November 27, 2015
The Thanksgiving NFL Trifecta is in the books but the action won’t stop their as the action continues on Sunday with week 12 NFL picks & predictions. That being said the two games we will be keeping our eyes on this weekend features the Minnesota Vikings traveling to take on the Atlanta Falcons at 1pm followed by the New England Patriots heading out West to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
The first of those two contests features the first place Vikings taking on a Falcons team that sits at 6-4 and holding tight to one of the two NFC wild card spots. The big test in this contest will be whether or not the Vikings defense can slow down one of the NFL’s top passing attacks.
Entering this game the Vikings have allowed an NFC league low 184 points through their first ten games this season. The Vikings have allowed fewer than 20 points in six of their ten games this season. That includes holding the Detroit Lions to under twenty in both of their meetings, the San Diego Chargers to 14 points and the Oakland Raiders to 14.
Meanwhile the Falcons defense will also need a big game on the defensive side of the ball to slow down the NFL’s leading rusher. The Vikings Adrian Peterson is the only runner in the NFL with at least 1,000 yards through the first 11 weeks of the season. The good news is the Falcons defense ranks number one in the NFL allowing just 87 yards per game to opposing running backs.
Now the second game doesn’t have the same appeal as it would have had if Peyton Manning would be under center. In the end it still features the undefeated Patriots taking on a Broncos team that has just two losses through their first ten games this season.
In the end Tom Brady will take on Brock Osweiler on Prime Time in a game that will feature a playoff atmosphere. After completing just 58 percent of his passes against the Kansas City Chiefs after taking over for Manning. The fourth year quarter rebounded last weekend as he completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdown passes.
On the other side after an MVP like performance to start the season, Brady has come back down over the past few weeks. After throwing just one interception over his first seven games, Brady has thrown an interception in three straight games. The Patriots have also failed to reach 30 points in each of those contests after failing to reach 30 points in just game prior.
Minnesota Vikings VS Atlanta Falcons Betting Trends:
These two teams are on different ends of the road regarding how they have played against the spread this season. The Vikings are 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games while the Vikings are just 2-5 against the spread at home in their last seven games at the Georgia Dome.
One key trend to monitor is the fact that two teams have combined to go under the over/under in four of their last five meetings in Atlanta.
New England Patriots VS Denver Broncos Betting Trends:
Looking at these two teams both of these teams have been very good against the spread of late. The Patriots enter this contest going 5-2-2 over their last nine games as well as 5-0 in their last five games taking place during week 12 of the NFL season. Meanwhile the Broncos are 6-2 following a week they have failed to cover the spread.
Now that being said the home team is 5-0 in their last five meetings against the spread as well as the two covering the over in five of their last six meetings.
In the end we should all be Thankful for another great week of NFL action!
November 17, 2015
The NBA action is in full swing on Wednesday Night with a ten game slate of games to watch. The one game that we are paying most of our attention to is the New Orleans Pelicans traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. Now the combined records might below the five hundred mark but the chance to watch two of the best players in the NBA take to the floor makes this a must watch contest in Wednesday NBA picks.
Along with the Thunder/Pelicans contest a few of the other games include the Dallas Mavericks heading to Boston to take on the Celtics and the Chicago Bulls heading to Phoenix to take on the Suns. All of these contests feature some of the NBA top players as well as some of the best teams in the NBA.
That being said none of those contest features Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. The only thing that could be better is if Kevin Durant was healthy and was able to play for the Thunder. Entering this game the Thunder currently sit at 6-5 while the Pelicans are just 1-9 on the season.
For sports bettors the Thunder look to be the clear cut favorite tonight sitting with a 4-2 home record. Meanwhile the Pelicans have yet to win a game on the road while going 0-6 in six road contests. Those road losses include games at Golden State, Portland, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Toronto.
With all that being said it is hard to turn away from Davis as well as Westbrook. Entering this game Davis is averaging 25.5 points per game and nearly ten rebounds per contest this season. After missing back to back games, Davis returned in the Pelicans loss at New York to score 36 points to go with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Then you have Westbrook who continues to dominate night in and night out with or without Durant on the floor. Westbrook has even been better than Davis this season averaging 26.7 points a game to go with 7.7 rebounds and 10.6 assists. Over his last five games, Westbrook has one 40 point contest to go with back to back triple doubles.
These two superstars will now take to the floor on Wednesday Night in one of the top games of the night.
Previous Meetings: These two teams met four times last season with the Pelicans picking up wins in three of those four contests. That includes their last meeting back on February 6th 116-113 win on the road at Oklahoma City. In that game Davis finished with 41 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
While Davis carried the load for the Pelicans the team found a way to win despite a game high 48 points from Westbrook while Durant turned in 28 points.
Betting Trends: Entering this contest these two teams have been on opposite ends going against the spread. Along with the Thunders success at home this season they have gone 5-2 against the spread at home while going 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games.
Meanwhile the Pelicans are just 1-5 against the spread on the road, 2-9 in their last 11 games overall and are just 1-6 in their last seven games playing on back to back nights.
November 13, 2015
The NFL season is heating up as teams continue their paths for a chance to reach Super Bowl 50. That includes a variety of games this weekend around the NFL including the New England Patriots heading to East Rutherford to take on the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium. Then we have the Arizona Cardinals traveling to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in a battle of the NFC West.
Meanwhile the one game that is going under the radar features the Minnesota Vikings traveling out to Oakland to take on the Raiders. The Vikings enter this game riding a four game winning streak after starting the season at 2-2. Then you have an underrated Raiders team that sits as a 2.5 point favorite at home in NFL spread picks.
Much of the Vikings success this season has been built around their defense and not their offense. This season the Vikings defense has played a key role this season in all eight of their games including both games they lost. The Vikings defense has not allowed more than 23 points in a single game this season. In those six wins, the Vikings defense has allowed just 16 points a game. If the teams offense could have made one additional play the Vikings could be an 8-0 team.
Over on the other end, the Raiders could very easily be a 7-1 team with their only real loss coming back to open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then the team has picked up wins over the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers and New York Jets. In the Raiders other three losses they have lost by a combined 11 points that includes games to the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now these two teams will meet up in a game that could have playoff implications for them. A loss for the Raiders drops them deeper into the wild card standings, a loss to the Vikings could derail a shot at the NFC North Division.
Previous Meeting: The last two times these teams met was back in 2011 when the Raider walked away with a 27-21 win. In that game Carson Palmer connected on 17 of 23 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown. Michael Bush led the way rushing for 109 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown.
In that game, Adrian Peterson left early in the second quarter with an injury to his left ankle. Peterson would finish the game with just 26 yards on six carries to go with one touchdown. The Vikings couldn’t overcome three costly Christian Ponder interceptions and two lost fumbles.
Betting Trends: Along with their 6-2 record the Vikings have been stellar against the spread this season. Overall the Vikings are 7-1 against the spread while going 3-1 against the spread on the road. Meanwhile the Raiders are 5-3 against the spread this season and 2-2 at home.
The Vikings not only have had success this season against the spread but over the past few seasons. Overall the Vikings are 22-8 against the spread over their past 30 games. The Raiders have had some success as well going 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games dating back to last season. This game could go either way as the underdog has gone 4-1 against the spread over their last five meetings. Who do you like in this matchup?
Will Adrian Peterson lead the Vikings to a win in the black hole or will the Raiders move to 5-4 on the season.
November 13, 2015
The 2015-16 NBA season continues on Saturday Night as the Los Angeles Clippers welcome the Detroit Pistons to the Staple Center. While you might decide to look past this contest and rule it a win for the Clippers, that might not be the case this season.
While we have seen the Clippers rise to the top of the Western Conference as one of their top teams, we have also seen the Pistons fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. That being said as these two teams prepare for their Saturday Night contest, with winning records as the Pistons sit at 5-3 while the Clippers sit at 5-4.
As we start to look at this contest a little deeper it may simply come down to whether or not the Pistons defense can slow down the Clippers offense. Entering this weekend, the Clippers are third in the NBA averaging nearly 106 points per contest. Meanwhile, the Pistons rank 23rd in the NBA averaging just 98.1 points per contest in NBA against the spread picks.
One area that could play to the Pistons favor in this matchup is their ability to rebound behind Andre Drummond. Drummond leads the NBA this season with 19.3 rebounds per game. This solid play from the Pistons big man has giving the team second chance baskets while limiting them for their opponents.
For the Clippers they need to find a way to pick up some wins after starting the season with four straight wins. Since that point the team lost back to back games to the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets before picking up a win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately the team couldn’t build any moment in DeAndre Jordan’s first appearance in Dallas after deciding not to sign with them this off-season.
Previous Meetings: These two teams met last season with the Clippers picking up wins in both contests. The first meeting took place on November 26th in Detroit. Despite getting 23 points from Chris Paul, the Clippers were paced by Jamal Crawford who finished with a game high 25 points.
Just a few weeks later, the Pistons made the trip out west to take on the Clippers at the Staples Center. That game turned out to be a one sided affair as the Clippers cruised to 113-91 win at home. In that contest Jordan scored 16 points to go with 15 rebounds. In all the Clippers finished the game with six players scoring in double digits
Betting Trends: As these two teams enter this contest with winning records only one of those teams have been put together a winning record against the spread. That team is not the Clippers but the Pistons who have posted a 5-3 record against the spread.
While the Pistons have been really good against the spread this season the team has been over their past 22 games. The Pistons are 5-0 in their last five games on Saturday against the spread while going 15-7 against the spread in their last 22 games overall. The Pistons have also gone 5-2 against the spread the last seven times they have taken on a team from the Western Conference.
Meanwhile the same can’t be said about the Clippers success going just 1-4 against the spread at the Staples Center this season. Along with the success this season, The Clippers are just 0-4 against the spread in their last four games as well as 0-4 against the spread in their last four games on Saturday.
The trend we really like in this contest is the over/under line of that should see upwards of 205. Over their last five games, these two teams have posted a 3-1-1 record of covering the over.
Will Andre Drummond be able to rebound the Pistons to a big win on the West Coast?
November 12, 2015
The race to the playoffs continues in the NCAA this weekend as the season approaches its final few weeks. One of those teams is the number second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide who knocked off highly ranked LSU last week college football picks and predictions. Now those same Crimson Tide make the trip to Davis Wade Stadium to take on number 17th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Along with this top 25 matchup the only other top 25 matchup this weekend features the 21st Memphis Tigers heading to Texas to take on the Houston Cougars. While neither of those teams are in the playoff picture each of these two games should be two of the top games this weekend.
Now that being said the game we wanted to focus on is this SEC Showdown taking place at 3:30pm ET on CBS. Currently Crimson Tide sits atop the SEC West division at 5-1 while the Bulldogs trail both LSU and Ole Miss at 3-2. A loss for either of these two teams could go along way in deciding the outcome of the SEC West conference.
The test will be with the Bulldogs defense as they look to slow down the Crimson Tides rushing attack. That could be a difficult task as we saw the LSU Tigers defense that allowed 250 yards to this same Crimson Tide team. That included 210 yards on 38 carries by running back Derrick Henry.
While the Bulldogs are trying to slow down Henry, the Crimson Tide defense will need a second straight dominant performance. This weekend the test will be Dak Prescott, this comes just a week after allowing just 31 rushing yards to Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette.
Previous Meeting: These two teams met back on November 15th last season in a game the Crimson Tide walked away with a 25-20 win. Along with last seasons win, the Tide have dominated this series winning the last seven straight games. That includes the last three games on the road against the Bull Dogs.
In that contest, Prescott put together a big game in terms of yards combining to rush and pass for 372 yards and two touchdowns. While posting a big game, Prescott threw three costly interceptions that in the end would cost the Bulldogs a chance to win the game.
Betting Trends: As we start look at the betting trends we have to look past the success the Crimson Tide has had in the standings and more of how they have performed against the college football spread. The Tide are just 4-5 against the spread this season but two of those four games came on the road. On the other side the Bulldogs have been stellar against the spread this season going 6-3 as well a 4-1 at home.
Along with that each of these teams have performed well against the spread overall of late. The Tide are 4-0 in their last four road games against the spread while the Bulldogs are 4-1 in their last five games in the SEC Conference.
Looking at how these two teams team’s have faired playing each other has resulted in the home team covering the spread in four of their past five meetings. Outside of that sports bettors may turn their attention to the over/under as they have combined to score less than that line that past seven times they have met in Mississippi as well as 13 of their past 16 total meetings.
Will Nick Saban roll his Tide into another National Title game or will Dak Prescott spoil his chances?
November 12, 2015
The Buffalo Bills head to East Rutherford New Jersey as Rex Ryan looks to pick up a key win on Thursday Night Football over his former New York Jets squad. These two teams are both still alive in the AFC playoff picture as the Bills sit at 4-4 after their first four games while the Jets sit at 5-3.
Now we understand it may still be way to early to start looking at the playoff picture but for these two teams each game down the stretch will play a key role. Currently the Jets sit with the first of two wild card spots while the Bills currently sit just a game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers for the second wild card.
For the Jets all they need to do is to continue their success at MetLife Stadium where the team is 3-1 this season. That includes wins over the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins. Their only loss came early on as the Philadelphia Eagles were able to leave with a 24-17 win.
Over on the other side of the ball Ryan will look to lead his team to their second straight win after losing back to back games to the Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals before a big win over the Dolphins at home last weekend. Overall the Bills are 2-1 on the road with wins over the Dolphins in Miami and a 14-13 win in Tennessee against the Titans.
In this game it will simply come down to whichever teams defense makes the bigger play.
Previous Meetings: These two teams are very familiar with each other playing twice a season in the AFC East division. That being said this will be the first meetings between the two since Ryan took over the Jets as their head coach back in the 2009 NFL season.
Last season the Bills were able to pick up wins in both contests that includes a 43-23 win during week 8. In that contest the Jets defense could not find an answer for quarterback Kyle Orton. Orton completed 10 of 17 passes for 238 yards to go with four passing touchdowns.
Along with Orton’s performance the Jets offense turned this game right over to the Bills. That included a combined four interceptions from Michael Vick and Geno Smith as well as two costly fumbles by Vick. The Jets running game was able to rush for 175 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Betting Trends: As we look at this matchup the Bills have been solid on the road this season going 2-0 against the spread while the Jets are just 2-2 against the spread at home.
As we start to look at this contest the home team has gone 5-1 against the spread in their last six meetings. Along with the home team’s success the Bills are 4-1 the last five times these two teams have met. Now one trend to consider is the over in this matchup as these two teams have covered the over the last five times they have met in New York.
Other trends to monitor include the Bills who have gone 4-1 against the spread against the AFC East. The Jets have also had success against the AFC East going 4-0-1 against the spread while going 7-2-1 against the AFC Conference.
Will Rex Ryan get the win over his former team or will the Jets find a way to get the win at home in NFL picks?
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