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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB and FIFA Men's World Cup Previews and Odds - 12/01/22

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Dec 01, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the FIFA Men’s World Cup.Week 13 in the National Football League kicks off with one game. The Buffalo Bills visit New England to play the Patriots on Amazon Prime at 8:15 PM ET. The Bills are on a two-game winning streak after their 28-25 win at Detroit as a 10-point road favorite last Thursday. The Patriots had their three-game winning streak end in a 33-26 loss at Minnesota as a 2.5-point underdog on Thanksgiving. Buffalo is a 3.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 43.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The National Basketball Association has one game on its docket. The Dallas Mavericks play at Detroit against the Pistons at 7:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 222. The National Hockey League has 11 games on its slate. Four games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Colorado Avalanche are at Buffalo to play the Sabres as a -200 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The New Jersey Devils host the Nashville Predators as a -215 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Tampa Bay Lightning play at Philadelphia against the Flyers as a -215 money line road favorite with a total of 6. The Pittsburgh Penguins are at home against the Vegas Golden Knights as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two NHL games start at 8:07 PM ET. The Carolina Hurricanes visit the St. Louis Blues as a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Minnesota Wild host the Edmonton Oilers as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Dallas Stars play at home against the Anaheim Ducks at 8:37 PM ET as a -285 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Calgary Flames are at home against the Montreal Canadiens at 9:07 PM ET as a -280 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Two NHL games begin at 10:07 PM ET. The Florida Panthers travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks as a -140 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Seattle Kraken host the Washington Capitals as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Los Angeles Kings play at home against the Arizona Coyotes at 10:37 PM ET as a -250 money line favorite with a total of 6. The college basketball card features seven games on national television. Connecticut is at home against Oklahoma State on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 138.5. Texas hosts Creighton on ESPN at 7 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 141. Belmont plays at home against Valparaiso on ESPNU at 8 PM ET as an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5. Colorado is at home against Arizona State on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 139. Kansas hosts Seton Hall on ESPN at 9 PM ET as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. Washington plays at Oregon State on ESPNU at 10 PM ET as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 132.5. UCLA is at Stanford on ESPN2 at 10:30 PM ET as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 136. The FIFA Men’s World Cup continues with four matches in the group stage. Two games start at 10 AM ET. Belgium battles Croatia on Fox in a pick ‘em match with the total set at 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Morocco faces Canada on FS1 as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Two more matches begin at 2 PM ET. Spain goes against Japan on Fox as a -1.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Germany plays Costa Rica on FS1 as a -2.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and FIFA Men's World Cup Previews and Odds - 11/30/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the FIFA Men’s World Cup.The National Basketball Association has 13 games on its docket. Two NBA games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Philadelphia 76ers as a 4-point favorite with the total set at 212 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Atlanta Hawks travel to Orlando to play the Magic as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 226. Three more NBA games start at 7:40 PM ET. The Boston Celtics play at home against the Miami Heat as a 9-point favorite with a total of 224.5. The Brooklyn Nets are at home against the Washington Wizards as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 224.5. The Milwaukee Bucks play in New York against the Knicks as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 226.5. Three NBA games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Memphis Grizzlies visit Minnesota to play the Timberwolves as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 232. The New Orleans Pelicans host the Toronto Raptors as a 1-point favorite with a total of 224.5. The Oklahoma City Thunder play at home against the San Antonio Spurs as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 237. Three NBA games start at 9:10 PM ET. The Denver Nuggets are at home against the Houston Rockets as an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 231.5. The Phoenix Suns host the Chicago Bulls as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 224. The Utah Jazz play at home against the Los Angeles Clippers as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 226.5. The Sacramento Kings are at home against the Indiana Pacers at 10:10 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 239. The Los Angeles Clippers host the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:40 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 226. The National Hockey League has four games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The New York Rangers play in Ottawa against the Senators as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Toronto Maple Leafs are at home against the San Jose Sharks as a -300 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres on TNT as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers visit Chicago to play the Blackhawks on TNT at 9:37 PM ET as a -210 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The college basketball card features 11 games on national television. Butler plays at home against Kansas State on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 136. VCU is at home against Vanderbilt on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 129.5. Three NCAAB games tip-off at 7:15 PM ET. Purdue travels to Florida State on ESPN2 as a 14.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Duke hosts Ohio State on ESPN as a 6-point favorite with a total of 137.5. Miami (FL) plays at home against Rutgers on ESPNU as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 136.Xavier is at home against Southeast Louisiana on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET as a 23-point favorite at Caesars with a total of 154. Two more NCAAB games start at 9 PM ET. DePaul hosts Samford on FS2 as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 150. George Washington plays at home against South Carolina on the CBS Sports Network as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 135.5. Three NCAAB begin at 9:15 PM ET. Indiana is at home against North Carolina on ESPN as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 144.5. Michigan State plays at Notre Dame on ESPN2 as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 136. Nebraska hosts Boston College on ESPNU as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 131. The FIFA Men’s World Cup continues with four matches in the group stage. Two games start at 10 AM ET. Denmark battles Australia on FS1 as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). France plays Tunisia on Fox as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Two more World Cup matches begin at 2 PM ET. Argentina goes against Poland on Fox as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Mexico faces Saudi Arabia on FS1 as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5.

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NHL Off the Post: November 29th

by Sean Murphy

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

With December quickly approaching, it's time to take another quick look around the NHL at several teams you should be keeping an eye on in the coming week. Swimming against the currentThe San Jose Sharks are mired in an awful 7-13-4 start to the season which many expected as the team continues its rebuild in Silicon Valley. It's how they've gotten there that has been interesting. San Jose has recorded five of its seven victories on the road. That leaves it a dreadful 2-11 on home ice. The good news is, the Sharks open a four-game eastern road swing in Montreal on Tuesday. The bad news? They'll have to do so without goaltender James Reimer, who has been played on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury. That leaves Kaapo Kahkonen and his dreadful .871 save percentage to take over as the regular starter between the pipes. The goal-happy Maple Leafs have to be licking their chops at the prospect of catching the Sharks at home with San Jose in a back-to-back and three-in-four spot on Wednesday (and will be priced accordingly). Unleash the KrakenNot much was expected of the Seattle Kraken in their second NHL campaign after they played the role of prototypical expansion team to a tee last season. While their first five-game winning streak was chalked up as nothing more than a brief run of good fortune after following it up with consecutive home losses to the Jets and Wild, the Kraken have proven they're no flash in the pan by delivering their second five-game winning streak in the last month heading into Tuesday's matchup in Los Angeles. Few teams are playing a more exciting brand of hockey, with Seattle having scored 17 goals in its last three games alone. Goaltender (and former L.A. King) Martin Jones is enjoying a renaissance campaign, posting a .903 save percentage with Seattle prevailing in 10 of his 16 starts to date.Singing the Blues(hirts)There's trouble brewing on Broadway after the New York Rangers suffered their third straight loss on Monday, this one coming in excruciating fashion as they blew a 2-0 lead in an eventual 5-3 loss at the hands of the rival Devils. While it's not time to hit the panic button yet, any extended losing streak is concerning when you reside in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division. New York currently sits in fifth place, a whopping 14 points behind the aforementioned division-leading Devils. A sweepable home-and-home series with the Senators (who reside in last place in the Atlantic Division) is up next, with the latter contest kicking off a brief three-game homestand in which the Blueshirts will look to right the ship before playing five of their next seven contests on the road.Flyers groundedThe Philadelphia Flyers turned heads out of the gate this season, going 5-2 in their first seven games. It's been all downhill from there and they enter Tuesday's rematch with the Islanders on the heels of 10 consecutive losses. The good news is, they're finally coming off a two-day break, their first since November 5th to 8th. Of note, Philadelphia is 8-2 the last 10 times it has played at home on two or more days' rest. Unfortunately, that extra time off hasn't helped heal their injuries, with Travis Konecny, James Van Riemsdyk, Cam Atkinson and Sean Couturier among the list of key veterans currently sidelined. They're hoping to at least get Konecny back on the ice later this week but even with their full compliment of players, this is a team headed nowhere fast this season. 

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