|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|01-14-20||UCF v. Tulane -1||Top||74-55||Loss||-110||7 h 26 m||Show|
20* AAC GAME OF THE MONTH on Tulane -1
The Tulane Green Wave are one of the most improved teams in the country this season under first-year head coach Ron Hunter. He was great at IUPUI and Georgia State before and now he’s doing big things at Tulane already.
Indeed, the Green Wave are off to a 10-6 start this season. They are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall against the cream of the crop in the AAC. They covered at Memphis as 15-point dogs, upset Cincinnati as 8-point home dogs, covered as 10-point dogs at UConn and upset Temple by 14 as 9-point road dogs. The Green Wave are 6-0 at home this season and winning by 15.0 points per game.
UCF lost all but one starter that helped them make some noise in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Knights aren’t close to the same team they were last season. They are just 9-7 with five straight losses coming in. They lost at Houston by 15, but 4 at home to Temple and by 14 at home to Cincinnati. That gives these teams a few common opponents that show Tulane is the superior squad.
The Green Wave are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning record. Tulane is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet Tulane Tuesday.
|01-14-20||Suns -3 v. Hawks||110-123||Loss||-109||7 h 1 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Phoenix Suns -3
The Phoenix Suns have gotten healthy and are starting to play like they did to start the season. The Suns are 5-3 in their last eight games overall. They have pulled road upsets over the Kings and Blazers during this stretch.
Now the Suns go on the road and fave a hapless Atlanta Hawks team that is just 2-15 SU in its last 17 games overall. The Hawks have lost four straight with some bad losses by 10 at Washington and by 22 at Brooklyn in their last two games. Injuries are really taking their toll on the Hawks With Fernando, Parker and Len out while both Hunter and Young are questionable.
The Suns are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Hawks are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing record. The Suns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings in Atlanta and 30-14 ATS in their last 44 meetings overall. Take the Suns Tuesday.
|01-14-20||LSU v. Texas A&M +6.5||89-85||Win||100||6 h 26 m||Show|
15* CBB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Texas A&M +6.5
Buzz Williams took the job at Texas A&M after turning around Virginia Tech. And after a slow start to the season, Williams has the Aggies playing their best basketball of the year entering SEC play.
Texas A&M has gone 5-1 SU & 4-2 ATS in its last six games overall. Their only loss came on the road by 10 to Arkansas as 14.5-point dogs. They beat Oregon State by 15 as 6.5-point home dogs, upset Ole Miss by 10 as 3-point home dogs and crushed Vanderbilt by 19 as 3.5-point road dogs.
Now the Aggies are once again getting zero respect from oddsmakers as 6.5-point home dogs to LSU. The Tigers are getting too much respect for their four-game winning streak, which features non-covers in narrow home wins over Arkansas by 2 and Mississippi State by 1 in their last two games coming in.
Texas A&M is 9-2 ATS off a road game over the last two seasons. LSU is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a favorite. The Aggies are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as an underdog. Take Texas A&M Tuesday.
|01-13-20||Cavs +14 v. Lakers||99-128||Loss||-109||12 h 16 m||Show|
15* Cavs/Lakers NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Cleveland +14
Cleveland head coach John Beilein recently held a team meeting to apologize for using the word thug when he meant to say slug in a film session. It’s obvious his players have his back with the way they have performed their last two games.
Indeed, the Cavaliers went on the road and beat the Pistons outright as 7.5-point dogs in the first game following the meeting. And then they went on the road Saturday and upset the Nuggets 111-103 as 12.5-point dogs. Now they are catching 14 points to the Lakers, which is simply too much.
The Lakers have six players on their injury report right now. Both Anthony Davis and Danny Green are questionable tonight, while Lebron James and Avery Bradley are probable. I just can’t see the Lakers being too motivated to face the Cavaliers tonight and that’s going to make it tough to cover this massive 14-point spread. Especially since it’s a letdown spot off back-to-back road wins at Dallas and Oklahoma City.
The Lakers are 10-31 ATS in their last 41 home games after scoring 105 points or more in three straight games. Plays on road underdogs (Cleveland) off a road win, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a winning record are 54-21 (72%) ATS over the last five seasons. Roll with the Cavaliers Monday.
|01-13-20||Hornets +9.5 v. Blazers||112-115||Win||100||12 h 45 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Charlotte Hornets +9.5
The Portland Trail Blazers have to win by double-digits to beat us tonight. That’s asking too much for a struggling Portland team that is 2-8 SU & 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
This number is adjusted too much for the Hornets playing a back-to-back here. They covered in a 92-100 loss at Phoenix last night. And this is a young Hornets team that doesn’t get affected as much as most teams would in these back-to-back situations.
The Hornets are 3-1 ATS in their last four road games with upset wins over both the Mavericks and Cavaliers. Charlotte is 24-12 ATS off two or more consecutive losses over the last two seasons. The Hornets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. Take the Hornets Monday.
|01-13-20||Clemson v. LSU -5.5||Top||25-42||Win||100||79 h 59 m||Show|
20* Clemson/LSU National Championship No-Brainer on LSU -5.5
I’ve never seen a more impressive team than LSU in college football history. I’ve been riding them all season and I’m not about to back off now. I fully expect LSU to make easy work of Clemson here.
Joe Burrow won the Heisman and is as good as any quarterback in college football that I can remember. He threw seven touchdowns in the first half against Oklahoma. He is in charge of a record-breaking LSU offense that averages 48.9 points and 564.1 yards per game this season. And it has come against the 7th-toughest schedule in the country.
LSU doubters aren’t impressed with their defense, but the only games they gave up big points and yardage totals were games they were in control of and simply let up. But this LSU defense is playing tremendous down the stretch, giving up just 4.1 yards per play in their last four games overall. They beat Texas A&M 50-7, Georgia 37-10 and Oklahoma 63-28. The Sooners didn’t do anything offensively until garbage time in the 2nd half.
It just shows me that when LSU is locked in, they can shut down anyone defensively. And Clemson was extremely fortunate to beat Ohio State last week as the refs basically gave them that game. And while LSU has played the 7th-toughest schedule, Clemson has payed the 56th-toughest. A common opponent is Texas A&M. Clemson beat Texas A&M 24-10 at home, while LSU beat the Aggies 50-7 at home.
It’s safe to say that Clemson’s defense hasn’t faced an offense nearly as potent as LSU, and certainly not many good passing attacks this season with their easy schedule. So I’d say it’s a bad sign of things to come for Clemson considering they gave up 320 passing yards to Ohio State and 283 to Virginia in their last two games coming in.
Ed Orgeron is 8-1 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points as the coach of LSU. LSU is 7-0 ATS after outgaining its last opponent by 175 or more yards this season. LSU is 8-1 ATS vs. good passing teams that average 8 or more yards per attempt over the last three years. LSU is 4-0 ATS in its last four games vs. a team with a winning record. LSU is 4-0 ATS in its last four neutral site games. LSU will go down as one of the best teams in college football history when they throttle Clemson in the National Championship Game. Bet LSU Monday.
|01-12-20||Arizona v. Oregon State +4.5||65-82||Win||100||12 h 53 m||Show|
15* Arizona/Oregon State FS1 Late-Night BAILOUT on Oregon State +4.5
Head coach Wayne Tinkle is doing a great job at Oregon State. He has the Beavers off to an 11-4 SU & 10-5 ATS start this season. And I believe the Beavers have a great chance to upset Arizona at home today.
Oregon State has a great home-court advantage in going 7-1 SU & 6-2 ATS in all home games this season. They are coming off an upset home loss to Arizona State, so they’ll be motivated to bounce back tonight. It was a letdown spot off their upset win as 7.5-point dogs at Colorado.
Arizona is also 11-4, but the Wildcats have feasted on a home-heavy schedule. They are 0-2 in their two true road games with losses at Baylor and Oregon. They also lost to Gonzaga at home and to St. John’s on a neutral.
Arizona is 0-7 ATS in road games off a loss over the last two seasons. Oregon State is 14-2 ATS in its last 16 games following an ATS loss. The Wildcats are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Beavers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a SU loss. Roll with Oregon State Sunday.
|01-12-20||Clippers v. Nuggets +1||104-114||Win||100||10 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Denver Nuggets +1
The Denver Nuggets are coming off a bad home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers as 12.5-point favorites. But you could see that letdown coming with the Clippers on deck today.
Now, the Nuggets will come back highly motivated for a win at home here tonight. And I’m not concerned about the back-to-back for them. They are one of the deepest teams in the NBA, plus they had two days off before that Cleveland game.
The Clippers have struggled to put away some bad teams lately. They are 0-3 ATS in their last three games overall. They lost 114-140 at home to the Grizzlies as 10-point favorites, only beat the Knicks by 3 as 10-point home favorites and only beat the Warriors by 9 as 14.5-point home favorites. And the Clippers are likely to be without Paul George again tonight.
The Clippers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a win. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Denver as well. Take the Nuggets Sunday.
|01-12-20||Seahawks v. Packers -4||Top||23-28||Win||100||77 h 43 m||Show|
20* Seahawks/Packers NFC No-Brainer on Green Bay -4
The Seahawks improved to 11-2 in one score games with their fortunate 17-9 win over the Eagles last week. They knocked out Carson Wentz in the first quarter and got the luxury of facing 40-year-old Josh McCown the rest of the way. And they still had to hang on for dear life.
The Seahawks’ luck runs out this week. They have played in two straight physical wars against the 49ers and Eagles and it will take its toll on them this week. Meanwhile, the Packers are rested and ready to go after earning a first-round bye.
Injuries are really taking their toll on the Seahawks now. They could be without three starting offensive linemen. They are likely to be without both tackle Duane Brown and guard Mike Iupati. And tackle George Fant suffered a groin injury that has him questionable. Both backup RB’s Lynch and Homer averaged just 1.0 yards per carry against the Eagles last week as the offense managed just 17 points.
Russell Wilson is going to be running for his life against one of the best tandem of pass rushers in the NFL in the Smith Brothers. And this is a Packers defense that has really improved down the stretch, giving up 20 points or fewer in five straight games and an average of just 14.2 points per game during this stretch. Rodgers finally has a defense to support him, which is a dangerous combination.
This is a very poor Seattle defense that ranked 26th in total defense in allowing 381.6 yards per game during the regular season and 29th in yards per play (6.0) allowed. The injuries are mounting on defense too with CB Flowers, DT Jefferson, LB Kendricks, DE Ansah and DE Clowney all on the injury report. Aaron Rodgers is going to have his way with this defense.
Speaking of Rodgers, this will be the eighth time he has faced Russell Wilson. The home team is 7-0 SU and winning by 8 points per game in the seven previous matchups between Rodgers and Wilson. And it’s going to be about 20 degrees on Sunday after it snows Friday and Saturday in Green Bay. Lambeau Field is arguably the best home-field advantage in the NFL and easily worth 4 points in my opinion. Factor in the rest advantage for Green Bay and all the injuries for the fraudulent Seahawks, and it’s easy to see why I like the Packers only laying 4 points.
The Packers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games off a close road win by 3 points or less. Green Bay is 11-2 ATS off one or more consecutive ATS losses over the last two seasons. The Packers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games off five or more consecutive wins. The Packers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games off an ATS loss. Green Bay is 7-1 ATS in its last eight vs. a team with a winning record. The Packers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six home meetings with the Seahawks. Roll with the Packers Sunday.
|01-11-20||Titans +10 v. Ravens||28-12||Win||100||31 h 60 m||Show|
15* Titans/Ravens AFC ANNIHILATOR on Tennessee +10
The Tennessee Titans have made me a lot of money in the second half of the season. A big reason why is because they are a completely different team since Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback. Their season-long stats lie, and oddsmakers are setting their numbers more based on their season-long stats than the team they are with Tannehill.
Tannehill completed 70.3% of his passes for 2,742 yards with a 22-to-6 TD/INT ratio and a whopping 9 yards per completion in the regular season. Their threat of a downfield passing attack has opened things up greatly for Derrick Henry. The Titans have rushed for at least 149 yards in eight straight games while averaging a whopping 189.6 rushing yards per game during this eight-game stretch.
The Titans put up 33.4 points per game over their final seven games. Because they can run the ball, they were 1st in the NFL in red zone scoring efficiency this season. And while the Ravens have been decent against the run, they do give up 4.4 yards per carry. Plus the Ravens faced the 5th-easiest schedule of opposing quarterbacks this season.
Stopping Baltimore’s top-ranked rushing attack is key to stopping them. The Titans are 12th in the NFL against the run in yards per game allowed, but they are an even better 7th in yards per carry (4.0) allowed. They have probably the 2nd-fasted front 7 of any team in the NFL behind the 49ers, who held the Ravens to 20 points earlier this season. Having speed in the front 7 is the key to being able to defend Lamar Jackson.
I like that the Titans are battle-tested. They needed to win in Week 17 to make the playoffs and handled their business in a 35-14 win at Tennessee. And last week they went on the road and beat New England 20-13 as 4.5-point dogs. They are in full-blown playoff mode and gaining confidence with each win.
The Ravens haven’t played a meaningful game since Week 16. And we saw them struggle in the playoffs last year against the Chargers. They’ve played a bunch of cupcakes down the stretch and the last good teams they played were the Bills and 49ers, and they only won those games by 7 and 3 points, respectively. Tennessee has enough film on Jackson and company now to be able to slow them down.
Since both teams like to run the ball so much, this game will be slowed to a snail’s pace. That favors the double-digit underdog here. I think the Titans will continue to have success with Henry on the ground and that will help shorten this game. The Titans are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. The Ravens are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as a home favorite. Baltimore is 1-4 ATS in its last five playoff home games. Take the Titans Saturday.
|01-11-20||Southern Illinois +7.5 v. Bradley||48-67||Loss||-103||10 h 56 m||Show|
15* MVC PLAY OF THE DAY on Southern Illinois +7.5
The Bradley Braves are without their best player in Elijah Childs (14.2 PPG, 9.1 RPG) for the foreseeable future. They are also without key role player Stephen Gabriel (4.0 PPG, 50% 3-pointers). They are fade material for the foreseeable future until they get Childs back.
Southern Illinois is playing too well to be catching 7.5 points from Bradley tonight. The Salukis are 4-1 SU & 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. They beat Illinois State by 12 and Valpo by 13 in their last two games coming in.
Southern Illinois is 60-28 ATS in its last 88 road games after having won four of its last five games coming in. Bradley is 0-6 ATS vs. poor rebounding teams that are outrebounded by 4-plus boards per game over the last three seasons. Bradley’s rebounding edge is definitely minimized with the loss of top rebounder Childs. Roll with Southern Illinois Saturday.
|01-11-20||Pelicans v. Celtics -9.5||Top||105-140||Win||100||9 h 1 m||Show|
20* NBA BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on Boston Celtics -9.5
It’s safe to say the Boston Celtics will be highly motivated for a victory Saturday. They are riding a season-high three-game losing streak coming in. They will take out their frustration on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight with a blowout victory.
This is a tough spot for the Pelicans. They will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 6th game in 9 days after beating the Knicks on the road last night. This 6 in 9 days is as tough as it gets in the NBA. I think they run out of gas tonight, especially since they will be without two starters in Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors.
Plays on home favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Boston) - after failing to cover three of their last four ATS against an opponent that covered four of their last five ATS are 51-20 (71.8%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Celtics have won their last two meetings with the Pelicans by 13 at home and by 17 on the road. Bet the Celtics Saturday.
|01-11-20||Vikings v. 49ers -6.5||Top||10-27||Win||100||121 h 4 m||Show|
25* NFL Divisional Round GAME OF THE YEAR on San Francisco 49ers -6.5
The 49ers needed the bye week as much as anyone. They were among the first teams to have a bye week this year as theirs came clear back in Week 4. This was a tired, banged up team down the stretch and they showed a lot of heart in getting that all-important No. 1 seed.
It’s going to pay off this week as the 49ers are as healthy as they have been in months. They are expected to get back some key players on defense. LB Kwon Alexander, S Jaquiski Tartt and DE Dee Ford are all back now after missing Week 17. When Alexander, Ford and Nick Bosa have been on the field at the same time this season, opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 3, which is unheard of.
Conversely, the spot couldn’t be worse for the Minnesota Vikings. They are coming off their huge upset win over the Saints in overtime on Sunday. Now they have to come back and play the early game Saturday on a short week. Not to mention, they have to travel from New Orleans back to Minnesota and then all the way out to the West Coast to Santa Clara.
Injuries are taking their toll on the Vikings, too. Both Stephon Diggs (Illness) and Adam Thielen (ankle) didn’t practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. With all this travel, the Vikings aren’t going to get much practice time at all as it is. And they could be without DT Linval Joseph (knee) who got banged up against the Saints. They are without their top corner in Mackensie Alexander and starting safety Jayron Kearse (toe) is questionable. And after a huge workload returning from injury last week, RB Dalvin Cook won’t be 100% on this short week.
The 49ers weren’t as good defensively down the stretch due to those injuries, but they should get back to being the top defense in the league now. They ranked 2nd in total defense during the regular season giving up just 281.8 yards per game. The 49ers were dominant offensively down the stretch as Jimmy G had a 109.3 QBR since they traded for Emmanuel Sanders. They finished 4th in total offense averaging 381.1 yards per game. They were the only team in the NFL to finish Top 5 in offense and defense this season and I strongly believe they are the best team left in the playoffs now that they are a lot healthier.
Getting margin hasn’t been a problem for the 49ers as they are outscoring opponents by 10.5 points per game on the season and 12.8 points per game at home. The Vikings are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 vs. a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last six games following a win. It’s just too much to ask for the Vikings to go on the road two weeks in a row and beat the two best teams in the NFC in the Saints and 49ers. They will fall flat here against a superior 49ers team in the much better spot. Bet the 49ers Saturday.
|01-11-20||Marquette v. Seton Hall -5.5||Top||55-69||Win||100||6 h 57 m||Show|
20* Big East GAME OF THE WEEK on Seton Hall -5.5
The Seton Hall Pirates are one of the best teams in the country and still undervalued. They are 11-4 on the season with five straight wins and covers including home wins over Maryland and Georgetown as well as road wins over Xavier and DePaul.
The Pirates have held all 15 opponents this season below their season average, which is a big reason they rank 11th in adjusted defensive efficiency. In 6 of their 11 wins have had held their opponents to 10 or more points below their season averages.
Marquette is 1-2 in true road games with their lone win at Kansas State. They were blasted by 16 at Wisconsin and by 17 at Creighton and Seton Hall is better than both of those teams. The Golden Eagles were just upset at home by Providence as well.
The Pirates are 8-0 ATS vs. teams who average 40 or more rebounds per game over the last two seasons. The Pirates are 7-1 ATS at home this season. The Golden Eagles are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as road underdogs. Bet Seton Hall Saturday.
|01-11-20||Wisconsin v. Penn State -3||58-49||Loss||-110||4 h 12 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Penn State -3
The Penn State Nittany Lions are one of the most improved teams in the country this season. They are off to a 12-3 start with all three of their losses coming on the road.
The Nittany Lions are undervalued after their upset loss at Rutgers, which is also one of the most improved teams in the land. But now Penn State is back home where it is 9-0 this season and winning by 20.6 points per game.
Wisconsin was also upset by Illinois last time out, but that was at home. The Badgers are 2-5 in all games played away from home with neutral court losses to the likes of St. Mary’s, Richmond and New Mexico, as well as true game road losses to NC State by 15 and Rutgers by 7.
The Badgers are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games off a loss. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games off a loss. Penn State is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 home games. Roll with Penn State Saturday.
|01-11-20||Illinois State v. Indiana State -6.5||52-65||Win||100||4 h 56 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Indiana State -6.5
The Indiana State Sycamores are clearly one of the best teams in the Missouri Valley this season. They had won eight straight prior to two tough road losses to Drake by 4 and Northern Iowa by 8, which are also among the best teams in the MVC.
Now the Sycamores are back home where they were last seen beating Southern Illinois by 12. Indiana State is 5-0 at home this season. Now they take on a down Illinois State team that returned just one starter this year and is off to a 6-9 start.
Illinois State is 0-7 in all games played away from home this season. They lost by 12 at Southern Illinois, the same team that Indiana State beat by 12. The home team is 6-0 SU & 4-2 ATS in the last six meetings. Indiana State won by 23 and by 30 in its last two home meetings with Illinois State.
The Redbirds are 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Take Indiana State Saturday.
|01-10-20||Lakers v. Mavs -2||Top||129-114||Loss||-109||11 h 33 m||Show|
20* Lakers/Mavs ESPN No-Brainer on Dallas -2
The Dallas Mavericks just lost to the Lakers 95-108 on the road on December 29th. They have now lost two of three meetings to the Lakers, including an overtime loss where the Lakers tied it at the buzzer at the end of regulation. The Mavericks want revenge and to tie the season series at 2-2 tonight.
The good news for the Mavericks is that they won’t have to go up against Anthony Davis tonight due to a tailbone injury suffered against the Knicks last time out. The Lakers are only a shell of themselves without Davis, who leads them in scoring (27.1 PPG), rebounding (9.4 RPG) and blocks (2.6 BPG).
The Mavericks are a perfect 9-0 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this season, coming back to win by 11.2 points per game. Dallas is 8-0 ATS off a home loss this season. The Lakers are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in its last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Mavericks Friday.
|01-10-20||Butler v. Providence +2||70-58||Loss||-115||10 h 2 m||Show|
15* CBB Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Providence +2
The Providence Friars have turned the corner and are playing their best basketball of the season right now. They are 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. They blasted Texas by 22 and Georgetown by 16 at home, while also pulling road upset wins over DePaul and Marquette.
Now the Friars are playing with a ton of confidence and will welcome the opportunity to face a Top 10 team in Butler in what should be a great home atmosphere for them. It’s what I believe to be a fraudulent 14-1 Butler team that is nowhere near as good as their record.
Providence is 11-3 SU & 11-3 ATS in its last 14 meetings with Butler, including 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in its last six home meetings. Butler has played three true road games this season losing to Baylor and winning narrowly at St. John’s by 2 and by 9 over Ole Miss. This is their toughest test since that loss to Baylor.
Butler is 5-16 ATS in road games against conference opponents over the last three seasons. Providence is 7-1 SU at home this season. The home team is 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings. Roll with Providence Friday.
|01-10-20||Pelicans -4 v. Knicks||123-111||Win||100||8 h 3 m||Show|
15* Pelicans/Knicks ESPN ANNIHILATOR on New Orleans -4
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing their best basketball of the season. They are 6-2 SU & 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight games overall with their only losses coming on the road to the Lakers by 10 as 10-point dogs and at home to the Jazz by 2 as 4-point dogs. They have road wins over the Blazers, Nuggets and Kings during this stretch as well as home wins over the Pacers, Rockets and Bulls.
The New York Knicks are 0-4 SU & 1-3 ATS in their last four games overall. They are coming off a 24-point loss at Utah that followed up a 30-point loss at the Lakers. This is a tired team that will be playing their 3rd game in 4 days now after playing in altitude.
It’s a very difficult spot for the Knicks. They are coming off a four-game road trip, and I like to fade teams returning home from a long road trip. Making matters worse is that the Knicks will be without their best player in Julius Randle (18.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG) and could be without leading scorer Marcus Morris (19.1 PPG) again as well.
New York is 1-9 ATS in home games when playing 6 or more games in 10 days over the last two seasons. It is losing by 15.2 points per game in this spot. The Pelicans are 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. Take the Pelicans Friday.
|01-09-20||BYU v. St. Mary's -3||84-87||Push||0||12 h 33 m||Show|
15* BYU/St. Mary’s ESPN 2 Late-Night BAILOUT on St. Mary’s -3
The St. Mary’s Gaels are coming off a bad upset road loss to Pacific 99-107 as 8.5-point favorites on January 4th. I think that loss is providing us with some value to pull the trigger on the Gaels as only 3-point home favorites over BYU tonight.
The Gaels are still one of the best teams in all of college basketball. They are 13-3 on the season and 7-1 at home. They have wins over Wisconsin, Utah State, Arizona State and Nevada this season.
BYU is 12-4 and getting too much respect for a six-game winning streak coming into this game. They have played three true road games this year, losing at Utah and at Boise State while winning at Houston by 1 point. St. Mary’s is better than all three of those teams.
St. Mary’s is 8-1 SU & 7-2 ATS in its last nine home meetings with BYU. They beat the Cougars by 22 points at home last year. BYU is 51-107-4 ATS in its last 162 games as an underdog and 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games as a road dog. The home team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The favorite is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The Gaels are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. Roll with St. Mary’s Thursday.
|01-09-20||Rockets v. Thunder +4||Top||92-113||Win||100||10 h 59 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Thunder TNT No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +4
The Houston Rockets will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a hard-fought 122-115 win in Atlanta last night. Six players logged at least 30 minutes for the Rockets last night, so this is a very tough situation for them.
Chris Paul wants revenge on his former team after the Rockets traded him away in the offseason to make room for Russell Westbrook. And you know the Thunder will rally around him. They nearly upset the Rockets in a 112-116 road loss as 10-point dogs in their first meeting. And now they get the Rockets at home this time around.
Plus, the Thunder are playing their best basketball of the season right now. They have gone 10-2 SU in their last 12 games overall which includes upset wins over Dallas, Toronto, San Antonio, the Clippers and the Nets.
The Thunder are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Oklahoma City is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 games overall. The Thunder are 47-22-3 ATS in their last 72 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of more than 60%. Oklahoma City is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games playing on one days’ rest. The Thunder are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog. Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Take the Thunder Thursday.
|01-09-20||Arizona v. Oregon -3.5||Top||73-74||Loss||-105||9 h 24 m||Show|
20* Pac-12 GAME OF THE MONTH on Oregon -3.5
The Oregon Ducks are one of the best teams in the country. They have gone 12-3 SU & 11-4 ATS this season and I think they aren’t getting the respect they deserve as only 3.5-point home favorites over the Arizona Wildcats tonight.
Oregon has played the 33rd-toughest schedule in the country while ranking 7th in offensive efficiency and 66th in defensive efficiency. They have wins ov er Memphis, Houston, Seton Hall, Michigan and Utah. Their three losses have come to Gonzaga, UNC and Colorado.
Arizona has taken advantage of a much easier schedule. They have played just one true road game all season, which resulted in a loss to Baylor. They also lost to St. John’s and Gonzaga on a neutral. They lack impressive wins as their best wins have come against Illinois and Arizona State and both were at home.
Oregon is 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in its last three meetings with Arizona. The Wildcats are 1-11 ATS vs. good defensive teams that allow 42% shooting or less after 15-plus games over the last three seasons. Arizona is 1-8 ATS in its last nine road games. The Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a win. The Ducks are 22-4 ATS in their last 28 games overall. Oregon is 25-10 ATS in its last 35 home games. Bet Oregon Thursday.
|01-08-20||Tulane +11.5 v. Connecticut||61-67||Win||100||9 h 40 m||Show|
15* CBB Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on Tulane +11.5
Ron Hunter has won everywhere he has gone. He had very successful stints at IUPUI and Georgia State and now he has already turned around this Tulane program in his first season on the job thanks to recruiting some great transfers.
The Green Wave are 9-5 SU & 9-5 ATS this season and continue to be one of the most underrated teams in the country. They showed that here recently giving Memphis a run on the road as 15-point dogs and upsetting Cincinnati at home as 8-point dogs in their first two AAC games.
Now the Green Wave are catching a whopping 11.5 points from Connecticut tonight, which is simply too much. UConn has opened 0-2 in AAC play losing by 16 at Cincinnati and by 15 at South Florida. They may come back and win their first conference game tonight, but asking them to cover 11.5 points is asking too much.
Tulane is 12-2 ATS when playing against a good team that wins 60% to 80% of their games over the last two seasons. The Green Wave are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games. Tulane is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Roll with Tulane Wednesday.
|01-08-20||Kansas v. Iowa State +5.5||79-53||Loss||-115||8 h 40 m||Show|
15* Big 12 PLAY OF THE DAY on Iowa State +5.5
This is the ultimate ‘buy low’ opportunity on the Iowa State Cyclones. They lost to Florida A&M as a 25-point favorite two games back. But they didn’t have their best player in Tyrese Haliburton.
Haliburton returned for their Big 12 opener against TCU and promptly posted a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He means everything to this team. But they lost 79-81 (OT) at TCU as 4-point dogs only after a banked 3 at the buzzer by the Horned Frogs.
Now the Cyclones return home highly motivated for a win. And no team has played Kansas tougher than Iowa State in Big 12 play in recent years. The Cyclones are 7-6 SU & 11-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings with Kansas. Hilton Coliseum is one of the toughest places to play in the country and Kansas has had a hard time getting any kind of margin on the road in this series.
Iowa State is much better than its 7-6 record as the Cyclones are 348th out of 353 teams in KenPom’s luck factor, which indicates how lucky a team is to have the record that they have. They are one of the most underrated teams in the country right now as a result.
Iowa State is 19-6 ATS in its last 25 home games off a close loss by 3 points or less. Kansas is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 road games. Steve Prohm is 15-6 ATS off two or more consecutive losses as the coach of Iowa State. Take Iowa State Wednesday.
|01-08-20||Florida State v. Wake Forest +7||Top||78-68||Loss||-110||7 h 11 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE WEEK on Wake Forest +7
Danny Manning has these Wake Forest Demon Deacons playing some great basketball right now. They have won three straight which includes an upset home win over Xavier as 6-point dogs and an upset road win over Pitt as 6.5-point dogs.
Florida State is also playing great right now with six consecutive wins. But this is obviously a letdown spot for the Seminoles after pulling the upset at Louisville as 6-point dogs last time out. I think they fall flat here against Wake Forest and will have a hard time winning this game, let alone covering the 7-point spread.
Wake has covered its last two home games against Florida State, both as underdogs. The Demon Deacons have only played five of their 13 games at home this season. They are 4-1 at home with their only loss to NC State. They have played the 43rd-toughest schedule in the country so they are battle-tested.
Florida State is 29-58 ATS in its last 87 games after having won eight or more of its last 10 games coming in. The Demon Deacons are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games vs. a team with a. Winning record. Wake Forest is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games as an underdog. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Bet Wake Forest Wednesday.
|01-08-20||Raptors v. Hornets +3||112-110||Win||100||7 h 46 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday UPSET SHOCKER on Charlotte Hornets +3
The Toronto Raptors will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back tonight. They just went to the wire with the Blazers at home last night in a 99-101 loss. And now they have to try and get back up off the mat to face the Hornets tonight.
It has been a struggle here of late for the Raptors due to all their injuries. They are missing four key players in Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell. Siakam and VanVleet are their two best players. It’s no wonder their have gone just 3-5 SU in their last eight games overall. And being short-handed makes these back-to-back situations even more difficult.
The Hornets have pulled two impressive road upsets over the Mavericks and Cavaliers in two of their last three games coming in. They did lose to the Pacers at home after letting that game get away from them in the 4th quarter. But that will have them coming back determined tonight to beat the Raptors.
The home team has won four of the last five meetings. The Hornets are 11-2 ATS after allowing 105 points or more in three straight games this season. Take the Hornets Wednesday.
|01-08-20||Heat v. Pacers -1||Top||122-108||Loss||-106||7 h 46 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Indiana Pacers -1
This is yet another case of the Indiana Pacers being underrated as only 1-point home favorites over the Miami Heat tonight. The Pacers are 15-4 at home this season and should be a bigger favorite tonight.
The Heat also have a great home-court advantage as they are 17-1 at home, but they are not home here. Miami is just 9-9 on the road this season. Their last two road games were very ugly as they lost at Washington by 18 as 14-point favorites and lost by 20 at Orlando.
Indiana wants revenge from a 112-113 road loss at Miami as 5-point dogs on December 27th in the first and only meeting thus far. The Pacers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 home meetings with the Heat. The Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings overall with Miami.
The Heat are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as home favorites. Indiana is 34-18 ATS when revenging a road loss over the last three seasons. Bet the Pacers Wednesday.
|01-07-20||Knicks +13.5 v. Lakers||87-117||Loss||-115||11 h 14 m||Show|
15* Knicks/Lakers NBA TV Late-Night BAILOUT on New York +13.5
The New York Knicks are quietly playing their best basketball of the season right now. They are 6-6 SU & 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games overall. They have only lost twice by more than 8 points in those 12 games, so they have been extremely competitive.
The Knicks just took the Clippers to the wire at Staples Center on Sunday in a 132-135 loss as 10-point dogs. Now they are catching 13.5 points to the Lakers with no travel and I expect them to take LeBron and company to the wire in this game tonight.
The Lakers are just 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. In fact, the Lakers haven’t beaten anyone by more than 13 points in their last 12 games overall, making for a 12-0 system backing the Knicks pertaining to this 13.5-point spread.
The Knicks are 8-0 ATS in road games after playing a road game this season. The Lakers are 1-10 ATS against Atlantic Division opponents over the last two seasons. Plays on road underdogs of 10 or more points (New York) - a well rested team playing 6 or less games in 14 days, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a winning record are 47-15 (75.8%) ATS over the last five seasons. Roll with the Knicks Tuesday.
|01-07-20||TCU v. Kansas State -1||Top||59-57||Loss||-112||10 h 39 m||Show|
20* Big 12 GAME OF THE WEEK on Kansas State -1
The Kansas State Wildcats return home highly motivated for a win tonight. They have lost three of their last four coming in all by 6 points or fewer. Two were on neutral courts to solid Mississippi State and Saint Louis teams as well as a 5-point loss at Oklahoma as 7-point dogs.
Now the Wildcats are back home where they are 6-1 this season and winning by 14.2 points per game. They host a TCU team that has played a ridiculously easy schedule. In fact, it will be the first true road game for TCU this season. They’ve only played two games away from home which were both on neutrals with a loss to Clemson and a win against Wyoming.
Kansas State is 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS in its last four meetings with TCU. The Hornets Frogs are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 Big 12 games, while the Wildcats are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 Big 12 games. TCU is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games off a win. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Bet Kansas State Tuesday.
|01-07-20||Loyola-Chicago v. Drake -1||Top||62-65||Win||100||10 h 38 m||Show|
20* MVC GAME OF THE WEEK on Drake -1
The Drake Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the Missouri Valley Conference this year. They are off to an 11-4 start including a perfect 8-0 record at home where they are winning by 17.5 points per game. They should be a bigger home favorite against Loyola-Chicago here.
Loyola-Chicago is 2-1 in true road games with a blowout loss to Furman by 24 and a narrow win over Valparaiso by 3 as 3-point favorites. They also won at Ball State. This will be Loyola-Chicago’s toughest road test of the season thus far.
Drake is 30-12-2 ATS in its last 44 games overall. The Bulldogs are 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 home games. The Ramblers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine road games. Loyola-Chicago is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Bet Drake Tuesday.
|01-07-20||Baylor v. Texas Tech -3||57-52||Loss||-108||10 h 38 m||Show|
15* Baylor/Texas Tech ESPN 2 No-Brainer on Texas Tech -3
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have looked the part of a national championship contender once again this season when healthy. They have won five straight coming in, which includes their 70-57 win as 7.5-point dogs of then-No. 1 Louisville on a neutral and their 85-50 trouncing of Oklahoma State in their Big 12 opener.
Baylor is ranked 4th in the country, but it's a fraudulent ranking. They have feasted on an easy schedule with all of their tough games at home or on a neutral. They have played two true road games, losing to Washington and only beating Coastal Carolina by 12. This is by far their toughest test of the season Tuesday night.
Texas Tech is 8-0 at home this season and winning by 21.4 points per game. The Red Raiders are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 home games after playing three consecutive games as a home favorite. The home team has won six straight in this series and is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Take Texas Tech Tuesday.
|01-07-20||Villanova v. Creighton -1.5||64-59||Loss||-109||10 h 38 m||Show|
15* Villanova/Creighton Big East ANNIHILATOR on Creighton -1.5
This is the best Creighton team that Greg McDermott has had in recent memory. The Bluejays are off to a 12-3 start this season and have one of the best home-court advantages in all of college basketball.
Indeed, the Bluejays have won 15 straight home games dating back to last season and are 11-0 at home this season while winning by 17.6 points per game. They beat Marquette by 17 in their last home games, the same Marquette team that Villanova just lost to by 11 on the road.
Villanova is a very young team that is starting two freshmen for the first time since 2002. The Wildcats are just 4-3 SU & 1-6 ATS in their seven games played away from home this year. They are 1-2 SU & 0-3 ATS in true road games with a 25-point loss at Ohio, a failure to cover at St. Joe’s and that 11-point loss at Marquette.
Villanova is 0-6 ATS vs. teams who force 14 or fewer turnovers per game this season. The Wildcats are 0-6 ATS after having won three of their last four games this season. Creighton is 11-1 ATS in home games after playing a game as a road underdog over the last three years. They are winning by 20.5 points per game in this spot. The Wildcats are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 road games. Take Creighton Tuesday.
|01-06-20||Bucks v. Spurs +7.5||104-126||Win||100||8 h 25 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Undervalued Underdog on San Antonio Spurs +7.5
I love the spot for the San Antonio Spurs tonight. This is a home-and-home situation with the Milwaukee Bucks. After losing 118-127 in Milwaukee on Saturday, the Spurs now only have to wait two days for revenge and are catching 7.5 points at home in the rematch. I expect them to take the Bucks to the wire and possibly pull off the upset.
The Spurs have been a great team to back following a loss, which shows the resiliency of this team and the coaching of Popovich. The Spurs are now 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss. San Antonio is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games as a home underdog as well.
San Antonio is 35-14 ATS when revenging a loss over the last two seasons. The Spurs are 25-6 ATS when revenging a loss where opponent scored 110 points or more over the last two years. San Antonio is 30-7 ATS revenging a road loss over the last two seasons. It is coming back to win by 7.8 points per game in this spot. Roll with the Spurs Monday.
|01-06-20||Jazz -3 v. Pelicans||128-126||Loss||-109||8 h 55 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Utah Jazz -3
The Utah Jazz are playing as well as anyone in the NBA right now. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games overall with their only loss coming by 3 points at Miami. They have covered seven straight coming in and I believe they make it seven in a row tonight.
The Pelicans are also playing well in going 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. But they could be without their best player tonight in Jrue Holiday, who is questionable with an elbow injury. And it’s a bad spot for them playing their 3rd game in 4 days after a back-to-back at the Lakers and Kings on Friday and Saturday.
The Jazz own the Pelicans, going 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. More impressively, the Jazz are 6-0 SU & 6-0 ATS in their last six trips to New Orleans winning by 10, 21, 17, 24, 33 and 12 points. They have won those six games by an average of 19.5 points per game.
The Jazz are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Pelicans are 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 games playing on one days’ rest. New Orleans is 2-6 ATS in its last eight home games. The Jazz are 15-5-3 ATS in the last 23 meetings, including 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 meetings in New Orleans. Take the Jazz Monday.
|01-06-20||Miami-OH +14 v. UL-Lafayette||Top||17-27||Win||100||69 h 36 m||Show|
20* Miami Ohio/LA-Lafayette Lending Tree Bowl No-Brainer on Miami Ohio +14
The Miami Ohio Redhawks just won the MAC Championship by upsetting Central Michigan in the title game as underdogs. And now head coach Chuck Martin gets to play the disrespect card again with this team in the Lending Tree Bowl as 14-point underdogs to Louisiana-Lafayette.
Miami Ohio played the tougher schedule than Louisiana and certainly isn’t 14 points worse in my book. They aren’t a flashy team with an average offense that doesn’t blow you away. But they do two things that are more important, which is play defense and get great plays from special teams. They have a Top 5 special teams unit in the country. And their defense has been solid in giving up 380.5 yards per game and 5.2 yards per play this season.
Lafayette is the flashy team with the explosive offense that puts up 38.8 points per game. But I question their motivation in this game. They just lost to Appalachian State by 7 points for a second straight year in the Sun Belt Championship Game. That was their Super Bowl, while this will be just another game for them. They know they are heavy favorites and expected to win, so I question their motivation because of it.
It’s only the 2nd bowl game in 9 seasons for the Redhawks, so they are obviously excited to be here. They nearly upset Mississippi State in 2016 as 14-point underdogs in a 16-17 defeat in their last bowl game.
Chuck Martin is 9-1 ATS off an upset win as an underdog as the coach of Miami Ohio. The Redhawks are 11-1 ATS off two straight conference games over the last two seasons. Miami is 4-0 ATS in its last four neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in its last four neutral site games as an underdog. Bet Miami Ohio Monday.
|01-05-20||Purdue v. Illinois -1||Top||37-63||Win||100||19 h 35 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE MONTH on Illinois -1
The Illinois Fighting Illini are one of the most improved teams in the country this season. It’s Year 3 of this rebuilding project for head coach Brad Underwood and the payoffs are starting to show with this veteran group that returned four starters this year.
The Fighting Illini are off to a 9-5 start against a very tough schedule. They have gone 8-1 at home this season while outscoring opponents by 22.5 points per game, and I think it will be a raucous atmosphere at Illinois tonight. They beat Michigan 71-62 in their lone home game against a Big Ten opponent this season.
Purdue lost a lot from the team that made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Boilermakers are also 9-5, but they have some really bad losses. They lost by 14 to Nebraska, by 9 to Butler, by 10 to Marquette and at home to Texas. They also lost to Florida State on a neutral.
Purdue usually has a rebounding edge against everyone they play, but they won’t against Illinois. The Fighting Illini are averaging 12 more boards than their opponents this season as one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. And after shooting just 29.3% in a loss at Michigan State last time out, the Fighting Illini can’t possibly shoot as poorly at home this time around.
Purdue is 4-15 ATS in road games off a conference win over the last three seasons. The Boilermakers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. The Fighting Illini are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games. Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last six games off an ATS loss. Bet Illinois Sunday.
|01-05-20||Blazers v. Heat -5.5||111-122||Win||100||8 h 26 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Miami Heat -5.5
The Miami Heat are coming off a bad 20-point loss at Orlando. But it was the 2nd of a back-to-back after a win over the Raptors the previous night. It was a clearly letdown spot and a bad spot given the rest advantage for Orlando.
Now the Heat return home highly motivated for a win. And the Heat have had one of the best home-court advantages in the NBA this season. They are 16-1 SU & 11-5-1 ATS at home while outscoring opponents by 11.6 points per game. They should have no problem covering this short 5.5-point spread against the Blazers.
The Blazers have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA this season. They are 15-21 overall and 7-12 on the road and were desperate enough to sign Carmelo Anthony off the streets. It hasn’t gotten any better with Anthony as the Blazers are 1-5 SU & 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall with their only win coming against a G-League team in Washington. All five losses came by 6 points or more, including losses to the Knicks, Suns and Pelicans.
The Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record. Portland is 1-5 ATS in its last six road games. Miami is 13-4-1 ATS in its last 18 home games. The heat are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss. Miami is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games off a loss by more than 10 points. Take the Heat Sunday.
|01-05-20||Seahawks v. Eagles +2.5||Top||17-9||Loss||-110||42 h 2 m||Show|
25* Wild Card GAME OF THE YEAR on Philadelphia Eagles +2.5
I’ve been fading the Seahawks with a lot of success here down the stretch. I spotted that they were frauds a long time ago, and that is still my belief. I’m going to fade them on the road here against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round as well for many of the same reasons.
The Seahawks are 10-2 in one-score games this season, which is unsustainable. Russell Wilson doesn’t have the ‘clutch gene’ like everyone thinks. He was 31-33 in one-score games coming into this season in his career. The Seahawks have a +7 point differential for the entire season, which is closer to an 8-8 team than one that is 11-5. They are complete frauds.
The real Seahawks have shown over the last four weeks. They are 1-3 SU & 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. They lost by 16 to the Rams as 1-point road dogs, only beat the hapless Panthers 30-24 as 6.5-point road favorites, were upset by the Cardinals 13-27 as 9.5-point home favorites and lost to the 49ers 21-26 at home as 3.5-point dogs. That loss to the 49ers was devastating as it meant they’d have to go on the road in the wild card instead of hosting a game. And they came up just inches short. It’s tough to bounce back from a loss like that.
The Eagles found themselves needing to win their final four games just to make the playoffs. That’s exactly what they did despite all their injuries. They went 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS with their final two games being the most impressive. They beat the Cowboys 17-9 at home and gained 431 yards while allowing just 311 yards, outgaining them by 120 yards. And last week they handled their business in a 34-17 win at the Giants with 400 total yards.
Despite all the injuries, this offense is flowing behind some great play from Carson Wentz with four straight games of 400-plus yards of offense. They are far from broken, and they are finding different ways to move the football and score points behind the genius of head coach Doug Pederson. And they will get Miles Sanders back this week, and could get both Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson back.
A big reason the Seahawks have struggled down the stretch is injuries, too. They have injuries all over their defense at all three levels. And their offense lost their top two running backs, which prompted them to sign Marshawn Lynch off the street. They certainly miss Josh Gordon as well since he was suspended.
It’s also easy to see the Seahawks are a fraudulent team when you look at their numbers. They are just 26th in total defense, giving up 381.6 yards per game and 6.0 yards per play this season. They are actually getting outgained by 7.2 yards per play on the season. And their running game has taken a big hit here down the stretch with all these injuries to their running backs and along the offensive line.
The Seahawks won’t be able to run on the Eagles, either. Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the NFL in giving up just 90.1 yards per game rushing. And the Eagles deserved to win their first meeting with the Seahawks, losing 9-17 at home despite committing five turnovers. I have a hard time believing they are going to come anywhere close to committing five turnovers again, and thus the result will be in their favor this time around.
The Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog. Philadelphia is 6-0 ATS in its last six January games. The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five playoff games. Philadelphia is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games following an ATS win. Bet the Eagles Sunday.
Note: My favorite bet for Sunday is an Eagles +8.5/Saints -1.5 6-Point Teaser at -120 juice. Instead of betting both these games separately, I’d recommend betting this teaser instead. Plays will get graded on the +2.5/-7.5 lines, but make sure to have your biggest bet on this teaser if you decide to play both plays individually.
|01-05-20||Vikings v. Saints -7.5||Top||26-20||Loss||-110||38 h 27 m||Show|
20* Vikings/Saints NFC No-Brainer on New Orleans -7.5
The New Orleans Saints are on a mission this season to make amends for coming up just short of the Super Bowl. Granted, the refs robbed them of any chance to go to the Super Bowl in the NFC Championship Game, but they fell short none the less. I’ve never seen a team more motivated than this New Orleans Saints will be to start the playoffs this week.
The Saints have been playing like Super Bowl contenders in the second half of the season. They are 6-1 SU & 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall with five of those six wins coming by 8 points or more. They are outscoring their opponents by 13.6 points per game in their last seven games with their only loss coming on a last-second field goal to the 49ers.
Drew Brees is playing some of the best football of his career. This potent Saints offense has put up 26-plus points in seven straight games and an average of 36.3 points per game during this stretch. They should feast on a weak Minnesota defense that is giving up 65.6% completions and 234 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Vikings have injuries at cornerback that are going to make it very difficult for them to slow down Brees and company.
I’m also concerned about this Minnesota offense. It’s well documented how poorly Kirk Cousins has played in big games, and that has continued this season. He lost to the Packers twice, the Chiefs and the Seahawks. Cousins went 1-4 against playoff teams this year with his only win coming at home against the Eagles.
A lot has been made of the Vikings getting Dalvin Cook back from injury this week, but he’s far from 100%. And a lot has also been made of the Vikings getting Adam Thielen back recently from a hamstring injury, but he’s also a shell of his former self. Thielen has just four receptions for 52 yards in his last four healthy games. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on Cousins to match Brees score for score, and I just don’t think he’s capable.
The Saints also want to avenge the ‘Minnesota Miracle’ when the Vikings scored on the final play of the game to beat them in the 2017-18 season, 29-24. It’s another reason why I’ve never seen a team more motivated than these Saints.
Wild card favorites of more than 7 points are 11-1 SU & 10-2 ATS since 2005. The Vikings are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last six games as a road underdog. The Saints are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Roll with the Saints Sunday.
Note: My favorite bet for Sunday is an Eagles +8.5/Saints -1.5 6-Point Teaser at -120 juice. Instead of betting both these games separately, I’d recommend betting this teaser instead. Plays will get graded on the +2.5/-7.5 lines, but make sure to have your biggest bet on this teaser if you decide to play both plays individually.
|01-05-20||Richmond v. Rhode Island -2||69-61||Loss||-107||2 h 16 m||Show|
15* CBB Sunday Early ANNIHILATOR on Rhode Island -2
The Rhode Island Rams are coming off a bad upset road loss to Brown as 7.5-point favorites. It was by far their worse performance of the season. Their other three losses came to LSU, West Virginia and Maryland all on the road.
Now the Rams are back home and highly motivated for a victory. This is a veteran Rams team that I’ve been backing a lot because they returned all five starters. And Rhode Island is 6-0 at home this season.
Richmond is 11-3, and while that record looks nice, it has come against the 219th-ranked schedule in the country. Rhode Island has played the 72nd-toughest schedule, a difference of nearly 150 spots in strength of schedule. I believe playing the tougher schedule will benefit the Rams heading into conference play today.
Rhode Island is 8-1 ATS in home games off two consecutive overs over the last three seasons. The Spiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five games off an ATS loss. Rhode Island has won its last two meetings with Richmond by 18 points at home and by 11 points on the road. Roll with Rhode Island Sunday.
|01-04-20||Titans +5 v. Patriots||20-13||Win||100||22 h 47 m||Show|
15* Titans/Patriots AFC ANNIHILATOR on Tennessee +5
It’s obvious there’s something seriously wrong with the New England Patriots in 2019-20 compared to in years’ past. They just lost to the Miami Dolphins as 17-point home favorites with a first-round bye on the line. That never used to happen. And now I don’t expect them to make easy work of the Tennessee Titans, a much better team than Miami.
It’s a Titans team I’ve been riding a lot down the stretch because they are better than they get credit for. The Titans have gone 7-3 SU & 6-3-1 ATS in their 10 games since Ryan Tannehill took over. Tannehill has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, completing 70.3% of his passes for 2,742 yards with a 22-to-6 TD/INT ratio while averaging a whopping 9 yards per attempt.
Having Tannehill as a threat passing has really opened up the running game for Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in rushing this year. The Titans have rushed for at least 149 yards in seven straight games while averaging a whopping 188 rushing yards per game during this seven-game stretch. The Titans are also averaging 33.4 points per game in their last seven. This offense is a juggernaut, but the betting public is failing to realize it.
New England has a great defense, but it has come against the worst schedule of opposing offenses in the NFL. They have played the 30th-ranked schedule in the league overall. And their defense was lit up for 27 points and 389 total yards by the Miami Dolphins last week. I won’t argue that the Patriots don’t still have a solid defense, but the problem is on the other side of the ball.
Tom Brady just hasn’t been himself and certainly doesn’t have the weapons he needs to be successful this year. The offensive line isn’t getting the push they need either as the Patriots have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in half their games. The Patriots are averaging just 5.2 yards per play, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. The Titans are averaging 6.1 yards per play, which ranks 4th in the NFL.
Tennessee is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games off a blowout win by 21 points or more over a division rival. The Titans made easy work of the Texans last week, while the Patriots fought tooth and nail to try and beat the Dolphins. I think that will make the Titans the fresher team this week. There’s value here on the road underdog. Take the Titans Saturday.
|01-04-20||Cincinnati v. Tulane +8||71-76||Win||100||6 h 11 m||Show|
15* AAC PLAY OF THE DAY on Tulane +8
Ron Hunter is quickly turning around this Tulane program just as he did at Georgia State and IUPUI before. It’s a Green Wave team that got some great transfers and is one of the most improved teams in the country under Hunter.
Tulane is 8-5 this season and highly motivated for a win off three straight losses by 1 to Akron, by 4 to Towson and by 11 to Memphis. If they lose today to Cincinnati, it will certainly go down to the wire.
Cincinnati lost head coach Mick Cronin and has struggled this season to an 8-5 start. They lost to Iowa, Colgate, Xavier, Bowling Green and Ohio State. They also nearly lost to Illinois State (won by 1), Valpo (won by 4) and UNLV (won by 7). It’s not a team that can be trusted to go on the road and win by 8-plus points against a quality opponent in Tulane here.
Cincinnati only has two days to get ready for Tulane after last playing on January 1st, while Tulane has four days to prepare for Cincinnati after last playing on December 30th.
Cincinnati is 1-8 ATS in road games vs. teams who are called for 17 or fewer fouls per game over the last two seasons. Tulane is 11-2 ATS when playing against a good team (60% to 80%) over the last two years. The Bearcats are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games off an ATS win. Cincinnati is 4-14 ATS in its last 18 games as a favorite. Roll with Tulane Saturday.
|01-04-20||West Virginia +10.5 v. Kansas||53-60||Win||100||6 h 10 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on West Virginia +10.5
It’s time to ’sell high’ on the Kansas Jayhawks, who have covered six of their last seven games coming in. Now they are laying double-digits to a West Virginia team that can muck it up and keep this game close with their style of play.
West Virginia is one of the most improved teams in the country. The Mountaineers are 11-1 this season with their only loss coming by two points 68-70 at St. John’s. They have impressive wins over Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Pitt and Ohio State this season. Take West Virginia Saturday.
|01-04-20||Grizzlies +10.5 v. Clippers||140-114||Win||100||6 h 45 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Memphis Grizzlies +10.5
The Memphis Grizzlies have some great young talent and it’s starting to show now that they are healthy. The Grizzlies are 7-6 SU & 8-4-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. They will give the Clippers a run for their money today.
Helping out the Grizzlies is the fact that the Clippers are not healthy. They are down two starters today in Paul George and Patrick Beverly. They will miss George’s scoring as he has picked up right where he left off last season in OKC. And Beverly is a pest defensively that will be missed guarding Rookie of the Year favorite JA Morant.
Plays on road underdogs of 10 or more points (Memphis) - a well rested team playing 6 or less games in 14 days, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a winning record are 44-15 (74.6%) ATS over the last five seasons.
The Clippers are 3-12 ATS off two consecutive covers as a favorite over the last two seasons. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games off a loss. Memphis is 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games as a road underdog. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games off a win. Roll with the Grizzlies Saturday.
|01-04-20||Villanova v. Marquette||Top||60-71||Win||100||4 h 11 m||Show|
20* Big East GAME OF THE WEEK on Marquette PK
I like backing Marquette at home today where they just have to win this game to cover against Villanova. The Golden Eagles are 7-0 at home this season and winning by 22.1 points per game.
Villanova is just 1-5 ATS in all games played away from home this year. In their two true road games, they failed to cover as 15-point favorites at St. Joe’s and lost 51-76 at Ohio State.
Marquette is 6-0 ATS in home games off two or more consecutive overs. The Wildcats are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Golden Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite. Take Marquette Saturday.
|01-04-20||Iowa v. Penn State -2.5||86-89||Win||100||4 h 10 m||Show|
15* Big Ten PLAY OF THE DAY on Penn State -2.5
Penn State has the best team they’ve had in years. They are off to an 11-2 start this season with one of their losses coming on the road at Ohio State. They other was a 2-point loss to Ole Miss on a neutral after they blew a 20-plus point lead.
The wins have been impressive. The Nittany Lions have beaten Maryland, Alabama, Wake Forest and Yale at home as well as a a road win at Georgetown and a neutral win over Syracuse. They’ve played a brutal schedule and have proven themselves against it.
Now they take on Iowa in what is technically a neutral site game but the Nittany Lions will have home-court advantage due to being played in Philadelphia. It’s an Iowa team that has also been impressive, but they have lost when they have stepped up in class. They lost by 15 at home to DePaul, by 10 at San Diego State and by 12 at Michigan.
Iowa is 1-8 ATS off four or more consecutive wins over the last two seasons. Penn State is 9-1 ATS after scoring 80 points or more over the last two years. The Hawkeyes are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games off a win by more than 20 points. The Nittany Loins are 16-6-2 ATS in their last 24 games overall. Roll with Penn State Saturday.
|01-04-20||Providence v. DePaul -2.5||66-65||Loss||-109||4 h 10 m||Show|
15* CBB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on DePaul -2.5
It’s a good time to ‘buy low’ on the DePaul Blue Demons. They got off to a hot start this season but have cooled off since, going 0-3 ATS in their last three games. They are coming off a loss to Seton Hall, which is one of the best teams in the country.
Now the Blue Demons are back home against a Providence team they should handle. Providence is 1-5 SU & 0-6 ATS in all games played away from home this year. That includes neutral site losses to Long Beach State, College of Charleston and Florida as well as road losses to Northwestern and Rhode Island. They were favored in four of those five losses and lost by 32 to Florida.
The Friars are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games off an ATS win. Providence is 0-7 ATS in its last seven road games. DePaul is 4-1 ATS in its last five games as a home favorite. The Blue Demons are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Bet DePaul Saturday.
|01-04-20||Kansas State v. Oklahoma -7||61-66||Loss||-108||3 h 11 m||Show|
15* Big 12 PLAY OF THE DAY on Oklahoma -7
The Oklahoma Sooners get Kristian Doolittle back from suspension today for their Big 12 opener against Kansas State. I expect them to roll at home today, where they are 5-0 on the season.
Kansas State is way down from last year with all they lost. They are just 7-5 SU & 4-8 ATS in all games, including 1-4 SU & 1-4 ATS in road games. It will be just their second true road game of the season. They lost on a neutral to Pitt, Bradley, Mississippi State and Saint Louis, four teams that aren’t as good as Oklahoma.
The home team is 8-1 SU in the last nine meetings. The home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The Wildcats are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall. Kansas State is 0-6 ATS in its last six vs. a team with a winning record. The Sooners are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points. Take Oklahoma Saturday.
|01-04-20||Tulane -7 v. Southern Miss||30-13||Win||100||13 h 36 m||Show|
15* Tulane/Southern Miss Bowl Early ANNIHILATOR on Tulane -7
I believe the Tulane Green Wave will be highly motivated for a victory in the Lending Tree Bowl. They lost three straight and five of their final six to fall to 6-6 on the season. They want to end the season with a winning record, and I love betting on 6-6 teams in bowl season because of that reason.
Keep in mind that Tulane’s losses down the stretch came against a brutal schedule. They suffered road losses to Memphis, Navy, Temple and SMU as well as a 3-point home loss to UCF. That’s four 10-win teams and a Temple team that was very tough to beat at home all season.
With that schedule, it’s no surprised that Tulane played the tougher slate of these tewo teams. Their schedule ranked 38 spots harder than Southern Miss. It’s a Golden Eagles team that had a chance to play in the C-USA title game late in the season. But they lost their final two games in blowout fashion. They lost by 18 at home to Western Kentucky as 3-point favorites. They also lost by 17 at Florida Atlantic as 9-point dogs.
Southern Miss only beat one bowl team all season, and that was a bad UAB team that lost their starting QB to injury early in the game. The other six wins came against Alcorn State, Troy, UTEP, North Texas, Rice and UTSA. Basically every time they stepped up in class they lost as the five losses all came by 15 points or more.
Tulane had some impressive stats for a 6-6 team. The Green Wave averaged 33.3 points and 455.2 yards per game while giving up 27.4 points and 378.5 yards per game. They outgained their opposition by 76.7 yards per game on the season, which is impressive when you consider how difficult their schedule was.
Willie Fritz is 27-13 ATS as a favorite in all games he has coached. The Green Wave are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite. Tulane is 4-0 ATS in its last four games off an ATS loss. The Green Wave are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. C-USA opponents. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet Tulane Saturday.
|01-03-20||Pelicans +10.5 v. Lakers||Top||113-123||Win||100||10 h 45 m||Show|
20* Pelicans/Lakers ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on New Orleans +10.5
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing their best basketball of the season right now. They are 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. They have three straight wins over three of the better teams in the NBA in the Pacers, Rockets and Nuggets.
Now the Pelicans want to avenge their 110-114 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on November 27th in their first and only meeting this season. There are a lot of former Lakers on this Pelicans team, so they will always be motivated to face their former team, especially this season.
The Lakers are 5-4 SU & 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. They have just one win by more than 10 points during this stretch, and that was a 13-point win. They will have a hard time covering this big number tonight against a Pelicans team that is playing very well.
Plays on road underdogs of 10 or more points (New Orleans) - a well rested team playing 6 or fewer games in 14 days, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a winning record are 44-15 (74.6%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Lakers are 7-21 ATS vs. teams that are outscored by 3-plus points per game over the last two seasons. Bet the Pelicans Friday.
|01-03-20||Wisconsin v. Ohio State -7||61-57||Loss||-108||6 h 10 m||Show|
15* Wisconsin/Ohio State FS1 ANNIHILATOR on Ohio State -7
The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off a loss to West Virginia. Now they return home highly motivated for a win against the Wisconsin Badgers in Big Ten play Friday night. Look for them to make easy work of the Badgers.
The Buckeyes are legitimately one of the best teams in the country. They are 9-0 SU & 8-1 ATS in their nine home games this season while outscoring opponents by 27.0 points per game. They beat Penn State by 32 in their lone conference home game.
Wisconsin is starting to get some respect for its three-game winning streak. But the Badgers are just 1-5 SU & 2-4 ATS in all games played away from home this year. They are scoring just 58.7 points per game on the highway. They lost to New Mexico, Richmond and St. Mary’s on a neutral and lost by 15 at NC State and by 7 at Rutgers.
Ohio State is 8-0 ATS when playing just its 2nd game in a week this season. The Badgers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. The Buckeyes are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The favorite is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Take Ohio State Friday.
|01-03-20||Ohio -9 v. Nevada||30-21||Push||0||3 h 41 m||Show|
15* Ohio/Nevada Potato Bowl ANNIHILATOR on Ohio -9
The Ohio Bobcats have been dominant in their last two bowl games. They have outscored UAB and San Diego State a combined 68-6 the past two seasons. And they just blasted Bowling Green by 42 and Akron by 49 in their final two games to close out the regular season.
It’s the final game for Ohio senior QB Nathan Roarke, so you know he is going to want to put on a big performance. He has another great season with 20 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Roarke also rushed for 780 yards and 12 scored to lead this explosive Ohio offense.
Nevada has to be one of the most fraudulent 7-5 teams I’ve ever season. They were outscored by nearly 11 points per game this season and were also outgunned by 1.2 yards per play. They lost by 71 to Oregon, by 51 to Hawaii, by 26 to Utah State and by 28 to Wyoming. And now they have four defensive starters suspended for this bowl game. I think they’ll be in over their heads here in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Plays on favorites of 3.5 to 10 points (Ohio) - an excellent offensive team that averages at least 440 yards per game against a bad defense that allows 390 to 440 yards per game after 7-plus games, after gaining 6.75 or more yards per play in their previous game are 38-9 (80.9%) ATS over the last 10 seasons.
Ohio is 4-0 ATS in its last four bowl games. The Bobcats are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games. Roll with Ohio Friday.
|01-02-20||Oregon v. Colorado +1.5||Top||65-74||Win||100||9 h 18 m||Show|
20* Oregon/Colorado ESPN 2 No-Brainer on Colorado +1.5
The Colorado Buffaloes have one of the best home-court advantages in the Pac-12 and in all of college basketball for that matter. They returned all five starters this year are are off to an 11-2 start, including a 6-1 record at home. They will be highly motivated for a win tonight with 4th-ranked Oregon coming to town.
The Oregon Ducks are certainly one of the better teams in the country as well at 11-2 SU & 10-3 ATS on the season. I just think this is a great spot to fade them, especially when you consider Colorado is 6-0 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six home meetings with Oregon. They beat Oregon 73-51 as nearly identical 1-point home dogs last season.
Colorado is 21-8 ATS in its last 29 home games lined +3 to PK. The Buffaloes are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Colorado is 12-5-1 ATS in its last 18 home games overall. The home team is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Bet Colorado Thursday.
|01-02-20||Thunder v. Spurs -2||Top||109-103||Loss||-105||9 h 53 m||Show|
20* NBA BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on San Antonio Spurs -2
The San Antonio Spurs would actually be in the playoffs if the season ended today. They are playing well over the last month in going 7-4 SU & 6-4-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall dating back to December 3rd. It’s a rested team that has had a lot of time off over the past month.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are also playing well in going 7-1 in their last eight games overall. But now they are starting to get too much respect from oddsmakers here as only 2-point road dogs. And it’s definitely a potential letdown spot off three straight narrow wins over the Hornets, Raptors and Mavericks by a combined 8 points.
The Spurs are 5-0 SU & 5-0 ATS in their last five home meetings with the Thunder. San Antonio is 21-9 ATS at home with a line of +3 to -3 over the last three seasons. The Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Spurs Thursday.
|01-02-20||Dayton v. La Salle +11||84-58||Loss||-110||9 h 48 m||Show|
15* CBB Thursday Undervalued Underdog on La Salle +11
The No. 20 Dayton Flyers are starting to get too much respect from oddsmakers for their Top 25 ranking. They have opened 11-2 but have now failed to cover three of their last four. I think it’s time to continue ’selling high’ on the Flyers tonight.
They should not be laying double-digits on the road against a solid La Salle team in this conference rivalry. It’s a La Salle team that has been one of the most underrated in the country and continues to fly under the radar. The Explorers are 9-3 SU & 10-2 ATS this season.
La Salle only lost by 5 to Temple as 6-point dogs and by 11 on the road to Villanova as 18-point dogs to show that they can play with good teams. They will prove it again tonight as they give Dayton a run for its money at home. And they have the rest and preparation advantage. The Explorers come in on four days’ rest, while the Flyers come in on only two days’ rest.
La Salle is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games after allowing 60 points or less in three straight games coming in. Dayton is 9-22 ATS off a home win over the last three seasons. The Explorers are 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record this season. La Salle is 5-0 ATS in its last five games as a home underdog. The Explorers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games. Take La Salle Thursday.
|01-02-20||Raptors v. Heat -5||76-84||Win||100||8 h 53 m||Show|
15* Raptors/Heat NBA TV ANNIHILATOR on Miami -5
The Miami Heat had won five straight including wins over Philadelphia (twice), Indiana and Utah. Then they laid an egg on Monday and lost outright as a 14-point favorite against Washington’s G-League team.
It’s safe to say the Heat are going to come back highly motivated for a win at home tonight over the Toronto Raptors after getting that wake-up call. And they will be fresh and ready to go coming in on two days’ rest. The Heat are 15-1 at home this season and winning by nearly 12 points per game.
The Raptors are in a much tougher spot here. They will be playing their 4th game in 6 days and are already playing short-handed. The Raptors remain without their best player in Pacal Siakam, starter Marc Gasol and key reserve Norman Powell. I don’t think they will be able to hang with Miami tonight without these three.
Plays against underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Toronto) - after beating the spread by 24 or more points in their last three games against an opponent that was beaten by 24 or more points against the spread in their last three are 41-16 (71.9%) ATS over the last five seasons. Miami is 11-0 ATS in home games after a combined score of 215 points or more in two straight games over the last two seasons. They are winning by 15.0 points per game in this spot. Roll with the Heat Thursday.
|01-02-20||Tennessee -2 v. Indiana||Top||23-22||Loss||-110||57 h 25 m||Show|
25* Bowl GAME OF THE YEAR on Tennessee -2
The Tennessee Vols are ecstatic to be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2016. They were a juggernaut to close out the season going 6-1 SU & 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Their only loss was a road loss to Alabama as a 34.5-point dog and they actually played the Crimson Tide tough for a half.
Tennessee pulled four outright upsets during this 6-1 stretch and the team is really buying into head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The Vols beat four bowl eligible teams this year and played a much tougher schedule than Indiana did. And they will be playing in SEC country in Jacksonville, so they should have a home-field advantage.
Indiana had a great year as well with an 8-4 season. But the Hoosiers’ eight wins all came against non-bowl teams. They went 0-4 against the bowl teams they did play and weren’t really that competitive in them losing those four games by a combined 82 points, or by an average of 20.5 points per game.
Tennessee is 14-1 ATS in its last 15 road games after two straight games with a turnover margin of -1 or worse. Indiana is 0-4 SU & 1-3 ATS in its last four bowl games. The Hoosiers are 1-5 ATS in their last six neutral site games. The Vols are 4-0 ATS in their last four vs. Big Ten opponents. Bet Tennessee Thursday.
|01-02-20||Rhode Island -7.5 v. Brown||75-85||Loss||-110||7 h 18 m||Show|
15* CBB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on Rhode Island -7.5
The Rhode Island Rams are one of the most underrated teams in the country. They returned all five starters this season and are off to an 8-3 start. Their only three losses all came on the road against Maryland, West Virginia & LSU. They beat Alabama by 14 and Providence by 14 as well.
Rhode Island should handle this Brown team that is just 5-6 on the season. All six losses for Brown have come by 11 points or more. They lost by 21 to Sacred Heart, by 12 to UMass-Lowell, by 20 to Navy, by 16 to Stony Brook, by 11 to St. John’s and by 25 to Duke. Those results alone show they can’t hang with Rhode Island. But their five wins have come against Bryant (by 2), Canisius (by 7), Quinnipiac (by 2), New Jersey Tech and Merrimack.
Plays against home underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Brown) - after scoring 50 points or less against an opponent that scored 80 points or more in two straight games are 54-24 (69.2%) ATS since 1997.
The Rams are 6-0 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a losing record. The Bears are 0-5 ATS in their last five games off an ATS win. Roll with Rhode Island Thursday.
|01-02-20||Boston College +7.5 v. Cincinnati||Top||6-38||Loss||-110||53 h 25 m||Show|
20* Boston College/Cincinnati Birmingham Bowl No-Brainer on Boston College +7.5
The Boston College Eagles clearly want to be playing in a bowl game after missing out on a bowl last year. They showed that in the season finale as they went into Pitt and came away with an upset road win as 7.5-point underdogs to improved to 6-6 on the season.
Now the Eagles fit into one of my favorite systems. It’s betting on 6-6 teams in bowl games who are off a SU win as an underdog. Those teams have gone 70% ATS in bowl games since 2000. Also, 6-6 teams playing an opponent with 9 or more wins are 22-9 ATS since 2000. Both systems make sense because almost always that 6-6 team is the more motivated team.
Cincinnati had higher hopes than playing in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bearcats were neck-and-neck with Memphis for a New Year’s 6 Bowl. But they lost to Memphis twice, once in the regular season finale and again in the AAC Championship Game. They had a chance to win both those games in the 4th quarter but came up short. I really question their motivation now having to play a 6-6 Boston College team that they cannot be too excited for.
I think this line has been adjusted too much for Boston College having an interim head coach in Rich Gunnell and also for RB AJ Dillon sitting out. Backup RB David Bailey rushed for 811 yards and average 5.8 yards per carry this season. Dillon only averaged 5.3 yards per carry, so Bailey was actually the more explosive back.
Boston College is 15-5-1 ATS in its last 21 games as an underdog. The Eagles are 7-0 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points over the last two seasons. Cincinnati is 0-4 ATS in its last four bowl games. Take Boston College Thursday.
|01-01-20||Wisconsin v. Oregon +3||Top||27-28||Win||100||32 h 34 m||Show|
20* Wisconsin/Oregon Rose Bowl No-Brainer on Oregon +3
Oregon was really close to being 12-0 this season. They had last-second losses to both Arizona State and Auburn on the road. They are probably the fourth-best team in the country and would have made the four-team playoff if they would have won either of those games.
I think the wrong team is favored in this game. Oregon showed it could handle the physicality of both Auburn and Utah, two teams that are similar to this physical Wisconsin team. They thumped Utah 37-15 in the Pac-12 Championship and dominated at the line of scrimmage. RB CJ Verdell rushed for 208 yards on the Utes. QB Justin Herbert will be the best player on the field and wants to improve his draft stock. And Oregon will also have the speed advantage.
Wisconsin is obviously happy to be playing the Rose Bowl, but they have to feel a little deflated from not winning a Big Ten Championship. They had Ohio State down 21-7 at half, but gave up 27 unanswered points and lost 21-34. And don’t forget they lost to Illinois as a 29-point favorite.
Plays against all teams where the line is +3 to -3 (Wisconsin) - after allowing 6.25 or more yards per play in their previous game against an opponent that outgained its last opponents by 125 or more yards are 74-32 (69.8%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Oregon is 48-24 ATS in its last 72 games when the line is +3 to -3. The Ducks are 30-15 ATS in their last 45 games playing with two or more weeks of rest. Oregon is 45-14 ATS in its last 59 games after allowing 3 points or less in the first half last game. Bet Oregon Wednesday.
|01-01-20||Fresno State +13 v. San Diego State||52-61||Win||100||4 h 59 m||Show|
15* CBB Wednesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Fresno State +13
The San Diego State Aztecs head into the new year overvalued due to their 13-0 SU & 8-3 ATS records. Now they’re laying 13 points here to Fresno State, which is simply too much.
Fresno State heads into 2020 undervalued at 4-9 SU & 4-6 ATS. But the Bulldogs have been a lot more competitive than their record would indicate. Indeed, seven of their nine losses came by 7 points or less. The only exceptions were a 10-point loss to St. Mary’s on a neutral and a 14-point loss at Oregon.
Fresno State hasn’t lost by more than 12 points in any of its last 12 meetings with San Diego State. That makes for a perfect 12-0 system backing the Bulldogs pertaining to this 13-point spread. The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in road games off a loss by 6 points or less over the last two seasons. Roll with Fresno State Wednesday.
|01-01-20||Minnesota v. Auburn -7||31-24||Loss||-100||27 h 24 m||Show|
15* Minnesota/Auburn Outback Bowl ANNIHILATOR on Auburn -7
The Auburn Tigers have a huge talent edge over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in this one. And most of their future NFL players are expected to play in the Outback Bowl, including two outstanding defensive linemen in Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson. It appears Auburn is ‘all in’ for this game.
The Tigers had a great 9-3 season against the nation’s 2nd-toughest schedule. They had to play Oregon out of conference and beat them. They beat Alabama and Texas A&M. And their three losses came to LSU, Florida and Georgia all on the road and all against 10-win teams.
To compare, Minnesota played the 61st-ranked schedule in the country. That’s a 60-spot difference compared to Auburn in strength of schedule. They played in the weak Big Ten West division and played one of the easiest non-conference schedules you will ever see against South Dakota State, Fresno and Georgia Southern. And the Golden Gophers aren’t as good as their 10-2 record as they won five games by 7 points or less.
Minnesota’s three wins against bowl teams came against Penn State by 5, Georgia Southern by 3 and Illinois. And this will be the toughest team that Minnesota will have faced all season. The other was Wisconsin, and they were manhandled at home by the Badgers and lost by 21 points. They will struggle with Auburn’s physicality at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as well.
Auburn boasts an elite defense that gives up 18.6 points, 323.9 yards per game and 4.7 yards per play. Teams didn’t have much success throwing against them, and Minnesota is going to need to be able to throw it. Auburn held teams to 5.9 yards per attempt, 1.8 yards per attempt than they normally average. They also held teams to 3.4 yards per carry, which is 1.7 yards per carry less than they normally average.
Auburn is 6-0 ATS in its last six non-conference games. The Tigers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite. Auburn is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games overall. Gus Malzahn is 18-8 ATS after scoring 42 points or more last game as the coach of Auburn. I believe the Golden Gophers will be in over their heads here. Take Auburn Wednesday.
|12-31-19||Texas +7 v. Utah||Top||38-10||Win||100||11 h 43 m||Show|
20* Texas/Utah Alamo Bowl No-Brainer on Texas +7
I question Utah’s motivation playing in the Alamo Bowl. The Utes would have made the four-team playoff had they beaten Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship. Instead, they got embarrassed 15-37. It’s not a great consolation prize for them to be playing in the Alamo Bowl now.
Texas is looking to build something going into next year. And we saw the Longhorns win outright as 13.5-point underdogs in the Sugar Bowl last year. Georgia wasn’t motivated for that game and was in a similar position to the one Utah is in this year. Georgia missed out on the 4-team playoff with their loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship.
Tom Herman thrives in the role of the underdog. He is 15-5 ATS as a dog as a head coach. He’s also 3-0 in bowl games with three outright wins as an underdog. He beat Georgia last year and also beat Missouri 33-16 as 3-point dogs in 2017. He also beat Florida State 38-24 as 7-point dogs when at Houston in 2015 in the Peach Bowl.
Sam Ehlinger is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He has completed 65.1% of his passes with a 29-to-9 TD/INT ratio this season. He has rushed for 590 yards and six scores as well.
The Pac-12 is just 5-19-1 ATS in bowl games the last four seasons. Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last six non-conference games. The Utes are 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral site games. The Longhorns are 7-1 ATS in their last eight neutral site games as an underdog. Texas is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 neutral site games overall. Bet Texas Tuesday.
|12-31-19||Georgetown v. Providence +1.5||60-76||Win||100||6 h 23 m||Show|
15* CBB Tuesday PLAY OF THE DAY on Providence +1.5
The Georgetown Hoyas are starting to get too much respect from oddsmakers now after going 6-0 SU & 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. It’s time to ‘sell high’ on them and fade them here as road favorites at Providence.
The Providence Friars got off to a slow start this season, but they rebounded with a 70-48 home win over Texas as 1-point favorites last time out. And now they’ve had nine days to get ready for Georgetown after last playing on December 21st. Meanwhile, Georgetown only has two days to get ready for Providence after facing American on December 28th.
Providence wants revenge on Georgetown after losing both meetings to them last year. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Second-leading scorer Mac McClung (15.5 PPG) is questionable to play for the Hoyas tonight.
Plays on home teams where the line is +3 to -3 (Providence) - after beating the spread by more than 18 points in their previous game, a marginal winning team (51% to 60%) playing a winning team are 48-20 (70.6%) ATS since 1997. Take Providence Tuesday.
|12-31-19||Georgia State v. Wyoming -7||17-38||Win||100||8 h 38 m||Show|
15* Georgia State/Wyoming Arizona Bowl ANNIHILATOR on Wyoming -7
The Wyoming Cowboys were bowl eligible last year, but they were left out of a bowl game. There’s no question they are happy to be going bowling this year and will show up for this Arizona bowl in their part of the country.
Wyoming played a much tougher schedule than Georgia State did. And the Cowboys have the much better defense in this matchup. Wyoming allowed just 17.8 points per game and 5.0 yards per play this season. Georgia State gave up 36.1 points per game and 6.7 yards per play this year.
Both teams struggled down the stretch, but Wyoming was at least competitive in losing three of its last four. All four losses came on the road to Boise State, Utah State and Air Force, and they were in every one of those games in the 4th quarter. Georgia State was not competitive in losing three of its last four. They lost by 14 to Louisiana-Monroe, by 29 to Appalachian State and by 28 to Georgia Southern.
There’s one hidden factor here that is getting overlooked. Georgia State QB Dan Ellington was a stud through the first nine games of the season before tearing his ACL. He rushed for 70 yards per game in the first nine games and was a great dual-threat. But since playing the last three games on a torn ACL, Ellington has rushed for a total of -5 yards in his last three games. I don’t think his injury is being factored into this line enough.
Wyoming is 14-4 ATS when the total is 42.5 to 49 over the last three seasons. The Cowboys are 8-1 ATS in their last nine vs. Sun Belt opponents. Wyoming is 4-1 ATS in its last five bowl games. The Cowboys are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as favorites. The Panthers are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning record. Take Wyoming Tuesday.
|12-31-19||Kansas State v. Navy -2.5||17-20||Win||100||7 h 58 m||Show|
15* K-State/Navy Liberty Bowl ANNIHILATOR on Navy -2.5
This game fits into one of my favorite bowl systems. Teams that won three or fewer games last year are 18-3 ATS the last four years in bowl games. Navy lost 10 games last year but won 10 games this year. Their only two losses came to a pair of 11-win teams in Memphis & Notre Dame on the road. Two other teams that fit into this system this year were Kent State winning outright as 7-point dogs and North Carolina crushing Temple.
I just think Navy is the better team, and this is a better matchup for them. The Midshipmen led the country in rushing at 360.2 yards per game. Kansas State ranks 62nd against the run, giving up 152 rushing yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. That’s pretty poor when you consider they don’t face many good rushing attacks in the Big 12.
Navy QB Malcolm Perry is an absolute stud. He is 4th in the country in rushing with 1,804 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also threw for over 1,000 yards this season, so the Midshipmen are a threat in the passing game more than most years with Perry under center.
Military teams have hit about 70% ATS over the last 20 years in bowl games. They are so difficult to prepare for because teams just can’t simulate what they do. They don’t have the personnel to simulate it. And Navy is 4-1 SU & 5-0 ATS in its last five bowl games.
Navy is 6-0 ATS vs. poor passing defenses that allow a completion percentage of 58% or worse this season. The Midshipmen are 7-1 ATS as favorites this season. Navy is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 games overall. Kansas State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 bowl games. The Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as underdogs. Roll with Navy Tuesday.
|12-31-19||76ers v. Pacers +2||97-115||Win||100||4 h 58 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday UPSET SHOCKER on Indiana Pacers +2
The Indiana Pacers have one of the best home-court advantages in the NBA. They are 14-3 at home this season. And they come into this game highly motivated for a victory off back-to-back road losses to Miami and New Orleans. Plus, they are fresh and ready to go on two days’ rest and will get Malcolm Brogdon back from injury tonight.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been awful on the road this season. They are just 7-10 in road games. They did beat the Pacers at home 119-116 in their lone meeting this season, but now it’s revenge time for Indiana at home this time around.
Plays against road teams (Philadelphia) - off a road cover where they lost straight up as an underdog, in a game involving two good teams (60% to 75%) are 54-18 (75%) ATS since 1996. The 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as road favorites. Bet the Pacers Tuesday.
|12-30-19||Seton Hall v. DePaul -1||74-66||Loss||-110||10 h 46 m||Show|
15* Seton Hall/DePaul FS1 ANNIHILATOR on DePaul -1
The DePaul Blue Demons are one of the most improved teams in the country this season. They are off to a 12-1 start and still aren’t getting the respect they deserve as only 1-point home favorites here against the Seton Hall Pirates.
DePaul already has impressive road wins over the likes of Iowa as 9.5-point dogs, Boston College as PK and Minnesota as 4-point dogs. They also beat Texas Tech at home with their only loss coming to a solid Buffalo team.
Seton Hall has played just three true road games this season and lost two of them to Rutgers and Iowa State. And the Pirates could be without their best player again tonight in Myles Powell (21.2 PPG), who is questionable with a concussion. They’ll be without 3rd-leading scorer Sando Mamukelashvilli (10.9 PPG) as well.
Seton Hall is 0-6 ATS when the line is +3 to -3 over the last two seasons. DePaul is 2-1 SU & 3-0 ATS in its last three meetings with Seton Hall. They won both meetings outright as underdogs last year. Roll with DePaul Monday.
|12-30-19||Virginia v. Florida -14||Top||28-36||Loss||-110||87 h 40 m||Show|
20* Virginia/Florida Orange Bowl No-Brainer on Florida -14
Virginia was just blasted by Clemson 62-17 in the ACC Championship Game. The Cavaliers did not deserve a New Year’s 6 Bowl, but they have been given one due to playing in the ACC title game. Now they’ll get blasted again by another superior team in Florida in the Orange Bowl.
Dan Mullen is one of my favorite coaches in college football. What he has done in just two seasons at Florida has been mighty impressive. Remember, the Gators were just 4-7 before he arrived here last year. He promptly guided the Gators to a 10-3 season and a 41-15 win over Michigan in their bowl game, improves Mullen to 6-2 all-time in bowls.
Mullen has the Gators looking at 11 wins this season as they come in at 10-2 with their only losses coming to Georgia and LSU. They were competitive in both losses, leading LSU 28-21 before losing 28-42 and only losing to Georgia by 7. And both of those games were on the road.
Florida’s offense is one of the most improved units in the country. The Gators put up 56 points against Vanderbilt and another 40 against Florida State in two of their final three games this year. Now they face a Virginia defense that has been absolutely gashed n the 2nd half of the season.
The Cavaliers have allowed at least 27 points in each of their final six games this year. They have allowed an average of 34.3 points per game in those six contests. I know if Florida gets to 34-plus in this game, chances are they will cover this 14-point spread. That’s because they have an elite defense that gives up just 14.4 points per game and they will shut down Virginia’s offense.
Mullen is 7-0 ATS after allowing 7 points or less in the first half of two straight games as the coach of Florida. Bronco Mendenhall is 2-9 ATS in road games vs. good passing teams that average 8 or more yards per attempt as the coach of Virginia. The Gators are 7-2 ATS in their last nine bowl games. Finally, the Gators will have a big home-field advantage with this game being played in Miami. Bet Florida Monday.
|12-30-19||Heat -8.5 v. Wizards||105-123||Loss||-107||8 h 21 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Miami Heat -8.5
The Miami Heat have won five straight to improve to 24-8 on the season. They are one of the most underrated teams in the NBA. Now they should make easy work of the Washington Wizards on the road tonight.
The Wizards stand little to no chance of even being competitive tonight with all of their injuries. They are without Rui Hachimura, Mo Wagner, Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant and they could be without Bradley Beal, who is questionable.
The Heat are 12-2 ATS in road games after playing three consecutive home games over the last three seasons. Miami is 16-5-1 ATS in its last 22 games vs. a team with a losing record. Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games. Take the Heat Monday.
|12-29-19||49ers -2.5 v. Seahawks||Top||26-21||Win||100||168 h 53 m||Show|
20* 49ers/Seahawks NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on San Francisco -2.5
The Seattle Seahawks are frauds. I’ve been saying it all season. I faded them last week with an easy outright win on the Cardinals +9.5, and I’m fading them again this week for many of the same reasons. They are the most fortunate 11-4 team I’ve ever seen.
Indeed, the Seahawks are 11-4 despite having just a +12 point differential on the season. They have gone 10-1 in one-score games this year. People say it’s just Russell Wilson being clutch, but Wilson was just 31-33 in one-score games prior to 2019.
The 49ers are 12-3 and every bit as good as their record. They have a +164 point differential on the season, which is 152 points better than the Seahawks. All three of their losses came on the final play of the game.
Yes, the Seahawks beat the 49ers in their first meeting, but it comes with an asterisk. The 49ers were without their most important player in George Kittle, who is worth more to the spread than any other non-QB in the NFL. And Emmanuel Sanders got hurt early in that game. Jimmy G didn’t have any weapons left. And the Seahawks still needed a FG in overtime to beat the 49ers. Now it’s revenge time for San Francisco.
The 49ers are the much healthier team in the rematch. The Seahawks have injury problems everywhere. They are missing a handful of guys on defense, they could be without two starting offensive linemen, and will for sure be without LT Duane Brown. They just recently lost WR Josh Gordon to suspension, taking away one of Wilson’s top targets.
The Seahawks needed a win last week against the Cardinals to keep alive a chance at a first-round bye. But they lost 13-27 at home as 9.5-point favorites. They were outgained by 188 yards by the Cardinals and managed just 224 total yards themselves. Their defense is one of the worst in the NFL, and it showed last week, especially since the Cardinals kept scoring even after Kyler Murray went down with injury.
The Seahawks rank 26th in total defense giving up 380.5 yards per game and 5.9 yards per play. The 49ers rank 2nd in total defense, giving up 277.4 yards per game and 4.6 yards per play. They are allowing over 100 yards less per game than the Seahawks, and that’s the difference in this game. The 49ers also have the better offensive numbers this year, scoring 30.2 points per game and gaining 379.9 yards per game while ranking 2nd in scoring and 6th in total offense.
The 49ers also get an extra day of rest after beating the Rams on Saturday. The Seahawks don’t have the same home-field advantage they used to. They are just 2-5 ATS at home this season with losses to the Ravens, Saints and Cardinals outright. Their four home wins came by 7, 6, 1 and 1 point and only one of those was against a playoff team in the Vikings. Take the 49ers Sunday.
|12-29-19||Rockets v. Pelicans +4||112-127||Win||100||8 h 59 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on New Orleans Pelicans +4
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing their best basketball of the season right now. They are 4-1 SU & 4-1 ATS in their last five games with three upset wins and a 120-98 blowout of Indiana yesterday. They will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back, but that blowout allowed them to rest their starters late.
The Houston Rockets will also be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back. They beat the Nets 108-98 at home last night. Now they have to travel, while the Pelicans get to stay at home. That’s a huge advantage.
The Rockets will sit Russell Westbrook today and they could be without Clint Cappela, who is questionable. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero rest. Roll with the Pelicans Sunday.
|12-29-19||Titans +1 v. Texans||Top||35-14||Win||100||166 h 13 m||Show|
25* NFL GAME OF THE YEAR on Tennessee Titans +1
The Tennessee Titans need a win and they’re in the playoffs. We know they will be max motivated here. The same cannot be said for the Houston Texans, which is why I have made this my 25* NFL GAME OF THE YEAR for the 2019 season.
The Texans have nothing to play for. Yes, they could get the No. 3 seed instead of the No. 4 if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers and they win this game. But the Chiefs are 9-point home favorites against the Chargers. Kansas City plays at 1:00 EST, while Houston plays at 4:25 EST. So the Texans will know their fate before they kick off, and that fate is going to be that they are locked into the No. 4 seed.
After coming out Monday and saying he would play his starters, head coach Bill O’Brien has recanted as I expected, which is why I locked this line in early. I expected him to rest his starters, and that’s precisely what he is going to do. That’s why this line has moved roughly 7 points toward the Titans since the opening line.
It looks like all the best players for the Texans will sit. That includes QB Deshaun Watson, WR DeAndre Hopkins, T Laremy Tunsil, WR Kenny Stills, WR Will Fuller, DE J.J. Watt and there will likely be more. The product the Texans put on the field won’t be good at all, and I expect the Titans to win this game easily by a TD or more and likely by double-digits.
Tennessee actually sat some players last week, including RB Derrick Henry, against the Saints last week. That game actually didn’t matter to them. They knew that this Week 17 game was going to be their only chance of making the playoffs because it would give them the tiebreaker with the Steelers. They already have the tiebreaker over the Raiders.
The Titans still nearly beat the Saints and probably should have last week if not for a fumble when they were going in to take the lead in the closing minutes. But now getting Henry back is huge for this team. The Titans have been a juggernaut running the football down the stretch. They have rushed for 169.4 yards per game in their last seven games.
Ryan Tannehill has played at an MVP level since taking over for Marcus Mariota. He is completing 70.7% of his passes for 2,544 yards with a 20-to-6 TD/INT ratio while also averaging a whopping 9.0 yards per attempt. The Titans will be able to name their number against this Texans defense.
Houston really should be 0-3 in their last three games overall. They were beaten by 14 by the Broncos, won by 3 over the Titans and won by 3 over the Bucs. But they lost the stats in all three games. The Broncos hung 38 points on them, the Titans outgained them by 42 yards and the Bucs outgained them by 206 yards despite not having their top two receivers.
Plays against underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (Houston) - off two consecutive road wins, a good team winning 60% to 75% of their games on the season are 25-6 (80.6%) ATS since 1983. Plays on favorites of 3.5 to 10 points (Tennessee) - after playing a home game against an opponent that’s off a two-game road trip are 24-7 (77.4%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the Titans Sunday.
Note: I'm expecting the Texans to rest their starters since they clinched the division last week. Bet this line as soon as it's available at your book. It's a 25* up to Titans -6.5, a 20* at anything worse.
|12-29-19||Colts -4 v. Jaguars||20-38||Loss||-110||45 h 3 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Indianapolis Colts -4
The Indianapolis Colts sit at 7-8 on the season. They are clearly motivated to win in Week 17 to get to .500 on the season, because 8-8 sounds much better than 7-9. And they showed that last week by crushing the Carolina Panthers 38-6 at home.
Now the Colts go on the road to face a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has all but quit. The Jaguars are 1-6 SU & 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall with all six losses coming by double-digits. They are failing to cover the spread by an average of 14 points per game during this stretch.
The Colts beat the Jaguars 33-13 at home in their first meeting this season, and they should be able to go on the road and beat a hapless Jaguars team by more than 4 points. The Jaguars know that they are likely lose all of their coaches in the offseason and it’s just a team in turmoil right now, which explains their disastrous finish.
Plays on favorites of 3.5 to 10 points (Indianapolis) - after playing a home game against an opponent that is off a two-game road trip are 24-7 (77.4%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Colts are 7-1 ATS in their last eight vs. AFC South opponents. Indianapolis is 19-9-1 ATS in its last 29 games as a road favorite. The Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and lost their last two home games by 35 to the Chargers and by 17 to the Bucs. Take the Colts Sunday.
|12-29-19||Kansas v. Stanford +6.5||72-56||Loss||-104||3 h 54 m||Show|
15* Kansas/Stanford ABC ANNIHILATOR on Stanford +6.5
The Stanford Cardinal are one of the best teams in the country that nobody knows about. They are 11-1 this season with their only loss coming to Butler by a single point 67-68 on a neutral.
The Cardinal have obviously been flying under the radar when you consider they are 9-3 ATS this season. And now they are catching 6.5 points to what I believe is an overrated Kansas team that does not shoot the 3 ball very well. They are loaded inside, but they don’t have many shooters.
Kansas is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 road games, including 2-11 ATS in road games over the last two seasons. The Jayhawks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as road favorites. The Cardinal are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as home underdogs. Stanford is 22-7-1 ATS in its last 30 games vs. a team that wins more than 60% of their games. The Cardinal are 25-8 ATS in their last 33 home games. Bet Stanford Sunday.
|12-29-19||Jets +4.5 v. Bills||Top||13-6||Win||100||163 h 34 m||Show|
20* AFC East GAME OF THE MONTH on New York Jets +4.5
The Buffalo Bills have absolutely nothing to play for in Week 17. They will be resting starters, and they should not be favored over the New York Jets as a result. They are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and will face the No. 4 seed, which will likely be the Houston Texans.
The New York Jets are playing well down the stretch. They are 5-2 in their last seven games overall. They just upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 as 3-point home underdogs last week. And they are looking to cap off a 6-2 run to finish the 2019 season and build momentum heading into next year.
The Bills will just run, run and run some more to try and get this game over with. Well, the Jets have the answer for Buffalo’s running game. Indeed, the Jets rank 2nd in the NFL in giving up just 87.9 rushing yards per game. They are also 1st in the NFL in allowing just 3.3 yards per carry.
Plays on road teams (NY Jets) - after failing to cover the spread in three of their last four games, in December games are 48-19 (71.6%) ATS over the last five seasons. The underdog is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings. Bet the Jets Sunday.
Note: I expect the Bills to rest their starters with nothing to play for in Week 17. Bet this line as soon as it comes out at your book. It's a 20* up to Jets -3, a 15* at anything worse.
|12-29-19||Browns v. Bengals +3||23-33||Win||100||42 h 45 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday UPSET SHOCKER On Cincinnati Bengals +3
The Cincinnati Bengals locked up the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft with their loss to the Dolphins last week. A win won’t hurt them now as they are in line to draft Joe Burrow. They will be motivated to beat their division and in-state rival in the Cleveland Browns Sunday.
The Bengals showed last week that they are still trying. They erased a 16-point deficit in the final minute of that Miami game with two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions to force overtime. It definitely would have been the worst beat all-time if the Dolphins had not gone on to win in overtime.
The Browns are a dumpster fire. They lost two weeks ago as favorites at Arizona by a final of 24-38. They gave up 38 points and 445 total yards to the Cardinals. And last week they lost by 16 at home to the Ravens. They managed just 241 total yards and gave up 481 yards, getting outgained by 240 yards by the Ravens. They won’t be nearly as motivated to face the Bengals in Week 17 as they were the Ravens last week.
The Bengals want revenge from a 19-27 loss at Cleveland earlier this month. Cincinnati really deserved to win that game. They outgained the Browns 451 to 333, or by 118 total yards. But they just couldn’t convert in the red zone, either kicking FG’s or coming up short on 4th downs. And keep in mind Andy Dalton did not play in that game, but he is playing now and wants to show teams that he can still be a starter in this league.
Plays on any team (Cincinnati) - revenging a road loss vs. opponent, off an upset loss as a road favorite are 100-53 (65.4%) ATS since 1983. Cleveland is 1-8 ATS after allowing 25 points or more in two straight games over the last three seasons. The Browns are 4-15 ATS off two or more consecutive losses over the last three years. The Browns are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games. The Bengals are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Roll with the Bengals Sunday.
|12-28-19||Magic +11.5 v. Bucks||100-111||Win||100||11 h 51 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Orlando Magic +11.5
Both the Magic and Bucks are playing the 2nd of a back-to-back. But the situation is much better for the Magic. They will be playing just their 2nd game in 5 days, while the Bucks will be playing their 3rd game in 4 days and their 5th game in 8 days.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable to play tonight with a back injury after sitting out last night against the Hawks. Eric Bledsoe remains out for the Bucks. This line indicates Giannis will play, but it would be a huge bonus if he didn’t.
The Magic will be motivated for revenge after losing twice already to the Bucks this season. They only lost 101-110 at Milwaukee on December 9th a few weeks ago as 13-point dogs. And I think they can stay within single-digits in their 3rd meeting as well.
The Magic are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games. Orlando is 4-0-2 ATS in its last six games playing on zero rest. The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win. Roll with the Magic Saturday.
|12-28-19||Clemson -2 v. Ohio State||29-23||Win||100||39 h 9 m||Show|
15* Clemson/Ohio State Fiesta Bowl BAILOUT on Clemson -2
I realize this is a very evenly-matched games when you look at the numbers. Both Clemson and LSU are outscoring opponents by 36 points per game on the season. They have nearly identical offensive and defensive numbers as well. But there are several key advantages for Clemson that makes me believe they’ll win this game by a field goal or more over Ohio State.
First and foremost, the Tigers have a huge coaching edge. Dabo Swinney has proven himself time and time again in these big games, going toe-to-toe with Nick Saban and Alabama and taking him down twice in the national title game in recent years. He beat Urban Meyer and Ohio State the last time he faced them in the playoff, 31-0 back in 2016. Ryan Day did a tremendous job at Ohio State this season, but he is overmatched here against Swinney.
Secondly, Clemson has the advantage at quarterback. Trevor Lawrence got off to a slow start this season, but then showed why he was the Heisman favorite coming into the year by dominating down the stretch. Indeed, Lawrence had a 20-to-0 TD/INT ratio over his final six games of the season. Justin Fields struggled a bit against Penn State and Wisconsin in his final two games of the season with a knee injury. He says he is only 80-85% healthy coming into this Fiesta Bowl. He hasn’t been here before, while Lawrence led Clemson to the national title last year.
Swinney is 11-1 ATS vs. good defensive teams that give up 17 or fewer points per game as the coach of Clemson. Clemson is 9-1 ATS vs. good offensive teams that average 450 or more yards per game over the last two seasons. The Tigers are 6-0 ATS vs. good offensive teams that score 31 or more points per game this season. Clemson is 6-0 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The Tigers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 bowl games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 December games. The Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. ACC opponents. Roll with Clemson Saturday.
|12-28-19||76ers v. Heat -1||116-117||Push||0||10 h 27 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Miami Heat -1
We are getting the Miami Heat cheap at home tonight. The Heat are 14-1 at home this season with their only loss coming to the Lakers by 3 points. They are outscoring opponents by 12.6 points per game at home this year.
The Philadelphia 76ers are just 7-9 on the road this season and actually getting outscored on the road. While both teams are playing a back-to-back, the situation is worse for the 76ers because they have to travel from Orlando to Miami, while the Heat get to stay at home after beating the Pacers last night.
The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Heat are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games. Miami is 6-1 ATS in its last seven Saturday games. Take the Heat Saturday.
|12-28-19||Raptors v. Celtics UNDER 217||Top||113-97||Win||100||9 h 28 m||Show|
20* NBA TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Raptors/Celtics UNDER 217
I love the UNDER in this game between the Raptors and Celtics. I love it because of the situation. These teams just played each other on Christmas Day a couple days ago, so they are very familiar with one another. And it’s their 3rd meeting already this season as well.
I have a hard time believing both teams will shoot as well as they did in that meeting. The Celtics won 118-102 for 220 combined points. The Celtics shot 50% from the field, while the Raptors shot 47.5%. The familiarity will help out the defenses in this one and lead to a lower-scoring game than that game was on Christmas Day.
Toronto is 11-2 UNDER off a loss against a division rival over the last three seasons. The Raptors are 17-6 UNDER after allowing 105 points or more in four straight games over the last three seasons. The UNDER is 6-0-1 in Raptors last seven games off an ATS loss. The UNDER is 7-1 in Raptors last eight Saturday games. The UNDER is 6-1 in Celtics last seven games playing on zero rest. Bet the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|12-28-19||Oklahoma v. LSU -13.5||28-63||Win||100||35 h 9 m||Show|
15* Oklahoma/LSU Peach Bowl ANNIHILATOR on LSU -13.5
The LSU Tigers went 13-0 this season to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the college football playoff. They have had no problem winning by margin this season as 11 of their 13 wins have come by 14 points or more. So I have no problem laying the 13.5 points in the Peach Bowl against Oklahoma.
LSU showed no signs of slowing down late in the season. Each of their final four wins came by 21 points or more. That includes their 43-point win over Texas A&M in the regular season finale, which was one of the single-most impressive wins in all of college football. Then they blasted Georgia by 27 in the SEC Championship.
Oklahoma is far and away the worst team in the four-team playoff and probably doesn’t deserve to be here. The Sooners were fortunate in close games once again this year, going 5-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less. I expect Oklahoma to get exposed in the four-team playoff once again this year.
A big reason Oklahoma played so many close games is because they once again have a poor defense, which gives them little to no chance of competing against elite teams like LSU. Oklahoma will be missing two of its best players on defense in DE Ronnie Perkins and S Delarrin Turner-Yell.
Perkins was suspended, and Turner-Yell was injured in bowl practices leading up to the game. Perkins is their best pass rusher, and Turner-Yell is their second-leading tackler. Both will be missed as Oklahoma tries to slow down this juggernaut of an LSU offense that puts up 48 points and 554 yards per game. Heisman winner Joe Burrow is completing 78% of his passes with a 48-to-6 TD/INT ratio on the season.
Oklahoma is 1-6 ATS in its last seven vs. teams that average 30 or more points per game. LSU is 9-2 ATS vs. good passing teams with a completion percentage of 58% or better over the last two seasons. The Tigers are 6-0 ATS after outgaining their last opponent by 175 or more total yards. The Sooners are 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Oklahoma is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 neutral site games. LSU is 5-0 ATS in its last five vs. Big 12 opponents. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine vs. a team with a winning record. Take LSU Saturday.
|12-28-19||Florida International +14 v. Minnesota||Top||62-89||Loss||-109||6 h 16 m||Show|
20* CBB GAME OF THE WEEK on Florida International +14
Florida International is one of the most underrated teams in the country. They are off to a 9-3 SU & 6-3 ATS start this season. They returned four starters from last year and are certainly a contender to win Conference USA this year.
Florida International’s three losses this season all came by 9 points or less. And two of those were on the road against Power 5 teams. They only lost 69-77 as 16.5-point dogs at Mississippi State and 77-86 as 17.5-point dogs at NC State.
Now, the Golden Panthers are catching 14 points here against a down Minnesota team that is just 6-5 on the season. The Golden Gophers are coming off back-to-back upset wins over Ohio State and Oklahoma State, and they have Purdue on deck. That makes this a huge sandwich spot for them today, and I don’t expect them to show up at all.
Florida International is 25-12-1 ATS in its last 38 games as an underdog. Minnesota is 10-21 ATS in its last 31 games following an ATS win. The Golden Gophers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games. Bet Florida International Saturday.
|12-28-19||Memphis v. Penn State -7||Top||39-53||Win||100||31 h 49 m||Show|
20* Memphis/Penn State Cotton Bowl No-Brainer on Penn State -7
Memphis head coach Mike Norvell has bolted for Florida State. I think the Tigers will miss his guidance, leadership and offensive mind heading into this bowl game against Penn State. Offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield will coach the bowl and will be overmatched by James Franklin at Penn State.
Penn State gets back QB Sean Clifford from injury after getting hurt against Ohio State in the next-to-last game of the season. He sat out the Rutgers game, but he’s back now. And I’m backing a Penn State team that played a much tougher schedule (43rd) than Memphis (71st) this season. Their only two losses were to 10-win teams in Ohio State and Minnesota, and both losses were on the road.
Penn State will win the battle in the trenches in this one, especially on defense. Memphis hasn’t seen a defense nearly as good as the one they will face here in the Nittany Lions, who give up just 14.1 points per game this season. They will be able to slow down QB Brady White and this Memphis offense.
Memphis is just 1-10 ATS in its last 11 December games. The Tigers are 0-6 ATS in their last six neutral site games as an underdog. Memphis is 0-4 ATS in its last four bowl games. Penn State is 20-9-2 ATS in its last 21 against a team with a winning record. Outright winners have gone 16-0-1 ATS in the last 17 Cotton Bowls, and I don’t expect the spread to come into play in this one either as the Nittany Lions win by double-digits. Bet Penn State Saturday.
|12-27-19||Washington State v. Air Force -2.5||Top||21-31||Win||100||18 h 57 m||Show|
20* Washington State/Air Force Cheez-It Bowl BAILOUT on Air Force -2.5
I’ve been riding Air Force quite a bit this season and I’ll continue to do so in the Cheez-It Bowl against Washington State. The Falcons went 10-2 this season with their only losses coming against a pair of 10-win teams in Boise State and Navy. They beat a Pac-12 opponent outright as a road underdog in Colorado, 30-23.
I’ll back the better running team and the more motivated team here in the Falcons. It’s the first bowl for Air Force since 2016, so they are excited to be here. They average 293 rushing yards per game, which ranks 3rd in the nation. And they’re up against an awful Washington State defense that gives up 31.4 points and 457 yards per game, including 170 rushing yards per game and 4.9 per carry.
Washington State absolutely never sees the triple-option, and they certainly do not have the personnel to prepare for it in bowl practices. Their players won’t be excited to be playing in the Cheez-It Bowl this year after winning 10 games and getting to play in the Alamo Bowl last year. And they won’t be excited trying to prepare to face the triple-option because they won’t be looking forward to getting cut blocked the whole game.
Air Force does boast a really good defense that gives up just 19.7 points per game this year. They are holding opponents to nearly 8 points per game less than their season averages. The Falcons only give up 208 passing yards per game as well. And one of the big reasons Air Force is so improved this season is because they actually have a passing game, averaging 131 passing yards per game and 13.8 per attempt.
Mike Leach is not a good bowl coach, either. He is 1-4 ATS as the coach of Washington State and 1-8 ATS in his last nine bowl games dating back to his time at Texas Tech. Pac-12 teams are just 1-5 ATSin the last six Cheez-It Bowls, and Pac-12 teams are 3-17-1 ATS in their last 21 bowl games coming into this season. The Falcons are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games. The Cougars are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Take Air Force Friday.
|12-27-19||76ers v. Magic +3||Top||97-98||Win||100||11 h 29 m||Show|
20* NBA GAME OF THE WEEK on Orlando Magic +3
This is a great spot to fade the Philadelphia 76ers. They are coming off a huge upset win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day. That makes this a prime letdown spot for the 76ers now. Plus, they’ll be playing their 5th game in 8 days.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic come in on three days’ rest and will be playing just their 2nd game in 7 days. Not to mention, they are highly motivated for a win after dropping five of their last seven. And the Magic are finally near full strength now in the health department, which will make them dangerous moving forward.
Home-court advantage has been huge int his series. The home team is 8-1 SU in the last nine meetings. The Magic have won three straight home meetings with the 76ers outright and I think they get the job done outright again given the favorable spot for them tonight.
Plays against all teams where the line is +3 to -3 (Philadelphia) - a good shooting team (45.5%-47.5%) against a poor shooting team (41.5%-43.5%), after a game where they made 12 or more 3-point shots are 28-8 (77.8%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Philadelphia is 6-19 ATS off two or more consecutive ATS wins over the last two seasons. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a road favorite. Orlando is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the Magic Friday.
|12-27-19||Oklahoma State v. Texas A&M -5.5||Top||21-24||Loss||-101||14 h 28 m||Show|
20* Texas A&M/Oklahoma State Texas Bowl No-Brainer on Texas A&M -5.5
I like Texas A&M quite a bit in the Texas Bowl Friday. The Aggies are perhaps the best 7-5 team in the country, and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy even acknowledged it saying the same thing leading up to this game. I know he was doing it for gamesmanship reasons, but he’s not wrong.
Indeed, all five of Texas A&M’s losses this season came to teams that are ranked inside the Top 10 in Jeff Sagarin’s power ratings. They lost to three #1 teams at the time they played them in Clemson, Alabama and LSU. They also lost to Georgia and Auburn.
The good news for Texas A&M is that Oklahoma State is nowhere near the Top 10. The Cowboys only beat two bowl teams en route to an 8-4 finish in Kansas State and Iowa State. They were fortunate to beat West Virginia as they managed just 285 total yards on the Mountaineers in their second-to-last game of the season. And they were blasted by 18 at home by Oklahoma in their season finale while amassing only 335 total yards.
Texas A&M is 7-0 against non-Top 10 teams while winning by a whopping 25.4 points per game this season. The Aggies have the edge defensively in this matchup. They give up just 22.7 points per game and 341 yards per game on the season. Oklahoma State has the much worse defense, yielding 27 points per game and 418 yards per game.
I believe the Aggies come in playing with a chip on their shoulder. They finished the season with two road losses at Georgia and at LSU. They want to end their season on a winning note, and Jimbo Fisher 6-2 in his career in bowl games, including last season’s 52-13 dismantling of NC State.
Plays against any team (Oklahoma State) - in a game involving two average defensive teams (21-28 PPG) after seven-plus games, after a loss by 17 points or more are 53-19 (73.6%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Aggies are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games as a favorite. Texas A&M is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 non-conference games. Bet Texas A&M Friday.
|12-27-19||Cavs +13.5 v. Celtics||117-129||Win||100||8 h 29 m||Show|
15* Cavs/Celtics NBA TV Early ANNIHILATOR on Cleveland +13.5
The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing their best basketball of the season. They have won three straight games coming in and are now ready to give the Celtics a run for their money tonight. The Cavaliers are rested and ready to go coming in on three days’ rest.
The same cannot be said for the Celtics. Boston is coming off a huge win over Toronto on Christmas Day on the road. That makes this a letdown spot for them, especially since they’ve already beaten the Cavs twice this season. I like the value with the Cavs given the spot and playing with double-revenge catching a whopping 13.5 points.
Plays against any team (Boston) - off two consecutive covers as a favorite, a good team (60% to 75%) playing a bad team (25% to 40%) are 43-15 (74.1%) ATS over the last five seasons. Plays on road underdogs of 10 or more points (Cleveland) - a rested team playing 6 or less games in 14 days, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a winning record are 43-15 (74.1%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Boston is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 home games off three straight games where they made 50% of their shots or more. Take the Cavaliers Friday.
|12-27-19||North Carolina -4.5 v. Temple||55-13||Win||100||8 h 38 m||Show|
15* UNC/Temple Military Bowl Early ANNIHILATOR on UNC -4.5
The North Carolina Tar Heels are excited to be playing in the Military Bowl. They won their final two games of the season to get to 6-6 and qualify for their first bowl since 2016. They certainly want to send Mack Brown out a winner in his first season back to coaching because his players love him. I know I’m going to get a max motivated team here, and Brown is 13-8 in bowl games in his career.
No question UNC was better than its 6-6 record would indicate this season. In fact, all six of their losses came by 7 points or less. That includes their 1-point loss to Clemson. They were the only team in the country to take Clemson down to the wire this year. They have an explosive offense that puts up 31.2 points and 469 yards per game. They only gave up 382 yards per game defensively, outgaining opponents by 87 yards per game.
Temple went 8-4 this season, but their only significant wins all came at home. They lost on the road to Buffalo by 16, to SMU by 24 and to Cincinnati by 2. They were also blasted at home by UCF by 42 points. Their non-conference wins over Georgia Tech and Maryland certainly don’t look nearly as good now as they did at the beginning of the season.
I definitely to not trust Temple head coach Rod Carey in bowl games. Carey is 0-6 SU & 0-6 ATS lifetime in bowl games as a head coach. His teams are losing by 25 points per game straight up on average, and failing to cover the spread by 18 points per game on average. Favorites are 9-2 SU & 7-4 ATS in the last 11 Military Bowls.
Teams with three or fewer wins the previous season (UNC 2-9) have gone 17-3 ATS the last four seasons in bowl games. The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite. The Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven neutral site games. Roll with North Carolina Friday.
|12-26-19||Spurs v. Mavs -5.5||Top||98-102||Loss||-110||10 h 22 m||Show|
20* Spurs/Mavs TNT No-Brainer on Dallas -5.5
Luka Doncic returned to practice on Tuesday and is likely to make his return from an ankle injury tonight. Playing without Doncic, the Mavs came together as a team and showed they are more than just a one trick pony. It will help them moving forward.
In the game they lost Doncic in the opening minutes against Miami, the Mavs took the Heat to overtime and only lost 118-122. They came back and upset Milwaukee on the road as 10-point dogs in their next game. They only lost to Boston by 6 at home, pulled the 117-98 upset win as 8.5-point dogs at Philadelphia, and blew a 30-point lead at Toronto in a 107-110 loss as 3.5-point dogs.
That loss to Toronto wouldn’t have sat well with them over Christmas. Look for them to come back home highly motivated for a victory tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. And they’ll be fresh and ready to go on three days’ rest. Dallas is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in this series.
The Spurs are coming off a win over the Grizzlies, they have exactly two winning streaks of two games or more all season. The Spurs are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games following a win, and 4-18 ATS in their last 22 games following a win dating back to last year. The Mavericks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite. Dallas is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games vs. a team with a losing record. Take the Mavericks Thursday.
|12-26-19||Knicks +7.5 v. Nets||94-82||Win||100||10 h 50 m||Show|
15* NBA Thursday Undervalued Underdog on New York Knicks +7.5
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets do not like each other based on their close proximity. The Knicks want revenge from two losses to the Nets by 4 and 2 points in their first two meetings this season. I expect this game to go down to the wire as well, so getting 7.5 points is a great value.
The Knicks have played their best basketball of the season over the last couple weeks. They are 3-4 SU & 4-3 ATS in their last seven games overall. They upset both the Kings as 8.5-point dogs and Warriors as 4.5-point dogs on the road, while also crushing the Hawks by 23 as 2.5-point home favorites. They only lost by 6 at Denver as well. Their only blowout losses during this stretch came to Milwaukee and Miami, two of the best teams in the NBA.
The Knicks have certainly held their own against the Nets. New York is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings, including 4-1 ATS in its last five trips to Brooklyn. The Nets are 0-5 ATS in their last five Thursday games. Roll with the Knicks Thursday.
|12-26-19||Miami-FL v. Louisiana Tech +6.5||Top||0-14||Win||100||146 h 23 m||Show|
25* Pre-New Year's Bowl GAME OF THE YEAR on Louisiana Tech +6.5
Louisiana Tech is one of only two teams entering the bowl season with five consecutive bowl wins the last five years; Wisconsin is the other. LA Tech head coach Skip Holtz is 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS in bowl games at LA Tech with four of those wins coming by 17 points or more. He clearly has this whole bowl prep thing figured out, pushing the right buttons with his players.
LA Tech will have no problem getting motivated to face a storied program like Miami. Not to mention, this will essentially feel like a home game for LA Tech considering it will be played in Shreveport, Louisiana. Motivation and location will be on their side.
A program like Miami cannot be excited to be playing in the Independence Bowl. Miami ended the season with two huge upset losses to Florida International as 21-point favorites and to Duke as 8-point favorites. They also nearly lost to Central Michigan as 30.5-point favorites earlier in the season. Head coach Manny Diaz clearly isn’t getting his team’s attention as they aren’t responding to him. It was a bad hire, plain and simple. And many of his players may be sitting out either due to injury or to prepare for the NFL.
Louisiana Tech probably would have gone 11-1 this season if not for suspension to two of their best players. QB Jamar Smith and WR Adrian Hardy both out out in their losses to Marshall and UAB, which likely cost them the C-USA title. Both returned for the season finale and led the Bulldogs to 41 points in a win over UTSA. And now the Bulldogs want to cap off their season on a positive note with 10 wins and an upset victory over Miami.
Miami is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games off an upset loss to a conference opponent as a favorite of 6 points or more. LA Tech is 6-0 ATS in road games after failing to cover the spread in two of their last three games over the past three seasons. The Bulldogs are 8-0 ATS in road games off one or more consecutive ATS losses over the last three years. LA Tech is 6-1 ATS in its last seven bowl games. Miami is 1-7 ATS in its last eight bowl games. The Hurricanes are 1-7 ATS in their last eight neutral site games as a favorite. Roll with Louisiana Tech Thursday.
|12-25-19||Pelicans +10 v. Nuggets||Top||112-100||Win||100||35 h 42 m||Show|
20* Pelicans/Nuggets ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on New Orleans +10
After losing 13 straight games, the New Orleans Pelicans are finally starting to show some life and play up to their potential. They have won two of their last three with upset wins at Minnesota as 3-point dogs and at Portland as 6-point dogs.
I think it’s a good time to ‘buy low’ on the Pelicans now after losing 14 of their last 16. They are catching double-digits here against the Denver Nuggets when they shouldn’t be. They’ll give the Nuggets a run for their money on Christmas Night, especially now that they are fully healthy outside Zion Williamson.
It’s also a good time to ‘sell high’ on the Nuggets, who have won seven straight coming in. But only two of those wins came by double-digits. And this is a tired Nuggets team playing their 3rd game in 4 days and their 12th game in 21 days. The Pelicans will be playing just their 2nd game in 5 days Wednesday.
Plays on road underdogs (New Orleans) - off a road win, a bad team (25% to 40%) playing a team with a winning record are 49-19 (72.1%) ATS over the last five seasons.
The Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. They haven’t lost any of their last seven meetings with the Nuggets by double-digits, making for a 7-0 system backing them pertaining to this 10-point spread. The Nuggets are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games as a favorite. Roll with the Pelicans Wednesday.
|12-25-19||Clippers v. Lakers UNDER 223||111-106||Win||100||32 h 12 m||Show|
15* Clippers/Lakers ABC Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 223
Two of the best teams in the NBA square off at Staples Center on Christmas Day when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers. I expect this game to be played close to the vest as these teams are quickly becoming two of the biggest rivals in the NBA.
You can bet both teams will be laying it all on the line defensively to get a win in this matchup. And both teams have such great records this year largely because they are playing defense. The Clippers are 5th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, while the Lakers are 8th in defensive efficiency.
Lebron James (back) and Anthony Davis (knee) are both banged up right now for the Lakers. Both are questionable to play Wednesday, though chances are they’ll both suit up. I’m expecting a result similar to their first meeting this season when the Clippers won 112-102 for 214 combined points. It’s going to be a defensive battle.
Plays on the UNDER on home teams where the total is 220 or higher (LA Lakers) - after failing to cover the spread in four or more consecutive games, a well rested team playing just their 2nd game in 5 days are 26-4 (86.7%) since 1996.
The Lakers are 19-5 UNDER off an upset loss as a favorite over the last two seasons. The Clippers are 21-5 UNDER In road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last two years. The UNDER is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings. The UNDER is 35-16-1 in Lakers last 52 home games. Take the UNDER in this game Tuesday.
|12-25-19||Celtics -2.5 v. Raptors||Top||118-102||Win||100||24 h 22 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Raptors ESPN Early ANNIHILATOR on Boston -2.5
The Toronto Raptors are in a world of hurt right now injury-wise. They are playing without their best player in Pascal Siakam along with fellow starter Marc Gasol and Norman Powell. They don’t stand a chance of beating the Celtics without these three Wednesday.
The Raptors just pulled a 30-point comeback win over Dallas at home on Sunday before going into overtime in a loss to Indiana on Monday. It’s safe to say this is a tired, short-handed team now playing their 3rd game in 4 days. They won’t have much left in the tank for the Celtics tonight.
Meanwhile, Boston comes in on two days’ rest after last playing on Sunday. They are also playing just their 4th game in 13 days. They are coming off two straight blowout home wins over Detroit by 21 and Charlotte by 26. This team is playing well right now and the Raptors won’t be able to slow them down given the spot.
Plays against underdogs (Toronto) - off a cover where they lost straight up as a dog, in a game involving two good teams (60% to 75%) are 65-20 (76.5%) ATS since 1996. Plays on any team (Boston) - off two straight wins by 10 or more against an opponent that has scored 110 points or more in four straight games are 28-9 (75.7%) ATS over the last five seasons.
The Celtics are 12-2 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record this season. Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite. The Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60%. Bet the Celtics Tuesday.
|12-24-19||BYU -1.5 v. Hawaii||34-38||Loss||-110||102 h 24 m||Show|
15* BYU/Hawaii Christmas Eve ANNIHILATOR on BYU -1.5
The BYU Cougars played a much tougher schedule than Hawaii this year. They beat the likes of USC, Tennessee, Boise State and Utah State, which are four teams that are better than anyone Hawaii has beaten this year.
Hawaii lost badly to Boise State twice losing by 22 and 21 points. The Rainbow Warriors are 9-4 this season, but only two of those wins came against bowl teams in Nevada and San Diego State, which are two teams that aren’t very good anyway. I just think this is a big step up in class for Hawaii and they have failed every time they’ve stepped up in class.
BYU owns Hawaii, going 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Cougars will take this bowl game seriously as it is a great destination for them. Plus, the Cougars are a veteran team with grown men with the way thinks work at BYU. They won’t be distracted at all in Hawaii.
BYU has been through three different quarterbacks this year. If they had stayed healthy all season, they probably would have finished even better than 7-5. But they finally have some stability at the position now with QB Zach Wilson starting the final few games of the year, and he’ll make the start here.
I’ll gladly back the better defense and the more physical team that played the tougher schedule laying a short number in this matchup. BYU gave up just 24.4 points per game this season, including 22.0 points per game on the road. Hawaii gave up 31.7 points per game this season, including 32.6 points per game and 461.9 yards per game at home. BYU will get key stops, while Hawaii will not, and their physicality will be tested big-time.
Hawaii is 1-9 ATS off a road loss over the last three seasons. I think the Rainbow Warriors could still be deflated from losing to Boise State in the MWC Title game. Hawaii is 0-6 ATS vs. good passing teams averaging 250 or more passing yards per game over the last two years. Hawaii is 1-8 ATS vs. good offensive teams averaging 5.9 or more yards per play over the last two seasons. The Rainbow Warriors are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. MWC opponents. Take BYU Tuesday.
|12-23-19||Rockets v. Kings +6||113-104||Loss||-110||11 h 17 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Undervalued Underdog on Sacramento Kings +6
The Sacramento Kings have lost three straight road games coming in. They return home here highly motivated for a victory to get a win before Christmas. Look for them to likely pull the upset at home over the Houston Rockets.
While we’re ‘buying low’ on the Kings off three straight losses, we’re ‘selling high’ on the Rockets off three straight wins. They went on the road and upset the Clippers before beating a banged-up Suns team on the road as 9-point favorites. Now they will be playing their 3rd road game in 5 days, which makes this a tough spot for them.
Sacramento is 17-6 ATS off a loss by 6 points or less over the last two seasons. The Kings are 14-4 ATS off two or more consecutive road losses over the last three years. Sacramento is 10-1 ATS vs. good teams that outscore their opponents by 3-plus points per game this season.
The Kings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning record. Sacramento is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games as an underdog. The Kings pulled the 119-118 upset at Houston as 12-point road dogs in their first meeting this season, and they are upset-minded again tonight. Take the Kings Monday.
|12-23-19||Packers v. Vikings -5||Top||23-10||Loss||-105||24 h 47 m||Show|
20* Packers/Vikings ESPN Monday No-Brainer on Minnesota -5
The Minnesota Vikings want to stay alive in the NFC North title race. To do so, they will have to beat the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. They will be highly motivated because of it, plus they want revenge from a 16-21 loss at Green Bay in their first meeting this season.
That was certainly a misleading final as the Vikings deserved to win the game. They outgained the Packers 421 to 335 total yards but committed four turnovers. One was a pick in the end zone when they were going in for the potential game-winning score in the 4th quarter. They haven’t forgotten, and now it’s their turn for payback.
The Packers are one of the most fraudulent 11-3 teams I’ve ever seen. They have only outscored their opponents by a total of 47 points on the season. To compare, Minnesota has outscored its opponents by 119 points on the year. Now that’s the sign of an elite team. Green Bay has simply been fortunate in close games, going 7-1 in one-score games this season.
Minnesota is 10-4, but three of its losses have come by one score, and the other was a 10-point loss. Eight of their 10 wins have come by double-digits, so they are every bit as good as their record, if not better. And it means they know how to get margin when they need it, so I’m not concerned at all about laying the 5 points here.
Another way to see how fraudulent the Packers are is to compare their yardage differential, not just point differential. The Packers are actually getting outgained by 34.5 yards per game on the season. They rank 21st in total offense and 22nd in total defense. I am pretty certain I’ve never seen an 11-3 team that ranks worse than 20th in both categories. The Vikings are 10th in total offense and 14th in total defense, outgaining teams by 33.7 yards per game.
Plays against road underdogs or PK (Green Bay) - a hot team having won eight or more of their last 10 games are 40-16 (71.4%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. Plays on favorites (Minnesota) - after having won three of their last four games when playing a hot team that’s won eight or more of their last 10 games are 29-9 (76.3%) ATS over the last 10 seasons.
Green Bay is 0-6 ATS in road games vs. good passing teams with a completion percentage of 64% or better in the second half of the season over the last three seasons. The Packers are 3-11 ATS off one or more consecutive ATS wins over the last two seasons.
Mike Zimmer is 22-8 ATS as a home favorite of 7 points or less as the coach of Minnesota. The Vikings are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 home games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The Packers are 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Minnesota. Bet the Vikings Monday.
|12-23-19||Jazz v. Heat -4||104-107||Loss||-108||9 h 59 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Miami Heat -4
The Miami Heat are showing great value as only 4-point home favorites over the Utah Jazz tonight. The Heat are 12-1 SU & 10-2-1 ATS at home this season and winning by 14.2 points per game on average.
The Jazz are just 7-8 SU & 5-9-1 ATS on the road this season. Utah is without starting PG Mike Conley as he just can’t seem to get healthy. And I think the Jazz are overvalued due to their five-game winning streak against some bad teams in Minnesota, Golden State, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte. All five of those games went down to the wire, too.
Miami comes in on two days’ rest after last playing on Friday. And the Heat have the next three days off as well. They are looking to put forth a big effort here knowing they get that time off, plus they are fresh.
The Jazz are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. The Heat are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. Miami is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games as a home favorite. Roll with the Heat Monday.
|12-23-19||Marshall +17.5 v. Central Florida||Top||25-48||Loss||-109||73 h 54 m||Show|
20* Marshall/UCF Gasparilla Bowl No-Brainer on Marshall +17.5
Marshall is very familiar with the Gasparilla Bowl as they will be playing in it for the second straight year and their third time in five years. They are happy to be playing a team the caliber of UCF, so motivation certainly won’t be in question for them.
I do question UCF’s motivation. The Knights played in a New Year’s 6 Bowl each of the last two seasons facing Auburn in the Peach Bowl and LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. This Gasparilla Bowl is a big step down in prestige, and they cannot possibly be motivated to face Marshall this postseason.
UCF has been overvalued all season and especially down the stretch. The Knights are just 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. They have been consistently laying too many points, and they are again here against Marshall.
Marshall has been a postseason juggernaut. Indeed, the Thundering Herd are 12-1 SU & 12-1 ATS in their last 13 bowl games overall. Head coach Doc Holiday is 6-0 SU & 6-0 ATS in bowl games at Marshall, so he clearly takes these games seriously and knows the right buttons to push to get his teams ready. The Thundering Herd have won those six bowl games by an average of 12.8 points per game.
The Knights are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite. UCF is 1-4 ATS in its last neutral site games. The Thundering Herd are 7-0 ATS in their last seven bowl games. Marshall is 17-5 ATS in its last 22 games on grass. The Thundering Herd are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog. Roll with Marshall Monday.