Doc's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 01/23/2007
There's a natural letdown that occurs from all the hair-raising, blood-boiling, shock-inducing, gleeful dancing, and general mayhem that occurs through a weekend's worth of gambling action. And it's a scientific fact that Mondays are the most difficult day of the week for sports and gaming fans across the world, with Monday Sports Syndrome linked to illness and famine across the globe. OK, so I made that last part up. But it the start of a new week can be a cold splash of water to the face for Men of Action like you and I.
Fortunately, our team of handicappers at Doc's Sports Services has precisely the cure: Doc's Weekly Prescription. Each week we'll be bringing you a quick recap of the insanity that engulfed the industry over the weekend and a short preview of some key match-ups in the week ahead. It's exactly what you need to keep your instincts heightened and your eyes firmly fixed on upcoming opportunities to keep your bankroll growing.
Here's the inside scoop from the guys who get it done over at Doc's Sports:
A lot of people jumped off playing on the Saints-Bears total when Mother Nature dropped some snow in the Windy City. But we held strong and were rewarded with an easy cash on our NFL Playoff Game of the Year as New Orleans and Chicago sailed over the 43-point total. Speaking of Games of the Year, keep an eye out for our College Basketball GOY, which will likely be released this week. It will either be a 7-unit or 8-unit play and is a selection any big game hunter cannot miss!
Here are a couple of key college games to watch out for this week:
Oregon at Washington (11 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25)
The Huskies need a sweep of the Oregon teams this week if they have any hopes of getting back into the NCAA tournament picture. They put forth an embarrassing performance this weekend in the Pullman and need to assert themselves against a top tier PAC-10 team.
North Carolina vs. Arizona (Noon, Saturday, Jan. 27)
The Heels are set to make a cross-country flight to the desert to take on the Wildcats in the marquee match-up of the day. The line is this game should be close to even and you can expect a selection from us in this game.
I can't believe how good of Sunday we had, hitting on our NFL Game of the Year (Indy) for +8 Units and hitting for +5 more Units with Chicago!!! I'm a Midwest guy, so I'm really going to enjoy watching Indianapolis and Chicago in the Super Bowl. The line is Colts -7 with a total at 48. Still struggling in the NBA but at least my college basketball plays are cashing.
Here are two games that I have my eye on this week:
Alabama at Auburn (9:00 PM., Tuesday, Jan 21)
Alabama is coming off an ugly and lucky win on Saturday against Georgia. Alabama was down 50-35 at half, but won the game by Ronald Steele off-balance 15-footer as time expired. Auburn is coming off a road loss to Mississippi St on Saturday. Looking forward to this game to see how the 10th rank Crimson Tide rebounds after an ugly home win against a big intrastate rival.
Dallas at Chicago (8:05 PM., Thursday, Jan 25)
My Bulls are coming off a home loss to Utah on Saturday, a game in which they looked to me like they were more focused on watching the Chicago Bears game on Sunday. Last Monday the Bulls did beat the San Antonio Spurs at home 99-87, so this should be anther statement game. The Bulls need to start showing that they are team to look out for in the playoffs, and another big win against a Western Conference team could do just that.
We were caught off guard with how sharp the Bears looked in the NFC Championship. They turned Drew Brees into Eli Manning in that contest! But still, Indy's comeback win made SPS winners in all three playoff weekends. And speaking of winning, this past week made 10 straight winning weeks to start the college basketball season.
Here's several games we'll be eyeing to see what kind of spreads emerge:
Clemson at Duke (7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25)
The Tigers impressed this past weekend with a rout of BC. Duke has won several convincing conference games after opening ACC play 0-2. With the home court advantage of Cameron Indoor, it will be interesting to see how many points the Dukies will be laying.
North Carolina at Arizona (1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27)
Arizona has dropped three straight Pac-10 games under Lute Olsen for the first time in over 20 years. The 'Cats step out of conference to host UNC, a team unparalleled with talent. Will 'Zona be favored at home despite its recent struggles?
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28)
The Hokies are the hottest team in the ACC, and perhaps the entire country, however the Yellow Jackets are coming off a beatdown to UNC and are awfully tough in the Thunderdome. G-tech should be favored, however you never know with VT's hot run lately.
I cringed every time I heard another TV bobblehead pick the Saints last week, knowing where it would lead. Needless to say, the public was dead wrong and the hometown boys delivered a savage beating to those martyred Saints. Oh, and memo to Reggie Bush: don't tease the Bears!!!
Here are a few contests that could get my blood pressure rising this week:
NHL All Star Game (8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23)
No, I don't sell my hockey picks but that doesn't mean that I won't have an eye on this little diddy. Hey, any game with an over/under total set at 15.5 is going to get some air time on my tube. Maybe it's my bias talking, but I look for a strong showing out of the underdog East.
Michigan at Wisconsin (9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24)
The Wolverines are 16-4 right now. Ho-hum. I do like their backcourt but they're just 2-7 ATS on the road. The Badgers are one of my favorite teams in college basketball this year - smart, reliable, and talented - and if this line sinks below 5.5 we could jump on.
Tennessee at Kentucky (1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28)
What are you going to do with yourself on the first Sunday without football in about five months? Watch this game, of course! The whole key here is the Chris Lofton Ankle Factor. Depending on where he's at will determine where I'm at on this one.