Basketball picksFebruary 13, 2018

NBA Wednesday Preview Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

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Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN

NBA Pointspread: Golden State -7

Total Line: 225.5

Golden State at Portland Game Overview

The Warriors closed as prohibitive 16-point home favorites against Phoenix on Monday night and they played the part with a lopsided 129-83 victory. This was their third win in a row both straight-up and against the spread; covering as double-digit favorites at home in all three games. Golden State heads on the road for Wednesday night with a SU 22-6 record while going 13-15 ATS in their first 28 road games this season.

Four of five starters scored in double figures on Monday night led by Stephen Curry’s 22 points. The Warriors shot a blazing 58.4 percent from the field; connecting on 11 of their 26 shots from three-point range. Draymond Green missed the game against the Suns with a finger injury and his status for Wednesday night is listed as day-to-day. Golden State has scored at least 120 points in each of its last three games.

Portland comes into this game with a 2-4 record in its last six games both SU and ATS after losing to Utah 115-96 on Sunday as a four-point home favorite. The loss snapped a SU nine-game winning streak at home while going 7-1-1 ATS as part of an overall record of 16-11 at home this season with an 11-13-3 record ATS. The total has gone OVER closing line in four of their last five home games.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 39 points on Sunday in the losing cause. He continues to lead the Trail Blazers in scoring this season with an average of 25.8 points per game. He is shooting 44.4 percent from the field on the year and he connected on 12-of-25 shots against the Jazz. Portland is ranked 17th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 104.7 PPG and it moves to ninth at the other end of the court in terms of points allowed (103.7).

Football picksNovember 14, 2017

NFL Sunday Night Football Week 11 Preview

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Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 

Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. (ET) NBC

NFL Betting Pointspread: Philadelphia -3

Total Line: 48 

Philadelphia at Dallas Game Matchup Overview

The Eagles went into last week’s bye with the best straight-up record in the NFL at 8-1. Without playing a game, they widened their lead in the NFC East last week when the other three teams in the division went down in defeat. Philadelphia is a profitable 7-2 against the spread and the total has gone OVER in six of its first nine games. It is 3-1 ATS this season on the road and 5-1 ATS when closing as a favorite.

It has been the Carson Wentz show for the Eagles this season with the second-year quarterback lighting things up through the air. He has thrown for 2,262 yards and 23 touchdowns against just five interceptions. The ground game led by LeGarrette Blount has done its part as well with an average of 136.8 rushing yards per game. On the other side of the ball, Philadelphia is ranked 10th in the NFL in yards allowed and first against the run.

Dallas could find itself a full four games off the pace in the division title race with a loss on Sunday night after getting beat by Atlanta last Sunday 27-7 as a 3.5-point road underdog. The Cowboys are now 5-4 on the year both SU and ATS, The total stayed UNDER in their last two games after going OVER the closing line in their previous four contests. They have gone an even 2-2 ATS this season in their first four home games.

In the Cowboys’ first test without the services of running back Ezekiel Elliott, they posted 107 yards on the ground against Atlanta as opposed to a season average of 143.6 rushing yards, which was the second-highest total in the league. Dak Prescott took a beating in that game with eight sacks while only connecting on 20 of his passing attempts for 176 yards. Dallas did keep Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan in check on defense, but it allowed 132 yards on the ground.

Football picksNovember 6, 2017

NFL Week 10 Thursday Night Preview – Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

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Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:25 p.m. (ET) NBC

Pointspread: Seattle -6

Total Line: 42.5

Seattle at Arizona Game Overview 

This Thursday night Seattle will be looking to quickly erase the memory of a bad loss on a short week. The Seahawks fell to 5-3 straight-up and 3-5 against the spread on a last minute 17-14 loss to Washington late Sunday afternoon as eight-point home favorites. They head on the road this week with a 2-3 record ATS when closing as favorites. The total stayed UNDER closing 44.5-point line against the Redskins and it has stayed UNDER in three of their last four games.

Russell Wilson put the ball up 45 times in Sunday’s loss for 297 yards and two scores a week after throwing for over 400 yards and four scores in a victory at home against Houston. The biggest difference between the two efforts was 41 points in win over the Texans and 14 points in the loss to Washington. This type of inconsistency has plagued this offense all year long even though it is still ranked fourth in the NFL in average yards gained (378.6).

Arizona was able to even its record to 4-4 SU with Sunday’s 20-10 road win against winless San Francisco as a 2.5-point road favorite. It was just the second time this season that the Cardinals covered the spread and the total has now stayed UNDER in six of their last seven games. They return home with 1-2 record ATS in three previous games this season at U of Phoenix Stadium.

Drew Stanton got the start at quarterback in Sunday’s game with Carson Palmer on the shelf for the rest of the season with a broken arm. He completed 50 percent of his 30 throws for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald came down with five catches for 70 yards, but the biggest star of the game was Adrian Peterson running the ball with 159 yards rushing on 37 carries. This was a major improvement from an offense that was one of the worst running teams in the league.

Football picksOctober 30, 2017

NFL Sunday Night Football Week 9 Preview

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Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins

Sunday, Nov. 5, 8:30 p.m. (ET) NBC

NFL Pointspread: Oakland -2.5

Total Line: 43.5

Oakland at Miami Game Matchup Overview

The Raiders are letting this season slip away after winning 11 games in 2016 with just one victory either straight-up or against the spread in their last six outings. Following an encouraging 31-30 upset against Kansas City on Oct. 19 as a three-point home underdog, Oakland tanked on the road at Buffalo this past Sunday in a 34-14 loss as a 1.5-point underdog. The total went OVER closing line in both of those games.

Derek Carr threw for 313 yards against the Bills, but he only posted one passing touchdown against two interceptions. The offense also gave up a 40-yard return for a score on a fumble. All told, the Raiders turned the ball over four times in a very sloppy loss. Oakland is now 20th in the NFL in yards per game and 19th in scoring with an average of 21.1 points per game. Defensively, it has fallen to 23rd in points allowed (23.8) and 25th in yards allowed (356.9).

Miami is coming off its worst performance of the season in last Thursday’s 40-0 loss to Baltimore as a three-point road underdog. This snapped a SU three-game winning streak to move the Dolphins to 4-3 on the year with a 3-3-1 record ATS. The total has gone OVER closing line in their last two contests after it has stayed UNDER in the first five games this year.

The Dolphins had to turn to Matt Moore last week for an injured Jay Cutler and the result of that game speaks for itself. Overall this offense is dead last in the league in scoring with an average of 13.1 points per game. It is also at the bottom of the list in total yards gained with just 252.4 a game. To make matters even worse, this unit has been equally as bad throwing the ball as it has been running it. The only hope for a reversal of fortunes at home this Sunday night is probably a defense that is seventh in the NFL in yards allowed.

Football picksOctober 30, 2017

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Game Matchup Overview

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Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 

Thursday, Nov. 2, 8:25 p.m. (ET) NFL Network

NFL Pointspread: Buffalo -3.5

Total Line: 42 

Buffalo at New York Game Matchup

The Bills moved to 5-2 straight-up on the year following Sunday’s impressive 34-14 victory at home against Oakland as slight 1.5-point favorites on closing line. This boosted their record against the spread to 4-1-2 and the total has gone OVER in three of their last five games. Buffalo is just a half game in back of New England in the AFC East as one of the more surprising teams this season. It has gone 2-0-1 ATS closing as a favorite this year.

Buffalo’s offense is ranked 25th in the NFL in total yards per game, but it jumps to 15th in scoring with an average of 21.9 points per game. Fueled by LeSean McCoy and a ground game that is ranked ninth in yards per game (124.6), the Bills rolled up 166 rushing yards on 37 carries in Sunday’s win. McCoy did most of the damage with 151 yards rushing and a score. Buffalo’s defense is now third in the league in points allowed (16.4).

The Jets have played better than their SU 3-5 record, but the tough losses keep piling up following a promising 3-2 start. They have lost their last three games to New England at home, Miami on the road and Atlanta at home by a combined 15 points. New York is a profitable 5-2-1 ATS and the total has gone OVER in three of its last five games.

Josh McCown continues to run the Jets’ offense as the starting quarterback and in last Sunday’s five-point loss to Atlanta as 6.5-point home underdogs he completed 26 of his 33 passing attempts for 257 yards and two score against zero interceptions. New York only managed to gain 43 yards on the ground as part of a rushing offense that is 23rd in the league with 95.8 yards per game. New York’s defense is 26th in the NFL in total yards allowed and 22nd in points allowed (23.2).

Football picksSeptember 19, 2017

NFL Sunday Night Football Week 3 Preview

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Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins 

Sunday, Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m. (ET) NBC

Pointspread: Oakland -3

Total Line: 54

Oakland at Washington Game Matchup Overview

The Raiders are off to a perfect 2-0 start both straight-up and against the spread with a 26-16 victory against Tennessee as 2.5-point road underdogs followed by last Sunday’s 45-20 romp over the New York Jets as heavy 13.5-point favorites at home on BetAnySports’ closing line. The total stayed UNDER 50 points against the Titans, but it easily went OVER 43.5 points in Week 2. Oakland is now 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games.

In last week’s win over the Jets, Derek Carr was an efficient 23-for-28 throwing the ball and he ended the game with 230 yards passing and three touchdown throws. Michael Crabtree had a big day with six receptions for 80 yards with three of those catches resulting in scores. The Raiders’ running game piled up a total of 180 yards and three more touchdowns on 27 rushing attempts to create one of the best balanced performances in Week 2. Oakland’s combined 71 points scored in the first two games leads the NFL.

Washington bounced back from a 30-17 loss to Philadelphia in its season opener as a slight one-point home underdog with last Sunday’s 27-20 squeaker against the Los Angeles Rams as a three-point underdog on the road. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 49.5-point line in the loss to the Eagles and it ended as a PUSH in the game against the Rams. The total has actually gone OVER in 17 of the Redskins’ last 23 games, including eight of their last 11 games at home and something to consider when making your NFL football picks.

Kirk Cousins hit Ryan Grant for an 11-yard touchdown throw with less than two minutes to play last Sunday to break a 20-20 tie, but it was the ground game that deserves most of the credit for the win. After gaining just 64 yards on 17 carries in that Week 1 loss to Philadelphia, the Redskins racked up 229 yards on the ground against the Rams with three different players rushing for at least 67 yards. Washington rushed the ball 39 times for an average of 5.9 yards a carry. 

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