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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL and UEFA Europa League Previews and Odds - 10/06/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Oct 06, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL and the UEFA Europa League.Week 5 in the National Football League kicks off with the Denver Broncos hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Amazon Prime at 8:15 PM ET. The Broncos lost in Las Vegas to the Raiders, 32-23, as a 2.5-point underdog last Sunday. The loss dropped their record to 2-2 with wins against Houston and San Francisco after their opening week loss at Seattle. Denver's injury list includes running back Javonte Williams placed on the injured list from the knee injury he suffered last week.The Colts got upset last week, 24-17, at home against Tennessee as a 4.5-point favorite on Sunday. Indianapolis has a 1-2-1 record with a loss at Jacksonville and an upset win at home against Kansas City, following up their opening week tie at Houston. The Colts' injury list includes running back Jonathan Taylor out with an ankle injury and linebacker Shaquille Leonard out with a nose and back injury. The Broncos are a 3.5-point favorite, with the total set at 42 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).  Matchday 3 in the UEFA Europa League has 16 games on the docket. Eight matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Lazio travels to SK Sturm Graz as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Real Sociedad plays at Sheriff Tiraspol as a -1 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Manchester United is at Omonoia Nicosia as a -1.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. PSV visits Zurich as a -1 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Pfc Ludogorets Razgrad plays at HJK Helsinki as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. FC Union Berlin is at Malmo Ff as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Craven Zvezda hosts Ferencvaros as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. As Monaco plays at home against Trabzonsporat as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 3. Eight more matches conclude the Europa League card at 3 PM ET. Feyenoord Rotterdam visits FC Midtjylland as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Arsenal plays at home against FK Bodo/Glimt as a -2 goal line favorite with a total of 3.5. Stade Rennes is at home against Dynamo Kyiv as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Fenerbahce hosts AEK Larnaca as a -1.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. As Roma plays at home against Real Betis as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Sporting Braga is at home against Union Saint Gilloise as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Olympiacos hosts Qarabao Fk as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. SC Freiburg plays at home against Nantes as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. All 16 Europa League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all 16 games.

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NHL Atlantic Division Preview 2022-23

by Scott Rickenbach

Thursday, Oct 06, 2022

Atlantic Division 2022-23 Point Total PredictionsBoston Bruins – 107 points last year. Predicting a range of mid to upper 90s this season. Just such a consistent franchise for many seasons now. This team is built so well. Very strong top line many consider the best in the game and now the roster even stronger since David Krejci is back after going back to Czech Republic and missing last NHL season. With Patrice Bergeron also back for another season at age 37 this talented core group is trying to make one more run. There are question marks however as it is now a new coach in Jim Montgomery instead of Bruce Cassidy. Also, Bruins enter the season short-handed due to some guys still out after off-season surgeries. Boston could have some early season struggles but this team will be tough if everything comes together as the season goes along. Buffalo Sabres – 75 points last year. Predicting a range of mid to uppers 70s this season. This team is quite young and talented but did not make any big off-season moves. They will continue to languish at a level below the top teams like Boston, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Florida. The Sabres are exciting and developing young talent but still this team looks poised to be very similar to last season’s and that is just enough to be competitive but not next level. Detroit Red Wings – 74 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 80s this season. The youth rebuild has helped. The Red Wings are starting to make some positive steps after being patient with the youth rebuild. That continues this season and Detroit is getting close to being a playoff contender. Is unlikely they are there just yet but one has to like the additions of Copp and Perron and Husso. The team will continue to improve even more and should top last year’s improved point total. Have to like the hiring of a head coach (Lalonde) who was an assistant at Tampa Bay considering how strong the Lightning have been in recent season. Florida Panthers – 122 points last year. Predicting them to land right around the 100 mark this season. The Panthers surprised with how strong of a season they had last year but their goalie situation is a concern as Sergei Bobrovsky can run hot and cold and that continues from season to season. This team has to drop down some this season in my opinion after overachieving again last season. There was so much roster turnover too now and I know they brought in Matthew Tkachuk but they lost Jonathan Huberdeau in the process. Also, quite a few changes personnel-wise and how will new head coach Paul Maurice fit in with a roster that had so many off-season changes?Montreal Canadiens – 55 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 70s this season. This is still a bad team but they should be better than last season as they did respond well to interim coach Martin St Louis and that is why he is no longer just an interim! Also, like the fact that Kent Hughes is now the GM rather than Marc Bergevin. But this team is still rebuilding with a lot of youth and has uncertainty at the goalie position. When your team captain (Nick Suzuki) is only 23 years old that says a lot about the youth of this hockey club. More growing pains this season but they will be better than last season at least. Ottawa Senators – 73 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 80s this season. If you like seeing goals you might want to tune into Sens games this season. They have a lot of talent offensively with young guys plus then added Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat in the off-season. Also, definitely like the Senators getting goalie Cam Talbot. However, this team still has a lot of youth and is weak on the blue line. Outside of the uber-talented Thomas Chabot there is just not a lot there. But Ottawa trying at least!Tampa Bay Lightning – 110 points last year. Predicting them to land right around the 100 mark this season. Lost some good players so could drop a little but it is the systems in place here that make this team so strong each and every season in recent years. This season the losses of Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh will be tough to overcome. Also, similar to Boston, the Bolts have a few guys that will be out for a period of time to start the season as they are recovering from off-season surgeries. Still one of the top teams in the NHL but this time they lost a little too much from the roster and the loss of assistant coach Lalonde (now head coach in Detroit) could hurt team a little too. Toronto Maple Leafs – 115 points last year. Predicting them to land right around the 110 mark this season. The core group is intact and they now have a goalie tandem of Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov but will one of them step up? Getting strong goalie work will be key because the Maple Leafs certainly have the talent up front to score plenty of goals on a regular basis. Also, Toronto got good news that John Tavares should only miss a couple weeks of time to start the season. He is already back and resuming skating. But this team has not won a playoff series in nearly 20 years and many are getting restless in Toronto to say the least. When a team plays with a lot of pressure it can be tough on them and they also have to see if Murray can stay healthy and if Samsonov can be more consistent. They must get better goaltending. Absolutely this is their division to lose this season. They should be the top team! Key word…should! 

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NHL Pacific Division Preview 2022-23

by Scott Rickenbach

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2022

Pacific Division 2022-23 Point Total PredictionsAnaheim Ducks – 76 points last year. Predicting a range of low 80s to mid 80s this season. This team is starting to build talent quite nicely and the addition of John Klingberg from Dallas is huge. Overall the Ducks appear to be a team on the rise without a doubt but the key will be key what kind of goalie play they get. John Gibson has not exactly been spectacular in recent seasons and his back-up Anthony Stolarz still quite inexperienced and inconsistent.   Calgary Flames – 111 points last year. Predicting them to land right around the 100 mark this season. Team chemistry will have to jell quickly but the fact is the Flames did a good job at least in terms of replacing Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau. Now they have Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazeem Kadri on board. They also added MacKenzie Weegar who is a solid contributor. Will Jacob Markstrom bounce back in goal and be strong this season with consistency? That and team chemistry early in season is why this team’s point total will drop some this season in my opinion. Edmonton Oilers – 104 points last year. Predicting a range of around the century mark this season. The Oilers are so strong with their top line but do they have the depth to take them to the next level. Adding Mattias Janmark further bolsters this club but the goaltending, as usual, is a question mark. Jack Campbell was not exactly dominant last season and Stuart Skinner is the other part of the tandem and is still young and needing more experience. Will the defense be strong enough in front of those goalies too? Again this season if you like high-scoring games tune into Edmonton.  Los Angeles Kings – 99 points last year. Predicting a range of mid to upper 90s this season. This team built up with youth and is has passed the growing pain stage. Now with the addition of Kevin Fiala this team has bolstered talent up front. Still the Kings don’t have a lot of scoring depth and relied heavily on Anze Kopitar. Goalies Jonathan Quick and Cal Petersen will have to be very good because the Kings just don’t score a ton but this a solid club that is definitely trending the right direction. San Jose Sharks – 77 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 70s this season. Sharks lost veteran Brent Burns and the team is going through a bit of a rebuild. Though it is not a full rebuild so there is a chance there could be a spark with all the newcomers added the existing core that remains. But it also is tough to trust the goal-tending in San Jose. James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen will be the guys between the pipes for San Jose. This team will have to battle to stay out of the basement of this division this season. Seattle Kraken – 60 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 70s this season. Andre Burakovsky, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Justin Schultz…those are type of guys that can help this team a lot and are new faces on the club this season. However, this team allows too many shots and too many goals and whether it is new acquired Martin Jones or Phillipe Grubauer between the pipes, the defense tends to struggle in front of them. The additions should help this club and they will be better than last season but that is not saying a lot. Will battle San Jose to see who can avoid the basement in this division. Dave Hakstol has not performed well as an NHL coach and that is another strike against the Kraken. Vancouver Canucks – 92 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 90s this season. The Canucks were a different team once Bruce Boudreau took over for Travis Green. The results speak for themselves. Now they get to have a training camp with him and start the season with him and this will be interesting season in Vancouver as a result. If Thatcher Demko continues his year over year improvement in goal that we have seen this team will be tough to play against for sure. Just don’t know if this team has the depth overall and also the scoring depth to be able to improve much on last season’s final point total. This could be another building year for Vancouver but this is a quality roster that is building the right way.   Vegas Golden Knights – 94 points last year. Predicting a range of upper 80s to low 90s this season. Really like the hiring of Bruce Cassidy as head coach. But this team has lost a lot of talent from the top rosters it once had. They are still a solid club but also have bitten by the injury bug already heading into this season. With Robin Lehner not playing this season and of course Marc-Andre Fleury having moved on long ago from Vegas, the Golden Knights goalie situation is a big concern too. Were it not for Cassidy at coach this team would slip even further but odds are he works a little magic here and the Golden Knights maintain a competitive team but they still could fall short of the playoffs when you look at how tough the West looks this season. 

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NHL Central Division Preview 2022-23

by Scott Rickenbach

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2022

Central Division 2022-23 Point Total PredictionsArizona Coyotes – 57 points last year. Predicting a range of upper 50s to low 60s this season. This looks like a another rough year. They are clearly in rebuild mode and have major question marks in goal. They are not that talented compared to other teams and if you can’t outskate other teams and also struggle to keep the puck out of your own net…well…let’s just say it is going to be another long season for Arizona. Chicago Blackhawks – 68 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 60s this season. This team is gearing toward rebuild mode. You can tell by the way they handled the off-season. Probably only a matter of time until Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are out the door in Chicago. They appear to be tanking a bit as they gear up for a rebuild.  Colorado Avalanche – 119 points last year. Predicting them to land in the 105 to 110 range this season. Such a strong team but the goaltending going through a revamp as Darcy Kuemper is gone and Alexandar Georgiev is now in. Very strong team with scary good scoring talent but is tough to repeat as champs. Again should be one of the best teams in the league but will they get strong enough goalie play from Georgiev? Dallas Stars – 98 points last year. Predicting a range of low to mid 90s this season. Pete DeBoer is the new head coach here and has a history of success when he first takes over a club. Similar to what we saw with the Flyers Alaign Vigneault but then he faded in future seasons. Will the Stars be able to score enough? John Klingberg was a key contributor of offense from the blueline but he is gone now. Jason Robertson contract situation puts a damper on the Stars situation entering the season too. This team could be sluggish out of the gates. Minnesota Wild – 113 points last year. Predicting a range of mid to upper 90s this season. The Wild are pushing hard to win now but not sure about putting so much reliance on Marc-Andre Fleury. The back-up is now Filip Gustafsson (not much NHL experience) because Cam Talbot is gone. Elsewhere on the ice the loss of star Kevin Fiala will hurt. Much of the core group still intact but this team takes a step back this season because of those personnel losses. Nashville Predators –97 points last year. Predicting a range of mid to upper 90s this season. This team looks solid. They have a strong blueline and by adding  Ryan McDonagh it got stronger. The goalie situation is solid with Juuse Saros and they also now have added Kevin Lankinen there plus they have Conor Ingram on the roster. Teams strong in goal and on the blueline are tough to beat when the games matter the most but can the Predators get enough scoring. One thing that should help there is bringing Nino Niederreiter on board! But still this team just not ultra-talented up front and that separates them from the elite. St. Louis Blues – 109 points last year. Predicting a range of mid to upper 90s this season. Still a solid team long-known for being physical and playing stingy defense but I do think the losses of David Perron and Ville Husso will hurt. Yes they brought in goalie Thomas Greiss but he is no Husso so Jordan Binnington will have to be on his game in goal for the Blues to go far. But Perron was a leader and key contributor for this club and his absence will be felt. Winnipeg Jets – 89 points last year. Predicting a range of upper 80s to low 90s this season. Connor Hellebuyck at goalie makes the Jets tough when he is on because this team certainly has plenty of firepower up front with their top lines. Winnipeg could be a much stronger club this season on defense simply because new head coach Rick Bowness will accept nothing less. I still like the core group here but will they respond well to Bowness. That is going to be the key. The Jets could be really improved this season and when you have Hellebuyck at goalie you can also steal games. This team could really surprise if Bowness can help build good chemistry here with this group. The pieces are there…not to be elite…but to at least be solid. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 10/05/22

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, and the UEFA Champions League.Week 6 in the regular season of the college football season kicks off with one game. Central Florida hosts Southern Methodist on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET after this game got postponed last week because of Hurricane Ian. The Knights are on a two-game winning streak after a 27-10 victory against Georgia Tech as a 21-point favorite on September 24th. The Mustangs lost their second-straight game in a 42-34 loss to TCU as a 2.5-point underdog on September 24th. Central Florida is a 3-point favorite with the total set at 63 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Major League Baseball concludes its regular season with 16 games in the afternoon. The Baltimore Orioles play at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 12:35 PM ET. The Los Angeles Angels visit Oakland against the A’s at 4 PM ET as a -250 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Three more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:05 PM ET. The Blue Jays play the Orioles in the second game of their doubleheader. The New York Yankees play at Texas against the Rangers as a -140 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates.Ten MLB games start at 4:10 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Rays are at Boston to play the Red Sox. The Chicago Cubs visit Cincinnati to play the Reds as a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals play at Cleveland against the Guardians. The Washington Nationals travel to New York to play the Mets. The Atlanta Braves play at Miami against the Marlins. The Houston Astros host the Philadelphia Phillies as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Minnesota Twins as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Milwaukee Brewers play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks as a -175 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Detroit Tigers travel to Seattle to play the Mariners. The San Francisco Giants are at San Diego to play the Padres. The Colorado Rockies play at Los Angeles against the Dodgers at 4:20 PM ET.Matchday 3 in the UEFA Champions League concludes with eight group stage matches. Two matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Salzburg hosts Dinamo Zagreb as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). RB Leipzig is at home against Celtic as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 3. Six matches conclude the UCL card at 3 PM ET. Real Madrid plays at home against Shakhtar Donetsk as a -2 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Chelsea hosts AC Milan as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Manchester City is at home against FC Copenhagen as a -3 goal line favorite with an over/under of 4. Borussia Dortmund visits Sevilla in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. Paris Saint-Germain plays at Benfica as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Juventus plays at home against Maccabi Haifa as a -1.5 goal line favorite with a total of 3. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 10/04/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features action in MLB and the UEFA Champions League.Major League Baseball has 18 games on its schedule. The New York Yankees play at the Texas Rangers in the first game of their doubleheader at 2:05 PM ET. The Washington Nationals visit New York to play the Mets at 4:10 PM ET in the opener of their doubleheader. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Guardians are at home against the Kansas City Royals as a -180 money line favorite with the total set at 7.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Seattle Mariners host the Detroit Tigers as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 6:35 PM ET. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Chicago Cubs as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Atlanta Braves play at Miami against the Marlins. The Baltimore Orioles play at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05 PM ET as a -105 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Two MLB games start at 7:10 PM ET. The Mets host the Nationals in the second game of their doubleheader as a -260 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Tampa Bay Rays play on the road against the Boston Red Sox as a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:40 PM ET as a -115 money line road favorite with a total of 7. The Yankees visit the Rangers in the second game of their doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET. Two more MLB games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Minnesota Twins as a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Philadelphia Phillies play at Houston against the Astros. The Tigers play at the Mariners in the second game of their doubleheader at 9:10 PM ET.Two MLB games begin at 9:40 PM ET. The Los Angeles Angels travel to Oakland as a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 7. The San Francisco Giants play at San Diego against the Padres. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies at 10:10 PM ET as a -365 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.Matchday 3 in the UEFA Champions League has eight group stage matches. Two matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Bayern Munich hosts Viktoria Plzgen as a -3.5 goal line favorite with a total of 4 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Olympique Marseille is at home against Sporting Lisbon as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5.Six matches conclude the UCL card at 3 PM ET. Liverpool is at home against the Rangers as a -2.5 goal line favorite with a total of 3.5. FC Porto host Bayern Leverkusen as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Ajax is at home against Napoli as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 3. Atletico Madrid visits Club Brugge as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Barcelona plays at Inter Milan as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Tottenham travels to Frankfurt as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5.  All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/03/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Oct 03, 2022

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL, MLB, and EPL.The third week in the National Football League concludes with one game for Monday Night Football. The San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams on ESPN and ESPN2 for the Manningcast at 8:15 PM ET. The 49ers lost for the second time in three games this season with an 11-10 upset loss at Denver as a 1.5-point favorite last Sunday night. The Rams won for the second-straight time after their 20-12 victory at Arizona as a 5.5-point favorite on Sunday. This NFC West showdown is a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game which Los Angeles won at home, 20-17, as a 3.5-point favorite on January 30th. San Francisco is a 1.5-point favorite, with the total set at 42.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Cleveland Guardians play at home against the Kansas City Royals at 6:10 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Pittsburgh Pirates are at home against the St. Louis Cardinals at 6:35 PM ET. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 PM ET. The Cincinnati Reds play at home against the Chicago Cubs as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Atlanta Braves travel to Miami to play the Marlins. Two MLB games start at 7:05 PM ET. The Toronto Blue Jays travel to Baltimore to play the Orioles as a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The New York Yankees play at Texas against the Rangers as a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Two more MLB games begin at 7:10 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Rays are at Boston against the Red Sox as a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Washington Nationals visit New York to play the Mets. The Milwaukee Brewers play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks as a -215 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Two MLB games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Philadelphia Phillies are at Houston against the Astros. The Chicago White Sox host the Minnesota Twins as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. Three more MLB games begin at 9:40 PM ET. The Los Angeles Angels play at Oakland against the A’s as a -175 money line road favorite with a total of 7. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the Detroit Tigers as a -250 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The San Francisco Giants visit San Diego against the Padres. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at home against the Colorado Rockies as a -340 money line favorite with a total of 8. The English Premier League completes their Matchweek 9 fixtures with one match. Leicester City hosts Nottingham Forest on the USA Network at 3 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/02/2022

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Oct 02, 2022

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL, MLB, and EPL.The third week in the National Football League continues with 14 games. One game kicks off the card at 9:30 AM ET. The Minnesota Vikings play the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London on the NFL Network. The Vikings are a 3.5-point favorite, with the total set at 42 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Nine NFL games start at 1 PM ET. The Cleveland Browns visit the Atlanta Falcons as a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 47.5. The Philadelphia Eagles host the Jacksonville Jaguars as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 46. The Los Angeles Chargers play at Houston against the Texans as a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 45. The Indianapolis Colts are at home against the Tennessee Titans as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 43. The Dallas Cowboys play at home against the Washington Commanders as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 41.5. The New York Giants host the Chicago Bears as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 38.5. The Detroit Lions are at home against the Seattle Seahawks as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5. The Pittsburgh Steelers play at home against the New York Jets as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 41.5. The Buffalo Bills visit Baltimore to play the Ravens as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 51. One NFL game begins at 4:05 PM ET. The Carolina Panthers are at home against the Arizona Cardinals as a 1-point favorite with a total of 43.5. Two more NFL games start at 4:25 PM ET. The Green Bay Packers host the New England Patriots as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 40. The Las Vegas Raiders are at home against the Denver Broncos as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 45. Sunday Night Football on NBC has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing at home against the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:20 PM ET. The Buccaneers are a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 46. Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Minnesota Twins play at Detroit against the Tigers at 12:10 PM ET. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:35 PM ET. The Philadelphia Phillies travel to Washington to play the Nationals as a -240 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles as a -190 money line favorite. The Toronto Blue Jays are at home against the Boston Red Sox at 1:37 PM ET as a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Cleveland Guardians play at home against the Kansas City Royals at 1:40 PM ET as a -225 money line favorite with a total of 7. Two MLB games begin at 2:10 PM ET. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Miami Marlins. The Houston Astros host the Tampa Bay Rays as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The St. Louis Cardinals play at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 2:15 PM ET as a -205 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Chicago Cubs are at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 2:20 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite. The Arizona Diamondbacks play at San Francisco against the Giants at 4:05 PM ET. The Texas Rangers are at Los Angeles against the Angels at 4:07 PM ET. Three more MLB games begin at 4:10 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at home against the Colorado Rockies as a -295 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Seattle Mariners host the Oakland A’s as a -275 money line favorite with a  total of 7. The San Diego Padres play at home against the Chicago White Sox as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.The Atlanta Braves are at home against the New York Mets on ESPN at 7:08 PM ET for Sunday Night Baseball. The Braves are a -130 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Matchweek 9 in the English Premier League concludes with two matches. Manchester City hosts Manchester United at 9 AM ET as a -1.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Aston Villa visits Leeds United on the USA Network at 11:30 AM ET in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/01/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Oct 01, 2022

The Saturday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, CFL, and EPL.The fifth week of the college football regular season continues with 51 games between FBS opponents. Seven nationally-televised NCAAF games kick off at noon ET. Memphis hosts Temple on ESPNU as a 19-point favorite with the total set at 50 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Oklahoma visits TCU on ABC as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 69.5. Minnesota plays at home against Purdue on ESPN2 as an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 52. Army is at home against Georgia State on the CBS Sports Network as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 54. Michigan travels to Iowa on Fox as a 10.5-point road favorite with a total of 42. Air Force plays at home against Navy on CBS as a 14-point favorite with an over/under of 38.5. Mississippi hosts Kentucky on ESPN as a 7-point favorite with a total of 54.5. Nine nationally-televised NCAAF games between FBS opponents start at 3:30 PM ET. Maryland plays at home against Michigan State on FS1 as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 58. Fresno State is at Connecticut on the CBS Sports Network as a 23.5-point road favorite with a total of 51.5. Penn State hosts Northwestern on ESPN as a 25-point favorite with an over/under of 50.5. Buffalo is at home against Miami (Ohio) on ESPNU as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 50.5. Iowa State visits Kansas on ESPN2 as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 58.5. Baylor plays at home against Oklahoma State on Fox as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 55.5. Toledo hosts Central Michigan on the NFL Network as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 56. Florida State is at home against Wake Forest on ABC as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 66. Alabama travels to Arkansas on CBS as a 17.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 61. Two NCAAF games on national television between FBS opponents begin at 7 PM ET. LSU plays at Auburn on ESPN as an 8-point road favorite with a total of 45. Cincinnati visits Tulsa on ESPNU as a 10-point road favorite with an over/under of 58.5. Three more NCAAF nationally-televised matchups between FBS foes start at 7:30 PM ET. San Jose State is at Wyoming on the CBS Sports Network as a 3-point road favorite with a total of 42.5. Clemson hosts North Carolina State on ABC as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 45. Texas plays at home against West Virginia on FS1 as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 62.5. USC is at home against Arizona State on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET as a 25.5-point favorite with an over/under of 60. Oregon hosts Stanford on FS1 as a 17-point favorite with a total of 62.5. Major League Baseball has 16 games on its schedule. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:05 PM ET. The Philadelphia Phillies travel to Washington to play the Nationals in the opening game of their doubleheader as a -180 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees are at home against the Baltimore Orioles as a -210 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Chicago Cubs play at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 2:20 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite. The Toronto Blue Jays host the Boston Red Sox at 3:07 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks play at San Francisco against the Giants at 4:05 PM ET. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the Oakland A’s at 4:10 PM ET as a -255 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two more MLB games start at 6:10 PM ET. The Minnesota Twins visit Detroit to play the Tigers as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Cleveland Guardians are at home against the Kansas City Royals as a -190 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Phillies play the Nationals in the second game of their doubleheader at 7:05 PM ET. The Miami Marlins play at Milwaukee against the Brewers at 7:10 PM ET. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:15 PM ET as a -245 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. Two MLB games are featured on Fox at 7:20 for regional coverage. The Houston Astros are at home against the Tampa Bay Rays as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The New York Mets play at Atlanta against the Braves as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The San Diego Padres host the Chicago White Sox at 8:40 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Los Angeles Angels are at home against the Texas Rangers at 9:07 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at home against the Colorado Rockies at 9:10 PM ET as a -245 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Week 17 of the Canadian Football League concludes with two games. The Montreal Alouettes travel to the Edmonton Eskimos at 4 PM ET as a 4-point road favorite with an over/under of 54. The Calgary Stampeders are at home against the Toronto Argonauts at 7 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 52.5. Matchweek 9 in the English Premier League begins with seven matches. Arsenal hosts Tottenham on the USA Network at 7:30 AM ET as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Five matches start at 10 AM ET. Brentford visits Bournemouth as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Chelsea plays at Crystal Palace on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Newcastle United is at Fulham in a pick ‘em matchup with a total of 2.5. Liverpool plays at home against Brighton and Hove Albion as a -1.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Southampton is at home against Everton as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. West Ham United hosts Wolverhampton on the USA Network at 12:30 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NCAAF and CFL Previews and Odds - 09/30/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Sep 30, 2022

The Friday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, and CFL.The fifth week of the college football regular season continues with five games between FBS opponents. Houston hosts Tulane on ESPN at 7 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with the total set at 53.5 (all odds from DraftKings). UTSA visits Middle Tennessee on the CBS Sports Network at 8 PM ET as a 4.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 64. Boise State plays at home against San Diego State on FS1 at 8 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 38. Washington is at UCLA on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 65.5. UNLV is at home against New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network at 11 PM ET as a 14-point favorite with a total of 44.Major League Baseball has 16 games on its schedule. The Washington Nationals are at home against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opening game of their doubleheader at 1:05 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds at 2:20 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 7. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET. The New York Yankees play at home against the Baltimore Orioles as a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Pirates play the Nationals in the second game of their doubleheader as a -200 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Toronto Blue Jays play at home against the Boston Red Sox at 7:07 PM ET as a -195 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two more MLB games start at 7:10 PM ET. The Minnesota Twins play at Detroit against the Tigers as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 7. The Cleveland Guardians host the Kansas City Royals as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The New York Mets visit the Atlanta Braves at 7:20 PM ET as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5.Two MLB games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Houston Astros play at home against the Tampa Bay Rays as a -170 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Miami Marlins as a -190 money line favorite with a total of 6. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 8:15 PM ET as a -205 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against the Texas Rangers at 9:38 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 8.  Two more MLB games start at 9:40 PM ET. The Seattle Mariners play at home against the Texas Rangers as a -240 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The San Diego Padres are at home against the Chicago White Sox as a -215 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies at 10:10 PM ET as a -390 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The San Francisco Giants play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 10:15 PM ET as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 7. Week 17 of the Canadian Football League kicks off with two games. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers play at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 8 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 51.5. The British Columbia Lions are at home against the Ottawa Redblacks on ESPN2 at 10:30 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with a total of 46.5.

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3 College Football Angles To Watch

by Kyle Hunter

Friday, Sep 30, 2022

There can be some very overrated angles/systems in college football, but there are also some great angles that can help you win in the long run. The ability to decipher which angles are predictive and which are garbage is crucial. Let’s take a look at three angles that I believe can help all college football bettors! These statistics listed are all from games from 2006 through today. Road underdogs off a home favorite win (192-147 ATS or 56.6% ATS) This angle is a conference road underdog that is coming off a home ATS win. The team also has an overall winning percentage of 50-70%. As a whole, road teams have been undervalued in the past decade in college football. The road underdogs who come in with momentum have been valuable.  Windy unders (550-418 ATS or 56.8%) This is a simple angle that has been a big winner for many years in a row. The average wind in the game is 13 mph or more and the posted total is set at 43.5 or higher. While many will talk about rain or snow, the wind is by far the biggest deal to totals bettors. Keep in mind as well that heavy wind is an even bigger deal when betting college football than the NFL. These quarterbacks on the whole don’t have arms that are as strong as NFL quarterbacks. A game played in heavy wind will change the play calling a lot, and that has led to unders.  Small Road Conference Underdogs on the ML (904-1645 or 35.5% but with a 7.1% Return on Investment) This is taking a conference road underdog of 13.5 points or fewer on the moneyline in the first ten games of the season. This is a huge sample size and it has been a solid winner. Why eliminate games after game ten of the season? There are too many games with a lot of variance when some teams simply don’t care any more in the last week or two of the regular season. Again, we see that road teams have value and that has especially been true in conference contests. Keep an eye out for games that would fit these angles as you do your college football handicapping the rest of the season. This information could give you a little extra edge when placing those bets! 

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Brandon Woodruff's Second Half Resurgence

by Team Del Genio

Thursday, Sep 29, 2022

Brandon Woodruff struggled early in the season, but he has been outstanding since the middle of May. He came off a strong season where he had a 2.56 era and a 0.96 whip in 179 1/3 innings, although he settled for a 9-10 record with the Brewers last year. Yet there were early troubles signs from the abbreviated spring training where he allowed six home runs and 16 hits along with 15 runs (14 earned runs) in three starts comprising 11 2/3 innings. These difficulties continued in the regular season. He only struck out two batters in each of his first two April starts. In his first six starts, Woodruff had a 5.96 era and a 1.29 whip. The shortened spring training led to many starting pitchers struggling to build their arm strength to achieve their maximize their velocity. Bettors made a mistake by automatically discounting these established starting pitchers who were underachieving early in the year. Woodruff may very well be pitching at the highest level of his career since mid-May. In his start on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, the right-hander comes off another strong effort where he allowed only one earned run and three hits in six innings of work at Cincinnati last Thursday. He struck out 11 Reds batters while inducing seventeen swinging strikes and a called strike or swinging strike rate of 35%. Woodruff had struck out at least ten batters in three straight games, and he has double-digit strikeouts in four of his last six starts. For the season going into that game, he had a 12-4 record with a 3.18 era, a 1.09 whip, and a strikeout rate of 30.1% of the batters he has faced. In his twelve starts since the all-star break, he had a 2.52 era and a 1.00 whip. He had pitched well in his two starts against St. Louis this year against which he has a 2.00 era and a 0.78 whip. In his eleven starts at home, Woodruff had a 2.16 era and a 0.84 whip. The Brewers have won ten of his eleven starts at home this year. They have won seven of their previous ten games when Woodruff is their starting pitcher tasked with ending a team losing streak.   We endorsed Milwaukee behind Woodruff in that game against the Cardinals, and we were rewarded with a 5-1 victory. Woodruff continued his outstanding form by giving up only five hits and no earned runs in six innings to earn the victory. He continued his torrid strike-out pace by punching out ten St. Louis batters, representing 41.7% of the batters he faced.In his twenty starts since May 15th after his slow start, Woodruff has a 2.35 era and a 1.04 whip. His 156 strikeouts in 118 2/3 innings have him averaging 11.8 punch outs per nine innings which would be the highest mark of his career if extended through to the entire season. He has lowered his season era from 3.54 to 3.05 just in his last five starts.Bettors should always consider shorter-term trends when looking at season-long numbers. While it is easy to appreciate that Woodruff is a good starting pitcher, a closer examination reveals just how dominant he has been. If Milwaukee makes the National League playoffs as the third wild card team, they could be very dangerous when Woodruff is their starting pitcher.Good luck - TDG.

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