MLB Total 2020 Season Wins

MLB Total 2020 Season Wins

The 2020 MLB season is still months away, however 5Dimes baseball oddsmakers have dropped the opening odds on how many games each MLB team will win in the 2020 season. All but the Houston Astros that is.

MLB Total 2020 Season Wins

Arizona Diamondbacks: 82½

Arizona went 85-77 a year ago but finished a distant 21 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Still, the Diamondbacks signed free agent Madison Bumgarner to a five-year, $85 million deal while also adding veteran right-hander Junior Guerra.

Atlanta Braves: 91½

After winning 97 games to claim the NL East title last season, the Braves added veteran southpaw starter Cole Hamels for one year and $18 million while also adding former Giants reliever Will Smith for $39 million over three years and catcher Travis d’Arnaud for two years. The Over is looking good in the ATL!

Baltimore Orioles: 55½

The O’s suffered 108 losses last season, and they could again in 2020. Baltimore’s only offseason moves of consequence if you can call it that, was a trade of Jonathan Villar to Miami and a Rule 5 draft of right-hander Brandon Bailey. Ugh!

Boston Red Sox: 88½

The BoSox went 84-78 last season after winning it all in 2018. Boston added infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year, $3 million deal. Still, rumors persist they could move lefty David Price, among others. Oh yeah, and then there’s that thing where the red Sox now have to find a new manager because of Alex Cora’s cheating ways.

Chicago Cubs: 86½

Chicago underachieved by recording a modest 84 wins a year ago, and the Cubbies didn’t do much of anything this offseason. However, rumors persist that they could move former NL MVP Kris Bryant.

Chicago White Sox: 83½

After winning just 72 games a year ago, the White Sox added catcher Yasmani Grandal on a four-year deal while also acquiring outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Rangers for prospect Steele Walker.

Cincinnati Reds: 83½

Cincy went 75-87 last season but added veteran first baseman Mike Moustakas to the largest free-agent deal in franchise history while selecting 28-year-old outfielder Mark Payton (.334/.400/.653) as the No. 12 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Cleveland Indians: 87½

93 wins weren’t enough to overcome Minnesota’s 101 wins in the AL Central last season. The Tribe parted ways with former superstar hurler Corey Kluber and rumors persist that they could move Francisco Lindor.

Colorado Rockies: 74½

The Rockies took a huge step backward from their beautiful 2018 season by going a dismal 71-91 a year ago. To make matters worse, Colorado didn’t do much of anything this offseason except listen to offers for superstar Nolan Arenado.

Detroit Tigers: 56½

Detroit went an awful 47-114 last season but had a great offseason by selecting right-hander Rony Garcia with the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 draft while signing veteran catcher Austin Romine to a one-year deal.

Houston Astros – No Odds

Since losing to Washington in the 2019 World Series, Houston has been absolutely rocked by the sign-stealing scandal that cost them their GM, manager, and a pair of first and second-round draft picks over the next two MLB drafts. Still, the ‘Stros are stacked, and they could easily contend to win it all again in 2020.

Kansas City Royals: 65½

Kansas City went 59-103 in 2019 but drafted gifted, but oft-injured right-hander Stephen Woods Jr. with the No. 4 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Los Angeles Angels: 85½

After winning just 72 games a year ago, the Angels signed former Nats star Anthony Rendon to a $245 million contract over seven years to go along with AL MVP Mike Trout. That addition alone means LA should be better in 2020, though I’m not feeling 86 wins.

Los Angeles Dodgers: 98½

The Dodgers won 106 games last season, but their big offseason moves consisted of signing the unheralded Blake Treinen to a one-year deal. Still, LA is looking good in the watered-down NL west.

Miami Marlins: 64½

Fresh off a 105-loss season, Miami’s big offseason moves were the selection of right-hander Sterling Sharp with the No. 3 pick in the Rule 5 Draft, the signing second baseman Gosuke Katoh to a minor-league deal and the addition of right-handed relief pitcher Yimi Garcia.

Milwaukee Brewers: 83½

The Brewers went 89-73 to finish two games in back of St. Louis in the NL Central last season but made a solid if low-key addition of hurler Josh Lindblom to a three-year deal after he spent the previous two seasons pitching in Korea.

Minnesota Twins: 91½

The Twins won 101 games a year ago to claim the AL Central crown. Minnesota retained veteran right-hander Jake Odorizzi and fellow right-hander Michael Pineda while giving veteran big Bopper Jose Abreu a new, three-year extension.

New York Mets: 86½

New York went 86-76 last season and lost Zack Wheeler to the division-rival Phillies this offseason. The good news is that the Mets signed veteran hurlers Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha in free agency.

New York Yankees: 101½

After winning 103 games to claim the AL East title a year ago, the Yankees made the biggest splash that could be made this offseason by signing superstar right-hander Gerrit Cole away from the Houston Astros.

Oakland Athletics: 89½

The A’s won 97 games last season. Still, their big offseason move was to acquire former Phillies second baseman, Vimael Machin – for cash!

Philadelphia Phillies: 85½

Philly failed to live up to their playoff hopes by going a mediocre 81-81 after signing Bryce Harper to a ridiculous 10-year, $330 million deal, the Phillies signed talented, but oft-injured veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million deal while also adding former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious for one year and $14 million.

Pittsburgh Pirates: 71½

The Pirates went 69-93 last year, and you can expect more of the same after the NL Central cellar-dwellers failed to make a single significant move this offseason.

San Diego Padres: 83½

After going 70-92 to finish last in the NL West, the Padres signed Drew Pomeranz to a four-year deal while acquiring outfielder Trent Grisham and right-hander Zach Davies in a trade with Milwaukee.

San Francisco Giants: 71½

The Giants are coming off an uninspiring 77-85 campaign in 2019, but they added former Angels outfielder Zack Cozart while getting shortstop Will Wilson in the deal. San Francisco also added right-hander Kevin Gausman on a one-year deal worth $9 million even though they saw former staff ace Madison Bumgarner bolt in free agency.

Seattle Mariners: 67½

Seattle’s 68 wins landed them in last place in the NL West last season, and they failed to make any significant moves that could help them surpass that figure in 2020.

St. Louis Cardinals: 88½

St. Louis went 91-71 a year ago to win the NL Central last season. Although they failed to make any real additions this offseason, the Cards did manage to re-sign veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright.

Tampa Bay Rays: 90½

The Rays won a fantastic 96 games to finish second to the Yankees in the AL East. Still, Tampa Bay did add Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, veteran Hunter Renfroe and free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia.

Texas Rangers: 78½

The Rangers went 78-94 last season to finish third in the AL West. Texas added veteran hurler Corey Kluber while signing left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez to a two-year, $5.5 million deal. The Rangers also added starters Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles in free agency.

Toronto Blue Jays: 75½

After going 67-95 to finish fourth in the NL East, the Jays added veteran right-hander Tanner Roark on a two-year, $24 million deal, although they lost starter Rick Porcello.

Washington Nationals: 89½

Despite losing the talented Anthony Tendon, the Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year deal worth $245 million while also retaining NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick.

Super Bowl LIV Odds Analysis

49ers vs Chiefs Super Bowl LIV Odds Analysis

The an Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will both be going all-out to win Super Bowl 54 when they square live from Hard Rock Stadium in sunny Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 2 at 6:30 PM ET. 5Dimes oddsmakers opened the Chiefs as 1-point favorites on the opening Super LIV spread betting board. An upset A win by the 49ers would pay out -102 on the Super Bowl LIV moneyline. The game total opened at 51½. Click here for live Super Bowl LIV odds.

Super Bowl LIV Odds Analysis

Before the season started the odds of a 49ers vs Chiefs Super Bowl were +6850. While Kansas City was on top of a lot of people’s lists to make a championship run, San Francisco was a question mark with an unproven roster. Now a Chiefs versus 49ers could very well be the most entertaining and competitive in decades.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs managed to reach their first Super Bowl in five decades based largely on the strength of an explosive offense that finished the regular season ranked fifth in passing and an identical fifth in scoring (28.2 ppg). However, while it is KC’s star-studded offense that gets the lion’s share of the national media attention, the Chiefs also have a defense that closed out the regular season ranked an encouraging seventh in points allowed (19.3 ppg). The Chiefs will hit the field in Super Bowl 54 having covered the spread in both of their playoff games this postseason while riding the wave of a 7-1 ATS mark in their last seven games overall.

Kansas City’s first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years ends the third-longest drought in the NFL after the Detroit Lions (62) and New York Jets (51). The Chiefs defeated the Vikings, 23-7, in Super Bowl IV and have reached the AFC Championship game just twice during the span in losing to Buffalo in 1993 and New England last season.

On the other side of the field, the San Francisco 49ers will make their first Super Bowl appearance since 2012, based largely on a stingy defense that finished the regular season ranked first against the pass and eighth in points allowed (19.4 ppg), although the Niners also have an offense that somehow managed to finish second in scoring (29.9 ppg) thanks to well-balanced offense led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. San Francisco ranked second in rushing during the regular season while the Chiefs finished a dismal 26th against the run (128.2 ypg).

Kansas City and San Francisco both won seven of their eight road dates in the regular season while the Chiefs went 10-5-1 ATS and the 49ers went 9-6-1 ATS. The Super Bowl hopefuls last met in Week 3 of the 2018 campaign with Kansas City recording a convincing 38-27 win that day. The Niners lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the remainder of the regular season after suffering a torn ACL in that matchup, but t should be noted that Kansas City led 35-10 at the half before Jimmy G was injured while scoring touchdowns on each of their first five possessions. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is the winningest head coach in NFL history without a Super Bowl victory.

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 ATS Betting Analysis Week 12

NFL ATS Betting Analysis Week 12

NFL Week 12 betting spreads dropped last night even with Monday Night Football still in the sights. Here are all of the early betting spreads you need to target ASAP.

NFL ATS Betting Analysis Week 12

Indianapolis at Houston
8:20 PM ET
NFLN
Houston -6

Deshaun Watson might be the ‘bigger’ name quarterback in this Week 13 AFC South divisional battle, but the Indianapolis Colts just keep finding ways to win with the unheralded Jacoby Brissett under center. Maybe it’s me, but I’m thinking Bill O’Brien’s time is about to come to an end in Houston.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
1:00 PM ET
CBS
Pittsburgh -7

The Steelers and Mason Rudolph might have looked mostly inept in their nationally-televised loss to Cleveland, but there’s nothing like a date against the pitiful Bengals to get a team back on track!

Seattle at Philadelphia
1:00 PM ET
FOX
Philadelphia -2.5

With losses, this season against the lowly Falcon and Lions, not to mention three defeats in their last five games, Philadelphia is facing a tall order in getting past MVP contender Russell Wilson and a Seattle Seahawks team whose only losses this season have come against two legitimate Super Bowl contenders (New Orleans and Baltimore).

Tampa Bay at Atlanta
1:00 PM ET
FOX
Atlanta -2.5

The Falcons have jumped all over New Orleans and Carolina the last two weeks while allowing just 12 combined points along the way. Now, heading into week 13, taking out the interception-tossing Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks like a walk in the park.

Miami at Cleveland
1:00 PM ET
FOX
Cleveland -10.5

The Browns may have won two straight, but Baker Mayfield and company haven’t exactly looked overpowering in subduing the Bills and beat-up Steelers the last two weeks. Miami is actually looking relatively competent the last three weeks and an ATS cover as a double-digit road dog looks quite possible for the rebuilding Fins.

Carolina at New Orleans
1:00 PM ET
CBS
New Orleans -6.5

At this points of the season, Kyle Allen has been anointed as Carolina’s future starter while rumors suggest Cam Newton’s time has come to an end with the Panthers. The bad news though, is that Allen has looked completely and utterly pedestrian as Carolina has dropped two straight and three of four while getting held to 16 points or less in each loss.

Jacksonville at Tennessee
4:05 PM ET
CBS
Tennessee -2.5

The return of veteran Nick Foles didn’t help Jacksonville at all as they got blown out by Indianapolis on Sunday. Still, I’m going with the Super Bowl-winning signal-caller to outplay Ryan Tannehill or whoever starts under center for the mediocre Titans in this AFC South divisional battle.

Dallas at New England
4:25 PM ET
FOX
New England -7

The Cowboys picked up a big win against the lowly Lions on Sunday to give their playoff hopes a big boost, but Dallas underachieves at the worst possible time and I don’t see them challenging New England in Week 13 no matter how many rose-colored glasses I put on.

Green Bay at San Francisco
8:20 PM ET
NBC
San Francisco -4

The Niners are playing at home in a ‘Game of the week’ kind of matchup, but I’m expecting the difference in this matchup of legitimate NFC title contenders to be the fact that the Packers have an MVP-caliber superstar under center in Aaron Rodgers while the Niners have what everyone now knows is a good, but certainly not great, Jimmy G leading the way.

Baltimore at LA Rams
8:15 PM ET
ESPN
Baltimore -2

Well, it looks like everyone else has finally figured out how to stop Sean McVay’s potent offense. Jared Goff is completely mediocre while Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson suddenly looks like one of, if not the, best young signal-callers in all of football. Despite being on the road, the Ravens add to the Super Bowl legitimacy!

Mahomes Favorite To Win Super Bowl LIV MVP Followed By Garoppolo

NFL Opening Odds Week 11

NFL Week 11 opening odds are out, and here are the top games you need to an eye on this week.

NFL Opening Odds Week 11

Pittsburgh at Cleveland -3

Cleveland managed to sneak past Buffalo 19-16 on Sunday, but the Browns are facing a red-hot Steelers team that has won four straight and has the huge edge in coaching in this AFC North divisional matchup.

Atlanta at Carolina -6

The Falcons jumped all over Drew Brees and the Saints, and if they play like they did this past weekend, Carolina could be looking at its second straight loss after falling to the Packers on Sunday.

Houston at Baltimore -4½

Two of the best young quarterbacks in all of football will be lacing them up in this one, but right now, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are looking like the best team in the AFC and possibly all of football.

Denver at Minnesota NL

The Broncos had a bye on Sunday after dispatching Cleveland two weeks ago, but it won’t matter when they host a Vikings team that is far superior on both sides of the ball in this Week 12 inter-conference clash.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis -3

The Jags got a bye this past weekend after getting humbled at Houston two weeks ago. Jacksonville’s chances of winning this Week 12 AFC South battle look a lot better of Indy’s Jacoby Brissette misses this game after watching the Colts get upset by the lowly Dolphins on Sunday.

Dallas at Detroit NL

The Lions have dropped two straight and five of their last six, including a 20-13 road loss against Chicago on Sunday. With starting quarterback Matthew Stafford out of the lineup, the Lions have no chance of beating Dallas in this affair, even if the Cowboys aren’t necessarily legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

New Orleans -5 at Tampa Bay

Drew Brees suffered a career-high six sacks in the Saints’ stunning upset loss against Atlanta on Sunday, but beating the interception-tossing Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks like it will be a walk in the park even though Tampa Bay got a confidence-boosting win over Arizona on Sunday.

Arizona at San Francisco -13½

The Cardinals might have suffered a crushing 30-27, but Arizona clearly has a future star in rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. After putting up a real fight in their 28-25 home loss against the Niners in Week 9, the Cards look like a team that won’t go down without a fight against unbeaten Frisco.

Chicago at L.A. Rams -7

The Bears got past the Lions 20-13 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak, but I just can’t bring myself to back any team led by the mediocre Mitch Trubisky. L.A. has dropped four of six, including their 17-12 road loss at Pittsburgh, but the Rams are the pick here, even on the road.

Kansas City -4 at L.A. Chargers

The Chiefs blew what looked like a sure-fire win against Tennessee on Sunday while making Ryan Tannehill look like the second coming of Joe Montana. The Chargers have as much talent as any team in the league, but the Bolts are also the biggest bunch of underachievers around.

Alabama Vs Clemson Part IV

College Football Futures Odds After Tua’s Surgery

Two college football futures odds shaking events happened this past Saturday. First, the Wisconsin Badgers lost to unranked Illinois. Then future first-overall pick Tua Tagovailoa left Alabama’s game with a high-ankle sprain. It’s the same injury he suffered last season. Tide head coach Nick Saban quickly quieted doubters by pointing out that it’s the other ankle this time and required a “tight-rope” procedure to repair. Both Tagovailoa and Saban are expecting a “full and speedy recovery.”

College Football Futures Odds After Tua’s Surgery

How did those two events affect the college football betting futures odds? Wisconsin’s odds to win the 2019 College Football National Championship odds dropped from +2000 to +7500. The Tide’s National Football Championship odds dropped from +245 to +280, although Alabama still remains the odds-on favorite. Tagovailoa’s Heisman odds dipped from -113 to +300 after his surgery, making him a value buy.

Heisman Trophy Odds

Joe Burrow (QB LSU) +155
Jalen Hurts (QB Oklahoma) +220
Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama) +300
Justin Fields (QB Ohio State) +1000
Jonathan Taylor (RB Wisconsin) +4000
Justin Herbert (QB Oregon) +6600
D’Andre Swift (RB Georgia) +10000
CeeDee Lamb (WR Oklahoma) +10000
Tylan Wallace (WR Oklahoma State) +10000
J.K Dobbins (RB Ohio State) +10000
Sam Ehlinger (QB Texas) +10000
Travis Etienne (RB Clemson) +10000
Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson) +10000
Jake Fromm (QB Georgia) +10000
Kelly Bryant (QB Missouri) +10000
Chuba Hubbard (RB Oklahoma State) +15000
Tee Higgins (WR Clemson) +15000
Jerry Jeudy (WR Alabama) +20000
Najee Harris (RB Alabama) +50000
Ian Book (QB Notre Dame) +50000
Jacob Eason (QB Washington) +75000

College Football National Championship Odds

Alabama +280
Clemson +340
Ohio State +425
LSU +475
Oklahoma +650
Georgia +1600
Penn State +3500
Florida +5000
Auburn +6000
Wisconsin +7500
Oregon +8000
Notre Dame +8000
Utah +10000
Baylor +10000
Minnesota U +15000
Arizona State +15000
Iowa +20000
Wake Forest +20000
Central Florida +25000
Michigan +25000
Michigan State +40000
Memphis +50000
Oklahoma State +50000
Texas +50000
Washington State +50000
Boise State +50000
California +50000
Arizona +50000
Washington +60000
TCU +60000
Nebraska +60000
Iowa State +100000
Texas A&M +100000
USC +100000
SMU +100000
Virginia +100000
Virginia Tech +100000

College Football Week 4 Matchup Odds For Ranked Teams

Odds & TV/Streaming Schedule For Every CFB Week 8 Game

College Football is deep into October action when the contenders separate from the pretenders. Click here for live college football odds. This week’s top tilts include the UCLA Trojans on the road to face the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are in Evanston, IL to take on Northwestern. But Saturday has a pair of games featuring two pairs of ranked teams going head-to-head. First, the #12 Oregon Ducks face Pac-12 opponent the #25 Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle. Then on Saturday night College GameDay will be at Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania when #16 Michigan steps up to take on #7 Penn State.

Betting Odds & TV/Streaming Schedule For Every CFB Week 8 Game

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
8:00 PM South Alabama @ Troy -17, 55½ ESPN2 Chris Cotter, Ray Bentley
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
7:30 PM ULL @ Arkansas State +6½, 68½ ESPNU Mark Neely, Cole Cubelic
9:00 PM UCLA @ Stanford -7, 53 ESPN Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
6:30 PM Marshall @ FAU -5½, 59 CBSSN Jason Horowitz, Danny Kanell
7:00 PM Pittsburgh @ Syracuse +3½, 51½ ESPN Dave Flemming, Jim Mora
8:30 PM 4 Ohio State @ Northwestern +28, 49½ BTN Joe Davis, Brock Huard
10:00 PM UNLV @ Fresno State -16, 53 CBSSN Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
12:00 PM 3 Clemson @ Louisville +23½, 61 ABC Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
12:00 PM West Virginia @ 5 Oklahoma -33½, 63 FOX Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
12:00 PM 9 Florida @ South Carolina +5½, 48 ESPN Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
12:00 PM Purdue @ 23 Iowa -17½, 48 ESPN2 Beth Mowins, Becht, Boiman
12:00 PM Iowa State @ Texas Tech +7, 55½ FS1 Brian Custer, Robert Smith
12:00 PM Houston @ Connecticut +22, 58½ ESPNU Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
12:00 PM 11 Auburn @ Arkansas +19, 55½ SECN Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
12:00 PM 6 Wisconsin @ Illinois +31, 50½ BTN Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen
12:00 PM Georgia Tech @ Miami -18, 46 ACCN Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
12:00 PM Kent State @ Ohio -7½, 61 CBSSN Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous
12:00 PM N.C. State @ Boston College +3½, 51½ ACC RSNs Evan Lepler, Dave Archer
2:00 PM Toledo @ Ball State +2½, 59 ESPN+
2:00 PM Central Michigan @ Bowling Green +11, 53½ ESPN3
2:30 PM Oregon State @ California -11, 51½ P12N Kate Scott, Chad Brown
2:30 PM TCU @ Kansas State +3½, 44 FSN regional Kutcher, Papadakis, Vereen
2:30 PM Northern Illinois @ Miami (OH) +2½, 48½ ESPN+
3:00 PM New Mexico @ Wyoming -19½, 48½ AT&T Sports Drew Goodman, Sed Bonner
3:00 PM Coastal Carolina @ Georgia Southern -6½, 45 ESPN3
3:30 PM 12 Oregon @ 25 Washington +3, 50½ ABC Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
3:30 PM 2 LSU @ Mississippi State +18, 61 CBS Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
3:30 PM Temple @ 19 Southern Methodist -7½, 59½ ESPN2 Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
3:30 PM Tulsa @ 21 Cincinnati -17½, 48 ESPNU Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
3:30 PM 20 Minnesota @ Rutgers +28½, 47½ BTN Lisa Byington, J Leman
3:30 PM Indiana @ Maryland +5½, 59 BTN Mike Monaco, Stanley Jackson
3:30 PM Duke @ Virginia -3½, 45 ACCN Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
3:30 PM South Florida @ Navy -14½, 51½ CBSSN John Sadak, Randy Cross
3:30 PM North Carolina @ Virginia Tech +3½, 57 ACC RSNs Tom Werme, James Bates
3:30 PM Southern Mississippi @ Louisiana Tech +1, 58 NFLN Rhett Lewis, Ben Leber
3:30 PM ULM @ 24 Appalachian State -15, 67½ ESPN+
3:30 PM Buffalo @ Akron +17½, 48 ESPN3
4:00 PM 18 Baylor @ Oklahoma State -4, 68 FOX Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
4:00 PM 22 Missouri @ Vanderbilt +21, 56 SECN Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
4:00 PM Middle Tennessee @ North Texas -7½, 59½ Stadium
4:00 PM Charlotte @ Western Kentucky -9½, 48 ESPN+
4:00 PM Old Dominion @ UAB -16, 41½ ESPN+
6:00 PM Kentucky @ 10 Georgia -25½, 47 ESPN Benetti, Gilmore, Kessenich
6:00 PM 17 Arizona State @ 13 Utah -13½, 45 P12N Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth
6:00 PM Maine @ Liberty ESPN+
6:00 PM Rice @ UTSA +4½, 42 ESPN3
7:00 PM Tulane @ Memphis -4½, 59½ ESPN2 Anish Shroff, John Congemi
7:00 PM Colorado @ Washington State -12½, 71 ESPNU Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
7:00 PM East Carolina @ UCF -33, 62½ CBSSN Ben Holden, Ross Tucker
7:00 PM Kansas @ 15 Texas -21½, 62 Longhorn Net Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks
7:00 PM San Diego State @ San Jose State +8, 46½ Stadium (FB)
7:00 PM Army @ Georgia State +6, 56½ ESPN+
7:00 PM UTEP @ FIU -24, 52 ESPN+
7:00 PM Western Mich @ Eastern Mich +8½, 61½ ESPN+
7:30 PM 16 Michigan @ 7 Penn State -9, 47 ABC Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
7:30 PM Texas A&M @ Ole Miss +6½, 55½ SECN Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
7:30 PM Florida State @ Wake Forest -2, 69 ACCN Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
9:00 PM Tennessee @ 1 Alabama -34½, 61½ ESPN Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
9:30 PM Arizona @ USC -10, 67 P12N Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron
10:15 PM 14 Boise State @ BYU +6½, 47 ESPN2 Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
10:15 PM Nevada @ Utah State -21, 60 ESPNU Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
11:00 PM Air Force @ Hawaii +2½, 66½ CBSSN Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
Bold Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season

Bold Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season

After an exciting season where a team without LeBron or Steph won the NBA Championship, who’s ready for more basketball? The 2019 NBA preseason tips-off on September 20th before the 74th NBA regular season gets underway on October 22nd.

Bold Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season

Lakers Still Lackluster

After the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis, everyone went nuts in La-La Land. All was right in the world again because The King and the top big man in the league had landed in the same spot and that same spot was Hollywood.

Unfortunately, Laker fans will be disappointed again. LA still doesn’t have a real point-guard while AD is more of a walking wounded regular than starting player in the NBA. Oh, they’ll make the playoffs, they just won’t go anywhere.

Clippers Slice and Dice the Rest of the NBA

Kawhi and PG-13 are going to go Friday the 13th on the rest of the NBA this season. Expect the pair to take a chainsaw to their competition. Why? Unlike the Lakers who went all-in for a talented but injury-prone superstar, the Clippers kept players that will flatter Leonard’s and Paul George’s skills.

Celtics Find a Tiny Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

Boston’s dead, right? Not so fast. The Celtics have an excellent group heading into the season. Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward should surprise plenty in the dull Eastern Conference. Also, the Bucks didn’t change all that much, which means the tiny pot of gold the Leprechauns are likely to find, a playoff berth, could turn into a giant pot of gold, a trip to the NBA Finals if everything comes together.

In Oakland, Splash Brothers Return to Championship Form

Really? The Warriors won’t 50 games because Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala are gone? Let’s get serious for a moment.

The Golden State Warriors traded for a real point-guard, DeAngelo Russell. That means they can rest Steph Curry. That means Steph will be ready to roll before the playoffs. That means Steph takes the pressure off Kyle. That means Steph can get close to bringing 2015 back. Plus Klay Thompson will be back from knee surgery.

Will Brodie and the Beard Show Up or Fizzle?

It sounds like a match made in heaven. Reunite two superstars. But will having the best backcourt in James “The Beard” Harden and Russell “Brodie” Westbrook equate to wins, especially playoff wins?

The Beard is a seven-time NBA All-Star, won an MVP award in 2017-18 and has made the All-NBA First Team five times. Last season, Harden averaged 36.1 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. An eight-time NBA All-Star himself, The Brodie has also won an NBA MVP (2016-17), has been selected to an All-NBA team seven times and was the league scoring champion in 2015 and 2017.

Will there be enough time on the clock for both players to get the looks they desire?

Bold NHL Futures Betting Predictions

Bold NHL Futures Predictions

The 2019 NHL season is on the horizon and if you are betting on NHL futures read my bold 2019-20 NHL futures predictions first.

Bold NHL Futures Betting Predictions

Don’t Bet On The Tampa Bay Lightning To Win the Eastern Conference…

The Tampa Bay Lightning dominated last season. They were so formidable that even on sunny days, the rest of the NHL had to watch out for thunderbolts. But, Tampa’s Lightning became a Naked and Afraid like fire starter spark in the playoffs. That can work on a team’s mind, which is why Tampa’s a bad bet to win the deep Eastern Conference.

…And Don’t Bet On Toronto Maple Leafs To Win the East…

Can anyone help but not dream of pancakes every time they see the Leafs’ logo? Just like the syrup made from their moniker, Toronto will slip away in the playoffs this season. Toronto lost too much during the offseason while, we’re repeating here, the East is deep. Leafs and Lightning bow out early in the postseason just like they did in 2018-2019.

…And Pass On The Boston Bruins

Boston, you say? Sure, they’re a contender, but let’s be real for a moment. The Bruins knocked out Toronto and then skated past Columbus and Carolina. Both those squads are decent, not great, which means if they face the team that will win the Eastern Conference this season in the playoffs, they’ll get smashed like so many tiny piles of Boston baked beans under a pint of Sam Adams from a beer drinker who doesn’t understand how to play Candy Crush.

Back The Caps If You Are Picking An Eastern Conference Winner

Nancy might be after Donny with the impeachment talk, but no fan will want to send the Caps scurrying for cover this season. Washington’s three most important players, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, and Braden Holtby are all over 30.

The elder Capitals statesmen can still play some ball, though, which means the 2017-2018 Lord Stanley subjects can get it done again. Plus, they play in the calmer Metropolitan than the three-deep Atlantic.

Bet On The Calgary Flames To Engulf The Rest Of The West

The Calgary Flames will surprise the entire West and come out on top. Yes, Calgary bowed out of the playoffs without a fight last year. But they got tougher with the addition of Milan Lucic. If the Flames front office can sign Matthew Tkachuk in a timely manner, they will have the core team that made up the best team in the Western Conference and tied the Sharks for the second-most goals scored.