Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2012 2015-01-27T16:59:03-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping 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 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 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 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 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 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.