Thursday, March 28, 2019

Rockets Host Nuggets in Western Showdown

Houston Rockets Basketball

Nuggets and Rockets Jockey for Playoff Position





Now that they’ve clinched a playoff spot, the Denver Nuggets (50-23 SU, 38-35 ATS) and Houston Rockets (47-28 SU, 34-38-3 ATS) can take it easy from here. OR they can keep fighting to improve their spot in the Western Conference standings.





TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, Altitude (Denver), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston) LINE: Rockets -6; O/U: 217.





The Denver Nuggets halted a nine-game losing skid against the Rockets earlier this season. Now they look to make it two straight wins. Backup guard Malik Beasley scored a career-best 35 points and star center Nikola Jokic added 31 as the Nuggets posted a 136-122 home win over the Rockets on Feb. 1.





Denver is a hot squad with seven victories in its last eight games. They are waging a battle with the Golden State Warriors for the top seed in the Western Conference. Tuesday's 95-92 home win over the Detroit Pistons gave the Nuggets their first 50-win season since going 57-25 in 2012-13. Houston suffered a 108-94 road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. They are battling the Portland Trail Blazers for the third seed in the West. James Harden scored just 23 points on 9-of-26 shooting and is averaging 25.5 points over the past two games. He averaged 59 over the previous two contests.





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The contest against Houston begins a stretch in which seven of Denver's eight games are against probable Western Conference playoff squads. This could be a good thing heading into the postseason. Point guard Jamal Murray scored 33 points against Detroit after having just four on 2-of-12 shooting in a loss to the Indiana Pacers two nights earlier.





The loss to Milwaukee was just the third in the past 17 games for Houston. They never got on track offensively and shot 36.4% from the field. Center Clint Capela was on his game with 17 points (on 8-of-11 shooting) and 11 rebounds for his 39th double-double of the season. The Rockets won the past five home encounters with the Nuggets.





Prediction: Rockets 126, Nuggets 123





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NBA Betting Odds & Trends






Denver Nuggets
Denver is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Denver's last 16 games
Denver is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
Denver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 9 games on the road
Denver is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Denver is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Houston
Denver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston

Houston Rockets
Houston is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games
Houston is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games at home
Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Denver
Houston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Denver
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Denver
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

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Blue Jackets and Canadiens Face off Tonight

Blue Jackets Hockey

Canadiens and Blue Jackets Battle for Final Playoff Spot





Thursday night will be the most important game of the season for both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens. Both clubs are in the midst of a playoff battle for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Just two points are separating the teams. Thursday’s game could mean a potential four-point swing for the winning team.





TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, TSN2, RDS (Montreal), FS Ohio (Columbus); LINE: Blue Jackets -148; O/U: 5.5 Under -106.





Over the course of the past week, Montreal has managed to secure 9 of 10 possible points. That hot play has allowed them to gain ground on the Carolina Hurricanes, who currently hold the first Wild Card spot. They have also stayed ahead of the Blue Jackets. Goaltender Carey Price has been the difference maker for them over that run. He’s registered a shutout and allowed just eight goals over those five games.





Columbus is feeling the pressure of the playoff push. They have responded by shutting out their opponents in each of the last two games. Sergei Bobrovsky saved all 47 shots he faced over those two games. He is doing his part to keep the Blue Jackets in the race. The winner of Thursday’s contest will have an edge in the playoff race heading into the final five games of the season.





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Bobrovsky has turned aside 120 of 123 shots in his last four outings for the Blue Jackets. They have improved to 4-0-1 in their last five outings following Tuesday's 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders. The Blue Jackets have won a season high-tying four in a row at home heading into Thursday's pivotal contest. Montreal is riding the strong play of its own former Vezina Trophy recipient to cling to the final wild-card spot. Carey Price made 33 saves in Tuesday's 6-1 victory over Florida. He has yielded 13 goals in his last eight contests overall and owns a 9-3-1 mark in 13 career encounters with Columbus.





The Canadiens are 41-28-8 on the season. Tomas Tatar recorded his second three-point performance in three games on Tuesday. This arguably could be construed as the best season of his career. He'll likely get no argument from the Blue Jackets. Tatar boosted his point total to a career-best 57. This was after collecting two goals and an assist against the Panthers. He scored twice in a 4-1 win in Columbus on Jan. 18, and he tallied again versus the Blue Jackets in a 3-2 victory on Feb. 19. Artturi Lehkonen scored for the second time in his last three games. He was able to lift his goal total to 10, giving Montreal an NHL-best 12 skaters in double digits. C Max Domi has eight (five goals, three assists) of his team-leading 68 points in his last eight games. D Phillip Danault scored on Tuesday to snap a 20-game goal drought and move within one point of 50 for the first time in his career.





The Blue Jackets are 42-30-4 on the season. Matt Duchene recorded his 20th multi-point performance of the season and second with Columbus. He was instrumental in setting up a pair of goals against the Islanders. He collected a goal and two assists against Montreal while playing for Ottawa. Fellow former Senator Ryan Dzingel has found his stride by scoring a goal in his second consecutive contest. He was able to extend his point streak to three games. Artemi Panarin, who tallied for the first time in March on Tuesday, also has set up four goals in his last seven contests. That boosted his team-leading totals in assists (52) and points (78). D Seth Jones has scored one goal and set up four others during his five-game point streak at home.





Prediction: Blue Jackets 3, Canadiens 1





NHL Betting Odds & Trends






Montreal Canadiens
Montreal is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games
Montreal is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games on the road
Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 7 games when playing Columbus
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbus

Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 5 games
Columbus is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games at home
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus's last 7 games when playing Montreal
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Montreal
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal

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MLB Opening Day: Red Sox vs Mariners

Seattle Mariners

World Champion Red Sox and Mariners Open on ESPN





The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners will open their 2019 MLB Seasons on Thursday when they battle at Safeco Field. The Red Sox kick off the defense of their latest championship tonight. While the Red Sox will be enjoying their regular-season opener, the Mariners already have a jump on the competition. They earned a pair of wins over the Oakland Athletics in Japan last week





TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, NESN (Boston); LINE: Red Sox -195 moneyline; O/U: 7.5 Under -115.





PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Chris Sale (2018: 12-4, 2.11 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Marco Gonzales (1-0, 4.50).





Boston won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season last year. They went on to win the World Series and brings back much the same team. They are led by reigning MVP Mookie Betts, slugging designated hitter J.D. Martinez and a strong starting rotation. The Mariners are in a bit of a transition. This came about after trading away players like Robinson Cano, Jean Segura, James Paxton and Edwin Diaz in the offseason. The team got solid performances from some of the newcomers in the two victories in Japan. Domingo Santana homered and drove in five runs. New shortstop Tim Beckham went 5-for-7 with a homer and four runs scored





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Last time out for Seattle, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Athletics on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mariners at -120 were rewarded. The 9 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.





Gonzales allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk in six innings against the Athletics last week. He struck out four. He was still building stamina as part of his spring training routine, so he was limited to 69. Gonzales went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA in a breakout 2018 campaign. He suffered the loss in his only outing against Boston. He gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings on June 24.





Sale battled shoulder inflammation down the stretch last season. It stretched into the playoffs as well. The Red Sox ace struck out the side to cap off the World Series win and was signed to a $145 million extension last week. That contract will keep him in Boston through the 2024 season. Sale finished in the top five of the AL Cy Young Award voting in each of the last seven seasons. He is 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA and 545 strikeouts in 372 1/3 innings over two seasons in Boston





Prediction: Red Sox 5, Mariners 1





MLB Betting Odds & Trends






Boston Red Sox
Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Boston's last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Boston's last 19 games when playing Seattle
Boston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Boston's last 15 games when playing on the road against Seattle

Seattle Mariners
Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Seattle is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Seattle is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Seattle's last 19 games when playing Boston
Seattle is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Seattle's last 15 games when playing at home against Boston

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

NIT: Colorado Buffaloes vs Texas Longhorns

2019 Postseason NIT

Teams Taking Advantage of Post Season Hoops





The Colorado Buffaloes and the Texas Longhorns will meet on Wednesday in Austin, Texas. They are playing in the quarterfinals of the Nation's longest postseason basketball tournament, the NIT. Texas and Colorado were Big 12 rivals from 1996-2010. The Buffs have won both meetings since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. The most was a 68-54 victory Nov. 22, 2016 during the Legends Classic third-place game in Brooklyn.





TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2 LINE: Longhorns -5.5; O/U: 138.5.





Making the school's first NIT appearance in 33 years, Texas has defeated South Dakota State (79-73) and Xavier (78-76 in overtime) to reach the Alabama Region final. Coach Shaka Smart's team is now a win away from the program's first NIT semifinal berth since 1978. The Longhorns went on to capture the crown. Colorado is in the NIT for the third time in nine seasons. They have downed Dayton (78-73) along with Norfolk State (76-60) in the first two rounds. Coach Tad Boyle's Buffs are seeking the program's fifth berth to the Big Apple semifinals. It would be their first since 2011. Their one and only championship was won way back in the NIT's third season in 1940. Texas is 14-6 at home this season while Colorado is 5-8 in true road contests.





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Colorado is 23-12 on the season and feel they should have made the NCAA Tournament. A Win tonight over a good Texas team may prove that. The Buffs took a 43-23 lead into the half against Norfolk State Monday. They cruised to the win on the strength of 50% shooting. They also took advantage of dominating at the free-throw line (16-10) and on the glass (42-37). Emerging forward Evan Battey notched his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Bey just missed his eighth in double in his last 10 games with a game-high 17 points and nine boards. The 6-7 Bey is averaging a team-best 13.4 points and 9.8 boards. He is a key reason why Colorado ranks in the nation's top 20 in rebound margin at plus-6.5.





Texas is 18-16 on the season and showing it's strength of schedule prepared them or postseason battle. It is guard Kerwin Roach II's last go-round with the Longhorns, and he leads the team in scoring t 14.8 points per game. He is also averaging 3.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds. Roach came through Sunday with his best game in more than a month. He scored a team-high 21 points while contributing eight rebounds and six assists in the overtime win versus Xavier. Forward Dylan Osetkowski is chipping in 10.7 ppg and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds. Texas has connected on 26-of-61 from 3-point range in its two NIT wins.





Prediction: Texas 74, Colorado 69





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Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Colorado is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games
Colorado is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
Colorado is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games on the road
Colorado is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas
Colorado is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Texas
Colorado is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas
Colorado is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas

Texas Longhorns
Texas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Colorado
Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Colorado
Texas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado
Texas is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado

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Pacers and Thunder in Key NBA Matchup

OKC Thunder

Thunder the Pacers Lurking in Middle of Pack for NBA Playoff Spots





With the playoffs rapidly approaching, both the Indiana Pacers (45-29 SU, 37-37 ATS) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-31 SU, 37-37 ATS) could use a win when they meet this Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.





TV: ESPN, 8 PM ET. LINE: Thunder -6.5; O/U: 217.5.





The Pacers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They are fighting off the Boston Celtics for home-court advantage in the opening round. They’ve been remarkably successful despite the loss of All-Star guard Victor Oladipo with a ruptured quad. Indiana is also 5-9 SU and ATS over the past month. They did beat the Thunder 108-106 on March 14 as a pick’em at home.





Oklahoma City is one of the four teams currently holding down the bottom seeds in the Western Conference playoff hunt. They’re likely to finish anywhere between third and eighth. The Thunder are also in a prolonged slump at 6-11 SU and 4-13 ATS since Valentine’s Day. Paul George’s shooting has been affected by ongoing shoulder issues. Markieff Morris has struggled since he was jettisoned by the Washington Wizards and plucked from the waiver wire on February 20th.





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The Pacers' Bogdanovic poured in a team-high 35 points on 13-of-16 shooting in Sunday's win. He was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc despite sitting out the fourth quarter. The Pacers head into play tonight with a three-game cushion over the fifth-place Boston Celtics. Indiana's last win in Oklahoma City was a 115-111 overtime triumph on Nov. 20, 2016.





The Thunders' Russell Westbrook managed 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting in Monday's loss and blamed himself for the team's struggles. Backup point guard Dennis Schroder was one of the bright spots Monday with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting. C Steven Adams, who is shooting 59.4 percent on the season, is 7-of-23 from the floor over the last three games.





Prediction: Thunder 108, Pacers 101





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Indiana Pacers
Indiana is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana's last 10 games
Indiana is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games on the road
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Indiana is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Indiana is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Indiana's last 15 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Oklahoma City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games at home
Oklahoma City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Indiana
Oklahoma City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana
Oklahoma City is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Oklahoma City's last 15 games when playing at home against Indiana

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

LeBron James Retweets Sportsbook

Nothing is going right for LeBron James in recent weeks. His team, LA Lakers, didn’t make it to the playoffs. Just over the weekend, the NBA superstar probably got in trouble with the league for retweeting something from an offshore sportsbook.





James retweeted a video posted by MyBookie, an offshore sportsbook based in Curacao. The video showed LA Angels baseball player Mike Trout walking to the home plate. Trout made sports news when he signed a huge 12-year contract with the Angels worth $426.5 million. In fact, it is the largest contract in all of sports.





It is uncertain whether the offshore sportsbook paid LeBron for the Twitter post. However, the damage was already done. The post got 56,000 likes and 7,800 retweets. Also, it is not clear what the NBA will do about James’ social media post. The best pay per head can only dream of getting a free shout out from the NBA superstar.





LeBron James, Offshore Sportsbook, and the NBA





In January, the NBA said it will reinforce its gambling policy. In fact, it is the league’s attempt to ensure the integrity of the games in the age of sports betting. Also, the league wants to educate players and fans However, the NBA hasn’t made any actions against the basketball superstar as of press time.





LeBron James Retweets Sportsbook




The NBA wants to emulate the English Premier League when it comes to their sports betting policies. In addition, they want to promote responsible gambling as sports betting become more popular these days.





LeBron James has more than 42 million followers on Twitter. The single Twitter post has a wide reach across the globe. Also, it can help increase the profile of any brand featured in his social media post. It is like a seal of approval for the sportsbook, which has a better endorsement than sportsbooks pay per head reviews.





According to sportsbook pay per head experts, James should make sure he is dealing with legal entities. Whether it is a paid post or not, James must check if the company is a legit one or not. Random retweets can legitimize the brand in the eyes of his fans.

Monday, March 25, 2019

NBA Monday Free Betting Pick- 76ers at Magic

Orlando Magic NBA

76ers Have Won 6 of Last 7, Peaking for Playoffs





The Philadelphia 76ers head to Orlando this Monday night to face the Magic in the front end of NBA TV’s doubleheader of betting action at BetAnySports. Philadelphia comes in as a 1.5-point favorite with the total set at 219 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.





The 76ers’
recent straight-up six-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday with a
tight 129-127 loss to Atlanta as 7.5-point road favorites. The total went OVER
the 236-point closing line and it has gone OVER in their last five contests.
Philadelphia (47-26 SU) remains on the road with a SU 18-17 record while going
15-20 against the spread. The total has gone OVER in its last three road games.





Despite the two-point loss on a last second bucket, the Sixers showed excellent scoring balance against Atlanta with all five starters scoring in double figures. Joel Embiid led the way with 27 points to match his team-high 27.5-point scoring average. Philadelphia is ranked fourth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 115.3 points per game and it has been able to score at least 118 points in each of its last five outings.





Magic Still Fighting for Playoff Spot





Orlando remains a game in back of the Miami Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It is 35-38 SU overall with a 38-34-1 record ATS. The Magic started their current five-game homestand with a 29-point victory against Cleveland ahead of two more double-digit wins against Atlanta and New Orleans. They needed overtime to get past Memphis 123-119 on Friday night to extend this SU winning streak to four. Orlando failed to cover in that last win as a 10.5-point favorite to slip to 3-1 ATS in those four wins.





While the Magic are well down the list in scoring this season with an average of 106.1 PPG, they have topped the 119-point mark in three of their last four games. Center Nikola Vucevic is the team’s leading scorer with 20.7 points and he led the way against Memphis with 25 points in Friday’s win. The roster is five deep with players averaging at least 12 PPG.





Philadelphia has the SU 2-1 edge in the season series with Orlando covering BetAnySports’ spread in two of the three games. My lean is towards Philly again SU, but I am betting the OVER on the 219-point line.





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Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Philadelphia's last 23 games
Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Orlando
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Orlando
Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Philadelphia is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando

Orlando Magic
Orlando is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games
Orlando is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games at home
Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
Orlando is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando's last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Orlando is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

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Friday, March 22, 2019

March Madness: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Cincinnati Bearcats

March Madness 2019

Red-Hot Bearcats Look to Stave off Hawkeyes





The fans at Nationwide Arena will the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Cincinnati Bearcats when they take their seats on Friday. They square off in the opening round of March Madness. The 2019 edition of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has already shown it is going to be a wild one. This game should be no different.





TV: CBS 12:15 pm EST LINE: Cincinnati -4.5; O/U: 136.5.





Seventh-seeded Cincinnati looks to ride the momentum from an American Athletic Conference Tournament title. The team makes the short drive to Columbus, Ohio to take on 10th seed Iowa in the first round of the South Regional on Friday. The Bearcats knocked off Houston 69-57 in Sunday's AAC championship game. they received 33 points from conference player of the year Jarron Cumberland. Defense may end up being the key to its NCAA Tournament hopes.





The Bearcats are making their ninth straight appearance in the Big Dance. They will have to be just as sharp defensively if they are to advance past the first round for the third straight year. Iowa averages 78.3 points and had wins versus Michigan, Oregon and Iowa State during the regular season. The Hawkeyes return to the field after missing out the last two seasons. They struggled down the stretch while losing five of their last six games. They got shellacked, 74-53, Friday against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.





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Iowa was 22-11 on the season. They were sitting pretty for a high seed until the late season slumber. Forward Tyler Cook leads the way for the Hawkeyes in scoring at 14.9 ppg. He has a 52.8% shooting from the field. He leads in rebounding for the second straight season, averaging 7.9 rpg. Forward Luka Garza averaged 15.3 points the last three games to push his season mark to 12.9 ppg on 52.4% from the floor. Guard Joe Wieskamp drains 42.2% from 3-point land. Guard Jordan Bohannon scores at 11.3 points a clip and averages a team-high 3.4 assists per game. He must rebound from a rough Big Ten Tournament when he went 2-of-8 from the field in two games after being shut out by Michigan. The Hawkeyes won their first game in the NCAA Tournament their last two appearances in 2015 and 2016.





Cincinnati was 28-6 on the regular season and look to be prime form coming into the Tournament. Cumberland looked a little tired near the end of the regular season,. He was only shooting 32.9 percent in the last six games. He did average 23.3 points along with six rebounds and 4.3 assists in the conference tournament. Guard Keith Williams is the only other player averaging in double figures at 10/1 ppg., He is scoring just 5.4 per game over the past five contests. Guard Justin Jenifer has a nice 4.0 assist/turnover ratio and gives the Bearcats a steady hand. Forward Tre Scott tops the team in rebounding with 6.9 a clip. He averaged 13.7 points along with 9.3 boards in the conference tournament. G Cane Broome scored 15 on Sunday and was 6-of-11 from 3-point range in the conference tournament.





Prediction: Cincinnati 74, Iowa 67





March Madness Betting Odds & Trends





Iowa Hawkeyes





Team record: 22-11 SU,13-20 ATS
Iowa is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games





Cincinnati Bearcats





Team record: 28-6 SU,14-20 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Cincinnati is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
Cincinnati is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games





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Thursday, March 21, 2019

March Madness: Old Dominion Monarchs vs Purdue Boilermakers

March Madness 2019

Can Purdue Shake Off Mediocre Shooting Against Old Dominion?





The Old Dominion Monarchs and the Purdue Boilermakers meet on Thursday at XL Center. They will be playing in the first round of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, which is nothing but March Madness.





TV: 9:50 p.m. ET LINE: Purdue -12.5; O/U: 127.





Carsen Edwards is stuck in a prolonged shooting slump for the Boilermakers. He'll likely make or break the NCAA Tournament for third-seeded Purdue. We will find out tonight against No. 14 seed Old Dominion in the first round of the South Region at Hartford, Conn. Edwards is the leading scorer in the Big Ten. He Has struggled since the first of February but will look to turn it on against the Monarchs. He is the No. 9 scorer in Purdue history,





Also figure in that Edwards is dealing with a back injury. The Boilermakers could be ripe for the picking after getting bounced in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament by Minnesota. Edwards is the nation's 12th-leading scorer at 23 points per game. He has shot 32.9% from the field and 22.5% from 3-point land over the last 11 games. Purdue still managed to win eight of those games. Senior guards B.J. Stith and Ahmad Caver have led the Monarchs, of Norfolk, Va., to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011. They captured the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles.





This, That, and a Dart Throw





Old Dominion went 26-8 during the regular season and look to be back where the program was around a decade ago. The Monarchs defeated Western Kentucky in the C-USA Tournament final to earn the automatic bid. They win with defense, and are led by their two All-C-USA first-team players Stith and Caver. The team ranks in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, giving up only 60.9 per game. They also are 10th in field goal percentage defense at 39.1%, and have held its last 10 opponents to fewer than 65 points. Stith, the son of Bryant Stith who is the all-time leading scorer in Virginia history, leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game. He also lead in rebounding at 7.4 rpg. Caver is tops in assists at 5.6 apg for a team that averages 66.2 points per contest. The Monarchs are led by Jeff Jones, the former Virginia coach. He has 497 career wins. They are 3-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and have never made it past the second round.





Purdue was 23-9 during the regular season. The Boilermakers do not have anybody that can match Edwards' scoring on a nightly basis. Ryan Cline and Matt Haarms have can occasionally. Cline had a combined 33 points and 10 assists and made 10 3-pointers in a pair of late-season matchups with Minnesota. Purdue lost both games. Haarms, a 7-3 center, has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games and has averaged 2.9 blocks in the last 11 contests. The Boilermakers will be making their fifth straight appearance in the tournament and have reached the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons.





Prediction: Old Dominion 67, Purdue 6





March Madness Betting Odds & Trends





Old Dominion Monarchs





Team record: 26-8 SU,13-20-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Old Dominion is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Old Dominion is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Old Dominion's last 5 games





Purdue Boilermakers





Team record: 23-9 SU,17-15 ATS
Purdue is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Purdue is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 6 games





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March Madness: Florida Gators vs Nevada Wolf Pack

March Madness 2019

Can Nevada Keep Record Setting Season Going Against Gators?





The fans at Wells Fargo Arena-IA will see the Florida Gators and the Nevada Wolf Pack when they take their seats on Thursday. The First round if the NCAA Tournament gets underway across the Nation. I don't count the First Four games as part of the tournament. They are usually garbage teams that need to be in the Not Invited Tournament.





TV: 6:50 p.m. ET, TNT LINE: Nevada -2.5; O/U: 134.5.





Nevada's record-setting season has run over some speed bumps down the stretch. They have three losses in its last eight games. The Wolf Pack drew a seventh seed for the NCAA Tournament and tip off play, mainly because of their mediocre play.





Coach Eric Musselman's, Mountain West Conference-co-champion, Nevada squad started 24-1 while matching the single-season program record for wins with 29. They are back in the Big Dance for the third straight season. Last season the seventh-seeded Wolf Pack rallied from double-digit deficits to beat Texas, 87-83. They then upended second-seeded Cincinnati, 75-73. They lost a 69-68 thriller to eventual regional champ Loyola Chicago in the South semifinals. It equaled Nevada's 2003-04 squad for the program's farthest advancement in their eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Florida also is making its third straight March Madness appearance after earning an at-large bid out of the SEC. The teams' No. 10 seed matches its lowest in 22 appearances since the NCAA tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Florida has forced 503 turnovers this season, Nevada has only committed 338, the 17th fewest nationally.





This, That, and a Dart Throw





Florida is 19-15 on the season, and frankly I can't see how they sneaked into the tournament with teams with better resume's on the outside looking in. Coach Mike White's Gators have advanced to the Big Dance in three of his four seasons since taking over for Billy Donovan. Last week they beat Arkansas, 66-50, and top-seeded LSU, 76-73, in the SEC Tournament. They fell 65-62 to eventual-champion Auburn in the semis. Guards KeVaughn Allen (12 points per game), Noah Locke (9.6) and Jalen Hudson (9.0) are the leading scorers for the perimeter-oriented Gators. The squad averages 68.3 points per outing. Florida only allows 63.6 points per game, which is 21st nationally, and forces an average of 14.8 turnovers per contest. Florida has won at least one NCAA tourney game in its last six appearances.





Nevada was 29-4 during the regular season and frankly would have been seeded higher if not for the falter down the stretch. The Wolf Pack shared the Mountain West regular-season title with Utah State. Following a 77-69 quarterfinal win over Boise State, Nevada fell to fourth-seeded San Diego State 65-56 in the conference tourney semifinals. Forward Jordan Caroline averages 17.3 points and a team-best 9.6 rebounds. Fellow Senior Caleb Martin, who averages 19.2 ppg, was an All-Mountain West first-team selection. He missed the game against the Aztecs with Achilles tendinitis. It has been a continuing issue for the 6'-7" senior. The issue finally caused him to miss his first game of the season. Martin's twin brother, Cody averages 11.7 points and a team-most 5.1 assists). Guard Jazz Johnson, at 11.2 ppg, also average double figures for the Wolf Pack. Nevada led the Mountain West in scoring at 81.6 points per game, scoring defense at 66.6, and turnover margin at 3.65 per game, during the regular season.





Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack 76, Florida Gators 67





March Madness Betting Odds & Trends





Florida Gators:





Team record: 19-15 SU,16-18 ATS
Florida is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Florida is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Florida's last 14 games





Nevada Wolf Pack:





Team record: 29-4 SU,18-14-1 ATS
Nevada is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Nevada is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nevada's last 6 games





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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Duke Blue Devils vs. Gonzaga vs. North Carolina - Where the Cards Lie

March Madness 2019

Duke, UNC and Gonzaga are March Madness Favorites





Long before the 2019 March Madness
tournament kicked off bookies, analysts, and fans had already settled on a
favorite team to not only make it to the final four but also take the trophy
home: the Duke Blue Devils. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering
the team’s performance during the regular season. However, that doesn’t mean
that it doesn’t have challengers.





In line to take Duke’s position are Gonzaga and North Carolina. Here is a review of each team’s strengths and weaknesses.





The Duke Blue Devils





Duke is banking on its best player, Zion Williamson, to bring the
trophy home now that he is well and back in the game. It seems ridiculous that
a whole team can peg its hopes on a single player but this is the case.





Duke has been playing the regular
season without Williamson, and it has not performed as well as it does with him
onboard. The team went 3-3 in the last six games on the regular season and scored
more than 80 points only once against the little-known Miami Hurricanes – this
is a stark comparison to when the Blue Devils scored more than 80 points six
times with Williamson onboard. This all changed when Williamson rejoined the
team. He took charge on all three games and averaged 27 points on 76.7% percent
shooting. 





Considering these statistics it is understandable why Duke is banking on Williamson. His presence has ruffled some feathers, including in North Carolina’s Tar Heels. If he performs as expected he will be well on his way to being named the tournament’s MVP.





Gonzaga





Gonzaga stands a pretty high
chance of making it to the final four: 62% to be exact, according to BPI. The
team has been ranked among the top 25 by the Associated Press for three weeks
running now. They have also proven formidable against the Blue Devils having
beaten them back in December during the regular season.





Gonzaga has several things going
for it. For starters, it is considered the most balanced team for the 2019 season.
It has four players that have scored in double figures in 22 of 23 games. It
has also outshot 83 opponents out of 96 for the 2016-2017 season alone. It also
ranks well when it comes to consistency, efficiency, and power. Most notably,
however, it leads the nation in several fronts including shooting,
assist-turnover ratio, scoring, and scoring margin.





Gonzaga, however, hasn’t been spotless as it lost two of three of its biggest games this season, one of them against another top contender: North Carolina.  





North Carolina





North Carolina has been making headlines for all the right seasons,
leading some to speculate that it will definitely make it to the final four and
perhaps even beat the Blue Devils.





North Carolina has accomplished
seven spotless wins for the 2019 regular season with an average of 72.9 points.
It went head-to-head against Duke in the ACC semifinals and came out on top. It
also has impressive statistics: it has an efficiency rating of 95.5 points per
100 possessions. It also doesn’t rely on one single player to bring the trophy
home as is the case with Duke. However, it is lacking in defense as it ranks 42nd
nationwide.





North Carolina seems pretty
confident in its capabilities against the Duke Blue Devils so much so that head
coach Roy Williams likened the Duke’s top player, Zion, to his 6-year-old son.
This game will be definitely one to look out for.





Conclusion





If everything goes as expected the
Duke Blue Devils will likely be taking home their sixth national title with
Zion Williamson at the helm. However, Gonzaga and North Carolina will not be
sitting by idly watching this happen, and North Carolina has already made moves
against the Blue Devils. It is too early to tell and, besides, the best way to
find out which team comes out on top is to stream March Madness 2019 live from anywhere in the world.

March Madness 2019 Championship – The Case for North Carolina

The 2019 NCAA Tournament is finally here and the brackets are out. A majority of bookies, analysts, and fans are in favor of the Duke Blue Devils to win the tournament. However, sentiments change with each passing game, and North Carolina has been making headlines of late. Some analysts honestly believe that North Carolina has what it takes to run the Blue Devils out of town.

So, which cards does North Carolina have up its sleeves that may potentially upset an otherwise decided outcome?

Coby White is Back



Coby White is at the helm of UNC. He is the point guard this season, and he seems to have settled into his position fairly well. He has taken a break from the Berry, the previous point guard – whereas Berry focused more on the floor White is going all out and is at his best when he is looking to score.

Coby White seems to be upping his game at the most opportune moment for North Carolina. The regular season has seen him drop 28, 21, and 34 points on Clemson, Duke, and Syracuse respectively – and this is in just three of his last four games for the ACC tournament. He has also finished with 40 more assists than turnovers. Finally, White seems to be leading the entire team’s offense as it seems to follow his directions – he is not only a good player but also a unifying factor.

If Coby White goes on with the performance he has put up during the regular season, North Carolina will be looking at one more advantage over the Blue Devils.

Three Seniors



March Madness 2019 Championship – The Case for North CarolinaNorth Carolina is one of the few teams in its region that take on the risk of cultivating players in their senior years. This time it has three senior leaders that make up the team’s backbone: shooting guard Kenny Williams and forwards Luke Maye and Cameron Johnson.

Maye has been putting up quite a show during the regular season and is already considered an NCAA tournament hero. Johnson is also rising up fast with such a good performance that the NBA has taken notice. He has average 47% on his three-pointers on an average of six attempts for each game he has played. Besides, his height (6’9) is already daunting enough as few other players can match up to him. Kenny Williams, unfortunately, has seen a dip in his performance but there are high expectations that he will come around when it matters the most.

Combined with Coby White, these three senior players will certainly put up a fight against the Blue Devils. In contrast, Duke is banking all its hopes on one player: Zion. Unfortunately, UNC’s coach doesn’t seem to have such high regard for Zion, who he compared with his 6-year-old son in a recent jab against the team.

Duke Blue Devils May not Keep Up



North Carolina ranks top when it comes to speed as they play faster than any other team on the tournament. Their coach, Williams, seems to have cultivated a culture of speed and perfected in this past regular season when the team played at its fastest yet. In fact, UNC was so fast that it finished in 4th position having lost only to low-major schools.

North Carolina attributes its speed to its teamwork – as mentioned, the team unifies behind Coby White. This is well illustrated in its 5th national ranking when it comes to assists – it assisted on 62% of its made goals for this regular season. This is more than can be said for the Duke Blue Devils which may have a difficult time keeping up with the Tar Heels.

Conclusion



The match between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina will certainly be explosive, but no one can really be sure of who will take the trophy home. You cannot afford to miss it, so be sure to stream March Madness live and watch history in the making.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2019 NIT: Dayton Flyers vs Colorado Buffaloes

2019 Postseason NIT

The Buffaloes and Flyers Come Into Tourney Playing Well





The Dayton Flyers and the Colorado Buffaloes will on Tuesday when they at Coors Events Center. They will be playing in the 2019 Postseason NIT. Colorado and Dayton have had near-identical seasons with both finishing strong.





TV: 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2 LINE: Colorado 4.5; O/U: 139.5.





Colorado is one of the four No. 4 seeds in the 32-team field. Dayton, out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, is seeded fifth. The Buffs feature five freshmen and sophomores among the top seven players in their rotation. They have won 10 of their last 13 games. That includes two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament before losing to top-seeded Washington in the semifinals. Now they get a chance to play more basketball after earning their eighth postseason berth in head coach Tad Boyle's nine seasons.





The Dayton Flyers were 21-11 overall this season. This is their second season under coach Anthony Grant. The team has gotten better, and the Flyers have won nine of their last 13 games. They finished third in the Atlantic 10 and were ousted by eventual champion Saint Louis in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Forward Obadiah Toppin averages 14.2 points per game to lead the team. Forward Josh Cunningham (13.6), guard Jalen Crutcher (13.1) and forward Ryan Mikesell (10.0) also average double digits. Dayton ranks third in the nation with a 50.3 field-goal percentage. They leads the Atlantic 10 with 16.5 assists and ranks second in rebounding margin at 2.9 per game. The Flyers have won seven of their 10 true road games.





The Colorado Buffaloes were 21-12 during the regular season. The Buffs' strong finish has mirrored the late-season emergence of swingman Tyler Bey. He leads the team with 13.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Bey had 22 points and 16 boards in the 66-61 tourney loss to Washington. He has posted six double-doubles in his last eight games. Guards McKinley Wright IV (13.1 points) and Shane Gatling (10.3) also average double figures.The Buffaloes average 73.9 points a game and leads the Pac-12 with a 6.6 rebound margin. The Buffaloes are 13-2 at home this season. That includes a current six-game win streak.





PREDICTION: Colorado 73, Dayton 64





2019 NIT Betting Odds & Trends






Dayton Flyers
Dayton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Dayton is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
Dayton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Dayton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Dayton is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dayton's last 12 games on the road

Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games
Colorado is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games at home

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March Madness Play in: Temple vs Belmont

March Madness 2019

Temple and Belmont Fight to Get in the Dance





The Temple Owls and the Belmont Bruins will meet on Tuesday at UD Arena. The Owls are back in the tournament and the Bruins have never won a NCAA Tournament game. These two teams battle tonight in a play in game to see who makes the real field of 64.





TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV LINE: Belmont -2.5; O/U: 155.





In his final season as a college basketball coach, Fran Dunphy has taken Temple back to the NCAA Tournament. The Owls earned a No. 11 seed in the East Region. They will open as part of the First Four. They will take on No. 11 seed Belmont in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday.





Dunphy is a Philadelphia sports icon. He coached Penn for 17 years, and now 13 years at Temple. He announced prior to this season that 2018-19 would be his last one on the sidelines. The Owls won six of their final seven games before falling to Wichita State in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. They needed every one of those wins to sneak into the Field of 68. Belmont has never won an NCAA Tournament game. They are 0-7), losing its recent appearances in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Bruins were the top seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. They got upset by the Murray State Racers in the conference title game. The selection committee gave them a reprieve with one of the final spots in the Big Dance.





Temple is 23-9 overall on the season. The Owls have three primary scorers. They are Shizz Alston Jr. (19.7 points), Quinton Rose (16.5) and Nate Pierre-Louis (13.3). They all average at least 1.5 steals per game, as well. Alston enters with an eight-game streak of 20-point performances. He has made multiple 3-pointers in 12 of his last 13 games. Pierre-Louis has failed to surpass his scoring average in any of the last four games. Rose has struggled from the arc over the last month. Temple will need all of them tonight against a solid Belmont team. In his last nine games, Rose is 12-of-42 (28.6 percent) from long distance.





Belmont is 26-5 on the season. Dylan Windler is the Bruins leading scorer at 21.4 points. He is the top player for Belmont and shoots 43 percent from 3-point land. He averages a staggering 10.7 rebounds per game as a big guard. Kevin McClain scores 16.3 ppg and has 66 3-pointers. That is second on the team to Windler, who has 92. Nick Muszynski averages 14.9 ppg and is a solid contributor. He missed the conference title game with an ankle injury, but is expected to play in the NCAA Tournament. Muszynski has 65 blocks. Temple, as a team, has only 72.





PREDICTION: Belmont 79, Temple 69





NCAA Tournament Trends & Odds





Temple Owls:
Team record: 23-9 SU,15-15-2 ATS
Temple is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Temple's last 6 games





Belmont Bruins:
Team record: 26-5 SU,18-10-2 ATS
Belmont is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Belmont is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games





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Bookie Favors Oregon Women’s Basketball

Oregon women’s basketball team is the second seed in the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, it will host the 15th seed Portland State to open the tournament. For the game, a bookie favors Oregon 28.5 points over the Vikings.





It is the sixth biggest point spread for a first-round game in this year’s women’s NCAA Tournament. Number 1 seeds Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Louisville, and Baylor, Number 2 seed UConn got bigger point spreads this season.





It is the second straight season the Ducks got the number 2 seed in the West Region. In addition, it will host the first two rounds at the Matthew Knight Arena. Sports news reporters will focus on their first-round match against Portland State on Friday. If they win, they will face either 7th seed Texas or 10th seed Indiana in the next round.





Bookie Favors Oregon in Opening Round





Bookie favors Oregon to advance to the Sweet 16. If that is the case, they will play in Portland against Mississippi State, the top seed in West Region. If they win, online bookie software predicts their possible Elite Eight opponent to be Syracuse. The Ducks won over the two teams during nonconference matches this year.





Bookie Favors Oregon Women’s Basketball




Last year, the Ducks made it up to the Elite Eight. In fact, it was their second straight Elite Eight appearance. However, they lost to Notre Dame. Eventually, Notre Dame won last year’s tournament.





Overall, Oregon has an 11-14 record in the NCAA Tournament. Also, it is their third straight NCAA tournament appearance under coach Kelly Graves. Pay per head operators are already accepting bets for Friday’s game.





This season, The Ducks are the Pac-12 regular season champions. However, they lost the Pac-12 tournament title to Stanford. There are six Pac-12 teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament, including UCLA, California, Oregon State, and Arizona State.





On the other hand, Portland State is this year’s Big Sky tournament champion. As a result, they got an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. It is only the second appearance for the Vikings in the tournament.

Monday, March 18, 2019

NBA Monday Night Betting Pick- Warriors at Spurs

Spurs Basketball

Durant Expected Back for Warriors Tonight at Spurs





The Golden State Warriors continue its current four-game road trip with a stop in San Antonio on Monday night. They tangle in an 8 p.m. tip against the Spurs. As part of ESPN’s doubleheader of betting action at BetAnySports, the Warriors are 2.5-point favorites with the total set at 225.5 points.





The Warriors are just 5-5 straight-up in their last 10 games. They are a costly 4-11 record against the spread in their last 15 contests. They come into Monday’s game with important back-to-back road wins against Houston and Oklahoma City. They closed as underdogs at BetAnySports. They are 47-21 SU overall while going 28-39-1 ATS. The total stayed UNDER 228.5 points in Saturday’s 110-88 victory against the Thunder. The total has stayed UNDER in Golden State’s last seven games.





Kevin Durant missed his last two starts with a sore ankle, but he is expected to play on Monday night. Stephen Curry helped fill the void with a game-high 33 points in Saturday’s win. Each of these players is averaging close to 28 points a game this season. The Warriors lead the NBA with an average of 117.9 points a game.





Spurs Are Red-Hot Coming Into Tonight's Game





San Antonio is riding a eight-game winning streak with Saturday’s 108-103 victory against Portland. They were a 2.5-point home favorite. The Spurs have covered BetAnySports’ closing spread in seven of the eight games. They are 41-29 SU overall and holding down sixth place in the Western Conference standings. San Antonio is 28-7 SU with a 23-12 record ATS on its home court this season.





With 21.7 PPG,
DeMar DeRozan is the Spurs leading scorer this season. He put up 21 points
against Portland after being held to just 13 points in Friday night’s win
against the New York Knicks. San Antonio slips to 16th in the NBA in
scoring with 111.9 PPG, but it has not allowed more than 105 points in eight of
its last nine games. The Spurs are 13th in the league in points
allowed overall (110.4).





The Warriors have been a tough team to bet on the road this season at 16-18 ATS overall and 3-5 ATS in their last eight road games. However, I still like their chances to come away with the SU win on Monday night as slight favorites.





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Golden State Warriors
Golden State is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Golden State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games
Golden State is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games on the road
Golden State is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Golden State's last 9 games when playing San Antonio
Golden State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio's last 9 games
San Antonio is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Antonio's last 7 games at home
San Antonio is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Antonio's last 9 games when playing Golden State
San Antonio is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing at home against Golden State

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

AAF Week 6: Iron vs Fleet

San Diego Fleet Football

Defense Will be Front and Center with Fleet and Iron





Two of the better defenses in the Alliance of American Football (AAF) will be on display Sunday night. Fans will also see plenty of quarterback rotations for both sides. The Fleet are undefeated at home. Birmingham might have some new life with Keith Price at quarterback. The Fleet also got two defensive touchdowns a week ago. Lets See what this slobber-knocker has in store for us.





Birmingham Iron at San Diego Fleet
Date: Sunday, March 17 | Time: 8 p.m. ET | Line: Fleet -6 & O/U: 36.
Location: SDCCU Stadium -- San Diego, California
TV: NFL Network | Live stream:fuboTV (Try for free) 





Can Keith Price replicate the success he had coming off the bench against the Apollos in Week 5? Price's legs were an asset. He used them to escape the pocket and keep plays alive with 234 yards passing at 8.1 yards per attempt. He Threw the first touchdown through the air for the Iron all season. He's playing on the road for the first time against a San Diego defense that is excellent up front. They are best in the AAF vs. the run and overall solid. They had four takeaways and two defensive scores in Week 5. The Fleet are undefeated at home.





The Birmingham are looking to regain its footing in the Eastern Conference. They have had two consecutive losses to drop them right into the thick of the crowded playoff race. The Iron are now 3-2 and just one game ahead of surging Atlanta (2-3) for the second spot behind undefeated Orlando. The Iron have made a change at quarterback that they hope will spark a resurgence on offense.





The Fleet flirted with disaster last week against Salt Lake. They gave up a late 13-point lead only to walk off with a 27-25 victory on Donny Hageman’s 44-yard field goal with no time left. That kick was all that prevented the Fleet from being on their own two-game slide. The Fleet (3-2) can gain a control of the reigns in the Western Conference race with a victory. That will put them up one game on Arizona, who beat Orlando on Saturday to improve to 3-3.





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This and that





Mike Bercovici made his first start since Week 1 last Saturday for the Fleet. The Start was against Salt Lake and it was a mixed bag for the former Arizona State star. Bercovici had 199 yards passing at halftime. That was the most yards for a Fleet QB for an entire game this season. After the half, he struggled to find a rhythm. With the team desperate for a big play in the final seconds, Bercovici hit Dontez Ford for a 45-yard gain. The play gave him 304 yards for the night.





The running game disappeared against the solid run defense of the Stallions last week. Since his back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 2 and 3, Ja’Quan Gardner only has a total of 12 yards on 18 carries the past two games combined. The Fleet should get a lift from the return of offensive lineman Damien Mama. He is an elite run-blocker who missed almost the entire second half in Week 4 and all of last week with an ankle injury.





The Fleet will need everyone playing well against a defense that has not allowed more than 12 points a game, but once. That was the Orlando Apollos this season.





The Iron’s offense may look completely different this week with Keith Price at quarterback. He replaced Luis Perez last week, and provided a much needed spark for the unit. Price has a strong arm to stretch the field. He can also make plays with his feet. That will be key with the Iron’s offensive line banged up and facing a solid defense.





Running back Trent Richardson will be a big part of the offensive attack. The former Alabama standout has rushed for eight touchdowns on the season. Tight end Wes Saxton Jr. emerged as a weapon against the Apollos last week. He caught three passes for 75 yards.





The Fleet defense had a rare letdown last week. It happened in the final five minutes against the Stallions, as they allowed a pair of touchdowns to give up a 24-11 lead. Linebacker A.J. Tarpley is expected back in the lineup this week, so the defense should return to its stingy ways. The Fleet already possess the best defensive line in The AAF, and with Tarpley and Frank Ginda, they make the Fleet formidable at middle linebacker. There’s Kameron Kelly on the back end as well. He had a three-interception game last week. Price will have his work cut out for him.





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Key Players to Watch





Fleet players to watch





RB Bishop Sankey: The former Tennessee Titans running back made a cameo appearance in his season debut last week. He should see his role increase over the final five weeks of the season. Sankey might be the best pass-catching option in the backfield. That gives head coach Mike Martz another dimension in his offensive game-planning.





SS Ryan Moeller: This will be the first time since Week 3 that the front seven of the Fleet’s defense will be intact. Defensive end Damontre Moore missed Week 4 and A.J. Tarpley missed the past two weeks. Both will play Sunday night. That could be a field day for the secondary to feast on hurried, errant throws.





KR Ron Brooks: Brooks has the only punt return for a touchdown in The AAF. He had the TD in Week 4, and came close to taking one to the distance last week against the Stallions. Brooks has become a weapon as a returner. If the defense stays solid on third downs, he will get a lot of chances to break one.





Iron players to watch





RB Trent Richardson: The Iron running back has scored a rushing touchdown in each game this season. He leads The AAF with eight rushing touchdowns. Richardson has been unstoppable inside the 5-yard line.





LB Beniquez Brown: Brown has led the team in tackles in four of the five Iron games. He tied for the lead in the opener. Brown has 47 total tackles on the year.





P Colton Schmidt: Opposing teams haven’t had a lot of opportunities to make returns on the Iron. That is because the punter puts enough hang time on the ball so the coverage can be there. Schmidt is a real weapon on special teams.





Stats & Numbers





  • .Fleet receiver Dontez Ford has 165 yards receiving in his past two games. He only totaled 88 yards over the first three.
  • Last week’s combined 658 yards passing between the Fleet and Stallions is the most in an AAF game this season. The 745 total yards was second-most in a game.
  • The Iron have forced 10 turnovers as a team. Eight of those coming on defense and two on special teams.
  • Iron tight end Wes Saxton Jr. emerged as a weapon with 75 receiving yards against the Apollos last week.

Prediction: Fleet -6 and Over 36





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