Bengals vs Browns pick against the spread

Thursday Night Football: Bengals vs Browns pick against the spread

The first week of the National Football League is in the books and there is a big challenge for everyone that bets on football. Don’t overreact. It’s almost impossible to do, but whether you play fantasy football or bet on the NFL, you have to be patient. Most people are not and it is obvious in the early game as the public is already betting big money on the Thursday night football game.

Buying in on Burrow

The top sportsbooks to bet football at opened the Thursday night football line by making the Browns (-7.5) favorites. After NFL fans examined the results from last weekend the point spread on this game quickly changed. The Bengals are getting over 60 percent of the wagers on this popular game and the line has dropped dramatically. It fell below the key number of 7 and now the Browns are as low as -5.5. Make sure that you shop all of the sportsbooks trying to find the best number before you bet on this game.

Rating the Rookie

Joe Burrow was spectacular in his first start ever as the Bengals signal-caller. He went 23-of-36 for 193 yards, but it was his persona that was most impressive. He led the team late in a two-minute drive with no timeouts to get the team in scoring position. Unfortunately, a missed field goal ruined the comeback effort, but there is every reason to believe that the Bengals have the future of this franchise.

They will have to protect Burrow better as he was sacked three times and hit six times. The young Burrow now goes up against a Browns defense that was scorched in week one against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. This Browns defense will have a much better outing against a Bengals line that is porous.

Bailing on the Browns

Before you bail on the Browns, you have to remember that they did play the Baltimore Ravens, arguably the best team in football. If the Browns have a bright spot, it’s the running game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 132 yards on 23 carries, an average of 5.7 yards per attempt. Against the Chargers the Bengals allowed 155 rushing yards that did not have a strong showing on offense. This will open up deep passes and allow Baker Mayfield to utilize the play-action to open up the offense.

Bengals vs Browns pick against the spread

The Browns cannot afford to lose another game to a team from the AFC North.  They have an edge playing at home on Thursday night football. This game has always been tough for the travel team. Favorites are 48-25 straight up and 37-33-3 against the spread (ATS) in this game. The favorite has cashed a winning bet ticket in 8 of the last 10 meetings between these teams.  The Browns will be happy to be at home and will be able to establish the run against the Bengals. This will open up passing lanes for Mayfield and he will get some redemption with a big win in the second game of the season.

Prediction: Browns 34 Bengals 20

Browns -5.5

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how to bet on the Buccaneers vs Saints

How to bet on the Buccaneers vs Saints

We correctly picked this regular season matchup (read below) and we are ready for the playoffs with this prediction and pick against the spread.

The first week of the National Football League is always exciting. The betting window opens and fans flock to place a few bucks on their favorite team. There is always one game that stands out from the rest and if you bet on it and you are not informed, it will cost you money. This is why before you make your week 1 pick against the spread, you must know how to bet on the Buccaneers vs Saints.

Starts with the numbers

If you are going to bet on this game, you have to know the NFL odds. The Saints started out as (-4) point favorites when this line was first announced. But so much has changed. The Buccaneers welcome Tom Brady from the Patriots as well as other stars like Leonard Fournette and Rob Gronkowski to the offense and the public started backing the Buccaneers. The highest-rated sports betting sites show that the Bucs are getting nearly 60 percent of all of the wagers on this game and that is causing the point spread to move in their favor. The line has slightly lowered and now the Saints are (-3.5) at most major sports betting outlets.

Dome sweet dome?

The Saints have one of the best home-field advantages in the National Football League.  The loud fans, the crazy atmosphere, and the noise level are all things that make it hard to play in the Big Easy. At home games, the Saints have outscored opponents 242-224 averaging just over 30 points per game. That did not always equate to a win at the betting window. The Saints are just 22-30 against the spread (ATS) since 2014.

Whatever advantage they may have from the fan base is all but gone with the concern over the COVID-19 virus. The Saints will not allow any fans for this game and they have even banned tailgating. Although the Saints will pipe in crowd noise, it will not be the same.

Bringing in Brady

Whenever a team brings in a player like Tom Brady, it’s going to be heralded as a big move. This is especially true for a Buccaneers team that last many plays because of the quarterback play. Think about this the Bucs had halftime leads in 10 games last season and won just six. Brady along with Fournette, Gronkowski, and LeSean McCoy will change that narrative, but are they a good bet in the season opener?

Tracking the trends

Many may discount Buccaneer trends considering that Brady is now at the helm, but there are a few that are worth noting. For example, the Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in the last five games in the division and just 4-9 ATS in the first game of the season. Dating back to last season, the Saints are on an 11-4 ATS run profiting backers who bet on this team.

How to bet on the Buccaneers vs Saints: the pick

The Saints are 5-3 in home openers and all but one of those games have been decided by eight points are less. The mistake that most NFL fans will do is bet on names. There is no doubt that that Buccaneers have incredible talent on offense, but how will they fare in the first game will real action? Fournette just signed, and Gronk, McCoy, and Brady are not getting any younger. They have to learn a new offense and execute right away. With all due respect to Brady that will not be easy to do the first time that he steps on the field. The favorite has covered 6 of the last 8 meetings and that trend will continue in week one.

Bet on the New Orleans Saints -3.5

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2020 NFL week 1 picks against the spread for every game

2020 NFL week 1 picks against the spread for every game

This may be the highly anticipated NFL season of the year. With a worldwide pandemic and an ever-changing world, football is exactly what we need right now. College football is great, but nothing beats the NFL. There is nothing better than watching and betting on the NFL. To celebrate this wonderful occasion, we proudly present our NFL week 1 picks against the spread for every game. (And di I mention we also have our free best teaser bet of the week? )

NFL odds, matchups for Week 1 

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Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5, 54)
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6, 43)
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-8, 48.5)
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-6.5, 39.5)
Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers (+2.5, 47.5)
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (+1.5, 49)
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (+6, 43)
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-3, 43.5)
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (+7.5, 45)
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-2.5, 46)
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (+3, 44)
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-7, 49)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-3.5, 49.5)
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (+2.5, 51.)
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (+4.5, 47.5)
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (-1.5, 41) 

NFL Week 1 picks against the spread for every game

Houston Texans vs Kansas City Chiefs

The defending champions get the spotlight on opening night as the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Houston Texans. The Chiefs are favorites to repeat as champions, but in the NFL you can always expect the unexpected to happen. Since it is opening night we needed more room to share our insight, so the entire article with sports betting information, trends, and our free pick, can be found here.

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are expected to make a push for the Super Bowl. Do you hear that coming out of Cleveland? It’s nothing. Baker Mayfield, OBJ, and all of the players are quiet. That’s a sign of good coaching and the difference between this year and last year. For as good as the Ravens have been at home, they have been a bad bet. The Ravens are 5-11 against the spread (ATS) at home and the Browns have covered 7 of the last ten games in Baltimore. Don’t like betting a bad team? Since 2005, teams that won six or fewer games the previous year are 152-140-8 (52.1%) against the spread (ATS) through the first three weeks of an NFL season. The Browns stun the Ravens in week one and have a realistic chance of winning this game. (But take the points to be safe)

Browns +8.5 [Bet now at BetOnline and join the $250,00 NFL Mega contest!]

 

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

The Bills sign Stefon Diggs in the offseason and with Tom Brady out of town; the Bills believe they can win the AFC East. The Jets may not seem like formidable opponents, but don’t underestimate this offense. Le’Veon Bell has a chip on his shoulder after a bad showing last season. Now with a bolstered backfield that includes Frank Gore, the running lanes will be open. This will allow Sam Darnold some time to throw. I am not dismissing the Bills. Josh Allen is highly criticized, but a good young quarterback. The Bills are the much better team, but this still a divisional rivalry. One in which the road team (4-0 ATS) as fared well. The underdog has covered 8 of the last 10 games and the Jets keep this game to a field goal.  

Jets +6.5 [Bet now at My Bookie and double your first deposit!]

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Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers

The Raiders will play their first game since moving to Las Vegas, but they start things off on the road. The Panthers have a new quarterback, a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, and a new defensive coordinator. With that in mind, why are the Raiders only (-2) point favorites on the road in this game?  The full breakdown with a preview, trends, and pick against the spread is located here.

 

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions

The Bears did it. They named Mitch Trubisky the starting quarterback. This will be a make-or-break year for the Bears and it will be interesting to see what happens if Mitch struggles. It won’t take long. The Lions are vastly improved on defense and will have one of the better offenses in the NFL. They signed Adrian Peterson and that gives them depth and leadership on this team.

The Bears are thin at running back and all of the pressure will be on Mitch. The Bears are 1-4 ATS in the last five games as an underdog. Chicago is also 0-6 ATS in the last six road games and the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings. The Lions win big and the quarterback controversy starts in week one.

Lions -2.5 [Bet now at Wagerweb and get a 100% free play or CASH up to three times!]

 

Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots

This game is covered in storylines. Cam Newton joins the Patriots and everyone wonders if they can win without Tom Brady. Down at South Beach, the Dolphins drafted a hot=shot rookie and they are now considered by some to be a contender to surprise this year in the NFL. Bill Belichick and the Pats host the Dolphins after the embarrassing, but remarkable week 17 win a season ago. Who wins? more importantly who covers the spread? With so many storylines we had to provide a full breakdown of this game with our pick against the spread.  

 

Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team

The Eagles are in trouble with as many injuries as they have to start the season. The offensive line is one big Band-Aid and key positional players come limping into this game. The difference in Washington is Ron Rivera and his difference will be felt in week one. The Eagles always start slow at the betting window covering just one of the last seven games that they have played in September. The Eagles have a strong defensive line but are mediocre at linebacker. If Washington QB Dwayne Haskins can break the first line he is off to the races.

Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz will be ready for week 1, but how healthy will he be? More importantly how safe will he be behind a battered offensive line? There are too many questions to be a favorite of this magnitude on the road.

Washington Football Team +6 [Bet Now at My Bookie and enter the $300,000 pick ’em contest!]

 

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars

If you follow me on Twitter (@bookie_blitz) you know that I am a big fan of the changes that the Colts made in the offseason. They have vastly improved on both sides of the ball. As a result, they are a solid bet to win the AFC South. The Jaguars are not. They have dumped their best players and will be big underdogs in every game this year. The public has already started betting against the Jags. This line opened at -6.5 and has been bumped as high as 8.5 at several sportsbooks.

The Colts have a strong focus on the opener because they want to buck a very ugly trend. Overall they are 1-9 in season openers and  Indianapolis has lost 7 straight openers on the road. The team is very aware of this.

“It’s important because every year . . . just talking to Mr. Irsay,’’ Frank Reich said. “He stresses to me the importance of the opener.

This focus will translate to execution on the field. The Jags are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games as an underdog. The only play to make in this game is the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts -7.5 [Bet Now at GT Bets and get a 150% bonus and free points added to the spread!]

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Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have had a very difficult offseason. Since the draft, the team, management, and their quarterback have all been under scrutiny. Many believe that this team will not make the playoffs. The game against the Vikings is days away and the Packers still have not revealed who will be starting on the offensive line.

The Vikings are quietly having an incredible offseason and are flying under the radar as a possible Super Bowl contender. They added Yannick Ngkoue to a defensive-minded team that will be hard to beat. On offense, Kirk Cousins will have more freedom to throw with a change at offensive coordinator. This will lead to a high scoring offense that will not skip a beat, although they lost wide receiver, Stefon Diggs. NFL betting trends point to the home team since the Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 1 and 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 home games. Vikings start off by beating down the Packers.

Minnesota Vikings -3 [Bet Now at BetOnline and get a Free $10,000 NFL Survivor Contest entry!]

 

Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons

The battle in the South between Seattle and Atlanta is attracting plenty of bets from the public. In fact, it is one of the most bet on games in the first week of the NFL season. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are projected by many to be Super Bowl-bound, but the Falcons are not getting the same respect. With so much on the line in this very popular game, it deserved its own full-length breakdown. Read the full preview and get all of the Seahawks vs Falcons predictions here.

 

LA Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals fan base will be very excited about the debut of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. The young gun will be in charge of turning this franchise around, but it won’t be easy. Despite some serious injuries to the secondary, the Chargers defense allowed the sixth-fewest total yards and the six fewest passing yards per game last season. The Chargers are underrated after losing Phillip Rivers and Melvin Gordon on offense, but they won’t skip a beat. Tyrod Taylor is vastly overlooked and can run and WR Keenan Allen loves his deep ball.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is familiar with Taylor and he will use his legs as a weapon. In 2016, with Lynn as Taylor’s Offensive Coordinator, the Bills rushed for 2,630 yards and 29 touchdowns. Over that same time span, Taylor was able to complete 62.2% of his passes for 8,857 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.

The Chargers are 10-4-2 ATS in the last 16 road games and they will rattle the rookie. Bet against the Bengals who are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 home games and not ready to take that next step just yet.

LA Chargers -3 [Bet now at Wagerweb and get a 100% free play or CASH up to three times!]

 

Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers

This is a game that will test every sports bettor.

Do you believe in the hype surrounding Kyle Murray and back Cardinals and buy into the Super Bowl hangover? Or do you believe the 49ers are for real and will start this year like they ended last year? If you look at the ATS record of Super Bowl losers in the first game of the season, it is not great, but that is usually when that team is on the road. Not to mention that the Cardinals seem to be the favorite pick of NFL “experts” looking for an early upset.

The Cardinals offense may be improved but they have a defense that was one of the worse in the league a year ago. The 49ers offense is the focal point of this team and they will exploit a Cardinals defense that is still missing quality players and depth. San Francisco has the better coach and that is why the 49ers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in Week 1.

You always want to avoid the popular underdog in the sports betting business and that can only mean one thing. The 49ers win by double-digits and cover the spread.

San Francisco 49ers -7 [Bet Now at My Bookie and enter the $300,000 pick ’em contest!]

 

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Dallas Cowboys vs LA Rams

The Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl. This is what you hear if you read almost any sports site but look at the NFL betting odds. If the Cowboys are that much better than the Rams, why are they three-point favorites on the road? That indicates that that game will be very close. The Rams have covered 12 of the last 16 games ATS against the NFC and they are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 games in September.

This game will go down to the wire and although the Rams will have no home-field advantage, the best bet is to take the underdog.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints

This is by far, the biggest game of the week. All eyes will be on the Buccaneer’s new-look offense led by Tom Brady. Brady will have a multitude of weapons at his disposal to include some new additions in Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, and LeSean McCoy. Drew Brees is heading into his last year and his goal is to win a Super Bowl. Although New Orleans will not have a loud crowd for the opener, it is still difficult to play in the Big Easy. With the magnitude of this game, it had to have its own breakdown. This is how to bet on the Buccaneers vs Saints on Sunday.

Monday Night Football

Tennessee Titans vs Denver Broncos

This game was going to about the resurgence of the Tennessee Titans and the improved offense of the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, most of the news surrounding this game is off-the-field. For Denver, it’s all about injuries as defensive standout Von Miller is out for three months or more and wideout Courtland Sutton is dealing with a sprained C Joint.

The Titans issues stem from a highly drafted rookie. OL Isaiah Wilson was arrested on Friday night and the Titans are aware of the situation.

On the field, the Titans have Derrick Henry who once again is going to be the bell cow for his offense. Many of the NFL prop bets at sportsbooks suggests that he has a very good chance to lead the league in rushing. On defense, newly acquired Jadeveon Clowney will see his first action. His task is simple; get Drew Lock.

With the Mile High air, the Broncos will still have a home-field advantage especially if the Titans lack conditioning. The Broncos have won seven straight home openers and they are 22-3 in its last 25 home openers. To make matters worse for the Titans, they are just 1-6 ATS when playing Denver.

Drew Lock and this new offense will be impressive and will surprise the Titans. The odds have moved and the value now lies with the home team.

Denver Broncos +3

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Texans vs Chiefs predictions

2020 NFL Kickoff: Texans vs Chiefs predictions

All eyes will be on quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the Kansas City Chiefs look to defend their title and repeat as champions. It won’t be easy. The Chiefs will have a target on their back and sportsbooks have the Chiefs as the prohibitive favorite to win the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have the highest over/under betting total in the league at 11.5. But, it’s a long season.

It all starts in Houston with a matchup against the Texans. The Texans are powered by Deshaun Watson and his goal is simple. Start the year with an upset victory. There are many things to consider before making the Texans vs Chiefs predictions for the kickoff of another season.

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Do you believe in the betting lines?

The Chiefs are one of the most popular teams in the National Football League. After winning the Super Bowl they are also a popular bet again this season. Surprisingly enough that is not the case for the first game of the season. The Chiefs are getting just over 52 percent of the bets coming in on this game. As we get closer to kickoff that number will likely increase. The Chiefs opened as (-9.5) point favorites, but according to trusted sports betting sites, that number can be found as high as (-10). The over/under for this game is between 53.3 and 55 depending on where you look. Sharp bettors are already hitting this game.

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Texans turning the page

The biggest news coming out of Houston in the offseason is the team parting ways with DeAndre Hopkins. They added David Johnson and Brandin Cooks to try and boost this offense, but it is going to be impossible to replace Hopkins. The Texans finished 16th in DVOA at 0.4% and then traded the best offensive player. That is going to make things very difficult for Bill O’Brien who is obviously on the hot seat.

On defense JJ Watt, when healthy, is a beast. But he can only do so much. If he does not put pressure on the opposing quarterback, the secondary will get torched.

Fantasy football findings

It’s Deshaun Watson or nothing on this squad. Watson 16 game averages are as follows: 4,091 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 519 rushing yards, and six rushing touchdowns. Other players like David Johnson and Brandin Cooks have potential. Cooks is looking to prove people wrong, but he has a long history of injuries. Ultimately Watson is the bell cow for the Texans from a fantasy standpoint.

Chiefs keep getting better

The Chiefs spent the offseason paying all of the prime time players. Now they enter the season happy and focused on the mission at hand. Last year this explosive offense was fun to watch and they were not healthy. Mahomes and Hill were hurting for most of the season and now both are healthy and ready to go.

On defense, a ton of credit needs to be heaped on the defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, who changed the complete culture of a defense that was the weak link of the team. Now with Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark, this defense has an identity and a purpose. They get stronger as the game goes on and during the late part of the year they allowed an average of 16 points per contest. The defense will have to play without Bashaud Breeland who is serving a four-game suspension, but that will allow the rest of the defense to gain valuable in-game experience.

Fantasy football findings

Where do you start? Mahomes?  Hill?  Kelce? They are all more than viable options, but one player is getting all of the attention and he is a rookie. All eyes will be on rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire who is getting incredible hype leading up to the season. Damien Williams opted out of the season and everyone is drafting Edwards-Helaire as high as the first round. It will be interesting to see if his performance matches the hype.

Texans vs Chiefs predictions: Over or Under?

The initial instinct for football bettors will be to bet on the over in this game. Both teams have explosive offenses and the Chiefs arguably will have one of the most dominating offenses in NFL history.  Early in the year, the defense has the edge over the offense and since the NFL preseason was canceled, it may be more obvious.

The defending champions have started off slow at home (3-9-1 to the under) and 1-6-1 to the under on Thursday night games over the last five seasons. The Texans are notorious for starting the season slowly on the offensive as the under is 11-4-1 in the last 16 games in September for the Texans. Finally, the under is 41-20-1 in Chiefs last 62 games as a home favorite. It will be a scary bet, but this game will be lower scoring than expected.

Bet the under.

Under 54.4

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Texans vs Chiefs predictions: Who wins?

The Chiefs have a great home-field advantage, but how much will that change this year?  The Chiefs did announce that Arrowhead stadium will have a reduced capacity of 22 percent this season.  That is great to hear, but the home-field advantage will be watered down at best.

It won’t matter.

The Chiefs are that good. The defense will shut down a Texans offense that is now limited without playmakers. Don’t look for a Super Bowl hangover from the Chiefs. The Super Bowl champions are 13-6-1 ATS in the first game of the season, which makes the Chiefs an appealing bet. 

That is just the start of the positive trends that are backing the Chiefs in this spot. The Chiefs are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite, and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. They are a money-making machine for bettors early in the season. The Chiefs are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games in September and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1.

The defense of the Chiefs will put up a valiant effort and they win big.

 

Kansas City Chiefs -9.5

Final: Chiefs 30 Texans 17

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Jazz vs Nuggets Game 7 predictions

Jazz vs Nuggets Game 7 Predictions

The NBA playoffs have delivered incredible action up to this point. However, no series has delivered like the one between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets. After an incredible game 6, this will be the first series since the restart to go to a game 7. The Jazz vs Nuggets Game 7 predictions have to include a look back at game 6, the betting consensus, and the basketball betting trends. Many experts predicted a deep run by Denver, but it all comes down to this game.

One player makes a difference

It may not have made headline news, but game six witnessed the return of Gary Harris to the floor for the Nuggets. His presence was felt on defense as he shut down the ball handlers for the Jazz and became bothersome on transition defense. Jamal Murray is rightfully getting all of the attention, but Harris is making an impact. The improved play on defense is the reason the Nuggets forced a game seven. 

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How to Bet Game 7

In game 6 the Jazz was the popular team at the betting window. A huge number of bets game in on Utah and they lost. There was one notable large amount on Denver in game 6 that cashed in at the betting window.

So what about game 7? In close series, it is no surprise to see the public flip-flop and this is what they did in this game. The early sports betting market favors the Nuggets with 54 percent of the wagers which is heavily biased on the outcome of the last game. This line will change often since the public loves to bet on a game seven. Currently, My Bookie has the Jazz at (-1). Stay tuned to the best basketball betting sportsbooks to get the best line.

Jazz vs Nuggets Game 7 predictions

This is going to be a good game.

The Jamal Murray vs Donovan Mitchell battle alone will make this a must-watch.

The Nuggets have come back from a 3-1 deficit and they had to overcome double-digits in elimination games twice. The Jazz is frustrated as Rudy Gobert was seen kicking chairs because game 6 was a winnable game and they blew it. The only reason the Jazz led in game six is that they shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. The Nuggets have to have big performances from Murray and Nikola Jokic to achieve victory and that has not been a problem.  The two combined 65 or more in each of the Nuggets’ wins against the Jazz.

Jazz vs Nuggets pick against the spread

The Nuggets are better defensively with Harris in the lineup. It inspires others to play tougher defense by making better rotations and timely stops on defense. The Jazz are 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in the last nine meetings in this series. Murray is willing his team to victory and he will carry his team once again as they advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs.

Pick against the spread: Denver Nuggets +1 

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Central Arkansas vs. Austin Peay

Central Arkansas vs Austin Peay pick against the spread: College football is back!

 

Finally, football is back. College football is coming back and everyone will be excited to see the action on the gridiron. Normally it may be difficult to get excited to make a Central Arkansas vs Austin Peay pick against the spread, but not today. This game will be on ESPN and college football fans will be eager to watch and bet on this game.

Central Arkansas vs. Austin Peay odds and consensus pick

Normally a game featuring these two teams will not attract a huge amount of sports betting action. But this game is different. It’s the season opener and with the pandemic, this game may be one of the most anticipated games of the season. This is true for both college football fans and people who like to bet on sports. Central Arkansas is (-4.5) according to the few sportsbooks that are posting a line for this opener with the over/under set at 44.5. The early consensus numbers show that over 60% of the bets are on the favorite in this game. The total opened at 42.5 and moved up to 44.5 with early betting coming in on the over.

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Offense vs Defense

The Central Arkansas Bears boast a high powered offense. This offense led this team to a 7-2 conference record and a Southland title. The Austin Peay Governors are all about defense. It was that defense that led this team to an 11-4 record on the way to winning the Ohio Valley Conference. IN short, college football is kicking off the season with one hell of a game.

Breylin is back

For the Bears, it is Breylin Smith under center. Last year he led a Bears offense that averaged 292 yards per game. His main connection is Southland Freshman of the year, Tyler Hudson who had 12 touchdowns a year ago. This offense can pile up points and bring back experience and depth, but it will not be easy to beat the defense of Austin Peay.

Defense wins ballgames

Austin Peay won a school-record 11 games last season and will be looking to improve this season. The Governor’s defense is powered by Josephus Smith who is the nucleus of a defense that led all FCS teams in scoring defense with 20.6 points per contest. This defense is the strength of this team, but the quarterback may be the player to watch. Jeremiah Oatsvall was injured a year ago and did not get much playing time, but he showed his potential when he won the 2017 OVC Freshman of the Year award. If he can return to form, this will be a very good team this year.

Central Arkansas vs. Austin Peay pick against the spread

So who wins? Early in the season the defense always has the edge. Bears coach Nathan Brown admitted that the offense is struggling early and being dominated by the defense in scrimmages leading up to this game. Austin Peay has an interim coach in Marquase Lovings who stepped in when Mark Hudspeth resigned to spend time with his family. Expect a rain-soaked field with the defense dominating. The big difference in this game is the return of Jeremiah Oatsvall. Oatsvall will lead this team to multiple scores and the defense will do the rest.

Central Arkansas vs. Austin Peay pick against the spread: Austin Peay +4

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NBA picks and parlays for Aug 27

NBA picks and parlays for Aug 30: Celtics vs Raptors

After a delay due to a boycott, we are back with the NBA picks and parlays for Aug 30. With that behind us, it is time to focus on who the public is betting on.

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NBA betting consensus

The Utah Jazz is the team that everyone is betting on in today’s games. Despite losing the last game the Jazz is still getting over 80 percent of the early betting action according to the recent numbers. The Clippers and the Raptors are the other teams that the public is betting on, but it pales in comparison with the Jazz game.

Daily NBA Picks

Here are the best bets for today!  All point-spreads are taken from our top sportsbooks.

Nuggets +2 [BET NOW]

The Nuggets finally played defense. The Nuggets are the better team and the reason they were losing is that they refused to play defense, especially Michael Porter Jr. Although his defense is still questionable, he is playing harder. The Nuggets outscored by Utah when he was on the floor and they held the Jazz to a respectable 107 points. It was the Jazz who failed to respond when they should have. They blew a double-digit lead in the third quarter and were distracted. That hangover will stretch to this game. The Jazz is 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games as a favorite and they lose again.

Mavericks +11 [BET NOW]

This is an incredible series and it’s easy to track the results. When one team is on the ropes, the other team will respond. This means it is time for the Mavericks to play well, right? It’s not that easy. Luka Doncic had trouble playing through an injury and it hurt to play in the last outing.

It will be up to the rest of the team to step up in the next outing. With the uncertainty of the best players on the team, this point spread has jumped all over the place. There was no doubt that letdown would play a role after the Mavericks exciting win. Now with an inflated line, the Mavericks will keep it close in this game. The Clippers are 11-24 ATS in their last 35 playoff games as a favorite and the Mavericks play hard to cover this number tonight.

Daily NBA Parlay

Our parlays continue to make money and tonight we are going for the 2-for1 in the same game

Here is the parlay to bet for tonight.

Celtics +2

Celtics vs Raptors Under 216

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The Celtics vs Raptors game will get all of the attention tonight. 

Before you bet on this game you of course have to make sure that it actually happens. If they do decide to take the court, this parlay is solid. The Celtics are still being overlooked despite the solid sweep in round 1 of the NBA playoffs. The Raptors will finally run into a team that decides to play defense and have some real depth.

The Celtics play defense, the Raptors play defense and this series is always a low scoring affair. The under is 9-4 in Raptors last 13 overall and the chess match between two great coaches will be fun to watch. The Celtics under is 25-10 in Celtics last 35 games as an underdog, which points to a low scoring affair, but who wins?

Toronto averaged a league-leading 18.8 points per game in transition in the regular season, but the Celtics play smothering defense. Marcus Smart leads the way and will be motivated after being snubbed in the defensive player of the year voting. The Celtics are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games as an underdog and they embrace the role as an underdog. The Raptors are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 Conference Semifinals games and this is where the Celtics will shine.

Bet on the Celtics and the OVER In game one of this series.

 

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2020 NFL week 1 upsets

2020 NFL week 1 upsets: Losing Las Vegas Raiders

Everyone who loves to watch and wager on the NFL loves a good upset. When an underdog surprises early in the season the fans take notice. The important thing is to spot them before they happen, which is easier said than done. The first game making the list of 2020 NFL week 1 upsets is the Carolina Panthers to beat the Las Vegas Raiders.

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One look at the betting lines

The NFL oddsmakers at the top sportsbooks know what they are doing. When they set a line they cannot afford to be wrong or they will lose millions. At first glance, the point-spread in the Raiders game looks off. The Raiders under Jon Gruden look to be improved this season. Meanwhile, the Panthers appear to be in rebuild mode. If this assumption is true than the Raiders would be big favorites. However, in the first game of the season, the Silver and Black are just (-1.5) road favorites.

Public piling on

If that is not enough cause for concern, it gets worse for fans of the Las Vegas Raiders. Over 78 percent of the early wagers are on the road team. This is the highest amount of concentrated public money on one play. The Raider beat out the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, two other very popular plays. This is not surprising as Mile Mayock has done a great job of rebuilding this team and the Raiders are ranked No. 1 to surprise everyone this year.

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Looks good on paper

The Raiders have a huge crop of young and talented playmakers on offense. OC Greg Olsen will be happy to guide this offense on the field. The Raiders brought in veteran Jason Witten to lead young players like Josh Jacobs and newly drafted rookie WR Henry Ruggs III. Although everyone is optimistic about this offense, they have to show it. It’s the defense that really needs to improve. This is a team that lost five of the last six games a year ago and will have to try and flip a switch to start the season. This is not easy to do.

Buy in on Bridgewater

The Panthers parted ways with Cam Newton and long-time coach Ron Rivera and everyone instantly thinks to rebuild. Teddy Bridgwater will be a great fit and is already comfortable in the offense under OC Joe Brady. With weapons like Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, this offense can be just as dangerous as the Raiders. Bridgewater should have time considering that Raiders ranked 27th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Sack Rate metric. The Raiders improved in the off-season but still have a vulnerable secondary.

2020 NFL week 1 upsets: Panthers beat the Raiders

Both of these defenses are suspect. But young players in the Panthers camp have impressed like DT Derrick Brown, DB Jeremy Chin, and CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver III. This Panthers team is young and exciting and it will show in game one. The Raiders are 17-36-1 ATS in their last 54 games as a favorite and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite. In the second week of the season, the Raiders open up their new stadium on Monday night football against the New Orleans Saints. With one eye on that game and some areas to improve on, the Raiders will lose in week one.

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NBA picks and parlays for Aug 23

NBA picks and parlays for Aug 24: Don’t believe in Playoff LeBron

The great thing about the NBA playoffs is that they are on every day. Some series are more entertaining than others, but there is always a game on. The Celtics swept the Sixers, making Philadelphia the first time out of the NBA bubble playoffs. As we post out NBA picks and parlays for Aug 24 we can’t help but think about the next team to fall.

NBA consensus picks

The public has been pretty consistent throughout the playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks (62%) and the Houston Rockets (63%) are getting love from the public. This is a bit surprising considering that the Oklahoma City Thunder stole a game in the series with Houston. What is not surprising is that the most popular bet on the board for today is the LA Lakers who are attracting 79% of the wagers according to the best online sportsbooks.

 

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Here our best bets for today in the NBA playoffs.  All point-spreads are taken from our top sportsbooks.

Thunder +3.5 [BET NOW]

Did the Thunder finally figure out the Rockets? Chris Paul had a glorious game and although they needed overtime, the Thunder have made this a series.  Some will argue that the officials played a role in the victory, but the balanced scoring is really the catalyst behind the win. For the first time ever in Thunder history, the team had four players who scored 20 or more points in the NBA postseason: Danilo Gallinari (20), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23), Chris Paul (26) and Dennis Schröder (29). The Thunder bench also outscored the Rockets reserves 35-26. The Thunder are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight-up win of more than 10 points. Don’t bet this game early, because reports are circulating that Russell Westbrook may be able to play in game 4. Even if Westbrook plays, the Thunder are the team to bet in game 4.

Trail Blazers +7.5 [BET NOW]

The Lakers played the best game of the NBA playoffs in the last outing and now the public is pounding LA in this game. “Playoff LeBron” is the talk of the town after his performance in the victory. James finished the win with 38 points, 12 boards, and 8 dimes to lead the Lakers to a 2-1 advantage in the series. LeBron attacked the rim and played a very physical game, but that will be hard to repeat in this game. The Blazers disappeared in the fourth quarter just shooting 43% from the floor and number that will bounce back in this game. The Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and the Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss.  In a series that has been competitive since game one, the points are the way to go.

Daily NBA Parlay

The parlays are still profitable on the season. Depending on the line you go on the Blazers/Lakers you may have cashed another one. This is the two-team parlay ticket to cash tonight.

Two team parlay:

Heat -7.5 [BETNOW]

The East playoff series has been lopsided up to this point. The Celtics, Raptors and Bucks are making the first-round look easy as they have eyes on the next round. The Miami Heat thus far has dominated the injury riddles Indian team and they can’t afford to go deep in this series. The Heat has won 3 of the four meetings in the regular season and crushed Indy in the last game putting up 74 points in the first half of the game. The Pacers need to play defense if they want to avoid being swept out of the first round for the second straight season and the third time in the last four years. Indiana is 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog. This Indiana team is packing their bags for home as they will get swept out of the bubble by Miami.

Trail Blazers vs Lakers Over 224

This is going to be a high scoring affair as the Lakers have figured out that if they want to win they have to attack the paint. This leads to more fouls and more points. The Blazers will have a better night shooting and that makes this a very high scoring game. The over is 21-8 in Trail Blazers last 29 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Don’t let the big number fool you, it goes over the total.

Here is the winning parlay for tonight:

Heat -7.5

Trail Blazers vs Lakers Over 224

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The best 2020 football contest

The best 2020 football contest

The popularity of the National Football league is incredible. I am sure you are looking at the odds and already making your NFL Week 1 picks, but there is more to this season. This is because it is a great sport to watch and wager on, but football also offers up something different. The NFL has fantasy football and contests where the players can literally make millions just for understating the game. This is why we sought out to find the best 2020 football contest for this season.

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Keep it simple

The best football contest will keep it simple. The $300,000 guaranteed supercontest does just that. All you have to do is pick five games against the spread each week. If you get the game right you get a point, if you push a game than you get a half point and if you miss it you get nothing. The more that you win, the better chance you have at claiming the monstrous prize pool that is offered up.  How much are we talking about? I thought you would never ask.

Show me the money!

When a football fan looks for a great contest they start by looking at one thing. They want to know how much they are going to win. How does $300,000 sound for a football contest prize pool? The best football contest has a big prize pool and they also reward players during the season. We researched and found that the best contest that we found has $12,500 for players that do well quarterly. This is crucial because if you are hot for four weeks but struggle out the gate or fail late you can still get that money.

How many players win prizes?

If you are in a football contest you have one goal, you want to finish in the money. Finishing first is the ultimate goal, but you want to end the season with money in your pocket. That is another reason why this $300,000 guaranteed supercontest of the best football contest of the year.  The top 230 players will get paid! The top 30 finishers will get at least $1000 in payouts.

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