Eagles and Steelers Pick for Preseason Week 2 – Aug 29, 2015

In the third preseason game of the 2015 season for both teams; the Philadelphia Eagles will play at the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Both teams have high expectations coming into the season, with both being possible divisional winners out of the NFC.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have won both their first two preseason games, looking sharp in both of them. The Eagles have scored 76 points in their first two games of the preseason. For Green Bay, they want to stay healthy. The Packers lost Jordy Nelson in their last preseason game. The Packers have split their first two games thus far.

Packers Need to Replace Jordy

The Packers will look to see what they need to do to replace Nelson at the receiver spot. Davantae Adams is certainly the first man up in Green Bay. Another name you will start hearing with the Packers is Jeff Janis. Andrew Quarless at the tight end spot, certainly becomes a popular name as well.

The running back for Green Bay, Eddie Lacy is primed to have a great season with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The Packers won 22-11 over the Patriots in the preseason opener, and then fell 24-19 at the Steelers last weekend. Green Bay will go on the road in week 1 and take on divisional rival Chicago.

Eagles Set With a New Core

For Philadelphia, they blasted Indianapolis 36-10, and then blew past Baltimore 40-17. The Eagles are projected to be one of the top scoring teams in all of the league this season. Sam Bradford starts as the quarterback, and will be aided by receivers such as Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin.

Philadelphia added former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to their assault this season. The Eagles will contend in the NFC East with Dallas, New York and Washington. Philadelphia gets a chance to play in the first Monday Night Football game of the season; at Atlanta in week 1.

Betting Tip for Eagles vs. Packers Preseason Week 2

hi-res-57d7feee1c744eba8bb2a4ede3cc4061_crop_northThe Philadelphia Eagles, surprisingly come into this game as the favorite to win. The Eagles have been really good in the preseason, but Green Bay certainly has a boat load of talent. We look for the Packers to be even more careful, and sit many of their regulars.

We know guys like Sam Bradford for the Eagles will want to put on a good show, and put points on the board. We like the Philadelphia Eagles to go on the road, and cover this spread. We are going to bet the Philadelphia Eagles -3 over the Green Bay Packers. (Bet at BookMaker.com)

Will Ohio State Run the Table this College Football Season?

The Ohio State Buckeyes were a controversial choice to make the inaugural College Football Playoff after losing to the Virginia Tech Hokies in Week 2. Can the Buckeyes improve their playoff chances this year by running the table at 12-0? It’s a toss-up, according to the NCAAF props market at press time. Ohio State is looking at a total of 11.5 regular-season wins, with the over and the under each priced at –115.

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There will be 12 opportunities this year for the Buckeyes to go under. The most likely stumbling point, if they remain undefeated that long, is Week 12 against the Michigan State Spartans. Ohio State won this matchup 49-37 last year as a 3.5-point road dog, and this year’s game is at the Horseshoe, but the Spartans should be a stronger opponent in 2015.

Their total for regular-season wins is 9.5 with the over favored at –150.
The Buckeyes also have another date with Virginia Tech; this time it’s at Lane Stadium in the 2015 season opener, which ESPN will air on Monday, September 7 at 8:00 PM ET. The Hokies were 10-point road dogs when they beat OSU 35-21 last year.

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Free Betting Pick for the Cubs vs. Dodgers — Friday August 28, 2015

Two teams looking forward to postseason play will get together on Friday for the first game of a three game series. The Chicago Cubs, who are in full command of the second wildcard out of the National League will play at the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are the current leaders in the National League West. Chicago has dropped two straight games, but still lead the San Francisco Giants by 5.5 games.

The Cubs are 73-53 overall. For Los Angeles, they hold a 2.5 game lead on the same Giants. The Dodgers have won three straight games, and are now 70-56 on the season. Los Angeles is one of the best teams at home this season; winning 42 out of 62.

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Dodgers Look to Continue Hot Play

clayton-kershaw-getty-dodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers are coming off a three game sweep over the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers are batting .253 as a team, which ranks right in the middle of Major League Baseball. Los Angeles’ top batter has been Adrian Gonzalez, with an average just shy of .300, along with 24 homeruns and 74 runs batted in.

The Dodgers pitching has been fantastic most of the season, from the starters. Los Angeles has a team earned run average of 3.49, led by Zack Greinke’s 1.61. Following this series against the Cubs, the Dodgers will take on the San Francisco Giants.

Cubs Reeling and Need This Series

The Chicago Cubs had won six in a row, but then San Francisco outscored them 13-3 in the final two games. The Cubs now will play three in Los Angeles, starting with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. The Cubs offense has been sharp throughout the last 6 weeks. Anthony Rizzo leads the team with a .287 batting average, alongside 25 homeruns and 77 runs batted in.

Chicago as a team is batting .242, which ranks 29th out of 30 MLB teams. The Cubs have scored 521 runs, which is 16th most. Chicago will go home and host Cincinnati and Arizona in their next 6 games following this trip.

Our Betting Pick for This Game

It’s Clayton Kershaw for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cy Young from a season ago is seeking his 11th win of the season. Kershaw has an earned run average below 2.30, so he has been great once again. He will face Jason Hammel for the Chicago Cubs. Hammel comes into the game with a 7-5 record and a 3.35 earned run average.

Kershaw is a strikeout pitcher, and the Cubs certainly strike out a bunch. Chicago is coming off a loss to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants on Thursday. We like Kershaw to cruise his way through this one, and the Dodgers win. We are betting the Los Angeles Dodgers -173 over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Tigers and Angels Take the Field on August 26, 2015

In the second game of a three game series on Wednesday; the Los Angeles Angels are playing at the Detroit Tigers. The Angels are coming off a thrilling 8-7 win on Tuesday night. Los Angeles comes into the game, right in the thick of things in the American League wildcard chase.

The Angels are 64-61, which is just a single game behind the Texas Rangers. The Angels, despite being over .500 are being outscored by a single run on the season. For Detroit, they have now dropped five straight games, and are quickly falling out of the postseason chase. The Tigers are 59-66 on the season.

Tigers Can’t String Anything Together

img24597965The home team Detroit Tigers just cannot put things together on a consistent basis. The Tigers have allowed 20 runs in their last two games. The offense for Detroit has been pretty solid. Detroit has scored 549 runs, which is 7th most in Major League Baseball. J.D. Martinez is having a sensational season, leading the way with 33 homeruns and 84 runs batted in.

Ian Kinsler is the top batter on the team, with a .308 batting average. The pitcher for the Tigers has failed them for most of the season. Detroit is 27th in all of Major League Baseball with a 4.51 earned run average. The Tigers have just 57 quality starts, which ranks 22nd.

Angels Power Bats Ready for Detroit

The Los Angeles Angels snapped their four game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. The Angels are watching Mike Trout bat .297 on the season, while veteran Albert Pujols has blasted 34 homeruns and drove in 74. The Angels have scored 499 runs, while batting .244 on the season.

Los Angeles is ranked right in the middle of Major League Baseball, with an 3.84 earned run average. The Angels have recorded 69 quality starts, which is 11th most in baseball. Los Angeles will see AL Wildcard #2 leader Texas six more times during the regular season.

Betting Pick

It’ll be Hector Santiago for the Los Angeles Angels, and he will face veteran Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Santiago is 7-7 on the season, with a 2.91 earned run average. He has actually pitched decent baseball, with the exception of his last outing. Against Toronto, Santiago lasted just 3.2 innings. For Verlander, despite the 1-6 record, he has has some solid outings as of late.

In 6 of his last 9 on the mound, Justin Verlander has lasted at least 7 innings. We like Verlander to be sharp again in this one. The Tigers veteran has what it takes to contain a very streaky Angels hitting team.

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With football season right around the corner I’m starting to get back in the betting mode and definitely in the DFS mode. Have any of you started daily fantasy sports yet?

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Syndergaard Aims to Keep Mets on Top in Baltimore

Noah Syndergaard of the NL East-leading New York Mets has been a revelation in his rookie season. The 22-year-old has been one of the best pitchers in a loaded Mets rotation, and he’ll take the mound Wednesday when the Mets visit Baltimore for the final matchup of a three-game series.

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noah-syndergaard.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxOnly once in his last 11 starts has Syndergaard given up more than three earned runs in an outing, but the rookie is still looking for his first win on the road. He is 0-5 in eight away starts with an ERA of 5.01. Compare that to a 7-1 record in nine home starts with an ERA of 1.82 and you wonder if it is just youth and inexperience that’s plaguing the young Syndergaard when he’s not in front of the home audience.

The Orioles, who are still in the wild card race in the American League, counter with Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been up and down over his last 10 starts. In that span, he has posted three starts where he’s given up six runs or more and also four outings where he’s allowed either zero or one run. He has been much better at home than on the road as the 31-year-old has a 6-2 mark in 10 home starts with an ERA of 3.20 at Camden Yards.

Youth vs. Experience in Tigers-Cubs Matchup

The Detroit Tigers (56-61, –6.09 units) have essentially given up on the 2015 season, but they’ll get a glimpse of the future Wednesday night when Daniel Norris takes the mound against veteran lefty Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs (67-49, +9.28 units). First pitch is at 8:05 PM ET on ESPN.

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Norris (4.65 FIP) was the centerpiece of the deal that sent David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays at the non-waiver trade deadline. The rookie southpaw has had more success with the Tigers, leading them to a 2-1 record and 2.10 betting units in his three starts since the trade. With Toronto, Norris was 2.23 units in the hole on a team record of 2-3 before getting sent to AAA-Buffalo.

The Cubs are very much alive in the National League playoff race, holding down the second Wild Card spot, and Lester (2.86 FIP) has pitched like an ace in his first year on the senior circuit. However, Chicago is just 13-10 in Lester’s 23 starts for a tiny profit of 0.29 units. The under is 14-7-2 when Lester takes the mound, with his teammates providing just 3.17 runs of support per game instead of their usual 3.99 runs.

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NFL Preseason Pick: Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers — August 13, 2015

In what should be a fun preseason game; the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers will meet up on Thursday night. This is the pre-season opener for both teams. The Cowboys are one of the NFC favorites this season, after coming up a little short a season ago in the postseason.

Dallas finished the regular season with a 12-4 record a season ago, which won the NFC East. The Cowboys went 8-0 on the road. For San Diego, they fell a little short for a second straight playoff trip. The Chargers went 9-7, and tied with Kansas City in the AFC West. San Diego scored 348 points and also allowed 348 on the season.

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Chargers Pumped About RB Gordon

6_3626449The San Diego Chargers are excited about running back Melvin Gordon. Coming out of the University of Wisconsin, he is expected to be one of the top rookie running backs this season. Phillip Rivers is back at the quarterback position, and will look for guys like Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen to have solid seasons.

The Chargers are one of three teams that has to deal with outside distractions, such as the team leaving the city. San Diego is debating a move to the city of Los Angeles in the future. The Chargers on the field should be one of the biggest tests for the Denver Broncos at the top of the AFC West.

Dallas Big Superbowl Hopes in 2015/16

For Dallas, many are picking them to win the Super Bowl in 2015. The Cowboys will need a great effort from Tony Romo, the quarterback, and wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant was signed for big money in the off-season, so he should produce a bunch. The Cowboys are looking to replace starting running back DeMarco Murray. Murray moved on to divisional rival Philadelphia in the offseason.

The Cowboys is still using long standing tight end Jason Witten to compliment Dez Bryant. Joseph Randle appears to get the first shot at replacing Murray, but his production is something of a question mark, that could decide how good the Cowboys will be.

Betting Tip for Week 1 Preseason

This should be a pretty fun game, especially for the first preseason game for both teams. Look for most of the stars to sit out in this one. It’s tough to predict when you are not quite sure who is going to play. But, after saying that, we feel pretty certain that San Diego is going to play well at home.

We also feel like this will be a solid defensive game. We have two bets for this game. Our first one is the San Diego Chargers -3.5 over the Dallas Cowboys. The second one includes the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys under 38 points.

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Pirates and Cardinals on ESPN

The St. Louis Cardinals (71-40, +23.02 units) have the best record in baseball by far, both in the MLB standings and from a betting perspective. The second-best team in the National League, on both counts, happens to be the team chasing St. Louis down in the NL Central: the Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44, +12.84 units). They begin a three-game set at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, and Game 2 will be shown Wednesday night (8:00 PM ET) on ESPN.

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Viewers will be treated to a very special pitching matchup. The Cardinals plan on starting Michael Wacha (3.18 FIP), who has generated 8.88 units in earnings on a team record of 16-5. Only teammate Carlos Martinez (13.37 units) has been more profitable at press time. Pittsburgh will start Gerrit Cole (2.69 FIP), who’s pitched even better than Wacha; the Pirates are 16-6 (+8.02 units) behind their ace.

No surprise that the under has been the right choice with either of these pitchers on the mound: 11-9-1 for Wacha, and 12-8-2 for Cole. Scoring will be even harder to come by with Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (.830 OPS) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad and uncertain to return before the playoffs.

MLB Pick: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics — August 7, 2015

In what should be a great game; the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics will play their second of a four game series Friday night. Houston won the opener on Thursday night. This is one of the best pitching match-ups in all of Major League Baseball; as Dallas Keuchel faces off against Sonny Gray.

The Houston Astros are currently the leaders of the American League West with their 61-49 record. Houston leads the Los Angeles Angels by 2.5 games in the division. The Astros are 23-31 on the road, and have won 6 of their last 10 games overall. For the Oakland Athletics, they are in last place in the division. Oakland has struggled, and hold a 48-62 record. That puts Oakland 13 games behind first place.

The Athletics are 24-34 at home. Despite being 14 games under .500, the Athletics have outscored their opponents by 31 runs on the season.

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A’s Are Struggling a Bit

The Athletics are coming off two straight losses at home. Overall, Oakland has dropped 3 out of 4 and 6 out of their last 9. The Athletics are using a .291 batting average from their centerfielder Billy Burns. Catcher Stephen Vogt has smoked 15 homeruns and drove in 60 runs on the season.

As a team, Oakland is hitting .249, and they have scored 353 runs. The pitcher for the Athletics has been solid; as they are 6th in all of baseball with a 3.45 earned run average. Oakland has committed the most errors in all of Major League Baseball.

Astros Holding on for Dear Life

jose-altuveFor Houston, they are trying to hold on to a postseason spot, after several years of poor seasons. The Astros have been a boom or bust offense most of the season. They were held to just 3 runs in the final two losses to the Texas Rangers. Houston snapped their three game losing streak with the win on Thursday.

The Astros offense watches Jose Altuve lead the team with a .297 batting average. Providing the power supply for Houston is Luis Vallbeuna with 20 homeruns, while Evan Gattis leads the team with 60 runs batted in. As a team, Houston is hitting .245, which is 25th in baseball, but the Astros are third in runs scored with 493 on the season.

The Astros rookie Carlos Correa is having a sensational season, batting .291 in 51 games played.

Betting Tip

This should be a fantastic game between two of the top pitchers in the American League. The Astros have a lot more to play for, as they are trying to fend off Los Angeles and Texas in the divisional race.

Dallas Keuchel is 13-5, with a 2.35, while Sonny Gray is 11-4, 2.12. Both of these pitchers appear to be having their best seasons of their career. Look for both of these pitchers to have great games in this one. This will be a low scoring game. In the end, we are going to take the home team, Oakland Athletics to win.

Our final bet is the Oakland Athletics +104 over the Houston Astros. Bet on this game at Bookmaker.

NFL Preseason Betting Odds for the 2015/16 Season

It’s time to start looking ahead at the National Football League season. Before the season starts, it’s fun to look at the future Super Bowl Champions. Vegas oddsmakers have listed all 32 National Football League teams and given them odds to win Super Bowl 50 coming up in February. Let’s take a look at some of the odds, and give our thoughts on those teams. Here they are:

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Seattle Seahawks +450 – The Seattle Seahawks are the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Remember last season, Seattle was one play away from winning their second straight Super Bowl. We would be a little cautious, as it’s tough to get back for the third straight season.

Green Bay Packers +550 – The Packers took a tough loss last season in the NFC title game. It should be interesting with Aaron Rodgers teaming up with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb again. The running back for Green Bay, in Eddie Lacy should have a great season in back field. These guys, along with Dallas are our top picks out of the NFC.

radio_a_luck01jr_C_600x400Indianapolis Colts +800 – Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have the easiest route to get to the Super Bowl. The division they play in, was the worst in the league a season ago, and may be worse this season. Is this the year, Indianapolis gets past New England again? This would be our best AFC wager.

New England Patriots +900 – Tom Brady is missing the first four games, and that could be tough to overcome. We are not afraid that the Patriots will miss the playoffs, but their postseason run will be made tougher. We do not like this bet for New England.

Dallas Cowboys +1400 – One of our favorite bets to win the Super Bowl is the Dallas Cowboys. We love this +1400 wager as well. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have a lot to prove. It won’t be easy, as DeMarco Murray has bolted for greener grass. If Dallas finds a running back to fill in, the Cowboys will be tough to beat in 2015.

St. Louis Rams +5500 – An interesting team, that we are going to take a very cheap gamble on is the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have alot of story line with the team possibly leaving town. The Rams also have a great nucleus of players. Sam Bradford is now gone. If Nick Foles stays healthy, look for this offense to finally bloom. The defense remains one of the best in the league. We will take a very small gamble at St. Louis +5500.

Baltimore Ravens +2000 – Our gamble out of the AFC is the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens may not be a huge gamble, but at +2000, this is a pretty good bet. This is a well rounded team, and well coached. Look for the Ravens to battle with Pittsburgh at the top of the AFC North, and be a tough team to beat once the postseason rolls around.

Enjoy the National Football League season. It should be a crazy season. As you saw, there are many teams that have a chance to get to the Super Bowl. Of course the big dogs that have been around the last couple seasons are the leaders to get back. This could be a season to see a surprise or two. No matter what you do with your NFL betting, best of luck, and check back with us for all the best!

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