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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NFL Odds: Cowboys Host Chargers on Turkey Day

The Dallas Cowboys (5-5 SU and ATS) will resume their traditional role as Thanksgiving Day hosts when they welcome the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) to Arlington this Thursday, kicking off at 4:30 PM ET on CBS. The game opened as a pick ‘em with a total of 48 points.

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Dallas has lost back-to-back games SU and ATS in ugly fashion since RB Ezekiel Elliott began serving his six-game suspension. Running hasn’t been a problem, though; without LT Tyron Smith (groin), Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has taken a lot of punishment, with zero touchdown passes to show for it. Smith is listed as week-to-week, as is LB Sean Lee (hamstring), although Lee is expected to miss the next two games.

The Chargers are scrambling to stay relevant in the AFC, winning four of their last six games at 5-1 ATS despite suffering multiple injuries on the offensive line. RT Joe Barksdale (foot) is considered week-to-week, while LG Matt Slauson (biceps), OT Chris Hairston (blood clots) and RG Forrest Lamp (knee) are out for the season. QB Philip Rivers has only been sacked 12 times this year; Prescott was sacked 12 times the past two games for Dallas.

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NFL Odds: Chargers-Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day

As is tradition, the Dallas Cowboys (5-5 SU and ATS) will host a Thanksgiving Day game this Thursday, with the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) supplying the opposition. CBS has the coverage starting at 4:30 PM ET; this game is a pick ‘em with a total of 48.

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The Cowboys are on the ropes after dropping back-to-back games SU and ATS. Injuries to LT Tyron Smith (groin) and LB Sean Lee (hamstring) have been problematic for Dallas. The Chargers, meanwhile, are on something of a roll at 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games.



NBA Odds: Enigmatic Warriors in Oklahoma City

One month into the regular season, and the Golden State Warriors (13-4 SU, 7-10 ATS) are playing at an even higher level than last year’s championship team. But the Warriors haven’t been consistent with their greatness. They ride a 0-4 ATS losing streak against the NBA lines into Wednesday’s marquee matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8 SU and ATS), live on ESPN at 8 PM ET.


Although Golden State has largely figured things out after starting the year at 4-3 SU and 1-6 ATS, they find themselves vulnerable with Kevin Durant hobbled by a sprained left ankle. It’s believed Durant hurt himself during Saturday’s win in Philadelphia; the reigning league MVP sat out Sunday’s victory in Brooklyn, and remains listed as day-to-day.

The Thunder hope they’re on the right track after winning three of their last four games straight up and against the spread. Carmelo Anthony is scoring 20.1 points per game, but at age 33, his level of play has regressed to where it was during his least impressive seasons with the Denver Nuggets. And while they’re healthy, the Thunder have issues when it comes to bench strength – due in part to the Anthony trade with the New York Knicks.


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NBA Odds: Warriors Without Durant in OKC?

The Golden State Warriors (13-4 SU, 7-10 ATS) take a 0-4 ATS losing streak into Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8 SU and ATS), tipping off from the Thunderdome at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Oklahoma City have won three of their last four SU and ATS.


Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) may have to sit this one out for Golden State. Durant appeared to hurt himself Saturday in Philadelphia, then took the night off in Sunday’s win over Brooklyn. He’ll have two more days to heal; the Thunder play in New Orleans Monday night before returning home.




NBA Odds: Lakers Host Bulls on Tuesday

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls are storied NBA franchises, but both have fallen on hard times. The two will meet in Los Angeles on Tuesday at 10:30 PM ET in the lone NBA game on the schedule.

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The Bulls are 3-11 following a loss in Phoenix Sunday night. This season, they’ve struggled at both ends of the court, ranking 29th in points per game, 13th in points allowed per game and 29th in point differential. They’re the only team in the Eastern Conference scoring fewer than 103 points per game (95.5).

The Lakers, meanwhile, played the third game of a four-game home stretch Sunday night, beating the Denver Nuggets 127-109. The Lakers have been much better at home, going 5-5 at the Staples Center compared to 2-5 on the road.

The Bulls are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Lakers, and five of the games went over the posted total; there was one push.


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NBA Odds: Young Teams Meet in Los Angeles on Tuesday


The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls are two of the younger teams in the NBA, averaging around 25 years old in age as a team. They’ll meet in Los Angeles on Tuesday in the only game on the NBA slate.

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The Lakers and Bulls both rank in the bottom third of the NBA in point differential at 21st and 29th, respectively. As young teams, they make a lot of mistakes. Home court advantage figures to be a big factor here, as the Lakers are 5-5 at home while the Bulls are just 1-7 on the road.




Friday, November 17, 2017

Boxing Odds: Ancajas-Conlan for IBF Gold

Saturday’s big boxing card in Belfast is being hailed as the return of local hero Carl Frampton, but he’s an overwhelming –10000 favorite over Horacio Garcia. The co-main event promises to be a lot more competitive; Jamie Conlan, also from Belfast, will challenge Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas for the IBF Super Flyweight title. Ancajas is the –650 favorite at press time after opening at –360.

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Conlan (19-0, 11 KOs) has won a number of secondary belts at 115 pounds, but he’ll be facing his toughest opponent yet in Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 KOs), the No. 6-ranked super flyweight at The Ring. The Filipino southpaw is six years younger at age 25, and has successfully defended this belt twice as a heavy favorite.

There are currently five different ways to bet Saturday’s fight at Bovada, including the total of 9.5 rounds, where the Under is priced at –170 on the boxing props board. The most likely Method of Victory is Ancajas by KO/TKO/DQ at –275. If you want to bet on Conlan to win, he’s the +425 underdog for a straight bet; you can also get him at +600 to win by decision or +1000 to win via stoppage.


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Boxing Odds: Ancajas Takes on Conlan in Belfast

Boxing fans are looking forward to Saturday’s big card in Belfast, which includes an intriguing title fight in the co-main event: Local hero Jamie Conlan (+425) will try to take the IBF Super Flyweight strap from Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas.

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After opening at –360, Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 KOs) has moved up to –650 on the boxing lines at press time. He’s the No. 6-ranked fighter at 115 pounds according to The Ring. Conlan (19-0, 11 KOs) holds two secondary belts in this division; he’s available at +600 to win by decision and +1000 to win by KO/TKO/DQ.




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

NHL Odds: New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday

The Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7 SU, 9-10 ATS) are waiting to hear if their star centre Auston Matthews will suit up Thursday when they host the surging New Jersey Devils. Matthews has been dealing with an upper body injury since November 6, but despite his absence, the Leafs have won all four games they’ve played without their leading scorer. Toronto will need all the offensive support they can get on Thursday, as they’ll face a Devils’ team that ranks fifth in goals scored per game (3.47).

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The Devils have surprised the hockey world through the first 17 games of the season. They’re tied for third in the league with 24 points and rank fourth in goals scored (61). They’ve missed the playoffs in each of their previous five seasons, and seemed to be on the verge of a total rebuild at the end of 2016.


Instead, LW Taylor Hall (6 goals, 13 assists) has grabbed the role of elite point producer by the horns, and first overall draft pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier (3 goals, 11 assists), has lived up to expectations thus far. The result has been a youthful Devils’ squad which features team speed that few can match in the league. With C Travis Zajac likely to return for Thursday’s game against the Leafs, an already lethal offense is about to become even more dangerous.


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NHL Odds: Devils visit Maple Leafs in Toronto

Cory Schneider and the second-ranked New Jersey Devils fly into Toronto to face the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre (7:00 PM ET on TSN4). The Devils (11-4-2) have won two straight games, including a wild 7-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. They’ll be looking to extend that streak on the road against an offensively-gifted Maple Leafs team.


Toronto has gotten back on track over their last four games, after losing six of their previous eight games. Now on a four-game winning streak, Toronto sits tied with the Devils at 24 points, though New Jersey has played two fewer games. Don’t miss this showdown between two of the most lethal offenses in the NHL.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NHL Odds: Rangers-Hawks Renew Original Six Rivalry

Hockey is always a little bit better when two of the NHL’s Original Six take the ice. This Wednesday (8 PM ET, NBCSN), it’ll be the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the New York Rangers, as both teams try to move up the standings after getting off to a slow start this year. The Rangers (9-7-2 after 18 games) have already turned things around with six straight wins; the Hawks (8-8-2) are stuck in neutral at 3-3 over the same span.

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Thanks to their recent form, New York has produced strong results on the NHL odds board, ranking third in the league at 8.01 betting units on a record of 11-7 against the puck line. Chicago is 1.42 units in the red at 8-10 ATS after teasing bettors with four wins in their first six games. Injuries haven’t helped their cause; the Hawks have been playing without veteran forward Marian Hossa, who will miss the entire season with a progressive skin disorder.

Despite their struggles, the Blackhawks still find themselves in the third tier of Stanley Cup contenders at +1800 on the NHL futures market. The Rangers, who have a clean bill of health, are +2800 outsiders with room for improvement.


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NHL Odds: Rangers-Hawks in the Windy City

The Chicago Blackhawks (8-8-2) will try to get their season on track this Wednesday when they host the surging New York Rangers (9-7-2) in an Original Six showdown. NBCSN has the coverage beginning at 8 PM ET.

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After a hot start, the Blackhawks (8-10 ATS) are in the red at –1.42 units against the puck line, while the Rangers (11-7 ATS) have won six straight to move to 8.01 units, third overall in the league. Chicago is having some trouble generating offense without Marian Hossa, who will miss the entire season with a skin disorder.


Monday, November 13, 2017

NBA Odds: Much-Improved Sixers Visit La-La Land

The Process is working out marvelously for the Philadelphia 76ers (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS). Their collection of high draft picks has turned into one of the most profitable teams in the NBA, and they’ll be on national television this Wednesday when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers (5-8 SU, 6-7 ATS), tipping off at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN.


After years of tanking, the Sixers have assembled a roster of talented players, led by center Joel Embiid and 6-foot-10 point guard Ben Simmons. Robert Covington and new arrival JJ Redick are also providing some offensive punch. Philadelphia still has room to grow, but they’re playing above market expectation as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The Lakers, meanwhile, could be on their way to their fifth-straight year outside the postseason, an unprecedented drought for this storied franchise. No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball lacks offensive polish, Larry Nance Jr. is out with a broken hand, and Brandon Ingram has made slow progress in his sophomore campaign. But at least the Lakers are playing sound defense and getting good results from veteran center Brook Lopez, who came over from the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason.


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NBA Odds: Can Lonzo Ball Solve the Sixers?

The Los Angeles Lakers (5-8 SU, 6-7 ATS) can see the potential in point guard Lonzo Ball, but can this year’s No. 2 overall pick help them beat the rising Philadelphia 76ers (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS) this Wednesday? Game time is 10:30 PM ET on ESPN.

Ball has played solid defense for the Lakers, and the 20-year-old UCLA product recently became the youngest NBA player to register a triple-double. But his shooting form needs work, and Los Angeles will be without power forward Larry Nance Jr. for the next month or so due to a broken hand.


NBA Odds: Raptors Visit Rockets on Tuesday

James Harden of the Houston Rockets has been playing like an MVP candidate all season. With an average of 30.2 points per game, he ranks third in the NBA in scoring. Tuesday night, Harden and the Rockets host the Toronto Raptors.


The Raptors are 7-5 SU (6-6 ATS) after a disappointing loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday night. The Celtics were without PG Kyrie Irving, and yet Toronto still couldn’t get the job done. Toronto’s SG DeMar DeRozan is 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 24.7 points per game.

The Rockets’ last game was also on Sunday; they took care of business in Indiana against the Pacers, extending their win streak to six games, and improving their already impressive season record to 11-3 SU (8-6 ATS). And they did it without PG Chris Paul. Who’s still out with a bruised knee.

The Rockets are 6-4 SU in their last 10 meetings with the Raptors, who have covered in half of those games. Seven of the last 10 meetings have gone over the posted total, and both teams are ranked in the top 10 in the NBA in points per game.

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NBA Odds: Raptors Visit Rockets in Houston


The Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors are two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA. They’ll meet in Houston on Tuesday in what should be an entertaining affair.


The Rockets are third in the league in points per game, led by James Harden, who’s third in the NBA with 30.5 points per game to go with 9.8 assists. The Raptors are just five spots back in eighth, led by DeMar DeRozan, who’s averaging 24.7 points per game. The Rockets have won six of their last 10 against the Raptors, who have managed to cover five times during that period.


Soccer Odds: FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying

The second round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers begins this Thursday for the UEFA conference, with eight teams fighting over the remaining four spots. The soccer world will be watching Friday’s first leg (2:45 PM ET) between Sweden and Italy; at press time, Italy are +130 favorites at Friends Arena in Stockholm, with Sweden at +240 and the draw at +200.


It would be classic Azzurri form to play for the draw and take the second leg at home on Monday. Italy are the superior team at No. 7 on the World Football Elo Ratings, well ahead of Sweden at No. 22. These European teams don’t meet very often, but Italy have four wins and a draw since 2000, including three 1-0 victories. Friday’s match has a total of two goals with Underpriced at even money.
There are more than 40 other ways to bet Friday’s match at Bovada. The popular Correct Score prop has the goalless draw at +600, and the 1-1 draw favored over any other score at +475. The First Goal Scorer is neck-and-neck at +450 between Italy’s Ciro Immobile and Sweden’s Marcus Berg, but “No Goal” is an added bargain in this case at +650.



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Soccer Odds: Sweden-Italy in World Cup Qualifying


If Italy are going to make it back to the World Cup in 2018, they’d better put in a strong performance this Friday (2:45 PM ET) in the first leg of their second-round qualifier against Sweden. The Azzurri are +130 road favorites at press time with Sweden at +240 and the draw very much in play at +200.

You can also bet on more than 40 different soccer props for Friday’s match, including Correct Score, where the 1-1 draw leads the way at +475, and First Goal Scorer, where Italy’s Ciro Immobile and Sweden’s Marcus Berg are tied at +450.




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Thursday, November 9, 2017

NHL Odds: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-1-1 SU, 8-7 ATS) welcome the Chicago Blackhawks (7-6-2 SU, 7-8 ATS) to town. Both teams are in sixth-place in their respective divisions and have collected a meager 16 points through their first 15 games.


Chicago has been a consistent bet this season, with 1.36 betting units against the puck line. But Chicago bettors took a hit last game when the ‘Hawks were shut out for the first time this season by the Montreal Canadiens (+120) at home. Despite Chicago outshooting the Canadiens 38-35, Corey Crawford (.945 SV%) let two slip by, which broke his eight-plus period shutout streak. Crawford will likely be between the pipes again on Thursday to face Claude Giroux and the Flyers (7 PM ET).


Philadelphia (1.49 units against the puck line) is coming off a loss of their own. Last Saturday, in a game against the Colorado Avalanche (+155), the Flyers went to a shootout after a 4-4 tie through regulation. Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen scored the game winner against Michal Neuvirth (.928 SV%). It’ll likely be Brian Elliott (.892 SV%) in net when the Flyers host the Blackhawks, however.


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NHL Odds: Philadelphia Hosts Chicago in Thursday Matchup

The Philadelphia Flyers’ offense will be put to the test on Thursday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 PM ET. Fueled by RW Jakub Voracek (3 goals, 15 assists), the Flyers are averaging 3.1 goals per game, which is good enough for 14th overall in the league.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have been less productive offensively, but have made up for it with solid goaltending and defense, as they average 2.4 goals against per game (4th in the league). Goaltender Corey Crawford is on pace to set new career highs with a .945 save percentage and a 1.77 goals against average so far in 2017-18. We’ll see if he can extend his record to 8-5 on Thursday.




NFL Odds: Patriots-Broncos at Mile High

Two years ago, Brock Osweiler led the Denver Broncos to victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, handing them their first loss and earning a big contract with the Houston Texans during the offseason. Now the circle is complete; Osweiler is back under center for the Broncos, and is going to start against New England this Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC).


Things have changed since 2015. Osweiler’s Broncos (3-5 SU, 2-5-1 ATS) aren’t nearly as strong as the team that went on to win Super Bowl 50 with Peyton Manning at the controls. Denver was a 2.5-point home dog when Osweiler upset New England in overtime; this Sunday at Mile High, they’re getting 7.5 points against a Patriots team (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS) that has won four straight at 3-1 ATS. The Broncos are on a four-game SU and ATS losing streak.

The weather should be different on Sunday, too. It was a cold and snowy night when Osweiler beat the Patriots two years ago, but this weekend’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-40s at kick-off.
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NFL Odds: Osweiler to Start Against the Patriots

The Denver Broncos (3-5 SU, 2-5-1 ATS) gave QB Brock Osweiler the start last week, and it didn’t work out. He’ll get another chance this Sunday when the New England Patriots (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS) come to Mile High.


The Broncos are 7.5-point home dogs against the defending champions after dropping four straight SU and ATS. Kick-off is at 8:30 PM ET on NBC. Two years ago, Osweiler led Denver to a 30-24 overtime win over the visiting Patriots as 2.5-point underdogs, also on Sunday Night Football.



Monday, November 6, 2017

NBA Odds: Reeling Cavaliers Host Bucks

The 2017-18 NBA season has not been kind to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Multiple injuries and a strange mix of personnel have LeBron James and the reigning Eastern Conference champions in a bind at 4-6 SU and 2-8 ATS. They’ll try to break free this Tuesday when they host one of the rising forces in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks (4-5 SU, 3-5-1 ATS). Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Eastern on NBA-TV.

The Cavaliers have missed Kyrie Irving at point guard; Isaiah Thomas (hip), who came over from Boston in the Irving trade, isn’t expected to debut until after the holidays. But the Cavs have also lost big man Tristan Thompson (calf) until December, while fellow big Kevin Love came down with an undisclosed illness during Sunday’s loss to Atlanta and had to go to hospital.

If there’s any good news for the Cavaliers, it’s the timing of Tuesday’s meeting with Milwaukee. This is expected to be a break-out year for the Bucks, but only if they make the postseason – PF Jabari Parker (knee) is still recovering from surgery and isn’t likely to play until February. Center Greg Monroe is also out until late November with a sore left calf.

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NBA Odds: Bucks-Cavs at The Q

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-6 SU, 2-8 ATS) are off to a horrible start this year, but at least they’ll meet another struggling team when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (4-5 SU, 3-5-1 ATS) this Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern on NBA-TV.

Both these Central Division rivals are going through some tough times with injuries. The Cavs are missing multiple players, including PG Isaiah Thomas (hip) and center Tristan Thompson (calf), while the Bucks are without PF Jabari Parker (knee) and center Greg Monroe (calf). Kevin Love could also miss time for Cleveland after falling ill Sunday.





Friday, November 3, 2017

UFC Odds: St-Pierre Returns at UFC 217

Four years after his last fight, Georges St-Pierre returns to the Octagon this Saturday in the main event of UFC 217, live on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York. St-Pierre will challenge Michael Bisping for the Middleweight title; at press time, both St-Pierre and Bisping are –115 pick ‘ems on the MMA odds board.


St-Pierre (25-2 lifetime, 19-2 UFC) is stepping up to 185 pounds after a lengthy reign as Welterweight champion. Bisping (30-7 lifetime, 20-7 UFC) is defending the Middleweight belt for the second time; in June 2016, he scored a stunning upset over Luke Rockhold via first-round knockout, then worked hard for a decision in his first defense against Dan Henderson four months later at UFC 204, in front of a partisan crowd in Manchester.

There are two more title matches coming up Saturday, starting with Women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk as the biggest favorite on the UFC 217 odds board at –600 over challenger Rose Namajunas. Then Cody Garbrandt (–185) will put his Bantamweight strap on the line against former champ TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event. Also appearing on the main card at MSG: Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal, and Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Borrachinha.


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UFC Odds: St-Pierre and Bisping Pick ‘em at UFC 217


It’s been four years since Georges St-Pierre last stepped into the Octagon. The former No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world returns Saturday at UFC 217 to challenge Michael Bisping for the Middleweight belt; St-Pierre, the former long-time Welterweight champion has dropped from a –125 favorite to – 115, with Bisping also checking in at –115.

Two more titles will be decided at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (–600) will defend her Women’s Strawweight belt against Rose Namajunas, and Cody Garbrandt (–185) will put his Bantamweight strap up against former champion TJ Dillashaw.






NFL Odds: Cowboys Waiting on Elliott Appeal

The Dallas Cowboys have two things to be concerned about this week: the Kansas City Chiefs, who visit Arlington this Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), and RB Ezekiel Elliott, who might not be there to play. Elliott is trying to hold off serving his six-game suspension over domestic abuse allegations, and with his status for Week 9 in doubt, the odds for Sunday’s game are on hold at press time.

After a slow start, Elliott has turned on the jets in recent weeks, helping the Cowboys (4-3 SU and ATS) stay in the playoff picture with back-to-back road wins straight up and against the spread. The NFLPA has filed an appeal on Elliott’s behalf to the 2nd US Circuit after their most recent injunction requests were denied; for now, Elliott is officially ineligible to play Sunday.

Kansas City (6-2 SU and ATS) has one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL so far this season, so the latest Elliott decision should have a big impact on Sunday’s result. But the Chiefs have an amazing young tailback of their own in Kareem Hunt, who’s been good for 5.2 yards per carry, and Dallas has been even worse than KC at stuffing the run.


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NFL Odds: Will Elliott Play For Cowboys vs. Kansas City?


The Dallas Cowboys (4-3 SU and ATS) have won back-to-back games straight up and against the spread with RB Ezekiel Elliott catching fire, but Elliott might not be available for Sunday’s matchup with the visiting Kansas City Chiefs (6-2 SU and ATS), kicking off at 4:30 PM ET on CBS.


Odds on Sunday’s game are pending until a decision has been made about Elliott’s status. He’s currently ineligible to play, but the NFLPA is appealing Elliott’s six-game suspension over domestic abuse allegations. If Elliott plays, he and Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt will operate against two of the league’s worst run defenses.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MLB Odds: Weary Dodgers Return Home for Game 6

After five hours of baseball insanity, the Los Angeles Dodgers are heading home down 3-2 in the 2017 World Series. The Houston Astros delivered the final blow in Sunday night’s 13-12 extra-innings victory, cashing in as +110 road dogs on the MLB lines and setting up Game 6 at Chavez Ravine tonight. FOX has the coverage beginning at 8:20 PM ET.

Houston will send Justin Verlander (3.84 FIP) to the mound on Tuesday, as they try to nail down the first World Series championship in franchise history. The Dodgers hit two home runs off Verlander in Game 2, but the Astros came back to win 7-6 as –122 road favorites, also in extra innings. That put Houston’s overall record behind Verlander at a perfect 9-0 for nine betting units in earnings.

Rich Hill (3.72 FIP) will get the nod for Los Angeles after pitching reasonably well in Game 2, giving up just one earned run in four innings before getting the quick hook. Hill only threw 60 pitches in that game, and the Dodgers might need to stretch him a lot further Tuesday night after using up nearly their entire bullpen in Game 5.


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MLB Odds: Verlander Can Clinch for Astros in Game 6

The Houston Astros have yet to lose a game with Justin Verlander (3.84 FIP) on the mound. If that trend continues Tuesday night, the Astros will be World Series champions for the first time in franchise history. They’ll face Rich Hill (3.72 FIP) and the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in Game 6 at Chavez Ravine, starting at 8:20 PM ET on FOX.


Neither pitcher got the win when they met in Game 2. After the Dodgers hit two home runs off Verlander, Houston came from behind to beat LA 7-6 in 11 innings, cashing in as –122 road favorites.




Monday, October 30, 2017

MLB Odds: Verlander, Hill Square Off in World Series on Tuesday

Tuesday night will be an elimination game in the World Series, as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Houston Astros for Game 6.

Justin Verlander (4-0, 2.05 ERA) took a no-decision in a 7-6 11-inning win for the Astros in Game 2. Over six innings, he allowed three runs on two hits, striking out five and walking two. So far this postseason, Verlander has given up seven runs over 30.2 innings, striking out 29 and walking eight. Over 8.2 innings on the road, Verlander has given up four runs on seven hits and allowed three homeruns.

Rich Hill (0-0, 2.77 ERA) took his third no-decision of the postseason in Game 2, allowing a run on three hits over four innings; he struck out seven and walked three. All three of Hill’s previous starts in this postseason have come at home where he was 7-5 in 14 starts with an ERA of 2.77 during the regular season.

Through the first four games of the World Series, the Astros and the Dodgers have gone under the posted total twice along with a push. The home team and the away team have been favored twice each.


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MLB Odds: Dodgers Host Astros in Game 6 of the World Series


The 3-2 Houston Astros could end the World Series Tuesday night, as the Los Angeles Dodgers host Game 6.

Justin Verlander (4-0, 2.05 ERA) and Rich Hill (0-0, 2.77 ERA) will meet for the second time in the World Series as they both took no-decisions in a 7-6 win for the Astros in 11 innings. Verlander lasted six innings, giving up three runs on two hits (both homeruns). Hill lasted four innings, giving up an earned run on three hits while striking out seven and walking three. The Astros hit four homeruns from the ninth inning on to win Game 2.



NHL Odds: Winnipeg Jets vs Minnesota Wild on Tuesday

This Halloween, Central Division rivals will look to send a fright into one another, as the Minnesota Wild welcome the Winnipeg Jets to town. Both clubs have started the season well, and neither team will be willing to concede an important two points to a Western Conference foe. Put down the candy bag and tune in to TSN3 at 8 PM ET to catch all of the action.


The 5-3-2 Jets have taken at least one point in four straight games, and are coming off of a 7-1 drubbing of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Jets’ RW Blake Wheeler sniped a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point night against the Pens; Wheeler leads Winnipeg in points (4 goals, 8 assists) so far this season. After a 4-3 victory over the Wild earlier this month, the Jets will be brimming with confidence heading into Minnesota.


The Wild (4-3-2) have won three of their last four games. They currently sit last in the Central Division, but that’s largely due to having played in only nine games. All-star goaltender Devan Dubnyk has had a slow start to the season, winning only three of seven games started, while posting a goals against average above three and a save percentage of .905. Though still early, the Wild will need their cornerstone player to be better, starting with Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg.


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NHL Odds: Jets Fly to Minnesota for Halloween Showdown


Blake Wheeler and the Winnipeg Jets will attempt to get two points closer to the Central Division lead on Tuesday, as they take on the Minnesota Wild on the road. The Jets have started strong, and sit in second place in their division. Led by RW Blake Wheeler, the Jets look like a team that could make some noise in the West this season.


The Minnesota Wild, though last in the Central, have won three of their last four games, and seem to be settling into their game. Now a month into the season, the Wild hope that Devan Dubnyk will return to form and lead his team once again. Don’t miss this Western Conference matchup Tuesday (8:00 PM ET on TSN 3).