Why Your Team Won't Win The Super Bowl

Why Your Team Won’t Win The Super Bowl

Not only did 5Dimes oddsmakers drop the Wild Card weekend and Super Bowl odds yesterday but the odds AGAINST winning Super Bowl LIV as well. Now keep reading to find out why your team won’t win the Super Bowl.

Odds AGAINST Wining Super Bowl LIV

  • Baltimore Ravens -275
  • Kansas City Chiefs -490
  • San Francisco 49ers -500
  • New Orleans Saints -1050
  • Green Bay Packers -1300
  • New England Patriots -3000
  • Seattle Seahawks -4700
  • Philadelphia Eagles -7500
  • Minnesota Vikings -9000
  • Tennessee Titans -10300
  • Buffalo Bills -10300
  • Houston Texans -10300

Why Your Team Won’t Win The Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens -275

Lamar Jackson might be the runaway MVP winner this season, but veteran running back Mark Ingram II was injured in Week 16. If the underrated vet isn’t back to full health by the time the postseason rolls around, maybe finding a way to slow the unstoppable Jackson is actually possible…maybe.

Kansas City Chiefs -490

The Chiefs might be firing on all cylinders heading into the postseason by reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes, but the lack of a complimentary rushing attack could derail Kansas City’s Super Bowl hopes.

San Francisco 49ers -500

The Niners have an elite defense and they finished a stellar second in scoring, but the 49ers has struggled defensively in ranking 24th in points allowed since Week 9 and oh yeah…there’s the fact that I’m still not going with Jimmy G over any of the conferences other elite quarterbacks, like Drew Brees.

New Orleans Saints -1050

The Saints might be red-hot heading into the postseason and they finished the regular season third in scoring (28.6 ppg), but the Saints are heavily reliant on superstar wide receiver Michael Thomas and the lack of another competent wideout could prove problematic against one of the conference’s elite defenses if anyone figures out a way to neutralize Thomas.

Green Bay Packers -1300

Sure, the Packers won 13 games to lock down the No. 2 seed in the NFC, but Green Bay betting backers should know that Aaron Rodgers has been completely pedestrian this season in ranking 12th in quarterback rating during the regular season. Rodgers will enter the playoffs 10th in passer rating, ranking ahead of only, Tom Brady and Buffalo’s Josh Allen.

New England Patriots -3000

Speaking of passing troubles and Tom Brady is in the midst of his biggest struggles ever. New England’s sure-fire future Hall of Famers finished the regular season ranked 16th in QBR, behind guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Derek Carr and that just doesn’t look good for a Patriots team that is looking to go back-to-back.

Seattle Seahawks -4700

The Seahawks have a perennial MVP candidate in superstar quarterback Russell Wilson, but the Seahawks lost their starting left tackle and their top two running backs to injury in December, not to mention the fact that Seattle ranks an uninspiring 22nd in points allowed (24.9 ppg).

Philadelphia Eagles -7500

Carson Wentz and company got hot late to win the NFC East, but the Birds are still dealing with a bunch of injuries and they recorded five of their nine wins this season over the lowly Giants, Redskins and mediocre Cowboys and that just doesn’t inspire a lot of faith in the team I believe has the toughest way to go in the NFC playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings -9000

The Vikings have an elite defense and a superstar in running back Dalvin Cook. The bad news it that the oft-injured Cook was injured in Week 6 with a chest injury and may not be back to full strength by the time the playoffs get underway. Plus, Minnesota hasn’t won a road playoff games since Prince was in his heyday.

Tennessee Titans -10300

The Titans have the look of a dangerous team entering the postseason behind red-hot Ryan Tannehill, but there are some reasons for concern in Tennessee, starting with the fact that it’s going to take a monumental effort to get past Tom Brady and a New England Patriots team that is virtually unbeatable at home in the playoffs.

Buffalo Bills -10300

The Bills have an elite defense and I believe they are the biggest bunch of overachievers in the playoffs. Unfortunately, Buffalo ranks an uninspiring 23rd in scoring and young quarterback Josh Allen is the lowest-ranked quarterback in the AFC playoffs.

Houston Texans -10300

Houston has one of the game’s best young quarterbacks in Deshaun Watson, but the Texans have a ton of issues on the defensive side of the ball in ranking 28th overall, 29th against the pass and 19th in points allowed (24.1 ppg). Will the return of JJ Watt help?

Odds To Win Super Bowl LIV

Odds To Win Super Bowl LIV

5Dimes oddsmakers released the updated Super Bowl LIV odds after the playoff field was finalized Sunday night. Pre-season public favorite Cleveland failed to make the playoffs after a failed season. The defending Super Bowl Champion Patriots started the season strong but with zero offensive weapons and an aging QB, New England sputtered to the finish line losing to the tanking Dolphins thus having to play a wild card game. Five teams are atop the Patriots on the Super Bowl betting odds board.

Odds To Win Super Bowl LIV

  • Baltimore Ravens +240
  • Kansas City Chiefs +400
  • San Francisco 49ers +410
  • New Orleans Saints +700
  • Green Bay Packers +900
  • New England Patriots +1600
  • Seattle Seahawks +2500
  • Philadelphia Eagles +3500
  • Minnesota Vikings +4000
  • Tennessee Titans +4500
  • Buffalo Bills +4500
  • Houston Texans +5000

Baltimore Ravens +240

Baltimore (14-2) will hit the playoffs as the hottest team in the league, having won 12 straight games and star quarterback Lamar Jackson is this year’s runaway MVP winner. With the highest scoring offense in the league (33.2 ppg) and a defense that ranks fourth overall and third in points allowed, the Ravens have the look of a conference finalist at the very least this season and one of the very best Super Bowl picks on the board.

Kansas City Chiefs +400

Not only did the Chiefs manage to go 12-4 for the second consecutive season behind reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes, but more importantly, the Chiefs are playing their best football of the season at just the right time, having won six straight to close out the regular season. Kansas City’s defense has improved dramatically over the last month and a half by not allowing more than 21 points in each of their last six while limiting three of those opponents to nine points or less. Right now, I believe the Chiefs, who rank fifth in scoring (28.2 ppg) and seventh in points allowed (19.3 ppg), are the only team in the AFC capable of beating Baltimore.

San Francisco 49ers +410

While I’m still not overly fond of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the fact of the matter is that San Francisco (13-3) has an elite defense that ranks eighth in points allowed (19.3 ppg) and can shut down even the most high-powered offenses. Despite Jimmy G’s shortcoming, Frisco still managed t rank a stupendous second in scoring (30.2 ppg). The Niners might not be back to their Joe Montana and Jerry Rice-led heyday, but San Francisco will definitely be difficult for anyone to beat this coming postseason.

New Orleans Saints +700

Drew Brees and company are on fire, having won seven straight games to close out the regular season. The Saints (13-3) ranked a decent 13th in points allowed (21.3 ppg), but it is their high-powered, third-ranked offense (28.6 ppg) that should put fear in the hearts of their NFC counterparts this postseason. After coming up agonizingly short of reaching each of the last two Super Bowls, I think it’s quite possible the Saints could not only win the NFC, but make my preseason pick of a Super Bowl title come true this time around.

Green Bay Packers +900

The Packers (13-3) might have won a stellar 13 games this season and they might have won the NFC North while securing a first round playoff bye. Still, I’m not really high on Green Bay’s Super Bowl hopes seeing as how they rank a solid ninth in points allowed (19.6 ppg), but an uninspiring 15th in scoring (23.5 ppg). Believe it or not, Aaron Rodgers is no longer the best quarterback in the league, or hell, the best signal-caller in the NFC playoffs.

New England Patriots +1600

The perennially-powerful Patriots (12-4) might be one of the top contenders to go back-to-back this season, but clearly, Tom Brady and company aren’t as good as we’ve seen in the past. While the Patriots still have an elite defense that leads the league in fewest points allowed (14.1 ppg), New England hits the playoffs having lost three of five including a season-ending 27-24 loss at home against Miami that cost them a first round playoff bye. Right now, I’m thinking New England is the third best team in the AFC postseason, if that!

Seattle Seahawks +2500

I love superstar signal-caller Russell Wilson, but Seattle (11-5) has had too many head-scratching moments for my taste this season and the Seahawks are clearly too reliant on Wilson to make plays through the air and with his legs. While Seattle ranks an encouraging eighth in scoring, they also finished the regular season ranked an uninspiring 21st in points allowed (24.8 ppg). If any of Seattle’s playoff counterparts can keep Wilson in check, not even the return of beloved running back Marshawn Lynch will be enough to put them over the top.

Philadelphia Eagles +3500

Philadelphia (9-7) battled a ton of injuries this season, but the Birds are playing well at the right time, having won four straight to win the NFC East and reach the playoffs. The Eagles rank 12th in scoring (24.1 ppg) and 15th in points allowed (22.1 ppg), but you should know that Philly has held seven of their last nine opponents to 17 points or less, including New England, Seattle and Dallas. Despite their struggles, Philly entered the 2019 regular season as one of the top Super Bowl contenders in the NFC and I believe they could pull off at least one upset this postseason.

Minnesota Vikings +4000

If superstar running back Dalvin Cook isn’t back to full health by the start of the playoffs, Minnesota’s Super Bowl hopes won’t go very far. The Vikings (10-6) might have finished the regular season ranked ninth in scoring (25.4 ppg) and sixth in points allowed (18.9 ppg), but without Cook in the backfield, Minnesota clearly isn’t the same team and one that certainly won’t go far if they’re forced to depend on mediocre veteran signal-caller Kirk Cousins.

Tennessee Titans +4500

Tennessee has gone a red-hot 7-3 since naming veteran Ryan Tannehill their starter in Week 7. More importantly, the Titans rank an impressive 10th in scoring (25.1 ppg) stellar third in rushing (138.9 ypg) and solid 12th in points allowed (20.7 ppg). Tennessee has scored more points than any team in the league since Week 9 while topping the 30-point mark six times and the 40-point plateau twice during the span. Believe it or not, I can imagine the Titans pulling off a playoff upset, if not two.

Buffalo Bills +4500

Josh Allen and the Bills (10-6) have been arguably the biggest bunch of overachievers in the league this season. Buffalo finished the regular season ranked second in points allowed (16.2 ppg) and even though they rank just 23rd in scoring (19.6 ppg) I think the Bills are capable of getting past anyone in the AFC outside of Baltimore and Kansas City.

Houston Texans +5000

The Texans (10-6) might not have been the most consistent team around, but they do have a superstar in quarterback Deshaun Watson and a bunch of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Still, Houston has been wildly inconsistent this season despite winning 10 games and I just can’t see the Texans doing much if they get out of their wild card matchup.

NFL Wild Card Spreads, Moneyline Odds, Over-Under Totals

NFL Wild Card Spreads, Moneyline Odds, Over-Under Totals

The 2019 NFL season ended with an unforgettable Week 17 of action. We can only hope the excitement carries over to Wild Card Weekend.

NFL Wild Card Spreads, Moneyline Odds, Over-Under Totals

Overnight, 5Dimes oddsmakers dropped the opening betting odds for each wild card matchup. The Bills face the Texans, the Titans are at Foxboro to tackle the Patriots, the Vikings hope to knock off the Saints and the Seahawks fly east to battle the Eagles.

Buffalo Bills +145
Houston Texans -3
O/U 41½

Tennessee Titans +180
New England Patriots -5
O/U 43½

Minnesota Vikings +315
New Orleans Saints -8
O/U 47

Seattle Seahawks -1½
Philadelphia Eagles +105
O/U 46

No. 5 Buffalo Bills (10-6) at No. 4 Houston Texans (10-6)
When: Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 4:35 PM ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

The Texans will be playing at home in this affair, but Buffalo’s second-ranked defense (16.2 ppg) will be the best unit on the field in this AFC wild card pairing. While Deshaun Watson and company have gone 5-3 at home this season, Josh Allen and the Bills have gone an encouraging 6-2 on the road. Still, the Bills struggle to score (19.3 ppg, 23rd) and they’ve been limited to 17 points or less in each of their last four games. Houston had put 23 points or more on the board in four straight until resting Watson in their meaningless regular season finale. Houston’s edge at quarterback and on offense in general, will be the reason the Texans escape the Bills in a thriller.

No. 6 Tennessee Titans (9-7) at No. 3 New England Patriots (12-4)
When: Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 8:15 PM ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

I know the last time Tennessee won at New England was back in 1993 when they were still named the Houston Oilers and that they’ve lost a half dozen road dates against the Patriots since then. Still, Tennessee has a powerful rushing attack and their passing game has been outstanding since Week 7. The Pats look ripe for the picking and I’m expecting the Titans to turn this one into a thriller to narrowly cover the chalk!

No. 6 Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at No. 3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)
When: Sunday, January 5, 2019 at 1:05 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Minnesota has a big edge on defense where they rank sixth by limiting the opposition to 18.9 points per game. While the Vikings also rank a surprising ninth in scoring (25.4 ppg), you wouldn’t know it, particularly as of late. While the Vikings have been limited to 20 points or less in three of their last four games, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have pretty much ‘opened up a can of whup ass’ on everyone they’ve faced, particularly since Week 11. New Orleans has scored 34 points or more in six of their last seven while topping the 30-point mark 11 times this season overall. Whether Dalvin Cook is at full strength or not for Minnesota, the Saints have too much offensive firepower for the Vikings to keep pace in this wild card clash. And oh yeah, Kirk Cousins should never be mentioned in the same sentence as the legendary Drew Brees.

No. 5 Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
When: Sunday, January 5, 2019 at 4:40 PM ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

I know Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles won their final four regular season games to win the NFC Least and reach the playoffs, but I’m thinking the Birds are going to be hard-pressed to get past Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in this wild card matchup, much like they did in their humbling 1-9 home loss against the Seahawks as a 1-point underdog in Week 12. Seattle has the edge at quarterback and head coach and they are solid at worst and very good at best defensively. The Seahawks have won three straight over the Eagles since the Birds drafted Wentz second overall in 2016 and the Seahawks have won five straight overall dating back to 2011, the year before they drafted Wilson.

Bet New Year's Six Bowl Games

Bet New Year’s Six Bowl Games

Outside of the National Championship game, the New Year’s Six Bowl games are the most fun you are going to have this college football post season. Click here for the latest college football odds.

Bet On College Football New Year’s Six Bowl Games

Citrus Bowl
Michigan (9-3) vs. Alabama (10-2)
When: January 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Alabama -7
Total: 58

The perennially-powerful Crimson Tide will be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in their Citrus Bowl matchup against Michigan, but I have no faith whatsoever in the Wolverines. Alabama might not have reached the CFP for the first time this year, but the Tide were just one win away from doing so and now they have a ton of motivation to cap off their season with a feel-good win. I know Alabama was on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 48-45 loss to Auburn in their regular season finale that effectively denied them a playoff berth, but I like Nick Saban to completely out-coach Michigan counterpart Jim Harbaugh in this affair, particularly after watching the Wolverines get blown by Ohio State out in their embarrassing 56-37 regular season finale. While Alabama has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, Michigan is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit home loss and 1-4 ATS in its last five bowl games.

Outback Bowl
Minnesota (10-2) vs. Auburn (9-3)
When: January 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Auburn -7
Total: 53.5

I’m really impressed with Minnesota’s fine season under head coach P.J. Fleck, but the Gophers failed to show up when they had a potential shot at a playoff berth. More importantly, Minnesota’s high-scoring offense got shut down in two of their last three games by scoring 19 points or less in a pair of losses to Iowa and Wisconsin. Auburn’s only losses this season have come against elite championship-hopeful SEC rivals (Florida, LSU and Georgia) and that means the Tigers are the pick to take care of business against Minnesota and improve on their stellar 6-0 ATS mark in their last six non-conference games and 10-2 ATS mark in their last dozen games as a favorite.

Rose Bowl
Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Oregon (11-2)
When: January 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Spread: Wisconsin -3
Total: 51.5

Wisconsin had Ohio State on the ropes in the Big Ten championship game before fading in the second half of their 34-21 loss to the Buckeyes. Oregon stunned Utah in the PAC-12 championship 37-15 to deny the Utes a potential berth in the College Football Playoffs and they are the statistically better team on both sides of the ball. Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in their last five games in the month of January while Oregon has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. After watching Oregon put a ton of points on the board against Utah’s stingy defense, I’m going with Justin Herbert and company to get it done again against Wisconsin in a contest that could be the most entertaining bowl game this season!

Sugar Bowl
Baylor (11-2) vs. Georgia (11-2)
When: January 1, 2019 at 8:45 PM ET
Spread: Georgia -5.5
Total: 41.5

Baylor had a fantastic season and only lost to one team (Oklahoma) this season with one defeat coming by a field goal and the other coming in overtime. Still, I’m thinking the Bears are going to be hard-pressed to get past an elite Georgia team that will be motivated to finish off the season with a win after getting smacked senseless by top-ranked LSU in the SEC championship game. Prior to their loss against the Tigers, the Dawgs had won six straight while taking out the likes of Auburn and Florida along the way. Baylor simply hasn’t played many teams on the same level of legitimate championship contenders as Georgia has in the powerful SEC and that’s why Jake Fromm and company will get the win and super narrow, ATS cover.

Baylor has gone an uninspiring 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games while Georgia has gone 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games as a favorite.

2020 Heisman Trophy Odds

Bayou Bengals & Comeback Cats To Play for CFB National Championship.

No. 3 Clemson will face top-ranked LSU for the College Football National Championship on January 13 at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

The College Football Playoff National Championship is set as the Bayou Bengals of Louisiana will face the Comeback Cats from Clemson.

  • Tigahs vs. Tigers
  • SEC vs ACC
  • Coach O vs. Dab-O
  • Joe Burrow vs. Trevor Lawrence
  • Death Valley vs. Death Valley

LSU Tigers vs Clemson Tigers Spread, Moneyline Odds, Over-Under Totals for the College Football National Championship.

The LSU Tigers rightly opened as 3½ point favorites to unseat the defending National Champion Clemson Tigers. A flurry of early overnight bets has bounced the spread as high as 6½-points. The favored teams in CFP titles games are only 2-3 straight-up. Click here for live college football spreads, moneyline odds, and over-under totals.

Clemson gets the nod in experience points after earning its fourth championship game appearance in the past five seasons. Coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers were underdogs, like this time around, in each championship game but upset favored Alabama twice, including last season. LSU is making its first CFP appearance since 2007 and salivating to win its first national title since that season when it beat Ohio State in New Orleans.

LSU steamrolled Jalen Hurts and the Sooners from the opening whistle to the very end of the Peach Bowl with a final score of 63-28. Clemson needed every minute of the Fiesta Bowl to dust Ohio State 29-23 after the Buckeyes jumped to a first half lead that they took the locker room. Trevor Lawrence orchestrated a four-play, 94-yard touchdown drive with under three minutes remaining in the game to take the lead for good.

The National Championship game will be a mere 80 miles from the LSU campus at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, making it a home game for Coach O’s squad. This will mark Clemson’s return to the site of its last loss, which was to Alabama in the 2017 CFP semifinal at the Sugar Bowl. Dabo’s Tigers have won 29 in a row since that loss.

The two 14-0 squads last faced off in 2012 in a game that ended in a 25-24 ACC Tigers win.

Opening Trending Odds NFL Week 17

Opening Trending Odds NFL Week 17

It’s the last week of the regular season and here are the opening odds for every trending NFL game this week that the public and sharps are eyeing.

Opening Trending Odds NFL Week 17

Green Bay -10 at Detroit
at 1:00 PM ET

The Packers had yet to take on Minnesota in their insanely huge Week 16 Monday night matchup, but after falling to the Vikings to fall into a tie for first place in the NFC North, Green Bay obliterates Detroit to cover the chalk and finish with the division title, no matter how Minnesota finishes.

Chicago at Minnesota -7
at 1:00 PM ET

After getting past Green Bay in what I believe will be a hard-fought Week 16 matchup, I like Minnesota to throttle Chicago in their regular season finale. The Bears are nearly inept on offense and the Vikings have a ton to play for with the NFC North division title almost assuredly still on the line.

L.A. Chargers at Kansas City -6.5
at 1:00 PM ET

Philip Rivers and the Chargers have completely and utterly quit on this season. The Bolts have lost two straight and five of six. Conversely, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are on a nice roll heading into the playoffs, having won five straight, including a 26-3 smackdown of Chicago on Sunday. I expect the Chiefs to have this one well in hand before resting most their starters in the second half.

NY Jets at Buffalo -4.5
at 1:00 PM ET

Despite their Week 16 loss at New England and New York’s impressive home win over the Steelers, Buffalo is the easy pick to take care of business by at least a touchdown while getting set for their upcoming playoff appearance.

New Orleans -14 at Carolina
at 1:00 PM ET

The Panthers are a complete and utter mess, having lost seven straight games including their embarrassing 38-6 loss against Indianapolis on Sunday. With drew Brees and the Saints still in play to get the top seed in the NFC playoffs, New Orleans will win this one by a ton to easily cover the two-touchdown spread!

Washington at Dallas -11½
at 1:00 PM ET

The Skins may have lost to the Giants in an overtime thriller to fall to 0-3 over their last three games, but there’s no way I can back Dallas to cover the high spread in this season-ending NFC East matchup against Washington after watching the egg the Boys laid in their humongous 1709 week 16 divisional loss against Philly with the division title on the line this past weekend.

Philadelphia -4.5 at N.Y. Giants
at 1:00 PM ET

Philadelphia did just enough to get past Dallas in Week 16 and now all the Birds have to do is take care of business against the Giants in their regular season finale. No way do Carson Wentz and the Birds blow it after overcoming a season’s worth of injuries and struggles.

Tennessee -5 at Houston
at 1:00 PM ET

The Titans put up a helluva’ fight before fading late against New Orleans in their 38-28 Week 16 road loss. Houston got past Tennessee on Saturday and now, I believe Deshaun Watson and the Texans will narrowly escape this season-ending divisional showdown to win the AFC South, although I like the Titans to cover the chalk in what looks like a classic field goal finish waiting to happen.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore -3
at 1:00 PM ET

Despite their shocking upset loss against the Jets this past weekend, Mike Tomlin is still, hands down, my Coach of the Year. Still, there’s no way that Baltimore manages to drop this season-ending contest, even though I don’t expect to see Lamar Jackson after halftime, if at all.

San Francisco -3 at Seattle
at 4:25 PM ET

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have dropped two of three and they blew a golden opportunity to potentially nail down the top seed in the NFC playoffs by losing to Arizona on Sunday. Still, I’m expecting Seattle to show up in a big way to get the huge upset win over Jimmy G and the Niners to hit the postseason on a positive note.

NBA + Christmas = Fun

NBA + Christmas = Fun 🎄🏀🎊

With other major sports taking Christmas Day off, the NBA has taken over the holiday with fiver super-sized NBA tilts, well 4 and half since Zion is still sidelined for the Pelicans.

NBA + Christmas = Fun

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

The Celtics have won three straight and and seven of their last nine while ranking 15th in scoring (111.2 ppg) and a stellar second in points allowed (103.2 ppg). The defending champion Raptors had won five straight heading into their Monday night road date at Indiana. Toronto ranks 11tH in scoring (112.0 ppg) and seventh in points allowed (105.9 ppg). Toronto has gone a stellar 13-3 at home while Boston is a modest 8-5 on the road. The Raptors win by a half-dozen points on Christmas Day. The Celtics are a dismal 0-8 ATS in the last 8 road dates against Toronto.

Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers

Milwaukee has won three straight and nine of ten while ranking a stupendous first in scoring (120.6 ppg) and equally impressive ninth in points allowed (107.1 ppg). Philly managed to snap a three-game skid by beating Indiana on Saturday. While the Sixers have been rock-solid at home this season (15-2), the Bucks are the deeper team by far and that will be the difference in this Christmas Day matchup. The Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

Houston has won three straight and five of six. While Golden State managed to snap a five-game skid by getting past New Orleans, the Rockets could win this one by double digits with their backups starting. The injury-riddled Dubs hare ranked a dismal 26th in scoring (104.6 ppg) while also ranking a discouraging 22nd in points allowed (113.6 ppg). James Harden and company are ranked a stellar second in scoring (120.4 ppg) and their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five means they should cover what will almost certainly be a double-digit spread. 

L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers

The Clippers have alternated wins and losses over their last six, including a 118-112 road loss at Oklahoma City on Friday. The Lakers have dropped three straight including a 128-104 blowout win against Denver on Friday. LeBron James and company will be looking for payback for their 112-102 loss against the Clips on October 22, but they won’t get it against Kawhi Leonard and a Clippers team that will be well-rested coming into this affair and looking to deliver another message. The Clippers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite while the Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Golden State has gone 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets

The Pelicans are a complete mess and it doesn’t look like Zion Williamson is going to come riding to the rescue any time soon, if at all this season. Denver has won six straight heading into their Monday night road date at Phoenix and this Christmas day pairing looks like a huge mismatch the Nuggets should have well in hand by halftime! The Pels are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight road games. The Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.

NBA Christmas Day Team Records

Team SU Record ATS Record O/U Record
76ers 1-2 (33.3%) 1-2 (33.3%) 1-2 (33.3%)
Celtics 4-5 (44.4%) 5-4 (55.6%) 5-4 (55.6%)
Lakers 8-13 (38.1%) 12-9 (57.1%) 6-13-2 (31.6%)
Warriors 4-4 (50.0%) 2-6 (25.0%) 2-6 (25.0%)
Raptors 0-1 (0.0%) 0-1 (0.0%) 1-0 (100.0%)
Nuggets 1-3 (25.0%) 1-3 (25.0%) 3-1 (75.0%)
Pelicans 0-2 (0.0%) 0-2 (0.0%) 0-2 (0.0%)
Rockets 5-4 (55.6%) 7-2 (77.8%) 2-4-3 (33.3%)
Bucks 1-0 (100.0%) 1-0 (100.0%) 0-1 (0.0%)
Clippers 4-3 (57.1%) 4-3 (57.1%) 3-4 (42.9%)

LeBron James is 9-4 SU and 8-5 ATS while averaging 26 points, 6.7 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game on Christmas Day. Russell Westbrook is 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS while averaging 23.4 points, 8.6 assists and 7.4 rebounds on Christmas Day. James Harden is 6-1 SU and ATS while putting up 26.3 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds on Christmas Day. 

NBA Christmas Day Player Stats

Player Stats
LeBron James 26 PTS, 6.7 AST, 7.6 REB in 13 Christmas Day games.
Jayson Tatum 21.5 PTS, 0.5 AST, 6.5 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.
Anthony Davis 29 PTS, 4 AST, 15 rebounds in 1 Christmas Day game.
Jrue Holiday 9 PTS, 2 AST, 3 rebounds in 1 Christmas Day game.
Draymond Green 10.7 PTS, 5.2 AST, 7.7 REB in 6 Christmas Day games.
Ben Simmons 9.5 PTS, 5.5 AST, 11 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.
Joel Embiid 29.5 PTS, 2.5 AST,16 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.
Al Horford 10.3 PTS, 5.3 AST, 7.7 REB in 3 Christmas Day games.
Russell Westbrook 23.4 PTS, 8.6 AST, 7.4 REB in 9 Christmas Day games.
James Harden 26.3 PTS, 6.7 AST, 5.4 REB in 7 Christmas Day games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo 30 PTS, 3 AST,14 rebounds in 1 Christmas Day game.
Paul George 26.0 PTS, 3 AST, 9.5 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.
Nikola Jokic N/A Hasn’t played on Christmas Day
Early Odds NFL Week 17

Early Odds NFL Week 17

NFL Week 16 kicks-off tomorrow however 5Dimes oddsmakers have released the early NFL spreads for the final week of the regular season.

Early Week 17 NFL Odds

Tennessee vs. Houston -1
Cleveland vs. Cincinnati +3
Chicago vs. Minnesota -7
Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville -1½
Atalanta vs. Tampa Bay -2
Washington vs. Dallas -7½
New Orleans vs. Carolina +11
Philadelphia vs. New York Giants +5
Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore -3
New York Jets vs. Buffalo -4½
Miami vs. New England -14½
Green Bay vs. Detroit +10
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City -7
Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams -7
San Francisco vs. Seattle pk
Las Vegas Oakland vs. Denver -4½

Which NFL Week 17 Games Are Trending Now?

Chicago at Minnesota -7
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The Bears and Vikings both have excellent defense, but Chicago struggles to score the ball far too often under the direction of mediocre quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Vikings take care of business at home in their regular season finale to make one final push for the NFC North crown.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville -1½
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Minshew Mania strikes one more time for Jacksonville as the Jags get the narrow home win to ride into the offseason on a positive note.

L.A. Chargers at Kansas City -7
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There’s no way I’d use someone else’s money to back Philip Rivers and the underachieving Chargers in this AFC West season-ending matchup. Patrick Mahomes has a field day in a Chiefs romp!

New Orleans -10½ at Carolina
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All of that Kyle Allen is the future talk has come to an abrupt end in Carolina. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Drew Brees is still playing like a spry 25-year-old. The Saints win big to cover the chalk!

Pittsburgh at Baltimore -3
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Kudos to my Coach of the Year, Mike Tomlin for keeping the Steelers relevant amid of ton of decimating injuries. Pittsburgh’s season comes to a humbling end against sure-fire league MVP Lamar Jackson and the incendiary Baltimore Ravens.

Tennessee at Houston -1
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The Titans have been transformed by the play of veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but Houston can win the AFC South by taking care of business in this AFC South matchup and that’s exactly what I expect Deshaun Watson and the Texans to do in Week 17.

Washington at Dallas -7½
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The Cowboys will be playing at home with a potential chance to lock up the NFC East crown, but I’m going with washingto0n to at least cover the spread, seeing as how the Skins have looked pretty solid since firing the overmatched Jay Gruden.

Philadelphia -5 at N.Y. Giants
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Philadelphia will also have a shot to claim the NFC East crown and that means the Birds will get the regular season sweep over a Giants team they beat by six points in overtime in Week 14.

Arizona at L.A. Rams -7
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The Rams likely won’t have any playoff hopes left in Week 17, but even if they do, I’m going with the gifted Kyler Murray to help Arizona cover the chalk by keeping it close until the very end.

San Francisco at Seattle PK
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Russell Wilson and the Seahawks recorded a thrilling 27-24 overtime win over the Niners in Frisco in Week 10 and I believe Seattle will get the regular season sweep by holding it down at home in a NFC West divisional battle that could give the Seahawks the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

College Football Bowl SZN Spreads, Moneyline Odds & Over-Under Totals

College Football Bowl SZN Spreads, Moneyline Odds & Over-Under Totals

The College Football Bowl season kicks-off in a few days. If you are betting on any bowl games keep reading for which betting spreads, moneyline odds and over-under totals are trending after ten days of betting.

Bowl Season Spreads, Moneyline Odds & Over-Under Totals

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019

New Orleans Bowl
UAB (9-4) vs. Appalachian State (12-1)
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Spread: Appalachian State -16½
Moneyline: UAB +550
Total: 48

Appalachian State averages almost two touchdowns per game more than UAB in this matchup while also owning the superior defense in this pairing. The Mountaineers won their final six regular season contests while UAB enters the 2019 New Orleans Bowl coming off an embarrassing 49-6 smackdown against Florida Atlantic. Appalachian State caps off its fine season in style!

Las Vegas Bowl
Boise State (12-1) vs. Washington (7-5)
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Spread: Washington -3½
Moneyline: Boise State +155
Total: 50

Boise State won six straight to cap off the regular season. While Washington managed to get past Washington State 31-13 in their finale, the Huskies has also lost three of their final five games and four of seven overall. Washington has the bigger profile and plays against better competition in the PAC-12, but Boise State has only one loss and the Broncos look quite prepared to hang with their opponents in the 2019 Las Vegas Bowl

Boca Raton Bowl
FAU (10-3) vs. SMU (10-2)
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Spread: SMU -3½
Moneyline: Florida Atlantic +140
Total: 70

While Florida Atlantic won their finale six games of the season, 75 percent of public bettors are currently backing the favored Mustangs in the Boca Raton Bowl. SMU plays against a far more difficult list of conference opponents than FAU does and that jump up in competition will be just a bit too much for the Owls to handle.

New Mexico Bowl
Central Michigan (8-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3)
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Spread: San Diego State -3½
Moneyline: Central Michigan +155
Total: 40½

While both of these teams won six of their final eight, Central Michigan comes into the New Mexico Bowl off a humbling 26-21 loss to Miami (Ohio) in its finale while San Diego State shut down BYU en route to a 13-3 win in their finale. With a defense that ranks a stupendous fourth in points allowed (12.8 ppg), the Aztecs are the pick to get it done in this one!

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

Gasparilla Bowl
Marshall (8-4) vs. UCF (9-3)
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Spread: UCF -17½
Moneyline: Marshall +600
Total: 61½

Central Florida and Marshall both won five of their final six regular season contests, but the Knights average almost 18 points per game more than the Thundering Herd. UCF also has the better statistical defense in this affair, making the Knights the easy pick to get it done in this one.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019

Hawaii Bowl
BYU (7-5) vs. Hawaii (9-5)
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Spread: BYU -2
Moneyline: Hawaii +110
Total: 64

Hawaii had its four-game winning streak snapped in their 31-10 loss against Boise State in their finale. BYU had its five-game winning streak snapped in its humbling 13-3 loss against San Diego State. The Cougars have the far better defense in this bowl game pairing, but Hawaii looks like a team that can turn this one into a field goal finish.

Friday, Dec. 27, 2019

Holiday Bowl
Iowa (9-3) vs. USC (8-4)
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Spread: Iowa -2
Moneyline: USC +110
Total: 52

Both teams in this matchup won their final three regular season contests, but Iowa was far more impressive against it far better Big Ten rivals than the Trojans were playing in a mediocre PAC-12 this season. Iowa’s excellent defense gets it done to reach the double-digit win mark.

Texas Bowl
Texas A&M (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (8-4)
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Spread: Texas A&M -7
Moneyline: Oklahoma State +215
Total: 54

Texas A&M might be favored by a touchdown, but the Aggies got humbled in consecutive season-ending losses against Georgia and LSU in the powerful SEC. Oklahoma State lost four of their final 10 games while allowing 34 points or more in each defeat. Texas A&M will manage to take care of business in the Texas Bowl, but I like the Cowboys to keep it close, mostly because Texas A&M has been wildly inconsistent all season long.

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019

Camping World Bowl
Iowa State (7-5) vs. Notre Dame (10-2)
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Spread: Notre Dame -3½
Moneyline: Iowa State +150
Total: 54½

Notre dame might not have live up to their national championship hopes, but the Irish enter this contest riding the wave of a five-game winning streak that includes a statement-making 45-24 smackdown of Stanford in its finale. Iowa State dropped three of its last five and although the Cyclones have an elite defense, they just don’t have enough offensive firepower to keep pack against the Irish.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Liberty Bowl
Kansas State (8-4) vs. Navy (9-2)
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Spread: Navy -2½
Moneyline: Kansas State +120
Total: 52

Navy won 10 games this season including three straight to close out the regular season. K-State won its final two games and managed to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season by beating national championship-hopeful Oklahoma. The Wildcats play a far better brand of opponents and they’ve gone a near-perfect 6-1 ATS in their last seven games. K-State wins outright to cover the chalk as a slight underdog.

Opening Trending NFL Odds Week 16

Opening Trending NFL Odds Week 16

5Dimes oddsmakers dropped the opening odds for NFL Week 16 action last night and here are the top trending games that you need to keep an eye on before early betting shifts the spreads.

Opening Trending NFL Odds Week 16

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Week 16 Spread: PK

The Texans are in control of their playoff destiny, but Tampa Bay has won four straight while scoring 28 points or more in each contest and 35 or more in three of those contests. It won’t be pretty, but Houston gets the win.

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots -6½
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Week 16 Spread: New England -6½

The Patriots got back in the win column by smacking Cincinnati around this past weekend, but Buffalo has been far more impressive this season and the Bills have a defense that can keep it close against anyone! I like Josh Allen and company to cover the chalk by the narrowest of margins.

Los Angles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
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Week 16 Spread: San Francisco -6½

The Rams came up small when it mattered most by by getting routed by mediocre Dallas on Sunday. With Frisco playing at home and still holding on to hopes that they can win the top seed in the NFC, Jimmy G and company are the pick to get it done with room to spare.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers
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Week 16 Spread: LA Chargers -6½

The Chargers have lost four of five and got routed by Minnesota 39-10 on Sunday. Still, I like the Bolts to hold it down at home against a reeling Raiders team that has gone belly up by dropping four straight while scoring 21 points or less in each contest.

New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans
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Week 16 Spread: New Orleans -1

After hosting (and beating) Indianapolis n Week 15 on Monday night, I’m expecting Drew Brees and company to do likewise against Tennessee after the Titans had their winning ways snapped in their 24-21 loss against Houston on Sunday. It won’t be a cakewalk, but the Saints pull out a thriller.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
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Week 16 Spread: Baltimore -7

Baker Mayfield got outplayed by Kyler Murray in Sunday’s embarrassing 38-24 loss against Arizona and now, it looks like the Browns have absolutely no chance of beating likely league MVP Lamar Jackson and the incendiary Baltimore Ravens in this AFC North divisional battle.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
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Week 16 Spread: Dallas -1

The Boys snapped a three-game skid by pounding the Rams senseless en route to a stunning 44-21 win on Sunday. Philly won its second straight by getting past Washington 27-27 in Week 15. With the Birds at home, completely desperate, looking to snap a four-game skid against the ‘Boys and win an NFC East title that has been up for grabs all season, I’ve got to believe Carson Wentz and company will get it done in the City of Brotherly Love in this one!

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
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Week 16 Spread: Seattle -10

While I love Kyler Murray and I predicted Arizona’s win over Cleveland this past weekend, there’s no way the Cardinals are getting past Russell Wilson and a Seattle Seahawks squad that is now in first place in the NFC playoff race and playing at home in this huge Week 16 NFC West divisional battle.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears
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Week 16 Spread: Kansas City -4

Chicago put up a good effort in their hard-fought 21-13 loss against Green Bay, but the Bears just don’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and a Kansas City Chiefs team that can put points on the board in the blink of an eye.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
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Week 16 Spread: Minnesota -4½

The Packers managed to take care of business at home against Chicago, but the Bears can barely score the ball, so their Week 15 win should be taken with a grain of salt. Aaron Rodgers and company will get a much stiffer test against Minnesota’s stingy defense in this week 16 NFC North battle and I see it as a test the Packers fail.