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Monday Night Football Picks: Ravens at Lions Week 15 Odds
The Monday Night Football schedule stunk for the first eight weeks or so but has rallied nicely of late, and the penultimate MNF game of the season this week, Ravens at Lions, is arguably the most intriguing matchup of Week 15. Enjoy it because the finale next week, Falcons at Niners, should be a blowout.
NFL Predictions: Patriots at Dolphins Week 15 Odds
Off the top of your head, give me a list of the five most important non-quarterbacks in the NFL to their teams. My quick list would be Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Five very good players. However, I purposefully left out the guy who might be the most important non-QB of all: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
2013 Las Vegas Bowl Picks: Fresno State vs. USC Odds
I’m sure that there are teams that have gone through more coaching drama in a season than the Trojans have heading into this game, but I sure can’t think of any. They entered the season with the handicap of having Lane Kiffin at the helm. He was fired — in an airport parking lot, no less — and Ed Orgeron was named interim.
Free College Football Picks: Army vs. Navy Odds and Predictions
The last game of the regular season in college football doesn’t top the charts in terms of significance or, most often, quality of play. When it comes to pageantry and tradition, though, it’s hard to beat the Army-Navy game. The game was first played in 1890, has been played continuously since 1930, and this year will be the 114th meeting. Navy has a 57-49-7 edge in the series, but they have gained their long-term advantage thanks to a current 11-game winning streak — the longest in the history of the series.
Free NBA Picks: Lakers at Thunder Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers, with Kobe Bryant on the court, will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder Friday night in a marquee matchup. Bryant missed the Lakers first 19 games before returning for the last two. The Lakers were unable to win either of those games, and they’ll have an even tougher matchup Friday night in Oklahoma City.
Betting College Bowl Games: Clashes of Style
One of the many things that make bowl games so interesting for bettors is that we get to see teams play each other that aren’t natural rivals. It can get dull to handicap the same teams playing each other every year, so this is when things get mixed up. That leads to fun and profit. What makes it particularly interesting is when the teams have clashing styles. Not only do we have to figure out how they will respond to teams they have never seen, but we have to decide how they will handle a style of play very different from their own — and often different from what they are used to.
NFL Playoffs Wild-Card Scenarios
As we get closer to the NFL Playoffs, there is a bit of clarity emerging in the wild-card races. There are still a lot of things that can happen, but at least we are at the point where we can begin to understand what is at stake and what is likely to happen. Teams embroiled in wild-card races can elevate their game or crumble under the pressure depending on their makeup. Bettors need to know which teams are in races, and what they need to do, so they can assess the meaning of games and the potential for motivation.
NFL Handicapping: Colts Down the Stretch and Playoffs
The Indianapolis Colts are an odd case at this point in the season. Last week they became the first team in the league to clinch their division, but if they keep playing like they are then they could wind up being the least inspiring division winner of all. They started out with such promise, and they won some big games. Lately, though, the bottom has fallen out of their year.
English Premier League Picks: Norwich City vs. Swansea City
During this soccer season, Doc’s Sports Service has teamed up with Strike Point Sports and Raphael Esparza, two of the top soccer handicappers, to provide weekly free soccer picks for English Premier League, MLS and Champions League matches. Check back each week for a new free pick. This week, Strike Point Sports has a free play on the total in the Norwich/Swansea match.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 15
In my opinion, the opening round of the NCAA Tournament is the most exciting thing in sports. And by opening round I mean the first Thursday and Friday of the Big Dance when there are multiple games going at once and often big upsets and fantastic finishes. I'm not talking about what the NCAA now calls the opening round, that silly First Four in Dayton.
Free College Basketball Picks: Maryland at Boston College Odds
The Maryland Terrapins have already played two Top-25 teams this season and still have matchups against No. 18 North Carolina, No. 8 Duke and No. 2 Syracuse scheduled this year. So far Maryland has not had luck beating any of the top teams, but it has performed well against the smaller schools on its schedule. The Terrapins ended last season with a decent 22-12 regular season record but failed to make the NCAA Tournament and instead had to settle for an NIT berth. The team performed surprisingly well and made it to the semifinals against Iowa.
NFC East Weekly NFL Betting Picks: Week 15
The Philadelphia Eagles sledded their way to a 34-20 victory over Detroit on Sunday to take the outright lead in the NFC East at 8-5 after Dallas started another December on a losing note in a 45-28 loss to Chicago this past Monday night. Both New York and Washington continue to go through the motions as the losses continue to pile up. I went with the “under” in the Redskins 45-10 loss to Kansas City as my pick of the week instead of just going against the Redskins, which has been a profitable strategy the past several weeks.
Best Bowl Games to Bet On: Handicapping Primer
There is no such thing as a bad bowl game in my eyes. Some games are obviously better than others, but every game has something to offer, and watching them is better than a lot of things you could be doing with your time. That being said, there are certainly some games that are more intriguing and compelling from a betting perspective than others. Here are five of the more compelling betting bowls coming at us over the next month (all odds are from Sportsbook.ag):
NFL Totals Betting: Week 15 Over and Under Predictions
Despite cold and snowy weather all across the country last Sunday, a play on the “over” was still the way to go in the NFL. The total ended up going over in 10 of the 16 games on Week 14’s schedule. I had bad weather on my side in all three “under” picks last week, but all three games went way over the closing line. This unfortunate turn of events dropped my record on the year to 22-19-1, so it is back to the drawing board for Week 15 in the NFL.
Free NBA Picks: Rockets at Trail Blazers Odds
If you had told me before the season that when I previewed a Dec. 12 game between Houston and Portland one of those teams would be leading the ultra-deep Western Conference, I would have said "yeah, that wouldn't surprise me." Of course, I would have expected it to be the Rockets and not the Blazers.
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
A. Auburn. The miracle season continues for Auburn, which did not need any divine intervention to roll over Missouri in the SEC Championship. It did, however, get a huge assist from Michigan State when the Spartans upset then-No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. As such, the Tigers vaulted into the second ranking and will face Florida State for the National Championship. FSU is a -9 favorite over Auburn, according to 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Free NHL Picks: Blue Jackets at Rangers Odds
The New York Rangers may be letting a golden opportunity to move up in the Eastern Conference Playoff standings slip through their fingers. The team started off a nine-straight home game stretch by getting blown out in its first three matchups, and it has won only one game during its last five attempts.
Golf Odds and Predictions: Franklin Templeton Shootout Picks
It was a very exciting finish to the unofficial Northwestern Mutual World Challenge last week in its final incarnation in California before moving to the Orlando area for 2014. Tiger Woods looked in great position to win his own tournament and get a great springboard for next year.
Free NFL Picks: Chargers at Broncos Week 15 Odds
I'm assuming NFL players don't celebrate when players on other teams get hurt, but I don't think the Broncos are all that heartbroken that the Patriots lost Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski to a season-ending injury on Sunday. That obviously hugely weakens New England, which is a game behind Denver for the top seed in the AFC but holds the tiebreaker. Gronk's loss makes it more likely that New England loses this week at Miami or next at Baltimore, so Denver is looking good for that top seed.
NFL Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
Was Week 14 the best regular season Sunday in NFL history? That's saying a lot, but I'd argue that it was the best slate of 1 p.m. games that I can remember. The winter weather played a big role in several East Coast games, so let's hope that's what happens at the Super Bowl. Here's what we saw Sunday in the early games:
NFL Power Rankings – Week 15
Well, I was right and I was wrong last week in saying that weather would be a major factor in Sunday’s games. While the snow and the cold made for some incredible television – and the elements seemed to heighten the drama exponentially – the weather really didn’t slow down any of the offenses playing this past weekend.
Free NBA Picks: Mavericks at Warriors Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors have been moving in completely different directions in the last couple years. Dallas has been on the way down after winning an NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in LeBron James’ first season in Miami. Golden State has been on the rise as they look more and more like a contender as their young stars mature.
Free College Basketball Picks: Bryant at Ohio State Odds
The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes are on quite a dominant streak to start the season. The team is holding opponents to an average of 54.5 points per game, with eight double-digit wins and two 30-point plus victories under its belt. The only reason the Buckeyes are not ranked higher is because of their relatively easy schedule. Outside of a 17-point victory over the then-No. 17 Marquette Gold Eagles, the team does not own a high-profile win.
NFL Office Pool Picks Week 15
Every week we offer free NFL office pool picks to help you win your office pool. As always, all of our free picks are without the point spread, and these will be posted on Doc’s Sports homepage every Tuesday during the NFL regular season. The following are this week’s office pool picks:
College Bowl Picks: Teams that could Disappoint
According to the blueprint, college football teams are supposed to improve as the season builds, and the combination of their experience and an extra few weeks of practice time leads them to their best performance of the year in their bowl game. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. For every team that comes out and does what they are supposed to, there is one that just plain embarrasses themselves. Here are my college bowl picks for eight teams in real danger of putting forth an underwhelming performance in their matchup:
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