Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

The XFL is about to complete its first month and if you haven’t been watching you have missed some great football. While it may never be in the same league as the NFL, it is very entertaining. Keep reading for the latest XFL Week 4 lines and XFL Championship odds.

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

XFL Week 4 Lines

Los Angeles Wildcats -6½
New York Guardians 40

Seattle Dragons 38½
St. Louis BattleHawks -12½

Houston Roughnecks -1
Dallas Renegades 50½

DC Defenders 43½
Tampa Bay Vipers pk

XFL Week 4 Props

Away teams total points scored +5½ -120 Over 172½ -120
Home teams total points scored -5½ -120 Under 172½ -120

Away teams win more games +135
Home teams win more games -175

Away teams scores more points +110
Home teams scores more points -150

Away teams scores fewer points -165
Home teams scores fewer points +125

Will a game go to OT? Y +300/N -420

XFL Championship Odds

Houston Roughnecks +195
DC Defenders +335
St. Louis BattleHawks +385
Dallas Renegades +575
Los Angeles Wildcats +800
New York Guardians +1325
Seattle Dragons +1850
Tampa Bay Vipers +1975

Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds XFL Week 3

Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds XFL Week 3

The return of the XFL is steamrolling along it’s 2020 campaign into Week 3! If you are betting on XFL football this week keep reading for my analysis on the Week 3 spreads, moneyline and over-under game totals.

XFL Week 3 Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds

Houston Roughnecks (2-0) at Tampa Bay Vipers (0-2)
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
TV: ABC
Spread: Houston Roughnecks -6
Moneyline: Tampa Bay Vipers +190
Over-Under Total: 46

Tampa Bay might be playing at home in this Week 3 affair, but that looks like the only positive thing the Vipers have going for them right now. Tampa Bay has gotten some absolutely inept play at quarterback through two games. First, Aaron Murray looked confused far more often than not in Week 1. Then, with the injured Murray out of the lineup last weekend, backups Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers stunk up the join in the Vipers’ 17-9 loss to Seattle.

Conversely, Houston has been the most explosive team in the league thanks to the stunning play of quarterback P.J. Walker. The former Temple star has thrown seven TD passes and just one interception this season while making a ton of absolutely jaw-dropping plays. Without making a prediction here, clearly, Tampa Bay is facing a tall task in trying to take down the unbeaten Roughnecks.

Dallas Renegades (1-1) at Seattle Dragons (1-1)
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
TV: FOX
Spread: Dallas Renegades -4½
Moneyline: Seattle Dragons +160
O/U: 44

Seattle dug itself out of a 9-0 hole early on to beat Tampa Bay 17-9 in Week 2. However, quarterback Brandon Silvers has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league so far this season with four TD passes and three interceptions. Seattle has scored and allowed an identical five touchdowns through two games. For Dallas, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones had a successful XFL debit by passing for 305 yards with on TD and two picks. Dallas has scored three touchdowns while allowing four through two games and they have the look of the better team in this matchup despite owning an identical 1-1 record as Seattle.


New York Guardians (1-1) at St. Louis BattleHawks (1-1)
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET
Where: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
TV: ESPN
Spread: New York Guardians +325
Moneyline: St. Louis BattleHawks -9
O/U: 41

St. Louis put up a great effort in their narrow 28-24 loss against Houston last weekend as quarterback Jordan Ta’amu passed for 284 passing yards with three touchdown passes and two picks. On the flip side of the coin, New York looked mostly incompetent on both sides of the ball in their 27-0 shutout loss against the DC Defenders last weekend. Former NFL quarterback Matt McGloin was benched after passing for a paltry 44 yards and two interceptions before getting benched in the second half. The BattleHawks have scored twice as many touchdowns on the year (6) as New York and they’re playing at home in this one!

DC Defenders (2-0) at Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2)
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
TV: FS1
Spread: DC Defenders -8
Moneyline: Los Angeles Wildcats +280
O/U: 44

The Los Angeles Wildcats looked a lot better last weekend than they did in Week 1, mostly because former NFL quarterback Josh Johnson made a solid debut by passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns. While the Wildcats fell to the Dallas Renegades 25-18 last weekend, I suspect this team will be a lot better moving forward with Johnson under center.

DC dominated New York on both sides of the ball to pick up a convincing 27-0 shutout win over the Guardians last weekend.
Former NFL signal-caller Cardale Jones had his second straight impressive outing by passing for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns. LA has scored a quartet of touchdowns this season while allowing eight touchdowns defensively.

Updated 2020 NBA Championship Odds

5 NBA Finals Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t!

After a successful All-Star break it is time to take a look at the future. Here are five NBA Finals matchups that everyone wants to see and five no one does.

5 NBA Finals Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t!

5 NBA Finals Matchups I Want To See

Milwaukee Bucks vs LA Clippers +355

There’s no NBA Finals matchup I’d rather see right now and I believe this matchup is actually going to take place. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have been the best team in all of basketball this season and have the look of a team that won’t be seriously challenged in the weak Eastern Conference. Still, the reigning MVP and his band of merry mates are going to have their hands completely full against two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and a Clippers team that got even stronger recently thanks to their additions of Marcus Morris and Isiah Thomas.

Milwaukee Bucks vs LA Lakers +338

While the Bucks have been red-hot since the start of the regular season, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have their own legitimate championship hopes out west. What self-respecting NBA fan doesn’t want to see the Greek Freak try to throw down some hellacious jams on James and Anthony Davis? Oh, and since I’m in a giving mood, if these two teams do meet, you can expect the Bucks to win it all simply because the Lakers are lacking quality depth on the bench.

Boston Celtics vs LA Lakers +2000

Remember Jayson Tatum’s vicious dunk on LeBron James in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals two years ago? I do, but if you don’t, here it is! Besides that, Boston looks like one of just a couple of teams that could actually challenge Milwaukee in the East and the still-blossoming Tatum is a huge reason why. Points blank, you can expect a knock-down, drag-out thriller if these two contenders make it to the finals.

Toronto Raptors vs LA Clippers +2215

The defending champion Raptors might have lost Kawhi Leonard in free agency following their first championship win in franchise history, but Toronto has looked surprisingly solid and are the hottest team in the league with a whopping 14 straight wins at the time of this writing. Seeing Leonard go up against his former teammates, including now, all-star forward Pascal Siakim, might not be great for TV ratings, but I believe it it would be a competitive series.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Denver Nuggets +8500

While I’m disappointed with the struggling 76ers right now, I’d love to see the all-star center matchup and contrasting styles of Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Philly’s Joel Embiid and a similarly interesting matchup between point guards Jamal Murray and Ben Simmons.

5 NBA Finals Matchups No One Wants

Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets +6850

While I’d love to see some on-court ‘drama’ from Embiid and Houston’s Russell Westbrook, this potential finals matchup won’t be good for the league’s ratings, nor would it be good for basketball purists that like to see a better brand of hoops besides the isolation style both of these teams play.

Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets +8500

While the Celtics and Nuggets are two of the league’s best title contenders in their respective conferences, I’m not sure how many fans outside of Boston and Denver would actually watch this series. The good news is that it would definitely be competitive with a chance to go the distance. The bad news is that no one’s getting fired up to see Kemba Walker and Paul Millsap.

Toronto Raptors vs Utah Jazz +10100

Again, while both of these teams are legitimate NBA Finals contenders, the fact of the matter is that the Jazz have absolutely no pizzazz outside of entertaining high-flyer Donovan Mitchell and some blocks by Rudy Gobert. Likewise, while Pascal Siakim and Fred VanVleet are fine players, no one will be in a big rush to leave their summertime fun to see these guys.

Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets +8700

I love Miami’s additions of Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder, but the only reason anyone would watch this potential NBA Finals pairing is to see Jimmy Butler and Russell Westbrook potentially come to blows. Ooh, maybe this is a finals matchup I’d want to see!

New York Knicks vs LA Lakers +999999

East Coast vs West Coast usually sounds like fun, but watching LeBron, the Brown and the Lake Show win in 4 straight will be only fun for one city.

Updated Post All-Star NBA Over/Under Season Win Total Odds Revealed!

Updated Post All-Star NBA Over/Under Season Win Total Odds Revealed!

We are at the All-Star break and 5Dimes oddsmakers have released updated NBA over-under season win totals. Keep reading to find out how each team is expected to finish their 2020 campaigns.

Updated Post All-Star NBA Over/Under Season Win Total Odds Revealed!

Eastern Conference

  • Atlanta Hawks: 24.5
    The Hawks need 10 wins over their final 26 regular season games to top this total. While I love Trae Young and the direction Atlanta is headed in, I don’t see it happening. Play the Under.
  • Boston Celtics: 55
    Will Boston win 18 of their last 28 regular season game to reach 56 wins? In the immortal words of the legendary Marv Albert…Yesss!
  • Charlotte Hornets: 26.5
    The lowly Hornets need just nine wins in their final 28 games to reach 27 victories, but it’s not happening seeing as how Charlotte has absolutely zero stars on their roster.
  • Chicago Bulls: 28.5
    Can Zach LaVine and company win 10 of their final 27 games? I’m counting 15 ‘sure’ more losses over the course of the regular season right now, so it could happen!
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 20.5
    If the Cavs keep winning seven times out of every 20 games as they’ve done so far this season, Collin Sexton and company will get there!
  • Detroit Pistons: 26.5
    Can Andre Drummond and company pick up eight wins over their final 27 games to top their O/U total? Despite their underachieving ways, the answer is yes. I’ve got the Pistons going at least 9-18 to close out the regular season.
  • Indiana Pacers: 47.5
    The Pacers needs 16 wins in their last 27 games and believe it or not, I’ve got Indy going 16-111 the rest of the way at the very least.
  • Miami Heat: 53
    Jimmy Butler and company need to go 18-10 the rest of the way to top this Over/Under total and I’ve got the Heat going 20-8 to close out the 2019-20 regular season.
  • Milwaukee Bucks: 66.5
    There’s absolutely no way that Milwaukee fails to win 19 of their final 28 games. Play the Over…it’s a lock!
  • Brooklyn Nets: 38.5
    Kyrie Irving and the Nets need to avoid losing more than 15 of their final 29 games, but I’m counting at least 17 more losses coming, so…there’s that!
  • New York Knicks: 25.5
    The Knicks need nine more wins over their final 27 to top this total and believe it or not, it could happen, even though I personally wouldn’t bet on the Knicks with your money!
  • Orlando Magic: 36.5
    Orlando just needs to record a winning record from here on in to top this O/U figure. Unfortunately, I’ve got the Magic coming up just short of doing so.
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 52.5
    The Sixers need 18 more wins to top their O/U total and with Philly being elite at home and having 13 more games in the City of Brotherly Love, I say they’ll get them!
  • Toronto Raptors: 56.5
    The Raptors need 17 wins in their last 27 games to top their O/U win total odds and I think think it’s a lock that Pascal Siakim and the defending champs get there after winning 14 of their last 15.
  • Washington Wizards: 29.5
    Outside of star shooting guard Bradley Beal, the Wizards are completely inept. Still, The Wiz need just 10 wins over their final 29 to top their O/U total. It’s gonna be close in the nation’s capitol, like real close.

Western Conference

  • Dallas Mavericks: 48.5
    The Mavericks need to go at least 16-11 over their final 27 games and I think it’s a lock that Luka and company get there. Despite having 15 road games remaining, the Mavs look good seeing as how they’ve gone 18-8 on the road this season.
  • Denver Nuggets: 55.5
    Denver needs to win 18 of their final 27 games to reach 56 victories, but I’ve got the championship-hopeful Nuggets coming up just short, because they have 14 road dates remaining and home games against elite opponents like Toronto, Milwaukee and the Clippers.
  • Golden State Warriors: 21.5
    There’s no way that Golden State wins 10 of their final 27 games while risking some ping pong balls in their chase for the first overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.
  • Houston Rockets: 52.5
    If the Rockets win 19 of their final 28, they’ll reach 53 victories. Unfortunately, I’ve got James Harden and Russell Westbrook falling agonizingly short of reaching their figure.
  • Los Angeles Clippers: 55.5
    The Clippers need to get hot in a hurry down the stretch run, but I’m going to say Kawhi Leonard and company come up short of 56 victories as they mostly concentrate on getting Paul George healthy.
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 61.5
    If LeBron James and the Lakers win 21 of their final 29 games, they’ll reach the 62-win mark. However. With 14 games remaining against teams that should reach the playoffs this year, I’ve got L.A. coming up just short here!
  • Memphis Grizzlies: 38.5
    Ja Morant and the upstart Grizz need to get 11 wins in their final 28 games. Consider it a done deal!
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 26
    The T-Wolves need 10 more wins over their final 29 games. Now that they’ve paired friends D’Angelo Russell with Karl Anthony Towns, I think Minnesota gets there, although I personally would have a hard time laying any money on the perennial underachievers.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: 38.5
    The Pelicans need to go 16-11 the rest of the way to to reach 39 wins and I believe they’ll get there as they furiously try to reach the playoffs behind Zion Williamson.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 47.5
    Simply put, I say chalk up Chris Paul and the surprising Thunder to get at least 15 more wins to top this figure seeing as how Oklahoma City has recorded a winning record at home and on the road.
  • Phoenix Suns: 33.5
    I feel for Devin Booker. I mean, I really feel for Phoenix’s lone star. Play the Under.
  • Portland Trail Blazers: 39
    The Blazers might have one superstar in Damian Lillard and a slightly lesser one in C.J. McCollum, but it won’t be enough to help the Blazers find the consistency that had elided them all season long.
  • Sacramento Kings: 33
    The Kings need to get 13 more wins over their final 28 games. Uh yeah…it’s not happening.
  • San Antonio Spurs: 36.5
    Where are Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker when you really need them? 37 wins is not gonna’ happen!
  • Utah Jazz: 53.5
    The Jazz have been phenomenal at home and rock-solid on the road. 17 wins over their final 28 games looks like a lock to me!
2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

3-Point, Slam Dunk, Skills Challenge Odds

The highlight of the NBA All-Star festivities are the 3-point, Slam Dunk  and Skills challenge and if you want to bet on the complete NBA All-Star Weekend keep reading!

2020 NBA 3-Point, Slam Dunk, Skills Challenge Odds

NBA Mountain Dew Three-Point Contest

  • Damian Lillard +380
  • Davis Bertans +400
  • Duncan Robinson +425
  • Joe Harris +425
  • Trae Young +450
  • Buddy Heild +800
  • Zach Levine +900
  • Devonte’ Graham +1025

This year, the three-point contest will include two extra shots. Each shot will be from six feet behind the 3-point line and will be worth three points. In addition, contestants will get an extra 10 seconds to complete all the shots, raising the time limit from 60 seconds to 70 seconds.

With that said, prohibitive favorite Damian Lillard is shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc while averaging four threes per night to rank second to James Harden (4.5) in made threes per game. Washington’s Davis Bertans is shooting a stellar 43.1 percent from downtown while Miami’s Duncan Robinson is draining a blistering 43.7 percent from three-point distance. Brooklyn’s Joe Harris is shooting 40.8 percent from the three-point line while Atlanta superstar point guard Trae Young has made 37.0 percent from beyond the arc. Sacramento shooting guard Buddy Heild has made 38.7 percent of his three point attempts while Chicago’s Zach Levine has made 37.6 percent of his treys and last, but not least, Charlotte’s Devonte’ Graham has made 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. While I’m not making a prediction here, I do like one of the best big-time shot-makers (Lillard or Young) to claim this year’s three-point title.

NBA AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

  • Aaron Gordon +110
  • Derrick Jones Jr. +165
  • Pat Connaughton +475
  • Dwight Howard +450

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon has been denied this award the last couple of years despite putting on a show with some serious throw-downs. While LA Lakers center Dwight Howard won the dunk contest back in 2008, I’m expecting Bucks forward Pat Connaughton to get a lot of love in this event simply because you just don’t see white guys with his jumping ability. I’m also expecting Miami’s high-flying Derrick Jones to challenge Gordon for the win with the lefty throwing down several highlight reel-making jams already this season.

NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge

  • Spencer Dinwiddie +390
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +450
  • Pascal Siakim +500
  • Jayson Tatum +450
  • Khris Middleton +500
  • Patrick Beverly +550
  • Domantas Sabonis +800
  • Bam Adebayo +1200

Boston’s Jayson Tatum won this event a year ago, but prohibitive favorite Spencer Dinwiddie won it two years ago and I believe the Nets’ do-it-all combo swingman could repeat simply because he’s a player that can pass, dribble and shoot with the best players in the league. I also love Oklahoma City’s super speedy Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Toronto’s Pascal Siakim to challenge, along with Boston’s still-blossoming Tatum. Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton will have a chance, but I’m ruling out Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis and Miami’s Bam Adebayo because of their respective lacks of feet speed.

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

XFL Week 2 Spread, MoneyLine, Over-Under Odds

Are you a fan of the new and improved XFL? If so you can bet the spread, moneyline and game total every week at 5Dimes. Keep reading for XFL Week2’s betting lines.

XFL Week 2 Spread, MoneyLine, Over-Under Odds

New York Guardians +220
DC Defenders -6½
O/U 48
When: Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Audi Field, Washington, DC
TV: ABC

The Guardians picked up a convincing 23-3 win over Tampa Bay in their regular season opener last weekend as former Oakland Raiders signal-caller Matt McGloin threw one touchdown pass and added another on the ground. The DC Defenders also picked up an emphatic win in Week 1 by jumping all over Seattle en route to a 31-19 win as former Ohio State star and LA Chargers backup Cardale Jones threw a pair of TD passes and the D.C. defense harassed Seattle signal-caller Brandon Silvers twice.

Tampa Bay Vipers -3
Seattle Dragons +130
O/U 45
When: Saturday, February 15 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
TV: FOX

As previously stated, Tampa Bay got completely man-handled in their humbling 23-3 season-opening loss against New York last weekend as former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray stunk up the joint by tossing two picks and no TD passes. Seattle also came up well short of winning their opener by getting smacked around by the DC Defenders en route to a 31-19 defeat in Week 1.

Seattle might have taken a loss on the chin in their opener, but I’m expecting the Dragons to pick up their first win of the season in this contest. While Seattle quarterback Brandon Silvers was picked up twice last weekend, he did manage to toss three TD passes in the loss and that should be more than enough to get the win in Week 2 seeing as how Aaron Murray looks like he could get benched after one more poor performance.

Dallas Renegades -4
Los Angeles Wildcats +160
O/U 48
When: Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 PM ET
Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
TV: ABC

Dallas was part of the most competitive game on the Week 1 XFL schedule, but the Renegades came up short of getting the win by falling to St. Louis 15-9 in their opener. Quarterback Phil Nelson passed the ball with success by going 33 of 42 for 209 yards. Unfortunately, he failed to throw a TD pass in the loss while tossing one pick. Los Angeles got dominated in their humbling 31-17 season-opening loss against Houston last weekend. The Wildcats started backup Charles Kanoff with starter Josh Johnson out of the lineup with a leg injury. Kanoff combined with third-stringer Jalan McClendon to go 25 of 45 with both quarterbacks tossing one interception, although Kanoff did throw one TD pass in the loss.

Los Angeles’ defense didn’t show up at all as Houston quarterback P.J. Walker lit them p for four TD passes in Week 1. Despite their lack of any competent defense in Week 1, I believe the Wildcats will get the win and narrow ATS cover as Josh Johnson gets the start and outplays counterpart Phil Nelson. Why Johnson isn’t in the NFL is beyond comprehension, but I expect the solid former NFL signal-caller to mostly have his way in this affair.

St. Louis BattleHawks +265
Houston Roughnecks -8
O/U 50½
When: Sunday, February 16 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
TV: FS1

St. Louis used a great defensive effort to subdue Dallas in their opener 15-9 while starting quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was good, if not great, in his debut by passing for 209 yards and one touchdown while adding 77 yards on the ground in the win. Defensively, the BattleHawks limited Dallas to a paltry 58 rushing yards while recording one interception in the win. Houston picked up the most convincing win on the Week 1 schedule by downing Los Angeles en route to an emphatic 37-17 win in their opener. Starting quarterback P.J. Walker might have put himself on the map of some NFL teams by going 23 of 39 for 272 yards with four TD tosses.

P.J. Walker looked like a gut that could easily play in today’s NFL. Walker has a nice arm and equally impressive running ability and I just don’t see St. Louis having an answer for all of the problems he presents. I believe the Roughnecks will get the job down at home but an eight-point spread is a tough bet.

Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds XFL Week 3

XFL Week 1 Odds & Analysis

Get ready for more football! The XFL season kicks off this weekend with four high-stakes games. Can this second professional football season succeed after so many have failed?

XFL Week 1 Odds & Analysis

Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Audi field, Washington, D.C.
Spread: DC -6½

Seattle is led by former longtime Seattle Seahawks legendary quarterback Jim Zorn with former Oregon State and Nebraska head coach Mike Reilly serving as offensive coordinator. The Dragons signed a bunch of former AAF players to their roster including starting quarterback Brandon Silvers, a former starter at Troy from 2014-2017. There are a bunch of question marks surrounding whether or not Silvers is a legitimate starter, but only time will tell at this point.

DC is led by former NFL and collegiate offensive coach Pep Hamilton, who has worked with a ton of quarterbacks in his career. Hamilton did some fantastic work with Andrew Luck after Bruce Arians departed and now he’ll have former Ohio State and LA Chargers signal-caller Cardale Jones leading his offense. Jones will have some proven talent at the skill positions, starting with former New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley, who led the AAF in rushing yardage last year and former Eagles backup Donnel Pumphrey.

Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
Spread: Houston -5

Los Angeles is led by former longtime Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss with former longtime USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow serving as OC. Chow will have arguably the best quarterback in the XFL running the show in former NFL performer Josh Johnson, who definitely should have been on someone’s NFL roster after all of the awful quarterback play we saw across the league this past season.

Houston looks like another team that could put up plenty of points under former Falcons, Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones. Former L.A. raiders backup Connor Cook is the starter under center in Houston and he’ll have a seasoned wide receivers to throw to in former Steelers third-round pick Sammie Coates.

Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians
When: Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Spread: Tampa Bay -3½

The Vipers are led by former NFL head coach Marc Trestman and will have former Georgia signal-caller Aaron Murray as the starter under center. The Vipers will also use former South Florida star Quinton Flowers at quarterback and running back, serving in a similar role to New Orleans’ do-it-all backup Taysom Hill. Whoever is passing the ball will have some excellent talent at the wide receiver position in former Cleveland Browns wideout Antonio Callaway, Stacey Coley and Tanner McEvoy.

New York is coached by former NFL offensive assistant and head coach Kevin Gilbride and will have former Penn State star Matt McGloin as the starting quarterback with Marquise Williams and Luis Perez ready to step in if the former Raiders backup struggles.

St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades
When: Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Spread: Dallas -6½

St. Louis will be led by former longtime Sooners and Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes with former Iowa signal-caller Chuck Long serving as the team’s offensive coordinator. The BattleHawks will have former Ole Miss signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu as the starting quarterback and a pair of running backs in Matt Jones and Christine Michael that have combined for over 500 carries in the NFL.

Dallas is led by former NCAA championship-winning head coach Bob Stoops and he’ll have a familiar face as his starting quarterback in former Sooners star and Steelers backup Landry Jones. Former Carolina Panthers backup Cameron Artis-Payne will be the starting running back, but Jones doesn’t have the best talent at the wide receiver position.

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Super Bowl LV Futures Odds

5Dimes NFL oddsmakers dropped the opening odds for NEXT year’s Super Bowl for the upcoming season.

Super Bowl LV Futures Odds

  • Kansas City Chiefs +700
  • Baltimore Ravens +800
  • San Francisco 49ers +875
  • New England Patriots +1200
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
  • Dallas Cowboys +2000
  • Seattle Seahawks +2500
  • Green Bay Packers +2500
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2800
  • Los Angeles Rams +3000
  • Minnesota Vikings +3000
  • Los Angeles Chargers +3300
  • Cleveland Browns +3300
  • Houston Texans +3500
  • Indianapolis Colts +3500
  • Tennessee Titans +3500
  • Buffalo Bills +4000
  • Chicago Bears +4000
  • Atlanta Falcons +4000
  • Denver Broncos +5000
  • Las Vegas Raiders +6000
  • New York Giants +6600
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6600
  • Carolina Panthers +6600
  • Detroit Lions +8000
  • New York Jets +8000
  • Cincinnati Bengals +10000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
  • Arizona Cardinals +10000
  • Miami Dolphins +12500
  • Washington Redskins +15000

Top Tier Super Bowl LV Contenders

  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Seattle Seahawks +2500

While no team has managed to win consecutive Super Bowls since New England did so back in 2003 and 2004, you had better believe that Kansas City is looking great as the prohibitive favorites to win Super Bowl 55. The Chiefs have an unadulterated superstar in quarterback Patrick Mahomes that has already won one league MVP and one Super Bowl MVP in just his third season. It’s bad news for the rest of the league, but Mahomes is just 24-years-old. Not only that, but the Chiefs will be back with the same boatload of talented skill position players that helped them win it all this season, not to mention the fact that they’ll now have a newfound confidence knowing exactly what it takes to become Super Bowl champs.

While Baltimore came up short of their Super Bowl 54 hopes, the Ravens are also looking great in the immediate future thanks, first and foremost to the eye-opening play of unanimous league MVP Lamar Jackson. Baltimore will almost certainly be elite on the defensive side of the ball and the experience they got this season could easily help them in their quest for Super Bowl success next season. While recent Super Bowl losers have had a tough time even getting back to the big dance the following year, San Francisco will undeniably have another good chance next season based on their astounding defense and powerful rushing attack, although I’m still not the biggest believer in Jimmy Garoppolo.

Despite a trio of heartbreaking playoff losses the last three years, New Orleans will be right back in the Super Bowl mix as long as Drew Brees and Sean Payton are still joined at the hip. Last, but not least, rounding out my group of top tier title contenders is Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle might have come up short of their own Super Bowl hopes this season, but the Seahawks have an MVP-caliber superstar in Wilson and one of the league’s most player-friendly head coaches in Pete Carroll. If Seattle’s defense takes another step forward next season, then I can see Seattle beating out their NFC rivals, even if they aren’t conference favorites right now.

They Need A Piece Or Two To Win Super Bowl LV

  • New England Patriots +1200
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
  • Los Angeles Rams +3000
  • Minnesota Vikings +3000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2800
  • Buffalo Bills +4000
  • Tennessee Titans +3500
  • Houston Texans +3500
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Dallas Cowboys +2000
  • Green Bay Packers +2500

Okay, let’s get to the top contenders just outside of my top tier. I know it might seem strange not seeing New England as one of the top challengers to win it all, but this decision was based on the fact that Tom Brady might not be coming back to Foxborough, combined with the fact that, even if the future Hall of Famer does return, the Patriots were almost bereft of talent at the skill positions.

Whether Brady returns or not, the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be better next season as Ben Roethlisberger returns after missing the entire 2019 campaign. Mike Tomlin as completely masterful without his franchise quarterback this past season and Roethlisberger’s return should put them back into Super Bowl contention at the very least.

The Rams have been a winning organization ever since head coach Sean McVay took over and despite their Super Bowl hangover this past season, the explosive Rams could very well make their second Super Bowl appearance in three years in 2021. Minnesota has an elite defense and a no-nonsense head coach in Mike Zimmer, but yeah…they still have Kirk Cousins under center and that’s just not going to cut it for a team with legitimate Super Bowl hopes. In Philly, all eyes are on franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. If Philly’s main man can stay upright and healthy, the Birds will soar and it could be to Super Bowl heights.

If Brady doesn’t return to New England, the Buffalo Bills will be the biggest benefactors after going an impressive 10-6 in 2019. Sure, strong-armed quarterback Josh Allen still needs to improve as a passer, but the Bills have an elite defense and they go all-out for head coach Sean McDermott each and every game. Tennessee could also challenge for a Super Bowl berth after their stunning run to the AFC title game this season. Houston still has a bunch of star power in Deshaun Watson and J.J. watt, but I’m sick and tired of seeing the Texans underachieve under head coach Bill O’Brien and fully believe it’s time for Houston to move on.

Veteran signal-caller Phillip Rivers might not be back with the Chargers next season, but the Bolts could become the landing spot for Brady next season. Even if Tom Terrific doesn’t end up in L.A., the Chargers could still field a competitive team next season, though getting past Kansas City in the AFC West looks virtually impossible right now.

Green Bay had a fantastic campaign that saw them reach the NFC Championship, but I don’t see the Pack getting past their NFC counterparts with Aaron Rodgers clearly taking a step backwards as he ages. For Dallas, the Boys might have made a decent hire to get former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, but as long as Jerry Jones is running things in the Big D, I wouldn’t expect much of anything next season, except more headline-making drama.

Not Too Crazy

  • Chicago Bears +4000
  • Atlanta Falcons +4000

Chicago took a huge step backwards after winning 12 games in 2018, but the Bears looked a lot better down the stretch run than they did for the vast majority of the regular season and I believe their powerful defense could at least help them contend again next season. Likewise, Atlanta could rebound in a big way after playing some really solid football over the second half of the 2019 campaign following a horrendous start.

Unless Tom Brady Signs…

  • Cleveland Browns +3300
  • Indianapolis Colts +3500
  • Denver Broncos +5000
  • Las Vegas Raiders +6000
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6600
  • Carolina Panthers +6600
  • Arizona Cardinals +10000
  • Washington Redskins +15000

No Andrew Luck means no Super Bowl hopes in Indianapolis, even though Jacoby Brissett is one of my favorite players in the NFL. Baker Mayfield is to immature and unfocused to lead the Browns to anything of consequence in 2020, not to mention I’m not real fond of Cleveland’s hiring of former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach. The Broncos are hoping (praying?) that young quarterback Drew Lock is the answer to their longstanding issues under center. In Oakland (dammit…Las Vegas) the Raiders are hoping to field a Super Bowl-worthy team as they move into their new home, but the Jon Gruden era has been rocky, to put it mildly, in the two years he’s been there and no one knows if Derek Carr will be the starting quarterback after this offseason. While I’ve got Carolina and Arizona listed as long shots to win Super Bowl 55, both franchise are well on their way to future success. I love the Panthers hire of Vern Rhule as their new head coach and his subsequent hiring of Joe Brady as offensive coordinator. In Arizona, the Cardinals clearly got it right by hiring Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Kyler Murray with the top overall pick in this year’s draft. Last, but not least in this group I have the Washington Redskins as a team that could take a big step forward after their really smart hiring of Ron Rivera and his subsequent hire of Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator.

Only If You Have A Time Machine

  • New York Giants +6600
  • Detroit Lions +8000
  • New York Jets +8000
  • Cincinnati Bengals +10000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +10000

Please, save you cash and save your a$$ some grief by avoiding even remotely thinking about placing a ‘super long shot ‘wager on one of these teams. The Giants just made one of the most foolish head coach hires in ages. Detroit has a great defensive mind in former Patriots coordinator Matt Patricia, but for the third straight year, I remain convinced that the Lions blew it by not hiring an offensive-minded head coach that could help Matt Stafford finally unlock all of his potential.

The New York Jets are complete and utter fools for hiring overmatched Adam Gase while the Cincinnati Bengals look like a team that is at least 3-5 years away from challenging anyone – for anything. Last, but not least, Jacksonville now has problems t quarterback one year after signing veteran Nick Foles to become their heir apparent. The high-priced Foles struggled mightily in his first year with the Jags and the team actually looked more competitive under rookie Gardner Minshew II.

2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

2020 College Basketball National Title Outlook

With the 2019-20 NCAA college basketball season heating up and steamrolling toward its annual March Madness national championship tournament, now is a great time to look at the contenders, pretenders, under the radar championship hopefuls and those handful of teams that you shouldn’t think about backing until next season at the earliest.

College Basketball National Title Outlook

2020 NCAA Basketball Title Odds

  • Gonzaga +750
  • Kansas +800
  • Michigan State +900
  • Baylor +950
  • Louisville +975
  • Duke +950
  • Kentucky +1500
  • San Diego State +1200
  • Oregon +1500
  • Dayton +1500
  • Ohio State +2000
  • Maryland +1800
  • Auburn +2000
  • Florida State +2200
  • Seton Hall +2000
  • Villanova +2400

Top Tier Match Madness Teams

  • Baylor
  • Gonzaga
  • Kansas
  • Michigan State
  • Louisville
  • Duke
  • San Diego State
  • Dayton
  • Florida State

Top-ranked Baylor looks like an extremely legitimate championship favorite, mostly because of their terrific defense which ranks fifth nationally in points allowed (58.0 ppg). The Bears ride an impressive 18-game winning streak into the new week in a season that has seen a record number of team reach No. 1 overall. No. 2 Gonzaga ranks first in the nation in scoring (88.6 ppg) and they have one of the game’s best head coaches in Mark Few, not to mention a whopping six players that all average double figures in scoring. Despite coming up agonizingly short of winning it all the last few years, the Zags will have another great chance come March.

Three-loss Kansas  is ranked third in the nation and the Jayhawks have a solid offense and defense that rank 69th (76.0 ppg) and 16th (61.1 ppg) respectively. Still, Bill Self’s squad lost against Duke in their regular season opener and at dangerous Villanova, but it is their convincing home loss to Baylor that has me questioning whether or not the Jayhawks are really worthy.

Preseason No. 1 Michigan State (No. 14) has lost a whopping six games so far, but the Spartans are usually better the closer it gets to March and they are led by a heady All-American in point guard Cassius Winston. No. 6 Louisville has won eight straight since their convincing 78-65 home loss against No. 5 Florida State. And speaking of the Seminoles, they’re looking great right now after recording road wins at Florida and Louisville. No. 9 Duke (18-3) has won three straight since suffering consecutive home losses against Clemson and Louisville, but the Blue Devils failed to win it all a year ago with three first round draft picks on their roster, so there’s that.

Seventh-ranked Dayton ranks sixth in the nation in scoring (82.1 ppg) and the A-10 leaders an excellent defense at the other end of the floor. However, the Flyers play in a mediocre A-10 conference that just isn’t very daunting. While the Mountain West Conference isn’t exactly known for producing basketball powerhouses, but unbeaten fourth-ranked San Diego State is just that thanks to a stingy defense that ranks fourth nationally in points allowed (57.7 ppg) under longtime Steve Fisher assistant Brian Dutcher, who is largely credited with bringing current NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard to the school.

Always Dangerous

  • Villanova
  • Kentucky
  • Auburn
  • Oregon

Eighth-ranked and now, perennially-powerful Villanova  looks dangerous once again heading down the stretch run of the regular season, even if they don’t looks as dangerous as their recent pair of national championship-winning teams. No. 13 Kentucky has a boatload of raw talent, but the Wildcats look too young – again – to win it all. Currently, 17th-ranked Auburn might have suffered consecutive losses to Alabama and Florida while getting held to a pitiful 47 points against the Gators, but I believe the Tigers are going to bear watching as we get closer to March. Last, but not least, 11th-ranked Oregon (18-5) has a wonderful trio of backcourt performers, but the Ducks are lacking in the frontcourt and that looks like their Achilles heel heading into March.

Under The Radar

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Indiana
  • Texas
  • Seton Hall

Virginia’s step backwards is understandable after the Cavaliers lost some key starters from last year’s national championship winning squad, but I don’t know what in the name of Dean Smith is going on with North Carolina. Indiana and Texas will both contend, but their respective shortcomings will leave the exit March Madness relatively early. No. 10 Seton Hall has a gaudy national ranking, but losses against Michigan State, Oregon, Rutgers and an awful Iowa State team tell me eh Big East leaders aren’t quite ready for prime time.

2020 NBA Title Hunt Update

2020 NBA Title Hunt Update

The 2019-2020 NBA season is in mid-season form with the All-Star game on the horizon making it a perfect time to check in on the latest NBA Title odds and which teams are in the playoff hunt and more.

2020 NBA Title Hunt Update

Last season’s NBA Champion Toronto Raptors may be Kawhi-less but they in the top ten on the NBA Title odds board barely clocking in at tenth. The 2020 NBA Title favorites are the Los Angeles Lakers followed by the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers both with in striking distance.

2020 NBA Title Odds

  • Los Angeles Lakers +260
  • Milwaukee Bucks +325
  • Los Angeles Clippers +350
  • Houston Rockets +1300
  • Utah Jazz +1500
  • Philadelphia 76ers +1550
  • Denver Nuggets +1650
  • Boston Celtics +2200
  • Dallas Mavericks +2650
  • Toronto Raptors +3000
  • Miami Heat +3250
  • Indiana Pacers +6000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +10000
  • Brooklyn Nets +12500
  • Portland Trail Blazers +15000
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +22000
  • San Antonio Spurs +35000
  • Orlando Magic +40000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +50000
  • Phoenix Suns +100000
  • Sacramento Kings +150000
  • Detroit Pistons +200000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +250000
  • Chicago Bulls +350000
  • Golden State Warriors +500000
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +999900
  • Charlotte Hornets +999900
  • Atlanta Hawks +999900
  • New York Knicks +999900
  • Washington Wizards +999900

The Best in the Business

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • LA Clippers

While the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers entered the regular season as the two most talked about teams and top two prohibitive favorites thanks to their respective offseason additions of Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard respectively, it is Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have been the best team in the league – period. Milwaukee ranks first in scoring (119.9 ppg) and first in defensive field goal percentage (41.2%). While LeBron James and the Lakers could use the tragic death of Kobe Bryant as motivational fuel and the Clippers are led by a two-time Finals MVP that raises his game each and every postseason, the Bucks have the look of a team that is going to be difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to beat, despite their lack of a second superstar.

They’ve Got a Shot

  • Denver Nuggets
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
  • Utah Jazz
  • Houston Rockets

After finishing second to Golden State in the Western Conference a year ago, but falling short of reaching the conference finals, Denver is right back in the championship mix in the loaded Western Conference. All-star center Nikola Jokic is playing lights out and the play of second-year forward Michael Porter Jr. give the Nuggets another clearly, versatile weapon. Recent wins over the Bucks, Jazz and Rockets suggests Denver and their fifth-ranked defense could beat anyone. Toronto has been surprisingly solid despite losing Leonard in free agency after winning it all last season. Pascal Siakim is back to being healthy and Fred Van Vleet is a seriously underrated ‘monster killer’. Toronto ranks fourth in points allowed and second in defensive field goal percentage and the Raptors will definitely challenge for their second straight conference crown at the very least.
Boston looks a lot like the dangerous group of young stars they did two years ago and even though the C’s could probably use some size in the frontcourt, they rank a stellar second in points allowed (105.3 ppg). Utah has a well-rounded roster featuring one, still-blossoming all-star in Donovan Mitchell, another all-star player that might be the best defensive player in the league and a cast of other competent performers that make them look dangerous at the very least. Houston has a pair of former league MVP’s in James Harden and Russell Westbrook and they rank second in scoring (118.7 ppg). Unfortunately, the Rockets are almost completely inept defensively (again) and look like a team destined to come up short of its championship aspirations – again.

Under The Radar Contenders

  • Miami Heat
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Oklahoma City Thunder

Miami has overachieved since the start of the regular season thanks to the unorthodox ‘leadership’ of gritty veteran Jimmy Butler first and foremost. Unfortunately, the Heat are still lacking quality depth, although their hard-nosed ways could see them pull off at least one postseason upset. Dallas has an undeniable superstar in do-it-all forward Luka Doncic. Now, if only Kristaps Porzingis would show up, even semi-consistently. Oklahoma City has also surprised in a big way after moving Paul George in their massive trade with the Clippers. The bad news is that the Thunder’s three best players are all point guards (Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroeder).

It Could Happen

  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers

The Blazers are heating up nicely thanks to Damian Lillard’s historic six-game run and the on-going chemistry improvement after adding veterans, Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza. Right now, I’m thinking each of the aforementioned Western Conference playoff contenders should be wary of the red-hot Blazers. The Pacers might not be getting a whole lot of national media attention, but I love their well-composed roster and I believe they could really challenge in the East if Victor Oladipo becomes a factor later in the season as he makes his way back from a horrific injury that cost him a year. In Philly, the 76ers are underachieving and it’s not because of a lack of talent, at least not with the starting five. The bad news is that the Sixers are razor thin on the bench once you get past impressive rookie Matisse Thybulle.

Bettor Luck Next Year

  • Golden State Warriors
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Phoenix Suns
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Atlanta Hawks

If you’re taking pleasure in Golden State’s demise after they basically ruled the league for the past five years, then you’d better enjoy it now because, come next season, the Dubs could easily be right back in the championship mix, after pretty much ‘tanking’ this year because of a series of what looks like now, perfectly-timed injuries that will give them a high draft pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. Memphis has an unadulterated star in gifted rookie point guard Ja Morant while Brooklyn will have Kevin Durant on the court to pair with the talented, but enigmatic Kyrie Irving (ugh). I expect the Suns to be way better in year 2 of the Monty Williams era and the future looks bright in New Orleans as long as Zion Williamson can stay healthy. The Spurs still have Gregg Popovich leading them and Atlanta has some excellent young talent, starting with sweet-shooting point guard Trae Young.

Re-build or Bust

  • Orlando Magic
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Washington Wizards
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • New York Knicks
  • Cleveland Cavaliers

While each of these struggling franchise has some glimmer of positive vibes (Karl Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal, Coby White and Collin Sexton) each organization is clearly a couple of years away from challenging for anything significant. Sure, a playoff berth could potentially be in the works for one or more of these teams come next season, but I definitely wouldn’t bet the farm on it!