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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.
Super Bowl Betting History: Handicapping Defending Champs
We are told time and time again just how tough it is to be the reigning Super Bowl Champion. Time and again teams have fallen short of making the playoffs — never mind repeating as champions — the year after winning it all. There are plenty of reasons for that — contract situations after the big game can force a roster overhaul, egos can get out of control, the immense pressure can be too much for teams that play in tough environments, every team is out to knock the target off your back every time you play, increased media and promotional obligations can cut down on preparation time, a lack of hunger can limit how hard players work, and so on.
Super Bowl Coin Toss Betting: History and Trends
There is not a dumber bet out there than betting on the Super Bowl coin toss. Over the long term you are just throwing money away. There is no skill involved and no chance of winning in the long term. As much as I know that it’s a waste of time, I am fascinated by it. I love that people still bet on it — quite aggressively, for that matter. So, while it’s a silly bet that I would never actually make myself, I can’t resist breaking it down and looking at the history of it — just in case I can find an edge. Which I can’t, of course — this is as random as it gets. Still…
2015 Super Bowl MVP Odds: Picks and Predictions for Betting Value
The Super Bowl MVP has morphed into a quarterback’s award over the last decade. If a team with a transcendent quarterback wins the game, it’s almost certain he will be the one to win the award. Over the last eight years only two non-quarterbacks have won the award—Malcolm Smith in 2014 and Santonio Holmes in 2009—which is a far cry from the previous eight year’s where four non-quarterbacks won the award.
2015 Super Bowl Teasers Betting: Picks and Predictions for Big Game
Most of the hype and media attention heading into Super Bowl week has focused on Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and “Deflate-gate”, while the rest of it has focused on Richard Sherman and the infamous “You Mad Bro?” game. However, what has been lost in the shuffle over the last few days is the actual analysis of the matchup. For bettors, the Super Bowl will be the last chance to wager on a football game for nearly seven months.
2015 Super Bowl Prop Bet Predictions and Picks: Rushing Props Wagering Odds
The Super Bowl is all about prop betting. Most years it seems like the most interesting of those props to break down are the rushing props. On the surface, rushing is such an easy thing — you grab the ball and run until you can’t run anymore. There is so much that goes into a successful running game, though — how well the offensive line is playing against the opposing line, whether the running back is finding gaps and making people miss, how aggressively the offensive coordinator is looking to establish the run, what the score is and what that means for game strategy on both sides, how healthy the teams really are at running back, the temperature and field conditions, and so on.
2015 Super Bowl Props Picks: Passing Special Odds and Predictions
This quarterback matchup is a good one. A very good one, in fact. One of the all time greats up against a new star. An old guy against a young buck. Two guys who both have Super Bowl titles and who were both drafted much later than they should have been. A traditional passer against more of a new-age quarterback. It’s got a bit of everything — and both guys just keep winning. All of the QB intrigue in this game should make it an interesting — and hopefully lucrative — one for bettors. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting Super Bowl passing props this year (odds are from Bovada):
2015 Super Bowl Cross-Sports Props Expert Picks vs. NBA
On Monday this week in my NHL Week Ahead story, I looked at some hockey cross-sport props with Super Bowl XLIX. I love these things so I will continue today with NBA options against the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl from both Bovada and Sportsbook.ag. I really wish these sites did more of these for big events. All options are pick'em and -115 unless noted.
Odd Super Bowl Bets and Strange Props 2015
As always, there are a huge range of Super Bowl prop bets available. They range from the normal to the bizarre, from the total rip-offs to the value-packed, from the straightforward to the truly challenging. Of all the types of Super Bowl prop bets, though, the ones that always stand out and get the most attention are the ones that are a little odd. Amongst Bovada’s wide range of prop bets on offer here are six of the odd Super Bowl bets that stand out as the most interesting to consider — and perhaps to bet.
2015 Super Bowl Injuries: Handicapping and Analysis
What is remarkable about this Super Bowl when it comes to injuries is just how few there are. We hear all the time about how tough the season is on players between the preseason, 16 games and the playoffs. While that is unquestionably true, this year does not provide evidence to support that case. In fact, it is almost shocking how little of a factor injuries play in this game — or at least how little of a factor we can be certain that they will play.
NBA Odds and Predictions: Wednesday, January 28 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
Charlotte's playoff chances took a hit when star point guard Kemba Walker announced on Monday that he was going to have left knee surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus. Walker is averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 assists in 35.6 minutes per game, leading the team in those categories. The Hornets are hoping he misses only six weeks and thus could return late in the regular season. The team is looking at trade options, with reports saying the Hornets are targeting someone like the Kings' Ramon Sessions or Miami's Norris Cole.
NCAA Basketball Betting 3-Point Play: Three Interesting Opening Lines Wednesday
Nothing gets an opposing fan base riled up quite like a visit from hated Duke, so it should be a zoo at Notre Dame's Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday night in a Top-10 ACC showdown. The Irish have been very successful at home against Top-10 teams under Coach Mike Brey. Duke is the +800 second-favorite at Sportsbook.ag to win the national title while Notre Dame is way down at +7500. Here's a look at that matchup and two other games that caught my eye Wednesday.
Weekly Q&A with Doc’s Sports Expert Handicapper Raphael Esparza
Doc’s Sports: The NBA regular season has also reached the halfway point of its 82-game schedule, and in your blog, Straight Bet Talk, you recently posted Week 13 power rankings for all 30 teams as released by Bankerz Bets. It is pretty obvious that Golden State and Atlanta have been red-hot both on the court and at the betting window, but are there any other NBA teams out there that would be a strong play to go with right now?
2015 Super Bowl Predictions
By now I have made, and changed, my 2015 Super Bowl predictions many times this year. Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty, with just a few days left until the season ends for another year. I already made some predictions about the game last week in terms of winners and losers. This week I want to focus my Super Bowl predictions more towards the total. Can we find some insights that will allow us to lean towards the “over” or the “under” with confidence? Let’s take a look:
NBA Odds and Predictions: Tuesday, January 27 Opening Line Report and Handicapping
Certainly a game I have been looking forward to for weeks arrives on Tuesday night in what I still think has a good shot of being an NBA Finals preview as the Bulls visit the Warriors for the only time this season. Golden State has looked like the West's best all season, while
Chicago has been up-and-down since the calendar flipped to 2015. A Bulls-Warriors NBA Finals is priced at +1000 on Sportsbook.ag. Here's a look at every game on Tuesday's schedule.
NCAA Basketball Betting 3-Point Play: Three Interesting Opening Lines Tuesday
Will we have a mid-major program reach the Final Four this season? Certainly the top candidate is No. 3 Gonzaga, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Coach Shaka Smart's VCU Rams reach the national semifinals for the second time this decade. Smart hasn't gotten past the second round since VCU lost to Butler in the 2011 Final Four. VCU is a +10000 long shot at Sportsbook.ag to win the national title. Here's a look at the Rams' game on Tuesday and two others that caught my eye.
NHL Hockey Odds and Picks: Scouting the Week Ahead
The NHL drops the puck on its second half on Tuesday, but there's plenty of time to look forward to the rest of the season. This week we get the rare chance to look at some Bovada NHL player props as a cross-sport wager with Super Bowl XLIX. Let's take a look -- obviously these are only valid if said hockey players are healthy enough to play Sunday.
College Basketball Betting: Weekly Schedule Spot Fade Picks
The seventh edition of the Schedule Spot Fade Plays weekly article is here. For the second straight week, the schedule spot fade plays split at 2-2. The first two plays were losers on Wednesday night as Wake Forest +8 and Loyola (Chicago) -1.5 both fell short. Loyola was dealing with some injury issues that ended up being too much to overcome. Wake Forest simply ran into a North Carolina team that was an absolute buzzsaw on that particular night. Hawaii humbled UC Davis on Thursday night as Hawaii -2.5 cashed in. On Saturday, Georgia State finally got some revenge on Louisiana Lafayette as the Panthers covered the eight-point spread.
Tracking the Wizards: NBA Picks and Handicapping for Washington Basketball
I have spent the first half of the NBA season exclusively handicapping the Washington Wizards. While the record for my free weekly picks for their games with the use of Doc’s Sports Unit Betting System sits at 5-7-1 on the year, I am still committed to the theory that specialization when it comes to wagering on the NBA is a viable betting strategy.
Portland Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Portland Blazers will match up with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, January 28, 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.
Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Detroit Pistons will match up with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, January 28, 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.
Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Brooklyn Nets will match up with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, January 28, 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.
Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Sacramento Kings will match up with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, January 28, 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.
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Dallas Mavericks will match up with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, January 28, 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.
Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Boston Celtics will match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, January 28, 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.
Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans Free NBA Picks & Odds
The Denver Nuggets will match up with the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, January 28, 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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