illinois. The Fighting Illini have gone 10-1 SU in their last 11 games overall with their only loss to Arizona. But they have feasted on a weak schedule for the most part and five of the 10 wins have come by 10 points or fewer. That includes a 10-point win at Nebraska as 12.5-point favorites last time out. And they needed a late surge to beat Maryland by 12 in their previous game at home.
Michigan is 6-0 ATS in its last six games following a game with five or fewer offensive rebounds. The Wolverines have the size inside to match up with Kofi Cockburn. The road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Roll with Michigan Friday.
|01-14-22||Magic +11 v. Hornets||Top||116-109||Win||100||10 h 51 m||Show|
20* NBA DOG OF THE WEEK on Orlando Magic +11
The betting public wants nothing to do with the Orlando Magic right now. They have lost 10 straight games, but they clearly have not quit as each of their last six losses have come by 10 points or less. And I think they make that seven in a row here as they keep this game competitive against the Charlotte Hornets.
This is a terrible spot for the Hornets and a great time to 'sell high' on them. They have gone 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall including two wins over the Bucks. They just ended their 16-game losing streak to the 76ers in their head-to-head series last time. This is the ultimate letdown spot for the Hornets now as they feel like they can just show up and beat the Magic.
A big reason the Magic have been more competitive of late with six straight losses by 10 points or fewer is because they have gotten healthier. They recently got their best player in Cole Anthony (19.8 PPG, 5.9 APG) back, and now they are expected to get another key player in rookie Jalen Suggs (12.3 PPG, 3.6 APG) back from a thumb injury tonight. Five of their top six scorers are back healthy.
These teams have already met twice this season with the Hornets winning both games by single-digits. In fact, Charlotte hasn't won any of its last nine meetings with the Magic by more than 9 points, making for a 9-0 system backing the Magic pertaining to this 11-point spread. The Magic are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Bet the Magic Friday.
|01-13-22||Blazers v. Nuggets -10.5||108-140||Win||100||10 h 9 m||Show|
15* Blazers/Nuggets TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Denver -10.5
The Denver Nuggets are getting healthier and ready to blow out the Portland Trail Blazers tonight as they return home following an upset road loss to the Clippers. Look for them to win this game by double-digits and cover this spread against a Blazers team whose health situation just keeps getting worse.
The Blazers were able to stay competitive in recent games without Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum due to Anfernee Simons stepping his game up. He has averaged 27.8 PPG and 7.6 APG in his last five games. But now Simons is out tonight for personal reasons, so the Blazers will be without their top four scores in Lillard (24.0 PPG), McCollum (20.6 PPG), Powell (18.6 PPG) and Simons. That stand zero chance of keeping this game competitive against the Nuggets without them.
Denver is 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in its last three home meetings with Portland with the three wins coming by an average of 18.3 points per game, and that was with much healthier Blazers teams and much shorter spreads. Portland is 3-14 ATS in its last 17 road games. Take the Nuggets Thursday.
|01-13-22||Rice +8.5 v. Western Kentucky||66-80||Loss||-110||9 h 8 m||Show|
15* CBB Thursday Undervalued Underdog on Rice +8.5
The Rice Owls are a veteran team that returned all five starters this season and has impressive me. The Owls are 9-5 this season and coming off a win over the favorite to win Conference USA in UAB outright as 10.5-point underdogs. I fully expect them to hang with Western Kentucky tonight.
Western Kentucky was a great team the last few years but lost a lot of talent from those teams. They are just 9-6 this season, but they continue to get a lot of respect because they have been a good basketball program. They should not be 8.5-point home favorites against Rice tonight.
Rice is +5.4 points per game this season based on what their opponents normally average on offense and give up on defense. Western Kentucky is +6.6 points per game based on the same criteria. So the Hilltoppers would be a 1-point favorite on a neutral, and they don't have a 7.5-point home-court advantage. There's value on the Owls tonight.
Three of the last four meetings were decided by 7 points or less, and those were much better WKU teams and much worse Rice teams than these 2021-22 versions. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Hilltoppers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win. Western Kentucky is 16-32 ATS in its last 48 games as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points. Roll with Rice Thursday.
|01-13-22||Wolves v. Grizzlies OVER 230.5||Top||108-116||Loss||-110||8 h 19 m||Show|
20* NBA Western Conference TOTAL OF THE MONTH on Timberwolves/Grizzlies OVER 230.5
Two teams lighting up the scoreboards recently square off tonight in the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies. This one has shootout written all over it folks. Shootouts have been standard in this head-to-head series as the OVER is 3-0 in the last three meetings with combined scores of 233, 243 and 274 points.
The key for the Timberwolves is having De'Angelo Russell healthy as it has flourish when he, Towns and Edwards are on the floor at the same time. Indeed, the Timberwolves have scored 122 or more points in four of their last five games overall and 125 or more in three straight. None of those games went to overtime, either.
The Grizzlies just got JA Morant back and that's a big reason they are on a 10-game winning streak. They have scored 110 or more points in seven straight games coming in and in nine of the 10 games during this winning streak. I see both teams pushing for 120-plus points in this one.
Minnesota is 9-1 OVER in its last 10 games after winning four of its last five games. The Timberwolves are 8-0 OVER vs. good rebounding teams averaging 3 or more boards than their opponent this season. The OVER is 10-1 in Timberwolves 11 road games vs. good defensive teams that allow 108 or fewer points this season. The OVER is 13-3 in Timberwolves last 16 road games. The OVER is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Memphis and 5-1 in the last six meetings overall. Bet the OVER in this game Thursday.
|01-13-22||Oklahoma State +7.5 v. Texas Tech||Top||57-78||Loss||-110||7 h 9 m||Show|
20* Big 12 GAME OF THE MONTH on Oklahoma State +7.5
This is the perfect spot to fade the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They are coming off two straight shocking upsets of the two favorites to win the Big 12 in Kansas and Baylor. They even handed the Bears their first loss of the season on Tuesday.
Now the Red Raiders are feeling fat and happy and I expect them to fall flat on their faces tonight. This is a great time to 'sell high' on them here, and also a great time to 'buy low' on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who have lost three of their last four to three of the best teams in the country in Houston, Kansas and West Virginia. They also upset Texas 64-51 as 3-point dogs for their lone win during this stretch of four straight games as underdogs.
Oklahoma State has had Texas Tech's number. The Cowboys are 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in the last three meetings with three outright upsets as underdogs. That includes an 82-77 win as 8-point road dogs at Texas Tech last season.
The Cowboys are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a conference loss. Oklahoma State is 6-0 ATS in its last six road games following a loss. The Red Raiders are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games after covering four or five of their last six ATS. Texas Tech is 0-6 ATS in its last six home games after winning four of its last five games. These four trends combine for a 28-1 system backing the Cowboys. Bet Oklahoma State Thursday.
|01-13-22||North Texas -3 v. Marshall||69-65||Win||100||7 h 9 m||Show|
15* CBB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on North Texas -3
North Texas is 7-1 in its last eight games overall with its only loss coming to UAB, a team it is vying for a Conference USA title win. That includes upset wins over Drake as 5-point dogs and Wichita State as 4-point dogs on the highway.
Marshall has been overrated all season, going 7-8 SU & 3-10 ATS in lined games. The Thundering Herd are 0-5 SU & 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall with five straight losses by double-digits. That includes home losses to Northern Iowa by 15 as 2.5-point favorites and Florida Atlantic by 13 as 5-point favorites.
The numbers show North Texas is by far the superior team and should be a bigger favorite here. North Texas is +12 points per game based on what their opponents normally average on offense and allow on defense this season. Marshall is only +0.4 points per game based on the same criteria, so North Texas is 12 points better on a neutral. The Mean Green have played the 85th-toughest schedule in the country while the Thundering Herd have played the 111th.
North Texas is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games after going over the total in two consecutive games. The Mean Green are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 road games. Marshall is 0-7 ATS in its last seven games after allowing 75 points or more in two consecutive games. The Thundering Herd are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games following a loss. These four trends combine for a 32-1 system backing the Mean Green. Take North Texas Thursday.
|01-12-22||Cavs +6 v. Jazz||111-91||Win||100||9 h 25 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Cleveland Cavaliers +6
The Utah Jazz have been grossly overvlaued for weeks. They are just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. They have been without Rudy Gobert in each of their last three games and it has hurt them as they lost by 14 at Toronto, by 12 at Indiana and by 10 at Detroit.
Utah is a terrible defensive team without Gobert, who helps clean up their mistakes. The Jazz allowed 122 points to the Raptors, 125 to the Pacers and 126 to the Pistons. This is a tough spot for them as they will be playing their first home game following a five-game road trip. It will also be their 8th game in 13 days.
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Cavaliers after going 1-6-1 ATS in their last nine games overall. But they were missing several key players during this stretch and are as healthy as they have been in a while tonight. It will also be just their 4th game in 8 days.
Plays on road underdogs (Cleveland) - revenging a close loss by 3 points or less against an opponent that is off an upset loss as a favorite are 32-8 (80%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Cavaliers are 22-5-1 ATS in their last 28 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. The Jazz are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Roll with the Cavaliers Wednesday.
|01-12-22||Illinois State +12.5 v. Drake||75-86||Win||100||8 h 16 m||Show|
15* Missouri Valley PLAY OF THE DAY on Illinois State +12.5
The Drake Bulldogs were one of the best covering teams in the country over the last few seasons. But the odds have clearly caught up with them this season as they are 11-5 SU but just 3-10 ATS in their 13 lined games. And they continue to be overvalued in conference play, including here tonight against Illinois State.
Drake is 0-3 ATS in conference play this season beating Valpo by 7 as 13.5-point home favorites, losing by 5 at Missouri State as 4-point dogs and only beating Evansville by 1 as double-digit road favorites. Now they are overvalued once again as 12.5-point home favorites against Illinois State.
Illinois State is playing well right now going 2-2 SU & 4-0 ATS in its last four games. The Redbirds beat Ball State by 21 as 5.5-point home favorites and UTSA by 17 as 9-point home favorites. Then they went on the road at Wisconsin and only lost by 4 as 17-point underdogs before losing by 5 at Valpo in OT as 5.5-point dogs. That effort against Wisconsin says all you need to know about their potential.
The Redbirds are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as road underdogs. Illinois State is 5-0 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a winning record. Drake is 3-14-1 ATS in its last 18 games overall. The Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record. Drake is 0-8 ATS vs. teams that make 8 or more 3-pointers per game this season. Bet Illinois State Wednesday.
|01-12-22||Magic +6.5 v. Wizards||Top||106-112||Win||100||7 h 26 m||Show|
20* NBA Eastern Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Orlando Magic +6.5
This is a great time to 'buy low' on the Orlando Magic. They have lost eight straight coming in but a lot of them have been competitive losses. Indeed, four of their last five losses have come by 5 points or less, so getting 6.5 points with them here is a nice value.
That's especially the case considering the terrible spot for the Wizards and the great one for the Magic. Orlando will be out for revenge from a 100-102 home loss to the Wizards as 7-point underdogs last time out on Monday. Now they have had two days off since that defeat and will be the fresher, more motivated team.
Meanwhile, the Wizards will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days after a 122-118 home win over Oklahoma City last night. They won't have their best player in Bradley Beal, who is doubtful with COVID. They should not be 6.5-point favorites here without Beal and in this terrible spot.
The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. Orlando is 5-0 ATS in its last five road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Washington is 0-7-1 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Wizards are 1-11-1 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a losing record. Orlando is 4-0 ATS in its last four trips to Washington. Bet the Wizards Wednesday.
|01-12-22||Celtics v. Pacers +2.5||119-100||Loss||-104||7 h 25 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday UPSET SHOCKER on Indiana Pacers +2.5
I love the spot for the Indiana Pacers tonight. They will be out for revenge from a 98-101 (OT) loss at Boston on Monday. They don't have to wait long for a shot at revenge here just two days later Wednesday, and they get the Celtics at home this time around.
The Pacers were last seen at home upsetting the Jazz 125-113 as 4-point dogs on Saturday. They will be playing just their 3rd game in 7 days tonight so they are rested and ready to go. And there's a chance they get Malcolm Brodgon, Caris LeVert and Chris Duarte back tonight, who are all questionable.
The Celtics are a tired team right now playing their 5th game in 8 days. And they will be without their leader in Marcus Smart, who got hurt against the Pacers last game and is out with a thigh injury. He is one of the most underrated players in the NBA with what he's able to do on both ends of the floor for this team.
Boston is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games after allowing 105 points or less in two straight games. Indiana is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games after losing six or seven or its last eight games. The Celtics are 0-6 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a losing record. Boston is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games as a favorite. Take the Pacers Wednesday.
|01-12-22||Memphis v. UCF +105||Top||64-74||Win||105||7 h 16 m||Show|
20* AAC GAME OF THE MONTH on UCF ML +105
I love the spot for UCF tonight. They were feeling fat and happy off their 85-71 upset home win of Michigan and have proceeded to lose their last two games to SMU and Temple. Now they have had a fully week to steam over those losses and get ready for Memphis tonight. Look for one of their best efforts of the season similar to that effort against Michigan tonight.
It will be good enough to win and cover against a Memphis squad that is one of the most overrated teams in the country due to Penny Hardaway and his recruiting. Memphis is just 4-5 SU & 2-6-1 ATS in its last nine games overall. That includes upset losses to Iowa State as 11.5-point favorites, Georgia as 11.5-point favorites, Ole Miss as 1.5-point favorites, Murray State as 10-point favorites and Tulane as 6-point favorites.
UCF is 6-0 ATS in its last six games after failing to cover four or five of its last six against the spread. Memphis is 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Take UCF on the Money Line Wednesday.
|01-12-22||St. Joe's +9.5 v. Rhode Island||64-75||Loss||-108||7 h 16 m||Show|
15* Atlantic 10 PLAY OF THE DAY on St. Joseph's +9.5
St. Joseph's is battle-tested in its last four games. The Hawks are 3-1 ATS during that stretch. They won 68-49 as 1.5-point home dogs to Temple, only lost 73-77 at Bradley as 4.5-point dogs and crushed Richmond 83-56 as 11.5-point road dogs in one of the most impressive performances of any team all season.
Predictably, the Hawks laid an egg in their next game and lost 73-88 as 4.5-point home dogs to Davidson. Well, Davidson might be the best team in the Atlantic 10 this season. Now the Hawks have had a full week to get ready for Rhode Island.
This is a Rhode Island team that lost by 14 at Providence, only beat Sacred Heart by 10 at home, beat a bad Wisconsin-Milwaukee team on the road, only beat American International 70-55 at home and lost at Davidson in its last five games. They have had the much easier schedule of late, and they should not be laying nearly double-digits against St. Joe's tonight.
St. Joseph's is 18-5 ATS in its last 23 road games following a home loss by 10 points or more. Rhode Island is 24-48 ATS in its last 72 home games after winning five or six of its last seven games coming in. The Rams are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games vs. teams that average 6 or fewer steals per game. The road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. Roll with St. Joseph's Wednesday.
|01-12-22||Villanova v. Xavier -1||Top||64-60||Loss||-110||7 h 47 m||Show|
20* Big East GAME OF THE MONTH on Xavier -1
I love the spot for Xavier tonight. This will be their 2nd meeting with Villanova in their last three games. They lost 58-71 at Villanova, and now they will be out for revenge at home this time around. I fully expect them to get their revenge with a win and cover.
Xavier has gone 8-1 SU & 7-2 ATS in its last nine games overall and is legitimately one of the most underrated teams in the country. They are a perfect 9-0 SU & 7-2 ATS at home this season and outscoring opponents by 21.6 points per game.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Wildcats, who are 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. They are 11-4 this season with all four losses coming on the road. That includes losses at Baylor by 21 and at Creighton by 20.
The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as underdogs. The Musketeers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games. The home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 14-4 ATS in the last 18 meetings. Bet Xavier Wednesday.
|01-11-22||Warriors v. Grizzlies OVER 219.5||Top||108-116||Win||100||10 h 47 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Grizzlies NBA TV No-Brainer on OVER 219.5
The Warriors are loaded on offense now with Curry, Poole and Wiggins all healthy plus the return of Klay Thompson. They take a hit defensively tonight with the loss of Draymond Green, plus both Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. are questionable.
The Grizzlies are healthier now and have JA Morant back and their offense has been dominant. They could be without Steven Adams, who is questionable and would hurt them defensively if he sits. They are also without another great defender in Dillon Brooks.
The Grizzlies have won nine straight coming in and have scored at least 110 points in eight of the nine wins. This figures to be a shootout with the Warriors, who have struggled offensively of late but they won't be held down for long and should get right against the Grizzlies here on that end. Bet the OVER in this game Tuesday.
|01-11-22||Miami-FL v. Florida State -6.5||64-65||Loss||-106||10 h 49 m||Show|
15* CBB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Florida State -6.5
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Miami Hurricanes. They have won nine straight coming in and with almost all those wins at home. But they did go on the road and beat Duke outright as a 15-point favorite on Saturday for their signature victory. Now this is an obvious letdown spot for the Hurricanes at Florida State tonight.
Florida State got back on track with a 79-70 home win over Louisville last time out. They are bitter rivals with Miami and would love to end their nine-game winning streak. I think they do so in blowout fashion as they simply own the Hurricanes.
Indeed, the Seminoles have won seven straight meetings with the Hurricanes and are 9-1 SU & 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. They have won the last three meetings all by 17 points or more. The Seminoles are 5-0 SU in their last five home meetings with the Hurricanes with all five wins coming by 6 points or more.
Florida State is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 ACC home games. The Seminoles are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Seven of Miami's last nine wins have come by single-digits with the only exceptions being home wins over Lipscomb and Stetson in which they failed to cover the spread. Their luck runs out tonight in this obvious letdown spot. Take Florida State Tuesday.
|01-11-22||Suns v. Raptors UNDER 224.5||99-95||Win||100||9 h 16 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Total DOMINATOR on Suns/Raptors UNDER 224.5
The Phoenix Suns just got back three of their best defenders in DeAndre Ayton, JaVale McGee and Jameson Crowder. They lose one of their best offensive weapons in Cameron Johnson, who is out with an ankle injury. He has scored in double figures in 18 straight games and shoots 43.8% from 3-point range, so it's a huge blow to them offensively.
The Raptors could be without their 4th and 5th leading scorers in Gary Trent Jr. (16.4 PPG) and Scottie Barnes (14.7 PPG), who are both questionable. I think this sets up as a defensive battle between two teams who are more than capable of playing great defense given the current players in their lineup.
Toronto ranks 23rd in pace and will control the tempo here playing at home. Phoenix ranks 2nd in defensive efficiency allowing just 102.2 points per 100 possessions. Toronto has won six straight largely due to improvement on defense as they have allowed 11 or fewer points in all six victories.
Phoenix is 8-1 UNDER when the line is +3 to -3 this season. The Suns are 18-5 UNDER In their last 23 games following a double-digit loss as a home favorite of 6 or more. The UNDER is 8-1-2 in Suns last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The UNDER is 12-3-1 in Suns last 16 games following a loss. Take the UNDER in this game Tuesday.
|01-11-22||Pittsburgh +10.5 v. Syracuse||Top||61-77||Loss||-110||9 h 50 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE WEEK on Pittsburgh +10.5
Pittsburgh has been grossly undervalued for weeks after a slow start to the season. They are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall with their two non-covers coming by a combined 4 points. Their seven covers have come by a combined 51 points.
Amazingly, Pitt has played in nine straight games decided by single-digits, including eight of those by 4 points or less. That includes games against Minnesota, Virginia, St. John's, Notre Dame, Louisville and Boston College. So they have been competitive against some great competition and should not be catching double-digits against Syracuse tonight.
Syracuse is 0-3 SU in its last three games overall and has lost five of its last seven with its only wins coming at home against Brown and Cornell. Every time they have faced a decent team recently they have lost. They should not be laying double-digits as they sit at just 7-8 on the season and this is one of the worst Syracuse teams in recent memory.
Pittsburgh is 6-0 ATS as a double-digit underdog over the last two seasons. Syracuse is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Orange are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as favorites. Bet Pittsburgh Tuesday.
|01-11-22||Rutgers v. Penn State -2||49-66||Win||100||8 h 19 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Penn State -2
It's a great time to 'sell high' on Rutgers after going 5-1 SU & 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall. All five wins came at home. Rutgers is 0-4 SU & 0-4 ATS in true road games this season and losing by 13.5 points per game on average. That includes outright losses to DePaul and UMass as favorites.
Penn State has covered three straight with upset wins over Indiana at home and Northwestern on the road. Their only loss came by 7 as 9.5-point home dogs to Purdue, which is one of the best teams in the country. The home team has won three straight meetings in this series. Roll with Penn State Tuesday.
|01-10-22||Nets v. Blazers +10||108-114||Win||100||11 h 21 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Undervalued Underdog on Portland Trail Blazers +10
Both the Blazers and Nets will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back tonight. But this is clearly a worse spot for the Nets than it is for the Blazers, who will still be playing just their 5th game in 10 days and their 8th game in 20 days.
The Nets will be playing their 6th game in 10 days. They needed overtime to beat the Spurs 121-119 at home on Sunday. Now they have the long flight out to the West Coast overnight while the Blazers get to stay at home after beating the Kings 103-88 at home last night.
That was a taxing game for the Nets last night as Kevin Durant and James Harden both played over 43 minutes. They aren't going to have much left in the tank for the Blazers. Plus, the Nets have been grossly overvalued of late in going 2-4 SU & 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall with their two wins coming by single-digits over the Pacers and Spurs. They should not be double-digit favorites at Portland tonight. The Nets are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games as favorites. Roll with the Blazers Monday.
|01-10-22||76ers v. Rockets OVER 225.5||Top||111-91||Loss||-110||10 h 33 m||Show|
20* NBA TOTAL OF THE WEEK on 76ers/Rockets OVER 225.5
The Houston Rockets have been just fine on offense and terrible on defense. They have scored 102 or more points in 22 of their last 24 games overall with the OVER going 19-5 in those 24 games. But they have allowed 104 or more points in 21 straight games, including 111 or more in 11 straight contests.
The Rockets and their opponents have combined for 222 or more points in 12 straight games and 230 or more in six of their last seven. That includes a 113-133 road loss at Philadelphia for 246 combined points. So I don't think the 76ers and Rockets will have too much trouble topping 225.5 combined points in the rematch here tonight.
The 76ers are humming on offense right now with a recent return to health being a big reason why. They have scored 110 or more points in six straight games. Look for them to top 120 tonight and for the Rockets to do their part on offense in getting this OVER as well.
Houston is 7-0 OVER when playing the 2nd of a back-to-back this season. The OVER is 7-0 in 76ers last seven games vs. a team with a losing record. The OVER is 7-0-2 in 76ers last nine games as road favorites. The OVER is 7-0 in Rockets last seven home games. These four trends combine for a perfect 28-0 system in his analysis. Take the OVER in this game Monday.
|01-10-22||Georgia -135 v. Alabama||Top||33-18||Win||100||127 h 9 m||Show|
20* Alabama/Georgia Championship Game No-Brainer on Georgia ML -135
Let's start out by looking at this from a line value perspective. Georgia was nearly a touchdown favorite over Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Now Georgia comes back as a 2.5 to 3-point favorite against Alabama in the rematch. So strictly from a line value perspective, the price is right to pull the trigger on Georgia.
We are getting Georgia cheap on the Money Line because there is a lot of money on the Alabama Money Line, so I have chosen that route instead of laying the -2.5 or -3. I fully expect them to win this game and have their revenge from the SEC Championship Game loss. The fact of the matter is Georgia has been the better team all season, and they are ready to get their Alabama monkey off their back.
I took Alabama +6.5 in the SEC Championship Game for a couple different reasons. But the main reason was that Alabama needed it like blood to get in the four-team playoff, while Georgia could lose and still get in. Simply put, Alabama wanted that game more and it showed on the field as they won outright.
It's a role reversal here. Now we are getting a max motivated Georgia team out for revenge and hungry for a National Championship. And when Georgia has been max motivated, they have rolled all season. Indeed, the Bulldogs have gone 13-0 SU & 9-4 ATS in their other 13 games this season. They are outscoring opponents by nearly 30 points per game on the season.
I was way more impressed with Georgia's 34-11 win over Michigan than I was with Alabama's 27-6 win over Cincinnati. That was a very good Michigan team, and the Bulldogs made them look like they didn't even belong on the field. Alabama was in a dog fight with Cincinnati midway through the 3rd quarter, while the Georgia game was decided by halftime as they took a 27-3 lead and coasted from there.
Alabama passed all over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game but it's not going to happen again. Kirby Smart will make the proper adjustments, and he won't have to deal with one of Alabama's best receivers in John Metchie this time around after he suffered a season-ending ACL tear. Metchie had six receptions for 97 yards and a score against Georgia in the first meeting. Now the Bulldogs can focus their attention on stopping Jameson Williams, who had 68 receptions for 1,445 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
Metchie had 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight scores on the year and is a huge loss as he was Bryce Young's security blanket. Also, RG Emil Cyiyor Jr. and RT Chris Owens exited the win over Cincinnati with injuries and are questionable to play. They were already without C Darian Dalcourt and he's questionable to return as well. That's not good news for the Crimson Tide being up against the best defensive line in the country in the Bulldogs. Bet Georgia on the Money Line Monday.
|01-09-22||Grizzlies v. Lakers -3||Top||127-119||Loss||-110||10 h 24 m||Show|
20* Grizzlies/Lakers NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Los Angeles -3
This is a great spot to 'sell high' on the Memphis Grizzlies. They have won eight straight coming in. Now they will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a win over the Clippers last night. It will also be the 5th game in 7 days for the Grizzlies, who have injury concerns with JA Morant, Steven Adams, Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson all questionable.
The Lakers are as healthy as they have been in a long time and playing up to their potential because of it. They are 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall with their only loss coming on the road at Memphis on December 29th on the 2nd of a back-to-back. They only lost by 5 points, and now they are the team in the favorable situation and out for revenge. This is a great spot for the Lakers as they are the fresher, more motivated team playing just their 2nd game in 5 days.
Plays against road underdogs of 3 to 9.5 points (Memphis) - after covering four or five of their last six ATS, a good team (60% to 75%) playing a team with a winning record are 73-36 (67%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the Lakers Sunday.
|01-09-22||Wolves v. Rockets OVER 232||141-123||Win||100||8 h 53 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Timberwolves/Rockets OVER 232
Both the Timberwolves and Rockets are dead nuts OVER teams right now. The Timberwolves just got their Big 3 back healthy in Russell, Towns and Edwards and hung 135 points on the Thunder last time out. Russell is the key as their offense is way more efficient with him and they play at a faster tempo.
The Rockets have been just fine on offense and terrible on defense. They have scored 102 or more points in 21 of their last 23 games overall with the OVER going 18-5 in those 23 games. But they have allowed 104 or more points in 20 straight games, including 111 or more in 10 straight contests.
The OVER is 7-1 in Timberwolves last eight road games. The OVER is 11-5 in Timberwolves last 16 games overall. The OVER Is 6-0 in Rockets last six home games. Roll with the OVER in this game Sunday.
|01-09-22||Saints -4 v. Falcons||Top||30-20||Win||100||149 h 14 m||Show|
20* NFL BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on New Orleans Saints -4
The New Orleans Saints are in must-win mode in Week 18 and actually have an excellent chance to make the playoffs. They just have to beat the Falcons and have the 49ers lose on the road to the Rams to get in. The 49ers are a decent-sized underdog to the Rams. But first things first, and that's handling their business against the Falcons.
This is a terrible spot for the Falcons. They were just eliminated from playoff contention with their 29-15 loss at Buffalo last week. There will be a hangover effect here, especially after blowing a 15-14 halftime lead and getting shutout after intermission. Of course they would like to keep the Saints out of the playoffs, but I can't see them being all that motivated to do so.
And the fact of the matter is the Falcons are one of the worst teams in the NFL and not good enough to do anything about it. They are getting outscored by 8.5 points per game on the season. The Falcons have been at their worst at home, going 1-5 SU & 0-6 ATS with their only win coming against Tim Boyle and the Lions two weeks ago. They were outgained by the Lions by 84 yards and should have lost that game.
The Saints are 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS in their last four games overall. They have won every game that Taysom Hill has started here down the stretch with their only loss coming to the Dolphins when they were down to their 4th-string QB and missing a ton of players. In fact, the Saints are 8-3 when Jameis Winston or Hill starts this season, and 0-5 in all other games.
The Saints should be able to run on Atlanta with Hill, Kamara and company. The Falcons have now allowed 130 or more rushing yards in three straight games and an average of 175 rushing yards per game in their last three.
New Orleans has one of the best defenses in the NFL and should shut down this suspect Falcons offense. The Saints rank 4th in scoring defense while the Falcons are 27th in scoring offense. The Saints have held their last four opponents to an average of 9.8 points per game.
New Orleans is 8-0 ATS in its last eight road games vs. poor defensive teams that allow 5.65 or more yards per play in the second half of the season. The Saints are 37-14 ATS in their last 51 road games overall. New Orleans is 5-1 ATS in its last six trips to Atlanta. Bet the Saints Sunday.
|01-09-22||49ers +5.5 v. Rams||Top||27-24||Win||100||149 h 13 m||Show|
20* 49ers/Rams NFC West No-Brainer on San Francisco +5.5
The San Francisco 49ers are in must-win mode this weekend. They need to win to get into the playoffs or have the Saints lose to the Falcons. The Saints are 4-point favorites over the Falcons, so the 49ers don't want to rely on that. They want to handle their business here Sunday and win this game outright against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams have a lot less at stake. They just have seeding in the NFC on the line. I can't see them being max motivated here. Plus, the Rams have been fortunate to win their last two games against the Vikings and Ravens as Matthew Stafford has committed six turnovers. He isn't playing well, and he won't have much success against one of the best defenses in the NFL here.
Indeed, the 49ers not only have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but they are 3rd in the NFL in yards per play differential (+0.8 YPP). That is the sign of an elite team and one that is way better than their 9-7 record would indicate. The 49ers are led by a defense that ranks 4th in the NFL at 312.8 yards per game allowed. They are outgaining their opponents by nearly 60 yards per game on the season, which is better than the Rams mark of 40 yards per game.
Simply put, Kyle Shanahan owns his disciple Sean McVay. The 49ers have gone 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings with four outright wins as underdogs. That includes their 31-10 home win as 3.5-point underdogs in their first meeting this season. Stafford went 26 of 41 for 243 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in that defeat.
The Rams are 0-6 ATS after having won four or five of their last six games this season. Los Angeles is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games following two or more consecutive wins. The 49ers are 6-0 ATS in thier last six January games. The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record.
Plays on road underdogs or PK (San Francisco) - after a game where they committed one or fewer turnovers against an opponent after two consecutive games with a turnover margin of -1 or worse are 37-8 (82.2%) ATS over the last five seasons. Take the 49ers Sunday.
|01-09-22||Hawks -4 v. Clippers||93-106||Loss||-107||5 h 33 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Atlanta Hawks -4
This is a terrible spot for the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers. They will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks had yesterday off and will be playing only their 4th game in 9 days.
The Hawks will be motivated to end this six-game road trip a winner. They have gotten healthier as the trip has gone on and are actually as healthy as they have been in a long time as they just got Trae Young and John Collins back among other. Expect a big effort from them this afternoon.
The Clippers are just 3-9 SU & 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games overall. They are really struggling without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. They have lost their last three games in blowout fashion to the Timberwolves by 18, the Suns by 17 and the Grizzlies by 15. I don't expect them to be competitive today either given the spot, and they have even less rest considering this is an afternoon game.
The Clippers are 3-11 ATS when playing 8 or more games in 14 days this season. Los Angeles is 7-21 ATS in its last 28 games after four straight games where they were outrebounded by 5 or more boards. The Hawks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games. The Clippers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero rest. Take the Hawks Sunday.
|01-09-22||Cincinnati +7.5 v. Memphis||Top||80-87||Win||100||4 h 13 m||Show|
20* Cincinnati/Memphis ABC No-Brainer on Cincinnati +7.5
The Memphis Tigers have nine players either out or questionable on their injury report with all of them legitimate injuries instead of COVID. That includes Duren (11.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG), Bates (10.8 PPG), Nolley II (9.2 PPG) and Lomax (5.9 PPG) among others.
The Tigers have already been one of the most overvalued teams in the country this season. I faded them with success last time out with Tulsa as the Golden Hurricane only lost 64-67 as 13-point road underdogs. And I'm fading them again today with the Cincinnati Bearcats catching too many points at Memphis.
The Bearcats are 4-1 SU in their last five games overall. That includes a 77-60 win over SMU as 2.5-point home favorites last time out in one of their most complete games of the season. Unlike Memphis, they are as healthy as they have been all season entering AAC play here and ready to make some noise in the conference.
Four of the last five meetings in this series have been decided by 6 points or less. In fact, Memphis has only beaten Cincinnati by more than 6 points once in the last 12 meetings, making for an 11-1 system backing the Bearcats pertaining to this 7.5-point spread. Bet Cincinnati Sunday.
|01-09-22||Bears +3.5 v. Vikings||17-31||Loss||-103||93 h 56 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Chicago Bears +3.5
The Chicago Bears are quietly playing their best football of the season here down the stretch. They have won two in a row over the Seahawks as 7-point dogs and the Giants 29-3 as 7-point favorites with two different quarterbacks. It hasn't mattered who is under center for them because their defense has been elite.
The Bears have now outgained six of their last eight opponents all by 54 yards or more. The only exceptions were when they were outgained by 92 yards at Green Bay and by 14 yards at Seattle. The Bears have the 5th-ranked unit in total defense at 315.8 yards per game allowed.
Chicago wants revenge from a 9-17 home loss to the Vikings in which they deserved to win on December 20th. They had 370 total yards and held the Vikings to just 193 yards, outgaining them by 177 yards. But they failed time and time again in the red zone. They haven't forgotten, and I like their chances of winning this game outright let alone covering this spread Sunday as they get their revenge.
This is a terrible spot for the Vikings. They were just eliminated from playoff contention with their emphatic 37-10 loss at Green Bay last week. Their defense was shredded for 481 total yards and they were without Kirk Cousins due to COVID. I just can't see them being able to get back up off the mat in time to face the Bears. They won't care about this game nearly as much as they are leading on in the media. The Bears will show up just as they have every week here down the stretch.
Plays against home teams (Minnesota) - off a road loss, a marginal losing team (40% to 49%) playing a bad team (25% to 40%) are 60-22 (73.2%) ATS since 1983. The Vikings are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. Minnesota is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a losing record. Roll with the Bears Sunday.
|01-08-22||Cowboys v. Eagles OVER 43||Top||51-26||Win||100||32 h 44 m||Show|
20* Cowboys/Eagles NFC East No-Brainer on OVER 43
The Dallas Cowboys are playing to win this game to try and improve their seeding in the NFC and sharpen up following a home loss to the Cardinals last week. Their offense is mostly healthy and should put up plenty of points on this Philadelphia Eagles defense to get the OVER.
It's uncertain what the Eagles are going to do. The good news is that they have one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL in Gardner Minshew if they decide to bench Jalen Hurts. He is a gun slinger and will be trying to win this game no matter what, so the Eagles should be able to do their part on offense as well.
This Dallas defense is going to be missing some key players including Micah Parsons and possibly Trevon Diggs. Those are not only their two best defensive players, but two of the best defensive players in the NFL this season. The Eagles have all kinds of COVID questions and it's going to hurt their defense more than their offense if players cannot go.
Dallas is scoring 31.0 points per game in its last six games overall. Philadelphia has scored at least 20 points in 13 of its last 14 games overall. If the Eagles get to 20 in this game, this should get OVER the total, and I think they will. It will be 28 degrees in Philadelphia Saturday but only 3 MPH winds, so scoring conditions will be just fine.
Dallas beat Philadelphia 41-21 in their first meeting this season for 62 combined points. They also combined for 54 points in their final meeting last season. This total is just way too low Saturday knowing that the Cowboys are playing to try to win, while Philadelphia will be just fine on offense with Minshew if it comes down to it. Bet the OVER in this game Saturday.
|01-08-22||Bucks v. Hornets OVER 234.5||106-114||Loss||-110||9 h 26 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Bucks/Hornets OVER 234.5
Two OVER teams square off tonight when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets rank 1st in pace, 3rd in offensive efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency this season. The Bucks also play at a fast tempo and rank 6th in offensive efficiency.
The Hornets combined with the Pistons by 251 points and the Wizards for 245 points in their last two games coming in. They also faced the Bucks earlier this season and gave them a run for their money, only losing 125-127 for 252 combined points as 9-point road underdogs.
The Bucks and their opponents have combined for at least 221 points in seven straight games and 228 or more in six of those. I think these teams easily get over this 234.5-point total given the matchup. Three of the last four meetings have seen 240 or more combined points. Roll with the OVER in this game Saturday.
|01-08-22||Notre Dame v. Georgia Tech +1||72-68||Loss||-106||17 h 49 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday UPSET SHOCKER on Georgia Tech +1
It's a great time to 'buy low' on Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are 1-6 SU in their last seven games overall. But they have been much more competitive of late now that they have gotten several key players back from injury. They are 2-0-1 ATS in their last three games beating Georgia State by 10, losing at Louisville by 3 and losing at Duke by 12 as 18.5-point dogs.
I think this is a great spot to back the Yellow Jackets as they return home and are highly motivated for a victory. It's also a great time to 'sell high' on Notre Dame, which has won four straight coming in against mostly weak competition. The exception was the upset 78-73 home win over North Carolina on Wednesday, which makes the Fighting Irish primed for a letdown.
Notre Dame is 1-2 SU & 0-3 ATS in true road games this season with its only win coming at lowly Pittsburgh by a single point. They lost by double-digits at Illinois and at Boston College. The Yellow Jackets are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games after scoring 25 points or less in the first half last game. The Fighting Irish are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games. Notre Dame is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games following a win. Take Georgia Tech Saturday.
|01-08-22||Tennessee v. LSU -1.5||Top||67-79||Win||100||17 h 49 m||Show|
20* Tennessee/LSU ESPN 2 No-Brainer on LSU -1.5
The LSU Tigers are 13-1 this season with their only loss coming on the road to the Auburn Tigers, who are one of the best teams in the country. Not only are the Tigers winning, they are dominating as they are outscoring opponents by 21.2 points per game on the season.
The Tigers have been at their best at home where the are 9-0 SU & 9-0 ATS while winning by a whopping 29.6 points per game. That includes a 65-60 home win over Kentucky last time out. If they can beat Kentucky, they can definitely take down Tennessee.
The Vols have some shaky performances lately with a loss to Texas Tech and a loss to Alabama as well as needing overtime to beat Ole Miss as 17-point home favorites last time out. I think I've seen a lot more holes in Tennessee's game than LSU, which is #1 in the country in defensive efficiency. The Vols struggle to score at times which really showed in the Texas Tech and Ole Miss games.
LSU is 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in its last three meetings with Tennessee with all three wins coming outright as underdogs, including two by double-digits. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. Bet LSU Saturday.
|01-08-22||Northern Iowa +6 v. Missouri State||Top||85-84||Win||100||17 h 48 m||Show|
20* MVC GAME OF THE WEEK on Northern Iowa +6
Northern Iowa is a sleeper to win the Missouri Valley Conference. The Panthers opened 4-7 this season against a brutal schedule and missing some key players early. But now they are full strength and playing up to their potential with this veteran team that returned all five starters.
Indeed, the Panthers have opened 2-1 in MVC play with their only loss coming 69-71 at Bradley back on December 1st. They have won both of their MVC games in blowout fashion in January by beating Evansville 83-61 and Valparaiso 92-65. Now they are ready to take down Missouri State.
The Bears have opened conference season 2-1 as well with a bad 74-79 loss at Illinois State as 6.5-point favorites. They have since beaten 61-56 and Bradley 71-69 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. I think this is a letdown spot for them off that Bradley win at the buzzer.
The Panthers are 18-5 ATS in their last 23 meetings with the Bears. The road team is 32-15-1 ATS in the last 48 meetings. Northern Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall. Dana Ford is 1-9 ATS vs. poor pressure defensive teams that force 12 or fewer turnovers per game as the coach of Missouri State. Take Northern Iowa Saturday.
|01-08-22||Bradley +14 v. Loyola-Chicago||71-78||Win||100||15 h 48 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Bradley +14
The Bradley Braves are 6-3 SU & 6-3 ATS in their last nine games overall. The three losses all came by 5 points or less at Toledo by 2, at Indiana State by 5 and at home against Missouri State by 2. This team is playing too well right now to be catching 14 points from Loyola-Chicago.
This is a bad spot for the Ramblers. They are coming off a 79-74 win over San Francisco on a neutral on Thursday. So they have had just one day to get ready for Bradley and there is travel involved. The tough spot will make it very difficult for them to get margin on the Braves today as they are a tired team right now.
Each of the last nine meetings in this series were decided by 13 points or fewer. That makes for a perfect 9-0 system backing the Braves pertaining to this 14-point spread. Bet Bradley Saturday.