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A Note From Doc's Sports Staff
Our company opened for business back in 1971. We were only one of a small number of sports handicapping services in existence at that time, and most of those have now fallen by the wayside. When you have been in the sports handicapping industry for more than 40 years, you definitely see some major changes.
PGA Tour Picks: Shell Houston Open Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
We finally have our first two-time winner of the current PGA Tour golf season as Jimmy Walker won in his hometown of San Antonio last week at the Texas Open. Well, technically Walker lives 35 miles away in Bourne, but he grew up attending the Texas Open, so it had to feel sweet.
NBA Odds and Predictions: Wednesday, April 1 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
Great news for Bulls backers on Monday as Derrick Rose -- yes, we are back giving daily Derrick Rose injury updates -- took part in his first full-contact practice since undergoing surgery on the torn meniscus in his knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose looked winded afterward but otherwise had no ill effects. He then scrimmaged on Tuesday.
2015 Detroit Tigers Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series
Is the championship window closing for the Detroit Tigers in 2015? I do believe this is the final year this club has a shot at the World Series with stars like Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera entering the downside of their careers while carrying crippling salaries for the next several years.
NBA Playoffs Seeding: Handicapping the Potential No. 8 Seeds Eastern Conference
The Eastern Conference may be a little light on .500 teams—at the moment there are only five—but the way the playoff structure is set up, somebody from the conference has to make the playoffs no matter how bad their records are. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-seeded teams are all on course to make a postseason appearance while winning less than half of their games this season, and three sub-.500 teams would be the worst playoff output the East has produced in the last 10 years.
Weekly Q&A with Doc’s Sports Expert Handicapper Raphael Esparza
Doc’s Sports: Last week you told us that the Las Vegas sportsbooks cleaned up through the first few rounds of this season’s men’s NCAA Tournament with a huge take on that first Thursday of action. How did the books fare through the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight Rounds?
Kentucky College Basketball National Championship Futures Odds: Even Worth a Bet?
Kentucky is favored to win the NCAA tournament. Shocking. They have been since before the season started, and that has never changed. Why would it when they have yet to lose and have looked downright terrifying at times? At Sportsbook.ag, right now they are at -150 to win it all. Those are odds much lower than those for Duke (+360), Wisconsin (+400) and Michigan State (+800). The obvious — and very interesting — question, then, is whether there is any reason to bet on them at this price. Does it make any sense at all?
Final Four Bracket Picks with Expert March Madness Predictions
And then there were four. After a weekend of great basketball action — especially on Saturday — we now know which four teams are heading to Indianapolis for a chance at immortality. My original bracket is still in decent shape — like everyone in the world, I still have Kentucky alive. Throughout the tournament, though, we have been starting the brackets over again after each round. This is our last chance to do so. Therefore, without further ado here are my Final Four bracket picks:
2015 Final Four Predictions from Expert College Basketball Handicappers
What a freaking Final Four this is! The Final Four is always great, but it doesn’t always set up as strong and impressive as this one. The four coaches have a combined 27 Final Four appearances and six national titles between them. The schools are all proud, distinguished and well-run programs. Each team has stars, and all are, in different ways, very fun to watch. It’s all so good that I can barely stand waiting for it to tip off. In anticipation of the epic weekend ahead, here are six Final Four predictions I feel pretty good about:
2015 Final Four Betting Trends
As the Final Four draws near, bettors need to be looking for every possible edge that they can find. It is a brutally-tough and tight final grouping, and we know that the coaching will be outstanding. To try to find any edge that could exist, let’s look back at some recent Final Four betting trends for each of the remaining combatants:
2015 Final Four Coaches: Analysis and Handicapping
What stands out most years when you look at the Final Four is how strong and accomplished the coaches are. You can’t fluke your way into the last weekend of the NCAA Tournament. You have to have had a season good enough to get into the dance — and likely earn a good seed. Then you need to win four games as the level of competition and the pressure amplifies each game. This year is no exception — every coach here is more than impressive, and they know a thing or two about coaching.
2015 World Series Predictions
We are now just about a week away from the start of the baseball season. That seems very hard to believe. While the season hasn’t even started yet, it’s never too early to think about the World Series. We’ll look at World Series, but we’ll skip the favorites this time around. Washington (+600) and the Dodgers (+800) are getting no shortage of coverage. And while I don’t see a lot of value in either price, I can’t really argue too strongly with those who like them. Instead, I want to look at five teams with somewhat higher prices that are more interesting to debate (all odds are from Sportsbook.ag):
MLB Odds to Win Each Division with Expert Picks and Predictions
A week from now we’ll be able to watch baseball games that matter. And we’ll be able to watch it for the next seven months or so. As we get ready for another long, glorious season, this is a good time to take a look at each division. There are, of course, futures odds for each division. Here’s a look at each division, and some thoughts on the hunt for MLB division futures betting value (All odds are from Sportsbook.ag):
2015 Seattle Mariners Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series
Remember when Seattle was a baseball town first and foremost and the Seahawks were pretty much an afterthought? Things have certainly changed in the Pacific Northwest since 2001, the year the Mariners won a record 116 games before falling to the Yankees in the ALCS.
NBA Odds and Predictions: Tuesday, March 31 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
There's a TNT doubleheader on Tuesday in addition to Thursday this week, and Tuesday's is highlighted by an NBA Finals rematch between San Antonio and Miami. OK, that's sort of tongue in cheek as obviously the Heat are a vastly different team now without LeBron James, but his last Miami home game was a Game 4 107-86 blowout loss to the Spurs on June 12, 2014, that all but ended the series as it gave San Antonio a 3-1 lead.
2015 NHL Stanley Cup Predictions
All teams have at least five games left in the NHL regular season. We don’t know any playoff pairings yet, and in both conferences there is a whole lot of potential for things to shift and change in the final two weeks of the season. This is truly a playoff race for the ages. We will be able to make a much more educated assessment of the postseason once the regular season ends, but this is still a good time to look at Stanley Cup futures for any value (all odds are from Sports Interaction):
The State of OKC Thunder with Durant Ruled out for Season
In the rankings of anti-climactic news this would rank pretty high — the Oklahoma City Thunder have officially announced that Kevin Durant will be lost for the rest of the season and that he will be facing yet another foot surgery. It’s obviously far from ideal news — losing an MVP rarely is, never mind in the middle of a fight for your playoff lives. It had been essentially a lost season for Durant, though, so it’s not like they have to suddenly and rapidly adjust to a harsh new reality. Whenever news this significant comes out, though, the betting public is going to take notice. The more smart handicappers can anticipate and respond to public thinking, the better off they are. To help you out, here are a collection of thoughts about the Durant injury situation:
2015 NBA MVP Odds with Expert Picks and Predictions
The 2015 NBA’s Most Valuable Player race may see the tightest vote in the history of the award. The season has been nothing but one-upsmanship from three of the NBA’s best players. One day it’s Stephen Curry going behind the back and scoring on four defenders. The next day it’s Russell Westbrook leading the charge on a destructive 30-point, 12-rebound and 10-assists triple-double. Another night its James Harden scoring 40 and having a hand in nearly every point his team scores down the stretch. And that is not even mentioning the stellar seasons that LeBron James and Anthony Davis are having—the NBA has been that good in 2015.
NBA Coaches: Assets and Liabilities Heading into Playoffs
The more I watch the NBA, the more I come to the conclusion that coaches matter more than any other factor. A good coach can elevate a team. A bad coach — and there are plenty of them in the league — can make it very tough for the team to reach their potential and can consistently turn victory into defeat. As we head towards the playoffs, then, it makes sense to look at coaches who are assets for their teams — they make the team better by their presence and have to be respected in the playoffs as a result — and those that stand in the way of their rosters being as dangerous as they could potentially be.
NHL Hockey Odds and Picks: Scouting the Week Ahead
We are in the penultimate week of the NHL's regular season, and I'm surprised it took so long, but finally Chicago has been dethroned as the Stanley Cup betting favorite at Bovada. The Hawks are 15/2, replaced at the top by the New York Rangers at 13/2.
Betting Odds and Tuesday’s Picks of the Day from the Odds Shopper
While college basketball has dominated the betting action for most of the month of March, I am shifting my attention back to the NBA for this week’s Odds Shopper. There are a pair of matchups on Tuesday’s night slate that offer some solid value in light of the current betting odds on the board. Hopefully, I can get some additional movement in my favor to add even more value to these plays.
Miami Hurricanes vs Temple Owls NIT Semifinals Free College Basketball Picks & Odds
Miami Hurricanes vs Temple Owls on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in the NIT Semifinals. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win.
Stanford Cardinal vs Old Dominion Monarchs NIT Semifinals Free College Basketball Picks & Odds
Stanford Cardinal vs Old Dominion Monarchs on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in the NIT Semifinals. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win.
Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Detroit Pistons will match up with the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Our matchup report includes analysis on the starting players, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win.
San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic Free NBA Picks & Odds
The San Antonio Spurs will match up with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Our matchup report includes analysis on the starting players, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win.
Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers will match up with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Our matchup report includes analysis on the starting players, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win.
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