Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2015 2015-11-25T21:16:45-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping NFL Expert Picks Against the Spread: Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys Odds Some sportsbooks have Carolina as a favorite and some with this game as a pick'em, but others still have Dallas favored for the middle game on Thanksgiving from AT&T Stadium. And you might never see a 3-7 team favored over a 10-0 one again this decade in the NFL. It's only the second time a 10-0 team has opened as an underdog. The other was that storied 1985 Chicago Bears team. It was a 2-point opening dog when it visited a 7-3 Cowboys squad. Chicago won 44-0. NFL Handicapping: Betting Odds and Analysis for Thanksgiving Matchups As a proud Canadian I'm not jealous of much about other countries. Thursday is an exception, though. There are few things I love more than turkey. Football is one of those things. You Americans have a whole holiday devoted to just those two things. Brilliant. We had our Thanksgiving a month ago, and it's not quite the same. For starters, it's on a Sunday, not a Thursday, so it's just a typical day of football instead of a bonus one. NCAA Football Mid-Major Betting Report: Temple Owls Week 13 The Week 13 edition of the NCAA Football Mid-Major Betting Report is ready to go! It's the fourth year for this article at Doc's Sports. The goal of this weekly piece is to attempt to show that specialization can be a profitable betting strategy. For the mid-major betting report, we follow one team throughout the season and make selections on their games on a weekly basis. Temple was picked this year because of the intrigue surrounding the conference as well as their ability to have a breakout season with a lot of returning talent. NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread We are almost a month into the NBA season, and the Golden State Warriors have yet to lose. They set an NBA record by starting 16-0. What's the ceiling for this team? They are definitely making things look very tough for the rest of the league. Having said that, don't be one of those people who practically hand the Warriors the trophy after a hot start. This is a really long season, and there are several quality teams who will have something to say about who wins it all this year. NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 12 Sanity returned to the NFL in Week 11 as there were no Survivor Pool-destroying upsets, although unbeaten New England was pushed pretty hard at home on Monday night by Buffalo. That was one of eight games last week decided by seven or fewer points. There have been 84 such games decided by a touchdown or less this season, the most through Week 11 in NFL history. NFL Handicapping: Betting on or Against Double-Digit Favorites Betting on large spreads in the NFL can be tricky. One the one hand, giving up double-digit points is a lot to overcome. However, on the other hand, those large underdogs are large underdogs for a reason-because they are typically horrendous football teams. Surprisingly, however, the 2015 NFL season has seen only 11 double-digit spreads through the first 11 weeks of the season, and there have already been four weekends without a single large spread on the board. All-Sports Expert Betting Tips to Help Win Cash this Week Beating the sportsbooks on a regular basis can be a tall task for even the savviest bettors in the game, so it always helps to have some kind of inside edge for any wager you make. Picking and choosing your spots to go big with a valuable tool like Doc's Sports Unit Betting System is another way to boost your long-term return on investment. 2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 12 Let's get Elias or EPN Stats and Information on this one: when was the last time that the Browns, Raiders and Jaguars were all favored on the same weekend? I'm guessing never. But I don't know if anything serves as a better sign of the fact that the NFL has been terrible this year than that. Combined with the fact that there won't be enough .500 or better college football teams to fill out all the bowl games and facts are facts: there is a lot of awful, ugly football being played in this country right now at all levels. College Football Handicapping: Odds and Analysis Weekend Key Games The last week of the regular season always has plenty of intrigue as the final race for conference championship spots is settled. This year, though, it seems like we have even more drama than usual thanks to the effective work of the schedule makers. We have plenty of rivalry games, and several have more on the line than usual. These games are important to identify and understand the implications of for bettors. NBA Odds: Wednesday, November 25 2015 Opening Line Report and Handicapping The Philadelphia 76ers are inching closer to that first win, losing their past two games by just five points each. But the Sixers just can't get over the hump and are 0-15. Might we be looking at the worst team in league history? The fewest wins in an 82-game NBA season is nine by the 1972-73 Sixers. That team also started 0-15. NBA Handicapping: Betting on the Warriors First Loss The Golden State Warriors are on a quest for history, and Stephen Curry, along with the rest of the team's principle players, are not shying away from the prospect. The defending NBA champions spent the offseason catching flak from every basketball circle imaginable. Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc's Rivers said the Warriors "got lucky", while Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman and multiple other players from the Michael Jordan era have knocked Golden State for being too soft or too much of a jump-shooting team. NFL Basic Strategy Teasers: Best Betting Options for Week 12 Week 12 of the NFL season is filled with basic strategy teaser action. And after last Sunday's games went a perfect 3-0, now might be the time to jump on board and use the power of the bet. A basic strategy teaser is a two-team, six-point teaser that uses the power of NFL key numbers, which are the most common margins of victory, to move certain spreads around the three- and seven-point mark. This week's action has five NFL games that qualify with all underdogs being moved up past seven points. Let's take a closer look at the games and figure out the best way to wager on each one. Weekly Q&A with Doc's Sports Expert Handicapper Raphael Esparza It is rivalry weekend in college football, and in this week's discussion with Doc's Sports expert handicapper Raphael Esparza we will get his thoughts on one or two of these annual showdowns that are high on his list of "must-see" matchups from a betting standpoint. NCAA Football Betting: Fading the Top 25 Weekly Free Picks Week 13 The Week 13 edition of the Fading the Top 25 Weekly Free Picks article is here. It was the second big shakeup of the top of the rankings last weekend. Ohio State's loss at home to Michigan State was the biggest story. Ohio State didn't look ready to play in that game. The Buckeyes are almost certainly out of the College Football Playoff with that loss. Oklahoma State's loss at home to Baylor hurt them a great deal. Oklahoma is now in a better position, but they have to beat Oklahoma State on the road this weekend. NHL Hockey Odds and Picks: Scouting the Week Ahead The Montreal Canadiens were able to withstand the loss of the NHL's best goalie, Carey Price, for nine games while remaining comfortably atop the Atlantic Division. But the Habs' resolve will now be tested again as they have lost arguably their second-best forward, Brendan Gallagher, indefinitely. European Tour Picks: Alfred Dunhill Championship Odds and Expert Predictions Well hello Dolly! Great way to end the PGA Tour calendar year as I correctly hit on Kevin Kisner winning last week's RSM Classic in Georgia. In the final round Sunday, Kisner shot a 64 to claim his first win on the PGA Tour. Other than Graeme McDowell a couple of weeks ago, all the winners on the 2015-16 PGA Tour schedule have been first-timers thus far. NFL Office Pool Picks Week 12 This week of the season is significant for two reasons. Thanks to Thanksgiving we get to enjoy the best Thursday of the football season - and arguably the second best of the year after the first day of the NCAA Tournament. This is also the week that finally marks the end of bye weeks. That means we are back to 16 games each week - just as it should be. Unfortunately, with the way things are going this season, more games just means more opportunities for bizarre and unpredictable things to happen. NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 12 Last week was reasonably straightforward for survivor pool players - five of the six most common picks were winners. Philadelphia was the lone exception - they laid an ostrich-sized egg against the Bucs. I got burned by my gamble on Case Keenum and the Rams in one of my leagues, and Oakland, Atlanta and Chicago probably broke a few hearts, but generally speaking most people who were still alive last week live to fight another day. Doc's Sports Handicapping - Weekly Newsletter November 24-December 1 Doc's Sports has another great newsletter for our site readers this week, and this one has nine free picks from our Advisory Board of expert sports handicappers. Picks come from NFL, NCAA football and hoops as well as weekend UFC action. Doc's wants to make your holiday even better with free betting winners! Texas Tech at Texas Free College Football Picks & Odds The Texas Tech Red Raiders will matchup with the Texas Longhorns on Thursday, November 26, 2015. 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.