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As part of an ongoing weekly series, Doc’s Sports decided take the opportunity to sit down with The Informer on a one-on-one basis to provide our readers with a first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpse at what is really going in the Las Vegas books as well as pick his brain on each week’s hottest trending sports gaming topics.
Doc’s Sports: Last week in the NFL, a few teams such as Green Bay and Seattle made a statement while others such as Houston and San Francisco left us scratching our heads. How did the books fare with last Sunday’s action?
VSI: While the overall traffic was lighter than usual as a result of the upcoming Christmas holiday, there was quite a bit of give and take with the books cashing in on Pittsburgh and Washington’s inability to cover but getting hammered Green Bay and New Orleans’s wins. Many of the initial gains for the day were wiped out on Sunday night with the Seahawks shocking upset.
Doc’s Sports: Bovada’s most recent futures odds for the conference champions and Super Bowl winner have shifted to the Packers as the new favorite to come out of the NFC and Denver the favorite out of the AFC with the Broncos now favored at 4/1 to win it all. What is your take on this season’s Super Bowl Derby?
VSI: For the better part of the NFL regular season I had been all over the 49ers, but they raised a major red flag with last week’s lost. Green Bay is getting healthy at just the right time and building momentum much the same way they did in 2010. Seattle has opened some eyes, but I do not think they can win enough games on the road to get there. In the AFC, I think San Francisco showed the better teams in the AFC how to beat New England at home, and Houston is leaking oil at the wrong time of the year. That leaves Denver as not only my top choice to win the AFC but to win the Super Bowl as well.
Doc’s Sports: In looking at the latest lines for all the college bowl games from now until the BCS title game, I believe there are four with a total line of 70 points or more. Which of the four do think has the best chance to go “over” and which one is set too high?
VSI: The latest total for this Thursday’s Baylor vs. UCLA game just hit 82 points after opening at 74.5. While I am not saying to go out and bet the farm on the”under,” it is just hard to imagine these two teams scoring that many points. Conversely, the total on the Oregon vs. Kansas State game on Jan.3 has actually dropped to 75.5 points after opening at 79. I really like the over on this game as this matchup does have the potential to easily eclipse that total.
Doc’s Sports: The college basketball season wraps up the nonconference portion of its schedule this weekend. Which are your top three teams heading into conference play right after the start of the New Year?
VSI: Despite the loss to Butler on the road, which can be a very difficult place to win a game no matter how good you are, I would have to stick with Indiana as my top team right now. Duke has certainly earned its No.1 ranking and should continue to play at a high level all season long, making the Blue Devils my second choice. The third team on my list is the Arizona Wildcats. This is a young team that is quickly learning how to win close games, which has a way of providing some major dividends down the road.
Doc’s Sports: A few weeks back you happened to mention that you were a huge boxing fan. Heading into 2013 what would be a couple of your dream fights for the upcoming year?
VSI: At the top of my list would be a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout. This one has a very good chance at going down possibly as early as next May or possibly in September if all the details can be worked out. Alvarez is a vicious puncher that goes to the body well. Mayweather would probably be favored, but Alvarez has a great shot at winning this fight. The other would be a battle of heavyweight champions that also happen to be each other’s brother. A Wladimir Klitschko vs. Vitali Klitschko bout has the potential to be the richest purse in the history of the sport. Unfortunately, the chances that it would ever happen remain slim and none.
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