December 2015

Football picksDecember 27, 2015

Denver Broncos vs Cincinnati Bengals One of the great questions surrounding the Denver Broncos is about Peyton Manning. That much is easily understood. The five-time MVP is still nursing his foot injury, and he is taking his time is getting back into action. Rather, the Bronco coaching staff is monitoring his progress very carefully at the moment. But he missed practice a couple of days, with plans to work out on Saturday. Either way, barring an unforeseen circumstance, he will be inactive on Monday night as his team plays host to the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field in Denver, as action begins at 8:30 PM ET.

Brock Osweiler is the starter again for Denver on Monday, and for him, it was a tale of two halves, as he completed 14 of 18 with three touchdowns in the first half against Pittsburgh, but then dropped off in the second half, going a dismal 7 of 26, as the Steelers mounted a comeback to beat the Broncos 34-27. Of course, the Broncos had held Oakland to negative yardage the week before, and Osweiler could not produce a point in the second half of a 15-12 loss to the Raiders in NFL football picks.

Cincinnati is moving ahead with a second-string quarterback, out of necessity. AJ McCarron filled in for the injured Andy Dalton last week and made his first NFL start, going 15 of 21 in a win over the offensively-challenged San Francisco 49ers.

In the Monday night football betting odds posted on this game, the Broncos are favored by a field goal:

Broncos/Bengals NFL Monday Night Consensus Picks

Denver Broncos -3 (-120)

Cincinnati Bengals +3 (+100)

Over 40.5 points -110

Under 40.5 points -110

The Bengals, of course, can use all the receivers they can get in support of McCarron. AJ Green has had back problems and may have problems against this very accomplished Denver secondary, which has allowed only 5.6 yards per pass attempt. One of the pleasant surprises in the Cincinnati receiving corps has been Tyler Eifert, who was named to Pro Bowl on the strength of his 564 yards and twelve touchdowns. But now Eifert, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, has still not passed through the league’s protocol.

This is a potential concern for the Bengals because it not all that likely that they will get a ground game uncorked. GTBets are well aware that the Broncos have slowed down almost all running backs, allowing just 3.2 yards per carry, and while Jeremy Hill, Cincy’s workhorse back, may have scored ten touchdowns, he has still averaged only 3.4 yards per attempt.

The Broncos’ offense seemed to be churning last week against the Steelers in the first 30 minutes, hitting on the first eight third down attempts. But it appears as if opponents are able to make adjustments against them with an awful lot of success, and much of that zeroes in on Osweiler’s inexperience and his limitations as a passer right now. Denver had 104 rushing yards last week, an improvement on the 34 the Broncos had against Oakland.

With New England coming into the weekend at 12-2, it is quite likely that the Bengals will clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win, relegating Denver to the third spot.


Football picksDecember 27, 2015

Sunday Night New York Giants vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Spread PicksThere are questions surrounding potential player absences for Sunday night’s NFL matchup between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, but head coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikes, who held star running back Adrian Peterson out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, says that A.P. should be in uniform and ready by the time these teams kick it off at 8:30 PM ET at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in NFL spread picks.

Minnesota is 9-5 straight-up, and the Vikings have performed very well against the football pointspread, with an 11-3 ATS mark. They are a game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, and they are, as we speak, sitting in one of the wild card spots in the NFC, with the possibility of still winning the division. They throttled Chicago 38-17 at home last week. A win here would wrap up a playoff slot for them; that would be the easiest way for them to do it.

But they had to take Peterson out of the game in the second half with an ankle sprain. His loss would be a considerable one, as he leads the league with 1314 yards on the ground after sitting out almost all of 2014 with a suspension for domestic violence.

Minnesota’s defense could use some guys healing up, although they can heave a sigh of relief that they won’t have to deal with Odell Beckham, the explosive Giants’ receiver, who was suspended for a game by commissioner Roger Goodell for his dirty play against Carolina’s Josh Norman last week.

In the Sunday night NFL betting odds posted on this game, the Vikings are the favorites:

Vikings/Giants Consensus NFL Picks

Minnesota Vikings -5

New York Giants +5

Over 45.5 points -110

Under 45.5 points -110

The Vikings have been missing some starters on defense, and they hope they can return for this game. Linval Joseph, who has an injured foot, has missed three games in a row, while safety Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr have been out of action for the last two.

Minnesota certainly could use the help Peterson can provide; Teddy Bridgewater is always vulnerable for being sacked (38 times, in fact). And he has only 13 touchdown passes. Stefon Diggs, a rookie out of Maryland, has been a pleasant surprise, as he has caught 47 passes for 693 yards.

BetAnySports patrons know that the Giants have to think of some other ways to make big plays without the availability of Odell Beckham, who did a little too much sparring with Carolina’s Josh Norman and wound up getting suspended for some flagrant activities, including an intentional helmet-to-helmet hit (he lost an appeal to have the suspension lifted). He has 91 catches for 1391 yards, and now somebody like Reuben Randle (51 receptions, 638 yards) will have to pick up the slack.

As it is, the Giants could be emotionally sapped after last week’s massive comeback against the Panthers, where they were down 35-7, then came back to tie the game before losing in the last two minutes on a field goal. They have to at least be encouraged by the 161 rushing yards they were able to accumulate.


Football picksDecember 16, 2015

Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Football Spread PicksWhether Johnny Manziel is going to wind up getting a full shot with the Cleveland Browns is something we can’t answer right now. He seems to have a chilly relationship with head coach Mike Pettine, who might not have wanted him in the first place. And management was not happy that he strayed from the home base when he was originally supposed to be preparing for his “full-time” job. But he did lead the Browns to a victory last Sunday, which leaves fans – and some NFL bettors – somewhat optimistic. That had better be cautious optimism, however, as Johnny Football and his teammates travel to one of the more hostile environments in all of football – CenturyLink Field – to take on the surging Seattle Seahawks in a game that will begin at 4:05 PM ET.

Seattle got its wakeup call when it went under the .500 mark (at 4-5) and has responded with four straight victories, all of which have come by nine points or more. Last season they rolled through their last six regular season games, allowing just over 200 yards of offense in those. So this looks a little familiar. The offense has got a lot of life too, and Russell Wilson is getting hot.

Cleveland is just playing out the string right now, and whereas they were at least competitive in some of their losses earlier in the season, they have been dropping games by margins, where they simply could not move it on the ground. After seven straight defeats, that changed a bit last week, as they beat San Francisco 24-10 behind 230 rushing yards, while holding the Niners to just 221 yards of total offense.

Certainly the resistance will be considerably more formidable this week.

In the NFL betting odds that have been posted on this game, the Seahawks are huge favorites:

Who is the betting public on in this game?

Seattle Seahawks -14.5

Cleveland Browns +14.5

Over 43 points -110

Under 43 points -110

The Seahawks have some things to contemplate in their offense, despite scoring 173 points in their last five games. Jimmy Graham, the star tight end acquired from New Orleans, is out for the year. Marshawn Lynch has been sitting out. And his replacement, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, who has been sensational, broke his ankle in the 35-6 victory at Baltimore last Sunday and will be out for the duration. So they are scrambling around to see what they can do at running back. Dujuan Harris (3.1 ypc), a journeyman, will get additional playing time, and Bryce Brown, who has talent, was brought back aboard this week.

It’s a good thing Russell Wilson is the hottest quarterback in the league right now.

In his last four games, BetAnySports Sportsbook patrons have seen Wilson complete 89 of his 118 passes and has 16 touchdown passes without an interception. His wide receiver crew of Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett are looking pretty close to unstoppable right now. And Cleveland’s best corner, Joe Haden, is of no further use this year, as he is on injured reserve with his concussion.

By all accounts, Manziel was very poised in running the Cleveland offense, which piled up 481 yards, 145 of which was supplied by RB Isaiah Crowell. Manziel had an interception, but he was also 21 for 31 for 270 yards. Seattle has shut down the opposition’s run game lately, yielding a total of 176 yards in the last four games. And if there is anywhere the former Heisman Trophy winner might be made to look like a raw rookie, it is this venue, which is notorious for its noise.


Basketball picksDecember 9, 2015

Wednesday Night NBA Basketball Picks & PredictionsThe NBA is in full swing on Wednesday night with a ten game lineup taking to the hardwood. In that mix of games includes a few key matchups to watch including the Houston Rockets traveling to Washington DC to take on the Wizards meanwhile the Atlanta Hawks will travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks as both teams sit at 13-9 on the season.

In the end the game that we expect all eyes to be on features the 18-4 San Antonio Spurs traveling to Canada to take on the 13-9 Toronto Raptors. Currently the Spurs have the NBA’s second best record only trailing the undefeated 22-0 Golden State Warriors in NBA basketball picks & predictions.

Along with that second best record this team continues to be one of the best in the NBA year in and year out under Greg Popovich. That includes a team that has seen their dynamic duo of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan get much older. In the end the same result at the end of the year a team that makes it to the playoffs and contends for another NBA championship.

The latest display of greatness from Pop’s crew came on Monday night as they blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 119-68. Now the 76ers are the NBA’s worst team but the Spurs elected to rest some of their key players. That list included Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard who all were giving the night off.

For the Raptors its been an up and down season including a five game winning streak to start the season with wins over some solid teams including the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. All four of those teams currently sit in the top eight of their respective conferences.

Previous Meeting: These two teams squared off twice last season with the home team picking up wins. In their meeting in Toronto last season the Raptors held the Spurs to only 82 points with no Spur scoring more than 12 points. James Johnson carried the way with a game high 20 points while DeMar DeRozan chipped in 18 points.

Jonas Valanciunas dominated the glass for the Raptors picking up 16 rebounds while Kyle Lowry dished out seven assists. In the loss, Duncan picked up 12 points to go with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Betting Trends: Entering this game each of these teams have been solid at points this season against the spread. The Spurs are currently 7-4 on the road against the spread while going 7-3 against the spread over their past ten games. Meanwhile the Raptors are 5-4 against the spread at home while going 6-4 against the spread over their last ten games.

That forced us to look at each of these teams a little deeper on their past betting trends. The Spurs have gone 4-1 in their last five road contests against the spread against teams with a winning home record. Along with that success the Spurs are 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 meetings with teams from the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors on the other hand are 6-0 against the spread on games on Wednesday Night against the spread. The team has also posted a 6-0 record against the spread with teams that have better than a .600 winning percentage. Along with that the Raptors have had success against the Western Conference covering the points in 11 of their last 15 games.


Football picksDecember 9, 2015

Thursday Night Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Football PicksThe NFL week gets underway on Thursday Night Football with a prime time matchup featuring two playoff caliber teams in the NFC. After a blowout loss at home to the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, the 8-4 Minnesota Vikings will travel to Arizona to take on the 10-2 Cardinals in NFL football picks.

Entering their Thursday Night showdown, the Cardinals have a strong three game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West. Meanwhile the Vikings currently hold the first of two wild card spots in the NFC with a strong two game lead over a handful of 6-6 teams.

When we start to look at this matchup it will simply come down to the defenses of each team. Last week the Seahawks were able to get a lead and keep Adrian Peterson quiet causing the Vikings offense to stall. For the Cardinals their defense has been strong for most of the season holding opponents to under 20 points in six of their games including the St. Louis Rams to just three points last weekend.

The Vikings secondary will have their hands full trying to slow down the Cardinals receivers. Over their past five games, the Cardinals have had at least one hundred yard receivers in four of those games with John Brown finishing with 99 in the only game they did not reach the mark.

Along with stopping the Cardinals receivers the Vikings will have their hands full with Carson Palmer. Palmer has played himself into the MVP picture throwing for 3,693 yards and 29 touchdowns while guiding the Cardinals to the second best record in the NFC. In all Palmer has nine games with at least two touchdowns including three games with three and three games with four while only having multiple interceptions in two games.

Previous Meeting: The last three times these teams have met the Vikings were able to pick up wins at home. This time around the Vikings will travel to Arizona for the first time since the 2009 season a game they lost 30-17. The last time these two teams met the Cardinals defense held the Vikings passing game to just 58 yards but couldn’t slow down Peterson. Peterson finished the game with 153 yards on the ground and one touchdown.

The difference in the game was a costly turnover by John Skelton who intercepted by Harrison Smith and returned for a touchdown.

Betting Trends: When looking at these two teams the Vikings clearly look like the easy choice against the spread. Entering this game the Vikings are nearly an eight point underdog despite going 5-1 against the spread on the road. Meanwhile the Cardinals are just 2-3 against the spread at home this season.

That being said looking a little deeper the Cardinals are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games in December while going 19-7 against the NFC over their past 26 games. On the other side the Vikings have been good this year going 5-0 in their last five on the road against the spread while going 11-3 in their last 14 games in December.

This game will come down two veteran stars looking to make a few big plays.


Football picksDecember 4, 2015
Alabama vs Florida SEC Championship Game Picks & PredictionsA lot of people who observe NCAA football betting are scratching their heads at the play of the Florida Gators coming down the stretch. It’s as if this team took the SEC East title for granted, and put things on cruise control. Of course, we know that really isn’t the case, and that is a concern for people evaluating this game, as they are catching a lot of points against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game, which is scheduled to take place at 4 PM ET on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Florida, which is 10-2 straight-up in college football picks & predictions and 7-4-1 against the football pointspread, has been hailed as one of the big success stories of the 2015 season. They were bad enough last season that, even though they made it to a minor bowl game, they fired head coach Will Muschamps. Then they turned to Jim McElwain, who had rebuilt the program at Colorado State, and also, we might add, is the former offensive coordinator at Alabama under Nick Saban. He has been very effective against the football odds, compiling a 28-12-1 ATS mark over his last 41 ball games.
Alabama is in a position where they can win this game, they will be in the four-team playoff to determine the national champion. They are ranked #2 across the board, and that includes the playoff rankings. Their only loss came at home against Ole Miss, in which they were minus-5 in the turnover category. But they have a defense that is going to be very hard for the Gators to penetrate, since Florida is somewhat limited on offense.
In the NCAA football betting odds posted on this game, the Tide is laying a lot of points:
Alabama Crimson Tide -17.5
Florida Gators +17.5
Over 40 points -110
Under 40 points -110
Not a whole lot went wrong for Florida in the early part of the season, but then all of a sudden they lost their quarterback. Will Grier, a freshman who had beaten out Treon Harris for the starting job, and had completed almost 66% of his passes, was found to have used an illegal performance-enhancing substance and caught a very rough suspension of one calendar year. That left the offense in the hands of Harris, who was only 49.5% accurate last season. He has improved that completion percentage only slightly in 2015, and it is clear that the attack is very limited with him at the controls. He has been sacked 20 times in the last six games, and that does not bode well against this Alabama squad that has dumped the opposing passer 41 times.
BetAnySports Sportsbook patrons know that Kelvin Taylor, Florida’s only threat at running back, needs to break loose somehow. He had 136 yards against Florida State last week, but gaining ground against this Alabama defense could be much more difficult. Only one opponent all season exceeded 3.4 yards per carry against the Crimson Tide, and they have allowed only 79 rushing yards per game, which is best in the nation. They can stack the box and force Harris to beat them with his arm.
That’s why it is important that DeMarcus Robinson, who was suspended for last week’s game, has been reinstated. Robinson leads the team with 46 receptions, and this squad will need all hands on deck – or at least all that are physically available – in order to make a game of this. McElwain has been seriously critical of his team of late, as they lost 27-2 to Florida State after having to go to overtime to defeat Florida Atlantic. He says he is sick because the offense can’t give his stellar defense a whole lot of help. Will any of that help come on Saturday?



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